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Royal Horse Artillery

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  These include information on officers service records, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

Those known to have served with

Royal Horse Artillery

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adlard John Evan. Lt.
  • Archbold James. Dvr. (d.7th Apr 1918)
  • Archer William Frederick. Gnr. (d.26th of August 1914)
  • Armand Ernest Worrell Gustave.
  • Baker Thomas Edward. Gnr. (d.26th Jun 1916)
  • Barker Arthur Samuel. RSM (d.24th July 1916)
  • Bateman Herbert. Bmdr. (d.3rd Dec 1917)
  • Beecroft William. L/Bmbdr.
  • Bell Richard. Cpl. (d.17th Mar 1915)
  • Benfield Joseph. Gnr.
  • Best Arthur Charles. Dvr.
  • Bevis Frederick G.. Gnr. (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Blay Thomas. Gnr. (d.25th Apr 1918)
  • Boggan Thomas Patrick. Gnr. (d.27th Jul 1917)
  • Bolton William. Dvr. (d.11th May 1916)
  • Bond William. Gnr. (d.28th Oct 1917)
  • Border Harry. Gnr.
  • Bowes John. Dvr. (d.4th Oct 1914)
  • Bradbury Edward Kinder. Cpt. (d.1st September 1914)
  • 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)
  • Briars Frank. Bmdr.
  • Briscoe Edward. Drv. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Bursey Edward Henry. Dvr.
  • Corddell William George Hunsden. Cpl.
  • Deacon John William . A/Sjt.
  • Dines Hubert Ernest. Dvr. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Field Charles H.. Gunner.
  • Forster George Noble Oliver. Gnr.
  • Gerrard Edward Aloysius. Lt.
  • Gill Richard. Drvr. (d.26th Oct 1918)
  • Glenister Ernest Alfred.
  • Godber Bernard. Bdr.
  • Green Charles Frederick William. Pte.
  • Heald John William. Gnr.
  • Hicks John E.. Act. Bmbdr. (d.26th October 1918)
  • Hubert Joseph William. Pte.
  • Humphrey Thomas. Sjt.
  • Hussey Thomas Joseph. Gnr.
  • Kellam Cyril Claude. Sgt.
  • Keller Charles Robert. Dvr.
  • Keywood John.
  • Knox Richard . Capt.
  • Lane Thomas. Dvr. (d.9th Aug 1918)
  • Leetch Ernest A.. 2nd Lt.
  • Mander George Devonshire.
  • Mason Leonard.
  • Matthews Robert George. Boy
  • Matthews Robert George.
  • McNamara Michael.
  • Mole Alfred. Sgt
  • Moulding Edward John. Sgt.
  • Neill Thomas Alexander. BSM.
  • Orchard William Frederick. Gnr.
  • Pollard Walter. Bdr.
  • Rackstraw Robert Baxter. Dvr.
  • Read Ezra. Cpl. (d.1st Sep 1917)
  • Sewell George.
  • Stanley Thomas William. Sgt.
  • Stringer John.
  • Sutton Cecil Glendy. Gnr.
  • Taylor George Wilfred.
  • Taylor Harold. Sdlr. (d.1914)
  • Turnbull Thomas.
  • Walker George. Brig. (d.22nd October 1918)
  • White William Harper. Pte

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Cpt. Edward Kinder Bradbury VC L Bty. Royal Horse Artillery (d.1st September 1914)

Edward Bradbury died on 1st September 1914, aged 33 and is buried in the Nery communal cemetery in France. He was the son of Judge James Kinder Bradbury and Grace Bradbury, of Altrincham, Cheshire

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 24th Nov., 1914, records the following:- For gallantry and ability in organising the defence of "L" Battery against heavy odds at Nery on 1st September.

s flynn


Drvr. Richard Gill "K" Bty. 4th Bde. Royal Horse Artillery (d.26th Oct 1918)

Richard Gill died on the 26th of October 1918, aged 27. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, son of James and Elizabeth Gill, of 27 Longfield Terrace, Cliviger, Burnley. Native of Cliviger.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Ernest A. Leetch MM. Royal Horse Artillery

Second Lieutenant Ernest Leetch was awarded the Military Medal. He served with both the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Horse Artillery. He died in March 1919.


Act. Bmbdr. John E. Hicks 20th Bgde. Royal Horse Artillery (d.26th October 1918)

John Hicks was 25 years old when he died in Egypt on 26th October 1916. He served with the HQ of 20th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery. He is buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


Sgt. Thomas William Stanley 7th Brigade Royal Horse Artillery

Great uncle Will Stanley lived in Carlton Road, Birmingham. I have all his medals from WW1, bibles and a book on the roll of honour in Birmingham.



Leonard "Jock" Mason Royal Horse Artillery

Leonard Mason served with the Royal Horse Artillery.

Leonard and his family in 1916


BSM. Thomas Alexander Neill Ayrshire Battery Royal Horse Artillery

Thomas Neill enlisted 28/9/1910 and was Discharged 10/3/1919

Irene Noakes


Pte. Charles Frederick William Green 21st (1st Surrey Rifles) Btn. London Regiment

Charles Frederick William Green was born in Clapham on 6th May 1898, the only son of Charles and Clara Green. His mother was the former Clara Neplina Ruler, who was born in Geelong in the colony of Victoria, during 1854, at the height of the Australian gold rush. He had a sister Pollie Elizabeth born 1898. Up until the outbreak of WWI, he worked as a shipping clerk for the Edinburgh & London Shipping Company at Wapping Wharf.

At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Territorial Force, later to be renamed the Territorial Army, to train as a rifleman in the 1/21st London Division, First Surrey Rifles. When England declared war on Germany the battalion was in Salisbury for its annual training fortnight. They returned first to HQ at 4 Flodden Road in Camberwell, and then on to St. Albans for battle training.

1/21st London Division (First Surrey Rifles) disembarked at Le Havre on 16th March 1915, only the second TF Division to be sent to France to bolster the BEF. They fired their first shots from the trenches near Bethune on the evening of 2nd April. After 331 days in France, serving on various fronts, including Aubers Ridge, Festubert and the Battle of Loos on the Somme, Rifleman Green was returned to England as part of the 47th Division, which left Le Havre on 8th February 1916, having completed the four years of service he had signed up for. He was not yet 23 years old. Charles re-enlisted in July 1916 in the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich. He was attached to the Army Reserves in 1920. He was married to Dorothy Annie Saxby in 1938 and died in London on 1st September 1961.

If anyone has any information on Charles's service with the RHA, I would be most grateful to learn of it.

Yvonne Allison


Pte William Harper White A sub section Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandfather, William Harper White, served during the 14-18 war mostly in France. He is sitting at far right hand side of the 2nd back row. He was the lead gunner (rode the first horse carrying the cannon). He saw action at the battle of the Somme. He also suffered a mustard gas attack which eventually led to his early death at only age 59.

William Harper White (Gunner) Abt 1914

John White


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


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


Gunner. Charles H. Field Royal Horse Artillery

My great uncle Charles Field served in the Royal Horse Artillery. I cannot find his service record but have found out he was in '13 Conveslescent Depot' for Christmas 1918 so I assume he was wounded. He survived the war and ran a tobacconist shop in Stratford, East London. He died in Worthing in the 1970s.

Lynne Abbott


Sgt. Cyril Claude Kellam L Battery Royal Horse Artillery

Cyril Claude Kellam was my grandfather. He was born in 1891 and joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1906 when he was 15 - he lied about his age. He sent postcard to my Grandmother nearly every week he was in France and I still have them. He was wounded near Arras in 1917 and sent home, but returned and served until the end of the war. I have many photos and documents that belonged to him. He was a lovely man and died at the age of 90.

1917 Front row 3rd from left

Runion about 1969

Susan Longdon


Gnr. William Frederick Archer Y Bty Royal Horse Artillery (d.26th of August 1914)

Gunner William Frederick Archer was my great uncle who I am researching. He is buried in Old Caudry Cemetery and I have yet to have this verified but I believe he was killed in the Battle of Le Cateau. I hope to visit his grave in France soon. I now know where I get my love of horses.

Jane Murgraff


L/Bmbdr. William Beecroft Royal Horse Artillery

My partners grandfather, William Beecroft, fought in WWI he was in Royal Horse Artillery. We are replacing his medals (replicas)for his daughter. We're told he had two horses shot from under him so we think his Victory Medal might have included the oak leaf, but I am aware that in order for it to have been he would have needed to be Mentioned in Dispatches.


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


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. Cecil Glendy Sutton L Bty. Royal Horse Artillery

My grandfather Cecil Glendy Sutton enlisted in the 1st World War on 2nd March 1916 and was gassed in the Battle of The Somme. Luckily he survived this ordeal and was discharged on 3rd July 1918. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery "L" Bty as a Gunner.

David Bird


Bmdr. Frank Briars Leicestershire Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandfather Frank Briars was born on 23rd May 1898 in Leicester. Two of his older brothers, Charlie & Ernest, were conscientious objectors.In 1914 Frank lied about his age, saying he was 18 (rather than 16) & signed up to join The Leicestershire Royal Horse Artillery. He would not talk about his experiences but was awarded The British War Medal & Victory medal His Number stamped round the rim is L28901 BMBR F Briars RA (Royal Artillery)

Any information about where the Leicestershire Horse Artillery fought in WW1 would be of interest. He survived the war and died in 1969.

Helen Lauder


Dvr. Thomas Lane 14th Bde. Ammunition Col. Royal Horse Artillery (d.9th Aug 1918)

Thomas Lane was my Great Grandmother's Brother. I have been researching the Lane family and only recently managed to locate information about Thomas. I now know he was a Driver with the Royal Horse Artillery, 14th Brigade. Ammunition Col. I understand Thomas appeared on a casualty list on 10th September 1918 and now I hope to find further details about his last battle and how he may have died. The Lane family experienced a lot of personal tragedies and I have been able to pay my respects at the grave of my Great Grandmother and her and Thomas's Mother, my Great, Great Grandmother. Thomas is buried in France at St.Amand. One day I hope to pay my respects to him.



Dvr. Edward Henry Bursey Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandfather, Edward Bursey, spent the war on the Western Front with the Royal Horse Artillery. I have the diary he kept from July 1917 until September 1918. During this time he was in Flanders and then the Somme where they kept the guns supplied from the ammunition columns. My father also told me that he rode the teams that pulled the limbered guns, and in fact when he was injured in September 1918 he was strapped to a gun carriage to take him away from the fighting. He was discharged unfit in January 1919 and spent the rest of his life in the Keyhaven area with his family working in agriculture and died in 1953.

Chris Wykes


Dvr. Hubert Ernest "Bert" Dines Q Battery Royal Horse Artillery (d.23rd Mar 1918)

My Great Uncle Hubert Dines was born in Over, Cambridgeshire on 5th January 1885 the second son of Robert and Elizabeth (Bessie) Dines. Bert emigrated on 9th April 1914 to Australia on board the S.S. Ballarat, departing from the Port of London. The ship would have called at Las Palmas, Capetown and Adelaide en route to Sydney.

No sooner had he arrived war was declared and he enlisted in Melbourne on 11th August 1914 for service as a driver in the Royal Horse Artillery(Imperial Reservists.)He sailed along with 54 other men who had also enlisted in Australia for the RHA on the first ANZAC convoy which gathered at Albany, Western Australia and set sail on1st November 1914. Bert was aboard HMAT Miltiades which started to disembark in Egypt on 3rd December 1914. At some point after this he was sent to Gallipoli with either the 15th Brigade 'B' 'L' or 'Y' Battery. He was subsequently wounded and sent back to England. Burt re-enlisted with the RHA at Bury St. Edmonds No. 39646 and was attached to 'Q' Battery. He was killed on the 23rd March 1918, almost exactly four years to the day he had left for Australia.

Martin Leggett


Bdr. Bernard Godber 1st Notts Royal Horse Artillery

Bernard Godber in Palestine

My Grandfather was Bombardier Bernard Godber of the 1st Notts Royal Horse Artillery which was drawn up and commanded by local officer Colonel Joe Laycock. My great uncle Albert was in the same unit and, as far as I know, they both served right through the First World War largely fighting the Turks in Palestine.

He enlisted on 24 September 1914 for four years. Bernard was born in 1889 to Thomas and Elizabeth Godber. In the 1911 census he is at home at 38 Noel Street, Nottingham with his family, aged 21 and a lace warehouseman. Albert is also there aged 25 years and a reports clerk.

Martin Godber


George Wilfred Taylor Nottingham Royal Horse Artilery

My father George Wilfred Taylor served in WW1 in the Royal Horse Artillary. All I know is he was the lead driver of the 3. He was conscripted from Nottingham. I have always been proud to say my father was in the RHA and would love to know more details of his service, can anyone help?



Lt. John Evan Adlard 1st Division Ammunition Column

John Evan Adlard was born in Surrey, England in 1888. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a driver on 3rd February 1915. Adlard had 4 years prior military service in the British Army Horse Artillery, also as a driver, which contributed to his commission as an officer.

He departed Melbourne with the 1st Division Ammunition Column from Melbourne aboard HMAT Bakara on 14 May 1915. After a stopover in Egypt, he embarked for Gallipoli aboard RMS Snaefell in June 1915. He landed at Cape Helles from the River Clyde. Adlard soon fell ill and was admitted to hospital in Malta on 16th September 1915. He left Malta aboard the hospital ship HMHT Dunluce Castle on 13th October 1915 and set sail for England. On 12th January 1917, he was admitted for training at the Royal Artillery Cadet School in St John's Wood, England. He was subsequently reassigned to the 1st Division Column on the Western Front.

John Adlard was wounded on 23rd October 1917 and transferred to England before returning to Australia aboard SS Balmoral Castle on 1st February 1918. He died in Australia in 1980

s flynn


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


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


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

John Bowes died of wounds at home in Dublin

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


Bmdr. Herbert Bateman Royal Horse Artillery (d.3rd Dec 1917)

Herbert Bateman was born in Dublin and enlisted in Lambeth, London. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery and died of wounds in December 1917.

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


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


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


George Devonshire Mander R Battery. Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandfather George Devonshire Mander was born in Shenington on 3/6/1882. George joined the Royal Horse Artillery Woolwich in 1900. He was posted to South Africa to serve in the Boer War and fought at Ladysmith Was awarded the Queen Victoria SA medal five bars, the Transvaal medal, the Orange Free State medal.George left South Africa after six years and returned to UK and finally left the service in 1908.

After the outbreak of WW1 George was enlisted into Royal Horse Artillery on 17/11/15, was mobilised on 24/5/16 to R battery. He left for France on 18/03/1917, joining the 3rd Battery ammunition column. After the War George was posted to E battery and returned to the UK on 15/06/1919

Thomas mander


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


Sgt Alfred Mole Royal Horse Artillery

My father, Alfred Moles at the age of 17, joined the RHA in 1914. He served throughout the War. His main complaint was that he loved horses but had to take the old and wounded horses to the Belgian "Knackers Yard". He did have campaign medals but they have been long lost and I believe that the relevant service records were destroyed by fire. He also served in the NFS during World War II

Ron Mole


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.



Gnr. Joseph Benfield MM & Bar. "C" Bty. 124 Brigade Royal Horse Artillery

Joseph Benfield is my granddad. We in the family know nothing apart from that he was wounded 3 times in France. He was mobilised in 1914 and demobed in 1920 although transferred to the Z reserves in 1919. I have confirmed with the RA museum the facts as stated.

If anyone can give me futher info I would be very greatful.

Keith Benfield


Robert George Matthews Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandfather Robert George Matthews, a blacksmith before the war, served with the Royal Horse Artillery. Born in St Pancras, London ,on 2nd November 1872, the 1901 Census shows him to be working as a Farrier.

R Slater


Boy Robert George Matthews HMS Invincible

Born in Kentish Town London, Robert lived a rather full life. His father and three generations before him had all been Blacksmiths. His Mother was a laundry assistant. He was the oldest of a family of 12.

When he was 15, Robert ran away from home and joined the Navy No. J 26013 at the beginning of WW1. After training in Portsmouth and Plymouth, he sailed on the Invincible, as a boy, to the South Atlantic to the first Battle of the Falkland Islands. It was a very hard life aboard ship. One of his duties was to take the Captains dinner to his cabin and afterwards he was allowed to eat the leftovers. One day he mistakenly ate some of the food thinking the Captain had finished, and was flogged.

After coming back to England he jumped ship and went absent without leave, staying around London for a while, working as a Pot boy in the pubs. A very wise move, as the Invincible was sunk in the Battle of Jutland, with most hands and I would not be here to put these notes together.

Robert then joined the same regiment as his father. The Royal Artillery army no. 1048820 under an assumed name, Robert G. Smith and was sent to France. He was there in The Royal Field Artillery and The Royal Horse Artillery from July 1915 To May 1919. I cannot find his Army records, but do remember him talking of the area of Loos. He was sent home to England during these years with frost bite in his feet and was in hospital in The Nunnery, on Nunnery Lane in York. My grandparents, living in Nunnery Lane, would ask recuperating lads to tea on a Sunday and this is how my mother and father met. He went back to France for the rest of the war. In 1919 he transferred to Meerut, India with The Royal Field Artillery, training as a blacksmith, which had been a family profession going back four generations at least. He was in India, moving around quite a lot until November 1925, then going on the army reserve until 1931.

On leaving the Army in 1925 he lodged with a lady called Mrs Ball, in Altofts, and worked as a blacksmith at P & P Pit, shoeing the pit ponies. Later he worked as an ARP Warden during the Second World War and as a British Railways Goods Guard until his retirement in November 1967 at the age of 70.

Also from 1939 to 1963 Robert was a Special Constable in Normanton, becoming a section leader and rising to the rank of Sergeant. He was also very keen gardener, and for many years had two and three allotments. He always said food came before flowers, but there were usually a few flowers too. During the war and times of shortage he would have as many as 60 rabbits, for our own pot and neighbours too. Spare vegetables and fruit were also sold for coppers to make a bit of money for next yearís seed.

Robert had a long and happy retirement, living latterly in Attlee Street and died aged 92 in 1990. He is buried in Altofts cemetery with Rose who had died many years before.

If he had not jumped ship, I would not have been here to tell this short tale, as there were only 5 survivors from the Invincible in the battle of Jutland.

R. Slater


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


Sdlr. Harold Taylor F Troop Royal Horse Artillery (d.1914)

My Grandad Harold Taylor, was a saddler with F Troop and was killed at Ypres very early in the War.

Peter Brinkley


Thomas Turnbull Royal Horse Artillery

Sadly I did not get to know my Grandad Thomas Turnbull very well as he was estranged from my grandmother for many years. I only got to know him briefly before he died. I understand he was in the Royal Horse Artillery.I have a few of his medals which were left to me in a will.

I would love to know anything about his exact regiment, anything really would be useful, I would be really grateful.

Spencer Monks


Bdr. Walter Pollard Royal Horse Artillery

My Grandad Walter Pollard was in the Royal Horse Artillery as a Bombadier, his medals are the `1914- 1915 Star` `Victory Medal` and `British Medal`. On his records there is a reference to `R.F.A 346B` I assume this is the Royal Field Artillery (346 Battery, Battalion, bombadier?) Family members think that he may have been at The Battle of Mons. I am afraid that is all I know about his war. But, when he came to live with us (near Salisbury in the late 60`s) in the last years of his life,and as a young boy (about 10 years old),I would see him waving a clenched fist, and shouting `Bloody Hun`. This used to frighten me and I would leave the room.Nobody in the family would talk about it.

In WW2, Grandad worked on a Lightship near Gt Yarmouth, I think it had `Cromer` on the side. Grandad told me a story when on board the lightship he and his mates were watching a dog fight, when a German plane attacked their ship and several of his mates were killed.

Gary Pollard


A/Sjt. John William Deacon

My motherís grandfather was in the First World War his name was John William Deacon, he was born in 1877 at 40 Clark Street, Leicester. He was in the R.H.A. before he went in to the corps he was a steeple jack, which we didnít know until I started to research him. He fell 40 foot down a chimney, after that he joined up. I have photos of him in uniform with some of his men and with his wife Sarah Pryor who was born in Barkby Leicester in 1872, they married in 1904

We know that before the regiment went to fight they did there training on Salisbury Plain and then went out to Egypt and were based in Mustafa.

On the 5th of September he got in to some sort of trouble and he got 7 days field punishment N0.2 and on 30th Dec 1916 he forfeits 3 days pay under royal warrant for Absence. On his medical record he was sent home due to his knee problem, when he embarked home he came back via Caldonia, Portsaid

We would like to know more about the Egyptian Exp. Force as we donít know much about them and the x a park raf at Romtaraonm where he was employed in packing duties in 1918.

Steven Woolman


Pte. Joseph William Hubert Royal Horse Artillery

My Great Grandfather, Joseph William Hubert who was actually born William Joseph Hubert on 18/2/1885 in Rotherhithe. He enlisted for military service in Woolwich on 16/10/1905 and was a horseman of the Royal Horse and Field Artillery.

He served during the Great War as a Head Horseman and according to family history would lead a group of six horses towing a field gun on to the battle field. During the conflict he lost three horses and their loss was paid for from his own wages. He also rode the horses bareback. One such time he did this was during a Royal tournament of the armed forces to which he presented the Queen with her handkerchief which she had dropped. This being all part of the display. We also know that Joseph fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

He was discharged from the Army in consequence of termination of a period of engagement serving 16 years and 61 days and 304 days in the Army Reserve. His description is: 5'6" in height, grey eyes, dark hair and bears tattoos on both the right upper and lower arm of flags crossed. He married Catherine Sinclair in 1909. He survived the war and died in the late fifties. Unfortunately I have been unable to find out his battalion number or rank number but I do know he had the Great War of Civilisation medal plus two others which have since disappeared.

Dan Collard


Sjt. Thomas Humphrey DCM. O Battery Royal Horse Artillery

Thomas Humphrey joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1905 and served until 1912. He was then on the reserve list and recalled in August 1914.

O Battery were involved in the battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. During the battle Thomas was at a forward observation post approximately 100 yards from the German front line. The telephone lines linking the observation post to the guns had been cut by shell fire. He went out on two occasions with a comrade to repair the wires during a heavy enemy bombardment. For most conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. His story is recorded in the book "Deeds That Thrill the Empire".

Catherine Humphrey


Capt. Richard Knox Royal Horse Artillery

Captain Richard Knox was apparently my grandfather. I am 64 yrs old now and have gone through life assuming my mother was illegitimate as granny never spoke of a husband. But I came across my mother's wedding certificate which had Richard Knox as her father. I would be most grateful if someone out there could point me in the right direction to find out more about him.

Jacky Myers


George Sewell Royal Horse Artillery

I am in the process of constructing my family tree. My mother when she was alive told me that my Grandad George Sewell was a long-serving member of the Royal Horse Artillery. He was killed in a road accident in Sheffield, around 1930 and the Royal Horse Artillert supplied a horse drawn gun carriage and a guard of honour. My mother used to have a cutting about his funeral from the Sheffield Newspaper.

I would like to know more about him and if possible find a copy of the paper.

Michael Suter


Michael McNamara Royal Horse Artillery

My grandfather, Michael McNamara (extreme right against post in this photo), served I am told with the Royal Horse Artillery during WW1.

If anyone could give me some more info on this attached photo I would be very thankful.

Derek Hall


John Keywood Royal Horse Artillery

My grandfather, John Keywood, was born in Dec 1895 in London. He served with The British Royal Artillery, during the Great War. We know he lied about his age in order to be allowed to join up and was in the Battle of the Somme, in the Royal Horse Artillery. Can anyone help us find any information about him?

Kim Syder


Gnr. Harry Border Royal Horse Artillery

My Granfather, Harry Border was injured during the great war. I know he was in the RHA and his regimental number, however his military records were destroyed apart from his medal records. It is unclear from these records where he served what regiments he supported and where he was trained.

Clive Border


Ernest Worrell Gustave Armand Royal Horse Artillery

My grandfather served in First World War in the Royal Horse Artillery, was awarded the Mons Star and fought in the battle of Ypres. His name was Ernest Worrell Gustave Armand. I cannot find any info regarding his call up dates, birth date etc. could anyone please help?

Ian Wanliss

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