James Cumberledge 1889-1967 Guardsman 3154 Welsh Guards

James Cumberledge was born on 23rd February 1889 in Collierley, County Durham, England and was only 18 months old when his mother Jane Renwick nee Stoker died. As James neared two years of age his father Alexander Cumberledge married again. Alexander married Elizabeth Errington on 16 February 1892 in St Matthew & Parish Church, Newcastle on Tyne, Northumberland, England. James' father was a grocer running his own business and James helped his father and became a grocer and provisions merchant.

James father died on 11 April 1914 and James enlisted in the Army at Blaydon on 26 January 1916 and was placed into the reserves. James was mobilised in Newcastle upon Tyne and joined the Welsh Guards as Guardsman 3154 on 25 September 1916. He was given a medical examination at Newcastle Barracks and was described as:

  • Birthplace Parish: Stanley County: Durham
  • Declared Age: 27 years 215 days
  • Trade or Occupation: Grocer & Provision Merchant
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches
  • Weight 158 lbs
  • Chest Measurement: 40 inches, range of expansion 2½ inches
  • Physical Development: Good
  • Vaccination Marks: 4
  • When Vaccinated: Infancy
  • Vision R.E-V=6/6 L.E.-V=6/6
  • Enlisted at Blaydon 26 day of Jan 1916
  • Joined on Enlistment: Welsh Guards 3154
  • He was in A1 condition

He was immediately posted to the Guards Depot at Caterham in Surrey on 27 September 1916. James served in England from 26 Jan 1916 to 13 March 1917. James was witnessed 'interfering with fruit trees' on private property on 4th Jul 1917 and was confined to camp for one week.

James joined the British Expeditionary Force in France from 14 March 1917 to 27 Feb 1918. He returned to the UK for a short holiday between 12th to 26th February 1918. However, he sprained his right ankle and was admitted to hospital on 27 February 1918 and spent 42 days in the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate, Kent. He then spent 66 days in the Military Convalescent Hospital in Eastbourne recovering from his injury. A month after being released from hospital he was admitted to Rochester Row, Military Hospital in London on 16 July 1918 suffering with Gonorrhoea. He spent 42 days in hospital. He returned to the British Expeditionary Force in France from 10 September 1918 to 11 March 1919 and returned to the UK on 12 Mar 1919 until he was discharged to the reserves on 23 April 1919. He was discharged on Demobilization on 31st March 1920.

James was entitled to the Victory and British War Medals.

James married Jan Ann Rutherford in 1921 and they had four children:

  • Alan A Cumberledge born 11 July 1923
  • James L Cumberledge born 1925
  • Thomas Cumberledge born 11 Jan 1927
  • Gladys Cumberledge born 1 Dec 1928

James died in 1867 and his wife Jane Ann predeceased him in 1952.

 

WW1 Service Record James Cumberledge

MEDICAL HISTORY of

Surname: Cumberledge                            Christian name: James

Birthplace Parish: Stanley County: Durham

Examined on 25 day of Sept 1916 at Barracks Newcastle

Declared Age: 27 years 215 days

Trade or Occupation: Grocer & Provision Merchant

Height: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight 158 lbs

Chest Measurement: 40 inches, range of expansion 2½ inches

Physical Development: Good

Vaccination Marks: 4

When Vaccinated: Infancy

Vision R.E-V=6/6 L.E.-V=6/6

Enlisted at Blaydon 26 day of Jan 1916

Joined on Enlistment: Welsh Guards 3154

Discharged on Demobilization on 31 March 1920

Admissions to Hospital

Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate, Kent from 27 Feb 1918 to 10 Apr 1918; Sprained right ankle, 42 days in hospital; Remarks: Still some thickening but has done well

Military Con[valescent] Hospital Eastbourne from 10 Apr 1918 to 15 Jun 1918; Sprained right ankle, 66 days in hospital; Fit to join Unit & Duty Sta[ndar]d Remedial Exercises

Rochester Row Military Hospital from 16 Jul 1918 to 26 Aug 1918 Gonorrhea (20); 42 days in hospital; Remarks: PP irrigation irrigation-Boric facts vaccines; Urine Clear prostate & vesicles normal

Table III Boards; Courts of Inquiry, Vaccination, Inoculations etc

11 Oct 1916 Revacc perfect

Table IV Service Table

Station: Caterham arrived 27 Oct 1916

STATEMENT AS TO DISABILITY

Unit: 1st Battalion

Regiment or Corps: Welsh Guards

Regtl. No: 3154

Rank: Guardsman

Surname: CUMBERLEDGE

Christian Names: James

Permanent address: 31 Ramsey Street, Shighspen, Co. Durhame

Age last birthday: 30

First joined for duty: 27 Sep 1916 at Caterham

Medical Category: A1

I do not claim to be suffering from a disability due to my military service

Place of Examination: Ranelagh Date: Mar 19 1919

Signature of Soldier: James Cumberledge

PROTECTION CERTIFICATE AND CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY

No.1 Dispersal Unit 27 Mar 1919 RIPON

Surname: CUMBERLEDGE

Christian Names: James

Regtl. No. 3154

Rank: Guardsman

Unit 1st

Regt: Welsh Guards

Record Office: Buckingham Gate, SW

Pay Office 169 Regent S, SW

I have received as advance of £2

Address for pay: 31 Ramsey Street, High Spen, Co. Durham

Theatre of War or Command: London

Medical Category: A1

Place of rejoining in case of emergency: London

REGIMENTAL CONDUCT SHEET

Welsh Regiment of Foot Guards

Regimental Number and Name: 3154 Cumberledge James Attested: 26 Jan 1916

Place: In the field

Date of offence: 4 Jul 1917

Rank: Private

Offence: Being on private property and interfering with fruit trees

Witness: Sgt Major W.B. Land M.C.

Punishment: 8 days confined to Camp

Date of award: 4 Jul 1917

By whom: Lt Col. G.C.D. Gordon

Date of Commencement: 4 Jul 1917

Date of Expiration: 11 Jul 1917

 

Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization Date 23rd April 1919

Place: London

Casualty Form-Active Service

Regimental Number 3154

Regiment of Corps 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

Rank: Private, Surname: Cumberledge, Christian Name: James

Religion: C of E

Terms of Service (a) DW [Duration of War]

Service reckons from 26 Jan 1916

Group 37 (Grocer)

Report

Record

Place of Casualty

Date of Casualty

Remarks

Date

From whom received

6 Apr 1917

Officer Commanding  Battalion

20th Draft

Embarked

Disembarked

 

Joined Battalion

Southampton

Havre

 

 

14 Mar 1917

15 Mar 1917

 

2 Apr 1917

AFO 1810 d/-

24 Mar 1917

 

 

AFB 213

24 Nov 1917

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To Guards Divisional Reinforcement Battalion

In the field

18 Nov 1917

AFB 213

15 Dec 1917

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Rejoined Battalion

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8 Dec 1917

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15 Feb 1918

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Granted leave to UK 12 to 26 Feb 1918

 

 

Dly Report No. 4 AFO 1180 d/- 24 Feb 1918

28 Feb 1918

Headquarters Welsh Guards

Admitted Hospital in UK whilst on short leave from France & posted to 2nd (Res) Bn

 

27 Feb 1918

Regtl order no 39

SFO 1810 d/- 9 Mar 1918

 

Next of kin: Sister Mrs Isabelle Gibson 51 Ramsay St High Spen Rowlands Gill Co Durhame

Report

Record

Place of Casualty

Date of Casualty

Remarks

Date

From whom received

 

 

Details Embarked

 

Folkestone

 

10 Oct 1918

Landing return 110150

 

 

Disembarked

Boulogne

10 Oct 1918

AFO 1810 d/- 21 Sep 1918

18  Sep 1918

Officer Commanding  Battalion

Joined Battalion

In the field

17 Sep 1918

Report no 82

1 Jan 1919

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To Staff of Concentration Camp

Waren

26 Dec 1918

Report no 103

22 Feb 1919

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Rejoined Battalion

Field

21 Feb 1919

Report no 111

 

 

Embarked at Dunkirk 11 Mar 1919 for UK

 

 

 

Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization Date: 23 April 1919 Place: London

Discharged on Demobilization (Date) 31st March 1920

SHORT SERVICE

(For the Duration of the War, with the Colours and in the army Reserve)

ATTESTATION OF

No. 3154 Name: James Cumberledge Corps: Welsh Guards

Name: James Cumberledge

Address: 31 Ramsay Street, High Spen

British Subject: Yes

Age: 26 Years 345 days

Trade: Grocer & provision Merchant

Married: No

Served before: No

Willing to be vaccinated: Yes

Willing to enlist for General Service: Yes

I James Cumberledge do solemnly declare that the above answer made by me to the above questions are true, and that I am willing to fulfil the engagements made.

Approved: 4 Oct 1916 Welsh Guards Buckingham Gate, S.W.

DESCRIPTIVE REPORT ON ENLISTMENT

Name: James Cumberledge

Age: 26 years 345 days

Height 5 feet 7 inches

Chest: 40 inches, range 2½ inches

Religion: C of E

INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE RECRUIT

Name and Address of next-of-kin: (Mrs) Isabella Gibson 31 Ramsay St, High Spen, Rowlands Gill, Co Durham; Relationship: Sister

MILITARY HISTORY SHEET

Campaigns: European 1917/18

Medals:  British War Medal 1914-18, Victory medal

STATEMENT OF SERVICES of No 3154 Name James Cumberledge

Corps: General Service, Attested; Private; 26 Jan 1916

Corps: General Service, To Army Reserve; Private; 26 Jan 1916

Mobilized

Guards Dpt 2 Posted: 27 Sep 1916

Caterham 27 Sep 1916

Transferred to Class “Z” Army Reserve on Demobilization Date: 23 April 1919 Place: London

Discharged on Demobilization (date) 31 March 1920

Country

Home from 26 Jan 1916 to 13 Mar 1917; Years 1; days:167

BEF France from 14 Mar 1917 to 27 Feb 1918; Years /; days:351

Home from 28 Feb 1918 to 9 Sep 1918; Years /; days:194

BEF France from 10 Sep 1918 to 11 Mar 1919; Years /; days:183

Home from 12 Mar 1919 to 23 Apr 1919; Years /; days:43

British War Medal

Victory medal

 

Total service towards Engagement to 23 Apr 1919 3 years 88 days

Total service towards Pension to 23 Apr 1919 2 years 209 days

WELSH GUARDS REGIMENT OR CORPS

ROLL of INDIVIDUALS entitled to the Victory Medal and British War Medal granted under Army Orders 266 and 301 of 1919.             270(b)

Regtl. No.

Rank

Name

Record of disposal of decorations

Remarks

3154

Guardsman

CUMBERLEDGE, James

No 3154 Pte 1/W.G.

 

Welsh Guards Record Office Buckingham Gate 10 Jun 1920

MEDAL INDEX CARD

Name.

Corps.

Rank.

Regtl No.

CUMBERLEDGE

Welsh Guards

Private

3154

 

 

 

 

 

 

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medal.

Roll.

Page.

Remarks.

VICTORY

WG/105B3

270

 

BRITISH

Do

Do

 STAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatre of War first served in

 

Date of entry therein

 

 

 

 

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