Kinnis, John McGregor

John McGregor Kinnis

John McGregor Kinnis

John McGregor Kinnis

Rank: Private / Sergeant

Regiment: Army Cycling Corps / Tank Corps

Parents: Mr John & Mrs Mary Kinnis

Address: 25 King’s Road, St Leonards

Other Info: ‘Swimming Champions’ reads: Annually the boys of the Hastings Elementary Schools hold a swimming race for possession of the handsome Gabb Challenge Shield presented by Mr Claud Baker Gabb, for many years one of the best patrons of local sport. Yesterday (Wednesday) week was the eleventh occasion on which the trophy had been competed for, and the race took place in the Hastings Swimming Baths, seven boys who had qualified putting in an appearance. The winner was Gordon Kinnis, son of the redoubtable local swimmer Jack Kinnis (whose portrait is given above) of St Leonards Church of England School. At his side is a portrait of his brother, Private J Kinnis, sent to us by Mrs Kinnis, his mother. Private Kinnis was the winner of the Shield in 1909 in record time, 41 seconds. In a letter home he says he always looks forward to getting the good old ‘Observer’ and ‘Pictorial Advertiser’, so we hope his portrait and his brother’s in this issue will be a pleasant surprise for him’.

According to CWGC, John died on 1st August 1918 when a Sergeant in the Tank Corps. He won a Military Medal and Bar. John is remembered at St Pierre Cemetery, grave reference, XIV.B.6.

Additional information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: July 1917

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Howells, Thomas

Thomas Howells

Thomas Howells

Thomas Howells

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Cyclist Corps

Sent by: Miss Selwood

Mrs Selwood’s Address: 99 Alfred Road, Clive Vale, Hastings

Other Info: Wounded at Salonika. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: March 1917

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Stunt, Harry G

Harry G Stunt

Harry G Stunt

Harry G Stunt

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Cyclist Corps

Address: Brook Farm, Icklesham

Other Info: At Salonika. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: February 1917

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Russell, S C

Russell

Russell

S C Russell

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Army Cyclist Corps

Father: Mr N C Russell

Brother: S H Russell

Address: 8 Castledown Avenue, Hastings

Other Info: Hastings Grammar School Old Boy. At the Front.

Published: July 1916

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Neve, William H

William H Neve

William H NeveWilliam H Neve

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Cycling Corps

Sent by: Miss Southerden

Address: 33 St Paul’s Road, St Leonards

Other Info: Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website.

Published: June 1916

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Acott, Arthur

Arthur Acott

Arthur AcottArthur Acott

Rank: Private

Regiment: 19th Division, Army Cyclists Corps

Aunt: Mrs M E Baker

Brother: Ernest Acott

Aunt’s Address: 19 Duke Terrace, Silverhill

Other Info: In France. Arthur later served with the Wiltshire Regiment. Additional information from the Lives of the First World War Website.

Published: February 1916

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Casey, George

George Casey

George CaseyGeorge Casey

Rank: Cyclist

Regiment: 36th Division, Army Cycling Corps

Aunt: Mrs Puttick

Aunt’s Address: Chesterton House, Ashburnham Road, Hastings

Other Info: In France. Additional name information from the Lives of the First World War website. George later served with the Royal Irish Rifles.

Published: January 1916

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Saunders, W

W Saunders

W SaundersW Saunders

Rank: Cyclist

Regiment: 2nd Division, Cyclist Corps

Sent by: Mrs Doodes

Mrs Doodes’ Address: 16 Hardwicke Road, Hastings

Published: January 1916

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Wratten, P

Wratten

P WrattenWratten

P Wratten

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Army Cycling Corps / 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment

Father: Mr Wratten

Address: The Lodge, St Helens Wood, Hastings

Brothers: C Wratten & W Wratten

Published: June 1915 & July 1916

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