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2nd/Lt H.B. Everest (Warwicks)


stephen p nunn

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Evening all. Am after some help to try and solve a bit of a mystery (we think). A friend of mine has just acquired a firearm of an unusual sort (certainly not standard British Army issue) that is marked up to an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. His name was 2nd/Lt. Henry Bertram EVEREST.

The allocation of such a weapon seemed odd, so my friend looked at his Medal Card. It seems to indicate that 2nd/Lt. Everest first served in Egypt from 3/12/1915. However, we don't think that makes sense for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment?

We might be getting carried away but wondered if this all pointed to some kind of undercover type service?

I have been looking for information about him and have discovered that he was:

Born on 2/1/1884 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

In 1901 he was living at Clifton House, Underdale Road, Holy Cross & St. Giles, Shropshire and was a clerk.

He married in October 1915 - Jeannie Taylor Armstrong in Wareham, Dorset.

At the point of his marriage he was at Bovington Camp, Wool, Dorset and was with the 12th Battalion.

He survived the war and claimed his medals - then living at 24 Maderia Road, Streatham, SW16. He died in September 1971 in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales.

Anyone any thought about his service in Egypt please and what he might have been up to?

Many thanks.

SPN

Maldon.

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His MIC certainly only shows the Warwickshire's as his battalion.

The date of entry and Egypt seem to have been written over the top of an earlier entry which states Mesopotamia.

From the Long Long Trail

9th (Service) Battalion

Formed at Warwick in August 1914 as part of K1 and attached to 39th Brigade, 13th (Western) Division.

Moved to Gallipoli in July 1915. Went to Egypt in January 1916 and thence to Mesopotamia in February 1916.

In July 1918, 39th Brigade detached and sent as part of North Persia Force. Was in Transcaspia in October 1918.

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He was appointed a temporary 2nd Lt from the Inns of Court Training unit on 10 Feb 1915.

Thanks both for responding so quickly. He was definitely with the 12th at Bovington in October 1915. The Inns of Court linking is interesting?

Regards.

SPN

Maldon

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Hi Maldon,

Henry Bertram Everest joined the Inns of Court OTC on 12/10/14 with a service number E/1672 and attained the rank of L/Cpl prior to being commissioned into the Royal Warwicks on 10/2/15. He was attached to both the 9th Londons and also the Hampshire Regt, he later joined the RAF and is shown as having served in Mesopotamia. He was wounded once and attained the rank of Captain.

His address is given as: 24, Madeira Rd.,Streatham, SW16.

I think that possibly your friend is getting carried away with his notion of him being a spy---but then of course it is always possible! A look at his service papers may throw some light on the matter.

Robert

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http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=89985

British Officers were allowed to purchase their own weapons...Thread above

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1918/1918%20-%201359.html?search=everest

He gets a couple of mentions in Flight/Global saying attached from Royal Warwicks

Ady

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http://1914-1918.inv...showtopic=89985

British Officers were allowed to purchase their own weapons...Thread above

http://www.flightglo...?search=everest

He gets a couple of mentions in Flight/Global saying attached from Royal Warwicks

Ady

Thanks Ady - yes, but this particular firearm was part of the official Donnington Collection?

SPN

Maldon

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Sounds like it is very specialist/rare then Hopefully Service history may reveal something.

Good luck

Ady

Thanks Ady. What with your response and the replies from other GWF pals the picture is alreay starting to reveal itself.

Best regards.

SPN

Maldon

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