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Royal Horse Guards

7th Oct 1914 Royal Horse Guards in Belgium

16th Oct 1914 German Hordes

18th Oct 1914 Royal Horse Guards in Action

28th Dec 1914 Making the Best of It

21st May 1915 9th DLI go upto the Front

29th May 1915 Heavy Fighting

23rd Jun 1915 In the First line Trenches

13th Sep 1915 Rain of Shells

3rd March 1916 9th Lancers at HQ Enquin

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Those known to have served with

Royal Horse Guards

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Hammond Arthur William. Lt.
  • Mackintosh Angus Alexander. Capt. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Millin Arthur James. Cpl.
  • Webb Richard Henry. Pte. 4th Btn

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Lt. Arthur William Hammond MC. Royal Flying Corps

Arthur Hammond was born on 29 August 1890 in Walton on the Hill, Lancashire. He was the son of Henry and Alice (née Kincaid) Hammond. His father was a Master Mariner. Hammond joined the Royal Horse Guards as a trooper, but in October 1915 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and was attached to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer in the Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 biplane. Whilst the prime purpose of his duties was reconnaissance, he was also the aircraft's gunner and engaged in ground attack.

Hammond received the Military Cross for action on the 22nd of April 1918 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When acting as observer on photographic work, though his machine was attacked by six enemy aeroplanes, he with great coolness shot down two of these. On two later occasions a large number of hostile battery positions were photographed, engaged and successfully silenced, as well as some of our long range batteries calibrated on hostile targets. The eminently satisfactory manner in which all these tasks were accomplished is due to this officer's keenness, conscientiousness and devotion to duty."

He was awarded a bar to his Military Cross for action on the 26 July 1918: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. Whilst attacking hostile troops at about 500 feet he was encountered by eight triplanes, which dived from all directions, firing their front guns. He fired bursts at each machine in turn, shooting three of them down out of control. He was wounded himself six times, but continued the action until his machine caught fire. The pilot, although wounded five times, with great skill and coolness managed to climb to the left hand bottom plane and controlled the machine from the side of the fuselage, side-slipping to the ground. The machine crashed in "No Man's Land," and the pilot managed to extricate Hammond from the flames and dragged him to a shell-hole, from which they were rescued by the infantry." His pilot on this mission (mentioned in this citation) was Alan McLeod, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for the same action. Hammond lost a leg due to his wounds and left the RFC. At the end of the war, he emigrated to Canada. In the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He died in Victoria, British Columbia, on 22 December 1959, aged 69


Capt. Angus Alexander Mackintosh Royal Horse Guards (d.13th Oct 1918)

Angus Alexander Mackintosh (Younger of Mackintosh) was born on 6 August 1885, the son of Alfred Donald Mackintosh of Mackintosh, 28th Chief of the Clan Chattan and Harriet Diana Arabella Mary Richards. He married Lady Maud Louisa Emma Cavendish, daughter of Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire and Lady Evelyn Emily Mary FitzMaurice, on 3 November 1917, at Ottawa, Canada. They had a daughter, Anne Peace Arabella Mackintosh, 30th Chief of Clan Chattan, daughter of Angus Alexander Mackintosh of Mackintosh and Lady Maud Louisa Emma Cavendish. Born 24 September 1918 Cartierville, Montreal.

He served as Captain, Royal Horse Guards, L.4140, Southern Div. Officer's Sec. and died in Washington, D.C. on 13th October 1918. As World War I was in progress, he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cpl. Arthur James Millin Royal Horse Guards

Arthur Millin served with The Blues from 1910 to 1921. Arthur then served with police force at Newport, Mon for 20 years and joined the retired police officers association (Brighton Branch). He lived on South Coast Road in Peace Haven

Michael Heath


Pte. Richard Henry Webb 4th Btn East Yorks Regiment

Richard Henry Webb was my mother's father, he was born in Bermondsey 1st Feb 1896 (to a family with roots in both East London and Hull). He lost his father in 1899, and his mother in 1906, and grew up in the family of his aunt in Hull. He enlisted 7th Nov 1912 with 4th Bn East Yorks Regt and served with Army Cyclist Corps and Royal Horse Guards.

On the back of his cycling map he has written the following: "V Corps Army Cyclist", "My Best Friend in France and Belgium 1915-1918", "Landed April 17th 1915", "Ypres 2nd Battle", "R.H.Webb". His Movement Order (in very frail condition) is dated 11 December 1917, and bears the stamps "Poperinghe" "Hazebrouck".

By late January 1918 he was convalescing,I don't know any details of his injuries, in Stamford, Lincs, where he struck up a relationship with Cathie Piggott, my grandmother, just before his 22nd birthday. The relationship started very suddenly, and became serious so quickly that Cathie ditched her current boyfriend just as he had decided to propose to her! They became engaged in May, and were married by licence on 23rd October in Stamford, his address on the Bishop's Licence was "The Parish of Great Bentley, Colchester in the county of Essex".

Dick Webb transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, taking the Service Number 3157, in February 1919, and was disembodied on April 21st. He enlisted with the Territorials at Stamford in 1920, and stayed with them until 1923. He died in October 1936, on their 18th wedding anniversary, when he collapsed with a heart attack at his garden gate, having just been to his allotment to get some vegetables for Sunday lunch. My grandmother noted that the doctor told her "his arteries were like a man of 60, and it would be aggravated by his war service". He left a widow and four children aged 5 to 15. His only son, Arthur, died aged 19 in December 1944 on the Arctic Convoy when his ship HMS Cassandra was torpedoed near Murmansk.

John Riley

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