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William Henderson Petrie


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My grandfather was a private in the 9th Royal Inniskilling Regiment. He came from Scotland and went to Ireland to enlist. He was injured in battle and captured. he was in the POW camp Newhammer Germany. I have a letter to his wife, dated July 21, 1918. I would like to know more about the regiment and the battle that led to capture of the sildiers. Also if there is anyone left who has heard of him or any name of men in his regiment. That's alot to ask. He is gone now, but I know that that time affected the rest of his life and he was inclined to be bitter., and no wonder- his 2-year-old daughter died in the Influenza epidemic while he was away and he was very ill for the rest of his like. Someone told me his lungs were scarred from gas.. Any info would be much appreciated..Henderson

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He was injured in battle and captured. he was in the POW camp Newhammer Germany. I have a letter to his wife, dated July 21, 1918.

Is the letter from the camp?

Have you any idea when he was captured?

Is the name of the camp spelt properly? I cannot find any reference online.

This site may helpUlster Division

Here is some info about the division.

36th (ULSTER) DIVISION

Formed in Ireland in September 1914 from the various units of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Arrived in France in October 1915. Served in France and Flanders until the Armistice.

Battles and Engagements.

France and Flanders.

Battle of Albert. 1-13 Jul 1916, including the capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and La Boisselle.

Battle of Messines. 7-14 Jun 1917, including the capture of Wytschaete.

Battle of Langemarck. 16-18 Aug 1917.

The tank attack. 20-21 Nov 1917.

Capture of Bourlon Wood. 23-28 Nov 1917.

German counter attacks. 30 Nov-3 Dec 1917.

Battle of St. Quentin. 21-23 Mar 1918.

Actions of the Somme crossings. 24-25 Mar 1918.

Battle of Rosieres. 26-27 Mar 1918.

Battle of Messines. 10-11 Apr 1918.

Battle of Bailleul. 13-15 Apr 1918, including the defence of Neuve Eglise.

First Battle of Kemmel. 17-19 Apr 1918.

Advance in Flanders. 18 Aug-6 Sep 1918.

Battle of Ypres. 28 Sep-2 Oct 1918.

Battle of Courtrai. 14-19 Oct 1918.

Action of Ooteghern. 25 Oct 1918.

Infantry Units

12th Brigade. (Served with the Division from 05 Nov 1915 until 03 Feb 1916.)

1st Bn King’s Own. 05 Nov 1915 - 03 Feb 1916. To the 4th Division.

2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. 05 Nov 1915 - 03 Feb 1916. To the 4th Division.

2nd Bn Duke of Wellington’s Regt. 14 Jan 1916 - 03 Feb 1916. To the 4th Division.

1/5th Bn South Lancashire Regt. 05 Nov 1915 - 06 Jan 1916. To the 55th Division.

1/2nd Bn Monmouthshire Regt. 05 Nov 1915 - 30 Jan 1916. To the L of C Troops.

107th Brigade. (1st Ulster Brigade.) (Exchanged with the 12th Brigade, 4th Division from 05 Nov 1915 until 03 Feb 1916. All the Battalions serving with the Brigade at that time went to the 4th Division.)

1st Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 04 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 08 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

8th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 29 Aug 1917. Amalgamated with the 9th Bn to form the 8/9th Bn.

8/9th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 29 Aug 1917 - 07 Feb 1918. Disbanded.

9th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 29 Aug 1917. Amalgamated with the 8th Bn to form the 8/9th Bn.

10th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 20 Feb 1918. Disbanded, personnel to the 21st Entrenching Bn.

15th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers. 24 Aug 1917 - 08 Feb 1918. To the 108th Brigade.

108th Brigade. (2nd Ulster Brigade.)

2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 14 Nov 1917 - 08 Feb 1918. To the 107th Brigade.

7th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 15 Oct 1917 - 14 Nov 1917. Absorbed by the 2nd Bn.

11th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 13 Nov 1917. Amalgamated with the 13th Bn to form the 11/13th Bn.

11/13th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. 13 Nov 1917 - 19 Feb 1918. Disbanded, personnel to the 22nd Entrenching Bn.

12th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Nov 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

13th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 13 Nov 1917. Amalgamated with the 11th Bn to form the 11/13th Bn.

1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers. 08 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

9th Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers. Sep 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

109th Brigade. (3rd Ulster Brigade.)

1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 05 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

2nd Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 03 Feb 1918 - 11 Nov 1918.

9th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sep 1914 - 11 Nov 1918.

10th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sep 1914 - 21 Jan 1918. Disbanded, personnel to the 2nd Bn.

11th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Sep 1914 - 21 Feb 1918. Disbanded, personnel to the 9th Bn.

2nd Bn Essex Regt. 05 Nov 1915 - 03 Feb 1916. To the 4th Division.

14th Bn Royal Irish Rifles. Sep 1914 - 18 Feb 1918. Disbanded.

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Thank you for the reply. what a great amount of information. here is some more from the letter. It is ,of course, very old and the ink has faded, and he had terrible writing!

I think this is his number 26921 It does say "Prisoners camp" Neuhammer( I see I used a W before ) but ther is some more writing and I can only make a quess- "al or at, Quris" . I am not sure about the Q it could be a big 9; that's what it looks like. I don't know the exact date he was catpured. My uncle says it was at the Somme. I see by your reply below that was in March. I'm sorry that I am not more educated in the battles of WW1, I hope you forgive any ignorance on my part. All his children say he was gassed and suffered lung damage. They say that he was mistreated at the camp and when he came home he wieghed under 100 lbs. I assume he came home after November of that year because the war ended in 1918. That is all I can tell you for now. I will e-mail my cousin as she is older than I( I better not let her see that part!) and may know more. Thank you again and I hope this new information may be of assistance. henderson

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Photos of the camp

Neuhammer am Queis

Neuhammer am Queis : Camp principal de prisonniers situé en Silésie, au Nord-est de de Dresde, sur la Bober, proche de la frontière Austro-hongroise.

Neuhammer am Queis; Principal prison camp in Silesia, to the north east of Dresden, on the Bober(river), near the Austro-Hungarian border

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Henderson, there's a more comprehensive history of the Division here.

It's difficult to know when he may have been captured, but there must be qa good chance it was on or just after 21 March 1918. Here's the story (not completed beyond midday on 21st March, but you'll get the drift): click.

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