Sunday, 27 September 2015

Robert Barker Dragoon Guards 1915 A letter.

The following letter was received from Marsh Lane regarding the death of Robert Barker of The Dragoon Guards. His brother William had been lost early in the war. This was relatively early on in the war, but letters like these were soon arriving into the country in their thousands by the day.  The letter is reproduced verbatim, with thanks to Laurence Robinson and the family who procured this letter for us. Fred Credland lived on Butts Road. I have a photo of Bob in the 1914 section. At present
21st May 1915
40 Marsh lane Barton upon Humber

Dear George and Cissy

You will no doubt have received the card from Jennie telling you the sad news that poor Bob Barker had fallen in action, but I thought that you would like to know a little more about it, his father received a letter from Bobs captain on Thursday morning so I went down to see him, the letter said that on the 13th of this month the royal dragoons had reinforced the tenths hussars when an high explosive shell fell at Bobs feet. He was killed instantly and a chap called corporal brown stayed behind with him and took all his personal belongings off him. The captain finished by speaking in the highest terms of poor bob and said that he died like a brave soldier fighting for king and country to the last.  He also said that he was the only officer left out of the whole lot so they must have been beat up very badly. I was having my breakfast
when Gertie came on her bike and told me about it, I went at once to Bobs home and his father was broken down with grief and it made me cry too when I read the letter, I had so looked forward to him coming home again. If I could do better and work all the day I could not help but think about him, what good times we had together and he bid me farewell on the new Holland pier that night when he went back to the front. He seemed so cheerful and so brave. My word, but it’s hard for the Barkers to have lost them both, I shall go to church on the Sunday morning as I think I ought to do. When he was here the last time he was saying that he had not seen his brother William since he enlisted, but they will have met again now, I feel sure, for I think god in his mercy would forgive him his sins and he was called at short notice, and I am certain he would meet his death as he met everything ( with a smile on his face) I have got a few photographs taken of him, the one he sent from India and I will send one as I know you would like one. Well I think this is all time I almost forgot to tell you can remember how the sunset when bobs was killed how it glowed, when I called you to the gate. I never had much faith in signs and omens but that night must have been a sign that bob had sent it seemed so queer. I will now draw to a close with saying that I do think that god in his redeeming can and will have mercy on poor bobs soul and then we shall meet him again in that land  where we shall be no more, for no braver and kinder that bob barker would be wished for. Jennie sends her best and along with my beliefs

Your loving brother Fred.


Monday, 8 June 2015


This was inevitable.  The interest has gone on  a lot and we have found ourselves staring into lots of old newspapers, and wondering about the outlying villages along the banks of the Humber and further in.
Here are some biopics etc  of other men from round and about the low villages, Barrow, Goxhill, Thornton Curtis, New Holland and the farms.  As these places are too small to warrant their own pages, and the fact that many of them came to Barton to train as territorials (thought New Holland lads would have most likely enlisted in Hull, I thought it only appropriate to include them as well-in fact it only seemed fair. 
There is a plethora of information on the War Memorials websites.  Nobody else has done it as far as I know except for the boys of the Roll of Honour lads who have done an amazing job. So please note, this section is incomplete. I appreciate your patience. Contributions are very welcome.

For further information on the Barton villages please refer to this website the link shown below.

March 1918 news clip

Fred Drury Carlile 
Private 20641 Lincolnshire Regt.
Died 23-3-1918

Fred Drury Carlile whose parents lived at college farm in Thornton was reported dead -he died on 23rd March 1918 gassed and wounded after being carried out by Clarvis, a friend from S. Ferriby.  It would seem that he was caught up on the 21st in the Spring Offensive.
It would appear that a brother C W Carlile had been killed earlier in the War.

Kenneth F Bean of Scawby ad been killed earlier in the war as an officer with the Royal Scots; his brother, Noel was so badly wounded that in April 1918 his parents were called to his bedside in France as he wasn't expected to live.  By the look of things he made it. 

Arthur Brumpton of Wootton Severely wounded March 1918 in German Offensive.
He was in the 21st Casualty Clearing station  (HDM) Arthur succumbed to his injuries a month later-his parents lived at Swallow Lane in Wootton.

Arthur Brumpton
2nd/5th Lincolnshire Regt  
Pte. 241369
Buried at Auxi Le Chateau  pas de Calais

After gassing and an operation Arthur Brumpton is slowly progressing.

April march 18

1918 Pte William Tong of Barrow wdd brother C Tong killed a month prior

Sgt Tom Jarvis of Goxhill wounded in knee Canadian hospital

Tom Jackson one of the Lincolns company that did not fall back during great retreat now reported wounded and prisoner in Germany as is Phil Cork S Ferriby.

Captain Rolf Rudolph Elwes Coldstream Guards since start of conflict has been wounded and gassed-became a RC chaplain at 65 years old 6mths pow. and was a founder and director of universal motors ltd

Pte Arthur Stamp son of Mr Mrs W Stamp Royal Oak Goxhill missing since 21.3.18

Phil Cork is wounded and a prisoner in Germany commd
home and Sgt Tom Jackson POW both are of S.Ferriby.

Private Garnet Atkins (sic) of Goxhill.

Lieutenant Benjamin Hutchinson MC 11th Battn. east Yorkshire Regt. lost his life on 3rd May 1917. His name is inscribed on the Arras Memorial having no known resting place.

                                     A missing notice for Walter Turner who was not to return from the War.

                                  C H Thompson of Barrow upon Humber.

As an example of crossed lines and confusion, the newspapers have wrongly identified Charles Thompson of Barrow. The rest of the detail is correct.  Charles is buried at Cabaret Rouge Cemetery.

Ernest Jackson of Ferriby, killed in a naval accident in home waters.  Also here is Corporal J Harrison of Barton, West Yorkshire Regiment.

                                                         Sgt John Harrison of New Holland

                                                Frederick Clayton was lost on the Hohenzollern Redoubt.

Leonard Franklin Sherwoods reported as missing in March 1918 son of Robert Franklin New Holland

Both Leonard and his brother Bernard appear on the New Holland War Memorial but neither are listed with the CWGC.

Arthur Stamp Royal Oak Goxhill s of Mr & Mrs W Stamp

Pte George Richardson of Elsham wounded and in hospital.

END article

Lt Henry Sharpley of Kesteven killed in action son of Hy Sharpley of Limber and rel to J Sharpley JP of Boswell.  He appears on the Ulceby War Memorial and his name is above the door of Providence House Barton. His family gave the house to the people of Barton as a memorial to him.

Sgt F Baker Worlaby gunshot wounds and trench foot in hospital light trench mortar

Lewis G Walker Worlaby not heard of for 6 weeks and family would like information from any comrade to furnish them with details of his whereabouts.  Apparently Lewis made it back to England.

The following casualty lists are undated but provide a little insight into what the families dreaded reading in the press.

This selection is from 25th April 1918, when the British army was being scattered badly, totally run ragged and scores of people were dead and missing. It includes the entry for Charles Franklin.  The casualty lists appeared every day during the war.

Alf Butler Royal Engineers of South Ferriby is seriously injured.

Sgt E Baker Worlaby wounds and trench foot at Boulogne.

L/Cpl Arthur Walters New Holland missing wince March 23rd. 

Pte Jim Parkinson Lincolns reported missing from New Holland one of four sons at the front.

Arthur Walters son of Mrs B Walters stretcher bearer missing since

R W Isaac Elsham you will recall he was severely wounded during the shelling of the Mercia has been missing since. 

note: Corporal 51392  (204627) (formerly 55036 Lance Corporal)  Lincs. Yeomanry) Reginald W. Isaac was captured at Wytschaete Termonde? during the German offensive in March 1918 and was a prisoner at Dulmen POW camp. 
He had been aboard the Mercian with the Lincolnshire Yeomanry when she was torpedoed by a submarine in September 1915
It should be borne in mind that among this list were 3 Barton men, and many from Louth, Crowle and various villages dotted about North Lincs.

William Tong of the Lincolns of Barrow has died of wounds. Son Mr and Mrs Charles Tong of Barrow, this is the second son to make supreme sacrifice.

Late in 1916 Fred Benson of Ferriby was bought before JP Hopper for overstaying his leave.

Private 27835 Arthur Rusling, a horseman of Wootton Wold, who fell in action with the 2nd Lincolns; his name is inscribed on the Thiepval memorial on the Somme. He lost his life on 27th Feb.1917. As seen he was called up in 1916. His name is not on Wootton War Memorial.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ernest Bilton Shucksmith 655 East Yorkshire Regiment

Ernest was enlisted into the East Yorkshire Regiment 13th Battalion as number 655 in the 13th Battalion. This was the same battalion that included a lot of Barton men, some of whom were killed on 13th November 1916 at the battle of the Ancre.
William Ernest Hare was among the numbers of Walter Parker, Joel Boyd, Freeman Wright, and latterly Harry Todd died of injuries in January 1917 who were in the 12 and 13th Battalions that saw action on the last battle front of the 1916 Somme campaign.  The story of the 13th at Ancre is told in the 1916 chapter, if you would be so kind as click on the link!

Ernest appears to have been born 3rd April 1881, in Wootton, some sources say 1878, so he possibly lied about his age when attesting. He was living in Eastfield Road after a spell at Burnham cum Thornton, and his occupation was groom and garthman-before going into gardening.
He was married to Mary Ellen (Wallis) at Sculcoates, in 1907.

He is pictured here with his wife and three girls.  Many thanks for the use of photo and information from Mr.Paul Shucksmith.

If more information is available please do not hesitate to contact me at the usual email

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Adamson Family New Holland

The Adamson family of New Holland.  John Henry was killed at the redoubt on 13th October 1915 with the 5th Lincolns.   He was training to be a blacksmith.  George at the far right was in the Lincolns. James was in the navy as can be seen. Their address was 12 Malvern Terrace New Holand.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

New Barton Photos

The children at home were encouraged to knit balaclavas and gloves for the lads at the front.  The question is how a wealthy Empire was unable to sustain the needs of its troops!  A lot of these would have been boldly displayed in houses around the town.  By the end of 1915 there were a number of fatherless children in the town.  As we can see, this one belonged to May Haddock. 
This wasa photo that turned up recently via Mrs. Chris Ellis formerly of Barton.  The caption on the back reads a group of Barton soldiers.  I am assuming this is later in the War, perhaps toward late 1915 or 1916, as the uniforms look well worn, after so many NCOs were lost at Loos/ The rough sashes indicate some sort of parade party.  I have a suspicion that one is Lance Corporal Mellor, who was injured and invalided out later on in the war, L Cpl Bacon may be another but I will try and verify this hopefully in short time.
This photo came along with the top one but I have a feeling a lot of these might be Scunthorpe men or 2nd/5th Battalion given their age.  They were actually sent out in the middle of the war and suffered casualties in the conflict.
Many thanks to Chris Ellis for letting me use these photos.

Remembrance Day-Names Added to The War Memorial-Special Thanks.

I thought that now would be the best opportunity to thank, on this 100th anniversary year of the Great War, all the people who donated toward the insertion of the new stones with the names of Barton men who were previously not included on the Cenotaph.  So here they are, without your help this would not have been possible.

In no order of donations-


















There are some people who wished to remain anonymous and thanks in no great measure to them.

Remembrance Day

The turnout was nothing short of spectacular.  I'm sure the same will be said of next year.

There are a number of videos on You tube and photos batting about on various websites.   There was a great number of veterans present also. The ceremony at St. Mary's church was very good. though the service was not as well attended.  A few people remarked that it was the biggest turn out in years at the cenotaph w3ith young and old alike in scores. The parade by the cadets and the Sally Army was well disciplined, represented-and good to see.  All in all, I think the First World War and Second World War heroes of Barton's hearts would have swelled to know that we are still very strong attendees.

The placing of the two new stones in the memorial were the culmination of a personal ambitions of a number of people-The Barton Living Memorial Trust to get recognition for those whose names were, by accident, omitted from the original stonework.

The inauguration of the Barton Cenotaph memorial stones, with in the background the popular display that was cut short for a number of reasons.  hopefully it will return in some shape or form, I have confidence that it will.

          Laurie with some of the museum staff and Councillors on the day of the inauguration.

 If anyone wishes to post copies of photos on here, just email me at the usual address.

All the very best for Christmas and the new year.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Mr George Lawson of South Ferriby

George W Lawson was another soldier that cropped up recently, in postings and conversations on Facebook. He enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment. .

         George pictured here with his wife and baby, date unknown but probably pre war or around 1914.

Carrying a few extra pounds here, comfort eating? This is unusual because a lot of men went the other way, the war sucked the life out of them. Perhaps the military life built him up! He may have been getting better food in the Sergeants mess. 

By 1915 or roundabouts here, he was obtained two wound stripes and has become Lance Sergeant.
The badge on his sleeve is LG for Lewis Gunner.

It looks as thought George was Acting Sgt 15283 which fits in with what is shown here but I shall delve further into this.  More information should be forthcoming shortly.

Many thanks go to Mrs. Valerie Mercer for use of these photos.

John Henry Adamson New Holland

John Henry Adamson was a soldier in the 1st/5th Barton Company Lincolnshire Regiment.  as such his local training depot would have been Butts Road. 
He liver at 12 Malvern Terrace with his family.
Also pictured here is brother James-in naval uniform, and he enlisted in 1909.
Standing far left is George Adamson, who also enlisted in the Lincolns. He took a bullet in the shoulder but survived. John of course sadly lost his life on that terrible day, 13th October 1915, at the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos. He was an apprentice blacksmith.  The assumption is that this building is 12 Malvern Terrace.

Many thanks go to Mr. Peter Watts and the Adamson family.  (His grandmother is second right, standing next to George)

Monday, 25 August 2014


Glover Welton was not in his own in being reported as dead among the missing lists of the Great War.  In this long forgotten news excerpt much excitement must have been generated when the ex Artillery Gunner a regular or reserve from 1914 was declared to be fit and well and more to the point alive. His own sisters had told all and sundry that he was dead or missing and a few thousand miles from where he was, at Kut in 1917.  

The old Barton adage, ''What they don't know they make up'' springs to mind. 

It would however have been far simpler for his family and all the strife they may have gone through if he had continued writing home.  I originally put him down in the 1918 section as missing with George Dewey which is what the parish magazine reported, by now, scandalous for it's inaccuracies.

His name appears on the st Mary's scroll. My thanks go to Ian Turner for this information. Glover actually passed away in the 1940s. His sisters had no idea that he was married. Many people had written to him after his ''rising from the grave'' with hope of information for loved ones.

For many soldiers the war brought an opportunity to dissappear.  Many soldiers are buried under pseudonyms.  The reasons for this are manifold  and actually include a number of former cirminals (not from Barton it must be said) and even murderers who had been released under a scheme in 1916. 

Joseph Osgerby Shellshock, The Cenotaph and a Formidable Mother

The following information was provided by a member of the Osgerby family.

The Osgerbys come from Barton and I saw your post about the entry of Gunner Joseph Osgerby (18th March 1918) on the Barton War Memorial.

His mother was Alice Osgerby neƩ Green (24.2.1863 - 17.8.1927) and Dad was Thomas who was 50 at the time of the 1911 census and living at 4 Chad's lane, Barton.
Thomas and Alice, his parents were Wesleyan Methodists who attended the Waterside Road Chapel so it is possible that he is buried in Barton.

Joseph was one of 16 children and initially worked for Hoppers as a cycle polisher before enlisting.  Many of his brothers enlisted too.

Joseph himself, enlisted in 1911 aged 21 and served with the 113 Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery RGA earning British War Medal, Victory medal, and 1914 Star with Mons Rosette (Rosette given to those who served from August through December in the Western Front 1914) He was wounded in 1915 and sent home for treatement.

By September 1915 he had avsconded from care, and was marked down as a deserter, having absconded from the care of the Military Hospital ha was attending as an outpatient.


As a regular soldier who had enlisted before the war Joseph would have been aware unless he was deeply affected by his injuries that desertion on the Western Front carried the death penalty whereas desertion in the UK was an imprisonable offence.  Other members of the family who returned wounded and who were tormented by their experiences for many years after.
Among the Osgerby military papers is a complaint from a woman in South Ferriby that he was the father of her child, and had left her without benefit.  This however would appear to be a mistake, and it was another Joseph Osgerby who was responsible! As we have seen there were three Joseph Osgerbys around the same age-another two older-the family were not too imaginative when naming their offspring.
It was likely that  he was suffering from what we would now describe as PTSD and that seems to have been the reason why he deserted in the UK in 1915 after he recovered from his wounds.
(He was actually absconded from attendance of military hospital as an outpatient.
In keeping with the parish records it does seem he died of wounds in Catterick 1918.
As we have learned the parish records are notorious for rumour and half truth. There was no second Joseph Osgerby in the CWGC Soldiers Died records to back this up.  
The story goes that when the war memorial was first unveiled his mother Alice made a very vigorous and vocal protest and confronted Revd. Varah and the other civic dignitaries insisting that Joseph's name should be added to the list of the fallen. She was by all accounts a formidable woman! And so it was that Josephs name appeared.  We can only guess at the conversation, but it may have been local knowledge that Joseph had deserted-who knows!

The reason that the trail went cold was definitely because Joseph re-enlisted under his mother's maiden name of Green. He had absconded from attendance of a military hospital after he had been wounded during the heavy campaigns of 1914. In those days before photo passes and the majority of people not holding passports, a fake pass and identity could be easily conjured.

At the time, Hipswell Camp in Catterick was a base for The Royal Artillery and The Royal Tank Corps so assuming that he re-enlisted into The Royal Garrison Artillery rather than another unit then there may be a record of him. Unfortunately quite a lot of WWI records were destroyed by fire during the Blitz so it may prove to be a dead end.

15972 Gunner George Green of The Royal Garrison Artillery died of wounds  in 1918 and the parent listings of Tom and Alice confirm that Green/Osgerby are the same man.



The other Joseph Osgerby (another relative) listed on the memorial is 2400230 LCpl J Osgerby of the Lincolnshire Regiment who was KIA on 19th February 1918 and is buried at Mory Abbey near Arras.

 The grave of Gunner Joseph Osgerby aka Gunner George Green.
The records show the final information on our missing soldier as;
Gunner  Service No:111448
          Date of Death:
          Age:25 (thus born in 1893 or thereabouts and misleading regarding his age
Royal Field Artillery attd. Command Depot Tank Corps
Grave Reference:27. 2.
Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Alice Osgerby, of 8, Marine Parade, Spyvee St., Witham, Hull.

Many thanks to the CWGC for use of this information.

At the time Hipswell was a large Military hospital and also the base for the Tank Corps and the Artillery; Gunner George Green was attached to the command depot while he tried to recover from,and succumbed to his wounds.


Joseph Osgerby the Younger, (a cousin and the son of Charles and Matha).Joseph was in the 2nd/5th Lincolns and is buried at Mory abbey on the Somme. 

 The grave of Tom Osgerby, brother of Joseph the elder who is butied at the Huts Cemetery, near to Ypres. Joseph the elder had lost his father and his brother Tom in 1917. He was in 190Battery RHA which as we have seen had a run of Barton men including Clifford Anderson and harry Wilkinson.

My gratitude goes out to a member of the extended family of the Osgerbys for this information.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Book Review David Bilton The Home Front in The Great War

The Home Front in the Great War Aspects of the Conflict 1914-1918 by David Bilton isbn 178346177-2

Firstly,  I confess wholeheartedly to being a fan of David Bilton herefore it is with some bias that I review The Home Front which holds a degree of fascination, despite preoccupation with the war in the trenches, and other theatres of war.
If the reader labours under the illusion that the Home Front was merely about shell production and lonely wives and widows, be prepared for a journey imto the bigger picture. 
I feel the subject is often neglected, however if the women and children of this island had not been so resolute I their own determination to see things  through, a resolutiom that was to be tested to the hilt by growing casualty lists and starvation,  then surely the war could not have gone on, in light of Britain being essentially a belligerent power in the struggle for European domination. 
This is a difficult enough story to tell,  and it could dangerously slip into mediocrity but it is a story that needs telling and telling well; in his respect David Bilton has produced a book for everyone whether a student of the Great War or not. What is immensely satisfying is the city at war section, that badly dents the image that wars are fought and won from London....the capital is not neglected in this book but Hull is played up for what it really is/was a major European city port and a massive contributor to Britain's war effort.  I would have liked to have seen a chapter on tank production, as it is such a major story on its own, perhaps his is the reason it was missing.
The illustrations are lively as are the cartoons of the period. The book is heaving with facts, from the scarcity of matches to the decline of the popularity of the top hat in the war owing, Bilton says, to its wearers being unable to sit in non requisitioned public transport...Id have hough in part because it's wearers were in droves at the front. However, get this book, it is I'm sure going to be a classic in WW1 history.

Price £14.99 from

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Another Barton Soldier not listed- Pte G H Hewson

After a recent email I came across the following soldier.  Although he is not a First World War casualty but he is of interest as he died or was killed on or around 1st March 1919. Private George Anthony Hewson lived at 11 Brigg Road, Barton.
His service number was 18966 and he was married to Ruth.  He had lived in Bonby in 1913. He was 29 years old at the time of his death and is buried at Brookwood in Surrey.
Brookwood was used for many casualties of the Irish war from 1919 to 1921 and there was a website that gave a full timeline into the Irish War but this is off air. Whether he was a casualty of the war in Ireland (The Lncolns were certainly there) I do not yet know. I shall be doing some more research to find out more about George.,%20GEORGE%20ANTHONY

Book Review Command and Morale on The Western Front by Gary Sheffield

The following books are published by media company specialising in military books, Pen & Sword and are due for release this summer.


Command and Morale The British Army on the Western Front 1914-1918

Gary Sheffield

Published by Praetorian Press

ISBN 9781-78159-021-8 

This book is a series of  academic papers and essays that the author has written and over thirty years and gives the viewpoints of politicians Generals, junior officers and apparently, other ranks.

Gary Sheffield is the Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton who has a vast experience as a writer and a lecturer.

The book intends to ''essential reading'' to give a ''broader understanding'' of the subject of the Great War on the Western Front.

There is much fine referencing in it, and useful further reading sections at the end of each chapter.

It is divided into two distinct sections-Command-and secondly Morale, as the title implies. 

The roles of supreme command men such as the controversial Sir Douglas Haig and the questionable Sir Henry Rawlinson, and the laughably bad Sir Hubert Gough occupying their  own chapter paint an interesting picture of the types of men who marshalled the B.E.F. during the conflict.

A picture emerges of latent mutiny not within the ranks but within higher command circles by 1917, resignations and the blame game, backtracking coming to the fore.

For all Haig's faults, and there are many, a scene emerges of an army of many components that was undergoing metamorphosis to something resembling perfection in 1918 by which time a number of bad commanders had been whittled out, (apart from the old boys network allowing Rawlinson back into the fold)  after Gough had been sacked in 1918, the latter's poor career at Loos (see my chapters on Hohnezollern Redoubt) on the Somme becoming all too apparent. Rawlinson himself had tried to shift blame onto one of his divisional commanders, for which he himself lost reputation and almost his job after backtracking when rumbled. Sacrificial pawns on the altar of career-nothing changes.

The hot subject of coalition comes under scrutiny, with all its shortcomings and pitfalls, the lack of diplomacy in some circles, and the surprisingly skilful diplomacy of others, as well as a chapter dedicated to the Australians and their progressive command on the Somme; Vimy Ridge and Arras in 1917, and finally
''British Troops-the indespensable factor in 1918'.

In ''Indespensable Factor'' I take issue with ''the performance of the 46th Division at Gommecourt.''  (The Somme 1916)
The Commander Sir Montagu Stuart Wortley and Haig had an emnity that went back to at least 1915 when Stuart Wortley rightly criticized Haig's handling of the battle of Loos, who was then corps commander.  Haig like the elephant never forgot, and it after Wortley stood down the 46th Division on the Somme he was duly reprimanded and sacked, spending the rest of his life attempting to clear his name, something it appears a few commanders had to do.

There were several charges against the division-drunkenness, aimed also at Wortley, and ''lack of fighting verve'' from Haig.  Just to clear things up here is an excerpt from what happened to the 46th Division and in particular the Lincolns-(not from this book)

 137th Brigade - The Brigade's attack was already at a standstill and desperate messages were being sent up and down the mud-filled, casualty strewn communication trenches as officers desperately tried to reorganise for a new advance. Those that were able to had crawled back from the German wire to huddle in the muddy advanced trench and others found refuge in the shell holes and long grass of No Man's Land.

For our Lincolns alone 333 men and officers were killed on the 1st day of the Somme. 
The performance may have been bad but bravery was not lacking, and what Wortley most likely did was to save a whole lot of men from extinction.

At least as the book dictates it was the 46th who took the Hindenburg line in 1918, as a much improved fighting force. 

Tactics are discussed for the layman to easily understand from the old style (hopefully we can use cavalry again soon) to the new strategies which were espoused by Sir Herbert Plumer, Sir john Monash a professional engineer and part time soldier and Arthur Currie, who had started life as a militia gunner, and who had gone bust as a real estate salesman.

The intrigues, backbiting, backslapping, sycophancy  and ruthlessness of politics within the army command and the political masters are quite well shown. At times you may wonder that the war was won. We only see glimpses of the player's characters though, bah!

Sir Henry Wilson's role in hiring and firing of senior commanders, as well as his renowned and eternal trouble making, until his death at the hands of a one legged IRA man (a veteran of the Great War)  in Eaton Square is overlooked in the chapter on Sir Henry Rawlinson and other commanders-a passing nod. 

Both were involved in the Curragh mutiny that nearly bought down the 1914 Government and the effect that this was to have on the war of 1914 may have been more far reaching than is recognized in terms of the internal political struggles within the machinations of the Imperial General Staff.

The Command section is a vast subject to tackle.  Many valuable and distastrous commanders nowadays are forgotten in the mesmerising melee of books that are available today.  What comes to light is that Haig had got shot of many of the bad apples by 1918, hired talent, yet not quite used them to their full potential in his first two years of command-or was still plugging gaps-and reminded others they were ''not fighting Bashi-Bazouks now''; that the British army and the colonial force  was evolving and had become a supreme fighting entity by the war's end, with leaders properly educated in the ''art of warfare''.

In the ''Morale'' section, the general morale of the British army in 1914-1918, the operational role of the Military Police, (Redcaps) Officer to Man Relations in the 22nd London Fusiliers, (taken as an example as the relationships between colonial officers and working class men) and the effects of the War on so called class relationships in Britain is taken on.
I enjoyed reading this chapter, and it shows how the the sheltered lives of the privileged, their comings and goings from the colonies came down to earth with a huge thump when they were existing shoulder to shoulder, observing at close quarters the comings and goings of working class fellow man under the same shellfire and the the same bullets and mud lice etc that the war was throwing at them, how much they relied on these men to help them through their own war.

However there is not so much of a reciprocate, the views of the men on their officers. In fact the reciprocate comes from middle to upper class men who chose humbly, to become privates. However the brotherhood if you like of the trenches is portrayed by the OCA (the old comrades)  who were still helping each other out in hard times as late as 1970 and I would say a little beyond came as a slight surprise.

Also there is a very interesting chapter on Major Christopher Stone, DSO MC (22nd Royal Fusiliers again) who eventually became the first personality DJ ''The first Gentleman of Radio'', an unusual slant on a gentleman officer who fought, and whose whole outlook on life and people changed significantly as a result of his experiences. This is a wonderful pen portrait and shows Stone's conversion from never questioning his belief that he was in the position he was in in the structured middle class to a social awakening after rubbing shoulders with ''the workers'' and their common endurance in the trenches. Sheffield asserts that Stone was not alone in this manner of thinking, and that the 1930s were a time of awakening social responsibility despite the rise of Hitler.

This is another book that is certainly biased and based around the capital, so if you are looking to something more than that it was London and the South East and Aussies that decided the outcome of the war from the British Army viewpoint, it is a trifle off putting.

The relevance of characters within the pages such as H.H.Munro or Saki who remains eternally on the fringe of British literature is a little questionable.  I would have liked to have seen a little more on recognizable figures such as Siegfried Sassoon, who lived a controversial life after the Great War and held some fine opinions on it. This would have given the book a more popular appeal.

Why is the rest of the country so neglected by the academics when it comes to discussion on the Great War? 
This is a book for an academic-if you are looking for hyperbole, the usual extravagant claims, of i.e. bloodcurdling stories of Commanders thoughtlessly sending men to their doom, or are starting to gain an interest in the Great War, it is wiser to look elsewhere, or to see Doctor Sheffield at one of his lectures, unless you have a particular interest in a couple of the subjects. 

A good read  for the middle to advanced war researcher, what I find invaluable is the book listings and plenty of  new information that is within these pages.  Also there are all the new leads, when a name pops up, I found myself fervently googling.

Perhaps we shall see one day more research done on some of the characters within this book such as Brigadier General Joey Davies who fought Rawlinson's machine when his own career was threatened.

I do have the slight suspicion that anyone who is familiar with Doctor Sheffield's works might be already be familiar with some at least of what is written but that does not remove the fact that it is entertaining to a great degree.

For me its a 4.5 out of 5

Please see here for more information on Professor Sheffield and his publications.

Saturday, 29 March 2014


Herbert Beacroft of the Royal Engineers. 

Herbert was originally enlisted on October 25th 1916 into the 2nd/4th KOYLI (Kings Own Yorks Light Infantry) Private 9613  and later Private 359486. 

He was born in Scawby in 1876 the son of Mark and Rebecca; his siblings were Emily and Ernest E Beacroft, and Harry Daubney who may have been adopted. Herbert was married on 31st January 1897 in the Primitive Methodist Chapel to Helen Gouldthorpe with whom by the time of war he had had six children with Edith 11-05 Ethel Dec 8th 1910 Vera Feb 23-1912 Lionel? (illeg) Herbert and Ernest born in 1900.The family lived at Clifford's Avenue 6 Pasture Road. 

Men of this category were called up a little later in he drafts, though he could consider himself a little hard done to considering his age to be called up. 
Men had been invited to put their names down into what was called the group scheme. The group scheme declared that you had offered your services and in the unlikely scenario, that you were called up you would be obliged to go into the military. There were points systems.  If you were married you got knocked down the list, if you had children you got knocked further down the list-in theory. So he was called up rather quickly, and by late 1916 after the bloody disasters on the Somme, just about no-one was exempt. 

Herbert worked at the Farmer's Co. (ACC Chemical Works etc) and had not done military service previously. He was attested at Lincoln. He had also done some time at the brickyards. 

His medical notes picture him as 5.ft 7in.,131lb, (9 odd stone) of good physique. 

As he was in a 2nd line company, initially he would in theory have been in the rear lines mostly. Herbert remained on home duty until 14-1-17 when he was sent out with the Expeditionary Force, to France.
He transferred to the Royal Engineers on 26-2-17 as a Sapper 359486 in the 252 Tunnelling Company. This tunnelling was actually fraught with danger. The mine shafts were dug out in silence under the enemy lines so that ammonal could be planted and the enemy blown sky high.  However the Germans were doing the same, and the chance of a meet in the middle was high enough, the risk of tunnels falling in and a counter mining incident all too common. He would have been 42 years old by then. It is plausible that his experience with chemicals was an asset to the work involved. 

Upon leaving the army he was still eligible for call up despite his age and army trade and he would have been compelled to go to Newark to re-enlist. 

So Herbert made it through the war. But as he was leaving, Ernest aged 18 was going to guard the Rhine in a Youth Battalion.

He had listed into the 53rd Youth Battalion Sherwood Foresters and had gone overseas  in September 1918. He had been home from the Watch on The Rhine, returning and drowning six days later while swimming at Cologne.  He is buried in the same cemetery, Cologne Southern as Alfred Taylor Woodcock of Barton. 
He had been back from leave at home for 6 days when he met his end. 
Interestingly Ernest had a deformity of his femur, which was due to an old fracture and possible disease. 

Ernest was one of the names missing until recently from the Barton Cenotaph and one of the first that I identified as missing through the Parish Magazines that the Late Hugh Varah let me study. according to family the omission broke his mother's heart.

Now thankfully this has been put right.

Despite the rigours of war, Herbert passed away in 1936 at the age of 60 not long after his wife Helen who predeceased him in December 1935. Hebert was buried in August 1936 his address then being Whitecross Street.


Many thanks to the Beacroft family for the loan of this photo

Friday, 28 March 2014


Elijah Foster was born in 1893.  He was the son of William and Ann (nee Baker)  and were living at 1892 census at Dinsdale's Brickyard at Pasture Road, Barton.
William was foreman of the yard by 1901. Elijah being the 4th son of 7 siblings, the other sons, George Bemrose, , Arthur, and John  the two daughters being Ethel and and Maud.

Elijah was married to his wife Mabel (nee Simpson S.Killingholme) for 60 years, she preceding him in 1974. The family lived at Windmill Pond House, midway between Barrow Haven and New Holland from 1920 until 1950s, they then moved to ''Allistair'' Ferry Road, Barrow Haven for the rest of their days.

Elijah enlisted into the Leicester Regiment most likely though not definitely as a volunteer with the Regimental number 45953.

Not much is known about Elijah's service.  He was posted as missing in 1918, after the Great German offensive, near to Vaucelette Farm in the North Somme area.

What is known at the time the 6th 7th 8th and 9th battalions of the Leciesters were present and a composite battalion of 1st Lincolns, 12th and 13th Northumberland Fusiliers, 4th South Africans made a valiant stand against overwhelming forces of Germans on March 21st at Epehy.

Vaucelette Farm, which is still there, is just a couple of kilometres to the North of Epehy, in the Northern Somme region.

Elijah had been out on reconnaissance as a scout/sniper with a couple of pals only to come back a while later to find their regiment had been wiped out and that the German front line was now advanced beyond them.  They now had to make their way through enemy territory, which was increasing at a huge rate for three months, and back to the relative safety of the British lines, with possibly a lot of explaining to do., after which he was shipped home.  Mrs Foster was pregnant at the time, and when the child was born Mabel named her Vaucelette.

They had 7 children together; 5 daughters Ivy Evelyn 1914-2011, Ruth Maud 1916-1920, Vaucelette 1918-2002, Sylvia May 1923-2005, and Eva Winifred 1931-2002 and 2 sons Thomas 1920-1971 and Kenneth 1922-1995. 

Most of the dead from the action appear to be remembered on the Pozieres Memorial and the large majority have no known place of burial.
Elijah passed away in 1983 at 90 years of age. 

Elijah's medal index card.

The card shows that Elijah was entitled to the British War and Victory medal.  There is a note which says at the top 24-5-16 which could allude to his entry into the army, despite it being in the wrong slot. Another date shows 7-6-16 which could account for his overseas service. 

Much gratitude to Elijah's family for the information. 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

MORE BARTON SOLDIERS-Photos from Relatives

Elijah Foster was the fourth son of William Foster who was married to of Eccles Brickyard.  He enlisted into the 4th Battalion the Leicetershire Regiment which meant he was in the same brigade, the 138th, as the Barton Company.  His regimental number was 45953. Elijah. was a tile maker by profession.  He was born in 1893 and lived to the ripe old age of 90, passing on in 1983. He has his own chapter elsewhere in the blog.

Many thanks to the family of Elijah Foster for the photo and information 


Thomas served his time in the Royal Field Artillery. He was born around 1892.
Likely his horsemanship would serve him in the Artillery, as he was enlisted as a driver. As you can see in the photo he has the bandolier and lanyard of a driver. 
The boots are also particular to the horse driver, with the heavy flap on the front. 
The photo was taken by Bertram Parker.
Thomas went out to France with the Royal Field Artillery Driver 85604 on 1st August 1915 as a driver. This qualified him for the medal trio, 1915 star.This is an early date, and indicates previous service, (reserve)  Territorial, or an emergency where they needed horsemen quickly. 
Thomas lived himself at Poor Farm which has strong connections to the Bluecoat charity. He was the son of John and Mary Newmarch, and had a big family as was typical for a farm, with brothers, George, Joseph, John, Thomas, and sisters, Alice and Mary (L) ranging in ages from 22 to 6 in the '01 census.

Many thanks to the family of Thomas Newmarch for the photo shown here

Private Alfred Turgoose Barton Company 3230 and 360086 Lincolnshire Regiment 1892-1956   He was in the first batch that went out on 1st March 1915 and he was wounded at the Hohenzollern Redoubt.  Many thanks to Alfred's family for this photo.

Sergeant Jack Gouldthorpe probably West Yorkshire Regiment.  No further info at present. This is a Bertram Parker photo.  

Herbert Gouldthorpe of the Private 4495 and 202072 West Yorkshire Regiment.
He qualified for BWM and Victory Medal, hence putting him in the war after 1915. 
Notice the ammunition pouches this appears to be 1908 issue.  The camp is most likely in the UK. 

Many thanks to the families of Jack and Herbert for these wonderful photos.

Herbert Beacroft of the Royal Engineers.Many thanks to the Beacroft family for the loan of this photo

Charles Danson in what appears to be an Australian contingent.  I shall do some further investigation into this man very soon.

Many thanks to the Danson family for the loan of this photograph


William Robinson of the Staffordshire Regiment (North Staffordshire possibly)  He was as the legend shows, a prisoner of war for a long time. 

If you have any further information on the Barton men, village men, or Barton at war in general please contact 

Sean at 

or Laurie,  at


Saturday, 15 March 2014


John William Leaning

Jack Leaning, in Tropical field dress, complete with pith helmet, and note the highly polished boots.  The photo was taken in Nubar Pacha Studio, Street 10.  Nubar Pacha is not a place but the name of an Egyptian premier.


  • Born on 27th December 1893 his parents were Joseph and Anne Leaning. He had a sister called Kate Eveline. The family home was 44 Pasture Road, Barton.
  • John went to church school from 5 years and left at 14 years.

  • After school he worked on several local farms and chemical works to earn a living.

  • Jack was enlisted in Hull on 9th November 1914 in the Territorial Force of the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry at the age of 21 years and 11 months.  This was a cavalry unit.

  • For anyone that wants to track his army progress his two army numbers were 1812 and when he transferred into the machine gun core 95925 his final rank was lance corporal (one stripe).

  • After training he embarked Southampton on October 27th 1915 arriving at Alexandria November 10th 1915.

  • Jack saw service in the areas of Gaza-Alexandria,Cairo,Abu-Gandia, (Abu Jandir is to the South of Cairo) and Karoun-which appears to be in Modern Iran, a river delta. He had one of “by the grace of God I go” moments when a shell landed feet away from his position but did not explode and that was at a place called Bear-Azis.

  • After training he transferred into the machine gun corps on 27th February 1917 seeing service in the same area of the middle east in these days mainly Egypt. He was promoted on the 27th January 1917 into 18 Squadron Machine Gun Corps.

  • He embarked Port Said on 9th February 1919 and was demobbed in Clipstone 25th February 1919.

  • He qualified for medals as detailed pack-Victory, British and 14/15 star.

  • After the war Jack rejoined his family home then at 44 Pasture Road, Barton
  • Note from his medical record, he was hospitalised for fever this potentially turned into a lifetime recurrence of malaria for which he took regular medication.

  • He bought his war time horse “Captain” and his first occupation was leading coal from Barton railway station to the gas works.  Captain could count himself lucky, lots of British horses were sold off to the French meat market until a campaign in the newspapers stopped the export.

  • He married Maud Bingley in spring 1920 and by 1924 had their only son Norman. They set up home in Ferriby Road (now Towncliff) then referred to as Jubb's pit.

  • During World War two Jack joined the Barton Platoon of the home guard and also towed the fire pump for the local ARP and fire brigade. He also started his own career as a councillor and helped many fund raising efforts during and after the war.

  • He started his love of farming by renting a farm on the Humber Bank (now the yachting club) and started building a herd of milking cows by this time he started employing local men and women to deliver milk in bulk around Barton. This method uses churns on bikes and barrows and ladles to measure 1 pint or 1 quart to the customer's jugs or receptacle.

  • Jack bought Eagle House on Fleetgate in the late 1940's after the house had been used as an army billet. The next move in the milk business was to build a bottling plant (building still there on the right hand side of Eagle House entrance).  Sadly the building was recently burnt out but as yet is standing.

  • He made his way in politics and was a councillor on the now disbanded Barton Urban District Council and was chairman in 1956/1957. He served on the council committee for the first swimming pool in Barton and was a key figure in justifying the spend in the town again with fund raising events to support the case. The Humber Bridge was a far off vision in the 1950s but Councillor Jack could see the benefits and sat on the committee both side of the river. During his council career charity to help others was his drive and he chaired the Barton blue coat and grey coat organisation.

  • Back to his farming career he took on the tenancy of Glebe Farm on Barrow Road and Field Farm on Ferriby Road. Both in the 30's when land was being let cheaply after the great depression that followed the great war. This provided a unit of approx 400 acres. The milk business (point 8) developed but was sold to Prescott's dairy in the early 50's and by now he had taken his son Norman into the family business trading for 50 years as J.W.Leaning & Son.

  • He was chairman of the National Farmer Union (North Lincolnshire Branch) in 1944-1945 and was keen to see fair and just prices for farmers in sugar beet, potatoes, cereal and livestock. The farm unit supported a mixed animal combination of cows and sheep. Many changing fashions in beef rearing were championed by the farm – grass land being used throughout Lincolnshire to support the herd. Jack could also be seen regularly at markets in Barton (Saturday), Brigg (Thursday) and Barnetby (Tuesday) and was always keen to be involved how our stock yielded at the butcher's block to ensure his sheep/lambs and particularly beef stock demanded a premium at market. He sat on the Barton Fatstock Society Committee again mainly to see fair play.

  • A fire at Glebe was a setback in the 1940's. The full yard of wheat/barley and oat stocks all went up in smoke. All the animals were saved but winter feed and bedding were a crippling blow. Many local farms sent trailers of straw and hay to help save the situation, all without being asked. He was forever grateful of such generosity.

  • Jack (grandad by this time) was keen to pass on his knowledge and experience to his now extended family. Agricultural Techniques of crop rotation, animal husbandry were his favourite topics and had Norman (son) sent to farming college at Askham Bryan (York). He undertook all of the administration tasks associated with the running of the farm. His love/hate relationship with any tax related communications was well known in the farming community. The other skill was his first aid skill which he passed onto his son, this was (WW1) based on iodine, every scratch/wound/graze was duly cleaned and dabbed with this yellow stinging fluid.

  • Jack never retired, he died on 3 August 1974 aged 81 years. Think for a moment what this generation saw in the way of change from horses being the main mode of transport to seeing a man on the moon. Two world wars, but massive change in living standards. Norman his son died in 1999 but his grandsons still reside in Barton and Barrow.

    Excerpts from Jack Leaning's diary-this will be updated frequently owing to the volume of writing. 

    Left England 26th October 1915 called at Malta 24 hours. Is it possible Jack heard of Barton's terrible losses at Loos prior to leaving?

    13.11.15 Arrived Alexandria (now Istanbul)

    Left Alex for Mina Camp under the pyramids at Cairo.

    Moved out Monday midday for Fayoum arriving at Arab Camp 2 a.m. I was put on guard and then had a week of duty.

    Moved to Abu Gandir. (Abu Jandir) (This place lies to the East of the desert and is located in modern Egypt.)

    Moved out about 12.2.16 to rejoin Regimental HQ. At Abu Gandir we had a good stay and several camsoon? winds also got 3 days CB. (confined to barracks)
    Had to move campoout onto the desert owing to a plague in the village so we camped on a hill called Medinet Mardle where we also has some very bad sand storms and some very hot weather too.

    Went on leave to Cairo 28/5/16 for 3 days and stayed at Ansar.
    Went into Field Ambulance for about 10 days then onto Abassaru for about a  week and then rejoined the Regt at the same camp as I left.

    Moved onto camp Afun 4.8.16 then out again to Karoun, (Lake Qaroun) a long way into the desert but a very nice camp to the salt lake where we bathed.

    14.9.16  Finished outpost and returned to Arab.

    Went to Zaytoun (this is a very long journey through the country about 2 and a half hours these days)   for a machine gun course. stayed 3 weeks had a good time passing out as a QI. (This could be quartermaster-instructor)
    In the meantime the Brigade had moved acros the canal at Daida (probably Dawadah) and had a very nice time there considering the ruin. 

    7-1-17 MG section left the Regt for Bahareya and formed the squadron the next day.

    12-1-17 I was promoted to Lance Corporal which I managed to keep although the rank didn't grow to present day!

    28-1-17  Trucked to Abd (could well be Abd el Nayeem Giza) arrived there with no rations and the train broke down for 2 days.  (You can well imagine that a broken train meant a strong chance of ambush from what we now call insurgents)   

    7-2-17 Five days truck to El Arla  then onto Shek Loward?  where we stayed for about 10 days. 

    23-2-17 Moved out to Rafa (Rafah) beach (in modern Israel)  We stayed until the night of 24th March when we moved out about midnight along the beach to Bellah (Dayr al Ballah) and then out on reconnaissance.
    We returned about 11 o'clock and moved out again to the East of Gaza and had a bit of trouble from planes, (possibly Turkish Air Force) getting the order to attack Gaza from the North East at 2pm we did so, getting into action about  five times on the way to the top of the hill outside Gaza.  

    At about 3.30 we withdrew and at about 6.30 marched all night no one knowing were finding ourselves at daybreak at Shellal-a short break at that camp until 8.30 going along the beach to Wadi Guzzy (Whadi Ghuzze) hills overlook Gaza possibly, and stayed for the night.  We rejoined the ERY (East Riding Yeomanry) and went further up the beach returning at night and very pleased to hear we were going into this camp this being 
    Thursday 29th March.  
    Stayed here about three weeks going out on 24 hour outposts once a week. 
    Moved out of camp on the night on the 16th April marching on Shellal. (Al Shallal Red Sea?)
     Had breakfast in Wadi Guzzy (Whadi Ghuzze) and stayed there for the night. Moved out about 08:30 the Australian pulling in where we pulled out being bombed about half an hour after and lost several men and horses we marched out toward the furthest part of the line having little trouble from planes and little to do all day until about 430 when we had to take our two guns to cover the advance point while they withdrew back to the Wadi. during the night and put lines down, rested all day on the 18th so the infantry were resting before attacking Gaza. 
    I had  narrow shave-a bomb dropped about 10 yards away but nothing happened. 
    Moved on early on the 19th to Shallal where the Turkish cavalry and guns came out; had a bit of wind up but nothing much happened only a few shells. 
    At one of Johnnies (Johnny Turk)  old lines of trenches and came out covered all over with flies and came back about a ??? possibly some ailment! and had about 3 days reast, grazing the horses on young crops. Now Shellal is a good trot away along the Red Sea.  If you notice from maps the route takes in either coastal, lake, or rivieras. This was crucial for the horses and men alike.  

    Take a look at the map here to see how far Jack and his regiment had travelled.,+Abu+Gandir,+ATSA,+Faiyum,+Egypt/Faiyum,+Qesm+Al+Fayoum,+Al+Fayoum,+Faiyum,+Egypt/Zaytoun,+17+souk+el+khait+st.%D8%8C+EL+MANSHEYA%D8%8C+ALEXANDRIA%D8%8C+Egypt%E2%80%AD/Rafah,+Qism+Rafah,+North+Sinai+Governorate,+Egypt/Al+Shallal+Theme+Park,+Al+Shaty,+POBox+118985,+Jeddah+21312S,+Saudi+Arabia/@26.3551542,30.5084532,1484345m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m38!4m37!1m5!1m1!1s0x145968cde9c10527:0xf5824db951045a46!2m2!1d30.6545022!2d29.4840214!1m5!1m1!1s0x145bd8684339d5d5:0x8653a3327fbca2de!2m2!1d30.680402!2d29.239836!1m5!1m1!1s0x1459792fa8bf0013:0xa698b3d528236f63!2m2!1d30.8428497!2d29.3084021!1m5!1m1!1s0x145840659ca40185:0xeb380cb890f1095b!2m2!1d31.247994!2d30.081388!1m5!1m1!1s0x14fd9486011a1d1d:0xaef6d7fc0c29f2c!2m2!1d34.2401914!2d31.2802667!1m5!1m1!1s0x15c3db286bd1be5b:0x5fe0e2c958a2b510!2m2!1d39.111108!2d21.568062!3e0

    Guns to beat the Hun! PArt of Barton's war effort in WW2, spearheaded by the Council members, was to raise money for the Artillery. Jack is at the rear to the left.  The fund succeeded and a giant howitzer was paraded in the drill hall before being sent out to the armed forces.

We continue with the diary.

Moved out in a hurry on the 24th crossing the Wadi and marching nearer Gaza-had a rough two or three days and marched back out to to camp for a rest once again the turks having held Gaza-
had 4 days rest , having to go 4 miles for water, the horses twice a day some sent 16 miles with about 3 horses pulling youir arms out through clouds of dust.
1st March 1917 we moved out to Tel el Fara to do outpost and then about a fortnight in camp then outpost for a fortnight then back to camp.
Went on a 48 hour stunt to blow up Johnny's railway (Johnny Turk) about the end of May.
Left there the next morning then cam back for our horses, watered and set off for Bier Shea (sic) Beersheba getting there about 8 o'clock at night watered at an old well, pulled out other side and saddled off afor about 1.5 hrs. then off again to Kuwilly? (sic) where the infantry werem having a fight with Jacko-did nothing much all day.  Got shelled heavily at night and went to some trenches with ERY (East riding Yeomary-Cavalry from Hull) and the horses went back to Bier Sheba and moved next mornign to the staff. Yea (Stafford Yeomanry?) and had to (oblit) our straps.
Stayed there that day, Next day and morning got our led horse up and moved off again after Jacko while he held up on another lot of hills; after that we went to Sharira to water.  Off saddled until the morning then off again to .......  Stayed the night then finding ourselves after 2 nights at Medgil? to water again but they would not drink, it was all mud.  Moved out next morning in a terrible state the horses were beat for want of water, but that night we got on the sand dunes and got plenty of water and the horses picked up again.
Marched out next mronign this being 13 Nov. to Acre and we found it about 1 o'clock-we got the order to pull down our chinstraps and away we went across the big green patch.
The shells were dropping all around but we were lucky and when we got to the next hill the Turks were off across the other side and we helped them on a bit.
The E.R.Y. drew their swords and away they went-well we stayed on the hill and then on again  we pushed on through the next village and into Acre where we bought bread and wine but we soon forgot about the wine when they said mount and away, and we went again into another mad gallop through the shells and onto the next village where we lost few men-we were very pleased to get back to BHQ (Battalion Headquarters) for a few hours rest but only while daylight then off again with the ERY toward Satrium (sic)
We spent 2 days round there then back to Parleh? then moved to the next village Ludd? fpr a rest but we didnt get very long as we were forced out the next day about 11 o'clock and marched up to the hills north of Jerusalem. When we got to the hills we dismounted and walked for two days, loading our horses, staying one night in the Wadi and the next in a village called An Arik? were it poured down with rain-next morning moved up the hill getting there about midday where we lined the ridge-Jacko had the next sp we had a bit of a rough time and we lost a lot of horses.  About midnight we got the order to retire and we went out of th hills for about for about half a day..... we went down to  Ludd.We was ther about 2 weeks then we fetched the boys out and went back to Durain?   We stayed at camp there about 10 days then moved to Mejdil where we stayed over Christmas. Moved from there 2nd January 1918 down to Bedlara staying one night in Gaza and we had a good time there until we moved out the middle of February to Gaza? where we were cleaaning the wire.  We moved out from here to Aucrea taying a night at Di Senad. We stayed at Sumerea? about 3 weeks having to move camp once on account of the rain then we got the order to move to Belleai?
Again after the beginning of April where the Yeomanry went to France, adn we waited for the Indians then we moved out May 2nd for the Jordan Valley going by Di Senaid? Junction Enale Terta al Dunn. and down into the valley on June 1st. I went to Cairo for 7 days leave got back in time to do a fortnight on outpost.  Left the valley for Bethla?m (Bethlehem?) 1sty July but I went in the dock 4th of ??? Jerusalem for a week in Gaza.

I think all will agree that Jack's story is a unique insight into the earlier war in the middle East with the cavalry, probably the last time it was successfully used in action.

Many thanks to Mr J.W.Leaning (Junior) for all the information.  

Many thanks to Denise Atkin for a hard days slog at the keyboard!