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Database Errors & Omissions

 

The following list of errors were discovered in the Commission's database by reference to original service records. Our particular field of research specialises in the Royal Naval Division during the Great War, which is why the greater part of this list contains errors relating to this unit. Many of the errors are repeated on their headstones or memorials.

A listing of corrections & additions accepted by the Commission can be viewed on the Amended Records page.

There are two basic causes of errors in the Commission's records:-

(Type 1): Errors made by the OCR computer scanning (Optical Character Recognition) of the Commission's registers in the early 1990's. The Commission's computer database is riddled with OCR problems, all of which can be easily rectified by reference to the original (hardcopy) register entries. The OCR technology was evidently not sufficiently advanced to accurately copy the Commission's registers. The result of this "disaster" is that a very high percentage of the computer database records are flawed. The Commission is well aware of this problem and has recently expanded its DVT (Data Verification Team) to begin this mammoth task.

(Type 2): Long-standing errors, which date back to the compilation of the IWGC registers in the 1920's. It is suspected that the next of kin supplied erroneous information to the IWGC in many cases, & they, not wishing to upset the families, merely accepted the information without question. These errors are by far the most difficult to rectify, as they require both documentary evidence & a good understanding of British Military history. Many errors can be seen to be logical, i.e. the Collingwood Bn. R.N. Div. did not arrive at Gallipoli until 30/5/15. Therefore, a man who died of wounds 7/5/15 aboard a hospital ship off Cape Helles, cannot possibly have been serving with the Collingwood Bn. (who were at Blandford Camp in Dorset on this date) and therefore must have been serving with another unit (see Fred Machen in the lists below).

The corrected record relative to the casualty is displayed in black text, with a description of the database error/omission in red text. All corrections are fully supported by original documentation. Historical notes for the guidance of the reader are provided at the head of each section.

 

CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE

Missing & Lost information

Errors relating to RNVR service numbers

Errors relating to Howe & Nelson Bns from Feb. to April 1918

Errors relating to Deal Bn. RMLI at Gallipoli in 1915

Errors relating to service numbers of RN, RMLI, RMA, RME & RNR

Various errors relating to RN, RMLI, RNVR, RNR, RMA & MMR

Errors relating to the Royal Marines Labour Corps

Errors relating to the Army


Missing & Lost information

Many records on the Commission's Internet database appear to have "lost" information. We have found a number of Royal Marines whose unit/Battalion has 'disappeared' from their record. These details are known to exist in the Commission's electronic records, but do not appear in the Internet version due to problems with confused data fields, a result of the original cemetery registers not following a standard 'field' type format (at present being corrected).

The following is a small sample of records which are now short of such information :-

CH/336/S Pte. James ARDIS. RMLI. Chatham Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/6/15. Now no mention of Chatham Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

CH/11035 Pte. Sidney William Barratt BARKER. RMLI. Chatham Bn., R.N.Div. Died 28/10/14. Now no mention of Chatham Bn. Willesden New Cemetery, Middlesex, United Kingdom.

PO/15611 Sgt. William BEAUCHAMP. RMLI. Portsmouth Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/5/15. Now no mention of Portsmouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Lieut. Arthur Frederick HAYWARD. RM. Chatham Bn. RMLI, R.N. Div. DOW in Egypt 10/5/15. Formerly CH/10659 Sgt. Major RMLI. Served at Antwerp in 1914. Now no mention of Chatham Bn. RMLI. Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.


Errors in Commission records for RNVR service numbers

RNVR NUMBERING GUIDE

Many of the errors in the Commission's records are 'logical errors'; that is to say they can be easily identified with the aid of a little specialist knowledge.

The RNVR used a serial number system based upon their six home divisions:- London, Mersey, Clyde, Tyneside, Bristol and Sussex. The RNVR always began their number allocations simply, with No.1, No.2, No.3 and so on.

Pre-WW1 RNVR recruits were allocated to numbered 'Companies' of their home division (a man who enlisted pre-war into the London Division RNVR and joined the 1st Company, with the number 213, would receive the service number L1/213). The six RNVR divisions raised up to ten companies each (L10/220 = London 10th Company, No.220).

In late 1914 the six RNVR Divisions began their "War Fleet" recruitment. These "War Fleet" men received a new numbering/lettering system which used a "Z" suffix to the home division i.e. London Z, No.1166 = LZ/1166.
Two more "War Fleet" Divisions were founded in late 1914/early 1915: Wales (WZ) & Palace (enlisted at Crystal Palace: PZ or ZP).
To complicate matters further, the RNVR accepted the transfer of 2400 recruits from the newly formed "Kitchener's Army" for service with the Royal Naval Division. These men received special numbers, which began with a 'K' (K.W, K.X or K.P, with a very few men numbered Z.W or Z.X).
In May 1916 the RNVR began a new numbering system for their Army transfers intended for the RND using the prefix "R" (beginning simply, as always, with "R/1"). These men were mostly conscripts, but with a fair number of volunteers or transfers from Army Territorial, Cyclists, Hussars & Yeomanry units. The first "R" prefixed men did not join the RND in France until after the Battle of the Ancre, in December 1916.

The RNVR also raised an "Anti-Aircraft Corps" and prefixed these "AA" ; a Motor Boat Section ("MB") and Mine Clearance Service ("MC").

Therefore, all wartime enlistment (Hostilities only) RNVR servicemen received one of the following prefixes:- LZ, MZ, CZ, TZ, BZ, SZ, WZ, PZ, KW, KX, KP, ZW, ZX, ZP, R, AA, MB or MC.

A lot of information can be drawn from a man's RNVR service number alone. His regional origin can be deduced from the Home Division letter prefix; as can his enlistment date from the number suffix, which also aids prediction of his WW1 campaign service (RND at Antwerp, Gallipoli and/or Western Front).

Examples:-

L3/2733 (enlisted July 1912, in London 3rd Company, No.2733,)
BZ/4526 (enlisted November 1915, in Bristol War Fleet, No.4526)
M7/207 (enlisted June 1913, in Mersey 7th Company, No.207)
K
W/272 (transfer from 'Kitchener's Army' to RNVR 7th September 1914)
KP/191 (transfer from 'Kitchener's Army' to RNVR at Crystal Palace 10th Sept. 1914)
C1/2167 (enlisted August 1912, in Clyde 1st Company, No.2167)
PZ/1037 (enlisted January 1915, in War Fleet at Crystal Palace)
TZ/1909 (enlisted November 1914 in Tyneside War Fleet, No.1909)
S5/1 (July 1904 enlistment in Sussex 5th Company, No.1)

When all this is understood (with added enlistment date details), it is easy to spot errors in RNVR prefixes or numbers. The commonest and simplest being the absence of a Divisional prefix (i.e "Z/1909"). Also common, is the substitution of a 'Z' for a '2' or vice-versa. It is perfectly acceptable for the RNVR Divisional prefix to be abbreviated (as used on Commission headstones & in RNVR records of service).

Tyneside Z/837 AB. John ARNOTT. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Formerly Collingwood Bn. at Gallipoli. Incorrectly recorded as Z/837 on headstone. Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Wales Z/4591 Sig. James BANFIELD. RNVR. HMS Viking. Died 5/7/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/4591. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/1822 AB. David Johnstone BARNES. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 52nd Advanced Dressing Station 27/9/18. Incorrectly recorded as Tyneside Z/1882. Error repeated on headstone. Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Pas de Calais, France.

London Z/5204 AB. Albert Richard BARRELL. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 19th CCS 16/9/17 (Shell Wnds. R.Thigh & Hand, Frac. of R.Tibia, received in action 4/9/17). Incorrectly recorded as London Z/5024, error repeated on headstone and incorrectly recorded christian names as Richard Albert Barrell. Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.

Bristol 2/1267 AB(HG). Arthur Walter BAYLISS. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at Govt. School Hosp. Port Said 11/8/15 (Shrap. wnds. Back & both Hands 19/7/15 & Tetanus). Incorrectly recorded as BZ/1267 & as "AB" only. Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Mersey 2/218 AB. George BELL. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 3/6/15 aboard HS "Neuralia" (Shrap. wnd. Thigh). Incorrectly recorded as 2/218. Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta.

Tyneside Z/4377 AB. Patrick BELL. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 14/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as Tyneside Z/14377 & Hawke Bn. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/3993 AB. Samuel Anderson BERESFORD. RNVR. Hood Bn. R.N. Div. Died of wounds at 3rd Field Ambulance RND 24/4/17 (wounded 23/4/17). Incorrectly recorded as Clyde 2/3993. Ste. Catherine British Cemetery.

 

Mersey 6/189 AB. John William BILLINGTON. RNVR. Nelson Bn. RND KIA 13/11/16. Served with "C" Company, Nelson Bn. at Antwerp in 1914. Incorrectly recorded as Mersey Z/189. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

London Z/2253 Ldg. Tel. Albert Horace BISHOP. RNVR. Ipswich Wireless Station. Died 18/12/19. Incorrectly recorded as Z/2253. Hampstead Cemetery, London, United Kingdom.

Mersey 2/175 LS John Edward BOOTH. RNVR. Howe Bn. KIA 21/7/15. Served with Howe Bn. at Antwerp in October 1914. Incorrectly recorded as Mersey Z/175. Redoubt Cemetery, Cape Helles, Turkey.

London Z/4268 AB. Sidney Alfred BOSHER. RNVR. HM Yacht Ceto. Died 9/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/4268. Ramsgate and St. Lawrence Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

 

Bristol Z/930 AB. Alfred Edward BRADFORD. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 30/9/18 at 149th Field Ambulance. Incorrectly recorded as Z/930. Error repeated on Headstone. Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, Nord, France.

Sussex 5/262 LS. Wm. Michael BRAY. RNVR. Howe Bn, R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Served with Howe Bn. at Antwerp in October 1914. Incorrectly recorded as Sussex Z/262. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

London 7/3047 LS. Terence Clayton BRIGHTWELL. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N. Div. KIA 29/9/18. Incorrectly recorded as London Z/3047. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Kitchener X/117 AB. William BURNIP. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as K/117. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Bristol Z/4514 AB. George William COCKERAM. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 8/5/18 at 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital. Incorrectly recorded as B2/4514 & incorrect spelling of surname as "Cockeran." Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.2, Somme, France.

Bristol 1/961 LS. Joseph Henry COLES. RNVR. S.S. Lofoten. KIA 3/2/18. Served with Drake Bn., R.N.Div. 1914-16. Incorrectly recorded as COLE. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, United Kingdom.

London Z/7753 Sig. Claude Alderson John COOKE. RNVR. H.M. Trawler John Cattling. Died 16/5/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/7753. Fleetwood Borough Cemetery, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

 

Clyde Z/1798 AB. Alexander Robb COUTTS. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 24/7/15. Transferred to Howe Bn. from Benbow Bn. 12/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1798. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Kitchener X/135 AB. Harold COX. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as London X/135. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Clyde 2/1770 PO. John COX. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 2pm 25/5/15 aboard HS "Sicilia" (Comp. Frac. of Skull). Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/1770. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/8664 Ord. Smn. Robert CROMBIE. RNVR. 6th (Depot) Bn., R.N. Depot, Crystal Palace. Died at 6:40am 23/1/16 in Norwood Cottage Hospital from Acute Bronchitis. Incorrectly recorded as Z/8664 & incorrect/incomplete unit, reads 6th Bn., R.N.Div. Crystal Palace District Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

Clyde Z/2964 AB. Archibald Mackie CRUICKSHANK. RNVR. 63rd Machine Gun Battalion, R.N.Div. DOW 21/8/18. Served with 188th MG Company from March to October 1917, when he was hospitalised sick. By late 1917 he had recovered and was posted from Hospital to the MG Base Depot, Camiers. He joined the new 63rd MG Battalion on the 8/5/18 directly from the MG Base Depot. Incorrectly recorded as Z/2964 & 188th Bde. Machine Gun Corps. Bucquoy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Clyde Z/121 AB. Samuel DALZIEL. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/121 & 6/6/15. Errors repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Wales Z/1907 AB. William Henry DARK. RNVR. HMS Hyacinth. Died 16/4/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1907. Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania.

Clyde 2/2701 OS. George Stewart DEMPSTER. RNVR. Collingwood Bn., R.N.Div. Died of meningitis at RN Hosp. Portland 6/2/15. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/2701. Error repeated on Headstone. Portland Royal Naval Cemetery, United Kingdom.

Clyde 2/1762 AB. Thomas DUFFY. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/1762. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Mersey 5/148 AB. Thomas John EDGE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. Died 24/9/15 of Dysentery at the 15th Stationary Hospital, Mudros. Incorrectly recorded without his "Mersey" prefix. Error repeated on headstone. East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Clyde Z/3203 AB. James ELLIS. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. Died 3/7/17. Discharged invalided at RN Hospital Chatham 11/4/17 with Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Incorrectly recorded as Z/3203. Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery, United Kingdom.

 

Tyneside Z/4985 AB. Bernard ENGLISH. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded on Headstone as TZ/4895. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Tyneside Z/8553 AB. George Arthur EVANS. RNVR. 6th (Depot) Bn., RN Depot, Crystal Palace. Died at 12:40pm 7/4/16 in Croydon General Hospital from Left Lobar Pneumonia. Incorrectly recorded as Z/8553. Crystal Palace District Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

 

London 3/2808 AB. Eric FLINT. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Served with the Hawke Bn., R.N. Div.at Antwerp in 1914. Incorrectly recorded as London Z/2308. Error repeated on headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

 

Clyde Z/1595 AB. Neil FORBES. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 15/6/15 at East Gully Dressing Station (Shrapnel wound to abdomen). Incorrectly recorded as Z/1595. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

London Z/2286 AB. Harold FORD. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 31/10/17. Incorrectly recorded as London Z/32286. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

Tyneside Z/8127 AB. John GOOD. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Bristol Z/314 Ord. Sign. William GOWER. RNVR. HMS Dahlia. Died 4/9/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/314. Rosskeen Parish Churchyard Extensions (or Burial Ground), Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/2186 AB. Robert GRAHAM. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 25/4/17 at 42nd Casualty Clearing Station from gunshot wounds to face and right knee received in action 23/4/17. Incorrectly recorded as 2/2186. Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/2806 AB. Thomas Joseph GRAHAM. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 10.50pm 29/10/17 in 46th CCS (Shell wnd. Head, comp. frac. vault of Skull received in action 26/10/17) . Incorrectly recorded as Z/2806. Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Tyneside Z/13436 OS. Andrew GREENWOOD. RNVR. RN Depot Crystal Palace. Died 24/10/18. Incorrectly recorded as T2/13436. Holmfirth (Holy Trinity) Burial Ground, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

London Z/7424 OS. E. E. HALES. RNVR. HMS Egmont. Died 17/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/7424. Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery, Malta.

Tyneside Z/8174 AB. Burt HARRISON. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 5:35pm 30/6/17 in Military Hosp. Aldershot (Gunshot wound right thigh, received in action 13/11/16). Incorrectly recorded as Z/8174. Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

London Z/1635 Ord.Tel. John Sidney HAWKES. RNVR. HMS Pactolus. Died 22/6/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1635. Kettering (London Road) Cemetery, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

Mersey Z/96 AB. Victor HOLMES. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 10:45am 1/2/16 from Para-Typhoid in RN Hospital Haslar. Incorrectly recorded as Z/96. Southport (Duke Street) Cemetery, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/5346 AB. James HUNT. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 25/8/18. Incorrectly recorded as Tyneside Z/2346. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

London Z/9588 OS. William INCE. RNVR. RN Depot Crystal Palace. Died 11/10/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/9588. Clare Cemetery, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/3011 AB. John JENNINGS. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. Died 27/9/15 in RN Hosp. Malta from dysentery. Incorrectly recorded as Z/3011. Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta.

London Z/4677 AB. William JESTICO. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 30/3/18 at No.3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens (Gunshot wounds to shoulder and chest). Incorrectly recorded as L2/4677. Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, Somme, France.

Kitchener X/228 LS. William JOHNSON. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 30/12/17. Incorrectly recorded as KY/228. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

Clyde Z/2015 AB. Joseph JOHNSTON. RNVR. Collingwood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 3rd Field Amb. (BW Chest) 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/20156 & 5/6/15. Errors repeated on headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Palace Z/1421 CPO. Percy A. JONES. RNVR. HMS Pembroke. Died 4/2/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1421. Fulham Old Cemetery, London, United Kingdom.

Sussex 5/171 AB. George KENNARD. RNVR. HMS Virginian. Died accidentally 16/12/16. Served with Howe Bn. at Antwerp in 1914. Incorrectly recorded as 5/171. Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

London Z/9865 OS. Leonard William KNELL. RNVR. HMS Victory VI. Died 11/10/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/9865. Dover (St. James's) Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

Wales Z/1428 AB. Edward LANDE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 22/10/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1428. Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

Mersey Z/334 AB. George Abraham LEADLEY. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 3/8/15. Formerly Benbow Bn. transferred to Drake Bn. 12/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/334. Error repeated on headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Tyneside 1/224 AB. James LEWIS. RNVR. HMS Hercules. Died 20/3/16. Incorrectly recorded as Tyneside Z/I224. Newcastle Upon Tyne (St. John's Westgate) Cemetery, Northumberland, United Kingdom.

London 6/2771 AB. Edward Francis LOVELESS. RNVR. Collingwood Bn., R.N.Div. Accidentally killed at work whilst loading a wagon (Fracture base of skull) whilst POW 11/10/16 (taken POW at Antwerp 9/10/14). Incorrectly recorded as London Z/2771. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

Clyde Z/8218 Sig. William MacKAY. RNVR. HMS Vivid. Died 1/1/19 (Believed drowned in the wreck of HM Yacht "Iolaire" 1/1/19). Incorrectly recorded as Z/8218. Ness (St. Peter) Old Churchyard, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Clyde Z/9964 OS. Donald MacLEOD. RNVR. RN Depot Crystal Palace. Died 1/1/19 (Suspected to have been drowned when HM Yacht "Iolaire" was wrecked 1/1/19). Incorrectly recorded as Z/9964. Sandwick Cemetery, Ross and Cromarty, United Kingdom.

Bristol Z/5111 AB. Albert Edward MASKERY. RNVR. Drake Bn., attached 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. DOW in 41st CCS 14/6/17 from shrapnel wound to chest, received in action 8/6/17. Incorrectly recorded as BZ/51111 & no mention of attachment to 189th TMB. Errors repeated on headstone. Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde 2/1418 AB. Charles McGARRY. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 26/4/15. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/1418. V Beach Cemetery, Turkey.

 

Clyde 3/887 PO Allan McDiarmid McNICOL. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Anson Bn. at Antwerp in 1914). Incorrectly recorded service number "CZ/887." Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Tyneside Z/5181 AB. William Percy MERRYWEATHER. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrect service number TZ/15181. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

 

Clyde 2/2267 AB. James MOWATT. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/2267. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Clyde 2/108 A/PO. James NICOLL. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 3am 31/8/15 from Self-Inflicted wound in neck (haemorrhage) whilst suffering from delirium caused by Pyrexia, in Red X Hosp. Giza, Cairo. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/108. Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Bristol Z/11066 AB. Stanley John NIGHTINGALE. RNVR. HMT Duchess of Devonshire. Died 19/3/19. Incorrectly recorded as RNR. Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France.

Bristol Z/3909 AB. Michael Patrick O'BRIEN. RNVR. SS Edlington. Died 15/3/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/3909. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, United Kingdom.

Mersey 1/79 PO James PARR. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 16/5/15 in 15th Gen. Hosp. Alexandria, Egypt. Wounded about 6/5/15 (Gunshot wound abdomen, severe). Incorrectly recorded as Mersey Z/79. Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Bristol Z/2563 AB. Walter J. PEARCE. RNVR. RN Depot Crystal Palace. Died 19/7/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/2563. Incorrect rank, OS. Mudford (St. Mary) Churchyard, Somerset, United Kingdom.

London Z/1281 AB. Charles PEARMAIN. RNVR. HMS Vivid. Died 22/12/18. Served with Benbow and Anson Bns. R.N.Div at Gallipoli. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1281. Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, Devon, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/7190 AB. Thomas PETTICAN. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 17/2/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/7190. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

London Z/5126 AB. Frederick Robert PRETTY. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Died in 16th Gen. Hosp. Le Treport 26/12/16 from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. Incorrectly recorded as London Z/4126. Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France.

 

Mersey 3/193 LS. Stanley Victor RADCLIFFE. MiD. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Died 27/6/15 from Enteric Fever aboard HS "Dunluce Castle." Incorrectly recorded as "3/193" only. Not credited with MiD. Error repeated on headstone. East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Tyneside Z/728 AB. James RAINE. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. Died from Alcoholic poisoning 29/11/16. Formerly served with the Collingwood Bn. at Gallipoli. Incorrectly recorded as Clydeside Z/728. Arry Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

London Z/4410 AB. George William RALPH. RNVR. HM Trawler Caldy. Died 13/12/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/4410. Sittingbourne and Milton (Sittingbourne) Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

 

Clyde Z/3691 AB. Thomas RICHMOND. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 22/10/16 at 11th Casualty Clearing Station from gunshot wound penetrating abdomen. Incorrectly recorded as Clyde Z/36910. Error repeated on headstone. Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

R/2853 AB. Percy John ROBINSON. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 26/10/17. Incorrectly recorded as P/2853. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

London Z/6635 A/LS. Reginald Ernest ROBINSON. RNVR. RN Depot Crystal Palace. Died 25/10/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/6635. Wandsworth (Streatham) Cemetery, London, United Kingdom.

 

Tyneside Z/7075 AB. Charles ROGERS. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 30/9/18 at 149th Field Ambulance from gunshot wound to head, fractured skull. Incorrectly recorded as Z/7075. Error repeated on headstone. Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, Nord, France.

Tyneside Z/7798 AB. William ROWAN. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrect service number TZ/7795. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Kitchener X/143 AB. Edward ROWLAND. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 8/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as K/143. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

London 7/2712 ERA2. Edward S. SAUNDERS. RNVR. HMS Victory II. Died 5/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as London 1/2712. Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

 

Sussex Z/21 AB. William Charles SHORT. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/9/15. Incorrectly recorded as Z/21. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Kitchener P/842 AB. John Henry SIMPSON. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as KP/482. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

Mersey Z/1325 AB. Albert SMITH. RNVR. SS Plasma. Died 22/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/1325. Manchester Southern Cemetery, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Clyde Z/6661 AB. Donald STEWART. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/10/17. Incorrectly recorded as Z/6661. La Brique Military Cemetery No.2, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Tyneside Z/2721 AB. William TATE. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 1am 22/4/17 in 8th CCS (Gunshot wounds to both legs in action 21/4/17, amputation of right leg). Incorrectly recorded as Z/2721. Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/6967 Sig. Arthur THOMPSON. RNVR. HMS Vulcan. Died 17/12/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/6967. Sheffield (City Road) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Clyde Z/6880 AB. John Rodger THOMSON. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. Died 6/11/18 of Pneumonia at POW Hospital Freiburg, Germany (Missing 25/3/18, POW). Incorrectly recorded as Z/6880. Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.

London Z/2125 AB. Arthur WEBB. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 19/11/16 in 6th Gen. Hosp. Rouen (GSW L.leg & R.arm amputated, in action 13/11/16). Incorrectly recorded as Z/2125. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

Tyneside Z/4928 AB. Ephries Edward WILSON. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. Died 23/9/18 at Beuthon O'Selescia at 1pm from Inflammation of lungs (Missing 24/3/18, POW). Incorrectly recorded as Z/4928. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

London Z/6962 LS. William John WINDSOR. RNVR. SS Woodburn. Died of disease 9/10/18. Incorrectly recorded as Z/6962. Record makes no mention of SS Woodburn. Bordeaux North Cemetery, Gironde, France.

Kitchener W/299 PO. Charles Henry WINTER. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 24/12/15. Incorrectly recorded as KW/229. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

R/4635 AB. Richard Sydney WINTER. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 30/12/17. Incorrectly recorded as RD/4635. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 


NOTES ON HOWE & NELSON BATTALION DISBANDMENT 1918

The Howe & Nelson battalions of the 63rd (RN) Division were disbanded in early February 1918. Their surviving personnel were sent to reinforce the other battalions of their Division.

Therefore, many listed as died whilst serving with either the Howe or Nelson Battalions after February 1918 are in error. It will be noted that no errors occur for those Howe Bn. men transferred to Anson, Drake, Hood, or 7th Entrenching Bns. (unless they were transferred via attachment to 2/RM).
For an example of their true designation (the only man correctly recorded as such by the Commission) see the Commission's record for R/1030 AB Charles Biggs RNVR, which reads:- Died 24/3/18 Howe Bn. attached 1st RM Bn.

On the 29th April 1918, the 2nd Royal Marine battalion was disbanded and its personnel transferred to the 1st Royal Marine Battalion. The ex-Howe or Nelson Battalion RNVR men, who were still serving with the two Marine
Battalions, were transferred to the remaining four RNVR battalions: Drake, Hood, Hawke or Anson.


Errors in Commission records relating to the above

R/5447 AB. William BARNETT. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde Z/7289 AB(HG). Robert BEVERIDGE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 23/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. & incorrect rank, AB. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/3825 AB Thomas BICKERDIKE. RNVR. Howe Bn. RND attached 1st Royal Marine Bn. KIA 23/3/18. (Attached 1st RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/6288 AB. James Percy BOOTH. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW in War Hosp. Bavarian Section at Halle 27/5/18 of tuberculosis. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18, Missing and POW 24/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Halle Communal Cemetery, Halle, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium.

Tyneside Z/6096 AB. Ernest BOSTON. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 20/5/18 at 26th Gen. Hosp. Etaples from a severe bomb wound to head, received in a German air raid on Etaples 19/5/18. No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

R/5045 AB. Alfred Henry BROTHERTON. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/5006 AB. Joseph BRYAN. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 10/5/18 at War Hospital, Escaudvoeuvres. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18, Missing 24/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Nord, France.

Kitchener X/305 AB. Richard CARROLWALSH. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/5701 AB. Briton COX. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 22/3/18. (Attached to 7th Entrenching Bn. whilst absent in hospital 9/2/18, Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 20/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/6086 AB. Ernest Tom DEEMING. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW at Field Hosp. Borhau from Pneumonia 28/6/18. (Attached 1/RM 11/2/18, POW 24/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Plaine French National Cemetery, Bas-Rhin, France.

R/3406 AB. George DESBOROUGH. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 26/7/18 of cardiac weakness. (Attached 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18, Missing 24/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Date of death incorrect, 24/7/18. Mons Communal Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium.

R/1517 AB. Charles ELLIOTT. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/7641 AB. James FOX. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde Z/412 LS(HG). William Dick GALLOWAY. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 6/4/18 at 29th CCS. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). Formerly served with Collingwood Bn. at Gallipoli. No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Bristol Z/811 AB. Rupert James GARDINER. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 5/4/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Englebelmer Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

R/5686 AB. Archibald Thomas GOOD. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18.(Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/4810 AB. John Charles HART. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. (Formerly Howe Bn.) DOW 21/8/18 at No.3 New Zealand Field Ambulance. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18, Gassed 12/3/18, to hospital. Posted from Base Depot to Hood Bn. 13/4/18). Incorrectly recorded as Howe Bn. Bucquoy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

R/247 AB. George HEATH. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 1/4/18 whilst POW from gunshot wound to chest. (Attached to 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18, Wounded and missing 24/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Bristol Z/76 PO. Samuel Thomas MANNING. MM. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/122 AB. Joseph MISSIN. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 25/3/18. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18. Posted missing 22-27/3/18. Found dead on the battlefield by the Germans and buried at Royaulcourt, 50 metres south of the church). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Wales Z/1589 AB. Stanley MORSE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 19/3/18. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

R/1077 AB. Robert John MUNNS. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 27/3/18. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/3742 AB. Augustus Cecil NURSE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France.

London Z/4074 AB. James Burt NYE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 25/5/18 of Pneumonia, in War Hospital Training College, Mons. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18. Missing 24/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Mons Communal Cemetery, Mons, Hainaut, Belgium.

R/3202 AB. Alger William PAGE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18, Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/6040 AB. Hubert PAGE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 23/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/1047 AB. Geoffrey PARTRIDGE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW whilst POW 10/4/18 at Cassel Camp Hospital. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18. Missing 22/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany.

R/1119 AB. Ernest PYMER. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 8/4/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/4167 LS(HG). Thomas RAE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 7/4/18. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18. Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18. Reported wounded 7/4/18. Later reported wounded and missing, assumed DOW 7/4/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

R/6084 AB. George Alfred ROUSE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 5/4/18. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

R/3870 AB. Tom SKELLERN. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 22/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

London Z/3769 AB. John SLATTER. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 23/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18. RND card index PRO Ref: ADM339/2 records the following information: 11th January 1921, GB/219/21. Exhumation. No body found, Memorial cross erected in Hermies Hill British Cemetery, 7¾ miles east of Bapaume. Originally reported buried in the vicinity of Hermies. Next of Kin not to be informed as final information will be sent in due course from Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/5695 AB. Albert George SMITH. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 22/11/18 at 1pm from Diarrhoea and sickness in Julich Reserve Hospital, Rhine Province, Germany. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18. Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18. Missing 24/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

R/3776 AB. William SMITH. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 24/10/18 at The Fortress Hospital, Antwerp . (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18. Missing 23-28/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium.

R/5481 AB. Alfred WALKER. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 8:30am 17/7/18 in Wharncliffe War Hospital, Sheffield of Intestinal Haemorrage and heart failure. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18. To 149th Field Ambulance 3/3/18 - Piles; invalided to the UK 12/3/18). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Also incorrectly recorded as IR/5481. Birmingham (Yardley) Cemetery, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

R/3766 AB. Thomas WALMSLEY. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 20/2/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France.

R/5432 AB. William WALTERS. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 25th Stationary Hospital, Abbeville 7/3/18. (Wounded 20/2/18 Gunshot wound hand and left knee, penetrating, severe). (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

R/6024 AB. Frank WICKENS. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 24/3/18. (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

London Z/2118 LS. Frank Derby WILD. RNVR. Nelson Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 2/8/18 in Reserve Hospital III at Hamburg, of Cardiac Paralysis and Pneumonia. (Joined 7th Entrenching Bn. 22/2/18. Detached to 1/RM Bn. 14/3/18. Missing 24/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Hamburg Cemetery, Germany.

R/245 AB. Horace Arthur WISBEY. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 27/3/18. (Attached 2/RM Bn. 11/2/18). No mention of attachment to 2nd Royal Marine Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

R/5448 AB. Herbert WRIGHT. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW whilst POW 5/4/18 in Field Hospital, Escaudoeuivres (Gunshot wound to abdomen). (Attached 1/RM Bn. 11/2/18. Missing 23/3/18, POW). No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Nord, France.

 


Errors in Commission records relating to the Deal Bn. RMLI

The Deal Bn. RMLI was formed in late September 1914 to replace the Royal Marine Artillery Bn. which was withdrawn from the RND. After service at Antwerp in October 1914, they left for the Dardanelles 28/2/15 and landed at ANZAC Beachhead, Gallipoli 29/4/15. After only a ten month existence, the battalion was amalgamated with the Chatham Bn. RMLI at Cape Helles, Gallipoli 27/7/15, to form the new 1st Royal Marine Bn.

Unlike the Plymouth, Portsmouth & Chatham Bns. RMLI, the Deal Bn. RMLI contained a mixture of Marines from all three RMLI Divisions. The other three RMLI Bns. contained Marines drawn (almost) exclusively from their own Division (i.e. Plymouth Marines (almost) only served in the Plymouth Bn.).

 

PLY/619/S Pte. John ALLAN. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 15/6/15 at 2nd Field Ambulance RND (Shrapnel wound to head). Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

PLY/16505 L/Cpl. John Robert BURGESS. RMLI. Deal Bn. R.N.Div. KIA 28/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

PLY/16508 Pte. George COLLINS. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 2/7/15 at 2nd Field Ambulance RND (Shrapnel wound to head). Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

PLY/16932 Pte. Frederick William Hermon DORE. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 11th CCS 28/5/15 (Gunshot wound abdomen). Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey.

PLY/17078 Pte. Frank FOSTER. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 3/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

PLY/16866 Pte. Bertram James Andrew GIBSON. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 1/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. This error is very easy to detect, as the Plymouth Battalion did not serve in the Anzac Sector at Gallipoli & Pte. Gibson is found in the 1914 Star medal roll as "Deal Bn." at Antwerp in Oct. 1914. Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC, Turkey.

PLY/16990 Pte. James Thomas HARGREAVES. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div.(Formerly Deal Bn.) KIA 22/9/15. Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

PLY/16973 Pte. James HILL. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. KIA about 1/5/15 by "bullet". Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

PLY/16981 Pte. Samuel JOHNSTON. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 14/6/15 at 2nd. Field Ambulance RND (Bullet wound forehead). Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

PLY/645/S Pte. Frederick Arthur KERSHAW. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 3/5/15 aboard HS"Dongola". Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn. Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, United Kingdom.

 


 

Errors in Commission records for service numbers of RN, RMLI, RMA, RME & RNR.

 

 

PO/997/S Pte. Kennedy AMBROSE. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. (Formerly Clyde Z/4872, RNVR, transferred to RMLI for Cyclist Company). Incorrectly recorded as PO/9978/S. Error repeated on headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

RME/5670/S Pte. Daniel BALL. Royal Marine Engineers. Died 20/12/18. Incorrectly recorded as 5670/S. Standish (St. Wilfrid) Churchyard, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

 

PO/323/S Pte. John William BEAN. RMLI. Portsmouth Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 28/5/15 (Bullet through Brain). Incorrectly recorded as 323/S only. Error repeated on Headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

CH/7483 (RFR/B/1261) Cpl. Richard BIGNELL. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Battalion, R.N. Div. (Formerly Chatham Bn.) DOW 12/12/15. RFR & RMLI service numbers have been transposed, listed incorrectly as: CH/1261 (RFR/B/7483). Also listed as Chatham Bn, his former unit before transfer to 1st RM 27/7/15. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Turkey.

 

Po/SS/106111(RFR/Po/B/5680) PO. John BREWSTER. RN. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 4/6/15. Native of Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Incorrectly recorded as SS/10611 (& RFR/PO/85680 on the internet database only). Errors repeated on the Headstone. Please note the use of the letter "I" instead of the number "1" in the service number on the Headstone. No self-respecting Stonemason would make this mistake. The new version of the CWGC database (Dec.2004) has corrected the scanning error which substituted "I" for "1" in countless records, but not in time to prevent the error spreading to Brewster's newly replaced Headstone. This well illustrates that the scanning errors in the Commission's computer database are currently being spread to newly replaced Headstones, cut by machines with faulty data. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

 

PO/1118/S Pte. John BRIDGES. RMLI. 190th Brigade MG Company, R.N. Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded service number: PO/118/S. Headstone gives correct service number. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

318.EA Engine Room Artificer, John BROOMFIELD. RNR. HMS Cyclops. Died 11/1/18. Incorrectly recorded as 318/EB and RNVR. Wallsend (Church Bank) Cemetery, Northumberland, United Kingdom.

CH/7630 Pte. Thomas CAMERON. RMLI. Chatham Bn., Royal Marine Brigade, R.N.Div. Died 20/10/14 from wounds to the head received at "Defence of Antwerp" in 1914. Erroneously issued with the 1914/15 Star medal, but was actually entitled to the 1914 Star & Bar. Incorrectly recorded as CR/7630 & R.N.Div. only. No mention of Chatham Bn. Lambeth (Tooting) Cemetery, London, United Kingdom.

CH/838/S Pte. William Thomas CHAMBERS. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 28/4/17. Incorrectly recorded as CH/838. Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France.

CH/20901 Pte. Archie Leonard COX. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 29/12/16 at Fulham Military Hosp. (BW Leg 13/11/16, Septicaemia, Gangrene, Heart Failure). Transferred from Portsmouth to Chatham Division RMLI 9/10/16. Incorrectly recorded under his previous service number PO/18599. Kidderminster Cemetery, Worcestershire, United Kingdom.

Ch/294309 (RFR/Ch/B/1983) Sto.1st Cl. Cecil Myers DALE. RN. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Died 21/9/15. Served at Antwerp with Hood Bn., R.N.Div. in 1914. Severe bullet wound to left thumb at Gallipoli 4/6/15. Committed suicide in Derbyshire Royal Infirmary by cutting his throat whilst of unsound mind. Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Reserve Bn. & as RNVR & incorrect service number, 294309 (Ch/5/1983). Nottingham General Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.

PLY/13550 Sgt. John DORAN. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 21/7/16 (BW Knee). Incorrectly recorded as P/Y/13550. Headstone correctly records PLY/13550. Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

PO/20278 Pte. William Bloemfontein ELLIOTT. RMLI. 6th RM Bn. Died 27/8/19. Incorrectly recorded as 20278 Royal Marines. Archangel Memorial, Russian Federation.

PO/17895 Pte. Wilfred Victor FRAZIER. RMLI. R.M. Depot Deal. Died 10/2/15. Incorrectly recorded as PI/17895. Deal Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

Ch/281737 (RFR/Ch/B/4919) A/PO. Edward George GARROD. RN. 2nd Reserve Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 7pm in Portland Hosp. from Lobar Pneumonia 12/12/15. (Served with Hood Bn. 17/9/14-17/6/15 at Antwerp & Gallipoli). Incorrectly recorded as 281737 (RFR/ChB/4919) RNVR. Hanwell Cemetery, Middlesex, United Kingdom.

PO/552/S Pte. William GEORGE. RMLI. Portsmouth Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 2/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as PO/5525. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

PO/1996/S Pte. Cecil Harry HEALE. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 11/1/18. Incorrectly recorded as PLY/1996/S. St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

PO/11964 Pte. Arthur J. INGRAM. RMLI. Died 20/1/19. Incorrectly recorded as 11964. St. Helier (Mont-a-l'Abbe) Old Cemetery, Channel Islands, United Kingdom.

RMA/14213 Gnr. Owen JOHNSON. Royal Marine Artillery. HMS Hyacinth. Died 17/11/14. Incorrectly recorded as L/14213. Simon's Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery, Western Cape, South Africa.

PO/1044/S Pte. Harold William JOYNER. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died whilst POW 1/11/18 (Captured at Gavrelle 28/4/17). Incorrectly recorded as PO/1044. Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

PO/17835 Pte. Edward KIRWAN. RMLI. RM Depot Deal. Died 30/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as PI/17835. Deal Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

PO/1024/S Pte. Albert LAYTE. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 18/2/17. Incorrectly recorded as PO/1024. Error repeated on headstone. Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

CH/17381 Pte. Arthur James MACK. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as CH/1738. Incorrectly recorded date of death, 11/11/16. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

PO/17694 Pte. William Henry MATHEWS. RMLI. RM Depot Deal. Died 25/1/15. Incorrectly recorded as P/17694. Deal Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

PLY/158/S Pte. Owen McCAULEY. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 17/2/18 at 48th CCS. Incorrectly recorded as PLY/156/S. Headstone correctly records PLY/158/S. Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France.

PLY/787/S Pte. Samuel John PASQUILL. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn. (Formerly Plymouth Bn.) R.N.Div. KIA 31/12/15. Incorrectly recorded as PLY/785/S & Plymouth Bn. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

 

CH/18776 Pte. Ernest Mark RIDDIFORD. RMLI. Deal Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 17/7/15. Incorrectly recorded as "18776" only. Error repeated on headstone. Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

PO/19823 Pte. A. ROWLANDS. RMLI. Died 21/4/21. Incorrectly recorded as 19823. Liverpool (West Derby) Cemetery, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

PO/7121 CSM. Horace S. SNELL. RMLI. Died 22/19/19. Incorrectly recorded as 7121 and incorrect christian name initials, C. H. S. Snell. Gosport (Ann's Hill) Cemetery, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

PO/1335/S Pte. Robert SPILLANE. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 26/10/17. Incorrectly recorded as 1335. Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

PO/2248/S Pte. Albert STRINGER. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 10/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as PO/2248 & 2nd RM Bn. Service number error repeated on headstone. Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

PO/2832/S Pte. Ernest Templeton. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 10/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as PO/2832. Error repeated on headstone. Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

PLY/91/S A/Cpl. William TOLLEY. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as PLY/19/S. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

PO/505/S Pte. Arthur TOWNROE. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. Died 10/11/18. Incorrectly recorded as PO/505. Error repeated on headstone. Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

RME/5970/S Pte. John WOODLIFFE. Royal Marine Engineers. Died 19/7/18. Incorrectly recorded as 5970/S. Leeds (Harehills) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.


Errors (various) in Commission records for RN, RMLI, RNVR, RNR, RMA & MMR

 

Kitchener W/363 AB. Albert ABSON. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div., formerly Hawke Bn. DOW 28/6/15 at 15th General Hospital, Alexandria from gun shot wound to the chest. An Iron Worker from Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire. Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

PLY/1898/S Pte. Richard ALDRIDGE. RMLI. 4th Royal Marine Bn. Died 4/5/18. Record makes no mention of 4th Royal Marine Bn. Birkenhead (Flaybrick Hill) Cemetery, Cheshire, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/2932 LS. John ARMIN. RNVR. Hood Bn., attached 189th Stokes Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 11/7/17. Record makes no mention of attachment to 189th STMB. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Tyneside Z/703 PO. Charles William ARMSTRONG. RNVR. Collingwood Bn. attached Chief Supply Officer, RND Divisional Train. DOW 11/7/15 aboard HS "Dongola" from gunshot wound to chest received 4/7/15. Rated "3rd Writer" 16/1/15. Rated "Petty Officer" 2/6/15. Admitted to 15th Stationary Hospital Mudros on 23/6/15 suffering from diarrhoea. Discharged from hospital 28/6/15. Attached Chief Supply Officer, RND Divisional Train on 29/6/15. No mention of attachment to Chief Supply Officer, RND Divisional Train. East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Po/K/21961 Sto.2. Lionel ASHTON. RN. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at 11th CCS 13/5/15 (GSW Head in action 11/5/15). Incorrectly recorded surname as Aston. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey.

R/2889 AB. Thomas ASPINALL. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 25/5/18. Incorrectly recorded date of death, 24/5/18. Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France.

 

Tyneside Z/1253 AB. James ATKINSON. RNVR. 190th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. DOW in 4th CCS 13/2/17 (GSW Chest, Legs, R.arm & L.hand). Incorrectly recorded as 190th Brigade Machine Gun Battalion. Headstone incorrectly reads "Machine Gun Battn." Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

Tyneside Z/4575 AB. George Fredrick AXE. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 13/11/16. Incorrect spelling of second christian name, Frederick. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

R/1102 AB. Mac Arthur BALLINGER. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 21/8/18. Incorrect christian name: Macarthur. Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

PO/899/S Pte. George Frederick BARBER. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. (formerly Portsmouth Bn.), KIA 11/11/15. Incorrectly recorded as 1st Royal Marine Bn. 27/11/15. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

PO/19273 Pte. Henry BARNES. RMLI. 4th Royal Marine Bn. DOW 23/4/18. No mention of 4th Royal Marine Bn. Marksbury (St. Peter) Churchyard, Somerset, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/4281 PO. William BARNFATHER. MM. RNVR. Drake Bn., attached 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 8/10/18. (Formerly Nelson Bn. attd. 189th Bde. TMB). No mention of attachment to 189th Bde. TMB. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde Z/40 AB. Nathaniel Copland BARRON. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. DOW at Plymouth Hosp. 14/7/15 (BW Spinal Cord 6/6/15). Incorrect spelling of christian name as Nathan. Glasgow Western Necropolis, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/8423 AB. Thomas Maughan BARRY. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 17/2/17. Incorrectly spelling of name as Maugham. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

PO/866/S Pte. Richard BASSETT. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 17/2/17. Incorrectly recorded as R. R. Bassett. Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France.

Capt. Edward BASTIN. MiD. RM. 190th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as 190th Battalion Machine Gun Company. Not credited with MiD. Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

 

Dev/SS/107737 (RFR/Dev/B/5376) Sto.1. William BEATTIE. RN. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Surgeon David Revell BEDELL-SIVRIGHT. MB BA RN. RND Medical Unit attached Portsmouth Bn. RMLI, R.N.Div. Died of acute septicaemia aboard the Hosp. Ship "Dunluce Castle" 5/9/15 & buried at sea. Arrived at Cape Helles attached Hawke Bn. RND 30/5/15. Attached to 4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers 8/6/15 vice Major Taylor RAMC wounded. Posted to Portsmouth Bn. RMLI 20/6/15. No mention of attachment to Portsmouth Bn. RMLI. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, United Kingdom.

Lieut. Herbert Benjamin BIGGS. MC & Bar. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 3/9/18. No mention of MC & Bar. Error repeated on memorial. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/5395 OS. James Ernest BINNEY. RNVR. 6th (Depot) Bn. R.N. Depot, Crystal Palace. Died at 3.30 10/7/15 in Croydon Borough Hosp. from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. Enlisted 14/6/15. Incorrectly recorded Christian names: Joseph Henry. Sheffield (City Rd.) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/6544 AB Gabriel BIRD. RNVR. 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div. KIA 13/11/16. Served with Nelson Bn. from 9/1/16 until 26/6/16 when transferred to 2nd Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery (2nd Bde. LTMB was renumbered 189th Bde. LTMB 19/7/16). Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Bde. Light TM Battery. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/6128 AB David Samuel BLACK. RNVR. Howe Bn. R.N. Div. DOW at 7.10pm 11/5/17 in Military Hosp. Herne Bay (SW L.side Head, Frac. Skull severe, in action 17/2/17). Incorrectly recorded date of death: 12/5/17. Warriston Cemetery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Kitchener P/551 OS. Wm. BLACKMORE. RNVR. Training Staff, 1st Reserve Bn, Blandford Camp, R.N. Div. Died 6/11/18. Formerly served with Anson Bn. in UK 22/10/14-19/2/15 (no active service), Miscellaneous Bn. R.N. Depot, Crystal Palace 20/2/15-26/4/15. Transferred to Training Staff at Blandford Camp (1st Reserve Bn.) as Marker on Range 27/4/15. Discharged medically unfit at RN Hosp. Haslar 9/6/15 suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Incorrectly listed as Anson Bn. Whickham (Garden House) Cemetery, Durham, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/2783 AB John George BLAIR. RNVR. Howe Bn, R.N. Div. KIA 25/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as Hood Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Tyneside Z/2167 AB George BLAKEY. RNVR. 63rd Machine Gun Battalion, R.N. Div. KIA 23/5/18. Served with Howe Bn. at Gallipoli 18/7/15-6/9/15; 190th Brigade MG Coy. 17/2/17-20/3/18 Gassed; Posted to MG Bn. from MG Base Depot 11/5/18. Incorrectly recorded as 190th Bde. MG Bn. Headstone reads "Machine Gun Battn." Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

CH/19897 Pte. John BOSTOCK. RMLI. 4th Royal Marine Bn. KIA during raid on Zeebrugge 23/4/18. No mention of 4th RM Bn. Deal Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/1878 CPO. Alfred Barker BOYES. MiD. RNVR. Howe Bn, R.N. Div. Died of debility after dysentery in County Hosp. Durham 2/10/15 whilst on leave. Served with Howe Bn. at Gallipoli 28/4/15-5/8/15. Invalided to UK 24/8/15 (dysentery). Taken on strength of 2nd Reserve Bn. Blandford 13/9/15 from Plymouth Hosp. & proceeded on 21 days leave. No mention of Howe Bn. (recorded as 2nd Reserve Bn, R.N. Div. only). Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in the Despatch of GOC in C. MEF of 11th Dec. 1915, London Gazette 28/1/16). Ferry Hill Cemetery, Durham, United Kingdom.

Mersey Z/204 AB Robt. Patrick BOYLE. RNVR. Howe Bn. DOW at No.11 CCS Cape Helles 20/5/15. Buried 21/5/15 by Rev. E. Legros at West Beach Station Cemetery, Grave No.331. Incorrectly recorded date of death: 21/5/15. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Turkey.

Sussex Z/294 LS. George Albert BROWN. RNVR. 63rd Machine Gun Battalion, R.N. Div. KIA 21/8/18. Formerly served with Hawke Bn. at Gallipoli from 2/12/15. Transferred to 2nd Brigade MG Company 29/5/16 (2nd Bde. MG Coy. was renumbered 189th Bde. MG Coy. 19/7/16). Wounded at the Ancre 13/11/16 (GSW Head) & invalided to UK. Drafted to MG Coy. BEF from MG Base Depot, Grantham 29/7/17 (1st Class MG Gunner) & joined MG Base Depot Camiers 31/7/17. Posted to 63rd MG Bn. ex-MG Base Depot 19/4/18. Incorrectly recorded as 189th Bde. MG Coy. Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, Pas de Calais, France.

Kitchener X/91 AB John George BROWN. RNVR. 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div. DOW at 9.30am 12/5/17 in 11th Gen. Hosp. Dannes Camiers (GSW face & scalp in action 23/4/17). Formerly served with "B" Company, Nelson Bn. at Antwerp in October 1914 & Gallipoli 29/4/15-30/8/15. Joined Drake Bn. as trained Bomber 26/11/16. To 189th Stokes Mortar Battery 29/11/16. To hospital (Trench Fever) 18/1/17. Rejoined 189th Stokes Trench Mortar Battery 24/2/17. Incorrect unit: Drake Bn. (AB Brown's 1914 Star was not claimed by his wife & was returned to the Royal Mint for destruction in March 1934). Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde Z/7558 AB Thomas Baird BROWN. RNVR. Drake Bn. attached 189th Brigade Mortar Battery, R.N. Div. Assumed DOW 4/2/17 (reported wounded 4/2/17, later posted wounded & missing). Joined Drake Bn. 15/9/16. To 189th Stokes Mortar Battery 23/1/17. No mention of 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Temp. Sub-Lieut. William Denis BROWNE. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Friend & comrade of the poet Rupert Brooke. Incorrect date of death recorded, 7/6/15. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

London Z/2817 LS. George BRUCE. RNVR. Hood Bn, R.N. Div, Died 28/3/20 at the Special Surgical Neurological Hosp. Church Lane, Tooting, from GSW Head (received in action 4/2/17) & an operation for Pneumonia. Served as a Bomber with Hood Bn. 28/2/16-4/2/17. Surveyed at RN Hosp, Chatham 7/11/17 & found unserviceable, suffering from shrapnel wound of skull & discharged "Invalided." Incorrectly recorded as 3rd Reserve Bn, R.N. Div. East London Cemetery, Plaistow, United Kingdom.

Tyneside 2/169 AB John BRUCE. RNVR. Collingwood Bn, R.N. Div. Died 14/11/18 at Heereweg, Groningen from Paralysis of Heart. Interned at Groningen, Holland, after operations at Antwerp in October 1914. Incorrectly recorded christian name: Ernest. Groningen Southern Cemetery, Groningen, Netherlands.

PLY/17604 Pte. Percival Ewart BRUGUIER. MiD. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn, R.N. Div, Died of disease at Mudros 7/11/15. Formerly Plymouth Bn. RMLI, served at Dunkirk in 1914 & Gallipoli 25/4/15-27/7/15. Formerly CH/18613. Incorrectly recorded as 3rd Royal Marine Bn. Not credited with MiD (mentioned in despatches for Gallant & Courageous conduct, Plymouth Bn. at Cape Helles 13/7/15; London Gazette 28/1/16). East Mudros Military Cem, Lemnos, Greece.

Z.X/26 AB (Bandsman) Andrew BUCK. RNVR. Hood Bn. Band, R.N. Div, Died at RM Infirmary, Deal, from Enteric Fever (perforation) 21/9/14. Joined Hood Bn. Band at Betteshanger Park 22/8/14 from Clyde Division RNVR (Bandsman) & rated Ordinary Seaman (Bandman). Rated Able Seaman (Bandsman) 15/9/14. No mention of Hood Bn. Band, nor his rank of AB (Bandsman). Deal Cemetery, Kent, United Kingdom.

PO/2140/S Pte. William George BUTTERWORTH. RMLI. 4th Royal Marine Bn., HMS Vindictive, KIA during raid on Zeebrugge 23/4/18. No mention of 4th Royal Marine Bn. Hereford Cemetery, United Kingdom.

Ch/285945 (RFR/B/6611) Sto.1 Alfred CALROW. RN. Howe Bn, R.N. Div, KIA 4/6/15.
Joined "A" Coy. Howe Bn. 17/9/14. Served at Antwerp in October 1914. Posted missing 4-6/6/15, later reported KIA. Incorrectly recorded as Hood Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

London Z/1282 PO John Rankin CAMERON. RNVR. 188th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div, KIA 13/11/16. Formerly served with "D" Coy. Benbow Bn. at Gallipoli, transferred to Anson 12/6/15. Promoted Petty Officer 15/6/16 to complete Establishment of NCO's to trench Mortar Battery. Posted to 3rd Trench Mortar Battery from Anson Bn. 19/6/16. Transferred to 1st Brigade Trench Mortar Battery 7/7/16 (1st Bde. TMB was renumbered 188th Bde. TMB 19/7/16). Incorrectly recorded as Anson Bn. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

Acting Lieutenant Commander Alan Urquhart CAMPBELL. MC & Bar, MiD, French Croix de Guerre. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 30/12/17. No mention of Bar to MC or MiD (Mentioned in Dispatches). Headstone correctly records MC but does not mention Bar. Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Lieutenant Commander Phillip Sydney CAMPBELL. MiD. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. 2nd in command of Drake Bn. from 26/2/16. Not credited with Mentioned in Despatches. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

AB. George Threadkell CHAMPION. RN. HMS War Settler. Died 26/9/18. Recorded without a service number. Although exhaustive research has been undertaken, we are presently unable to provide fuller details of this man's service. The headstone does not record a service number. Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Tyneside Z/6561 AB. William CLARK. RNVR. 188th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Howe Bn. from 10/1/16 until transferred to 188th Bde. LTMB 14/8/16). Incorrectly recorded as Howe Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

3343.S Sto. John COLMAN. RNR. HMS Invincible. KIA 31/5/16. Incorrectly recorded as RNVR. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Kitchener P/461 AB. John COOPER. RNVR. 189th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as 185th Bde. Machine Gun Coy. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Johnny CROWTHER. RNVR. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 25/5/18. Drafted to Anson Bn. BEF (Anti-Gas & Lewis Gun Officer) from 2nd Reserve Bn. Aldershot 29/4/18. Incorrectly recorded date of death 2/11/18. Error repeated on Headstone. NOW CORRECTED WITH CWGC ONLINE. Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Lieutenant Commander (Rtd.) Ernest James CUDDY. RN. Collingwood (4th) Bn. R.N. Div. Died Rotterdam pm 5/12/17 (self-inflicted bullet wound). Interned in Holland after operations at Antwerp in 1914. Shot himself in a fit of temporary insanity. Recorded as 4th Bn. RND only. Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.

 

Tyneside Z/1736 LS. John CURBISON. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (formerly Collingwood Bn., 'A' Company, 3rd Platoon, transferred to Hood Bn. 8/6/15). Incorrect spelling of surname "Curbinson." Error repeated on Headstone. (Interestingly, he was the younger brother of TZ/3734 AB Wm. Curbison RNVR, Drake Bn., RND, who DOW 8/10/18. The Commission record his surname correctly, along with his Next-of-kin details. However, there are no Next-of-kin details recorded for John Curbison. We believe that John may have been estranged from his family, was blamed for leading his elder brother into the RND & his subsequent death, & that his memory was abandoned by his parents. Both were miners, residing with their father, William Curbison, at 30 Florence St., South Shields, on enlistment. After the death of John Curbison, their father moved to 20 Alexandra St., South Shields). Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Kitchener W/73 AB. Herbert CUTTS. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. (Formerly Benbow Bn. transferred to Nelson 12/6/15). Missing, assumed KIA 13/7/15. Incorrectly recorded as Benbow Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Wales Z/1809 LS William Henry DAVIES. MM and Bar. RNVR. Drake Bn., attached 189th Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div. (Formerly Howe Bn., attached 189th LTMB). KIA 13/7/18. No mention of attachment to 189th LTMB. Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

Tyneside Z/6289 AB. John DICKINSON. RNVR. 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Served as Dixon. Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Bde. Light T.M. Bty. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Temp.Lieutenant Richard DONALDSON. MC. RNVR. Anson Bn. attached 188th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery R.N. Div. KIA 5/9/18. First joined Anson Bn. at Stavros, Greece 28/2/16. Posted to 188th Bde. TMB 14/6/16-13/11/16 GSW L.arm & to UK. Rejoined 188th Bde. TMB 6/7/17 & appointed Act/Lt. whilst commanding 188th Bde. TMB. Awarded the MC (Passchendaele Oct-Nov. 1917). Wounded 4/6/18 (Shell wnd. L.thigh). Rejoined 188th Bde. TMB from Hosp. 6/6/18. KIA 5/9/18. No mention of attachment to 188th Bde. TMB. Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

PLY/614/S Pte. Albert Robinson DUCKWORTH. MiD. RMLI. Plymouth Bn., R.N.Div. Died 13/5/15. Resided at Cudworth, Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Not credited with MiD (for good work as rearguard sniping Turks during the battalion's withdrawal from 'Y' Beach 26/4/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Sub.Lieut. Edwin Leopold Arthur DYETT. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. Executed for desertion 5/1/17. Incorrectly recorded rank, Lieut. Le Crotoy Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

Sub.Lieutenant Robert Charles Gedge EDWARD. RNVR. Hawke Bn. RND KIA 13/11/16. Formerly London Z/230 OS RNVR, commissioned 10/3/15 & served with Hood Bn. Gallipoli 20/8/15-21/10/15. Joined Hawke Bn. BEF 12/7/16. Incorrectly recorded as Robert Charles George Edwards. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Wales Z/697 AB. Hubert Ernest EDWARDS. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 3/2/17. Name incorrectly recorded, Hubert Edwards Edwards. Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France.

Temp. Cdr. Bernard Henry ELLIS. DSO. DSM. MiD. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 21/4/18, 9:45pm at No.5 British Red Cross Hospital Wimereux of gun shot wounds to the neck recieved in action 25/3/18. Formerly L1/748 CPO RNVR Benbow Bn. R.N.Div. DSM (Distinguished Service Medal) awarded for services around Antwerp 3rd/9th October 1914. Commissioned 26/10/14. Transferred from Benbow to Anson Bn. 12/6/15. and appointed Adjutant. Appointed 2nd in command of Anson Bn. 30/11/15. Officer Commanding Anson Bn. from 13/11/16 vice Lieut Col. Saunders DSO RMLI. Officer Commanding Hawke Bn. from 1/5/17. No mention of MiD. Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Eric Athelstan FENNER. RNVR. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. attd. 1st Royal Marine Bn. DOW at 56th CCS 12/10/18 (Bomb wound Back & Face). Drafted to Anson Bn. BEF (Bombing Officer) from 2nd Reserve Bn. Aldershot 26/9/18. Joined Infantry Base Depot, Calais 27/9/18. Detached to 1st Royal Marine Bn. 2/10/18. No mention of attachment to 1st Royal Marine Bn. Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Sub.Lieutenant Cecil Ernest Cloak FLOOD. RNVR. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Formerly London 1/2851 AB RNVR, a Dispatch Rider with Benbow Bn. R.N. Div. Incorrect date of death: 10/6/15; incorrect spelling of third Christian name: Cloar. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Lieutenant Richard Christopher Gorges FOOTE. MiD. RMLI. Chatham Bn. RMLI, R.N. Div. DOW 15/10/14. No mention of Chatham Bn. RMLI ; not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatches). Gent City Cemetery, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant David FRANCIS. MiD. RNVR. Nelson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 13/11/16. Formerly London Z/1561 Ordinary Seaman RNVR. Commissioned 13/7/15; joined Nelson Bn. at Gallipoli 21/9/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of 13/11/16, 2nd Supplement to London Gazette, 4/1/17, page 192). Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/859 AB. Angus FRASER. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 8.55am 15/8/15 in RN Hosp. Plymouth from Bacillary Dysentery. (Formerly Benbow Bn., transferred to Howe Bn. 12/6/15) Incorrectly recorded as Hood Bn. Plymouth Old Cemetery (Pennycomequick), Devon, United Kingdom.

 

Tyneside Z/2406 AB. John Thomas GARRETT. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Surname spelt incorrectly on headstone as GARRATT. The slightly different spelling of his surname may have led the Commission to believe it was dealing with two different casualties, resulting in his name being added erroneously to the Thiepval Memorial. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

CH/199/S L/Sgt. Ernest GREENWOOD. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 24/3/18 at No.3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens (Shell wound received in action on 23/3/18, Compound fracture left tibia). Incorrectly recorded date of death, 25/3/18. Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1, Somme, France.

Major John GROVER. RM. Officer Commanding "A" Company, Portsmouth Bn. RMLI, R.N. Div. KIA 23/6/15. Joined Portsmouth Bn. RMLI at Gallipoli 30/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as Plymouth Bn.; incorrect date of death 24/6/15. Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Turkey.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant William Frank HARDY. MM & Bar. RNVR. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 25/8/18. Formerly London Z/2769 PO RNVR, served with Hood Bn. 8/1/16-2/9/17 to UK for commission. Joined Anson Bn. BEF 1/8/18. Not credited with MM & Bar. Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Joseph Orlando HARRIS. DSO MiD. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Died of wounds at 29th CCS 10/10/18 (wounded 8/10/18, GSW Multiple). Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of C. in C. BEF 8/11/18 (6th Supp. London Gazette, 20/12/18, page 14922). Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny.

Temp.Lieutenant John William HART RNVR. 2nd in Command "C" Company, Collingwood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Sub.Lieutenant (promoted Temp.Lieutenant 15/5/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Temp.Lieutenant Ivan HEALD. MiD. RNVR. Hood Bn. R.N.Div. attached 25 Squadron RFC. KIA 4/12/16. Formerly London Z/210 OS RNVR, commissioned Sub.Lieutenant 31/1/15. Served with Benbow Bn. at Gallipoli 30/5/15-12/6/15 & Hood Bn. 13/6/15-13/10/16. Accepted for the RFC as an Observer, on probation, & proceeded to take up appointment 13/10/16. Reported missing 4/12/16 "Fell in an air fight near Farbus, N.E. of Arras." Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Dispatches, London Gazette 13/7/16, page 6953). No mention of attachment to RFC on Headstone. Cabaret Rouge Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.

Kitchener X/471 AB. Joseph HESLOP. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded Additional Information details, record shows HAMSTER Colliery, it should read HAMSTERLEY Colliery. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Lieutenant The Honourable Maurice Henry Nelson HOOD. RNVR. Hood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrect date of death 7/6/15. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Commander Stuart Gale JONES. MiD VD. RNVR. Officer Commanding Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 25/8/18. Served with Anson Bn. RND at Antwerp in Oct. 1914, at Gallipoli as OC/2 23/7/15 & OC from 30/11/15-26/2/16. In France as OC2 Anson 29/5/16-28/9/16 & 11/12/16-4/11/17. OC Nelson Bn. 4/11/17. OC Hawke Bn. 1/4/18. Incorrectly recorded rank: Lieutenant Commander. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC. in C. MEF 22/9/15. London Gazette 5/11/15). Bucquoy Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Robert Sydney KELLAND. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. DOW in 149th Field Ambulance, RND 19/5/18 (GSW Abdomen). Joined Hawke Bn. BEF 22/11/17. Incorrectly recorded date of death: 20/5/18. Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Temp.Lieutenant Commander Frederick Septimus KELLY. DSC MiD. RNVR. Hood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 13/11/16. Friend & comrade of poet Rupert Brooke. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in MEF Despatch of GOC in C. 11/12/15, Supp. London Gazette 1/11/16, page 10617). Martinsart British Cemetery, Somme, France.

CH/19814 Pte. John Thomas KIRK. RMLI. 1st Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. DOW in Edmonton Military Hosp. 30/12/16 (GSW Buttock in action 13/11/16) . Incorrectly recorded as Royal Marine Bn. only. Boston Cemetery, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

Acting Lieutenant Robert Melville LAMB. RNVR. Hood Bn. RND, attached as Assistant Instructor at The King's Lancashire Military Convalescent Hosp. Blackpool. Died at 4.10pm 16/7/19 from Influenza-Pneumonia at 2nd Scottish General Hosp. Edinburgh (admitted 9/5/19 whilst home on indefinite leave). Formerly a Private with the 3/9th Bn. Royal Scots, commissioned Temp.Sub.Lieutenant 17/9/15. Served with Hood Bn. RND in France 9/4/17-4/5/17. Found permanently unfit for Military Service: Trench Fever & Umbilical Hernia 13/3/19. No mention of attachment to King’s Lancs. Hosp. as from 24/6/17. Edinburgh (Warriston) Cemetery, United Kingdom.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Gordon Jandron LE SEELLEUR. RNVR. Drake Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 10/8/17. Formerly Wales Z/1029 AB RNVR. Joined Drake Bn. BEF 14/12/16. Incorrectly recorded date of death 11/8/17. Albuera Cemetery, Bailleul-Sir-Berthoult, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Dev/SS/108260 (RFR/B/5724) Sto.1. Charles LEWIS. RN. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 4/6/15

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Ch/197626 (RFR/Ch/B/5574) Sto. 1st Cl. William McKENZIE. RN. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/5/15. Both incorrectly recorded as RNVR. Errors repeated on the Helles addenda panel (evidently these men were previously uncommemorated). Strange that the three RN Stokers shown above, all serving in with the RND, were added to the addenda panel at the same time & yet the branch of service was "cocked up" for the first two. This well illustrates the fact that a little bit of historical info./background would go a long way at the Commission in avoiding such basic errors (there was no Stoker rating in the RNVR). Helles Memorial addenda panel, Turkey.

Sub.Lieutenant William LINTOTT. RNVR. Nelson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 13/7/15. Formerly served with "B" Company, Benbow Bn. 30/5/15-12/6/15, transferred to Nelson Bn. Missing 13/7/15, later presumed dead by Court of Enquiry. Incorrectly recorded date of death 12/7/15. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Sub.Lieutenant Howard Wright LITTLE. MiD. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 19/6/15. Formerly London 4/3220 AB RNVR. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. MEF 22/9/15, London Gazette 29354 dated 5/11/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Lieutenant Frank Augustus LOWE. RNVR. Officer Commanding "D" Company, Collingwood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrectly recorded date of death 7/6/15. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Col. Frank William LUARD. MiDx2. RMLI. OC Portsmouth Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/7/15. Record makes no mention of twice mentioned in despatches (LGs 5/8/15 & 28/1/16). Skew Bridge Cemetery, Turkey.

Temp.Lieutenant Philip Stanley LUCE. MiD. RNVR. Adjutant, Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 25/8/18. Served with Anson Bn. BEF 23/1/17-26/10/17 & 11/8/18-25/8/18. Appointed Adjutant, Anson Bn.15/8/18. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. dated 7/11/17. "Deserving Special Mention." 4th Supp. London Gazette, 11/12/17, page 12908). Bucquoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Kitchener P/100 AB. James LYTH. RNVR. 188th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Anson Bn. from 22/10/14 until posted to 188th Bde. TMB 19/7/16). Incorrectly recorded as Anson Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Kitchener W/744 AB. Fred MACHEN. DSM. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 7/5/15 aboard Hospital Ship "Franconia" (Gunshot wound to abdomen and back in action 6/5/15). Awarded DSM (Distinguished Service Medal) for service with Collingwood Bn. at Antwerp in 1914. Incorrectly recorded as Collingwood Bn. Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/6167 AB. Ernest MAPLES. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 4/2/17. Incorrectly recorded as Howe Bn. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Po/SS/104526 (RFR/B/4971) Sto.1. Alfred James MATHEWS. RN. Collingwood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 24/11/14 in Camp Hospital Rohrbeck. 14/3/19 report received from C.2.Cas: Shot at Doberitz November 1914, reported by L2/3565 AB H. Beavan (Hawke Bn. POW at Doberitz). Name amended to MATHEWS on authority of reference A.G.9a, SC/3376 and A.G.9, R/687/20 dated 2nd and 9th October 1920 respectively. Incorrect spelling of surname, Matthews. Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany.

London Z/1844 AB. John Thomas MATTHEY. RNVR. 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. Missing, assumed KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Lieutenant John Frederick MAY. MiD. RMLI. Plymouth Bn. (Platoon Cdr. No.3 Company), R.N. Div. KIA "Y" Beach 26/4/15. Incorrectly recorded date of death 25/4/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatches). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Mersey 5/73 LS Edward McDONALD. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/6/15. Incorrectly recorded date of death, 6/5/15. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Clyde Z/1388 AB. Robert McFARLANE. RNVR. Howe Bn., attached 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. (Formerly Benbow Bn., Gallipoli, transferred to Howe Bn. 12/6/15). DOW at 4:55pm 18/12/16 in 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereaux. (Shrapnel wound left buttock, amputated, Septicaemia. Wounded 13/11/16). No mention of attachment to 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery. Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Ch/291369 (RFR/Ch/B/4325) Sto.1. Charles McGILL. RN. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 6/5/15. Incorrect unit, RNR. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Lieutenant Percival Wainman McGRATH . MiD. RNVR. Drake Bn. R.N. Div. DOW 24/6/15 (wounded 21/6/15). Served with Drake Bn. at Antwerp in 1914. Drake Bn. Scout Section 8/1/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. MEF. 22/9/15. London Gazette 5/11/15). Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Turkey.

Bristol Z/804 AB. Frederick Robert MERRY. RNVR. 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 11/7/17. Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Lieut. Cdr. Wilfred Stuart MIALL-GREEN. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div. Died 20/9/15 aboard Hospital Ship Aquitania of Orbital Cellulitis. Buried at sea. Formerly 'A' Company Benbow Bn. Transferred to Nelson Bn. 12/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Benbow Bn. and as W. S. M. Green (not double barrelled). Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

Wales Z/1891 PO.1 Wireless Op. Percy Frank MORRIS. RNVR. HMS President. Died 19/11/18. Recorded without a service number & missing middle name. Lowestoft (Beccles Road) Cemetery, Suffolk, United Kingdom.

Temp.Lieutenant James William MORRISON. MiD. RNVR. Hood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 23/4/17. Joined Hood Bn. at Gallipoli 18/7/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch from G.H.Q., B.E.F., dated 9/4/17. 3rd Supp. London Gazette 15/5/17, page 4744). Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Major George Fison MULLER RMLI. Officer Commanding "A" Company, Deal Bn. RMLI, R.N. Div. KIA 1/5/15. No mention of Deal Bn. RMLI. Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC, Turkey.

 

Tyneside Z/2808 AB. Thomas MULROW. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with 'B' Company Howe Bn. from 10/2/15). Incorrectly recorded as Anson Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

 

R/6067 AB. Stanley Osmond MUNDY. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 27/5/18. Joined Drake Bn. 8/4/18. Incorrectly recorded date of death on headstone "27/5/16" and incorrect spelling of surname. Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/3654 AB. Peter NORMAN. RNVR. Anson Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as 1st Royal Marine Bn. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Kitchener W/771 AB. Albert PARKER. RNVR. Drake Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 16/7/15. Incorrect record of christian name as "P. Albert Parker." Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Lieutenant Commander Raymond Stericker PARSONS. MiD. RN. Hood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. MEF. 12/6/15. London Gazette 3/8/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Asst.Paymaster William F. PATON. RNVR. Depot Staff, R.N. Depot Crystal Palace. Killed in the Railway accident/disaster at Gretna Green 22/5/15. No unit given. Cathcart Cemetery, Renfrew, United Kingdom.

Tyneside Z/3365 AB. Simeon PEEL. RNVR. 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Formerly Benbow Bn. transferred to Nelson 12/6/15. Incorrectly recorded as Nelson Bn. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

Deal/1093/S Sapper William PEGDEN. RM. 63rd Divisional Engineers, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Headstone gives incorrect rank, Pte. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Sub.Lieutenant Maurice Cedric PLATT. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Died of Heart Failure following Pneumonia at the Hague, Holland 26/11/18. Served with Hawke Bn. RND at Antwerp in Oct. 1914 & interned in Holland 14/10/14-26/11/18. No mention of Hawke Bn. Oldham (Chadderton) Cemetery, Lancashire.

 

Temp.Surgeon Lieutenant Frank Pearce POCOCK. DSO MC & Bar. RN. Drake Bn. R.N. Div. DOW at 149th Field Ambulance RND 29/9/18. Awarded the MC at the Ancre 13-15/11/16. Invalided home sick from Drake Bn. 1/11/17. Awarded the DSO for services as M.O. HMS "Iris" during the attack on Zeebrugge 23-24/4/18. Rejoined Drake Bn. BEF 9/8/18. Awarded Bar to the MC (London Gazette 11/1/19, page 596). Incorrect rank: Surgeon. Not credited with bar to MC. Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, Nord, France.

Major William Herbert PRYCE-BROWNE RMLI. Deal Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 6/10/14. No mention of Deal Bn. RMLI. Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp.

Sub.Lieutenant Eric Vivian RICE. MiD. RNVR. Nelson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 13/7/15. Formerly London Z/781 OS RNVR & ex-Public Schools Bn. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. MEF. 22/9/15. London Gazette 5/11/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Sub.Lieutenant John Alexander Hope RICHMOND. RNVR. Officer Commanding "A" Company, Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. No mention of Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Major Ivon D’esterre ROBERTS. MiD. RFA. Officer Commanding Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. No mention of Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Richard Arthur Wynne ROBINSON. RNVR. Drake Bn. R.N. Div. DOW at 10am 5/2/17 in 1st Field Ambulance RND (GSW Abdomen penetrating). Incorrect initials "A.W." Error repeated on headstone. Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Somme, France.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Thomas Irving Carlyle ROBISON. MC. 2nd Reserve Bn. RND Aldershot, ex-Hood Bn. R.N. Div. Died from Influenza in Ward 29 Cambridge Military Hosp. Aldershot 28/2/19. Formerly Private, 6th York & Lancs. Regt. commissioned in RNVR 27/6/17. Joined Hood Bn. BEF 22/4/18. Awarded the MC 16/6/18. Wounded 21/8/18 (GSW Back) & invalided home. Not credited with the MC & no mention of service with Hood Bn. BEF. Aldershot Military Cemetery, United Kingdom.

PLY/244/S Pte. Edwin Clelland ROME. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., formerly No.4 Company, Plymouth Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 2/10/15. Pte. Rome's comrade, PLY/229/S Pte. Horace Bruckshaw, kept a diary, which was published in 1980. On page 81 Bruckshaw records:- "Saturday October 2nd. Rome was killed in the in the Southern Barricade, His head was half blown off. Poor old Tiny." Incorrectly recorded unit "Plymouth Battalion". Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Sussex Z/280 AB. Frederick Curtis ROSS. RNVR. 189th Brigade Machine Gun Company., R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Hawke Bn. from 2/12/15 until transferred to 2nd Brigade MG Company 29/5/16). Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/7030 AB. Francis Duthie Milne RUSSELL. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 16/11/16 at 9th CCS from a compound fracture of the skull, received in action on 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as Francis Duthie Millen Russell. Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France.

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Percy Robert SHINKFIELD. RNVR. Anson Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 8/10/18. Formerly 60847 Pte. 4th (Res.) Bn. The Welsh Regt. commissioned 1/5/18. Joined Anson Bn. BEF 1/10/18. Incorrectly recorded rank "2nd Lieut." & no mention of Anson Bn. Forenville Miltary Cemetery.

 

Tyneside Z/4205 AB. Edward SIMPSON. RNVR. 189th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Drake Bn. from 10/1/16 until transferred to 2nd Brigade MG Company 28/6/16 ). Incorrectly recorded as Drake Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Major Ernest Frederick Powys SKETCHLEY. DSO MiDx3. RMLI. DHQ Staff, 63rd R.N. Div. DOW at 1st Field Ambulance, RND 12/10/16 (Shell wnd. Skull 12/10/16). Served with Portsmouth Bn. RMLI at Antwerp in October 1914 & Gallipoli 1915. Not credited with three MiDs (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC MEF 11/12/15. London Gazette 28/1/16; Mentioned in Despatch WO 12/7/16 from Gen. Sir. Charles Munro MEF. London Gazette 13/7/16. Mentioned in Despatch from Gen. Sir. D. Haig BEF 13/11/16. London Gazette 4/1/17). Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

R/1250 AB. Harold Walter SMITH. RNVR. Hood Bn., formerly Howe Bn., R.N.Div. Died at 10.10pm 11/11/18 from Influenza-Broncho Pneumonia in Tidworth Military Hospital. (Transferred from Howe to Hood Bn. 7/2/18. Detached to 189th Brigade HQ 23/2/18. Gassed 13/3/18 and invalided to the UK). No mention of Hood Bn. Smethwick Old Churchyard, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Commander Alexander Young Crawshay Mainwaring SPEARMAN. MiD. RN. Officer Commanding Collingwood Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. MEF. 22/9/15. London Gazette 5/11/15). Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Sub.Lieutenant Hugh SPENSER. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Died 13/9/14 in the Royal Marine Infirmary, Deal. No mention of Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Deal Cemetery, Kent.

Sub.Lieutenant Frank Wendell STACEY. RNVR. Howe Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 4/6/15. Incorrect unit: Hood Bn. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Tyneside Z/3182 AB. Martin STENBURGE. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. DOW 29/12/15 at 11th CCS (Gunshot wound left thigh in action 27/12/15). Incorrect date of death recorded, 29/9/15. Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey.

Acting Commander Walter STERNDALE-BENNETT. DSO & Bar MiDx3. RNVR. Officer Commanding Drake Bn. R.N. Div. DOW at 61st CCS 7/11/17 (wnd. 4/11/17). Formerly 2977 Pte. Artists Rifles, commissioned 11/2/15. Not credited with three MiDs (Mentioned in Despatch for distinguished & gallant services MEF. Supp. London Gazette 13/7/16, page 6953; Mentioned in Despatch from GHQ, BEF, dated 9/4/17. 3rd Supp. London Gazette 15/5/17, page 4744; Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. dated 7/11/17 "Deserving Special Mention." 4th Supp. London Gazette, 11/12/17, page 12908). Dozingham Military Cemetery, Westvleteren.

 

Clyde Z/3575 AB. James STEWART. RNVR. 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. (served with Hawke Bn. from 20/8/15 at Gallipoli, until transferred to the 2nd Brigade LTMB in France 8/7/16 (2nd Brigade was renumbered 189th Brigade 19/7/16) Incorrectly recorded as Hawke Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Temp.Surgeon Thomas Louis Grenet STEWART. MB RN. Sanitary Medical Officer, 1st RN Brigade HQ, R.N. Div. DOW aboard HS "Ascania" 4/6/15 (Head wound in action 3/6/15). No mention of unit or appointment as Sanitary Medical Officer, 1st RN Bde. HQ. East Mudros Military Cemetery. Lemnos, Greece.

CH/M/9804 Junior Reserve Attendant Thomas STONE. Royal Naval Auxiliary Sick Berth Reserve (RNASBR), 2nd Royal Marine Bn. R.N.Div. Died 5/4/18 from gas poisoning at 3rd CCS. Incorrectly recorded rank, "Private" and incorrect unit "RMLI." Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Kitchener X/58 AB. Ernest SUGDEN. RNVR. 189th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. KIA 24/4/17. Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Brigade Machine Gun Coy. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Tyneside Z/4414 AB William TAYLOR. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 25/1/17. (served with Nelson Bn. at Gallipoli 20/8/15-30/8/15 & Hood Bn. BEF 25/11/16-25/1/17). Incorrect date of death 25/2/17. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

PLY/81/S Pte. William Henry TAYLOR. RMLI. 2nd Royal Marine Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 20/8/17. Resident and enlisted in Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Incorrectly recorded as William Hindle Taylor. Naval Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle, Pas de Calais, France.

PO/19176 Pte. Albert Henry THOMAS. RMLI. 3rd Royal Marine Bn., Died 17/12/18. Incorrectly recorded as Portsmouth Bn. Portianos Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

Clyde Z/99 AB. Daniel TORBIT. RNVR. 190th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. DOW 31/10/17 in 18th Corps Main Dressing station (Penetrating wound L.chest & L.humerus). Incorrectly recorded as 3rd Brigade LTMB & died 30/10/17. Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Harold Willis TROUGHTON RNVR 190th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N. Div., KIA 13/11/16. ex-AB HMS "Temeraire" ; Base Details, Buda Point, Mudros 6/3/16-24/5/15, Base Details, Mudros 25/5/15-5/7/16 posted to 190th Bde. TMB. Incorrectly recorded as 190th Brigade Machine Gun Company. Headstone is non-specific, but Register entry is incorrect. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

 


Temp.Sub.Lieutenant Frederick Arthur Cedric Carr TURNBULL. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 13/11/16. Joined Hawke Bn. 12/7/16. Christian names now incomplete/incorrect on internet database. Headstone reads correct initials. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Tyneside Z/1987 PO. John TWEDDLE. MiD. RNVR. Hawke Bn., R.N.Div. DOW in 149th RN FA (SW Abdomen) 22/3/18. No record of his MiD (Mentioned in Dispatches). Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Tyneside Z/1540 PO. John Jefferson UNDERWOOD. RNVR. Nelson Bn., R.N.Div., formerly Benbow Bn. Died 19/8/15 at 17th General Hospital Alexandria of Enteric Fever. Incorrectly recorded as Benbow Bn. and incorrectly recorded name, John Jetterson Underwood. Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

Temp.Lieutenant Oswald Johnson WAINWRIGHT. MiD. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 25/8/18. Joined Hawke Bn. at Mudros 7/1/16. Transferred to command of 189th Bde. Trench Mortar Battery 26/6/16. 2nd in Command of Hawke Bn. BEF 17/11/17-6/1/18 & promoted A/Lieutenant Commander (reverted to Temp.Lieutenant 6/1/18). Gassed in March 1918 & invalided home. Rejoined Hawke Bn. BEF 1/8/18. Incorrectly recorded rank: Lieut.Paymaster; Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Despatch from GHQ, BEF, dated 9/4/17, 3rd Supp. London Gazette 15/5/17, page 4744). Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Clyde 2/61 Battalion Sgt. Major. Robert WALKER. MiD. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N.Div. KIA 28/12/15. Wounded on 4/6/15 (Bullet wound scalp) and evacuated to hospital at Malta. Rejoined Hood Bn., 30/7/15. Promoted to Chief Petty Officer 13/9/15. Promoted to Battn. Sgt. Major 17/12/15. Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 13/7/16, page 6953). Served at Antwerp in October 1914. Incorrectly recorded rank, Chief Petty Officer and not credited with MiD. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

Tyneside Z/8998 AB. Arnold Ernest WATSON. RNVR. Hood Bn., R.N. Div., KIA 25/1/17. (joined Hood Bn. BEF 9/12/16). Incorrectly recorded as Howe Bn. Error repeated on Headstone. Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Acting Commander Charles Skeffington WEST. DSO. MiDx3. RNVR. Officer Commanding Howe Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 30/12/17. Served at Antwerp in 1914 with Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. Appointed 2nd in Command Collingwood Bn. in January 1915. Wounded 4/6/15 & later transferred to Howe Bn. Assumed Command of Howe Bn. at Gallipoli 14/11/15-2/12/15 & 16/1/16-22/2/16 to UK Leave. Rejoined Howe Bn. & assumed command 17/5/16-26/5/16, 22/11/16-2/12/16. Appointed 2nd in Command Howe Bn. 26/2/17. Assumed Command of Howe Bn. 18/12/17. Not credited with three MiDs (Mentioned in MEF Despatch of GOC in C. 11/12/15, Supp. London Gazette 1/11/16, page 10617; Mentioned in Despatch from GHQ, BEF, dated 9/4/17, 3rd Supp. London Gazette 15/5/17, page 4744; Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. dated 7/11/17 "Deserving Special Mention." 4th Supp. London Gazette, 11/12/17, page 12908). Metz-En-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

 

Lieut. Thomas WESTBY. MC, MiD. RM. 190th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. KIA 30/12/17. Native of Dodworth, Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Incorrectly recorded as 190th M.G. Bn. Not credited with MiD (Mentioned in Dispatches). Headstone incorrectly reads "Machine Gun Battalion". Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

PLY/1319/S L/Cpl. Joseph WHITMORE. RMLI. Attached Dunkirk Depot, Royal Marines Labour Corps. Died of disease 29/10/18. Served with the RND in France from June to December 1916. No mention of RMLI and attachment to RMLC. Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France.

Bristol Z/9943 OS Harold WILDE. RNVR. RN Depot, Crystal Palace. Died of Disease 19/1/17. No mention of RN Depot Crystal Palace. Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

 

Temp.Sub.Lieutenant William WILSON. MC. RNVR. Hawke Bn. R.N. Div. DOW at 10.15am 2/1/18 in 21st CCS (shell wound in back, penetrating chest). Formerly 1897 Pte. Q.O.R. Glasgow Yeomanry 5/8/14-25/3/16. Commissioned in RNVR 1/3/17. Joined Hawke Bn. BEF 13/6/17. Awarded the MC for conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty. When in command of a platoon, after repulsing an attack by flammenwerfer, he very gallantly led his platoon under a heavy fire to counter-attack another body of the enemy who were advancing. He charged this party with the bayonet & routed them. It was owing to his example of coolness & disregard of danger that the success of the counter-attack was very largely due." (3rd Supp. London Gazette, 22/4/18, page 4834). Incorrect rank of 2nd Lieutenant & not credited with the MC. Both errors repeated on Headstone. Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France.

Bristol Z/1192 LS. Harold WOODEY. RNVR. 188th Brigade Machine Gun Company, R.N.Div. KIA 17/2/17. Incorrectly recorded as 1st Brigade Machine Gun Company. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Temp.Lieutenant Charles James WOODFORD. DSM. MiDx2. RNVR. Drake Bn. R.N. Div. KIA 30/12/17. Formerly Bristol Z/80 CPO RNVR. ex-PO "B" Company, 2nd Platoon, Collingwood Bn., transferred to Howe Bn. 8/6/15. Awarded the DSM for action at Gallipoli 4/6/15. Promoted Temp.Sub.Lieutenant in the field, Gallipoli 15/11/15. Returned to UK in March 1916. Posted to Drake Bn. BEF 12/12/16. Wounded 4/2/17 (GSW L.shoulder) & invalided to UK. Rejoined Drake Bn. BEF 6/6/17. Not credited with two MiDs (Mentioned in Despatch of GOC. in C. MEF 22/9/15, Supp. To London Gazette 5/11/15; Mentioned in Despatch of GOC in C. dated 7/4/18, 3rd Supp. London Gazette 20/5/18, page 5942). Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

London Z/949 AB. Stanley WOODING. RNVR. 189th Brigade Trench Mortar Battery, R.N.Div. KIA 13/11/16. Incorrectly recorded as 2nd Brigade Trench Mortar Battery. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Clyde Z/2819 AB. Alexander WRIGHT. RNVR. Howe Bn., R.N.Div. DOW in 1st RN Field Amb. (SW L.thigh Fractured) 29/8/16. Incorrect date of death recorded, 27/8/16. Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette, Pas de Calais, France.

 


Errors in Commission records for the Royal Marines Labour Corps.

The Royal Marines Labour Corps were raised in Feb. 1917 to work in French ports landing and unloading stores for the BEF to facilitate a fast turn around in transport ships. Men over 41 years of age were recruited and allocated a "Deal" prefix to their service numbers, with the suffix "S" (short-service). (i.e. Deal/15116/S Pte. Joe Bloggs RM). Employed at all the major French ports, they did not serve with the RND in the field. The RMLC also raised a small UK based branch: "The Home Service Labour Company" for duties in new Depots handling Sea-Mines, for the proposed increase in Mine-Laying in 1917. These men were allocated "Chatham" prefixes to their service numbers, with the suffix "S" (i.e. CH/14334/S Pte. Joe Bloggs RM). Much confusion and many errors occur in the Commission's registers for men of the "Deal" RMLC. Again, many errors are logical and are easily detected.

Deal/8947/S Cpl. Frederick BUCKNOLE. RM. RM Labour Corps. Died 25/6/17. No mention of RM Labour Corps. Southampton Old Cemetery, Hampshire, United Kingdom.

CH/14332/S Pte. Ernest HODSON. RM. Royal Marines Labour Corps. Died 18/4/19. Incorrectly recorded as CH/14332. Hampstead Cemtery, London, United Kingdom.

Deal/14875/S Pte. G. E. THOMAS. RM. Royal Marines Labour Corps. Died 22/2/19. Record makes no mention of Royal Marines Labour Corps. Epsom Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Deal/10383/S Pte. J. J. WELCH. RM. Royal Marines Labour Corps. Died 4/3/21. Record makes no mention of Royal Marines Labour Corps. Streatham Park Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom.

 


Errors in Commission records relating to the Army.

2048 Pte. William Andrew BARBER. 2nd Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers. KIA 26/8/14. Incorrectly recorded date of death, 3/11/14. Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.

36189 Pte. George Henry BROOKE. 1/4th Bn., Yorkshire Regt., formerly 1326, York & Lancaster Regt. KIA 23/3/18. Incorrectly recorded as 3rd Bn., Yorkshire Regt. The 3rd Bn. did not serve overseas. Pargny British Cemetery, Somme, France.

14/371 Pte. William BROWN. 2nd Bn., York & Lancaster Regt., formerly 14th Bn., York & Lancaster Regt., (2nd Barnsley Pals). DOW 8/5/18. Incorrectly recorded as 14th Bn., York & Lancaster Regt. The 14th Bn. was disbanded on 16th February 1918. Arneke British Cemetery, Nord, France.

 

2nd Lieut. George COCHRANE. MM. 7th Bn., The Rifle Brigade. KIA 19/9/17. No mention of gallantry award & incorrect date of death 18/9/17. Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Heuvelland, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

34595 Pte. James CRAMPTON. 9th Bn., York & Lancaster Regt. Died 4/2/17. Incorrect spelling of surname on headstone Grampton. Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

25152 Pte. Albert HACON. 1/4th Bn., Yorkshire Regt. KIA 23/3/18. Incorrectly recorded as 10th Bn., Yorkshire Regt. The 10th Bn. was disbanded on 10th February 1918. Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

200319 Pte. James William HEATHER. 2/4th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regt. DOW 30/7/16. Incorrectly recorded surname as Hester. Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.

14/1332 Pte. Herbert LOCKWOOD. 2nd Bn., York & Lancaster Regt. KIA 8/10/18. Incorrectly recorded christian name initial, J. LOCKWOOD. Cross Roads Cemetery, Somme, France.

2nd Lieut. Jackson Webster PARR. 2/4th Bn., Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. DOW 29/3/18. Native of Staincross near Barnsley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Incorrectly recorded gallantry award, MC (Military Cross). Error repeated on headstone. Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

9726 Pte. Robert Henry PORTER. 2nd Bn., Royal Berkshire Regt. DOW 10/5/15. Incorrectly recorded as H.R. Porter. Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France.

14/1589 Pte. George Alfred TENNANT. 2nd Bn., York & Lancaster Regt. KIA 10/1/17. Incorrectly recorded as 17/1589 on his headstone. Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

4999 Cpl. James WALSH. 2nd Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers. KIA 26/8/14. Incorrectly recorded date of death, 3/11/14. Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.