This photograph was donated by Lorraine Dayes whose Great Uncle, Henry Doyleson, is in the centre of the three men shown.
A copy of it was addressed, but probably not posted, to ‘Charles Malcolm, No. 77 Mess, HMS Queen Mary, c/o GPO London’, by his sister Mary Malcolm. The message on the back of the card reads as follows…..
Just a line to thank you for the PostCard you sent me but at the same time I thought you would have sent me one of your photos. They have all got one but me so I hope you will send me one. Mother got your photos Saturday morning. Mother, group and also the one of yourself. Jane Garbutt got one and not Great Aunt (Fanan ?) so do not forget to send me one. So don’t forget to send one (She repeats herself).
From Your Sister
Give Joe and Jock my best Love Mary
Charles was one of three Stockton brothers who were all stokers on HMS Queen Mary. They were the sons of Mary and George Malcolm, 14 Union Street, Stockton-on-Tees. All three were killed at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 while serving in HMS Queen Mary. They were: – Charles Malcolm, stoker, 2655S, RNR aged 22; John Robert Malcolm, stoker, 1430S, RNR, aged 25; Joseph Malcolm, stoker, 2681T, aged 29. All are commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. John Robert and Joseph were married. John Robert had a son John G. born 1915. Joseph had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth born 1910 and Janet born 1913.
Henry Doyleson was a Stockton man and a friend of the Malcolm brothers. He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (regt. no. 34819) in the early days of the war. He became a driver, responsible for driving a team of horses that pulled the big Field guns into and out of battle. His battery landed in France on 8th September 1915 in time to join the brigade as they prepared for what became known as the Battle of Loos or the Third Battle of Artois. The battle commenced on the 25th September 1915. Henry was killed in action on the 26TH September 1915. He had only been at the front for 18 days before he was killed
Henry is commemorated on the Roll of Honour on plot/panel 3 of the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais. The memorial commemorates 20,000 men who fell in battle and have no known graves.
This is another photograph of Henry Doyleson. It was probably taken shortly after he had enlisted and was posted from Salisbury Plain where his battery of the RFA was in training before going overseas. The message on the back of the photograph has faded over the years but what can be read follows…..
One for Ike and —-one for yourself. Write back to the address we are at ——————— Salisbury. Now firing the big guns for a week and then the —– starts ——-with. (Illegible words have been replaced with dashes).
Lorraine, who donated the photographs, would really like to find out more about Henry Doyleson. He was her Grandfather’s brother but her grandfather changed his name to Dayes. It is a big family mystery. Lorraine would also love to know who the other men in the photograph are….. can anyone help?