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G.E. Wingfield-Stratford


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Captain G.E. Wingfield-Stratford was the Adjutant of the 6th Royal West Kents when they landed in France on 1 June 1915. He had a long military career, and is known to have been serving as a Lieutenant Colonel as late as 1933.

I have quite a bit of info on his career, gleaned from the London Gazette etc, but wondered if any forum pals knew anything about this man? For example, I have not been able to determine any family details. Any photos or references in books would be just great too.

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These were the only Wingfield-Stratford's on the 1901 census and although not a G.E. amongst them there was a military family residing in Devon (with Kent connections) ...

Cicl Wingfield-Stratford aged 47 born Addington Kent, living Harford Entire, Devon. Lieut Colonel Royal Enginers

Easna Wingfield-Stratford 18 born Marylebone London, living Harford Entire. Under Graduate Cambridge

Rosalind Wingfield-Stratford 7 born Freshwater I Of Wight, living Harford Entire

Rosalind Wingfield-Stratford 43 born Marylebone London, living Harford Entire

I presume those first two christian names are Cecil and Edna??

You could try contacting the West Kent's museum at Maidstone.

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There is a further reference to the family name in Who's Who 1947 regarding Esme Cecil Wingfield-Stratford who was an author born 1882 son of Brig Gen C.V.

Wingfield-Stratford.

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I don't know the fictional works of Alan Thomas, but he wrote an excellent memoir of his service as an officer on the 6th RWK entitled A Life Apart. He arrived in late 1916, when the Adjutant was Alderman, an ex-ranker veteran of the Boer War. I can find no mention of Wingfield-Stratford, so he must have left 6 RWK before Thomas's arrival, as he writes vivid charachter portraits of his fellow officers, and a number of the men. I can recommend A Life Apart to anyone interested in the battalion, particularly its part in the Battle of Arras, or simply as an honest, fluent account of one man's war.

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Interesting. Alderman relieved Wingfield-Stratford as Adjutant in late 1916, so presumably Alan Thomas came in at much the same time.

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Thanks Jon. A most useful link. I did not know about his CdG. How did you find that?

It seems my man went to become a GSO3 in late 1916. The regimental history says he went to the staff of 12th (Eastern) Division, but I reckon he went to one of its Brigades, possibly the 37th Brigade. I base this on the fact that he was appointed a Brigade Major. Can anyone please confirm this?

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Chris,

If you click the green underlined "Queens Own .." near the top of the page of that link, it takes you to the previous page, which has a section Honours and Awards.

Jon

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