Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Evolution of the Regular and Service Battalions of Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) 1914-1918 – Part 6, The 9th (Service) Battalion (County Armagh)/9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion.

This essay describes the evolution of the 9th (Service) Battalion (County Armagh)/9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. The background to this essay may be found here.

This material is taken, from Blacker’s Boys Appendix 6; it has been summarised and is updated here based on new information received since publication.

'B' Company, 9th (Service) Battalion, Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) (County Armagh) in early-1915

‘B’ Company, 9th (Service) Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) (County Armagh) in early-1915

The First to Enlist

The first men to enlist into the County Armagh Battalion of the 2nd Brigade of the Ulster Division did so over six days beginning on 15 September 1914. Continue reading

My Family in the First World War – Part 5: John Palmer Bowes

504226 Private John Palmer Bowes

Private John Palmer Bowes. 2nd Canadian Division Mechanical Transport Company, Canadian Army Service Corps.

Private John Palmer Bowes. 2nd Canadian Division Mechanical Transport Company, Canadian Army Service Corps.

John Palmer Bowes was my wife’s maternal great-grandfather. He was born at Oakwood in the township of Mariposa[1] in Ontario, Canada on 29 March 1869, the second youngest of the five children of Emmanuel and Elizabeth Bowes.[2] The family moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1890, where Emmanuel re-established his business as a grocer. John later moved to St Louis and became a motor mechanic. In 1901 he married Emma Leming (née Young), a widow with three children from her first marriage.[3] Their son, Emanuel Adrian, was born at their home at 4120 Blair Avenue, St Louis on 12 December 1906. Continue reading