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24th Feb 1915 Horse inspection for 2nd Life Guards 2nd Life Guards War Diary: Every horse inspected by A D V S 3rd Cav Division and by Col Yardley (Remount Officer). They decided to change 10 horses as unsuitable or worn out.War Diary
Feb 1915 Training
Mar 1915 Training
12th Mar 1915 Inspection
17th Mar 1915 On the Move
24th Mar 1915 On the Move
26th Mar 1915 On the Move
28th Mar 1915 On the Move
29th Mar 1915 Accomodation
30th Mar 1915 Into Billets
31st Mar 1915 Training
1st Apr 1915 Orders Issued
2nd Apr 1915 Orders Issued
3rd Apr 1915 Preparations
6th Apr 1915 Inspection
7th Apr 1915 On the Move
9th Apr 1915 Embarkation
10th Apr 1915 Embarkation
19th Apr 1915 Orders
20th Apr 1915 Orders
21st Apr 1915 Conference
22nd Apr 1915 Preparations
23rd Apr 1915 Transports Sail
24th of April 1915 Units in position
24th Apr 1915 At Sea
25th Apr 1915 Landing
27th May 1915 On the Move
3rd of September 1915 Off to France
5th of September 1915 In France
5th of September 1915 Concentration of Units
10th Sep 1915 Taking Care of Sick Horses
17th of September 1915 Advance Units Arrive
21st of September 1915 In the Front Line
22nd of September 1915 Gas Precautions
29th of September 1915 Snipers and Reliefs
8th of October 1915 German Dud Shell
9th of October 1915 Artillery Regrouped
23rd of October 1915 French Take Over Front
14th Nov 1915 AVC Man Accidentally Killed
8th Jan 1916 On the Move
9th Jan 1916 On the Move
10th Jan 1916 On the Move
15th Jan 1916 In France By the 15th of January 1916 all units of 34th Division had arrive in France and concentrated at La Crosse, east of St Omer.
16th Jan 1916 Organisation
21st Jan 1916 Orders
21st Jan 1916 Instruction
22nd Jan 1916 Orders Issued
23rd Jan 1916 On the Move
26th Jan 1916 On Alert
27th Jan 1916 Emergeny Scheme
28th Jan 1916 Emergeny Scheme
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Those known to have served with
Army Veterinary Corps
during the Great War 1914-1918.
- Alderson Robert William. Pte. Northumbrian Div. (d.11th Nov 1915)
- Bell Charles Edwin. Pte. 15th Veterinary Hospital (d.3rd September 1917)
- Brown William David. A/Sgt. Mobile Veterinary Section 10
- Butlin Albert John. Pte. Army Veterinary Corps
- Cameron Donald Law Patrick . WO. 4th Btn.
- Crawshaw John. S/Sgt.
- Gardiner Frederick. Pte. 3rd Australian Mobile Veterinary Section.
- Grimmer Henry. Pte.
- Jobson Joseph. A/Cpl.
- Magee John Thomas. 24th
- Marshall Edgar Robert. South Midland Div.
- McShane Patrick. Pte. 23rd Mobile Section
- Murphy John. Pte. 48th Mobile Section
- Nash A. E.. Pte. 8th Royal Veterinary Hosp. (York) (d.20th May 1917)
- Reeves Richard John. Sgt. 24th Div. Mobile
- Routledge Arthur Richard. Capt. (d.27th June 1918)
- Sedgwick James G.. Pte. 18th Veterinary Hospital
- Stephenson R. E.. Pte. Station Vet, Hosp. Larkhill (d.24th Sep 1917)
- Wilson Charles. Pte.
- Wright William Samuel. L/Cpl 9th Veterinary Hospital (d.11th Jan 1918)
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L/Cpl William Samuel Wright 9th Veterinary Hospital Army Veterinary Corps (d.11th Jan 1918)William Samuel Wright was aged 29 at the time of his death in 1918, He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. The 9th Veterinary Hospital was situated at Abbeville, France.Sue Smith
John Thomas Magee 24th Army Veterinary CorpsBartley Green History Group is gathering information on all the men who are listed on the Absent Voter Lists for WW1.Maureen Surman
Pte. Patrick McShane 23rd Mobile Section Army Veterinary CorpsPaddy McShane was my grandfather. He was 23 when war broke out and working in Birkenhead docks. I know he kept a horse as part of his job, hence AVC23. He might be considered young for this unit so he must have been good with horses. I know he was at Woolwich in the run up to leaving for Alexandria via Malta in March 1915, sailing from Avonmouth with, I think, the 29th Division. He survived the war but was never really well again. He died in 1936 of malaria. I have his 14-15 Star but my dad said he threw the others on the fire in 1936 when he was aged 12.Daniel Mcshane
Edgar Robert Marshall South Midland Div. Army Veterinary CorpsEdgar Marshall was born in Himbleton, Worcester on a cider apple farm. He trained as a vet and in January 1915 he joined the Army Veterinary Corps, South Midland Division. After the war he emigrated to New Zealand. Bob had a "gift" with horses.Brenda Clark
Sgt. Richard John Reeves 24th Div. Mobile Army Veterinary CorpsRichard Reeves served with 24th Division Mobile Army Veterinary Corps.Mike Walburn
Pte. Henry Grimmer Army Veterinary CorpsHenry Grimmer was born in Oakham, Rutland on 19th June 1871, the second of the eight children of Henry & Elizabeth Grimmer. Henry senior was a groom for Lord Lonsdale of Barleythorpe Hall & died aged just 40yrs old after being kicked by a horse. Henry junior (known as Harry) was 13yrs at the time & his mother was left a widow with 8 children to bring up, the youngest being just 4 months old.
By the time he was 21yrs Henry was living at 4 Reece Mews, Kensington, London & working as a hansom cab driver until he volunteered to fight in the Boer War. In a Rutland parish magazine of 1900 he was listed as Lance Corporal Henry Grimmer of the Leicestershire Regiment. Returning from the Boer War in early 1901 he seems to have found work in Melton Mowbray, where two of his younger brothers were working & it was here in Melton Mowbray that he married Mary Ann Ofield in November 1901. Before too long the newly weds had moved to Staffordshire & lived in Rangemore & Tutbury where their first 5 children were born. We assume that Henry worked as a groom during this time possibly for the Burton family (Bass Brewers) of Rangemore Hall who were frequent hosts to the aristocracy & royalty. By 1911 the family were back in Oakham, Rutland & where 3 more children were born. Henry worked as a groom at Barleythorpe Hall as his father had done & where in 1914 Lord Lonsdale gave a home to the staff, horses, carriages & cars of the King of Belgium during WW1.
In May 1915 Henry volunteered for the Army Veterinary Corps as Private SE 5182 & about which we know very little apart from photos showing that he was in Egypt working with camels at a 'hospital'.
Returning home at the end of the war Henry & his younger family lived above the coach house of the Hall at Burley on the Hill, the home of the Finch family & for who Harry worked as a groom & on the estate and his wife Mary as cook until they retired. After Mary died in 1951 Henry went to live in Barleythorpe with his daughter & died aged 87 yrs in 1959 during a flu epidemic.Ken Grimmer
S/Sgt. John Crawshaw Army Veterinary CorpsJohn Crawshaw was my great uncle. The only details of his war service that I have found were in his medal roll record where it states that he served abroad after 1st of Jan 1916 and was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. His name was mis-spelt as Crawshore. If anyone has any further info, I would be glad to receive it.
TT/01742(6) Staff Sergeant John Crawshaw served with the Army Veterinary Corps during WW1.
Editor's Note: Unfortunately with so many AVC personnel at multiple levels in Divisions, Base Depots and Hospitals it would be almost impossible to trace an individual without more detailed information of where an individual served. All current searches are inconclusive.John Crawshaw
WO. Donald Law Patrick Cameron 4th Btn. Imperial Camel CorpsDonald Law Patrick Cameron was born at Balranald, New South Wales in 1897. He was living in Mosman and working as a motorboat driver when he enlisted on 8 February 1917. Although Cameron had spent two years with the Citizens Naval Reserve, he joined the Imperial Camel Corps and departed Sydney aboard HMAS Port Sydney on 9 May 1917.
After arriving in Egypt in June, Cameron became an acting corporal in the Camel Reserve Company, and then joined the 4th Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps in August 1917 as a trooper. He served in Palestine throughout 1917 and in mid-1918 joined the 1st Light Horse Regiment, then serving in Jordan. Cameron's stay with the 1st Light Horse Regiment was short-lived as he soon transferred to the Mobile Veterinary Section and then fell sick in September 1918, spending three months recovering from fever. After recuperating, Cameron served out the rest of the war with the Australian Base Post Office in Egypt, finally returning to Australia on 14 March 1919.
Donald Cameron also enlisted in the Second World War as a warrant officer with the 202nd Australian Camp HospitalS Flynn
Capt. Arthur Richard Routledge MID & 2Bars Army Veterinary Corps (d.27th June 1918)Captain Arthur Richard Routledge FRCVS, served in the Army Veterinary Corps and died age 44 on the 27th June 1918. He is remembered at Jarrow Library and is buried at Louth Cemetery. His medal card shows the award of the War and Victory medals also Silver War Badge Off/700 badge no. 341969. (This badge is normally issued when returning home early from active service and could indicate he died after his return home from the war.) His Medals were later sent to his home address at 61 Upgate, Louth, Lincolnshire on the 24th June 1921. He was Mentioned in Despatches with 2 bars.
Arthur was born in Jarrow 1874,son of James Routledge JP of Stapleton House, Jarrow and the late Amelia Routledge nee Flann. He was married in October 1905 at West Ham, Essex to Gertrude May Routledge nee Herring of Stapleton House, Louth, Lincs. At the 1911 census they were 5 years married living at that address with a daughter Muriel May aged 3 and a domestic servant Emma Clarke(22).Vin Mullen
Pte. Albert John Butlin Army Veterinary CorpsAlbert John Butlin was 34 when he rejoined the Army Veterinary Corps on the 13th July 1916. He lived in Balsall Heath with wife Charlotte and children Eva Annie, John Harry and Ivy Hannah.Lorraine Money
Pte. John Murphy 48th Mobile Section Army Veterinary CorpsJohn Murphy served with Royal Irish Rifles as private 19149 but was then specially enlisted to the Army Veterinary Corps SE34670. He would likely have served with the 48 Mobile Veterinary Section as part of the 36th Ulster Division as he arrived in France on 3rd of Oct 1915.Barry Riley
Pte. Charles Edwin Bell 15th Veterinary Hospital Army Veterinary Corps (d.3rd September 1917)This is my Great Great Grandfather. I came across his details whilst searching the Commonwealth War Graves website as we always believed him to be buried somewhere in France. However he is buried in Salonki, Lembet Road Cemetery in Thessaloniki which came as a surprise. What also came as a surprise was his age, him being only 35 years of age upon death. His date of death was also upsetting as according to records the area he was in managed to push back and defeat the troops they were fighting in January 1918. He died on 3rd of September 1917. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps, Unit 15th Veterinary Hospital.
Having done research this would appear to be along the War Horse story that has captured everyone both on film and the stage play. This would fit in completely as my Great Great Grandfather came from a family who worked the land, especially horses in York. He is mentioned in a book of the named War Dead of the Great War in York Minster. Although I have just found him, having done research I feel like I know him, my brother is the double of him looks wise and I feel so much pride to have found out the information I have about him.Gillian Heley
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