43365 Robert Ramsey DoW 18.4.1917 Norwich

43365 Robert Ramsey Died of Wounds 18/4/1917. 17th Manchesters transferred from Royal Fusiliers

The Manchester Regiment Group’s albums on Flickr project for collating grave photographs continues to produce fresh information and background on the men who fought in the 17th Manchesters. Robert Ramsey helps illustrate the men who joined in the Battalion during mid July 1916 as drafts to replace extensive losses from Montauban and Trones Wood.  The date on the Grave inscription is inaccurate as confirmed by this research:-
Robert attested 10379 in the Royal Fusiliers on 5/12/1914, as part of Lord Kitchener’s recruitment drive. He had been a Labourer, resident at 119 Marks Road, Romford with his wife Daisy and daughters Dorothy & Florrie. His Mother, Elizabeth and Father, William lived at 50 Willow Street, Romford. The couple had seven other children.
Following basic training with 7th Battalion at Hounslow, Robert went on to serve in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. He arrived (probably Galipoli) with 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers on 10/5/1915. He returned Home wounded on 5/12/1915; and following treatment in the York Military Hospital, Robert spent Christmas at home with his family on furlough from 21 to 30/12/1915. On 9/2/1916, Robert returned to hostilities with 8th Battalion in France. He received a Gun Shot Wound in the arm on 11/4/1916 and returned Home on Hospital Ship St David, arriving 4/5/1916 and received treatment in Huddersfield War Hospital. There was a Court Martial – sleeping on duty – at this stage and Robert’s sentence was commuted and he was required to return France with 5th Battalion, where he arrived posted to 32nd Battalion on 28/6/ 1916. Having arrived at Infantry Brigade Depot, Etaples the next day, he was then attached to the 17th Manchesters as part of a draft of 438 troops who arrived on 12/7/1916. In common with many of the July draft, he was then transferred to the Battalion – 43365 – on 1/9/1916.
Evidence of other men who were attached to the 17th Manchesters*1 indicates Robert will have taken part in the assaults at Guillemont (30/7/1916) and Flers where he will have joined the assault on 12/10/1916 and was wounded again on 14/10/1916.

After recovery in France, Robert was then wounded, serving with D Company at Neuville-Vitasse, as the Germans withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The Medical Records suggest Robert was wounded at Neuville Vitesse on 5/4/1917, but the War Diary reports the Battalion at Blairville on this date. Robert was hospitilised in Wimereux before evacuation to Britain on Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth, arriving 12/4/1917 when he was admitted to the Norwich & Norfolk Military Hospital with Gun Shot Wounded and internal haemorrhage.

After treatment for 5 days, Robert succumbed to his wounds during an operation on 18th April 1917.  He is buried in Romford Cemetery.
After Robert’s death, Daisy remarried and she went to live with her daughters at 14 McAlpine Street, Anderston, Glasgow.
Notes
*1
Many men from Royal Berkshire Regiment were attached to the 17th Manchesters in mid July 1916 and went on to fight at Guillemont on 30/7/1916. This research has led to the identification of CHRISTIAN GRAYSMITH who died in the assault posted as 32nd Royal Fusiliers, but recorded by CWGC as attached to 17th Battalion. 19 year old tea packet from Blackfriars, Christian was originally buried on the battlefield close the railway line leading east from Trones Wood, before his remains were relocated to Serre Road in the 1920s.  His Medal Roll confirms arrival in France on 28/6/1916 in the same group of reinforcements as Robert Ramsey.  The Roll also confirms attachment to Manchesters.
DoB 26/2/1988. Marriage to Daisy Catherine Box 5/6/1910. Daughters Dorothy Violet (DoB 12/7/1911) & Florence Esther (DoB 24/7/1913)
Evidence used:-
1. Service Record
2. SDGW
3. Medal Roll
4. CWGC
5. 17th Battalion War Diary.

Australian War Memorial – Thank You.

The Australian War Memorial provides some wonderful photos and records.  Today I found some amazingly detailed information about an Old Boy from Manchester Warehouseman & Clerks Orphans’ School.  The details from the Australian Red Cross and AWM provide a more detailed picture of a casualty than i have ever seen before.  Well done Australia.

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This is the most vivid letter in the files for William Barker Hart.  RCDIG1046079 Aus Red Cross and AWM 131 – Service Details The other data allows verification on a basis that is simply impossible from the records I have found for British Army casualties.  RCDIG1067840 AWM Nominal Roll on Ship – HMAC Ceramic

Following further assistance I found an even greater treasure trove of data on AIF Database.  This includes a synopsis of Service Records and links to the original data.

The Luftwaffe wiped out many of our records, but I am not certain the British Red Cross compiled such data.

This is way off topic, but acknowledgement needs to be given to the Australian people.  Equally, William probably knew my grandad…

Lord Kitchener & The Lord Mayor of Manchester 21st March 1915

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Kitchener Parade V Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 22 March 1915

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See more details of the Manchester Pals training and service at Heaton Park, Manchester | 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment on the Somme

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Private Herbert Bell – Cousin. Killed in Action Palestine 6/6/1917.

Herbert Bell Obit Manchester Evening News 02 July 1917

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A free weekend on a well known family history website led to a chance identification of a second family member who lost his life in World War I.  The Bell name was very common in Manchester and I had not previously been able to cross reference one of Arthur Bell’s cousins with any particular Herbert Bell.  I then recognised this Roll of Honour (RoH) record with the 48 Renshaw Street address – where Arthur Bell’s sister had lived with her Aunt Isabella in 1911.  Here’s my attempt to help remember Herbert:-

Herbert was born in Manchester on 2nd April 1893 and was christened in Holy Trinity Church, Hulme soon after.  His father William had married his mother Mary Jane Henshall in Holy Trinity, on 19/1/1889 as witnessed by his brother Richard; Arthur Bell’s father. William’s father, Andrew is noted to be a Mechanic and he was probably living with Andrew at 48 Phillips Street.  Herbert was their second son.  Elder brother William Henry had been born in 1891 (went on to be a Lieutenant in RGA).  Younger sister, Edith was born in 1903.  William is noted as an Assistant teacher in the Baptism record and 1901 and 1911 census when the family lived in 16 Phillips Street and 29 Beresford Street respectively.  By 1911, Hebert was an 18 year old Clerk working in a Home Trade Warehouse.  Later newspaper reports indicate Herbert had been employed in Granby Shirt Company in Altrincham, prior to enlisting in Salford.

As a man with half dozen family members who joined the Manchester Regiment, it is not known why Herbert chose the Lancashire Fusiliers as a Private – 2344 – with whom Herbert arrived with the 1/7th  Battalion in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt on 3rd November 1914.  Unconfirmed thoughts suggest Herbert may have been a pre-war Territorial soldier.  The LF Medal Roll suggest Herbert was renumbered in early 1917 as 280493.

Herbert Bell wounded Manchester Evening News 13 August 1915

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The 1/7th LF were part of the East Lancs Division and entered Gallipoli in 1915.  At some stage after 5th July, Herbert was wounded (Wounded list published 7th July) and evacuated to Egypt.  He spent time in the Lady Douglas’s  Convalescent Home in Alexandria. The extracts of his letter illustrates the good treatment he received and some indication the “Turkish Delight” he had experienced in the Dardanelles.

The Manchesters and their Division returned to Europe in August 1915 and it is anticipated Herbert was posted to the Machine Gun Corps after his recovery. He was latterly posted to 155th Company of the Machine Gun Corps and allocated number 59137.

The 155th Brigade had arrived in Gallipoli with the 52nd (Lowland) Division in June 1915 and they withdrew to Egypt in January 1916.

155th Brigade include Territorial Battalions of the 1/4 & 1/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers and Kings Own Scottish Borderers.  After time spent in Cairo, the Brigade moved to the Gaza Defences of Palestine in 1917.  Herbert Bell was killed on 6th June 1917 after the second battle for Gaza.  He is buried in Gaza War Cemetery.

Herbert Bell Manchester Evening News 06 June 1918

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Herbert’s Effects were left to mother and father, along with a large share to his fiance Edith Cox.

The extensive Obituaries in the Manchester Evening News in 1917 and anniversary 1918 illustrate the loss to family and friends.

William and Mary Jane Bell’s testimony to their son is repeated:-

Some day we hope to meet him,
Some day, we know not when,
To clasp hand in the better land,
Never to part again.

Herbert’s younger sister Edith and brother Will  remembered their brother and reference is made to ‘sisters’ little Marie and Alice.*1

Edith wrote on the first anniversary of Herbert’s death:-

One long, sad year has passed away
Since our great sorrow fell,
Yet in our hearts we mourn the loss
Of one we loved so well.

Herbert’s Brother Will was serving in France, Commissioned in the Royal Garrison Artillery when he wrote:-

He nobly fell at duty’s call.
He gave his life for one and all,
A loving brother, good and kind,
A beautiful memory left behind.

Herbert’s ‘broken hearted sweetheart’, Edith Cox remained deeply grieving when she wrote for the anniversary:-

I that loves you sadly missed you,
As it dawns another year,
In my lonely hours of thinking
Thoughts of you are ever near.

Writing from 48 Renshaw Street*2 Herbert’s aunt’s Mary Ann (Polly) remembered him with her sister Isabella Ridge who was grieving her own son Alfred Ridge (18th Manchesters)The supreme sacrifice – his bright young life. The message also refers to Cousins Edith, Bessie and Frederick Foulkes (21st Manchesters)

Aunt Ethel (Unidentified) and Uncle Joe (in France) also paid their respects along “May his reward be as great as his sacrifice” with Aunt Ria and Uncle Will (in Palestine).  This was probably William Foulkes

NOTES

*1 The 1911 census confirmed only three siblings, meaning Alice and Marie must have been spiritual sisters, in laws or nieces.

*2 48 Renshaw Street was the Foulkes family home in 1911.  Polly and Bella Bell were younger sisters of William Bell.

*3 Cousin Ethel and Joe (in France) have not been identified at 48 Renshaw Street.  Neither has Aunt Ria and Uncle Will (in Palestine) of 81 Palmerston Street, Moss Side.

Warehouseman & Clerks Orphans’ School War Memorial – Roll of Honour

Memorial Roll

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Almond, Leo

19th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action April 1917.  Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 13.

Armstrong, Roland

19th Kings (Liverpool Regiment), formerly 2804 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action 20th Sept 1917.  Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 13.

Ash, John Buckley

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Born 21 Sep 1896 in Crumpsall.  Private 16444 1st Bttn, Royal Marine Light Infantry.  Killed in action1 Sep 1915. Official Number Port Division: Ply/16444.  Plymouth Battalion Royal Naval Division.  Mother: Margaret 97 Crescent Road Crumpsall later of “Ash Lea”, Highbury Ave., Prestatyn, N.Wales.  Commemorated Helles Memorial. Enlisted Liverpool 21/10/13 ; Deal Bn. at Dunkirk & Defence of Antwerp 1914 ; MEF 28/2/15-1/9/15.  Steward in the Merchant Service.  Visited the School on Oct 17th 1914: ‘had just returned with the Naval Brigade from the trenches of Antwerp. He gave us a graphic account of the operations in which he took part. Several of his comrades were killed, but Ash fortunately came through unhurt.”(CHS) Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 14.

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Aspinwall, Rupert Allen

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action August 1915.

Barlow, Arthur

Reported in School Magazine as 15th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment, known as the Manchester Scottish. Former Clerk, enlisted in Edinburgh Battalion, 3rd October 1914, aged 25.  Arthur had previously rejected for service due to his chest measurement.  Born September 1889 in Higher Crumpsall and former resident of Kingshorn, FIfe.  Private Numbered 17823, Arthur was promoted :Lance Corporal in March 1916 and reverted to Private in June  that year at his own request.  He had arrived in France after December 1915. Commemorated at Thiepval having been killed in action on 1st July 1916, aged 27.  He had originally been posted missing and later presumed dead.  Younger brother below.  Second brother killed in April 1917 with the 20th Royal Fusiliers, (Public Schools) Battalion.  Both Arthur’s parents were deceased in 1916, with brother Walter and Sister Amy received Arthur’s effects, resident 44 Woodlands Road, Levenshulme.  Walter served as 212297 Sapper in Royal Signals, Fife – with no apparent service abroad. James Mills Barlow was Arthur’s Uncle and noted as Guardian, resident February Street, Chorlton on Medlock.. Probationer at School on 1901 Census, aged 11.

Barlow, George

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action June 1915. Probationer at School on 1901 Census, aged 14.

Barker, Frederick William

21st Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Died of wounds September 1916.

Boyes, Cecil Goldschmidt.

Private 59615 (4880 in 1914) in 9th (Service) Battalion (City of London Regiment) Royal Fusiliers.  KIlled in Action 30th November 1917.  Commemorated Cambrai Memorial, Loureval.  Cecil’s guardian uncle Rudolph was naturalised German and Cecil used the Boyes name for school, but Goldschmidt for the Army.  Cecil was born in Yorkshire on 20/3/1889.  He had initially arrived in

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France on 14/11/1915 with the 20th (Public Schools) Battalion, which had been formed at Epsom on 11/9/1914.  The Medal Roll shows a gap in Service from 23rd June  to October 1916.  This was probably a result of treatment for wounds at Home.  Cecil then went on to serve with 8th Battalion, where he was probably wounded again around 6/5/1917; and finally 9th Battalion from 9/11/1917 – with short term postings between. It is likely Cecil was killed in the artillery bombardment south of Villers Guislain or subsequent fierce German assault on La Vacquerie.  Cecil died intestate with nobody mentioned as receiving his effects. SDGW records suggest Cecil was awarded the Military Medal.  These records are known to be unreliable and no evidence has been found to verify the award in the London Gazette or Medal Rolls.

Braddock, Fred
Pupil Boarder at School on 1901 Census, aged 15 with 11 year old sister Minnie who received Fred’s Effects (shared with brother Hubert) when he had died of wounds in 36 Casualty Clearing Station.  He is buried in Hielly Station Cemetery, Mericourt.  Fred was a Private, serving as 1221 in 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Volunteers.  He had originally enlisted in the 7th Battalion in Cardiff and first served in the Balkans, arriving 7th August 1915. The 1901 Census suggest Fred had been born in Stockport, whereas other records specify Laxey, Isle of Man. 1891 records show Fred living with his parents, George & Eliza and sister Minnie at 22 Bramhall Lane, Stockport.

NB Originally thought to be Kings Liverpool Regiment Fred Braddock

Corporal Edmund Compton Butterworth

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action June 1917.

Melville Chiswell

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Killed in action 25/43/1918, serving as Lance Corporal 51682 in 6th Btn Lancs Fusiliers, aged 32.  HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES Enlisted in Grimsby and also served in 14th Cheshire Regiment, arriving in France after 12/1915.  Son of Charles Augustus (deceased) and Beatrice Chiswell Garstang, of 1, Beechfield, Bowdon, Cheshire, Melville was an actor resident in Chorlton on Medlock in 1911 in the caste for The Lifeguard in 1912/13. Born Didsbury 11/2/1886 and included in 1901 Census as 15 year old Foundationer and admitted to WACOS on the same day as Edmund Butterworth, as above.

Alfred Chorlton Anglo Syrian RollChorlton, Alfred Edwin

Alfred was a Private 354494 who served in B Section of the East Lancs Field Ambulance of the Royal Army Medical Corps.  He was killed in action near Passchendale on 20/11/1917.  He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Cemetery, Altrincham Roll of Honour, RAMC HQ and the family gravestone in Hale.

Alfred had been born in Altrincham was a 14 year old inmate in the 1911 Census. His 9 year old sister Mildred Mary was also recorded.  Prior to enlistment he was emplyed in the Anglo-Syrian Trading Co. The children had lost their father, Charles William in 1904.  Miildred lived with her mother Hannah in 1919.  See Alfred Chorlton – Trafford War Dead.

Colles, Godfrey

Died 12/10/1914 Chorlton, Lancs.  Regiment not known – despatch rider (CHS) Died through result of operation with appendicitis and pneumonia.  He is buried in All Saints, Cheadle Hulme Cemetery. Census & BMD records show Godfrey to have been an architect living with his 73 year old mother Mary at 5 Station Road, Cheadle in 1911.  Godfrey had been born in July 1878 and is shown as a pupil in the 1901 Census.  He left his estate of £3,140 to his sisters Hilda and Beatrice. The Death Certificate makes no reference to Military Service and the Despatch Rider role must have been undertaken without formal enlistment.

Douglas William Crick

Proud Employers recorded the men who enlisted.  This Roll includes Louis Brownjohn and Frank Chandler.

Douglas Crick is a second man who is mentioned on the Memorial, but not included in CWGC or SDGW records.  However, extensive information confirms Douglas served in two theaters.  Having been treated in the Colchester Military Heart Hospital, Douglas was then discharged as unfit on 31st July 1918.  He was discharged with a Disorderly Action of the Heart (DAH) and died in The London Hospital, Whitechapel on 26th August 1918.  The Pension document initially specify Service as the cause of the condition, but this was crossed out and replaced by text that suggest the condition was exacerbated, rather than caused by Service.

Douglas was born in Reddish on 17/10/1890.  By 1901 the family lived in Thornton Le Fylde where his father John was employed a Dye and Bleacher agent.  John died on 30/7/1902 when it is likely Douglas and his sister Erica were considered as Foundationers at WACOS.

Douglas was an education student at Manchester University when the 1911 Census was taken. He lived with his widowed mother, Elizabeth, and sister at 2 Lawrence Street, Ardwick.  Elizabeth was employed as a teacher. He is included on the Manchester Education Committee role as one of the numerous teachers who served in the War.  He had been resident at 40 Leighton Road, Old Trafford, prior to enlisting. While at University, Douglas had been a member of the OTC.  His Death Certificate shows Douglas was a Schoolmaster and army Pensioner living at 389 Mile End Road, east London.  He died of Lobar Pneumonia and Septicaemia.  His sister Erica Carson Crick of St Thomas’s Rectory, Ardwick Green was confirmed as next of kin.

Douglas was serving as 18757 in the 6th Royal Lancaster Regiment when he entered the Dardenelles on 3/9/1915. He had enlisted on 31/5/1915 and received a little more than three months training with 3rd Bttn.  While serving in Turkey with 6th Bttn Douglas suffered jaundice, frostbite and a septic finger.  After hospital treatment in Gallipoli he was posted Home in January 1916 and then went to France with B Coy 1st Bttn on 14/6/1916.  He was wounded with a gun shot  to the shoulder on 11/4/1917 appointed L/Cpl in May 1917.  Following brief leave in the UK in August 1917, Douglas returned to France in early September and was wounded for a second time on 9/10/1917. He was persistently ill and returned Home in December 1917.

The Pension Board considered Douglas case in July 1917.  They decided his condition was not caused by Service and the disability of DAH would be over in 6 months.  Douglas is not recognised in the Commonwealth War Grave record, even though he died 6 weeks after being discharged from the Army with conditions that had not been directly linked to his service.  Thankfully the School acknowledge his service and loss.  Manchester University and OTC does not.

Crowther, John

1/5th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Died at Home 2/10/1918.

Lance Corporal Roland Cullen

Roland was killed in Flanders in 29th July serving with the 13th Bttn Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF). He is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, north of Ypres.
Roland was born in 1886 to parents James and Mary Cullen of 43 Park Road, Longsight. His father was Chief Clerk and Cashier CC [possibly City or County Council?] In 1901 Roland was a Foundationer at the School and ten years later, he was resident at 106 Taylors Road, Stretford , employed as a ledger clerk with a lithographic printers. He had married Ethel Rose Cullen on 21/3/1908 and the couple had four children, the youngest being born in Stockport on 3/1/1917. She never saw her father.
The Cullen family lived at 156 Great Roxborough Street, Hyde when Roland attested 468332 on 1/12/1915. He was then held in reserve-presumably because of his age and children. On 7/6/1916 he was called up for Service in Chester with 3rd RWF. He was penalised 3 Days CB for having dirty equipment on parade 3/8/1916 in Litherland, but Promoted L/Cpl unpaid 17/11/1916. After training in England he was posted to 13th RWF in France, via 5th IBD.
Following Roland’s death Ethel received a widow’s pension and his effects including the Gospel of St John, some photos and cigarette case. His sons Leslie and Harold went on to be foundationers at the School. Trooper Harold Roy Cullen then died in 1945 serving with Royal Armoured Corps – Stockport Crem. It seems his son was also a Foundationer. Roland’s eldest son Leslie, left a legacy to the school when he died in 1988.

Dickson Sam MC

Captain in 1/5th Manchester Regiment. KiA 20/10/1918

Dockrill, Edward Maxwell
Edward is denoted as an ‘Orphan’ at the School in the 1881 Census. In the 1971 Census he was living in Chorlton On Medlock with parents Thomas J and Martha Dockrill. His father was a buyer in a shipping house. Edward had been born in April 1870 and christened in Manchester Cathedral.
By 1891, Edward was living in Camberwell, London with his brother. He married Gertrude Josephine Armstrong in Q1 1900 and the couple was resident in Chorlton on Medlock with their first son, Thomas Edward. Edward was then a cab driver. In 1911, Edward was still married, but living with his younger brother Thomas Harold Dockrill at 516 Stretford Road. He was then a picture framer. The family had lived in Grimsby when daughter Maud Kathleen was born in 1906.
Edward enlisted as 14073 in the 8th Bttn Loyal North Lancs (LNL) Regiment on 3/9/1914. He was then a painter resident at 157 York Street, Stretford Road. He arrived in France on 25/9/1915. On 21/5/1916, Edward received a Gun Shot Wound to the back, injuring his spine and lung. Following treatment in 77 Field Ambulance and 42 Casualty Clearing Station, he died in 24 General Hospital, Etaples on 29/5/1916. Edward left his Effects to his daughter Gertrude Hermia. His other daughter, Kathleen Maud was also resident in a Convent in Grimsby under the guardianship of Sister Vincent. Edward had arranged for his Separation Allowance to be paid to the Convent during his service. Gertrude had remarried to Mr Moss in December 1917 and resident in Sydenham, London. Kathleen was then living with her and Thomas was as sea.

Dunkerley, Vernon Arnold
Vernon Dunkerley was a Probationer at the School in the 1901 Census. He had been born on 13/11/1888. For the previous 1891 Census, he had been living with his parents Zachaeus and Louisa in Heyes Lane, Timperley, Cheshire. Zachaeus was a manager of a window cleaning company and sadly died soon after the census return.
By 1911, Vernon lived with his mother in Westwood Avenue, Timperley. He was employed as a greycloth salesman. Vernon married Lilian Ella Clarke on 8/2/1913 in St Gabriel Church, Hulme. It is not known when Vernon enlisted, but he served as General Service 16807 in the 9th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, enlisting in Altrincham. His Medal records confirm overseas service after 1915.  It is almost certain Vernon originally attested with a more local regiment and was later posted to the Royal Sussex.
Vernon died of wounds on 10/5/1918 in Shrewsbury. He left his effects to his widow, Lillian and father in law, William Clarke. He was buried in the Christ Church, Timberley Churchyard and is also commemorated on the Altrincham & District Roll of Honour

Edmondson, Leonard Alfred

Lance Corporal in 17th Manchester Regiment. KiA 1/7/1916. Not named on Memorial Board.  Probationer on 1901 Census.

Edwards, Emrys

Private in 17th Manchester Regiment. KiA 1/7/1916.

Halliday, Balfour

Stockports Soldier Balfour HALLIDAY part of WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT on CHEADLE HULME memorial and buried at Estaires Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

Hamnett, Richard Whally
Born in Wilmslow on 26/10/1895. Parents William J and Mary E Hamnett lived at 13 Mosley Park, Willmslow in 1901. Richard was staying with his grandfather Andrew Whally, a farmer, at Stone House Whallys Lane, Wilmslow. William had died and the family lived at 174 Monton Road, Monton in 1911. Richard was then an apprentice Mechanical Engineer.
Enlisted at Seymour Grove, Old Trafford 19th October 1914, claiming to be aged 20. With a date of birth as 26/10/1895, he was underage at just 18. Apparently held on Reserve, Richard was called up to Woolwich Dockyard on 23/1/1915. He had been a Driver and volunteered in the Army Service Corps, T2/015946. He suffered inflamed tonsils in February 1915 when he spent time in Frencham Hill Military Hospital. He went on to serve in No 1 Coy, 55th Division train, having arrived overseas on 7/7/1915. He returned to Home service on 14/7/1918, possible due to illness or wounds. Richard suffered bouts of influenza from July to December 1918, when he was hospitalised on Hunstanton and Norwich.
Richard died from heart failure at Asma Park, Longsight on 6/1/1919. He is buried in WILMSLOW (ST. BARTHOLOMEW) CHURCHYARD. His mother received Richard’s medals and effects. She lived as 63 Manor Park, Levenshulme. She had lived at 174 Monton Road, Moston when Richard enlisted.
Brother, Gilbert Andrew served in the Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Gilbert had been a Foundationer in 1911. Second brother Frederick William served in the Royal Field Artillery. Both survived hostilities.

Harris, Edgar Stanley
Private 2578 1st/15th Bn. London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). Killed in Action 09/11/1915, aged 28. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL. Son of the late Richard F. H. Harris. Enlisted, Aug., 1914 in London. Entered France 19/3/1915. Resident Merton.

Born 1887 in Chorlton cum Hardy. Baptised Stretford. In 1891, Edgar lived with parents Eliza Ann & Richard Frederick Howard – shipping merchant and a servant at 38 Bruton Street, Moss Side.

13 year old Foundationer on 1901 Census. Shipping clerk, resident Parkside Road, Moss Side in 1911, as nephew of Richard Henry and Hannah Jones.

Soldiers Effects left to Edward Levick.

Hart, William Barker

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Courtesy Australian War Memorial with thanks.

William is reported to have been killed by ‘friendly fire’ from a Heavy Trench Mortar. Remarkable material from the Australian Red Cross RRCDIG1046079 Aus Red Cross and the Australian War Memorial AWM 131 – Service Details provides detailed accounts of the specific events. These confirm that William was killed by an Australian 6” Stokes Mortar “Flying Fig” which fell short. This caused fatal wounds to William’s head and his right foot was ‘blown away’ as he got up from the ‘tape line’, in preparation for a trench raid led by Captain Wyllie. Events took place around 3 am on 4th July, near Sailly le Sec. Other men were wounded and Private Hamilton was killed outright by the same salvo. William survived 15 minutes while stretcher bearers made an unsuccessful attempt to bandage his wounds. He had been a Lance Corporal in V Platoon of B Company, having enlisted at Cootamundra NSW.
55th Bttn completed their patrol on 4th July and returned to carry in their dead comrades on 6th. The casualties were removed to the Regimental Aid Post prior to burial in Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension under chocolate brown and green crosses denoting the 55th Bttn.

Church Inn Prestwich Courtesy @tomlandlord

Church Inn Prestwich Courtesy @tomlandlord

Documents confirm William had family in Manchester and his sister Dorothy received his effects with his Will sharing the proceeds of his Estate equally between both sisters. He had regularly received the Manchester Guardian, annotated with Queens College. This will have been sent by Miss Pauline Hope of Queens College, Birmingham. William is described as 5’7”, fair, quiet but very sociable – jolly. William is reported to have arrived in Plymouth on the ship “Ceramic” in November 1916, having enlisted on 12/4/1916. He arrived in France on 21/12/1916 RCDIG1067840 AWM Nominal Roll on Ship – HMAC Ceramic

Service Records courtesy Details AIF Project show “Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 28 July 1917 (trench fever); transferred to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 29 July 1917; to No 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 30 July 1917; to England, 16 August 1917; to No 2 Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 17 August 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 29 August 1918; discharged to furlough, 31 August 1917, and to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 14 September 1917.Classified ‘B1A3′, No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 October 1917.Classified ‘A3′, 7 November 1917.Taken on strength of Permanent Cadre, No 3 Command Depot, 1 January 1918.Marched out to Overseas Training Bde, 30 April 1918, and transferred to 55th Bn the same day; marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, 30 April 1918.Proceeded overseas to France, 22 May 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 24 May 1918.Proceeded to unit, 26 May 1918; rejoined 55th Bn, 6 June 1918.Killed in action, 4 July 1918. For full Service Record see http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4735295

Next of Kin details show sister, Dorothy. William’s second sister Ellen lived at Chemies Street Chambers in London. She had been a Foundationer in 1911 and went on to study at Sommerville College, Oxford. Their parents were Annie and William Hart. The family is identified on the 1891 census as head of the household with Dorothy and William at the Church Inn, Church Lane, Prestwich, where William Snr. was the publican. The family had two servants.
Prior to hostilities, William had been a Chartered Accountant in Sidney, living at 6 Mosman Street, Mosman. He had emigrated in February 1914, as an employee of the Australian branch of J&N Phillips, of Manchester at 48 York Street, Sidney. In 1911, William had been living with his grandmother in Slades Villas, Chorlton cum Hardy. He had then been an accountant’s articled clerk.

Hayes, Arthur Stanley

Private in 1/6th Manchester Regiment. DoW 8/7/1915.

Hayward, Frank Rupert

Having been born on 25/7/1899, Frank Hayward must have joined the Royal Air Force in 1917.  He was Commissioned 25/1/1918, having served abroad as a Private in the RAF, 90817.  Frank died at Yatebury, Wiltshire on 23rd August 1918, serving with 36th Training Depot Station.  He was buried in St Luke’s Churchyard, Cheetham Hill, Manchester on 27/8/1918 and also commemorated on the screen wall in Southern Cemetery.  His address is identified in Parish Records as 87 Egerton Road, Fallowfield.

Brother James was also killed in the War.  Frank left his Estate to another brother, Herbert Armitage Hayward. Another brother Percy Ballinger served 9307 in the Balkans with RAMC and survived.

Parents Thomas Ballinger and Eliza Hayward had seven sons and at least two daughters.  They lived at Armitage Street, Cheetham Hill in 1901.  Frank was the youngest son and a Foundationer  at the School in 1911.  Eliza and the other brothers were then resident at 16 Frederick Street, Cheetham.

Hayward, James Harold

Private in 1/6th Manchester Regiment. KiA 29/10/1917.

Heeley, Arthur Edward

Private in 1/6th Manchester Regiment. KiA 23/9/1915.

Heywood, Walter

Private in 1/6th Manchester Regiment. KiA 07/08/1915

Heywood, William Slade

8517, Lance Corporal. 9th Battalion formerly 22nd/28th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in Action 2/10/1916. Born 16/7/1885. Son of Arthur and Julia Ann Heywood, of Trearddur Bay, Anglesey. Born Manchester and resident Heaton Moor. Husband of Ada Alexander Hunn (formerly Heywood) – nee Mellowdrew, of “Bryn Celyn”, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay. William’s Probate shows a significant estate left to Ada of £5,300 and home address at 14 Granby Road, Cheadle Hulme. The couple lived in Rhosclyn, Hilltop Road, Cheadle Hulme in 1911 with the their son Kenneth Mellodrew Heywood, who was born in Dec 1909 and died in London in 1978.  William was a woolen merchant – as was his brother and father.  William is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL and his parents’ grave in Holyhead and War Memorial – Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales The 28th Bttn was formed in August 1915 in Epsom as the Reserve to the four Public School Battalions.  The 9th RF was a Service Battalion.  Also see Stockports Soldier William Slade HEYWOOD

Hill, Francis Septimus

Private in 1/5th Manchester Regiment. KiA 28/3/1915

Holland, William

Private 4851 9th (City of London) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in Action 6/8/1916.  Commemorated Thiepval Memorial.

William was born 5/2/1897 and is shown as Foundationer on the 1911 Census with his brother Eric who probably served as 7919 in the Highland Light Infantry. Eric’s letter to the School was reported in the Waconian “After three months’ training in Edinburgh, Private Holland went to France, where he was killed in action within a fortnight of arriving in the trenches.” (Nov 1916, p20).  The 9th Royal Fusiliers landed in France in May 1915, suggesting William probably formed part of a draft of men arriving in Spring 1916, prior to the Battle of the Somme.  The Medal Roll shows William and his comrades were part of the Sportsmans section of the Royal Fusiliers. These men formed the 23rd/24th Bttns, with the 30th Btth as the Reserve, based in Edinburgh.  Hence, it seems William trained with the Sportsman Reserve and was transferred to the 9th (Service) Bttn when he arrived in France.

The boys parents were Herbert & Eliza Holland and the family lived at 151 Everton Road in 1901.  Herbert was a cloth finisher.

Hoult, Henry Noel

24090 Private Henry Hoult enlisted in the 12th Service Battalion (London Regiment) – 2702- of the Royal Fusiliers at Charring Cross, London.  Henry had been resident in Paddington.  Having arrived in France on 15/6/1915, he later transferred to 168th Brigade Machine Gun Company of the 56th (1st London) Division and was killed in action on 11/2/1917.  He is buried in ST. VAAST POST MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L’AVOUE

Henry was born in Rochdale on 20/12/1895, Son of Kate Hudson Hoult, of 2, Great Ormond St., Bloomsbury, London, and the late William Hoult.   The 1911 Census shows him as Foundationer at the School.  In 1901, Henry had lived with his parents, two sisters and paternal grandfather in Rochdale.  William was a Draper.  Kate is show  as a Dressmaker living in Stockwell in 1911.  She received Henry’s Effects and later traveled to S Africa.

Jeffery, Leslie Newlyn

Private, 5132 in 20th (Public School) Bttn, Royal Fusiliers.  Leslie was Killed in Action serving in D Company, on 20/7/1916, being commemorated at Thiepval.

Leslie was the son of Jessie S. Jeffery, of 145, Acomb St., Moss Side, Manchester, and the late Samuel Jeffery. He had been employed in the Manchester office of Commercial Union Assurance Company Ltd. He was appointed to the company in 1905 and was killed in France. The Post Magazine Roll of Honour described him as: “a young man of great promise in business.” Roll of honour – Aviva. Born in Manchester 23/1/1892, father Samuel had died by the time of the 1901 Census, when Leslie was a Foundationer.  By 1911, he was living with his mother in 2 Monton Street, Greenheys, employed as an insurance clerk.

Law, Herbert

12139 Sergeant Law died of wounds in 21 Casualty Clearing Station on 14/7/1916.  He was serving with 7th Bttn Somerset Light Infantry and is buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY Herbert had enlisted in SLI at Yeovil and entered France on 24/7/1915. He left his Effects to elder sister  Beatrice.

Herbert was born  in Southport on July 21st 1894 to parents Walter Harry and Florence Elizabeth Law. They died in 1901 and 1911 respectively.  Walter had been a guest house keeper in Kensington, London.By 1911, Herbert was an insurance clerk boarding at 123 Carter Street, Chorlton-on-M.

Leonard, Albert Victor

4536 Private Leonard of the 10/11th Bttn Highland Light Infantry was killed in action on 9/4/1918.  He is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL.  Albert previously served as 11316, 20th Royal Scots Fusiliers and 202593 5/6th Royal Scots. He had arrived France after Dec 1915.  Albert left his estate to his elder sister Gertrude.  He had lived at 57 Park Road, Stretford.

Albert’s parents were William & Rebecca and the family lived at 10 Howe Street, Broughton in 1901.  By 1911 Albert and his younger brother, James Harold Leonard were Foundationers at the School.  Rebecca was then a widow living with Gertrude at 137 Derbyshire Lane, Stretford.

Leybourn, Frederick Percy MM

Private in 20th  Manchester Regiment.  Commissioned and served with 19th & 17th DoW Attached to Cheshires 1/11/1918.

Lloyd, Harold

May be Corporal 26406 in 2/6th Manchesters.  Born Manchester and resident Chorlton.  Killed in Action 22/3/1918.  Commemorated POZIERES MEMORIAL and Memorial to Staff of the Ministry of Labour, now hanging in Caxton House, Tothill Street, London SW1. Left effects to Widow Marie. Employed in Board of Trade – Labour Department (North Western Division),  Possible son of Walter and Sarah Lloyd.  9 year old Foundationer at School in 1901.  He had married Marie Milner in Q3 1916 in a civil ceremony at Barton on Irwell. Possibly the H Lloyd mentioned on the Manchester Ship Canal Memorial.

Mortis, Leonard

12387, Driver in 66th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.  Died if illness in 40 Field Hospital, Sheikh Road, Mesopotamian 19/7/1915, aged 22.  Buried AMARA WAR CEMETERY north of Basra.  He is also commemorated at Christ Church and Altrincham Roll of Honour,  Entered Egypt 1/7/1915.  His mother Mary Ann Mortis received his Effects.

Born in Glossop, Derbys 19/5/1893, Leonard was the son of the late Mr Charles Mortis (Died 1905) , of Rose Bank, Wash Lane, Timperley.   He had been had been in the service of Messrs. Vickers & Maxim, Barrow, and was later with the British Westinghouse Company.  Leonard had enlisted in Barron and previously served as a Boy Artificer in the Royal Navy in 1910-12.  In 1911 Leonard is identified as an Engineers fitter, living in Timperley with his mother and sister.

Murray, Tom Powell

Tom served in the Merchant Navy.  He had been born in Barton 16/9/1899, – probably the son of Thomas & Annie E Murray.  This family lived Albion Street, Whalley Range in 1901.  No reference has been found for his death.

Nidd, Herbert Henry MC

Private in 16th Bttn Manchester Regiment Promptly commissioned 1/7th Bttn.  Died of illness 4/3/1919.

Poole, James

Lance Corporal – Signaller in 2/6th Bttn Manchester Regiment Died of Wounds 9/10/1917.

Poole, William Burslem

Lance Corporal in 21st Bttn Manchester Regiment Killed in Action 2/4/1917. School Census in 1901.

Pratt, Christopher

9 Year old foundationer on 1901 Census.  Born 14/10/1891.  Service Records for 9105 Private Christopher Pratt of the Leicestershire Regiment show he was aged 18 years and 9 months when he enlisted in August 1910.  This places his age to be consistent with the date of birth held in school records and the principal link for the Leicesters C Pratt.  Service records show Private Pratt was born in Derbyshire, but cross referenced date indicate birth in West Derby, Liverpool.  CWGC records show Christopher was the son of Mr & Mrs J T Pratt of Liverpool, which relates to his parents as John Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Pratt, who were resident in West Derby in 1881 & 1891.   Their eldest daughter Dorothy Crowson (married 1909) is also mentioned on CWGC data.  All Christopher’s siblings were were living in Northamptonshire with Charlotte Pratt as the Head of the Household.  Their father had died in 1900 and Mary Elizabeth had died earlier and he had remarried Charlotte.  She is confirmed as his step-mother in his Service Record which also indicates both parents are buried in Wast Derby cemetery.. Christopher’s absence from the 1901 family group is explained by the School census, providing further evidence we are following the correct man.  John & Mary Pratt had married in Manchester had married in 1878 and Dorothy was born there.  It is clearly conceivable John had committed to the School funding scheme at this stage, prior to the family move to Merseyside.

Christopher was a former labourer who enlisted as 10638  Reservist in 3rd Battalion Leicester and became a Regular Soldier, 9105 in 15/2/1911. At the time of that census, he was a Private, serving in 1st Leicesters in Talavera Barracks, Aldershot.  He later served in India and then landed at Marseille on 12/10/1914 as an Old Contemptible.  Rejoined battalion after being sick or wounded 31.5.1915. Sprained left ankle to 20 Gen Hospital 13.6.1915, rejoined 26.9.1915.

Service Records show a detailed – illegible – Court of Inquiry which concludes that injuries were self induced.  This probablu concerned medical records report a gun shot wound to his left foot on 28/10/1915.  He was treated in Wimereux, before evacuation Home to Southampton on Hospital Ship “Munich”. The Inquiry ordered that Christopher be returned the 2nd Battalion after recovery in England.  This would have enabled the Leicesters to hold a General Court Martial – with the likelihood of a firing squad if found guilty.  As such, Christopher and his family will have been relieved when the Inquiry decision was change and he was ordered to the Mediterranean Theater under escort.  He then served in Mesopotamia (Iraq).  Christopher died of wounds in the ‘Persian Gulf’ on 24/4/1916, aged 24.  He is buried in Basra Military Cemetery and left his effects to his ‘Mother’ Charlotte.  Christopher’s records provides Charlotte’s next of kin address in Toronto, Canada when duplicate Medals were distributed in 1926. The original medals had been sent to Dorothy by mistake and she refused to return them. Clearly disputing he step-mother’s status, Dorothy stated of her “…she didn’t think of him when he was alive…she told to put a red jacket on his back as she begrudged keeping him…”  The War Office had confirmed Dorothy’s continued entitlement to the Death Plaque and scroll.  Charlotte retained the 1914 Star and Emblem, along with War Gratuity.  Younger sisters Charlotte and Adelaide had joined Charlotte Snr in Canada.  Eldest son John William had been killed during hostilities.  Initial evidence indicates this was Rifleman J W Pratt, killed in action 3/5/1917 and commemorated at the Arras Memorial.

Roberts, Thomas Herbert

Lance Corporal in 16th Bttn Manchester Regiment  . Died of Wounds 6/7/1916.  School Census in 1901.

Rofe, Herbert Hampson

Private in 1/8th Bttn Lance Corporal in 16th Bttn Manchester Regiment  . Killed in Action. 6/11/1918.

Smith, Douglas

Lance Corporal in 1/6th Bttn Manchester Regiment  . Killed in Action. 24/6/1918.

Smith, Frances Elizabeth

Frances holds the sad and  unique position as the only woman to be commemorated on the WACOS Memorial.  Florence was a Staff Nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, at Aylesbury Military Hospital.  She died on 1/7/1918 and is buried in MANCHESTER (GORTON) CEMETERY.  Born in Levenshulme 9/6/1883, Frances was  Daughter of Frederick William & Mary Ann Smith (Livesey), The family were residents of  Newton Heath in 1891 & 1901.   Frances was a resident sick nurse in Withington in 1911.  There were 10+ Children. Her sister Florence was Foundationer between 1898 & 1903 (Florence died in 1909).  Other sisters also attended the School.

Stockdale, William Rossiter

William Rossiter was one of many former Foundationers who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps.  He died amongst his comrades in Tooting Military Hospital on 14/5/1916.  Prior to his illness, William had served as a Private – 275 – in 1/1 E Lancs (Territorial) Field Ambulance.  He had served in the Balkans; arriving 26/4/1915.  William had been a resident of Levenshulme prior to enlistment and was buried in Willow Grove Cemetery in Stockport.

William was born in Reddish, Cheshire on 31/5/1895.  His parents, Peter and Mary Jane Stockdale christened their son in St Thomas’s Heaton Norris.  They lived at 19 Manchester Old Road. Peter was employed  as a Clerk.  By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to School Lane, Heaton Norris.  Peter was then 60 years old and Mary Jane was 55 – having given birth to her son aged 49!  By 1911, William was a Foundationer 15 year old Foundationer.  Sadly his trio of medals were never claimed by Mary Jane.  William had left his Effects to his mother, who had not been found.

Thomas, Edward Baldwin

Lance Corporal in 16th Bttn Manchester Regiment  . Killed in Action. 3/3/1916.

Turton, Charles Greaves

Private in 1/6th Bttn Manchester Regiment  . Killed in Action. 4/6/1915.

Tune, Charles Vaughan (A V on Memorial)

Charles was killed in action on 30/11/1917, serving as Lance Corporal 42163 in the Machine Gun Corps.  With no known grave, Charles is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. He was previously been emplued as a stationer printer, before originally enlisted in Edinburgh the 2/4th Royal Scots – 2578 on 20/11/1914 (aged 17). He was transferred to 19th Royal Scots on 20/11/1917 and discharged the day before he re-enlisted in the MGC in Grantham on 27/5/1916.  Charles arrived in France on 16/7/1916.  He served in 165th, 6th and 99th Companies, being sick or wounded on two occasions.  He was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal in 99th Coy a week before he was killed, having previously completed an Anti Aircraft training course.

Charles had been in Chorlton cum Hardy in April 1897 and was the SON OF CHARLES AND FRANCES MARGARET (Nellie) TUNE, OF 42, MAULDETH RD., WITHINGTON, MANCHESTER.  He had also attended Manchester Grammar School. Charles Snr received his son’s effects.

Wallace, Charles Boyd

Charles was a Corporal 10841 in the 4th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) when he was killed on 23/4/1915.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.  Prior to hostilities, Charles had served in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Manchester Regiment in England for 5 years and Bombay Light Horse in India for 3 years.

Prior to enlisting, Charles had been a commercial traveler, married to Nora Wallace (de Flandre)  in Toronto. The couple had one daughter, Grace de Flandre Wallace, born in 1908.  Charles had been born in Fallowfield on 18/10/1974 and was a month short of his 40th Birthday when he attested on 23/9/1914. At 5’10 1/2′, he was also much taller than the average recruit.  Charles was living with his mother, Jane, in 33 Central Road, Withington in 1891, employed as a Shipping Clerk.  Youngest brother John D Wallace was also at home.  In the 1881 Census, Charles father, John C Wallace was identified as head of the household.  At that stage the middle brother George D Wallace (See below) was resident with the family.  It is anticipated Charles was serving in India when the 1901 Census was recorded.

Wallace, George Douglas
2nd Lieutenant in 21st Battalion Manchester Regiment  Killed in Action 26/10/1917.

Waters, James

Private 19th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Killed in Action 23/7/1916.

Wells, Norman

Private 1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Later Corporal in King Liverpools, Died of Wounds 25/9/1917 serving as 2nd Lieutenant in Lancs Fusils.

Wignall, Herbert

Lance Corporal 20th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Died of wounds 18/4/1916.

Wilkinson, Harold

Private 20th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Died of wounds 2/8/1916.

Wood, Frederick Arthur

Rifleman Z/2210 who enlisted in the Special Reserve in 3rd Bttn (Prince Consort’s Own) Rifle Brigade. Arrived France 27/12/1914. Killed in action, Neuve Chapelle 21/3/1915. Commemorated Ploegsteert Memorial and United Reform + St Bartholomew’s Churches, Wilmslow. Resident Myrtle Cottage, Gravel Lane, Wilmslow. Effects and Estate left to his father, Christopher Preston Wood. Born Longsight 13/5/1889 to mother Annie. He had been a bank clerk in 1911.

Yates, Arthur Chester

Private 1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Died of wounds 8/6/1915.

Yates, William Chester

Private 1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment  Killed in Action 7/8/1915..

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This list is created with the help of Charlotte Dover, the archivist of Cheadle Hulme School, together with members of the Great War Forum, Manchesters Forum and http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cheshire/CheadleHulmeSchool.html.  A predesccsor in similar tasks reported interesting analysis in http://www.chu3a.org.uk/Newsletter%202007%20Winter%20December%20WEB.pdf & http://www.chu3a.org.uk/Newsletter%202008%20Spring%20March%20WEB.pdf Online records were used including Medal Index Cards and Soldiers Died in the Great War, census and BMD.

“…we are going to reward you by sending you back into the line again” What no cheers!

General Shea © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1575)In Mid July 1916*, Arthur Bell attended a speech by the CO of 30th Division.  The survivors who remained on duty after the assaults on Montauban and Trones Wood were apparently unimpressed with the General’s exuberance for further action.

“About then there was a Divisional Parade and we were addressed by the General  – “You have behaved so well that you deserve the finest rewards the good troops can have, we are going to reward you by sending you back into the line again”!…… (What, no cheers!)” (1)

90th Brigade War Diary includes a summary of the speech:-

Precis of Speech by Major General J.S.M. Shea C.B, D.S.O.

Commanding 30th Division. “General Steavenson, Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and men of the 90th Brigade. I take this earliest possible opportunity of expressing my thanks to you and my pride.
You were asked to take Montauban and you took it. You were asked to take Trones Wood and you took it.
I sent you into the first action an untried Brigade. You came out of it with, what is most dear to a soldier, a good name and a reputation. I sent you in with confidence. I shall send you into the next action with even more.
I will tell you of the rule which has been followed by Divisions with many casualties. A Division which has suffered heavily has been pulled out and sent North to make room for another Division. Believe me, I desire to cast no slur on other Divisions when I say that this order has been followed and Divisions which have suffered as heavily as you have been pulled out and sent North.
But the Corps Commander says that he cannot and will not do without you and the Commander of the Fourth Army has promised me faithfully that he will send us into the fight again. This is the highest compliment which could be paid to you as soldiers.
I wish I could recite to you the deeds of the Battalions. How the 16th and 17th Manchesters backed and supported by their gallant comrades the Scots Fusiliers took Montauban and held it, now the Scots Fusliliers, when it came to their turn, took Maltz Horn Farm and though it was nothing. An how the 18th Manchesters with the increasing devotion worked for them. And how later in their turn they shewed that they could fight.
I took the Commander of the Fourth Army yesterday that is he wanted any place taken and held, we, the 30th Division, would take it and hold it.
A great compliment has been paid you by the Commander of 39th Trench Division of the 20th Corps who were on our right both in Montauban and Trones in a message sent to the Fourth Army.”

*16th Bttn War Diary notes the speech taking place at Daours on 14th July.  17th Bttn were also billeted in Daours on this date and probably attended at the same time.

Brigade Parade 14th July 1916

Brigade Parade 14th July 1916