Notes and Queries


Cpl 290 Charles Austin Winwood

Hi, I’m trying to gather information on my grandfather Cpl 290 Charles Austin Winwood, who joined 15th battalion RWR late 1914. He went to France served with 15th till late 1916 when he was transferred to a machine gun training battalion at Le Touqeot, as an instructor. Any info about his time with the RWR would be gratefully accepted. I have a picture of him in training at Sutton Park which I would be happy to share.
Contact: Nicholas French


 Arthur George Lovelace-Taylor

I don’t know if my uncle was one of the pals his name Arthur George Lovelace-Taylor
2nd batt Royal Warwickshire Reg killed Somme 9/10/16

Contact: Iain Taylor


Private Ernest Whitehouse…989… 15th RWR.

I am currently researching a number of soldiers with a Moseley connection however tenuous on behalf of the History Group of The Moseley Society. I am interested in Private Ernest Whitehouse…989… 15th RWR. He was killed at Wood lane on 23.7.16 ( with many others). I cannot find any info on him besides the above. Can you help please ?

Contact: Jim Hone


Benjamin Henry Mitchell

Im trying to find a photo of Benjamin Henry Mitchell for my family tree who was at first, in the 1st regiment and then Kitchener’s regiment of the Royal Warwick’s I think the 11th regiment.

His death was on the 12th but not found until the 13th and so its registered on the 13th august 1916 in France. His number was 1828 and he was born in Easton Birmingham in Warwickshire.

At the time of his death he commanding officer was A.A. MILNE of Winnie the pooh fame. I’ve looked everywhere for one but have been unsuccessful. I’ve even been to the Royal Warwick’s but to no avail. Thanks

Contact: Mr Pargetter

Reply:

Thankyou for contacting Birmingham Pals. I am sorry it has taken a while to respond to your request for information on B H Mitchel. I have done a search on all the information we hold, or have access to, and I have not been able to find any information on him.

You mention above that his Commanding Officer was AA Milne. Is this correct.

According to Wikepeadia “Milne joined the British Army in World War I and served as an officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and later, after a debilitating illness, the Royal Corps of Signals.

He was commissioned into the 4th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment on 17 February 1915 as a second lieutenant (on probation).[7] His commission was confirmed on 20 December 1915.[8] On 7 July 1916, he was injured while serving in the Battle of the Somme and invalided back to England.

Having recuperated, he was recruited into Military Intelligence to write propaganda articles for MI 7b between 1916 and 1918.[9] He was discharged on 14 February 1919,[10] and settled in Mallord Street, Chelsea.[11] He relinquished his commission on 19 February 1920, retaining the rank of lieutenant.[12]”

I do know that Milne’s brother served in the Royal Warwicks and there is information about him on the Birmingham History Forum. You will need to register to get access to this information which is in the section under “Birmingham Pals’. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. P. Barnes