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Roll of Honour

QOOH / OY ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembered this Month - May

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 May are listed below.

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

2nd Anglo-Boer War

1900
18/5/1900   Tpr Harry Offley                   D, of disease at Boshof, Orange Free State Province, S Africa
26/5/1900   Tpr Henry Corrie Jackson    D, of fever at Boshof, Orange Free State Province, S Africa
26/5/1900   Sjt Daniel Legge                    D, of fever at Krugersdorp, Gauteng Province, S Africa
30/5/1900   Tpr Frank Graham Twiss     D, of disease at Hoopstad, Free State Province, S Africa

First World War

1915
21/4/1915 (25)  Pte Henry Wood                        D, France
     Buried at Abingdon Cemetery, Berkshire, UK
27/4/1915 (29)  Sjt Charles Frederick Hyde      K, Vlamertinghe, Ypres, Belgium
     Buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
28/4/1915 (27)  Pte Joseph Edward Batchelor  DW, Vlamertinghe, Ypres, Belgium
     Buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
28/4/1915 (26)  Pte Reginald James Paice        DW, received at Potijze, Ypres, Belgium
     Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, Nord, France

1917
18/5/1917 (26)  Pte Ernest Roads                        K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
20/5/1917 (35)  Maj Valentine Fleming, DSO, MP, MiDx2      K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
20/5/1917 (33)  Lt Francis Somerlad Joseph Silvertop           K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
20/5/1917 (24)  Pte George Newton Buswell     K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
20/5/1917 (24)  Pte Leonard George Gillett       DW, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France
20/5/1917 (29)  Pte Joseph Lovejoy                     K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
20/5/1917         Pte Charles White                       K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme, France
23/5/1917         Pte Christopher Arthur Williams                  K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
24/5/1917 (28)  Sjt George Vernon Gare             K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France
27/5/1917 (20)  Pte Alexander George Milligan                     K, Gillemont Farm, Somme, France
     Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, Aisne, France

1918
4/5/1918 (26)    2Lt Alfred Willie Hinton             DW, Blofield, Norfolk, UK (received in air crash 3/5/1918)
     Buried at North Leigh (St. Mary) Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK
21/5/1918 (23)  Pte Frederick John Thomas       DW, at Wharncliffe War Hospital, Wadsley, Sheffield,                                                                                                                                                           Yorkshire, England       Buried at Wadsley Churchyard, Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK
24/5/1918 (19)  Pte George Henry Vince             D, England
     Buried at Tanworth-In-Arden (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard Extension, Warwickshire, UK
31/5/1918 (27)  Pte George Albert Clisby            D, France
     Buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

World War Two

1940
6/5/1940 (29)   Bdr Albert Edward Dumbleton     D, of heart attack at Kineton, England
     Buried at Banbury Cemetery, Oxfordshire, UK
11/5/1940 (36)  WO1 Richard Harold Moore         D, of a road accident at Wellesbourne, Warwicks, England
     Buried at North Sheen Cemetery, Surrey, UK

1943
9/5/1943 (26)    Gnr William Lionel Howard Sansbury       DC, Chungkai camp, Thailand
     Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand
16/5/1943 (32)  Gnr Ernest George White                            DC, Takanoon camp, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand

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

1917                                                                                 QOOH       OBLI                     Bn
3/5/1917         Pte Walter John Harris                       2551      32813         5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
3/5/1917 (25)  LCpl Albert Smith                               2619      32878         5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
21/5/1917       Pte Ernest Hanks                                3015      203371       1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Hermies British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

1918
21/5/1918 (33)  Pte Charles Tyrrell                            3411      203413       2nd/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
K, and Buried at St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, Pas de Calais, France

Machine Gun Corps Names

1918                                                                                   QOOH       MGC                    Sqn
     Fortunately there are no casualties reported for this month

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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