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William James Udy

British Army Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

from:Conce Round, Lockingate, Bugle, St. Austell, Cornwall

William James kept a small diary of his service, now held at the DCLI museum, Bodmin, Cornwall. He served in Ypres.


Private George Harold Ulbrich

Australian Imperial Force 43rd Battery Australian Field Artillery


George Harold Ulbrich was my grandfather on my mother's side. He returned from the World War 1 but suffered terribly physically and psychologically for the rest of his life. He died in 1969, when I was only 4 years of age. He lost a lot of his hair, suffered from excemza and lung problems from the mustard gas. I have one military photo of him but would love to turn up more and to know more about what and where he served in France. I have his record from the AWM and archives but cannot read most of it.


Pte. Joseph Edward Ullock

British Army 8th Btn. Y Coy. Northumberland Fusiliers

from:Ashington, Northumberland

(d.19th Aug 1915)

My Great uncle Joseph Edward Ullock served with Y Company 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and died in the Turkish campaign in 1915. His name is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey, his body was never found.


George Ulyatt

British Army 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters


George Ulyatt was my great aun'ts first husband. He died in 1921 and was never well after being gassed in the War according to his obituary


Drvr. Harry Joseph Underhill

Royal Field Artillery 518th Coy. 60th Divisional Ammunition Column

from:Birmingham, Warwickshire

Joe Underhill married Edith Rose Hill on 18th of December 1915 and was conscripted under the 1916 Military Services Act. He was called into the colours to join the 7th Artillery Training School at Winchester on either 27th or 28th April 1916 and posted to Divisional Ammunition Column as a Driver. This was part of the 60th Divisional Ammunition Column in which 518th Company Army Service Corps, RFA and RASC Drivers would have been employed. As most small-arms ammunition was .303 calibre, it seems that Harry was involved in the passage of these stores from rear echelon ammunition dumps to the front areas for use by the infantry. According to the Long Trail website, orders were received on 14th June 1916 to send advance parties to Le Havre (15th June) and Boulogne (18th) to prepare for the Division to cross to France. The crossing was completed by 29th June and the Division concentrated in XVII Corps area.

On 1st November, the Division received orders to reorganise in preparation for a move to Salonika, Macedonia and it was about this time that Harry received news of the birth of his daughter Eileen, (16th October 1916). Units entrained at Longpre, France between 14th and 25th November and, going via Marseilles and Malta, they assembled at Salonika, Macedonia, on 25th December 1916.

Harry was hospitalized in the early part of 1917 and as family tradition has it that he was thrown from a horse, this could well have been the reason. We know he also contracted Paratyphoid A and possibly Malaria, while serving in Salonika, and was transferred to No. 3 Convalescent Depot on 9th April 1917. He returned to service on 29th June 1917.

The Division then remained in Salonika and took part in many engagements. After the Battle of Sharon in September 1918, the Divisional mounted units were engaged in pursuit of the broken enemy, while the rest of the Division remained on salvage and similar work. Divisional HQ moved to Mulebbis on 24th September and thence to Auja in early October. It moved (after the Armistice) on 3rd November to Lydda, then five days later a longer move via Qantara to Alexandria commenced. By 26th November the whole Division was at Alexandria. Demobilisation commenced. By 31st May 1919 the Division ceased to exist.

Sadly, shortly after returning home from the war, Eileen contracted whooping cough and broncho pneumonia and passed away on Sunday 16th November 1919. Harry suffered greatly during WWI and lost his elder sister Nellie, to dinitrophenol poisoning due to exposure to chemicals used in the munitions factory where she worked. He also lost his older brother Jack, (John George Underhill) on 15th October 1918 to disease contracted while still serving in France, but his greatest loss was undoubtedly Eileen, his first child who he hardly got to know.


Pte. David Underwood

Grenadier Guards 4th Btn.

from:Stoke on Trent

(d.29th Sep 1916)

My Granddad, David Underwood was killed at the Somme, remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial. He has no known grave.


Pte. Walter Underwood

British Army 4th Btn Hampshire Regiment

from:137 Leesland Road, Gosport, Hampshire

Before the war Walter worked as a Carter for the Urban Borough Council. He was married to Violet and had 9 children. He joined the army on 14/7/1916, joining the Hampshire Regiment before being transferred to the Labour Corps. He served in France from 14/8/1917 until 12/3/1919


Pte. Walter Underwood

British Army 12th Btn. Manchester Regiment

from:Welford, Northamptonshire

(d.5th Nov 1918)

My Grandfather, Walter Underwood, served with the 12th Manchester Regiment. He died just 6 days before the end of the war. He left behind a wife and 7 children, my father being the eldest at just 10 years of age. At this time they lived in the village of Welford, Northamptonshire.


Pte Walter Oliver Underwood

British Army 4th Btn Kings Royal Rifle Corps

(d.24th Apr 1915)

Walter Underwood is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial.


Pte. Walter Roland Underwood

British Army 23rd (2nd Football) Btn. Middlesex Regiment

from:Finedon, Northants

My Grandfather Walter Roland Underwood was born on 29th October 1890 in Berry Green Yard Finedon and was married to my Grandmother, Ethel Violet Felce on 5th August 1911. He was a shoe hand as was his father before him and he enlisted in Finedon on 4th December 1915. His Army number was admission number was given as T29067 band and his service number was 204527. He received a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was transferred to a sick convoy on 31st July 1917 being later transferred to 139th Field Ambulance in the No12 Ambulance Train thereafter. He was taken prisioner on the 21st February 1918 and was taken to Germany and worked in a coalmine in the Essen area.

He was dishcharged honourably from the Army on the 7th May 1919, and thereafter worked in the shoe factory he left on enlistment for the rest of his working life.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal but never wore them. In never talked about his army service although he did have a breakdowm towards the end of the second world war which was said to have been caused by his experiences during the first world war. He died on the 1st January 1969 in the yard where he was born having left 3 children and 10 granchildren of which I was the eldest.


Rfm William Underwood

British Army 10th Btn Kings Royal Rifles


(d.19th Feb 1916)



British Army 16th Btn. London Regiment

This picture was found behind a painting when taking it to be reframed. The badge looks like the queens westminsters and the painting is of a scene near conwy north wales. The home of the soldier may be similar but is unknown.



Royal Navy HMT Lobelia II

We found this photo in old family photos box from loft a picture of nine uniformed sailors on deck of what appears to be HMT Lobelia II. We know of no family connection but we live near the old fishing town of Milford Haven and since this craft was a requisitioned trawler, it could well be connected to the port. The family have fishing connections going back many years.



British Army Royal Field Artillery

I have no information on this fellow. I found the picture in an old cigar box of family pictures. The picture seems to have been taken in Bangalore, India. The RFA were in action in Bangalore during The Great War. The only possible connection is my Grandfather, Adam Stephens, Sgt. in the Welch Regiment, owned the cigar box. But the picture has no notes on the reverse.


Pte. John William Unsworth

British Army Machine Gun Corps

from:216 West Ferry Rd, Milwall

I know very little about my grandfather, John Unsworth. As far as I know he died from gas poisoning. He died after the war age 26 on the 29th April 1920. He is buried in Plumpstead Cemeter. I now live in Australia and have only discovered these details since my mother died and information from CWGC I have been back to the UK many times but have never visited the grave as I was unaware of its location. Now I know I hope to visit the grave this year 2015.

If anyone has any more information I can be contacted by below.


Pte. James William Unwin

Royal Navy HMS Alacantra Royal Marine Light Infantry

(d.29th Feb 1916)

James Unwin died on 29th February 1916 whilst serving aboard. HMS Alacantra. He was aged just 18 when the ship sank. He is remembered with honour at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.He was my great great uncle and I still have a copy of the certificate showing all the details and where his name is remembered.


L/Cpl. William Unwin

Australian Army AIF 48th Btn. Australian Infantry

from:Wallaroo, South Australia

(d.29th March 1918)

Wiliam Unwin died on the 29th of March aged 27 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. he was the son of William and Katherine Unwin. Native of Wallaroo, South Australia.


Cpl. Dick Upex

British Army 17th (Footballers) Battalion Middlesex Regiment

from:Croydon, Surrey

Dick Upex joined the footballers battalion on the day it was formed in December 1914 at Fulham Town Hall. He was playing for Croydon Common FC at the time. He subsequently played for Clapton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur, Southend and Charlton. He survived the war and died aged 88 in 1979.


L/Cpl. Stephen Upshall

British Army 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

from:Compton Valence, Dorset

(d.10th July 1916)


Pte. Theophilus Upshall

British Army 6th Btn. Somerset Light Infantry

from:Pilton, Somerset

(d.16th September 1916)


Pte. Alfred James Upton

British Army 1/7th Battalion West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales's Own)

from:Radcliffe on Trentham, Nottingham

(d.13 October 1918)


Pte. Charles Thomas Upton

British Army 8th Btn. Royal Fusiliers City of London Regt.


(d.8th Jul 1916)


Enest William "John" Upton

British Army Army Service Corps

from:Brightfield Ave, Lee Green, SE12


Rfmn. John William Upton

British Army 16th (Service) Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps


(d.23rd Apr 1917)

John William Upton enlisted at South Shields and served in the 16th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He is remembered at St. Paul's Church and on the Arras Memorial. His medal card shows the award of the 1915 Star, War and Victory Medals also that he was killed in action age 30 on the 23rd April 1917.

John was born in Jarrow 1886, son of Robert and Mary A Upton. He was married to Mary Upton nee McGowan. in the 1901 census the Family was living at 38 Pearson Place, Jarrow with his Father Robert(37) a shipyard labourer and his mother Mary A(38). There were 5 children at this address, John W(14), a ships rivetter heater, Mary J(16) a spinner in the ropeworks, Emma (12) at school, Stephen(3) and Joseph who was 1 year old.


Pte. Richard Uren

British Army 6th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment

from:Skinningrove, Yorkshire

(d.21st Aug 1915)

Richard Uren was born in October 1884 at Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, the only son of Thomas Henry and Lemenia Uren. He died on 21st of August 1915 in the Dardanelles. Richard is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.


VAD. Urquart

Voluntary Aid Detachment No. 16 Stationary Hospital


Cpl. Lockhart "Lockie" Urquhart MM

British Army 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

from:4 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh

(d.27 August 1917)


Lt.(E) William James Urquhart

Royal Navy HMS Avenger

from:Dunedin, New Zealand

My father was aboard the Avenger when it was sunk in 1917. He said all he got out with was his camera and I have the photos he took of the ship going down and of the men aboard the life boat.


Pte. William Urwin

British Army 11th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

from:Burnhope, Durham

(d.6th Oct 1916)


Pte. Thomas Usher

British Army 15th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


(d.10th Sep 1918)

Thomas Usher enlisted at Newcastle and served in the 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. He died age 31 on the 10th September 1918 and is buried at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery.

Thomas was born in Jarrow 1887, son of William Usher and Mary Usher nee Chapple. In the 1911 census, the family was living at 24 Wright Street, Blyth, his widowed father William(45)is a Tailor maker in a Stores, Thomas(23) single, is a self employed Coal Hawker, Isaac Chapple Usher(21) is a Putter and Hewer in Crofton Pit, William Stobbs Usher(13) is a Trapper in Crofton Pit and Robert Chapple Usher is 11 years old.

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