The 4 Agius brothers, Alfred, Edgar, Arthur and Richard, were all in the 3rd London Regiment and their individual stories are told on their own pages on this website. The stories draw on a number of sources – family archive, Battalion histories and others connected to the 3rd Londons that we have met on the way.
This page draws together some of these other resources that are either freely available on-line or have given permission to be shown here.
This history was compiled by J P Kelleher , past curator at the Royal Fusiliers Museum in the Tower of London, around 2000. It is detailed and accurate in most respects but gets some things wrong about the Agius brothers.
On page 14, writing about April 1918, Kelleher says…
“The battalion was relieved and sent to Boves, where it had been anticipated that Major Alphonse Agius would be given command of the battalion, but this was not so. He was one of three brothers serving with the battalion :Arthur had received the Military Cross with 1/3rd London,and Roy was killed in 1917, and all three were very popular ofﬁcers in the battalion.”
It should read
“The battalion was relieved and sent to Boves, where it had been anticipated that Major Alfred Agius MC would be given command of the battalion, but this was not so. He was one of four brothers serving with the battalion :Arthur had also received the Military Cross with 1/3rd London, Edgar was wounded at Festubert 1915, and Richard was killed in 1917, and all four were very popular ofﬁcers in the battalion.”
Alfred was in command of the battalion for a few days in April and May 1918, while awaiting the arrival of new COs.
An excellent Wikipedia article posted in June 2017,
Interesting account of the Territorial Battalions , including the London Regiments, published in May 1916. Edgar Agius is named on page 34 and before that Arthur’s Noel (later) brothers-in-law are also mentioned,
While there was no ‘official’ history of the 3rd Londons written after the war, the 1/4th and 2/4th Londons closely followed the 1/3rd and 2/3rd and this history has many cross-references to what the 3rd Londons were doing in Malta and on the Western Front.
A general account that covers the regular and territorial (City of London) battalions of the Royal Fusiliers, Capt Richard Agius is recorded in the roll of honour on page 354. And Capt Robert Gee’s account of the flood at Suvla Bay on page 371.