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Pte. Henry James Qualtrough . British Army Royal Army Ordnance Corps from Port St. Mary, Isle of Man
My Father, Henry Qualtrough, served France, Belgium and Dublin between 1917 and 1919. He was invalaided to Netley with Typhoid and also had his foot run over by a gun carriage.
Driver Hugh Quigley . British Army 9th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery from Govan, Glasgow
Dedicated to my great grandfather, Hugh Quigley, born in Govan, Lanarkshire on 29th September 1883 and died in Glasgow on 29th October 1955. On the 23rd June 1915 Hugh enlisted with Royal Field Artillery - Regimental Number: 96527 - Rank: Driver. On the 20th November 1915 Hugh was sent with the British Expeditionary Forces to France. On the 21st March 1918 Hugh suffers mild gunshot wound to face and is taken to hospital in Le Treport then to a hospital in Havre. On the 28th May 1918 Hugh is transferred to the Labour Corps - Regimentall Number: 580865 - Rank: Driver. On the 18th April 1919 Hugh is demobilized with a Class 5 Pension. Disability: Gunshot Wound to Face and Neurasthenia (shell shock). Before enlisting Hugh was employed as an Iron Forge Furnaceman and also a Dock Labourer, when he left the Army one of his first jobs was a Ship Stoker onboard SS Nortonian at Vercruz in Mexico the ship belonged to the Leyland Steamship Company.
Pte. H. Quin . Army 6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Cpl. George Henry Quincey . British Army 101st Machine Gun Company Machine Gun Corps from Scunthorpe
My great grandfather, George Henry Quincey, was a British conscript from 1916 until 1920 and was a corporal in 101st Machine Gun Corps which joined 34th Division upon embarkation to France on 3rd January 1916. I don't know the complete details but I do know that he went AWOL during his time on the front line after hearing that his younger brother, Cyril Quincey, had arrived only a couple of miles away. The pair used contacts on and behind the front line to meet up at a French ale house and spent the night getting tanked up and enjoying each others company, for all they knew, this could have been the last time they ever saw each other (Fortunately this wasn't the case as they both lived well past the 2nd World War). Upon arrival back at his post, my great grandfather was temporarily demoted as punishment but due to the lack of experienced and compitent soldiers left in the company, this demotion wasn't to last long.
George H Quincey remained in 101st MGC until the end of the war but unfortunately saw close friends killed before him. One of these friends was a close companion from back home in Scunthorpe. My great grandfather took it upon himself to bring back his friend's belongings to the soldier's parents personally. This I am told, earned him a place in the family's heart until the day he died as they knew that their son had spent his last few moments with a man that he trusted and in a way, loved.
Pte. J. Quinn . Army 3rd Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Pte. James Quinn . 2nd Btn from
(d.15th Sept 1914)
This is the story of one man in what was called a contemptible little army Jimmy Quinn had been away for 6 years in India and returned home to marry his sweetheart Emmilene Ryan. He took a civilian job mining and in the summer of 1914, a child was born named Constance and then war was declared. He answered the call to arms and soon he was at Colchester, awaiting the move to France which came all to soon.
From the ferry they marched to Mons, ironically fighting Germans among the coal heaps of that area. They were told to retreat, he fought at Le Cateau where they say the dead were piled shoulder high and from there they moved to near the River Aisne. On the night of the 14th/15 September 1914 he went missing, believed dead in The Battle of the Aisne. His body was discovered in 1920, his regiment was known by his silver cap badge of the K.O.S.B, his details by the fact he had two identity discs, the composite one which had perished and a metal one soldiers bought in the markets of India, which he also wore. He and one other KOSB known only to God, lie among about 12 soldiers of Britain in a french military cemetery in Crouy Vauxrot a small village near Soissons.
His descendents were one daughter, Constance who never knew her father 2 Grand-Daughters and their children, one of which like his ancestor Jimmmy Quinn has joined the British Army. Jimmy was my Uncle, he was born in 1888 and my father told me of him he was the youngest of a large family, he kept his memory alive and I have tried to continue that by my interest in genealogy.
Pte James Quinn . British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers from 240, Price St., Birkenhead, Cheshire
(d.23rd Jul 1918)
Quinn, James. Private, 66135, Killed on 23rd July 1918. Aged 20 years.
Buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, in grave II. A. 16.
Son of Hugh and Mary Quinn, of 240, Price St., Birkenhead, Cheshire.
From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.
Pte. W. Quinn . British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)
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