Bosbury in WW1 Newspaper Reports

August 29th 1914

APPEAL FOR CLOTHING FOR “C” COMPANY Mrs W.B. WOOD-ROE, of The Slatch, Bosbury, wife of Major WOOD-ROE, issues an appeal for clothing for “C” Company of the 1st Battalion the Herefordshire Regiment. Grey flannel shirts and knitted socks are urgently needed at once. The present price of a ready-made Army shirt is 4s 3d and suitable knitted socks can be bought at 4s a pair. Any subscriptions, however small, or offers of help will gratefully received by Mrs. WOOD-ROE, The Slatch, Bosbury. Parcels, etc may also be sent to the Drill Hall, Ledbury.
The latest official news of the regiment can be obtained by friends of Territorials at the Drill Hall, Ledbury, on Tuesdays, between 2.30 and 4pm. Any information or advice will be given.

From The Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 29 August 1914

September 5th 1914

ROLL OF HONOUR. The following men enlisted at the meeting on Wednesday night and have been added to the Ledbury Roll of Honour:—
. . .
Chris Farmer, Bosbury, Ledbury
Albert Edward Foster, Ailscroft, Bosbury, Ledbury
. . .

From The Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 5 September 1914 p.2 col.4

September 12th 1914

NATIONAL RESERVE Hereford men of the National Reserve have registered for local duty.
. . .
The following men of the National Reserve have volunteered for Lord Kitchener’s Army. The regiments named are those in which the men have served.
. . .
. . .
Cpl. Waithe (The Grange, Bosbury). H.R.V. [should be W Swaithe, see below]
. . .

From The Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 12 September 1914 p.5 col.6

October 12th 1914

LEDBURY ROLL OF HONOUR. The following additions have to be made to the Ledbury Roll of Honour.
. . .
Stroud W., labourer, Bosbury, K.S.L.I.
Rouse G., farm labourer, Bosbury, K.S.L.I.
Rouse T., farm labourer, Bosbury, K.S.L.I.
Mason A., collier, Bosbury, Ledbury, K.S.L.I.
. . .

From The Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 12 October 1914 p.2 col.7

October 24th 1914

RECRUITING MEETING. — An enthusiastic recruiting meeting was held on Friday last at Bosbury in a room kindly lent by Mr Buck. The band of the Reserve Battalion Herefordshire Regiment (who were entertained by the hostess) paraded the village before the meeting, which was very well attended. Colonel M. J. G. Scobie gave a stirring address, and Mr. Roger Rowden, of Eastnor, who organised the gathering, ably supported him. Mr. L’Estrange and Mr. Cook, of Malvern College, showed war pictures on a screen, as they did at Ashperton, and added to the interest of the meeting. Mr. R. Buchanan of Bosbury House, was it is interesting to know, formerly in the Liverpool Scottish, and has two sons serving their country.

From The Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 24 October 1914 p.4 col.4

October 31st 1914

LOCAL PATRIOTISM.—The following Bosbury men are at present serving their country: Sergt. W. Brice, Privates E. Chadney, A. Mason, - Mason, A. Powell, G. Rouse, I Rouse, Corporal W. Swaith, all in the K.S.L.I.; Private R. Mayor, Private A. Peters, R.F.A.; Private G. Palmer, Grenadier Guards, Private L. K. Job, Warwickshire Regiment, Privates A. and R. Buchanan, Liverpool Scottish; Privates G. Box, T. Box, T. Brant, D. Brown, G. Brown, W. Brown, C. Davies, F. Farmer, A. Foster, A. Jones, T. Johnson, T. Owen, and T. Oliver all in the 1st Herefordshire Regiment.

From the Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 31 October 1914 p.2 col.6

November 21st 1914

In the space of 10 days Private Sivel Lane (son of Mr. W. S. Lane, The Farm, Bosbury), joined the Army and landed in France. He recently joined with Mr. Guy Smith, son of Mr. S. S. Smith, Heath Farm, Dymock. They both joined Kitchener’s Army, but have since been transferred, as the following letter, written by Mr. Sivel Lane to his father, will show. The letter is dated November 18th, and was sent from Royal Engineers, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot:—

“You will see by this letter that we have not gone yet. We are all under orders to leave at an hour’s notice. They won't let us go into the town unless we report at the Post office every hour, so expect we shall be off tomorrow. The major in command here inspected us this morning, gave us an address, and shook us all by the hand and wished us the best of luck. The King was down here yesterday and inspected some of the troops. We had a good view of his Majesty, who had a great reception from the soldiers.
“We have been out for a march to-day, and the Army boots have made my feet pretty sore. There are some tremendous camps round here. Our sergeant told me there were 400,000 in training. It is really a sight on the roads. You pass regiment after regiment of troops, and it is really wonderful how they are all kept, housed and fed. When we joined first we were in Kitchener’s Army, but we have been transferred and are now in the Regular Army. None of Kitchener’s Army have yet gone to the front.
”There is a regiment of Camerons here that the King reviewed, and they say they are equal to the Regulars, although they have only had three months training.”

Both Private Lane and Private Smith left for France on Saturday last. A goodly number of farmers’ sons have gone to the colours from the Ledbury and district, but there are still many eligible young men who have not yet responded to the call of their country.

From the Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 21 November 1914 p.2 col.2

. . .
Private J. H. Bettington, bailiff, Bosbury
. . .

From the Ledbury Guardian   Saturday 21 November 1914 p.2 col.4

June 26th 1915

We understand that Mr. Robert Buchanan, of Bosbury House, received a private wire on Monday [21st June] to the effect that his eldest son, Private Alan Buchanan, of the Liverpool Scottish, had been killed in action. Mr. Robert Buchanan was at one time an officer in the same regiment. Another son is about to enter Sandhurst Military College.

From The Hereford Journal   Saturday 26 June 1915 p.5 col.6

July 24th 1915

Mr. and Mrs. George Rouse, of Broad Oak, Bosbury, have this week received the sad intelligence that their son, Pte. George Rouse, of the 1st. K.S.L.I., was wounded at the Front on June 19th and died the following day. The casualty appeared in Tuesday’s list. The parents heard no tidings of their son from the middle of June, and obtained the cordial assistance of Mr. R. Buchanan, of Bosbury House, in an endeavour to trace him. Mr. Buchanan received a letter, dated July 15th. from Lieut. Maurice Foulger, “C” Platoon, “B” Company, 1st. K.S.L.I., stating that Pte. Rouse was badly wounded on June 19th. and died on the morning of the 20th. The letter continues:— “I shall be glad if you will convey to Mrs. Rouse on my behalf my feelings of sympathy in her bereavement. I trust it may be a consolation to her to know that he bore up bravely, and was an excellent soldier, and indeed, a son she might well be proud of.”  Pte. George Rouse and his brother Thomas enlisted in the K.S.L.I. at the outbreak of the war, and George was sent to the Front, being drafted to the 1st. Battalion, some months ago. He joined for twelve years.

From The Hereford Journal   Saturday 24 July 1915 p.5 col.5

May 13th 1916

Resignation from Command of 2nd/1st Herefords.
Lieut.-Col. W.B. Wood-Roe, the O.C. 2nd/1st Herefordshire Regiment, has relinquished his command, the announcement being contained in the “London Gazette,” appearing in the Press on saturday last as follows:— “Territorial Force Reserve—Lt.-Col. W.B. Wood-Roe, from Hereford Regiment, to be Lt.-Col. (May 6th).”

The following is an extract from 2nd/1st Herefordshires Battalion orders of May 6th:—
“In relinquishing the command of this Battalion, Lieut.-Colonel Wood-Roe desires to say that he does so with the greatest possible regret. He thanks all ranks for the zeal and co-operation shown since the Battalion was formed. He wishes all the best possible luck and hopes the happy tone which now prevails will continue.”
It was with deep regret that the Battalion heard of the resignation of Colonel Wood-Roe who is a very popular officer, his never-failing courtesy endearing him to all ranks. In losing Colonel Wood-Roe the Battalion has sustained a very great loss. Many of the men in the Battalion have served under Colonel Wood-Roe since the beginning of the war, and they, naturally, feel the parting very much.

From the Hereford Journal   Saturday 13 May 1916 p.5 col.6



It was with much regret that the men of the 2/1 Hereford Regiment learned on Saturday last that Lieut.-Colonel W. B. Wood-Roe, T.D., the officer commanding, had reliquished his command and joined the Territorial Rserve. The “London Gazette” notice published overnight was as follows :— “Territorial Force Reserve—Lieut.-Colonel W. B. Wood-Roe, from Hereford Regiment, to be Lieut.-Colonel, May 6th).”
Major Wm. B. Wood-Roe, as he was prior to October 31st. 1914, was promoted Lieut.-Col. soon after Lieut.-Col. Gilbert Harris was placed in the Teritorial reserve. Major (now Lieut.-Col.) Gilbert Drage succeeded Lieut.-Col. Harris in command of the 1st Battalion, which was on the East coast, and Lieut.-Colonel Wood-Roe remained in command of the Regimental Depot, where he had been since the 1st. Battalion was called up on the outbreak of war and ordered to leave for Northampton. From the start Lieut.-Col. Wood-Roe has been O.C. of the 2nd line, at first known as the Reserve Battalion. He commanded the escort at the presentation of the colours, in August 1914, to the Cathedral authorities for safekeeping; and had under control the arrangements to meet the great rush of recruits in the first few months of the war. Unfortunately while at Aberystwyth, he contracted influenza, and a severe chill, and no doubt the state of his health has had something to do with the change now recorded. He has been a popular officer; one who has been keen not only for training and efficiency but also for the men’s welfare and comfort. Of the men originally in his Battalion perhaps some three-parts have been drafted to the 1st line. Lieut.-Col. Wood-Roe resides at The Slatch, Ledbury. [actually Bosbury] He had seen service before joining “C” (Ledbury) Company in 1898 as Sec. Lieut. and this previous service, coupled with that in the Herefordshire Regiment, gained him the Territorial Decoration a few years back. He became captain in 1897, succeeding Captain Wakelam as Company commander. Lieut.-Col. Wood-Roe is a member of the Herefordshire Territorial Force Association, and during his earlier service qualified in sub-head I. of subject D (Captains), vide Appendix XI., King’s Regulations.
In the Battalion orders for May 6th. Lieut.-Col. Wood-Roe expresses his greatest possible regrtet at leaving the Battalion and adds: “He thanks all ranks for the zeal and co-operation shown since the Battalion was formed. He wishes all the best possible luck, and hopes the happy tone which now prevails will continue.”


May 22nd 1916

HEREFORDS NEW COLONEL. Captain J. H. Addie. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who has been promoted lieutenant-colonel (temporary) in the Hereford Regiment, as from May 19, succeeds Lieutenant-colonel W. B. Wood-Roe, T.D., who is placed in the Reserve of Officers, in the command of the 2/1st Hereford County Territorials. The new colonel’s battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers was the 7th (Merioneth and Montgomery Territorials).

From the Western Mail   Monday 22 May 1916 p.2 col.7

February 2nd 1918

Edward James Foster (20) single (C2), grocer’s carter, in employ of Mr. Collett, Bosbury,— National Service Representative’s appeal allowed.

From the Hereford Journal   Saturday 2 February 1918 p.3 col.3

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