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Page 1 ( WW2 ) In Memory of my Great Grandfather - 1789 Royal Artillery 1914-1918 Page 2 ( WW1 )
LOCATION  - Unknown
-  1914-1918

 My namesake, pictured almost a century ago on horseback. He was a driver in the Royal Artillery, which would have included the movement and placement of horse-drawn large calibre guns. His medals are stamped simply R.A. for Royal Artillery however there was several varied formations during WW1. The RHA ( Royal Horse Artillery ) which manoeuvred and equipped light and mobile horse-drawn guns in support of the Cavalry. The RFA ( Royal Field Artillery ) the largest branch of the R.A. which managed the medium sized guns and howitzers, often at the forefront of battle conditions and located close to the front line, the unit was semi-mobile and organised into Brigades.
The RGA ( Royal Garrison Artillery ) based at home locations and at the front, these units dealt with the largest calibre weapons, including anti-aircraft and Marine Artillery and was widely deployed a distance from the front lines, using the guns range to negate the enemy artillery.
 His medals, spurs, original Lee-Enfield rifle handbook and Queen Mary Christmas tin with the original contents intact are retained within the family. I would love to hear additional information or observations from anyone who can glean more details from the above image or his service number ( 1789 ). He survived the Great War.
  Captain James Ewing  
NAME  - Captain James Ewing
DATE -  1916-1917

 James Ewing was born on 23rd December 1892, at the Laggan farm in the parish of Monzievaird, Perthshire. He was the youngest son of Duncan Ewing and Grace Rettie, and was educated at Morrison’s Academy, Crieff. He went on to the University of Glasgow to study medicine and did well, gaining merit certificates in the Practice of Medicine and Clinical Medicine in the session 1913-1914. After graduating MB ChB in 1916 he acted as an assistant for a few months in Glagow Royal and Perth Royal infirmaries before enlisting.
Dr Ewing served in Mesopotamia with the Royal Army Medical Corps, Special Reserve, 8th Welsh Fusiliers. He attained the rank of Captain. He sustained mortal wounds in the field and died on 12th April 1917, aged 25. He was Mentioned in Despatches (MID) posthumously (15th October 1917), by Lieutenant General Sir Stanley Maude, for gallant and distinguished service. His brother William served in the Royal Artillery. Captain James Ewing’s name is recorded on the Basra Memorial and at home, on the Monzievaird and Crieff War Memorials, in Crieff Parish Church and in the Memorial Hall of Morrison’s Academy.   
  Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart  
NAME - Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart
DATE - Post 1st January 1943

 Born in 1892 in Corrie Dumfieshire, Robert was the son of a farmer. He enrolled at Glasgow University in 1912 at the age of 21 to study Engineering and Physical Laboratory. It was during these studies that War intervened and he enlisted in the Cameronians, shortly after transferring to the 18th, 2nd Glamorgan Battalion of the Welsh Regiment. He was assigned to the Royal Flying Corps as a Temporary Lieutenant and was killed while on flying duties on the 5th February 1917. He was 25 years of age. Lieutenant Robert Dykes Grossart is buried at Kirkpartick, Juxta Parish Churchyard, Dumfries, he was awarded the British War medal and the Victory Medal.

   Unknown Gefreiter  
NAME  - Unknown
DATE - Unknown

 This unknown Gefreiter served with the Reserve Infantry Regiment Nr 16 which was part of the 14th Reserve Division. The 14th Reserve Division fought on the Western Front, participating in the opening German offensive which led to the Allied Great Retreat, including the capture of Namur and Maubeuge. Thereafter, the Division remained in the line in the Aisne region until October 1915, and then went into Army reserve for two months. It fought in the Battle of Verdun from February to September 1916, and remained in the line at Verdun thereafter.
 It went to the Somme region at the end of 1916 and to the Champagne region in late January 1917, fighting in the Second Battle of the Aisne, also called the Third Battle of Champagne, from April to May. After a few months near Reims, the Division went to the region along the Ailette River. In 1918, it participated in the German Spring Offensive. It was then primarily on the defensive, resisting various Allied offensives including those of the Hundred Days Offensive. Allied intelligence rated the Division as first class.
  Generalfeldmarschall - August von Mackensen   
NAME - Anton Ludwig Friedrich August von Mackensen
DATE - Unknown

 Born in 1849 and to nobility, von Mackensen was commander of XVII. Corps attached to the Eighth Army during WWI. He took part in every major conflict in the East and would remain on that front for the war's duration. His XVII. Corps suffered an initial humiliating defeat to the Russians (Rennenkampf) at Gumbinnen, but they later took part in great success at both Tannenberg and Masurian Lakes. As commander of Army Detachment Mackensen and the Ninth Army, he directed the siege of Warsaw and Battle of Lodz. His Eleventh Army, which as part of the Army Group Mackensen-Kiev included Austro-Hungarian units, was based in the Dunajec sector of Galicia (1915) and successfully broke through the Russian lines at Gorlice-Tarnow.
 In June 1915, von Mackensen's troops were able to retake the Przemysl Fortress and helped Austria recapture the city of Lemberg and was promoted to field marshal. He conquered Serbia, and became commander of Army Group Mackensen-Romania (1916-18) under Falkenhayn and headed up the defeat and military occupation of Romania, where he remained until war's end.
After the armistice, von Mackensen was briefly held captive in Hungary and Salonika (Greece), returning to Germany in 1919 and retiring from the Army one year later. The field marshal then served as a leader in the monarchist Stahlhelm forces and later became an important figurehead for the Nazi Party, ardently supporting Hitler.
 He was more loyal to the monarchy than to Naziism and defied Hitler by being conspicuously present at Kaiser Wilhelm II's funeral. There, the last remaining WW1-era field marshal tearfully laid his cavalry cloak over his fallen leader's coffin. In 1945, the 95-year old field marshal spent his final days fleeing westward escaping the onslaught of the Red Army. His son Hans was a Nazi diplomat, while his son Eberhard served as a general in the Wehrmacht and was later convicted of war crimes. He died in 1945 aged 95 and was widely regarded as one of the finest German Generals of his era. His military career spanned fifty years ( 1869-1919 ).
  Landsturm Ersatz  
NAME - Unknown
DATE - Unknown

 Soldier of the Ersatz Batl. Landsturm Infanterie Regt. 27. I was pleased with the results after colourizing this individual, note the simple cloth shoulder boards.

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