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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.
  • Driver Frederick Charles. Pte. 7th 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)
  • Hobday Henry Edward . Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • 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
  • Marsh Victor Herbert. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.26th September 1918)
  • Moses I.. Cpl. (d.26th February 1919)
  • 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)
  • Penrose-Fitzgerald Maurice. Lt. 7th Btn. (d.26th 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)
  • Sleet Thomas Edward. Pte.
  • Smith Frederick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Stone Alfred J.. Pte 13th (Forest of Dean Pioneers) Battalion (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Summers George Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd March 1918)
  • 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. George Albert Summers 10th Btn. Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment (d.23rd March 1918)

Bert Summers was killed in March 1918

Anne Johnson


Lt. Maurice Penrose-Fitzgerald 7th Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.26th July 1916)

Lieutenant Penrose Fitzgerald was the Son of the late James H. B. Penrose Fitzgerald, of The Grange, Midleton, Co. Cork; husband of Louisa J. P. Penrose Fitzgerald, of Hillside, Milford-on-Sea, Hants.

He died of wounds, age 23, and is buried North of West end of the Church, in the Corkbeg Church of Ireland Churchyard, Co. Cork, Ireland.

s flynn


Pte. Frederick Charles Driver 7th Btn. Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment

Frederick Charles Driver on right with fellow POW's

The following transcription is of an oral interview recorded in 1972, in which Frederick Driver related to his Grandson Robert his experiences during the First World War, with the help of his wife Dorothy. Many thanks to his great-granddaughter Angela Scott for taking the time and trouble to listen to the tape and type out the following account into a readable document for future generations to read.

Track one: Joining Up

  • Dorothy: Tell him why you joined up.
  • Frederick: Why I joined up? I did, that's all.
  • Robert: Why did you volunteer?
  • Frederick: Just so we could go in the regiment of our choice, see.
  • Robert: Yeah.
  • Frederick: Then we get a choice of regiment, see.
  • Dorothy And your brother was in.
  • Frederick: If you waited later on, till 1916, you'd[ve] been forced to go. So you might just as well volunteer, you see. And I'd been used to horses and went on to the cavalry.
  • Robert: Surely you knew all about the people that were being killed in Flanders in '14 and '15.
  • Frederick: Yes. Well, we knew of course, of course you did. But you didn't know how many, did ya?
  • Robert: You didn't.
  • Frederick: No.
  • Robert: You thought it [was] just sort of a side-show,
  • Frederick: Pardon?
  • Dorothy: Well, you really, you really went in because Jack was in it, didn't you?
  • Robert: Yeah, yeah.
  • Dorothy: So he could get in the 5th Lancers.
  • Robert: Yeah, but you know, I've heard stories about women at the time, I mean, blokes who are walking around the streets without a uniform they were, er...
  • Frederick: Well, you're thinking about the white feather business.
  • Robert: That's it, yeah, the white feather.
  • Frederick: No, never see none of that.
  • Dorothy: Not in his time.
  • Robert: No?
  • Dorothy: No.
  • Robert: Yeah, but when conscription came in, that ended all that didn't it? I mean, you had to go anyway.
  • Dorothy: Yes, you had to go where they like to send ya. And them all in, in Ipswich and that, see, had to go in the Suffolk regiments.

    Track two: Dublin Uprising

  • When we got down to the town, the middle of Dublin down Sackville street opposite the post office, the General post office they opened fire on us, see, rotten shots all they hit was three men and three horses and as soon as they opened fire the old captain says about turn and went back to barracks and he said we're going out as soon as we can dismounted so we went out as infantry more or less just with bandoleers full of ammunition rifles we went and routed them out of the post office in the morning see before dinner, and in the mean time artillery were ordered up from the Curraugh and they brought the guns into the dock at Sackville street right opposite the lawcourts, they were in the lawcourts as well these Sinn Fieners in the post office and the lawcourts, lawcourts were at the bottom of the Sackville street and they opened fire and knocked the lawcourts down the artillery from the Curraugh and in the meantime we went and took up positions some in the old Jacob's biscuit factory and and all the places they were likely to be in you see, took them over and simply rounded them up., And within a fortnight we'd got them all rounded up look and there they still carrying on we quieted them down in a fortnight.
  • : - Yeah.
  • Yeah then after the war was over cause they started again that's when they formed the black and tans they're volunteers you know from England the black and tans were. And they had to clear em up again in the meantime they're clamouring for home rule and they got it see cause Ireland was partitioned wasn't it the south from the north.

    Track Three: The Western Front

  • Yeah, but when you, after you had joined up and that, I mean, what,
  • Robert: When did you first go over to France then?
  • Frederick: Umm. August 1916. August '16. We went over and we joined the Queens out there, you see, the Queens regiment. The 7th Queens. That was, the 55th Brigade. The 18th division we come up in.
  • Robert: What sort of ship did you go over in?
  • Frederick: Ooo, don't know, well, er, old freighter thing, you know.
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: Yeah. From Folkstone we went, to Folkstone, to Boulogne.
  • Robert: And then you went up. Did you go straight to the front?
  • Frederick: And then we went...No, we had to go to...we stayed the night in Boulogne, up on the camp there. And the next day we had to go join the Queens. They were up, um, near Albert, place called Albert, out at rest at the time. Then we done some, done joined the battalion, you know. I was put on headquarters battalion, with Machine gun, headquarters machine gun. By going to headquarters They could put us anywhere, you know what I mean? To any company.
  • Robert: Yeah.
  • Frederick: See? A, B, C or D company. We could go anywhere. They could put us in the line, you see, or, which company was ever in the line you'd have to be with 'em, you see?
  • Robert: Can you, visualise now what it was like? I mean, can you visualise what it was like at that time?
  • Frederick: Well, plenty of shells dropping around. In as soon as you got in range, you know?
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Dorothy: What about the time when you all pinched the bread from the bakers?
  • Frederick: Oh yes. Yeah, yeah. Well, we were going right up, right up into the, up in the front line, you see. We're going up right, going into the front line and we was way back at rest, and we was put in a billet, in an old bakery, you know? A bakery. One what was using, they were still in use; French bakery, see. And the old Baker he used to bake his bread, you know, during the night time, ready for sale the next day. And my brother, and another: an ol' Kelly, watched the old baker leave and then went and pinched his bread. We got the gun: we'd got gun limbers for Lewis gun, you know, and the guns had gone up on the horse limbers, you know? A horse wagon like. Our guns had gone up with them so our little gun carriages were empty. Two wheeler gun carriages, see, for a gun, carry the Lewis guns and ammunition see, plenty of ammunition. And they were empty. So what old, what my brother did, and the old Irishman, they stole the bread and went and put it in the trucks, empty trucks. They were all lined up beside a wall, you know, and they filled them up with bread. And the old Froggie come in daybreak and found his bread all gone. Played up merry Hell. French Police, he called the French Police up and our Police, you know; Military Police. Played up the Devil, he did. They looked everywhere. They searched our billet and everything. Packs - everything. Never found a loaf. And they were right in front of their noses, in the, in the gun trucks. Full of bread they were, yeah. Robert: What did you do with all that bread then? Frederick: We had a good feed. And the next day we got on the march up to the line, you know? And as soon as we got under shell fire the young captain he says, "Halt!", you know, "Fall out on the left of the road." And we opened up our gun trucks, you know, and out come the bread [laughs]. So, one of the boys picked up a loaf; "Would you like a piece, sir?", you know. We was all under shell fire then - only about two miles from the line. Yeah. And nothing was said about that. Never got into trouble over it at all, 'cause he never reported us, you see?
  • Dorothy: He asked, he asked where you got it from, didn't he?
  • Frederick: He knew. He knew, didn't he. All the officers knew, all the blokes knew, didn't they. But as soon as they was opened up it was a laugh. Everybody was eating the French toopang, you know, long loaves. Dorothy: See, didn't you get some cheese from somewhere for them?
  • Frederick: Pardon?
  • Dorothy: Didn't you get some cheese?
  • Frederick: Cheese?
  • Dorothy: Yeah.
  • Frederick: Oh, we had plenty o' cheese. Half the blokes wouldn't eat the cheese, you know. It used to lay about in the billets.
  • Robert: Where did you first go into action, then?
  • Frederick: Erm. When?
  • Robert: Where.
  • Frederick: Up at Thiepval. Thiepval on the ridge, at Thiepval. Thiepval, Mericourt, Grandcourt.
  • Robert: You was in all them places were you?
  • Frederick: Lotacourt. In front too,
  • Frederick: Yes, in front of that, we were cause.
  • Robert: Yes.
  • Frederick: 'Cause, April, when they went over, the Vimy Ridge, see, we was in front of that. Yeah.
  • Robert: What did you do in the line?
  • Frederick: Well, we just had to hold the line, you see - go in t' the front line. Plenty o' shellin' an' all that business, you know? On our way up he was dropping shells, gas shells of one sort or another. You know, all sorts.
  • Frederick: Several times we laid out in the shell hole, you know, with the old gun, between the two lines. Didn't mind it, and used to like it because the shells were going right over us, like that, see?
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: All the heavy stuff, and light stuff an' all, goin' right over. If you was in No Man's Land you was the best off. Through that winter, anyhow.
  • Frederick: If you laid quiet a German patrol would pass you, perhaps. Bullets would be whizzing over the top of your heads. Zip, zip, zip, zip, you know. Just lay doggo for the night. Bloomin' cold though, frozen.
  • Dorothy: Jack got wounded?
  • Frederick: Oh yes he did, and a night or two before that.
  • Dorothy: Yes.
  • Frederick: When we were laying in support a shell came over: A whizz-bang. And we were in a fairly big trench, and... Both together in the front line, look, and a whizz-bang came over. What they call a whizz-bang - that was their light artillery. Good guns they were, similar to our twenty five pounder. And a shell - I could hear it coming. It hit the top of the parapet and burst. It blew my rifle right out of my hand. My brother got a bullet, behind his ear here in the neck.
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: Yeah. Got back to Blighty with that. I took him back to the end of the trench. The old Sergeant Major, they were in the dugout there, I said, "Well, I'll take him back." He say, "You won't. You won't.", he say. "You'll stop in the front line" [laughs] So, he got back to Blighty, look. Another few days after that, then, I was captured.
  • Robert: You were captured in 1916 then?
  • Frederick: No, '17.
  • vRobert: When?
  • Frederick: 1917. February 1917. February '17.
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: And that was a place called, er, Irles. I.R.L.E.S, Irles and that was too...we was... See, which I tell you what was happening: The Germans were falling back at that time, which they used to do. They'd pulled back on to better ground and that, you see - leave you in the muck and mire and shell, you see [laughs]. And (pause) Oh, a dawn patrol. When they were falling back, see; "Any volunteers for a dawn patrol?", so we all volunteered, with the old gun, you know, and just a rifleman or two, see, to go out before dawn, an hour before dawn. We was to go up the communication trench into Gerries front line; a village. And part right along the front of the village, a place called Irles, I.R.L.E.S., and went past the front of it and up his communication trench for about a mile, see. Never saw, never saw anything of them. They kept doggo, you know, they laid quiet, they let us come. And and all of a sudden they jumped. Some of them jumped out the trench, and we let the old, I let the old Lewis gun let 'em have it, you know, as they ran way. Then the old gun blocked, you know, which they would do, a Lewis. They used to jam. Two bullets used to. A couple of cartridges used to try to get in the [barrel at once], and that'd block, you see. Tried to get up the barrel. So when the old, stopped, and we were in their communications trench he simply come round us, you know, they come up from other trenches, 'cause they knew the trenches better than we did, you see. We was in their communications trench, therefore they got, they got, surrounded us, and just cut us down in the trenches as we were...see? They could get right, they could get forward or to the side of us or behind us - which they did do. Got right behind us, because we was through their lines, see. through their front line about two miles.
  • Frederick: ...A funny thing, where you used to talk about what would, what would happen to us. When we was in support, or quiet, or back at rest, used to think about what would happen to us. Somebody would say, "I shall get killed, I know I shall.", see, and they used to too... I said, I thought I wasn't. Something told me. Well, I didn't know what was going to happen, you know. What I mean, I wasn't going to get killed but I couldn't fathom out what was going to happen to me. But I was nearly a deader mate, I was nearly gone.
  • Dorothy: They saved his life.
  • Frederick: Yeah. Germans saved me life.
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: You know, by binding up, you know. The blood was coming out in a stream like that out of my stomach here. They simply got my doings, you know, bound me up tight and that. And still the blood was coming through. So he took the...
  • Dorothy: Off another...
  • Frederick: Yeah. Another fella who was shot beside me, he weren't...he's right next to me. Right there, in the temple. And they took the bandages of his, you know, bound me up double lot, you know, really bound me up tight.
  • Dorothy: Didn't they put a stone in to stop it?
  • Frederick: No, not a stone. No, no. They bound it down solid, you know. That stopped the bleeding. And they... I wondered what the Devil they were going to do with me, you know. They took me out [of] the trench, lugged me out the trench, and they put me [on a] couple of oil sheets, laid a couple of oil sheets down and laid me in it, and they brought the sheets together, you know, at the top, and laced them through, and then put a pole through. That's how they carried me back, Germans. Good idea that, was no waiting for the stretcher bearers. They were smart in the trenches... They'd all had medical [training] and all that, they know exactly what to do. We lost a lot of lives through that you know, because our chaps didn't know what to do, you know. They'd all been trained in medical [first aid] you see, and I, I, pretty thirsty, I kept asking for water. They, they, you know what they done? Got a bit of bandage and dipped it in their coffee, you know. They'd coffee in their, they used to carry coffee instead of water in the water bottle. They dipped the bandage in the coffee and let me suck it. They wouldn't give me a drink you know, it would've been fatal, see. Although I'd lost a lot of blood, must o' done, 'cause I was sinking, you know. Felt I was.
  • Robert: You was wounded with a bullet?
  • Frederick: Pardon?
  • Robert: You was wounded with a bullet?
  • Frederick: Yeah, yeah. Bullet, yeah.
  • Robert: When you was surrounded, didn't you surrender or anything then?
  • Dorothy: Well, you didn't know, did you?
  • Frederick: No need mate, no need. No, no need to put your hands up or anything. Just taken over. You're, ain't it, you're finished, you know that, and the Gerry knows it too.
  • Frederick: Well, if you get into their lines anything could happen. Same thing would happen with a German patrol. They was pinched as well, just the same and that. That was only done so that each side should know where the others are, that's what they wanted to know
  • Dorothy: That was nothing for you to be up to your waist in water and mud was it?
  • Frederick: Cor, if you slipped off the duck board you was in it, you know. ..My feet were swollen so much they cut the boots off, and the trousers. They were rotten in blood, you know. They just tore that off, leggin's too, yeah.
  • Frederick: ou know that took us some a day and two nights to dig a bloke out.
  • Robert: Yeah?
  • Frederick: Yeah. To dig him out! The more you kept digging the deeper he kept sinking, you know. The water and the mud, we kept throwing it out. Dig behind him, we used to dig down behind him and put a blanket under the backside when you got him over. So you pull him back and lift him out with this blanket, see, 'cause the old mud and ooze and stuff was used to hold you like glue. Just like glue.

    Track Four: Prisoner of war

  • Frederick: They took me into a dressing station you know, the Gerries did and that, and then into a horse ambulance, you know, course they were nearly all horses in them days see. And then we went up an old disused railway, you know, that had been cleared away and that. Was in a sunken, sunken road for about three or four miles up towards Cambrai. They took the rails up and used that as a road, see. And that un and that was deep, about as deep as this house perhaps, you know.
  • Robert: Mmm.
  • Frederick: Between two banks they used to use that for ambulances to go up and down, see, from the front line up to Cambrai. And even then they went, they took me from Cambrai up to Mons by train, you know.
  • Robert: Mmm.
  • Frederick: And their hospital there, what they call reserve hospital. Prisoners and Germans all went into the same hospital, see, in the clearing station like. Big clearing station; Mons. I remember I was operated on in that same evening. I laid there for a day or two before they moved me right up north to Munster, in an old Monastry that was supposed to be a hospital. We had our beds, was three boards with a straw mattrass on it. Bag o' straw, that was hospital, look [laughs].
  • Robert: What did you do there?
  • Frederick: I was in there several weeks. They kept the wound open for weeks. They used a bandage, you know, a sterilised bandage, used to tuck in, like that cause that was septic.
  • Dorothy: Did that turn septic?
  • Frederick: I reckon it did because I..., weeks and weeks they were poking this, these bandages in every day, see.
  • Dorothy: Yes.
  • Robert: Where did you go to prison camp, then? Where was you a prisoner of war?
  • Frederick: Pardon?
  • Robert: Where was you a P.O.W. then?
  • Frederick: All over, in different camps, you know. Er, from...Parsham was the name of one. Frankfurt, Franfforter, Maine. The, all different places, you know. Doblemann was another camp. And I used to volunteer to go out on the... It wouldn't do to stop in camp, you know, to, no. Volunteer to go out on working parties, see, on the farms or anywhere else.
  • Dorothy: What about the time you went where there was some ducks?
  • Frederick: Oh yeah, yeah. On a big farm we had, they had four ducks there. We managed to get them.
  • Dorothy: You was with... You was with Russians, weren't ya?
  • Frederick: We used to live in a big room, in a lock up, you know. Big room with a big old stove in, with twenty or thirty prisoners. [Among] twenty [of us there] might have been only four Englishmen and a few Frenchies, you know, and Russians, chiefly Russians. And Poles, yeah. So, two Englishmen, they took the, they took the bars apart, you know, from the window, and went out and got, pinched these ducks off the pond. They were locked up in a duck house on the pond, big pond, you know. And they went round the field so they shouldn't follow the feathers. and that, you know. Got 'em in a sack and brought 'em home. This old sentry had gone out, Saturday night it was. He'd gone down the town to have a drink, see, only one sentry. And we got a bucket and cooked these ducks, you know. Drawn, plucked 'em and put them in a bucket and boiled 'em up.
  • Dorothy: Ah. but how did you get rid of the innards?
  • Frederick: Ay?
  • Dorothy: You burnt all the innards.
  • Frederick: Buried the feathers and stomach and that, you know. Buried them.
  • Robert: How did you get on with the Germans in general then, at that time?
  • Frederick: Pretty well, you know. Yeah.
  • Dorothy: Bar once when you couldn't eat the potato soup.
  • Frederick: Oh yeah, yeah. That was on one job, couldn't drink the soup. It'd got maggots floating about on it. Potato soup, and a little bit o' meat here and there, but maggots. Seventeen Englishmen on that job, and we none of us, us Englishmen, wouldn't touch it, you know, wouldn't look at it. And so the old Sergeant Major what was in charge, German Sergeant Major, you know, he say, "You won't drink it?" "No, we're not going to have that!". He lined up seventeen sentries [and] he lined up us seventeen, here. He said, "If you don't, if you don't have the soup I'll shoot yer." See? One man: [One] sentry, we knew he doesn't do that, not on a big job like that, you know. We was, "No!" He stood, lined us up, he lined us the post, his sentries up, you know, and seventeen against seventeen. We stood there about half an hour. He got fed up. Thought what he would do I suppose, "You'll all get punishment. You'll all be confined to ground for twenty four hours." No blanket or nothing see. They had some underground, er, sort of barrack, you know what I mean? Purpose [built] for the job. So they put us down there for twenty-four hours. Just a drink of water. Coo.
  • Dorothy: And you had to go on sleepers, didn't yer?
  • Frederick: Ay?
  • Dorothy: Railway sleepers?
  • Frederick: Oh yes. Sent us up on the, sent us up on a job on railway sleepers, you know, iron sleepers they were.
  • Frederick: Pick them up beside the railway, about a foot of snow. As you picked them up so the blinkin' skin come off yer hand, frozen, you know what I mean? Sort of pulled the skin off your hands. Another rotten job, that was. But on the farm it was decent. The German people themselves hadn't got nothing to eat. That was all sent to the front line, see. They were actually starving beginning 1917, they were. The cows weren't getting any food, they couldn't give much milk. British people didn't know that, no. Nor did the troops at the front. If they.. .All the stuff used to go to them, see. The civilians weren't getting much. Children were as thin as rakes, all with rickets, you know. Then they wouldn't give in, see, not even right up to 1918 they wouldn't.

    Robert Scott

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    Pte. Thomas Edward Sleet Queens Regiment

    Thomas Sleet was an Old Contemptible.

    Paul Branch


    Pte. Victor Herbert Marsh 1st/5th Btn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.26th September 1918)

    Private Marsh was the Son of Herbert J. and Harriet Marsh, of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

    He was 25 when he died and is buried in the Puri Cemetery in India, Grave 148.

    s flynn


    Cpl. I. Moses MID The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (d.26th February 1919)

    Corporal Moses was transferred to (82659) the Labour Corps.

    He was the son of Solomon and Jane Moses of 67 Teesdale St., Bethnal Green, London.

    He was 27 when he died and is buried in the Bocklemund New Jewish Cemetery in Germany, Grave V. 23.(Little right of the entrance).

    S Flynn


    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.


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