Official photograph of the officers of the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment taken by Gale & Polden Ltd Photographers of Aldershot and London at Blackdown in 1915, shortly before the battalion left for the Dardanelles. Cyril Sladden wrote on 20th June 1915: “I have ordered photos of the officers and C Company which will be sent in due course by Gale & Polden of Aldershot.” On 24th August 1915, his mother, Eugénie, wrote: When we look at the photograph of your fellow officers and think what a number of them have been killed or injured, it makes me feel very sad.” Against the names at the bottom, dates have been added for those who died.
Back row: 2nd-Lt J N Lancaster (10/8/15), 2nd-Lt R C Marshall, Lt J A Higgs-Walker, 2nd-Lt J C Bourne (July 1915), Lt C J Tree (July 1915), 2nd-Lt R T Cavenagh, 2nd-Lt C J Howell (25/1/17). One name is missing from the list (eight men are pictured but only seven names); it is most likely Lt de Blaby as, by cross-referencing against the list kept by Ethel Sladden, his is the only name missing.
Middle row: Capt F Falcon (6/8/15), 2nd-Lt L E Hiscock (10/8/15), Lt G T Pearson (12/8/15), Lt T Neame, Lt R N Bellairs, 2nd-Ltd C W F Rawle (5/4/16), 2nd-Lt C T Hambling, 2nd-Lt F G V Beard (France), Lt E H Hiscock (25/1/17, Lt P MacD Sanderson, Lt C E Sladden.
Front row: Lt &Qr-Mr C H Inwood, Capt R B Horsfield, Capt W D Gibbon, Maj W Barker (13/8/15), Capt & Adjt J V Godfray, Lt-Col M H Nunn (10/8/15), Maj C W Crofton (10/8/15), Maj E W Boyd-Moss DSO (10/8/15), Capt G W Rolph (10/8/15), Capt S Munnik, Capt W Austin (? France).
The Sladden family kept a list of officers of the 9th Worcesters, noting if they had been killed or wounded.
At the top, the following note has been added: “List kept by sisters of CES during the war – JCS, 8.11.77.” This note was written by Cyril Sladden’s son, John Cyril Sladden, in November 1977. The names listed are:
A line has then been drawn and 14 names added; these are men not pictured on the 1915 photo of officers.
- Capt E B Conybeare Killed April 5th
- Capt H P Dobson Killed April 5th
- 2nd-Lt H F Downie Wounded April 5th
- Major W F O Faviell Wounded April 5th
- Lt T N Holmden Wounded April 5th
- Lt H B Hulbert Wounded April 5th
- 2nd-Lt J W Snowdon Wounded April 5th
- 2nd-Lt P J Stidston Wounded April 5th
- 2nd-Lt C H West Wounded April 5th
- Capt A N C Kittermaster Missing, believed killed April
- 2nd-Lt A H Davis Wounded April 5th-9th
- 2nd-Lt R R Davies Wounded April 5th-9th
- 2nd-Lt A Dunkley Wounded April 5th-9th
- Lt E K Myles Wounded April 9th
© The Sladden family descendants and by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum (reference 60/98/3)