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

Murdered

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.

This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a Canadian Pilot attached to the Royal Flying Corps, a Lance/Corporal 10th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment soldier, a naval Captain of H.M.S. Natal and a Corporal of the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers in a Gassing Company. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Jacob Ernest Mott

Canadian Pilot

Jacob Ernest Mott was an Ontario born Canadian. He enlisted into the Canadian Medical Corps on November 1914. Commissioned in May 1916 to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, he was to stay with them for just over a year before being attached to the Royal Flying Corps. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Eric Percy Coventry Back

Cromarty Disaster

Eric Percy Coventry Back was born in Torquay, Devon and was a professional naval officer and took command of his first ship on June 1915. Tragically he was to be killed along with his wife on the Cromarty Firth in north Scotland. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Arthur William Bull

Christmas Day

Arthur William Bull from Watford, Hertfordshire was 25 years old when he was in the trenches in the Ferme du Bois sector on Christmas Eve. During the night an artillery duel took place to stop Christmas Day fraternisation. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Robert Bennet McBey – © Allan McBey

Gas Gas Gas

Robert Bennet McBey was a Miner, working in the pits of Lanarkshire when he answered the call to arms in January 1915. Initially a member of the Artillery, he later moved to the Special Brigade of the Royal Engineers for the use of Poison Gas. He was wounded in October 1918 and for his actions was awarded the Military Medal. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a volunteer nurse from Kent, a New Zealander serving in Gallipoli, a Private of the Royal Army Medical Corps from Burnley, Lancashire and a Lieutenant in The Royal Scots Fusiliers serving in Yorkshire. Click on the Description Headings to discover more on their lives.

Private William Nutter, Royal Army Medical Corps

Prisoner of War

William Nutter was a Fitters Labourer on the Trams in Burnley when he enlisted in October 1915 into the Royal Army Medical Corps where he served in the 76th Field Ambulance. Arriving in France in August 1916 he was later injured by an explosion which caused a wound to his buttock. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Edgar Hunter Ewen from the Aberdeen University Roll of Service.

Catterick Camp

Edgar Hunter Ewen was a teacher at Troon in Ayrshire prior to his service in the Great War, initially he was a Serjeant in the Gordon Highlanders before being commissioned into The Royal Scots Fusiliers. While acting as an instructor at Catterick Camp, North Yorkshire he was involved in a fatal accident. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Garland Oswald Morgan

A Sapper In Gallipoli

Garland Oswald Morgan was a 22 year old New Zealander from St. Albans a suburb of Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand when he volunteered for duty at the start of the Great War. He was enlisted into a Signals Company of a New Zealand Engineers unit and was to make his way via Egypt to the Gallipoli Peninsula along with so many other ANZACs’. To find out more about his story, click the above heading.

Miss M J Birkett, Voluntary Aid Detachments. Died December 1914 16 December 1914. Copyright: © IWM (WWC H2-131-A).

Exhausted

Margaret Janson Birkett was a member of her Red Cross, Voluntary Aid Detachment at Chislehurst, Kent when she fell ill after working long hours to attend to the patients. To find out more about her story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

The Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives are, a Balloonist in the Flying Corps, a Royal Scot War Hero, a Naval ‘Destroyer’ Officer and a Warwickshire Yeomanry Shoeing-Smith. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

Patrick Nangle, 1st Royal Scots

Military Medal

Patrick Nangle had a tough upbringing in Edinburgh. When he left school he joined The Royal Scots in 1906 aged 16 years. He went on to serve both in the Great War where he was awarded the Military Medal and the Croix de Guerre, and WWII. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Family Grave at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex – © Steve Grimwood (Find a Grave)

Christmas Day

Herbert Dudley Pashley was from Norfolk and a Professional Soldier having served previously as a Legal Clerk. Serving with The 23rd London Regiment, he was to transfer to the Royal Flying Corps in July 1916. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Letter of Explanation

Submarine Attack

Frank Wallis was a young officer in the Royal Navy when he was allocated to the ship H.M.S. Pasley a new Destroyer. During his service on this vessel it was involved in a friendly fire incident with the British Submarine G9. He was later transferred to the Coastal Motor Boat ’33A’ which was involved in an attack on Zeebrugge and Ostend. To find out more of his story, click the above heading.

Warwickshire Yeomanry Cap Badge

A Blacksmith at War

Wallace Stacey was from Westonzoyland, Somerset where he had been a Blacksmith. He was to join the Warwickshire Yeomanry as a Shoeing Smith, where he found himself in Egypt in 1917 attached to the 5th Mounted Brigade, Australian Mounted Division. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, a Balloon Observer, a Royal Artillery War Hero, a Royal Scot and a Royal Dragoon from Bedfordshire. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

British Kite Balloon © Air Force Museum of New Zealand

An Observer

Stanley Craigmore Pinhay from Falmouth, Devon had a career in the Post Office prior to the Great War, Following his attestation into the Royal Flying Corps, he eventually found himself as an observer, suspended beneath a balloon in a wicker basket. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Cap Badge of 1st Royal Dragoons

A Double Serjeant-Major

Ernest James Buck who was from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire was a Professional Soldier having served in India and South Africa before the Great War in the 1st Royal Dragoons. Serving early in France he was later transferred to the 17th Royal Scots. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Grave of Alexander Mann – © Philippe Degroote

Returned Home to Fight

Alexander Mann had been in America for four years, and came back to Scotland on the outbreak of hostilities, He was recently married and was about to adopt his wife’s first born son when he was killed in an attack by the 11th Royal Scots on the enemy trenches. To find out more of his story, click the above heading.

Anthony Chaworth-Musters.

A Chaworth-Muster

Anthony Chaworth-Musters was from a notable English family. He was was educated at Rugby School before gaining a commission in the Royal Field Artillery prior to the Great War. At the start of hostilities he was sent onto the continent and was soon in the think of the fighting. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, a Flying Sergeant, a Royal Artillery War Hero, a Young Gordon Highlander and a Royal Dragoon from Bedfordshire. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

Serjeant Robert Stovell Evans – Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: (HU 121824)

Destined To Fly

Londoner Robert Evans was clearly keen to fly, paying for lessons prior to going to war, on receiving his flying certificate at Hall School, Hendon, he was to join the Royal Flying Corps first with 45 Squadron then 70 Squadron. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Cap Badge of 1st Royal Dragoons

A Narrow Escape

George Arthur Buck who was from Biggleswade, Bedfordshire was caught up in an artillery explosion causing the death of those around him, as a result he was reported dead. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Grave of Douglas Chaworth-Musters – © Kevin Martin

Military Cross & Bar

Douglas Chaworth-Musters was descended from a long line of aristocrats, many of whom gave great service in the Great War, Douglas was one such officer. To find out more of his story and why he was awarded his two Military Crosses, click the above heading.

Alexander Grant

A Young Gordon

Young Alexander Grant from Keith, Banffshire was involved in a major attack against the enemy between the 20th-24th July 1918 with the 7th Gordon Highlanders, it was to be a tough 4 days of fighting. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, a young Boy Sailor, a 2nd Dragoon Boer War hero, a Teacher who was to win the Military Cross and a Yeomanry Major who survived a U-Boat attack. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

John Hugh Matheson

A Military Cross Winner

John Hugh Matheson was a teacher who was born in Avoch, Ross and Cromarty, joining the Gordon Highlanders early in the war as a Private soldier, he was soon commissioned into the same regiment. Following the capture of enemy soldiers during an attack, he was awarded the Military Cross. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

John Neville Chaworth-Musters D.S.O.

U-Boat Attack

John Neville Chaworth-Musters was to serve in Salonika, Palestine, Egypt and Gallipoli and his ship was also attacked by a U-Boat. Awarded a Distinguished Service Order, to find out more about his story click on the above heading.

Grave of Percival Sudworth – © Billy Muir

Boer War Hero

Percival Sudworth was born in Wigan, Lancashire. He joined the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) in 1888 in Ireland. He was to serve in The Boer War of 1899 – 1902 and was awarded numerous medals. During the Great War he was to see service with the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Letter of Request

A Boy Servant

Young Wilfred Roberts had a very difficult upbringing when his mother died at the age of 3 years and he was brought up by his aunt and educated at an Industrial School. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

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.

This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, two are related, one is a Minister and the other an Old Contemptible. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

Gordon Highlanders Tartan

A Felled Woodcutter

Corporal Robert Reid was a former Woodcutter from Boharm in Banffshire, but was a Professional Soldier, joining in 1901. When war broke out in 1914, he soon found his way into action. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

The Last Flight of Captain Ball by Norman Arnold ©IWM Art 1488

In the Shadow of an Ace

Roger was an officer in the Leicestershire Regiment when he volunteered for service in the Royal Flying Corps. As a member of 56 Squadron, he was confronted by Werner Voss. To read more of his story, click on the title above.

Philip Mundy Chaworth-Musters

Trench Mortar Officer

Nottinghamshire born Philip Chaworth-Musters was a young officer who had been educated at Rugby School, he became a Trench Mortar Officer in the Royal Field Artillery but tragically he was to follow in the footsteps of several member of his family. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Marshall Merson – ©Aberdeen Weekly – dated 3 September 1915

A Reverend in the Trenches

Marshall Merson, the son of a Fishcurer from Buckie, was a former student of Aberdeen University who took to the cloth, volunteering for the Gordon Highlanders as a Private before he was commissioned into The Royal Scots Fusiliers. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.

This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, two brothers who were officers and two cousins who were both in the Seaforth Highlanders. Click on the Description Heading to discover more on their lives.

Mackenzie Tartan

A Speysider at Arras

Alexander Burgess was a former Farm Servant living at Bogmoor, near Spey Bay, Banffshire when as part of the 6th Seaforth Highlanders their task was to capture 3 German Trenches. To find out more of his story click the above heading.

Cambrai Front

19 year old William Burgess was involved in the British advance on the Cambrai Front along with his regiment the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, a month before the end of the war. During the battle this resulted in 36 Other Ranks Killed, Wounded 170, Missing 6, Died of Wounds 5. To read more of his story, click on the title above.

Patricius George Chaworth-Musters

Friendly Fire

Norwegian born Patricius who was educated at Rugby School took a commission on leaving school, wounded in 1914 and sent home to recuperate, on his return he was hit by Friendly Fire. To learn more click on the heading.

Norfolk Regiment Cap Badge

Brave But Troubled

Richard Hammond Chaworth-Musters was a Lieutenant in the Norfolk Regiment having previously been in the Royal Irish Rifles, when he was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in attacking the enemy. To find out more about his story click on the above heading.