1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment,1921-1922

Posted on: 6, June, 2018
1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment,1921-1922

This superb photograph shows men of the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment who, forming a football team, won the Army Challenge Cup for the season 1921-1922.

The men, as noted on this postcard-sized photo, are:

QMS J Fortune, Sgt E H Poolman MM, Pte P Topp, CSM H J Baish, L-Cpl E Veck MM

CSM H J Wilkins, Sgt G Giles (Capt), Cap K J P Oliphant MC, Cpl R Mock

Pte G Thomas, L-Cpl A E Ballinger

Further details below:

6185 QMS John Fortune

8957, later 5562210 Sgt E H Poolman MM

25123, later 5562448 Pte Percy Topp

6810, later 5562064 CSM Harold J Baish

25145, later 5562450 L-Cpl Edward Veck MM

7885, later 5562124 CSM Henry J Wilkins

Sgt G Giles

Cap Kingsley Jack Pertius Oliphant MC

Cpl R Mock

Pte G Thomas

L-Cpl A E Ballinger

I have added this photo to those seven men that I have been able to identify. The majority of the team had seen service during the First World War but I suspect that Mock, Thomas and Ballinger had all joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1918 or later.

1st Wiltshire Regiment gallantry award winners

Two of the men here – Sergeant Poolman and Lance Corporal Veck – were awarded the Military Medal for their gallant actions during the First World War, whilst the only officer in this photograph, Captain Kinglsey Jack Pertius Oliphant, was awareded the Military Cross. Further research into these three men will hopefully reveal further detail about their awards.

The 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment was pitched against the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the Army Cup Challenge final and came away as 3-1 winners. I shall be checking through the British Newspaper Archive later today to see if thewre are reports of the match and who the goal-scorers were. The Army FA website helpfully gives a complete breakdwon of all cup finals played since the inception of the tournament in 1888.

I shall be very pleased if anyone can provide further information about any of the men recorded here.


2 responses to “1st Bn, Wiltshire Regiment,1921-1922”

  1. Mande says:

    H j baish was my great grandfather.
    Do you manage to find anymore information?

  2. Paul Nixon says:

    Re H J Baish, no, but I haven’t tried to research him. As he was still serving at this time the MoD should still have papers for him. See here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/requests-for-personal-data-and-service-records

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