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Those known to have served with

North Staffordshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ainsworth Jack. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.31st August 1918)
  • 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.
  • Beaver Thomas Edward. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.15th April 1918)
  • 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
  • Bladon Harry. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Brocklehurst Samuel Needham. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.12th March 1918)
  • Brookes James. Pte.
  • Brown Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th April 1916)
  • Brown Charles Richard. Cpl. 1st Battalion
  • Brown James. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Brown James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • 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)
  • Colley Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th August 1916)
  • Cooke S.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st June 1920)
  • 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)
  • Gibson Samuel. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th June 1917)
  • 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)
  • Greatrix Robert. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.17th April 1918)
  • 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 Henry. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.19th Nov 1916)
  • Jones William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Keates Frederick Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.28th 0r 30th April 1916)
  • 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)
  • Pitch James. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.20th Aug 1920)
  • Reid Wilfred. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd July 1918)
  • 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)
  • Rouhorn Michael. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th November 1915)
  • Rushton William. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.7th Jan 1916)
  • Russell Alfred Horace. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.5th Mar 1918)
  • Sanders Alfred. Cpl.
  • Sanders Alfred. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • 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




237105

Pte. Wilfred Reid 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.2nd July 1918)

Private Reid is buried in the Mussoorie General Cemetery in India, Plot X. Grave 3.

s flynn




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Pte. William Rushton 7th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (d.7th Jan 1916)

William Rushton served with 7th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.

Jayne Weaver




235977

Pte. Thomas Edward Beaver 2/6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.15th April 1918)

Thomas Beaver was my great uncle. He was born at Langley Mill, near Heanor, Derbyshire on 5th May 1899, the eighth child (of eleven) of Charles Beaver (a coal miner) and his wife, Mary (nee Williamson). A coal miner himself after leaving school, he enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters on 18th September 1915 and received the number 30924. However, he was discharged at Sunderland on 16th of November 1915 "having made a mis-statement as to age on enlistment". However, two years later at the age of eighteen he enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters again and received the number 42886.

Arriving in France at the beginning of April 1918, he and his unit were immediately transferred to the 2/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Unfortunately, however, he was reported missing presumed killed during the Battle of Bailleul on 15th April 1918. His distraught mother always believed that he would come home and was suffering from shellshock. She even sought to make her way to France to find him herself. However, the Germans had overrun the British positions at Bailleul in their last major offensive in the West, and his body was not recovered until after the war. He is buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension. He was unmarried.

Shane Beaver




235233

Pte. S. Cooke 2nd Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.1st June 1920)

Private Cooke was buried in the Famagusta Military Cemetery in Cyprus, Grave 25.

s flynn




235009

Sgt. Samuel Needham Brocklehurst 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.12th March 1918)

Sam Brocklehurst was a farmer. He served with the 8th, 2nd, 3rd and 12th Battalions, North Staffordshire Regiment. He left behind his wife Flo and their six children aged 12 to 3. He has no known grave but his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

Joan Fleet




233825

Pte. Ernest Colley 8th Btn. North Staffs Regiment (d.9th August 1916)

Ernest Colley has no known grave and I am still trying to find out where and how he went missing and in which action. Ernest was the son of John and Alice Colley of Longton.

David Young




233777

L/Cpl. Henry Jones 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.19th Nov 1916)

Henry Jones was a telegraphist in the North Staffs Regiment. He died whilst serving on the frontline between Thiepval and Bouquet Farm. Specifically he was killed in the battalion attack at 06.10 hours on 18th November from Regina trench to Desire trench. 17 officers and 317 other ranks became casualties and the attack completely failed. Henry Jones's body was never identified and he is listed as missing.

Ian Price




233516

Pte. Robert Greatrix 2/6th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment (d.17th April 1918)

My Great Uncle's name, Robert Greatrix has been known since I was old enough to read the local War Memorial. I have never found out what he was doing to get mortally wounded.

B Greatrix




233403

Sgt. Alfred Sanders 8th Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

The Sentinel newspaper spelt his name as Saunders, when in actual fact it was Sanders.

My relative was Alfred Sanders. He was born in 1895 in Longton, Stoke on Trent. He joined the colours in 1914 and the census records states he lived in Heaths Passage. He joined the 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. On July 3rd he went over the top under the command of Major Cecil Wedgwood. Wedgwood and many others died. Alfred survived the Somme Campaign then on the last day, 18th November, took part in an attack against Grandcourt. There was a blizzard and bitter fighting took place. 173 men from Stoke were killed. Alfred was presumed dead. Then in March 1917, he appeared in the archives as being a prisoner of war in German hands. I have found the German records stating which camps he was in and his medal index card shows he returned home in 1919. He died in 1951 and is buried in Longton Cemetery.

His older cousin born in 1892 was my great great grandad and also called Alfred Sanders. He served with the 7th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment in Gallipoli and was wounded in July 1916. He went on to the 1st South Staffs Regiment and served at Ypres in 1917 when he was discharged for being wounded in October 1917.

Callan Chevin




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

In 1901 Harry was living at his sister Ann's home in Burton on Trent, together with his widowed father Leonard, and siblings Ernest, Mary and Albert. Only Harry had been born in Blackwell, Derbyshire in 1887. It seems that the family were in Blackwell for only a short time between 1881 census and 1889 when Harry's younger brother Ernest was born in Burton. Private 4425 Harry Bladon of the North Staffs. (Prince of Wales ) Regiment 1st/6th Btn, was killed in action on July 1st 1916; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Tony Mellors




231273

Pte. James Pitch 1/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment (d.20th Aug 1920)

James Pitch entered the war on 5th March 1915 when he was about 18 years old. He was badly wounded in the leg which was amputated but later got gangrene anyway. James was so angry when he arrived home, he pulled the grandmother clock off the wall, took it out and sawed the eagle off the top. He eventually died of it on 25th August 1920, age 23. He at least got to die at home with his devoted mother and brothers around him and not alone in the mud of the battlefield.

War Memorail in St.Chad's Church, Lichfield, Staffs

Mary-Anne Pechet




231065

Pte. James Brown 1st Btn. North Staffordshire Regiment

In 1913, while serving with the 1st North Staffordshire Regiment in Buttervant, Co. Cork, Private James Brown bought an Irish Terrier puppy, which he called Prince, after his Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). The dog became devoted to his new master, a devotion that literally knew no bounds.

In August 1914, the 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, including James Brown, were mobilized, landing in France in September as part of 17th Brigade, 6th Division. Meanwhile Prince went with Mrs Brown to stay with her relatives in London. On 27th September 1914, Prince went missing. Within two months Prince turned up in Armentieres to report to his Regiment and his beloved master Pte James Brown. Although this story at first glance seems unbelievable, there is too much corroborative evidence to draw any other conclusion than that the story is true. Even during his early days with the regiment, Prince was well known and loved; in 1923 an article about their old pal appeared in the regimental journal, China Dragon: "...There are still one or two of us left who remember his [Prince's] 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 travelled four times the distance, whilst our shoulders ached and our feet felt heavy. We didn't realise at that time, that his fondness for the sight of khaki clad figures would make him famous..." F.B.T. China Dragon Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163.

The story of Prince finding his master in the trenches seems to have first appeared under the headline, Dog Goes To Front To Seek His Master, on 27th November 1914 in the Evening Telegraph and Post only two months after Prince had disappeared from London: "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 27th of September 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. The Evening Telegraph and Post, Friday, 27th of November 1914. The Regiment in the report should have read 1st North Staffordshire Regiment; the paper seems to have misreported it, it was corrected in subsequent reports.

By Saturday 28th of November 1914, the story of Prince's miraculous journey appeared in local newspapers right across the country, from The Cornishman in the south, to The Newcastle Journal in the north, eventually even getting picked up by the Nationals. Several of the papers added extra information. In the report, A Dogs Devotion, in the Newcastle Journal, a further extract from James's 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". [Extract from Pte Brown's letter, 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, 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? No one really knows, but the men of the 1st North Staffordshire's had an answer. At first we looked upon his 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 their 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. The Queen's Westminster Rifles landed in Le Havre on 3rd November 1914 and joined 18th Brigade, 6th Division at Armentieres.

News of Princes arrival at Armentieres spread through the regiment like wildfire, the next morning Private Brown had to parade with his pet before the Commanding Officer so that he could, in his words, "believe his own eyes". Prince became a universal favourite with the regiment and was adopted as the battalion's pet, where he soon settled down to life on the front line. James and Prince remained constant companions, serving alongside the men of the 1st North Staffordshire Regiment, who delighted in teaching him tricks and appreciated his natural skills. "...perhaps his best trick was to balance a penny on his nose while the names of other regiments were called out. No matter how long the list or in what way it was presented, Prince always recognized the item "The 1st North Staffordshires" and tossed up the penny, caught it and barked for his reward."... ...but his real delight was ratting. He was known to kill 137 rats in one day." (Animal Heroes, p 3. Peter Shaw Baker 1933) Peter Shaw Barker's mother, a famous animal artist of the period, had earlier painted Prince's Portrait for the RSPCA, although not all of the facts in his book appear to be correct, he may have received some anecdotes from the Brown family.

Prince and James both survived some of the most infamous battles of the war - Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Cambrai - as well as their frequent travels through the notorious and aptly named Hellfire Corner: "Hellfire Corner and many other notable spots have been negotiated by him in company with his master, who is employed on transport and whose job it was to bring rations nightly. For Prince the sound of bursting shells meant little, and many of his comrades who had been badly mauled received a little of Prince's sympathy in the shape of a lick, whilst many a dead comrade was similarly treated." F.B.T. The China Dragon Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163. James wrote, "Whenever a heavy shell came over, he never failed to take cover" (Evening Telegraph and Post, p.7 October 29th 1919).

At 11 o'clock, on 11th November 1918 the Armistice eventually came. After four years of hardship spent in the front line, thoughts now turned to how to get Prince back home, it wouldn't prove to be quite as simple as his journey out. The enforcement of quarantine laws meant that Prince would have to spend six months in kennels, at a cost of £14, (over six months' pay for a private in the infantry). However, Prince's faithfulness to his master and devotion to the men of the 1st North Staffordshire's hadn't gone unnoticed. "Like one or two humans, Prince started and finished the campaign, and the question of getting him home after the Armistice troubled his master not a little. His devotion to his master and the battalion did not go unrewarded for the RSPCA having heard of Prince's faithfulness during the four years of war, brought him home and placed him in quarantine at their own expense, and afterwards returned him to his old master, Private Brown. F.B.T. The China Dragon Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163.

At the cessation of the war the RSPCA had set up "The Soldier's Dog Fund" to help meet the cost of keeping animals in quarantine; and built over 500 kennels at Hackbridge, Surrey, to house the dogs. Prince, partly due to his celebrity, was one of the lucky ones to be brought home and returned to his master. News of Prince's remarkable journey and safe return, were once again headline news across the country.

"Irish Terrier's Extra-ordinary Sagacity - Made Journey to France On His Own and discovered his Master. An Irish Terrier with a 'sixth' sense has just returned to this country from France, and is now impatiently kicking his heels in quarantine cells at Hackbridge, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The officials of the Society, who have thoroughly investigated the episode, have interviewed the owners of the dog, who are satisfied that the case is authentic. They say that in September, 1914, James Brown went to France with the North Stafford Regiment, leaving behind him in Buttervant, Ireland, his wife and his Irish Terrier, Prince." (Extract from The Evening Telegraph, Wednesday 22nd October 1919 p.7)

The four years at the front seemed to have taken their toll on him and on 21st July 1921, only nine years old, Prince sadly died. Once again, Prince's name appeared in the newspapers, but this time the news of his amazing adventure, went as far as the US, with reports in The Evening Herald, Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Prince's final 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 Georgina Shaw Baker, to the Browns. The pastel drawing was presented to the Browns, on behalf of the North Staffordshire branch of the RSPCA, by Lord Dartmouth. "Stafford's Famous Dog Presentation Portrait of Prince On behalf of the North Staffordshire Branch of the R.S.P.C.A., Lord Dartmouth, at the annual meeting of the branch, held in the County Council Buildings, Stafford, on Wednesday afternoon, presented Mr. and Mrs. Brown, S. Wolverhampton Road, Stafford, with a picture of their famous Irish Terrier dog, Prince.

It will be remembered that during the war Prince got lost in London, and traced and joined his soldier master, who was serving with the North Staffordshire Regiment in the trenches near Armentieres. He was brought safely home again, but died a few months ago, to the great sorrow of his master and mistress and many admirers. The picture is in his memory. Lord Dartmouth said he undertook the duty of presenting it with very great pleasure. The incident in which Prince was so conspicuous a figure was one of the most marvellous things in dogs lives ever known, and worthy of the special recognition they were giving it. He thought the society had done well in taking particular interest in the occasion, because he could not conceive anything that would appeal more strongly to the public generally than the knowledge of what this dog had done.

It was a matter of regret that Prince was no longer alive, but he thought it was a satisfaction to all of them who loved animals, and especially to Mr. and Mrs. Brown, that he had found a comfortable home in the hereafter in what a little girl, in describing the Zodiac, had called a "kind of heavenly zoo to which animals go when they die". (The Mercury, Friday 30th September 1921) 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.

It only seems right that his comrades who shared the hardships, during his life in the First World War, with him should have the last word in Prince's remarkable story. "Had not his death taken him so soon, he might have ended his days with the battalion for we were in correspondence with Pte Brown after the war with the view to getting him back in the Battalion... ...It is still possible to look at the original picture published in this issue as a reminder of those times when Prince taught us the value of an animal's faithfulness." (F.B.T. The China Dragon Vol XV Xmas 1923 No 5 Page 163).





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Pte. Michael Rouhorn 7th Btn. North Staffordshire Rgt. (d.28th November 1915)

Michael Rouhorn 1873-1915 (spelt many ways over the years) was the son of William Rouhorn 1836-1912 b. Mayo Ireland and Rose Stanton 1841-1883. He was married to Mary Hannah Northcup in 1904 and left two children that I found. He had served before at least twice in the 4th North Staffs Regiment, the second time rejoining in 1903 just before his marriage.

He died in Gallipoli on 28th November 1915. All records for November for the 7th North Staffordshire Btn seem to have been lost. The regiment left Gallipoli early in December 1915. (What a horrific waste of life. Look at the War Diary for the 7th North Staffs Regiment 1915.)

My interest was through my father who was named Albert Michael Fisher in 1918 after his uncle. His mother Agnes Rouhorn (Fisher) was his sister.

My father served in Burma in WWII, and never forgot the experience. He was always interested in what had become of his uncle and I am only sorry that he passed away without being able to trace his uncle through the generations due to the many spellings of the surname.

Michael - I have spent a long time trying to trace your story and have put as much information as I can on the Ancestry Website and hope that some family members will look for you in future years.

Pauline Hicks




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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




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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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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




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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




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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




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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




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