Tuesday, 21 December 2010

9612 Pte Cyril E Cook, 5th Bn, Wilts Regt

9612 Private Cyril Edward Cook of the 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment was killed in action on Gallipoli on the 15th December 1915. Cyril was just seventeen years old, the son of Arthur Ernest and Florence Ethel Cook of 29 Park Road, Harringay, London. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Soldiers Died in The Great War notes that he was born in Barking and living in East Finchley when he joined up. He enlisted at Lambeth.

Cyril's birth was registered in the March quarter of 1899 and he appears on the 1901 census with his parents and two siblings living at 5 Park Hall Parade in Finchley. His army number dates to August 1914 which means that he was an early volunteer and probably no older than 16; one of Lord Kitchener's youngest recruits.

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

18078 Pte Arthur Herdman, 13th Bn, DLI

Over a month after the Armistice had been declared, on the 14th December 1918, 18078 Private Arthur Herdman of the 13th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry died of wounds. He was born in Chester-Le-Street but according to Soldiers Died in The Great war was living in America when war was declared. He joined the DLI at Chester-Le-Street in September 1914.

Arthur was 21 years old, the son of James and Elizabeth Eleanor Herdman of 4 Stackyard, Great Lumley, Fence Houses, County Durham. He is buried in Premont British Cemetery in France.

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38206 Pte Ernest Mayes, 12th Bn, West Yorks Regt

38206 Private Ernest Mayes of the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action on the 13th December 1918. He was born in Bradford and enlisted there. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he was the son of Mr J Mayes of 19 Edmund Street, Valley Road, Shipley, Yorkshire. He is buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery at Mory near Arras.

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144018 Spr Arthur Fearnsides, RE

144018 Sapper Arthur Fearnsides of the Postal Section, Royal Engineers, died at home on the 12th December 1916. He was born in Bradford and was still living there when he enlisted. He joined up at London.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that Arthur was 40 years old, the husband of S E Fearnsides of 27 Lytton Road, Girlington, Bradford. He is buried in Bradford's Scholemoor Cemetery.

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19006 Spr Frank Callaway, RE

19006 Sapper Frank Callaway of the 24th Base Park Company, Royal Engineers died on the 11th December 1915. He was 25 years old, the son of Walter Henry and Elizabeth H Callaway of 121 Eastney Road, Eastney, Portsmouth. He probably died as a result of sickness and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

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2577 Rfm Stephen Dade, 2nd Bn, KRRC

2577 Rifleman Stephen Dade of the 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, died on the 10th December 1914. He almost certainly died as a prisoner of war as he is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery in Germany. His medal index card notes that he arrived in France on the 13th August 1914 whilst soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born in Wakefield and enlisted at Leeds. If he was a regular soldier, his number indicates that he joined the KRRC in January 1900. He is almost certainly the same Stephen Dade whose birth was registered in the March quarter of 1886 which, in turn, suggests that he joined the KRRC as a boy soldier.


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9151 Pte Percy Swinn, 1st Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers

9151 Pte Percy Swinn of the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers was killed in action on the 9th December 1914. He was 33 years old and a member of A Company. His number indicates that he joined the regiment in January or February 1903. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Swinn and the husband of Ada Emily Swinn of 5, Knight's Yard, Church Street, Lenton, Nottingham. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

13811 Pte Henry L Duplock, 6th Bn, DCLI

13811 Private Henry Lewis Duplock of the 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry was killed in action on the 8th December 1915. He was born in London and living in West Croydon when he enlisted. His number indicates that he must have joined the regiment in September 1914 and he was almost certainly an original member of the 6th Battalion.

The CWGC records his first name as Harry and notes that at the time of his death he was 33 years old and serving with B Company. He was the "son of the late Harry Howell Duplock of Cripplegate, London and of Charlotte Duplock, now of 121, West Division St., Belding, Michigan, U.S.A. Native of Cripplegate, London, England." He is buried in White House Cemetery at St Jean-Les-Ypres.

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Capt Denys Keppel Garnier, 2nd Bn, Gloucs Regt

Captain Denys Keppel Garnier of the 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment died of wounds on the 7th December 1916. He was 26 years old, the son of Caroline Henrietta Garnier of Chawton Conage, Alton, Hamshire, and the late Russell Montagu Garnier. He is buried in Struma Military Cemetery in Greece.

Captain Garnier was gazetted captain in the supplement to the London Gazette dated 18th October 1915. His medal index card notes that he arrived overseas in December 1914

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2nd Lt Charles G Sothers, 18th Middx Regt

Second Lieutenant Charles Gordon Sothers of the 18th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment died of wounds on the 6th December 1917. He was 32 years old, the husband of May Kathleen Sothers of 15, Paget Road, Stoke Newington, London. His name almost certainly appears on the imposing memorial in the library in Church Street, Stoke Newington and he is buried in Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery in Belgium.

Charles's medal index card shows that he originally arrived in France as a corporal with the 23rd London Regiment. His number was 5272, which indicates that he originally joined in May 1916, and he was later renumbered 702090. He was subsequently commissioned in the Middlesex Regiment.

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73567 Pte Thomas Harrison, 2nd Bn, RWF

Sixty-two British Army officers and men died on the 5th December 1918, and Thomas Harrison of Wigan was one of these men. He died of wounds whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery and was almost certainly a late entry - 1917 or 1918 - into the war.

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Saturday, 4 December 2010

12294 Sgt Francis Carson, 9th Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

12294 Sergeant Francis Carson of the 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) died of wounds on the 4th December 1915. He was 24 years old, the son of Mr. W. B. Carson, of 5, Waverley Place, Bothwell, Glasgow. He is buried in Maple Copse Cemetery.

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6323 Pte John Gorman, 2nd Bn, Royal Irish Regt

6323 Private John Gorman of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment died of wounds on the 3rd December 1914. He is buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Namur.

John Gorman had originally joined the regiment in 1898 and he arrived in France on the 13th August 1914.

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Thursday, 2 December 2010

203894 Pte Henry Bagworth, 2nd Bn, Lincs Regt

203894 Private Henry Bagworth of the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on the 2nd December 1917. He was 35 years old, the son of Richard William and Katherine Bagworth, and the husband of Minnie Bagworth of 10, Diamond Jubilee Cottages, Bank's Lane, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial .

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5388 Pte Joseph Hatswell, 1/4th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers

5388 Private Joseph Hatswell of the 1/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds on the 1st December 1914. He had previously served with the Durham Light Infantry (number 32534). He was 22 years old, the son of Edmund Francis and Mary Ellen Hatswell of New Preston Street, Bradford, Yorkshire. He is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

2nd Lt A H P Errington, 2nd KOYLI

Second Lieutenant A H P Errington of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was killed in action on the 30th November 1914. CWGC puts his death at "between 30/11/14 and 01/12/14" but Officers Died in The Great War narrows tis down to the 30th. He is referred to in both data sets by his initials only, and also on his medal index card which also notes, presumably incorrectly, that he was "reported wounded and missing 30/31-10-14 [and] since presumed dead." He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

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Monday, 29 November 2010

6349 Pte Frederick Wrigley, 2nd Bn, Beds Regt

6349 Private Frederick Wrigley of the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment died of wounds on the 29th November 1914. He was 35 years old, the husband of Margaret A Wrigley of 61 Wycliffe Road, Northampton. He is buried in the Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery in France.

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Sunday, 28 November 2010

306649 Pte Percy Oswald Procter, 2/7th West Riding Regt

306649 Private Percy Oswald Procter of the 2/7th Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) was one of 676 British Army officers and men to die on the 28th November 1917. Many of these men died in the freezing mud of Flanders. Percy was 30 years old, the son of William and Sarah Maria Procter of 26 Greave's Street, Little Horton Bradford. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval, France.

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40627 Pte Harry Broughton, 6th Bn, Lincs Regt

40627 Private Harry Broughton of the 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on the 27th November 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.

Harry's original number - 4722 - suggests that he initially joined on of the Territorial Force battalions and transferred to the 6th Battalion once overseas. 4722 for the 4th Battalion dates to October 1915; for the 5th Battalion, January 1916. He certainly didn't proceed overseas until 1916. No service record appears to survive for him.

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Friday, 26 November 2010

8623 Guardsman Wilfred Henrick, Scots Guards

8623 Guardsman Wilfred Henrick of the Scots Guards was killed in action on the 25th November 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

26560 Pte Horace Frank Lake, 2nd Bn, Beds Regt

26560 Private Horace Frank Lake of the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment was killed in action on the 24th November 1916. He was born in Wigginton, hertfordshire, and was living at Watford when he enlisted. He joined up at Bedford in February 1916.

Horace Lake is buried in the Berles-au-Bois Church Extension cemetery in France.

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2421 Pte John Pomeroy, 5th Bn, York & Lancs Regt

2421 Private John Pomeroy of the 5th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment was killed in action on the 23rd November 1915. He was the son of John and Edith Pomeroy of 167 St Anne's Road, Rotherham and he is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres. John's army number indicates that he joined the 5th Battalion in September 1914.

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Monday, 22 November 2010

8499 Pte Charlie Stallwood, 1st Bn, Ox and Bucks LI

8499 Private Charlie Stallwood of the 1st Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry was killed in action on the 22nd November 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

7229 Pte Walter J Alford, 6th Dn Gds

7229 Private Walter James Alford of the 6th Dragoon Guards was killed in action on the 20th November 1914. He was 19 years old, the son of James and Louisa Alford, of Saccombe, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton, Devon. His number indicates that he had joined the Corps of Dragoons around August 1912. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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Friday, 19 November 2010

8514 Pte Tom Dix, 2nd Bn, Dorsetshire Regt

8514 Private Tom Dix of the 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment died of wounds in Mesopotamia on the 19th November 1914. He was 25 years old, the son of Edith Jessie Dix of 3 Victoria Cottage, North Road, Parkstone, Dorset, and the late Thomas Dix. He is buried in the Basra War Cemetery in Iraq.

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97495 Pte Walter Brawn, 164th MGC

97495 Private Walter Brawn of the 164th Company, Machine Gun Corps died of wounds on the 18th November 1917. He had previously served with the Cambridgeshire Regiment (number 331092). He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery.

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

6380 Pte Noah Bromley, South Wales Borderers

6380 Private Noah Bromley of the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers was killed in action on the 17th November 1914. He was born in Stafford and enlisted in Leeds in late 1899. He has no known grave and is commemorated on panel 22 of the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

2013 Pte George F Abbott, 1/6th Hants Regt

2013 Private George Frederick Abbott of the 1/6th Hampshire Regiment died at home on the 16th November 1916. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was 51 years old, the "Husband of Maria Abbott of 28 East Street, Southsea, Hants. Served in the Burma Expedition and in the South African Campaign. Born at Portsmouth." He is buried in Portsmouth's Kingston Cemetery.

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38307 Pte Willie Hammond, 10th York & Lancs Regt

38307 Private Willie Hammond of the 10th Battalion, York & Lancs Regiment, was killed in action on the 15th November 1916, one of 738 British Army officers and men to die on this date. He had previously served with the 15th West Yorkshire Regiment (number 15/420). He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.

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Sunday, 14 November 2010

63530 Dvr Thomas M Burberry, RFA


British officers and men were still dying well after the Armistice had been signed, and on this day in 1918 - what is Remembrance Sunday in the UK today - 63530 Driver Thomas Mccarey Burberry of "X" 21st Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was one of 167 men to die. He was from Guildford in Surrey and he is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension at Rouen.

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7892 Pte George Toon, 1st Bn, Lincs Regt

7892 Private George Toon of the 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, was killed in action on the 13th November 1914. He was 45 years old, the husband of Louisa Toon, of 44 Freeling Street, Caledonian Road, King's Cross, London. George's medal index card indicates that he arrived overseas on the 26th October 1914. Given his age, I wonder whether he was a time expired soldier who had enlisted in the Special Reserve in August 1914 and then been sent overseas as a draft for the 1st Battalion. If this is not the case, his number with the regular battalions dates to January 1907.

George has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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Friday, 12 November 2010

6703 Pte James A Andrews, 1st (Royal) Dragoons

6703 Private James Albert Andrews of the 1st (Royal) Dragoons was killed in action on the 12th November 1914. He was 22 years old, the son of James and Rose Rebecca Andrews of 60 Wilcox Road, South Lambeth, London. His number dates to around March 1912 when he originally joined the 2nd Dragoons (Scots Greys). James has no known grave and is commemorated by name on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

2716 Pte Frank A Eastop, 15th London Regt

2716 Private Frank Albert Eastop of the 15th London Regiment was killed in action on the 10th November 1915. He was 24 years old, the son of Mr and Mrs C A Eastop. His residence is noted on Soldiers Died in The Great War as Clapham Park, and his number indicates that he joined the regiment on the 1st September 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Lt Keith People, 2nd Bn, Ox and Bucks LI

Lieutenant Keith People of the 2nd Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, was killed in action on the 9th November 1916.

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13792 L/Cpl Charles Penhorwood, 2nd Bn, Welsh Regt

13792 Lance-Corporal Charles Penhorwood of the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, was killed in action on the 8th November 1917 in the bitter fighting around Passchendaele. He was the son of Mrs Ellen Penhorwood of 13 Quarry Street, Swansea. He has no known grave and is one of nearly 35,000 men commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Sunday, 7 November 2010

8546 Pte Maurice E Hirons, 2nd Bn, Ox and Bucks LI

8546 Private Maurice Edward Hirons of the 2nd Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, died of wounds on the 7th November 1914. He was one of 722 British Army officers and men to die on this date.

Maurice was born in Bicester and he enlisted in Oxford in late September or early October 1907. He was therefore possibly coming to the end of his seven years service with the colours when Britain went to war in August 1914. His medal index card indicates that he arrived in France on the 14th September 1914 whilst the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he has no known grave and is recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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4231 Pte John Smyth, 1st Bn, Irish Guards

4231 Private John Smyth of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards was killed in action on the 6th November 1914. He was born in Straid, County Mayo and enlisted in Manchester around the 11th October 1912. He was 20 years old, the son of Michael Smyth of Straid, Foxford, Co. Mayo. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

John Smyth was one of 88 Irish Guardsmen to die on this date, a day which saw 370 British Army officers and men laying down their lives for King and Country.

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Friday, 5 November 2010

Lt John R Ovens, 1st Bn, Connaught Rangers

Lieutenant John Roberts Ovens of the 1st Battalion, Connaught Rangers was killed in action on the 5th November 1914. He was 25 years old and the son of John Roberts Ovens and H R Ovens of Horsehill House, Callow End, Worcester. He is buried in the Rue-du-Bacquerot No 1 Military Cemetery at Laventie.

Lt Ovens's medal index card records that he had arrived in France on the 26th September 1914 and that his father, then living at Highclere, Henfield in Sussex, had applied for his late son's 1914 Star on the 28th November 1917.

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

WR/553571 L/Cpl Montague Colcolmb, RE

WR/553571 Lance-Corporal Montague Colcolmb of the Inland Water Transport Battalion, Royal Engineers, and formerly of the Royal Field Artillery (number 1006), died - presumably of sickness or disease - on the 4th November 1918 whilst serving in Mesopotamia. He was born in Bristol and enlisted in Swindon.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

3457 Pte Harry Denman, Lincs Yeo

3457 Pte Harry Denman of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry died at sea on the 3rd November 1915. He was 23 years old, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Denman of Owmby-by-Spital, Lincoln. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial on Gallipoli.

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Major Eustace Crawley, 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers

Major Eustace Crawley of the 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers was killed in action on the 12th November 1914. He was 46 years old, the son of the late Baden Crawley, and the husband of Lady Violet Crawley (nee Finch) of 5 Lancaster Gate Terrace, London. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

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Ancestry (MIC, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour)
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 1 November 2010

Lt Maurice A Ley, 1st Bn, Lincs Regt

Lieutenant Maurice Aden Ley of the The Buffs was attached to the 1st Battalion, The Lincolnshire Regiment, when he was killed in action on the 1st November 1914. He was 19 years old, the son of Sir Francis Ley, 1st Bart, and Lady Ley (later Dowager Lady Ley of Lealholm Lodge, Lealholm, Yorkshire). He is buried in White House Cemetery, Ypres.

Maurice's older brother Christopher was killed in a flying accident in 1918. De Ruvigny's has biographies and photos of both men (above).

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 31 October 2010

2nd Lt Rudolph V Surr, 5th Bn, Worcs Regt

2nd Lt Rudolph Vincent Surr of the 5th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, (attached to the 24th Trench Mortar Battery) died on the 31st October 1916. He was killed in action.

Rudolph was 25 years old and an American citizen. He was the son of Vincent Surr of 1696 Cedar Avenue, Berkeley, California, USA and had probably been in England at least since 1911 when he appears on the census that year as a 19-year-old commerce student visiting the home of Elizabeth Ward Roberts and her family at 11 Waldeck Avenue in Bedford.

Rudolph's medal index card notes that he originally arrived overseas in France (on the 31st October 1915) as a private (number 2129) with the 18th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. His sister, Miss E Surr, is recorded on his medal index card, two addresses being given for her, the first in Kiddernminster and the second in Ayr, Scotland.


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Ancestry (MIC, WO 363)
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

G/9021 Sgt John Derrick, 8th Bn, RWK Regt

G/9021 Seregant John Derrick of the 8th Battalion, Queen's Own, Royal West Kent Regiment, was killed in action on the 30th October 1915. He was born in Camberwell, was living in Hertford and enlisted at Hertford in July 1915. He arrived in France on the 11th October 1915. John was 22 years old, the son - according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - of John and Evelyn Amelia Derrick of 63 Alderney Street, South Belgravia, London. He is buried in Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery at Ypres.

John Derrick's badly damaged service records survives in the WO 363 series at The National Archives and from this we also see that he was married at the time of his death, and that his widow - also Evelyn Amelia Derrick (nee Massingham) received a pension of 15 shillings a week for herself and one child with effect from the 15th May 1916. It is also noted that his effects were to be returned to her. Did the Commonwealth War Graves Commission record his wife's name as his mother's name?

We know that John and Evelyn married in Essex in the December quarter of 1914, that marriage recorded in the Orsett district, and that Evelyn had a son - Frederick J Derrick - whose birth was recorded at Orsett in the June quarter of 1915. I know nothing else about John however, and have been unable to identify him on the 1901 or 1911 census.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, WO 363)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 29 October 2010

10357 Pte Frank E Fish, 1st Bn, Coldstream Gds

10357 Private Frank Ernest Fish of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards was killed in action on the 29th October 1914. He was 20 years old, the son of Frank Fish of 16, Mantle Road, Leicester. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

Frank was one of 139 Coldstream Guardsmen to die on this day; a day which saw 691 British army officers and men lay down their lives for King and Country. A total of 240 of these men were serving with Guards regiments at the time of their death.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thursday, 28 October 2010

37483 Pte Joseph Ousbey, 8th Bn, Welsh Regt

37483 Private Joseph Ousbey of the 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, died of wounds at Gallipoli on the 28th October 1915. He was born in Manchester and living in Clayton, Lancashire when he enlisted. He joined the 8th Battalion at Manchester in May 1915 and arrived in the Balkans on the 2nd October 1915.

Joseph was just seventeen years old at the time of his death. He was the son of Edwin and Martha Ousbey of 682 Ashton New Road, Clayton, Manchester. He is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery on Gallipoli.


At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

623 Rfm Frederick Kyte, 3rd Bn, Rifle Brigade

623 Rifleman Frederick Kyte of the 3rd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the 27th October 1914, one of over five hundred British officers and men to die on this date. He was a Londoner, born in Acton and living in Ham Common when he enlisted at the Rifle Brigade HQ in Winchester. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

8253 L/Cpl David McGeorge, 2nd Bn Border Regt

739 British officers and men died on this day of heavy fighting on the 26th October 1914. 8253 L/Cpl David McGeorge of the 2nd Battalion, The Border Regiment was killed in action on this day. He was born in Carlisle and enlisted there on the 10th March 1906 in what was a bumper recruitment year for the Border Regiment. Thirty-six pages of his service record survive in WO 363. He was 26 years old, the son of the late William McGeorge, and Mary McGeorge of 37 Colville Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle, and the husband of Frances McGeorge of 23 Colville Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle. He had married Frances in June 1914 and was on the Army Reserve when war was declared.

David McGeorge has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.


At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 25 October 2010

17197 Pte Thomas Grossart, 1st Bn, HLI

17197 Private Thomas Grossart of the 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, died on the 25th October 1918. He was killed in action.

Thomas was born in Symington, Lanarkshire, and was living there when he enlisted. He joined up at Biggar.

Thomas died in the operations in Mesopotamia and has no known grave. He is commemorated by name on the Basra Memorial in Iraq.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 24 October 2010

7337 CSM Robert McGarvey, 7th Bn, RSF

7337 Company Sergeant Major Robert McGarvey of the 7th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers, died at home on the 24th October 1914. His number dates to 1902 and at the time of his death he was one of those few, influential and experienced NCOs charged with turning a battalion of Kitchener recruits into a fighting force. He presumably died as a result of sickness and is buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

36773 Sgt Jackson Stahl, 7th Bn, East Lancs Regt

36773 Sergeant Jackson Stahl of the 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment was killed in action on the 23rd October 1917. He was born in Manchester and enlisted there in January 1917. He is buried in the Oxford Road Cemetery at Ypres.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 22 October 2010

6444 Pte David G Horobin, 6th London Regt

6444 Private David George Horobin of the 6th London Regiment was killed in action on the 22nd October 1916. He was from Welling in Kent and enlisted at Woolwich. He was 19 years old, the son of Frederick Horobin of Orchard Cottage, Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.

David Horobin has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

7898 Pte Issachar Allen, 1st Bn, DCLI

7898 Private Issachar Allen of the 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, was killed in action on the 21st October 1914. He was born in West Bromwich, lived in West Bromwich and enlisted at Cornwall around February or March 1904. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission adds no additional information about this man but we can see from other sources that his birth was registered in the December quarter of 1881 and he was therefore probably 32 years old when he died. He had been in France with the 1st DCLI since the 21st August 1914 and was almost certainly on the Army Reserve when war was declared.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

9480 Pte Denis Glavin, 2nd Bn, Leinster Regt

9480 Private Denis Glavin of the 2nd Bn, Leinster Regiment was killed in action on the 20th October 1914. He was born in Cork and enlisted there in 1910 or 1911. He was 23 years old, the son of Denis Glavin of 5 Hogan's Lane, Cork. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

50143 Gnr William H Birks, RGA

50143 Gunner William Henry Birks of the 19th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery was killed in action on the 19th October 1917, one of 475 British Army officers and men to lose his life on this date. He was born in Lewisham and was living there when he enlisted at Woolwich. At the time of his death he was 21 years old, the son of William and Kate Birks, of 13 Bedford Grove, Eastbourne, Sussex. He is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery near Ypres in Belgium.


At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 18 October 2010

5053 L/Cpl Reginald D Gingell, 9th Lancers

5053 Lance-Corporal Reginald David Gingell of the 9th Lancers was killed in action on the 18th October 1914. He was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire, was living in Kingsdown and enlisted at Trowbridge. He was 26 years old, the son of William and Alice Gingell of 2 The Prospect, Kingsdown, Box, Wiltshire. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 17 October 2010

8893 Cpl John S Jewson, 2nd Bn, Scots Guards

8893 Corporal John Samuel Jewson of the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards was killed in action on the 17th October 1915. He was born in Shoreditch, lived in Bethnal Greeen and enlisted at Stratford. At the time of his death, John was 19 years old. He was the son of John and Rose Jewson of 4 Mansford Street Buildings, Bethnal Green Road, London. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

20933 Gdsmn Hubert J Oldring, Grenadier Guards

20933 Guardsman Hubert John Oldring of No 1 Company, the 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards was killed in action on the 16th October 1915. He was born in Hemel Hempstead and enlisted in London.

John Oldring was 21 years old when he died. He was the son of George and Ellen Oldring, of "Hammerfield", Hemel Hempstead, Herts, and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 15 October 2010

1439 Pte James Peden, 1st Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers

1439 Private James Peden of the 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 15th October 1914. He was 34 years old, the son of Richard and Mary Peden of Milford, Derbyshire and he had enlisted with the Northumberland Fusiliers in July 1905. He had arrived overseas on the 13th August 1914.

James is buried in the Vieille-Chapelle Military Cemetery in Lacouture, France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Lt Col Claude S Worthington, 6th Manchester Regt

Nearly thirteen hundred British officers and men died on the 14th October 1918, and Lieutenant Colonel Claude Swanwick Worthington DSO, of the 6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, was probably the most senior man to die that day. He was severely wounded at Epinoy and died of wounds at Le Treport. He is buried in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery in Le Treport. Claude Worthington was 41 years old, the son of Edith and the late Thomas Worthington FRIBA of Broomfield, Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Lt Col Worthington won the DSO twice and had also earned the TD distinction. At the time of his death he was attached to the 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. His original wooden cross survives at Dean Row Unitarian Chapel at Dean Row near Wilmslow, Cheshire and he is also named on the war memorial there.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

327370 Sgt John Wignall, 2/9th Bn, DLI

327370 Sergeant John Wignall of the 2/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, was killed in action in Salonica on the 13th October 1917. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and had previously served with the Loyal North Lancs Regt (number 970).

John was 33 years oild when he died. He was the son of William and Charlotte Wignall of 24, Venice Street, Daubhill, Bolton, and the husband of Rose Grundy (formerly Wignall), also of the same address. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial in Greece.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

9074 Pte Alfred Mess, 2nd KOSB

9074 Private Alfred Mess of the 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers was killed in action on the 12th october 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial in France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

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Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 11 October 2010

28593 Pte William Lockwood, 2nd West Yorks Regt

28593 Private William Lockwood of the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment, died of wounds on the 11th October 1916. He was born in Bradford and enlisted there. He was 22 years old, the son of John and Ada Lockwood of 41 St Stephen's Road, West Bowling, Bradford, and he is buried in Philosphe British Cemetery in Mazingarbe, Belgium.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 10 October 2010

3782 Pte Joseph Bardsley, 2nd Bn, Lancashire Fus

3782 Private Joseph Bardsley of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 10th October 1915. He was a Manchester man, 28 years old when he was killed, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He had been in France since the 21st May 1915.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Saturday, 9 October 2010

11881 L/Cpl Edwin W Kittle, 6th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI

11881 Lance-Corporal Edwin William Kittle of the 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, was killed in action on the 9th October 1916. He was born in Pontlatlyn, Glamorganshire and was still living there when he enlisted at Rugby in late August or early September 1914.

At the time of his death he was 27 years old, the son of William and Eva Kittle of Osborne Villas, South End, Pontlatlyn, Cardiff. He is buried in the Guards' Cemetery at Lesboeufs.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 8 October 2010

8997 Pte Reuben F Rowdon, 1st Bn, Coldstream Gds

8997 Private Reuben F Rowdon of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, died of wounds on the 8th October 1914. He was 23 years old, the son of Richard and Rosina Rowdon, of 7 Bendon Terrace, Earlsfield, London. His number indicates that he had joined the Coldstream Guards in Febraury 1911.

Reuben is buried in Braine Communal Cemetery in France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Capt Charles N Ridley, Northumberland Hussars

Captain Charles Noel Ridley of the Northumberland Hussars died of wounds on the 7th October 1915. He was 30 years old, the husband of Daphne Pringle (formerly Ridley), of Knorren, Brampton, Cumberland. He was a native of Park End, Northumberland. He is buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

3/8564 Pte Thomas Ruddy, 3rd Bn, Yorks Regt

3/8564 Private Thomas Ruddy of the 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, died in England on the 6th October 1914. His number indicates that he joined the Special Reserve after war was declared and preumably died as a result of sickness or accident.

Thomas was born in Stockton-on-Tees around 1879 and enlisted at Middlesborough. He was the son of the late Thomas and Eliza Ruddy and he is buried in Eston Cemetery in Yorkshire.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

10721 Rfm William Piper, 1st Bn, KRRC

10721 Rifleman William Piper of the 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action on the 5th October 1914. William was the ward of Mrs F Francis of 23 Buckingham Street, Brighton. He joined the KRRC in August 1912 and he arrived in France on the 13th August 1914. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial in France.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 4 October 2010

Maj Frederick Gordon Owens, 9th Bn, King's

Majo Frederick Gordon Owens of the 9th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) died, probably as a result of sickness, on the 4th October 1918. He was twice Mentioned in Dispatches and was the youngest son of Jessie Owens of 3 Highfield Road, Walton Park, Liverpool, and the late John Oswald Owens. He was 32 years old and is buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 3 October 2010

S/5966 Pte John Tevendale, 11th Bn, A&S Highlanders

S/5966 Private John Tevendale of the 11th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was killed in action on the 3rd October 1917. He was born in Aberdeen and enlisted in Glasgow on the 19th October 1914. He was then 26 years old, a plasterer by trade, just short of five feet eight inches tall with a pale complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. The medical officer examining him notes a "linear scar on the left side [of his] nose [and a] small circular scar [on his] r[ight] forearm."

John was initially posted to the 10th Battalion and sailed for France with the 10th on the 11th May 1915. He was appointed unpaid lance corporal on the 11th January 1916 and then paid acting lance corporal the following month (24th). He returned to England on the 13th April 1916 as a result of a gunshot wound to his scalp and spent three weeks at the Edinburgh War Hospital. The wound appears to have healed well, although "some degree of vertigo" is noted. He was subsequently posted to the 3rd Battalion on the 8th August that year.

On the 16th May 1917, Private Tevendale was tried by a Regimental Courts Martial for "without reasonable excuse allowing to escape a person committed to his charge." He was found guilty and was sentenced to 14 days' detention.

The following month, on the 17th June, John Tevendale was back in France and posted to the 11th Battalion. Less than four months later he was killed in action. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was 28 years old, the son of George and Helen Campbell Tevendale of 364 Govan Street, Glasgow. He is buried in the Level Crossing Cemetery at Fampoux in France.

In February 1918, George Tevendale acknowledged receipt from the infantry office in Perth, of his late son's wallet and photos.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, WO 363)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Saturday, 2 October 2010

5170 Pte Sidney C Good, 4th Dragoon Gds

5170 Private Sidney Charles Good of the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards, died at h0me on the 2nd October 1914, probably as a result of sickness. He was born in Walthamstow and was living in Leyton when he enlisted. He joined at Dalston and is buried in Netley Military Cemetery.

Sidney was born in late 1883 or early 1884, his birth registered in the West Ham district in the March quarter of that year. His number probably dates to November 1903 which in turn suggests - depending on his original terms of enlistment - that he may have been on the Army Reserve when he died.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 1 October 2010

209658 Pioneer Sijil Abdul Ali, RE

209658 Pioneer Sijil Abdul Ali of the Royal Engineers, was killed in action on the 1st October 1917. He was 28 years old, the son of Muhammad Hyder Abdul-Ali of England, and the husband of Daisy Marion Abdul-Ali (nee Payne) of 123 Brecknock Road, Tufnell Park, London. Sijil was born in St Bride's, Middlesex, and enlisted in Middlesex. He was serving with the RE Special Brigade when he was killed, and he is buried in the Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, WO 363)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thursday, 30 September 2010

6031 Pte Willis Ormerod, 5th Bn, York & Lancs Regt

6031 Private Willis Ormerod of the 5th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment, died of wounds in England on the 30th September 1916. He had previously served with the West Riding Regiment (number 5449). At the time of his enlistment at Halifax, Willie was living in Todmorden. He was 26 years old, the son of Mrs Sarah Ormerod, of 106 Burnley Road Todmorden, and he is buried in St Paul's Church Cemetery at Cross Stone, Yorkshire.

Surviving service papers show that Willis was conscripted into the 3/4th Battalion, West Riding Regiment on the 4th April 1916, was posted to the 1/4th Battalion on the 11th August that year, and was transferred to C Company of the 1/5th York & Lancs Regiment on the 3rd September.

Papers dating to September 1920 reveal that Willis was unmarried and that his father was John Marshall - address unknown. Willis had no full blood brothers or sisters but did have four half brothers: John Arthur Ormerod, Greenwood Ormerod, Albert Ormerod and Ernest Ormerod; all of these men in their thirties and forties by September 1920.

Willis was wounded on the 20th September 1916 (gunshot wound to the spine) and after spending time at the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station and the 13th General Hospital in Boulogne, was transferred to England aboard the St Omer Hospital Ship on the 25th. He died at the Norfolk War Hospital five days later; the cause of death noted as septicaemia and heart failure.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, WO 363)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

L/9782 Pte Henry Pellett, 2nd Bn, Royal Sussex Regt

L/9782 Private Henry Pellett of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment was killed in action on the 29th September 1914. He was born in Stone, Kent and enlisted at Chichester on the 3rd November 1911. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour notes that he was the son of James Pellett of Stone Ferry, although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission adds no additional personal information.

Surviving papers in the WO 363 series note that Henry originally joined the Territorials. On the 29th October 1910 he joined the 5th (Cinque Ports) Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment at Rye and was given the number 1271. His stated age was 17 years and his trade was farm labourer. He remained with the Territorials until the 3rd August the following year when, now aged 18 years and six months, he joined the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, also at Rye. He was given a new number: 1419. During his time with the Territorial Force he completed two weeks' annual training at Hassocks in July. His father is also noted on his papers as his next of kin with an address at Church Cottages, Stone Ferry.

Henry was reported missing in action on the 29th September and later confirmed as killed on this day. His body was recovered and he now lies in Vendresse British Cemetery in France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Loos - Day 4 - L/6559 Pte Frederick Goldsack, 2nd Bn, The Buffs

L/6559 Private Frederick Goldsack of the 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), was killed in action on the 28th September 1915; one of nearly a thousand British officers and men to die on this day. He was born in St Margaret's, Dover, was living in Dover at the time of his enlistment, and joined the regiment at Canterbury in March 1901.

Frederick - or probably, 'Fred' - was born in 1884, his birth registered in Kent in the June quarter of that year. He arrived in France on the 17th January 1915. Like so many Loos casualties, Frederick Goldsack has no known grave and is, like Walter Godman (KiA 27th September), John Bramwell (DoW 26th September), and Jack Young (KiA 25th September), commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Their sacrifice is not forgotten.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 27 September 2010

Loos - Day 3 - 21545 Pte Walter Godman, 4th Bn, Grenadier Guards

21545 Private Walter Godman of the 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards was killed in action on the 27th September 1915; less than six weeks after he'd arrived in France. He was born in Islington and enlisted in London in January 1915. He was the son of Charles and Ellen Godman of 44 Etherley Road, West Green, London and was just 19 years old at the time of his death. Like so many Loos casualties, Walter has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Loos - Day 2 - 16488 Pte John Bramwell, 10th Bn, York & Lancs Regt

16488 Private John Bramwell of B Company, the 10th Battalion, York & Lancs Regiment, died of wounds on the 26th September 1915. He was born in Fir Vale, Sheffield and enlisted at Sheffield on the 8th November 1914. He was a miner by trade, 37 years old.

Originally posted to the the regimental depot, he was transferred to the 10th Battalion on the 13th November.

Reported wounded and missing on the 26th September, this was subsequently updated to "died of wounds between the 26th and 29th September" and later acknowledged that he died of wounds on the 26th.

At the time of his death he was 38 years old. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Remembering Loos - S/12216 Cpl Jack R Young, 5th Bn, Cameron Highlanders

Nearly 10,000 British Army officers and men died on this, the opening day of the Battle of Loos: 25th September 1915. Today, on the 95th Anniversary of this battle, I remember one man of many: Corporal Jack Young.

S/12216 Corporal Jack Young was serving with the 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders when he was killed in action. He was born in Steyning, Sussex but was living in Glasgow and enlisted there in September 1914. He was an original member of the 5th (Service) Battalion and arrived in France on the 10th May 1915.

Jack was lost within the opening minutes or hours of the battle, reported missing at the end of the day's events and never seen again. His body - or at last identifiable remains - was never recovered, and he is one of over 20,000 men commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Friday, 24 September 2010

6405 Pte Charles W Nippress, 1st Bn, Wilts Regt

6405 Private Charles William Nippress of the 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment died of wounds on the 24th September 1914. He was born in Wiltshire, was living in Birmingham and enlisted at Swindon in the second half of 1903. He was almost certainly on the reserve when war was declared and he arrived overseas in France on the 31st August 1914. He was the husband of Elsie Kate Nippress, of 1, Lowe St., Camp Hill, Birmingham and she later applied for her late husband’s medals. He is buried in Les Gonards Cemetery at Versailles.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

28799 Pte Richard Airey, 7th Bn, East Lancs Regt

28799 Private Richard Aire of the 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on the 23rd September 1917. He was born in Blackburn and was still living there when he enlisted. He was 31 years old, the son of Mrs Martha Airey of 46 Primrose Terrace, Mill Hill, Blackburn, and the husband of Elizabeth Alice Airey of 30 Vale Street, Blackburn. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial at Passchendaele.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

39940 Pte Montague T Cawsey, 2nd Bn, Welsh Regt

39940 Private Montague Thomas Cawsey of the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on the 22nd September 1916. He was born in Bideford, was living in Blackwood (Devon) and enlisted at Bargoed. He has no known grave and is commemorated on thee Thiepval Memorial.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

10085 Pte John Cottrill, 2nd Bn, Worcs Regt

10085 Private John Cottrill of the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, was killed in action on the 21st September 1914. He was born in Birmingham, was living in Birmingham and enlisted at Worcester in August or September 1906. He arrived overseas on the 26th August 1914.

John Cottrill was 26 years old, the son of John Cottrill of Trafalgar Place, Tillingham Street, Birmingham. He is buried in Vendresse British Cemetery on the Aisne in France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Monday, 20 September 2010

25501 Pte Sam Jessop, 8th Bn, Lincs Regt

25501 Private Sam Jessop of B Company, the 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, died on the 20th September 1918. He was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Worksop, living in Mansfield and enlisting at Retford in June 1916. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Jessop of 45 Norfolk Street, Worksop. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission adds that he was a native of Bothamsall, Notts. He is buried in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery in France.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sunday, 19 September 2010

L/8126 Sgt Zebulum Barden, 1st Bn, RWK

L/8126 Sergeant Zebulum Barden of the 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, was killed in action on the 19th September 1914. He was a long-serving soldier who was born at Deptford in 1887 and enlisted at New Cross around September 1905. He arrived in France on the 15th August 1914 and is commemorated on the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial in France. There is a marriage recorded for a Zebulum Barden in 1939 and this is probably his son.

In February 1910, Sergeant Barden's memorial plaque and letter of condolence were offered for sale on eBay with a starting price of 70 pounds. Chat in the RWK forum noted that, "Sergeant Barden was killed near the village of Missey during a artillery barrage on the road during a wet and rainy day. He was killed alongside Sergeant Fitzgerald and Sergeant Warnett, all three belonging to B Company." The 1911 census has him at the RWK depot in Maidstone as a 24-year-old single lance-sergeant; a rivet carrier by trade.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC)
Soldiers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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