1. Memorial:Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial Kirkee
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.124
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour4C GQS

Awards & Titles:

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Early Life :

Born in 1875 in Ryde.

Family :

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Chamberlain Hartnall; husband of Katherine Sophia Hartnall, of Bardsea, Yelfs Rd., Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Married : 1902, Katherine Sophia Jackman, at Holy Trinity Church, Ryde.

Children : James Inglis Hartnall (born in Leicester in 1904), and Isabel Mary Hartnall (born in Ryde in 1907).

Education & Career :

Journalist (1906).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2nd Wessex Brigade Royal Field Artillery 

Action : India & Imperial Policing 

At the start of the war it was important to bring Regular Battalions back from their 'Imperial Policing' role in India and the FarEast. These troops were replaced by Territorial and other Garisson troops.

Service Details :

Major Archibald John Hartnall, Royal Field Artillery, 2nd Wessex Bde.

He rose through the ranks :

Gunner (Bombardier)
2nd Lieutenant : 8 Apr 1909 (transferred from the 5th Hampshire (Howitzer) Battery to the 2nd Wessex Ammunition Column
Lieutenant : 11 Aug 1910
Captain : 29 Aug 1914
Major : 6 May 1915

Detail :

Isle of Wight County Press, 10 March 1917 "MAJOR A.J. HARTNALL DIES IN INDIA. It is with profound regret that we announce the death of Major A.J. Hartnall, 2nd Wessex Brigade, R.F.A., with ocurred at Jubbulpore, India, on March 6th. The widow received a telegram from Exeter on Thursday intimating that death took place from plague. Major Hartnall may be described as a splended fellow and a fine soldier. On the formation of the Howitzers in Ryde he joined as a gunner. He was later promoted to be sergeant, and received a commission in 1912. He was mobilised at the outbreak of war, went to Salisbury Plain in September, and sailed for India in October. He held the rank of captain then, and it is since he has been on active service at Aden in 1915, and took part in the fighting around and the subsequent capture of Waht. The officer commanding the brigade, in describing the fighting said; "It was a magnificent pieces of endurance, dash and spirit." Major Hartnall returned to India last year. He was a most popular officer. By profession Major Hartnall was a journalist. For several years he was connected with the Leicester Daily Post, and on the death of his father, Mr. J. Chamberlain Hartnall, in 1904, he took over the business of the I.W. Observer. He was a man of musical tastes and fornd of boat sailing. Great sympathy is felt for Mrs. Hartnall and her son and daughter."

See also: Isle of Wight Memorials.

Also commemorated:
Isle of Wight - County War Memorial Panel 6.
Ryde - Borough Great War Memorial .

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : East Medina No. 175 E.C.Hampshire & IOW
Joined : Alexandra No. 1065 E.C. Bombay
Joined : Chutter Munzil No. 3276 E.C. Bengal

18th April 1906
16th May 1906
17th October 1906

Senior Warden
He also joined Chutter Nunzil Lodge No.3276 in 1915 and is also a joining member of Alexandra Lodge No. 1065, Jubbulpore, Bombay. Joined 17/2/1917

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