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World War One Service Records & Biographies

The table below contains information related to soldiers who served before or during World War One, collated from available service records, medal cards and references from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website.  Clicking on the forename will link to any biographical details I have been able to find and there is a link to the CWGC site where appropriate.    WORK IN PROGRESS - BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS TO BE ADDED

(St=1914/15 Star, VM=Victory Medal, BWM=British War Medal).
(* = medal card only found, no biographical details).

ASTILL

Born

At

Father/Mother

Medals

  ST     VM    BWM

Discharged/Died

Albert

8th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment


Y

Y

Died 19/09/1917

Albert

1st Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment

15

Y

Y

Died 03/05/1917

Albert

Leicestershire Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment


Y

Y


Albert Arthur

Machine Gun Corps Cavalry


Y

Y


Alfred

KOYLI





Arnold

19th Bn Australian Infantry, A.I.F.




Died 14/11/1916

Arthur

Royal Scots


Y

Y


Arthur

2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, 14 TR

14

Y

Y


Arthur

Machine Gun Corps


Y

Y


Arthur






Arthur W

South Notts Hussars, Machine Gun Corps


Y

Y


Bernard

Rifle Brigade, Machine Gun Corps

15

Y

Y


Bertram

Royal Army Service Corps





Charles

Northern Cyclist Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers


Y

Y


Charles P C

Northamptonshire Regiment, Labour Corps


Y

Y


Cyril

1st Grenadier Guards

14

Y

Y


Cyril

Est Lancashire Regiment


Y

Y


Edward J.

8th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers

15

Y

Y

Died 04/01/1917

Edwin

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

14

Y

Y


Ephraim P

Leicestershire Regiment


Y

Y


Ernest

2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, 5th Bn Special Bde Royal Engineers


Y

Y

Died 17/10/1916

Ernest

Royal Engineers


Y

Y


Ernest

3/1 South Notts Hussars





Ernest William

15th London Regiment, Suffolk Regiment, Attached Royal Air Force


Y

Y


Ernest William D.

2nd/9th Bn London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)




Died 30/03/1918

Ernest William R.D.  

9th London Regiment, 9th London Regiment

15

Y

Y


F

Leicestershire Regiment, Royal Air Force

15




F W

Essex Regiment


Y

Y


Frank

7th Fd Coy RE, 7th Fd Coy RE

14

Y

Y


Frank Herbert

West Yorkshire Regiment, Army Service Corps


Y

Y


Fred

3rd Bn Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regt.





Frederic Harry

Worcestershire Regiment


Y

Y


Frederick

Leicestershire Regiment


Y

Y


Frederick George

Army Veterinary Corps


Y

Y


Frederick J

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment


Y

Y


Frederick T

Machine Gun Corps


Y

Y


George

1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

14

Y

Y

Died 27/12/1914

George

Depot Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

15

Y

Y

Died 04/11/1918

George

Royal Engineers, Royal Engineers


Y

Y


George

4th (Res) Bn York and Lancaster Regt.





Gordon

Leicestershire Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment

15

Y

Y


H W

5th Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry




Died 23/06/1915

Harold

South Staffordshire Regiment


Y

Y


Hector

Liverpool Regiment, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Army Service Corps


Y

Y


Henry A G

Durham Light Infantry


Y

Y


Herbert W

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry


Y

Y


J

Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Military Foot Police


Y

Y


James

Lincolnshire Regiment, Labour Corps


Y

Y


James

South Lancashire Regiment


Y

Y


James

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, North Staffordshire Regiment

15

Y

Y


James W

York and Lancaster Regiment


Y

Y


Joe W

Royal Engineers


Y

Y


John

1st/4th Bn South Lancashire Regiment




Died 08/08/1916

John

Anson Bn RN Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve




Died 30/05/1918

John

Royal Engineers


Y

Y


John

S Lan R 4th Batt





John

Leicestershire Regiment


Y

Y


John

Leicestershire Regiment, Labour Corps

15

Y

Y


John

South Lancashire Regiment


Y

Y


John

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment

15

Y

Y


John

2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment


Y

Y


John C

Machine Gun Corps


Y

Y


John F

Army Service Corps


Y

Y


John Geoffrey

East Yorkshire Regiment, 6th Bn Dorsetshire Regiment


Y

Y

Died 27/08/1918

John H

Royal Field Artillery


Y

Y


John S

Royal Engineers, Leicestershire Regiment, Royal Engineers


Y

Y


John W

Durham Light Infantry, 52 Grad Bn


Y

Y


John Walter

Army Service Corps


Y

Y


Joseph

Royal Berkshire Regt. / Royal Warwickshire Regt. / Military Foot Police





Joseph W

Royal Engineers, Royal Engineers

15

Y

Y


Leonard

B Bty 113th Bde Royal Field Artillery

15

Y

Y

Died 01/08/1917

Lawson

Leicestershire Regiment, Leicestershire Regiment

15

Y

Y


N W

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

15




Norman

Cheshire Regiment

15

Y

Y


Percy

11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)


Y

Y

Died 03/10/1916

Percy

4th London Regiment


Y

Y


Reginald

1st/9th Bn London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)

15

Y

Y

Died 01/07/1916

Reginald K

Durham Light Infantry


Y

Y


Richard James

10th (S) Batty Sherwood Forest, 7th Bn (S) Oxf & Buck L I

15

Y

Y


Robert

Royal Engineers, Royal Engineers


Y

Y


Robert Edgar

Inland Waterways & Docks Royal Engineers


Y

Y


Roland

Army Service Corps

15

Y

Y


Samuel

Royal Lancashire Regiment, Labour Corps


Y

Y


Samuel Edward

Royal Lancashire Regiment


Y

Y


Sidney

1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers

14

Y

Y


Sydney E

Royal Engineers

15

Y

Y


T  

Lincolnshire Regiment, 2/Linc Regt

15

Y

Y


Thomas

1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers

14

Y

Y


Thomas Clarence

Military Foot Police


Y

Y


Thomas Mattew

1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment


Y

Y


Tom

Royal Field Artillery, Royal Garrison Artillery

15

Y

Y


Walter

66th Seige Bty Royal Garrison Artillery


Y

Y

Died 30/11/1917

W F

1st Bn King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)




Died 27/10/1917

Walter

Kings Royal Rifle Corps


Y

Y


Walter Ernest

Royal Field Artillery


Y


William

Royal Field Artillery

15

Y

Y


William

Royal Fusiliers

15

Y

Y


William

Royal Lancashire Regiment

15

Y

Y


William

Lincolnshire Regiment



Y


William

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

15

Y

Y


William

Army Service Corps


Y

Y


William

Army Service Corps


Y

Y


William Ewart

2/4 Leic R, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Machine Gun Corps


Y

Y


William George A

Royal Field Artillery

15

Y

Y


William Henry

Royal Field Artillery, Royal Field Artillery


Y

Y


William H

Royal Engineers (T), Royal Engineers

15

Y

Y


William H

Leicestershire Regiment, Royal Defence Corps


Y

Y


William Nathan

2nd Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers




Died 08/02/1916


Albert Astill, 8th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, 41080, Private.
Albert was born about 1880 in Nottingham, and was employed as a Shell  Examiner when he enlisted at Sheffield on 2nd March 1917. Albert was married to Bertha Fisher at St Lukes Church Nottingham on 29th August 1898. On the 1911 census they are both aged 30, state they have been married for 11 years and that they have had no children. Albert’s occupation is Fruiterer and Greengrocer. At the time of the census their address is 82, Brompton Road, Sheffield, but by 1917 they are living at Scarborough Villas, Scarborough Road, Sheffield.
Albert served in France from 24 May 1917, and died of shell wounds  to his shoulder and back on 19 September 1917.
Albert was awarded the British War medal and the Victory Medal and is remembered at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Albert Arthur Astill, Machine Gun Corps Cavalry, 87251, Private
Albert was born in 1889 in Nottingham, the son of Arthur Astill and Ellen Parker. Albert married Florence Annie Stansall on 10th May 1913 nad they had a daughter Dorothy in May 1915. Albert was employed as a Framework Knitter when he first enlisted in the Army Service Corps on 9th December 1915 at Nottingham. Albert transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and saw service in the Middle East from 1917-1919 and was awarded the India General Service Medal with the Afghanistan North West Frontier Clasp. Albert survived the war and was demobilised in January 1920 and was awarded the British War medal and the Victory Medal. A postcard in his file dated 28 May 1925 indicates he may have been intending to emigrate to the U.S.A.

Arnold Astill, 19th Bn Australian Infantry, 4659, Australian Imperial Force
Arnold Astill served with the Australian Imperial Force. He enlisted 5 January 1915 at Liverpool, New South Wales giving his age as 21 years 11 months, occupation as farmer, and nearest town as Cumnock, NSW. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. W.F. Astill, and his religion, Church of England. After 10 weeks in camp, Arnold was discharged at his own request with no further reason given in the file held at the National Archives of Australia.

Arnold re-enlisted 5 November 1915 and on 14 April 1916 embarked in Sydney. On 29 May that year he embarked in Alexandria aboard the Megantic and disembarked 7 June in Plymouth, England. He was stationed at Perham Downs on Salisbury Plain. On 9 September Arnold was sent to France and based at Étaples. Private Arnold Astill was reported missing on 14 November and after a court of inquiry in February 1917 was declared killed in action on 14 November 1916.

As both his parents died in 1918, Arnold’s medals were sent to his brother Joseph Henry at Kurrajong, Yullundry. A newspaper death notice for Mary Astill who died in September 1918 indicates she was predeceased by her husband William two months prior and survived by a son and 4 daughters.

An index of New South Wales births shows that the birth of Arnold S. Astill, the son of William T. and Mary, was registered in the Molong district in 1893.

Private Arthur Astill is remembered at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial on the Somme.

Bertram Astill, Royal Army Service Corps, 224518, Private
Bertram was born in 1888 at Nottingham the son of John Astill and Eleanor Whitby. On the 1911 census Bertram is a Painter and Decorator lodging in Nottingham. Betram married Ethel Grundy on 8 April 1912 iat St. Andrew’s church in Nottingham.
At the time Bertram enlisted on 23 September 1916, they had two daughters Margaret and Hilda. Betram served in France from 23 April 1917 and was invalided back to the U.K. on 23 July 1919 with an injured knee. Bertram died in 1945 aged 57, his death was registered in the Nottingham Registration District.

Charles William “Ernest” Astill, 3/1st South Nottinghamshire Hussars, 2169, Private
Charles who appears to have been known as Ernest, was born in 1899 at Nottingham the son of Ernest William Astill and Gertrude Ann Cunington. His birth was registered as Charles William Ernest Astle, and it is in this name that he appears with his parents on the 1911 Census at 34, Ockerby Street, Bullwell Nottingham aged 11, where his father is a Police Sergeant with the City Police. Ernest enlisted in the Territorial Force on 7 October 1915 at Nottingham giving his age as 19 years and 5 months, when he was actually only 16 years old. His service record contains a letter from his father to the authorities enclosing his birth certificate showing he was actually under 17. Ernest was discharged accordingly on 10 December 1915.

A further note in his Army file dated 13 March 1923 indicates he may have applied to join the Police himself, as the Army are unable to provide a reference for him as he was not deemed to have been a regular soldier. Charles W.E. Astill married Ethel L. Cope in the Nottingham Registration district in the December quarter of 1928. The death of Charles W.E. Astill is registered in the Nottingham Registration district in the June quarter of 1963 aged 63.

George Astill, West Yorkshire Regiment, 12326, Private
George enlisted at Leeds on 1st September 1914, he was an unmarried Labourer, and his age was recorded as 29. His service record indicates his next of kin was Mary Ann Preval of 10, Viceroy Street, York Road, Leeds. This would appear to be Mary Ann Astill whose marriage to Joe Preval was registered in the Hunslet Registration District in 1895. George served in the British Expeditionary Force from 20 August 1915 until his discharge on 4th April 1916  when he was considered unfit for further military service due to a sprained back. George was injured in August 1915 at Kemmel  near Ypres when his trench was blown up and he was buried for 8-9 hours. George was unable to walk for 8 weeks. He was awarded a small pension for a limited period but died on 4th November 1918. His death was registered in the Leeds Registration District. George is buried in Beckett Street cemetery in Leeds, and the record on the CWGC website indicates he was 37 and the son of the late William and Dina Astill. George was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal,  Victory Medal and Silver War Badge.

Joseph Astill, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 26271 Private, P10789 Military Foot Police
Joseph was born in 1879 at Leamington, Warwickshire the son of John Astill and Ellen Cunningham and was the younger brother of Thomas. Joseph married Lilly Cleaver at the parish church, Tachbrooke in Leamington on 19 September 1908. Joseph was a Bricklayer when he enlisted with the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 16 November 1915 at Leamington. Joseph served in France from 14 June 1916 and transferred briefly to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment before joining the Military Foot Police on 21 December 1916. Joseph and Lilly had four children, Donald, Kenneth, Gilbert and Maisie although Gilbert died in infancy in 1917. Joseph was discharged on 20 September 1919.

Thomas Clarence Astill, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, C20075 Private, 623, Military Foot Police
Thomas was born in 1877 at Leamington, Warwickshire, the son of John Astill and Ellen Cunningham and was the elder brother of Joseph. Thomas was serving in the Militia (3rd Royal Warwickshire Regiment) when he enlisted at Warwick on 20 August 1894 aged 18. Thomas  served with the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment in the Sudan campaign during 1897 and 1898 and was awarded the Queen’s Sudan Medal with clasps for Atbara and Omdurman. He returned to home service in February 1899. At the time of the 1901 Census Thomas is enumerated in barracks at Aldershot as serving in the 4th Battalion the Royal Warwickshire Regiment shortly before he transferred to the Military Foot Police in May 1901.

Thomas married Clara Aldwinckle at St Phillips Church, Dalston, London on 18 March 1903. Thomas and Clara had one son, Thomas Clarence Cunningham Astill who was born in Belfast on 7 July 1905, but unfortunately he died on 27 April 1913.
In November 1905 Thomas re-engaged for a further 11 years service, was promoted to Sergeant in 1911 and served in France from November 1914 until November 1917. Thomas was discharged on 2 January 1918 being no longer fit for military service. Thomas was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Thomas died in 1942 aged 64 and Clara in 1950 aged 80, both their deaths were recorded in the Portsmouth Registration District.

Walter Astill, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Y1595, Private
Walter was born in Nottingham in 1899 the son of Walter Astill and Annie Harrison. Walter was a Collier when he enlisted at Nottingham on 9 September 1914, giving his age as 19 years 247 days. Walter was discharged on 12 April 1915 following his mis-statement of his age.