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Roll of Honour

QOOH / OY ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembered this Month - October

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 OCTOBER are listed below.

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

2nd Anglo-Boer War

1901
18/10/1901         Tpr Robert Calderhead                D, drowned near Wepener, Free State Province, S Africa
21/10/1901         Tpr Thomas Brazier                      K, Roodeval, Free State Province, S Africa
21/10/1901         Cpl William Henry Catch              K, Roodeval, Free State Province, S Africa
21/10/1901         Cpl William Harkiss Meggison     K, Roodeval, Free State Province, S Africa
21/10/1901         Tpr Edward Frederick Pethers     K, Roodeval, Free State Province, S Africa

First World War

1916
7/10/1916 (32)   2Lt William Henry Lovell Vernon     K, on the Somme, France (attd to Oxf & Bucks LI)
     Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

1916
10/10/1916 (21)  2Lt Harold Crawford Smith            D, accidently in England
     Buried at Chingford Mount Cemetery, Essex, UK

1917
28/10/1917 (24)  Pte Cyril Augustine Hitchman       K, France
     Buried at Cement House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
28/10/1917 (24)  Pte George Tustin                            DW, France
     Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
29/10/1917 (20)  Pte Henry Lindsay                           DW, Belgium
     Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
29/10/1917 (20)  Pte Frederick Woodley                   DW, France
     Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

1918
20/10/1918 (24)  Pte Sydney Arthur Sheppard         D, France
     Buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritime, France
24/10/1918 (22)  Pte Charles Bertram Fowler          K, Battle of Selle, Nord, France
     Buried at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
27/10/1918 (27)  Pte William George Youens            D, England
     Buried at High Wycombe Cemetery, Buckinghamshire, UK

World War Two

1939
29/10/1939 (48)  LtCol Anthony John Muirhead MC & Bar    D, England
     Buried at Great Haseley (St. Peter) Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK

1943
21/10/1943 (19)  Gnr Thomas Henry Davies                            D, UK
     Buried at Merthyr Tydfil (Pant) Cemetery, Glamorganshire, UK
29/10/1943 (24)  LBdr John William Rymill                              DC, Chungkai camp, Thailand
     Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand

1945
25/10/1945 (26)  Gnr Edward Haggerty Ralston                      D, nr Kiel, Germany
     Buried at Kiel War Cemetery, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

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 a great need of 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 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, this is mentioned in the text below where this has been uncovered.

QOOH Men Transferred Into Secondary Units

Infantry Battalion Names

1916                                                                                QOOH    OBLI                 Bn
7/10/1916 (24)  Pte James William Biles                  2677    32754    6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916         Pte Herbert Frederick Evans          2647   32781     6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916 (21)  Pte Wilfred Clarence Goldby          2260   32739     6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916 (22)  Pte Thomas Arthur Grantham       2445   32798     6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916 (28)  Pte Herbert William Reynolds       2684   32849      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France
7/10/1916         Pte Isaac Smith                                3131   32879      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916         Pte John Thomas Hammerton       3414   32811      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916         Pte Reuben Goddard                       3058   32800      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916 (20)  Pte Percy Pargeter                          3110   32846      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
7/10/1916 (19)  Pte Maurice John Pratt                   2246   32839      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.2, Somme, France
8/10/1916         LCpl Thomas John Gee                    1771   32732      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France (CWGC records rank as Sjt)
9/10/1916         Pte Aubrey Cato                               2774   32773      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Edward Hudson                         1643   32819      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Henry Thomas Knott                 2326   32823      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
9/10/1916 (30)  Pte Ernest Padbury                          3421   32833      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Oscar Rimington                        2502   32854      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Frederick Charles Rolfe            2456   32850      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Richard Tyrrell                           3134   32889      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Sydney Alfred Woodhouse        5537  32868      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte Victor Cunningham                    3126   32775      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
9/10/1916         Pte William Ernest Lovell                 2589   32733      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
17/10/1916       Pte Philip Charles Benfield              2471   32762      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
19/10/1916 (23)  Pte Leslie John Richards                3080   32852      6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     DW, and Buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France

1917                                                                                QOOH    OBLI                 Bn
16/10/1917 (27)  Pte William James Dorsett            3552   235064      5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
17/10/1917        Pte Ronald Sidney Keates               3470   235080      5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
22/10/1917 (22)  Pte Frederick Webb                        2596   235106      5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

MGC Names
1918                                                                                  QOOH              MGC
18/10/1918 (23)  Pte Charles Robert Sharp               3154   101111      15th Sqn, MGC (Cavalry)
     D, in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Commemorated at Tehran Memorial, Iran

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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