Burbage During the Great War
Burbage During the Great War

The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

Others are better placed to detail events affecting the Regiments and Corps of the British Army during the Great War.  The intent here is to give the briefest of overviews of the situation immediately preceeding the fighting.  For more detail go the web pages of the Regimental Museum.  

 

This page covers the battalions of the Wiltshire Regiment where many Burbage soldiers served.  Numbers in brackets denote service in other battalions of the Wiltshire Regiment.

1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The 1st Battalion returned to England from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1913 and was barracked in Tidworth.  The battalion was mobilised on 4th August 1914 at 5.45pm.  Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel A W Hasted, 505 all ranks departed for France on 13th August and joined 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division which held the right of the Second Army position in Mons. 

Burbage Soldiers Serving with the 1st Battalion:

 

7027 Pte Arthur Bushnell
9030 Pte Arnold Reginald Matthews
19871 Pte Albert Thomas (Bertie) Stone
7318 Pte Ernest Charles Stone

2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The 2nd Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel J F Forbes, was hurriedly recalled from Gibralter on the outbreak of war, arriving in England on 4th September 1914.  The Battalion was billeted at Lyndhurst and after receiving a draft of approximately 250 all ranks (including 195 from the 3rd Batalion) embarked at Southampton on 4th October.  After landing at Zeebrugge, Belgium on 6th October, it formed part of the 21st Brigade, & 7th Division.

Burbage Soldiers Serving with the 2nd Battalion:

 

8471 Pte Frederick Bradshaw
3/9828 Pte Albert George Bushnell (3)
263 Pte Walter Grace
18654 Pte Herbert George Grant (3)
8681 Pte Albert Edward Head 
8791 Pte James Hillier
8591 Pte Reuben  Hillier
    James Miles
5421 Pte Arthur George Moon
7595 Pte Frederick Thomas Mundy
7443 Sgt David George Vardy (3)
3/9358 Pte Sidney Cook Watts
7782 Pte Charles Williams

3rd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion mobilised on 8th August 1914 and proceeded, under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Heytesbury, to Weymouth where at first they were billeted on the inhabitants.  The duty of the Battalion was to garrison the town and protect protland harbour from attack.  The Battalion moved to Lodmor in early 1915.  It became a training and holding unit for the Regiment in the South of England for the duration of the war.

Burbage Soldiers Serving with the 3rd Battalion:

46318 Pte Reginald Percy Belben (See also Hampshire Regiment)
3/9828 Pte Albert George Bushnell (2)
  Pte  Henry Broadway (from 1911 Census - Le Marchant Bks)
21082 Pte Frederick John Flippence 
18653 Pte William George Flippance (5)
19400 Pte Frederick William Fribbence (5)
18654 Pte Herbert George Grant (2)
21078 Pte Frank Henbest (5)
21076 Pte John Herbert Pye (5)
20869 Cpl Maurice Frederick Scammell
21075 Pte Daniel Richard Spanswick (5)(6)(2)
21018 Pte Frederick William Spanswick (5)
9674 Pte Albert Stone 
7318 Pte  Ernest Charles (Chas) Stone (1) See also Machine Gun Corps
5512 Pte George Vallis
7443 Pte David George Vardy (2) (from 1911 Census - Le Marchant  Bks)

 

 

4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The 4th territorial Battalion was under canvas on Salisbury Plain in August 1914.  It was mobilised immediately and embarked for India in September under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Lord Radnor. The title 1/4th Battalion was assumed and the Battalion proceeded to Dehli.

 

2/4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The Battalion was formed in Trowbridge in October 1914 and embarked for India on 12th December under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Parsons.  It was initially based at Poona and Kirkee.

 

3/4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The Battalion was raised as a Depot Battalion and served in England and Ireland until absorbed by the 3rd Battalion in March 1919.

 

 

5th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The first Wiltshire Battalion of the New Armies raised by Lord Kitchener at the outbreak of war.  Formed in August 1914 in Tidworth, they trained in Cirencester and Woking before leaving for Gallipoli in July 1915 under command of Lieutenant Colonel Carden.

Burbage Soldiers Serving with the 5th Battalion:

 

21024 Pte Henry Charles  Bailey
18653 Pte William George  Flippance (3)
19400 Pte Frederick William Fribbence (3)
21078 Pte Frank Henbest (3)
10041 Pte Walter Hillier Hillier
9294 Pte Walter James Odey
21076 Pte John Herbert Pye (3)
21075 Pte Daniel Richard Spanswick (3)
21018 Pte Frederick William Spanswick (3)
9291 Pte William Charles Hubert  Spanswick

 

 

 

 

 

6th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  Raised in September 1914, the Battalion was trained on Salisbury Plain, Basingstoke and Weston-Super-Mare.  It embarked for France in July 1915 under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Jefferies.

 

7th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The Battalion was raised in October 1914 and trained at Marlborough And other Wiltshire towns.  The Battalion proceeded to France in September 1915 under Lieutenant Colonel Rocke and then embarked at Marsaille, arriving at Salonica in November 1915.

Burbage Soldiers Serving with the 7th Battalion:

 

19499 Pte William Thomas Davis
18652 Pte John  Wernham

8th (Service) Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  Two battalions were raised at Weymouth & Trowbridge but both had a short existance.  Personnel were transferred to other battalions to make good the shortfall from losses.

 

1st Volunteer Battalion Wiltshire Regiment.  The battalion was raised in the early days of the war for the purpose of home defence and was composed largely of men who were too old or too young for more active service.

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