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Those known to have served with

Hampshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abbott Charles. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn.
  • Allen Edward. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Anderson Walter. Pte. 2nd Batt
  • Asplin H. C.. 2nd Battalion
  • Banville Leo Francis. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1917)
  • Barton George. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Beazley Robert Ernest. Pte.
  • Behan Michael William. CQMS 1st Btn. (d.8th Oct 1917)
  • Bennett George. Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Betts John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1915)
  • Blewitt Fred. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Boothby William. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.1st Feb 1917)
  • Boreham Victor Dennis. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.20th Sept 1918)
  • Bosonnet Henry Victor. Pte. 15th (Service) Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Boswell James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Bowerman James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th August 1917)
  • Breslaw Geoffrey Reynell. 2nd Lt. 15th Btn. (d.7th October 1916)
  • Brian Benjamin. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.21 March 1918)
  • Brock William John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Broomfield John Thomas Wesley Harold. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Brown Archibold. 1st Btn. (d.22nd January 1917)
  • Brown Horace Arthur. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.27 March 1918)
  • Bull William Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Bulman Cyril Ramshaw. 2nd Lt. 21st Battalion
  • Bushen John Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.1st November 1918)
  • Bygrave Arthur James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Care Stanley James Neel. L/cpl 7th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Carritt William Harry. Capt. 2nd Battalion, C Coy. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Caws Ronald Ratsey. L/Cpl. 15th Btn.
  • Chainey Frederick. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1918)
  • Cobby William Scott. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13th March 1918)
  • Collins James. Pte. 14th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Colyer-Fergusson Thomas Riversdale. Capt. 2nd Battalion, (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Colyer-Fergusson Thomas Riversdale. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Constable Thomas. Pte. 25th Coy.
  • Costen Wesley. Cpl. 7th Btn. D Co.
  • Coulson Frederick. A/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Crews Francis George. Pte. 15th (2nd Portsmouth) Battalion (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Crichton John Arthur. T/Maj. 5th Btn. (d.6th Feb 1917)
  • Crowther John. Pte.
  • Cuff Archibald John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th May 1915)
  • Daw William Henry. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Dennis John J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Jan 1916)
  • Durrant Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.6th Aug 1915)
  • Earley Sidney Earnest. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Company (d.5th Feb 1915)
  • Eldridge Albert John Walter. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Apr 1918)
  • Eveleigh William. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Firmin George. Sgt. 11th Btn.
  • Furniss Harold West. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Geraghty John. Sgt. 21st Battalion (d.14th Dec 1919)
  • Goodall James. Pte.
  • Goodall James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Haddigan Thomas. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Haines Charles Herbert. Pte. 15th Service Btn.
  • Hatcher Charles George. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Hawker Thomas Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.14 April 1917)
  • Hemmett William Alfred. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th April 1916)
  • Hewitt Dennis George Wyldbore. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Hicks Frederick R. Lt.Col. 1st Btn. (d.12th Jun 1915)
  • Hoare Sidney George Frederick. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.30th June 1916)
  • Hodson William. Pte.
  • Irons Horace Edwin. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.2nd April 1916)
  • Isaacs William George. 15th Btn.
  • Jackson Claud. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Aug 1916)
  • James Frank. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Johnson William Northcroft. Sjt. Mjr. 6th Btn.
  • Jones John T.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1916)
  • Kelly John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Kind Arthur Ernest. Pte. 14th Battalion (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Knight Edward George James. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Knight George. Pte. 15th Bn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Lake William John. CQMS. 11th Btn. A Coy. (d.9th Sept 1916)
  • Lawrence A. E.. Pte.
  • Lee William Henry. L/Cpl 1st Btn. (d.16th Sep 1914)
  • Leech James Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Apr 1916)
  • Lewis Allan Leonard. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.21st September 1918)
  • Major William John. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.9th May 1915 )
  • McDonald John. 9th (Cycle) Battalion
  • McDougall Malcolm Colville. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Merritt William. 1st Btn. (d.30th Oct 1914)
  • Millbank David. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.20th September 1917)
  • Mitchener Fred. Pte. 11th (Pioneers) Btn.
  • Moor George Raymond Dallas. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1918)
  • Moore Sydney George. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.17 Feb 1917)
  • Newberry William Sidney. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th Oct1917)
  • Newton Arthur Thomas. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • Nunn Joseph. Pte. 1/7th Btn.
  • Oates Albert. Cpl. 7th Btn, D Company (d.19th March 1916)
  • Ostler Sydney William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Paice Nathaniel John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Jul 1918)
  • Parr Harry William Charles. Pte. 101st Coy
  • Parry Samuel William. Pte. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Patrick Albert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Nov 1918)
  • Payne Archibald Mark. 1st Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Payne George Henry. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Perris Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Perry Reginald. Sgt. 15th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Pipe Arthur F.. Pte.
  • Ponsonby Arthur Hugh Brabazon Talbot. Capt.
  • Price Harry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th July 1915)
  • Read Anketell Moutray. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Rickman Henry Robert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12 April 1917)
  • Robinson Thomas Roland. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.18th August 1918)
  • Rosser George Archibald. Capt. 2nd Btn.
  • Ryder Leonard. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Scripps John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.6th Sep 1918)
  • Seely Frank Reginald. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn. (d.13 April 1917)
  • Seely Frank Reginald. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn. (d.Apr 1917)
  • Shaw John Henry. Pte (d.5th December 1918)
  • Sheath J. C. W.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Sibley George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Oct 1915)
  • Smailes Harold Wilfred. Pte. 15th (Service) Btn. (d.4th Sep 1918)
  • Smith William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Spencer James Henry. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Taylor Walter William. L/Cpl. 1st. Battalion (d.12th May 1917)
  • Thatcher Harry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.13th May 1915)
  • Underwood Walter. Pte. 4th Btn
  • Walker George Henry James. Pte. 14th (Service) Btn. D Coy. (d.29th Mar 1918)
  • Wallbridge Harold James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Nov 1918)
  • Walters Henry Charles. Pioneer 11th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Ward John Serley. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Watridge Frederick Henry. Pte. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Wells Arthur Douglas. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.7th Oct 1917)
  • White James Alban Charles. L/Cpl. 15th (2nd Portsmouth Pals) Btn.
  • White Owen. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.10th August 1917)
  • Wilby Sydney Charles. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn.
  • Wilkins Henry Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th July 1917)
  • Willis Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Winkworth Henry Edward Vernon. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.16th Feb 1917)
  • Woodnutt Thomas George Jack. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.28th Apr 1915)
  • Worf George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Jun 1917)
  • Young Ernest Walter. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.21st October 1918)

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Pte. John Serley Ward 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

John Serley Ward's grave stone in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery - Souchez, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

My Mum said that my great grandmother received a certificate of death from the Army in 1918 for John Serley Ward her husband, but he returned home after the war and frightened the life out of her, as he was meant to be dead. He went on to have another child, which I am trying to track down.

certificate of death from war office london

family tree

Colin John Ward


L/Cpl William Henry Lee 1st Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.16th Sep 1914)

I am researching the men of Farnborough, Hampshire who died in the First World War and who are recorded on the memorial in St Peter's Church, William Lee is amongst them.

Margaret Taylor


Pte. Arthur Douglas Wells 1st/5th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.7th Oct 1917)

I never knew my Granddad and my mother never spoke of him. Arthur Douglas Wells married my Grandma in 1908, whom I did know, Lily Perkins. They had three children all girls. Gertrude Lily 1908, Dora Hilda Annie 1912 (my Mum)and Constance Emily 1915. All that survived was the photo he carried with him of him, his wife and first child which I discovered much later on.

He re-enlisted for WW1 and was sent to India where he died in 1917. My mother died when I was 14 so when I had the opportunity later in life to look up my family, I uncovered and discovered all about my mother and father's families.

Susan Donohoe


Cpl. Albert John Walter Eldridge 1st Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.22nd Apr 1918)

AJW Eldridge

Albert Eldridge was my Grandfather. He enlisted on 22nd September 1914 and apparently was shot and killed by a sniper whilst being stretchered to hospital. He left a wife, 4 daughters and a son, my father. He is buried in Pont du Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, near Le Bassee, France.

DC Eldridge


Cpl. Allan Leonard Lewis VC 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.21st September 1918)

Allan Lewis was killed in action on 21st September 1918, aged 23 and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis, of Wyeside, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 28th Jan., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery at Ronssoy on the 18th September, 1918, when in command of a section on the right of an attacking line held up by intense machine gun fire. L./Cpl. Lewis observing that two enemy machine guns were enfilading the line, crawled forward singlehanded, and successfully bombed the guns, and by rifle fire later caused the whole team to surrender, thereby enabling the line to advance. On 21st September, 1918, he again displayed great powers of command, and, having rushed his company through the enemy barrage, was killed whilst getting his men under cover from heavy machine gun fire. Throughout he showed a splendid disregard of danger, and his leadership at a critical period was beyond all praise."

s flynn


Pte. George Sibley 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.6th Oct 1915)

George Sibley was killed in action on the 6th of October 1915, aged 20. he was the son of Alfred W. and Avis A. Sibley, of New Lodge, Warkton, Kettering. Native of Stamford Hill, Kettering.

s flynn


Capt. Anketell Moutray Read VC. 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

Anketell Read was killed in action on 25th September 1915 and is buried in Dud Corner Cemetery in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29371, dated 16th Nov., 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery during the first attack near Hulluch on the morning of 25th September, 1915. Although partially gassed, Captain Read went out several times in order to rally parties of different units which were disorganised and retiring. He led them back into the firing line, and, utterly regardless of danger, moved freely about encouraging them under a withering fire. He was mortally wounded while carrying out this gallant work. Captain Read had previously shown conspicuous bravery during digging operations on 29th, 30th and 31st August, 1915, and on the night of the 29th-30th July he carried out of action an officer, who was mortally wounded, under a hot fire from rifles and grenades."

s flynn


2nd Lt. Henry Edward Vernon Winkworth 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.16th Feb 1917)

Henry Winkworth is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Son of Edward and Sarah Winkworth, of 7 Wilbury Gardens, Hove, Sussex. he died of wounds at 45th Casualty Clearing Station on 18th February 1917 after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the chest at Boom Ravine on 17th February, possibly by machine-gun fire whilst crossing Grandcourt Trench.

Henry was born on 7th December 1895 at Brighton, Sussex, the son of Edward Henry Thomas Winkworth, an auctioneer (b. 1857, Windsor, Berks.), and Mrs Sarah Jane M. Winkworth (nee Merryweather, b. c-1868, m. 1890 at St. Giles, London) 7 Wilbury Gardens, Hove. He was brother to Cecilia Clara Winkworth and John Staverton Winkworth.

s flynn


L/cpl Stanley James Neel Care 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Stanley enlisted in Eastbourne Sussex on 24th January 1916 where he trained with the Northamptonshire Regiment who had moved to down from Northampton. He was on home strength of the 7th Battalion from 2nd May 1916 until the 4th August 1916. Battalion moved to France on 6th August 1916. He died of wounds on 4th November 1918 and is buried at Villers-Pol Communal Cemetery Extension. He was the Son of my Great Aunt Caroline Bowden.

George Hendley


2nd Lt. Sydney Charles Wilby 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Rgt.

Charles Sydney Wilby was born in Finedon, Northamptonshire on 1st July 1896, and his birth was registered on 6th July 1896. When he applied for a duplicate birth certificate after the end of the First World War, he put Sydney Charles Wilby on it. All his military records are listed as Sydney Charles Wilby.

He enlisted in the Army on 14th September 1914, having attested that he was aged 19 years 2 months, not 18 and that his trade was engineering. On his enlistment papers it states that he was 5ft 3 inches tall, of sallow complexion with dark eyes and hair and was a Wesleyan.

He was posted to the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment on 15th August as a Private and appointed (unpaid) Lance Corporal on 1st December 1915 and (paid) Lance Corporal on 24th December 1915. On 18th September 1916, he was promoted to Corporal. On 30th October 1917, he was discharged to a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

The 7/Northamptonshire were formed at the behest of Edgar Mobbs an England Rugby International who was killed in WW1.

Sydney Charles Wilby was first sent to the Western Front on 31st August 1915 and remained on active service until 11th May 1917, when he returned to England for officer training, going back to France in November 1917. He took part in the Battle of Loos in September 1915. The regiment then moved up to Ypres in early 1916.

On 29th April 1916, he was wounded in action, probably at Hell Fire Corner at Ploegstraat, Belgium. His wounds included a shrapnel wound to the face. He was admitted to a field hospital and transferred to the Military Hospital in Boulogne on 30th April before being moved to Etaples. He was then transferred to the Canadian Field Hospital in Boulogne, where the Doctor was Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, who wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’. Lance Corporal Wilby was discharged to base on 13th May and returned to duty in the field on 20th May 1916.

The 7th Northants were not present at the start of the Battle of the Somme, but moved there in early August 1916. They were ordered to take the village of Guillemont, attacking east from Trones Wood, which had been captured in July. Other attacks to take Guillemont had failed, as did this one. The casualties were as follows: 45 killed, 49 missing and 258 injured. In September the regiment did another tour at the front, near Delville Wood before moving away from the Somme to Vimy, where they were remained in the trenches for a few weeks and raided German lines. Lance Corporal Wilby was promoted to Corporal on 18th September 1916. In October 1916 the regiment moved back to Loos where they stayed until March 1917, when again they moved back to Vimy, taking part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

On 11th May 1917 he was sent to England for appointment to a cadet unit and returned to the front on 30th October 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. During his time with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he took part in the defence of Operation Michael – the German offensive to push the British back from St Quentin to Amiens in late March 1918. He was wounded again on 31st March 1918 in the jaw. The casualties on the British side were high, and the battalion was sent to Givenchy, near the river Lys, to rebuild. However, they were hit by Operation Mars, a second German offensive in early April 1918. Again there were large numbers of casualties.

After this, the battalion was sent to Notre Dame les Dames on the Aisne, and fought there on 27th May 1918. By now, the battalion was so severely depleted that it was broken up and the remainder transferred to the Lincolns.

He joined the Lincolnshire regiment on 19th June 1918 being posted to D Company on 25th June. During the latter part of 1918, he took part in the final advance on Albert, on the Somme in August 1918, Epehy in September 1918 and Cambrai in October 1918.

On returning to England he was transferred again to the Northumberland Fusiliers and relinquished his commission on 21st December 1920, but retained the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

He was finally notified that as he had reached the ‘age limit of liability’ on 20th November 1945, he could finally relinquish his commission.

Christina Cazalet


Pte. Sidney George Frederick Hoare 14th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.30th June 1916)

Sidney Hoare was my Great Uncle. He was born and lived during his early years in Lyme Regis, Dorset. His father was a Coastguard. The family later moved to Portsmouth, where they lived at the date of his death.

Sid was 23 when he died, he had no wife or children to remember him. I am writing this memorial to say he is not forgotten. Although, we never met. Sid is remembered by my brother and I. He was also remembered by his immediate family throughout their lives. There was always a photo of him, in pride of place in our Grandmother's (his sister) house.


Pte. Sydney George Moore 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.17 Feb 1917)

Sydney George Moore was born in 1898, in Geddington, Northamptonshire, son of Mary Jane and Harry Moore. He died on 17th February 1917 during an assault on Boom Ravine near Miraumont.


L/Cpl. James Alban Charles "Jimmy" White 15th (2nd Portsmouth Pals) Btn. Hampshire Regiment

James White enlisted in the 15th (2nd Portsmouth Pals) Btn, Hampshire Regiment at Winchester on 9th Feb 1915. After training the Bn moved to France on 2nd May 1916 as part of 122nd Brigade in 41st Division and moved to the La Creche area where they started instruction in the trenches in parties of about 100 with other units on the 10th May. The Bn continued to operate in the area between Hazebrouck and Bailleul until Sep 1916 when it moved to the Somme area.

On 15th Sep 1916 the Battalion took part in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which was the first attack using tanks. A major advance (in WW1 terms) was achieved and the village of Flers was captured by 122nd Brigade with the support of the tanks. However casualties were high, mainly due to the German artillery barrage, but also to three machine guns on the Battalions left. 8 officers and 31 men were killed, 5 officers and 188 men wounded and 60 men were missing.

James White was one of those wounded, and left some notes and a map of the action. It shows he reached the 3rd German line at the edge of the village, where he says the line was consolidated, and he may have gone further on with a party under Lt Smith. His map shows he was wounded in the second German line, but does not indicate if this was on the way forward or later. However the Battalion War Diary records that the German barrage was very heavy and many messengers were killed or wounded trying to get messages to or from Battalion HQ to the men in Flers. It may be that James White was one of these. He suffered severe wounds to his legs from a shell.

He records that he manged to get to a Field Ambulance in a sunken road running from Longueval to Flers and was then evacuated back. He spent a long time in Whitchurch Military Hospital (Cardiff), Netley Hospital and the Royal South Hants Hospital and was discharged as unfit for military service on 22nd Nov 1917.

James Alban Charles White died in 1926, ten years after he was wounded, from septicemia caused by his wounds.

James White in 1917 in Hospital Blues

James White with his daughter in approximately 1924

Alan Evans


Pte. James Bowerman 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Rgt. (d.7th August 1917)

James Bowerman joined the RASC as a baker in 1915, and transferred to 6th Btn Northamptonshire Regiment in May 1917. He was killed in action on 7th August 1917.

Private Bowerman is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, on the Preston, Lancs Harris Museum Roll of Honour, and within Preston Remembers and on Lives of the First World War websites.

R. Jefferson


Archibold Brown 1st Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.22nd January 1917)

I am trying to locate anyone who has information about the 1st Hampshires. My great grandad died in 1917 in France. I know that the 1st Hampshire Regiment was in France with the 298th brigade RFA.

J Longhurst


Pte. George Henry Payne 15th Btn. Hampshire Regiment (d.20th Sep 1917)

The above information is all I have been able to find out about my grandfather, who was killed in action on 20th September 1917, when my father was 13 months old. Dad went on to have 6 sons and one daughter. My oldest brother was named after my grandfather but we were never told this. It is only now that I have reached retirement age that I am able to do more research but as I live in Australia the only information I can garner is online.

Update: Private Payne was the son of Henry Payne, of 2 Park Place, Abertillery, Monmouthshire, South Wales, and husband of Dorothy C. Payne (née Messer), of 8 Salisbury Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth. He was aged 31 when he was killed in action, most likely fighting the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge. He is commemorated on Panel 88 to 90 and 162 of Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, and on both the Abertillery Central Memorial and St. Michael's Church Memorial, Abertillery.

Dorothy Payne


Capt. William Harry Carritt MC 2nd Battalion, C Coy. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.8th July 1916)

I research local history of expatriates here in Tianjin, North China and came across Harry Carritt's story in the magazine (College Echoes) of the school that he used to teach in here, Tientsin Anglo-Chinese College. A photograph and memorial to him are found in this magazine in School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Andrea Klopper


Pte. William Smith 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1914)

I think William Smith might be my great grandfather, I am trying to find more information to ascertain if it is my relation.

Paul Williams


Pte. William John Major 2nd Btn Northampton Regiment (d.9th May 1915 )

William John Major was the fifth child of 7 born to Timothy Humphrey Major and Anne Elizabeth Ayres, born in 1887 in Falcutt, Northamptonshire. Around 1893 Anne, William's mother left the family and moved to Derbyshire and then Yorkshire with another man, leaving Timothy to bring up all the children with the help of the eldest daughter Charlotte. In 1899 William got into trouble with the law and was arrested for larceny against Ann Franklin and consequently, because of the situation the family were in, was sent to Gem Street Industrial School in Birmingham. Following this he joined the British Army and in 1911 was serving with the Northamptonshire Regiment in Floriana Barracks in Malta. His service number was 9091.

William died on 9th May 1915. He is commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium

Kathrina Perry


Pte. Arthur F. Pipe Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Arthur Pipe arrived in France on the 21st Aug 1914. He also served with the Devon Regiment, Service No. 19696 and Hampshire Regiment, Service No. 28941

s flynn

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A Private's War

Ron James

This is the true life story of Private Frank James' life in the trenches during World War 1. He volunteered at the outbreak of war, aged 18, and saw much heavy fighting in battles at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Loos, The Somme, Flers-Courcelette, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Cambrai, The Sambre and the Retreat and Advance of 1918. During that time he was wounded four times and he only returned to his home town of Northampton once. Although he describes the horrors and hardships of trench warfare, this is an upbeat, well written account which gives a Private's view of life at the time and provides a brief history of events, with photographs.
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