[British soldiers]

British soldiers

The lists of some 500 names that you will find on this website represent the smallest drop of the huge river of men who must have passed through the Fovant Camps in the years of the Great War. The camps could hold 20,000 soldiers at any one time and there was continual coming and going. Some stayed months, others a few days only.

If you know that your relation was definitely in any of the Fovant Camps (including Sutton Mandeville and Hurdcott) please let us know the details and we will add his name to the list.

General information

No Rank Name Unit Date Aged Notes
Anderson, Thomas William London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Oct 1916 West Farm Camp, drowned in River Nadder near Teffont Mill
1384 Arnold, 1st/2nd VRS Signature on Church lead
Lt. Ashworth, H. 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Capt Ball, 6th Bn. City of London Regt. Apr 1916 organized the cutting of the Regt Badge in April 1916
Pte Barrett, E.G.G. London Regt. Went swimming with Cyril Hardy when he drowned
Bennett, R.V. 1st QVR 10/12/1916 Signature on Church lead. 10.12.16
2/Lt Berry, 14th Bn York & Lancaster Regt 01/12/1915 Had to round up AWOLs For emb. To France
Bilton, David 1st Hull Wrote 'The Trench - the Story of the 1st Hull Pals'
2/Lt Boyd-Carpenter, Roy Hyde RAMC Witness at Henry Shaw's inquest
Col. Bradney, C.B. Queen Victoria Rifles C.O. 1916 at Fovant named on London Rifle Brigade Concert Programme as Chairman.
Lt Breton, Lancelot. RAMC Gave evidence at William Roads' inquest
LCpl. Broadbent, John 31st Div. Photo in Sals. J. 'Scrapbook'
82171 Bdr. Brooke, Frank Royal Field Artillery, 52nd Bde. 4/9/1918 4th Sept 1918 (Museum 2411-15)
Brooks, John E. 12th Service Bn.Yorks & Lancs
Capt/Adj Burgin, London Regt. Attended Arthur Searle's inquest
Calcott, Hamilton Queen Victoria Rifles 24/09/1916 24.9.16
Cannell, J. RAMC Signature on Church lead. Could be British or Australian
Brig Gen. Carter-Campbell, G.T.C. 94th Bde Inspected troops of 11 East Lancs
Capt Casey, J.P.N. RAMC Aug 1916 Hurdcott, gave evidence at Inquest for Cyril Hardy and Arthur Norman
Major Chapman-Huston, London Regt. Attended Arthur Searle's inquest
Pte. Clark, G. 80th MT Co, ASC
Cpl. Coates, 5th Cav. Regt. Boxing
Pte. Cocker, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Sgt. Drmr. Cooper, Richard Notts & Derbyshire Regt. Feb 1917 Presented with DCM by King George V. Feb 1917 (Museum )
Pte Cotterell, Southern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps Witness at Henry Shaw's inquest
Pte. Covey, Boxing
Crabtree, Percy 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Sgt. Cripps, Charlie A. 3rd/10th Bn. London Regt. Hurdcott
307215 Pte. Cross, W.G. Notts & Derbyshire Regt. Mar 1917 Museum 2365 March 1917
Maj. Croysdale, 3/8th Bn. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Mentioned in Pat Paterson's
Sub/Lt Cruickshank, W.T. Royal Navy In charge of the POW work camp.
1413 Pte Cursley, W.W. (Willie) West Yorkshire Regt. 7/10/1915 Oct 7th 1915 Post card sent
Col. Davie, 3/8th Bn. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Mentioned in Pat Paterson's
Lt. Deakes, Edited 'Poison Gas'
Sgt.Maj Dunn, James London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Oct 1916 West Farm, witness at Pte Tom Anderson's inquest
Capt Elliott, T.S. RAMC Feb 1917 Gave evidence at the inquest for Arthur Newcombe
Ellison, Thomas 7th Bn. London Regt. Conscientious objector who refused to put on the uniform issued him at Sutton Camp. Jailed then returned to S. Camp.
Pte Fakey, Charles London Regt. Aug 1916 Went swimming with Cyril Hardy when he drowned
Lt Foizey, Harold 18th Bn. West Yorks 01/07/1916 31 Group photo in 'Bradford Pals' by David Raw, pg 105 d. 1 July 1916, aged 31
Sgmn. Froggatt, J.A.S. 12th (Sheffield) York & Lancs 16/10/1915 16.10.15
Gains, Ted
4162 Rfn. Gardiner, J.J. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Signature on Church lead, Bedfordshire
Gerelli, Henrico Hampshire Regiment Demobbed from Fovant. Grandfather of Meg Morse. Arrived in London 1906 or 7 and became the head waiter at the Savoy Grill Hotel. His wife was Scottish, in domestic service in London. They had four children (Ron, who now lives in Tisbury, and told me this story, John, Lola and Lenny.) Henrico was called up in 1916 and joined the Hampshire Regiment. He was demobbed in Fovant Camp. In WW2, with the entry of Italy, he became an enemy alien and had to report to the Police each week. One week he didn't report and when the police arrived to arrest him he explained that he had just heard that his son had been killed fighting in Germany with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders.
Capt. Girvan, RAMC Witness at Henry Shaw's inquest
Pte. Glover, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Lt/Col Gore., London Regt. Gave evidence at Arthur Searle's Inquest
LCpl Gray, Ernest London Regt. Gave evidence at William Proctor's inquest
31427 Pte. Griffin, Ernest Frederick 8th Bn. Devonshire Regiment KIA 27.10.1918 in Italy, aged 20. Photocopy of Fovant PC by relatives visiting the 2008 Exhibition.
Groom, W.H.A. City of London Rifles Summer 1916
Pte. Grundy, Thomas 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Gundell, West Yorkshire Regt. Signature on Church lead
Aircraftman Hale, Alfred M. Royal Air Force 'The 4 Deaf of Alfred M. Hale' By Paul Fussell
Sgt Hall, 6th Bn. City of London Regt. Apr 1916 Helped Capt Ball organize the team cutting the Regt Badge in Apr.1916
Dvr. Hall, W.A. At Sutton Camp. Dgt has his NT Inscribed 'In memory of the YMCA Hut, Mana Farm, Fovant' signed F. Doa Dupies.
Halliday, W. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Signature on Church lead
Capt. Hamilton, Edited 'Poison Gas'
LCpl. Hardy, Cyril A.W. London Regt. Aug 1916 Drowned at Brooke's Hatches Hurdcott.
Cpl. Harriman, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Capt Harrison, H.J. London Regt. Aug 1916 Gave evidence at inquest for Cyril Hardy and Arthur Norman. Aug 1916
CRMS Harrison, Fred M. 80th MT Co, ASC 16/08/1915 16.8.15
Hayne, Harold T.
Higgins, 18th Bn. West Yorks Signature on Church lead
Hills, H. MT ASC
Lt. Hoyte, Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 In charge of live bomb training for the Sherwood Foresters when Arthur Newcombe was killed.
Pte Hunt, Thomas 11th Bn E. Yorks Oct 1915 Issued rifles at Fovant Oct '15 practiced thru Nov. Emb for Egypt
Capt Jeffree, Frank RAMC Gave evidence at William Proctor's inquest.
Jones, A.C. 12th London Regt.(The Rangers) Letter to Badges Society.
Jones, A.J. Queen Victoria Rifles Signature on Church lead 26.2.16
977198 Joseph, W.E.B. Signature on Church lead
Pte Joyce, Thomas William London Regt. Witness at Arthur Searle's inquest
Kesterton, L. 80th MT Co, ASC
Keyser, Harold 8th Bn. City of London Regt. (PO Rifles) Drumhead Service in 1986 Museum 2511
Knowles, S.M. 59th Div. Photo of a group of MP. Signature Date 12/2/17, Fovant Salisbury Plain.
2/Lt. Kohn, Wilfred 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
2/Lt Lamb, Frank Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 Gave evidence at the inquest for Arthur Newcombe
Lt. Lane, Edited 'Poison Gas'
Pte. Laycock, A. 18th Bn. West Yorks Signature on Church lead
2/Lt Linaker, Witness at Henry Shaw's inquest
Livermore, Bernard 3/9th Bn. London Regt. (Queen Victoria Rifles) 'Long 'un - A Damn Bad Soldier'
Pte. Lomax, Abel T. 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'. P/C to his mother
Sgt.Maj. Long, Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 Gave evidence at the inquest for Arthur Newcombe Feb 1917
Mallison, L. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Photo
Lt. Marchant, E. 3rd/7th Bn. London Regt. Letters in IWM
Sgt. Mitton, H.W. D Co., 8th Trg. Bn., 02/12/1916 (? Brit)* 2.12.16 . Could be British
Moore, 13th (5) Bn. E.Y.A. (Hull Pals) 12/12/1915 12.12.15
2/Lt Moxon, 14th Bn York & Lancaster Regt 01/12/1915 Had to round up AWOLs For embarkation to France
Capt Murphy, J.T. RAMC Oct 1916 Gave evidence at Tom Anderson's Inquest
Pte Myers, Samuel London Regt. Witness at Arthur Searle's inquest
Pte Newcombe, Arthur Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 Killed in live bomb training Feb 1917. Inquest
Pte Newton, Alec Samuel London Regt. witness at Arthur Searle's inquest
Capt. Nobbs, Gilbert London Rifle Regt. Wrote 'Englishman, Kamerad' a description of Fovant Camp
Pte Norman, Arthur London Regt. Aug 1916 Committed suicide on the railway near Dinton
Nunn, E.J. Royal Warwickshire Regt.
15558 Sgt. O'Mara, Jim 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. Football team which won the cup Z Coy (Accrington). Served in France. d.1955.
Capt. Oram, Queen Victoria Rifles C.O.(Bernard Livermore)
Pte. Page, 5th Cav. Regt. Boxing
433455 Pte Percival, Henry Scott ASC, Labour Corps Dec 1916 Dec 1918
Perriman, A.E. British Army gym instructor attached to AIF.
4051 Rfn. Pluck, A.F. Signature on Church Lead
273228 Porance, Eustace Southern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps 15/11/2018 PC to his brother Lt Basil H. from Sutton Mandeville camp
Pte Proctor, William London Regt. Killed while training with live bomb.
LCpl. Race, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Lt. Rawcliffe, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Col. Rayner, Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 O.C. Gave evidence at the inquest for Arthur Newcombe
Maj. Reiss, E.L. 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
5476 Rfn Reynolds, Bernard C. 3rd Bn London Rifle Brigade 22/10/1918 KIA Oct 22 1918
19273 Cpl. Reynolds, Harold Erwin 19th Coldstream Guards ? Demob 'Out-of-Work booklet
Maj. Richard, Lance 3/9th Bn. London Regt. (Queen Victoria Rifles) Photo 'Soldier' on internet
Col. Rickman, A.W. 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. History of Z Company'. Buried at Coombe Bissett.
2/Lt Roads, William Herbert London Regt. May 1916 Accidently shot in Swallowcliffe. May 1916
Lt. Robinson, M.J. 18th Bn. West Yorks Photo showing West Spring Gun. Dated 1915
Cpl. Rubenstein, Boxing
Lt. Ruttle, Jack 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
Sayer, Fred 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company' sport. (internet)
2/Lt Scott, Thomas London Regt. Gave evidence at William Roads' inquest
Lt Searle, Arthur Henry London Regt. Killed in motor cycle accident in Burcombe.
Pte Shaw, Henry Southern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps Committed suicide near RE Camp
534276 L/Cpl. Shephard, Percy 2nd London Sanitary Section. Hut 27, RE Camp (8/12/08)
Sgt Maj. Shorrocks, 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. Mentioned in'History of Z Coy' By Sayer & Crabtree.
Skirrow, F. 18th Bn. West Yorks Signature on Church lead, from Pudsey, Yorks.
Pte. Smith, H. Alberton, Yorkshire, signature on church lead.
Rfn. Snow, H.C. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) 1916 Museum 2501
Pte Stevens, Walter Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917 Gave evidence at the inquest for Arthur Newcombe
2/Lt Stranson, John Howard London Regt. In charge of bomb training when William Proctor was killed.
Sgt. Streets, John William B Co, 12th Bn. York Regt (Sheffield Pals) 01/07/1916 31 Poet, in Hurdcott 1915, KIA 1.7.16 aged 31. Poem called 'Hymn to Life,Hurdcott Camp' dated Nov.1915
Rfn Sturmer, Joe 2nd/5th Bn. London Rifles
4376 Summers, ?William J. 5th Bn Gloucester Regt May 1919 Demobbed May 1919. Spent 8 hours trans BROD Royal Engineers at Fovant
Swann, R.C. 1st/6th Bn. London Rifles Identified in photos
Terrell, John 8th Bn. City of London Regt. (PO Rifles) Letter and photo from his son JR Terrell
Sgt. Thomas, A. D Co., 8th Trg. Bn., 2/12/1916 2.12.16. Is Sgt Thomas a Brit?
Tolkien, J.R.R. Demobbed from Fovant
Turner, William 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. Wrote 'Pals - the 11th East ...
Cpl Tytler, Alan Bruce 2nd/5th Bn. London Rifles Trained
3965 Rfn. Wakeford, L. Signature on Church lead.
Walker, F. Loughborough, Leicestershire. Signature on Church lead
Sgt Way, E.G. Dorsetshire Regt. Wounded in thigh.
LCpl Williams, Albert London Regt. Aug 1916 In charge of the hut where Arthur Norman billeted. Gave evidence at inquest.
Lt. Williams, George 11th Bn. East Lancs Regt. 'History of Z Company'
253617 Gnr Wills, Frank Royal Field Artillery aka Pte Richard Mellor 1709. 4th Div Cycle Co. AIF. AWOL and enlisted in British Army, AWOL Sent to Fovant 5th Trg Bn, 22.5.18 AWOL again and probably executed for murdering a policeman trying to arrest him.
4856 Rfn. Wilton, H. 5/6th City of London Regt. 16/01/1915 Signature on Church lead.16.1.1915
9412 Pte. Wiltshire, Robert William 1st Somerset Light Inf. Jun 1919 Marriage Cert. dated June 1919. email from g'son P Brooks.
Pte Yellen, William London Regt. Aug 1916 Went swimming with Cyril Hardy when he drowned.

Concert parties

We were lucky to be given three printed programmes for concerts held in the Camps. The men had many entertainments provided by professionals of varying degrees of talent but they also enjoyed providing their own. Indeed, they delighted in forming Concert Parties of their own which travelled to other camps and once to a theatre in Salisbury.

YMCA New Hut (Hurdcott) 4/1st London Regt – 17 Apr 1916

Rank Name Notes
Dmr. Ackland Burlesque
Pte. Clensy, Cyril Impersonator (From the London Hippodrome)!
Pte. Diggens Step and Clog Dancer.
Cpl. Edwards Violin, ‘The Lost Chord’ & ‘Traumerci’
Pte. Hewett Baritone, ‘When the Angeleus is Ringing’ & ‘Until’
Pte. Isaacson Humorist, ‘The Picadilly Farm’, ‘You’re the Fellow’
Dmr. Waple Burlesque
Pte. Watkinson Conjuror

YMCA Empire Day – 24 May 1916

Rank Name Notes
Cpl. Babbington Sang ‘Border Ballard’
Cpl. Camfield Accompanist
Rfn. Church Piano
Rfn. Edwards Sang ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Cloud Capped Towers’
Rfn. Goodson Sang prologue from ‘Pagliacci’
Rfn. Hayes Sang humorous song ‘Koo-la-loo’
LCpl. Hayward Humorous song ‘The End of the Chapter’
Cpl. Howard Recital ‘Alphonse’
Rfn. Moore Sang humorous song ‘Taking Father’s Tea’.
Rfn. Naude Sang

Other people mentioned on Programmes

Rank Name Unit Notes
2/Lt. Best   Opening ceremony official party
Rev. Dr. Huns, C.F.   Official party
2/Lt. Le Sueur   Official party.
  Fedarb, F.J.   Director YMCA on Salisbury Plain
Col. Bradney, C.B. Queen Victoria Rifles C.O. 1916 at Fovant named on London Rifle Brigade Concert Programme as Chairman.

Hospital patients

The hospitals were staffed by Army Medical Service personnel as well as local people some of whom were trained by the combined Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance known as Volunteer Aid Detachment or VADs. For more information on the staff see the Military hospitals/Hospital staff page.

Rank Name Unit Notes
Pte Backhouse, J.W. 18th Bn. Durham Lt Infantry Discharged from Hosp. To Egypt
  Brooks, Arthur Lionel   Came from Birmingham. Later his son Roy bought a house in Fovant.
Cpl. Brown, F.T.   Letters in Manchester Uni From Fovant Hosp. Is he British or Australian?
  Cannell, J. RAMC/RAMAC Signature on Church lead. Could be British or Australian
142410 Pte Kestle, Frederick James Southern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps 13/09/1918   Discharged Fovant. Jack & Anne-Marie Kestle visited with his discharge. paper.
255580/WR28504 Spr Le Noury, William 321 Quarrying Company, RE 14/03/1919 58 Died of flu Buried in Guernsey. Aged 58
Rfn. Paterson, Pat 3/8th Bn. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) Spent lot of time trying to convince the various medical authorities that he was fit to go
Pte Rushton, W.H. 18th Bn. Durham Lt Infantry Discharged from Hosp. To Egypt
Dr. Stocks    

War Graves at Barford St Martin

A small group of WW I graves in the old Cemetery on the right under the railway bridge. 1 British and 3 Australian.

No. Rank Name Unit Died Aged Commemoration
  Gnr. Penfold, F.C. Royal Artillery 19/10/16    

War Graves at Baverstock

These graves can be found in the Churchyard of St Edith’s. 3 British and 28 Australian

No. Rank Name Unit Died Aged Commemoration
3024 Pte. Emsley, E.G. 10th Bn. London Regt. R Fusiliers 27/10/16    
  L/Cpl Hardy, Cyril Alec William 1st Bn. London Regt. R.Fusiliers 05/08/16 19 *Responsive to his country's call he gave his life , his best, his all.*
5852 Pte. Strawbridge, C.H. 4th Bn. London Regt. R Fusiliers 22/10/16 19 *In memory ever dear, Father Mother, sisters and brothers.*

War Graves at Compton Chamberlayne

These graves are in dedicated ground in the middle of the village. 5 British and 29 Australian

No. Rank Name Unit Died Aged Commemoration
WR/200434 Spr. Hooper, E.B. Royal Engineers 05/02/19    
23610 Rfn. Larkin, Patrick Joseph Royal Irish Rifles 16/02/19 17 *RIP, on his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.*
5099 Pte. Lintott, A. London Regt. R. Fusiliers 24/04/16    
5148 Pte. Redman, Valleton Sydney Algernon London Regt. R. Fusiliers 22/02/16 19 *He died serving King and Country and we rejoicing, record his memory*
1615 Cpl. Walsh, Cornelius Royal Irish Fusiliers 18/05/18 42  

War Graves at Fovant

St George’s Church graveyard holds 60 War Graves for both British and Australian soldiers. Many visitors come from ‘Down under’, one lady bringing a gum leaf to lay on each Australian grave. 17 British and 43 Australian.

No. Rank Name Unit Died Aged Commemoration
4060 Pte. Allport, W. 2nd Bn. London Regt. R Fusiliers 20/11/16 26 *Oh! that this world could be a heaven, could I hear your voice again.*.
6603 Rfn. Ansell, A.C. London Rifle Brigade 18/10/16 26  
49214 Pte. Ashley, G. Devonshire Regiment 06/11/18 31 *Gone but not forgotten.*
5964 Pte. Blackford, F. 3rd Bn. London Regt. R Fusiliers 20/12/16    
39335 Pte. Crome, S.K. Devonshire Regiment 14/11/18    
4849 Rfn. Frampton, H.F. Queen Victoria Rifles 06/03/16 26  
47015 Pte. Glover, J. Lancashire Fusiliers 18/01/19 29  
306591   Handyside, G. Royal Air Force 03/11/18 28  
T/407608 Pte. Jones, T. Royal Army Service Corps.   37 *Thy will be done*
5437551 LCpl. Lee, William Edward George 2nd Bn. DCLI   30 From Fovant, also named on the war memorial inside the church.
6603 Rfn. McAndrew, S.W. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) 04/10/16 26  
6595 Rfn. Patton, W. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) 01/09/16 26  
4312 Rfn. Procter, W.T. London Rifle Brigade 03/07/16 26  
645842 Pte. Reynolds, F.J.E. Labour Corps 05/11/18 31  
5011 Rfn. Sanderson, T.W. London Regt. (Post Office Rifles) 19/10/16 35  
55600 Pte. Shaw, H. Hampshire Regiment 15/09/18 28  
4535 LCpl. Weight, A.L. Queen Victoria Rifles 06/03/16 27 *Safe in the arms of Jesus.*

And the last Fighting Tommy Harry Patch

M.A.M.
January 2008

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