R.I.P. John Norman

 

SURGEON CROOK'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOWE BATTALION'S EXPEDITION TO ANTWERP, OCTOBER 1914

Photos are shown in chronological order where possible. Captions by Sub Lt. John Norman RNVR.

List of Howe Battalion Officers follows at bottom.

Fixing the gangway on the transport. Dunkerque.

 

Beside the train that took us from Dunkirk to Antwerp
[Officer at centre is Sub Lt. Cyril R. Browne RNVR]

 

At Antwerp, just before our visit to the trenches.

 

Unroofed trenches from the back, showing rear protection from shell-fire.
The men are sitting in one of the few shrapnel-proof hollows.

 

Claudet, Capel & Dr Crooke in rear of trenches.
[Sub Lt. Claudet, Lt. Cappell & Surgeon Crook]

 

Another view of the trenches from the rear.

 

Another trench.

 

A bomb proof shelter.

 

The ship's surgeon, & taker of these pictures, in an improvised bomb proof shelter.

 

Major Hamilton, Adjutant.
[Major N.V.C. DALRYMPLE-HAMILTON Scots Guards]

 

A neighboring magazine blowing up.

 

Refugees & Belgian soldiers trying to board our train to Ostend near Bruges.

 

Our train from St. Gilles Waes reaches Bruges en route for Ostend.

 

Belgian Artillery on the line outside Ostend.
[Actually appears to be one of the R.N. Armoured Trains]

 

Returning into Ostend.

 

Ostend(?)

 

Armoured car, carrying machine gun.

 

Belgian machine gun & dogs.

 

Belgian Artillery at Ostend

 

Belgian ammunition wagons

 

Some refugees, looking a lot happier than most.

 

The docks at Ostend

 

One of the transports. Ostend.
[ship appears to be named "***** TEMPLE"]

 

Nelson Battn. Officers
[Commodore Oliver Backhouse RN in centre]

 

Howe Bn. Officers homeward bound.
[see below for those officers whose names are known]

Surgeon A.H. Crook RNVR, Sub Lt. J. Norman RNVR, Lt. N.L. Cappell RNVR, Sub Lt. C.R. Browne RNVR, Major N.V.C. Dalrymple-Hamilton Scots Guards, Commodore O. Backhouse RN, Commander Viscount Curzon RNVR, Hon.Lt. & QM J.C. Mant RM, Sub Lt. B.J.A. Claudet RNVR.


6th BATTALION "HOWE" (28) OFFICERS 1914 STAR ROLL

Sub Lieut H.P. BAYLIS RNVR
Sub Lieut C.R. BROWNE RNVR
Sub Lieut M.D. CAMPBELL RNVR KIA Howe Battn. Cape Helles 2/5/15
Lieut N.L. CAPPELL RNVR
Sub Lieut J.A.H. CHANCELLOR RNVR
Sub Lieut B.J.A. CLAUDET RNVR
Temp/Surg A.H. CROOK RNVR
Comdr Rt. Hon. Viscount CURZON RNVR
Major N.V.C. DALRYMPLE-HAMILTON Scots Guards
Sub Lieut C. De La MOTHE RNVR KIA Howe Battn. Battle of the Ancre 13/11/16
Sub Lieut K.J. FORD RNVR
Sub Lieut B.P.K. GREENHILL RNVR KIA HMS "Hampshire" 5/6/16
Sub Lieut R.S. HALL RNVR
Lt.Cdr. W.R. LEDGARD RN Died in the UK 23/7/17 (T/Major LEDGARD DSO MiD RMA)
2nd Lieut J.C. MANT RM
Sub Lieut A.F. MAYNARD RNVR KIA Howe Battn. Battle of the Ancre 13/11/16
Sub Lieut H.B. McINTOSH RNVR KIA Howe Battn. 2nd Battle of Krithia 4/6/15
Sub Lieut N.H. MILLER RNVR KIA Howe Battn. 2nd Battle of Krithia 4/6/15
Sub Lieut F.N. NEWELL-ROBERTS RNVR
Sub Lieut J. NORMAN RNVR KIA Howe Battn. 2nd Battle of Krithia 4/6/15
Sub Lieut K.E. PARKES RNVR
Lieut W.M. SMAIL RNVR
Lieut W.K. STUART RNVR
Sub Lieut G. TOTHILL RNVR KIA 27/3/16 (2/Lt. Tothill, 4th Battn. Royal Fusiliers)
Lieut W.C.B. VALLANCE RNVR
Sub Lieut A.F.C. VAUGHAN RNVR Killed HMS "Cordelia" 1/3/16
Sub Lieut A. G de L. WILLIS RNVR
Sub Lieut H.A. YOCKNEY RNVR


Lieut. Harold Paxton BAYLIS RNVR
Midshipman RNVR (Sussex) undated, T/S/Lt. 22/9/14, Lt. 7/6/15.
Howe Bn. 22/9/14-6/5/15 GSW L.thigh, Inv. to UK 2/7/15
20/11/15 trans. to HMS "Excellent" for Sea-service.

T/Lt.Cdr. Cyril Ross BROWNE MiD RNVR
Comm. S/Lt. 4/7/13, T/Lt. 24/12/14, T/Lt.Cdr. 26/6/15
MEF 28/2/15-19/7/15 Neurasthenia, Inv. to UK 31/7/15
4/5/16 Ends in RND retained at Crystal Palace.
MiD LG 5/11/15.

T/Lt. Malcolm Drury CAMPBELL RNVR (Mersey)
Commissioned Sub Lieutenant RNVR (Mersey) 11/6/1913
Temporary Lieutenant 24/12/14
Howe Bn. MEF 28/2/15-2/5/15 DD.
Killed in action 2/5/1915
Skew Bridge Cemetery, Helles (Gi 14)

Lt. Norman L. CAPPELL RNVR
Commissioned 12/2/13
Howe Bn. 'C' Coy. at Antwerp Oct.1914
11/12/14 transferred to HMS "Excellent" for Sea-Service.
1914 Star ribbon to OC HMS "Roxburgh" 19/3/18.

T/S/Lt. John A.H. CHANCELLOR RNVR
Midshipman RNVR (undated), T/S/Lt. 30/11/14.
27/1/15 trans. to RND Depot C.P. 'too young for active service'
28/5/15 Comm. terminated to take up apptmt. under the India Office
Sailed for India as 3rd Officer on HMPSS "Frostbury"
16/8/15 Comm. restored at RND Depot C.P
Letter from Cdr. Seagrave (Supr. Indian Prize Ships) dated 20/9/15 strongly recommending him for service during wreck of "Frostbury."
11/11/15 Trans. to HMS "Excellent" for Sea-Service.

T/Lt. Bertram John Antoine CLAUDET RNVR
Comm. Sub.Lt. RNVR 9/8/14, T/Lt. 12/5/15.
Howe at Gallipoli 1915-16 & BEF 1916.
26/10/16 to RFC France for duty as Observer
22/3/17 Trans. to Army, R.F.C.
27/12/16 with 3 Squadron R.F.C, on Artillery Observation Patrol, shot up & damaged in combat with four Hostile Aircraft & forced to land near Guedecourt. Lt. K.A. Creery & Lt. J. Claudet uninjured.

T/Surgeon Lieutenant Arthur Henry CROOK RNVR (Sussex)
Mobilised with RNVR Sussex Division August 1914
Granted Temporary Commission as Surgeon 13/9/14 (antedated to 23/8/14)
28/2/15 attd. RM Cyclists Coy. on leaving UK
21/4/15 trans. to 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance
20/5/15 attd. Howe Bn.
11/9/15 posted to 2nd RM Battn. as MO vice Surgeon Fry to Hosp.
9/10/15 rejoined 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance
1/12/15 trans. to reorganised 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance
25/9/16 Temp. posted to Nelson Bn. vice Surgeon Parker (sick)
9/10/16 rejoined 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance
19/11/16 posted to Hawke Bn.
11/1/17 to UK leave & duty with Admiralty.
Name brought to the notice of the Admiralty for valuable services in the prosecution of the War (LG 22/8/19 page 10635).

Cdr. The Hon. Viscount CURZON RNVR
Commissioned 28/10/1907.
Appointed OC Howe Bn. 21/8/14.
Sub.Lt. Norman stated in Nov. 1914 that Curzon was being "Flung out" of the Division.
8/2/18 1914 Star ribbon to HMS "Queen Elizabeth".
5th Earl Howe, Francis Richard Henry Penn (Viscount) Curzon
1 May 1884 - 26 Jul 1964
Lord Howe did not take up racing seriously until he was 44 years old but he would then become one Britain's best known drivers. Born in Mayfair, London into a famous British naval family, Richard served in the Navy during the First World War including an assignment on board the Battleship "HMS Queen Elizabeth" during the Dardanelles campaign. Howe's first major race was the 1928 Irish TT: By 1930 he had bought Caracciola's old Mercedes SSK and in 1931 he raced an Alfa Romeo, winning the Le Mans 24h race. He continued racing with a T51 Bugatti, a 1.5 litre Delage, MGs and Alfa Romeos until he bought a ERA for the 1936 season. Later he joined the ERA works team. He was out for most of the 1937 season after a heavy crash at the Campbell Trophy at Brooklands. After the war [2nd WW] Lord Howe continued to be involved in racing as a organizer and as the president of the British Racing Driver's Club. Howe's cars were always meticulously prepared and the driver stood out with his blue helmet and overalls. Highly patriotic, Howe was forced to race foreign cars as no British cars were competitive in GP racing. Died in Amersham, Buckinghamshire 1964.

Major N.V.C. DALRYMPLE-HAMILTON Scots Guards
Later Lt.Col.
Adjutant Howe Bn.
Injured by a Hawser in the UK in late October 1914 & succeeded as Adjutant by Lt.Cdr. Ledgard RN

T/Lt. Claude Douglas Fenelin DE LA MOTHE MiD RNVR
Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant RNVR 23/8/14, T/Lt. 26/5/15
MEF 1/3/15-5/8/15 Diarrhoea, rejoined Howe Bn. 1/10/15-13/1/16 to UK Leave
Rejoined Howe Bn. 28/2/16-13/11/16 DD
Missing, later reported killed in action 13/11/1916
Howe Bn. Company Commander 6/6/15
Field General Court Martial in France 1916 (Drunkenness)
MiD London Gazette 13/7/16 page 6952
Buried July 1917 by Chaplain 62nd Div. Map Ref. 57D.Q.17.a.6.5. British Cemetery (Sherwood) No.19, Grave No.3, Row B.

Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Joyce FORD RNVR
Comm. Lt. RNVR 23/6/13, Lt.Cdr. 10/12/14
MEF 28/2/15-2/5/15 GSW L.thigh & Back severe, Inv. to UK 2/6/15
Disc. Inv. 20/10/15 (Heart Disease & BW L.leg & Chest)
To retain rank of Lt.Cdr. RNVR while engaged in Recruiting for RND.
Died 7/12/1937

A/Lt. Benjamin Pelham Knowle GREENHILL RNVR
Commissioned Sub Lieutenant 4/7/13
8/1/15 Transferred to HMS "Excellent" for Gunnery Course prior to appt. to one of the "C" Class Cruisers.
HMS "Hampshire" Killed when vessel struck a mine off the Orkney Islands 5/6/1916
Lyness Naval Cemetery, Hoy & Graemsay, Orkney.

S/Lt. Robert Sinclair HALL RNVR
Howe Bn. 'C' Coy. at Antwerp Oct.1914
5/11/14 Trans. to Sheerness Examination Service (unfit for Land Service).
14/2/18 1914 Star Ribbon forwarded to RN Base, Brightlingsea.

Temporary Major William Remmington LEDGARD DSO MiD RMA
RMA Howitzer Brigade, Died in 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth 23/7/17
St. Marylebone Cemetery, Finchley U.D. (Middlesex 16)
Midshipman RN 1899
Sub Lieutenant RN 15/7/1901
Lieutenant Commander RN (Emergency List 1914)
Adjutant Howe Battn. Vice Dalrymple-Hamilton injured late October 1914.
Transferred to RMA Eastney 9/2/15 & Commissioned Temporary Captain RM
Temporary Major RM 8/1/17
Officer Commanding No.3 Gun RMA Howitzer Brigade, embarked for BEF 26/3/15.
Embarked at Marseille for MEF (remained aboard transport at Mudros) 12/4/15-17/9/15 arrived in Egypt
Appointed Camp Commandant, Camp "A" Alexandria 1/12/15-20/2/16
8/3/16 embarked for France & arrived Marseille 15/3/16
BEF 15/3/16-15/6/17 to hospital, Invalided to UK 30/6/17.
CWGC = Leadgard & has no record of MiD
Queen's South Africa Medal with 5 clasps: Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Laing's Nek (Midshipman W.R. Ledgard RN, HMS "Doris")
1914 Star returned to Mint March 1934
RND/Q.346. Report by Commodore Backhouse, Adjutant 2nd Brigade Staff. Name brought to notice for valuable work & for conspicuous conduct during the retirement from Antwerp.
DSO London Gazette 1/1/17
MiD London Gazette 4/1/17
b.North Stoneham 7/9/1881 ; Unmarried.

Hon.Lt. & QM John Christopher MANT RM
6 medal ribbons: Jubilee 1887[?], Egypt[?], 1914 Star, MSM[?], Army LSGC[?] & Khedives Bronze Star[?].
Formerly Sgt.Mjr. Gordon Highrs. b. 28/1/1864.
Howe Bn. RND, MEF Dardanelles 28/4/15-12/7/15 Inv. to UK, dysentery.
Joined 7th Reserve Bn. RNVR at Blandford 10/12/15.
Joined Camp Staff, Blandford 31/3/16.
Demobbed 19/11/19.
In photo of RND Officers at Blandford 1916 & Aldershot 1918.

T/Lt. Alfred Frederick MAYNARD RNVR
Commissioned Temporary Sub Lieutenant 18/10/14, Temporary Lieutenant 11/8/15
MEF 1/3/15-19/5/15 GSW left leg, discharged from Clearing Hospital "W" Beach 12/6/15 to C/O Maison Binderngeb, Bulkeley, to Base Details Alexandria 28/7/15 appointed Coding Officer, temporarily appointed to Base Record Office as Assistant to Lieutenant Hurford RMLI 10/10/15 vice Lieutenant Commander Ingleby ; Rejoined Howe Bn. as Officer Commanding 'A' Company 19/4/16-13/11/16 DD.
Killed in action 13/11/16
Thiepval Memorial

T/Lt. Henry Beveridge McINTOSH RNVR (Clyde)
Commissioned Sub Lieutenant Clyde Division RNVR 17/1/14
Temporary Lieutenant 21/5/15
Howe Bn. at Defence of Antwerp October 1914-4/6/15 DD.
Killed in action 4/6/1915
Helles Memorial

T/Lt. Norman Heath MILLER RNVR (Clyde)
In 1912 he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Commissioned Sub.Lt. Clyde Division RNVR 12/8/12, T/Lt. 24/12/14
Howe Bn. at Defence of Antwerp 1914 ; MEF 1/3/15-4/6/15 DD.
Killed in action 4/6/1915
Helles Memorial

A/Sub.Lt. Frederick N. NEWELL-ROBERTS RNVR
Midshipman 26/12/12, A/Sub.Lt. 22/8/14
19/2/15 GOC advised this officer is to be returned to Crystal Palace Depot for Medical Survey with a view to his discharge.
16/3/15 Transferred to HMS "Excellent"
1914 Star ribbon to RNAS Eastchurch 23/3/18.

T/Sub.Lt. John NORMAN RNVR
Joined Howe Bn. 30/9/14 ; Served at the Defence of Antwerp 1914 (Commissioned T/Sub Lt. RNVR 18/10/14)
MEF 1/3/15-18/5/15 GSW left hand, rejoined Howe Bn. 24/5/15.
'D' Company at Antwerp
Officer Commanding 4th Platoon 'A' Company 11/1/15
2IC 'A' Coy. & OC 'A' Coy. 7/5/15-4/6/15
Killed in action 4/6/1915
Helles Memorial

T/Lt. Kenneth Edward PARKES MiD & French Croix De Guerre RNVR (Sussex)
Joined Howe Bn. 22/9/14 as Midshipman RNVR (Sussex), belatedly commissioned Midshipman 4/11/14 & T/Sub.Lt. 12/2/15 to date 22/9/14, T/Lt. 7/6/15, Sub.Lt. RNVR (Substantive) 3/2/17
MEF 28/2/15-16/11/15 Enteritis, Inv. to UK 9/12/15
Howe Bn. Adjutant 5/6/15 (T/Lt. K.E. Parkes RNVR was appointed Howe Bn. Adjutant 5/6/15 vice Lt. McIntosh KiA)
Draft for BEF 2/9/16, joined Howe Bn. 7/9/16-13/11/16 GSW R.leg, Inv. to UK 18/11/16
Draft for BEF 5/4/18, joined Anson Bn. 16/4/18-24/5/18 GSW R.Knee & Foot, slight, Inv. to UK 27/5/18
Demobilised 31/1/19.
Fr. Croix De Guerre LG 5/10/20 page 9694 (Presented by Camp Commandant, Blandford 23/4/16)
MiD of GOC MEF 22/9/15, LG 5/11/15.

Lt.Cdr. William Mitchell SMAILE RNVR (Clyde)
Comm. Sub.Lt. RNVR (Clyde) 15/3/12, Lt. (undated), Lt.Cdr. 10/12/14 ;
"C" Coy. Howe Bn. at Antwerp
In Howe Bn. 9/2/15
Left Howe Bn. (on Sick List) before 28/2/15
4/6/15 Surveyed & found MU
To HMS "President" for recruiting duties in Scotland (Naval Centre, Aultbea, Ross-shire).

Lt.Cdr. William Kennedy STUART RNVR
Commissioned Lt. RNVR 29/3/1910, Lt.Cdr. 7/6/15
Served at Antwerp, Lt. 2nd Brigade Vet Officer, see list OC 6th Battn. 2nd Bde. 7/11/14
2nd RN Brigade Vet Officer 16/1/15
attd. Divl. Train (undated)
Divl. Train MEF 28/2/15-19/9/15 PUO, Inv. to UK 16/10/15
18/1/16 Survey states "Has lost the use of his right eye & still has periodical attacks of ague & is recommended for harbour service."
To light duty with Divl. Train Blandford 26/2/16
17/7/16 Recommended for Barrack duties at Blandford Camp
20/11/16 Can no longer be found of use in the RND, Demobilised
Awarded Gratuity of £250 & £100 per annum for life, for compensation for injury received in action 20/5/15 caused by dirt thrown by near shell explosion, Gallipoli.
Not in 1914 Star Roll, but RND Cards state served at Antwerp, & card amended from "1914-1915 star", to "1914 Star"
Wife, 61 Hova Villa, Hove, later from 30/9/15: 2 Osborne Villas, Hove, Sussex.

Midshipman Geoffrey Ivan Francis TOTHILL RNVR
Commissioned Midshipman RNVR 11/8/14.
17/1/15 appointment to R.N.D. terminated.
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Royal Fusiliers 22/6/15.
2nd Lieutenant Tothill, 4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, Killed in action 27/3/1916
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

Lt. Walter C.B. VALLANCE RNVR
Comm. Lt. RNVR 2/2/12
11/12/14 Trans. To HMS "Excellent"
1914 Star Ribbon to c/o Naval Base Officer, Colonial House, Water St., Liverpool.

Sub Lt. Alfred Francis Campbell VAUGHAN RNVR
Commissioned Sub Lieutenant RNVR 30/10/13
1/12/14 transferred to HMS "Excellent."
HMS "Cordelia" Killed onboard by the explosion of a paraffin heater 1/3/1915
Sefton (St. Helen) Churchyard (Lancashire 170)
1914 Star issued to brother, Lieutenant Commander Vaughan, 14/5/19, clasp issued March 1921.

T/Lt. Arthur Gilbert de Laval WILLIS RNVR (Sussex)
Comm. S/Lt. RNVR (Sussex) 3/8/14, T/Lt. 9/5/15
MEF 28/2/15-4/6/15 GSW R.arm paralysis of muscles, Inv. to UK 24/6/15
Transferred to the RGA as Lt. 1/7/16 ; Discharged 28/5/19.
Son of The Revd. V.M. Willis, of St.Vincents, Eastbourne.

Sub Lt. H.A. YOCKNEY RNVR
Sub Lt. RNVR 8/8/14.
8/1/15 Transferred to HMS "Excellent" for Gunnery Course prior to appt. to one of the "C" Class Cruisers.
1/3/18 1914 Star ribbon to The Director of Naval Equipment, Admiralty.