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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)
  • Baldwin Arthur James. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.12th Nov 1918)
  • Bambury William George. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hutchison Daniel. Pte. 13th Battalion
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 William. L/Cpl. 1st/5th Btn. (d.26th April 1917)
  • Pedley Joseph. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.24th Oct 1916)
  • Pitman Godfrey Hugh. Pte. 10th (Service) Battalion (d.17th July 1916)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Thompson Thomas John. Pte. 1st Battalion, B Coy. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Tranter Henry Isaac. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.28th Aug1916)
  • 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)
  • 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




1206245

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




1206088

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




1205898

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




229645

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




229346

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




227290

Pte. Reginald Foxhall 12th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.28th June 1918)

Reginald Foxhall was from Crofts Street in Cardiff and was employed by the Great Western Railway goods department. He originally enlisted in 1917, joining the Monmouthshire Regiment. At some stage he was drafted into the 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, serving with them in Italy and France before being killed in June 1918. His name is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing in Belgium.

Daniel Richards




226598

L/Sgt. Frederick Alcock 2nd/5th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.30th September 1918)

My uncle, Frederick Alcock, lived in Bedminster, Bristol, England and was 39 years old when he was killed in action in France. He is buried in the Rue-Due-Bois Military Cemetary.

There was a fight at "Junction Post", SE of Fleurbaix on 30 September 1918 in which two officers of his unit were also killed - so I am assuming he could have been with them, though this has not been verified.

Erica MacGilp




226290

Pte. Frederick Garrington 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneeers) Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.12th July 1916)

My great grandfather was Frederick Garrington, my maternal grand father's father. He was born in 1874 in Birmingham and was married with 6 children. Before the war he worked in the brass industry and lived in the Aston area of Birmingham. He enlisted on or around the beginning of March 1915 in Birmingham and was aligned to the 13th Gloucesters. After training during 1915 the 13th Gloucesters were assigned to the 39th Division as the Divisional Pioneer Battalion. He landed in Le Havre in France on the 4th 0f March 1916 along with his battalion and along with 39th Division, became the XI Corps in the First Army.

In April 1916 he was probably involved in the construction of an extensive barbed wire defence between Gorre, la Hamel and Les Chaquax to La Basse Canal which is to the north east of the town of Bethune near Lille.

At the end of June 1916 the 13th Gloucesters were involved in some fighting while supporting the 116th Battalion of the 39th Division near Neuve Chapelle.This was to be known as the Battle of the Boars Head. The Battalion's job was to dig communication trenches supporting the 116th brigade. It is not known when or whether he was injured during this attack but he died of his injuries on July the 12th 1916 aged 42, and his 19th wedding anniversary. He is buried in the town cemetery in Bethune.

None of this information was known until I researched my family history. My grandfather never told any one, not only his own family, about his father's involvement in the 1st World War. I am going over to visit his grave next year [2106 the centenary of his death] the first person in his family to do so. I doubt if his family ever knew about his eventual outcome.

Peter Thomas




226070

Lt. Alfred James Knight MID. 9th Btn Gloucestershire Regiment

Alfred Knight joined up as a boy soldier in the Grenadier Guards and was later transferred to the 1st Gloucesters, with whom he saw much foreign service. Serving 12 years in India and then in the Boer War where he was taken prisoner. Upon his return to England he was stationed in various depots and was at one time recruiting sergeant for the Gloucesters in Stroud, before retiring from the service.

On the out break of the Great War he rejoined the colours and accompanied the 9th Battalion to France, serving at a time when heavy losses were suffered. He was promoted to Warrant Officer in 1915. Subsequently he transferred to the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry where he obtained a commission as Lieutenant and saw service in the East. Upon his return to home on the 26th January 1921, he retired from the army but continued to be associated with the Territorials of Gloucestershire.

James Smith




225884

Pte. Alfred Ireland 7th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.12th Jan 1917)

Alfred Ireland was born in 5th August 1890 in Easton, Bristol. He was the son of Thomas Martin and Mary Ann (nee Mountain). Alfred worked at the Bristol Wagon Works. He died in Mesopotamia and is remembered in the Amara War Cemetery.

Martyn Rundle




225801

Pte. Arthur James Baldwin 1st/4th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.12th Nov 1918)

Arthur Baldwin was born in Bedminster, Somerset in 1895. He was the son of Frederick Baldwin and Fanny (nee Wathen). He worked as a printer prior to the war. His mother died in 1914 and his father remarried in 1917 to Sophia Bush. Arthur is buried in Italy at Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension.

Martyn Rundle




225715

Pte. Arthur James Cyril Blackmore 6th Btn., 7th Pltn., B Coy. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.29th May 1915)

Arthur Blackmore was born at 3 Northcote Road, St George, Bristol on Saturday 10th November 1894, the fourth son and the sixth of eleven children born to Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith) and brother to Frank Wesley Blackmore. He attested on Sunday 1st November 1914 at Bristol Colston Hall.

He was killed in action on the night of Saturday 29th May at Le Gheer, near Ploegsteert, Belgium whilst attempting to secure a forward position created by the exploding of a German mine in front of the Glosters lines. He was killed along with his platoon commander 2nd. Lieutenant Wilfrid Henry Young and Private Henry Baker and Private Percy Pope. Arthur is buried in the Lancashire Cottage Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium.

David Blackmore




225626

Sgt Bernard Blackmore 1st/4th Glos. Regiment

Prior to WW1 Bernard served in the 2nd. (Wessex) Field Company Royal Engineers but at the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted on 1st. September 1914 in Bristol as 2432 Private, 1st/4th Btn. Glos. Regiment. By 1915 he had attained the rank of 200538 Sergeant in the same Battalion. He was seriously wounded on 22nd August 1916 during the assault on the Leipzig Redoubt. His injuries were so serious that he never returned to active service.

David Blackmore




224899

L/Cpl. Alfred Law 7th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th Aug 1915)

My great uncle, Lance Corporal Alfred Law, was killed along with hundreds of commonwealth troops an attack at Chunuk Bair early on the Sunday morning.

Dwayne Mcquaid




224880

Pte. William George Grange 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

William Grange volunteered in June 1916 at the age of 33. He was posted to the Western Front six months later. During his service he took part in the battles of Arras, Ypres, Messines, Cambrai and St. Quentin. He also saw much severe fighting at Peronne and Albert and in the retreat and advance of 1918, being wounded in action in the Mons sector in November 1918. He was sent home and on his recovery was demobilised in January 1919 holding the General Service and Victory Medals

Derek Coleman




224773

Pte. John George Hartley 1/5th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.3rd May 1918)

John Hartley died of wounds on 3rd May 1918, aged 37, He is buried in the Barenthal Military Cemetery Asiago, Italy. He was the son of Mary and Joseph Hartley of Burnley and the husband of Alice Hartley of 28 Barbon Street, Burnley.

S Flynn




224094

Pte. Stephen Rossiter 7th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.30th Nov 1915)

My great uncle, Stephen Rossiter of the 7th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment, was killed in action, aged 40 years on 30th of November 1915. He was the son of Stephen & Annie Rossiter and husband of Elizabeth Rossiter of 3 Marsh Lane, Barton Hill, Bristol. He is buried at ANZAC Cemetery, Suvla. He was my grandmother's favourite brother and she always maintained that he had died from bayonet wounds, although I don't know how she came by this information.

Stephen Shaughnessy




224014

Cpl. William Herbert Earle 12th Btn. Gloucestershire Regiment (d.8th May 1917)

William Herbert Earle was my great-uncle on my father's side. He was only 22 when he was shot in Arras, France. I decided to look into his service records which I have achieved to bring him closer to our lives. When growing up my father had a very hard time talking about the story of how he died. All we knew was he joined the Gloucestershire Regiment then he was shot (not long after he enlisted) on the 8th of May 1917.

I was given a gold locket from my grandmother with his photo encased in it and now I have some documentation to go with it. I also found his Arras memorial obituary, and although it's not a lot I now have a story to put with his photo. After WW2 my parents moved to Canada where I was born and war stories were kept limited - gone long ago but never forgotten

Sally Otis




223962

Pte. Richard Ashwin 11th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (d.4th April 1917)

Richard Ashwin was born in 1875 & not of good health. He signed up 30th December 1914 but his health did not last 8th August 1916 he was discharged. He died in the Union Workhouse Infirmary in Winchcombe, Glos. He is remembered on the Overbury War Memorial.

Penelope Bossom




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