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  1. Happy Birthday Gunner65!

  2. Landing at Cape Helles at the end of May 1915, the Royal Naval Division (RND) prepared to deliver an attack in what has become known as the Third Battle of Krithia. Amongst their ranks were the sailors of the Collingwood Battalion, who had done much of their military training in the practice trenches surrounding Blandford Camp during the winter of 1914/15. On 4 June, the seven hundred strong Colingwood Battalion took part in the second phase of the attack. The battle started with a heavy bombardment and at 1200 hours the RND advanced and captured the enemy front line but suffered heavy causalities. At 1215 hours the Collingwood Battalion was to take over the advance but the communication trenches were choked with stretcher-bearers and wounded, which delayed the Battalion's move forward. The attack finally went ahead, from the captured enemy trenches and the Collingwoods seized the Turkish second lines four hundred yards further on. However, the neighboring French Senegalese troops were driven back by a counter-attack, leaving the Battalion's right flank exposed. Flanking fire caused devastating casualities amongst the Collingwoods, with over five hundred men killed or wounded. The remnants of the Battalion withdrew but so heavy were the casualties that the Battalion was not reformed. A memorial to Dorset's naval infantry stands at Collingwood Corner on the Salisbury to Blandford Road."
  3. Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Krithia Gallipoli. A fateful day for the Collingwood Btn. RND. We will remember them. Images of Collingwood Corner Blandford camp Dorset from the "Roll of Honour" where the Collingwood carried out there training before their introduction into warfare at 3rd battle of Krithia Gallipoli. It also proved to be their last !! IN MEMORY OF THE COMMANDING OFFICER OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE COLLINGWOOD BATTALION. ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION WHO FELL IN ACTION IN GALLIPOLI ON 4TH JUNE 1915. WHEN THE BATTALION WAS PRACTICALLY DESTROYED. THE COLLINGWOOD BATTALION COMPLETED ITS TRAINING ON THESE DOWNS THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THE SURVIVORS.
  4. Another very interesting piece of history regarding the purchase of the London buses by the Admiralty in Oct 1914 to transport the RND to aid the defence of Antwerp. London buses were purchased and drivers were employed to transport the "soldier-sailors" to the Front. Captured omnibus at Antwerp Medals to RMA 67 S F. Gowen MT RN DIV.
  5. Motor Owner Drivers When the RND were sent to aid in the Defence of Antwerp it was without most of the usual divisional support units. To help with some of the problems caused by the absence of transport,one of the 'stop gap' measures employed was to give 50 motor owner drivers temporary commissions as Hon. 2nd Lieut. Royal Marines and these were sent over to France and Belgium with their cars together with a number of London buses that had been purchased by the admiralty. It must be noted that all of these Owner Drivers served with the RND. Gradually over the early months of 1915 , the services of many MOD's was terminated and by June 1915 all remaining ceased to be mentioned in the Navy list. Rare 14 star to Charles Bridgland Temp.Lieut RM attached RN Div. Motor Owner Driver at Antwerp KIA Gallipoli shot by a sniper 11/12/15 I have his 14 star and BWM still looking for the Victory medal
  6. ARTS AND CRAFTS ------ This branch of Camp life is a most interesting one. The mushroom-like manner in which the present industry has grown, is due to the Commodore’s speech in the Kazerne soon after our arrival in Groningen. He then suggested that men should turn their hands to the manufacture of various novelties which would be of interest to people in England and elsewhere, and at the same time help to relieve monotony. ------ A week or so prvious, Able Seamen Hapgood and Peters had made a start in business, their first venture being the carving of coloured designs on pipes. These met with great success, and orders arrived in large numbers. After a short period they extended their business, and included small boxes carved and inlaid in a similar fashion. Specimens were shown to the Commodore who expressed his approval, and from that time onward the work has progressed in a most satisfactory manner. Eventually the demand for goods becane so great that it was found necessary to obtain a special room, in order that the work might proceed without interruption. This was done, thanks to Sub. Lieut. Hon. Rupert Mitford, who procured the first camp workshop. Both Able Seamen Hapgood and Peters now have large staffs of skilled assistants, turning out goods for sale in the old country. ------ In addition to these two “firms”, many men are engaged in making woollen mats, and fancy articles in wood and xylonite, this work often being done at their own mess tables during leisure hours. In the early weeks of our internment, many interesting knick-knacks were produced with the useful penknife as the chief tool, but, proper tools having now been obtained, better work is produced in larger quantities. Many men have turned to the long neglected fretwork set, and others to the paint brush or pencil in order to spend their time here as far as possible in a useful and congenial way. (Camp magazine april 1915) Items made in the joiner shop Groningen NB. the original price list!
  7. The 14 star is nice but the Edward VII RNVR LSGC awarded to Hanson is a RARE medal. Tamplin advised approx 75 issued. LSGC to officers ??? MYB advises that the LSGC medal was issued to ratings only, this was not the case with the RNVR, I have found 7 RNVR officers that received the medal. Gunner 65
  8. RM Brigade and RND at Antwerp October 1914 On October 7, 1914, advancing German forces bombard the Belgian city of Antwerp, as Belgian troops and their British allies struggle to resist the onslaught. After the mighty fortress city of Liege fell to the Germans in the opening weeks of World War I, King Albert I ordered the Belgian army’s remaining 65,000 troops in the region to retreat to the city of Antwerp, protected by a ring of 48 inner and outer forts and some 80,000 garrison troops. From Antwerp, Belgian forces conducted sorties in August and September 1914 designed to distract the German 1st Army, led by General Alexander von Kluck, from its attacks against the British and French over the French frontier. After von Kluck was forced to send four divisions to repel an attack from Antwerp on September 9, German Chief of Staff Helmuth von Moltke decided to send his men against Antwerp with the goal of capturing the city. On September 28, five German divisions began bombing the outer ring of forts at Antwerp’s southeastern corner. Heavy artillery such as the famous Big Bertha—a 420-mm siege howitzer gun—made an immediate impact, arousing the concern of the British War Office, which determined to redeploy troops originally intended for the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in France to Antwerp. After the Germans succeeded in penetrating two of the city’s forts on October 2, the British sent Winston Churchill, first lord of the Admiralty, to personally assess the situation. Churchill telegraphed his observations to Minister of War Lord H.H. Kitchener on October 4, stating that the Belgian troops were "weary and disheartened" and that the city’s ground was so waterlogged that it was impossible for the Belgians to dig trenches for its protection. By October 5, some 8,000 troops of the British Royal Naval Division had arrived in Antwerp, transported from the port city of Ostend in London city buses commandeered for the war effort. The following day, a larger British force of 22,000 reached Ostend; after the French decided not to send any troops, however, the British command hesitated in sending their own force ahead. They hesitated too long: Though the British soldiers who did reach Antwerp were greeted with jubilant cries of "Vive les Anglais!" they were unable to withstand the German onslaught, which began with a fierce bombardment on the evening of October 7. RMLI medal group to Antwerp casualty KIA 5th October 1914 at the Defence of Antwerp John Robert Weddell Royal Marine Light Infantry Chatham Bn. Private 5 Oct 1914 Killed in action Nieuport Memorial (MR 31) Enlisted 29/4/1895 ; Discharged "Free" on transfer to RFR 28/3/1905 ; Chatham Bn. at Ostend, Dunkirk & Defence of Antwerp 1914. CH/8325(RFR/B/832) Fleet Air Arm Museum papers missing ; Africa General Service Medal with clasp "Somaliland 1902-04" (HMS "Dryad") ; 1914 Star & clasp issued to widow 14/6/23 ; b.Ratho, Edinburgh 24/8/1876 ; Wife, C., 8 Hillwood Cottages, Ratho Station, Midlothian ; ADM/242 = Buried Lierre Military Cemetery, Belgium. (Believed buried in an "Unknown RMLI" grave in Schoonselhof Cemetery. All burials of RMLI were exhumed from Lierre & reburied in Schoonselhof Cemetery in 1920). Gunner65
  9. "Landing at Cape Helles at the end of May 1915, the Royal Naval Division (RND) prepared to deliver an attack in what has become known as the Third Battle of Krithia. Amongst their ranks were the sailors of the Collingwood Battalion, who had done much of their military training in the practice trenches surrounding Blandford Camp during the winter of 1914/15. On 4 June, the seven hundred strong Colingwood Battalion took part in the second phase of the attack. The battle started with a heavy bombardment and at 1200 hours the RND advanced and captured the enemy front line but suffered heavy causalities. At 1215 hours the Collingwood Battalion was to take over the advance but the communication trenches were choked with stretcher-bearers and wounded, which delayed the Battalion's move forward. The attack finally went ahead, from the captured enemy trenches and the Collingwoods seized the Turkish second lines four hundred yards further on. However, the neighboring French Senegalese troops were driven back by a counter-attack, leaving the Battalion's right flank exposed. Flanking fire caused devastating casualities amongst the Collingwoods, with over five hundred men killed or wounded. The remnants of the Battalion withdrew but so heavy were the casualties that the Battalion was not reformed. A memorial to Dorset's naval infantry stands at Collingwood Corner on the Salisbury to Blandford Road." It also took me some time to find a nice group to a Collingwood casualty. This one to James Brannan Munn James Brannan Munn Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Collingwood Bn. Able Seaman 4 Jun 1915 Missing, assumed killed in action Helles Memorial (MR 4) Enlisted in the RNVR 15th December 1914 ; Collingwood Bn. 'D' Company 4th Platoon 4/3/15-4/6/15 DD. Tyneside Z/2325 Reported by Tyneside Z/2354 AB F. Shilan: "I saw Munn hit & fall seriously wounded. No doubt that Munn was dead & told his brother, Deal/2174/S Private Thomas Anderson Munn, RND Divisional Train, that he was dead." (T.A. Munn, formerly Tyneside Z/3814, transferred to RM Supply & Transport Section 9/3/15) ; Born 15th May 1892. A Motor Warehouseman. At the time of his enlistment he was living at 86 Tamworth Rd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. His next of kin was listed as his Father, Joseph Stewart Munn, of 84 Hawes St., Newcastle-on-Tyne; later of: 22, Pine Street, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland. Sister of Miss M.A.A. Munn, of 42 Fern Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Gunner65
  10. A little about the RNAS Armored cars and a group from my collection to Albert DUNN "Armored Cars" Equipped with a variety of requisitioned motor vehicles, which had been hastily clad in boiler-plate and fitted with machine-guns prior to embarkation, and commanded by Captain C. F. Graham, “The Motor Bandits” (as the R.M. Armoured Car Section quickly became known) arrived in France in September 1914, and were allocated the task of assisting the R.N.A.S. Armoured Car Section in protecting the airfields around Dunkirk from attack by forward elements of the German cavalry. On 3 October, as the Germans advanced on Antwerp, Captain Graham’s section was the first British unit to arrive in aid of the town’s defence, and in the following week provided the armed motor escort to the visiting First Sea Lord, The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill. Following the subsequent withdrawal from Antwerp, “The Motor Bandits” accompanied the Naval Brigade to Ostend, where they were one of the last unit’s to depart as the Germans arrived, and journeyed thence back to Dunkirk. A few days later, however, the unit was ordered to carry out reconnaissance patrols in the Ypres sector. Blumberg’s history, The Sea Soldiers, takes up the story: ‘About 16 October Captain C. Graham was sent from Poperinghe by Commander Sampson with a section of three cars and 20 men to report to Sir T. Capper, commanding 7th Division, who sent them to recoinnoitre and get in touch with the German Cavalry, and this they did well in front of the Menin-Roulers road. On the 18th they went out again and got into action at 50 yards range, losing two men killed [Privates Oatley and Treagus]; fortunately the cars had been turned about and approached their objective backwards, so that they were able to pick up the men and effect their escape, whilst the 7th Division Artillery demolished the objective, a mill; the killed were buried in a field near Bercelaere.’ PLY 13938 A.E. DUNN Albert Edward Dunn of Islington London enlisted in the Royal Marines 5.9.1907 at the age of 20 yrs, 8months, 19 days where he was posted to the Plymouth Division. He served on numerous ships aswell as land bases which included, HMS. Pyramid, Isis, Gibraltar, Promtheus , Medea, Highflyer, where he maintained a VG character. At the outbreak of WW1 hostilities Dunn was posted to Victory RM Brigade, Special service with the armoured car section At Antwerp the Armoured car section Equipped with a variety of requisitioned motor vehicles, which had been hastily clad in boiler-plate and fitted with machine-guns prior to embarkation, and commanded by Captain C. F. Graham, “The Motor Bandits” (as the R.M. Armoured Car Section quickly became known) arrived in France in September 1914, and were allocated the task of assisting the R.N.A.S. Armoured Car Section in protecting the airfields around Dunkirk from attack by forward elements of the German cavalry. On 3 October, as the Germans advanced on Antwerp, Captain Graham’s section was the first British unit to arrive in aid of the town’s defence, and in the following week provided the armed motor escort to the visiting First Sea Lord, The Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill. Following the subsequent withdrawal from Antwerp, “The Motor Bandits” accompanied the Naval Brigade to Ostend, where they were one of the last unit’s to depart as the Germans arrived, and journeyed thence back to Dunkirk. There were only 55 1914 stars issued to the Armored car section RM Brigade After serving in France and Flanders with the Armoured car section for the duration of the war, Dunn was taken Prisoner of War 23rd March 1918 in the Spring Offensive where he remained until hostilities ceased. his C.Os including Lieutenant-Colonel R. McN. Parsons, C.B. Repatriated in December 1918, As soon as the war was over Dunn signed on for a second tour of duty, and was awarded his L.S. & G.C. in May 1922 and discharged as a Corporal in February 1928, when he enrolled in the Royal Fleet Reserve His registration for civil employment document in Feb. 1928 confirms service of 21 years in the Royal Marines at the age of 41 years and 9 months a widower with 2 girls aged 3 and 1 boy aged 8 years. Recalled in his old rank on the renewal of hostilities in September 1939, he later gained advancement to the acting rank of Sergeant and was appointed to duties in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (D.E.M.S.), his first seagoing engagement being in the S.S. Mantola from December 1939 until late May 1942, when he removed to the Mundra. A little over a month later, on 6 July, the Mundra was shelled, torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese submarine I-18 off St. Lucia Bay, Natal, 92 of her company being lost but Dunn being among the 150 or so survivors. This traumatic experience was to prove his last seagoing appointment and he returned to the U.K. in the Durban Castle in the following month. Thereafter employed at D.E.M.S. bases in Cardiff, Southampton and Newport, he was involved in a train accident at the latter place in June 1943, and admitted to Royal Gwent Hospital suffering from a dislocated right hip and fractured ribs. And, as further verified by accompanying research, he died at St. Alban’s Hospital in March 1945. Regards Gunner65
  11. A little more on "Poor old Hanson" Oswald Hesketh Hanson was born in Massworth, Buckinghamshire on 20 September 1873, the son of the Rev. H. Hanson, of Bournemouth. He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge, gaining a M.A.. Employed initially as a Solicitor’s Clerk, he qualified as Solicitor in 1898 and was a member of Beamish, Hanson, Airey and Feiling, of 60 Lincoln’s Inn-Field. Pre-war he served as an officer in the R.N.V.R. With the onset of war, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Benbow Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Hanson was involved in the operations around Antwerp, and in the retreat from that city, was one of the men captured from the train at Moerbeke on the night of 9 October 1914. With other men captured, he was taken to the rear but he was not destined to spend the duration of the war as a prisoner-of-war, for on 10 October 1914 he was shot. Reports of his death vary. The Times, 23 November 1915, in an article entitled, ‘Fate of a British Officer, Judicial Murder’, states, ‘.... It was first believed that Lieutenant-Commander Hanson died at Halle, but it appears that he never reached the camp. On October 10 last year, while being marched along in the dark, ill and in a condition of delirium, he imagined that he saw British soldiers approaching. He called out to the visionary troops not to come near as the Germans were there. For this he was condemned by the Germans to be shot, and he was executed the following morning. His family have learned that the burial took place at Exaarde, in Belgium. ....’ The tale of an exhausted officer in delirium being executed for calling out to imaginary figures was one well suited for propaganda purposes. The truth of the matter was no less dramatic, and was reported in a letter from Commodore Henderson, dated 15 February 1918, stating evidence from Lieutenant-Commander F. C. Grover, Hawke Battalion, R.N.V.R. - ‘Poor Hanson was shot by the Germans on the 10th October 1914. He had struggled with a sentry who was about to fire on one of our own men trying to escape after we were taken prisoner on the night of the 9th, and under German Military Code such an act can be punished with death. I tried to get the sentence mitigated, and so did the Commandant of the troops guarding us, for it was evident that Hanson was overwrought by the fatigues of the previous days. The matter was referred to the highest authority; at that time, General von der Goltz was Military Governor of Belgium, but it was of no avail, and Hanson was shot by firing squad at midday, and is buried by the Church at Exaerde’. Lieutenant-Commander Hanson’s final resting place was in the Dendermonde Communal Cemetery. His Great War medals, including the 1914 Star and clasp, were passed to his brother Wilfred in June 1919.
  12. "The Timbertown Follies" were a peirot troupe or cabaret act that were so successful they spent much of the war performing throughout Holland and not only in "Timbertown". Aswell as sporting teams and regularly organised events, there were other performing societies within the camp such as Drama and Operatic societies that also performed regularly to help relieve the years of boredom endured by the internees. I have posted a photo below of some "Follies" event programmes. I have an extensive collection of photos and programmes of performances by the Operatic society, Drama society and of course" The Timbertown Follies" I am in contact with Elizabeth Hicks daughter of Bay Hicks, a prominent member of the troupe. 1914 star of Bay Hicks" Timbertown Follies" courtesy of Elizabeth Hicks
  13. Hi Guys, I am a collector and researcher of medals and ephemera with a particular interest in the Royal Naval Division especially interested in 14 stars to RN and RM. There is a post on the forum regarding Oswald Hesketh Hanson and as I am fortunate enough to have his 14 star and RNVR LSGC in my collection I felt it polite to share with the forum. I originally posted as an addition to the post Oswald Hanson but it was requested that it be removed !!!! I am now starting my own post on Hanson and moving some material around. I apologise if you have already come across it on the forum. A little more on "Poor old Hanson" Oswald Hesketh Hanson was born in Massworth, Buckinghamshire on 20 September 1873, the son of the Rev. H. Hanson, of Bournemouth. He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge, gaining a M.A.. Employed initially as a Solicitor’s Clerk, he qualified as Solicitor in 1898 and was a member of Beamish, Hanson, Airey and Feiling, of 60 Lincoln’s Inn-Field. Pre-war he served as an officer in the R.N.V.R. With the onset of war, he entered the France/Flanders theatre of war as a Lieutenant-Commander in the Benbow Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Hanson was involved in the operations around Antwerp, and in the retreat from that city, was one of the men captured from the train at Moerbeke on the night of 9 October 1914. With other men captured, he was taken to the rear but he was not destined to spend the duration of the war as a prisoner-of-war, for on 10 October 1914 he was shot. Reports of his death vary. The Times, 23 November 1915, in an article entitled, ‘Fate of a British Officer, Judicial Murder’, states, ‘.... It was first believed that Lieutenant-Commander Hanson died at Halle, but it appears that he never reached the camp. On October 10 last year, while being marched along in the dark, ill and in a condition of delirium, he imagined that he saw British soldiers approaching. He called out to the visionary troops not to come near as the Germans were there. For this he was condemned by the Germans to be shot, and he was executed the following morning. His family have learned that the burial took place at Exaarde, in Belgium. ....’ The tale of an exhausted officer in delirium being executed for calling out to imaginary figures was one well suited for propaganda purposes. The truth of the matter was no less dramatic, and was reported in a letter from Commodore Henderson, dated 15 February 1918, stating evidence from Lieutenant-Commander F. C. Grover, Hawke Battalion, R.N.V.R. - ‘Poor Hanson was shot by the Germans on the 10th October 1914. He had struggled with a sentry who was about to fire on one of our own men trying to escape after we were taken prisoner on the night of the 9th, and under German Military Code such an act can be punished with death. I tried to get the sentence mitigated, and so did the Commandant of the troops guarding us, for it was evident that Hanson was overwrought by the fatigues of the previous days. The matter was referred to the highest authority; at that time, General von der Goltz was Military Governor of Belgium, but it was of no avail, and Hanson was shot by firing squad at midday, and is buried by the Church at Exaerde’. Lieutenant-Commander Hanson’s final resting place was in the Dendermonde Communal Cemetery. His Great War medals, including the 1914 Star and clasp, were passed to his brother Wilfred in June 1919.
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