This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a member of the West Ham Pals ‘The Hammers’ who was born in Lewisham, a Navy Commander and his wife who had been residing on the Isle of Wight and a Canadian born nurse who was working in a Canadian Stationary Hospital. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Henry Thomas Gartside-Tipping


Henry Thomas Gartside-Tipping was born at Dublin. He joined the navy at a young age in 1860. At the outbreak of the Great War he re-joined the navy from retirement where he was to be ultimately given command of an armoured yacht. This would lead him to be one of the oldest casualties in the navy. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Katherine Maud Mary MacDonald

Air Raid

Canadian born Katherine MacDonald who was a trained nurse was determined to be sent to France to serve in a Military Hospital. There she served in No 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital where she was involved in a German air raid. To find out more about her story click on the above heading.

Frank Arthur Jenns

A West Ham Pal

Frank Arthur Jenns, was born at Lewisham, London and was one of nine children. Working as a Builders Clerk when he joined the West Ham Pals, The 13th Essex Regiment in 1915. Frank was to turn into an exceptional soldier and soon found himself commissioned. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Grave of Mary Stuart Gartside-Tipping – © Canaryguy (Find a Grave)

Women’s Emergency Corps

Mary Gartside-Tipping was born in Blackburn, Lancashire. She joined the Women’s Emergency Corps and went to assist in France following the death of her husband who was in the navy. While there she was involved in an incident with a French soldier in a cafe she was working in. To find out more about her 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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