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1/7th Bn Duke of Wellington's attack at Taultain


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Hi All,

I am searching for information, specifically, on the attack on Taultain on the 1st & 2nd November 1918. The information i require is - a map and where the 1/7 Duke of Wellington (West riding) were at the time. One of my men got the MC for "good leadership of his company and reaching his final objective. By personal reconnaissance he maintained touch with the neighbouring units and sent back reports to battalion head quarters" (taken from the London Gazette 1919 (15349). Any info will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Glynn.

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Glynn

Just by chance - my great grandfather was also with the 1/7th Duke of Wellingtons. I have a platoon photo that I will post in the next few days. I have very little info on this unit - I think that my g-g-father was later transferred to the 13th Bn as he served in Ireland and then on the Somme. (1918)

Do you have much info on the 1/7th?

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That would be great if you could post it.

I have some information concerning the 1/7th, but not a great ammount. If you can give me details of your G-G-Father i will help as much as i can.

Glynn.

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Glyn

Photo as promised...

I am afraid that I know very little about him - name Horsfield. No number or rank known.

Do you know where the regimental museum is that might hold records about him. I imagine that if the battalion roll survives that he might be mentioned. I might be able to get his number etc...

Regards,

Brendon.

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Hello Brendon,

Thanks so much for the photo. I have not printed it out yet but i will, and when i have had a good look at it i will tell you if my G-Grandfather is on it. Here is the address of the Museum. Also the PRO (Public Records Offive) in London holds some of the records of Soldiers. There is only about a 40% chance of his records surviving, as there was a fire in the 2nd world war that destroyed most of them. It is still worth having a look though, you never know. The museum has a small charge for lookups but they can only look in the war diaries (if i remember correctly). If you give me his FIRST and middle name, and his rank, i can look some details up for you before you contact the Museum.

The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum

Bankfield Museum

Akroyd Park

Halifax

West Yorkshire

HX3 6HG.

Telephone 01422 354823 / 01422 352334

Fax: 01422 349020

E-mail: museums-arts@calderdale.gov.uk

Glynn.

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Hello Brendon,

Here is a picture of Joseph Tew 1/7th Bn Duke of Wellingtons Regt, my Great Grandfather. See my in memory of at the bottom. I thought you might like to see him.

Glynn.

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Do my eyes deceive me or is the man next to the dog holding a cigarette in his fingers? A novelty on an official platoon photograph! Phil B

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Phil,

No your eyes dont deceive you, it is a dog.

I am trying to find out about it at the moment. It is the first time i have seen it this morning. I have no record of a dog in the 1/7th. I will let you know.

Glynn.

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Here are the available MiCs for all 'Horsfields' serving with the West Riding Regiment. It's a long link but it should take you there directly, and there are only 11 Horsfield results to that regt.:

http://www.documentsonline.nationalarchive...=1&mediaarray=*

Should allow you to eliminate those to whom you are unrelated.

Richard

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Where was the above group photo of 15 platoon, D coy. 1/7th taken?

Like the Staffy. Bull...

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Simon,

as we speak i am trying to work it out. Will try and let you know later.

Glynn.

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Do my eyes deceive me, or is the superstructure starting to curve at the top left of the..... oh no, it's just a dog eared border. I was thinking of a sturdy Nissen hut like those recorded at Farnley Camp, North Yorks.

I think I have a couple of 1/7th refs. and names in my files - if I put them your way let me know if they ring any bells.

Most of our lot were artillery but later drafts went into, it would appear, the DWR in the main. I'll get something together and post tonight/tomorrow-ish. Or something.

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Thanks Simon,

I look forward to seeing them.

I have just spoked to RHQ, who tell me that there is no way that i can find the name of the dog. There is a dog collar in the Regimental Museum from a dog that was the mascot of the 1/7th Bn. Maybe this is the collar of that dog in the picture. Sadly we will never know.

Glynn.

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That would be great if you could post it.

I have some information concerning the 1/7th, but not a great ammount.

Glynn,Hi,

Im hoping you can help me Ref the 7th DoWs! do you know anything about one Lt.George Patrick Doggett,Commissioned from the 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regimet TF,into the 7th West Riding Regt,who died of wounds in July 1917{@ Home}& with regards to the above posted Group photograph have you any idea when it may have been taken & who the officers might be???

Thanks in anticipation Regards Roger{HBMCDCM}

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Hello Harry,

I will have a look for you concerning Lt. George Patrick Doggett, and let you know. As for the photo i am as we speak trying to identify who they are. Again i will let you know asap.

Thanks

Glynn.

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Harry,

The following info you have probably got but here it is anyway:-

Name George Patrick Doggett.

Rank 2nd Lieutenant.

Died 04/07/1917

Age 22

Buried Cambridge City Cemetery

Ref B.1802

He is also mentioned in the Gazett 14th August 1916 page 8013 (see attached photo).

I think that this photo was taken in 1914/15. I say this because none of the soldiers are sporting medal ribbons, wound badges or specialist qualification badges, which would be unusual for soldiers that had seen service. Also the building appears to be of British construction and not continental, and is probably in the Doncaster area where the 1/7th Battalion was stationed for training from late 1914 to April 1915.

If you also look at the hats they are of the cloth type, and the Brodie helmet was not adopted until March 1916 (because of so many head wounds)in 1915. This makes me think that the photo is a very early one. Maybe i am wrong, i stand to be corrected. I am still looking for names of the Officers. When i have got them (hopefully), i will let you know. Hope this information helps a little bit.

Glynn.

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Glyn,

Thankyou for all of your help. I feel bad that your original request has been 'hijacked' by my supplementary question. I hope that people will be able to help you with your original request.

Richard,

Thanks for the link - I am sure that I will track him down from that. Absolutely BRILLIANT.

Best wishes,

Brendon.

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Another photo of the 1st/7th Duke of Wellingtons

A fine looking bunch...

Motley Crew!!!~~~~ Nice Teapot were they Racing???? :lol:

PS Sorry for earlier hi~jack but the opportunity was too good to miss ref:Officers in Picture.

*Thanks for Doggett info Glynn.

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No problem Harry. I'M only to pleased to help. As Promised i will let you know about officers as and when.

Glynn.

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Anytime Brendon - You still have not told me his name and rank ?.

Glynn.

His name was Squire Horsfield. I'm afraid that I don't know his rank - although I believe that he might have made it to corporal.

Brendon.

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Munchkin,

These two soldiers appear on the Otley Parish Church War Memorial and are the only 7th Btn. refs I can pull out of my files for now. If you've got any refs. for them let me know.

i) Arthur Downing 1/7th DWR Pte.

ii) Edgar Mudd 1/7th DWR Pte.

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