2KEH 'I-K'


INSKIP, Edward Digby. 1272. Private. Returned to England from Buenos Aires, Argentina to enlist 16/12/1914. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned 3rd/4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment 4/09/1916. Born 1894 in Framlingham, Suffolk, England and died 8/10/1964 in Punto Fijo, Falcon, Venezuela. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio medals from Santiago, Chile.      

JACOBS, John. 539. Served as John COLE. Private. Enlisted in Liverpool. Entered France 14/10/1915. DOW 13/12/1916 and died 10 General Hospital Rouen. Born in Surrey, England and living at time of enlistment in Canning Town, London. Buried at ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

JAMES, Maurice. 1345. Private. Entered France 15/07/1915. Commissioned 2KEH 15/04/1917. Awarded Silver War Badge 45925 in 2KEH attached to the Machine Gun Corps. Applied for 1914/15 Star from Shirley Road, Cardiff.

JAMIESON, John McCuill. 30. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 7th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment 28/02/1917. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio which he applied for from an address in Scotland.

JARVIE, Norman Alexander. 405. Private KIA 13/12/1914 aged 40. Born in 1874 in Anderson, Glasgow. Received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd /4th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, dated to the 27/05/1895, 28/07/1896 promotion to full Lieutenant. On 10/10/1899, The London Gazette announced Jarvie’s promotion to Captain. The very next day, the Second Anglo-Boer War broke out and on 25/01/900, the Dundee Evening Telegraph reported that Jarvie had been attached to the 1st Battalion and was soon to depart for South Africa. The 1st Battalion had suffered heavy casualties at the Battle of Magersfontein (11/12/1899) and Issue no 13, vol 2 of the HLIC stated that he was leading a detachment of 50 NCOs and men to replace these losses. On 5th February Jarvie had departed Devonport with his 50 men and was to sail that afternoon from Southampton on the ship Majestic. In late March, reinforcements from the 4th Battalion (likely including Jarvie) finally caught up with the 1st Battalion in the Orange Free State capital of Bloemfontein. The very next day, the battalion had to make a forced march to join the Highland Brigade at Reitfontein. Assuming that Jarvie was not one of them, he almost certainly accompanied the 1st Battalion on its march to Heilbron, during which they lost 70 men to constant harassment from Boer guerrillas. The HLI’s roll for the Queen’s South Africa Medal lists that Jarvie qualified for the Wittebergen clasp, which required him to be in the area of Harrismith and Bethlehem in July of 1900. This means he probably took part in the HLI’s capture of Retief’s Nek on 23rd July. He may also have been present for the action at Spitz Kop on 15th August. Jarvie boarded the ship Britannic from Capetown on 6th October and was on his way back to Britain. On 16/11/1900, the London Gazette published a notice that Jarvie had been removed from the army, ‘the Queen having no further occasion for his services’. This dismissal immediately caused a minor scandal, with half a dozen newspapers printing the story. On 24th November, the Worcester Chronicle published the story under the headline ‘Officers Cashiered’. The manner of his dismissal and the reporting around it suggests that Jarvie’s military career may have ended in a court martial. When the next war broke out 14 years later, he was 41 and technically too old to enlist. However, he appears to have enlisted as a simple trooper in the 2KEH. Jarvie may have lied about his age to join up, but as he was physically capable and passed the tests, many examiners would happily have passed him. Furthermore, he may have omitted to state his previous service, since many battalions didn’t want court martialled soldiers in the ranks. However, the 2KEH was made up primarily of ex-patriot Britons from the colonies and Jarvie’s family connections with Singapore and the Far East may have been a factor in his acceptance. He died of illness 13/12/1914 aged 41 in Brentford Hospital, Middlesex, United Kingdom and is buried in Middlesex. Name commemorated on the Glasgow Necropolis. Jarvie’s Officer’s sword was first recorded in Dix Noonan Web’s Auction of the 14/12/2006. It later appeared in Bonhams’ auction on the 5/12/2012. The sword carries the following Inscription: “Norman A Jarvie, Captain, 4th Ban., Highland Light Infantry, South Africa, 1899 -1900”.

JARVIS, Charles Wemyn Barron. 1011. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 3rd Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment 14/05/1915 later Captain. KIA 30/07/1916. 1914/15 Star Medal trio claimed by mother from Tayport, Fife, Scotland.

JEFFREY, S. W. 1831. Private. 'Came from Australia' noted on British War Medal Roll.

JENKINSON, O. R. Squadron Quarter Master Serjeant. Wounded at Pont Fixe on 20/06/1915.

JEPSON, John B. 1437. Private 2KEH. Entered France 5/05/1915. Private Machine Gun Corps 52909. Transferred Class 'Z' A Reserve 2/02/1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

JOHNSON, Albert H. 161. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Discharged 19/04/1919. Entitled to a 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.

JOHNSTON, Andrew Archibald (Archie). 1162. Serjeant. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned Dorsetshire Regiment 22/02/1918. Born on 10/12/1880 in Singapore an served with 20th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers prior to Private 13538, 68th Company (Paget's Horse), 19th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry 3/01/1900 to Jul 1901. Awarded Queen's South Africa medal with Cape Colony, Transvaal and South Africa 1900-01 clasps. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Richmond, Surrey, England. He died on 6 November 1927 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 46 in a railway accident.

JOHNSTON, Guy Featherston. 2KEH Farrier Serjeant may have served KEH prior. Served in the Boer War as a Lieutenant 1363 with 8th Company, 4th New Zealand Contingent Left Wing 19/06/1901 after four years in 'D' Battery, New Zealand Artillery. Sailed on the 'Gymeric' 31/03/1900. Captain in the New Zealand Militia in 1902. After serving in France with 2KEH returned to New Zealand as a Lieutenant 12701 in the 13th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery, New Zealand Expeditionary Force from 15/12/1915 with an embarkation date of 27/05/1916 on HMNZT 54 'Willochra'. From Wellington, New Zealand in Boer War and Auckland in WW1. Born 2/9/1872 the son of Hon. C. J. Johnston, MP, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand and died 2/01/1941.Brother of Brigadier-General Francis Earl Johnston, CB KIA 7/08/1917. Born in Wellington, he was educated in England. Joining the British Army, he served with the Prince of Wales’s North Staffordshire Regiment in the Sudan and later in the Second Boer War in South Africa. In New Zealand on secondment to the New Zealand Military Forces when the First World War began, he was posted to the NZEF as commander of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade. He led the brigade through most of the Gallipoli Campaign. Later, on the Western Front, he commanded the 1st Infantry Brigade and, for a brief period, the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He died as a result of sniper fire on 7 August 1917, one of three New Zealand brigadier generals killed during the war. Lieutenant Johnston noted as serving in the 2KEH in the Taranaki Herald 1/10/1914. Commemorated on the Auckland Online Cenotaph.

JOHNSTON, Hector Camden. 1670. Private. Entered France 2/10/1915. Commissioned Border Regiment 26/06/1917. Awarded Silver War Badge 341,142. Applied for 1914/15 Star trio from Eureka, Richmond River, New South Wales, Australia. Born 9/07/1887 in Eureka, New South Wales, Australia and died 13/11/1939 in Eureka.

JOHNSTONE, James. 723. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned 4th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry 24/01/1917. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.

JOHNSTONE, Robert Philip. 1312. Private KEH then Private 2KEH 1312. Enlisted 23/12/1914. Entered France 5/05/1915. Discharged 2/09/1916 due to wounds with Silver War Badge 177,131. Awarded OBE. Born in 1890 in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago and died in 1967. Brother of Corporal Romer Johnstone, 1316 KEH. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals. Information courtesy of Helen Pollock.

JONES, Edward Arthur. 1593. Private. Enlisted 29/04/1915 and entered France 15/07/1915. Discharged 9/08/1917. Born in 1888. Awarded Silver War Badge 14,571. Entitled to 1914/15 Star trio. Medal Index Card noted police enquiring after him in 1925.

JONES, Frank (Fred) Wright. 927. Private 2KEH enlisted  December 1914 and served in Serjeant Cowley's troop. Transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28/09/1917 as Lance Corporal R/39963. The very grainy photograph shown of Private Frank Jones with Private Charlie Hakewill, 2KEH appeared in the Market Harborough Advertiser 9 November 1915 taking a break. The article about the photograph explains Charlie was nicknamed “Peter the Painter” and Fred W. Jones was “Jockey” enjoying a “well earned rest,” and we might also add, a well earned refreshment. Both send cheery greetings to their Harborough friends. They are in 2KEH, The Canadian Mounted Brigade. An additional photograph of Private Jones, 2KEH who was a cross country horseman from a village in Market Harborough, UK on horseback is shown in Figure 39d from local sources by W. R. (Bob) H. Hakewill a published local historian in Market Harborough, UK.

JONES, Harry. 1750. Private 2KEH.  Enlisted in London on 24/07/1915. Acting Serjeant Royal Engineers WR12815, 205598. No 205598 served in Inland Water Transport section. Discharged 21/4/18 as over military service age. Died 30/4/18 on board H.M.A.T. "Suevic" en-route to Australia of lymphadenonia. Next of Kin, Mr W. Jones, Salop Street, North Kensington, Adelaide and Mrs. J. Lawn (Aunt), Main Street, Mordialloc, Victoria. Awarded Silver War Badge 360150 due to sickness and entitled to British War and Victory Medals.

JONES, John H. 1571. Private. Transferred to Royal Flying Corps 6/11/1917 107453. BWM and Victory medals named to RFC.

JOYCE, Percy F. 1350. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Royal Engineers 29/1/1916 later Captain.1914/15 Star Trip applied for c/o Messrs. Brown Shipley & Co, Pall Mall, London. British War Medal and Victory medal issued by Government of India.

JOYCE, Reuben (Robert) Jacob. 1305. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Discharged 19/04/1919. Born in Singapore in 1892 and lived in Princess Gate, Knightsbridge, London. Multiple hospital admissions when serving with 2KEH as a result of venereal disease. Died in Nov 1919. Entitled to 1914/15 Star trio with British War Medal and Victory medal returned to be destroyed as unclaimed due to premature death.

JUDD, Henry Alexander. Second Lieutenant in 1914. Lieutenant Oct 1914. Acting Captain, Captain 3rd Canadian Cavalry. Entered France 3/05/1915. Mentioned in Despatches. Lieutenant Colonel on medal application Awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1919 list in the London Gazette as Lieutenant 2KEH.

JUDGE,    Arthur George.    1668.    Private. Remembered with honour Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, Belgium: Plot V, Row D, Grave 6. He enlisted in London 16/10/1917, and was formerly Private 1668, 2KEH and then transferred as Private 59058 Royal Fusiliers. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died at 48 Casualty Clearing Station, France, of pneumonia. Son of Elizabeth Jane (nee WITHERS) JUDGE of Watford, and the late James JUDGE. Arthur was born 1897 in Westminster, London, and resided in Balcombe, Sussex. On the 1901 Census, aged 3 he lived in Leweston, Dorset, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, at school aged 13, he lived in Berkeley Square, London W, with his parents and no siblings.

JUST, Leonard Wolfgang. 1045. Second Lieutenant in the King's Colonials 21/04/1903. Private 2KEH. Entered France 4/05/1915 then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 2nd/6th Gloucestershire Regiment 10/10/1915 later Lieutenant. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.

KANE, Michael Douglas. 1542. Private 2KEH. Enlisted 21/04/1915 in Dublin aged 25. Lance Corporal Military Mounted Police P/15732. From Rush, Dublin, Ireland.

KEARNEY, John. 1498. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Deserted 29/10/1915 and awarded no medals.

KEESHAN, Daniel Joseph. 1513. Lance Corporal. 2KEH. Serjeant King's Liverpool Regiment 85715. Born July 1885 in Ireland and served as a boy soldier in the Leinster Regiment, 6102 from 01/1900-10/07/1903 then Private in the Irish Guards 11/07/1903-11/03/1908, Corporal 12/03/1908-19/03/1914. Transferred to 2KEH then Serjeant King's Liverpool Regiment, 85715 from 14/04/1914-14/12/1918. Lance Corporal KEH, 1513. Re-joined Dublin Metropolitan Police 8/11/1918 and difficult to ascertain when he served pre-war given succession of army service. Died in Dublin 1/11/1944. Photograph of 1914/15 Star Medal Trio shown named to King's Liverpool Regiment. 

KELLY, Arthur F. 177. Serjeant. Farrier. Entered France 3/06/1915. Discharged 13/12/1918. Entitled to a 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.

KEMP, Joseph. 1765. Private. Discharged 22/06/1919.

KEYS, Charles. 190. Serjeant. Warrant Officer Class 2. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 11th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment 4/08/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and Silver War Badge 149,868 (wounded?). Applied for medals from an address in Torquay, Devon, England in 1919. Later noted as living in Muswellbrook, NSW, Australia in KEH Old Comrades Association Bulletin.

KINCAIRD-SMITH, Alan. 1264. Private. Entered France 5/07/1915. Commissioned 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry 12/03/1916. Eligible for Silver War Badge. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Salisbury, Rhodesia.

KING, Daniel Bagett. 442. Private. Enlisted at White City, London on 25/08/1914. Entered France 4/05/1915 and discharged 16/01/1919. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1867 and was married and living in Lambeth, London. Prior service with Bechuanaland Border Police, time expired. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Rank shown as Bombardier on MIC but this is not a yeomanry rank so is an error.

KINGSFORD, Arthur. 979. Serjeant. From New Zealand. Entered France 5/06/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 176th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers 10/09/1915. Later Acting Captain. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.

KIRK, Charles William. 483. Squadron Quarter Master Serjeant (Warrant Officer Class 2) later Regimental Quarter Master Serjeant. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Second Lieutenant 5th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment 25/09/1916. Joined 1st/6th Battalion Dec 1917. Wounded 3/01/1918 by shrapnel from a shell burst and did not rejoin the Battalion but worked with Ministry of Munitions in Westminster, London. From Durban, South Africa. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio which he applied for.

KIRWAN, Patrick. 1518. Private. Transferred to Royal Flying Corps (RFC) 17/02/1917 as Private 65465. British War Medal and Victory medals named to RFC.

KNOWLES, Benjamin. 389. Serjeant 2KEH. Attested 24/08/1914 at White City, London. Entered France 4/05/1915. Promoted to Serjeant 9/07/1916. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 9/11/1916 later Captain and then Major, attached 88th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Awarded Military Medal as a Serjeant in 2KEH 21/11/1916 and Military Cross as a Captain RAMC (London Gazette 24/08/1918) when was himself wounded while attended to the wounded) and Mentioned in Despatches 30/04/1916. Born in Aberdeen on 26/05/1885 and died on the 25/10/1933 in London. Prior service Scottish Horse. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and applied for medals from an address in Richmondhill Road, Aberdeen, Scotland. His brother Private John Forbes Knowles, 2719 born 26/02/1891 and KIA Ypres 5/05/1915 with 4th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders.

KNOX, Wilfred Sidney. 1826. Private 2KEH. Private Northumberland Fusiliers 61244, Private Royal Army Ordnance Corps 043721. Discharged to the Reserve 21/02/1919. Did not serve in France and entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal. Born 29/05/1895 and died in Goodwood, Trinidad and Tobago. Brother of Harold (Harry) Dudley Knox, 1827.

KNOX, Harold (Harry) Dudley. 1827. Private 2KEH. 'A' Squadron. Left Trinidad for UK 18/10/1915 with 1st Caribbean Merchant and Planters Contingent. Died of Wounds 3/06/1917 aged 22.  Born in 1895 the son of William and Celeste Knox, of William's Ville, Trinidad, British West Indies and educated at St. Mary's College, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Buried at DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Brother of Wilfred Sidney Knox, 1826. Portrait photograph of Harry Knox shown and additional information on the Knox brothers courtesy of Paul Sandford (Great uncle was Harold Knox).

KNOX-LITTLE, . Second Lieutenant. Arrived Merris, France 28/06/1915 from Reserve Cavalry Regiments in England.

KOECHLIN, Marcel Charles. 649. Serjeant. Enlisted 8/09/1914 at age 40, entered France 5/05/1915 and sustained Gun Shot Wound to the scalp in Aug 1917 with no ill effect. Discharged 14/12/1918. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and awarded Silver War Badge due to sickness. Applied for medals from Vine House, Church Walks, Llandudno, Wales.                                                    

KRUGER, Charles Horace. 1919. Private 2KEH. Enlisted in London. Private 1/5th Northumberland Fusiliers 61259. KIA. 19/12/1917. Only son of the late John and Edith Kruger, of Las Palmas, Grand Canary. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Belgium. Entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal pair with 2KEH confirmed on MIC. Victory Medal sold on eBay UK and image shown.