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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…

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…

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…

John Merdon was born in 1893 and lived at Bishhops Hull,Taunton. At the out break of the first World war he joined the Somerset light Infantry as a Second Lieutenant. He was unfortunately killed on the 20/09/1917. From information gathered from war records it is likely that Lieutenant Smerdon was awarded the Victory Me…

Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Cary Helyar’s photo (right) is just before the First World War in 1913 prior to this he started his naval career at the age of 14 years as a cadet. During the war he was at the battle of Zeebrugge (on St Georges Day 1918) he was in command of a destroyer named the “North Star”. His ship was…

Albert Thomas Gould was part of the 779 West Somerset Yeomanry. Albert Thomas Gould was born in Bermondsey, London 1887. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a Farrier and learnt to shoe Dray horses. A few years later he came to Somerset to help his aunt, Harriet Pym, run her Taxi business by looking after the horses…