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Leicestershire Regiment




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Those known to have served with

Leicestershire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Baker Robert Wilfred. Pte. 7th Btn., C Coy. (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Bate Leonard. Pte. 1st Btn. D Coy
  • Baugh Harold. 1/4th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Belcher Walter Rose. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Bennett Edward Augustus Sharpe. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Benton William. Pte. 4th Reserve Btn. (d.15th November 1918)
  • Birks Benson. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Black John Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.19th December 1915)
  • Body Vernon Aubry. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1915)
  • Boler George Henry. Pte.
  • Bowley Thomas Henry. CSM. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1914)
  • Bradshaw Claude. Sgt. 2/5th Btn.
  • Buckingham William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • Cane Ernest James. Pte. 1st Btn. A Coy.
  • Casterton Algernon Alfred. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Chandler George. CSM. 6th Btn.
  • Clarke Fredrick Ambrose.
  • Clarke Joseph. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1917)
  • Cross D. W.. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.23rd June 1916)
  • Curtis John. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Dalton Charles Harry. Pte. 8th Btn
  • Drury William. Pte. 2/5th Btn. D Coy.
  • Emery Albert E.. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Nov 1914)
  • Face William George. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Foster James. Pte.
  • French Arthur William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.24th September 1916)
  • Geary John. Sjt.
  • Gilpin John Thomas. L/Sgt. 53rd (Young Soldier) Btn
  • Glasby Edgar. Pte 7th Btn. (d.2nd May 1918)
  • Gregory. William James. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.25th September 1916)
  • Grudgings William. Capt. 5th Btn.
  • Haigh James. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.7th May 1916)
  • Hibbitt Herbert. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Hills John David. Capt. 5th Btn.
  • Housby George William. L/Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.15th July 1916)
  • Huison John. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Jeffs William. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. D coy (d.25th Oct 1914)
  • Jobber Albert Earnest. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Nov 1914)
  • Johnson Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Marple Herbert William. Pte.
  • Marriott Arthur. Cpl. 1/7th Btn.
  • Marston Alf. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Marston Alfred. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.8th Aug 1916)
  • Mee Albert Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Aug 1917)
  • Miller Bertie. L/Cpl. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.2nd Oct 1917)
  • Monk Charles. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Moreby Williams Henry. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.25th Oct 1914)
  • Morris William Henry. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Morris William Edward. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn.
  • Muggleton Dick. 2/4th Btn. (d.17th Apr 1918)
  • Munton Arthur. Private
  • Munton Arthur. A/Cpl.
  • Needham Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Feb 1915)
  • Newham Benjamin. L/Cpl. 2/5th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Nisbet Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Nixon George William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th September 1916)
  • O'Neill John Arthur. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Palmer Percy Charles. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th September 1916)
  • Palmer Wilfred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.15th July 1916)
  • Perry Joseph. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Pickering Arthur.
  • Pollard William Amos. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22 March 1918)
  • Price George Charles. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.11 April 1917)
  • Rant Arthur Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.15th May 1918)
  • Read John Richard. L/Cpl 2nd/5th Btn (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Richards Sidney William. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Robertson David. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.13th July 1916)
  • Robinson Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Sanderson Sam. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.6th Apr 1917)
  • Scott William John. Pt.e 2/5th Battalion (d.30th Sep 1917)
  • Sealey Walter Edwin John. Pte. 11th Btn. (Midland Pioneers) (d.15th Nov 1917)
  • Smart George . Pte. 7th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1917)
  • Smith Frederick A.. L/Sgt. 2/5th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1917)
  • Smith Samuel Earnest. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Steele John. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st Oct 1917)
  • Stenson Bernard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Jan 1916)
  • Stenson Bernard. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Jan 1916)
  • Stockley William Noah. Pte. 10th Btn
  • Thompson Thomas Bateman. Pte. 6th Btn., B Coy. (d.2nd October 1917)
  • Timms John Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Tivey Fredrick Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Tyers Sidney Charles. Pte. 2/4 Btn. (d.30th November 1917)
  • Warren Frank. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.13th October 1915)
  • Warren Walter Sydney. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.13th October 1915)
  • Webb George Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn
  • Wilbur Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Wilbur Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Wilbur Samuel. 1st Battalion (d.7 August 1915)
  • Wilbur Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.7th August 1915)
  • Worley William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th July 1917)
  • Yates Charles Frederick. L/Cpl. 1st/5th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1918)

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L/Cpl. Charles Frederick Yates 1st/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.14th Oct 1918)

Charles Yates died 14th October 1918 and is buried in the Vadencourt British Cemetery in France. he was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth Yates, of 16 Seagrave Rd., Sileby, Leicester.

s flynn




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Pte. William Buckingham VC 1st Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.15th September 1916)

William Buckingham was killed in action on 15th September 1916, aged 29 and is commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial in France. he was the son of Mrs. A. Buckingham, of 35 York St., Bedford.

An extract from The London Gazette dated 28th April, 1915, records the following:-"For conspicuous acts of bravery and devotion to duty in rescuing and rendering aid to the wounded whilst exposed to heavy fire, especially at Neuve-Chapelle on 10th and 12th March 1915.

s flynn




1206023

Pte. Albert Edward Mee 9th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.20th Aug 1917)

Albert Mee served with the 9th Leicestershire Regiment.

Richard Mee




237617

Pte. D. W. Cross 5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.23rd June 1916)

Private Cross died of disease at No 16 Stationary Hospital, Le Treport, France on 23rd June 1916. He was the son of Albert and Emma Cross, Chevington, Bury St Edmunds. Private Cross is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France, Plot 2, Row K, Grave 3C.





237065

Pte. William Worley 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.15th July 1917)

Private Worley is buried in the Kharagpur Cemetery in India, Plot 6615.

S Flynn




236860

L/Cpl. Walter Sydney Warren 4th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.13th October 1915)

L/Cpl. Syd Warren was killed on 13th October 1915 along with his brother Sgt. Frank Warren during the final days of the Battle of Loos. Neither his nor his brother's remains were ever identified but both are commemorated at the Loos Memorial.

David C Warren




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Sgt. Frank Warren 4th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.13th October 1915)

Sgt. Frank Warren was killed on 13th October 1915 along with his brother L/Cpl. Walter Sydney Warren (Syd) during the final days of the Battle of Loos. Neither his nor his brother's remains were ever identified but both are commemorated at the Loos Memorial.

David C Warren




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Pte. David Robertson 9th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.13th July 1916)

David Robertson was born in Dull, Perthshire but moved to Burbage, Leicestershire and was employed to work on the Waterworks Scheme, where he was a foreman. David was married to Hilda Louisa Wright of Burbage and they had a baby daughter, Hilda Jessie when he enlisted.

He served with the 9th Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment and died of wounds on 13th July 1916, having lost both legs some hours earlier in a blast. He was buried with full military honours on 14th July 1916 at Mericourt L'Abbe cemetery, near Amiens.

Sadly, his widow and child never managed to visit his grave, but in more recent years a number of his grandchildren and great grandchildren have visited to pay their respects, including a visit this year, to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

David had three younger brothers who also served in the War, including George Robertson who won the Military Medal with Bar for bravery in the Royal Navy. Thankfully, his brothers all survived the war.

David Robertson's grave - August 2016

Rachael Hall




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Harold Baugh 1/4th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.29th Sep 1918)

The only information we hold regarding my great uncle Harold Baugh is that he is buried in La Baraque British Cemetery, Bellenglise, France. I will be scanning photos my cousin has recently found, but unfortunately there are no names on the back of any of the pictures, so I am unsure what our uncle looks like. Hopefully, people may recognise some of the pictures and it will help others, if not ourselves. The pictures are lovely and show many young men, it would be fantastic if it helped other families.

Diane Palmer




234295

L/Sgt. John Thomas Gilpin 53rd (Young Soldier) Btn Leicestershire Regiment

John Gilpin was a Lance Sergeant with the 53rd (Young Soldier) Btn Leicestershire Regiment, he was formerly a Corporal with the 2nd Battalion, Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment.

David Faulkner




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Pte. Edward Augustus Sharpe Bennett 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment

Gus Bennett was my step-grandfather. He fought on the Somme and was wounded but survived. His army service was from 1914-1919. He fought in France and Flanders.

Victoria Walker




233841

L/Cpl. Benjamin Newham 2/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.9th April 1917)

Ben Newham was the son of Robert and Rebecca Newham and was born in 1895. He enlisted at Loughborough. He was a sniper and was very proud to serve his King and country.

The battalion had been in Ireland preparing to joining their comrades in France. After embarkation leave they proceeded to France via Southampton, arriving at Le Havre on 24th February 1917. They were sent to the Somme area where the enemy were retreating to the Hindenburg line. They made their first attack on the villages of Hesbecourt and Hevilliers on 31st March 1917, capturing both villages and suffering a number of casualties. Ben was one of the casualties. He died on 9th April 1917 and is buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He left two brothers and two sisters, all younger than him.

Sue Grundy




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Pt.e William John Scott 2/5th Battalion Leicester Regiment (d.30th Sep 1917)

My Grandfather William Scott volunteered in April 1917 when he was 40 years & 8 months old. His only daughter was born in June 1917. He spent the early part of his service in England and was sent to Belgium immediately after leave to see his daughter after her birth. He was apparently killed by a blast from a mine while in a rest area 3 months later. There is no grave. His name is recorded on the memorials at Zonnebeke, Belgium

Andrew




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Pte. Sidney Charles Tyers 2/4 Btn. Leicestershire Rgt. (d.30th November 1917)

Sidney Tyers died aged 22; he was the baby of the family, much loved of my grandmother and his mother was said to be broken hearted, never quite recovering. He was sent to Dublin as part of the force putting down the Easter uprising in 1916; he sent home a postcard, commenting that Dublin was full of rubble, something of an understatement.

He died at Cambrai, on the day of the major German counter-offensive, when British losses were very high. He has no grave, his body was never found and his name is recorded only on the Cambrai memorial.

Susan De Val




230761

Pte. Ernest James Cane 1st Btn. A Coy. Leicestershire Regiment

Ernest Cane served with 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment and was captured in 1918.

POW card for Ernest Cane May 1918





229064

Pte. Herbert William Marple North Staffordshire Regiment

On 9th of June 1914, HerbertMarple, celebrated his 16th birthday by signing up to the North Staffordshire Regiment. He was too young to do active service, but two years later he was transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment, and like so many boys of his age, went off on an adventure to serve for his King & Country.

He fought in the Battle of the Somme, but was captured and imprisoned. Whilst a prisoner, he had the bridge of his nose smashed in by a guard who found him scavenging for food in the prison bins. He escaped from captivity by hiding himself in a coal truck, and immediately returned to fight on the front lines at Ypres. After the war, like millions of other survivors he never spoke about his terrible ordeal, or of the horrific things he must have experienced as a POW or during battle.

Herbert was my grandfather. Probably no different to millions of other teenagers who signed up to fight 100 years ago, a normal bloke. I never met him, he died before I was born, but by all accounts he was a thoroughly decent husband and father. I know he played the bugle as well as the drums, so I obviously share his likeness for loud, noisy instruments! Many of his other skills have been passed down through the genes, and show up in me at various times. Like his skill for escaping shows up in me whenever there is washing up to be done. His habit of scavenging for food, every time I walk past a Chip shop (I rarely walk past without entering). His impact on the world was probably not enormous, but I bet he would never have dreamt he would influence peoples lives for two minutes about a hundred years later. After all, if he had not escaped from that prison you wouldn't be reading this.

Adrian Marple




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Sgt. Claude Bradshaw MM 2/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

My grandfather never talked of his war-time experiences. We know that he had been subjected to mustard gas attacks. He never told us of the events leading to his being awarded the Military Medal (but citations are not hard to find. He was finally discharged on 9th January 1918 as unfit for further Army duties.

We are every proud of him - his service, courage, bravery and the ongoing battles he may have fought personally afterwards.

Michael Bradshaw




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Pte. Percy Robinson 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.11th Mar 1915)

Percy Robinson was born in the June quarter 1887 in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, the son of Benjamin (farm labourer) and Mary (n�e Hopkinson) Robinson. About 1890 the family moved to 14 Providence Square, Sleaford. (1891 Census RG 13/2578) Percy had an older sister, Florence, and two younger brothers, Walter and William. Ten years later (1901 Census RG 13/3048) saw the family much enlarged with the births of Joseph, George, Frederick, Mary A., Harold and Alfred, and a move to Knipton Houses, Ruskington. Another 10 years (1911 Census RG 14/) saw a further 4 children born to the family � Albert, Clarice Eveleyn, Arthur Edward and Ethel. The Census record of that year shows that Mary had borne 17 children, 3 of whom had subsequently died. By then, though, Percy had left home to join the Army in 1909. At that time he stood 5 ft. 3� ins. [1.61 m] tall, had a �fresh� complexion, grey eyes and fair hair, and weighed 10 st. 2 lbs. [64.4 kgs].

Percy was a serving soldier at the outbreak of the war, having enlisted in the 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment, in Lincoln, on 8th June 1909, aged 22. From that date to 6th December 1910 Percy trained with his battalion, before being posted to India, where he gained his 3rd and 2nd class certificates of education. In August 1914 the 2nd Btn. was in Ranikhet, part of Gharwal Brigade, Meerut Division of the Indian Army. Like several other battalions, fears of a rising among the native Indian population meant that it was not at once dispatched to France. However, mounting casualties among the BEF, and the growing realisation that this was to be a long war, prompted the Indian Government in September 1914 to offer an Indian Corps for service in France. The offer was accepted, and on 20th September the battalion sailed for France. On 12th October 1914 the Division arrived in France and by the close of the First Battle of Ypres, the Corps was in the trenches.

For the next twelve months, as part of the Meerut Division, the 2nd Btn. endured hardships of cold and enemy fire as it fought at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 (where Private William Buckingham gained a Victoria Cross, the first for the Regiment since the Crimea). Percy's Medal Index Card shows that he arrived in France with his battalion on 12th October 1914.

Percy's service papers record his death as between 10th and 13th March 1915, which was the period of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. The Garhwal Brigade of the Meerut Division, Indian Corps attacked with all four battalions on a 600 yards (550 m) front, from Port Arthur to Pont Logy.

On the right, the attack quickly collapsed, both companies losing direction and veering to the right. The attack confronted a part of the German defence not bombarded by the artillery and before the mistake was realised the two support companies followed suit. The Indian troops forced their way through the German wire and took 200 yards (180 m) of the German front trench, despite many casualties.

During the battle the 2nd Btn. had 92 Officers and men killed in action. Only 19 have a known grave, the remainder, with Percy, are commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. In total Percy had served 5 years 269 days with the Colours.

Graham E Conway




226364

Pte. Herbert Hibbitt 1/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

Bert Hibbitt served with the 5th Leicesters.

Sharron Hibbitt




223418

Pte. Leonard Bate 1st Btn. D Coy Leicestershire Regiment

Len Bate was posted to France in autumn of 1914. He was 26 years old. On 21st October, the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment arrived at the line near Armentieres to relieve the 1st Battalion West Yorks.

Len, a member of D Company, was wounded and taken prisoner in the attack on the level crossing south of La Houssoie station on 25th October. He was to spend the next four years as a POW, initially at Cassel and from December 1916 at Langensalza.

After the war he returned to his wife and daughter in Leicestershire, moved to Staffordshire, where his son was born in 1921, before immigrating to Ontario, Canada where he became a successful businessman and well known amateur artist. He made regular return visits to his family in Leicester until his death in 1971.

Nicola Bate




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History of the 1st and 2nd Battalions: The Leicestershire Regiment in the Great War

H.C. Wylly



Footprints of the 1/4th Leicestershire Regiment: August 1914 to November 1918

John Milne


This account is written primarily for those who served or whose relatives served in the battalion, which is a good thing as we get plenty of names and the details of daily life in the trenches, officer casualties and new arrivals are mentioned by name in the text other ranks by totals. A reprint of the 1935 original.
Fifth Leicestershire: A Record of the 1/5th Battalion the Leicestershire Regiment, TF, During the War 1914-1919

J.D. Hills


This battalion history, based essentially on the War Diary supplemented by contributions from various battalion members. There is plenty of meat in this history, detailed accounts of actions and events in and out of the trenches, names of officers and other ranks, list of honours and awards.




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