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17th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

17th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) was raised in London on the 31st of August 1914 by the British Empire Committee. On the 26th of June 1915 they joined 99th Brigade, 33rd Division at Clipstone camp near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire in July 1915. In August they moved to Salisbury Plain for final training and firing practice. In November they received orderes to prepare to proceed to France and the Divisional Artillery and Train were replaced by the units raised for the 54th (East Anglian) Division. By the 21st of November the 33rd Division had concentrated near Morbecque. On the 25th of November 1915 The Battalion transferred to 2nd Division as part of an exchange to strengthen the inexperienced 33rd Division. On the 13th of December 1915 the Battalion transferred to 5th Brigade, still in 2nd Division. They took part in the Winter Operations 1914-15 and in 1915 saw action at The Battle of Festubert and The Battle of Loos. In 1916 they fought in the Battles of the Somme and the Operations on the Ancre. In 1917 they were in action during The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Battles of Arras and The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 they transferred on the 6th of February to 6th Brigade in same Division and fought on the Somme, in the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and The Battle of the Selle. 2nd Division was selected to advance into Germany and formed part of the Occupation Force after the Armistice.

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Private George Ewart Bishop 17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (d.12 Apr 1918)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives his age as 19 years when he met his death on 12th April 1918. Records say that he was shot and taken prisoner, but died of his injuries. There is a grave (IV.C.5) for him in Niederzwehren Cemetry,Germany.

Leigh Osborne


Pte. George Ewart Bishop 17th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.12th Apr 1918)

My Grandfather, Alfred Osborne, passed away in 2011 aged 96. It is believed that George Ewart Bishop was his true Father, and may well have gone to war totally unaware that he had got a young local girl pregnant, my Great Grandmother. My Grandad was brought up by her mother and father as if he had been their child, as an illegitimate child (one born out of wedlock) was shameful in those days. My Grandad grew up thinking that his Mum was just his much older sister. Only in more recent years has all this been discovered, and I would love to find any other relations with information on George Ewart Bishop of 27 Asylum Cottages, Chartham Downs, Canterbury, Kent. Perhaps there is even a regimental photo of him?

Leigh David Osborne


Pte. Edward Charles Bosley 17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (d.29th Sep 1918)

Edward Bosley was born in Dublin and enlisted in Lambeth.

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Capt. Walter Napleton Stone VC. 3rd Btn. att. 17th Btn Royal Fusiliers (d.30th Nov 1917)

Walter Stone was killed in action on the 30th of November 1917, aged 25 and is commemorated on on The Cambrai Memorial in France. He was the son of Edward and Emily Frances Stone, of Blackheath, London and was educated at Harrow and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when in command of a company in an isolated position 1,000 yards in front of the main line, and overlooking the enemy's position. He observed the enemy massing for an attack, and afforded invaluable information to battalion headquarters. He was ordered to withdraw his company, leaving a rearguard to cover the withdrawal. The attack developing with unexpected speed, Capt. Stone sent three platoons back and remained with the rearguard himself. He stood on the parapet with the telephone under a tremendous bombardment, observing the enemy and continued to send back valuable information until the wire was cut by his orders. The rearguard was eventually surrounded and cut to pieces, and Capt. Stone was seen fighting to the last till he was shot through the head. The extraordinary coolness of this heroic officer and the accuracy of his information enabled dispositions to be made just in time to save the line and avert disaster."

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L/Cpl. Ernest Thomas "Jack" White 17th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.27th Jun 1917)

Ernest White was killed in action on the 27th of June 1917 and is buried in Beuvry Communal Cemetery, France. He was the son of Mr. E. White, of 10 Windermere Rd., Addiscombe, Croydon.

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