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The Gloucestershire Regiment
The Gloucestershire Regiment can be traced back to 1694.
Battalions during the Great War.
- 1st Battalion
- 2nd Battalion
- 3rd (Reserve) Battalion
- 1/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion
- 2/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion
- 3/4th Battalion
- 5th Battalion
- 2/5th Battalion
- 3/5th Battalion
- 1/6th Battalion
- 2/6th Battalion
- 3/6th Battalion
- 7th (Service) Battalion
- 8th (Service) Battalion
- 9th (Service) Battalion
- 10th (Service) Battalion
- 11th (Reserve) Battalion
- 12th (Bristol) Battalion
- 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion
- 14th (West of England) Battalion
- 15th (Reserve) Battalion
- 16th (Reserve) Battalion
- 17th Battalion
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Those known to have served with The Gloucestershire Regiment during the Great War.
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- Pte. John Abbott (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Pte. John William Alexander (d.6th Feb1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Robert Allen (d.1st Mar 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Henry Richard Thomas Ames
- Pte. Henry Richard Thomas Ames Read their Story.
- Pte. William George Bambury (d.23rd Jul 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte Charles William Blackwell MM. Read their Story.
- Pte. Alfred William Bowen Read their Story.
- Capt. Harry Alfred Butt (d.8th Jun 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Harry Carpenter (d.8th Jun 1917) Read their Story.
- Lt.Gn. Adrian Carton VC, DSO. Read their Story.
- Pte. A. Clark (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Cpl. Herbert Stanley Clark (d.3rd Sep 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Walter Mark Clark (d.23rd Aug 1918) Read their Story.
- Cpl. John Dobson (d.8th May 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Stephen Dolman (d.19th Mar 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Frederick William Eastman MM. Read their Story.
- Pte. William Manfield Fairman
- George "Spoe" Fletcher Read their Story.
- Pte. Cecil William Arthur Foot
- Pte. Charles Harmer MM. Read their Story.
- Private Harold Hobson DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medal Read their Story.
- L/Sgt. Thomas Irwin (d.22nd Mar 1918) Read their Story.
- Private Frank Large Read their Story.
- Cpl. John Willie Lax (d.27th Apr 1918) Read their Story.
- Spr. Bertram Maggs Read their Story.
- Pte. J. H. Millward (d.8th Jun 1917)
- Pte. Harry Lawson Morse (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Pte. Joseph Pedley (d.24th Oct 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Godfrey Hugh Pitman (d.17th July 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Alfred Purvis (d.15th Mar 1917) Read their Story.
- Cpl. Harry Prentice Snell (d.16th Aug 1917) Read their Story.
- L/Cpl. William Charles Tame (d.29th Jul 1917) Read their Story.
- Pte. Henry Isaac "Ike" Tranter (d.28th Aug1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. James Pailing Ward MM. (d.18th Apr 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Mark Witworth Ward (d.3rd Jul 1916) Read their Story.
- Pte. Fred Warry (d.12th September 1916)
- Pte. Thomas William White (d.13th May 1915)
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add,, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.
Pte. Alfred William Bowen Oxfordshire and Bucks Light InfantryThis man was my Father's oldest brother born abt 1900 all my Dad knows is that he served in the Ox and Bucks during the Great War and all he has is his Pocket Prayer Book "Active Service" 1914. My Father is 88yrs now and would love to know what campaignes my uncle would have been likely to have been involved in.
Capt. Harry Alfred Butt 14th btn. Gloucestershire Rgt (d.8th Jun 1916)Harry Butt was the son of Rev. Canon George Holden Butt, from a letter I know that in May 1916 whilst in France he met up with his brother Lewis, who was serving with the Rifle Brigade. Unfortunately both were killed with in weeks and are laid to rest in Northern France.
Cpl. Harry Prentice Snell 1/5th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.16th Aug 1917)My uncle Harry Prentice Snell served with the Suffolk Reg (Territorials) and the the Gloucestershire Regiment. At 82 years of age I am completing my Family History and have already contacted the Gloucestershire Regiment and obtained from them a report covering the action in Ypres, Belgium also the aftermath resulting in the death of Uncle Harry. Having paid a visit to Ypres in September last and honoured his passing at the Commonwealth Memorial at Tyne Cot, Zonnebeke, West Vlaaderen, Belgium I am wondering if anyone may have any other information about him and maybe a photograph?
Pte. James Pailing Ward MM. 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.18th Apr 1918)James Paling Ward was born in Twyford, Leicestershire, son of George Paling Ward and Lydia Anne Ward. He is listed in the 1911 Tiddington Warwickshire census aged 16, living at home with his parents and employed as a Domestic Gardener. He enlisted at Birmingham and went to France with 8th battalion Gloucestershire Regiment on the 18th of July 1915. His award of the Military Medal for Bravery in the field was gazetted on 16th August 1917, having been notified in battalion special order of the day for 2nd July 1917. This was for his part during the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917. The battalion war diary records:-
Wytschaete Beek Onraet Wood
7th [June] Attack launched at 3.10 a.m. by 19th Division
8.10 am. Battalion attacked Black Line in front of Onraet Wood & took its objective. Patrol pushed out & line in front of Oostaverne Wood also held.
3.10.pm. Further attack was launched against village of Oostaverne and Odonto Trench. Battalion took its objective and consolidated position. The result of the day’s operations was highly successful and over two hundred German prisoners were taken.
Private J P Ward was killed on 18th April 1918 when 8th Battalion was retreating during the great German offensive of April 1918. On the 18th April the battalion was withdrawing from its trenches near Beaver Corner, arriving in a field near Wippenhoek siding about 2 miles east of Abeele.
James Pailing Ward is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing at the Ypres area of Belguim. And also on the war memorial at Tiddington Warwickshire.
His brother, Mark Whitworth Ward also served in 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 3rd July 1916, during the battle of the Somme.
Pte. Mark Witworth Ward 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.3rd Jul 1916)Mark Whitworth Ward was born in Melton Mowbray and enlisted at Stratford on Avon. He went to France with 8th Battalion on 18th July 1915. He was killed in action on 3rd July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme.
At 03.15 the battalion took part in an assault on eastern end of the village of - the western end of which had been taken by other British troops the previous day. A German counter-attack drove 57th Brigade, including 8th Battalion out of the eastern end of the village again and furious fighting raged in the village for the rest of the day. 8th Battalion lost over 300 men in killed, wounded and missing that day.
Mark Whitworth Ward is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing at the Somme area of France. And also on the war memorial at Tiddington Warwickshire.
His brother James Pailing Ward also served with the 8th Gloucester Regiment and lost his life in April 1918.
Private Harold Hobson DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medal 8th Battalion GloucesterDCM for distinguished conduct under fire, 18/07/1915 Served in France during WW I Served in the Home Guard during WW II
Pte. Harry Carpenter 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th Jun 1917)Harry Carpenter was born in 1893 in Medmemham, Berkshire and enlisted in the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, no.14299. He transferred to Glosters and was killed on the 8th June 1917. Harry is listed on Menin Gate, he was a cousin of mine.
George "Spoe" Fletcher Gloucestershire RegimentI wish to add to your Northwick Park page. My Grandfather, George Fletcher, originally from Chipping, Campden, served served in the Gloucesters during the Great War.
He worked at Northwick Park before and during WW2. His chief occupation, I am told, was looking after the horses. He was a crack shot and used to help make ends meet in WW2 by a bit of poaching. He was a first class shot with a catapult and would kill rabbits and sell them on to the Americans at the Park. He would also lay bets on hitting small targets such as cigarette packets on window sills etc. Should anyone recall George "Spoe" Fletcher I would be very pleased to hear from them.
Spr. Bertram Maggs Machine Gun CorpsMy Grandfather Bert Maggs served with the Royal Engineers, then with the 3rd Glosters and transferred to The Machine Gun Corps in 1917.
Bertram Maggs in the MGC 1917.jpg
My Grandfather is in the back row first right.
L/Cpl. William Charles Tame 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.29th Jul 1917)My Grandfather, William Charles Tame was born on the 2nd of July 1870, in the Parish of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. He was the son of a Catholic couple William Thomas Tame and Clara Tucker. His Parents were barge people who earned their living on the River Avon. His Father died as a result of falling from his barge into the mud.
When he was 18 years old William Charles enlisted into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots. He served in South Africa for two years and twenty-eight days between 1899 and 1901. He was entitled to wear the South Africa Medal. He was discharged at Glencoe in Scotland after serving thirteen years and thirty-two days. He is described on his discharge certificate as being 5'5''tall and having a fair complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes. On the 2nd of February 1894 he married Margaret Rafter at St George's Parish Church in the City of York.
In 1914 the First World War broke out, and on the 3rd of December that year William volunteered. He was enlisted into the Gloucestershire Regiment in a Battalion known as "Bristol's Own" made up of men from the Bristol area. He completed basic training and was posted to France in 1915. On the 23rd of July 1917 he returned to France having spent ten days at home on leave. On the 29th of July whilst on guard duty at the front, he was struck by lightening and fatally injured. He was buried with full military honours at Rocklincourt Cemetery near Arras in France. A family friend who survived the war gave the details of his death to his wife.
William and Margaret had five children who survived infancy. Four sons and a daughter. Their son William was also killed in the early days of the war, his body was never found. Charles their second son narrowly missed being killed when his ship was sunk with all hands while he was home on sick leave. Their son Reginald served in the Army in India. Their youngest son Leonard and daughter Gladys stayed at home with their mother and moved to York after the War. They settled in Hope Street in St George's Parish, not far from where Margaret was born.
Pte. Walter Mark Clark 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion Gloucestershire (d.23rd Aug 1918)Walter Clark died of wounds and is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt.
Pte. Godfrey Hugh Pitman 10th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.17th July 1916)Know little about poor Godfrey Pitman other than that he was my grandfather's favourite brother and they were very close. He was killed in action on the Somme and his body was never found. Consequently he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, also on his local home memorial in Fishponds, Bristol. I've had his death researched & it seems likely he went out on a night raid and never returned. Quite probably it was his first taste of action - his Only taste of action! Imagine how that felt - being sent over the top for the first time ever, in July 1916 (knowing what had happened to tens of thousands earlier that month), in the dark & facing the enemy in their own trenches. Terrifying.
Sadly I have no photos or other memorabilia of Godfrey, but have been to see his name on both memorials as a small gesture of respect.
Pte. William George Bambury 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.23rd Jul 1916)William Bambury was born in 1896 in Bedminster, Bristol the son of James Edward Bambury and Sarah Ann Edwards. He worked as a packer in W.D. & H.O. Wills Cigarette Factory in Bedminster. He lost his life on the 23rd of July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Lt.Gn. Adrian Carton VC, DSO. 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He received the Victoria Cross when he was 36 years old, and a lieutenant-colonel in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) attached to the Gloucestershire Regiment, commanding the 8th Battalion, on 2/3 July 1916, at La Boiselle, France:
"For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and determination during severe operations of a prolonged nature. It was owing in a great measure to his dauntless courage and inspiring example that a serious reverse was averted. He displayed the utmost energy and courage in forcing our attack home. After three other battalion Commanders had become casualties, he controlled their commands, and ensured that the ground won was maintained at all costs. He frequently exposed himself in the organisation of positions and of supplies, passing unflinchingly through fire barrage of the most intense nature. His gallantry was inspiring to all."
Cpl. Herbert Stanley Clark 1/6th Batallion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)Born 1891 in Bedminster, Bristol, Herbert Clark was the son of Henry Alfred and Sarah Ann Clark (nee Chivers). His Pre-war occupation was machinist. Herbert is buried in Auchonvilliers Military Cemetery.
Pte. Stephen Dolman 1/6th Batallion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.19th Mar 1916)Born 1897 St Agnes, Bristol Stephen Dolman was the son of William and Mary Christina (nee Allen) and worked in the printing department at St Anns Board Mills. He is buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps.
I believe that Stephens's elder brother William also served with the Gloucestershire Regiment and was Killed in Action but paucity of records I cannot definitively prove this.
Pte. Henry Isaac "Ike" Tranter 1/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.28th Aug1916)Henry Isaac Tranter was born in June 1897 at Stockend Harescombe, Haresfield, Gloucestershire, younger brother of Joseph. He enlisted Gloucester in the 1/5th Gloucestershire Regiment as a Stretcher bearer. Henry died of wounds on the 28th of August 1916 aged 21, at the Battle of the Somme, he is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery Authuile Wood nr Albert France grave I.D.18
Pte. John William Alexander 7th Service Batallion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.6th Feb1917)John Alexander was born 3rd February 1892 the son of Robert and Hannah Maria (nee Arnold). He worked as a furniture remover before the war. John died of wounds in the British Mesopotamian campaign and buried at Al Amara cemetery (modern day Iraq)
Pte. Frederick William Eastman MM. 8th Btn. Gloucestershire RegimentFrederick Eastman won his military medal for bringing in wounded and dead from no mans land under fire. He later told me as an old man that he was covered in blood but none of it was his own. tTere is no known citation to the MM award. He joined on the first naming of the 8th glosters. He was subjected to hard labour later downgraded to field punishment no 1 for striking a superior officer just after the battle of the Somme
Pte. Charles Harmer MM. Gloucestershire RegimentMy grandfather Charles Harmer told me many stories when I was far to young to appreciate or understand. I know he was in the Gloucestershire Regiment 4638 abnd Machine Gun Corps No 122385 Private. I know little more only that he was in first battle of Ypres. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who can tell me more.
Pte. Henry Richard Thomas Ames Gloucestershire RegimentHenry Richard Thomas Ames was the grandfather I never knew, having died in 1963 when I was only 2 years of age. From my father I was able to obtain some insights into Harry's war, including being gassed and buried alive twice, eventually surviving the war and emigrating to Australia in 1921.
From my research I have been able to obtain his medal card and medal roll details and also find out a lot of extra information including Harry's older brother William, who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and I was able to obtain his (William's) full service record from the Canadian Archives. Harry went on to become one of the first life members of the Campsie RSL in Sydney and I believe one of the only British Army members to become a member of the Australian RSL. Harry's wife, Vera, was also actively involved with the RSL until her death in 1958. I hope someone who reads this maybe able to fill in some of the "blanks" regarding The Royal engineers, The 2nd South Midlands etc.
Editor's Note: His medal record does mention the Gloucester Regiment twice with different Regimental Numbers 1718 and 240173 also Royal Engineers Regimental Number 497926. He was discharged on the 15th April 1919. It is not obvious which Battalion(s) of the Gloucesters he served in. The mention of 2nd South Midlands is more likely to refer to : 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. Within this Division Battalions of the Gloucesters served in two of the Brigades; 183rd (2nd Gloucester and Worcester) Brigade had 2/4th and 2/6th Battalions Gloucesters and 184th (2nd South Midland) Brigade had the 2/5th Battalion Gloucesters. The Royal engineers item may refer to an attachment to an RE Company in the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.
Pte. Robert Allen 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion Gloucester Regiment (d.1st Mar 1917)Robert Allen served with the 13th (Service) Battalion Gloucester Regiment (Forest of Dean Pioneers) He was aged 24 when he died of wounds on 1st March 1917. He was born, lived and enlisted Jarrow, the son of William and Emily Allen (nee Evans) of Jarrow and husband of Annie (nee Fay) at one time Mayor of Jarrow. On the 1911 census, he is recorded as Robert Allen age 17 Rivet heater in Shipyard living with his parents William and Emily Allen at 30 Ferry Street back, Jarrow. Robert is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery.
Pte. Joseph Pedley 13th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.24th Oct 1916)Joseph Pedley, Private 19468, enlisted at Jarrow and served in the 13th Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. He died on the 24th October 1916 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church, Jarrow. Joseph's Medal Card shows the award of the British War and Victory Medals.
Joseph is the son of William John and Annie Pedley nee Keeling and was born in 1889 at Jarrow. He was married to Jessie E Pedley nee Medhurst of 6 Horsa road, Erith, Kent. In the 1911 census Joeph is 21, single and living with his parents at 5 Bladen Street, Jarrow. His father William is 67, a Joiner's Labourer and has been married for 44 years to Jessie who is 66. They had 11 children with 6 still alive. Joseph is the only one at home and is working as a marine engine fitter.
Pte. Alfred Purvis 13th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.15th Mar 1917)Alfred Purvis enlisted Walker Newcastle and served in the 13th (Service) Battalion (Forest of Dean Pioneers)Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on the 15th March 1917. He is remembered at Palmers Cenotaph, St. Paul's Church and is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery.
Alfred's Medal Card shows the award of the British War and Victory Medals. It also notes an alias of Ross W, but a statuary declaration made on the 2nd May 1916 before his death corrects this. Alfred would only have been 15 in 1914 so was probably under age when joining under the alias name. In the 1911 census Alfred 12 and his sister Anne 14, a servant are living with their parents Alfred 45, a dock labourer and his wife of 16 years Sarah Jane (46).
Cpl. John Dobson 12th (Bristol) Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th May 1917)John Dobson died aged 29. The son of John and Christianna Dobson (nee Snowball), he was born, lived and enlisted in Jarrow. John Dobson age 24, Plumbers Labourer in Shipyard, is with his mother Christianna Dobson and family at 45 Chaytor Street, Jarrow on the 1911 census.
John is remembered on the Arras Memorial. He is commemorated on the Palmer Cenotaph (north face) Jarrow and on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.
L/Sgt. Thomas Irwin 13th Btn. Gloucestershire Regt (d.22nd Mar 1918)Thomas Irwin enlisted in Jarrow. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.
Pte Charles William Blackwell MM. 1st Btn. Gloucester RegimentMy dad Charles Blackwell was just sixteen when he enlisted, lying about his age like so many others. He was in the 1/4th battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment. He was injured and sent to recover and when he returned he was in the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and his service number was 201227.
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