Birtill F E Pte PS/3977 21st Royal Fusiliers

Birtill F E Pte PS/3977 21st Royal Fusiliers. Photo taken on 26th March 1915.
Photo copied and cropped from The Past on Glass at Sutton Archives.
Photographer David Knights-Whittome. Shared under the Creative Commons Non Commercial

Birtill Fuller Estcourt Pte PS/3977 21st Royal Fusiliers

Born 1890 in Fairfield Lancashire. Parents William and Charlotte Birtill.

To France 14th Nov 1915

Comm Notts And Derby Regiment. 4th Attd to 9th Battalion 6th Jul 1916

Married Alice Bussell Jul 1921

1939 Occupation Clergyman

Died 29th Jan 1967 Age 77.

Bennett G S Pte PS/77 19th Royal Fusiliers

Bennett G S Pte PS/77 19th Royal Fusiliers. Photo taken on 4th Dec 1914.
Photo copied and cropped from The Past on Glass at Sutton Archives.
Photographer David Knights-Whittome. Shared under the Creative Commons Non Commercial

Bennett Guy Stirling Pte PS/77 19th Royal Fusiliers (2nd Public Schools Battalion)

Born 16th Sep 1895 Paignton, Devon. Parents Bertram and Marian Bennett.

Educated at Blundells School House, Tiverton, Devon.

Enlisted in the 19th Royal Fusiliers

To France 12th Nov 1915.

Commissioned 4th Aug 1916 4th Notts and Derby Regiment.

Married Patricia Truth Henry 2nd May 1927 Hanover Square, London.

Occupation School Master.

Died 31st Jul 1935. Age 39.


Badger E Sergt 12364 1st Notts And Derby Regiment

Badger E Pte Notts And Derby Regiment

Pte Edward Badger 12364 1st Notts And Derby Regiment

Of Sheffield

Source : The Vivid 27th Mar 1915

To France 28th Nov 1914

Attained rank of Sergt

Listed as “Wounded” on the Casualty List issued by the War Office from the 4th February 1915.

Wounded (Septic and synovitis knee) 23rd Jul 1918

Stranger R H Lt 1st Notts And Derby Regiment

Stranger R H Lt 1st Notts Derby Regiment

Source : The Illustrated London News 17th April 1915

Stranger R H Lt 1st Notts And Derby Regiment

STRANGER, RICHARD HENRY, Lieut. and Adjutant, 1st Battn. The Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.), only s. of Richard John Stranger, of Franchise, Burwash, Sussex, Yeoman and Land Owner, by his wife, Wilhelmina Key, dau. of the late Melchior George Klingender, of Waterloo, Liverpool; b. Court House, North Molton, Devon, 19 Dec 1889; educ. The Hermitage, Bath, and Allhallows, Honiton ; joined the Royal Sussex Militia, 6 Jan. 1908, and was appointed to the Sherwood Foresters, then at Secunderabad, India, 28 May, 1910. He was promoted Lieut. 10 Aug. 1912, and became Adjutant, 31 July, 1913. On the outbreak of war he returned to Europe with his regt. and died, 13 March, 1915, of wounds received in action at Neuve Chapelle, being buried in Boulogne Cemetery ; unm. Lieut. Stranger was mentioned in Sir John (now Lord) French’s Despatch of 31 May, 1915, for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field.

Source : De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour Vol 1

Stackhouse W T Captain 2nd Attd 1st Notts And Derby Regiment

Stackhouse W T Captain Notts And Derby Regiment


Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment

The Grove 97-00

Aged 31

March, 1915

SON of the late Major W. A. Stackhouse, of Inglefield Hall, Settle. Married, in 1912, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norrington, of Abbotsfield, Plymouth.

Captain Stackhouse joined the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1903, and served at Tipperary with the 4th Battalion.

On its disbandment under the Haldane scheme he was posted to the Ist Battalion at Malta, from which he was specially appointed to the Sherwood Foresters. He went to the Front on November 4th, 1914, and saw much fighting. While on active service he was attached to the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

He was killed in action in March, 1915.

Source : Harrow Memorials Of The Great War 1914-1918 Vol 1

Stackhouse W T Captain Notts And Derby Regiment

Source : The Sphere 29th May 1915

STACKHOUSE, WILLIAM THOMAS, Capt., 2nd, attd. 1st, Battn. Sherwood Foresters, elder s. of the late William Anthony Stackhouse, of Taitlands, Settle, J.P., V.D., Major, 3rd Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regt., by his wife, Marian Frances (Casterton Grange, Kirkby Lonsdale), dau. of the late William Hodgson Hale, of Arrerille, Kirkby Lonsdale; b. Settle, co. York, 8 Aug. 1883; educ. Riber Castle, Matlock; Harrow, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut., Lancashire Fusiliers, 4 Nov. 1903; and promoted Lieut. 13 March, 1907, and Capt. 21 Jan. 1913; served with the 4th Lancashires at the Curragh and in Tipperary, but on its disbandment under the Territorial scheme was posted to the 1st Battn. at Malta, from which he was specially promoted to the Sherwood Foresters in 1907, and served with the 2nd Battn. at Kinsale, Aldershot, Plymouth and Sheffield. When his Battn. went to France in Sept. 1914, he was left at home to train the New Army, and was made Adjutant of the 10th Battn., 7 Sept. 1914; was transferred to the Royal Berkshires in Oct., but eventually went to France in Nov., attd. to the 1st Sherwood Foresters, and was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, 11 March, 1915. Buried there. He was a keen sportsman-shooting, tennis, polo and motoring being among his favourite pursuits. The following are extracts taken from letters received from his commanding officer and others: “He was one of the most popular men in the Battn., and his death is indeed a great blow to all of us. . He was always so cheery, even under the most adverse circumstances, and  I had a high appreciation of his many good qualities.” “He really performed most gallant service the whole time, and although I know he was not a strong man, he stuck it, and showed us all an excellent example, we all loved him ” He m. at All Souls, Langham Place, London, 7 Dec. 1912, Theodora Charlotte, 2nd dau. of Alfred Reginald Norrington, of Abbotsfield, Plymouth; s.p.

Source : De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour Vol 1

Burdekin G E 2nd Lt 3rd Notts And Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)

Burdekin G E 2nd Lt 3rd Notts And Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)



GEOFFREY ERIC BURDEKIN was the youngest son of Benjamin Thomas Burdekin, Solicitor, Sheffield, and of Emily his wife. He entered the School in 1906. He left in 1908 and from Sandhurst was gazetted to the Second Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment, and served two years in India. Failing health compelled him to resign his Commission, and on his return to England he was articled to his father as a Solicitor, in Sheffield. At the outbreak of War he applied for, and received a Commission in the Sherwood Foresters. He was killed on January 26th, 1915, at Beuvry, by a shell, while attending Orderly Room at a farm three miles behind the firing line. Age 22.

A brother Officer wrote to his father :-“If he had not been such a good Officer we might have had him with us now. It happened that on that very morning the C.Q, came to me and said that he was not satisfied with the way in which a certain Company was being run, and could I spare an Officer from mine to take it over? I told him that he could not do better than send your son to that Company, as he would soon be able to pull it together. So Geoffrey went. We were having Orderly Room and I had just left when a shell pitched in the yard, killing your son instantaneously.”

Source : Memorials Of Rugbeians Who Fell In The Great War Vol 1

BURDEKIN, GEOFFREY ERIC, 2nd Lieut., 3rd Battn. Notts and Derby Regt. (Sherwood Foresters), attd. 1st Loyal North Lancashires ; yst s. of Benjamin Thomas Burdekin, of Sheffield and Baslow, co. Derby, Solicitor, by his wife, Emily Jane, dau. of the Rev. Jeremiah Stockdale, Vicar of Baslow ; b. Sheffield, 29 March, 1893 ; educ. Bramcotc, Scarborough, Rugby and Woolwich.

He was gazetted to the 2nd Battn. Dorsetshire Regt. 20 Sept. 1911, and served with it in India for two years. In 1913 he resigned his commission owing to ill-health, and was articled to his father as a solicitor. At the outbreak of the European War he applied for a commission, and was given one in the 3rd Reserve Battn. of the Sherwood Foresters, and was afterwards attached to the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regt. with which he was serving when he was killed in action at Beuvry, 26 Jan. 1915. He was buried at a farm near Beuvry ; unm.

His Capt. wrote : ” The circumstances under which your boy and many other valuable men lost their lives were perhaps the most unfortunate that can be imagined. We were some four Geoffrey E. Burdekin. miles distant from the firing line at the time, and it was one of three shells that happened to strike us when the battn. orderly room was being held in the morning. Being in temporary command, I was taking orderly room myself and was only some six or seven yards distant from the spot where the shell burst, and how I and the Adjutant, who was standing beside me, escaped I really don’t know, for men within a couple of yards of us were killed instantaneously. What I remember was a deafening crash, a blackness, and the noise of broken glass falling. As soon as the air had cleared of debris we saw the fearful havoc that had been caused. You have one great consolation, however. Your son was spared all pain and suffering, for death was absolutely instantaneous ; also that he was buried. The inability to bury one’s dead owing to their having been killed on the ground between the opposing trenches has, I think, been one of the most horrible features of the war. It is, I think, unnecessary for me to assure you that your son maintained to the end the high traditions of a British officer and gentleman. We were together during the night attack on 31 Dec., and his coolness under a heavy fire was very marked. Although he did not belong to the Loyal North Lancashires but to his own county regt., yet he always took an interest in his men and was a zealous officer. On the very morning that he was killed, I had picked him out to take command of a company because I had the greatest confidence in him. He was always cheerful, and had endeared himself to us all. feel the loss greatly.”

Source : De Ruvigny’s Roll Of Honour Vol 1