Search results for Army Service Corps.

7 December 1917: Pte James Shuttleworth


James was born in Cowling, Yorkshire to parents John (a worsted weaver) and Ann. He was one of 13 children, 10 of whom lived beyond childhood (he had 3 brothers, Christopher and Gladstone who died in their first, William when he was 8). James went to work in the local cotton mill. He attended Cowling Infant School then went to work as a cotton we…

30 April 1915: Pte A H Smith


A coal-carter with the Nelson Co-operative Society pre war (in the town where he lived:7, Cross Street), 21 year old Pte Carter enlisted into the army on 12 September 1914. After getting married whilst on leave in January 1915, he travelled to Weyhill Camp, near Andover to undergo further training. Still at Weyhill in April 1915, he was involved i…

18 May 1917 : Richard John Grandin


Parents Elias Grandin and Louise (née Alix). Richard was educated first at Victoria College, Jersey and on the Training Ship Conway and then at the Lycée St. Breuc, France.  At the 1911 Census Richard was at home in Jersey with his now widowed father, older sister and three domestic servants. His mother Louis had died that January 1911.…

26 June 1917 : Pte James F Croucher


Son of James (a gold jeweller and journeyman) and Emily (née Ward). Educated at Page Green School. Age 15 at the 1901 Census James was at home (16 Rangemoor Road, Tottenham Park) with his parents and two younger siblings, brothers William (13) and Frederick (11). He was a bricklayer by then while his 13 year old younger brother William was work…

ONLINE: Lemons, Chewing Gum, Whale Oil and Rivets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Army Service Corps on the Western Front but Were Too Afraid to Ask


The presentation will be live and online. The Army Service Corps tended to be the butt of the Western Front joke but without them there was no fighting or surviving. By mid-1917 the ASC had mushroomed into a gigantic supply and movement organisation supporting every aspect of the BEF. Guns and shells, rations and RE materials, bullets and boots, g…

A Century Old 'Thank you' : Frederick Clark KIA 21 March 1918


The events of World War I have burned themselves into the national consciousness - especially during the past four years, when every battle, every incident, every death has had its 100th anniversary. With the centenary of the end of the war in sight, many are the stories that have been told and are waiting to be told. This is just one. My father […

Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone


Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone (This article first appeared in Gun Fire pp38-52. All issues are available to Western Front Association members to access via your member login.) (1)   You have shod them cold, and their coats are long, and their bellies stiff with mud; They have done with gloss and polish, but the fighting heart…

The Rob Thompson Memorial Conference


The late Rob Thompson was, in his own words, an "accidental military historian". But, in the opinion of others, he was "a true scholar … with a new way of looking at the Great War" and "an off the wall character with rock star charisma". This conference celebrates his lifetime achievements - in historical research, critical interpretation and publi…

The Invisible Corps - Roy Larkin


Roy will be making a return visit to Ruddington to talk his specialist subject, the Army Service Corps.

In this talk he will give a brief overview of the Army Service Corps 1914-18, revealing a story of evolution, passing the buck and meddling civilians!