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1914 Mons star 12th August 1914 disembarkation date

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    Almost as early a disembarkation date as you can get for the BEF in France in the great war, with only parts of 4 units landing on the 11th as far as I understand things. Two companies of 2/RWF (A&B) landed at Rouen, The Cameronians and 1st Middlesex landed at Le Havre and the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders landed at Boulogne all landed on the 11th August 1914.

    Driver William Maddocks T-24415 with No.1 transport section, 1st Cavalry Divisional Supply Column Army Service Corps landed on 12/08/14 and served throughout the war and was entitled to the 1914 trio with the bar and roses for the Star to show that he served under fire in the qualifying period. Sadly I only have his Mons star and it is missing the bar. He seems to have survived the war without serious injury.

    The 1st Cavalry Division in 1914-1918
    The history of the 1st Cavalry Division
    Part of the original British Expeditionary Force, the Division went to France in August 1914. Originally titled as the Cavalry Division, it was retitled as 1st Cavalry Division on 16 September 1914 when a second division was formed. It remained on the Western Front in France and Flanders throughout the war. The Division took part in most of the major actions where cavalry was used as a mounted mobile force, and also many others where the troops were dismounted and effectively served as infantry, including:

    1914
    The Battle of Mons (23 August, with subsequent Action of Elouges and Rearguard Action of Solesmes)
    The Battle of Le Cateau (26 August, with subsequent Rearguard Affair of Etreux, Affair of Nery and Rearguard Actions of Villers-Cotterets)
    The Battle of the Marne
    The Battle of the Aisne (12 - 15 September and subsequent Actions on the Aisne Heights)
    The Battles of Ypres 1914 ("First Ypres")

    1915
    Winter Operations 1914-15
    The Battles of Ypres 1915 ("Second Ypres")

    1916
    The Battle of Flers-Courcelette (a phase of the Battles of the Somme 1916)

    1917
    The First Battle of the Scarpe (9 - 12 April, a phase of the Arras Offensive)
    The Tank Attack (20 - 21 November, a phase of the Cambrai Operations)
    The capture of Bourlon Wood (24 - 26 November, a phase of the Cambrai Operations)
    The German counterattacks (30 November - 3 December, a phase of the Cambrai Operations)

    1918
    The Battle of St Quentin (21 -23 March, a phase of the of the First Battles of the Somme in which the Division eas engaged until 1 April)

    On 24 March 1918 each brigade and the machine gun squadron furinished a regiment to be constituted as a "Dismounted Division". These units returned to 1st Cavalry Division two days later.

    The Battle of Bapaume (24 - 25 March, a phase of the of the First Battles of the Somme)
    The Battle of Rosieres (26 - 27 March, a phase of the of the First Battles of the Somme)
    The Battle of Amiens (8 - 10 August)
    The Battle of Albert (21 August, a phase of the Second Battles of the Somme 1918)
    The Battle of Cambrai 1918 (8 October, a phase of the Battles of the Hindenburg Line)
    The Pursuit to the Selle (9 - 12 October)
    The Final Advance in Picardy (17 October - 6 November) and in Artois (7 - 11 November)

    The Division was selected to advance into Germany as an advance screen for Second Army and form part of the Occupation Force. The move began on 17 November, and brigades reached the Rhine at Cologne and Bonn on 12 December.

    The order of battle of the 1st Cavalry Division
    1st Cavalry Brigade
    2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays)
    5th Dragoon Guards
    11th Hussars
    1st Signal Troop RE
    "I" Battery, RHA joined 17 September 1914
    1st Cavalry Bde Machine Gun Squadron MGC formed 28 February 1916
    2nd Cavalry Brigade
    4th Dragoon Guards
    9th Lancers
    18th Hussars
    2nd Signal Troop RE
    "H" Battery, RHA joined 28 September 1914
    2nd Cavalry Bde Machine Gun Squadron MGC formed 28 February 1916
    3rd Cavalry Brigade left for 2nd Cavalry Division 13 September 1914
    4th Hussars
    5th Royal Irish Lancers
    16th Lancers
    3rd Signal Troop RE
    4th Cavalry Brigade left for 2nd Cavalry Division 14 October 1914
    Composite Regiment of Household Cavalry
    6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
    3rd Hussars
    4th Signal Troop RE
    9th Cavalry Brigade formed 14 April 1915
    15th Hussars
    19th Hussars
    1/1st Bedfordshire Yeomanry joined 12 June 1915
    1/1st Warwickshire Battery, RHA
    9th Signal Troop RE
    9th Cavalry Bde Machine Gun Squadron MGC formed 28 February 1916
    Divisional Troops under direct command of Divisional HQ
    1st Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars joined 31 October 1914, left for 2nd Cavalry Division 11 November 1914
    8th Motor Machine Gun Battery MGC joined 18 March 1916, left 23 October 1917
    1st Cavalry Divisional HQ ASC 27 (Horsed Transport) Company
    1st Cavalry Divisional Auxiliary (Horse) ASC 574 (Horsed Transport) Company, formed 26 September 1915
    1st Cavalry Divisional Supply Column ASC 57 and 58 (Mechanical Transport) Companies. 57 absorbed 58 on 10 October 1916. No 3 (Amm.) Section of this company left for Cavalry Corps Ammunition Park on 11 October 1918
    771st Divisional Employment Company formed 16 September 1917
    1st Cavalry Division Field Ambulance Workshop joined 14 May 1915, absorbed into Divisional Supply Column 6 April 1916
    Divisional Artillery
    Note above the RHA batteries serving under brigade command
    III Brigade "(D" and "E" Batteries), RHA and III Brigade Ammunition Column, RHA left for 2nd Cavalry Division 17 September 1914
    VII Brigade ("I" and "L" Batteries), RHA and VII Brigade Ammunition Column, RHA Following very serious losses at Nery on 1 September 1914, "L" Battery was withdrawn from action, returning to the UK to be reformed. It was temporarily replaced by a battery made from various other units and designated Z Battery. L's permanent replacement, "H", joined from VI Brigade in England in late September 1914. "I" Battery left for 1st Cavalry Brigade on 17 September 1914 and "H" Battery left for 2nd Cavalry Brigade on 28 September 1914
    Royal Engineers
    1st Field Squadron
    1st Signal Squadron
    Royal Army Medical Corps
    1st Cavalry Field Ambulance
    2nd Cavalry Field Ambulance left for 2nd Cavalry Division 13 September 1914
    3rd Cavalry Field Ambulance
    4th Cavalry Field Ambulance left for 2nd Cavalry Division 16 October 1914
    No 9 Sanitary Section joined 9 January 1915
    Royal Army Veterinary Corps
    1st Mobile Veterinary Section
    8th Mobile Veterinary Section left for 2nd Cavalry Division 13 September 1914
    9th Mobile Veterinary Section left for 2nd Cavalry Division 13 September 1914
    10th Mobile Veterinary Section left for 2nd Cavalry Division 16 October 1914
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Some good information there Jerry, which I am sure a lot of people will appreciate.

    Cheers,
    Steve.
    Last edited by HARRY THE MOLE; 02-04-2015 at 08:56 PM.
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    nice medal Jerry.

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    Thanks Steve and Harry.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Excellent buy Jerry , maybe one of th few early Mons boys that went all the way !
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by Paul D View Post
    Excellent buy Jerry , maybe one of th few early Mons boys that went all the way !
    Indeed Paul, a rare man to have survived the entire war. I know for 2/RWF that only 11 men survived the entire war and even allowing for them being infantry rather than corps, it must still have been the very few who managed to survive seemingly unscathed and still serving for so long.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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