Research and text by Gary Simmons (grandson)
Arthur Henry Dare was born 8 September 1892.
Enlisted: August 1914
Service number: G37068
Regiment: Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.
11th (Service) Battalion, 41st Division, 123rd Infantry Brigade.
The following is a copy of Arthur’s hand-written pencil notes made during his time in the Great War.
Left Blight on September 8th 1917.
Joined 11th Battalion Queens, September 19th 1917.
Ypres September 20th. Stretcher bearing
Returned to Miemac Camp1 September 23rd. Entrained to Hasle Brook2 & left there by motor to Uxham3 then to Rossendale4 & into the line. Yorkshire Camp5, Coxhide6, Neuport7. Quiet except for a few whizz bangs. Shelled at S. Corner8, no one hit. Marched to La Panne. Remained there till marched to Uxham3 on Sunday November 11th.
Entrained for Italy November 14th. Lovely journey Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo disentrained on November 20th. Started march on 22nd finished on 29th. Slept in a church under shell fire relived Italians on 30th November near Nevesa9. Post on island.
Relived on the 8th December 1917 returned to fire support X10 on 16th. Front line Xmas Eve
X Sent Killing Ingram11
(Received two Pels12) Plenty of snow. Whizz banged on open road (very nice)
Relived on January 3rd 1918 by R.F. (32nd Royal Fuailiers)
4 men wounded about December 28th.
Bells rung the Old year out & New in. Over in Jerrys line. St Andrea13
January 11th 2 days Nevesa9
2 days shelled at 2 in the morning.
Trench digging in the day good billet. Photos saw of children. Relived on 16th by H.A.C 2nd Battalion band from _____ Riesie14. then in support of French in the mountains. Behind Mount Grappea15. Left for 137 F.A. Falzie16. return to Battalion then marched to Antivole17 Sports. Brought wrap of cover. Marched through Monte B18 to relive 23rd Division on February 16th. Relived in support by 23th Division on February 24th, marched away to Riesie14 and then to Padova19 (Italy). Entrained here on March 1st 1918 for France (Got drunk 30th April) special) Dulons20 March 6. Inernary 21 till March 21st entrained at Montacan22 to Ashby Le Grand 23. Proceeded to line Dig in artillery.
Vic stand to then front line to relieve Chestines. R.W.F. 24 March 22nd dig in. March 23rd surrounded and Captured about 6 o’ clock. Carried wounded about 7 or 8 kilometres. Work all night. Sunday 24th, march nearly all day to small camp nothing to eat. Slept in stable next day piece of Bread and some Horseflesh soup. (went down good) arrived Denain25 Monday25th, Entrained on 26 for Munster II. Good Friday 29th. First PC with add, sent on April 1st.
Left Munster II April 18th for Wallrope26 Munster III
Started work on Coke on 19th.
May 5th Day off (Chatts27)
May 6th started work in Mine
July 16th Frenchman Died. 1st _ _ _ 2028
July 20th Prisoners 20 arr ill
July 21st 2 Photos sent also July 14th.
July21st Frenchman Died 2nd Buried July 24th
Nov 9th 1918 Republic
Nov 24 Left Wallrope26 for Munster III
Dec 1st Rotterdam
Dec 4th Landed at Hull
Micmac. Canadian camp located
Rosendale, near sand dunes.
Yorkshire camp listed as Oost-Dunkerle.
St. Andrea. (Battalion War Diary)
Padova. (Battalion War Diary)
Mondicourt. (Battalion War Diary)
Achiet-Le-Grand (Battalion War Diary)
Possible; Cheshires, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Body lice commonly know to the British soldier as Chatts, which may be derived from chattel. Almost every man who served in the Great War had lice as a constant companion.
1 to 20.
Battalion War Diaries.
History of the Queen’s Royal (West Surrey) Regiment in the Great War. Colonel H. C. Wylly, C.B. Chapter XXV page 267.
The British Army in Italy 1917-1918, John Wilks & Eileen Wilks. Chapter 3 page 50, Chapter 4 pages 55,56,61,66.
Battle Ground Europe Touring the Italian Front 1917-1919, Francis Mackay. Pages 16,74,86.
Map of the Main Prison Camps in Germany & Austria, Mrs. Pope-Hennessy. Map & Page 9.
International Committee of the Red Cross, Attestation confirmation of capture & POW camp.
Note, Items shown under Legend heading still in red are unconfirmed to date.