There are included both transcripts and images of the original publication, Activities of the British Community in Argentina During the Great War 1914-1919, published in 1920. The book contains lists of the British volunteers from Argentina who served in World War I. Of these volunteers, we read in the opening chapter, “In Argentina neither recruiting speeches, posters, nor newspaper appeals were needed to rouse Britons and their descendants, of military age, to action, or to awaken them to a send of duty to the Motherland.”
From the transcript, you can discover a volunteer’s
Images from the original book will often include additional information, such as how and where they died, date of death, and occupation. You may also be able to find a picture of your ancestor, which would appear as a separate, additional entry on the results page. The photographs will include names and regiments and will often depict the individuals in their military uniforms.
The general roll of volunteers from Argentina will include name and regiment (where given). Additionally, there is a list of women war workers, which includes names and titles. The images will often include additional information, such as military work history and awards given. For example, we learn the Miss Rose Davy served as a military nurse in England for two and a half years and for two years in Egypt and British East Africa. She was decorated with the Royal Red Cross.
While not an exhaustive list, there are 4,852 volunteers from Argentina named. Of those, 528 appear on the Roll of Honour, which comprises pages 29 to 56. The General Roll can be found on pages 121 to 200 and photographs can be viewed from page 57 to 120.
Following the rolls is a chronological accounting of events in Argentina just prior to and after Britain’s declaration of war on Germany up to the end of the war. This includes details pertaining to war efforts made in Argentina by British residents, including the work of the British Women’s Patriotic Association. Later chapters include details pertaining to the war fund, women’s war efforts, work of societies and communities, the role of established institutions in the war effort, and the aftermath of the Armistice. You can use the previous and next buttons in the image viewer to flip through the entire publication to read it in its entirety.
Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was comprised of foreign citizens, including those of countries currently at war. The area was prime for German propaganda. However, the efforts on the ground of the British community in countering the propaganda with pamphlets in Spanish were effective. From the foreword of this publication, we read, "During the anxious years from August 1914 to the conclusion of the Armistice, now followed by the signature of Peace, 1919, the British Community in the Argentine Republic have participated loyally and effectively in the Great War."
John Vincent Holland, captain of the Leinster Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts in the battle of the Somme during the storming of Guillemont. Captain Holland worked for the Mechanical Engineer of the Central Argentine Railway at Rosario before the war. He volunteered in 1914. The official award reads, "During a violent engagement, Lieut. Holland, not satisfied with bombing hostile dug-outs, fearlessly led twenty bombers through the British barrage, and cleared out the greater part of the village. Only five of this brave band returned. By this very gallant action, Holland undoubtedly broke the spirit of the enemy, and saved the British from many causalities."
Thomas Colvill Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Colvill Jones, Hurlingham, was an employee of the Central Argentine Railway. He left 22 February 1917 and enrolled in Artists Rifle Officer Training Corps. He was appointed to the Royal Engineers with the rank of lieutenant. He became a captain in the Royal Air Force and died of war wounds as a prisoner of war in Germany on 24 June 1918. He was 21 at the time of his death.