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- Ainscow George Alfred. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.18th Sep 1918)
- Albany William. Pte. 23rd (Sportmans) Btn. (d.2nd August 1916)
- Alley William Frederick. Cpl. 22nd (Service) Battalion (Kensington)
- Allum David. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Ansell George. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
- Ansted Alfred T.. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1916)
- Arkwright Alfred Stanley. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
- Armstrong Christopher. 2nd Lt. 23rd (Sportsman's Battalion) Battalion (d.9th Apr 1916)
- Atkins Herbert Ernest King. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.26 May 1915)
- Ayres Albert. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Ayres George Thomas. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Bailey William Bainbridge. Pte. 13th Btn.
- Baker William. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.14th Aug 1918)
- Barltrop Felix Reuben. Pte. 12th Btn. No 1 Coy. (d.27 Nov 1916)
- Barnato Isaac Henry Woolf. Captain (d.25th Oct 1918)
- Barnett Herbert William. 2nd Lt. 26th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
- Barnett William. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.27th March 1916)
- Barton John. Pte. C Coy. 8th Btn. (d.2nd Nov 1916)
- Bathe Stanley Albert. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1918)
- Battley Horace. Pte. 26th Btn (d.14th Oct 1918)
- Beesley Edward. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.23rd April 1917)
- Benge Cecil John. Sgt. 10th Btn.
- Benham William. Pte. 1st/3rd Btn. (d.12th Jul 1917)
- Bentley Thomas Harold. Pte.
- Betts Walter Herbert. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.23rd Sep 1918)
- Bingham C. E.. Pte. (d.1917)
- Bishop George Ewart. Private 17th Battalion (d.12 Apr 1918)
- Bishop George Ewart. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
- Blake Harry Douglas. Pte 10th Battalion (d.8th Dec 1915)
- Bosley Edward Charles. Pte. 17th Battalion (d.29th Sep 1918)
- Boxall Percy John. Pte. 17th Btn, D Coy. (d.2nd April 1918)
- Boyer Herbert James. Private 22nd Battalion (d.3rd Sept 1918)
- Bray Victor George Thomas. Private 8th Battalion (d.9th Apr 1917)
- Braybrooke Patrick Philip William.
- Brown James Harrison. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.26th Apr 1917)
- Buckley Reginald. 2nd Lt. 217th Company
- Bunyard Alfred John. Pte. 32nd Battalion (d.4th October 1916)
- Burchell Jonathan. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.24th Sep 1915)
- Burchett Cecil. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.14th Jun 1917)
- Burridge George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1917)
- Butterfield . Pte. 9th Btn. B Coy.
- Butterworth Thomas. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn.
- Byron William Henry Rose. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.5th April 1918)
- Cannon Albert. Sgt. 11th Battalion (d.23rd Sep 1915)
- Casey Charles John. Lt. 15th Btn.
- Caves Frank. Cpl. 26th Btn. 6th Platoon. (d.2nd Dec 1916)
- Charretie William Henry. Pte. 32nd (East Ham Pals) Btn (d.22nd March 1918)
- Charteris Ernest. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.7th July 1917)
- Clark Ernest Arthur. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.9th April 1917)
- Cole William James. Pte. 24th (2nd Sportsmans) Btn
- Coleman Arthur Joseph Ethelbert. Pte. 3rd Bn. (d.16th Oct 1918)
- Collarbon George Frederick. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.24th Nov 1916)
- Collard Edwin Lewis. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.17th June 1917)
- Collins George . Pte. 9th Battalion (d.7th Jul 1916)
- Cooper David. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th October 1916)
- Cope James. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
- Cottingham Edward Albert. Sgt. 2/4th (d.7th October 1916)
- Cottingham Herbert. Pte 32nd Btn.
- Crockford William. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.7th May 1915)
- Dahabany Albert.
- Dartnell Wilbur Taylor. Lt. 25th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1915)
- Dartnell Wilbur Taylor. Lt. 25th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1915)
- Davidson Eric Layzell. Tpr.
- Davies Thomas Stanley. L/Cpl. 26th Btn. (d.16th Sep 1916)
- Davis Percival James. Pte. 2nd (City of London) Battalion (d.16th Oct 1916)
- Dayer Frederick Alexander. Pte. 8th Batallion (d.9th April 1917)
- Dease Maurice James. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1914)
- Dease Maurice James. Lt. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1914)
- Deeks Victor Alfred. Pte. 22nd Btn. (d.8th November 1918)
- Dellar Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Jan 1916)
- Dobson John William. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.28th Sep 1918)
- Doughty Alfred John. Pte. 2nd Btn
- Draper G. Pte 2nd Batallion
- Duke Oriel St.Arnaud. Sgt. 10th Btn.
- Eary Frank. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.24th Nov 1917)
- Eddon Joseph Edwards. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.2nd October 1916)
- Edmundson William John. Pte. 2nd/2nd Btn (d.26th Oct 1915)
- Eldridge William W.. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.11th Apr 1917)
- Elliott-Cooper Neville Bowes. Lt/Col. 8th Btn. (d.11th Feb 1918)
- Elliott-Cooper Neville Bowes. Lt.Col. 8th Btn. (d.11th Feb 1918)
- Ellse Ogden. Pte. 2nd Battalion
- Elvin W.. Pte. 4th Btn.
- Ensby George Charles. Pte 12 Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
- Everett Herbert James. Pte. 9th Bn. (d.7th Oct 1916)
- Faithfull Ferdinand Albert. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
- Farnes Albert. Pte. 22nd Btn. (d.8th Mar 1917)
- Firmston William. Sgt 2nd Btn. Y Coy. (d.13th April 1918)
- Firstbrook Ernest Albert. Pte. 24th (2nd Sportsman's) Btn. (d.13 Nov 1916)
- Flack William Alfred. Sgt. 9th Btn.
- Fleming Harry. Pte. 12th Battalion
- Foleder Joseph Albert. Pte. 12th Btn.
- Fountain Thomas. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.2nd June 1915)
- Fullard Philip Fletcher. Capt.
- Godley Sidney.
- Goldsworthy Graydon William. Lt. 3rd Battalion
- Goosetree James. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1916)
- Green Ernest Thomas. Sgt. 17th Battalion
- Hadley Edgar William. Pte. 26th (Bankers) Btn. (d.4th Oct 1916)
- Hagon John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.5th Dec 1917 )
- Hargreaves Fred. 8th Btn. (d.20th November 1917)
- Hay Robert. Pte. (d.4th Sep 1918 )
- Hayden Frederick Henry. Sjt. 1st Btn.
- Hayes Claude Patrick Julian. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
- Hearnden Cecil. Act Cpl
- Hewish Thomas William. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.26th Sep 1916)
- Higginson Arthur. Pte 2nd Btn. (d.12th Aug 1917)
- Hill A. Capt. 32nd Btn.
- Hill Joseph. Cpl. 8th Battalion
- Hindom Sidney George. Cpl. 24th Btn
- Hobbs Thomas William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.26th Oct 1917)
- Hodson William. Pte.
- Holloway John E.. Lt. 2nd Battalion (d.7th May 1915)
- Hughes Joseph Henry. W/O2 24th Batt (2nd Sportsmen's)
- Humphries Charles Frederick. Cpl. 9th Btn.
- Huxley Alfred. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.15th Aug 1917)
- Jackson Ernest. Pte. 24th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1918)
- Jarratt George. Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
- Jeffery Arthur Victor. 1st Battalion
- Jeffery Arthur Victor. Sgt. 1st Battalion
- Jeffrey Horace James. Pte. 1st (City of London) Battalion (d.4th November 1918)
- Jeffs George Richard. RSM.
- Jones Arthur. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.16th Jun 1915)
- Joy Patrick. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1914)
- Kiff Henry Arthur . Pte 2nd Btn (d.25th April 1915)
- King Harry. Sgt. 4th Btn
- King Haydn. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.20th May 1918)
- Kingsland Frederick William. L/Cpl. 22nd Btn. (d.2nd February 1917)
- Lawson Richard Neville. L/Cpl. 20th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1917)
- Leather Charles Henry. Cpl. 9th Btn.
- Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. (d.28th Sep 1915)
- Lecky John Rupert Frederick. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1915)
- Lewis Albert William. 26th Btn.
- Le_Marchant Spencer Henry. 2nd Lt. 6th Battalion (d.25th May 1915)
- London James S.. Fus. 11th Btn.
- Macgregor John Hamilton. Pte. 6th Battalion
- Manning Ernest. Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.28th Nov 1917)
- Mansell Edwin H.. Pte 18th Btn.
- March Percy James. Pte 9th Royal Fusiliers
- Margrove Frederick George. Pte. 11th Battalion att. 54 Mortar Battery (d.2nd Nov1917)
- Marsh William Henry. Sgt.
- Martin Bertram C.. 2nd Lt. 4th Btn. (d.13th April 1917)
- Martin Rankin. 2nd Lt. 176th Tunnelling Company (d.12th July 1918)
- Maulkerson John Thomas. 3/2nd Battalion (d.3rd Mar 1917)
- Mayers J.. Pte. 1st/13th Btn. (d.16th Jun 1917)
- McDowell Edward. Pte. 13th Battalion
- McGuiness Joseph. A/L/Cpl. 24th (2nd Sportsman) Battalion
- Mills Alfred. Fus. 10th Btn. (The Stockbrokers)
- Mills Herbert Samuel. Fus. 31st Btn.
- Mills William. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Oct 1917)
- Milton William Robert. Sgt. 13th Btn. (d.24th Oct 1918)
- Miners Jack Conway. Sgt 2nd Btn
- Mitchell Geoffrey Arthur Nevett. Cpl.
- Mitchell Sidney. Pte. 6th Btn.
- Mizon Luke. Pte. 3rd Btn.
- Moles Charles. L/Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.29th Oct 1914)
- Moore George Alfred. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917 )
- Morris Walter Brabazon. 2nd Lt.
- Mortlock Herbert Arthur. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion (d.11th Sep 1916)
- Murphy John. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.26th August 1916)
- Myddleton William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.17th March 1916)
- Newton Percy Holyoake Neller. Rfmn. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1915)
- Nice Frederick William. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.24th April 1917)
- Nicholls Percy. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
- Nolan Leonard. Cpl. 20th Battalion
- O'Dell Sidney Arthur. Cpl. 26th Btn.
- O'Dell Sidney Arthur. Pte. 26th Btn.
- Olley Gordon Percy. Sjt.
- Osborne Albert. Pte. 11th Btn.
- Pack Edward. Private
- Page Alfred Charles. Sgt. 1st (City of London) Btn. (d.16th June 1917)
- Parkes Alexander Henry. Pte. 2nd Bn. (d.1st Sep 1916)
- Parsons Edgar Vincent Peter. Capt. 3rd Btn. (d.26th Apr 1918)
- Patrick Ernest William . Pte. 9th Battalion
- Pearce Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.31st Mar 1917)
- Pearse Samuel George. Sgt. 45th Btn. (d.29th August 1919)
- Pearse Samuel George. Sgt. 45th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1919)
- Porter Alfred Thomas. 17th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
- Powell Ernest John. Fus. 26th Btn.
- Prentice Walter. Sjt. 10th Btn.
- Rainsbury Finn Barr. Pte. 20th Battalion (d.23rd July 1916)
- Reah Louis. Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1918)
- Reynolds Edwin George. Pte. 29th Battalion
- Richmond Sidney William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.28th September 1918)
- Ringrose Richard Walter. Cpl. 4th London Btn.
- Roberts William W.. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.29th May 1916)
- Roffe Henry. Pte. 11th Batallion (d.10th Aug 1917)
- Rose Albert Samuel. Private 10th Btn. "A" Coy. (d.26th May 1916)
- Rudden Steven. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
- Sandell Edward Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1917)
- Saunders Edwin John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.31st Aug 1918)
- Seddon George Edward. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.19th Oct 1917)
- Selby George Edwin. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.3rd May 1916)
- Sermons Arthur Frank. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th Feb 1916)
- Sharp Christopher Maurice. Capt. 10th Btn.
- Sharp Percival Maurice. Cpt. 10th Btn.
- Shine Arthur Dennis. L/Cpl. 13th Battalion (d.7th Jan 1916)
- Sinfield Thomas Henry. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1918)
- Skilton Charles Walter F.. Pte. 22nd Btn. (d.26th Dec 1916)
- Smallwood Rowland. Pte. 2nd Battalion
- Smith Fredrick. Pte. 45th Btn.
- Smith John. Pte. 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion
- Smith Roland Harold. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.10th May 1918)
- Snape Richard. Pte. 26th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
- Soanes Fredrick. Pte 7th Btn (d.13th Nov 1916)
- Southgate Sidney. Pte. 24th (2nd Sportsman's) Btn. (d.4th Sep 1917)
- Spry William T.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th June 1918)
- Stanbridge Thomas Edward. Pte.
- Stockley Harry. Pte. 13th Btn (d.4th Oct 1917)
- Stollery Arthur Edward. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.20th Nov 1917)
- Stone Walter Napleton. Capt. 3rd Btn. att. 17th Btn (d.30th Nov 1917)
- Stoten Arthur. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.9th July 1916)
- Stow Eustace Tregear. L/Cpl. 22nd Btn. (d.1st February 1916)
- Taylor Henry Louis. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.31st Jul 1917)
- Thoburn Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.24th Jul 1918)
- Thoburn Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.24th Jul 1918)
- Tompkins Walter Arthur. Pte. (d.30th June 1917)
- Tonge Reginald Severn. L/Cpl. 22nd Btn, (d.17th Feb 1917)
- Tough Victor. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.8th/9th Apr1916)
- Truett Arthur. L/Cpl. 32nd Btn (d.10th Oct 1916)
- Turner Harry Eugene. Pte 3rd Battalion
- Upton Charles Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.8th Jul 1916)
- Vincent Edward Walter. Sergeant (d.22nd Jun 1915)
- Wadge George Ernest. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.24th May 1915)
- Warren Ernest. Cpl. 18th Btn.
- Weare Frederick John. 2nd Lt. 4th Battalion (d.9th Oct 1918)
- Weeden Kenneth. Pte. 8th Btn.
- Weedon William Arthur. A/Sgt. 1st Btn.
- Weekley Cyril Courtnay. Cpl 2/4th Battalion
- Whitbread Ernest Augustus. Pte. 20th (Public Schools) Btn. (d.18th June 1917)
- White Ernest Thomas. L/Cpl. 17th Btn. (d.27th Jun 1917)
- White Leonard Gilbert. Fus. 1st Batn. (d.16th Nov 1918)
- Willard Richard. Pte. 32nd Battalion (d.22nd Sep 1917)
- Willard Richard. Pte 32nd Btn. (d.22nd Sep 1917)
- Willard Richard. Pte. 32nd Btn. (d.22nd Sep 1917)
- Williams Charles Edward. Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.27th Oct 1916)
- Williams Harry. Rfmn. 1/9th Btn. (d.28th Dec 1917)
- Williams Herbert. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.24th May 1915)
- Willis Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
- Wilson Arthur Hone. Lt. 4th Bn. attd. 7th Bn. (d.18th Nov 1916)
- Wilson James. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.11 Nov 1914)
- Witham Dennis Haworth. L/Cpl. 23rd (Sportsmans) Btn (d.27th June 1917)
- Witt Benjamin. Pte.
- Wood Monthem Frank. Pte. 6th Btn.
- Wood Rupert. Pte. 9th Btn.
- Wooler James Cleave Todd. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.14th Sept 1918)
- Wooler James C. T.. Pte. 10th (Service) Battalion (d.14th Sep 1918)
- Wooler James C.T.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.14th Sep 1918)
- Wright William Albert. Staff Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.7th Dec 1917)
- Wrightson Frederick Leonard. 12th Btn.
- Yeoman W.. Rflm. 1st/12th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1917)
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Pte. John Hamilton "Jock" Macgregor MM 6th Battalion Royal FusiliersMy grandfather John Macgregor joined up in the Rifles and was sent to France in March 1915. He seems to have served throughout the war, and was awarded the Military Medal, recorded in London Gazette August 1917 but I don't know what he did.
He survived the war, marrying my grandmother in approx 1920. My mum was born in 1922, and my aunt in 1929. He suffered damage to his feet, and later had his leg amputated. He died in 1941.Christina Mottram
Sgt. Oriel St.Arnaud "Konks" Duke MM and bar 10th Btn. Royal FusiliersOriel St.Arnaud Duke was the second son of Mansergh Pace and Emily Duke. He was known by the family as "Konks". He was born on 22 June 1896 in Montserrat, British West Indies, the second eldest of ten children. The Colonial Directory records that Oriel entered government service in May 1913 when he was still 16 years old in the administration of St.Kitts-Nevis. He may have been inspired to join up by his elder brother Valentine who had joined the navy in 1911. His other brothers were too young to join up. Oriel volunteered (although he was exempt from conscription being domiciled in the Dominions). He enlisted in the British West India Regiment and was a Lance Corporal in 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers when he was awarded the M.M. & bar. He ended the war as a sergeant. About 16,000 enlisted from the West Indies.
The 10th Battalion’s War Diary gives us some insight to the occasion on which the Military Medal was awarded. On 28th October 1917 the Diary reads: “The Corps Commander awarded the Military Medal to the under mentioned:- B Coy No STK 1857 L/Cpl. O.St.Arnaud Duke ....for courage and devotion to duty Septr. 27th to Octr. 6th 1917, East of Ypres.” This was the Third Battle of Ypres. The 10th Battalion had relieved the 13th Royal Sussex at 2.15am on 27th September. Two days later the Germans attacked the 13th Royal Fusiliers on their right flank near the Menin Road and they were hit by that barrage too. On 1st October the enemy advanced but were repulsed. By the 2nd October the battalion was relieved. This respite was short lived and they were soon back in the thick of it, though not on the front line. “Our barrage opened at Zero, and the enemy immediately put down a light barrage on our support line, and on support position on front line. This gradually intensified and became the heaviest we experienced in the sector. Men were continually being buried but prompt action saved many casualties.”
This action appears to have taken place at Polygon Wood, adjacent to the Menin Road. The Battalion suffered 11 casualties – not many compared to earlier engagements: 67 in July 1916 at Longueval during the Battle of Bazentin; 72 in April 1917 during the 1st Battle of the Scarpe; or 61 during the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe. Or during later engagements: 21 on 25th August 1918; 21 on 14th September or the 39 lost at Cambrai on 8th October 1918 .Oriel was demobilised in February 1919 and he departed London for Trinidad & Tobago on 27th March 1919 on board SS Quillota giving his occupation as clerk aged 22. He was accompanied by his brother Mansergh Valentine Duke Lt RN aged 24. Alas, they were not to see their father again as he had died that February.
Oriel returned to the West Indies on demobilisation in 1919. It is not known whether he entered the police service in the Leeward Islands straight away but was established in the service in the early 1920s. The MBE was presented by the Administration of Dominica 1st January 1932 for quelling a riot. By this time Oriel was Inspector of Police, Dominica, Leeward Islands. In 1935, Oriel was awarded the King George V Jubilee medal and indeed he attended the celebrations in London. He was also awarded the King George VI Coronation medal in 1936. Oriel was posted to Barbados in 1939 as Inspector of Police and Commandant of local forces during WWII. In April 1976 he made his final visit to England where he had arranged a hip operation. There he was able to hold his great-great niece before he went to hospital where he sadly died.
Capt. Walter Napleton Stone VC. 3rd Btn. att. 17th Btn Royal Fusiliers (d.30th Nov 1917)Walter Stone was killed in action on the 30th of November 1917, aged 25 and is commemorated on on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of Edward and Emily Frances Stone, of Blackheath, London and was educated at Harrow and Pembroke College, Cambridge.
An extract from The London Gazette, dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when in command of a company in an isolated position 1,000 yards in front of the main line, and overlooking the enemy's position. He observed the enemy massing for an attack, and afforded invaluable information to battalion headquarters. He was ordered to withdraw his company, leaving a rearguard to cover the withdrawal. The attack developing with unexpected speed, Capt. Stone sent three platoons back and remained with the rearguard himself. He stood on the parapet with the telephone under a tremendous bombardment, observing the enemy and continued to send back valuable information until the wire was cut by his orders. The rearguard was eventually surrounded and cut to pieces, and Capt. Stone was seen fighting to the last till he was shot through the head. The extraordinary coolness of this heroic officer and the accuracy of his information enabled dispositions to be made just in time to save the line and avert disaster."s flynn
Cpl. George Jarratt VC. 8th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.3rd May 1917)George Jarratt was killed in action on the 3rd of May 1917, aged 25. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France. George was the husband of G. M. Jarratt, of 28, Stanley Road, Southgate, Middx.
An extract from The London Gazette dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion in deliberately sacrificing his life to save others. He had, together with some wounded men, been taken prisoner and placed under guard in a dug-out. The same evening the enemy were driven back by our troops, the leading infantrymen of which commenced to bomb the dug-outs. A grenade fell in the dugout, and without hesitation Cpl. Jarratt placed both feet on the grenade, the subsequent explosion blowing off both his legs. The wounded were later safely removed to our lines, but Cpl. Jarratt died before he could be removed. By this supreme act of self-sacrifice the lives of these wounded were saved."s flynn
Pte. Frank Eary 8th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.24th Nov 1917)My Great Grandfather, Frank Eary, born June 1886 was a horse keeper pre-war and, on enlistment in 1914, was a Driver T/25822 with No 2 Company, 1st Division, ASC. He later transferred to the Royal Fusiliers, 8th Battalion but, I am uncertain on the transfer date. His medal card shows a transfer to 5 Battalion but, CWGC states 8th Battalion which I see to be true as, the 5th never left the UK whereas Frank was killed on the 24th November 1917. The 5th Battalion was a training depot and he would have joined the regiment on transfer to that unit before being posted after infantry training and equipment to an active service battalion (8th Btn. as recorded) He appears on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval.
He died leaving a wife and three children; Alexandria, William (my grandfather) and Frank. It is likely that he never met Frank junior as he was conceived late in 1916, probably on Frank senior's last home leave, and born in July 1917. It would have been great news to him whilst in the trenches though that his wife had born a son in July and, that she had named him Frank. Poignant too as they had first had a son, Frank, in 1912 who sadly died the same year.Anthony Rundle
Pte. Sidney William Richmond 11th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.28th September 1918)Sidney Richmond died on 28th September 1918 and is buried in the Unicorn Cemetery in France. He had formerly served with East Surrey Regt.s flynn
Pte. Arthur Joseph Ethelbert Coleman 3rd Bn. London Regt (d.16th Oct 1918)My Great Grand Uncle served the 3rd Bn. London Regt (Royal Fusiliers). His Army records may have been destroyed during the bombing of the second world war as cannot find them.
He was injured and sent home to the UK and was put into the 318th Home Service Employment Coy. Labour. later he died as a result of his wounds on 16 October 1918. He was 31. He is buried in the Fulham Cemetery in London with other war dead. He left his wife Mary Ann. I cannot find out any more information which for me is very sad as these men sacrificed everything.David Coleman
Pte. Alexander Henry Parkes 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers (d.1st Sep 1916)Alexander Henry Parkes was my Grandfather. He fought in the Battle of the Somme and was killed aged 40 at Delville Wood. He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery.Roy Parkes
Pte. Ferdinand Albert Faithfull 32nd Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.7th June 1917)Ferdinand Faithfull was the 8th youngest of 10 children to Ferdinand Edwin Faithfull and his wife Susannah Anne (nee Holes). Ferdinand was the 3rd youngest brother to my Grand-Mother Florence Susannah Faithfull.Brian Harold Allen
Sgt William Firmston 2nd Btn. Y Coy. Royal Fusiliers (d.13th April 1918)William Firmston was the son of William Henry and Emily Emma Firmston, of 9 Schoolhouse Lane, Teddington, Middx. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing and also served in Gallipoli.Peter Firmston
Pte. Edwin George Reynolds 29th Battalion Royal FusiliersEdwin George Reynolds was my grandfather he was born in November 1891 and he enlisted in the London(RF)in March 1915 where he served in France. Edwin was wounded twice but was one of the lucky ones and survived the war. Edwin died age 60 in 1952 in Nottingham.Jacqueline Davies
L/Cpl. Dennis Haworth Witham 23rd (Sportsmans) Btn Royal Fusiliers (d.27th June 1917)Denis Witham died in the trenches in 1917. He was a Lance Corporal in the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He was just 20 years old.Cari Miller
L/Cpl. Reginald Severn Tonge 22nd Btn, Royal Fusiliers (d.17th Feb 1917)Reginald Tonge was killed in action the 17th of February 1917, aged 37 and is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Julia Tonge, of Raby Lodge, 35 Oliver Grove, South Norwood, London.s flynn
Sgt. Alfred Charles Page 1st (City of London) Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.16th June 1917)Alf Page was born St Pancras, London. He was my great uncle, the brother of my grandfather. He originally joined the army in 1892, serving in the York and Lancaster Regiment. Alf was based in Colchester, Essex where he met his wife Alice. He rejoined the army in 1915 when he was living back in St Pancras, this time serving with the 1st Battalion (City of London), Royal Fusiliers.
He died on 16th June 1917, having been gravely wounded. His name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial as Serjeant, A. C. Page.Linda Pearce
Pte Harry Douglas Blake 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (d.8th Dec 1915)Harry Douglas Blake was the Son of Dr Edwin Henry and Adeline Maude Blake, of The Cottage, Sible Hedingham, Essex. He was a day boy at Bancrofts and grew up in a household with his mother and father and older brother Gerald and younger sister Irene. His uncle was also an Old Bancroftian and veteran of the Boer War – Dr P R Blake. He was also the cousin and close friend of Robert Dunham Tibbs - Harry’s mother being Robert Tibbs’ aunt. The boys were the same age and would spend time in each other’s houses in their youth. Harry lived with his family at ‘Hillside’ Stag lane, Buckhurst Hill. It was here that his father died in 1906. At school Harry played inside right for the school’s football eleven achieving his colours in in the 1908-9 season. Harry was also a reasonable middle order batsman for the cricket first eleven and capable swimmer in the annual inter-house swimming contests. His chief interest however was Athletics where he was with the likes of Leonard Alfred Whillier on the committee organising the annual games. The Spring of 1909 brought several athletic laurels. First he was victorious in the crosscountry race for his House that took its course from the school through the forest to High Beech and back. Then came the Athletics Championship on Saturday May 8th 1909. As the Bancroftian reported. No mean feat, all competed for on the same day in the kit of the Edwardian boy athlete. We are fortunate indeed to have these triumphs and particularly that of his second place in the Mile (Open) immortalised on film. Otherwise Harry played his full part in the school, appearing in plays such as the Merchant of Venice where he played Salanio the friend of Antonio - Frederick Stephen Boshell and Bassanio - Percy Montague Phillips. That same year 1909 Harry passed his matriculation in the Second Division and left school for a job in the City. Mother and sister Irene were to move to Eastbourne where they opened a guest house.
On the outbreak of war Harry enlisted straight away in the 10th battalion the Royal Fusiliers which was called the ‘Stockbrokers battalion’ as it was predominantly made up of new recruits from the City professions. They initially mustered in the Colchester area as part of Kitchener’s New Army then in the following Spring in the midst of training transferred to Salisbury Plain. So full of talent was the battalion, that questions were asked in the House of Commons suggesting it be used as a reserve from which young officers could be commissioned en masse to make good the officer losses of 1914. The battalion’s main strength landed at Boulogne and Harry with them on the 31st July 1915, concentrating around Tilques, near St Omer. From September to the end of 1915 elements of the Battalion were put into the line in the vicinity of Foncquevillers (Funky Villas as it became known to the British Tommy). The village overlooked the German lines around the village of Gommecourt that would feature so heavily in the fighting of the 1st July 1916 on the opening day of the Somme battle. The work was arduous and dangerous, repairing trenches, hewing timber from nearby woodland, digging out trenches constantly as the increasingly wet weather caused them to subside and the intermittent shelling blew them apart. In the front line or in the service trenches which led to them snipers kept up a desultory fire picking off those too exposed for safety. It was here as December closed in Harry met his end. Not as far as can be told in a large planned assault upon the enemy, not on a sprint between the lines taking full advantage of his athletic prowess but in the wet and mud on the 8th December 1915. That his body was recovered suggests his being hit by a sniper’s bullet or lethal shrapnel. His uncle hearing the news wrote to his old school.Simon Coxall
L/Cpl. Ernest Thomas "Jack" White 17th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.27th Jun 1917)Ernest White was killed in action on the 27th of June 1917 and is buried in Beuvry Communal Cemetery, France. He was the son of Mr. E. White, of 10 Windermere Rd., Addiscombe, Croydon.s flynn
2nd Lt. Rankin Martin MM. 176th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers (d.12th July 1918)Martin Rankins was killed in action on the 12th of July 1918, aged 31 and buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was commissioned from the ranks having previously served as a sergeant with the Royal Fusiliers. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Robert and Isabella Martin, husband of Mary Blakely, of 6 Radnor Street, Kelvingrove, Glasgow.s flynn
Capt. Claude Patrick Julian "Pat" Hayes 1st Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.9th Aug 1916)Captain Claude Patrick Julian Hayes served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers during WW1 and was killed on the 9th August 1916. He is buried in Bray Military Cemetery, Bray sur Somme, France.Colin Yarwood
Fus. Ernest John Powell 26th Btn. Royal FusiliersFusilier Powell was my father. In 1953, he gave a short talk about his career to his Rotary Club (West Wickham, Kent). In this talk he referred to his Service in WW1, as follows: "I volunteered for the Army in 1914, but Head Office said we could not be released until sufficient women had been trained to replace us…. In September 1915 I volunteered at Ammanford, Carmarthenshire (being the nearest recruiting centre to Llandeilo where I was a Junior Clerk in the London and Provincial Bank). I was assigned to the 26th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Bankers) raised by Col. Pitt of the London and South Western Bank, and we were 80% Bank chaps. We went to France in May 1916, supposed to be tough infantry men, which I rather doubt. I transferred to the Tank Corps in France". The first photo shows Fusilier Powell as one of "The Boys of Tent No 7, High Beech, 1915". He is 2nd from right in back row, as you look at the photo.
The second photo is the All Ranks photo, 26th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Bankers). Aldershot, 1915. Fusilier Powell is 2nd from the left in the fourth row of the photo. It was taken (presumably) before the Battalion embarked for France.
The third photo is of the 1936 Reunion of the Banker’s Battalion. My father attended these Reunions in London – at least until the mid 1950’s (excluding years of World War 2). He was then Manager, Barclays Bank, West Wickham, Kent, a London suburb. These reunions were always preceded by a Church Service at the Royal Fusiliers Church in the City. The cost of the Reunions (always at the Connaught Rooms) were reportedly heavily subsidized, so my father said, by a Maj. Clutterbuck, a Board Director of Martin’s (or was it District?) Bank. My father is the nearest person at the nearest side of the 2nd table from the right (looking over left shoulder and in a lighter colored jacket - probably as befits a suburban Manager, compared with all the "City types"!).Graham Powell
Pte. Richard Snape 26th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.7th June 1917)Richard Snape was born in December 1896. He was only 20 yrs old when he died. He was a first cousin to my late father, John Richard Lawrence (born in 1920). Richard was an only son of Richard and Harriet Snape. Richard's father and my father's mother, Minnie Snape (maiden name), were brother and sister. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, Richard served in B Coy., 26th Bttn, Royal Fusiliers. He was killed 7th June 1917, aged 20. He is buried at Voormezeele Enclosure No.3 (South of Ypres) in Belgium. This location is a mile or so to the West of St. Eloi. In the early 1920s several of Richard's relatives visited his grave on a four day tour organised by Thomas Cook (I think), the travel agents.Mark Lawrence
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Hard as Nails: The Sportsmen's Battalion of World War One
This is the history of the Sportsmen's Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 23rd service battalion, which consisted almost entirely of men from the world of sport or entertainment. The battalion was privately raised and took men up to the age of 45. The battalion included a champion boxer, cricketers, footballers, MPs and the author John Chessire. They were men who did not need to serve in the First World War but had an unquestioning sense of duty. The history is enhanced by the letters and drawings by John Chessire, giving a first-hand account of their experiences. A man from the upper classes, a writer, poet and artist, he chose to serve as a private so he could do his duty, even when it conflicted with his religious beliefs and love for his family. The book covers the battalion's beginnings in London and progression to Hornchurch, France and then Germany. It includes their time at Vimy Ridge, at the Somme and at the Battle for Deville Wood.More information on:
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