21 November 2018

RGA - Other Rank PoWs 1914

There is little more than a handful of men who served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and who were captured on or before Christmas Day 1914. The majority of these men served with 35 Heavy Battery and 48 Heavy Battery and were captured in the first real week of fighting

34859 Gunner H Brind
2255 CSM (AC) R Cook
39861 Gunner J Granaghan
40585 Gunner F C Hawkins
14976 Gunner E Jellett
38877 Gunner E J Mant
24795 Sergeant E Mayhew
32670 Bombardier J G McArthur
23828 Gunner W Philpott
38529 Gunner W C Souter
14346 Gunner F Whiffin

These records are catalogued at The Imperial War Museum under B.O.21/117 which is a single page handwritten list of 10 RGA ORs captured up to and including 25th December 1914.  The list was sent from RGA Record Office, Dover on 11th January 1919. Gunner Mant's record is held under B.O.21/118 and is a letter from Edward Clutterbuck to Princess Mary on behalf of Gunner Mant's mother (of 138 Shirland Road, Paddington, London) requesting the Princess Mary tin "to keep in memory of her son" who was killed in action in France in 1914.

The photograph on this page, source now unknown, shows men of the RGA photographed in 1920.

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