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4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) were based in Parkhurst, Isle of Wight serving with 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. They proceeded to France with the BEF, landing at Le Havre on the 13th of August 1914. They saw action in The Battle of Mons and the rearguard action at Solesmes, The Battle of Le Cateau, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, at La Bassee, Messines and the First Battle of Ypres. They took part in the Winter Operations of 1914-15, The First Attack on Bellewaarde and the Actions at Hooge. In 1916 they took part in The Actions of the Bluff and St Eloi Craters then moved to The Somme for The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin helping to capture Longueval, The Battle of Delville Wood and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 They were at Arras, seeing action at Battles of the Scarpe and The Battle of Arleux. They moved north to the Flanders and were in action during The Battle of the Menin Road and Battle of Polygon Wood during the Third Battle of Ypres. Then moved south and were in action at The Battle of Cambrai. In 1918 They were in action on The Somme, in the Battles of the Lys, the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and the Battle of the Selle. After the Armistice 3rd Division advanced into Germany as part of the Occupation Force.
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Those known to have served with 4th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) during the Great War 1914-1918.
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- Pte. Ernest Arthur Clark (d.9th April 1917)
- L/Cpl. Patrick Joy (d.23rd Aug 1914) Read their Story.
- L/Cpl. Herbert Arthur Mortlock (d.11th Sep 1916)
- Pte. Albert Bathe Stanley (d.25th Sep 1918) Read their Story.
- 2nd Lt. Frederick John Weare (d.9th Oct 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. James Wilson (d.11 Nov 1914) Read their Story.
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Pte. James Wilson 4th Battalion The Royal Fusiliers (d.11 Nov 1914)James was born in Gale Street, Poplar, East London, which was not a nice place in 1884. He came from a poor family who had just arrived from Liverpool, his father Edward a Galvanized Roofer and his Mother Mary.
In 1901, James was incarcerated under Reformatory Act Victoria 29-30 on the Reformatory ship "TS Cornwall" which was moored off the River Thames at Purfleet, West Thurrock, Essex. On his release he joined the 2nd Battalion of the London Regiment and served in Jubbulpore, Central Province, India.
At the outbreak of the First World War, James returned and was sent to France as part of the BEF II Corp, 3rd Division, 9th Brigade, 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He fought at Mons before arriving at Ypres. He was on the front line on the Menin Road when the German 4th Guard Grenadiers attacked on what became known as the Battle of Nonne Boschen Wood in the First Battle of Ypres. James was killed during the main attack which overwhelmed the 4th's lines on the 11th November 1914. As with many that day, his body was never found and his name appears on the Menin Gate Panel 6 and 8. His medal card states that his father requested his 1914 Star.
2nd Lt. Frederick John Weare 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (d.9th Oct 1918)
L/Cpl. Patrick Joy 4th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.23rd Aug 1914)My Great Uncle Patrick Joy served with 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers and was killed in action soon after this photograph was taken, at Mons on the 23rd of August 1914, he was 21 years old. My Grandfather David H Joy served with 1st Field Ambulance, RAMC.
Pte. Albert Bathe Stanley 4th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.25th Sep 1918)Pte. Stanley Albert Bathe was born in Sydenham, SE London, in 1896, the youngest of the five Bathe brothers to serve in the First World War. He served an apprenticeship with the engineering firm of Merryweather – the manufacturer of fire engines – in Greenwich but then enlisted in the 4th Btn, Royal Fusiliers in May 1918. After training, Stanley went to France on 8 September and towards the end of that month, he was with his regiment at the Front near the Hindenburg Line preparing for what was to be called the Battle of Cambrai. From the village of Moeuvres, the front system of the Hindenburg Line followed the bank of the Canal du Nord for 4,000yards, then crossed it, sweeping in a bold curve round the village of Havrincourt and south of that of Ribécourt. Along the banks of the Canal du Nord there were at intervals spoil heaps consisting of the chalk dug from its bed. One heap was at the sharp bend west of Havrincourt, where the canal turned westward along the Grand Ravin. It was known as Yorkshire Bank. The 4th Battalion moved to Yorkshire Bank on 25 September where hostile bombing was to continue all night and the relief of Z and X companies greatly interfered with. The units suffered one soldier killed and two wounded that day. The soldier killed was Stanley Bathe, just 18 days after he had landed in France. He is buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery and commemorated on the family grave in Lewisham & Brockley Cemetery and on the memorial panel in St Michael & All Angels, Sydenham, where he was once a choir boy.
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