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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)
  • Batten Percy. Sgt. (d.2 October 1917)
  • Baulk Harry Percy. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Baynes William Henry. 2nd Lt. 1st Btn. (d.12th October 1918)
  • 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)
  • Blackmore Frank Wesley. 2nd Lt. 4th Btn.
  • Blackmore Frank Wesley. Pte. No. 6 Stationary Hospital
  • Blakelock Thomas William. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Bowerman William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th Mar 1917)
  • Brennan James. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.28th May 1917)
  • Brierley Sylvester Douglas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.19th Aug 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.
  • Clayton John Harry. CSM 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1917)
  • Coghlan Daniel. Capt. 8th Btn.
  • Cook Jack Valentine. Capt. 11th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Cox Charles Frederick. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Cox Walter Stanley. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • 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.
  • Graves Frank. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • 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)
  • Hamilton Guy Stanley Gerald. Lt. 8th Battalion (d.1st August 1917)
  • 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.
  • Laundy Walter. Pte.
  • Laurence Stuart. 2nd Lt. 10th Battalion (d.17th Sep 1917)
  • Lewis Arthur Edward. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1915)
  • Lewis Charles. L/Cpl. 8th Battalion
  • Neale Edgar John. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Newton Frank Ernest. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.8th May 1917)
  • Patience Charles Frank. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.21st April 1917)
  • Pattison R. G.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1917)
  • Penfold George. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.14th July 1916)
  • Pratt Arthur.
  • Prudence William Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Robertson Clement. Capt. (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)
  • Shepherd Alexander. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.18th Aug 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)
  • Whittle Thomas Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1917)
  • Woolford Albert. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Worboys John William. Pte.
  • Worsfold . Pte.
  • Wright Frederick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Jan 1917)
  • Wright Harry William. Sgt. 7th Btn. A Coy. (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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. Frank Ernest Newton 6th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.8th May 1917)

Frank Newton was my great uncle who died aged 19 near Monchy le Preux.

Pete Hill


Pte. Albert Woolford 11th Btn. Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.7th June 1917)

I know very little about Albert Woolford other than he was one of my great uncles and was born in Croydon. His name is on the WW1 memorial in Dorking and on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

Cliff Woolford


Pte. Charles Frederick Cox 8th Btn. West Surrey Regiment (Queens)

My grandad, Charles Cox, died before I was born and I've been researching him for the past two years. I only know his military numbers and regiment from his medals card. He came from the fens near Ely, Cambs and then moved to Stapleford, Cambs where he was on the trains at Great Shelford.

I have no joining or leaving dates but he moved to the ASC after the Queens. He apparently spoke of being in the trenches and he is listed as a driver in the ASC with his profession as horse keeper. I am desperately trying to find anyone who knows someone that spoke or wrote of him.

Shaun Brown


2nd Lt. William Henry Baynes 1st Btn. Queens Royal West Surrey Rgt. (d.12th October 1918)

William Henry Baynes is my great uncle. He lost his mother when he was only 11 years old and was one of six children. His father Henry went on to look after the children who had not left home, one of whom was my grandad. I found William while reserching my family history. Although my mother knew of him and told me the family did not want him to sign up, he did and was in France by October 1914.

William is mentioned twice in the WW1 war diaries of the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment. He was a bomber trying to take enemy trenches at Lump Lane (Somme). These trenches were in places nearly knee deep in mud and water from the heavy rain of the previous evening and the going was very heavy. This was not a successful attack and William and four men became isolated in a shell hole having run out of bombs or grenades, but luckily they were covered by a small party sent to help and made a withdrawal. He was later wounded at Menin and sent to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Southampton where he died on the 12th October 1918.

He received the 1914 star and British War Medal and Victory Medal. William is named on the Great War Memorial outside Canterbury Cathedral.

Heather Gittings


Sgt. Harry William Wright 7th Btn. A Coy. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.1st July 1916)

Harry Wright was 35 years old when he was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was the oldest son of William and Annie Wright of Dorking Surrey. Harry is buried at Combles Communal Cemetery Extension.

Lest we forget.

Sarah Collins


2nd Lt. Stuart Laurence 10th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) (d.17th Sep 1917)

Stuart Laurence was killed in action on the second day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.



Pte. Alexander Shepherd 10th Battalion Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.18th Aug 1917)

From family information we know that Uncle Alex Shepherd was a born and bred Liverpuddlian. He worked as a fruit porter and used to bring home many unusual fruits for the family as they often came from the ships at Liverpool docks. Alex was clearly a very loving man who left his mother and wife a picture of him in a locket each along with a lock of his hair, which has now been handed down to me.

Alex served with the 10th Battalion of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). On the 18th of August 1917 in France as night fell and whilst sleeping in tents, the battalion was attacked by an enemy air raid, completely unawares, and a lot of the men were killed, including Alex who was 36 years old. Alex now rests at Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre in France which overlooks the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Emma Byrne


Pte. George Penfold 2nd Battalion Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (d.14th July 1916)

George Penfold, my great uncle, was baptised at St John's, Redhill on the 18th January 1880, the youngest son of John and Mary Penfold of Meadvale, Redhill, Surrey. In 1911 he was living with his parents and was a bricklayer. He seems to have been a keen sportsman, playing for both the village football and cricket teams.

When World War 1 started he enlisted at Guildford in the 2nd Battalian, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. He was killed on the 14th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme but has no grave and his name is listed on the memorial to the missing of the Somme at Thiepval.

In 1993, shortly before their deaths, his nephews, my father and uncle then both in their late eighties, remembered how he had cried when he had to return after his last leave because he did not want to go back.

Mourning card

Reverse of mourning card

Joan Whyte


Pte. Frank Wesley Blackmore No. 6 Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

F. W. Blackmore

Frank Blackmore was born at 14 Worrall Road, Clifton, on Saturday July 19th 1890. He was the son of Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith), who were lodging there at the time. He was later educated at Summerhill Council School, St. George, Bristol and by 1911 was working as a clerk in Packers, a local chocolate factory in Greenbank. He enlisted in Bristol on Monday 8th February 1915. At the time he was still living with his parents at 'Fillwood', 334 Church Road, St. George, Bristol.

His medical records show that Frank was 24 years 6 months of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a 35 1/2 inch chest. He was appointed Private 52165 in the Royal Army Medical Corps and would be paid 1s. 2d. per day. He was sent to Llandrindod Wells, Wales in April 1915 for two anti-typhoid inoculations and to commence his basic training. Before being posted abroad Frank received additional proficiency pay of 4d. per day as from 11th May 1915. He was to land in Le Havre, France on Wednesday 9th June 1915 with No. 6 Stationary Hospital, RAMC, part of the British Expeditionary Force along with Lieutenant A. Jamieson and other volunteers who were placed in No. 6 Ward.

On 25th February 1917 he applied to join the infantry and was sent to No. 16 Officer Training Battalion at Kimnel, North Wales. In their 28th November 1917 edition the London Gazette announced that as of 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. He was later to be attached to 4th (Reserve) Battalion, "The Queen's" Royal West Surrey Regiment. He never saw active service again and was demobilized on Saturday 22nd March 1919.


Pte. William Henry Prudence 2nd Btn. Queen West Surrey Regiment (d.31st Oct 1914)

I have only very recently discovered the loss of my Great Uncle William Prudence at the first battle of Ypres. I am going to Belgium this June to pay my respects and visit the spot where I believe he was killed.

Michael Boulton


2nd Lt. Frank Wesley Blackmore 4th Btn. Royal West Surrey Regiment

In their edition of 28th November 1917 the London Gazette announced that as at 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment from his Officer Cadet Unit, which entitled him to the princely wage of 7s. 6d. per day. 3rd Btn. Sussex Regiment was a depot/training unit and remained in the UK throughout the war. During his officer training he contracted influenza due to strain and exposure, causing him to complain of "general weakness, coughing and night sweats". The Medical Board's Report on 29th August 1918 indicated that he had become anaemic and had lost weight; there was also a patch of "tubular breathing below clavicle on left side". Tubular breathing could be recognised by placing the the stethoscope over the trachea and listening to the patient as they breathe in and out with mouth open. What you would hear is a "tubular" sound similar to air being blown through a tube.

As there had not been any noticeable improvement in his health, Frank was instructed to report back for duty with his regiment. He had by then been gazetted to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment which had been formed as the 4th/4th Battalion (Terriorial Force) in July 1915 at Croydon before moving to Windsor and Purfleet. On 8th April 1916 it became the 4th (Reserve) Battalion and moved to Crowborough, East Sussex where it remained until October 1916. Then it moved to Tunbridge Wells where it remained as part of the Home Counties Reserve Brigade of the Territorial Force. They were responsible for the training of new recruits and of men returning to duty after being in medical care or away for any other reasons. They were often called "The Mutton Lancers" due to their lamb and flag cap badge. Presumably Frank was no longer considered fit for active front line service because of his medical record and was thus given the responsibility of assisting in the training of the men in his battalion.

David Blackmore


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

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