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Four in April. Folkestone Embarkations. #FWW.

All of the four men in this blog embarked from Folkestone during the First World War. Each little biography dates from a different year. There is one from each year soldiers embarked from Folkestone. The only other connection is the month of April.

William Holland may have been the first soldier who embarked from Folkestone to die on the Western Front.

No. 2245 Private William Holland
Killed in Action 8th April 1915

The entry for the 8th April 1915 in the 1st Buckinghamshire, Battalion Oxford shire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, gives the location of it’s companies undergoing training by 12th Brigade 4th Division. A company is undergoing instruction, that night, by the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. B Company, by the 2nd Battalion the Monmouthshire Regiment. C Company by the 2nd Battalion the Essex Regiment. D Company by the 1st Battalion the King’s Own (Lancashire) Regiment in billets and the Royal Engineers in the rear trenches. One man, in D Company, is recorded as being wounded and dying later of his wounds.
There is only one man from the 1st/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as dying that day. He is Private William Holland. William Holland is also thought to be the first soldier who crossed from Folkestone to die on the Western Front in the Great War.. He was the son of Charles and Ann Jemima Holland of 13 Chicheley Street Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire. Private William Holland is buried in strand Military Cemetery, south of Leper (Ypres), and commemorated on the Newport Pagnell War Memorial. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

Embarked at Folkestone on the 10th April 1916.

Private 27752 James Grant, Royal Scots. James was born at 13 South Street, Grantown-on-Spey, on the 17th June 1886. He worked as a mason. He enlisted on the 7th January 1916. James was part of 15th Reinforcements for the 11th Battalion Royal Scots. While at 9 Infantry Base Depot he is awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1 and forfeits two days pay for being absent from draft. Joins the (11th?) battalion in the field on the 20th May. Under arrest from the 16th September to the 1st October. He is sentence to two years Hard Labour for using insubordinate language to a superior officer and striking a person in whose custody he was. placed. Sentence suspended by General Officer Commanding 4th Army on the 13th October.. Admitted to 45 casualty Clearing Station on the 18th October with pyrexia of unknown origin. Because of this he is transferred back to England in November. He returns to France in April 1917 as part of the 67th Reinforcement draft to the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots. 3rd May he is wounded in action. Under arrest from 25th August to the 3rd September. On the 4th, he is tried by Field General Courts Martial for a Civil Offence. “That is to say, shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm feloniously unlawfully discharging a loaded rifle.” He is sentenced to two years Hard Labour. Taken to Prison on the 30th. On the 24th September 1918 he is released and rejoins his battalion. The balance of his sentence suspended. Wounded in action a few days later on the 28th. James the son of William and Jane Grant died of wounds on the 18th October 1918. He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France. His death was reported in the Strathspey Herald on the 24th October 1918. (as reproduced in Poppies from the Heart of Strathspey)
“Died of Wounds”
“ Mr Wm Grant, mason, South Street, is mourning the loss of another member of his family, his eldest son James, who was in the Royal Scots, having succumbed to wounds. A brother was previously killed in action, another was recently discharged from the Army and the youngest son serving in the Navy. Mr Grant’s son-in-law, Private W. Little, Canadians is reportedly killed in action.”


Embarked on April 5th 1917

Private 2893 Robert Alexander Gamble, Australian Imperial Force. Part of 7th Reinforcements 60th Battalion. Joined 5th Australian Division Base Depot at Etaples on the 7th. Taken on strength 60 Battalion in the Field on the 15th, Born in Washington, USA. Roberts parents are Alexander John and Margaret Jane Gamble, of “Ellersley,” Queen St., Concord West, Sydney, Australia. He is regarded as a Native of Inverell in New South Wales. He enlists on the 25th September 1916. Robert embarks from Sydney on the A19 “Afric” on the 3rd November 1916. Arriving at Plymouth England on the 9th January 1917 and joins the 15th Training Battalion at Hurdcott. While on board ship he is charged with stealing bread and given 7 Days detention. Shortly after joining the 15th Training Battalion he hesitates to obey an order from a NCO and forfeits 4 days pay. After joining the 60th Battalion in July 1917, Robert attend a Pigeon Course for three days. He is wounded in the left leg and right arm on the 25th September and dies of wounds on the 26th. Robert Alexander Gamble is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. The epitaph on his gravestone reads.

Embarked 5th April 1918.

Charles Edward Ibbetson
West Yorkshire Regiment

Charles Edward Ibbetson attested just before his 18th birthday on the 7th August 1917. At first he is posted to the reserves and not mobilised until the 13th September 1917. arriving at the 6th Young soldier Battalion at Rugely. On his Army Form B 103 this is recorded as “Posted to 6th T.R.B. Rugely” At Brocton he is transferred to the 51st Graduated Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, on the 11th February 1918. He is posted to France and embarks from Folkestone on the 5th April 1918. His first week in France is at “E” Infantry Brigade Depot, Etaples. Posted to the 8th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment he joins them in the Field on the 13th. On the 28th July Charles is wounded in action, a Shot Gun Wound to the right thigh. At first he is admitted to 48 Casualty Clearing Station From there he is sent to 8 General Hospital and on the 17th August back to England. Charles Edward Ibbetson is discharged as “No Longer Physically Fit for War Service” on the 28th February 1919.


2018, that was the year that was. #Folkestone.

Not going to write another blog this year. Thank you all for reading them. It has been a good year.

What to look forward to in this blog in 2019? More on Folkestone Old Cemetery. The once and the still hidden graves in Shorncliffe. More on the Canadians. More on the Americans. Yes there will be one or two well perhaps another 30 blogs on those who embarked from Folkestone. There will also be the oh heck. I ‘ill just blog about this moments.

Thanks again. All the best for 2019.

P.S. If you are in or near Folkestone and want me to share my research. It needs editing, volunteers welcome.


Home by Christmas #FWW

The following all have a connection to the 22nd December. All but one returns home.

Private Samuel Watson 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, joined 20 Infantry Base Depot the following day. Transferred to the Royal Scots and posted to the 17th Battalion Roll on the 22nd December 1916 with the number 40660. He is then posted to the 13th Battalion, also on the 22nd December 1916. (yep two battalions on the one day.)

Embarked from Folkestone on the 22nd December 1916. Private 28401 Peter Anderson,(not me) Durham Light Infantry. On arrival at Boulogne Peter was stationed at 35 Infantry Base depot. From here, the next day, he is posted to the 20th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. A fortnight later Peter is again posted this time to the 14th Battalion. He is reported missing presumed killed on the 20th April 1917 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial to the Missing.

Embarked from Folkestone in June 1917. Corporal 7227 Alexander James Dean ex-4th Training Battalion Now 24th Reinforcements for 15th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Born in Advie, Scotland, Alexander had settled in Australia where he was married with 5 children. He decided to enlist on the 3rd August 1916. Twice wounded in July 1917, the second time self inflicted. Alexander is discharged from the Australian Imperial Force because of defective vision on the 22nd December 1917

Embarked from Folkestone on the 7th December 1917. Private 34595 Thomas George Waller, 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment. Not the first time Thomas has crossed to France. He had crossed on the 22nd December 1916, and before joining the 9th Battalion had joined 15 Infantry Base Depot. Indicating a possible crossing from Folkestone then. This time Thomas arrived at 15 Infantry Base Depot the next day, 8th December 1917. Posted to the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Thomas joins them in the Field on the 15th December.

Private 3/11414 William Merral West, Leicestershire Regiment. William enlisted in June 1914 and had already served in France. The first time he joined the 1st Battalion in the field on the 28th April 1915. After becoming sick in June 1915 he was transferred to the 8th Entrenching Battalion. Gassed in August 1915, and admitted to 18 Field Ambulance in December 1915 he was transferred back to England on the 5th January 1916. He is now returning to the front. He joins 12 Infantry Base Depot on the 22nd December 1916 and is posted to the 1st Battalion Leicester Regiment. He joins them in the field on the 9th January. Appointed paid Lance Corporal in May 1917. He will be wounded in action on the 13th March 1918. Gun shot wound to the face, chest, arms and legs, and his left leg fractured. Relinquishing his lance rank on admission to hospital. Transferred back to England on the Hospital Ship Causebrook Castle on the 7th April. He is discharged on the 13th February 1919, No Longer Fit For War Service.

Embarked on the 22nd December 1917. Private 50731 Andrew Buchan Watson, Royal Scots, he joined Scots Base Depot the following day. Posted to 17th Battalion Royal Scots he joins the Battalion in the Field on the 27th December. Wounded in action, gun shot wound to the back and neck on the 6th February 1918. He returns to duty on the 11th March and is wounded in action for the second time on the 24th March.

2nd Lieutenant W. G. R. Murphy
(Chinese) Labour Corps

William Murphy was born in the Parish of Northwood on the Isle of Wight. His father was a Scot from Edinburgh. On his attestation papers his nationality would be listed as “English”. Educated at Northwood and Newport William moved to Shanghai and worked as a Merchant’s assistant in a firm of importers. At Shanghai William and his wife settled down as ex-pats. After the outbreak of war in 1915 William joined the Shanghai volunteers. He remained a member of the volunteers for 2 years before he crossed to Canada on the 22nd December 1916, at his own expense, and attested in the Canadian Army Service Corps in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Vancouver, British Columbia on the 25th January 1917. After basic training in Canada Private W. G. R.. Murphy No. 200222 was posted to Shorncliffe, near Folkestone. Here on the 4h August 1917, William applied for a Commission in the Chinese Labour Corps. On his letter of application he listed his qualifications as follows:

“5 1/2 years business experience in
Shanghai during which period I
personally supervised a large
staff of native workpeople.

2 years Shanghai Military Vol-
unteers through which I frequently
worked with the native company both
on Parades and in camps.

I have a fair knowledge of Mandarin
and am conversant with the best methods
of producing results from these people.”

His certificate of recommendation was signed by Major General steel who was the Major General Commanding Troops, Shorncliffe, on the 17th August 1917. The Certificate of Nomination to a Particular Unit was signed by the Officer in Charge, Chinese Section, Labour Concentration Camp, Folkestone. Upon acceptance William Murphy was to be discharged from the Canadian Expeditionary Force enabling William to take up his commission. He was appointed temporary Second Lieutenant on the General List for employment with the Chinese Labour corps with effect from the 7th of September 1917, and was struck off the strength of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada on his Commission in the Imperial Army on the 8th September 1917. 2nd Lt W. G. R. Murphy first crossed to Boulogne, on the 26th of September 1917, when he was posted to Labour Corps Base Depot at Boulogne. On the 18th December 1917, while at Aberville, William was admitted to hospital with Bronchitis. A long standing perforation of the tympanic membrane, not caused by shell shock was also diagnosed. He was granted leave to an Officer’s Hospital from the 29th December 1917 until the 4th March 1918. He embarked from Le Havre on the 29th of December and disembarked at Southampton on the 30th December 1917. William survived the war and was released from service on the 31st May 1919 and relinquish his commission. He was to retain the rank of Lieutenant. William’s claim for travel expenses, presumably, from and to Shanghai, was deemed time barred in 1919.

There be ‘orces at Shorncliffe #FWW

This is a reminder to myself.

  1. Don’t get hooked up on the one type of horse.
  2. There were light draft horses
  3. Heavy draft horses
  4. Cavalry Horses
  5. Pack horses

All at Shorncliffe.

The Veterinary Hospital at Shorncliffe was No.2 Canadian Veterinary Hospital. So it is fairly safe to assume there was a No.1 somewhere. Le Havre?

Most horses for the Canadians came from the remount centre at Swaythling rather than the remount Centre (Temporary) at Shorncliffe.  Most likely because it was logistically easier to embark large numbers of animals from Southampton. (Double the number of high tides of any other port in the UK, Deep water port, larger docks, etc)

More Horses were killed during the Zeppelin bombing of Otterpool Camp in 1915 than soldiers. The horses were probably rendered rather than buried.

No horses as far as I am aware embarked on ships from Folkestone. The horses from Shorncliffe went to Southampton.

The Canadian Mounted Rifles fought as unmounted infantry. (as far as I am aware)

what else, I know. Ah, They don’t taste like chicken. The horses that is, Infantry taste like pork.

Dad’s Army 1914. The National Guard. #FWW

On the 16th December 1914 the formation of the National Guard was announced in the press. An often overlooked formation. They won no VCs, or Battle Honours. I do not think there is a Memorial to them either.

Here is a brief history of Britain’s first Dad’s Army.

The chief founder was the Lord Mayor of London Sir Charles Johnston Bart. He has the title of “Founder of the National Guard”. The military adviser was Colonel R. K. Ridgeway, V.C., C.B. Members had to be 40 or over, pay an annual subscription and supply their own arms and uniforms. One member, Thomas Nalty, had been awarded the “China” Medal in 1860.

Francis Bannerman of New York provided Springfield Rifles for use by the National Guard, until Lee-Enfields could be spared.

The regiment’s first route march took place on the 23rd January 1915. On the 20th March they were inspected by King George V in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Over 2000 Officers and men were reviewed. That Easter they held manoeuvres at Brighton. In May they started digging trenches in Essex as part of London’s defences. Their camp there remained in existence and use until the end of October 1918.

In June 1915 they were informed that they could be accepted for serves overseas as an entrenching battalion for a limited time. However, French turned them down.

Rodolph Fane de Salis provide the site for their rifle range at Virginia Water.

On the 3rd November 1915 Kitchener inspected 1.800 men of the guard at Waterloo Barracks.

In 1916 the Guard became the 4th 5th and 6th Battalions of the London Volunteer Regiment. Easter manoeuvres took place as in 1915 at Brighton. French, as Commander in Chief Home Forces, reviewed the Guard as part of the London Volunteers, at Horse Guards Parade on the 16th June.  The Guard takes over duties from regular troops, including guarding of German Prisoners of War. The firepower of the guards is also increased. They have access (sole use?) to The Machine Gun School at Bucklesbury. An officer of the Guard also managed to serve in France. Platoon Commander J. F. D. Bowden was attached to the “Le Combat a la Baionette” where he taught Russians in the use the bayonet.

1917. Numbers had declined because officers and men had joined the regulars. Although their by now normal duties continued and a Railway Station Section was formed.  The Railway Section served at Victoria , Euston , King’s Cross, St Pancras and Waterloo Stations. Mainly insuring soldiers got on the right trains at the right times.

In 1918. January 300 men of the Guard were at the Service for Intercession on behalf of the Nation and Empire at St Pauls. In August men from the 4th, 5th, and 6th, Battalion’s  were at camp at Tadworth.

Although never called upon to serve overseas the men of the National Guard remained at their posts and on guard during the Zeppelin and Gotha Air Raids, and I am sure they would have held their ground in defence of London should the need have arisen.

Palestine, 10th December 1918.

Scarce heard among the guns. (Blogs about WW1)

Over 200 Soldiers(1) had surrounded the village there was to be no escape. A small group went into the village and demanded from the elders that they hand over the soldiers killer. The elders could not. It was highly unlikely the killer was from the village. Soldiers now moved in. The men were separated from the women and children. The women and children were made to watch as between twenty and a hundred and forty men (2) were beaten or bayoneted to death. It is not known for certain if some of the women were raped. At the time no soldier would admit to it. For religious reasons none of the women would admit to being raped either. Years later stories did circulate and rape was implied. (3) The village was burnt to the ground and the troops moved on to a tented encampment nearby and repeated the events that…

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4 Days in April, and an unusual name. #FWW #Embarkations #Folkestone.

The following are men who embarked from Folkestone between the 17th and 21st April (Inclusive) 1917. Except for one, possibly two returned home. In the list is at least one American., and a soldier with an unusual middle name.

17th April 1917

Private 219859 William Ward, Army Service Corps.

Private Wilfred James White, Dorsetshire Regiment. Posted to the 5th Battalion. Reposted to the 1st Battalion he joins them in the Field on the 5th May. Wounded in action on the 21st June. He is transferred back to England suffering from Shell Shock in August. In January 1918 he is transferred to the Labour Corps with a new number, 510022.

Private 2567 William James Yates, Hampshire Regiment. He embarked from Folkestone at the end of July 1916 when he was serving with the South Staffordshire Regiment. That was the second time he had embarked, the first was from Southampton. He arrives at 9 Infantry Base Depot on the 30th. Transferred to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion Hampshire Regiment. Posted to the 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment and allocated a new number, 46841. He returned to England on a hospital ship suffering from influenza on the 30th December 1916. He is now embarking once more for the Western Front. He will return to England with Myalgia on the 21st November, and return to France, probably from Folkestone in April 1918. (his Army Form B103 note his arrival at Etaples but not his port of embarkation.)
18th April 1917

Private 29895 David Peter Abbot, 9th Cameron Highlanders.

Private 241358 Vivian Agondous Fisher, Borders Regiment. He arrives at 25 Infantry Base Depot on the 19th. Posted to the 7th Battalion on the 7th May. Accidentally wounded in the left hand on the 16th May. Found guilty by a Field General Courts Martial of Neglect prejudicial of good order and military discipline, the wound being Self Inflicted. Vivian lost the ring and middle fingers of his left hand. He is sentenced to 90 days Field Punishment No1. Admitted to a casualty clearing station with Inflamed Connective Tissue fingers on the 4th December he is transferred back to the United Kingdom via the Hospital Ship St Denis on the 4th December. Transferred to the Royal Defence Corps in April 1918. and discharged from the Army on the 20th June 1918. His application for a pension was rejected.

Private 574754 Frank Hardy Walker 17th Battalion London Regiment (Reserve). Posted to 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade on the 5th May.

Private James West. 40th Labour Company. Joined 9 Infantry Base Depot on the same day. Joined Unit in the field on the 26th April, (Possibly 1st Labour Company Lincolnshire Regiment, as this company was redesignated 40th Labour Company on transference to the Labour Corps 14th May 1917.) Transferred to Labour Corps 14t May 1917.
19th April 1917

Private 28000 James Herbert Gray, 6th Battalion York and Lancashire Regiment. He arrived at 34 Infantry Base Depot on the 20th. Posted to the 10th Battalion he joins them in the field on the 8th May.

Private 3/23839 Allen Westbrook, 3rd Battalion York and Lancashire Regiment. He arrived at 34 Infantry Base Depot on the 20th. Posted to the 10th Battalion he joins them in the field on the 8th May.

Private 25947 Albert Westwell, 3rd Battalion Scottish Rifles. He arrives at 20th Infantry Base Depot on the 20th.

Private 5144 Ernest William Atkinson, Australian Imperial Force, ex 5th Training Battalion. Taken on Strength 18th Battalion ex 10th Reinforcements/18th Battalion, from 2nd Australian Infantry Base Depot, on the 13th May.

Private 1025 James Thomas Donnelly, 1st Reinforcements/41st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, Ex-11th Training Battalion Larkhill. He is Taken on Strength of 41st Battalion, ex 3rd Australian Division Base Camp on the 10th May. James was born in Colorado, USA, and enlisted at Brisbane Queensland, Australia, in February 1916.
20th April 1917

Private David Adams 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. This is not the first time Private Adams had crossed to France but the first and only date on record of him crossing from Folkestone.
Home Service from the 3rd September 1914 to the 27th July 1915.
3rd September 1914. Enlisted 3rd Battalion Royal Scots.
26th September 1914. Posted 14th Battalion Royal Scots.
21st July 1915. Posted 13th Battalion Royal Scots.
France from the 28th July 1915 to the 30th September 1915.
28th July 1915. France -not known from where he sailed.
29th September 1915. Gun Shot Wound left thigh.
30th September 1915. Returns to UK.
Home Service from the 1st October 1915 to the 1st January 1916.
1st October 1915. Depot Royal Scots.
30th November 1915. Posted to 14th Royal Scots.
1st January 1916. 13th Battalion Royal Scots.
France from the 2nd January 1916 to the 10th April 1917.
2nd January 1916. France, not known from where he sailed.

In March 1916 David was in the Hulluch Sector when he was blown up by a High Explosive Shell, he is knocked unconscious and suffers from concussion. On a Medical Report dated 24th April 1918 from Glenlomond War Hospital it is stated that this is when his Neurasthenia started.

Home Service from the 11th April 1916 to the 18th April 1917.
11th April 1916 Posted for record purposes to the Royal Scots Depot, David is recovering in the Duchess of Connaught’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Taplow. He stays at the hospital until the 22nd May 1916.

7th August 1916. Posted to 14th Battalion Royal Scots.
1st September 1916 . Transferred to 3rd Reserve Battalion.
20th October 1916. Posted to the Larnarkshire Yeomanry.
2nd December 1916. 10th (Works) Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers.
31st December 1916. Transferred to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
It is known from his Pension Records that David was a patient at the 2nd Scottish General Hospital. Craigleith, Edinburgh from the 9th January until the 24th February 1917.
19th April 1917. Posted to the 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
France from the 20th April 1917 to the 14th July 1917. (Pension Medical Record states 19th April.)
20th April 1917. Leaves Folkestone for France.
21st April 1917. Joined 19 Infantry Base Depot.
Home service from 15th July 1917 until the 10th May 1918.
15th July 1917 Taken on Strength Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Base Depot Sterling.
It is known from his Pension Records that David was a patient at Merryflats War Hospital, Glasgow from the 15th July until the 15th August 1917.
27th August 1917. Posted to 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
3rd November 1917. Posted to 250 Reserve Company Royal Defence Corps.
From his pensions we know that David was at Glenlomond War Hospital, Kinross in April 1918.
10th May 1918 Discharged as, “No Longer Physically Fit for War Service”.
15th May 1918 Died.

It is not know where David Adams is buried. Hopefully he managed to return to the family home at 12th Nile Street, Greenock.
As well as the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal David received the Silver War Badge (No. 389532). He is commemorated on Broomhill War Memorial.

Private David Gray 80th Training Reserve Battalion. He joined 34 Infantry Base Depot Etaples on the 21st. Transferred to the East Kent Regiment and posted to the 8th Battalion East Kent’s. His new Regimental Number is G/13978. Wounded in action on the 10th August.

Private 868 William Kelb, Australian Imperial Force. Originally in 40th Battalion he had spent four months in Hospital due to illness. William arrived at 3r Australian Division Base Depot the same day. He rejoins his battalion the 40th Battalion on the 23rd April and, is Killed in Action on the 17th July 1917, age 43. William Kelb the son of Joseph and Amelia Kelb; husband of Ada May Kelb, of Sidmouth, Tasmania, is buried at Kandahar Farm Cemetery. The inscription on his gravestone reads:


Embarkations #Folkestone #FWW A few from May 1917

9th May 1917
Private 6970 Wallace Samuel Brook, Australian Imperial Force. Ex 4th Training Battalion, in the 23rd Reinforcements 14th Battalion. He joins 4th Australian Base Depot the next day and 14th Battalion on the 13th May.

Lance-Sergeant 1145 George Joseph Richard Brown M.M., 28th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Returning to the front after being wounded. George joins the Australian General Base Depot the following day. Marched out to 3rd Australian Division Artillery, Rouillers, on the 2nd June. He is taken on Strength, Division Trench Mortars, 6th June. Transferred to, and taken on strength of 28th Infantry Battalion on the 10th August. George is killed in Action on the 4th October 1917. George was the son of George and Mary Brown, born in Concord, Northampshire, USA. He was married to Alice Oliver Brown who lived at, 129 Brighton Road, Surbiton. His Military Medal was Gazetted on the 27th October 1916:
“HIS MAJESTY THE KING has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned non-commissioned officer:- No. 1145 Corporal GEORGE JOSEPH RICHARD BROWN.”
George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Private 2611 Ernest Kingston, Australian Imperial Force,ex Infantry Draft Depot. Returning to France, he serve with 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Reported missing in action, later killed in action at Langemark on the 12th October 1917. Married on the to Agnes Kate on the 16th December 1916. He is buried in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Belgium. The epitaph on his grave reads,

Private 32610 James Walker, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Joined 25 Infantry Base Depot and posted to 8th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment for record purposes. On the 25th May he is transferred to the 7th Battalion Inneskilling Fusiliers and allocated the new Regimental Number 41224.

Private 202640 George Robert Wallace, 4th Reserve Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. On his arrival in France he joins 32 Infantry Base Depot. On the 28th May he is posted to the 25th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and joins them in the field on the 7th June.

Private 27505 Henry Walsh, 3rd Manchester Regiment. He joined 30 Infantry Base Depot the next day. On the 26th Henry is posted to the 17th Battalion Manchester’s and joins the Battalion in the Field the next day..

10th May 1917

Private 534580 William Wheldon Hughes. 1/15th London Regiment. Arrived at 8 Infantry Base Depot the following day. Posted to 2/6th London Regiment on the 1st June. Joins the Battalion in the Field on the 13th. Wounded in action on the 19th July.

Private 28862 Alfred Wakeling, Essex Regiment. Returning to France after recovering from illness Alfred arrives at 15 Infantry Base Depot on the 12th May. He is posted to the 13th Battalion in the field on the 3rd June 1917.

Private 54363 William Henry Walsham, Durham Light Infantry. He arrived at 35 Infantry Base Depot and is posted to 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On the 24th May while still at 35 Infantry Base Depot William is transferred to the 6th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.8

Lance-Corporal 22213 Albert Edward Webber, Suffolk Regiment. Albert had first crossed to France on the 5th June 1916 from Southampton. Wounded in action on the 28th June 1916 he is now returning to the front. Posted to the 2nd Battalion he joins them on the 4th June. Albert is awarded a Military Medal on the 28th June. This award is Gazetted on the 16th August.

11th May 1917

Private 619900 Henry Grant Labour Corps, joins 34 Infantry Base Depot on the 12th. He is posted to the 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and allotted a new number, 42133, on the 27th May.
14th May 1917

Private John Edward Fisher. Thought to have embarked as, 71785 14th Labour Company King’s Liverpool Regiment. Transferred on or shortly after arrival at Boulogne to the Labour Corps. His number is now 46952. On the 27th September he is transferred to the 25th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and allotted a new number, 59097. Admitted to 20 Casualty Clearing Station on the 14th February 1918 with Inflamed Connective Tissue. He is transferred back to England on the Hospital Ship “Brighton” on the 21st.10

Private 36207 George Edwin Gray, Machine Gun Corps, joined Base Depot at Camiers the following day. Posted to 126 Company he joins them in the Field on the 13th June. George had previously served in France embarking from Folkestone on the 31st July 1916.11

Private 89216 Thomas Watkinson, Machine Gun Corps, joined Base Depot at Camiers the following day. He joined 35 Company Machine Gun Corps in the field on the 25th May.12

Private 63107 George Alfred Webster, Machine Gun Corps, joined Base Depot at Camiers the following day.13

Private 3156 Earle Nelson Gates14, ex 15th Training Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Taken on Strength 57th Battalion ex 8th Reinforcements/57th Battalion. Born in Allegahanny City, Pennsylvania USA, enlisted in Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia on the 17th October 1916.

Private 6948 Albert Fred Hass, ex 3rd Training Battalion, 10th Battalion. Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. The son of Peter Heinrich Hass, of Peterborough, South Australia, and the late Lisette Hass (nee Lohmann). Born in Greenville, Wisconsin, U.S.A. He was killed in action between the 20th and 21st September, Aged 24. and has no known grave. His brother, Walter Theodor Hass also of the Australian Imperial Force was also killed in action and also has no known grave. Both are commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Private 6785 John Charles Marchant, ex 2nd Training Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, he arrived at 1st Australian Division Base Depot the following day. Taken on Strength by 7th Battalion ex 22nd Reserves/7th Battalion on the 28th May. He is killed in action on the 4th October 1917 during an attack on Broodsiende Ridge near Zonnebeke. It is believed that 1st Divisional Burial Party, buried him. His grave can not be found and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate. John’s widow Mrs. Q. U. M. Marchant, lived at 822, Prarie Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A.

Private 6808 Edgar Theodore Penhall, ex 3rd Training Battalion, 10th Battalion. Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force. Taken on Strength by 10th Battalion ex 22 Reinforcements on the 28th May 1917. Wounded in action Edgar will return to France again from Folkestone on the 24th April 1918.