Harold Stubbs our great Uncle and WW1

Harold Stubbs 1944

uncle harold 1952 trip to channel islands

harold stubbs with unknown lady , 1950s

Harold Willoughby Stubbs 1890-1972  married Gladys Newsum(d.1937) in 1918 and had a son, Arthur 1924 – 2010.

Harold Stubbs CV-2

Harold Stubbs CV-3

Harold Stubbs CV-4

Harold Stubbs WW1

2nd Lt Harold Stubbs @ Grantham 1914

Cpt Harold Stubbs Egypt Sidi Birh 1916

Harold-S.-greetings-card WW1 East Yorkshire Regn. ( Pioneers), 6th Service Battalion


6th Service Battalion ( Pioneers) of the East Yorkshire Regn.

6th (Service) Battalion
Formed at Richmond on 25 August 1914 as part of K1 and attached to 32nd Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Moved to Belton Park near Grantham. In April 1915 moved to Witley Camp near Godalming in Surrey.

Sailed from Liverpool on 3 July 1915, going via Mudros to Suvla bay, disembarking on 6 August 1915.December 1915 : evacuated from Gallipoli and moved to Egypt via Imbros.

July 1916 : moved to France.( landed at Marseilles , 10/7/1915)
15 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. Cadre was attached to 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division for ten days (19 to 29 June).
30 June 1918 : landed at Folkestone and transferred to 75th Brigade, 25th Division. Moved on to Mytchett near Aldershot. In July 1918 moved on to Margate. Absorbed 19th Bn during August 1918.

Copy of Harold & Eric Stubbs- chronological war records for Harold and Eric Stubbs

( Thanks for the efforts by David Stubbs, he has detailed the movements of Harold and Eric during WW1)

Highlights from Harold’s war records:#2499

1908 – 1911: Private in the Lincolnshire Yeomanry ( territorial battalion).


4/8/1914: War declared. Lincolnshire Yeomanry :2/1st and 3/1st Lincolnshire Yeomanry 17/11/1914: Requests a commission.

Appointed to a commission in the 6th East Yorkshire regiment – presumed to be 2nd Lieutenant.

Gallipoli: Arrived 6th/8/1915 at the Sulva landing via HMS Thesus. ( Helles diversionery attack).Harold landed at C Beach.

The landings were begun at 10pm on the evening of 6 August with 20,000 troops set down at Suvla Bay (‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Beaches) with virtually no Turkish opposition other than from sniper fire.  The remainder of the British troops were successfully landed the following morning, albeit at disparate sites along the bay owing to reconnaissance failures.

9th/8/1915 : Attack on Tekke Tepe, on Sari bair ridge.

HMSTheseus1897 ship - Harold to Gallipoli

picture taken 9th August, 1915 , Suvla bay is further end of the curve at the point immediately above the moored vessel.The day of the british attack on Suvla was 9th August , 1915.

21/8/15 British attack at Suvla. 29/8/1915 : Capture of Hill 60.

17/12/1915 Evacuated off Suvla to Mudros west by SS Barry.Dec. 1915 :Harold gazetted to Captain.


3/2/1916Arrive Alexandria. 12/ 2/16: with brother Eric – Pyramids. 13/2/16: Meets with Eric again with the remount officers. ( Involved with Suez canal defenses) 7/3/16: set sail from Egypt.

23rd July to 3 Sept. 1916 , The Somme, France 😦 Battle of Pozieres).

15-22 Sept 1916:Battle of Flers Courcelette – 3rd phase of the Somme,tanks used.

26-28Sept: Battle of Thiepval Ridge. Clear communication trenches at Moquet Farm and get ready to build roads .

1 October -11 Nov1916: Battle of Ancre Heights.

Advance to the Hindenburg Line 1917:

6/6/1917: Building light railways for preparation of attack on Messines-Wytschaette Ridge.Constantly hampered by shell fire.

Flanders Offensive 1917:

7-14th June, 1st Battle of Messines.

31st July – 2nd August, 1917: The Battle of Ypres.

30/7/1017: Battle of Pilkern Ridge.16-18th August 1917: Battle of Langemark – working on roads amidst continuous shelling . 4/10/1917: Battle of Polygon Wood – work on roads and communications ( The same battle that Phil, Tim Rollason took a part in ).9/10/1917: Battle of Broodseinde End Oct. 1917: Battle of Poelcapelle. Bethune: Nov. to March 1918.

One of the less damaged streets in Bethune on the Western Front in France during World War I in May 1918

January 1918 : Harold returns to England, Clayton and Shuttleworth as production officer in aircraft manufacture.

Clayton and Shuttleworth

They specialized in constructing steam engines and agricultural machinery. During the Great War, Clayton and Shuttleworth initially manufactured airship components, later moving on to the Sopwith Triplane and Sopwith Camel. Clayton and Shuttleworth’s Titanic Works still stands in modern Lincoln, living on in local tradition as the Titanic Building.

The Sopwith Camel in mid to late 1918 was being launched from ships and successfully destroyed two German Zepplins (L54 and L56)in their hanger at Tondern. A month later they destroyed the German L53 Zepplin.

March 1919: at which time, his address was West View Waddington, near Lincoln. ( Near where the manufacturer was based ). ( He was released from active duty in March 1919).

Back in England :1935: Harold was living at Stonehaven, Dore, Sheffield.( South Yorkshire). At this time, he was assisting Eric Stubbs who had inherited the Apostle Cupboard from Charles , in trying to sell it.


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