Volunteer Battalions - Commision Changes 1916


Men came and left the Voluntary Battalions during the Great War. Some joined the regular army and some returned to civilian life.

Changes in Commisioned ranks were normally announced and some of those are displayed below.

8 September 1916

New appointment

Commander of Essex VB  Lt Col R B Colvin  CB

28 October 1916  

All new appointments

1st VB

Major Joseph Brooker Ward - From 6th Essex Batt

Captain Percy Albert Dyson

2nd VB

Major Charles Henry F Christie - Late of 1st Essex VB

Captain Col Percy Adams - late of 5th Essex battalion

3rd VB

Major Arthur Thomas Toddewhite

Captain Frederick Daniel Green

4th VB

Major Marmaduke Lawther - Late of 17th Middlesex Regiment


John William Burrows, Henry Laurence Davis, Edwin Harry Everitt and Stanley Geo Spencer

Adjutant - Lt Harold Augustus Harris

QM - Lt Alfred Robery Jay Whur


Robert Henry Dyer, Percy Vincent Brook, Charles William Limmer, Alfred Bower, Thomas Mabbs, Frederick Timothy Dixon and William Frederick Brand

Second Lieutenants

James Selby Wallis, Walter Ellis, Thomas Byford, Wm Jasper Hockley, George Arthur Henry Wooten, William Edward Scarlett Redall and Geoffrey William Heard.

5th VB

Major Frederick Guy Sturling Baker

Captain John Robert Lowdnes

3 November 1916

1st VB

Col Jospeh Brooker Ward ( Late 6th Essex) to be Temp Major

Percy Albery Dyson to be Temp Captain

2nd VB

Col Charles Henry F Christie ( late 1es Essex VB) to be Temp Major

Col Percy Adams ( late 5th Essex) to be Temp Captain

3rd VB

Arthur Thomas Toddwhite to be Temp Major

Frederick daniel Green to be Temp Captain