Named Soldiers

Photograph of William and an unknown shipmate. William is on the right. The photograph was taken when he was serving on HMS Royal Arthur. It must have been taken between 1895 (when he was presented with his Ashanti campaign medal which he is wearing) and May 1896 as he is wearing 1 Good Service stripe. They were awarde…

Douglas Arthur Chambers (back right) in his later years after the Great War Donated by Mr & Mrs Doyle of Taunton, Douglas Arthur Chambers was Mrs Doyle’s maternal grandfather, born 1895. Douglas was married to Adela Treen Chambers and lived in West Harrow, Middlesex, with one daughter and one son. Douglas joined the Ro…

Edmund Cooper Briggs was born on 16th September 1882 in Nuneaton in Warwickshire. Moved to Horsforth in Leeds with his family when he was little. He joined the Reserve Forces in 1915 but wasn’t called up until Spring 1917. In civilian life he was a builder and road constructor and so he joined the Royal Engineers befor…

In 1914 my paternal grandfather George Osborn Morgan was working for the Cooperative Wholesale Society in Cardiff. He enlisted with the British Expeditionary Force and went to France. Having been promoted to Corporal he transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps. He was promoted to Company Sergeant Major and then Regi…

Harringay News Friday 1st July 1938 (shown right) Former Residents Death Early Worker for the Burgess Association Many old friends will regret to learn of the death at Swindon last week of Mr L J Tibballs late of Falkand Road Hornsey age 79 years. Mr Tibballs was secretary of the Harringay Burgesses Association in the…

William was born in Liverpool 11th July 1889. He attended Liverpool Institute serving as an engineering apprentice at Grayson, Rollo Clover Docks and when qualified he went to sea as a junior marine engineer in the Merchant Navy. He was in this post as the Great War broke out. The ship he was on was shelled. Unfortunat…

Ben Price Grandfather of Nicky Yoxall and Tom Yoxall Grandfather of Harry Yoxall Pitminster. Tom Yoxall, son of a butcher from Shepherd’s Bush signs on with the 2/3rd (territorial) London Yeomanry, then still a mounted regiment. By March 1915 he is serving in France moving next to a regular battalion, the 3rd County of…

George Michael Holt was part of the Warwickshire Yeomanry. The British yeomanry during the First World War were part of the British Army reserve Territorial Force. Initially in 1914 there were fifty-seven regiments and fourteen mounted brigades. Soon after the declaration of war second and third line regiments were for…

“A heroic soul was D. Meikle. He was an officer of excellent judgement and wonderfully popular with N.C.O.’s and men of his company. Every one of the men he led looked upon him as a personal friend. As a soldier he was keen, enthusiastic and alert, and gave courageous attention to the performance of all his duties, no…

Bessie was a VAD Nurse in 1915 during World War 1. She served in Erdington Birmingham nursing wounded soldiers returning from France. Note the photo of the rows of wounded in the great Hall of the Birmingham University which was turned into a Military Hospital. Three of her brothers Bert, Howard and Gordon also served…