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4th (City of Bristol) Battalion

18th February 1797 - Bristol Volunteers raised. Motto: "In Danger Ready"
Disbanded 1802. 1803 - Reformed. Disbanded 1814.

2nd February 1859 - 1st Gloucestershire (Bristol) Rifle Volunteers formed.

1908 - The Battalion became the 4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment.

Lieut-Colonel Bush, late 96th Foot appointed Commanding Officer 1859 - 1866.
Lieut-Colonel P.W. Taylor, Canadian Rifles, 1866 - 1881.
Lieut-Col. S.E. Taylor, 1881
Lieut-Col. A.M. Jones 1881 - 1888
Lieut-Col. C.L. Methuen, 79th Highlanders, 1888 - 1904
Lieut-Col. Woodward, 1905 - 1911
Colonel J. Butler 1911 - 1920
Lieut-Col. H.L. Baker, 1920 - 1924

1921 - Annual Training Camp held at Conway.

1922 - Annual Training Camp held at Salisbury Plain.

1923 - A Platoon, commanded by Lieut. W. Wagland, was attached to the Depot for training.

1924 - Lieut-Colonel H.L. Baker, TD retired 15th February; succeeded by Lieut-Colonel P.G.J. Gueterbock, DSO, MC, TD.
7th Feb. Captain P. Paulet King (1st Bn, serving as Adjutant) left to join the Iraq Levies. Replaced by Major A.L.W. Newth, DSO, MC.

Whitsuntide Camp was at Tyntesfield.
Annual Training held at Fargo Camp, Larkhill, Salisbury Plain, August.

1925 - Strength: 19 Officers, 451 other ranks.
9th June the King visited Bristol. Bn mounted a Guard of Honour at Temple Meads Station, jointly with the 6th Bn.
Guard commanded by Capt. G.R.A. Beckett, MC, with Lieut. S.G.C. MacWatters, 1 WO and 50 men.
24th May the Bn Colours were presented to the Bn with its' WWI Battle Honours added.

Territorial Efficiency Medal were awarded to:
S175979 Corpl. H. Post

2nd Lieuts. S.H. Newman; E.L. Hudden; D.C. Hudden to be Lieut.
2nd Lieut. E.H.S. Lewis, from Radley College OTC.
Lieut. F.J.M. Cook to be Capt.
Capt. H. Trapnell transferred to TA Reserve of Officers.

1926 - Strenght: 18 officers, 4141 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp cancelled due to the General Strike.
Annual Training held at Porthcawl.
The Band was issued full-dress uniform.

Capt. G.R.A. Beckett, MC to be Brevet-Major.
2nd Lieut. Richard Clement Brooks appointed from Clifton College OTC.
2nd Lieut. Leonard Ashman Olive appointed from Uppingham School OTC.
2nd Lieut. E.H.S. Lewis to be Lieut.

1927 - Strength: 20 officers, 352 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Clevedon 4th-7th June.
Annual Training held at Windmill Hill, Salisbury Plain, 31st July - 14th August.
Captain H. Caldwell-Smith, MC, of the Australian Staff Corps, was attached to the Battalion to assist in training.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
5174410 CQMS W.T. Bone
5178232 Bandsman F.C. Wilson
A bar to TEM awarded to:
5174534 Sergt. F.G. Gregory

Officers gazetted to the Battalion:
Lieut. S.H. Newman, from Active List.
Lieut. Dan Taylor Newton, from 11th London Regt.
2nd Lieut. Thomas Brackbank Young, from Bristol Grammar School, Junior Div. OTC.
2nd Lieut. Richard St. George Charles Schwalm, from Clifton College, Junior Div. OTC.

1928 - Strength: 18 officers, 340 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Clevedon 26th-29th May.
Annual Training held at Whittington Camp, near Cheltenham, 5th-19th August.
Capt. G.W.A. Painter, DSO, RA was attached to Bn during training.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
CQMS W.B. Collard 'A' Coy.
Pte A. Tanner 'A' Coy.

Lieut. W.G. Jones resigned his commission.
Lieut-Col. P.G.J. Gueterbock, DSO, MC, TD to be Brevet-Colonel.
Major A.L.W. Newth, DSO, MC replaced as Adjutant by Capt. G.W.V. Ladds.

1929 - Strength: 18 officers, 422 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Clevedon 18th-21st May. Capt. & QM John Scaife, MC, DCM died during the Camp.
"It is with the deepest regret that the death of Captain and Quartermaster J. Scaife, MC, DCM must be recorded. For some time he had been in indifferent health, but he insisted in carrying on his duties and whilst under canvas with the Battalion at Whitsuntide, he died suddenly on May 20th. Capt. Scaife was appointed QM of the 4th Bn on reconstruction in April 1920, and for more than 9 years he had worked with unremitting zeal for the welfare of the Battalion. During that period he won the esteem and affection of every Officer and man, and through his death, the Battalion and the Territorial Army have suffered a very great loss."
(Battalion Report, 1929)
Annual Training held at Preston Camp, near Weymouth, 4th-18th August.
16th February - Lieut-Col. P.G.J. Gueterbock, DSO, MC, TD left Bn (promted Colonel). Lieut-Col. A.L.W. Newth, DSO, MC, TD assumed command.

Sergt. H.E. Connors (PS) awarded Long Service Good Conduct Medal (Regular Army)

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
RQMS W. Wright, MM (2nd clasp awarded)
CSM T. Ruddy
CQMS E.W. Creed
Sergt. E.C. Hayball
Sergt. E.L. Butler
Sergt. T. Wertheim
Lce-Sergt. P. O'Gorman

Territorial Decorations awarded to:
Major Arthur Leslie Walter Newth, DSO, MC
Captain Alexander Arthur Taylor, MC (promoted Major)

Capt. G.R.A. Beckett, MC retired.
Lieut. R.C. Emett to be Capt.
2nd Lieuts. R.C. Brooks and L.A. Olive to be Lieut.
Lieut. D.C. Hudden, from Active List.
2nd Lieuts. Eric Ashman Denning, John Forbes Durie, Douglas Barre Forbes and Charles Henry Kinnersley joined Bn (from Clifton College, Junior Division OTC)
Fred Sharp appointed Lieut (QM)

1930 - Strength: 19 officers, 430 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Dodington Park, Glos. 7-10th June.
Annual Training held at Windmill Hill, Salisbury Plain 3-17th August.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
5175050 Sergt. A.W. Drew
2310170 Sergt. J. Hogg
5175975 Sergt. W.H. Milsom
5176227 Lce-Cpl. W.A. Tarrant

Capt. G.N. Nicklin to be Major
Lieuts. S.G.C. MacWitters and D.T. Newton to be Capt.
2nd Lieut. Cyril Roy Williams joined Bn (from Clifton College OTC)
2nd Lieut. Cyril Dunford William Kelynge Greenway joined Bn (from Bristol Grammar School OTC)
2nd Lieut. Evelyn Francis James Kelynge Greenway joined Bn (from Bristol Grammar School OTC)
Capt. W.S. Grange to be Major
2nd Lieuts. T.B. Young and R. St. J. Schwalm to be Lieut.
Chaplain (4th class) Rev. J.M.D. Stancomb, MA resigned commission (with rank of Captain)
Major A.A. Taylor, MC, TD from Active Service List to TARO
Capt. D.I. Gotch, MC from Active Service List to TARO

1931 - Strength: 21 officers, 462 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Dodington Park, Glos.
Annual Training held at Marlborough.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
5175107 CSM A. Wallace
5175249 CQMS N. Filliter

Lieut. F.L. Harrison joined Bn, from 8th Worcester Regt.
2nd Lieut. J.R. Cridland joined Bn (from Radley College OTC)
Lieut. R. St.G.C. Schwalm from Active List to TARO.

1932 - Strength: 20 officers, 445 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was cancelled due to lack of funding.
Annual Training was cancelled due to lack of funding. A camp was held at Chew Magna.

Major G.N. Nicklin resigned his commission.
Capt. F.J.M. Cook to be Major
Lieut. R.C. Brooks to be Capt.

1933 - Strength: 19 officers, 452 other ranks.
A Camp held at Badminton Park.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
Drum-Major F. Horseman
Corpl. W. Brown
CQMS S.L. Jefferies
Corpl. A.J. Priddis
Pte H. McLean
CQMS E. Taylor
Pte A. Callard
Pte H.C. Cole

2nd Lieuts. C.R. Williams, C.D.W.K. Greenway, and E.F.J.K. Greenway to be Lieuts.
Lt-Col. A.L.W. Newth, DSO, MC, TD to be Brevet-Colonel.

1934 - Strength: 20 officers, 465 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Badminton Park.
Annual Training held at Currenden Camp, Swanage.

Colonel A.L.W. Newth, DSO, MC, TD appointed Commander of 144th (Gloster & Worcester) Infantry Brigade.
2nd Lieuts. Allan James Fuller and John Raphael Allen joined the Bn.
Lieut. L.A. Olive from Active List to TARO.

Territorial Efficiency Medals were awarded to:
CSM J.W. Gardner
Sergt. A.E. Coombs
Sergt. G.T. Scott
Lce-Sergt. E. Greenwood
Cpl. A.J. Shortman
Cpl. F.E. Southcott
Cpl. S. Warburton
Lce-Cpl. S.A. Purnell
Pte J. Collins
Pte T. Days
Cpl. E. Worgan
Lce-Cpl. E.C. Peters
Lce-Cpl. C.W. Reed

1935 - Strength: 18 officers, 380 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Badminton Park.
Annual Training held at Windmill Hill, Ludgershall.

Efficiency Decoration awarded to Major Frederick John Mervyn Cook

Efficiency Medals (Territorial) were awarded to:
Sergt. G. Radford, MM
Pte F.G. Sheppard
Col-Sergt. F.C. Hall
CSM R.W. Dowdle
Sergt. F.A. Fletcher
L/Cpl. E.J. Sheeley

Capt. J.R. Walton, Adjutant, relieved by Capt. N. Lovett.
Lieut. C.R. Williams resigned his commission.
Lieut. F.L. Harrison to be Capt.
2nd Lieut. B.M.G. Parkinson joined Bn (from Bristol Grammar School OTC)
2nd Lieut. P.S. Bailey joined Bn (from Cpl. North Somerset Yeomanry)
2nd Lieut. F.B.G. Hamlyn joined Bn (from Kelly College OTC)
Lieut. C.D.W.K. Greenway posted to Unattached List for Indian Army.
2nd Lieut. J.E.C. Rickman from Active List to TARO.

RSM G. Pearce (PSI) promoted to RSM 2nd Bn. Replaced by RSM W. Oxenham
Sergt. J. Millard posted back to 2nd Bn. Replaced by Sergt. T. Williams

1936 - Strength: 21 officers, 351 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Badminton Park.
Annual Training held at Preston, Weymouth.

Efficiency Medals (Territorial) were awarded to:
Col-Sergt. (CQMS) A. Carver
Sergt. G. Clark
Sergt. H. Collins
Sergt. H. Post
Drummer S. Cordey
Col-Sergt. (CQMS) J. Meyers
Sergt. H. Holbrook
Lce-Cpl. W. Baker
Pte J. Chandler
Pte T. Turner
Lce-Sergt. F. Coles

2nd Lieuts. R.S. Reed, D.M.L. Sladen, and P.S. Huggett joined Bn.
Lieut. J.R. Cridland resigned his commission.
Major E.E. Wookey, MC (TARO) resigned his commission.
Capt. W. Lewis, TD retired
Lieut. C.H. Kinnersley from Active List.

1937 -

1938 - Strength: 22 officers, 355 other ranks.
Whitsuntide Camp was at Badminton Park.
Annual Training held at Porthcawl.

June 1938 notification arrived that the 4th Bn The Gloucetsershire Regiment would be converted into the:
4th (City of Bristol) Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment (66th Searchlight Regiment) T.A.
The date that the order would come into effect was 1st November.

July, the RSM and 2 PSI's went to The School of Electric Lighting, Gosport.
19th September the Battalion was notified to be ready to mobilize due to the situation in Europe.
Training for anti-aircraft duties began and positions for guns around Bristol, Filton, and Portishead were reconnoitred.
26th September the order for the Battalion to embody was received and by the next morning the men were at their war stations. They remained so until 5th October, when the order came to stand down and the Battalion was disembodied.

Efficiency Decoration awarded to Major Robert Clifford Emett

Efficiency Medals (Territorial) were awarded to:
Pte F.C. Campbell
Pte F. Fowler
Cpl. H. Ball
Pte A. Armstrong
Pte R. Gaulton
Pte H. Peters
Pte S. Ponting
Pte A. Lines
Pte A. Miller

Lieut. A.J.F. Eberle resigned commission
2nd Lieuts. B.M.G. Parkinson and P.S. Bailey to be Lieuts.
2nd Lieuts. H.G. Thomson and G.R. Buick joined Bn.
Rev. H.W.H. Knapman, BA (Chaplain to the Forces, 4th class) resigned commission.
Lieut. C.H.P. Pauli attached to Bn as Medical Officer.