Essex Yeomanry Regiment- Ypres 1915
Essex Yeomanry were
involved in the Battle for Frezenberg Ridge on May
This battle took place as part of the 2nd battle of
Following three weeks of heavy fighting which
included the use of chlorine gas the Essex Yeomanry
were moved into a support position at the
strategically important Frezenberg Ridge.
Their main task was to dig a communications trench to ease communications between the front line and GHQ.
At 4am the Germans started a bombardment which lasted 4 hours and damaged the defensive trenches held by the second Life Guards, Leicestershire Yeomanry and the third Dragoon Guards.
The German offensive took the trenches held by the lifeguards and desperate fighting took place.
Reinforcements were called for and the Essex Yeomanry, The Horse Guards and the tenth Hussars charged the trenches and drove back the German offensive.
Killed in Action
Major A Roddick
Lieutenant G S Johnson
2nd Lieutenants A G Swire and G P N Reid
Sergeants D Ledger, L C Deakin, S Newman, A Pearce, J W Draper and T Clark
Corporals T Allen and E F Bird
Lance Corporal F M Seabrook
Privates F E bell, J Truefit, C Taylor, B Snell, E P Propert, O Askew, B W Blencoe, F J Deighton, W E Gardiner, J Petchey, R C Ridgewell, H C Smith, R Lagden, H D McTurk, A T South, A J Wild, W E Jones, D H Taylor and D W Christie.
Wounded and then Reported Missing
Lt Colonel E Deacon
Sergeant L E Butcher
Corporal E E Glew
Privates S Fairhead, J W Taylor, C H Cattell, C E Green, B W Beggin, W Nunn, S E Newman, H E Mansfield, B Mann, R Millar, C H Brazier and J Barker.
Sergeant C E Brock
Privates L A Hill, E J Prime, A J Mills, J Millbank, H G Wright, J Green, E S Diggens and H W Cunningham
Captain A R Steele
Lieutenants V T C Vine and R Edwards
2nd Lieutenant H P Holt
SSM H H Newman
Sergeants H Mann, H D Pritchard, F B Speakman, P Hoare, R C Packer, E W Walker and J H Moody
Corporals K Grant, A Blyth, W J Hart, E Appleton, G R Williams, S Brown and E Ridgewell
Lance Corporals W G Baker, W Chapman, Croxon, G J Wyatt and G C Deverell
Privates J C Finney, W T Dunmore, L H Jenkyn, J L Hallett , W Connolly, W Last, G Austin, A Smith, E G Newcombe, W H Pennell, P D Manning, H W Godfrey, K Holland, P Harvey, A Ball, L Smith, N Leeder, N J Cunningham, E G Moss, G W Fox, H W Hutton, T W harvey, E Pegrum, G J Adams, E D Dorrington, W Butcher, W Joyce, J Franks, C Errington, R Hall, H Waller, G A Rivers, F C Woods, W Beeney, H Richards, C A Curtis, H Taylor, R C Caines, G Scrivener, R G Townsend, H E Thompson, H W Swann, E H Finch, A J Bond, G Cottee, W Day, C A Robins, J Sparrow, J J Taylor, W J Revell, A J Wyatt, J S Rust, D W Steward, A E Brice, W T Bentley, C J Curtis, J W Jordan, O T Sutton, E E Minns, P J Dyer, E W Bewers, O Hughes, J E Banks, W T Gowlett, A Baynes, H R Rowell, R Robinson, H H Lang, D Hurst, M D Free, R Clare, F F Rayner, R P Baker, C J Bruce, J H Sergeant, C H Veal, and H R Whent
The thirty one members of the Yeomanry, listed below, were mentioned in the Regimental War Diary for their conduct during this battle.
Major A Roddick for the pace and dash with which he led the attack
Captain E A Ruggles-Brise, Lt R A Thompson , Sergeant Howard, Lance Corporal Wardill and Private Smy for their gallantry in holding an advanced position in some ruined houses until dark after they had been cut off.
Corporal Frost, Privates Schwier, Johnson and Dean for stretcher bearing under heavy fire.
Privates Anning and Wier for bravery and coolness in action.
Privates Holland and Bates for useful reconnaissance and coolness in action.
Gordon Grant of Burnham is mentioned by the General for
coolness and bravery under fire.
Sergeants Hodge, Pritchard, Ledger and Walker
Corporals Bird and Fred Bosworth
Lance-Corporals Turnell, Seabrook and Rex
Privates Cornell, Holton, Manning, Medlicott, F Smart, Ernest Skinner, A D Tompkins and Anning.