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Thousands of soldiers served at the camps in Sutton Mandeville over the course of the First World War. Two soldiers from the First World War are buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Sutton Mandeville. They may have been serving at the camps when they died. As well as hosting thousands of soldiers, people from Sutton Mandeville served as well. Several men from Sutton Mandeville who died in the First World War are commemorated on a memorial in All Saints Church. Also commemorated in All Saints Church are three men from Sutton Mandeville who died whilst serving in the Second World War. Another man who died whilst in military service is buried in Sutton Mandeville cemetery. If you have a family connection or some other association with people whose military service encompassed Sutton Mandeville then please contact us using the email address on our Home page.

Sutton Mandeville’s War Dead – First World War

As well as hosting thousands of soldiers during training during the First World War, Sutton Mandeville has its own war dead from the First World War. Cathy Sedgwick has kindly researched their stories for us. Please follow the links to see the results of Cathy’s research.

Sutton Mandeville Roll of HonourFive men from Sutton Mandeville are named on the Roll of Honour in the church, and there is a further casualty – George Bracher- linked to the village. George Bracher is commemorated in Fovant but was born in Sutton Mandeville; he was serving with the Coldstream Guards when he was killed on 12 November 1914 near Ypres. Henry Sanger was killed near Kemmel, south of Ypres on 23 January 1915 whilst serving with the Wiltshire Regiment. John Viney was serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry aboard HMS Invincible when it exploded at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. George Cross died on 25 November 1916 whilst serving with the Devonshire Regiment; he is buried at a cemetery associated with Heilly Casualty Clearing Station near Corbie on the River Somme. James Mullins was a Rifleman with the Queen’s Westminster Rifles and was killed during the Battle of Arras on 14 April 1917. John Coombes was killed on the first day of the German Spring Offensive, 21 March 1918, whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment; he has no known grave and is commemorated at Pozieres near Bapaume in northern France. Reginald Dorrington was killed just a couple of days later, on 23 March 1918, also near Bapaume where he was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.

Barnett and PerksAs noted in a previous post, there are two graves in Sutton Mandeville churchyard of soldiers who died while they were with the battalions training here, George Barnett from Stepney (Shiny 7th) and Richard Thomas Perks  from Sheffield (Royal Field Artillery). George J. Barnett is named ‘Barrett’ on his headstone.

Cathy has also researched two men from Sutton Mandeville who served in the First World War and survived. Frederick Mullins served with the Inland Waterways and Docks section of the Royal Engineers in 1918. Frederick Spencer enlisted in December 1915 and went on to serve with the Machine Gun Corps on the Western Front. He broke his leg in September 1918 and was honourably discharged in February 1919.

 

3/7th London Regiment at Sutton Mandeville

This is a summary of information about the 3/7th London Regiment from The History of the ‘Shiny Seventh’ by C.Digby Planck.

The Reserve Battalion of the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment – referred to as the 3/7th – was formed in April 1915. The Reserve Battalion was responsible for training and despatching drafts of soldiers to replace casualties in the 1/7th, which had deployed to France in March 1915. The Reserve Battalion also provided troops for the 2/7th, which was based near Ipswich during the time that the 3/7th was in Sutton Mandeville.

The 3/7th was based originally in London at Sun Street, near Liverpool Street station. It moved to Orpington in Kent in September 1915 and to Sutton Mandeville in January 1916.

The CO, Stewart-Bam, was a South African of Dutch descent who recruited strenuously in London. He also made an arrangement with the High Commissioners of the various Dominions such that young men from the Dominions and Colonies coming to England to serve in the forces were commissioned in the Shiny 7th. As a result, a large number of officers from around the British Empire came into the Reserve Battalion: ‘there were at times as many as 70 officers in training … and at one time no less than 37 from South Africa’.

By July 1916 – when the 3/7th left Sutton Mandeville – the Reserve Battalion had sent nearly 80 officers and 3,300 men to front line units.

3/7th Senior Officers and NCOs

Commanding Officer
Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Sir Pieter C. van B. Stewart-Bam.

Second in Command (in succession)
Major W. Mudford
Major L.E. Peppiatt
Major J. Nicol

Adjutant (in succession)
Captain L.E. Peppiatt
Captain P. Ludbrook
Captain J.P. Scothorne

Quartermaster
Captain H.M. Ryland

Regimental Sergeant Major
RSM E. Cruwys

Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant
RQMS T. Middleton

3/7th Sports, July 1916

The Reserve Battalion held sports at Sutton Mandeville in July 1916, with the 2/7th as guests. There were 24 events and prizes were awarded by Lady Stewart-Bam. The event was arranged by Major W. Mudford and Second Lieutenant H.B. Smith. The judges included the following:

Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Berkeley
Major J. Nichol
Captain H.M. Ryland
Second Lieutenant H.A. Brown
Second Lieutenant L.E. James
Second Lieutenant C.V. Hosken
Second Lieutenant C. Cartwright
RSM E. Cruwys
CSM G. Lehrs
CSM J. Hawes
CSM A. Hounsell

 Sideshows were under the direction of RQMS T. Middleton.

Officers listed in Photographs

The History of the ‘Shiny Seventh’ includes two photographs from Sutton Mandeville, with names of the officers present.

South African Officers of the 3/7th in Sutton Mandeville in July 1916 (facing page 134)

Second Lieutenants
Anderson, K.G.
Hutton, W.W.
Behren, A.
Phillip, D.
Sclater, T.W.
Murray, A.F.
Johnstone, G.D.
Metcalf, C.D.
Parker, T.G.V.
Webster, G.A.
Elsbury, A.

Taylor, W.A.C.
Bourke-Macauley, E.D.
Edgar, S.
Macintosh, W.G.
Long, C.E.
Cartwright, C.
Urquhart, W.
Duminy, J.
Michell, R.
Churchill, F.
McLeod, A.G.
Ecksteen, R.
Whitby, H.

Hoskin, V.F. (pos. Hosken)
Gibson, A.E.
Michell, L.
Miller, R.G.
Barling, F.B.
Johnstone, W.J.
Hoskin, C.V.  (pos. Hosken)

Stevenson, R.
Rees, E.S.C. (pos. Reed)
Shillito, H.
Hines, N.L.

Major
J. Nicol

Lieutenant Colonel
Sir. P. Van B. Stewart-Bam

Officers with the Reserve Battalion (facing page 134)

Second Lieutenants
Davenport, G.C.
Hutton, W.W.
Metcalf, C.D.
Woollett, F.H.E.
Scothorne, J.P.
Evershed, P.D.
Johnstone, W.J.
Ecksteen, R.
Saffery, E.J.
Drummond, H.D.B.
Hosken, W.W. (pos. Hoskin)
Bourke-Macauley, E.D.

Taylor, W.A.C.
Roots, P.W.
Watson, C.T.
Long, C.E.
Johnstone, G.D.
Gibson, A.E.
Michell, R.
Parker, T.G.V.
Barling, F.B.
Luxton,F.C.
Hines, N.L.

McLeod, A.G.
Scudamore, C.G.
Edgar, S.
Traynor, P.
Retief, P.J.
Stevenson, R.E.
Mackintosh, W.J.
Goldsbury, C.M.
Forbes, S.F.
Hosken, C.V. (pos. Hoskin)
Cartwright, C.
Chamberlain, H.R.M.
Platts, H.C.
Anderson, K.G.
Reed, E.S.C. (pos. Rees)

Montgomery, I.D.
Hare, G.W.M.
Michell, L.
Thomas, R.W.
James, L.E.
Elsbury, A.
Smith, A.T.S.
Behren, A.J.E.
Phillip, J.D.M.
Murray, A.F.
Smith, H.B.
Preston, J.F.
Scudamore, S.
Urquhart, W.
Salter, H.A.
Webster, G.A.

Miller, R.G.
Miller, L.
Hunt, R.J.

Lieutenant
Culverwell, W.N.
Ryland, H.M. (QM)
Brown, H.A.
Marsh, F.S.
Graham, D.
Kirby, W.H.
Rooney, D.
Ludbrook, P.

Captain
Molyneux, R.C.A.F.
Ayrton, B.F.
Ward, D.E.
Lydiart, H.E.
Peppiatt, L.E. (Adjt)
Rushworth, T.
Peppiatt, K.O.
Bridgeman, M. (RAMC)

Major
Mansfield Jones, L.P.
Mudford, W.
Nicol, J

Lieutenant Colonel
Stewart-Bam, P. Van B.

Reverend
Everard Digby

Soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment – postcard

This postcard shows two soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment outside hut C17. Royal Warwicks-2However, we don’t know whether they are at Sutton Mandeville or at another hutted camp. The 13th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was based in Sutton Mandeville in 1916 and 1917. If you have any information about the Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Sutton Mandeville then please email us at info@sutton-down-badges.com.

Postcard courtesy of Toby Green.

 

 

A line from Sutton Mandeville

A line From the Front PCThis postcard is titled ‘A Line From the Front’ but it is actually postmarked from Sutton Mandeville Camp. The date is not easy to read but looks like (19)16. The postcard also has a title in French – Des lettres venant du front – but it is by a British manufacturer. It’s possible that it was made available in France and had been brought back, perhaps by the writer on a deployment earlier in the war.
A Line From the Front PC Back

 

 

 

 

The card is signed ‘Bert’ and also seems to be marked ‘A Graham, A Coy Hut 19’. Unfortunately there is no indication of which regiment. If it is from Albert Graham and you know something about him, then please get in touch. The other person named on the card is Ethel Danks of Fulham, London. Again, please get in touch if you have any information about Miss Danks.

(Postcard courtesy of Toby Green)

Dear Mum

Huts PCHuts PC BackThis postcard is postmarked Sutton Mandeville Camp with a date that looks like 12 JY 16, or 12th July 1916. It is signed ‘Frank’, starts ‘Dear Mum’, and is addressed to Mrs. Lamsdale in London. ‘Frank’ may be Arthur F Lamsdale of the London Regiment. The 3/7th London Regiment (the Shiny 7th) were based at Sutton Mandeville until the start of August 1916 and several of the men in the picture have Shiny 7th cap badges. Unfortunately, there is no clue as to which one is Frank in the picture, but the postcard gives a great impression of the huts and their inhabitants in an ‘informal’ setting.

(Postcard courtesy of Toby Green)

 

The ‘Theatre Royal’, Sutton Mandeville Camp

Theatre Royal SM CampThis programme offers a glimpse of Sutton Mandeville’s soldiers when off duty, but it also provides us with a list of names of people who served here. The performance took place on May 19th 1916, at a time when both the ‘Shiny 7th’ and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment were stationed at Sutton Mandeville. Although we cannot be sure, it is possible that the programme was sent to a friend of relative of Rifleman Martin, as there is a mark against both of his songs. The complete list of those performing is set out below. If you have information about any of these soldiers we would be very pleased to hear from you!

 

 

 

The Performers, Sutton Mandeville Camp, 19th May 1916

Alchin, H., Rifleman
Ayrton, Captain
Barling, W., Second Lieutenant
Brown, H.A., Second Lieutenant
Ivimy, Rifleman
Kingsnorth, Private
Kitchen, S., Rifleman
Little, Rifleman
Ludbrook, P., Second Lieutenant
Martin, Rifleman
Middleton, W., Rifleman
Perry, A.J., Rifleman
Poulton, Company Quarter Master Sergeant
Samaine, Sergeant
Wilson-Leary, R., Rifleman

(Postcard courtesy of Toby Green)

First World War war graves in Sutton Mandeville

There are two graves recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from the First World War in the churchyard of All Saints Church.

Headstone - R T Perks

 

Richard Thomas Perks was a Gunner in the 164th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He was from Sheffield and left a wife and child when he died on 26 November 1915, while his division was training. The camp to the south of the A30 is labelled ‘RFA’ so it seems likely that Gunner Perks was based here.

 

Headstone - G J Barrett

 

 

This headstone reads ‘Private George J Barrett’ but the corresponding details in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission refer to George J Barnett. George Barnett died on 3 February 1916 whilst serving in the 3/7th Battalion of the London Regiment. The 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment was the ‘Shiny Seventh’ whose badge is carved into Sutton Down; the 3/7th would have been a training or reserve battalion from which soldiers would have transferred to the 1/7th and 2/7th, which were the two active battalions serving on the Western Front.

 

Many thanks to Cathy Sedgwick for her research on these two men.