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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.

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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:

“DEARLY LOVED AND SADLY MISSED WE WILL MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN”

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,
“BEYOND THE WATERS OF DEATH THERE IS LIFE EVEN ETERNAL LIFE”.

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.

Page 508 #FWW #Folkestone

Getting  back into this since the circus has left town. I did say I could edit this down to 350 pages. I’m now on page 508. These gentlemen embarked at Folkestone on the 8th July 1918.

8th July 1918

Private 3628 Thomas Crichton Australian Imperial Force. Ex 14th Training Battalion, he is part of the 10th Reinforcements 57th Battalion Australian Imperial Force.1

Private 3629 Norman Crumpler Frederick. Born in Key West Florida USA he became a farmer and lived with or near his parents in Victoria Australia. He enlisted on the 2nd December 1917. Now he is part of the 10th Reinforcements/57th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Taken on Strength by 57th Battalion on the 24th. Wounded in Action on the 2nd September 1918. Six months later on the 3rd March 1919 Norman is detached from the 57th Battalion for duty with the Australian Graves Registration Unit.2

Private 200998 Stephen Finnemore, Machine Gun Corps. Date not clear might have embarked on the 9th. Stephen had previously embarked from Folkestone possibly on the 25th February 1917, again the date is not clear. Joined 31 Battalion Machine Gun Corps in the field on the 26th July. Originally enlisted into the North Staffordshire Regiment in March 1915. At some point he is renumbered, his new number being 153499. He returns to England on the Princess Victoria from Dunkirk on the 15th December 1918. Believed to have been demobilised at Shorncliffe on the 12th January 1919.3

Private 16839 Sidney Herbert Wallis, Coldstream Guards. Not the first time Sidney had been to France, he was wounded in September 1917. Sidney joins the Guards Division Base Depot at Harfluer on the 9th. Posted to the 4th Battalion he joins them in the field on the 18th.4

Private 22504 Edwin Waterhouse 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. He joins the Guards Division’s Base Depot on the 13th and his unit in the Field on the 29th. Wounded in action on the 21st September.5

#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.

Four From September #FWW Folkestone.

All for men embarked from Folkestone inSeptember

From September 1915.

Captain John Macgregor V.C., M.C and Bar. D.C.M. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. Born in Cawdor, in Nairnshire Scotland, John Macgregor would have made a worthy thane. His mother still lived at Newlands of Murchang, Cawdor. Prior to the war John had emigrated to Canada where he worked as a carpenter.1 Macgregor was awarded the D.C.M. For an action on the 8th April 1917 during the preliminaries to the Battle of Vimy. 2 The citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medal (awarded when John was a Sergeant) reads:

“116031 Sjt. J. MacGregor, Mounted Rifles. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He single-handed captured an enemy machine gun and shot the crew, thereby undoubtedly saving his company from many casualties.”3
(Supplement 30204 to The London Gazette 24 July 1917 page 7663)

John was awarded his Military cross for two reconnaissance missions on the 28th December 1917, and for his part in a trench raid on the 12th January 1918. 4 The Citation for his Military Cross reads:

“Lt. John Macgregor, D.C.M., Mtd. Rif. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Whilst he was assembling his men prior to a raid, the enemy bombed the trench. He, however, changing his point of attack, led his men over the wire into the enemy’s trench, and successfully dealt with the garrison of the trench and three concrete dug-outs, himself capturing one prisoner. He then withdrew his party and his prisoner successfully to our trenches. Before the raid he, together with a serjeant, had made several skilful and daring reconnaissances along the enemy wire, which materially assisted in the success of the enterprise.”
(Supplement 30845 to The London Gazette, 13 August 1918, page 9569.)

The citation for the award of the Victoria Cross:

T./Capt. John MacGregor, M.C., D.C.M., 2nd C.M.R. Bn., 1st Central Ontario Regiment. For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and self-sacrificing devotion to duty near Cambrai from 29th September to 3rd October 1918. He led his company under intense fire, and when the advance was checked by machine guns, although wounded, pushed on and located the enemy guns. He then ran forward in broad daylight, in face of heavy fire from all directions, and. with rifle and bayonet, single-handed, put the enemy crews out of action, killing four and taking eight prisoners. His prompt action saved many casualties and enabled the advance to continue. After reorganising his command under heavy fire he rendered most useful support to neighbouring troops. When the enemy were showing stubborn resistance, he went along the line regardless of danger, organised the platoons, took command of the leading waves, and continued the advance. Later, after a personal daylight reconnaissance under heavy fire, he established his company in Neuville St. Remy, thereby greatly assisting the advance into Tilloy. Throughout the operations Capt. MacGregor displayed magnificent bravery and heroic leadership.
(The Edinburgh Gazette .10 January 1919, No. 13384 page 200) 5

The citation for the bar to his Military Cross reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and leadership from 5th to 8th November, 1918, at Quievrain and Quievrechain. Through his initiative the bridges over the Honnelle River were secured. His personal reconnaissances and the information he derived from them were of great use to his commanding officer. His prompt action in seizing the crossings over the river did much -towards the final rout of the enemy.
(Supplement 31680 to the London Gazette, 9 December 1919, page15312)

John Macgregor died in British Columbia on the 9th June 1952.

From September 1916

Private 13790 John Weir, who had attested on the 9th September 1914. He first embarked from Folkestone on the 10th July with his battalion, the 10th (Service) Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) A K2 Battalion, which was part of 46th Brigade 15th Division. They had arrived in Folkestone at 10:45 pm. and embarked on the S.S. Victoria. Within days of his arrival at the front he forfeits 3 days pay, then on the 15th. In August 1915 he was awarded 6 days Field Punishment No.2. On the 25th September 1915 he was wounded, a gun shot wound to the back. On the 27th he was sent back to England. John is now returning to France. He is transferred to the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles on the 20th October with a new Regimental Number, 40271, and joins them in the field on the 30th. Awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.2 on the 21st November he is posted to the 8th Battalion on the 2nd December. Illness/sickness sees John in and out of the Field Ambulance until finally he is transferred back to England on the 10th May 1917. He is discharged on the 15th March 1918 as no longer physically fit for war service. His Pension Record is stamped “Deceased” but no date is given. There is also no indication of an award of a pension either although his length of qualifying service for a pension is given.

September 1917

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.

…and one who embarked in September 1918.

Gunner 28312 William Penniston Gallup, Australian Imperial Force. Born in Pueblo, Colorado, USA, and became a naturalized Australian on the 2nd June 1914. first crossed to France from Folkestone on the 6th June 1917, then he arrived at the Australian General Base Depot on the 9th June 1917. He was Taken on Strength of 6th (Army) Brigade, Australian Field Artillery on the 21st June and posted to 17th Battery. Wounded in action on the 22nd March 1918, he was sent back to England. He is now returning, and rejoins 6th Brigade, ex-wounded, on the 28th September. William survives the war and is known to have been still alive in the early 1940s.

Four From July. Embarkations #Folkestone #FWW

The connection is July, and all four embarked from Folkestone during the First World War. They came from, Connecticut USA, Folkestone England, Grantown-on-Spey Scotland, and  not known, but in Scotland.

Private 5792 George Frost, Australian Imperial Force, 18th Reinforcements 15th Battalion. Crossed from Folkestone on the SS Arundel. George was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA in 1876. A sailor he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on the 15th November 1915 at the Rifle Range, Queensland. Tried by Field General Courts Martial for Desertion on the 6th October 1917. He went absent while on active service on the 21st June 1917 until the 17th July 1917 and going AWOL while under arrest 17th August until the 20th August 1917. Found Not Guilty of Desertion, but Guilty of being Absent Without Leave. He is sentenced to 9 months Imprisonment with Hard Labour in the Military Prison at Rouen. George returns to duty on the remission of the remainder of his sentence on the 12th June 1918 and returns to the 15th Battalion on the 17th June 1918. Reported absent on the 21st July, rearrested 16th August, absent 28th August, traced 15th September, absent 30th September, and again reported absent 15th October. On the 14th January 1919 he is sentenced to 15 months Hard Labour. Some of the sentence is served at No.10 Military Prison Dunkirk. On the 23rd July 1919 he is transferred to prison in Oxford. He embarks at Calais on the “Maid of Orleans” and disembarks at Folkestone, under escort. The remainder of his sentence is remitted from the date of his departure for Australia, 22nd September 1919

Second Lieutenant Jack Fellows Lambert 9th (Service) Battalion The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own)the eldest son of Ernest and May Lambert, 23 Terlingham Gardens, Folkestone is burned to death by liquid fire shortly after 3:15 on the 30th July 1915, at Hooge. This was the first use of liquid fire by the Germans and Jack was one of the first British soldiers killed by Liquid fire. His body could not be identified and he was listed as missing until March 1916. Jack has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate. Before the war Jack managed a coconut estate in the Malay States.

Two who embarked in July are;

On the 8th July 1915.

Duncan Mackintosh

Duncan Mackintosh was born in Grantown-on-Spey on the 19th November 1883. He was the eldest surviving son of of Peter and Margaret Mackintosh of Rosemont, Grantown-on-Spey. Duncan enlisted in Inverness during October 1914 and joined the 7th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in Glasgow. He arrived in France with the battalion on the 8th July 1915. Duncan took part in the Battle of Loos in 1915 where on the 25th September 1915 he was wounded in the shoulder. After his recovery he went on to serve in Mesopotamia, now modern day Iraq. He was reported in the Strathspey Herald, as being dangerously ill, on the 1st June 1916. During the Battle of San-I-Yat a bullet entered his left lung and exited through his spine. After a tiring journey by boat down the river Tigres, he was transported by Hospital Ship to Bombay in India. Here he lost his left lung. Eventually Duncan returned to Scotland and married Mary Robertson. They lived at 5 Kings Street Coatbridge. Duncan worked as a Master Watchmaker. Eleven years after being shot Duncan Begg Mackintosh died on the 21st June 1927. His death certificate records that he died from “Gunshot Wounds” On the Family Memorial in Inverallan burial ground, Duncan is commemorated as “Dying from the effects of wounds received in 1917.” He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Silver War Badge.

20th July 1917.

Patrick Weir

Private 21171 Patrick Weir. 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
First Enlisted, 26th November 1897
Declared a Deserter from the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 4th December 1909
Granted King’s Pardon on re-enlisting, 12th August 1914
Posted as “Private” 3rd Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 16th August 1914
Transferred to 1st Garrison Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, 15th July 1916
Transferred to 12th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers, 10th August 1916
Transferred to 11th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, 28th August 1916
Deserted 42nd Training Reserve Battalion, 11th September 1916
Rejoined 22nd February 1917
Tried by District General Courts Martial sentenced to 9 months detention.
Posted to 9th Training Reserve Brigade as “Private” 8th March 1917
Transferred to 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 8th June 1917
Posted to 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 20th July 1917
(British Expeditionary Force)
Transferred to Labour Corps, Prisoner of War Company, 9th July 1918.
Transferred to Z class reserves (Demobilised), 27th August 1919.