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Leicestershire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Leicestershire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Bate Leonard. Pte. 1st Btn. D Coy
  • Belcher Walter Rose. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • 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)
  • Casterton Algernon Alfred. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Clarke Fredrick Ambrose.
  • Clarke Joseph. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1917)
  • 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.
  • Glasby Edgar. Pte 7th Btn. (d.2nd May 1918)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Nisbet Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Perry Joseph. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Pickering Arthur.
  • 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
  • Robinson Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.11th Mar 1915)
  • Sanderson Sam. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.6th Apr 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)
  • Timms John Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Tivey Fredrick Joseph. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.27th May 1918)
  • Webb George Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn
  • 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


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


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

Albert Mee served with the 9th Leicestershire Regiment.

Richard Mee


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


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


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


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

Bert Hibbitt served with the 5th Leicesters.

Sharron Hibbitt


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


Pte. James Haigh 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (d.7th May 1916)

James Haigh was born in 1892 in Womersley, Yorkshire West Riding and first served with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (reg no 25355). How he came to serve with the Leicestershire Regiment is unknown.

He married Florence Oliver in 1910 and they had two children - Ethel born 1911 and James R born 1913. Jim was killed in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) on 7th May 1916 and is buried in Basra Cemetery.

Joy Smith


Pte. William George Face 7th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

Account by William George Face, 7th Leicestershire's Regtl No 235623 of his capture:

Captured May 27 1918 at Champagne district. Marched down to temporary camp for a few hours. Marched to Rethel and stopped for night in prison. May 28 entrained for internment camp at Blanc Saint Jen, stopped for a few days entrained for new camp at Bazan Court where worked on new railhead for five weeks pay 30 Fncs a day. Was picked out for work. Sent away on July 10 entrained for Charleville and stopped there in small French cage for three nights. Entrained for a destination unknown (13 July ) at present. First day we were travelling through France and Belgium where the people on station were very good to us giving us cigarettes and money. We continued our journey through the night and waking up in the morning found ourselves just in the border of Germany. We arrived at Coln on the 14th where we had to change and stopped there an hour or two, and the next stop was Bremen where we arrived at midnight and stopped the night. We started off again on the 15th at 6am and travelled on until we arrived at Hamburg at 10:30 where we changed again and had the first basin of hot soup at a Red Cross building which was very good. We started off again at 3 o'clock for our destination which we had been guessing at all the way. We arrived at 8 o'clock and had a very agreeable surprise waiting for us for we were issued out with two loaves a man as an emergency parcel and a grocery parcel the next day, both issued by our Red Cross society. We are waiting to be sent out as working parties. We stay here until 31 July, my 25th birthday, by which time we had another grocery parcel and two biscuits parcels. On the night before we left we have a train journey of about 28 hours and arrived at ? where we are billeted on board an old warship and where I have my first experience of sleeping in hammocks, which I find very comfortable. There are several more Englishman here who have been captured from 1914, and all receiving their parcels and they are very good to us giving us biscuits and cigarettes. Held by SOM 3194

Captured 2

Captured 3

William Face

David Face


Pte. Bernard Stenson 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.7th Jan 1916)

Bernard Stenson died on 7th January 1916 and is commemorated on the Basra War Memorial in Iraq.

s flynn


Pte. George Henry Boler Leicestershire Regiment

My grandad, George Boler enlisted in Lichfield, Derby in 1916. He was wounded and taken as a prisoner of war on the 31st July, 1917. I am trying to find out which battalion he served with and where he was when he was captured by the Germans. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Lorraine Anson


L/Cpl. George William Housby 8th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment (d.15th July 1916)

George William Housby, born in 1884 in Stafford and married to Fanny Wilson in June of 1911. He fell at Bazentin Ridge during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial George was my great granduncle.

Mark Housby


Pte. Albert Earnest Jobber 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.24th Nov 1914)

Albert Jobber was the favourite brother of my grandmother. He was meant to be returning to the UK in the summer of 1914, but his battalion was re-routed to France and he died near Givenchy. I still have the letter my grandmother wrote to him in February 1915 which was returned undelivered.

Alan Bennett


L/Cpl. Bertie Miller 2nd/5th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.2nd Oct 1917)

Bertie Miller - Scalford Memorial

Lance Corporal Miller was the eldest son of John and Emma Miller of Debdale Farm. Whilst engaged in fighting at Hill 37 near Ypres he was severely wounded and taken to No. 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station at Remy Sidings, Poperinghe. This was where Bertie Miller died aged 19 from gunshot wounds to the head. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Matthew Broughton


Pte. Walter Edwin John Sealey 11th Btn. (Midland Pioneers) Leicestershire Regiment (d.15th Nov 1917)

Walter Sealey died of gunshot wound to the spine, 20 days after the injury, at King Georges Hospital, Stamford Street, London. He left a son, Albert Henry Sealey, aged 3 years, as an orphan, his mother having died in 1916.

Editor's Note:- He is interred in the St. John the Baptist churchyard at Niton, Isle of Wight.


Pte. Samuel Earnest Smith 4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment

Samuel Smith signed up on the 7th November 1914, he was born 9th January 1897 and so was only 17 on enlistment. He arrived in France on the 2nd of March 1915 with the 4th Battalion, Leicester Tigers. He was machine gunned across his hip and lay in no man's land for several hours until rescued. Discharged 26th July 1916, he was awarded the Silver War Badge and lived into well into his 70's.

Ivan Smith


Pte. Henry Johnson 1st Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.19th Sep 1918)

Henry Johnson died of wounds on the 19th Sep 1918, aged 27. He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France.

s flynn


Pte. Walter Rose Belcher 2nd Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

Walter Rose Belcher was a coal miner, but joined the army and served as batman to Lt-Col Ernest Clive Atkins during the First World War.

Caroline Payne


Cpl. John Curtis 1st Btn. Leicestershire Regiment (d.18th Sep 1918)

John Curtis served with the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment during WW1 and died on the 18th September 1918, aged 38. He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France. John was the husband of Rachel (later Bradford of Albert Villas, Ravenstone, Leicester.)

S Flynn

Want to know more about Leicestershire Regiment?

There are:48510 pages and articles tagged Leicestershire Regiment available in our Library
  These include information on officers, regimental histories, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Great War.

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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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