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5th September 1914 Rear guard action E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA Started at 0400. Doing left rear guard action with 4th Hussars to 1st Division. Went into bivouac at 1700 in Vilbert.
12th September 1914 Ongoing Action for E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA started at 0500 and marched to high ground south of the River Aisne, where Lt. Walwyn's Section, who had been detached with left flank guard with 4th Hussars reformed. This section had engaged dismounted cavalry a good deal.Battery then went on with 3rd Cavalry Brigade to high ground North East of Chassemy. Lt Walwyn's section went on again with 4th Hussars in attempt to seize Vailly which failed - section not in action. The remainder of the Battery in action against a surprise infantry attack. Finished firing at 1000 eventually when infantry were wiped out. Over 100 surrendering with remainder killed, wounded and dispersing in woods. Went into billets at Chassemy at 1830 - very wet all day.
12th Oct 1914 3rd Cavalry Brigade attack On the 12th of October 3rd Cavalry Brigade were ordered to dislodge the enemy from Mont de Cats which they had recently occupied. The 4th Hussars and 5th Lancers undertook a dismounted attack, assisted by the 16th Lancers and reclaimed the hill. Amongst the German casualties was Prince Maximillian von Hesse, nephew of the Kaiser.
15th October 2014 more action E Battery 3rd Brigade RHA
Started at 0530 and halted most of day about Wytschaete. Lt Maxwell's section went on with the 4th Queens Own Hussars in an attempt to seize the bridge over the River Lys at Comines and had a good deal of close fighting in a very enclosed country with a good deal of success. Returned to billets at Kemmel at 1800.
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Pte. John Thomas White Machine Gun Corps 'C' Division 4th Queen's Own HussarsMy Grandfather John Thomas White known to the family as Jack served his King and Country in the Great War 1914-1918. He was born 10th October 1893 in Bristol and in 1914 had been working at Thrissell Engineering Works formerly Brecknolls in Easton, Bristol. He was one of 'Kitcheners Army' and enlisted during a Bristol rally on 28th August 1914. He served with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars.
As quoted to me by his son, my uncle, David White in his family tree research the story goes as follows- My mother later recalled the incident and told me "Your father and I went to the Colston Hall (Bristol) to witness the scenes, he had no intention to sign up, as being 21 he felt that it was a 'young man's' war." To her surprise at the end of the rally, when the chairman called for volunteers to come down and sign up, he suddenly jumped up from his seat and said "I am going to join!" He told mother not to wait for him but to go home as there were virtually hundreds of men waiting to sign up. She recalled that she was very angry at this but when she got outside she was quickly grabbed by the arm by one of the other single women and then all walked away from the Colston Hall singing 'God save the King' and other patriotoc songs. She said her anger quickly went and she then felt very proud that her then fiancee had joined the army and relieved that she would not face the angry outbursts that many women had to face if their husbands/boyfriends had not come forward to volunteer.
Jack had his call-up papers to join the Reserve Calvary and reported to an army barracks - possibly Tidworth - to be kitted out and was then transferred to the Curragh, Northern Ireland to begin basic training. He stayed in Ireland for the rest of of 1914 and learnt the rudiments of riding a horse in addition to the requirements of being a soldier. In 1915 he became a member of the 4th Queens Own Calvary Machine Gun Corps. He was later promoted to Lance Corporal and hence was number 1 of 6 on the machine gun team and responsible for carrying and sighting the tripod and for firing the machine gun. He was sent to France sometime after 1st January 1916 and engaged in numerous battles.
Although his cousin Pte. William White of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) died aged 18 on 29th July 1918 on the battlefields, Jack and also his younger brother Bill managed to survive the horrors and returned to marry his fiancee, my Grandmother Lily. They went on to have five children including my late father Jack (named after his own courageous father) and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He died on 15th February 1979 in his highrise flat in Easton, Bristol - a stone's throw from where he was born 85 years earlier.
I represent Jack's large family in saying that we recognise and are thankful for all he and Lily sacrificed for us to give us all a good life and how extremely proud we are of this once fearless soldier.Caroline Bryant
Pte. James Welsh 4th Hussars (d.24th May 1915)James Welsh served with the 4th Queens Own Hussars and died on the 24th May 1915. He is remembered at Palmer Cenotaph. His medal card records the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals.
James was born in Hebburn, son of Patrick and Jane Welsh of County Londonderry, Ireland. In the 1911 census the family is living at 82 Rose Street, Hebburn with Patrick(60) labourer in copper works and his wife of 37 years Jane(57) who had 9 children 8 of whom survived. James(28) is a plumbers labourer and Lewis(24) is a plumber both in the shipyard. Daniel(18) is a stocktakers assistant. Catherine(21) and Elizabeth(16) are at home. Lawrence Coady(37) widowed son in law, a platers helper in the shipyard has his daughter Sarah Jane who is 7 years old.Vin Mullen
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