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Roll of Honour

QOOH / OY ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembered this Month of May 2024

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); missing in action (M); died of wounds (DW); died in captivity (DC); or otherwise died in service (D); for remembrance during the month of May 2024 are listed below.

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

2nd Anglo-Boer War

1900
18/5/1900 (28) Tpr Harry Offley                  D, of enteric disease at Boshof, Orange Free State Province, S Africa
     Not known where buried/commemorated
26/5/1900 (20) Tpr Henry Corrie Jackson   D, of fever at Boshof, Orange Free State Province, S Africa
     Buried at Boshof Cemetery, Boshof, Lejweleputswa District Municipality, Free State, S Africa
30/5/1900 (20) Tpr Frank Graham Twiss    D, of enteric disease at the military hospital, Hoopstad, Free State Province,                                                                                                                                                                                   S Africa
     Buried at Hoopstad Cemetery, Hoopstad, Lejweleputswa District Municipality, Free State, S Africa. There is a Boer War Memorial, on which he is mentioned, at Frankfort Main Cemetery, Frankfort, Fezile Dabi District Municipality, Free State,                                                                                                                                                                                     S Africa

First World War

1915
15/5/1915 (30) Capt Guy Bonham-Carter, MiD   K, near Potijze, Ypres, Belgium
     Buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
17/5/1915 (22) Pte Richard Cecil Quinion           K, at Potijze, Ypres, Belgium
     Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
23/5/1915 (19) Pte Albert Edward Bennett         DW, at Bailleul, Nord, France (received at Potijze, Ypres)
     Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France
26/5/1915 (30) Cpl Leonard Franklin Gale           K, at Zouave Wood, Hooge, Ypres, Belgium
     Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
26/5/1915 (27) Pte Walter Robert North             DW, at Northampton, England (received at Potijze, Ypres)
     Buried at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, UK
27/5/1915 (22) Pte George William Jones            DW, at Boulogne, France (received at Potijze, Ypres, Belgium)
     Buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
28/5/1915 (30) Sjt William Edward Roberts         K, at Zouave Wood, Hooge, Ypres, Belgium
     Buried at Bedford House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

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

1918
18/5/1918 (21) Cpl John Douglas Clift                    D, of tubercular Meningitis at Dublin Hospital, Republic of Ireland
     Buried at Grangegorman Military Cemetery, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
21/5/1918 (23) Pte Frederick John Thomas          DW, at Wharncliffe War Hospital, Wadsley, Sheffield, Yorkshire,                                                                                                 England (received on 23/3/1918 at the Battle of St Quentin, France)
     Buried at Wadsley Churchyard, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
24/5/1918 (19) Pte George Henry Vince                D, of pneumonia at Dublin, Republic of Ireland
     Buried at Tanworth-In-Arden (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard Extension, Warwickshire, UK
31/5/1918 (27) Pte George Albert Clisby               K, near Lapugnoy, Pas de Calais, France (Attd 4th Coy,                                                                                                                                                                                       4th Div Train, ASC)
     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, Warwickshire, England
     Buried at North Sheen Cemetery, Surrey, UK


1942
1/5/1942 (25)   Gnr Arthur Ernest Webber                     DC, of septicemia at Changi Hospital, Singapore
     Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore (originally buried at Changi Hospital cemetery)

1943
9/5/1943 (26)   Gnr William Lionel Howard Sansbury   DC, of acute enteritis at Chungkai camp, Thailand
     Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand
13/5/1943 (29) Gnr Robert Miskelly                                DC, of acute enteritis at Thailand
     Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore
16/5/1943 (32) Gnr Ernest George White                        DC, of cholera and dysentery at Tha Khanun, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand
24/5/1943 (32) Pte William Edward Moon                      DC, of beri-beri and dysentery at Tarsao, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand (originally buried at Tarsao #1 cemetery)
25/5/1943 (34) L/Cpl Philip Henry Perry                         DC, of dysentery at Nikki Camp, Thailand
     Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand

1944
30/5/1944 (38) Gnr Thomas Arthur Smith                      DC, of avitaminosis at Chungkai, Thailand
     Buried at Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand

1945
6/5/1945 (35)   Bdr Harry Jones                                        DC, of beri-beri and enteritis at Shirakawa Camp, Taiwan
     Commemorated at Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong
24/5/1945 (29) Gnr John Luck                                        DC, of beri-beri and organic dementia at Taihoku #6 camp, Taiwan
     Buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong

QOOH Men Who Were Transferred Into Other Units in World War One

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 due 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         2nd/3rd unit                     Bn
3/5/1917 (24)   Pte Walter John Harris                2551              32813                5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, at Vis-en-Artois, Pas-de-Calais, France
     Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
3/5/1917 (25)   L/Cpl Albert Smith                       2619              32878                 5th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, at Vis-en-Artois, Arras, Pas de Calais, France
     Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
21/5/1917 (25) Pte Ernest Hanks                         3015              203371               1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, at Hermies, Pas de Calais, France
     Buried at Hermies British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

1918
1/5/1918 (18)   Pte Sidney Allen                         286442      31296 – 57372           OBLI – 3rd Worcester Regt
     DW, at Boulogne, France (received at the 2nd Battle of Kemel)
     Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, St Martin Boulogne, Pas de Calais, France
21/5/1918 (33) Pte Charles Tyrrell                      3411               203413                2nd/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, in Robecq area (Battle of the Lys), Pas-de-Calais, France
     Buried at St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, Pas de Calais, France
27/5/1918 (18) Pte Stanley Hubert Deeley       286355      31403 – 57334           OBLI – 3rd Worcester Regt
     K, at Aisne, France
     Commemorated at Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France, France

 

Royal Flying Corps
1917                                                                             QOOH         RFC                               Sqn
4/5/1918 (26)   2/Lt Alfred Willie (William) Hinton    —–           —–                   25th (Trg) Sqn RFC
     DW, at Blofield, Norfolk, UK (received in air crash at Thorpe St Andrew, Broadland, Norfolk on 3/5/1918)
     Buried at North Leigh (St. Mary) Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK

Rank Abbreviations

2/Lt – Second-Lieutenant
Bdr – Bombardier (artillery equivalent to Corporal)
BQMS – Battery Quarter Master Sergeant (artillery equivalent to                                                                                             Company QMS)
Capt – Captain
Cpl – Corporal
Dvr – Driver (RASC equivalent to Private)
Gnr – Gunner (artillery equivalent to Private)
L/Bdr – Lance-Bombardier (artillery equivalent to Lance-Corporal)
L/Cpl – Lance-Corporal
L/Sgt – 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  (maker and repairs to Saddles)
Shg Sth – Shoeing Smith  (Shoeing of horses)
Sgt – Sergeant
Sjt – Serjeant
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, were, and still 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 our Roll of Honour, please inform any of these people –Mick LuxfordMike Cross, or Harry Staff – for consideration, thank you.

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