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Royal Army Medical Corps

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ackroyd Harold. Capt. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Adams Arthur James. Drv. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Addie William. Pte. (d.17th Mar 1918)
  • Ahearn Harold Algernon Joseph. Cpl.
  • Altham Arthur Gilbert. Pte. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Andrews Henry John. Capt. (d.22nd Oct 1919)
  • Arnold John. L/Cpl. (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Ashurst Wilfred. Pte. (d.29th July 1917)
  • Ashurst Wilfred. Pte. (d.29th July 1917)
  • Aston Arthur John. Str.Br. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Austin Harry. Pte.
  • Baird G. H.. Capt. (d.9th Nov 1919)
  • Baird James Fitzhenry. Pte. (d.1st Nov 1917)
  • Baird James Fitzhenry. Pte. (d.1st Nov 1917)
  • Ball Charles Bent. Lt.Col. (d.17th Mar 1916)
  • Ball R. G.. Capt.
  • Ball William Ormsby Wyndham. Lt. (d.26th Sep 1914)
  • Barbier Paul Emile.
  • Barclay John Findlay. Cpl. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Barnes Richard Thomas. Pte.
  • Bateman Arthur Cyril. Capt. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Begley Thaddeus Richard. L/Cpl. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Bell Cecil William James. Pte. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Bernard Thomas. Pte. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • Beveridge James O'Shaughnessy. Capt. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Blackmore Frank Wesley. Pte.
  • Blackmore Handel Richard. Pte.
  • Blagdon George. Pte.
  • Blaskett William Edward. Pte.
  • Bothwell Frank. Pte. (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Bradley Frederick Hoysted. L/Col. (d.22th Sep 1918)
  • Brady James. Pte. (d.8th March 1917)
  • Brady James. Pte. (d.6th May 1917)
  • Brady John. Pte. (d.29th Sep 1915)
  • Brady John. Rflm. (d.7th Nov 1917)
  • Brady Michael. Pte. (d.11th Nov 1915)
  • Braybrooke Patrick Philip William.
  • Breen Thomas Francis Pennefather. Mjr. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Brennan Thomas M.. Pte. (d.10th Apr 1917)
  • Brennock Thomas. Sgt. (d.28th Feb 1917)
  • Brett Henry.
  • Bromley John. Pte. (d.20th Mar 1918)
  • Bromley John. Pte. (d.20th Mar 1918)
  • Brookes George Septimus.
  • Brooks Isaac.
  • Brooks Victor Tom. Pte.
  • Brown Charles Henry. Cpl. (d.29th Apr 1918)
  • Brown John. Pte. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Buddle Thomas. Gnr. (d.15th Jan 1916)
  • Burns Alfred. Pte. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Calvert George Henry Wilkinson. (d.19th Nov 1916)
  • Carr Albert. Gnr. (d.14th Jul 1916)
  • Carter H. S.. Surg.
  • Carter Robert Burnside. Capt.
  • Chadwick Ralph Charlton. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Chavasse Noel Godfrey. Capt. (d.4th Aug 1917)
  • Coad Richard Henry. Cpl. (d.22nd May 1915)
  • Cork Joseph. Pte. (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Crabtree Allan. Pte. (d.17th October 1918)
  • Cummins John. Pte (d.9th Oct 1918)
  • Davies G. W.. Pte. (d.20th July 1917)
  • Davies James James Llewellyn. Pte. (d.31st March 1918)
  • Davies William John. Dvr.
  • Davis George Henry. Pte. (d.9th Jul 1916)
  • Davison Francis Keith. Cpl.
  • Dent Howard. Lt-Col.
  • Dewhurst Fred. Pte. (d.20th July 1917)
  • Dixon Richard Chandler. Pte. (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Dobson John. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Dobson John. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Dolbey Robert. Capt.
  • Donnelly William Herbert. Pte. (d.27th Aug 1919)
  • Doors G. . Sgt.
  • Drummond George Augustine. Pte. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Dunn William. Pte.
  • Dunphy John.
  • Eaddie George. Pte.
  • Edwin John Walter William. Pte (d.18 May 1915)
  • Elmes King. Capt. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Elsner Otto William Alexander. Lt.Col.
  • Emmett Joseph. Pte. (d.29th Nov 1917)
  • Emmett Joseph. Pte. (d.29th Nov 1917)
  • England James. Pte. (d.23rd June 1916)
  • Esler M.. Capt.
  • Exelby William Hugill. Dvr.
  • Exton Charles. Pte. (d.16th Jul 1918)
  • Exton Charles. Pte. (d.16th July 1918)
  • Farrar John. Pte. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Fawcett Harold. Pte. (d.3rd Nov 1915)
  • Field . Capt. (d.10th April 1915)
  • Fitzgerald Henry . Pte.
  • Flint Horace Lance. Capt.
  • Fort John James Grasshorn. Pte. (d.30th Oct 1918)
  • Fort John James Grasshorn. Pte. (d.30th Oct 1918)
  • Foster Edwin.
  • Frankland Evelyn. Sgt. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Frankland Evelyn. Sgt. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Fry . Mjr. (d.17th March 1915)
  • Gibbons Ernest Edward. Pte.
  • Gibney Thomas Matthew. Pte. (d.22md Apr 1918)
  • Gill John Edward. Pte (d.28th Dec 1917)
  • Gow Peter Flemming. Capt.
  • Grainger Herbert. Pte.
  • Green John Leslie. Cpt. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Green Richard James. 2nd Lt.
  • Greenwood William Percy. A/Sgt. (d.21st Apr 1918)
  • Greenwood William Percy. A/Sgt. (d.21st April 1918)
  • Griffiths Joseph . Lt Col
  • Griffiths William Edwin. Pte.
  • Hales Geoffrey Maurice Barnewall. Pte.
  • Haley Joseph Bertram. Sgt.
  • Harding Harold Charles. Pte.
  • Hardman Wilfred. Pte. (d.7th Dec 1915)
  • Hardy Robert. Pte. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Harford David Bernard. Pte. (d.31st Mar 1917 )
  • Hatherley Louis. Pte. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Herrod Joseph. Pte.
  • Heybyrne Edward Ernest.
  • Heybyrne Harry. (d.5th Dec 1917)
  • Hidderley Thomas. Pte. (d.2nd Dec 1918)
  • Hill Frederick. Pte
  • Hodgson Stanley Percival.
  • Hook Walter Samuel. Pte.
  • Horton Ernest William. Pte. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Jackson Edward. Gnr. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • James Alexander Fowler. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Jennings Arnold Simkin. Cpl. (d.21st Dec 1918)
  • Jobling Samuel. Pte.
  • Johnston Reginald. Pte. (d.8th Sep 1915)
  • Joy David H..
  • Kay Max. Pte. (d.9th Apr 1916)
  • Kelly John. Pte. (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Kember Arthur. Pte.
  • King Percival Frederick. Pte.
  • Kirkpatrick John Simpon. Pte. (d.19th May 1915)
  • Lauder . Lt.
  • Lescher Frank Graham. Capt.
  • Linfoot Arthur L.. Pte.
  • Linton Stanley Fox.
  • Lloyd Bertram Douglas. A/Sgt.
  • Long H. W.. Mjr.
  • Lord Abraham Hill. Pte.
  • Lord Thomas Edward. Private
  • Lorrimer Alfred. Pte. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Lorrimer Alfred. Pte. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Low Thomas. Pte. (d.29th Jul 1916)
  • Lycett William Dalton. L/Cpl.
  • MacDonald James. Sjt.
  • MacKinnon James David. T/Capt.
  • Mahy William B.. Pte. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Maidlow Walter Charles. WO1
  • Makin George Leslie. Lt. (d.25th Aug 1918)
  • March John Edward. Sgt.Mjr.
  • Marshall George William. Pte.
  • Marshall Moor. Pte.
  • Martin . Capt.
  • McBride James. Pte. (d.31st March 1918)
  • McCarter William Harold Raphael. Capt.
  • McConway John. Pte. (d.20th May 1918)
  • McKenna Stephen. Sgt. (d.28th March 1918)
  • McNiff J.. Capt.
  • McVittie Thomas William. Pte.
  • Millard Reginald Jeffery. Col.
  • Mills Charles James. (d.24th Jan 1919)
  • Mitchell Francis Sydney. Lt. (d.15th Feb 1916)
  • Moritz Oscar Frank. 2nd Lt. (d.27th July 1916)
  • Morris Alfred Edwin. Pte.
  • Morrison Francis Alfred. Sgt.
  • Morriss Frederick Walter. Pte.
  • Munro James. Pte. (d.13th Aug 1915)
  • Newton Percival Bloomfield. Dvr.
  • Newton Percival Bloomfield. Dvr.
  • Nicholls Thomas Alfred. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Northcott Robert Edward. Pte.
  • Nutter James Halstead. Sergeant
  • Nutter William. Pte. (d.29th May 1918)
  • O'Keefe David Augustus. Sjt.
  • Oliver Thomas. 2nd Lt.
  • Osborne Cecil Austin. Pte.
  • Osborne William George. Sgt.
  • Parry Thomas Oswell. A/L/Sgt.
  • Phelps Roy Cecil. Capt.
  • Pollard Frank. Pte.
  • Porter Fred.
  • Porter James. L/Cpl.
  • Porter John Gillespie. Sgt. (d.27th March 1917)
  • Potter Herbert. Spr.
  • Poulton James William. Pte.
  • Price Eynon. Pte. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Pridham John Alexander. Capt.
  • Priestley . Mjr.
  • Purvis John. Pte. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Raffan Thomas Alexander. Pte. (d.23rd Dec 1918)
  • Rafter James Patrick. Cpt.
  • Ranken Harry Sherwood. Capt. (d.25th Sep 1914)
  • Ratcliffe Ellis. Sgt.Maj.
  • Read Stanford. Mjr.
  • Reynolds Herbert Vincent. Pte.
  • Richards William. Pte.
  • Riddle Wilfred Hedley. Pte. (d.28th Aug 1917)
  • Rogerson William. Capt. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Rome Henry Flockhart. Sgt.
  • Ronnie James Wallace. Pte. (d.25th Apr 1918)
  • Russell John Fox. (d.6 November 1917)
  • Russell John Fox. Capt. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Russell John Fox. Capt. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Sarsfield Luke. Pte. (d.21st Nov 1915)
  • Shaw John William. Pte.
  • Shorthouse Frances James. QMSgt.
  • Single Keith Stewart Cresswell. Chap.
  • Sismey George Clifford. Private
  • Smart Colin. Pte.
  • Smith John. Pte. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Smith John Duncan. Pte. (d.4th June 1917)
  • Sossick Hercules. Cpl.
  • Sproule James Chambers. Lt.
  • Starkie James Thomas. Capt.
  • Stenhouse J. A.. Lt.
  • Stephens Fred Noel. Sgt.
  • Stephenson William. Pte. (d.1st Sep 1916)
  • Sugden James Henry. Pte. (d.11th Feb 1917)
  • Sutcliffe A. A.. Capt. (d.12th March 1915)
  • Sutcliffe Vincent. Pte.
  • Sutcliffe Wilfred. Corporal
  • Tebb George. Pte.
  • Thompson Albert George. Col.
  • Thorpe Ernest. Pte. (d.7th July 1918)
  • Thorpe Ernest. Pte. (d.7th July 1918)
  • Todd William Charles. Dvr. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Tolmie James. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Turner Thomas Cyril. Pte. (d.24th Nov 1915)
  • Tye Charles William. Pte.
  • Vaughan William David. Pte.
  • Vidal . Capt.
  • Wall Frederick Lawrence. Lt.Col.
  • Walsh Thomas Joseph. L/Cpl.
  • Webb John Francis. Pte.
  • White John Frederick. Pte. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Wilkin William. A/Cpl. (d.29th Oct 1916)
  • Williams Harold John. Sjt.
  • Wills William. Pte.
  • Wiseman Harold Arthur. Pte.
  • Wray Benjamin Franklin. Capt.
  • Wright John George. Pte. (d.20th Jul 1917)

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Cpt. John Leslie Green VC att. 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st July 1916)

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John Leslie Green was killed in action at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916. He is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France. Born at Buckden, Hunts. Son of John George and Florence May Green, of St. Mark's Lodge, Cambridge. Educated at Felsted School and Downing College, Cambridge, and Bartholomew's Hospital.

An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29695, dated 4th Aug., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous devotion to duty. Although himself wounded, he went to the assistance of an officer who had been wounded and was hung up on the enemy's wire entanglements, and succeeded in dragging him to a shell hole, where he dressed his wounds, notwithstanding that bombs and rifle grenades were thrown at him the whole time. Captain Green then endeavoured to bring the wounded officer into safe cover, and had nearly succeeded in doing so when he himself was killed."

s flynn


A/Cpl. William Wilkin 8th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.29th Oct 1916)

Will Wilkin was a regular soldier. He is recorded on the 1911 census as a Private (Clerk) at Delhi Barracks in Tidworth. Unfortunately, his papers form part of the "burnt" records. His unit was operating in the area around Colincamps in the Somme when he was killed. His grave is in Euston Road Cemetery. He was 30 years old when he died, and was unmarried. His mother became National President of the Co-operative Women's Guild in the year following his death, and she made reference to the losses that every family was experiencing in her address to the 1917 Congress in Torquay.

Ruth Appleby


Cpl. Richard Henry Coad Royal Army Medical Corps (d.22nd May 1915)

Dick Coad was killed in action on the 22nd of May 1915, aged 23. He is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Richard Henry and Ellen Jane Coad. Born at Redruth, Cornwall. Dick lived at 47 March Street, Burnley. He was wounded on May 20th 1915 and handed over to the 4th (London) Field Ambulance for treatment.

His friend, Harry Greenhalgh, wrote to Dick's parents: "Last Thursday evening the Germans started shelling this place, and a group of us were standing not far from our billet when a shell burst about ten yards away. Dick, Will and another of our chaps were hit, but we soon had them inside, and our officer, who is a doctor and was in the billet at the time, attended to them, and it was not long before they were taken into hospital. I went to see them the following day and found them all right. As I expect Dick will be all right in a few weeks. They have taken him away from this place, I don't know where he has been removed, but I am expecting a letter from him any time now. I received the parcel you sent to him yesterday, and Dick told me to divide it among the section. I am looking after his kit for him and will let you know if I hear something."

Sadly, Dick succumbed to his wounds and was buried at Chocques Military Cemetery. Harry Greenhalgh, also from Burnley, survived the war and ended up as a Serjeant in the R.A.M.C.

s flynn


Pte. William Richards 110th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

William Richards RAMC

My grandfather, William Richards on rare occasions, would tell me what it was like in the trenches, when he would have to climb over the trenches to bring the injured back, having to comfort them saying they were going to be all right when he new they were dying. His eyes would always mist over when telling me these stories

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Geoffrey Richards


Pte. Allan Crabtree 62nd Gen. Hosp Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.17th October 1918)

Allan Crabtree died of Broncho-Pneumonia at No.2 General Hospital in Le Havre, France on 17th October 1918, aged 25.

Burnley born Allan, was the only son of Barker and Elizabeth Ellen Crabtree, his father, a native of Todmorden was a dental mechanic who made and adapted artificial teeth. Allan followed his father into the dental profession and upon enlisting for the army he was shown as an unregistered dental mechanic.

In May 1915 Allan Crabtree married Sarah May Hayhurst, the following year a daughter, Marjorie was born and in 1916 their son, Fred arrived. Allan and May lived at 73 Oxford Road in the same house as his parents, a Baptist he was at one time connected to the Hollingreave Congregational Church. On the 24th August 1916 he was enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps, his records show that he was 5ft 4 inches, 108lbs and physically well developed.

Making use of his dental knowledge the army utilised him as a dental mechanic first in Italy and later at the military hospital in Valletta, Malta where as a specialist he was paid an extra 6d per day. he worked at the hospital between March 1917 and June 1918, he then embarked for Italy and landed at Taranto in early August before continuing to France. He spent time at home on leave in Burnley during September 1918 before returning to France on October 2nd. Two weeks later Allan Crabtree would be dead.

It was at Le Havre, France that Allan Crabtree died of Broncho-Pneumonia at No.2 General Hospital on 17th October 1918. He left a widow May and two young children behind in Burnley. The local newspaper reported that "By a host of friends and acquaintances his death will be much regretted".

His grave can be found in the Ste. Marie Cemetery at Le Havre, his parents grave in Burnley Cemetery also carries the inscription "Also of their son Pte. Allan Crabtree. R. A. M. C. Died in France, Oct 17th 1918, aged 25 years.

s flynn


Pte. Frederick Walter Morriss Royal Army Medical Corps.

Walter Morris as he was known, was a baker like his father, which probably explains why he served as a cook. I have no other information about where he served other than France, shown on the Medal Role Index Card. He signed up 22/12/1914 and was demobbed on 22/02/1919.

John Morriss


Pte. James James Llewellyn Davies 2nd/2nd Northumbrian Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.31st March 1918)

James Davies died 31st March 1918 and is buried in the Namps-au-Val British Cemetery in France. He was the son of John and Jane Davies From Cwmann, Lampeter, Wales

s flynn


Pte. William Nutter 76th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th May 1918)

William Nutter died of wounds on 29th May 1918, aged 22. Buried in the Marfaux British Cemetery in France, he was the son of Mr. Robert & Mrs. Elizabeth Nutter, of 12, Daneshouse Rd., Burnley

William worked in the Tram shed at Burnley prior to enlisting. He was wounded in the hip on 27/05/1918 at a French Casualty Clearing Station by shrapnel and later taken to No.48 Casualty Clearing Station. The following day, according to a returned prisoner who contacted his parents after the war, "We were all taken prisoner and your son died on the 29th and was buried at a place called Montigny."

s flynn


Capt. Harry Sherwood Ranken VC Royal Army Medical Corps (d.25th Sep 1914)

Harry Rankin died of wounds on the 25th of September 1914 and is buried in Braine Communal Cemetery in France. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France), for gallant conduct during the operations from 21st to 30th August 1914. Harry was the son of the Rev. Henry Ranken and Helen Morton Ranken, of The Manse, Irvine, Ayrshire. Native of Glasgow.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 28976, dated 13th Nov., 1914, records the following: "For tending wounded in the trenches under rifle and shrapnel fire at Hautevesnes on 19th September and on 20th September continuing to attend to wounded after his thigh and leg had been shattered. (He has since died of wounds.)"

s flynn


Pte. John Duncan Smith 5th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.4th June 1917)

John Smith was killed in action on the 4th of June 1917, aged 26 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He was the son of John and Christina Smith of Lochore, Fife

s flynn


Pte. John Dobson 33rd Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.3rd Nov 1918)

John Dobson died of Pneumonia on 3rd November 1918, aged 32. He is buried in Skopje British Cemetery in the Republic of Macedonia. He was the son of Edward and Alice Dobson, husband of Nellie Dobson, of 33, Colbran St., Burnley. Born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth.

s flynn


Pte. Samuel Jobling DCM. att. 58th Field Ambulance Royal Army Service Corps

Samuel Jobling DCM served with the RASC (MT) attached to 58th Field Ambulance during WW1 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal whilst serving with the 19th Division. He was a Motor Ambulance Driver with 3 blue chevrons and noted with one wound stripe. He had enlisted at Burnley on 17th July 1915. He was discharged as being no longer fit for military service on the 18th December 1918. Born in 1892, he was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The citation for the D.C.M. published in the London Gazette reads: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. For six days he drove his ambulance between the regimental aid posts and advanced dressing stations under heavy shell fire with almost no rest. On one occasion he made fourteen consecutive trips on a road under heavy fire. He undoubtedly saved many lives, and only ceased work when he himself was badly wounded.

Nick Jobling


Pte. George Blagdon 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

George Blagdon transferred to the Royal Medical Corps



Dvr. William Hugill Exelby 72nd Field Ambulance Corps Army Service Corps

William Exelby was one of four brothers to serve during the Great War. He attested at Stokesley on 6th January, 1915, stating his occupation as farm labourer. He was 20 years and 9 months old, 5'9" and weighed 136.5lb with a chest measurement of 37.5" and good physical development when he enlisted in January 1915. William trained as a driver with the Army Service Corps at Bradford and he was posted to France as an ambulance driver, leaving Southampton for le Havre where he arrived on 1st September 1915. He served 72nd Field Ambulance, attached to 24th Division. After the war William returned home to Stokesley.



Pte. Handel Richard Blackmore No. 9 Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps

Handel Richard Blackmore was born on Monday 21st November 1887 at 44 Drury Lane, Chadderton, Lancashire. He was the son of Walter Henry and Lydia Rachel Blackmore (née Farvis), brother to William Walter Blackmore, and first cousin once removed to Frederick Charles Blackmore and second cousin to Frank Wesley Blackmore. As a boy he had worked as a Cotton Mule Piecer (they had to lean over the spinning-machine to repair the broken threads) and later as a Cotton Spinner Operative. In 1911 Handel was living with his widowed mother Lydia at 750 Oldham Road, Failsworth, Lancashire.

During the war, Handel was assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private 42554 and was sent to France on 23rd December 1914. Unfortunately Handel's service papers were burnt in the WWII Blitz but based upon other soldiers' service numbers which appear in the same sequence it is fairly safe to assume that Handel enlisted on 23rd October 1914 and served in No.9 Casualty Clearing Station.

The unit left Southampton on 21st December 1914 on board the SS Georgian that arrived at Le Havre at 3 a.m. Handel served with No. 9 Casualty Clearing Station at Lycée, St. Omer and Lillers. Along with No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station, No. 9 left for Italy on 1st November as part of the Third Army, British Expeditionary Force.

Handel Richard Blackmore survived the war and was subsequently discharged on 17th March 1919 but placed in 'Z' reserve in case the war should recommence. After the war he worked as a self-employed Draper and died in June 1966 in Middleton, Lancashire fifteen months after his wife Ada had passed away.


Pte. Frank Wesley Blackmore No. 6 Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

F. W. Blackmore

Frank Blackmore was born at 14 Worrall Road, Clifton, on Saturday July 19th 1890. He was the son of Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith), who were lodging there at the time. He was later educated at Summerhill Council School, St. George, Bristol and by 1911 was working as a clerk in Packers, a local chocolate factory in Greenbank. He enlisted in Bristol on Monday 8th February 1915. At the time he was still living with his parents at 'Fillwood', 334 Church Road, St. George, Bristol.

His medical records show that Frank was 24 years 6 months of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a 35 1/2 inch chest. He was appointed Private 52165 in the Royal Army Medical Corps and would be paid 1s. 2d. per day. He was sent to Llandrindod Wells, Wales in April 1915 for two anti-typhoid inoculations and to commence his basic training. Before being posted abroad Frank received additional proficiency pay of 4d. per day as from 11th May 1915. He was to land in Le Havre, France on Wednesday 9th June 1915 with No. 6 Stationary Hospital, RAMC, part of the British Expeditionary Force along with Lieutenant A. Jamieson and other volunteers who were placed in No. 6 Ward.

On 25th February 1917 he applied to join the infantry and was sent to No. 16 Officer Training Battalion at Kimnel, North Wales. In their 28th November 1917 edition the London Gazette announced that as of 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. He was later to be attached to 4th (Reserve) Battalion, "The Queen's" Royal West Surrey Regiment. He never saw active service again and was demobilized on Saturday 22nd March 1919.


Pte. Thomas Cyril Turner 2nd/1st Notts and Derby Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.24th Nov 1915)

Thomas Turner was buried in the Arzew Communal Cemetery, Algeria.

S Flynn


Sgt. Fred Noel Stephens Kings (Liverpool) Regiment

Fred Stephens was born in 1890 and lived in Liverpool. He was 24 years of age when war started and was already serving with the Kings Liverpool Regiment. He went to Aldershot and became an Army Gymnastic Instructor, and then served at Sefton Park Hospital, Liverpool, where his senior officer was Captain Smith, Royal Army Medical Corps.

M. Craven


John Dunphy 96th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

John Dunphy served with 96th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Gary Parkin


Pte. Thomas Low 1/3 3rd Highland Field Ambulance (d.29th Jul 1916)

Thomas Low was my grandmother's cousin. He was born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland in February 1900 and died of his wounds on 29th July 1916. He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, France and his grave number is 11E35. He . He joined up in Dundee, Scotland, and was involved in the Battle of the Somme.

Pat Kennedy


Pte. Victor Tom Brooks Att. Ox & Bucks Light Infantry Royal Army Medical Corps

My great uncle Victor Brooks enlisted in the RAMC on 7th August 1915 in Leeds, West Yorkshire (formally West Riding of Yorkshire). He was attached to the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry and deployed with them in October 1915 to Salonika where the British Army objective was to assist the Serbs in their fight against Bulgarian aggression.

He was wounded on 10th April 1917 and the following is the transcript of a letter sent to his mother from the Chaplin L. Whitcombe, dated 11th April 1917.

Dear Madam,

You will have heard from the War Office that your son Pte. Brooks R.A.M.C. attached to the O.B.L.I. has been wounded. He came through this ambulance A.D.S. 80th field ambulance, Salonika Army, last night and though badly wounded in several places he never once murmured. He asked me to write and let you know that he was being sent down to a general hospital at the Base.

You will be glad to hear that I gave him his Easter Holy Communion while he was waiting to go on after his wounds had been dressed.

He was hit by a shell which burst near his boys camp. He is seriously wounded and has lost much blood, but I think if we pray for him he will recover and be home before he otherwise would have been. His bones I believe are not broken.

He is a good boy and wonderfully patient.

God bless both him and you.

Yours Faithfully

L. Whitcombe c-f

C of E.

Subsequently my great uncle was transferred to a hospital in Malta and returned to England in early 1918. The accompanying hospital ship was sunk as they sailed home. He was discharged from the army on the 2nd May 1918 as surplus to military requirements. He had received gun shot wounds to both thighs and lower legs as well as his right shoulder and left arm. I recall him having to wear a built-up boot on his left leg because of his injuries. He received a War Pension assessed at 40% for the rest of his life. Despite his resultant disabilities he was able to continue as a painter and decorator during his working life and was happily married and a father to two children.

Elizabeth Hill


Pte. James England 2nd Btn. Border Regiment (d.23rd June 1916)

James England of 15 Sherwood St, Newton died of his wounds on 23rd June 1916. He was the only child of Herbert and Frances England. A colliery banksboy at Tibshelf Colliery in 1911, he enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps on his 19th birthday on 20th February 1915 at Chesterfield. Having passed his nursing class in May 1915 he transferred to 3rd Battalion, Border Regiment and in January 1916 to the 2nd Battalion, disembarking in France that same month. He was serving with the 2nd when, on 19th June 1916, he received a gunshot wound to his chest from which he died four days later. His parents travelled to see his grave in 1920 on a pass from the Foreign Office.

Parents of James England

Tony Mellors


Sgt. Francis Alfred Morrison MSM 110th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Frank Morrison served with 110th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps in 36th Division.

Francis Alfred Morrison

14/6/1919 Discharge Reference for Francis Alfred Morrison

Hazel Morrison


Capt. Roy Cecil Phelps HMHS Grantully Castle

My great uncle was Lieut. Col Roy. C. Phelps. From stories he told us many years ago I knew that at one point he was a doctor on the hospital ship Grantully Castle. From the University of Toronto's records I found a record of his early days of service. He then spent many years in Burma and was the Medical Superintendent in Rangoon before the second world war began.

Lois McNally


Pte. George Tebb Royal Army Medical Corps

My grandfather, George Tebb, was born on 27 Jan 1896 in St Helens, Lancashire to George Tebb and Frances Jane (nee Ashcroft). His family were devout Salvation Army members, his father a bandsman, band leader and a Professor of Music. My grandfather, too, was a pianist and also played the cornet in the SA Band. He worked in the local glass factory by day and involved himself with the SA in all his spare time. My grandfather was a pacifist but knew that he had to join up at the outbreak of war. So, he decided to join the RAMC - the Medical Corps, probably feeling that this would not compromise his pacifist beliefs but no doubt aware that he would often be in the 'thick of it' for much of his service.

I think that although he survived the war and went back to glass making and piano tuning (as a side-line) and remained with the Salvation Army to the end of his life, he was terribly affected by his war-time service. He was a man who suffered from mental problems on and off for the remainder of his life with spells in hospital. Thankfully, he had married my grandmother, Minnie Tebb, an immensely practical woman who often had to keep the family together (they just had one daughter, Eileen, my mother) and they had a boarding house in Blackpool so that granddad's recurring illnesses could be covered by income from the business. It was his music that kept him going for much of the time - although after an accident in the glass factory that severely damaged his right hand he could no longer play the piano, sadly. However, for his services to brass bands he was recognised by Sir Malcolm Sergeant in 1964. George died in Blackpool in 1969.

George Tebb Brass Band Award

Gill Chesney-Green


Cpl. Charles Henry Brown 71st Sanitary Division Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th Apr 1918)

Charles Henry Brown was my great uncle. The following is an excerpt from a family history written by his sister Rosie in 1950:

Charles joined the R.A.M.C. Sanitary Division and was sent to Egypt, and then on to France. In 1918 he decided to apply for a commission, but before he could return to the U.K. for training, he had to spend one month in a combatant corps. He was transferred to the West Ridings in April 1918. On the last day of that month, volunteers were called for a particular job. He volunteered and was killed outright.

Grave of Charles Henry Brown, La Clytte Cemetery, Nr Ypres, Belgium

Peter Jewitt


Pte. Alfred Edwin Morris 28th Field Ambulance

My father, Edwin Morris, later Archbishop of Wales, wrote this:

I was posted to the 73rd General Hospital at Trouville and given the job of telephone orderly. As I had never used the telephone before, this was an odd appointment, but I soon got the hang of it.

In the early autumn of 1918 we had a lot of fatal cases of influenza at the hospital. Big strong men would die of this within a very few days, and the doctors seemed to be at a loss how to deal with it. Somehow it seemed worse that soldiers should die of a civilian illness in a safe area than of wounds on the field of battle.

It was while I was telephone orderly at the 73rd General Hospital that rumours of a possible armistice began to circulate, and on the morning of November 11th I received the official message that at 11 a.m. the hostilities would cease. I took it to the Colonel, who could hardly believe it. He rang through to confirm it, and then authorized the release of the news to the hospital. The effect was magical. The hospital began to empty immediately. Discipline went to the winds and patients who had been confined to bed poured out and went down to the town in their hospital blue, where they were given free drinks in the estaminets. It was three or four days before we got them all back.

Geoffrey Morris


Sgt. Joseph Bertram Haley Royal Army Medical Corps

Joseph Haley was my paternal grandfather born in 1885 in Tavistick Devon and died approx 1935 in Truro, Cornwall. He trained in either Lambeth, London or the Royal Victoria Hospital, Southampton pre war. Served WW1, in the 2nd General Hospital, Le Havre, and in Gallipoli.

I'm still researching, but it seems that he moved around with his unit in France, before being sent to Imbros, Greece in August 1915, where he was involved subsequently in the Gallipoli conflict. He may have moved back and forth between England and Greece in the hospital ships.

S. Haley


Dvr. William John Davies 148 Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery

William and Mary

William Davies was seriously injured on the morning of 25th March 1918 near Roye during the German Spring Offensive having served with 148 Brigade RFA since March 1915. He was first treated at 96th Field Ambulance and later the same day at 50 Casualty Clearing Station. It was here that he lost his left arm and left leg. Having been treated at No. 9 Hospital in France he arrived at the 3rd Western General in Cardiff on the 1st April 1918. He was later treated at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool where he lived.

By 1919 he was employed selling newspapers outside the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and continued for 17 years. He fathered a further 4 children giving a total of 10 all together. He had a house boat moored near Hilbre Island, West Kirby which he used to visit as often as he could and was a very keen gardener. He died in December 1949. A truly remarkable man.

Gordon Davies


Sgt.Mjr. John Edward March 22nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

John March joined the Royal Army Medical Corps on 30th of Nov 1901 aged 19. He had previously served in the 1st Volunteer Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (Militia). Prior to WW1 he served abroad in South Africa and in Aldershot.

He progressed through the ranks and was promoted to Staff Sergeant (Sgt) on 10th Aug 1914 and joined the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in Belgium on 16th Aug 1914. The following year on 5th Jun 1915 he was promoted to 2nd Quartermaster Sgt (2QMS). On 16th Sep 1915 he joined No 22nd Field Ambulance, 7th Division in the Field . On 15th Oct 1916 he joined No 7 General Hospital in St Omer and then Boulogne and remained until 24th Mar 1919. On the 31st Dec 1916 he was appointed Acting Sgt Major for the duration of the War and on the 1st Jun 1918 he was promoted to Temporary Warrant Office (WO) Class I & appointed Temporary Sgt Major. On 20th Jun 1918 he was substantively promoted to WO Class II.

John Edward March was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, which was promulgated in the London Gazette on 17th Jun 1918. On 12th May 1919 he returned to Depot RAMC Aldershot and on 1st Oct 1921 was promoted to substantive WO Class I and appointed Sgt Major. He was posted to the Mustapha Reception Station in Alexandria, Egypt and his family went with him. They returned to England on the 8th Apr 1927. He was discharged on 24th Sep 1927 after 26 Years Service.


Pte. John Frederick White 3rd Wessex Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.31st July 1917)

My Uncle John White was born at 11 Woodlands Street, Kingston, Portsmouth. He was the eldest child of John Frederick White RN and Mary Ann White and brother to Grace Dye, my mother. John was better known as Jack to family and friends. He developed a passion for music and was talented in both piano and clarinet and took the later to war.

He enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps on the 19th of August 1915 in the 3rd Wessex Field Ambulance with the regimental number 2375. The Territorial force was sent to France in November 1914, during the war it was renumbered as the 217th Field Ambulance RAMC. He was a Stretcher bearer After some weeks at the 1st Territorial base at Rouen he was posted to the 4th Field Ambulance, 8th division in France on 4th of October 1916. On the 10th December 1916 he was posted to the 26th Field Ambulance also in the 8th Division. His regimental number was changed to 461550 early in 1917 when all territorial force soldiers were allotted new numbers.

Jack was killed in action at the battle of Pilckem. His mother, my grandmother, never forgot her son and remembered him every year up till her death in 1949 by placing a memorial in the Portsmouth Evening News. This is one of them.

Short was your life my darling son,

But peaceful be your rest.

Your mother misses you most of all

because she loved you best

When all alone I sit and think

I seem to hear you say,

keep up your heart dear mother.

we will meet again some day

In all those dark days John experienced he made time to send many postcards and presents to his family. Wish I could tell him how proud the family are.

Lynda Ibbotson


A/L/Sgt. Thomas Oswell Parry 2/2nd (Welsh) Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Thomas Parry enlisted in the army at Cardiff on the 18 February 1915. He underwent a medical examination that day at the Cardiff RAMC(T) Depot. He was a shop assistant aged 29 years and eleven months. He was 5'4 1/2" tall. His weight was not recorded. His chest, fully expanded, was 36" with a range of expansion of 3". His physical development and eyesight were good. He joined the 2/2 Welsh Field Ambulance Corps. His regimental number was 2236 but this was crossed out (at a later date?) and amended to 366250.

On the 15th of March 1915 - He was at Aberystwyth with the 2nd Welsh Field Ambulance RAMC. Thomas arrived in France on the 20th of November 1915. He was subsequently awarded the 1915 star. (NB His unit was in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine so France may well be an error).

In about 1916 He saw service with the RAMC in Egypt and Gallipoli and from the 11th of June 1917 to 22nd of February 1919 he was admitted to hospital at various times suffering from dysentery. On the 11th of April 1919 he was invalided to England and on the 20th was admitted to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton suffering from dysentery On the 28 May 1919 - He was classed as Biii at dispersal and was discharged on the 27th of June 1919 as an Acting Staff Sergeant in the RMC, Reg. No. 366250. By the 14th of November 1919 he had been sent the British Silver War Badge (awarded to those who survived the war but were discharged from the ranks due to injury or illness).

Adrian Parry


Capt. Vidal Royal Army Medical Corps

Captain Vidal, RAMC, was sent to Wittenberg POW Camp to help during the typhus epidemic in 1915.


Capt. A. A. Sutcliffe Royal Army Medical Corps (d.12th March 1915)

Captain Sutcliffe was sent to Wittenberg POW Camp to give medical help during a typhus epidemic. Sadly, he died on 12th March 1915 at the age of 33 after contracting the disease. He is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, grave XIX.C.4.


Mjr. Priestley RAMC

Major Priestley was one of six doctors who were sent by the Germans to deal with the typhus outbreak at Wittenberg POW Camp between January and late July 1915.


Mjr. H. W. Long Royal Army Medical Corps

Major Long was a prisoner in Torgau, Saxony POW Camp.


Lt. Lauder Royal Army Medical Corps

Lt Lauder was one of six RAMC doctors who were sent by the Germans to help with an outbreak of typhus at Wittenberg POW Camp (January to July 1915).


Mjr. Fry Royal Army Medical Corps (d.17th March 1915)

Major Fry was one of six RAMC doctors dispatched by the Germans to deal with the typhus outbreak at Wittenberg POW Camp. Sadly, he became infected with typhus and died. He is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, grave XIX.C.5.


Capt. Field Royal Army Medical Corps (d.10th April 1915)

Captain Field was one of six doctors who were sent by the Germans to Wittenberg POW Camp to deal with an outbreak of typhus. Sadly, he caught typhus and died in April 1915. He is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, grave XIX.C.3.


Capt. M. Esler RAMC

Captain Esler was a prisoner at Stralsund POW camp.


Capt. Robert Dolbey RAMC

Captain Dolbey had been captured at La Bassee in October 1914, when he was in charge of a field hospital. Subsequently, he was imprisoned at Sennelager and Crefeld POW Camps.


Lt.Col. Otto William Alexander Elsner MID, DSO. 27th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Otto Elsner was born in Ireland on 4th June 1871. He was educated at Galway Grammar School and studied at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1897 he was employed as the Medical Officer for the building of the Ibadan to Ilorin railway in Nigeria. In 1899 he joined the RAMC and served throughout the South African war. He was awarded the Queen's Medal with 5 clasps. Between 1902 and 1905 he served in India, then returned to South Africa in 1910 returning to Britain at the outbreak of war in 1914.

Otto went to France with the British Expeditionary Force in September 1914, and served with the 6th Cavalry Field Ambulance in Belgium during the First Battle of Ypres. In early 1915 he took over command of 27th Field Ambulance. In 1917, he was appointed Assistant Director Medical Services of 9th (Scottish) Division. He was mentioned five times in despatches, awarded the DSO in 1917 and appointed CBE in 1919. He retired from the Army in 1926 and died in 1953.


Lt. Francis Sydney Mitchell Royal Army Medical Corps (d.15th Feb 1916)

Lt. Francis Mitchell was killed near Ypres while attending the wounded on the 15th of February 1916, he was aged 26.

s flynn


Charles James Mills 108th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.24th Jan 1919)

Charles Mills died of wounds received in action on 24th January 1919

s flynn


Pte. George Henry Davis 21st (2nd Tyneside Scottish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers (d.9th Jul 1916)

My Great Grandfather George Davis was born in Houghton le Spring and was a hewer in the coal mines in the North East. He moved from Houghton le Spring and went to Castletown in Sunderland in 1909ish. In January 1915 he joined up with his pals and enlisted in the Tyneside Scottish where over the next year with spent training on how to be a soldier. In 1916 they set of for France and moved up the line facing the villiage of La Boisselle where at 7.30am July 1st they went over the top and were cut down like sheaths of corn. My Great Grandfather was wounded in the attack and ended up in No. 11 Stationary British Hospital in Rouen where on the 9th July he succumbed to his wounds and was buried in St Sever War Cemetery in Rouen. I would love to see a photo of him unfortunately not been able to come across one so far.

Graeme Robson


Patrick Philip William Braybrooke Royal Fusiliers

Patrick Philip William Braybrooke, F.R.S.L., enlisted on the 21st of Sep 1915 in the Royal Fusiliers and first disembarked 14 Nov 1915. He was discharged 4 Mar 1919 whilst serving with the R.A.M.C. due to sickness. Family memory suggests that during his service overseas he had been subject to gassing, and that this experience continued to have some destabilizing effect throughout his life. His younger brother, though, himself a Sandhurst-educated military officer, considered Patrick as his definition of a hero. He was, after all, a poet, unintended for warfare and wholly unprepared, but this was no deterrent in answering his country's call without hesitation. The opinion was captured in a tape-recorded memoir. Other opinions were less favourable. Three times married, Patrick showed little or no support, financial or otherwise, to the issue of those marriages. His son, Neville Braybrooke, a noted literary critic and author, was the child of Patrick's first marriage, to Lettice Bellairs, who with his mother was abandoned by his father when he was but a toddler. Later, as an adult, Neville was to receive a note, passed along during a lecture he was giving; the note said, "I am your father. Can we meet?" Similarly, Patrick's daughter from a subsequent marriage knew her father very little.

A talented author, Patrick Braybrooke later wrote a number of biographies and works which offer significant insights both into celebrities of the age and into the social history of his time. He was the youngest Fellow of the Royal Society of Letters, recommended, for one, by kinsman G.K.Chesterton whom he frequently visited at Top Meadow. Commentary on his literary career supercedes that of his military service. Perhaps this entry will serve to balance the scale a tad.

Angela E. Galloway


Sgt. John Gillespie Porter 18th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.27th March 1917)

My great uncle John Porter, first joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and then transferred to the 18th Btn Royal Irish Rifles. I'm assuming because of his wounds he was brought back from France to the Curragh Military Hospital near Dublin, where he died on 27th March 1917. He is buried in Belfast City cemetery.

Bill Porter


George Henry Wilkinson Calvert DCM. 19th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.19th Nov 1916)

My Great Grandfather George Calvert DCM served in the 19th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps Service No.27773. Henry (as he was known) was born in 1877 in Bedlington, Northumberland and was killed in action on 3rd November 1916 He was buried at Guillemont Road cemetery.

He was Awarded the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) and the citation reads as follows; "Henry entered the war in France on 3rd October 1915. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry while acting as one of the advanced stretcher bearers. He repeatedly made journeys across the open under intense shell fire to bring in wounded men, and exhibited the greatest coolness and courage in the performance of his hazardous duties".


Pte. Reginald Johnston 89th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.8th Sep 1915)

Reginald Johnston was purported to have been born in Leeds about 1896. His father (Peter Nisbet Johnston, from Haddington, Scotland) retired as a sergeant in the 17th Lancers and served in Ireland where he married Annie Cousins from South Creek, Norfolk on the 2md of Nov 1897 in Ballincollig, Ireland.


Pte. Ernest Edward Gibbons 138th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Ernest Gibbons was born in September 1882 and married Georgina Elizabeth Neale. They had five children before he joined the 138th Field Ambulance. He suffered in a gas attack and was classed as disabled and honorably discharged on 13th of March 1918.

Andrew Gibbons


Pte. William Edward Blaskett 10th Australian Field Ambulance

Bill Blaskett was gassed at Ploegsteert Woods on 8th of June 1917 but survived. He is the father of well known Australian entertainer & ventriloquist Ron Blaskett and Gerry Gee

Paul Simmonds


Dvr. William Charles Todd att. 1st/3rd (South Midland) Field Ambulance Royal Army Service Corps (d.15th Aug 1917)

My great grandad William Todd served in the First World War in Belgium, he is buried in the Dovinghem Military Cemetery. I would like to find out where he was injured, where he died of his wounds, what those wounds were and what job he was doing at the time. I believe that he may have been attached to the Royal Army Medical Corps as a HT driver. (The CGWC site states that he was with the 1st/3rd South Midland Field Ambulance.) There was a casualty clearing station near the cemetery, but I am not sure if this is relevant to William's story. There is a plaque in Bristol Cathedral with his, and several others' names on it. I would like to find out why it is there. Unfortunately, there are no photos of William.

Steve Todd


Capt. William Rogerson att. 8th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.27th Aug 1918)

William Rogerson is one of the surgeons listed in the book "Lord Kitchener's 100 Surgeons in World War 1", which details 100 doctors from Australia who answered Lord Kitchener's call in early 1915 to join the British Army urgently. He is noted in the 56th Field Ambulance and 8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment diaries on 27th August 1918: "The night was quiet with bright moonlight. Patrols were sent out in front along the lines at Bernafay Wood, Longueval Rd and Trones Wood but had difficulty moving forward because they were under machine gun fire and failed to locate any posts as none appeared to have been established in this area. During this time, three of the enemy strayed into our lines and were taken prisoner by the Medical Officer." It is not known how he was killed - enemy or friendly fire? by the prisoners?

Lina Moffitt


Pte. John Brown 2nd Lowland Field. Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.27th May 1918)

"Heliopolis, Cairo, Monday 24th January 1916

Dear Folks, How one’s surroundings change! The last letter I wrote outside a tent looking out upon the mipuad mastered harbour of Mudroc. Tonight I write in the beautiful white walled room of the American Mission & YMCA on the ancient city of Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo. A stalwart Australian is playing hymns on the piano, and the room is busy with Tommies, chattering or writing like myself to the dear old homeland. Yes as Mr Houston would say “It’s good to be here.” You can imagine what a delightful change it is to us to get back to civilization after the monotony of four months in a barren wilderness, under continuous shell fire. Pour old Gallipoli, she remains a memory of ‘whizzes & bangs’ and the sweet sighing of bullets on the wing. You couldn’t walk a yard out of camp without taking a considerable risk – when you went for a bathe it was not altogether certain that you would wholly enjoy it. Johnny Turk might just take it into his head to shell the beach at that particular time, and latterly it was madness to go near the beach unless you simply must.

I shall never forget the night we left the Peninsula. It was a strange experience leaving your dug out at ten minutes notice. The night was black except when it was illuminated by the flashes of the Turkish guns, firing steadily both from Achi Baba & the Asiatic side of the Straits. These gentlemen seemed to know that we were evacuating and they were giving us the best send off they jolly well could, which was a very lively one as I can vouch for, (bother that old pen – no not working well tonight.) Well we bundled our goods together with a parting glance of farewell at the old earth homes of many memories we fell, and marched in loose order up the road past the cemetery to the brow of the ridge where some of us turned to take a final look at the hill of tragedy and romances - Achi Baba, silhouetted against the sky in the light of the star shells that rose slowly full all along the firing line. Now for it! We were entering the perilous zone – a strip of road that ran from the ridge through a great cleft in the rocks down to the beach. This road and the beach itself were being heavily shelled, and it was a death trap. On we went, in a staggering line. Just at the corner where the road dips down to the beach was a spot which we know we could not pass without a shell landing close by. We got there – the flash of the Turkish gun showed vividly over the ridge – and we threw ourselves down. The shell burst a few yards from the road but not one of us was hit, after as we turned the corner I saw a poor fellow half naked cowering into the shelter of the rock, being attended to by someone who was tearing his clothes to find the wound. Well to shorten the story, we had to wait first for an hour on the beach, then two hours on a lighter at the jetty. How we escaped without a casualty in our party was marvellous. The beach was packed with men and mules and there were men killed and wounded all around us. Two men – not RAMC were wounded on our lighter, as we lay at the jetty. Well after three hours of this we got off and steamed on to the ship awaiting us, and we were jolly thankful to lie down on deck and get a sleep. In the morning we left for Mudros where we arrived a few hours later. Although the final evacuation did not take place until several nights later – when it was marvellously successful – we have since heard that the night we left, Sunday 2nd Jan. was the worst night of the whole evacuation. To proceed with history – we lay at Mudros for a fortnight & embarked on the “Ionian”, an old Allan liner. We did not sail till Wednesday morning. The voyage was pleasant & uneventful. We arrived at Alexandria on Friday and entrained for Cairo next morning."

John Brown died in 1918, aged 23.

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Elizabeth Lawton


Pte. Walter Samuel Hook MM. 10th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Walter Hook was my great grandfather.


Pte. Harold Charles Harding 4th (City of London) Battalion London Regiment

Harold Charles Harding was born on the 14th September 1895. He lived at 58 Carlingford Rd., Wood Green, N. Tottenham and in 1907 was a Jeweller’s Assistant and talked of sleeping under the counter in the shop.

Harold enlisted into the Territorial Force (TF) at 112 Shaftesbury Street in London on 12th August 1914. This was the headquarters of the 4th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment. As a volunteer, the choice of regiment was his and it appears from the fact that he reported at Shaftesbury Street that he had deliberately chosen this battalion. He joined the Army just eight days after the declaration of war. He first had to attest, which meant the he had to provide some personal details, agree the terms of engagement, swear an oath and sign acceptance. Harold said that he was single, aged 18 years and 11 months, and employed as a pawnbroker’s assistant by E. B. Saunders of 101 Upper Street. His home address was 203 Nag’s Head Road, Ponders End, which was shared with his father, given as next of kin. The next stage was a brief medical examination at which it was recorded that Harold stood 5 feet 5 ½ inches tall and had a 35 inch chest. This made him of average height and build by the standards of the day. Accepted for four years service he was made Private 2218. He would have been immediately embodied for full-time service. “Embodiment” was a term specific to the TF and the similar Special Reserve.

The 4th Londons were mobilised for full time service on 5th of August and after a few days left Shaftesbury Street to go onto duties guarding the Basingstoke to Waterloo railway. It left behind a cadre to act as a reserve and for recruitment of new men, and Harold is likely to have joined this before being sent, wholly untrained, onto these duties.

On 5th of September 1914 the battalion embarked at Southampton for garrison duty at Malta, arriving at Valetta on 14th of September to replace a regular battalion which had been recalled for war service in France. The three other battalions that were under command of 1st London Brigade (the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Londons) made the same journey. At this early stage there was no intention to send the Territorials to France; this was due to their original establishment for the purposes of home defence. By October the thinking had changed. The original terms of TF service did not oblige the man to serve overseas. Men could agree to do so, even in peacetime, by signing an additional contract known as the Imperial Service Obligation. Most men did not do this before the war, and those serving were requested to consider doing so in August and September 1914. For any unit to be sent to a theatre of war it was necessary to reach a target percentage of acceptance. Those men who did not wish to sign were separated out and returned to the reserve, which was then formed into a ‘second line’ battalion. Their places were taken by men who had signed. Harold signed the Obligation on 31st of August 1914.

He left Malta with the battalion on 2nd of January 1915, arriving at Marseilles on 6th January 1915. It is reasonable to assume that Harold moved with it and took part in its actions, although we can not tell which company he was in or whether he developed a specialist role.

Letter to Malcolm and Margaret dated 1st September 1915: "I had a chuckle at the boys jumping sky high when the gun went off. Brought back a memory when about thirty of us were marching up to the trenches in February 1915. There was not a soul about, when all of a sudden our Artillery opened up a barrage and we all threw ourselves to the ground. You couldn’t see a gun anywhere due to the expertness of the camouflage."

On 16 March 1915 Harold sustained a wound to his right foot (hospital notes say ankle). The notes give this, typically, as “GSW” meaning gunshot wound, a term which appears to have covered all manner of wounds from bullets, shell splinters, shrapnel and grenades. Six days before Harold was hit, the British First Army had launched what for that time was a large scale offensive, at Neuve Chapelle. The 4th Londons were in deep reserve at the time, being camped at Calonne-sur-la-Lys some eight miles behind the lines. Over the next two days they were ordered to the front, moving via Lestrem and Lacouture to Richebourg and entering the trenches for the first time at 7pm on 12 March. On this first tour, one officer and fourteen men became casualties.

The battalion was relieved next day, moving to Vieille Chapelle and then back to Richebourg. On 15 March the battalion suffered its first death, of a soldier killed by long range shellfire. The diary entry for next day talks about the battalion machine gun detachment going to a position at the Port Arthur Crossroads and also a trench mortar detachment being in action (a very early example indeed of something that would later become standard). We can only assume that Harold had been with one of these parties.

Letter to Malcolm dated 1st September 1975: "I believe you know I had a couple of splinters of shrapnel in my left leg, well the piece above my knee started pricking last week so I went to the Doc. He softened the skin round it and got it out. It was no larger than a pin’s head. The other piece is near my ankle so that might work its way out too. I got my first wound in March 1915 at the Battle of Newe Chappel and was in hospital for over three months as it turned to what they called a ‘running wound’. The second one I got at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. That’s 58 years ago so I certainly looked after that splinter."

Details of Harold’s evacuation and treatment in France are few, but it appears he eventually got to 11th General Hospital at Boulogne. On 14th of April 1915 Harold was returned England on the Hospital Ship St Andrew and went to one of the City of London Military Hospitals. The medical notes refer to “sequestrum” which means that some bone of his tibia had splintered away and had to be surgically removed. The length of Harold’s treatment is a little uncertain. Hospital documents say that he remained until 27th of November 1915, but another says that on 7th of October 1915 that he returned to duty. We suspect the former to be correct. Harold was posted to the 4/4th Battalion which was based at Tadworth in Surrey.

After a few weeks of training, Harold re-embarked for service in France on 1st March 1916, this time sailing from Southampton to Rouen. After going initially to a Territorial Base Depot (camp) he rejoined the battalion in the field on 17th of March 1916. Since his departure the battalion’s title had changed to the 1/4th, with the second line now being the 2/4th.

Harold was wounded for the second time on 1st of July 1916, in the very famous attack of the London Division at Gommecourt, a diversionary operation to the main opening of the Battle of the Somme. The injury was described as a graze to his left foot. One note mentions that it had been caused by a shell fragment. His evacuation route is much more detailed this time: he went at first to 2/1st London Field Ambulance, then on next day to 19 Casualty Clearing Station at Beauval then on to 2nd General Hospital at Le Havre. On 3rd July he returned to England on the ship Oxfordshire and went to the Mile End Military Hospital on Bancroft Road, which is within a short distance of home.

The injury was not serious as on 30th of July Harold returned to the 4/4th Battalion. Since his last time with the unit it had been retitled to 4th Reserve Battalion and had moved to Hurdcott on Salisbury Plain. The next part of Harold’s service is far from clear, for some details are missing. He appears to have sailed on 7th of December 1916 for service with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force for the campaign in Palestine, but even this is not certain, especially as he did go there, but in June 1917. We suspect the information is an error and he actually remained in England. The 1/4th Battalion were still in France at this time; 2/4th had been disbanded after also moving there. There is just one reference in the file to 3rd Battalion, but that was also in France. So we have something of a gap before 7th of March 1917, when Harold left the London Regiment and was transferred to the Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps, which later became the Tank Corps.

On 1st of March 1917 Harold was renumbered to 280401. All troops then serving with TF units were renumbered at this time. Up to this date, each unit of the TF had its own numbering system. Inevitably this led to duplication and administrative confusion. New blocks of numbers were issued to each unit, which changed the numbers of men already serving and then began to issue numbers from its allotted block to new recruits. Harold’s number is from the block allotted to the 4th Londons. On being transferred to the Heavy Branch MGC he was renumbered again to 95661. His rank is not given but it was at this point he became a Gunner.

Harold was initially sent to the Bovington Depot, where he passed a number of tank-related training courses, passing in the use of the Lewis machine gun and 6-pounder field gun, both of which were carried in the tanks of that time.

  • Note: Entries in pay book:
  • 1917 8th May: Bovington Camp to join the Heavy Machine Gun Corps (later renamed the Tank Corps). Rank: Gnr.
  • 28th July Tank Corps No: 302063. Pay: 1shilling 5 ½ pence per day
  • 12th June until 17th April 1918: ‘in the field’.

Letters to Malcolm dated 24th January 1973 and 4th July 1975: "So you look like being posted to Whale Island, which brings back memories to me for I believe it was there that I went through a gunnery course on a six pounder. As you know, after I got my second wound in the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, and came out of hospital, I rejoined the Training Battalion on Salisbury Plain, they were asking for volunteers for the Tank Corps. In those days it was known as the Heavy Machine Gun Corps. Having had two packets, I thought the third time might be unlucky so I put two and two together and thought it would be better than being sent out to France again so I had a go and was sent to Bovington for training. I also thought there would be more protection in a tank than in the front line, but I soon changed my mind when I got sent out to Palestine and went over the top. With the infantry, if you got wounded you could make your way back to the rear, if you were able to, but with the tanks you were penned in. The old tanks were fitted with four machine guns, or two 6-pounders and the crew consisted of one officer, one driver, two gearsmen and four gunners. We each had to be ready to take over any position in case of any mishaps, so the training for the tanks in those days were to pass out driving one, the same for the six pounders and the Hotchkiss Machine Guns and the gears. If you wanted to change course, it was done by the officer with hand signals. Turn left: he would put one finger up and No.1 gearsman would stop his track and the tank would swing to the left; to turn right, he would give a V-sign and No.2 would stop his track. Driving a tank was most interesting. No matter how steep a ridge was, the nose of the tank would shoot up in the air, and as soon as it seemed to drop, you threw your clutch out and it would just glide down."

He also passed a course in the use of pigeon signally; before wireless became practical on board tanks, the pigeon was the only way of sending messages from the interior of a tank.

On 20th of March 1917, Harold was absent from an early morning parade and reported by a Corporal Harris. His commanding officer, Captain Stewart, awarded a punishment of two days confinement to camp (which also implies two days of fatigues).

Harold may have been expecting a posting to France where all of the active Heavy Branch was deployed, but was instead sent to Egypt, where a small tank force was about to be created. He disembarked from the hired transport ship Saxon at Alexandria on 20th of June 1917 and went at first to B depot at Zeitoun to prepare for service in Palestine

On 30th of June 1917 Harold was posted to E Company at Deir-el-Belah, which had been in Egypt since January 1917. He was one of nine men who arrived to join the company that day. The company comprised a squadron of machines that would have been considered obsolescent in France but ideal for operations against the Turks in Palestine.

The war diary suggests a rather tedious time, for the company remained at Deir-el-Belah until mid 1918 without anything of note happening with the exception of an action in November 1917. This was part of the break out into central Palestine after the army had finally captured Gaza.

Extract from ‘The Tank Corps’ by Major Clough Williams-Ellis M.C. and A Williams-Ellis "The Tanks that had fought in the Battle of the Somme, in the autumn of 1916, had proved successful enough for the authorities to consider that a test ought to be made of their capabilities in some other theatre of war. Accordingly a small – a very small – detachment of Tanks was sent to assist our troops in the Sinai Peninsula. Unfortunately only eight Tanks were ultimately sent, and further, “through an unfortunate error, old experimental machines were sent out instead of new ones as intended.” At The Third Battle of Gaza the tanks were concentrated in a fig grove to the rear. Here, no work being found for them, they stayed till October, being reinforced by three Mark IV machines.

General Allenby had now succeeded to the command, and there was to be another attack upon Gaza, for the town and its defences effectually barred our further advance along the coast or towards Jerusalem. We were this time to operate on a still wider front. The usual shock troops, the same three Divisions and their Tanks, were to attack nearest the coast. Next to them, a mixed force of French, Italian and West Indian troops were to make feint raids near Outpost Hill.

Opposite Gaza itself several cavalry Divisions, mounted and dismounted, were to attack, and from Hereira to Beersheba a synchronised assault was to be made by the Australians. The position was, in fact, to be turned by an extensive flanking movement.

On 23rd of October 1917, the Tanks moved up to a new station on the beach. From here, on horseback and by boat, the new area was thoroughly reconnoitred. This was the special country of cactus hedge and strong mud bank, and it had been dug a veritable labyrinth of trenches. It had been a country of small fig groves and of little irrigated gardens, and its close boundaries afforded unending cover to the enemy. However it was divided into Tank sectors, and by dint of patient toil, the Tank Commanders at last formed a more or less coherent picture of the intricacies. Tank Officers and N.C.O.s were attached to each Brigade with which they were to work, for ten days before the battle. Most of the Tanks were detailed to bring up R.E. stores, such as wire, pickets, shovels and sand bags for their infantry. These things they were to carry on their roofs.

The first phase of the attack, timed in consideration of a full moon for an hour before midnight, was to be independent of Tanks, and was to consist of an infantry attack protected by a creeping barrage. While this attack was going on, six of the Tanks were to move to their starting-points, in order to be ready to advance at 3a.m. Two Tanks were held in reserve. It will be observed that the plans, preparation and liaison were in general much more complete than the Second Battle of Gaza, but unfortunately one mistake of that battle was repeated. The six first-line Tanks were given among them no less than twenty-nine objectives to attack.

At eleven o’clock on the night of 1st/2nd of November, the first phase of the battle began. The 156th Infantry Brigade attacked Umbrella Hill, the first objective. The Turks were taken completely by surprise, there was little resistance, and even their artillery seemed too startled to fire. Unfortunately, however, the smoke of the battle and a dense haze made so thick an atmosphere that not a ray of the expected moonlight reached the combatants, and the infantry had to fight and the Tanks to manage their approach march in profound darkness. Also, when the enemy’s artillery at last woke up, it was to open a heavy fire on our back areas, where the second wave was gathering. All the Tanks, however, came safely through and were at their stations half an hour before the second zero at 3a.m. The Turkish resistance had by now stiffened, and when the Tanks and the fresh infantry advanced behind a heavy barrage it was to meet with dogged opposition.

The two Tanks detailed to the El Arish redoubt were, after a stiff fight, successful in driving the enemy out of the enclosed stronghold, and were making their way through the maze of trenches, cactus hedges and gardens beyond, when one received a direct hit and the other got ditched in the darkness. Both crews at once joined the infantry. Slowly, scrambling up the nud banks, often fighting hand to hand in the darkness, we advanced. The Turks were fighting stubbornly, but inch by inch we pushed them back. The remaining Tanks lumbered slowly on.

At last all along the coast all the objectives were taken. No.6 Tank captured Sea Post, and followed by the infantry, moved along the enemy’s trenches, crushing down the wire as far as Beach Post. It successfully attacked three other strong points and deposited its R.E. stores at the appointed place. It was again moving forward to attack a certain isolated Turkish trench when one track broke, so ending a brilliant innings. The crew went on but the Tank had to be abandoned. The two reserve Tanks both caught fire through the empty sand bags with which their roofs were loaded being set ablaze by the heat of their exhaust pipes.

The coastal attack had done its work, and the Turks’ hold upon Gaza had been loosened. The other attackers, the troops who had advanced from Beersheba, broke through the enemy’s resistance completely, and drove them back for nine miles on an eight-mile front. The battle was decisive, and after about three days’ fighting our troops at last entered Gaza."

Letter to Malcolm dated 24th January 1973 continued: "After passing out in everything we were sent to Palestine for Allenby’s Big Push, laying just outside Gaza. The name of my tank was ‘Revenge’ which was painted on the outside. I was a full corporal then. The’ Big Push’ was planned and there were only eight tanks in our sector and each one was loaded up on top with thousands of sand bags and roughly a ton of barbed wire, so that when we went over the top and took our objective, the infantry would clear the sand bags and wire from the top and consolidate the position, but us nits in my tank put the sand bags on first and the barbed wire was on top of them. As you may know, the exhaust pipe used to run over the top of the old tanks and it used to get red hot. We hadn’t gone above a couple of hundred yards when smoke started pouring in – the sand bags were blazing and Johnny Turk let us have it properly! From that day to this I shall never know how he missed a direct hit. We couldn’t abandon it as we had two or three of the boys wounded, but luck was with us as we turned back to safety. After all that lot they sent us back to France, because the tracks of the tanks couldn’t stand up to the sand of the desert."

Harold sailed from Alexandria on the hired transport ship Caledonia on 4th July 1918 and thirteen days later arrived in England. On arrival he went to the Tank Corps Depot at Wareham in Dorset. When the Heavy Branch MGC was transferred into the new Tank Corps on 27th July 1917, Harold was renumbered to 302063.

On 19th of August Harold was posted to a new unit that was being formed at Bovington, the 18th Battalion of the Tank Corps. He was not alone, for his former commanding officer and a number of comrades from E Company made the same move. On 12th of September 1918 Harold was appointed as an Acting Lance Corporal. This meant that he was given extra responsibility and pay of the appointment and wore the single chevron stripe, but was only in rank on a temporary basis. He was promoted to Acting Corporal on 26th September and confirmed in rank on 2nd October 1918. This was also the day he made what turned out to be his final journey to France, sailing once again from Southampton but this time to Le Havre.

The 18th Battalion war diary is comprehensive, describing how the battalion remained in training once in France and did not see action before the Armistice. It spent most of its time at Mirlemont and Orlencourt (north west of Arras). Harold left the unit and was posted to a depot on 12th October 1918 – the writing is not clear, possibly referring to Remy – returning to the On 24 November 1918 Harold left to go on a course at a gunnery school. Unfortunately no location is given. It appears to be while there that he was taken ill, later diagnosed as influenza and possibly a victim of the terrible killer Spanish Flu pandemic that was so rife at that time. He was admitted to 56 General Hospital at Etaples and discharged to the nearby 6 Convalescent Depot on 7th of December 1918. After a short period there and at another reception depot camp, he rejoined the battalion ten days later.

On 7th of February 1919 Harold sailed for England and demobilisation. Harold went to the No 1 Dispersal Unit at Wimbledon for the purposes of demobilisation. All soldiers were allowed to make a claim for a pension award for any medical problem that had been caused or aggravated by their military service. Harold chose not to make such a claim so we can probably assume that his injuries were giving him no further trouble. He was finally disembodied on 10th March 1919; he would have been placed into the TF Reserve and his commitment to this ended on 31st of March 1920.

Harold’s service was eligible for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal (for leaving his native shore) and the Victory Medal (for service in a theatre of war). They were despatched automatically without the need to claim them. The British War and Victory Medals were despatched as a pair and received by Harold on 21st July 1921, and the Star on 20th December 1921.

On the 27th March 1921 he married Gwendoline Letitia Clements. Working as a Pawnbroker and Jeweller in his own shop in Edmonton. They had three children, Iris, Shirley and Malcolm. During the Second World War Harold served as a Sergeant in the Home Guard in Cheshunt which had its HQ in the Great House. He worked for the Enfield Highway Co-operative Society as Long Distance Driver for Removals, Milk Delivery and Area Milk Sales. On retirement, he moved to Malshiris, Jaywick and lived until 1979.

Malcolm Harding


A/Sgt. William Percy Greenwood 19th Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.21st April 1918)

William Greenwood died of smallpox on the 21st of April 1918, aged 26. Son of Virgil and Mary Ellen Greenwood of 91 Halifax Rd., Briercliffe, Burnley, he is buried in the Pemba Cemetery and Memorial in Mozambique.

s flynn


Pte. John Dobson 33rd Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.3rd Nov 1918)

John Dobson died of pneumonia on the 3rd of November 1918, aged 32. He is buried in the Skopje British Cemetery in Macedonia. John was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, the son of Edward and Alice Dobson. He was the husband of Nellie Dobson of 33 Colbran St., Burnley.

s flynn


Pte. John William Shaw 11th Field Ambulance

My Dad, Jack Shaw enlisted when he was 18. I remember medals saying he was in the 11th Field Ambulance which was first in England and then in service in France. That is all the records I have of him: I would like to trace some information about his service and records or dispatches as he came back to Australia and somehow he survived that horrible period of the war and died in 1946.

John Shaw


Pte. Thomas Hidderley 76th Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps (d.2nd Dec 1918)

Thomas Hidderley died on the 2nd of December 1918, aged 27 and is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel. He was the son of Thomas and Marianna Hidderley of 232 Manchester Rd., Burnley.

s flynn


Pte. Charles Exton 33rd CCS. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.16th July 1918)

Charles Exton died on the 16th of July 1918 and is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel. He had enlisted in Burnley and was the son of Oliver Exton, of 18, St. Giles St., Padiham husband of Ellen Exton of 38 Spenser St., Padiham, Lancs.

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Emmett 90th Field Ambulance att. 2nd/5th(London)Field Amb Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th Nov 1917)

Joseph Emmett died of wounds aged 34. He is buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery in Israel. He was the son of James and Margaret Emmett; husband of Martha Ann Emmett, of 15 Pheasantford Street, Burnley.

S. Flynn


Pte. John James Grasshorn Fort 33rd Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps (d.30th Oct 1918)

John died aged 20 and is buried in the Haifa War Cemetery in Haifa, Israel. John James Grassham Fort was born in Padiham in 1898 the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Fort. He enlisted in Burnley, Lancs.

S. Flynn


Pte. Wilfred Ashurst Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th July 1917)

Wilfred Ashurst died on the 29th of July 1917 and is buried in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery in Greece. He had enlisted in Burnley and lived on Towneley Street, Colne

s flynn


Pte. Alfred Lorrimer Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Feb 1915)

Alfred Lorrimer died in an accident 1st February 1915, aged 23 and buried in the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He was the son of Thomas and Maria Lorimer of 12 Berry Lane, Longridge, Preston, Lancs.



Sgt. Evelyn Frankland 2/2nd East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Feb 1915)

Evelyn Frankland died on 1st February 1915, aged 32. He is buried in the Ismailia War Cemetery, Egypt. He had enlisted in Burnley and was the husband of Alice Frankland of 2 Bayswater Avenue, Roundhay Rd., Leeds.

s flynn


Pte. Ernest Thorpe 18th Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.7th July 1918)

Ernest Thorpe died on the 7th of July 1918, aged 30 and is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt. He was the son of Joshua and Ann Thorpe; husband of Sarah Ann Thorpe of 40 Norris St., Farnworth, Bolton.

s flynn


Pte. John Bromley 1st West Lancs Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th Mar 1918)

John Bromley served with the 1st West Lancs Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died on 20th March 1918 and is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

S Flynn.


L/Cpl. Thomas Joseph Walsh C Section 10th Australian Field Ambulance

Thomas Walsh was born County Clare Ireland in 1891. He enlisted in Melbourne on the 30th of July 1915 and was discharged in Melbourne 13th of August 1919. He died in Ballarat. I am seeking further information.

Frank Walsh


Pte. Arthur Kember 111th Field Ambulance

Currently I have only limited information regarding my Grandfather Arthur Kember's army life, other than he served with 111th Field Ambulance as a Nursing Orderly attached to 16th (Irish) Division. He had a deep Christian conviction and started a branch of the Soldiers' Christian Association in 1918 - in later life he was to become a Baptist lay-preacher at Hawkinge Baptist Chapel, near Folkestone in Kent (this is now a private residence).

He returned to the UK and subsequently married Dorothy Annie Goodwyn on 16th August 1922 at Baptist Tabernacle, Willesden, Middlesex. My eldest daughter now wears her great-grandmother's wedding ring.

111th Field Ambulance

Arthur [1914] with Jack who was killed on the the Somme

Certificate of Demobilisation

Dear Dorothy - Just to let you know I have got to Folkestone safely and expect to cross today. Would have liked to see you this morning but it is best otherwise. I feel very fed up just at present. Will write soon. Much Love Arthur

Tim Rising


Pte. Harold Fawcett 1/1st East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corp (d.3rd Nov 1915)

Harold Fawcett was killed on the 3rd of November 1915, aged 20 and is remembered on Sp. Mem. 143 in Pink Farm Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn


Sgt. Henry Flockhart Rome Royal Army Medical Corps

We know little of Henry Flockhart's early life in Southern Rhodesia except that he was employed by Lennons Ltd as a pharmacist from 1911 to 1920. We have so far been unable to find any trace of attestation papers but are fairly certain that he enlisted in Rhodesia. Family stories have him serving in Salonika at some stage but we can find no verification of this. He was discharged in 1918 and returned to Rhodesia where, in 1920, he was married in Salisbury. The following year he had to return to Scotland to sort out some family matters and never returned to Rhodesia.

If anyone is able to provide more details, I would be most grateful.

Steve Deacon


Pte. James Munro 2/2 East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.13th Aug 1915)

James Munro was the son of James and Sarah Munro of 41 Barden Lane, Burnley. He was drowned when the troop ship Royal Edward was torpedoed on 13th August 1915, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Thomas Oliver 9th Battalion, B Company Northumberland Fusiliers

Thomas Oliver joined as a private in the Medical Corp on the 25th September 1914 (aged 20). He was at Tidworth 29th September 1914, at Torquay on 1st of December 1915, Buford on 2nd of June 1916, Warminster on 21st of June 1916. He then went to France with the BEF and No 51 Field Ambulance RAMC and was later discharged on appointment to a commission.

Thomas was commissioned on 26th of September 1916 and appointed a temporary commission as 2nd Lieut posted to the 3rd (Training) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was posted to the BEF in France on 26th October 1916 and joined B Company, 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was wounded in the trenches to the east of Orange Hill, near Arras on 18th April 1917, being buried under German shell fire six times within an hour, with slight gas and shell shock. He was removed and evacuated to hospital in the UK. He was not discharged for over 12 months until 26th April 1918.

Thomas was reapointed on the 6th of May 1940 to serve as an officer with the RAOC until 15 March 1954 by which time he was aged 60. He passed away in Chester Le Street, County Durham in 1959.

Chris Oliver


Pte. Louis Hatherley 2/2 East Lancashire Field Amb. B Coy Royal Army Medical Corps (d.13th Aug 1915)

Louis Hatherley was the husband of Dorothy J. Thompson (formerly Hatherley), of 69, New Hall St., Burnley. He died when the troop ship HMT Royal Edward was torpedoed on the 13th August 1915 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. (CWGC has surname as 'Hatherly'.)

s flynn


Pte. Wilfred Hardman 1/2 East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.7th Dec 1915)

Wilfred Harman was the son of Sam Henry and Edith Hardman, of 16, Green St., Burnley. He died on 7th December 1915, aged 20. He is commemorated the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

s flynn


Pte. John Farrar 2/2nd East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.13th Aug 1915)

John Farrar drowned onboard the Royal Edward on the 13th August 1915, aged 22 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the son of Fred Fawcett Farrar and Mary Farrar of 9 Netherby St., Burnley.

s flynn


Pte. Arthur Gilbert Altham 2nd/2nd Bn. East Lancashire Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.13th Aug 1915)

Arthur Altham drowned on the Royal Edward on 13th August 1915, aged 17. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the son of Alfred Edwin and Annie Altham of 28 Cromwell Street, Stoneyholme, Burnley.

s flynn


Pte. Fred Dewhurst 2nd/1st East Anglian Field Amb Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th July 1917)

Fred Dewhurst died on 20th July 1917, aged 27. He is buried in the Gaza War Memorial in Gaza. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Dewhurst, of Nelson, Lancs

s flynn


Pte. G. W. Davies 2nd/1st East Anglian Field Amb Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th July 1917)

G. W. Davies died on the 20th July 1917, aged 31 and is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery in Gaza. he was the son of William and Martha Davies, of Bryn Hywel, Efailwen, Clynderwen; husband of Margaret Elizabeth Davies, of 29 King Edward St., Blarngarw, Glam.

s flynn


Capt. John Fox Russell VC, MC. Att. 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Royal Army Medical Corps (d.6th Nov 1917)

John Fox Russell was the son of William and Ethel Maria Fox Russell, of 5, Victoria Terrace, Holyhead. he was killed in action on the 6th November 1917, aged 24, and is buried=in the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel.

An extract from The London Gazette (No. 30491), dated 8th Jan. 1918. records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery displayed in action until he was killed. Capt. Russell repeatedly went out to attend the wounded under murderous fire from snipers and machine guns, and, in many cases where no other means were at hand, carried them in himself although almost exhausted. He showed the highest possible degree of valour."

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Herrod Royal Army Medical Corps

My paternal grandfather Joseph Herrod saw his first theatre of war on the 14th of July 1915 in Egypt. He went on to serve in Achibaba, Cape Hellas, Anzac, Suvla Bay and finally Malta.

Unfortunately, I cannot find his service record but I do have his Medal Card. I also have a painting of him at some point in his service, showing he had been promoted to Staff Sergeant. I have no other information about his service as he understandably never spoke about the Great War.

Bob Herrod


Pte. James Wallace Ronnie 9th Btn. Cameronians (d.25th Apr 1918)

James Wallace Ronnie of the 9th Cameronians was my Great Uncle and was killed at the battle of Kemmel on 25th April 1918. His body was never found and his name is on the Tynecot Memorial and the Book of Remembrance at Stirling Castle Scotland.

Before the war he was an ambulanceman with the London Midland Scottish Railway and then volunteered to join the R.A.M.C. but at a later date transferred to the Cameronians.


Stanley Percival Hodgson Royal Army Medical Corps.

I have found pictures of my grandfather, Stanley Percival Hodgson in army uniform and know nothing about them. He was in the RAMC but I have no idea where he was stationed. The No 2 Medical Hospital features in some of the pictures. He survived the war. He was born in 1898 and died aged 75. I have searched many websites but have found nothing about him at all. I do not have any of his medals either just a dog tag.

Brenda Sheard


Gnr. Albert Carr 21st Battery Royal Garrison Artillery (d.14th Jul 1916)

My grandfather Albert Carr attested into Kitchener's Army in 1914, was trained as a Gunner and posted to 21st Battery, RGA, proceeding to France in 1915. When he farewelled his wife Annie Elizabeth and year-old son Albert, Annie was carrying their second son Ronald. Sadly, Ronald and his father were never to know each other. Details of 21st Battery's deployment are scant, but it appears that, on arrival in France, it went to Loos to participate in the Battle, then on to Albert to participate in the opening Battle of the Somme in 1916.

It is not clear exactly how or where Albert Carr was wounded, but he passed away from those wounds at 2nd Field Ambulance on 14th of July 1916, and was buried at Fricourt British Cemetery. After the war his wife (my grandmother) was presented with his Memorial Plaque and posthumous medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. It is sad that, apart from these, we have only two photographs to remember him by.

56235 Gunner Alert Carr, RGA - Thoughts of Home

David Carr


Pte. Joseph Cork 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Oct 1917)

Joseph Cork died aged 20 of gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen, legs and arms inflicted at Guillemont Farm on 21st August 1917. He was picked up by 107th Field Ambulance and delivered to 55th Field Hospital where they amputated his badly shot right leg. On October 6th 1917 he sailed to England on the O.C. Ship M.S. and was taken to Huddersfield War Hospital where he was admitted to Ward 22 on 10th October 1917. He died on 17th October at 6 am.

His personal belongings were sent home to Hannah and Joseph Cork. These were his cap badge, "The Holy War" pamphlet, belt, "Travellers Book", prayer book, spectacles in case, Pay Book A.B. 64, two identification discs, two French coins, an oil can and a knife. He was buried in West View Cemetary, Hartlepool.

Ian Lightfoot


Pte. James Henry Sugden 39th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.11th Feb 1917)

James Sugden died on 11th February 1917 and is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

s flynn


Capt. Henry John Andrews VC, MBE. Indian Medical Service (d.22nd Oct 1919)

Henry Andrews was killed in action 22nd Oct 1919, aged 48 during the Waziristan Campaign, on the North West Frontier and is commemorated on the The Delhi Memorial (India Gate). He is buried Bannu Cemetery.

An extract from the Third Supplement to the London Gazette, dated 7th Sept., 1920, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 22nd October, 1919, when as Senior Medical Officer in charge of Khajuri Post (Waziristan) he heard that a convoy had been attacked in the vicinity of the post, and that men had been wounded. He at once took out an Aid Post to the scene of action and, approaching under heavy fire, established an Aid Post under conditions which afforded some protection to the wounded but not to himself. Subsequently he was compelled to move his Aid Post to another position, and continued most devotedly to attend to the wounded. Finally, when a Ford van was available to remove the wounded, he showed the utmost disregard of danger in collecting the wounded under fire and in placing them in the van, and was eventually killed whilst himself stepping into the van on the completion of his task."

s flynn


Pte. James Fitzhenry Baird Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Nov 1917)

My grandmother from Glasgow married James Fitzhenry Baird, a Spirit salesman from Dublin who came over to enlist in the British Army he was a Cook with the Royal Army Medical in 10th Irish Division. He left Glasgow for war and she gave birth to a baby boy my father. James died never having seen the child. She never had any letters from him but the war department sent his medals and the soldiers pass book, which I now have.

A few years later she was introduced to a gentleman who she married and he became my Papa. I have always had associations with the Irish and also Greece not knowing what the strong link was until recently when I did a bit of research and found out where he was born and also that he was buried in Lebet Road Salonika Greece.It would indeed be interesting to hear if any one in Dublin is connected. I was delighted to find this website and have found it to be very interesting.

Beth Morrison


Pte. Thomas Alexander Raffan 51st Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps (d.23rd Dec 1918)

Thomas A. Raffan Jr. served in the RAMC Sanitary Section of the 51st Highland Div. He died of pneumonia on the 23rd December 1918 most likely from influenza. His parents lived at 62 Urquhart Rd. Four years after his death his family moved to Toronto, Canada


Pte. Luke Sarsfield 87th Field Ambulance (1st West Lancs) Royal Army Medical Corps (d.21st Nov 1915)

Luke Sarsfield served with the 87th (1st West Lancs) Field Ambulance.

Reg Unsworth


Pte. Max Kay Royal Army Medical Corps (d.9th Apr 1916)

RAMC, Twesledown, 31st July 1915

Max Kay enlisted in Hull, 1915, aged 23 and was assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps. Following training in Tweseldown, Surrey, he was assigned to the 13th Western Division and travelled to Mesopotamia (via Egypt) in early 1916. He died from his wounds on 9th April 1916, aged 24 in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

He was mentioned in dispatches by General Sir Percy Lake dispatches of Oct 1916 and received two medals, the British War Medal and Victory Medal. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.


Pte. Charles William "Roger" Tye 2nd/3rd Northumbrian Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Charles W Tye

Charles William Tye was my father, and was known to his friends and relations as Will, although for some reason that I am not clear about his army friends called him Roger. He had joined the TA in Hull in 1911 when he was 18. At the suggestion of his father (a member of the East Riding of Yorkshire TA), who thought it would be better to join a unit that would teach him something more useful than just learning to kill people, he chose the RAMC.

I believe all TA units were mobilized on August 1st 1914 and he was immediately posted to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. From there he went to Boroughbridge in Yorkshire and then on to Morpeth in Northumberland. He was sent overseas in about 1916 in a hospital ship to join the army units fighting near Salonika in Greece. There was only one day of fighting there after he arrived when Bulgar shelling killed a mule in a nearby artillery(?) camp.

He remained in Greece for the rest of the war and after the armistice was sent on detached duties through Bulgaria and Romania. Throughout his time in Greece and the other countries he was mainly involved in treating cases of malaria and dysentery with very few wartime type injuries occurring. He returned home in mid-1919 after reaching a seaport on the Black Sea, travelling by ship to somewhere in the Adriatic. His memories of this journey included going through the Corinth Canal and then (I think) a train journey through Switzerland to England. He and his colleagues arrived back in Hull during the night and walked home from the station!

He died in 1961 from cancer at the age of 68 after serving in the Air Raid Precautions (later Civil Defence) First Aid Service in Hull during WW2. His luck held, and throughout the war there were no air raids on the nights he was on duty at the First Aid post! You will understand that this is my recollection from some 50 or 60 years ago and there may be errors in the facts listed.

John Tye


Pte. William Stephenson 21st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Sep 1916)

Transcript of a Newspaper Article about a letter received by my Great Grandma following the death of my Great Grandad.

How Private Stephenson Died.

Mrs Stephenson of Pelton Fell widow of the late Pte W Stephenson R.A.M.C whose death was recently announced has recently received the following letter from two chums of her husband.

It is with deep sorrow that I write this letter for I know what a shock it will be to you and the children. Our dear old chum ‘Stevie’ has made the great sacrifice while endeavouring to rescue a wounded man who had been struck down a short time before. It is very hard for us to express our sympathy in fitting terms, and I trust you will be able to understand our sorrow for his loss and our sympathy with you in your bereavement.

He along with three other men went out to collect, almost as soon as the boys reached the advanced dressing station and it was on the return journey that the tragic event occurred, a shell bursting close behind the party. The wounded man was killed and two of the squad were wounded, one seriously, while Jim Riggins was thrown in the air receiving a severe twist in the leg. Jim as well as I were great chums of ‘Stevie’ and I, who had been with him since the beginning, can say that a nobler and braver man never went forth to the ‘field’. He was always a ready and willing volunteer, scorning danger when anyone lay wounded and helpless, his one aim being to get them into a place of safety.

It has proved a great blow to all the boys in the field ambulance for he was easily the most popular man we had, always cheerful and ready to do one a good turn. By his happy disposition and demeanour he endeared himself to the lads so that one and all wish me to tender their sincerest sympathy for the loss of your dear husband. Jim Riggins returned to the dressing station with the sad news and a squad was immediately despatched to bring ‘Stevie’ in, and after a time they proved successful. He is buried on the outskirts of the village of Montauban, and all the bearers who were not at work tended the funeral, paying a last tribute to their comrade who had passed into the ‘Great Beyond’.

Yours sincerely, Archie Gilbertson and James Riggins

Through research I've found that William is buried in Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban.

Susan Jackson


Pte. Frank Pollard 34th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Frank Pollard was one of three brothers who served in the war, one was killed and the other wounded. Formerly his occupation was a weaver but he enlisted on the 30th July 1915 and after training at Devonport he arrived at Mudros on December 3rd 1915. He then served as a stretcher bearer with 34FA and survived the war. According to his war diary he was attached to 33FA from June 7th to June 10th 1917 before returning to his unit.

Dale Pollard


Pte John Cummins 73rd Field Ambulance (d.9th Oct 1918)

On 6th October 1918 the 73rd Field Ambulance unit was at Havrincourt in bivouacs, South of Flesquires. Pte Jack Cummins a stretcher bearer was tasked with going out Sweeping for wounded. On 8th October at Noyelles, (South of Font. N. Dame) HQ-L 11c central was opposite church-industrial estate, in heavy shelling 5 men were wounded. 9th October infantry attacked at 0530.

John Cummins Pte died aged 25 on 9th October of wounds. He lies in Anneux British Cemetery. He was my Uncle Jack, a country boy from Shedfield in Hampshire who died of wounds sustained on the battlefield whilst saving others.

Simon Fysh


Col. Albert George Thompson DSO . 8th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

In 1914 Albert Thompson was a surgeon. He set up a hospital in the underground caves at Arras (known as the Thompson Caves.) Having seen action in the 2nd Boer War and India he was by 1914 57 years of age. He was awarded the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George

Tina Tyler


Pte. Cecil Austin Osborne 11th Australian Field Ambulance

My Grandfather Cecil Osborne served with the 11th Australian Field Ambulance.

Graham Osborne


Sgt.Maj. Ellis Ratcliffe DCM, CdeG. 138th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

My Great Uncle, Ellis Ratcliffe, joined the RAMC and was promoted to Sgt Major with the 138th Field Ambulance. He served on the front line commanding the stretcher bearers and he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for directing the recovery of the wounded under continuous heavy enemy fire. This appeared in the Gazette in September 1918 and he was also awarded the Croix de Guerre but I have no details.

I am told that he insisted upon riding a white horse so that he could be clearly seen by his stretcher bearers. Surprisingly, he was never wounded and he returned at the end of the war to pursue a successful career in local education.

John Clayton


Cpl. John Findlay Barclay DCM. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company Canadian Engineers (d.11th Aug 1917)

I am not a relative, but stay in the same home town of Broxburn as John Barclay.

Born October 3, 1890 at Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland, John Findlay Barclay was the son of David Barclay and Jane Findlay, Port Buchan, Broxburn. He enlisted at Haileybury, Ontario on November 19, 1915, his occupation was given as "miner". On 31 July 1917, he was wounded in the abdomen by an enemy machine gun bullet and died of his wounds on 11 August 1917 at No. 5 London Field Ambulance. He was buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery,Belgium,PlotI.F.25

His gallantry award was published in The London Gazette, Supplement 29940, Page 1548, Publication Date 13 February The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13051, Page 330, Publication Date 14 February 1917 Canadian Contingent 501169 2nd Cpl. J. F. Barclay, Can. Engrs. For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and skill in counter mining against enemy galleries. On one occasion he was cut off from our lines for twelve hours. He set a splendid example throughout.

Margaret Denholm


Pte. Richard Thomas Barnes 7th Field Ambulance Royal Army Mdical Corps

Pte Thomas Barnes was my grandfather. He married my grandmother in 1918 in Redcar. My grandmother was a widow her husband a Royal Artillery soldier who died in 1917 of pneumonia. All my grandfather's relations were from Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire how he ended up in North Yorkshire and married my widowed grandmother is a mystery. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died in 1928 getting his leg removed whilst under the influence of chloroform, ironic really got through the war and lost it in civvy street

Richard Barnes


Gnr. Edward Jackson 92nd Bde. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Dec 1915)

Edward Jackson died of wounds on the 19th of December 1915, aged 20. He is bBuried in the Estaires Communal Cemetery, France. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Jackson, of Bradford. He lived at Upper Woodlands Road, Manningham, Bradford and worked as a French polisher. He was 5’ 7” inches tall, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. On August 28th 1914 at the age of 19 years and 66 days Edward Jackson joined the Royal Field Artillery, "D" Bty. 92nd Bde. He was posted to France and on December 19th 1915 was wounded. He was taken to the 62nd Field Ambulance in Bethune but died later that day of his injuries at the age of 20. His brother died 10 months later, also in France.

s flynn


Pte. William Dunn Cheshire Regiment

Pte. William Dunn was my grandfather. He served with the Cheshire Regiment. I only know he wrote two letters home which were printed in the local paper. His records seemed to have been destroyed. He was wounded at Louvain and named a daughter after the place. (Georgina Louvain.) We think he was a batman. He was in the 3rd London Hospital at Wandsworth in November 1914 and that is about it.

Allen Lowe


Paul Emile Barbier Interpreter

My grandfather, Paul Barbier, served as liaison officer and interpreter with the 18th Field Ambulance from October 1914 to about the end of April 1915. In his letters he mentions Capt. Loudon, Smeethe and Munro among others. He died about 1945

Delphine Isaaman


Pte. Wilfred Hedley Riddle MM. 1/9th (QVR) Btn. London Regiment (d.28th Aug 1917)

Wilfred Riddle started out in the RAMC, which is unsurprising, given the religious traditions of the family (Methodist/Baptist). He seems to have been compulsorily transferred to a combatant role. I can’t find a citation for his MM (I bet it's non-combatant).

Private Wilfred Hedley Riddle, served with the RAMC and then with the 1/9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), the London Regiment. He died on the 28th August 1917. He is remembered at Gent City Cemetery, Belgium - Grave/Memorial Ref. B16. His medal card also has a regimental number 5960 but no mention of RAMC. It also seems his medals were returned (War and Victory Medals).

Fraser Murrey


Cpt. James Patrick Rafter MC & Bar. 12th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

My Great-Uncle, James Rafter, was a doctor who served in France during WW1 after the cessation of hostilities he was the ship's doctor on the Mauretania but fell ill en route to New York, he died in New York on 5th October 1919. I have a copy of a letter he wrote to his sister whilst on the front line.

Mike Rafter


Capt. Harold Ackroyd VC, MC. Att. 6th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps (d.11th Aug 1917)

Harold Ackroyd served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment during WW1. He was killed in action on the 11th August 1917 and is commemorated on a special memorial (No.7) in Birr Cross Roads Cemetery. He is also buried here.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 4th September 1917, reads as follows:- For most conspicuous bravery. During recent operations Capt. Ackroyd displayed the greatest gallantry and devotion to duty. Utterly regardless of danger, he worked continuously for many hours up and down and in front of the line tending the wounded and saving the lives of officers and men. In so doing he had to move across the open under heavy machine-gun, rifle and shell fire. He carried a wounded officer to a place of safety under very heavy fire. On another occasion he went some way in front of our advanced line and brought in a wounded man under continuous sniping and machine-gun fire. His heroism was the means of saving many lives, and provided a magnificent example of courage, cheerfulness, and determination to the fighting men in whose midst he was carrying out his splendid work. This gallant officer has since been killed in action.

S Flynn


A/Sgt. William Percy Greenwood 19th Stat. Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.21st Apr 1918)

William Greenwood died of Smallpox 21st April 1918, aged 26. He is buried in the Pemba Cemetery in Mozambique. He was the son of Virgil and Mary Ellen Greenwood, of 91, Halifax Rd., Briercliffe, Burnley.

s flynn


Pte. John Kelly 7th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment (d.22nd Aug 1918)

This is my Great Uncle John Kelly - his Sister Mary was my Nana. He had two brothers - Tom and Joe. John was born in 1900, a third child of Hugh and Elizabeth Kelly in Wolstanton, Burslem, Staffs. They lived nearby in 6 Grant Street, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.

When the Great War stared, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers formed new service battalions which continued with the same service number series that was in use before the war. Due to this, it is possible to confirm that John enlisted in May 1915 at the Hanley Recruiting depot or via a recruiting officer. When he started his service with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers as a Private his service number was 20815. He must have been only 16 years old at this time. After his initial training in 1916, Private John Kelly was posted to the 2nd Battalion which was part of the 48th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division from 15th November 1916.

It is impossible to say which battles John served in and when his next transfer took place but as his Medal Index Card and Victory medal/British War Medal roll states, he was posted to the 7th (South Irish Horse) Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment and his new regimental number was 26476. However, as 7th (SIH) Battalion War Diary from 1918 states, that they received reinforcements after their horrific casualties in March when the battalion was caught in the maelstrom of the German Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle) offensive. Extra men from Royal Dublin Fusiliers and Royal Munster Fusiliers arrived on the 1st May and 26th June and they were taken into the Battalion in Widdebroucq area, near Aire during July. Most likely Private Kelly was one of these reinforcements. At the end of July the Battalion’s strength was 31 officers and 830 other ranks and ready for action. At this time they were part of the 49th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division. On the 7th August they were moved into the front line moving from Oxelaere towards Boeschepe. Looks like then luck turned bad for John. On the 19th and 20th August the Battalion War Diary indicates 2 wounded, and on the 23rd August in the Boeschepe area 4 men killed and 3 wounded.

John Kelly most likely was one of these wounded and he was transported to the 62nd (1/2nd London) Clearing Station where he died of wounds on the 22nd August 1918. He was only 18 years old. He is buried Arneke British Cemetery in France, Grave Reference III.E.11 next to other 568 identified casualties.

Anna Jackson


Pte. Alfred Lorrimer Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Feb 1915)

Alfred Lorrimer served with the RAMC during WW1 and died in an accident on the 1st February 1915, aged 23. He is buried in the Ismailia War Cemetery in Egypt. He was the son of Thomas and Maria Lorimer, of 12, Berry Lane, Longridge, Preston, Lancs.

S Flynn


Sgt. Evelyn Frankland 2/2nd East Lancs Field Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Feb 1915)

Evelyn Franklin served with the 2/2nd East Lancs Field Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1 and died on the 1st February 1915, aged 32. He is buried in the Ismailia War Cemetery in Egypt. He was the husband of Alice Frankland, of 2, Bayswater Avenue, Roundhay Rd., Leeds

S Flynn


Pte. Ernest Thorpe 18th Sanitary Section Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.7th July 1918)

Ernest Thorpe died 7th July 1918, aged 30. he is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He was the son of Joshua and Ann Thorpe; husband of Sarah Ann Thorpe, of 40, Norris St., Farnworth, Bolton.

S Flynn


Pte. John Bromley Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th Mar 1918)

John Bromley served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1 and died on the 20th March 1918. He is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He lived at 36 Scotts Terrace, Burnley, Lancashire

S Flynn


Pte. Wilfred Ashurst Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th July 1917)

Wilfred Ashurst served with the RAMC and died on the 29th July 1917. He is buried in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery in Greece.

He had enlisted in Burnley and lived in Towneley Street, Colne.

S Flynn


Pte. Joseph Emmett Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th Nov 1917)

Joseph Emmett served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1. He died of wounds on the 29th November 1917, aged 34 and is buried in Plot C.50 in the Jerusalem War Cemetery. He was the s of James and Margaret Emmett; Husband of Martha Ann Emmett, of 15, Pheasantford St., Burnley.

S Flynn


Pte. John James Grasshorn Fort 33rd Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps (d.30th Oct 1918)

John James Grasshorn Fort served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to 33rd Casualty Clearing Station during WW1. He died on the 30th October 1918, aged 20 and is buried in Haifa War Cemetery, Israel. He enlisted in Burnley. John James Grassham Fort was born in Padiham in 1898, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Fort.

S Flynn


Pte. Eynon Price 53rd (Welsh) Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.4th May 1917)

Eynon Price served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to 53rd (Welsh) Casualty Clearing Station during WW1. He was killed in action 04/05/1917, aged 28, and is buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine. He was the son of David G. and L. E. Price of Ferndale (Rhondda). Husband of Margaret Price, of 38, Derist, Tylorstown (Rhondda), Glam.

S Flynn


Capt. John Fox Russell VC, MC. att. 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Royal Army Medical Corps (d.6th Nov 1917)

Captain John Fox Russell VC MC served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 1/6th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the 6th November 1917, age 24. He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel. He was the son of William Fox Russell and Ethel Maria Fox Russell, of 5, Victoria Terrace, Holyhead.

An extract from The London Gazette (No. 30491), dated 8th Jan., 1918, records the following:-

For most conspicuous bravery displayed in action until he was killed. Capt. Russell repeatedly went out to attend the wounded under murderous fire from snipers and machine guns, and, in many cases where no other means were at hand, carried them in himself although almost exhausted. He showed the highest possible degree of valour.

S Flynn


Pte. Charles Exton 33rd Casualty Clearing Station Royal Army Medical Corps (d.16th Jul 1918)

Private Charles Exton served with 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps and was killed in action on the 16th July 1918. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel. He enlisted in Burnley, was the son of Oliver Exton, of 18, St. Giles St., Padiham and husband of Ellen Exton, of 38, Spenser St., Padiham, Lancs.

S Flynn


Capt. William Harold Raphael McCarter Royal Army Medical Corps

William Harold Raphael McCarter was my paternal grandfather. He served during the Great War as a doctor. He was captured during the Spring offensive at Epehy in March 1918 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. The main POW camps where he was held were Rastatt, Karlsruhe and eventually Graudenz in Poland. I have transcribed his diary which is now very fragile, and I also have a book of cartoons painted by one of the officers in his battalion before their capture. I am putting everything together in a book and am still searching for relevant pictures of the POW camps and my grandfather.

Tess Noble


Pte John Edward Gill 2nd (West Lancs.) Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.28th Dec 1917)

From my earliest days I remember that my (adoptive) Grandma Teare, who lived with us, had a framed photograph in her bedroom of a soldier in uniform. When I asked who he was she told me it was John Gill who died in the First War. Not until much later did I realise that John was her only son.

John was born in Andreas, Isle of Man, on 19th December 1894, when his mother was 20. His birth was registered in his mother's maiden name of Cormode. I think his father Robert Gill died at the age of 29 when John was about 8 years old. Soon afterwards Mary married Philip Teare who worked at the White House Farm in Kirk Michael, and they lived in one of the farm cottages on Main Road, and attended Park View Wesleyan Chapel a few yards away on the opposite side of the road. Mary and Philip had one daughter in 1904, Ella, who married Edward Kennaugh and had a daughter Enid (born 1924).

I am not sure whether John volunteered for active service or not, but in any case I think conscription was extended to the Isle of Man and the other Crown Dependencies sometime in 1916. Clearly, John's death occurred just a few months before my mother Phyllis was born, so not only did I not know him, but neither did my mother. Nevertheless I feel increasingly that I ought to have known him and the war robbed me of the opportunity.

It is difficult to discover exactly where John was and what he did during World War I, because, like many other service records, his detailed record was lost. What is certain is that he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps as Private 339576 in the Second (West Lancashire) Field Ambulance. He died a week after his 23rd birthday. No cause of death is given in the military records. I was told simply that John died in the war (not very informative!), and I am aware that as many service people died of illnesses as were killed in action. However, I have recently obtained a copy of the death certificate giving the cause of death as acute pulmonary tuberculosis, 1 year 6 months. The TB could have been contracted anywhere, but it was sometimes caused by gas poisoning on active service. Was John involved in France and/or in Belgium? I should like to find out.

I have discovered much about the Uncle I never knew, but there is much more that, to date, I have been unable to unearth. For example, I know nothing about his childhood and youth in Andreas and Michael. As I have mentioned, my Grandma Teare, who lived with us until she died when I was 12, hardly ever mentioned him, except when asked about the picture of the soldier on her bedroom wall; even then she would say only tat it was John Gill who died in the war. Only much later did I discover that he was her only son.

I could not understand why she never talked about her son, but almost everyone in the village had lost somebody in the war, and I think that in many cases their grief remained a private matter. It seemed as if they had agreed to get on with life and put a good face on things. By that time, of course, Mary had her daughter Ella, and I suppose too that her loss of John might have been a factor that led her sister Margaret to leave baby Phyllis in her care when she died. From John's death certificate I find that before his military service he was a grocer. I remember two grocery shops in Michael, one of which was Callows. John might have worked in one of these.

This is the sum of my knowledge about John. I should like to know more about his short life, his childhood and youth, and the details of his service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. If anyone is able to give me such information, or to steer me in the right direction, I should be very grateful.

Philip Brew


2nd Lt. Richard James Green Royal Army Medical Corps

Richard James Green was attached as Hon. Dental Surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Ashburne and Hamerton VAD Hospitals, Sunderland during the Great War. In 1917 he had an article published in the Lancet entitled: "Two cases of shot fractures of the jaw with loss of substance". He had served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Sunderland) Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry from 1904.


Lt.Col. Frederick Lawrence Wall MC, CdeG. Australian Army Medical Corps

Frederick Lawrence Wall, born in 1892, was a medical practitioner from Adelaide who joined the war effort as a captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps on 25 May 1915. He departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Wandilla on 17 June 1915. After arriving in Egypt, he was seconded to the 9th Field Ambulance at Gallipoli. He was in charge of a forward aid post at Lone Pine in August 1915 and then joined the 6th Infantry Battalion as a medical officer.

After serving at Gallipoli, Wall was transferred with his unit to France and earned a Military Cross for his constant devotion to duty at Pozières in mid-1916. By 1918, Wall had risen to the rank of major and was serving with the 7th Field Ambulance when he was awarded the Croix de Guerre for continuous bravery throughout his service in France. Wall returned to Australia in March 1919.

Frederick Wall also served as a lieutenant colonel at the 110th Casualty Clearing Station in Tarakan, Borneo during the Second World War.

S Flynn


Chap. Keith Stewart Cresswell Single 20th Infantry Battalion

Keith Stewart Cresswell Single was born on 6 September 1887 at Cowra, New South Wales. Educated at Moore College in theological studies, Single was a clerk in Holy Orders when he joined the Australian Imperial Force as a chaplain on 17 March 1915. He embarked with the 20th Infantry Battalion on board HMAT Berrima in June of 1915. Upon arrival at Gallipoli he was attached to the 5th Brigade and stayed with them without break until November 1916.

During 1917 Single was attached to multiple units, including the 14th Australian Field Ambulance and the 14th Field Artillery Brigade, but the pressures of war were beginning to take their toll. In November 1917 he acknowledged that he was no longer meeting the standard of work of which he felt he was capable. He attributed the lowering of this standard to the strain of service without break, and, feeling he could offer better service back in Australia, he resigned his commission from the AIF.

Keith Single was then transferred to Sutton Veny in England to be with the 2nd Training Battalion before he returned home on board SS Port Darwin on 11 January 1918.

S Flynn


Pte. Herbert Vincent Reynolds 1st Australian Field Ambulance

Herbert Vincent Reynolds was born at Sebastopol, Victoria, on 16 September 1896. He left school after year 8 to work at the local chemical gold processing plant, using the income to support his mother and siblings, as his father had died in 1906. With the outbreak of the First World War Reynolds was left with a difficult choice: he wanted to serve, but going off to war would deprive his family of the income he was making at the gold processing plant. In the end he decided to enlist and, after getting his mother's written permission (required by those under the age of 21), the 18-year-old enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 10 September 1914. Reynolds departed Melbourne with reinforcements for the 1st Australian Field Ambulance aboard HMAT Berrima on 22 December 1914.

On the morning of 25 April 1915, Reynolds and elements of the ambulance landed on Gallipoli, an event he would describe in his diaries in great detail. They commenced carrying the wounded from the forward posts back to the beach where they could be evacuated to hospital ships waiting offshore. Reynolds continued to treat and transport the wounded until he was evacuated to England in September due to sickness. He rejoined the ambulance in March 1916 and went with it to the Western Front. In July the ambulance entered the field of operations at Pozières and Reynolds resumed his role as an orderly attending to and transferring the wounded. In his diaries he described the never-ceasing stream of severely wounded cases that continued day and night through the heavy shell-fire. For the remainder of 1916 and 1917 Reynolds would perform vital work despite the extremely cold weather, constant enemy artillery barrages, and frequent gas attacks. During the fighting around Menin Road on 20 September 1917 Reynolds sustained shrapnel wounds to the left ear. After recovering in England he rejoined the ambulance in late April 1918. In August the ambulance was relieved from the line and began the process of returning home to Australia, Reynolds leaving on 13 October. The following year he was formally discharged from the AIF on 20 March 1919.

After the war Reynolds married and worked as a builder. He enlisted for Second World War service in 1942 but due to his age was precluded from active service, and he joined the 20th Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps instead. Reynolds' involvement in the local council led to his election as the mayor of Sebastopol during 1953-54. Herbert Reynolds died on 21 September 1978 at Ballarat.

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Pte. Robert Edward Northcott Wessex field Ambulance

My grandfather, Robert Edward Northcott for reasons unknown traveled to the Holy Land on service. Is this correct. We are led to believe volunteers from the ambulance service went to Jerusalem. Can anyone help me confirm this?

Alan Tucker


Col. Reginald Jeffery Millard 1st Field Ambulance

Reginald Jeffery Millard was a medical practitioner from Sydney who served with the Australian Army Medical Corps from 1914 to 1919. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Millard was the Medical Superintendent at the Coast Hospital (later Prince Henry Hospital) in Little Bay, Sydney. He enlisted with the Medical Corps on 28 August 1914 as a major and was assigned to the 1st Field Ambulance. Millard departed Australia aboard HMAT Euripides on 20 October 1914..

Millard witnessed the landing at Gallipoli from a hospital ship offshore, expressing his dismay at the failure of the attack and fearing for the lives of new soldiers to be sent ashore. In July 1915, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and in early 1916 became Assistant Director of Medical Services at the Australian Imperial Force Headquarters (AIF) in Egypt, though quickly moved to the same position at the AIF Headquarters in London, because of his experience. There, he worked with the Director of Medical Services, Major General Neville Howse VC, to coordinate the delivery of medical services to the entire AIF.

In January 1917, now a colonel, Millard proceeded to France to command the No. 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen and in June of the same year received the Order of St. Michael and St. George for his "valuable services in connection with the war". At the end of 1917, Colonel Millard was forced to return to Australia on personal leave, returning to service in England in mid-1918. His involvement in the war would only last another year, as he returned to Australia in October 1919. In June of that year Colonel Reginald Millard was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for his services during the war.

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Lt. George Leslie Makin 5th Infantry Battalion (d.25th Aug 1918)

George Leslie Makin was born in North Melbourne, Victoria, on 4 April 1894, and was educated at St. Alban's State School. He had served for three years with the 51st Regiment of the Citizen Forces at Albert Park by the time he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 18 August 1914.

Makin was posted to the 5th Infantry Battalion, and embarked on-board HMAT Orvieto on 21 October 1914. He served at Gallipoli until October of 1915, when he was taken ill with enteric fever. After spending time in hospital on Lemnos, he was eventually evacuated to England, where he was hospitalised for several weeks. He re-joined his battalion in June 1916, by which time they were fighting on the Western Front, in France.

Makin wrote many letters home during his service, often expressing homesickness and worry for his mother. He also wrote of the trying conditions he faced in France, and was hospitalised with illness on several other occasions. Despite these difficulties, he was promoted a number of times, eventually being promoted to lieutenant on 9 September 1916.

On 25 August 1918, Makin was leading his company in an attack at St. Martin's Wood, when he was badly wounded. He was admitted to the 3rd Field Ambulance, before being transferred to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, and finally to the 8th General Hospital in Rouen, France where he succumbed to his wounds on 8 September 1918. George Leslie Makin is buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

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Pte. John Simpon Kirkpatrick 3rd Field Ambulance (d.19th May 1915)

John Simpson Kirkpatrick, a stretcher bearer whose brief life ended early in the Gallipoli campaign, is better known today as 'the man with the donkey'. One of the AIF's most well-known figures, Simpson was, like many of his comrades, an Englishman. Born on 6 July 1892 at Shields in County Durham, he joined the merchant marine at the age of 17 and began a life of wandering that eventually led him to Australia.

Simpson tried his hand at all manner of jobs. He carried a swag, worked as a cane cutter, a ship's hand and a coalminer, experiencing life in many parts of Australia. However distant from his mother and sister, Simpson made sure that they received a generous percentage of whatever pay he was able to earn. On 25 August 1914, shortly after the First World War began, he enlisted in the AIF and began training at Blackboy Hill camp near Perth. His motivation for enlisting, it appears, had more to do with the prospect of returning to England than with any particular desire to be a soldier.

Like many who shared his reason for joining, Simpson was disappointed when the first Australian soldiers bound for the war were disembarked for training in Egypt. Having been posted to the 3rd Field Ambulance, he was among those who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Though a stretcher bearer, Simpson decided his task could be better accomplished using a donkey to carry his wounded charges.

Just three weeks after the landing, Simpson was killed by a Turkish bullet during one of his morning journeys up Monash Valley to retrieve wounded men. Widely believed to have already achieved a measure of fame during his brief time at the front, it now appears more likely that the Simpson legend only grew after his death. Peter Cochrane, in his 1992 book Simpson and the donkey, outlines the way in which Simpson's story was used for a range of propaganda and political purposes, particularly as manpower crises threatened to undermine the AIF's fighting ability during the war.

Cochrane, having demonstrated the extent to which embellishment and sometimes outright falsehoods have served to obscure the real Simpson, described a man who was as flawed as any other, but whose bravery is not disputed. He remains, nevertheless, one of the most famous of the men who served at Anzac. His fame is all the more interesting for the fact that, unlike other celebrated figures from the campaign, such as Jacka, Simpson was a non-combatant. In the intervening decades there have been calls for Simpson to be awarded a retrospective Victoria Cross and, although he won no medals at Gallipoli, Simpson is commemorated in paintings and with a prominent bronze sculpture at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. A bronze of him with his donkey stands in the shopping centre of his home town of South Shields.

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Pte. David Bernard Harford 28th Infantry Battalion (d.31st Mar 1917 )

David Bernard Harford was born at Albany, Western Australia, on 28 October 1886. His mother would later state that "he was born in a spring cart at Albany after us doing a journey of [fourteen] hundred miles." Previous to the First World War, Harford had distinguished himself as a capable rifleman, winning several prizes in rifle club competitions while also taking up work as a miner and general labourer. The 28-year-old enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 14 July 1915 and departed Fremantle with the 28th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Miltiades on 12 February 1916.

On arriving in Egypt Harford noted in his diary his surprise at seeing gum trees lining some of the streets in Cairo. After being sent to England for further training he was deployed to the Western Front with the 51st Infantry Battalion. The unit fought its first major battle at Mouquet Farm in August and September where it suffered huge casualties. For the remainder of 1916 and throughout the bleak winter Harford and his battalion alternated between front-line duty, training, and labouring behind the line. During this time he continued to document his experiences at the front in his diary. Early the next year the Australian forces in France cautiously pursued the German Army as it withdrew to the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. On 31 March 1917 Harford sustained a gunshot wound and died that same day whilst being treated by the 5th Australian Field Ambulance. David Bernard Harford is buried at Pozières British Cemetery at Ovillers-La Boisselle, France.

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Capt. King Elmes att. 2/16th London Regiment Royal Army Medical Corps (d.30th Sep 1918)

As children, we heard that my grandmother's brother, King Elmes, a RAMC doctor, had been with his regiment in 'Arabia' with Lawrence. We were told that when 'all went quiet' in 'Arabia' he moved to the Western Front, and was killed on 30th September 1918, hit by a shell. He is buried in Kandahar Farm. King would have been one of a generation of young Irish doctors who would have been prevented from getting the usual entry level job at home on qualification, by a bar on employing doctors of an age to serve in the army in the Poor Law medical services. There was a history of military service as medical doctors in the family, a south Wexford farming family. His uncle Robert had served with the RAMC in the Crimea, and two other doctor brothers, Sam and Euseby, served in the Navy, Euseby being on a merchant ship in the Pacific when the ship was annexed. I'd love to know more about what King's regiment was up to in Egypt, Salonika and Palestine, and also on the western front - I gather they were advancing when King was hit.

Ida Milne


Capt. Robert Burnside Carter MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

Robert Burnside Carter left Sydney on 22 March 1915 to join the Royal Army Medical Corps in England with several other young Australian doctors. His brother, Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Gordon Carter also served in the First World War with the Australian Imperial Force. A doctor by profession, Carter was made a temporary Lieutenant on 23rd March 1915.

Sometime after its formation in September 1915, he was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery of the 123rd Brigade of the British Army as its regimental medical officer. Along with the 122nd and 124th Brigades, the 123rd Brigade was part of the 41st Division, a new division formed at the beginning of the war that was deployed to France in May 1916. The division participated in the Battles of the Somme (1916), the Battle of Messines (1917), the Battles of Ypres (1917), the First Battles of the Somme (1918), the Battles of the Lys (1918), and the final advance in Flanders (1918). Robert Carter's award of the Military Cross was published in the London Gazette on 3 June 1919.

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Drv. Arthur James Adams (d.9th Aug 1916)

Arthur James Adams was born in England at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire during 1888. He was educated at the Wolverton County School and the Wolverton Science and Arts Institute. Adams migrated to Australia at age 22 and worked as a carpenter and joiner in Brisbane. His father, a Mr G Adams, still resided in Buckinghamshire at the outbreak of war.

Arthur enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 August 1914. He had some prior military experience in the reserve forces, having served for about 3 years in the 1st Bucks Territorials. He initially served as a Driver in the 3rd Field Ambulance, but was later transferred to the rank of Private in the 13th Field Ambulance. Following basic training he boarded HMAT Rangatira, and embarked from Brisbane on 25 October 1914. Adams was seriously wounded on 8th of August 1916 during the battle of Pozières. He died of wounds shortly afterwards on 9th of August 1916. Arthur Adams is buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, France

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Sgt. Thomas Brennock 1st Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.28th Feb 1917)

Thomas Brennock served in the 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was killed on the 28th February 1917m aged 28. He was the son of Michael and Mary Brennock, of Dublin. His brothers William and Patrick also fell. Formerly he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

S Flynn


Pte. Thomas M. Brennan Royal Army Medical Corps (d.10th Apr 1917)

Pte. Thomas Brennan was the son of Michael and Elizabeth Brennan, of Dundrum, Dublin. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and died at sea aged 27 in April 1917. He is commemorated on the Salta Memorial, Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, France.

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Mjr. Thomas Francis Pennefather Breen 142nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.18th Sep 1918)

Thomas Francis Pennefather Breen was born in Dublin the son of Inspector General Breen, Royal Navy, and Mrs. Breen, of 19, St. George's Court, Gloucester Rd., Kensington, London. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, 142nd Field Ambulance. He was killed in action in France in September 1918 aged 28 and is buried in Morchies Australian Cemetery. He is commemorated in a memorial at St. Mary's, RC, Haddington Road, Dublin.

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Pte. Michael Brady Royal Army Medical Corps (d.11th Nov 1915)

Michael Brady was born in Dublin the Son of Peter and Margaret Brady of Dublin Rd., Leixlip, Co. Kildare. He served with the 9th Royal Dublin Fusiliers and died in November 1915 in Malta aged 21. He is buried in Addolorata Cemetery, Malta.

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Rflm. John Brady 2nd/18th Btn. London Regiment (d.7th Nov 1917)

John Brady was born, and enlisted, in Dublin. Before joining the London Regiment he was 44209, Royal Army Medical Corps. John Brady was killed in action in Egypt during the Battle of Hareira and Sheria, and is commemorated on Panel 51 of Jerusalem Memorial in Jerusalem War Cemetery.

S Flynn


Pte. John Brady 42nd Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th Sep 1915)

John Brady was born in St. Paul's, Dublin, and also enlisted in Dublin. He died of wounds in Flanders a few days after participation in the Second Attack on Bellewaarde. Private Brady is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

S Flynn


Pte. James Brady Royal Army Medical Corps (d.6th May 1917)

James Brady served with the Royal Medical Corps and was killed in action in May 1917.

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Pte. James Brady Royal Army Medical Corps (d.8th March 1917)

James Brady was the son of James and Margaret Brady, of Green House, Loughshenny, Skerries, Co. Dublin. He was killed in action in Mesopotamia aged 21 and is remembered on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

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Pte. Frank Bothwell MM. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.27th Sep 1918)

Frank Bothwell was the son of Alexander and Ellen Bothwell, of 13, Clonliife Rd., Dublin. He was killed in action in France

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Capt. James O'Shaughnessy Beveridge 137th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.22nd Nov 1917)

James O'shaughnessy Beveridge was the son of John F. Beveridge, B.L. and Jane Beveridge, of 33 Belgrave Square, Rathmines, Co. Dublin He served with the 137th Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was killed in France in November 1917 and is buried inLebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension.

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Capt. John Alexander Pridham MC. 62nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

My Grandfather Capt John A Pridham served in WW1 at the Battle of Guillemont with 62nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. On Sunday 3rd September 1916 he was wounded and lost his left eye. This is a transcription of entries that he made in his diary on that day and over the subsequent three days:-

“...Great rush of wounded began 10 am. 11am intense bombardment. Noon attack on Guillemont started. Tremendous rush of wounded 11 onwards all rest of day. Hardly able to cope with it. Attack successful. Many German prisoners. 2 M.O.s of the Connaughts & Munsters wounded. Hun started shelling neighbourhood about 5 pm. Got very close to dug out. Tried to get wounded about 6 .... of dug out. Whizzbang*. On doorstep** (wounded in left eye & forearm. Not seriously.) Dressed by Capt. Hickey. Rather painful. Osborne came in 9. Went away on stretcher 10.30 to .... ..... Montauban. ...... by S. Bs of Middlesex. Milne came with me. Then .... H. BMB, to other side of Montauban. Then ..... motor work. To Carnoy. AU 2 am.” [*Soldiers heard the typical "whizz" noise of a travelling shell before the "bang" issued by the gun itself. Whizz bangs were consequently much feared since the net result was that defending infantrymen were given virtually no warning of incoming high-velocity artillery fire as they were from enemy howitzers. The whizzbang presumably hit the doorstep** of the dugout which he was approaching to treat wounded men within. A dugout was a shelter dug into the side of a trench offering various degrees of protection, and were extremely vulnerable to shells fired directly into the trench.]

After he was wounded he was taken to Montaubon-de-Picardie, and thence to Carnoy. On Monday 4th September 1916 he left Carnoy for the main DR (Dressing Station) on the Bray-Corbie Rd. His left eye was excised at a hospital in Corbie:- “Saw Jepson at Carnoy. Left soon after by car for Main D.S. on Bray-Corbie road. AU 6 am. Wounds dressed. Learnt that left eye was gone. Went off almost at once to No 5C.C.S. Corbie . .... 8 am. Put to bed. Had a wash. Clothes removed. Taken to theatre 11. Under chloroform. Left eye excised ..........Woke up again about 3. A ..... ten 4.30 Taken out of bed & put on a stretcher 7.30 ..... stayed there ... 45 min(?)

On Tuesday 5th September 1916 he went by train to Amiens and thence to Abbeville (above and to the left of Amiens on the map), and continued westwards to Le Tréport on the coast. He was then taken by car to an hotel:- “Taken in ...... and 5 am Said good bye to Milne. Put in ..... train 6am. Had some broth in train. .... read paper & slept. Arrived Le Tréport about 1 pm. Vie Amiens to Abbeville. Taken by car to hotel. Dressed & washed at 5. Some dinner roast chicken etc. went to sleep at 9.”

On Wednesday 6th September 1916 he had his wounds dressed – presumably at the local hospital in Le Tréport:- “Woke several times in night. Very hot. Breakfast, porridge & eggs 8.30 Washed in bed 10. wounds dressed 11. Lunch chicken etc. Wired Maggie & Mother. Tea 4. Washed again. Wounds dressed. Dinner. Soup, Fish, fruit pudding & fruit. Wrote Maggie and Mother. 7 in morning. Slept well most of night. 9.30 – 5.30.”

Richard Crowe


Pte. Thomas Bernard Royal Army Medical Corps (d.10th Oct 1918)

Thomas Bernard died at sea aged 39 and is buried in Grangegorman Military Cemetery, County Dublin, Ireland

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Pte. Cecil William James Bell Royal Army Medical Corps (d.15th Apr 1917)

Cecil Bell was the son of Andrew and Mary Bell, of 6, Rathmines Park, Dublin. Cecil was born in 1893, son of a Civil Service Clerk, educated at Dublin University. He died at sea age 24 and is remembered on the Mikra Memorial in Greece. On that fateful day he was onboard HMT Arcadian when it was torpedoed by a German UC74 in the Cycladic Islands in the Aegean Sea. She was carrying troops from Salonika to Alexandria. Pte. Bell was one of the 233 people who lost their lives that day.

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L/Cpl. Thaddeus Richard Begley MM. 6th Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers (d.8th Oct 1918)

Thaddeus Begley was the son of Bedelia Maria Begley, of 387 North Circular Road, Dublin, and the late Thaddesis Begley, was born in Dublin. Leading up to the war he was a Medical Student, and before joining Royal Dublin Fusiliers he was a member of Royal Army Medical Corps. Thaddeus Begley was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, and is buried in Beaurevoir British Cemetery.

S Flynn


Capt. Arthur Cyril Bateman MM. att. 7th Btn. Cameron Highlanders Royal Army Medical Corps (d.28th Mar 1918)

Arthur Bateman was the son of Godfrey Bateman, LL.D., and Frances Emily Bateman, of 28 Clarinda Park East, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 7th Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders. He died aged 27 in March 1918 in France, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

S Flynn


Lt. William Ormsby Wyndham Ball 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.26th Sep 1914)

William Ball, son of Henry Wyndham Ball and Elizabeth Ball, was born in Palmerston Park, Dublin on September 27th 1889. Before the outbreak of the war he played hockey, and represented Ireland in six International matches in 1910 and 1911. After much success as a student in the School of Physic of Trinity College, William gained a commission in the Medical Services on January 24th 1913. He was serving at Longmoor Army Camp upon the outbreak of the war.

At the beginning of the war William was attached as Regimental Medical Officer to the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. He landed at Le Havre with them on August 13th 1914. he Battalion fought as part of the 2nd Division in the Battle of Mons. During the subsequent retreat William was lucky not to have been fatally wounded on four separate occasions. Sadly, he was finally killed by a shell at La Cour de Soupir whilst attending to the wounded at one of the dressing stations. He was 24 years old.

William Ball was buried in La Cour de Soupir Farm, and is commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.

S Flynn


Lt.Col. Charles Bent Ball Royal Army Medical Corps (d.17th Mar 1916)

Sir Charles Bent M.D., M.Ch., F.R.C.S.I., Hon. F.R.C.S. 1st Baronet, Hon. Surgeon to the King was the Son of Robert Ball and Amelia Gresley Ball of Dublin. He was married to Annie Julia Kinahan. Charles died of wounds aged 65 and was buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, County Dublin, Ireland.

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Capt. R. G. Ball Royal Army Medical Corps

R G Ball, the son of Mrs. Mary Ball, of 28, Waterloo Rd., Dublin died at home of wounds and was buried in 1920 in , Mount Jerome Cemetery, County Dublin, Ireland.

S Flynn


Pte. James Fitzhenry Baird Royal Army Medical Corps (d.1st Nov 1917)

James Baird was born in Dublin but enlisted in Glasgow. He was killed in Salonika

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Capt. G. H. Baird Royal Army Medical Corps (d.9th Nov 1919)

Capt. G. H. Baird was the husband of A. Baird, of Sandymount Castle, Sandymount, Dublin. He is buried in Dean's Grange Cemetery, County Dublin, Ireland.

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L/Cpl. John Arnold 2nd Btn. Royal Munster Fusiliers (d.10th Nov 1917)

John Arnold was formerly 30837, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was killed in action in Flanders and is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

S Flynn


Sgt. William George Osborne 55 CCS Royal Army Medical Corps

William George Osborne was my father. He went to France in June 1916 with 2/2 London Casualty Clearance Station RAMC (later to become 55 CCS) and served continuously with 55 CCS to 1919 when he was medically discharged. I am trying to locate a photograph that I have amongst other documents and will post it when found. Prior to WW1 he also served with the Red Cross unit that went to Bulgaria during the Balkan Wars 1912/1913.

Pete Osborne


Pte. William Addie Royal Army Medical Corps (d.17th Mar 1918)

William Addie served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1 and died on the 17th March 1918. William as born in St. James, Dublin and enlisted in Dublin. He was the son of Elizabeth and the late James Addie, of 31, Emerald Square, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin. He died of wounds in Flanders and is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge.

S Flynn


Sgt. Stephen McKenna DCM & Bar, CdeG. 37 Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.28th March 1918)

Stephen McKenna, enlisted at Jarrow and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps with 37th Field Ambulance. He was killed in action age 29 on the 28th March 1918 and is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery. I.L.3. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. He also received the gallantry awards of the DCM (15th April 1916) and Bar (22nd September 1916) together with the French Croix de Guerre.

Stephen was born in Jarrow 1888, son of Joseph and Bridget McKenna. In the 1911 census the family is living at 215 Whitfield Road, Scotswood, with Joseph(46) a general labourer and his wife of 26 years Bridget(43). They had 11 children and 8 survived. Six are single and living at this address, Stephen(22) a general labourer, Kate(21) a domestic cook, Joseph P(19) coal miner, Hugh(17) and John(14)are colliery labourers, Rose Mary(11) is at school.

Vin Mullen


Pte. John McConway Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th May 1918)

John McConway served with the St. John Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was aged 25 when he died on 20th May 1918. Born in Hebburn in 1893 he was the son of John and Sophia Smith McConway (nee Reid) of Monkton Village Jarrow. On the 1911 census John McConway age 18 Analytical Chemist at Copper Extraction Works is living with his parents John and Sophia Smith McConway and family at 48 Jervis Street, Hebburn.

John is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Monkton Memorial in Monkton Village, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Pte. Thomas William McVittie Royal Army Medical Corps

Thomas William McVittie served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church but no year of death is given. The medal card provides no information other than the award of the 1915 Star with a reference to Egypt, but no mention of any entitlement to War or Victory medals which is rather strange.

Provided this is the correct person there is a death entry in the Quarter April to June 1921 for a Thomas W McVittie ref volume 10a page 1165. It would take an inspection of the death certificate to establish firm identity and cause of death. Thomas was born in Hebburn 1892, son of Robert and Elizabeth McVittie nee Jardine of Hebburn. In the 1911 census the family is living at 45 Edmund Street, Hebburn with Robert(69) a shipyard labourer and his wife of 26 years Elizabeth(45) who had 11 children, 10 of whom survived and 7 are still living at this address. Albert Edward(24) a dock labourer, Donald(22) a cart man, Thomas Willie(19) minding stationary engine - coal mining, Isabella(16) a servant, Elizabeth(12)and Margaret(6) at school. Ethel is 3 years old.

Vin Mullen


Pte. John George Wright 57th Combined Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.20th Jul 1917)

John George Wright enlisted at Jarrow and served in the 57th Combined Stationary Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps. He died age 24 on the 20th July 1917 and is remembered at Jarrow Library, St. Mark's Church and is buried in Basra War Cemetery. John must have been attached to one of the units which went to Mesopotamia (Iraq) in 1917. His medal card records the award of the War and Victory Medals.

John was born in Jarrow 1890, son of the late George Chapman Wright and Annie Wright nee Bruton of 25 York Street, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Pte. John Smith 6th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.13th Nov 1916)

John Smith died age 22, he was the son of William and Ann Elizabeth Smith of 5 Newton Terrace Hebburn. He enlisted in Jarrow first served in France on the 17th of Feburary 1915. John is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Cpl. Arnold Simkin Jennings 28th General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps (d.21st Dec 1918)

Arnold Simkin Jennings, served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, 28th General Hospital and died age 25 on the 21st December 1918. He is buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria.

He was born in Jarrow 1893, the Son of Thomas Simkin and Amy Jennings (nee Rawbone) of Sonnenberg Middlecave Malton Yorks. Arnold Simkin Jennings age 18 Student Boarder is at Bootham School, York on the 1911 census. Arnold was a member of the Surveyor's Institute, London.

Vin Mullen


Pte. Robert Hardy Royal Army Medical Corps (d.23rd Mar 1918)

Robert Hardy died aged 23. He was born in Jarrow in 1894, the son of James and Elizabeth Hardy (nee Pace) of Jarrow. Robert Hardy age 16 Grocers assistant is with his parents James and Elizabeth Hardy and family at 231 High Street, Jarrow on the 1911 census.

Robert is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Pte. George Augustine Drummond 76th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.6th Oct 1918)

George Augustine Drummond died aged 25. He was born at St. Giles Midlothian, the son of of John and Maggie Drummond of 60 Cobden Street Jarrow. On the 1911 census, George Augustine Drummond age 18, Brass Tube Makers Labourer, is listed as living with his parents John and Maggie Drummond and family at 60 Cobden Street, Jarrow. He enlisted at Leith.

George is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy.

Vin Mullen


Pte. William Herbert Donnelly 14th Coy. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.27th Aug 1919)

William Herbert who died age 18 was the son of William and Mary Elizabeth Donnelly (nee Gibbons) of 5 Stanley Street , Jarrow. He was born in Jarrow in 1900. William Herbert Donnelly, age 10, at School, is with his parents William and Mary Elizabeth Donnelly and family at 32 Shakespeare Street, Jarrow on the 1911 census.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Jarrow Cemetery. 5. 116.

Vin Mullen


Pte. Richard Chandler Dixon 1st/4th Btn King's Own Scottish Borderers (d.5th Oct 1918)

Richard Chandler Dixon died aged 22. The son of Robert and Margaret Dixon (nee Chandler) of 31 Henry Street Jarrow, he was born in Jarrow and lived and enlisted there. Richard Chandler Dixon age 9, at school, is with his parents Robert and Margaret Dixon and family at 31 Henry Street, Jarrow on the 1911 census.

Richard is buried in Sunken Road Cemetery. Boisleux-St. Marc. He is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (north face) Jarrow and on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Pte. John Purvis 20th Coy. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.28th Oct 1918)

John Purvis enlisted at Jarrow and served in 20th Company Royal Army Medical Corps. He died aged 26 on the 28th October 1918 and is buried at Jarrow Cemetery.

John was born in Jarrow 1892, son of Robert Thomas and Isabella Purvis nee Stephenson of 44 Prince Consort Road, Jarrow. 1911 census shows family living at above address with father Robert Thomas Purvis (58) a metal moulder in the shipyard, his wife of 30 years Isabella (51) and three of their surviving 4 children. Robert (28) single, a brass moulder in the shipyard, Thomas (20) and John (18) both single and paper makers in paper mills

Vin Mullen


2nd Lt. Oscar Frank Moritz 99th Btn Machine Gun Corps (d.27th July 1916)

Sherborne School Book of Remembrance Oscar F Moritz

Oscar Frank Moritz was the fifth son of the late Hermann Moritz (of the London Stock Exchange) and Elisa Mathilda Moritz (nee Kronhelm) of West Bank, Broadlands Road, Highgate, London. Born at Edmonton, Middlesex, on 21 March 1885. He had two brothers: Arnold Moritz and Julius Hermann Moritz. He attended Cholmeley's Preparatory School in Highgate, and from 1898-1903 Sherborne School in Dorset. After leaving School he became a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple) in 1910.

Oscar Moritz enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) on 5th of September 1914 as a stretcher bearer and rapidly rose to be a Staff Sergeant. On 30 April 1915 commissioned to the Border Regiment, 10th Bn.; transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (99th) in January 1916. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from April 1916 and saw much fighting on Vimy Ridge. He was reported wounded and missing after heavy fighting at at Delville Wood on 27th July 1916 while trying to bring up reinforcements for his gun, having previously received a wound in the thigh. During the battle every officer in his section of the Machine Gun Corps was either killed or wounded. Moritz's body was found some seven weeks later by an old school friend who buried him. He is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, on the Walkerburn War Memorial and in the Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.

Rachel Hassall


Gnr. Thomas Buddle 47th Brigade Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Jan 1916)

Thomas Buddle's Medal Index Card

Thomas Buddle was aged 21 when he died on 15th January 1916 whilst serving with 47th Brigade Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery. (formerly 10570 Pte R.A.M.C.) Son of Peter Clarke and Jane Ann Buddle of Hebburn Colliery. On the 1911 census he is recorded as Thomas Buddle age 17 Apprentice Ship Painter in Shipyard is with his widowed father Peter Clarke Buddle at the Post Office, Hebburn Colliery, Hebburn. He was born and enlisted Jarrow.

Thomas is buried in White House Cemetery. St. Jean-Les-Ypres. He is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Pte. John Francis Webb 1st West Riding Ambulance

John Francis Webb, known as Jack, was born at Ackworth Moor Top, Yorkshire on 18th September 1893. Jack was a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade, from the age of 15, and coal miner up to the outbreak of the Great War.

Jack joined the 1st West Riding Field Ambulance on 5th September 1914, number 405149. He did not speak about the horrors of what he encountered; he just mentioned places like “Flanders”, “Passchendaele,” and “Wipers”. At the beginning of 1916 Jack was in France with the 1st West Riding Field Ambulance. Throughout the First World War Jack served as a non-combatant. Firstly as a stretcher-bearer, later a first aid station dressing attendant. Jack said that his uniform never left his back for a year while serving as medical support at the Battle of the Somme. The worse thing was the lack of facilities and never having a proper bath in four years. They got new underwear once. The bath, while on duty at the “front,” was called the “feet bell’ because there was just enough water to cover the ankles in a tub, they got three minutes to wash then the next man went in. To dry they ran around in their “birthday suits” then collected their first change of underwear and washed shirt. Jack said the replacement shirt had lice eggs in the seams. It was a very itchy experience.

On the eve of the war ending, in 1918, Jack was seriously wounded from a shell explosion. He received serious shrapnel injury to his back and lung while his partner was killed in the incident. Jack needed many skin grafts and was unable to lie on his back for two years. The treatment and convalescence was at Meathop Sanatorium at Grange over Sands, Lancashire.

Jack recalled that the total pay for four and a half years served in the War was £24. He bought a suit, costing £2.10 shillings, in Rotherham High Street and gave the rest to his mother who was living at Dorset Place Masbro’, Rotherham. While recovering at Meathop, Jack met a nurse called Helena Margaret Coughman, known as Lena, whom he later married. Sometime in 1920 Jack returned to work as a coal miner in the colliery. This information was given to me by my granddad Jack in 1984, a few months before he died at the aged of 91.

Angela Shrimpton


L/Cpl. James Porter 7th Btn. Royal Sussex Regiment

I have a diary that my Grandad wrote between November 1914 and August 1917 giving a pretty detailed account of his recruitment process in 1914 at Aldershot to when he convalesced from being shot at Longleat (1917). He was Lance Corporal James Porter of 7th battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. He dedicates his book 'In affectionate recollections and in admiration of the brave officers and N.C.O's and men of the 7th battalion Royal Sussex regiment with whom I fought side by side for two years in France. Fighters all - sometimes bent but never broken'

Lynn Booth


Cpl. Harold Algernon Joseph Ahearn 9th Australian Field Ambulance

Harold Ahearn was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. On the 12th of Aug 1914 her enlisted in the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Tropical Unit Army Medical Corps as part of the Naval assault against the Germans in PNG. On the 8th of Mar 1916 he has a second enlistment in the AIF Cpl 9th Field Ambulance. He returned to Australia 21 June 1919

Phillip Needham


QMSgt. Frances James Shorthouse 104th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Frances James Shorthouse was born 3/12/1891, he enlisted 3/9/1914 in Aldershot, he was medically discharged 1/3/1918 in Woking. Before the was he was a school master. 5ft 10.5inchs, complexion fresh, eyes grey, hair Brown. He was in the RAMC and according to his hospital papers he served with 104 Field Ammbulance. He was entered into hospital week ending 8/5/1917 with Nephritis (Sev.)

Lloyd Scott


George Septimus Brookes 13th Australian Field Ambulance

My Grandfather George Septimus Brookes was part chinese and an Engine Driver for the NSW Railways. He joined the Army and served in France and Belgium during WWI. He was wounded having gunshot wounds to the face and had his leg amputated. He was eventually evacuated to England where he met my Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Harper and they got Married in London. George resumed his work as an Engine Driver, which was a challenge for a person with 1 leg and was mainly working around Sydney as a Engine Driver. George had 2 Children Geoffrey Wilbert Harper Brookes and Marjorie Irene Brookes. George Brookes died 24th November 1921 at Woodville Red Cross Home, Randwick age 36 from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and war wounds. He is buried in the Methodist Section of the Rookwood Cemetary in Sydney in a white marble grave. George is commemorated on the wall of remembrance in Rookwood and almost behind his plaque on the same wall is the commemoration for NX11686, Geoffrey Hayne son of George Brookes. Thank you for the chance to remember my Grandfather.

John Hayne


Cpl. Francis Keith Davison MM. C section 4th Australian Field Ambulance

After returning to Australia Frank Davison became a journalist with the Daily Guardian and in 1928 married Beryl Lucy Mills, the first Miss Australia. He also served briefly as Major in 56/60 Regiment from 1942-43.

J.M. Martin


Capt. Noel Godfrey Chavasse MC VC. Royal Army Medical Corps (d.4th Aug 1917)

Noel Chavasse arrived on the Western Front in November 1914 where he was attached to the Liverpool Scottish Regiment. In the first few months Chavasse was kept busy dealing with trench foot, a condition caused by standing for long periods in mud and water. In March 1915 the regiment took part in the offensive at Ypres, where poison gas was used for the first time. By June 1915 only 142 men out of the 829 men who arrived with Chavasse remained on active duty. The rest had been killed or badly wounded. Chavasse was promoted to Captain in August 1915 and six months later was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at the Battle of Hooge. In April 1916 he was granted three days leave to receive his award from King George V.

In July 1916 Chavasse's battalion was moved to the Somme battlefield near Mametz. On the 7th August the Liverpool Scottish Regiment were ordered to attack Guillemont. Of the 620 men who took part in the offensive, 106 of the men were killed and 174 were wounded. This included Chavasse who was hit by shell splinters while rescuing men in no-mans-land. For this he was awarded the Victoria Cross. In February 1917 he was granted 14 days leave in England. He returned to the Liverpool Scottish Regiment and took part in the offensive at Passchendaele. For nearly two days he went out into the battlefield rescuing and treating wounded soldiers. It was during this period Noel performed the deeds that gained him his second Victoria Cross. After being badly wounded Chavasse was sent to the Casualty Clearing Station at Brandhoek. Although operated on he died on 4th August 1917.

S. Flynn


Pte. Percival Frederick King First Eastern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

Percy King was from a technically minded family, two of his brothers were car mechanics and engine fitters and worked in the Family Business, King and Harper in Cambridge,(This business was started by their Father, William King, who was also Chief Engineer in a scheme running tractors for the Board of Agriculture during WW1). However Percy did not go into the family business and became a scientific instrument maker and worked for the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.

On 18 November 1913 he joined the RAMC (TF) for 4 Years service and he worked at the First Eastern General Hospital (1191 other ranks beds and 151 Officers Beds) in Cambridge the entire time until his on discharge 17 November 1917. Even though it was the height of the war, he was released for essential war work (making instruments) back at his old company, instead of being re-enlisted. His elder brother 2nd Lt Reginald King 48425 was also in the Army (RFC)and served as a pilot, and one of his younger brothers Private Augustus King 202906 was an engine fitter in the Army Service Corps.

Percy was one of the many soldiers who survived the war unscathed and did not see front-line action but did essential work on the home front. He was my uncle and although he married, he never had any children to research or tell his story.

Geoff King


Pte. Ernest William Horton 8th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. (d.21st March 1918)

My grandfather 58917 Pte Ernest William Horton was killed on 21/03/1918 at Arras. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial to the missing at Arras.He was in the 8th Field Ambulance RAMC. He was married with 3 children. He lived in Ironstone Rd., Rawnsley, Cannock Staffs. Family still there. I have his ID tags.

Brian Grice


Stanley Fox Linton 3rd Northumebrland Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps

The 3rd Northumberland Field Ambulance 50th Division was commanded by Stanley Fox Linton, TD, MSc, MD, DPH, in 1916 -1917

David Quaife


Capt. James Thomas Starkie MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

James Starkie served in the Boer War and the Great War. In 1917 he was serving as a sergeant on the hospital ship Britannic when it truck a mine in the Mediteranean and sunk. It had on board wounded British soldiers. James Starkie was the last person to leave the sinking ship after going below to collect bread for those in the lifeboats. He was promoted to Captain and awarded the Military Cross. He later went on to serve in Ceylon before his service came to an end. He retired with his family to Aldershot where he died in 1953.

Brian Basterra


Sjt. James MacDonald 30th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

James MacDonald was my grandmother's brother who served in the 30th Field Ambulance in Egypt, he sent a Christmas card sent to my Grandmother in 1917. At the end of the war he returned to Egypt to work on a water project. He briefly met his other sister Grace when she emigrated to Australia in 1919 and her boat stopped in Egypt. The family never heard from him again.

Alison Burtt


Capt. Benjamin Franklin Wray 37th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Wray was born in Franklin County, Virginia on May 25, 1883. He graduated from the Indiana School of Medicine on June 21, 1911. He was assigned as Captain to the Scottish Highland Div. 37th Field Ambulance. He served overseas for 14 months. He returned to Camden Virgina where he practised medicine for twenty years. In 1927 he served as a State Legislature as representative from Carroll and Cass Counties.

Douglas Wray


Fred Porter Royal Army Medical Corps

Fred Porter was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and was training as a chemist, when he went to the Somme in 1914-1918 as an army medic. My husband, his grandson said that he would never discuss any of his experiences with the family. Whilst in or around Puchevillers (near Amiens) he attended a young lady who was unwell. Her name was Leone Sidonie Catherine Acloque and they became very close. At the end of the war he brought her to London where they were married in 1918. In WW2 she was a staunch supporter of the Free French who visited her home in England. Her poor sister Alice, a civilian, was imprisoned by the Germans in Amiens and was unfortunately a victim of the allied bombing "Operation Jericho"

Lindsey Porter


Pte. William Wills MM. 130th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

From what I can remember from my Grandfather's tales, my great grandfather William Wills was a stretcher bearer in WW1. He was awarded the MM which was in the London Gazette dated 14 May 1919.

Graham Wills


Henry Brett 9th Squadron

My father Harry Brett was first in the Royal Ambulance or Medical Corps at the beginning of WW1 and then in 1916 when he was 17 or 18 years old he joined the RFC 9th Squadron. I have a photograph of him dressed for flying duty as an observer under the command of Major Hugh Dowding. There is one other photograph of that time which shows him at an RFC stall at a fete with fellow RFC , presumably raising money for the war effort. I know no more of this period but will hope to have some feedback.

My father rejoined the 9th Squadron RAF at the start of WW2 becoming a flight controller and was wounded rescuing aircrew from crash landings for which he was decorated. I have a cartoon of him holding a mic and talking down a young pilot in a wounded Lancaster with one engine, titled Piggy Control (his nickname) and signed on the reverse by the squadron. He then joined Headquarters Bomber Command working with New Zealander "Square" McKee. He survived, though not in the best of health and returned to my Mother,brother and I to live to 1957. He much enjoyed going to reunions with his grat friend "Batchy" Batchelor who was a great supporter of Bomber Command and a prime mover of getting the Harris statue opposite Dowdings outside St Clements Danes in spite of some venomous opposition. How they both would be cheered by the building of the Bomber Memorial after the shoddy treatment given to the Bombers after the war.

Henry Brett


L/Col. Frederick Hoysted Bradley DSO. 15th Field Ambulance (d.22th Sep 1918)

Frederick Hoysted Bradley.

Fred Bradley, my great uncle, became a doctor in 1905 and joined the Regular Army. He was sent to France in September 1914 attached to the 15th Field Ambulance which he later commanded; there he met his friend Campbell McCormack, another Ulsterman who had arrived in France in August of '14. They served with the Ambulance throughout the War.

The history is recorded well on this site. Fred won a DSO and Campbell won an MC and 2 bars for retrieving injured under fire. They were killed together by the same shell as they rested in a billet. This happened in Bus near Barrastre in front of Baupaume on 22 Sept 1918; both were married men, Fred a widower: these friends are buried together and they are not forgotten. RIP

In 2012 I met with Campbell's great nephew whom I did not know previously: this was an evocative meeting and the lads would have enjoyed that.



WO1 Walter Charles Maidlow Royal Army Medical Corps.

Sergeant Major Walter Charles Maidlow RAMC, was treated for Chronic Bronchitis at the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton. Exact date is not known but he was serving as a WO1 RAMC in the 2nd London General Chelsea in December 1916 when he contracted the disease. He was discharged from the Army on 31st March 1919. He had served with the RAMC in India between 1914 and 1916, also serving on three Hospital Ships. The Dunvegan, The Varsova and finally the H.S. Neuralia. I am still writing Walter’s story.

Ivor Williams


Pte. George William "Bernard " Marshall 1/2 East Lancs Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps

My grandfather George Marshall went to Egypt with 42 Div on the 10th of September 1914. Battling the Turks on the Suez and then Gallipoli where he was wounded in Third Battle of Krithia on 4 June,1915. He was evacuated to Imtarfa hosital, Malta for 3 months and returned to Egypt to advance in Sinai to El Arise battling the retreating Turks under the command of German officers (as at Gallipoli). He landed at Marseilles in March 1917 and remained with Division until end of war at Hautmont and demobilised March 1920. His brother Thomas served with the 3/1 East Lancs Field ambulance

When I knew him, George had an amazing smile, chuckle and young blue eyes, he hardly ever mentioned the war.

Bernard Marshall


T/Capt. James David MacKinnon MC and Bar 4th Batt. Liverpool Royal Army Medical Corps

James MacKinnon was my grandfather and never talked about either war, so I know very little.

Robert Munn


Pte. Harry Austin Royal Army Medical Corps

My maternal grandfather, Harry Austin, enlisted on 16th November 1914, aged 19 and joined the RAMC, but I do not know to which army regiment he was attached. He went to France on 18th February 1915 and was badly injured on 4th March 1917, but we do not know in which particular battle apart from "the Somme". He was discharged on 10th October 1917 because of his injuries.

Stephen Kellie


Harry Heybyrne 17th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.5th Dec 1917)

Harry was one of five brothers who served. He was killed while visiting his brother Henry in No.1 General Hospital at Etretat by "Drop Short".

I Heyman-Heybyrne


Pte. Colin Smart Royal Army Medical Corps

Colin was posted to the 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester, on January 19th 1918.

Alexander Cunningham


Spr. Herbert Potter 208th Field Coy. Royal Engineers

My Great Grandfather was Herbert Potter, Sapper 84711, 208th Field Company, 34th Division the Royal Engineers. on 10 August 1916 he was wounded (shell shock) near Pozieres / Bazentin-le-Petit, Somme, France. He was under the care of 104th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps until 17 August 1916 when he rejoined his unit.

Simon Potter


Cpl. Hercules Sossick Royal Army Medical Corps

Hercules Sossick was my Grandfather and before WW1 he was a Fine Art Plaster Moulder working in the family business, 'Sossick & Sons Fine Art Moulders', Chelsea. He joined the 1st Middlesex Royal Engineers (Volunteers) in College Street, Chelsea, S.W. on 19/11/1906.

The story that I remember being told was that he was on parade one day when the men were asked if anyone had experience of plaster work. He stepped forward and ended up in the RAMC at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. He spent the war years there making moulds of stumps and limbs for the manufacture of artificial limbs, which were in such great demand due to the tremendous number of amputees returning from the front. He was transferred to the reserve on 10/11/1919 and returned to his business.

In 1927 he went to work for J.F.Rowley (1919) Ltd. which later became J.E.Hanger & Co. at Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton. He worked there for over 30 years and retired as the foreman of the artificial limb repair shop. It was said that if anyone had a squeak or rattle in their artificial limb, my grandfather was the man they went to see. I have a number of photographs taken in the workshops at Alder Hey and have passed copies to the RAMC Museum at Mytchet.



Sergeant James Halstead Nutter MM with Bar Royal Army Medical Corps

An account of James Halstead Nutter's gallant act may be seen in the Burnley News on Saturday, 27th January 1917

Mrs Margaret Boyd


Pte. Abraham Hill Lord 10th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

My grandfather 8221 A H Lord RAMC was sent back from France sick, but not wounded, in Oct 1916. Probably gassed. Reclassified C2. Transferred to RAMC Prov Company Aldershot then Blackpool. Transferred to 362 Reserve Employment Company. Given new Army No. 251473. Reclassified B1 Aug 1917. Sent back to France. Then to 236 Divisional Employment Company, 39 Divn, Varangeville.

I am trying to establish when he went to Varangeville, probably Mar 1918, and when he was demobilised, probably mid Jan 1919. I have some notes he made about pay. The amount he was due in Sterling (old pence)and the amount he had already drawn, in Francs. From 22 Mar 1918 to 10 Jan 1919 304 days at 1/- (12d) which would be army pay, probably from when he was posted to Varangeville, but he also records an additional 304 days at 4d and a further 150 days at 4d.

I feel that these sums may give a clue to dates. Was the extra 4d per day anything to do with his good conduct stripe or was it for some other reason.

Alan Lord


Pte. William David Vaughan Royal Army Medical Corps

William David Vaughan was my great-grandfather. I've recently begun researching my family tree and have found he was a Private in the RAMC. I don't know much about his service except that he served in Salonica in Greece in 1916.

Jenny Vaughan


Surg. H. S. Carter 2nd Northern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

I am trying to gather information about a surgeon called HS Carter, who worked in the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds, during the first world war and submitted a thesis for the degree of MD, to the Leeds University, in 1922. His field of interest was Causalgia.

The original article states "The work has been carried out at the 2nd Northern General Hospital, now the Ministry of Pensions Hospital, Leeds".Do you know whether these were the same? I am conducting research into the history of Causalgia, and would be interested in any information about Mr Carter and the two hospitals mentioned. Thank you Kind regards

S Duttagupta


Pte. Henry Fitzgerald MM. 110th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

Does anyone have any information about my Grandfather, Henry Fitzgerald? He died before I was born and have very little knowledge about his service during the Great War when he was with 110th Field Ambulance.

Barry Fitzgerald


Sgt. G. Doors Royal Army Medical Corps

I have just bought a pair of rather movingly hand-made trench art coffee pots from a charity shop. The main body’s of each are German shell cases, both dated 1917, the handles appear to be brass coolant tubes and the lids of each are mounted with three bullets. Both coffee pots carry roughly the same hand engraved inscription:

Sgt Doors G, RAMC

France 1914,15,16,17,18

Italy 1918

I would love to know more about this man who had such an apparently long service record, where he served and what he was doing in Italy, I would guess after the war, when he made these.

Any information that could add the personal story to these stirring relics of the war would be very gratefully received.

Steve Harper


Edwin Foster Royal Army Medical Corps

Father Edwin Foster served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and lived in Burnley at the time, previously Wigan. I know he served in Salonika during the First World War. The only story he told us as children was of a man being brought in from the field with a bad leg injury and all that had saved him were the maggots eating his rotting flesh. He lost his leg and the maggots were put back on to prevent Gangrene.

Cynthia Ingram


Corporal Wilfred Sutcliffe 4th London General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

I cannot find out a lot about my grandfather-just snippetts from mymother who is now 87! I know that he met my grandmother Irene May Andreae whilst serving at the 4th London General Hospital. On their marriage cert he states his rank and address also listing that he is a clerk. I understand that units were stationed at the hospitals in order to 'pay off' injured and dead soldiers. My grandfather was deaf so would not have been classed as A1 at his original medical. He lived in Todmorden,Yorks and we believe that his deafness was caused by working in the cotton mills from a young age. He moved to Loughborough,Leics after his discharge and worked for Brush Electrics for many years. I understand that he got this job through his commanding officer. Would love to know who the officer was as it would guide me to which unit grandpa served in. Have tried the RAMC but they have no record and I know that a lot of archives were destroyed during the 2ndWW. My grandmother and her father served as volunteers with the St John Ambulance at 4th London General and have some oof their records supplied by the Red Cross Archives.

Ann Harrison


Lt Col Joseph Griffiths CMG. First Eastern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

Lt Col Griffiths was a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge before the Great War. He commanded the 1st Eastern General Hospital during the Great War.

Hilary Ritchie


Private Thomas Edward Lord Royal Army Medical Corps

My uncle Tom was in France during WW 1, and as a result of shell shock was sent to Beckets Park, Leeds (2nd Northern general Hospital). I am interested to find any records of him. Yhnak you

Janet Beardwood


Pte. Alfred Burns 57th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (d.6th Oct 1918)

My Uncle, Alfred Burns, entered the War in France on 18th July 1915. He was taken Prisoner of War at Messines on 10th April 1918. He was initially held at the Friedrichsfeld Lager P.O.W camp and then transferred to the Kraushaar Remischule at Charleville where he died on the 6th October 1918 after contracting dysentary. He was buried in the camp cemetery at Charleville and on 11th December 1962 Alfred was re-buried at the Terlincthun British War Cemetery near Calais. My Father told me that his Mother received a letter from a German Doctor praising Alfred for his efforts at the P.O.W camp ,treating wounded German and British troops.

Robert Burns


David H. Joy 1st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

David Joy (left) with brother Patrick in 1914

My Grandfather David H Joy served with 1st Field Ambulance, RAMC. His brother Patrick served with 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action soon after this photograph was taken, at Mons on the 23rd of August 1914

Jonathan Joy


Pte. Geoffrey Maurice Barnewall Hales 13th Australian Field Ambulance

Geoffrey Hales was studying medicine at the University of Sydney when he enlisted on the 1st of September 1916. He left sailed for England on the 9th of November with the 8th Reinforcements, 4th Divisional Ammunition Column. He transferred to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance in April 1917 and served at Messines and Ypres. He returned to Australia on the 17th of April 1918 and resumed his medical studies.


Sjt. Harold John Williams 9th Australian Field Ambulance

Harold Williams attended Woollahra Superior Public School, leaving at the age of 14,. He worked as a messenger-boy, then as a railway stores clerk. He sang with the Waverley Methodist Church choir as a boy soprano and was later an amateur baritone, he enjoyed football and cricket, playing for Waverley Cricket Club (1906–15) and finding success in Rugby Union as a wing-three-quarter with the Eastern Suburbs team, representing New South Wales against New Zealand in August 1914.

Harold enlisted on the 24th of July 1915 and travelled to England aboard the troop transport ship Argyllshire in May 1916, as a corporal with the 9th Field Ambulance. During the voyage he entertained his fellow soldiers with his ballads. After training in England, he was promoted to sergeant and proceeded to France with his unit in November 1916, seeing action at Armentières during the harsh winter. In January 1917, he was transferred at General William Birdwood's request to an entertainment unit, known as the 'Anzac Coves'.

Harold rejoined the 9th Field Ambulance in March, saw action at Messines and Passchendaele. He was appointed regimental quartermaster-sergeant.

Whilst on leave in England, Williams sang at a private party at Sheffield in 1918 and was heard by several musical luminaries who insisted that he should begin voice lessons.

In August he transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield, where he met Dorothy Mason, a staff nurse in the Australian Army Nursing Service, who he would marry in May 1919.

After the Armistice Harold was attached A.I.F. Headquarters in London and studied singing with Charles Phillips. Demobilised from the army in July, he remained in London and found a civilian job as secretary to the Stearn Electric Lamp Company. Later he went on to a long and successful career in England and his native country, performing in opera, oratorio and concerts and giving radio broadcasts.


Pte. George Eaddie Royal Army Medical Corps.

My Great Uncle Pvt George Eaddie served in Egypt, Sulva Bay, Dardernelles & The Western Front with the RAMC.

Keith Renicor


Capt. Peter Flemming Gow MID, DSO Indian Medical Services

Peter Gow was commissioned into the Indian Medical Services. He landed in France with the Indian Expeditionary Force on the 26th of September 1914 as Medical Officer to the 16th and 17th Cavalry. He also served with the IEF in Mesopotamia from January 1916, between May and July he served as the Special Infectious Diseases Office on the staff of the 1st Army Corps, he was then appointed Staff Surgeon at 1st Army HQ.

He was Mentioned in Dispatches twice, on the 26th of June 1915 in France and on the 15th of August 1918 in Mesopotamia. He was awarded the DSO on the 27th of July 1916. His Citation Reads: For his gallantry on the 7th of April 1916 at Sannaiyat, Mesopotamia. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions, notably when he took one end of a stretcher after three bearers had been hit, and brought in a wounded officer.

After the war Peter worked at Eden Hospital, Calcutta becoming a Professor of Midwifery. When he retired he moved back to Dundee.


Lt. J. A. Stenhouse Royal Army Medical Corps.

Lt J A Stenhouse of teh RAMC was attached to the 8th battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.


Capt. J. McNiff Royal Army Medical Corps.

Captain McNiff of the RAMC was attached to the 8th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.

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