ROLL OF HONOUR

        FOR THE

          ROYAL         

          NAVAL

       DIVISIONS

        1914-1918

THIS PAGE  IS FOR THE MEDALS AND  MEMORIAL

          PLAQUES OF

    THOSE WHO SERVED

    AND THOSE THAT FELL

     IN THE GREAT WAR

                          THE 2 MEMORIAL PLAQUES

                        IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ABOVE

        ARE FROM 2 RATINGS KILLED WITHIN DAYS OF EACH OTHER 

                                     AT THE

                        Battle of Gavrelle (Arras) April 1917

   WHAT MAKES THIS MORE POIGNANT IS  THE ORDER OF SERVICE

                                   FROM A.B WILLIAM SMITHS

                                     CHURCH SERVICE

      AND THE CARD SENT WITH HIS PLAQUE , TO HIS FAMILY

      THIS IS A RARE    RECEIPT  CARD SENT FROM THE

             "ADMIRALTY" IN LONDON NORMALLY THESE WOULD

                           HAVE BEEN FILLED IN AND SENT BACK

                           BUT NOT IN THIS CASE ,


                   There is a poignant P.S to this story,                 


AND SO It is with great pride and humility i share with you ,

something with great meaning for me ,

my shrouds of the somme framed figure arrived  today that being  friday the 8th 2019,

now i am no relation of A.B william smith who died in 1917

"But" in a way i am he was a reservist like i was ,

and i was lucky not to have been called up,

i owe them big time, and although he has no known grave,

he has in a way a physical presence again, this really ties up the memorial part on this page for him

He will be remembered  here on

my website dedicated to the RND

                         THE PHOTOGRAPH BELOW  SHOWS A PAIR OF MEDALS

                            AND PART OF A SET OF SERVICE DOCUMENTS

         THIS ONE SHOWS THE  DRAFTS  JAMES  DENT HAD BEFORE HE JOINEDTHE R N D

Whilst its true I don't have any medals for Thomas shadford

i  do have a picture of his grave in canada., plus  the box he made in ,HMS TIMBERTOWN

in 1916

as  seen in the potographs below

this is his legacy .

and so deserves  to be here


THE MEDALS BELOW

WERE EARNED BY


ABLE SEAMAN

8/2218 BENBOW BATTALION R N D ,

interned in Holland 1914 to 1918

 

ON THE LEFT IS A PHOTO ,

OF A/.LS  BERNARD GRIFFITH PALMERS

SERVICE CARD,

WITH HIS DETAILS ,

ON THE RIGHT BELOW IS HIS HOUSE AS IT IS TODAY.


BELOW

   IS THE HAWKE BATTALION ,

ROLL  WITH BERNARDS NAME,

UNDERLINED.................

ON THE RIGHT IS ONE OF BERNARDS MEDALS,

QUITE OFTEN THE CASE THESE DAYS  IS THE OTHERS HAVE BEEN LOST/ SEPERATED/ OR SOLD SEPERATELY?

THE DETAILS CLEARLY SAY "HAWKE BATTALION.

ON THE RIGHT IS A PAGE FROM        A  GERMAN POW                       REGISTRATION BOOK WITH THE

WORD   LICHE AT THE TOP RIGHT   SHORT  FOR KAISERLICHE   (THE GERMAN IMPERIAL NAVY)

WITH BERNARDS NAME UNDERLINED

AND DATED  28th OF FEBUARY 1918

DETAILS SAY HE WAS CAPTURED

AROUND/ AFTER THE RETREAT FROM ANTWERP.

AND ON THE RIGHT ANOTHER  FORM WITH HIS NAME UNDERLINED  DATED 12 MARCH 1918

WITH THE CAMP S NAME,

DOEBERITZ, AT THE TOP,

DOEBERITZ WAS A

A GERMAN POW CAMP.



N.B

ALL THE UNDERLINING WAS DONE  TO AID THE READERS

THE UNDERLINING "WAS NOT ON THE ORIGINAL COPYS.

AND ON THE RIGHT

PART OF HIS SERVICE CARD, SHOWING HE ,

ARRIVED IN HOLLAND

FROM THE GERMAN POW CAMP FOR INTERNMENT,

ITS A LITTLE KNOWN FACT THAT THEY DID SEND POWS TO HOLLAND ,

WHEN THEY WERE VERY ILL ,

ON MEDICAL GROUNDS,

HE DID SURVIVE THE WAR ,AND ARRIVED BACK IN HULL TO BE DEMOBBED AT CRYSTAL PALACE  28/2/1919.........

AND ON THE RIGHT TWO SIDES OF THE SAME CARD WHICH IS A BIT CONFUSING?

AS IT HAS HIM? ON ONE SIDE BEING IN COLLINGWOOD BATTALION?

On the right is a trio of medals to  306606 Sto.1, RN.

CHARLES PRIOR

see photo directly below

- Born at Wimborne, Dorset

he  Enlisted in Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division ,  and went abroad in the defence of  Antwerp, Belgium between 3 and 9 October,

in the retreat , he was one of the  1500 that were interned in Holland , and although he and another internee jack hobbs

see photo of Jack hobbs  to the right and below next to the one of Charles prior

were from different divisions ,jack was from,

Collingwood division,

them both being in the same camp for the duration, would probably knocked about with each other , been oppos, who knows ?



with grateful thanks to DMD services who arranged a very good discount  on the medals and  allowed me to use this photo of the medals as well.

KW-390 P.OSBORNE A.B.R.N.V.R - HAWKE BTN.                              ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION.   

IT IS  OFTEN FORGOTTEN  ESPECIALLY,

IN THESE DAYS OF RELIGIOUS INTOLERENCE,

THAT MEN OF DIFFERENT FAITHS,

FOUGHT AND DIED  FOR KING AND COUNTRY,

AS WITH THIS LAD, ABLE SEAMAN ,

R/2424 H. KARLISH.

(A PHOTO OF HIS HEADSTONE IS ON THE LEFT)

THE  HEBREW WRITING ,

WITHIN THE STAR OF DAVID,

SAYS " REMEMBERED"

THIE PHOTO ABOVE,

IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE CAP BADGE HE WOULD HAVE WORN.

THE photos BELOW SHOWS  A SWEETHEART BROACH,

THESE WERE GIVEN, AS THE NAME INFERS  TO WIVES /GIRLFRIENDS/SWEET HEARTS,

MORE OFTEN THAN NOT  THEY WERE ENAMELLED PIECES BUT,

SOMETIMES THEY WERE,  MADE FROM HOLLOW SILVER  WITH GOLD PLATED PARTS,

AND OCCASIONALLY  WITH MOTHER OF PEARL ,

AS SEEN IN THE IMAGE TO THE RIGHT.



THE ONES ON THE LEFT SHOW THIS ONE WAS  AT THE TOP END OF THE BROACHES,

THE HALL MARKS SHOWS AN ANCHOR AND LION PASSANT AND A  LETTER P,

WHICH WOULD INDICATE IT WAS ASSAYED IN BIRMINGHAM CIRCA 1914/1915.

THIS ONE ACTUALLY HAS THE NAME OF THE BATTALION,

AS PART OF THE DECORATION, (COLLINGWOOD  RND)

THE REASON ITS ON THE ROLL OF HONOR PAGE IS THAT THAT BATTALION,

WAS DISBANDED IN JUNE 1916,

BELOW THE IMAGE OF THE BROACHES IS A COLLINGWOOD BATTALION SHOULDER TITLE, WITH A NUMBER 4 ABOVE IT , INDICATING IT WAS THE 4TH BATTALLION RND.




THE  MAKERS MARK ALTHOUGH,

DAMAGED CAN BE IDENTIFIED,

AS SYDENHAM BROTHERS,

TENBY STREET BIRMINGHAM

THE BROACH IS  ESSENTIALLY

THE SAME AS THE COLLINGWOOD ,

SWEETHEART BROACH SEEN BELOW

THE MAKERS MARK IS THAT OF,

SYDNAM BROTHERS  TENBY STREET BIRMINGHAM,

THE 2 IMAGES BELOW AND TO THE RIGHT,

SHOW PART OF BIRMINGHAMS JEWELLERY ,

QUARTER , AND SOME OF THE WORKERS,




IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE,

AND HUMILITY, I CAN NOW ADD,

R.664 A.B EDWARD ROGERS,

ANSON BATTALION R N D

KILLED 4th of SETEMBER 1917,

TO THE ROLL OF HONOUR,

PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE,

WELCOME EDWARD YOU ARE AMONGST FRIENDS............


DATE LETTER FOR 1915--1916

LION PASSONT MEANS,

STIRLING.925 SILVER

THE ANCHOR MEANS BIRMINGHAM

ASSAY OFFICE

BELOW IS SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE,

A CERTIFICATE TO A MEMBER OF THE  R N D ,

ALBEIT A DECEASED MEMBER ,

K I A  4/9/1917

BELOW IS A SHORT BIOGRAPHY,

OF EDWARDS LIFE .

EDWARD ROGERS was born on the 7th of April 1897,

at DOWDESWELL GLOUCESTER to parents Charles and Elizabeth Rogers, of dowdeswell near Andoversford Gloucester,

he joined the Royal Naval Division on the second of February 1917 after a period in the army reserve,

he was drafted to ANSON Battalion BEF Reserve battalion then based at the RND advanced training camp at blandford in Dorset, on 22 of April 1917,

on the 27th of june 1917 he joined his active unit , Anson battalion ,

He was Killed in action on the 4th of September 1917,

during the battle of Passchendaele ( 3rd battle of YPRES)

in Belgium He was just a bit over 20 when he died,

having seen Edwards service card,

it shows he was a "postman in civilian life",

from that to a frontline combatant must have been a real eye opener,

I dread to think of the terrible things he and his generation saw and had to do ,

to secure our freedom,

R I P AND SLEEP WELL YOU HAVE EARNED IT .....................

TO THE LEFT AND,  DIRECTLY BELOW ,

ARE ENLARGED IMAGES  OF THE CERTIFICATE, PRESENTED/GIVEN TO,

EDWARDS PARENTS,

OF PARTICULAR  INTEREST,

IS THE LOWER ONE,

SHOWING THE BATTALIONS ,

BATTLE HONOURS..................

TO THE LEFT IS A

SLIDESHOW OF,

EDWARDS, SERVICE DOCS

SHOWING  AMOGST OTHER THINGS,


WHEN HE WAS KILLED AND WHEN IT WAS ADDED TO HIS RECORD CARD.

BELOW, ARE  COPIES,

OF THE "IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES ORGANISATION, LEDGER ENTRIES,

IN CONNECTION WITH EDWARDS BURIAL,

BEFORE THEY  BECAME ,

" THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISION,

ABOVE IS AN ENLARGED IMAGE ( QUITE POIGNANT I THINK ),

OF THE INSCRIPTION ON EDWARDS HEADSTONE,

ITS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE NEXT OF KIN WERE GIVEN A CERTAIN LATTITUDE ON WHAT WENT ON THE HEADSTONES,

TO THE LEFT IS A COPY OF THE,

REMEMBERENCE CERTIFICATE,

COURTESY OF THE ,

COMMONWEALTH WARGRAVES,

COMMISIONS WEB SITE,

SHOWING THE CEMETERY WHERE,

HE IS BURIED.

BELOW IS A PHOTOGRAPH I TOOK,

ON THE 8-7-2017,

SHOWING THE CROSS I LEFT.

I OWE A BIG THANK YOU TO MICK SHEFFIELD  OF PETERBOROUGH,

FOR NOT ONLY BRINGING TO MY ATTENTION THIS MEMORIAL,

TO A ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION RATING, IN HIS LOCAL CHURCHYARD, THAT BEING ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD, PASTON PETERBOROUGH,

BUT ALSO FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND ALLOWING ME TO USE THEM HERE, MICK IS AN EX CPO (WAFFU) WITH MANY YEARS OF SERVICE BEHIND HIM,   

THANK YOU MICK ........................................

THE  EPITAPH ON THIS MEMORIAL  IS QUITE A LONG ONE AND A VERY PERSONAL HEART FELT ONE FROM A WIFE TO HER DEPARTED HUSBAND ,

WHO WAS KILLED IN THE GREAT WAR AND IS AS FOLLOWS,

                     I AM THE RESSURECTION  AND THE LIFE

                    IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY DEAR HUSBAND

                                                     AURTHUR

                 THE BELOVED SON OF THOMAS & HELEN BROWN

                 OF THE HOOD BATTALION 63rd NAVAL BRIGADE

                WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN BELGIUM  OCT 14 1917

                                                     AGED 35 YEARS

                               HIS LIFE WAS LOVELY AND PLEASENT

                                                AND HE DIED IN GLORY

          HIS BODY WAS BURIED IN DUNHALLOW CEMETERY YPRES


WELCOME  AURTHUR GREY,YOU ARE AMONGST FRIENDS AND WONT BE FORGOTTEN

RIP DUTY DONE

             IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE AND HUMILITY THAT I CAN ADD

                            L.7/3126 STANLEY COOK, ACTING A.B

                                          BENBOW BATTALION

                                       ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION........

THESE ARE STANLEYS

MEDAL TRIO ON THE,

           LEFT

     INCLUDING THE,

      MONS STAR,

       AND CLASP.


THE IMAGE ON THE RIGHT SHOWS THE REVERSE OF THE STAR WITH,

THE USUAL DETAILS, "BUT!"

QUITE UNUSUALLY IT HAS HIS,

BATTALION  NAME AS WELL..

BELOW IS A COPY OF HIS SERVICE,

DOCUMENTS CARD, WHICH SHOWS,

ON 8/10/14  HE WAS INTERNED,

IN HOLLAND (GRONINGEN)


BELOW & BELOW RIGHT ARE STANLEYS MEDALS,

NOW THEY HAVE BEEN PROPERLY FRAMED.

THE IMAGE BELOW IS,

     THE LAD HIM-SELF

THE IMAGE ON THE LEFT IS A POSSIBLE,

FOR HIS ADDRESS OR, WHERE  THE,

BUILDING ONCE  STOOD,




           THE IMAGE  ON THE RIGHT,

                IS HODDESDON HIGH STREET

                  FROM AROUND

                      THE WW 1 PERIOD..

SEPTEMBER 2017 Saw a visit to a grave of a 26 year old able seaman from  Nelson

Battalion  who was killed on the 4th of febuary 1917. and  is buried in the serre road cemetery

( No 1 ), on the somme,  what makes this different is the fact that i have the bronze plaque that was sent to his family , so for the first time i could place the plaque , albeit temporeraly , on the grave of the person,  for whom it was made,

                                                       and  to honour  their sacrifice,

the lad in question was one ,   ABLE SEAMAN  BZ/9048  C.J PARKES R.N.V.R

            NELSON BATTALION R.N.D

                        who was killed on the 4th of Febuary  1917 aged 26

ABOVE  IS A SELECTION OF IMAGES,

TAKEN ON A WET COLD DAY ,

AND TO THE LEFT AND ABOVE  ARE IMAGES OF

A PERSPEX FIGURE CALLED," THERE BUT NOT THERE" AND  HAS BEEN

RELESED TO REPRESENT ALL  THE SERVICEMEN THAT DIED IN WW1,

I OWE A BIG THANKYOU TO MY LOVELY WIFE SHARON,

WHO THOUGHTFULLY GOT ONE FOR ME AND SURPRISED ME WITH IT VERY RECENTLY ,

  BY THE TIME CHARLES PARKES WAS KILLED THE R N D HAD BEEN,

KHAKIFIED !  I DECIDED TO HAVE MY FIGURE CARRY THE NAME RANK,

& SERIAL NUMBER  OF ABLE SEAMAN PARKES AS A FITTING TRIBUTE,

TO A BRAVE MAN , BUT ALSO TO REPRESENT ALL THE R N D ,

THAT DIED IN WW1 ,


It is a  great  honour that i can add  the medals of

A.B L 3 /3595  Clifford  Charles  Groom , Collingwood Division R N D ,

To this page , charles was captured at antwerp at some point  during the siege  28th of sept to the 10th of october 1914 and sent to DOBERITZ,

POW CAMP near Potsdam Germany ,

On the left are his trio , starting with the mons star,an increasingly 

difficult thing to find also of note the

silver rosette on the

ribbon bar 

On the right

is the reverse,

of the mons star with his

details stamped on it 

On the left is cliffords adress ,

109 Hallam street london  W.C

as it is today, The ,letters W.C

refer to the postal district ,

where the adress is,

on the right is his mums adress Mayfield  7, Grafton Road,

Bedford,

as it is today, what  is interesting,

is the fact penciled in  is the word

Deaceased  ??

On the left we have both sides

of his record card

of note are the typed ,

words prisoner of war

on the right is a card showing  he was in doberitz pow camp ,near potsdam,   germany



A week or so ago i received the frame with, the cutouts for the trio /Ribbon bar ,

today friday the 6th of April  i received the Brass plaque i had ordered,

on which  his service number etc have been engraved ,

below are 2 images