26 June 2018

14th London Regiment - Other Rank PoWs 1914

These London Scottish men were all captured by the Germans before Christmas Day 1914. Their regimental numbers are interesting and tell their own story. 217 Corporal Flockhart is the longest served man here, followed by 374 Corporal Carey and 336 Sergeant McGilvray. All three men were almost certainly serving members of the Volunteer Force who transferred to the Territorial Force in April 1908, signing up for further periods of service thereafter.

These men's names appear in two list held by the Imperial War Museum, one list giving their original regimental numbers, the second list showing their new numbers - for those who were still living -  which were issued in 1917.

Corporal Flockhart died in captivity in November 1914, as did 2302 Private Jordan. 2538 Private Gilfillan died on the 6th December 1914 and 2235 Private Wilkins died in March 1915. Home addresses or next of kin addresses in the case of those men who died, are also included in this small sample.

1777 Private R L Anderson 
2013 Private H S A Bailes 
1573 Private R S Baillie 
2109 Private S F R Baker 
374 Corporal G M M Carey 
1931 Private C A S Dewar 
776 Lance-Corporal C A Farquharason 
217 Corporal W S Flockhart 
2528 Private A Gilfillan 
758 Lance-Corporal J E A Grucky 
1680 Private C H Hart 
1423 Private E T Johnson 
2302 Private George Graeme Jordan 
2046 Private R A S Mackenzie 
2342 Private R M McCallum 
336 Sergeant G McGilvray 
2182 Private A Michie 
1661 Private H C Phelps 
1920 Private C A Prior 
2201 Private D B Pryce 
1546 Private R Quinn 
2031 Private A B Stewart 
1561 Lance-Corporal R S Taylor 
2235 Private Leslie Guy Wilkins 
1002 Corporal S Young

The image I have used on this post pre-dates the Territorial Force. For a good account of The London Scottish read A Stuart Dolden's Cannon Fodder. I had a copy which I bought when it was first published in the early 1980s, and also wrote to the author, receiving a nice response from him. Regrettably I sold both the book and the letter with it some years ago.

Remember. I research soldiers!

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