When you have the chance, I would be grateful for a look up on your R.A database for the following two officers
R D NIGHTINGALE (Lt)
H S MARSHALL (Major) - Eastbourne College I believe.
Here is what I can tell you about the above two officers:
Lieut. Colonel Roland Douglas Nightingale, MC, RA
Known as “Night” to his comrades.
Born 12 Jun 99
Cadet, RMA, Woolwich, 1917-Jan 18
Commissioned into RGA in Jan 18
Joined 91 Siege Battery, RGA on 9 July 18
Military Cross, London Gazette, 15 Feb 19 (Citation, 30 Jul 1919)
From the 91 Siege Battery history:
“The 12th Oct. was a very bad day for us. We had fired a few rounds at active batteries and a few 8” shells came back in return. Lieut. Ainsley, Sergt. Eales, Bombardier Newton, Gunner Graham and Gunner Mc W. McCullough took refuge in a cellar under a house, together with its inhabitants, nine French civilians. A shell hit the house and the cellar collapsed, the ruins of the house falling into it. Lieut. Nightingale was the first to discover the calamity and he, with Bombardier Bradshaw and Gunner Fletcher were conspicuous amongst many in the rescue work which started at great personal risk before the shelling had ceased.” (Bradshaw and Fletcher received MMs).
1920 – posted to Gibraltar
“Between the two world wars he was closely connected to all Sport. He played in representative Army Games in Soccer, Rugger, Hockey at Woolwich, Bulford and Shoeburyness and for Woolwich, Gibraltar, and Shoeburyness Garrison at Squash and Tennis as well. He played Representative Garrison and R. A. Cricket from 1925 to 1935, representing the Regiment twice at Lords vs. R. E. and was a playing member at the M. C. C.”
In 1936 to Ceylon where he was the first Instructor of Gunnery appointed to Ceylon Command.
Returned to Shoeburyness in 1939
Then 8 A. A. Divisional Staff at Bristol as A/Q
Given command of 80 LAA Regiment, RA with which he served in South of England and South Wales and all over the Middle East until the Regiment disbanded in April 1944.
Then became Chief Administrative Officer, Alexandria Area until returning to Home Establishment in 1946
After a short period with HQ Civil Resettlement he commanded 498 HAA Regiment, RA (TA)
He retired from the Regiment in 1949 after service to take up the Secretaryship of Western Region, R. A. A. on 1 Feb 49.
Employment Officer, Royal Artillery Charitable Fund
Died 21 May 62
Sources: History of the 91st (Siege) Battery, RGA, December 1915 to 11 November 1918; The Gunner, July 1962, page 177.
Major Henry Seymour Marshall, DSO, RGA
Born on 5 Mar 79; the son of C. Marshall
Educated at Eastbourne College from 1894-1898 and at Cooper’s Hill (R. I. E. C.)
2nd Lieut, RGA, 10 Jan 00
Lieut. 3 Apr 01
Served at Malta and Gibraltar until 1904
Served in India from 1904-1914
Captain, 10 Feb 11
Served with 90th Heavy Battery, RGA in India in 1914 and in Egypt and the Dardanelles
Landed at Cape Helles in April 1915 and evacuated in 1916
Commanded 90 Heavy Battery, RGA from the landing at Gallipoli to Jul 1915
Commanded 14 Siege Battery, RGA from July 15 to 27 Aug 15
Returned to 90 Heavy Battery, RGA and commanded it from 28 Aug 15 to 21 Sept 15
Major, 16 Oct 15
Then commanded 14 Siege Battery, RGA from 16 Dec 15 to the evacuation
Served in France from April 1916 to 24 Jun 17.
Distinguished Service Order, London Gazette, 3 Jun 16 (no citation)
Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette, 13 Jul 16
Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette, 14 Dec 17
Married Violet Mabel, daughter of J. Attfield and they had two daughters
Retired as a Major on 16 December 1922.
Sources: Eastbourne College Roll of War Service; The Distinguished Service Order, 1886-1920. 29th Divisional Artillery War Record; War Services of Officers, 1920, 1924.