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Roll of Honour

QOOH / OY ROLL OF HONOUR

Remembered this Month - February

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 February are listed below.

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

2nd Anglo-Boer War

1901

1/2/1901      Lt George Dymoke-Green        K, Modderfontein, Gauteng Province, S Africa
15/2/1901    Tpr Arthur Thomas Beeching  DW, at Krugersdorp, West Rand, Gauteng Province, South                                                                                Africa (wounded at Modderfontein 31/1/1901, Gauteng Province)
16/2/1901    Tpr Maurice Richard Church   K, Hartebeestfontein, N-West Province, S Africa
16/2/1901    Tpr Frank Douglas                    K, Hartebeestfontein, N-West Province, S Africa
16/2/1901    Sjt Thomas Henry Pickett        K, Hartebeestfontein, N-West Province, S Africa
16/2/1901    Tpr Harry White                        K, Hartebeestfontein, N-West Province, S Africa

1902

25/2/1902    Tpr Henry William Hinton       K, missing believed dead at Yzerspruit, nr Klerksdorp, N-West                                                                             Province, S Africa
26/2/1902    Shg Sth John Hurst                   K, near Wolmaransstad, Transvaal, S Africa
26/2/1902    2Lt Tom Willis                           K, near Wolmaransstad, Transvaal, S Africa

First World War

1915
22/2/1915 (19)    Pte Rowland Dickins                       K, Zillebeke, Belgium
     Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

1916
3/2/1916 (19)     Pte Richard Charles Claridge          D, England
     Buried at Oxford (Osney St. Mary) Cemetery, Oxfordshire, UK
8/2/1916 (20)     Pte Thomas Percival Stone             K, Vermelles, Pas-de-Calais, France
     Buried at Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

1919
10/2/1919 (32)   Pte Robert Lund Parkinson             D, of illness on return from Belgium
     Buried at Tarleton (St Mary) Churchyard, Lancashire, UK
17/2/1919 (26)   Pte John Edward Reeves                  D, Germany
     Buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

1921
14/2/1921 (33)   Pte Herbert J Young                         DW, England
     Buried at Watlington (St. Leonard) Churchyard, Oxfordshire, UK

World War Two

1942
10/2/1942 (21)   L/Sgt John Thomas Richardson     K, on Bukit Timah Road, Singapore
     Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore
15/2/1942 (21)   Gnr Ronald Lewis Busby                K, by mortar bomb at Singapore
     Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore
15/2/1942 (28)   Sgt Ernest John Claydon                K, in air raid at Singapore
     Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore
15/2/1942 (24)   Sgt George Cross                            K, in air raid at Singapore
     Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore – (originally buried nr Raffles Girls School)
15/2/1942 (36)   Bdr James Gee                                K, in air raid at Singapore
     Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore
15/2/1942 (33)   Capt Ronald Cecil Brooke Greville     Missing after escape attempt, Singapore
     Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore
15/2/1942 (26)   Lt John James Hatchett                       Missing after escape attempt, Singapore
     Commemorated at Singapore Memorial, Singapore
15/2/1942 (28)   Gnr Sydney William Taylor           K, in air raid at Singapore
     Buried at Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore

1944
3/2/1944 (23)    Gnr Arthur Roy Little                     D, England
     Buried at Kidlington (St Mary) Burial Ground, Oxfordshire, UK

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
12/2/1917 (34)   Pte Edward Eyels                               3269       203292         1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
     D, and Buried at Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Somme, France
20/2/1917 (23)   Pte William Henry Franklin              2571      32789            6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
20/2/1917 (21)   Pte William George Greenway         6703      32808            6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
20/2/1917          Pte George Webb                               3066      32894            6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     K, and Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
26/2/1917 (24)   Pte George William Woodward        3125      33028           6th Oxf & Bucks LI
     D, and Buried at Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France
28/2/1917 (20)   Pte William Wallen                            3010      203417         1st/4th Oxf & Bucks LI
DW, and Buried at Bray Military Cemetery, Somme, France

1918
13/2/1918          Pte Henry Herbert George Viney    286406   30761            2nd/1st Bucks Bn, Oxf & Bucks LI
DW, and Buried at Foreste Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France

Machine Gun Corps Names

None reported in the month of February

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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