BAKER JOHN , Hi found this photo of my Grandfather Henry John Baker he was in the 2nd battalion of the Northampton regiment he is on the right hand side wearing the dickie bow he lost this right arm in the First World War . He went on to be secretary of the Northampton War Pensions he died December 1920


Other Biseker Soldiers in WW1

Thomas Biseker                 34 Craven Street              Machine Gun Corps                      Private

William Biseker                 34 Craven Street              Norfolk and Essex Regs                 Private

Percy Biseker                    18 Regent Street              Norfolk and Leicester Regs          Private. KIA France 1918.

Arthur Biseker                   18 Regents Street            8th  and 17th London Regs.             Private.

thanks to Frances Biseker


BOYSON HARRY, In grateful remembrance of Corporal Harry H. Boyson (Rothersthorpe) New Zealand Mounted Rifles,

Killed in action on Hill 60 Gallipoli, 27th August1915. No known grave. From the proud grandchildren of his sister Laura(N.Ireland)  Ann,Honor, Ronald, Raymond and Stephen. 



CLOUT ALBERT WILLIAM (words by Sue Edwards)

My paternal grandfather Albert William Clout served in WW1, and was in the Hussars, which meant he went into battle with the cavalry.

Men and horses suffered terribly and would often get caught up in barbed wire when they charged into action. Horses would be screaming

with fear and pain when they were hit, and although their riders did their best to put them out of their misery, they often had to be left suffering,

which was hard for the men to take. We must remember that animals suffer the same as humans.

He also served in the trenches, and I have seen him suffering from terrible pain in his legs, from having to stand in thick mud with rats for company.

Also, he said that the noise of the guns and the battle all around them was so fearful and severe.  During the latter part of the war, the cavalry was

not used as much. They were desperately short of horses as the life of a horse or mule during the war was very short, due to there not being enough

fodder for them, and the thick mud would often suck them down and they would have to be abandoned as they could not be pulled out. Their struggles

were awful to see. Men became very close to their mounts and did all they could to keep them alive, but we cannot imagine the fear that these animals

experienced as how can you explain to a horse what they were doing there in that hell on earth. 


HILL THOMAS, Private 3151, 44th Coy., Machine Gun Corps., (Inf) died on Thursday July 6, 1916, son on Samuel Hill and Ellen Reed Hill of

5 Vicarage Lane Kingsthorpe. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France [CONTACT]



HILL GEORGE, Able Seaman, (RFR/P/)/B5058. R.N. H.M.S. Good hope, Royal Navy who died on Sunday, November 1st, 1914, aged 29, at the

Battle of Coronel, son of Samuel Hill and Ellen Reed Hill of 5 Vicarage Lane, Kingsthorpe. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hamshire, United Kingdom. [CONTACT]

PERCY EDWARD LACK son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lack, High Street, Kingsthorpe.



MAWBY ALFRED, (born 1875) 12 Suffolks Regiment, barber of 51 Campbell Street, Northampton, POW.

Photograph sent to me by Paul Wilkinson

MAWBY FREDERICK, (born 1891), Royal Flying Corps, athlete.

Photograph sent to me by Paul Wilkinson




"Z" Coy. 18th. Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.

Died of wounds Monday 5th August 1918 age 23.

Son of Frederick and Jane PALMER of 78, Cedar Road, Northampton.  Born in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. 

He was born at the Cock Inn (Hotel now) the 2nd son and had joined the army prior to 1914. His father was Landlord of the Cock Inn. 

The family moved on to The Red Lion at Brayfield.   Their last son was born there, my husband's father,  Reginald. 

Frederick died in 1903 of blood poisoning after being cut by glass while trying to stop a fight in the bar. 

George was away from the front line when he was injured.  One soldier brought back an unexploded 

shell from the front line, started to play around with it, threw it and it hit George mortally wounding him. 

His brother Reginald was posted quite close and was able to go and see his brother before he died. 

Jean Palmer's email address is:


RIDEOUT THOMAS (words by Sue Edwards)

(Thomas second from the left)

My maternal grandfather Thomas Rideout served in the trenches with the Royal Army Medical Corp. He was a Bespoke Shoemaker,

so in a reserved occupation. He was 39 when he enlisted, but in poor health, so consequently was downgraded to B2. His experiences

of this time never left him even after the war was over.  He suffered nightmares and would often think he was back in action.  During

one battle he was separated from his men and was picked up by another unit. He came from Dorset, and had a very strong accent,

and consequently on being questioned, he was accused of being a German spy.  The Officer then had him chained to a canon wheel

during a battle. We cannot imagine what this must have been like for him, to be helpless and exposed to gunfire and shelling and

not be able to protect himself. Luckily for him, his own Officer, who could vouch for him, rescued him but he relived this time again

and again during his life. During one particularly very heavy battle, they were waiting to go over the top, and he said that he was so

very afraid, when suddenly he had a feeling of calm come over him, and he turned his head, and could see Rosie his little daughter

who they had recently lost. We hear of these things again and again, one instance being the Angels of Mons. (This is worth researching.

It was reported that when they were heavily outnumbered on their retreat from Mons on 22/23rd August 1914, Shining Angels appeared

in No Man's Land, which caused the German Cavalry Horses to panic and run away, as the Angels protected our troops. These Angels

were also said to have been Bowmen from the battle of Agincourt, again when the British were outnumbered. It is said that these were

summoned after a soldier calling on St. George to protect them. Various reasons for this phenomena have been given, but whatever

happened, it put new life into the troops, and thus the number of men enlisting in the army soared during it's aftermath.



PINCKARD - click here for more details


SMART HERBERT, Cheshire Regiment - email

Herbert Smart was born 20th September 1878 in Kingsthorpe Northamptonshire.He was the son of Samuel Smart a shoe riveter and Alice Poole .Herbert was married to Mary Ann Martin on the 5th October 1908 at Primrose Hill Congregational Church Northampton. Over the next six years they produced four children Mabel , Minnie, Frederick and Herbert. .He had various building trade jobs as he grew up but on enlisting he was a scaffolder,a job what he was described as being very good at. Herbert was 37 years 11 months old and only 5 feet 2 ¾ inches tall on volunteering for active duty at Northampton . He joined Royal Engineers on the 23rd August 1915 . On the 1 August 1916 whilst training as a sapper at Killinghall camp he was caught out of bound ,trespassing on Pot Bridge Farm. His punishment being 2 days confined to barracks.

Herbert was subsequently transferred to the 16th Cheshire Regiment , which was a Bantam regiment consisting of men who would not normally meet the height requirement of the British army. Private Herbert Smart Service No: 58002 was ordered to France in September 1916. On 30 December 1916 he travelled from Southampton to Rouen joining the BEF

Via the 9th Cheshire regiment he was posted to the 16th Cheshire Regiment on the 13 January 1917. Soon after this he was again in trouble ,“whilst on active service conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he in the field on or about 4-2-17 signed on a green envelope AFW3078 the certificate that the contents of the said envelope referred to nothing but private and family matters well knowing that the contents of the said envelope was not as described in the said certificate. Herbert was tried on the 3rd November He was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days field punishment confirmed by Brig General Marindin commanding 105 infantry brigade who directed that 39 days of the sentence be remitted.

According to National roll of the Great War 1914-1918 Herbert fought and survived the Battle of Arras but on the 22 October 1917 he was injured ,sustaining gunshot wounds to his legs . On this date the 16th Cheshire’s were involved in a diversionary attack east of Poelcapelle and the ground south of Houlthulst Forest. Herbert arrived back in Blighty on the 3rd November 1917 probably to recover from his wounds. Time at “Home” ended on the 23rd of May 1918 when he travelled back to France.

Again via the 9th (service ) Battalion he proceeded to the 15th Cheshire battalion on the 1st of June 1918 joining them in the field on the 5th of June 1918. This is around the time when tide of war was turning in favour of the Allies and whilst holding positions in the St. Jan Cappel sector the Cheshires were able to see the Germans torching buildings as they retreated. Throughout September the Battalion rotated in and out of the trenches between Western edge of Zillebeke lake and the canel at the intersection of the Ypres- Lille road. They were also involved in an attack where they were to capture the line between Tenbreiken Village to Blagnaert Farm which was conducted in heavy mist and rainfall. Despite heavy losses due to heavy bombardments of explosive and gas shells and machine gun fire their objective was finally reached. This was the end of trench warfare for the Cheshires and they now were chasing the enemy across open land

The Cheshire Battalion crossed the River Lys just before midnight on the 19th of October ,halting briefly near the tile works in Marckbeeke. Several hours later they moved to the village of Pottleberg, south of Courtrai The brigade launched an attack on objectives to the South east of Courtrai. They managed to capture the village of Berkstraatand and a neighbouring ridge. The battalion then encountered heavy machine gun fire but pushed forward crossing the river Keibeek finally reaching their first objective . The days fighting cost the battalion fifty casualties including seven dead ,one of these being Herbert Smart. He was buried in the vicinity of Courtrai but his body was later exhumed and re-interred in Harlebeke New British Cemetery North east of Courtrai Plot 7,Row “d” grave 12

"Whilst we remember, the sacrifice is not in vain"


SMITH WALTER, Suffolk Regiment contact

Walter Smith writes,

"Walter Smith was born in Northamptonshire. 

At the time of WW1 I believe he lived in Fitzroy Terrace in

Northampton. He joined the army in June 1916 and was

sent to the Western Front , he became a Sergeant in the

Suffolk Regiment, he served in engagements at the Somme,

Ypres, and Cambrai,he was awarded the Military Medal.

In 1918 he was taken prisoner, and held captive until the

End of the War. In 1919 he returned to 14 Fitzroy Terrace.

He had been married in 1914 to Blanche Dora Kathleen

Pettit, also of Northampton,he worked in the Shoe Trade.

They had two sons Walter Henry Smith (my Father) and Leslie Smith,

the Family then moved to London. If anybody has any information

about my grandfather please contact me at :-



Email received from Margo Clarke :

Hello. Alan. I have a picture that someone sent me years ago and I  cannot find the return address. I believe the person was from the Love family of Northampton.

He/she did not sign the card that the photo was in and I unfortunately lost the envelope. 

"funny we would meet on the internet and have ties to Washington St. friends and neighbours for over 100 years".

She/he mentions John A. Love. On the back of this photo "Gunner Richardson wounded at the Battle of the Somme, John's pal". 

I am enclosing the photo Alan. It was taken in Cricklewood, N.W. It is a real picture postcard. Hoping you can post it on your site. All the best, Margo