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Cheshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abell John Lloyd William Howard. Capt. 11th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Abell John LLoyd William Howard. Capt. 11th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Albinson William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1916)
  • Allen Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. B Coy. (d.15th Apr 1918)
  • Allen Frank. Pte 2nd Btn. B Coy. (d.15th April 1918)
  • Allman Thomas William. 2nd Btn.
  • Andrew Charles Herbert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Andrew Ronald. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.13th June 1917)
  • Armitage John William. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Ashton Henry. L/Cpl.
  • Aspinall Arthur. 13th Btn.
  • Aspinall George. Private (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Barnes Herbert. Pte. 53rd Btn. (d.8th Apr 1919)
  • Barnes Herbert. Pte. 53rd Btn. (d.8th April 1919)
  • Belshaw Albert James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.24th Aug 1914)
  • Bennett William. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.28th Aug 1917)
  • Benson J. D.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Berryman Daniel William. Sgt.
  • Best Robert Tennant. Pte. 9th Btn (d.20th Sept 1917)
  • Birch William Horrocks. Sgt. 11th Btn, D Company
  • Bird Hedley Alfred. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.3rd March 1917)
  • Bird Hedley Alfred. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Bird Hedley Alfred. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.3rd March 1917)
  • Blackhurst Frank. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • Blease Emmanuel. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1917)
  • Bolton Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Apr 1916)
  • Boon Ernest. Sjt. 10th Battalion (d.16th Apr 1918)
  • Boothman Alexander Robertson. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.22nd Feb 1915)
  • Boulton James. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.7th July 1916)
  • Brabazon Parker W.. Lt.
  • Brooke Joseph. Sgt. 15th Btn
  • Brough H. J.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brown G. E.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bryant Ernest. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1917)
  • Butler Harold. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.24th Mar 1918)
  • Cain John Thomas. Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.19th May 1917)
  • Chapman Alfred. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.8th November 1915)
  • Collins Alfred. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Conroy William Henry. Pte 11th Battalion (d. 7th July 1916)
  • Conroy William Henry. 11th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Conway Ernest John. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Cox Arthur Howard. Pte. 15th (1st London Welsh) (d.7th Sep 1918)
  • Coyle Ian. L/Cpl 6th
  • Cross Thomas Edward. L/Cpl. 10th Service Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • Currie Joseph Charles. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • Cuthbert James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.6th May 1916)
  • Davies Simeon. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.16th April 1918)
  • Davies W.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1917)
  • Dickinson Joseph Riley. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.14th July 1916)
  • Downward George. Pte. 1/7 Btn.
  • Dunn William. Pte.
  • Edmundson James. Pte. 21st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Edwards Alfred. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.9th Nov 1917)
  • Evans John Victor. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
  • Evans Thomas. CSM 16th Btn.
  • Fielding George. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • Flynn John. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1920)
  • Fox Ernest. Pte. 15th Battalion
  • Gardiner Ellis Hubert. Lt. 7th Battalion (d.7th October 1918)
  • Gardiner William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Garfin George William. Pte. 12th (Service) Btn
  • Gibbs Thomas Charles. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.31st May 1918)
  • Giblin Daniel. Pte. 22nd Btn.
  • Gibson William Riddel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Graham George Frederick. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Graham George Frederick. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.30th Sept 1918)
  • Gretton J. Kemp. Pte. 18th Btn, A Coy.
  • Hall Percy James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.6th Jun 1918)
  • Hallows George. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.20th April 1918)
  • Hatton William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Hawthorn Robert. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Hayes Sydney. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.14th Oct. 1918)
  • Heague Richard. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.16th July 1917)
  • Heath William James. Pte.
  • Heywood John. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • Higgins John. Pte. 1st Btn. D Coy.
  • Hoaen George. 2nd Btn.
  • Holland James. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.30th May 1916)
  • Holleran Robert. L/Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Holleran Robert. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Holme Felix Sayer. Pte. 15th Battalion (Bantams) (d.20th Aug 1917)
  • Hope John Henry. Pte. 1st Battallion
  • Howard James Stanley. A/Cpl. 1/6th Btn
  • Huerdine Joseph Francis. Pte.
  • Hushin John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1916)
  • Joinson Thomas. Cpl.
  • Kelly Joshua William. Pte. 5th Btn
  • Lee Andrew. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.11th November 1917)
  • Lightfoot Alfred John. Pte. Cheshire Regiment
  • Lightfoot Richard. Sgt.Maj. 15th (Birkenhead Bantams) Btn.
  • Little Michael. Pte. 10th Batallion (d.18th Feb 1917)
  • Lloyd Harry. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Lyons Maurice. Pte.
  • Mallen John James. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.27th Mar 1918)
  • Mart George Hulbert Victor. 6th Btn.
  • Martin John Haddon Samuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1916)
  • Massey Benjamin. Sgt. 2nd Battalion
  • Matley Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1915)
  • Maxwell Henry. Capt. 13th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1916)
  • McArdle Peter Paul. 2nd Lt. 1/2 Btn. Att 1/4th Btn. York & Lancs Rgt. (d.26th April 1918)
  • McHugh Michael. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • McKenzie Herbert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1917)
  • McPartland John. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.4th Sep 1916)
  • Mellody Adrian. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Molyneux George Henry. Pte. 9th Battalion, A Coy. (d.21st Nov 1916)
  • Moon Frederick. L/Cpl. 10th (Service) Battalion (d.26th July 1916)
  • Moon William Alfred. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1916)
  • Morrison William Elias. 15th (1st Birkenhead) Battalion
  • Murphy Thomas Patrick. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
  • Neville James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Aug 1915)
  • Nutter James. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Oliver William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.16th June 1917)
  • Pacey Ernest. L\Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Page James. Pte. 12th (Service) Battalion
  • Pate Henry. Pte 1/5 Battalion (d.1st Dec 1917)
  • Pawson Walter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Oct 1918)
  • Pearce Alfred George. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. B Coy.
  • Pickford Joseph Francis. L/Cpl. 1/7th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1915)
  • Povey George. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.11th Feb 1915)
  • Price J.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1918)
  • Price Trevor. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.3rd Apr 1918)
  • Procter Harold. Pte. 1/6 Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Pynn Fredrick. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Reynolds Alfred Henry Price. Pte. 11th Btn (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Robinson Austin. Pte 11th Btn (d.11th March 1916)
  • Rossington Harry. CSM. 1st Btn. D Company (d.11th Oct 1914)
  • Rutter Cyril. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th October 1918)
  • Rutter John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th July 1916)
  • Schofield Ben. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Schofield Samuel.
  • Schultz George Edward. Capt 15th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1917)
  • Scott Joseph Brayton. Pte. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Senior George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th May 1915)
  • Silcock Percy Bryan. 2nd Lt. 13th Btn. (d.11th Aug 1917)
  • Simm William. Pte 15th Btn (d.21st Oct 1916)
  • Sines James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th May 1915)
  • Skelhorn Alfred. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Sowden John Richard. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1917)
  • Speight Thomas. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.19th July 1916)
  • Spilsbury James. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Spilsbury James. Pte. 10th Btn. A Coy. (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Stephenson Daniel Pike. Lt. 1st Btn. (d.24th May 1915)
  • Sturdy Charles. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Sutherland Norman. 2/Lt. 9th Btn.
  • Taylor John William. L/Cpl. 13th Btn.
  • Thomas Evan David. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.24th Mar 1918)
  • Thornhill Frank. Private
  • Toyne Ernest Shep. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Walmsley John. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.30th Apr 1917)
  • Walsh Arthur. Pte. 1st Battalion, D Coy.
  • Webb Alfred Augustus. Pte. 11th Battalion, D Company (d.4th July 1916)
  • Wetherell John Edward. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Wharmby William. Cpl. 3rd Btn. D Company
  • White William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.25th Aug 1916)
  • Whyte Bernard William. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Williams John William. Pte. 8th (Service) Battalion (d.14th Jul 1917)
  • Wilson Jesse. Sgt. 1/7th Btn. (d.23rd July 1918)
  • Wilson Robert Sudbury. 5th Btn.
  • Woodall Thomas. Pte. 1/7th Bttn. (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Wright James Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Yewdall David. Sgt.

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L/Cpl. Alfred George Pearce 11th Btn. B Coy. South Lancashire Regiment

One day in September 1914, three young men went to enlist in the British Army caught up in the fever of war. One of these men was Alfred George Pearce. He, with his wife, managed a public house in Liverpool and had four small children. When he returned home and told his wife, she was furious and said "What did you do a stupid thing like that for!"

In his going away photograph his cap badge is from the Cheshire's but he is recorded as being transferred to 11th Battalion in December 1916. During his training he had to go down the mines to be toughened up. His time in the mines was cut short as an accident resulted in him having a couple of broken ribs. His daughter Ruby told us how she enjoyed peeling his skin from his back after he had a cast removed.

Because he was a countryman from Hampshire originally, he was assigned to the section that looked after the regiments horses. They had at one stage a horse shoe on the back of their jacket. The losses were so heavy they turned the horse shoe round in case it improved their luck. In the end the horse shoe was abandoned. On the march to the front line, they saw some awful sights. Bodies lining the sides of the roads and families trying to escape the ravages of war. During the march forward, they stopped overnight at a French village were they were billeted in a barn full of hay and straw. They all settled down for the night. The hay providing a little comfort as they thought. Next morning they were all coming out in scabies. The Germans had sprayed the hay and straw with the infection before they left the area. Consequently all the regiment had to strip off in the village square, their uniforms burnt, and they were painted with Gentian violets. Not a very pleasant experience, but great amusement to the ladies of the village. He told of their instructions not to attempt to pick up anything like pens from the ground, or kick dead rats, as they could all be booby trapped.

Alfred George Pearce survived the war unscathed and lived to a ripe old age of 98. He always said never go to war even if it means running away to Ireland. Alfred's father, Joshua, was from Ecchingswell in Hampshire. [1901 Census].

Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto


Pte. Ernest Fox DCM 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment

Ernest Fox back row 4th from left

Ernest Fox DCM joined the Cheshire 17th Reserve Battalion on 20th September 1915 in Bebington, Wirral. He was sent overseas on 23rd June 1916 as part of BEF with 13th Cheshire Battalion (Lord Leverhulmes Wirral Battalion).

The 13th Cheshire's took part in the first battle of the Somme. The 13th suffered great losses at Ovillers- LaBoisselle on 7th July 1916. Ernest was transferred to 11th Cheshire Battalion on 13th July 1916 for a short time and then to the 15th Battalion (The Cheshire Bantams) on 16th August 1916 where he trained as a Lewis gunner. Ernest remained with the 15th Cheshire's and was awarded his DCM for his bravery and gallantry on 25th March 1918 at Clery Ridge (Maricourt area of the Somme) during the German spring offensive of 1918.

Ernest was wounded on 16th April 1918 in the town of Hedauville and eventually evacuated home to recover in hospital. He made a full recovery and returned to France in the late October of 1918. I was privileged to have Ernest as a Grandfather with many happy memories of this man who was a modest hero. Ernest sadly passed away in 1974.

David Crosby


Pte. James Edmundson 21st Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.21st Aug 1918)

James Edmundson was killed in action on the 21st of August 1918, aged 34. Buried in Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, France, he was the son of Mr & Mrs Edmundson, Britannia Inn, Guy Street, Padiham, Lancashire. Lived at Harle Syke, Burnley with his wife and two children.

James enlisted in June 1916, prior to this he had been working as a weaver at Thornton and Co's. Mill, Harle Syke, Burnley. He initially joined the East Lancashire Regiment but after being invalided home with septic poisoning he went back out with the Cheshire Regiment, whilst with the Cheshires he was injured by shrapnel and sent home, he then was transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

s flynn


Sgt. John Edward Wetherell 2nd Btn. Cheshire Regiment

L/Cpl. John Wetherell, wounded, Liverpool Hospital

L/Cpl. John Wetherell was wounded in teh 2nd Battle of Ypres and was treated in Liverpool Hospital.

On 22nd April, the Germans launched the attack that would become officially known as the Second Battle of Ypres. By 8 May, the situation had become critical for the Allied armies. The Cheshires' Regimental History notes that "behind our gassed and shattered lines, had the Germans only known, lay nothing to prevent their capturing the Channel Ports." The section of the front line to be held by the 28th Division, which included the 2nd Battalion (one of the Regiment's two Regular Army Battalions), Weis about 1.5 miles between Frezenberg and a position known as Mouse Trap Farm. This was 3 miles to the north east of Ypres. The Regimental History notes 'The line to be held was nothing more effective than narrow trenches three feet deep, hastily constructed, with little wire, no communication trenches and little or no overhead cover. It was not a line in which to meet a heavy attack, yet the Allied plan required it to be held." Poison gas had been first used by the Germans on 22 April.They again used gas in this attack. At that time, there was no practical defence against it. All that was done was to issue each Battalion with 200 cloth bands to be worn across the mouth (it should be noted that a Battalion at full strength would exceed 800). 'The positions occupied by Battalion headquarters and No. 1 and No. 4 Companies were surrounded by the enemy and with very few exceptions the whole of the officers and other ranks were killed or taken prisoner." Only small groups managed to escape. The Diary records that, at this time, known casualties included 17 dead, 200 wounded and 190 missing.

Description of actions involving John Wetherell, 2nd Battle of Ypres

Kenneth Wetherell


Pte. Joshua William Kelly 5th Btn Devonshire Regiment

Joss Kelly enlisted at Douglas on 20th of Feb 1917, aged 18 years 6 months. It was his second attempt at enlistment. He was 5' 3 1/2" and weighed 7 1/2 stone. The recruiting sergeant sent him away the first time, telling him he should come back when he'd grown a bit. He served in Palestine and France, where he was wounded at Rheims on 20th of Jul 1918. His record states: 'While advancing, a shell burst in close proximity and he was wounded in the leg'. Nature of Disability: 'Right foot [blown] off, stump gangrenous and full of maggots'. Treatment of Disability: 'Operation 24 Jul 1918, amputation [of right leg] 6 inches below [the] knee'. He was discharged as an invalid..

Like a lot of injured ex soldiers, he wasn't able to return to his profession as a Clothier's Assistant - his former employer wouldn't employ a cripple - so he made his living working various menial jobs. He was my great-grandfather. He lived to be 80. I suppose he was one of the lucky one's. He went over-the-top, aged 19, was blown up and left for dead three days in no-mans land. But he did at least survive.


CSM Thomas Evans 16th Btn. Cheshire Regiment

Attestation for Thomas Evans

After being discharged from the K.O.Y.L.I. due to ill health (deafness, rheumatism and debility) aged 63 years in November 1914, Thomas Evans joined the Cheshire Regiment in December 1914 stating his age as 45 years and 5 months.

Don Hargreaves


Pte. Robert Hawthorn 16th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.28th March 1918)

Private Robert Hawthorn

Robert Hawthorn died on 28th March 1918 aged 22 and is buried in the St Sever Cemetery extension in France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hawthorn, of 31, Molyneux St., Derby Rd., Bootle Liverpool.

s flynn


Sgt. Joseph Brooke 15th Btn Cheshire Regiment

Joseph Brooke, my grandfather, joined the Army in 1911 or 12, aged 18. He was based at Londonderry, Northern Ireland at the outbreak of WW1 with the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment. For some reason, he did not cross to France until the end of August 1914. He joined his unit at the front on 16th Sept 1914, during The Battle of the Aisne, at Le Mesnil, near Soissons.

He served with the Cheshire Regiment throughout the war. In early 1918, he was transferred to the 15th Battalion of the Cheshires and made up to Sergeant. I was told by my father that he was at the First and Fourth Battles of Ypres. From the regimental diaries etc. it is possible that he fought on the Somme in 1916 and 1918 as well as the 2nd and 3rd Battles of Ypres.

I am proud to have in my possession his swagger stick and a 1908 pattern British cavalry sword that he brought back as a souvenir. Joseph died in 1957.

Edward Brooke


Pte. John Higgins 1st Btn. D Coy. Cheshire Regiment

My Grandfather John Higgins had served pre-war with the British Army as part of the 5th Btn, Manchester Regiment from August 1906 and at the start of World War 1 was an engine cleaner for Liverpool Corporation Tramways but also still an army reservist who was called up at Chester on 6th August 1914 and assigned to 1st Btn Cheshire Regt.

He was sent with the regiment as part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division to France as part of the Original B.E.F which subsequently became known as "The Old Contemptibles". As a member of "D" company on 24th August 1914 he found himself positioned at a crossroad close to a colliery outside the small Belgian village of Audregnies. The 1st Cheshires were directly faced by 4 German battalions that day and together with 1st Battalion The Norfolk Regiment and supporting cavalry stopped the entire German advance on the town for over 4 hours thereby playing their part in preventing the encirclement of the British 2nd Corps by the German 4th Corps.

John with the majority of his platoon was taken prisoner that day (only 8 days after arriving in France) and spent the next 4 years as a prisoner of war in the German PoW camp at Geissen near Frankfurt. After liberation he returned to work for The Liverpool Corporation Tramways as a Conductor, married my grandmother Charlotte Rumble, and unfortunately passed away prematurely at the age of 40 in 1930.

Peter Higgins


Pte. Albert James Belshaw 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment (d.24th Aug 1914)

Albert Belshaw died on the 24th August 1914 leaving behind a wife Ada Gilbert and two young Children Ethal-May who was 3yrs and John who was 2yrs old. His name is place on the memorial wall at Seine-et-Marne. Alfred like many other brave men received the 1914 Star medal and the Victory medal.

Emma Slater


Sgt. Benjamin Massey 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment

Did not know my father, Benjamin Massey, as he died in 1950 aged sixty five,when I was only four years old. What little I know of him came from children of his first marriage. He was born in 1885 and must have joined the army around 1900, rising to sergeant in 1907 and colour sergeant in 08. He served at Fort George in Madras. In 1911 he reengaged to complete twenty one years service. After completion of service with the Cheshire Regiment he transferred to the Indian Army where he was commissioned. I know nothing of his service in WW1 but I believe that he was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Linda Massey


Pte. William Oliver 11th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.16th June 1917)

William Oliver died on the 16th of June 1917, aged 28. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Oliver, of Thornbury, husband of Elsie May Oliver, of Forda, Thornbury, Brandis Corner, Devon.

s flynn


Pte. Alfred Skelhorn 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment

Alfred was my grandfather, he died aged 96 in 1988. During the Great War he spent two periods in hospital, once with trench fever, constipation, indigestion and loss of teeth, probably as a result of the poor conditions and rations. He had been around Ypres for six months prior to this and had gone from a fit 24 yr old, to spending nearly 70 days in hospital. His medical record on discharge states, 'can walk fairly well'. He was very badly wounded on the 1st of August 1917, with a gunshot wound to right foot, leading to amputation of one toe, and a shrapnel ball in chest with damage to a shoulder blade, fractured rib (which was removed). The shrapnel ball was too close to his heart to be removed,it stayed in him the rest of his life, it moved with every pulse! I have his chest X-ray, he was assessed as 30 % disabled. Alfred gave up smoking in his 70's, my hero!

Peter Latham


Pte. Arthur Walsh 1st Battalion, D Coy. Cheshire Regiment

Arthur Walsh served with D Company, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. He was admitted to Divisional Rest Camp on 22nd of April 1915, the first day of Second Ypres Campaign with 'not yet diagnosed fever'. He had previously served in India for several years.

David Goodman


Pte. Simeon Davies 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.16th April 1918)

Simeon Davies is a distant relative. He was b.1878 in Ashton under Lyne and married Lucy Johnson in 1906 at Christ Church, Tintwistle. They had 5 childrenL Charles Harry b.1907; Annie b.1908; Ethel b.1910;Fred b.1912-14 and Simeon b.1915.

Sue Bates


Pte. John Rutter 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.28th July 1916)

My friend and I have for the past 18 months researched the 14 soldiers, including John Rutter, who died in WW1 and whose names appear on the Little Leigh, Cheshire War Memorial Plaque commemorating the soldiers from that parish. The memorial is in St Michael and All Angels church.

Gill Hampton


Pte. James Sines 2nd Btn. Cheshire Rgt. (d.8th May 1915)

Jimmy Sines was a family member adopted by my 2x gt. aunt Lydia Emma (nee Greaves) and her husband James Sines, a regular Army veteran. A very childlike-looking lad of barely 21, he was lost without trace at the 2nd Battle of Ypres on 8th May 1915. His devastated parents received 11 in exchange for their boy.

His name is known to those who remain in England, America and Australia. His photograph is cherished and his war medal photocopied and distributed amongst the family. He is remembered as 'poor little Jimmy Sines'. So few of his 2nd Btn. Cheshire regiment survived the pulverising German bombardment. Its remnants were combined with others and moved on to the next hell hole.

Because Jimmy's friends were wiped out with him, no one was able to tell his parents exactly what happened. Poor Lydia and James were left believing Jimmy drowned in the mud and it haunted them all their days. I prefer to hope his sufferings were brief and he and his immediate comrades were blown to oblivion.

The Sines family in the mid 1800s were travelling basket and chair makers, who were `on the tramp' round Surrey following the cycle of harvesting, making and hawking. By the later decades this branch of the family were settled around the Epsom Common area, seemingly escaping the harsher life of travelling, seasonal recourse to the workhouse and the vagrancy and semi-criminal life of some of the younger, more feckless cousins. Jimmy's father, James Sines, is believed to have been a relative rather than his biological father. However, they strongly resembled one another. James Snr. hardly spent any time with his parents and siblings and joined the Army, serving in two Burma campaigns. He spent much of his career hospitalised with a variety of fevers, malaria etc and the ubiquitous 'ague'. It is not known how he met my 2x gt aunt whose parents also lived in Epsom, but were slightly better off, being a bailiff officer of Epsom court and ex-metropolitan policeman. James Snr. was an upright Victorian man who wore his campaign medals on special occasions with pride, but must have known only too well what lay ahead for Jimmy when the boy enlisted for the Great War. James and Lydia never recovered from their loss.

Joyce Greaves


Pte. Cyril Rutter 1st Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.7th October 1918)

Cyril was the son of Mr and Mrs Rutter, 25 High Street, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. John Victor Evans 15th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.24th March 1918)

Son of John and Maria Evans, 60 Love Lane, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts


Pte. Albert Matley 2nd Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.3rd Oct 1915)

The 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment were involved in the Battle of Loos. My great uncle Albert Matley (17469) was killed there and is commemorated on panel 49 in the Loos Cemetery.

Stephen Bridgehouse

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History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War.

Arthur Crookenden

Naval and Military Press, have once again provided the military historian and researcher with an invaluable service by re-publishing this long out of print volume at the most reasonable price. It chronicles the war record of the fifteen battalions of the regiment which served on the Western Front, in Italy, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, Palestine and Macedonia. The large appendices will however be invaluable for researchers, as having commenced with a summary showing the totals of dead officers and other rank totals by battalions, it is followed by the nominal rolls, with officers grouped alphabetically and other ranks in their battalions. The comprehensive 56-page list of Honours and Awards, including Mentions In Despatches, is arranged alphabetically and although the ranks of the recipients are not given, the citations for the VC, DSO, MC and DCM awards are. The final appendix, entitled `Mobilization', is useful too as it briefly provides the story of each battalion before it went overseas


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