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KETTERING WORLD WAR 1

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SURNAMES R
1914-1919

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RANDLE
William James
Private 5898 26th Battalion, Australian Infantry 2nd Australian Division. Died of wounds 16 August 1918. Aged 32. Son of James Dunstan & Elizabeth Randle of 106, Wood Street, Kettering. Buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.
REED
Henry James
[Spelt READ on CWGC and SDGW] Private 7143 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Division “B” Company Died at home 31 August 1914. Aged 28. Born at Harrowden, Beds and enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Kettering (London Road) Cemetery
REES
Wilfred Dexter
Private 122742 25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action during the German offensive on the Marne 29 May 1918. Aged 21. Son of Thomas David & Margaret Rees of 34, Mill Road, Kettering. Born & enlisted in Kettering. Formerly with the Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial
REESBY
William Butteridge
Private 23388 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 24th Division. Killed in action 4 November 1916. Aged 26. Son of William Reesby (Butcher) and Mrs Carrie Reesby of 53, St. Peters Avenue, Kettering. Born in Northampton and enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay.
REVILL
Frederick
Guardsman 2102 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards The Guards Division. Killed in action 29 June 1916. Aged 22. Son of William & Emma Revill of Kettering. Born and enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery,Belgium
RICE
William Ewart
Private 6928, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd January 1915. Born St Andrew's, Kettering, enlisted Northampton. Son of Arthur and Emma Rice, of 46, Edmund St., Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30.

The following details have been research and are courtesy Gerald Thompson:

From a local newspaper 27th February 1915

"DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME"

"Dad, don't worry about me" were among the last words contained in a letter written to his father by Pte. William Ewart Rice, of the 2nd Northampton's. "I am feeling A1" he continued, "except my feet, which are slightly frost-bitten, but we shall get through all right and give them a good whacking." Unhappily for Pte. Rice his prophecy has lacked personal fulfilment, for he is reported killed in action. Pte. Rice lived for many years in Northampton. He went to South Africa with his Regiment after the Boer War, and was among the first to be called up when hostilities broke out last August. He was a baker and confectioner by trade, and was the eldest son of Mr. Arthur Rice, who now resides at 16, Edmund Street, Kettering. Deceased's brother George belongs to the 1st Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers, and is now serving as military telegraphist and wireless operator.

Other notes:

When war was declared the 2nd battalion was stationed in Mustapha Barracks, Alexandria, Egypt.

In January 1915, as part of 24th Brigade 8th Division the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment were holding trenches facing Neuve Chapelle they rested in billets at Red Barn, Rouge-Croix and La Gorgue when out of the front line.

The War Diary records casualties for January as 35 killed, 80 wounded, 104 admitted to hospital and gives an account of what conditions were like when in the days leading up to when William was killed, he had been in France since 6th November 1915.

22nd and 23rd January 1915

The 21st was pouring wet all day and the trenches, when we returned, were very bad.

Frost set in and all the water in the trenches froze making communications even more impossible.

24th January 1915, 8pm

A thaw set in, the relief was altered to a later hour as, on moonlight nights, and men going in over the back of trenches were very visible. Another Regiment suffered rather severely during their relief, so our hour of changing over was altered to between 7 and 8pm and would have had to be much later, had it not been a cloudy night.

As our billets were, this time at La Gorgue, five miles behind, the experiment of carrying all the men home in wagons was tried. About 27 wagons were used, some six horse’s from Royal Artillery, others infantry wagons. The men were given the choice of walking or driving, only 12 walked. Not much time was saved, but it was a boon to those whose feet had given out.

The strength of the battalion was at very low ebb, being only 500 of all ranks in the trenches

Casualties over those few days 8 killed 2 died of wounds and 17 wounded.

“Dad don’t worry about me” were among the last words contained in a letter written to his father by William “I’m feeling A1” he continued, “except my feet which are slightly frost bitten, but we shall get through all right and give them a good whacking”

Unhappily his prophesy lacked personal fulfilment, for he was reported killed in action. Living in Northampton for many years he went to South Africa with his Regiment after the Boer War and was among the first to be called up when hostilities broke out in August. He was a baker and confectioner by trade. Williams's brother George served with the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

He is entitled to the 1914 Star and Bar British War and Victory Medals.

William mentioned in his letter home that his feet were a bit frost bitten, an interesting memo from Captain H. Power he comments about the men’s boots. Dated 31st January 1915

Notes on Various Kinds of Boots issued to Troops

Besides ordinary ankle boots, gumboots, Canadian boots, (both laced and pull ups) and short ankle boots of rubber (Cumbermen) were tried.

Gumboots were very good as long as the water did not get in over the top. The same might be said of the Canadian boots. Once wet inside, they were very difficult to dry. Short rubber ankle boots (Cumbermen) were useless, the ones with the clips were torn off by the mud, the laced ones had no advantage over ordinary ammunition boots.

As regards the ammunition boots the new patterns whether black or brown neither sort seemed as good as the old ammunition boots. Cases occurred of the heel coming off after a weeks wear and the sole being worn away in a month. Experts came from the War Office to see the boots in question

The best dress for keeping dry in the trenches is a pair of long waders, reaching to the thigh, as the water is often more than knee deep.

H. Power Capt.
Adjt 2nd Northants Regt
31.1.15

It seems strange that in the middle of all that was going on, experts from the War Office were coming to France to discuss boots.

It is reasonable to assume that William Rice and Frank Murdin (Frank is on the Daventry memorial)would have known each other serving in the same battalion.

RICHARDS
Arthur Ernest Freeman
Son of Arthur Freeman and Sarah Richards of 24, Carlton Street, Kettering (1901 census). Born in 1899 No record with CWGC.
RICHARDS
Joseph Leslie
Private 17834 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 24th Division. Killed in action at Loos 27 September 1915. Aged 19. Son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Richards of 27, Lower Duke Street, Kettering. Born and enlisted in Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial
RICHARDSON
Leonard Arthur Clifton
Private 86916 198th Company The Machine Gunn Corps (Infantry) Died of wounds 21, 9,17. Aged 20 Formerly with the RASC. Son of Harry & Annie Ellen Richardson of 37, Eden Street, Kettering. Born & enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium
RIDYARD
Leonard
Private 20178 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 18th Division Died of wounds at Montauban 14 July 1916. Aged 24 (Grave lost). Born and enlisted in Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
RIDYARD
Richard Arthur
Private 18395 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Division. Killed in action 17 October 1918. Aged 26. Son of Frank & Margaret Ridyard of 13, Granville Street, Kettering. Born and enlisted in Kettering. Buried in La Vallee-Mulatre Communal Cemetery Extension
ROBERTS
Gilbert
Private 15400 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 8th Division. Killed in action 5 March 1915. Aged 18. Son of David & Isabella Roberts of The Volta Tower, Finedon. Born in Finedon and enlisted in Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial
ROBINSON
Frank
Private 2395 1/4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 54th Division. Killed in action at Suvla Bay 20 August 1915. Aged 21. Son of Mr & Mrs John Robinson of 32, Milton Street, Kettering. Enlisted in Northampton. No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.
ROBINSON
Jack
Private 51061 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment 30th Division. Killed in action 27 July 1917. Son of Mrs E. Robinson of 77, Kingsley Avenue, Kettering. Enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension
ROBINSON
John Henry Lawrence
Lance Corporal 8662 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 12th Division (Pioneer Batt) Died in base hospital at Le Havre 20.20.28. Aged 26. Husband of Mrs Emily Robinson of Kettering. Born in Irthlingborough and enlisted in Kettering. Buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre
ROE
John Warrington
Private 16456 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment 7th (Meerut) Indian Division IEF. Died of wounds at home 16 September 1915. Aged 32. Son of John & Sally Roe. Husband of Martha Ellen Roe, of “Sunnylands” The Headlands, Kettering. Born in Kettering and enlisted in Leicester. Buried in Kettering (London Road) Cemetery
ROSE
Albert Simeon
ROUGHTON
William Henry
Private 20121 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Division. Killed in action on the Somme 20 July 1916. Aged 31. Son of Mr & Mrs W.H.Roughton of 5, Newman Street, Kettering. Husband of Caroline Roughton of 87, Havelock Street, Kettering. Born in Kettering and enlisted in Northampton. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
ROWLETT
Walter James
[ROWLATT on CWGC and SDGW] Private G. 48079 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers 33rd Division. Killed in action at Arras 25 March 1918. Aged 32. Son of James & Matilda Rowlatt of 86, King Street, Kettering. Husband of Gertrude Rowlatt of Corby Road, Weldon, Kettering. Born & enlisted in Kettering. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial
RUSSELL
Ernest Robert
Private 18223 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Division Died of wounds 9 April 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs T. Russell of 6, Cambridge Street, Kettering. Born in Great Easton, Rutlandshire and enlisted in Rushden. Buried in Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy
RUSSELL
Owen Knox
Private 43093 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment 5th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 4 September 1916. Aged 24. Son of Sergeant John Knox Russell Royal Engineers and Mrs W.K. Russell of Kettering. Born in Willesden Green and enlisted in Huntingdon. Formerly with the Hunts Cyclist Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial

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