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Wiltshire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Wiltshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • 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)
  • Bathard Samuel. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bick Gilbert Walter. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.10th Aug 1915)
  • Blackmore Ewart Gladstone. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn.
  • 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)
  • Crampton Charles John. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • 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)
  • Girling Horace Augustus. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Aug 1917)
  • Goater William Charles. Pte 4th Btn (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Gower William John. L/Cpl. 6th Battalian (d.2nd July 1916)
  • Gray A. C.. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.10th Nov 1918)
  • Harris Alfred George. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.16th-18th Oct 1918)
  • Harvey Edward George. Capt. (d.16th Jun 1915)
  • Hatherell Alfred James. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.24th March 1918)
  • 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)
  • Jones George William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th July 1917)
  • Kemp William Dunstan. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Kerr William Frederick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.21st March 1918)
  • 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)
  • Martin Harry. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.28th November 1918)
  • 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)
  • Norris John William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Oliphant K. J. P.. Lt.
  • Owens George. Pte. 7th Battalion, C Company
  • Paginton Tom. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Pearce Albert Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Pocock Frederick William Noble. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.22nd December 1918)
  • 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)
  • Sadd Frank. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • 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)
  • Westwood Arthur. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • 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 Regiment

Ralph 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. Frederick William Noble Pocock 2nd/4th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.22nd December 1918)

Private Pocock was the son of Frederick and Harriet Pocock, of Basildon, Berkshire; husband of Clara Marian Pocock, of 14 Council Houses, Lugershall, Andover, Hampshire.

He was 43 when he died and is buried in Benares Cantonment Cemetery in India, Plot L, Grave 38.

S Flynn


Pte. Harry Martin 2/4th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.28th November 1918)

Private Martin was the son of Mrs Francis Martin, of Bishopsteignton, Devon.

He was 33 when he died and is buried in Benares Cantonment Cemetery in India, Plot K, Grave 16.

S Flynn


Pte. Horace Augustus Girling 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.3rd Aug 1917)

Horace Girling is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

David Girling


Pte. George William Jones 2nd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.29th July 1917)

George William Jones served with the 2nd Btn Wiltshire Regiment. He died on 29th July 1917, aged 34. He is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

His regiment was involved in the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), based in the small village of Hooge, 4 kilometres east of Ypres. The British reclaimed Hooge Chateau on 31st July 1917 and held Hooge for nine months.

George was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Jones of Banbury, Oxon, and husband of Annie Louise Jones (my paternal grandmother). George was father to five children.


Pte. George Owens 7th Battalion, C Company Wiltshire Regiment

George Owens was my granddad on my mother's side. He served with the Wiltshire Regiment in C Company, 7th Service Battalion. George was discharged from the Army on the 23rd of April 1918, due to a gunshot wound to his left arm he received in France on the 23rd of August 1916. He was sent back to England by ambulance train. Admission no. 8850 ward designation SS. George received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, and a Silver war badge no. 360906.

Janet Ridgway


Pte. Charles John Crampton 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

My grandfather, Charles John Crampton, was a school teacher who joined the army aged 38, which seems quite late for someone in a profession to be joining up. He joined the Army Cycle Corps which again seems an unusual unit to join at that age. I have inherited his war diary which tells us of some of his comrades who were injured or killed in WW1 between June 1916 and 26th Jan 1919. I would like to learn more about him as I never knew him.

Mary Crampton


Pte. A. C. Gray 3rd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.10th Nov 1918)

After many years of searching, I have still been unable to find out what my uncle, A C Gray, died on the last day before WW1 ended.

John Summerfield


Pte. Alfred George Harris 7th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.16th-18th Oct 1918)

Alfred George Harris was my great grandfather. He lost his life between the 16th and 18th of October 1918. He left behind his wife Annie and their young family.

Alfred George Harris with wife Annie (nee Wilby) and childred Violet, Florence, Nellie and Alfred and sister Louis

Alfred George Harris Grave

Adrian Phillips


Pte. William Frederick Kerr 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (d.21st March 1918)

William was 31 when he was killed in action, the son of William Henry and Amy Kerr, of Wellington House, High Street, Wroughton and husband of Esther formerly of No4, High Street, Wroughton, Wiltshire. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial Panel 64. He enlisted at Malmesbury.


Pte. Samuel Bathard 6th Btn. Wiltshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

My great grandfather Samuel Bathard was the son of Alfred and Annie Bathard. He served with his brother Lance Corporal James Bathard and both died on 25th September 1915. Samuel and James are remembered on the Loos Memorial in France.

Eileen Norvill


2nd Lt. Ewart Gladstone Blackmore 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Ewart Gladstone Blackmore was born on Saturday 21st May 1898 at 3, Northcote Road, St. George, Gloucestershire and was one of eleven children born to Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith); he was christened on Wednesday 7th February 1900 at St. George The Martyr, St. George, Bristol.

Because of the need for junior officers in the Great War it was routine during war-time for men to be selected to attend Officer Cadet Units or Officer Cadet Schools. Ewart would have been compulsorily conscripted on or about his 18th birthday and would have trained as a recruit. He must have shown leadership potential enabling his commanding officer to put his name forward for officer selection. As a private soldier becoming an officer he would have been struck off the strength of his original unit and added to the officer strength of his new unit. There is no record of the unit that Ewart had originally served in before being selected for officer training. The London Gazette of 19th April 1918 listed Ewart as being appointed a Second-Lieutenant from an Officer Cadet Unit with effect from 27th March 1918 and joined up with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Territorial Force) on 3rd October 1918. He was subsequently seconded to the 6th Battalion Wiltshires for recruiting and reconstruction purposes following huge losses it had sustained during the fighting in France and Flanders where it was reduced to cadre strength.

On the 27th of September Ewart, along with 151 Other Ranks, left England to join the Battalion, eventually joining up with them on 3rd October 1918 at the Divisional Reception Camp near Villers-Guislain in time for the planned assault on the Beaurevoir Line; Battalion HQ was based at Kitchen Crater. Ewart and the Wiltshires pushed on and occupied part of the Hindenburg Line at Rancourt Farm with the 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment on the left, the 33rd Division on the right and the 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in support. The 64th Infantry Brigade was holding the front line at Montecouvez Farm. The Wiltshires took up a position east of the farm for an attack on an enemy position in the Beaurevoir Line. The companies were to rendezvous on the eastern edge of the Rancourt Copse at 22.45 hrs. Owing to it being a very dark night and the amount of barbed wire to be passed through, the rendezvous was not completed until 23.30 hrs. The companies then moved off in column of route with increased distances via the tracks and roads and sunken roads. Due to the darkness and state of roads and other traffic the companies did not reach the predetermined point until 00.45 hrs. They were formed up as follows - Front Line - C Company on the right, D company on the left. Support Line - A Company on the right, B Company on the left.

On the 7th October Ewart was involved with the attack on the Beaurevoir Line following a heavy bombardment by the Allied artillery. The casualties taken by the 1st Wiltshires in the assault were 2 Officers and 11 Other Ranks killed; 3 Officers and 78 Other Ranks wounded and Other Ranks Missing 2. Captures comprised 81 enemy Other Ranks, one T.M.B. (Trench Mortar Battery) and two Machine Guns. On the 23rd October the Wiltshires prepared themselves for their night attack on Ovillers situated on the left of the Albert-Bapaume Road which was one of the front line villages held by the Germans, situated on a spur which gave it an excellent view over the British lines. On the opposite side of the valley stood La Boiselle, It was another equally heavily fortified village that commanded the north side of what was called 'Mash Valley'. This attack was a phase of the Battles of the German Hindenburg Line.

The Wiltshires succeeded in taking all of its objectives and held them until 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regt and 62nd Infantry Brigade went through to capture further objectives. The Wiltshire Regiment casualties during the attack were

Officers Killed; 2nd Lieuts H R Palmer, H B Cooper. Other Ranks 23 Wounded Officers: Lieut.W.J.E Ross, 2nd Lieuts E.G. Blackmore and H. Aston.

Other Ranks 120. Missing Officers Nil. The Battalions War Diary states that Ewart suffered a gunshot wound to the left eye and after first receiving attention at the Regimental Aid Post and then the Advanced Dressing Station, the was sent to the 34 Casualty Clearing Station at Grevillers on the 24th October. A day later he was admitted to the officers surgical ward at No.3 General Hospital at Le Treport roughly 20 miles north east of Dieppe.

Ewarts case was clearly more serious than the CCS could attend to so was sent to No.3 General Hospital at le Treport. He was evacuated to England on 5th November aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle. She had previously been used as a troop ship in the Boer War and regularly sailed in the Cape mail service for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Line during peacetime. The Carisbrook Castle would have docked at Southampton with being Ewart transported by train to Bristol Temple Meads Station before being transferred to the 2nd Southern Area Military Hospital (the Bristol Royal Infirmary) for rehabilitation. Before he was discharged the Armistice was signed by the warring factions so Ewart was never to see active service again.

David Blackmore


Pte. Arthur Westwood 3rd Btn. Wiltshire Regment

Arthur Parker was my grandfather and was born in 1892 at Meriden Workhouse. His height was 5ft 21/2 inches when he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 27th of August 1914. His Regimental Number was 3/1864. He then transferred to the 3rd Btn. Wiltshire Regiment, where his Regimental Number was 19878.

On the 15th of August1915 he was hit by shrapnel in back, but did not report sick. On the 25th of September he was buried by explosion of shell, he went on for 10 days, but was obliged to report sick, suffering general tremors and loss of power in legs, becomes dizzy and falls down after walking short distance. Complains of severe pain in head and back and occasionally becomes faint and unconscious. Result of active service and shell shock. On the 15th December 1916 he was no longer fit for active service.

He went to various medical centres between 1917 and 1922 in Coventry and Birmingham for check ups and assessments. This, I believe, was to do with his pension. On leaving, he gave his home address as 16 Duke Street, Nuneaton. He joined up using the name Arthur Westwood, unfortunately he is the only one who knows why.

Bryan Roberts


Pte. Tom Paginton 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Tom 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 "Knocker" Reeves 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

I found this old postcard of my grandfather sent from Stendal POW camp, he is on the left.

Maurice 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 Friborg, 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

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