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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.


Rifleman James Arthur Quarmby

British Army 7th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps

from:Stalybridge, Cheshire

(d.15 Sep 1916)


Pte. Alfred Quartly

British Army Labour Corps

(d.5th Oct 1918)

Alfred Quartly was born in 1897, son of Frank and Ellen Elizabeth (nee Dascombe) a family of farmers. He enlisted as Private 21288 in the Royal Berks Regt. Alfred was killed in action whilst serving with the Labour Corps on the 5th of October 1918, he is buried in Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy in France.


Pte. Albert Quick

British Army Royal Warwickshire Regiment

(d.9th May 1918)

Albert Quick served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and died on 9th May 98. This is the transcript of Albert's only remaining letter home (possibly his last) to his wife Alice. spellings,etc. are as he wrote them:

Church Army Recreation Hut or Tent

Ward 13

18 General Hospital

a.p.o. S18

BEJ France

Dear Alice, Just a line to tell you I am having a rest i need it i can assure you after so many weeks in the line I have a billet wound in the shoulder from the back I had a shovel stuck down my back and the billet went through that first so it saved me been hurt very much so I am glad to be here for a bit to have a rest my legs for my legs need it they have done their bit i could hardly walk and they are painful so hope to be here for some little time before I shall be able to go back again but the weather is so cold here this two days i have been here I am froze with no fire in our ward hope it will soon get warmer it is snowing as I write this

well dear did you write me since you had my letter and did you send me anything if so must send to our qr.m [quarter master?] to send it on for me because I can do with it for when I got wounded I dump all I got and run for dear life I can tell you when we get here we have new rig out and a bath to get rid of the lis I was in a state shall have a job to get my shin rgiht again I left visline and Harrisons etc behind in my pack I have to buy all I want to go on with but I do not mind that as long as I have a rest I should like to have been sent to a camp in blighty for a month or two it would have been alrightf or us but it is not my luck to have that but must be pleased my case is not bad enough for that I am pleased to say it did not go through my blade bone thanks to the shovel for that. Well dear how are you going on with it all at home do you have many in the house now [Alice was a pub landlady and took in lodgers to make ends meet]how do you go on for beer how many men have you now how do you get on with the ration I expect you have a job with it now should be glad if it was all over so that we could live in peace once more hope this will find you well and in the pink remember me to all at home must close with best wishes for you love may we soon be together again for a peaceful life at home is better than this camp life so goodbye for the present with fondest love

from your affectionate husband Bert


Gnr. Stuart Henry Quick

Canadian Expeditionary Force 5th Battery Royal Canadian Artillery

from:Newmarket, Ontario

On September 26, 1914, just six weeks after Britain had declared war on Germany, Stuart, a printer working with the Newmarket Era newspaper in Newmarket, Ontario, had voluntarily enlisted in the Canadian Army in Quebec City, Quebec. One of the first group of Canadian soldiers (known as the First Contingent) to be sent to Flanders, Gunner Quick as he became, was assigned to the 5th Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division Canadian Field Artillery. He sailed for Europe with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on October 3 on the Cunard liner RMS Ivernia, amongst an armada of 31 transport ships carrying 83,000 troops from the Dominion, the largest military force that has ever crossed the Atlantic at one time.

After disembarking at Plymouth on October 20th, he travelled to Amesbury by train the next day, thence on to Westdown North Camp, to undergo training in England, at the Canadian military training base on Salisbury Plain. There, in canvas tents, they spent one of the worst winters on record in England. In early February, Stuart's regiment was sent to France and in March took part in his first action in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. Soon after he took part in the Battle of Ypres and experienced the horror of the Germans chlorine gas attacks. Somehow he managed to survive this and for the next 15 months, he was up to his neck in mud and gore in the trenches of Flanders exchanging high-explosive shells with the German troops who probably didn't want to be there either.

Early in the morning of 6th of May 1916, Stuart's luck ran out. Whilst out on a night-time reconnaissance patrol at the front with two comrades, a German shell exploded a few feet from them, killing Stuart instantly and badly wounding his friend Sid Williams. His other chum, Signaller George Arthur McClintock escaped with a hole in his cap, a rip in his coat sleeve and minus part of his trousers. All of these three were First Contingent men, who up until then had managed to come through some serious action, including, without a scratch. Today, Stuart's remains are buried in the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Reninghelst, a short distance from where he was killed.


L/Cpl. James William Quickmire

6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

from:Main St. Staindrop


Pte. P. Quigg

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


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.


Cpl. John Edward Quigley

British Army 9th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.25th Feb 1916)

John Edward Quigley Corporal 10586 enlisted at Newburn and served in the 9th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He died on the 25th February 1916 aged 25. He is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery

John Edward Quigley was born in Jarrow 1890 (known as Eddy to those who knew him) Son of Hugh and Ann Quigley (nee Long) of 53 Coniston Avenue, Newburn. On the 1911 census he is 20 years old, single and working as a labourer in a steelworks. He is living at 17 Victoria Terrace, Newburn. With his father Hugh aged 56 His mother Ann aged 50 having been married for 22 years. John has two brothers Patrick Clement (18) and Hugh (13) There are two sisters Mary Josephine (15) and Margaret Ann (8) John's uncle James Quigley (36) is a boarder with the family.


Pte. Joseph Quigley

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st July 1916)

Jospeh Quigley is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Pte. Joseph Quigley

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Jospeh Quigley was wounded in Jan.1917


2nd Lt. W. G. Quigley

Indian Army Reserve of Officers Officers School of Instruction

from:United Kingdom

(d.2nd November 1918)

Second Lieutenant Quigley is buried in the Sabathu Cemetery in India, Grave 110.


L/Sgt. Fredrick Richard Quilty MID

British Army 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade

(d.8th May 1918)


Pte. H. Quin

Army 6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. John Edward Quin

British Army 18th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

(d.15th Oct 1918)

John Edward Quin enlisted on the 16th October 1914 at Newcastle. He was 19 years old and a grocer by occupation. John joined the 18th Battalion (Tyneside Pioneers) the Northumberland Fusiliers and died on the 15th October 1918 - age 21. His medal card shows an entitlement to the British War and Victory Medals but does not show a qualifying date.

A further search of military records show that he served as a private in Home and France theatres. He was recommended for a commission and transferred from 14th Dec 1917 as a Cadet and eventually to No 2 Aerial Fighting School at Marske where he died in an aero training accident. I think by the date of his death he may be the 2/Lt J.E. Quin buried at Hebburn Cemetery and is commemorated at St Paul's Church.


Pte. John Quinane

Australian Imperial Force 45th Btn. Infantry

from:Warrini, Victoria, Australia

(d.19th June 1918)

Private Quinane was the son of Elizabeth Quinane, of Warrini, Victoria, and the late Michael Quinane.

He was 29 when he died and is buried South-West of the ruins on the West boundary of the Glenkeen Old Graveyard, Glenkeen, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.


Cpl. George Henry Quincey

British Army 101st Machine Gun Company Machine Gun Corps


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. Anthony Quinn

British Army 276 Brigade, C Bty. Royal Field Artillery


My Grandad enlisted in August 1915. He arrived at Bolougne on the 4th of April 1916. He was part of D Battery 3rd West Lancashire Brigade, RFA. This merged into C Battery 278 Brigade on 24th of May 1916. Then A battery on 6th of October 1916. My grandad was posted to C/276th Brigade on 13th of February 1917.

He was wounded in action on 25th of June 1917. It looks like he was in the battles of Messines, but need some further evidence of this. He got transferred back to the UK on the 16th of July 1917 for treatment for a gunshot wound to the chest. His medical records show he got shot in the back with an exit wound through his chest. He was disembodied from the Army in 1919. He also served with 78th Coy. Labour Corps.


Rflmn. Bernard Thomas Quinn

British Army 9th Battalion Rifle Vrigade


(d.25th Sep 1915)

Tommy Quinn ran away to join the Army at 15. He lied about his age and said he was 19. He died in 1915 aged just 16.


Spr. Charles Quinn

British Army 250th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers.

from:Co, Sligo

(d.16th Oct 1918)


Pte. D. Quinn

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

from:North Shields

Joseph Quigley was wounded in Oct. 1916


Pte. D. Quinn

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


D Quinn was discharged in 1918


Pte. Isaac Quinn

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.27th May 1918)

Issac Quinn is named on the Sossons Memorial


Pte. J. Quinn

Army 3rd Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. James Quinn

2nd Btn


(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. James Quinn

British Army 2nd Btn. Kings Own Scottish Borderers

(d.14th Sep 1914)

Private James Quinn enlisted in Jarrow, served in the 2nd Battalion the King's Own Scottish Borderers and died on the 14th September 1914. He is remembered at the Jarrow Library and Crouy-Vauxrot French National Cemetery, Cruoy.B.3.

His medal card shows his award of the 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals. There is also a mention of a clasp but no further details. He was killed in action very early in the war in all probability during the retreat from Mons as the 5th Division were heavily involved.

James was the son of Mr and Mrs James Quinn of 78 Stephenson St. Willington Quay, North Shields. He was married to Emmeline M Quinn nee Ryan of 495 Willington Street, Felling.

Update: He is also remembered in the Book of Remembrance At Edinburgh Castle. He had a daughter Mary Constance.


Pte. James Quinn

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

from:Sheriff Hill

James Quinn was wounded in Sept. 1916


Dvr. James Quinn

British Army Royal Field Artillery

from:Drimconer, Mount Charles

(d.21st August 1918)

Driver Quinn (served as Heggarty) was the son of Mary Quinn, of Drimconer, Mount Charles.

He is buried north of the church in the Frosses Catholic Churchyard, Inver, Co. Donegal.


Pte. John Quinn

British Army 1st/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry

from:Daisy Hill, Sacriston

(d.29th March 1918)

John Quinn was the son of Mrs. A. Quinn, of Store Cottages, Daisy Hill, Edmondsley, Durham.

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