Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Capt Rowland H M Moody, 2nd Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers

Capt Rowland Harry Mainwaring Moody of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, died on the 31st August 1914. He was 39 years old, the husband of Sybil Marie Moody (nee Bishop). 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.

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G/21853 L/Cpl Alfred R Plunkett, 10th Bn, Royal Fusiliers

G/21853 Lance-Corporal Alfred R Plunkett of the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers was 21 years old when he was killed in action on the 30th August 1917. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Plunkett of 6 Rosebery Road, New Catton, Norwich, and he is buried in Somer Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

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472 Pte Robert Bernard Ibbs, South Notts Hussars

472 Pte Robert Bernard Ibbs of the South Nottinghamshire Hussars died of wounds on the 29th August 1915. He was 26 years old, the son of Frederick William and Clara Hanna Ibbs of 4 Gregory Avenue, New Lenton, Nottinghamshire. The Commonwealth war Graves Commission notes that he had been Mentioned in Dispatches. Robert, who had possibly been a serving member of the South Notts Hussars since it was formed in 1908, is buried in Lala Baba Cemetery in Turkey.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Captain John Colloryan Michell, 12th Lancers

Captain John Colloryan Michell of the 12th Lancers was killed in action on the 28th August 1914. He was 43 years old, the eldest son of John and Lucy Michell (nee Dangar) of St Neot, Cornwall, and the husband of Ella Michell of 51 Hans Road, London, SW3. He is one of seven casualties buried in Moy-de-L'Aisne Communal Cemetery in France.

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Friday, 27 August 2010

Lt Robert Merlin Graham Aytoun, A & S Highlanders

Lieutenant Robert Merlin Graham Aytoun of the 2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, died of wounds on the 27th August 1914. He was 24 years old and the son of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Aytoun. He is buried in Le Cateau Communal Cemetery.

The Bond of Sacrifice carried the following small biography of him:

"... previously reported unofficially as killed in action, died, as has since been ascertained, in Le Cateau Town Hospital (French Red Cross), on the 27th August, 1914, of wounds received the previous day while leading his platoon. He was the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs. Andrew Aytoun, and was born on the 19th January, 1890. He was gazetted to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in May 1910 and was promoted Lieutenant in July 1911."


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Thursday, 26 August 2010

73204 Pte Thomas McCracken, 15th Bn, Welsh Regt

73204 Private Thomas McCracken of the 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, was killed in action on the 26th August 1918. Thomas was born in Liverpool and enlisted there. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

6243 Pte Alfred Fenton, 3rd Bn, Coldstream Guards

6243 Private Alfred Fenton of the 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards was killed in action on the 25th August 1914. His number suggests that he'd originally joined the regiment around May 1905, and Soldiers Died in the Great War tells us that he was born in Oldbury, Worcestershire, was living at Noldbury (sic), and enlisted at Birmingham. He was 30 years old, the son of Thomas and Mrs P Fenton of 6 Parsonage Street, Tat Bank, Oldbury, Birmingham. He is buried in Landrecies Communal Cemetery.

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

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

6485 L/Cpl Patrick McLoughlin, 1st Bn, Lincs Regt

393 British Army officers and men died on the 24th August 1914. Dublin-born 6485 Lance-Corporal Patrick McLoughlin was killed in action on this day. He was 27 years old, the husband of Catherine McLoughlin of 22 Great Brunswick Street, Dublin. 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.

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Monday, 23 August 2010

L/9560 Pte James Rider, 4th Bn, Middx Regt

L/9560 Private James Rider of the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action at Mons on the 23rd August 1914 as the British Army encountered the massed the German Army. He was born in Homerton, Hackney and enlisted at Stratford in late 1903 or early 1904. He was 29 years old, the son of Alfred and Rosetta Rider. He is buried in St Symphorien Military Cemetery in France.

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Lt George Masterman Thompson, 1st Bn, Royal Scots

Lieutenant George Masterman Thompson of the 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Regiment, was killed in action on the 22nd August 1914. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records:

"Croix de Guerre with Palms (France). Son of Col. George William Thompson, (Commanding Royal Scots), and Mrs G. W. Thompson, of Beechwood, Burley, Hants. The First British Officer killed in action in the war. A Special French Army Order was published on 20th October commending his gallantry and the fine example he gave to the French soldiers temporarily under his command."

Lieutenant Thompson was 24 years old and is the only Commonwealth casualty buried in Wahala Cemetery in modern day Togo (then, Togoland). Again, CWGC:

"The occupation of the German colony of Togoland (now Togo) began on 7 August 1914 when a detachment of the Gold Coast Regiment landed at Lome, supported from the north by French troops. There was fighting at Agbeluvoe and at Khra (or Chra) before the German forces surrendered on 26 August at Amuchu, near Kamina. There is one Commonwealth burial of the First World War in Wahala Cemetery, that of the first British officer killed in action in the war."


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7808 Sgt Cecil Clifford, 1st Bn, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

7808 Sergeant Cecil Clifford of the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was killed in action on Gallipoli on the 21st August 1915. He was born in Dublin but enlisted in London in late 1903. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

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Friday, 20 August 2010

9571 CSM Alfred Prendergast, 15th Bn, Cheshire Regt

9571 Company Sergeant major Alfred Prendergast of the 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, was killed in action on the 20th August 1917. He was born in Birmingham, was living in Manchester and enlisted at Hyde, Cheshire. At the time of his death he was 28 years old. The Commonwealth War Graves |Commission notes that he was the husband of Annie Frayne (formerly Prendergast), of Royal Court Hotel, Queen Square, Liverpool. He is buried in Unicorn Cemetery, Vend'huile.

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M/21756 Sgt Maj Fred Rigby, ASC

M/21756 Sergeant Major Fred Rigby of the Army Service Corps, died on the 19th August 1916. He was 32 years old, the Husband of M. A. Rigby, of 85A, Upper Church Path, Landport, Portsmouth. He is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Fred was a regular soldier, as indicated by his medal inde card which records that he arrived overseas on the 13th August 1914. The card indicates that his 1914 Star was inscribed with the rank A/WO I (which is Acting Warrant Offcier 1st Class), whilst his British War and Victory Medals bore the rank of serjeant. The M/ prefix of his number indicates motor transport, and there is a reference on the card to the 1st Division. The fact that "died" is written on his card, also suggests that he died as a result of sickness or accident rather than being killed in action or dying of wounds.

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

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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

8108 Pte Arthur Walters, 1st Bn, East Surrey Regt

8108 Private Arthur Walters of the 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment holds the unhappy distinction of being the battalion's first fatality during the First World War. He drowned on the 18th August 1914 whilst the battalion was in France. I have covered this in a little more detail on Charles Sabourin's page on my Chailey 1914-1918 site. He is buried in Landrecies Communal Cemetery.

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

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

7264 Pte William Marney, 1st Bn, Northamptonshire Regt

7264 Pte William Marney of the 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, died on the 17th August 1914. He was born in Forest Gate, Essex and enlisted at Warley (Essex) in late 1903. He arrived in France on the 13th August 1914 and, according to his medal index card, committed suicide four days later. He is buried in Esqueheries Communal Cemetery in France.

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

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Monday, 16 August 2010

L/9003 Pte Albert Caulder, 2nd Bn, Royal West Kent Regt

According to Soldiers Died in The Great War, L/9003 Private Albert Caulder of the 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), died in India on the 16th August 1914. He was born at Kingston-On-Thames and enlisted at Maidstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his date of death as the 17th August, noting that he was buried in Dalhousie Military Cemetery. Dalhousie is a hill station in Himalchal Pradesh. He is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial in Pune (formerly Poona).

There is a small, three line entry in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour which states, "... son of Giles Caulder of East Ham, London E; served with the Expeditionary Force. Died at Dalhousie 16th Aug 1914."

Pages from Albert's service record survive in the WO 363 series at the National Archives.

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Sunday, 15 August 2010

58884 Pte Alexander Rough, MGC

58884 Private Alexander Rough of the 178th Company, Machine Gun Corps (and formerly 32762 Northumberland Fusiliers) was killed in action on the 15th August 1917. He was born in Smeafield, Northumberalnd, and enlisted at Newcastle-on-Tyne. He was 23 years old, the son of John Robert and Emma Rough, of Scots Gap, Boulmer, Lesbury, Northumberland. He is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

306164 Pte John G Boothby, 8th Bn, Sherwood Foresters

306164 Private John George Boothby of the 8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt), died of wounds on the 14th August 1918. He was born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, and was living in Lincoln when Britain went to war with Germany. He joined the the battalion at Newark, Nottinghamshire in May 1915 and was given the number 3789. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that he was 29 years old and was the son of "Mary Boothby of 14 Sherbrooke Street, Monks Road, Lincoln, and the late John Boothby." He is buried in the churchyard extension cemetery at Fouquieres-les-Bethune. Again, the CWGC notes:

"The long row which forms Plot I of the churchyard extension was used from May 1915 to April 1918 and between April and October 1918, three further plots were made between the churchyard and the road. Many of the burials took place from field ambulances stationed in the village. The great majority of the graves are those of Territorial soldiers, 249 of them from the 46th (North Midland) Division, which spent three years in the neighbourhood and based its transport at Fouquieres. During the Second World War, in 1940, No.9 Casualty Clearing Station was at Beuvry, about 3 kilometres away from Fouquieres, and some burials from this hospital were made in the churchyard extension. Fouquieres Churchyard Extension contains 387 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 29 from the Second World War. There are also five German war graves. The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens."

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Friday, 13 August 2010

23962 L/Cpl William Kitchin, 1st Bn, Border Regt

23962 Lance-Corporal William Kitchin of the 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, was killed in action on the 13th August 1917. He was 24 years old, the son of Mrs A J Kitchin, of 4 Williamson Lane, Tangier Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland. He 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.

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Thursday, 12 August 2010

2372 Pte Edgar Armitage, 4th Bn, KOYLI

2372 Private Edgar Armitage of the 4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry had been a soldier for less than a week when he died at home in England, probably as a result of sickness or accident. He was born in Huddersfield and enlisted at Wakefield. He is buried in St Paul's Churchyard, Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire.

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

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

15/1492 Pte Frederick W Jolly, 15th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt

15/1492 Private Frederick William Jolly of the 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of wounds on the 11th August 1916. He was born in Norwich - the son of William and Catherine Jolly of Neatishead, Norwich - and was living in Neatishead when he enlisted. He enlisted at Sutton Coldfield in August 1915. He arrived overseas in France in 1915 (date unknown) and is buried at the St Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

9792 Pte William Vanderplank, 10th Bn, Hants Regt

One thousand, three hundred and fifty-seven men died on this single day in 1915, the majority of these on Gallipoli. Romsey-born 9792 Private William Vanderplank of the 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, was one of the day's fatalities. He was killed in action on the 10th August, just five days after having arrived on the peninsular. He was living in Romsey but had enlisted at Winchester. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

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

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Monday, 9 August 2010

325037 L/Cpl Parker G Childerly, 7th Bn, Suffolk Regt

325037 L/Cpl Parker George Childerly of the 7th Battlion, Suffolk Regiment, was killed in action on the 9th August 1917. His number belongs to the series in use by the 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment and indicates that he had originally joined that regiment in late 1908 (his original number was 399). Parker was born in Coton, Cambridgeshire and enlsited at Maddingley.


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Sunday, 8 August 2010

Lt Col Charles E Goff MC, 1st Bn, King's (Liverpool Regt)

Over one thousand men died on the 8th August 1916, the majority of these on the Somme in northern France. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Edward Goff MC of the 1st Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment was one of the most senior ranking officers to die. He was 26 years old, the son of Crosbie Goff and Mrs Goff of Clonard, Killiney, Co. Dublin. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial and on a brass plaque in St Matthias' Church, Dublin.

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Saturday, 7 August 2010

9285 Pte John Joseph Hardy, 2nd Bn, Royal Scots

9285 Private John Joseph Hardy of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots, was the only man to die on this day in 1914. He died at home in England and is buried at Plymouth's Weston Mill Cemetery.

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436 Sgt Arthur Sistern, 2nd Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers

436 Sergeant Arthur Sistern of the 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers is classed as a First World Casualty because he died two days after Britain declared war on Germany. He was 32 years old, stationed in India and was presumably originally buried in a military or British-maintained graveyard in India. These days, that grave appears to have been lost and he is commemorated on the Kirkee War Memorial at Pune.

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

211650 Dvr Frederick J Oakwood, RA

211650 Driver Frederick John Oakwood of the Royal Artillery, was killed in action on the 5th August 1917. He was living in Pyrford, Surrey and enlisted at Woking. At the time of his death he was serving with C Battery in the 58th RFA Brigade. He is buried in La Belle Alliance Cemetery in Belgium.

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

3579 Private Charles Rock, 1/1st Herefordshire Regt

577 men died on the second anniversary of the outbreak of war. 3579 Private Charles Rock of the 1/1st Herefordshire Regiment was killed in action on the 4th August 1916. He was born in Much Marcle, Herefordshire and was living in Bronyard when Britain went to war. He enlisted at Hereford and died in Egypt. He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

18216 Pte Oliver Badrock, 2nd Bn, King's Own

18216 Private Oliver Badrock of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) was killed in action on the 3rd August 1915. He was 38 years old, the on of Mr W and Mrs E Badrock of 28 Underwood Lane, Crewe. He is buried in St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery.

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Monday, 2 August 2010

29674 Pte Oscar E Jones, 8th Bn, LNL Regt

29674 Private Oscar Edwin Jones of the 8th Battalion, Loyla North Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on the 2nd August 1917. He had formerly served with the Manchester Regiment (number 13811) and was born and lived in West Didsbury, Lancashire. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

Maj Claude Q L Penrose MC, RGA

547 men lost their lives on the 1st August 1918. Major Claude Quayle Lewis Penrose of the Royal Garrison Artillery died on this day. He was 27 years old and was the son of Harry Hugh and Mary Penrose, of Kinsale, Ireland. He lived at Deepcut Bungalow, Frimley Green, Surrey and had been educated at the United Services College and the R.M.A., Woolwich. As well as the award of the Military Cross he had twice been Mentioned in Dispatches.

The London Gazette incorrectly notes his date of death as the 18th August, and his regiment as the Royal Field Artillery. He was though, commanding the 245th Siege Battery, RGA. He is buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery in France.

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21272 L/Cpl William Mickelburgh, 8th Bn, Border Regt

Another 654 men died on the 31st July 1916. 21272 Lance-Corporal William Mickelburgh of the 8th Battalion, Border Regiment, was killed in action on this day. He had previously served with the Norfolk Regiment (number 18836) and was born in Norfolk (Colkirk). He had enlisted at Hillington on the 4th February 1915. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

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