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Roll of Honour

QOOH / OY ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembered this Month - June

During this month we pay our tributes and due reverence to those soldiers who had served in a unit holding the QOOH or OY appellation, 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 June are listed below.

Age at date of death, if known, is in brackets following date of death.

2nd Anglo-Boer War

1900
7/6/1900     Tpr Roland George Brooke    K, Heilbron, Free State Province, S Africa
15/6/1900   Tpr Edward Welchman           D, of disease at Kroonstad, Free State Province, S Africa
30/6/1900   Tpr Charles Richard Alfred Toller    DW, Lindley, Free State Province, S Africa (wounded at                                                                                                                                                     Heilbron 7/6/1900)

1901
14/6/1901   Tpr Isaac Rimmell                   D, of enteric disease at Mafeking, North West Province, S Africa

1902
24/6/1902   QMS Hugh Semple                D, of enteric disease at Bloemfontein, Free State Province, S Africa

First World War

1915
5/6/1915 (31)    Pte Roby Gibbs                   D, Wallon Cappel, Nord, France
     Buried at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque, Nord, France
14/6/1915 (29)  Pte Herbert Stevens          D, England
     Buried at Thame (St. Mary) Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK
27/6/1915 (21)  Pte Arthur Thomas Kitchener (RAMC attd)      D, Hazebrouck, France
     Buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

1916
24/6/1916 (23)  LCpl Arthur Tutty               DW, France
     Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

1917
1/6/1917 (45)    RSM Arthur Collier, MC, DCM             D, of tuberculosis (TB), England
     Buried at Henley-On-Thames (Fairmile) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, UK
13/6/1917 (22)  Pte Christopher Theodore Cunnington      D, England
     Buried at Iffley (St. Mary) New Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK
22/6/1917 (20)  2Lt John Arthur Perrot Whinney        K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (19)  Pte Thomas Henry Ayris                     K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
22/6/1917 (27)  Pte William James Berry                     K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (28)  Pte William Butler                               K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
22/6/1917 (29)  Pte Harold Castle                                 K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (33)  Pte Stuart Frederick Cator                 K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (18)  Pte Thomas Robert Deane                 DW, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France
22/6/1917 (21)  Pte Arthur Farnsworth                       K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
22/6/1917 (19)  Pte John Flux                                        K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917         Pte Harry Goddard                               K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (25)  LCpl Hubert Holmes Jennings             K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (31)  Pte Matthew Francis Saunders           K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
22/6/1917 (22)  Pte Albert Shayler                                K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917 (19)  Pte Thomas George Stevens               K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
22/6/1917         Pte William Watson                              K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

 

World War Two

1940
30/6/1940 (27)   Gnr Idris Williams             D, at Oxford, UK
     Buried at Brynmawr (St. Mary) Church Burial Ground, Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK

1943
15/6/1943 (24)  Gnr James Hodgson          DC, of cholera at Chungkai camp, Thailand
     Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand
22/6/1943 (22)  Sgt Joseph Edgar Taylor   DC, Takanoon camp, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand
29/6/1943 (31)  LBdr George Quigley        DC, of cholera at Tonchan South camp, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand

1944
26/6/1944 (27)  Sgt John Thomas Harvey  DC, died on Japanese PoW transit ship (when torpedoed off the           Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore                                                  eastern coast of Sumatra)

QOOH Men Who Were Transferred Into Other Units in the First World War

During the First World War, and with the high number of casualties happening, there was an urgent need for replacement soldiers to back-fill these gaps.  Many hundreds of these came from men of the 2/1st and 3/1st QOOH.  Whilst being given a Service Number when signing up to the QOOH, these men were then re-issued a second Service Number on transfer and a great many men were lost to the QOOH records.  Over time, a lot of records have been found informing us of a number of these transfers and where they ended up, and of course their casualty numbers.  In the section below we list the QOOH men who were transferred into these other units and subsequently lost their lives.  I would like to give great credit to Mike Cross and Harry Staff who have been delving into these further records and without their diligence these QOOH men would most likely not be remembered here on this page.  As new information comes to light, these lists will be updated and is certainly a ‘Work-in-Progress’ situation.

In the lists below can be found the soldier’s original QOOH Service Number, his new secondary Service Number, and the Battalion he was posted to.  It has been found that some QOOH soldiers had been transferred more than once, and this is mentioned in the text below where this has been uncovered.

QOOH Men Transferred Into Secondary Units

Infantry Battalion Names

1918                                                                                  QOOH      OBLI                      Bn
15/6/1918 (19)   Pte Kenneth Bumpass                     2985      203357      1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Boscon British Cemetery, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
15/6/1918 (19)   Pte William Robert Robbins            2561      203330      1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Boscon British Cemetery, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
15/6/1918          LCpl Ernest William Robson            3363      203331      1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Boscon British Cemetery, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
15/6/1918 (21)   LCpl Kenneth Cyril Clinkard           2799      203358      1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Boscon British Cemetery, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

1919
2/6/1919 (22)     Pte Harry Walter Hatfield               3176      32816        6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Buried at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt                       (Transferred to 7th Royal Warwickshire Regt and                                                                                                                given new Service No – 303022 (recorded by CWGC)

Machine Gun Corps Names

1918                                                                                   QOOH       MGC                    Sqn
22/6/1917 (21)  Pte Albert William Rose                    3003      105103      4th Sqn MGC (Cavalry)
     K, at Aisne, France and Commemorated (Special Memorial) at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France

 

Rank Abbreviations

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)
Lt – Lieutenant
Lt Col – Lieutenant-Colonel
Maj – Major
Pte – Private
QMS – Quarter Master Sergeant
RSM – Regimental Sergeant Major
Sdlr – Saddler
Sgt – Sergeant
SSgt – Staff Sergeant
SSM – Squadron Sergeant Major
Tpr – Trooper (cavalry equivalent to Private)
Tptr – Trumpeter (cavalry equivalent to Bugler)

Post-Nominal Letters

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 LuxfordMike Cross, or Harry Staff – for consideration, thank you.

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