Officers 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment, Belfast 1914

Most of the officers 1st Battalion. Taken at Victoria Barracks, Belfast about 7th August 1914.
Most of the officers 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment. Taken at Victoria Barracks, Belfast about 7th August 1914.
Photo no.8 of 55 photos taken by - or, in this case, of - Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965

I have just found a photo album belonging to my great-grandfather, SRB Partridge, with a clipping from the Tatler November 11th 1914. It uses the same photo but has all the officers numbered, named and with their current status: wounded, killed, etc.

My grandfather, Lieutenant Partridge, is listed as killed, with a handwritten note saying: “error”. This must have been quite difficult for the family at the time as they had lost their other two remaining sons, Captain Charles Burnett Partridge, and Lieutenant Geoffrey Dorman Partridge on the 1st and 3rd November respectively.

 

D Company, January 1915

D Company, 1st Battalion, Dorset Regiment: Sgt. Major Steer, servants and orderlies at Burnt Farm, near Wulverghem, Jan. 1915. D Company was in Battalion support.
Photo no.21 of 55 photos taken by Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965.

The Retreat 31st August, 1914

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[Officers on] A Halt during THE RETREAT 31st August, 1914. Lt. Col. L.J. Bols, DSO (sitting); Sgt. Miller (Ord. Room Sgt.); Major Roper (2nd in Command); Capt. W.A.C. Fraser (Commander ‘A’ Company); Capt. & Adjt. A.L. Ransome.

Photo no.13 of 55 photos taken by Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965.

A Halt during The Retreat August 1914

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Bn. Hd. Qrs. servants at a Halt during THE RETREAT – 31st August 1914
Photo no.12 of 55 photos taken by Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965.

Writing letters home

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Two of the men in D Company writing letters home. Taken in our fire trench near Wulverghem-Wytschaete Road, January 1915.
Photo no.20 of 55 photos taken by Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965.

Ruined farmhouse Messines, Jan. 1915

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Ruined farmhouse opposite Messines, Jan. 1915. It was used as an Artillery O.P. and it was from here that Major … R.F.A. directed the fire of his battery which happened to hit an enemy ammunition dump on Messines Ridge. For this he was awarded a D.S.O. Photo taken from the back of one of our C.T.s.
Photo no.19 of 55 photos taken by Captain R.E. Partridge, M.C. of D Company, 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment. These were presented to the Dorset Regimental Museum in February 1965.