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1st Battalion, Berkshire Regiment

   The 1st Battalion, The Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) was based in Mandora Barracks, Aldershot on the outbreak of war on 4 Aug 1914, part of 6th Brigade in 2nd Division. The battalion embarked for France and Flanders in the first elements of the British Expeditionary Force on the 13th of August 1914, landing at Rouen. They served on the Western Front throughout the conflict. In 1914 they were in action in The Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, the Actions on the Aisne heights and First Battle of Ypres. On 13th of December 1915 the battalion was transferred to 99th Brigade in 2nd Division. They took part in the Winter Operations 1914-15 and in 1915 saw action at The Battle of Festubert and The Battle of Loos. In 1916 they fought in the Battles of the Somme and the Operations on the Ancre. In 1917 they were in action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Battles of Arras and The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 they fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and The Battle of the Selle. The 1st Battalion ended the war at Escarmain, north of Solesmes, France. 2nd Division was selected to advance into Germany and formed part of the Occupation Force after the Armistice.

4th Aug 1914   1st Battalion Berkshire Regiment were at Aldershot when war broke out in 1914. At 5.30pm Orders were received to mobilize

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Those known to have served with  1st Battalion, Berkshire Regiment during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Alexander Frederick James. Pte (d.12th Aug 1917)
  • Barlow Francis John. Cpl. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Barnett William James. Pte.
  • Bartlett Sidney Augustus. Pte. (d.14th Sep 1914)
  • Bridge Frederick Philip. Pte. (d.7th July 1915)
  • Bygrave Arthur James. Pte. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Carter Victor Thomas C.. Pte. (d.29th May 1917)
  • Guy Edmond James. L/Cpl. (d.12th March 1917)
  • Hayden Albert Thomas. Pte. (d.25th May 1916)
  • Hickmott Addison George. Pte.
  • Hollis Arthur. Pte. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • House Albert. L/Cpl (d.27th July 1916)
  • Huntley Thomas T.. Cpl. (d.25th Mar 1918)
  • Kinchin Ernest James. Pte. (d.4th June 1916)
  • Lamble Frederick. Pte. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Lole Samuel. Pte. (d.20th August 1914)
  • Lovell Francis. L/Sgt. (d.25th Aug 1914)
  • Marlow George. Pte. (d.13th November 1916)
  • Mills Sidney George. Pte (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Payne Edwin Francis. Pte. (d.26th October 1914)
  • Price Matthew. Private
  • Prosser Alfred Sydne. Pte. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Randall Charles Frank. Pte. (d.1st Nov 1914)
  • Randall Henry John. L/Cpl. (d.3rd Jan 1916)
  • Sambridge Alexander. Pte. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Shears Charles Ralph. Pte. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Sherwood Frederick. Pte. (d.30th Apr 1917)
  • Stanley William Charles. Pte. (d.16th May 1915)
  • Stevens Charles. A/Sjt. (d.29th Nov 1917)
  • Turner Alexander Buller. 2nd Lt. (d.1st Oct 1915)
  • Ward George. Pte. (d.26th Sep 1914)

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Private Matthew Price Royal Berkshire Regiment

Matthew Price joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1904 aged 17, he was injured at Passchendale in 1917, we think, and transferred to the Royal Berkshire Home Service Battalion due to wounds.

Brett Bates


Pte. Arthur James Bygrave 1st Battalion Berkshire Regiment (d.23rd Aug 1918)

Arthur Bygrave joined the Royal Hampshire Regiment in Bournemouth in 1917. he was subsequently transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. The war diaries list the battalion in action around the village of Ervillers in Flanders. Arthur died on the morning of August 23rd, 1918. He is commemorated at the Vis En Artios British cemetery Panel 7.

Steven Bygrave


Pte. William James "Titch" Barnett 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment

My father, William Barnett joined the Militia in 1899 as a 15 year old. He then transferred to the regular army in 1902 when he signed on for a 12 year engagement with the 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment when his Regimental number was 7039. He served in Egypt and for two years then did Home Service until 1914 when WW1 was declared.

His regiment was sent to France on 12th August 1914 where they landed at Rouen. They were involved in action for almost the whole of the rest of 1914 and 1915. He was wounded in March 1915 and then for a second time at the Battle of Loos in September of 1915. This battle is known for the fact that the British used gas for the first time. It was a disaster as the wind changed and blew the gas back to the British lines. It is also known as the battle where the the son of Rudyard Kipling was killed. My father's wounds were bad enough for him to be sent back to Blighty where he underwent treatment at Tooting Hospital in London. He was there for 10 weeks by which time his 12 year engagement ended on 31 December 1915.

This story now becomes rather sketchy. He was awarded the 14 Star, British Medal and Victory Medal. On his medal Index Card at the National Archives at Kew the first two medals are shown as awarded while he served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment but the last, the Victory Medal was awarded while serving in the R.E. This must mean that he volunteered again after serving his 12 year engagement but I have been unable to find out anything about this. I have tried researching his R.E. number of 163123 without success so if their are any kind souls out there could point me in the right direction I would be forever grateful.

Sid J Barnett


Pte. Charles Ralph Shears 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.16th May 1915)

Private Charles Ralph Shears - 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

16007 Pte Charles Ralph Shears served with the 1st Battalion the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He died on the 16th May 1915.

Private Charles Ralph Shears - 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Charles Ralph Shears - 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Charles Ralph Shears - 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Beverley Yates


Pte. George Ward 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.26th Sep 1914)

George Ward served with the Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Battalion. He was executed for cowardice 26/09/1914. He is commemorated on the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial to the Missing, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Private George Ward aged 20 years who was executed on 26th September 1914, his was the second execution of the war. What is astonishing about the case of Pte. Ward is that his offence occurred on the 14th September his third day of active service. He had landed in France on 12th September and the brief duration of his service, before committing the crime of ‘cowardice’ that cost him his life, was the shortest of the war.

A soldier who was a member of a firing squad described what happened. ‘I think it was hard lines that I should have had to make one of the firing party, as he was a chum of mine. . . We were told that the only humane thing that we could do was to shoot straight. The two men were led out blindfolded, tied to posts driven into the ground, and then we received our orders by sign from our officer, so that the condemned men should not hear us getting ready. Our officer felt it very much, as he, like me, knew one of the fellows years before. The other I never knew, but his case was every bit as sad, he was only a boy’.

s flynn


2nd Lt. Alexander Buller Turner VC. 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.1st Oct 1915)

Alexander Turner sevred with the Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st Battalion. He died of wounds in No.1 Casualty Clearing Station on 1st October1915, aged 22, and is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery in France.

An extract from the Third Supplement to the London Gazette of 16th Nov., 1915, No. 29371, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery on 28th Sept., 1915, at Fosse 8, near Vermelles. When the regimental bombers could make no headway in Slag Alley, Second Lieutenant Turner volunteered to lead a new bombing attack. He pressed down the communication trench practically alone, throwing bombs incessantly with such dash and determination that he drove back the Germans about 150 yards without a check. His action enabled the reserves to advance with very little loss, and subsequently covered the flank of his regiment in its retirement, thus probably averting a loss of some hundreds of men. This most gallant Officer has since died of wounds received in this action."

s flynn


L/Sgt. Francis Lovell 1st Batallion Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.25th Aug 1914)

Frank Lovell was born in Templemore Co. Tipperary, Ireland on 2nd May 1890 to English parents. Frank's father had served in the second Afghan wars in the 66th Foot and had won a D.C.M. Frank and his brothers, Alfred, Archie, Jesse and half brothers Thomas and John Hall, were all brought up to be professional soldiers. He was one of the first British soldiers to arrive in France after war was declared. Frank was killed in action on the 25th August 1914. He is buried in a war grave in the little French village of Maroilles in the Maroilles Communal Cemetery where approximately a dozen other soldiers are also buried. He was my Grandmother's younger brother.

Vanessa Seymour


Pte. Sidney Augustus Bartlett 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire (d.14th Sep 1914)

Sydney Augustus Bartlett was my grandfather's cousin. He was born in 1887 to Sidney and Harriet Bartlett. He had been a general labourer and was unmarried. He served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regimentand was killed in action on 14th September 1914 aged 30 probably at the battle of the Marne. He has no known grave and is listed on La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial. He was killed in the month after the war started. I found his name on the war memorial in Wallingford when I visited my grandfather's home town and then did a little research.

Jane McNamara


Pte. Charles Frank Randall 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.1st Nov 1914)

Charles Randall served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment during WW1 and died on the 1st November 1914. He is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. He was the son of Harriet Randall, of 17, Abbey Place, St. Ebbs, Oxford.

Steve Brown


L/Cpl. Henry John Randall 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.3rd Jan 1916)

Henry Randall served with the 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment during WW1 and died, age 27, on the 3rd January 1916. This soldiers headstone is at St Mary Cemetery Osney Lane Oxford. It is tended along with others by a group of soldiers (MPGS)from RAF Benson. Grave reference St. Ebbe. He was the son of Mrs. Harriet Randall, of 17, Abbey Place, St. Ebbe, Oxford.

Steve Brown


L/Cpl. Edmond James Guy 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.12th March 1917)

Edmund Guy was killed in action on the 12th of March 1917, aged 26. Buried in Plot VI. D. 11 in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Walter Thomas and Alice Mary Guy, of 14, Fentons Avenue, Plaistow, London. Brave soldier and beloved brother of Milly, Rose, Elsie, Lily and Gertie Still mourned by his family. He was ours.

s flynn


Pte. Alfred Sydne Prosser 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire (d.5th Sep 1916)

On the 5th of September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme Private Alfred Prosser had already been out on patrol, bringing back a body of a dead German officer, when he was ordered to go out again. This time the group was hit by a shell killing 5 men including Albert. He and the others are buried in the Hebuterne Communal Cemetery, France.



Pte. William Charles Stanley 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.16th May 1915)

William Stanley entered into theatre on the 23rd of November 1914 . He took part in many of the first winter actions and died in action at the Battle of Festubert near Richebourg in France. The battalion's objective on the night of the 16th/17th of May 1915 was to attack german lines, by crossing over the river Loisne to get to german trenches. His body like many others has never been found and is commemorated on a panel at Le Touret Memorial.

Ed Stanley


Pte. Alexander Sambridge 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.8th Oct 1918)

Alexander Sambridge (Sambidge) was my father's brother. I began researching his history in 2013 and came across a beautiful card, with French lace and embroidered lilac flowers and the sentiment "To My Dear Mother". The card reads: "I send my best wishes to you all at home and a bright and happy Xmas. Love to you all. From your loving son, Alex"

Alexander is buried in Forenville Military Cemetery in Nord, France.I am very glad to have learned about my uncle's wartime service. It has allowed me to say "Thank you" to him; he was a young man with his whole life ahead of him.

Lilian Reed


Pte. Frederick Lamble 11th Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.30th July 1916)

Frederick Lamble's grave is at the Warloy Ballion War Graves cemetery in the Somme. It was discovered and visited by his great niece on July 16th 2014.

Linda Collis


Pte. Victor Thomas C. Carter 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.29th May 1917)

Victor Carter served with the 1st Btn. Royal Berkshires.

D Gibbs


Pte Sidney George Mills 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1918)

Sidney Mills last resting place is Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Traport.

Kenneth Mills


Pte. Frederick Philip Bridge 1st Btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.7th July 1915)

Frederick Bridge died of his wounds, aged 21, on 7th July 1915 at No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport. He is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France. He was the son of June Ellen Bridge Reynolds.

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