QUOTE (Dragon @ Wed, 21 Jul 2004 15:49:45 +0000)
Sgts Hurcomb and Sedgewick are of the 2/19th Battalion, London Regiment.
... indeed, they most certainly were 19th Londons. From my database:
Sgt Frederick George HURCOMB (numbers 3876 and 611058)
believed to have enlisted about mid April 1915
Wounded 20/02/18 at Talat ed Dumm
resided 60, Grafton Rd, St Pancras
Sgt James Walter SEDGWICK (numbers 4655 and 611488)
believed to have enlisted about late May 1915
resided 14 Theobald St, New Kent Rd, Southwark
Both men went to France with 2/19th when it went overseas with 60 Division on 24/06/16, and then served in Salonika (Dec 1916 - June 1917) and then in Egypt and Palestine until the end of the war.
John Player and Sons produced a series of 50 cigarette cards of 'Uniforms of the Territorial Army' in about 1940. Card number 36 is of a Sgt of the 2/19th and is clearly identifiable as one of the men in the photo Michael posted above.
Swni, it is quite possible that your relative was with a London unit, as 60 Division received a large draft of 3,000 RAMC men in late May 1916 shortly before it went overseas (see this thread
). Many of these men were Welsh, and some ended up in the 2/19th.
The 19th London Regiment had an annual Jerusalem Dinner on the saturday closest to the capture of the city - usually the first in the month. This tradition was maintained throughout the interwar period, though I dont know whether it lapsed immediately after 1945. Reports of these dinners in the regimental journal often include comments such as "all ranks were particularly delighted to see Taffy Jones who made the long journey from Ebbw Vale to be with his old comrades".
The key to Jerusalem eventually ended up with the 20th Londons and apparently exists somewhere in a storage room in a drill hall somewhere in London. I am trying to track it down.