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- 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)
- Baum William. Pte 10th Btn (d.1st Aug 1917)
- Baxter Robert Stephenson. Pte. 8th Btn.
- Bebbington Alfred. Pte, 1/7th Battalion
- 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)
- Bent John William. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.19th September 1918)
- Berryman Daniel William. Sgt.
- Best Robert Tennant. Pte. 9th Btn (d.20th Sept 1917)
- Bexon Arthur. Pte. 10th (Service) Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
- Bingley Thomas. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.30th September 1918)
- 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.
- Bramwell P.. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.30th September 1918)
- Brooke Joseph. Sgt. 15th Btn
- Brough H. J.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Broughall Edward. Pte. 1st Btn (d.23rd Oct 1918)
- Brown G. E.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Brown William. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.9th August 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)
- Cole Leslie Stewart. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. att. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1915)
- Collins Alfred. Pte. 10th Btn.
- Conroy William Henry. Pte 11th Battalion (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)
- Darlington Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.19th 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)
- Dixon James Nathan. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.24th Mar 1918)
- Downward George. Pte. 1/7 Btn.
- Draycott John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.23rd Nov 1918)
- Dunn William. Pte.
- Edmundson James. Pte. 21st Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
- Edwards Alfred. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.9th Nov 1917)
- Elson Frank. Pte. 10th Battalion
- 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)
- Foley Bernard. Sgt. 15th Battalion (d.14th Oct 1918)
- 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
- Gerrighty Peter. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.13th January 1918)
- 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.
- Gwyn-Jones Alan. Capt. 1st Btn., C Coy.
- Hale Gilbert Ewart. Pte. 9th Battalion
- Hall Percy James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.6th Jun 1918)
- Hall Robert Newman. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn.
- Hallows George. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.20th April 1918)
- Hankey Emmanuel. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
- Hankey Emmanuel. Pte 9th Btn (d.20 September 1917)
- 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)
- Hoolahan Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.4th April 1915)
- Hope John Henry. Pte. 1st Battallion
- Howard James Stanley. A/Cpl. 1/6th Btn
- Howells Ralph John. Pte 1/5th Bn (d.8th Sept 1916)
- Huerdine Joseph Francis. Pte.
- Hushin John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1916)
- Joinson Thomas. Cpl.
- Kelly Joshua William. Pte. 5th Btn
- Kent Richard Leopold. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
- Lee Andrew. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.11th November 1917)
- Leech Joseph Archibald. L/Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.21st July 1917)
- Lightfoot Alfred John. Pte. Cheshire Regiment
- Lightfoot Richard. Sgt.Maj. 15th (Birkenhead Bantams) Btn.
- Lines Thomas. 2nd Lt. 10th Battalion (d.3rd April 1918)
- Little Michael. Pte. 10th Batallion (d.18th Feb 1917)
- Littler William. Cpl. 12th Battalion (d.7th Oct 1918)
- Lloyd Harry. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
- Llywarch Solomon. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
- Lyons Maurice. Pte.
- Macdonald Thomas. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.19th July 1916)
- 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
- Mather Harry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th April 1916)
- 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)
- Meagher Dominic. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.14th November 1915)
- 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 Harry. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.31st Aug 1918)
- Murphy Thomas Patrick. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.7th Jul 1916)
- Neville James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Aug 1915)
- Nield Allen. Pte. 6th Btn. E Coy.
- 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)
- Paton George. Pte. 10th (Service) Btn. (d.14th April 1918)
- 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)
- Randle Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd October 1915)
- 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)
- Ruffler Reuben. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
- 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)
- Shooter William. CSM
- 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)
- Skeen Alfred Simpson. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.4th October 1918)
- 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)
- Stanton James. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.17th February 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.
- Taylor Robert. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.6th Jan 1918)
- Taylor Thomas Henry. Pte 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
- Thomas Evan David. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.24th Mar 1918)
- Thompson John Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.2nd September 1918)
- Thornhill Frank. Private
- Tilsley John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.17th February 1917)
- 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 Charles Antony . Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Feb 1915)
- White Samuel. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
- White William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.25th Aug 1916)
- Whittaker George. Cpl. 6th Btn.
- Whittle Arthur. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.22 February 1915)
- 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)
- Woodfin Joseph William. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
- 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 RegimentOne 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 RegimentErnest 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 RegimentL/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.Kenneth Wetherell
Pte. Joshua William Kelly 5th Btn Devonshire RegimentJoss 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 RegimentAfter 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)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 RegimentJoseph 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 RegimentMy 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 RegimentDid 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 RegimentAlfred 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 Thomas Henry Taylor 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.7th June 1917)Thomas Taylor was killed in action at the Battle of Messines on the 7th of June 1917 aged 25. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, also on the Crewe War Memorial and the L&NWR Crewe Loco Depot WW1 Memorial. He was a former pupil of Bedford Street School and was then employed as a Pipe Fitter in the Crewe Steam Sheds. He enlisted on the 17th of February 1916 and went to France on the 16th of July 1916.Paul Taylor
Pte. John Draycott 11th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.23rd Nov 1918)Private John Draycott died in Nancy (Eastern France), probably of disease, after the end of the war. He was buried at Jarville-la-Malgrange with three Indian labourers.Jerome Janczukiewicz
Pte Emmanuel Hankey 9th Btn Cheshire Regiment (d.20 September 1917)Pte Emmanuel Hankey was my great-uncle, from Northwich, Cheshire. He died, along with 2 of his brothers Thomas and Samuel in the Great War. My grandfather John Hankey (also known as John Brown) survived.Karen Kitchener
Sgt. James Stanton 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.17th February 1917)James Stanton was my grandfather. He was killed in a trench raid at Ploegsteert, Belgium along with about 50 others. He is buried at the Berks Extension cemetery. He left a widow and a three year old daughter, my mother. His Captain described him as a brave man and a popular and well respected sergeant. My two brothers and I visited his grave on 17th February this year, 2017, the hundredth anniversary of his death.Peter Leigh
Pte. Arthur Bexon 10th (Service) Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.1st Aug 1917)Arthur Bexon served with the 10th Btn. Cheshire Regiment.Clare
Pte. Allen Nield 6th Btn. E Coy. Cheshire RegimentTaken from postcards to his brother and sister.
E.Company, 6th battalion, Cheshire Regt. Territorial bat.
Allen Nield. (WR/203603)
12th August 1914 We are all packed up for a 12 mile march to Church Stretton tomorrow, starting possibly in the dark (eg 3.30 am) Saturday. We might find tents (up or down or none at all). We have to be ready to kip under hedges with nothing but what each man carries in shape of food and shelter. Food is good and plentiful but rough. Yrs Allen.
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We are up near the scene of the advance near La Bassee and have just been engaged in clearing the wounded from where they lay in the open. Some since Wednesday Our forces captured 3 lines of trenches in 12 minutes but paid a hellish price. The shell fire here is horrible. I am going back to barracks today. Allen.S Rayner
Pte, Alfred Bebbington 1/7th Battalion Cheshire RegimentAlfred Bebbington served in France with the 1/7th Cheshire Regiment in 1918. He was gassed and returned to England. He was treated at Macclesfield Hospital and later married Ivy who was his nurse. They were happily married until their deaths in the 1970's. He had many stories to tell, one he did mention was that after recovering he was sent to Egypt. He was awarded both the British War and the Victory MedalSandra Wynn-Evans
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History of the Cheshire Regiment in the Great War.
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 overseasMore information on:
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