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history, 4th BATTALION KINGS LIVERPOOL,   work  in progress

The 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment) landed at Le Havre on 6th March 1915 and next day moved by train to Lillers. To Robecq, 9th, and joined the Sirhind Brigade, Lahore Division. Moved forward to La Tombe Willot on the 10th and then in the evening to Vieille Chapelle.

They moved to Calonne in reserve on the 10th April, then back to Vieille Chapelle on the 23rd.Next day they marched via Estaires, Neuf-Berguin, Vieux Berguin, Outtersteen and Meteren to Berthen. Moved to Ouderdom on the 25th and then on 26th via Vlamertinghe and Ypres to reserve positions south-east of St. Jean. The Battalion came under shellfire for the first time on the way up. 2/Lieut. F.S. Lydden (Indian Army attached) was mortally wounded, one other officer wounded and 10 others killed or wounded.

On 11 March, 1915, at about 8pm, 4 King?s (Liverpool) Regt left Vieille Chapelle and made their way to Richebourg St Vaaste where they billeted at about midnight. The Battalion was shelled heavily by the Germans the following day which resulted in the following casualties: 2nd Lt Carleton Lumley St Clair Clery (Unattached List Indian Army attd 4 KLR) killed, 2nd Lt Thomas Guy Pocock wounded, 2 other ranks were killed (Sgt Thomas James Wilson and Cpl William Henry Hobbs) and 13 Other ranks were wounded. Clery, Wilson and Hobbs are all buried in Vieille Chapelle New Military Cemetery. At 10.30am on 12th the Battalion marched to Neuve Chapelle and occupied reserve trenches ? they were under fire all day.

 on 24 April, a German offensive began Second Ypres which became the 4th and 1/6th King's first major battle. In the second subsidiary action of the offensive,at Saint-Julien, the 4th King's sustained more than 400 casualties over a four-day period, the majority some 374, while supporting the 1/4th Gurkha Rifles 

 April 1915
Moved from Calonne in reserve on the 10th, then back to Vieille Chapelle on the 23rd. Next day the battalion marched via Estaires, Neuf-Berquin, Vieux-Berquin, Outtersteen and Meteren to Berthen. Moved to Ouderdm on the 25th then on the 26th via Vlamertinghe and Ypres to reserve positions souh-east of St. Jean. Battalion came under shell fire for the first time on the way up. 1 officer and 10 ORs killed. Withdrew in the evening to La Brique. Moved forward again to trenches north-east of St. Jean on the 27th and later took part in the attack. The War Diary records 'At noon the battalion formed up for the attack and assaulted the German positions, in support of the 1/4th Gurkha Rifles.' The history of the King's Rgt notes that 'The King's, splendidly led by their officers, advanced in short rushes, with the enemy pumping lead into them and men falling in heaps. One party advanced within 200 yards of the German trenches, but could not get past the uncut wire. Casualties 383 killed, wounded and missing. Withdrew later to La Brique.
April 25th 1915
Berthen
Moved early morning across BELGIAN FRONTIER to OUDERDOM.

April 26th 1915
Ouderdom

Occupied ?hutments? until morning of 26-4-15 when the brigade marched through VLAMERTINGHE & YPRES to ST JEAN where the Brigade formed the reserve to JULLUNDUR and FEROZEPORE brigades in an attack on German position N.E. of ST JEAN. The Battalion was heavily shelled on the march through YPRES & at ST JEAN 2nd LIEUT. F.C. LYDDEN, Indian Army (Attached) wounded ? he died of wounds the next day. 2nd LIEUT. L.C. SODEN wounded, also 10 other ranks killed & wounded. Battalion moved to LA BRIQUE about 5:00 p.m. & bivouacked moving again at 3:00 a.m. 27-4-15 to trenches in fields N.E. of ST JEAN (Copy of operation order marked ?A?.)


April 27th 1915
St. Jean
At 12 noon the Battalion formed up for attack & assaulted German position in support of 1/4th GURKHA RIFLES. The Battalion suffered severely losing 2nd LIEUT. R.A. LLOYD killed, CAPT. COLTART, 2nd LIEUTS. JACKSON, MELLY, BRIGGS, SIMMANCE, REID, MAPPLEBECK wounded & 2nd LIEUT.McCONKEY slightly wounded (fit for duty). Approximately 374 other ranks killed, wounded & missing. The Battalion moved back to morning billets at dusk & remained there for the night. Although the attack was not carried out, the object was obtained i.e. occupying enemy?s attention, for benefit of plans of 2nd ARMY.
Pte Walter Bell of the 4th Battalion Kings (Liverpool Reg). who is buried in a collective grave at Choques Military Cemetery with 28 other members of the battlion. The CWGC makes referecne to 29 being killed on a troop train in April 1918. 

The 4th in trenches 12 JUNE 1915, note the cloth caps

on the 27th.
In the second subsidiary action of the offensive, 
at Saint-Julien, the 4th King's sustained more than 
400 casualties over a four-day period, the majority, 
some 374, while supporting the 1/4th Gurkha Rifles 
on the 27th.[56] The 1/6th supported 1st Cheshires 
in the defence of Hill 60. After the regiment's involvement 
in 'Second Ypres' receded, four battalions fought at Festubert,
collectively incurring in excess of 1,200 casualties. 
Lance-Corporal Tombs became the regiment's first Victoria Cross 
recipient of the war for assisting wounded soldiers during the 
battle.

 

which became the 4th and 1/6th King's first major battle. 
In the second subsidiary action of the offensive, 
at Saint-Julien, the 4th King's sustained more than 
400 casualties over a four-day period, the majority, 
some 374, while supporting the 1/4th Gurkha Rifles 
on the 27th.
4th BATTALION KINGS LIVERPOOL,

    

 FREDERICK RODAWAY was only drafted in along with 43 other's from the 8th bn    KINGS  LIVERPOOL IRISH  ON THE 28th July 1916  along with most of  these who also died the same day 

4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion                                                                      

                     August 1914 : in Seaforth, Liverpool.                                                                                           

6 March 1915 : landed at Le Havre and came under orders of Sirhind Brigade, La

10 November 1915 : transferred to 137th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division.  

3 December 1915 : attached to 56th and 58th  Brigades, 19th (Western) Division.   

27 February 1916 : transferred to 98th Brigade, 33rd Division.

                                                                                          PTE 18431 MOLYNEUX, P  
                                                                                           Date of Death:18/08/1916                                                  
                                                                                          Grave reference X111 E 3 
                                                                                       Caterpillar Valley Longueval                            
                                                                                       son of Thomas and Margaret
                                                                      born Liverpool 1892,parents both born in Dublin

                                               

                                                                            

LEONARDI, A 
Private:23329 Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: XI. H. 5. 
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

LEATHERBARROW, EDWARD
Private:51527 Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:32
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Mrs. Margaret Leatherbarrow, of 
3, Peel Terrace,Boundary St.Stanley Rd.Liverpool.

LARKIN, L
Private:307541 Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:24
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn
A. 37. Cemetery:THISTLE DUMP CEMETERY, HIGH WOOD, LONGUEVAL
Son of John and Mary Larkin, of 93, 
St. Martin's Cottages, Ashfield St., Liverpool.

MERCER, ROBERT
Private 307609 Date of Death: 18/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

ORAM, WILLIAM
Private 306350 Date of Death: 18/08/1916 Age:25
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)1st/8th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of John and Elizabeth Oram of 8 Arnold Grove, Wavertree, Liverpool. 

PETERS, JOHN Corporal 22808 Date of Death:31/07/1917

The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Bn. 

Panel Reference: Panel 4 and 6.

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Son of John and Ellen Peters, of Parkgate, Cheshire. 


PATERSON, ARCHIBALD
Private 306949 Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:39The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. Pier and Face 1 D 8 and 8 C.THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Mrs. Margaret Jane Paterson, of 23,Rastlake St.Everton; husband of Mary Jane Paterson, of 66 Hartnup St.Oakfield Rd. Liverpool.

SWARBRICK, JOHN
Private 306034 Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 1st/8th Bn. 
Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 

RILEY, JOHN
Private:30378 Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. 
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

RYE, GEORGE
Private:51539 Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:20
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. 
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Annie M. Rye, of 11,Rivington St Liverpool, 
and the late Eugene E. Rye.

SMYTH, V J
Private 3693 Date of Death:07/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)4th Bn. 
Grave Reference:V. O. 7.
                              DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ                                

The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn.
 Grave Reference: XIII. E. 3. Cemetery:
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVA,found very close by and buried  on the same row   

 PTE,12318   HERBERT LEESON  SLIGHT,
18/08/1916 Age:43
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: XIII. E. 9. Cemetery:
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

Marriages Dec 1905 
Herbert Leeson SLIGHT      Charlotte TAYLOR   Liverpool

235380 Private
Joseph Edgar Devine
4th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
19/04/1918, aged 40.
Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 3. 
Additional Information: 
son of the late Joseph and Jenny Devine; 
husband of Mary Elizabeth Devine, of 27, 
Ashwood Avenue, Gorton, Manchester.

8836 Private Samuel Dryhurst Roberts
The King's Liverpool Regiment "C" Coy. 4th Bn.
16/05/1915, aged 25.
Le Touret Memorial
Panel Reference: Panels 6 to 8.
Memorial:LE TOURET MEMORIAL
Son of Thomas and Susannah Roberts, of Liverpool;
husband of Susan Roberts, 
of 32, Clifton St., Liverpool.

         

                                                       

                                                                     Corporal 12067 Francis George SPENCER  

                                                                   The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Battalion 

                                                                       Date of Death:28 March 1916  aged 46

                                                                                  Cambrin Military Cemetery  

                                                                                      Grave Number: F. 33

                                                                                        

            Queen's South Africa Medal

Date of Death:28 March 1916 - Killed in Action
Age: 46
Cemetery / Memorial:
CAMBRIN MILITARY CEMETERY
Grave Number: F. 33.
Awards:Queen's South Africa Medal 
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Battalion
Date of Death:28 March 1916 - Killed in Action
Age: 46
Cemetery / Memorial:
CAMBRIN MILITARY CEMETERY
Grave Number: F. 33.
Awards:
Queen's South Africa Medal

                        

 Francis (Frank) was born on the 2nd November 1869 at Little Bolehill, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the son of Anthony (Lead Miner) and Hannah (née Greatorex) Spencer, later of Stonehouse Cottages, Harpur Hill, Buxton. He had six older brothers and sisters, William Henry, James, Harriett, Ellen, Richard and John Walker, and two younger brothers, Albert Edward and Alfred. (1871 Census RG 10/3594 and 1881 RG 11/3455)
In 1881 the family had moved to Haslan House Cottage, Harpur Hill, Buxton, and father Anthony was employed as a Quarryman. Frank was educated at Fairfield Endowed School.

On the 3rd July 1897 Francis married Ellen Wilshaw, at St John's Church, Buxton. Frank does not appear on the 1901 Census (RG 13/3269), presumably because he was in South Africa fighting in The Boer War, with the 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Ellen was living at 1 South View, Fairfield, with their daughter, Violet, and her son, Frank Wilshaw, aged 7. Also living with them was Frank's widowed father, Anthony

In 1911 (Census RG 14/21236) the family were back together living at 14 Hogshaw Villas, Buxton, having had five more children, Mabel, Nellie, Ethel, Edward Anthony and Bessie. The Census also names Frank Wilshaw as a 17 year old son, presumably Ellen's from before her marriage to Francis. After the war Ellen moved to live at 2 Ashton Street, Merefield, Rochdale.

In reporting his death on the 8th April 1916, under the heading "A Lovable Man Who Could Be Trusted", 'The Buxton Advertiser' confirmed that Frank had a wife and 6 children aged between 6 and 16 years, living at 14 Hogshaw Villas, Buxton. Before joining up Francis was still working as a "Quarryman" at Buxton Lime Firms Company, at Ashwood Dale Works. It further reported that their eldest son, also Frank, was serving with the 6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, in France. [see Footnote below]

Military History:
Frank had originally enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Liverpool Regiment, at the age of 18 and served in the South African (Boer) War and was awarded the Queen's Medal with four clasps (1901; Belfast; Laings Nek and Cape Colony).

Frank voluntarily re-enlisted at Buxton on 13th September 1914.  Unfortunately, his Service papers have been destroyed during a Second World War bombing raid. His Medal Index Card shows that he entered the War, in France, with the 4th Battalion on the 4th March 1915 and landed at Le Havre and attached to Sirhind Brigade, Lahore Division of Indian Corps.

On the 10th November 1915 the Battalion transferred to 137th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division and again on the 3rd December 1915 were attached to 56th and 58th Brigades, 19th (Western) Division. On the 27th February 1916 Frank's Division transferred again to 98th Brigade, 33rd Division.

Frank fought at the Battle of Neuve Chappelle, and was wounded at Ypres on 26th April 1916, being shot in the left shoulder. He was killed in action on 26th March 1916, originally buried in the "Chateau Cemetery". (Cambrin Military Cemetery is often called Cambrin Chateau Cemetery) One other man of the 4th Battalion, King's Regiment, was killed on the same day, Private 8381 F. Fraser is buried near to Frank, in Grave F.17 of Cambrin Cemetery.

The following letter was received by his wife on the 7th April 1916 from "? somewhere in France":

"Dear Mrs Spencer, - I feel I must write and convey to you my sincerest sympathies in the loss you have sustained by the death in action of your husband. We here in the Company, the other officers and especially his Platoon Officer, Lieutenant Mason, all miss him very much. He was a really lovable man and could always be implicitly trusted to do his best at any piece of work entrusted to him. As a non-commissioned officer he was invaluable to us.

It may be some small consolation to you to know that his death was instantaneous, and that no better death could be desired - for his died serving his Country and doing his duty as he always did. Again assuring you and your little children of our deepest sympathy.

Believe me, yours sincerely
Allan J. S. Simmance, Captain
Commanding 'B' Company, 4th The Kings."

 

Catherine Molyneux              10         1901     Liverpool,
Margaret Molyneux              17         1894     Liverpool,
Thomas Molyneux              49        1862      Dublin, Dublin  Labourer Dock
Margaret Molyneux              45        1866      Dublin
Mary Brown ( Molyneux(        24        1887     Liverpool,
Patrick Molyneux              19         1892     Liverpool,    Seaman Steamship
Margaret Molyneux              17         1894     Liverpool,
Peter Molyneux              12         1892     Liverpool,       
Catherine Molyneux              10         1901     Liverpool,
Richard Molyneux                8         1903     Liverpool,
John Molyneux               5          1906     Liverpool,
Thomas Molyneux               1           1910    Liverpool,
Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 4th Bn.
 Grave Reference: XIII. E. 3. Cemetery:
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
                                         4th battalion

       PTE 307255 Frederick Rodaway        Caterpillar Valley          PTE 18431 Patrick Molyneux

        

           PTE.11158 J DAVIES           PTE.11209  A. JONES        PTE.37596 J T TAYLOR

         TYNE COT CEMETERY           DAOURS COMMUNAL        TYNE COT CEMETERY  

      

       

             PTE 18701 G Barton     CPL 12067 Francis George SPENCER     HANNON,NORMAN LESLIE

            TYNE COT CEMETERY         CAMBRIN MILITARY CEMETERY    7th Bn. 2/LT GUARDS CEMETERY

I have listed 2nd LT Norman Leslie Hannon, headstone in the hope I  can find his brothers John's in time and show them together,

 

 CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY

42 men are listed in this cemetery killed on 18/aug/1916, below is a list of plot numbers and grid positions of where they were found on the battle field.

 39 of the 42, listed in Caterpillar valley cemetery, grid positions  of where bodies found,

                                                         age       plot number        grid number

01. ASHWORTH, F Private  27452       21           XI. H. 32.           10 B 6.8  

 02. ATKINSON, R D Private 11409                  II. D. 5            10 B 6.9   

03. BELL, P   L/CPL 8988                   XV. G. 4.            10 B 7.6   

04. BENSON, A l/cpl     32999                              X. C. 3.            10 B 6.5     

 05. BIBBY, G H PTE 11696             XV. G. 22.        10 B 8.9                   

06. BOARDMAN, HAROLD CPL ,27837              II. F. 7.              10 B 5.9                    

07. BOOTH, E PTE 10622                 XIII. C. 3.             10 B 2.9                   

08. BRADY, J    CPL 28147                IX. H. 39.              10 A 7.9                   

09. BROWN, THOMAS PTE,         36       XIV. D. 26.             10 B 4.9                                                    SERVED UNDER THE NAME SMITH  

 10. CADOGAN, P H PTE,   307259               IV. J. 5.        10 B  4.9                        

11. CONNOLLY, J Private  11993 23      XV. F. 32                10 B 7.7                       

12. DEAN, A E    SGT 19570       24     XV. G. 3.          10 B 7.6                            

13. FOSTER, W Private    11909            X. D. 12.                  10 B 6.8                        

14 GALLAGHER, D   Private 11969    II. D. 9.             10 B 4.9                            

15. GOODMAN, C P 2nd/LIEUT                    XIV. B. 4.           10 B 3.9                          

16. HANNON, JOHN COULSON 2/LUIT   23   III. G. 10.              10 B 2.9                         

17. HONAN, M Serjeant 8320 22          XIV. B. 5.          10 B  6.9      

18. HOUGHLAND, A Private 29930 IV. J. 1.              10 B 4.9            

19.IRVING, THOMAS HENRY 2nd Lieut 19/08/1916 22 Sp. Mem. 24                          

 20.JOHNSON, B Private 27888      XI. D. 11.              10 B 6.6  

 21.  LEA, A   Private  31292    11/BN    37    XI. H. 8.                10 B 4.8                         

22. LEONARDI, A Private 23329 1 XI. H. 5.             10 B 5.5                     

23. McALLEY, R  CorporaL   6132            II. F. 6                     10 B 5.9                      

24. McCUSKER, C Private 29965   X. C. 13                    10 B 6.6                      

25 .MOLYNEUX, P Private 18431   XIII. E. 3                    10 B 3.9                    

26. NICKALLS, E G Second Lieutenant 18/08/1916 Sp. Mem. 23                       

27.PROWSE, W Private 13950    II. J. 8.                   10 B 4.9                      

28.REID, JOHN 2nd LIEUT                            X.D.13                  10 B 7.5                

29.RODAWAY, F   Private 307255           XIII. E. 1                  10 B 3.9              

30.RUSHTON, J  Private 26459    II. D. 2.                  10 B 5.8                      

31.SIMCOCK, R  Private 30007 19    XV. F. 2.                 10 B 3.5                    

32.SINNOTT, J C    Private 305244    21      IX. H. 40.                10 B 1.8                

33.SLIGHT, HERBERT LEESON Private 12318     XIII. E. 9.              10 B 3.9                       

34.SMITH, F      SGT   6950                     XV. F. 34.              10 B 8.7                        

35.THOMAS, JAMES SAMUEL  SGT .18047        X. D. 14.             10 B 6.8            

3618023, J J Private 27175 20      XI. G. 7.             10 B 5.6                  

37.WILLIAMS, J Private 18023      24       XV. F. 1.               10 B 3.5        

38.WINROW, O Private 6256 7/BN       X. A. 36.              10 B 5.5                     

39.YOUNG, F Private 30613 II. D. 7.               10 B 6.8    

 PTE   BIBBY, G H 11696    buried  in plot XV. G. 22. was found at grid ref  10 B 8.9 found   along side of him a unknown Kings liverpool Officer, and buried   next to him a unknown Kings Liverpool Officer, I believe  this to be either      

NICKALLS, E G Second Lieutenant 18/08/1916 Sp. Mem. 23    or  

IRVING, THOMAS HENRY 2nd Lieut 19/08/1916 22 Sp. Mem. 24     

both are listed as believed to be buried  in this cemetery .                                                                              

01. ASHWORTH, F Private  27452       21           XI. H. 32.           10 B 6.8                                                     02. ATKINSON, R D Private 11409             II. D. 5            10 B 6.9                                                                                 03. BELL, P   L/CPL 8988       XV. G. 4.            10 B 7.6                                                     04. BENSON, A l/cpl         X. C. 3.              10 B 6.5                                                                                                 05. BIBBY, G H PTE 11696 XV. G. 22.        10 B 8.9                                                06. BOARDMAN, HAROLD CPL ,27837                 II. F. 7.              10 B 5.9                                                   07. BOOTH, E PTE 10622             XIII. C. 3.             10 B 2.9                                                                    08. BRADY, J    CPL 28147 IX. H. 39.              10 A 7.9                                 09. BROWN, THOMAS PTE,     36 XIV. D. 26.            10 B 4.9                                                         SERVED UNDER THE NAME SMITH                                                                                                                  
                                                              age             plot number            grid number
01. ASHWORTH, F Private  27452       21           XI. H. 32.           10 B 6.8                                                     02. ATKINSON, R D Private 11409             II. D. 5            10 B 6.9                                                                                 03. BELL, P   L/CPL 8988       XV. G. 4.            10 B 7.6                                                     04. BENSON, A l/cpl         X. C. 3.              10 B 6.5                                                                                                 05. BIBBY, G H PTE 11696 XV. G. 22.        10 B 8.9                                                06. BOARDMAN, HAROLD CPL ,27837                 II. F. 7.              10 B 5.9                                                   07. BOOTH, E PTE 10622             XIII. C. 3.             10 B 2.9                                                                    08. BRADY, J    CPL 28147 IX. H. 39.              10 A 7.9                                 09. BROWN, THOMAS PTE,     36 XIV. D. 26.            10 B 4.9                                                         SERVED UNDER THE NAME SMITH                                                                                                                  10. CADOGAN, P H PTE,   307259  18/08/1916  IV. J. 5.                  10 B  4.9                                    11. CONNOLLY, J Private  11993 18/08/1916 23 XV. F. 32                10 B 7.7                              12. DEAN, A E    SGT 19570      18/08/1916 24 XV. G. 3.               10 B 7.6                             13. FOSTER, W Private    11909           18/08/191639 X. D. 12.                10 B 6.8                              14 GALLAGHER, D   Private 11969 18/08/1916 II. D. 9.                  10 B 4.9                   15. GOODMAN, C P 2nd/LUIT            18/08/1916 XIV. B. 4.              10 B 3.9                            16. HANNON, JOHN COULSON 2/LUIT  18/08/1916 23 III. G. 10.              10 B 2.9                             17. HONAN, M Serjeant 8320 18/08/1916 22          XIV. B. 5.               10 B  6.9                                              18. HOUGHLAND, A Private 29930 18/08/1916 IV. J. 1.                  10 B 4.9             19.IRVING, THOMAS HENRY 2nd Luit 19/08/1916 22 Sp. Mem. 24                                      20.JOHNSON, B Private 27888 18/08/1916 XI. D. 11.              10 B 6.6                            21.  LEA, A   Private  31292    18/08/1916  11/BN    37           XI. H. 8.                10 B 4.8                                          22. LEONARDI, A Private 23329 18/08/1916 XI. H. 5.                 10 B 5.5                                  23. McALLEY, R  CorporaL   6132 18/08/1916       II. F. 6                    10 B 5.9                  24. McCUSKER, C Private 29965 18/08/1916 X. C. 13                 10 B 6.6                                       25 .MOLYNEUX, P Private 18431 18/08/1916 XIII. E. 3                10 B 3.9                                   26. NICKALLS, E G Second Lieutenant 18/08/1916 Sp. Mem. 23                                     27.PROWSE, W Private 13950 18/08/1916 II. J. 8.                   10 B 4.9                                   28.REID, JOHN 2nd LUIT    18/08/1916                             X.D.13                    10 B 7.5                 29.RODAWAY, F   Private 307255 18/08/1916      XIII. E. 1                  10 B 3.9    30.RUSHTON, J Private 26459 18/08/1916 II. D. 2.                  10 B 5.8     31.SIMCOCK, R Private 30007 18/08/1916 19 XV. F. 2.                 10 B 3.5                               32.SINNOTT, J C     Private 305244 18/08/1916                     21IX. H. 40.     10 B 1.8                 33.SLIGHT, HERBERT LEESON Pivate 12318 18/08/1916     XIII. E. 9.                10 B 3.9                          34.SMITH, F      SGT   6950           18/08/1916                   XV. F. 34.                10 B 8.7                           35.THOMAS, JAMES SAMUEL  SGT .18047      18/08/1916   X. D. 14.            10 B 6.8              36.TOLLITT, J J Private 27175 18/08/1916 20 XI. G. 7.                  10 B 5.6                    37.WILLIAMS, J Private 18023 18/08/1916 24 XV. F. 1.                 10 B 3.5    38.WINROW, O Private 6256 18/08/1916 7/BN X. A. 36.                 10 B 3.4                                 39.YOUNG, F Private 30613 18/08/1916 II. D. 7.                  10 B 6.8        
LETTERS from the Front

 

Letters from the Front - Leslie and Ian Hannon

I received in the post quite recently, a small bundle of old letters neatly kept together in a box, which itself was evidently of great age. They were sent to me by David Hannon, brother of Bishop Hannon of Clogher, both of whom are sons of the late Archdeacon Gordan Hannon. It was the second time that some of these letters were delivered to Ardreigh House. On the last occasion their letters arrived in Athy, Leslie Hannon and his brother Ian Hannon were writing to their parents, John and Martha Hannon.

Mr. and Mrs. Hannon and their eight children moved to Ardreigh House Athy in 1910 from Prumplestown House, Castledermot when John took charge of the Ardreigh Mills, following the death of his brother Harry. Their four sons Reggie, Gordon, Ian and Leslie and their daughters Gladys, Marjorie, Eileen and Ethel spent many happy days in the idyllic surroundings of Ardreigh, an area immortalised in the poetry of Rev. J.J. Malone who was a native of Barrowhouse.

Gordon Hannon entered Trinity College Dublin and studied for the Church of Ireland. He later began his clerical career as a curate in Dublin. His brothers, Norman Leslie, commonly known as “Leslie”, and John Coulson known as “Ian”, enlisted in the British Army during the first year of the Great War, as did so many of their neighbours from Athy. Both were commissioned as Lieutenants in the 7th Kings Liverpool Regiment.
Leslie’s letters home to his parents and to his brother Gordon are full of the excitement of a young man barely out of his teens who found himself caught up in the comraderie and friendship known only to men who endure common hardship and deprivation. “More power to your elbow”, he wrote in pencil on a scrap of paper to his brother Gordon, not yet a Minister of the Church of Ireland, from somewhere in France just eight days before he died. The letter dated Saturday 8th May was enclosed in an envelope postmarked 9th May 1915, and it may have reached his brother Gordon before 20 year old Leslie was killed in action in Festubert on the 16th of May 1915. The line, “Remember me to all the lads”, written across the side of the one page letter, strikes a poignant note even now after the lapse of 80 years.
Another letter dated 18th August 1915 was sent to the Hannon family by a companion of their son Norman Leslie who relates how he went to Richborg and “settled up Leslie’s grave”. Reference was also made to a poem written by the Brigade Doctor, which had earlier been forwarded to Mrs. Hannon in Ardreigh House. The opening lines ran :


“Staunch comrade, brave soldier, too soon fallen out,
I think of you stretched near the German redoubt,
With your blue Irish eyes gazing far into space,
And the pallor of death on your fearless young face.
And I picture the night when our friendship was sworn,
When you stood up and sang us “The Mountains of Mourne.”

Many of the letters and field service postcards from Ian Hannon were sent to his brother Gordon and in a letter dated 2nd August 1916, just sixteen days before he was killed, he mentions having met “Tom Perse on one of my rambles.” Tom was an Athy man from the Ardreigh area who survived the War.
On the 27th of May of the same year, in a letter to his father, Ian wrote :

“there was a great festival on in the Square yesterday, about 20 French and 70 English heroes were decorated by an English and a French General. There was a Russian chap present also and I believe Conan Doyle was there.”

Later in the same letter, Ian referred to the good days fishing which his father had recently enjoyed. On the 18th of August 1916 Ian Hannon was killed in action aged 24 years.
The loss of his two sons proved a severe blow for John Hannon and he was to die tragically by his own hand at Ardreigh House, just ten days before his son Gordon’s wedding in April 1923. Within two years, the Hannon Mills at Ardreigh and at the bridge in the centre of Athy, were to close for the last time.

 Many thanks to Frank, Tonyrod

additional Information

                                   

OFFICERS and other ranks

 BECK, BERNARD Captain    18/08/1916        
3rd BN  attached 4th King's Liverpool
I. B. 28.FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY,MAMETZ

GAULTER, CHARLES PENDRICK Second Lieutenant
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 3rd Bn. attd. 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL
: Son of Charles Rainford Gaulter and Anna Laura Gaulter,
of 41, Devonshire Rd., Blackpool.
A student at the Pharmaceutical College,
Bloomsbury Square, London. Gazetted April, 1915.

SIMMANCE, ALLAN JAMES SPENCER    Captain     18/08/1916  21
The King's Liverpool  "B" Coy. 4th Bn.
Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
 Son of James Herbert and Mary Simmance,
of 191, Casewick Rd., West Norwood, London.
Educated at Christ's Hospital.
Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford.

GRAY VIVIAN Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916 Age:22
The King's Liverpool 3rd Bn. attd. 9th Bn.
Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Harry and Elizabeth Sarah Gray,
of 65A,Ware Rd.Hertford.

 
HANNON,NORMAN LESLIE Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 16/05/1915 Age:20
The King's Liverpool Regiment 7th Bn.
Grave Reference: VII. K. 19.
GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY
Son of M. M. Hannon, of Ardreigh House,
Athy, Co. Kildare, and the late John A. Hannon.
Born at Castledermot, Co. Kildare.

                                

only right I list Norman with his brother John

HANNON JOHN COULSON Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 18/08/1916 Age:23
The King's Liverpool Regiment 3rd Bn.
Grave Reference: III. G. 10.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of John A. and M. M. Hannon,of Ardreigh House Athy.
Born at Castledermot, Co. Kildare.

                            

Second Lieutenant John Coulson Hannon, 3rd (att. 4th) King's Liverpool Regiment, third son of Mr. John A. Hannon, Ardreigh House, Athy, killed in action in France, 18th Aug 1916. Lieutenant Hannon was educated at Corrig School and Clarinda Park School, Kingstown. He received his commission, April, 1915, and was at the front since last November. He was captain of the local hockey club and an all-round sportsman.
Date of Publication: 
Friday, September 29, 1916

HOW AN ATHY OFFICER DIED  Kildare Observer World War 1

Amongst a large circle of friends in Athy district the
announcement of the death of
Lieut. N.C. Hannon, 7th King's Liverpool Regt.,
who was killed in action at Festubert
on the 16th inst.was received with regret.
He was only 20 years of age
and was at the front for the past three months,
have taken part in several engagements.
He was the youngest son of
Mr. John A. Hannon, Ardreigh House, Athy.
He had a brilliant college career,
having entered Trinity from High School Dublin,
in June 1913,and in the following October obtained
a school exhibition in classical honours.
He joined the officers'Training Corps,
from which he received a commission in the
Liverpool Regiment early
in August. A brother of his, Lieut. J.C. Hannon,is in the
3rd Battalion of the same regiment.
Private E. Lynch, "D" Company, King's Liverpool Regt.,
writing from France, says:"It is my duty to write and
inform you of Lieut.Hannon's death.I was his servant,
and a better and kinder master one could not wish for.
He entrusted me with the enclosed letters with
instructions to send them to you if anything happened.
He went into the charge full of dash and vigour,
but alas! he never reached the German lines.
He was shot in the stomach
and died crying to his men "go on and win".
He was a hero,  and was loved and respected by all
his men. All assisted at his burial.
He is interred behind the firing line, and his grave
is marked with a cross.With deepest sympathy
for your great loss".

NICKALLS, E G  Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916
The King's Liverpool  4th Bn.
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. 23.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

REID, JOHN Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916  Age:22
The King's Liverpool  4th Bn.
Grave Reference: X. D. 13.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL                                                                 
Son  son of James and Janet Reid, of 60, Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead.

GOODMAN, C P Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916
The King's Liverpool 4th Bn.
Grave Reference GX IV. B. 4.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

IRVING, THOMAS HENRY Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:19/08/1916 Age:22
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 3rd Bn.
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. 24.:
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of the Rev. Canon Thomas Henry Irving/Margaret Anne Irving

 

 other ranks work in progress

I. B. 28.FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY,MAMETZ

GAULTER, CHARLES PENDRICK Second Lieutenant  
18/08/1916 Age:23
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 3rd Bn. attd. 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL 
: Son of Charles Rainford Gaulter and Anna Laura Gaulter, 
of 41, Devonshire Rd., Blackpool. 
A student at the Pharmaceutical College, 
Bloomsbury Square, London. Gazetted April, 1915.

SIMMANCE, ALLAN JAMES SPENCER Captain 18/08/1916  21
The King's Liverpool  "B" Coy. 4th Bn.
Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
 Son of James Herbert and Mary Simmance, 
of 191, Casewick Rd., West Norwood, London. 
Educated at Christ's Hospital. 
Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford.

GRAY VIVIAN Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916 Age:22
The King's Liverpool 3rd Bn. attd. 9th Bn. 
Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. 
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Harry and Elizabeth Sarah Gray, 
of 65A,Ware Rd.Hertford.

NICKALLS, E G  Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916
The King's Liverpool  4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. 23. 
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

REID, JOHN Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916  Age:22
The King's Liverpool  4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: X. D. 13. 
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL

GOODMAN, C P Second Lieutenant Death:18/08/1916
The King'sLiverpool 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference GXIV. B. 4.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of James and Janet Reid 
60 Whetstone Lane,Birkenhead.

IRVING, THOMAS HENRY Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:19/08/1916 Age:22
The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 3rd Bn. 
Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. 24.:
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of the Rev. Canon Thomas Henry Irving and Margaret Anne Irving, of Hawkshead Vicarage, Ambleside, 
Westmorland. Born at Lindale, Lancs.
Grave registration forms have Thomas with the 4th battalion 
and died 18/9/1916

ANDERSON, ALFRED Private:21178
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:22
The King's Liverpool Regimen) 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. D. 51.
Cemetery:HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE
Son of John and Sarah Ann Anderson,
of Tyldesley; husband of Minnie Schofield (formerly Anderson),
of 13, Alfred St., Tyldesley, Manchester.

ASHCROFT, LEOPOLD Corporal:10853
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:20
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Henry and Margaret Ashcroft,
of 4 Albert Rd., Waterloo, Liverpool.

ASHWORTH, F Private:27452
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:21
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XI. H. 32.
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY LONGUEVAL
Son of James and Abigail Ashworth,
of 73,High Park Rd.Southport.

BEAMISH, HERBERT Private:9140
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:28
The King's Liverpool Regiment "B" Coy. 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
Memorial:THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of the late Richard Beamish;
husband of Martha Ayshford Beamish,
of 8,Fairfield Rd.Stockton Heath,Warrington.

George Henry Bibby Private,11696
Date of Death:    18 Aug 1916
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th BN
Grave Reference: XV. G. 22.
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY LONGUEVAL
SON OF,Bibby George Henry - Owens Annie W   
Edge-Hill

BOARDMAN, HAROLD Corporal :27837
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:20
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: II. F. 7.
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of Mrs. Emily Boardman,
of 262, New Bank St Longsight Manchester.
         
BOWE, WILLIAM Private 26344
Date of Death: 18/08/1916 Age:28
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of the late Michael and Julia Bowe,
of 47, Water St., Atherton, Manchester.

BROWN, THOMAS Private 31828
Date of Death: 18/08/1916 Age:36
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XIV. D. 26.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL
Son of John and Mary Brown, of Salford, Manchester.
(Served as SMITH).
      

 BURNS, FRANCIS Private 12329
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age: 19
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference:XVII. D. 10.
SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2
Son of the late Mrs. Katharine Burns of Liverpool.

 BUXTON, SAMUEL Private 34705
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:20
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Panel Reference:Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of William and Sarah Buxton;
husband of Edith Talbot (formerly Buxton)
of 41 Aiken St Dingle, Liverpool  

CADOGAN, P H Private:307259
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:39
The King's Liverpool Regiment "B" Coy. 8th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. J. 5.
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY,LONGUEVAL
Son of P. and B. Cadogan. Born in Ireland.

CHARLESWORTH, T Private:1853
Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: A. 36.
THISTLE DUMP CEMETERY,HIGH WOOD, LONGUEVAL
Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Charlesworth
of 12, Matlock Place Chorlton-on-Medlock Manchester.

COLEBOURNE, WALTER Private:307589
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:21
The King's Liverpool Regiment 1st/8th Bn
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Mrs. Catherine Colebourne,
of go, Beaufort St., Liverpool.

CONNOLLY, J Private:11993
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:23
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XV. F. 32.
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY,LONGUEVAL
Son of John and Mary Connolly,
of L,Hyde St.Hardwick St.Liverpool

DAVIES, WILLIAM Private:29353
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:25
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of the late William and Rose

DEAN, A E Serjeant:19570
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:24
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XV. G. 3.
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY LONGUEVAL
Son of Joseph and Rose Hannah Dean,
of 49, Vine St.Hulme, Manchester.
Born at Chelford, Crewe, Cheshire.

 

Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:39
The King's Liverpool Regiment "B" Coy. 8th Bn. 
Grave Reference: IV. J. 5. 
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY,LONGUEVAL
Son of P. and B. Cadogan. Born in Ireland.

CHARLESWORTH, T Private:1853
Date of Death:18/08/1916
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: A. 36. 
THISTLE DUMP CEMETERY,HIGH WOOD, LONGUEVAL
Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Charlesworth
of 12, Matlock Place Chorlton-on-Medlock Manchester.

COLEBOURNE, WALTER Private:307589
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:21
The King's Liverpool Regiment 1st/8th Bn 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. 
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of Mrs. Catherine Colebourne, 
of go, Beaufort St., Liverpool.

CONNOLLY, J Private:11993 
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:23
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: XV. F. 32. 
Cemetery:CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY,LONGUEVAL 
Son of John and Mary Connolly, 
of L,Hyde St.Hardwick St.Liverpool

DAVIES, WILLIAM Private:29353 
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:25
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn. 
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. 
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Son of the late William and Rose

DEAN, A E Serjeant:19570
Date of Death:18/08/1916 Age:24
The King's Liverpool Regiment 4th Bn. 
Grave Reference: XV. G. 3. 
CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY LONGUEVAL
Son of Joseph and Rose Hannah Dean, 
of 49, Vine St.Hulme, Manchester. 
Born at Chelford, Crewe, Cheshire.




Son of the Rev. Canon Thomas Henry Irving and Margaret Anne Irving, of Hawkshead Vicarage, Ambleside, Westmorland. Born at Lindale, Lancs.
 Died 18 august 1916, 
ALL 4th Battalion  or attached unless stated

001    ANDERSON    A    21178                      HEILLY STATION CEMETERY
002    ASHCROFT    L    10853                        THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
003    ASHWORTH    F    27452                       CATERPILLAR VALLEY
004    ATKINSON    RD    11409                      CATERPILLAR VALLEY
005    BEAMISH    H    9140                            THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
006    BEATON    S    8960                              HEILLY STATION CEMETERY
007    BECK    B    -    3RD BN                  FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ
008    BELL    P    8988                                    CATERPILLAR VALLEY                           
009    BENSON    A    32999                            CATERPILLAR VALLEY  
010    BIBBY    GH    11696                              CATERPILLAR VALLEY
011    BLACKBURN G    27145        
                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
012    BOARDMAN H    27837                       
  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
013    BOOTH    E    10622                             
CATERPILLAR VALLEY
014    BOWE    W    26344                                THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
015    BOWMAN A    9084                                 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
016    BRADY    J    28147                                
CATERPILLAR VALLEY
017    BROUGHTON R    307583                       
CATERPILLAR VALLEY
018    BROWN    T    31828                               
CATERPILLAR VALLEY
019    BROWN    E    307248    1ST/8TH BN       THIEPVAL MEMORIAL  
020    BURNS    F    12329                                 SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2
021    BUXTON    S    34705                              THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
022    CADOGAN PH    307259    B COY 8TH BN     CATERPILLAR VALLEY 
023    CHARLESWORTH    T    18538                      THISTLE DUMP CEMETERY
024    COLEBOURNE    W    307589    1ST/8TH BN  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
025    COLMAN   J    3120                                      THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                   
026    CONNOLLY  J    11993                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY                      027    COOKE    G    9907                                      THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                   028    COPSON    J    8995                                     LONDON CEMETERY                         029    CUNNINGHAM A    51514                             THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                      030    DAVIES    W    29353                                   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                       031    DEAN    AE    19570                                    CATERPILLAR VALLEY                      032    DEMPSEY P    307542                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY                      033    DOLAN    E    7681                                      THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
034    DUFFY    C    9274                                        THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                     035    DURRANT D    9099                                    HEILLY STATION CEMETERY               036    EGAN    W    14574                                     THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
037    FERGUSON E    26245                                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
038    FOSTER    W    11909                                   CATERPILLAR VALLEY   
039    GALLAGHER D    11969                                CATERPILLAR VALLEY
040    GAULTER CP    -3RD BN ATTD 4TH BN          THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                                                                                                                                                              041    GILROY    C    32957                                   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 
042    GLENNON P    33129                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL 
043    GLOVER    F    19569    13TH BN    FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ
044    GOODMAN CP    -                                         CATERPILLAR VALLEY
045    GRAY    V    -    3RD BN ATTD 9TH BN          THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
046    GREENHALGH J    25121   D COY 11TH BN    DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, 
047    GREGORY W    5427                                     THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
048    HAMLIN    M    32541    C COY 4TH BN          THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
049    HANNAH    D    18082    13TH BN   PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT
050    HANNON    JC    -    3RD BN                        CATERPILLAR VALLEY
051    HARPER    TJ    29814                                CATERPILLAR VALLEY
052    HIRST    S    31780                                     THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
053    HONAN    M    8320                                    CATERPILLAR VALLEY
054    HOUGHLAND A    29930                             CATERPILLAR VALLEY
055    HUGGINS C    12855    11TH BN                 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
056    JOHNSON B    27888                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY
057    JONES    A    4327    1ST/9TH BN          ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN
058    JONES    W    12452    11TH BN                   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
059    KILGARIFF P    27871                                   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
060    LARKIN    L    307541                 THISTLE DUMP CEMETERY, HIGH WOOD
061    LEA    A    31292                                        CATERPILLAR VALLEY                       
062    LEATHERBARROW E    51527                       THIEVPAL MEMORIAL           
063    LEAVER    TW    14288                                SERRIE ROAD NO2
064    LEONARDI A    23329                                 CATERPILLAR VALLEY 
065    LISTER    J    11639                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
066    LOFTUS    CF    30658                                THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
067    LOWE    WH    30052                                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
068    LYCETT    T    34501                                 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
069    MACK    M    27235                                   THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
070    MALONE    W    27205                               THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
071    MASON    J    5371                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
072    MASSAM    JW    27010                              THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
073    MAWDSLEY R    8581                                 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
074    MCALLEY R    6132                                    CATERPILLAR VALLEY
075    MCCUSKER C    29965                               CATERPILLAR VALLEY
076    MCDONOUGH J    44721                            THIEPVAL MEMORIAL   
077    MCGARRY F    12245                                 DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY,
078    MCNEILE T    25273                                   CATERPILLAR VALLEY
079    MERCER    R    307609                              THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
080    MOLYNEUX  P    18431                              CATERPILLAR VALLEY
081    MOORCROFT A    2665    8TH BN           ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY
082    MURRAY  J    12483    11TH BN                 THIEPVAL MEMORIAL           
083    NAYLOR     H    8869    11TH BN               THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
084    NICKALL S EG    -                                      THIEPVAL MEMORIAL                          
085    O'NEILL    J    6865                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
086    ORAM    W    306350    1ST/8TH BN          THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
087    PATERSON A    306949                             THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
088    PROWSE    W    13950                               CATERPILLAR VALLEY
089    REID    J    -                                              CATERPILLAR VALLEY
090    RILEY    J    30378                                     THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
091    RODAWAY F    307255   1/8th attch 4th      CATERPILLAR VALLEY
092    RUSHTON J    26459                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY
093    RYE    G    51539                                      THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
094    SHINNERS FP    10691                                CATERPILLAR VALLEY
095    SIMCOCK R    30007                                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
096    SIMMANCE AJS    -                                      CATERPILLAR VALLEY
097    SINNOTT   JC   305244   8TH BN  4TH BN   CATERPILLAR VALLEY
098    SLIGHT    HL    12318                                 CATERPILLAR VALLEY
099    SMART    D    12785    11TH BN                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
100    SMITH    F    6950                                       CATERPILLAR VALLEY
101    SWARBRICK J    306034    1ST/8TH BN         THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
102    TAYLOR    F    47205    22ND BN      OLDHAM (CHADDERTON) CEMETERY
103    TOLLITT    JJ    27175                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY
104    TRAINOR J    2233                                       THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
105    TRAYNOR F    13682    11TH BN                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
106    TRIGG    W    30504    11TH BN                   DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY
107    WALL    T    18224                                       THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
108    WEBB    JA    26271    11TH BN                     THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
109    WHITE    B    27252    11TH BN                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
110    WILLCOX H    10499                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
111    WILLIAMS J    18023                                     CATERPILLAR VALLEY
112    WILLIAMS EC    11281                                  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
113    WINFIELD J    28296                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
114    WINROW     O    6256                                  CATERPILLAR VALLEY
115    WRIGHT    F    9051                                    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
116    YOUNG    F    30613                                   CATERPILLAR VALLEY                      117    IRVING,THOMAS HENRY 2/Lieutenant 3rd BN  CATERPILLAR                              Grave registration forms have Thomas with the 4th battalion  and died on the 18/08/1916.
and died 18/9/1916

 

WAR DIARY AUGUST 1916

Trench MAP for HIGH WOOD 20th august 1916

 very few kings-men reached wood lane if any on the attack on the 18th august  so i don't think those trenches on the map above where dug on the 18th August,

The men and grave photos,

 

thanks to http://liverpoolremembrance.weebly.com/

 

11909 Private

William Foster

4th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

18/08/1916, aged 39.

 

 Plot X. D. 12.

grid 10 b 6.8 

Son of Peter and Bessie Foster, of Lymm, Cheshire; husband of Annie Foster, of 12, Aughton Rd., Orrell, Bootle, Liverpool.

 

 

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Thomas James Brislen was born in Liverpool on 2nd December 1886. In 1901 he is living with his parents James and Annie along with his siblings at Petton Street in Everton. On 29th January 1907 Thomas married Annie welsby at Our Lady Immaculate church in Everton. They had at least five sons, James Joseph, Thomas, John Owen, Richard and Francis. Thomas enlisted with the 4th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment and on 4th March 1915 they proceeded overseas to France, arriving on the 6th.

On 7th March 1915 they travelled by train to LILLERS then tp ROBECQ on the 9th. The regiment then pushed on to LA TOMBE WILLOT on the 10th before arriving in VIELLE CHAPELLE that same evening. By 10th April they had moved into reserve at CALONNE before returning to VIELLE CHAPELLE on the 23rd. The following day they marched to BERTHEN, then to OUDERDOM on the 25th, and on the 26th they marched through VLAMERTINGHE and YPRES before taking up reserve positions at ST JEAN. The march had been troublesome with the regiment tasting its first experience of shell fire attack.

Then it becomes sketchy as they move around, until June 1916 when they are in billets at BEUVRY before entering the trenches between 3rd to 7th July at CUINCHY. Billets again at MEAULTE 14th/15th July then next two days spent in front line trenches. On 22nd July 1916 they billet at DERNANCOURT until 6th August when they move to MAMETZ WOOD, FRICOURT WOOD 8th to 12th, then entered trenches on 13th August at BAZENTIN. On the 18th they were ordered over the top

 

A report by the CO 98th Bde, Brig Gen FM Carleton, on the action on the 18th , recorded that the attack began at 2.45 PM and that the objective was about 1800 

yards distant                                                                                             

 


On 10th April 1918 Thomas ( now a Corporal ) and the 4th King's were in the area of the Battle of Messines, however they did not engage against the enemy. They boarded a train that day at AMBRINES for STRAZEELE. Along the route the train was hit by a shell and detained for some time. Another soldier of the 4th King's noted in his diary for 10th April 1918 " We left at 11pm and entrained for Caestre which was supposed to be in enemy hands. We were delayed at Chocques and we found out afterwards that the train in front had been shelled and many casualties, so we stayed at the above place and then made a bold dive for Caestre."

Thomas never reached CAESTRE, sadly he lost his life that day, we are uncertain how. Was Thomas in a forward carriage that was hit by the shell? At Chocques Military Cemetery there is a collective grave that contains the remains of 29 soldiers of the 4th King's Liverpool Regiment killed in a troop train in April 1918, but Thomas is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery. This cemetery is close to Chocques cemetery, so was Thomas injured in the shelling of the train and died from his wounds shortly after? Surprisingly the shelling of the train is not mentioned in regimental documents so we can only guess as to what happened to Thomas. We know the regiment was not in combat that day so it is also possible that he fell victim to shrapnel or sniper fire.

 

 The No.1 Casualty Clearing Station was in Chocques so more than likely he died there of wounds from the shell fire.

 

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Private James McNamara 11000, The King's (Liverpool Regiment), 4th Bn. Killed in action 20/05/1915. James had served 12 years with the 1st battalion of the King's Liverpool regiment, and had fought all through the South African campaign where he was awarded the D.C.M. On 21st August 1900 he was on patrol with his mounted infantry when they where attacked by many Boers. One of their party was wounded and Private McNamara and another comrade turned back and succeeded in bringing him back safely.
James left a wife and two children. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France, and on the war memorial at Our Lady of Reconciliation church, Eldon street                                                                                         

 

                                                   28 July 1916                                                          100 drafted in from the 8th battalion Liverpool Irish along with  others from the 24th Infantry Base Depot   and 7th battalion

                

 these included my great grandfather Pte 5015 Frederick Rodaway

 

 

HIGH WOOD 2010

View from the road by Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, photo taken by me in 2010

The 4th battalions objective was to take wood lane trench to the right of the wood  a distance of about 1800 yards ( small trees on horizon )  so the  kick off point would have been somewhere around the road,I know the New Zealander's took off a little further back later in the month by what is now the back wall of Caterpillar Valley cemetery,  all up hill, for many of the KINGS it was to be there last hill

 this ditty was written by Lieutenant Alan Mackintosh, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. It reflected his experiences of the fighting at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

There is a wood at the top of a hill,
if it’s not shifted it’s standing there still;
There is a farm a short distance away,
but I’d not advise you to go there by day,
for the snipers abound, and the shells are not rare,
and a man’s only chance is to run like a hare.
So take my advice if you’re chancing your arm
from High Wood to Waterlot Farm.

High Wood to Waterlot Farm,
All on a summer’s day.
Up you get to the top of the trench
though you’re sniped at all the way.
If you’ve got a smoke helmet there
you’d best put it on if you could,
for the wood down by Waterlot Farm
is a bloody high wood.

 

if it’s not shifted it’s standing there still;
There is a farm a short distance away,
but I’d not advise you to go there by day,
for the snipers abound, and the shells are not rare,
and a man’s only chance is to run like a hare.
So take my advice if you’re chancing your arm
from High Wood to Waterlot Farm.

High Wood to Waterlot Farm,
All on a summer’s day.
Up you get to the top of the trench
though you’re sniped at all the way.
If you’ve got a smoke helmet there
you’d best put it on if you could,
for the wood down by Waterlot Farm
is a bloody high wood.

There is a wood at the top of a hill,
if it’s not shifted it’s standing there still;
There is a farm a short distance away,
but I’d not advise you to go there by day,
for the snipers abound, and the shells are not rare,
and a man’s only chance is to run like a hare.
So take my advice if you’re chancing your arm
from High Wood to Waterlot Farm.

High Wood to Waterlot Farm,
All on a summer’s day.
Up you get to the top of the trench
though you’re sniped at all the way.
If you’ve got a smoke helmet there
you’d best put it on if you could,
for the wood down by Waterlot Farm
is a bloody high wood.

I called again august 30th 2015 and found this at the top right of High Wood, its still there by the way,LIVE!!

PTE 18431 Patrick Molyneux                                                                   died and buiried next but one to my g/grandfather