During this month we pay our tributes and due reverence to those soldiers who gave their lives in pursuit of peace for the Nation. And especially that we are able to live our lives as we wish, without fear of dictatorships, race, or creed.
The names of the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and Other Ranks who were either killed in action (K), died of wounds (DW), died in captivity (DC), or otherwise died in service (D) for remembrance during July are listed below.
Age at date of death, if known, is in brackets following date of death.
12/7/1900 Pte Henry Harris D, Kroonstad, Free State Province, S Africa
13/7/1900 Pte Calverley F Hancock K, Bethlehem, Free State Province, S Africa
16/7/1915 (18) Pte Frederick John Wilson D, France
24/6/1916 LCpl Arthur Tutty DW, France
1/7/1917 (27) LCpl William Alison Blelock K, Templeux Quarries, Somme, France
1/7/1917 (27) Pte Frederick Cox K, Templeux Quarries, Somme, France
1/7/1917 (18) Pte Frederick William John Macey, MM K, Templeux Quarries, Somme, France
1/7/1917 (23) Pte Charles Henry Thompson K, Templeux Quarries, Somme, France
5/7/1917 Sgt William Alexander Smith Bayliss, MiD K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
5/7/1917 Pte George Lewis Buckle K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
5/7/1917 (20) Pte James Hamilton DW, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
5/7/1917 (21) Pte Alfred Edwin Old K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
5/7/1917 (20) Pte Albert James Podbery, MM K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
28/7/1917 (29) 2Lt Arthur James Lewis O'Beirne DW, whilst attd to RFC in aerial combat over Belgium
7/7/1942 (23) Gnr Albert Edward Wignall DC, Changi, Singapore
1/7/1943 (34) BQMS Victor Lewis Green DC, Tonchan, NW Thailand
3/7/1943 (32) Sgt Jack McPherson Coles DC, Tonchan, Thailand
9/7/1943 (21) Gnr Harold Percy Brown DC, Nanchon Yai, Thailand
22/7/1943 (32) Gnr Stephen Cooney DC, Tasao No2, Thailand
2Lt – Second-Lieutenant;
Bdr – Bombardier (artillery equivalent to Corporal);
BQMS – Battery Quarter Master Sergeant (artillery equivalent to Company QMS);
Capt – Captain;
Cpl – Corporal;
Gnr – Gunner (artillery equivalent to Private);
LBdr – Lance-Bombardier (artillery equivalent to Lance-Corporal);
LCpl – Lance-Corporal;
LSgt – Lance-Sergeant (a local promotion of a Bombardier /Corporal by his commanding officer, usually with extra pay);
Post-nominal letters,are letters placed after a person's name to indicate that an individual holds a military decoration, or honour:-
DSO – Distinguished Service Order (awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime).
MC - Military Cross (for officers only until 1993, when it was opened up to all ranks) - awarded for acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land.
MM – Military Medal (other ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross until 1993) – awarded for bravery in battle.
MiD – Mentioned in Dispatches (is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which his or her gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy is described)
These awards in the British Armed Forces, are published in the London Gazette.
As more details of soldiers who have served with the OY and QOOH become available, this Roll of Honour list will be updated. This is very much a 'work-in-progress' item.
If you know of any person whom you think should be remembered in the Roll of Honour, please inform any of these people – Mick Luxford, Mike Cross, or Harry Staff – for consideration, thank you.