First World War Medals to Casualties


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to 2nd Lieutenant Claude Bertram Chapman, York and Lancaster Regiment a former Produce Importer’s Clerk born in Wharfendale, Yorkshire in 1892. Commissioned in September 1917, he served in France with the 2nd Battalion and was killed in action 18th September 1918 aged 26 years in the attack on German positions SW of St Quentin. He now rests in the Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Claude Bertram Chapman

With research details.

Claude Bertram Chapman was born in Wharefedale, Yorkshire 15th September 1892, the son of Francis Massey Chapman a Railway Clerk and his wife Annie Eliza. The 1911 census records Claude Bertram Chapman is an 18 year old Produce Importer’s Clerk residing with his parents at Parkside, Horsforth, near Leeds. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant York and Lancaster Regiment 26th September 1917 (London Gazette 16th October 1917 page 10590) he served with the 2nd Battalion in France. Killed in action 18th September 1918 aged 26 years in an attack on enemy positions SW of St Quentin, he now rests in an identified grave in the Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon, France.

The War Diary records –

“At 0520 under a splendid creeping barrage the Battalion moved forward to the attack on enemy positions. The entire objective allotted to the Battalion, and named the Green Line, being the line Douai Trench, Champagne trench and Fresnoy trench were captured by C and D companies leading the attack at 0630. At 1000 a determined enemy counter attack was delivered by the enemy from the direction of Fresnoy Cemetery and Wood. This counter attack succeeded in driving our left Company back into Champagne trench, mainly on account of casualties suffered in the advance, the left Company was too weak to counter attack. From the junction of Champagne trench and Bugeaud Alley, the Green Line southwards was held and consolidated. As a result of these operations about 50 prisoners were taken and many enemy killed. The casualties suffered during the advance by the Battalion were 3 officers killed (including 2/Lieut Chapman), 2 officers wounded and 1 missing, 27 other ranks killed, 140 wounded and 43 missing.”

Unique name.

VF £145 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private Frederick William Catlin, 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers late 1/9th Battalion London Regiment a Boot Salesman born in Stepney, London in 1889. Attesting for the 9th London Regiment in April 1915 he served in France from May 1916 and was invalided home with trench fever in July 1916 missing the 1st July 1916 offensive in which his Battalion suffered severe casualties. Returning to France in November 1916, he was discharged in March 1917, re-enlisting into the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was killed in action 16th August 1917 the opening day of the battle of Langemarck, third battle of Ypres whilst serving with the Lewis Gun Section  9th Battalion. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. 

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Frederick William Catlin

With details extracted from his on line service record.

Frederick William Catlin was born in Stepney, London in 1889 a 25 year 8 month old Boot Salesman residing at “Oaklands”, 51 Churston Avenue, Upton Park, he attested for the 9th Battalion London Regiment at Oxford Street, West London 5th April 1915 (number 4355). Serving in France with the 1/9th Battalion London Regiment from 13th May 1916, he was admitted to 2/3 London Field Ambulance 26th June 1916 with trench fever. Evacuated to England 4th July 1916 from No 7 Canadian General Hospital, he missed the 1st July 1916 Somme offensive in which his Battalion suffered heavy casualties. Serving in France again from 11th Novembver 1916 to 9th March 1917.

Discharged 9th March 1917 he re-enlisted into the Royal Irish Fusiliers the same day and served with the Lewis Gun Section Section 9th Battalion (36th Ulster Division) in France. Killed in action 16th August 1917 on the opening day of the battle of Langemarck, Third battle of Ypres aged 28 years. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Ypres.

Unique name.

GVF £75 Available


 

British War and Victory Medals to Private William Henry Mitcham, 18th (2nd East Lancashire) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers a Cotton Weaver born in Stacksteads, Bacup, Lancashire in 1884. Residing in Shuttleworth on the outbreak of war he enlisted at Ransbottom. Serving in France after January 1916, he was killed in action in the front line at Bernafay Wood, Somme sector 24th July 1916 aged 32 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

15846 Pte W H Mitcham Lan Fus

With details extracted from on line records.

William Henry Mitcham was born in Stacksteads, Bacup, Lancashire in 1884, the son of William George Mitcham a Railway Pointsman and his wife Sarah Jane. The 1911 census records he is a 26 year old Cotton Weaver residing with his wife Fanny, two sons and one daughter at 3 Olive Street, Ramsbottom, Lancashire. Enlisting at Ramsbottom, he served in France after January 1916 with the 18th (2nd South East Lancashire) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, the Battalion arriving on the Somme 4th July 1916. Arriving at Aveluy Wood 10th July, and subsequently positions at Happy Valley 13th July, Trones Wood and Maltz Horn Farm 20th July. Holding their positions during the German attack on 21st July, they raided German positions the following day, Mintauban (Dublin Trench) 23rd July, killed in action Bernafay Wood 24th July 1916. Aged 32 years he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Lance Corporal James Coates, 7th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment a former Cotton Warp Dresser born in Colne, Lancashire in 1885. Residing in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire on the outbreak of war, he enlisted at Nelson, Lancashire and served in France from 17th July 1915. Killed in action in the front line at Bazentin-Le-Petit, Somme sector 22nd July 1916 aged 30 years, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

6784 Pte J Coates E Lan R

With details extracted from on line records.

James Coates was born in Colne, Lancashire in 1885, the son of Matthew and Mary Coates of Colne, Lancashire. The 1911 census records James is 26 years old a Cotton Warp Dresser residing as a boarder with his younger brother George also a Cotton Warp Dresser at 10 Primet Street, Colne. Residing in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire on the outbreak of war he enlisted at Nelson, Lancashire and served in France from 17th July 1915. His British War and Victory Medal roll entry record he served with the 3rd, 7th and 8th Battalions. Killed in action 22nd July 1916 whilst serving with the 7th Battalion in the front line at Bazentin-Le-Petit, the Battalion was preparing for the attack on Switch Trench, Somme sector the following day. Aged 30 years he was the husband of Elizabeth Ann Suzetta Coates (who died in Gloucester having never re-married in 1955), of The Glen, Arlingham, Frampton on Severn, Gloucester. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission erroneously list him as 8th Battalion which was out of the line on 22nd July 1916, Soldiers Effects List state 7th Battalion and War Diary activities record 7th Battalion in the front line and engaging the enemy.

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British War and Victory Medals to Private John Frizzelle, Manchester Regiment a former Invoice Clerk for a Hosiery Warehouse born in Manchester in 1893. Enlisting at Manchester for the 2/6th Battalion he was posted to the 21st Battalion in France after January 1916. Taking part in the attack on Mametz 1st July 1916, they occupied the western end of Danzig Alley and Bottom Wood. Killed in action on or since 29th August 1916 to 5th September 1916 aged 23 years. Entering the front line south of Delville Wood 29th August 1916, the 21st Battalion remained in this position until relieved on 5th September. They took part in an unsuccessful bombing attack on Ale Alley on 4th September. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

250647 Pte J Frizzelle Manch R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, and other research listed here.

John Frizzelle was born in Manchester in 1893, the son of James Frizzelle a Gas Works Labourer born in Sligo, Ireland and his wife Elizabeth. The 1911 census records John is 18 years old employed as an Invoice Clerk for a Hosiery Warehouse. Enlisting in Manchester for the 2/6th Battalion, he was posted to the 21st Battalion in France after January 1916. Taking part in the attack on Mametz 1st July 1916, they occupied the western end of Danzig Alley and Bottom Wood. Killed in action on or since 29th August 1916 to 5th September 1916 aged 23 years. Entering the front line south of Delville Wood 29th August 1916, the 21st Battalion remained in this position until relieved on 5th September. They took part in an unsuccessful bombing attack on Ale Alley on 4th September. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals to Private Joseph Henry Lyon, Rifle Brigade  former Great Northern Railway Waggon Checker born in Ancoats, Lancashire in 1889. Enlisting in Manchester, he served in France with the 1st Battalion from 26th January 1915. Taking past in the Second Battle of Ypres the 1st Battalion transferred to the Somme sector. Surviving his Battalions attack on Redan Ridge and the Quadrilateral 1st July 1916 in which a total of 474 casualties were sustained, they were forced to withdraw following a German counter attack. Entering the front line west of Lesboeufs on 16th October, the 1st Battalion were in action on the northern slopes of Morval Spur towards Transloy during the next two days. Killed in action 18th October 1916 aged 27 years, the two days fighting resulted in 261 casualties, he had previously been slightly wounded at the beginning of 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Z-577 Pte J H Lyon Rif Brig

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, copy birth certificate and other research listed here.

Joseph Henry Lyon was born at 13 Wainwright Street, Ancoats, Lancashire 6th November 1899, the son of Henry Lyon a Great Nothern Railway (GNR) worker and his wife Mary Ellen. At the time of his enlistment in Manchester Joseph was a Wagon Checker for GNR at Deansgate. Serving in France from 26th January 1915 with the 1st Battalion, he took part in the First Battle of Ypres. Slightly wounded in early 1916, the 1st Battalion transferred to the Somme and took part in the attack on Redan Ridge and the Quadrilateral 1st July 1916. Entering the German trenches at 1000 hrs, there was heavy close quarter fighting along the trenches, driven back after a counter attack having suffered 474 casualties.

Entering the front line west of Lesboeufs on 16th October, the 1st Battalion were in action on the northern slopes of Morval Spur towards Transloy during the next two days. Killed in action 18th October 1916 aged 27 years, the two days fighting resulted in 261 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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British War and Victory Medals to Sergeant William Frederick Deven, South Lancashire Regiment late Welsh Regiment a former Labourer born in 1892 in Port Tennant, Swansea, Wales. Enlisting at Swansea 30th September 1914 for the 21st Battalion Welsh Regiment, he was posted to the 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment in France 12th July 1916. Arriving on the front line at Leipzig Salient, Somme sector  27th August, the Battalion took part in the unsuccessful attack on Hindenburg trench the following day. Killed in action 29th August 1916 aged 24 years when “C” Company HQ Dugout received a direct hit from an artillery shell, five men were killed and eight wounded. Commemorated on the Theipval Memorial.

British War and Victory Medals

34151 SJT W F Deven S Lan R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and details extracted from his on line service record.

Erroneously recorded by Commonwealth War Graves Commission as “Devon”

William Frederick Deven was born in Port Tennant, Swansea, Wales 8th January 1892 the son of William Deven a Ship’s Steward and his wife Elizabeth Jane of 22 Kilvey Terrace, Port Tennant. A Labourer William Frederick Deven attested for the 21st Battalion Welsh Regiment in Swansea 30th September 1914.Appointed Lance Corporal 6th August 1915, promoted Corporal 22nd November 1915 and Sergeant 19th April 1916. Arriving in France 12th July 1916 he transferred to the 8th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 29th August 1916 aged 24 years. The Battalion War Diary records he was in “C” Company HQ Dugout in the Leipzig Salient when it received a direct hit from an enemy artillery shell. Five men were killed and eight wounded. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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Bronze Memorial Plaque to 2/Lieutenant Joseph Francis House, Wiltshire Regiment attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment a former Fitter born in Woolwich in 1894. Enlisting as a Private soldier into the Wiltshire Regiment 31st August 1914 aged 19 years. Serving in France from 4th January 1915 with 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, he transferred to the 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment in April 1916 and promoted Corporal in July the same year. Posted to 11th Officer Cadet Battalion in July 1917, he was commissioned into the Wiltshire Regiment in July 1917. Killed in action France 24th March 1918 aged 24 years whilst attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, during their rear guard action at Bethencourt during the German Spring offensive. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Joseph Francis House

With copy service record.

Joseph Francis House was born in Woolwich 14th October 1894, a 19 year old Fitter he attested for the Wiltshire Regiment in London 31st August 1914 and joined the Depot at Devizes the same day. Posted to the 3rd Battalion 2nd September 1914 and the 1st Battalion 4th January 1915, joining the Battalion in the field two days later. Transferring to the 9th Battalion West Riding Regiment 14th April 1916, appointed Lance Corporal 9th April 1916 and promoted Corporal 7th July 1916. Returning to England 17th February 1917, he was posted to No 11 Officer Cadet Battalion 7th April 1917 and was commissioned 2/Lieutenant Wiltshire Regiment 1st August 1917. Returning to France he was attached 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment and was killed in action 24th March 1918 aged 24 years during the Battalion’s rear guard action at Bethencourt on the third day of the German Spring offensive. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, his next of kin is recorded as his wife Mrs A G House, 9 Duke’s Avenue, Chiswick, London W4.

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Bronze Memorial Plaque to Acting Sergeant Frederick William Greening, DCM, Royal Fusiliers late 3rd County of London Yeomanry a Hosiery Salesman born in Cheltenham in 1888. Serving in France after January 1916 first with the 2nd Battalion and later the 9th Battalion, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry at Arras in April 1917 when leading his men with the utmost skill and coolness under fire. Killed in action 30th June 1917 aged 29 years, he now rests in the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Frederick William Greening

With research listed here extracted from on line records.

Frederick William Greening was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1888. The 1911 census records he is a 24 year old Retail Hosiery Salesman a boarder residing at 31 St Matthews Road, Cotham, Bristol. Enlisting at Putney for the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (no 3026) he transferred to the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (No GS/62292) for service in France, arriving after January 1916. As an Acting Sergeant serving with the 9th Battalion he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his gallantry during the battle of Arras in April 1917 London Gazette 18th July 1917 –

“For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He showed the utmost skill and coolness under heavy fire in leading his men. His pluck and determination under fire were of the utmost value to his men”.

Killed in action 30th June 1917 aged 29 years.

The son of Maria Greening of 12 Oakfield Road, Cannon Hill, Birmingham and the late William Greening, Frederick was unmarried and now rests in an identified grave in the Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, France. Also commemorated on a family memorial in Uttoxeter New Cemetery, Derby which includes his father William who died 9th December 1906 aged 45 years, the inscription under Sergeant Frederick William Greening DCM reads “My reward is with my God”.

NEF £145 Available


 

British War and Victory Medals to Lieutenant Edward George Wishart, 1/5th (Buchan and Formartin) Battalion Gordon Highlanders, born in 1897 in Foreven, Aberdeen. Enlisting as a Private soldier into the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders in November 1914, he transferred to the 14th (London Scottish) Battalion London Regiment 12th April 1915. Commissioned into the 3/5th Battalion 19th June 1915, he served in France with the 1/5th Battalion from 9th June 1916. Severely wounded in action 18th April 1918, he died of wounds at No 39 Stationary Hospital, France 21st April 1918 aged 21 years and now rests in the Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

British War and Victory Medals

Lieut E G Wishart

 With service papers and other research from on line records listed here.

Edward George Wishart was born in Foreven, Aberdeenshire in 1897, educated Aberdeen Grammar School he attested for the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders as a Private soldier at Aberdeen 7th November 1914. Posted 2/4th Battalion (number 3057) and to 3/14th (London Scottish) Battalion London regiment (number 4647) 12th April 1915. Commissioned 3/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders 19th June 1915, he served in France from 9th June 1916 with the 1/5th Battalion. The 1/5th served on the Somme in 1916 arriving at Halloy on 14th July, Wishart left his Battalion on 21st July sick and was evacuated to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick arriving on 27th July. Admitted to the Yorkhill War Hospital, Glasgow, he was sent on sick leave 2nd to 16th August and re-joined his Battalion in France. Severely wounded in action 18th April 1918, he died of wounds 21st April 1918 aged 21 years at No 39 Stationary Hospital, France and now rests in the Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais France.

From : The Aberdeen Press and Journal 26th April 1918 page 2

“Lieutenant Edward George Wishart, Gordon Highlanders, fourth surviving son of Mr F W F Wishart, Hill of Fiddes, Foveran died of wounds 21st instant. Lt Wishart who was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School. He was going in (sic) for Farming and quite recently his father had arranged on his behalf a lease on the farm of Westerfolds, Duffus, Morayshire. The farm was owned by Sir Gordon Cumming and extended to 450 acres.

His headstone bears the inscription – “DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI” (It is sweet and right to die for your country)

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1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Private William Thomas Evans, Middlesex Regiment, born in North Kensington, Middlessex in 1880. Enlisting at Hammersmith he served with the 1th Battalion in France from 4th October 1915. Arriving on the Somme 25th July 1916, the 13th Battalion took part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August. Advancing on the right of Trones Wood they were checked by cross fire and forced to withdraw. Taking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August, they were subject to a heavy enemy artillery bombardment in which 400 casualties were sustained. Killed in action 31st August 1916 when his Battalion was attacked and forced out of Tea Trench. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

G-4994 Pte W T Evans Middx R

Bronze Memorial Plaque

William Thomas Evans

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and other research recorded here from on line records. Original silk medal ribbons, traces of lead solder centre reverse of plaque where at one time a fixing for display in a case, original silk ribbons faded on the obverse side caused by display in a case.

William Thomas Evans was born in 1880 in North Kensington, Middlesex, I was unable to locate him on the 1911 census but still residing in Middlesex on the outbreak of war he enlisted at Hammersmith. Serving in France from 4th October 1915 with the 13th Battalion Middlesex Regiment which arrived on the Somme as part of 73rd Brigade, 24th Division. Arriving at Happy Valley 2nd August, they took over the trenches at Arrow Head Copse 17th August. Taking part in the attack towards Guillemont 18th August their advance to the right of Trones Wood came to a standstill when they were caught in cross fire. To the craters in front of Carnoy 19th August and to Sandpit Camp 22nd August. Raking over front line positions at Delville Wood 30th August they were subject to a prolonged German artillery bombardment causing 400 casualties. Killed in action 31st August 1916 aged 36 years (CWGC erroneously record 38 years) when the Germans attacked forcing them out of Tea Trench. The Soldier’s effects list records he left his estate to his sister Florence Emily and brother John T Evans.

GVF £275 Available


 

Bronze Memorial Plaque to John Molyneux Crockett, Merchant Navy. 3rd Engineer Crockett, born 1892, Hull, Yorkshire. Son of John Molyneux Crockett & Louise Crockett. The 1911 Census records he was aged 19, living with his parents at 85 Plane Street, Hull, Yorkshire and working as an Apprentice fitter in an engineering company. He married Elsie May Addey in 1916 of 42 Queensgate Street, Hull, Yorkshire. 3rd Engineer Crockett was killed on 12th April 1917 aged 25 years on board SS ‘Toro’, which was torpedoed and sunk by an enemy submarine. Many of the crew escaped the ship before it sunk.

Bronze Memorial Plaque

John Molyneux Crockett

Copy 1911 Census entry, CWGC Details etc

GVF £95 Available


 

British War Medal, Victory Medal with Bronze Memorial Plaque to Able Seaman Robert Knowles, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Born 16th September 1896, he attested for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 30th November 1915 and first joined the Royal Naval Division 22nd May 1916 when called up for service. Transferring to sea service the following day, he joined Excellent in May 1916 as Able Seaman for Gunnery training and joined President III in July 1916 for service aboard Defensively Armed Merchant Ships as a Gunner. Lost aboard the SS Zara on 13th April 1917 when she was torpedoed by the German Submarine U-30 west of Helliso Island, 27 of her crew were lost. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

British War & Victory Medals

MZ 868 R Knowles AB RNVR

Bronze Memorial Plaque

Robert Knowles

With copy service record.

Robert Knowles, born 16th September 1896, a former Clerk and son of Mr Knowles of 112 Manton Road, Eccles, Manchester, Lancashire. Attesting for the RNVR 30th November 1915, he was called up for service 22nd May 1916 joining the Royal Naval Division. Transferring to sea service the following day as Able Seaman. Joining Excellent 23rd May 1916 for Gunnery training, he joined President III 20th July 1916 for service aboard Defensively Armed Merchant Ships as a Gunner. Lost aboard the cargo vessel SS Zara 13th April 1917 aged 21 years when she was sunk by the German Submarine U-30 90 miles west of Helliso Island on a voyage from London to Trondhjem with a general cargo, 27 of her crew were lost. Commemorated by name on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

Small hole on Plaque at 12 o’clock.

GVF £160 SOLD


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Walter John Long, Middlesex Regiment, born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892 a Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores he attested for the 11th Battalion serving in France from 31st May 1915. On 4th May 1916 he was on leave and married in Battersea, London, returning to France shortly after he was killed in action with the 1st Battalion 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, Somme sector in which they suffered 321 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

G/959 Pte W J Long Middx R

With copy Medal Index Card and research listed here from on line records. With original transmission letters for the British War & Victory Medals (2).

Walter John Long was born in Holborn, Middlesex in 1892, the 1911 census records he is an 18 year old Clerk at the Army & Navy Stores residing with his father Alfred a retired Police Detective, mother Elizabeth and four sisters at 26 Crown Terrace, Richmond on Thames. Attesting for the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment he served in France from 31st May 1915. Returning home on leave he married Alice Maude Clarke at St Michael’s Church, Battersea, London on 4th May 1916. In July 1916 he was serving with the 1st Battalion which arrived on the Somme 9th July 1916. Killed in action 15th July 1916 aged 24 years in his Battalion’s attack on the Switch Line, heavy Machine Gun fire on both flanks brought the advance to a stand still after advancing through the village of Bazentin-le-Petit, casualties recorded as 321 killed and wounded. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £165 Available

 


 

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Thomas Winter, 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891 and a Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he enlisted on 10th November 1914 and arrived in France on 13th July 1915. On 1st July 1916 the 7th Battalion were in support during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433 they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during an unsuccessful bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support in which the Battalion suffered 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15045 Pte T Winter E York R

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details, details from his on line service record and research listed here from other on line sources. Original letter forwarding the 1914/15 Star.

Thomas Winter was born in Medomsley, Co Durham in 1891, the son of John Thomas and Ruth Winter of 65 West Chilton, Ferry Hill, Co Durham. A 23 year 9 month old Coal Miner at Roddymoor Colliery, he attested for the 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment at Ferry Hill 10th November 1914. Serving in France from 13th July 1915, the Battalion was in support of the attack on  Fricourt, Somme sector taking over the British front line shortly after Zero. Attacking at 1433, they could not reach their objective in the face of heavy Machine Gun fire, ‘B’ Company was unable to get out of its trench, relieved the following day having suffered 123 casualties. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 25 years during a bombing attack on Quadrangle Alley and Quadrangle support, Somme sector failed, the Battalion suffering 145 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

A photo of Private Winter appears on the North East War Memorials Project Web Site.

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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Harry Humphrey, 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers a former Colliery Labourer above ground, born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896. Serving in France from 25th August 1915, he was killed in action in the attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector 7th July 1916. aged 19 years. His Battalion came under heavy Machine Gun fire from Contalmaison during the attack, suffering 264 casualties. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

15563 Pte H Humphrey North’d Fus

With copy Medal Index Card, casualty details and research listed here from on line sources.

Harry Humphrey was born in Quay Corner, Jarrow on Tyne in 1896, the son of Edmund Eckford Humphrey a Raftman for a Timber Merchant and his wife Sarah. The 1911 census records Harry is a 14 year old Colliery Labourer above ground residing at 91 Brussels Street, Gateshead with his widowed father and two sisters. Enlisting at North Shields he served in France with the 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers from 25th August 1915. Killed in action 7th July 1916 aged 19 years during his Battalion’s attack on Bailiff Wood, Somme sector in which it suffered 264 casualties mainly from German Machine Gun fire from the direction of Contalmaison. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

EF £165 Available


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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Arthur Henry Twort, 6th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment a former Cement Manufacturing Works Cooper born in Eccles, Kent. Enlisting in Marylebone, London initially for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served in France from 19th July 1915. Killed in action 2nd July 1916 aged 25 years during his Battalion’s assault on La Boisselle, Somme sector. Assaulting the western end of the village they cleared it and consolidated by 2100 that evening at a cost of 316 casualties.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

17817 Pte A H Twort Wilts R

With details here extracted from on line documents, copy Newspaper article with photo depicted here, copy birth certificate, original silk ribbons to BWM and Vict.

Arthur Henry Twort was born in Eccles, Kent 2nd August 1890, the 1911 census records he is a 20 year old Cooper employed at the Cement Manufacturing Works, residing with his father Walter Rolls Twort a Foreman Cooper at the same Works, his mother Eleanor Elizabeth, 2 brothers and 1 sister at Little Culland Cottage, Great Rowlands, Burnham, Kent. Attesting for the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Private number 15366) at Marylebone, London he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment and served with the 6th Battalion in France from 19th July 1915.

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From : The Kent Messenger 12th August 1916 page 5

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive the 6th Battalion moved forward from Albert and on 2nd July took part in the operations around La Boisselle, assaulting the western end of the village and clearing it by 2100 that evening having sustained 312 casualties. Killed in action during this assault aged 25 years Arthur Henry Twort is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals to Private Joseph Bradley, 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham he was employed as an underground Coal Miner and Pony Putter  before enlisting. Serving in France from 9th September 1915, the 14th Battalion had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades during the attack on Fricourt, Somme sector 1st July 1916. Killed in action whilst wiring 21st Division front lines at Gueudecourt, Somme sector 29th September 1916 aged 24 years. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

1914/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals

18746 Pte J Bradley North’d Fus

With details here extracted from on line documents, original silk ribbons.

Joseph Bradley was born in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, the 1911 census records he is a 19 year old Underground Coal Miner and Puny Putter (Driver of a Pony drawing a Mine Waggon) residing at 11 Bridge Street, Bishop Auckland with his widowed father George also an Underground Coal Miner and Waggon man and two younger brothers. Enlisting at Bishop Auckland he served with the 14th (Pioneer) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in France from 9th September 1915.

The 14th Battalion were the Pioneer Battalion of 21st Division and on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive had assisted 63rd and 64th Brigades in their attack on Fricourt. Killed in action 29th September 1916 aged 24 years whilst wiring 21st Division’s front line at Gueudecourt. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

GVF & better £175 Available