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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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.

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
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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.

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

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission8499 Pte Charlie Smallwood, 1st Bn, Ox and Bucks LI

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
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).

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

Sources:

Ancestry (MIC, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour)
Officers Died in The Great War
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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