2KEH 'S'

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 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.

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. Commissioned Machine Gun Corps 25/09/1916.

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.

SIMMONDS, Derwent G. 1207. Private. Commissioned 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers 24/07/1915.

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.

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. Enlisting in the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, he transferred to 2nd King Edward’s Horse as a Trooper in the following month and served in the same capacity out in France from May 1915 to January 1916. He then returned to the UK and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2/4th Royal Sussex Regiment. 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 11/05/1918, most probably by enemy ace Leutnant Kurt Monnington of Jasta 18. Absolutely certain is the fact 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. Settled post-war in Southern Rhodesia. 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, 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 W. 1097. Private. Discharged being a minor American citizen 8/11/1915.

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.