Author Archives: Simon

1909 25th London’s “E” Company dinner.

Russell Ridout recently picked up the following postcard on Ebay :- The reverse side, unfortunately the writer didn’t add his surname :- The following postcard of the restaurant is from the collection of theĀ  National Museum of Australia :-

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25th London Cyclist Paraphernalia

Occasionally items relating to the 25th London Cyclists come to our attention. Usually for sale on Ebay and other auction sites, but also from contacts and donations. Russell Ridout is collecting as many of these items as possible to create … Continue reading

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Cyclist Battalions (1914-1918)

Following on from the last blog about the WW1 Cyclists Memorial, is a short film (1m33s) from 1950 :- Anniversary Service At Cyclist’s War Memorial (1950) There is also a short BBC audio recording (5m10s) :- National Cycling Memorial, Meriden: … Continue reading

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WW1 National Cyclists Memorial

The obelisk honors the cyclist troops who were killed during World War I. Located in The Green at Meriden, between Coventry and Birmingham, in Warwickshire, England. It was built to remember the cyclists who rode and died during World War … Continue reading

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WW1 Cyclists – British Pathe films

There are several films on the British Pathe web site featuring cyclist battalions from WW1. The battalionsĀ  in the first two films cannot be identified however the hat badges on the following film look round like the 25th London’s badge … Continue reading

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25th County of London Cyclists HQ

Russell Ridout has picked up an old postcard of the 25th London’s Headquarters. The gateway your ancestor would have walked through to enlist. And here is is today, now occupied by the Army Reserve’s Royal Yeomanry. Photo acknowledgements – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulham_House

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Herbert (Bert) Gayler – Olympian

Gayler, Herbert Henry, resident Willesden, enlisted in the 25th County of London Cyclist Battalion at Fulham (740705). He died of wounds in Waziristan, N.W.F. India, 23 Jun 1917. He was born in Chiselhurst, Kent in 1882, the son of Henry … Continue reading

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BBC Countryfile Remembrance Sunday Special

I had previously blogged about the Ride to the Somme. On the 13th the BBC Countryfile program was dedicated to Remembrance day featuring the Ride to the Somme. Bicycle battalions were mentioned but the main focus was the Army Cycle … Continue reading

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New book – Dreams and Realities

Based on a True Story DREAMS AND REALITIES by Jonathan L. Trapman Jonathan Trapman presents an epic journey within this heptalogy (series of 7) and dynastic tale taking its starting point from a true story his forebear initiated, some 230 … Continue reading

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25th London Bn. on the BBC

This week the 25th County of London Cyclist Battalion featured on the BBC program “Inside the factory : Bicycles” (Series 2, no.4). At the 24 minute mark several photos from the 25th London Bn. website were used, including two in … Continue reading

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