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The Essex Regiment
The Essex Regiment was raised in 1741.
Battalions during the Great War 1914-1918.
- 1st Battalion
- 2nd Battalion
- 3rd (Reserve) Battalion
- 4th Battalion
- 2/4th Battalion
- 3/4th Battalion
- 5th Battalion
- 2/5th Battalion
- 3/5th Battalion
- 6th Battalion
- 2/6th Battalion
- 3/6th Battalion
- 7th Battalion
- 2/7th Battalion
- 3/7th Battalion
- 8th (Cyclist) Battalion
- 2/8th (Cyclist) Battalion
- 3/8th (Cyclist) Battalion
- 15th Battalion
- 16th Battalion
- 17th Battalion
- 9th (Service) Battalion
- 10th (Service) Battalion
- 11th (Service) Battalion
- 12th (Reserve) Battalion
- 13th (West Ham) Battalion
- 14th (Reserve) Battalion
- 18th (Home Service) Battalion
- 1st Garrison Battalion
- 2nd Garrison Battalion
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Those known to have served with The Essex Regiment during the Great War 1914-1918.
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- Pte. Charles John Adams
- Pte. Thomas Arnold Read their Story.
- Mjr. Frank "Bill" Bailey DCM. Read their Story.
- Pte. William Benjamin Baldwin (d.5th March 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Alfred William Banning (d.10th Aug 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Frederick Bertram Walter Bishop (d.10th Aug 1918 ) Read their Story.
- Pte. William Cuthbert Boud (d.22nd Aug 1915) Read their Story.
- Cpt. Terence Anthony Chaworth Brabazon (d.3rd August 1916) Read their Story.
- Sjt. Jack Brady Read their Story.
- Pte. W. Edward Clarke Read their Story.
- Pte. William Edwin "Ted" Clarke Read their Story.
- 2nd Lt. Harold Charles Davis (d.26 Jun 1918) Read their Story.
- Sgt. Ernest Arthur Franklin (d.3rd Nov 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. John Goodenough (d.27th Dec 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Frederick Hayes (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Pte. James Jepson MM. Read their Story.
- Pte. George Henry Jervis (d.8th Apr 1918) Read their Story.
- Sjt. Mjr. William Northcroft Johnson Read their Story.
- Private Barner Laver (d.22nd June 1917) Read their Story.
- L/Cpl. William James Mansfield (d.21st Mar 1918) Read their Story.
- Frederick Harry Miller Read their Story.
- Pte. Charles Thomas Muskett (d.15th Oct 1915) Read their Story.
- Pte. Henry Francis Pinder (d.21st July 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Edward Thomas Probert Read their Story.
- Pte. Edward George Reed (d.20th April 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Kenyth Westley Rider Read their Story.
- L/Cpl Reginald James Sheppard (d.20th July 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Thomas Henry Shillingford (d.30th July 1916.) Read their Story.
- Pte. Walter Andrew Smith (d.10th Oct 1917) Read their Story.
- Brib-Gen. Frederick Gordon Spring DSO, MID. Read their Story.
- Pte. Frederick James Stokes (d.19th Jun 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Ernest Ward (d.15th Oct 1916) Read their Story.
- Private Walter Wheeler (d.3rd Jul, 1916 ) Read their Story.
- Pte. Charles Alfred William Williams (d.20th July 1916) Read their Story.
- William George Frederick Yates Read their Story.
- Pte. James William Zimmer Read their Story.
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Sjt. Mjr. William Northcroft Johnson 6th Btn. Essex RegimentWilliam Johnson was badly wounded at Gallipoli, having landed tehre on teh 11th of August 1915 with the 6th Essex. His name is listed amongst the wounded published in the Essex Chronicle on the 17th of Sept 1915. He was evacuated to Alexandria. He is mentioned in a letter from Sergt. Jack Brady of the 1/6th Essex Regiment, sent from Alexandria in 1916 “The ex-hospital men here (several of whom are Essex) are improving in health wonderfully, and some are quite well again. Sergt-Major Johnson, who did such good work on the Peninsula, where he was severely wounded, is looking well in the circumstances, and after the day's duties are finished he keeps the boys alive with a ventriloquial entertainment, and as a ventriloquist he is excellent.” William later served as CSM with an employment company of the Northamptonshire Regiment and on the 30th of May 1917 he was commissioned as Temp. 2nd Lt. into the Labour Corps and commanded and Area Employment Company as Acting Captain on the 11th of May 1918.
Sjt. Jack Brady 1/6th Btn. Essex RegimentSergt. Jack Brady of the 1/6th Essex Regiment, was in Alexandria in 1916, he sent a letter home: “The ex-hospital men here (several of whom are Essex) are improving in health wonderfully, and some are quite well again. Sergt-Major Johnson, who did such good work on the Peninsula, where he was severely wounded, is looking well in the circumstances, and after the day's duties are finished he keeps the boys alive with a ventriloquial entertainment, and as a ventriloquist he is excellent.”
Pte. George Henry Jervis 9th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.8th Apr 1918)George died of wounds on the 8th of Apr 1918, he was 19 years old. He is buried at Etaples
Private Walter Wheeler 9th Battalion Essex Regiment (d.3rd Jul, 1916 )I am desperately trying to find out more information about my Great Uncle, Walter Wheeler, who was killed on the third day of the Battle of the Somme. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial in France and he was one of those whose remains were never found. He was just 19 years old. I have tried to trace his Army records without luck so far and wonder if you could offer any advice on how to trace more about him. He was one of a family of seven children, born in the small village of Potter Street, which is now incorporated into Harlow, Essex, and was the son of a haybinder. I have been in touch with Pam & Ken Linge, who are building an online archive of the Thiepval soldiers, and my Great Uncle now has a record on the site. I sent them a photograph of Walter and they now say that he may have been in the Royal Field Artillery, having seen his cap badge, but the entry at Thiepval quotes the Essex Regiment as his unit. I hope you can help. Many thanks
Pte. Edward Thomas Probert Essex RegimentMy grandfather, Edward Probert served in the First World War. No funny stories to tell, no anecdotes, unfortunately he was one of those who didn't want to talk and by the time I was old enough to know, he had already died. However he did serve until 1917 when he was invalided out of France with shrapnel wounds.
Pte. James William Zimmer 1/7th Btn. London RegimentMy great grandfather James William Zimmer was with the 7th London Regiment, he ended up in the Labour Corps in 1919, disabled with bronchitis which I have read can be brought on by mustard gas. He was also attached to the 4th battalion Essex Regiment. I am trying to find more information on him.
Pte. Charles Alfred William Williams 10 Battalion Essex Regiment (d.20th July 1916)Charles Williams was reported missing, presumed dead whilst serving with the BEF in France. He is known to have died in Delville Wood on the Somme. He has no known grave, his name is on the Thiepval Memorial near Albert in France.
Pte. Charles Thomas Muskett 1/6th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.15th Oct 1915)No events to tell as I cannot find any records that mention him. However, I know he died at Gallipoli on the date shown and that alone deserves mention here. However, if anyone knows any more then please let me know.
Pte. William Edwin "Ted" Clarke 9th Btn. Essex RegimentThis was my Uncle Ted, who survived WW1 with a head injury. He was in Napesbury Hospital, The County of Middlesex War Hospital for a while. I would like to find out more, but there is no one in the family to ask. I believe he was injured the middle of September, 1918. Where would I find out where the 9th Essex was fighting during and before and after this time? Thank you.
Pte. Thomas Henry Shillingford 13th Btn. D Coy. Essex Regiment (d.30th July 1916.)My great uncle, Thomas Henry Shillingford of D company, 13th battalion Essex Regiment (West Ham Boys) was killed at the battle of the Somme on the 30th of July 1916. He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial and I intend to visit the area and would like to know were he actually fell. Is there anybody who can help me in pin point where he might have been on the day he was killed? I have tried many websites but nothing seems to match his regiments whereabouts on that day. I can only guess it might have been at the battle for High Wood but I really am stumped on this one.
Private Barner Laver 3rd Bn. attached. 2nd Bn Essex Regiment (d.22nd June 1917)There is no story - there cannot be. The man who would have been my Great Uncle didn't make it through. As a child I "inherited" his medals, the 'plaque' for his grave and the letters of thanks from the Palace.
For many years these intrigued me until at last old enough to venture further afield on my own I set out for Billericay and discovered his name on the War Memorial. Research was not easy when I was younger and trips to St Katherines House to learn more foundered.
The advent of the internet and my surprising ability to grasp it's techniques led to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pages and the surprising information that Great Uncle had been quite close all the time having been interred at Felixstowe, Suffolk. Why Felixstowe? I think his Battalion of the Essex Regiment may have had a base in the area thus the wounded may have been afforded local burials. But why not take his body the relatively short distance back into Essex and to his home town? Maybe the cost was prohibitive or possibly the family were "annoyed" that this young man had gone off to war, perhaps against their desires. We will never know - the last person who could possibly have shed light on these times (my Grand Father - Barner's Brother) died in the 1960's even before my medal "inheritance" started my curious mind off on it's search.
I am glad that I found Uncle and have been to visit his grave to "let him know" about the family that he could never have met. I often think about him even though I know so little about him.
Pte. Ernest Ward 11th Battalion. Essex Regiment (d.15th Oct 1916)Ernest died on 15th October 1916 in Ypres, aged 19. He is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.
Pte. Frederick Bertram Walter Bishop 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment (d.10th Aug 1918 )Private Bishop was my Great Uncle. He was killed in France and buried at Connehem British Cemetery, Pas De Calais.The cemetery holds 200 First World War burials..198 Identified.
Pte. Walter Andrew Smith 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.10th Oct 1917)I have recently discovered information about my Great Uncle, Walter. A. Smith who fought in the Great War. He enlisted voluntarily after the outbreak of the war into the 6th Battalion Essex Regiment and landed in Gallipoli with the 1/6th Battalion at Sulva Bay on 10/10/1915. I believe the 1/6th then left Gallipoli for Egypt in Dec 1915 to defend positions in the Sinai Desert near the Suez Canal. In 1917 He was posted to the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment and took part in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and was killed in an attack near Poelcapelle 10th October 1917 just a day after the battle commenced.
His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial. I plan to visit there this year to pay my respects to my Great Uncle and to all of the fallen who never made it home. I sadly do not have a photograph of my Great Uncle to post, nor do I know the whereabouts of his medals that he would have received.
Cpt. Terence Anthony Chaworth Brabazon 1st Btn. Essex Regiment (d.3rd August 1916)Born in Rochester, Kent. Son of Lt. Col. W.B. & Mrs. Mabel Brabazon. He died of wounds aged 20 and is buried in Wilton Cemetery, Wilshire.
Frederick Harry Miller Essex RegimentFrederick Harry Miller served with the Essex Regtiment, he survived the War dying in 1928 at 35, he had been gassed several times in WW1. One of the others would be Horace Philip Miller killed July 1918 and the third brother whose first name is unknown. No one in the family, including their two neices knew their names so I think it time they were remembered somewhere.
Pte. Henry Francis Pinder 13th Battalion Essex Regiment (d.21st July 1916)I've heard that the Great War was so painful to so many, that often they just never spoke of it again. In my family, this meant that 3 generations down the line, we have no knowledge of Henry Francis Pinder (1889-1916). Recently, family history searches showed us Henry's existence, his service, and his sacrifice. He was the 3rd Henry Pinder, and the only son of that generation. I thought that was sad, the line ending. Then, from the Leytonstone War Memorial came the information that Henry was married. He married Laura Annie Stadwell in 1912. Their son, Henry W was born in 1914, and died in January 1915. So it really was the end of four generations of Henry Pinders. Laura Annie lived until 1969, and her daughter (born Oct 1915) died in 1976. Henry Francis Pinder is remembered on the Arras war memorial in France. He has no known grave. His war medal card shows he was in the Machine Gun Corps. His date of death is listed as 21 July 1916 on official records, but on records by the Arras memorial as 31 July 1916. The time difference is important, as it would help estimate the location of his death. It could be either at High Wood, or Delville Wood, in either case they took heavy casualties. After reading about the Battle of the Somme, which started on 1st July, this would mean Henry Francis survived the worst of those battles and must have been witness to incomprehensible horror. Henry Francis had 3 sisters. The youngest, Ellen (aka Nellie)Pinder (Turner)was my greatgrandmother. She was 23 years old when her brother died in 1916, a mother of two small girls, and alone, her own husband was away during WW1 (but survived).
Pte. Kenyth Westley Rider 2nd Battalion Essex RegimentKenyth Westley Rider was my grandfather, I did not know him that well as he died when I was a child and suffered a terrible stammer brought on from shell shock. According to the military records he enlisted into the Essex Regiment on 6th September 1914 and was posted to the 3rd battalion. On 9th October 1914 he was then posted to the 12 battalion before finally being posted to the 2nd battalion on 27th July 1915. I understand he was mobilised for France on the same day. He was later transferred to the labour corps on 15th July 1918 (33rd prisoner of war company) and them moved into the reserve on 15th June 1919 before being discharged on 31st March 1920. I understand he served in France between 27th July 1915 - 17th May 1919.
2nd Lt. Harold Charles Davis RFC/RAF (d.26 Jun 1918)My Great Uncle, Harold Charles Davis, was born in 1894 in Portsmouth, one of 4 brothers who all enlisted for service in WW1. Brother Percy Bernard Davis was with the Royal Fusiliers, 11th Battalion and was KIA on 10th August 1917 during the 3rd battle of Ypres, Cyril Henry Davis joined the Royal Navy & survived the war as did George Reginald Davis who, amongst other postings was with a Siege battery in the Royal Garrison Artillery in Mesopotamia (Iraq) at Qut during 1917 fighting the Turks of the Ottoman emire. Harold was training to be an accountant in the family building business in Portsmouth prior to enlisting in the Hampshire Yeomanry before transferring to the 9th Batallion Essex Regiment then finally transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Harold was an observer in 104 Squadron and flew in the DH 9 aircraft when he was shot down and killed on Mount Donon in the Vosges Mountains of France during a bombing raid behind enemy lines. His Pilot Charles G Jenyns survived the crash landing and was taken prisoner for the duration of the war and was able to return Harold's possesions to the family when he was released. Harold was finally laid to rest in the Plaine French National Cemetery at Plaine in the Bas-Rhin region of France.
Pte. William Cuthbert Boud 4th Battalion Essex Regiment (d.22nd Aug 1915)My Grandfather, William Cuthbert Boud, was killed in Gallipoli on the 22nd of August 1915. He was a Bandsman with the Essex Regiment and was shot by a sniper whilst leaving his dug out to go for a wounded comrade. The following was in the Ilford Newspaper.
"Poor Billy Boud was buried the same night - it was very touching. We buried him on the hillside right over the sea. It was a lovely moonlight night, and one of our cooks said a few words at the graveside, so we did the best for poor Billy. I must say this is a very wild country. It is all high hills, rocks, high boulders and bushes - so you can tell what a job we have to bring the wounded in, and we have to do that at night. Every place we to we have to dig ourselves in the ground to protect ourselves from shellfire."
William Cuthbert Boud had also served in the South African Campaign with the 1st Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
L/Cpl Reginald James Sheppard 10th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.20th July 1916)Reginald Sheppard was killed in action aged 21 years at Delville Wood. He enrolled at Stratford E18.
Pte. John Goodenough 11th (Service) Battalion Essex Regiment (d.27th Dec 1916)John Goodenough was born 1889 Folkestone, Kent and went to School at North Board School, (now Mundella), Blackbull Road, Folkestone where he is mentioned on the School's War Memorial Board. He was one of 13 children born to Thomas Goodenough & his wife Grace Menear.
John was a Hairdresser living Brentwood at time of his marriage at St Thomas of Canterbury on 13/4/1913 to Grace Helena Cornish and when he enlisted at Warley into the Essex Regt, 11th (Service) Battalion. He departed with his Battalion for France from Folkestone on 30/8/1915. He died on 27/12/1916 and is commemorated in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Row T, Grave 4. He appears to have been interred there alongside several fellow soldiers of same the Battalion killed about the same time, Pte J H Jeffries 33140; Pte H S Pepper 21331; Pte A Reynolds 10585); Pte A Smith 14154 Age 27 (23/12/1916); Pte F Rice 10585 Age 31 (31/12/1916)).
Mjr. Frank "Bill" Bailey DCM. 1st Battalion Essex RegimentMy grandad, Frank Bailey, joined up in 1901 and immediately after basic training was dispatched to South Africa in Mounted Infantry Unit (formed to play those Boers at their own mobile guerilla game). He was a representative of Essex Regiment at Edward VII's coronation in Aug 1902, and posted to India (1902-06), Burma (1906-08) Ireland (1908-09), India (1909-13), Mauritius (1913-14) returning to Warley in Dec 1914.
As Sergeant, he was on 'W' Beach at Gallipoli (Cape Helles) on 25/4/1915, Beaumont Hamel (Somme) as RSM on 1/7/1916, aided defence of Monchy-le-Preux on 14/4/1917, was mentioned in Haig's dispatches on 25/5/1917, awarded Serbian Cross of Kara George, with Swords, 1st Class on 23/7/1917, gassed at Langemarck (Belgium) on 26/9/1917, and awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal at Battle of Cambrai and took part in the final push in 1918.
After WW1 he was posted Cork (1920-22) during the Irish "war of independence" along with Major Percival (Battalion Intel Officer and later Lieutenant General who surrendered at Singapore in 1941), went with the League of Nations Peace Keeping force to supervise the Saarbrucken Plebiscite (98% voted to go back to Nazi Germany and there was typical trouble during it!) in Jan 1935. He retired in 1937 as Major, re-engaged briefly in 1941 as a trainer for North London and Essex 'ack ack' units. His long and distinguished career with the regiment is recorded along with some history in my book A Major Soldier
Pte. James Jepson MM. 2nd Battalion Essex RegimentPrivate James Jepson was my grandfather. He was born in Darwen, Lancashire on 1st December 1886 and joined the 2nd Essex Regiment in 1904 after both his parents had died and shortly after his elder brother William had joined the 1st Essex Regiment. He never spoke of his military service but I have memories of him mentioning being at Dover Castle and on another occasion asking my father to remove a small piece of shrapnel from his upper lip as the shrapnel was coming out through the skin and snagging his razor while shaving. He was awarded the Military Medal but never mentioned it. His records in the National Archive were lost during the Second World War and there is no mention in regimental records. Pte Jepson was promoted to sergeant then reverted to the rank of private but regimental records give no further details. He was awarded three good conduct stripes and officially injured twice.
On leaving the regiment after the war he was employed as a miner near Leigh in Lancashire before returning to Darwen in 1925 where he worked as a postman until retiring. With special thanks to Ian Hook, curator for the Essex Regimental Museum in Chelmsford, for providing information on my grandfather's regimental service.
Pte. William Benjamin Baldwin 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment (d.5th March 1917)Private William Benjamin Baldwin was my wife's grandfather and enlisted firstly in the Suffolks, 33659. He appears to have been transferred to the 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment at some point, as yet unknown to us. We are still trying to piece together the jigsaw that was his life but as with all research there are many gaps in the story so far. We do know that he was killed at Arras on 5th March 1917. All items available and relating to his army life were donated to the Essex Regimental Museum by my wife. Unfortunately we have no photographs of him.
Pte. Thomas Arnold Royal Warwickshire Regim,entMy Grandfather Tom Arnold served in the first world war in France, he told us stories of how he got stuck in the wire and another soldier came back and helped him out. He had nightmares sometimes and Mum used to say they were not as bad as when he first came back, he sometimes used to walk around at night because he could not sleep. He told us that when the war finished he had to walk for days to get a boat back to England.
I went to Kew to find his records and all I can find is a record that puts him with another service no. He started with the no. 25336 in the Royal Warwicks and ended with the no.5057 in the Essex Regiment. There is no information on that record to say where he fought in France. Is it possible to tell me why he ended up in another regiment. I have been told that some records were burnt during the second world war and his may have been among them. Any information would be great. Hope someone can help.
Pte. W. Edward Clarke Essex RegimentI have some medals belonging to Pte W.E Clarke. I know he was from Leicester and he was known as Ted. Can any tell me anything about him?
L/Cpl. William James Mansfield 11th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.21st Mar 1918)William James Mansfield from Smith End in Barley, enlisted at West Ham in Essex. A Lance Corporal in the 11th Battalion The Essex Regiment, he was killed in action during the German final offensive at the Battle of St Quentin 21st March 1918 (British losses at this battle were 177,739. The Germans lost 348,300) He is buried in Vaux Hill Cemetery.
Pte. Edward George Reed 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment (d.20th April 1918)My Great Uncle, Edward Reed was from West Ham London, he died of wounds and is buried in Choques Cemetery.
William George Frederick Yates 2nd Btn. Essex RegimentMy Great Grandfather, William George Frederick Yates, served with the 2nd Essex Regiment, BEF and I believe he was shot and wounded at Ypres on the 12th of November 1914. I have some of his army cards, photos and possessions. After this he was transferred to the Royal Engineers and survived the war. Following the Great War he served in India in the 1920's.
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A Major Soldier
A Major Soldier is part journey of discovery for the author and part history of the 1st Essex Battalion in the First World War. Frank Bailey was typical of many veterans of the era in that he never spoke of his exploits, despite having a long army career predating the war and being awarded the DCM. The author, his grandson, only found out the full details of his military service after his death. The author reminisces about his memories of his Grandfather before detailing his research into his life and military career, a journey that ultimately uncovered a hitherto unknown brother who had died in the war. The book then moves on to the actions of the 1st Essex battalion in the war, focusing on Gallipoli, the Somme, and Cambrai.More information on:
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