21 May 2016

Royal Army Medical Corps - PoW Other Ranks 1914

There are 365 men in this list of Royal Army Medical Corps soldiers captured on or before the 25th December 1914. The names appear on a nine-page typed list sent in by the officer in charge of records, RAMC, to Sir Ernest Goodhart in February 1919. These days, that list is field at the Imperial War Museum, catalogue reference, B.O.2 1/127.

The vast majority of the medical index cards for these men DO NOT note that they were prisoners of war and so, apart from the difficult-to-search ICRC PoW database, this may be the first time that this list has been published; quite a nice bonus for medal collectors, I would have thought. A lot of the men served with 4th Field Ambulance and my notations below are simply as a result of looking at medal index cards for some of these men. Again, most of theese MICs note the Field Ambulance served with.

Additional information contained on this typed list includes home addresses for the majority of the men, plus additional notes for some of them. I will be happy to sell copies of this list for £20. Drop me a line if interested. 

482 Private G W Adams
5548 Private J Adams
3154 Private J B Allan
3102 Private H Allen
380 Private R Allen
5352 Private E Allenby
3021 Private F I Allery
8288 Staff Sergeant M Andrews
3324 Private Robert Archibald, 19th Field Ambulance
6736 Private A C Austin
5256 Private W A Austin
3198 Private H E Axten
5182 Private G Banister, 4th Field Ambulance
3107 Private A Barnacle
2931 Private W Barnsfather
3220 Private P Barnwell
19736 Private C G Bates
2805 Private J Bell
7780 Private Bertram Benians, 22nd Field Ambulance
6800 Private W H Bennett
6593 Bugler A V Berry
2916 Private E Betts
2703 Private T Biggins
4071 Private W H Blackburn
8382 Private H Blackman
5832 Private P Bolger
7349 Private C A Bolton
18816 Sergeant G W Bond
2394 Private I Bowden
7081 Private R Bowles
7502 Private J G Boyde
2475 Private R Brady
3117 Private G H Bramwell
5073 Private T G N Brands
6896 Private T Bray
3303 Private P Brazil
1081 Private A Bremner
2739 Private G W Bristow
4448 Private John Brookfield, captured 26th August 1914
3155 Private O Brooks
1054 Private J S Broom
1868 Sergeant E B Browne
19548 Private C E Buckley
5981 Private W C Bunfield
8256 Private E Calvert
19742 Sergeant F G Cannon
8653 Private J Canty
330 Private P Carberry
6 Private G Cardwell
3672 Private J Carroll
3128 Private F J Carter
7253 Private R Cartier
6893 Private A Chubb
14299 Private J Clifford
8257 Private F Cockburn
2918 Private F Cockell
19860 Private H Cockhill
2796 Private L Cohen
15698 Staff Sergeant Henry C F Collier [No evidence of 1914 Star on MIC]
18237 Private J Collins
8146 Private T R L Collinwood
3088 Private H Conlon
3031 Private John Connole, 13th Field Ambulance
516 Private R Connolly
16224 Private G Constable
2417 Private W Constable
2662 Private R E Conway
8349 Private W Cook
18413 Corporal C W Cooke
997 Corporal T F Corbett
15700 Private R Corfield
2533 Private R I Cotton
6422 Private J Cowie
2982 Private S R Cowley
15918 Private C P Craig
7183 Private J Craig
4172 Private P Cremin
2464 Private J Crickett
6813 Private A O Cromwell
570 Sergeant G B Crooke
1345 Private A Crooks
2874 Private T Cropper
19828 Private R A Cross
102 Private D H Crotey
598 Private W H Cullingford
3222 Private H Curtis
7016 Private T Cuthbert
3163 Private F Dart
12318 Private F C Dart
3093 Private J W Davies
5163 Private R T Davies
7547 Private T Davies
6659 Private D Davis
6123 Private J Delaney
17966 Private A Denney
2663 Private M Donoghue
7167 Private M Donohoe
7180 Private N Doubleday
2657 Private D Doyle
3936 Private A A Duffy
1216 Private J Dunne
5169 Private J Durkin
15299 Private C Dyer
7668 Private E S Dyer
7559 Private G Eden
7627 Private C Edwards
12791 Private H G Elkins
12590 Private S Ellingford
2091 Private T W Elwood
11236 Sergeant B A Embelin
109 Corporal A G Emment
8222 Private C Evans
12303 Private P S Evans
3567 Private T Fahey
3193 Private A Farrell
18317 Private A Farrell
2178 Private H E Felstead
3011 Private W Field
1841 Private S E Fielding
1330 Private T M Fisher
4342 Private T Fitt
18321 Private A S Fleming
3497 Private A Foakes
6973 Private G Foley
18735 Private W F W Forge
5966 Private J Forsyth
15684 Private A Foster
1852 Private C Frame
2845 Private G Furber
15864 Private W Gale
7573 Private I Galloway
7522 Private C W Gambling
343 Private P Garry
18234 Private R G Gibbons
4183 Private S H Girling
340 Private J Glass
18197 Private F Good
6204 Private P Gopugh
4434 Private R Graham
6628 Private A Grant
9749 Private W Gray
356 Private G H Green
 2179 Private W Green
1307 Private J Greenley
5321 Private W Grsaham
6584 Private A G Gwilt
2414 Private A S Haggis
7388 Private P G Hancox
2981 Private H Hanke
7511 Private O Harbord
7435 Private H Harrington
18700 Private F Harris
20337 Private F Hatcher
4586 Private A Hazell
17157 Private M Heaver
3632 Private A Henderson
121 Private T B Herbert
7086 Private L C Higgins
6643 Private A F Hill
2174 Private R Hill
4733 Private W Hill
2775 Private W T Hill
6565 Private H Hobbs
2161 Private T R L Hogg
7112 Private F Holtsbaum
18742 Private C Honeybone
2373 Private C C Hope
5819 Private H Hopper
18486 Private T W Huff
4057 Private H Hughes
18593 Private L Hughes
9158 Private W Hurford
4157 Private Percival Hutchinson, 4th Field Ambulance
698 Private H Ide
3140 Private A R Jarvis
1965 Private A C Jebbitt
621 Private R F Jenkins
5741 Private S A Johnson
13459 Private L Johnston
892 Private W Johnston
20356 Corporal W A Jones
1698 Private J Joseph
5049 Private A Kellett
18528 Private H Kenyon
3221 Private R Keys
1092 Private E King
4169 Private H A King
7957 Private N Kirkham
13922 Private W Lacey
2735 Private R B Lamb
4785 Private I Lancaster
2915 Private J H Langston
3490 Private M Larry
3130 Private L Lawn
14566 Private A H Lawrence
4647 Private C Lawson
19906 Private S G Letchford
3053 Private F W Lewis
1248 Private C Ley
19352 Corporal A Lightfoot
3194 Private R Lillis
1793 Private A E Lines
147 Private W Lintott
3436 Private O List
16885 Private T Longworth
5870 Private A T Lott
3257 Private A Lovatt
4580 Private F Lowrie
7510 Private S H Lyon
1843 Staff Sergeant C A Mack
7339 Private J M Main
17006 Private R Mair
2914 Private H Manley
8364 Private A V Mann
501 Private A Marshal
14018 Private P A Massey
5535 Private C H Masters
14870 Private W Mathes
7735 Private W T Maxwell
3899 Private F J Mayes
168 Private I McCarthy
3147 Private J McCarthy
11583 Quartermaster Sergeant William McCarthy, 19th Field Ambulance
3390 Private A McClay
14922 Private A McDowell
567 Private G McGowan
12490 Private J McKay
6964 Private W Mead
3182 Private W Meehan
10542 Sgt-Major A E Mendell
3375 Private T Middleton
2532 Private H Miller
19004 Private W H Mills
3179 Private G Mitchell
18752 Private W G Mitchell
6674 Private C Moore
7887 Private H Moore
3457 Private M Moore
14941 Private W Moore
17565 Private A E Morgan
3184 Private H S Morris
4617 Private F W Moss
2702 Private T Mullin
2342 Private F W Murray
6 Private W J Nelms
170 Private D M Newall
3058 Private W H Nicholls
6687 Private J Oakley
157 Private J O'Brien
524 Private Christopher O'Callaghan, 15th Field Ambulance
7299 Private T O'Connor
1847 Staff Sergeant R W Ogg
2980 Private W O'Neill
15696 Corporal W A Page
3236 Private J Palmer
18690 Corporal A E Parkins
5 Private C Patterson
390 Private R Paul
3032 Private W H Pereira
1016 Private R Perston
9198 Private A T Petherbridge
7129 Private C Philpott
2777 Private H Pickford
16253 Private J N Pilling
20028 Private G E Pinckney
15899 Private H G Piper
135 Private F J Pontin
16242 Private A Porter
541 Private E H D Pratt
11968 Private G S Preece
19160 Sergeant F J Preston
6054 Private W G Pugh
688 Private J Radford
678 Staff Sergeant L Reed
351 Private E Reilly
3205 Private O Reilly
3062 Private W Reilly
3204 Private E Richardson
3207 Private G Richardson
3258 Private R Richardson
3012 Private H Roberts
8892 Private J I Robertson
351 Private J Robinson
916 Private I Roche
15289 Staff Sergeant H R M Rodman
2660 Private E W Rogers
12402 Staff Sergeant T E Rondell
3106 Private F Rose
19028 Private W Russell
11582 Sgt-Major J Ryan
3132 Private P G Sayer
3233 Private I Scarisbrick
15904 Private Arthur Seeley, 4th Field Ambulance
8175 Private M Shaw
17540 Private W Shergold
16852 Sergeant G I Short
1861 Corporal J E R Simmons
18957 Sergeant A C Smith
9274 Private B Smith
6441 Private E Smith
18418 Staff Sergeant G Smith
668 Private J Smith
3141 Private J Smith
3208 Private W Smith
19895 Sergeant W Smith
3882 Private F Spencer
6972 Private W R Stanley
6381 Private J Steele
2436 Private Charles H Stockbridge, 4th Field Ambulance
11627 Staff Sergeant H Stocker
7505 Private W C H Stroud
5611 Corporal E A Swatton
6727 Private R L Symonds
19023 Sergeant A Tarbet
1377 Private G Taylor
3217 Private H Taylor
3577 Private J B Taylor
5271 Private S J H Taylor
7587 Private E A Theobald
7652 Private A Thomson
17965 Sergeant T J J Thomson
6854 Private R W Thornton
18604 Staff Sergeant W Tindall
2701 Private D Tormey
3185 Private J Toussaint
2797 Private E G Towells
7251 Private A Trickett
3125 Private A J Trimby
13056 Private A Turner
3025 Private W Tyson
7602 Private W Vaughan
15643 Private T Vesey
14561 Private F A Vowles
6575 Private W H Wallis
3478 Private H Walsh
7955 Private J Walsh
509 Private M T Walsh
14582 Private G Ward
6878 Private J Ward
4116 Private E C Warner
17492 Private S Warrington
168 Private T Watkins
5481 Private J C Watts
11424 Sergeant E Weavis
6410 Private E Wells
1325 Private Charles W Westlake, 4th Field Ambulance
15716 Private J Whiffin
15995 Private J Whittaker
701 Private A B Wilkins
699 Private A S Wilkins
20703 Private W Wilkins
178 Corporal A E A Wilkinson
3148 Private C A Williams
5912 Private R Williams
5912 Pte Robert Williams
534 Private W Williams
2019 Private S J Williamson
3145 Private C W M Wills
50 Lance-Corporal H Wilson
19453 Sergeant A C Wingate
1 Private F S Wood
922 Private C Woods
6586 Private T H Woods
1111 Private William D Worrad, 4th Field Ambulance
14843 Private T G Wort

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7 May 2016

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders - PoW Other Ranks 1914

The following list of 166 NCOs and men from the 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders has been transcribed mostly from the Imperial War Museum's collection, specifically items B.O. 2 1/87, B.O. 2 1/88 and B.O. 2 1/89. The last three names on this list are from a Times newspaper's list of repatriated prisoners of war. My full transcription of these names (not reproduced here) also contains home addresses and dates of capture for most of the men.

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6464 Private J Bannatyne
5662 Private W Beattie
8922 Corporal A Bell
6471 Corporal J Boath
4968 Lance-Corporal W Bond
8931 Sergeant A Boyd
6100 Corporal J Brown
7842 Private A Burgess
6487 Private D Buttles
6968 Private A Cameron
9515 Private W Campbell
6786 Private C Chapman
4842 Corporal J Chapman
5674 Private R Clare
7103 Private D Clark
3/5781 Corporal A Cochrane
9302 Lance-Corporal W Cochrane
4892 Private J Colquhoun
7285 Corporal R Cosgrove
9186 Private P Costello
5950 Private R Cross
5508 Lance-Corporal G Darling
5445 Private J Dickson
7505 Corporal J Dornan
6460 Private M Dougall
7336 Corporal J Eadie
4582 Private J Farquharson
3/5618 Private F Ferguson
3/5962 Private D Finlayson
4991 Private G Forrest
8749 Sergeant R Forrest
5409 Private J Fraser
7079 Private A Fyfe
6418 Private A Gauld
5769 Private J Gault
5382 Private H Gilpin
5228 Private W Gollan
4996 Private W Grant
6539 Private James Gray DCM
4798 Private A Gray
9532 Private G Greig
8350 Private W Haig
8857 Private H Hamilton
6128 Private W Hamilton
7671 Piper A Henderson
6640 Private J High
4907 Private F Hillier
8254 Private C Jacobs
7614 Private J Jamieson
4616 Private S Jeffrey
8495 Private A Johnstone
9229 Private D Johnstone
7664 Corporal J Kane
6070 Private J Kelly
7023 Private James Kerr
6056 Private F Kidd
4941 Private J Laidlaw
4510 Corporal J Laing
5120 Private C Lamond
5579 Private R Law
4391 Private G Lloyd
8699 Bandsman R G Lovett
5176 Corporal A Macdonald
5238 Corporal A Macdonald
7376 Sergeant C Macdonald
5155 Private M Macdonald
9068 Corporal J Mackie
8758 Corporal T Mackinlay
3/5642 Private A MacKinnon
3/5584 Private D MacKinnon
3/5583 Private M MacKinnon
3/5676 Private J MacLean
4785 Piper D Macleod
3/5039 Private M MacLeod
5318 Private D MacMillan
5041 Private D MacSween
7693 Private J Martin
6543 Private P McAndrew
5706 Corporal McBain
5497 Private D McCormack
5600 Corporal J McCue
5238 Corporal A McDonald
3/5176 Corporal A McDonald
7376 CQMS C McDonald
3/5155 Private M McDonald
5230 Private J McGhee
4549 Private H McGovern
8110 Private W McGrath
3/5259 Private A McInnes
7198 Private R McKee
7038 Private A McKenzie
8758 Corporal T McKinlay
5843 Private C McKinnon
4605 Private A McLean
3/5453 Private R McLellan
5846 Private J McLelland
6656 CQMS H McLennan
4785 Private D McLeod
5263 Private A McManus
5318 Private D McMillan
7284 Corporal A McPherson
9375 Private D McPhillips
5689 Private A McQuarrie
3/5462 Private N McQuien
5041 Private D McSween
5354 Private A McVicar
9447 Private R Miller
8412 Private T Moffat
3/5074 Private J Mooney
3/5291 Private A Morrison
7067 Private F Morrison
3/5128 Private J Morrison
7188 Private R Munro
9585 Private J Nicholson
6810 Private W Ogg
7140 Private W Paterson
6389 Private B Perkins
6199 Private W Quinn
8794 Private J Rankin
7152 Private J Rankine
4615 Corporal J Reid
5945 Private J Reid
6847 Corporal J Reid
4615 Lance-Corporal J Reid
5945 Private J Reid
6847 Corporal J Reid
7654 Private R Ritchie
5421 Corporal G Robertson
5833 Private J Robertson
4602 Corporal T Romanes
8978 Corporal R Rough
3/5679 Private A Salmean
4574 Private C Sayers
7608 Private G Scott
9161 Private R Scott
4720 Private C Severn
7494 Private P Shand
5572 Corporal A Simpson
5859 Sergeant C Skeet
4558 Private C Smith
6732 Private J Smyth
5180 Lance-Corporal P Sneddon
6739 Private R Stenhouse
5701 Private G Stewart
6732 Private J Stewart
7207 Private W Struth
5725 Private T Taylor
7527 Corporal W Taylor
6575 Private G Thomson
4832 Private R Thornton
5642 Private W Turner
9526 Private R Walker
8884 Corporal W Walker
6173 Private T Wason
6735 Private A Williamson
3/2855 Sergeant A Wilson
5799 Private B Wilson
6535 Private J Wilson
5586 Private W Wilson
6944 Private W Winton
6032 Private J Wyllie
4657 Private S York
5272 Private A Young
5073 Pte Charles Campbell
6460 Pte Matthew Dougall
6916 Pte John Phillips

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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.

The full transcription is available for sale as a download or CD for £20. Contact me if you would like to purchase a copy.
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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