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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.


Embarkations, Folkestone, September ’15, ’16, and 1917.

September 1915. A busy month units from the following Brigades embarked at Folkestone

62nd Brigade
66th Brigade.
73rd Brigade
74th Brigade
75th Brigade, (11th Cheshire’s crossed from Southampton to Le Harve.)
As well as the
2nd Canadian Division

On the 1st September 1915 alone

Headquarters 73rd Infantry Brigade, 24th Division
12th (Service) Battalion The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). A K3 Battalion in 73rd Brigade, 24th Division. The battalion crossed on the “Queen”, escorted by destroyers
13th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment) A K3 battalion in 73rd Brigade 24th Division. 3 The battalion had entrained on two trains in the rain at Brookwood station. The first train at 18:05 hours and the second fifteen minutes later. The trains proceeded to Folkestone via Guildford and Redhill and arrived in Folkestone shortly after 21:45 hours. Still in the pouring rain they embarked on the S.S. Duchess of Argyll and arrived in Boulogne around midnight.
7th (Service) Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, a K3 battalion part of 73rd Brigade , 24th Division. The Battalion was ordered to be at the station two hours before entraining. As a result the men were soaked. The two trains carrying the battalion arrived in Folkestone at 11pm, 25 minutes later the ship carrying the 7th Northamptonshire’s sailed to Boulogne.

(All the heavy equipment, battalion transport, and advance parties left from Southampton.)

By September 1916 it is mostly drafts for the front, or soldiers such as, Private 021303 William Henry Grayson, Royal Army Ordinance Corps. Who embarked on the 20th September 1916. He is returning to France having been wounded on the 9th May 1915. On the 13th October 1916 he is tried by Field General Courts Martial.
“…for when on A.S. Using insubordinate language to his superior officer in that he at BOULOGNE on 7/10/16 said to Corpl Etherton A. A.O.C., “What! Fall in for a bugger like you. I can see what kind of a bastard you are by the look of your eyes”. Or words to that effect.
Sentenced to 42 days Field Punishment No.1. The sentence was confirmed by the Colonel H. W. Wilberforce. Base Commandant.
William was an old soldier, he had first served in the Army during the late 1890s. He had been awarded the South African Medal with Clasps, Cape Colony and Orange Free State. and the King’s South African Medal with Clasps, South Africa ’01, and South Africa ’02. He had re-enlisted on the 11th August 1914. Demobilised in 1919

By September 1917 less able men were being enlisted in the Labour Corps. One such man was Arthur Crabb.

Private 208995 Arthur Crabb, Labour Corps. Arthur Crabb was called up a month before his 39th Birthday the last week of June 1917. Posted to France he embarked from Folkestone on the 8th September. For five days he was at the Labour Corps Base Depot before being posted to 744 Employment Company, Scottish Command Labour Centre. It is thought that this company was involved with battlefield salvage. Five months later on the 19th February 1918, he is admitted to 16 Field Ambulance with Epilepsy. Admitted to 45 Casualty Clearing Station the same day and No.1 (Australian?) General Hospital Rouen on the 22nd. He is also discharged to duty on the same day by the Medical Board at Rouen. . Less than three weeks later on the 10th March he is a admitted to 49 Casualty Clearing Station with Epilepsy. This time he is taken by Ambulance Transport No. 6 to 5 General Hospital Rouen and back to Southampton on the Hospital Ship Carisbrooke Castle 16th March 1918. His Medical Report on the 26th April records that Crabb had epileptic fits all his life. The record also states “he is very deaf and dense, with weak general intelligent.”. Makes one wonder why he was enlisted in the first place. On the 1st May 1918 Crabb is recommended for discharge. He is discharged on 17th June, no longer fit for war work. He is given a weekly allowance of just over 8 shillings (40 pence) for 30 weeks.1 Arthur Crabb is awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal, and the Silver War Badge.


Recipes From The First World War

Some of these I have posted before. It just seems easier than reposting.

One of the smells veterans could remember from the trenches was the smell of cooked bacon. This had nothing to do with bacon being cooked.

Many of the recipes are the same as recipes in use today. “Rock Cakes” for example, were very popular, so not included.  Many are not for the modern tastes, also not included are “Sheep’s Head Pie” or “Baked Stuffed Ox Heart”.

A lot of cooking was about using substitutes. Such as

Use, Honey, or Golden Syrup instead of Sugar in puddings.

Instead of an egg use, half an once margarine, two tablespoons flour, two tablespoons water, milk, or stock, and half a teaspoon of baking powder.

Potatoes used to bulk out flour.

Some of the recipes are simple, some not really practical today. I have tried none of them. They were all in use circa 1914-1918.

Bread from Flour and Potatoes

7lb flour                    Three and a half pounds of water

1 and a half oz salt              half a pound mashed potatoes

2 oz yeast.

Mix the flour salt and potatoes, heat to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

Dissolve yeast in the water at 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Add to the flour mixture.

Mix and kneed for ten minutes cover leave for an hour and a half. kneed again.

Divide into equal sized parts. Place into greased baking tins. Allow to rise for 30 minutes

bake at 420 degrees Fahrenheit.  1lb loaves take 30 minutes,  2lb loaves take 50.

From 1917

Trench Meat Pudding

Half pound Steak                  2 Cups Oatmeal

2oz shredded suet                 2 small peeled onions

Salt and Pepper                     Cold Water as required

Chop steak and onions finely. Mix in the suet and oatmeal season to taste mix with water to make a thick dough.  Steam in a greased paper covered greased pudding basin for around three and a half hours.

From  1918

You will need

3oz crusts of bread                                        1 dried egg

Quarter teaspoon vanilla essence              1 oz margarine or nut butter

Three quarters of a pint of milk                  1 heaped table spoon sultana raisins

Skim milk as required                                  Sugar to taste

Soak the grated crusts in skim milk to moisten, then crumble. Add the raisins. essence and soaked egg. Heat the milk and fat until fat is melted then stir into other mixture. Sweeten to taste. Steam for half an hour. serve with sweet white sauce.

The following are from previous blogs,

Trench Pudding.
Smash up some old Army biscuits with a bayonet. Place them in a canteen. Half-fill with water, and add some orange peel. Boil to a delicious orange paste. Serve with condensed milk.
Trench Mortar.
Batter some old Army biscuits with an entrenching tool. Mix it with some plum jam to taste. Heat and serve.
Trench Savoury.
Bath old Army biscuits in sizzling ham fat. Spread over them toasted cheese. Best eaten in a funk hole.
1916 Trench Cake.
½lb. flour. 3oz. Cleaned currants.
1 teaspoon vinegar. 3oz. Light brown sugar.
¼ pint milk. 4oz. Margarine.
2 teaspoons cocoa. ½ teaspoon baking soda.
Grated rind ½ lemon ¼teaspoon grated nutmeg.
½ teaspoon ground ginger.
Grease a cake tin. Rub the margarine into the flour. Add the cocoa, currents, sugar then the soda, dissolved in the vinegar and milk. Beat well. Turn into a prepared tin. Bake in a moderate oven for about 2 hours.
Recipes from 1917.
Mock Kidney Pudding.
For 5 people.
½lb. Flour 6oz. Shredded suet.
1 teaspoon baking powder. 1 pinch salt.
Water as required.
1½ lb. Lamp’s liver. 2oz. bacon.
Seasoned flour. 1 tablespoon minced onion.
1 cup stock or water. 1oz. Dripping.

From 1918
Fig Pudding.
For 5 people.
2 tablespoons chopped figs. 2 tablespoons sugar
1lb. Mashed potatoes. ¼ pint skim milk.
1oz margarine. 1 tablespoon flour.
½ teaspoon baking powder. ½ teaspoon mixed spice.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Place potatoes in a basin. Heat margarine and milk together. Stir into the potatoes. Beat well and add the remaining ingredients, the flour sifted with spices and baking powder. Bake in a greased pie dish in a moderate oven until brown.
Ginger Pudding.
For 3 people.
2ox ground rice. ½lb sieved boiled potatoes.
1 dried egg. ½ a teaspoon of baking soda.
½ teaspoons mixed spice. ½ teaspoon of ground ginger.
2 table spoons golden syrup. 1½ oz. Cocoa butter.
½ tablespoon milk. ½ tablespoon water.
Mix the potatoes with the ground rice and spices. Make a well in the centre. Add the grated cocoa-butter, egg and golden syrup. Beat Well for 5 minutes. Dissolve the soda in a little skim milk. Add the milk and water. Beat Well. Bake in a greased tin in a moderate oven for ¾ hour.
Semolina Pudding.
For 6 persons.
4oz. Semolina 1 Quart milk.
1 tablespoon custard powder. 1 heaped table spoon sugar.
½ table spoon vanilla essence.
Mix powder to a smooth paste with a little of the milk. Stir in the rest of the milk and heat. Sprinkle in semolina, stirring constantly. Boil for 10 minutes till clear and thick. Remove from the stove. Stir in the sugar. Pour into a greased pie-dish. Bake until Brown.



#FWW #Folkestone 31st August.

I’m having a few days away from all this. I’m tired, broke, pissed off. It has been a long war. So till I have finished a spot of long over due R and R…

In case you ever wondered who “Tommy” Atkins, the British soldier  was, read Chaucer. He unknowingly gave a pretty good description

A lover and a lively bachelor,
With locks curled as if they had been laid in a curler.
He was twenty years of age, I guess.
Of his stature he was of moderate height,
And wonderfully agile, and of great strength.
And he had been for a time on a cavalry expedition
In Flanders, in Artois, and Picardy,
(From the prologue to Canterbury Tales, Geoffery Chaucer)


This Man joined the Army on the 31st August 1914

Private 14363 Albert Ryan, “B” Company 7th King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Albert Ryan enlisted at 22 years of age, on the 31st August 1914 in the Seaforth Highlanders, in Manchester. After training he is posted to France in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, and embarks from Folkestone on the 10th July 1915. He is wounded in action, a gun shot wound to the back on the 25th September 1915 and is invalided back to England on the Hospital Ship “Egypt” on the 28th September. Nearly a year later in August 1916 he embarks from Devonport for Salonica The voyage takes 12 Days. Ryan is appointed Acting Corporal on the 24th April 1918. soon after he is sent to the Army Signals School. Ryan returns to the UK after the end of the war leaving Salonica on the 18th May 1919. He gives his home address as 27 Leigh Street East, Oldham Road, Manchester. Ryan enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals in 1925.1 Albert Ryan is awarded the 1914-1915 Star , British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

In 1915 on the 31st August

9th (Service) Battalion The East Surrey Regiment. The “Journey’s End” Battalion. A K3 battalion in 72nd Brigade 24th Division. The Battalion arrived at Folkestone Harbour on two trains-which was standard, they crossed on two ships-which appears to be unusual.


Private 35431 Frederick Welton embarks. In the 4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to the 12th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers on the 8th September. Posted to the 12/13 Battalion (19th August?) 1917. Appointed unpaid Lance Corporal 5th October and paid Lance Corporal 17th October. 28th January 1918 he is awarded the Military Medal.

In 1917

Private 020366 Frederick Wass, No.2 Section 934 Motor Transport Company, 67 Auxiliary Steam Company. Sailed on the Princess Henrietta. Invalid back to England on the 8th March 1918.

And in 1918 a soldier who embarked in 1916 on the 13th January, but died on the 31st August.

Private PW/18 George Benjamin Wheeler, 18th (Service) Battalion Middlesex (Pioneers) Regiment. George was 3 months over 44 years old when he enlisted on the 13th February 1915. A builders Labourer who had previously served with the Royal Fusiliers in South Africa. At first a similar history to that of Private PW/302 Enoch Mountford. Posted to the Battalion in the Field on the 7th, back to 33 Infantry Brigade Depot as unfit on the 1st March. Transferred to the Labour Corps in September 1917. Discharged as No Longer Physically Fit on the 28th January 1918. End of service date being the 25th. George died on the 31st August 1918 at Bethnal Green Hospital.




27th August Embarking from Folkestone #Fww


Private 14058 Jack Gratton, 8th (Service) Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment. Jack lived with his parents at 7 Howards Road, Bramley near Rotherham with his parents. He is Killed in Action on the 1st July 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.


Private 2267 Edward Joseph Watson, Suffolk Yeomanry. he arrived at No.15 Infantry Base Depot, the following day, 28th August. Posted to 1/4th Suffolk Regiment he is transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and posted to the 7th Battalion on the 7th September., and given a new number, 18059


Private 44713 Robert Grant, Machine Gun Corps. Robert from Nethy Bridge, Invernesshire had first embarked from Folkestone on the 20th August 1917. He had been transferred back to Scotland suffering from Pleurisy, in April 1917. Recovered he is now returning to France. Arriving at the Machine Gun Corps Base Depot, Camiers. on the 28th. In March 1918 he is serving with 37 Battalion. On the 20th April he is appointed Acting Lance Corporal. The 2nd February 1919 sees Robert embarking from Dunkirk for England and demobilisation..


Private 205188 Arthur Frederick Quipp, 7th (Reserve Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Posted to the 1/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. He arrives at “J” Infantry Base Depot on the 28th. Joining the Divisional Base Depot Battalion on the 1st September and the 7th(?) Battalion in the Field on the 3rd. He will be transferred back to England on the 6th December 1918. Discharged as No Longer Physically Fit for War Service in March 1919. Arthur had first embarked from Folkestone on the 12th July 1916, as Private 6525. Transferring to England because of illness on the 14th August 1916. The next time he embarked from Folkestone was on the 13th September 1917. Then he transferred back to England due to acute bronchitis on the 12th January 1918

Embarked from #Folkestone 25th August 1915 #FWW

Private 17424 Thomas Kenny, 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Thomas Kenny was a collier and lived at 23 Queen St, Castleford. He attested on the 25th February 1915 and crossed to France from Folkestone with the 13th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He is awarded the Victoria Cross for an action on the 4th November 1915, when the battalion war diary records the battalion was in the trenches near Erquinghem. The Citation reads as follows:

“No. 17424 Private Thomas Kenny, 13th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the night of 4th November, 1915, near La Houssoie. When on patrol in a thick fog with Lieutenant Brown, 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, some Germans, who were lying out in a ditch in front of their parapet, opened fire and shot Lieutenant Brown through both thighs. Private Kenny, although heavily and repeatedly fired upon, crawled about for more than an hour with his wounded officer on his back, trying to find his way through the fog to our trenches. He refused more than once to go on alone, although told by Lieutenant Brown to do so. At last, when utterly exhausted, he came to a ditch which he recognised, placed Lieutenant Brown in it, and went to look for help. He found an officer and a few men of his battalion at a listening post, and after guiding them back, with their assistance Lieutenant Brown was brought in, although the Germans again opened heavy fire with rifles and machine-guns, and threw bombs at 30 yards distance. Private Kenny’s pluck, endurance and devotion to duty were beyond praise.”

Thomas may have transited through Folkestone to France on one more occasion as he was presented with the VC at Buckingham Palace by King George V. on the 4th March 1916. He is the first soldier from the Durham Light infantry to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. During 1917 he returned to the UK this time with a gunshot wound to the lower back. He returned home on the 30th October 1918 and was discharged from the army on the 26th September 1919. Thomas was also awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.5 Thomas Kenny V.C. Died on 29th November 1948.

#Folkestone 19th August #FWW

The Connection is the Date, and Folkestone.

Embarks on the 19th August 1916

Gunner Frank Gray, 135 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. He is attached to 52 Squadron Royal Flying Corps from the 17th October to the 16th November 1917. Posted to 284 Siege Battery on the 4th September 1918.

Wounded in action on the 19th August 1917.

Private 400555 George Adams, 17th Battalion Essex Regiment. George enlisted on the 4th February 1916. The day after sailing from Folkestone he joined 15 Infantry Base Depot. He was then transferred to the 7th(?) Royal Warwickshire Regiment and given a new number, 260087. Wounded in Action on the 19th August 1917 he is transferred back to the UK. He does return to France but it is not known when or from where but he is back on the front-line by March 1918. In May 1918 he is again transferred this time to the Machine Gun Corps and again renumbered, 155769. George is transferred to the reserves on the 6th March 1919. On his application for a Pension he claimed for a swollen testicle due to being buried in the earth in March 1918.

Demobilised on the 19th August

Private 595 Albert Victor Carden, Albert was born in Folkestone. His father still lived at 32 North Street, Folkestone, Albert had emigrated to Australia. Now in the Australian Imperial Force. He is taken on the strength of 14th Machine Gun Company ex 10th Reinforcements/14th Machine Gun Company on the 8th November 1917. Albert is wounded on the 1st September 1918. While on leave from Hospital in Chichester he is admitted to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe. He embarks from Folkestone to France for the second time, on the 9th May 1919. He is demobilised in London on the 19th August 1919.

Embarkations from #Folkestone in the #FWW, a few from September.

This is page 262.
20th September 1916

Private Stanley Charles Harold Gray, 1/2 Suffolk Yeomanry. Posted to 1/4 Battalion Suffolk Regiment, allotted new number 40377. Joined 15 Infantry Base Depot at Etaples on the 21st. Posted to the 8th Battalion from the Base Depot on the 30th. Wounded in action while serving with the 7th Battalion on the 21st April 1918.1

Private 18868 Bert Adams. On his medal card it lists Bert Adams as only being in the Royal West Kents and then the Labour Corps. Form B103 Has Bert being posted to the 1/7th Middlesex Regiment on the same day he went to France, the 20th September 1916. The next entry his his transfer to the 4th (T.F) Royal West Kents and then his posting to the 7th Royal West Kents on the 14th November 1916. Bert did serve as a Lewis Gunner and is wounded in action, a gun-shot wound to a hand on the 12th October 1917. He is transferred back to England because of the wound on the 17th October 1917. The 5th March 1918 sees him return to France for the second time. It is not know from where he embarked. Again wounded in action, on the 9th May 1918 he returns to the UK. 20th September 1918 and Bert returns to France for the last time, this time he is with the 10th Royal West Kents. On the 28th September he is transferred to the Labour Corps. Bert survives the war and is awarded a Silver War Badge, Victory Medal and British War Medal.

Acting Sergeant 18165 George Walters, Army Veterinary Corps.

Private 4028 John Ward, Lancashire Fusiliers. He arrived at 23 Infantry Base Depot the following day. Promoted to Sergeant in October 1917 John survived the war.

Private 021303 William Henry Grayson, Royal Army Ordinance Corps. He is returning to France having been wounded in 1915. On the 13th October he is tried by Field General Courts Martial.
“…for when on A.S. Using insubordinate language to his superior officer in that he at BOULOGNE on 7/10/16 said to Corpl Etherton A. A.O.C., “What! Fall in for a bugger like you. I can see what kind of a bastard you are by the look of your eyes”. Or words to that effect.
Sentenced to 42 days Field Punishment No.1. The sentence was confirmed by the Colonel H. W. Wilberforce. Base Commandant. William was an old soldier, he had first served in the Army during the late 1890s. He had been awarded the South African Medal with Clasps, Cape Colony and Orange Free State. and the King’s South African Medal with Clasps, South Africa ’01, and South Africa ’02. He re-enlisted on the 11th August 1914. Wounded in action on the 9th May 1915. Demobilised in 1919.

Private 014037 Rolland Wellings, Army Ordinance Corps.. Admitted to hospital on the 4th December he is invalided to the United Kingdom with Dermatitis on the 24th December 1916.

Private 3/16581 Thomas Weselby Lincolnshire Regiment. On the 18th October he will be transferred from 9 Infantry Base depot to the 9th Battalion Essex Regiment and allotted a new number, 40698. Awarded 14 days Field Punishment No.1 at the end of May 1918. Promoted to Lance Corporal (unpaid) 12th July. Wounded in action, a gunshot wound to the right arm on the 22nd August 1918. He is sent back to England on the 25th. He also ceased to by a Lance Corporal on the same day. Demobilised on the 20th February 1920.