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Pte. James Edward Thompson 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion Yorks and Lancaster Regiment (d.21st Apr 1916)

James Edward Thompson was a miner and enlisted in the Barnsley Pals on the 7th December 1914 and trained at Silkstone, moving to Penkridge Camp in May 1915, Ripon in July and on to Salisbury Plain in October 1915. On 28 December he embarked at Devonport for Egypt. He then embarked for BEF in France on 11 March 1916. On the 9th April 1916 he received gunshot wounds to both legs and a fractured tibia in his left arm. On the 13th April he was moved by the 17th Ambulance Train to the 1st General Hospital in Etretat arriving on the 14th. Sadly James died from his wounds at 7.20am on 21st April 1916. He is buried in the local churchyard in Etretat.

Clockwise James, Dorothy, Sarah and Margaret Thompson in 1914

Roy Warren


Ralph Reginald Turville 15th Btn. London Regiment

Ralph Turville's documents say he joined the 5th Battalion of the London Regiment (City of London Rifles) on 4th June 1917 (Date of Attestation) and was mobilized on 1st August 1917. He was transferred to the King's Royal Rifle Corps and posted to the 15th London Regiment in France on 1st April 1918 under new service No. 548079. He was wounded on 6th April 1918. On 12th October 1918 he was "completely and permanently" transferred to the Royal Fusiliers and posted to the 44th Garrison (from which unit he was discharged to reserve on 6th December 1919). He was in France from 1st April 1918 through to 24th February 1919 and in Germany from 25th February 1919 to 4th November 1919 as a clerk at Army HQ (2nd Army). He was treated at No.1 American Service Hospital, Etretat and 44 C.C.S.

Grandpa died when I was 3. My only memory is of a tartan rug over his knees, as he sat in front of the unlit fireplace in Milton Rd, East Ham, and of being told to leave alone that wonderfully glossy black & scarlet gelatine capsule ("Medicine!" was the gist of what Grandma said); utterly fascinating to a three year old. His face, I don't recall at all. My only other memory of him is my mother telling me that he was at the battle of Arras in 1918 and, years later, would wake up in the night screaming.

Mike Watkinson


Henry Ivor Heybyrne 33rd Coy. Machine Gun Corps

My Father, Henry Heybyrne served in WW1 in the 33rd Machine Gun Corps. His brother's also served.
  • Harry Heybyrne RAMC. Killed while visiting brother Henry in Hospital by "Drop Short"Edward Ernest Heybyrne RAMC
  • Arthur Heybyrne Royal Navy.HMS Talbot
  • 'Eddie' Heybyrne RFC
  • Francis Heybyrne RfC
I remember my father showing me a great deep dent in his back. A scar from shrapnel wound. And scar of spent bullet which went through his cheek and out his mouth. He considered himself lucky on both counts. I believe he served in France at some famous battles, but I should dearly love to hear of his and his brothers' service records.


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