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4th Northern General Hospital, Lincoln

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Pte Walter Hunt 2nd Btn. Royal Warwickshire (d.16th Oct 1915)

Walter Hunt joined the 2nd Bn Royal Warwicks on the 9th Sept 1914 and landed in France on the 17th May 1915. He made his way forward to join the rest of the 7th Division 22nd Brigade at the front. His first night in the trenches was his 22nd birthday.

The Battle of Loos started with a British bombardment on the German lines. For five days, the British guns rained shells to weaken defenses and cut wire. On the morning of the 25th, the high explosive shells were exchanged for gas, a tactic to wipe out any German resistance. The way forward was clear... The 2nd Battalion went over the top at 6.30 in the morning. When the battalion was mustered at midnight there were present no officers and only 140 men. Lt.-Colonel Lefroy and 2 of his officers had been mortally wounded, 7 other officers were killed, 7 were wounded and 1 was a prisoner. Of the men 64 were killed, 171 wounded and 273 were missing.

Pte Walter Hunt was one of the 171 wounded in that attack. He was passed back down the line and eventually returned to No 4 Military Hospital Lincoln, where due to the nature of his wounds he passed on the 16th Oct 1915. His body was returned to his family in West Bromwich, a rare event for the day and he received a full military funeral.

West Bromwich Free Press 29th Sept 1915:- "Two of our local heroes, Pte W Hunt (22) and Pte J Grosvenor were accorded a military funeral ... The day of the funeral was a day of almost general mourning in the town. In front of long lines of houses in the streets through which the mournful cortege passed, blinds were lowered. The body of Hunt was borne on a gun carriage, and that of Grosvenor in a hearse, both draped with the Union Jack and covered with flowers. The Band of the 8th R. Warwicks headed the funeral procession and the R. Engineers furnished two bearer detachments, whilst the firing party was supplied from the 8th R Warwicks. When the procession passed down the High Street, crowds of sympathetic onlookers lined the footpaths. In the cemetery there was something like 2000 people present. The service over the grave was conducted by th Rev. W Wibby in which he called for.... 'others to show the courage and commitment to their country as these two men lying side-by-side'..... 'I ask you to go forward in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and offer your services for King and Country'. After the firing party had fired three volleys over the grave, the Last Post was sounded, and the band played "Nearer, My God, to Thee."

Walter was my Great Uncle.

Dan Allinson


Sgt. James McCusker 4th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

James McCusker was my great grandfather born in County Fermanagh in 1890. He enlisted with the 4th Battalion, Special Reserve, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1913. From what I gather from his records he was sent out in the 3rd and 2nd Battalions, respectively, to France with the British Expeditionary Force between 14th of April 1915 and the 18th of July 1916, and then again with the British Expeditionary Force to France between 7th of December 1916 and the 21st of March 1918. He was captured and was a Prisoner of War at Giessen in Germany from 22nd of March 1918 to 3rd of December 1918. He was repatriated on 20th of December 1918.

He suffered a gun shot wound to the left side during his time in France and was in two or three base general hospitals during his time there. He went up in rank from a Private to Lance Corporal; then Corporal after four months and then on to Sergeant after another seven months during 1917. He was discharged medically unfit (20%) on 22nd of December 1919. He was awarded the British Medal; Victory Medal and 1914/15 Star. He went on to live till 47 years old and died in 1939 in Lisnaskea Brookeborough - his lifelong home.



Pte. Peter Allen 9th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (d.5th Nov 1915)

Peter Allen served with the 9th Northumberlands, he died of serious wounds received in action at the front, whilst being traeted at the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln on the night of the 5th of November 1915, he was 34 years olf and resided at Cowpen Quay. He leaves a wife, Roseann and four children. His body was brought home and his funeral held on the 8th of November at Cowpen Cemetery, Blyth. Peter is remembered on the Blyth War Memorial at the north end of Ridley Park, Blyth.

Carly Carr


2nd Lt. William James Moffatt

On 31st July 1916, The Irish Times carried the following report on page 6:

Second Lieutenant W.J. Moffatt, Royal Engineers, only son of Mr and Mrs William Moffatt, Drumgoff, Stillorgan Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, is reportedly wounded. He was educated at Avoca School, Blackrock, afterwards entering Trinity College, Dublin, where he took his BA and BAI (Hon). He got his commission in September last, and has been at the front since December of last year. He was wounded on the 12th July, and is now in hospital in Lincoln. He is in the twenty second year of his age. His captain wrote regretting he had been knocked out, and saying he had done most excellent work at the front.

Turtle Bunbury


Thomas Wilson

My grandfather, Thomas Wilson was born in 1883 in York. From word of mouth I believe he worked in the coal mines of Lancashire near Boothstown when he was called up for service in WWI, probably in 1916, or maybe 1917, when he was about 33. He was sent to fight in France. He was injured and sent back to a hospital in Lincoln, I believe the 4th Northern General Hospital. He recovered and took his wife and babies back to Boothstown in Lancashire before the war ended. I don't think he did anything heroic. But he lived, and I would like to find out his injuries, his regiment and anything else about him that is on file somewhere.

Eunice Paulett


Pte. Frank Ernest Cuthbert 13th Btn.

My Dad was born in Leicester England Sept 9 1892 and emigrated to Canada in 1915 on the ship Mauretania. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in September 1915 and was wounded in Ypres France. (Gunshot wounds to right leg and shrapnel wound through the hand.) He was treated in Boulogne France, Folkeston, No 4 Northern General Hospital Lincoln, also Shorncliffe, Etchinghill, Shoreham, Wohingham and Epsom.

The story that first came back to his fiance in Canada was that he had been killed, but this was later corrected. In 1918 he returned to Canada, married, lived in Hamilton Ontario, had seven children (4 girls 3 boys) and many Grandchildren. He subsequently died of a brain tumour in 1962 at the age of 70, his wife died in 1964. I have pictures of him in Uniform etc. I would be interested in hearing from the familes of any who may have crossed his path.

Rowland H Cuthbert


Pte. George Harold Parker D Coy. 33rd Btn.

George Parker was a 19 year old labourer from Saudon, Armidale NSW when he enlisted in the 11/13th Btn AIF in August 1915. He was discharged as medically unfit on the 13th of September 1915 due a medical problem with his knees and he re-enlisted on the 5th of January 1916 with the 33rd Btn, stating that his occupation as Miner and that had not previously served. Whilst training at Larkhill in England he was fined 1 days pay and given 14 days field punishment no 2 by Lt Coll Morshead, for being absent without leave from midnight 11th Nov 1916 to 5pm the following day. He proceeded to France with the Battlion and was admitted to hospital, sick on the 28th of Feb 1917 and rejoined the 33rd on the 3rd of March. On the 10th of July 1917 he was given 14 days No 2 field punishment for being absent from his billet without a pass after 9pm. He was admitted to hospital again having been wounded in the back on the 25th of July and rejoined the 33rd on the 6th of August.

On the 12th of Oct 1917 George was wounded in action in the left arm, right leg and left thigh and invalided to England where he was admitted to the 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln, he returned to Australia in March 1918 aboard HMAT Field Marshall and was discharged for medical unfitness. Whilst in hospital in Lincoln he was fined 2 days pay for being AWL from 5pm until 8pm on the 13th Jan 18 and "breaking into the hospital"

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