ROYAL GLOUCESTERSHIRE HUSSARS 1914 - 18
The Order to mobilise was given at 7pm on August 4th 1914. They joined the 1st South Midland Brigade with the Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry, based Newbury Racecourse. The Brigade then moved to the east coast of England in case of a German invasion. In September a second Regiment of the R.G.H. was raised, and later a third.
April 1915 the R.G.H. were ordered to overseas service, but instead of France they were going to Gallipoli. On April 11th they embarked on the 'Saturnia' and 'Minneapolis' under command of Lieut-Colonel W.H.PLAYNE. The unit strength was:
H.Q.: 10 Officers, 107 Other Ranks, 88 horses, 28 mules, and 8 vehicles.
Major A.J.Palmer, 7 Officers, 134 O.R., 133 horses, 14 mules, 3 vehicles.
Major H.F.Clifford, 6 Officers, 134 O.R., 131 horses, 14 mules, 3 vehicles.
R.M.Yorke, 4 Officers, 135 O.R., 133 horses, 14 mules, 3
The R.G.H. reached Alexandria, Egypt, on April 21st. Guard duties followed, until August 11th, when orders came for the Yeomanry to proceed to Gallipoli without their horses. Leaving 4 officers, 100 O.R. and all the horses, the Regiment sailed on August 14th 1915 on the 'Haverford' and 'Ascania'.
Landing at Suvla Bay, the Regiment was concentrated near Chocolate Hill. With no cover available the enemy shelled the Regiment, 2nd Lieut. Gething was killed, Lt-Col. Playne, Captain Longworth, Lieut. Howard, and 2nd Lieut. Colledge were severely wounded.
Yeoman acting as infantry, an advance was made on Hill 112 and
the Turkish front-line trench captured.
Besides the listed officers, 11 men were killed, 44 wounded and 1 missing.
General Sir Ian Hamilton:
"The advance of these English Yeoman was a sight calculated to send a thrill noof pride through anyone with a drop of English blood running through their veins...... there was nothing to conceal a mouse...... despite the critical events in other parts of the field I could hardly take my glasses from the Yeoman; they moved like men marching on parade. Here and there a shell would take a toll of a cluster; there they lay. There was no straggling; the others moved steadily on; not a man was there who hung back or hurried."
trench duty followed and more casualties (both war and sickness)
were sustained. On November 22nd the Regiment sailed back to Alexandria.
GALLIPOLI ROLL OF HONOUR
No. Rank Name Date Buried
2nd Lieut. H.B.GETHING 21st August Chocolate Hill
1144 Sergeant A.T.HONEY 21st August Chocolate Hill
August Chocolate Hill
2004 Private C.E.CARTER 21st August Chocolate Hill
2234 Private R.H.COXWELL-ROGERS 21st August Chocolate Hill
2585 Private E.T.CROCKER 21st August Chocolate Hill
August Chocolate Hill
2244 Priavte N.W.JENNER 21st August Chocolate Hill
2241 Private J.J.KEARNEY 21st August Chocolate Hill
1800 S.S. F.H.BALL 21st August Chocolate Hill
2215 Corporal C.E.CHURCHILL 24th August Chocolate Hill
2092 L/Cpl. A.ROWE 25th August At Sea
1965 Private R.F.BISS 28th August Chocolate Hill
1991 Private T.N.HUNT 28th August Chocolate Hill
2162 Private D.H.PEARCE 28th August Chocolate Hill
S.FREEMAN 28th August At Sea
1584 Private H.J.WOODWARD 4th September Welsh C.S.
1975 Private L.C.DEAN 9th September At Sea
1798 L/Cpl. R.HUBERT 10th October Green Hill
1982 Private H.L.HOLBOROW 11th October C Beach
1985 Private H.TAYSUM 12th October C Beach
1634 L/Sgt. H.B.WALKER 14th October At Sea
October At Sea
No. Rank Name Date Note
W.H.PLAYNE * 21st
Captain T.J.LONGWORTH * 21st August Severe
Lieut. A.H.S.HOWARD 21st August
2nd Lieut. J.T.COLLEDGE 21st August
Captain M.G.LLOYD-BAKER 15th Sept. Accidental
1827 Sergt. W.H.KELLY 21st August Severe
930 Sergt. H.J.LEWIS 21st August
1909 Sergt. G.H.LOVELL 21st August
1235 Sergt. A.F.ROBERTS 21st August
1566 Sergt. R.DAY 21st August
1626 Sergt. F.SMITH 21st August
1493 L/Sgt. F.CHAPMAN 21st August
2205 Corp. H.MERRY 21st August
1749 Corp. W.K.W.TAYLOR 21st August
1784 L/Cpl. J.H.HOLBOROW 21st August
2139 L/Cpl. H.A.MEW 21st August
1836 L/Cpl. H.RITCHINGS 21st August
1723 Trumpeter H.C.CRADDOCK 21st August
1944 Pte. F.W.ABBEY 21st August
1659 Pte. H.R.BELL 21st August
1873 Pte. T.BELGIN 21st August
2415 Pte. L.J.BENNETT 21st August
1485 Pte. T.O.T.BOWEN 21st August
2494 Pte. J.D.BREAKWELL 21st August
2046 Pte. H.C.CLARKE 21st August
1967 Pte. L.E.CLARKE 21st August
2200 Pte. S.CHANDLER 21st August
2233 Pte. H.CULLIMORE 21st August
1997 Pte. W.J.EDWARDS 21st August
2342 Pte. G.D.GENT 21st August Severe
2010 Pte. H.L.HARDING 21st August
2239 Pte. S.J.HARDING 21st August
2251 Pte. W.HILL 21st August
1786 Pte. J.W.HOUGHTON 21st August
2250 Pte. R.F.JAMES 21st August
2360 Pte. H.KELLY 21st August
2406 Pte. C.F.HAY 21st August
2111 Pte. G.E.MEARING 21st August
2467 Pte. A.MORLEY 21st August
2330 Pte. A.W.PANKHURST 21st August
2181 Pte. E.H.PARROTT 21st August
2007 Pte. H.H.PARSONS 21st August
2097 Pte. D.C.PEARCE 21st August
2187 Pte. C.PHILLIPS 21st August
1966 Pte. G.R.SHIPTON 21st August
1779 Pte. C.P.TANNER 21st August
2149 Pte. M.L.VINES 21st August
2245 Pte. R.G.VINES 21st August
1744 Corp. J.H.PEGLAR 22nd August
2193 Pte. H.WHITE 22nd August
2058 Pte. S.H.COX 25th August
2450 Pte. E.WALKER 25th August
2006 Pte. A.R.W.ANSTEY 28th August
1973 Pte. R.C.HEARLE 28th August
1790 L/Cpl. H.IRELAND 28th August
1522 Sergt. G.C.BRIDGEMAN 28th August Accidental
51411 SSM W.H.ORGAN 29th August
2264 Pte. R.C.SMITH 2nd Sept.
676 SSM A.BUTLER 3rd Sept.
1734 Pte. F.T.KING 3rd Sept.
2243 Pte. E.DICKENSON 7th Sept.
2416 Corp. P.G.EMERY 9th Sept.
1725 Pte. W.H.MORRIS 14th Sept. Severe
1735 Corp. H.STEEL 28th Sept. Severe
1998 Pte. J.C.ARMER 28th Sept.
2171 Pte. F.E.BARNETT 28th Sept.
2077 Pte. F.G.JONES 29th Sept.
1817 L/Cpl. F.R.ROW 10th Oct.
1770 Pte. H.VIVASH 14th Oct.
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