2/6th Battalion (1914-16)


A pictorial history of the 2/6th Battalion (1914-1918)


Please note that there are individual pages for each of the following events


 Chapter contents:-

  1. Attestation and Training in Buxton: 1914-15 here

  2. Officers and Senior N.C.O.s of the 6th Reserve Battalion here

  3. The Empire Hotel – Headquarters of the 2/6th Battalion here

  4. The move to Epping and Luton: February 1915 here

  5. Arrival of the Derby Scheme men: Early 1916 here

  6. Ireland and the Easter Rising: April 1916 here

  7. Flying Columns in Ireland: Summer 1916 here

  8. Officers of the 2/6th Battalion: Summer 1916 here

  9. Arrival of the “Londoners’: September 1916 here

  10. Embarkation to France: February 1917 here

  11. Attack on Passchendale Ridge: September 1917 here

  12. Arrival of Reinforcements: January 1918 here

  13. The German spring offensive: March 1918 here including 240759 Pte. Robert Alywn Dane

  14. Reinforcements and re-equiping: Spring 1918 here including 204705 Pte. Arthur Sutton

  15. Reduced to Cadre and disbanded: July 1918 here including transfer to the Queens (1/22nd and 1/24th Battalions) in August 1918 and 3285 Pte. Athal Frederick Swindell.

  16. The stories of men who enlisted into the 2/6th Battalion here

Featuring:-

  • 450 CSM Harry Slack – a pre-War Territorial.
  • 3074 Pte. William Brailsford – an original 1914 recruit.
  • 3734 Pte. Tom Lynam – a 1915 recruit.
  • 242090 Pte. Arthur Shepherd – part of the ‘London Contingent’ of 1916
  • A 1917 conscripted solider
  • A 1917 conscripted solider

Other individual stories include:-

  • 240611 Pte. Thomas Henry Mainwaring – a 1914 Recruit to the 2/6th Battalion here
  • 240787 Sergeant Oscar Hubbuck –  a 1914 Recruit to the 2/6th Battalion here
  • 241062 Sergeant Samuel Henry Lomas – a 1914 Recruit to the 2/6th Battalion here
  • 241276 Pte John Mowbray – a 1915 recruit here
  • 242008 Pte. Harry Baker – part of the ‘London Contingent’ of 1916 here
  • 242062 Pte. Henry George Cecil – part of the ‘London Contingent’ of 1916 here
  • 204705 Pte Arthur Sutton – 1918 reinforcement here

 

12 thoughts on “2/6th Battalion (1914-16)

    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Tom you’re quite right – I didn’t finish off his story. Thanks for the prompt and I will try to add more info soon. His service record does not exist anymore so I can only fill in the gaps using limited sources of info. Cheers Mike.

      Reply
  1. wendy baker

    Hello Mike, I don’t know if I’m in the right place to write this but … at last I’ve found a reference to the movements of the 2/6th batt – my husband’s grandfather was Pte. Harry Samuel Baker Regimental no. 242008. His battalion was the 2/6th Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) and he enlisted at Camberwell. He died 27 Aug 1918 as a POW at Nordstein Mine, Branch Camp 1038. He is buried in the Cologne War Cemetery, I have a photo of his headstone. The occupation listed on the “death notice” from Nordstein is that of “spinner”. Harry was born 14 March 1889 at Boughton Blean, Kent, England, and his occupation was “barman” when he married Florence Isabel Sykes on 3 April 1915. His only child, my father-in-law Harry J Baker, was born 8 September 1916. I have military letters as follows: (1)Army form B.104-80A 20 July 1917 from Territorial Force Litchfield Office stating that Pte H.S. Baker was admitted to 7th Stationary Hospital Wimereaux suffering from rheumatic fever (severe)”. The second form (2) states he was wounded 26th October 1917 but admission hospital unknown. (3) form dated 20 October 1917 stating he was admitted to 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, on the 5th day of October 1917 suffering from shot wound to the jaw. (4) A “Form E” of 7th May 1918 to his wife Florence Isobel Baker stated that Pt. Baker was officially posted as missing since 21st March 1918.Then followed the “true copy of certificate of death” re his death in Nordstein, branch camp 1038.
    Can you help me please find any official post listings of his being taken prisoner etc. etc. and anything else to do with Pte Harry Samuel Baker. There may be some confusion in the records as his wife was listed as being Ada (in fact, a sister). Any photos or other information would be most appreciated please.

    Reply
    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Hello Wendy, thanks for your message and I’ll send some information by email. I can tell you now that Harry Baker was mobilised on the 19th September 1916 and would have reported to the Central London Recruiting Depot, which I think was in Whitehall. He would have only had probably only 3 weeks between his ‘call up’ and having to report to the Depot. He was placed with the 2/6th Battalion on that day. He was wounded on the 26th October during a German raid of the front line trenches, cheers mike.

      Reply
  2. wendy baker

    Thanks so much for that Mike, and I look forward to the extra info you are forwarding. This will mean so much to his descendants! Cheers, Wendy

    Reply
  3. brian donnelly swift

    hi mike, interesting read 🙂
    was wondering if you have anymore information on charles donnelly swift.. my great grandfather

    Reply
    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Hi Brian, thanks – glad you like the site. Other than a 1911 Irish census record and the few photographs (about 5 in total) thats all I know I’m afraid. He must have been quite a regular visiter to the military camps to take the photographs. I’ve assumed that they were taken at the Curragh, but it could also have been at Balyvonare Camp which would have been much closer to travel to. I do know that some were taken between Sept 1916 and Feb 1917 Cheers Mike

      Reply
  4. Elisabeth Johnson

    Hello,
    I am trying to find out about my Gr grandfather John Spencer who received the DCM the medal, it is engraved 4871 Pte J Spencer 2/6 N+D.R.-T.F and struggling to find out when and for what it was awarded. He reinlisted 4/09/1914 for 51days and discharged due to a leg injury which he received in Ireland but I just can’t find anything about the DCM and would be most grateful if you have any information or can point me in the right direction. Many thanks

    Reply
    1. mikebriggs1910 Post author

      Dear Elizabeth. The details that I have record that 4871 Pte J Spencer received the DCM on 3 Mar 1917 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He remained alone at his post and continued to fire his rifle with good effect. He set a fine example of courage and determination”. There is also a reference to him in the Cliff Housley Sherwood Foresters Gallantry Awards book that says it was in the Easter Rinsing in Dublin and that he served with the 1/8th Battalion. cheers Mike

      Reply
      1. Elisabeth Johnson

        Thank you Mike, we were under the impression that he got the DCM for his duty in Ireland but I assume from what you have said this will be from a different occasion as the medal is engraved 2/6 not 1/8, am I right in assuming that? Is there anywhere I can look to find where he was serving when he was awarded this? I’ve had a hunt on ancestry and tried searching the army records but no luck yet 😦 I have also been in touch with the sherwood foresters archive in hope that they can give us some further I site but still waiting for a reply. If you have any idea where to go I would be most grateful.
        Many thanks Liz

      2. mikebriggs1910 Post author

        Dear Liz, sorry my fault – meant to write 2/8th Battalion – which still puts him in Ireland when he won the DCM and I guess the entry in Cliff’s book is incorrect. I will email the DCM citation to you. But this also raises a new question. In my records I have a 4871 Joseph Spencer who served with the 2/6th Battalion and then later with the 24th London & Queens Regt (number G/72900). I must have made a mistake because you are aware that John SPencer was discharged – did he have a brother that you know of? cheers Mike

  5. Elisabeth Johnson

    Hello Mike
    Leave this with me for a few days to research my end, there was a brother Joseph spencer. We have the DCM and it is reg. no 4871 which you have details for a Joseph spencer and we thought this was awarded to John. I’ll do some hunting and be in touch, many thanks for you help. Liz

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s