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7th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
7th (Service) Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry were raised at Shrewsbury in September 1914, part of Kitchener's First Army they were attached to 76th Brigade, 25th Division. They moved to Codford for training then to Bournemouth in May 1915, to Romsey in late May then in June to Aldershot. They proceeded to France on the 28th of September 1915 landing at Boulogne and and concentrating in the area of Nieppe. On the 15th of October 1915 76th Brigade were transferred to 3rd Division and on the 19th the Battalion was moved to 8th Brigade still with 3rd Division. In 1916 they took part in The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters then moved to The Somme for The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin helping to capture Longueval, The Battle of Delville Wood and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 They were at Arras, seeing action at Battles of the Scarpe and The Battle of Arleux. They moved north to the Flanders and were in action during The Battle of the Menin Road and Battle of Polygon Wood during the Third Battle of Ypres. Then moved south and were in action at The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 They were in action on The Somme, in the Battles of the Lys, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Battle of the Selle. After the Armistice 3rd Division advanced into Germany as part of the Occupation Force.
26th Sep 1914 The Officers and 750 men of the newly formed 7th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, marched out of the Regimental depot in Shrewsbury at 4.30am on the 26th of September. They joined, 10th Royal Welch Fusiliers, the 6th South Wales Borderers, the 10th (Rhondda) Battalion, Welch Regiment to form 76 Brigade at Codford Camp.
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Those known to have served with 7th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry during the Great War 1914-1918.
- Clarke William. Pte (d.27th Sep 1918)
- Corfield Henry. Pte. (d.22nd Aud 1916)
- Hanock Harry. L/Cpl. (d.7th Nov 1917)
- Howells Harry. Pte. (d.25th Apr 1916)
- Seare Edmund Josiah Henry . Pte. (d.14th Jul 1916)
- Tranter Joseph. Pte. (d.1st Oct 1918)
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L/Cpl. Harry Hanock 7th Btn. Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry (d.7th Nov 1917)My uncle, Lance Corporal Harry Hancock, 14199 was killed on 7th November 1917, I'd like to know what 7th Battalion KSLI were doing on this date?MM Smith
Pte. Henry Corfield 7th Btn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry (d.22nd Aud 1916)Herny Corfield was killed in action on the 22nd of August 1916, aged 38 and is buried in Plot 2. B. 102 in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Eunice Griffiths, of 25, Crown Yard, Little Dawley, Dawley, Shropshire.s flynn
Pte. Edmund Josiah Henry Seare 7th Btn. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (d.14th Jul 1916)Edmund Seare was my Great-Grandfather's Cousin. He was born in 1888 at St.Mary Cray, near Orpington, Kent. He worked as a 'Beneath Ground Worker' in a Colliery. He moved to Wales in approximately 1909 and was married in 1910. His wife was called Mary M Jones. They lived at 4 Gertrude Street, Abercynon in Llanwonno, Wales. He carried on working as a collier in Pontypridd. Edmund and Mary had 4 children together: a daughter, Sarah J Seare (born 1910) and 3 sons, Alfred (born 1912), David (born 1913) and Edmund (born 1914). He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.Ursula Pearce
Pte. Joseph Tranter 7th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1918)Joseph Tranter as born in September 1895 at Stockend, Harescombe, Gloucestershire. He enlisted at Ross on Wye Herefordshire and was killed in action 1st October 1918 age 22, at the Battle of Cambrai. He served as a Stretcher bearer attached to Kings Shropshire Light Infantry service number 28246 and South Lancashire Regiment service number 45288. Joe is commemorated on Vis en Artois Memorial, as he has no known grave.Royce Tranter
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