The Old and the Bold


First Reinforcement Draft Roll

An incomplete nominal roll of those men who formed the first reinforcement draft to be sent to the 25th Battalion Royal Fusiliers in East Africa.  The reinforcement draft proceeded overseas on 14th July 1916 aboard the s.s. “Suffolk” and, according to the embarkation return (1), numbered 257 men under the command of Lieutenant C. E. Norton.  This draft was comprised solely of men who had been recruited to the 25th Battalion’s Reserve Company specifically for the purpose of reinforcing the battalion out in East Africa and, as will be seen below, it has only been possible to positively identify about three-quarters of the draft at this time.


This nominal roll has been created from a number of sources, primarily the British War & Victory Medal Roll and surviving service records where available.  Wherever possible I have identified the man with the rank he held when he proceeded overseas but, due to the way the ranks were recorded on the medal roll, this isn’t always possible and could be a higher rank subsequently held.


1) National Archives Reference WO 25/3546

    Embarkation Returns, At Home for Abroad - Jul. to Sep. 1916.

Officers

Rank

Surname

Forenames


Rank

Surname

Forenames

Lieutenant

NORTON

Charles Edgar


Second Lieutenant

POPKISS

Athelstane





Second Lieutenant

SCOTT

John Dayrell Sinclair

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Other Ranks

Service No.

Rank

Surname

Forenames


Service No.

Rank

Surname

Forenames

28096

Colour Serjeant

BOA

William Aiken


36115

Private

HINCHCLIFFE

Reginald

41056

Colour Serjeant

NAYLOR

Nicholas (Briggs)


36033

Private

HODGSON

Herbert

28093

Serjeant

BRECKNELL

Joseph


36032

Private

HUDSON

Guy Louis

28099

Serjeant

COLLINS

William


35169

Private

JAMES

Edgar

36028

Serjeant

GRAY

John Robert


36529

Private

JENKINS

John Reginald

12998

Serjeant

NEEDHAM

William Henry


36117

Private

KAYE

Arthur

35188

Serjeant

PARTRIDGE

Sidney Christopher William


36531

Private

KELL

George

36055

Serjeant

SEDGWICK

Joseph Hope


36037

Private

KEMP

Frederick Charles

36017

Actg. Serjeant

CANNAN

William


32611

Private

KINSEY

Edmund

36016

Actg. Serjeant

CROSSLEY

Charles Henry


36036

Private

KITSON

James William

27410

Actg. Serjeant

HALE

Edward


41052

Private

KNAPTON

Herbert Greenwood

36027

Corporal

GORDON

Robert


36035

Private

KNIGHT

Colin James

36526

Corporal

GRIMSHAW

Wright


36925

Private

KNOTT

John Bracewell

36924

Corporal

HOLMES

Bertie Wood


41054

Private

LAIRD

Edgar Balfour

36915

Corporal

SAXBY-HAWKINS

John Frank Bernard


36038

Private

LAMBERT

Edwin

36058

Actg. Corporal

SPETCH

William Arthur


41053

Private

LANDER

Fred

36003

Private

ACKROYD

Arthur


36039

Private

LEDSHAM

Harry

28091

Private

ADDISON

Harry


36532

Private

LENNON

George

41039

Private

AITCHISON

John (George)


36119

Private

LORD

Thomas

36918

Private

ALLAN

Arthur William


32589

Private

LYONS

John Harry

36260

Private

ALLEN

Albert


36043

Private

MANSELL

John Prudden

28092

Private

ANTHONY

Frank Ernest


36044

Private

MARKINSON

William Edward

36129

Private

APPLETON

Frederick William


36928

Private

MASON

Richard

36105

Private

BACON

Harry


32674

Private

MAY

Robert

36106

Private

BAGWORTH

Arthur


32710

Private

MCKNIGHT

Alfred King

36012

Private

BARKER

Fawbert


36926

Private

McLEMAN

Louis Jack

46147

Private

BARTLETT

Archibald George


36042

Private

MEADOWS

James

36910

Private

BASTOW

Lewis


28114

Private

MILLS

Frederick Walter

29613

Private

BAXTER

George


36534

Private

MILNER

Thomas

32612

Private

BEILBY

Harry Edward


35165

Private

MOORHOUSE

Frank

36006

Private

BELL

Henry Edward


41055

Private

MORRIS

Henry

36521

Private

BELL

Fred


36041

Private

MOULD

Francis

36011

Private

BIRDSALL

William Turner


35178

Private

MOULSON

William

28097

Private

BOOTH

Leonard


36930

Private

MUSCROFT

Harold

29614

Private

BOOTH

John


29684

Private

NORTHROP

Frank

36107

Private

BOWEN

Joseph Cooper


36046

Private

NUTTLE

Tom

36911

Private

BOWLER

Morris


27083

Private

O' BRIEN

Francis Errol

36909

Private

BROWN

George


29872

Private

OWENS

Harold George

36912

Private

BROWN

Harry


29685

Private

PALEY

Fred

35185

Private

BUCKLEY

Hubert


36931

Private

PEACOCK

Herbert

28095

Private

BUDD

William Robert


36120

Private

PEARSON

Richard Haley

36009

Private

BULLOUGH

Ernest Edwin


32771

Private

PILLING

Joseph

36919

Private

BUTTON

James William


28117

Private

POLLARD

Harry

36004

Private

BYRNE

Andrew John


36130

Private

RAMSDEN

Vernon

36005

Private

BYRNE

Joseph Francis


36538

Private

RAMSDEN

Ellis Stanley

35176

Private

CARQUEST

Frank John


41060

Private

REID

John Alexander

36522

Private

CHADWICK

Willie Palmer


36270

Private

ROBERTSHAW

Ben

29583

Private

CHALWIN

John


36917

Private

ROWE

Herbert Ranshall

41044

Private

CHEESEMAN

Matthew


36916

Private

RYALL

Cecil Arthur

32706

Private

CHILD

Harold


35177

Private

RYAN

Phillip Bernard

36018

Private

CLAPHAM

Lewis


36271

Private

SANDERSON

Sidney Roy

41042

Private

CLARK

Charles Wilson


29744

Private

SCARBOROUGH

Harry

36021

Private

CLAYTON

Harry


35166

Private

SEARLE

Ernest

29680

Private

CLOUGH

Arthur


36123

Private

SHEERES

Reginald

41040

Private

CLOUGH

Norman


36057

Private

SINGLETON

Charles Henry

36019

Private

COLLINS

Arthur


29743

Private

SMITH

Leonard Beaumont

35170

Private

COOKE

Harry


35167

Private

SMITH

John Herbert

28100

Private

CRAWLEY

Sidney Harold


35189

Private

SMITH

Ralph

36108

Private

CRIPPS

Arthur Henry


36053

Private

SMITH

Arthur

41041

Private

CROSSLEY

Sidney S


36272

Private

SMITH

Francis Emery

35187

Private

CUMING

John


36128

Private

SPINK

Herbert

36020

Private

CUMING

George


41063

Private

STEWART

James Lane

29230

Private

DAVIES

George


28120

Private

SUDDABY

Arthur Percy

36023

Private

DAVIES

Edward Cuthbert


36054

Private

SUTCLIFFE

Albert

28101

Private

DOLBY

Henry Bradwell


35168

Private

TAYLOR

Jonathan

36109

Private

DUCKETT

Hubert


41066

Private

THOMIS

Bertie

12825

Private

DUNN

Joseph William


41064

Private

TOWLER

Harry

36920

Private

DYSON

Walter


41065

Private

TOWLER

Arthur Hedley

28103

Private

ELSWORTH

Arthur


36933

Private

TURNER

Alfred

41046

Private

EVANS

William Aubrey


32711

Private

TYLER

William George

28105

Private

FENWICK

Percy


36537

Private

UTTLEY

Basil Smith

41047

Private

FIELD

George Arthur


36540

Private

WADSWORTH

Harris

36111

Private

FIELDS

James


29688

Private

WALKER

Arthur

36110

Private

FISHER

Alec Robinson


36274

Private

WARDLE

George Edward

27081

Private

GARDNER

Archibald Leonard


36061

Private

WATMOUGH

William Eroll Glanville

36914

Private

GARNETT

William


36062

Private

WATSON

William

32707

Private

GIBSON

John


36936

Private

WATSON

Charles Granville

36026

Private

GIBSON

Harry Atkin


36125

Private

WEIGHTMAN

Thomas H(enry)

36524

Private

GILL

Bennett


32713

Private

WELLS

Thomas Beetham

35184

Private

GLEDHILL

Ernest


32536

Private

WHITE

Albert

36527

Private

GLEDHILL

Horace


41739

Private

WHITELEY

Alvin

36265

Private

GREENWOOD

Fred


41743

Private

WILKINS

Frederick G

36525

Private

GREGORY

Fred


36063

Private

WILKS

Edgar

36921

Private

HADFIELD

Charles William


32610

Private

WILLIAMS

Henry

32709

Private

HALL

Hubert


28125

Private

WILSON

Clifford Temple

36922

Private

HANSLOW

Thomas


28126

Private

WOOD

Sidney Edgar

27082

Private

HARGREAVES

Fred


41740

Private

WOOD

Charles

29742

Private

HARLING

Wilfred Evelyn


32714

Private

WOODHOUSE

Fred

36116

Private

HARVEY

Alfred James


36126

Private

WRAY

Walter

36030

Private

HATCLIFFE

Harry Jackson Clarke


36127

Private

WRIGHT

Herbert

41050

Private

HAWKINS

Percy Edward


36935

Private

WRIGHT

Arthur Walker

36034

Private

HEDLEY

William


29689

Private

YOUNG

William



















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