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Captain Herbert Power - 2 Bn Northants


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Captain Herbert Power was Adjutant of 2 Northants and was KIA at Neuve Chappelle on 12 Mar 1915. I am seeking any further information that may be available regarding his earlier military career or his time in France leading up to Mar 1915.

In addition he had a brother Charles, whom I believe was a Lt serving with 3 Northants from about 1916 until the end of the war. I have no further information regarding his brief military career but would be very interested to learn more if any one can point me in the right direction.

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Herbert Power

b. 14/3/1886

2Lt Northampton Reg 24/1/1906

Lt 1/12/1908

Adjt 20/11/1911

Capt 15/6/1913

War diary notes that at dawn on 12 March the 2nd N'Hants were attacked by the Germans and "easily repulsed". They counterattacked the German trenches which they found "vacated", but unable to hold it, Col Pritchard ordered them to retire, and "during the retirement the Adjutant Captain Power was killed."

Peter

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John

This Officer has a Service file at the National Archives under WO339/6428. It is not digital so needs to be read in situ at Kew.

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Hello John,

These are the basic details that I have on Herbert Power. I can try and drag some more details together on battalion movements and I will see if I have a copy of his service file.

Herbert Power

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  • Born on 14th March 1886 at Northampton.
  • Son of Lt. Col. Frederick Edward Power (born at Waterford, Ireland circa 1849; formerly Lt. Col. in the Northamptonshire Regiment; died 3 September 1915, New Steyne, Brighton) and Mrs Ellen Matilda Power (nee Barnett, born at Cheltenham on 13th December 1849)
  • Of 20 Campbourne Road, Hornsey in 1891
  • Of Flat 22, 202 Finchley Road in 1901
  • Educated at Victoria College, Jersey, at St. Paul's School, London, and at Sandhurst from 1903.
  • Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Northamptonshire Regiment on 24th January 1906.
  • Joined 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment at Bordon.
  • Served with 2nd Northamptons at Colchester, Malta and Alexandria.
  • Promoted to Lieutenant on 1st December 1908.
  • A Lieutenant with "H" Company per a 2nd Battalion Muster Roll on 24th June 1910 at Colchester.
  • 2nd Battalion embarked to Malta for garrison duty on 18th January 1911 arriving on 25th January 1911.
  • A Lieutenant, age 25, with 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment at Malta per the 1911 Census.
  • Appointed Adjutant on 20th November 1911.
  • Promoted to Captain (under the provisions of Article 26, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1909) on 21st June 1913, later antedated to 15th June 1913.
  • 2nd Battalion moved from Malta to Egypt in 1914 arriving at Alexandria on 18th January 1914.
  • On duty with 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment at Alexandria, Egypt at outbreak of war in August 1914.
  • Sailed with 2nd Battalion to England on 30th September 1914 arriving at Liverpool on 16th October 1914.
  • Embarked to France on 4th November 1914 aboard the "Turcoman" as Captain and Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, landing at Havre on 6th November 1914.
  • Probably present during the Christmas Truce of 1914
  • Killed in action during the retirement from captured German trenches at Neuve Chapelle on 12th March 1915.
  • No known grave.
  • Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
  • Incorrectly shown as 1st Battalion on CWGC

The Northamptonshire Regiment Flickr site has 6 other photos of him:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=29031004@N06&q=power

Steve.

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Thank you, that's all excellent information, especially his regimental movements of which I was not aware. if there's anything further on his military record, I'd be very interested. Also very interested in his brother Charles of whom information seems very scanty.

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I've edited the information above a bit, so it might be worth a re-read.

Once you have 5 posts you can use the Personal Message system, and I can send you the war diary pages for the 2nd Battalion for 1914/15, if you want them.

I will have a look at Charles in a moment!

Steve.

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There is a Charles Frederick Power in the Northamptonshire Regiment:

  • Commissioned in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment on 23rd September 1915
  • Embarked to France on 14th September 1916
  • Attached to 2nd Battalion per Army Lists from November 1916 to December 1916
  • Joined 2nd Battalion at Fouquereuil on 16th September 1916
  • No record yet found of wounding. Possibly evacuated as sick.
  • Promoted to Lieutenant on 1st July 1917
  • Transferred to the Labour Corps for service in the UK with Eastern Command Labour Centre on 12th July 1918
  • Service file at National ARchives: WO 339/42376 POWER C F, 2/Lieut 1915-1919
  • Address per Medal Index Card: 34 Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin.

London Gazette entries:

London Gazette 22-9-1915

War Office,

22nd September, 1915.

SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

INFANTRY.

The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). Dated 23rd September, 1915: —

Charles Frederick Power, Northampton Regiment.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29305/supplements/9400

London Gazette 27-7-1918

Labour Corps.

Lt. C. F. Power (North'n R., Spec. Res.) is apptd. to the Corps for duty with E. Comd. Lab. Centre. 12 July 1918, with seniority 1 July 1917.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30816/supplements/8963

London Gazette 3-10-1918

INFANTRY.

Labour Corps.

Lt. C. F. Power (North'n R., Spec. Res.) ceases to be empld. with the Corps. 15 Sept. 1918.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/30931/supplements/11653

I cannot prove that this is Herbert's brother. In fact on the 1891 and 1901 Censuses Herbert is not shown as having a brother...

EDIT: I don't have the Service File for either Power, but I can but them on my list for my next visit to the National Archives....

Steve.

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Peter, thanks for that. An account of the battle, which is contained in "The Northamptonshire Regiment 1914- 1918" pp 82 to 102, indicates that Col Pritchard was subsequently wounded and the remnants of the Bn was taken out of action that night having lost 17 officers and 414 other ranks out of a total of 19 and 600 at the start of the action.

John

Herbert Power

b. 14/3/1886

2Lt Northampton Reg 24/1/1906

Lt 1/12/1908

Adjt 20/11/1911

Capt 15/6/1913

War diary notes that at dawn on 12 March the 2nd N'Hants were attacked by the Germans and "easily repulsed". They counterattacked the German trenches which they found "vacated", but unable to hold it, Col Pritchard ordered them to retire, and "during the retirement the Adjutant Captain Power was killed."

Peter

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Steve, thanks. The information on CF Power is very interesting and fills in a few of my knowledge gaps. He most definitely is Herbert's brother but was older by 8 years hence, on the 1891 Census he is on his boarding school return and not with the family. By 1901 he was working in Dublin but seems to have escaped the Ireland Census, he reappears in 1911!

I would be most interested to know anything else from their service files as and when you have the time during any further visits to the National Archives.

John

There is a Charles Frederick Power in the Northamptonshire Regiment:

  • Commissioned in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment on 23rd September 1915
  • Embarked to France on 14th September 1916
  • Attached to 2nd Battalion per Army Lists from November 1916 to December 1916
  • Joined 2nd Battalion at Fouquereuil on 16th September 1916
  • No record yet found of wounding. Possibly evacuated as sick.
  • Promoted to Lieutenant on 1st July 1917
  • Transferred to the Labour Corps for service in the UK with Eastern Command Labour Centre on 12th July 1918
  • Service file at National ARchives: WO 339/42376 POWER C F, 2/Lieut 1915-1919
  • Address per Medal Index Card: 34 Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin.

London Gazette entries:

London Gazette 22-9-1915

War Office,

22nd September, 1915.

SPECIAL RESERVE OF OFFICERS.

INFANTRY.

The undermentioned to be Second Lieutenants (on probation). Dated 23rd September, 1915: —

Charles Frederick Power, Northampton Regiment.

http://www.london-ga...upplements/9400

London Gazette 27-7-1918

Labour Corps.

Lt. C. F. Power (North'n R., Spec. Res.) is apptd. to the Corps for duty with E. Comd. Lab. Centre. 12 July 1918, with seniority 1 July 1917.

http://www.london-ga...upplements/8963

London Gazette 3-10-1918

INFANTRY.

Labour Corps.

Lt. C. F. Power (North'n R., Spec. Res.) ceases to be empld. with the Corps. 15 Sept. 1918.

http://www.london-ga...pplements/11653

I cannot prove that this is Herbert's brother. In fact on the 1891 and 1901 Censuses Herbert is not shown as having a brother...

EDIT: I don't have the Service File for either Power, but I can but them on my list for my next visit to the National Archives....

Steve.

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John,

I will certainly add them to my list for my next visit.

Do you have the London Gazette information for their father, Frederick Edward Power who also served with the Regiment?

Steve.

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No I don't have his Gazette info - I have various personnel record extracts and some info from Harts Army List. I'd be grateful for the Gazette info particularly relating to time as Lt Col.

John

John,

I will certainly add them to my list for my next visit.

Do you have the London Gazette information for their father, Frederick Edward Power who also served with the Regiment?

Steve.

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