Harvey Lidstone 1898 - 1917 - WW1

posted May 8, 2014, 12:20 PM by Duncan Lidstone

Bill Lidstone member 34 tree 10 wrote

Harvey Lidstone a Pvt. in the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) is buried in one of the Canadian Military Cemeteries in France. He came from Laird Township south of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario I don’t recall who his father was.

We have established that Harvey John Lidstone Tree 24A6 was born in 1898 to John and Naomi (Baldwin) Lidstone. 
There were three siblings Clive, Willard and Ruth of whom the LFHS knows very little although Willard and Ruth did marry and have children. 
Their father John had emigrated from Torquay to Laird, Canada, with his parents,4 brothers, and John and Emily Butland, in 1870.

He joined the forces May 16th 1916 had fair complexion and was 5’10” with brown eyes and fair hair.

He was killed in action on 30th October 1917. and is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery Passchindale Belgium. Grave no XX1.H.22. Imperial War Graves Commission No.87.

Percy Trowbridge Lidstone - died 1918 - WW1

posted May 3, 2014, 1:07 PM by Duncan Lidstone

Name: Percy Trowbridge Lidstone

Birth Place: Dartmouth, Devon

Residence: Dartmouth, Devon

Death Date: 14 Apr 1918

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Newton Abbot, Devon

Rank: Private

Regiment: Hampshire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Number: 42345

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

John Lewis Lidstone - Died 1917 - WW1

posted May 3, 2014, 1:05 PM by Duncan Lidstone

Name: John Lewis Lidstone

Residence: Wealdstone

Death Date: 28 Apr 1917

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: Harrow

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion: 13th Battalion

Number: 61816

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Comments: Formerly 20976, East Surrey Regt.

Alfred Morgan Lidstone - Died 1916 - WW1

posted May 3, 2014, 1:03 PM by Duncan Lidstone   [ updated May 3, 2014, 1:03 PM ]

Alfred Morgan Lidstone

Birth Place: Swansea

Residence: Brixton Hill, Surrey.

Death Date: 14 Nov 1916

Death Location: France & Flanders

Enlistment Location: St. Paul's Churchyard

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 13th Battalion

Number: R/17223

Type of Casualty: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Thomas Coxon Lidstone 1890-1915 - WW1

posted Mar 13, 2014, 12:25 AM by Duncan Lidstone   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 12:27 AM ]

In memory of Thomas Coxon Lidstone (Tree 2B1) - Private, PS/473, 16th Bn., Middlesex Regiment who died on Thursday, 25th February 1915, age 25. Son of Joseph Parnell Lidstone 1850-1897 and Ann Coxon Lidstone dddd-1897.
Cemetery: Richmond Cemetery, Surrey, UK. Grave/Panel reference: K. 1667.

Harold Lidstone 1894-1917 - WW1

posted Mar 9, 2014, 12:59 AM by Duncan Lidstone   [ updated Mar 9, 2014, 12:22 PM ]

Brian Jones provided the following and suggested we post it on the website as part of the First World War Centenary. Ann is now going to look back through the records and we will post more here.

Harold Lidstone was awarded the Military Medal during World War One.

Harold was born 1894 Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and died 20 November 1917 Marcoing, France during the Battle of Cambrai.  He was the youngest son of Nathaniel Lidstone & Elizabeth Sheppard.

The following is a letter from Colonel Halfyard of the Royal Newfoundland Regimental Museum:

"The following is some information I managed to find on Rgt #163 Cpl Harold Lidstone:

The action in which he was involved was associated with the British offensive in 1917 known as the Third Battle of Ypres. This was a major offensive by the British and consisted of a number of separate battles related to the capture of Passchendaele Ridge. Included were the Battles of Langemarck, Messines, and Passchendaele.

In July and August 1917, the 1st Newfoundland Regiment participated in action along the Yser Canal, north of Ypres and assaults over the Steenbeek and Broenbeek Rivers as part of the Battle of Langemarck. A "Battle Honour" to recognize the Regiment's efforts at Langemarck is emblazoned on the Colours of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

From July 6 to 12, the Newfoundland Regiment was deployed along the Yser Canal in an area which had for so many months formed the British front line encircling the Ypres Salient. With the exception of the men in the fire trenches, most of the men in A, B, C, and D Companies were assigned to maintenance work on the treaches, including revetting wet trenches and building new ones. Throughout most of this toiling work, enemy shellfire continued to fall on the soldiers, and from 6 to 12 July, when they were relieved, the Newfoundland Regiment lost ten killed and twenty-three wounded.

A digression came for a small group of Newfoundlanders on the night of the relief. For two weeks prior to 12 July, some thirty members of the Regiment had been involved in special training in enemy harrassment. The group, known as "The Raiders" were detailed to make their first raid on enemy lines on the night of July 12/13. Shortly after mid-night they entered the German front-line in search of prisoners. That night drew a blank, because the particular trench was unoccupied. However, five nights later the raiders tried once again and this time they were successful. They cut their way through enemy barbed wire, entered his fire trench and captured a soldier of the 102nd Saxon Regiment, killing a reported five others. The raiders suffered no casulaties. That night's exploits brought recognition of the gallantry displayed by two St John's men, Rgt #42 Cpl Frank Best and Rgt #163 L/Cpl Harold Lidstone. Both were awarded the Military Medal for their heroic deeds during the raid. Cpl Best would die at the Broembeek River on 9 October 1917 and Cpl Lidstone, slightly over a month later would die on 20 Nov 1917 at Marcoing during the Battle of Cambrai."

News page added

posted Mar 9, 2014, 12:54 AM by Duncan Lidstone   [ updated Mar 9, 2014, 12:31 PM ]

This is a new feature added to the site and we will use it for occasional updates and interesting historical information.

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