3/7th London Regiment at Sutton Mandeville

This is a summary of information about the 3/7th London Regiment from The History of the ‘Shiny Seventh’ by C.Digby Planck.

The Reserve Battalion of the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment – referred to as the 3/7th – was formed in April 1915. The Reserve Battalion was responsible for training and despatching drafts of soldiers to replace casualties in the 1/7th, which had deployed to France in March 1915. The Reserve Battalion also provided troops for the 2/7th, which was based near Ipswich during the time that the 3/7th was in Sutton Mandeville.

The 3/7th was based originally in London at Sun Street, near Liverpool Street station. It moved to Orpington in Kent in September 1915 and to Sutton Mandeville in January 1916.

The CO, Stewart-Bam, was a South African of Dutch descent who recruited strenuously in London. He also made an arrangement with the High Commissioners of the various Dominions such that young men from the Dominions and Colonies coming to England to serve in the forces were commissioned in the Shiny 7th. As a result, a large number of officers from around the British Empire came into the Reserve Battalion: ‘there were at times as many as 70 officers in training … and at one time no less than 37 from South Africa’.

By July 1916 – when the 3/7th left Sutton Mandeville – the Reserve Battalion had sent nearly 80 officers and 3,300 men to front line units.

3/7th Senior Officers and NCOs

Commanding Officer
Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Sir Pieter C. van B. Stewart-Bam.

Second in Command (in succession)
Major W. Mudford
Major L.E. Peppiatt
Major J. Nicol

Adjutant (in succession)
Captain L.E. Peppiatt
Captain P. Ludbrook
Captain J.P. Scothorne

Quartermaster
Captain H.M. Ryland

Regimental Sergeant Major
RSM E. Cruwys

Regimental Quartermaster-Sergeant
RQMS T. Middleton

3/7th Sports, July 1916

The Reserve Battalion held sports at Sutton Mandeville in July 1916, with the 2/7th as guests. There were 24 events and prizes were awarded by Lady Stewart-Bam. The event was arranged by Major W. Mudford and Second Lieutenant H.B. Smith. The judges included the following:

Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Berkeley
Major J. Nichol
Captain H.M. Ryland
Second Lieutenant H.A. Brown
Second Lieutenant L.E. James
Second Lieutenant C.V. Hosken
Second Lieutenant C. Cartwright
RSM E. Cruwys
CSM G. Lehrs
CSM J. Hawes
CSM A. Hounsell

 Sideshows were under the direction of RQMS T. Middleton.

Officers listed in Photographs

The History of the ‘Shiny Seventh’ includes two photographs from Sutton Mandeville, with names of the officers present.

South African Officers of the 3/7th in Sutton Mandeville in July 1916 (facing page 134)

Second Lieutenants
Anderson, K.G.
Hutton, W.W.
Behren, A.
Phillip, D.
Sclater, T.W.
Murray, A.F.
Johnstone, G.D.
Metcalf, C.D.
Parker, T.G.V.
Webster, G.A.
Elsbury, A.

Taylor, W.A.C.
Bourke-Macauley, E.D.
Edgar, S.
Macintosh, W.G.
Long, C.E.
Cartwright, C.
Urquhart, W.
Duminy, J.
Michell, R.
Churchill, F.
McLeod, A.G.
Ecksteen, R.
Whitby, H.

Hoskin, V.F. (pos. Hosken)
Gibson, A.E.
Michell, L.
Miller, R.G.
Barling, F.B.
Johnstone, W.J.
Hoskin, C.V.  (pos. Hosken)

Stevenson, R.
Rees, E.S.C. (pos. Reed)
Shillito, H.
Hines, N.L.

Major
J. Nicol

Lieutenant Colonel
Sir. P. Van B. Stewart-Bam

Officers with the Reserve Battalion (facing page 134)

Second Lieutenants
Davenport, G.C.
Hutton, W.W.
Metcalf, C.D.
Woollett, F.H.E.
Scothorne, J.P.
Evershed, P.D.
Johnstone, W.J.
Ecksteen, R.
Saffery, E.J.
Drummond, H.D.B.
Hosken, W.W. (pos. Hoskin)
Bourke-Macauley, E.D.

Taylor, W.A.C.
Roots, P.W.
Watson, C.T.
Long, C.E.
Johnstone, G.D.
Gibson, A.E.
Michell, R.
Parker, T.G.V.
Barling, F.B.
Luxton,F.C.
Hines, N.L.

McLeod, A.G.
Scudamore, C.G.
Edgar, S.
Traynor, P.
Retief, P.J.
Stevenson, R.E.
Mackintosh, W.J.
Goldsbury, C.M.
Forbes, S.F.
Hosken, C.V. (pos. Hoskin)
Cartwright, C.
Chamberlain, H.R.M.
Platts, H.C.
Anderson, K.G.
Reed, E.S.C. (pos. Rees)

Montgomery, I.D.
Hare, G.W.M.
Michell, L.
Thomas, R.W.
James, L.E.
Elsbury, A.
Smith, A.T.S.
Behren, A.J.E.
Phillip, J.D.M.
Murray, A.F.
Smith, H.B.
Preston, J.F.
Scudamore, S.
Urquhart, W.
Salter, H.A.
Webster, G.A.

Miller, R.G.
Miller, L.
Hunt, R.J.

Lieutenant
Culverwell, W.N.
Ryland, H.M. (QM)
Brown, H.A.
Marsh, F.S.
Graham, D.
Kirby, W.H.
Rooney, D.
Ludbrook, P.

Captain
Molyneux, R.C.A.F.
Ayrton, B.F.
Ward, D.E.
Lydiart, H.E.
Peppiatt, L.E. (Adjt)
Rushworth, T.
Peppiatt, K.O.
Bridgeman, M. (RAMC)

Major
Mansfield Jones, L.P.
Mudford, W.
Nicol, J

Lieutenant Colonel
Stewart-Bam, P. Van B.

Reverend
Everard Digby