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Looking for 5 Officers may have been in the Celon Rifles. Who Died. Died of Wounds or Killed in action.

2nd Lt George R Hannan.

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Lt Cecil Shelly.

NOT CWGC or SDGW. These men may have served in Celon Planters Rifles.

Regards Peter.

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Looking for 5 Officers may have been in the Celon Rifles. Who Died. Died of Wounds or Killed in action.

2nd Lt George R Hannan.

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Lt Cecil Shelly.

NOT CWGC or SDGW. These men may have served in Celon Planters Rifles.

Regards Peter.

Still no Luck with this One Regards Peter.
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Looking for 5 Officers may have been in the Celon Rifles. Who Died. Died of Wounds or Killed in action.

2nd Lt George R Hannan.

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Lt Cecil Shelly.

NOT CWGC or SDGW. These men may have served in Celon Planters Rifles.

Regards Peter.

Still not found any of these men Regards Peter.
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I attended a funeral at a very small church near Brundall {norfolk} there was a memorial to an officer in this unit on the wall, i will have to go back and have a look again

best regards John

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Walter Meire, is commenerated on the church wall, son of Walter and Hannah Meire, Brundall, according to the plaque he is commemorated on the Loos memorial? {Brayniston church}

very best regards John

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"Geoffs search Engine" has the details

best regrds John

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Looking for 5 Officers may have been in the Celon Rifles. Who Died. Died of Wounds or Killed in action.

2nd Lt George R Hannan.

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Lt Cecil Shelly.

NOT CWGC or SDGW. These men may have served in Celon Planters Rifles.

Regards Peter.

Peter,

I have a copy of the Ceylon Roll of Honour and record of war service

Here is what I find:

2nd Lt George R Hannan. - not trace

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

Hemstead, John; late of Allakolla, Madulkelle; 2nd-Lt. R.F.A.; Prisoner of war; Died in Germany

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Meire, W. H. G.; late of Densworth, Dehiowita; Member of the Milward Contingent; 2nd-Lt. 9th Norfolks. Killed in Action

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Brown, Arthur Anthony; late of Delwita, Kurungegalle; Com. RFA; Lt. Sept 1916; Killed in Action March 1918; M.C. July 1918

Lt Cecil Shelly.

Shelley, C. W. C.; late of East Holyrood, Talawakelle; 2-Lt. 1st Life Guards; Killed in Action in France

I hope that helps

Matthew

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Peter,

I have a copy of the Ceylon Roll of Honour and record of war service

Here is what I find:

2nd Lt George R Hannan. - not trace

2nd Lt John Hemstead Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery 106th Brigade Killed in Action 16th April 1916.

Hemstead, John; late of Allakolla, Madulkelle; 2nd-Lt. R.F.A.; Prisoner of war; Died in Germany

2nd Lt (TP) Walter Herbert Geoffrey Meira. Norfolk Regiment 5th Batt Killed in Action 28th September1915.

Meire, W. H. G.; late of Densworth, Dehiowita; Member of the Milward Contingent; 2nd-Lt. 9th Norfolks. Killed in Action

Capt. Arthur Antony Brown.

Brown, Arthur Anthony; late of Delwita, Kurungegalle; Com. RFA; Lt. Sept 1916; Killed in Action March 1918; M.C. July 1918

Lt Cecil Shelly.

Shelley, C. W. C.; late of East Holyrood, Talawakelle; 2-Lt. 1st Life Guards; Killed in Action in France

I hope that helps

Matthew

Thank you Matthew for all of your time and help with this one Best Regards Peter.
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2nd Lt Walter Herbert Geffery MEIRE of 9th Bn Norfolk Regiment died Sunday 26th September 1915 aged 25 years.

Norfolk Chronicle 8th October 1915: A letter has been received by the family from Major Orams (9th Norfolks)-"Geoffrey was killed last Sunday morning. I have ascertained from Lt Spurrell, of the same company, who was close to him that he gallantly led his men out of the trench and was leading them across the open but had only got twenty or thirty yards when he was shot through the head. He died as a British officer should - at the head of his men."

(Can't think that such a letter was of much consolation to the family!)

Is there any information about his service with the Ceylon Planters Rifles?

He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and the family installed a memorial plaque in their parish church, St Michael's at Braydeston in Norfolk. (Please note the correct, if unusual, spelling of Geffery on the plaque)

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BROWN, Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Arthur Anthony.

(Photo: De Ruvigny`s ROH)

Enlisted: Ceylon.

Age given: Born 30/04/1886.

Occupation: Tea planter.

Address / Next Of Kin, family details: Husband to Edith Gore (Nee Holdship from Sydney. Married 24/10/1916), Son of John and Amelia Elizabeth Brown, of The Close, Purton.

MIC details / Medal entitlement.

271st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (East Anglian Division).

Military Cross.

21/01/1921 Mrs. E G Darley applied for her late husbands Medals. The address given was Mrs Edith Gore Darley,

C/O Commander F C Darley RN, Navy Office, Melbourne.

Extracts from: De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, London Gazette.

Arthur enlisted whilst in Ceylon (Sri-Lanka) into the Ceylon Mounted Rifles and in 1914 he was invalid back to England suffering from malaria. He recovered from this and by now the Great War was raging.

07/04/1915 Joined the 271st Brigade RFA (TF).

01/11/1915 British Expeditionary Force in France / Flanders.

00/02/1916 Arthur proceeded to Egypt and then onto Palestine.

Arthur’s citation for the award of the Military Cross read as follows; “For conspicuous devotion to duty throughout the operations before Gaza and subsequently during the advance culminating with the action securing the Jaffa-Jerusalem Line. This Officer as adjutant to a group of six batteries during the bombardment and attack on the Gaza defenses was tireless in the performance of his duties and his organization of ammunition supply, communication and returns, was beyond praise.”

Death / Burial / Memorial details.

Arthur died suddenly in a village just north of Jerusalem from heart failure on the 4th March 1918. Arthur is commemorated on a headstone in St Mary’s churchyard but is actually buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, PALESTINE, Grave Reference: K. 61. The Remembrance book located in St Mary’s Church states burial at Sarona in Palestine.

Evidence for inclusion on the Purton Parish list: Purton War Memorial (Recorded as A.BROWN M.C), Memorial Board in St Mary’s Church, name listed in the Memorial book in St Mary’s Church, SDGW listing.

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2nd Lieut. John Hemsted, RFA

Third son of Rev. A. Hemsted, MA of Preston Capes Rectory, Byfield, Northant.

Matriculated at St. John's School,Leatherhead in 1894

From 1903 he was employed by the General Accident Assurance Company, Perth

Served with the Black Watch Volunteers

Later served with the Ceylon Mounted Rifles

On 12 Jul 1915 he enlisted in 4th Squadron, Inns of Court OTC

Commissioned as 2nd Lieut., RFA, on 23 Sept 1915

Went to France on 18 November 1915

Served in France and Flanders with 106th Brigade, RFA

Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 4 Jan 1917.

Killed in action on 16 April 1917.

From the 106th Brigade, RFA war diary for 16 April 1917: "2/Lt J Hemsted, D/106 reported missing, last seen making a reconnaissance for forward Observation Post."

Sources: A Register of St. John's School, Leatherhead 1852-1937; The Inns of Court O.T.C. During the Great War; War Diary of 106th Brigade, RFA.

Regards, Dick Flory

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I have a British War Medal marked 2. LIEUT. J. HEMSTED

I have had it for over 40 years.

Found this forum when I looked him up.

Seems to be the same man as mentioned by Dick Flory (note the original inquiry from Peter spelt his name HemsteAd)

Thomas Jolliffe

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