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  • Alcock C. C.. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Allen Arthur Hewitt. Lt. 1st Btn. att 72nd MGC.
  • Armstrong Richard. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.26th March 1918)
  • Ashby Sampson. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1917)
  • Asher Bertram Gower. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Jan 1916)
  • Ashton A.. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Bagguley William. Sgt. 1/5th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Ball William Henry. Pte. (d.27th Aug 1918)
  • Barker Ernest Peirson. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Barnes John. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Bennett George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.April 1917)
  • Bentley Charles. Cpl. 6th btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bird William Herbert. Lt. 4th Btn.
  • Blackwell Albert Christie. 2nd Battalion
  • Blakemore Denis Jetson. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Jul 1917)
  • Boatman Thomas James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.19th Apr 1918)
  • Brealey Charles. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Brookes James. Pte.
  • Brown Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • Brown Charles Richard. Cpl. 1st Battalion
  • Brown James. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Bullock Eli. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Christelow John Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1915)
  • Colclough John. Act/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.21 January 1917)
  • Cooper Charles Walter. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Dale Thomas James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.20th April 1919)
  • Daniels John Thomas. Pte. 1st Bn. (d.1st April 1917)
  • Davies Fred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.22nd Sep 1917)
  • Dawes Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.12th March 1915)
  • Deacon John. A/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.9th Nov 1918)
  • Deakin William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th April 1918)
  • Dean Jesse. Lance Corporal 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Dutton William France. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. (d.6th June 1917)
  • Finn Patrick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Apr 1915)
  • Fleming Robert. Cpl 2/6 Btn. A Coy
  • Foy Francis. Pte. 4th Btn. C Coy. (d.20th Apr 1918)
  • Furnival William. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Gilham Frederick George. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Glenn William. L/Cpl. 4th Btn.
  • Goodwin Thomas. Sgt. 2nd Btn. (d.4th March 1917)
  • Goodyer Thomas. Sgt. 12th Btn
  • Gough Horace Fredrick. 2nd Lt. 8th Battalion (d.21st Sept 1917)
  • Hallam William Herbert. Sargent 9th
  • Hammond John Robert. Sgt. 7th Btn.
  • Hancock W. . Cpl.
  • Harper Thomas. Sjt. 6th btn. (d.27 April 1915)
  • Hearn Charles Albert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Sept 1918)
  • Henderson Edward Elers Delavel. Lt Col. (d.25th Jan 1917)
  • Henshaw John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.5th April 1916)
  • Henshaw William Charles. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.11th Feb 1917)
  • Hewkin Walter. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th June 1917)
  • Hiley Frederick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.22nd Jul 1916)
  • Hiley William. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.9th  Sep 1917)
  • Hinxman Albert William. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.29th April 1918)
  • Hodson Joseph. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Jones William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Keay Charles. L/Sjt. 1st Battalion
  • Keeling Ernest. CSM. 1st Btn
  • Le Doux James. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.25th Jan 1917)
  • Leadbeater Frederick John. Pte 1/6th Btn.
  • Longson John Henry. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.25th September 1916)
  • Lunn Matthew Henry. Pte 8th Btn.
  • Maguire Thomas. Sgt/Mjr. 2nd/5th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Marple Herbert William. Pte.
  • Mattocks Henry. Pte 1st Battalion
  • Midgley Harry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Moore Bertrand. Pte. 6th Btn. 13 Platoon
  • Mosley Nicholas. Capt. (d.1st Aug 1915)
  • Moulton Gilbert. Pte. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Newman Cyril Arnell. Temp 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Newton William Trafford. Lt. 1/6th Btn. B Company (d.1st July 1916)
  • Nicholls George.
  • Nicholls William. Pte. (d.13th Oct 1915)
  • Norton Sydney. Sjt. C comp. 6th btn.
  • Ogden John William. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.3rd Dec 1917)
  • Ollerhead Frederick William. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Roach James. Pte. 7th Btn (d.6th Dec 1915)
  • Robertson Mowbray Mitcalfe. 9th Btn. (d.31st Aug 1916)
  • Rossington John Frederick. Pte. Army Ordnance Corps. (d.26th March 1918)
  • Russell Alfred Horace. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.5th Mar 1918)
  • Sanders Alfred. Cpl.
  • Savage William. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Selfe Hugh Ronald. Cptn. 8th Btn. (d.9th July 1917)
  • Shaw Thomas. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Siddalls George Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Aug 1918)
  • Simons John Edward. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Smith Thomas. Pte. 7th Btn (d.7th Jan 1916)
  • Stenton Albert Edward. Pte. 2nd/6th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Stott Edwin. Pte. 1st/5th Bn. (d.28th Sep 1918)
  • Tate Lionel Percy. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Taylor William. L/Sgt. 7th Battalion
  • Telfer J.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Tilling Samuel C.. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.25th Jan 1917)
  • Tower Frederick William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.24th Sep 1917)
  • Tyas Robert William. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Warrilow Elijah. Pte.
  • Watson Edward. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Williams J.. Pte.
  • Worley William Hedley. Pte.
  • Yates John William. L/Cpl. 1st/5th Battalion, A coy. (d.18th Jun 1917)
  • Young Robert Willian Niven. Cpt. 6th Btn.

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Pte. William France Dutton 1st/6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.6th June 1917)

William Dutton died on the 6th of June 1917 aged 27 and is buried in the Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery in France. He was the son of James and Mary Elizabeth Dutton, of Newcastle-under-Lyme; husband of Annie Maude Dutton, of 3 Foden St., Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs.

s flynn


L/Cpl. William Glenn 4th Btn. North Staffordshire Rgt.

William Glenn was a music hall performer, who was popular under the name of Billy Glenn. He died in Rochford, Essex, in March 1962.

Mike Green


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


Pte. James Brown 1st Battalion North Staffordshire

Private James Brown, 1 North Staffordshire Regiment and His Dog Prince Who Found His Way to the Front.

In 1913, while serving with the 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, in Buttervant, Co. Cork, Private James Brown, did what many of us have done in the past. He fell in love with a puppy, which he called Prince (after the regimental name Prince of Wales's); and the Irish Terrier puppy became devoted to him. A devotion that would literally know no bounds. Even during these early days, 'Prince' was well known within the Regiment, in 1923 an article about "their old pal" appeared in the Regimental Journal.

"...There are still one or two of us left who remember his [Prince] travels during the time the battalion was stationed at Buttervant in Ireland. We remember well how he would run alongside the column on the march; first across one side of the road into the corn, and then across to the other to explore the furrows of a ploughed field. We still remember how fresh he would arrive at the end of the march, although he must have traveled four times the distance, whilst our shoulders ached and our feet felt heavy. We didn't realize, at that time, that his fondness for the sight of khaki clad figures would make him famous..." [F.B.T. The China Dragon (North Staffordshire Regimental magazine)Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163.]

The Story of Prince finding his master in the trenches, first appeared, under the headline, "Dog Goes To Front To Seek His Master", on the 27th November 1914, in the Evening Telegraph and Post, only two months after Prince had disappeared from London.

The Evening Telegraph And Post Friday, November 27,1914

"The Story of a dramatic meeting at the front between a Hammersmith soldier and his dog is told in a letter received by Mrs Brown. Of 1 Airedale Cottages, Hammersmith from her husband, a private of the 1st Northamptonshire Regiment.

Private Brown went with his Regiment to the Continent in August, and on September 27 Mrs Brown missed the dog a shaggy haired Irish Terrier named Prince - from her home at Hammersmith, and on the following day reported her loss at Hammersmith Police Station. She heard nothing more of the animal until yesterday morning, when she received a letter from her husband, in which occurs the following passage:-

I am sorry you have not found Prince, and you are never likely to while he is over here with me. It is a very strange thing I should have got him. A man brought him to me from the front trenches. I could not believe my eyes until I got off my horse, and he made a big fuss of me. I believe he came across with some other troops. Just fancy him coming here and finding me. He is quite settled down with me, and I have made him a coat out of some of our old great- coats, which will keep him warm. He is the pet of the Regiment.

Note: The Regiment in the report should have read 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, but the paper miss reported it.

By Saturday 28th November 1914, the story of Prince miraculous journey appeared in local newspapers right across the country, from The Cornishman in the South, to The Newcastle Journal in the North, eventually also getting picked up by the Nationals. Several of the papers added extra information (as well as correctly identifying James regiment). In the report, "A Dogs Devotion", in the Newcastle Journal, a further extract from James' letter appeared, which helps explain how the story made the papers so quickly.

I believe Colonel De Falbe is going to report the circumstances to the papers; in fact, they may already have it as the dog has been with me five days,....

[Pte Browns letter in THE NEWCASTLE JOURNAL, Saturday, November 28, 1914 p.6]

All of the media coverage, brought the story to the attention of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), who thoroughly investigated Prince's miraculous appearance in Flanders and were able to establish its authenticity beyond doubt. But how did 'Prince' manage to travel almost 200 miles from Hammersmith to Armentieres, in France, on his own? The men of the 1st North Staffordshire's had an answer.

"At first we looked upon his [Prince's] arrival in the battalion in Flanders as something approaching impossible... ...The problem was eventually solved.

The Queen's Westminsters had marched through Hammersmith on the way to the station for entraining for a port of embarkation during the month of November, and all the old memories of the times in Ireland must have come flooding back to 'Prince', for it was then that he said to himself "I will go on this march." The march, however, was a short one, and the ride long, for he stuck to his newly-found khaki clad acquaintances until there arrival at Erquinghem not far from the scene of operations and well within the sound of the guns. Here the unexpected happened for on that day Prince's old master, also passing through and seeing a dog that looked very much like his own, called to him and was quickly assured that it was none other than the old friend of the Battalion."

[F.B.T. The China Dragon Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163.]

News of Princes arrival at Armentieres spread through the regiment like wildfire, the next morning Private Brown had orders to parade with his pet before the Commanding Officer for examination and verification of the story. The regiment adopted Prince as mascot and he stayed in France, with Private Brown where he soon settled down as an old campaigner. He was provided with a British Warm made from an old khaki tunic and he used to wear his master's identification disc and soon settled down to life in the front line. James wrote, Whenever a heavy shell came over, he never failed to take cover [Evening Telegraph and Post, p.7 October 29th 1919].

Later, as they were awarded, he wore his master's medals too; the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal, and the British War Medal.

James and Prince remained together in Flanders throughout the four years of fighting, until the Armistice in November 1918, both surviving some of the most infamous battles, Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Cambrai, as well as their frequent travels through the aptly named Hellfire Corner.

Prince was repatriated to Britain in 1919​​​, and quarantined in Shoreham, which was paid for by public donations, then returned to Mr and Mrs Brown. However, the four years at the front seemed to have taken their toll on him and on July 21st 1921 aged only 8 years old, Prince sadly died. Princes finale appearance in the news seems to be 30th September 1921 in The Mercury, which ran a story about the presentation of a portrait of Prince, painted by Mrs Georgina Shaw Baker, to the Browns. The drawing Prince, an Irish Terrier, Mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment in the Trenches in France is now held by the Council of the National Army Museum, London.

James Brown was a driver at HQ

Andy Rowlands


Pte. William Deakin 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Rgt. (d.19th April 1918)

William Deakin was my great grandfather. He was the father of my father's mother. He came from Mossley in Lancashire near Ashton Under Lyne. To date, I know very little about him apart from the fact he was killed in action on 19th April 1918 and is buried at Tyne Cot military Cemetery, Belgium.

Laurence Elliott


CSM. Ernest Keeling MC. 1st Btn North Staffordshire Regiment

Ernest Keeling was married to my great-aunt Annie (nickname Nance) nee Bayliss . She was one of 12 children, 6 boys and 6 girls including my grandmother Ethel. The Bayliss family came from Park Village Wolverhampton but were originally from Wombourne Staffs.

Peter Welsh


Pte Matthew Henry Lunn 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

Mathew Lunn was born on 25 Aug. 1897 at Meltham. He was mobilised 6th November 1916 and sent to France on 5th Mar 1917, initially with 1st N. Staffs, but he transferred to 8th Btn on 26 March 1917. Messines was probably his Baptism of fire! Later on 11 August received a Blighty - a bullet/bayonet wound to right thigh - and was invalided back to UK. He was eventually discharged "No longer fit for Military Service" in November 1917. He received Silver wound badge & King's Certificate.

Mathew Henry Lunn died at Meltham 18 Jan 1931 of tuberculosis. A short life but he did his bit!

P.C. Potter


Pte. Harry Midgley 4th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.30th Sep 1918)

Harry Midgley was my great uncle. He died aged 20 in Flanders and is buried in Zandvoorde Cemetery in Belgium. His brother (my grandfather) also fought in the Battle of the Somme. He was a Bradford Pal and survived the war.


2nd Lt. Lionel Percy Tate 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Lionel Tate was known by his middle name, Percy. He was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, on 17th April 1892, the eldest child of Robert William Tate and his wife Emma (nee Stainsby). He attended Chillingham Road school and Skerrys college in Newcastle and was working as an accounts clerk when he enlisted in the 1st/1st Northumberland Hussars (Territorial Army) on 17th February 1913. His was the first territorial regiment to be sent overseas, they arrived at Zeebrugge on 5th October 1914.

Percy spent almost the whole war in France, with only a handful of days on leave in England each year. He survived many terrible battles in France, including Ypres and the Somme and rose to the rank of corporal before returning to England to cadet school in December 1917.

He was appointed to a commission in the North Staffordshire Regiment in May 1918 and returned to serve with them in France. He was killed in action on 4th November 1918 and is buried in the churchyard of Wargnies Le Grand. After surviving so much, serving throughout the war, it is so sad that he died within only a few days of the armistice. This was also a tragedy for his fiance, Cissy Dryden, who always kept a photo of Percy and never married. Later, she worked in a sweet shop.

Percys brother Lance Corporal Norman Tate, 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on 6th October 1918, commemorated at Vis-En-Artois memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Jenny Cowling


A/Cpl. John Deacon 11th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.9th Nov 1918)

John Deacon signed his attestation on the 7th of Aug 1915. His age given as 19 years 4 months. (He was actually only 16 years and 2 months of age.) He was a Carter by trade. He was posted to 11th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment on the 22nd of June 1916 which moved to Rugeley Camp on Cannock Chase as a Reserve Training Battalion. John served until the 20th of Sept 1916 when he was discharged for serving under military age.

He rejoined in July or August 1917 aged 18 years 1 month. Giving his trade as Tanner He served in the reserve with 53rd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment until he died of pneumonia on the 9th of Nov 1918. He is buried in Colton, Staffordshire. He was the brother of George Deacon

s flynn


Pte. Joseph Hodson 13th Btn. Kings (Liverpool Regiment) (d.15th Oct 1916)

Joseph Hodson enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment, Service No. 25927 He was killed in action on the 15th of October 1916, aged 32 and is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France. He was married with 3 children and was the son of William and Alice Helena (ne Taylor) Hodson of Elmhurst, Staffordshire.

s flynn


Sgt. Thomas Goodwin 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.4th March 1917)

Thomas Goodwin died aged 33 and is buried in the Rawalpindi War Cemetery in Pakistan. He was the son of the late Richard and Harriett Goodwin.

S Flynn


Sgt. John Robert Hammond 7th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

John Hammond was my maternal great-grandfather, and I believe from my other research that he served in the 7th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment in the First World War. He was mentioned in a local newspaper as being transferred to the Military Hospital at Alexandria in December 1915. Unfortunately nobody alive in the family ever met him as he died shortly after the war ended. If anybody has any information on him, I would be most grateful.

Ian Brown


Pte. Thomas Shaw 1/6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

Thomas Shaw married my great aunt Ethel Savage on 24th of August 1914. I thought originally that he went to France in May/June 1916 for the Somme offensive, but I came across a reference to the award of the 1915 Star. It is possible he came across to France in 1915 and he could have taken part in the Battle of Loos.

He was killed in action on 1st of July 1916 along with so many others in the attack, in the attack on Gommecourt Wood. His body was never identified, but he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

William Savage


Pte. William Savage 1/6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

I came across William Savage while researching a relative(Thomas Shaw). He has the same name as me, but I don't think we are related.

William Savage


Pte. William Jones 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.20th Sep 1917)

William Jones was the son of Maria Reeves and Isaiah Jones and the brother of Elizabeth, Lucy and Sarah Jones. He returned to England after emigrating to Detroit, Michigan, USA to enlist in the army. May he rest in peace.

Joyce Avery


Pte. Charles Albert Hearn 9th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.16th Sept 1918)

Bertie Hearn was my wife's uncle on her mother's side, she was Bertie's sister, Rosa Jessie Hearn. I found him during research of the family tree.

On 23rd May 2015 my wife and I were taken to Sunken Road Cemetery at Boisleux-St.Marc. We believe that we are the first of the family to visit his grave. Our son Matthew had purchased a duplicate set of Bertie's medals to which he was entitled. We photographed his headstone with the medals and left two wooden crosses with personal messages from his niece Valerie Swinnerton and two great, great nephews.

Unfortunately we never knew about Bertie from the family, so we do not know of any existing photos of Bertie himself.

Alan Swinnerton


Pte. John Barnes 7th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

John Barnes was my maternal grandfather. He fought with the North Staffordshire Regiment during WW1. He was in the Gallipoli campaign, being one of a handful of survivors in his regiment. He was shot by a Turk and sent to India to recuperate. At the end of WW1 he was sent to Russia to help the White Russians. Unfortunately I know nothing of what happened there. He did not return home until 1922.

John Barnes convalescing in India



Pte. John Thomas Christelow GSM, DSO. 6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.3rd Oct 1915)

John Christelow was my Great Grandfather, my family are all dead and I have his medals but have little information about his war record. I know his name is on the Loos Memorial because my Grandfather visited it in the 1950's but as my Grandparents are dead I have little information to add.

Paul John Christelow


Pte. Alexander Dawes 1st Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.12th March 1915)

Alexander Dawes died aged 32 and is commemoratted on the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) Memorial. We thought he had not been buried, then on a visit to Ypres in 1991 I spoke to someone researching his Greatgrandfather's war diary. After sending me a copy I found he was killed after taking trenches at Le Epinet and buried with others.

Frank Nattriss

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