1 May 2016

First World War Research - Colchester Post Office

I spotted this memorial in the post office at the top of North Hill, Colchester a couple of months back and thought it would make a nice case study to demonstrate how understanding regimental numbers can help you understand a soldier's service history - or at least tell you when he must have joined a particular regiment.

I am pretty sure I have identified all of the men except C Smith. They are:

32641 Pte James Edgar Boore, 11th South Lancashire Regt; KiA 23rd March 1918
33233 Pte Arthur James Borley, 8th Bedfordshire Regt; KiA 5th April 1917
W D Brazier (Possibly 8876 Pte William Brazier, 13th Essex Regt; KiA 29th November 1917)
40156 Pte Horace John Chinnock, 1st Essex Regt; KiA 23rd August 1918
30569 Cpl Sidney Cudmore, 1st Essex Regt; KiA 12th October 1916
7286 L/Cpl Albert Farley, 2nd Essex Regt; KiA 13th March 1915
88981 Spr A Hakes, Royal Engineers; DoW 29th June 1917
28932 Pte Herbert Percy Hart, 2nd Essex Regt; Died 16th December 1916
169859 Gnr Cecil George Keeping, 342 Siege Bty, RGA; KiA 21st October 1918
32119 Pte Bertie Harold Lee, 1st Essex Regt; KiA 14th April 1917
33151 Pte Ernest Thomas Smee, 11th Essex Regt; KiA 22nd April 1917
C Smith
40238 Pte Edward N Trumpess, 2nd Essex Regt; KiA 23rd October 1916
52565 Pte Bryan Joseph Wade, 1st Royal Fusiliers; KiA 22nd March 1918
19010 Pte Alfred Dolphin Wilby, 1st Dorsetshire Regt; Died 5th February 1917

And here's when they joined the regiments in question:

32641 Pte James Edgar Boore, 11th South Lancashire Regt; December 1917
33233 Pte Arthur James Borley, 8th Bedfordshire Regt; December 1916
8876 Pte William Brazier, 13th Essex Regt; Jan/Feb 1907
40156 Pte Horace John Chinnock, 1st Essex Regt; September 1916
30569 Cpl Sidney Cudmore, 1st Essex Regt; June 1916
7286 L/Cpl Albert Farley, 2nd Essex Regt; November 1902
88981 Spr A Hakes, Royal Engineers; April 1915 (service record survives)
28932 Pte Herbert Percy Hart, 2nd Essex Regt; June 1916
169859 Gnr Cecil George Keeping, 342 Siege Bty, RGA; July 1917
32119 Pte Bertie Harold Lee, 1st Essex Regt; October 1916
33151 Pte Ernest Thomas Smee, 11th Essex Regt; November 1916
C Smith
40238 Pte Edward N Trumpess, 2nd Essex Regt; September 1916
52565 Pte Bryan Joseph Wade, 1st Royal Fusiliers; December 1916
19010 Pte Alfred Dolphin Wilby, 1st Dorsetshire Regt; June 1916

Knowing when a man joined a particular regiment is enormously helpful as it is then possible to consult the appropriate war diary. Although it is unlikely that other ranks will, as a rule be mentioned by name, there are exceptions, but even if the man is not mentioned, it is still helpful - and fascinating - to see what the unit was doing on a day-to-day basis.

Notable in the list above are the number of men who served with the Essex Regiment (hardly surprising, I suppose, given that these men worked for the Post Office in Colchester). Several of the men originally attested under the Derby Scheme and therefore had signed up several months, in some cases, before they were actually mobilised, sent to their regiments and issued with their regimental numbers. At least two of the men - 40156 Horace Chinnock and 40238 Edward Trumpess - probably joined the Essex Regiment at the same time, transferring in from the Cambridgeshire Regiment; and two of the men were old soldiers who had served with the army for many years and were called up as reservists when Britain went to war in August 1914.

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16 April 2016

10th Royal Scots transfers to the HLI

I thought I'd share some research I undertook for a client earlier in the week.

I was looking at a man who had no surviving service record but whose medal card indicated service with the Royal Scots and later the HLI. The four digit Royal Scots number could, realistically, only belong to a Territorial Force (TF) battalion or to the 3rd (Special Reserve) battalion. But which TF battalion?

The Royal Scots Regiment had seven TF battalions with five of these battalions focused on Edinburgh with the 8th Battalion and the 10th (Cyclist) Battalion covering a larger area. The 8th Battalion is particularly interesting to me as at one stage it operated three distinct regimental number series. The 10th Battalion too, also ran at least two number series for a time.

When I dug a little deeper it soon became evident that men with HLI numbers in the range that I was looking at: 434**, had all transferred from the 10th Royal Scots in August 1916. These men sailed for France on the 29th July 1916, joined the 20th Infantry Base Depot at Etaples the following day and then joined the HLI a little over a week later. Their medal index cards therefore note the Royal Scots numbers (because they arrived in France serving with the Royal Scots) but their time overseas with the Royal Scots was limited to marking time at an IBD in Etaples. All of their active service in France was with the HLI.

I do not know how drafts of 10th Royal Scots were selected, and my research shows that there were some long-serving men in these drafts as well as men who had only joined up the previous year. Most of these men found themselves transferred to the 12th Battalion HLI.

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The photo on this post, courtesy of the Scotland's War website, shows men of the Bathgate Company of the 10th Royal Scots.

30 March 2016

Leinster Regiment - PoW Other Ranks - 1914

This post will look at men serving with the Leinster Regiment who became prisoners of war on or before Christmas Day 1914. All of these men's names appear on a four-page typed list which was sent to Sir Ernest Goodhart on the 23rd December 1918 by the Leinster Regiment Prisoners of War Fund. The document is housed at the Imperial War Museum under B.O.2 1/258.

For background on this list and others I have published, read my post/index on the 1914 Other Rank PoWs.. With one or teo exceptions, the Leinster Regiment men noted below also have home or next of kin addresses noted against their names.

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The photograph on this page shows a British PoW in the roll of Shylock at the Dulmen prison camp in 1918.

6858 Private James Berry
9876 Private John Broderick
6358 Private Frederick Brown
7597 Corporal Philip Byrne
7215 Private William Byrne
7004 Private Patrick Byrnes
8257 Private Edward T Bywaters
9794 Private Joseph Campbell
7762 Sergeant John Cannon
6859 Private Thomas Carroll
7977 Private William Collins
7106 Patrick Condon
9729 Lance-Corporal Michael Dalton
9400 Private Patrick Donovan
7421 Private William Doyle
7309 Private James Driscoll
10007 Private Charles Dunne
8784 Private Francis Farrell
9289 Corporal John Fox
6865 Private Martin Gallagher
9812 Private John Geraghty
6056 Private John Glennon
7046 Private John Hallissey
6839 Private Fenton Hanbury
4196 Private Alfred Hayden
7874 Private John Healy
9739 Private Richard Hegarty
9170 Private William Hennessy
9766 Lance-Corporal James Henshaw
9703 Private Patrick Hickey
6724 Private Thomas Hogan
7732 Private Michael Hourigan
6979 Private James Jackson
7868 Private Thomas Keane
9517 Private Patrick Lawlor
8673 Private James Leavey
9683 Private Richard Lombard
6829 Private Benjamin Madden
10011 Private John Markey
5580 Private John McCormack
9869 Private Michael McDonagh
8324 Sergeant John McDougall
5031 CSM Charles Mercer
9543 Lance-Corporal John Moloney
8391 Sergeant John Moran
7663 Private Edward Morrison
7345 John Murphy
9836 Private Michael Murphy
7712 Private William Murphy
7350 Private John Nally
8791 Lance-Sergeant Joseph O'Brien
7235 Private William O'Brien
4390 Private Felix O'Donoghue
10047 Private Denis O'Neill
7632 Private Thomas Poland
3039 Private John Revington
7953 Private John Roberts
9726 Private Edward Robertson
10028 Private Thomas Roche
8057 Private John Sheehan
5269 Private Patrick Sweeney
7154 Private James Walsh
7145 Private Francis Warby
6847 Private Joseph Ward
9857 Private George Williams
7077 Private Michael Young

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23 March 2016

Royal Welsh Fusiliers - Boer War memorial - St Giles, Wrexham

I was in Wrexham not so long ago, and took the opportunity to stop by at St Giles Church. I'm glad I did so as there is a wealth of memorials to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (the old 23rd Foot) inside. Typically, in churches these days, many of the memorials are now half hidden or obscured, but there is a rather splendid memorial to those men who died during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and the China campaign of 1900. In fact it is so good that I borrowed a step-ladder in order to photograph it head on rather than at an oblique angle. A very helpful church warden steadied the ladder for me at the bottom.

Where possible I have added the men's regimental numbers to their names and I will come to the numbering later.

1st Battalion

5515 Private P J Abbott
3949 Private W G Albach
3420 Private J Alsop
2802 Private A Andrews
3138 Private W Aston
5499 Private E L Averall
3663 Private T H Ballard
1104 Private S Barnes
5743 Private F Barnett
6152 Private F Bates
5687 Private C Baynham
5528 Private R Birkett
4149 Private G Brien
5814 Private E Broad
5543 Private A Burgess
6272 Private J T Cain
4070 Lance Corporal T J Chidley
3628 Private H Cliff
4200 Sergeant T J Cockram
4312 Private W Cowlard
2349 Private G Cox
2831 Private William Croucher
2527 Private A Davies
2753 Private J Davies
5980 Private J Davies
5767 Private S A T Davies
5696 Private T Davies
2901 Private W Davis
6274 Private A Dawes
4624 Private J Dixon
3652 Private W H Dodd
3331 Private J Edwards
5847 Drummer P Edwards
5834 Private E Evans
5787 Private E S Evans
2862 Corporal J Evans
3796 Private P Fallon
Second Lieutenant J C Farmer
5429 Private R Fitzpatrick
2957 Lance Corporal H M Garrett
5332 Private M Gelshon
6446 Private J Glover
862 Private J J Godfrey
6330 Private T W Gooding
2657 Sergeant J W Graham
6055 Private J Green
2898 Sergeant J H Hatton
5979 Private W G Hawkins
6140 Private A Highfield
6270 Private A C Hinks
5484 Private G Horne
5213 Corporal J Hosey
3313 Private M Huggins
5631 Private G Hughes
3355 Private J Hussey
5892 Private W J Jacobs
3455 Private D James
2402 Private C Jenkins
5527 Private W Jephcote
3611 Private C Jones
1232 Private G Jones
Private G L Jones
3288 Private J Jones
3826 Private R Jones
5910 Private W Jones
5349 Private W Jones
Private W Jones
2518 Private R G Joyce
971 Private S Leadbetter
5384 Private F Ledbrook
2625 Private J Lloyd
5646 Private J J Lloyd
6015 Private J Lockett
 Captain Richard Gordon Beresford Lovett
5220 Private A Lucas
2850 Lance Corporal F Maurice
3344 Lance Corporal P Miller
3387 Private G Morgan
5843 Private T J Morgan
3049 Lance Corporal A J Morris
6473 Private E L Morris
2778 Private W A Morris
821 Private F W Mott
5827 Private M Murphy
2361 Private B Murray
5900 Private J Parry
5830 Private C Payne
2316 Private W Perry
5721 Private S Pike
5953 Private J Plant
Private E J Pooltan
6495 Private H Purslow
4790 Sergeant J Rawle
1028 Private A Riley
2728 Private E Roberts
2600 Private P Roberts
5707 Private R J Roberts
Lieutenant G E S Salt
4104 Private W Saunders
6121 Private W Savage
1994 Private J Scott
5821 Private J Shipley
5463 Private C Smith
3050 Private G H Smith
2507 Private J Smith
2632 Private J Smith
Private J J S Smith
5403 Private W C Smith
3096 Private J Starkey
Lieutenant F A Stebbing
5764 Private T Stevens
4243 Private G Stroud
3539 Corporal B Sullivan
2987 Private P Thomas
5729 Private T Thomas
3824 Private W Thomas
5360 Private J J Thompson
5295 Private A Thomson
Lt-Col C C H Thorold
5156 Lance Corporal E Underwood
5854 Private E Vipond
5621 Private A Whiteside
5746 Private G Wilkinson
5751 Private L Williams
5584 Private O Williams
5538 Private W Williams
3145 Private W Williams
Second Lieutenant J R Williams-Ellis

2nd Battalion

It was the 2nd Battalion which took part in the operations in China and all of these men died there.

Private J Barker
Private J Bartram
Private A Burgoyne
Private J Cook
Private J Corben
Private W Crew
Private T Davies
Private H Dunbar
Private A Fisher
Private R Griffith
Sergeant G Hammerton
Private T Hanlon
Private C Heaton
Private W W Huddleston
Corporal B Hughes
Private T C Hughes
Private J Jones
Private P Jones
Private R Jones
Private R Jones
Colour Sergeant R Kirby
Private M Mansfield
Private G Martin
Private T Morgan
Private J Newberry
Private H Paddon
Private C Porter
Private J Porter
Private F Power
Private J Robinson
Private H W Scott
Private J Sheppard
Private W Smith
Private W Sweeney
Private J Thomas
Private J Thomas
Private J Thomlinson
Private W Wilkinson
Private C Wogan

These men all served with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion in South Africa

Lieutenant R W Bate
1379 Private N Cummings
2883 Private H Davies
1806 Company Quartermaster
Sergeant W Denton Private J Dunbar
2269 Private W Edwards
2084 Private J Foley
Private E L Jones
2750 Private W Jones
1760 Private M Kelly
Private G Reilly
1296 Private T Roberts
2223 Private L Rowlands
2344 Private C Thomas
2051 Private D O Watkins
Private E Williams
2096 Private W Williams

These men all served with the 4th (Militia) Battalion in South Africa

1787 Private W Evans
1812 Private J Gelder
Private J I Jones
2554 Private W Kelly
2823 Private T Mailen
1621 Private J Nolan
Private F Taylor
Private H Thomas
Private W H Williams

These men all served with the 1st Volunteer Service Company in South Africa

7376 Private H Brocklehurst
7384 Private A Holt
7464 Private J H Jones
7400 Private A Rogers
7402 Private G Stokes
7590 Private L A Wright

These men all served with the 2nd Volunteer Service Company in South Africa

7357 Private S Bailey
7496 Corporal P W Evans
7341 Private J Gallier
7471 Private T Jones
7554 Private T Lloyd
7373 Private H Parry
7347 Private N Roberts
7331 Private H Wynne

These men all served with the 3rd Volunteer Service Company in South Africa

7302 Private H Deverell
7417 Sergeant C Jones
 Private J Lewis
7522 Private H Roberts

Note the very obvious higher digit numbers for those men who served with the Volunteer Service Companies. I explained the reason behind this on another post all about Volunteer Service Companies in the Boer War. For the other men, the regulars in the 1st and 2nd Battalions all drew their numbers from a single number series. There are some very long-serving men listed here whose numbers date back to the early 1880s. The 3rd and 4th Battalions each had a separate numbering series. and again, the difference between these number series and the series issued to the men of the regular battalions and the VSCs is very evident. I have to say, that it is also entirely coincidental.

16 March 2016

Royal Warwickshire Regt: Deaths, Sudan Campaign 1898

There's an impressive memorial in St Mary's Church, Warwick to the non commissioned officers and men of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who lost their lives during the Sudan Campaign of 1898.

The names of the memorial are organised in order of seniority: non-commissioned officers first, followed by the men in order of length of service. The names appear in two columns and there are 49 casualties in all.

Colour Sergeant Doughty is the senior non-commissioned officer here and so his name appears at the top of the left-hand column. Sergeant Rea, as the longest serving sergeant, is the next most senior man and his name appears at the top of the right-hand column. Then it's sergeant Harrison on the left-hand column, Sergeant Stafford on the right-hand column and so on as you slalom down through the names. Here are the left hand-column names:

2578 Colour Sergeant H Doughty
2304 Sergeant W Harrison
3640 Sergeant G Gage
3250 Lance Corporal A Mitchell
1511 Private W Jones
3115 Lance Corporal W Vickers
3142 Private W Hale
3199 Private H Burrows
3313 Private F Bonehill
3404 Private A Power
3428 Private W Allkins
3611 Private G Clayton
3758 Private G Howling
3917 Private H Filkins
3990 Private T Raven
4067 Private J Wesker
4100 Private A Lockley
4125 Private F Gardner
4180 Private H Pettipher
4188 Private W Jackson
4212 Lance Corporal G Henshaw
4462 Private W Ray
4512 Private T Hunt
4868 Private C Newton
6175 Private H Burley

And here are the right-hand column names. The numbering goes slightly out of sequence when we reach 4088 Private M Lee who is followed by 4075 Private T Daffern.

1667 Sergeant H Rea
3681 Sergeant A Stafford
759 Corporal J Hirons
4335 Lance Corporal G Upton
2321 Private C Pink
3137 Private H Jones
3174 Private W Dutton
3219 Private A Holt
3321 Private J Yates
3425 Private H Meredith
3468 Private T Worrall
3641 Private E Wilson
3825 Private J Close
3973 Private J Cox
4088 Private M Lee
4075 Private T Daffern
4103 Private W Worrall
4171 Private A Fisher
4182 Private J Freebury
4201 Private J Hubbard
4418 Private C B Lowe
4471 Private W Manners
4565 Private C Gibbons
4900 Private W Jones

The longest-serving man on this memorial is 759 Corporal Hirons who, judging by his regimental number, must have joined the regiment in 1883 and would have been well on the way to a pension. 1511 Private Jones joined in the second half of 1885 and 1667 Private H Rea in 1886, but the majority of the men listed here joined in the 1890s. Private Burley, with the regimental number 6175, is the man with least experience. His number dates to late July or early August 1898.

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7 March 2016

Warwickshire Royal Horse Artillery (TF)

Royal Horse Artillery units were included in twelve of the fourteen pre-war Territorial Force Mounted Brigades, each of these formations consisting of one battery and one ammunition column.

Formed in 1908 and initially headquartered at Warwick Castle, the Warwickshire RHA moved in 1911 to 9 Clarendon Place, Leamington, with a drill station at Coventry. The ammunition column was also headquartered at Leamington with a drill station at Henley-in-Arden. The unit formed part of the 1st South Midland Mounted Brigade.

The following sequence of numbers between formation in 1908 and the outbreak of the First World War, gives some indication of just how slow recruitment into these Territorial Force RHA units could be.

50 joined on 22nd May 1908
105 joined on 15th November 1909
218 joined on 11th September 1910
232 joined on 24th February 1911
276 joined on 5th May 1912
321 joined on 22nd February 1913
392 joined on 21st January 1914
416 joined on 6th August 1914

When the Territorial Force was re-numbered in 1917, men serving with this unit were issued with numbers in the range 614001 to 616000.

The image on this post is unrelated to the Warwickshire RHA, showing as it does, personnel from the King's Troop, RHA, at the Trooping of the Colour in 2012. Image courtesy Wikipedia.

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28 February 2016

Hampshire Regiment - PoWs 1914

The following list of Hampshire Regiment prisoners of war has been transcribed from the Imperial War Museum's collection, specifically the following items: 
  • B.O.2 1/145 is a 4-page typed and undated list, of which the 4th page refers to Hampshire Regt PoWs.
  • B.O.2 1/149 is a 2-page typed list sent to Sir Ernest Goodhart by Hampshire Regt Prisoners of War Help Fund, dated 20th January 1919
  • B.O.2 1/150 is a 7-page typed list sent to The Director of Supplies & Transport, War Office, Whitehall, dated 17th January 1919.  The penultimate page, containing three names, is illegible
  • B.O.2 1/151 is a 3-page hand-written list, undated and no addressee.

Uncommonly, this list of Hampshire Regiment men who had become prisoners of war on or before 25th December 1914, includes officers as well as men. Colonel Jackson is the highest ranking PoW on this roll call of 191 men. A number of the men listed here have two or more entries and entries commonly include some or all of the following information: home address, next of kin address (where a man has since died), other information, transcriber's notes.

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7171 Private Edwin Alderman
8364 Private John T Amy
6913 Private Alfred J Andrews
9462 Private John Arnold
7539 Private C Ashford
6582 Private Charles Austin
4887 Sergeant J Baker
7356 Private A Baldock
7000 Private Albert Ball
8310 Private Ernest F Ballard
Major N W Barlow
8963 Private F Barrow
9305 Private F Bartlett
6643 Lance-Corporal A Bastiani
6457 Private George T Baulf
Captain N E Baxter
9273 Private James Beale
8398 Private P Bedwell
7466 Private Bennan
7297 Private Arthur George Bishop
6540 Private George Blackmore
7213 Sergeant E Booth
4936 Sgt-Drummer George F Bowman
7139 Private Charles H G Boxall
8996 Private Nicolas J Bray
7813 Private A Bullock
5465 Private Albert E Burgess
9524 Private Arthur E Chaffe
7358 Bandsman Jesse Chalwin
8574 Private Reginald R Chalwin
7005 Corporal Edward Charter
5101 Private Alfred J Chase
7134 Bandsman Thomas Clarke
9359 Private George Cleal
7314 Private William Climo
7025 Corporal George Edward Colston
9288 Private John Cook
9266 Private Edwin H Cox
3/2894 Private Albert E Croucher
9010 Private F Dann
7938 Private Frank R Day
6758 Private William Day
9368 Private Thomas Digby
7128 Private Frank Dowden
7232 Private A Dyer
7232 Private Alfred T J Dyer
6887 Sergeant Frederick Eldridge
7341 Private Samuel F Empringham
9289 Private George Etheridge
9395 Private Frederick Farmer
6557 Private F G Fisher
9165 Private Frederick Fisher
6425 Private A Fitzgerald
9228 Private Charles Ford
6710 Private Edward A Fox
6678 Corporal Thomas A Freeman
8767 Private A Fuller
5776 Private A Gale
6824 Private Alfred Gilliam
9051 Private John E Grant
4890 Private Arthur H Greenman
6571 Private A Grimshaw
8274 Private William H Hall
Captain S V Halls
9066 Private George H Harfield
7519 Private C Harmsworth
7519 Private Charles Harmsworth
8741 Private William G Harper
8233 Sergeant H Harrington
7846 Private Charles E Harris
7266 Private F Harris
7991 Corporal Robert Harris
9039 William H Harris
9090 Corporal Francis S Harrison
9201 Henry H Harvey
7833 Private Frederick Hatcher
7828 Private F Hawkins
8508 Cyril James Head
8233 Lance-Sergeant H Herrington
6827 Private L Hilker
6827 Louis W J Hilker
14673 J Hillier
8714 Denis Hinchey
6803 Alfred V Hoare
7001 Alfred Holder
7875 George Holman
6023 William Hoskins
7275 Ernest Howe
Colonel S F Jackson
8709 Walter Jacobs
9302 Walter James
7504 Harvey James Jeffery
7270 William S Jenkins
8031 Hubert B Jerome
9232 Walter W J Joiner
7546 William H Jones
7853 Henry Kelleway
7176 William Kidd
8831 Jesse Kimber
9127 Private J Knapman
6917 Lance-Corporal A Lance
6917 Lance-Corporal A Lance
6917 Lance-Corporal William A Lance
6817 Harry Langford
Captain J Le Hunts
7576 A Leach
7339 Frank Linzey
8182 W Lock
9198 Lance-Sergeant F Lockhart
7357 William Lucock
8886 E Marsden
7800 Stanley Martin
7824 Harry C May
9162 William J Maynard
3/4448 Lance-Corporal Edward J McGrath
6636 Lance-Corporal T A Meacher
8763 Private W Misselbrook
8763 Private William Misselbrook
6648 Private W G Morris
6990 Private Thomas R Mustion
7087 Private William Nicklen
9205 Private James North
6810 Private E Payne
5816 Private G Payne
7537 Private T Pearson
7506 Lance-Corporal Arthur W Phillimore
9037 Private E Phillimore
8151 Private E Porter
7225 Private E Powell
7508 Private Frank Powell
9268 James Christopher Poyle
9382 Private H Prior
8408 Bandsman H Prosser
6743 Private William Ralph
7254 Lance-Corporal A Randall
7816 Corporal C Randall
7825 Private G Read
7287 Private G Reeves
9129 Private Percy W Reeves
7194 Private Arthur Ribbick
8071 Private Sidney C Richards
5968 Private Percy Robinson
8674 Private A Rogers
9387 Lance-Corporal L Rogers
7688 Bandsman Frederick Rose
Lieutenant G T Rose
9470 Private Cornelius Ryan
6732 Private Walter G Sansome
5642 Private Sarkins
9407 Private Morris Saunders
7238 Private A C Scivier
7330 Sergeant W Shephard
7497 Bandsman J Sillence
8407 Lance-Corporal Denis Smallwood
8279 Private Harry Smith
8887 Sergeant Sidney G Smith
8144 Private F Souch
7451 Lance-Corporal C Spanholtz
7516 Private Frank Spencer
7295 Private Jesse Sque
9339 Private Clement Stay
8800 Corporal Alfred Stead
9306 Private W Steele
9219 Private A Stevens
5680 Sergeant Patrick Sullivan
7081 Private G Summers
7507 Corporal H Sumner
8221 Corporal F Sykes
6567 Private Henry S Thomas
6828 Private Thomas C Thomson
9326 Private W Thurgood
7291 Corporal Tom R Tobin
7676 Corporal James Trigger
6852 Corporal Stephen Urry
6815 Corporal H Vaughan
7779 Private D Venables
4524 Private E Walder
9108 Lance-Corporal J Waterman
6554 Private W Watts
9163 Private Walter Wheeler
8765 Private A J Whipp
6768 Private Harry S Whitehead
7837 Private Thomas John Whiting
5764 Private Francis W Wilkins
Captain A S Williams
7563 Private W Williams
7184 Corporal William T Willis
7268 Private Albert N Winter
8016 Private Basil Withers
7691 Corporal Albert Witt
7180 Lance-Corporal G H Witt

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12 February 2016

2nd Dragoons - PoW Other Ranks 1914

The following 30 men were all serving with the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) when they were captured in 1914. Read more about this data source on my 1914 PoWs page. This data has been transcribed from the Imperial War Museum's collection, specifically item B.O.2 1/43,  B.O.2 1/54 and B.O.2 1/59. My full transcription of these men (not reproduced here) also contains the following information against some or all of the names:

Date of capture
Home address
Next of kin

Next of kin's address

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3194 Private A G Anderson
2799 Private J Armour
5569 Shoeing Smith C E Bennett
2180 Lance-Corporal G H Bishop
5744 W Boothroyd
1582 Private J Boyd
5668 Private R Boyd
8627 Private G Brown
7998 Private W G Clark
4639 Private D Coll
6449 Private J Davidson
4812 Private J Douglas
6019 Corporal A H Dunlop
6875 Private W J French
3263 Private J Garner
4652 Acting Sergeant Shoeing-Smith R Gilling
5683 Lance-Corporal G M Lamb
3046 Private D Legg
4067 Staff Sergeant D McBrayne
4145 Private J McDonald
5032 Sergeant A S McTaggart
1330 Private D Murray
6342 Private D P Oliver
5705 Private James Pearson
6284 Trooper P Smart
8179 Private E Swinson
6302 Sergeant H Watts
7314 Private H Wilson
6122 Cpl James Wilson
2885 Saddler J Young

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17 January 2016

DVD-ROM bargains - Quick sharp now!

Naval and Military Press has these current DVD-ROM bargains. I have a number of these myself - and rather wish I'd invested in the Military Operations, France & Belgium instead of filling up my bookshelves with red-spined volumes. You can buy the DVD of these volumes for £180. I think I was paying around £30 a time when I was buying these Battery Press / IWM imprints in the eighties and nineties. My incomplete set goes up to the end of 1917 and takes up eighteen inches of bookshelf. What's more, I need to refer to indexes to find what I need. Here on a single DVD-ROM, you have everything at your fingertips - and it's fully searchable. After 25th January, this will cost £45 more, so make the most of it now.
Military Operations France & Belgium
The other stand-out publication here is the War Diaries' DVD-ROM: 4,500 separate war diaries of battalions which fought on the Western Front, comprising 1.52m pages in full colour - £360 now or £450 after 25th January. I was looking at my copy this afternoon - so much easier to search than on Ancestry. Remember too, that Naval & Military Press offers an interest-free easy-payment scheme where you can spread payments across four or ten months. Well, why wouldn't you?
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16 January 2016

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons - Boer War transfers

Here's an interesting little diversion. When the Army Reserve was called out in 1899 in response to the crisis in South Africa, the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons were under strength. Other Corps of Dragoons regiments however, appear to have had men to spare. The result? Some men recalled from the 1st (Royal) Dragoons, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) and 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, were transferred into the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons upon their recall. Furthermore, there was nothing ad hoc about it. An examination of the regimental numbers shows that this was a well-planned out exercise.

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons men with numbers in the range 5001 to 5178 are almost all recalled reservists. I say "almost all" because, just to make things awkward, 5004 certainly enlisted in April 1903. However, for the most part, all of these men were specially numbered out of sequence in late 1899 and early 1900. Their entries on the QSA and KSA medal rolls stand out like sore thumbs, and furthermore, there is a pre-planned and logical method in this re-numbering. There are some anomalies, to be sure - note, for instance that Karl and Roughan are oddities in the first, and otherwise alphabetical listing, below. Such is the British Army: exceptions to most rules.

The list which follows is taken from the QSA roll to the 6th Dragoons. Those men with annotated comments after their names have surviving papers in WO 97.

Numbers 5001 to 5052 were issued to men who had formerly served with the 1st Dragoons:

5001 Private Walter James Agland. Formerly 3130 1st Dns
5002 Private Harry Leonard Ashton. Formerly 3213 1st Dns
5003 Private W Baldwin
5005 Private W Cheeseman
5006 Corporal H Karl. QSA roll notes "deceased"
5006 Private T Creswell
5007 Private Harry Christensen. Formerly 3079 1st Dns
5008 Private J Campbell
5009 Private W Clarke
5010 Private J Capel
5011 Private Oswald Stephen Roughan. Also 10057 Royal Artillery
5012 Private C Dundrow
5013 Private P Devine
5015 Private T Dixon
5017 Private W Edmunds
5018 Private George William Evans. Formerly 3328 1st Dns (formerly 3371 3rd DG)
5019 Private W Edwards
5020 Private Charles Henry Edsall. Formerly 3040 1st Dns
5021 Private C E Evans
5023 Private George Freebury. Formerly 3142 1st Dns
5024 Private G Fenton
5025 Private R Fenwick
5026 Private Frederick Garrard. Formerly 3298 1st Dns
5027 Corporal G Groombridge
5028 Private G Gorett
5029 Private James Grattage. Formerly 3155 1st Dns
5030 Corporal Charles Grattage
5031 Private A Geal
5032 Private Luke Graham. Formerly 3121 1st Dns
5033 Private J Garlick
5034 Private P Glen
5035 Private Albert Edward Horne. Formerly 3300 1st Dns
5036 Sergeant D Hartland
5037 Corporal W Smith
5038 Private T H Smith
5039 Private William Alfred Stacey. Formerly 3135 1st Dns
5040 Private James Sweeney. Formerly 3137 1st Dns
5041 Private A Spratley
5042 Private A Shead
5043 Private T Williams
5044 Private Samuel Wagland. Formerly 3139 1st Dns
5045 Sergeant Charles Robert Sidney Milnes. Formerly 3222 1st Dns
5046 Private J Mustart
5047 Corporal Shoeing Smith Henry Taylor Parmenter. Formerly 3233 1st Dns
5048 Private Ernest Henry Herbert Jackson. Formerly 3234 1st Dns
5049 Private J Lawrence
5050 Private James King. Formerly 3138 1st Dns
5051 Private W Leedham
5052 Private Henry King. Formerly 3033 1st Dns

Numbers 5053 to 5063 were issued to former 2nd Dragoons men:

5053 Private Arthur Johnson. Formerly 3090 2nd Dns
5054 Corporal Albert Jenner. Formerly 3161 2nd Dns
5055 Private J Mathews
5057 Private J Kaberry
5058 Private C Brown
5059 Private Peter Dick. Formerly 3048 2nd Dns
5060 Private J Dalziel
5061 Private J Chapman
5062 Private George Louis Holder. Formerly 3135 2nd Dns
5063 Corporal Robert Raphael Birnie. Formerly 3031 2nd Dns

Numbers 5064 to at least 5156 were issued to former 4th Dragoon Guards men:

5064 Private Alfred Andrew. Formerly 3891 4th DG
5065 Sergeant Abberthue George Alliston. Formerly 3801 4th DG
5066 Private M Butler
5067 Private Albert Edward Broughton. Formerly 3823 4th DG
5068 Private William Bogle. Formerly 3785 4th DG
5069 Private H Beardswood
5070 Private J Manning
5070 Private W Jeffries QSA roll notes "deceased"
5071 Private Charles Curry. Formerly 3979 4th DG
5072 Private W W Felstead
5073 Lance-Corporal William Coleman. Formerly 3884 4th DG
5074 Private Thomas Crouch. Formerly 3848 4th DG
5075 Private Harry Clarke. Formerly 3849 4th DG
5076 Corporal George Cheek. Formerly 3852 4th DG
5077 Private William Alexander Carson. Formerly 3864 4th DG
5078 Corporal William Needs. Formerly 3832 4th DG
5079 Private J Carmichael
5081 Private C Day
5082 Private R W Epps
5083 Corporal E Ellison
5084 Private A Eager
5085 Private C Foster
5086 Corporal Fred Flowers. Formerly 3887 4th DG
5086 Private John Fortune. Formerly 3813 4th DG
5087 Private E H Osborne
5089 Private Albert Gunn. Formerly 3781 4th DG
5090 Private P Gardener
5091 Corporal C Hawkesworth
5092 Private J Hanvil
5093 Private A Hamill
5094 Private F O Jefferies. Formerly 3877 4th DG
5095 Private E Jeater
5096 Private William Lyons. Formerly 3899 4th DG
5097 Private H Love
5098 Private E Murphy
5099 Lance-Corporal J McClintock
5100 Private J Reilly
5101 Private Charles Stanley George Ralph. Formerly 3857 4th DG
5102 Sgt Farrier T Starsmeare
5103 Private C Mitchell
5104 Private Edward Lawlor. Formerly 3866 4th DG
5105 Corporal E Perrin
5105 Private J Mitchell
5106 Private Arthur McCartney
5107 Private James Thomas O'Hare. Formerly 3755 4th DG
5108 Private T Byrne
5109 Private J Smith
5110 Private A Page
5111 Corporal T Smith
5112 Private F H Smith
5113 Private M Tustin
5114 Private Justin Lawrence William White. Formerly 3812 4th DG
5115 Shoeing-Smith George Edwin Peacock. Formerly 3587 4th DG
5116 Private J Polden
5117 Corporal E J Russell
5117 Private S Padgham
5118 Private C W Robinson
5119 Private Frederick Smith. Formerly 3476 4th DG
5120 Private S Spong
5121 Private E Tatam
5122 Private W Watkins
5123 Private C E Perry
5124 Private S Stott
5125 Corporal George James Spanswick. Formerly 3565 4th DG
5126 Private W E Wedlock
5126 Private John Shevlin Formerly. 3635 4th DG
5126 Private John Thompson. Formerly 3998 4th DG
5129 Private T Quinlan
5130 Private Charles Osborn. Formerly 3689 4th DG
5131 Private Thomas Paisley. Formerly 3634 4th DG
5132 Private John Quinn. Formerly 3771 4th DG
5133 Private E Reed
5134 Private W J Shaw
5135 Private W Slavin
5136 Private H Smith. (3696 Herbert Smith, formerly 4th DG is either 5136 or 5137)
5137 Private H Smith
5138 Private J Stevens
5139 Private F G Stinchcombe
5139 Lance-Sergeant Andrew Quinn. Formerly 3369 4th DG
5140 Private Ernest Taylor. Formerly 3350 4th DG
5141 Private Albert Turner. Formerly 3541 4th DG
5142 Private Harry Unsworth. Formerly 3185 4th DG
5143 Corporal William Horace Ward. Formerly 3504 4th DG
5144 Private J Wickins
5145 Private Harry Windebank. Formerly 3558 4th DG
5146 Private M Whittle
5147 Private M Saunders
5148 Private Thomas Ward. Formerly 3532 4th DG
5149 Private John Williams. Formerly 3503 4th DG
5151 Private Herbert Charles Turley. Formerly 3816 4th DG
5152 Private Malcolm Rainey. Formerly 3669 4th DG
5153 Private Henry Smith. Formerly 3787 4th DG
5154 Private Frank Price. Formerly 3472 4th DG
5156 Lance-Corporal Alfred Edward Trinder. Formerly 3902 4th DG

Numbers 5157 (possibly) to 5178 were issued to former 4th Dragoon Guards men who had completed their time on Section B Army Reserve and had re-enlisted for Section D Army Reserve. This is entirely right and proper as the regulations stated that Section D men were to be recalled after Section B men.

5157 Private A Thompson
5160 Private J Willoughby
5161 Private C C Smith
5162 Private J Clemo
5163 Private Patrick Doyle. Formerly 3185 4th DG, Section D Reservist
5164 Lance-Corporal Robert Ives. Formerly 3270 4th DG, Section D Reservist
5165 Private Henry Rose. Formerly 3313 4th DG, Section D Reservist
5166 Private W Ritchie
5167 Private T Buckley
5170 Private Harry Haimer. Formerly 3169 4th DG, Section D Reservist
5178 Private T Wilson

Another interesting to point to note is that on none of the surviving papers that I came across are the men's new 6th Dragoons numbers written. It is clearly stated that they were recalled from the Army Reserve, but the new regimental number has not over-written their former regimental number.

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