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Worcestershire Regiment

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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)
  • Birch Albert William. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.19th June 1915)
  • 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)
  • Broadwell Joseph. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Bullen Francis William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th July 1915)
  • Burke James Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Burt Francis. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Burton Reginald John. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.15th April 1918)
  • Chable Rene. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.9th October 1917)
  • Clark William George. Pte. 1/8th 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)
  • Day Oscar. Sgt. 3rd Btn.
  • 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)
  • Dixon William. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.25th January 1917)
  • 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)
  • Grealey Joseph. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.25th Aug 1916)
  • 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)
  • Harrell Albert Reginald. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Harrell Herbert. Pte. 2/8th Btn. (d.27th November 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.
  • Howells George. L/ Cpl. 3th Btn.
  • Hudson Alban John Benedict. Lt. 3rd Btn. B. Coy (d.7th June 1917)
  • Hyde Archibald Alfred. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.9 May 1917)
  • Ives Frederick. Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Jul 1915)
  • Jackson Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Johnson William. Act Col Sgt. 3rd Btn. (d.18th November 17)
  • Jones Bert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.14th Sept 1918)
  • King Harry. Capt. 11th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Lloyd Horace. 2/5th Btn.
  • March Edward Arthur. L/Cpl 4th Battalion (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Mason John Edward. Pte. 1/8th Battalion (d.9th Aug 1918)
  • Matthews . Capt.
  • Meecham Frank. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th July 1916)
  • Millman Arthur. Pte.
  • 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)
  • Pearson William. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1916)
  • Phillips William Henry. Pte. 2/8th Btn.
  • 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)
  • Pratt William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.21st February 1917)
  • 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 Wilf. Sgt. 3rd Btn.
  • 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.
  • Wicks George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1915)
  • Winters Walter John. Cpl.
  • Wood Bertram. Pte. 3th Btn. (d.12th Aug 1918)
  • Wood George. Pte. 2/7th Btns
  • Wood William H.. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.17th April 1918)
  • Wyatt Sydney. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Wyatt Sydney. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Young R.. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)

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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


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


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


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


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


L/ Cpl. George Howells 3th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

George Howells served from 9th of November 1910 to 22nd of January 1923. He fought in Gallipoli, was gassed in France and also wounded (stabbed) in hand to hand combat.

In 1923 he joined the North Staffordshire Regt. and served until 1934. He emigrated to Canada after WW2 in which he served in the Military police and Royal Marine Police Special Reserve.

Derek Squirell


Lt. Alban John Benedict Hudson MC. 3rd Btn. B. Coy Worcestershire (d.7th June 1917)

My Cousin Alban Hudson lost his life on the 7th of June, he was with B Company, 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, he formerly served with A Company, 11th Battalion. He is remembered on the WW1 Pershore Website. If anyone has any information about the circumstances of my cousins action, death or citation, I would much appreciate it. Thank You.

Hugh Bailey


Pte. William Pratt 9th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.21st February 1917)

Private Pratt is buried in the Cannanore General Cemetery in India, Plot 36. Grave 21.

s flynn


L/Cpl. William Dixon 9th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.25th January 1917)

William Dixon was killed in action on 25/01/1917 in Mesopotamia aged 23.

Val Farley


2nd Lt. Reginald John Burton 8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.15th April 1918)

Reginald Burton was posted as wounded/missing on 14th April 1918 during, I believe, the Battle of Bailleuil (probably at or near Neuve Eglise/Nieuwkerke on the French/Belgian border). He died of abdominal wounds, aged 25, the following day as a PoW in a German field-hospital near Kortrijk/Courtrai, Belgium. Reginald is buried in Kortrijk/Coutrai (St.Jan/St.Jean) Communal Cemetery, at the junction of Meensesteenweg and Zwingelaarsstraat.

Mike Gill


Capt. Harry King 11th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Capt. Harry King of the 11th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment was attached to the 3rd Kings Hussars when he was killed.


Cpl. William Pearson 4th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.22nd Oct 1916)

I found out about my great uncle, William Pearson, from an old photo of a girl named Sarah (whose surname I am withholding so as not to upset any living relatives). On the photo she sent to him was his rank and army number 12129, also his battalion, the 4th Worcestershire Regiment. He joined before 1911 as he was at Dover Castle with his regiment for the 1911 census. He was wounded on 20th October 1916 and died of wounds on 22nd October 1916.

I am lucky that, with the help of my computer and that of all the organisations that put so much time and effort into gathering all this information, I could find out about him. Thanks to you all. Neither my father nor any of my family never spoke about it, so thank you Sarah for sending William that photo of yourself and all the information with it. I am writing this on the 17th October 2016 and will be remembering him on that day as I may be, at the age of 75, a direct descendant of him.

Geoffrey Pearson


Horace Lloyd 2/5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

My father, Horace Lloyd, 2/5 South Staffs T.F., is listed as wounded on the War Office Weekly Casualty List, Aug. 14th 1917, but in France 4.9.1916-28.7.1917. A shell landed in his trench. Three other men sitting around a card table with him were killed - he was blown into no-man's land then invalided to UK. I would like to know where the 2/5 S. Staffs were fighting at that time. He later became Pte 39868 Worc. Regiment.

Norman Lloyd


Pte. George Wood 2/7th Btns Royal Warwickshire Regiment

My much loved grandfather, George Wood, served in both the 2/7th Warwicks and the 14th Worcesters. He told me that after the war had finished, they were left in the trenches because there were not enough troop ships to get them home and he spent his days with big lumps of cheese on his bayonet shooting enormous rats and throwing grenades.

He was demobbed in April 1919 and then worked for the Clifford covering Company at Wharfedale Road, Tyseley, Birmingham for the next 46 years, he was given a pound for every year he had worked when he left! He lived to the grand old age of 88 and died in Dudley Road Hospital within yards of the Workhouse he was born in in 1899. Never heard him whinge, only spoke of the war when I asked him and strangely, he loved corned beef until the day he died.

Dean Wood


Pte. William Henry Phillips 2/8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

My great grandad William Phillips was captured while serving with the 2/8th Worcestershire Regiment at Fayet on 21st of March 1918. He was held at Stendal POW camp until the end of the war.

Ian Hartwell


Pte. Albert William Birch 4th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.19th June 1915)

Albert Birch was the eldest of seven brothers, the family were all agricultural hay dressers. Albert joined the Worcestershire Regiment in 1907 and served in India and Burma before arriving at Gallipoli on 25th of March 1915. His regiment was decimated in the following weeks and Albert was among the last survivors of the original battalion. He was finally killed while his section was attempting to retake a trench from the Turks in the dark at 2.00 am.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Helles Memorial. His younger brother Jim was also killed in France in 1918.

Charles Birch


Pte. George Wicks 9th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.10th Aug 1915)

George was a Timber Porter in civilian life, working in the London Docks.

John Brittain


Pte. Joseph Grealey 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.25th Aug 1916)

Joseph Grealey was a great uncle of mine of Irish decent who lived with an extended family in Kidderminster in Worcestershire. His medals were sold for 150 pounds in 2013. I only found out after the event, unfortunately. He died near the Hindenburg Trench during the Battle of Pozieres in 1916, having fought from Mons in 1914 through to the Somme.

Andrew Jackson


Pte. William George Clark 1/8th Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

William George Clark was born on 5th January 1889 in Reading, Berkshire. In the 1911 Census, he was living with his parents, brothers and sisters in Willesden, London NW. His date of attestation is 13th February 1916 at just one month before his 27th birthday. His first regimental number was 24144 with the 7th Norfolk Regiment and then he was transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment, 1/8 Battalion and his regimental number was changed to 260029.

The book that I have is a record of his pay dating from 16th June 1917. The first pays are 5 or 10 shillings per week and the place given is “in the field” and then on 5th December 1917 they change to lire in varying amounts, still “in the field”. This continues until the last two payments in the book, which are 15 francs on 24th September 1918 and 10 francs on 14th October 1918 when the book is full. Pencilled in the back of the book is Date of Embarkation June 15, 1917 and “Leave – Nov 3, 1918. From the UK, WW1 War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920, the typed note at the top of the front page is: 25th Division, 75th INFY BDE, the centre of the page shows 1/8th BN Worcestershire Regt, Sep 1918 – Feb 1919. Also, there is a pencilled notation on the front page (from 48 Div. 144 Bde, Italy) and (1915 Apr – 1717 Oct France, same Div and Bde). There are very detailed day-to-day descriptions of the activities including “improving trenches, programme of training, tactical exercises as well as Battalion movements, tactical plans, operation orders in detail, secret orders and reports of the operations, including lists of dead, wounded, prisoners.

After the war, he continued to live with his parents in Willesden and worked with his father as a master plumber until he married Elsie Millicent Breed on 30th April 1922, when they lived in Paddington. Soon after the birth of their daughter, Will went to stay at the Douglas House Convalescent and Holiday Home for Ex-Service Men in Southbourne. He continued to stay there on and off, especially during the winters and the damp days of spring, until shortly after the birth of his son in 1933, he passed away from tuberculosis, contracted as a result of the poor sanitary conditions in the trenches in WW1.

Janice Bragg


Act Col Sgt. William Johnson 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.18th November 17)

William Johnson was an acting colour sergeant in the 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment. He died of wounds in Cambrin, where he is buried.

Roy Johnson

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