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Coldstream Guards

    Regular Battalions:

  • Coldstream Guards 1st btn.
  • Coldstream Guards 2nd btn.
  • Coldstream Guards 3rd btn.
  • Coldstream Guards 4th btn. (Pioneers)


    12th Aug 1914 On the Move

    25th Aug 1914 Street Fighting

    25th Aug 1914 Fierce Fighting

    29th Aug 1914 Straight for the Front

    17th Sep 1914 In Action

    18th Sep 1914 Artillery In Action

    21st Sep 1914 Coldstream Guards Charge

    28th Sep 1914 Brave rescue

    4th Oct 1914 1st Coldstreams in action  1st Battalion, Coldstream guards were involved in a bayonet charge at Aisne near Vendresse on October 4th 1914.

    4th Oct 1914 The Story of a Waterbottle

    23rd Oct 1914 2nd Coldstreams near Ypres  2nd Coldstream Guards were at Zonnebeke.

    2nd Nov 1914 A Brutal Lot

    7th Nov 1914 Tragic Letters Forwarded

    7th Nov 1914 Nursed by a Duchess

    12th Nov 1914 A Rough Time

    23rd Nov 1914 The Bravest Men in the World

    25th Dec 1914 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards War Diary  Very cold and freezing hard, snipers cause a few casualties, otherwise quiet. Defence arranged, 2 companies in trenches, 1 coy in support, 1 coy in billet, relief taking place nightly.

    31st Dec 1914 In Action

    21st Jan 1915 Flowing with Water

    23rd Jan 1915 On the Move

    23rd Jan 1915 Truce Controversy

    24th Jan 1915 Under Shellfire

    25th Jan 1915 German Attack

    25th Jan 1915 In Action

    25th Jan 1915 Artillery In Action

    28th Jan 1915 Reports of Explosion

    30th Jan 1915 Reliefs

    31st Jan 1915 Snipers at the Keep

    1st Feb 1915 Counter Attack

    6th February 1915 1st Bn Herts in action in Pont Fixe road  The Bn paraded at 5.20am and moved to trenches in Pont Fixe road. No.4 Company in support trenches.

    Later No.3 Company went up under orders of Officer Commanding Irish Guards and later still No.2 Coy went up under orders of Officer Commanding 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. Heavy bombardment 2-2.15pm. At 2.15pm parties of 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards and Irish Guards assaulted Brickstacks and took the same. The Bn returned to billets in the evening - one man killed.

    6th Feb 1915 Attack Made

    7th February 1915 Another 1st Bn Herts fatality at Cuinchy  Two Companies under Captain Jones reported to O.C. 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards at 6.30am at Cuinchy. No.2 Coy sent 2 platoons to Fire Trench.

    1 man killed in No.1 Company in support. Lieut. J. Pawle dangerously wounded.

    6th April 1915 1st Bn Herts take over from Coldstream Guards  Bn took over trenches at Givenchy from the 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. Nos. 1&3 Coys in front line, Nos. 2&4 Coys in second line.

    8th April 1915 1st Bn Herts moves into billets at Le Quesnoy  Btn was relieved by 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards and went into billets at Le Quesnoy.

    10th April 1915 1st Bn Herts back at Givenchy  The Bn again took over B1 Givenchy from the 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards.

    17th April 1915 Daily Battery Activity 6th London Brigade RFA   15th Battery, 6th London Brigade Royal Field Artillery registered on forward German trench near Railway. Range 3350 yards. 16th Battery opened fire - twelve rounds - on road junction about Chapelle St Roche (A.4.c.1.4). 16th Battery, at request of OC. 3rd Coldstream Guards fired twelve rounds on German second trench (A.9.c.7.7.). Range 4175 yards.

    17th April 1915 1st Bn Herts into billets at Le Quesnoy  Relieved by the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards and went into billets at Le Quesnoy.

    19th April 1915 1st Bn Herts at Givenchy  Took over trenches at Windy Corner, Givenchy from 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards. 2 Companies in trenches, 2 in support.

    24th April 1915 In Action

    25th Apr 1915 Underground Rescue

    27th April 1915 1st Bn Herts relieved by the 2nd Coldstream Guards  Bn relieved by the 2nd Coldstream Guards at B1.

    1st May 1915 1st Bn Herts back at Le Quesnoy  The Bn was relieved by the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards and went into billets at Le Quesnoy.

    3rd May 1915 1st Bn Herts relieved by Coldstream Guards  Bn relieved the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards at B1.

    12th May 1915 Leeds guardsman duel with German officer

    19th May 1915 Heavy casualties for 1st Bn Herts  Consolidated position during the day, were heavily shelled and also when we were relieved during the night by the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards.

    The Bn returned to billets at Le Touret, all back about 12.30am (20th). During the 18th and 19th the Bn had the following casualties; Lieut. Davis H.G.J., Lieut. Palmer V.H., 2/Lieuts. Christie, Oldham and Loyd wounded. 17 NCOs and men killed, 91 NCOs and men wounded.

    27th Jun 1915 On the March

    13th July 1915 1st Bn Herts relieved in A2 sector  The Brigade frontage was shortened, the 4th Brigade holding from Canal to La Bassie road.

    Battalion was relieved in A2 sector by the Royal Munster Fusiliers and 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. No.4 Coy relieved 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards in Cuinchy Support Point and No.2 Coy relieved 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards at Cambrin Support Point and Braddells Point.

    30th July 1915 1st Bn Herts relieved by the 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards  The Battalion was relieved by the 3rd Bn Coldstream Guards and marched back to billets at Le Quesnoy.

    6th Aug 1915 Reliefs Completed

    14th Aug 1915 A Warm Shop

    16th Aug 1915 Cutting the Corn

    2nd Sep 1915 Policeman's Lucky Escape

    14th Sep 1915 No Life at All

    25th Sep 1915 2nd Coldstreams Attack

    28th Sep 1915 In Action

    30th Sep 1915 Reliefs Completed

    8th Oct 1915 Sucessful Counter Attack

    23rd Oct 1915 3rd Coldstreams in the Trenches

    1st Nov 1915 The Name of the Guards

    13th Nov 1915 Recent Fighting the Worst

    6th Dec 1915 In the Trenches

    17th Dec 1915 Night Sports

    17th Dec 1915 Fatigue Party

    25th Dec 1915 Relief Completed

    30th Dec 1915 Sentry Killed

    18th Mar 1916 Escape from Germany

    15th Sep 1915 Tanks in Action

    16th Sep 1916 Attack Made

    13th Nov 1916 In the Trenches

    10th Mar 1917 Pioneers at Work

    11th Nov 1917 On the March

    12th Nov 1917 On the March

    13th Nov 1917 On the March

    17th Nov 1917 On the March

    18th Nov 1917 On the March

    19th Nov 1917 On the March

    24th Nov 1917 In Action

    30th Nov 1917 Enemy Advance

    1st Dec 1917 In Action

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Those known to have served with

Coldstream Guards

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abraham Albert. L/Sgt. 3rd Btn.
  • Adamson John Edward. 3rd Btn. (d.2nd Feb 1915)
  • Askew W. J.. L/Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Bailey Charles William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Balderstone Henry. Gdmn. 3rd Btn. (d.17th Aug 1915)
  • Balderstone Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th Aug 1915)
  • Bale R.W..
  • Barker Noah. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Bentinck Henry Duncan. Mjr. (d.2nd Oct 1916)
  • Brabazon Ernest William. Capt. 4th Bn (d.17th June 1915)
  • Brown Dennis. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Burrows Alexander. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th March 1915)
  • Busley Sydney Ernest Victor. Pte. 2nd Bn. (d.16th Sept 1916)
  • Calvert Robert William. 1st Btn (d.29th Oct 1914)
  • Campbell Allan William George. Lt. (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Clifford Frederick. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Cook Fred. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.19th Sep 1914)
  • Cooper Harold. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th Sept 1916)
  • Crathorn William Oliver. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Dunleavy Bernard. L/Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1918)
  • Edwards George. Sgt. 1st Battalion
  • Edwards George. Sjt. 1st Btn.
  • Evans Arnold. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Evans Arnold. Pte. 3rd Btn.
  • Evans William Ernest. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Evans William Ernest. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Fitzsimmons Joseph. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • France William Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.29th Oct 1914)
  • Galpin Randolph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Gamble James Kenneth. Sgt. 3rd Btn.
  • Gammon William Stanley Argyle. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1915)
  • Graves-Sawle Richard Charles. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1914)
  • Green James. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Green John Albert. 3rd Btn.
  • Heaton John Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Aug 1915)
  • Hopper Walter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.October 1914)
  • Irving Ernest. CSM. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Sep 1918)
  • Jackson Jack. Pte. 3rd Battalion
  • Jennings Martin. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.29th Oct 1914)
  • Livingstone Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn (d.19th Sep 1914)
  • Lockwood Mark. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.9th Sep 1914)
  • Lockwood Richard William Mark. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Sep 1914)
  • Marker Raymond John. Lt.Col. (d.13th Nov 1914)
  • Mason Henry. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.17th Jan 1918)
  • McCann Joseph. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • McGraa William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th December 1914)
  • Monck Charles Henry Stanley. Capt. 3rd Btn., 3rd Coy. (d.21st Oct 1914)
  • Newbould William. Pte. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Painter Charles Richard. Pte.
  • Parkes William Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.7th May 1918)
  • Phillips H. T.W.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th May 1916)
  • Phipps Frank Herbert. L/Cpl 3rd Battalion (d.13 April 1918)
  • Rice Alfred Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th Jun 1916)
  • Rochelle Thomas. Gdsmn. 2nd Btn.
  • Rochelle Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Surtees William. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.19th Sep 1914)
  • Swan James. Pte.
  • Talbot Thomas Alfred. CQMS. 3rd Battalion
  • Trull William. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Trull William. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Tweed Edward Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th Feb 1915)
  • Watson Joseph. Pte. 13th Coy. 1st Btn
  • Wells William James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Wootton Alfred. Pte. (d.1st Oct 1914)
  • Wyatt George. L/Sgt.
  • Wyer Herbert. L/Sgt. 3rd Battalion (d.2nd November 1914)
  • Young Thomas Lees. Private 2nd Battalion (d.16th Sep 1916)

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Pte. William Stanley Argyle Gammon 4th Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.15th Sep 1915)

William Gammon was killed in action on the 15th of September 1915, aged 21, he was the son of William and Eva L. Gammon, of 90 Divinity Rd., Oxford.

s flynn


Pte. Alexander Burrows 2nd Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.18th March 1915)

Sandy Burrows was killed in action on the 18th of March 1915, aged 33. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France, he was the son of the late Richard and Margaret Burrows, of Burnley, husband of M. E. Burrows, of 22 Prestwich St., Burnley, Lancs. Prior to enlisting he was the licensee of the Cross Gates Inn, Finsley Gate, Burnley. The Inn did not survive the war, it was closed in 1915 and compensation paid for the licence. The building remained empty until demolished in 1953.

s flynn


Pte. James Green 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.15th Sep 1916)

James Green was the son of Thomas and Emma Green and was born in Great Bardfield, Essex. He was the husband of Florence, with whom he lived in Leyton, Essex. He died during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He served with the 3rd battalion, Coldstream Guards.

Ruth Walker


Pte. Fred Cook 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards (d.19th Sep 1914)

Fred Cook joined up at Burnley, on the 21st of November 1910, age 20 years 9 months. He was born in New Mills, Derbyshire and the family moved to Sabden. His father Samuel Cook was calico printing foreman in the cotton mill. His father moved to Brazil to find work when the factory burned down.

Fred was at the Guards Depot at Caterham and was mobilised in London on 7th of August 1914, he was posted to France on the same date. He died of wounds on 19th of September 1914. He was buried in Troyon Churchyard, the grave marked with a wooden cross. His remains were later removed to the Vendresse British Cemetery nearby. His father was advised in Brazil of his death.

T. Neil Cook


Pte. William McGraa 1st Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.8th December 1914)

Private McGraa was a prisoner in Gustrow POW Camp. He died on 8th December 1914 as a result of punishment he received. He is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, grave III.B.10.


Robert William Calvert 1st Btn Coldstream Guards (d.29th Oct 1914)

My Great Great Uncle Robert William CalvertT, was born in 1888 at Bedlington. He was younger brother of my Great Grandfather George Henry Wilkinson Calvert. He was in the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards and died on 29th October 1914 at Ypres aged 26. He is remembered at the Menin Gate.


Cpl. Joseph Fitzsimmons 2nd Btn. Coldstream Guards

Joseph Fitzsimmons served with the 2nd Coldstream Guards. I am doing research for our local Maritime museum at Maryport and have been given copy from a Newspaper at the time: "Grasslot Man's Appeal From the Trenches. Big Guns Remind Him of the Bells. Corporal Joseph Fitzsimmons of the 2nd Battalion the Coldstream Guards, and formerly of Grasslot in a further letter to his friend, Mr. R. Edgar, Grasslot says he spent Christmas and New Year in the trenches. On New Years Eve the bullets were flying, and the guns singing over the trenches put him in mind of the bells ringing in England. He is now a few miles back from the firing line having a rest after being in the trenches for two weeks. They had a hot time again, and lost a lot of men. They were up to the waist in mud and water, and had to stick it all the time. The Germans were only 50 yards away in some places, and tried very hard to make the British leave their trenches by throwing bombs into them. "But," says Corporal Fitzsimmons, "that did not matter we stuck in like real old British soldiers who never say die. The trenches were in a turnip field and they were flooded out with water. We had to wade among it all the time and it rained very nearly every day, and was very cold as well. Corporal Fitzsimmons goes on to state that he received a parcel of socks from the mission at Grasslot for which he is very grateful. He expresses his pleasure that Mr. Edgar's brother has enlisted, and mentions that his own brother is now in France, though he has not seen him yet. He has seen nobody he knows from Maryport yet, though he looks out for them every day. In his few leisure moments in the trenches Corporal Fitzsimmons composed the following verses. Coming straight from the battlefield, written to the awful music of the guns, they make a splendid appeal by one who has been at the front from the very first, and has engaged in some of the hardest fighting :-
  • When you're drinking your tots of whisky,
  • And you're smoking your fat cigar,
  • And your eyes have brightly twinkled
  • At the girl behind the bar ; Just think of Tommy Atkins
  • In his cold wet trench of clay,
  • With nothing much to cheer him
  • But his rations for the day.
  • When you've discussed the latest victories
  • Of the Russians and the French,
  • When you've praised aloud our gallant troops
  • For fighting in the trench ;
  • When you've stated to your comrades
  • Your opinion of the fight
  • And look upon the prospect
  • In many a different light ;
  • Have you ever thought about yourself
  • And the bit that you could do ?
  • Has Kitchener to shout in vain -
  • "Your country has need of you !"
  • Put on you khaki uniform, And leave your feather bed ;
  • They can never say you shirked it
  • When Danger lay ahead.
Sat. 9th January"

Paul Simcocok-Young


Pte. Randolph Galpin 2nd Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.16th September 1916)

Randolph Galpin's name is recorded on the village war memorial in North Cheriton, Somerset and on the Thiepval Memorial.

S Fitzmaurice


Pte. John Thomas Heaton 1st Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.16th Aug 1915)

My great uncle John Heaton enlisted in the Coldstream Guards in November 1914 and was sent to the front on 4th of June 1915. He was killed at 2 am in the morning of 16th of August 1915 while engaged in 'special work' in no mans land.

John was the son of Mr and Mrs. Heaton, Thompson Street, Padiham, Lancs. He was a footballer and played for Padiham F.C. and Burnley F.C. He is remembered on the Padiham war memorial and on the Burnley F.C. Memorial plaque. He is buried in Vermelles cemetery, aged 21.



Sgt. William Ernest Evans DCM. 1st Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.16th Oct 1917)

William Evans was the son of John Walter and Edith Evans, of 67, New Hall St., Burnley, England. He was killed in action on 16th of October 1917 and is buried in the Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery in Tanzania.

s flynn


Pte. Charles Richard Painter Coldstream Guards

Dick Painter served with the Coldstream Guards

Maggie Williams


Capt. Charles Henry Stanley Monck 3rd Btn., 3rd Coy. Coldstream Guards (d.21st Oct 1914)

Charles Monck fought at the Battle of Landrecies, 25th-26th August 1914 and is mentioned on page 90 of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The British Campaign in France and Flanders". Charles was killed at the First Battle of Ypres on 21st October 1914.

Charlie Monck


Pte. William Charles Parkes 2nd Btn Coldstream Guards (d.7th May 1918)

William Charles Parkes

My Grandfather, Private William Charles Parkes of the Coldstream Guards, 2nd Battalion was killed on May 7th and buried on his birthday, May 9th 1918.

The letter that his parents received said: "Dear Mrs Parkes, I am exceedingly sorry to tell you that the news about your son is true, and that he was killed on May 7th. I have already written to his wife, and you may have heard from her since. I assure you that you have my sincerest sympathy in the loss of so good a son. His burial took place on May 9th in the British Military Cemetery and a cross erected at the head of his grave. I trust that it may be some consolation to you to feel that he died a noble death as a soldier for his country. In true sympathy, yours sincerely, L.N. Hodges (Chaplain)"

His son, my Father, William Parkes, was born in September 1916 but we do not know if he got leave to come home - so we do not know if he ever saw him. Sadly, my Grandmother died of the Spanish Flu in November 1918 so my father was an orphan. As the house was bombed during WW2, my Father had nothing of his father's until we realized that one of the medals we had belonged to him. Through the record from the Coldstream Guards and the War Graves Commission, we were able to locate the grave in Bienvillers British Cemetery, France. The trip to France to take my Father to visit his Dad's grave was very. emotional. It was the first time he allowed himself to grieve.

Grave of Pte Willaim Charles Parkes


Pte. Sydney Ernest Victor Busley 2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards (d.16th Sept 1916)

Sydney Busley was 20 years old when he was killed in action on September 16th 1916. Like so many others he was never given a grave of his own. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. He was my Grand-Uncle.

Richard Dunmore


John Albert Green 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

I have a photo of my mothers father John Albert Green from Burnley Lancashire England who was on the front with horses collecting the dead and injured. He was in Sgt Tropman's squad Coldstream Guards the photo was taken November 1916. He died when my mother was 13 in 1926. I would love any information on his service

Robyne Neal


Pte. Arnold Evans 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

My Grandfather Arnold Evans enlisted on the 14th of November 1914 as Private 20159 along with the following:-

  • 20160 Pte. Albert G Whitlock
  • 20162 Pte. Leonard Benson
  • 20164 Pte. John Brown
  • 20165 Pte. William Strong
  • 20166 Pte. John B Turnbull
  • 20167 Pte. George Collins
  • 20169 Pte. Wilfred Laine
  • 20170 Pte. William Greenfield
  • 20171 Pte. Herbert E.L Bridger

Myra Mason


Pte. Alfred Wootton Coldstream Guards (d.1st Oct 1914)

Alfred Wootton's great granddaughter gave me his death plaque and some documents to research for her, and I have found out his regiment and date of death. He was killed in the 1st Battle of the Aisne.

Andrew Gates


Pte. Dennis Brown 4th Btn. Coldstream Guards

Dennis Brown enlisted at Hull. He suffered gun shot wounds to the legs and face during the Battle of The Somme at Les Boeufs on 15th of September 1916. On 12th September 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, he suffered a shrapnel wound to his legs at Cardoen Farm. Dennis Brown survived the war.


Pte. Edward Thomas Tweed 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards (d.16th Feb 1915)

Edward Tweed was killed on the 16th of February 1915 aged 20 years. He is remembered at Le Touret Memorial in France

Anne Andrews


Pte. Henry Balderstone 2nd Btn. Coldstream Guards (d.17th Aug 1915)

Henry Balderstone died in a POW camp on 17th August 1915 and is buried in the Berlin South Western Cemetery. He was the son of Mrs. Cecily Balderstone, of 29 Stanley St., Colne, Lancs.

s flynn

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