Soldiers on a Physical and Bayonet Training Course for Unit Instructors

The soldiers in this photograph are on a course for unit instructors in physical and bayonet training in December 1917 at the School of Physical Training, Aldershot. The Army Gymnastic Staff instructors are in white.

Second from the left in the rear row is Private Francis Homersham, The London Regiment. On his arrival in France in April 1918 he was transferred to Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) and posted to the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Between 4 September and 16 October 1918 he earned the Military Medal twice and the Distinguished Conduct Medal, making him the most decorated soldier of the 9th Royal Irish Fusiliers. After the war he was commissioned into the Royal Air Force and, in the Second World War, Wing Commander F S Homersham earned an Air Force Cross to add to his other awards.

(Photo Homersham Family)

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