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Those known to have served with

Royal Field Artillery

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams R.. Gnr. (d.4th Jun 1917)
  • Allardyce John G.B.. T/Lt.Col.
  • Allen Arthur Alfred. Cpl.
  • Amberson Robert. Sgt.
  • Anderson John Edward. Gunner (d.22nd Apr 1917)
  • Anderton Albert. A/Mjr. (d.4th May 1918)
  • Archbold James. Dvr. (d.7th Apr 1918)
  • Armstrong Thomas.
  • Ashworth Harry Clifford.
  • Baddley John James. Pte. (d.5th May 1916)
  • Baird Douglas Monro King. 2nd Lt.
  • Baker Clement George. Pnr. (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Baker Thomas Edward. Gnr. (d.26th Jun 1916)
  • Balch Jesse Phillip. Groom
  • Ballard Robert. Drvr. (d.21st July 1917)
  • Balmer Philip. Dvr.
  • Banks George Edward. Sh.Smth. (d.5th Apr 1918)
  • Barbor Robert Christopher. Lt. (d.25th May 1915)
  • Barker Arthur Samuel. RSM (d.24th July 1916)
  • Barker Clendon James Thomas. Gnr. (d.11th May 1915)
  • Barnes Henry William Robert. Sdlr.
  • Barnsley William Charles. Dvr. (d.22nd June 1917)
  • Baron Frederick. Gnr. (d.18th Nov 1917)
  • Baron Frederick. Gnr. (d.18th Nov 1917)
  • Barrow Geoffrey Selwyn. Capt. (d.26th Dec 1918)
  • Barton Vivian Alfred. 2nd Lt. (d.22nd Sep 1917)
  • Baxendale Matthew . Gnr.
  • Bell John Thomas. Cpl.
  • Bell Richard. Cpl. (d.17th Mar 1915)
  • Bennett Oliver . Cpl. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Bennett Walter Henry. Sergeant (d.31st Oct 1918)
  • Bennett-Pitts Robert. A/Bdr. (d.25th Sep 1918)
  • Bennett-Pitts Robert. A/Bmbr. (d.25th Sep 1918)
  • Best Arthur Charles. Dvr.
  • Bevis Frederick G.. Gnr. (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Bihet Marcel George. Driver
  • Blackwell Hubert George. Dvr.
  • Blackwell Ishmael. Gnr. (d.11th July 1918)
  • Blakeman Robert. Gnr.
  • Blay Thomas. Gnr. (d.25th Apr 1918)
  • Blenkinsopp Joseph. Bdr.
  • Bloor William Henry. Capt. (d.3rd Jan 1918)
  • Blundell Albert. Gnr. (d.21st June 1917)
  • Blute Frederick William. Bmdr.
  • Body Frank. Gnr. (d.26th October 1918)
  • Boggan Thomas Patrick. Gnr. (d.27th Jul 1917)
  • Bolton William. Dvr. (d.11th May 1916)
  • Bond C.. Gnr. (d.1917)
  • Bond Joseph. Rflm. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bond William. Gnr. (d.28th Oct 1917)
  • Booth Herbert Gladstone. GQMS. (d.2nd Dec 1914)
  • Booth Herbert Gladstone. QMS (d.2nd Dec 1914)
  • Boothroyd Sam. Gnr. (d.22nd Jun 1917)
  • Bowes John. Dvr. (d.4th Oct 1914)
  • Bowman Walter.
  • Bradley Ernest . Dvr.
  • Brady William. Gnr. (d.12th Mar 1916)
  • Bregan Francis. Dvr. (d.27th Apr 1916)
  • Bregan Francis. Dvr. (d.27th Apr 1916)
  • Bregan James. Gnr. (d.13th Jan 1917)
  • Brennan March. Gnr. (d.15th Dec 1918)
  • Brennan Patrick Joseph. Gnr. (d.25th Mar 1915)
  • Brett Edward. Gnr. (d.28th Oct 1917)
  • Brien Frederick George. Lt. (d.20th April 1918)
  • Briscoe Edward. Drv. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Brophy Denis. Drvr. (d.5th July 1915)
  • Brown David Cliff. Dvr. (d.5th. Jun 1916)
  • Brown Edward Wilkin. Dvr.
  • Brown John William. Dvr.
  • Brown Samuel. Gnr, (d.3rd April 1917)
  • Brown William. Pte. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Bruce William. Dvr. (d.6th Jun 1917)
  • Brunt Francis. Drvr. (d.30th May 1918)
  • Bryant Alfred.
  • Buckley Harry Francis. Mjr.
  • Buddle Thomas. Gnr. (d.15th Jan 1916)
  • Bulcock Ben. Gnr. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Burke George. Dvr. (d.2nd Jul 1915)
  • Burns Ronald M. Dvr.
  • Bush Edward Thomas. Dvr. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Bussey Frank John. Gnr. (d.3rd Aug 1917)
  • Caiger Walter Joseph. Drv.
  • Caines John Duffett.
  • Cairns J.. Bty Sjt Mjr. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Campbell Joseph. Gnr. (d.25th Apr 1916)
  • Canby Ernest. Gnr. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Canby Ernest. Gnr. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Cane Maurice. 2nd Lt. (d.4th August 1917)
  • Carter James Henry.
  • Carter Robert Burnside. Capt.
  • Challenger John Richard. Gnr.
  • Chambers Robert. Dvr. (d.23rd Oct 1915)
  • Cherry Harry. Gnr. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Cherry Harry. Gnr. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Chester William John.
  • Child Samuel James. Sgt.
  • Chrisp Charles Bramley. Gnr. (d.11th Sep 1915)
  • Churchill Thomas. Pte.
  • Clark Cecil Christian. Capt.
  • Clatworthy Albert.
  • Cleminson William. Gnr. (d.16th Apr 1915)
  • Clemo John. Lt.
  • Clough Stanley James. Pte.
  • Cobb Christopher John. Cpl
  • Cocksedge George. Gnr. (d.6th Aug 1917)
  • Cole Patrick. Gnr.
  • Coleman Albert. Gunner
  • Conlin John Francis. T/Mjr.
  • Conner John Henry. Bmdr. (d.3rd May 1918)
  • Coomber Raymond Adolphus. Dvr.
  • Cooper W.. Dvr. (d.24th May 1917)
  • Cornish John. Gnr. (d.20th Nov 2014)
  • Coulson Harry. Bmdr. (d.2nd Nov 1918)
  • Coupe James Edward Tattersall. Drvr. (d.25th Mar 1917)
  • Cowan John R.. Dvr (d.10th Sept 1918)
  • Coxen Frederick George. Capt.
  • Coyne Denis. Lt.
  • Cretney Alexander. Gnr. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Cross Henry John. RSM.
  • Cross Richard William. L/Bdr. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Croxford George.
  • Cullen James Cocrane Stevenson. Gunner
  • Cunningham Arthur Francis. Bmdr. (d.7th July 1917)
  • Curtin Thomas. Gunner
  • Curtis Jacob Victor. Dvr. (d.23rd Sept 1917)
  • Daniels Charles Arthur. Dvr. (d.3rd Jun 1917)
  • Daniels Frederick Thomas.
  • Daultry Joseph R.. A/Bmbdr.
  • Davies Edward John. Bdr.
  • Davies William. Sgt.
  • Davies William John. Dvr.
  • Denley Howard. Gnr. (d.26th Aug 1917)
  • Dewar Wiliam Reginald. Sjt.
  • Dickinson Arthur. Dvr. (d.23rd June 1917)
  • Doggett Albert Edward Victor. Sgt.
  • Dougall Eric Stuart. Mjr. (d.14th April 1918)
  • Doughty Frank. Sgt. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Duck Edward John. Gnr.
  • Dundas George. Lt. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Duxbury William. Gunner (d.16th March 1916)
  • Eales Sidney Harris. Bmdr. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Eastwood Frederick Arthur Jervis. Capt. (d.6th Jun 1917)
  • Eastwood John Thomas. Dvr. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Eccles George. Gnr. (d.30th May 1918)
  • Edmonds Samuel. Dvr.
  • Edwards Edward Weir. Drv
  • Edwards Richard Stanley. Dvr.
  • Elder George Russell. Bdr.
  • Elliott Herbert Henry. S/Sgt.
  • Ellis . Private (d.14th May 1917)
  • Ellis Ellis. Gnr.
  • Embleton John. Dvr.
  • Erskine Arthur Edward. Lt.Col.
  • Evans R.
  • Evans Reginald Charles. Gunner
  • Evison George Cooper. Cpl.
  • Exelby Joseph Hugill. Gnr.
  • Farran George Francis. Mjr. (d.18th July 1916)
  • Farrell .
  • Fellows Benjamin. Cpl.
  • Ferguson Thomas. Gnr. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Finch Herbert Herchell. Dvr.
  • Fish William Walter. Gnr.
  • Forbes Peter Carlton. Pte. (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Ford Charles William. Sgt.
  • Forster George Noble Oliver. Gnr.
  • Forsyth Gilbert. L/Cpl.
  • Forsyth Thomas. Gnr. (d.15th Feb 1916)
  • Foster George. 2nd Lt. (d.16th May 1917)
  • Gaffing David. Gnr. (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • Garrod H. H.. Gnr. (d.16th May 1917)
  • Gerrard Edward Aloysius. Lt.
  • Gibbs Stanley. Bdr. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Gibson John Thomas. Gunner (d.1st April 1918)
  • Gillies James. Sjt. (d.24th Jul 1917)
  • Glen Albert. Dvr. (d.24th Mar 1918)
  • Goodier C. H.. Gnr. (d.2nd Jun 1917)
  • Gordon John Thompson. Dvr. (d.18th Nov 1918)
  • Gough John. Gnr. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Graffham Charles Henry. Mjr.
  • Grant George. Sgt.
  • Grant Thomas Joseph. Cpl.
  • Green Godfrey Eli. Pte.
  • Greenacre R. E.. Act. Bdr. (d.12th Jun 1917)
  • Greenwood Cyril James. Sgt. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Gregg John William. Bmdr. (d.8th May 1915)
  • Gutherless Edward. Drv. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Hackett Eric James. Gnr.
  • Hackett Harold Victor. Gnr.
  • Hall George Alexander. Gnr. (d.21st June 1917)
  • Hamilton Thomas G.. Drvr. (d.3rd Oct 1916)
  • Hannay John Joseph. (d.19th Oct 1917)
  • Hanson Owen. Cpl. (d.20th Jun 1917)
  • Hart Sidney George. Cpl.
  • Harvie William Robert. Dvr.
  • Hasemore John W.. Drvr. (d.15th May 1916)
  • Hauxwell James Robert. Gnr. (d.31st Mar 1916)
  • Hawkins George Thomas. Dvr. (d.8th June 1918)
  • Hawksley John Plunkett Verney. Lt.Col. (d.8th Aug 1916)
  • Heathcote Sidney. Dvr.
  • Henderson John Harvie. Gnr . (d.10th May 1918)
  • Herschell Allan. Dvr. (d.25th Oct 1918)
  • Hewitt John. Gnr.
  • Hicks Albert. Sgt.
  • Highcock Elias. Dvr.
  • Hiley John Clifford. Bdr. (d.13th Jun 1917)
  • Hill Hector. Gunner (d.9th April 1918)
  • Hill James William. Cpl.
  • Hill William Henry. Gnr. (d.14th Jun 1917)
  • Hill William Henry.
  • Hills Eli. Gnr.
  • Hogg George. Gnr. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Holden Henry. Pte. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Hollands Joseph Samual. Pte.
  • Holmes John Robert. (d.14th Oct 1916)
  • Hope Joseph.
  • Hordley Jack. Gnr.
  • Horlock Ernest George. BSM. (d.30th Dec 1917)
  • Howe Edwin Walter.
  • Howlett . Cpl (d.7th June 1917)
  • Howton John Alfred. Bdr.
  • Hubble Thomas Harry. Sgt. (d.25th May 1918)
  • Hughes James . Dvr.
  • Humfrey William Robert. Cpl.
  • Hussey Thomas Joseph. Gnr.
  • Huyton Harry. Gnr.
  • Ilett Sidney. Gunner
  • Jackson Charles.
  • Jackson Edward. Gnr. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Jagger George Alfred. Dvr.
  • Jameson George Brumwell. Cpl.
  • Jamieson John Robert. Lt.
  • Jenkins Horace Frederick. Gunner
  • Jex Ernest Washington. Gnr. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Johnson C. G.. 2nd Lt. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Jones Alfred Edward. Sjt.
  • Jones Alfred Reginald Brabazon. 2nd Lt.
  • Jones Edward Heber. Pte. (d.21st April 1915)
  • Jones William. Gnr. (d.20th Apr 1915)
  • Jowsey Walter. Trpr.
  • Kay-Shuttleworth Lawrence Ughtred. Capt. (d.30th Mar 1917)
  • Kellie James Peter. Pte.
  • Kemp Alexander Burnett. Gnr. (d.7th Oct 1916 )
  • Kenny Horace William . L/Bdr.
  • Kenny Horace William. Bdr.
  • King Thomas William. Sgt.
  • Knight Ernest James. Sjt. (d.26th May 1917)
  • Knightly Horace Charles Ernest. Sgt. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Knights James Benjamin. Bmbdr.
  • Kurtin Joseph Michael. Dvr.
  • Labron Robert Frederick. Gunner
  • Lamb Alexander. Dvr. (d.2nd Oct 1915)
  • Lapthorn Owen Heckford. 2nd Lt. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Lawrence Frederick George . Dvr.
  • Lawson Alfred. Drv. (d.21 June 1917)
  • Le Doux Leonard. Dvr.
  • Leadbetter R.. Gnr.
  • Lee Frank Edward. Cpl.
  • Lees Ernest. Dvr. (d.2nd Jun 1917)
  • Lewis Herbert. Capt. (d.17th Apr 1917)
  • Lewis Samuel. Dvr.
  • Lewis William E.. Gnr. (d.29th Oct 1916)
  • Linney John. Bmdr. (d.31st May 1918)
  • Lloyd Albert Seymour. Gnr. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Long Alfred. Dvr (d.6th Oct 1917)
  • Lovatt John. Gnr.
  • Lowe Henry. A/Bdr. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Lucas William Charles. Sgt Maj.
  • Luckman John. Gnr. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Lynn James. Bmdr. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Machin Walter Garfield. Gnr.
  • Mahy Eugene. Bdr. (d.25th April 1918)
  • Malyon Frederick. Spr. (d.4th Apr 1917)
  • Mandle William Lewis. Dvr. (d.14th Jun 1917)
  • Manly Eric. Lt. (d.18th July 1917)
  • Marshall George William. Pte.
  • Martin James E.. Gnr. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Massey William Arthur. Gur. (d.20th Feb1915)
  • Matson Alfred. Gnr. (d.17th Jul 1917)
  • Matthews Herbert George. Gunner
  • Mayne Joseph M.. Sig.
  • McAllister Daniel. Gnr. (d.21 Aug 1917)
  • McAllister Daniel. Gnr. (d.21st Aug 1917)
  • McClure Robert Calderwood. Gnr.
  • McConnell Charles Edward. Capt.
  • McCormack John Robert. Sjt. (d.21st Oct 1917)
  • McGrogan John. Gnr. (d.26th Aug 1914)
  • McGuiggan Peter. Driver (d.19th Apr. 1917)
  • McHale John Thomas S.. Gnr. (d.7th July 1918)
  • McKenna John. Bdr. (d.22nd Jun 1916)
  • McKenna William. Gnr. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • McKenzie William.
  • McLaren Thomas. Gnr. (d.15th Jul 1917 )
  • McLean Joseph. Pte.
  • McNee James. BSM
  • McNicoll Albert Hendry. Gnr (d.21st April 1918)
  • McQueen Alexander Brown. 2nd Lt.
  • Medcalf John Hudson. Gnr. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Merridan Arthur. Gnr. (d.20th April 1918)
  • Middleton Richard Grant. Gnr (d.10th Oct 1916)
  • Miller Edward. Sgt. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Miller George William. Gnr. (d.15th Nov 1917)
  • Miller John. Gnr. (d.30th Oct 1917)
  • Miller Reginald William. Gnr. (d.2nd Apr 1918)
  • Miller Reginald William. Gnr. (d.2nd April 1918)
  • Mills Alfred Leslie. Gnr.
  • Mitchell James Henry. Dvr
  • Moffat Andrew Bell. Sgt Mjr.
  • Montgomery Arthur. Gnr.
  • Moony P.. Driver
  • Moore Thomas. Dvr. (d.8th Sep 1918)
  • Morgan George Henry. Spr. (d.2nd Dec 1918)
  • Morgan William John. Dvr.
  • Morris Thomas Charles. Pte.
  • Morrison Richard Fielding. Maj. (d.25th April 1918)
  • Morrison Richard Fielding. Capt. (d.25th April 1918)
  • Mosedale Thomas. Bdr.
  • Mosley H.. Dvr. (d.3rd Jun 1917)
  • Moulding Edward John. Sgt.
  • Muir Frank. Bmdr. (d.30th Sep 1916)
  • Mullany James. Dvr. (d.3rd Oct 1916)
  • Mullett James. Serjeant (d.10th Nov 1918)
  • Munro James William. Gnr. (d.29th July 1917)
  • Murray Robert. Dvr. (d.2nd Mar 1917)
  • Murray William. Dvr
  • Mutton John. Sgt. (d.3rd Jun 1917)
  • Nelson David. Major (d.8th April 1918)
  • Nichols George. Mjr.
  • Nicholson William. Bdr. (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Nolan William. Cpl. (d.9th Aug 1917)
  • Noulton Henry. Pte.
  • Noulton Henry. Dvr.
  • Nunn John Price. Dvr.
  • O'Connor Peter. Gnr.
  • Oates Robert Storey.
  • Orchard William Frederick. Gnr.
  • Orr George. Gnr. (d.28 May 1917)
  • Ovenden William Charles. Bmbdr. (d.20th Jan 1918)
  • Page Harold James. Capt.
  • Page Harold James. Lt.
  • Park Richard. Gnr. (d.13th Sep 1918)
  • Parker Albert Richard. Drvr.
  • Parkes Edgar Ernest. Gunner
  • Parkes Edgar Ernest. Gnr.
  • Parkes Francis Joseph. Dvr.
  • Pate William. (d.23rd Jan 1919)
  • Pattrick. Alfred. Dvr.
  • Payne Ewart. Gunner (d.10th Oct 1917)
  • Pelham Arthur Albert. Gnr. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Penman Richard. Gnr.
  • Penrose James. Cpl.
  • Phillips Albert.
  • Pilditch Philip Henry. Mjr.
  • Pittaway William Edmund. Sjt. (d.24th Mar 1917)
  • Pitts Thomas Clarence. Sjt.
  • Platt Robert William . Pte.
  • Plunkett John William. Dvr.
  • Pobjoy Bertie Charles. Gnr.
  • Pollard Walter Sidney. Bombardier (d.14th September 1918)
  • Powell Harry. Gnr.
  • Powell Horace Randolph. Pte. (d.14 April 1915)
  • Powers Thomas. Pte.
  • Quigley Hugh. Driver
  • Quinn Anthony. Pte.
  • Rabjohn Willis. Gnr.
  • Rackstraw George Stevens.
  • Rackstraw Robert Baxter. Dvr.
  • Rainer Thomas Francis. Dvr. (d.5th October 1917)
  • Randall Henry Clement. Dvr.
  • Read Ezra. Cpl. (d.1st Sep 1917)
  • Reed James. Drvr. (d.4th Dec 1915)
  • Regan Richard. Cpl. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Reynolds Douglas. Maj. (d.23rd Feb 1916)
  • Rhys Ivor Towy. Dvr. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Richards Frank. Dvr.
  • Richardson Fred. Bdr. (d.22nd Dec 1917)
  • Ridge William Henry. Sgt. (d.17th Sep 1918)
  • Riley Ernest. Dvr. (d.22nd Sep 1916)
  • Riley Ernest. Drvr. (d.22nd Sep 1916)
  • Riley James. Gnr. (d.7th Jun 1918)
  • Riley Thomas. Capt. (d.5th Aug 1916)
  • Roach Cyrus Owen. FarrierQMS. (d.23rd Aug 1915)
  • Roberts Albert John. Sgt.
  • Robinson Thomas W.. Gnr. (d.3rd Jun 1918)
  • Rollins Francis Alan. Act.Bdr. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Rouse William Henry. Gnr. (d.16th June 1916)
  • Rouse William Henry. Gnr. (d.16th Jun 1916)
  • Rudiger John. Gnr.
  • Sanderson John Stoker. Gnr. (d.3rd Dec 1917)
  • Sanderson William. Dvr. (d.5th May 1917)
  • Saunders George Henry. Gunner
  • Savill William Robert John. L/Bdr. (d.21st Jun 1918)
  • Savill William Robert John. L/Bmdr. (d.21st June 1918)
  • Scholefield Cyril Hamilton Reid. A/Maj. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Scurlock Frederick John. Gnr. (d.18th June 1918)
  • Sellens William Charles Henry. A/Sgt.
  • Sewell James. Gnr. (d.24th Sep 1917)
  • Shannon Leonard. Gnr.
  • Sherlock Albert. Gnr. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Sherlock Albert. Gnr. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Shipstone Leonard Boden. Fitter. (d.18th May 1917)
  • Silver William. Dvr.
  • Simmonds Charles. Dvr.
  • Simms William. Gnr. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Singleton Henry Nathaniel. Dvr.
  • Skidmore C. H.. Gnr. (d.6th Aug 1916)
  • Skilling William Milton. 2nd Lt.
  • Skinner Alexander Holland. Dvr.
  • Slattery Joseph. Sgt.
  • Smith Edward Hollock. Sgt. (d.13th July 1917)
  • Smith Ernest Albert. Cpl.
  • Smith Herbert Edward. A/Cpl
  • Smith Herbert Ernest James. Dvr.
  • Smith William Henry . Bombadier (d.31st Dec 1915)
  • Smith William. Gnr. (d.12th Mar 1917)
  • Sparrow Thomas George. Driver
  • Spence David Stuart. 2nd Lt. (d.13th Dec 1915)
  • Spencer James. Dvr. (d.29th Sep 1915)
  • Spires Charles Bertram. Bdr.
  • Spires Charles Bertram. Bombardier
  • Stanley Arthur.
  • Stansfeld Robert. Sgt. (d.18 Sept 1914)
  • Stevens Walter Joseph. Dvr. (d.2nd Jul 1916)
  • Stevenson Peter. Sjt. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Stiling Keneth . Gnr. (d.June 1918)
  • Stocks George. Dvr.
  • Stopford Frederick. Gnr.
  • Storey William. Gnr. (d.20th Dec 1917)
  • Story William Harold. Gnr.
  • Stubbs Alfred G.. Dvr.
  • Styles Sidney John. Gunner. (d.12th Aug 1915)
  • Sumner Thomas A. Bdr.
  • Sutheran George Henry. Gnr.
  • Sutton John William Wellesley. 2nd Lt (d.29th Jun 1917)
  • Sutton Richard Latimer. Dvr.
  • Swaine James W.. Dvr. (d.9th Jun 1916)
  • Swinhoe William. Gnr. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Symes John Frederick. Gnr.
  • Taylor John. Dvr. (d.7th Dec 1917)
  • Taylor John Richard. Sgt.
  • Taylor Joseph. Bdr. (d.7th Dec 1916)
  • Telfer Hodgson Harold. Gnr.
  • Thellusson Hugh Edmund. Lt.Col.
  • Thomas James Hawkey.
  • Tierney James. Dvr. (d.10th Mar 1917)
  • Tipper Stephen Gladstone. Gunner
  • Tipping Fred. Dvr.
  • Toone Ralph. Drvr. (d.28th Nov 1917)
  • Toop Thomas William. Sgt.
  • Townsend Edward James. Gnr. (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Townsend F. W..
  • Trull George Henry. Gnr. (d.30th Oct 1917)
  • Turner John. Dvr. (d.6th Sep 1917)
  • Wadey Thomas William. Gnr. (d.3rd Dec 1915)
  • Waghorn Jack. Gnr.
  • Wakelam Joseph. Drvr. (d.7th June 1915)
  • Walker George. Brig. (d.22nd October 1918)
  • Walker James. Gnr.
  • Walker Sydney Charles. Tptr.
  • Walker William Henry. BQSM.
  • Wallett Robert . Shoeing Smith Gunner (d.19th Sept 1918)
  • Wallis John George. Pte.
  • Ward William. Dvr. (d.10th Mar 1919)
  • Washington Edward. Drvr. (d.10th Mar 1918)
  • Waterman Alfred. Gnr. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Watmough Edward. Bdr. (d.31st Aug 1918)
  • Watmough Walter. Gnr. (d.9th Apr 1918)
  • Watson Harry. Gnr.
  • Watts Harold. Gnr. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Webster William.
  • Welburn Herbert Wilfred. Dvr
  • Whitby John. Dvr.
  • White Arthur Arnold. Gnr. (d.9th Jun 1917)
  • White Charles Gordon. Gnr. (d.3rd June 1918)
  • White Edwin Spencer. Gnr.
  • White John Frederick. Pte. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Wilkinson John. A/Bdr.
  • Williams Frank Lawson. Gnr. (d.24th March 1918)
  • Williams Henry Arthur. Dvr.
  • Wills Albert Ernest. Drvr. (d.11th Nov 1917)
  • Wilson Campbell.
  • Wilson George Henry. Mjr. (d.4th Nov 1917)
  • Wilson Noel W. C.. Dvr.
  • Wise F G. Bty.Sjt.Mjr (d.18th Nov 1918)
  • Wood Frank Arthur. Gnr. (d.27th Feb 1917)
  • Woodhouse William. Dvr. (d.28th April 1915)
  • Worrall James. Pte. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Worthington William. Gnr.
  • Wykes Albert Arthur. L/Cpl (d.18th Jun 1917)
  • Yewkins Solomon. Bmbdr. (d.1st Jun 1917)
  • Yorke Joseph. Dvr. (d.13th Sep 1915)

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Gnr. Edward James Townsend 298th Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd April 1918)

Gunner Edward James Townsend

In Memory of Gunner Edward James Townsend Much loved Son of Thomas & Charlotte Townsend. He worked for the Railways before volunteering for the Army in 1914, joining the Medical Corps he later transferred to the Royal Artillery as he said he found it difficult recovering parts of his Comrades & would sooner shoot the Enemy. After being gassed in 1917 he was sent to home to recover, he wasn't obliged to go back but insisted he felt it was his duty to to fight for his Family (1 Brother & 8 Sisters) and his Country. He was gassed again in 1918 this was to be the last time. He lay dying of his wounds for six days in St Louis, U.S.A., Hospital, France and spent his 21st birthday there. Edward died on 22nd April 1918, aged 21 and is buried in the St Sever Cemetery extension in France. My Grandmother never managed to visit his Grave but I his niece have been lucky enough to have managed to visit several times. We are eternally grateful for the Great Sacrifice he & his comrades made. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their hard work in keeping the Cemetery immaculate.

s flynn


Gnr. John Miller 177th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Oct 1917)

Gunner John Miller, 31509 177th Royal Field Artillery was my Great-Grandfather who died whilst serving in Ireland. He is buried in the Curragh Cemetery, just outside Dublin. John was transferred to the 320th Home Service Company Labour Corp at some point and he was serving with them at the time of his death.

I have always been told that John had visited the doctor a number of times complaining of headaches, only to be sent away without further investigation. Sadly, on 30th October 1917, John died whilst on duty and it was discovered that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage. John's wife Ellen was a strong lady and having just lost her husband and having a young daughter, Kathleen, must have kicked up a bit of a stink as she was taken over to Ireland for John's burial on the Curragh in 1917.

At the bottom of John's headstone, there is the inscription "Always remembered, never forgotten" and he hasn't been. I visited his grave for my 30th birthday in 2000 and plan to go back soon - hopefully, 2017. I know that the Curragh Barracks were handed back to the Irish in 1922 but feel very sad that the War Graves in the Curragh Cemetery are not tended with the same respect and dedication that I have seen in every other war cemetery (both WWI and WWII) that I have visited. It appears sufficient to chuck a couple of sheep over the wall and leave them to keep the grass under control, but this piece is about John's story.

Caroline Bonner


Pte. William Brown 12th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.7th June 1917)

When William Brown enlisted, on 26 May 1915, he left his job as a printer and was assigned to the Royal Field Artillery and given 5033 as his service number. However, this was a nominal assignment for the purposes of his initial training and, before he went overseas on active service, he was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry, on 9th January 1917 – the day he left for France. Whilst still in training at Rugeley Camp in Staffordshire, he found himself in trouble for overstaying his leave pass and was fined a day’s pay.

The attack which would take William’s life would later be called the Battle of Messines. He was my Grandmother's brother.

Roy Bowden


Gnr. Thomas William Wadey 32nd Trench Howitzer Battery Royal Garrison Artillery (d.3rd Dec 1915)

Thomas William Wadey died on 3rd December 1915 at the age of 36 whilst serving with the 32nd Trench Howitzer Battery. He was the husband of Catherine Wadey (nee Monaghan) of 46 Lord Street, Jarrow. Son of Thomas William and Charlotte Elizabeth Wadey (nee Dadd) of Willington Quay, Wallsend. On the 1911 census Thomas William Wadey age 32 is recorded as a Farm Labourer with his wife Catherine Wadey and children at 18 Ravensworth Street Willington Quay, Wallsend.

Thomas William Wadey is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow. Brother in law of William and Frank Monaghan who were also of the fallen and also commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Drvr. Albert Ernest Wills 311th Bde. D Battery. Royal Field Artillery (d.11th Nov 1917)

Albert Wills died of wounds received at Ypres on the 5th of November 1917 at 18th Chicago (USA) Gen Hospital, Camiers on the 11th of November 1917. Aged 43, he is buried in in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. Albert was the son of William Urbane Wills (Architect) and Louisa Ann Wills, late of St. John'S, Newfoundland, and 11, Gerald Rd., Bournemouth; husband of Annie Wills, of 217, Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood. Born at Bridlington, Yorks. Was in business for many years at Norwood, London

s flynn


Gnr. Reginald William Miller 190th Brigade H.Q Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd April 1918)

Reginald Miller was killed in action on 2nd of April 1918. The cross which was improvised from fence wood is complete with the deceased's stencilled name and metal strip number tag. At the time of his death Gunner Miller was aged 19. His remains are now buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery

s flynn


Bombardier Walter Sidney Pollard 86th Bde. B Battery, Royal Field Artillery (d.14th September 1918)

Walter Sidney Pollard

Walter Pollard died on 14th September 1918, aged 28. Buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of William and Mary Pollard and was born in Bristol.

s flynn


Drvr. Ralph Toone 286th Brigade, B Battery, Royal Field Artillery (d.28th Nov 1917)

Driver Ralph Toone

Ralph Toone was killed in action on 28th Nov 1917 aged 22. He was the son of James and Alice Ann Toone, of 2 Hoyle Mill Rd., Stairfoot, Barnsley. Native of Hoyland, Barnsley

s flynn


Major David Nelson VC MID. 59th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.8th April 1918)

David Nelson died of wounds on the 8th of April 1918, aged 31 and is buried in the Lillers Communal Cemetery in France.

An extract from the London Gazette (No. 28976, dated 13th Nov., 1914), records the following- "Helping to bring the guns into action under heavy fire at Nery on 1st September, and while severely wounded remaining with them until all the ammunition was expended-although he had been ordered to retire to cover."

s flynn


Bmbdr. William Charles Ovenden 93rd Brigade. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.20th Jan 1918)

William Ovenden was killed in action on the 20th of January 1918 and is buried in the Hermies Hill British Cemetery in France. he was the son of William Ovenden, of 35 Chandos Rd., Tunbridge Wells.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Charles Morris 230th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

I believe my grandfather, Thomas Morris received a commendation in 1918 at Ridge Wood Ypres, with a young officer named Anthony Strutt who lost his life that day 28th April 1918. Can anyone please help me to confirm this?

Editors Note: The action mentioned on the 28th April 1918 happened during the last great German Spring Offensive which almost succeeded and moved the allied front line back to pre Somme 1916 positions.

The officer who died was Lieutenant Anthony Herbert Strutt, 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). A notice in local paper in Belper reported: "Lieutenant Anthony Herbert Strutt 16th (Chatsworth Rifles) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) Died of wounds at Vermoorzeele Belgium on Saturday 27th April 1918 aged 22. Extract from the Battalion History. On the 27th April Ridge Wood and Voormezeele were part of the frontline and we fought what amounted to a rearguard action all day. This was our final day in the trenches as we were to be relieved that night. It is therefore with regret to record the last casualty among our original officers. During the relief while leading the remnants of us out of the firing line Lieutenant A H Strutt was mortally wounded. Anthony is buried in the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 Belgium."

At that time a lot of units were mixed in desperate rearguard fighting and Thomas probably assisted in getting the mortally wounded officer out of the combat zone. Access to war diaries might help or possibly the Regimental Museums for both units. Medal card search reveals he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals, but make no mention of any other citation, however that is not conclusive as many such incidents were not transcribed and the cards were completed manually with many names mis-spelt.

Ian Spowage


Gnr. Ernest Washington Jex 32nd Div. Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Oct 1916)

Ernest Jex was killed in action on the 15th of October 1916 and is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France.

s flynn


Fitter. Leonard Boden Shipstone 402 bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.18th May 1917)

Leonard Shipstone died of wounds on the 18th of May 1917, aged 21 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Boden Shipstone, of Nottingham Rd., Gilt Brook, Notts

s flynn


Drv Edward Weir Edwards Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather Edward Edwards survived the WW1 War in France.

Eleanor L Martin


Dvr. Frederick George Lawrence 1st Monmouthshire Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Frederick George Lawrence served with 1st Monmouthshire Battery, 1/4th Welsh Brigade, Royal Field Artillery during WW1.

Stephen Dalton


Dvr. John Whitby 19th Bde. 95 Battery Royal Field Artillery

My great great grandfather, John Whitby, was a driver with 95th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. John survived the war, coming back with severe facial wounds. He had also passed through the South Africa campaign.



Maj. Douglas Reynolds VC. 83rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Feb 1916)

Douglas Reynolds was killed in action on the 23rd if February 1916 and is buried in in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France. He was the husband of Mrs. Douglas Reynolds, of Clerkley Court, Leatherhead, Surrey

An extract from the"London Gazette, Number 28976, dated 16th Nov., 1914, recording the award of V.C., reads:- "At Le Cateau, on 26th Aug., he took up two teams and limbered up two guns under heavy Artillery and Infantry fire, and though the enemy was within 100 yards, he got one gun away safely. At Pisseloup, on 9th Sept., he reconnoitred at close range, discovered a battery which was holding up the advance and silenced it. He was severely wounded 15th Sept., 1914."

s flynn


Gnr. Alfred Waterman 46th Bde. C Battery. Royal Field Artillery (d.17th Sep 1916)

Alfred Waterman died of wounds on the 17th of September 1916 and is buried in the Dartmouth British Cemetery in France. He enlisted in January 1915, trained in Leeds and later was to join C Battery. He was married Nellie in Southend, Essex, sometime in June 1915 and was sent to France in October 1915, he died of wounds on Sunday 17/09/1916.

s flynn


Capt. Thomas Riley 158th Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.5th Aug 1916)

Thomas Riley was killed in action on the 5th of August 1916, aged 33 and is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Richard Riley, of Hambleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston

s flynn


Drvr. Edward Washington 210th Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.10th Mar 1918)

Edward Washington died of bronchial pneumonia on the 10th of March 1918, aged 26 and is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of John and Sarah Waddington, of 116, Cleaver St., Burnley.

Edward died at No.1 Casualty Clearing Station, France. The chaplain, Rev. R. G. Gamble wrote the following words to his parents: "Your son has given his life for his country and for love of you and yours. He did not suffer much, but passed away quietly in his sleep. We laid him to rest in a little cemetery near here this afternoon, and his officer and many of his fellow-men attended to do him last honour."

s flynn


Bmdr. John Linney 31st Div. Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.31st May 1918)

John Lenney was Killed in action on the 31st of May 1918, aged 30 and is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of John and Mary Ann Linney, of 51 Bury St., Salford, Manchester.

s flynn


Drvr. James Reed 113th Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Dec 1915)

James Reed died on the 4th of December 1915, aged 19. He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

s flynn


Gnr. James William Munro 405th Seige Battery Royal Garrison Artillery (d.29th July 1917)

William Munroe died on the 29th of July 1917, aged 28. He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

s flynn


Gnr, Samuel Brown 170th Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd April 1917)

Samuel Brown was killed in action on the 3rd fo April 1917 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at Messrs. Collinge bros., Mill, Burnley Wood. He lived at 4 Burton Street, Burnley.

s flynn


Drvr. Francis Brunt 330th Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.30th May 1918)

Francis Brunt was killed in action on the 30th of May 1918 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Husband of Mrs Brunt of 58 Nairne Street, Burnley, he had a hairdressing business on Trafalgar Street, Burnley.

s flynn


James Hawkey Thomas Royal Artillery

This is a photograph of our Grandfather, James Hawkey Thomas who served in Mesopotamia. Would love to know more about his service during the WW1. Thankfully he survived, resumed his farming, moved to St. Wenn, Cornwall and married Ada Rowe with whom he had three daughters.

Nicola Wills


Dvr. Sidney Heathcote MM. Royal Field Artillery

My Grand Uncle Sidney Heathcote served during WWI and on 21st of October 1916 was admitted to Hospital Ship St Andrew for transport to England. He had been admitted to the brigade medical station on 13/10/16 with Dental Caries (rotting teeth) I think. He recovered from this and went on to survive the war being awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field in Sep 1917, with final discharge in Jan 1919.

Ian Cramp


Dvr. John Thompson Gordon 72nd Div. HQ Royal Field Artillery (d.18th Nov 1918)

John Gordon died of Pneumonia on the 18th of November 1918, aged 24and is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. He was the son of James Rae Gordon and Janet B. Gordon, of 109, High St., Kirkcudbright, Scotland

s flynn


BSM. Ernest George Horlock VC. General Base Depot, (E.E.F) Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Dec 1917)

Ernest George Horloc died on the 30th of December 1917 aged 32 years and is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. He was the son of John and Emily Horlock, husband of Ethel M. Horlock, of 5, Fitzalan Rd., Littlehampton Sussex.

An extract from The London Gazette dated 24th Nov 1914. (No 28985) records the following:- "For conspicuous gallantry on 15th Sept., near Vendresse, when his battery was in action under a heavy shell fire, in that although twice wounded, he persisted on each occasion in returning to lay his gun after his wound had been dressed"., when his battery was in action under a heavy shell fire, in that although twice wounded, he persisted on each occasion in returning to lay his gun after his wound had been dressed".

s flynn


Dvr. Ernest Riley 66th Small Arms Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Sep 1916)

Ernest Riley died of Malaria on 22nd September 1916, aged 23. He is buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. He was the son of William and Susan Louisa Riley, of 311, Briercliffe Rd., Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


L/Bdr. William Robert John Savill 3rd Bde. 18th Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.21st Jun 1918)

William Savill served with 18th Battery, 3rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery during WW1. He died aged 22 on 21st June 1918, believed to have drowned with horses and is buried at Struma Military Cemetery, Salonika. William was the eldest son of William and Sarah Savill of Woodford Green.

Edith Morley


Mjr. Philip Henry Pilditch 235th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Philip Pilditch was my great uncle. He was one of the few who served from earliest days to the end and spent the majority of it in action. He changed batterys in the early days moving from 18th to 19th and 20th, and then spent time as a Artillery Brigade Adjutant. He then worked as a Captain and part time OC of C Batterym 235 Arty Bde. He wrote a diary throughout the war and had a few copies printed and bound later on. I have one of the copies. He was also a contributor to the 47th Divisional History

Philip was training to be an architect before the war (his father, my great-grandfather), had a very successful London practice at that time. As a result, he was asked to carry out a number of construction tasks for the brigade and also divisional artillery and kept notes of these as well as sketches some of which he included in the diary. examples included new gun-pit designs, emergency evacuation roads, dug-outs etc.

His diary is full of interesting comments and extraordinarily detailed accounts of daily life, most of which was spent either just behind the lines with the batteries, or in the lines as an OP.

Almost his final comment in the diary is his assessment, made after Armistice, that the three things he would be most pleased to get away from were the mud, the German shelling and the Staff !

Murray Philip Hammick


2nd Lt. C. G. Johnson 149th Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Jun 1917)

2nd Lt Johnson was the son of John Goode and Sarah Coper Johnson, of Brinnington, Stockport. He was educated at Sedbergh School and the Royal Military Academy. He was 19 years old and lies in Brandhoek Military.


Gnr. Albert Seymour Lloyd MM. C Btty. 78th Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Apr 1917)

Lying in the military cemetery at Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines are three headstones of soldiers of "C" Battery of the 78th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, all members of the same gun team, who were killed outright on the night of the 19th April 1917. In the middle is Driver Peter McGuiggan, aged 26 and on either side of him are Gunner James E. Martin, aged 34 and Gunner Albert Seymour Lloyd MM, aged 23 The War Diary of the 78th Brigade records that the Brigade was positioned at Monchy in foul weather and under constant barrage. All three were killed instantly when their gun recieved a direct hit from enemy shelling during the night of the 19th April 1917.

GGunner Albert Seymour Lloyd was prior to the war an apprentice in Pembroke Dockyard. His father was an Alderman of that town

They lie together these three comrades, two geordies and a welsheman.

John McGuiggan


Gnr. James E. Martin C Btty. 78th Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Apr 1917)

Lying in the military cemetery at Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines are three headstones of soldiers of "C" Battery of the 78th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, all members of the same gun team, who were killed outright on the night of the 19th April 1917. In the middle is Driver Peter McGuiggan, aged 26 and on either side of him are Gunner James E. Martin, aged 34 and Gunner Albert Seymour Lloyd MM, aged 23 The War Diary of the 78th Brigade records that the Brigade was positioned at Monchy in foul weather and under constant barrage. All three were killed instantly when their gun recieved a direct hit from enemy shelling during the night of the 19th April 1917.

Gunner James E. Martin came from Chester-le-street in County Durham and I unfortunately know little of his pre-war life or occupation. They lie together these three comrades, two geordies and a welsheman.

John McGuiggan


Gnr. Joseph Hugill Exelby Royal Field Artillery

Joseph Exelby was one of four sons of George and Elizabeth Exelby of Levenside, Stokesley to serve in the Great War. He went to France on the 7th of July 1915



Gnr. Edgar Ernest Parkes Royal Field Artillery

Edgar Ernest Parkes known as Ernie, or Snowy (blond hair) was born in 1898 to quite a poor family of eight siblings in Dawlish Rpad, Selly Oak, near Birmingham. His father was a watchmaker called Walter-Henry, who died young, and Ernie was very attached to his mother Sarah-Ann, hence the inscription on the photo he sent home from the WWI photo-pose.

He enlisted straight away in 1914 aged 16 in the RFA as a gunner, and I found his pink record card at Kew which indicates he landed in France in March 1915. Initially, he was trained to ride a horse, the ones which pulled the gun carriages. He must have been terrified. Near St Quentin, on one sortie towards the front he was blown off his horse and had lots of shrapnel lodged near his eye, he passed out in a muddy shell crater, and woke to find himself being ferried on a stretcher behind the lines to a nursing station. If I could find the family of the medics who saved him I would shake their hand!

Ernie spent three months in recovery, I think in Norfolk, where his sweetheart Lottie visited. The eye was removed and later he had a set of glass eyes to use. He and Lottie married in 1921 and stayed happily in Kings Heath Birmingham where he grew all his own vegetables and fruit in a lovely garden. He was never able to drive a car but had a motor bike and side-car and worked at the Ariel motorbike factory (now the site of Birmingham University student halls of residence). He loved football and founded Selly Park FC. He used to go to all the Aston Villa home games. Ernie was always happy, optimistic, strong, very musical. He had a great voice, taught me as a child all the marching songs from WW1 ("Hinkey Dinky Parlez vous?") and my Dad, his son Gordon, learned piano, so we always had a lot of fun. I remember aged about five asking him what was the bump on his forehead? He replied they couldn't get all the shrapnel out so they left it in and I am here to tell you the tale! He died aged 68 in 1966 but my lovely Nan Lottie made it to 95 years old so we relived his story many times. I have his medals and the blazer badge from the RFA "Quo Fas et Gloria ducunt" - where Right and Glory lead.

Jenny McFadyen


Gunner Edgar Ernest "Snowy" Parkes

Edgar Ernest Parkes was my much loved Grandpa. He was always called Ernie, and also known to friends as Snowy, presumably since he had very fair hair! We are all inheritors of that blonde gene in the family.

Ernie signed up immediately along with a couple of pals, in late summer 1914. He would have been 16 then so I think he lied about his age. He had only recently met Charlotte, called Lottie, who was to become his wife in 1921 and was from a miserable home background, she had moved into a room in a friends house in Bourneville to have a better quality of life, and that was how she met Ernie. Her friend was "walking out" with his friend! The girls must have been devastated to learn that the boys were signed up for war in France... Or maybe they were proud.

Ernie trained to ride a horse and is pictured in his uniform with riding crop and spurs in a photo inscribed "with love to mother and all" just before they were shipped in early 1915. He was one of 8 siblings and his father had read quite young so mother meant the world to him.

Ernie rode the gun carriages and pulled the ammo up to the front. It must have been a shock to the boy from a leafy working class suburb of a Midland's city. He used to tell me he could speak some French after being there... Which consisted of the song Hinkey Dinkey Parlez Vous? And the phrase San fairy Ann (ca me fait rien) ... " no worries // That doesn't matter" I became a French teacher so always smile when I remember that!!

Anyway, Ernie was thrown from his horse at St Quentin and semi conscious, wounded very badly. He had lost an eye. Amazingly he must have been rescued from the shell crater and stretchered off behind the lines, as my Nan told she had a telegram saying he was recuperating I think it was in Norfolk.

He was re- enrolled months later they were so desperate, but somehow made it home to Lottie in the end. His mother had to hose him down in the yard and cut him out of his uniform it was so filthy. All his life he had a lump on his forehead where the shrapnel was lodged. I remember him letting me touch it and telling me the tale. He would sing "the happy wanderer" and taught me to whistle the tune. Never sad, always busy, he embraced life back home, planting a lovely garden where he grew all his own vegetables, and founding a local football club, Selly Oak FC.

He adored my Dad, his only child, and insisted he learn piano. The house was always full of music and Grandpa had a fine voice. He loved Christmas! He was a heavy smoker, Park Drive or Capstan ever at his side. He was employed at the Aerial motor cycle factory until it closed in the 1930s( now the site of Birmingham University halls of residence) never allowed to drive a car, he wore either an eye patch or a glass eye in the empty socket and had a motorbike and side car! What a character, what a life.

I am so grateful he made it back from the trenches, I found his pink metal registration card in the records at Kew. Ernie passed away in 1966 aged 68. My eldest son looks just like him if you pop a cap on his head it is Ernie in the 1915 photo. When I read any novel set in WW 1 it makes me reflect on what he went through and shed a tear or two, I only regret he didn't live a bit longer so I could have asked him more... And finally taught him some French!

Jenny McFadyen


Gnr. Ishmael Blackwell 162 Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.11th July 1918)

Ishmael Blackwell was born in Northop, Flintshire during 1898. The 1911 Census tells us that the family resided at Top Borth Ddu, Halkyn, Flintshire. The head of the family was Joseph Blackwell aged 48, who was employed as a Lead Miner at the Halkyn Lead Mines. His wife Alice Blackwell aged 44, a dressmaker and their three sons Ishmael Blackwell aged 13, Baden Powell Blackwell aged 10 and John Blackwell aged 4 years. They also had two daughters Alice Blackwell aged 8 and Dilys May Blackwell aged 6.

During May 1917 Ishmael enlisted as a Private with the Royal Field Artillery at Wrexham Barracks. Following the death of his elder brother Ishmael, Baden Powell Blackwell who was then aged 18 enlisted as a Stoker in the Royal Navy on 1 August 1918. He completed his training at Devonport aboard the Base Ship HMS VividII and then served as a Stoker on RMS Aquitania, which was at that time in service as a Troopship. Baden Powell was honourably discharged on 7 March 1919. He died in Flintshire on 7th June 1939, aged 39 years.

The County Herald Newspaper : Death of another local soldier: We are informed that Mrs Blackwell of Roseneath, Bagillt received information on Tuesday morning of the death of her son Private Ishmael Blackwell. The deceased was well known to a number of Bagillt, Flint and Halkyn residents and sympathy is expressed with his bereaved mother and relatives.

Philip Blackwell


Gnr. Peter O'Connor MM & Bar HQ Coy. 22nd Brigade

Peter O'Connor's service record is still being researched. I understand his awards were in connection with re-establishing damaged communications lines in 'no-man's-land'.

Peter Johnstone


Sgt. John Richard Taylor 337th Brigade, 340th Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Jack Taylor and Miss Petrie: A Love Recalled

When I began to research my mother's family, the Taylors of Joseph Street, Bow, I was asked by various relatives who was Miss Petrie? The question was always posed with a smile. I learned from them that Miss Petrie, a society lady, had nursed my wounded grandfather, John Richard (Jack) Taylor, during the Great War. For some years after she visited his home and helped his family. Contact had been lost almost ninety years ago, and as the older members of the family had passed, there seemed to be little chance of finding an answer to the question. But in 2013, a chance reading of a family history magazine told me that the National Archives had recently made available records of army nurses from the First World War. I was fortunate that the nurse I was seeking had a less common surname and I soon found a Miss Susie Constance Petrie in the medal card index. Could this be the one? Some cross-checking against census and probate records showed that this Miss Petrie was from a wealthy family. And there was even better news when I found that a descendant was researching the Petrie family. After an exchange of e-mails and contacts with the wider Petrie family, they confirmed that Susie had indeed taken care of my grandfather in 1916, now exactly 100 years ago.

John Richard Taylor had been born on 18 April 1887, the second oldest of the nine known children of John Taylor and Sarah Berry at 15 Crown Place, Mile End Old Town. Over the next decade the family moved to Dunk Street, Whitechapel and then back to Ernest Street, Stepney. Jack was just 17 when he married Mary Ann Maud (Polly) Wright, who was four years older, on 26 February 1905 at St Johns, Halley Street, Limehouse. The marriage was timely as Polly gave birth to Mary Ann Eugenie four months later, the oldest of up to thirteen children born or still born over the next 25 years (nobody is quite sure of the actual number). Sadly daughter Mary only survived for four months before succumbing to tubercular meningitis.

In his civilian life Jack worked as a packer or wholesaler at a glass and china warehouse in Houndsditch. At the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery at Canning Town. He was promoted from Driver to Sergeant on 26 August 1915, just before his first overseas assignment. Military records show that he initially served in France, where the family recalls that he had a horse called Polly. According to a recurring family joke, it is not certain if the horse was named after his wife, or his wife was named after the horse.

He fought on the Somme, the largest battle of the First World War, where more than one million were wounded or killed. Jack was one of the casualties. He was hit by gunshot on Sunday 30 July 1916 at a place listed as HiM, although the Royal Artillery Museum could not decipher or find the exact location.

Jack was treated in the field before being evacuated to England on 2nd August 1916 on HM Hospital Ship St David. Jack is recorded as being admitted to the 5th Northern General Hospital in Leicester on 3rd of August 1916 with GSW (gunshot wounds) to the left side of his face and head. He remained at the hospital until 5th of October 1916.

Jack made sufficient recovery to be pictured with his Battery at Canterbury in March 1917. He embarked from Southampton for Alexandria in April 1917, arriving in Egypt in June 1917. He was to spend over a year in the Near East, fighting in Palestine, Gaza and Jerusalem with the 74th Division known as the Broken Spurs. He fought again in France in 1918 before being discharged in 1919.

Jack applied for a disability pension and was examined in November 1919 at the Medical Board, 62 Conduit Street, London W1. Jack complained of headaches and general nervousness. The Doctor considered the wounds, including the gunshot wounds to the head, to be superficial, saying that scars on the back of the left side of head had healed. He said that while Jack had suffered impairment during his service, he had recovered, continuing that there were no bone injuries, no tremors and he had found the heart and lungs to be normal. His application for disability benefit was rejected.

But Jack never did fully recover; his daughter Hetty remembered small pieces of shrapnel emerging from the side of his head for many years after the end of the war. And the family remembers that this was when Jack started drinking heavily; there was no recognition of post-traumatic stress in 1919.

Susie Constance Petrie had been born in Hampstead in 1889, the daughter of an affluent Marine Insurance Broker. When her father retired the Petrie family first moved to Margate in Kent, but by the time he died in 1906 the family had moved to Westbury-on-Trym, where Susie was baptised in 1907, aged 17, shortly after her father's passing. In spite of great wealth within the family, which was confirmed by her father's will, Susie chose to work as a Governess to a private family and this is shown on the 1911 census. Soon after war broke out in 1914, Susie volunteered to be part of the Territorial Force Nursing Service as a Special Military Probationer. Her aim was primarily to care for her serving brothers, although in the end their paths did not cross. She served at the Northern General Hospital and was awarded a medal at the end of her service.

Miss Petrie spent months caring for Jack who might otherwise have died. Both families recall that during this time Susie became very fond of her patient. Her niece thought that she had probably fallen in love with Jack as she spoke about him for decades afterwards. At this point life might have taken quite a different course. Jack could have abandoned his relatively poor family in the East End for a wealthy woman, who was in love with him. Susie, disappointed in love, might simply have walked away and forgotten him. Instead, and after discovering that he was a married man with a family, Susie became determined to help Jack and his children. Miss Petrie married a man twelve years her senior in 1920, but kept in contact with the Taylor family for many years. She made frequent visits to the East End, sometimes with her brother Lionel, who would also call at the family home at Joseph Street.

Soon after the war, Susie was able to get Jacks two oldest boys, John Henry and Albert Edward, into service with families she knew and in 1928 Susie arranged a job for daughter Hetty (Harriet Lilian) at a French couturier in Bond Street, where she was a customer. But Polly, worried about her fourteen year-old daughter travelling up west by herself, found Hetty a less glamorous job locally as a radio assembler. The reasons for the visits to the East End by Susie and Lionel remained a mystery to the Petrie family until our exchange of correspondence in 2013. But they say this would have been typical of Susie; her niece recalls that Susie was one of the kindest and most generous women she knew.

So Jack remained with his family and continued to work as a packer, until retirement after which he picked up occasional work as a night watchman or as a garage attendant. In later life, Jack suffered from chest complaints exacerbated by the Great Smog of December 1952. On the last day of that year he was again taken ill and passed away shortly after on 1 January 1953 at Mile End Hospital, just a few yards from where he had been born. He was 65. Polly was to die two years later in June 1955. And Susie passed away in 1966 at Clevedon in Somerset. All three are fondly remembered by the Taylor family.

1917 John Richard (Jack) Taylor, bottom row, third from right

Kevin Carter


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


Pte. Anthony Quinn 276 Brigade, C Bty. Royal Field Artillery

My Grandad enlisted in August 1915. He arrived at Bolougne on the 4th of April 1916. He was part of D Battery 3rd West Lancashire Brigade, RFA. This merged into C Battery 278 Brigade on 24th of May 1916. Then A battery on 6th of October 1916. My grandad was posted to C/276th Brigade on 13th of February 1917.

He was wounded in action on 25th of June 1917. It looks like he was in the battles of Messines, but need some further evidence of this. He got transferred back to the UK on the 16th of July 1917 for treatment for a gunshot wound to the chest. His medical records show he got shot in the back with an exit wound through his chest. He was disembodied from the Army in 1919. He also served with 78th Coy. Labour Corps.

Martin Quinn


Bdr. Stanley Gibbs MM. 64th Brigade, D Bty Royal Field Artillery (d.5th Aug 1917)

Stabley Gibbs was the son of William and Eva Gibbs of 3 Ramsgate St., Dalston Lane, Hackney, London.

Justine Gibbs


Sgt. Albert Hicks MM. 39th Battery

My Grandad Albert Hicks got to France just in time for the battle of Le Cateau with 39th Battery, XIV Brigade and the retreat to the Marne. He then fought his way back up to the Aisne. Later he transferred to Howitzers in 460th Heavy Battery and joined the 29th Division to fight in the Dardanelles. Then returned to finish his time on the Western Front.

At the end of the war, he seems to have spent some time in Eastern command (the MOD will not release this part of his records yet), and it was during this time that he won the Military Medal.

Gary Hicks


Drvr. Robert Ballard 78th Brigade, C Coy. Royal Field Artillery (d.21st July 1917)

Robert Ballard was my great uncle, brother of my paternal grandmother Alice Ballard. He was born on 29th November 1896 in Liverpool. His effects were returned to my great grandmother Charlotte Jane on 24th July 1918. Recently, I found a poem attached to a metal backing which Charlotte gave to her son to keep him safe. His death must have a profound effect on the family. Alice named her first born son Robert after her brother. He is buried in Point De Jour Miltary Cemetary, Athies.

Dot Welsh Medway


Sdlr. Henry William Robert Barnes D Battery Royal Field Artillery

Henry Barnes served as a Saddler in the Royal Field Artillery.

David Barnes


Gunner John Thomas Gibson 190th Siege Battalion Royal Field Artillery (d.1st April 1918)

Gunner John Thomas Gibson is buried in the Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres alongside his friend Gunner E C Stevenson. They were both killed at the same time 1st April 1918.

John T Gibson


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


Pte. Edward Heber Jones 35th Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.21st April 1915)

Edward Heber Jones was the son of Mrs J Jones of 76 Henllan Street, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Gnr. George Cocksedge 177th Bde, C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Aug 1917)

George Cocksedge was the fourth child of Jonathan and Annie Cocksedge of Conisbrough near Doncaster in Yorkshire England. Before he joined the army he worked in the coal mines with the pit ponies. His father Jonathan and older brother John Edward also fought in WW1, both returned home.

George was killed in action on 6th of August 1917 aged just 20, he had his birthday a month before. He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.We only know when he was killed, but do not know exactly where.



Trpr. Walter Jowsey Royal Field Artillery

Trooper Jowsey was a prisoner at Friedrichfeld POW Camp.


Sgt. Charles William Ford 60th Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery

I am searching for any information concerning Sgt. Charles William Ford, Regt. No. 970677, BEF, WWI. He was a sergeant with the Royal Field Artillery, 60th Divisional Ammunition Column, 12th Corps. He served in France, Salonika and Alexandria.

He enlisted in the City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) embodied Territorial Force on 18 November 1915 and transferred to the RFA on 11th March 1916.

He served overseas in France from 25th June 1916 to 2nd December 1916; Salonika from 3rd December 1916 to 13th June 1917; Alexandria from 14th June 1917 to 14th September 1919. He was disembodied on demobilisation on 30th August 1919, and discharged on demoblisation on 31st March 1920. He last known address in 1947 was 105 Lilloet St. West, Apt 16, Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Ernest George Ford


Gnr. John Richard Challenger Royal Field Artillery

John Challenger joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1913. He was posted to the British Expeditionery Force on 26th of November 1915 as part of 44th Brigade. He served throughout WW1, being wounded in October 1917 but recovered to be tried for insubordination in May 1918. He served in France for a total of 212 days in WW1. From November 1918 to March 1919, he was in a hospital for "mental unfitness". He rejoined the Royal Army Service Corps in August 1919, finally leaving the army in August 1921. He committed suicide in May 1922.

Hazel Wallis


Sgt. George Grant MM. 27th Battery 32nd Brigade

George Grant was my great uncle. He was born on 6th October 1896 at Sheppey, Kent, the fourth child and third son of Lewis and Fanny Grant. By the age of fourteen George had joined the Royal Field Artillery, 43rd Brigade, and was recorded at Woolwich Barracks in the 1911 census. He was a trumpeter. By the time the First War started he was in 32nd Brigade, 27th Battery, and also spent two years with the Brigade's Ammunition Column between 1915 and 1917. He received the Military Medal for bravery in the field, and the General Service Medal with Iraq clasp.

After the war George married Minnie and had two sons, one of whom described him as "always the life and soul of the party". He died in Brighton.

Zena Grant


Lt. Eric Manly 82nd Bde. B Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.18th July 1917)

Lt Eric Manly died aged 21, killed in action near Ypres on the 18th of July 1917. "Ubique quo fas et gloria ducunt"

s flynn


Mjr. George Francis Farran 88th Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.18th July 1916)

Major George Farran was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme. 18th July 1916. Aged 34 years. he was the eldest son of Mr. G. H. Farran (late of High Court, Bombay) and Mrs. Farran of Georgeville, Highfield Rd., Dublin, husband of Susan F. Farran of 103 Cheriton Rd., Folkstone.

A true and gallant soldier. A devoted husband and son. “until the day break and the shadows flee away.” a memorial was erected in his local church by his sorrowing wife and mother.

s flynn


Mjr. George Nichols 82nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery

George Nichols served with 82nd Bde and was wounded in 1917. He returned in March 1918. He published his 1918 memoirs as "Defiance! Withstanding The Kaiserlacht". This was published in 1919 under censorship so a lot of information was redacted. The book has now been reissued by Pen and Sword Ltd and is one of the few in print histories of this Kitchener Second Army brigade.


Dvr. William John Morgan 291st Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My Great-Grandfather, William John Morgan, enlisted voluntarily in the Royal Field Artillery at Bargoed, Wales on 11/01/1915. His previous occupation was as an underground haulier at Bargoed Colliery in the South Wales coalfield. He was 37 years of age when joining up and was enlisted as a Driver (of a team of horses) as in his occupation as an underground haulier he worked with horses hauling coal, so was used to working with these beautiful creatures. He was assigned to the 38th Welsh Division and landed in France on Christmas Eve 1915 - two days before his 38th birthday. Unfortunately, his records have not survived the destruction of WW2 when many records were burned.

He was probably attached to the 122 Brigade RFA when landing in France as that unit landed on that specific day. Sometime in 1916/17 he was reassigned to 291 Brigade, where on 31/8/17 he appears on a list of casualties evacuated to the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital at Doullens, France. After hospitalisation he was transferred to the Labour Corps due to his injuries where he served until demobilisation in January 1919.

He suffered for the remainder of his life for his service in the Great War and died of a heart attack in Bargoed Colliery on 2/11/1925, aged 47 years. The report of his death in the local newspaper states that he was an accomplished half-back for Aberbargoed Rugby Football club and that he had received "serious injuries" in France whilst serving his country. He left a widow and 3 young children and was buried in an unmarked grave. His wife never remarried and was buried with him upon her death 53 years later in 1978.

Casualty list 291 Brigade 1917

Neil Phillips


Capt. Richard Fielding Morrison MC, MID. 51st Brigade. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.25th April 1918)

Acting Major Richard Fielding Morrison M.C. & bar, served with D Battery, 51st Bde. RFA. He was born on the 30th April, 1890. He fell in action near Vierstraat, Belgium 25th April. Twice mentioned in despatches. He rests in the Military Cemetery at Haringhe nr Proven, Belgium.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Maurice Cane 153rd Bde. 1st Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.4th August 1917)

Maurice Cane was born Dec 22nd 1882 and was killed in action at Wieltje in Flanders, 4th of August 1917. He is buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery and was Son of Col. Claude Cane, and Mrs. Cane (nee Mackintosh) of St. Wolstans, Celbridge, Co. Kildare; husband of Hilda Jessie Bisset Cane.

s flynn


Mjr. George Henry Wilson MC. 282nd Bde. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Nov 1917)

George Henry Wilson was born 13th January 1890 and was killed in action on the 4th Nov 1917. He was the son of William H. Wilson of Carrickmines House, his two brothers also fell.

s Flynn


Maj. Richard Fielding Morrison MC, MID. 51st Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.25th April 1918)

Major Richard Fielding Morrison M.C. & bar, was twice mentioned in despatches, He Commanded "D" Battery, 51st Brigade, R.F.A. and fell in action, at Vierstraat, Belgium, aged 27.

s flynn


Bmbdr. James Benjamin Knights 272 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

James Knights served with 272nd Brigade RFA.


Gnr. Arthur Montgomery 173nd (East Ham) Brigade. Royal Field Artillery

Art Montgomery was born in 1894. He enlisted in the British Army in May 1915. His service record states that he served `at home' from 26th May 1915 to 26th November 1915. He was posted to France from 27th November 1915 until 11th August 1918. Arthur's records show that he was on leave from 12th to 26th August 1918, although it doesn't state where he took that leave. He is recorded as being in France from 27 August until 20th February 1919. He was discharged from the army on 31 March 1920. He married Annie Low in 1918. They lived at Rainham where he worked as a farm foreman and had two children.

There is only one story about his time as a gunner in the artillery. During a German breakthrough, he and his fellow gun team had to make a hasty escape on horseback, abandoning the gun. They had removed the firing mechanism from the gun to render it useless to the enemy. This was thrown in the nearest water-filled ditch as they went hell for leather for their retreating lines.

I remember his comment when my brother, who was about six years old at the time, showed a great interest in the shotgun Uncle Art used for controlling vermin. `If you knew what damage guns can cause', he said, `you wouldn't be so interested in them.'



A/Maj. Cyril Hamilton Reid Scholefield CdG. 69 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery (d.28th March 1918)

My great uncle, Cyril Scholefield, was born on 12 April 1895. He studied at King William College, Isle of Man, from the age of 13 and then went to Woolwich. He was friends with Maurice Rogers at Woolwich - I have photos of groups of men at Woolwich, bridge building etc. In July 1914 he went to Gibraltar for a year.

At the end of 1915 he went to train under Major Christian with 91 Siege Battery. In 1917 he was exchanged to 69 Siege Battery - a move that disappointed him as he had become close to Major Christian and 91 Siege Battery. He was made Battery Commander Acting Major. He was awarded the Croix de Guerr and made Chevalier de l'Ordre de l'Honneur. He died at Vimy Ridge on 28th March 1918 when a shell hit the hut he and Captain Howard were resting in.

Amanda Stuart


Gnr. Walter Garfield Machin 56th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery

My granddad, Walter Machin, born in West Norwood, London, was a Gunner, part of the London 56th Divisional Ammunition Column driving/riding the horses to bring ammunition supplies to the front. Took part on the diversionary attack on July 1st and subsequent battles. Joined up Camberwell, London, 1915. Survived the war.


Gnr. C. H. Skidmore 105th Bgde, B Coy. Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Aug 1916)

I have just returned from a visit to the Somme and noticed the headstone of Gnr. C H Skidmore with the inscription "One of the White men" and was searching for its meaning.

Alan Johnson


Pte. Joseph McLean 8th (Ardwick) Btn. Manchester Regiment

Joseph McLean enlisted on 4th March 1912. At the outbreak of WWI he volunteered for overseas service and on 9th September 1914 they marched to camp in Littleborough, transferring to Southampton the following day, where they boarded a ship for Alexandria, Egypt.

After months of training they were transferred to Gallipoli on 6th May 1915. He was reported injured twice, once in May and once in June, his name and number appear in both the Times newspaper and the Manchester Guardian. It was his second injury that forced him out of the war. He was transferred to Imtarfa Hospital on Malta to receive medical attention and to recover before being transferred back home. He was officially discharged on 13th March 1916. He died in 1925, aged 37.

2nd Medal Card

Report of 1st Injury

Report of 2nd Injury

1st page from Hospital letter

Paul Taylor


Dvr. John Taylor 122 Bde. B Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Dec 1917)

Driver John Taylor, W/4830 122 Bde RFA, died of wounds on 7th December 1917. He was buried at Estaires Communal cemetery Extension, and he is commemorated on Stockport Town Hall Employees WW1 memorial as he had been employed in Stockport Corporation Cleansing Department. There were obituaries in the Stockport Express & Stockport Advertiser (no photograph). His parents were Walter (MRCVS) & Sarah of Stockport. His wife Mary Ellen lived at 13 Grimshaw Street, Stockport.

Terence Jackson


Sgt. Edward Hollock Smith MM. 153rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.13th July 1917)

Edward Smith was born 24th February 1883, he was great-great-great uncle to me. He appears in the De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.

Ian Sizer


Gnr. Harold Victor Hackett Royal Field Artillery

Harold Hackett was wounded and awarded a Silver War Badge He was the son of James and Catherine (née Allcott) Hackett of Walsall.

s flynn


Gnr. Eric James Hackett 2/2nd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Eric Hacket attested on the 19th of October 1915 and served in Salonica. He was taken gravely ill, in November 1918. He was the son of James and Catherine (née Allcott) Hackett of Walsall.

s flynn


Lt. Denis Coyne Royal Field Artillery

Denis Coyne was my grandfather. I am trying to find more information regarding his military record. My father has the certificate and OBE awarded to Denis Coyne who I believe was a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery during WW1.



Gnr. Harry Watson MID D Bty. 211th East Lancs Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My father Harry Watson was Mentioned in Dispatches in 1918.(I have the original certificate.) He was involved in hand-to-hand fighting during the German Spring offensive nr Bucquoy. My dad would not speak of the war - I found out this info from a military researcher.

My dad's brother was killed in WW1 but I know nothing of him except for an old photo. I always regret not asking enough questions when I was a young man. My dad's brother was named Edward. My dad did once mention to my brother that he also served in Gallipoli. I remember when I was a small boy dad talking about an incident where he had to put cloth round a horse's hooves so as not to make a noise. This didn't register with me then, but I have often thought since that it might have something to do with Gallipoli.

Leonard Watson


Bmdr. Harry Coulson 25th Bty. 35th Bde. Royal Artillery (d.2nd Nov 1918)

Harry Coulson died of influenza on 2nd November 1918, aged 26. He is buried in the Staglieno Cemetery in Italy. He was the husband of Rosalie Coulson of 64 Mineral Street, Plumstead, London.

S Flynn


Gnr. Ernest Canby 56th Bde. Small Arms Ammunition Sect. Royal Field Artillery (d.1st July 1916)

Ernest Canby died of disease on 1st July 1916, aged 23. He is buried in the Basra War cemetery in Iraq.

S Flynn


Gnr. Ben Bulcock 6th Ammun. Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.18th Aug 1916)

Ben Bulcock died on 18th August 1916 and is buried in the Baghdad North Gate, Iraq. He lived at 24 Palmeston Street, Padiham.

S Flynn


Gnr. Harry Cherry 64th (Burnley Howitzer) Bde. C Bty Royal Field Artilley (d.5th Nov 1918)

Harry Cherry was the son of William and Alice Cherry, of 63, Thursby Rd., Burnley, later of 53, Windsor Rd., Morecambe. He died of dysentery 5th November 1918, aged 22. Listed as a prisoner of War, his name is on the Screen Wall in the Worms (Hochheim Hill) Cemetery, Germany.

s flynn


A/Sgt. William Charles Henry Sellens MM. 87th Brigade., A Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Will Sellens enlisted in December 1914, and made his way up through the ranks from gunner to acting sergent. He served most of the war in A Battery, 87th Brigade, finishing in 190th Brigade. He won the MM some time towards the end of 1917 (listed in the Times in December 1917).

Richard Sellens


Pte. Henry Holden 2nd Btn. Irish Guards (d.13th April 1918)

Pte Henry Holden of the Irish Guards was the son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Holden (my great grandperants on my father's side) of 63 Cllarence Street, Newton-le-Willows. He was educated at St Mary's Newton-le-Willows. He joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1911, and he had been wounded four times, but was in the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 13th of April 1918, having been reported missing. He was 25 years old & had been in the army seven years.

Kevin Ashcroft


Cpl. Ernest Albert Smith Royal Field Artillery

I believe My Grandfather, Ernest Smith joined the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 and fought at Arras. I am trying to find any information available.

Paul Smith


Lt. Edward Aloysius "Gerry" Gerrard 119 Battery Royal Field Artillery

My father, Edward Gerrard's service commenced with a Temporary Commision in June 1914 at Newbridge Barracks, Ireland. I have much material including practice in July with 119 Battery, Reynolds VC and Alexander. He did not smell powder until Suvla Bay, then Dublin in 1916. He was wounded in Palestine 1917-18. He took part in the Battle of Beersheba, the yeomanry charge at Huj, Jereusalem at Christmas 1917, and into Deraa with King of Hijaz and Lawrence, and the fall of Damascus.

I have many letters, photos and a diary which I am transcribing and will make available particularly for the Allenby campaign.

Peter Gerrard


Dvr. Noel W. C. Wilson 2nd Brigade

My great grand father, Noel Wilson, was part of the second brigade RFA from 1914 to 1918, as a driver. He was gassed and as a result he died on the 22nd of June 1922, in France.

Jean-Yves Consille


2nd Lt. Alexander Brown McQueen MC & Bar. Royal Field Artillery

Alex McQueen joined A Squadron, Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry as a trooper in May 1914. He deployed with the squadron to Egypt and then to Palestine where in 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and was recommended for commissioning. Then he returned to the UK to commission and joined the Royal Field Artillery. In 1918 he was awarded his MC for saving his guns then again for saving the gunsights. Both awards were within 6 months of each other.

Chris Hallam


Pte. Stanley James Clough Kings Own

Stanley Clough trained as Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery at Bettisfield Camp, Hut 20, from 19th of Oct 1916 to 23rd of November 1916. He then transferred to B Company of Kings Own at Prees Heath Camp, Hut 19, nr Whitchurch, to the Training Reserve, Infantry Section. He mobilised to France from Whitchurch, on the 7th of Februry 1917. He survived the war and died in 1996.

A. Taberner


Dvr. Henry Nathaniel Singleton Royal Field Artillery

Henry Singleton is my grandfather from my mother's side. I have been unable to trace his service record as yet but am still hoping to find information on his service life. He was gassed and suffered occasionally in later life.

After the war he went into business as an engineer, during the 2nd War I believe his company manufactured cameras for aerial photo reconnaissance. He died a natural death in 1970. As usual he never spoke about his war and at the time I was to young to inquire, also his children (my mother, aunts and uncles) never seemed to know much if anything either.

Ian Leonard Sell


Sgt. Edward John Moulding Royal Horse Artillery

Edward John Moulding (1893-1965) was my maternal grandfather. He was born in Axmouth, Devon and died in Whitleigh, Plymouth. He served in both world wars in the RHA and Royal Artillery. In the 1911 census he was a gunner at Bovisand Fort. He married Beatrice Hilda Martin in Axminster in December 1918 and subsequently had four sons and two daughters.

In WW2 I know for certain he was a gunnery sergeant for part of the war on Drakes Island. His family were evacuated to Seaton in Devon and remained there for the duration of the war. After WW2 they moved between Plymouth and Axminster, returning to Plymouth in the late 1950s. At the beginning of the 1960s Edward (who was not well at the time) and Beatrice (known as Daisy) moved in with their youngest daughter Margaret. Within a year or so Edward passed away. He was buried with his youngest son also called Edward (who had died at the age of 15) in Weston Mill cemetery in Plymouth. He was a lovely principled man, who put his family and country before himself. His last surviving child Margaret now lives in Australia.

Front row 2nd left

Behind the horse

At his sons wedding, 1945

Brian G. Woodward


Dvr. Herbert Herchell Finch 173rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Herbert Finch was taken prisoner on 21st of March 1918 and imprisoned somewhere in Germany.

Alan Finch


Dvr. Raymond Adolphus Coomber 6th (London) Brigade. Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, Raymond Adolphus Coomber, was born in 1875 and, prior to the start of The Great War, lived in the East Brixton area of South London, not far from Holland Road, where the Headquarters of 6th London Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery was based. I believe that he joined this unit at some time before 1914 as a driver, and later was badly injured when a horse he was riding fell, rolling on him and breaking both of his legs. I do not know whether this was an accident or if it happened as a result of enemy action.

Two photographs exist of him in uniform. One is with my grandmother and shows a smart soldier wearing spurs and carrying a riding crop. The other is taken from a postcard (he is 7th from the left in the front rank) which shows artillerymen in various scruffy uniforms and headgear. The back of the postcard is stamped High Wycombe. I suspect that this picture could have been taken after he recovered from his injuries and was sent to a reserve unit. The only souvenir I have of his military service is a very large kitchen knife with the War Dept. arrow stamped on the wooden handle. So perhaps he was not only a driver, but also the battery cook.

John Coomber


Gnr. Alexander Cretney 45 Brigade, 5 Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Oct 1917)

My great grandfather Alexander Cretney was born on 20 April 1876 in Liverpool to Alexander and Elizabeth (nee Timms) Cretney. According to the 1891 census he was already working as a shop boy at the age of 14. In 1898 he married my great grandmother Agnes Duncan whose parents were from Scotland. By 1911 he was an inmate at the Walton on the Hill Workhouse. This may have prompted him to join the army. He enlisted at Seaforth, Lancashire. According to his 1914 Star medal record he was first attached to the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery and was sent to France on 16 Aug 1916. Records indicate he was then transferred or assigned to 8th Division 5th Battery 45th Brigrade. According to the war diaries he was fighting with this division at Ploegsteert at the time of his death on 4 October 1917. He was one of six who died that day. He is buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery Steenwerck in France. He received the 1914 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal. May he rest in peace.

Jeanette Martin


Dvr. John Embleton 3rd Northumberland Battalion Royal Field Artillery

John Embleton joined the 3rd Northumberland Bty. Royal Field Artillery at Durham 17th of May 1915, he was immediately dispatched as a driver to the Expeditionary Force in France. He continued driving and was posted to various areas and transferred right through 18th March 1915 till 1st March 1919 when he was discharged physically unfit to continue. He had pluricy and was unable to continue. He returned home to Sacriston to his wife Sarah and son Henry and recieved a disability pension of 8 shillings/week and 2 shillings /week for Henry. John Embleton was my grandad's Hans Major Embletons elder brother he did his duty under very trying conditions and I am proud of him.

Derick Smith


Cpl. George Cooper Evison 5th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment

George Evison enlisted in the Scots Guards on 24th February 1899, just short of his 17th birthday. In the 1901 census he is stationed at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, London. I do not know much about his service in the Guards, but I do know that he served in South Africa during the Boer war as he qualified for the Queens South Africa medal which was confirmed in his later military records. George left the Guards on 23rd February 1906 and returned home. He remained on the reserve list for the Scots Guards for 5 years until February 1911. In March 1911, he signed up, for 5 years, to the Territorial Army, the 5th Battalion of the Lincolnshire regiment, which was based at Grimsby. He attended a fortnights training camp in 1911, 1912 and 1913.

On the 5th August 1914, at the onset of the First World War, the 4th (based at Lincoln) and the 5th Territorial Battalions of the Lincolnshire regiment were mobilised and started preparing for war. The 5th Battalion arrived in France on the 1st March 1915. George was promoted to Corporal on 22nd March 1915 (this was despite being arrested twice for Drunk and Disorderly in November and December 1914, for which he was reprimanded). According to The History of the Lincolnshire Regiment 1914-1918, by Major-General C.R.Simpson, the 4th and 5th Battalions spent some training on trench duties before going to the front line on 9th April.

George was injured in action and hospitalised sometime on or just prior to 2nd July 1915. His injury was described as a scalded foot and he was transported home on the 8th July. According to Major-General Simpson’s book. the battalion at that time was in a position close to Sanctuary Wood and the Germans were attacking with ‘liquid fire’. Whether or not this was the cause of his injury would be pure conjecture.

George returned to France on 20th December 1915, having recovered from his injuries. He remained with the regiment until 1st April 1916, when he returned home for discharge, as his 5-year enlistment was complete. You might think that was enough for a 34-year-old man but no, George decided to re-enlist, joining the Royal Artillery on 7th June 1916. Once again his military record is intact. He joined the 59th Division Training Battery at Ripon where he remained for the remainder of the war.

At the completion of the war, he requested to remain in the army, which was granted. His reward for such loyalty was involvement in the Afghanistan war of 1919. The Afghans, sensing British war weariness, had attacked British garrisons and a short war followed. So, in addition to his Great War medals he was awarded the General Service medal and clasp Afghanistan N.W.F.1919.

He was eventually discharged from the Royal Artillery with the rank of Bombardier on 31st March 1920. However, he did rejoin the Territorial Army for 5 years on 24th June 1920.

Mel Ogden


Gnr. Frederick Baron 210 Bde, B Bty Royal Field Artillery (d.18th Nov 1917)

Gunner Baron died of dysentery, aged 24. He is buried in the Deir el Belah War Cemetery in Palestine. He was the husband of Mrs Baron nee Mc Dermott and lived at 48 Clarence Street, Burnley, Lancashire

S. Flynn


L/Bmdr. William Robert John Savill 18th Bty, 3rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.21st June 1918)

William Savill died on the 21st of June 1918, aged 22.

s flynn


Spr. George Henry Morgan 500th (Wessex) Field Coy. Royal Engineers (d.2nd Dec 1918)

George Morgan died on the 2nd of December 1918, aged 24. Buried in Grave 790 in the Mikra British Cemetery, Kalameria, Greece, he was the son of Annie Morgan of 8 Nelson Place West, Bath, Somerset, and the late Herbert Morgan.

s flynn


Drvr. Ernest Riley 66th Small Arms Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Sep 1916)

Ernest Riley died of malaria on the 22nd of September 1916, aged 23 and is buried in the Karasouli Military Cemetery in Greece. He was the son of William and Susan Louisa Riley of 311 Briercliffe Rd., Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


Sgt. William Henry Ridge MM.& MSM. 114th Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.17th Sep 1918)

William Ridge died on the 17th of September 1918, aged 28 and is buried in the Karasouli Military Cemetery in Greece. He was the husband of Ada Ridge of 10 Accrington Rd., Burnley

s flynn


Gnr. Edwin Spencer White MM. 45th Brigade, 57th Battery Royal Field Artillery

My uncle Edwin Spencer White was awarded the M.M. while serving with the 57th Battery, 45th Brigade RFA (Gazetted 18 Oct 1918). I would like to know what he did and where he was when he did it.

Ray White


Gnr. Harold "Ted" Watts 4th Div. Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.28th Apr 1917)

Harold Watts was my great-uncle. He joined up under his middle name as he was under-age. His correct name was Edmund Harold Watts, known to the family as Ted, and to his mates as Harry. He joined the Royal Field Artillery at Woolwich, and died of wounds, aged 17 at the 48 Field Ambulance in France. He is buried in the Cabaret Rouge cemetery. He is named on the Biggin Hill war memorial as H.Watts. Some soil from the gardens of the men was placed under the memorial.

Mary Bradley-Cox


QMS Herbert Gladstone Booth 1st East Lancashire Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd Dec 1914)

Herbert Booth died on the 2nd of December 1914, aged 31. He is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt, husband of Martha Ann Booth, of 9 Cairo St., Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


Drvr. Joseph Wakelam 26th Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.7th June 1915)

Joseph Wakelam died on the 7th of June 1915 and is buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Gallipoli, Turkey. He was the eldest son of Isaac Henry Wakelam and Martha Wakelam of Birkenhead, Cheshire

s flynn


2nd Lt. David Stuart Spence 66th Bde. A Battery, Royal Field Artillery (d.13th Dec 1915)

David Stuart Spence was born on the 18th November 1892 in Stromness, the third son of William Spence, a baker born in Victoria, Australia, and Susanna Spence (née Smith), born in Stromness where she and William married in 1888. Stuart went to school in the town and then became a student at Edinburgh University. He had just graduated M.A. from the university, when he successfully applied for a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers in March 1915. Stuart had served in Edinburgh University O.T.C. as a gunner and attended 88 drills there, so was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in his preferred branch, the Royal Field Artillery. Stuart joined the 2/1st East Lancs Brigade RFA in the south of England. After a few months training, Stuart was posted to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and travelled out to Gallipoli.

Stuart landed at Cape Helles on the 20th September and joined the 1/1st East Lancs Brigade RFA. However, two days later he was transferred to join 66th Brigade RFA, one of several, of the always too few, British field artillery brigades that served away from their parent division at Gallipoli. The 66th Brigade remained at Helles, while its division, the New Army 13th, moved to Anzac and then to Suvla (it eventually returned to Helles after Stuart’s death).

The Gallipoli campaign had settled down to trench warfare when Stuart Spence arrived there, but the artillery was kept busy supporting minor British attacks and stopping those of the Turks, also in the continuous counter-battery fire. The French had started to withdraw their Senegalese infantry on 12th December, but Stuart's battery, "A" of the 66th Brigade, was probably firing in support of the French when he was killed in action on the next day.

A letter sent to his father in March 1916 stated that Second Lieutenant D.S. Spence, Royal Field Artillery, was buried at Zimmerman Farm Cemetery (French) and that the Rev. J. Duncan officiated. However, that grave was not identified when the Imperial War Graves Commission consolidated the Gallipoli cemeteries after the Armistice, so David Stuart Spence is commemorated on Panel 21 of the impressive Helles Memorial. Stuart was 23 years old, when he died on 13th December 1915 on Gallipoli.

s flynn


Gnr. Thomas McLaren 236th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Jul 1917 )


I know very little about Thomas McLaren other than he was my grandfather's brother. He was born in Limekilns, Fife and enlisted in Inverness. He was the son of David McLaren of Halkettshall, Limekilns, Fife. He died aged 30, and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. Sadly I have never been there to visit his grave. He is commemorated on the Limekilns Village War Memorial.

Thomas McClaren

Duncan McLaren


Sgt. Joseph Slattery Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather, Joseph Slattery, was born in Ireland in 1888. He joined the British Army. He was a gunner in the RFA. I have no records that can verify his record. He spent time in India. I have no information of his service time in India.

I would appreciate some help with information as to where I might find his records.

Alma Miller


Drv. Alfred Lawson 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.21 June 1917)

Alfred Lawson was serving with D Battery when he died of wounds.

Mark Bailey


Gnr. Albert Blundell 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.21st June 1917)

Albert Blundell was serving with D Battery, 110th Brigade RFA when he died of wounds.

Mark Bailey


Gnr. Albert Sherlock 74th Div. Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Nov 1917)

Albert Sherlock died on the 6th of November 1917, aged 24 and is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel. He was the son of Robert and Susey Ellen Sherlock, of 98 Healey Wood Rd., Springhill, Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


Dvr. William Bruce Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Jun 1917)

Our Great Uncle William Bruce enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery in 1915/16 in Haddington, East Lothian. Sometime between his joining and his being killed in action at Flanders on June 1917 he was re-badged into 8 Battalion, Alexandra Princes of Wales Own Regiment where he became "42815 Pte William Bruce"

Pat Beales


Gnr. Ernest Canby 56th Btn. Royal Field Artillery (d.1st July 1916)

Gunner Ernest Canby

Ernest Canby died of disease on the 1st July 1916, aged 23 and is buried in the Basra War Cemetery in Iraq.

s flynn


R Evans 17th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery

I have a Brass shell casing engraved with the R.F.A insignia and Arras 1917. with an inscription reading: Dr. R. Evans 17th D.A.C. R.F.A. Unfortunately nothing known about this man.


Gnr. George Alexander Hall 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.21st June 1917)

George Hall was born in Fulham and enlisted initially into the 10th (Service) Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. He transferred to the Royal Field Artillery and went to France on 26th of September 1915. He was serving with D Battery when he died of wounds.

Mark Bailey


Gunner. Sidney John Styles 60th Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.12th Aug 1915)

Headstone in Port Said Cemetery

As part of a village project to commemorate the 11 names on the World War 1 memorial in St Mary’s church in Powerstock, Dorset, my daughter and I have researched the life of Sidney John Styles (service number 11695). The Forces War Record lists him as a Gunner in C Battery, 60th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. A young man from a large working-class family, an agricultural worker called up from an estate in rural West Dorset to serve in the British Army, whose life ended on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, some 2,300 miles away.

Sidney is recorded as having died in Cairo on 12 August 1915 and the Bridport News of 16 September 1915 reported that he had died of ‘an appendicitis’. However, he is not buried in the large Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Heliopolis, but in the Port Said War Memorial Cemetery on the Mediterranean coast. The town was an important hospital centre and I had the opportunity to visit Sidney in October this year. I had a cup of tea with him at his graveside.

Sidney John Styles died at the age of 21 of a medical complication unrelated to warfare, in a far away land, and probably did not see action during the bloodiest war of the 20th century. No photographs or any other information about him seem to have survived or stories been passed on through the generations. His name on the Weymouth War memorial and the plate in Powerstock church, along with 10 of his contemporaries are the only acknowledgement of his life.

Adrian Semmence


Drvr. James Edward Tattersall Coupe Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Mar 1917)

Driver James Edward Tattersall Coupe

James Coupe died on 25th of March 1917 and is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.

s flynn


Pte. Horace Randolph Powell 2nd Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment (d.14 April 1915)

Article in local Southampton paper (Echo?) in February 1915

War Time Wedding

Consummation of Fifteen Years’ Courtship

Home from the Front on five days’ leave, Sergt. Percy Randolph Powell, of the 128th Battery Royal Field Artillery, consummated a courtship of fifteen years by marrying the lady of his choice at St. Denys Church on Tuesday. The bridegroom, whose home is in Bowden Lane, Portswood, only returned from the Continent late on Sunday night and the ceremony, which took place by special licence, surprised even his own relations, who had no idea he was to be married during his short leave. Despite the shortness of time, however, the event became known in the district, and it naturally created a great deal of interest. There was a very large congregation, and although there was an entire absence of the usual festivities attaching to a marriage, the happy couple were given a cordial send-off.

The bride was Miss Agnes Susanna Bennett, and she looked charming in a cream dress, with a veil and wreath of orange blossom. Her sister, Miss Lilian Bennett, was the only bridesmaid, and Mr. Bennett, jun., the bride’s brother, acted as best man. Mr. Bennett, sen., gave his daughter away. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. L. S. Etheridge (Vicar). The bridegroom’s spell of connubial bliss was cut very short, however, and he returned to the Front on the evening of the following day, although his many friends wish him a safe and speedy return.

Sergt. Powell will complete twelve years’ service in the Army next September. He returned from India, where his regiment was stationed for eight years, twelve months’ ago, and was afterwards quartered at Bulford. His regiment was among the first to be sent to the Continent, but Sergt. Powell has, so far, suffered no hurt, though he has naturally had many narrow escapes. He is, it is interesting to note, one of six sons of Mrs. Powell, of Bowden Lane, who are serving their King and country.

Her eldest son, Alfred George Powell, served for 21 years in the Royal Engineers, and he emerged from the service as Corporal a few years ago. Just a few months before the war broke out; he joined the 5th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, and has since been promoted to the rank of Corporal.

Mr. William John Powell has served almost as long a period as his brother, though he chose the Navy as his profession. For nearly 21 years he has been connected with this branch of the services, and since the outbreak of war he has been on the North Sea.

Of the eight years which Pte. Horace Powell has served in the 2nd Dorset Regiment, six have been spent in India. His regiment was to have been drafted home shortly before hostilities commenced, and Mrs. Powell was looking forward to meeting her son after his long absence. It was ordained otherwise, however, and he is now engaged in his country’s defence in the East.

Mr. Lewis Herbert Powell is at present engaged on Government work at the docks. For several seasons he has been one of the crew of Sir Thomas Lipton’s yacht the Erin. He was also one of the crew which manned the latest Shamrock, which sailed the Atlantic just before the war to race for the America Cup. It will be remembered that the event, which created a great deal of interest at the time, was cancelled, and the crew had to return home.

For some years Mr. Edgar A. Powell has “followed the sea” and he was, for some time before the war, on the Kenilworth Castle. On the outbreak of hostilities, however, he was transferred to the Glenart, formerly the Union Castle liner Galician, which is now being used as a hospital ship.

Mrs. Powell is naturally very proud of her sons, but she is anxiously awaiting the time when they will return to home and safety.”

Horace Powell died in Mesopotamia in April 1915 and Edgar Powell died when the Llandovery Castle, a hospital ship, was torpedoed 26 June 1918. Randolph survived the war having been involved in the initial action by the BEF at Mons in 1914 and at the liberation of the city in 1918

John Martin


Sgt. Edward Miller Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Nov 1917)

Farrier Sergeant Edward Miller is buried in Beer Churchyard in Devon


Mjr. Charles Henry Graffham 11th Division

Charles Henry Graffham

Major Charles Henry Graffham served with the Royal Field Artillery in 11th Division.

Steven Graffham


Drvr. Denis Brophy 24th Brigade (d.5th July 1915)

Denis Brophy died of wounds received in France and is buried at Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea. I have his memorial plaque.

James Fitzpatrick


Dvr. John Price Nunn 2nd East Lancs Royal Field Artillery

Wednesday 14th March 1917 – journey from England to the battlefront. This story begins with us about to start our journey in France. As a driver I was looking after the horses. These were put 8 in each horsebox. Jimmy Maguire and myself were in charge of one of these horse boxes. The horses themselves were remounts which implied that their training had been hurried and that many of them were still inclined to be fractious. From the minute they were entrained until the train began to move these horses were quarrelsome with each other, attempting to bite each other, stamping their fore and hind feet, and generally in a very unsettled state. Within 10 minutes of starting (and this one started with a jerk which seemed to be commonplace during the rest of the journey and therefore did not help towards peaceful occupancy of the horse boxes). Two horses became loose (it is my belief now that these two had not been adequately tethered – neither Maguire or myself had tethered them in the first instance since the hooks were almost out of reach for statures such as ours). However since the train was moving and we could call on no one to help use, we tried to get them tethered again. With two of the centre position horses being loose there was increased pandemonium on one side of the box. I though I might help if I got in between these horses to steady them whilst Maguire stood on the bale of hay and endeavored to re-tether them – but these horses began to lean on me so heavily I had visions of being squashed, and the more I pushed them apart the more they retaliated; so we did not manage to re-tether them and conditions became worse every minute – particularly so because now the two horses discovered they could attack the hay and the bag of oats and we could not reposition these in any place where they could not be reached. With these two horses freely moving about it became dangerous for us to stay in the box at all and for a period of about 15 minutes we pushed open the sliding doors sufficiently to enable us to get through and we travelled on the floorboard.

All of a sudden the train stopped and immediately I went up the side of the train to inform Corporal Farrer who was with others in an ordinary compartment. He was playing cards with his mates and ignored our appeal. Before I had any further chance to think, let alone call on someone else for help, the train started again and I managed to scramble back, and along with Maguire stayed by the open door for safety. Some time elapsed before the train stopped again and because of conditions inside the box we were getting most anxious. One of my horses had been cut on the forehead by the point of the hook on the ceiling and had a cut about 4 or 5 inches long which was bleeding.

As soon as the train stopped I dropped off and ran as fast as I could to the front end of the train where the officers were. Hurriedly I informed Capt. Lodge of the position and he turned to Leut. MacDonald to go and investigate. MacDonald came down the lines on the opposite side of the train to me – in fact there was no lines on his side and he was walking on the other side of some signal communication wires which were about 18 foot above the ground. In order to be there when he arrived I ran back fast but had not reached the box when the train started again, and I had to scramble on and travel in another box leaving Maguire to hold the fort until another stop. MacDonald who was in riding breeches and pullover only and had no hat, and probably no money, didn't manage to get on the train and it was 4 days before I saw him again! Maguire who also had been off the train when it had started moving again had scrambled on the next box with me.

Thus until the train stopped again which was sometime later, our horses had the box to themselves and as soon as the train stopped Maguire and I went to look at our horses to see what was the position. For a moment we were stunned by the sight we saw. The horses were all jumbled up, some facing forward, some backward, there was a frightful row going on between them. They were rearing up and kicking each other, and the floor of the space we were supposed to occupy was in a terrible mess – most of the hay was loose and strewn about, the contents of the bag of oats lay all over the floor, mixed with horse manure. Our enamel drinking cups and billy cans were flattened and other personal equipment fouled with manure.

Some quick action was essential so I again ran up the lines to inform Capt. Lodge once again. Naturally his first comment was an enquiry as to where Lt MacDonald was and he nearly exploded when I said I did not know! He followed this information by getting out of his compartment on the other side of the train just as MacDonald did and I ran back faster than ever to be there when he arrived and with some apprehension as to whether he would encounter the same fate as MacDonald. However the train stopped long enough this time for him to reach the unfortunate horses and by the time he got there Maguire had braved the infernal confusion and had opened the sliding door on his side of the box. Capt Lodge was not a big man, in fact he was about our own size so that in standing on the track and looking in the box only his face showed on the other side. He gave one look at the bedlam and uttered a curse which sounded like “bloody hell!” and then put us both under arrest, after which he sought out Corp Farrier to go and attempt to sort out the confused state in the box. For the rest of the journey, which lasted 20 hours, we travelled under guard in a compartment of the train. We had no food or drink during the whole journey. We arrived at Thiennes 5pm on Thursday 15th of March 1917.

Richard Ross


Cpl. Thomas Joseph Grant MM. 275th (W Lancs) Bde, A Battery Royal Field Artillery

Thomas Joseph Grant's Military Medal, was gazetted in the The London Gazette, Issue 30940, Page 11829 7 October 1918 and The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13333, Page 3727 9 October 1918:

"His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the under-mentioned Non-commissioned Officer: 675093 Cpl. T. J. Grant, R.F.A. A/275th (W Lancs) Bde RFA (TF)."

This Gallantry Medal is the other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross (M.C.).The military decoration was awarded to Thomas Joseph Grant for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire or for individual or associated acts of bravery which were insufficient to merit the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Conferment of the medal was announced in the London Gazette and Thomas Joseph Grant earned the right to add the letters M.M. to his name.

During the Second World War he was also awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division), announced in the London Gazette, Issue 35264, Page 5142, 5th September 1941:

" Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, St James’s Palace, SW1 5th September 1941: The King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following awards of the British Empire Medal and for the publication in the London Gazette of the names of the persons specially shown below as having received an expression of Commendation for their brave conduct in Civil Defence: George Robert Symington, Police Constable, Liverpool Police Force, Thomas Joseph Grant, Foreman, A.R.P. Rescue Party and Bertie Kavanagh, Member . During an air raid a man and a boy were trapped beneath a demolished building. Constable Symington, together with Grant and Kavanagh, began tunnelling operations. Enemy aircraft were overhead and bombs fell within fifty yards of the men and demolished a nearby building. One of the two remaining walls of the wrecked house collapsed and Symington was buried to the thighs in debris. He remained in this position, supporting part of the wreckage with his body until, after two hours' continuous effort; the two victims were brought to safety. All three men showed courage in effecting the rescue, being aware of the likelihood of the collapse of the remaining walls."


Gnr. Thomas Joseph Hussey Clyde Royal Garrison Artillery

Thomas J Hussey, (1878-1951) known as Joe. was my grandfather. He was born and raised in a rural area outside Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. He was the only son of Patrick Hussey and Mary Hussey (nee Flynn).

He served in the First World war as a Gunner in the Artillery. I don't know too much about his service. He served in the RFA and the RHA (671490) and also in the RGA (Clyde). I think he may have served with the RGA early in the war and then went overseas or even the other way round. I know from family stories that he served in Palestine and Mesopotamia at one time (I think in 1917). He was in Jerusalem around the time it was taken. I think he also served in France and Flanders at some stage. According to records he was with the Clyde RGA also. I do have a memory of my uncle telling me that my grandfather had been in Scotland, but I didn't associate this with the war.

I have a copy of a letter he wrote home from Baddow in Essex in Oct 1916 and I also have his 2 service medals. He survived the war and married in 1919 and had 5 children. He worked in a saw mill and also as a farmer. He passed away on September 1st 1951. I never met him.

Patrick Hussey


Bombardier Charles Bertram "Bert" Spires MM B/103 Bde Royal Field Artillery

Bert on leave in Rome 9 May 1918

Bdr Bert Spires won the Military Medal in Italy on the Asiago Plateau. The citation reads:- "On the 15th of June 1918, this NCO was in charge of the Battery signallers. During an intense bombardment the telephone dugout had a direct hit and all wires were destroyed. He immediately ran out a new line to group headquarters under extremely heavy fire, and it was entirely due to his gallantry that communications with group headquarters was re-established."

Editor's Note:- Bert Spires enlisted on 30th November 1915. His service record survives but it is in a poor state. His home address was 28 Silver Hill Road, Derby where his wife and 2 children were living during his service. He was an Acting Corporal for a while (which the photograph verifies) and the award of the Military Medal appears on page 12416, The Gazette (dated 21st October 1918).

Charles Spires


Gnr. Leonard Shannon 3rd Bde Royal Field Artillery


My Grandfather, Leonard Shannon enlisted by lying about his age as he was not yet 17. He served until he was terribly wounded by being blown out of a gun pit in about May of 1918. His first vague memory was waking up being placed in a line up of soldiers who had died. The next time he awoke he was in a hospital in Rouen in the psychiatric ward. He had two pieces of shrapnel hit him in the head. One piece took his right eye and one lodged in his skull above and behind his right ear.

In a letter some nine years later he described his injuries as follows: "I was badly wounded in the war. I had eleven shrapnel wounds, one in the left arm, 2 in the right leg, one in the left hip, 2 in the right arm, 5 in the stomach and one in the head. I still carry the one in the head and it gives me considerable trouble." He failed to mention that the shrapnel that hit his head also took his right eye. He was just 22 years old when he was injured. He did recover, married, immigrated to Canada and had three children. He always was and always will be my hero!

Before depolyment



FarrierQMS. Cyrus Owen Roach Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Aug 1915)

Battery Farriers at work with Horses

Cyrus Roach served during Anglo Boer War and was apparently serving in India for 10yrs. He received the Royal Humane Society Medal for bravery for saving the life of a pallbearer on the Brahmaputra River. However this has been told through family members but cannot find evidence of this. His original Headstone at Bodmin has been replaced with CWWGC which apparently was put on after the death of Cyrus Owens' spouse Naomi Edith Ethel Maud Roach and the Original headstone was not put back, but it has been told to me by my father that there were a lot of decorations on the original headstone. Unfortunately a lot of photos and information have been burnt and I only have snippets told to me by surviving relatives.

Cyrus Owen apparently was a Farrier Quarter Master Sergeant who also was a Veterinary Surgeon or what we now today would call Animal Husbandry. He served with the 17th Battery Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and died at Ayot Exeter on the 23rd August 1915. From the photo he was with C Battery (Farriers), 46th Brigade, RFA

Family Photo in Uniform

Family at work with Horses

Christopher Roach


Gnr. Jack Waghorn Royal Artillery

Gunner Jack Waghorn was in the Carmarthen Red Cross Hospital on November 18th 1918 when he signed my wife's grandmother's autograph book/diary.

Chris Adams


Bmdr. Arthur Francis Cunningham 88th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.7th July 1917)

Arthur Cunningham was my great uncle on my fathers Grandmothers side. He is buried at Lore Cemetery but I do not know how he died.

Ian Gair


John Joseph Hannay 38th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Oct 1917)

My great-uncle, John Joseph Hannay, died on the 19th of October 1917, he was in the 38th Army Brigade RFA. From what I can see this may have been at Passchendaele?

David Hannay


Lt. Harold James Page 30th Howitzer Battery Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, Lieutenant Harold James Page, was serving with the 30th Howitzer Battery of 39th Brigade RFA (Special Reserve) and was wounded close to Caterpillar Wood on 22nd July 1916



Dvr. Herbert Ernest James Smith CLXX111 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Herbert Ernest James Smith was born on 25th January 1877 in St Giles North, London. He was 38 when he enlisted and lived at 28 Belmont Street. He was a driver in the CLXX111 Brigade RFA which was part of the 36th Ulster Division. According to some records the 36th Ulster Division fought in the Western Front in France and Flanders including the Battle of Albert. He survived the war and died of Bronchial Pneumonia in 1922. Before the war he was a Print Compositor.

Lilian Bishop


Gnr. Richard Park 63rd Div. Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.13th Sep 1918)

Richard Park was my great grandfather. He served with the 63rd division ammunition column, Royal Field Artillery . He died on 13th September 1918 and is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery in France. I unfortunately do not have any photographs of him, however my Aunt in Australia does have a letter that he sent to his wife from the trenches a few months before he was killed.

Dawn Osguthorpe


Dvr. Thomas Moore 36th Div Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.8th Sep 1918)

Thomas Moore enlisted as 41059 RAMC. Thomas was killed in action on the 8th September 1918 and is buried at Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre, France. He was formally of 63 Sandy Row, Belfast.

If anyone could help me in regards to what his military history was I would be very grateful. I am unable to trace the exact battles that he fought in and also how he was killed. It also seems that I cannot get a copy of his will.

Pauline Irvine


Dvr Alfred Long 4th Div. Ammunition Col Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Oct 1917)

Alfred Long served with the Territorial Force. Royal Horse Artillery. Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in Action on the 6th of October 1917. Alfred (my Grandfather) is buried at Canada Farm Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium. His name appears on the St Albans Cenotaph, St Michael's Parish. My Father, also Alfred Long never new his Father as he was born two months after his Father was Killed.



Dvr. Jacob Victor Curtis 187th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Sept 1917)

Very little is known of my grandfather Jacob Victor Curtis who served with 187th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Can anyone please help me fill in the gaps in information?

April Ord


Gnr. Frank John Bussey 177th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Aug 1917)

In 1911 Frank Bussey was working as a Barman in Fulham, London, England and living at 55 Goldhawk Road, Fulham. He served as a Gunner with "C" Bty. 177th Bde. Royal Field Artillery and was aged 27 when he was killed on 03/08/1917. He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. He was the son of James William and Jane Bussey, of 15A, Alma Place, Maison Dieu Rd., Dover, Kent.

Graham Beckett


Bdr. Edward John Davies MM. 88th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Ted Davies served with 88th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Medal. I have been unable to find any additional information about my grandfather

Stuart Edward Davies


Walter Bowman 41st Bde. Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather known to me has Walter Bowman Canwell joined the army in Glasgow 1902 attested as a gunner, left in 1906 and was recalled in 1914. He served with the 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. I know he was sent on expeditionary to France, not sure after that, was told he was in the ARP in ww2. Don't know why he joined in the name Bowman when our name is Canwell?

Peter Canwell


Sgt Maj. William Charles Lucas MID. XIX Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My Great-Uncle, William Charles Lucas, was recruited into the Royal Field Artillery in 1908, aged 17 having lied about his age (he was born in 1891) He transferred into the RGA for a short time but, by 1911 (confirmed by that year's census) was in India with the XIX Brigade as part of the 6th Poona Div., Indian Army.

He returned to Winchester in Nov. 1914, he was first sent to France with the XIXth, and then ordered to Salonika in November 1915 where he served until cessation of hostilities with Bulgaria in September 1918, being MID by General Sir George Milne in his despatch of 9th March 1919. He may have then been in Mesopotamia prior to returning to UK where he continued to serve until his retirement in 1934, attaining the rank of WO1.

I am now trying to find out more about his service, both in India, during WW1, and subsequent to 1918 until his retirement. I believe that he was part of 96 Battery, but have been unable to confirm this. Very grateful if anyone can add any detail.

Barry Lucas


Pte. Thomas Churchill 39th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Pte. Thomas Chuchill enlisted in April 1915 and married in April 1916. A driver in the 39th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, he was wounded and discharged around 1916/17 but continued to suffer from the wounds sustained in the world war until 1958. I would like to find out exactly the Battle he was involved in.

Jane Evison


Gnr. John Gough B Battery, 123 Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.4th May 1917)

John Gough was the elder brother of my Nan. He served with the Royal Field Artillery, B Battery, 123 Brigade. He died on May 4th 1917 and is buried at the Bucquoy Road cemetery, Ficheaux, Pas de Calais. I can find no details regarding his death, other than his medal card which simply states dead. His CWGC commemoration says died of wounds, but I have no other details. Clearly the Brigade were involved in the battle for Arras, and it was obviously a busy time. However, even the brigade war diary is not completed for the month of May.

I would be delighted if anyone can cast light on his death or those of the RFA in this early part of the battle. His Sister, my Nan lived to the ripe old age of 101, but said very little about him. She was deeply hurt at his death and remembered his birthday until her own death.

Michael Davies


Gnr. William Simms 232nd Brigade, B Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.1st July 1916)

William Simms was the son of Mr & Mrs Simms of West Bromwich. He is buried at Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines Cemetery. Died aged 21.


Gnr. Harry Huyton 103rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Harry Huyton was my grandfather. He served with the Royal Field Artillery 103rd Brigade. After he retired in the late sixties, he wrote up his memoirs. I subsequently published them on the Web where you can find them at Memoirs of Harry Huyton

Stuart Huyton


A/Bmbr. Robert Bennett-Pitts MM. 153rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Sep 1918)

My father's uncle served during the First World War, he also was named Robert Bennett-Pitts and his birth date was the 27 February and his death date was 25 September. This brave soldier can be seen on horseback during the War, he was a Corporal but then Acting Bombadier, he was awarded the Miliatary Medal. My father is called Robert Bennett-Pitts, who had 5 children; two were born on the 27 of February and the 25 of September.

Julie Bennett-Pitts


Gnr. Frank Arthur Wood 87th Brigade, C Coy. Royal Field Artillery (d.27th Feb 1917)

Frank Wood was my maternal grandfather's younger brother. He served with the C Coy, 87th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and was killed at the Somme on 27th February 1917. He is buried at the Puchevillers British Cemetery. Frank's parents visited his grave in 1919.

Jonathan Hutt


Gnr. William Frederick Orchard Royal Horse Artillery

William Frederick Orchard was my grandfather. According to the Medal Rolls Index he first saw service in Area 3 (Egypt) 31 Mar 1915 (aged 23) as a Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery. The same index shows him subsequently in the Royal Field Artillery. However, I believe William served in India prior to World War 1, and his medal ribbons includes what is either the Dehli Durbar Medal 1911 or the Coronation Medal 1911 to support this. I also inherited two books on the Coronation and India by Bennet/Coleman from 1912, to further support the supposition. This is alongside the 1915 Star (RHA/IAB4/292), British War Medal (RFA/349B/5016y) and Victory Medal (RFA/349B/5016y).

He was injured during WW1 by shrapnel and suffered with this in later life. Thus far I have been unable to locate his service record.

John Orchard


Gnr. George Eccles 39th Div. Amm. Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.30th May 1918)

My great grandfather George Eccles served with the 39th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action on the 30th May 1918. He was part of a Pals Division from Belthorn in Lancashire. George is buried at Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere.

Marc Eccles


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


John Robert "Shoeingsmith Parker" Holmes Royal Field Artillery (d.14th Oct 1916)

Johns Death Notice in the Newcastle Upon Tyne Chronicle from Sat 14th Oct 1916 reads; Holmes, died suddenly on the 13th. John better known as "Shoeingsmith Parker" RFA. Served with the BEF of 1914. Cortege will leave 30 Wellington St at 2.45 Sunday the 15th.

The Death Notice above may have been entered by John's Brother, Joseph Henry Holmes who was serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers at the time. Joseph was obviously quite proud of the fact that John had been with the BEF. His Parents, John Robert and Jane Anne died in 1890 & 1899 respectively.

John Robert Holmes originally enlisted with the Northumberland Fusiliers on 27th August 1894 before joining the East Yorks Regiment two days later. He was convicted by the civil court in Dublin of a felony on 19th October 1894 and Discharged from the Army because of this on 1st December 1894. Maybe because of his discharge he re-enlisted under the name Parker. There are no records I can find for John Robert Holmes joining the RFA but I do have records of his previous service.

Edward Holmes


Dvr. Henry Noulton Royal Field Artillery

Henry Noulton volunteered in June 1915 and later in the same year was drafted overseas. During his service in France he took part in many engagements including those on the Somme and at Arras and Cambrai and during the retreat and advance of 1918.

He was demobilised in February 1920 and holds the General and Service and Victory Medals.

J.D. Noulton


Bmbdr. Solomon Yewkins 59th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.1st Jun 1917)

Solomon Yewkins was not a relative but his name appears on the Brockmoor church war memorial. Brockmoor is now part of Brierley Hill, which is now in Dudley, it used to be in Staffordshire. This war memorial has been 'lost' for some time but the names are available through newspapers of the Great War period. I am helping to research names on this memorial. Bombardier Solomon Yewkins served with the Royal Field Artillery 59th Brigade and died on 1st June 1917.

Roy Peacock


Harry Clifford Ashworth 236 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Harry Clifford Ashworth’s Great War with Royal Regiment of Artillery, 236 Brigade, 47th London Division. Taken from his only surviving war diary covering August to November 1918

22nd August 1918. Expecting a move at any moment. Have just read news of capture of Courcelles by NZ and English; also Achiet Lepetit; read communiqué re Achiet le Grand. Places of lasting memory. Also Bucquey.

31st August. On the morning of the 23rd we moved to a field just outside Warloy. Cookhouse in middle of a field and a long way to go for water because the water carts being left up the line owing to straffing. The guns were near Albert. Early on the 24th after having spent a cold night in a hut at Warloy, an early reveille brought news of an 8 o’clock move. After a quick pack to move, passing across the open by Henencourt and Senlis, we arrived at gun position. The vicinity of the old front line had been terribly desolate. One or two of the dead from the retreat were still lying about. A first glimpse of the Cathedral showed what terrible havoc had been wrought in the city. After waiting for a little we set out on our way to cross Albert. The first row of houses, railway bridge, showed what to expect. The road which had been cleared , ie over the bridge to left, past Cathedral to La Boiselle, was 2 or 3 inches in dust. Not a whole wall of a house was standing. Having arrived here we found a large flooded area close to which we pulled in. At first we pulled the water from the river. Later obtained from pump where we had row in general. Round about were dead men and horses which stank somewhat. Our little bivouac most noted for dirt. Two days later, on 27th August, moved to a place not far from La Boiselle. Here water problem was rather difficult. First night was one to remember. Going forward in afternoon water was not available in Contalmaison. Harwood was sent us back. After tea set off again with Macarthy and Plumer. After going back and along Pozieres Road we obtained about 2/3 load. Got practically in position and could not find way. Started loading and went back . Stanley came up and delivered load. First time at guns since Fonquevillers. Got supply alright on return and got in about 4 am. In time to waken Harrington. On 27th got up about dinner time . In evening went up again but only could get a small load on return. On 29th Carney, Byford and Woods returned from leave. Got water in the morning towards Becourt and on return saw C Bat. moving off. We did quick move . I went up to the guns in cart where I dumped material from cart and left in charge.. Later the wagon line came to the same place in Mametz Wood where water point is just down the road. On 29th we were awakened early and told to be ready to move about 6am Owing to stubborn resistance by the enemy we did not move and unpacked. In afternoon went to guns in most desolate country. Along railway ralway track and saw German signs with familiar names as Troneswood, , Ginchyy, Longueval, Combles, Montauban etc. A few shells were sent over but nothing to mean anything. Scotty says I must go up every day No ban. Today, 31st is a rotten day – drizzzly and cold. Everything is standing still at present.

5th September. Things have now moved pretty quickly for us lately On 1st we moved to Guillemont and guns to Fregicourt through Combles ie early in the morning. In this part there were a good many dead dead lying about and plenty of stench accompanied it. While guns pulled in, an aeroplane was brought down and it seem pretty clear that position was given away. Filled up cart at Delville Wood. In the evening we went up again and saw shells falling along Combles - Sailly - Saillised road, consequently we had to move quick. We found guns had been severely bombed. Having loaded our cart , shells immediately commenced to fall. Horses unhooked etc. In lull we got away safely. Next day we moved up - 2nd in the afternoon. A mistake cause death in B Battery . Here water was a big problem. On 3rd we were waiting in Combles for a very long time. Fortunately Battery were coming out. On 4th got up about 6am to fill up and was fortunate. 10 am moved to Bouchavesnes after many stops on way. Was out all night trying to get water at Clery and finally got it at Le Foret. Bund being the driver. On 5th ie today Dervene and Martin killed and Slack wounded. Report of Douai Cambrai, Lens etc captured.

Tuesday 6th September 1918 The same night ie 5th , guns came out of action and after having remained the night. Set off next morning to Ville-sur-Ancre. Passing through Maricourt and Fricourt . Landing there we found a village very much knocked about but plenty of material still about. It escaped in the first stint and was just behind the lines. This time it had been very hurriedly evacuated.

On the evening of the 7th we set off to Merricourt to entrain. Rather a tedious business. We decided to sleep under GS Wagon. And would have been well of if it had not rained. All the same we stuck getting up when train stopped at Doullens. We stuck close to the grub. Passing through Marles – lez – Mines and Allouagne we came to Lillers and detrained, making the grub in the rain. Lillers had caught it badly in the latest push. Passing through Ecquedecques, Faucqueheme Nedon we arrived at Nedonchelle on evening of the 8th . This is a slow place but we have a decent old woman in the billet. Then there are Henri, Suzanne, Louise etc : all helped to make the fun. We had one concert by DAC . For two days we have had rumours of a move but nothing happens. During the time there has been good news characterised by taking of St Mihiel. Austrian peace move is the latest gag. The pig has had a litter.

Wed 18th September. Today all is excitement, bustle and uncertainty . What seems pretty certain is that we are going a long train ride. Bonner, the all-knowing one says we must be going a sea journey because only one horse may be taken ie OC. On the other hand the Captain asked West to get all his money changed into Italian as soon as possible so for the present, a visit to Italy may be taken as official. On Sunday we were to move at 9. Monday - we did not but orders were issued to move at 9. Wednesday, today - we were settled down for a move to Hesdenon . Late last night I was coming along the road and Stevens came along and said in a frightfully fed up way “cancel all orders” ; I being the first to be informed , I spread the news and some people were glad and some the reverse . We had the wire from West before and were not surprised. This morning points to Italy . Every possible thing is to be left , or dumped and now am waiting for developments.

1pm 19th Sept. We are not being told much news but we have various rumours. (1) Only fighting units to go to Italy (?) (2) Move to spot close to Pernes in early morning and where handing over the entraining will take place. This is practically a certainty . It appears that more material is likely to go with us – mess carts, cooking materials, artificers, tools etc. The captain's gone on leave . Another rumour says eight days journey. Sounds rather a long time , still I’m looking forward to a journey more than anything.

Saturday 29th September. On the 20th we left Nedonchelle and passing through Pernes came to Bours where we met certain French people , vis Marie, Louise, Julien Alice etc. This cookhouse was near water point . After being there a day or two days we cancelled for two days owing to train smash. When sweating again move cancelled for a week. Each time spirits fell to zero. I felt certain that we would go into action on the same front. After a few days rumour came through that we were in wrong area hence came to Monchy Cayeau yesterday. We thought that it was the first move to action but it was backwards to railhead and Amiens, hence we are sweating on going to Italy. Lately have had a couple of letters from Cyril. News on all fronts has been good. Allenby rushing forward. Balkans going well and American gain at Argonne .

Sunday 30th Sept. Mother’s birthday. Now we are getting night frosts and pretty cold sleeps. Today , however, is lovely. Marshall has been taken to officers’ mess and Mac has been put in. The same uncertainty still prevails in regards to moving.

1st October. Early on1st [October] we were called up early and told to prepare to move everything. Later it became Nedonchells and apparently back up to action.

On the morning of the 2nd had to move to Merville sector, more as support. After a long trek through Lillers came to Robecq. On 3rd made long journey through Merville to Meurillon and after tea on again. Dark overtook us and causing much delay etc owing to mines. At the moment Jerry was retreating quickly and so passed our appointed place and came to Fromelles. Day following to Quesnoy ou Gd Mansuar

10th October While here at Quesnoy we have had much good news. Some time ago Bulgaria packed up. A couple of days ago an offer from Germany which has not been accepted. Now we hear that Germany is routed at Cambrai . So let the great big world keep turning and turn us to peace.

14th October Still at Quesnay and nothing much doing. Been straffed once or twice - 4000 yards from Jerry. Italian rumour is very strong again. Infantry man says he has been over the top this morning.

16th October It looks as if Italy is off again for the moment and the Germans having evacuated a little way up here. Infantry and ambulance had gone out but are returning again. On tenterhooks again.

Sunday 20th October. Just written home to say am sweating on top line. 17th October, left Fromelles about a little after Germans evacuated Lille. While on the way was ‘torpedoed’ at Laventie but fortunately little harm was done . About tea-time landed at Estaives. (17th) and spent the night. 18th October. Left morning to arrive at St Venant where now we are in good billet once an asylum. Beds are the rule. DArty gone to Lillers. It has been a fine place but has suffered a good deal. Canal runs here. Fitted YMCA with water this morning. The war seems to be going good . Ostend and Bruge taken. Italy seems to be off altogether and is never mentioned. Where we are going we do not know. Burges says here for a few days. 1st December. Many things have happened. After St Venant, Riez Balleul and Haubourdin which which we left on 28th to go on leave After leave and Armistice (11th ), 13th Bulougne, 14th St Pol, 15th Lille and Hellemmes. 16th A day in Lille and a night in a good bed. Joined the battery on the Sunday at Bourghelleses where we had a good time. Return to Fouquieres via Fournes. During this time demob and education scheme is topic.

29th December 1918 Up to present Ed. Scheme does not appear to have come up to much. There has been much messing about with demob but no one seems to know exactly how it is working. I’m waiting communication from Reading and House. Have been advised to send Form 56. Christmas has been a lively affair. Inebriation has been the rule. On Christmas Day many men were well away before dinner , which had a sobering influence. Rum punch, beer and private stocks of drinkables soon put men out again. Officers came and made asses of themselves. The concert was far from most men’s thoughts. The object in view from the start was a glorious drunk and rough house. Thomson was out to make a violent nuisance of himself and succeeded ; so much so that he had to be persuaded to leave. Noakes, Hancock, Lorah, Bonner, Keyes, Cross, Daley, Talman are worthy of mention. What a night we had with Daley. Many men were never sober on Boxing Day. Cooks were determined to have a day. Wilkinson was helpless at 10 a.m. Hancock and Cramp rolled Daley in the mud after dinner and then went out to dinner. Cramp, Heyes returned in a horrible state. Former had D.T ’ s. Paddy repeated Christmas day performance and today in a sad state. ‘I shall die ‘

6th January 1919. Today played football for F sub and C subs. Lost 3-0. Credit £3. 8. 11d. Sweating on demob. two going tomorrow, O’Neill and McAra. Bonner gone away to Fromes. Good chance of getting away soon. Dunbar anxous to take up maths and desired me as Instructor. Letter from House a few days ago . Says fares will be more. 19th On 9th it came to my knowledge that I was to proceed to England the following day

On 10th left for imaginary camp at Hesdigneul. After which lorry jumped to Colanne – Ricouart and walked to Camblain Chatelaine and stopped night at 47th Division Camp

On 11th proceeded to Ligny by lorry where stopped for the night in dismal circumstances at X1 Core rest camp.

On 12th to Brias where train never came. On station form 9.30 p.m to 2a.m after which turned in. Boarded train on 13th at 12 but did not leave St Pol until 5 p.m. Arrived on 14th at Havre were we were deloused and sent to embarkation camp. We stayed all 15th - a very wet day at Havre and on 16th left France at 4 p.m. Boat sailed at 6 p.m after which most people were sick. Arrived outside Southampton at 12.50 a.m on 17th where we stayed until 9 a.m. At 12 we left Southampton and arrived at Camp at Clipstone at 7 p.m . After eating and passing doctor, giving in kit etc. I received my ticket at 1.30 am 18/1/19. Left there at 5am and arrived home at 1.30 a.m 18th January 1919 After buying suit came home and changed. Saturday evening Stannary and Sunday evening.

Civvie life Monday 20th January /1919 Have written to Knapman House and Cyril. Wretched day.

John Ashworth


Gnr. C. Bond Royal Field Artillery (d.1917)

In 1915 & 1916 C Bond was employed as a servant/butler in the time of Headmaster Rev Frank Stephenson 1906-33 at Felsted School. He joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner and was killed in action. That's all we know.

Jules Wallis


Mjr. Eric Stuart Dougall VC MC. A Battery, 88th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.14th April 1918)

Eric Dougall was killed in action 14/04/1918, aged 32. He is commemorated on Special Memorial 1 in the utre British Cemetery in Belgium. Son of the late Andrew Dougall, of Tunbridge Wells, and of Emily Elizabeth Dougall, of 16A, Loudoun Rd. St. John's Wood, Londonm he was born at Tunbridge Wells.

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 31st May, 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and skilful leadership in the field when in command of his battery. Capt. Dougall maintained his guns in action from early morning throughout a heavy concentration of gas and high-explosive shell. Finding that he could not clear the crest owing to the withdrawal of our line, Captain Dougall ran his guns on to the top of the ridge to fire over open sights. By this time our infantry had been pressed back in line with the guns. Captain Dougall at once assumed command of the situation, rallied and organised the infantry, supplied them with Lewis guns, and armed as many gunners as he could spare with rifles. With these he formed a line in front of his battery which during this period was harassing the advancing enemy with a rapid rate of fire. Although exposed to both rifle and machine gun fire this officer fearlessly walked about as though on parade, calmly giving orders and encouraging everybody. He inspired the infantry with his assurance that "So long as you stick to your trenches I will keep my guns here". This line was maintained throughout the day, thereby delaying the enemy's advance for over twelve hours. In the evening, having expended all ammunition, the battery received orders to withdraw. This was done by man-handling the guns over a distance of about 800 yards of shell-cratered country, an almost impossible feat considering the ground and the intense machine gun fire. Owing to Captain Dougall's personality and skilful leadership throughout this trying day there is no doubt that a serious breach in our line was averted. This gallant officer was killed four days later whilst directing the fire of his battery."

s flynn


Gnr. George Henry Trull 117th Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Oct 1917)

Gunner George Henry Trull served with 117th Battery Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and as killed in action on the 30th October 1917. He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium.

S Flynn


Sgt. John Mutton 106 Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Jun 1917)

Sergeant John Mutton served with the 106th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and was killed in action on the 3rd June 1917. He is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium. He was a blacksmith by trade.

S Flynn


Dvr. Henry Clement Randall Royal Field Artillery

Henry Randall was a leading driver with the Royal Field Artillery during WW1.

Jeanette Eades


Gnr. Harry Cherry 64th Brigade. C Battery. Royal Field Artilley (Burnley Howitzers) (d.5th Nov 1918)

Harry Cherry served with C Battery, 64th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Burnley Howitzers) during WW1 and died of dysentry on the 5th November 1918, aged 22. He was listed as a prisoner of war and is commemorated on the Screen Wall in Worms (Hochheim Hill) Cemetery in Germany. He was the son of William and Alice Cherry, of 63, Thursby Rd., Burnley, later of 53, Windsor Rd., Morecambe.

S Flynn


Gnr. John Luckman 110th Bde. 'B' Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Sep 1918)

John Luckman was born in Dunton, Green, Kent. He died on the 4th of September 1918 and is buried in Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, France.

Catherine Bouman


William Pate 265 Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Jan 1919)

William Pate served as a Shoeing Smith with 265th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and died of influenza on the 23rd January 1919, aged 28. He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. He was the husband of Annie Mary Pate, of 17, Barracks Rd., Burnley.

S Flynn


GQMS. Herbert Gladstone Booth 1st East Lancashire Brigade Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd Dec 1914)

Herbert Gladstone Booth served with the 1st East Lancs Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 42nd Division during WW1 and died on the 2nd December 1914, aged 31. He is buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He was the husband of Martha Ann Booth, of 9, Cairo St., Burnley, Lancashire.

S Flynn


Gnr. Jack Hordley 8th Div Ammunition Column, C subsection SAA Royal Field Artillery

Jack Hordley joined the British Army on 25th March 1918. He was trained for 11 weeks at Fullwood Barracks in Preston. He had embarkation leave from 21st May 1918 until 5th June 1918. They left Preston at 2.30pm on 10th May 1918 for Southampton, then left Southampton at 6.30pm on the same day for France, landing at Le Havre at 12.30pm on 11th June 1918.

We left Le Havre for the first army on 17th June 1918, arriving at Liercourt on 18th June 1918. Here I saw my first battle in the air, then had a 6 hour march to Trouville. On 19th June 1918 we moved off again to join the Company at Abbeville, in six hours we were on the move again for Bouchamps which was 30 km away and I had to ride a mule, bare back, all the way. I shall never forget this as long as I live.

July 7th 1918 we moved again at 6.30pm and travelled all night and the next day to get to Barlin at 10pm. Had one night and then on again another 50 km on a mule to St Eloi, just behind Vimy Ridge. On 30th July we went right over the ridge to our new positions with Anti tank gun.

The next day we had a very lively time, saw a German Aeroplane brought down at 10am, 2 English at 11am, 4 German and 3 English at 1pm. Then we got driven out of our position at 6pm by gas. We had to stay out all night and were sent to another position with another gun.

August 8th 1918. We were visited by King George V and returned to the battery. August 12th we returned to the tank gun. Had a quiet time until the 18th August when we were bombed out again by a German aeroplane. Our anti tank gun position was sited at a spot where the German tanks were expected to attempt a break through and was heavily camouflaged. We had orders to remain strictly undercover. On that day one of the crew, (on sentry duty) watched a German spotter plane circling overhead at low altitude. In a moment of foolishness, he decided to have a shot at the plane with his rifle. The plane at once stopped circling round and made off back to the German lines. It was not very long after this that the German bomber came over, pinpointed our position and dropped 2 bombs. This turned the gun over killing 2 of the crew and trapped us in the dugout. We were trapped inside until the following morning when a relief party from the company came and dug us out. We left that position as a bad job.

We joined the battery again on 21st August 1918 and took some ammunition up to the front on a light railway. We were under shellfire and bombing for 2 hours. We lost all the ammo, train and all, but we managed to get off all right.

October 18th moved to Arras. The Germas were not going back with us chasing them. One night in Death Valley, then Douai (2 nights there)then on again to Le Catelett, Malenfosse and St Armond.

On 7th November 1918 we were sent to rest at Valenciennes but after only 2 days we were returned to the lines finishing up at Mons on the 11th

We then did occupational duties in Antoing, Tournai, Cherque, bassily, Mareque and Bornheim finishing up at Bonn.

On September 20th 1919 I got my demob papers. The company went to camp at Prees Heath, Shropshire for their final discharge from the army.



Capt. Charles Edward McConnell 82nd Heavy Artillery Group

My grandfather, Captain C.E. McConnell RA, served as adjutant of the 82nd Heavy Artillery Group fighting the Turks at Gallipoli, was part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force under General Allenby and among the first to enter Jerusalem in 1916, when it was captured by the British. As a young man he had served at the Relief of Ladysmith, during the Boer War, meeting the journalist Winston Churchill. He was stationed in Devon and then Malta. An all round sportsman, he became the world Indian Club champion. He had several wartime decorations. After the Great War he moved to Kent, where he became the adjutant of Dover Castle and then set up a small school.

Charlie McConnell


Gnr. Frederick Baron 210th Field Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.18th Nov 1917)

Frederick Baron served with 210th Field Battery, Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and died of dysentery on the 18th November 1917, aged 24. He is buried in Deir El Belah, Palestine. He was the husband of Mrs Baron nee Mc Dermott, Lived at 48 Clarence Street, Burnley, Lancashire

S Flynn


Gnr. Albert Sherlock 74th Div. Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Nov 1917)

Albert Sherlock served with the Royal Field Artillery 74th Div. Ammunition Col. He was killed in action on 6th November 1917, aged 24 and is buried in Beersheba War, Israel. He was the son of Robert and Susey Ellen Sherlock, of 98, Healey Wood Rd., Springhill, Burnley, Lancashire.

s flynn


Gnr. William E. Lewis 124th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.29th Oct 1916)

W.E Lewis served with 124th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was executed for mutiny on29th October1916 and is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.

s flynn


Dvr. James Mullany 72nd Battery, 38th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Oct 1916)

James Mullany was executed for striking a senior officer, 03/10/1916 and was buried in Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Ribemont, France.

s flynn


Drvr. Thomas G. Hamilton 72nd Battery, 38th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Oct 1916)

Thomas G. Hamilton was executed for striking a senior officer 03/10/1916 age 22 and buried in Ribemont Communal cemetery Extension, Ribemont, France.

s flynn


Spr. Frederick Malyon 12th Field Company Royal Engineers, att Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Apr 1917)

Frederick Malyon was executed for desertion 04/04/1917 and buried in Noeux-les-Mines Communal cemetery, Noeux-les-Mines, France.

s flynn


Drvr. John W. Hasemore 180th Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.15th May 1916)

John Hasemore served with the Royal Field Artillery 180th Brigade. He was executed for disobedience 12/05/1916 age 23 and buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery and Extension, Mazingarbe, France.

S Flynn


Gnr. Robert Calderwood McClure MM. 103rd Bde. A Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Robert Calderwood McClure won the Military Medal in Italy (date of Gazette was 21st October 1918). He was part of "A" Battery.

Robin McClure


L/Bdr. Horace William Kenny 173rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Horace William Kenny served with the 173rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery during WW1. This Brigade was part of Divisional Artillery for the 36th (Ulster) Division but were subject to changes of Division during the war.

S Kenny


Gnr. Howard Denley 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.26th Aug 1917)

Gnr. Howard Denley was my grandfather's brother. He served with the Royal Field Artillery 58th Brigade.

Mick Denley


Gnr. Frederick Stopford DCM, MM. 87th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Gnr. Fred Stopford served with the Royal Field Artillery 87th Brigade. He wasn't a relative of mine but I'm proud to say that I own his war medals, he won the DCM & the MM.

Alan Thomas


Gnr. William Jones 43rd Btry. Royal Field Artillery (d.20th Apr 1915)

William Jones served with 43rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He was executed for desertion on 20th April 1915 and is buried in La Chapelle-d'Armentieres Communal Cemetery, La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, France .

s flynn


Capt. Harold James Page Royal Field Artillery

Harold James Page prior to WW1 was employed as a soil scientist by ICI and living at Wisley in Surrey. Educated at Oundle School, Northamptonshire and University College, London. He was married in 1915.

His WW1 record is as follows. Joined RFA( Special Reserve) 15th August 1914 - 9th June 1915. ADC Personal Staff in 7th August 1915. T/Capt RFA in 23rd February 1916. Employed by ministry of munitions 3rd November 1917 - 12 June 1919 . Capt RFA (SR) 3rd November 1917 - 12th June 1919.

He was sent to France with his regiment in September 1914 to October 1914, and then from November 1914 to July 1916 when he was fighting at The Somme. In July 1916 he was hit by a sliver of white hot shrapnel which entered his face just below his left jaw bone and exited just behind his left ear. He sustained considerable damage to his jaw losing many teeth but remarkably survived. He was treated by Dr Gillies in France as one of his earliest patients for plastic surgery, facial reconstruction, and although his face was scarred, his facial hair on his chin grew in many different directions in later life, he had a few other lasting injuries.

His first born son Michael Page was born in November 1916 when he was still recovering from his injuries back in England, in Kent. He was invalided out of the war but by January 1917 he was working in the research department at Woolwich until March 1919. He was awarded an MBE for his research. Mentioned in dispatches twice and mentioned in a WO Communique.

Judy Barradell-Smith


Dvr. James Spencer 8th Brigade, 65th Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.29th Sep 1915)

James Spencer served with the Royal Field Artillery 8th Brigade, 65th Battery. He was executed for desertion on 29th September 1915 and is buried in Cote 80 French National Cemetery, Etinehem, France in Row.

s flynn


Dvr. Robert Murray 81st Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd Mar 1917)

Roert Murray served with the Royal Field Artillery 81st Brigade.He was executed for desertion on 2nd Feruary 1917 and is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Carnoy, France.

s flynn


Dvr. James W. Swaine 39th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.9th Jun 1916)

James Swaine served with the Royal Field Artillery 39th Brigade. He was executed for desertion 09/06/1916 and buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, French Extension, Bully-Grenay, France.

Soldiers executed by the British Army during World War I will be honoured on a memorial, 90 years after their deaths. Driver James Swaine was shot for being a deserter. Driver Swaine was killed despite being declared unfit by doctors. His grandson Terry Morrish only found out about his grandfather's death in 1979: "I was never told anything. I grew up believing my step-grandfather was my real grandfather."

s flynn


Dvr. Alexander Lamb 21st Battery, 2nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd Oct 1915)

Alexander Lamb served with the Royal Field Artillery 21st Battery, 2nd Brigade. He was executed for desertion on 2nd October 1915 and is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium.

s flynn


F. W. Townsend 1st Section 1st D.A.C.

My maternal grandmother was the illegitimate daughter of a Dr F.W.Townsend who, I believe, came from Gloucestershire. He is acknowledged as her father on her marriage certificate in about 1910 and was born in 1859. I have an original military Christmas card sent to her in 1916 from the front in France signed Dr F W Townsend with his unit printed on it - 1st Section, 1st D.A.C. BEF. when the old chap must have been 59 years old, his christian names are possibly Frederick William. Cannot trace a military career for him so wonder if he was a civvy doctor attached to that unit? We know that he survived the war and believe that he died in the 1920's.

G D Pope


Bmdr. Frederick William Blute 156 Bermondsey Brigade, B Bty. Royal Field Artillery

I came across this letter in my grandfathers war records and thought I would like to share it. My grandmother was expecting my mother when my grandfather went to war, the photo I have attached was the first time he saw his daughter when he came home on leave.

Christine Elliott


Dvr. Edward Wilkin Brown 1st Northumbrian Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Edward Wilkin Brown was born in October 1896 and (at 17) was already a member of the 50th Northumbrian Division Artillery (Territorials), 1st Northumbrian Brigade Royal Field Artillery (RFA) TF when war began in August 1914. They were recalled from training and were billeted in Newcastle by October 1914 where he would have spent his 18th birthday with his family (including his older brother George Alfred who was also in the RFA). Territorials were not immediately obliged to sign up for overseas service, but most volunteered and they were entitled to wear the Imperial Service brooch for doing so. In the first photograph taken in 1914 Eddie is wearing the brooch and the original frame had three scrolls at the bottom with “The Allies – Britain, France and Russia”. 50th division were deployed to the Steenvoorde area (west of Ypres) by 23rd April 1915 and were immediately involved in the second battle of Ypres (which included the first use of Mustard gas by German forces on the unfortunate French trenches). He always jokingly referred to Ypres as “Wipers”. Eddie remained in France until 1919 (staying after the end of hostilities to 'clean up' and to play football!). I believe he was with the 250th Brigade RFA and finally the 251st Brigade RFA. He is pictured with some French civilians, and with other members of his football team, and finally in 1919 with the 251st Brigade. The placard reads “B/251 Cadre – First out/Last home.”

The three eldest Brown boys from Newcastle Upon Tyne– George, Edward and William – all served and all survived as did Edward’s future brother-in-law Richard O’Brien. Edward married Nora O’Brien in 1924 and had 3 children – Peter (who served in WWII), Marjorie and Evelyn. He was my grandfather.

Thanks to participants of the Great War Forum ( for help in interpreting photographs and advice. I would also recommend ‘The Fiftieth Division 1914-191’ by Everard Wyrall. I think that I have found Edward’s medal index card but it seems his war record is among those many destroyed by bombing in WWII. However, knowing the division and brigade he belonged to enabled me to get a much clearer picture of the life of a Northumbrian gunner. See also

Christina James-Overheu


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.

s flynn


Gunner Robert Frederick Labron 3rd Brigade 103 Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

My grandfather, Robert Frederick Labron and his brothers, William John Labrom and George Richard Henry Labrom appear on a plaque in St Patrick's Church, Newry. (My grandfather always spelled his surname Labron). All three were in the army in World War One and all three survived. Robert Frederick Labron 1885-1956 Born Newry Died Plymouth. William John Labrom 1874-1948 Born Newry Died Newry Buried St Patrick's. George Richard Henry Labrom 1884-1949 Born Newry Died Auckland, New Zealand.

Sue Eynon


Sgt. Thomas Harry Hubble MM. 8th Battery, 174 Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.25th May 1918)

My Grandfather. Sgt. Thomas Hubble originated from Enville, near Stourbridge, and from there joined the army and spent some time in India. He left the army to become a Yorkshire coal miner at Normanton, where he met and married Annie Louisa, by whom he had three children.

On the outbreak of WW1 , as a reservist, he was called up and served in the Royal Field Artillery 8th Battery 174 Brigade for four years, before being killed by a single bullet in the vicinity of Arras. He was awarded the Military Medal but the citation is lost. He is buried in the Cabaret Rouge cemetery, Souchez - just below the Vimy Ridge, France.

Brian Hubble


Drv. Edward Briscoe Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Oct 1918)

Edward Briscoe served with the Royal Horse Artillery and with the Royal Field Artillery. He died in India on the 23rd October 1918.

S Flynn


Lt. Frederick George Brien att. "Y" Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.20th April 1918)

Frederick Brien was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Brien, of Wilton House, Wilton Place, Dublin. He joined up 4th August, 1914, obtaining a commission in 9th Battalion, Inniskilling Fusiliers, and was wounded on 28th June, 1916. He transferred in 1917, to Royal Field Artillery. He died of wounds, received at Merville age 34 and is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France.

s flynn


Gnr. Patrick Joseph Brennan Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Mar 1915)

Gnr. Patrick Joseph Brennan was born in Dublin and enlisted in Stratford, Essex. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, and died of wounds at home in March 1915.

s flynn


Gnr. March Brennan MSM. 96th Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Dec 1918)

March Brennan served with the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery during ww1. He served with the 96th Battery RFA in 19th Brigade and had been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. March was born in Dublin and enlisted in Leeds. He was the son of Christopher and Mary Brennan, of 5, Coxon St., Holbeach, Leeds. He died on the 15th December 1918 in Salonika age 25 and was buried inBralo British Cemetery, Greece.

S Flynn


Gnr. James Bregan Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery (d.13th Jan 1917)

James Bregan served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action in January 1917.

s flynn


Dvr. Francis Bregan Royal Field Artillery (d.27th Apr 1916)

Francis Bregan served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. He died in Mesopotamia in April 1916.

s flynn


Dvr. Francis Bregan Royal Field Artillery (d.27th Apr 1916)

Francis Bregan served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery and died in Mesopotamia in April 1916.

s flynn


Gnr. William Brady 49th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.12th Mar 1916)

William Brady, son of William Brady, of Dublin, was born in Dublin and enlisted in Glasgow. He died in France aged 27, and is buried in Dainville Communal Cemetery..

S Flynn


William John Chester Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, William John Chester, served in France in WW1 with the RFA, 33rd division. He was billeted, for a while, in the village of Allery, in the Somme department of France. Here he met a local girl, Germaine (my grandmother), and she later gave birth to a daughter (my Mother). He later wrote to Germaine to say that he wasn't in a position to marry her. He wrote from his home in Durban Road, West Norwood, London. I often wonder if I have any English relatives.

Michael Smith


Dvr. John Bowes Royal Field Artillery (d.4th Oct 1914)

John Bowes died of wounds at home in Dublin

s flynn


Rflm. Joseph Bond 1st Btn. Royal Irish Rifles (d.1st July 1916)

Joseph Bond enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery as Gunner 32094.

s flynn


Gnr. Thomas Patrick Boggan Royal Field Artillery (d.27th Jul 1917)

Thomas Boggan lived in Dublin and enlisted in Birmingham. He was the son of John and Mary Boggan, of 57, North Brunswick St., Dublin. Thomas was killed in action in Flanders aged 21 and is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery .

s flynn


Gnr. Thomas Blay Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Apr 1918)

Thomas Blay was the son of William and Sarah Blay, of 5, Lorne Terrace, Brookfield Rd., Kilmainham, Dublin. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action in Flanders in April 1918 aged 22. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

s flynn


Gnr. Frederick G. Bevis Royal Horse Artillery (d.13th Sep 1916)

Frederick G. Bevis lived in Dublin where he attended Mountjoy School. He enlisted in London, serving in the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. He died of wounds in July 1916.

s flynn


Dvr. Arthur Charles Best Royal Field Artillery

Arthur Charles Best was born in Rathmines, Dublin and enlisted at Newbridge, Monmouthshire. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action in Flanders

s flynn


Cpl. Richard Bell Royal Horse Artillery (d.17th Mar 1915)

Richard Bell died at home from wounds aged 34. He was born 1881 in Dublin and was the husband of Agnes Bell.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Vivian Alfred Barton C Battery, 162nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Sep 1917)

Vivian Barton was born on May 29th 1883. He was the son of Richard James and Florence Caroline Barton, of 8 Sorrento Terrace, Dalkey, County Dublin. He enlisted in June 1915, and the following January received his commission to 2nd Lieutenant. Lieutenant Barton died in Ypres aged 34, and is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Poperinge.

S Flynn


Capt. Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow OBE. 8th Divisional Army Cycle Corps Royal Field Artillery (d.26th Dec 1918)

Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow was the son of Gen. Sir Edmund George Barrow and Lady Barrow, of Dublin; and the husband of M. Clothilde Sejalon Barrow He served with the Royal Field Artillery and was attached to the 8th Divisional Army Cyclist Corps. He died of sickness aged 27 in December 1918, and is buried in the Lyon (La Guillotiere) Old Communal Cemetery, Rhone, France.

s flynn


RSM Arthur Samuel Barker DCM. Royal Horse Artillery (d.24th July 1916)

Arthur Barker was the son of Samuel and Alice Barker.He also served with the Royal Field Artillery. he died of wounds aged 33 and is buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'abbe.

s flynn


Lt. Robert Christopher Barbor 54th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.25th May 1915)

Robert Barbor was the son of Robert C. Barbor of 9 Fairfield Park, Rathmines, Dublin, and husband of Mary T. Barbor of 18 Delaware Mansions, Maida Vale, London. He died in May 1915, and is buried in North Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, London.

S Flynn


Pte. Henry Noulton Royal Field Artillery

Henry Noulton volunteered in June 1915 and during the war worked as a Driver. Later that same year he was drafted overseas. During his service in France he took part in many engagements including those on the Somme, and at the Battle of Arras in April and May of 1917 and also at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December that year. He then fought during the retreat and advance of 1918.

He was demobilised in February 1920, and holds the General and Service and Victory Medals. After the war he lived at 5 Arden Street, Battersea Park.

J.D. Noulton


Gnr. Thomas Edward Baker 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.26th Jun 1916)

Thomas Baker, son of John Law Baker and Jessie Paton Jack, was born on 12th December 1879 and both lived and enlisted in Dublin, Ireland. In October 1914 he joined the Royal Horse Artillery, King Edward's Horse, before later joining 28th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. He also spent time on the SS Devonian. Thomas Baker died of wounds aged 36 in France, and is buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension.

S Flynn


Pnr. Clement George Baker British War Dog School Corps of Royal Engineers (d.27th Oct 1918)

Clement Baker was born in Malahide, County Dublin, at the time of his enlistment he lived in Saint-Louis de ­Poissy, France. He enlisted in Southampton, Hampshire. Before joining the Royal Engineers he was 261463, Royal Field Artillery. He died at home from wounds, and is buried in South Shoebury (St. Andrew) Churchyard, Essex.

S Flynn


Pte. John James Baddley 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.5th May 1916)

John James Baddley, son of John James and Mary Baddley, was born in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. In 1914 he lived in Camborne, Cornwall, with his wife Mary Jane Baddley (later to be known as Blight), and he enlisted in Newquay. Before joining the Wiltshire Regiment he was a member of the Royal Field Artillery. John Baddley was 23 years old when he was killed in action in France, and he is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery.

S Flynn


Dvr. James Archbold Royal Field Artillery Royal Horse Artillery (d.7th Apr 1918)

James Archbold was born in Dublin and enlisted in Birmingham. He was killed in action in Flanders on the first day of the Battle of the Lys, and is buried at Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux.

S Flynn


Gnr. John Thomas S. McHale 48th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.7th July 1918)

John McHale served in D Battery, 48th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and died on the 7th July 1918. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois. His medal card shows the award of the War and Victory Medals.

John was born in Sunderland in 1894, son of John and the late Florence McHale nee Littlefair of 60 McIntyre Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family is living at that address with John(42) a widower, working as a barman in a public house. 5 children were born but only 3 survived and are living here. John(16) is a butchers assistant, Florence(14) is a domestic servant and Margaret(12) is still at school.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. William Ward 102nd Brigade 'B' Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.10th Mar 1919)

William Ward died Pneumonia 10/3/19.


Bdr. John McKenna 332 Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Jun 1916)

John McKenna, served in 332nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery and died age 21 on the 22nd June 1916 He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph and is buried in Jarrow Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

John was born in Greenock Scotland 1895, son of John and Catherine McKenna of 59 High Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family is living at Cliff Villa, Jarrow with John(41) a shipwright and Mary(39) his wife of 19 years. They have 9 children, all single and living at this address. John(17)a pit lad, Angus(15) general labourer in shipyard, Alex(13), Dorothy(11), Archie(9), Daniel and James(both 7) and Margaret(6) all at school. Joseph is one year old.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William McKenna 22nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.29th Sep 1918)

William McKenna served in 22nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery and died on the 29th September 1918. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and us buried in Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the 1914 Star, War and Victory Medals. His older brother Thomas Patrick, 528 Field Company, Royal Engineers was also among the fallen.

William was born in Jarrow 1890, son of William and Elizabeth McKenna nee Watson of 48 Charles Street, Jarrow. In the 1911 census William is listed on the rolls of the his RFA unit.

Vin Mullen


Sjt. John Robert McCormack 330th Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.21st Oct 1917)

John Robert McCormack served as a Serjeant with 330th Brigade D Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He was aged 23 when he died on 21st October 1917. Born in Jarrow in 1894 he was the son of Michael and Elizabeth McCormack of 34 High Street Jarrow. On the 1911 census John Robert McCormack age 18 Driver in Coal Mine in Shipyard is listed as living with his mother Elizabeth McCormack and family at 110 High Street, Jarrow. His older brother Michael Austin McCormack was also one of the fallen.

John is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Bmdr. James Lynn 50th Trench Mortar Battery, X Coy. Royal Field Artillery (d.27th May 1918)

James Lynn died aged 24, he was born in Jarrow in 1894, son of James and Catherine Lynn. James Lynn, age 17, an Engine Cleaner with North Eastern Railways, lived with his parents John & Cathrine Lynn & his sisters at 366, High Street, Jarrow in the 1911 Census. he enlisted in Hebburn

James is remembered on the Soissons Memorial and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Bmdr. John William Gregg 1st/4th (Northumbrian) Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.8th May 1915)

John William Gregg served with the 1st/4th (Northumbrian) Battery Royal Field Artillery. He was born and lived Jarrow and died aged 20 on 8th May 1915. He was the son of George and Emma Louisa Gregg (nee Young). On the 1911 census John William Gregg age 13 Apprentice Plater in Shipyard is with his parents George and Emma Louisa Gregg and family at 48 Gladstone Street, Hebburn .

John is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Addenda Panel and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (west face) Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Bmdr. Frank Muir 250 Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Sep 1916)

Frank Muir served in D Battery, 250th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery and died of wounds on the 30th September 1916. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church, Jarrow and is buried in Martinpuich Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. Frank was born in Jarrow but I have been unable to find in any census or BMD records.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. James Tierney 63rd Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.10th Mar 1917)

James Tierney was born in Jarrow and enlisted in South Shields. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. Charles Gordon White 460(H) Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd June 1918)

Charles Gordon White, Gunner 33960, enlisted in Newcastle on the 2nd September 1912 and served in 460 bty. Royal Field Artillery and died on the 3rd June 1918. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and is buried in Douchy les Ayette British Cemetery. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

Charles was born in Tursdale Colliery 1890. His mother was Sally White. He was married to Beatrice Ellen White. In the 1911 census they are living at West Terrace, Coxhoe. Charles(20) is a Coal Miner Rolleyman and Beatrice (19) has been married for 2 years. They have a daughter Sarah one year old. Beatrice remarried and effects were sent to Mrs BE Murray, 49 Charles Street, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William Swinhoe 286th Brigade, B Battery, Royal Field Artillery (d.28th Mar 1918)

William Swinhoe died aged 28. Born in Jarrow in 1889 he was the son of William and Catherine Swinhoe (nee Wear) later of 94 Grange Road Bermondsey London. In the 1911 Census William Swinhoe, age 22, a Lead Worker at a Waterworks, is listed as living with his parents, William & Catherine Swinhoe & family at 10, Silver Street, Rotherhithe. He enlisted in Newcastle and first served in France on 12th May 1915.

William is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery Extension.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William Storey Royal Field Artillery (d.20th Dec 1917)

William Storey died aged 23. He is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph Jarrow and on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullin


Gnr. William Smith 41st Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.12th Mar 1917)

William Smith was born in Hebburn and enlisted in South Shields. He is buried in Dickebush New Military Cemetery Extension and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. William Woodhouse 367 Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.28th April 1915)

William Woodhouse enlisted at Jarrow and served with the 367th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He died age 20 on the 28th April 1915 and is remembered at Jarrow Library and Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 5 and 9. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.

William was born in Jarrow 1895, son of the late William Woodhouse and Isabella Woodhouse nee Duffield of Craft Cottage, Kelling, Holt, Norfolk. In the 1911 census William(17)single, a labourer is living at that address with his grandfather Edward Thomas Duffield(62) a gamekeeper and his grandmother Elizabeth (72)

Vin Mullen


Sjt. Thomas Clarence Pitts MM. 10 Battery Royal Artillery

My Grandfather, Thomas Pitts was awarded the MM on 11/11/16. he served with 10 Bty Royal Artillery in the Royal Field Artillery. My grandmother kept his service record which included signing up in 1904 to the RA. He became Battery Sjt Major and Warrant Officer II leaving the Army in 1928. His MEF involvement suggests taking part in the Galipolli campaign. I would love to know what he got the MM for.

Adrian Pitts


Gnr. Frank Lawson Williams 223rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.24th March 1918)

Frank Lawson Williams, Gunner 771267, enlisted at South Shields and served in B Battery, 223rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died on the 24th March 1918 and is remembered at Jarrow Library, he is buried in Norfolk Cemetery, Becotel-Bercourt.

Frank was born in Jarrow 1888, son of Handle and Mary Williams of Jarrow. In the 1911 census Frank(23) single, clerk in Accounts Dept. of borough council and his sister Elvira Lawson Williams(21)single, lady tracer at engineering works are living with their grandmother Frances Jane Lawson(66) at 17 Edith Street, Jarrow. Frank is married to Jane Williams nee Swalwell of 120 Northumberland Street, Wallsend.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. William Sanderson 251st Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.5th May 1917)

William Sanderson died age 26, he was born Jarrow 1891, son of Robert and Elizabeth Sanderson of Jarrow. In the 1911 Census, William Sanderson, age 20, a Fitter's Labourer, lives with his parents Robert & Elizabeth Sanderson at 46, Dee Street, Jarrow-on-Tyne. He was the husband of Rhoda Sanderson (nee Roberts) of 58 William Street Hebburn. He enlisted in Hebburn

William is buried in Avesnes-Le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. John Stoker Sanderson 92nd Brigade, "C" Battery Royal field Artillery (d.3rd Dec 1917)

John Sanderson died aged 30. Born in Jarrow in 1887 he was the husband of Ann Sanderson (nee Turner) of 47 Charles Street Jarrow. John is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. Walter Watmough 174th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.9th Apr 1918)

Walter Watmough enlisted at Preston, Lancashire and served in 'A' Battery, 174th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died age 30 on the 9th April 1918 and is remembered at Jarrow Library and is buried in Namps-au-Val British Cemetery. His is medal card records the award of the War and Victory Medals.

Walter was born in St Peters, Lancaster 1888, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Watmough. In the 1901 census the family were living at 114 Bedford Street, Preston. Thomas(40) was a Coal Dealer and Elizabeth Ann(38) his wife. Walter(13) was a reacher in a cotton mill. Ethel(10) and Thomas(7) were at school and Doris was 1 year old. Walter was married to Florence Watmough nee Brown of 69 Howard Street, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William Henry Rouse 242 Bde, C Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.16th Jun 1916)

In 1911, William Rouse was 17 years of age and was ‘learning electric motors'. He was at that time living with his parents and two siblings in Sheep Street (the location of which has now made way for the Aston University Campus) His father, William Henry (Senior) was a caretaker at a working men’s residence.

William joined 3rd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery Territorial Unit, in November 1915. The Brigade's Headquarters were in Stony Lane Sparkbrook, Birmingham, where, at this location a memorial still remains. The Brigade had been mobilised at the outbreak of war and therefore when William joined, or was drafted, he was very soon at the front line in France.

On 13 June 1916 the RFA 242nd Brigade were mobilised at Sailly-au-bois, Hebuterne, France. It was here, on 16th June 1916 that William died as a result of a direct hit from an enemy shell, this was along with the other six members of his gun crew. They were incredibly unlucky: this was two weeks before the commencement of the main Somme offensive, both sides were firing occasional ranging shots at each other and to suffer a direct hit was truly tragic and highly unusual. Artillery crews were some way behind the front line and direct hits were rare. It was something of a moonscape, they were very close to the front lines. From information contained within William's diaries it is recorded that at times there were 'more trenches than men to fill them' and that the field guns were unusually exposed.

William is buried in the Military Cemetery at Hebuterne, France along with other members of his gun crew:-

  • Sjt Leonard Wilson
  • Bdr Edwin Henry Prince
  • Gnr TW Holloway
  • Gnr Watkin William Henry Hughes
  • Gnr George Davis
  • Gnr W Rouse

      John Hatton


Gnr. George Hogg 57th Bty Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Nov 1914)

George Hogg was 23 when he died. Born in Jarrow in 1891, he was the son of John Horton Hogg and Sarah Jane Hogg (nee Simms) of 115 Hampstead Road, Benwell Grove, Newcastle. George Hogg age 19 Dairyman is with his parents John and Sarah Hogg and family at 156 Joan Street, Benwell, Newcastle on the 1911 census. He enlisted at Newcastle.

George is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. Arthur Albert Pelham 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.29th Aug 1918)

On the 29th of August 1918, 110 Brigade RFA was shelled and my grandfather, Gunner A.A. Pelham, was killed. He was buried in the village of Maurepas. A letter from the Brigade Commander dated Sept 22nd 1918 explains he died when the Division was advancing and came under heavy shelling.

Arthur Albert Pelham was born in Collyhurst, Lancs and enlisted at Saford. He was the husband of Harriet Pelham, of 15, Middleton Street, Pendleton, Manchester. He was 27. He is buried in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt

Grenville Denham


Gnr . John Harvie Henderson Royal Field Artillery (d.10th May 1918)

John Harvie Henderson died aged 24. He was born in Sunderland in 1893 and was the son of Catherine Henderson of 8 Stephen Street Jarrow and the late John Henderson. John Harvie Henderson age 17 Paper Finisher in Paper Mill is with his parents John and Kate Henderson and family at Malt Kiln Row, Calder Grove near Wakefield on the 1911 census. He enlisted at South Shields.

John is buired in Jarrow Cemetery. His death is recorded in Deaths Jun 1918 for Richmond Y. 9d 869. John H. Henderson age 24.

Vin Mullen


Cpl. Owen Hanson 107th Bgd. HQ. Royal Field Artillery (d.20th Jun 1917)

Owen Hanson who died aged 27 was the husband of Harriet Hanson (nee Davies) of Monkton Village Jarrow. He is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Monkton Memorial in Monkton Village, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. James Riley Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Jun 1918)

James Riley enlisted in Hebburn and served in the Royal Field Artillery. He died age 26 on the 17th June 1918 having served with the 5th Army Brigade. He is buried at Terlinthun Military Cemetery, Wimile which is on the outskirts of Boulogne, France. His medal card shows the award of War and Victory Medal with a note of his death.

James was born in Jarrow 1892, son of Arthur and Isabella Riley nee Miller. He was married to Isabella Riley nee Wilkinson of 24 Wood Street Hebburn Colliery. James came from a coal Mining family living at 24 Wood Street, Hebburn Colliery . In the 1911 Census his father Arthur(49) was a hewer, brothers John William(20) a putter, Robert(16) a driver and James himself(18) a shifter in the coal mine. Isabella(45) is his mother and has been married for 26 years. There were 12 children born of which 10 survived. 9 are living at home with 4 younger brothers of school age, Ralph(13), Arthur(11), Andrew(8) and Matthew(3). There are 2 daughters, Christina(22) who is married with 1 child (not listed on form) and Isabella who is 5 years old.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. Joseph Michael Kurtin Royal Field Artillery

Joseph Kurton RFA

Joseph Kurtinaitis (Kurtin) joined up in 1915 with his friend Antanas Baukis from the next street. They lived in Stepney, near Whitechapel, London. They were both second generation Lithuanians whose parents had all come from Russia in the early 1890s. He spoke Lithuanian, English, Polish and some Yiddish as well as some French learned at school at St Ignatious College in Stamford Hill. These names can be a problem in records as they were in the process of being Anglicised by the second generation but Kurtin was the name on his Will. Anthony (Antanas) went to another unit and was later killed in action.

He became a driver in the Royal Field Artillery carrying ammunition up to the guns somewhere in Northern France. He mentioned Flanders on the rare occasions he spoke to anyone about it. He mentioned a few horrific things to his grandson back in the 50s. He died in 1963 at the relatively young age of 66 from Parkinson's which we think was brought on by a blow to the head on the Western front.

He was responsible for two black horses, named 'Cherry Blossom, and 'Boot Polish'. He used to walk between these two horses for protection so I imagine he was carrying a small amount of shells each time over rough ground up to the guns. He had some narrow escapes including a bullet which passed through the ear of one of the horses (making a hole). I get the impression that he also drove a wagon. So little information - I wish I had asked him more questions. I would dearly love to know absolutely everything about his war record - where he was exactly, where he joined up, where he did his training etc. Is there any more information out there?

Peter Kurton


L/Bdr. Richard William Cross 3rd Bty. 1st West Lancs. Brigade Div Am Col. Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd April 1918)

Richard Cross attended the 4th Army Art School and served with the 1st West Lancs. Brigade Divisional Ammunition Column. He died age 45. He was born in Jarrow in 1872, registered as Robert William Cross the son of William and Elizabeth Cross. He was the husband of Mrs. Cross of 5 Liberty Street Wavertree Liverpool. He enlisted in Liverpool.

Richard is buried in Picquigny British Cemetery.

Vin Mullen


Bmdr. John Henry Conner 156th Brigade, A Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd May 1918)

Bombardier John Henry Conner Died aged 24 on 3rd May 1918 whilst serving with 156th Brigade "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery. He was the son of John and Catherine Conner (nee Mullen) of 4 Back Blackett Street Jarrow. He is listed as John Henry Conner age 16 Coal Putter below ground is with his parents John and Catherine Conner and family at 23 East Street, Hebburn on the 1911 census. he was born in Hebburn, lived and enlisted in Jarrow.

John is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William Cleminson 147th Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.16th Apr 1915)

William Cleminson was aged 34 when he died on 16th April 1915, whilst serving with 147th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born in Stockton, he was the son of John and Mary Jane Cleminson. He enlisted in Jarrow.

William is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. Charles Bramley Chrisp 59th Brigade, A Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.11th Sep 1915)

Charles Bramley Chrisp was born around 1893 and lived in Jarrow. Son of John and Rachel Chrisp (nee Bramley) of Jarrow. He is recorded as Charles Bramley Chrisp age 17 Apprentice Coppersmith in Shipyard living with his parents John and Rachel Chrisp and family at 66 Croft Terrace, Jarrow on the 1911 census.

Charles served with 59th Brigade "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery, he was aged 22 when he died on 11th September 1915 fighting in Gallipoli. He is buried in Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey and is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (west face) Jarrow and on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. William Worthington Royal Field Artillery

Many years ago I was given a first world war medal of a man who lived in my street. I've kept this for around 40 years and with the anniversary of WW1 this year thought to look up this man's record. I've the British War Medal and inscribed on it is; 267937 GNR W. Worthington R.A.

William Worthington, Gunner 267937, served with the Royal Field Artillery during WW1 and it appears he may have served with 321st Brigade. He was awarded the War and Victory Medals.

Gordon Harrison


Dvr. Robert Chambers 29th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Oct 1915)

Robert Chambers Died on 23rd October 1915 aged 18. He died at sea whilst serving with 29th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery. It is likely that Robert was aboard the SS Marquette, which was being used as a troop carrier and also as the No 1 Stationary Hospital. 10 officers and 439 other ranks of the Ammunition Column of the British 29th Division were aboard. The total ship's complement was 741. The Marquette was torpedoed and sank in the Aegian Sea by the SM U-35 German U-Boat. 167 lives were lost

Robert was the son of Harry William and Elizabeth Chambers (nee Murray). On the 1911 census he is listed as Robert Chambers age 15 Driver underground in Boldon Colliery is with his parents Harry William and Elizabeth Chambers and family at 4 Primrose Hill, Jarrow Born in Jarrow, he had enlisted in Portsmouth.

Robert is remembered on the Mikra Memorial.

Vin Mullen


Gnr. Joseph Campbell 4th (Northumberland) Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Apr 1916)

Joseph Campbell was aged 23 when he died on 25th April 1916 whilst serving with the 4th (Northumberland) Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born and living Jarrow, he was the son of Eliza Forrester (formerly Campbell) and Samuel Forrester (stepfather) of 249 High Street Jarrow, his late father was John Campbell. On the 1911 census he is listed as Joseph Campbell age 19 Rivet Heater in Shipyard is with his mother Eliza Forrester (formerly Campbell) and his stepfather Samuel Forrester with their respective families at 249 High Street, Jarrow.

Joseph is buried in Dranoutre Military Cemetery. He is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (plaque on west face) Jarrow and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church, Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Bdr. William Nicholson Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Oct 1918)

Bombardier William Nicholson served with the Royal Field Artillery and died on the 15th October 1918. He is buried in Jarrow Cemetery.

He was born at Jarrow in 1888, the son of James and Margaret Nicholson (nee Foster). The 1911 census show the family living at 12 Spencer Street, Hebburn Colliery. His father,James, is 48 and a coal mines shifter whose wife of 23 years is Margaret aged 44 years. William is 19 and a coal mines putter. His two sisters are Hannah, who is 20 and single, and Elizabeth, 19 and married for 10 months. Her married name is Poole and she has a daughter also called Elizabeth who is 9 months old.

Vin Mullen


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


A/Bdr. Henry Lowe 83rd Bde. C Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.12th Oct 1917)

Acting Bombadier Henry Lowe 79215 with C Battery of the 83rd RFA. As a signaller of the Forward Observation Battery Henry(Harry) was in the very front of the brigade, almost in the line of reserves of the attacking infantry. After the jump off of the attack at 5.20 am 12 Oct, the Germans replied by enormous artillery fire, it was this fire that caught Henry.

He was killed near Vancouver Corner, the spot where Canadians were attacked with gas on 22 April 1915 and where is now a Canadian Memorial. After he was killed he was buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. According to a letter from his 2nd Lieutenant H. Ashton he died instantly from a piece of shell hitting him in the heart. He was trying to repair wire whilst being shelled and was sheltering in a shell hole which was hit by another shell. He was the 3rd son to give his life in WWI

Heather Lowe


Gnr. Edward Brett 82nd Brigade "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.28th Oct 1917)

Edward Brett's Medal Index Card

Edward Brett was aged 40 when he died on 28th October 1917 whilst serving with 82nd Brigade "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery. He was the son of Thomas and Margaret Brett of Jarrow and husband of Sarah (nee Bulmer). He was born in Jarrow. The 1911 census lists him as Edward Brett age 34 Coal Miner Shifter below ground is with his wife Sarah and children at 224 Parker Street, Byker. He enlisted in Newcastle.

Edward is buried in Minty Farm Cemetery.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. Alexander Holland "Sanny" Skinner 114 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather Alexander Skinner was a driver with the Royal Field Artillery, I just began family research into his role. I know that he was a driver which meant that he hitched the horses on to the guns. I don't know about where he served in France and I know he re-enlisted in 1919 until 1920 in Germany. I would like to find out more about his role in the war. He and I have something in common we both share the same middle name and same Christian name (although I am his granddaughter). We never met and I was born seven years after he had died. His brother also served in the war too and he was in a Scottish regiment which I do believe had a different role altogether. I don't have any photographs of my grandfather and sadly these were lost due to them being damaged after a flood at my parent's home. I would like to find out more about his role and to see a photograph of him even if it was one of these group ones that were taken with the rest of his regiment as this would be something to be proud of. The nearest idea about his role is when I have saw Micheal Morpurgo's film War Horse, which was an excellent dramatization of the role in which horses played in the first world war. If anyone could help me with some information this would be very much appreciated.

Sandra Holland Brown


Gnr. Thomas Forsyth 1st/4th Durham Howitzer Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.15th Feb 1916)

Thomas Forsyth was born in Jarrow in 1894. On the 1911 census he is listed as Thomas Forsyth age 16 Apprentice Draughtsman with Palmer Shipbuilders living with his parents James and Agnes Forsyth at 5 Edith Street, Jarrow on the 1911 census. Thomas is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (north face) in Jarrow.

Vin Mullen


Dvr. Elias Highcock Royal Field Artillery

I know very little of my Great Great Grandfather, Elias Highcock other than he served for the duration of the war in The Royal Field Artillery and saw action at Ypres.

I also know he volunteered to serve in the 2nd World War but was turned down due to age. He did however serve in the Fire Watch and Home Guard. I would be grateful for any additional information.


Gnr. David Gaffing 26th Bty. 17th Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.14th Oct 1917)

David Gaffing, aged 20, who died on 14th October 1917, had served with the 26th Battery, 17th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (770370), He also had earlier service with the RFA Territorials as Gunner (1023). He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery. His medal card shows award of 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals. His older brother, Daniel, was also one of the fallen.

David was born in Hebburn 1887 and lived there, son of John and Alice (nee Spellman)of 2 Frederick Street, Heppburn Colliery. In the 1911 England & Wales BMD census, David's parents were: John Gaffney, Head, aged 50, married and occupation listed as Coal Labourer. He was born in Felling, Durham. Alice Gaffney, Wife, aged 48, was born in Ruhope, Durham.

Vin Mullien


Gnr. Ellis Ellis 17th Battery Royal Field Artillery

My Father, Gunner Ellis Ellis, served with 17th Battery in XL1 Brigade, RFA, with 1st Corps 2nd Div. and was in the Battle of Nonnes Boschen (Nun's Wood) sited near Westhoek when the final charge of the Prussian Guards regiments broke through the British trenches. Only the guns of the 9th, 16th and 17th Batteries stood between the German advance and Ypres. The line held, with the gunners aided by cooks, batmen, HQ office staff with rifles, stopped the enemy's advance to the sea and the Channel Ports.

Edward Ellis


Capt. Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth 11 Bde, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.30th Mar 1917)

Captain Lawrence Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth served in the Royal Field Artillery. At the time of his death he was commanding D Battery, 11th Brigade RFA. He was killed in action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge on the 30th March 1917.

S. Flynn


Sgt. Albert Edward Victor Doggett DCM. 58th Brigade, D Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Albert Doggett joined the army on the 17th Nov 1913 age 16 years 3 months. He was promoted Bombardier 16 June 14. Later posted to 57 (H) battery andmobilised on 5 Aug 14 into 43 Bde RFA 1Div. He fought at Mons, Great Retreat, Marne and Aisne. He transferred to Ypres 16/19 Oct 14 and was wounded by German shell 4th Nov 14. Albert was evacuated to Norwich and treated at Norfolk Hospital, Norwich.

Albert was promoted Cpl on the 8th Jan 1915. (age 17years & 5 mths). Posted to A Bty, 81 Bde RFA 17 (Northern) Div. at Swanage. Promoted Sgt 7 May 15 (age 17y 10mths). 17 Div moved to Winchester in June 1915, and proceeded to France on the 13th of Jul 1915. 17th Div went into the Ypres sector and on the 5th of Aug 1915, were in action at Hooge. On 11th Aug 1915 A/81 Battery, including Sgt Doggett and a portion of the Ammunition Column withdrawn and posted to 118(H) Bde 1(Canadian) Div at Ploegstreet. from Sept to December 1915 they shelled German trenches and rear areas around Ploegstreet including Petite Douve Farm and Messines Town. On the 25th of Sep 1915 A/81 was renamed 460 Battery then on the 15th Dec 1915 460 Battery was renamed 461 Battery.

Albert spent Christmas 1915 in the line and as 461 Battery Sgt's Mess Sgt Doggett was to sing "Old Soldiers Never Die". On the 4th of Apr 1916 118(H) Bde moved North to the Ypres area and were engaged in shelling Hill 60 and St Eloi. On the 15th of July 1916 118(H) Bde broken up. 461 Battery (including Sgt Doggett) transferred to 58 Bde RFA 11 (Northern) Div who were freshly arrived from Egypt. The Battery was located at Dainville until the 4th of Sep 16 when they moved to Mash Valley for ops against Thiepval, Mouquet Farm, Schwaben Redoubt.

Sgt Doggett remained with D/58 till Feb 1919 fighting through the Battles of Messines, Third Ypres, and through to the Armistice just South East of Mons. He won a DCM on 7 Nov 1918 at Eth Wood. As a regular soldier he was posted to Cork in Feb 1919 and transferred to the reserve in Dec 1920. He died in 1990 aged 93.

Robin van Geene


Sgt. Samuel James Child 236th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Sam was in the 6th London Brigade RFA Territorial Force (TF) service no. 955169. He joined on 24/05/1909 at Brixton. War broke out in August 1914 and at the time he was on Salisbury Plain training. Many Brigades were transferred into other units, Sam’s being one of them, his Brigade became the 236th Brigade “A” Battery. This Brigade was within the 47th ( 2nd London) Division. His Brigade was moved to the St.Albans area and at some times to the Braintree area to train prior to entering the theatre of war in France. His Brigade was only the second to enter France in March 1915. They sailed from Southampton to Le Havre then to Bethune before entering the war.

Sam’s Military Record reveals that on 29th July 1917 he did receive a Gun Shot Wound (GSW) to his head leaving him with a scar on his left cheek. He was also reprimanded on 01/11/1917 for riding on the gun carriage with two other men, he was busted to Corporal but did get his stripe back to Sergeant again fairly quickly. When you think he had been in the thick of it from the beginning I believe it was a bit strong to lose a stripe. He was reported by a Corporal for the breach of Queens Regulations. I bet Sam had a word with him later.

Below are the battles he was involved in:-

  • 1915
  • The Battle of Aubers Ridge (9 May)
  • The Battle of Festubert (15-25 May)
  • The Battle of Loos (25 september - 1 October)
  • The subsequent Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt (13-19 October)
  • 1916
  • The German attack at Vimy Ridge (21 May)
  • The Battle of Flers-Courcelette in which the Division captured High Wood
  • The Battle of the Transloy Ridges in which the Division captured Eaucourt l'Abbaye
  • The attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt
  • The Battle of Messines (7 - 13 June) including Hill 60
  • The Battle of Pilkem Ridge (31 July - 2 August), a phase of the Third Battles of Ypres
  • Other operations in the Third Battles of Ypres (18 August-2 September and 8 -17 September)
  • The Cambrai Operations, in which the Division captured Bourlon Wood and fought the German counter attacks
  • 1918
  • The Battle of St Quentin
  • The First Battle of Bapaume
  • The Battle of the Ancre
  • The Battle of Albert
  • The Second Battle of Bapaume
It is strange reading the war diaries of the 236th RFA, nearly every single day they were under heavy fire, many horses killed and mentioned, many RFA killed, but they did have regular sporting events, boxing tournaments, concert nights put on by each Brigade, concert nights with entertainers from the UK, even cinema evenings. Regular church parades as well. One day they even found a French race course and held their own horse races both flat and hurdles. One thing that I had never heard of was that an officer would go up in a barrage balloon when the artillery was firing to see if they are on target or they had planes up observing and then relaying the details back to the gunners. To give you a flavour of the 236th Brigade War Diaries I recorded the first few days in the Diary, it starts on Monday 15th March 1915.

“Left Hemel Hempstead by section starting with 16th Battery at 20:45 riding for 2 hour stints to Southampton, arrived 20:00 16th March 1915 where two large troop ships and a small steamer are taking us to Le Havre, remarkably smooth crossing., 22:00 drive to Berguette, now attached to different Army Corp to that intended now there is no place for billeting. Drive to Liere, then Foucquenhem, Ecquedcques at 15:30 on 19th March, then billet at Fontes at 22:00. Work of billeting officer who proceeded to France 9 days earlier entirely useless. Brigade now attached to 6th Infantry. 22nd March Brigade inspected by Field Marshall, Commander-in-Chief at Chateau De Mazingham. Moved to Lapugony 27th March.”

"Can you imagine driving gun carriages at speed in the pitch dark, no street lamps, from Essex to Southampton on country lanes that were in poor repair."

Another entry says- 28th Jan 1917 Ypres, 236 shelled at Langkhof Farm.

Each man was issued with one blanket during the war so all they had were the uniform they stood in and a blanket, I’ve thought about this and I know there were times when it was extremely cold and wet, I reckon they slept with the horses to keep warm, that’s what I would have done.

I forgot to mention the Sam’s Brigade went down with something in the May 1918, all the Brigade were sick, it was later diagnosed as Influenza, I do remember seeing a programme a few years ago telling the tragedy of many hundreds of thousands of troops dying after the Armistice but before they were shipped home, perhaps this was the Spanish Flu that Sam’s Brigade was going through.

Graham Child


Gnr. William Walter Fish 59th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Will Fish enlisted 3/12/1915 and went to France 15/10/1916. He was wounded 10/10/1917 and was repatriated 1/4/1919 then demobbed 28/4/1919.

Hugh Jones


Dvr. Albert Glen 112th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.24th Mar 1918)

Albert Glen, was my grandfathers twin brother, he also had a younger and an older brother who survived the great war, whenever my Father asked grandad about his twin he was only told he died young due to the time he grew up and the conditions we naturally presumed it was infant mortality, my grandfather was in his 50s when my father was born. At a family funeral I mentioned to my Aunt ( my fathers much older sister) that all of our relatives had survived the war, she then pointed out that Albert was in the RHA and had died on the Somme. I have a copy of his death certificate from the army also at my aunts house was a long letter written by my great uncles commanding officer to his father telling him that he was shot by a sniper and died instantly from his wounds and felt no pain. He relates that due to the German push through the forest of the Ardennes they were rushing to the front and they were unable to stop and commit his body, so they entrusted his body to our Canadian brothers to bury him I am trying to get hold of the letter but my aunt has since passed away and one of my cousins has it in a box, I have asked for it so that I may take it to the Imperial War museum for safe storage and display my Great Uncle is commemorated on the memorial at Arras and I was the first member of my family to see it. My great grandfathers passport also lies in this box postwar he worked on salvaging and destroying munitions, repairing roads and rail links, the prefectures marked in his passport are those that his late son passed through.

I am going to try to locate some records for the regiment to identify where he was killed and buried, possibly with the help of the letter and maybe take my elderly father along. Since Albert was killed no twins have been born on our family. Each year when I visit Italy I stop at Arras to say thank you. On the 9th of September I shall take my nephew Jonathan along to see the memorial and his now distant relatives name.

Russell Glen


Dvr. Alfred Pattrick. 84th Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery

My grandad pop Alfred Pattrick served from 1914 to 1918 driving ammunition in the RFA. He didn't talk too much about his experiences and I get the feeling he had a bad time but was brave enough to stick it out. I have 2 photographs of him in uniform taken at the start and end of the war and you can see the difference etched on his face. He gave me a selection of postcards which he wrote to his wife and his 3 medals. I believe he saw action at most of the main battles.

Some of the postcards depict Albert and he did speak briefly about the Somme although I would be interested in any further information on the D Battery movements. I also have an audio of him talking in the mid 80's he described an event where he was taking ammunition to the guns felt a 'whiizbang' go past and ended up covered in blood. His comrades were convinced he was a gonna 'Pat's had it' they said. However, on arriving at the medical station he realised the blood was from the mule that had been hit by shrapnel not him.

William O'Neill


Gnr. Eli Hills A Battery, 82 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

At the commencement of Kaiserschlacht on the 21st of March 1918, my Grandfather Eli Hils was serving as a Gunner with 'A' Battery, LXXX11 Brigade, R.F.A. This Battery was located 1,000 yards west of Fort Vendeuil and it fought valiantly throughout the day until it was finally overun by about 5.00pm. The Battery suffered many casualties during the day and Eli himself was initially reported killed in action. In fact his wife was actually sent the bronze memorial plaque and memorial scroll which were awarded to the next of kin of servicemen killed in action.

Fortunately, however, Eli had survived and spent the rest of the War as a P.O.W. Interestingly The Index to War Deaths 1914-1921 Army (Other Ranks) still erroneously lists Eli as having died in 1918.

Roy Hills


Driver Marcel George Bihet Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, Marcel George BIHET was a driver for the RFA.

Three of his brothers: Arthur, Jean and Constant also served in the RFA.

Their details,including numbers and where served, are linked from this page:

Carol Vivyan


Pte. James Peter Kellie Royal Field Artillery

My paternal grandfather, James Peter Kellie (or Kelly), served in WW1. We believe he was in the RFA from the photo of him in uniform. There is a family story that he was gassed, but we have no details.

Stephen Kellie


Gunner William Duxbury 112 Battery, 24th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.16th March 1916)

William Duxbury was the son of Edmund Duxbury and Elizabeth Ann Duxbury (Nee Wilkinson) of 13 Cromwell Street, Blackbun, Lancashire. He was born 15/8/1895 and died of wounds at Poperinghe 16/3/1916, he is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery. Remembered with honour

Simon Wilkinson


L/Cpl. Gilbert Forsyth 153 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My Great uncle Gilbert Forsyth, volunteered in Kingston on Thames in May 1915. I have trawled the Bgde war diary copies at Woolwich and it reveals there was a number of personnel swaps between brigades so I can't be certain that he remained with the 153rd. If he did he was in Ploegsteert from 1/11/1917. I know he suffered at least one gas attack and whilst he was not invalided out he died in the 1950's aged only 56 from indirect result. I am hoping to find out more about his personal experiences and movements

Marc Forsyth


Cpl Howlett 103rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.7th June 1917)

Cpl Howlett was killed on 7 June 1917 when an enemy shell entered his dug out. He is mentioned in Bdr Bert Spires war diary.

Ted Spires


Sgt. Robert Amberson 59th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Robert Amberson went out in 1915 with 459 battery. He was posted to D Bty in 1916 and remained with the brigade until demobbed in 1919

Bill ONeill


William Henry Hill 103rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Harry Hill was my Great Uncle on my mother's side. He was in service as a footman between 1911 and 1915, place not known.



2nd Lt. William Milton Skilling 180th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Bill Skilling was my husband's maternal uncle and after graduating from the University of Toronto in 1915, joined the C.E.F. then trained as an officer at Oxford and was commissioned in the British Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. He went to France in January 1917 as a Forward Observing Officer in the Royal Artillery and as part of the 180th Brigade served at Messines, Wytschaete, and after the 3rd Battle of Ypres was invalided back to England. He later returned to Germany in 1919 with the British Army of the Rhine and returned to Canada in April 1920.

I have been posting his letters from WW1 on a blog. On August 22, 1917 Bill wrote a detailed letter to his family about the bloody battles he'd just been in. You might be interested in this one in particular. After Bill returned to Canada, he had trouble adjusting to civilian life and died prematurely in November 1933 at the age of 44. His sister Agnes Norma Skilling Jackson (my mother-in-law) wrote about him in her memoirs which I have posted at:

Ruth Zaryski Jackson


Gnr. Arthur Arnold White 236th Brigade, A Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.9th Jun 1917)

My uncle Arnold White was in the Territorial Force and was called up August 1914. He was killed 9.7.17 aged 22 and is buried at La Clytte cemetery, Belgium. I have managed to find his service records on Ancestry. What I would like to know is where his battery was stationed when he was killed, The only information we have is that he was killed in action.

Ruth Cade


Lt.Col. Hugh Edmund Thellusson DSO. 110th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Hugh Thellusson was in command of 110 Brigade. At the outbreak of war, he was a Captain in 40th Brigade, 3rd Division.

P. Thellusson


Sjt. James Gillies 106th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.24th Jul 1917)

Jimmy Gillies was my uncle. He was a sergeant in C battery 106 brigade, RFA. He was killed when a shell exploded on the sergeants mess on 24/07/1917. Three sergeants were killed at this incident and another three were wounded. Others also died. He was originally buried along with sixteen others in Manor Road Cemetery and later transferred to Perth China Wall Cemetery at wars end. In the war diary of Ralph Hamilton the master of Bellhaven he quotes, Welch had terrible luck last night a shell burst in his sergeants mess and out of six sergeants it killed three and wounded the other three. C battery has now lost no less than fourteen sergeants out of its establishment of seven all in this last six weeks. At time of this incident C battery was just S.W. of Manor farm, across railway line on N. side of junction of roads.

Dave Inglis


Cpl. William Nolan 103rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.9th Aug 1917)

William was my maternal Grandfather, he was born in Marylebone about 1886, his mother was Mary Nolan, father unknown. in 1901, according to the census, William aged 15 was living with his mother and his step father Thomas Edward Dwyer at 10 Linhope Street, Marylebone, London working as a Chemist Shop Boy. He married Frances Helen Larissey (my grandmother) on the 6th of Jun 1913 in London.

william enlisted for war service at Cockspur Street, London in Dec 1914. At the time of enlistment was living at Henry Street, St Johns Wood, London and his profession was thought to be Greengrocer & Fruitier. He went to France on the 28th of August 1915 and served with 'D' Battery 103rd Brigade RFA. William lost his life on the 9th of August 1917 and is buried in Dickebush New Military extension, Belgium

William Terence Nolan


Gnr. Alfred Leslie Mills 106th Brigade (B Battery) Royal Field Artillery

Alfred Leslie Mills was born in St. Marylebone, London, on 25th April 1896, the son of Alfred and Mary Mills. Following the outbreak of war he enlisted at Mill Hill Barracks on 2nd October 1914 and was posted to No. 4 Depot Royal Field Artillery (Woowich) for basic training as a Driver. He was subsequently posted to 'A' Battery, 106 Brigade on 17th November 1914 and then to 'B' Battery on 26th July 1915. The brigade subsequently entered the French theatre of war on 29th August 1915.

For most of the war Alf continued to serve as a Driver but he was subsequently mustered as Gunner with effect from 16th March 1918. After the Armistice Alf remained with 'B' Battery until 19th April 1919, when he was posted to the 24th DAC (Division Ammunition Column). He finally returned to England via Boulogne on 13th June 1919. Two days later he was officially demobilised at Crystal Palace.

Simon Mills


Dvr. Samuel Edmonds 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My paternal grandfather Sam Edmonds joined the British Army in Dublin in 1915, was trained at Woolwich in the Royal Horse Artillery and was shipped to France in 1916. Not sure when he changed to Royal Field Artillery but he survived and was demobbed in March 1919. His discharge papers spell his name incorrectly as Edmunds.

Victor Edmonds


Sjt. Wiliam Reginald Dewar MM. 235th Bty. Royal Field Artillery

William Dewar served with the RFA, 235 Battery, he was recommended for a bar to his Military Medal on the 14th of August 1917. How do I find the original medal citation?



Albert Phillips MM. 64th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather Albert Phillips was in the 64th Brigade RFA and won the Military Medal on the 5th August 1917. According to the war diary they were near Zillebekke near Ypres from the beginning of August, but I am not sure for how long.

John Hele


Gnr. James Walker 115th Artillery Brigade Royal Field Artillery

James Walker is standing 2nd left

James Walker was my grandfather's John Walker cousin. James was a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery. D Sub-(section), "B" Battery, 115th (Artillery Brigade) He was born in Attercliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

Paul Bollands


Bmdr. Sidney Harris Eales 156th Brigade, 'C' Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.27th April 1917)

Sidney Eales died of wounds received aged just 21. He had originally enlisted and been assigned to the 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment service no. 7085. He was transferred to the Royal Regiment of Artillery (RFA and RHA) in January 1915 and posted to the 142nd Battery at Bordon. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Sidney was the son of my Great Great Grandfather's daughter Martha Eales nee Abbott who died in 1954, I have no further information available at present.



Lt.Col. Arthur Edward Erskine DSO MID. Royal Artillery

Arthur Edward Erskine fought in the First World War between 1914 and 1918, where he was mentioned in dispatches. He was decorated with the award of the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1916. He gained the rank of Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 1918 in the service of the Royal Artillery.

S. Flynn


Cpl. John Thomas Bell DCM. CIII Brigade, A Battery Royal Field Artillery

John Thomas Bell DCM

John Bell's citation reads: On the 16th June 1918 this N.C.O. behaved with magnificent courage and devotion to duty. Throughout a four hour heavy bombardment, he continually visited each gun pit, supervised the fitting of new springs under heavy fire, examined the guns, and it was largely due to his untiring efforts that the guns of this Battery were all kept in action. Later in the day when ammunition was running short he took charge of a party and carried ammunition for two hours along a heavily shelled track through the wood. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for the above, signed; E F Falkner Lieut-Colonel D.A.A. & Q.M.G.

He also was awarded a Medal Militaire for the same.


T/Mjr. John Francis Conlin MC. 102 Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery

Maj. John Conlin was awarded the Military Cross for getting his battery across the Piave River 1918 under enemy fire.(London Gazette June 5th 1919) He returned to duty as an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1919. Later he served in India, eventually becoming head of the Indian Railway Police.

Brian Conlin


Gur. William Arthur Massey 97th Brigade B Battery (d.20th Feb1915)

My Great Uncle William Arthur Massey was born in 1896 in Lightwood, Shropshire to John James & Sarah Massey. Before the war he was working as a groom. He enlisted in Wolverhampton. (as yet date unknown) He was a Gunner, no. 83973 and was based out of High Wycombe. He is buried in High Wycombe cemetery, Arthur died of pneumonia aged 20 on the 20.2.1915. Sadly, we do not appear to have very much information about him or any known photographs (yet) and also trying to find out where he may have served to have gained the 3 medals he had.

Sheenagh Mackey


Groom Jesse Phillip Balch Royal Field Artillery

My late Great Grandfather Jesse Balch was a British Army Pensioner and enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 as a Groom. He served in France until he was medically discharge in October 1917 at No 7 Convalescence Depot. He received the silver war badge for his time in France.

Michael Robert Nottage


Sgt. Albert John "Robbie" Roberts 236th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

On 20th January 1909 Albert enlisted in the 6th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery, 2nd County of London Division (Later 47th Division), Territorial Force raised at 105 Holland Road, Brixton, as a Gunner in the 16th Battery. After much reorganisation this later became the 236th Brigade 47th Division. At the start of the WW1 his Brigade were stationed in Hertfordshire before moving to France in March 1915. Being the first Territorial Army Division to go to France as a complete unit. He saw action around Bethune, Lose, Vimy Ridge and the Somme. The Division moved from the Somme in 1916 to Ypres where they remained over the winter. The Brigade Headquarters were moved forward to Bedford House for the build up to the Battle of Messine Ridge which started on 7th June 1917. The bombardment commenced on 21st May. The Germans retaliated in kind, and this is when Albert’s front line service comes to an end when a German shell landed on his dugout. On Saturday 2nd June 1917 he was wounded along with another unnamed sergeant. Staff Sergeant Thomas Masters and Gunner Joseph Alexander Gordon were both killed and are buried at Bedford House which was also a dressing station. Albert always thought the other Sergeant in the dugout was also killed but just after WW2 he was in the White Horse Public House in Chislehurst when the other Sergeant walked in. Unfortunately who he was is lost to history. I have done a lot of research on 236th Brigade which anybody can have a copy of. I also have transcribed the War Diary from March 1915 to 8th June 1917.

Andy Roberts


Brig. George Walker Royal Horse Artillery (d.22nd October 1918)

George Walker was born on the 15th April 1895. He was the fourth of eight children born to Jonas Richard Walker who was manager of the corn mill in Longridge and Margaret(Houghton).

He appears on the 1911 census with his parents at Chapel Farm in Longridge. He is aged 15 and working as a carter for a corn dealer. He is noted on the memorial to his father in St Lawrence Churchyard as having died in Quetta India on 25/10/1918 aged 23.

Barbara Peake


Frederick Thomas Daniels Royal Field Artillery

Frederick Daniels served with the Royal Field Artillery.

Steve Daniels


S/Sgt. Herbert Henry Elliott MID 38th Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery

Certificate stating that Herbert Henry Elliott, Number 88528, Rank Staff Sargeant, 38th Ammunition Column, Royal Artillery, distinguished himself on the following occasion most gallant and untiring work during the past ten days. Day and night under heavy fire he has inspected and repaired guns and carriages. The fact that from the moment the attack began, not a single gun in the 122 Brigade went out of action for over 24 hrs is due to his skill, devotion to duty and care in looking after the guns and his Battery Fitters and Limber Gunners. Signed W.A.M.Thomlison, Brigadier General Commanding In the field 24.8.1917 (signature unreadable) Major General Commanding 38th Welsh Division

Josephine Wells


Gnr. William Harold Story 2nd East Riding Bty. Royal Field Artillery

I know my Grandfather, William Story was a prisoner of war in 1918. He served in the 50th Northumberland Division with the RFA & I would like to know where he was captured, his field of operations and whether he was wounded during the war. He was in the Territorial Army prior to the war and during it. My grandfather spoke very little of his experiences of the war, having been involved in heavy fighting and losses.

James Robinson


Cpl. Frank Edward Lee Royal Field Artillery

Frank Edward Lee was born in Borrodaile Road, Wandsworth, London on 3rd November 1890. His dad died 6 weeks after his birth and he lived with his mother Susan and brother Christopher until joining the army in Aldershot in 1908.

As a member of the Royal Field Artillery he was part of the British Expeditionary Force that entered France in 1914. I can find no records of his war service though I suppose to survive 4 years at the front was miraculous in itself. He remained in the Army after the Armistice and was posted to Athlone Barracks in Co Westmeath, Ireland. On demobilisation in 1921 he continued to live in Athlone, Ireland until 1941 when family circumstances saw him move to Limerick City.

He never spoke of his time on the front and died in Limerick in 1970. He is buried in Cornamagh Cemetery in Athlone with his wife Emma Maud whom he married on November 25th 1915 while on a break from the front.

George Lee


Gunner John Edward Anderson 34th Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Apr 1917)

John Anderson was an American citizen from Pensylvania. He came over with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and married Mary Ann Darby. I have a photo of him and his unit but family do not know much about him and how he died.

Henrik Laidlow-Petersen


John Duffett Caines

John Duffett Caines was said to have originally lied about his age to join the Army. He took part in a display as a member of an Royal Field Artillery trotting team. He later became a railwayman and was a civilian at the outbreak of World War One. He quickly rejoined and was said by his son to be on "the second boat over".


George Croxford Royal Field Artillery

We found this photograph at my Gran's house in Watlington, Oxon. My Grandfather was George Croxford and I know he was a soldier fighting in France. This is a postcard dated 1919. Can anyone shed any light on this please?

Anita Hayter


Dvr William Murray 51st Highland Div. Royal Artillery

Willy Murray transferred from the Aberdeen Police as a Constable to the RFA on 24 May 1915 and was disembodied on 17 May 1919 in Charlton. As boy he had worked on the farm with horses and on returning to the Police established the Mounted Police Unit in Aberdeen. He retired as the Superintendent of the Police having acted as Chief Constable during WW2 in 1944. He died in 1959.

Duncan Murray Fraser


Bdr. Joseph Taylor 60th Bde, B. Bty Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Dec 1916)

Before the war Joseph Taylor was an agricultural farm labourer in rural Bretherton Lancashire. He moved into the local cotton mill as a cotton weaver by 1911 and I assume like many others, eagerly enlisted into Kitcherner's New Armies in 1914 for the 'great adventure' which as we know became the slaughter and carnage of Northern France. Being an ex-farmer and having worked hard and tirelessly with horses in the fields of Bretherton, it must have been a fitting position for him with the RFA.

A transcription from the war diary of the 60th brigade RFA which covers the date of Joe Taylor's death has the entry for the 7th December 1916 and reads:- Registration and intermittent bombardment night and day of enemy communications. Direct hit by 5.9 on No 5 gun B/60 1 killed 5 wounded. This is the only other piece of information I have relating to his death.

It was a very moving experience to visit the Somme and finally find his grave at the Hamel Military Cemetery in France.

Kevin Lea


Gnr. Alexander Burnett Kemp 2nd Mortar Battalion, Z Coy. Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Oct 1916 )

I never knew my Great Grandfather, Alexander Kemp but I'm very proud of him. I don't know that much about him he was born 12 March 1889, Port Erroll Cruden Aberdeen. He was Killed in action on 7 October 1916 aged 28 on the Somme and is buried in Collins Camp Sucrerie Military Cemetery. He served with the Royal Field Artillery, Z Company, 2 Mortar Battalion. He had enlisted in Glasgow giving his occupation as Tailor. He had married to Lilly Cowley on 13 November 1912 in Leamington Spa, His address when married was 26 Hampton Street Leamington Spa.

Mrs Miller


Pte. Godfrey Eli Green 2nd East Lancashire Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Private Godfrey Green

My Grandfather, Godfrey Eli Green was in the Territorial Army as a Gunner attached to the 2nd East Lancashire Brigade. He enlisted at Manchester on the 8th September 1914 and must have agreed to serve abroad because photos of him show the Imperial Service badge on his right breast. I know he went to Eygpt to fight the Turks. He did his training at Chesham Fold Camp at Bury and I have two photographs of his regiment at the training camp.

Andrew Green


Cpl. Arthur Alfred Allen MM. 123rd Battery 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Arthur Allen was stationed in Dundalk, Ireland when War broke out, serving with 123rd Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 5th Division. He arrived in France on 16th August 1914 aged 18. He was in charge of a battery and was on Hill 60 the first time the Germans used mustard gas. He was awarded the MM for rescuing casualties under fire. He was eventually gassed again and was sent home on a hospital ship in June 1918 on his birthday. He lived to the age of 91, after having a lengthy career in the Metropolitan police achieving the rank of Superintendant.

Elizabeth Price


Dvr. Francis Joseph Parkes 108th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Frank Parkes, 178141, Royal Field Artillery was bornin Ewhurst in 1897. Son of Alfred & Alice Parkes. He was a member of Ewhurst Scout Troop 1912 and was working as a gardener when he was called up & enlisted, aged 19, at No 4 RFA Depot, Woolwich on 13/10/1916. His address was Farthingham, Ewhurst, Surrey. Frank was posted to France with the BEF on 01/09/1917 and joined 108th Brigade RFA on 27/10/1917, then transferred to 'B' Battery, 291st Brigade RFA, 58th (London) Division on 14/06/1918, before returning to 108th Bde on 09/03/1919 to serve in Germany as of 14/04/1919. He went on to serve with 'A' Battery, 74th Bde (14/04/1919) and 'A' Battery, 51st Bde RFA (07/11/1919) before he returned to the UK on 19/02/1920 and transferred to Z Class Reserve on 20/02/1920 for demobilisation. (source Service Records Online & Medal Record Card) These were Howitzer Brigades.

Stephen Knapp


BSM James McNee DCM. Royal Field Artillery

We are in possession of James McNee's medals and a few artefacts. I am finding it really hard to find out anything about his service. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1905 in Glasgow.

David Fearnley


Sgt. Frank Doughty 24th Bde, 107 Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.8th Aug 1915)

My grandfather, Frank Doughty left an overcrowded home and lied about his age to join the army as a cadet at 15. Frank was the son of Mr W.H and Elizabeth Doughty of Kingston-on-Thames. He had completed his full service just 12 days prior to his death, having served 17 of his 21 years in India. He went to France early in August 1914 and was in the retreat from Mons. He remained at the front until February 1915, when he obtained leave and came home to marry Harriett Emily, the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Clement Taylor Russell of Ashdown Cottage, Loose, Kent ( my father was conceived at this time). He returned to the front and was killed by shrapnel at Ypres on August 8th 1915 aged 39 years. His men buried him in situ and created a beautiful grave of which I have photos. One comrade removed his wedding ring and hid it in the sole of his shoe so he could return it to my grandmother, which he did. My grandfather was subsequently moved to a cemetery in Voormezeele.


Cpl. Sidney George Hart MM. 65 Brigade

My grandfather Sidney Hart served with 65 Bde. RFA. He won one of the first military medals ever awarded at Loos. Not sure what for but it may have had something to do with communications.

Graham Hart


A/Bdr. John "Motorman" Wilkinson DCM. 112 Bde. C Bty.

John Wilkinson was referred to as motorman as that was his occupation when he volunteered in 02/06/15 as a gunner with 112 Brigade, C Battery. His rank was Gunner 02/06/15-11/01/19, L/Bdr 11-01/19-15/01/19, Bdr 15/01/19-09/03/19

From the London Gazette of the 26th of July 1917 the notice of his DCM states it was for putting out fire in munition dump during a gas attack.

From his diary of 1918:

  • Mon 18 Feb Left High Wycombe
  • Tue 19 Feb Landed at Le Havre
  • Thu 28 Feb Left Le Havre
  • 01/03 Rue
  • 02/03 Albert to Bapaume
  • 03/03 Bapaume to Royal Court
  • 21/03 Left Royal Court
  • 22-27/03 Riheat
  • 28/03 Albert
  • 16/04 Statue of Albert church fell at 3.50pm on this date. Eye witness Mr Deeson 50th Battery 34 Bdg A7A
Unfortunately I only have one diary and he didn't write much. He did say that the statue fell because of friendly fire from his gun. And, that it wasn't deliberate. The date is very different from what the papers reported.

I have quite a few photos including the whole Brigade(I presume) and a tea party group photo of Shipley.

Catherine Wilkinson


Sgt. Thomas William King 189th "Hackney" Bty. Royal Field Artillery

My Great grandfather was in the Royal Marine Light Infantry before the war but enlisted as a Private in the Royal (London) Welsh Fusiliers 15th Battalion on the 2/11/1914. He was quickly promoted due to his previous experience and transferred to the RFA on the 2/10/1915 as a Sergeant. He was demobbed in January 1919. In May 1916 he was severely reprimanded for an improper reply to an officer and his rank was reduced to Corporal and his pay stopped for 2 months. He didn't regain his rank as Sergeant again until November 1917. He claimed to have fought at the Somme and alongside the Guerkas of which he was very proud. Apart from that he spoke very little about the war.

Gary Breeze


Driver P. Moony 26 Battery Royal Field Artillery

I have recieved a post card from a friend who is doing a house clearing, when he came across this postcard he sent it to me for interest.

I would really like to pass it on to a relative of this soldier if at all possible.There is no forwarding address or date, but the content of the card is as follows:

Dear wife and child. Just a few lines hoping that you are going on alright and in the best of health as it leaves me at present. Dear wife I recieved your parcel safely this morning Sunday. The cakes were very nice and thank you very much. Dear wife please send me some Woodbines.I will try and come and see you but I shall have to pay half my fare but it will cost me a bit of money to come and see you. Dear wife please could you spare about a 1pound to get me home)unsigned,

W. Vanstone


2nd Lt. Douglas Monro King Baird MC & Bar. Royal Field Artillery

Douglas Baird in 1918

My Grandfather Douglas Baird won the MC and Bar almost exactly a year apart. I believe these actions were at The Somme.

Douglas Baird in 1918

Tony Baird


Cpl. James William Hill MM. 87th Brigade, H2, A Battery Royal Field Artillery

My husband`s great Grandad, James Hill, was awarded the Croix de Guerre when defending Kemmel Hill near Ypres on 25th April 1918 with 19th Division. His citation reads thus: Setting a splendid example of coolness and courage. Being ordered to remove the dial sight and the breachblock of his gun and being attacked by a German 30 yards away he took a rifle and killed his enemy. He then fired on a number of the enemy who had advanced within 150 yards of the Battery and held them in check, thus allowing the men of his Battery to get away.

He resumed his job as a policeman when he returned home but died 12 months after the war ended from poison gas effects at the age of 33. His daughter either sold or gave away his medals and we would love to buy them back. We know all his medals are together and are owned by a dealer in the Suffolk area at this moment in time. I find his story fascinating and have managed to find out a great deal about him through various websites.


Bombadier William Henry "Driver" Smith (d.31st Dec 1915)

Driver Smith was my Great Uncle. He died aged 22 years in Flanders. I know little of him, except he worked in the family Greengrocery business prior to going to fight and he had a son, Harry born in 1914. Driver is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Anne Gardner


Dvr. Allan Herschell 2nd Brigade, 53rd Battery. Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Oct 1918)

My great-grandfather Allan Herschell was killed in action in France. I would be interested to find out what battle the 2nd Brigade were involved in around this time

David J.


Gnr. William Henry Rouse 242nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.16th June 1916)

William Rouse was ‘learning electric motors’ at the age of 17, in 1911. He was at that time living with his parents and two siblings in Sheep Street (which made way for the Aston Uni Campus) – where William Hy Senior was caretaker at a working men’s residence. William joined a territorial army unit called the 3rd South Midland Brigade Royal Field Artillery, in November 1915. This brigade was headquartered in Stony Lane Sparkbrook, Birmingham (where a memorial still remains) but had been mobilised at the outbreak of war in August 1914. William joined – or was possibly drafted – in November 1915 and soon after was at the front line in France. I have a massive amount of detail as to the movements of the 242nd Brigade – which the 3rd South Midland Brigade became in 1916 – but will not cover that here.

William died on 16th June 1916 along with the other six members of his gun crew, as a result of a direct hit from an enemy shell. The Brigade had moved there just three days earlier. They were incredibly unlucky: this was two weeks before the commencement of the main Somme offensive and the sides were firing occasional ranging shots at each other. To suffer a direct hit was truly tragic and highly unusual. Artillery crews were some way behind the front line and direct hits were rare.

The details of his death and the process of discovery are as follows: William died on 16th June 1916, in Sailly-au-bois near Hébuterne in France. The Royal Field Artillery 242nd Brigade (he was in C battery) was based there from 13th June. It was something of a moonscape - very close to the front lines. We know from diaries that (a) it was said at times that there were 'more trenches than men to fill them' and (b) the field guns were unusually exposed.

Three days after the unit arrived in Sailly (near Hébuterne, where he is buried) and "a shell landed in one of the gun pits of C Battery, killing seven members of the detachment, Gunner T F Eccleston being awarded the Military Cross for action which he took in connection with the tragedy". How do we know this is how William died? It has been a case of piecing together the available information - and here's how I got to the answer:

1. Records confirm that William was with the 242nd Brigade, C Battery, of the RFA.

2. Records conform that he died on 16th June 1916

3. Records indicate that the unit moved to Sailly-Hébuterne on 13th June 1916 - making it likely that William died at this location

4. By luck I discovered that there is a cemetery at Hébuterne - and that William is buried there

5. I noticed that several others in the same Brigade died on the same day - yet this was 2 weeks before the main Somme offensive

6. The number and ranks of these fatalities indicated that it could have been an entire gun crew

7. The likely reason for an entire gun crew being killed simultaneously is that they were unlucky to receive a direct hit from an enemy shell

8. I discovered a book "Before the Echoes Die Away" published in 1980. It charts the history of the regiment - and the quote* above is taken from that book.

Without doubt it can be concluded that the names listed at the cemetery are the same men referred to in respect of this unfortunate incident reported in the book (which is based on records held in the National Archive). William Henry Rouse was one of these men. (Note that whilst the book refers to seven fatalities, only six RFA men buried in Hébuterne are shown as having died that day. The seventh was buried at another cemetery. Those that died on 16th June 1916 and buried at Hébuterne were (sic):

  • Sjt Leonard Wilson
  • Bdr Edwin Henry Prince
  • Gnr TW Holloway
  • Gnr Watkin William Henry Hughes
  • Gnr George Davis
  • and Gnr W Rouse
Whilst this was 2 weeks prior to the main Albert (Somme) offensive, it is known that both sides were peppering the other with artillery fire. And whilst a direct hit was rare, it did happen. So William Rouse died in action, by his gun, that emplacement having taken a direct hit from an enemy shell.  

John Hatton


Bdr. George Russell "Gordie" Elder 315 Brigade, A Bty. Royal Field Artillery

This book was written by my granfather, George Elder in six exercise books and was dedicted to his friend Teddy Watmough who died in action in 1917. The following extract from the book describes the event:-

My pal, Teddy Watmough and I, constructed our little dugout as we had been accustomed to sleeping together whenever the opportunity occurred. My Signallers had rigged up a telephone pit in the bank side, so we sat down at dusk around the inevitable petrol tin fire. Someone shouted "Elder you're wanted', I came out of the telephone pit to see our Major standing there. "Oh! Elder" he said "Your leave has come through so get packed and off you go at once". I was overjoyed and started to tremble at the thought of it and it didn't take me long to get my kit together. I went to my Pal Teddy Watmough, held out my hand and said: "Well. Ta Ta Ted". He said "Geordie, there's something going to happen to me here".

"Oh shut up man, don't be daft" I replied, "You'll be here all right when I come back",

"Oh well Geordie, I feel it" he said. After bucking him up as best I could, I promised to go and visit his mother when I got home. I then walked about 10 kilometres to the Station at Boyelles, where I boarded a train of cattle trucks going to Boulogne. Two days later, I stepped off the train at Newcastle at 11 pm and was soon in the arms of my wife and kiddies.

The following day I was walking through the streets of Newcastle with my wife, when I saw one of our Headquarters' Signallers coming towards us, we met and shook hands.

"Hello Geordie" he said, "Did you hear about Teddy?". I nearly dropped at those words, my wife took hold of my arm and asked me what was wrong. Those words of my pal Ted Watmough immediately flashed through my brain. "Geordie, there's something going to happen to me". Then the Headquarters' Signaller told me the same night that I left my Battery, Teddy and a Driver who took my place, had been literally blown to pieces by an 8 inch German shell that dropped on top of the dugout. Poor Ted, he must have known, a finer lad one couldn't find. I was sick and faint with the shock of the news. I could no more visit my pal's mother than I could fly. He was uppermost in my thoughts all my fortnight at home and when my time was up to leave my wife and kiddies, it made me think deeply.

The following extract describes the horrors of war:-

My O/C was looking through his binoculars and without taking them from his eyes, he asked me to get the Adjutant on the phone. I rang up the brigade and got the Adjutant. Being curious, I placed my eye to the telescope and what I saw was a wide road away to the German rear and a batch of German infantry. They were close together and seemed to be making for the same direction. I knew it must be this that my O/C had been watching. Having the ear piece of the phone strapped to my head, this is the conversation I heard between my O/C and the Adjutant “Hello Brown, Langen speaking”, my O/C said, “Well, Langen, what can I do for you?” the Adjutant replied. “I have got a very good target for our counter battery if you can get them for me”. “All right Langen, just hang on and I'll get the heavies for you” the Adjutant replied as he left the phone, in about two ticks someone spoke. “Hello Major, this is the officer of the heavies speaking”. Then my O/C said, “I am sorry to trouble you, but I have such a good target I don't want to miss it. I can't reach it myself, so I want your assistance if you don't mind”. “I want you to put about a dozen shells on (a map reference meaning the roadway previously mentioned) as quick as possible”. “Alright major, just look out for them” replied the officer of the 8 inch Howitzer Battery and at that I immediately put the telescope to my eyes once more and my O/C had the binoculars to his eyes. Just as I got settled looking through the telescope, I hear the sound of six heavy shells going over our heads. On the road behind the German lines was the batch of German infantry still passing along. All I could see of the roadway was great billows of black and white smoke. I knew then where those six heavy shells were going. They had dropped dead on the road where the soldiers were marching along. This was repeated about twelve times at intervals of about thirty seconds. When the smoke did clear away, I couldn't see anything on the road. In all probability, the German infantry had been blown to pieces. During this, I heard my O/C say out loud “My God, My God, this is terrible”. He then got down and spoke to the officer of the heavy battery saying, “Thank you, and goodbye”.

Vivienne Toon


Bdr. Thomas Mosedale 4th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery

Thomas was my Grandfather and I would welcome any further information about him as it appears only his WW1 Medal Roll Undex Card has survived. He may be known as Mousdale rather than Mosedale.

Colin Mosedale


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


Gnr. George Noble Oliver Forster Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather, George Noble Oliver Forster, was born in 1883. In Sept 1914, age 31 he was posted to France & served with the 12th Division Royal Field Artillery & Royal Horse Artillery for the duration of the war. Previously he had served in the Tynemouth Garrison Artillery (Volunteer) where he trained as a Gunner. Luckily he did not sustain any major injury & returned to his work as an Iron Founder.

In 1920 he married his fiance Ellen Maud Stone. In 1928 George was selected to form one of the Guard of Honour of Ex-Servicemen, to line the New Tyne Bridge at its official opening by King George & Queen Mary on Wednesday 10th October. A badge was issued to each member & a charge of 1d was made. A band was present to play all the old war tunes & the ex-servicemen were requested "to let their voices rip" - I still have the invitation letter & badge.



Alfred Bryant Royal Field Artillery

This picture is believed to be of a gunner Alfred Bryant at the time possibly at residing at 23 Southey Street, Ashley Vale, Bristol ...

I know it's a long shot but does anyone recognise him? any information greatly appreciated.

Dorian Gray


T/Lt.Col. John G.B. Allardyce 106th Battery Royal Field Artillery

My great grand father, Kala Khan, and his two nephews Hadatulla Khan and Khan Ali Khan worked for the British Army. They were tailors for the British Army (Royal Artillery) Kala Khan (Tailor Master) did job in British Army for about 21 years. They performed his services in unit of 10 Battery R.A (1891 - 1898), 12 Battery R.F.A (1898 _ 1902) and 78 Battery R.F.A (1903 _ 1913)

I have 2 documents Britsh army certificate handwriting & autograf of Sir John.G.B. Allardyce . One another document in my opinion is very important, he gifted wherein name of clothes were mentioned which he dressed himself The British Officer named in the certificate was Sir John. G.B. Allardyce.

On the 2nd of Nov 1914 he was promoted to Major and on the 22nd of June 1915 he is serving with Royal Field Artillery, 106th Battery. Major J.G.B Allardyce was made temporary Lt-Col on April 26th 1916.

I have personal dairy ok Mr Kala Khan in which he prescribed his time spend with Sir John.G.B. Allardyce. I want to present all these things (documents, name of clothes document) to any of Sir John G.B. Allardyce family members.

Rub nawaz Balouch


George Stevens Rackstraw 6th Res Battery Royal Field Artillery

My uncle, George Stevens Rackstraw served with the Royal Field Artillery, alongside my father Robert, who transferred from the 2/4th Royal Scots to serve with him.

Charles Rackstraw


Gnr. John Lovatt Royal Field Artillary

My grandfather John Lovatt was a Gunner in WW1, born 1893 and died in 1937 from TB. There was a photo of him sitting on one of the six horse drawn cannons.



Dvr. Edward Thomas Bush 3rd Division Ammunition Column Royal Horse Artillery (d.23rd April 1917)

Edward Thomas Bush 12789 RFA, son of Charles and Esther Bush was born in the Parish of St.Pancras,London in 1894. He signed up as a reservist in 1911 and was mobilised at the beginning of the war and shipped to serve in France/Belgium. He served as a driver in the 3rd Royal Horse and Field Artillery, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column. He died on the 23rd April 1917 during what was the Second Battle of the Scarpe at Arras.

Sean Connolly


BQSM. William Henry Walker Royal Field Artillery

William Henry Walker was born in 1871 - he served in the RFA from 1892 to 1906, during which time he served in India from 10 Oct 1894 to 8 April 1900. He married in 1894 before he left and his bride waited at home for 6 years. Her father was also in the Army and they had met at the church in the Barracks in Woolwich. Their first four children were born in Ireland, two in Fermoy and two in Cork. In 1906 he left the army and returned back to Sheffield, where he and his wife raised another three children.

When WW1 broke out he was called up as a special reservist - the family say he said he would rejoin if he could get his old rank back and the authorities agreed if he passed fit. He was 48 years 169 days old when he reenlisted. He was in England with the 1st Division RFA until 29th of August 1914 and during that time he was made up from driver to corporal on the same day he enlisted. By the end of August 1914 he was promoted to sargent.

On the 24th of October 1914 he was then transferred to the 13th Division then attached to the 209 Bh(?) on the 26th. On the 9th of Feb 1915 he was promoted to BQMS with the 66th Bde. On the 14 June 1915 his record says he was serving in Mesopotamia but the statement of service says posted 9th Sept 1916 so I am a little confused here? He left Mesopotamia on the 26th Jan 1916 and was sent to Egypt where he stayed until 5 Nov 1916.

On the 5 Nov 1916 they were sent to Salonika where he stayed until 25 March 1919 and was serving back in England between 26 March 1919 and 24 April 1919 (But the military history sheet says he embarked for England on the 11 March 1919 - so once more I am confused?) It would also seem that he was transferred to the Labour Corps on the 12 Jan 1918 and there is a note before this saying classified PB 25th Oct 1917 - (I have no idea what this means?)

He had served with the Royal Artillary a total of 14 years 12 days which of course qualified him for a pension. I find it amazing that he survied the complete WW1 and returned to his family, obviously well and fit as he went on to father two more children.

He died on the 13 Sept 1944 - I am currently trying to put together a family history book for him and am investigating what battles were fought and gathering illustrations when and where I can.

John alfred henry, William Henry, Jane Alice, Jane Alice Elizabeth. Taken in Ireland possibly Fermoy prior to leaving in 1906

This was taken between 1915 (when he was promoted to Sargent) and 1917 when the girl to the far right died.

Dorothy Walker


Gunner Reginald Charles Evans MM. 276 Brigade, D Battery. Royal Field Artillary

My Grandfather, Gunner Reginald Charles Evans, fought alongside Sgt. Cyril E. Gourlay V.C. at Little Priel Farm on 30th November 1917 during the German counter attack at the Battle of Cambrai, France. Sgt. Gourlay was awarded the V.C. for his actions that day, and all other men who helped him keep the 4.5 inch Howitzer firing against almost imposible odds were awarded at least the M.M.

Wayne Finch


Pte. Peter Carlton Forbes 22nd Brigade, "B" Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.28th Sep 1918)

Peter Carlton Forbes was born to Peter Grassick Forbes of Dunfermline Scotland and the Late Jane Forbes who came from Broken Hill Australia. It is understood that on the outbreak of the WW1 a number of men including immigrants from the UK and, of course, Peter and his father left Australia to join the British Army and fight the war. He had married Margaret Elizabeth Magraw and fathered a child, named Peter Grassick Forbes. He came home to visit his son before going off on a campaign from which he never returned.

Peter Carlton Forbes was 24 when he was reported initially missing and subsequently confirmed dead on the 28th of September 1918. His remains are buried in Fins New British Cemetry, Sorel-Le-Grand. His widow was advised that because his family had emigrated to Australia she was not entitled to any War Widows pensions or assistance from the British Goverment.

T Forbes


Gnr. Daniel McAllister 277th Bde. A Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.21st Aug 1917)

My uncle, Daniel McAllister, served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1916 through to his death in 1917. He died of exposure to a German Gas attack on his position just south of Ypres. He probably died within a few days, but not instantly. He is buried an Brandhoek New Militry Cemetery No 2.

John McAllister


Sgt. Cyril James Greenwood 82nd Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.21st Mar 1918)

My great uncle, Cyril Greenwood, was born on 8 Feb 1892 in East Morton, nr Bingley, Yorkshire. He was the son of Wilkinson and Martha Greenwood, and had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I have not yet found out when how early in the war he joined the Army, but he was a Sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery, 82nd Brigade, C Battery. He died on 21st March 1918 and his name is commemorated on the Memorial at Pozieres, near Albert in France. He was 26 years old. The battle in which he was killed was in the area to the west of Fort Vendeuil.

Information from the journal of the Royal Artillery on this battle gives the following information: On 21 March 1918, A Battery, 82nd Brigade, RFA commanded by Captain W. Dennes, MC, was in action about 1000 yards west of Fort Vendeuil. About 12 noon German infantry appeared in large numbers in front of the wire of the Ly Fontaine - Vendeuil switch line that was some 300 yards in front of the guns. From this time onward the Battery engaged the enemy infantry at close range, inflicting very heavy casualties on them and driving them back for a time.

About 3:45 pm Captain Dennes sent a message by runner asking for assistance, saying that he was holding his own but the enemy had worked up close, were sniping gunners on the guns, and he was loosing a good many men. Shortly afterwards Dennes was hit by a sniper and believed to be killed. 2nd Lieut. R G M Jones took command and sent a runner back to the nearest infantry post with a message saying he was intending to remain where he was and hold out to the last, and asking for the support of rifle fire on his flanks. The runner, however, lost his way- the message was not delivered in time and about 5 pm the battery position was rushed by the enemy and the few survivors in it were captured

I have three letters in my possession, written to Cyril's sister. The first is undated: "I have received a letter from The Rev P B Clayton at Poperinge, and spoken to the OC C/82 about your brother. The OC C/82 has already written to you and by now I expect you have received his letter giving you all facts. From what I hear it is most probably your brother is a prisoner of War and if you apply direct to the War Office you may hear better news."

The second dated 19th October 1918 from the British Red Cross: "Dear Madam, It is with deepest regret I write to inform you of a sad report just obtained regarding the above from Cpl L.W.Peck, 22159. R.F.A. 82 Brigade, C. Battery, at present abroad. He tells us he was informed by Bombardier S.J. Elliott of the same Battery that he had seen the above badly wounded at Vendeuil. We wish we could hold out hopes of his having survived, but we fear the chances of this are getting sadly small as he has been missing so long."

The third dated 29th April 1919 from the RFA Record Office: "Madam, It is my painful duty to inform you that no further news having been received relative to 26612 Sergeant Cyril James Greenwood C/82 Bde Royal Field Artillery who has been missing since 21 March 1918, the Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that his death took place on the 21 March 1918. By His Majesty's command I am to forward the enclosed message of sympathy from Their Gracious Majesties the King and Queen. I am at the same time to express the regret of the Army Council at the soldier’s death in his country’s service."

Sue White


Dvr. John William Brown 378 Battery Royal Field Artillery

John was born in Dunlop, Ayrshire on April 4th,1894. He was living in Hatesbury, Wiltshire in 1917, when he married my great aunt in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. John served with the Royal Field Artillery, 378 Battery as a driver.

James Ferguson McIntyre


Act.Bdr. Francis Alan Rollins "D" Bty. 23rd Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.14th Apr 1917)

Acting Bombardier Francis Alan Rollins, my Great Uncle, was serving with the Royal Field Artillery in France. He was killed in the Battle of Arras on April 14th 1917 aged 20. I have visited his grave in Athies Communal Cemetary Extension. He was from a little village in Bedfordshire and was one of six. Sadly his own Father passed away the same year before he was killed.

Ursula Bacon


A/Mjr. Albert Anderton MC & 2Bars Royal Field Artillery (d.4th May 1918)

Albert changed his name by Deed Poll from Albert Cuckow. I am a Cuckow with a keen interest in the Great War. Can anybody throw any light on the life of Major A. Anderton MC and 2 Bars.

Roger Cuckow


Pte. Joseph Samual Hollands 541st Battery Royal Field Artillery

My Great Grandfather Joseph was 22 years old when he joined the army. He was 5 feet 5 inches and was married to my Grandmother Florence Avery Hunt. I would love to see if I could find anyone who may have heard of him or knew him. He lived a long life and had many children.

Samanta Samarron


Driver Hugh Quigley 9th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery

Dedicated to my great grandfather, Hugh Quigley, born in Govan, Lanarkshire on 29th September 1883 and died in Glasgow on 29th October 1955. On the 23rd June 1915 Hugh enlisted with Royal Field Artillery - Regimental Number: 96527 - Rank: Driver. On the 20th November 1915 Hugh was sent with the British Expeditionary Forces to France. On the 21st March 1918 Hugh suffers mild gunshot wound to face and is taken to hospital in Le Treport then to a hospital in Havre. On the 28th May 1918 Hugh is transferred to the Labour Corps - Regimentall Number: 580865 - Rank: Driver. On the 18th April 1919 Hugh is demobilized with a Class 5 Pension. Disability: Gunshot Wound to Face and Neurasthenia (shell shock). Before enlisting Hugh was employed as an Iron Forge Furnaceman and also a Dock Labourer, when he left the Army one of his first jobs was a Ship Stoker onboard SS Nortonian at Vercruz in Mexico the ship belonged to the Leyland Steamship Company.

Colin Quigley


Drv. Walter Joseph Caiger 149th Battalion, 26th Brig. Royal Field Artillery

This story of my Grandfather, Walter Caiger, was pieced together after considerable research due to his British Army Service records having been destroyed during WW2. Walter had entered the Army in 1899 at age 16yrs, and had taken part in the Anglo Boer War in South Africa during 1899-1902.

Serving as a regular soldier when WW1 broke out, he was deployed from Aldershot with the 149th Battalion 26th Brigade Royal Field Artillery to the Western Front with the 1st Division of British Expeditionary Forces under the command of Lt-Colonel Cunliffe-Owen, landing in France on 16th August 1914, where their first encounter with the German forces occurred on 23rd August 1914 at Mons. He also served with the Allied Expeditionary Forces at Thessaloniki (Salonica) in central Macedonia/Greece 1915-16.

Walter experienced a great deal of action in WW1 as quoted in the National Roll of the Great War:- "Caiger, W. R.F.A. A serving soldier who enlisted in 1900, he was drafted to the Western Front on the outbreak of hostilities. His service overseas lasted for 5 years, and during this time he took part in important engagements in practically all sectors, and was wounded. He was discharged on his return to England in February 1919. 23 Smalley Road Stoke Newington N16 Entry No. 7297"

The wounds he received were a result of Mustard Gas first used by the Germans in 1917. A lethal chemical, only requiring minimal amounts to be effective. It was almost odourless and took 12 hours for the effects to show, remaining in the soil for several weeks. Victims suffered blistered skin, sore eyes, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, with the mucous stripped from their bronchial tubes, they suffered a slow and agonising death over a period of 4-5 weeks. Walter was fortunate to survive but as a result, not able to continue his Army duties and was discharged in January 1920.

Walter was awarded the 1914 Star & Clasp, General Service and Victory Medals (Clasp No.14526 “Clasp & Roses” issued)W7585 c/a d29.1.20 Qualifying date 16.8.14. When the full size medal was worn, the clasp would have been attached to the ribbon, and when just the medal ribbon was worn, a small rosette was mounted in the middle of the ribbon to signify the recipient had earned the clasp.

Post war Walter took up duties with London County Council, which acknowledged its employees contributions during the Great War 1914-18, by keeping a Record of Service for each of them. Walter’s being: Caiger, Walter Joseph (1914-19); Sapper, U.F. ; France and Salonica 3 years.

Although not having known Grandfather, we admire the stamina, courage and valour he and his comrades would have shown throughout these hostilities, and give thanks for his safe return to his homeland, England.

Victoria Cope


Capt. Frederick George Coxen 40th Battery Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather Frederick Coxen joined the RFA as a reservist around 1907 and was called into active duty August 4th, 1914. By 1907 he had achieved the rank of Bombardier and when he was called to active duty he served in the newly created 40 battery which was part of the 43rd Brigade, first corp. He went over to France with the BEF in 1914 and fought in the battles of Mons, Marne, Anise, first Ypres, Neuve Chapelle, and second Ypres.

During the war he received a field promotion to 2nd Lieutenant and by the end of the war he held the rank of Captain. During the first part of the war he was in charge of establishing observation posts and maintaining telephone communications between the gun batteries and the observation posts. He kept a journal that has been handed down to me and I've created a website where I post excerpts.

I'm in the process of self publishing a book based on my grandfather's war journal and how it helped me try to keep a promise he made with three fellow soldiers but failed to keep. The four chums made a promise with each other that if one or more of them survived the war then those that survived would find the families of those that didn't make it back and tell them how and when their loved ones died. My grandfather was the only one that survived but he failed to keep his promise. I've spent the last two years trying to locate relatives with only marginal success. If anyone had a relative that served in the RFA, 43rd brigade, I would like to find out move information about those that served, especially those from the 40th battery.

Rick Coxen


Cpl. James Penrose MM. 184th Brigade, "A" Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Corporal James Penrose of Sutton, Co. Dublin, Ireland joined the 184th Brigade "A" Battery of the Royal Field Artillery in 1915 which was formed at Deptford on 20th July 1915. They embarked for France on 6th March 1916. The 184th were disbanded on 1st December 1916 and became part of the Divisional Artillery, 184th Brigade "A" Battery became known as C/174 which was disbanded after the war in 1919.

Corporal Penrose was awarded the Military Medal which was documented in the London Gazette on 2nd August 1918. From research, Corporal Penrose was wounded near Aubigny, France on 16th September and was listed on this date as Acting Sergeant. He was Honourably Discharged from the Army on 31st May 1919.

On his return to Ireland James Penrose married Mary Quigley and went on to have eight children. However, he died in 1945 at approximately 50 years of age, in Raheny, Dublin, Ireland.

D O'Driscoll


Gnr. John McGrogan 124 Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.26th Aug 1914)

My Gt Uncle, John McGrogan was born in Belfast in 1896 and as a youth was wayward and spent some time in the notorious Artane Boys Home outside Dublin. When he left the boys home at 16 he joined the Army underage rather than return home to Belfast. He first enlisted in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1912 and later joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner in 1913.

When war was declared in Aug 1914 he left Dundalk with 124 Bty and took part in the Battle of Mons and the retreat that followed. As part of the rearguard that followed the retreat his unit took part in the Battle of LeCateau on the 26th of Aug,. During the battle his battery was facing the opposite way to the advancing enemy and for some time they had taken shelter in front of their gun shield from machine gun fire, eventually they managed to turn the guns and fire over the heads of 122 Battery that was directly in front of them. This action went on for some time until two guns were put out of action by direct hits and their ammunition wagon was blown up. They were too far in front to receive a signal to retire, they could not save the guns but they sabotaged them by breaking the breach and sights. Gunner John McGrogan was killed during this action.

At Christmas 1914 his mother had written to the Ministry asking for word of her son as she had not heard from him since he left, She was to hear the bad news from his friend who had been wounded and was back in Belfast on New Years Eve.

Michael P Doyle


Cpl. William Robert Humfrey X/35 Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery

Corporal William Robert Humfrey (spelled, incorrectly, as 'Humphrey" on his records) was badly wounded in June 1918 and evacuated to 56 Casualty Clearing Station at Gezaincourt. His mother subsequently received a communication from Army Records (Army Form B 104-82) dated 8th of July 1918 stating that he had died at 56 CCS on 17 June 1918 from wounds received in action. You can imagine the shock and grief this caused his family and particularly his fiancee who had already lost one previous sweetheart as well as her brother to the war.

But on the 12th of July 1918 they received a telegram from Artillery Records stating that "155293 Corporal W R Humphrey is now reported improved and transferred to base". He was eventually tracked down to 11 Stationary Hospital at Rouen from where he was repatriated to the UK on the A.T. "Warilda" on 30 July 1918. He lived until 1964 when he finally died, his wounds in 1918 recorded as being a contributing cause to his death.

P Laing


2nd Lt John William Wellesley Sutton MC. attd. 28th Bde RFA. Royal Garrison Artillery (d.29th Jun 1917)

I have researched two large candle holders in our local church both of which have memorial plaques on their bases. These candle holders were given to our church when the navy moved out of Portland, Dorset and closed the naval chapel. I could not understand why the two men on the memorial plaques did not appear on the village memorial tablet in the church. Upon researching the two men I found their fathers were high ranking officers in the Royal Navy who must have had the plaques made in memory of their lost sons.

John William Wellesley Sutton was killed at the battle of Vimy Ridge on the 29th June 1917 where he was killed by poison gas. The other memorial plaque is to another 2nd Lieutenant, John James Fraser Shand R.G.A 185th Heavy Battery killed at the battle of Salonika on the 6th August 1917 at the age of 19.

C Taylor


Pte. James Worrall 282 Brigade, A Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.23rd Oct 1918)

Gunner James Worrall,66959, of the Royal Field Artillery died on the 23rd of October 1918, and is buried at St Aubert British Cemetery, Nord France. This man was my Grandfather,he first came to my attention around 1999 when I was talking to my old Aunty before she died. Nobody in my family had ever spoken of him as I can ever remember, not even my mother! I was quite upset at the time so I started trying to find out about him. My Aunty gave me two old photos, one of him and one of his grave.

In 2001 my son and I went to France and found the cemetery where he is buried. Since then I have been there every year to visit. What hurt the most was the words,"Their name liveth for evermore" to me it did not apply in his case as I could not find his name on any cenotaph in this country. So, after a lot of letter writing, phone calls, and red tape, I got his name put on the Littleborough Cenotaph in 2005. Hopefully, now, his name will live on in his homeland.

He was in the "A" Bty. 282 Bde,of the Royal Field Artillery, and was married with four children when he died. All I have been able to find out about him is he was awarded three medals. Where they went I do not know.

Is there anybody out there who can point me in the right direction to finding out more about him, sevice records, etc., as sometimes trying to find anything out is like banging your head against a brick wall. It's so complicated.

W. Peatfield


Lt. John Robert "Old Jimmy " Jamieson Highland Brigade; later 178 Siege Battery RGA RFA (Aberdeen); later RGA

My father John R. Jamieson (1877-1936) enlisted in Edinburgh. Used to handling heavy horses, he joined the RFA (Aberdeen) Highland Brigade. He was later commissioned into the RGA and served in France. I was 2 when he died and have no personal memory of him, but I have a number of interesting mementoes including: His diary for 1918 (including positions of the Battery), and notebook of lecture notes; Six Trench Maps. A copy of "The Old Front Line" (John Masefield, 1917). A copy of "A Battery in France", an account of the service of 178 Battery RGA, including some amusing anecdotes about JRJ. Picture postcards of Arras, Albert and elsewhere. His uniform, including sword; "Pip, Squeak & Wilfred" medals. Ashtray made from bullets and hand bell made from Ypres brass;

At the end of the War JRJ was made a Chevalier de Merite Agricole.

Ian Jamieson


Dvr. Frank Richards Royal Field Artilliery

My uncle, Frank Richards, went to war from New Tredegar where he lived and worked. He was wounded and gassed and returned to his home at Iron Brdige, Shropshire following his discharge. However his landlady in New Tredegar was unaware of this and had his name put on the local war Memorial. It is out of alphabetical order at the very bottom of the list. I wander how many other cases there are like this.

Frank eventually died in Sept 1951 as a result of the gas he received during WW1. His elder brother Eli Richards also served in the WW1 and received the MM.

Miriam Newbound


Sjt. Ernest James Knight 312th Bde. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.26th May 1917)

Ernest James H Knight { who is my great uncle} son of Levi and Helen Knight and husband of Emily Knight of 284 Somers Road, Portsmouth was killed on 26th May 1917 aged 28. The camouflage neting around the field gun caught fire and it spread to the stack of shells, were they exploded and killed Ernest and the rest of his men. He is layed to rest at Hac Cemetery, Ecoust-st-Mein.

Robbie Knight


Gnr. Thomas W. Robinson 181st Bde. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Jun 1918)

Thomas Robinson was a Gunner with the Royal Field Artillery, he was killed in action 03/06/1918 and is buried at Duchy-les-Ayette Cemetery (I. A. 15), in northern France. Unfortunately, my great uncle's Army records seem to have been destroyed during WWII, so I have no way of knowing how, when or where exactly he was killed. If anyone knows how or where I might find this information, I would be grateful of an e-mail.

M. North


Dvr. Robert Baxter "Racka" Rackstraw 6th. Reserve Battery Royal Horse Artillery

Robert Baxter Rackstraw ( 2nd Right )

My father, Robert Baxter Rackstraw, was in France for part of the war, he was in the 2/4th Battalion Royal Scots No 4973, 4th Res and was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery, No91930 driver, 6 Res Battery, after being claimed by his older brother, George Stevens Rackstraw. Date of the transfer was 16th July 1916. When he was in the Royal Scots he was based at Terling Camp, Witham and when the transfer was complete he was based at Forrest Row, Sussex.

George Stevens Rackstraw(Sitting Hat On) & Robert Baxter Rackstraw (Standing Hat On).

C.H. Rackstraw


Tptr. Sydney Charles Walker 541 Battery Royal Field Artillery

I would like to know more about my father's time in India from 1914 - 1917, he was Trumpeter Sydney Walker.

Jan Rossington


Bdr. Eugene Mahy MM. 50th Bde. C Bty Royal Field Artillery (d.25th April 1918)

My great uncle Eugene Mahy was awarded the Military Medal on 4th February 1918 and died just a few months later. Does anyone have any information about how he earned the medal or where he died?

Marcus Mahy


L/Cpl Albert Arthur Wykes 2nd Btn. Black Watch (d.18th Jun 1917)

Albert Wykes was a 2nd Cousin of my wife. It would appear he served in the Royal Field Artillery No 99081 and also the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) No s/10238. He is shown as having died from his wounds.

Can anybody explain why he would have served in 3 different Regiments? I understand that some men who had been wounded or were unfit for Front Line Duty transferred to the Labour Corps, but I am unable to work out in which order he served in the RFA and the Royal Highlanders and how would a cockney come to be in the Black Watch, any suggestions please.

Editor's Note: As Albert's record on CWGC shows him as being with the Black Watch, and transferred to the 13th Coy Labour Corps, it is reasonably safe to assume that he was with the Artillery as his first unit. It is quite common for men to serve with more than one unit, if injured and taken out of the front line for treatment, their place in the regiment would have to be filled by another man to maintain unit strength. On returning to duty they would be assigned to which ever unit required additional personne, so the regional identity of the regiments soon became muddled. Or a man with specialist skills might be transferred from one unit to another if there was a shortage of skilled men in another unit. The Labour Corps was largely made up of men who were not fully fit for front line fighting, so it is possible that Albert was injured or taken ill whilst with the Black Watch and transferred to the Labour Corps for a period of recovery.

Dennis Walker


Dvr Herbert Wilfred Welburn 411th Battery Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather, Herbert Welburn joined up at the age of 18 years and 11 months of age. He was brought up on a farm and was used to heavy horses, and so became a driver. I am still researching my Grandfather, and have been lucky enough to find his service record on line, although it is hard to read!

Grandad did not talk too much about the war, but he told me that when he was in France, he had a girlfriend, who was French, and she worked in the kitchen.He said he used to get through the window for extra food and would have been shot if his superiors knew what he was up to! Of course I was listening to this story when I was eight or nine years of age, so it could have been exaggerated a little!

He said that one day he was stood in a trench talking to another soldier, when there was a large explosion. He carried on, but then realised the other soldier was dead, although he was still standing up. It was due to compression of the lungs he told me.

Once he was told to go and move a field gun, but refused saying 'I would sooner be a living coward than a dead hero'. The office threatened to have him court-martialed when the gun was hit by a shell. If he had gone to move it he would have been killed. He did, however, disobey an officer saving a soldier who had been hit after being told not to. The officer received a medal for bravery although he did not go to help.

One day, a soldier asked Grandad if he smoked. 'Yes' said my Grandfather. 'What kind do you smoke?" asked the curious soldier. 'Abide with me' replied my Grandfather.

Robert Welburn


Pte. Robert William Platt Royal Field Artillery

I am trying to search some history on my Grandad R W Platt who, I believe, was aged about 15/16 upon joining the Army (possibly Royal Artillary) and would appreciate any information or assistance.

I was told that he was awarded a Medal for capturing and taking several German prisoners alive and back to Allied lines during some stage of the battle .

This is the only information I can recall so if anybody could assist,fill in the gaps or point me in the right direction this would be appreciated .Thank You



Gnr. Arthur Merridan 110 Bde. D Bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.20th April 1918)

Arthur Merridan was born in Woolwich in 1890. In 1914 he married Minnie Page and they had a son also named Arthur was born in 1916. He was killed in 1918 and is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery.

A Narcisi


Lt. George Dundas MC & Bar "A" Bty. 61st Bde (d.2nd Sep 1918)

Lt. George Dundas attested to the Canadian Expeditionary Force on Mar 3rd, 1915. He enrolled directly from the University of Toronto into the Eaton Motor Machine Gun Brigade. While motorized machine guns were cutting edge technology at the time, they didn't fit easily into static trench warfare & were used very little. Due to boredom, George found a chance to enlist with the RFA, which he did. He joined either 61st or 161st brigade (not clear on that)in France during March 1916.

Bored again with the 18 pounders he transferred to trench mortars. At that point, as he says in a letter to his friend, "I wanted excitement and action and I bally well got it." He received the Military Cross in October 1916 at the Somme and added a bar in March 1918 during the German's spring offensive - a very rare combination. Less than 350 were awarded during the war I believe. Officers usually didn't live long enough to receive two commendations for bravery.

Lt. George Dundas, enrolled very near the beginning of the war & managed to come within about a month of seeing the end of it. He died Sept 2nd, 1918 and during the push east of Amiens. He is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Lt. George was my Great-Great Uncle. I'd like to know more about the activities of his brigade or any other information related to him.

Kelly Dundas


Bty.Sjt.Mjr F G Wise MM. 82nd Bde. 'A' Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.18th Nov 1918)

I found this soldier's medals with my father's effects. I do not know of any family connection or why the medals were not forwarded to the n.o.k. I have ascertained that he originally came from Perth, Australia. I have not further information and I would dearly like to know why these medals were in my family's possession.

Jill Sandy


Gnr. Harry Powell 459th Howitzer Bty. Royal Field Artillery

Harry Powell, Gunner 35181 was born in 1883 in Leeds. On 02/09/1904 Harry joined the Army in Leeds as a 7 year reservist and served as a Gunner. He married in Leeds in 1906 and left the Army in 1911. He emigrated to Australia in 1912 and was called up again in Dec 1914 while in Melbourne (He went AWOL in Egypt for a while en-route back to the UK - a wild lad )

Harry served with the 459th howitzer RFA, 118th brigade with the First Canadian Division. He was discharged 11/12/1918 and given the 1914-15 Star, Victory Medal & Silver War Badge. I have spent years trying to find his DOB and where he joined up in Leeds but sadly to no avail, can anyone help?

Steve Hope


A/Bdr. Robert Bennett-Pitts MM. D Bty. 153rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.25th Sep 1918)

Robert Bennett-Pitts was my Great Uncle, he was born on 27th February (I was born on 27th February) and died on 25th September (my sister was born on 25th September. My dad was named after Robert, but he didn't know this until a few years ago. I never knew Robert and no-one ever talked about him. I have been in touch with a wonderful man called Pierre who has kindly sent me a photo of Robert's grave in Belgium. It made me cry when I received it. I feel so proud of the Great Uncle (and all others) who gave up their lives for us all RIP to my very brave Great Uncle and all who lost their lives in any war xx



Gnr. Daniel McAllister A Battery 277th Brigade (d.21 Aug 1917)

My uncle, Gunner Dan McAllister, died during the last Battle of Ypres. I have been told he died of gas poisoning, but I do now know for certain. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 in Belgium

John McAllister


Capt. William Henry Bloor Royal Field Artillery (d.3rd Jan 1918)

I am in the process of writing a history of the Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry, pricipally during the First World War.

William Henry Bloor was a Sergenat in the Denbighshire Yeomanry, before being commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery. As a Captain he was killed-in-action on 3 January, 1918. His father Reginald Henry Bloor or Rex Bloor also served in the DY. I am looking for any photos of Officers, NCOs and Men who served in the Denbighshire Yeomanry from 1900 to 1921.

I gained my BA in History in 2003 and my thesis was on the DY. Any photos or stories which could be copied/photocopied would be of great help to me.

Nick Peacock


Lt. John Clemo Royal Artillery

John Clemo was born in 1924 and joined the Royal Artillery in 1942 where he served until 1982 reaching the rank of Major. On leaving the army he settled in Australia.

Chris Lordan


Gnr. Bertie Charles Pobjoy MID. Royal Field Artillary

Trying to find more information about my wife's grandfather who was mentioned in despatches by General F.R. Cavan dated 18th January 1919. I have a plaque signed by the late Winston Churchill who was Secretary for War at that time.Can anyone help me uncover any more information please?

Robert Gough


Dvr. Ronald M Burns Royal Field Artillery

My mother recently inherited several items that had once belonged to her father who died in 1968. Among the items was a medal belonging to the person named in the details above. My mother told me she knew nothing of Mr Burns. My Grandmother never showed any of us this medal over all those years, yet it was among the items left when she recently passed away. Can anyone shed any light on who he was, as apart from a basic write up on one of the Army archives sites, I can find nothing else of Mr Burns. I would like to return the medal, as I am sure the late Mr Burns will have relatives out there who would be excited to have it returned..even after all this time

Joe Kelso


Driver Thomas George Sparrow 2/6th Royal Field Artillery

He would never talk about the war when he returned home. His brother (John Edward Sparrow) also fought in WW1 but sadly lost his life in April 1918.

Keith Sparrow


Sgt. Thomas William Toop DCM. 33rd Div Royal Field Artillery

My Granfather Thomas W.Toop enlisted about the age of 18 years and became a officer's servant. He was stationed at Canterbury Camp in 1910 and then moved to Trowbridge, Wiltshire by 1913,he received the D.C.M in 1914 and went to France.

He was promoted to Sargent and possibly to Sargent Major and survived the war to return home and run the family transport business that his father started. I have only been able to find his medal record but not his full history,if anyone could help with this I would be truly gratefull.

Christopher Toop


Dvr. John Turner 86th Brigade, C Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.6th Sep 1917)

Dvr John Turner

John Turner was 23 when he died of wounds. He was a driver in the RFA and was killed by shelling, whilst riding through Hellfire Corner near Ypres.

Peter Jenkins


Gnr. Hodgson Harold Telfer Royal Field Artillery

I am reseaching Hodgson Harold Telfer's life for an elderly relative who was named after him, Hodgson was his uncle and he knows little about him. We have his war medals; a wallet with hand embroidering; his bible; a newspaper clipping of him retiring after 42 years as a butcher and a couple of his uniform embellishments.

After a few hours of research over the last couple of days, I have the following: Born 1884, Bellingham, Northumberland. Seems he was known as Harold rather than Hodgson. He was a Butcher by trade from at least the age of 16 and had his shop in 'Market Place' Hexham for at least 42 years and had a Mr A Riley working with him for 34 of those. His father was James TELFER a butcher of Bellingham and Hexham and mother probably Eliza or Johannah nee Hodgson, it appears 2 sisters had a double wedding and one of them married James, the other married a Roger Smith. Both these women died within a year of each other - I suspect Hodgsons mother is possibly Johannah, as Hodgsons youngest sister Johanna was born 1889 at the time of death of both these women, so possibly named after her mother who may have died in childbirth or shortly thereafter. He married Margaret GOWANS date unknown. His siblings were William Stanley b1882 and Johanna b1889. He died 1967 in the Northumberland West registration district.

Can anyone add any further details?

Sarndra Lees


Joseph Hope Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather's brother Joseph Hope served in the Royal Field Artillery during WW1. I have checked the medal rolls and unfortunately there are 4 Joseph Hope's serving in the Royal Field Artillery, so I don't know which one he is. When the backs were digitised on I checked them but there was no information there.

My Mum was a war orphan, she was 3 months old when her father was killed and she was brought up by her maternal grandmother and she wasn't encouraged to know her father's family (family feud perhaps). However when she was about 14 she met her Uncle Joseph who was then working as a commissionaire outside a local cinema, this would have been in Longton or Fenton, Staffordshire, in the late 20's early 30's.

If anyone has any other information I would love to know it.

Hope Morgan


Dvr. Samuel Lewis Royal Field Artillery

My father Samuel Lewis was born 5th of January 1897 in Withington, Manchester, he enlisted on his 18th birthday at Mansfield, Notts. He served through the great War with the RFA. Little is known about his service but I am hopeful of finding out the areas he served in.

Dave Lewis


William McKenzie Royal Field Artillery

I am currently reaching desperation point to find any further details about my grandfather's military service. The few things we know for sure is that he enlisted virtually the day war was declared but at the time he was only 14. He served in France in the early days and was somehow discovered to be under age and was returned to UK.

He re-enlisted in 1915, aged only 15 and was to see action in Ypres and Passchendale. I have a picture of him on horseback at what seems to be a pretty substantial stable block so I assume its in England. He survived the war and took part in a football tournament in Belgium in 1919 and won a medal.

Unfortunately, because he was under age , records probably would not be accurate, as he would no doubt, have lied about his date of birth if not his name as well, on both occasions. If anyone can help or advise a course of action , I'd be eternally grateful. Many thanks.

Pete McKenzie


Bdr. John Alfred Howton 1st Training Battery

John lied his age to enlist in the army so as to carry on as his father and grandfather with The Royal Artillery. We know he served in France but not where or when.

His father, Driver George Howton RA9490, served 21 years and had 1 year and 9 months in So Africa in 1900-1901. His grandfather John William Howton enlisted in 1861 at Woolwich, he died in 1888.

Wayne Millard


RSM. Henry John Cross Croix de Guerre Royal Field Artillery

I am trying to trace the details of this soldier, Henry Cross on behalf of his grand-daughter. The details of his life have been presented by her and I can not vouch for their authenticity. I would appreciate any information anyone can give me.

Brian Taylor


Dvr John R. Cowan 126th Bde. (d.10th Sept 1918)

This photo may be of John R Cowan

John died in September 1918 and was a driver in the Royal Field Artillery. I am trying to piece together his family history and descendants who I believe include a son born shortly before he was killed.

There is a photograph which I believe is him and showing him in uniform with breeches and a collar and tie. Would this have been correct for his rank in the RFA?

Pat Newton


Arthur Stanley Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, Arthur Stanley was a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, I found he is on the great roll of 1914-18.

Byron Leeming


Dvr. William Silver 190th Bde. B Section Royal Field Artillery

I'm currently trying to find out information about my great grandad's movements in WW1, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Clare Cregg


Sjt. Alfred Edward Jones MM. Royal Field Artillery

Grandad Jones with family prior to going to france with the Expeditionary Force 1914

My Grandad, Alfred Jones, first joined the Grenadier Guards in 1906 and went to India where he met my grandmother. He transferred to the RH then the RFA starting off as a private then acting corporal, by the time he was in the Royal Field Artillery he was Sargent. He was with the Expeditionary Force France 1914 and won the Military Medal on the Somme. Like most soldiers Grandad didn't want to talk about the war and I can't blame him for how he suffered and came home alive one will never know. Grandad was 19 when he joined the grenadier Guards in 1906 and saw plenty of action.

He came home to East Ham after the war and joined the police force in 1919 and became a Sargent. He won the bronze medal for saving a woman from a burning shop in 1940. He was born 3rd September 1886 in West Ham and had 11 children. Grandad died in 1965.

His brother Christopher Edward Jones also served in the Great War but sadly was killed 26th October 1914. He was with the 2nd Btn Border Regiment. His wife and son are in the picture also grandmother(wife of Alfred) and his 2 children. Christopher Edward Jones is remembered at the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

Barbara Smith


Gnr. John Frederick Symes DCM. Royal Field Artillery

John Frederick Symes was my Great Grandfather he was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery he served in India, Mesopotamia and the Western Front,where he took part in the battles of Arras, Loos, Neuve Chapelle and Ypres. He later went with the Army of Occupation to Germany. He was demobbed in 1919.

John served with honours in WW1. In March 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Field by his Major for Conspicuous Gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. The award was reported in the London Gazette issue No. 30879 page 97 published on 3rd September 1918. He helped in repelling the enemy by rifle fire and then assisted in dismantling a gun whilst under fire. His Officer Commanding having been shot in both legs was carried by John although surrounded by the enemy, under cover of the mist to the safety of the R.A.M.C.

John returned to England where the effects of the war took its toll and he went A.W.O.L. and was arrested by the Military Police, however his Commanding officer intervened and no action was taken against him, he then returned to action as the hero he was. Sadly I have been unable to trace his Army records.

Chuck Gaish


Gnr. John Hudson Medcalf 251st Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.5th Nov 1918)

My Great Great Uncle, John Medcalf was a prisoner of war and died 6 days before the end of the War. He is buried in the Berlin South Western Cemetery.

Angela Cockburn


Dvr. David Cliff Brown 43rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.5th. Jun 1916)

David Cliff Brown lost his life on board HMS Hampshire. The Memorial at Southampton. Panel No.1. records his name and many more who perished on that awful day. He is my Great Uncle.

Adrian Inman


Campbell Wilson Royal Field Artillery

I am trying to find out more about the war service of my grandfather, Campbell Wilson. I have very little to go on as both he and my mother are deceased. I know that he was affected by a gas attack and that he was awarded 2 medals. I think he drove horses. He was born and brought up in Muirkirk in Ayrshire. Can anyone help me find out his details?

John Campbell


Dvr. Richard Stanley "Derry" Edwards 124 Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather was born Richard Stanley Rowlands, but changed his name to Edwards, his mothers previous married name. He signed up twice to a Welsh regiment but his Mother 'retrieved' him as he was under age born 2nd Jan 1898. He then managed to join the Royal Field Artillery but his records appear to have been destroyed in WW2 and I cant find any more detail other than that listed on his medal card.

If my deductions are correct he was in 124 Brigade as part of 37th Division serving from 1916 in France at the battles of the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele amongst many others. He was a driver and rode the lead horse of a gun team. He survived the war and lived until the mid 1960's when I was only 3 years old.

In the Second World War he was a chief fire watch officer and defused many incendiaries falling around Twickenham in London. My uncle still has his slide rule from his days as a RFA driver, and fire axe from WW2.

Alan Wenham


Gnr. John Rudiger 7th Divisional Amunition Column Royal Field Artillery

I am the youngest son of John "Jack" Rudiger who went off to war with his two brothers, Harry and Ernie. I have a cutting of the three of them from the Hackney Gazette, at the time. All three returned although my Father sustained a head wound.

You may find a certain irony in the fact that my Grandfather was of German origin, hence the name! He came to this country as a young lad, and the fact that he sent his three sons off to war against his native country showed how he had integrated in the UK.

Dad never spoke too much about the WW1, he was an ARP Warden in WW2. I have my Father's 'Pip Squeak & Wilfred' but have no further details of his military career or where he fought. You would think with an unusual surname name like ours it would pose no problems, but all internet searches show no trace! I do not know his Battalion or Brigade, so if anyone out there can offer any help or assistance, it would be most gratefully received. I am endeavouring to get something together for my Grandchildren.

UPDATE: Jack's medal card has now been located on and it shows he served with the 7th Divisional Ammunition Column.

David Rudiger


Dvr. James Hughes 2nd Battery Royal Field Artillery

James Hughes, RFA in 1919

James Hughes was born on 23 September 1893 at Joicey’s Cottages, Hill Top, Dipton, Co.Durham, the eldest son of Thomas and Catherine Hughes. He was educated at Flint Hill National School, before working in the colliery as a Pony Putter(1911 census).

Three years later in Newcastle on 28th December 1914 he enlisted for six years in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA). The Royal Regiment of Artillery combined the RFA and RHA and as the war progressed a recruit could expect to be moved between the two depending on service demands.

This photograph c.1915 shows James in combat uniform posing with ‘E Sub’. This would be a Sub Section of E Battery in the RFA. The Batteries were designated by the letters A to F; each battery had six guns, one gun for each sub section manned by 20 men. James appears to have started with the 2nd Battery RFA on 12/01/1915.

The description of James on enlistment gives us a snapshot in time. He was 21 years and 3 months, height 5’ 6”, weight 124 lbs, chest expanded 37”, complexion ruddy, eyes brown, hair auburn. He was passed fit for the Army based on medical examination and his own declaration that he did not suffer from anything that would be an impediment to him.

He was part of the British Expeditionary Force that was sent to fight in France. He alternated the duration of the war between France and home leave. In total spending 5 years and 86 days in the service up to the time of his discharge on 22/03/1920. He spent 2 years and 29 days in France.

The record stated that he was wounded on 29/08/1918 and sent to Queen Mary’s Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancs on 29/08/1918 By his discharge he had suffered deafness and defective vision, enough to merit his discharge from the Army as being ‘no longer Physically Fit for War Service’. One record stated he was awarded a single man’s pension of 12/- per week. At the end of the war he was awarded the ‘Star Medal 1914-1915’, the ‘British War Medal(1914-1920) and ‘Victory Medal’, awarded in 1919 and affectionately known as ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’.

A photo of James(c.1920) wearing military khaki plus medal stripes and what appears to by a lance-corporal’s cord but his left arm is out of view which would have shown a single stripe.

There is another photo of him in the full dress jacket of the RHA taken at Aldershot (c.1920). So it seems likely after the war ended he was briefly in the RHA.

On 14 May 1921 James Hughes was married to Isabella Smith at St. Joseph’s RC church in Stanley, Co.Durham. He had survived the carnage of WWI and went back to being a coal miner, raising his family in the colliery villages near Stanley.

Godfrey Duffy


Gnr. Keneth Stiling (d.June 1918)

I am trying to trace Gunner Keneth Stiler, he is on a plaque in Plymtree church but I cannot find any military records.

Sharon Bowen


Dvr. George Thomas Hawkins 14th Bde Ammunition Col. (d.8th June 1918)

I recently found George Hawkins's death details via Ancestry. His only child, Theresa, was my grandmother. George's wife Edith Dane died 6 months later in December 1918, and Theresa was adopted by Edith's sister Emma Lufkin.

I have not been able to locate George's war records, I suspect they were destroyed like so many others in WW2, so have no evidence that he ever saw his daughter Theresa.

George was listed as a driver in RFA 14th Bde Ammunition Col. I would like to know where and what the 14th Bde was up to around the time of George's death.

Sally Hyland


Dvr. Ernest Bradley 33 Brigade, 8th Division Royal Field Artillery

I have been searching for a photograph of my Grandfather, Ernest Bradley for over 40 years. He was born in Skipton Yorkshire and in 1913 he moved to South Elmsall, Pontefract, West Yorkshire where he married my grandmother Mary Jane Crofts in 1914, and where my father was born in 1916. My Grandfather was a hairdresser and owned his own shop in the village, prior to joining the Royal Field Artillery at Newcastle upon Tyne on the 19th December 1915.

On 13th January 1916 he was posted to No1 Reserve Brigade and later appointed Acting Bombardier.

On 17th January 1917 he was posted with the British Expeditionary Forces to France where he served with the 33 Brigade RFA part of the 8th Division and to part in the 3rd Battle of Ypres 1917, 1st Battle of the Somme 1918 and 2nd Battle of Arras 1918 and at some point suffered injuries from mustard gas, he received treatment and reverted back to driver. Finally discharged on Demobilization 9th August 1919. He returned home and continued he hairdressing career in South Elmsall and Leeds, where he died 10 years later 31st December 1929.

I would be very grateful if anyone could provide me more information regarding the 33rd Brigade and 8th Division and if possible any photographs.

Jane Christine Murray


Cpl. Oliver Bennett 12th Battery (d.21st Oct 1914)


We pray you remember before God, Charles Henry Steer and Oliver Bennett former members of the choir who lost their lives fighting for King & Country in the Great War 1914. RJ.D.

BENNETT, Oliver Corporal 32124. 12th Battery Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in France & Flanders on 21st October 1914. Aged 25. Born at North Walsham. Enlisted Norwich. Son of William and Rebecca Bennett, of Holt, Norfolk, Norwich, Norfolk. One of two choir members commemorated on the stain glass window in St Andrew the Aposlte church. Buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. XVI. A. 8.

If anyone has more information on Oliver or his family please email me.



Gnr. George William Miller 50th Brigade, A Bty. (d.15th Nov 1917)

George William Miller is one of 3 brothers to died in WW1 he was the eldest born 1889. He died in Nov 1917 whilst serving with the RFA, his brothers Edwin John Miller born 1891 died Nov 1917 and Horace Philip Miller born 1895 died July 1918, both were in the Middx regt. Their brother Frederick Harry Miller born 1892 died in 1928 having been gassed 3 times in the trenches. Their father had predeceased them aged 35 in 1906. Their mother lived to 1956 but was never a happy woman. God bless them all.

Sheila Miller


Dvr. Walter Joseph Stevens (d.2nd Jul 1916)

Walter Joseph Stevens was my grandfather on my father's side. My family know very little about him except that he died in the UK, aged 37, after being gassed whilst in the Royal Field Artillery on the Continent.

He was married to Florence Lucy (nee Savage) who had three children by him - William, Percy (Jim) and Charles (my Dad). The information we have about him is taken from the cross on his grave in West Clandon Churchyard, Surrey, where the Cenotaph there records his name as Joseph Stevens. So I am unsure which is his first name - Walter (as on his grave) or Joseph (on the Cenotaph). We believe he was a gardener before the war, possibly at Clandon Park. During WW1 his wife (my grandmother) worked as a "postie" in the village, living in a small cottage owned by the Onslows Family who lived in Clandon Park.

Bruce Stevens


Gnr. Matthew Baxendale 9th Reserve Royal Field Artillery

I am currently tracing my family tree and have come across a great grand father, Matthew Baxendale, who served as a Gn. in the RFA. I have his pay books, which show that my grand father enlisted at the age of 25 yrs. and 6 months on 9th December 1915. He was paid 1 shilling tuppence ha'penny from 15/6/1917 and had 6 pence per day taking off, under the heading "Deduct Voluntary allotment/compulsory stoppage". The lines for Voluntary and compulsory are one and the same so I do not know the actual reason for the stoppage.

A new page was pasted in over the original which shows he was then paid 1 shilling 6 pence per day from 3/1/1918, with no stoppages; this includes three pence for proficiency pay and also ha'penny to make up the minimum up the Army Order. On the new page there are separate lines and entries for deductions.

I can only trace records via the pay book to show that my grandfather disembarked to France on 5/7/1917, he was paid, on average 10 francs per week. He appears to have had leave to the UK for 15 days from 21/12/1917 though three subsequent entries suggest that he may still be in England on the 25th February 1918 as two rail warrants were issued.

The next entry 27/4/1918 shows a Field payment at No 13 Convalescent Depot. He continues to receive his pay in the field up to 16/8/1918 when he receives 20 francs. For some reason the next entry is dated one month later and is stamped 15 Oct 1918 admitted to No 7 Convalescent Depot. From this date he receives regular field payments; again there is a rubber stamped entry which is a little smudged. From this stamp all that I can decipher is that my grand father was sent "To Rest Camp 08 Nov". The last payment shown in the pay book is dated 13/12/1918 for 50 Francs.

I would like help in locating the area/towns where two convalescent Depots were located, namely number 13 and no 7 Convalescent Depots.

Jim Wood


Gunner Thomas Curtin Royal Field Artillery

I recently found this site when looking for images of the RFA in WW1. I found the picture of George Uren added by his great granddaughter Denise Chapplow. The man sitting to his right is my great grandfather Thomas Curtin.

Natalie Paskell


Sgt Mjr. Andrew Bell Moffat 4th Low Bde Royal Field Artillery

Please can you tell ME the abbreviations of the units he was in Joined as TA in 1911 and left 11/4/1930 with a presentation of a Gold pocket watch inscribed as follows:- 312 Bty Sgts Mess On occasion of leaving the battery 11/04/1930 I believe he went to Egypt....and if your information can confirm I would be grateful Will try and attach documents I got of the web but unfortunately as I have no knowledge of army procedures I do not understand them all Hope you can help Thank you Avril Anderson ...grandaughter p.s. not able to attach files ....please send me an e-mail address to forward them to you Avril

Avril Anderson


Sgt. Horace Charles Ernest Knightly 15th Brigade, "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Mar 1918)

I am trying to find any information on my great uncle Horace Knightly, who died in WW1. I have no idea when he joined the army and cannot find him in the 1911 Census when he would have been about 28 (born 1883). He registered his mother's death in 1914 from an address in Hackney where he lived when he married in London in 1917.

Any help in finding out anything at all would be greatly appreciated.

Update: Thanks to a very helpful lady, I now know that in 1911 Horace was serving in India.

Jean Fuller


Shoeing Smith Gunner Robert Wallett 112th Brigade. "A" Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Sept 1918)

I am trying to find a bit more about this particular relative of mine, Robert Wallett. I know when he was born and when he died but little of the short life in between other than he obviously took up the family trait of "Smithying" and this skill was utilised by the Army. This is probably a stab in the dark but the usual avenues of enquiry have proved fruitless, I have been researching my family tree for some time, as is probably the case with tens of thousands of people everywhere there is more than one or two sad endings to young live's attributed to the various conflicts of the 20th Century and none more so than "World War One". Any help would be appreciated.

Ian Cunningham


Dvr. William Robert Harvie 28th Highland (Howitzer) Division Royal Field Artillery

I am attempting to trace my family tree. My paternal grandfather, William Harvie, was a Driver with the 28th Highland (Howitzer) Division, RFA in WW1 and was injured on a number of occasions, finally being critically injured just before Armistice Day. Following amputation, he was apparently transferred to Stobhill and remained there for quite some time. I am very keen to find out information regarding his posting in France and his subsequent injuries for two reasons. I am taking my father to France to visit the Western Front at the end of June and would love to know where he was posted but have absolutely no idea where to start.

Secondly, I am a Registered Nurse who trained at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and became a serving Officer within the RAF. On leaving the forces I worked at Stobhill for at least a decade and knew my Grandpa had been admitted at some point but was never able to find any information. I would dearly love to know the true extent of his injuries, suffering and subsequent treatment.

He did not talk of this when I was younger but his injuries were extremely evident and he must have suffered greatly. He was issued, on one occasion, with Army Form B104-80A for receipt of gunshot wound to left thigh and left hand (severe). His final injury necessitated a Right Above Knee Amputation, plastic surgery to his face and ear, the surgeon was, apparently, Mr McIndoe. He was sent to Stobhill following his amputation - although due to his critical injury, the operation had to be delayed for 3 days. (This was learnt via a letter to his mother).

He was a loving and caring man who suffered greatly, initially and chronically, as did so many hundreds of thousands, too few nowadays do not always appreciate. I would be grateful for any advice.

Jane Morrison


Charles "Skin" Jackson Royal Artillery

I am trying to find more info on my grandfather Charles Jackson. He was gassed and sent back to England to get better which he duly did. However after a night in the pub and a scuffle with 2 policemen who whilst he was drunk insisted my grandfather rode his bike home. As in the day it was illegal to walk a bike on the pavement. Anyway he was charged and given a choice 4 months in jail or go back to the front line. He went back and served in the Royal Artilery. A shell went off and he back again in hospital. He survived the war and lived till he was 80. I am trying to find his hospital records. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to give. Kind regards Alan

Alan Jackson


Driver Peter McGuiggan C Btty, 78 Bde. Royal Field Artillery (d.19th Apr. 1917)

TWO GEORDIES AND A WELSHMAN. Lying in the military cemetery at Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines are three headstones of soldiers of "C" Battery of the 78th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, all members of the same gun team, who were killed outright on the night of the 19th April 1917. In the middle is Driver Peter McGuiggan, aged 26 and on either side of him are Gunner James E. Martin, aged 34 and Gunner Albert Seymour Lloyd MM, aged 23 The War Diary of the 78th Brigade records that the Brigade was positioned at Monchy in foul weather and under constant barrage. All three were killed instantly when their gun recieved a direct hit from enemy shelling during the night of the 19th April 1917. Driver Peter McGuiggan had been a miner in Gateshead. In fact a putter and was therefore accoustomed to working with horses. In the RFA he became a driver (of horses) and would have ridden one of the pair of horses making up the six horse team that carried the guns into action. He was married and had two small boys. Gunner James E. Martin came from Chester-le-stret in County Durham and I unfortunately know little of his pre-war life or occupation. Gunner Albert Seymour Lloyd was prior to the war an apprentice in Pembroke Dockyard. His father was an Alderman of that town. The lie togethe these three comrades, two geordies and a welsheman.

John McGuiggan


Gunner George Henry Saunders 4053 1st Division Royal Field Artillery

Trying to find out where he was in the war for a friend of mine who has not got the internet.

Neal Anderton


Gnr. George Orr 82nd Brigade, D Battery Royal Field Artillery (d.28 May 1917)

I am trying to find some information on George Orr, the Uncle of my father, now aged 84, who would love to know where his uncle fought, where he died etc. I am hoping to take my Dad to see his uncle's grave in Bucquoy Road Cemetery near Arras.

S Pelissier


Edwin Walter Howe MM. Royal Artilery

I am new 67 and I never knew my Dad, Edwin Howe. I am the youngest of 5 children and I know only know what what I have been told , Dad came out to Australia married mum ,and had 5 children, he died as a result of injury many years later. When he migrated to Australia, they lived in Moorabbin Victoria Australia where he worked as a storeman at the Moornabbin council as a storeman, he served with the Royal Artillary in the Great War and I was told was awarded the military medal. Any information would be just great.

Christopher Howe


Serjeant James Mullett M.M. A Bty, 82nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.10th Nov 1918)

James Mullet was a serjeant with A Battery, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. I just wondered if there were any photographs of this brigade or if anyone could tell how I find out why he was awarded the military medal.

carol middleton


Albert Clatworthy Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather's first name was Albert and my Grandmother's first name was Alice but they never used these names to each other. It was always Bert and Mag. Well my grandfather was in a place called Albert and as you know serving people are not allowed to write home with the address where they are at for security reasons. Well he thought he would be a bit clever so when he wrote home he signed the letter from Albert. When my grandmother received it, she thought he was being posh so when she replied she signed her letter from Alice. I do not know anything about my Grandfather's time in the army, all I know is he served right through and got all the medals awarded for the whole war. When the First World War broke out he had just got over Glandular fever and when he told my Grandmother he was going down to sign on she told him, you can try but they wont want you, but they did.

Albert Clatworthy


Dvr James Henry Mitchell Royal Field Artillery

James Mitchell was my Grandfather, I would do much like to know more about his service.

Tony Bennett


Gunner Hector Hill B/150th Army Bde. RFA (d.9th April 1918)

Gunner Hector Hill, Service #221636, B/150th Army Bde, RFA, was killed in action on Tuesday, 9th April, 1918, during the German spring Offensive on the Somme. He was 20 years of age. spring Offensive on the Somme.

H. J. Hill


Bdr. Fred Richardson Royal Field Artillery (d.22nd Dec 1917)

My great grandfather served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1914 to 1917 when he died. He was Fred Richardson, Bombadier 31944. He was sent home and died 22/12/1917. He is buried at James Bridge Cemetery in Darlaston.

I am trying to find out which battle he was injured in, which hospital he was treated in England and as yet I have no photographs of him. If anyone can help in any way I would be so grateful.

Adele Bradley


Cpl Christopher John Cobb 180th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather, Christopher Cobb lied about his age to get in. He was not wounded and lived until his 70's. He was a remarkable person.

Chris Evans


Bdr. Thomas A Sumner 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

We are trying to find records of our grandfather, Thomas Sumner born 19th October 1883, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. We never met him and are anxious to trace perhaps a member of his family or any relatives who can help us to track his last days which we believe were spent in Madras, India where he served in the Police Force as a high ranking officer, being Superintendent of Police in Travancore and Trevandrum. We would very much like to know where he was laid to rest as we do not seem able to get any information on this.

Sandra McPherson-Bennett


Sjt. Peter Stevenson 106th Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.7th Jun 1917)

I have a note on squared paper and, I presume, a copy also, of a letter from my great uncle's commanding officer sending condolences from the front. It reads:

10th July 1917, Dear Mr. Stevenson, I suppose you have already been informed by the authorities of the death of your brother, Sgt. P.Stevenson. I regret not having been able to write before, but we have only just come out of action. I am writing to tell you that all the officers and men of this battery sympathise most deeply with you at the loss of your brother. He was very popular and was like by all. Speaking personally, and for the battery, we lost our best NCO when Sgt. Stevenson was killed. Everything had been comparatively quiet for about 2 hours when the Germans sent over one shell, they did not any more for at least another 2 hours, unfortunately that pitched at Sgt. Stevenson's feet just as he was pointing out to another Sgt. where a new pit was to be dug. It killed him and wounded the other Sgt. Yours sincerely, W.M.Welsh. Major RFA, Coy. C/106 RFA

The signature of the major is hard to make out. It actually looks just like Wehs, but might be Wells or more likely Welsh.

Alan Sorensen


Gnr Richard Grant Middleton 21st Bty., 2nd Bde Royal Field Artillery (d.10th Oct 1916)

My Grandfather, Richard Middleton is buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension. I have an extract from "The London Typographical Journal" :

R G Middleton, late of the Evening News, Shot in both legs. The left below the knee, the right thigh. Succumed after amputation of right leg. He was volunteer of 3rd London Rifles 1895 to 1908. Family illness kept him out of war until Sept 1915 when he joined the Royal Field Artillery. A good correspondent, his letters to his companions were looked forward to, and although he went through some exceedingly rough experiences, there was always a cheerfull tone running through them. He was 36 Yrs of age.

Any information would be gratefully recieved.

Stanley Grant Middleton


Dvr. Ernest Lees MM. 103rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.2nd Jun 1917)

I am currently researching Ernest Lees, he was gazetted for a Military Medal in September 1916 and was killed in action on the 2nd of June 1917 serving with the 103rd Brigade RFA, 23rd Division, at Messines.

Adam Richardson


Sergeant Walter Henry Bennett M.M. 102nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery (d.31st Oct 1918)

Walter was born in the June quarter, 1888, in Sparrow Pitt, Peak Forest, Buxton, the second son of Joseph (Quarry labourer) and Annie (née Vernon) Bennett. His older brother was Joseph F. and he had two younger brothers, Tom Albert and Leonard, and three younger sisters, Martha, Annie and Lily. (1891 Census RG 12/2780 and 1901 Census RG 13/4060) In 1901 Joseph (Snr.) was a surface coal labourer at the Normanton, Yorkshire, colliery and his two elder sons were both working underground. The family were lodging at 117 Wakefield Road, Normanton. (1901 Census RG 13/4280), The rest of the family (wife and four youngest children) were living at 7 Albert Street, Baildon, Yorkshire. The CWGC records show Walter’s family living in Fernilee, nr. Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire after the War. The 1911 Census (RG 14.24333) shows Walter living at Hopkins Farm Stalybridge, working as a Farm Labourer. In the March quarter 1905 he had married Annie May Wood, at Barrow-in-Furness, Cumberland. By 1911 they had two daughters, Annie May and Grace Margaret, both born in Cowdale, Nr. Buxton.

Walter enlisted in Buxton and his Medal Index Card shows that he entered France with the Royal Field Artillery as Driver 44674 on 24th August 1915. The 102nd Brigade, R.F.A. were attached to 23rd Division between the 6th June 1916 and the 22nd August 1916 having previously served with 34th Divison. During the Battle of Messines, on the 7th June 1917 they were in the area near Hill 60 and The Caterpillar. They saw action at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, The Battle of Messines and the First the Second Battle of Passchendaele in 1917, before moving to Italy in October 1917 where they fought in the Battle of Asiago and the Battle of Vittorio Veneto.

Walter was 'Acting/Sgt' in October 1918 when he was Gazetted as one of whom "His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field" (London Gazette 21st October 1918). He was killed in action on the 31st of October 1918.

Graham Conway


Farrell Royal Artillery

This is a photo of one of the Farrell family in the Royal Artillery, taken in Liverpool.

Jackie Dunn


Sjt. William Edmund Pittaway 242 Brigade, A bty. Royal Field Artillery (d.24th Mar 1917)

I have a copper bracelet that is handmade and engraved by, I assume, Mr Pittaway. It has been engraved with his name and various battles that took place in the Somme which, again I assume, that Mr Pittaway took part in. These are "Somme", "Albert", "Hebuterne", "Poizieres", "Ovilliers", "Arras", "Mesnil", "Le Sars", "Martinpuich", "Thiepval" and "Au Bois". I have checked on a map and all these places are located just south of Arras. One or two of the place names have been spelt incorrectly and I have spelt them above as they appear on the bracelet in case the names or spelling has changed in the last 95 years.

Above his name Mr Pittaway has engraved the following: 2335 R.F.A. A-Battery 242 Brigade and either side of his name are the dates 1914 and 1916, these are the dates, I believe, during which 242 Brigade was in existence.

I would like to try and find out more about Mr Pittaway.

Update: Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Serjeant William Edmund Pittaway, who served under the name of Thompson, was killed on the 24th of March 1917, age 33. At his death he was a Sergeant with the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), 'A' Company, 1st Battalion. He was the son of William Edmund and Maria Pittaway and also served in the South African War. He is buried in Birmingham's Witton Cemetery.

Robin Mortiboys


William Webster Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, William Webster, was a Driver, later a Bombardier, in the Royal Field Artillery. He survived the war and received the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. I have attached a photo of him in uniform with an unknown colleague (he is seated, on the left).

Dave Webster


Thomas Armstrong Royal Artillery

Thomas Armstrong

My grandad Thomas Armstrong from Kibblesworth Newcastle upon Tyne (on the right in photo) served in the Royal Artillery during the 1914-18 war. I don't know much else about his army time, but believe this photo was taken in France. He survived the war and worked in the pits for several years, then moved to Gateshead to run a pub.

Mark Armstrong


Dvr. Charles Simmonds 271 Bde. A Bty Royal Field Artillery

This is a picture of my great uncle Charles Simmonds taken in 1915, when he was 20 years of age. He was a driver in the The 54th (East Anglian) Division.

The Divisional Artillery remained in England when the Division moved to Gallipoli. It moved independently to France in November 1915 coming under the command of 33rd Division. Officers and men were attached to the Divisional Artillery of the 2nd, 7th and 12th Divisions. It moved to Egypt and rejoined the Division in Egypt in February 1916.

I don't know too much about him, other than he lived to a ripe old age.

Spencer Dearing


Dvr. Richard Latimer Sutton 46th Divisional Training Battery Royal Field Artillery

I am tring to find anything on my great grandfather's military career. His name was Richard Latimer Sutton, he was a driver with the 46th Divisional Training Battery, Royal Field Artillery. This is all I know of him really from his sons birth certificate in June 1916.



Dvr. Leonard Le Doux Royal Field Artillery

My Grandfather Leonard Le Doux was a driver, and was then 'promoted' to the guns, which casued him to suffer deafness and be invalided out of service, as was his brother Wiliam. His other brother James was killed in January 1917 leaving a young wife and baby son.

Ann James

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