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Kings Liverpool Regiment and Easter Rising


Jon Palmer

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My Grandfather was in the Kings Liverpool Regiment. Main service was in 2/6; 7 and 8 battalions. There is a family story that he served in Ireland sometime during WW1 around the Easter Rising. I have checked his war record in detail and can find no reference to being posted to Ireland. In 1918 he was in a training battalion in Bristol and moved to different battalions over that year.  Can anyone shed any light on what may have happened?

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2 hours ago, Jon Palmer said:

My Grandfather was in the Kings Liverpool Regiment. Main service was in 2/6; 7 and 8 battalions. There is a family story that he served in Ireland sometime during WW1 around the Easter Rising. I have checked his war record in detail and can find no reference to being posted to Ireland. In 1918 he was in a training battalion in Bristol and moved to different battalions over that year.  Can anyone shed any light on what may have happened?

Who is he ?


Craig

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Michael Pegum

If the KLR were in Ireland during Easter Week, they suffered no casualties. The regiment does not appear in the list of killed and wounded in the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook published by the Weekly Irish Times that year.

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All I could find is:

 

3rd (Reserve) Battalion KLR to Cork in 1917

 

and

 

217th Graduated Battalion KLR (previously the 60th Training Reserve Battalion) in Fermoy 1917.

 

Like Craig I await a name ........

 

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Thanks for this information.

 

The full details are below:

 

Eric Westrup Service Record

dob 7.5.1894

 regimental number 3286

1914
10.9.1914 2/6th (Rifle) Battalion was formed in Liverpool on as a Second Line battalion.
November 1914: moved to North Shire, Blackpool.


1915
February 1915 the 2/6 Battalion moved to Upstreet Camp, Canterbury to replace the 1/6th Battalion.
8 February 1915 : came under orders of 171st Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division.


1.3.15 KLR Signed enlistment and had a medical Princes Park Barracks Liverpool. “6/6 vision. Good physical development. Passed as fit. Attested 4 years. Address 15 Dudley Road, New Brighton.” Home service.
2.3.15 2/6 KLR Territorials “A” company reserve rifle battalion. Canterbury and then billets at Cliftonville and became part of the Margate defences.
7.5.15 Margate inoculation
13.5.15 Margate vaccination
17.5.15 Margate inoculation

 

1916

3.3.16 Medical at Canterbury. Passed. 21.3.16 “A” company 2/6th KLR

23.4.16 Signed agreement to service outside UK.

23.4.16 8th Irish Reserves Commissioned. Transferred to Oswestry. 2nd Lieutenant. Civilian occupation recorded as apprentice, produce merchant.

6.5.1916 Medical Diii

22.5.1916 Copy of Birth certificate on file. 7/5/1894. 2 Osbourne Avenue, Liscard.

17.7.1916 Attached to No 3 Officer Cadet Bn in Bristol

27.7.1916 Medical Aiii

19.9.1916 Part II O Aldershot.

25.10.16 Left Bristol Officer Training Records “5ft 8.75 ins. 36 in chest. Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Light brown hair. Trade apprentice.

25.10.16 2nd Lieutenant 8th KLR

Embodied Territorial Force

5.11.16 Discharged from 2/6 and Commissioned 7th Bn

2.12.1916 Statement of service. 6th Bn KLR. Posted and embodied as Rifleman in Preston.

1917

2.1.17 11th Bn KLR

14.2.1917 Landed at Boulogne, France.

Joined 11th Battalion as acting 2nd Lieutenant

26.7.1917 Memo recommending clerical role or similar

7.8.1917 Memo from Major asking what role suitable for EW.

18.8.17 Memo advises retain EW suggested roles sub area commandant; clerical; communications.

20.8.1917 Memo from Lieutenant General stating Eric should be kept in regiment.

22.8.17 2nd Lieutenant 11th KLR Lieutenant General memo recommends Draft Conducting Officer.

11.9.17 Seconded to role of Draft Conducting Officer.

9.1917 Left France, from medal roll

1918

10.6.1918 Bedford No 2 Officer Training School

15.6.1918 Transferred 11th Bn to OTC

24.6.18 Started Officer Training Course at Bedford

10.8.18 Completed Officer Training Course returned to 8th Bn KLR. Very positive report saying Eric had made good progress on Training Course.

11.10.1918 7th Reserves

20.10.1918 Memo querying whether Eric should be recommended for promotion.

1919

20.3.19 Restored to Establishment (Regiment) 8th Battalion

20.3.19 Disembodied from KLR 8th Battalion.

Leaves army with rank of 2nd Lieutenant substantive.

1920

1921

1922

30.9.22 Relinquished commission to join ranks. Maintained title of 2nd Lieutenant

1939

30.3.1939 Royal Signals Territorials 4 years. Army number 2578211

1955 Records weeded

 

Battalions

 

February 1915 to April 1916

2/6th

April 1916 to August 1917

8th

August 1917 to June 1918

11th

June 1918 to March 1919

8th

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He enlisted in 6 KLR on the same day as his brother Alan Iron Westrup (no 3285) who was later commissioned into the S Staffs Regt.

 

WESTRUP Alan Iron of 106 Rowson Street New Brighton Wallasey Cheshire died 2 November 1962 at Victoria Central Hospital Wallasey Probate London 7 December to John Leonard Meadows and Rex Taylor solicitors. Effects £7927 12s. 10d. (National Probate Calendar - Index of Wills and Administrations)

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Another brother George Bernard Westrup served in the Australian Infantry, he was wounded at the end of the war but survived.

All three were actually born on the Wirral, two at Rock Ferry and one at Liscard.

 

BillyH.

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Thanks for your replies and information.

 

Eric was in the 8th Irish territorial force reserve batallion of the klr from May 1916 to August 1916. There is not much on his file at this time. I wonder where he served during this time. It says he was based at Oswestry.

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This first clip is not pleasant to read but it does mention Park Hall Camp

The 2nd mentions "instruction in tactics"

Dave

 

from the BNA

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Don't believe that there were any KLR units in Dublin at the time of the Easter Rising

 

The only former KLR man involved in the Easter Rising was James Connolly as far as I'm aware.

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