WHAT MADE AN OLD CONTEMPTIBLE ?

 

To qualify as an "Old Contemptible" the soldier would have to have seen active service actually in France and Flanders between 5 August and 22 November 1914. For this he would qualify for the medal known as the 1914 Star. This medal was introduced in 1917. In 1919 a clasp bearing the qualifying dates was authorised and given to soldiers who had actually been under fire between those dates. It was also known as the "Mons Star"

 

Here is a link to a very interesting website where the above came from:

 

 http://www.oldcontemptibles.com/the-original-old-contemptibles.php

an "Old Contemptibles" badge from Netley Hospital Heritage archives.

 

The soldiers buried in Netley who are listed as an "Old Contemptible" are:  Barnett, Belcher, Bennett, Blanchard, Boeham, Brinton, Brown, Chatfield, Chilvers, Clarke, Clayton, Cottis, Crook, Crossfield, Curley, Davidson, Dobbyn, Drake, Dray, Dymock, Edwards, Gallavin, Gobbey, Good, Gould, Hall, Hatton, Hendry, Hildersley, Hill, Hills, Holloway, Honor, Howe, Hunt, Innes, Jarvis, Johnson, Kitching, Macey, Mailer, Malyan, Mead, Munday, McMahon, O'Brien, Oakman, Pearce, Phillips, Ravenhill, Read, Revely, Riley,Roddis, Russell, Russell, Seager, Sealey, Shaw, Smith, Snell, Spooner, Stone, Tee, Vincent, Warner, Watson, White and Wooton.

 

Further research is needed because some didn't get to France and died at home of  other ailments or accidents.

 

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