September 1914 inc. The Battles of Marne & Aisne


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Since the last post, the men of the 1st Hampshire regiment (1st Hants) have continued advancing on the Germans who have now been retiring.  The 1st Hants war diary states that on the 8th September 1914 “The Battle of Marne commenced”.  This I believe is most likely for them as the official dates for this … Read moreSeptember 1914 inc. The Battles of Marne & Aisne

August 25th – early September, inc. The Battle of Le Cateau

British Infantry marching through a French village[1] From the private diary of Lt. Col. F.R. Hicks, 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment, August 1914 (included with the Battalion War Diary for 1914). 25th August – Reached Busigny – the advanced Base.  About 3 a.m. There we were met by a Staff Officer, who told us that there … Read moreAugust 25th – early September, inc. The Battle of Le Cateau

From Blighty to Le Cateau

Photograph of SS Braemar Castle one of the ships used to transport the troops[1] From the private diary of Lt. Col. F.R. Hicks, 1st Battalion The Hampshire Regiment, August 1914 (included with the Battalion War Diary for 1914). 21st August – Battalion left Harrow by two trains.  H.Q. and Right Half Batt: at 11.30 p.m. … Read moreFrom Blighty to Le Cateau

Return to the colours (Part 2)!!! – Colchester to Harrow

11th Infantry Brigade Stationed at Colchester, as part of 4th Division, comprising 1st Bn Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry), 1st Bn East Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn Hampshire Regiment, and 1st Bn Rifle Brigade. Mobilized with Division. Moved 17-19 August 1914 to Harrow and then landed in France 22-23 August 1914. TF 5th Bn London Regiment … Read moreReturn to the colours (Part 2)!!! – Colchester to Harrow

The return to the colours!!!

“Almighty Lord God, the Father and Protector of all that trust in thee, we commend to thy fatherly goodness the men who through perils of war are serving this nation, beseeching the to take into thine own hand both them and the cause wherein the King and country send them. Be thou their strength when … Read moreThe return to the colours!!!

The “Old Contemptibles” from St Mary Bourne in the 1st Hampshire Regiment

I’d like to introduce you to five men who had all served their country prior to the outbreak of war on the 4th August 1914. Frederick George DAY (1888-1914) 1St Hampshire Regiment, Service No. 7422 Previously the 2nd Hampshire Regiment serving in South Africa, circa. 1905-1912. Sidney GUNNELL (1885–1914) 1st Hampshire Regiment, Service No. 7389 … Read moreThe “Old Contemptibles” from St Mary Bourne in the 1st Hampshire Regiment

The GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 4

Last Updated: 28th July 2014 NOTE: Information is likely to be updated as I continue work on the tree.  Please see image dates and last updated date.  Go to previous part Part 4, as with part 3 this is descendants of John & Rose. Page 17 – the family of William GOODYEAR & Hannah WHITE, like … Read moreThe GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 4

The GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 3

Last Updated: 28th July 2014 NOTE: Information is likely to be updated as I continue work on the tree.  Please see image dates and last updated date.  Go to previous part – Go to last part Part 3 shows the descendants of John GOODYEAR (1717-1778) and covers the descendants of his two oldest sons John & Thomas, until around about … Read moreThe GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 3

The GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 2

Originally Published: 28th July 2017, Last Updated: 6th October 2017 NOTE: Information is likely to be updated as I continue work on the tree.  Please see image dates and last updated date.  Go to first part – Go to next part Part 2 shows the descendants of William GOODYEAR (1716-1794) until around about the turn of the … Read moreThe GOODYEAR family of St Mary Bourne – Part 2

Mary BEVIS PAGE SIMS (1842-1918)


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Preface During 2008-2009 I studied a course with the Open University call “A173 – Start Writing Family History” as part of this course one of my assignments was to write a biography of an ancestor.  The ancestor I chose was Mary Bevis my 3 * great grandmother.  In addition on Tuesday the 8th February 2011 … Read moreMary BEVIS PAGE SIMS (1842-1918)

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