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122nd Siege Battery RGA dinners 1925 and 1928


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As promised to Jaykayu in my earlier post on my grandfather Percy Muddell, I've attached scans of signed menu cards from 122nd SB RGA dinners attended by Percy at The Holborn Restaurant in 1925 and 1928.  I'd be grateful if anyone can confirm the names/initials with my question marks and add any further information. I wonder if 1925 and 1928 were the only dates that they gathered, or maybe they are just the dates when Percy attended. I am familiar with Lt Bradnack's service and indeed he appears elsewhere on the forum.

 

19th December 1925 attendee signatures: 

Percy Stanley Muddell

Major W.F.H. Grinstead M.C.

B.O. Bradnack M.C.

Fredennick?, The University, Sheffield

E.A. Smith, The Crescent, Charles St, Elland

? Lever, 57 Manchester Rd, Swinton

J. ? ? Battle, Potter Hanworth, Lincoln

Lewis?

W.P.Riley

 

7th January 1928 attendee signatures: 

Percy Stanley Muddell

Major W.F.H. Grinstead M.C.

B.O. Bradnack M.C.

J? Lever, 57 Manchester Rd, Swinton

J ? ? Battle, Potter Hanworth, Lincoln

Lewis?, Sundial Cottage, Ditchling

W.P. Riley, Stepenhill?, Burton on Trent

? ? Blane, 30 Riley St, Blackpool

? B. Hodgson, 2 Howden Rd, S. Norwood, S.E.

 

I hope the scans are readable - it's my first attempt at attaching files on the forum!

 

Colin M.

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Battle appears to be Theodore Henry Newsum Battle. Lt. MC. PoW. Born Potterhanworth 1897. Died 1958. Just looking for something that confirms battery but all else fits.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30681/supplement/5696

William Percy Riley MC

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30813/supplement/8839/data.pdf

looks to be there also. But no record saying 122 to confirm. 1882-1963 looks like.

 

Thomas Herbert Blane. Chartered Accountant. 1882-1971. 30 Birley St appears to be a business address but he appears on an electoral roll at that address. 2nd Lt.

 

Next one is probably Joseph Basil Hodgson. 2nd Lt. 1895-1968. Later Reverend. TBC.

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The partial war diary for 122 SB confirms Battle's initials as THN so that seems to be conclusive. EA Smith is in WD too. 

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On 26/09/2020 at 17:49, Mark1959 said:

The partial war diary for 122 SB confirms Battle's initials as THN so that seems to be conclusive. EA Smith is in WD too. 

Thank you Mark1959 for your two posts adding interesting information on the dinner attendees.

 

My grandfather's diary reported Lt Battle missing on 21st March, the first day of Operation Michael, and still missing on the 23rd. There is then an entry on 27th April stating that he is reported as a POW, but no news had been reported on the remainder of the party he was with on the 21st. This ties in with your information that he was a POW. 

 

My grandfather's diary reports on the 10th May that Capt Riley was awarded the M.C., again agreeing with your information. 

 

Regards, Colin M

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Colin

The Red Cross records confirm Battle was taken PoW on the 21/3/18. He was repatriated Christmas Day 1918. He was. Lt. Col in the Home Guard in WW2.
Still trying to track down the others.

Smith is difficult due to name. One name Is difficult to make out. Do not think it is Lewis and the unit diary does not seem to help. You can download that diary for free from the National Archives. I can post a link if you wish.

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2 hours ago, Mark1959 said:

Colin

The Red Cross records confirm Battle was taken PoW on the 21/3/18. He was repatriated Christmas Day 1918. He was. Lt. Col in the Home Guard in WW2.
Still trying to track down the others.

Smith is difficult due to name. One name Is difficult to make out. Do not think it is Lewis and the unit diary does not seem to help. You can download that diary for free from the National Archives. I can post a link if you wish.

Thanks again - as a newcomer I'm still feeling my way around the NA as a source, so the link would be helpful (if it's not too much trouble). Other forum members have kindly sent me various NA links which I've not yet had time to follow up, but they might not be the same as the one you are offering.

 

Regards, Colin.

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