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In October 1914 enlisted in the Warwickshire Yeomanry in 1916 served in Sinai and Palestine under General Allenby He was involved in the Battle of Romani (see Photo) when the enemies invasion of Egypt was defeated. In 1917 he was in the Charge to take the Turkish Gun’s at HuJ this was reputed to be the last charge of t…

Bessie was a VAD Nurse in 1915 during World War 1. She served in Erdington Birmingham nursing wounded soldiers returning from France. Note the photo of the rows of wounded in the great Hall of the Birmingham University which was turned into a Military Hospital. Three of her brothers Bert, Howard and Gordon also served…

John Merdon was born in 1893 and lived at Bishhops Hull,Taunton. At the out break of the first World war he joined the Somerset light Infantry as a Second Lieutenant. He was unfortunately killed on the 20/09/1917. From information gathered from war records it is likely that Lieutenant Smerdon was awarded the Victory Me…

Peter Trotman was part of the 2nd Mounted Division. Today the land where the British Forces were active in 1914-1918 lies in Egypt, Israel, Jordon, Saudi Arabia and Syria. For centuries before the Great War, this land had been part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. ‘Palestine’ is a shorthand for this campaign, applied to…

Harringay News Friday 1st July 1938 (shown right) Former Residents Death Early Worker for the Burgess Association Many old friends will regret to learn of the death at Swindon last week of Mr L J Tibballs late of Falkand Road Hornsey age 79 years. Mr Tibballs was secretary of the Harringay Burgesses Association in the…

Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Cary Helyar’s photo (right) is just before the First World War in 1913 prior to this he started his naval career at the age of 14 years as a cadet. During the war he was at the battle of Zeebrugge (on St Georges Day 1918) he was in command of a destroyer named the “North Star”. His ship was…

The Stone House was the village garage owned by Mrs Pym at the time of the First World War. The owners of this garage were a family called Gould, which are relatives of Mrs Michelle Saunders (nee Rees) of this village. In Robert Dunning’s historical book on Pitminster there is a piece relating to the vicarage being use…

Fred Owen

Fred Owen was a relative veteran of 37 when he signed up in 1915 with the 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment – the Green Howards otherwise known as Alexandra, the Princess of Wales’s Own. He saw action on the Somme and at the Arras offensive before being killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres, more comm…

Albert Thomas Gould was part of the 779 West Somerset Yeomanry. Albert Thomas Gould was born in Bermondsey, London 1887. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a Farrier and learnt to shoe Dray horses. A few years later he came to Somerset to help his aunt, Harriet Pym, run her Taxi business by looking after the horses…

George Michael Holt was part of the Warwickshire Yeomanry. The British yeomanry during the First World War were part of the British Army reserve Territorial Force. Initially in 1914 there were fifty-seven regiments and fourteen mounted brigades. Soon after the declaration of war second and third line regiments were for…