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Northamptonshire Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Northamptonshire Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Allen Edward. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Anderson Walter. Pte. 2nd Batt
  • Asplin H. C.. 2nd Battalion
  • Boreham Victor Dennis. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.20th Sept 1918)
  • Boswell James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Bourne Reginald Charles. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Bowerman James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.7th August 1917)
  • Brian Benjamin. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.21 March 1918)
  • Brock William John. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Brown Horace Arthur. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.27 March 1918)
  • Bull William Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Burrows Harry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Capon Percy. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Care Stanley James Neel. L/cpl 7th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Carritt William Harry. Capt. 2nd Battalion, C Coy. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Colyer-Fergusson Thomas Riversdale. Capt. 2nd Battalion, (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Colyer-Fergusson Thomas Riversdale. Capt. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Constable Thomas. Pte. 25th Coy.
  • Costen Wesley. Cpl. 7th Btn. D Co.
  • Coulson Frederick. A/Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1915)
  • Dennis John J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.30th Jan 1916)
  • Ford A. E.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.30th March 1918)
  • Freeman Tom. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.17th Feb 1917)
  • Furness Robert. Pte. 6th Btn. B Coy. (d.3rd March 1917)
  • Furniss Harold West. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Irons Horace Edwin. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.2nd April 1916)
  • Jackson Claud. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Aug 1916)
  • James Frank. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Johnson William Northcroft. Sjt. Mjr. 6th Btn.
  • Jones John T.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Feb 1916)
  • Lawrence A. E.. Pte.
  • Lewis Allan Leonard. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.21st September 1918)
  • Major William John. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.9th May 1915 )
  • McDougall Malcolm Colville. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.18th Aug 1916)
  • Moore Sydney George. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.17 Feb 1917)
  • Oates Albert. Cpl. 7th Btn, D Company (d.19th March 1916)
  • Ostler Sydney William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Parry Samuel William. Pte. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Patching William J.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Patrick Albert. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Nov 1918)
  • Picton Albert Edward. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion (d.12th April 1917)
  • Read Anketell Moutray. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Robinson Thomas Roland. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.18th August 1918)
  • Sibley George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.6th Oct 1915)
  • Smith William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Spencer James Henry. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Taylor Walter Thomas. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Ward John Serley. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • White Owen. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.10th August 1917)
  • Wilby Sydney Charles. 2nd Lt. 7th Btn.
  • Winkworth Henry Edward Vernon. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.16th Feb 1917)
  • Worf George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Jun 1917)

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Pte. John Serley Ward 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

John Serley Ward's grave stone in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery - Souchez, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

My Mum said that my great grandmother received a certificate of death from the Army in 1918 for John Serley Ward her husband, but he returned home after the war and frightened the life out of her, as he was meant to be dead. He went on to have another child, which I am trying to track down.

certificate of death from war office london

family tree

Colin John Ward


Cpl. Allan Leonard Lewis VC 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.21st September 1918)

Allan Lewis was killed in action on 21st September 1918, aged 23 and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lewis, of Wyeside, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 28th Jan., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery at Ronssoy on the 18th September, 1918, when in command of a section on the right of an attacking line held up by intense machine gun fire. L./Cpl. Lewis observing that two enemy machine guns were enfilading the line, crawled forward singlehanded, and successfully bombed the guns, and by rifle fire later caused the whole team to surrender, thereby enabling the line to advance. On 21st September, 1918, he again displayed great powers of command, and, having rushed his company through the enemy barrage, was killed whilst getting his men under cover from heavy machine gun fire. Throughout he showed a splendid disregard of danger, and his leadership at a critical period was beyond all praise."

s flynn


Pte. George Sibley 2nd Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.6th Oct 1915)

George Sibley was killed in action on the 6th of October 1915, aged 20. he was the son of Alfred W. and Avis A. Sibley, of New Lodge, Warkton, Kettering. Native of Stamford Hill, Kettering.

s flynn


Capt. Anketell Moutray Read VC. 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.25th Sep 1915)

Anketell Read was killed in action on 25th September 1915 and is buried in Dud Corner Cemetery in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29371, dated 16th Nov., 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery during the first attack near Hulluch on the morning of 25th September, 1915. Although partially gassed, Captain Read went out several times in order to rally parties of different units which were disorganised and retiring. He led them back into the firing line, and, utterly regardless of danger, moved freely about encouraging them under a withering fire. He was mortally wounded while carrying out this gallant work. Captain Read had previously shown conspicuous bravery during digging operations on 29th, 30th and 31st August, 1915, and on the night of the 29th-30th July he carried out of action an officer, who was mortally wounded, under a hot fire from rifles and grenades."

s flynn


2nd Lt. Henry Edward Vernon Winkworth 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.16th Feb 1917)

Henry Winkworth is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Son of Edward and Sarah Winkworth, of 7 Wilbury Gardens, Hove, Sussex. he died of wounds at 45th Casualty Clearing Station on 18th February 1917 after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the chest at Boom Ravine on 17th February, possibly by machine-gun fire whilst crossing Grandcourt Trench.

Henry was born on 7th December 1895 at Brighton, Sussex, the son of Edward Henry Thomas Winkworth, an auctioneer (b. 1857, Windsor, Berks.), and Mrs Sarah Jane M. Winkworth (nee Merryweather, b. c-1868, m. 1890 at St. Giles, London) 7 Wilbury Gardens, Hove. He was brother to Cecilia Clara Winkworth and John Staverton Winkworth.

s flynn


L/cpl Stanley James Neel Care 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.4th Nov 1918)

Stanley enlisted in Eastbourne Sussex on 24th January 1916 where he trained with the Northamptonshire Regiment who had moved to down from Northampton. He was on home strength of the 7th Battalion from 2nd May 1916 until the 4th August 1916. Battalion moved to France on 6th August 1916. He died of wounds on 4th November 1918 and is buried at Villers-Pol Communal Cemetery Extension. He was the Son of my Great Aunt Caroline Bowden.

George Hendley


Pte. William J. Patching 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment

William Patching was the eldest of three brothers who were professional soldiers. He seems to have been out of the army in 1914 (he had enlisted in the 2nd Btn in 1906) and was recalled into the 1st Btn Northamptonshire Regiment. Wounded in 1915 he was discharged on 25th November 1916 with the Silver War Badge. The middle brother Bertie J was in 6th Dragoons L/Cpl D/4701 and the youngest Arthur served with the 2nd Btn. Middlesex Regiment. All three survived the War.

D Patching


Pte. Percy Capon 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.9th May 1915)

Percy Capon died at the Battle of Aubers Ridge. He was never found and was reported as missing, presumed dead.


2nd Lt. Tom Freeman 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.17th Feb 1917)

Tom Freeman served with the 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Little else is known I'm afraid.

David Freeman


L/Cpl. Albert Edward Picton 7th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.12th April 1917)

Lance Corporal Albert Picton of 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment was killed in action on the 12th of April 1917, aged 29. He was born and in enlisted Watford, his residence is given as Brixton Road, Watford. He was the son of Albert and Jane Picton of 20, Brixton Rd., Watford, Herts.



Pte. A. E. Ford 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.30th March 1918)

I live in the city of Evreux, Normandy, France where A.E Ford is buried. I am doing some research about him.

Joel Legout


Pte. Robert Furness 6th Btn. B Coy. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.3rd March 1917)

From humble beginnings in a Northamptonshire hamlet, Robert Furness had traveled, effectively, 28 miles in the first 33 years of his life. With the onset of World War One, Robert had no real option over the next 2 years but to travel, effectively, 260 miles to his death in Cable Trench in Cherisy, France. In 1916 he was in action in The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Trones Wood, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 during Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Third Battle of the Scarpe.

Ken Brawn


2nd Lt. Sydney Charles Wilby 7th Btn. Northamptonshire Rgt.

Charles Sydney Wilby was born in Finedon, Northamptonshire on 1st July 1896, and his birth was registered on 6th July 1896. When he applied for a duplicate birth certificate after the end of the First World War, he put Sydney Charles Wilby on it. All his military records are listed as Sydney Charles Wilby.

He enlisted in the Army on 14th September 1914, having attested that he was aged 19 years 2 months, not 18 and that his trade was engineering. On his enlistment papers it states that he was 5ft 3 inches tall, of sallow complexion with dark eyes and hair and was a Wesleyan.

He was posted to the 7th Northamptonshire Regiment on 15th August as a Private and appointed (unpaid) Lance Corporal on 1st December 1915 and (paid) Lance Corporal on 24th December 1915. On 18th September 1916, he was promoted to Corporal. On 30th October 1917, he was discharged to a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

The 7/Northamptonshire were formed at the behest of Edgar Mobbs an England Rugby International who was killed in WW1.

Sydney Charles Wilby was first sent to the Western Front on 31st August 1915 and remained on active service until 11th May 1917, when he returned to England for officer training, going back to France in November 1917. He took part in the Battle of Loos in September 1915. The regiment then moved up to Ypres in early 1916.

On 29th April 1916, he was wounded in action, probably at Hell Fire Corner at Ploegstraat, Belgium. His wounds included a shrapnel wound to the face. He was admitted to a field hospital and transferred to the Military Hospital in Boulogne on 30th April before being moved to Etaples. He was then transferred to the Canadian Field Hospital in Boulogne, where the Doctor was Lieutenant Colonel John McRae, who wrote the famous poem ‘In Flanders Field’. Lance Corporal Wilby was discharged to base on 13th May and returned to duty in the field on 20th May 1916.

The 7th Northants were not present at the start of the Battle of the Somme, but moved there in early August 1916. They were ordered to take the village of Guillemont, attacking east from Trones Wood, which had been captured in July. Other attacks to take Guillemont had failed, as did this one. The casualties were as follows: 45 killed, 49 missing and 258 injured. In September the regiment did another tour at the front, near Delville Wood before moving away from the Somme to Vimy, where they were remained in the trenches for a few weeks and raided German lines. Lance Corporal Wilby was promoted to Corporal on 18th September 1916. In October 1916 the regiment moved back to Loos where they stayed until March 1917, when again they moved back to Vimy, taking part in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

On 11th May 1917 he was sent to England for appointment to a cadet unit and returned to the front on 30th October 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. During his time with the Northumberland Fusiliers, he took part in the defence of Operation Michael – the German offensive to push the British back from St Quentin to Amiens in late March 1918. He was wounded again on 31st March 1918 in the jaw. The casualties on the British side were high, and the battalion was sent to Givenchy, near the river Lys, to rebuild. However, they were hit by Operation Mars, a second German offensive in early April 1918. Again there were large numbers of casualties.

After this, the battalion was sent to Notre Dame les Dames on the Aisne, and fought there on 27th May 1918. By now, the battalion was so severely depleted that it was broken up and the remainder transferred to the Lincolns.

He joined the Lincolnshire regiment on 19th June 1918 being posted to D Company on 25th June. During the latter part of 1918, he took part in the final advance on Albert, on the Somme in August 1918, Epehy in September 1918 and Cambrai in October 1918.

On returning to England he was transferred again to the Northumberland Fusiliers and relinquished his commission on 21st December 1920, but retained the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

He was finally notified that as he had reached the ‘age limit of liability’ on 20th November 1945, he could finally relinquish his commission.

Christina Cazalet


Pte. Sydney George Moore 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.17 Feb 1917)

Sydney George Moore was born in 1898, in Geddington, Northamptonshire, son of Mary Jane and Harry Moore. He died on 17th February 1917 during an assault on Boom Ravine near Miraumont.


Pte. James Bowerman 6th Btn. Northamptonshire Rgt. (d.7th August 1917)

James Bowerman joined the RASC as a baker in 1915, and transferred to 6th Btn Northamptonshire Regiment in May 1917. He was killed in action on 7th August 1917.

Private Bowerman is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, on the Preston, Lancs Harris Museum Roll of Honour, and within Preston Remembers and on Lives of the First World War websites.

R. Jefferson


Capt. William Harry Carritt MC 2nd Battalion, C Coy. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.8th July 1916)

I research local history of expatriates here in Tianjin, North China and came across Harry Carritt's story in the magazine (College Echoes) of the school that he used to teach in here, Tientsin Anglo-Chinese College. A photograph and memorial to him are found in this magazine in School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Andrea Klopper


Pte. William Smith 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.3rd Nov 1914)

I think William Smith might be my great grandfather, I am trying to find more information to ascertain if it is my relation.

Paul Williams


Pte. William John Major 2nd Btn Northampton Regiment (d.9th May 1915 )

William John Major was the fifth child of 7 born to Timothy Humphrey Major and Anne Elizabeth Ayres, born in 1887 in Falcutt, Northamptonshire. Around 1893 Anne, William's mother left the family and moved to Derbyshire and then Yorkshire with another man, leaving Timothy to bring up all the children with the help of the eldest daughter Charlotte. In 1899 William got into trouble with the law and was arrested for larceny against Ann Franklin and consequently, because of the situation the family were in, was sent to Gem Street Industrial School in Birmingham. Following this he joined the British Army and in 1911 was serving with the Northamptonshire Regiment in Floriana Barracks in Malta. His service number was 9091.

William died on 9th May 1915. He is commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium

Kathrina Perry


A/Sgt. Frederick Coulson 1st Btn. Northamptonshire Regiment (d.9th May 1915)

Frederick Coulson, born in 1884, had joined the regiment in the early 1900s. He met his wife during his posting to Raglan Barracks, Devonport and they were married in 1913. He was posted missing, then confirmed as killed in action. He left a widow, Florence and a daughter, Violet; his son, Charles, was born in the month following his death. They were living with Florence's parents in Camel's Head, Devonport, Devon, where they remained for several years.

Heather Roche


Pte. Edward Allen 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment (d.9th May 1915)

Edward Allen was my great-uncle, my grandad's brother. Edward was born in Huntingdonshire and married Rose Hannah Sneesby in 1914. I am currently trying to find all information I can on his time in the Great War before he sadly went missing. Edward is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

Le Touret Memorial

Gillian Rayment

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A Private's War

Ron James

This is the true life story of Private Frank James' life in the trenches during World War 1. He volunteered at the outbreak of war, aged 18, and saw much heavy fighting in battles at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Loos, The Somme, Flers-Courcelette, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Cambrai, The Sambre and the Retreat and Advance of 1918. During that time he was wounded four times and he only returned to his home town of Northampton once. Although he describes the horrors and hardships of trench warfare, this is an upbeat, well written account which gives a Private's view of life at the time and provides a brief history of events, with photographs.
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