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Bugler. W. Nairn

Army 7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Fireman. Lawrence Nanton

United States Army Transport Service USS Calamares

from:New York City

I have very little information about Lawrence Nanton's (my grandfather) time on the USS Calamares. I have his discharge papers, which state that he served on the ship from 17th of March 1918, to 1st of April 1918. The reason for the discharge is that the ship was taken over by the Navy.


Sjt. J. Napier

Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. Clare George Napthine

British Army 9th Btn., D Coy. Suffolk Regiment

from:Blythburgh, Suffolk

(d.13th Sep 1916)


Pte John William Narvidge

British Army 1st Btn. Essex Regiment

from:Malden, Essex

(d.14th Apr 1917)

John Narvidge was my great uncle. His father, Alexander, was a Russian refugee and boot maker who moved to Maldon in Essex with his English wife, Sarah.

John enlisted at Chelmsford, Essex, joining the 1st battalion Essex Regiment in 1914, we believe he was probably underage when he enlisted, having been born in Hackney in 1897. He died in battle at Monchy-le-Preux on April 14th 1917 and is buried at Arras. He was recorded as missing on 1st June 1917 in the Essex Chronicle together with many of his comrades. His name is recorded on the War Memorial in Maldon High Street. We have no photos of him but if anyone has it would be wonderful to see his face.


Sjt. F. Nasby

Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. A. E. Nash

British Army 8th Royal Veterinary Hosp. (York) Army Veterinary Corps

(d.20th May 1917)


Sgt. Enoch "Knocker" Nash MM.

British Army 10th Btn Kings own Yorkshire Light Infantry


My grandfather, Enoch Nash served in the KOYLI during WW1 from 1914 until demobbed in February 1919 in the 10th Battalion. He was awarded the military medal for bravery which I have in my possession, along with his 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. I believe he was awarded the Military Medal for bringing in his wounded captain (Capt. W. M. Penny) although he very rarely spoke of his war "it being too terrible". I don't have the citation for the medal and have had no luck trying to trace it.


Pte. Ernest H Nash

British Army 2nd Battalion, B Company Royal Welsh Fusiliers

from:Easton, Bristol

(d.29th July 1916)


Flt Sub. Lt. G. E. Nash

Royal Naval Air Service B Flight 10 Naval Sqd.



Cpl. James Nash MM

British Army 173rd Brigade, B Bty Royal Field Artillery

(d.22nd September 1917)

Corporal James Nash MM was aged 32 when he died. He is buried in North Weald Bassett (St Andrews) Cemetery, Grave 24.1. He was the son of James and Sarah Ann Nash, 10 Woodfield Terrace, Thornwood, Epping, Essex.


Pte. Thomas Nash

British Army 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

from:Pendleton, Salford

(d.1st July 1916)

Thomas Nash was the elder of my two uncles both in the same battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, and both killed on 1st July 1916. He was 34 and his younger brother James was 20 when they died. They were 2 of 5 brothers who all fought in the war, the other three surviving. They are both remembered on Thiepval memorial, and at St Thomas church, Pendleton.


Pte William David Nash

British Army C Company Border Regiment


(d.1st July 1916)

My uncle, William David Nash, enlisted on 6th October 1914 aged 19 years 4 months. He was in the 11th Lonsdale Battalion of the Border Regiment. Although a Yorkshire lad, he was working at Orton Hall in Cumbria as a groom or footman and so he enlisted at Kendal. His father had been a groom and carter at Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire, so in his choice of job William was following in his father's footsteps. He died on 1st July 1916 during an advance on the Leipzig Redoubt from Authuille Wood. The Battalion lost 516 men that day. He is buried in the Lonsdale Cemetery at Authuille, grave ref 1.C.18. He was very much mourned by his (much younger) sister Agnes - my mother.


Lt. G. Nathan

Army Durham Light Infantry


Pte. Henry Charles Nation

British Army 1/5th Btn. Kings Liverpool Regiment


Henry Charles Nation was my grandfather, I never knew. The photograph I had given to me by my mother of her 'father' was of an English looking man. I only found out that Henry was my grandfather when I traced his death record and found that he had died in the County Asylum in Liverpool in 1941. With this information I went to the archives in Liverpool who managed to find a case file for him and a photograph. I knew I had Jamaican blood in me but thought it was several generations back, but looking at the photo of Henry I realised it was only one generation back.

Henry had enlisted in July 1916. He had a wife and 3 girls. On his medal roll it says that Henry had been with the Kings Liverpool Regiment and had been demobbed in July 1919. It says in Remarks: "Medals forfeited under Art. 1236.B. of the Pay Warrant as amended by A.C. 298 of 1920". I'm not sure what that means! Henry returned home, but sometime in 1922 his wife and children left him, which was the final straw I believe for Henry. He ended his days in Rainhill County Asylum.


Pte. Robert Nay

Australian Imperial Forces 33rd Btn.

from:Salisbury St., Uralla, New South Wales.

(d.10th Jun 1917)


Abraham Alexander Naylor

British Army 206th (Glasgow) Field Coy. Royal Engineers

from:Stoke on Trent


Hubert Hepworth Naylor

British Army 15th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)

from:Thatched Cottage, Burnage Lane, Didsbury, Manchester

(d.1st July 1916)

Hubert Naylor served with the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots and was killed on the 1st of July 1916.


Pte. Milford Naylor

British Army 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

(d.9th Nov 1915)

Milford Naylor was killed in Action on the 9th of November 1915


Pte. Tom Close Naylor

British Army 10th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment


(d.7th Jun 1917)


Pte Tom Henry Naylor

Btitish Army 1st Btn Essex Regiment


(d.30th Nov 1917)


L/Cpl. Herbert Neail MM

British Army 16th Btn. Sherwood Foresters


(d.25th March 1918)


L/Cpl. Herbert Neail MM

British Army 16th Btn. Sherwood Foresters


(d.25th March 1918)


Pte. J. Neal

British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Regiment

(d.7th Jun 1917)


Pte. Josiah Neal

British Army Machine Gun Corps (Heavy)

I believe my grandfather, Josiah Neal, was taken prisoner of war in the 2nd Battle of Gaza and held at Afion in Turkey.


Lt. William John Thomas Neal DCM.

Australian Imperial Force. 13th Australian Machine Gun Coy

from:Allora, Queensland.

Billy Neal enlisted at Toowoomba, Queensland, he named his father, William Neal as his next of kin.


Lt.Col. Algernon Hastings Campbell Neale

British Army 8th Btn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)


Lt.Col. Neale was the husband of Katherine E. Neale. He was 57 when he died of wounds and was buried in the Relizane Communal Cemetery in Algeria.


Pte. Edgar John Neale

British Army 7th Btn. West Surrey Regiment

My fathers own father, Private Edgar John Neale G/13095, Queens Royal West Surrey Reg. 7th Btln., was injured twice, once on the Somme in Sept 1916 and gassed.

Edgar John Neale letter (27th October 1916) – transcript about the Somme

How a Kettering Soldier was Knocked out. (Kettering Leader newspaper)

Pte. E.J. Neale, of the Royal West Surrey’s (Queen’s) who is in an Oxford hospital, suffering from wounds received in France, has written to Mr. G. Horden, of High Street, Kettering. Amongst other items of information are the following :- "You did not know that I was in the Machine Gun Section. It is a hot job if they got to know whereabouts you are. The machine gun went out of action about a quarter of an hour before I got hit in the elbow. Then about five minutes afterwards I got hit in the jaw, but as soon as the machine gun went wrong, we had to pick up dead men’s rifles, as we had not time to put it right, as the Germans were getting all round us, so we had to open rapid fire. Then they got nearer, and we had a hand to-hand fight, which was not very pleasing, but it had to be done, or we should all have been wiped out.," speaking about a charge, "over the top", he says: "as soon as we started, the Germans shelled us, put the machine guns on us,…… and opened rapid fire….. our Corporal fell, and I dragged him into a shellhole and bandaged him up". ……"in another shellhole" he says "a shell dropped only three feet behind me, and happened to be a ‘dud’, and it only covered us with soil. After a little while, I got with some more of our chaps, and we went on further as they had quietened down a lot, and we got to where we wanted to get. Night was getting nearer, and when it got dark, they started shelling heavily. Eight of us had to hold a strong place at all costs. We did hold it, but what a time they gave us! But we gave them more than they gave us. We were glad to see the day break, for we were tired and hungry. We had still to keep on till I got the knock-out, when I came to my senses, I had lost a lot of blood”. He also relates how it took him about three hours to get back to the dressing station. He is now getting on well in hospital.


L/Cpl. George Neale MM & Bar

British Army 22nd Btn. (Trench Mortars) Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.30th Aug 1916)

George Neale MM & bar (Sitting)

George Neale MM & bar (Sitting)

I was researching our Family Trees and attended a course at our local library. The tutor on the course was researching his ancestor in The Tyneside Irish and he was very interested when I told him about the MM and Bar of my husband's grandfather, George Neale. He arranged for my husband and I to accompany him to the Archives in Alnwick Castle. I did not find out much more than I had already researched.

However during the course I told the tutor that I remembered my uncle William Emmerson Metcalfe had several medals which I had seen when I was a child. I thought he was in the Durham Light Infantry, but after much searching on the internet I found he too had served with the Northumberland Fusliers and he too had been awarded the MM. He did survive the war and lived into his 70s. Other than his Medal card I could not find anything more as he and his family are all deceased now .

I thought that was the end of it until someone on one of my genealogy sites informed me that uncle Emmerson's medals were for sale at a Medal Dealers shop in Hexham. I was able to buy back the medals - I don't know how they came to be for sale - and now, along with George Neale's MM and Bar, we will pass them down through the family. Sadly, however, when George's widow died his other medals and many mementos were split among the family and are now in Canada with the family of George's only daughter.

This is not the end. On reading on your website today I think I am right in assuming that both George Neale and William Emmerson Metcalfe were involved in the same assault on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the day that George was awarded his MM. Emmerson Metcalfe had to wait until 2 Nov 1918 for his MM and he survived but George was killed on 30 Aug 1916 .


Pte. Herbert Cecil Neale MM.

British Army 132nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps

from:Kettering, Northants

Bert Bert was awarded the Military Medal on 22nd January 1917, in service around Ypres.

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