Mr L J Tibballs

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ww1-fogg045Harringay 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 days of its inception. Before residing in the district he served for 22 years in the Royal Engineers with whom he saw action in the Egyptian Campaings 1882-85. He served too, in the Submariners Mining establishment before it became a branch of the Royal Navy. He was the possessor of the Royal Humane Society’s certificate for life saving and took part in the rescue work during the then record hurricane at Mauritius in1892. During the Great War (World War 1) he assisted in the formation of the National Reserve In Hornsey.

Mr L J Tibballs Grandfather of Jenny Fogg.

The Reserves of the Territorial Force

The Territorial Force was created in 1908 as a form of part-time volunteer soldiering. Its original purpose was to provide a force for home defence and men were not obliged to serve overseas (until 1916). The troops undertook to serve full-time (to be “embodied”) in the event of general mobilisation.

1. Territorial Force Reserve

Most TF units struggled, until 1914, to attract sufficient men to fill their designed establishment and in consequence the reserves were well under strength. While theoretically the TF Reserve should have been one-third the size of the whole TF, by August 1914 it numbered only 2000 men.

2. National Reserve

The National Reserve was a register maintained by Territorial Force County Associations. Registration was voluntary but complex rules of eligibility applied. Its strength as at 1 October 1913 was 215,000 of all ranks.

In October 1914 the National Reserve was formed into Protection Companies, which were attached to existing TF battalions, for the guarding of railways and other vulnerable points in Britain. That November, all Class I and II men were ordered to present themselves for enlistment. In March 1915 the Protection Companies were redesignated as Supernumerary Companies TF. In July 1915 there was a widescale trawl of these companies to identify men capable of marching 10 miles with a rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition. Those who were classified as medical Category A went to Service battalions, while Category C’s were posted to Provisional battalions. Cat B men were formed into the 18th-24th Battalions of the Rifle Brigade. These battalions were sent to Egypt and India at the end of 1915 to replace TF units committed to Gallipoli and Mesopotamia. The rump left in Britain eventually formed the 25th Battalion Rifle Brigade TF and served as a Garrison battalion at Falmouth. As for the Supernumerary Companies, they were eventually formed into the Royal Defence Corps.


About the Author:

The residents of Pitminster Parish have created an exhibition of World War One at the ‘Lamb and Flag’ from Friday Sept 26th to Sunday Oct 5th 2014 based on the articles and artefacts received from people who live in the villages of the Parish. Leading up to the exhibition there have been events and activities based in and around the villages marking the Centenary. This website and its content are from that exhibition along with additional material during the lifetime of this website.


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