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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.

John W. Qualtrough

Rifleman James Arthur Quarmby .     British Army 7th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps   from Stalybridge, Cheshire

(d.15 Sep 1916)

Rachel Quarmby

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.

Martyn Rundle

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

Denise Robotham

L/Cpl. James William Quickmire .     6th Btn. Durham Light Infantry   from Main St. Staindrop

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

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.

Colin Quigley

Cpl. John Edward Quigley .     British Army 9th Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

(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.

Vin Mullen

Pte. Joseph Quigley .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

(d.1st July 1916)

Jospeh Quigley is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Pte. Joseph Quigley .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Dunston

Jospeh Quigley was wounded in Jan.1917


L/Sgt. Fredrick Richard Quilty MID.     British Army 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade (d.8th May 1918)

James John Quilty

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.

Vin Mullen

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.

Chris Kelsey

Pte. Anthony Quinn .     British Army 276 Brigade, C Bty. Royal Field Artillery   from Liverpool

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.

Martin Quinn

Rflmn. Bernard Thomas Quinn .     British Army 9th Battalion Rifle Vrigade   from Nottingham

(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.

Katie Comer

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   from Sunderland

D Quinn was discharged in 1918


Pte. Isaac Quinn .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Sunderland

(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   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.

Patsy Norman

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.

Dave Willis

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.

Vin Mullen

Pte. James Quinn .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Sheriff Hill

James Quinn was wounded in Sept. 1916


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.

Gail A Bolam

Pte. John Quinn .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

John Quinn was 19 years old when he Joined the Army at Omagh on the 22nd of July 1915 and commenced his military training at Londonderry on 24th of July 1915 John completed his training and was posted to the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers on 2nd of January 1916 and landed in France on the 22nd of March 1916. John's regiment took part in the Battle of the Somme which began on the 1st of July 1916 when 19,240 men were killed and 38,230 wounded on that first day. one of those wounded was John Quinn who was shot in the right thigh with such ferocity that his thigh bone was fractured Because of the horrendous number of casualties. 11 days had passed before John reached a military field hospital. On 17 July 1916 he was evacuated to a hospital in Glasgow He remained in hospital under medical supervision until 13 October 1916 when he was discharged from hospital and sent on recuperation leave.

John returned to duty on 30 October 1916 at Londonderry He was transferred to the Labour Battalion. Royal Irish Regiment on 9 February 1917 and he went back to France on 12 February 1917 John was then transferred to his former regiment, the lst Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, on 15 September 1917 on the frontline Johns record shows that he was given a period of leave to the UK from 22 January 1918 until 11 February 1918 when he returned to his regiment on the front line. On 22 March 1918. Private John Quinn was reported missing in action. On the 3rd of October 1918 it was confirmed that he had been captured by the enemy and was a Prisoner of War, he was taken to a POW camp in Germany. John was working in a coal mine as a POW when he had an accident which fractured his already damaged thigh bone. Poor medical care by his captives resulted in the fracture repair shortening his leg.

On 22nd of November 1918 the war was at an end and John was repatriated to the POW Reception Camp and Discharge Centre at Ripon in Yorkshire. A medical Board declared that John was no longer medically fit for military service because of his war wounds and he was discharged on 4 December 1918 John Quinn served for 3 years and 136 days and was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Sliver War Badge. A clean regimental conduct sheet is evidence of his exemplary character and the manner in which he conducted himself throughout a very difficult period of military service

Ivan WJ Quinn

John Quinn .     British Army 3rd Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers   from Omagh, Northern Ireland

John Quinn, the eldest son of John and Margaret Quinn, Ballygowan, Omagh, joined the army on 22nd July 1915 at Omagh and commenced his military training with the 3rd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at Londonderry on 24th July 1915.

On completion of training, John was posted to join the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers based at Suez in Egypt and underwent further training there until his regiment embarked on the SS Wandilla on 10th January 1916 and sailed for Marseilles in France, arriving there on 18th March 1916. John and 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were heading for the front line and war against German troops.

Leaving Marseilles at 10.30pm on 18th of March 1916, the regiment travelled for two days by train to get to Pont Remy. They then marched to Ergnies, arriving at 05.30am where they set up camp and, for the next few days, concentrated on training for war. On 30th of March 1916 at 6.45am, the regiment was on the move again on foot to Amplier, where upon arrival at about 5pm they set up camp and spent the next few days on extensive training. Their next move was to Mailley Maillet at 2.30pm on 4th of April 1916 and by 8th of April 1916 John and his regiment were taking over the trenches at Auchonvillers and experiencing bombardment from German artillery shells.

The regiment set about repairing trenches and their defences and recommenced training (action by the enemy was minimal at this stage, limited to sniping and some bombardment) and this became the routine until 6th of May 1915 when the enemy shelled the regiment's trenches from dawn to dusk but there were no serious casualties. Work commenced to repair trench damage and continued for several days.

However, between 26th and 30th of June 1916 enemy action intensified with the regimentís trenches being attacked with gas bombs. There were regular raiding parties active on both sides day and night and by 30th of June 1916 casualties were reported as five killed, one missing and 16 wounded - but worse was yet to come.

At 7.30am on 1st of July 1916 the order was given for the regiment to advance on the German trenches. These trenches had been under constant bombardment from allied artillery for the previous seven days. As the regiment advanced they were met with ferocious resistance from the Germans machine guns whose defensive positions were heavily fortified, unbeknown to the advancing British and allied forces, casualties number grew quickly. The advance had failed to gain any ground beyond the enemy wire and the regiment was forced to withdraw. Casualties for the regiment on this day were: officers - four killed, four missing and eleven injured. Other ranks - 50 killed, 225 missing and 265 wounded.

One of those wounded was John Quinn, who had been shot in the thigh with such ferocity that his thigh bone was fractured. Medical evacuation policy gave priority to those with life threatening injuries and with the high number of casualties elsewhere on the front line that day, led to John lying in the trenches for eleven days before he received medical care on 12th of July 1916. Following medical assessment, John was brought back to the UK on 17th of July 1916 and admitted to Western Infirmary at Glasgow for treatment. He remained in hospital until 13th of October 1916 when he was discharged and sent on recuperation leave.

John returned to duty on 30th of October 1916 at Londonderry where he was transferred to the Labour Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment and returned to France on the 12th of February 1917. He continued to serve with the labour battalion until he was declared fit for active service and transferred back to his mother regiment on 15th of September 1917.

On 22nd of March 1918 John was reported missing in action and it was not until 3rd of October 1918 that news was received of his capture by the enemy and that he was a prisoner of war in Germany. John remained a prisoner of war until 22nd of November 1918 when he was repatriated and medically discharged on 4th of December 1918.

Ivan W J Quinn

Pte. Patrick Quinn .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Wreketon

(d.9th July 1916)

Patrick Quinn is burried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen


Pte. W. Quinn .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (d.1st Jul 1916)

Pte. William Quinn .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Sheriff Hill

William Quinn served with the Tynside Irish and later transferred to the Labour Corps.


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