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T8HANTS

As It happens I have a private memoir from a member of the 9th, it is far from being a work of literature, but I will try and make it available when I have finished transcribing it.

However I am tied up with another project at the moment so I can't promise it immediately.

 

Gareth

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Carol Hayward

Hi T8Hants

 

Thank you for replying to my post in Jan.  I looked at Winchester Military Museum site and found the following about 1/9th Hants Cyclists:

 

"The 1/9th Hampshires were originally a Cyclists Battalion of the Territorial Army having recruited from Southampton; however soon after mobilisation they had got rid of their bicycles.

By the end of 1918, having spent most of the war in India, comprising of 32 officers and 945 other ranks, with the commanding officer Lt Col Robert Johnson they were sent as reinforcements for the British in Russia. They arrived in Vladivostok on the 28th November in order to be equipped with the clothing necessary for a Russian winter.

They then left for Omsk in the middle of Siberia to relieve the 25th Middlesex. The journey of over 4,000 miles in cattle trucks which had been roofed in and given a stove took 23 days Omsk, arriving on the 7th January 1919.

The Battalion stayed in Omsk all winter, with temperatures reaching 50º centigrade at times. During this 5 month stay, the War Office refused to allow Colonel Johnson to take his Battalion into action, hence one of Johnson’s main problems was keeping his men occupied. He introduced ice-hockey, held 3 dances a week for his men, and got them into amateur theatricals.

The Battalion was ordered to move to Ekaterinburg in the Urals, where it was essential in the formation of the Anglo-Russian Brigade, commanded by British officers but made up of Russian peasants.

Finally, the 1/9th were withdrawn from Ekaterinburg early in August 1919. Orders were received that they were to go to Vladivostok and from there would be transported home. The Battalion arrived back in Southampton December 5th 1919, with only 3 men having been wounded and one killed while in Russia."

Sounds a bit like Mash or Kelly's Heroes.  I live in near Poole, Dorset and will be going to both Winchester and Kew as soon as the weather gets better.  Will post anything I find.  Have found a book by the French teacher to the Tsar's children in which he says the Germans had agreed with Lenin to give the Romanov's refuge in Germany.

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Triumph2000

I posted this in the Postcards thread some time ago, but thought it may be of interest here too.

 

All the best

Ben

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george57l
On 11/7/2017 at 14:15, Dever Mayfly said:

For my part, I am trying to track two 1st/9th Hampshire soldiers in a party which was abandoned in Siberia; Sergeant George Lillington and Private James.  I have a photograph of them, but I am not sure why they were left behind in Omsk in November 1919 when the Battalion had sailed to Canada on the 1st.  Do you have anything on them by any chance?

 

Dever Mayfly

Please could you send me a Private Message (apparently I am allowed only zero private messages per day) so that perhaps we might arrange to speak? One of those two was my grandfather,  and naturally I'd be very keen to see the photograph and understand its provenance. I don't know if I can help much more with your research (but you never know) but I would like to understand what you have already uncovered.

 

(PS Apologies if multiple copies of my response appear here, I am used to seeing a post appear when I click 'submit' and nothing happened when I did, so I submitted again.)

 

On 11/7/2017 at 14:15, Dever Mayfly said:

 

 

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Dever Mayfly

Dear George571, The system rejected my private message, but I would be delighted to show you the photograph and tell you the story behind it.  I could meet in w/c 19 March in London, Winchester, Portsmouth, or somewhere in between.

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george57l
On 3/4/2018 at 10:18, Dever Mayfly said:

Dear George571, The system rejected my private message, but I would be delighted to show you the photograph and tell you the story behind it.  I could meet in w/c 19 March in London, Winchester, Portsmouth, or somewhere in between.

Dever Mayfly.

Perhaps you could email me directly so we can arrange to speak - this forum software is hardly conducive....    ;-)

 

Thanks so much for replying.

George

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Ewraysure

Hi all,

My grandfather was in the 2/9 Hants Cyclists Battalion. I have two photos of him wearing his cap and standing in full army dress at Bognor. He had been in the Territorial Cyclists before the War (I have a news cutting of his wife and brother at a whist drive) and cuttings of him noting his rank - colour sergeant. The photo mentioned seems to indicate that he was a sergeant major. I believe he was still with the 2/9 when they served at Sandown IOW.

A couple of months before the end of WW1 he was transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry, serving as a Quartermaster Lieutenant (have two photos of him in uniform). This unit has been mentioned before in this thread.

My question is what was the connection (if any) between the Hants Cyclists and the Somerset Light Infantry?

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Alan24
On 08/11/2018 at 11:00, Ewraysure said:

Hi all,

My grandfather was in the 2/9 Hants Cyclists Battalion. I have two photos of him wearing his cap and standing in full army dress at Bognor. He had been in the Territorial Cyclists before the War (I have a news cutting of his wife and brother at a whist drive) and cuttings of him noting his rank - colour sergeant. The photo mentioned seems to indicate that he was a sergeant major. I believe he was still with the 2/9 when they served at Sandown IOW.

A couple of months before the end of WW1 he was transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry, serving as a Quartermaster Lieutenant (have two photos of him in uniform). This unit has been mentioned before in this thread.

My question is what was the connection (if any) between the Hants Cyclists and the Somerset Light Infantry?

 

 

I don't think there was any particular connection between the Hants and SLI...men were sent where most needed.

 

However, IIRC, in July 1916 (presumably as replacements) a batch of men from the 2/9th were sent to the SLI...they have SLI numbers in the 29900-29959 range. 

A small batch men with SLI numbers running upto 29900 came from the 6th Dorsets, presumably at the same time.

 

Regards

 

Alan.

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Peter_Buxton

On the 100th anniversary of the day most soldiers were told, "War's over. You can go home", my granddad, Walter William Buxton, spent another year abroad, in India and Vladivostok. I do have some photos of his time in the service, if anyone's interested, and I would like to find out more about this episode. I do have vague memories of meeting him, but he passed away in 1951, when I was 4.

 

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Ewraysure
On 08/11/2018 at 11:00, Ewraysure said:

Hi all,

My grandfather was in the 2/9 Hants Cyclists Battalion. I have two photos of him wearing his cap and standing in full army dress at Bognor. He had been in the Territorial Cyclists before the War (I have a news cutting of his wife and brother at a whist drive) and cuttings of him noting his rank - colour sergeant. The photo mentioned seems to indicate that he was a sergeant major. I believe he was still with the 2/9 when they served at Sandown IOW.

A couple of months before the end of WW1 he was transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry, serving as a Quartermaster Lieutenant (have two photos of him in uniform).

I have now written up my grandfather's WW1 history,including his involvement with the 2/9 Hants Cyclists Battalion together with photos. Should any readers be interested, here is a link: http://www.myfamilymatters.org.uk/page3.html#charlesedithmills

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