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Posted by: Barry Thursfield {Email left}
Location: Cannock
Date: Friday 5th December 2014 at 9:25 PM
Hello Alan,I would be grateful for any information regarding my Maternal Grandfather,Peter James Powell,born 1890 in Walsall.He enlisted[was conscripted ?]July 1916 in lichfield,staffs,as Private 28751 Leicstershire Regiment.He was at some point transferred to the 7th.Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as Private 30311.On the 21st.March 1918 he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was captured-wounded,reportedly in or around the Village of Ronssoy.He died on 16th.July 1918,presumably in a German Field Hospital.I have no real idea where met his death or from what cause.Neither do I know anything of his postings between enlistment and his demise.He left behind a very young widow and two very young children.The only photograph I have he is in uniform and wearing spectacles,so I doubt he was Classed as A1.He is interred in St.Roch Communal Cemetery,Valenciennes,France.Any further information would be most welcomed by both myself and his only other Grandchild on the Paternal line.Thank you for your most excellent Forum.Regards,Barry.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 6th December 2014 at 1:24 PM

Dear Barry,
No documentation has survived that will specify the service of Peter James Powell. An Army medal roll for the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers recorded he first served with the 8th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. When he died he had been serving with the 7th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. It is not possible to say when he was posted from one battalion to the other. "Soldiers Died in the Great War" (HMSO 1921) recorded he had previously served as 28751 Leicestershire Regiment. Such "formerly served" entries usually indicated a man who had enlisted under the Derby Scheme of deferred enlistment in October - December 1915. These men enlisted for one day and were sent home to await call-up. When called-up in 1916, they often joined a different regiment that was then in greater need of recruits. The "formerly served as" reference helped record office clerks reconcile the original paperwork so they could establish what had happened to the man who enlisted as Private Powell 28751 Leicestershire Regiment.
The 21st March 1918 needs little explanation. It was the first day of "Operation Michael" which was the German advance on the Somme which over-ran the British and threw them into retreat. Many British prisoners were taken by the Germans on that day. Peter James Powell was buried in the German extension of the cemetery of the commune at Valenciennes on 16th July 1918. His coffin, identified by the coffin plaque, was exhumed in February 1922 and re-buried in the British part of the cemetery. That is recorded on the CWGC website.
"Field Hospitals" were from a later era. In the First World War the German Army provided medical care in infirmaries or, in German, "lazaretts", There was a lazarett in Valenciennes which has been recorded on the internet.
The records of Prisoners of War are held by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva and are searchable online, but the "Powells" do not seem to appear in the index. See:
The 8th and the 7th battalions of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers had shared experiences in the war. They were both raised at Omagh in 1914 and went to France in February 1916, serving with the 49th Infantry Brigade in the 16th (Irish) Division.
On 23rd August 1917, the two battalions merged to form the 7th/8th Battalion which continued to exist until 22nd April 1918 when the two amalgamated battalions were reduced to a cadre and the remaining men transferred to the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment.
The war diaries of the 7th and 8th Battalions Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are held at the UK National Archives and can be downloaded for a fee of £3.30 each from:
for the 7th Battalion and
for the 7/8th Battalion and
for the 8th Battalion.
It is plausible that as Valenciennes was comparatively near Ronssoy, Private Powell would have been hospitalised by the German Army after being captured (perhaps already wounded) and probably was not taken to a Prisoner of War camp and so the time scale might not have allowed for him to be referred to the Red Cross as being a prisoner. Deaths were reported to the British via the Red Cross and records might have survived at the UK National Archives in the record series RG 35/45 to RG 35/69 which has an incomplete collection of death certificates.
Spectacles, produced in Blackpool for the British forces, became more common as the war went on. See the discussion at:
With kind regards,
Reply from: Barry Thursfield
Date: Saturday 6th December 2014 at 4:07 PM

Dear Alan,Thank you for your prompt reply to my query.I now have a few more lines of enquiry to pursue.Thank you again for your time and indulgence.A donation will go to a local branch of the British Legion,via a neighbour who is a member.Regards and Best Wishes,Barry.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 6th December 2014 at 4:12 PM

Dear Barry,
Thank you for making a donation to the Royal British Legion. It makes all the difference.
Reply from: Barry Thursfield
Date: Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 9:43 PM

Dear Alan,The records on line at ICRC are rather confusing. With the assistance of another Powell researcher,who realised the records were sorted by regiment and not alphabetically.So search,in this instance for "Powell",but go up and down.My "Powell"is found at "Povay,Irish[4].Hoping this will help others using the ICRC website.Regards,Barry.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 10:31 PM

Dear Barry,
I am pleased you persisted with the ICRC website. It is actually a new online resource and is still unfamiliar in its layout and content. The leap from Powell to Povay Irish (4) is quite wide!
The record makes it clear he was serving with the merged 7th/8th Battalion when captured. He died in a war lazarett with the local command not recorded, on 16th July 1918. The date of death had been altered from his paybook which showed 26th July 1918. I suspect that he was taken to Valenciennes from Ronssoy.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Chris Murphy
Date: Friday 21st August 2015 at 12:12 AM

Hi Alan and Barry, The information on the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers was such an informative read. I have set up a Facebook page on the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and used to live in Cannock where Barry is from. I'm tracing my great grandfather sergeant John Edward Smith MM 23113 was in the 7th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He died as a private in the 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers. Rumour has it that when he was injured at Ginchy they wanted him to train new recruits or men out of hospital going back to the front. He didn't want to do this so went as a private back to the front. I've got a feeling that one of his brothers was in the 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers. All 3 brothers died.
Posted by: Nick Willetts {Email left}
Location: Dymock Glos
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014 at 6:49 PM
Hi Alan,
I don't know whether you could shed some light on my wifes Grandfather Sjt 24281 T.Hogan , 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, we know that he served in the First World War & has the following medals DCM ( awarded for action at Foret De Mormal between 3rd & 8th Nov 1918.London Gazette 10th January 1920) The War Medal, Victory Medal , George VI Coronation Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, The Defence Medal & The RAF LS&GS. I know hat he served in Egypt in the 1930's in the RAF however there is a bit of a blurr between 1918 & 1930 & how he eventually ended up in the RAF...did he originally join the RFC which then became the RAF. His daughter ( my mother in law )thinks that at some brief time he was in the RFC . I will be most appreciative if you could help as I am putting together a frame with his military history in & am looking to add replica medals & some cap badges so any help would be great.
Many thanks
Nick Willetts.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014 at 9:01 PM

Dear Nick,
Service records for airmen who served after 1920 are not in the public domain. The Ministry of Defence holds the individual service records which are protected under the Data Protection Act. The MoD will release certain amounts of information about a deceased person depending on whether you are next-of-kin or not. You can apply using the forms for next-of-kin, or with permission of next-of- kin, or as a general enquirer. See:
You will need proof of death (a copy of the death certificate unless the man died in service); date of birth or service number; next of kin's permission (unless the direct next-of-kin applies); a cheque for £30 and completed Application forms Part 1 and 2: If you are not next-of-kin you can make a general enquiry using both the "Request for Service personnel details: general enquirer's form (v6) (DOC)" and then the Part 2 form which is entitled "Request for Service personnel details: Royal Air Force part 2 (DOC)".
A cheque for £30 should be made payable to "HMG Sub Account 3627". The administration fee of £30 will be waived for requests from those who were the spouse or civil partner of the subject at the time of death. The paperwork should be sent to RAF 3rd Party Disclosure Team, Room 14, Trenchard Hall, RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincs. CS, NG34 8HB.
A First World War Army campaign-medal roll for the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers recorded Sgt Thomas Hogan served firstly in the 7th Battalion R. Innis Fus. and then the 6th Battalion R. Innis. Fus., with no dates to indicate when he was posted to the 6th Battalion. He first served overseas with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for service overseas before December 31st 1915, he did not go abroad until some date after January 1st 1916. The Royal Flying Corps became the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918. The award of the D.C.M. was for action between 3rd and 8th November 1918 by Sjt T Hogan 24281 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. It therefore appears he could not have served in the Royal Flying Corps which had ceased to exist in April 1918.
The award of the D.C.M. was announced on 18th February 1919. See:
The citation was published in January 1920.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Nick Willetts
Date: Friday 5th December 2014 at 7:46 AM

Thanks Alan for your prompt reply, it has answered the questions that I needed to be answered.
Just to let you know I am a former Royal Marine Commando 1981-1987 , a retired Police Officer 1987-2013(16 years on armed response) & now work as a porter at Gloucester Royal Hospital so a lifetime ( so far) spent in uniform , I purchase from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Marines Association & go Commando , all of which are charities that are close to my heart & give support to former service personnel and their families in times of need.
My great grandfather, Theodore (Harry)Wiltshire served in the 13th Hussars from 1898-1920 & has/ had QSA Medal , 3x World War 1 medals & an Army LS & GC Medal.
Posted by: David Lloyd {Email left}
Location: Petersfield
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014 at 8:36 AM
Dear Alan,
I am trying to trace details of my sister in law's grandfather: Private Richard Oliver Wigley 30697 8th Bn Devonshire Regiment. Died 9/5/17 commemorated at Arras Memorial. Possibly born 1882 at Rotherwick Hampshire. No details of his enlistment found or how he died. Please can you help? I am a Legion member (local branch Secretary) so I will put something in the coffers!
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014 at 4:07 PM

Dear David,
No individual service record has survived for Richard Oliver Wigley so it is not possible to state his wartime service. An Army medals roll recorded him as Private Roland (sic) Oliver Wigley. He first served with the 1st Battalion The Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment, as private no. 33246. At some stage he transferred to the 8th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment, no. 30697. He was "regarded dead" on 9th May 1917.
He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for service overseas before December 31st 1915, he did not go abroad until after January 1st 1916.
The 1st Wiltshire Regiment was in France and Flanders in 1916. It is possible Richard was wounded and returned to France to be transferred to the Devonshire Regiment.
Richard was born in 1882, the son of James Wigley, a farmer of Rotherwick, and his wife Fanny. Richard married Emily Small in 1900 and they had four children recorded in the 1911 census. Richard Wigley was a railway ballast train labourer. The family lived at Upper Bourne, Wrecklesham, Farnham.
The date of his death coincided with the 8th Battalion's fighting at Bullecourt. Their sister battalion, the 9th Devonshires, had gained a foothold in the village of Bullecourt on May 8th 1917. 'C' and 'D' companies from the 8th Devonshire Regiment launched a further attack in an attempt to drive the enemy from the South-western sector of the village, known as the "Red Patch". Second Lieutenant Charles John Holdsworth led 'C' Company in a direct attack on the German positions in the "Red Patch". Second Lieutenant Frederick William Girvan led parties from 'D' Company along Tower Trench. After a two-hour battle the 8th Devonshires failed to dislodge German infantry holding the "Red Patch". Second Lieutenant Holdsworth was killed. The 8th and 9th Devonshires were ordered to make a further attempt to capture the "Red Patch" on May 9th. That attack failed. The 8th Battalion Devonshire had lost five officers killed, six officers wounded and lost 57 men killed or missing and 184 men wounded.
Richard Oliver Wigley has no marked grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. See also:
With kind regards,
Reply from: David Lloyd
Date: Thursday 4th December 2014 at 10:25 PM

Dear Alan,

Thanks for your research and information. It is my intention to visit Arras with my brother next March where we will lay a wreath. At that time we will be with the Legion visiting Waterloo and Mons.
Posted by: Kez
Location: Sydney
Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 4:39 AM
Hello Alan, you have helped me in the past and am hoping you can advise me where to look for information. I am researching a Job Bailey born 1810 Somerset. In 1850 he was a Royal Marine at Portsea Island. He came to Australia in 1853.
My question please Alan is where would I look in England archives for anything on him in regard to his service
Thank you for your time,
Cheers Kez
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 4:43 PM

Dear Kez,
Service records for Royal Marines are held at the UK National Archives. For research advice, see:
The indexes can be searched online. There is one man named Job Baily. See:
folio 57-61
You can order a copy by seeking a quote for the reproduction etc.
The surname could be spelled Bailey, Bailley, Baily, Baillie.
The UK Naval medal rolls include the following entries for a Royal Marine named Job Bailey who is otherwise unidentified. He qualified for the Naval General Service Medal for action in Syria between 9th September 1840 and 9th December 1840 while a Marine on H.M.S. Bellerophon, captained by Charles Austen. The Naval G.S.M. was instigated in 1847 and was retrospectively awarded for various naval actions during the period 17931840.
He qualified for the China War Medal 1840-1842 on 21st July 1842 for service as a Royal Marine on H.M.S. Hazard commanded by Charles Bell. This was the medal for the First China War. The date, 21st July 1842 was the day the Battle of Chinkiang was fought between British and Chinese forces in Chinkiang (Zhenjiang), China, during the First Opium War.
For H.M.S. Hazard see:
For H.M.S. Bellerophon see the former H.M.S. Waterloo:
Bellerophon was a hero of Greek mythology who slayed monsters.
The vessels were connected with Portsmouth dockyard, which would relate to the Royal Marines' base at Fort Cumberland on Portsea Island.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Kez
Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 9:25 PM

Alan, once again you have helped me, I REALLY appreciate the information you have sent me. Many thanks.
Have a very happy & safe Christmas, it seems Sydney is in for a very hot one!
Cheers Alan, Kerrie
Posted by: Rob {Email left}
Location: Norwich
Date: Monday 1st December 2014 at 11:56 AM
Alan, good morning,

Please could you tell me if my grandfather's WW1 Army Service Records still exist? His details are, 84992 Serjeant G. D. Mills DCM MM, he was with the 34th Division, Royal Engineers as a signaller. I have the medal cards for his awards but there is no citation for the DCM.
Thank you in anticipation,
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 1st December 2014 at 4:44 PM

Dear Rob,
No individual service record has survived for George D Mills 84992 R.E.. The Military Medal was awarded in January 1918 for bravery in the field.
The D.C.M. was promulgated in the "London Gazette" in January 1920 without a citation, to be dated 5th May 1919. See the list entry at:
and the heading to the series of awards at the bottom of column one at:
This points to further research because the D.C.M. was awarded "in recognition of Gallant and Distinguished service in the field" under Army Order 193 of 1919.
That order is entitled: "Rewards for Officers and Soldiers for services in the field and for services rendered in captivity or in attempting to escape or escaping therefrom."
George Mills had been taken prisoner.
He was captured "Keine wunde von der Front" (unwounded at the Front) at Bullecourt on 21st March 1918 which was the day the German's launched Operation Michael that overwhelmed the British. He was taken, via Minden, to arrive at Munster I prison camp on 1st May 1918. He was sent from there to Senne (which was Sennelager) on 15th July 1918. See:
On the left of the page scroll down through the black listings to reach "Mills (Royal) Engineers (10). Click on that title. In the centre of the results page scroll down to his index card. Hover the mouse over the card and click on the red "more information about this person". With the index card now on the left, enter each of the two hand-written PA numbers in turn in the box on the right to go to the two admissions lists for the two camps. The lists have a date and name of camp at the top.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Rob
Date: Monday 1st December 2014 at 8:19 PM

Alan, good evening and thank you for your prompt reply.
I was fascinated by all this new information regarding the POW camps and thank you for the links.
The DCM was won whilst he helped to extricate his officer, Lt. Drake from some wire following a German shell bursting amongst the group of signallers who had just restored communication after various attempts had failed. The action is detailed in "The Thirty Fourth Division 1915-1919" by Lieut. Colonel J. Shakespear, pages 179 to 180. As you say, shortly after they were surrounded and captured. Grandfather is referred to in the text at G.E. Mills not G.D. Mills. My uncle (his son) has a box containing various WW1 items of grandfather's including a photograph of Lt. Drake, signed by him "Gratefully Yours" Drake, there are also some photographs of various troops at Cottbus and a POW show programme from the same camp, so perhaps he was there too.
Thank you once again for your time and trouble, I really appreciate it,
Best regards,
Posted by: Maureen Thomas {Email left}
Location: Leatherhead
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 4:26 PM
Hello Alan, I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction. I'm looking for the military history for William Brant Bell but all I've been able to find was W Bell in the Surrey Recruitment Registers 1908-1933. I know he's my William Bell because all the details match otherwise. He was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1889 and was a compositor. He signed up in Wimbledon, 20th February 1915, and joined the Royal Field Artillery. He was a volunteer and actually survived the war. The most important piece of information was missing though and that was his service number. Can you tell me where I'm likely to find that information and his military history please.

thank you
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 7:06 PM

Dear Maureen,
The few records that identified a man by his address or birthplace were the Army attestation papers and some pension records, not all of which have survived. They can be searched on the ancestry.co.uk subscription website. However, there is not an obvious entry for William Bell in the Royal Field Artillery.
The Western Front Association holds an archive of 6.5 million pension record cards (PRCs) which are not available elsewhere. They charge an administrative fee for a manual search of the records. See:
Otherwise, the regimental number might be included in any surviving correspondence held by the family.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Maureen Thomas
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 9:10 PM

Thank you Alan for such a prompt reply. I already subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk and Find my Past but I've not found anything on either of them to help regarding more information on my ancestor William Brant Bell's military records, and I know for sure the family have no surviving correspondence so the Western Front Association may be the last resort, but I thank you very much indeed for your kind interest and for the information. It gives me one more avenue to search.
kindest regards
Posted by: George Davies {Email left}
Location: Newport Isle Of Wight
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 3:12 PM
Hi Alan, my father was in ww1 royal engineers and his number was470695 and was honourably discharged on 9th february 1918 and received the SAB.and the victory and british war medals, I am sure he also received the 1914/15 star but can find no record of it.

I believe he was in the teriitorials before enlisting, his unit was R,E,(T).1205 Spr.royal engineers, he lived in jarrow county durham at that time.

I hope you can help me with these questions

many thanks

george davies
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 4:58 PM

Dear George,
The Royal Engineers regimental number 470695 was allotted to sapper Ezekiel Davies. The six-digit number was allocated in 1917 when all Territorial soldiers were re-numbered. His previous number was 1205.
The number 470695 was within a batch of numbers ranging from 470001 to 472000 that was allotted to the Durham Fortress Companies of the Royal Engineers which consisted of the H.Q. and three works companies Numbered 1 & 2 at Jarrow and No. 3 at Gateshead, which were part of the North Eastern Coastal Defences. They were pre-war Territorials. They were later converted to Field Companies of the Royal Engineers and served overseas where they were re-numbered 526, 527 and 528 Field Companies.
No individual service record has survived for Ezekiel Davies so it is not possible to state in which of the companies he served, although the first two were from Jarrow. He was awarded the silver War Badge for being discharged on 9th February 1918 through sickness. The record showed he enlisted on 17th May 1915, so he would probably not have been a pre-war Territorial. He was discharged from 530 Reserve Company R.E. which was UK-based in Co. Durham. He would have been in that company while preparing for his discharge after being returned to the U.K. His medal rolls index card (indexed erroneously by ancestry.co.uk as "Elekiel Davies" recorded he qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, along with the silver War Badge.
Links to the service of each of the Field Companies are shown at:
Royal Engineer companies were comparatively small, increasing the likelihood of a man being named in their war diaries. The war diaries of the two Jarrow companies are available to download (£3.30 charge applies to each part) from The National Archives. 526 Field Co. is at:
and 527 Field Co. is in separate parts at:
With kind regards,
Reply from: George Davies
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 10:28 PM

Thanks very much for your help alan, would he have qualified for the 1914/15 star?
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 10:37 PM

Dear George,
It is not possible to say. His medal rolls index card and the rolls themselves do not record a 1914-15 Star. If he enlisted in the Army on 17th May 1915 he could have gone overseas before the end of the year but without an individual service record or medal card for the 1914-15 Star, it is to possible to say when he went overseas. I did search under his original R.E. regimental number but found nothing.
With kind regards,
Posted by: Liam {Email left}
Location: Hitchin
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 2:43 PM
Can anyone help please? I am trying to locate the medal index card of Pte. (Dvr) Thomas William Heath (also took on Heathwoor Heath/Woor Heathmoor throughout his service) he was In the Army Service Corps and his Army number appears to be M2/100634 (I already have his service papers) he was convicted of an army felony on 4 March 1919 at Central Criminal Court in London and sent to Wandsworth. Could he have been stripped of his medals or didn't recieve any (no mention of this in his service papers)

Any information would be appreciated

Best Regards

Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 4:58 PM

Dear Liam,
Private T.W. Heathmoor, 100634, A.S.C. did not qualify for any medals because he did not serve overseas. He was a fitter who served at Grove Park and Camberwell, London, from May 1915 until discharged in 1919. To qualify for campaign medals a man had to serve overseas in a theatre of war. His service record showed he only served at "Home".
Second division prisoners were kept apart from more serious classes of offenders. They received more frequent letters and visits and they wore clothes of a different colour.
With kind regards,
Reply from: Liam
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 5:05 PM

Wow! Thank you very much Alan, this is wonderful :-)

Best Regards

Posted by: David Kilvington {Email left}
Location: Topcliffe
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014 at 12:36 PM
Hi, I need a little help researching one of my Great Uncles he was 52nd Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) and died in 22nd July 1917 and commemorated on Arras Memorial. I am trying to get the war diaries for his company from the National Archive only nothing comes up searching for 52nd Company. Do you have any idea what regiment, brigade, battalion I should search for, its all a bit confusing. I get one result that covers the time he was there and killed but the heading reads: 17 Division 52 Infantry Brigade (Described at item level). Brigade Machine Gun and covered 1 Feb 1916 to 28 Feb 1918. Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be much appreciated.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 12:53 AM

Dear David,
to downoad the war diary for £3.30 and
With kind regards,
Posted by: Jessica {Email left}
Location: St Albans
Date: Friday 28th November 2014 at 8:54 PM
Hello Alan
I am trying to trace my great great grandfather (Charles William Nottingham born about 1892-1894) for a school project. he is a driver on the 1911 census in 146 battery RFA. He was a sergeant with reg number 40219 in some ancestry documents with medals Star, Victory and British war medal.
Do you know how I can find out what he actually did in France? what brigade he belonged to and where they fought? I would be ever so grateful for any help thanks Jessica
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014 at 12:32 PM

Dear Jessica,
Some time after the 1911 census, Charles William Nottingham became a bus conductor in London. He re-joined the Army on 9th October 1914 at Charlton Park where he trained with 5C Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery. His previous service helped him become promoted to Sergeant. He went overseas to France on 25th July 1915 where he spent some time at Havre being treated for a septic wound to his ankle before being posted, on 17th September 1915, to the 80th Brigade Royal Field Artillery which served with the 17th Division.
The Division served in the south of the Ypres Salient. Early in 1916 they fought at The Bluff, south-east of Ypres along the Comines Canal.
The Division then moved south to the Somme. 80th Brigade was based in "Happy Valley" near a position known locally as "Gibraltar" and on 3rd July 1916 they moved to Carnoy. The battery was heavily shelled on July 12th and suffered 22 men wounded and two killed in the first two weeks of fighting on the Somme in 1916. Charles Nottingham was wounded by being shot in the right arm on July 18th 1916. He returned to England to be treated in hospital. The wound healed and on 11th November 1916 he returned to France. He passed through 21 Division's Ammunition Column to join 94th Brigade Royal Field Artillery on 20th November 1916.
In 1917, the 94th Brigade fought at The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line; The First and Second
Battles of the Scarpe and the flanking operations around Bullecourt in the Arras area. The Battery then moved with 21st Division to the Ypres sector where they fought at The Battle of Polygon Wood; The Battle of Broodseinde and The Second Battle of Passchendaele. In November they fought in the Cambrai operations.
Charles Nottingham was gassed on 7th November 1917. He was sent to hospital and returned to England for treatment at Carrington Military Hospital, Nottingham. He recovered and remained in the UK with 60th Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery. He was discharged in February 1919.
He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,

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