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Lyndhurst Camp

19th Sep 1914 2nd Btn The Queens arrive in England  'HMT Kenilworth Castle' arrived in Southampton. The 2nd Battalion Queens West Surrey Regiment disembarked & proceeded by route march to Lyndhurst, Hampshire, arriving there about 2030 hours and went under canvas.

20th Sep 1914 22nd Infantry Brigade organising in England  At Lyndhurst, the 2nd Battalion Queens West Surrey Regiment formed part of the 22nd Infantry Brigade under the command of the Brigadier General, consisting of 2nd Battalion The Queens, 2nd Battalion of The Warwicks, 1st Battalion of The Royal Welch Fusiliers & 1st Battalion of the South Staffords. Captain James was Brigade Major and the Brigade formed part of the VII Division under the command of Major General Capper.

24th Sep 1914 The Queens continue mobilisation in England  At Lyndhurst a draft of 253 Rank & File from the 3rd Battalion, The Queens, joined the 2nd Battalion.

27th Sep 1914 2nd Queens continue mobilisation in England  From 27th September to the 2nd October 1914, the 2nd Battalion Queens was employed in Brigade and Divisional Exercises at Lyndhurst.

4th October 1914 The Queens on the move again  The Queens on the move to Southampton for embarkation. At 1500 hours the Battalion received Orders to march to Southampton for embarkation at 1545 hours. The men who had been given leave to go into town in Lyndhurst had to be collected and eventually the 1st Train Party consisting of 'A' & 'B' Companies, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel M.C. Coles, marched off at 1730 hours and the 2nd Party of 'C' & 'D' Companies, under command of Major L.M. Crofts, at 1820 hours. Lieutenant A.N.S. Roberts, Colour Sergeant E. Sholes & Band Sergeant S. Burrows, with 97 NCO's & Men forming the 1st Reinforcement, remained at Lyndhurst.

The Battalion on embarking for service was composed of 30 Officers and 988 NCO's & Men, Total Strength of 1018. The following embarked with the Battalion. Staff -

  • Lieutenant Colonel M.C. Coles, Commanding 2/11.
  • Major L.M. Crofts, Senior Major 2/11.
  • Lieutenant C.R. Haigh, Adjutant 7/11.
  • Captain C.H.J. Wort, Quartermaster.
  • Sergeant Major W. Smith.
  • Quartermaster Sergeant W.Routley.
  • Lieutenant A.C. Thomas, Transport Officer 6/11.
  • Lieutenant R.L.G. Heath, Machine Gun Officer 21/10.
  • Attached - Lieutenant Thatcher, RAMC, Medical Officer.

    Company Officers -

    'A' Company -

  • Captain H.C. Whinfield 21/10.
  • Captain P.C. Esdaile 22/10.
  • Lieutenant J.A. Long Browne 7/11.
  • Lieutenant E.K.B. Furze 6/11.
  • Lieutenant G.S. Ingram 21/10.
  • 2nd Lieutenant R.K. Rose.

    'B' Company -

  • Major H.R. Bottomley 2/11.
  • Captain H.F.H. Master 18/10.
  • Lieutenant D.R. Wilson 2/11.
  • 2nd Lieutenant G.M. Gabb 21/10.
  • 2nd Lieutenant C.H.B. Blount
  • 2nd Lieutenant J.G. Collins 7/11.

    'C' Company -

  • Captain W.H. Alleyne 7/11.
  • Captain H.F. Lewis 19/10.
  • Lieutenant E.W. Bethell 25/10.
  • Lieutenant H.C. Williams (Signaling Officer) 21/10.
  • 2nd Lieutenant R.H. Philpot
  • 2nd Lieutenant B.A. Ricks 26/9.

    'D' Company -

  • Captain T. Weeding 2/11.
  • Captain W.B. Fuller
  • Lieutenant G.A. White 5/11.
  • 2nd Lieutenant J.G.H. Bird 27/9.
  • 2nd Lieutenant D. Ive 21/10.
The first train party 'A', 'B' & a portion of transport, embarked in the transport and left Southampton at dawn the next morning (5th October 1914)

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Lt. Alfred James Fell MC. 34th Battalion

Alfred James Fell was born on 7th of May 1890 at Liverpool, England to Captain Alfred and Christina Fell. He attended Wallasey Grammar School in England and Sydney Church of England Grammar School after arriving in Australia. Fell worked as an accountant before enlisting as a sergeant in the Australian Imperial Force on 22nd August 1915. In April 1916, he was assigned to the 34th Battalion which had been formed in Maitland, New South Wales that January.

Fell departed Australia aboard HMAT Hororata with the 34th Battalion on 2nd May 1916. The battalion spent five months training in England and it was during this time that Fell attended the bombing school at Lyndhurst and Officer training school for Non-Commissioned Officers at Tidworth. He accompanied his unit to France on 21st November 1916. Fell was awarded the Military Cross on 27th November 1918 for his actions at Villers Bretonneux between 4th and 5th April 1918. In May 1918. He was reported missing and noted as a German prisoner of war on 27th May 1918. He was repatriated after the war and arrived in England on 1st December 1918. Alfred Fell returned to Australia from England aboard HMAT Orca and arrived in Sydney on 3rd April 1919.

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