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2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

   2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment were in Mhow, India when war broke out in August 1914. As soon as a territorial unit arrived to take over the garrison, they departed for England, landing at Plymouth on the 22nd of December 1914. They moved to Romsey and then on to Stratford-upon-Avon on the 13th of February to join 88th Brigade, 29th Division. They moved to Warwick and were training for France when orders arrived to prepare to depart for Gallipoli. They embarked from Avonmouth on the 29th of March 1915 sailing via Malta to Alexandria then on to Mudros in April. They landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915 and were involved in heavy fighting until the evacuation on the nights of the 7th and 8th of January 1916 when they returned to Egypt. In March they were sent to France, sailing to Marseilles and travelling by train to concentrate in the area east of Pont Remy by the end of March. In July they went into action in the Battles of the Somme. In 1917 they were in action in the The First, Second and Third Battle of the Scarpe during the Arras Offensive, then moved to Flanders and fought in the The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of Broodseinde and The Battle of Poelcapelle. Before moving south for The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 they were in action in The Battle of Estaires, at Messines and The Battle of Hazebrouck including the defence of Nieppe Forest and The Battle of Bailleul. They were involved in The Action of Outtersteene Ridge, The capture of Ploegsteert and Hill 63 during the Advance in Flanders. At the Armistice the 29th Division was selected to march into Germany to occupy the Rhine bridgehead, they crossed the Belgian-German border at Malmedy on the 4th of December 1918. Demobilisation began in December.

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Those known to have served with  2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Bartrup Walter. Pte. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Betts John. Pte. (d.3rd Sep 1915)
  • Broomfield John Thomas Wesley Harold. Pte. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Cobby William Scott. Pte. (d.13th March 1918)
  • Durrant Thomas. Pte. (d.6th Aug 1915)
  • Earley Sidney Earnest. Pte. (d.5th Feb 1915)
  • Grove Alfred Ernest. Pte. (d.17th May 1915)
  • Hawker Thomas Henry. Pte. (d.14 April 1917)
  • Hewitt Dennis George Wyldbore. 2nd Lt. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Martin Richard Edward. Pte. (d.18th October 1916)
  • Moor George Raymond Dallas. Lt. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Moore John Crawford. Pte. (d.8th May 1915)
  • Rosser George Archibald. Capt.
  • Wallbridge Harold James. Pte. (d.27th Nov 1918)
  • Wilkins Henry Frank. Pte. (d.10th July 1917)
  • Woodnutt Thomas George Jack. Pte. (d.28th Apr 1915)

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Capt. George Archibald Rosser MID. 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment

George Rosser was commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 18the of Sept 1909, he was promoted to Lieutenant on the 1st of Novemeber 1911, and to Captain on the 13th of April 1915.

At the Gallipoli Landing, Lt Rosser served on board the 'River Clyde' in command of the machine guns. The action that took place on V beach has been well documented, but what is not well know, is that 'only the machine guns in the bow of the River Clyde ably controlled by Lt G.A. Rosser of the 2nd Hants and Commander Josiah Wedwood, M.P,, of the R.N.R, the moral effect of the naval guns, and possibly the barrier of wire prevented the Turks from counter-attacking and annihilation the party at the water's edge' - an Extract from the "History of the 29th Division" by Captain Stan Dillon.

Promoted to Captain and Adjutant, Rosser was present at the Battle of Krithia on the 28th April 1915, the second battle on 8th of May 1915 and the third battle on 4th of June 1915, during which, he was wounded. Captain Rosser later served in command of the 133rd Coy. Machine Gun Corps, serving in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

After the war Captain Rosser transferred to an armoured car unit of the Royal Tank Corps and served in Malabar, in command of No 8 Armoured Car Coy, later transferring to No 9 Armoured Car Unit, then serving in the Waziristan Campaign. Rosser ended his army career as Lt Colonel of the 1st (Light) Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment.

Anthony Conroy


Pte. Thomas Henry Hawker 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.14 April 1917)

Thomas Henry Hawker died on 14 April 1917, Arras Memorial

Lawrence Hawker


Pte. Thomas George Jack Woodnutt 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.28th Apr 1915)

Jack Woodnutt of Newport Street in Ryde is my Great Great Uncle. He served In the Hampshire Regiment 2nd Battalion with the service number 9210. His name is mentioned on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. He died on 28.04.1915.

Ashley Webb


Pte. John Thomas Wesley Harold Broomfield 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.23rd Apr 1917)

John Broomfield served with the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment and was killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. He was born in Dublin and enlisted at Portsmouth.

S Flynn


Pte. Sidney Earnest Earley 2nd Btn. D Company Hampshire Regiment (d.5th Feb 1915)

Hamphire Privates Sad Death.

The ranks of D Company, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, have been deprived by death of a genial, virile, and popular comrade in Private Sydney E. Earley, whose home was at Winchester. Earley came to Stratford with the battalion about a month ago, and was quartered in Bridge-street. His vivacious nature quickly won him friends among the civil population, and sporting proclivities led to his being selected captain of the victorious Hants.’XI, which recently engaged Stratford in a football match on Pearcecroft. The weather of the past month, trying as it has been to those accustomed to the vagaries of our climate, has proved infinitely more so to soldiers lately quartered under Indian Skies, and Earley was among the many members of the battalion who contracted chills of a more or less acute type.

On the 20th of last month his condition was such that it was deemed advisable to remove him to the Town Hall Hospital, where unremitting care and attention were at his disposal. He failed to rally, and death ensued on Friday from a malignant form of pneumonia. Late in the evening the body was removed to the mortuary near the Parish Church, and the interment took place on Saturday afternoon. Many years have rolled by since a military funeral of similar proportions was witnessed in the borough. At the cemetery gates the coffin was taken from the transport and borne shoulder-high to the grave, the Vicar and Rural Dean being at the head of the procession. The long line of khaki was relieved only by the bright hues of the flag of liberty and justice and the sorrowing figures clad in the habiliments of mourning. At the close of the service three volleys rang out from the rifles of the firing party, and the bugler sounded “ The Last Post” as a tribute to their departed comrade. In addition to the floral tributes from the family, handsome wreaths were sent by Major Beckwith and Lieutenant White; the commandants, sisters, and staff of the Town Hall Hospital; “M.,” his friend “D” Company, 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiments; sergeants of “D” Company; and his comrades in platoon number 16. The coffin was of polished elm, and the breastplate bore the inscription; “Sydney E. Earley No. 8014, 2nd Hampshire Regt., died February 5th. 1915, aged 27 years.” The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. H. Humphreys.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald 12th February 1915

A Soldier's Memorial.

Messrs. Taylor and son, of this town, have recently executed and erected in the Borough Cemetery a memorial to Private Sidney Ernest Earley, of the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment, who died on February 5th while billeted in Stratford. It was partly subscribed by deceased’s comrades, and will perpetuate the memory of one of the most cheerful and genial of soldiers. A headstone of Gothic design, the memorial is executed in Forest of Dean stone, a deeply moulded edge terminating in ivy leaves. Cleverly carved in the centre is the regimental crest, consisting of a tiger, Tudor rose, and laurel wreath.

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Michael Caldwell


2nd Lt. Dennis George Wyldbore Hewitt VC. 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.31st Jul 1917)

2nd.Lt Denis Hewittserved with the 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment during WW1 and died on the 31st July 1917, Age: 19. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. He was the son of the late Hon. George Hewitt and the Hon. Mrs. G. Hewitt, of Field House, Hursley, Winchester.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30284, dated 14th Sept., 1917, records the following:- For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of a company in attack. When his first objective had been captured he reorganized the company and moved forward towards his objective. While waiting for the barrage to lift, he was hit by a piece of shell, which exploded the signal lights in his haversack and set fire to his equipment and clothes. Having extinguished the flames, in spite of his wound and the severe pain he was suffering, he led forward the remains of the company under very heavy machine gun fire, and captured and consolidated his objective. He was subsequently killed by a sniper while inspecting the consolidation and encouraging his men. This gallant officer set a magnificent example of coolness and contempt of danger to the whole battalion, and it was due to his splendid leading that the final objective of his battalion was gained.

S Flynn


Pte. John Betts 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1915)

Transcript of newspaper article of the time:

Private John Betts (15294), 2nd Battallion, Hampshire Regiment, Expeditionary Force. He was among those wounded at Gallipoli, in the Dardanelles and was drafted straight to Hollywood School, Military Hospital, Stockport on Friday week, August 27th. the authorities and medical staff there did all they could for the wounded soldier, but he past away, from the effects of the wounds recieved, last Thursday, September 2nd. His age was 45 years.

An impressive military funeral was given the deceased soldier to-day (Monday) at Willow Grove Cemetary, an escort of about 46 men of the Cheshire and R.A.M.C lining up outside the hospital, under the command of Sergeant Smith - (R.A.M.C) assisted by Corporal Casey in charge of the hospitaln deputation, and the first party under Sergeant Dayton, with a couple buglers.

The cortege was preceded by the firing party, the coffins containing the remains of the late Private Betts, covered with a Union Jack, bein conveyed in an open Windsor car, and surmounted by floral tributes. One brougham followed, conveying, as mourners, as the following patients of the deceased Private, and as representing the hospital:- Private Criddon, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers: Corporal Harrop, 7th Lancashire Fusiliers: private jackson 17th Manchester Regiment: Private Stokes, 2nd K.O.R.L regiment. Bearers walked on either side of the funeral car, and the firing party carried their arms with reversed. Traffic was held up in Princess Street and other parts, while the precession passed, and every respect was paid to the memory of the deceased soldier.

The Rev.J.H Thorpe, B.D, military chaplain met the coffin at the Cemetery at Willow Grove and officiated holding a short service in the church and at the grave side. In a brief address the Rev. Gentlenmen reminded the men present that they were gathered there to pay a last tribute to the fallen soldier. who had laid down his live for his country. if there was on thing which the present war had brought about in their own lives, it was the knowledge of the glory attached to laying down their lives for their King and their country. They did not perhaps realise all that so well in times of peace, or before the war broke out. let them think of the thousands of their own countrymen - many more boys - who were doing this week by week, and remember that when the call came the same was expected of each one of them. As true soldiers. They were fighting for Liberty, Righteousnous and Peace, and it was for them all to try and uphold the same, even at the forfeit of their lives. As brothers in arms they were paying their last tribute of respect fore him who had met with his death, and it mattered not wether a soldier "be a duke's son or a cook's son." it was a duty expected of one and all.

A sister and a nurse from the hospital were present at the church attending the funeral in their uniforms, unofficially. But out of respect for the deceased soldier.

The remains were placed in a private grave provided for the purpose of military internments, and the grave was draped with violet cloth. Private John Betts now lies by the side of the Belgian Private who was imported some time back.

A very handsome large floral cross was sent bearing the inscription "A token of regard for services rendered in King and country, from N.C.O.'s and men R.A.M.O, and general staff at the Hollywood Hospital". Another floral tribute bore the inscription "in memory of John Betts who died foe his country. Madge Hulme." Three other large bunches of flowers were noticed, but were without any inscriptions. At the close of the commital service by the rev. military chaplain, the firing party fired the usual three volleys, and "The Last Post." sounded by the bugles, was effectively given, at some little distance from the grave.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr George Meredith of St Wellington road South, Stockport.

Gail Blackmore


Lt. George Raymond Dallas Moor VC, MC and Bar. 2nd Btn. Royal Hampshire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1918)

An extract from The London Gazette No. 29240, dated 23rd July 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and resource on 5th June 1915, during operations south of Krithia, Dardanelles. When a detachment of a battalion on his left, which had lost all its officers, was rapidly retiring before a heavy Turkish attack, Second Lieutenant Moor, immediately grasping the danger to the remainder of the line, dashed back some 200 yards, stemmed the retirement, led back the men, and recaptured the lost trench. This young officer, who only joined the Army in October 1914, by his personal bravery and presence of mind, saved a dangerous situation."

Lieutenant George Moor was born in Australia on October 22nd 1896, the son of William Henry and Eva Helen Moor (née Pender). He was aged 22 when he died of Spanish Influenza, and he is buried in the Y Farm Military Cemetery in France.

S Flynn


Pte. John Crawford Moore 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.8th May 1915)

John Moore was the son of Mary Moore, of 123 Dumbarton Rd., Glasgow, and the late William Moore. John was born at Cairncastle, Co. Antrim, and served with the 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment. He died on 8th May 1915. John is remembered in Cairncastle Presbyterian Church, Cairncastle, Larne, Co Antrim.

John Hoy


Pte. Walter Bartrup 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.14th Apr 1917)

Walter Bartrup (my wife's great grandmothers brother) was one of ten brothers. Aged 19 he died of his wounds on 14th of April 1917 and is on the Arras memorial. 14 days later his older brother Albert of the 10th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers was killed in action at Arras. On 5th of August 1917 Walter's twin brother Alfred of the 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade Prince Consorts Own was killed in action at Ypres.



Pte. Alfred Ernest Grove 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.17th May 1915)

I am researching the Grove family and Alfred Grove is the great great uncle of my friend. Alfred's older brother Herbert also joined the Hampshire Regiment in September 1914, but served in Salonika and was discharged after contracting paratyphoid. Critically ill, he eventually recovered and was shipped home. He passed away in 1934. Both brothers had followed their father in their occupation as butchers in the Teddington area.


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