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Sgt. Thomas Owen Ackers 23rd Btn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers (d.2nd Nov 1918)

Thomas Owen Ackers served with the 23rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers during WW1. My grandfather was a patient at 1st Eastern General Hospital between 6/11/17 and 28/12/17 when he was discharged on medical grounds. He had been an asthmatic since childhood but didn't let this stop him being an active and dedicated soldier. After discharge he became a photographer and drill teacher at the local grammar school in Portmadoc. Sadly this was a very short career, he died of Spanish 'flu on Nov 2nd 1918.

Lynda Shaughnessy


Gnr. William Henry Ibbotson 297th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Portrait in uniform 1917

William Ibbotson enlisted in Dec 1915 but was not mobilised until March 1917 where he initially served with 399th Siege Battery RGA then was posted to 297th Siege Battery in Aug 1917. It is believed he was posted to Ypres where he provided artillery support for the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Passchendaele. He was a gas casualty in Aug 1918 losing 30% lung capacity and was eventually discharged on the 20th of Nov 18. He died in 1960.

Postcard from France

RGA Forget Me Not

Robin Ibbotson


Pte. Percival Frederick King First Eastern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

Percy King was from a technically minded family, two of his brothers were car mechanics and engine fitters and worked in the Family Business, King and Harper in Cambridge,(This business was started by their Father, William King, who was also Chief Engineer in a scheme running tractors for the Board of Agriculture during WW1). However Percy did not go into the family business and became a scientific instrument maker and worked for the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company.

On 18 November 1913 he joined the RAMC (TF) for 4 Years service and he worked at the First Eastern General Hospital (1191 other ranks beds and 151 Officers Beds) in Cambridge the entire time until his on discharge 17 November 1917. Even though it was the height of the war, he was released for essential war work (making instruments) back at his old company, instead of being re-enlisted. His elder brother 2nd Lt Reginald King 48425 was also in the Army (RFC)and served as a pilot, and one of his younger brothers Private Augustus King 202906 was an engine fitter in the Army Service Corps.

Percy was one of the many soldiers who survived the war unscathed and did not see front-line action but did essential work on the home front. He was my uncle and although he married, he never had any children to research or tell his story.

Geoff King


Lt Col Joseph Griffiths CMG. First Eastern General Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

Lt Col Griffiths was a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge before the Great War. He commanded the 1st Eastern General Hospital during the Great War.

Hilary Ritchie

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