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West Somerset Yeomanry

Territorial Force:

  • 1/1st Battalion, West Somerset Yeomanry
  • 2/1st Battalion, West Somerset Yeomanry
  • 3/1st Battalion, West Somerset Yeomanry

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    Those known to have served with

    West Somerset Yeomanry

    during the Great War 1914-1918.

    • Hawkins Alfred Samuel. Pte. 1st/1st Sqd.
    • Lock John James Mansfield. Tpr. Crewkerne Sqn
    • Stacey Alfred. Pte.

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    Tpr. John James Mansfield Lock Crewkerne Sqn 1st/1st West Somerset Yeomanry

    698 Private John James Mansfield Lock was a Trooper with the 1st/1st West Somerset Yeomanry and Sapper 229th Brigade Signals Section, Divisional Signals Company Royal Engineers, 74th (Yeomanry) Division

    Jack Lock joined the West Somerset Yeomanry on the 3rd March 1913 at Crewkerne, Somerset. He attended two summer camps, with his own horse on Salisbury Plain in May 1913 and at Porlock in May 1914. The Regiment was embodied on the 5th August 1914 and was soon deployed to Essex on anti-invasion duties. The WSY finally deployed overseas in the infantry role, landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 9th October 1915.

    They were evacuated from Gallipoli with the rest of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force the WSY landed at Alexandria, Egypt on 31st of December 1915.

    The WSY served in Eygpt against a native rebellion and it was in January 1917 that the WSY became the 12th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry. On the 21st February 1917 Jack was transferred to the Royal Engineers as a member of the Brigade Signals Section. The 74th (Yeomanry) Division served with distinction in General Allenby’s Palestine campaign against the Turks and was still engaged in operations there when the German March 1918 offensive was launched on the Western Front. The Division was moved to France and part of the desperately needed reinforcements from Palestine. The Division was fully engaged in the final 100 days.

    Jack was discharged from the Army in July 1919 and returned to Somerset to become a farmer as many generations of his family had done before him. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in Sept 1979 when I was 12 years old. He talked briefly to me about his experiences, showing me a few photos from his time in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. He never spoke of his service to my father his son and gave me his three campaign medals, still in their boxes having never been worn. He lost many of his good friends and was clearly deeply effected by his experiences, my Grandmother said he often experienced dreadful nightmares. As a Linesman in the Signals Troop it would have been his job to have repaired severed telephone lines, cut by artillery fire, often whilst still under fire.

    Nick Lock


    Pte. Alfred Samuel Hawkins 1st/1st Sqd. West Somerset Yeomanry

    Alfred Samuel Hawkins lied about his age and joined up in 1915 to serve with the West Somerset Yeomanry. The records say he went out on the Olympic (sister ship Titanic) to Gallipoli in August 1915 landing at Suvla Bay. He spent periods in Reserve and also on the front line eventually in January 1916 covering the British withdrawal. Like a lot of other Yeomanry regts They served as dismounted infantry but still retained cavalry ranks and organisation. The regiment was evacuated to Egypt.

    Pte. A.S. Hawkins was invalided out in March 1917 through illness. We don't know if he fought at Gaza with his regimentt. His service record is missing - one of those destroyed in WW2 but his medal card exists. After the war he became a farmer eventually buying his own farm in Bitton near Bristol.

    Bob Shepherd


    Pte. Alfred "Offie" Stacey West Somerset Yeomanry

    Alfred Stacey's Medals

    In a tin in my Mother's house I found my grandfather’s medals and a silk cloth. My grandfather, Alf Stacey and his two brothers served in the 1st World War. His brother Wallace died and the other two came home. Grandad and Uncle Charlie erected a monument in Westonzoyland. I have started to trace their history but I have not found out much about my Grandad nor Uncle Charlie. My uncle Wally who died was shoe smith in the Household Cavalry, he was a blacksmith before the war.

    West Somerset Yeomanry sill cloth

    Stacey Monument

    Alfred Stacy 1911 census

    Pete Stacey

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