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Those known to have served with The Hampshire Regiment during the Great War 1914-1918.

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Sjt. Mjr. William Northcroft Johnson 6th Btn. Essex Regiment

William 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.


Pte. George Henry James Walker 14th (Service) Btn. D Coy. Hampshire Regiment. (d.29th Mar 1918)

George died of wounds on the 29th of March 1918, he was 33 years old


Pte. Thomas Henry Willis DCM. MID. Hampshire Regiment

Thomas Willis was my Grandfather, who never talked about the Great War. However a recent trip found me on the Zonnenbeke - Ypres road where Grandad won his DCM. When the driver of the coach announced where we were, a cold shiver went down the back of my neck and I started to sweat. I cannot account for this reaction but my wife Ann asked if I was OK. The feeling continued until we left the road.

Grandad started his military service in the Hampshire Regt. During my boyhood he acted as my father as Dad was away during the last year of WW2 and off to Korea in 1950.

Trevor Cooper


Pte. Horace Edwin Irons 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.2nd April 1916)

Horace Irons was my Grandfather and I have been trying to find out how he was killed. I have been unable to find out anything except where his grave is, which I visit occasionally.

Harry Irons


Cpl. Wesley Costen 7th Btn. D Co. Northamptonshire Regiment

Wesley Costen served with D company of the 7th Northamptonshire Btn and arrived in France on 16 December 1916. He was a corporal at the time of arriving in France and was married with one child (my Grandfather). He was gassed but never seriously wounded (from my limited research). He was transferred to the Sufolk Reg in March 1919 and stayed on in Germany as part of the occupation force. He died in 1972 from a chest infection.I am continuing to research his service. Regards, Andrew Costen

andrew costen


L/cpl Stanley James Neel Care 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Stanley enlisted in Eastbourne Sussex on 24th January 1916 where he trained with the Northamptonshire Regiment who had moved to down from Northampton. He was on home strength of the 7th Battalion from 2nd May 1916 until the 4th August 1916. Battalion moved to France on 6th August 1916. He died of wounds on 4th November 1918 and is buried at Villers-Pol Communal Cemetery Extension. He was the Son of my Great Aunt Caroline Bowden.

George Hendley


Pte. Harold West Furniss 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

Harold Furniss enlisted 7/9/14 at Northampton, and joined 6th Northamptonshire Regiment as a private, he trained on Salisbury Plain to May 1915. He landed in France 26/07/15, and was posted near Le Cateau. Harold was wounded in the field on 4/07/16, and sent back to England on 17/07/16, where he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital until 22/07/16 for a neck injury. He was posted to France 28/09/16 and rejoined his Battalion 10/10/16. He transferred on 1/03/17 to the Royal Engineers as a Pioneer (Roads and Quarries). Harold survived the war and returned home via Purfleet on 28/01/19, and transferred to army reserve on demobilization on 25/02/19.

Nigel Furniss


Pte. William Sidney Newberry 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.4th Oct1917)

I am sorry but I do not know anything about Wiliam Newberry, he was my great grandfather and I would like to know something about him. Please, if anyone has any information could you forward it to me.

Martin Hawkins


Capt. George Archibald Rosser MID. 2nd Btn. Hampshire Regiment

George Rosser was commissioned into the Hampshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 18the of Sept 1909, he was promoted to Lieutenant on the 1st of Novemeber 1911, and to Captain on the 13th of April 1915.

At the Gallipoli Landing, Lt Rosser served on board the 'River Clyde' in command of the machine guns. The action that took place on V beach has been well documented, but what is not well know, is that 'only the machine guns in the bow of the River Clyde ably controlled by Lt G.A. Rosser of the 2nd Hants and Commander Josiah Wedwood, M.P,, of the R.N.R, the moral effect of the naval guns, and possibly the barrier of wire prevented the Turks from counter-attacking and annihilation the party at the water's edge' - an Extract from the "History of the 29th Division" by Captain Stan Dillon.

Promoted to Captain and Adjutant, Rosser was present at the Battle of Krithia on the 28th April 1915, the second battle on 8th of May 1915 and the third battle on 4th of June 1915, during which, he was wounded. Captain Rosser later served in command of the 133rd Coy. Machine Gun Corps, serving in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

After the war Captain Rosser transferred to an armoured car unit of the Royal Tank Corps and served in Malabar, in command of No 8 Armoured Car Coy, later transferring to No 9 Armoured Car Unit, then serving in the Waziristan Campaign. Rosser ended his army career as Lt Colonel of the 1st (Light) Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment.

Anthony Conroy


Pte. Robert Ernest Beazley Hampshire Regiment

I am trying to find out which battle my grandad was injured in during WW1. I have a copy of his honourable discharge certificate dated 1st June 1916. I know he spent time in hospital in London and had other operations there after the war. They were unsuccessful in removing shrapnel from this injury and he died with it still embedded in his hip, aged 89.

I am not sure if he was living in Portsmouth or Ryde,Isle of Wight in 1914. I would love to know when he signed up for duty, where he was sent, and which battles he fought in, but have drawn a blank so far. Can you offer some suggestions on where I could get any of this information? Many thanks.

Pauline Long


Pte. William Alfred Hemmett 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.25th April 1916)

My Grandad died in April 1916, which was a quiet month for casualties from the Hampshire Regt. He did not die in action, but from a hemorrhage . He is buried at the Military Cemetery, New Hannescamps, Pas de Calais.

Lilian Harris


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. Walter Underwood 4th Btn Hampshire Regiment

Before the war Walter worked as a Carter for the Urban Borough Council. He was married to Violet and had 9 children. He joined the army on 14/7/1916, joining the Hampshire Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps. He served in France from 14/8/1917 until 12/3/1919

Stephen Underwood


Cpl. Albert Oates 7th Btn, D Company Northamptonshire Regiment (d.19th March 1916)

The Northampton Independent (Date unknown but probably 1916)

"With the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment In "No Man's Land."

Dead Corporal's Thrilling Story.

The thrilling story we publish below was written by Corporal Albert Oates, a machine gunner of the 7th Northamptons, whose pen, alas will tell no more of the glorious episodes of the war. He died in Etaples Hospital from pneumonia, a few days after the story was written, and his death will be deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. Twenty eight years of age, and the son of Mrs W. Oates of 22 Garrick road, Northampton, he joined "D" Co., 7th Northamptons, in September 1914. he was a well-known footballer, and played for St. Michael's, the Nomads, and Rushden Fosse. The deepest sympathy will be felt with the bereaved mother and other relatives in their great loss.

In his story he tells of how his gun repulsed a German attack, in the following words: "Our gun," he wrote, "was sent to hold the position against a counter-attack, whilst our working party consolidated our side of the crater. To get to the crater we had to crawl through a hole in the bottom our trench and drag the gun and ammunition up a shallow sap almost two feet deep, by which times a German machine gun was traversing fire on it.

"However, the two of us with the gun and Max Ruston, who is our machine gun sergeant, reached the crater safely to find that the working party were just digging a T-shaped trench to consolidate the position. We had no cover, so just placed the gun on the edge of the crater and lay down behind it ready. In the meantime the bombing Corporal fired a powder light which showed us a deep trench running right into the crater from the German trenches. I trained my gun on this and waited. In a few minutes a terrific explosion a few yards from the gun announced the fact that the Germans were about to make a counter-attack with bombs.

"I waited a few minutes, and then pumped my gun at them. I did not heard myself, but the men on my left said it caught the Germans properly, and they screamed with fright; no doubt they never expected we should get a machine gun up so quickly. Well, the attack lasted about a quarter of an hour -bombs bursting all round us, but they could not quite reach the gun within about five yards, which was lucky for us. They soon retired, and we had the honour of repulsing the attack. These spasmodic attacks were attempted several times during the night, but were repulsed each time."

Sergt. Max Ruston, whom he mentions, is one of the six sons of the late Rev. Thomas Ruston serving with the forces.

Mark Thomas


Cpl. George "Sid" Bennett 15th Btn. Hampshire Regiment

My Uncle, George Bennett served in the 15th Hampshire Regiment, I have an amazing photo of him in uniform with a hand written commendation by "Sydney Lawford" Major General of the 41st Division. I would love to know what medal he won and a little more about his regiment.

Valerie Colclough


L/Cpl. Ronald Ratsey Caws 15th Btn. Hampshire Regiment

My father wrote a vivid account of the Ypres and Plugstreet battles and also of the 15th Sept 1916 Flers attack; Although badly wounded, he survived the war and serve as a territorial in the second world war as an Lt Col RE's He writes a moving account of the bombardment of the 14th Sept 1916 where he lost many friends and also of the attack the next day, where he was severly wounded!

Richard Caws


Pte. George Knight 15th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (d.15th Sept 1916)

George Knight was our great uncle on our dad's side. His brother, Sgt, Ernest James Knight, was killed in action on 26th May 1917.

R.J. Knight


Pte. Arthur Ernest Kind 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.26th Sep 1917)

Arthur was my great-grandfather's brother, born in Havant, Hampshire in 1896. He was killed in action on the 26th of September 1917 probably in the British advance on six-mile front east of Ypres; Polygon Wood cleared, Zonnebeke stormed; advance towards Passchendaele. He is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Stephen Oxford


Pte. Archibald John Cuff 1st Battalion Royal Ã?� Hampshire Ã?� Regt (d.14th May 1915)

Archibald John Cuff died in the Great War. Jack, as he was known, was born in Bournemouth in March 1887 to Richard John Cuff and Emma Elizabeth (nee Venn). His father was a railway porter with the London and South Railway. In the 1901 census Jack was a newspaper boy, living with his parents.He married Agnes Kate Slade from Church Knowle, Dorset in 1910.

As Jack's records were destroyed it is hard to follow his military career. In 1911 he was at the Barbados Barracks in Aldershot, Dorset in the 1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment. Jack was a stretcher bearer and a musician. He was killed in action in France in May 1915. His name is on the Menin Gate and at Waterloo Station Memorial, London.He left behind 2 young children, Jack and Winnie. Kate, his wife, never remarried and when she died she had all his letters from the war in a handbag that never left her side. She was 26 years old when her husband died and she lived to be 89.

Michele Dore


Capt. Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson VC. 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, (d.31st Jul 1917)

Thomas Riversdale Colyer-Fergusson was born in London in February 1896. He was awarded the Victoria Cross when he was 21 years old as an acting captain in the 2nd Battalion, The Northamptonshire Regiment. On 31 July 1917 at Bellewaarde, Belgium.

"For most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and determination in attack. The tactical situation having developed contrary to expectation, it was not possible for his company to adhere to the original plan of deployments, and owing to the difficulties of the ground and to enemy wire, Captain Colyer Fergusson found himself with a Sergeant and five men only. He carried out the attack nevertheless, and succeeded in capturing the enemy trench and disposing of the garrison. His party was then threatened by a heavy counter-attack from the left front, but this attack he successfully resisted. During this operation, assisted by his Orderly only, he attacked and captured an enemy machine gun and turned it on the assailants, many of whom were killed and a large number driven into the hands of an adjoining British unit. Later, assisted only by his Serjeant, he again attacked and captured a second enemy machine gun, by which time he had been joined by other portions of his company, and was enabled to consolidate his position. The conduct of this officer throughout forms an amazing record of dash, gallantry and skill, for which no reward can be too great, having regard to the importance of the position won. This gallant officer was shortly afterwards killed by a sniper."

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of The Northamptonshire Regiment in Northampton. He is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery.

S. Flynn


Pte. Samuel William Parry Northamptoshire Regt. (d.28th March 1918)

Samuel Parry was killed, I believe, from the intelligence records, at Warvilliers when the Germans took the village during the British retreat following the German advance in spring 1918. The family have given his medals and photo to the Regimental museum in Northampton. His body was not found and he is remembered on the Memorial at Poziers.

Richard Parry


Pioneer Henry Charles Walters 11th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.31st Mar 1918)

Henry Walters was my grandad, he died of his wounds, and was buried in Namps-Au-Val British cemetery. He was a compositor in the print and left 8 children. He was married to Lilian Emily Coombs and lived in Chingford

Pam Walters


Pte. Thomas Henry Hawker 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.14 April 1917)

Thomas Henry Hawker died on 14 April 1917, Arras Memorial

Lawrence Hawker


Pte. William Frederick Bull 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.14th Aug 1916)

We know very little about Private William Frederick Bull except that he was my uncle. Anyone who would have known more is long dead. The certificate issued by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says that his middle name is spelt as Fredrick and not Frederick, so I am not sure which is correct. William was the son of Mr Albert Edward Bull and his wife Sophia Bull of Sutton Street, Flore, Weedon, Northants. When William first enlisted it was into the 1st Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment but when he died, aged 19 on the 14th August 1916 in the Battle of the Somme, he was listed as a member of the 2nd Battalion. I checked this out with the Regimental Museum and they advised that this transfer was a fairly normal event. William is buried in the Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Christopher R Lewis


Sgt. John Geraghty 21st Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.14th Dec 1919)

Although the war was over, there was active service still to be done and that often of a dangerous nature. Serjeant John Geraghty, "A" Coy, 21st Battalion was carrying out his duty by guarding Government stores on the harbour quay in Calais. He was shot through the head by one of his own soldiers. He never recovered consciousness and died as a result in hospital in France on December 14th, 1919. He was was 36 years of age and hadn't married. He was buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France. He had only enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment on 9th August, 1919 and was previously a Corporal with the Machine Gun Corps, Regiment No. 43293. Born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland 1883, he was my Great Granduncle.

Veronica Heavey


Pte. J. C. W. Sheath 1st Btn. Hampshire Regiment

My grandfather, Private 7491 JCW Sheath was a reservist, recalled to the colours on 4 August 1914 and wounded in action at Ypres in November 1914 whilst serving in the 1st Battalion.

He was in France from 23.08.14- the date the 1st Hampshire arrived until 6.11.14. He was admitted to hospital having sustained a gunshot wound on 2.11.14 ans returned to England on 6.11.14. A certificate issued by the recruiting authorities in Northern Ireland states that the wound was recieved at Ypres.

Bill Turnbull


Pte. Thomas George Jack Woodnutt 2nd Battalion Hampshire Regiment (d.28th Apr 1915)

Jack Woodnutt of Newport Street in Ryde is my Great Great Uncle. He served In the Hampshire Regiment 2nd Battalion with the service number 9210. His name is mentioned on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. He died on 28.04.1915.

Ashley Webb


Pte. John Scripps 10th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.6th Sep 1918)

John Scripps, enlisted at Tottenham, where he joined the Bedfordshire Regiment. Seconded as a private to the 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. He died of his wounds, 6th September 1918 at the Battle of Roche Noir near Salonika in Greece and is buried at Karasouli Military Cemetery in Greece.

Chris Allan


Pte. George Barton 15th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)

I believe George Barton, my grandfather took part in the battle of Messines as he was with the 15th Batt., Hampshire Regiment in June 1917. He was born in Basingstoke in 1858 and lived at 20 Victoria Street there with his wife Harriet Ann and three children. The 1911 census tells us he was employed as a Carter contracted to a coal merchant.

Richard Stewart-Barton


2nd Lt. Frank Reginald Seely 1st Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.13 April 1917)

2nd Lt. Frank Reginald Seely served with the 1st Battalion, the Hampshire regiment and was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on 13th April 1917. He is buried at : Haute-Avesnes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

S. Flynn

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