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Gloucestershire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Gloucestershire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abbott John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Alcock Frederick. L/Sgt. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.30th September 1918)
  • Alexander John William. Pte. 7th Service Batallion (d.6th Feb1917)
  • Allen Robert. Pte. 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Ames Henry Richard Thomas. Pte. 1/5 Btn.
  • Ames Henry Richard Thomas. Pte.
  • Ashwin Richard. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.4th April 1917)
  • Bailey Arthur Henry. Pte. 1st Btn., "B" Coy. (d.10th March 1916)
  • Baldwin Arthur James. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.12th Nov 1918)
  • Baldwin William Lambert. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Bambury William George. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Barnes John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Bateman Wilfred Joseph. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Blackmore Arthur James Cyril. Pte. 6th Btn., 7th Pltn., B Coy. (d.29th May 1915)
  • Blackmore Bernard. Sgt 1st/4th
  • Blackwell Charles William. Pte 1st Btn.
  • Bowen Alfred William. Pte.
  • Butt Harry Alfred. Capt. 14th btn. (d.8th Jun 1916)
  • Button William. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1917)
  • Calder George Walter. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Careless Arthur. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.30th June 1916)
  • Carpenter Harry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Carrier Samuel. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.30th June 1916)
  • Carton Adrian. Lt.Gn.
  • Chaplin Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.20th September 1917)
  • Clark A.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Clark Herbert Stanley. Cpl. 1/6th Batallion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Clark Walter Mark. Pte. 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Clayton Charles. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Clutterbuck Alfred Charles. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1917)
  • Coates Ernest. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.5th Oct 1917)
  • Cork Samuel Alfred. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd May 1915)
  • Cornock G. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Davis Albert Victor. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.22 April 1917)
  • Dobson John. Cpl. 12th (Bristol) Btn. (d.8th May 1917)
  • Dolman Stephen. Pte. 1/6th Batallion (d.19th Mar 1916)
  • Earle William Herbert. Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.8th May 1917)
  • Eastman Frederick William. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Fairman William Manfield. Pte. 9th Service Btn. A Coy.
  • Fairman William Manfield. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Field Frederick Stanley. Pte. 12th (Bristol) Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Fitts Sydney Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1916)
  • Fitts Sydney Albert. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.8th Aug 1916)
  • Fletcher George.
  • Foot Cecil William Arthur. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Foxhall Reginald. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.28th June 1918)
  • Gage Frank William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.11th Sep 1916)
  • Gale Philip Alan. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd/24th Jul 1916)
  • Garrington Frederick. Pte. 13th Btn (d.12th July 1916)
  • Garrington Frederick. Pte. 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneeers) Btn. (d.12th July 1916)
  • Gay Benjamin Charles. Cpl. 1/6th Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Grange William George. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Grange William George. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Greenway Hubert Edward. L/Cpl. 7th Btn.
  • Guy Sidney George. Capt. 13th Battalion
  • Hardwell Tom. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Hargreaves Thomas. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.18th April 1918)
  • Harmer Charles. Pte.
  • Hartley John George. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.3rd May 1918)
  • Hobson Harold. Private 8th Battalion
  • Holme Alexander Charles. Lt. 1attd. 3rd Bn. Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. (d.6th September 1914)
  • Hutchison Daniel. Pte. 13th Battalion
  • Ingram Henry. Pte. 1st/6th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Ireland Alfred. Pte. 7th Batallion (d.12th Jan 1917)
  • Ireland Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.12th Jan 1917)
  • Irwin Thomas. L/Sgt. 13th Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Knight Alfred James. Lt. 9th Btn
  • Large Frank. Private
  • Law Alfred. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Law Alfred. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Law Alfred. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Lax John Willie. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.27th Apr 1918)
  • Leigh Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Littlehales Charles. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Maggs Bertram. Spr.
  • Mann William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.18th July 1916)
  • Meredith Charles James. Pte. 8th (Service) Batallion (d.27th July 1916)
  • Miles Wallace Ernest Ralph. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Millward J. H.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Molteno Leonard Clarke. L/Cpl. 1/6th Btn. (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Moore Arthur. Pte.
  • Morse Harry Lawson. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Mossop Bernard Alfred. Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.11th October 1915)
  • Mundy Samuel. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1918)
  • Parsons George William. Sgt. 13th Btn. (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Parsons Hardy Falconer. 2nd Lt. 1st/2nd Btn. att 14th Bn. (d.21st Aug 1917)
  • Parsons Reginald. Pte. 1/4th (City of Bristol) Btn. (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Pearce Wilfred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Pearce William. L/Cpl. 1st/5th Btn. (d.26th April 1917)
  • Pedley Joseph. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.24th Oct 1916)
  • Perry James Francis. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.11th September 1916)
  • Pitman Godfrey Hugh. Pte. 10th (Service) Battalion (d.17th July 1916)
  • Pottinger Frank. Pte 8th Btn (d.11th May 1917)
  • Powell Henry Joseph. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.8th May 1917)
  • Purnell Albert Charles. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1915)
  • Purvis Alfred. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.15th Mar 1917)
  • Quinn Nicholas. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.30th June 1916)
  • Reece James Albert. Sgt.
  • Roberts William Henry. Pte. 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Btn. (d.5th June 1916)
  • Rossiter Stephen. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.30th Nov 1915)
  • Rossiter Stephen. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1915)
  • Simmons Joseph D.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.5th October 1917)
  • Simms Frederick A.. Pte. 7th (Service) Battalion (d.25th Jan 1917)
  • Skinner Joseph Porteous. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.1st Aug 1916)
  • Snell Harry Prentice. Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Stallard Charles Albert. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.25th Apr 1917)
  • Stone Alfred J.. Pte 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Tame William Charles. L/Cpl. 12th Battalion (d.29th Jul 1917)
  • Taylor Charles Richard . Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Thompson Thomas John. Pte. 1st Battalion, B Coy. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Tranter Henry Isaac. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.28th Aug1916)
  • Walters John Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1915)
  • Ward James Pailing. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th Apr 1918)
  • Ward Mark Witworth. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Warry Fred. Pte. Gloucester Regiment (d.12th September 1916)
  • Westprey Bernard Robert. Pte. 2nd/4th battalion (d.3rd December 1917)
  • White Thomas William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13th May 1915)
  • Wixey Frederick Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Woodworth William. Pte. 6th Btn.

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L/Cpl. William Pearce 1st/5th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.26th April 1917)

William Pearce died on the 26th of April 1917 and is buried in the Unicorn Cemetery in France. He was the son of Benjamin Pearce from Winford, Somerset

s flynn


Pte. Ernest Coates 12th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.5th Oct 1917)

Pte Ernest Coates

Ernest Coates joined the South Lancs Regiment enlisting in Preston around 1915. We think he was injured in France and returned to the UK for convalescence and recovery and then returned to active duty but was transferred to the 12 Gloucestershire Battalion sometime between December 1916 and Feb 1917. He was killed in the Battle of Broodseinde on the 5 Oct 1917 aged 21.

Philip Coates


Pte. Sydney Albert Fitts 10th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th Aug 1916)

Sydney Fitts was my Great Uncle, and all I know about him is that he was injured at Somme and died of his wounds in Manchester. He is buried with his brother at Cheltenham Cemetery, Prestbury in a CWGC grave. (only his name appears on the stone).

Barry Wilson


Pte. Henry Joseph Powell 12th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th May 1917)

Henry Powell was killed in action on the 8th of May 1917, aged 19. Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, he was the son of Mrs. T. E. Powell, of 29 Weston St., Barton Hill, Bristol.

s flynn


Sgt. James Albert Reece Royal Engineers

All we know is that my grandad, James Reece, died in 1942, after a long illness from war wounds, and sickness sustained during the First World War. He was awarded the British Medal and the Victory Medal. He also served in the Gloucester Regiment.


Pte. James Francis Perry 10th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.11th September 1916)

James Perry was killed at the Battle of the Somme (died of wounds). I have his medals.

Dave Panting


Pte. William Button 1/4th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.23rd Oct 1917)

William Button served with the 4th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.

Kevin Smith


Pte. G Cornock 12th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment

My friend gave me a box of things he wasn't interested in keeping and in there were his family's decorations. I asked if he wanted them back and he said no, so I'm looking into finding anything I can and will give it all back whether he wants it or not. I do believe that G Cornock had a brother who is Cpl. A. Cornock who was a boxer and runner-up for the middle-weight Burma Divisional Tournament 1913. I have already found more information about his uncle who was on the HMCS Hood.

If you are able to help with anything on G. Cornock or A. Cornock I would be very grateful.

Larry Taverner


Pte. Frederick Leigh 2nd Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment

I was trying to discover who from my family had served in the First World War and I found that I had two great uncles - Frederick Charles Leigh and William Edward Leigh - who had served. Both were serving at the outbreak of the war, Frederick in the Gloucesters and the William in the Royal Marines. My plan is to put together their story to pass on to my children and grandchildren.


Lt. Alexander Charles Holme 1attd. 3rd Bn. Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. Gloucestershire Regiment, 1st Btn. (d.6th September 1914)

Alexander Holme was the Son of Charles H. Holme, of Rawburn, Duns. His brother Second Lieut. R.H.P. Holme also fell.

He was 25 when he died and is commemorated on a special memorial in the Limbe Botanical Gardens Burial Grounds in the Cameroons.

s flynn


Pte. Wilfred Pearce 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.3rd Jul 1916)

Wilfred Pearce was killed in action in the Battle of the Somme at La Boiselle. He is remembered at the memorial to the missing at Thiepval.

Kenny Pearce


Pte. Philip Alan Gale 10th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.23rd/24th Jul 1916)

Philip Alan Gale was the son of William and Annie Gale of 108 High Street Marlborough in Wiltshire. In the 1911 census Philip is listed as an apprentice in an outfitting business, and his father, William, as a printer. There is a memorial brass plaque to Philip in Christchurch, Marlborough. which states " wounded and missing on the Somme whilst endeavouring to succour wounded comrades."

David Du Croz


Pte. Tom Hardwell 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters

Tom Hardwell was my grandfather, it seems he was moved about from 2 other battalions 1st Gloucesters then to Sherwood Foresters cyclist division then to the 4th Cyclist Corps then to the 11th battalion, Sherwood Foresters. He survived the war returning to Bristol.

Julie Croft


Pte. Nicholas Quinn 13th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.30th June 1916)

Nicholas Quinn served with the 13th Gloucestershires.

Leila Al-Hindawi


Pte. Charles Richard Taylor 14th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment

My grandfather, Charles Richard Taylor (born on 15th January 1895) and his younger brother Thomas (born on 7th December 1896) joined the Gloucestershire Regiment. (Their mother died of consumption in 1898 and they lived for a time in a children's home until their father remarried.) They were in the shipment of 'bantams' sent to France who were medically deemed not to be 'A1', i.e. they weren't strong like the miners and field workers who initially made up the Bantams. Consequently, they were transferred to 194th Coy of the Labour Corps. Thomas died in front of his brother Charles's eyes on the battle field. There is no record of my great uncle Thomas Taylor. His family and I would dearly like to find where he is placed to rest and make an honorary visit to his grave site.



Pte. Samuel Mundy 8th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.9th Sep 1918)

Samuel Mundy was born at Shipton, Hampshire in 1899. Samuel served in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and was killed in action on 9th of September 1918, 336 days after Samuel's brother, Walter, who died in action on 10 October 1917.

At enlistment at Andover, Hampshire, Walter went with his younger brother, Samuel, to enlist in the British Army. In the queue at the enlistment table, Walter deliberately stood directly in front of his younger brother for processing, giving all his details for the enlistment form. Walter's service number was 22384 and Samuel's was the number directly after ie. 22385. It is interesting to note that the brothers were mobilsed into different regiments, Walter in the Hampshire Regiment and Samuel in the Gloucestershire Regiment.

Samuel fought in The Battles of the Somme, 1916; operations on the Ancre, 1917; the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, 1917; flanking attacks in Battle of Arras (Bullecourt and Lagnicourt), 1917; Third Battles of Ypres, 1917; First Battles of the Somme, 1918; the advance in Flanders, 1918 and at Ypres and Cambrai, at Polygon Wood and the Menin Road, at Passchendaele and at Saint Quentin. He fought under General Sir William Birdwood, Commander of the Fifth Army.

John Hancock


Pte. John Thomas Walters 7th Btn. Gloucester Regment (d.8th Aug 1915)

John Thomas Walters was a slipper maker by trade, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great grandfather before him. They were a Welsh family, but moved around during the 1860-1890s until they settled in Clapham, Kingsholm area of Gloucester. He was nicked named Slipper Tommy or Tom by his family and friends. This was because all the oldest males in the family were called John and were all Cordwainers (shoe or slipper makers). Even though a slipper maker by trade, Tom had also a record of being in the army. He was in the Boer War and joined the 3rd Btn. Gloucesters 1899-1901, but stayed on the army list to be called back right until 1911. He had married Sarah Brannan, who was a girl originally from Wrexham, Wales, but her parents came over from Ireland during the potato famine. Sarah and Tom had seven children (including my grandfather Jack Walters). They lived in Suffolk Street and later Columbia Street; I think they had several addresses around the Clapham.

John Thomas Walters was killed in action on 8th of August 1915. Records seem to have his death date wrong and his age, but after searching for months, I did manage to obtain a death certificate for him. We have no photograph of Tom and would love to put a face to the name. So proud of him.


Pte. Charles Littlehales MM. 10th Btn. Gloucester Regiment

My grandfather Charles Littlehales won the Military Medal for bravery on the field with ten other recipients with the tenth Gloucestershire Regiment during September 1915 at Loos

David Littlehales


Pte. William Manfield Fairman 9th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

49th General Hospital Salonika

William Fairman was born on 8th January 1898 to William Francis and Emma Jane Fairman (nee Manfield)in Kingsdown, Bristol. Known as Billy to his family and attended Stokes Croft Endowed School, Bristol. He moved with his family to Horfield, Bristol in about 1912.

Billy enlisted at Horfield Barracks on 11th December 1915 giving a false date of birth. He was assigned to the 9th Service Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment. His employment prior to his enlistment was a Grocer (canteen work. His height was 5'2" with a chest measurement of 34" when expanded. Billy was at home 24 Filton Road, Horfield from 5th September 1916 to 18th January 1917 as his mother was ill. Emma dies of pneumonia in the last quarter of 1916.

From 19th January 1917 he was part of the Salonika Campaign with his battalion. He fought at the Battle of Dorian in Salonika and suffered gunshot wounds to the face and head on 24th or 25th April 1917 and spent 2 months in an army hospital. Upon his discharge from the hospital he suffered fainting attacks but never actually fainted and never felt "quite strong". He was then transferred to the 49th General Hospital in Salonika arriving on 18th August 1917 whereupon they found he had a heart problem - an aortic valve problem. One of his doctors was a Captain Tomlinson. Billy was at the 49th GH until 9th October 1917 when he was transferred to the 50th General Hospital at Kalamaria in Salonika. Finally on 27th November 1917 he was recommended for invaliding and he was sent to Valetta, Malta to await a hospital ship to transport him back to England. He apparently loved the people and Malta during his time there. He was transferred from Malta on 21st February 1918 aboard HMHS Wandilla arriving back in England on 24th February 1918. His medical transfer certificate signed by Captain J C Scott RAMC shows Billy had VDH - vascular disease of the heart.

Billy was finally discharged unfit from the Army on 3rd May 1918. His Field Medical Card shows he served for 1 year and 242 days in the Army and was a good steady intelligent man. The time spent during the First World War never left Billy's mind although he would very rarely talk about his experiences. He married, had a child and had a happy but short life dying of heart disease in 1949 aged 51

50th General Hospital, Salonika

Carol Morgan


Pte. Frederick A. Simms 7th (Service) Battalion Royal Gloucesters (d.25th Jan 1917)

My Great Uncle Fred Simms was killed in the Battle of Hai Salient on the morning of 25th of Jan 1917.

Edwin Simms

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