Saturday, 27 December 2014

8717 Pte Nathaniel Vaus, 15th (King's) Hussars


Fifty-four British Army officers and men died on this day, 27th November 1914, according to Soldiers Died in the Great War. Nathaniel Vans of the 15th (King's) Hussars was one of those men.

Nathaniel's regimental number tells us that he joined his regiment in May 1912 and we know from Soldiers Died in the Great War that he was a Londoner, born in Bethnal Green and still living there when he enlisted at Stratford.  No service record survives for Nathaniel but his medal index card indicates that he arrived overseas on the 18th August 1914.

Soldiers Died in the Great War notes that Nathaniel "Died" as opposed to being killed in action or dying of wounds, and his entry on the 1914 Star medal roll confirms that he "died of disease". He was buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen which took casualties from a number of hospitals in the city. It seems reasonable to assume that Nathaniel died in one of those hospitals and was buried at St Sever.

VANS or VAUS?

There is some confusion about Nathaniel's surname. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records him as Nathaniel VAUS, even though the Vaus is corrected to VANS on the Graves Registration report (below).

 
As can be seen from the medal index card image, courtesy of Ancestry (above), the confusion is perpetuated here. The 1914 Star roll records him as N VAUS while the British War and Victory Medal roll records him as Nathaniel VANS, albeit with a correction noted:
 
 
The reason for the confusion in the surname is clear to see when we look at the 1911 census. Nathaniel and his brother and sister are recorded as the step-children of Samuel Laker and his wife, the family all resident at 27 Sidney Street, Bethnal Green. Nathaniel is recorded as a 19-year-old cabinet maker which indicates that he would have been born in 1891 or 1892.
 


The surname has been transcribed by Findmypast as VANS but in actual fact, a check of GRO births reveals that Nathaniel VAUS appears in the index for the fourth quarter of 1891 meaning that he would have been 23 years old when he died. Nathaniel, his younger sister Sarah and younger brother Frederick all appear on the 1901 census as scholars at a school in Low Leyton. Their father, Nathaniel Vaus, born in around 1864 and recorded as a "scavenger" on the 1891 census, had died in 1903. Their mother, Caroline Vaus (nee Sayce) may also have been dead by 1901. I have not researched the other two Vaus children recorded on the 1891 census, Caroline Vaus aged seven, and William Vaus, aged four.

The transcript of Nathaniel's details as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, does not note a next of kin, but a closer examination of the headstone schedules reveal his stepmother's name (although the relationship is not indicated) still living at 27 Sidney Street, London E2. The street still exists - indicated by the Google pointer below - but much of it has changed beyond recognition in the last 100 years, almost certainly for the better.


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

1911 census extract and British War & Victory Medal roll extract courtesy of The National Archives. Images are Crown copyright, the National Archives. Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry. Map courtesy of Google.




Thursday, 18 December 2014

Died for King & Country - 18th December 1914



A week away from Christmas Day and 331 British Army officers and men lost their lives on this day - 18th December - 1914. Add in men from other nationalities and men serving with the Royal Navy, Mercantile Marine and Royal Air Force and that figure increases to 372.

I usually select a name at random and write a little bit about that man on this blog. Today though, I'm reproducing the names of all those 372 men; a sad roll call from just one day's fighting.

4585 Sepoy ABDULLAH KHAN 107th Indian Pioneers
150412 Chief Sick Berth Steward ADDIS H.M.S. "Grafton." Royal Navy
11050 Private JAMES ALDCROFT 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
5088 Private ALLAN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
863418 Serjeant ALLEN Reserve Bn. Coldstream Guards
9630 Lance Corporal JOHN ROBERT ALLEN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
1106 Private GARRETT ALLISON 8th Bn. Royal Scots
S/924 Private THOMAS KERNAHAN (JOCK) ANDERSON 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8936 Rifleman ARCHER 1st Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
1623 Havildar ARJUNRAO GHAG 1st Bn. 117th Mahrattas
6020 Private JAMES ARMOUR 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8847 Private FRED ATKINSON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8360 Bearer BADALU No. 8 Coy. Army Bearer Corps
7938 Lance Serjeant ALBERT CHARLES BAKER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
5778 Private JAMES BAKER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
2832 Private FREDERICK HARRY BARBER 5th Bn. Suffolk Regiment
5448 Private WILLIAM BARKER "F" Coy. 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9614 Private BARNETT 1st Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8945 Private LAURENCE BARRACLOUGH 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
Surgeon JAMES BARRETT H.M.S. "Imperieuse." Royal Navy
7064 Private ERNEST SIDNEY BARRINGTON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
3137 Private GEORGE BATHIE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8073 Private DAVID SOUTHON BEASLEY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
2554 Private WILLIAM BEDNALL 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
317318 Private HENRY BEER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
L/10378 Private ALBERT HENRY BENNETT 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 56 Follower BHORIA 18th Field Sect. Indian Veterinary Corps
316464 Private WALTER ROBERT BIDDER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9798 Private WALTER JAMES BIGGS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8577 Private STEPHEN BLACKLAWS 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
S/343 Private THOMAS JOSEPH BLACKMAN 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 9351 Private WILLIAM HENRY BLAKE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
3/1831 Private JOHN WILLIAM BLYTHE 2nd Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
L/6994 Private ALFRED BOEATER 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
S/999 Private WILLIAM THOMAS BOONE 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
9277 Private WILLIAM ERNEST BRAUND 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel ROBERT HENRY WATKIN BREWIS Cdg. 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8609 Lance Corporal JOHN WILLIAM BRIGHAM 2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
6377 Private JAMES ARTHUR BROCKHURST 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8652 Private JAMES BROWN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
17115 Private JOHN BROWN 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards Captain REGINALD JOHN (ROY) BROWNFIELD 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
1368 Rifleman BUDHA SINGH 125th Napier's Rifles
9191 Private ARTHUR BULLOCK "A" Coy. 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment
8578 Lance Corporal FRANCIS BURNETT "C" Coy. 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
10313 Private WILLIAM BURNS 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
8386 Private CONRAD BURROWS 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8741 Private WALTER BURSTON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Lieutenant ANDREW BURT 8th Bn. Royal Scots
8756 Private FRANCIS WILLIAM BUTTLE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
L/9593 Private WILLIAM FREDERICK CALEY 1st Bn The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
G/83 Private FREDERICK CALLINGHAM 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Second Lieutenant BRABAZON CAMPBELL 4th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
4474 Lance Corporal JAMES CAMPBELL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
G/463 Private EDWARD WALTER CAREY 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
10708 Private TOM CARR 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8530 Private CARSTAIRS 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
PO/215727 Leading Seaman CASEY H.M.S. "Victory" Royal Navy
3/48 Private ALFRED CHUDLEY 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
S/6405 Private JOSEPH CLARK 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Fisherman ERNEST JOHN CLARKE Trawler "Ivy" (Lowestoft) Mercantile Marine
S/6339 Private EDWARD COGLEY 2nd Bn The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8612 Lance Corporal ALFRED WILLIAM COLLINS 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
6410 Private JOHN FRANCIS COLLINS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
10521 Private JOSEPH WILLIAM WALTER COLLINS "A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8719 Private JOHN COLLINSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/13147 Private THOMAS CONGERTON 2nd Bn. Middlesex Regiment
8102 Private HENRY CONLON 1st Bn. Highland Light Infantry
8619 Private JOSEPH CONNELL 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
G/2501 Private EDGAR COOK 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
10962 Private WALLACE COOK 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7125 Lance Corporal HENRY COOKE 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
3732 Private BENJAMIN THOMAS CORBETT 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
6897 Serjeant ERNEST JOHN COURT "C" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
10842 Lance Corporal WILLIAM HYSLOP COWAN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7265 Private COX 1st Bn. Royal Fusiliers
7037 Private CROSS 8th Bn. Highland Light Infantry
8850 Private JOSEPH CRUDDAS 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8541 Private ARCHELAUS CURTIS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
542 Private JAMES CURTIS 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
2498 Private DANKS 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
9327 Private SIDNEY JAMES DAVIS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9185 Lance Corporal ERNEST ALFRED DAY 2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
3834 Private RICHARD DENVER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9620 Private WILLIAM DEVINE 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
8498 Private MICHAEL DOCHERTY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
Private LEWIS JOHN DOLMAN 4th Field Amb. Australian Army Medical Corps
8827 Lance Corporal GEORGE WILLIAM DOMINEY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8912 Private JOHN DONALDSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7228 Rifleman BERNARD DORAN 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
4369 Private WILLIAM DORAN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8463 Corporal FRED DOWELL 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
7523 Private JAMES DRUMMOND Northumberland Fusiliers
9587 Private DUCKWORTH 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8823 Private JOHN MAXWELL DUNBAR 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6417 Private DUNNING 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9136 Private PERCIVAL ERNEST DYER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6278 Private CLEMENT EDMONDS 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8406 Private WILLIAM HENRY ELSON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
1892 Private JOHN WILLIAM EPHGRAVE 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
11126 Private ERSKINE 2nd Bn. Scots.Guards Scots Guards
6916 Private FRANK CHARLES EVANS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
1154 Private JAMES EVANS 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Captain REGINALD BENJAMIN FEATHERSTONE "C" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
G/1755 Private GEORGE FELTNESS 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
7899 Private RICHARD WILLIAM FISHER "A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
4846 Private ALFRED FORBES 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8440 Private FORSYTH 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
5623 Rifleman JOHN FOSTER 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
4330 Private WILLIAM FOSTER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
4294 Private WILLIAM FRASER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
1941 Private HARRY FROST 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
2902 Rifleman EDWIN SAMUEL FRYER 1st/9th Bn. London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Fisherman EDWARD G. GAMBLE Trawler "Ivy" (Lowestoft) Mercantile Marine
465 Private SAMUEL JACOB GARDINER 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
14074 Corporal GEORGE THOMAS GARDNER 55th Coy. Royal Engineers
8306 Private THOMAS GARDNER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6705 Lance Corporal GEORGE FERNES GASK 1st Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
2558 Sapper GAYADIN BADHAI 3rd Sappers and Miners
G/840 Private ALBERT GIBBS 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
7957 Private GIBSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6361 Lance Corporal GLENISTER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
2355 Serjeant GOFF 2nd Bn. Rifle Brigade
8515 Private FREDERICK GOODING 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9622 Private JAMES GOODING 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4676 Private GEORGE GOODMAN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
S/695 Private ALBERT JOHN GREEN 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
4310 Private JAMES GREGORY 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8627 Private ALBERT GRIFFIN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
1355 Private GEORGE WILLIAM GRUNDY 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
4557 Private STANLEY GRUNDY 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
351 Sepoy GULBAZ SHAH 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis
11491 Private RICHARD GUNNING 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
30983 Driver DAVID HAMER 31st Bty. Royal Field Artillery
5650 Private JAMES HAMILTON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3877 Private JAMES HARDIE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6392 Private HARDIE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3/30 Private HARRY JAMES HARDING 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
L/7673 Private JOHN HARDING 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Lieutenant The Hon. EDWARD CHARLES HARDINGE 15th (The King's) Hussars
6017 Private CHARLES HARRISON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
10658 Private MALCOLM HARRISON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9256 Private WALTER HARVEY "D" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
587 Private WALTER HARVEY 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8860 Private WILLIAM HEARN 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4417 Private ARCHIE HENDREN "D" Coy. 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
4162 Serjeant JAMES HEPPELL 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9212 Lance Corporal RALPH HEWITT 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
3013 Private WILLIAM CHARLES HEWITT 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8927 Private WILLIAM JAMES HIGHLAND 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
6649 Private JOHN HILL 1st Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment
Skipper WILLIAM HENRY HILLS "Ivy." Mercantile Marine
Captain CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY ROWLANDSON HODGSON 3rd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
6940 Lance Serjeant JOHN HOLE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9057 Private HOLMES 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9447 Private STEPHEN HOOPER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Lieutenant CHARLES RANDOLPH INNES HOPKINS 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
S/7325 Private WILLIAM FREDERICK HORSAM 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment 662 Shoeing Smith HYAT BAKHSH 15th Mule Corps
1400 Private ALBERT INSLEY 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
3708 Private JOHN ISDALE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
2279 Sapper JAG SINGH 4th Coy. 1st King George's Own Sappers and Miners
3623 Sepoy JAI SINGH 58th Vaughan's Rifles (Frontier Force)
8848 Lance Corporal CHARLES JAMES 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3229 Serjeant DANIEL JARDINE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7535 Private JEWELL 1st Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4654 Sepoy JIWAN KHAN 107th Indian Pioneers
6436 Lance Serjeant ROBERT JOHNSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3/30 Private WILLIAM JOHNSON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
3847 Private DAVID JOHNSTON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
6360 Lance Corporal JOHN DOUGLAS JOHNSTON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/5097 Corporal JOHNYS 4th Bn. Middlesex Regiment
L/10669 Private JONES 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
4683 Private JOHN JONES 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
2876 Sepoy KASIRAM GHAG 1st Bn. 117th Mahrattas
4553 Private WILLIAM KAY 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9437 Private DENIS KELLY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3709 Private GEORGE KENNEDY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3081 Private PATRICK KILLORAN 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
9016 Private KIRK 2nd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
Butler KISHNASWAMI 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry
3/20 Private GEORGE FREDERICK KNAPMAN 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
316617 Private ALBERT EDWARD KNIGHT 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8312 Private THOMAS KNUTTON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
2067 Sepoy LABH SINGH 34th Sikh Pioneers
L/8648 Corporal JOHN LAMOND 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
L/6773 Serjeant JOHN THOMAS LANE 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
9528 Private LANG 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
L/9437 Private JOHN THOMAS LATHAM 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
S/294 Private HERBERT WILLIAM JOHN LAWES 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
7711 Private EDWARD JAMES LEAHY 2nd Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers
S/390 Private JAMES LEAR 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8813 Private JAMES LEE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards Captain RONALD GEORGE LEGGE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4679 Company Serjeant Major CHARLES EDWARD LILLEY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7265 Private JAMES LINES 1st Bn. ALIAS
9766 Private FREDERICK JOHN LITTLE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8551 Private THOMAS ARTHUR LUXTON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8971 Private WILLIAM CHARLES STUART MACDONALD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
2326 Rifleman MANBIR BURATHOKI 1st King George's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)
5290 Private JOSEPH MARKS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
6033 Lance Corporal ERNEST MARSDEN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7605 Private JAMES MARSH 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
6726 Private CHARLES HENRY MARSHALL 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9840 Private GEORGE MARSHALL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8414 Private JERRY MARTIN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
10818 Private JOHN MARTIN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/10245 Private FRANK MATTHEWS 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
G/2972 Private EDGAR FREDERICK MAZDON 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
11096 Private ALBERT EDWARD MEINEN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
L/9052 Private ALFRED MELDRUM 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment
Second Hand ARTHUR EDWARD MELHUISH Trawler "Ivy" (Lowestoft) Mercantile Marine
5117 Private ALEX MERSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3134 Private MILGREW 7th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
4574 Private GEORGE MILLER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
7310 Private MILLIGAN 2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
8940 Private DAVID MILLIGAN "F" Coy. 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9444 Private ROBERT MITCHELL "C" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
9257 Private GEORGE MONK 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment Second Lieutenant GEORGE BERTRAM MONK 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
G/271 Private WILLIAM E. MOORE 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
3/69 Private WILLIAM JAMES MOORE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4332 Private ALFRED VAUGHAN MORGAN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
5886 Private GEORGE MORRELL 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
5030 Private CECIL ARMSTRONG MORRIS 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3/15 Private THOMAS MORRIS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
6333 Private JOHN MOULD 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
857 Rifleman MUKANDA RAM 125th Napier's Rifles
S/983 Lance Corporal ALFRED MUNDY 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
3726 Private ARTHUR MUNDY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8939 Private DONALD ALEXANDER MUNRO 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
4279 Private THOMAS McALLISTER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
4629 Private JOHN McCANN 2nd Bn. Connaught Rangers
10872 Private McCARTNEY 1st Bn. Highland Light Infantry
3213 Rifleman JAMES McCULLOUGH 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
10076 Private ARCHIBALD McDONALD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7132 Private ROBERT McDONALD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8870 Private JAMES WANLESS McDOUGALL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7165 Private WILLIAM JOHN McJURY 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
5516 Private WILLIAM GEORGE McKENZIE 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
15442 Rifleman WILLIAM McLAUGHLIN 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
16906 Lance Corporal JOHN DODD McLEAN 55th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
3/53 Private MURDO McLEAN 1st Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
1562 Sapper NAWAB 1st King George's Own Sappers and Miners
9335 Private NEILSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8932 Private DAVID ANDERSON NELSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9401 Private JOHN NICKOLS "A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8437 Private ALEXANDER ARBUTHNOTT NICOLL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6761 Private WILLIAM NISBET 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9640 Private SYDNEY GEORGE NORMAN 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Second Lieutenant RICHARD FRANCIS ROBERT NUGENT 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6692 Private O'HARA 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6438 Private HUGH O'NEIL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
Burgher NICHOLAS JACOBUS OOSTHUIZEN Frankfort Commando Mounted Commandos, S.A. Forces
10638 Private WALTER ORCHARD 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
6845 Private ROBERT ORME 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
11028 Private JAMES THOMAS ORMEROD 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8212 Corporal OSBORN 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
L/9984 Private FREDERICK WILLIAM OTTLEY 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
2256 Rifleman PADAMLAL RAI 2nd Bn. 7th Gurkha Rifles
6048 Private RICHARD PARRY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
1741 Private HARRY TAYLOR PARSONAGE 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment
9585 Private DANIEL PASSMORE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
4755 Private PATTINSON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
549 Private WILLIAM PAYNTER 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
S/359 Private WILLIAM HENRY PEACH 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8889 Private PEARSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
1117 Sepoy PIARU 3rd Kashmir Rifles (Raghunath Regiment)
2045 Private JOHN POLE 5th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
10445 Sapper POOLE 12th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
10445 Private FRANCIS HENRY POWER 2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Major JOSEPH THOMAS POWNEY Postal Sect. Royal Engineers
10673 Private RICHARD SAMUEL POYNTER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8751 Private PURSE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
4636 Private ROBERT RAE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/6471 Private HENRY CHARLES RAINE 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
9007 Private WILLIE RAINFORD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
63 Follower RAM CHARAN Field Vet. Sect. Indian Veterinary Corps
Lieutenant ALEXANDER CHARLES MARQUIS RAMSAY Army Service Corps
Lieutenant DUNCAN GAVIN RAMSAY 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment
4530 Private JAMES WILSON RANKIN 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
6105 Private WILLIAM JOHN REID 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
8273 Serjeant JOHN REYNOLDS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
7274 Private WILLIAM REYNOLDS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
7932 Private WILLIAM REYNOLDS 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
11537 Private RIDE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
5476 Private JAMES LEONARD ROBERTS 11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
11523 Private ALEXANDER ROBERTSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8197 Private ROBERTSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
10771 Private THOMAS ROBINSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
760 Private EDWARD ROGERS 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
9332 Private WILLIAM JOHN ROGERS 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Captain HUBERT CHARLTON ROME 20th Duke of Cambridge's Own Infantry (Brownlow's Punjabis)
11577 Private ROSCOE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
6254 Private JOHN ROSS 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8863 Private WALTER ROWE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
S/1034 Private EDWARD ROWLAND 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
G/926 Private CHRISTOPHER THOMAS RUMP 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
263 Sepoy RUR SINGH 41st Dogras
7043 Private JAMES RUSSELL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9293 Private PETER RUSSELL 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
3564 Sapper JOSEPH RYAN 55th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
10957 Private RYMER 7th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
3298 Private WILLIAM SCOTT 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9030 Private STANLEY JEROME SELDON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8903 Private HENRY SERCOMBE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8139 Private AUGUSTE ARTHUR SETTER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9143 Serjeant TOM CORBETT SHARMAN 1st Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
 Lieutenant BERNARD HENRY GILBERT SHAW 2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
2270 Private FRANCIS SHAW 8th Bn. Manchester Regiment
9033 Private WILLIAM VAUGHAN SHAW 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7095 Private SHEPPEY 2nd Bn. Middlesex Regiment
2548 Sapper SHIURAM AMBRE 3rd Sappers and Miners
7418 Private SINNERTON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8790 Private SKINNER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
10815 Private JAMES SLATER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
M2/019784 Private PERCY HENRY SLATER Army Service Corps
4392 Private JAMES SMITH 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
7106 Private LEWIS JAMES SMITH "C" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Captain CHARLES JAMES SPENCER 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8874 Lance Corporal JESSE STEAD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
S/934 Private JAMES STEEMSON 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
303364 Petty Officer Stoker JOHN JAMES STEPHENSON H.M.S. "Cochrane." Royal Navy 8966 Private MCNICOL ARCHIBALD STONE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8923 Private JOHN STOREY 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
S/8477 Private MICHAEL SULLIVAN 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
2350 Sepoy SUNDAR SINGH 34th Sikh Pioneers
9928 Private JOHN MCKAY SUTHERLAND 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8840 Private HERBERT EDWARD SWANN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/6882 Private FREDERICK CHARLES SWEET 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment
544 Corporal TATE Honourable Artillery Company
Captain HUGH TAYLOR 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9559 Private JOSEPH THOMAS TEAL 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
L/7781 Private ALBERT THOMPSON 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
7427 Private FREDERICK WILLIAM THOMPSON 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
9447 Private JOHN THOMPSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
15847 Private THOMPSON 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards
8756 Private WILLIAM STEVENSON THOMSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/7932 Private WILLIAM TILSON 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
8928 Lance Corporal TOLLEY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
9069 Private SAMUEL TROTTER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8753 Private GEORGE FRANCIS TURNER 1st Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
1596 Sepoy UDME 10th Jats
8392 Private ARTHUR VERITY 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
4250 Private WALSH "B" Coy. 1st Bn. Irish Guards
16496 Corporal WEAVIN 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards
1798 Private JAMES WELCH 1st Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
9440 Private JOHN WESTAWAY 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8655 Private CHARLES GEORGE WESTCOTT 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8891 Private ERNEST JOHN WESTON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8770 Private GEORGE WHEATON 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8545 Private WHITE 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
8801 Private DANIEL WILDING 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
Fisherman WILLIAM WILKEN Trawler "Ivy" (Lowestoft) Mercantile Marine
9518 Private FREDERICK JAMES WILKEY 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
59454 Gunner HARRY WILLIAMS "P" Bty. Royal Horse Artillery
S/660 Private JOHN HENRY WILLIAMSON 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
1579 Private THOMAS ENOCH WILSON 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
641 Private FRANCIS LESLIE WINFIELD Natal Light Horse
8918 Private LEOPOLD WINTER 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
5467 Private FRED WOOD 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
L/9166 Private HENRY WOOD "F" Coy. 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
1619 Private THOMAS WOODHEAD 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
4884 Serjeant WOOLACOTT 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
10146 Private ALFRED RICHARD WOOLDRIDGE "A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
5284 Private JOHN WOOLDRIDGE 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
4747 Private CHARLES ALFRED WOOLGER 2nd Bn. Border Regiment
10785 Private WORDEN 2nd Bn. Scots Guards
8788 Private ARTHUR WORTH 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regiment
6689 Private CHARLES EDWARD WREN 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
S/845 Private HENRY WYETH 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
6293 Private JOHN YOUNGSON 2nd Bn. Scots Guards

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

Data courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The image is a well-known one; the grieving parents at Vladslo Cemetery, Belgium. Image courtesy of The Military History Club.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

8877 Pte George Flack, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment


According to Soldiers Died in The Great War, 68 British Army officers and men died one hundred years ago today on the 16th December 1914. 8877 Private George Flack was one of these men.

George was born in Stepney and enlisted in the Lincolnshire regiment on the 1st April 1910. He was 20 years old and stood five feet, nine and three quarter inches tall. During his time with the regiment he saw service overseas in Gibraltar, then Bermuda and finally Canada, before arriving in France as a member of the 2nd Battalion on the 5th November 1914.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that George was 25 years old when he died and was the son of William Flack of 65, Artillery Street, Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London, and the late Jane Flack.  He is buried in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery in Fleurbaix (above, courtesy CWGC).

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

Thursday, 11 December 2014

29752 Staff Sergeant Richard Mulliner, 9th Reserve Battery, RFA



According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), 76 Commonwealth officers and men  died on this day, 11th December, in 1914. Today, exactly one hundred years later, I am pleased to remember one of those men, 29752 Staff Sergeant Richard Mulliner of the 9th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

According to the CWGC, Richard was the son of Richard and Ellen Mulliner and the husband of the late Nellie Mulliner. He died at home at the age of 47 and is buried in Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery. He is almost certainly the same 42-year old widower who appears on the 1911 census at 41 Sweetman Street, Wolverhampton working as a farrier at a shoeing forge.

I could find very little information about this man and so assume that he died at home as a result of sickness before he had chance to serve overseas; certainly I could find no service record or medal index card for him, although his age suggests that he may have been a a regular soldier at some time previously.

There are 324 First World War burials in this particular cemetery, a number of these from Fulwood Barracks, the headquarters of the Loyal North Lancashire and East Lancashire Regiments. The photo above is courtesy the CWGC.

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


Friday, 5 December 2014

9605 Pte David Henry Newey, 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment


On this day one hundred years ago, the 5th December 1914, 44 British Army officers and men lost their lives. 9605 Pte David Henry Newey of the 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment was one of those men.

Soldiers Died in the Great War notes that he was born in Aston, Birmingham and that he enlisted at Birmingham. Judging by his regimental number, that must have been September 1903, a time when standard enlistment terms into the British Army were three years with the colours and nine on the reserve. In all probability then, David had probably been transferred to the reserve in 1906 or (probably) 1907 and would have no doubt been a little out of shape, seven or eight years having elapsed, by the time he donned khaki again.  In 1908 he had married Nellie Bloor and the couple appear on the 1911 census with their son, Herbert Henry Newey, aged one. David's trade is noted, intriguingly, as "Gold and silver". I could find no other children noted on subsequent GRO returns.

No service record survives for this man but his medal index card notes that he arrived overseas in France on the 27th August 1914. He died of wounds in England at the age of 32 and is buried in Birmingham's Witton Cemetery. Nellie remarried, Henry Mason, in 1921 and it is the name Nellie Mason that appears on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's headstone schedule where it indicates that the words "THY WILL BE DONE" were paid for by her to be added to David's headstone. Her address is given as 2 Back, 28 Park Lane, Aston.

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


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