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Officers of the 1st Battalion, - 1904
Officers of the 2nd Battalion, - 1913.
Officers of the 2nd Battalion, - October 1914.
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, - Guernsey, 1913.
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, - in camp Sept 1914 (?)
Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, - 1919.
Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, - December 1914.
3rd Battalion Platoon, - Early 1917.
3rd Battalion Serjeants, - June 1917.
Officers of the 4th Battalion, - 14 April 1915 (Newcastle)
Officers of the 4th Battalion, - 1910 - 1920.
Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, - 1914.
Soldiers of the 4th Battalion in Blackpool. Date Unknown.
Band of the 4th Battalion, - 1913 - 1917.
Soldiers of the 5th Battalion in Camp, 1913
Soldiers of the 5th Battalion in Camp (pre-1914?)
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Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, - August 1914.
5th Battalion Band Members (date unknown)
Officers of the 6th Battalion, - 1915.
Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, - early 1915.
Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, - early 1915 (Boxing tournament)
Soldiers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Rugeley Camp (?), 1916
7th Battalion Soldiers, - Wareham Camp (1914)
7th (?) Battalion Band.
8th Battalion Entraining for France, 26 August 1915
8th Battalion Platoon, 1915.
9th Battalion Sergeants' Mess, 1914
10th Battalion soldiers, Aylesbury Camp, - 1915.
10th Battalion, A Company, Aylesbury Camp, - 1915
Unveiling of the Richmond Memorial, - 1921.
Officers of the 1st Battalion at a Gala Dinner, 1922

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Officers of the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1904.

This photograph is reproduced here by kind permission of the Green Howards Museum and is copyright of the Green Howards Museum. The photo shows the Officers of the 1st Battalion at training camp in Castleton, Derbyshire, July 1904.

Those named are;-
Egerton; Maddison; Shelmordine;
Walker; Cumberbatch; Whatford; Westley; Leatham; McCall; Walker; Marsden; Nash-Wortham;
Godwin; Somerwell; King; Orr; Gunthorpe; Esson; Lear; Morgan; Bunburry; Gor

Officers of the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1904.

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Officers of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1913.

This photograph is from the Green Howards Gazette, and is reproduced here by kind permission of the Green Howards Museum and is copyright of the Green Howards Museum. The photo shows the Officers of the 2nd Battalion some time in 1913.
Sitting in the front row is Major R Fife, who retired from the regiment in December 1913 but then rejoined with the 7th Battalion on the outbreak of war. This may help date the photo.

Those named are;-
(Back row) : 2nd Lieut Barmby, 2nd Lieut Brooksbank, 2nd Lieut Kreyer, 2nd Lieut Chauncy, Lieut Crawley-Boevey
(Centre row) : 2nd Lieut Kidd, 2nd Lieut Legard. 2nd Lieut Worsley, 2nd Lieut Marriage, Lieut Burbury, Lieut Palmer, Lieut Phayre, Lieut Franklyn
(Front row) : Capt Rollo, Capt Moss-Blundell, Capt Walker, Major Fife, Lieut Col King, LT & Adj Forsyth, Capt Cumberbatch, Capt Marsden, Capt Levin.

Officers of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1913

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Officers of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - October 1914.

This photograph hangs in the Outpost Office of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (the Green Howards) in Trinity Church, Richmond. The Officers are identified in the larger photo that opens up when you select the thumbnail, below. There are further details on each individual Officer in the pages devoted to the photos of individual soldiers.

Officers of the Second Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, photographed in

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Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - Guernsey, 1913.

Peter Rudd (<peter.rudd7@ntlworld.com>), grandson of Private E J Rudd, has provided this photograph. It shows a group of soldiers of the 2nd Battalion on a recruiting exercise in Guernsey in 1913.
Private E J Rudd, Peter's grandfather, is behind the Corporal, - the man with his cap on the skew.

Soldiers of the Second Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, photographed in Guernsey in 1913.

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Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, - in Camp September 1914?

Richard Graham (<Richard.Graham@yorkshiredales.org.uk>) has sent this photo of a group of soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, which includes his g-grandfather Private Tom Midwood, 8187 (6th from left, in cardigan, with hair parted down the middle).
The soldier seated in the front is holding a card, on which the only word that is legible is "GERMAN" and underneath the word "BLOOD". It is possible that this photo was taken in September 1914, when the battalion was in rest camp outside Southampton, following arrival from the Channel Islands and pre-emabarkation camp.
Private Midwood survived the war, though was wounded twice, - once at the 1st Battle of Ypres and secondly in May 1916.
If anybody has further information on this photo we would be glad to hear of it.

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, - in Camp September 1914?

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Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1919.

This group of soldiers of the 2nd Battalion is, allegedly, all that remained in 1919 of the original Battalion who had entered the War in 1914. The group of soldiers was photographed outside the old Gallowgate Barracks in Richmond.
Identified so far are;-
Corporal Tom Riordan (seated second from left)
Private Tom Everitt
(fourth from left, back row).
Sergeant (later Major) Frank Allen (seated second from right)
Sergeant George Richard Hill (standing third from right)

2nd Battalion Soldiers 1919

Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - December 1914.

 

Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - December 1914.

Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion with unexploded shells found after the bombardment of the Hartlepools. This bombardment by off-shore German naval vessels took place on the 16th December 1914. This was the first time British civilians were in the line of enemy fire during a World War.
This photograph is one from those shown by Hartlepool Cultural Services that are part of The Commons on Flickr.

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Serjeants of the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - June 1917.

Serjeants of the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - June 1917

The above photo is taken from a postcard provided by the grand-daughter of Serjeant Frank Preston (2nd from right, back row). Frank Preston enlisted in December 1915 and was promoted to Serjeant in September 1916. He was posted with the 3rd Battalion to France in July 1917, and was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was wounded in September 1917, and discharged due to his wounds in September 1918.
The above photo has been kindly provided by Anne Watson (<annewatson@talk21.com>), his grand-daughter.

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3rd Battalion Platoon of the Yorkshire Regiment, - Early 1917.

3rd Battalion Platoon of the Yorkshire Regiment, - Early 1917

The above photo is taken from a postcard provided by the grand-daughter of Serjeant Frank Preston (centre). Frank Preston enlisted in December 1915 and was promoted to Serjeant in September 1916. He was posted with the 3rd Battalion to France in July 1917, and was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was wounded in September 1917, and discharged due to his wounds in September 1918.
The above photo has been kindly provided by Anne Watson (<annewatson@talk21.com>), his grand-daughter.

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Officers of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 14 April 1915.

This photograph has been kindly contributed by David Blanchard of Skipton, N Yorks and Simon Barnard (<simon@toddhouseclinic.co.uk>) of York. The photo shows 29 Officers of the Battalion shortly before they left Newcastle for service overseas. The Battalion entrained at Newcastle on 17 April for Folkestone and embarked for Boulogne. One week later they were in action in the vicinity of Ypres.

Of the 29 Officers in the photograph, 14 were to loose their lives in the War, - 6 were killed in the battalion's first action.

By selecting the thumbnail image below, a larger sized image can be viewed in a new window. All of the Officers are identified in this photograph.

Officers of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 14 April 1915
Officers of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 14 April 1915

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Officers of the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1910 - 1920.

Simon Barnard (<barnard.4@btinternet.com>) and Christopher Constantine (<Tophercon@aol.com>), both of whom are related to the Constantine brothers who photos appear on this website, have sent four fascinating group photos to the website.

An informal study of a group of 4th Battalion Officers, dated 1910, in camp at Richmond. An informal study of a group of 4th Battalion Officers, dated 1910, in camp at Richmond.

If anybody can identify any of the officers, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

A group of 4th Battalion Officers taken before the First World War, but date unknown. A group of 4th Battalion Officers taken before the First World War, but date unknown. Simon Barnard has tentatively identified several of the officers, in addition to the two Constantine brothers. The names of these officers is attached to the photo.
The officers identified are;-

H B Blackett
A Beresford-Pearce
H Howitt
H Fawcett
L P I'Anson (Killed 25/4/1915)
C G Jervelund
H C Matthews (killed 25/4/1915)
A Graham (Killed 11/4/1918)

William Whitesmith Constantine (subsequently Lieutenant Colonel) is seated in the centre row, - second from the right.

Herbert Norman Constantine (subsequently Captain) is seated on the ground on the far right. He later won the MC, but was killed in 1918.

If anybody can identify any of the other officers, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

A group of 4th Battalion Officers taken after the First World War, but date unknown. A group of 4th Battalion Officers taken after the First World War, but date unknown.

William Whitesmith Constantine (subsequently Lieutenant Colonel) is seated in the centre.


If anybody can identify any of the other officers, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

"A" Company of the 4th Battalion, taken at Camp in Scarborough in 1920. "A" Company of the 4th Battalion, taken at Camp in Scarborough in 1920.



If anybody can identify any of the men in this photo, PLEASE LET US KNOW.

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Bill Danby (<bandl.danby@ntlworld.com>) has very kindly provided the following photos of soldiers of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, at camp before the outbreak of war. The photographs are also to be found on BIll's website, - http://4thyorkshires.com, which provides a history of the 4th Battalion in the First World War, together with details of casualties in the 4th Battalion.
The photograph of the 4th Battalion band members, and the postcard on the right, was originally provided by John Simpson (<johnsimpson43@btinternet.com>) to Bill Danby. Thomas Wood (see below) is John Simpson's great uncle; John Robson (also see below) is John Simpson's grandfather who married Thomas Wood's sister, Lily.
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The soldiers identified in the photos are individually shown in the pages for individual soldier's photos;-

soldiers of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment
soldiers of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, at camp before the outbreak of war
soldiers of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, at camp before the outbreak of war
Private Fred Appleton (back row, extreme right)
Charles Preston (middle row, extreme right)
Corporal Herbert Cook (middle row, second from right)
A postcard (from Thomas Wood to John Robson), - text on the right, showing a group of band members of the 4th Battalion at Camp in 1913. Private Fred Appleton is 2nd from the right, back row, Thomas Wood is on the extreme rught.

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Peter Appleton (<peter.appleton3@ntlworld.com>) has provided some photos which show his grandfather, Lance Corporal Fred Appleton of the 4th Battalion, together with groups of soldiers in the band and in camp. We are extremely grateful to Peter Appleton for use of these photos. Click on one of the small images below to be presented with a larger version in a new window. Click anywhere in the window that opens to close it

The 4th Battalion Camp was held between 26 July and 8 August 1913. Both the Cleveland Standard and the North Eastern Daily Gazette files almost daily reports on this Camp. These reports are shown below as a PDF file. The reports contain many names, and are worth reading for a historical insight into the life of the Battalion at that time.

 
The Band of the 4th Battalion "somewhere on the Western Front". Fred Appleton is in the front row, second from right. He is showing his Good Conduct stripe but not his Lance Corporal stripe. He would have earned his Good Conduct stripe in February 1916. He earned his Lance Corporal stripe in April 1917. Thus we can narrow the date down to sometime between March 1916 and March 1917.
The Band of the 4th Battalion
 
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp
(July / August 1913)
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp
 
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp
(July / August 1913)
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp
 
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp
(July / August 1913)
Members of the 4th Battalion in Camp

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4th Battalion Soldiers inBlackpool, - Date Unknown.

4th Battalion Soldiers inBlackpool, - Date Unknown.
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Andrew Smith (<aws39@btinternet.com>) has provided a photo of a group of 4th Battalion soldiers, taken in Blackpool. The date is unknown.
Seated centre, behind the small boy, is Andrew Smith's great uncle, Thomas Alfred Smith, who is commemorated on the Adel (Leeds) memorial, the Easby St. Agatha's Church memorial, and is buried in the Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery.

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5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (August 1913)

Rachel Grant (<rachel.grant12@hotmail.co.uk>) has provided a postcard which shows a group of the 5th Battalion in camp in August 1913.
Rachel's great great uncle Thomas E Richardson (14040) sent the postcard, although he has not been individually identified in the group of soldiers. Lance Corporal Thomas E Richardson first entered the war in France in August 1915, and was wounded in June 1916. He was killed fighting with the 5th Battalion at the Second Battle of the Scarpe on 23 April 1917, aged 24.
(In the above image, Thomas E Richardson was a Private in 1913, so would not have been the Lance Corporal standing on the right. Note that this man is wearing riding spurs.)

5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (August 1913)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (August 1913)

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5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)

Simon Beeston has provided a number of photos of the 5th Battalion in camp. Six of them are shown below. The photos would appear to be pre-War, and several of them show 5th Battalion soldiers with Machine Guns.
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5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)
5th Battalion Soldiers in Camp (Pre-1914?)

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Two photos of the Pickering Company of the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Territorials) showing them leaving Pickering Station by train for Scarborough and Divisional Camp in August 1914.
(Note the troop of Boy Scouts lined up to see them off).
The two photos are courtesy of the Beck Isle Museum, Pickering.

Two photos of the Pickering Company of the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Territorials)showing them leaving Pickering Station by train for Scarborough and Divisional Camp in August 1914.
Two photos of the Pickering Company of the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Territorials)showing them leaving Pickering Station by train for Scarborough and Divisional Camp in August 1914.

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5th Battalion Band Members (date unknown)

David Warn (<davidwarn@gmail.com>) has contacted this website with this photo of 4 members of the 5th Battalion band, date unknown. He states that the bass drummer is his great-grandfather Joseph Dunning Robson. The man to the right (holding a cornet) is his older brother John Robson who served with Joseph Dunning Robson in the same battalion.

5th Battalion Band Members (date unknown)

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Officers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1915.

This photograph was published in the September 2008 issue of "The Green Howard". The photograph is remarkable as it shows the Officers of the 6th Battalion immediately prior to embarkation for service in the Dardenelles. Of these 30 men who took part in the Gallipoli landings, only 3 survived intact; 16 were killed and 11 were wounded.

Officers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - 1915

The Officers are identified in the larger photo that opens up when you select the thumbnail, below. There are further details on each individual Officer in the pages devoted to the photos of individual soldiers.

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Soldiers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - date unknown (early 1915?).

Claire David (<claire_david@yahoo.com>) has sent this photo of a group of men of the 6th Battalion, which includes her great uncle Michael Kelly

6th Battalion soldiers
Corporal Michael Kelly is shown in the above group of soldiers of the 6th Battalion
by the "X" above his head. The photo is marked on the back as having been taken
in France, though the date is unknown. However, if the officer with this group of
men is Lieutenant Casley,then the date would be early 1915, - as Lieutenant Casley
was killed in Gallipoli in August 1915.

Information from posts on "The Great War Forum"support the view that this photo was probably taken in January / February 1915 in the UK rather than France. The dating is made after a consideration of the uniforms being worn (in particular, a man in the centre is wearing a Kitchener side cap), and no leaves on the trees.

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Soldiers of the 6th Battalion, Early 1915 - Boxing Tournament

A g-grandson of CQMS James Roy, Christopher Roy-Toole has provided a photo of his g-grandfather refereeing a boxing tournament of men of the 6th Battalion, - a larger version of which can be viewed by selecting the image below (the larger image opens in a new window). The date of this photo will be somewhere between August 1914 and July 1915, when the Battalion left for service in Gallipoli.

Soldiers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - date unknown (early 1915?), - Boxing Tournament.
CQMS Roy is the man refereeing the contest.

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Soldiers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Rugeley Camp (?), 1916

Steve Malton, a grandson of Private Christopher Malton, 28435, of Scarborough has provided this photo of a group of Yorkshire Regiment soldiers in camp. The location is thought to be Rugeley Camp, as Private Malton had previously sent postcards back home from this camp.
Private Malton is fourth from the left on the second row of the photograph.
The Service Record for Private Malton survives. From this;-
He enlisted on 6 December 1915, and served at home until 28 August 1916, when he was posted to France.
Initial service was with the 6th Battalion.
He served in France until 2 October 1918, when he was wounded (gun shot wound, right forearm).
He returned home and after hospitalisation served with the 2nd Battalion at home until being discharged with a 40% disability pension on 12 March 1919.

Soldiers of the 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Rugeley Camp (?), 1916
CQMS Roy is the man refereeing the contest.

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Soldiers of the 7th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - Wareham Camp (late 1914).

Susan Boyes (<susan_boyes@yahoo.co.uk>) has sent this photo of a group of men of the 7th Battalion, which includes her grandfather George Henry Boyes.

Soldiers of the 7th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, - Wareham Camp (late 1914)

Private George Henry Boyes was born in September 1890. He worked as a Fireman and lived in Sunderland in 1914. He enlisted into the 7th Battalion in August 1914 and spent time in Wareham Camp before being sent with the battalion to fight in France in July 1915.
He fought in the Battle of the Somme at Fricourt, was wounded at Mametz Wood on 10 July 1916.
He was posted back home as a Lance Corporal to served with the 3rd Battalion, and was discharged on 26 February 1919.

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7th Battalion (?) Band, post- July 1916.

Chris Todd (<chris@bridgelegal.co.uk>) has sent us a photograph of what is possibly the 7th Battalion band, with his great grandfather Private Sidney Stevens standing beside the Bass Drummer. Private Stevens is marked by a small arrow.

Not a great deal is known about either the photo (when it was taken, or even whether it definitely was the 7th Battalion band). However, it has been dated by the fact that a number of the bandsmen have "wound stripes" on their lower left sleeves. A wound stripe is a vertical bar, and these were only issued after July 1916.

David Warn (<davidwarn@gmail.com>) has contacted this website to suggest that the bass drummer is his great-grandfather Joseph Dunning Robson. Furthermore, the man standing behind and slightly to the left of 'Private Stevens' looks to be his older brother John Robson who served with Joseph Dunning Robson.

Private Stevens joined the 3/4th Battalion in November 1915. He was examined at Northallerton and enlisted at Stokesley. He later transferred to the 7th Battalion. Medical records confirm that Sidney was wounded on 4th July 1916, - almost certainly during the first days of the Somme. The 7th Battalion were involved in the well-known action at Fricourt, and although they had withdrawn from Fricourt by 4th July it is possible that Private Stevens had been wounded earlier.

The two Robson brothers served with the 5th Battalion. If the identification of these brothers is correct then it rather suggests that the band in the photograph was a "composite" band, made of of band members from various battalions, - and supplemented by boy soldier bandsmen. An intriguing aspect of the photo is the presence of two exceptionally young members of the band in the front of the group.

If anyone can help identify the photo, or provide further information on Private Stevens, please contact the website.
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7th Battalion (?) Band, post- July 1916

Chris Todd (<chris@bridgelegal.co.uk>) has also sent us a copy of a poem written at Scotton Camp describing Christmas in the camp. As the letterhead is for the 4th Reserve Battalion, this tends to date the poem as having been written in December 1916 as the Battalion was formed by the amalgamation of the 3rd/4th and 3rd/5th Battalions in September 1916. The poem can be read by selecting this link.

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8th Battalion Platoon, - Entraining for Overseas Service, August 1915

Troops, with Captain Francis Dodgson, about to entrain from Liphook Station, - 26 August 1915
Troops, with Captain Francis Dodgson, about to entrain from Liphook Station, - 26 August 1915
LIeutenant E M Besley with the 8th Battalion troops on 26 August 1915
Troops, with Captain Francis Dodgson, about to entrain from Liphook Station,
- 26 August 1915
LIeutenant E M Besley with the 8th Battalion troops on 26 August 1915

(Photos : Charles Fair <charles.fair66@gmail.com>)

The story of Captain Dodgson, his involvement with the 8th Battalion, and his subsequent commemoration, is told in "Marjorie's War" by Reginald and Charles Fair, published by Menin House and available from Amazon Books.

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8th Battalion Platoon, 1915

8th Battalion Platoon, 1915

The above photograph of the 8th Battalion (unidentified) platoon was sent to this website by Paul Bollands

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9th Battalion Sergeants' Mess (1914?)

Pat Phillips (<phillyandpat@icloud.com>) has provided a photograph of what appears to be the Sergeants' Mess of the 9th Battalion. The date isn't given but is assumed to be in 1914 (or early 1915).
Pat's grandfather, William Overend, is 2nd from left, back row. He was a Provost Sergeant.
From a pay book William Overend had the Service Number 8783, and was aged 37 in September 1914.
There are no further details of him.

9th Battalion Sergeants' Mess (1914?)

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Alan Kendall (<alan.kendall@tesco.net>) has sent us a postcard photo of the 10th Battalion, taken in 1915 when the Battalion was billeted in Aylesbury.
Alan's grandfather, Private Mark Kendall, is on the right of the back row.

10th Battalion, Aylesbury, 1915

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Paul Walmsley (<paul.walmsley@talktalk.net>) whose great uncle was L/Cpl Robert Blezard of "A" Company 10th Battalion has provided a photo of men of the battalion and also "A" company in Aylesbury Camp, taken in early 1915.

"A" Company 10th Battalion
"A" Company 10th Battalion
L/Cpl Robert Blezard is seen at the bottom right of this photo.
The 10th Battalion in Aylesbury Camp
The 10th Battalion in Aylesbury Camp
The 10th Battalion in Aylesbury Camp
The 10th Battalion in Aylesbury Camp

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Two photos from 1921 have been provided by Alan Gilbert (<alangilbert.carlow@gmail.com>), which are of interest. The first (on the left) shows the Green Howards' Sergeant's Mess in 1921. CSM Herbert Friend, the grandfather of Alan Gilbert, is on the middle row on the extreme left. Other members of the Mess are currently not identified.

The second photo shows the unveiling of the Richmond Memorial in 1921.

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Officers of the 1st Battalion at a Gala Dinner, 1922.

This photograph is reproduced here by kind permission of the Green Howards Museum and is copyright of the Green Howards Museum. The photo is taken from an album of Major M L Ferrarshows the Officers of the 1st Battalion at a Gala Dinner in 1922.

Those named are;-
Head of the table, left- Hawkins.
Far side - Williams, Ferrar, Tomlin, Godenson (?), Christian, Esson, Smith and Cumberbatch.
Near side - Cuff, Carey, Stansfeld, Hannah, Bulfin, Mairis, Fife and Lea.
Head of the table, right - Levin.

Officers of the 1st Battalion at a Gala Dinner, 1922

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Poem written by Private Langley describing Christmas at Scotton Camp, 1916

Select the thumbnail image for a larger copy of the original. Below the image is a transcription by Chris Todd (<chris@bridgelegal.co.uk>)

Poem written by Private Langley describing Christmas at Scotton Camp, 1916

Scotton Camp

T'was Xmas Eve at Scotton Camp, The huts were full of holly,
And everyone who was there was cheerful, content and jolly.
Some had gone on a few days' leave, Drums and bugles lay forgotten
But those who stayed behind made things home(?) at Scotton

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Hut Sixty Five, Well, it topped the bill with songs and Recitations
In fact we had a pleasant time beyond our expectations
We sang old songs of England, Scotland and Bobbie Burns
Duets, quartettes, parodies, were all sung in their turns

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"Paddy Loughran" was the first to sing and Come Back to Erin was the song
The "Pte Woodgate"(?) did his best by singing "Shuffling Along"
When the fields were white with daisies was sung by Pte Green
But he was beaten by Tommy Davison(?) with the Girl from Aberdeen

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Pte Charlton was the next to do his bit, with, let me like a soldier fall
He sang it well till the last verse when his head came against the wall
The singing was stopped for just a while till Charlton was put on his bed
The lacky(?) got to his feet and recited The Old Homestead.

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Johnny Kidd now got up and kept the company laughing.
For he had got some civie clothes on and was acting Charlie Chaplin.
Our programme now was ended everyone said they had a good time
But Atkinson wanted a little more so we all sung Auld Lang Syne

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We "toasted" the Boys in the trenches and wished them luck galore.
The King the Queen and the allies we couldn't do anymore.
So our concert came to an end and it will never be forgotten
How we spent our first Xmas Eve in the one eyed hole of Scotton

Pte W G(?) Langley

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