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Roll of Honour and Biographies

Officers of the Gloucestershire Regiment Who Died in the Great War

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SAGE, Sidney Edward Bush

Lieutenant.   Attached to 2/6th Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment).   Died of wounds in France on 13th September 1918.   Buried in Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension.   Aged 30.




Enlisted into 12th (Service) Battalion

He joined 2/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.   On 30th June 1916 he volunteered for duty with 183rd Trench Mortar Battery.

He later returned to UK and was posted to 4th (Reserve) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment at Hippiswell Camp, Catterick.

He returned to active duty and was posted to 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment), part of 171st Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division.

Died of wounds on 13th September 1918 at 3rd/2nd West Lancashire Field Ambulance at Queant, west of Cambrai.






SALE, Edward Hanson

Captain.   10th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Believed to be buried in St Mary’s ADS Cemetery, Haisnes.   Aged 24.




He was appointed to a Temporary Regular Commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on 17th October 1914 and posted to the 10th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.







Second Lieutenant.   1/4th Battalion.   Died of wounds in Belgium on 17th October 1917.   Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Proven.   Aged 33.








SAVILE, George Keith

Second Lieutenant.   1/4th Battalion.   Killed in action in Belgium on 20th June 1915.   Buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, near Ploegsteert.   Aged 26.








SCAMELL, Reginald Frank

Captain, MiD.   7th Battalion.   Killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 21st April 1916.   Commemorated on Basra Memorial.   Aged 32.








SCHWALM, Charles Edward

Lieutenant.   1/6th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 22nd November 1915.   Buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery.   Aged 23.




Cpl in 6th Bn

Appointed to a Territorial Force Commission as a Second Lieutenant in 6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment TF on 2nd February 1915.






SCOTT, Roger Douglas

Major.   1st Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 13th October 1915.   Buried in Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos.   Aged 34.



  Roger Douglas Scott was born in December 1881 at *************.   He was the eldest son of Matthew Henry and Sarah Janes Scott who resided at 5, Lansdown Place West, Bath.

He was commissioned into The Militia as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 12th January 1901 and promoted to Lieutenant on 26th April 1901.   He transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment on being appointed to a Regular Commission, as a Lieutenant, on 28th January 1902.   He served in the South African War and was awarded the Queen's Medal.

On 9th June 1911 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and at the outbreak of was serving with 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and posted to France for active service on 1st January 1915.   He joined the 1st Battalion who were in Reserve at Bethune on 8th January 1915 and in August 1915 was promoted to the acting rank of Major whilst temporarily attached to a Headquarters.

On 13th October 1915 the Battalion War Diary reports that the battalion was to assault the German trenches in the area to the east of Chalk Pit and west of the Hulluch Road (Map References 36C.NW3 grids H.13.a.26 to H.19.a.80) at 2pm after throwing smoke bombs for one hour prior to the assault and at the moment of assault was to open with rapid rifle and machine gun fire at the trenches to be taken.   The throwing of smoke bombs drew a very heavy artillery response from the Germans directed against Chalk Pit and to the west of Hulluch but the assault went in and the enemy trenches were taken.   Roger Scott was killed in this action and 2Lt R A M Chambers (attached from 3rd (Res) Bn R Hants Regt) died of wounds later.   Six soldiers were also killed - CSM G A Sharpe, LCpl P Smith, Pte B Brooks, Pte R Hughes, Pte A Walkley and Pte R White.

His body was retrieved from the battlefield and was buried by his comrades but after the war his body was moved into the Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, where it rests at Plot IV, Row A, Grave 20.

He left a widow, Muriel Wortley Scott, whom he married in ***********, residing at Grafton Place, Park Lane, Bath.   His death was reported in The Times on 25th and 28th October 1915.

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SCRASE, Reginald George

Lieutenant.   2/4th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 19th July 1916.   Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.   Aged 34.








SCROGGIE, Valentine

Second Lieutenant, MC.   1/5th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 4th November 1918.   Buried in Landrecies British Cemetery.   Aged 26.








SELLMAN, Edgar Nevil Newmarch

Second Lieutenant.   Attached to 5th Battalion Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.   Killed in action in France on 4th April 1918.   Buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.   Aged 42.








SHEPHARD, Ernest Edward

Second Lieutenant, MiD.   12th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 6th June 1918.   Buried in Thiennes British Cemetery.   Aged 31.








SHIPWAY, Guy Maxwell

Captain.   1st Battalion.   Died of wounds in France on 26th August 1914.   Buried in Etreux Communal Cemetery.   Aged 37.



Guy Shipway was born in Hampstead, London, on 21st June 1877 the son of Lt Col R W Shipway VD, JP, who resided at Grove House, Chiswick, London.   He was educated at Clifton College before entering Sandhurst in 1896.   He was commissioned in the Gloucestershire Regiment in February 1897. promoted to Lieutenant in 1898 and to Captain in October 1905.   He attended and passed the Staff College.

He served in the South African War and was present at the relief of Kimberley were he was wounded and later took part in the operations in the Orange Free State, the Orange River Colony, Cape Colony and the Transvaal.   For a time he was attached to the Army Service Corps as a Staff Captain and later received the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps.   In 1905 - 06 he was seconded to the Colonial Office where he served in West Africa (South Nigeria) with the Bende-Onitsha Hinterland Expedition, for which he received the medal and clasp.

During the Great War he arrived in France with the 1st Battalion on 14th August 1914 commanding "B" Company and was involved in the retreat from Mons.  On 26th August 1914 the battalion were moving between Le Grand Fayt and Favril covering the retirement of the 1st and 3rd Brigades.   On approaching Favril Capt Shipway and "B" Company took up positions astride the Favril-Landrecies Road covering "C" and "D" Companies.  As the Germans debouched from Landrecies they opened fire on "B" Company who were withdrawn.  Captain Shipway and RQMS Brain were out in front of the Company trying to locate the position of the enemy in order to send back information to the artillery.  Capt Shipway was wounded by sniper fire and though he was brought in to unit lines, he died of his wounds just prior to evacuation to a Dressing Station at Etreux.   He was the first officer lost by the battalion and he is buried in Etreux Communal Cemetery, Plot 50/51.

He left a widow, Gladys Blanche Katherine Shipway who resided at 62, Eaton Square, London SW1.   He also left a daughter, Priscilla Mary, who was born in 1910.

Notification of his death and a short biography were published in The Times on 3rd September 1914.

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SHUTE, George Francis

Second Lieutenant.   2/6th Battalion.   Died of wounds as a POW of the Germans in France on 13th October 1917.   Commemorated on Arras Memorial.   Aged 22.









Second Lieutenant.   8th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 18th November 1916.   Buried in Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval.   Aged 29.








SKEMP, Arthur Rowland

Lieutenant.   1st Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 1st November 1918.   Buried in Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau.   Aged 36.



  Arthur Rowland Skemp was born at Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire, in 1882.   His parents, Rev Thomas Rowland Skemp and Ann Jane Skemp resided at 179, The Vale, Bowden, Altringham, Cheshire and later at 86 Park Gate Avenue, Withington, Manchester.

A graduate of Manchester and Strasburg he was appointed as the Winterstoke Professor of English at the University of Bristol in 1910 a year after his marriage to Jesse Dewrance Clarkson at Barrow in Furness.   He was the author of many works including "Robert Browning", "Francis Bacon: Life and Work" and Nathanael Richard's Tragedy of Messallina: The Roman Emperesse", and a contemporary wrote about him "His remarkable powers as a lecturer on his subject were well known, and he was idolised by staff and students alike for his intellectual gifts, strong and virile character, his energy and enthusiasm, and his geniality and unfailing kindness of heart endeared him to all".

At the outbreak of war he joined the University of Bristol Contingent of the Officer Training Corps and devoted himself with characteristic energy and enthusiasm to the work.   He was commissioned into the Unattached List of the Territorial Force on ****************** and was speedily transferred by the War Office to the staff of the 3rd Officer Cadet Battalion, Bristol.   He was promoted to Lieutenant on 7th December 1916 and to the acting rank of Captain on 19th November 1917.   It was Professor Skemp's constant desire from the outset to serve at the front, a desire which was long baulked by the very excellence of his qualities as a teacher.

After much pressure, however, he succeeded in getting released from his instructional work and was transferred to the Gloucestershire Regiment, as a Second Lieutenant, on 16th August 1918.   He was posted for active duty to the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment on 23rd October 1918, joining the battalion at Canal de la Sambre et L'Oise.

Just eight days later, on 1st November 1918, the battalion's War Diary reports that "A" Company were in the front line to the NE of Mazinghein and were attacked by the Germans.   The attack was repulsed but Lt Skemp was killed in this attack along with Cpl Wakefield, Pte Bennett, Pte Britnell, Pte Everson, Pte Lee and Pte Malin.

Lt Skemp is buried in the Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, Plot II, Row C, Grave 18.   His death was reported in The Times published on 12th November 1918 and he left a widow, Jessie, who resided at 18, Belgrave Road, Tyndall's Park, Bristol.

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SLADE, Ernest Cowper

Major, DSO, MC, MiD.   8th Battalion.   Killed in action in Belgium on 4th May 1918.   Buried in Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery.   Aged 29.



Ernest Slade's signature taken from War Office file WO 374/62835

Ernest Cowper Slade was born at Lambeth, London in 1889.   His parents, William Slade and Hanna Slade resided at  24, The Grove, Stockwell, London.

He was appointed to a Territorial Force Commission on 25th November 1908 as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th (City of Bristol) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment and on 23rd November 1909 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.   During this time he qualified at the School of Musketry.   He was further promoted to the rank of Captain on 14th September 1911 and at the outbreak of war as "C" Company Commander was posted to the 1/4th Battalion when it was formed from the first line troops of 4th Battalion in September 1914.   The unit became part of 144th Infantry Brigade, 48th (1st South Midland) Division and trained at Swindon and Danbury, Essex.   He was with the battalion when it embarked for France on 29th March 1915 and landed at Boulogne later the same evening.   The Division concentrated south-west of Ypres and the 1/4th Battalion first took over trenches in the front line, in the Ploegsteert Wood Sector, on 17th April 1915.

He was promoted to the rank of Temporary Major on 2nd January 1916 and on 3rd June 1916 was awarded a Military Cross (MC) in the King's Birthday Honours List.   On 14th July 1916 the Division moved into the Ovillers sector on the Somme and the next day the 144th Brigade ordered its battalions to cut off remnants of a German garrison in Ovillers village.   "B" and "D" Companies were detailed for the attack and assaulted the German positions and were surprised by an enemy counter-attack.   "C" Company, commanded by Major Slade, were ordered to support "B" and "D" Companies and their attacks by 8pm had reached over two hundred yards to the north of Ovillers.   Further attacks in the early morning of 19th July failed to capture any ground and the assault was called off.  Major Slade was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his conspicuous gallantry in these operation and the citation, which was published in the London Gazette Issue 29760 published on 22nd September 1916 read "For conspicuous gallantry during operations.   He organised with great skill bombing attacks, in order to reach two companies which were isolated in a trench further to the north.   On another occasion he was twice buried by shells in one night, but dug himself out and carried on as if nothing had happened".   He was also "Mentioned" in Field Marshal Haig's Despatch of 13th November 1916.

He was selected to command 2/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment TF and was promoted to the rank of acting and temporary Lieutenant Colonel on 12th March 1917 joining the unit, which was stationed near Vermand Ovillers, east of Amiens, on that date.   The unit was part of the 183rd Infantry Brigade, 61st Division and served in the Somme, Arras, Ypres, Cambrai and Arras sectors before Lt Col Slade became ill on 21st November 1917 requiring his evacuation to the UK.   He was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital For Officers, Marylebone, London for treatment and then attended a Medical Board on 11th December 1917, who granted him a period of sick leave.   A further Medical Board held on 22nd January 1918 granted him additional leave and on 11th February 1918 he was posted to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment TF, stationed at Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, in his substantive rank of Captain, to prepare for a return to active service.   In March 1918 he returned to the front and was posted to the 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.

During the German attacks during the Battle of the Lys between 9th and 29th April 1918 between La Bassee in the south and in the Ypres area in the north, the battalion were in the area south of Ypres from 31st March.   On 3rd May 1918 the battalion relieved the 39th Composite Brigade in the front lines near Dickebusch and on 4th May Captain Slade was killed.   There is no mention of his death in the battalion War Diary so it is not known how he met his end.   It may be that he was killed by a shell as a report from the Standing Committee of Adjustment (Affairs of Deceased Officers) on 2nd August 1918 suggested that "due to the nature of the casualty nothing was recovered".   Capt Slade was buried near to where he fell at Hallebast, south-west of Dickebusch.   In 1920, when isolated graves around the Dickebusch area were concentrated at the Klein Vierstraat British Cemetery, his remains were re-interred there in Plot IV, Row D, Grave 10.

In the Supplement to the London Gazette, Issue 30661, dated 1st May 1918, he was promoted to the rank of substantive Major effective 22nd June 1917.






SLOCOMBE, Arthur Douglas

Second Lieutenant.   8th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 30th July 1916.   Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.   Aged 18.








SMITH, Arthur Roughton

Second Lieutenant.   1/6th Battalion.   Died of wounds in France on 22nd July 1916.   Buried in Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension.   Aged 23.








SMITH, Wilfred Vincent

Lieutenant.   8th Battalion.   Killed in action in Belgium on 7th August 1917.   Buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.   Aged 30.







SOLOMON, Kenneth Maurice Halgren

Second Lieutenant.   Attached to 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.   Died of wounds in UK on 18th September 1915.   Buried in Willesden Jewish Cemetery.   Aged 26.




Commemorated in the British Jewry Book of Honour 1914 - 1918.







Lieutenant.   Seconded to 5th Squadron Royal Air Force.   Killed in aerial action in France on 8th August 1918.   Buried in Caix British Cemetery.   Aged 24.








SQUIRE, Stanley Charles

Lieutenant.   7th Battalion.   Killed in action in Gallipoli on 9th August 1915.   Commemorated on Helles Memorial.   Aged 22.








STAGG, Alfred Charles

Second Lieutenant.   Attached to 14th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.   Died of wounds in France on 10th July 1916.   Buried in Morlancourt British Cemetery No 1.   Aged 19.



  Born 8th August 1895.





STAGG, Edward Christopher

Second Lieutenant.   14th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 18th July 1916.   Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.   Aged 26.








STANLEY, Arthur Kinnaird

Lieutenant.   1/5th Battalion.   Killed in action in Italy on 15th June 1918.   Buried in Boscon British Cemetery.   Aged 23.









Second Lieutenant.   7th Battalion.   Killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 29th March 1917.   Buried in Baghdad (North gate) War Cemetery.   Aged 25.








STEEL, Norman

Second Lieutenant.   1/5th Battalion.   Killed in action in Belgium on 16th August 1917.   Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial.   Aged 20.




Joined the Battalion on 26th October 1916 from 4th (Reserve) Battalion.






STEPHENSON, Eric Seymour

Captain, DSO.   Attached to HQ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.   Died of wounds at sea on 6th May 1915.   Buried in Ta-Braxia Cemetery, Malta.   Aged 36.




Promoted to the substantive rank of Captain on 9th June 1911.






STEWART, Adrian Harry

Lieutenant.   Seconded to 3rd Battalion Nigeria Regiment, West African Frontier Force.   Killed in action in Cameroon, West Africa, on 29th August 1914.   Commemorated on Calabar Memorial, Nigeria.   Aged 26.



Adrian Harry Stewart was born on 25th February 1888 at Morningthorpe Manor, Long Stratton, Norfolk.   He was the youngest son of Colonel Harry Hutchinson Augustus Stewart and Frederica Elizabeth Stewart, who resided at Hopton Hall, near Lowestoft, Suffolk.

He was educated at the Albert Memorial College, Framlingham, Suffolk before entering the Royal Military College, Sandhurst between 1906 and 1907. On completion of training on 4th May 1907 he was appointed to a Regular Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Gloucestershire Regiment.






Listed in Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914 - 1918, Volume 8, page 69.






STILEMAN, Frederic William Cheere

Captain.   8th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 23rd July 1916.   Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.   Aged 29.








STONE, Frederick James

Captain.   7th Battalion.   Died of wounds in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 29th December 1916.   Buried in Amara War Cemetery.   Aged 24.




He was appointed to a Temporary Regular Commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on 28th September 1914 and posted to the 7th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.






STREET, Thomas Anderson

Lieutenant.   10th Battalion.   Accidentally killed in Belgium on 27th January 1918.   Buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, St Jean.   Aged 23.




On 20th January 1918 the Battalion moved forward from Divisional Reserve on the Yser Canal and relieved 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment near the "Boch Cross Roads" (map ref 20SW4.T.24d) in the 1st Infantry Brigade Reserve Area and supplied working parties for work on the "Army Line" up to 27th January before moving to Vandamme Camp in the Brigade Support Area.   The Battalion's War Diary entry for 27th January simply states that "Lt T A Street accidentally killed".

He was buried in a battlefield cemetery near to where he fell and after the war his body was re-interred at the New Irish Farm Cemetery, to the north-east of Ypres, in Plot XXXI. C. 6.

Lt Street is commemorated on the Bath War Memorial.

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SWANWICK, Russell Kenneth

Lieutenant.   1st Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 14th September 1914.   Buried in Vendresse British Cemetery.   Aged 29.








SYMONS, Clement Aubrey

Lieutenant.   10th Battalion.   Killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Commemorated on Loos Memorial.   Aged 22.



From group photo of 10th Battalion officers - November 1914

Clement Aubrey Symons was born at Banbury in 1893.   He was the third son of Edward William Symons and Katherine Elizabeth Symons resided at 20, Belmont, St Swithin's, Bath.   Edward Symons was Headmaster of King Edward's School, Bath.   Mrs Symons later resided at "Sunnyside", Easebourne, Midhurst. Sussex.

He attended King Edward's School, Bath where he was a prominent member of the cricket and football teams and was a member of the School Officer Training Corps.   At the outbreak of war he immediately applied for and was appointed to a Temporary Regular Commission as a Second Lieutenant on 17th September 1914 and posted to the 10th (Service) Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment.

The Battalion 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.   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.   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, Warminster, for Southampton were it embarked for France, landing at Le Havre during the early morning of 9th August.   The Battalion was put under direct command of GHQ.

On 16th August 1915, GHQ deployed the Battalion to the 1st Infantry Brigade, part of the 1st Division, where it underwent further training for field service and first entered the front line trenches, in front of Bethune, on 19th August 1915.   On 10th September 1915 the battalion was ordered to prepare for action in the 1st Division attack to break through the German first, second and third lines in the Loos sector, 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" (map ref 36C.NW3.G.17d) 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".   Lt Symons was killed, as were Captain E H Moss, Capt J W C Tongue, Capt I R Gibbs, Capt E H Sale, Lt G G W Leary, Lt G W Robinson, Lt H A Whiffin and 2Lt G W Field.  2Lt P V N Neems was severely wounded and died of wounds in the UK on 9th October 1915.

His body was never found or recovered from the battlefield and he is listed on the Loos Memorial To The Missing.   His death was officially reported in The Times published on 20th October 1915 but the family had previously published a small biography in The Times of 7th October 1915.

He is commemorated on the Bath War Memorial.   Photographs of Clement Symon's Great War campaign medals and Bronze Commemorative Plaque are held by the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

WO 339/19716




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