The Follies

Posted on: 3, May, 2019
The Follies

This photo of ‘The Follies’, the 47th Divisional ‘troupe’ was published in the 47th (London) Divisional history in 1922. The men are named in the photo and, helpfully, battalions are also indicated for some of them.  As a result I have been able to positively identify a number of these men and upload this photo to their profiles on British Army Ancestors. I also used this same photo on the British Army Ancestors Facebook page. All four London divisions had their own concert parties. The cast list of the Follies is as follows:

Back row:

650288 Rifleman W V Tidmarsh, 21st London
Rifleman C F Cherry, 21st London
4096, later 651577 Rifleman Frank C Mott, 21st London
Lieutenant Eric Adsett Boughton, 21st London
1944, later 720376 Corporal Leslie Emile Amand, 24th London
Rifleman H Collins, 21st London
536389 Sergeant Reginald Hubert Wyatt, 5th London FA, RAMC
Sergeant L C Ward, 18th London
4094, later 651575 Lance-Corporal Sidney Dignum, 21st London
653112 Rifleman Joseph Cottham, 21st London; later 684238 Labour Corps
Rifleman A Hughes, 21st London
2182, later 650460 Sergeant Reginald H Cobley, 21st London

Middle row:

3213, later 608304 Lance-Corporal George H A Emms, 18th London (Box Office)
Rifleman C R Stanton (Scene painter) [Possibly 1859 Rifleman Charles R Stanton, later lieutenant, Bedfordshire Regiment]
Rifleman A Weddell (Electrician)
Sergeant J W Nevill (Producer)
Rifleman E Martin (Stage Carpenter)
Rifleman E Perrin (Property Master)
Rifleman E Sawyer, 21st London (at piano)

Front row:

Corporal J A Langton
Private D Stewart
Private F Pain (Divisional Cinema Orchestra)

If anyone can fill in more of the detail here I shall be glad to hear from them.

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