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11th Battalion, The Essex Regiment
11th Battalion, The Essex Regiment was raised at Warley in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's third new army, initally attached to 71st Brigade in 24th Division. They moved to Shoreham for training and then on to billets in Brighton in January 1915 returning to Shoreham in March and then moving to Blackdown in June 1915. They proceeded to France on the 30th of August 1915, landing at Boulogne. On the 11th of October 1915 the battalion transferred with 71st Brigade to 6th Division and then to 18th Brigade, in the same Division on the 27th of October. In 1916 they were in action at Battle of Flers-Courcelette on The Somme, in The Battle of Morval and The Battle of Le Transloy. In 1917 they were in action at Hill 70 and at Cambrai. In 1918 they saw action in the Battle of St Quentin, The Battles of the Lys, The Advance in Flanders, Battles of the Hindenburg Line and The Pursuit to the Selle. After the Armistice, 6th Division were selected to join the occupation force and they moved into Germany in mid December, being based at Bruehl by Christmas 1918.
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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. 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)).
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.
Brib-Gen. Frederick Gordon Spring DSO, MID. 11th Battalion Essex RegimentFrederick Spring had been commissioned into the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment in May 1898. During the First World War, he initially served with that regiment in the Gallipoli Campaign.
Between June 1916 and September 1918 he commanded the 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment, and led them in battles such as the Somme and Cambrai (1917). He subsequently commanded the 33rd Infantry Brigade during the last months of the war. Spring was Mentioned in Dispatches five times over the course of the war.
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