I’ve discovered a blog that posts the troop movements of the KSLI every day on the 100th anniversary, so now I have no excuse not to have at least one post per day.
Some things I’ve discovered:
*I would have been posted to the battalion around 13 February, 1915 after only about a week in France.
*The names of the men who arrived in France around the same time I did (most or all of whom were posted to the Second Battalion).
*I would have been billeted in Flanders from relatively early on, at various locations.
*I spent a good bit of time around St. Eloi, more than I had realized.
Today’s post had the following information:
100 years ago today-7th March 1915
The 2nd Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry – trenches 13 to 18 covering St. Eloi.
Two men killed and three offices and 9 other ranks wounded before being relieved by 4th R.B. On relief the Battalion marched to billets at Dickebusch.
8983 Pte. Joseph, Pritchard,
Born Crewe, Ches
Resided Manchester, Lancs.
Enlisted Chester about late May to early June 1908
Landed in France on 21/12/14 with 2/K.S.L.I.
K. in A. 07/03/15
Buried in Voormezeel Enclosure No. 3 (I.A.3).
Info. from 1914-15 Star Medal Roll, Soldiers Died & C.W.G.C.
13806 Pte. William, Bamber, the Son of Abraham Bamber; husband of Agnes Bamber, of 15, st Clement St., Furthergate, Blackburn.
Born Great Harwood, Blackburn, Lancs.
Enlisted Blackburn, Lancs. between 10th & 28th September 1914
Landed in France on 18/02/15 and posted to 2/K.S.L.I.
K. in A. 07/03/15 aged 36.
His name is on the Menin Gate Memorial.
Info. from Victory/British Medal Roll, Soldiers Died & C.W.G.C.
May have been related to 13816 Pte. Edward Bamber.
Captain W.J. Brooke, of Haughton Cottage, Shifnal, Shrops.?
Lt. Geoffrey, Holman, of Wynerstay, Putney Hill, Surrey.
2nd Lt. Anthony Cyprian Prosper, Biddle-Cope, of London