Lt. Tommy Upton, India 1922



The ranks of the 11th were filled with marksmen and 1st class shots when they went to France in August 1914. The credit for this goes to two musketry instructors, Lieutenant Spears and Tommy Upton who was a Squadron Sergeant Major before the war. Upton had joined as a private in 1904 and retired as a Lieutenant-Colonel with an OBE and DCM. Spears became Major-General Sir Louis Spears CB CBE MC and wrote in his memoirs: 'I was both honoured and fortunate to work with Sergeant Tommy Upton, my musketry instructor sergeant... We used to sit for hours in my room trying to devise means of making musketry interesting to the rank and file and to circumvent the contempt in which it was held by some officers.'


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by Stephen Luscombe