This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a member of the Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division from Dundee, a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps from Reading, an Argentinian born officer on attachment to the Royal Flying Corps from the 1st London Yeomanry and a 2nd Corporal of the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers in a Gassing Company. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Harry Chalmers – © Neil Bright

Ancre Attack

Harry Chalmers was born in Dundee and worked as a Clerk in a Jute Mill prior to his enlistment in the Royal Naval Division. Following his training he was promoted to Petty Officer and went on to fight in the last battles of the Somme in an attempt to capture Beaumont-Hamel. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Robert Aldridge


Robert Aldridge was born in Reading, Berkshire and had previously been a hospital Porter prior to the war. He was to volunteer to enter service in the Royal Army Medical Corps and served throughout the war in the United Kingdom. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Livens Projector – © IWM ORD 26

Special Engineer

Charles Lyons, was born and brought up in Keresley, Coventry, Warwickshire, he had been a Farm Labourer prior to the Great War when he joined the Royal Artillery. He was soon to transfer to the Royal Engineers where he was involved in the distribution of Poison Gas. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Sidney Stewart Hume

Mental Health

Sidney Stewart Hume was born in Argentina where he was to become a farmer. He was to travel back to the U.K. at the start of the war where he joined the 1st County of London Yeomanry and served in the Gallipoli Campaign. He later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was later captured by the enemy in France and served some time in various camps where his mental health difficulties came to light and became serious. 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, 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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