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Lt. C. E. Wallis Loyal North Lancastershire Regt

Lt Wallis was a prisoner in Mainz POW Camp.


2/Lt. H. Ringham 16th Btn. Manchester Rgt.

Lt. Ringham was a prisoner in Mainz POW Camp.


Lt. Humphries Army Service Corps

Lt. Humphries was a prisoner in Mainz Citadel POW Camp.


2nd Lt. J. Milton Hayes MC 7th Btn. Manchester Regiment

Lt. Hayes was a prisoner of war in Mainz Citadel.


Capt. Julian Royds Gribble VC. 1st Bn. att. 10th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment (d.25th Nov 1918)

Captain Julian Royds Gribble VC served with the 1st Battalion, Warwickshire Regiment and was attached to the 10th Battalion when he died from Pneumonia on the 25th November 1918, Age: 21. He is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. He was the son of George James Gribble and Norah Gribble (nee Royds), of Kingston Russell House, Dorset.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30770, dated 25th June, 1918, records the following:- For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Capt. Gribble was in command of the right company of the battalion when the enemy attacked, and his orders were to ' hold on to the last.' His company was eventually entirely isolated, though he could easily have withdrawn them at one period when the rest of the battalion on his left were driven back to a secondary position. His right flank was ' in the air,' owing to the withdrawal of all troops of a neighbouring division. By means of a runner to the company on his left rear he intimated his determination to hold on until other orders were received from battalion headquarters - and this he inspired his command to accomplish. His company was eventually surrounded by the enemy at close range, and he was seen fighting to the last. His subsequent fate is unknown. By his splendid example of grit, Capt. Gribble was materially instrumental in preventing for some hours the enemy obtaining a complete mastery of the crest of ridge, and by his magnificent self-sacrifice he enabled the remainder of his own brigade to be withdrawn, as well as another garrison and three batteries of field artillery. He was wounded and lost consciousness, but was resuscitated by the Germans and taken prisoner. He was held in a camp at Mainz, Germany where he gradually recovered his health. On the news of winning the Victoria Cross his fellow prisoners of war celebrated by carrying him around the camp on their shoulders. Sadly he never saw his medal. Whilst waiting to be repatriated at the end of the War he caught pneumonia and died on the 24th November 1918.

S Flynn


A/Cpt. William Pritchett 17th Batt. A Company Sherwood Foresters

My Grandfather William Pritchett was made acting Captain on 20/3/1918. He was captured on the first day of 'Die Kaiserschlacht'. In a diary he kept as POW in Mainz he drew a map of the immediate area and described what happened - it follows closely the unit diary's description of that fateful day.

The Sherwood Foresters suffered more killed than any of the other 200 plus British battalions that fought that day. After the war he kept a chest of momentoes, German pickelhaube, bayonets, pistols etc brought home from leave periods, but at some stage he threw them into the Trent River, near Beeston. I wish he had kept them. There are some less warlike items of his in the regimental museum.

Phil Goddard

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