A History of our Firm Appendix VIII.
Particulars of War Service
PARTICULARS OF WAR SERVICE OF
THOSE WHO JOINED UP FROM
OUR SMALL STAFF (PARTNERS
Enlisted as a
Private in Public Schools Brigade (2nd Platoon, "C" Company, i8th
Battalion, 18th Royal Fusiliers), 15th September, 1914. Lance Corporal
ditto, April, 1915. Corporal, ditto, June, 1915. Lieutenant, Army Service
Corps, 31st August, 1915. Lieutenant, S. R. D., Deptford, 5th September,
1915. Lieutenant, H. T. D., Blackheath, Ranger's House, 18th October,
1915. Lieutenant, B. E. F., France, 10th
November, 1915. Lieutenant, 1st Reserve Park, 15th
November, 1915. Lieutenant, 1st Indian Cavalry Reserve Park, now 4th
Cavalry Division, Reserve Park, Siaikote Brigade, 18th May, 1916. Captain,
ditto, 1st April, 1917. Invalided, December, 1917. Re-joined, Transport
Officer, Napier Lines, Colchester, April, 1918. Cannock Chase, R.A.S.C.,
240th H.T. Co., Brocton Camp, June, 1918. Demobilized, January, 1919.
CAPTAIN JAMES S. RANKIN. M.P.,
Toxteth Division of Liverpool.
Particulars of Service:
Joined as Private in the
R.A.M.C., in the last week of August, 1914, and served with it until the
end of February, 1915. Draughtedunexpectedly with his Platoon into
Hospital orderly work, with no apparent prospect of getting to France.
Applied for Commission and was granted one in the R.F.A., in February,
1915. Trained at St. Annes-on-Sea, Grantham, and Salisbury Plain. Went to
France early in November, 1915, as Captain in charge of the Ammunition
Column of the 150th Brigade, County Palatine Division. Served in the Somme
area till May, 1916. Owing to breakdown in health, home for some months on
sick leave. Later on Home service at Catterick and Ripon, and after
further training went with the 386th Battery, R.F.A., to Mesopotamia,
sailing in June, 1917, and landing at Basra on the 22nd August, 1917.
Proceeded with his battery to a desert camp about 150 miles N.E. of
Baghdadtowards the Persian border. Though still attached to his battery
he was offered and accepted a District Sub- Directorship with the Director
of Local Resources, a scheme originally arranged by General Maude for
utilising the great possibilities of the country. He had been working on
this from March till September, 1918, when he went to Persia on a special
mission. Left Kermanshap, Persia, late September, 1918, for Baghdad, and
at a later date was granted leave to resume his Parliamentary duties,
arriving in England, January 26th, 1919, and was shortly after
CAPTAIN T. E. ROME, M.C. 1/6th (Rifles) K.L.R.
Particulars of Service:
Joined 6th K.L.R. as Rifleman,
September 4th, 1914. Commissioned, 28th October, 1914. Sent to 1/6th
K.L.R., at Canterbury. Trained there until sent out to France, February
21st. Unit at Ypres. Occupied trenches at the Bluff, Hill 6o. Sanctuary
Wood. Wounded during Hill 6o Battle (start of 2nd Ypres battle) 21St
April, 1915. Home Service Upstreet, 2/6th K.L.R., July, 1915, and 3/6th
K.L.R., Blackpool. Re-joined B.E.F., February, 3rd, 1916, 55th Division at
Wailly, South Arras. Marched down to Somme. 'Captain, September 9th, 1916.
Left Somme, September 30th, trained up to Ypres, took over Railway Wood
section, front line. July offensive, 1917. September offensive. Awarded
M.C. Taken out of line, and put in quiet Sector, Cambrai front, October,
1917. German offensive, November 29th. Division badly cut up. Rest
billets. Re-organising unit until February, 1918. La Bassée, wounded
during start of German final offensive, April 9th. Returned England, April
27th. Home service, 52nd K.L.R. (Young Soldiers' Training Battalion),
Kinmel Park and Crowborough. Joined 5th Battalion K.L.R., 30th November,
1918. Discharged from Army, 1st April, 1919.
SERGEANT E. C. COLLEY.
Particulars of Service:
Joined 18th Service Battalion
K.L.R., 1st September, 1914, as Private. Trained at Hooton Park, Knowsley
Park, Grantham, and Salisbury Plain. Went to France, 7th November, 1915.
In line, December, at Gommecourt. January, 1916, Division on Somme. July,
Somme offensive. August, in line at Givenchy. October, on Somme again.
Attacking at Flers. November, Arras front. April, 1917, Arras offensive.
May, at Zillebeke sector, Ypres. July 31st, third battle of Ypres.
September, in line at Wyschaete. November, Paschaendale sector. January,
1918, Division transferred to St. Quentin front. March 21St, proceeded on
leive 24 hours before the German offensive commenced. April, returned to
remains of unit, in line at Kemmel Hill. End May, Division broken up and
sent down to Etaples. Heavily bombed by Huns whilst there. June, joined
1/6th K.L.R., in line at Givenchy. July, wounded, sent down line. Early
September rejoined Battalion. September 21St attacking by La Bassée.
October onwards, open warfare. In action until Armistice signed. December,
at small village near Ath, in France. January, Division marched to Uccle,
near Brussels. March, 1919, proceeded home to be demobilized.
The Late LIEUTENANT BENJAMIN
MOLYNEAUX, 3rd Cheshire Regiment. (Of Broad Green.)
Particulars of Service:
Enlisted in the army in
September, 1914, joining the 6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment. He
volunteered forthwith for active service, but being only i8 years of age
at the time, was not sent overseas until June, 1915. After twelve months'
service with the Expeditionary Force, he returned to England to obtain his
Commission in the Cheshire Regiment. He was back in France in January,
1917, with the irth Battalion of that Regiment, and was seriously wounded
at Messines in June the same year, and invalided home. He again returned
to France in August, 1918, and joined the 9th Battalion of his regiment,
and was appointed Scout and Intelligence Officer. On the 4th November,
whilst visiting the front line at Jenlain, near Valenciennes, with his
Sergeant and Corporal, he was mortally wounded by a shell, and carried to
the Regimental Aid Post, where he was detained the night, as he was too
ill to be moved. The following day he was sent to the Casualty Clearing
Station at Awoingt, near Cambrai, but died in the early morning of the 8th
The following letter was received from Lieut.-Col.
King, 9th Cheshire Regiment
'Dear Mrs. Molyneaux, I fear
that nothing I can say will help you in your sorrow, but you will at least
be very proud to know of the splendid work done by your son before he was
He had been carefully chosen for the very difficult and
responsible post of Scout Officer to the Battalion.
During attacks on the 3rd and 4th
November his work was really magnificent. He continually visited the
leading line, getting information and bringing it back, under the most
intense rifle, machine-gun, and shell fire.
He was absolutely fearless and
regardless of his own life. I can assure you that he was directly
responsible for much of the success of his Battalion in this last battle
of the war. None of us will ever forget his fine courage and example. I
can only convey to you the very deep sympathy of myself and my brother
Yours very sincerely,
(Signed) C. A. KING,
Lieut.-Col. 9th Cheshire Regiment.'
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