ROLL OF HONOUR
THIS PAGE IS FOR THE MEDALS AND MEMORIAL
THE 2 MEMORIAL PLAQUES
IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS ABOVE
ARE FROM 2 RATINGS KILLED WITHIN DAYS OF EACH OTHER
Battle of Gavrelle (Arras) April 1917
WHAT MAKES THIS MORE POIGNANT IS THE ORDER OF SERVICE
FROM A.B WILLIAM SMITHS
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
as seen in the potographs below
this is his legacy .
and so deserves to be here
THE MEDALS BELOW
WERE EARNED BY
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
WITH HIS DETAILS ,
ON THE RIGHT BELOW IS HIS HOUSE AS IT IS TODAY.
IS THE HAWKE BATTALION ,
ROLL WITH BERNARDS NAME,
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.
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.
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,
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,
THE ANCHOR MEANS BIRMINGHAM
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,
OF PARTICULAR INTEREST,
IS THE LOWER ONE,
SHOWING THE BATTALIONS ,
TO THE LEFT IS A
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,
COURTESY OF THE ,
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
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
ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION........
THESE ARE STANLEYS
MEDAL TRIO ON THE,
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
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
On the left are his trio , starting with the mons star,an increasingly
as it is today, The ,letters W.C
on the right is his mums adress Mayfield 7, Grafton Road,
on the right is a card showing he was in doberitz pow camp ,near potsdam, germany