Tuesday, 29 March 2011

21877 Gdsmn William D Matson, 3rd Bn, Grenadier Guards

21877 Guardsman William Dunn Matson of the 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards was killed in action on the 29th March 1916. He was born in Brotten, Yorkshire and enlisted at Whitby in the second week of January 1915. William was 21 years old, the son of John and Margaret Matson of Brotton. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

William was one of our Grenadier Guardsman to die on the 29th March 1916. The other three men, all of whom died of wounds, were:

14250 Gdsmn Arthur Edwin Hine, 1st Bn, enlisted Feb/Mar 1909
18420 Gdsmn Arthur John Lane, 2nd Bn, enlisted Sep 1914
17106 Gdsmn James Frederick Parker, 2nd Bn, enlisted Aug 1914

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, 24 March 2011

32976 L/Cpl William Eaglesham, 14th HLI

3,025 British Army officers and men died on the 23rd March 1918 and 32976 Lance-Corporal William Eaglesham of the 14th (Service) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry was one of these men. He was killed in action.

William was born in Camlachie, Lanarkshire and he enlisted at Glasgow. He is buried in Douchy-Les-Ayette 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

Saturday, 12 March 2011

79607 Pte Jacob Sarfaty, RAMC

79607 Private Jacob Sarfaty of the 37th General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps was killed in action in Salonika on this day, the 12th March, in 1917. He was 29 years old and the son of Mordecai and Jean Sarfaty of 60 Sydner Road, Stoke Newington, London. Jacob was born in Tower Hamlets and was living in Stoke Newington when he enlisted. On this, the 94th anniversary of his death, he 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
Army Service Numbers
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

825 Pte Alexander Ness, 5th Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

825 Private Alexander Ness of the 5th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) was killed in action on the 9th March 1915. According to Soldiers Died in The Great War he was born in Arbroath and enlisted at Carnoustie. His regimental number indcates that he joined the 5th (Territorial Force) Battalion in 1908 or 1909 and he was overseas as early as the 1st November 1914 thus qualifying - had he but known it - for the clasp to his 1914 Star.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Alexander as A R Ness and notes that he is buried in the Rue-du-Bacquerot No 1 Military Cemetery in Laventie.

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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