KEH 'AI-AY'



AIREY, George R. Private, former Private 3rd Dragoon Guards, Private Corps of Dragoons D/17046 MIC

AITCHISON, Hugh James. Lieutenant KEH. Joined as a Scottish Volunteer as Lieutenant 6th Volunteer Battalion, The Royal Scots from 1895 to 1900. He then joined the Imperial Yeomanry as Sergeant, 12559 being promoted in the field to Lieutenant. He served with the 70th (Sharpshooters) Company, 18th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry and awarded a QSA with four clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Rhodesia. He was also awarded a KSA with two clasps. His address for his medals was recorded as Elsmwood, Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland. He stayed in South Africa after the Boer war in the Thaba Nuchu Commando through to the 1914 Rebellion and then in German East Africa from May 1916 with the 9th South African Horse as Serjeant, 2991 then Lieutenant. He then served as a Lieutenant in France with the KEH and was Mentioned in Despatches in October 1918. In the Second World War he was a Captain in the Reserve Brigade from 1940 to 1943. Awarded Efficiency Decoration in 1940. Born 1/07/1877 in Loanhead, Scotland and died on 22/11/1944 in Likatlong, Orange Free State, South Africa.  

AITCHISON, Philip Arnold. 107. Squadron Quarter Master Serjeant. Enlisted King's Colonials 7/12/1905. Commissioned into the Staffordshire Yeomanry 17/01/1916. Awarded Indian General Service Medal (Afghanistan, North West Frontier 1919 clasps) whilst attached to 2nd/4th Border Regiment as Lieutenant Staffordshire Yeomanry. Awarded the Special Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal named to P. A. Aitchison 107 SQMS KEH (King's Colonials/KEH) May 1921 and Special Constable Long Service and Good Conduct medal as a Sub. Commander. He was not entitled to the British War Medal. Medals held in a private collection in Australia. Image courtesy British Medal Forum. 

AITKEN, D. B. Private, Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps MIC
ALAZIA, Charles. Private in 1916.
ALBERTSON, Armand Harold. 1003. Private, Private Machine Gun Corps 107480, Second Lieutenant Tank Corp MIC
ALBRECHT, Frederick. Private. Corps of Dragoons D/10936 MIC
ALDERSON, E. C. 1276. Private, Military Mounted Police 12405 MIC
ALDERTON, Charles. 490. Staff Quarter Master Serjeant MIC

ALEXANDER, Frederick Vionee. 4. Private.'A' Squadron. Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers 29/10/1915. Entered France 1/06/1915. Born 13/06/1892 in Lancashire, UK.

ALEXANDER, Ralph Douglas. 958. Second Lieutenant in photograph Marlborough Barracks, Dublin 1918 see Figure 33.  

ALEXANDRA Walter 862 Private, Private Army Service Corps R/41311 MIC

ALLEN Albert E. 1373. Private. Transferred to the Reserve 27/06/1919. Noted in Old Comrades Bulletin No 1. as living in Adelaide, Australia.

ALLEN, Ernest Rawson. 1032. Private, Private then Lieutenant Royal Engineers MIC
ALLEN, Hamilton J. 557. Private MIC
ALLIOTT, John A. 1086. Private MIC
ALLUM, Ephraim. 1926. Private MIC
ALMACK, Alfred. 1346. Private MIC

ALSOP, George. 282. Private. Enlisted 14/08/1913 and discharged 06/10/1914 due to sickness and did not serve overseas. Awarded Silver War Badge 19194.

ALSOP, John W. Private, former Private 1st Dragoons D/18482, Private Corps of Dragoons D/18482 MIC
AMBROSE, Gay. 1865. Private. Enlisted 21/02/1916 and discharged 16/09/1916 due to sickness.
AMBROSE, Herbert. 543. Private MIC
AMOTT, John. Private in 1918

ANDERSON, Andrew. 1875. Private MIC

ANDERSON, Claude W. 1693. Corporal MIC

ANDERSON, Donald Alex. 169. Serjeant. Discharged 19/12/1916.

ANDERSON, George Reid. 1245. Serjeant. Awarded Military Medal.

ANDERSON, John M. 14316. Private, Private Royal Air Force MIC

ANDERSON, Peter. Bandmaster. King's Colonials and King Edward's Horse 1902-1914. Died in 1940. Photograph shown in Figures 118 - 121. Peter Anderson was well known in his day as a bandmaster; a cornet, trumpet, coach horn and post horn soloist as well as a pioneer recording artist both as a soloist and conductor of military bands. Anderson was born in Edinburgh on 8th August 1874. He began his musical career in the Royal Scots Greys then at Newbridge enlisting in May 1891. He became Colonel’s trumpeter in March 1892 before moving into the band, eventually becoming the solo cornet player. Due to a riding accident with left him with a hernia, Peter Anderson was discharged medically unfit in June 1894. His medical pension record states, “Fit to earn his living at any light occupation and at his former trade.” He received a pension of 6d a day in 1895 rising to £15/10/6 per year from September 1936. By 1901 Peter Anderson had moved to Barnes in London and was earning his living as an instrumental musician.  At some subsequent date he become Bandmaster of 4th County of London Imperial Yeomanry (The King’s Colonials). This band, under Anderson, enjoyed a high reputation and its performances included two command concerts, played to great acclaim, for Edward VII at Buckingham Palace. The King’s Colonials could also furnish a string band if required and as such, in July 1909, under Anderson’s direction, performed at a Board of Trade Garden Party for a fee of twelve guineas. Anderson recorded a number of 78rpms on the Edison Bell and Pathe labels (among others) before World War One with the King Edward’s Horse/King’s Colonials Band. Anderson would still appear to be bandmaster in 1912, as one of the 78s under the King Edward’s Horse Band title and conducted by Anderson has been dated to that year. Peter Anderson’s debut as a solo recording artist (cornet and post horn), on cylinders in those days of course, was in 1904 for Electra Records and he went on to record with various bands and orchestras on a number of labels including Sterling Gold Moulded Cylinder Records from 1905; Pathe Disques in 1908; Polyphon, Klingsort, Favourite and Jumbo records in 1909 and Edison Bell from 1910. In 1913 Anderson was appointed Musical Director for Odeon, Fonotypia and Jumbo recording companies until the Great War put paid to their activities. Anderson was never out of the recording studio and except for years 1918, 1919 & 1920 appeared on records as a solo artist until close of the 1920s. In April 1918 Anderson took on the role as the first Director of Music of the London Fire Brigade Band, a post he held until 1932. Together with Sir Landon Ronald, then Principal of the Guildhall School of Music, Anderson provided musical training for the band at the Guildhall School of Music where he was also Professor of Trumpet, rehearsing the band four days a week beginning at 9.30am. At the same time he was playing with Sir Thomas Beecham’s Orchestra in Birmingham, which meant a considerable amount of daily commuting between London and Birmingham. By 1922 the London Fire Brigade Band, under his direction, were rehearsing daily and making great strides. The band soon became part of the London musical scene, giving weekly concerts on the bandstand at the Brigade’s HQ plus regular public performances in the London parks as well as playing at Brigade and public events. An annual concert was also presented at the Queen’s Hall, Westminster. Under Anderson the band made a number of 78s on Piccadilly and Crystalato labels recording such items as Martial Moments and a selection of Leslie Stuart songs. Anderson was also engaged at this time as principal cornet at a leading London theatre as well as teaching privately. As well as principal trumpet in Sir Thomas Beecham’s Opera Orchestra, Anderson played in the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra and Orchestra of Philharmonic Society among others. He was also conductor of a number of other bands including the London Military Band and  his own Anderson’s Military Band, (which often recorded under other names), which was certainly in existence by 1932 and made up of professional musicians, which recorded on 78s on the Imperial label and was regularly employed by the London County Council in the parks; Anderson’s Symphonic Orchestra, Imperial Military Band (for Imperial record label), Peterson Band, the British Legion (Balham & South Clapham Branch) Military, his local band as he was living in Balham at this time which was another band made up of professional musicians which played in the London Parks c1932; London County Council Tramways Band (appointed conductor in 1935) and Reigate Town Brass Band leading them to a 1st prize in the 2nd section of the 1937 Southern Counties Contest where he also conducted the massed brass bands at the evening concert following the contest. Peter Adamson died on 23rd May 1940 aged sixty-five in Battersea, London. Biography courtesy of Phil Mather published IMMS UK Branch Newsletter 75, March 2008. Revised and updated 1st October 2020.

ANDERSON, William L. 215. Serjeant, Commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service 9/05/1916, Captain Royal Field Artillery

ANDREWS, Leonard H. D/1645. Private, Private Corps of Dragoons MIC

ANGEL, . Private. King's Colonials. Portrait photograph in Full Dress uniform circa 1902 see Figure 77.

ANSTEY, Herbert L. 96. Private MIC

ARCHDALL, Montgomery. Private, Private Dragoons D/21216 MIC

ARCHIBALD, William R. 1064. Private. 4th Section, 1st Troop, 'C' Squadron. Discharged 18/06/1919. Born in 1887 in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia the son of Barbara Rae and John Archibald. He married Nellie Elizabeth (Nell) Barrington in 1938 in Victoria. He took up a Soldier's Settlement of 370 acres of land at Pomonal, Victoria which was sold on in 1940. He died in 1958. Entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ARGENT, Edward Albert. 1061. Private. Enlisted 22/09/1914 and discharged 18/11/1914 due to sickness. Born in Toppers Field, Halstead, Essex in 1876 and had served in the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as Private 4746 from 1895 to 1907 with last 5 years in the Reserves. Saw active service in the Sudan Expedition 1898, Occupation of Crete 1898, South Africa 1898-1900, 1900-02. Wounded whilst fighting in the Transvaal 25/02/1902. Awarded Sudan Medal 1898 with clasp Khartoum,  Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps Belmont, Modder River, Transvaal, Orange Free State and King's South Africa with clasps 1901 and 1902.  Died 26/12/1957 in Kensington, London.

ARGENT, W. K. Serjeant Major KEH in 1911
ARIZA, Louis Francis 1110. Private MIC
ARKELL, William J. 1345. Private MIC
ARMOUR, Donald J. Lieutenant and Surgeon KEH 1910

ARMSTRONG, Frederick. 1209. Private MIC

ARMSTRONG, J. Private. New Zealander who enlisted in 1902 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the King's Colonials in 1903 in command of 1st Troop (New South Wales) 'C' Squadron (Australasian) and shown with that rank on 1905 Officer's List.

ARMSTRONG, John W. Private, Private 1st Dragoons, Private Corps of Dragoons D/17279 MIC

ARNOLD, Jack. 991. Private 'B' Squadron. 1914-15 Star (991 Pte., K. Edw. H.); British War and Victory Medals (991 Pte., K. Edw. H.). Born in South Africa and entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 15 September 1915 and was discharged 9th July 1919. Medals sold with a copy of the Medal Index Card at auction by Dix Noonan Webb, UK, March 2014). 

ARNOTT, John. 1482. Private. 'B' Squadron. Enlisted 8/03/1916 and discharged due to sickness 31/08/1918. Awarded Silver War Badge 28212 and born 1898.

ARTHUR, Beckham Paikawa. 111. Serjeant KEH. 2nd Troop, 'A' Squadron at Hutton Bridge, Hertfordshire noted in the 'Auckland Star' newspaper 9/03/1915. Saw service in the Boer War with the NZ Mounted Rifles (Rough Riders) as Serjeant 1383 and embarked with the 4th Contingent on the SS 'Gymeric' 31 March 1900 and also served as Captain with the 9th Contingent leaving on the SS 'Devon' 19 March 1902. Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in March 1915, and posted to Motor Machine Gun Service (of the Royal Artillery) at Bisley. Promoted Captain June 1915, entered France 8/07/1915, Major March 1916 and Lieut-Colonel November 1918 to command the 1st Motor Brigade Machine Gun Corps. Wounded at Loos September, 1915. Awarded Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 26 July 1918 and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Three Times. Born in 1876 in Tokomaru Bay the son of Alexander Creighton Arthur & Mere Inoi nee' Ward of Tokomaru Bay & Gisborne hence of Maori descent. He married Pheroze Sorabji in 1902 in London. He died in Devon, England on the 11/03/1922. Entitled to Queen's South Africa and King's South African medals and 1914/15 Star WW1 trio. Commemorated on the Auckland Online Cenotaph with family records and photographs added and the South African War Memorial, Gisborne, New Zealand. Photograph from Auckland Online Cenotaph of Lieutenant Colonel Arthur, DSO, Motor Machine Gun Corps. 

ASH, Arthur H. 1893. Private, Private Lancashire Fusiliers 45520 MIC

ASHDOWN, James R. 1618. Acting Corporal MIC

ASTLEY, William P. 807. Acting Corporal MIC

ATKINS, John. 567. Private, Private Royal Fusiliers GS/142659 MIC

ATKINS, Leslie J. 1327. Private MIC

AUDY, P. J. 271. Serjeant. King's Colonials. Awarded Imperial Yeomanry Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Aug 1908.

AUSTEN, Cesil Alexander. 987. Private, Second Lieutenant and Lieutenant Royal Fusiliers MIC

AYLWARD, Gordon. 1371. Private MIC