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- Blackmore Ewart Gladstone. 2nd Lt.
- Conroy William Henry. Pte (d. 7th July 1916)
- Conroy William Henry. (d.7th July 1916)
- Day Henry James. Pte. (d.23rd Sep 1918)
- Shalders William Northam. Pte.
- Shreeve James William. Capt.
- Skilleter Arthur Andrew. Pte.
- Smout Alfred Edward. Tpr. (d.12th July 1916)
- Watson William. Pte. (d.4th May 1916)
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Tpr. Alfred Edward Smout 2nd Life Guards (d.12th July 1916)Trooper Alfred Edward Smout died of wounds at the Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers. He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery. He was just 18 years old.JayAnn Knox
Pte. William Watson 17th Btn. (d.4th May 1916)William Watson died of gunshot wounds to the chest on the 4th of May 1916, aged 27 in No.3 Casualty Clearing Station, France. He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
Born on 15/09/1888 in Scotland he was the youngest child of Alexander & Eliza (nee Clark) Watson and was employed as a Tailor in Guyra, NSW Following the death of his father, Great-uncle Willie and his older brother Alex came to Australia in 1909 to establish themselves so that they could bring their mother and two sisters, ( the youngest being my Grandmother), to Australia. Alex settled some land in Nowendoc, NSW and Willie set up business as a tailor in Guyra, NSW. His mum and sisters were on their way to Australia when war was declared in 1914. He enlisted in Sydney 21/7/1915; embarked 5/10/1915; embarked Egypt 17/3/1916 and disembarked in Marseilles, France 23/3/1916. He was wounded in action 3/5/1916 and died 4/5/1916.s flynn
Pte. William Northam Shalders 5th Pioneer BattalionWilliam enlisted aged 21, he is described as being 5' 10", weighing 130 lbs with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion. He embarked from Australia in November 1915 and joined the 32nd Btn, and went to the Suez. He was transferred to the 5th Pioneer Battalion on the 4th May 1916 and embarked from Alexandria to Marsailles aboard the Canada to join the BEF. was wounded in action, a gun shot wound to the left hand on the 19th Sept 1917. He was treated by 67th Field Ambulance and evacuated via 3CCS to Hospital at Etaples was then transferred to the 5th ADBD at Le Harve. He returned to his unit in October.
William transferred to the 5th Machine Gun Battalion on the 18th May 1918 and was wounded in action with a gun shot wound for a second time on the 18th of September 1918. William returned to Australia in April 1919.
His two brothers, also served with the AIF, Victor with the 33rd Btn and Clarence with the 10th Light Horse.Trevor Fenton
2nd Lt. Ewart Gladstone Blackmore 1st Btn. Wiltshire RegimentEwart Gladstone Blackmore was born on Saturday 21st May 1898 at 3, Northcote Road, St. George, Gloucestershire and was one of eleven children born to Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith); he was christened on Wednesday 7th February 1900 at St. George The Martyr, St. George, Bristol.
Because of the need for junior officers in the Great War it was routine during war-time for men to be selected to attend Officer Cadet Units or Officer Cadet Schools. Ewart would have been compulsorily conscripted on or about his 18th birthday and would have trained as a recruit. He must have shown leadership potential enabling his commanding officer to put his name forward for officer selection. As a private soldier becoming an officer he would have been struck off the strength of his original unit and added to the officer strength of his new unit. There is no record of the unit that Ewart had originally served in before being selected for officer training. The London Gazette of 19th April 1918 listed Ewart as being appointed a Second-Lieutenant from an Officer Cadet Unit with effect from 27th March 1918 and joined up with the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Territorial Force) on 3rd October 1918. He was subsequently seconded to the 6th Battalion Wiltshires for recruiting and reconstruction purposes following huge losses it had sustained during the fighting in France and Flanders where it was reduced to cadre strength.
On the 27th of September Ewart, along with 151 Other Ranks, left England to join the Battalion, eventually joining up with them on 3rd October 1918 at the Divisional Reception Camp near Villers-Guislain in time for the planned assault on the Beaurevoir Line; Battalion HQ was based at Kitchen Crater. Ewart and the Wiltshires pushed on and occupied part of the Hindenburg Line at Rancourt Farm with the 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment on the left, the 33rd Division on the right and the 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in support. The 64th Infantry Brigade was holding the front line at Montecouvez Farm. The Wiltshires took up a position east of the farm for an attack on an enemy position in the Beaurevoir Line. The companies were to rendezvous on the eastern edge of the Rancourt Copse at 22.45 hrs. Owing to it being a very dark night and the amount of barbed wire to be passed through, the rendezvous was not completed until 23.30 hrs. The companies then moved off in column of route with increased distances via the tracks and roads and sunken roads. Due to the darkness and state of roads and other traffic the companies did not reach the predetermined point until 00.45 hrs. They were formed up as follows - Front Line - C Company on the right, D company on the left. Support Line - A Company on the right, B Company on the left.
On the 7th October Ewart was involved with the attack on the Beaurevoir Line following a heavy bombardment by the Allied artillery. The casualties taken by the 1st Wiltshires in the assault were 2 Officers and 11 Other Ranks killed; 3 Officers and 78 Other Ranks wounded and Other Ranks Missing 2. Captures comprised 81 enemy Other Ranks, one T.M.B. (Trench Mortar Battery) and two Machine Guns. On the 23rd October the Wiltshires prepared themselves for their night attack on Ovillers situated on the left of the Albert-Bapaume Road which was one of the front line villages held by the Germans, situated on a spur which gave it an excellent view over the British lines. On the opposite side of the valley stood La Boiselle, It was another equally heavily fortified village that commanded the north side of what was called 'Mash Valley'. This attack was a phase of the Battles of the German Hindenburg Line.
The Wiltshires succeeded in taking all of its objectives and held them until 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regt and 62nd Infantry Brigade went through to capture further objectives. The Wiltshire Regiment casualties during the attack were
Officers Killed; 2nd Lieuts H R Palmer, H B Cooper. Other Ranks 23 Wounded Officers: Lieut.W.J.E Ross, 2nd Lieuts E.G. Blackmore and H. Aston.
Other Ranks 120. Missing Officers Nil. The Battalions War Diary states that Ewart suffered a gunshot wound to the left eye and after first receiving attention at the Regimental Aid Post and then the Advanced Dressing Station, the was sent to the 34 Casualty Clearing Station at Grevillers on the 24th October. A day later he was admitted to the officers surgical ward at No.3 General Hospital at Le Treport roughly 20 miles north east of Dieppe.
Ewarts case was clearly more serious than the CCS could attend to so was sent to No.3 General Hospital at le Treport. He was evacuated to England on 5th November aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle. She had previously been used as a troop ship in the Boer War and regularly sailed in the Cape mail service for the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Line during peacetime. The Carisbrook Castle would have docked at Southampton with being Ewart transported by train to Bristol Temple Meads Station before being transferred to the 2nd Southern Area Military Hospital (the Bristol Royal Infirmary) for rehabilitation. Before he was discharged the Armistice was signed by the warring factions so Ewart was never to see active service again.David Blackmore
Pte. Henry James "Sonny" Day 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (d.23rd Sep 1918)Henry Day died of gunshot wounds at 3 Casualty Clearing Station, on Monday 23rd of September 1918 and is buried at Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt France. His parents always called him 'Son' or 'Sonny', he had 5 siblings with his youngest brother being born 46 days before his death.Susan Warne
William Henry Conroy 11th Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.7th July 1916)William Henry Conroy 16550, my great grandfather was fighting his way up Thiepval Hill on the morning of 4th July 1916 with the 11th Battalion the Cheshire Regiment (where the huge memorial now stands, as a tribute to all those who fell with no grave). He was fortunately injured, presumably by maxim machine gun fire. I say fortunately as the rest of the battalion were described as melting away under machine gun fire in their Regimental history book. By being injured this amazing 37 year old man was pulled from no man's land a day or so later and taken to Puchevillers Casualty Clearing Station, sadly he died of wounds on the 7th July.
By surviving briefly, it allowed him a grave, unlike all of his comrades. He was buried across the road from the tented CCS. The site where he was buried was later to become Puchvillers War Cemetery. He lies there today, buried in plot ID 40. He was one of only four that I have been able to find from that day and battalion, who were buried, the rest of the Battalion remain in the soil of Thiepval.
Next to the grave of William Henry Conroy lies a 27 year old who died on the same day, his first name was Stewart. William's wife Sarah and his 5 children never knew that he was buried in France (I only discovered this 3 years ago).
In 1982 on June 12th my eldest brother Corporal Stewart Mclaughlin 24277023, of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed in action on the slopes of Mount Longdon, he was just 27 years old.Mark McLaughlin
Pte William Henry Conroy 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment (d. 7th July 1916)William Henry Conroy 16550, was my Great Grandfather. My mother's mother, who we called Nan, was William's daughter. It was always thought that William died on the Somme and that he had no grave. This was until two years ago in 2010, when I discovered that he was injured on the 4th July 1916, when nearly all of his battalion were "melted away" by machine gun fire. He was casevacd to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers in Northern France.
Sadly, he died of his wounds some days later on the 7th July. By being injured he, unlike the hundreds of men that were shot with him on that dreadful 4th July was guaranteed a burial and headstone at Lutyens's cemetery at Puchevillers, which was erected just across the track from the CCS location.
William Henry Conroy 16550 volunteered to fight the moment the war began, he was 35 years of age, employed and the father of five children. He was not expected to fight at his age and family position, nevertheless he marched forward. On arriving in France, Sept 1915, he was sent to Belgium border at Ypres or "wipers" and was involved in Ploegstreet wood fighting. His wife never remarried and wore black till she died in the early 1960's.
Clearly this man was immensely brave, given that he had seen the worst of fighting in Belgium, then seeing the first 3 days of the Somme, then going into battle himself on the 4th.
My Brother Corporal Stewart Peter Frank McLaughlin, 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was killed aged 27 just after the capture of Mount Longdon ,Falkland Islands 1982, he too was incredibly brave and was cited for a Victoria Cross, sadly it appears the citation was lost in transit to the Awards Committee. On visiting William's Grave on November 11th 2010, I discovered that in the grave next to his lies a young man named Stewart, aged 27 years of age.Mark McLaughlin
Pte. Arthur Andrew Skilleter 4th Btn. Middlesex RegimentArthur Skilleter was my great grandfather. The family story, which I am trying to authenticate, is that he was in a trench as part of The Battle of Passchendaele, 3rd Ypres, and suffering badly from shell shock. Somebody shouted at him to move as they were under attack. He was incapable of moving so was left. When the others returned they found him minus one arm and both legs, they were told to give him some chocolate as he would be dead by morning. He told them in no uncertain terms that he would not! True to his word he was still alive in the morning and was taken to CCS 3 and then sent home. He lived many years with prosthetic limbs and I would not be here today if it was not for his sheer bloody mindidness.Lorie Coffey
Capt. James William Shreeve 33rd Btn.James Shreeve was a professional soldier who had seen action during the Boer War, when he volunteered for overseas service he was working as a staff sergeant instructor, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the 33rd Battalion on the 23rd of February 1916. He was 36 years old and married with two children.
James was promoted to Captain on the 19th of December 1916 whilst in France and was seconded to be Adjutant of the 3rd Division School on the 23rd of February 1917. He rejoined the 33rd Btn on the 1st of June 1917 and was wounded during the Battle of Messines on the 10th of June. He was admitted to the 14th General Hospital on the 11th with a gun shot wound to his left foot By the 17th of July he was discharged from the base depot at Wimereux. He marched out to the front and rejoined his unit on the 21st of July. For two weeks in August he was detailed as an infantry instructor at Le Harve then returned to his unit
James was wounded in action for a second time on he 18th Oct 1917, a gun shot wound to his abdomen, was treated at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station and was then admitted to the 8th General Hospital in Rouen then transferred to the 3rd London General Hospital where he remained until the 20th of December when he joined the Overseas Training Brigade at Wandsworth. On the 8th of January he returned to France departing from Southampton, and joined 9th Brigade HQ. He rejoined the 33rd Btn and was wounded for a third time in action on the 31st of March 1918, this time a gun shot wound which resulted in a compound fracture of his left thigh, he was treated at the 41st Casualty Clearing Station and evacuated to No 2 British Red Cross Hospital in Rouen then to the 3rd General Hospital in London. James returned to Australia on board HMAS Kanowra arriving at Melboure on the 7th of March 1919, his appointment was terminated on the 27th of August 1920.
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