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RUSSIA 1919

The 1917 Revolution in Russia presented a serious problem to the Allies. The Bolsheviks wanted to withdraw Russia from the War, which would free German forces for the Western Front. When Civil War broke out the Allies supported the White Russian forces. By 1918 the War in Europe was over and the Allied powers were not keen to become involved in a new war in Russia. Allied troops had been sent Vladivostock and Archangel to protect the large ordnance stores there and another force at Murmansk to prevent the Germans using it as a submarine base. In North Russia the British forces undertook operations against the Germans and their White Finn allies in Finland. The last British military presence left Russia in 1922.

White Russian Awards to the Glosters:

Lieut. William Bray - Order of Saint Vladimir (4th class)

Lieut. Cecil Spencer Dyer - Order of saint Anne (3rd class with swords)

Colonel Henry Needham - .Order of Saint Vladimir (3rd class with swords)..- Order of Saint Stanislaus (1st class with swords) - Mention In Despatch (1920 for Archange)


Roll of Honour:

Lieutenant Gerald Noel Gosling - killed 7th July 1919 - Archangel Allied Cemetery.

Sergeant William Cox .- 26th February 1920 - Novorossisk Nwe Cemetery.

Private A.W. Barnfield (7th Batt).- 2nd April 1919 - Batum British Military Cemetery.

Private W.G. Rambridge (2nd Batt) - 17th January 1919 - Batum British Military Cemetery.

Private Charles Emery (att. 2nd Batt) - killed in action 5th March 1919 - Tiflis British Military Cemetery.

Private Charles J. Jones (7th Batt) - 11th June 1919 - Tiflis British Military Cemetery.

Private William Owen (att. 2nd Batt) - 5th February 1919 - Tiflis British Military Cemetery.

Private Alfred C. Egbert (2nd Batt) - died of cholera 20th May 1919 - Erivan Armenian Cemetery.

Private Albert E. Butler (7th Batt) - died of pneumonia 18th January 1919 - Baku British Military Cemetery.

Private Henry Smith (7th Batt) - 7th January 1919 - Baku British Military Cemetery.