Lieutenant Colonel W.J. Humphrey

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  1. PWG

    PWG Member

    HI, does anyone know some biographical details about the following person: Lieutenant Colonel W.J. Humphrey. He trained the Liverpool Irish Men for the landing in Normandy. He landed on Juno Beach. I would like to know more about his life earlier and later. He seems to have worked for the CCG(BE) as a retired colonel.
    Thank you for helping me.
     
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. PWG

    PWG Member

    thank you for the picture. This is great.
     
  4. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    You may get more information from the First World War Great War Forum website
    The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts. :—
    W.J.Humphrey. (Gaz. 16 Jan ) .. .. 2 Sept.18
    .........
    Temp. Lt. W. J. Humphrey to be actg. Capt. whilst coindg.a Co. (Gaz. !5 Jan.) .. .. 12 N0V. 16

    page 6236 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 24 DECEMBER, 1946
    The King's R. Maj. (War Subs. Lt -Col.) W. J. HUMPHREY, O.B E., M.C. (5314), retires on ret. pay, 22nd Dec. 1946, and is granted the hon. rank of Col.
    page 1558 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 MARCH, 1945
    The King's R. Col. (actg.) W. J. Humphrey, M.C. (5314).

    This may also be a brother...
    Flight Global p408 APRIL 11, 1918. Second Lieutenant ERNEST GRAHAM HUMPHREY, R.F.C., who died of wounds on March 29th, aged 21, was the son of the late Rev. W. J. Humphrey, formerly Principal of Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, and of Mrs. Humphrey, of 23, Hereford Road, Acton, W. He was educated at Bedford Modern School, where he gained both entrance and leaving exhibitions. In October, 1914, he entered the City and Guilds (Engineering) College, South Kensington, and passed the intermediate B.Sc. (Engineering) Examination of London University in the following year. He joined the O.T.C. at school, transferred to the Senior Division at Kensington, and in 1915 obtained a commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment. In July, 1916, he was sent to France, and subsequently, at his own request, was attached to the R.F.C. as an observer. He had been wounded on two previous occasions.
    HUMPHREY, ERNEST GRAHAM. Second Lieutenant. Died 29/03/1918. Aged 21
    48th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps
    Son of the late Rev. William John Humphrey, M.A., and of Mrs. Ellen Humphrey, of 23, Hereford Rd., Acton, London. Native of Northampton.
    Buried at DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION NO.1 Plot III. Row A. Grave 18.

    Not an answer to your question, but may guide you to the info you seek
     
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  5. PWG

    PWG Member

    Hi,

    page 6236 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 24 DECEMBER, 1946
    The King's R. Maj. (War Subs. Lt -Col.) W. J. HUMPHREY, O.B E., M.C. (5314), retires on ret. pay, 22nd Dec. 1946, and is granted the hon. rank of Col.
    page 1558 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 22 MARCH, 1945
    The King's R. Col. (actg.) W. J. Humphrey, M.C. (5314).

    This is the W.J. Humphrey I am looking for. After his retirement he became the K.R.O. in the Kreis Detmold Germany Westfalia and stayed there up to 1950. Does anyone know where he was born, anything about his education and what he did after he had left Germany?
    thank you for all the information.
     
  6. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    No problem, just a quick Google turned up that and a link to a Rev W J Humphrey that may be his father.

    That may also be a link to his WW1 service
    The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be temp. Lts. :—
    W.J.Humphrey. (Gaz. 16 Jan ) .. .. 2 Sept.18
    .........
    Temp. Lt. W. J. Humphrey to be actg. Capt. whilst comndg. a Co. (Gaz. !5 Jan.) .. .. 12 N0V. 16

    as he didn't just appear as a Colonel, so must have had prior service, most likely WW1, hence my referring you to the GWF who may provide his early years service details
     
  7. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    I can't find a link to Rev. William John Humphrey.

    1901 Census
    Kislingbury, Northamptonshire

    Ellen Humphrey - 45 [widow]
    Leonard W Humphrey - 4
    Ernest G Humphrey - 4
    Maud M E Osborne - 17


    1911 Census
    166 Foster Hill Road, Bedford

    Ellen Humphrey - 55 [widow]
    Leonard Walter Humphrey - 14
    Ernest Graham Humphrey - 14
    Amy Louisa Solesbury - 13
     
  8. PWG

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  9. PWG

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    Dear Sir, could I please give me the o.k. to use this picture of Humphrey and Montgomery in an article for an online historical magazine in Germany. The article is about Humphrey as Kreis Resident Officer in Germany and how he viewed the people in his region.
     

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