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- Abbott Geoffrey Robinson. Rfm. 18th Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
- Allcock Henry. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.10th Mar, 1915)
- Allsop Arthur E.. Rfln. 12th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1917)
- Almond Albert. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.20th Jul 1916)
- Anderson Thomas Edward. Rfm. 18th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Aspden Albert. Rflmn. 16th Btn. (d.15th July 1916)
- Bailey Reginald. Sgt. 17th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1916)
- Bardrick John Oram. Rflmn. 11th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
- Barker Albert Aspden. Rflmn. 3rd Btn. (d.28th Oct 1917)
- Barratt Frederick Martin. Rflmn. 7th Btn. (d.10th Jul 1917)
- Baverstock John. Rfmn. 13th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
- Baxter Robert Samuel. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.27th Oct 1914)
- Bedson Albert Clarence. Rifleman 16th Btn. (d.20th May 1917)
- Bellamy W.. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.16th Jul 1915)
- Bennett Frederick. Pte. (d.22nd March 1918)
- Bixby Charles. Rflmn. 17th Btn (d.19th Dec 1916)
- Bland William Arthur. Rflmn. 2nd Battalion (d.7th Aug 1916)
- Booth John Partington. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.6th Nov 1915)
- Boswell David. Rfm. 10th Bat, B Coy (d.29th Feb 1916)
- Boswell David. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.29th Feb 1916)
- Bowman Henry Frederick. Rifleman 16th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
- Brinn Felix John. Rfm. 16th Btn. (d.17th Apr 1918)
- Broughton Thomas Robert. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.5th Aug 1916)
- Brown Arthur Benjamin. Rfmn. 12th Btn.
- Brown Arthur Benjamin. Rfmn. 12th Battalion
- Brown Reuben Joseph. Rifleman 2nd Battalion (d.23rd October 1914)
- Bullock Walter Charles. Rflmn. 11th Btn (d.17th June 1916)
- Burns Spensley. Pte.
- Bury Edmond William. Captain 11th Btn. (d.5th Dec 1915)
- Butler James. Rifleman 8th Btn
- Butler John Fitzhardinge Paul. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
- Buttery Edward. Rflmn. 4th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1918)
- Cantell George Ernest. Pte. (d.28th Oct 1914)
- Card E. A.. Rflmn. 20th Btn. (d.22nd Sep 1916)
- Caulfield Thomas. Rfmn. 1st Btn (d.14th Nov 1916)
- Chalmers Thomas. Cpl. 4th Btn (d.25th May 1915)
- Chappell William. Cpl. 16th Btn. (d.31st Jan 1916)
- Chappell William. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.31st Jan 1916)
- Chatterton Henry. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.21st Sept 1917)
- Cheeseman F. W.. Rflm. 18th Btn. (d.20th Oct 1917)
- Clarke Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn.
- Clarke William. Rfmn. 1st Btn. (d.15 May 1915)
- Clinton Walter L.. Capt. 1st Btn. attchd. 2nd Btn.
- Corrie Ernest. Rfmn. 11th Battalion (d.24th March 1918)
- Cotton Walter. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.27th Oct 1918)
- Cove John. Rflmn. 9th Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Covill Edward Emmanuel. Pte. 52nd Btn. (d.29 November 1918)
- Curd Esli Jonathan . Sgt. 18th Btn.
- Davidson John. Rfmn. 16th Btn (d.29th Sep 1918)
- Davies Harry Grenville. Pte.
- Davis Melville Allen Duff. 2nd Lt. (d.28th May 1918)
- Davis William J.. Capt. 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1915)
- Denison Thomas William. L/Cpl. 21st Btn. "B" Coy. (d.5th to 10th Oct. 1916)
- Didcock Reuben. CSM. 9th Battalion (d.August 1916)
- Didcock Reuben. CSM. 9th Btn. (d.24th Aug 1916)
- Dimmer John Henry Stephen. Lt.Col. att. 2nd/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment (d.21st March 1918)
- Donald William Alexander. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
- Donkin Harry Semmons. Private (d.17 May 1918 )
- Donovan Thomas. Rflm. 16th Btn. (d.31st Oct 1917)
- Dunsmore Henry Ephraim. Capt. 16th Btn
- East Albert James. Pte. 20th Battalion (d.July 1916)
- East Albert James. Rflmn. 20th Btn. (d.26th July 1916)
- Edwards Harold Brinley. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.7th Sept 1915)
- Edwards Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
- Evans William. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1917)
- Ferguson George. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Aug 1916)
- Firth Benjamin. Rflmn. 9th Btn (d.17th March 1918)
- Foljambe Hubert Francis Fitzwilliam Brabazon. Major. 3rd Btn. (d.14th Sep 1914)
- Foster Arthur. 12th Btn. att RE 131st Tunneling Coy.
- Fowler George Glyn. 2nd Lt. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Fowler George Glyn. Lt. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Fowler Robert Wilfrid. 11th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
- Franklin Arthur Charles. Rfm. 1st Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
- Fry J.. Rfm. (d.12th Nov 1918)
- Gardiner James Arthur. Rfm. 18th Btn. (d.14th Jun 1917)
- Gaydon Edward Alfred. 8th Battalion
- Gaydon Edward.
- Gilbert Charles Thomas. Rfmn. 2nd Batt (d.31st Oct 1914)
- Giles Charles Elvin. Rfm. 7th Battalion, B Coy, No.6 section
- Gill Albert. Sgt. 1st Btn (d.27th Jul 1916)
- Gillespie George Andrew. Rfmn. 11th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1916)
- Gledhill Herbert. Pte. 12th Battalion
- Glover Humphrey William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th December 1917)
- Grattan-Bellew Charles Christopher. Lt.Col. 3rd Btn.
- Graves John. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.24th Aug 1917)
- Green Charles Robert. Rfmn. 12th(Service) Division
- Green Edward Francis. Rflm. 3rd Btn. (d.21st Nov 1916)
- Grimley Leonard. Rflmn. 13th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
- Hadfield William. Rflmn. 11th Btn. (d.4th April 1917)
- Haffenden Henry George. Pte. 21st Btn.
- Hammer Edward Walter. Rflmn. 1st Battalion (d.14th September 1914)
- Hammond Walter. A/Capt. 23rd Btn.
- Hampshire William. Rflm 16th (d.28th January 1916)
- Harding F.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
- Harris John. Pte. 19th Btn. (d.11th Jul 1917)
- Harris John. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.11th Jul 1917)
- Harris Walter. Rflmn. 2nd Battalion (d.23rd November 1916)
- Harvey Edward Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn.
- Hatcher George. Rfm. 1st Battalion (d.10th Mar 1915)
- Hayden Thomas. Rflmn. 8th Battalion (d.1st Aug 1915)
- Heath George Robert. Rfmn. 7th Batallion
- Heaton John Henry. Rfmn. 8th Battalion (d.21st Sep 1915)
- Hele Frederick. Private
- Heywood Edwin. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.9th April 1917)
- Hills Walter Edward. 2nd Lt. 16th Battalion (d.26th June 1917)
- Hindley J.. Capt. 17th Btn.
- Hiscox Frederick Herbert. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
- Holdsworth Joe Willie. Rfm. 18th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
- Hollis Arthur. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.30th July 1915)
- Hornsby John Arthur. L/Cpl. A coy, 1st Btn.
- Hornsby John William. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
- Horsman Samuel Beecher. Sergeant 21st Btn. (d.7th Aug 1917)
- Howe Edgar. Rflmn. 13th Battalion (d.10th Jan 1918)
- Howitt Albert Edward. Cpl. 2nd Battalion
- Hutchins Wilfred Arthur. L/Cpl. 8th Btn (d.5th Jul 1915)
- Hyde J. J.. Pte. (d.5th Sep 1917)
- Ingram Percival St.John. Rflmn. 13th Battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
- Jeffrey H.. Rflmn.
- Johnston James William. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.3rd Oct 1915)
- Jones Frederick George. Rifleman 12th Service Battalion (d.17th Sep 1916)
- Jones Joseph. Cpl.
- Kay William Henry. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.19th May 1918)
- Keen James William. Rifleman 21st Btn. (d.14th Aug 1917)
- King J.. Rflm. 7th Btn. (d.16th Mar 1917)
- King Lucas Henry St. Aubyn. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.8th May 1915)
- Lamb Joseph. Cpl. 22nd Btn. B Coy. 8Plt.
- Lambert George Henry. Rifleman 1st Battalion (d.17th Feb 1917)
- Langston William.
- Law George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.31st Oct 1915)
- Lee Harry. Rfm. 7th Battalion (d.11th May 1917)
- Lee Harry. Rifleman 7th Battalion (d.11th May 1917)
- Lee Harry. Rflmn. 7th Battalion (d.11th May 1917)
- Lockie Regnald. Pte. 3rd Btn.
- London Frederick William. Rfm. 3rd Battalion (d.4th May 1915)
- Longhurst Stephen George. Rifleman 8th Battalion (d.24th Mar 1918)
- Lord James. Rfm.
- Lord James. Rfm. 20th Btn.
- Lyons Leo Daniel. L/Cpl. 6th Btn.
- Mann Herbert Henry. Sgt 7th Battalion (d.1915)
- Mariner William. Rflmn. 2nd Btn. B Coy (d.1st July 1916)
- Marson Richard. Pte. 8th Battalion
- Mayhew Ernest Edwin. Rflmn. 8th Battalion (d.12th Oct 1917)
- McCarthy Albert Cornelius. Cpl. 8th Battalion
- McCullough Andrew. Rflmn. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Oct 1918)
- McIntosh Robert. Rfn. 7th Bn
- McRoy John George. Pte. 21st Battalion (d.17th Jun 1917)
- Miller Alfred Henry.
- Miller Frederick Thomas. Rfmn. 21st Btn. (d.14th Aug 1917)
- Mills Walter. Rfmn. 7th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
- Minch Charles Spencer. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.13th July 1916)
- Mirfield Alfred John. Pte 5th Battalion
- Moran John Michael. Sgt. 13th Btn.
- Moss Thomas James. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.16th May 1915)
- Nicholson Wilfred. Pte. 7th Btn (d.2nd Apr 1918)
- Pacey Arthur. Rifleman 2nd tBn. (d.12th Sept 1916)
- Parker Albert E.. Rfmn. 7th Btn. (d.15th May 1916)
- Peachment George. Rflemn. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Pearce Edward. L/Cpl 4th Btn (d.17th May 1915)
- Pearson Fred. Rfmn. 16th Btn
- Petty Silvester. Rflmn. 7th Btn. (d.26th Aug 1916)
- Pickles Thomas. Cpl. 16th Btn (CLB) (d.10th June 1918)
- Plimmer John Charles. Pte. 9th Batallion (d.8th June 1915)
- Plumb Arthur Samuel. Pte. 8th Service Battalion The Rifle Brigade (d.30th Oct 1915)
- Powell Charles Henry. Rfmn. 21st Btn (d.17th Jun 1917)
- Powell Percy. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
- PoŽ Charley Vernon Leslie. Capt. 4th Btn. (d.1st March 1915)
- Preece Frederick Charles. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.15th June 1917)
- Prince Maurice Victor Donald. Lt. 60th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1914)
- Pritchard John David. Rflmn. 7th Btn.
- Quarmby James Arthur. Rifleman 7th Battalion (d.15 Sep 1916)
- Ramsay Keith Winton. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.3rf May 1916)
- Rennie George. 7th Btn.
- Rennie George Arthur. Brig.Gen. 7th Btn.
- Robinson Robert. Rfmn. 2nd Battalion (d.6th Nov 1914)
- Robson Joseph. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.10th May 1915)
- Rothwell A. J.. Rfmn. 10th Btn. D Coy. (d.12th Apr 1916)
- Salusbury Richard Ernest. L/Sgt. 14th Btn. (d.20th March 1915)
- Savill Stanley Rust. Rfmn. 16th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1917)
- Scadding Sydney. L/Cpl. 16th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1917)
- Scott Thomas. Cpl. 21st Btn.
- Sedgwick Joseph. Rfm. 7th Battalion (d.6th Jul 1915)
- Shearing Thomas William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.10th March 1915)
- Shewring Arthur. Rfmn. 1st Btn. A Company. (d.10th Mar 1915)
- Simpson David Caldow. 2nd Lt.
- Simpson Harry. Sgt. 16th Btn. (d.28th Jan 1916)
- Smales Ben. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Sept 1914)
- Smith A. C.. Pte. 13th Btn.
- Smith Ernest. CSM 7th Btn. (d.11th Oct1917)
- Smith Harold Stephen. Rifleman. 17th Btn. (d.29th Apr 1917)
- Smith Thomas Nelson. Rflmn. 9th Battalion (d.29th Jun 1916)
- Smith Thomas. Rflmn. 2nd Battalion (d.6th Nov 1914)
- Solomon Louis. R.S.M 10th Btn. (d.1917)
- Speer Henry John. L/Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.22 Nov 1915)
- Spencer Edwin. Rifleman 3rd Btn. (d.10th May 1915)
- Stephens Albert. Private
- Stevens Samuel Edward. Rflmn. 11th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1917)
- Strutton Charles. Rflmn. (d.22nd Oct 1915)
- Sullivan Harry. Rifleman 16th Bn (d.26th Jun 1917)
- Summers William James. Rifleman 17th Battalion (d.4th July 1916)
- Sutton John Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
- Swallow Herbert William. Rflmn. 1st Btn. (d.27th July 1916)
- Thomas Henry George. Rfn. 12th Btn. (d.14th Dec 1917)
- Thomas Joshua. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.22nd March 1918)
- Thomas Leslie. Cpl. 16th Btn.
- Tindall Walter John. Sgt. 16th (Boys Brigade) Btn. (d.17th Apr 1918)
- Titmas Bertie Edmund. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
- Tomlinson William. Rflmn. 7th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
- Townsend John. Rflmn. 7th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1915)
- Tuckfield Henry Charles. A/Capt. 15th Btn.
- Turner Edward Henry. Pte. 13th Battalion
- Turner Ira William. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Sep 1918)
- Turner John Henry Edward. Rflmn. 13th Battalion
- Turville Ralph Reginald. 15th Btn.
- Underwood Walter Oliver. Pte 4th Btn (d.24th Apr 1915)
- Upton John William. Rfmn. 16th (Service) Battalion (d.23rd Apr 1917)
- Vose Francis Albert. Rfm. 9th Btn.
- Wagner Thomas Patrick. Rflmn. 16th (Church Lads Brigade) Btn. (d.6th Nov 1916)
- Walton William. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1915)
- Ward Benjamin. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
- Watts James Albert. Rflmn. 16th Btn (d.22nd April 1917)
- Welsted Charles. Rfm. 13th Btn.
- Westcott Mark. Private
- Whatley Henry A. Rfmn. 8th Battalion (d.15th Oct 1917)
- Wheat James. Pte. 4th Battalion, D Company. (d.6th Nov 1918)
- Wheat James. 9th Battalion (d.6th Nov 1918)
- Wheat William. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
- White James Heslop. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
- Wicks Harry. L/Cpl 11th Btn (d.16th Dec 1915)
- Wigley Joseph Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th September 1916)
- Wiles Cecil. Pte. 21st Battalion (d.8th Jul 1916)
- Willson John Bertram.
- Wilson John Bertram.
- Wilson John Alpha. Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.5th June 1917)
- Wilson Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.27th July 1916)
- Wollerson Charles Arthur. Rifleman 4th Battalion (d.10th May 1915)
- Womersley Harry. Pte. 21st Btn.
- Woodhouse John. Rflmn. 12th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
- Woolbard George Henry. Sgt. 8th Battalion, B Company (d.24th August 1917)
- Young Joseph. Sergeant B Company
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Lt.Col. John Henry Stephen Dimmer VC, MC att. 2nd/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.21st March 1918)John Dimmer was killed in action on 21st March 1918 aged 35 and is buried in the Vadencourt British Cemetery in France. he was the husband of Dora Garvagh (formerly Dimmer), of Ashby Hall, Lincoln.
An extract from The London Gazette dated 19th Nov., 1914. records the following:- "This Officer served his machine gun during the attack on the 12th November at Klein Zillebeke until he had been shot five times - three times by shrapnel and twice by bullets, and continued at his post until his gun was destroyed."s flynn
Rflmn. William Mariner VC 2nd Btn. B Coy King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.1st July 1916)William Mariner died on the 1st July 1916, aged 34 and is commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial in France. he was the son of Mrs. Alice Wignall, of 18, Fletcher St., Lower Broughton, Manchester.
An extract from The London Gazette dated 23rd June, 1915, records the following:-"During a violent thunderstorm on the night of 22nd May, 1915, he left his trench near Cambrin, and crept out through the German wire entanglements till he reached the emplacement of a German machine gun which had been damaging our parapets and hindering our working parties. After climbing on the top of the German parapet he threw a bomb in under the roof of the gun emplacement and heard some groaning and the enemy running away. After about a quarter of an hour he heard some of them coming back again, and climbed up on the other side of the emplacement and threw another bomb among them left-handed. He then lay still while the Germans opened a heavy fire on the wire entanglement behind him, and it was only after about an hour that he was able to crawl back to his own trench. Before starting out he had requested a serjeant to open fire on the enemy's trenches as soon as he had thrown his bombs. Rifleman Mariner was out alone for one and half hours carrying out this gallant work".s flynn
Rflmn. Albert James East 20th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps. (d.26th July 1916)Albert East died on the 26th of July 1916, aged 35 and is buried in the Ste. Marie Cemetery in France. He was the husband of Ada East, of 22 Kentish Town Rd., Camden Town, London.s flynn
Rflmn. John Cove 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.25th Sep 1915)John Cove served with the 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps and died on the 25th of September 1915.Andrew Lane
Rflmn. William Hadfield 11th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps. (d.4th April 1917)William Hadfield died on 4th of April 1917, he was the son of Mr. Thomas W. Hadfield, of 11 St. Stephens Rd., Blackburn, Lancs.s flynn
Rflemn. George Peachment VC. 2nd Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.25th Sep 1915)George Peachment was killed in action 25th of September 1915 age 18 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France
An extract from The London Gazette, dated 18th Nov., 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery near Hulluch on 25th Sept., 1915. During very heavy fighting, when our front line was compelled to retire in order to re-organise, Pte. Peachment, seeing his Company Commander, Captain Dubs, lying wounded, crawled to assist him. The enemy's fire was intense, but, though there was a shell hole quite close, in which a few men had taken cover, Pte. Peachment never thought of saving himself. He knelt in the open by his Officer and tried to help him, but while doing this he was first wounded by a bomb and a minute later mortally wounded by a rifle bullet. He was one of the youngest men in his battalion and gave this splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice."s flynn
Pte. John Partington Booth 8th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.6th Nov 1915)Jack Booth was my grandma's favourite younger brother. He was 20 when he enlisted in May 1915 with the 8th King's Royal Rifles and died of his wounds on 6th November at Ypres, later that same year.
I'm lucky in that I have a lot of information about him. My great grandmother and the eldest daughter traveled to Ypres to see his grave and brought back postcards and other souvenirs; a brass dogcart, an anvil formed from a shell casing. Probably the one and only time they traveled from their thoroughly working class home. The women of the family had gold pendants with his photo inside, so I grew up knowing what he looked like and the fact 'a trip' had been made.
His records also survived and I have copies of the correspondence with his mother about his effects - a wristwatch (broken), purse, pipe, knife, gospel, letters and photos, and her grateful reply 'hoping if they get anything else as there is a few more things'. I also have the Btn's war diary and know that the working party he was with was shelled returning from repairing trenches and he was hit by shrapnel. I know where the Field Ambulance Station was where he died, where he was initially buried (an OS reference) and his final resting place in the Hop Store Cemetery just west of Ypres. A silk mourning token also found its way to us through a local newspaper story.
RIP John Partington Booth. Gone but not forgotten.Gill Butterworth
Pte. Frederick Herbert Hiscox 18th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.15th Sep 1916)Rifleman Frederick Hiscox of the KRRC would never know that his twin sister, Edith Emily, would emigrate to America, and that he would have many cousins there.
His was a short war - he enlisted early in 1915 at Romford, Essex, not far from the family home at Vange. By early 1916 his battalion was in France, and they would be engaged in one of the Somme battles. On September 15, 1916, he was posted as missing, and, as far as we are aware, his body was never found. Frederick, therefore, has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.Brian A Hill
Sgt. William Henry Kay 10th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.19th May 1918)William Henry Kay was from a large family that originated in Kimberworth, Yorkshire, having 11 brothers and sisters. He was married to Sarah and they had three children, James, Noah and Jane. He was a blast furnaceman in Middlesbrough before the war and they lived in Grangetown.
He started his military career in September 1914, when he joined the newly formed 10th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. In June 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant. In Aug 1916 he transferred to the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment then in September to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
In March 1917 he was transferred again to the Durham Light Infantry, but was soon moved to the Labour Corps, probably due to ill health. By May 1918 he was back in DLI barracks in Newcastle where he died of a heart attack on the 19 May 1918. His son James, who was 14 when war broke out, also served, but I can not find any details. He survived the war but died in an accident a few years later.Andrew Coles
Rflmn. Silvester Petty 7th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.26th Aug 1916)Silvester Petty served with the 7th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.Sandra Nuttall
Pte. David Boswell 10th Btn. Kings Royal Rifles Corps (d.29th Feb 1916)David Boswell served with B Company, 10th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps during WW1 and died on the 29th February 1916, aged 21. He is buried in La Belle Alliance Cemetery in Belgium. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah Boswell, of 75, Sharp St., Warrington.Steve
Brig.Gen. George Arthur Rennie DSO MID 7th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle CorpsMy grandfather, George Rennie DSO, commanded 7 KRRC throughout much of the First World War. He fought at all the major battles and was one of the few to survive. He did not like Germans! I rember him well. He had 8 mentions in Dispatches as well as a DSO from the Boer War. Died in 1951Anthony Stansfeld
Rflmn. Leonard Grimley 13th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.28th April 1917)Unfortunatly, not much is known about Leonard Grimley, but from what I can understand he was killed near Infantry Hill, South of Gavrelle. Weather conditions on that day was heavy snow. Heavy shelling and machine gun fire was present in the area where he was killed. Exact cause of death is unknown. I now visit his grave at least twice a year to honor him since tracing him 3 years ago. I only have photos of his wife so I would love any pictures of the 13th KRRC.Wayne Grimely
2nd Lt. Melville Allen Duff Davis MC Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.28th May 1918)Melville Allen Duff Davis had a class 3 teaching certificate and taught locally circa 1914/15. He joined the University of Toronto O.S. Tr.coy then received a commission to the 1st Kings Royal Rifles. He reached France in May 1917.
Military Cross:"Ypres-Menin Road, 21st to 25th Aug. 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of all carrying and ration parties up to the front line and carried out his task under very heavy shell fire with great success. During an enemy counter attack, when bombs were urgently needed in the front line, he led a carrying party with bombs up a road under an intense barrage, he also took command of his company, reorganized them and brought them out successfuly". Leg amputated. Died meningitis, Blackpool, England May 28, 1918Frances Fraser
Cpl. Thomas Scott 21st Btn. King's Royal Rifle CorpsMy grandfather, Thomas Scott, was a farmer in Cornhill and joined up in January 1916 (according to his short service record). He was wounded and returned to England for treatment in September 1916 at the Red Cross Hospital in Derby. He was later discharged in May 1917 due to the severity of his wound which caused him partial paralysis.Doug Scott
Sgt. Esli Jonathan Curd MM. 18th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle CorpsEsli Curd was my great grandfather, we have the original citation and medals. He served with 122nd Trench Mortar Battery and 18th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle CorpsDebbie Christie
Cpl. Joseph Lamb 22nd Btn. B Coy. 8Plt. Manchester RegimentJoseph Lamb was a stoker at Stuart St power station immediately prior to WW1 though he had previously worked in a cotton mill.
On the 1st of September 1914 he attested with the 12th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps as a private No 531, but this was short lived as he was discharged 1 month later under Kings Regulation 392, 111 (unlikely to become an efficient soldier).
Evidently, not put off by this hitch, he then joined the 22nd Manchester Regiment, "B" Company, VII Platoon as a Private on the th of January 1915. His initial training took place at Stretford Rd Barracks, Hulme, Manchester. During this period the 22nd Manchester's had no billets, uniforms or weaponry and in fact returned home at the end of each day's training. The Battalion then moved to Morecambe followed by Grantham and then Larkhill Camp, Salisbury Plain.
They were then sent to France via Folkestone to Boulogne. Due to appalling weather they were billeted overnight until the sea calmed down though the sailing could not be described as calm. The battn then continued advanced training before tasting their first "active service" in trenches facing Thiepval (at that point a heavily defended German stronghold) under the watchful eye of the 1st Bttn Hampshire Regt.
The 22nds remained in France and were billeted at Fricourt the night before the opening of The Battle of the Somme. On the opening of the battle they held trenches midway between Fricourt and Mametz and went over the top in an attempt to capture/liberate the German held village of Mametz. The objective was achieved and proved to be one of the few successes of the day which saw 60,000 allied casualties.
The 22nds lost officers killed May, Bland, Mellor, Gomersall, Peak, Brunt, Swan, Nansen, Price and Gill. Officers Wounded: Lloyd, Worthington Prince, Cotton, Wood, >Workhouse and Riley wounded. 120 other ranks were killed and 241 others were wounded or missing.
In late September Joseph Lamb was listed as wounded on The Times daily casualty lists though I can find no detail of the nature of the wound. They remained in the Somme region and took part in the Battle of Bullecourt in May 1917. This battle proved to be another fiasco largely due to the failure of British tanks to reach, let alone disrupt the enemy front line.
My other grandfather was captured during this battle.
The Battalion moved to Belgium in September 1917 to take part in the 3rd battle of Ypres (Paschaendale). On the 2nd of October 1917 Joe Lamb was in dugouts in a railway embankment west of Zillebeke Lake. On the night of the 3rd the Battlion marched up to Polygon Wood in preparation for the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge. The Manchester's attacked Broodseinde Ridge early on the 4th and he was hit by a shell and lay injured in a shell hole. A German soldier was in the same shell hole and managed to dress Joe's badly wounded leg. Upon the arrival of other British troops Joe Lamb managed to talk them out of shooting the German soldier who was subsequently taken as a POW.
Joe Lamb was evacuated to Britain and spent some time at Colchester Military Hospital though by this time he had lost a leg 2 inches above the knee. He received further treatment at the 2nd Western Military Hospital on Whitworth St, Manchester. It was here on 1st of July 1918 that his artificial leg was "successfully fitted".
He later returned to work for the Electricity Dept as a storeman. He was never a well man after the war and died aged 47 in 1943. His brother in law (another Manchester Pal) died in the same hospital on the same day with neither widow (sisters) realising the other was there. During his recuperation Joe took offence to a grocery boy's taunts aimed at the injured soldiers. When the boy entered the hospital Joe, regardless of his missing leg stole and hid the boys delivery bike. Try explaining that to your boss!
L/Sgt. Richard Ernest Salusbury 14th Btn. King's Royal Rifle Corps (d.20th March 1915)Richard was the son of Thomas Walter Salusbury and Mary Esther Salusbury; his brother was John Evan Salusbury who also fell.Richard Roberts
Rflmn. H. Jeffrey King's Royal Rifle CorpsRifleman Jeffrey was a prisoner in Parchim POW Camp.
Capt. Walter L. Clinton 1st Btn. attchd. 2nd Btn. King's Royal Rifle CorpsCaptain Clinton was a prisoner at Graudenz POW camp. He escaped on 4th October 1918 and walked 190 miles to freedom. Sadly, he died in Belgrade on 22nd November 1918 and is buried in Belgrade New Cemetery, Grave 179.
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