Roll of Honour and
Officers of the Gloucestershire Regiment Who Died in the Great War
Surnames - M
Cecil Francis Eardley
Lieutenant. Retired List. Died of
illness in UK on 16th September
1920. Buried in Bristol (Canford) Cemetery. Aged 22.
Eardley Machon was born at Bishopston, Bristol in 1898.
His parents, George and Kate Machon, resided at 1, York Crescent
Road, Clifton, Bristol.
He was appointed to
a probationary Special Regular Commission, as an ex-Cadet of the
Officer Training Corps, into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on 20th March 1915,
which was confirmed by the War Office on 29th May 1916.
He was posted for
active service to 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment on 2nd June
1916. The Battalion was part of 20th Infantry
Brigade, 7th Division. During the Battle of the
Somme, he suffered serious gunshot wounds to the shoulder on 6th
September 1916 at "Pilsen Lane", near Ginchy during the attack
by the 9th Devons on the Guillemont-Ginchy Road and evacuated to
UK on 15th September 1916 where he was admitted to the Empire
treatment there he was returned to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion
at Maidstone. His right arm was paralysed due to the
wound to his shoulder and he was classified as fit for Home
Service only. He was eventually posted to the Half-Pay
List between 5th March 1918 and 17th February 1919 before being
placed on the Retired List on 18th February 1919.
He died at Bristol
on 16th March 1920, aged 22, and is buried in Bristol (Canford)
Battalion. Killed in action in Belgium on 9th
October 1917. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.
Lieutenant. Seconded to 145th
Coy Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action in France on 20th July
1916. Buried in Bapaume Post
Albert. Aged 28.
Robert Madder was born at Tooting in
1888, the only son of Allan George Madder and Emily James Madder
who resided at "Westerfield", Trevelyan Road, Tooting Graveney,
London and later at Sethella Lodge, North Street, Carshalton.
He was educated at ********** and at
the outbreak of war enlisted as a Private soldier into the 5th
(City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade) London
Regiment. He remained in the UK and on 5th June 1915
he was appointed to a Territorial Force Commission as a Second
Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and
after training was posted to the 3/5th Battalion Gloucestershire
Regiment who were employed on Home Defence duties based at
******************* and was
attached to 145th Brigade Machine Gun Company.
On 16th July 1916 the unit, as
part of the 48th Division, were deployed to the Ovillers area to take
part in offensive operations during the Battle of The Somme and
on the 20th July both the Division, part of X Corps, Reserve
Army, was ordered to disrupt Germans
positions to the west of Pozieres whilst the main attack by the
XV Corps went in to the east of Bazentin-le-Petit towards High
Wood. It was during these covering operations to the
west of Pozieres that 2Lt Madder was killed. His body was taken
to the local battlefield cemetery to the west of "Tara Hill",
near Albert, known as the Bapaume Post Military Cemetery
and he is buried in Plot I, Row F, Grave 10, next to 2Lt R E
Knight of the 1/5th Bn Glos Regt.
A photo and a small bio were
printed in the Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire
Graphic printed on 19th August 1916.
Captain. 12th Battalion. Killed in action in Belgium on 4th
October 1917. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.
MC*, MiD*. 1st
Battalion. Died of wounds in France on 12th
November 1918. Buried in St Sever
Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Aged 33.
Capt Mallett was wounded
during a German attack on 31st October
1918 NE of Mazinghein on the Sambre Canal. He was
evacuated to the 8th General Hospital at Rouen where he died of
wounds and influenza on 12th November 1918.
Captain. 8th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 3rd
July 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval
Memorial. Aged 27.
Lt Mason leave 16th - 25th November 1915.
George Gilbert Onslow
Lieutenant. 1/4th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 25th
July 1916. Buried in Bouzincourt
Communal Cemetery Extension. Aged 23.
a Territorial Force Commission as a Second Lieutenant in 4th
(City of Bristol) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment TF on 21st
Lieutenant. 1/4th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 8th
November 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval
Memorial. Aged 37.
Battalion. Killed in action in France on 27th
June 1918. Buried in Aval Wood Military
Vieux-Berquin. Aged 25.
Battalion. Killed in action in France on 22nd
July 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval
Memorial. Aged 21.
Maybrey was born at Cheltenham on 30th June 1894.
His parents, John Maybrey and Emma Elizabeth Maybrey, were
school teachers and resided at 10, Greville Terrace, Cheltenham.
He was educated at
St Luke's School, Cheltenham and attended Cheltenham Grammar
School between 1907 and 1912. On leaving school, he
was employed by Lloyd's Bank, working at their Birmingham and
1914 he enlisted as a private soldier, number 651, into the
Battalion (2nd Public Schools) The Royal Fusiliers, which had
been formed at Epsom on 11 September 1914 by the Public
Schools and University Men's Force. On 13th December
1914 he was appointed to a Temporary Regular Commission as a
Second Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment and was posted
to the 11th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. At
the time, this Battalion was designated as a Service Battalion
part of the 106th Brigade/35th Division of Kitchener's Fourth
New Army. The Battalion was re-roled in April 1915
and became the 11th (Reserve) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
and was based at Belhus Park, near Greys, Essex. The
Battalion was responsible for training new officer and soldier
recruits of the Gloucestershire Regiment in the New Army for
2Lt Maybrey was
posted to the BEF as a Battle Casualty replacement officer on
5th February 1916 and joined th 10th (Service) Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment on 10th February 1916. At
the time, the Battalion was stationed at Allouagne, east of
Bethune, part of 1st Infantry Brigade of the1st Division.
The 1st Division
was moved to the Somme in early July 1916 joining
the III Corps. The Battalion arrived at
Albert on 9th July and moved up to the front line
near Fricourt on the 10th. After tours
of duty at the front and in Brigade Reserve at
Becourt Wood the Battalion was moved to the front
near Shelter Wood, north on Fricourt on 19th July,
and engaged in digging a new line in front of
Bazentin-le-Petit Wood, which had recently been
taken from the Germans. On 21st July the
Battalion moved into the front line due south of
Martinpuich in preparation for a Brigade attack on
the "Switch Line" in front of Martinpuich, due to
take place during the night of 22nd/23rd.
The attack went in at 00:30hrs on the 23rd with the
Battalion on the left and the 1st Battalion Cameron
Highlanders on the right. The attack was
pressed home with great determination but neither
Battalion managed to reach the Switch Line, largely
on account of very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire
from the main German defences. "B"
Company of the Battalion did manage to seize and
hold positions near the German line which was put to
good use observing the German line.
During the attack
Arthur Maybrey was killed, along with 2Lt E A
Naish, 2Lt L N Thornton, 2Lt G E Kirby and 2Lt F
Gleave. 2Lt T A Street, 2Lt J MacDonald
and 2Lt H Wilcox were wounded. 11 Other
Ranks were killed, 58 wounded and 70 were posted
He was officially
posted as "Missing" and this was reported in The
Times published on 1st August 1916. His body was never
recovered from the battlefield, or identified, and
he is listed on the Thiepval Memorial to the
Missing, on Pier and Face 5A and 5B.
He is commemorated
Cheltenham War Memorial, the
Cranham War Memorial on the
Lychgate of St James' Church, the St
Phillips Church, Cheltenham, Roll of Honour and on the Cheltenham
Grammar School Roll of Honour.
Herbert, served as a Captain in the Worcestershire Regiment and
survived the war.
Photo from Imperial War Museum via Non-Commercial
Battalion. Accidentally killed in UK on 3rd
November 1914. Commemorated on
Brookwood (United Kingdom 1914-1918) Memorial.
McBRIDE, John Gordon
Lieutenant. Seconded to 20th Squadron Royal Air Force. Killed in aerial action over France
8th October 1918. Aged 25.
Captain. 1st Battalion. Killed in action in Belgium on 2nd November 1914. Commemorated on Ypres
(Menin Gate) Memorial. Aged 37.
Battalion. Killed in action in France on 5th
April 1917. Buried in Vermand Communal
Cemetery. Aged 20.
Battalion. Killed in action in Salonika on 30th September 1916. Buried in Struma Military
Cemetery. Aged 33.
Measdy was born in the Medway area in 1883.
When war was declared, he was a
regular soldier of the Gloucestershire Regiment serving as 5515,
Company Quartermaster Sergeant with the 2nd Battalion.
The battalion then were serving at Tientsin in the north of
China, and were recalled to the UK arriving in December 1914.
CQMS Measdy and the battalion were sent to France on 19th
December 1914 and deployed initially to Aire and was then warned
to move to the support trenches at Dickebusch. On
10th January 1915 the battalion relieved the 2nd Battalion Kings
Shropshire Light Infantry for their first tour of duty in the
front line at St Eloi.
CQMS Measdy saw service in
Flanders around the Ypres Salient and on 12th June 1915 was
commissioned in the field as a Second Lieutenant.
The battalion was warned for
service at Salonika and arrived there on 12th December 1915.
Battalion. Killed in action in France on 8th
May 1917. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. Aged 23.
Arthur Walter Merrell was born at Islington, London, in 1894.
His parents, Walter D and Ethel M Merrett, resided at 6,
Henleaze Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, "Compton" St Oswald's
Road, Redland, Bristol and later at "Brynmelyn", Winscombe,
Somerset. He was the eldest of 4 siblings.
outbreak of war he enlisted into the Honourable Artillery
Company of the Territorial Force, serving on Home Defence duties
in the London area. In the summer of 1916 he was
accepted for Officer Cadet training completing the course on
18th December 1916. On the 19th he was appointed to
a Temporary Regular Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the
Gloucestershire Regiment and was posted to the 12th (Service)
Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (Bristol).
The Battalion had been formed in Bristol in 30th August 1914
by the Citizens Recruiting Committee under the command of Lt Col
W E P Burges. The all Bristol battalion achieved
full strength within one month and in April 1915 moved to
Chipping Sodbury to commence intensive field training.
Further training took place at Wensleydale, Yorks, where it was
assigned to 95th Infantry Brigade of the 32nd Division, and at
Codford on Salisbury Plain before the Battalion embarked for
France on 21st November 1915. Soon after arrival in
France the 95th Brigade was transferred to under command of the
5th Division. The Battalion fought with distinction
on The Somme in 1916 and it was stationed at Burbure in the
Bethune Sector when 2Lt Merrell joined the unit on 29th March
1917 and was posted to
On 18th March 1917 the 5th Division was moved to the Vimy
Sector under command of the Canadian Corps and was further
transferred to the XIII Corps in early May 1917. On
5th May the Division moved into the front line between Fresnoy
and Oppy. This was a difficult part of the line to
attack and defend as Fresnoy was in a sharp salient.
On 4th May 1917 the 95th Brigade relieved the 1st Canadian
Infantry Brigade in trenches east of Fresnoy, 3 miles to the
east of Vimy Ridge. The trenches were taken and held
by the Canadians at great cost on 3rd May. The
dispositions of the 95th Brigade were: front line east - 1st Bn
East Surrey Regt, front line west - 12th Bn Glos Regt, in
support - 1st Bn DCLI and in reserve - 1st Bn Devon Regt.
The East Surrey's were deployed to the right of the Battalion
and the 19th Bn Canadian Infantry (4th Canadian Infantry
Brigade) to the left. The relief was difficult as the
ground could not be reconnoitred in daylight and the trenches
were very badly damaged by overlapping shell-holes connected by
ditches. The Germans continued a heavy shellfire
throughout 5th, 6th and 7th May.
At 3.45am on the
morning of the 8th May, the Germans commenced a very heavy
barrage on all Battalion lines and at Battalion HQ.
There was a thick mist, making observation at 50 yards difficult
so "A" Coy, in the front lines with "C" Coy, send up the SOS
signal. The Germans, the 5th Bavarian Division, then
attacked in overwhelming numbers. After intense
fighting the front-line Companies managed to check the first
assault, but at great cost. The remnants of "A" and "C"
Coy then fell back and re-grouped. Counter-attacks
were made by "B" Coy, "D" Coy, the re-grouped "C" Coy and 1st Bn
DCLI. The original front-line was temporarily
recovered, but, as the Germans had gained the surrounding high
ground on both flanks, the British were forced to retire.
"D" Coy were later ordered forward to establish a line with the
Canadians. Eventually the Battalion was withdrawn
from the line and replaced by 1st Bn Devon Regt at 10pm.
The Battalion had virtually ceased to exist losing 13 officers
and 283 other ranks killed, wounded or missing.
along with 2Lt D N Leicester, 2Lt W T Burges, Capt W W Parr and
2Lt J T Ryde (Beds Regt attached) had been killed. Lt C H Culpin had been seriously
wounded and died at a Casualty Clearing Station on 15th May.
body was never recovered from the battlefield or identified and
he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing.
Battalion. Killed in action in France on 30th
June 1916. Commemorated on Loos
Memorial. Aged 27.
Battalion. Died of wounds in Italy on 19th
June 1918. Buried in Montecchio
Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension.
Killed in action in France
on 24th April 1918. Buried
in St Venant-Robecq Road
British Cemetery, Robecq. Aged 35.
He was a member of the Artist Rifles
OTC and appointed to a Territorial Force Commission as a Second
Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment on 4th August 1916.
He was initially posted to 6th (Reserve) Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment TF, based at Ludgershall, to complete
his complete the training for active service. The
unit was incorporated into the 4th (Reserve) Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment TF on 1st September 1916.
Battalion. Killed in action in Belgium on 4th October
1917. Commemorated on Tyne
Cot Memorial. Aged 26.
Image taken from
Battalion. Died of accidental wounds in France on 4th
July 1916. Buried in Merville Communal
Cemetery. Aged 26.
Lieutenant. 1/5th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 27th
August 1916. Commemorated on Thiepval
Memorial. Aged 22.
Lieutenant. 1/5th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 27th
September 1915. Buried in Serre Road
Cemetery No 1,
Serre. Aged 32.
Appointed to a
Territorial Force Commission as a Second Lieutenant in 5th Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment TF on 2nd September 1914.
Second Lieutenant. 1/4th Battalion. Died of wounds in France on 20th November
1917. Buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Aged 31.
Captain. 10th Battalion. Killed in action in France on 25th
September 1915. Commemorated on Loos Memorial. Aged 37.
Photo taken in 1914
when Edward Moss was a Private soldier of
Battalion (2nd Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers
Hampton Moss was born in Yokohama, Japan, on 13th August 1884.
His father, Charles Davies Moss, was Chief Clerk and Registrar
at the British Consulate, Yokohama. His mother Mrs C
D Moss resided at "Sussex House", Pittville Gates, Cheltenham.
He attended Cheltenham College,
and was a member of the College Cadet Force, up to
Easter 1895 and before the war he was working as
Agent of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in
Malacca, Malaya. At the outbreak of the war he was
working at the Bank's London Office and enlisted
19th (Service) Battalion (2nd
which had been formed at Epsom on 11 September
1914 by the Public Schools and University Men's Force.
On 31st December 1914 he was selected for appointment to a Temporary
Regular Commission as a Second Lieutenant with the
Gloucestershire Regiment and posted to the 10th (Service)
Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.
had been formed during September 1914, part of the Third
Kitchener's New Army (K3), at Horfield Barracks, Bristol, under
the command of Lt Col H E Pritchard (formerly CO 82nd Punjabis,
Indian Army) from a small cadre of ex Regular NCOs who were
responsible for initial training and discipline of the new
recruits. The unit soon gelled and moved to Codford on
Salisbury Plain to commence training for war. In mid-November
1914 the unit moved to Cheltenham where the HQ was based at
Lansdown Crescent and the officers and soldiers were billeted
around the town. It was here in Cheltenham, his home town,
where he joined the Battalion.
In early May
1915 the Battalion, known as "The Fighting Tenth" returned to
Salisbury Plain for further training, under command of the 26th
Division, preparing for active service. On 8th August 1915 the
unit departed No 6 Camp, Sutton Veny, for Southampton were it
embarked for France, landing at Le Havre during the early
morning of 9th August.
The battalion joined the 1st Infantry
Brigade, 1st Division and underwent further training for field
service and first entered the front line trenches, in front of
Bethune, on 19th August 1915. On 11th September 1915
whilst still a Second Lieutenant, he was promoted to the
Temporary rank of Captain in Number 3 Company.
In late August
1915 the Battalion was ordered to prepare for action in the 1st Division attack to break
through the German first, second and third lines, with the
battalion's specific objective being the village of Hulloch.
Following an artillery and gas bombardment the attack was delivered
at 6.30am on 25th September 1915 with officers and men attacking
over 400 yards of No Mans Land and through German wire
entanglements. Immediately in front of the battalion
were the remains of a small copse called "Bois Carree" and enemy
observation posts and machine guns had been deployed here.
Bois Carree had not been neutralised and as the Battalion crossed No
Mans Land, they suffered badly from sweeping enfilade fire.
The battalion's War Diary reports that "The officers fell, as the
position of their bodies showed, leading their men, and 16 out of 21
officers were lost". Captain Moss, as well as Capt J W C
Tongue, Capt I R Gibbs, Capt E H Sale, Lt G W Robinson, Lt C A
Symons, Lt H A Whiffin, Lt G G W Leary and 2Lt G W Field were
killed and 2Lt P V N Neems died of wounds on 9th October 1915 in the
Capt Moss' body was never found or
identified and it was not until 4th September 1917 that the War
Office concluded that he had died on or after 25th September 1915.
He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, situated in
the Dud Corner Cemetery, to the west of the village of Loos-en-Gohelle.
He is commemorated on the
Church, Malacca, Roll of Honour and on a memorial in the
Foreigner's Cemetery, Motomachi, Yokohama, Japan.
Moss' signature taken from