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4 minutes ago, neverforget said:

Not too clear is it? The battalion he raised was actually a regular infantry battalion which embarked on the Western Front in February 1917. It saw extensive action in F and F until the end of the war.

 

then from  British infantry brigades of the First World War - Wikipedia

it leads me to narrow down to choose from these. A little more digging needed!

170th (2/1st North Lancashire) Brigade 57th (2nd West Lancashire) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade.[142][143]
171st (2/1st Liverpool) Brigade 57th (2nd West Lancashire) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade. Formed from King's Regiment (Liverpool) battalions.[142][143]
172nd (2/1st South Lancashire) Brigade 57th (2nd West Lancashire) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade.[142][143]
176th (2/1st Staffordshire) Brigade 59th (2nd North Midland) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade.[145][146]
177th (2/1st Lincoln and Leicester) Brigade 59th (2nd North Midland) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade.[145][146]
178th (2/1st Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) Brigade 59th (2nd North Midland) February 1917 Western Front Second line Territorial brigade. Formed from Sherwood Foresters battalions.[145][146]

 

 

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Ah...You might want to look a little further afield 

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46 minutes ago, neverforget said:

Ah...You might want to look a little further afield 

but still need more to narrow it down. :angry:

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Ok. Well he's not British for a kick off, and as well as being a Conservative M.P. in the Commons, he was also a lawyer. 

As I said, he died away from the action, in controversial circumstances. 

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OK

Got him,. I was on the Battalion wikipedia page earlier but it didn't hint at him raising it!

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Did he have a tv series?😂

 

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Well played Jon.

Aye John, I think that may have been his older brother.

Lt-Col. Samuel Simpson Sharpe, served as Conservative MP in the house of Commons in Canada from 1909 until 1917 and 1917 to 1918 as a Unionist. He served in WW1. 

Sharpe raised a Battalion in Southern Ontario, and in 1917 they saw action at Vimy Ridge, then later on to an attack at Avion in preparation for the Battle of Hill 70, and the Battle of Passchendaele.

Sharpe began to struggle with the impact of his military service. In October 1917, he wrote to the wife of a fellow officer who was wounded.

"It is awful to contemplate the misery and suffering in this old world, and were I to allow myself to ponder over what I have seen and what I have suffered thro [sic] the loss of the bravest and best in the world, I would soon become absolutely incapable of 'carrying on'."

On May 25, 1918, Sharpe committed suicide, jumping from a hospital window to his death. Due to the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness, Sharpe's history was largely forgotten in Canada for almost 100 years.

In 2014, Member of Parliament Erin O'Toole and Senator Romeo Dallaire inaugurated the Lieutenant Colonel Sam Sharpe Veterans Mental Health breakfast to showcase veterans’ mental health issues and to recognize those "who have sought help for their operational stress injuries and are leading productive lives."

In 2016, a bronze plaque including the likeness of Sharpe by sculptor Tyler Briley acknowledging Sharpe's service as an MP and soldier was commissioned for installation in the Centre Block of Canada's Parliament. The plaque was unveiled in the foyer of the House of Commons on November 7, 2018.

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7 minutes ago, jonbem said:

Great background link there Jonbem. Plenty of meat on the bones.

Sad story though, poor b$gger.

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Next one

I believe has been mentioned in other threads but not WIT?

Lieutenant Colonel Adrian Carton de Wiart.jpg

Had a long career in many conflicts.

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Hi jon

A C de W, featured in the first WIT thread if I’m not mistaken, more holes put in him by the enemy than a colander 🤣

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Fairly high on the list of most, um, bonkers? soldier ever, closely pursued by this one:

 

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As an aside, his autobiography is an excellent read ... but it almost ignores his VC award, which is remarkable. 

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On a related note:  Who is this?

 

 

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That’s General de Wiart’s cousin, can’t remember which one Edmond or Henri.

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Spot on Knotty,  It's Henry C.de.W.   Our Adrian's cousin.  Minister of Justice and future PM of Belgium.  

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15 hours ago, Knotty said:

Hi jon

A C de W, featured in the first WIT thread if I’m not mistaken, more holes put in him by the enemy than a colander 🤣

 

the most Belgian of British officers... or should I say the most British Belgian??? 

soit... it's a Belgian, potverdikke!!! 

:D

 

As to Seajane's "bonkers" soldier... looks familiar, but... need to search

 

M.

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I think that's our Mr. Meinertzhagen.

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2 hours ago, neverforget said:

I think that's our Mr. Meinertzhagen.

Correct.

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Sorry for butting in seaJane,  I thought your recent chap was A.de.W as well.  

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GH - no need to apologise - mine was just for entertainment value really.

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Ok Who is this, unfortunately he was KIA very early in the conflict.

Clue= He gave the Bod a major first, which is probably the only clue I can give.

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Scuse me if this is a dim question, but is that bugle the right way round?

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Drat seaJane, You’ve seen through my cunning plan 😁

 

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