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Those known to have served with

Worcestershire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Arculus Alfred. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn (d.26th Sep 1915.)
  • Barker John. Lt. 107th Coy.
  • Beale Harry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Beedham Arthur Leonard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Beedham Arthur Leonard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Jun 1918)
  • Benson Henry Walker. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.19th Aug 1917)
  • Billingsley John Alexander. Pte. 3rd Btn (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Blakeman Richard Leonard. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion
  • Brace Andrew. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Oct 1914 )
  • Brettle V.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bullen Francis William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th July 1915)
  • Burke James Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Burt Francis. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Cleaver Henry Francis. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.17th Jun 1918)
  • Coates Edward. 3th Btn.
  • Cooper John. Pte. 3th Btn.
  • Dancox Frederick George. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Derrington William George. Pte. 9th Btn (d.12th Aug 1915)
  • Derrington William George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.12th Aug 1915)
  • Dixey William Henry. Private 4th Battalion (d.22nd August 1918)
  • Dryden Alexander Rae Arthur. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Duggan Arthur. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.4th June 1915)
  • Duly Charles. T/Capt. 11th Battalion
  • Ellison Cecil Harry. Sgt. 13th Divisional Supply Column, HQ 39th Inf. Brig. (d.11th Sep 1915)
  • Ellson Howard. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Farmer Charles Rupert. Pte. 3th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Fellows Ernest. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Ford William. Pte. 2/1 Btn.
  • Ganderton Thomas Henry . Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Gibbs William. A/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.25th Apr 1917)
  • Greenway John. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Hackett David. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th Jun 1915)
  • Hall George Alexander. Gnr. 110th Brigade (d.21st June 1917)
  • Hammond Thomas Daniel. Pte. 3th Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Hardman Morgan. Capt. 3rd Btn.
  • Hargreaves William. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Hartells Bert. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Hartland Joseph Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.20th Oct 1914)
  • Hawkins Thomas William. Cpl. 2/8th Battalion (d.27th Aug 1917)
  • Hawkins Victor Henry. L/Cpl 3rd Btn. (d.28th Apr 1918)
  • Hemus William Henry Ernest. Pte. 3th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hodgetts Oliver W.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Jun 1915)
  • Holden Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Hyde Archibald Alfred. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.9 May 1917)
  • Ives Frederick. Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Jones Bert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.14th Sept 1918)
  • Mason John Edward. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1918)
  • Matthews . Capt.
  • Meecham Frank. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th July 1916)
  • Miners Jack Conway. Sgt 2nd Btn
  • Moffatt Charles Albert. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Morris Thomas Edwin. Pte. 2nd/8th Btn. (d.1st June 1918)
  • Murphy Michael Joseph. Lt 3rd Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Nott Frank. Pte. 4th Btn (d.4th June 1915)
  • Oakley Cyril. Pte. 1/7 Battalion (d.26th Apr 1917)
  • Osben Henry. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.16th November 1914)
  • Parrott Arthur James. Cpl. 11th Btn.
  • Parry Sidney. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Parsons Edgar Vincent Peter. Capt. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Apr 1918)
  • Phipps Alfred. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Pocock Frederick Charles. Sgt. 3rd Btn. (d.24th August 1916)
  • Porter Charles Thomas. 1/7th Btn (d.6th Sep 1917)
  • Potts George. L/Cpl. 4th Btn (d.28th Jun 1915)
  • Randall Arthur John. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.8th May 1915)
  • Rastall Frank. Pte 1/8th Battalion (d.19 Oct 1918)
  • Ray Edward. Private 3th Btn. (d.4th Sep 1917)
  • Redall Alfred. Cpl.
  • Robertshaw Walter. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Robinson John. Pte. 3rd btn. (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Robinson William Leefe. Capt. (d.31st Dec 1918)
  • Rush Arthur Lewis. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.9th December 1916)
  • Shearon John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th September 1917)
  • Smith Arthur. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.17th July 1916)
  • Smith James Harold.
  • Smith Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn (d.20th April 1916)
  • Snelus Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th September 1915)
  • Steward George Henry. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.31st October 1914)
  • Stimson Douglas B.. Lt.
  • Tame Wilfred. Sgt. 3rd Btn
  • Thompson Alfred. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Walker John Reginald. L/Cpl. 14th (Pioneer) Btn.
  • Ward George Samuel Frederick. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.13th Jan 1916)
  • Watts James Howard. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Whittall Arthur. Sgt. 3th Btn.
  • Winters Walter John. Cpl.
  • Wood Bertram. Pte. 3th Btn. (d.12th Aug 1918)
  • Wood William H.. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.17th April 1918)
  • Wyatt Sydney. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Young R.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)

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1206406

Pte. John Alexander Billingsley 3rd Btn Worcestershire Regiment (d.22nd Mar 1918)

My Great Uncle John Billingsley, lived in Hanley, Stoke on Trent before the war. He died aged only 19 in France and is remembered on the memorial at Arras.

At the time of his death the third Battalion Worcestershire Regiment were part of the 74th Brigade, 25th Division and on this date they were involved in the 1st battle of Bapaume, which commenced on 21st March 1918 as a result of the German initiative 'Operation Michael'.

Fiona Whitfield




1206197

Pte. Frederick Snelus 2nd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.30th September 1915)

Frederick Snelus was killed in action on the 30th of September 1915.

s flynn




1206060

Lt. John Barker MC. 107th Coy. Machine Gun Corps

Lieutenant John Barker with his father Rev Thomas Barker probably taken before his departure for France in 1916.

My Dad, John Barker was born in 1895 at Barrowby, he grew up the youngest son of a country vicar and served 1 year each in the Officer Training Corps first at Brighton College and then Worksop College. Dad enlisted in the Territorial Force (no 2860) on 5th Feb 1915. I am not sure but think it was established he had been in the OTC so, on 23rd Feb 1915, he was appointed 2nd Lt in Worcestershire Regiment. Sometime later he was transferred to 107 MGC (he got in a bit of trouble during his initial training and am not sure if his reward was a transfer to the suicide club!).

He arrived in France in late June 1916 just missing the first days of the Somme. I have some information that he was awarded his MC from action on 3 March 1917 and have the citation from the London Gazette of 11 May 1917. Apart from that I know little about the circumstances that lead to his MC. The War Diary of 107th MGC for that day says it is quiet. I have also read that was the day a German Camouflet exploded at Spanbroekmolen near the 107th MGC. Was this the rescuing referred to in his citation?

Dad was taken prisoner on the 1st day of the German Spring Offensive. He never said much about his experiences but one day he told me that as POWs they were so hungry two of his fellow prisoners fought over a dead sparrow!

Dad also served as an Auxiliary Cadet with the infamous K Company in 1921-2 but was invalided out with a gun shot wound (barrack room incident). Like many families a great tragedy for Dad was that his eldest son (my half-brother) Thomas Roy lost his life over Belgium on 12 May 1940 trying to stop the German advance (Sgt Observer of 150 Sqn). Any additional info on Dad would be appreciated.

Extract from London Gazette 11 May 1917

John Barker




1205953

Pte. Frederick George Dancox VC. 4th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.30th Nov 1917)

Frederick Dancox was killed in action on the 30th of November aged 38, he is commemorated on The Cambrai Memorial, France. Native of Brabourne, Worcestershire

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 23rd Nov., 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. After the first objective had been captured and consolidation had been started, work was considerably hampered, and numerous casualties were caused, by an enemy machine gun firing from a concrete emplacement situated on the edge of our protective barrage. Pte. Dancox was one of a party of about ten men detailed as moppers-up. Owing to the position of the machine gun emplacement, it was extremely difficult to work round a flank. However, this man with great gallantry worked his way round through the barrage and entered the" Pillbox "from the rear, threatening the garrison with a Mills bomb. Shortly afterwards he reappeared with a machine gun under his arm, followed by about 40 enemy. The machine gun was brought back to our position by Pte. Dancox, and he kept it in action all day. By his resolution, absolute disregard of danger and cheerful disposition, the morale of his comrades was maintained at a very high standard under extremely trying circumstances."

s flynn




1205823

Capt. William Leefe Robinson VC (d.31st Dec 1918)

Capt. William L. Robinson, died 31st December 1918 at age 23. His grave is in the South East part in Harrow Weald (All Saints) Churchyard Extension in Middlesex. He was the son of Horace and Elizabeth Robinson, of Kaima Betta Estate, South Coorg, Southern India. His brother Harold was also killed in Mesopotamia.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 5th September 1916, records: "For most conspicuous bravery. He attacked an enemy airship under circumstances of great difficulty and danger, and sent it crashing to the ground as a flaming wreck. He had been in the air for more than two hours, and had previously attacked another airship during his flight."

S Flynn




231062

Pte. James Francis Burke 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

My grandfather, James Francis Burke, joined the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment before WW1. His name is in Worcester Cathedral on a panel listing all the 2nd battalion men who left from there. Previously he was in India with the regiment.

He was wounded at one point and evacuated to England, thus missing the famous action in Gheluvelt, and I have his metal 'wound stripe' along with his other medals and items. As an original BEF man, he was put in battles again and again. He told my father he was gassed by his own side - we are not sure where. A good marksman, he was a sniper at one stage. I also have his copy of the WW1 Regimental History - a huge green book. He was very proud to have served with the Worcesters.

He survived the war and worked in the London Docks as a crane driver. He lived at 28 Tillman Street, Shadwell with his wife and children until the family were moved to Becontree in the 1930s. He died of cancer during WW2 so, sadly, I never met him. I only have stories from my father (also James Francis) who has also passed away.





230259

Cpl. Alfred Redall MM Military Foot Police Army, attd to 3rd Worcs

My grandfather, Alfred Redall, was a sergeant at Atherstone. He joined up in the Great War in 1917 in the Military Foot Police, attached to the 3rd Worcester Regiment. He underwent training at Nechells and was then sent to Messines, France and the Third Battle of Ypres. His medals were the Star Defence and Military Medal for bravery in the field. He was mentioned in the London Gazette in the honours list.

He went on to become Curator of Birmingham Town Hall for 30 years and lived at the Judges Lodgings, 46-47 Hagley Road, Birmingham. He was champion heavyweight boxer for Birmingham Constabulary in 1915 and 1916.

Dr Paul Redall




229621

Sgt Jack Conway Miners 2nd Btn Worcester Regiment

Jack Miners was the son of Clara Arnold through her second marriage to Harold Beverley Miners. The couple married in Kidderminster (Clara's home town) in 1886 but moved to London shortly afterwards. Jack was born in Pancras, London circa 1890 and was educated at Wellington House School. In 1911 he was a general merchant.

He enlisted in 10th Btn Royal Fusiliers (Stockbrokers Battalion) in 1914 and went to France with the unit in 1915. In March 1916 he was commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment and served the rest of the war in that regiment's 2nd Battalion.

Rod Arnold




227375

Pte. Arthur Leonard Beedham 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.6th Jun 1918)

Arthur Beedham served with the 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment.

Stuart Lee




226998

Pte. Thomas Edwin Morris 2nd/8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.1st June 1918)

Thomas was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Sarah Morris, Gwylfa, Castle Hill, Denbigh.

Richard Roberts




226780

Capt. Matthews Worcester Rgt.

Captain Matthews was a prisoner at Graudenz POW camp.





225156

Sgt. Wilfred Tame 3rd Btn Worcestershire Regiment

Wilfred Tame was my Grandad and died when I was young. I know he served in the Balkans and France and I think India.

Steven Tame




225005

Pte. David Hackett 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.19th Jun 1915)

The 1911 census shows David Hackett serving with 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight aged 20 He had enlisted in Birmingham. When war broke out he was in Egypt with the battalion, and returned home then arrived in France with the British Expeditionary Force on the 5th of November 1914 He was wounded in the area of Aubers in France in June 1915. David is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was one of five sons of Arthur & Alice (née Trickett) Hackett of Shenstone, Staffordshire.

s flynn




224530

Pte. Charles Albert Moffatt 11th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

Charles Moffatt was the only man left to go to war in our family, so although it meant leaving his wife to manage six children, he felt it was his duty to go. He worked mostly in the cookhouse for the regiment. It is rumoured he deceived them regarding his age and marital status, such was his determination to sign up. He was 38 in 1914. He didn't talk of the war when he came back but what he experienced clearly impacted on him because he told his children there could be no God. The war medal he was given was supposedly thrown by him into a river or canal.





224114

Pte. Frank Nott 4th Btn Worcester Regiment (d.4th June 1915)

Frank Nott was my great uncle, he was killed during the 3rd battle for Krithia on 4th June 1915. This year, whilst doing some political campaigning near where I lived with my mother and father in Bridgend, I was given a Bronze death plaque with Frank Nott's name inscribed on it. Apparently a neighbour found it whilst working in his garden which backed on to the garden of my old home. How much of a coincidence is this? After watching the 100 year anniversary ceremony on television that morning, then being given the 'Death Plaque' the same afternoon is truly amazing.

Mel Nott




224025

Pte. Thomas Smith 9th Btn Worcestershire Regiment (d.20th April 1916)

My grandfather, Thomas Smith enlisted in 9th Btn Worcestershire Regiment in 1914. In 1915 the battalion was sent to Gallipoli and fought with the British forces at Helles, in August 1915 with the ANZACS at the Battles of Sari Bair, Russell's Top, and Hill 60, and continued to see action until evacuated on 8th-9th January 1916. The battalion subsequently went to Mesopotamia - now Iraq.

My grandfather fell there on the 20th April 1916. He left a wife and five children, he was 34 years old. My family remembers him at one of the many Dawn Parades held throughout New Zealand every ANZAC Day, 25th April. As usual, my poppy will be placed on the war memorial at Browns Bay in Auckland; it overlooks the sea and you can hear the waves - it's a good place, Grandfather Tom would like it. Ironically, Browns Bay beach is about the same size as the beach where the ANZACS landed on Gallipoli. Lest we forget.

David Newman




223760

Pte. Walter Robertshaw 11th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.12th Oct 1918)

Walter Robertshaw was born in 1886, the son of Hillas and Catherine Elizabeth Robertshaw, both from Bradford. Although both his father and brother worked in the wool industry, Hillas was apprenticed in the printing industry and worked as a compositor (typesetter). Walter attended Bradford Grammar School only briefly, from 1899 to 1901 between the ages of thirteen and fifteen, living with his widowed father and two siblings, all at school, at Springfield Terrace. Afterwards he worked at the School as Student Assistant in the Art Department, until he was elected to a Bradford Local Art Exhibition which he took up at the Royal School of Art (now the Royal College), South Kensington, London in Autumn 1908. In the 1911 census he is enumerated as an "art student", living with his newly-married elder brother Joseph, a civil servant, in Mill Hill, north-west London. There is no record of what Walter studied for the nine terms until he graduated with the standard ARCA diploma in 1913, when he was living in Lilyville Road, Fulham, south-west London. At some point he secured an appointment as Art Master at the now defunct Kidderminster School of Art. 

He served with the 11th Worcesters at Thessalonika, Greece, and died in hospital there of pneumonia in October 1918.

Nick Hooper




223642

Sgt. Cecil Harry Ellison 13th Divisional Supply Column, HQ 39th Inf. Brig. Royal Army Service Corps (d.11th Sep 1915)

My great uncle Cecil Harry Ellison enlisted in the 9th Worcesters as Pte. 13918 and was then a Sgt S4/071946 in the RASC and fought in Gallipoli, I have his letters written from there. He was evacuated to Malta with enteric fever and died there. I have two letters written by ‘Tubby’ Clayton to my grandmother,(his Sister). He is commemorated on Malvern memorial and St James’.

Sgt Cecil Ellison, was born at Malvern, the son of Mr G W Ellison, gamekeeper of Oakdale, West Malvern. He was a clerk at Messrs Lear and Son, Malvern when he enlisted in the first week of the war. He joined Kitchener's Army and was posted to the 9th Worcestershire Regiment; however in January 1915 due to his clerical skills he was transferred to the Army Service Corps as a sergeant and took up duties on the Brigade staff. He was subsequently appointed as Chief Clerk to the 39th Infantry Brigade, which went to the Dardanelles in May. He died of enteric fever at Malta on the 11th September 1915.

In 1915 Cecil was working for a solicitor, Messrs Lear & Son, in Malvern, he came home one day saying Lord Kitchener wanted a million men and he had enlisted. Auntie Joan said Maude and the family were very upset as he was under age and did not have to go (he was 16 or 17). The recruiting officers wanted educated young men for the RASC and Cecil was quickly promoted to Sergeant and worked in the brigade headquaters. It would seem he was wounded and then contracted enteric fever (cholera) which was rife on the battlefield in Gallipoli.

The Dardanelles is a 38-mile strait between the Agean and the Sea of Marmara (it used to be called The Hellespont). It was of great strategic importance as it provided a sea route to Russia. In 1915 the Allies attempted to make Turkey allow passage through. A Naval expedition in February failed. In April 1915, British, Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula and on the Asian mainland opposite. Turkish resistance was strong and after nine months the troops were withdrawn. 36,000 died and Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty was blamed for its failure. ANZAC day dates from The Gallipoli Landings and has been observed since 1916

Cecil's description of the peninsular in his letters matched that of other reports of the time. He was possibly at Cape Helles which is at the tip of the peninsular. Galipoli battlefields were hell for both sides the men suffering disease and poor medical care.

When Hamiliton was replaced with Monro, he and Kitchener advised evacuation. The fighting was always horrific and from 6th to 13th of August a renewed effort was made near Krithia but this also was disaster. Cecil's last letter dated 20th August says things are "deuced lively" a massive understatement I would have thought. He mentions the stench of dead Turks around our headquarters

I visited Cecil's grave at Pieta Military Cemetery on the 23rd of January 2006. It is very well maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and there are many graves from WW1 and earlier conflicts. His grave is one of three in the same plot and he shares a memorial grave stone with two New Zealanders who died at the same time. I placed a Cross of Remembrance on the tombstone and recited the Royal British Legion exhortation for all three of them. A special remembrance service is held in Pieta cemetery each year on ANZAC Day by members of the Royal British Legion in Malta and the Australian High Commissioner. They are not forgotten.

I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity of visiting Cecil's grave and felt that I had got to know him through his thoughtful letters to his mother and sister.

Ruth Hoskins




223632

L/Cpl. John Reginald Walker 14th (Pioneer) Btn. Worcester Regiment

My Grandfather, Reg Walker volunteered and joined the Pioneers. Although he lived in Foleshill, Coventry he joined the Worcester Regiment and not the Royal Warwickshire as they were over subscribed by men wanting to join them.

Grandad used to tell my mum little things now and again as to what had happened to him whilst he was out there. He told her he was gassed once and then another time he was shot in the face where the bullet went in his cheek and came out under his jaw. To say he was lucky is an understatement. I have a medal that he brought back that he took off a German that he had shot, he also had the helmet but over time that has been lost. I also have his dog tags that are made of leather and his wallet together with the casing of a pocket watch the dog tags were kept in. Since I have started researching my family tree on my father's side I have found out that Grandad was made a Lance Corporal from a private sometime. Not sure how that happened or if was happy with the title.

Grandad lived to be in his seventies and I have the utmost respect for him and his comrades. I have a photograph of him in his uniform. If I manage to find anything out about Grandad in the future I will certainly add it here.

Carole McGivern




222704

Pte. James Howard Watts 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

Jim Watts was my uncle. I know he served at Gheluvelt with the 2nd Worcester Regiment, after that he was in the 3rd Worcesters, but I am not sure where they fought. He was badly injured in the fighting and lost both legs and also had shrapnel in the brain (this is what eventually killed him after it moved). He died 13th November 1948 of his wounds.





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