Private Joseph George Leonard Warren

Private Joseph George Leonard Warren served with the Scots Guards before and during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

1901 United Kingdom census: aged 14, living with his family and a tailor assistant. He was the eldest child of the family.

August 22nd, 1904: He enlisted in London in the 3rd bn Scots Guards

January 12th, 1906: He was promoted to the rank of Lance-corporal

July 2nd: He was granted the Good Conduct Badge

October 1st: He was transferred to the 2nd battalion.

1911 United Kingdom census taken in Paddington South list him as single and a servant with the Scots Guards. (Batman for an officer)

October 4th, 1914: He was transferred to the 3rd bn.

January 1st 1915: They assembled at 11:30 pm, they were deployed in 4 lines at 3 am on the 2nd and launched their attack. This was the first of a series of attack that lasted until January 25th, when they were pulled out of the front line. During that period they suffered 331 killed, 123 wounded and 241 missing for a total of 395 casualties.

January 10th: The British bombarded the Germans with such intensity that according to the battalion diary, the ground seemed alive with shelves.

January 13th: They were pulled out of the Front Line after 4 months of fierce and intense fighting with little rest between the battles.

January 25th: They heaviest engagement since their return to the Front Line. The Germans bombarded their trenches for 30 minutes and then detonated 2 mines, many casualties.

By March the heavy fighting is less considerable and you see in the battalion log book that they do have more rest behind the Front Line. Although there are still some heavy engagements, the number of encounters is less than what they saw for the first five months of the war.

April 2nd: Transferred to the 2nd battalion and entered theatre of war in France the next day.

May 10-19th: The Battle of Festubert. The battalion was not put into the front line until the 15th when they launched an attack around 3:15 am that day. By the end of the day of the 17, they had suffered a total of 401 casualties. The battalion was pulled of the line on the 18th.

June 7th: He was admitted at the 3rd Stationary hospital in Rouen for influenza. He was discharged on June 9th.

August 5th: The battalion left the 20th Brigade to join the newly formed Guards Brigade. It became operational around mid-September.

August 18th: He joined Headquarters Guards Division

September 25th: The first day of the Battle of Loos. They marched into the town of Loos around 3:40 pm on September 27th. They launched an attack and would be relieved three days later on the 30th. They suffered a total of 469 casualties during that short period.

October 8th: Their trench section were attacked by the Germans and they were sent to support the Grenadiers Guards which were facing a superior enemy in numbers

October 15th: In the days before the battalion was preparing a gas attack. Germans launched a gas attack at 4 am on the 15th. Scots Guards launched their counter-attack at 5 am, the battle would last 3 days and they suffered 102 casualties for that period.

December 24th: Some members of the battalion fraternized with the enemy during the night.

January 1916: The battalion spent the whole month in between the villages of Laventie and Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.

Spring: It was a calmer period in comparison to what they had seen before, on March 30th the battalion was heavily shelled and they suffered 99 casualties on that day alone.

End of March-April: During that period they were in Ypres. It was one month of very active German artillery bombardment; they were relieved on April 24th. The shelling continued in May and June

June 30th: They were relieved from the trenches by the Grenadier Guards.

July 1st: First day of the Battle of the Somme

July 3rd: Relieved from the trenches by the Grenadier Guards. The month of July was a month of intense German bombardment.

September 15th: Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17th. They were sent to rest of the 18th. 2nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing

The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15th, they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing

January-February 1917: No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.

March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period.

April 24th: He married Grace Barnes

June: Second Battle of Ypres. July 22nd: Germans launched a gas attack that lasted until the 26th. On the 25th, Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines. 6 killed. 28 wounded and 132 gassed

July 31st: Third Battle of Ypres The 2nd battalion launched its attack 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties.

October 8th: The 2nd battalion relieved the 1st and got into their position to lead next day’s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13th.

November 24th: The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods. They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement.

November 30th: The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11th and had a quiet rest of December.

December 6th, 1918: He transferred to the 3rd battalion.

February 19th, 1919: He transferred to the 1st battalion.

March 6th: He was transferred to the 2nd battalion.

May 4th: He was demobilized and posted with the 3rd battalion on May 5th. He re-enlisted in Wimbledon to serve in the 2nd bn. Scots Guards and served until August 4th, 1923.

May 21st, 1925: He was awarded his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (with gratuity) AO 187/25

July 19th: He was discharged on that date and he started receiving his pension the next day. He only served at home in the Post-war period. He is described as a most excellent man in every way, clean, honest and intelligent. He was the servant to CO for many years.

From 1931 to 1953: Listed as living in City of London and Westminster with his wife Grace

He was part of the London Branch Scots Guards Association from 1952 to 1956

He died in 1974 (April-May-June)

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography

Private Joseph George Leonard Warren WW1 Medals Index Card

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