IT ALL STARTED WITH
my uncle Billy ( royal navy HMS Prins Albert) telling me very little about ww2 but intrigued me enough to want to find out, i was brought up with my g/parents and as you guessed i was told nothing by my grandfather
he signed up underage only 15 into the Cheshire regiment said he was gassed and his mother who i called ninnie got him out after spending time in France and Salonika
he was still underage when he signed up again aged 16+ into the Manchester regiment,i like thousands of other sons and grandsons i admire them deeply and i thank everyone who as served in the armed forces in war and peace my sincere thanks. to the FAMILY'S of crews and pals who served along side my family of RODAWAY'S
I THANK THEM ALL.
HIGH WOOD 2010, Frederick was killed in one of these fields august 1916
4th Battalion (Extra Reserve). 98th Brigade, 33rd Division:
Relieved 1/9th Royal Scots south- east side of Mametz Wood (6/8). To Fricourt Wood (7/8), front line south corner of High Wood (13/8), Bazentin-le-Grand (14/8) - 2 companies in trenches north-east of village. To front line (17/8). 'B' and 'D' Companies attacked (18/8) - 'C' company in support - 'A' in reserve. Objective Wood Lane - War Diary records 'survivors came in at dusk.' Casualties - 227. War Diary entry for (18/8) also records 'One man to base under age.' Relieved by 1st Cameronians and to Mametz Wood (19/8). Later to position south of Fricourt Wood. To Mametz Wood in divisional reserve (24/8), Carlton Trench north of Bazentin-le-Grand (25/8). In support of 1st Middlesex and 2nd Argyll and Sutherland at front line - working party dug communication trench to join up battalions. Relieved and to bivouacs north of Dernancourt (30/8).
18th August 1916
Troops moved into position on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th of August, and a methodical British barrage pounded High Wood for 26 hours before the infantry attack at 2.45 p.m. on the 18th.
The 4th Kings Liverpool and 4th Suffolks were to attack Wood Lane. None of the former even reached Wood Lane, due to the German barrage and fire from the well-defended German positions. Some Suffolks did reach Wood Lane, but were forced out.
In High Wood itself, the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders attacked, but suffered from the British bombardment, which also damaged the flame-throwers, and the 'pipe-pushers' did not work as hoped. However the Highlanders advanced, and despite losses from machine-gun fire, some did reach the German trenches - but again could not hold on there.
Whilst there was some success to the north-west of the wood, where the 1st Loyal North Lancs gained and held some trenches, once again there was little success in High Wood itself.
Over the next few days there were some skirmishes, and on the 24th of August a smoke screen and machine gun covering fire helped men of the 100th Brigade take trenches near Wood Lane. The covering machine gun fire was co-ordinated by then Captain G.S. Hutchison, who later wrote Pilgrimage, in which he also described his experiences during the 14th and 15th of July attacks on High Wood, as well as his return to the spot several years after the War.
FREDERICK enlisted on 1 November 1915 as No 5015
in the 8th (Territorial) Battalion of the King's (Liverpool) Regt. He crossed
to France on an unknown date after 31/12/15 and was subsequently transferred to
4 KLR (which was a Service Battalion) again date of transfer not known. As his
number remained a TF one he kept the terms of his original enlistment. In early 1917, and after his death on 18 August 1916 he was renumbered to 307255(a number which is also associated with
8 KLR). This is unusual as men were usually only kept on the books if they were
reported as missing - this includes wounded and missing . If this is indeed the
case it is likely that his remains were found sometime after his death, ie
after early 1917. and buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Plot XIII, Row E,
Grave 1. What is certain is that there was insufficient time to move him to one
of the large Base Hospitals on the coast suggesting that he was fatally wounded
on or just prior to 18 August.
4th (Special Reserve) Battalion (98th Bde, 33 Div).
(WO 95/2427) OFFICERS KIA AROUND THE 18-8-1916
Beck, Capt Bernard, MC, OC D Coy, KIA 18.8.1916
Cook, 2/Lt Arthur Clifford (comm. 16th Bn 10.2.1915), A Coy, KIA 16.8.1916
Davies, Capt Robert Glynne, OC C Coy, KIA 13.8.1916, age 29
Gaulter, 2/Lt Charles Pendrick, (attd from 3rd Bn), KIA 18.8.1916, age 23
Gray, 2/Lt Vivian, D Coy, Lewis Gun Officer (attd from 3rd Bn), KIA 18.8.1916 aged 22
Goodman, 2/Lt Claude Pendarvis, KIA 18.8.1916
Hannon, 2/Lt John Coulson, D Coy (attd from 3rd Bn) , KIA 18.8.1916
Nickalls, 2/Lt Edward Gilbert (comm. 16th Bn 29.10.1915), D Coy, KIA 18.8.1916
Reid, 2/Lt John (comm. 16th Bn 7.8.1915), D Coy, KIA 18.8.1916
Simmance, Capt Allan James Spencer, OC B Coy, KIA 18.8.1916
Varndell, 2/Lt Leslie John (comm. 16th Bn 13.5.1915), DOW 18.9.1916 aged 28
First World War Memorial Roll of Honour of Liverpool’s Military War Dead in the Hall of Remembrance at Liverpool Town Hall This was opened by the Duke of Windsor, then Prince of Wales in 1921
Panel 44, Left PTE.C.RODAWAY SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGT. 2ND batt
Panel 45 PTE.F. RODAWAY "THE KING'S" (L'POOL) REGT. 8TH/IRISH/batt
also on view but listed by mistake,
CPL.12392 WILLIAM T RODAWAY MIDDLESEX REG
On the Voi - Taveta road
2nd Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on parade, Nairobi 1916.
Copyright QLR Museum, Preston, UK.
john served in east Africa with the 2nd bn loyal north lances, when the battalion moved down to south Africa for rest due to the numbers going down with different illness's john stayed behind along with about 180 fit men he finished the war in the asc. born 1893 Liverpool eldest son of FREDERICK
JOHN WAS A L/CPL AT ONE TIME and listed as fighting with the MOUNTED INFANTRY COMPANY, from the SALAITA action up to the company's disbandment on the LUKIGURA RIVER 4/7/1916 could have gone in to ZULU COMPANY or THE LOYALS M.G.C. he was in the mounted infantry from its inception and may have served in COLES SCOUTS before that,
on 14.sept/1915 the mounted infantry under CAPT GEORGE ATKINSON L.N.L .REG fought a very successful action 7 miles southwest of MAKTAU they worked with 100 riflemen of the 130 baluch under LT WILDMAN, AN AMBUSH WAS LAID on a known GERMAN route the first sign was 5 buck running across the killing ground two minutes later about 60 GERMANS troops appeared the MI COY AND THE BALUCH opened fire at 100 yds range advanced to within 22 yds of the grounded enemy & fired again, LT WILDMAN led a BALUCH bayonet charge into the killing ground, but was killed in the action there, the unwounded GERMAN troops fled leaving 32 dead behind.
INFO HARRY FECITT L.N.L.REG, .
August 1914 : in Bangalore, India.
3 November 1914 : Landed at Tanga, German East Africa, with the 27th Indian Brigade. Moved to Mombasa on 7 November and commenced operations in East Africa.
Moved in May 1916 to South Africa, to allow for recovery from mass ill-health.
18 January 1917 : Moved to Egypt, landing at Suez.
14 April 1917: attached to 232nd Brigade in 75th Division. The Battalion was moved in rapid succession to the 233rd and 234th Brigades of the same Division, and then detached as a result of a medical board on 9 August 1917. Proceeded to Sidi Bashr and then placed onto Lines of Communication at Gaza.
27 May 1918 : Moved to France, landing Marseilles.
4 June 1918: attached to 94th Brigade in 31st Division.
28 June 1918: transferred to 101st Brigade in 34th Division.
WILLIAM was discharged underage after serving in France and Salonika with the CHESHIRE'S he then signed up again underage into the Manchester regiment 79184 and back to france finishing up in the DEVONSHIRE regiment 066 this could have been at the end of the war, WILLIAM is the smaller of the two in the Manchester regiment photo before going over the second time he never spoke about his time in ww1 only that he was gassed but it never stopped him smoking his woodbine's he died in BLACKPOOL 1966 2nd son of FREDERICK
2nd Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
August 1914 : in Jubbulpore, India. Returned to England, landing at Devonport on 24 December 1914.
Attached to 84th Brigade, 28th Division, at Winchester. Landed at Le Havre 17 January 1915.
Moved in October 1915 to Egypt and then on to Salonika.
12 January 1916 : the 1st Manx (Service) Company joined and became 'A' Company.
PART OF HIS RECORDS, 2nd battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
signed up 13 April 1915 aged 14 years and 6 months of age born November 3rd 1899
In the Field 14.11.15 Making an emproper reply to a NCO (?) Aboukis Carys 19.11.15 Refusing to obey an order n the Field 16.12.15 I Refusing to comply with an order
" " " " II ??? to a NCO
" " " cant read date Using obscene language to a NCO
" " " 7.2.16 Absent from fatigue at 1.45 pm
In the field 14.2.16 Absent EH DE * parade at 6am
In the field 17.2.16 I Failing to comply with an order
II Absent from DC * parade at 6am
14 1/16 C.O. Awarded 7 days F. P. No:I for using obscene language to a N.C.O
24.2.16 C.O. Awarded 8 days CB for absence for defaulters parade
29.2.16 C.O. Awarded 7 days F. P. No: I for absence etc.
19.5.16 D.A.G. Under age - To be transferred to Unit at Home G.H.?.E.E.F
19.5.16 D.C.Troops Disembarked at Alex: from Salonika 6.5.16
20.5.15 28...BG To Base Depot Sidi Bishr 6.5.16
23.5.16 28 GB Depot Embarked for England Alexandria 17.5.16
His mother, was trying to get William home as early as august 1915, home 14-4-15 till 9-9-15 France 10-9-15 till 29-10-15 Salonika 30-10-15 till 17-5-16 home 18-5-16 till 2-6-1916
THE 20th battalion 5th city pals MANCHESTER REGIMENT
he would have joined them late 1916 or 1917
November 1915 : landed at Boulogne.
20 December 1915 : Brigade transferred to 7th Division and Bn then transferred to 22nd Brigade in same Division.
November 1917 : moved with Division to Italy.
13 September 1918 : left Division and returned to France. On arrival joined 7th Brigade in 25th Division.
at some stage he was listed into the DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT
8th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Exeter on 19 August 1914 as part of K1 and attached as Divisional Troops to 14th (Light) Division.
May 1915 : left Division and landed at Le Havre 26 July 1915.
4 August 1915 : attached to 20th Brigade, 7th Division.
Moved with the Division to Italy in November 1917
1916 7th division
Battle of Albert* in which the Division captured Mametz
Battle of Bazentin attacks on High Wood
Battle of Delville Wood
Battle of Guillemont
The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line
The Arras offensive the Division fought in the flanking operations round Bullecourt
The Battle of Polygon Wood
The Battle of Broodseinde
The Battle of Poelcapelle
WILLIAM was discharged wounded and given the swb, he was the son of Frederick's elder brother William born 1868 young William was born also in Liverpool 1897 the H stands for HENRY his grandfathers name
1/8th (Irish) Battalion
August 1914 : in Shaw St, Liverpool. Part of Liverpool Brigade, West Lancashire Division.
February 1915 : transferred to North Lancashire Brigade.
18 April 1915 : transferred with Brigade to Highland Division; brigade retitled as 3rd Highland Brigade.
3 May 1915 : landed at Boulogne.
12 May 1915 : new titles adopted: 154th Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division.
17 January 1916 : transferred to 165th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division.
31 January 1918 : transferred to 171st Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division.
YOUNGER BROTHER TO FREDERICK BORN 1881 LIVERPOOL...
9TH SERVICE BATTALION , OVER TO FRANCE 6-9-15 DISCHARGED 11-5-1919, 9th WAS FORMED WARRINGTON SEPT 1914 PART OF K3 MOVED TO SEAFORTH ATTACHED TO 66TH BRIGADE IN 22 DIVISON MOVED EASTBOURNE DEC 1914 AND BACK IN MARCH 1915 , MOVED OVER TO FRANCE 6-8-15 THEN TO MARSEILLES 29-OCT-15 LANDING SALONIKA 5 -NOV-1915
8-13 December: the Retreat from Serbia (Advanced Divisional HQ, 6th Brigade, 9th Border and 68th Field Ambulance only)
10-18 August 1916: the Battle of Horseshoe Hill
13-14 September 1916: the Battle of Machukovo
24-25 April and 8-9 May 1917: the Battles of Doiran
The Division lost a number of units in mid 1918; they were transferred to France
18-19 September 1918: the Battle of Doiran
An Armistice with Bulgaria was signed on 30 September 1918.
By 18-20 October, units of the Division had marched back to Stavros. Here they embarked
on destroyers with the intention of a landing at Dede Agach to continue the fight against
Turkey. After one attempt was called off due to rough weather, the infantry finally
landed on 28 October 1918. On reaching Makri, the Division learned that an Armistice with Turkey was imminent. Demobilisation began at Chugunsi and the Division ceased to exist by 31 March 1919.
pte 26333 christopher rodaway
enl 4-10-15 at warrington
south lancs regt[depot]
posted to 7th battalion and embarked from folkestone on 10-3-16,sent to etaples the following day,posted to D.coy in the field,on 27-3-16
8-7-16 slightly wounded by shrapnel in the forearm,while attached to the 56th trench mortar battery,passed to 58th field ambulance then the 1st canadian gen hospital,etaples the same day,then sent to 6th convalescent depot on 11th july.
27-7-16,posted to 2nd battalion
4-11-16,sent to the 76th field ambulance with myalgia,then to the anglo american hospital,then put aboard the hospital ship for england on 14th november and admitted to 3rd southern gen hospital,oxford on 15th november,discharged to convalescent leave on 30th november
returned to france on 26-1-17.
10-3-17 till 17-4-17,attached to 7th labour coy,ASC
on 5th aug 1917,a bullet penetrated his head and he received a bullet wound to his left hand,he was evacuated to the 46th CCS at mendingham,but died two days later.
on 14th november 1917,a grave registration unit informed his family,that his grave had been recorded and marked in mendingham british cemetery.
resided at 29 warburton st,liverpool,with his parents george+margaret,his grandfather henry rodaway,brother john and sister louisa
his grandmother mrs margaret downs lived at 32 warburton st.
his married sister emma butterworth,lived with her husband alfred at 8 brook myers st,liverpool
his uncle,walter rodaway,12 curzon st,liverpool
his mum received his war+victory medals on armistice day 1921
the son of George born 1871 younger brother of Frederick ,Christopher was born 1895 also in Liverpool hope to visit the grave next time over
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR MENDINGHEM MILTARY CEMETERY, CWGC
August 1914 : in Tidworth. Part of 7th Brigade in 3rd Division.
Landed at Le Havre 14 August 1914.
18 October 1915 : transferred with the Brigade to 25th Division.
26 October 1915 : transferred to 75th Brigade in same Division.
21 June 1916 : transferred to 64th Brigade in 21st Division.
30 June 1918 : transferred to 89th Brigade in 30th Division.
grave photo sent to me by, MARNIK VANDERPER
I called to see Christopher,s grave Oct 15-2010
SGT, 73151 A E RODAWAY Date of Death: 12/10/1916
ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY "D" BTY 23rd BDE
Grave Reference IV.P.3 EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY COLINCAMP
I believe he was born Burton-on-Trent, Sept 1893 his parents on the 1911 census are listed as George and Annie Rodaway father a brickmaker
at 6 The Crescent, Brambridge Nr Eastleigh, Bishopstoke, Hampshire
ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY "D" BTY 23rd BDE
23rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery was a brigade of the Royal Field Artillery which served in the First World War.
It was originally formed with 107th, 108th and 109th Batteries, and attached to 3rd Division. In August 1914 it mobilised and was sent to the Continent with the British Expeditionary Force, where it saw service with 3rd Division until 1917. 109th Battery left the brigade in mid-1916, and was replaced by a new D Battery, formed from a section of 86th (Howitzer) Battery and a section of 128th (Howitzer) Battery.
In 1917 it was withdrawn from 3rd Division, to operate under higher unit control, and served out the rest of the war in this role.
One of the first British formations to move to France, the 3rd Division remained on the Western Front throughout the war. It took part in most of the major actions,
Battle of the Ancre Heights 01-Oct-1916— 11-Nov-1916,
Fifth Army (Gough) (retitled from reserve Army)
II Corps (Jacobs)
18th (Eastern) Division
19th (Western) Division
4th Canadian Division.
V Corps (Fanshawe)
51st (Highland) Division, which captured Beaumont Hamel
63rd (Royal Naval) Division.
XIII Corps (Congreve)
120th Brigade of 40th Division.
By the end of the Somme and believing it could not face another sustained assault such as this, the German Army was preparing to make a strategic withdrawal to the prepared Hindenburg Line many miles east.
10th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Winchester in August 1914 as part of K1 and moved to Dublin, attached as Army Troops to 10th Irish Division. Moved to Mullingar in September.
March 1915 : moved to the Curragh and transferred to 29th Brigade in same Division. Moved to Basingstoke in May 1915.
Sailed from Liverpool on 7 July 1915 and going via Mudros landed at Gallipoli 6 August 1915.
6 October 1915 : landed at Salonika.
2 November 1916 : transferred to 82nd Brigade in 27th Division
5th Bn, the Royal Irish Regt left June 1915
6th Bn, the Royal Irish Rifles disbanded 15 May 1918
5th Bn, the Connaught Rangers left 29 April 1918
6th Bn, the Leinster Regt left 2 May 1918
10th Bn, the Hampshire Regt joined March 1915, left November 1916
1st Bn, the Leinster Regt joined November 1916
29th Machine Gun Company formed 10 May 1916
left to move into 10th MG Battalion 7 May 1918
29th Trench Mortar Battery joined 2 October 1916 (title up to 8 December 1916 was No 7 Stokes Mortar Battery).
Merged into Divisional TMB 17 October 1917
1/54th Sikhs joined 27 April 1918
1/101st Grenadiers joined 30 April 1918
2/151st Infantry joined 10 June1918
1915 and 1916
Divisional HQ embarked at Liverpool on 9 July, and by the end of the month most units had assembled on Lemnos. On 6-7 August 1915 the Division landed at Suvla Bay, less 29th Brigade which went to ANZAC Cove. The
main body made an attack on Chocolate Hill 7/8 August. Parts of 29th Brigade took part in actions on Sari Bair 6-10 August and at Hill 60 later that month.
On 29 September 1915 the Division withdrew from Gallipoli and moved to Mudros, and on 4-5 October went on to Salonika, landing there 5-10 October. Took part on 7 and 8 December 1915 in the action at Kosturino, in the retreat from Serbia. Brigades of the Division were in action at the Karajakois (30 September to 2 October 1915) and Yenikoi (3-4 October 1915).
82nd Infantry Brigade
1st Bn, Royal Irish Regt left November 1916
2nd Bn, Duke of Cornwall's LI
2nd Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers left November 1916
1st Bn, Leinster Regiment left November 1916
1/1st Bn, Cambridgeshire Regt February 1915, left November 1915
82nd Machine Gun Company formed 16 May 1916
82nd Trench Mortar Battery formed 31 July 1916
82nd SAA Section Ammunition Column joined 28 September 1916
10th Bn, Cameron Highlanders joined October 1916, left June 1918
2nd Bn, Gloucestershire Regt joined November 1916
10th Bn, Hampshire Regiment joined November 1916
17 November and 6-7 December 1916: the battle of Tumbitza Farm
14 October 1917: the capture of Homondos
The Division lost a number of units in mid 1918; they were transferred to France
1-30 September 1918: the final offensive in Salonika, including the capture of the Roche Noir Salient (1-2 September)
see HAMPSHIRE RODAWAY'S for report on Roche Noir Salient.
L/CPL.9089 GEORGE ALFRED RODAWAY DATE DIED 15/09/1916
Scots Guards United Kingdom Pier and Face 7 D. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL George served in the SOUTH AFRICA Boar war with the Rhodesian Volunteers Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls.
1st Battalion Scots Guards
August 1914 : in Aldershot. Part of 1st Guards Brigade, 1st Division.
14 August 1914: lamded at Le Havre.
25 August 1915 : transferred to 2nd Guards Brigade, Guards Division
2nd Guards Brigade
3rd Bn, the Grenadier Guards joined 19 August 1915
1st Bn, the Coldstream Guards joined 25 August 1915
1st Bn, the Scots Guards joined 25 August 1915
2nd Bn, the Irish Guards joined 17 August 1915, left 8 February 1918
2nd Guards Brigade Machine Gun Company formed by 19 September 1915
left to move into 4th Bn Guards MG Regiment 1 March 1918
2nd Guards Trench Mortar Battery formed in April 1916
IT WAS IN THIS BATTLE, L/CPL.9089 GEORGE ALFRED RODAWAY DIED
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 15 - 22 September 1916
The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, was a battle within the Franco-British Somme Offensive which took place in the summer and autumn of 1916. Launched on the 15th of September 1916 the battle went on for one week. Flers-Courcelette began with the overall objective of cutting a hole in the German line by using massed artillery and infantry attacks. This hole would then be exploited with the use of cavalry. It was the third and final large-scale offensive mounted by the British Army during the Battle of the Somme. By its conclusion on September 22, the strategic objective of a breakthrough had not been achieved; however tactical gains were made in the capture of the villages of Courcelette, Martinpuich and Flers. In some places, the front lines were advanced by over 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) by the Allied attacks.
The battle is significant for the first use of the tank in warfare. It also marked the debut of the Canadian and New Zealand Divisions on the Somme battlefield.
The Guards Division made considerable headway, advancing 2,000 yards, but they were stopped short of their ultimate objective, the village of Lesbœufs. To take the remaining objectives, the British Fourth Army launched the Battle of Morval on 25 September.
called again, October 2013
L/ CPL.12392 WILLIAM THOMAS RODAWAY,
BORN DEC 1887, PARENTS WILLIAM AND MARY ANN MARRIED CHARLOTTE MAPPLEY 1910
William Rodaway on the 1911:census age 21 Estimated Birth Year:abt 1890 Birth Place: Clerkenwell, Middlesex, Military Single, Occupation,:Soldier ,in India
Williams mother died in Dec 1890,on the 1901 census he was living with his fathers sister Emma L (Rodaway) Morton, he signed up in to the army aged 18 Wm Thos Rodaway Age:4 Birth Date:10 Dec 1887 Moreland Street School Islington Admission Date:12 Sep 1892
15/02/1915 3 bn Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom Panel 51. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
The wedding of Charlotte's brother SGT Edward John Thomas Mappley’s (Jack) to Winifred Musgrave took place on 9/1/1915, in Winchester where the Battalion was stationed before deployment. on the 15,/1/1915 also attending SGT John Mappley EDWARDS father who as far as I can tell never went over,
SGT EDWARD J T MAPPLEY died of wounds from the same battle as CPL William Rodaway on the 19.2/1915 and buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
August 1914 : in Cawnpore, India. Returned to England in December 1914, moved to Winchester and attached to 85th Brigade in 28th Division.
Landed at Le Havre 19 January 1915.
25 October 1915 : moved to Egypt and went on to Salonika, arriving 2 December 1915.
85th Infantry Brigade Brigade transferred temporarily to 3rd Division between 19 February 1915 and 6 April 1915. It was replaced by the 9th Brigade from that Division.
2nd Bn, the Buffs East Kent Regiment
3rd Bn, the Royal Fusiliers left July 1918
2nd Bn, the East Surrey Regiment
3rd Bn, the Middlesex Regiment left November 1916
1/8th Bn, the Middlesex Regiment joined March 1915, left June 1915
85th Machine Gun Company formed 18 May 1916
85th Trench Mortar Battery formed September 1916, original title No 5 TMB
85th SAA Section Ammunition Column joined May 1916
The history of 28th Division
As regular units from the further garrisons of Empire arrived back in England, many having waited until a Territorial unit had gone out to replace them, they were formed up into three Divisions, numbered 27th to 29th. The 28th was formed at Hursley, Pitt Hill and Magdalen Hill Camps near Winchester in December 1914 - January 1915 and was rushed as a much-needed reinforcement to France. Shortage of some types of units were filled by Territorial units taken from other Divisions. The units of the Division embarked at Southampton and landed at Le Havre on 16-19 January 1915 and then moved to concentrate in the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouck. The Division subsequently took part in these actions:
St Eloi is about 5 miles south of Ypres and the area of interest is from the town to the canal heading east. The trenches were lettered from M to T starting at St Eloi and P being near to the western angle of Triangular Wood. The trenches, though in communication, were not continuous and the gaps between them were anything up to 150 yards, making it impossible to walk round the trench line.
the 3rd Middlesex were in M Trench, and “B” and “C” Companies (Middlesex) occupied the new “P” and “O” trenches as the Germans still held the original “O” Trench and a portion of the original "P" Trench.
According to “History of the East Surrey Regiment”
Three platoons of “B” Company and Two of “C” Company of the 2nd Batt ES were with the 3rd Batt Middlesex Regt in action at M trench close to St Eloi.
13-15th: 4 officers killed, 3 wounded; 44 OR killed, 62 wounded; 156 OR missing. 62 men of the 3 battalion died that day and only one a PTE E GIBBINS is buried in a known grave,all the rest are named on the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL.
Lance Corporal 22694 JOHN WILKINSON
8th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
JOHN WAS A BROTHER TO MY GRANDMOTHER ESTHER RODAWAY
who died age 25 on 27 May 1918
Son of the late William and Martha Wilkinson; husband of Margaret Wilkinson, of 74, Barnet St., Earle Rd., Liverpool.
Remembered with honour
8th MG Company Joined 3rd Division, 22 January 1916. Moved into No 3 Bn, MGC 6 March 1918.
The Third Battle of the Aisne (27th May - 2nd June 1918) was launched with an artillery bombardment by over 4,500 guns. 17 infantry divisions attacked the Allied Front Line along a front of nine miles on the Chemin des Dames ridge. The Allied defenders comprised four French divisions and three tired British divisions in the Front Line, with 9 divisions in the rear as support. The bridges over the Aisne river were captured by the Germans and they advanced approximately ten miles by the end of the first day. This was the greatest gain of ground in one day for either side since the end of the battles of 1914 in the “Race to the Sea”.
SGT44599. ALFRED ERNEST RODAWAY photo above sent to me from
ATTESTATION PAPERS for CHARLES WILLIAM RODAWAY mm
SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14 DECEMBER, 1916.
2648 Sjt. C. W. Rodaway, Lord Strathcona's Horse.mm
CHARLES SIGNED UP 16th JAN 1898 INTO THE WILTSHIRE REGIMENT PTE 3383 HE HAD SPENT TIME IN THE 5th ROYAL FUSILIERS TA, DISCHARGED 15/1/1905 SIGNED UP AGAIN 13/7/1905 TILL 12/7/1909 SERVED IN THE EAST INDIES AND SOUTH AFRICA AWARDED QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL WITH TRANSVAAL BAR MOVED TO CANADA AND JOINED UP FOR WW1 AT THE END OF THE WAR HE CAME BACK TO ENGLAND
ALFRED ERNEST SIGNED UP IN CANADA BUT I CAN FIND NO RECORD OF HIM GOING OVER HE HAD SPENT 21 YEARS IN THE BRITISH ROYAL ENGINEERS
SONS OF ALFRED AND SUSANNAH RODAWAY THEIR GRANDFATHER JAMES 1819 WAS BROTHER TO GEORGE RODAWAY MY G/G/G/GRANDFATHER
PTE 132062 ALFRED RODAWAY R.A.M.C PTE 10383 ARTHUR HARRY RODAWAY HAMPSHIRE REG PTE 9089 GEORGE ALFRED RODAWAY SCOTS GDS PTE 2355 JACK W RODAWAY R.A.M.C. PTE 241671 WALTER F RODAWAY HAMPSHIRE REG SGT 2648 CHARLES W RODAWAY mm LORD STRATHCONAS HORSE BORN ENGLAND 10-11-1878 enlisted CANADA RELATED GUNNER 75157 ARTHUR E RODAWAY R.F.A. PTE 44722 GEORGE W RODAWAY WELSH REG DEPOT RELATED PTE 425800 LIONEL A RODAWAY LONDON REG RELATED PTE 39432 NATHANIEL RODAWAY WEST YORKS REG RELATED L/CPL.6785 ARCHIBALD T RODAWAY R. WAR. REG CPL.12392 WILLIAM T RODAWAY MIDDLESEX REG RELATED GUNNER 3049 A A RODAWAY R.F.A.
ALONG WITH MY FAMILY THESE ARE ALL THE RODAWAYS TO SERVE IN WW1
2 IN SEAMAN'S REGISTER I do believe these two are brothers see below.
HENRY ALFRED RODAWAY J66092 HUNGERFORD SURRY
FREDERICK CLEMENT RODAWAY J62195 WHITCHURCH HAMPSHIRE
WILLIAM ,CHESHIRE REG 2 MEDAL CARDS CHARLES W , LORD STRATHS HORSE 3 MEDAL CARDS MANY OF THESE COULD WELL BE RELATED, FREDERICK RODAWAYS FATHER WAS FROM HOLBORN BORN 1841, SO YOU NEVER KNOW
PTE 9089 GEORGE ALFRED RODAWAY SCOTS GDS born 1896 KIA 15/SEPT/1916
GUNNER SGT 75157 ARTHUR E RODAWAY R.F.A. born 1898 KIA 12/OCT/1916 GEORGE AND ARTHUR are listed on the Colden Common war memorial Hampshire
Frederick C Rodaway
Medal or Award: Victory Medal, British War Medal
Service Year: 1914-1920
Service Location: Europe
Campaign or Service: World War I
Service Number: J 62195
Henry A Rodaway ( iron duke)
Medal or Award: Victory Medal, British War Medal
Service Year: 1914-1920
Service Location: Europe
Campaign or Service: World War I
Service Number: J 66092
Henry Alfred Rodaway a/po tel
Medal or Award: RN Long Service and Good conduct Medal
Service Year: 1930-1935
Ship Name: London
1901 census HENRY AND FREDERICK ,sons of
William Rodaway 32
Annie Rodaway 28
William Rodaway 5
Frederick Rodaway 3
Henry Rodaway 1 Chilton Foliatt, Wiltshire, England
HMS IRON DUKE, LAUNCHED 1912
PTE ANDREW ARON RODAWAY BORN 30-5-1895 PARENTS GEORGE & MAY RODAWAY ENTERED SERVICE 1917
ANDREW ARON RODAWAY
EDGAR P RODAWAY CASS COUNTY NEBRASKA
MILTON S RODAWAY CASS COUNTY NEBRASKA
IVAN MURRY RODAWAY NORTH RUSSALL NEBRASKA
WW1 EARL RODAWAY NORTH RUSSALL NEBRASKA WW1 JAMES RODAWAY OTOE COUNTY NEBRASKA