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Somerset Light Infantry

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Those known to have served with

Somerset Light Infantry

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Atkin Walter Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th August 1916)
  • Bale William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • Bardell Louis Harvey. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Bawdon Ernest. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Bayes Percy Frederick George. Pte. 6th Btn (d.6th June 1918)
  • Beck Frederick Charles. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Bevan Thomas. L/Cpl. 7th Battalion
  • Bingham Robert James. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Blenkiron Alfred Victor. 2nd Lt.
  • Bolsom J. H.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Bolsom J. H.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Bond Arthur Howe. CSM. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bond Charles Nesbitt. Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.30th Jun 1916)
  • Bond Thomas Percy. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.19th December 1914)
  • Brace Douglas. Pte. 6th Btn (d.28th Sep 1916)
  • Bull Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Bullock Thomas Henry. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Burfield William Thomas Riley. Pte. 6th Btn., D Coy.
  • Butland Henry Charles. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Carcary Arthur Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.6th July 1915)
  • Champion Henry John. Sgt. 1st Battalion (d.31st October 1914)
  • Chick Eli George. 1st Btn.
  • Clarke Harold Edward. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Clift Charles George. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Clist Leslie William John. 2nd Lt. 2/4th Btn.
  • Coram Wilfred Jacob. Pte 8th Btn
  • Crook James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Curry Arthur Frederick. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.26th August 1914)
  • Davis Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Daymond Frederick Stanley. Pte. 7th (Service) Battalion (d.22nd Sept 1917)
  • Dolman Richard. 2nd Lt.
  • Down John. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.3rd March 1918)
  • Drew Frederick Charles. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.16 August 1917)
  • Durman C H. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Durnford Henry Charles. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Eades Robert Alfred. Pte. 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn. (d.2nd September 1918)
  • Ellis William Henry. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • England Albert Ernest. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Farmer Walter. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • Fenwick Andrew Lees. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.15th May 1916)
  • Garland James Henry Hill. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Gilbert Alexander Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th September 1915)
  • Gregory Walter Stanley. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Griffin Arthur. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Griggs A. E. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Hansford Frederick Henry John. Pte
  • Hewlett William. Sgt. 6th Btn.
  • Hill Herbert John. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.27th Dec 1917)
  • Hobbs Victor. Sgt. 6th Btn.
  • Holden Wilfrid. L/Cpl. 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn (d.2nd September 1918)
  • Horne Allen Ernest. Sgt. 8th Battalion (d.28th Dec 1917)
  • Horne Edwin Percy Lott. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th July 1917)
  • Horton John Henry. Pte. 6th Btn., "D" Coy. (d.25th September 1915)
  • Howell Edwin Thomas. Pte 8th Btn (d.31st July 1917)
  • Hunt William George. Sjt. 7th Btn. A Coy (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Impson William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Jarman Arthur George. Pte. 1st Battalion, D Coy. (d.2nd June 1915)
  • Jefferies Alfred L.. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1st Nov 1916)
  • Johnson Thomas James. 1st Btn.
  • Keetch Austin Job. L/Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.19th Nov 1916)
  • King Victor Charles. 8th Btn.
  • King W H. Cpl 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Knightbridge Arthur William James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Knott William Henry. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.15th Nov 1916)
  • Lake Ernest Henry. Pte. 8th Btn (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Lawrence Reginald Harry. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Lax Lorraine. 8th Battalion
  • Legg Thomas John. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Lewis Joseph. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.29th Jun 1916)
  • Lord Robert Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.21st October 1918)
  • Mail William James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th Sept 1916 )
  • Marlow Archibald. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • McMurtie G. D. J.. Capt. 6th Btn.
  • Miller Maurice Epton. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Milton Joseph John. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th Sept 1916)
  • Morris Arthur Edwin. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Mossman Alexander. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30th September 1915)
  • Musselbrook Frank. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Newman William John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Aug 1914)
  • Nicholls Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Packe Edward Alexander. Capt.
  • Padfield Edwin John. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.30th Jun 1918)
  • Painter H J. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Parker Edwin John. Sgt. 6th Battalion
  • Pepler Arthur Ishmael. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.16th April 1915)
  • Phillips Louis. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th Aug 1915)
  • Pike John. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30th Jun 1918)
  • Poole Thomas Henry. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Port Arthur George. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.26th September 1915)
  • Priddice Edward Edwin. Sjt. 1st Btn. (d.3rd May 1915 )
  • Prout Lee. Cpl. 8th Btn. A Coy. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Radley Edward Kingsford. Cpl. 8th Btn. A Coy. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Reynolds Henry. L/Sgt. 3rd Btn.
  • Ridewood Cecil Maurice. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th April 1917)
  • Roberts Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Aug 1914)
  • Rousell Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.20th Oct 1916)
  • Russell P.. Pte. 1st Garrison Btn. (d.27th November 1918)
  • Shevels Robert Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Skrine Henry Langton. Capt. 6th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Smith Arthur Robert Lofton. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Smith G. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.29th June 1916)
  • Summers William. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Sutherley Reginald George Albert William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Tanner Hubert John. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Tavener George William. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Taylor Gilbert Charles. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.23rd Feb 1919)
  • Thomas Robert Dixon Hardy. Pte. 8th Battallion (d.5th Sep 1915)
  • Tomkins Ernest Daniel. Pte. 2/6th Btn. (d.29th Jan 1918)
  • Trevelyan Sidney John. Pte. 12th Battlion (d.6th Nov 1917)
  • Trim Ernest Frank. L/Cpl. 8th Btn (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Trim Samuel. Pte. 68th Coy. (d.24th Dec 1916)
  • Upshall Theophilus. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.16th September 1916)
  • Venning William Edwin. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Warman John. Pte. (d.21st May 1917)
  • Webber Joseph. Sgt 8th Btn (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Williams Gilbert Henry. L/Cpl. (d.23rd May 1915)
  • Wiltshire William E.. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.9th Aug 1916)
  • Wood Charles Henry. Pte.
  • Wood Charles. Pte
  • Young Ronald George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Young Wesley George. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.7th Oct 1916)

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Cpl. Edward Kingsford Radley 8th Btn. A Coy. Somerset Light Infantry (d.31st Jul 1917)

Edward Kingsford Radley

Edward Radley enlisted on 8th September 1915. Ed was in 'A' company of the 8th Battalion of the Somerset Light infantry engaged in 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was killed in action on 31st July 1917 and his body was never found. His name is engraved on Panel 21 of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

The 8th Battalion of Somerset Light Infantry was under the command of the 63rd Brigade which joined the 37th Division on 8th July 1916 (thought to be part of 2nd Army). The Somersets fought with the 8th Btn. of Lincolnshire and 4th Btn. of Middlesex Regiments in the 63rd Brigade at the Battle for Pilckem Ridge which commenced at 0350 on 31st July 1917. This was the 1st of 6 phases of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. In the terrible conditions of heavy enemy fire and thick Flanders mud Ed never survived the first day.

CWGC certificate

John Morriss


L/Cpl. Wilfrid Holden 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn Somerset Light Infantry. (d.2nd September 1918)

Wilfrid Holden died on the 2nd September 1918, aged 27 and is buried in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension in France. He was the son of Edward and Catherine Holden, of Gainsborough, Ribbleton Avenue, Preston.

s flynn


Pte. William Henry Ellis 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (d.21st Mar 1918)

William Ellis fought at the Somme, he was registered missing, presumed dead. His Widow was paid £21.

Katy Wheatley


Pte. P. Russell 1st Garrison Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.27th November 1918)

Private Russell is buried in the Jhajha Cemetery in India, Grave 43.

S Flynn


Pte. Arthur Ishmael Pepler 2nd/4th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.16th April 1915)

Private Pepler was the husband of Elizabeth Pepler, of 13 Claverton Buildings, Widcombe, Avon.

He was 37 when he died and is buried in the Calicut New Beach Cemetery in India.

S Flynn


Pte. Reginald George Albert William Sutherley 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (d.4th Oct 1917)

Missing in action in the area of Furdan House, Ypres. So far nothing else known. My wife's Great Uncle.

Geoff Jeal


L/Cpl. Thomas Henry Bullock 6th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.16th September 1916)

I found Thomas Bullock's death plaque and did some research to find he died during the Battle of the Somme - the attack on Gird Trench on 16th September 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. I do not have any further information. Maybe someone else does?



Pte. Percy Frederick George Bayes 6th Btn Somerset Light Infantry (d.6th June 1918)

Percy Bayes was a joiner in peacetime. He was known to be in a Construction Corps and served with the 6th Somerset Light Infantry based at Montrescourt. He was captured at Moy de l'Aisne on 21st of May 1918 during the German attack called Operation Michael and died as a POW at German Military Hospital 21D. He was buried at Bohain then re-buried in the 1920's at Premont Military Cemetery.


Pte. Ronald George Young 1st Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)

Private Ronald Young was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme attacking the Quadrilateral Redoubt (Heidenkopf) on Redan Ridge.

On the 1st of July 1916 at 7.30am the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry part of 11th Brigade, 4th Division, went over the top just north of Beaumont Hamel, following a week long artillery bombardment which stopped at 7.20am to allow a large mine to be detonated. This allowed the Germans to come out of their deep bunkers knowing an attack was imminent. The wire had not been effectively cut and the men attacked in line formation and were funnelled though such narrow gaps as existed and were cut down by the German guns.

Ron was amongst 58,000 of his comrades killed that day. His body has never been found, but may well be one of the unknowns at buried in Serre Road No.2. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and in Burnham-On-Sea.



Pte. William Bale 8th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.10th Oct 1918)

Sadly, William Bale was one of a hundred men recorded on the War Memorial in St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton. William was born in Taunton, the youngest of four children born to Edward and Rose nee Cridland. Prior to enlisting William worked as a clerk in an Insurance Office. The Church was the one attended by the men of the SLI whose barracks were just up the road.

Jenni Llewellyn


Pte. Ernest Bawdon 6th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.16th September 1916)

Ernest Bawdon is my third cousin. He was shot by a German sniper whilst tending to an injured officer in no-man's-land on 16th September 1916.

Neil Bawdon


Pte. Samuel Trim 68th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (d.24th Dec 1916)

Samuel Trim enlisted voluntarily at Taunton between 10th and 12th January 1915, joining the 8th Somerset Light Infantry. He was then transferred to the MGC training school at Belton Park near Grantham on 1st January 1916 and on completion was attached to the 68th Company MGC, in 68th Brigade, 23rd Division. The 68th MGC landed in France on the S.S. La Marguerite on 25th February 1916.

The war diary describes how the Company moved into the trenches after a period of rest, on 6th December 1916. The guns took up positions in the Armagh Wood - Vince Street sector of line, which is south east of Zillebeke near Ypres. It was a relatively quiet tour.

Over the next days, German artillery was active and the Company positions were shelled. The diary is rather matter-of-fact about it all and mentions no casualties. On 22nd December the Company was relieved and began to move out of the trenches for rest at Erie Camp, west of Ypres. As it moved through the ruins of Zillebeke around 6pm, heavy shellfire fell.

It is reasonable to assume that Samuel was a victim of this shelling, and that he may have been hit in Zillebeke. He was evacuated, making it as far as the medical facilities at Remy Farm (No 3 Canadian CCS) in the hamlet of Lijssenthoek, west of Poperinge. He succumbed to gunshot wounds to the Shoulder, thigh, elbow and side (shrapnel) on 24th December 1916 and is buried in Lijssenthoek military cemetery.

His brother L/Cpl Ernest Frank Trim 12156 8th Bn Somerset Light Infantry was killed on 28th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing.

Shane Russell


Pte. John Henry "Mad Jack" Horton 6th Btn., "D" Coy. Somerset Light Infantry (d.25th September 1915)

John Henry `Mad Jack' Horton was my great grandfather and was a glass blower by trade. His name is amongst many of his Battalion on the Menin Gate Memorial.

John Morgan


Pte. John Warman 6th Btn. (d.21st May 1917)

John Warman enlisted in the London Regiment and went on to served with the 6th Somerset Light Infantry.



CSM. Arthur Howe Bond MID 1st Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)

CSM Arthur Bond was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. Arthur was twice mentioned in dispatches.


Sgt. Thomas Percy Bond 1st Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.19th December 1914)

Thomas Bond was one of three brothers and a father who served in WW1. He was killed in action in Ploegsteert Wood just prior to the Christmas truce.


Pte. Cecil Maurice Ridewood 8th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.10th April 1917)

Cecil Ridewood was killed in action at the Battle of Arras, aged 19. I cannot find his service record, although I have found his medal record.

Cecil was born in 1897, one from the youngest of 15 children. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 4, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery.


L/Cpl. Ernest Frank Trim 8th Btn Somerset Light Infantry (d.28th Apr 1917)

At the Battle of Arleux Ernest Trim attacked with the Somerset's on the 28th Apr Their objectives were Wish and Whip Trenches,running along the Plouvain to Gavrelle Road. Ernest has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

His brother (my Great grandfather) Pte 5548 S Trim 68th Coy MGC also fell, succumbing to his wounds on the 24th Dec 1916 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.


Pte. Louis Harvey Bardell 12th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry (d.6th Nov 1917)

Louis Bardell was a Birmingham lad. He attended KE VI Camp Hill School in Birmingham before becoming a clerk. He enlisted in Birmingham in 1916 and served in the EEF. He died in 1917, the last survivor of a Lewis Gun team.

A J Bulloch


L/Cpl. Gilbert Henry Williams Somerset Light Infantry (d.23rd May 1915)

I retrieved Gilbert Williams's information when investigating the Death Penny.

Stephen Williams

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History of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) 1914-1919

Everard Wyrall

Wyrall arranges his record of the regiment in chronological order, following the course of the war from the arrival of the1st Battalion in France. As he describes the operations and events he indicates in the margin the date of the action he is writing about with the identity of the battalion involved; operations in other theatres have their own chapters. Appendices list, by name, Honours and Awards including Mention in Despatches, promotions for service in the field, summary of other rank casualties (deaths) in each battalion (officers are totalled together) and brief records of service.
A Strange War

C P Mills

A Strange War, by C.P.Mills, covers the History of the 2/5th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry.
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