Category Archives: surname B

Captain Michael William Buckingham

Captain Michael William Buckingham served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Malaya Campaign and the Malay Peninsula expedition. He is entitled to the General Service Medal 1918 (clasp Malaya), the General Service Medal 1962 (clasp Malay Peninsula) and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He was probably born last semester of the 1930

He enlisted in 1948 in the Royal Army Medical Corps

He served in Malaya campaign after 1953

He served as a Warrant Officer class 1 in the Malay Peninsula between 17th August, 1964 to January 13th 1966.

He transferred as a Commissionned Officer and was promoted Lieutenant (rank on his Long Service Medal)

He received his Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal on January 13th 1966

He was promoted to the rank of Captain (non-medical) on November 15th 1969

He retired on December 1st 1976

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Captain Michael William Buckingham medals

Buckingham 1


Captain Edwin John Bradley

Captain Edwin John Bradley served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War One. He served with the 17th General Hospital and was later attached to the North Midland Field Ambulance with the Territorial Forces. He received the Military Cross with bar and he is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal with the oak leaves.

He was born on June 16th, 1890.

He was educated at Dover College, Jesus College in Cambridge and St-Bartholonew Hospital in 1913. He got his M.B and M.D. in 1921.

According to the 1891 British Census he was living with his father and mother in St-James Parish in Dover.

According to the 1901 British Census he was living with his father and mother in St-James Parish in Dover. His father was a merchant and he had two brothers.

According to the 1911 British Census he was living with his cousin and he was a student

He was promoted Lieutenant on January 7th, 1915 (London Gazette)

He was Mentioned-in-dispatches on June 21st, 1916 for his action in Egypt

His bar to his Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette of January 1st, 1919 before the actual announcement of his Military Cross

His Military Cross was authorized on February 15th, 1919 and his citation was published in the London Gazette of July 30th, 1919: “He was in charge of the bearers during the attack on the St. Quentin Canal on September 29th, 1918, and displayed great gallantry and initiative. He went forward and sought a position for an advanced dressing station in Bellenglise when it was being heavily shelled by the enemy, and finally organized collecting and relay posts on a route farther north. His dispositions were most skillful and the rapid evacuation of the wounded was mainly due to the exertions of this officer.”

He was gazed at some point during the war and he would carry the sequels to that for the rest of his life.

Captain Edwin John Bradley medals


After the war, in 1919, he started a medical practice in Stafford

In 1924 he received his F.R.S.C. from the University of Edinburgh and became a surgeon at the Staffordshire General Infirmary

In October of 1927, he arrived in London from a trip to New York city. He must have been part of some gathering of surgeon and doctor because many surgeons are listed with him on the sailing list.

In the 3rd semester of 1929 he married Nora Thompson. After his marriage he moved to Margate and was appointed surgeon of the general hospital

In 1938 he adopted two boys who flew from the Nazi Germany.

During the Second World War he was the medical officer for the Royal School for Deaf and Dumb Children and the local Home Guard. He was part of the Dunkirk evacuation and treated the wounded British Soldier as they arrived in England.

He was the president of the Margate hospital from until his retirement. Arthritis and chronic bronchitis forced him to retired in 1948.

On October 7th 1948, he sailed with his wife from South Hampton on the Durban Castle to Capetown, South Africa

He with his wife arrived in South Hampton, England on June 3rd, 1949. They had sailed on the Capetown Castle from Port Elizabeth.

He died on March 22nd, 1958 at the Margate General Hospital in Bournemouth.

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Matron Yvonne Beaudry (Baudry) A.R.R.C. – UPDATED

Matron Yvonne Baudry (Beaudry) served as a Matron in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 2nd class, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Médailles des épidémies or (France)

In her military file, on all the documents, her name is spelled Baudry but there was an error done probably when she enlisted, her real name is Beaudry.

She was born in October 16th, 1875 in Beauharnois, Quebec

Trade: nurse Religion: Roman Catholic Status: Single

Height: 5′ 3″         Weight : 148 lbs.

Brother : Chambord Baudry      Address : 158 Cameron, Ottawa

1901 : Graduated from the Nursing School of the St-Luke Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario

From 1901 to 1907 : She served at the Stratchona Hospital (Ottawa Hospital), Hospital in the Scarlet Fever unit

from 1909 to 1914: She was the Head Nurse at the Grosse-Ile quarantine station, Quebec. The Grosse-Ile island was the quarantine station for all the immigrants travelling to Québec City which was a major port of entry to Canada at the time

She had to manage a team of 12 nurses and on average, 900 immigrants were hospitalized at Grosse-Ile every year

Picture of Head Nurse, Yvonne Baudry (On the left) taken at Grosse-Ile


Picture of the nurses’ residence at the Grosse-Ile quarantine station. The house was built in 1912

Grosse-Ile Maison infirmière 1912

Pictures of the Grosse-Ile cross that were taken 103 years apart

1910 (year of erection)


Cross 2013

November 8th, 1915 : She enlisted in the 6 th Canadian General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec

January 15th, 1916 : She left Canada with a group of 25 Nursing Sisters. She was taken on strength with the Canadian Army medical Corps on January 25th.

February 22nd : She was posted at the Westcliff Canadian Eyes and Ears Hospital, Folkestone

She was on leave from July 15th to July 28th

August 1st : She proceeded overseas with the 8th Canadian General Hospital. Transferred to the 6th Canadian General Hospital on August 4th. She joined the hospital in Joinville-le-Pont, France.

According to the biography of Margaret McDonald, the Matron-in-Chief of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Matron Beaudry was sent to the 8th Canadian General Hospital to coach the matron who was experiencing some managing problems with the hospital. The Matron of the 8th Canadian General Hospital had not solved some problems raised by the Matron MacDonald during her spring inspection of the hospital, Matron Beaudry was sent to the rescue.

January 18th, 1917 : The hospital moved to Troyes.

June 21st : The hospital move back to Joinville-le-Pont

July 3rd : She was granted 14 days leave. Returned to the unit August 17th.

October 19th: She went to Joinville-le-Pont to rent some apartments for the Nursing Sisters

May 13th, 1918 : She proceeded to Rouen to see the new Nursing Sisters quarters. She was back with the unit on May 16th.

June 6th : She arrived from Troyes

June 29th : She and 4 Nursing Sisters proceeded to Rouen in honour of Dominion Day. In her file this leave is mark as a “3 days special leave

September 3rd : She was granted 14 days leave.

March 18th 1919 : She was granted 14 days leave.

to May 10th : The 6th Canadian General Hospital was disbanded

May 29th : She was transferred to the 14th Canadian General Hospital

July 3rd : She embarked on the Empress of Britain in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Arrived in Quebec City, Quebec on July 10th.

July 15th : She was discharged on that date and her proposed address was 158 Cameron Street, Ottawa

December 12th : She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd class

July 9th, 1926 : She was awarded the French Médailles des épidémies or.

After discharge she served with the Dominion Bureau of Statistics from which she retired in 1939

1947 : She died after a long illness.

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Picture of Matron Yvonne Beaudry in her WW1 Matron uniform

The site of Grosse-île is now an historic site managed by Park Canada. Tourist can visit the park and guided tour are offered with guided and actors playing role of real person who were on the island. This picture below is one of actors who are playing the role of these real people, the actress of the left plays the role of head nurse Yvonne Beaudry.

Actors playing real nurse Yvonne Beaudry and 'Pit' Masson the ambulance guy - Picture of Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec
This photo of Grosse-Ile is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Private Alfred Edmund Boyce

Private Alfred Edmund Boyce served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal only.

According to his enlistment paper he was born on February 22nd, 1877 in Plymouth, England

Trade : printer        Religion : Wesleyan         He was married

Height : 5′ 5″           Eyes : blue           Hair : light      Weight : 130 lbs

Name of his wife : Amelia Roseina Sarah Boyce and her address was 3614 Center Street, Calgary, Canada

Information from the 1881 United Kingdom census : He was born in 1873 Plymouth, Devonand was a scholar

Head of Household Thomas W. Westcott. Relation Stepson

Information from the 1901 United Kingdom census : He was living at 19 Tresillan Street in Plymouth, Devon

Trade : painter         Wife : Amelia R. S. Boyce

He has two sons Alfred S  and Leslie Ronald.

May 7th, 1915 : Enlisted in the 50th battalion in Calgary, Canada. Men who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces had to be between 18 and 40 years of age, Alfred Edmund Boyce lied about his ages in order to enlist. According to the 1881 census, he was born in 1873 making him 42 years old in 1915.

January 1st, 1916 : Transferred to the 9th Reserve Battalion

January 2nd : He was transferred to the 23rd battalion. He never went to France and the two battalions is was posted with were depot battalion, meaning they some kind of a waiting room for the unfit or wounded soldiers.

This happenned quite often, armt recruiters in Canada had to meet some quotas and when number of fit volunteers started to decreased and they could not meet their quotas, the recruiter started accepting men that were not necessarly fir for army duties.

When arriving in United Kingdom all the recruits had to pass a physical test, if they could not pass it they they were sent to medical, examined by a doctor, sent again to another test or sent back to Canada.

February 29th : Proceeded to Canada for discharge

March 4th : Declared medically unfit in Quebec

August 15th, 1916 : Re-enlisted in Calgary, Alberta in the 13th coy Canadian Army Service Corps.

His birth date is now February 22nd, 1875

December 1st, 1918 : Transferred from the 13th coy C.A.S.C. to the 14th coy C.A.S.C.

February 1st, 1919 : Promoted corporal

June 9th, 1920 : He was demobilized

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Private Alfred Edmund Boyce British War Medal

Warrant Officer Napoleon Barre – trial for desertion

Warrant Officer Napoléon Barre was one of the few Canadians who was accused of desertion and sentenced to be shot by a firing squad during World War One. What saved him was that he enlisted one month before his 18th birthday

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Here a transcript of his trial for desertion and the letters following the trial

Orders of operation for the 4th Canadian battalion the day Private Napoleon Barre was accused

4th Canadian Infantry Battalion

Operation order No 68

September 11th 1917

Move : The 4th Canadian Battalion will relieve the 1st Canadian Battalion in the front line, left sub sections on the night of Sept 11th/12th.

Disposition :

Right front line  – “C” Co’y          Left front line – “A” Co’y

Support – “B” Co’y                         Reserve – “D” Co’y

Time : The head on the leading company will clear FOSSE 10 by 6:45 a.m. and remaining companies will follow at 10 minutes intervals. No platoons will come into view beyond FOSSE 11 until it is sufficiently dark.

Trials details

Date of the trial : September 29th, 1917

President of the tribunal : Major Douglas Herbert Campbell Mason, D.S.O. 3rd battalion

Members of the tribunal : Capitaine Donald Stanley Montgomery 29th battalion

Lieutenant William Alexander McMaster

Lieutenant R Coke Scots Guards

Witness :  Sergeant Henry Matthews # 21955

Sergeant William Edward Goodyear # 10907

Company Quarter-Master Harry George Crawford # 23229

Private John William Drysdale Black # 142072

Private Wesley Lowe Pierson # 803203


The accused No 814027, Pte. N. Barre, 4th Canadian Battalion, a soldier of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces is charged with :


Section 12 (1a) A.A. Desertion

When on active service deserting his Majesty’s active service,

in that, at FOSSE 10, on Sept. 11th 1917, when orders to proceed to the front line trenches, absented himself without leave and remained absent until he reported to Q.M Sgt. H.G. Crawford at FOSSE 10 about 11.00 a.m. on the morning of the 14th Sept. 1917.


Section 8 (2) A.A. Using insubordinate language to his superior officer

When on active service, using insubordinate language to his superior officer,

in that, at FOSSE 10, on Sept. 14th 1917, when personally order by Q.M Sgt. H.G. Crawford, 4th Canadian battalion, to prepare to go into front line that night refused, saying «even if I am absent two or three days more it won’t make any difference in my crime» or words to that effect.


Section 40 A.A. Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline

When on active service, to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that, at FOSSE 10, on Sept 14th 1917 when personally ordered by Q.M Sgt. H.G. Crawford, 4th battalion, to prepare to go into the front line that night, refused, saying «even if I am absent two or three days more it won’t make any difference in my crime» or words to that effect.


Lt J.G. Roberston 4th Canadian battalion

Appears as friend of the accused

1st witness No 219555 Sergeant H Matthews 4th Canadian Battalion sworn states :

On 11th September 1917 I was a Platoon sergeant on no 10 Platoon 4th Canadian Battalion. The accused is a member on the no 10 Platoon. Between 10 am and 11 am on the date stated, C company, 4th Canadian battalion fell in at Fosse 10 for inspection. No 10 platoon is in C company. No 10 Platoon was warned at the time and date stated by the Platoon officer not to go far away, as the Platoon was going up the trenches that night. I heard the officer give this warning. The accused was present when this warning was given. I saw him there. The officer who gave the warning is sick. Before the warning was given I called roll of no 10 Platoon and the accused answered his name.

About 6 pm on the same date I heard the section commander on no 10 Platoon call the roll, I heard the accused’s name, the accused was absent. No 10 Platoon marched off the trenches at 7 pm on the date stated.

Cross examined

By the court ;

The officer when he warned the platoon did not mention the time of the parade, but said it would be sometimes that night.

2nd witness No 10907 Sergeant W.E. Goodyear 4th Canadian Battalion sworn states :

On the 11th September 1917, I was the section commander of the Platoon (cross out in the text) section No 10 Platoon to which the accused belong. About 8:20 (cross out in the text) when the platoon paraded in the morning of the date stated I heard the company officer warned the whole company including No 10 Platoon, that the company would be moving up to the trenches and everybody must stay in or around the billets.

At about 6 pm of the date stated, I called the role of No 5 section and I found that the accused was absent. I reported this to the Sergt Matthews. The company were ordered to parade at 6 pm, this order was given out early in the afternoon. I next saw the accused about 2 pm on September 24th in the orderly room.

Between 6 pm on 11th September and 2 pm on 24th September, the accused did not do any duty with No 5 section.

Cross examined

By the court ;

I saw the accused present on parade when the warning was given.

3rd witness No 23229 C.Q.M. Sergeant Crawford 4th Canadian Battalion sworn states ;

On the 14th September 1917, I was C.Q.M.S. of the accused’s company. The accused reported to me at 11 am on the date stated at the transport Lines at St……. in Gobelles. I ordered the accused to come with me and get his equipment and to stay at the company kitchen, until the rations came up. At 5:30 pm when the rations came up I ordered the accused to get his equipment and go up the lines with the rations. The accused refused to obey my orders and said “ I am not going up the lines as few more days of absence will not make any difference in my sentence either way” or words to that effect.

I then placed the accused under arrest

Cross examined

By the court ;

The accused spoke to me in English

4th witness No 142072 Private J. W. Black 4th Canadian Battalion sworn states ;

On 14th September I was assisting C.Q.M.S. Crawford. About 5:30 pm on the day stated I saw the accused, he was talking to C.Q.M.S. Crawford to whom I heard his say that he was not going up the line. I did not hear anything more

5th witness No 803203 Private W.L. Pierson 4th Canadian Battalion sworn states ;

I am in the same section as the accused. I saw the accused present when my Platoon headed on the ……….. of 11th September 1917 when the Platoon officer us to stay in billets as we going up the lines and he did not know the time of parade.

The Platoon move off at 6:15 pm on the same date, the accused was absent.

I heard the Platoon had to parade at 6 pm, about 4:30 pm the same date Sergt Matthews came around and told me.

No cross examination

By the court ;

I am not sure Sergt Matthews told me but I think he did.


The accused sworn states ;

On the afternoon of 11 September I went to estaminet about 12:30. I had some bose and I got drunk. I was into a field where I fell asleep. I woke up at 10:30 p.m. that same night and tried to find my billet. When I got my billet I found my section had gone. I then came down to Barlin. I did not know what I was doing. I then came back to Bruay where I stayed two days. I had no money. I then went and reported to the transport lines at in Gobelles. When I got there C.Q.L.S. Crawford ordered me to go up the line. I told him I was going to stay where I was. I was accused to desert and …. myself to transport Line.

No cross examination

By the court;

I heard the officer warned me of parade the morning 11th of September that we were going to the trenches and not to be far away from the billets.

I know we were shortly going up the line.

I was not drunk all the time I was away, I was sole when I was in Bruay

I did not know where I was going to. I was alright when I was at Barlin. I don’t know why I went to Bruay. I was sick when C.Q.L.S. Crawford gave me the order. I did not tell him I was sick.

Cross examination

The accused sworn in litigation

I enlisted 15th February 1916. I came to France 2nd of November 1916. I was at the battle of Vimy on April 1917. I have done by ordering tour in the trenches from time to time. I am 17 years of age. I shall be 18 on 2nd October 1917. I was at the battle of Fresnoy and hill 70 in August.

Lt Colonel V Collins 4th Canadian Battalion

… states . I produced a certified …. copy of A.7.13 122 of the accused which is marked X signed be the president and attached to the proceedings.

The accused was formerly in my Platoon fro about 4 months. I found him a good soldier. The last tour in the line, in which I was with him, I noticed that his nerves had gone.”

(1) The fighting character of the soldier in question cannot be reported upon favourably. Pte. Barre’s service with the Expeditionary Forces : 10 month having joined the 4th Battalion Dec 2nd 1916

Pte Hasleden’s service with the Expeditionary Forces : 9 months, having joined the 4th Battalion Feb 11th 1917

(2) The state of discipline of this unit has been of the unit has been maintained up to the standard demanded by the Canadian Corps

(3) It is the opinion of the CC that this particular service was deliberately avoided by these man.

(4) With reference to the extreme penalty; if the interest of discipline of the Corps require it ; the extreme penalty should be effected or such punishment on will meet the necessities of discipline.

(5) I certify that Pte. Bare and Haselden have been sent to for safe custody


Letter of October 2nd, 1917 from  Brigadier-General William Antrobus Greisbach

2 – 10 – 17     

1st Canadian Division

F.G.C.M Proceedings in the case of No 814027 Pte N. Barre, 4th Canadian Battalion, are forwarded herewith also a letter from his commanding officer containing his recommendations. In view of the youth of the accused I recommend that the extreme penalty be not carried out.

Pte Barre has been put into the custody of the A.P.M

Brigadier-General William Antrobus Greisbach

Commanding 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade


Letter from October 3rd, 1917 from Major-General Archibald Cameron McDonell

 1st  Canadian Division

CM 1471

We have to day wired the to have this man statement regarding his age verified, though in all probability he was a minor at the time of enlistment he gave false age.

Before recommending that the sentence be commuted in penal servitude I am the opinion that this man’s statement about his age should be verified.

If it is proved that Pte. Barre has done nearly a Year’s campaigning at the age of 17 I would recommend that steps be taken to have him remove from the line.

In the meantime Pte Bare is with the A.P.M. 1st Canadian Division for safe custody. (Certificate attached).

I will communicate the answer from the Base regarding this man age as soon as receive.

I forward herewith proceeding in the case of No 814084 Pte N. Barre, 4th Canadian Battalion charged with desertion His Majesty’s Service found guilty and sentenced to death.

The court have recommend this man to mercy on account of his age which he states is only 17 and attached herewith also please find letter from C.O.C. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade recommending that the extreme penalty be not carried on account of Pte Barre’s youth.

The O.C. 4th Canadian Battalion, in his letter attached cannot report favourably on this man conduct from a fighting point of view. His conduct sheet however only shows two previous offence having been committed after 19 month service.

The discipline in the 4th Canadian Battalion is good and there is no need of making an example.

I therefore concur in the opinion of the C.O.C.1st Canadian Brigade that the sentence be not carried out.

It will be noticed that Lieut, Robertson, 4th Canadian Battalion on his evidence of character …tes that he is of the opinion that Pte Barre’s nerves have gone.

Major-General Archibald Cameron McDonell

1st Canadian Division


Letter of October 6th, 1917 from Arthur Currie Lieutenant – General Commanding Canadian Corps

Canadian Corps A. 20-1-329

6 October

Proceeding of Field General Court martial in the case of N814024 Pte Napoleon Barre, 4th Canadian Battalion are forwarded herewith

I recommend

«That the sentence should be commuted, information as the age of this man will be forwarded as soon as verified»

Lieutenant – General Arthur Currie

Commanding Canadian Corps


On October 7th his sentence was commuted in 5 years penal servitude and was returned to his battalion (4th battalion CEF) on October 8th 1917.

Nursing Sister Miriam Eastman Baker

Nursing Sister Miriam Eastman Baker served as a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

She was born on August 20th, 1886 in London, England.

Height:5′ 5″     Weight:136 lbs.          Religion:Church of England

She graduated from Saint-Rubis Hospital, New-York in 1915

She enlisted in Winnipeg, Canada on October 2nd, 1917.

She was posted at the 16th Canadian General Hospital on November 1st. She was posted at the 15th Canadian General Hospital on March 14th, 1918.

She was admitted to the 15th Canadian General Hospital on August 22nd.(inflammation of the bladder)

She was discharged from the 15th Canadian General Hospital on September 3rd.

She was admitted at the 15th Canadian General Hospital on October 3rd.

She died on October 17 th, 1918 from a broncho-pneumonia at the 15th Canadian General Hospital at the age of 32.

Her Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll were sent to her brother Edwin Godfrey Phills Baker living at 500 Northern Crown Bldg, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to her sister, Miss Doris Howard Baker, at 119 Wielmot Place Winnipeg, Manitoba Since her mother had preceeded her no Memorial Cross was issued.

Picture of Nursing Sister Miriam Eastman Baker

Major Thomas George Buchanan, M.I.D.

Major Thomas George Buchanan served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War One. He is entitled to the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory medal. He ws Mentionned -in-Despatches and he wore the oakleaf emblem on the ribbon of his Victory Medal.

World War One trio with the Mentionned -in-Despatches oakleaf emblem (click to enlarge)

Buchanan 1

He was born on the November 20th 1883 in Knocknarea, Magheragall, County of Antrim, Ireland. His father was Thomas Buchanan and his mother Maria Jane Watson

May 14th, 1908: He passed Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery & Obstetrics at the Royal University of Ireland.

1911 United Kingdom Census: He is listed as single and a house surgeon at the General Infirmary, Burton on Trent, England

June 17th, 1913: He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Field Ambulance of the North Midland Mounted Brigade

His address in the Medical Register is 275 Branstone Road, Burton-on-Trent.

Photo of Major Thomas George Buchanan (probably right after enlistment)

Thomas George Buchanan 1a

September 15, 1915: He Married Evelyn Kathleen Julia Macfaren Myhill at The Church of St Stephen, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

September 24th: He transferred the Territorial Army to the Royal Army Medical Corps and promoted to the rank of Major.

October: He entered France

He served in the Middle-East and was attached to the Royal Artillery. He was probably transferred in the Middle-East in 1917

At one point he was presumed dead and his wife received a telegram to that effect. Two days later she received another telegram stating that her husband was well and alive. At some point someone told the University of Dublin that Major Buchanan had been killed in action but never got back to them that this was a mistake. The result of that, Thomas George Buchanan is listed as a casualty of war on the Remembrance Plaque in honor of the university’s students who died during WW1. In an account written by his grand-son, later in life, Mr. Buchanan was amused by that historical error.

Photo of the Memorial Plaque at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution


June 20th, 1916: His daughter Suzanne was born

September 25th: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a first time

Early October 1917: The British launched a campaign to seize the Palestinian Territory from the Ottoman Empire that ended in the capture of Gaza (November) and Jerusalem on December 9th.

June 14th, 1918: He was Mentioned-in-Despatches for a second time by General Allenby

July 21st: He was relinquished his temporary rank of Major

August: The British launched one last effort in the Middle-East culminating with the capitulation of the Ottoman Empire on October 30th.

December 9th: He relinquished his rank of Major.

September 12th, 1920: His daughter Ida Buchanan was born on that day

August 31st, 1922: He applied for his medals

June 1924: He bought his first farm (Banyyards Hall Farm in Bunwell) at auction

July 7th, 1925: He was appointed Medical Officer to Ministry of Pensions. In 1940 he was the Assistant-Director.

August 1926: He bought his second farm at auction (Freehold Glebe Lands in Bunwell). His brother Henry was his Partner in this farming business.

July 1948: He bought his house Holly Lodge in Norfolk.

September: He sold his Banyards Hall Farm in Bunwell

February 1950: He bought at auction the Blofield House in Blofield

July 1951: He bought at auction his second house, Mametz, in Blofield, Brundall

December 23rd: His brother Henry died. He probably had to sell his farming business which he co-owned with and manage with Henry.

January 18th, 1967: His wife died at Postwick House, Postwick, Norwich, England

1970: He bought the Oak Lodge, at 122 Norwich Road, Wroxham, Norwich

Photo of Thomas George Buchanan

Thomas George Buchanan 2

June 17th, 1976: He died caused by a hemopericardium. He was living at 122 Norwich Road Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk.

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Matron Agnes Brooks R.R.C.

Matron Agnes Brooks (civilian) served with the British Medical Service during WW1. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 1st class, the British War Medal. She also received a silver badge from the Vice-Chairman of the King Edward VII Hospital Silver.

1906: She began her training at the Old Infirmary, she finished in 1909. She received her certification and her nurse’s registration number is 14764.

1910 : She became Sister

She worked for the British Red Cross and the Order of Saint-John of Jerusalem

November 25th 1914 : She arrived in France and organised the X-ray department for the 2nd British Red Cross Hospital in Rouen

1915 : She was promoted Matron at the King Edward VII Hospital

February 16th, 1920: She awarded her Royal Red Cross on that day and her investiture ceremony on March 3rd, 1921

May 18th, 1923 : She registered herself for the first time on the State Register of Nurses.

September : She retired from her job at the King Edward VII Hospital

1928 : Her address was 19 Trinity Place, Windsor

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Matron Agnes Brooks WW1 medal and badge

Private Harry Brewer

Private Harry Brewer # 418422 served with 42nd battalion (Montreal) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 418422 and his War Service Badge class “A” number was 130899.

He was born on March 24th 1895 in London, England

Trade: carpenter     Religion : Methodist       Status : single

Hair: brown        Eyes : blue        Weight : 117lbs

Height: 5′ 6″

His sister, Dorothy Norman, was his next-of-kin  and was living at 1378 Green ave., Westmount

March 15th, 1915: He enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 42nd battalion

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May 28th : The battalion was inspected by the H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught.

June 10th : The battalion sailed from Montreal on SS Hesperian and arrived in Plymouth, England on June 19th. On arrival they proceeded to Shorncliffe by train.

October 7th: The battalion moved to Folkstone by train and embarked for Boulogne. They landed in Boulogne, France on October 9th.

January 7th, 1916: They moved into the reserve position of the front line. They relieved the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry from the front line the next day. This first tour to the front line was completed on January 20th.

Early August: He got shot in his right calf. From the battalion war diary, a working party was hit by artillery on August 3 rd, injuring and killing many men of the battalion. This is probably when he was hit. He was hospitalized from August 5th to the 31st in United, Kingdom. He was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom and stayed there until September 16th.

September, 18th: He received the ermission to marry Agnes Brewer. Once theu’ve enlisted men in the army needed the permission from their superior officer to marry

November 20th : He was sent back to France and joined back the 42nd battalion on November 21st.

April 9th, 1917: Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 1918: From April 12th to May 7th they were on the front line making that stay at the front line, their longest stay of WW1.

August 8th : first day of the Battle of Amiens. The battalion was bivouacked in the rear lines. They joined the front line on August 11th.

August 26 : First day of the battle of Scarpe, they joined the front line the next day.

September 26th : First day of the battle of the Canal du Nord, the battalion was in the rear lines. During the night of the 28th, they moved to the front and launched their attack on the Douai-Cambrai road the next day, the 29th.

November: The battalion has been assigned the task of recapturing the city of Mons before the ceasing of hostilities at 11:00. By day break the battalion had mopped the city and established outpost on the eastern outskirt of the city.

March 1st 1919: Embarked on RMS Adriatic and arrived in Halifax on March 9th. They entrained for Montreal and arrived on March 11th.

April, 7th: He was demobilized in St-John, New-Brunswick.

His address after demobilization was 1378 Green Avenue, Montréal. The same address where his sister was living when he enlisted.

He is listed as a carpenter in the Montreal directory for 1919 and 1920 and living at 975 St-Antoine, after that year, his name disapeared from the Montreal directory

August 12th 1924: He sailed from Canada on the ship Monrose , probably leaving for England. His occupation at the time was minor.

WW1 1915 trio (1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal)

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Doctor Agnes Forbes Blackadder-Savill

Dr Agnes Forbes Savill served with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals as a radiologist, at the Royaumont Hospital during WW1. She is entitled to the British War and Victory Medals, French Médailles des épidémies 1st class. She also received the Scottish Women’s Hospitals Medal 1914, bronze. Her medals were sold at auction in December 2012.

She was born on 4th December 1875 in Dundee, Scotland. Her father, Robert, was an architect and civil engineer.

29 March 1895: She graduated first from the University of St. Andrews and received the degree of Master of Arts. She was the first female graduate from St-Andrews University.

She went on to study at University College, Dundee in 1897/1898 and Queen Margaret College for Women in the University of Glasgow. According to the University of Glasgow website “She was a gifted medical student. In addition to taking first prize in Practical Pathology in 1896, she had a string of First Class Certificates in Materia Medica, Surgery, Midwifery, Ophthalmology and Insanity and a Second Class Certificate in Anatomy,”

She graduated on 21st July 1898 obtaining an MB and ChB, and her MD in 1901.

She married Dr. Thomas Dixon Savill at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Forfarshire in 1901.

After her marriage her career took her to London, where she became a consultant in Dermatology and Electro-therapeutics. She also gained experience in radiological work, which would prove very useful during the war.

In 1904 she became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

June 5th, 1905: She arrived in Glasgow, Scotland from New-York, United-States on the Numidian

In 1907 she had the distinction of being appointed as a consultant to a hospital which was not exclusively for women, St. John’s Hospital for Skin Diseases. In addition she was a consultant at the South London Hospital for Women. At the same time as making a successful career for herself in London, she was a respected suffragette.

1910: Her husband died

1911 United Kingdom Census: Listed as a physician and living at 38 Audley House, Margaret Street, London W

November 12th : She arrived in Glasgow, Scotland from New-York, United States on Caledonia

In 1912 she was one of three distinguished doctors (the other two being male surgeons), who conducted an inquiry into the appalling treatment of women hunger strikers in prison and published papers on the subject.

At the same time, she also went out to France for several work periods, returning to her post in London when she could, usually in the winter when there was a lull in the fighting. Her great contribution was in making the best use of a state-of-the-art x-ray car which they had been given, courtesy of the French General Le Bon. She had an acute appreciation of the dangers and mechanisms of gas gangrene and worked hard to mitigate its effects with prompt diagnosis and treatment. Her studies of the x-ray appearances of the gangrene were pioneering. She trained staff and threw herself into the work so selflessly that in July 1918, during a particularly busy period, it was noted that she looked ill and ‘absolutely cavernous’.

She developed an interest in Dermatology and became a Physician to the Skin Hospital, Leicester Square, London.

Early in the Great War she joined the staff of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, entering France in May 1915. Serving at Royaumont Hospital, about 25 miles from Paris, she was placed in charge of the x-ray and electro-therapy departments. She served there until the end of 1916.

Her military medals

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She returned to London after the war and lived first at 66 Harley Street and later 7 Devonshire Place.

July 24th, 1919: She arrived in Glasgow, Scotland from Boston, United State on the Massilia.

While continuing to pursue her own career, she also undertook to edit her husband’s textbook, Savill’s System of Clinical Medicine, a task she continued to do up to 1942. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, only the sixth woman to receive this honour. Her intellectual interests continued to grow.
Agnes recognised how powerful an influence music could be, and wrote a book about its importance to well-being, entitled Music, Health and Character. Its publication in 1923 caused a stir and later led to the establishment of the Council for Music in Hospitals.

From 1923 to 1938 she was living in St Marylebone, Westminster

October 11th, 1937: She arrived in Southampton, England from New-York, United States o the Berengaria

She was the author of several books and papers on her own subjects; she was also editor of her late husband’s Clinical Medicine.

In 1955 she published the book Alexander the Great and his Times which can still be bought on Amazon

She was still seeing patients into her seventies.

She died on 12 May 1964. She left 58 552 GBP

Picture of Doctor Agnes Forbes Blackadder-Savill, she is forth from the right

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Worker Mary Bourne

Worker Mary Bourne served in the Woman Army Auxiliary Corps and the Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps (QMAAC) during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Her service number was 1799.

She was born on February 11, 1885 in Paddington, London, England

Trade: household waitress       Religion: Church of England

Status: single              Height: 5′ 0″              Weight : 95 lbs.

Address of her mother : 71 Kisdale road, Kensal Rise, London

July 16th, 1917 : She enlisted in the Woman Army Auxiliary Corps in London as a waitress.

Woman Army Auxiliary Corps recruitment poster

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August 13th : She embarked for France in Southampton and arrived in Dieppe, France on the 14th.

She was posted with the 3rd B.R.D. at Bakery Camp.  She was employed at the QMAAC quarter.

The Woman Army Auxiliary Corps was renamed Queen Mary’s Auxiliary Army Corps in 1918

May 10th, 1919 : She was transfered to M R Depot and posted at the Bakery Camp to unit #1 in Dieppe, France.

July 1st : Attach to 43 Auxiliary Pet Company

July 14th : She was discharged on compassionate ground. She had to take care of her mother.

In her file there is a lot of correspondence between her and the government and her, showing that she had problem receiving the 5 £ demobilization benefit for the clothing allowance given on discharge.

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British War Medal and Victory Medal

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Private Harold Leonard Victor Bushell

Harold Leonard Victor Bushell served in the Canadian Army medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number is and his War Service badge class “A” number 301561

Born on march 24th, 1889 in Cambridge, England

Trade : Stationary engineer       Religion : Church of England    Eyes : brown

Hair : dark    Weight :128 lbs.   Status : married          Height : 5′ 3″

Name of her spouse : Annie Mabel Bushell       Address : Portage Prairie Manitoba

March 21st, 1916 : Enlisted in St Vital, Manitoba in the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance.

May 19th : Embarked on the SS Adriatic. Disembarked on May 30th. Entrained for Fleet, Surrey a 11:30. Quartered in huts on the 31st.

August 10th : Embarked in Southampton at 15:30 on the Princess Clementine. Arrived in Havre, France on the 11th with the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance

March 3rd, 1918: Awarded the Good conduct badge

June 15th : Finished 3rd in the obstacle race at a competition with 4th Canadian Division in Pernes

July 1st : Participated in the shuttle race at the Canadian Corps sports at Tinques and he finished 5th.

September 30th: Wounded slightly but remained on duty

February 13th, 1919 : Attached to the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance

April 9th : Struck of strength to the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance and officially posted with the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance

may 7th : Proceeded to England

May 31st : Embarked on the HMT Adriatic. Arrived in Halifax June 7th.

June 12th : Demobilized

Died on January 19th, 1961. Buried on January 23rd in Burnaby, British Columbia

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Private Harold Leonard Victor Bushell WW1 medals

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Private Gerald W. Brown M.M., M.I.D.

Private Gerald W. Brown served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. He was also Mentionned in dispatches so he was wearing oak leaves pin on the ribbon of his Victory Medal.

1891 United Kingdom census : He was born on December 26th 1889 and listed as living at 61 South Cottage in Bolney, Sussex, England

Father : William James (30) Mother : Edith M. (29)    

Brother : Arthur P (4)      Sister : Edith (7m.)

1901 United Kingdom census : Listed as living 9 South Cottage in Bolney, Sussex, England

Another brother : Eric (3)

Unfortunatly Private Brown WW1 service is not available, probably destroyed by German bombs during WW2 so I wasn’t able to find much information on him. Private Brown had a most interesting military career with some hardship, showing above and beyond duty bravery on at least two occasions and then was taken as a prisonner of war.

May 30th, 1915 : Proceeded to France. He was with the 36 th Field Ambulance – 12 th Division

October 13th : He was Mentioned in dispatches (most probably at the Battle of Loos)

Private Brown Mentioned in Dispatches certificate

November 30th : Announced in the London Gazette

From the war diary of the 36th British Field Ambulance

April 3th 1917 : Acting-Corporal Brown with 11 men were sent to Ink Street – Italy street dugout on under the command of Captain Davie (6 days before the attack began). This is the only reference that could link some of his actions that would have given him his Military Medals.

April 9th : First day of the battle of Arras (Vimy)

April 15th : Recommended for the Military Medal in the war diary (London Gazette June 18th)

Promoted Acting-Corporal

He was taken prisoner between April 1917 and November 1918. Most probably this happenned during the spring offensive of 1918 when German launched massive attacks against the Allied lines and many soldiers were taken prisonner.

November 1st, 1918 : Arrived in Boston, United Kingdom on Hospital train. He was part of convoy of prisoner of war convoy. He was presented with a Welcome card. There are two possible reasons why he was released and sent back to England, medical personnel could not be held prisonner according to the Geneva Convention or Germany though the end was near and they could not win the war and prefered sending their prisonner home

Private Gerald Brown Prisonner of War return home letter from the King

June 10th, 1919 : He probably officially received his Military Medal on that date. His address was South Cottage, Wykehurst Bolney, Haywards Heath

May 1926 : Served as a Special Constable in the General strike probably with County of Sussex Special Constabulary. The address on his certificate was in Sussex County.

1937 : Was part of an ex-Servicemen gathering for the Coronation

1972 : Died in the last semester of the year

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Warrant Officer Frederick Owen Birtles

Warrant Officer Frederick Owen Birtles served with Royal Army Medical Corps in India in 1930-31 and during WW2. He is entitled to the India General Service (clasp North West Frontier 1930-31), 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, 1939-1945 War Medal, Defence Medal and the Army Good Conduct and Long Service Medal. His enlistment number was 7258544.

1908 (July-August-Sept) : Born in  in Lancashire, United Kingdom

1911 : Listed as living in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire in the UK Census with his mother Annie Lizzie Birtles and his sister Eleanor Birtles. No father in the census document

1911 census

1929 : Enlisted in the army

1930 : Got married to Daisy Louisa Musgrove (July-August-September)

1931 : Sent in Peshawar with the 2nd Sanitary section, R.A.M.C.. He was a Private

1938-39 : Listed as living in the married quarters of the RAMC Barrack, St-John Ward, City of Wetsminster

1941 : Promoted Warrant Officer class I on September 28th

July 31 st, 1947 : Received his Long Service medal is with gratuity, by then he had been promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer

1950-60 : Listed as living in Wandsworth, Clapham, Clapham ward, Poynders garden with his wife

1968 2nd semester: His wife died

1971 (September-November-December) : Got married to Alice M Timbrell in St George Hanover Square, London, Middlesex

1972 : Died (April -May-June)

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Nursing Sister Marion Brocksopp A.R.R.C.

Sister Marion Brocksopp served with the Territorial Force Nursing Service with the British Army during WW1. She is entitled to the Associate Royal Red Cross Decoration (2nd class), the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Her medals group also include her Territorial Force Nursing Service Cape Badge.

Born 1877 at Walsall, Staffordshire

Worked initially as a Governess and later as a Private Nurse.

August 12th, 1914 : Enlisted in the Territorial Force Nursing Service.

2 October : Posted on His Majesty Hospital Ship ‘Oxfordshire’. The ship was sent to Scapa Flow as a base ship but subsequently moved to the English Channel to undertake army hospital work.

April 1915 : She was serving in the ship Oxfordshire when it was deployed as the base hospital ship at Mudros, Greece. During the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps withdrawal from Gallipoli, the boats from ‘Oxfordshire’ were used to bring off the wounded from the beaches.

29 April 1916 : She left the ship Oxfordshire and transferred to the  31st British General Hospital in Port Said, Egypt.

9 May 1918 : She was transferred to Salonika where she worked at 61st and 41st British General Hospitals.

5 October : Transferred from Salonika for home service on and was employed at 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham.

31 July 1919 : Her Royal Red Cross 2nd class was announced in the London Gazette.

16 May : Demobilized, she gave her address as ‘Eastcroft’, Coleshill Road, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.

March 1940 : She applied for help at the Joint Nursing and Voluntary Aid Detachment Services committee.

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Nursing Sister Marion Brocksopp WW1 medals