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The Worcestershire Regiment
The Worcestershire Regiment was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and the 36th (Herefordshire) Regiment of Foot.
Battalions during the Great War.
- 1st Battalion
- 2nd Battalion
- 3rd Battalion
- 4th Battalion
- 5th (Reserve) Battalion
- 6th (Reserve) Battalions
- 1/7th Battalion
- 2/7th Battalion
- 1/8th Battalion
- 2/8th Battalion
- 3/7th Battalion
- 3/7th Battalion
- 9th (Service) Battalion
- 10th (Service) Battalion
- 11th (Service) Battalion
- 12th (Reserve) Battalion
- 13th (Reserve) Battalion
- 14th (Service) Battalion (Severn Valley Pioneers)
- 15th (Transport Workers) Battalion
- 16th (Transport Workers) Battalion
- 17th (Service) Battalion
- 1st (Reserve) Garrison Battalion
- 1st Provisional Garrison Guard Battalion.
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Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site.
Those known to have served with The Worcestershire Regiment during the Great War.
Select a story link or scroll down to browse those stories hosted on this site.
- L/Cpl. Richard Leonard Blakeman DCM. Read their Story.
- Pte. V. Brettle (d.7th Jun 1917)
- Pte. Henry Francis Cleaver (d.17th Jun 1918)
- Edward Coates Read their Story.
- Private William Henry Dixey (d.22nd August 1918) Read their Story.
- T/Capt. Charles Duly DSO. Read their Story.
- Pte. William Ford Read their Story.
- A/Cpl. William Gibbs (d.25th Apr 1917)
- Pte. John Greenway (d.7th Nov 1914) Read their Story.
- L/Cpl Victor Henry Hawkins MM. (d.28th Apr 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte. Sidney Parry (d.23rd Apr 1917)
- Charles Thomas Porter (d.6th Sep 1917) Read their Story.
- L/Cpl. George Potts (d.28th Jun 1915) Read their Story.
- James Harold Smith
- Lt. Douglas B. Stimson Read their Story.
- Cpl. Walter John Winters Read their Story.
The names on this list have been submitted by relatives, friends, neighbours and others who wish to remember them, if you have any names to add,, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.
Lt. Douglas B. Stimson Worcestershire RegimentDouglas Stimson served in both World Wars. He enlisted into Honourable Artillery Company and was commisioned as a Lt into the Worcestershire Regiment on the 12th of May 1917.
His brother Montague also served with the Honourable Artillery Company and was killed whilst serving with the 10th Btn. East Surreys, attached to the 8th Btn. Younger brother Eric was killed whilst serving with the Rifle Brigade.
Private William Henry Dixey 4th Battalion Worcestershire Rgt (d.22nd August 1918)William H Dixey was my Great Uncle. I know that he is buried in the Borre British Cemetery in Northern France nr Hazebroeck.Unfortunately I do not know where or how he died. His war record appears to be one that did not survive the second world war bombing!
L/Cpl Victor Henry Hawkins MM. 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.28th Apr 1918)Victor Hawkins was my great uncle, we have only just found out about him recently. He was killed in action during the Battle of Kemmel. He's buried at La Clythe Military Cemetery in Belgium. Rest in Peace.
T/Capt. Charles Duly DSO. 11th Battalion Worcestershire RegimentCaptain Charles Duly DSO (b. 1875) of the Worcestershire Regiment, 11th Battalion, was my grandfather. We have researched, that his commission was relinquished on the 9th July 1915 due to ill health, having fallen from a horse resulting in sustained head injuries. Our family have been trying in vain to track his whereabouts since this date - but to no avail.
His son, also Charles Duly, was born 1919 in Glasgow. We believe that his father Charles Duly stayed with the family until circa. 1922/23 in Glasgow before separating from them. His whereabouts since this time have been a mystery. The son, (my father) Charles Duly, now Charles Duly Blount - (mother remarrying a gentleman by the name of Blount) served in WW2 with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry/Argyle & Southern Highlanders/5th Parachute Regiment. He also attained the rank of Captain as per his father (also at the end of WW2 Temp. Major).
There is some confusion with another Charles Duly DSO who served in East Africa he was born 1870 (5 years before my grandfather.) We are trying to establish details of my Grand Father's life after 1922/23 up until his death. Is there anyone out there who can help us with this information?
L/Cpl. Richard Leonard Blakeman DCM. 1st Battalion Worcestershire RegimentRichard Blakeman was my Grandfather and served during The Great War from 5th November 1914, when he would have been just 19 Years old and was discharged injured on 8th June 1917. According to information I have from my Aunt he rescued two comrades at The Battle of Neuve Chappell. I have very little other information of my Grandfather but do have his DCM which bears his rank name and Service Number, it seems for his bravery he was promoted to Lance Corporal.
I have searched Ancestry.co.uk records but only have basic information and cannot find any record of his DCM award other than the fact I have the medal in my possession. It would be lovely to find out more.
Editors Note: Medal awards are listed in the London Gazette, which will give you the date of the action.
Charles Thomas Porter 1/7th Btn Worcestershire Regiment (d.6th Sep 1917)I would love to have a better story than just facts about my Great Uncle Charlie. I have a few of his letters home to my Grandparents as well as the psychic's letters to them too! The psychic passed on messages to my grandparents from Charlie long after he was dead. I was the first to visit his grave in Wimereux, Northern France but prior to me finding his grave, the exact location was unknown all those years. How can I find out where he died or even how? Did he die right away? Those buried in Wimereux would perhaps have been fighting a certain battle? I think there was a hospital there, so does that mean he was alive at first? And where did his Battalion train? How can I find out the date he would have enlisted and even when he went to France? His cousin "Stinty", Wilfred Stinton Hudson, died in the 'Great War' too... how sad it is but I vow to keep them alive in our lives. Thank you for any help you can give me to find out more about Uncle Charlie.
L/Cpl. George Potts 4th Btn Worcestershire Regiment (d.28th Jun 1915)George Potts was my great uncle. He was killed in Gallipoli on the 28th of June 1915, pobably during the attack on Gulley Ravine but, little more is known. He served in the 4th Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment. George had an unusual history. His parents, George Benjamin and Clara Potts, were both from Kent being born in Faversham and Barming (near Maidstone) respectively. The Potts family, near Faversham, were numerous. It is understood many converted to the Mormon faith during the second half of the 19th Century. This faith lead them to emigrate to the USA. George and Clara Potts did live near the Salt Lake City in the USA. Their son also named George was born there in 1890. For reasons unknown, George and Clara left the USA, settling back in England eventually moving to Maidstone Kent. Their son George was registered in the 1901 census as being born in the USA. George Potts (Junior) was thus a US citizen and may have been the first to have died in the Great War. We would like to know more but, the above is all that is known.
Edward Coates 3th Btn. Worcestershire RegimentTed Coates was my paternal grandfather, he was based at Tidworth, Hampshire before deployment to France. Awarded the Mons Star and bar for those who served underfire and volunteered. I would love to know more about him.
Pte. William Ford 2/1 Btn. Queens Own Worcestershire HussarsMy grandfather, William Ford, joined the Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars in February 1917. I know this for 2 reasons. I have his diary for 1917. He kept very brief notes of where he was in 1917 and I tracked him to 2/1 Battalion. He had his photograph taken in uniform in April of that year and his cap badge is that of Queens Own Worcestershire Hussars. His diary states he was "draughted" to France on the 19th of August 1917 at 8am. He was wounded in France. A bullet passing through his right arm into his left leg and he was missing for some days. His diary states that he was "removed to Manningtree" on 20 October. No mention of being wounded or where he had been. Family tradition has it that he was on the French/Belgium Border. The problem is I can't find a record of his battalion serving in France or any other details of where he might have been wounded.
Editor's Note: Many of the Cavalry regiments were split up and troops transferred to other units in 1917, or he may have been draughted to another unit in France, so it is likely he would have been with another regiment when he was wounded.
Pte. John Greenway 3rd Btn. Worcestershire Regiment (d.7th Nov 1914)John Greenway was my Great Uncle by marriage. I don't, unfortunately know much about him, except that he was married to my Great Aunt Laura Willetts for less than a year before he was killed in action. His name is included on the war memorial which is situated in Quarry Bank Park. He is buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. I know nothing else about his death.
He left behind a little girl, also called Laura or 'Little Laura', who sadly died at the age of 5 in 1919, possibly due to the Spanish flu epidemic. I do have a photograph of John's little daughter, but unfortunately, not one of John himself. I have discovered this information in my quest to trace my family history and would love to contact any relatives of John Greenway. I just wonder if any of his friends or family have ever visited his grave in France.
Cpl. Walter John Winters Army Service Corps (Remounts)My grandfather, Walter Winters signed up to the Army Service Corps (Remounts) on the 19th November 1916 at Budbrook Barracks, Warwick. The Approving Officer on his Army sign up form is the Colonel (looks like Carter), Commandant Remount Depot, Shirehampton.
He was transferred to the 6th Batt. Worcester Regt on the 17th August 1917. His records show he was in Belgaum on the 7th October 1917. He disembarked in Bombay on the 26th October 1917 and was again in Belgaum from the 8th April to 18th April 1918 with Impetigo. They also show he disembarked in Basra on the 3rd November 1918. On the 2nd July 1919 he was in Baku. He did not speak to us about his time in the Army.
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