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- Amor Arthur Stanley. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.8th Nov 1917)
- Ashman George William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.11th March 1917)
- Baddley John James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1916)
- Badgley James Chester. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. att. 58th Trench Mortar Bty. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Balson Bertie. Pte. 1st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh's) (d.26th April 1918)
- Bick Gilbert Walter. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.10th Aug 1915)
- Blandford Albert Edward. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1915)
- Bowsher Thomas Leonard. Pte. 4th Btn.
- Bowsher Thomas Leonard.
- Bullus Ralph Henry Samuel. Pte. 6th Btn.
- Carpenter John Abraham. 1st Btn. (d.30th March 1918)
- Choules Albert Henry. Pte. 2nd Batallion (d.21st March 1918)
- Coggins Henry. Pte. 7th Btn.
- Connor James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1918)
- Cook Albert Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Sep 1914)
- Coram Wilfred Jacob. Pte 8th Btn
- Cork Walter. Pte. 5th Btn. C Coy. (d.9th Oct 1918)
- Cork Walter. Pte. 5th Btn. C Coy. (d.9th Oct 1918)
- Daniels Bertie. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Epps Joseph Sydney. Pte. 7th Btn.
- Fletcher Edward Charles. Sgt. (d.21st November 1918)
- Foster Sidney Dent. Cpl. 1st Btn (d.17th Feb 1917)
- Fox J. S.V.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.20th Apr 1915)
- Frampton Frederick George. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
- Frampton Frederick George. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.5th Apr 1916)
- Gower William John. L/Cpl. 6th Battalian (d.2nd July 1916)
- Harvey Edward George. Capt. (d.16th Jun 1915)
- Hawkins William Charles. L/Cpl. 1st/4th Bn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
- Hayward Reginald Frederick Johnson. Lt.Col. 1st Battalion
- Hole Charles Edwin. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.11th January 1917)
- Hughes Stephen John Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Jun 1917)
- Hunt Edward. Private 1st Battalion (d.24th Mar 1918)
- Jackett Charles Joseph. Pte. (d.9 Apr 1917)
- Kemp William Dunstan. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
- Kilminster Edward George. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.2nd July 1916)
- Leach Frederick Charles. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1918)
- Loveridge Edward. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.18th Apr 1916)
- Marlow Percy. Capt.. 6th Battalion (d.7th July 1917)
- McCall Archibald Ness. Pte. 6th Battalion
- McCall Archibald Ness. Pte 2nd Btn.
- McGregor E. G.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- McKay Henry Donald. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Millen William Granthan. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Apr 1917)
- Morson George. Pte.
- Moss Thomas Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
- Oliphant K. J. P.. Lt.
- Paginton Tom. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Reed William Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
- Reeves Maurice William. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
- Robins John. Sgt. 5th Btn. (d.2nd Jan 1916)
- Robinson Walter. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1918)
- Seager Hubert. Pte 1st Btn (d.14th Nov 1914)
- Shiner Ernest Frederick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Jun 1917)
- Skull Sidney William. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. B Coy. (d.10th Apr 1918)
- Smith Alfred Richard George. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.6th November 1918)
- Swindells James Henry. Pte. 1st Btn.
- Tanner Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th Oct 1914)
- Wheatley Henry John. Pte. 3rd Btn.
- Wild Ernest Frederick. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.10th May 1916)
- Wiltshire Herbert. Pte. 1st Btn (d.27th Dec 1914)
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Pte. Ralph Henry Samuel Bullus 6th Btn. Wiltshire RegimentRalph Bullus, born 3rd June 1896, volunteered at the start of the war and served in France and Flanders throughout. Wounded and captured in the German spring offensive 1918, he was taken P.O.W and enterned in Germany until repatriated by the red cross in January 1919 and taken to Blackfriars Hospital London for treatment of wounds. He lived out the rest of his life with his family in Nunney, Somerset until he died in 1969. He was my grandfather and we are very proud of him. Below is an extract from a letter he sent to the hospital in London and published in the Somerset Standard newspaper at the time;
"Private Ralph Bullus, of the 6th Wilts, from Nunney, writes to Mrs Milne-Redhead from King George’s Hospital, Blackfriars, as follows:- I am safe back in the dear old country once more. We left Germany about the ninth of January under the French Red Cross people. They handed us over to our Red Cross about ten days after, to a hospital in the South of France, and I was very thankful for that day. The French Red Cross seems so poor to our own. Having stayed in the Field Hospital for three days we got transferred to the Base Hospital at Rouen, staying there a few days. We left Rouen on last Tuesday night, going by train to Boulogne, arriving there in the morning. We were then put on the Hospital ship and sailed for Dover, landing about five o’clock. We then had the pleasant train-ride up to Charing Cross, getting there about nine. It was a fine reception; we could not eat much or drink as we were filled with joy. I am now in King George’s Hospital. I am expecting every day to be transferred nearer home. I have booked for Bath; I hope it will go through alright. This is only a clearing station here for the wounded P.O.W. I am fairly well in health, but my leg is still very bad. The fracture is set in a bad position, and some short stiffening knee – all this is through German treatment. I was in a good hospital – I mean as a hospital, but the treatment they gave for a fracture was absolute torture. I entered this hospital on May 2nd, last year. They drove two nails into my knee, put my leg on a board at the side of the bed, attached two strings to these nails, and hung about 25lbs on them. This lasted for about a month, then while I was having the leg dressed one morning one nail broke off in my leg. They put me on the operation table, took it out, also the sound one, and then drove one clean through my heel; all this was done without chloroform of any description. I had the sand sack on the nail for another two months. Then the nails were taken out. I am now in bed, but am going to try my luck with crutches. Madam, I am now sending you my very best thanks for all your splendid kindnesses. I was on the point of death three times in Germany, and had it not been for the splendid parcels I got, I certainly should not have seen old Blighty again. I sent all the acknowledgement postcards back; hope you received them. The last Frome parcel I received was the beginning of November. Then when the armistice came, all the parcels were collected together and we had anybody’s. I also thank you for the memo cards; I received quite a good few, but not the later months. I hope all the Nunney prisoners of war are safely back. My first letter came yesterday from home. My brother is now enjoying his two months’ leave. Well, I believe the Germans paid very dearly for us lads; they had it in the March offensive. I shall never forget it. I am lucky to be alive. We had the odds of 111 to one against us, but we hung on to the very last. My battalion lost very heavily. I had an officer come to see me; he had such a list of the dear lads that have been missing since last March. I was able to tell him the news of three – two killed and one wounded and P.O.W. I am afraid most of them are killed. I would have given the world to have been in this last offensive of ours. By what I can gather from the lads it was fine sport; it’s a pity they gave in so soon. Well, madam, I expect you feel greatly relieved with the strain of all the parcel work off your mind. I am sure us P.O.W’s can never repay you for your kindness and strenuous work. I am patiently waiting now to get my transfer. I hope it won’t be long, as I have to go through another operation, and I am getting tired of this lying-in-bed sort of life."Paul Bullus
Pte. Walter Cork 5th Btn. C Coy. Wiltshire Regiment (d.9th Oct 1918)Walter Cork died on the 9th of October 1918, aged 28 and is buried in the Kirkdee New Cemetery in India. He was the son of John and Ellen Cork; husband of Laura Cork, of 18, Castle St., Burnley, Lancashire.s flynn
Pte. Frederick George Frampton 5th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.5th April 1916)Frederick George Frampton was killed in action on the 5th of April 1916 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial.s flynn
2nd Lt. James Chester Badgley 6th Btn. att. 58th Trench Mortar Bty. Wiltshire Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)James Badgley was, I think, the name of the father of my Godmother. I have his details from the CWGC which state "6th Bn. Wiltshire Regt. attd. 58th Trench Mortar Bty." together with family details. He enlisted in the Canadian Contingent at Quebec in 1914. I have a photograph which again I think is him but only because we found it in her personal effects after her death.Ross Donaldson
Pte. Tom Paginton 1st Btn. Wiltshire RegimentTom Paginton was my great grandfather who was wounded at the Battle of Mons. I have found some information but not a lot. He was eligible for 1914 Mons Star, clasp and SWB dated as 28th August 1914. I cannot find any other information or his medals. Also cannot find any information about his enlistment which due to his number would have been between January 1909 and March 1910.Chris Wilson
L/Cpl. Maurice William Reeves 1st Btn. Wiltshire RegimentMaurice Reeves was my grandfather. He joined the Wilshires in 1907. He got wounded and became a POW very early on in the War. He was interred in Switzerland at the end of 1917 and was demobed in 1919. If any one has more on him or photos I would love to make contact.John Reeves
Lt. K. J. P. Oliphant Wiltshire Rgt.Lt Oliphant was a prisoner at Munden. He managed to escape on 22nd October 1916 but was recaptured.
Capt. Edward George Harvey Royal Flying Corps (d.16th Jun 1915)Capt. Edward Harvey of the Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, and was killed in action near Hooge, age 32.s flynn
Pte. Stephen John Arthur Hughes 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.23rd Jun 1917)Stephen Hughes was my father's Uncle, he had a brother Harold (my Grandfather) and two sisters Winnie and Elsie. Stephen died on the 23rd June 1917, of shrapnel wounds to his left leg and elbow, just 3 days after writing home to his parents. In his letter he wrote asking about the weather in Swindon as it had been raining in torrents for 2 days. He said he would send his credits home only to be used for Harold to buy his tools.( He was a carpenter) and he asked his Mum to send him a bread pudding and a Khaki jacket, because the lice did not like those ones!! He closed with fondest love from your loving son.
Stephen is buried at a military Cemetery in Belgium. There is a picture taken by Winnie and Elsie when they visited in 1972. There are some family photos, grave, letter medal, birth and death certificateAlison Wheeler
Pte. Walter Cork 5th Btn. C Coy. Wiltshire Regiment (d.9th Oct 1918)Walter Cork died aged 28 and is buried in the Kirkee War Cemetery, India. He was the son of John and Ellen Cork and husband of Laura Cork of 18 Castle Street, Burnley, Lancashire.S Flynn
Capt.. Percy Marlow 6th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (d.7th July 1917)Percy Marlow was my great-great-uncle (brother of my maternal great-grandmother). He was killed in the Battle of Messines and is buried near Ypres in the Klein-Vierstaat Cemetery along with others killed on the same date. He is listed in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour as below
Marloe, Percy, Capt., 6th (Service) Battn. The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regt.), s. of Henry Marlow, of Netherton House, Alton, co. Hants, by his wife, Elizabeth; b. Alton aforesaid, 15 March, 1892; educ. Eggar's Grammar School; enlisted in the 2nd Life Guards 29 June, 1910; was at one time orderly to Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Aug. 1914; took part in several engagements; obtained a commission as 2nd Lieut. in the Wiltshire Regt. 22 Aug.1916, being promoted Captain in Feb 1917, and died at Kemmel 7 June following, of wounds received at Wytschaete, while leading his men. Buried in Klein Vierstraat Cemetery; unm.Viv Brown
Sgt. William Dunstan Kemp 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.9th April 1917)My great grandad William Dunstan Kemp was born in Bideford, Devon in 1889. He lived in Chilwell and fought in the Boer War and in the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire (Duke of Edinburgh) Regiment. He was a frontiers man on a horse who rode behind enemy lines collecting information. On 9th April 1917 he rode behind enemy lines at the Battle of Arras and was shot through the heart.Kay Shepherd
Pte Wilfred Jacob Coram MM. 8th Btn Somerset Light InfantryMy grandfather Wilfred Coram won the Military Medal serving with the 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry and was previously in the Wiltshire Regiment. He was originally from St Helier in Jersey and returned there after the war only to be evacuated out from the island (along with the whole family including my father Edwin Coram)in 1940 to Stockport Cheshire where he again enlisted in the 2nd world war, he subsequently died in 1953 of TB at the age of 53.
I would love to know why he won the MM - what for and any other information regarding his time in the warSteve Coram
L/Cpl. William John Gower 6th Battalian Wiltshire Regiment (d.2nd July 1916)William Gower served with the 6th Battalian Wiltshire and was attached to the 1st/1st Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry when he was killed on the second day of the Battle of the Somme. He was 21 years old, the son of George Frank and Harriet Gower of 20 Premier St., Nechells, Birmingham.Tony Harris
Cpl. Sidney Dent Foster 1st Btn Wiltshire Regiment (d.17th Feb 1917)Sidney Dent Foster was born in 1896, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, where his family had lived for several generations. His older brother, Percy, is my great-grandfather. My family are fortunate to have kept several artefacts, medals and papers from both brothers, which I now hold. It is from these, and some research, that I can share some of Sidney's story.
Sidney worked as a clerk for the gas board in Nuneaton. As well as Percy, he had a younger sister and 2 brothers. There is a formal studio shot of him taken just before the war in his Sunday best.
After his older brother enlisted as a volunteer at the start of the war Sidney, too, joined up. He initially joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 13th Battalion, probably in October 1914. We have a picture (photo 3) of him standing in his first uniform, outside the house where he was billeted during training. One of the addresses kept by his brother shows that he was at a training camp near Blandford in Dorset. At some point Sidney seems to have transferred across to the 16th Battalion (3rd Birmingham Pals) and probably arrived in France with them in November, 1915. We have a picture of him as a Lance Corporal with some friends (photo 4), clearly showing the antelope cap badge of the Royal Warwickshires. From the state of their uniforms I assume this was taken before their arrival in France.
Whilst serving in France Sidney was transferred again, this time to the Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's), 1st Battalion, C Company. This was a regular army unit in the 25th Division but we are not sure how or when this transfer took place.
At the start of 1917 the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshires was stationed in the line around Ploegsteert Wood, south of Ypres in Belgium. Here, between 12th - 14th February, Sidney's C Company was withdrawn from the rest of the battalion to prepare for a daylight trench raid. They rehearsed this attack many times while positioned at Pont de Nieppe, right on the French-Belgian border directly south of Ypres.
At 10:40 am on 17th February the raid commenced, following preparatory work to cut the wire defences in no-man's-land. C Company was joined by soldiers from 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, totalling about 200 in the raiding party. The objectives were north and south of Factory Farm, as well as the farm itself, the primary aim being to surprise the enemy and retrieve prisoners and information.
The raid was successful in surprising the enemy, approximately 20 being killed by the preliminary bombardment or during the fighting. All objectives were taken, with the exception of Factory Farm where, in the words of the official war diary 'stout resistance was offered'. Other than the dead enemy, however, no German prisoners were captured and no useful identifications were made. This minor skirmish cost the raiding party (again, from the war diary) 4 other ranks killed, 26 wounded, 1 died of wounds and 1 missing. Most of this seems to have resulted from enemy machine gun fire as the party returned to the British lines. Cpl. Sidney Foster was one of those killed. He was 20 years old. The following day his battalion was withdrawn from the front line.
As well as official documents mentioning this incident, the family also received 3 letters that help to explain some of the circumstances surrounding Sidney's death. The first of these, dated 19th February, was from his platoon commander, Lt. G. K. Wait, who described the raid and some of the bombing that went on. He also mentions the enemy machine guns that fired on the returning group, a bullet hitting Sidney in the head.
The second letter was from one of Sid's best friends in 10 Platoon, Sgt. David Mansell, D.C.M. He wrote to Sid's parents to express his condolences and sense of loss at his friend's death. He briefly explains that Sidney was hit by shrapnel in the chest – not a bullet – and died almost instantly. (We will never know which story is most accurate. Many such letters describe a quick death when sent to the bereaved.)
The final letter, dated 28th February, is the Army form B. 104-82, officially notifying the family of the death. It is a very dry document, listing the titles and numbers identifying Sidney and noting the cause of death as Killed In Action.
By far the most significant document for the family, however, remains the hand-written final letter that Sidney wrote to his father during training for the raid, only 4 days before he was killed. He thanks everyone for the parcels that just arrived with gifts of cigarettes, food and so on. He sounds in good spirits and sends his love to all the family. Most of the remaining paperwork the family kept relates to Sidney's final resting place. An official grave card and picture was sent between the wars (photo 5), after the original crosses had been turned into headstones by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Sidney seems to be unusual in that he still lies in exactly the same place he was buried in 1917. He rests in a corner of the Berks Cemetery Extension, alongside his comrades from the Wiltshire and Cheshire regiments who fell on the same day.
Sidney's father, Frederick Foster, chose the inscription to be added to his gravestone, as a lasting tribute: 'At Rest, Ever Remembered By Loved Ones'. In some small way, telling this story is my own way of honouring those words.Matthew Hall
L/Cpl. Edward Loveridge 5th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.18th Apr 1916)Edward Loveridge was the son of John and Louisa Loveridge. He served in France and in Mesopotamia, he died on the 18th April 1916, aged 24 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.s flynn
Pte. Frederick George Frampton 5th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.5th Apr 1916)Frederick Frampton died on 5th April 1916 and he is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.s flynn
L/Cpl. Charles Edwin Hole 5th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.11th January 1917)Charles Hole died on the 11th of January 1917 and is buried in the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.s flynn
Pte. Alfred Richard George Smith 2nd Btn Wiltshire Regiment (d.6th November 1918)Alfred Smith was the son of Alfred James and Mary Louisa Smith of 89 Union St., Stonehouse, Plymouth.Peter Smith
Pte. Henry John Wheatley 3rd Btn. Wiltshire RegimentMy grandfather, Harry Wheatley, served in the Boer War as Private with the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment Militia. Then with the 3rd Battalion Wiltshire Rgt. Reserve, in WW1. Born 1880, he died 1953 when he was murdered at the age of 73 yrs in Birmingham. I do not know anything about the 3rd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment. I know he was gassed somewhere and was downgraded in fitness and was transferred into the ASC Mechanical Transport in 1917. He landed in France in May 1915.
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The 25th Division in France and Flanders
Lieut.-Col. M. Kincaid-Smith
A history of the 25th Division, completed in February and in July 1918. The book contains 429 pages of fairly detailed history, including many statistics such as casualties, promotions and awards. The main periods are the Somme in 1916, the various battles of 1917 and the German and British offensives of 1918. From Amazon.co.uk: New Army division formed in September 1914. To France in September 1915. Armentieres, Vimy Ridge (1916), Somme, Messines. Third Ypres and the Aisne (1918). 48,289 casualties (623 officers and 12,623 other ranks dead). Reconstituted in England June 1918.More information on:
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