‘Dramatis personæ’

This list of personalities who appear in the letters will be updated monthly in advance of the publication of the following month’s letters.

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Abercorn, Her Grace the Duchess of. Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn.

Adams, 13971 Lance Corporal John. Later Sergeant J Adams MM & Bar. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1952 for his service with the Ulster Special Constabulary. See ‘Letters from the Front‘.

Allen, Lieutenant (later Captain) Arthur Dawson. Platoon commander in ‘A’ Company and also range-finding officer.

Allen MC, Lieutenant Samuel, The Royal Irish Rifles. 108th Brigade Grenade Officer in January 1917.

Allen, Captain William James. Adjutant, 16th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (2nd County Down) (Pioneers). From 1918 Commanding Officer. Later Lieutenant Colonel Sir William Allen KBE, DSO, MP.

Allenby KCB, Lieutenant General Sir Edmund Henry Hynman. Later Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby GCB, GCMG, GCVO.

Anderson KCB, AM, Lieutenant General Sir Charles Alexander. General Officer Commanding XVII Corps. Later Lieutenant General Sir Charles Anderson KCB, KCIE, AM, General Officer Commanding Southern Army, India.

Anderson, Brigadier General Warren Hastings. Later Lieutenant General Sir Hastings Anderson KCB.

Andrews, Second Lieutenant Arthur Alexander. Posted to ‘C’ Company. Wounded on 1 July 1916 and later relinquished his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds.

Anson, Lieutenant Thomas Edward, Viscount. 5th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), Territorial Force.

Appleton, Captain Henry Metcalfe. 1st King’s Dragoon Guards. Assistant Provost Marshal, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Major H M Appleton died of pneumonia on 26 January 1918.

Armstrong, Second Lieutenant Michael Richard Leader. 150th Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Killed in action on 22 April 1916. Authuile Military Cemetery.

Atkinson, Major Thomas Joyce. Officer Commanding ‘B’ Company. Killed in action on 1 July 1916.

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Baldock CB, Major General Thomas Stanford. General Officer Commanding 49th (West Riding) Division) when he was wounded in the head on 16 July 1915 during a German bombardment of his headquarters in the Château des Trois Tours (now Kasteel de drie Torens) north-west of Ypres.

Balfour, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Mackinford, Royal Field Artillery, Territorial Force. Later Lieutenant Colonel A M Balfour DSO.

Barbour, 13994 Sergeant John (Jack). Battalion Pioneer Sergeant. Mentioned in Despatches for his conduct on 1 July 1916. Later Warrant Officer Class II (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant) J Barbour MC.

Barcroft, Lieutenant (later Captain) Gilbert Evelyn. Platoon Commander in ‘A’ Company.

Barker, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class Ernest Lindsey-Bucknell.

Beatty, Vice Admiral Sir David Richard GCB, MVO, DSO. Commander 1st Battlecruiser Squadron. Later Admiral of the Fleet, 1st Earl Beatty GCB, OM, GCVO, DSO.

Beith, Captain John Hay, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Later Major General J Hay Beith CBE. Alias Ian Hay, the author.

Bernard, Colonel Herbert Clifford. Formerly Commanding Officer 45th (Rattray’s) Sikhs, Indian Army. Commanding Officer 10th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (South Belfast). Killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Berry, Lieutenant Winslow Seymour Sterling, Royal Army Medical Corps. Battalion Medical Officer. Later Major W S S Berry OBE, MB Royal Army Medical Corps.

Birch, Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel (temporary Major General) James Frederick Noel ‘Curly’. Artillery Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief. Later General Sir Noel Birch GBE, KCB, KCMG.

Birrell,  Augustine KC, MP. Chief Secretary for Ireland from January 1907 to 1 May 1916, when he resigned. He was replaced as Chief Secretary for Ireland by Henry Duke KC, MP.

Bittleston, Captain Kenneth George, Royal Field Artillery. Later Major K G Bittleston DSO.

Blackwood, see Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood.

Booth, Second Lieutenant Arthur Ronald. Platoon Commander, 12th (Service) battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim). Later 84th Punjabis, Indian Army. Later Lieutenant Colonel A R Booth.

Bowen, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Osborne. Commanding Officer 14th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Young Citizens). Later Lieutenant Colonel F O Bowen DSO.

Boyle, Major John Charters. Officer Commanding 150th Company, Corps of Royal Engineers.

Brew, Major John George. Officer Commanding ‘D’ Company. Died of wounds on 6 April 1918.

Bruce, Captain George James, The Royal Irish Rifles. Grade 3 General Staff Officer at Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Captain G J Bruce DSO, MC*. Killed in action 2 October 1918.

Brush, Major George Howard. Commanding Officer 11th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal and Fermanagh) from June 1916.

Bull, Lieutenant Colonel George. Commanding Officer 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim). Later Brigadier General G Bull DSO, General Officer Commanding 8th Infantry Brigade. Died of wounds 11 December 1916.

Buller, Captain Arthur Edward Adderley, Inns of Court Officer Training Corps.

Buller VC, GCB, GCMG, General Sir Redvers Henry. Commander-in-Chief of British forces in South Africa during the early part of the Boer War.

Bunting DCM, Quartermaster and Honorary Captain (later Major) Thomas Edward. Quartermaster, 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers).

Burrows, Lieutenant Oswald Vincent, Royal Army Medical Corps. Battalion Medical Officer from June 1916 to January 1918. Later Captain O V Burrows MC.

Byng KCMG, CB, MVO, Lieutenant General The Honourable Sir Julian Hedworth George. General Officer Commanding XVII Corps. Later Field Marshal The Right Honourable Viscount Byng of Vimy GCB, GCMG, MVO.

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Caiger-Watson, Captain Aubrey. Served with the 1st Battalion before falling sick. Served with 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers until posted back to the 1st Battalion in October 1916. Later transferred to the Indian Army.

Campbell, 14050 Lance Sergeant James Whittaker. Commissioned into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on 1 March 1917, rejoined 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers and later transferred for service with the Indian Army.

Carson, KC, MP, The Rt. Hon. Sir Edward. Leader of the Ulster Unionists. Attorney-General in the Coalition Government until October 1915. Later First Lord of the Admiralty (December 1916) and Minister without Portfolio (July 1917). Later Edward Henry Carson, Baron Carson, PC, PC (Ire), KC.

Carton de Wiart VC, DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Paul Ghislain. 4th Dragoons Guards, Commanding Officer 8th (Service) Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. Later Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO.

Cather, Lieutenant Geoffrey St George Shillington. Later appointed Adjutant. Killed in action on 2 July 1916 and awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Casement, Sir Roger David. A former British consular officer, he was convicted of treason on 29 June and executed by hanging on 3 August 1916.

Cavan, Major General Frederick Rudolph Lambart, Earl of, KP, CB, MVO. General Officer Commanding Guards Division. General Officer Commanding XIV Corps from January 1916. Later Field Marshal Frederick Rudolph Lambart, 10th Earl of Cavan KP, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE.

Cavendish-Clarke, Captain George Fitzroy, The Royal Irish Rifles. Staff Captain, 108th Brigade.

Chalmers KCB, Sir Robert. Governor of Ceylon 1913-1915. Recently appointed  Under Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Later Robert Chalmers, 1st Baron Chalmers GCB, PC.

Churchill, see Spencer-Churchill.

Chute DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Pierce Thomas. Commanding Officer 8th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (East Belfast). Replaced in command in December 1915.

Clements MM, 17151 Sergeant Thomas. Killed in action on 22 November 1917 at Moeuvres.

Clive DSO, Lieutenant Colonel George Sidney, Grenadier Guards. Head of the British Mission at the French Army Headquarters. Later Lieutenant General Sir Sidney Clive GCVO, KCB, CMG, DSO.

Cole-Hamilton DSO, Major Claud George. Second-in-Command 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim). Later Lieutenant Colonel C G Cole-Hamilton CMG, DSO.

Comyn, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis James, The Connaught Rangers. Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Colonel L J Comyn CMG, DSO.

Congreve VC, CB, MVO, Lieutenant General Walter Norris. General officer Commanding XIII Corps. Later General Sir Walter Congreve VC, KCB, MVO, DL.

Craig, Major Clarence. Officer Commanding 121st Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers, 36th (Ulster) Division.

Cramsie, Lieutenant Robert Alexander. The Royal Irish Rifles. Staff Captain 108th Brigade in 1916. Later Captain R A Cramsie, Army Service Corps.

Cross, 15719 Warrant Officer Class II Francis Edward. Killed in action by shellfire at Hamel on 8 May 1916. Hamel Military Cemetery.

Crozier, Archbishop John Baptist. Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

Crisp-Clarke, Major Arthur Lionel, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Later Lieutenant Colonel A L Crisp-Clarke DSO.

Crymble, Second Lieutenant John Gordon. Platoon commander in ‘B’ Company. Wounded by a shrapnel bullet in the right leg on 22 December and died of wounds in 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on 28 December 1916.

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D’Arcy, Charles Frederick. Church of Ireland Bishop of Down, Connor and Dromore.

Denis de Vitré, Lieutenant Colonel Percy Theodosius, Corps of Royal Engineers. Commander Royal Engineers 36th (Ulster) Division until 5 September 1916. Later Colonel P T Denis de Vitré DSO.

Dickson, Second Lieutenant George Clawson. Wounded by machine-gun fire in No. 14 Sap at Hamel on 18 May 1916, when a bullet lodged under his right arm. He did not rejoin the Battalion and later transferred to the Labour Corps.

Dillon MP, John. Irish Parliamentary Party Member of Parliament for Mayo East and, from March 1918, the leader of the party.

Dodds, 14149 Private William. Worked in the Officers’ Mess in 1916.

Duke, Captain Jesse Pevensey ‘Jake’, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Brigade Major 108th Brigade. Later Brigadier J P Duke DSO, MC

Dunwoody, Second Lieutenant Hugh Henderson. Platoon Commander in ‘A’ Company. Killed on the night of 31 July/1 August 1916 when accidentally shot in the head in front of a listening post.

Dupuis, Percie Vera, daughter of Rear Admiral A E Dupuis.

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Elkington, Brigadier General Robert James Goodall. Commander Royal Artillery 36th (Ulster) Division and General Officer Commanding 1/1st City of London Brigade, Royal Field Artillery—this Brigade supported 36th (Ulster) Division until its own artillery joined it in December 1915. 1/1st City of London Brigade transferred to 38th (Welsh) Division. Later Brigadier General R J G Elkington CMG, DSO; he was mentioned in despatches four times.

Elliott, 14161 Private James. The Battalion’s first casualty in the line at Hamel—wounded on 10 February 1916. He was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service due to wounds on 13 June 1916.

Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, Arthur Ralph Douglas (known as Arthur Elliot). Journalist and Liberal Unionist politician.

Ensor, Captain Charles Howard. Officer Commanding ‘A’ Company. Later Colonel C H Ensor OBE, DL.

Ensor, Lieutenant Ernest Nash. Platoon Commander. Later Officer Commanding ‘B’ Company. Later Chinese Labour Corps.

Espie,14155 Sergeant Thomas Fletcher. Commissioned into Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) on 28 March 1917 and joined the 5th/6th (Service) Battalion.

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Fanshawe DSO, Major General Robert. General Officer Commanding 48th (South Midland) Division. Later Major General Sir Robert Fanshawe KCB, DSO. His brothers were Lieutenant General Sir Edward Arthur Fanshawe KCB and Lieutenant General Sir Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe, KCB, KCMG.

Farnham, Major Arthur Kenlis Maxwell, 11th Baron, (Major A K Lord Farnham) North Irish Horse. Aide-de-Camp to Major General O S W Nugent. Later Lieutenant Colonel A K Lord Farnham DSO.

Ferguson DCM, Lieutenant & Quartermaster Alexander. Battalion Quartermaster and, later, Adjutant. Later Major A Ferguson MC, DCM.

Fforde, Lieutenant (later Captain) Eric Harold. Platoon Commander, 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers).

Findlater, Lieutenant Colonel William Alexander Victor. Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers).

Fitzgerald, Lieutenant James Gerald Edward. Battalion Machine Gun Officer. Later Major J G E Fitzgerald MC, Machine Gun Corps.

FitzGerald, Lieutenant Colonel William Coulson. Commanding Officer 10th (Reserve) Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Later Colonel W C FitzGerald OBE, JP, DL.

FitzRoy, Captain Robert Hope (Robin), Royal Garrison Artillery. Later Major R H FitzRoy-Kelly.

Flood, Lieutenant Robert Samuel. Later Captain R S Flood MC, killed in action on 5 December 1917.

Ford-Hutchinson DSO, Lieutenant Colonel George Higginson. Commanding Officer 15th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (North Belfast). Replaced in command in December 1915.

Forde, 17671 Private Samuel James. Killed in action on 22 February 1916. He was buried in Hamel Military Cemetery.

French GCB, OM, GCVO, KCMG, Field Marshal Sir John Denton Pinkstone. Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force. Later Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres KP, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCMG.

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Gibson, Lieutenant (later Captain) John Edgar. Platoon commander in ‘D’ Company. Twice wounded, he became Officer Commanding ‘C’ Company in November 1918.

Girvan, 14210 Sergeant (later Warrant Officer Class II) Francis.

Girvin, 14206 Private William. Killed in action by shellfire on 12 February 1916, the first soldier of the Battalion to be killed in France. He was buried in Mesnil Ridge Cemetery.

Given, Lieutenant Thomas Frederick. Platoon Commander in ‘D’ Company. Later Brigadier T F Given DSO, OBE, MC.

Godson, Lieutenant Edwin Alfred. Platoon Commander in ‘A’ Company. Later Captain E A Godson MC*.

Going, Lieutenant Colonel George Nuttall, Commanding Officer 8th (Service) Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment. Later Brigadier General G N Going.

Goodwin, Lieutenant Colonel William Richard. Commanding Officer 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles, (Central Antrim) from December 1916.

Goring, Lieutenant Colonel and Brevet Colonel Walter, 3rd (The King’s Own) Hussars, formerly Commanding Officer of the 9th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry. Commanding Officer 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment.

Gosford KP, Archibald Brabazon Sparrow Acheson, 4th Earl of. Lord Lieutenant of Armagh 1883 to 1920, and Honorary Colonel 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers).

Gosford, Lady Louisa, Countess of. One of many of the nation’s nobility who worked to aid the men at the front and in hospital. She was president of the Central Workrooms of the British Red Cross Society, for which she was appointed DBE in 1920.

Gosling, Major Seymour Frederick, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel S F Gosling DSO.

Gough KCB, Lieutenant General Sir Hubert de la Poer. General Officer Commanding Reserve Army (later 5th Army). Later General Sir Hubert Gough GCB, GCMG, KCVO.

Graham CB, Major General Edward Ritchie Coryton. Deputy Adjutant General 3rd Echelon. Later Major General Sir Edward Graham KCB, KCMG.

Green MC, Captain and Brevet Major Stafford Henry. The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Deputy Adjutant & Quartermaster General, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Lieutenant Colonel S H Green DSO, MC.

Greig, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick James, Royal Army Medical Corps.  Assistant Director Medical Services, 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Colonel F J Greig CMG.

Griffith CMG, DSO, Brigadier General Charles Richard Jebb. General Officer Commanding 108th Brigade. Later Brigadier General C R J Griffith CB, CMG, DSO. He was mentioned in despatches eight times.

Gwynn, Captain Stephen Lucius, The Connaught Rangers. Irish Parliamentary Party Member of Parliament for Galway Borough from 1906 to 1918.

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Hacket Pain CB, Brigadier General George William. General Officer Commanding 108th Brigade from its formation. Became General Officer Commanding 15th (Ulster) Reserve Infantry Brigade. Later Brigadier General Sir William Hacket Pain KBE, CB, MP.

Halahan, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class Francis Johnston. Battalion Chaplain. Later Chaplain to the Forces 3rd Class F J Halahan MC*, Senior Divisional Chaplain, 36th (Ulster) Division.

Hall, Lieutenant Colonel Frank. General Staff and MI5. Formerly ‘Military Secretary’ Ulster Volunteer Force, instrumental in organising Ulster Day and the running of guns into Ulster.

Hamilton-Gordon CB, Lieutenant General Alexander. General Officer Commanding IX Corps. Later Lieutenant General Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon KCB.

Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Lieutenant Lord Ian Basil Gawaine Temple, 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers. Son of the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava.

Harding, Major Charles Henry. The Gloucestershire Regiment.

Henahan, Lieutenant Michael. Later Captain M Henahan MC.

Hessey, Lieutenant Colonel William Francis. Commanding Officer 11th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal and Fermanagh). Later General Officer Commanding 110th Brigade, 21st Division. Later General Officer Commanding 109th Brigade. Later Brigadier General W F Hessey DSO.

Hickman DSO, MP, Brigadier General Thomas Edgecumbe. General Officer Commanding 109th Brigade, 36th (Ulster) Division and Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South.

Higgins DSO, Brigadier General John Frederick Andrews. Royal Flying Corps. Later Air Marshal Sir John Higgins KCB, KBE, DSO, AFC, RAF.

Hollywood, Lieutenant Arthur Carson. He had joined the Battalion in January 1916 as a Platoon Commander in ‘A’ Company. Killed in action during the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916.

Hooper, 16150 Private Arthur Montague. Lieutenant Colonel Blacker’s batman. Twice wounded. After the war he re-enlisted and served with the 1st Battalion as 7040590 Corporal A M Hooper.

Hope-Dunbar, Captain Sir Charles Dunbar, 6th Baronet Dunbar of Baldoon, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel Sir Charles Hope-Dunbar Bt.

Horne CB, General Henry Sinclair. General Officer Commanding 1st Army. Later General Henry Horne, 1st Baron Horne GCB, KCMG.

Hotham, Brigadier General John. Royal Field Artillery. Later Brigadier General J Hotham CB.

Hughes, 14321 Sergeant William. Platoon Sergeant in ‘D’ Company. Wounded during the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916 and died of wounds on 11 July 1916.

Hull, Brigadier General Charles Patrick Amyatt. General Officer Commanding 10th Brigade, 4th Division. Later General Officer Commanding 56th (London) Division and then 16th (Irish) Division. Major General Sir Amyatt Hull KCB.

Humphreys CB, DSO, Brigadier General Gardiner. Brigadier General Royal Artillery IX Corps. Later Brigadier General G Humphreys CB, CMG, DSO.

Hunter Bt. MP, Major Sir Charles Roderick. General Staff Officer and Member of Parliament for Bath.

Hussey CB, Brigadier General Arthur Herbert. Commander Royal Artillery 5th Division. Later Brigadier General A H Hussey CB, CMG.

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Jackson, 14361 Sergeant George Wesley. Platoon Sergeant 5 Platoon, ‘B’ Company. Killed in action Hamel 1 July 1916, aged 21. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Jackson, Second Lieutenant Henry Kellett. Platoon commander in ‘D’ Company.

Jeffreys, Brigadier General George Darell. Grenadier Guards. General Officer Commanding 58th Brigade. Later General George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys KCB, KCVO, CMG.

Jenks, Captain John Edward. 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim). Died of wounds 4 July 1916.

Joffre, General (later Marshal of France) Joseph Jacques Césaire. Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front.

Johnston, Captain Charles Moore. Officer Commanding ‘C’ Company from January 1916. Killed in action during the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916.

Johnston, Captain Joseph Allen. Second-in-Command ‘C’ Company. Later Officer Commanding ‘C’ Company.

Johnston, 14358 Sergeant Robert. Platoon Sergeant in ‘B’ Company. Later thrice wounded and awarded the Military Medal

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Keane Bt, DSO, Major Sir John, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Keane DSO, Tank Corps. He later became a member of Seanad Éireann.

Keir KCB, Lieutenant General Sir John Lindesay. General Officer Commanding VI Corps.

Kentish DSO, Major Reginald John, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Later Brigadier General R J Kentish CMG, DSO.

Kerr-Smiley MP, Captain Peter Kerr. 21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers. Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant General A Hamilton-Gordon CB, General Officer Commanding IX Corps. Also, Member of Parliament for North Antrim.

King DSO, Lieutenant Colonel William Albert De Courcy, Corps of Royal Engineers. Commander Royal Engineers 36th (Ulster) Division from 5 September 1916 until he was killed by shellfire near Dranoutre on 27 May 1917.

Knott, Captain Roger Birkbeck, 16th (Service) Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers. Later Major R B Knott MC.

Kitchener , Field Marshal Earl. Secretary of State for War.

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Lambart, Colonel Edgar Alan, Royal Artillery. Later Brigadier General E A Lambart CB.

Lambton CB, CMG, CVO, DSO, Major General The Hon. William Lambton. General Officer Commanding 4th Division. Later Major General The Hon. Sir William Lambton KCB, CMG, CVO, DSO.

Leitrim, Major Lord. Charles Clements, 5th Earl of Leitrim. 11th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Donegal and Fermanagh).

Lendrum, Second Lieutenant Marcus Beresford (Marc). Later Captain M B Lendrum, Machine Gun Corps and Tank Corps.

Leslie, Captain Cecil George, 3rd (Prince of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards. Deputy Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Major C G Leslie MC.

Livingston, 8489 Warrant Officer Class II Samuel James. Later posted to the 1st Battalion. Served post-war.

Locke, Second Lieutenant Henry Oscar.

Lloyd KCB, Colonel Sir Morgan George, Camolin Park, Wexford. Formerly Commanding Officer 3rd (Militia) Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment (formerly the Wexford Militia).

Lloyd, Major Owen Fitzstephen. Second-in-Command 12th Royal Irish Rifles. Later Lieutenant Colonel O F Lloyd DSO.

Lucas, 14414 Sergeant Robert. Awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry as Battalion Scout Sergeant at Hamel. Later Warrant Officer Class II R Lucas DCM, MM, Company Sergeant Major ‘C’ Company.

Lushington CB, CMG, Brigadier General Stephen, Royal Field Artillery. Served on the Artillery Staff.

Lutton, Lieutenant (later Captain) George Elliott. Battalion Signalling Officer. Transferred to the General List for service with the Signal Service, Corps of Royal Engineers in 1917.

Lyle, Captain Sydney James. 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim). Wounded 1 July 1916. Later Captain S J Lyle MC, Army Service Corps.

Lyness, Second Lieutenant Harold. Wounded on the night of 31 August/1 September 1916 and died of wounds on 2 September 1916.

Lyon DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Francis. Later Brigadier General F Lyon CMG, DSO.

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Mackenzie of Ord MVO, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Francis. Commanding Officer 10th (Service) Battalion, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Later Colonel A F Mackenzie of Ord CMG, MVO.

Mahaffy, The Reverend John Pentland CVO. Provost of Trinity College, Dublin. Later Sir John Mahaffy GBE, CVO.

Manning, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class Charles Campbell. Chaplain to 108th Field Ambulance. Later Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class C C Manning MC.

Marshall, Captain Eric Stewart, Royal Army Medical Corps. Deputy Director Medical Services, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Lieutenant Colonel E S Marshall CBE, MC. He was a member of the 1907-09 Nimrod Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton.

Maultsaid, Second Lieutenant Wesley. 11th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim). Killed in action on 12 November 1916; buried first in Messines German Military Cemetery No. 3 then reinterred in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.

Maxwell, Major Robert David Percival. Second-in-Command 13th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (1st County Down). Later Lieutenant Colonel R D P Maxwell DSO.

McCalmont, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Chaine Alexander, Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Later Brigadier General Sir Robert McCalmont KCVO, CBE, DSO.

McCappin, 14576 Sergeant John.

McClintock, Brigadier William Kerr. General Officer Commanding 145th Brigade. Later Brigadier General W K McClintock CB.

McDowell, 14550 Sergeant Solomon. A former regular soldier of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Battalion cook sergeant. Continued to serve with a Reserve Battalion in Ireland until October 1918. His son was killed serving with 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1917.

McFarland, 14567 Private Ephraim. He was wounded in April 1916 and was later commended for his gallantry by the Commandant of the Base Depot for his actions while in hospital when he roused his comrades and evacuated the tents during a fire.

McKane, 15718 Warrant Officer Class I Thomas. A former regular soldier of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major on 29 September 1915 before the Battalion left for France and served in that appointment until November 1916.

McNeill, 14568 Private James Henry. Officers’ Mess cook in 1916.

Menaul, Lieutenant William John. Battalion Intelligence and Sniping Officer. Later Captain W J Menaul MC.

Micklem, Lieutenant Colonel John, The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Commanding Officer 1/6th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. Later Brigadier General J Micklem DSO, MC, General Officer Commanding 4th Tank Brigade.

Middleton, Lieutenant Colonel William Henry. Later Lieutenant Colonel W H Middleton DSO.

Milne, 15865 Warrant Officer Class II, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Charles William. Later Captain C W Milne MC, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Monkhouse CMG, MVO, Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary Brigadier General) William Percival. Commander Royal Artillery, 29th Division. Later Brigadier General W P Monkhouse CB, CMG, MVO.

Monro KCB, General Sir Charles Carmichael. General Officer Commanding 3rd Army. From 1916 Commander-in-Chief, India. Later General Sir Charles Monro, 1st Baronet of Bearcrofts, GCB, GCSI, GCMG.

Montagu-Stuart-Wortley CB, CMG, DSO, MVO, Major General The Hon. Edward James. General Officer Commanding 46th (North Midland) Division.

Montgomery, Second Lieutenant Robert Taylor. A sergeant of the Battalion commissioned in May 1915. Platoon commander in ‘A’ Company.

Moore, Lieutenant Kenneth Montgomery. Staff Captain 108th Brigade. Later Captain K M Moore MC.

Morland KCB, DSO, Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Lethbridge Napier. General Officer Commanding X Corps. Later General Sir Thomas Morland KCB, KCMG DSO.

Mudie, Major Thomas Couper, The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). General Staff Officer Grade 2, 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Brigadier T C Mudie DSO.

Murray KCB, KCMG, CVO, DSO, Lieutenant General Sir Archibald James. Briefly Chief of the Imperial General Staff until December 1915. Later General Sir Archibald Murray GCB, GCMG, CVO, DSO.

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Nicholson, Brigadier General George Harvey. General Officer Commanding 144th Brigade. Later Brigadier General G H Nicholson CB, CMG.

Nicholson, 16425 Private Thomas. Died of wounds on 13 February 1916. He was buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension.

Nott, Second Lieutenant Henry Paton. He was one of three brothers who served with 1/6th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. Mentioned in Dispatches. Killed in action by shellfire on 27 April 1916. His brothers, Lieutenant Colonel T W Nott DSO and Captain L C Nott MC (Commanding Officer and Adjutant), were killed in action on 17 April 1917 by a mine with a delayed fuse in the cellar occupied as battalion headquarters.

Nugent DSO, Major General Oliver Stewart Wood. General Officer Commanding 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Major General Sir Oliver Nugent KCB, DSO.

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Ormerod, Lieutenant Colonel George Sumner. Commanding Officer 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (West Belfast). Replaced in command in December 1915.

O’Neill MP, Captain (later Major) Robert William Hugh, Royal Irish Rifles. Later (Robert William) Hugh O’Neill, 1st Baron Rathcavan, PC, DL, known as Sir Hugh O’Neill and then Lord Rathcaven. He became the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Parliament.

Owles, Lieutenant Ernest Trafford, Royal Flying Corps. Formerly platoon commander in ‘C’ Company. Later Captain E T Owlws MC.

Ozzard, Second Lieutenant Harold Tronson. Later Lieutenant H T Ozzard MC, Tank Corps.

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Pakenham, Lieutenant Colonel Hercules Arthur. Commanding Officer 11th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (South Antrim). Later Colonel H A Pakenham CMG.

Peacocke DSO, Major Warren John. Second-in-Command, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (County Tyrone). Later Lieutenant Colonel W J Peacocke DSO. He was shot by the IRA on 31 May 1921 and died the next day.

Peake CMG, Brigadier General Malcolm. Commander Royal Artillery 29th Division. Killed in action by shellfire on 27 August 1917.

Pelly, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Theodore, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Commanding Officer 8th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (East Belfast) from December 1915 to August 1916. Later Brigadier General R T Pelly CB, CMG, DSO.

Perceval CB, DSO, Major General Edward Maxwell. General Officer Commanding 49th (West Riding) Division. Later Major General Sir Edward Percival KCB, DSO.

Pitt, Fanny Sarah Marion (née Walker), Mrs Sydney. (1870-1 January 1948). Mrs Pitt was an early volunteer worker in France. For her work with the British Expeditionary Force she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1918 (London Gazette 4 June 1918. Issue 30730, p 6709).

Pitt, Miss Mary (later Mrs Woolner). (1897-1989). Daughter of Mrs Sydney Pitt OBE.

Place DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Otley, Corps of Royal Engineers. General Staff Officer Grade 1, 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Colonel C O Place CMG, DSO.

Plumer GCMG, KCB, General Sir Herbert Charles Onslow. General Officer Commanding 2nd Army. Later Field Marshal Herbert Plumer, 1st Viscount Plumer, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE.

Pollock, 14606 Sergeant David. ‘B’ Company. Discharged as no longer physically fit for war service due to wounds 15 October 1917.

Powell KCB, Major General Sir Charles. General Officer Commanding 36th (Ulster) Division from its formation until September 1915.

Pratt, Major Audley Charles. Formerly The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment). Second-in-Command of 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers from November 1914. Later Lieutenant Colonel A C Pratt DSO. Killed in action on 16 August 1917 commanding 11th Royal Innsikilling Fusiliers.

Pratt, Major Mervyn DSO, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Brother of Audley Charles Pratt.

Pringle DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Hall Grant. Commanding Officer 121st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 38th (Welsh) Division.

Prittie, Captain the Honourable Francis Reginald Denis, 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Son of Henry O’Callaghan Prittie, 4th Baron Dunalley of Kilboy, County Tipperary. Killed in action on 19 December 1914.

Pulteney KCB, DSO, Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney ‘Putty’. General Officer Commanding III Corps. Later Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney GCVO, KCB, KCMG, DSO.

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Radbourne, Captain Percy Charles. Served during the Bambatha Zulu rebellion with the Natal Mounted Police and as a Senior Lieutenant and company commander in 2nd Battalion, Durban Light Infantry during the campaign in German South West Africa.

Rawlinson Bt. KCB, CVO, General Sir Henry Seymour. Later General Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson, GCB, GCSI, GCVO, KCMG, Commander-in-Chief, India.

Rea, Lieutenant Norman Kerr. Joined the Battalion on 25 July 1916 and appointed Assistant Adjutant. He went to hospital sick with bronchitis and asthma in November 1916 and did not rejoin the Battalion.

Redmond MP, John Edward. Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

Redmond, Major William Hoey Kearney, The Royal Irish Regiment. Brother of John Edward Redmond MP. He died of wounds received in action at Messines on 7 June 1917.

Reid, 14629 Lance Corporal David. Groom to Lieutenant Colonel Blacker.

Reid, Lieutenant William Fitzgerald. Platoon commander in ‘B’ Company.

Repington CMG, Lieutenant Colonel Charles à Court. ‘Times’ war correspondent and author of the column ‘The War Day by Day’.

Ricardo DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Ambrose St. Quentin. Commanding Officer 9th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (County Tyrone). Later General Officer Commanding 109th Brigade. Later Brigadier General A St. Q Ricardo CMG, CBE, DSO.

Richardson, Captain Alexander Whitmore Colquhoun, The Bedfordshire Regiment. Later Major General A W C Richardson DSO, and a Winter Olympics silver medalist.

Richardson KCB, CSI, CIE, Lieutenant General Sir George Lloyd Reilly. Commander of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

Richardson, James Nicholson. Irish liberal politician. His father, John Grubb Richardson, established the model village of Bessbrook in 1845.

Rickards, Major Edward, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards attached to 4th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry.

Riddell, Major Edward Pius Arthur. 3rd Army School. Later Brigadier General Sir Edward Riddell CMG, DSO**.

Rivis, Major Thomas Charles Lockhart, Army Service Corps. Later Lieutenant Colonel T C L Rivis DSO.

Robertson KCB, KCVO, DSO, Lieutenant General Sir William Robert. Chief of the Imperial General Staff from December 1915 to February 1918. Later Field Marshal Sir William Robertson Bt. GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO.

Russell, Lieutenant Colonel The Hon. Alexander Victor Frederick Villiers MVO. Later Brigadier General The Hon. A V F V Russell CMG, MVO.

Russell, Odo William Leopold GCB, GCMG, PC, 1st Baron Ampthill. First British Ambassador to the German Empire.

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Saunderson, Captain Somerset Francis, The Rifle Brigade. Appointed Aide-de-Camp to Major General O S W Nugent in June 1916. Later Brevet Major S F Saunderson.

Savage, Lieutenant Colonel William Henry. Commanding Officer 13th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (1st County Down). Later Colonel W H Savage CMG.

Schweder, Lieutenant Ronald Paul, Royal Field Artillery. Later Major R P Schweder MC.

Scott, Major Charles Alexander Reid, Royal Horse Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel C A R Scott DSO.

Scott, Captain Samuel Jervois. Officer Commanding ‘C’ Company. Transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1916.

Sebag-Montefiore, Captain Thomas Henry, Royal Field Artillery. Later Colonel T H Sebag-Montefiore DSO, MC.

Seggie, Second Lieutenant Alexander. Platoon Commander in ‘B’ Company. Killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Seton, Captain Henry Winton. Formerly 1/9th Gurkha Rifles. Adjutant from November 1914 to December 1915.

Shillington, Major David Graham (‘Do’). Officer Commanding ‘D’ Company. Later Second-in-Command. Father of T G Shillington.

Shillington, Lieutenant Thomas Courtenay. ‘B’ Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (East Belfast). Wounded and captured while on patrol near Beaumont Hamel. Interned in Switzerland in August 1916 and repatriated in September 1917.

Shillington, Second Lieutenant Thomas Graham. Platoon commander in ‘B’ Company. Later Captain T G Shillington, Officer Commanding ‘A’ Company. Died of wounds on 18 August 1917, aged 19, having been shot on 16 August 1917. Son of D G Shillington.

Shuter DSO, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Reginald Gauntlett. Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers). Later Brigadier General R G Shuter DSO, General Officer Commanding 109th Brigade.

Simpson DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Charles. Commanding Officer 173rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel H C Simpson CMG, DSO.

Singleton DSO, Major Henry Townsend Corbet. The Highland Light Infantry. Deputy Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Colonel H T C Singleton CMG, DSO.

Sleator, Second Lieutenant Robert John. ‘C’ Company. Formerly Company Sergeant Major ‘B’ Company.

Smith, Major Samuel Boylan, Royal Army Medical Corps. Deputy Director Medical Services, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Lieutenant Colonel S B Smith DSO, OBE.

Smyth, Captain Robert Riversdale, The Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). Brigade Major 108th Brigade January 1915-May 1916. Later Lieutenant Colonel R R Smythe CMG, DSO. He was mentioned in despatches five times.

Smyth, Lieutenant Colonel Ross Acheson. Commanding Officer 10th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry). Died as a result of an accident in Ireland in 1917.

Snow KCB, Lieutenant General Sir Thomas D’Oyly. General Officer Commanding VII Corps. Later Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Snow KCB, KCMG.

Spencer-Churchill, Winston Leonard MP. Latterly First Lord of the Admiralty. Later Commanding Officer 6th Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers. Later Sir Winston Churchill KG, OM, CH, TD.

Spender, Captain Wilfrid Bliss. Staff Officer, 36th (Ulster) Division. Formerly Quartermaster General of the pre-war Ulster Volunteer Force. Later Sir Wilfrid Spender KCB, DSO, MC.

Stewart, 14677 Private Thomas. Wounded during the attack at Hamel 1 July 1916.

Stewart, 18066 Private Thomas. Wounded by shrapnel and died of wounds on 12 March 1916 in hospital at Rouen. Buried in St Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

Stewart, Second Lieutenant William Johnston. 8 Platoon, ‘B’ Company.

Stirling, Major William, Royal Field Artillery. Later Brigadier General W Stirling CMG, DSO.

Stockdale DSO, Brigadier General Herbert Edward. Formerly Commander Royal Artillery 29th Division. Later Brigadier General H E Stockdale CB, CMG, DSO.

Streatfeild CVO, CB, Colonel Henry. Private Secretary to Queen Alexandra. Later Colonel Sir Henry Streatfeild GCVO, CB, CMG, TD.

Strong, Brigadier General William, Royal Field Artillery. Commander Royal Artillery 48th (South Midland) Division. Later Brigadier General W Strong CB, CMG.

Stronge, Sir James Henry, 5th Baronet. Father of Lieutenant J M Stonge, Battalion Transport Officer.

Stronge, Lieutenant James Matthew. Battalion Transport Officer. Killed in action on 16 August 1917.

Symon, Major Walter Conover, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel W C Symon CMG, Ministry of Munitions.

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Tilney, Lieutenant Colonel Norman Eccles, Royal Field Artillery. Later Lieutenant Colonel N E Tilney CBE, DSO.

Thomson DSO, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Gordon. Commanding Officer 153rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery, 36th (Ulster) Division. Later Lieutenant Colonel R G Thomson CMG, DSO.

Townsend, Lieutenant Richard Stapleton Barry. Platoon Commander in ‘C’ Company. Killed in action during the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916.

Tully, Captain Claud Lewis Devonish, Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders). Acting Assistant Provost Marshal, Headquarters 36th (Ulster) Division, August 1916. Later Captain C L D Tully OBE.

Turner, 17397 Warrant Officer Class I Charles Henry. Formerly Company Sergeant Major ‘C’ Company. Regimental Sergeant Major 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers November 1916-September 1918. Later WOI (RSM) C H Turner MC.

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Unwin, Second Lieutenant Wilfrid Peyto. He died at 4th Casualty Clearing Station at Beauval on 16 May 1916 and is buried in Beauval Communal Cemetery.

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Vallentin, Captain Claude Max, Royal Field Artillery. Later Brigadier C M Vallentin MC. His father was Lieutenant Colonel Henry Edward Vallentin DSO, OBE.

Vanston, Captain Henry William Frederick Mortimer. Officer Commanding ‘D’ Company from April 1916. Died in Cairo on 4 September 1917.

Vaughan CB, DSO, Major General John. General Officer Commanding 3rd cavalry Division. Later Major General J Vaughan CB, DSO*, DL, JP.

Venard, 14740 Sergeant Abraham. Later Warrant Officer Class II A Venard MM.

Vennard, 18564 Private Joseph. Wounded by shellfire at Mesnil on 31 May 1916 and sustained an injured left hand and a fractured skull. He never recovered fully from his injuries and died of wounds on 14 June 1918.

Vennard, 14746 Serjeant Thomas Glennie. Later 14746, 33362 & 7041542 Warrant Officer Class II T G Vennard DCM.

Vincent, Brigadier General Henry Osman. Commander X Corps Heavy Artillery Brigade. Later Brigadier General H O Vincent CB, CMG.

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Waring, Major Holt, North Irish Horse. Officer Commanding ‘C’ Squadron. Transferred to The Royal Irish Rifles in July 1916. Died of wounds on 15 April 1918 while serving with 12th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrim).

Wheatley, Lieutenant Colonel Philip. Commanding Officers 173rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Later Brigadier General P Wheatley CB, CMG, DSO.

White, Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary Brigadier General) Geoffrey Herbert Anthony. Commander Royal Artillery 30th Division. Later Major General G H A White CB, CMG, DSO.

Wilfred DSO, Major Keith Evans. He did not join the Staff of 108th Brigade. Later Lieutenant Colonel W K Evans CMG, DSO*.

Wilson, 14792 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant George Wade. Later Honorary Lieutenant and Quartermaster G W Wilson.

Wilson, Lieutenant General Henry Hughes KCB, DSO. Principal Liaison Officer with the French. Later General Officer Commanding IV Corps and, from February 1918, Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Later Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, 1st Baronet, GCB, DSO.

Wilson, 14813 Private (later Lance Corporal) Thomas. The first soldier of the Battalion to be wounded in action.

Wimborne, Lord. Ivor Churchill Guest, Baron Wimborne. Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Later 1st Viscount Wimborne.

Wingfield, Lieutenant Cecil Percy. Platoon Commander in ‘D’ Company. Wounded while with a wiring party on 23 August 1916. Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Later Group Captain C P Wingfield Royal Air Force.

Withycombe, Brigadier General William Maunder, late The King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). General Officer Commanding 107th Brigade. Later Brigadier General W M Withycombe CMG, DSO.

Wolfe MM, 18609 Sergeant Richard John. Battalion Scout Sergeant. Killed in action on 16 August 1917.

Wood, Second Lieutenant Reginald Nixon. Commissioned on 23 January 1916 and joined the Battalion on 29 January. Killed in action on 22 February 1916. He was the first officer of the Battalion to be killed in action. He was buried in Hamel Military Cemetery.

Wortley, see Montagu-Stuart-Wortley.

Wright, Lieutenant William Martin, Adjutant, 13th (Service) Battalion, The Royal Irish Rifles (1st County Down).

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