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.

For more information about these so-called 'Princess Mary tin PoWs' see my 1914 PoWs page. The majority of these men will also have records published by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Searching is free; finding your man is another matter entirely.

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 Quin.

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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