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South Staffordshire Regiment




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Those known to have served with

South Staffordshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adey William. Pte 8th Btn.
  • Baker Albert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Ball William Ormsby Wyndham. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Sep 1914)
  • Barker Francis John. Sgt. 4th Battalion
  • Barratt Thomas. Pte. 7th Bn (d.27th July 1917)
  • Baskeyfield Harold. Pte. 24th Battalion
  • Bateman Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Dec 1917)
  • Bedford Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Birch William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bonner Singleton. Lt/Col. 1st Battalion (d.1st May 1917)
  • Bricknell George. CSM. 8th Battalion, D Company (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Broadley James. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Broomfield Fred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Bywater John William Arthur. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Oct 1914)
  • Chambers Edwin. Rflmn. 33rd Btn. D Coy. (d.5th Oct 1918)
  • Chapman Charles Pease. Lt.
  • Charles Isaac. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.25th March 1918)
  • Cockeram Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Coy. (d.10th March 1915)
  • Cowlishaw John Varley. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Daukes Archibald. Lt Col. 7th Btn.
  • Davis Francis. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn.
  • Dean Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1915)
  • Dean George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th June 1917)
  • Dinsdale Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.8th January 1915)
  • Donnelly Robert. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
  • Downes . Capt.
  • Downing Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Evans John Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Foley Thomas William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.5th Nov 1914)
  • Foster Herbert William. Sgt. (d.17th September 1916)
  • Fulwell Albert. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.2nd July 1916 )
  • Gibbons Joseph Edwin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Oct 1918)
  • Green George W.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th July 1918)
  • Hackett Percy. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Hammond Sidney. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Hartshorne Richard. Pte. 8th. Btn. (d.3rd June 1917)
  • Hateley Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th May 1915)
  • Hawker Frederick. Pte. 7th Btn (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Hawthorne Frederick. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1916)
  • Herrington John. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn.
  • Hibbett Arthur Hubert. Pte. 1/5th Btn. 'A' Coy, No 2 Platoon
  • Homer George Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.13th Jun 1917)
  • Horton Arthur. Rfm. 7th Service Battalion (d.3rd Oct 1915)
  • Howl William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Hughes Ernest Percival. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Hunt Thomas Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Jul 1918)
  • Hurst Nicholas Blythe. Pte 1st Battalion
  • Jones James. Pte.
  • Kilby Arthur Forbes Gordon. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Langston Samuel William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Lewis Walter. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.20th Oct 1915)
  • Maskell Frank. Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1918)
  • Mason James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.19th December 1915)
  • Meeson Bernard . Pte. 7th Service Battalion (d.9th Dec 1917)
  • Morris Harold. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.9th Feb 1917)
  • Neeham James William. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.17th February 1917)
  • Nicholls Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th August 1916)
  • Northwood Richard. Pte. 6th Service Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Osborne John Edward. 2nd Btn.
  • Osborne Thomas Chidley. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Feb 1915)
  • Osborne William George. 2nd Btn.
  • Phipps James. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.27th Sep 1916)
  • Pitt John. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Platt George Henry. Sgt. 8th Battalion (d.13th Feb 1916)
  • Platt George Henry. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.13th Feb 1916)
  • Probert James Francis Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Reece William. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.1st July 1917)
  • Sanders Alfred. Cpl.
  • Shaw George Edward. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Shepherd Enoch. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Sheridan James John. CQSM. (d.28th Jan 1916)
  • Shotton Walter Albert. Signals (d.1st July 1916)
  • Smith Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Oct 1914)
  • Somerfield John Parkes. Pte. 1st/5th Bn. A Coy. (d.26th June 1916)
  • Sorrell WIlliam John. A/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.17th February 1917)
  • Stamp Robert. Pte.
  • Street Cecil Edward. Pte. (d.17 July 1915)
  • Tapper Ernest. L/Sgt. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.26th June 1917)
  • Taylor J.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Thompson James. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.1918)
  • Vallentin John Franks. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Walters James. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • White Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th April 1917)
  • Williams J.. A/Sjt. 5th Btn.
  • Wright William. 2nd Lt. 2nd Battalion (d.17th Feb 1917)

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1206627

Pte. Richard Northwood 6th Service Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)

I was invited by my boss to visit France (100th anniversary of WW1) to tour the Western front. He knew of a relative who had served during the Great War, and who had lost his life during the conflict. He asked if I had any relatives who had served at the time, I replied that I was unsure, but had seen a photo of a young man in WW1 battle dress at my Mother's home some years ago.

And so my investigation began. My first question was did my Mom know any information on the young man? All she knew for sure was that his name was Richard Northwood, he was the elder brother of my maternal grandmother and he had lied about his age on joining up. He had told the army he was 18 when in fact he was 16! As I looked at the photo, under a magnifying glass, I recognised the cap badge to be a Staffordshire knot. This was my starting point, but what division? On line, those who knew the answers wanted to be paid for their services. Not being tight, but still getting back on my feet after being made redundant some 12 months prior, I was reluctant to pay the fees, although they were reasonable. With some perseverance, and a fair amount of luck, I managed to find out that he served in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffs.

He arrived in France, after being based in Wolverhampton, then Luton, Bishops Stortford, in April 1915. He saw action at Hooge and was involved in the attack on Hohenzollern redoubt in October of that year. On 23rd December he was ordered to Egypt where he spent just a few days before being ordered to return to France. On July 1st 1916 the order came to attack Gommecourt in a diversionary attack. Richard was killed in the assault aged just 18.

Peter Brackenridge




1206393

Capt. Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby VC MC 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

Arthur Kilby was killed in action on the 25th of September 1915.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 30th March, 1916, records the following :- "For most conspicuous bravery. Captain Kilby was specially selected at his own request, and on account of the gallantry which he had previously displayed on many occasions, to attack with his Company a strong enemy redoubt. The Company charged along the narrow towpath, headed by Captain Kilby, who, though wounded at the outset, continued to lead his men right up to the enemy wire under a devastating machine gun fire and a shower of bombs. Here he was shot down, but, although his foot had been blown off, he continued to cheer on his men and to use a rifle. Captain Kilby has been missing since the date of the performance of this great act of valour, and his death has now to be presumed."

Captain Kilby's heroism was acknowledged by the German defenders who erected a memorial cross at the location of his death. His body was eventually found on 19 February 1929 and interred at Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt.

s flynn




1206228

Pte. John Varley Cowlishaw 8th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.3rd July 1916)

Private John Varley Cowlishaw

John Cowlishaw died on the 3rd July 1916, aged 26. Buried in Plot I. B. 85 in the Norfolk Cemetery in France. Previously he had been wounded at the Dardanelles. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Cowlishaw of Bradford, Yorks; husband of Annie Cowlishaw, of 207, Somerville Rd., Small Heath, Birmingham

s flynn




1206207

L/Sgt. Ernest Tapper 2nd/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.26th June 1917)

L/Sgt. Ernest Tapper

Ernest Tapper was born in Walsall in 1892, he enlisted in Walsall and served in the South Staffordshire Regiment with the 2nd/5th battalion. His battalion landed at Le Havre in France on 25/02/1917 and during the period 14/03/17 - 05/04/17 were involved in the German Retreat to the Hindenburg line.

Ernest was killed in action on 26th June 1917 when he was blown up on a gun carriage. His residence at the time of his death was 31 Poole Street, Walsall. His regimental number was 200606 and his rank was Lance Sergeant. After the war he was posthumously awarded the Victory medal

s flynn




1206198

Pte. Isaac Charles 1st/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.25th March 1918)

Private Isaac Charles

Isaac Charles was killed in action on 25th March 1918. Isaac lived at Pelsall, Staffordshire and had 12 brothers and sisters. I was lucky enough to visit the town and the South Staffs Regimental Museum in 2010 where there is a copy of the war diaries from March 1918. Isaac was mentioned in the diary by name.

s flynn




1206136

Pte. John Parkes Somerfield 1st/5th Bn. A Coy. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.26th June 1916)

John Somerfield was killed in action on the 26th of June 1916, aged 20. He is buried in the Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Amos and Mary Ann Somerfield, of 53 Croft St., Walsall, Staffs.

s flynn




1206126

Cpl. Enoch Shepherd MM. 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (d.12th Oct 1917)

Enoch Shepherd was a miner in Willenhall before volunteering in 1915. Like so many, July 1915 would be the last time he would live with his family. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, but I have no idea why. He died during the first battle of Passchendaele, 12th October 1917. The war diary states that hundreds were cut down by machine gun.

He left a widow, Annie, and two children. He never saw the birth of his son, Enoch jr, born a month after his death. Such a life influencing legacy.

Mark Shepherd




1206073

Sgt. George Henry Platt 8th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th Feb 1916)

George Platt died on the 13th of February 1916, aged 29 and is buried in Etaples Military cemetery in France. He eft behind his beloved wife Mrs Mary Louisa Platt & 3yr old son Leslie Joseph Platt of 40 Dale Street, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

s flynn




1205945

Pte. George W. Green 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th July 1918)

George Green was killed in action on the 13th of July 1918. He is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery in France.

s flynn




1205939

Pte. Joseph Hateley 1st Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.20th May 1915)

Joseph Hateley died of wounds on 20th of May 1915 through loss of blood, his arm having been blown off by a shell, he was aged 33. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France, he was the son of Joseph Henry and Anne Hateley, of Walsall, Staffs. and husband of Gertrude Fallon (formerly Hateley), of 24 Chester St., Liverpool. Joseph was a caster by trade and formerly employed by Messrs. Mason and Burns, of Pleck Road, Walsall.

s flynn




1205927

Pte. John Thomas Evans 1st Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th May 1917)

My Great Uncle, Jack Evan, was killed in action on 13th May 1917 aged 24 in Bullecourt, Arras whilst fighting with the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment.

In 1916 he enlisted with the Royal Army Ordnance Core as Pte 017831 prior to enlisting with the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment. On May 13th 1917 his regiment was ordered to attack the heavily fortified village of Bullecourt along with the Australians. The village was believed to have been weakened by days of heavy bombardment, unfortunately this was not the case & the battle was vicious & costly as these gallant men were caught in a bloody crossfire at a location known as the Red Patch. After three days Bullecourt was taken with the loss of two Officers & 37 men killed.

He is commemorated on Bay 6 of the Arras Memorial in the Pas De Calais Cemetery on the Boulevard du General de Gaulle on the South of the road to Doullens. He is also commemorated on two memorials locally. The cross in Tremeirchion & the memorial hall in Caerwys.

Dilwyn Parry Lloyd




1205916

Pte. George Dean 7th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.4th June 1917)

George Dean died on the 4th of June 1917, aged 22. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of William and Amelia Dean, of Back 72 Green Lane, Walsall.

s flynn




1205460

Pte. George Frederick Homer 9th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.13th Jun 1917)

George Homer was a grocery shop manager who had 3 young chidren ,the youngest being my wifes Grandmother who was 2 years old

Paul Myatt




227947

Pte. Albert Fulwell VC 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (d.2nd July 1916 )

This is my Great Great Uncle Albert Fulwell, our family war hero, from Aston, Birmingham. He was called to serve with the South Staffordshire Regiment, 8th Battalion and was sadly killed in action on the second day of the Battle of the Somme, July 2 1916

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria cross a few years later RIP

Tina Bristow




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A/Cpl. WIlliam John Sorrell 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire (d.17th February 1917)

William was killed in action at Baillescourt Farm, near Miraumont on 17th February 1917. He was my great uncle.

Ian Kidd




226734

Capt. Downes South Staffordshire Rgt.

Capt.Downes was a prisoner at Strohen POW camp. He was bayoneted through a lung by guards for `not moving quickly enough'. After hospital treatment he recovered. The incident was witnessed by G. F. Knight, another POW.





226192

Pte. Arthur Bedford 2nd Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1914)

Arthur Bedford was my great uncle. All I know is he was born in 1883 and died 3 November 1914. He has no known grave but his name is inscribed at Ypres on the Menin Gate.

Olwen Howard




226089

Pte. George Edward Shaw 8th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

George Shaw was born on 23rd of May 1897. He served in the British Army during WW1 and survived several major battles. He was wounded late on in the war and sent to Coventry Hospital to recover. A German bullet hit the back of his Benson silver pocket watch and undoubtedly saved his life. I still have the watch and his 3 medals. He was also gassed and lost his sense of smell as a result. This is as much as I know.

Graham Shaw




225493

Pte. Arthur Hubert "Bertie" Hibbett 1/5th Btn. 'A' Coy, No 2 Platoon South Staffordshire Regiment

Elizabeth F. Hibbett Webb




225012

Pte. Percy Hackett 2/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

Percy Hackett enlisted in February 1916, aged 18 yrs 4 mths He began training on the 10th of May 1916 and went to Dublin in July 1916. He joined the British Expeditionary Force on the 25th Feb 1917 serving right through the war. He was one of five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

s flynn




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