SANDERS, John Frederick. 660. Corporal, Acting Serjeant. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers 29/01/1918 London Gazette 22/02/1908). Awarded Military Medal. Died of Wounds 6/08/1918. Buried in GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, France.
SAUNDERS . Private. Named in Figure 164.
SAUNDERS, Harry Alfred. 226. Lance Corporal. Entered France 4/05/1915. Discharged 14/10/1916 and awarded Silver War Badge. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio.
SCALLON, Ernest Wilmot. 1172. Private. Enlisted at Hounslow, London. KIA 23/05/1915 at the Battle of Festubert aged 24. He was born in January 1891 at Great Malvern, Worcestershire the son of Edward Brand and Frances Bradley Scallon and was educated at Malvern College as a day boy 1907 – 1909 at House IV. He was a school prefect and Head of House. On leaving school he went out to an uncle in the Argentine and for two or three years held a good post on one of the estancias (cattle ranches) there. A fearless horseman, he and several hundred others sailed for England when War broke out; after visiting his parents in Malvern, he refused two commissions and joined as a Trooper in the 2nd King Edwards Horse. Arrived in France 4/05/15 and later in May 1915, after the Canadians were so badly cut up in their famous charge, the Lord Strathcona’s and 2KEH volunteered to act as infantry, Trooper Scallon was amongst these volunteers and was killed by a shell blast on the 23rd May. A friend later wrote to his parents: “I can assure you that his death was instantaneous and that he was doing his duty at the time.” He was the third son of the Master and Secretary to Malvern College, Mr Edward Brand Scallon and Frances Bradley Scallon of St Martins, Malvern and nephew of Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Scallon of the Indian Army and Mr H B Bennet of Malvern Link. Malvern News 5/6/15, 12/6/15, Malvern College Register. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, France. Entitled to 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.1914/15 Star returned as per King's Regulations. British War Medal held in a private collection in the UK. Portrait as a Private in 2KEH shown.
SCOTT, David. 1351. Private. Discharged 19/12/1918.
SCOTT, John Arthur Alderson. 981. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Royal Army Service Corps 2/03/1916 later Lieutenant. Brother of Private George Scott, 982. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and medals applied for c/o father Mr. M. A. Scott, 'The Trenches', Middle Green, Slough, England. Born 9/03/1893 in Langley, Buckinghamshire, England.
SCOTT, George. S. A. 982. Private. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Royal Army Service Corps 3/12/1915. Eligible for Silver War Badge. Brother of Private John Scott, 981. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and medals applied for from Balfour House, Finsbury Pavement, London the 'The Trenches' . Born 23/03/1891, in Langley, Buckinghamshire, England and died in June 1969 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, at the age of 78.
SCOTT, Walter G. 1131. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned Machine Gun Corps 25/09/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Trio.
SELLIER, Numa Joseph. 1839. Private 2KEH (not KEH as on MIC). Enlisted 18/11/1915. Transferred to RAF 139295. Discharged medically unfit. Repatriated. 1st Caribbean Merchant & Planters Contingent. Born 1887 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and died there in 1947. Not related to Private Ferdinand Sellier KEH.
SEVILLE, Richard. 1515. Private. Enlisted in Dublin 10/04/1915. Discharged 19/06/1915. Prior service with D. I. Yeomanry as a Private 74. Born 1879 and married 18/03/1901.
SHAW, Frank. 1623. Lance Corporal. Discharged 27/03/1919.
SHELDON, George. 1572. Private. Enlisted in Liverpool having traveled back to England from Valparaiso, Chile. Entered France 20/07/1915. KIA 23/09/1915. Name commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Belgium. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal trio.
SHERRIS, Guy. 1279. Private. Enlisted Hampton Court, London and entered France 4/05/1915. KIA 23/05/1915 at the Battle of Festubert. Born in Catford, Kent, England and worked for the Argentine railways. Name commemorated on le Touret Memorial, France. Noted in 'Veteran Volunteer: Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks & Captivity, 1914–1919' by Jamie Vans. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal trio.
SHERWOOD-KELLY, Edward. Private 2KEH. Younger brother of John Sherwood-Kelly VC. Prior service in the Ulster Volunteers.
SHERWOOD-KELLY, John. Private 2KEH. John Sherwood-Kelly VC was born in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa on 13 January 1880 and served from the age of 16 in various corps in the Matabele War, Boer War, Somaliland Campaign, Zulu Bambatha Rebellion, Ulster Volunteers, First World War (Gallipoli and Western front), and briefly in the invasion of North Russia. He enlisted in the 2KEH in August 1914 and within days was transferred to the Norfolk Regiment as a Lieutenant given his prior military service. On 22/04/1916, he married Nellie Elizabeth Crawford Greene, the sister of a fellow Private in the 2KEH William Pomeroy Crawford Greene (KEH not 2KEH). He was 37 years old when, as an Acting Lieutenant-Colonel in the Norfolk Regiment, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 20 November 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai at Marcoing, France. When he returned from Russia and wrote letters published by the Express newspapers in September-October 1919, the Army prosecuted him for a breach of King's Regulations. Although his letters openly opposed the war against the Bolsheviks it was decided that the substance of the charges against him would be confined to communicating his opinions to the press 'without special authority'. He was found guilty at his court martial on 28 October 1919, was awarded a Severe Reprimand. Kelly retired several weeks later with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He died aged 51 on 13 August 1931 and is buried in Brookwood Cemetery, London. His Victoria Cross is in the collection of the National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg, South Africa. Portrait photograph shown in uniform of the Norfolk Regiment.
SHINNER, Edgar. 1071. Private. Corporal 1/5th then 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers 61249
SIMMONDS, Derwent Gerald. 1207. Private. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers (attached 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers) 24/07/1915 later Captain. Born 16/03/1896 in Bloomsbury, London and died 6/05/1980 in Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland. Applied for 1914/15 Star Trio from Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
SIMPSON, Ronald Everest. 1490. Private 2KEH. Came from Canada to enlist. Private 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers 45503. KIA 16/04/1918 aged 32. Youngest son of Henry Simpson, of Oxton, Birkenhead. MARTINSART BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
SKEY, Arthur James. Private. 232. Major Arthur James Skey M.C. and Bar, A Battery, 58th Brigade Royal Field Artillery was born on 9/05/1886 in Kilburn, London, the son of Arthur and Edith Amy Skey. In 1891 the family were living in Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks, and in 1901 were in Amersham, Bucks where the 14-year old Arthur James Skey was working as a printer’s apprentice. Later, he acted as assistant to Harold H Child, then editor of the literary periodical, “The Academy”, before taking over as editor when Child retired. He was living at Grange House, Cuffesgrange, County Kilkenny when he joined 2KEH as a Trooper on 25/09/1914 with service number 232 and was then based at Hounslow Barracks. On 21 Nov 1914 he applied for a commission hoping to join the cavalry or the RFA and was commissioned into the RFA as a temporary 2/Lt on 17/12/1914.He was posted to C/60 Bde RFA and sailed from Devonport on 4 Jul 1915, arriving in Alexandria on 19 Jul 1915. He spent 16-30 Aug 1915 in hospital in Port Said before sailing from Alexandria on 18 Oct 1915, disembarking at Suvla Bay on 25 Oct 1915. When British forces withdrew from Gallipoli, he re-embarked at Suvla Bay on 18 Dec 1915, arriving back in Alexandria on 22 Dec 1915. He was granted temporary rank of Lt on 25 Feb 1916, though this does not appear to have been officially confirmed until 4 May 1916. When the brigade moved to France, he sailed with them from Alexandria on 2 Jul 1916, arriving in Marseilles on 10 Jul 1916. A few days later he was posted as an instructor at the Trench Mortar School on 16 Jul 1916 and was therefore appointed A/Capt the following day. In his role which he described as being the Divisional Officer Trench Mortars he attended a demonstration of Toby Mortars on 31 Jul 1916 during which 2/Lt Atwill of X/11 Trench Mortar Battery was slightly wounded and so gave evidence at the subsequent enquiry. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) in the New Year’s Honours of 1917 and was appointed Staff Capt for 11 Division Artillery on 25 Jan 1917, replacing Capt A F B Cottrell. He was attached to A/58 on 21 Jun 1917 and formally left the post of Staff Capt on 23 Jul 1917 when he was posted to join A/58 at which point he was replaced as Staff Capt by Lt H L Farrar. He was posted for a month to 59 Bde RFA, serving with them between 28 Jul and 21 Aug 1917, after which he returned to A/58 to learn how to be a battery commander. On 5 Sep 1917 he was appointed an A/Maj since he was now in command of A/58, a 6-gun battery, and was granted 10 days’ leave to the UK on 10 Sep 1917. While he was on leave, he was appointed T/Capt on 18 Sep 1917 (though was still an A/Maj). Shortly after his return he was slightly wounded on 27 Sep 1917 but was able to remain at duty. He returned to the UK to attend the Overseas Artillery Course on 23 Nov 1917, rejoining his battery on 8 Jan 1918. Along with many other members of the brigade he was gassed on 9 Apr 1918 and retired to the wagon lines. Although he returned to duty two days later, on 11 Apr 1918, he appears not to have been fit because three days after that, on 14 Apr 1918 he was admitted to 1 Corps Officers’ Rest Station with debility, rejoining his unit on 2 May 1918. When 58 Bde held a Horse Show on Sunday 23 Jun 1918, Maj Skey acted as the “Hon. Secretary, Stakeholder and Clerk of the Course”. The following month he stood in for the 11 Divisional Artillery Brigade Major when that officer went on leave on 23 Jul 1918. As the Germans started falling back and mobile warfare started again, Maj Skey was detached from 58 Bde to command a mobile battery comprising four 18pdrs of A/58 and 2 howitzers of D/58 on 26 Aug 1918. The guns would be pulled by mobile traction, rather than by horses and the battery, designated “A” Mobile Battery was attached to the Cavalry Corps. He returned to 58 Bde on 26 Oct 1918, and was awarded a bar to his MC “For conspicuous gallantry and determination during operations from 4th to 11th November, 1918, at Estinne. He handled his battery with great courage and skill, keeping up with the advancing infantry, and constantly going forward to obtain information under heavy machine-gun fire”. The day after the Armistice was posted from the brigade on 12 Nov 1918 to join 8 Division Artillery on 15 Nov 1918 to command 1/45 Bde RFA. He was granted leave to the UK between 2 and 16 Jan 1919 and in March 1919 he was instructed to return to the UK and report to SD 4 in Room 270 at the War Office because he was required for duty in Russia. The London Gazette reported that he relinquished the acting rank of Maj on 29 Mar 19 presumably because that was when he ceased to command 1/45 Bde and was posted to Russia. This caused him subsequent difficulties because he joined the ill-fated Northern Russian Intervention at Murmansk on the understanding that he would still do so as a Major. There he formed and acted as Commandant of a new White Russian Artillery School where he trained, equipped and put into action five White Russian artillery batteries. After the British withdrawal from Murmansk that autumn, he went to the Officers’ Dispersal Unit in London on 28 Nov 1919 for demobilisation. He then found it difficult to find employment and so wrote to the War Office on 9 Nov 1921 believing there to be opportunities to re-enlist and serve in the Tank Corps in Egypt, but the rumour turned out not to be true: the War Office had no such plans. Instead, he set up a school, Southminster Grammar School in Southminster, Essex, and on 1 Feb 1922 was successful in his application to join the Reserve of Officers, though since he did not report he was moved from Class I to Class II in the Reserve of Officers in 1925. Arthur Skey married three times: on 8 Dec 1905 he married Elizabeth Rutherford Riddell in the Presbyterian Church on Highgate Hill in London; in 1925 he married Margaret Beatrice Marion Dewhurst in St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London and they had a son, Giles Skey Brindley, born on 30 Apr 1926 in Woking, Surrey; in about 1930 he abandoned his wife and son, and on 2 Feb 1933 he married Henrietta Maria Lilian Shaw. Arthur Skey died 3 years later on 12 Feb 1936, aged 49. British War Medal and Victory Medal sold on eBay UK in March 2021 and image of medals shown.
SLADE, Alfred. 1626. Private. Discharged physically unfit 23/08/1916. 1914/15 Star named to 1626 PTE A. E. SLADE K. EDW. H. To France 15/7/15 with 2KEH; discharged sick 23/8/16 & entitled to the Silver War Badge. 1914/15 Star sold greatwarmedals.com, 2018.
SLY, Alec Foreshaw. 873. Private 2KEH. Entered France 5/05/1915. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment 8/03/1916, later a Lieutenant in the Nigeria Regiment. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Applied for medals from Commercial Road, Portsmouth. Listed on Australian War Memorial as served 2KEH but unable to identify any additional records.
SMITH, Frederick Walter. 690. Private 2KEH. Transferred to KEH as Private 2048. Enlisted at White City, London in 2KEH and entered France 4/05/1915. KIA 9/04/18 at Defence of Vieille Chapelle. Son of Catherine and Hilton Smith and had five brothers and six sisters. Commemorated on the LOOS MEMORIAL, FRANCE. Born in Faversham, Kent and lived in Croydon, London.
SMITH, Percy N. 1245. Private. Transferred to Royal Flying Corps 7/04/1917 as Private 78354. BWM and Victory medals named to RFC.
SMITHERS. Charles Frederick. Private 2KEH. Born 1883 and died 1932. Photograph of family gravestone.
SMYTH, Charles Douglas. 1658. Private. Commissioned Leinster Regiment 19/03/1916.
SPENCER, George Edward. 1043. Serjeant 2KEH and commissioned 30/04/1917 as a Second Lieutenant later Captain. Entered France 4/05/1915 and commissioned 30/04/1917 as a Second Lieutenant later Captain. Prior service in the 15th Company (Northumberland and Durham), 5th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry) as Private 3289 enlisted 12/01/1900 and discharged 18/06/1901 having served in South Africa. Born in 1877. Applied for 1914/15 Star Medal trio from an address in Gosforth, Newcastle on Tyne.
STACEY, Reginald Howard. 1115. Lieutenant R. H. Stacey, Royal Air Force, late King Edward’s Horse, Royal Sussex Regiment and Bedfordshire Yeomanry and Royal Flying Corps, who was seriously wounded in a combat over Bailleul in May 1918. 1914-15 Star (1115 Pte., K. Edw. H.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut., R.A.F.). Reginald Howard Stacey was born at Houghton, near Arundel, Sussex in October 1892 and was educated at Haileybury. Lieutenant R. H. Stacey, Royal Air Force, late Private King Edward’s Horse, Royal Sussex Regiment and Bedfordshire Yeomanry and Royal Flying Corps, who was seriously wounded in a combat over Bailleul in May 1918. 1914-15 Star (1115 Pte., K. Edw. H.); British War and Victory Medals (Lieut., R.A.F.). Reginald Howard Stacey was born at Houghton, near Arundel, Sussex in October 1892 and was educated at Haileybury. Enlisting in the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, he transferred to 2KEH as a Trooper in the following month and served in the same capacity out in France from 4/05/1915 to January 1916, when he returned to the U.K. and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2/4th Royal Sussex Regiment 14/01/1916. Having then transferred to the Bedfordshire Yeomanry, he applied to the Royal Flying Corps for pilot training and qualified for his “Wings” in February 1917 (Certificate No. 4405). He subsequently served out in France in 29 and 11 Squadrons, May to August 1917, but was invalided home to hospital in the latter month. Returning to duty in the U.K. with No. 85 Squadron that November, he transferred to No. 41 Squadron, an S.E. 5a unit out in France, shortly afterwards, and must have flown numerous sorties prior to being seriously wounded in a combat over Ecquedecques in the early evening of 11 May 1918, most probably by enemy ace Leutnant Kurt Monnington of Jasta 18. His wounds - caused by a brace of machine-gun bullets - resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee, and he was invalided out of the Royal Air Force in April 1919, following a special medical board held at Caxton Hall in London. Lived post war in Southern Rhodesia. Awarded Silver War Badge 117299 and 1914/15 Star trio and applied for in 1921 from an address in Horsham, Sussex. Medals sold at auction by Dix Noonan Webb, UK in June 2008.
STAFFORD, Arthur Heneage. A Second World War O.B.E. group of eight awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Heneage Stafford, Fiji Defence Force, late Machine Gun Corps and King Edward’s Horse, latterly Chief of Staff, Fiji Military Forces. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, silver-gilt; British War and Victory Medals (Lieut.); Defence and War Medals; Coronation 1937; Coronation 1953, these unnamed; Efficiency Decoration, G.V.R., Fiji, reverse inscribed, ‘Mjr. A. H. Stafford’, mounted as worn; together with National Rifle Association Medal, obverse, an archer and a rifleman (Capt. A. H. Stafford, Fiji Defence Force 1934). O.B.E. London Gazette 13 June 1946; Fiji Royal Gazette 21 June 1946. Arthur Heneage Stafford was born on 23 November 1895, and was educated at Chatham House School, Ramsgate. During the Great War he served in the Army. As an Officer Cadet, he was granted a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd King Edward’s Horse, 21 December 1916. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) as a 2nd Lieutenant on 14 January 1918; he was promoted Lieutenant, King Edward’s Horse, 21 June 1918. He entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 23 April 1918. He resigned his commission on 1 April 1920 and retained the rank of Lieutenant. Stafford then spent the next 30 years in Fiji, being ‘temporarily and provisionally and subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Adjutant, Fiji Defence Force, with effect from 1st February 1924’ (Fiji Royal Gazette 1 February 1924). From the same date he was appointed Secretary of the Fiji War Pensions Board. Ranked as a Captain, he was confirmed as Adjutant in June the same year. Captain Stafford was appointed an Honorary A.D.C. to His Excellency Administering the Government on 19 November 1932; and again on 11 May 1934 when he was appointed an Honorary A.D.C. to His Excellency the Governor. As a Major, Stafford was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (Fiji), published in the Fiji Royal Gazette of 30 April 1937. In the same year he was awarded the Coronation Medal (Fiji Royal Gazette 12 May 1937). During the Second World War he was actively engaged with the Fiji Defence Forces. On 6 November 1940 he was appointed Second in Command of the 2nd Battalion Fiji Defence Force and early in 1941 he was appointed temporarily Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, and he was also Commandant of the Natabua Training Camp. In June 1941 he was transferred to the 1st Battalion as Second in Command. In 1942 he became Staff Officer, Administrative H.Q., and later on in August 1942 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed C.O. of the 2nd (T) Battalion. From 1 June 1943 he commanded the Base Training Depot and in October 1944 he was appointed to Administrative H.Q. as Senior Staff Officer. For his military services during the war he was awarded the O.B.E. After the War he was Acting Commandant of the Fiji Military Forces and later Chief of Staff. In 1953 he was awarded the Coronation Medal (Fiji Royal Gazette 2 June 1953). Lieutenant-Colonel Stafford, O.B.E., E.D., was placed on the Retired List on 20 November 1954. The Efficiency Decoration, by J. M. A. Tamplin, lists a total of 25 Efficiency Decorations (Fiji) listed in the Fiji Royal Gazette between 1936-74. Sold at auction with copied photograph and copied research, including extracts from The History of the Fiji Military Forces 1939-1945 which have reference to Stafford by Dix Noonan Webb, UK in March 2009.
STANFORD, Frederick Edward Gordon. 1441. Private, Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Royal West Surrey Regiment 28/01/1916.
STRATTON, George W. 1505. Private. Discharged 19/02/1919.
STEWART, Charles R. H. 990. Warrant Officer Class 2. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Royal Naval Air Squadron 25/02/1916 later Captain. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio and applied for medals from an address in Mowbray Road, North West London.
STEWART, Christopher Henry. 1438 Private, Acting Lance Serjeant Northumberland Fusiliers 61173
STEWART, Frank Algernon. 845. Serjeant. Entered France 4/05/1915. Commissioned Lieutenant 3rd/1st Norfolk Yeomanry 27/07/1916. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal Trio. Applied for medals from an address c/o Belfast War Hospital, Belfast in May 1919 and then from Bickley, Kent in 1921.
STUART-FORBES, Hugh. 1762. Private. Entered France 13/10/1915. Commissioned 21st Battalion London Regiment 25/06/1918.
SUMMERHAYES, Joseph William. 1097. Private. Enlisted 13/10/1914 at Lanley Park, Slough. Entered France 4/05/1915. Discharged being a minor American citizen 8/11/1915. Born Montreal, Canada in 1894. Application for Silver War Badge declined as ineligible in 1917. Died in New York 21/01/1923 of tuberculosis and army pension applied for. Entitled to 1914/15 Star trio.
SWAIN, Alec John. 733. Private. Enlisted in London. Entered France 4/05/1915. DoW 04/07/1915. Born North Killworth, Warwickshire. Buried in MAPLE LEAF CEMETERY, Belgium. Entitled to 1914/15 Star Medal trio.
SWAIN, Robert E. 1355. Private. Commissioned Royal Welsh Fusiliers 12/03/1916.
SWEENEY, William. 1541. Private 2KEH. Enlisted 21/04/1915 and entered France 14/10/1915. Returned to Ireland 7/08/1917. Transferred to Heavy Branch Machine Gun Corps (Tank Corps) 7/08/1917 then served as a Private Army Service Corps Motor Transport section M/404885. Discharged 18/02/1919. Born in County Dublin, Ireland in 1894.
SWINFEN, Albert. 905. Private 2KEH having enlisted in September 1914. Discharged 5/09/1915. Photograph of Private Swinfen, 2KEH from Kelmarsh, UK on horseback shown in Figure 165b from the Market Harborough Advertiser of 8/09/1914 courtesy of W. R. (Bob) H. Hakewill, a published local historian in Market Harborough, UK.
SWINLEY, Gordon Noel Balfour. 1113. Private 2KEH. Enlisted in Aug 1914 and then commissioned as a Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers in Dec 1914 and entered France 21/05/1915. KIA 22/06/1915 whilst attached to the 2nd Battalion at Ypres. Born in Assam, India in July 1890 the son of Gordon and Margaret Swinley from Newbury, Berkshire, England. Acting British Vice-Consul in Marrakesh. Buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sold at auction by Dix Noonan Webb, UK on 24/25 Jun 2009.