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Hi

I wondered if anyone could help with identifying the regiment and possible soldier.

Whitehouse 1915

He was in a box of Northants Soldiers but nothing else known.

T.I.A.

Sandy

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Can you get a close up of the cap badge ?. Looks like a horse.

Looks like he's wearing spurs.

Craig

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King's Liverpool Regiment.?

Northants Yeomanry was (IIRC) a horse running, whereas the King's was on its hind legs and it looks more like it to me.

he's equipped for mounted work, but could be in the Transport.


Mind you, looking again I'm not so sure :huh:

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I agree with Northamptonshire Yeomanry, because there is no scroll visible to indicate that it is the king's Liverpool Regiment. Also on the latter's cap badge the tail is attached to the scroll and not free flowing as in the Northampton's badge.

Sepoy

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A medal index card exists for Arthur George J. [Joseph] Whitehouse, Pte. 1784 Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 78563 R.F.C., 145871 Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 401090 R.A.F.

The only M.I.C. found to Whitehouse, Northamptonshire Yeomanry.

Birth registration, 1896 quarter 1 in the Northampton District.

His R.A.F. service record also exists and includes the following information:-

Engagement commenced 12.4.1915, age 19, civilian occupation - clerk.

Next of kin - father, George Joseph Whitehouse, Rhimingstone?, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Transferred to R.F.C. as 2AM 23.4.1917

Appointed 1AM 1.7.1917

Promoted Cpl. 1.11.1917

Transferred to R.A.F. 1.4.1918

Qualified as aerial gunner 26.8.1917, and graduated "B" Flight Cadet 20.9.1918.

Served in France from 23.4.1917 to 20.1.1918

Awarded the Military Medal 26.8.1917

The record did not specify when his service ended.

Edit:-

After a struggle with the London Gazette so-called search engine this is the notification for the M.M.

Edit 8.1.2015:-

By googling Arthur George Joseph Whitehouse - using the name Arch Whitehouse he was a prolific author with titles including "The Fledgling" an autobiography, an aerial gunner in WW1; and "Hell in the Heavens", the adventures of an aerial gunner in the Royal Flying Corps.

He was born 11.12.1895 in Northampton and died 15.11.1979, place not found.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30431/supplement/13196

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Thank you all for your valuable information.

I have managed to find some other photo's of him and a family tree.

So a soldier from Northampton in 1915 goes to Newark N.J. and later joins the RFC.

As the Arthur G J Whitehouse I found went to New York in 1905 I am not sure how he would

be enlisting in England though.

He is in Newark on the 1910 and 1920 census.

Sandy

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As the Arthur G J Whitehouse I found went to New York in 1905 I am not sure how he would

be enlisting in England though.

He is in Newark on the 1910 and 1920 census.

It's possible - many men made their way back home to enlist.

Craig

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Thanks Craig.

I have now found some info saying he worked his way back to England and joined the machine gun school

hence photo.

Not liking it he got transferred to the RFC in 1916.

So thanks again.

Sandy

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That is supposedly the same man.

Thanks for posting.

Sandy

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I can't make it out (my eyesight rather than the picture, I think); is that a machine gunner's (Lewis Gunner's?) skill at arms badge - the upper one on the left sleeve in the picture?

R.

Edit: Post #11 arrived which probably answers my question.

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Thanks Steve.

Without the forum and users I would not be able to help others who ask me for help.

Much appreciated.

Sandy

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Sandy,

It is indeed Arch Whitehouse, who went on to become a noted author, mostly on aviation. He was in the USA when the war broke out and returned home to Northampton to enlist.

His WW1 experiences are covered in his autobiography The Fedgling

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