Coldstream Guards

1st Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel John Ponsonby 04/08/1914 to 15/09/1914 Wounded

Major Leslie d'Henin Hamilton 15/09/1914 to 29/10/1914 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant John Boyd 30/10/1914 to 01/11/1914 Replaced

Captain Edward Goff Christie-Miller 01/11/1914 to 02/11/1914 Prisoner of war

Lieutenant John Boyd 03/11/1914 to 05/11/1914 Replaced

Captain Guy Janion Edwards 05/11/1914 to 21/11/1914 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Ponsonby 21/11/1914 to 25/01/1915 Invalided

Lieutenant-Colonel Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby 25/01/1915 to 04/03/1915 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel John Ponsonby 04/03/1915 to 26/08/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur George Edward Egerton 26/08/1915 to 29/09/1915 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Victor Baring 02/10/1915 to 15/09/1916 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett 24/09/1916 to 11/11/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Byng George Gregge-Hopwood 12/11/1916 to 20/07/1917 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel John Charles Brand 21/07/1917 to 05/11/1918 Invalided

Major Edward Kenelm Digby 06/11/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO




















Memorial to Lt-Col G.V. Baring - Winchester Cathedral


2nd Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Edward Pereira 04/08/1914 to 17/05/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Arthur MacGregor 18/05/1915 to 23/05/1915 Temporary absence

Lieutenant-Colonel Julian McCarty Steele 24/05/1915 to 26/08/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip Arthur MacGregor 28/08/1915 to 25/03/1916 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett 26/03/1916 to 17/07/1916 Temporary absence

Major George Edward Vaughan 17/07/1916 to 24/07/1916 Killed in action/Died of wounds

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Baskerville Jervis Crawfurd 25/07/1916 to 11/11/1916 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett 12/11/1916 to 17/11/1916 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Lancelot Merivale Gibbs 22/11/1916 to 28/02/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Burrell Spencer Follett 08/03/1917 to 22/03/1918 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Percival Brassey 23/03/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

3rd Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Percy Thynne Feilding 04/08/1914 to 27/04/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Torquhil George Matheson 27/04/1915 to 28/07/1915 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel John Vaughan Campbell 29/07/1915 to 11/11/1916 Promoted

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Baskerville Jervis Crawfurd 12/11/1916 to 10/10/1917 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Longueville 11/10/1917 to 06/05/1918 Wounded

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Baskerville Jervis Crawfurd 07/05/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO














4th (Pioneer) Battalion       

Lieutenant-Colonel Randal Charles Edward Skeffington-Smyth 05/08/1914 to 09/01/1917 Temporary absence

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Sharpley 09/01/1917 to 09/02/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Randal Charles Edward Skeffington-Smyth 10/02/1917 to 18/10/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Janion Edwards 19/10/1917 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO

5th (Reserve) Battalion

Lieutenant-Colonel George Arthur Charles Crichton 17/07/1915 to 06/02/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Hardy 07/02/1917 to 26/10/1917 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Reginald Baskerville Jervis Crawfurd 27/10/1917 to 24/04/1918 Replaced

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Hardy 25/04/1918 to 11/11/1918 Remained CO


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WW1 Regiment details (external site)

John Vaughan Campbell VC CMG DSO later Brigadier-General 137 and 3 Guards Brigades. His VC was won as CO:

‘On 15 September 1916 at Ginchy, France, during the Battle of the Somme, Lieutenant Colonel Campbell took personal command of the third line when the first two waves of his battalion had been decimated by machine-gun and rifle fire. He rallied his men and led them against the enemy machine-guns, capturing the guns and killing the personnel. Later in the day he again rallied the survivors of his battalion and led them through very heavy hostile fire. His personal gallantry and initiative at a very critical moment enabled the division to press on and capture objectives of the highest tactical importance’.