This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, two cavalry soldiers, an officer from the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and a soldier from the Suffolk Regiment. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

Robert Chaworth-Musters

A Victim of a Pandemic

Robert Chaworth-Musters was a well educated Officer from Nottinghamshire who enlisted early in the war. Rewarded for his bravery, his young life was cut short a month before the end of the conflict by a hidden enemy. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

The Grave of Thomas ‘Tommie’ Gillan at Tomintoul – © Vincent Stuart

Southampton War Hospital

‘Tommie’ Gillan was in his early 20’s when he joined the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), a cavalry regiment, sometime before the start of the war, his unit was one the first to go to France / Flanders and shortly thereafter he was under fire. He fought for several years, until he was wounded south-west of Cambrai, France and evacuated to the Southampton War Hospital. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Charles Arthur Bates Swingler

An Irish Dragoon

Birmingham born Charles Swingler was a Sign-Writer before he answered the call to arms. He was to die before a major attack. His mother later moved to Canada along with many of her children. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Harry Briggs – © Stephen Briggs

A Suffolk Farm Boy

Harry Briggs, was born and brought up at Chelmondiston near Ipswich, Suffolk. His father died at 5 years old and his mother later re-married. He joined the 2nd Suffolks in 1914 and received a ‘Blighty’ wound around June 1915. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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