1/5th SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE OFFICERS & MEN NAMED in BERTIE HIBBETT’S LETTERS
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CAN ANYONE NAME THESE MEN?
Does anyone recognise the other new serjeants? Why the string round Sydney Hibbett’s jacket!
1. PTE BERTIE’S FELLOW QMS VOLUNTEERS 1914:-
VERNON EVANS . Born 9th September 1895? QMS Cadet. Bertie’s best pal. Lived at Dandrennon House, Walsall. They stayed together throughout training and for most of 1914-1916. One of ‘The Four ‘ who digged with Mrs Penning at 29, Gold Street, Saffron Walden. He and his brother, Enoch Evans , gave Bertie the Autograph Book for his 21st birthday, July 12th 1916 (which features in this website). Vernon, with his brother, became a solicitor. The firm is still in existence. The two friends kept up regular correspondence until Bertie’s death in 1973.
NORMAN COPE. QMS Cadet. One of ‘The Four‘ who digged with Mrs Penning at 29 ,Gold Street, Saffron Walden.
EDDIE HATELEY. QMS Cadet. Close friend of ‘The Four‘ who digged with Mrs Penning in Saffron Walden. Musical (piano & voice). In ‘A’ Company, 2nd Battalion, 1/5th South Staffs, then in ‘D’ Company.
ALAN MACHIN (MATIN). QMS Cadet. Ambiguous references: ‘seen lying in a wide field at Fonquevillers’, ‘one taken another left’(AHH Memories.1967) but Commonwealth War Graves Commission has no record of a Machin Killed in Action that day. See Walsall Newspaper:‘Soldier’s Tribute to Fallen Comrade’. 1918?
ARTHUR VENABLES. Killed in Action, 1st July 1916. Dressed Bertie Hibbett’s wound on the Gommecourt Battlefield and was later killed that day. (‘I pray he may be rewarded in heaven’ (AHH Memories 1967). See Walsall Newspaper: ‘Soldier’s Tribute to Fallen Comrade’.
BAILEY: F.H. ( teacher)? Possibly F.S. Bailey, 8562, 1/5th S. Staffs, ‘C’ Company. Corp/ Lance Corp?Hibbett Letters: ‘Bailey’s Mother; Bailey’s brother, Leonard Bailey.
BALL (BALLIE) most probably Pte Robert Ball, 8860 1/5th S.Staffs ‘C’ Coy. GHQ: 05.08. 1915 [ GHA Amm Park re Commission 5.8.1915. Transferred 8.10.1915] . Lived at 83, Rowley St. Hibbett Letters: billeted in Gold St. Saffron Walden Dec. 1914 – Feb 1915. ‘had relatives in Ashton under Lyne’. Account in Walsall paper, at time when Mayoress killed in Zeppelin raid, on 17.08 1916 after Battle of Somme began 1st July, Bertie sent request to Platoon Sergt W. Price for news of Ball, (possibly an Instructor).
[D. Ball ‘has left the Batt. gone back under age’].
BATES ; BOOTHROYD;
BOULTON, Isaac A. (Iky, Ikee). 8831, 1/5th S.Staffs, ‘A’ Coy’. Transferred to England 18.5.1915. War Correspondent, Walsall Observer. Pupil Teacher for County Council? Former QMS pupil? Son of Joseph (beer retailer, 5 Rolling Mill Street?) & Elizabeth Agnes Boulton. 1911 Census: Isaac A. Boulton, aged 18 yrs, nephew of Rachel Dakes (widow). Registered Died 1918, aged 24 (influenza?). Hibbett Letters,1915-1916.: ‘One of the Hearkeners on Listening Post’ with Ptes Bertie Hibbett, A. Brown & C. Jackson.
BROWN , Arthur (Brewin);
BUCKSHEE, Icbbya Sing Waltu.
CRESSWELL. Lance Corporal, E. 8875, 1/5th S.Staffs, ‘A’ Coy. QMS Old Boy. OTC . Brigade Headquarters Police Duty: 10.8.1915. Missing 13.10.1915. Presumed to have died on or since 13.10.1915. Hibbett Letters, Dec 1914: ‘United Counties Bank Clerk . In Gun Section. Joined the Secret Service – ‘wears mufti’.’
[?Brother to W. Cresswell, 9716/200819 ‘A’ & ‘C’ Coy: Sent to Hospital (StH) 11.8.1915, returned 3.11.1915. Tunnelling Company.] A Mrs. J. Cresswell lived at Persehouse St. (next Foden Road) Walsall. An A. T. Cresswell was Asst. Teacher at Branch Technical & Communication Classes, Elmore Green, Bloxwich.
DAVIES, (Davie),’Taff’s brother’: – ‘Had government orders to make tunics at 3/- or less’ in 1914.
FORD E. ; FOWLER BLACK ; FRITH;
HACKETT C.A. 8837/200427 ‘A’ /’D’Coy.1/5th South Staffordshire Rgt. Army Record: (StH) Sent to Hospital effect of burns 4.7.17 (StH) 24.4.16 Rtd (Returned) 2.5.16. To 3rd Army School with Captain Lister 8.8.16 and with Capt Lister to 5th North 25.9.16. To Divisional School with Capt Lister 18.10.16 (Rtd) 7.5.17 (TtE)Transferred to England, 8.7.17. Servant to Captain Lister attended Servant School. [A Capt. W. HACKETT, N. Staffs Rgt. QMS was Killed in Action]
HAMMONDS , Clive; HARPER;
HARRISON Charles Henry, 8865 ‘A’ Coy. 1/5th Staffordshire Rgt. Attached 11th Army 25.07.15. Clerk to Education Committee, Walsall Town Council. Walsall Borough Treasurer in 1921. Lived at 12 Rowley St in 1906 in same street as Hibbett family. Prominent Walsall Family. Kelly’s Trade Directory: a Charles Henry Harrison was shopkeeper, 44 Birmingham Rd and 61 Park Street; a Frank Harrison,Valuer and Surveyor, 51, Lower Hall Lane, was Parish Clerk to St Matthew’s Church; a W.G. Harrison was in Chamber of Commerce in 1916; an A J. Harrison (and Co) was Iron Founder, Thomas St. Walsall. (See also Kelly’s Directory: Fox and Harrison, Walsall). [A Pte F.E. Harrison, QMS, was Killed in Action. Was this Lance Corp. F. Harrison, 201589, North Staffordshire Rgt. ?]
HARRISON H.William ‘Billy’. Army Record: ‘Returned to England’ (R to E) 22.03.1915. Hibbett Letters, Dec. 1914: Charlie Harrison was ‘Dad’s Clerk’ and had a good opinion of him. ‘Billy Harrison is our Platoon Sgt.’, who sang in Church Choir whilst training in Saffron Walden, Dec. 1914.
HARTLEY, Sergeant – ‘one of Dad’s teachers in Walsall – became an officer.’ ; HARVEY, Sam ;
HATELEY EDDIE: 8846/200432 1/5th South Staffordshire Regt. ‘A’Coy then ‘C’ Coy Army Record: L. Cpl E.E.Hately 13.11.15/ Corporal 21.8.16. ‘A’.Coy. Divisional Anti-Gas School 16.10.16, Returned (Rtd) 22. 10.16. WtH (Wound to Hand)14.3.17 Transferred to England (TtE) 22.3.17. [ Same person as 8769/200398.Awarded M.M. Divisional Gas Course, 7.7.17. School of Stretcher Bearers 15.11.16 Returned (Rtd), 14.7.17.?]
EDDIE HATELEY was a Music teacher. Lived at 106, Borneo St, Walsall. Hibbett Letters Dec. 1914: Eddie was ‘One of the Four’ at Saffron Walden. Friend of V.Evans Family. ‘Got neuritis by eating 12 oranges. His Music distracted Bertie’s letter-writing. ‘One of best in Coy. Going to D Company as Signaler like Syd.’ Church member. (A J.H. Hateley lived at 1 Foden Rd in 1921).
HIND, Cyril ; HOUGHTON ,Dick; JACKSON, Cecil. QMS pal. Bank Clerk United Counties, Walsall. With Pte Bertie Hibbett & QMS volunteers in France. R.W.F. /E.E.F. Alexandria Jan 1917. Mentioned several times in Hibbett Letters.
JONES, A. D. ; LANGDEN, Earnest; MACHIN, Tim (Matin), Alan’s brother. OVEREND, E ; ROBINSON ,Chester; SHAW, Vic;
TUCKER Bob; WADE, Jack. (Colonel Wade’s son, of Walsall.). Killed in Action; WHILEY, G.
QMS OTC : Can anyone identify these men?
ALLDAY S.O.; COZENS , Tim. 2nd Lieut.; COOKE, Lieut;
CRAWLEY COLONEL Archer Parry 1/5th Bn South Staffordshire Rgt.19/09/1914 to 17/02/1915, when replaced. Became Officer Commanding No 2 Base Depot Rouen/ Temporary Brigadier General Commanding 1,2,3,4 & 5 Entrenching Battalions. In the field 16.02.15. Hibbett Letters: 11th Dec 1914. Col. Crawley (over 60 & on retired list) set example to other officers, joined the troops in Trench Digging whilst training at Saffron Walden. Bertie exchanged salutes when not entirely necessary. Made a surprise visit to the Front Line on Dec 14th 1915.
CRUMP: Lt Col. Eldon Annesley 3/5th Bn. (5th Reserve), lived at 14 Windsor Street, Walsall; also at Buchanan Rd. Walsall. Army Record: Served 03/05/1915 -11/11/1918. Remained Commanding Officer (CO). An E. A. Crump was Clerk to the Governors of the Girls’ High School, Upper Forster Street, Walsall. A Bertram E Crump was on Exec. Committee, Walsall & District Hospital. Also on Walsall Seaside Home Pension, Abergele. A Mrs Crump served on Linen League).
In 1906 a E.A. Crump was Councilor for Bridge Ward (Gas/ Sewage/ Streets/ Electric Light/ General Purposes Committee, elected Sept 1903.
DRAPKINS; HAYLANDS, Captain;
HOWARD, T. Padre. Interviewed Bertie at Fonquevillers Church Dressing Station. July 1st 1916;
FITZGERALD : Chaplain (Community of Resurrection, Mirfield).Met Bertie in Hospital at Armentiers & again at Lichfield Theological College, after the War.
FLO, Captain; LEES, Captain;
LAMOND Lt. Col. James Lamond DSO MC (Captain & Adjutant).1/5th South Staffordshire Rgt. Lived at 2 Chapel Place, Montrose, Scotland. (Also at Broomfield, Montrose, Scotland). Army Record: 30/05/1915 -01/09/1918 then Replaced.
LISTER CAPTAIN Cecil, DSO MC 1/5th ‘A’ Company. Staffordshire Rgt. Lived at 51, Beacon Field Villas Brighton. Army Record: In the Field 2/03/1915; Leave to England 17/06/15. Returned (Rtd) 21/06/15. Sent to Hospital (StH) with shell shock 29/08/1915. Transferred to England (TtE) 13/09/15. Rejoined 3/5th Bn Staffordshire Rgt.24/10/15. To Hospital 01/07/16 (First Day Battle of Somme), Rtd. 02/07/16. Army School: 08/08/1916 -05/09/1916. Transferred to Northampton Regiment,15/08/16. Hibbett Letters: ‘Lt. Parr was Capt Lister’s right hand man.’ ‘Capt L. on Home Leave after 4 months (1915). Family of Brewin thought the men would go too!’ C.A.Hackett became Captain Lister’s orderly (almost censored out).In Feb1916: ‘Old Company Commander,Capt Lister now Major acting Colonel while Raymer away’.
MOORE, Captain; OVEREND Captain (Family friends in Walsall)
PARR Lieutenant Hugh Wharton Myddleton. 5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in Action Wednesday, 15th May 1915. Age 35. (Son of the Rev. R.Henning Parr, 1st Vicar of St Martin’s Scarborough) (Single. Lived at 2, Apsley Rd Clifton Bristol). Buried in St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave I.F. 19. Hibbett Letters, Dec. 1914: ‘Captain Lister’s right hand man. Supervised Training: Bridge building. Passed Sydney as ‘best shot’ and Bertie as sniper. Joined in sports. Skipping. Long Jump. Tug of War ‘legs flying’. ‘Popular’ with officers and men. ‘Lanky, very gentlemanly, common sense’. ‘Superior to most other officers’. In manner stature, reminded Bertie of the Rev E. More Darling. Wore ‘swanky ‘ganzy’ cardigan and puttees like Colonel Crawley. Visited the Four at 29, Gold Str. Saffron Walden. Often censored Soldiers’ letters at the Front. Hibbett Letters: 16th & 30th May, 1915.
PEARSON SMITH, First Lieut.; RAINES, Major;
RAYMER COLONEL Robert Richmond DSO. Army Record: Took over Command 1/5th South Staffordshire Rgt. from Colonel Crawley:17/03/1915. Embarcation to France, 02/03/1915. Temporay absence 01/06/16. Returned 01/06/1916 to 01/07/1917. Wounded 1st day of Battle of Somme.(WtH) 01/07/1916. (TtE) Transferred to England, 06/07/16. Married. Contact: c/o C.F.Corner Esq Carlton House, Bagot, Jersey, Channel Islands.
ROBINSON, Lieut.; SIDEBOTTOM, Captain
WADE, Colonel; WATERHOUSE, Colonel; WILKINSON, Lieut; WORTLEY, Sir Stewart (Divisional General: Inspected Troops at Luton Hoo. Feb. 1915.)
WISTANCE Capt William Allsopp (Willie)/ Major DSO. 1/5th South Staffordshire Rgt. Command of ‘C’Coy. Became Lieut. Colonel/Date? QMS Old Boy. A Building Contractor in1914 (in Sandwell Street?).On Walsall Sea-side Home Pension Abergele). Hibbett Letters Dec.1914: Training in Saffron Walden Trench Digging/ ‘a jolly ‘nice’ chap’. Caught German Measles in May 1915 to amusement of troops.
WHORTLEY SIR STUART General. Hibbett Letters, Sept 1914: ‘General Sir Stuart Whortley inspected us, a ruddy war worn face he had. Asked Syd where we had come from. Guessed we were fine fellows of the O.T.C..
WRIGHT, Lieut W E .Often censored Letters at the Front.
3. NON- COMMISSIONED OFFICERS:-
ELWELL, Aide Camp, Luton; GEE Sgt Major; FENTON, Tim. Sergt. Killed in Action, Oct 13, 1915, Battle of Loos (Family friend in Walsall);
SANGER Lieut.; SILVERS Sergt.;
HAYWARD Sgt /Sgt Major (HAYWARD/S) . Army Record: 8312 L Cpl J Hayward ‘A’Coy. Also 9075 L Cpl E. Hayward ‘A’ Coy. Trench Mortar School 24.2.16. [A 2nd Lieut R.E. Hayward, N Staffs, QMS Killed in Action]. ‘Accepted as having died on or since 1.7.16. ( A C.Hayward was on Walsall General Purposes Committee/Finance/ Transport/ Property. Hibbett Letters Dec. 1914: ‘Sgt Hayward is now Sgt Major, & Billy Harrison is our Platoon Sgt.’
PENNING, Arthur. Son of Bertie’s Landlady, Mrs Penning 29, Gold Street, Saffron Walden. Killed in Action. War Memorial Visit. 2000.
HAYWARD, Sergt Major;