On the 8th of June 1919, Whit Sunday, the last men serving with the 10th (Service) Battalion the Essex Regiment paraded for the last time. The final dismiss. This disbandment was held in FOVANT on Salisbury Plain Wiltshire.
The last diary entry was April 30th at CLARY. It read; “all available personnel employed on fatigues.”
The London Evening News quoted the following;
” over the holiday season (Whitsun 1919) there was quietly disbanded in a tucked away part of Wiltshire a gallant battalion, the 10th Essex, which was born in the feverish days of the Autumn 1914, formed part of what was colloquially known as Kitchener’s Second Hundred Thousand, and saw the war through on some of the bloodiest fields of France.
“No Glitter, no electric cheering ceremony accompanied the disbandment. The Colours were sent quietly away to the depot at Warley, and the men dispersed to their own homes.”
The official figures show the fighting qualities of the Battalion:
Officers passed through: 227
Men passed through: 5274
Total killed or died of wounds: 1103
Total killed or died of wounds 1103
The 10th Essex Roll of Actions from 1914 to 1918