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Army Cyclist Corps



31st Oct 1914 Death Trap

24th May 1915 Gas attack

21st May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

22nd May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

23rd May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

24th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.  Arras 24th May 1916.

527th (2nd Durham) Field Company, Royal Engineers. 5th Division.

Activity: One NCO admitted to hospital.

  • Field work in progress.
  • No.1 Section.
  • Trench 102 Erecting trench shelter.
  • No.2 Section.
  • Bogey Avenue A28d.7.5 Enlarging existing mined shelter.
  • No.3 Section.
  • Thursday Avenue G10a.4.6 Mining bomb proof grenade store.
  • No.4 Section
  • New Street G6c 4.9 Extending existing mined shelter
  • St. Catherine G14b.4.4 Erecting tubular steel shelter.
  • Observatory Redoubt G56.1.1 Repairing damaged shelter.
  • Work party: Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Sunday Avenue G56.3.8 Mining regimental aid post
  • Friday Avenue A28d.5.7 Mining regimental aid post
  • Work party: Cyclist Detachment.
  • Thursday Avenue G4b Cleaning communication trench and improving support line trenches


25th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

26th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

27th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

29th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

30th May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.  30th May 1916.

527th (2nd Durham) Field Company, Royal Engineers. 5th Division.

Activity: Two men discharged from hospital.

  • Field work in progress.
  • No.1 Section.
  • Forward Trench 105 Erecting trench shelters
  • No.3 Section.
  • Forward Trench 124 Erecting trench shelters
  • Thursday Avenue G10a.4.5 Mining bomb proof grenade store.
  • No.4 Section
  • New Street G6c 4.9 Extending existing dugout
  • St. Catherine G14b.4.4 Erecting tubular steel shelter.
  • Observatory Redoubt G56.1.1 Repairing damaged dugout.
  • Work party: Royal Army Medical Corps.
  • Sunday Avenue G56.3.8 Mining regimental aid post
  • Friday Avenue A28d.5.7 Mining regimental aid post
  • Work party: Cyclist Detachment.
  • K2 Sub Section Improving support line.


31st May 1916 527 Field Company RE - Arras sector Field Works.

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Those known to have served with

Army Cyclist Corps

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Armstrong Reginald George. Pte. E Squadron (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Balls Daniel Methuen French. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Barrett Thomas. Pte. (d.25th Oct 1917)
  • Barrow Geoffrey Selwyn. Capt. 8th Divisional Army Cycle Corps (d.26th Dec 1918)
  • Black David.
  • Boulton Charles William. Pte.
  • Chick Albert Victor. Pte. 7th Div. Coy. (d.26th Nov 1915)
  • Clark Sidney Charles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Clegg Frederick. 2nd.Lt.
  • Creswell Andrew. Pte 2nd Btn. C Coy
  • Cunningham James Henry. Pte.
  • Cutting Percy William. Cpl.
  • Evans Frederick. Cpl.
  • Gleaden Joe. Pte.
  • Holroyd James.
  • Hunt Edward George. Sjt. 6th Btn
  • Jones Henry. L/Cpl.
  • Levitt William Elijah. Pte.
  • Marshall Harold Sidney. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Molyneux John . Pte. 6th Btn. (d.1th Oct 1918)
  • Parkinson Thomas. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.15th June 1917)
  • Powell William . Pte.
  • Todd Henry. Pte. XI Corps Cyclist Battalion (d.8th Sep 1918)
  • Webb Joseph Walker. 1/6th (Suffolk Cyclists) Btn.
  • Webb Richard Henry. Pte. 4th Btn
  • Willis Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Woodcock Walter.
  • Woods Richard Hartland. 2nd LT (d.4th December 1917)

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1206572

David Black Army Cyclist Corps

Going through documents etc from my wife's late grandfather I have come across some photos of past relatives. Two are of a David King of Brinscall Lancashire Station Road Lancs who was in the Cyclist Corps but I can find no trace of him online.

Editor's Note: For the Cyclist Corps, records are difficult. Started out pre-war with 4 Cycling Battalions then formed Cyclist Companies in most infantry regiments, then grouped into larger battalions all of whom became members of the Cycling Corps but still served in their various units. Regrettably no trace in Ancestry search. Would need to know originating regiment from which became a Cyclist. An educated guess might be one of the originating units - Northern Cyclist Battalion as he was from Accrington, but by no means certain.

Christopher Fagan




224706

Pte. Thomas Parkinson 12th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.15th June 1917)

My great uncle, Thomas Parkinson, is remembered on the Menin Gate. He died at the age of 25. He served in the Cyclists Battalion and the Lancashire Regiment before being transferred, like so many, to fill the gaps in the DLI.

Julian Medina




223964

Pte. Harold Sidney Marshall 12th Battalion Norfolk Regiment

Private Harold Sidney Marshall was born 14th May 1899 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Enlisted at the outbreak of the Great War but being very underage his family informed the authorities. He later joined the Norfolk Regiment and served in the 2/6th Cyclist Battalion and later 12th Yeomanry Battalion. His first service number was 2284 and later in the war 265330.

Sadly, he lost his brother Charles John Marshall who served as Private 353931 London Regiment on 23rd May 1917 and his stepbrother Private 43277 Edmund Howard Nicholson 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment killed in action 4th September 1916. I have my grandfather's army form Z18 which lists his wartime army service details. I believe it was intended to help ex-soldiers find employment after demobilisation. It states he was a good Lewis gunner and Trench Mortar instructor plus ending up as acting Company Quartermaster Serjeant.

John M. Lowe




222613

Pte Andrew Creswell 2nd Btn. C Coy Royal Inniskilling Fusilers

Andrew Creswell is my grandmother's brother. He served with the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers until December 1914 then became 1015 Pte Creswell in the Army Cyclist Corps before being discharged from the East Yorkshire Regiment as 36606 Pte A Creswell. I have his three medals. After being discharged he joined up again serving in the Irish Guards. I believe he moved to Swindon.

John Pitchford




220358

Pte. Daniel Methuen French Balls 10th Battalion East Kent Regiment

Daniel Balls enlisted at Tottenham in 1915 at the age of 15 in the 10th Battalion, West Kent Regiment at Maidstone. On the 01/01/1916 he was transferred to The Machine Gun Corps at Grantham until 15/02/1917 when he was transferred to The Army Cyclist Corps at Chiseldon. On the 14/09/1917 he was transferred to The 2nd/12th Mt. Brigade at Chiseldon. By 02/01/1918 he was with The Leicestershire Cyclist Regiment at Tonbridge and by the 04/03/1918 was with The 67th Division Cyclist at Sutton. On the 25/05/1918 he was transferred to 3rd Battalion East Kent Regiment in Palestine.

He was then sent to France to join the 10th Battalion, East Kent Regiment as part of the 74th Yeomanry Division which took part in the Flanders Advance, 2nd Battle of The Somme, Battle of the Hindenberg Line, Battle of Ephey and The Advance to Artois although I have no knowledge if he took part in any of these actions.

He was gassed on the 03/11/1918 but survived his injuries. On the 30/12/1918 he was transferred to No.86 Labour Coy number, 5 Infantry Section with a new number 419356. He was demobilised at Nottingham on the 23/02/1919 where he was transferred to Section "B" Army Reserve.

Cliff Goodman




220064

Pte. James Henry Cunningham Lancashire Fusiliers

James Henry Cunningham enlisted on the 26th of August 1914. He transferred to the Army Reserves 3/3/1919 His record shows that he was awarded Victory and British Medal and also the 15 Star. Theatre of war he first served in was the Balkans.

James Cunningham was an excellent swimmer and a family rumour is he swam in the army and had it not have been for the war would have been an Olympic swimmer in the cancelled Berlin Games. He was a member of the Royal Antideluvian Order of Buffalows. Phlharmonic Lodge.





219538

Pte. William Elijah Levitt Army Cyclist Corps

My grandfather, Billy Levitt grew up in Hull and enlisted in the British Army on 25th May 1914 making him 18 years of age. He was the youngest of about 10 siblings and was a plumber's apprentice before entering the army. He was transferred to the Army Cyclist Corps toward the end of 1916. Although I never knew him I have gained knowledge about him from his Army papers. He was transferred back to the UK for demobilisation on 25th January 1919.

Angela Fraser




216859

Capt. Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow OBE. 8th Divisional Army Cycle Corps Royal Field Artillery (d.26th Dec 1918)

Geoffrey Selwyn Barrow was the son of Gen. Sir Edmund George Barrow and Lady Barrow, of Dublin; and the husband of M. Clothilde Sejalon Barrow He served with the Royal Field Artillery and was attached to the 8th Divisional Army Cyclist Corps. He died of sickness aged 27 in December 1918, and is buried in the Lyon (La Guillotiere) Old Communal Cemetery, Rhone, France.

s flynn




216846

Pte. Thomas Barrett Army Cyclist Corps (d.25th Oct 1917)

Thomas Barrett was born in Dublin and enlisted in Guildford, Surrey as pte 19642, Highland Light Infantry. He was killed in action in Salonika

s flynn




216672

Pte. Reginald George Armstrong E Squadron North Irish Horse (d.26th Mar 1918)

Reginald George Armstrong was born in Dublin but enlisted in Antrim. He was the son of Charles B. Armstrong, of Beechfield House, Clontarf, Dublin. >He was killed in action in Flanders age 20 and is buried in Toutencourt Communal Cemetery and is commemorated at the Presbyterian Church, Clontarf.

Update : Private Reginald George Armstrong 'E' Squadron, 5th Army Cyclist Corps Was killed in action age 20, Tuesday, 26th March 1918, when the British 5th Army was driven back across the former Somme battlefields during the German 'Operation Michael'.

S Flynn




216276

Pte. Henry Todd XI Corps Cyclist Battalion Army Cyclist Corps (d.8th Sep 1918)

Henry Todd died age 23, Born Bellingham Northumberland in 1895. He enlisted in Jarrow and served in France from 30th Jul 1915. He was the son of Mr. G. H. Todd of 35 Ormonde Street Jarrow.

Henry is buried in St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen




213225

Pte. Joe Gleaden Army Cyclists Corp

My grandfather, Joe Gleaden, was born in what was then known as New Scarboro' near Barnsley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Having enlisted with the East Yorkshire Regiment, and the then Army Cyclist Corp, he was sent to France on 14 July 1915.

Although I can see from his medal record that he was awarded the Victory Medal and the Star, as well as the Silver War Badge following his discharge through injury in December 1918, this tells me nothing of what he and his comrades in the Cyclists Corp must have endured in France and on the Somme in particular.

Having survived the war, Joe worked as a miner in Darfield Main Colliery for many years. He was a very quiet man who really never talked about his experiences during WWI. Sadly, Joe died in early 1953 without having ever passed on to his family his memories.

His great-grandson, Benjamin Hutchinson Kurczij (12 years old) who is so proud of his ancestors who served in WWI will mention Joe at the commemorative service at The Beacon School Amersham on Monday 11 November to ensure that Joe's memory lives on.

June Hutchinson




211394

Cpl. Percy William Cutting Suffolk Regiment

Percy Cutting was my uncle. He joined the Suffolk Cycling Corps in 1914. He was blown into a shell hole and badly wounded. He was medically discharged and returned home. He remained disabled and in pain most of his remaining years. We still have the original copies of his Army certificates and even his ration book complete with stamps.

Hans Hanagarth




208285

2nd.Lt. Frederick Clegg Army Cyclist Corps

My Grandfather, Frederick Clegg, was born in Newcastle on Tyne in 1892 to a William and Eliza Clegg originally from Yorkshire. He was a Cpl in the 1/6th Lancashire Fusiliers, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieut in the Army Cyclist Corps. He served in France but I don't know when. In common with other WW1 soldiers he never spoke about his experiences during the war and died in 1991 aged 99 years.

David Roach




207853

Cpl. Frederick Evans Army Cyclist Corps

Fred Evans was so keen to fight for his country he first enlisted when he was only fifteen, he was tall for his age and claimed he was nineteen. He was discharged eight months later when his mother reported him as being under age. However, as soon as he was old enough, he enlisted again and served until the end of the war in the Cyclist Corps. Fred was my father.

Derek Evans




206576

Walter Woodcock Army Cyclist Corps

Walter Woodcock regimental number: 16829 19 Dec 1916 he enlisted in the Army Cyclist Corps at Chisledon, Swindon aged 17 and 11 months. He lived at 59 The Grange, Bermondsey and was a leather dresser by trade. Unfortunately that is the last record I can find. He was brother to my grandfather, Henry Childs, John (Jack)and Mabel Edith Woodcock.

Lyn Harding




205064

Pte. Charles William Boulton Army Cyclist Corps

My Grandad Charlie Boulton served in the Army Cyclist Corps during WW1. His date of entry into France was 6 September 1915, and he was de-mobbed from Salonika in 1919.

His war records do not survive, other than his de-mob certificate and medal roll index card. My sister has a tiny war diary which mainly has shopping lists from when he was a batman to Charles Garfield Lott Du Cann (father of Sir Edward Du Cann and Richard Du Cann) - the lists always include a lemon so I reckon they always had gin! There is also the record of a sea voyage where they made the tea with sea water, so no great details of battles - only food!

I hope to transcribe the diary and get in touch with the Du Cann family to see if there are any family records there, as Charles Du Cann was a journalist and author.

Liz Boulton




205040

Sjt. Edward George Hunt 6th Btn Army Cyclist Corps

I have some pictures of my grandfather, Edward Hunt in the war. He was in the 6th battalion of the Cyclist Corps.

Ian Hunt




204596

Pte. Thomas Henry Willis DCM. MID. Hampshire Regiment

Thomas Willis was my Grandfather, who never talked about the Great War. However a recent trip found me on the Zonnenbeke - Ypres road where Grandad won his DCM. When the driver of the coach announced where we were, a cold shiver went down the back of my neck and I started to sweat. I cannot account for this reaction but my wife Ann asked if I was OK. The feeling continued until we left the road.

Grandad started his military service in the Hampshire Regt. During my boyhood he acted as my father as Dad was away during the last year of WW2 and off to Korea in 1950.

Trevor Cooper




204584

Pte. John Molyneux 6th Btn. Army Cyclists Corps (d.1th Oct 1918)

Private Molyneux is remembered on the Broseley (Shropshire) Memorial and also on the beautifully produced Maw & Company (Jackfield) Memorial, made from their own ceramic tiles, in memory of their employees.

Private Molyneux, although born in Staffordshire, came to live with his grandfather in Broseley, he enlisted during the war initially as 7186 with the Shropshire Light Infantry and transferred to the cyclist corps.

Janet Doody




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