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West Surrey Regiment (Queens)

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Those known to have served with

West Surrey Regiment (Queens)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Anderson Robert. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Annis Walter. CSM. 6th Btn. (d.26th July 1915)
  • Austin Alfred G.. Pte. 10th Btn. D Coy. (d.4th Aug 1917)
  • Bartlem Hugh. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.29th Aug 1918)
  • Baulk Harry Percy. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bick Albert Charles. Pte. 8 Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Bick Albert Charles. Pte. (d.25th Sep 1915 )
  • Blackman Arthur. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Blakelock Thomas William. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Bowerman William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Mar 1917)
  • Brennan James. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Bushell Christopher. Lt Col. 7th Btn. (d.8th August 1918)
  • Butcher W.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Canderton James Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.26th Oct 1916)
  • Caney William. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Coghlan Daniel. Capt. 8th Btn.
  • Cook Jack Valentine. Capt. 11th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Cullen . Pte.
  • Dean George Pocock Buxton. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Doswell Frank. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn.
  • Emptage Frederick Jethro Joseph. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.30th Apr 1916)
  • Freyberg Bernard. Lt.Gen.
  • Friday John Edward. Pte. 11th (Lambeth) Btn (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Friend Edward Mitchell. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.10th Nov 1917)
  • Frith Frederick. Pte. 10th (Battersea) Battalion
  • Frost Earnest. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Girling William Henry. Pte. 2/4th Btn.
  • Green William John. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.23rd March 1918)
  • Greenstreet Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Haffenden Charles Israel . Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1916)
  • Hawes Charles Godfrey. Pte. 7th Batt (d.18th Nov 1916)
  • Hawkins T.. 7th Btn. (d.22nd Nov 1917)
  • Hursey William Augustus. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Jan 1915)
  • Knight Harry James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Oct 1918)
  • Knight Harry John. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Lewis Arthur Edward. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1915)
  • Neale Edgar John. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Patience Charles Frank. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.21st April 1917)
  • Pattison R. G.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1917)
  • Pratt Arthur.
  • Robertson Clement. Capt. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Robertson Clement. Capt. 3rd Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Robinson W. A. L.. 2nd Lt. 11th Btn. (d.26th Jun 1917)
  • Sanderson James H.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Saxby George. L/cpl. 1st Btn. (d.8th Nov 1916)
  • Sayer John William. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.18th April 1918)
  • Seaborn Robert Francis. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st Jun 1917)
  • Smith Frederick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Stone Alfred J.. Pte 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Surman James. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.14th February 1916)
  • Surrey Arthur William. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Taylor Charles. Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Thomas Sidney. Pte. 1/24th Batallion (d.26th May 1915)
  • Trusler Harry James. Pte. (d.30th Sep 1916 )
  • Trusler Harry. Pte. 11th Battalion, OCB Company (d.30th Sep 1916)
  • Tudge Walter. Pte. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Turner Samuel.
  • Walter Joseph S.. Capt. 7th Btn. (d.21st May 1918)
  • Watford William. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Wheatland Albert Joseph. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Worboys John William. Pte.
  • Worsfold . Pte.
  • Wright Frederick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1917)
  • Young H. L/Cpl. (d.30th October 1914)

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L/Cpl. John William Sayer VC 8th Btn. Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (d.18th April 1918)

John Sayer died of wounds on the 18th of April 1918 aged 39 and is buried in Le Cateau Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of Samuel and Margaret Sayer, of Chadwell Heath, Essex; husband of Edith Louise Sayer, of 35, Old London Rd., Hastings, Sussex.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 6th June, 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, determination and ability displayed on the 21st March, 1918, at Le Verguier, when holding for two hours, in face of incessant attacks, the flank of a small isolated post. Owing to mist the enemy approached the post from both sides to within 30 yards before being discovered. Lance-Corporal Sayer, however, on his own initiative and without assistance, beat off a succession of flank attacks and inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Though attacked by rifle and machine-gun fire, bayonet and bombs, he repulsed all attacks, killing many and wounding others. During the whole time he was continuously exposed to rifle and machine-gun fire, but he showed the utmost contempt of danger and his conduct was an inspiration to all. His skilful use of fire of all descriptions enabled the post to hold out till nearly all the garrison had been killed and himself wounded and captured. He subsequently died as a result of wounds at Le Cateau."

s flynn


L/cpl. George Saxby 1st Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.8th Nov 1916)

George Saxby enlisted with the 17th Lancers. He died of wounds 8th November 1916, received 3rd/4th/11/1916 and is buried in the St Sever Cemetery extension in France.

s flynn


Lt Col. Christopher Bushell VC, DSO 7th Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.8th August 1918)

Christopher Bushell was killed in action 8th August 1918, aged 30 and buried in the Querrieu British Cemetery in France. He was the younger son of the late Reginald Bushell, of Hinderton Lodge, Neston, Cheshire, and of Mrs. Caroline Bushell, of Hillside, St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Dover; husband of Rachel Bushell, of Boughton Aluph, Kent, late of Wye Vicarage, Kent

An extract from The London Gazette No. 30667, dated 30th April 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of his battalion. Lt. Col. Bushell personally led C Company of his battalion, who were co-operating with an Allied regiment in a counter-attack, in face of very heavy machine gun fire. In the course of this attack he was severely wounded in the head, but he continued to carry on, walking about in front of both English and Allied troops encouraging and re-organising them. He refused even to have his wound attended to until he had placed the whole line in a sound position, and formed a defensive flank to meet a turning movement by the enemy. He then went to brigade headquarters and reported the situation, had his wound dressed, and returned to the firing line, which had come back a short distance. He visited every portion of the line, both English and Allied, in the face of terrific machine-gun and rifle fire, exhorting the troops to remain where they were, and to kill the enemy. In spite of his wounds this gallant officer refused to go to the rear, and had eventually to be removed to the dressing station in a fainting condition. To the magnificent example of energy, devotion and courage shown by their Commanding officer is attributed the fine spirit displayed and the keen fight put up by his battalion not only on the day in question but on each succeeding day of the withdrawal."

s flynn


Pte. Harry Trusler 11th Battalion, OCB Company The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.30th Sep 1916)

I know nothing of Harry Trusler other than my mother (his youngest daughter) said that he was killed by a sniper and he was many of the bodies not found. He is mentioned on the Memorial at Theipval.

Jennifer Longman


CSM. Walter Annis 6th Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.26th July 1915)

Walter Annis died of wounds on the 26th of July 1915, aged 39. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France, he was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Anniss of Isleworth, Middlesex. Born: 26 February, 1876 He Served as a Colour-Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment during the Anglo-Boer War. Married Emily Annie Bolton on 4 August, 1911. They had two children Robert Walter, born 23 May, 1912 and Annie Evelyn, born 7 May, 1914.

He was entitled to the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal, the Queen’s South Africa Medal (4 clasps), The King’s South Africa Medal (2 clasps), the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the 1903 Delhi Durbar Medal.

s flynn


Pte. Walter Tudge Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (d.23rd Aug 1918)

We know very little about Walter Tudge who was born in 1900 in Coalville, Leicestershire. His father was Willis Tudge who joined the Leicester Regiment in 1901 but transferred later in 1901 to the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery and spent many years serving in India. He left the army in 1908 but was recalled to the Royal Artillery on 4th August 1914 and had his final discharge in 1920.

Walter appears to have joined the Army sometime in 1915, as the family have a shooting medal with his name on it, and is dated July 1915. He was killed on 23rd August 1918 and is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension near Amiens.

I'm attempting to research the service story of Walter Tudge for one of his relatives. The family would appreciate any information about Walter especially details of his battalion and the battle when he was killed.

Vince Taylor


Pte. John William Worboys Queens Royal Surrey Regiment

John Warboys suffered severe head injuries during the battle at Ambrines near Arras. Initially left for dead, when the dead were being moved they heard his voice & cry out in pain. He was discharged on the 31st of May 1917 as a result of the injuries. John had a silver skull plate, at times he would go upstairs to the top of their house so his seven children did not hear him crying out in pain. He never recovered from his injuries, resulting in very hard times for his wife & 7 children. He died on the 7th June 1927. His wife fought for many years to receive a pension as a result of his injuries and to get his name recorded on the War Memorial. Which was added some years later.

Annette James


Pte. Alfred G. Austin 10th Btn. D Coy. Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.4th Aug 1917)

Alfred was killed aged just 19. His name is inscribed on the wall of the Menin gate memorial.


Pte. James H. Sanderson 7th Btn. Queens Royal West Surrey Regt. (d.1st July 1916)

Pte. James H. Sanderson enlisted on 03.09.14, he was posted to the 7th Btn. "The Queens" Royal West Surrey Regt.

James was killed on the 1st July 1916 during the opening attacks of the Somme offensive.

He is buried in Danzig Alley CWWGC and commemorated on the parish War Memorial outside St Bartholomew the Great Church in Smithfield.

William Hounsome


Pte. Charles Frank Patience 7th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey (d.21st April 1917)

Charles Patience was in the 7th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment and around January 1917 he was a prisoner of war at Maretz and he was shot for stepping out of the ranks to pick up a cigarette. That he was not trying to escape is shown by the fact that the bullet that killed him wounded two other men in the ranks.

He died on 21st April, 1917 and was buried at Maretz Communal Cemetery German Extension and then reburied at the Honnechy British Cemetery. He had married in December, 1915 aged 20.

Sylvia Hall


Pte. Worsfold Queen's Royal West Surrey Rgt.

Private Worsfold was a prisoner at Gustrow POW Camp, where he died, reportedly from eating bad food.


Capt. Joseph S. Walter MC MID 7th Btn. Queen's Royal West Surrey Rgt. (d.21st May 1918)

Captain Walter was a prisoner at Holzminden and Bad Colberg POW Camps. He was killed for escaping on 21st May 1918. He is buried in Neiderzwehen Cemetery, Kassel, grave III.N.3.


Pte. Cullen West Surrey (Queen's) Rgt.

Private Cullen was a prisoner of war at Bokelah3 Camp. He was exchanged in 1915 and sent to Holland.


Pte. W. Butcher 1st Btn. Royal West Surrey (Queen's) Rgt.

Private Burrows was a POW at Gustrow POW camp in Mecklenburg. He was punished by the guards for stealing a loaf of bread. The punishment consisted of tying him to a post for three hours in the snow. This led to frostbite and amputations.


Pte. Harry Percy Baulk 8th Btn. Queen's Royal West Surrey (d.25th Sep 1915)

Harry Baulk, my maternal great uncle, was declared missing at the Battle of Loos and is remembered on the Memorial Wall at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos.

Mary King


Pte. Robert Francis Seaborn 11th Btn. Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.21st Jun 1917)

My Great Uncle, Robert Francis Seaborn, died aged 23 while serving in the West Surrey Regiment in WW1. I would love to find some pictures of him, so if anybody has any of the 11th Battalion, I'd love to see them.

Emma Isitt


Pte. Arthur William "Sonny" Surrey 2nd Btn. Queens (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

I believe that my great great grandad Arthur Surrey served as a stretcher bearer in the 2nd Battalion of the Queens Regiment. He survived the war to die in later years from the effects of mustard gas. I would be interested in further information.

Lee Mccarthy


Pte. William John Green 7th Battalion Queens West Surrey (d.23rd March 1918)

Born John William on the 28th of January 1899 in Heveningham Suffolk. William Green was killed on the 23rd of March 1918 in Battle of St Quentin. He has no known grave but is recorded on the Pozieres Memorial.

L Stanhope


2nd Lt. Frank Doswell MC 6th Btn. Royal West Surrey Queen's Regt.

Frank Doswell MC, 2nd Lt, died 1919.

My Great Uncle Frank Doswell, MC, 2nd Lt with the 6th Btn Queen's Regt, died of gas 1919, he was buried at Bandon Hill, Croydon, with full military honours. A Purley/Coulsdon boy, who died aged 27 years, and single. Frank won the MC at Hill 60, during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

Stirling C Moss


Pte. Harry John Knight 1st Btn. Queens Royal West Surrey Regt.

My Grandfather Harry Knight served with the Royal West Surrey Regiment in the 1st Battalion. I know no details of his Service other than that he was a Prisoner of War, he escaped at least twice, was re captured and tortured. He was missing in action but later my grandmother was at the cinema one day & on the Newsreel a film was being shown of British POW's in Germany. She thought she saw him on the film. She told family members who then went themselves to see the film, they agreed it was him so they then went to see the cinema manager who showed then the film privately, when the film reached the point where they thought they saw my Grandfather the film was stopped. It was agreed by all that indeed it was him. Subsequently he was traced via the Red Cross.

Harry returned home but sadly he was a very sick man, by 1921 he was admitted to St. Cadocs Psychiatric Hospital in Caerleon Monmouthshire where he died in 1960. Originally from Croydon, Surrey Harry had moved to Newport Monmouthshire around 1905/6. He met & married my Grandmother there. He had been in the West Surrey Regiment for a while around 1902/3. Although on his birth cert. His name is Harry John Knight, officialdom has recorded him as Henry which is confusing.

Jennifer Banks

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