I found The SWARM Site whilst looking for information on my uncle Tony (who was my Dad's big brother)I knew very little about him except that I (according to my late parents) have his smile and some of "his ways." Your site had him listed on the Groves and Whitnalls brewery site..... it said he was a fitter and gave a brief physical description......thank you for making him a person for me. I would love to know more about him.... and I'd be grateful of a nudge in the right direction. Thank You again
hi bill and welcome, i dont know how much info you have on your uncle , but this could help you a little, MITTON, ANTHONY Initials: A Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Royal Welsh Fusiliers Unit Text: 17th Bn. Date of Death: 01/05/1918 Service No: 267117 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 36 and 37. Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL
formation became the 113th Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division. 17th (Service) Bn (2nd North Wales), the Royal Welsh Fusiliers joined February 1915, left July 1915
115th Brigade 16th (Service) Bn (Cardiff City), the Welsh joined October 1914, disbanded February 1918 10th (Service) Bn (1st Gwent), the South Wales Borderers joined November 1914 11th (Service) Bn (2nd Gwent), the South Wales Borderers joined January 1915, disbanded February 1918 17th (Service) Bn (2nd North Wales) , the Royal Welsh Fusiliers joined July 1915 2nd Bn, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers joined February 1918 115th Machine Gun Company joined 19 May 1916, moved into 38 MG Bn March 1918 115th Mortar Battery joined 26 December 1915
Bouzincourt Ridge near Albert RWF Regimental Records on the 22 April 1918, attempts were made to secure the ridge in order to observe into the Ancre Valley. this action inolved the 13th, 14th and 16th Bn's with 2 companies from the 2nd Bn in reserve. They eventually managed to secure the Shell Hole Position taking many casualties. 1st May 1918 17th R.W.F. Bouzincourt Ridge near Albert, The position was slightly improved by the 17th Bn on the 1st May, carried out by Capt J C Gledhill with two platoons" every chance your uncle was in one of the platoons, tonyrod.
Welcome to the forum. I think Tony may have given you a good start with the information that he has kindly posted.
The information about the cemetery where Anthony's name is inscribed may also add a little more detail:
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
The POZIERES MEMORIAL relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who died on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names. The memorial encloses POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, Plot II of which contains original burials of 1916, 1917 and 1918, carried out by fighting units and field ambulances. The remaining plots were made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery, the majority of them of soldiers who died in the Autumn of 1916 during the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme, but a few represent the fighting in August 1918. There are now 2,758 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,380 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There is also 1 German soldier buried here. The cemetery and memorial were designed by W.H. Cowlishaw, with sculpture by Laurence A. Turner. The memorial was unveiled by Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien on 4 August 1930.
I will send you an email with a few personal bits of information.
Frustratingly the NA download for this Battalion ends Feb 1918. It'll take me a couple of weeks to see if I can get hold of the diary but I would say that Tony has covered it from the Reg Records. Here are the CWGC casualties plus a few from following days in case they are DoW (haven't checked.
17th 20221 OWEN TJ 01/05/1918 17th 25952 WAUGH J 01/05/1918 17th 26034 EVANS RW 01/05/1918 17th 67836 BATEMAN LJ 01/05/1918 17th 70470 TURNER H 01/05/1918 17th 73572 HEYWOOD JE 01/05/1918 17th 73603 JOHNSON FAA 01/05/1918 17th 76021 DEAN RA 01/05/1918 17th 204123 ROBERTS TR 01/05/1918 17th 267117 MITTON A 01/05/1918 17th 268072 JONES R 01/05/1918 17th 315201 BROWN E 01/05/1918 17th 315964 FORD GC 01/05/1918 17th 56676 DAVIES CG 02/05/1918 17th 61109 JONES W 02/05/1918 17th 62818 KAY A 03/05/1918 17th 46493 MCTIERNAN JM 05/05/1918 17th 59279 WALTERS F 05/05/1918
His papers are in Service Records under his pre 1917 number of 4859 and to the Salford AVL address of 4 Robert Hall St. I haven't looked at them yet.