CHURCHES,CEMETERIES + OTHER MEMORIALS

Last updated  14.10.2017                                                                         Contact email southend19141918@yahoo.co.uk


Chapters for this section:-                                                   

1.All Saints Church , Sutton Road , Southend.

2.St.Andrews Church , Ashingdon.

3.Avenue Road Baptist Church , Westcliff.

4.All Saints Church , Barling

5.Belle Vue Baptist Church , Southchurch Road , Southend.

6.Central Baptist Church , Clarence Road, Southend.

7.Chalkwell Park Methodist Church , Kingsway , Westcliff.

8.St.Lawrence + All Saints Church , Eastwoodbury Lane , Southend.

9.St.Mary the Virgin + All Saints Church , Foulness.

10.St.Nicholas Church , Great Wakering.

11.Holy Trinity Church , Southchurch Boulevard.

12.Baptist Church , Marguerite Drive , Leigh-on-Sea.

13.Methodist Church , New Road , Leigh-on-Sea.

14.Congregational Church , Pall Mall , Leigh-on-Sea,

15.Providence Baptist Church , East Street , Prittlewell.

16.Congregational Church , North Street , Rochford.

17.Garrison Church of St.Peter + St.Paul , Shoebury Garrison.

18.St.Augustines Church, St.Augustines Aveune , Thorpe Bay.

19.St.Albans Church , St.Johns Road , Westcliff.

20.St.Andrews Church ,Church Road , South Shoebury.

21.St.Andrews Church , Hall Road , Rochford.

22.St.Clements Church , The Broadway , Leigh-on-Sea.

23.St.John the Baptist Church , Church Road , Southend.

24.St.Marks Church , Princes Street , Southend..

25.St.Mary the Virgin Church , North Shoebury Road, North Shoebury.

26.St.Marys Church , Rectory Road , Hawkwell.

27.St.Marys Church , Victoria Avenue , Prittlewell.

28.St.Marys Church , Little Wakering.

29.St.Peter & St.Paul's Church, Hockley.

30.St.Peters Church, Paglesham.

31.St.Saviours Church , Kings Road , Westcliff.

32.St.Marys + All Saints Church , Stambridge.

33.United Reform Church , Cliff Town , Southend.

34.United Reform Church , Chelmsford Avenue , Prittlewell.

35.United Reform Church , Chapel Lane ,Great  Wakering.

36.Methodist Church , High Street , Great Wakering.

37.Wesley Methodist Church , Elm Road , Leigh-on-Sea.

38.Westcliff United Reform Church , Kings Road , Westcliff.

39.Whittingham Avenue Methodist Church , Whittingham Avenue , Southend.

40.Jewish Cemetery , Stock Road , Southend.

41.Leigh Cemetery , London Road , West Leigh.

42.The Cemetery , North Road , Prittlewell.

43.Southend Cemetery , Sutton Road , Southend.

44.Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue , Southend.

45.Cliff Town Memorial Hall, Nelson Mews , Southend.

46.East Hawkwell + Ashingdon Memorial Hall , Ashingdon Road , Ashingdon.

47.Eastwood Memorial Hall , Corner of Rayleigh Road + Lambeth Road , Eastwood.

48.Essex County Bowls Club , First Avenue , Chalkwell.

49.Memorial Hall , High Street , Great Wakering.

50.Southend + Westcliff Hewbrew Congregation , Finchley Road , Westcliff.

51.Mayflower Public House , Old Town , Leigh-on-Sea. (Hamlet Court Road School)

52.New War Memorial , Spa Junction , Hockley.

53.Priory Park , Victoria Avenue , Southend.

54.Salvation Army Citadel , Clarence Road , Southend.

55.Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road , Shoebury.

56.Southend & The War Memorial ,Clifftown Parade , Southend.

57.Southend Crematorium, Sutton Road, Southend.

58.Southend High School for Boys , Prittlewell Chase , Southend.

59.Southend Police Station , Victoria Avenue , Southend.
60.Memorial Hall , Recreation Ground , Stambridge.

61.Victory Sports Ground , Sutton Road , Prittlewell.

62.Crowstone St. Georges URC, Kings Road, Westcliff.

63.Trinity Methodist, Argylle Road, Westcliff.

64.Lindisfarne College, Westcliff-on-Sea.

65.Westborough Junior School, Macdonald Avenue, Westcliff.

66.Cornerstone U.R.C., Bournemouth Park Road (listing in progress)

1.All Saints Church , Sutton Road , Southend

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Following the closure of the St.Francis Mission Church which was located in Stornoway Road, on the south side between Ilfracombe Road and Belle Vue Road, (ground sold for housing development) their Memorial was re-erected on the north side of All Saints Church. Unfortunately, following a road accident “some years ago” which damaged the Memorial, it was removed and never replaced.

There used to be a Memorial Cross with the names of 143 men who died. Sadly it was badly vanadlised “in the 1960’s” and demolished. However the 12 plaques bearing the names of the fallen are retained in the Church stores.They are in poor condition, are of lead, and are difficult to decipher in places. I laid the 12 out on a table to photograph. There is also a Book of Remembrance which contains 139 names from the Great War but there were some discrepancies between these names and those on the Plaques and I have listed them separately below.

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There are a total of 143 names listed on the Plaques as follows:-

ADAMS Alfred T.,EVANS Harry,PETTY Norman,ADAMS Frederick,EVENS Alfred,PHILLIPS Clarence,AGER Alfred                     EVERETT Frederick J.,PIPER Ernest W.,ANDREWS George,FREEMAN Harry,POODY Leonard J.,ARROL James H. 

GALLEY Frederick T.,REED Cecil E.,AVERY Clare A.,GARD William J.,REEVE William L.,BARNARD Frank,GARDINER Lawrence,REVELL Henry,BARNES Frank,GOLDING George T.,RIVERS Frederick  J.,BAREHAM Charles W.,GOODY Leonard     RIVERS George W.,BARTER James H.,GRADY Thomas A.,ROBINSON Thomas,BARTON David W.,GRAY Henry                         ROBINSON William,BEDLE William J.(a),GRAY James L.,ROOT Joseph,BOORMAN William J.,GRIMES William J.               RUDD Edmund W.,BRADFORD George A.,GUEST Alfred R.,SEARS Charles J.,BRADLEY Walter,HALL Edward                       SEXTON Arthur B.,BRENCHLEY George W.,HARRIS Ernest R.,SHIPGOOD George S.,BROWN Henry T.,HAWES Fred         SIMMONDS  Alfred C.,BROWN Percy J.,HENRY Horace,SKIPPER Sidney,BROWN William R.,HILL George,SLADE Clarence

BROWNE George E.M.,HILL William,SLADE Cyril,BUDD Anthony S.,HODGE Albert E.,SMITH Cecil,BURNARD Frederick         HODGE Frederick G.,SPRINGTHORPE Charles,BURNARD Sidney F.,HUDSON John,SQUIRE Leslie C.(b),BYRNE Frederick A.

HUMPHRIES Charles,TAYLOR Arthur,BYRNE Leo J.P.,SHAW-JONES John,THIPTHORPE Frederick,CABLE Alfred                     KEMBLE Alfred,THORINGTON Leonard,CARTER Edward H.,KEMPTON Thomas,TURNER Albert G.,CARTER Percy

CLARENCE Frank,KERBEY Harry,TURNER George C.,COCKERILL ClarenceKERSHAW Walter,TURNER Percy

COLLEN Norman O.,LACEY Dudley,TURNHAM, Douglas,COOK Horace,LATTON Fred,TURNHAM George,COOK William H.       LEE Reginald A.,VINCE John,COOLEDGE George,LEWIS Philip,VIVIAN Douglas,COOPER Harry E.,LITTLE Jack                     WALPOLE Lewis C.,CORNWALL George,MANN Henry W.,WATSON Richard,COTGROVE Victor W.,MARKS Leonard H.              WARD George,COTTEE Ernest G.,MATTHEWS Albert F.,WARD Peter,CREW Wilfred H.,MATTHEWS Bert,WEEDER Arthur

CROSS George H.,MORGAN Joseph J.,WHITE James,DALE George A.L.,MORTIMER Thomas,WHYBROW Ernest G.

DALE William H,NEWSON Reginald,WHYBROW Thomas J.,DAVIS Reginald C.,NICHOLLS Harold W.,WEST Eliza Mary

DEATH Harry,NICOLL Percy,WILKINSON Noble,DENMAN Edward,NORMAN Douglas H.,WOOD Arthur,DODD Stanley                PAINTER Edgar,WOOD James,DOOLAN Frederick W.,PARTON Albert,YENDELL George H.,DOWNE William                     PEACOCK Charles,EHRET Edward A.,PEACOCK Edward H.

(a) William J.BEDLE is listed in the Book of Remembrance as William J.BEEDLE

(b) Leslie C.H.SQUIRE is listed in the Book of Remembrance as  Leslie C.H.SQUIRES


The Book of Remembrance was stored in a glass topped case against the south ,internal,wall. It includes names from both World Wars. There are 139 names from the Great War. The first 23 pages in the book are dedicated to 1914-1918 and are in hand script.

There are 4 names which are on the Plaques but are not recorded in the book viz.:-

CARTER Percy – GRAY James – HODGES Frederick G. -  WOOD James .

All 4 are all included on the  Southend “Roll of Honour”.

With the following exceptions the above names listed on the Plaques and in the Memorial Book are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” where you will find their full details listed.

The following are the  the differences between the two listings:-

George Cooledge is listed as Coolledge on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Harry E.Cooper is listed as Harry G.Cooper  on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Harry Death is listed as Henry Death on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Edward Denman is listed as Edgar Denman on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Henry Gray is listed as Harry Gray on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Albert E. + Frederick G.Hodge are both listed as Hodges on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Alfred Kemble is listed as Albert Kemble on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Cecil E. Reed is listed as Cecil E.Read on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Arthur B.Sexton is listed as Arthur B.Seton on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

Arthur Weeder is listed as Arthur Weedon on the Southend “Roll of Honour


List of names not included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” :-

AGER Alfred – May be AGER Albert James – Private, Welsh Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs. A.Ager, 7, Sutton Road, Southend. Died 14.9.1914. Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at LA-FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, FRANCE.


BARNES Frank  -  No details found


BROWN Henry(Harry) T. 2nd Lieutenant, Honourable Artillery Company. Son of George + Emma Brown. Died 10.11.1920 Age 22. He is commemorated on his parents’ grave in Leigh Cemetery. There is no record of him on C.W.G.C.


BURNARD Frederick (Sidney Frederick). Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of Mr. + Mrs A.Burnard, 10, Prittlewell Street, Southend. Died 27.10.1916. Aged 21. (Frederick + Sidney Frederick may be the same man recorded twice) With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 7C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

CLARENCE Frank - No details found

 

CORNWELL George C. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Mabel Cornwell,  59, Stornoway Road, Southchurch. Eldest son of Mr + Mrs Thomas Cornwell, Albany Cottages, Great Wakering.  Died 13.11.1916. Aged 34. Buried at AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE II  J  13, FRANCE.

 

CROSS George H. Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 5.6.1915. He is not listed on C.W.G.C.

 

DALE George A.L.- No details found

 

DALE William H. - No details found

 

DAVIS Reginald C. (DAVIES Charles Reginald) Private, Royal Irish Rifles. Son of Mrs.Davi(e)s, 9,Surbiton Road, Southend. Died 16.8.1917. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 138-140 +162, 162A +163, BELGIUM.

 

DOWNE William. - No definite details found- May be William Downs, Gunner,Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at 46, Maldon Road, Southend. Died  9.4.1918. Age 39. With no known grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, PANEL 1, BELGIUM .

 

EVANS Harry. Private, Royal Defence Corps. Husband of Ruby Evans, 63, South Avenue, Southend. Died 11.2.1919. Aged 32. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE A.1364.

 

EVENS Alfred - No definite details found – May be Alfred Evans, Private, Essex Regiment. Died, aged 27, of malaria 28.11.1918. in Palestine.

 

HALL Edward. A civilian. He lived at 70, Lovelace Gardens, Southchurch. Whilst returning from Ireland as a passenger aboard ss “Leinster” he lost his life on 10.10.1918. when she was torpedoed and sunk. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for details of ss “Leinster”.)

 

HAWES Fred.  A civilian. Lived at 12, Guildford Road, Southend. Died 12.8.1917. Aged 14. His home was hit in an air raid and he was killed along with his cousin Lena Gooding. They are buried together in SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY.

 

HENRY Horace - No details found

 

HUMPHRIES Charles.  A civilian. Lived At 47, Coleman Street, Southend. Whilst walking along Milton Street he was killed in an air raid on 12.8.1917. Aged 58.

 

SHAW-JONES John. A civilian. Lived at 85, Surbiton Road, Southend. Having previously fought in the Boer War he re-enlisted at the outbreak of the war but had been invalided out of the army and obtained employment in the Ministry of Munitions. Returning from Ireland he was rescued on 10.10.1918. from the sinking ss “Leinster”, which had been torpedoed, and taken to hospital in Kingstown, Ireland. The hospital boilers exploded and he died of his injuries. Aged 37.

 

KERBEY Harry. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 29.3.1916.Buried at SOUTHEND(SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE C.289 .

 

LATTON Fred -  No details found

 

MATTHEWS Albert F (Bert). Private, East Yorkshire Regiment. Lived at 158, Central Avenue, Southend. Died 24.8.1918. Aged 21. Buried at BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE VI  A  35, GEZAINCOURT, FRANCE.

 

MATTHEWS Bert (Maybe a duplication of MATTHEWS Albert F. above)

 

NICOLL Percy - No details found

 

PEACOCK Edward H.   No definite details found – May be Edwin Peacock, Sergeant, Machine Gun Corps. Died 3.9.1918. in France.

 

PETTY Norman   No details found


PIPER Ernest Walter, MILITARY MEDAL. Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Son of William + Gertrude Piper, 1, Belle Vue Place, Southend. Died 13.10.1918 Age 23.Buried at AUBERCHICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE II A 1, FRANCE. As a former Railway employee he is to be included on the Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station.

 

POODY Leonard  No details found

 

ROBINSON Thomas, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Mr + Mrs. Robinson, “Lymington”, 36, Ilfracombe Road, Southend. A former employee of Lukers Brewery, Southend. Died 2.10.1918. Aged 22. Buried at DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III  E  12, BELGIUM.

 

SLADE Clarence.  May be Cyril Slade, 11, Gossetts Avenue, Prittlewell. (Gossetts Avenue was renamed Roots Hall Avenue in 1938) Canadian Infantry, Died of wounds, 11.11.1918. Buried at AUBERCHICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I. C. 7. FRANCE. He also appears on the Prittlewell Roll of Honour, St.Marys Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend.                    

 

There were plans to install a Rememberance Chapel inside the west entrance doors to the church and to  incorporate the Memorial Plaques, Remembrance Book and some grave relics discovered in the grounds


2.St. Andrew’s Church , Ashingdon

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The church is situated on high ground with extensive views across the river Crouch and, on a clear day, as far as the Thames Estuary’s , forts and wind turbines.

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A wooden Plaque , with 4 panels, is located to the left of the Altar commemorating both wars. The left-hand panel is inscribed “ R. I.P. MAKE THEM TO BE NUMBERED WITH THY SAINTS IN GLORY EVERLASTING” and the two centre panels list the 19 fallen from The Great War.

They are listed as follows - not  in alphabetical order:-

Elias George TYLER , Charles CATTON , Arthur Oscar HORNUNG , Frank KELLEY, Cleveland KEYES M.C., Harold Charles WITNEY , Arthur BRIGHT , William Henry BRIGHT, Joseph BICKERSTAFF , Henry Clifford STROUD , Noel VEALE , Eldred

BENTALL, William Henry OGLESBY , Arthur Christian MARKQUICK, John Alfred MARKQUICK, Edward Poulton ALMACK , John WHITAKER, Henry Kenneth DOUGLAS  and Ronald CALVERLEY.

Ronald Calverly is a later addition.

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ALMACK Edward Poulton. Captain, Royal Horse Artillery.Died 25.1.1916. Buried at  ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE  I   B  8 , SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Brentwood War Memorial, Essex.

 

BENTALL  Eldred  (Arthur Eldred) Private, London Regiment. Son of William + Emily M.Bentall, Southchurch Wick, Southend. Died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war 3.7.1916. Aged  24. Buried at DOUCHY-LES-AYETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  F  17, FRANCE. Also commemorated on Memorial Plaques in Congregational Church, North Street, Rochford and Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch  Boulevard, Southend.

 

BICKERSTAFF  Joseph - He is also commemorated on a Memorial Plaque , St.Andrew’s Church , Rochford.

Arthur George (Geo) Douglas Bickerstaff was the only son of Arthur + Alice Bickerstaff and was born in Rotherhithe. On 1911 Census the family lived at 54, Wimborne Road, Prittlewell, Southend. When Arthur enlisted in 1915 his address was given as West Street, Rochford and he was unmarried. Promoted to 13149 Sargeant, Rifle Brigade he died of wounds at 55th Casualty Clearing Station on 28.3.1918 Age 24 and is buried at NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  E  19, SOMME, FRANCE. When his father received the papers in 1919, concerning his death, he and Alice had already moved back to 21, Morley Road, Lewisham.

 

BRIGHT  Arthur. Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. HMS  “Invincible”. Son of Walter + Ellen Bright, Greenstead Lane, Hockley. Died 31.5.1916. Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF.20, KENT. (see Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Invincible” incident.) He is also comemorated on a Memorial Plaque  at St.Peter + St.Paul’s Church, Hockley and on the new Hockley Memorial, Spa Junction, Hockley.                                

BRIGHT  William Henry - No details found

 

CALVERLEY  Ronald.  No details found. According to Memorial Inscription records Ronald Calverley died in 1914 but I find no War or Civil death records. May be JOHN ROLAND CARVELEY, Sergeant, Suffolk Regiment. Son of John + Elizabeth Carveley, 'Mildmay', E.Ashingdon. Died 8.9.1918 Age 22. Buried at AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  D  26, FRANCE.

 

CATTON  Charles. No definite details found. May be Charles Catton, Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died 29.12.1914. Buried at KEMMEL CHURCHYARD,  GRAVE A  6, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Coopersale War Memorial, Essex.

 

DOUGLAS  Henry Kenneth - No details found

 

HORNUNG  Arthur Oscar. 2nd Lieutenant, Essex Regiment. Died 6.7.1915. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 39, BELGIUM.

 

KELLEY  Frank - No details found.

 

KEYES  Cleveland  M.C. Major, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Sidney K. + Emily A.Keyes. Died 24.3.1918. Aged 24. Buried at GUISE (LA DESOLATION) FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, FLAVIGNY-LE-PETIT, GRAVE, ALLIED SECTION 1113, FRANCE.

 

MARKQUICK  Arthur Christian.  Boy, 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Hawke”. Son of  John C. + Ellen Markquick,”Oakleigh”, Sutton Road, Southend. Brother of JOHN ALFRED MARKQUICK who also fell. Died 15.10.1914. Aged 17. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 3,  KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Hawke” incident) He is also commemorated on Ashingdon Memorial Hall Plaque

 

MARKQUICK John Alfred. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 3.5.1917. Aged 29. Brother of ARTHUR CHRISTIAN MARKQUICK who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on Ashingdon Memorial Hall Plaque.

 

OGLESBY William Henry.  Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Son of Mr.J.A.Oglesby of Ashingdon. Died 3.7.1916. Aged 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER  + FACE 11D, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Plaque, St.Peter + St.Paul’s Church, Hockley and the new Hockley War Memorial, Spa Junction, Hockley.

 

STROUD  Henry Clifford. Captain, Royal Flying Corps. Died 7.3.1918. Aged 24. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

TYLER  Elias George.  Stoker, 2nd Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Pathfinder”. Son of John + Elizabeth Tyler, Plumberow Mount, Hockley, Essex. Died 5.9.1914. Aged (18)19. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM  NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 6, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at  Sea” for HMS “Pathfinder” incident) He is also  commemorated on the new Hockley War Memorial, Spa Junction,  Hockley.

 

VEALE Noel. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at “Holmedale”, Ashingdon  Road, Rochford. Died 12.10.1916. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 10 D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

WHITAKER John.  No details found. - May be J.Wittaker, Private, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 14.8.1916. Buried at ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE II  M  5, FRANCE.

 

WITNEY  Harold Charles.  Lance Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers. Died 18.11.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL PIER + FACE 8C,9A+16A, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, South Porch, East Street, Prittlewell.


3.Avenue Road Baptist Church, Westcliff

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On the wall, to the left of the organ, is a Memorial Plaque

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The 15 names listed are:-

William H. BACHELL, Hedley H.BERRY, Charles W.COOK, Albert C.CRANE, S.BINGHAM DRAKE, Percy W.DUDLEY,

Wilfred E.DYER, E.Percy HOCKEY, Hartley JAMES, Lewis I.KNIGHT, Reg. S.PERFECT, Laurence P.RABY, Vernon REED,

George A.ROGERS, Donald C.WINTER.


With the following differences they are all included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and their full details can be found in that section:-

 

S. BINGHAM DRAKE  is listed as Samuel B.DRAKE

E. Percy HOCKEY is listed as  Edwin P.HOCKEY

Lewis L.KNIGHT is listed as  Leonard L.KNIGHT

Donald C.WINTER is listed as  Donald G.WINTER


George A. ROGERS is listed on records as follows:-

Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Husband of Elizabeth, Matilda Rogers, 'Knightsbridge', 77, Wenham Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 3.3.1920 Age 46. Buried at SOUTHEND (NORTH  ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE A  4  66.


4.All Saints Church , Barling

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                                                                         Barling Memorial base

 

The Memorial stands in the grounds of All Saints Parish Church just outside the western door and consists of a base block standing on 2 steps, topped by an obelisk. There are 11 names inscribed on the base block. The Memorial is corroded and has a greeny stain. Some of the lettering on the names has also been eroded.

 

The names are not listed in alphabetical order but are as follows:-

ARTHUR H. SNOW, HERBERT LINGE,  ERNEST R.L.SNOW, JOSEPH G.SMITH, JAMES PERRY, CHARLES EVERETT,,GEORGE PERRY,,WILLIAM C. HAKEN, STANLEY LANGSTONE,,BERT MURRELL,,WILLIAM HIMPETT.

 “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS”

                               

EVERE(I)TT Charles W. Private, Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds in Edgbaston Hospital, Birmingham, 26.4.1918. Aged 27. Buried in BIRMINGHAM (LODGE HILL) CEMETERY, GRAVE SCREEN WALL,  B10  6  481C.

 

HAKEN  William C. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of  William Haken of Barling. Died 27.7.1917. Buried at COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE I  F  18, BELGIUM.

 

HIMPETT   William.  Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of  Mrs. A.Himpett, 7, Poole’s Lane, Hullbridge. Died of wounds 22.3.1918. Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANELS  28 + 29, FRANCE.

 

LANGSTONE  Stanley. Air Mechanic, Royal Flying Corps. Son of Mr + Mrs Frederick Langstone, Holts Farm, Barling. Enlisted 27.12.1917 and immediately caught a cold which developed into pneumonia. Died of pneumonia in Woking Military Hospital, Surrey 13.1.1918. Aged 24. Buried at BARLING (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

LINGE    Herbert.  Able Seaman, Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Queen Mary”. Son of John + Elizabeth Linge  of  Barling. Died 31.5.1916. Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, HAMPSHIRE, REF 13. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for H.M.S.”Queen Mary” incident.)

MURRELL  Bertram.  Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died from dysentery behind enemy lines whilst a prisoner of war, July 1918 aged 22. Son of George + Annie Murrell, 192, York Road, Southend. Buried at HEATH CEMETERY, GRAVE VIII  I  6, HARBONNIERES, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

PERRY George. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of James + Elizabeth Perry of Harveys Farm, Barling. Died 4.3.1917. Aged 28. Brother of James Perry who also fell. Buried at REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRAVE  IV  D  II, GRANDCOURT, FRANCE. (Geogre Perry was reported as being the first Barling man to be killed. Apart from his brother James – listed bleow – there was another brother, Ernest, who was reported as being ‘in training’ when James was killed and there are no records of Ernest’s death so I presume he survived the War)

 

PERRY  James.  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of James + Elizabeth Perry of Harveys Farm, Barling. Died  26.8.1918. Aged (24) 31. Brother of George Perry who also fell. Buried at  DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE IX  N  7, MAMETZ, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

SMITH Joseph G. Private, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died  6.9.1917. Aged 25. Son of Mrs. S.C.Smith, Pantile Cottages, Barling. Died 6.9.1917. Aged 25. Buried at TYNE COT CEMETERY, GRAVE X  B  7, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

SNOW Arthur H. Private, North Staffordshire Regiment. Son of George + Jane Snow of Barling. Husband of Constance M.Snow, “The Falklands”, Barling. Brother of Ernest Reggie Leonard Snow who also fell. Died of blood poisoning at Southampton, as a result of wounds received in action,13.4.1918. Age 29. Buried at BARLING (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

SNOW Ernest R.L.  Wireman,2nd Class,Royal Navy. “H.M.S.Invincible” Son of Jane + George Snow, Barling. Brother of Arthur Herbert Snow who also fell. Died 31.5.1916. Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, PANEL 20, HAMPSHIRE. (See “Loss of Lives at Sea” for details of H.M.S.”Invincible” incident.)


Grave of Arthur Snow in Barling (All Saints)Churchyard

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5.Belle Vue Baptist Church, Southchurch Road, Southend.

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The church entrance  is located in Belle Vue Avenue.

 

Two plaques are inside the church ; the first has 4 names:-

A.G. BROWN, T.H.BROWN, F.N.BROWN  +  T.J.ROBINSON.


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All 4 men had been members of Belle Vue Baptist Church and A.G.Brown  had additionally been a Sidesman and Sunday School teacher at the church for 12 years prior to the outbreak of war. All four men fell between February and October 1918.

 

BROWN  Arthur George. Private, Army Medical Corps. Lived at 19, Lovelace Gardens, Southchurch. Drowned on 26.2.1918 Aged 37(39). With no known grave he is commemorated at HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON, HAMPSHIRE. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for ss.”Glenart Castle” incident)

 

BROWN  Frederick Norman. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Son of Thomas + Ellen Brown, 3, Stromness Place, Southend. Brother of Thomas Henry BROWN who also fell. Died of wounds 6.4.1918. Aged 19. Buried at VIGNACOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  F  12, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

BROWN  Thomas Henry.  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Thomas + Ellen Brown, 3, Stromness Place, Southend. Brother of Frederick Norman BROWN who also fell. Died of pneumonia 11.10.1918. in Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent, Aged 21. Buried at SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE B. 1977, SOUTHEND. His funeral was held at Belle Vue Baptist Church.

 

The second plaque is dedicated to Thomas James ROBINSON  and was erected by his comrades:-

 


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ROBINSON Thomas James.  Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Thomas + Maud M.Robinson, 36, Ilfracombe Road, Southend. Died 2.10.1918. Aged 22. Buried at DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  E  12, BELGIUM.

6.The Central Baptist Church , Clarence Road, Southend

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There is a Memorial Plaque in the east porch entrance.

The inscription reads “ IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF THIS CHURCH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919” Beneath the names is inscribed “FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH”

 

The names listed are:-

AGER  Morris G., BAKER James T., Baker Albert C., COULTAS Percy W., CREEK Rupert, GARDINER Lawrence,

GREEN Edward, KING Alfred J., MACE Charles, SAYER Leonard C., WARMAN Edward J.

                              

The above are all listed on the “ Southend Roll of Honour”, where you will find their full details, with the following two exceptions.

  

KING Alfred (Frederick) J. Driver, Royal Engineers. May be - Husband of Daisy M.King, 19, Stornoway Road, Southend.

Died 16.11.1918 Age 33. Buried at MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, GRAVE 765, GREECE.

 

SAYER Leonard Charles. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers. Born  in Southend. Son of Charles + Clara Sayer, 45, High Street, Southend. Died 4.7.1916 Age 24(25). Buried at BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  J  63, FRANCE. He was a serving soldier at the outbreak of the war. In the 1911 Census he is listed as being in Malplaquet Barracks, Aldershot, as a Private in the Coldstream Guards.

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7.Chalkwell  Park Methodist Church , Kingsway

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SIMS Edward Victor.  Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion.  Son of Albert E.Sims the first Pastor of this church. Died  15.7.1915 Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 8-15, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.

 

He is included on the Southend “Roll of Honour”

 

The tablet was erected by his fellow members of the Church, school, bank colleagues, friends and his father and mother.


Many seamen were attached to the army and Battalions were formed for fighting on land. This was probably due to the lack of activity by the main fleet coupled with the urgent necessity to replace the many casualties incurred in the trenches

8.St.Lawrence + All Saints Church , Eastwoodbury Lane

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There is no record with C.W.G.C. or Imperial War Museum of any Great War Memorial at St.Laurence & All Saints Church, Eastwoodbury Lane.

                                         

Inside the Church, on the north wall, hangs a “Roll of Honour” to the men of Eastwood. The “Roll of Honour” covers both World Wars and is in a wooden frame, protected by glass. It was situated to the left of the Organ, alongside the Church Banner.

 

There are 28 names of Great War casualties listed:-

L.A.ALDRIDGE, G.W.BACON, H.BACON, *A.L.BOWRING,* C.W.COX, S.E.EDWARDS,* W.A.EASLEA, S.R.GRANT, W.HAVIS, A.HOARE, J.HOARE, *C.J.W.JONES, S.LAMB, *A.G.LAY, H.G.LAYZELL, A.J.MAYNARD, *W.McLELLAN, *C.MOSS, B.NUNN, H.J.NUNN, F.N.POWLING, C.H.RICE, W.SHUTTLEWORTH, A.G.TAYLOR, W.D.TAYLOR, A.E.TURNER, T.WEBB, A.S.WELLS.

The 6 names marked with * are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” where their full details can be found

 

ALDRIDGE Leslie A. Lance Corporal, Rifle Brigade. Son of Henry + Eliza Aldridge, Amersham Cottage, Daws Heath Road,Eastwood. Died 22.3.1918. Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 81-84, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the St.Peters Church, Thundersley, Great War Plaque.

 

BACON  George W.  Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of  Henry + Christiana Bacon, Hill Cottage, Eastwood. Died 16.9.1918. Age 26(27). Buried at KARASOULI  MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE E1110, GREECE.

       

BACON  Harry. Private, Durham Light Infantry. Lived at Eastwood. Died of wounds 25.9.1918. Aged 27. Buried at BRIE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III  D  11, FRANCE.

            

EDWARDS  Spenser E.  2nd Lieutenant, East Kent Regiment, The Buffs. Son of Rev. T.R. + Clara Edwards, “Summerland”, Eastwood. Died 9.3.1917. Age 21. Buried at BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, GRAVE  C.178924, SURREY.

 

GRANT Sydney R. 2nd Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps. Son of  Mr Grant, “Lynmouth”, Eastwood. Died  18.4.1918. Age 24. Buried at GORRE BRITISH + INDIAN CEMETERY, GRAVE VI  B  9, FRANCE.

            

HAVIS  W.  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mr.Havis of Eastwood. Died 3.7.1916. Age 25. Buried at OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE IX  L  8, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on a Great War Plaque, St.Mary's Church, Wix, Essex.

 

HOARE  Alfred R. Boy Telegraphist, Royal Navy, HMS “Queen Mary” Son of Mr + Mrs Hoare, Nobles Green, Eastwood. Brother of James Hoare who also fell. Died 31.5.1916 Age 15. With no known  grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL  MEMORIAL, REF 17 , KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Queen Mary” incident)

 

HOARE James. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 1.7.1916. Age 27. Son of Mr + Mrs Hoare, Nobles Green, Eastwood. Brother of Alfred Reginald Hoare who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY, SPECIAL  MEMORIAL  A10, COLINCAMPS , SOMME, FRANCE.

 

LAMB  Meshack. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Son of  Mrs. Maria Lamb, Bohemia Estate, Eastwood. Died 20.10.1916. Age 19. Buried at GORRE BRITISH + INDIAN CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  B  6, FRANCE.

 

LAYZELL(LAZELL)  Harry (Harry) G.  Rifleman, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Edwin + Emma Lazell (Layzell), Flemings Farm, Eastwood. Died 17.2.1917 aGE 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 13A + 13BSOMME, FRANCE. On 1911 Census and on C.W.G.C.the family is shown as 'LAZELL' but the Church Memorial has him listed as 'LAYZELL'.

 

MAYNARD  Alfred J. Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs. Caroline Maynard, Primrose Cottage, Eastwood. Formerly of 'Dusseldorf', Little Wakering. Died 7.10.1915. With no known grave he is commemorated at 7TH FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY, SPECIAL MEMORIAL A  45, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on the family gravestone in the Church grounds.

 

NUNN  Bert.  Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Nunn, Eastwoodbury Cottages, Eastwood. Brother of H.John Nunn who also fell. Died 16.8.1917. Age 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 104-105, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

NUNN  H.John. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs. Nunn, Eastwoodbury Cottages, Eastwood. Brother of Bert Nunn who also fell. Died 9.10.1918. Buried at LIGNY-EN-CAMBRESIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ALLIED BRITISH SECTION 2, FRANCE.

 

POWLING  Fred N. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of William T.+ Emily R.Powling, “The Homestead”, Eastwood Rise. Died 16.9.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIMY  MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.

 

RICE Charles H. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Celia Rice, “Stanley Lodge”, Eastwood. Died 18.10.1915 Aged 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 85-87, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.

 

SHUTTLEWORTH  W.(Walter)  Private, Cheshire Regiment. Husband of Mrs. Lilian Shuttleworth of Eastwood.Son of Mrs. E. Shuttleworth, South Hanningfield, Essex. Died 20.1.1918. Age 39. With no known grave he is commemorated at DOIRAN  MEMORIAL, GREECE.

 

TAYLOR  Arthur G.  2nd Lieutenant, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of William George Taylor, “Maribonga”, Fleming Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 26.4.1918. Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 14 +15, SOMME, FRANCE. Brother of W.D. Taylor who also fell.

 

TAYLOR  W.D.  Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of George + Mary Taylor, “Maribonga”, Fleming Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea. Brother of Arthur G. Taylor who also fell. Died 16.9.1916 Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 12D+13B, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

TURNER  Albert E.  Corporal, Grenadier Guards. Son of Mr + Mrs Turner, 60, South Avenue, Southend. Died 26.9.1915. Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL,  PANEL 85-87,  FRANCE.

 

WEBB Thomas. Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of William + Sarah Webb, Oak Place, Woodcutters Avenue, Bellhouse Lane, Eastwood. Died of pneumonia in Romford, Essex 16.4.1917. Buried at  EASTWOOD (ST.LAURENCE  + ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD), GRAVE “IN WEST  PART”, EASTWOODBURY LANE.


If you enter the Church grounds from the car park via the west gate, to your right, directly to the west of a grave which contains a WW2 headstone you will find Thomas Webb’s grave. The headstone is badly weathered but the details can just be deciphered.

 

WELLS  Albert S.   Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of George + Mildred Wells, “Alberta”, Bellhouse Lane,  Eastwood. Died 24.4.1918. Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at  POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 60-61, SOMME, FRANCE.


The Memorial "Roll of Honour" to the Men of Eastwood

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In the grounds of St.Laurence & All Saints Church are 3 other gravestones commemorating Great War deaths:-

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The gravestone in the above left picture, is between the boundary wall to Eastwoodbury Lane and the church and commemorates  the Woods family. The last entry on the stone is “ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF OUR DEAR BROTHER Charles Frederick WOODS who died while serving in France.I can find no record of him on the C.W.G.C. website nor is he listed on the “Roll of Honour” inside the Church.

The C.W.G.C. Headstone, in the above right  picture,is located by the path to the north west of the west door of the Church. It commemorates H.E.CROSBY  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, Died 31.10.1918. Aged 25. He is listed on C.W.G.C. as son of Frank + Minnie Crosby, of Uxbridge Ontario, Canada. I presume he was serving at Rochford Aerodrome. He is not listed on the "Roll of Honour" inside the Church.

A third grave, for the TURNER family, commemorates ARTHUR MAURICE TURNER, GRENADIER GUARDS,of "MONTROSE" EASTWOOD, who may be the A.E.TURNER shown on the Church Banner Memorial. Arthur died 15.6.1915 Age21. With no known grave he is commemorated on the LE TOURET MEMORIAL, PANEL 2, FRANCE.


9.St.Mary the Virgin & All Saints Church , Foulness.

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It has not been possible to obtain access to the Island church. Due to the poor condition of the building  access has currently been prohibited.

Through the Essex Society for Family History (Southend-on-Sea Branch) I have been supplied with a copy of the details from the Great War Memorials which were recorded in 1974 by P.A.Arnold and again in 1999 by Mrs. Linda M. Medcalf + Miss Anne E. Barker. I am most grateful for the assistance of Mrs.Linda Medcalf who supplied me with the information.

 

The Church contains a Roll of Honour listing 56 local men who served in the Great War.


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In the grounds, just inside the gate, to the east of the path is a Memorial listing 7 local men who fell in the Great War. They are listed in chronological order of death.

BERTIE BOOSEY   16.4.1915

WILLIAM JOHN HAMMETT   2.7.1916

GEORGE HENRY DYER   17.2.1917

FRED RAWLINGS   15.4.1917

FREDERICK WILLIAM BUSH   15.7.1917

ALFRED HAWKES   14.8.1917

HENRY THREADGOLD   24.8.1918

 

Their details are as follows:-

 

BOOSEY Bertie. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Jemima and the late Daniel Boosey of Foulness Island. Died 16.4.1915 Aged 24. Buried at CALVAIRE(ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE I.M.8, BELGIUM.

 

BUSH Frederick William. Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Died 15.7.1917. Age 24. Son of Frederick + Agnes Bush, Smokey Hall Cottage, Foulness. Buried at ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY, GRAVE III  C  5, BELGIUM.

 

DYER George Henry. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Died 17.2.1917. Age 21. Brother-in-Law of George + Ethel Wheal, Bedlam Row, Foulness. With no known grave  he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 8C,9A+16A, BELGIUM.

 

HAMMETT William John. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Died 1.7.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, BELGIUM , PIER + FACE 8C,9A+16A

 

HAWKES Alfred.  Rifleman, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died 14.8.1917. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANELS 51+53, BELGIUM.

 

RAWLINGS Fred.  Lance Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Rachel + the late George Rawlings, Court End, Foulness Island. Husband of Bertha Jane Rawlings, 2, Crouch Cottages, Foulness Island. Died 15.4.1917 Age 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3, FRANCE.

 

THREADGOLD Henry.  Rifleman, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Mrs.J.F.Threadgold, 63, Boleyn Road, West Ham. Died 24.8.1918 Aged 42. Buried at ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY  EXTENSION, GRAVE III  B  2 FRANCE.


10.St.Nicholas Church , Great Wakering

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There are two memorials. One outside in the grounds and another inside the church. The one in the grounds has both World War losses commemorated but the one inside the church is for 1914-1918 only. The names on both Memorials are the same.

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                               The Memorial inside the Church on the south wall to the east of the south entrance.                                                 

The names listed on the memorial are:-

AYLETT  Alfred E. Lance Corporal, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs A.Aylett, High Street, Great Wakering. Died 8.8.1918 Age 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PANEL 3, FRANCE

 

BAILEY Frederick G. Sergeant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Son of George + Helena Bailey, High Street, Great Wakering. Died 8.10.1917 Age 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 23-28+163A, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

BAILEY Thomas W. MILITARY MEDAL. Acting Sergeant, Royal Engineers.Son of Thomas W. + Alice Bailey, 2, JUbilee Cottages, Little Wakering. Lived at “Ereehon”, Alexandra Road, Great Wakering. Died 10.11.1918 when an Austrian shell he was carrying exploded. Buried at GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY, ARCADE, PLOT 6, ROW B, GRAVE 2, ITALY.


BARTON  Ernest. Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Adopted son of Mr + Mrs Cerson, High Street, Great Wakering. Died 24.3.1917 Age 24. Buried at WARLINCOURT HALTE  BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, GRAVE  VI  E  6, FRANCE.

 

BEADLE Thomas S. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Lived at 2, Nile Cottages, New Town, Great Wakering. Died 28.4.1917 Age 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

BENSON  Sidney C. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Lived at High Street, Great Wakering. Died 15.9.1916. Age 23. Buried at GUARDS CEMETERY, LES BOEUFS, GRAVE  V  G  1, FRANCE.

 

BROWN Charles E. May be, CHARLES I. BROWN, Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Livewd at 3, Rose Cottages, New Town. Great Wakering. Died 26.8.1919 Age 34. He is buried at ABNEY PARK CEMETERY, SCREEN WALL 07.RN.24382, STOKE NEWINGTON, LONDON.

 

BURGESS  Christopher C. Private, Australian Contingent. Son of Mr + Mrs John Burgess, Holly Cottage, Great Wakering. He had emigrated to Australia and enlisted there. Died from cerebro-meningitis 29.1.1918 Age 30. Buried at LONGUIENESSE (ST.OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, GRAVE  IV  F  48, FRANCE.

 

BURLES James.  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Mr Burles, 3,New Town, Great Wakering. Died 9.9.1916 Age 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 8A, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

BYGRAVE John W.   (Spelt “BYGREAVES” on C.W.G.C.) Private, London Regiment. Lived at High Street, Great Wakering. Died 16.9.1916 Age 22. Buried at CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, GRAVE  XII  A  27, LONGUEVAL, FRANCE.

 

BURRELL(S) William J.  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Elizabeth Burrell(s), May Cottage, Shoebury Road, Great Wakering. Died 10.10.1917 Age 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 98-99, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

CRIPPS  Reginald R. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Son of Richard + Florence Cripps, High Street, Great Wakering. Died 3.9.1918 Age 19. Buried at AIX-NOULETTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE  II  G  21, FRANCE.

 

FOWLER Robert J. Driver, Army Service Corps. Lived at Whitehall Cottage, Great Wakering. Died of heat stroke 19.7.1917 Age 41. Buried at BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  XV  B  8, IRAQ.

 

GOULD William. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at Nursery Cottage, Great Wakering. Died 20.10.1916 Age 28. Buried at HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L’ABBE, GRAVE V   C  30, FRANCE.

 

GRIGG(S) Arthur. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of James + Eliza Grigg(s), High Street, Great Wakering. Brother of George William Grigg(s) who also fell. Died 3.7.1916 Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

GRIGG(S)  George W. Lance Corporal, London Regiment. Son of  James + Eliza Grigg(s), High Street, Great Wakering. Brother of Arthur Grigg(s) who also fell. Died 22.6.1917 Age 24. Buried at BRANDHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  K  11, BELGIUM. He is also listed on the Hockley War Memorial, Hockley, Essex.

 

GRIMES Arthur J.  Private, Hertfordshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Eliza Grimes, Seaview Cottage, Alexandra Road, Great Wakering. Husband of Martha Grimes, 24, Beaufort Street, Southchurch. Died 31.7.1917 Age 28. Buried at TYNE COT CEMETERY, GRAVE  IX  C  24, BELGIUM.

 

GRIMSHAW  Walter. Sergeant, King’s Own Hussars. Lived at Great Wakering. Died 30.10.1914 Age 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 5, BELGIUM.

 

HOOKEY William G. Rifleman, London Regiment. Son of Mr G.Hookey, Whitehead Lodge, Great Wakering. Died 5.12.1917 Age 28. Buried at GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  IX   C  11, FRANCE.


JUNIPER  Ralph H.  Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Husband of  A.Juniper, Foulness Road, Great Wakering. Died of wounds 4.1.1920 Age 30. Buried at GREAT WAKERING (ST.NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

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 The Grave of Ralph H. Juniper

KIRBY  William H. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at Great Wakering. Formerly of 38, South Avenue, Southend. Died 20.7.1917 Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

LIQUORISH (LIQUORICE) William Edwin(Edward). Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mabel (nee Moore) from Great Wakering whom he married in 1909. Their first child, Mabel, was born in India whilst he was overseas serving with the Army there. Died 6.6.1915 Age 29. With no  known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 144-150 OR 229-233, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. On the 1911 Census he is listed as a serving soldier, Lance  Sargeant, Essex Regiment, Quetta, Baluchistan, India.

 

LIZ(S)MORE Robert  (Philip) Corporal, Canadian Mounted Rifles. Lived at New Road Great Wakering before  emigrating to Canada where he enlisted. Brother of William V.G.Liz(s)more who also fell  Died 1.10.1916 Age 20. Buried at TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  VI J  3, FRANCE.


LIZ(S)MORE  William V.G. Private, Canadian Army Medical Corps. Lived at New Road, Great Wakering before  emigrating to Canada where he enlisted. Brother of Robert (Philip) Liz(s)more who also fell. Died of wounds 31.3.1921 Age 21. Buried at LONDON (MOUNT PLEASANT) CEMETERY, MILITARY PLOT RS  G 38, ONTARIO, CANADA.

                                     

MASON John.  Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at Alexandra Villa, Foulness Road, Great  Wakering. Died 13.7.1917 Age 33. Buried at COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  I  51, BELGIUM.

 

MOBBS  Edward  G. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs Mobbs, Sunnyside, New Town, Great Wakering. Died 11.7.1917 Age 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS  MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Memorial, St.Mary's Church, South Shoebury.

 

MOORE Isaac. Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Mr + Mrs Moore, High Street, Great Wakering. Brother of Philip Moore who also fell. Died 21.3.1918. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 10, FRANCE.

                       

MOORE  Philip.  Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS “Formidable”. Son of Mr + Mrs Moore, High Street, Great Wakering. Brother of Isaac Moore who also fell. Died 1.1.1915 Age 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 9, KENT ( See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Formidable” incident.)

 

MOSS  Edward W.(W.E.) Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Mrs L. Moss, High Street, Great  Wakering. Died of double pneumonia 10.9.1918 Age 51. Buried at GREAT WAKERING (ST.NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

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PADDINGTON  J. (William J.) Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Mrs. Paddington, Seaview Cottages, Great Wakering. Died 4.12.1917 Age 30. Buried at OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY,GRAVE  V  E  2, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

RAPER  Frank  A. MILITARY CROSS. 2ND Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps. Son of William + Augusta Raper, Great Wakering. Died 11.12.1917 Age 33. Buried at GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY, ARCADE, PLOT 2, ROW A, GRAVE 6, ITALY.

 

RAYNER George. Private, Hertfordshire Regiment. Son of farmer Thomas + Amelia Rayner, The Homestead, Great Wakering. Died 24.9.1917 Age 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 153, YPRES, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the family grave in the churchyard.

 

REVELL James. Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Husband of Katherine Revell, 13, Rutters Cottages, Gt.Wakering. Died 7.7.1919 Age 43. Buried at LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY,SANGATTE, GRAVE XVIII, A 22, FRANCE.

 

RIVERS  Walter S. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Lived at High Street, Gt.Wakering. Fatally wounded when a rifle accidentally discharged 28.5.1915. Age 21. Buried at RENINGHELST CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, GRAVE 24, BELGIUM.

 

SHILLING  William E. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Lived at Gt.Wakering. Died 24.3.1918 Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 6, FRANCE.

 

SIMPSON  Sidney Frank.  Sapper, Royal Engineers. Son of George & Sarah Simpson, Landlord, Exhibition Inn, High Street, Gt.Wakering. Husband of Elizabeth Simpson, 17, Chinchilla Road, Southend. Died 21.8.1917 Age 30. Buried at  RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III. B  26, BELGIUM. He is also listed on the Prittlewell  Roll of Honour,

St.Mary's Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend.

 

SMITH  Daniel.  Stoker, 1st Class , R.N.V.R. Hood Battalion. Son of James & Sarah Smith, 5,Shoebury Road, Great Wakering. Brother of Sidney Smith who also fell. Died 4.6.1916 Age 26 in Gallipoli. I can find no record of him on C.W.G.C. or any other details of his gravestone.

 

SMITH Ephraim G. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived on Potton Island, Gt.Wakering. Died 28.4.1917. Buried at ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE, GRAVE II, D  6, FRANCE.

 

SMITH  Porter A. Lance Corporal, Southend Command Labour Battalion. Husband of Harriet F.Smith, Olive Villa, High Street, Gt.Wakering. Died of pneumonia in Portsmouth hospital 7.11.1918 Age 53. Buried at GREAT WAKERING (ST.NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD, GRAVE WEST  OF CHURCH.

 

SMITH Sydney M. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of James & Sarah Smith, 5, Shoebury Road, Gt.Wakering. Brother of Daniel Smith who also fell. Died 26.9.1915 Age 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 85-7, FRANCE.

 

TURNER Walter. Corporal, Royal Field Artillery. Son of William G.Turner of Wakering. Husband of  Emily Turner, 4, Whitegate Road, Southend. Died 12.12.1917 Age 24. Buried at SAINT JULIAEN DRESSING STATION CEMETERY, LANGEMARK, GRAVE II  E  2, BELGIUM.

 

VENTRIS William. Petty Officer, Royal Navy, HMS  "Natal". Son of George & Emily Ventris, Maplin Cottages, Great Wakering. Died 30.12.1915 Age 37. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL REF 9, KENT. (See Chapter  ‘Loss of Lives at Sea’ for HMS "Natal" incident)

 

WADE George W. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Frederick & Elizabeth Wade, New Town, Great.Wakering.

Died of wounds in Birmingham Hospital 29.10.1914 Age 32. Buried at BIRMINGHAM (LODGE HILL) CEMETERY, GRAVE SCREEN WALL, B10  2, 212B, WARWICKSHIRE.

 

WEDD  EDWARD P.W. MILITARY CROSS. Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps. Son of Mr. Edward Wedd, J.P., & Katherine Wedd, White Hall ,Gt.Wakering. Died 13.7.1918 Age 34. Buried at CANADA FARM CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  B  12, BELGIUM.

He is also commemorated on the family grave in the churchyard.

 

WIL(L)DER Herbert.   Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Lived at New Town, Gt.Wakering. Died 22.7.1917 Age 20. Buried at CANADA FARM CEMETERY, GRAVE I  E  27, BELGIUM.

 

WOODS Sydney Oscar. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of Mrs.Woods, High Street, Gt.Wakering. He had  emigrated to Canada and enlisted there. Died 29.4.1917 Age 36. Buried at AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, FRICOURT, GRAVE II, J  11, FRANCE.

 

WYATT David G. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of James & Alice Wyatt, High Street, Gt.Wakering. Brother of Henry Wyatt who also fell. Died 13.9.1915 Age 19. Buried at CITADEL NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, GRAVE V  D  13, FRANCE.

 

WYATT Henry. Sapper, Royal Enginers. Son of  James & Alice Wyatt, High Street, Gt.Wakering. Brother of  David G. Wyatt who also fell. Died 30.12.1917 Age 32. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATBY MEMORIAL COMMONWEALTH WAR DEAD, EGYPT.  (See Chapter ‘Loss of Lives at Sea’ for HMS ‘Aragon’ incident)

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    Two C.W.G.C. headstones in the grounds, each simply inscribed “A SAILOR OF THE GREAT WAR"



11.Holy Trinity Church , Southchurch Boulevard

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On the north wall hangs a wooden Memorial listing 128 names. It is headed:-

"TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH AND DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918"

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Beneath the Memorial names is the inscription:-

“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

 

The names listed are:-

J.ABREY,R.W.APPLETON,C.W.BAREHAM,A.E.BENTALL,W.D.BENTALL,W.G.BESSELL,H.P.BICKMORE,

C.W.BISSETT,A.F.BLAXLAND,F.BLONDUN,G. BOUGHTON,G.CLARK,G.T. BRENCHLEY,A.BROWN,E.W. BROWN,F.N.BROWN,P.J.BROWN,T.H.BROWN,W.K.BROWN,A.V.CABLE,F.CHAPMAN,F.COCKERILL

A.E.COLLINSON,S.J. COOK,W.  COOK,W.H.COOK,G.COOLEDGE,H.COOPER,C.W.CORNWELL G.C.CORNWELL,E.C. COX ,W.CREW,R.DANNENBERG,R.C.DAVIES,D.G.DUNNAGE,T.DUNNAGE,

A.J.DUNNETT,F.M.EVA,A.E.FARR,S.G.FELTON,C.FLACK,H.FREEMAN,A.J.FROST,B.A.FRY,G.F.FRY, G.J.GALE,F.P.GATES,W.T.GATES,H.GISBON,G.T.GOLDING,L.GOODY,C.F.GOSLING,T.A.GRADY, H.S.GRANT,J.GREEN,J.HALLS,V.HARRIS,W.HARRISON,H.R.HARROD,W.G.HART,A.E.HARVEY,T.E.HEDGELY,T.F.HILLS

P.G.HOLLAND,J.H.HORNSBY,L.C.HUME,A.JENKINS,R.B.JOHNSON,W.J.JUCKES,A.KEMBLE,F.W.KIRBY                    E.R.LEGRIGE,A.J.MARSH,C.S.MIDDLETON,J.H.MILES,L.C.MILLS,J.J.MORGAN,F.MORRIS,A.D.MOSS                                A.R.MOSS,F.W.MURLIS,H.MURPHY,C.R.NEWMAN,A.W.NEWMAN,G.H.NINNES,W.T.O’BRIEN,E.A.OVER

F.OWEN,L.PALMER,J.D.PARCHMENT,W.J.PERRY,P.M.PETTIT,J.R.PHILPOTT,F.G.PHIPPEN,A.L.PIGOTT                    E.PIPER,A.C.PORTER,A.L.POTTON,L.G.POTTS,T.F.PRIOR,C.F.PURCELL,C.F.RAISON,F.V.RAMSEY                             W.RAMSEY,W.G.RANCE,C.E.READ,W.REDGWELL,J.A.REEKS,J.N.RILEY,J.A.ROOT,B.A.RUTGERS

F.J.SACH,A.SETON,G.C.SHIPGOOD,W.H.SHIRLEY,G.E.SHORT,S.SKIPPER,C.SMITH,G.SMITH,W.SMITH

W.T.TAYLOR,J.TAYLOR,A.L.VENTNIS,J.VINCE,P.WARD,A.WEEDON,F.T.WOOD,W.WOODS

 

With the following exceptions and amendments all the above are included on the Southend-on-Sea Memorial and  their full details can be found in that section:-

G.Clark is listed as  G.CLARKE

F.Cockerill is listed as C.F.COCKERILL

G.Cooledge is listed as G.COOLLEDGE

E.R.Legrige is listed as E.R.LEGRICE

A.D.Moss is listed as MAJOR A.D.MOSS (Major being his first name,not his rank)

A.L.Ventnis is listed as A.L.VENTRIS

 

The following 8 names are not included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” :-

 

BICKMORE H.P.  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Robert Bickmore, 6, Pier View Terrace, Dalmatia Road, Southend. Died 28.3.1918. Age 18. Buried at SOUTHCHURCH (HOLY  TRINITY) CHURCHYARD.Nr. SOUTH BOUNDARY, SOUTHEND.

 

DANNENBERG  J.H. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Son of Otto + Ciss Dannenberg, 3, Kensington Road, Thorpe Bay. Died of wounds 18.2.1919. Age 24. Buried at THEUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE  24, BELGIUM.

 

FRY  Bertie A. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Southchurch. Died 3.7.1916. Age 18. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

GALE G.J. No definite information found – May be George John Huson GALE, Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Wounded at Le Bizet, France in June 1915 and subsequently discharged  from the Army. Following influenza his wife died of pneumonia on 16.11.1918 and he died the next day 17.11.1918. Age 31. I can find no record of him on C.W.G.C. and there are no records of their Civilian deaths in Rochford District for November 1918.

 

JENKINS  A. (JENKINSON) – Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Husband of  Daisy E.Jenkinson, “Maple Shade”, Ambleside Drive, Southchurch. Died of wounds 11.1.1919 Age 43. Buried at SOUTHCHURCH  (HOLY TRINITY)  CHURCHYARD, GRAVE C.35, NEAR SOUTH BOUNDARY.

 

NINNES G.H. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Son of Thomas Henry Ninnes of Southend. Died of wounds  9.2.1920 Age 24. Buried at SOUTHCHURCH (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, NEAR SOUTH BOUNDARY.

 

SETON Arthur B. Corporal, London Irish Rifles. Son of Maria Seton, 17, Ramuz Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 29.6.1916

Age 30. Buried at TRANCHEE DE MECKNES CEMETERY, GRAVE G.13, AIX-NOULETTE, FRANCE

 

TAYLOR  W.T.  No definite information found – May be George T.TAYLOR, Private, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of George + Constance Taylor, 8, Oakleigh Avenue, Southchurch. Died, in hospital at Kelid-ut-Behar, of wounds received at Gallipoli, 7.8.1915 Age 19. C.W.G.C. records show that he was serving with the Worcestershire Regiment at the time of his death. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 104-113, GALLIPOLI,TURKEY. He is also commemorated on his parent’s grave in SOUTHCHURCH  (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD.  

 

Additionally on the same wall, to the west of the Memorial is a stained glass window which is an individual memorial to John Reginald Philpott, Captain, Royal Flying Corps. MILITARY CROSS. He died whilst a prisoner of war at Afion 15.1.1918. Aged 24. 

His name is included on the full Memorial list and the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”

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There is a panel in the bottom  of the centre section which bears the inscription;-

“ PRAY FOR JOHN REGINALD PHILPOTT M.C.Capt.R.F.C. WHO DIED A PRISONER AT AFION JAN 15  1918 AGED 24 YRS.”

 

He was the only son of Canon J.N.Philpott, Rector, Holy Trinity Church and is buried at BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) CEMETERY, GRAVE XXI, IRAQ.

Three Great War C.W.G.C. Headstones are in the Church grounds :-


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BLACKSHAW  Arthur S. Driver, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Steven & Clara Blackshaw, 6, Belle Vue Place, Southchurch. Died of disease 5.3.1921 Age 29.

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MOORE  James H.  2nd Air Mechanic, Royal Air Force. Died 8.11.1918 Age 33.



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NINNES . George H. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Husband of Ann Alice Ninnes, 71, Dalmatia Road, Southchurch. Died of malaria 9.2.1920 Age 24. 

 

Arthur Blackshaw and James Moore are not included on the Memorial Board inside the Church but George Ninnes is. None of the three men are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour”.


HARROD Pearl Victor. Essex Regiment. His C.W.G.C. is recorded as being in the churchyard but, to date, I have been unable to locate + photograph it. Son of Charles + Wilhimina Harrod, 3, Rose Cottages, Lawn Road, Southchurch. Died 6.4.1921 Age 36.


TANNER Alfred. His C.W.G.C. is recorded as being in the churchyard but, to date, I have been unable to locate + photograph it. In1911 Census he was a Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery stationed at Shoeburyness Barracks. Born in Ham, Surrey. Husband of Mrs.Jessie Emily Tanner (nee Skingsley) and father of Robert D. Tanner born in 1918, "Welcombe", Lonsdale Road, Southchurch.At the time of his death he was a Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 10.1.1920 Age 30.


There are family graves in the churchyard which denotes a military death:-


ARBER Archibald Guy. 2nd. Lientenant, Border Regiment. Only son of Archibald + Sophia Arber, of Southchurch. Died 21.10.1915 Age 24. Buried at PINK FARM CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  A  15, HELLES, TURKEY.


BRAND Mark Harry. Private, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Son of William + Sarah Brand, 70, Eastern Esplanade, Southend. He had emigrated to New Zealand and enlisted there. Died 25.8.1918 Age 34.Buried at L'HOMME MORT BRITISH CEMETERY, ECOUST- ST.MAIN, GRAVE II  B  11, FRANCE.


LAYCOCK Percy Guy Dinham. Sargeant, Royal Fusiliers. Youngest son of  Henry Cornelius Laycock, B.A., former Priest in Charge of Holy Trinity Church. Died 3.5.1917 Age 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3, FRANCE. The grave notes that he 'fell near Oppy in France'.


O'BRIEN William Thomas. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Only child of Mrs. F.A.Pratt, 8, Richmond Street, Southchurch. Died 17.7.1916 Age 19. Buried at FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, GRAVE III  H  2, MAMETZ, FRANCE.


WHITAKER Sydney McLeod. Corporal Wheeler, Royal Field Artillery. Son of the late Ernest + Mrs. Harriet Whitaker. Died 8.9.1916. Age 31. He had been born in London. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 1A + 8A, SOMME, FRANCE.


 

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Frederick DYSON + Walter A. EASLEA  are included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”. See that listing for their full details.

 

Henry BLAKER  is not included on the Southend listing and nor is his death recorded on the C.W.G.C. records. This may be because he was a civilian. He may be the same H.Blaker who is  commemorated on a plaque in Leigh Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road. He died in Gravesend Hospital on 29.8.1916 following an explosion in a munitions factory at Shell Haven on 17.8.196.


13.Methodist Church , New Road , Leigh-on-Sea

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On the north side of New Road , alongside the London Fenchurch Street to Shoebury railway, almost opposite the road bridge into Leigh Old Town, is the Methodist Church. It stands out, stark white, against the “Leigh Cliffs” into which it was built in 1932.The upstairs part of the building contains the prayer and seating area, the downstairs  being given over to a refreshments and social area. In the upstairs section , on the south-east wall is a plaque:-

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The inscription reads:-“THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THE TEACHERS AND FRIENDS OF NEW ROAD SUNDAY SCHOOL. TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN GRATITUDE TO ALL WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR. ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING WHO WERE ONCE SCHOLARS IN THE SCHOOL AND LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY”

 

A list of 18 names follows, not in alphabetical order:-


BRIDGE  Charles.  Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Died of appendicitis at Harwich 29.1.1916. Aged 22. Buried at SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA)CEMETERY, LONDON ROAD, LEIGH-ON-SEA, GRAVE BB 52, ESSEX.


RITCHIE Dick  (Richard Alexander Ritchie) Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Harry + Emma Ritchie of Leigh-on-Sea. Died 17.11.1916 Aged 23. Buried at MAILLY WOOD CEMETERY, GRAVE I  C  10, MAILLY-MAILLET, FRANCE.

 

TURNNIDGE  Ernest.  Able Seaman, Deck Hand, Royal Naval Reserve, H.M.S ”Victory”. Husband of M.A.Turnnidge, 39, Leigh Hill, Leigh-on-Sea. Died of pneumonia at Portsmouth 10.9.1918. Aged 42. Buried at SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, LONDON ROAD, LEIGH-ON-SEA, GRAVE BB 67.

 

BAVIN  Harry - No information found

 

BRIDGE Frank. Private, Canadian Infantry. Died 3.6.1916 Aged 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL  24-28-30, BELGIUM.

 

NOAKES Will (George William Noakes)  Private, Essex Regiment. Died 21.3.1918. Aged 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

BRIDGE Alic(Alec Bridge) Private, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). Died 1.9.1918. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PANEL 3, FRANCE.

 

EAGLETON Frank. Private, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 21.3.1918 Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 32-4, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

MEDDLE Tom.  Deck Hand, Royal Naval Reserve. H.M.Paddle Mine Sweeper “Newbury”. Husband of Elsie Meddle, 8, Hadleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 15.2.1918 Aged 34. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 30, KENT. (See section “Loss of Lives at Sea” for details of "Newbury" incident)

 

KERRY George. Deck Hand, H.M.Drifter “Nexus”. Son of Mr + Mrs Kerry, 21 New Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Brother of Edward Kerry who also fell. Died 13.3.1918 Aged 26. Buried at SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, GRAVE K64, LONDON ROAD, LEIGH-ON-SEA.(See section "Loss of Lives at Sea" for details of “Nexus”incident)

 

KERRY Edward. Deck Hand, Royal Naval Reserve. H.M.Drifter “Forward III”  Son of Mr + Mrs Kerry, 21, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Brother of George Kerry who also fell. Died 31.3.1917 Aged 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 26, KENT (See section "Loss of Lives at Sea for details of“Forward III” incident) He is also commemorated on his brother's (GEORGE) C.W.G.C. headstone, Leigh Cemetery, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

 

AINSWORTH Tom. No information found

 

ELLIS Edward. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 1.9.1918 Aged 25. Buried at FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  B  7, FRANCE

 

ELLIS Thomas. Private, Royal Fusiliers, Died 24.3.1918 (2.4.1918) Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3, FRANCE.

 

CAREY Herbert (John Arber Carey) Rifleman, Finsbury Rifles. Son of Robert + Agnes Carey, 6, The Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea. Reported missing 19.4.1917. With no known grave he is commemorated at JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, PANELS 47-53, ISRAEL.

 

BRIDGE Fred. Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Frederick Bridge, 35, Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 27.12.1917 Aged 24. Buried at CAUDRY BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  C  1, FRANCE.

 

JOHNSON Monce.  Private, Essex Regiment. Died 20.7.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

CARTER Andrew.  Private, Royal Fusiliers, Died 14.4.1915. Buried at BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, ENCLOSURE No.2, GRAVE V  A  47, BELGIUM.


14.Congregational Church , Pall Mall , Leigh-on-Sea

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The Church built in the 1930’s, on the site of an old tin building, has been demolished and a replacement building constructed. An oak Memorial table is being used as the Altar.

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The front of the table is divided into 3 panels. The right hand panel lists the names of 17 Parishioners who served and survived in The Great War. Their names appear above the inscription “They were a wall unto us both by night and day”

The centre panel bears the following inscription “TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN ABIDING FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION TO COME THIS TABLE IS DEDICATED IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH AND CONGREGATION WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM AND FOR GOD AND OF THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918”

 

The left hand panel lists  4 names of those who perished along with their dates of death:-

Percival Crawley CHALLENER. 2nd Lieutenant, King’s Liverpool Regiment. Died 12.12.1917  Aged 24. Buried at FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE II  D  28 , FRANCE.

 

Eric Neville van der BEN COPELAND. Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Machine Gun Batallion. Son of Henry + Emma van der Ben Copeland, 1,Grand Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 26.3.1918 Aged 21. Buried at MESNIL COMMUNAL

CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE I  A 14, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated at ST.SAVIOURS CHURCH, KINGS ROAD, WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA.

 

John Sewell DAVIES. Rifleman, London Regiment. Died 24.4.1915. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 54, BELGIUM

 

Roderic George WORDSWORTH. Private, Essex Regiment. Listed as Roderick George. Died 10.8.1918. Aged 30.With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL,  PANEL 7, FRANCE.

15.Providence Baptist  Church, East Street , Prittlewell

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The foundation stone for this Church was laid in 1906. During recent (2009) re-decoration the wooden Memorial Plaque had been removed and at the time of my visit was in store.

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At the top is the inscription:-

“IN HONOURED MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THIS CONGREGATION WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES”

At the foot is inscription:-

“They Offered Themselves Willingly From Among The People – Bless Ye The Lord”

 

The are 10 names listed on the Plaque:-

BURGESS  C.

BUTCHER  C. * **

CRIPPS  R.

FRANKLIN  F. * **

GOODALE  F.  * **

HICKS  B.  * **

HICKS  W. * **

INSKIPP  D. **

INSKIPP  H. **

LAYZELL  L. * **


Those marked * appear on the Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, South Porch, St.Marys Church, Victoria Avenue. C.Butcher is listed there as C.J.Butcher; F Goodale as J.F.Goodale; B.Hicks as B.J.Hicks; W.Hicks as W.S.Hicks and L.Layzell as E.L.Layzell

 

Those marked ** appear on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”, The Refectory, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend. Their full details can be found in that section.

 

BURGESS  Christopher Charles and CRIPPS Reginald Richard are both included on the Great Wakering Memorial and their full details can be found in that section.

 

16.Congregational Church , North Street, Rochford

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Memorial Plaque listing 14 names

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The 14 names listed are:-

James ABREY, Arthur Eldred BENTALL, William Douglas BENTALL, William George BOOTY, Thomas Nathaniel BOOTY, Harry ELCOCK, Reginald George ELCOCK, Frank Robert HARDINGHAM, Charles Frederick MANN, Percy Charles William MURPHY, Reginald Barker PHILLIPS, William Frank SMOOTHY, John SWANCOTT and Arthur George WARD.

 

Seven of the names appear on the Memorial Plaque in St.Andrews Chruch, Hall Road, Rochford and their full details are shown on those pages. viz: Harry Elcock, Reginald George Elcock, Frank Robert Hardingham, Charles Frederick Mann, Percy Charles William Murphy, William Frank Smoothy and Arthur George Ward.

 

Two men are listed on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and their full details are shown there.Viz: Arthur Eldred Bentall and William Douglas Bentall.

 

The remaining 5 names are :-

ABREY James. Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles. Husband of Mrs. M.A.Abrey, 4, Bournes Green, Southchurch. Died 18.8.1917 Age 38. Buried at BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY NO.3,  GRAVE  II  E  23, BELGIUM.

 

BOOTY William G.  Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of James W. + Lucy Booty, 3, Sutton Court Drive, Rochford. Died 14.11.1917 Age 20. Brother of Thomas N.Booty who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT  MEMORIAL, PANEL 86-88, BELGIUM.

 

BOOTY Thomas N. Private, Manchester Regiment. Son of James W.+ Elizabeth Booty, 3, Sutton Court Drive, Rochford. Died 21.3.1918 Age 22. Brother of William G.Booty who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 64-67, FRANCE.

 

PHILLIPS Reginald B. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs.C.Phillips, 9, Gladstone Terrace, North Street, Rochford. Died 22.6.1917. Buried at PHILISOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  R  46, MAZINGARBE, FRANCE.

 

SWANCOTT John. Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at Sydenham Terrace, South Street, Rochford. Died 3.10.1918 Age 38. Buried at TERLINCTHUN  BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  XIII  F  19, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on Shoebury War Memorial, Shoebury.


17.Garrison Church of St.Peter & St.Paul

Shoebury Garrison

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It has not been possible to arrange a visit to the Garrison Church but through the offices of the Essex Society for Family History (Southend-on-Sea Branch) I have accessed copies of a survey of the Memorials undertaken by  Miss A.E.Barker in 1996. My thanks to  Mrs. Linda Medcalf from the Southend-on-Sea Branch for supplying me with these copies and to Ron Bean, also of the Southend-on-Sea Branch, for furnishing me with additional details of those who are listed on the Plaque.

On the East Wall of the Nave, to the left of the Chancel Arch is a Brass Plaque which was erected by the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men of the Experimental Establishment, Shoeburyness. It lists the following men of the Experimental Establishment who lost their lives in the Great War.

 

The names are listed in order of rank and are sub-divided into “Killed” and “Died” :-

KILLED

Captain F.G.Lane-Poole, R.M.A. Died 23.12.1915.

DIED

Lieutenant F.J.Price, R.G.A. Died 29.11.1918.

KILLED

22228 Sergeant H.R.Wilson R.G.A. Died 3.5.1917. (See below)

DIED

79309 Sergeant C.H.Prince R.G.A. Born at Wood Green, Middlesex. Died 30.9.1918.

KILLED

341038 Gunner J.F.Bannister R.G.A. Born at Worcester, Worcestershire. Died 24.12.1917.

139193 Gunner E.Berry R.G.A. Son of Edward + Priscilla Berry, 18, Upper Barclay Street, Ipswich, Suffolk. Died 30.4.1917.

                        Age 26.

124782 Gunner W.Butcher R.F.A. Born at Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire. Died 30.4.1917.

8938     Gunner A.E.Eves R.G.A. Died 1.5.1917. (See below)

140318 Gunner A.C.Hockley R.G.A. Born at Sunningdale, Berkshire. Died 3.8.1917.

48555   Gunner E.M.McCulloch (McCullogh) R.G.A. Born at Manchester, Lancashire. Died 20.8.1916

19979   Gunner T.McLoughlin R.G.A. Died 14.7.1916. (See below)

23997   Gunner P.Ryan  R.G.A. Died 17.4.1916. (See below)

124635 Gunner L.W.Speller R.F.A. Born at Hertford, Hertfordshire. Died 5.6.1918.

2337     Gunner E.Swift R.G.A. Died 1.5.1917. (See below)

284246 Gunner C.Parham R.G.A. Born at St.John's Wood, Middlesex. Died 30.6.1918.

 

In the South Transept, on the East Wall, left of the organ is a Memorial Brass Plaque :-

Major John Hamon Massie, D.S.O. Royal Garrison Artillery Staff Captain at the School of Gunnery from October 1910 until the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914. He was mortally wounded at Ypres 13th November 1914 when commanding 26th Heavy Battery R.G.A. He died 15.11.1914 , Aged 42.

 

Beneath this plaque is a framed print of a painting, with a description of the scene in the painting:-

“The Reverend Theodore Bailey Hardy, V.C.; D.S.O.; M.C., being invested with the Victoria Cross on the Field. This Chaplain joined the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1916 and during the course of 11 months ministry on the Western Front  was awarded the V.C.;D.S.O. and M.C. He died of wounds on 18th October 1918, within 2 days of his 55th birthday. The nurse in the picture is Hardy’s daughter who was brought from her hospital to witness the ceremony. Painting by Terence Cuneo.”

 

I can find no local link, beyond having served at Shoebury Barracks, for any of the above listed casualties other than :-

 

Herbert Robert WILSON, husband of Edith Mary Wilson, 2, High Street, Shoeburyness. Buried at  South Shoebury (St.Andrew) Churchyard. He was born at Ryde, Isle of Wight.

A.E.EVES, buried at South Shoebury (St.Andrew) Churchyard. He was born at Frome, Somerset.

T.McLOUGHLIN, buried at South Shoebury (St.Andrew) Churchyard. He was born at Clontarf, Co.Dublin, Ireland.

P.RYAN, buried at South Shoebury (St.Andrew) Churchyard. He was born at Wexford, Ireland.

E.SWIFT, buried at South Shoebury (St.Andrew) Churchyard. He was born at Hornsey, Middlesex.

 

18.St.Augustine’s Church, St.Augustines Avenue , Thorpe Bay

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The current Church was not built until the mid 1930’s but it replaced a temporary wooden building. This earlier site included a War Shrine which listed 36 names of the men of the area who had served  King and Country in the Great War.

On the internal north wall of the current Church, near the west door, there hangs part of the original Crucifix and the full list of names of those who served.

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From this list the following are the three who fell:-

DENYER Horace F. Lieutenant, Cheshire Regiment. Son of Edwin + Selena Frances Denyer. Died 13.7.1917. Aged 39. Buried at KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE F1065, GREECE.

 

HOOD Lewis Reginald. Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, H.M.S.”Hawke”. Son of Samuel + Louisa De Torre Hood, 196, Shaftesbury Avenue, Thorpe Bay. Died 15.10.1914. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 7, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for H.M.S.”Hawke” incident) He is also commemorated on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”, The Refectory, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.

 

NEWELL Arthur Frank. Captain, Rifle Brigade. Son of Francis William + Sarah Ann Newell, 207, York Road, Southend. Died 4.4.1918. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANELS 81-84, FRANCE.

He is also commemorated on the family grave, Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery.

 

To the right of this Memorial is an individual Brass Plaque dedicated to Captain Arthur Frank Newell, Rifle Brigade, Aged 25. The inscription reads:-

“A PARISHIONER OF THIS PARISH AND ONE OF THOSE GALLANT MEN WHO AT THE CALL OF KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED HARDNESS, FACED DANGER AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF SACRIFICE”

There is a further dedication at the foot of the Plaque to his mother who died in 1923 having suffered anxiety and grief for her son

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19.St. Alban’s Church , St. John’s Road,  Westcliff -on-Sea.

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The main Altar in the Church also serves as the Great War Memorial area. There are two Plaques, one has 42 names and the other 43 names.

The left hand Plaque :


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Alfred T.ADAMS, Frederick ADAMS, Ernest G.ADAMSON, Harold B.ALDER, William G.BACON, F.G.BARKHAM, Frederick P.BEARD, Horace A.BELL, Arthur BERGERNIE, Percy BOULTON, H.Francis BOX, Percy Robert BOYLE, Cecil H.H.BROOKS, William BROWN, Cecil S.BRUNSDEN, Stanley G.BURTON, Sidney BURTON, Edwin BUTT, Eccles J.CARTER, Percival G.CLAPPEN, Leslie C.H.SQUIRE, Ernest COOK, Percy E.CROMPTON, Harry R.CROW, John F.P.DINES, Leslie S.DOUGLAS, John DRAYSON, Thomas ELLIS, Charles F.FAIRPLAY, Herbert S.FISHER, E.G.W.FROST, Charles G.GREEN, C.GROOMBRIDGE, Gaythorn HARDY, Norman HARRISON, William J.HARVEY, Alex J.HEASMAN, Henry E.HIGGINS, Ernest HILL, Henry HILL, Vincent HILL, A.C.HOLT.

 

The right hand Plaque:-

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Herbert A.HOPE, Arthur Warner HUNT, William E.JEHRING, Godfrey JOHNSON, Hilary KENNY, Allen R.LEATHERDALE, Donald R.LEATHERDALE, William S.LEWIN, James LLOYD, Harry LLOYD, George Elmer LOCKET, Ernest E.LYONS, Arthur MARLOW, Eric MARTIN, William J.MATHIAS, Phillip MOORE, Percy C.MOSS, Herbert NETHERCOT, Leslie NICOLE, Herbert  J. OAKENFULL, John W.PARISH, H.MILES, Percy PATTEN, Horace PATTERSON, Reginald PERFECT, Ernest W.RAMSEY, George R.ROGERS, J .E .Radcliff ROSIER, Reginald SHEARS, John Omond SMELLIE, Robert H.SMITH, Harold SMITHER, L.Darcy STAPLEY, Reginald TOON, James THAKE, Major A.WARREN, Frederick A.WATKINS, Reginald C.WILLSMER, Cyril L.WILSON, Charles W.H.WILSON, George WRIGHT, Francis W.WRIGHT, Bernard W.MORING.

 

I presume that Leslie C.H.Squire, H.Miles and Bernard W.Moring are later additions to the original as they are out of alphabetical sequence.

With the following exceptions all the above are shown on the Southend Roll of Honour and their details are listed in full on those pages.

On the Southend Roll of Honour John F. P. Dines is listed as Percy J. F. Dines; Charles G. Green as George C.Green; Alex Heasman as Alec Heasman; Cyril H. Wilson as Lewis C. Wilson and Francis Wright as Frank Wright.


Those not listed on the Southend Roll of Honour :-

 

BEARD Frederick Percival. -  No definite information found. May be Frederick Beard formerly of 35. Preston Road, Southend.

 

BEARD J.Leopold.- No Information Found


N.B. The abover two brothers, sons of Walter James + Bessie Beard, are commemorated on the family grave, Woodgrange Park Cemetery, Essex.

 

BERGERNIE Arthur Etheridge - Private, London Scxottish Regiment. Died 9.9.1916. Lived at 40, Grosvenor Road,  Westcliff. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, ADDENDA PANEL, SOMME, FRANCE.    On the Southend Roll of Honour his name is spelt 'BEGERNIE'

 

BOULTON Percy.  Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of Robert S.+ Frances A, Boulton, 15,Park Crescent, Southend. Died 30.9.1918. Aged 31. Buried at VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  V  G 16, HAUCOURT, FRANCE. He had emigrated to Canada and enlisted there.

 

BOX Harold Francis - Lieutenant, Royal Engineers (Royal Garrison Artillery). Son of the Rector, he lived at The Rectory, Benfleet. Died 29.10.1918 Aged 23. Buried at CRUCIFIX CEMETERY, VENDEGIES-SUR-ECAILLON, GRAVE D 2, FRANCE.  He is commemorated on the South Benfleet War Memorial, Essex. He is also commemorated on the St.Marys Church Memorial, South Benfleet and the Great War Memorial, Brighton, Sussex.

 

BURTON Stanley G. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of George S.+ Harriet L. Burton, “Lorraine”, St.Augustines Avenue, Thorpe Bay. Killed in action, 11 days after arriving in France, 30.7.1918. Aged 24(34). Buried at CHARMES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE I  A  12, ESSEGNEY, FRANCE.

 

BUTT Edwin - Driver, Army Service Corps. Died 10.10.1918. aAge 36. Buried at  GRANGEGORMAN MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE CE  NEW PLOT  733, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.    

  

CARTER Eccles J. Lieutenant, Royal Navy , HMS “Pathfinder”. Died 5.9.1914. With no known grave he is  commemorated at CHATHAM  NAVAL  MEMORIAL, Ref 1, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for H.M.S. ”Pathfinder” incident.)

 

DRAYSON John. Company Sergeant Major, Northumberland Fusiliers. Husband of Laura Drayson, 77, Princes Street, Southend. Died 16.6.1918. Aged 29. Buried at SANDPITS BRITISH CEMETERY,  GRAVE II  H  7, FOUQUEREUIL, FRANCE.

 

FAIRPLAY Charles F. Lance Corporal, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Son of  Elizabeth M.Fairplay,  87, St.Helen’s Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 20.7.1915. Aged 26. Buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  B  7A, BELGIUM.

 

HIGGINS Henry E. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Isabella Higgins, 63, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff -on-Sea. Died 11.4.1917. Aged 42. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL,  BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

HOLT A.C.Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Ellen Dorothy Holt, 13, Balmoral Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 18.6.1918. Aged 36. Buried at WANQUETIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY  EXTENSION, GRAVE II A  23, FRANCE.

 

LEATHERDALE Allen R.  Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Died 18.9.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 8C, 9A + 16A, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

LEATHERDALE  Donald R. 2nd Lieutanant, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 22.7.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 11C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

LEWIN William S. Guardsman, Grenadier Guards. Died 10.8.1919. aGE 38.Buried at SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (NORTH  ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE A  8  17, ESSEX.

 

LLOYD James. Private, Essex Regiment. Brother of Harry Lloyd who also fell. Son of William + Jane Lloyd, 16, Summercourt Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died  23.2.1918. Age 35. Buried at TOURNAI COMMUNAL CEMETERY,  ALLIED  EXTENSION, GRAVE  I  G  3, BELGIUM.

 

LOCKET George -2nd. Lieutenant, Suffolk Regiment. Died 28.6.1915. lLived at 35, Wellington Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.Buried at RIDGE WOOD CEMETERY, GRAVE I  E  2, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

MARLOW Arthur. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Southend. Died 3.7.1916. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

MATHIAS William J. Corporal, 1st Canadian Infantry Contingent. Died 24.4.1915. Lived at Tintern Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 18-28-30, BELGIUM.


 

NICOLE Leslie (George) Sergeant, Honourable Artillery Company. Son of Charles G. + Eleanor M.Nicole, 83, Pall Mall, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 24.4.1917. Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 1, FRANCE. 

 

PARISH John W. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of  Alice Parish, 29, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 21.3.1916. Aged 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES  MEMORIAL, PANEL 51+52, FRANCE.

 

PATTERSON Horace   No definite information found. May be Horace Franklin Patterson formerly of Woods Wharf, South Benfleet.

 

ROSIER J.E. Radcliff. Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Only son of  James H.E.+ Rose M .A. Rosier, 41, Meteor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 20.9.1916. Aged 23. Buried at BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE I  F  13, FRANCE. 

 

SMITH Robert H. Rifleman, Kings Rifle Corps. Husband of Isabel Smith, 2, Osborne Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 30.8.1917. Aged 30. Buried at SOMER FARM CEMETERY, GRAVE A 15, HEUVELLAND, BELGIUM.

 

THAKE James. Rifleman, London Regiment. Died 20.2.1918. Buried at JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY,  GRAVE  T  87, ISRAEL.


There is a Bronze Plaque below a stained glass window at the east end of the north aisle:-

'In loving memory of ERIC TOMLINSON MARTIN , Lieutenant, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. Fell in action at Le Sars, October 1916, Age 19. Laid to rest in France he was one of the Servers at this church'

He is also listed on the Southend Roll of Honour, The Refectory, Priory Park.

 

20.St.Andrew’s Church , Church Road, South Shoebury

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There are many  Great War Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstones in the grounds of St.Andrew’s Church

 

                                                   This group is in the south east quarter of the grounds.

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There are several headstones commemorating members of the Border Regiment who were stationed in Shoebury Garrison

                                                               This group is along the west boundary

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There is a further group of C.W.G.C. Headstones by the north west gate but these are WW2.

 

The grounds are well tended and the details on the C.W.G.C. Headstones are easy to read. Apart from the two major groupings there are a few scattered amongst the general gravestones. I found  a total of 44 of which 2 were only  inscribed  “A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR - KNOWN UNTO GOD”

I have listed the 42 names  transcribed from the  headstones, in alphabetical order, but they are scattered round the graveyard.

 

BAKER C.G. Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Died 27.10.1918.

 

BENTLEY W.H. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 4.11.1916.

 

BIRD  Charles * Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Amelia Bird, 23, Friars Street, Shoeburyness. Died 6.8.1918. Aged 41. He is listed on the Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road, Shoebury.


BROMLEY J.M. Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3.3.1916. Aged 41

 

BUDD   T.  Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Charlotte Budd, 25, Cambridge Road, Shoeburyness. Died 23.4.1919 at Hither Green Hospital of heart failure following influenza + tuberculosis. Aged 46


CHAPMAN  A.G.  Lieutanant, Middlesex Regiment. Died 5.5.1917. Aged 60.

 

CLARKE G. Lance Corporal, Warwickshire Regiment. Died 29.3.1919. Aged 45.

 

COLLIS  A.  Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 2.12.1918.

 

CORK  J.A.* Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 10.10.1917.

 

COURT  F.J. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died 10.9.1920. Aged 22.

 

CROWHURST  E.J.  Lance Corporal, Military Police Corps. Son of Thomas + Louisa Crowhurst, 2, John Street, Shoeburyness. Died 27.11.1918. Aged  28.

 

EDWARDS  J. Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 1.7.1917. Aged 41.

 

EVES  A.E. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 1.5.1917.

 

FINN  C.F.Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Died 20.9.1916.

 

GAGE  S.*  Chief Stoker, HMS “Stephen Furness”. Husband of Alice A.Gage, 11, Caulfield Road, Shoeburyness. Died of heart failure following a cold on 25.5.1915. Aged 44. HMS “Stephen Furness” was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea on 13.12.1917.

                                        

GARNER  H.T.  Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died 29.7.1917. Aged 29.

 

GRIFFIN  G. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Edith Caroline Griffin, Beach House, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 14.9.1919. Aged 40.

 

HAMILTON  J.J. Private, Border Regiment. Died 26.4.1915.

 

HARRISON  A.H. Major, Royal Field Artillery. Died 3.11.1918. Aged 40.

 

HARVEY  A.V. Rifleman, Post Office Rifles. Son of Mrs.E.Harvey, 64, Silversea Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 19.10.1918. Aged 22.

 

HEWITT  W. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 13.6.1916. Aged 51.

 

INGRAM  H. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 29.6.1915. Aged 24.

 

KEYES  E.A.*  Leading Seaman, HMS “Victory”. A former Police Constable. Son of  George + Elizabeth Keyes,  Seaview Road,  Shoeburyness. Having been transferred to HMS “Grafton” he was reported to have  been  “thoroughly run down” and he died in Plymouth shortly after the vessel arrived there. Died 26.7.1915. Aged 31.

                                      

KNIGHT  H.L. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 13.2.1919. Aged 18.

 

McCULLOCH  E. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 20.8..1916. Aged 39

 

McLOUGHLIN  T  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 14.7.1916.

 

NOON  Amos*  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 1.4.1919. Husband of Kathleen Noon, Lingfield Villas, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness.  He is also commemorated on the Southend High School for Boys War Memorial Boards, Prittlewell Chase, Southend. He is also commemorated on the Shoebury War Memorial,

 

PARSLEY  N.  Private, Border Regiment. Died 4.7.1915. Aged 17.

 

PATTISON W.  Lance Corporal, Border Regiment. Died 24.5.1917. Aged 27


PORTER  J. * Driver, Royal Engineers. Son of Mr + Mrs Porter, 89, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died 28.4.1918. Aged 17.

 

RYAN  P.  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 17.4.1916.

 

SCRIVENS A.V.  Captain, Royal Defence Corps. Died 11.1.1919.

 

SHARPE  R. Private, Border Regiment. Died 10.8.1915.

 

SIMS J. Lance Corporal, Border Regiment. Died 3.9.1915.

 

SPENCE  G.R.  Sapper, Canadian Infantry. Died 30.6.1918. Aged 18.

 

STEWART  J. Sergeant, Border Regiment. Died 1.11.1914. Aged 40.

 

SWIFT  E. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 1.5.1917.

 

TAYLOR  S.W. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died19.9.1916.

 

WEST  F.*  3rd. Artificer, Royal Air Force. Husband of Amy K.West, 123, Beedell Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 9.3.1919. Aged 48.

 

WILKINSON  R.L. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died 25.11.1918.

 

WILSON  H.R.*  Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 3.5.1917. Aged 32.

 

WINGFIELD  T.J. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Died 26.10.1918. Aged 24.

 

Those marked * are included on the Shoebury Memorial, Campfield Road.


Additionally there are three other C.W.G.C. graves listed as being in the churchyard:-

BRAZIER  Charles Henry. Lieutentant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born in Goisport, son of James + Albertina Brazier. Husband of Ada Haeriet Brazier, 1, Sea View Road, Shoeburyness. Died 17.2.1916 of sickness contracted overseas, Age 33.


HAIG Ernest Herman. Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Engineers. Died 28.12.1914. Grave Ref 1571.


PHILBRICK  E H. Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died 6.11.1918.


 

                     Inside the Church , on the north wall , is a marble Memorial Stone listing 8 names:-

 

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Walter SMART , Thomas E.McNALLY D.C.M.,George H.LIVERMORE, Edward J.TAYLOR, Colin J.R.HURRELL ,William H.G.GOODCHILD,James A.SMART and Harry A.SELF.

 

All 8 names appear on the Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road and their full details appear in that section

21.St.Andrew’s Church, Hall Road, Rochford

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Located on the east wall in the South Porch entrance is a wooden plaque erected by the inhabitants of Rochford expressing their gratitude to the men of Rochford who served in the Great war. There are 145 names listed thereon.

                                            

On the south wall of the west entrance is a  Memorial Plaque listing 41 names of the fallen of  the Great War.

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The names listed thereon are:-


BALDRY Garnet S.M. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of  Florence May Baldry, 2, Ark Cottages, Stroud Green, Rochford. Died 21.12.1918. Aged 34. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST.ANDREWS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

BARKER R.B.(Philip R.) Private, Essex Regiment Died 22.6.1917. Aged 19. I can find no record on C.W.G.C. Website.            

 

BAYNES  Benjamin A. Private, Essex Regiment. Brother of Mrs.Leedale, Windermere Cottage, Folly Lane, Hockley, Essex. Son of Sarah + George Baynes, West Street, Rochford. Died 12.10.1916. Aged (34)35. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

BEEHAG Gideon. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Rose Beehag, Sunny Villas, Rochford. Died of  wounds 28.8.1918. Aged 28. Buried at BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  V  B  23, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave St. Mary's Church, Stambridge.

        

BENSON  G.E.S. Private, 6th Dragoon Guards. Son of Mrs. Sarah Benson, 2, Old Ship Lane, Rochford, Essex. Died 17.12.1918, Aged 36.  Accidentally drowned whilst returning from France. Buried at TOURNAI  COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, ALLIED EXTENSION, GRAVE  III  H  8, FRANCE.

 

BICKERSTAFF   A.(Joe) - Arthur George (Geo) Douglas Bickerstaff.See St.Andrews Church, Ashingdon (no.2) for full details.

 

CAMPION  William J. Private, Oxfordshire + Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Son of  James + Mary Campion of Rochford, Essex. Died of wounds, 13.12.1915. Aged 28. Buried at JUT WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE M.24, IRAQ.

 

CLARKE Percy W. Lance Corporal, Worcestershire Regiment. Son of  Uriah +Tryphena Clarke, North Street, Rochford, Essex. Brother of Stanley C. Clarke who also fell. Died 30.11.1917. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, PANEL 6, LOUVERVAL, FRANCE.

 

CLARKE Stanley C. Corporal, Winnipeg Rifles, Canadian Infantry. Died 14.6.1916. Aged 29. Son of Uriah + Tryphena Clarke, North Street, Rochford. Brother of Percy W. Clarke who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 24-26-28-30, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

DENMAN Edgar  E.Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Ethel Denman, South Street, Rochford, Essex. Died 20.11.1917. Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at CAMBRAI  MEMORIAL, PANEL 7 + 8 LOUVERVAL, FRANCE.

 

ELCOCK Harry. Private, Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Mr + Mrs. H.Elcock, Market Square, Rochford, Essex. Brother of  Reginald G.Elcock who also fell. Son of Harry + Emma Elcock, Market Square, Rochford.  Died 31.7.1915. Aged 28. Buried at KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE G 33, BELGIUM

 

ELCOCK Reginald G. Lance Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Died 28.2.1917. Aged 24. Brother of Harry Elcock who also fell. Son of Harry + Emma Elcock, Market Square, Rochford. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 8C,9A + 16A, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

FARMER Joseph. Private, Coldstream Guards. Husband of Florence E.Farmer, Railway Cottage, Tilbury, Essex. Died, whilst a prisoner of war, 15.4.1917. Aged 33. Buried at NIKOLAI  CEMETERY, GRAVE II  A  1, LATVIA.

      

GOODMAN F. - No details found           

 

HARDINGHAM Frank R. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of  George + Mary Hardingham of Rochford. He had emigrated before the war and enlisted in Canada. Died 21.6.1916. Aged 45. Buried at  WOODS CEMETERY, GRAVE II  B  12, BELGIUM.               

 

HARRIS Walter. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 21.3.1918. Aged 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 51+52, FRANCE.

 

HORNSBY Neville. Private, Yorkshire Regiment. Lived at West Street, Rochford. Died 17.7.1917. Aged 26 With no known grave he is commemorated at LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, SP.MEMORIAL B 3, BELGIUM.

 

HOWARD  Edward.W. (William E) Private, Norfolk Regiment. Son of Edward + Sarah Howard of Rochford. Died 2.9.1918. Aged 36. Buried at RED CROSS CORNER CEMETERY, BEUGNY, GRAVE  II  B  24, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave St.Andrew's Church, Rochford, Essex.

 

HUME Leonard C. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born in Rochford he died 7.11.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 11A + 11D, SOMME, FRANCE.

                  

HURRELL Henry C. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died of peritonitis 24.12.1918. Aged 35. Buried at  COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, GRAVE I  A  5, GERMANY

 

JORDAN Frederick. Private, Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Mrs. M.A.Jordan, High Street, Rochford, Died 14.11.1916. Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10B,11B+12B, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

KEMP Albert E. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of John + Charlotte Kemp of Rochford. Died of wounds 17.10.1916. Aged 24(26). Buried at GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, GRAVE I  N  9, MEAULTE, FRANCE.

 

MANN Charles F.  2nd Lieutenant, Queens Westminster Rifles. Son of Henry + Caroline Mann, North St., Rochford. Died of wounds, received on the Somme in 1916, at Matlock, Derbyshire 4.12.1918. Aged 23. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST,ANDREWS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

MILES F. -  No details found 

 

MOORE Frederick G. Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Lived in Rochford. Died 26.3.1918. Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

 

MURPHY Percy  C.W. Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Foster son of Mr + Mrs Button, Telephone Exchange, Market Square, Rochford, Essex.  Died 30.6.1918. Aged 19. Buried at  HARPONVILLE  COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE C  16, FRANCE.

 

NORTON George. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in North Street, Rochford. Died 9.4.1917 Age 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, QUARR MEMORIAL 1, WANCOURT, FRANCE.


PASCOE C.J. No definite details found; May be Cecil John Pascoe formerly of 5, Cromer Road, Southend.

 

PLAYLE Gilbert G. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Arthur + Annie Playle, Ashingdon Road, Rochford. Died of pneumonia at Felixstowe, 13.11.1918. Aged 29. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX

 

POOLEY George. Lance Corporal, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Ephraim + Ellen Pooley, 2, Barrack(Back) Lane, Rochford. Died 19.4.1917. Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 41, FRANCE.

 

POTTER Charles. Private, Leicestershire Regiment. Lived in Rochford. Died 28.7.1916.

 

REVELL Daniel. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born in Suffolk he lived in Shoebury. Died  26(28).6.1917. Age 31. Buried at DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE  II   B  37, BELGIUM.

 

REVELL E. -  No details found

 

SAUNDERS Herbert W. Corporal, Essex Regiment. Son of Herbert John + Mary Ann Saunders, North Street, Rochford. Died 10.10.1917. Aged(22)23. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 98-99, BELGIUM


SCHONBERG  Bertram M. Corporal, Rifle Brigade. Son of Mark + Helen Schonberg, 1,The Almshouses, Rochford. Died 8(9).2.1915. Aged 21. Buried at LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  B  3, BELGIUM.

 

SMOOTHY Albert  V. Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 9.11.1918. Aged 27(28). Buried at FRETIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE 17, FRANCE.

 

SMOOTHY William F. Private, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 2.11.(1916)1917. Aged 25. Buried at GAZA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE XXXIX  G  8, GAZA, ISRAEL.

 

SUTCH  W. -  No details found  

 

TAYLOR Charles Vickers.  Private, Observer, 1st Class, Royal Air Force. Son of Mrs. Hannah Taylor, Firtree Dairy, East Street, Rochford. Died 10(15).5.1918. Aged 19. Buried at HEATH CEMETERY, GRAVE VI  F  10, HARBONNIERES, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Great War Memorial Window, St.Nicholas Church, Canewdon.

 

TRUNDELL Albert A.  Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Husband of Daisy M.Trundell, North Street, Rochford. Died(18)19.7.1917. Aged 30(31). Buried at BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, GRAVE III   C  5,  BELGIUM.

 

WARD  Arthur G. Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of  William Henry + Maria Mary Ward, 1, Weir Pond Road, Rochford. Died (9)19.4.1916. Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at BASRA MEMORIAL,  PANEL 15, IRAQ.


Additionally, in the grounds but not listed on the Memorial Plaque inside the church is :-

HART G.W. Leading Aircraftsman, Royal Airforce. Son of George + Mary Ann Hart,  Stambridge Road, Rochford. Died 20.2.1920 Age 20.

 

The graveyard and grounds of the Church are in quite good condition, although near the entrance the graves are quite close together and care is needed when walking between them.  I found five C.W.G.C. Great War headstones. Four of them –  airmen – are grouped together under a tree and the 5th is adjacent to a gravestone in the grounds.The names on the 4 grouped together are  H.F.Davis, G.C.Malcolm,J.W.Sheridan and  A.S.Talbot. All died  at Rochford Aerodrome and their details are:-

DAVIS Harold Eborall MILITARY CROSS. Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died 19.6.1918. Aged 28. following an air crash.

MALCOLM Geoffrey Cooper 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died  27.9.1917. Aged 27, following a mid-air collision (which also killed  Arthur Sidney Talbot)

SHERIDAN  John Wilton  Lieutenant, Cameron Highlanders attached to Royal Air Force. Died  27.9.1918. following a mid-air collision.

TALBOT Arthur Sidney  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died  27.9.1917. following a mid-air collision (which also killed Geoffrey Cooper Malcolm)


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    Lieutenant H.E..Davis, M.C. Royal Flying Corps.                            Lieutenant A.S.Talbot , Royal Flying Corps

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    2nd.Lieutenant,G.C.Malcolm,Royal Flying Corps.                               Lieutenant J.W.Sheridan , Royal Air Force

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 5748 Private G.S.M.Baldry, Middlesex Regiment.Husband of Florence Baldry , 2, Ark Cottages, Stroud Green, Rochford. Died 21.12.1918.

STROUD Henry Clifford, Captain, Royal Engineers, attached to Royal Air Force, who died following a mid-air collision 7.3.1918 is also interred in the family grave in the churchyard to the rear of the C.W.G. commemorating J.W.Sheridan. A propellor commemorating his crash still lies in a field at Rawreth, west of Rayleigh, adjacent to the north side of the Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street railway line


Additionally , inside the western entrance to the church, standing on the floor is a memorial to Lieutenant John Wilton SHERIDAN, Royal Air Force. This Memorial is constructed from the remains of an aircraft propeller. It was customary that when there was a fatality at Rochford Aerodrome the ground staff provided a propeller to the Church as their mark of respect,  to be used as a grave marker. This is the only survivor from the propellers provided

22.St.Clement’s Church, The Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea

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Chapel dedicated to “Men of Leigh”


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The names of the fallen are written in gold leaf on the panels either side of the entrance to the Chapel.They are:-

 

C.W.ABLIN, A.ALDRIDGE, G.BARNABY, G.H.BERESFORD, W.J.C.BEWERS, F.W.BILLINGSBY, J.W.BONNALLACK, H.F.BOX, S.A.BRYAN, H.R.BURR, J.A.CAREY, R.A.F.CAREY, L.F.CAUSBY, G.A.CHILD, R.V.CHILD, F.H.CHURCH, DALRYMPLE CLARK, H.E.COLDWELL , W.J.COLEY, A.F.COLLINS, J.F.COOKE, O.D.CULLIFORD, B.J.DEED, S.S.C.EATON, C.J.EVANS, W.FISHLOCK, M.H.GOOD, J.GREEN, W.GREEN, H.G.HALL, J.HARROWER, R.J.HATTON, P.D.HENNESSEY, J.HERD, W.JOHNSON, R.L.JOSLIN, G.J.KERRY, E.KERRY, P.W.KETTELEY, G.M.KING, W.B.KIRBY, R.LEDGER, A.MACDONALD, C.M.MACEY, C.MACGREGOR, T.MEDDLE, H.MILLER, W.H.NETHERCOTE, S.O.OSBORNE, F.W.PETRIE, H.H.PORTCH, R.RICHARDS, S.N.SMITH, W,H,SPARLING, E.C.SQUIRES, E.R.WILKIN, D.WEARE. The last 7 names begin again at the letter “A” and are later additions:-

A.B.ATTRIDGE, S.ARMITAGE, H.A.DAVIES, F.A.GREEN, B.NOLAN, H.TIDEY + C.ROBINSON.  

 

Some of the names are difficult to decipher due to the deterioration of the lettering but I believe the above list to be accurate. In addition to their names the individual’s Regiment is also listed.

Apart from the following all of the above appear on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and their details are listed in that relative section.


ALDRIDGE A. (Arthur William) Lance Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Ellen Beatrice Aldridge. Native of Gloucestershire. Died 1.7.1916 Age 34. Bureid at HAWTHORN RIDGE CEMETERY NO.2, GRAVE B 61, AUCHONVILLERS, FRANCE.

 

BOX  H.F. Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Rev. C.F.Box the former rector of South Benfleet. Died  29.10.1918 Aged 23. Buried at CRUCIFIX CEMETERY, VENDEGIES-SUR-ECAILLON, GRAVE  D 2, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the South Benfleet War Memorial, Essex. He is also commemorated on the Great War Memorial, Brighton, Sussex and on the Memorial Plaques, St.Albans Church, St.Johns Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. He is also commemorated on the Memorial, St.Marys Church, Siouth Benfleet.

                    

CHILD G.E. (Jack Escott CHILD) Lieutenant, 188th Training Squadron,Royal Air Force. Husband of Dora Child, 29, Dawlish Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Brother of James Martin CHILD who also fell. Died 3.11.1918 Age 29.  Buried at CHINGFORD MOUNT CEMETERY, GRAVE C.R.7284, ESSEX. His brother who died 23.8.1918 Age 25 is buried in the same grave.

 

CHURCH  F.H .(Francis Harrington).Private, Worcestershire Regiment.Husband of Hettie Margaret Church. Son of Francis Albert + Lydia Church. Died 31.3.1918 Age 37. Buried at ST.SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  G  25, FRANCE.

 

DALRYMPLE-CLARK D.G. Captain, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. MILITARY CROSS. Died 15.9.1916. Aged 34 Buried at SERRE ROAD CEMETEREY NO.2, GRAVE XXXIV  J  3, FRANCE.


EVANS  C.J. Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 21.2.1919. Buried at BELGRADE CEMETERY,  GRAVE V  B  19, NAMUR, BELGIUM.

 

FISHLOCK W. Royal Field Artillery (Royal Horse Artillery ) Died 15.11.1916. Aged 24. Buried at GUARDS CEMETERY, LES BOEUFS, GRAVE  IV  X  9, FRANCE.

 

HARROWER  J. Captain, Highland Light Infantry. Husband of Lily Harrower, “Charnwood”,  85, Leigh Hall Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 15.9.1916. Aged 37. Buried at DARTMOOR CEMETERY,  BECORDEL-BECOURT, GRAVE  I  A  9, FRANCE.

 

HATTON  R.A. Major, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Dorothy Winifred Hatton, “Camber”, Burnham Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died  23.10.1918. Aged 38. Buried at AWOINGT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  B  11, FRANCE. 

 

JOHNSON  W. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Husband of Gladys Louise Johnson, “Rosario”, 1187, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 13.10.1918. Aged 27. Buried at NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, GRAVE II  K 10, GERMANY.


MACDONALD A. (Angus Macdonald Macdonald). Engine Room Artificer, Royal Naval Reserve, ss."Maloja". Died 27.2.1916.With no known grave he is commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, PANEL 23, HAMPSHIRE. (See section "Loss of Lives at Sea" for details of ss"Maloja" incident)

 

PETRIE F.W. London Regiment – C.W.G.C. has only an F.M.Petrie  listed in the London Regiment as follows:- Died 26.5.1915. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, PANEL 46+47, FRANCE.


ROBINSON C.(Charles Alfred) Private, The Buffs East Kent Regiment.Son of Alfred + Juliet Robinson, The Hill, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 3.7.1916 Age 21. With no known grave he is commemoarted at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 5D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

SPARLING W.H. Private, Australian Infantry. Son of  Francis H. + Emma Sparling, “Cardona”, Leigh Cliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea. He had emigrated to Australia and enlisted there. Died 5.11.1916. Aged 31. Buried at GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE Sp.Mem. B 4, FRANCE.

 

DAVIES H.A. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 7.4.1918. Aged 21. Buried at PICQUIGNY BRITISH  CEMETERY, GRAVE E 17,  FRANCE.

 

NOLAN  B.  Royal Army Medical Corps - No details found.

 

On the wall above the altar inside the Chapel is a Plaque erected in honour of Robert Louis JOSLIN, lost, aged 20 , in the sinking of H.M.S.”Marmion” 21.10.1917. He is included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”. See that listing for his full details. His name also appears on the “Men of Leigh” list on the panels either side of the entrance to the Chapel. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for the H.M.S. “Marmion” incident.)

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23.St. John the Baptist Church, Church Road, Southend

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This was the inaugural Southend Church. As Southend grew it was deemed necessary for the population to be able to worship at a Church closer than St.Mary’s, Prittlewell and in 1841 St. John the Baptist was completed (against the wishes of the vicar of St.Mary’s). It contains a Great War White Naval Ensign hanging on an internal wall. It is reputed that this Ensign was present at the Battle of Jutland. It is now high in a corner of the church, near the northern entrance, and is very dirty from age.

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Sadly the Church graveyard became neglected and badly vandalised over the years but in 2008 funds became available to commence a refurbishment of the building and the graveyard was tidied up.

Various family graves include memorials to those who lost their lives in the Great War and the Dowsett family grave is there. Thomas being Southend’s first Mayor in 1892. His grand-son Thomas Dowsett is recorded as the first ex-Southend High for Boys pupil to die in the Great War.

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                                                         The Dowsett family grave.

The following photo shows the condition of the Churchyard in  mid-2008 together with 5 family graves which commemorate  losses in the Great War.

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The family grave of  Charles F.HOBDAY who died, 1.12.1917, of wounds received at Cambrai. He is not included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”.

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The family grave of Harold James MOORE who lost his life on H.M.Y.”Iolaire” on 1.1.1919. (see Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for "Iolaire" incident). He is included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”.

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The family grave of  William CHIGNALL who, having been wounded at Gallipoli, died at Gibraltar in 1915. He is included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of  Honour”. He is also listed on the  “Roll of Honour” at Southend High School for Boys where he was a former pupil.

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The family grave of  Ralph D.J.BRIGHTEN who died at Gallipoli  12.9.1915. Age 22. He is not included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”. Other records show his date of death as 15.8.1915.

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The Porter  family grave commemorating the deaths of  brothers Ernest James PORTER and  Albert Victor PORTER, both of whom are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour”.

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The  “Roll of Honour” on the entrance panels to the Memorial Chapel listing names of those, from the church membership and its associated bodies, who lost their lives in the Great War.

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Of those listed on the two panels the following are not included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”:-

 

BARHAM  L. No details found

 

DONNITHORNE W. No details found

 

EDWARDS W. - No definite details found – May be W.Edwards, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died  3.5.1917. in France. He is commemorated on the Vange War Memorial, Essex.

 

GLITERO A. No details found

 

HUNT George D. Private, Royal Scots Regiment. Husband of Elizabeth F.Hunt, 14, Hillcrest Road, Southend. Died of cancer 8.5.1916 Aged 44. Buried at NUNHEAD (ALL SAINTS)  CEMETERY, GRAVE SCREEN WALL 89.32351, LONDON

 

INNOCENT John C. Private, London Regiment. Son of Alfred + Eleanor J. Innocent, 11, Farringdon Place, Southend. Died 1.9.1917. Aged 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at  YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL , PANEL 52-54, YPRES, BELGIUM. Also commemorated on Memorial PLAQUE, St.Mark’s Church, Princes Street, Southend..

                                     

KING A. Private, Lincolnshire Regiment. Son of Walter + Frances King, 4, Swanage Road, Southend. Died 26.8.1914. Aged 22. Buried at LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, NORD , GRAVE REF. SPECIAL A 4, FRANCE.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MARTIN MARTIN L.B. Private, Royal Irish Regiment. Died 19.8.1918 Age 32. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE  E.5135.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MILEHAM  MILEHAM E. -  No details found

 

NOWITZKE  M. - No definite detailes found – may be H.Nowitzke, Private, London Regiment. Died  8.8.1918. Aged 20. Buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY  XVIII  E  4, FRANCE.

 

NORTH C. - No details found.              

 

SAGE T.G, T.G.Sage. Lance Corporal, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Husband of Amy Lilian Sage,  74, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 28.9.1916 Age 29. Buried at CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, GRAVE  X  K  9THIEPVAL, FRANCE

 

SALT  Frank R. 2nd Corporal, Royal Engineers. Son of Philip + Mary Salt, 16, Elmer Avenue, Southend. Died 13.4.1918. Aged 28. Buried at NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAINAUT, GRAVE  XIV  F  16, BELGIUM. Also commemorated on Memorial PLAQUE, St.Marks, Church, Princes Street,Southend.


SEARING A.E. (Albert Edward) Son of William + Dora Searing, 38, Anerley Road, Westcliff. Born in Abingdon and lived in Reading. Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 13.8.1917 Age 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 45, BELGIUM.


SMITH J. (Frederick James Langtry Smith) Private, Essex Regiment. Son of William + Emily Smith, 104, Ashley Road, Upper Parkstone, Dorset. Lived at 17, Napier Avenue, Southend. Died 14.4.1917 Age 28. With no known grave he is commemoarted at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE. He is included on the Southend Roll of Honour, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue and have also listed him in that section.


SYMONDS F. - No definitive details found. May be Frederick George Symonds, 2nd Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment. (D.C.M., M.M. + BAR, MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES), Son of  Frederick + Emma Symonds, The Hamlet, 30, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 22.10.1917 Age 36.  With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 34 to 35, + 162A, BELGIUM.

 

THOMPSON Reginald  J. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Albert F. + Rose E. Thompson, 37, Porters Grange Avenue, Southend. Died 23.10.1915 aboard HMT “Marquette”. Commemorated at MIKRA MEMORIAL, GREECE. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMT “Marquette” incident).

 

VERDERWOOD R.  No definite details found – May be Roy Garon Underwood, Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died in an accident at North Weald Airfield, 25.9.1918.

 

GUIST A. is a mis-spelling of Alfred R.GUEST who is included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour.”

My visits co-incided with major refurbishment work being undertaken in both the Church and grounds and I was unable to view the “Roll of Honour” situated at the inner porch door. I am indebted to the Essex Society for Family History (Southend-on-Sea Branch) for providing me with the information on the “Roll of Honour”. In particular my thanks go to Mrs. Linda Medcalf who provided me with copies of surveys, undertaken by  Miss Anne E.Barker in 1995 and Mr.Richard Goring between 1995 + 1997, taken from the Society Records.

There are three oak framed and glazed panels bearing the names of parishioners who served in the Great War.Their Unit/Corps/connection with the Church etc is listed and those who fell are noted with “R.I.P.”  There are over 350 names listed on the “Roll of Honour”.

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24.St.Mark’s Church, Princes  Street, Southend

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A Brass Plaque hangs on the south wall listing 33 men, along with their Regimental details, who died in The Great War.

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The Memorial Plaque

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There are 33 names listed thereon:-

ABBOTT G. Private, Lancashire Fusiliers ,BAKER A. Private  Scots Guards, BAKER F.J. Rifle Brigade, BELCHAM H.A., Surrey Regiment, BELL G. Stoker, Royal Navy HMS ”Badger”, CREEK R.J. Rifleman , Rifle Brigade, DOLE .C.L. Private, Machine Gun
Corps, FULCHER H.G., Private, Durham Light Infantry, FENN W., Private, Gloucestershire Regiment. GUIVER S.E., Trooper, Essex Regiment. GUEST A. Stoker, Royal Navy, GARDNER E. Private, Suffolk Regiment, INNOCENT J.C. Private, London Regiment.KING S. Private, Essex Regiment, KOTZ A.F. Private, West Surrey Regiment, CLARK A., Private, London Regiment, KING A., Private, Northumberland Regiment. LEWIS E.W. Gunner, Royal Field artillery. MOSS M.A.D. Trooper, Essex Yeomanry.NORTH C.W. Private, Surrey Regiment, PHILLIMORE S.J.D. Private, Grenadier Guards, RIVERS G.W.  Sergeant, Border Regiment, RIVERS C.J. PRIVATE, Border Regiment, RAYNER W.R. Private, Essex Regiment SHARP E.V. Rifleman , Kings Rifle Regiment, SALISBURYC.T. Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant, East Surrey Regiment, SALT F.R. MILITARY MEDAL Private, Royal Engineers, SALT F.E. Private, Sherwood Forresters, SWAN B. Private, Leinster Regiment, UNDERWOOD R.G. Lieutenant, R.A.F.,GARDNER G.C. Private,Dragoon Guards, MARSH E.A. Private, Berkshire Regiment, SANDBROOK G.F. Trooper Essex Yeomanry.

 

With the exception of the following 5 names all of the above are all listed on the “Southend Roll of Honour” where you will find their full details. C.W.NORTH is listed  there as Ercildourne W. NORTH and B.SWAN as James B.SWAN

BELL George. Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Badger” Died 20.2.1916. Aged 31. Commemorated on the family grave, SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, PLOT E 4209. I can find no record of an  incident involving HMS “Badger” other than  in the battle of Jutland  in May 1916. She was sold for scrap after the end of the Great War. George Bell died of illness at Queen Mary's Hospital, Southend. He is commemorated on the family grave, which is inscribed 'Erected by the ships company of HMS Badger and friends on HMS Woolwich + Princess Louise'

 

FE(I)NN  W. Private, Gloucestershire Regiment. He is  recorded on  the C.W.G.C. records as FINN William. Son of John + Sarah Finn, 6, Napier Avenue, Southend. Husband of Lillee Finn, 49, Ashburnham Road, Southend. Died 26.4.1918. Aged 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 72-75, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

KING A. Private, Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds 5.8.1917. Buried at COLCHESTER CEMETERY, ESSEX. GRAVE

S   2  40. May be Albert King, formerly of Hainault Avenue, Westcliff who lost a tribunal appeal, on 19.6.1916 at Southend, against being conscripted and was given until the end of July 1916 to enlist.


INNOCENT J.C. Private, London Regiment. Son of Alfred + Jane Innocent, 11, Farringdon Place, Southend. Died 1.9.1917. Aged 26.With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL PANELS 52-54, BELGIUM. Also commemorated in the MEMORIAL CHAPEL, ST.JOHN’S CHURCH, CHURCH ROAD, SOUTHEND.

                                            

SALT F.R. MILITARY MEDAL. Private, Royal Engineers. Son of Philip + Mary Salt,16, Elmer Avenue, Southend. Died 13.4.1918. Aged 28. Buried at NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE XIV  F  16, POPERINGE, BELGIUM. Also commemorated on MEMORIAL CHAPEL,  ST.JOHN’S  CHURCH, SOUTHEND.

                            

SALT F.E. Private, Sherwood Forresters. Died 9.4.1917. Buried at VADENCOURT BRITISH  CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  A  16, MAISSEMY, FRANCE.


25.St. Mary the Virgin , North Shoebury Road, North Shoebury

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Inside the Church, on the south wall, is a Memorial Tablet listing the 8 names of the local men who gave their lives in the Great War.

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The names listed are as follows:-

 

BENTLEY Albert George. Lance Corporal, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Mr + Mrs H.Bentley, Sea View House, Great Wakering, Essex. Died 29.6.1916. Aged 20. With no known Grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 13A + 13B SOMME, FRANCE.

 

CRACKNELL  Albert George. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 2.11.1915. Aged 27. Buried at DUHALLOW  A.D.S. CEMETERY, GRAVE VII  A  6, BELGIUM.

 

DODD Edward. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Born in Shoebury. Husband of Kate Dodd, 43,Edith Road, Prittlewell. Died 6.8.1915.Buried at 12 TREE COPSE CEMETERY, SPECIAL MEMORIAL, B37, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.

 

HUNT  James Henry. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Son of William Hunt, Star Corner, North Shoebury. Died 9.5.1915. Aged 27. Brother of Walter F.Hunt who also fell. With no known grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT  MEMORIAL, BELGIUM.

 

HUNT Walter Frederick. Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Battallion. Son of William Hunt, Star Corner North Shoebury. Died 14.11.1916. Brother of James H.Hunt who also fell. With no known grave he  is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PANEL 8, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also listed on the Southend Roll of Honour, The Refectory, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue.

 

LANCASTER Charles. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. (My Great Great Uncle on my mother’s side.) Died of pneumonia 30.9.1918 Aged 29. Buried at KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE 167, THESSALONIKA, GREECE.


26.St. Mary's Church , Rectory Road , Hawkwell

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There are no Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones for The Great War in the churchyard but there are a couple from World War Two.

On the  internal south wall of the Church is a Memorial tablet:-

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All of the  names are listed on the new Hockley War Memorial, erected in 2008. It stands at the junction of Southend Road and Woodlands Road, Hockley on the south side, opposite the Spa Hotel. See the section on the Hockley War Memorial for their full details.

Also on the south wall is a separate  Memorial to Thomas Flavell.

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For his full details see the listing for Hockley War Memorial.

27.St.Mary's Church, Victoria Avenue, Prittlewell, Southend

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The Memorial Stone stands, in a lawned circle, outside the west entrance to St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue.

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                 The Prittlewell “Roll of Honour” –  South Porch Entrance.(East Street)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Memorial Window, from “The Children of Southend”, in memory of the men of  Prittlewell Parish who fell in the Great War.

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            Jesus Guild Window. In memory of the men of Prittlewell Parish who fell  1914-1919.                 

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                                 Below a Red Cross flag is a Commemorative Plaque :-

 

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The inscription  reads : “ The Red Cross Flag above was received into the sanctuary of this Church on September 21st 1919 after honourable service over the Glen Hospital in this Borough during the Great war 1914 – 1919 “


In the Jesus Chapel, on the south wall near to the Altar, is a window which bears an inscription at the foot of the left hand panel.

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The inscription reads:-

“ ARCHIE LANCHESTER GOWING killed in action 11th April 1917

He was the son of the Rev. Frederick Lanchester Gowing + Mrs.Caroline Kyle Gowing.

Reverend Gowing was the Vicar of St.Mary’s Church and the dates of his and his wife’s deaths are inscribed at the foot of the right hand panel.


There is a White Ensign, against the south side of a central pillar, on the west side of the rear of the Church organ. At it's base is a small wooden plaque. The Plaque reads:-

"WHITE ENSIGN FLOWN ON THE CENOTAPH, WHITEHALL LONDON, DURING 1937. PRESENTED BY THE TRUSTEES OF THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM TO THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES ASSOCIATION SOUTHEND-ON-SEA BRANCH. DEDICATED BY THE BRANCH CHAPLAIN VENERABLE ARCHDEACON E.N.GOWING M.A., 23RD. JANUARY , 1938."


Venerable Archdeacon Gowing lost his son in the conflict. There is a Memorial Window, dedicated to his son, in the Jesus Chapel in the church. (see above). The 'Old Contemptibles Association' was formed on 25th June 1925 by Capt.J.P.Danny,

Royal Artillery. Their founder members were survivors of the First British Expeditionary Force, August-November 1914. It is widely beleived that they took their name from the orders issued to his troops by Kaiser Wilhelm, on 19th August 1914,

"....my soldiers to exterminate first, the treacherous English, walk over General French's contemptible little army........


Subsequent investigation in 1925 failed to show that this order had ever emanated from the Kaiser. It was thought to have possibly been invented by British generals as a means of galvanising and encouraging their fighting men.


The last member of "The Old Contemptibles" was Alfred Anderson from Scotland who died, aged 109 in 2005.

28.St.Mary’s Church, Little Wakering.

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There had been no Memorial erected following the end of The Great War but in 1936 the Royal British Legion District Branch erected a wooden “Roll of Honour” Plaque on the internal north wall of the Church. This was later updated with the addition of 1939/45 casualties.

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The 9 names listed for  The Great War are:-

 

William BAILEY. Listed on the Great Wakering Memorial as Thomas W.Bailey.  MILITARY MEDAL. Acting Sergeant, Royal Engineers. Lived at “Ereehon”, Alexandra Road, Great Wakering. Died 10.11.1918 when an Austrian shell he was carrying exploded. Buried at GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY, ARCADE PLOT 6, ROW B, GRAVE 2, ITALY. He is also commemorated on the Great Wakering Memorial.

                               

Francis BENNEWITH. (Sydney F.) Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery. Husband of Ethel Caroline Bennewith,The Castle Inn, Little Wakering. Died 1.6.1917 Aged 27. Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), GRAVE III  B  203, FRANCE.


Leslie BURGESS.  Lance Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Worked at Bullers (Butlers) Farm, Little Wakering. Died 26.10.1916. Aged 25. Buried at ST.SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, GRAVE  O  I  E  3, FRANCE.

 

Frank CLARK. Air Mechanic, 3rd Class, Royal Air Force. Son of Mrs. Clark, “May Blossom”, Little Wakering. Died of influenza, 4 weeks after enlisting, in Blandford Military Hospital, 5.11.1918. Aged 17.Buried at LITTLE WAKERING (ST.MARY) CHURCHYARD, SOUTH EAST PART, ESSEX. He is also commemorated on the family grave, St.Marys Church, Little Wakering where his date of death is shown as 30.10.1918 which is also the date shown on C.W.G.C. records.

 
John CORDER. Rifleman, Royal Rifle Corps. Born in Wakering, he lived at “The Bungalow”, Barrow Hall, Southchurch. Died 24.8.1917 Aged 29. Buried at TYNE COT CEMETERY, GRAVE LVIII  B  16, BELGIUM.

 
Charles HILLS. Private, Essex Regiment. Brother of Walter James HILLS who also fell. Son of John + Alice Hills, Ferndale Cottage, Little Wakering. Died 18.10.1916. Aged 24. With no known  grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10D,  SOMME, FRANCE.

 

Walter HILLS. Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Brother of Charles Henry HILLS who also fell. Son of John + Alice Hills, Ferndale Cottage, Little Wakering. Died 6.8.1915. Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, PANELS 144-150 OR 229-233, TURKEY.

 

Alfred MAYNARD. (John A.) Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs.A.Maynard of Wakering. Died 7.10.1915. Aged 30. Buried at 7th FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY, SPECIAL MEMORIAL  A 45, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.

 

Arthur PYE. Private, City of London Regiment. Born in Wakering, he lived in Southend. Died 7.10.1916. Buried at WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  F  12, FRANCE.

                     In the churchyard there are 2 graves which bear reference to the Great War

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                   Grave of ERNEST SNOW and                                                  Memorial to MARK WILLIAM

                  his parents. He is included on                                              MATTHEWS, accidentally killed

                    the Barling War Memorial.                                               at Shoebury Ranges,25.5.1920 Age 24

In the north west corner of the Church hangs the British Legion banner alongside a White Ensign. Below the two flags is a plaque which reads

“ THIS WHITE ENSIGN, WHICH ONCE ADORNED THE CENOTAPH, WAS DEPOSITED HERE BY THE GREAT WAKERING AND DISTRICT BRANCH OF THE BRITISH LEGION, ADVENT 1931”

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29.St.Peter + St.Paul’s Church,Church Road, Hockley.

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                                           There are two Great War C.W.G.C. headstones in the churchyard:-

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                    J.A.Norton dd. 19.11.1915                                                      A.H.Brown  dd.12.3.1919

                                    Both are included on the Memorial Board  inside the Church.

On the north wall of the west door entrance, inside the Church is a carved Memorial Board,  listing 23 names of the fallen.

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The names are not listed in alphabetical order and are :- G.WILLIAMSON, A.H.BROWN, A.BRIGHT, J.W.HEARD, P.SUTTON, A.GARDINER, W.OGLESBY, E.HIMPETT, C.SUTTON, J.WAGENITZ, R.ROBERTSON, R.F.KENT, P.RIX, E. PETCHEY, T. BREEWOOD S.H.WINKLEY, W. CLAYDEN, J.A.NORTON, T.C.PILGRIM, C. KING, T.S.BAKER, A.MOSS and on a later added panel W.HIMPETT

 

All of these men are on the new Hockley Memorial which was erected in 2008 and stands near the Spa Hotel. This Memorial is covered separately in this section and their full details are listed there.

 

At the foot of the Memorial Board is a brass plate on which is the following inscription:-

 

“THIS MEMORIAL WAS CARVED AND PRESENTED BY MISS TAWE 1919”  Miss Tawe was a well known lady in the village.


30. St.Peters Church, Paglesham.

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The village does not contain a Memorial but inside St.Peter’s Church is a Marble Plaque which lists both those who served their country in the Great War and those who did not return.

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There are 53 names listed on the Roll of Honour and above them are the names of the 10, from the list, who died.

 

BRAND  Christopher P. Private, Argylle + Sutherland Highlanders. Husband of Alice Brand, Waterside  Cottage, Paglesham. Died of wounds, whilst a prisoner of war, 27.5.1918 Age 31. Buried at NIEDERZWEHEREN CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  G  18, GERMANY.

 

CLARK(E) Walter J. Private, Essex Regiment. Only son of Mr + Mrs William Clark(e), Church End, Paglesham. Died 20.11.1917 Age 21. Buried at FIFTEEN RAVINE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH, GRAVE IV  H  15, FRANCE.

 

KEEBLE Stanley R. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Frederick+Lily Keeble, East End, Paglesham. Died 17.8.1917 Age 20. Buried at BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY,  NO.3, GRAVE  II  F  9, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the family grave in the churchyard.

 

KEMP Harry  W. Private, Coldstream Guards. Son of Alfred + Charlotte Emily Kemp of Paglesham. Husband of Edith Kemp, Chase Cottage, Paglesham. Died 13.4.1918 Age 32. With no known  grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, PANEL 1, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the family grave, St.Peter's Church, Paglesham.

                                          

LAPWOOD Arthur G. Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs Lapwood, East End, Paglesham. Died 10.5.1917 Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 2, FRANCE.

 

MILLS Gordon A.  Private, The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Mr.Arthur + Mrs Minnie Mills of Thetford, Norfolk. Died 28.9.1917 Age 19. Buried at ST.PETER’S  CHURCHYARD, PAGLESHAM.

              

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PRIOR  C.E. Private, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 19.8.1917. Buried at DUHALLOW A.D.S.CEMETERY, REF I  B  25, BELGIUM.

 

SHARP(E) Herbert. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Margaret Sharp(e), The Causeway, Church End, Paglesham. Died of bronchitis 21.3.1917 Age 31. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY  CEMETERY, GRAVE  XXII  B 1a, FRANCE.

 

SHUTTLEWOOD Arthur J. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Henry + Alice Shuttlewood, East End, Paglesham. Died 8.8.1917 Age 22. Buried at FEUCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE II  D  8, FRANCE.

 

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           The grave of  Gordon A. Mills, died 28.9.1917, which is located on the north side of the Churchyard.

 

Also to be found in the south east corner of the Churchyard under a treee is a gravestone,  included on which is the inscription “In honour of Arthur James Thorogood , of the Royal West Kent Regiment, who died of wounds in France 16.2.1917 on his 29th birthday.”

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He is not on the Roll of Honour inside the Church but is included on the Southend Roll of Honour which hangs in the Refectory, Priory Park. He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour, Salvation Army Citadel, Clarenc Road, Southend. His full details are listed on the Southend Roll of Honour pages. This gravestone marks the family grave of his mother and father-in-law.

31.St.Saviours Church , Kings Road , Westcliff-on-Sea.

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The internal south wall of the Church contains two full length Plaques and two smaller Plaques; the two smaller ones being each under a window, commemorating those from the Parish of Westcliff and its Churches. Due to the poor condition of some of the Plaques and the layout of the aisles it was difficult to obtain a fully detailed photograph.

During 2014 the Memorials were renovated ands re-scribed where necessary.

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The top of each of the full length Plaques is inscribed “ ROLL OF FAME OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH AND ITS

CHURCHES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919. “They shall

not grow old as we that are left grow old”

 

There then follows a list of names. The list has been sub-divided into the following sections: Servers + Choristers ;

Choristers ; Scouts ; Members ; Sons of Members ; Brothers of Members +  Parishioners . Each section is not listed in alphabetical order but is listed in ‘date of death’ order.

 

Sadly there was a considerable amount of erosion which makes some of the lower names difficult to decipher. In 2014

the Church arranged for them all to be cleaned and re-scribed.

The  195 names listed are:- (in the same order in which they appear on the Plaques :-Cecil George WILLIS, Eric Douglas JACKSON , Maurice Edward BROOKS , Arthur Clifford Sydney PEGGS , Philip Daniel BOLT , Arthur Etheredge BEGERNIE , Donald Gunn WINTER , Harold Frederick LILEY, Stanley Alfred HAVES , Charles Robert NEWMAN , Brian Relton HARMAN , Erl Stanley Frederick BYRNE, Eugene Patrick CORRI , Cecil Hubert Cray CATTELL , Arthur Joseph HAMMOND , Richard Edward HILLMAN ,Thomas Gordon SECCOMBE , Noel Crawford HAMILTON , Dugald Fitzroy MACLEAN , Arthur Russell ESPURY, Hugh Denham KING , Charles Duncan KNOX , Hugh Price ROSE , John Arber CAREY , Harold Laws CHRISTMAS,

Eusebius John ROUSE , John COOKE , Frederick Augustus WATKINS , Frederick Cecil  STOVIN ,Robert Arber, Frederick CAREY-D.C.M. , Sidney Morpeth BARBER , Geoffrey Cuthbert Bissenden EMMETT , Alma Cyril THOMAS , Ronald Arthur CARSE , Laurence Lill GOULD , George Lewis JAMES , William Richard SOWDEN ,Percy John Francis DINES , William Elliott Ward LANE , Morton Handley GOOD , Reginald Laurence FOWLES ,Leslie Herbert GOODWIN ,Ellis Henwood BEST , Alexander Winton ROBERTSON-D.C.M. , Cyril Frederick Robert NAISH , Charles Gerald JOHNSON , Frederick Martin BENNETT, Basil Warren WILD – M.C., William Thomas Reginald INGLETON , Alfred James INGLETON , Charles Douglas HURNDALL , Edwin Bedford STEEL , Stanley Walker JACKSON , Arthur Silver LEA , Edgar HUTCHINGS , Edgar Wilfred RUSH , Francis Austin HYRONS , Cecil LE MESSURIER , Edward George Oliphant JACKSON , John Wilson JONES , Frederick Hubert ROBINSON-D.S.C. William Herbert LARKINS , Percy Alexander DUNLOP , William George BROOKS , William John HOSIE , Neil WRIGHT , Pat CONNOR , John Cecil DALE , Bernard Arthur de Plumley SMYTH ,John Sewell DAVIES ,

Harold Alfred SIMMONS , Charles William COX , Alfred Wallace DARVILL , Leonard JONES , William Francis PHILLIPS , Edward Victor SIMS , Peroy BROWN , James COOPER , Harry Scott CRYER , F.Lewis LLOYD , Charles George EATON , William Charles Johnson SHARPE , Oliver Duncan CULLIFORD , Charles Henry CROOK , George WALKER , Herbert Edwin BRETT , George Felix INGRAM , Christopher Edward STONE , A.G.SHEPHERD, Kenneth Clifford SAMUEL , William BEALE , William John Cornelius BEWERS, William Thomas HOLLIS , H.A.NETHERCOT , Arthur Leonard LAWTHER , Bertram Reginald BUXTON , Percy Robert BOYLE , Harold Walter Hardy EWINGS , Paul EATON , Reginald TOON , William James THOMPSON , Reginald Henry FLEMING ,Charles Albert MOLONEY , William BRUCE , William Samuel EASTMENT ,  Edward Cecil Hunter DOWNIE , William BEECHAM , Percy Oliver COOPER , Harry Roland CROWE , Geoffrey Frank DOWLING , Frank HOLLAND, Austin George RULE , Frederick Henry Stanley CLOW , Digby Mark FREEMAN , William Edward MITCHELL , Reginald PRYOR , Bertram Thomas James CLEMENTS , Samuel Bingham DRAKE , Percy James MITCHELL , John Joseph BUSH , Robert FISHER , John Valentine HEASMAN , Francis Charles BECKETT, Arthur James WEEDEN , Arthur James THOROGOOD , William Samuel  SMITH , Ernest MARTIN ,Laurence Vivian GLOVER , Sidney William George MAYS , Walter GREEN , James Alfred Theodore RADFORD , LeonardEdgar WILSON , Michael Samuel Cecil MOSELY , Frank Irving MERCER , Frank Horation WRIGHT , Cecil Arthur CRYER , Dudley William Ernest WEARE , Bert WOODS , William SMITH ,  Percy William LANE , Charles Gordon TINKLER ,  Charles William JAMES , Sydney Edgar WOOD , Charles Alexander MACKINNON , Herbert Edward DUDLEY ,  William BARNES , Francis Edward MEAD , Harry Frederick TUCK , William Henry Edric CLEMENTS , Ronald Ernest John EVANS , John Alfred BOLTON , Edwin Blackmore SAWYER , John BRADFORD , Harold MACKIE , Frederick Charles SKINNER , William Henry BALCHIN , Henry KENT , William John BLAKE , Frank OSBORNE , Alfred John WICKER , Walter HUNT , Joseph Henry HADDOCK , Eric Neville Van der Ben  COPELAND , Walter Bernard ANDERSON , Harry Cecil OSBORNE , George Harris WHITWILL , Samuel Edward TREBY , Frederick STUTELY , Frank Henry SELBY , Percival Vyvian PALMER , Sidney Ernest BEVERLEY , William Angus KEITH , Thomas Fitch WELLINGS , Carl Svend BRAINE , Harold John ALEXANDER , Stanley George BURTON , Patrick James LAMB , George William HARPER , Charles John BONE , Thomas Benjamin GORMAN , Laurence James EDWARDS ,  Percy Cecil Stirtevant SWIFT , Harry BISHOP , Walter Herbert HAZELWOOD ,Lewis Cyril WILSON , Reginald Ernest THOMAS , John Alfred MAYES , Jack CROCKETT , Leonard Ivon KNIGHT , Charles Laurence FIELD , Fleming Pinkston O’REILLY – M.C.,George Robert ROGERS ,

Francis James HARPER , David Lionel SKINNER , Herbert Stanley Melbourne COOPER , Herbert George SMITH

and Herbert Gordon STUART .

 

With the exception  of the 25 names listed below all of the above are included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”

and their full details are listed there. There are 6 differences as follows:-

CROCKETT Jack is listed there as Wallis J.CROCKETT

EASTMENT William S. is listed there as Ernest S.EASTMENT

FIELD Charles L. is listed there as Charles C.FIELD

GLOVER Vivian is listed there as Lawrence V.GLOVER

SWIFT Percy C.S. is listed there as Percy F.S.SWIFT

WHITWILL George H. is listed there as George H.WHITMILL


STUART Herbert Gordon is also commemorated at Crowstone St.Georges URC, KIngs Road, Westcliff.

 

The 24 names, some of whom may only have been Parishioners and not related to Southend , who are not included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour” are;-

 

BROWN  Percy   May be P.R.Brown Private , Essex Regiment. Died 6.8.1915.With no known grave he is

commemorated at  SPECIAL MEMORIAL A.14 , TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY ,GALLIPOLI , TURKEY.  The Plaque in the church records his date of death as  4. 8.1915

 

CARSE    Ronald Arthur. (Arthur Edward Carse) Lieutneant, Australian Infantry.Died. 8.11.1915 Age 25. Buried at ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY + WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, GRAVE Q432, EGYPT.

 

CONNOR Pat (Ernest Patrick Joseph) Lance Sergeant, Irish Guards. Son of John + Elizabeth Connor. Husband of Louisa Maud Connor. Died. 23.10.1914 Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 11, BELGIUM.


COOPER James. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Alice Cooper, 901, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 6.8.1915 . With no known grave he is commemorated at TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI, SPECIAL MEMORIAL B16, TURKEY.

 

CROOK Charles Henry. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Charles William + Annie Jane Crook , 85, Leigh Road ,

Leigh-on-Sea. Died.12.11.1915 Aged 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL , PANEL 3 , FRANCE.

 

HAMILTON Noel Crawford. 2nd Lieutenant , Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of Rev Frederick + Mrs Jane Hamilton , 7,

St.Andrews Road, West Kensington, London.  Died.14.7.1916 Aged 24.With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL , PANEL 11A+D , SOMME , FRANCE.

 

HARMAN  Brian Relton. Lieutenant , 110th Mahratta Light Infantry. Son of A.R.+ Rachel Mary Harman.Died.3.11.1919

Aged 21. Buried at CAIRO WAR  MEMORIAL CEMETERY , GRAVE P.68 , EGYPT.

 

HURNDALL  Charles Douglas. 2nd. Lieutanant , Royal Air Force. Son of Mr Charles H. + Mrs Annie E. Hurndall of

Westcliff-on-Sea.Died of wounds 13.12.1918 Aged 21. Buried at SOUTHEND –ON-SEA (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY , GRAVE F.5525

 

HUTCHINGS Edgar 2nd. Lieutenant , London Regiment. Died.9.11.1915 Aged 28. Buried at PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY , GRAVE D  IV  4 , MALTA.

 

*INGLETON Alfred James.  dd.27.10.1918 – no information found (There is an Alfred J. Ingleton listed on the Civil Deaths List for the last quarter of 1918:- Age 24 Volume 4A , Page 1488 )

 

*INGLETON  William Thomas Reginald. dd.27.10.1918 – no information found ( There is a William T.R. Ingleton listed on the Civil Deaths List for the last quarter of 1918:- Age 27 , Volume  4A , Page1488)


* Both the above brothers were discharged on medical grounds from the army. They both died on the same day at 21, Southview Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea. Both men had suffered from tuberculosis and had not died from any consequence of the war. Alfred was a former gunner with the Royal Field Artillery and William was a former Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment. Their father was present at their deaths and witnessed their death certificates as such. The deaths were not reported in the Southend Standard at the time. Their deaths are recorded on the Civil  'Births, Marriages + Deaths' records . Their graves were loctaed in City of London Cemetery, Manor Park, a short distance from their parents' home.

 

JOHNSON Charles Gerald.  Trimmer, Mercantile Marine Reserve , H.M.S. “Heroic”. Only son of Mr. + Mrs. G.Johnson,

 “Melcombe”, 67, Leighton Avenue , Leigh-on-Sea. Died 28.7.1918 Aged 16. Buried at TARANTO TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION , GRAVE III  E  3 , ITALY. (I can find no record of HMS “Heroic” having been involved in any action around this date. It was not uncommon for Naval personnel to be attached to Military units for landbase activities. Taranto had been used by the Navy as a base for some time prior to July 1917. It may be that he succumbed to the Influenza epidemic of 1918)

 

JONES John W. Private , Welsh Guards. Died.29.7.1917 Aged 29. Buried at MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  A  12 , BELGIUM.

 

LEA  Arthur Silver (Silva). Private, Coldstream Guards. Died.8.10.1915 Age 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL , PANERL 7+8 , FRANCE.

 

LE MESSURIER  Cecil  dd.15.11.1916 – no information found

 

LLOYD  Frank Lewis. Captain , Cheshire Regiment. Died between 1.10.1915 and14.10.1915 With no known grave he is

commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL , PANEL 49+50 . FRANCE.

 

NAISH  Cyril (Charles) Frederick Robert. Rifleman , Rifle Brigade.Died.27.5.1918 Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at SOISSONS MEMORIAL , FRANCE.

 

PRYOR  Reginald. Rifleman, New Zealand Rifle Brigade.Died (15)25.9.1916 With no known grave he is commemorated at CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, LONGUEVAL, SOMME , FRANCE.

 

ROSE Hugh Price.  2nd. Lieutanant, Seaforth Highlanders. Died.11.4.1917 Aged 20. Buried at BROWN’S COPSE CEMETERY, GRAVE III  F  8 ,ROEUX , FRANCE.

 

SECCOMBE Thomas Gordon. Rifleman , London Rifle Brigade.Died 10.9.1916(1.7.1916) Aged 19. Buried at SERRE ROAD

CEMETERY NO.2 , GRAVE XXIV  M  10 , SERRE , FRANCE.

 

SKINNER David Lionel. Private, Canadian Infantry. Died.12.11.1918. Buried at AUBERCHICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY , GRAVE III  A  17 , FRANCE.

 

STEEL Edwin Bedford. Major, Royal Army Medical Corps.Died.23.11.1914 Aged 43. Buried at BALLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY (NORD) , GRAVE DI  3 , FRANCE.

 

THOMAS Alma Cyril. Lieutenant , Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Harry + Hettie Thomas , The Cottage, Chadwick Road , Westcliff-on-Sea. Died (7).8.11.1914 Aged 23. Buried at POPERINGE COMMUNAL  CEMETERY , GRAVE I  B  7 , BELGIUM.

 

WILD Basil Warren. Lieutenant , Tank Corps.Died .1.10.1918 Aged 28. Buried at BELLECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY , GRAVE II  L  5 , FRANCE.

 

WRIGHT  Neil   2nd Lieutenant , Royal Field Artillery. Son of James + Letitia Wright , Essex Lodge , The Leas ,

Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 15.9.1914. Aged 19.Buried at VENDRESSE BRITISH CEMETERY , GRAVE III  AA 2 , FRANCE.

32.St.Mary’s & All Saints Church, Stambridge

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No Memorial Stone is located in the churchyard but there is a double brass Plaque on the north wall of the Church near the Altar. The top section lists 7 names of those who fell in The Great War along with the Regiment in which they served.

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AUSTIN  William George. Company Sergeant Major, Essex Regiment. He lived at Ivy House, Stambridge and was employed at Rankin’s Mills as a foreman. He served in the Gallipoli Campaign and then in Palestine. Died (26)27.3.1917. With no known grave he is commemorated on JERUSALEM WAR MEMORIAL, PANELS 33-39, ISRAEL.

 

CLARK(E) Thomas Walter. Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Son of George + Emily Clark(e) 2, Rectory Cottages, Great Stambridge. Died of bronchitis and pneumonia in hospital at Etaples, France 5.7.1918. Aged 24. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE LXVII  F  21, FRANCE.

 

FOSTER Percy Edwin. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Lived at Brick Cottages, Great Stambridge. Died of pneumonia at Woolwich, London 19.4.1915. Aged 18 just 1 month after enlisting. His C.W.G.C. Headstone is in STAMBRIDGE CHURCHYARD.

 

HINES Joseph Henry. Private, Essex Regiment Son of George + Eliza Hines, 6, Council Cottages, Great Stambridge. Died 5.5.1916,of pneumonia at Thetford, 2 weeks after enlisting, Aged 19. His C.W.G.C.Headstone is in STAMBRIDGE CHURCHYARD.

 

KEMP Thomas Stone. Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs F.Kemp, Shepherd + Dog Inn, Great Stambridge. Died of wounds 11.4.1917. Aged 21. Buried at DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  O  10, ETRUN, FRANCE

 

PURKISS James Freeman. Private, Norfolk Regiment. Son of William Edwin + Anna Purkiss, Brick House, Great Stambridge. Died of wounds 23.10.1918. Aged 21. Buried at HIGHLAND CEMETERY, GRAVE VIII  B  2, LE CATEAU, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, St.Mary + All Saints Church, Stambridge.

 

SOAL Frank (Francis) Private, Leicestershire Regiment.  Son of Mr + Mrs Soal,The Rectory, Little Stambridge. Died 5.9.1918. Aged 19. Buried at BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  VI  F  17, GEZAINCOURT, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avernue, Southend-on-Sea. He is also commemorated on the “Roll of Honour”, Southend High School for Boys, Prittlewell Chase, Southend-on-Sea.

 

                                                In the churchyard are the following C.W.G.C. headstones:-

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         J.H.HINES, Essex Regiment dd.5.5.1916                                 P.E.FOSTER, Royal Field Artillery dd.19.4.1915

33.United Reform Church, Cliff Town , Southend

Formerly Cliff Town Congregational Church

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The Church was sold off in 2008 to Southend/Essex University campus and converted into a Performing Arts centre. Prior to the extensive building works commencing the United Reform Church removed 4 Plaques and a Brass Plate, commemorating their Great War dead, to storage.


These Plaques were incorporated in the foundations of the new Bournemouth Park Road URC, Southend and the names were included on a new Memorial Board which also  incorporates names from the  Great Wakering URC Memorial Board.

On the new Memoriual Boards Donald S.Hicklenton is listed as HICKLANTON.


Each Plaque bears a different heading viz: ”FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH” ; “ALIVE UNTO GOD” ; “DEAD YET SPEAKETH” & “THEY SERVE DAY AND NIGHT”

Three of the Plaques list 5 names each and the fourth Plaque lists 6 names :-

 

HAROLD J. ALEXANDER

STANLEY A. ATTWOOD

WILLIAM L. CHIGNELL

ALBERT C. CRANE

NEWMAN B. DOBELL

 

THOMAS W. DOWSETT

FRANK EMERSON

EDWARD GREEN

JOSEPH H. HADDOCK

OWEN HARTLEY

 

HERBERT C. HIBBLE

DONALD S. HICKLENTON

PERCY NANCARROW

CECIL A. NISBET

CLAUDE POTTER

 

EDWARD J. SHACKLEFORD

WALTER H. STANESBY

BERNARD L. SORRELL

ARTHUR G. TAYLOR

ALAN TWEEDIE-SMITH

DOUGLAS TWEEDIE-SMITH

 

All of the above names are included on the “Southend Roll of Honour” and their full details may be found in that section.

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               The Brass Plate has the following inscription and lists the same 21 names :-


                                                               KEPT

FOUGHT THE FIGHT                                   THE                           FINISHED THE COURSE

                                                               FAITH

 

                 To the Glory of God and in Loving and Undying Remembrance of those of this

                 Church and Congregation who at the call of Conscience and in defence of their

                 Countrys honour laid down their lives in the Great War  1914 – 1918.

 

         HAROLD J.ALEXANDER        EDWARD GREEN                  CLAUDE POTTER

         STANLEY A.ATTWOOD        JOSEPH H.HADDOCK            EDWARD J.SHACKLEFORD

        WILLIAM L.CHIGNELL           OWEN HARTLEY                  WALTER H.STANESBY

         ALBERT C. CRANE               HERBERT C.HIBBLE              BERNARD L.SORRELL

        NEWMAN B.DOBELL             DONALD S.HICKLENTON       ARTHUR G.TAYLOR

        THOMAS W.DOWSETT          PERCY NANCARROW            ALAN TWEEDIE-SMITH

        FRANK EMERSON                 CECIL A.NISBET                   DOUGLAS TWEEDIE-SMITH

 

                             “SEE YE TO  IT THAT THESE SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN”

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34.United Reform Church , Chelmsford Avenue , Prittlewell.

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A Plaque lists 10 men from their congregation who died in the Great War.  This church has been converted into a Mosque.

 

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The names are:-

BUTCHER Clement, Lance Corporal

COOK  Alfred, Private

FREEMAN Harry, Private

FULLER Alfred, Private

JACKSON Fred, Lieutenant, R.A.F.

LAYZELL E.Leonard, Trooper

LOCKWOOD Clifford F., Private

PHILLIPS Bertie, Private

STEBBING Leonard, Bombardier

WATERMAN Alfred, Gunner


All are included in the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour” but Fred Jackson is listed there under the name  of  “Charles F.S. Jackson”.

 

Below the names is a thanksgiving for a further 19 of their parishioners who returned safely from the war.

35.United Reform Church, Chapel Lane, Great Wakering

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There are 2 brass Plaques and one Marble tablet commemorating the Great War:-

 

The Marble tablet:-

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Below this tablet is a Brass Plaque:-

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Both tablet and plaque commemorate Captain E.P.W.WEDD, MILITARY CROSS.

The Marble tablet reads :-

“Erected to the Memory of a Gallant Officer CAPTAIN E.P.W.WEDD, M.C. ESSEX YEOMANRY, BY MEMBERS OF HIS 1914 TROOP. Audacter et Sincere"

 

The Brass Plaque reads “IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF EDWARD PARKER WALLMAN WEDD  M.C. WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION 13TH JULY 1918”

 

Edward was the son of  Edward A. Wedd who had been born in Cambridgeshire, and who became  a Justice of the Peace, Land Owner, Farmer and major employer in Wakering in the late 19th Century. The family lived at White Hall and the White Hall housing estate now stands where White Hall and it’s grounds used to be. He is also commemorated on the Essex Yeomanry Memorial Plaque, Chelmsford Cathedral, Chelmsford.

 

The second Brass Plaque lists the names of the 17 men from the Parish who died:-

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The inscription reads ”TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICER, N.C.O’S & MEN OF THIS CHURCH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING & COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.

CAP. E.P.W.WEDD M.C. R.A.M.C.; PTE. R.CRIPPS E.SURREY REGT.; CPL. A.E.AYLETT 7TH QNS.WEST SURREY 

PTE. F.R.CHURCH R.FUS.; CPL J.MASON R.G.A.; PTE  P.G.CHURCH ESSEX REGT; LCE CPL L.C.BURGESS  FUS.;

PTE. W.G.HOOKEY ESSEX REGT.; LCE CPL T.S.BEADLE  ESSEX RGT.; PTE W.S.RIVERS  R.E.; SAPPER H.WYATT R.E.           PTE. D.G.WYATT ESSEX REGT. PTE. A.GRIMES HERTS REGT.; PTE. G.TYLER ESSEX REGT; PTE W.J.BURRELLS ESSEX REGT.; PTE. N.SHILLING 7th QNS. W.SURREY; A.B. P.MOORE H.M.S.”FORMIDABLE”.

 

With the following exceptions all the above are included on the “Great Wakering Roll of Honour” and their full details are to be found there.

Cpl. L.C.Burgess is listed as Christopher C.BURGESS

 

Frederick Ronald CHURCH.  Private, Royal Fusiliers. Missing, presumed killed at Loos 29.9.1915. He had previously been both gassed and wounded. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL,  PANEL 25-27, FRANCE.

 

Percy Cyril CHURCH.  Private, Essex Regiment. Died 8.8.1918. He had previously been wounded twice and gassed. Buried at DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY GRAVE III, A, 8, SAILLY-LE-SEC, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

George TYLER. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died, aged 39, of wounds in hospital in France 3.5.1917. He lived at 10, Grove Road, Shoeburyness and is buried at DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III, M  8, ETRUN, FRANCE. He is also included  on the Shoeburyness War Memorial , Campfield Road, Shoebury.


This Memorial Plaque was incorporated into the foundations of Cornerstone URC, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend and the names were listed on a new Memorial Board, in this Church, which also included the names from Cliff Town URC, Southend.

 

36.Methodist Church , High Street , Great Wakering

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On the dividing wall between the service area and the Church Hall is a Memorial Organ with brass Plaque

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The inscription on the Plaque reads:-

 

"THIS  ORGAN WAS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF  GOD AS A PEACE MEMORIAL AND ALSO IN HONOUR OF THE MEMBERS

OF THIS CHURCH AND CONGREGATION WHO FAITHFULLY SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914 - 1919 : GOOD FRIDAY 1920"

 

On a side wall is a framed listing of the parishioners who served in both World Wars

 

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There are 17 names of those who served in the Great War and only one is identified as having fallen:-

 

Walter RIVERS : Walter Samuel Rivers :  Although Essex Regiment is shown on the Plaque he is listed in Soldiers Died in The Great War and Commonwealth War Graves Commission records as serving as a Private, Royal Fusiliers at time of death. He died 28.5.1915, aged 21 and is buried at RENINGHELST CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, GRAVE 24, nr. POPERINGE, BELGIUM.

In the 1911 Census the family is shown as living at The Shop, High Street, Great Wakering. Walter’s mother had already died and his father had re-married 4 years earlier. His father’s occupation, and that of Walter, was described as “Hay + Straw Binder’ .

37.Wesley Methodist Church , Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

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Memorial  Stained Window .

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Below this window is a wooden plaque listing the names of  20 men, from their congregation, who died in the war:-

H.Blaker, J.W.Bonallack, H.W.Chinnery, A.Collins, C.Draper, A.G.Dyer, C.Emery, R.Feakins, L.Filby, L. Galer,

H.Hibble, G.W.Harrison, V.O.Hulbert, R.Moss, W.G.Noakes, S.Osborne, A.Steed, W.H.Sutherland, J.Waller, + J.Wilder.


With the exception of H.Blaker + C.Emery all the others are listed on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour” where you will find their details.

 

H.BLAKER - May be the Henry Blaker, also commemorated on a Plaque in Leigh Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive. He died in an explosion at a munitions factory in Pitsea on Tuesday 29.8.1916. The official inquest into his death states that the explosion occurred at Kynochs Ltd. munitions factory at Shell Haven. Henry Blaker was attending Stove 42 where he was Stove Attendant. On emptying the condensate from one of the traps into a receiving drum, there was a huge explosion following which Henry found himself on the floor by the acetone recovery pipe. He jumped up and was so severely burned by the flames that he died of his burns on  Tuesday 29th August at Gravesend Hospital, the explosion having occurred on Thursday 17th August. The inquest was opened at Stanford-le-Hope on Saturday 19th August and adjourned until Thursday 7th September. A verdict of 'Spontaneous Combustion Caused the Explosion' was recorded.


 

C.EMERY  Private, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Son of John + Mary Emery, “Oakhurst”, Bailey Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 31.8.1916. Aged 19. With no known grave he is  commemorated at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX  MEMORIAL, FRANCE.


38.Westcliff United Reform Church, Kings Road.

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Hanging on a wall is a cross :-

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It is inscribed “IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAJOR A.W.ROBERTSON, M.C., R.G.A.

68, SIEGE BATTERY. DIED OF WOUNDS IN ACTION APRIL 21ST 1918”

 

A brass plate has been added to the base and is inscribed:-

“THIS CROSS WAS REMOVED FROM DOULLENS CEMETERY, FRANCE”

 

He is included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and his full details can be found there.

39.Whittingham Avenue Methodist Church , Southend

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The Church contains the Great War Memorial Plaques which were previously displayed in York Road Methodist Church.

There is also a plaque there which states:-


“THESE WAR MEMORIAL TABLETS  WERE RECEIVED FROM YORK ROAD METHODIST CHURCH  WHERE THEY HAD BEEN PLACED UNTIL IT’S CLOSURE ON 27TH SEPTEMBER 1987”


Whittingham  Avenue Methodist Church.

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                 High on a wall, in the entrance, are two Plaques.

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 The original Plaque lists 4 names and an additional Plaque below lists 1 name:-

 

GOODY  Leonard

HEDGLEY Tom

MACE  Charlie

MURRELL  Bert

SCOTT  Harold G.

 

All 5 men are listed on the Southend “Roll of Honour” pages, where their full details are to be found.

40.The Jewish Cemetery , Stock Road, Southend

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A stone Memorial, erected by A.J.E.X., (Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen), stands

on the left hand side, at the end of the entrance drive, under a tree.

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The Memorial honours the Jewish fallen of both World War 1 & 2. The 6 names from the Great War are:-

 

S. FINE, M. JACOBS, S.C.MOSELEY, H.M.NOVITZKY, C.J. TRUEFITT  & E.E. TRUEFITT.

 

S.Fine, C.J.Truefitt and S.C.Moseley are all included on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour” and their full details are to be found in that section. S.C.MOSELEY is listed there as Michael S.C.MOSELEY.

 

JACOBS M. – No information found

 

NOVITZKY H.M. – No  definitive information found. Probably H.M. Novitsky. Private, London Regiment. Son of  Mr. S. Novitsky 160, Albion Road, London N.16. Died 8.8.1918 Age 20. Buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XVIII E. 4., FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour of the Stepney Synagogue which is now housed in Waltham Abbey, Essex.

 

TRUEFITT Edward.E. Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers. Died 29.8.1918. Aged 30.Buried at KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, GRAVE F 22, EGYPT.

41. Leigh Cemetery , London Road, West Leigh

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                                                     The Cemetery from the east

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                                                     The Cemetery from the west

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The Cemetery was generally untidy and there is only a barely marked, overgrown, main path.


I located 17 Great War  Headstones scattered around. That of  E.A.Clancey, is barely visible beneath a shrub.

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         W.D.Fairbrass dd. 3.11.1918                                                                A.Chilcraft dd.3.4.1919

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               J.C.Davis dd. 8.6.1918.                                                                   H.T.Daniel dd.18.8.1917

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                      A.J.Amos  dd.30.4.1920                                                       G.R.Twyman dd.6.11.1918. 

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                  E.V.Turnnidge dd.10.9.1918                                                      T.E.Pelham Jones dd. 30.10.1918

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          A.H.Goodrich dd.20.11.1918                                                        J.G.Kerry  dd.13.3.1918

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               G.H.Hamilton dd.13.6.1917                                                        E.C.McLaughlin  dd.24.9.1918

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           G.T.Hurst dd.12.10.1919(25.9.1920)                                                           J.J.Maloney dd.12.10.1919

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               E.A.Clancey dd.1.1.1920                                                           E.W.Terry dd.2.11.1919

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                                                                         F.C.Abery dd.5.11.1918

In addition to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone for E.V.Turnnidge there is also a private family gravestone lying horizontally.


ABERY F.C. Lance Corporal, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. (Transferred to 334th Works Coy., Labour Corps.) Died 5.11.1918.


AMOS A.J. Lieutanant, Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways. Died 30.4.1920.


CHILCRAFT A.(Albert). Leading Deck hand, HMS"Victory". Died 3.4.1919 Aged 26.Born in Beckenham, Kent, the son of Elizabeth (Mrs. John Thomas) Chilcraft, "La Maison", Tankerville Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Formerly of 29, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea.

Note: H.M.S.Victory was a shore based training unit in Portsmouth


CLANCEY  E.A. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died 1.1.1921.


DANIEL H.T. (Harry Thomas) Flight Cadet, Essex Regiment. Attached to Royal Air Force. Died 18.8.1917 Aged 18.Son of Mrs. E. Daniel, Alexandra Road, Leigh-on-Sea.


DAVIS  J.C. (James Charles) Corporal, Army Service Corps. Attached to 45th Anti-Aircraft Section.


FAIRBRASS  W.D. (Walter Daniel) Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Pembroke". Died 3.11.1918 Aged 18. Son of Alice M. Fairbrass, 23, Tintern Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. He was one of 6 brothers who served, three of whom fell. HMS "Pembroke" was a shore based training centre on the isle of Sheppey at Sheerness.


GOODRIDGE  A.H. (Alfred Herbert) Rifleman, London Regiment, Queen Victoria's Rifles. Died 20.11.1918 Aged 20. Son of Mrs. Louisa Goodridge, 12, Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.


HAMILTON G.H. (George Henry. Private, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 13.6.1917 Aged 39. Born in Herne Bsy, Kent (Although on the 1911 Census he is shown as born in Burnham, Essex) Son of Mr + Mrs William Charles Hamilton. Husband of Minnie Hamilton, 14, Fairleigh Drive, Leigh-on-Sea.


HURST G.T. Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways + Docks. Died 25.9.1920 Aged 39. Son of Mr. C. + Mrs. R.M.Hurst. Husband of Mrs. Hurst, The Strand, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea.


KERRY J.G. (George James) Deck Hand, H.M.Drifter "Nexus". Died 13.3.1918 Aged 26. Son of Mrs. M.A.Kerry, 21, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea. He is listed on the Prittlewell 'Roll of Honour' and details on the H.M.Drifter "Nexus" incident please see the section 'Loss of Lives at Sea'. His gravestone also commemorates his brother Edward at the foot of the stone.


MALONEY J.J. Stoker, 1st Class, H.M.S."Cottesmore". Died 12.10.1919 Aged 34. Son of Mrs. H. Maloney, The Homestead, Kingswood Chase, Southend-on-Sea. Formerly of 126, Beckton Road, Canning Town, West Ham. I can find no record of any hostile incident involving H.M.S. "Cottesmore". She was launched in 1917 as a 'Hunt Class' minesweeper. She was paid off at the end of the war and sold in 1919.


McLAUGHLIN  E.C. Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force (Roehampton) Died 24.9.1918.


PELHAM-JONES (JONES) T.E. (Thomas Edward) Sargeant, Army Service Corps. Died 30.10.1918 Aged 45. Son of Mrs + the late Robert J. Jones., 25 Pelham Road, Southsea. Hants. Husband of Edith Pelham Jones, 54, Hainault Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.


TERRY E.W. Private, The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Died 2.11.1919


TURNNIDGE E.V. (Ernest Victor). Deck Hand, H.M.S."Victory". Died of pneumonia at Portsmouth,10.9.1918 Aged 42. Son of George + Sarah Turnnidge. Husband of Mrs. M. Turnnidge, 39, Leigh Hill, Leigh-on-Sea. He is also listed on the Southend 'Roll of Honour'. The family gravestone nearby shows that he died aged 41

(Note: H.M.S. "Victory" was a shore based training unit in Portsmouth.)


TWYMAN G.R. Private, Inns of Court, Officer Training Corps. Died 6.11.1918. He is also commemorated on a nearby family gravestone.

 

Also listed as being located in the graveyard:-

ARKCOLL William Herbert. Private, Machine Gun Corps. Son of Anne + Herbert Arkcoll. Husband of Mabel Arkcoll, 93, Oakleigh Park Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Died of pneumonia 255.11.1918 Age 32. GRAVE BB. 79.


BERESFORD G.H. Corporal Essex Regiment. Son of George Henry + Caroline Kate Beresford. Having been poisoned by gas in Belgium he was invalided home and died 5.11.1918. Age 32. GRAVE Q. 43A. His age at death is shown as 31 on the family grave. He is also listed on the Southend 'Roll of Honour' , The Refectory, Priory Park.


NUTT E. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 7.6.1919 - NO GRAVE REFERENCE.


STONE C. Sergeant Major, Dragoon Guards. Died 13.6.1917. GRAVE BB. 47.


WILSON F.T. Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 10.11.1917. GRAVE REF. K.52


WOODGATE F.J. (Frederick James)  Lieutenant, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Son of Henry James + Charlotte Sarah Woodgate. Died 12.10.1918. GRAVE REF. T.37

42.The Cemetery , North Road, Southend

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North Road is the site of the original Prittlewell cemetery which was replaced by the Sutton Road site as Southend expanded and swallowed up Prittlewell.

Sadly the cemetery was in poor condition on my visit in 2008. Many gravestones had been laid flat and there was much evidence of vandalism. The original Chapel was totally overgrown and boarded up. Since my visit it was severely damaged by an arson attack but the Council have restored the site to its former glory.


The old Chapel from the south west.

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DEANE  J.J. (REAL NAME- J.J.HANSON) Private East Surrey Regiment. Died  16.10.1916. (Headstone rear right)


KNIGHT F.J. Private Middlesex Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs Knight of Prittlewell. Died 30.10.1916. Aged  37.(Headstone rear left)


THOR(R)INGTON L.E.J. Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 12.11.1918.Aged 20. (Headstone in foreground)

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 Also located in the Cemetery are C.W.G. Headstones for:-


BIBBY George. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died 8.9.1920 Age 23. Grave Ref C. 6. 24.


CULFF  Benjamin E. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 8.3.1920 Age 38. Grave Ref B.9.16.


ROBERTS George A. Pioneer. Husband of Elizabeth Matilda Roberts, "Knightsbridge", 77, Wenham Drive, Prittlewell. Died 3.3.1920 Age 46. I was unable to locate his Headstone. He is also commemorated at Avenue Road Baptist Church Memorial Plaque and appears on the Southend Roll of Honour, The Refectory, Priory Park, Victoria Avenue,Prittlewell.


YOUNG John Edward Rostron. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died 7.7.1917 Age 19. His body was never found after an aerial attack on 22 raiding bombers near the Nore Light. Born in Brixton he was son of William Simpson + Edith Maud Young and had 9 siblings, his father was a Solicitor in the City of London.


In this Cemetery there are other family graves, which contain Memorials to those lost in the Great War:-


BARRY John Saspper, Royal Engineers. Born in Westminster. Husband of Edith Barry (nee Dalaghan) 40, Ashburnham Road, Southend. He died 31.10.1918 Age 48.


CULFF Benjamin Edward. Private, Essex Regiment. Listed as a Civil Death. He had been medically discharged, as 'Unfit for Further Service due to poor eyesight', on 7th November 1919 and died 8.3.1920. Husband of Harriett Maria Culff (nee Baker), Fairfax Drive, Prittlewell. Formerly lived at 42, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.


DOWSETT Thomas William. Sergeant, Honourable Artillery Company. Son of Thomas (J.P.) + Mary Dowsett, 'Carhampton', Thorpe Hall Avenue, Southend. Died 30.1.1915.


GILBERT Frederick. Private, Norfolk Regiment. Son of Elizabeth Gilbert, 54, The Avenue, Beckenham, Kent. Husband of Emily Maria Gilbert (nee Lethieullier), 9, Scratton Road, Southend. Died 10.8.1917 Age 41 (43). Commemorated on Delhi Memorial, Face 1,India. He is buried at MURGHA MEHTARYA CAMP, INDIA.


GODWARD F.A. Driver, Royal Army Medical Corps. Husband of E.F.Godward, 32, North Road, Prittlewell. Died 29.4.1917 Age 37.

According to his Military Discharge Records he was Frederick Arthur Godward and enlisted at Warley, Essex 24.6.1916, being mobilised on 8.9.1916 and moved to Tidworth on 21.10.1916. His records show that he married Emily Florence Godward 29.12.1898 @ Rochfiord and they had 5 children by March 1916, living at 17, Summercourt Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. He was medically discharged on 7.3.1917, Age 40yrs 10 months having been diagnosed with Tuberculosis of the Lung. His War pension was terminated at the end of the week in which he died.


LEWIN W.S.(Seymour William) Private, Grenadier Guards. Husband of Elizabeth Williams (nee Warner), 125, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. formerly of 8, KIngston Terace, Hainault Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea + 35, St. John's Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Demobilised on 13.4.1919, he died 10.8.1919 age 38.


LEWIS Philip. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Commemorated on Gas Board memorial Plaque, Southend (Sutton Road) Crematorium. Died 15.10.1918 Age 31. Buried at LIJSSENHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XXX  D  11, BELGIUM.


MOSS P.C. (Percy Clifford). Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of George + Emma Moss, 11, Summercourt Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Formerly of 23, Park Street, Southend. Died 19.9.1918 Age 19.


ROGERS G.A. (George Albert) Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Born St. Pancras. Husband of Elizabeth Matilda Rogers, "Knightsbridge", 77, Wenham Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea. Formerly of 42, Wenham Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 3.3.1920 Age 46.


SHEPPARD John James Everitt. Private, Machine Gun Corps. Husband of Alice Gertrude Shepherd (nee Cope), 9, High Street, Wallingford, Berkshire. They had married in Willesden, in the last quarter of 1911.Died 9.7.1918 Age 30. Listed as a Civil Death.


WILLSMER Reginald Claude. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Born in Pitsea, son of Horace + Margaret Willsmer, 24, Eastwick Road, Southend. Died 27.10.1918 Age 18.

43.Southend Cemetery , Sutton Road

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Memorial Cross of Sacrifice ; no names are listed .

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                      The inscription on the base reads “ TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE 159 SOLDIERS WHO GAVE

                      THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. 123 OF WHOM LIE IN

                      THIS CEMETERY, 12 IN NORTH ROAD CEMETERY AND 24 IN LEIGH CEMETERY IN THE BOROUGH

                      OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA. THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

 

The Cemetery is well kept but some headstones have been laid down “In the interests of Health + Safety”. There  is no specific area  for Great War Military Memorials and the C.W.G.C. Headstones are scattered throughout  the  Cemetery

 

The Great War Memorial Stone -  which was removed from St.Erkenwald’s Church, shortly before that Church was demolished in 1995, and re-dedicated to the dead of  both World Wars and all subsequent conflicts.

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At the base of the memorial Stone is a plaque :-

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The inscription reads “ WE CANNOT TRULY VALUE PEACE UNLESS WE REMEMBER THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID. AS A SYMBOL OF THAT COST THIS 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL FROM THE PARISH OF ST.ERKENWALDS IS REDEDICATED HERE IN COMMEMORATIVE MEMORY OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN BOTH GREAT WORLD WARS AND SUBSEQUENT CONFLICTS”

 

Sadly the Memorial Stone is badly corroded and the names are no longer decipherable. An earlier exercise was undertaken to list the names and this can be found by visiting the churchplansonline.org/research website.

 

The Cemetery Church  from the east.

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                                                  A group of 9 Great War  C.W.G.C. Headstones:-

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 The nine C.W.G.C.headstones are situated on the east side of a north-south road beyond the “Cross of Sacrifice”

 

Details of the nine headstones  are:-

WATSON W. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 2.12.1916.

FROST A.J. Driver, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 31.7.1918.

CLAY E. Gunner, Canadian Field Artillery. Died 9.5.1915.

McAFFEY H. Private, Canadian Infantry. Died 11.3.1917.

ALEXANDER R.L. D.S.M. Chief Motor Mechanic, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 21.8.1918.** see below

CROWLEY J.M. Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Navy, HMS”Pembroke” Died 2.4.1919.

LANGMEAD H. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died 2.2.1918.

SKETCHLEY S. Sergeant,King’s Liverpool Regiment. Died 14.7.1917.

The following two soldiers are both commemorated on the same Headstone:-

KELLY M. Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died 4.8.1916.

QUILL P.J. Private, East Kent Regiment, The Buffs. Died 29.12.1916.


My research does not indicate that these were local men but, perhaps, they died at local Hospitals during the war.


**Roy Leslie Alexander was a New Zealander. He served on HMS"Hermione", a Coastal Motor Boat. Born 17.1.1897 and lived in Auckland. He enlisted on 10.11.1916 and sailed from Wellington on H.M.N.Z.Troopship '68' which sailed via Cape of Good Hope to Plymouth, arriving 30.1.1917. He was a qualified Motor Mechanic and was assigned to HMS "Hermione" which was allocated to the Coastal Motor Boats. He was then transferred to "Victory X" C.M.B.16. From 9.4.1918 until

31.5.1918 he served on H.M.S."Arrogant" before returning to H.M.S."Hermione". He was awarded the D.S.M. for action 22/23.4.1918 at Zeebrugge + Ostende whilst aboard H.M.S."Arrogant". He died on 21.8.1918 and his medical records shows "Died of peritonitis and heart failure following wounds received in action"

There is also a group of 6 Australian fallen , in the same area  further to the south

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These 6 are :-

NAYLOR J. Died 25.7.1916.           SPOONER E.M. Died 31.7.1916.           EMERY H.E.  Died 28.7.1916.

MITCHELL J.S. Died 8.2.1917.       ROBERTS  J.T. Died  18.2.1917.           SCOTT W.F.  Died 30.7.1916.

Again there is no indication of any link with Southend so I presume they may have died in local Hospitals during the war.


Some of the C.W.G.C. Headstones scattered amongst the general graves

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There are some interesting individual headstones to be found:-

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Two brothers commemorated on  one headstone: C.H.H.BROOKS, Private, The Queens. Died 8.1.1919. Aged 19 and F.O.BROOKS, Private, Machine Gun Corps. Died 17.10.1920 Aged  23. They were sons of Mr. T.J.Brooks, 81, Burdett Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.

This Headstone commemorates a lifetime soldier

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Alfred Frank BARKER, Quartermaster Sergeant, First Surrey Rifles. Died  7.11.1918 Aged 41.

He had served as a volunteer from 1895-1908 fighting in the South Africa (Boer War) Campaign. He then joined the Territorials in 1908 and served with them until his death. Son of Alfred Joseph + Amy Barker.

 

This Headstone was the only one to be found which commemorates a woman

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                  A(Alice).BRIGNELL, Member, Women’s Royal Air Force.Died 1.12.1918.(Age 23)

 

The following Headstone commemorates G.E.P.FRAMPTON, Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died 8.8.1920. Aged  25.

Might he be an ancestor of Mr.M.Frampton a recent Head Master of Southend High School for Boys?

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             The Cemetery contains a Naval Memorial, listing 8 men who died in the Great War.

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The inscriptions  on the Memorial Stone read:-

BOND J.T. Chief Petty Officer, H.M.Coastguard. Died  9.1.1918. Aged 57

 

COLLISON H.T. Deck Hand, Royal Navy, HMS “Actaeon” Died 22.9.1918. Aged 24.

 

EDGAR  F.W. Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Pembroke”. Died 27.12.1918.

 

EVANS  J. Chief Armourer, Royal Navy, HMS “Pembroke” Died  17.1.1918. Aged 43

 

FULCHER F.E. Stoker, 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Pembroke” Died 22.2.1919.

 

HEATH R.H. Trimmer, Royal Naval Reserve, HMS “Pembroke” Died  25.6.1917.

 

LAING-MEASON Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy,” H.M.S.Pembroke” Died 17.3.1917.

 

MANSFIELD J. Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS “Pembroke” , Died 10.6.1917. Aged 35

 

None of the above appear on the Southend “Roll of Honour”. HMS “Pembroke” was the training depot at Sheerness. HMS “Actaeon” was the torpedo training school at Sheerness.

 

 

    The Cemetery also contains a Military Memorial , listing 18 men who died in the Great War                                                                                                                                                              

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The inscriptions  on the Memorial Stone read:-

 

COTGROVE  V.W.* Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 31.5.1917. Aged 20.

 

COX  W.L. Private, Army Cyclist Corps. Died 17.9.1917. Aged 20.

 

DICKS  H. Private, Training Reserve Battalion. Died  9.3.1917. Aged  18.

 

ELLIOTT  W. Private, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died  8.11.1915. Aged 38.

 

FITCH A.J. Private, Training Reserve Battalion. Died  12.3.1917. Aged 19.

 

JENKINS  F.G. Private, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died  5.7.1917. Aged 20.

 

LAIRD  J. Private, Argylle + Sutherland Highlanders. Died 26.1.1916. Aged 26.

 

MILLS  G.W.F.  Able Seaman, Royal Navy, "HMS “Victory”. Died  8.2.1916.

 

POLLARD  S. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died  7.7.1917. Aged 28.

 

POND T.G. * Driver, Royal Army Service Corps. Died  8.11.1918. Aged 38.

 

ROSE  B.  Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died  8.6.1916. Aged 32.

 

SAULTERS S. Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles. Died  27.11.1915. Aged 45.

 

SLATER  G.E.  Private, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 7.10.1915.

 

STANLEY-CLARKE  J.G. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Died 22.1.1916.

 

STURT  W.* Sergeant, Royal Engineers. Died 15.5.1918.

 

WARD  C.W.  Private, Essex Regiment. Died 22.2.1919. Aged 34.

 

WATTS  W.* Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died  26.6.1916.

 

WRIGHT  H.B. Training Reserve Battallion . Died  16.3.1917. Aged 18.

 

Only the 4 names marked * appear on the Southend “Roll of Honour”.

 

Other C.W.G.C. and Family gravestones are located in the Cemetery. Many appear to have no direct link to Southend + District and it may be that the deaths were in local hospitals. I list them below:-

 

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION HEADSTONES

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ALEXANDER  Roy Leslie.(D.S.M.) Chief Motor Mechanic, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S."Hermione". Died 21.8.1918 Age 21. H.M.S."Hermione" was a 4,360 ton cruiser launched on 7.11.1893. It became the H.Q. for launches and coastal boats and was used as a Southampton Guard Ship between 1916 and 1919. After the war she was sold and became training shIp H.M.S."Warspite" and was finally scrapped in September 1940. I can find no record of any action involving HMS "Hermione" and it may be that R.L.Alexander succumbed to the influenza outbreak in 1918.


ALLEN  H.B.H. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 13.12.1915. GRAVE B.1850.

 

BELLFIELD  W.H.F. Private, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Walter + Minnie Bellfield of Dover. Died 17.8.1915 Age 25.


BASSFORD  Harold Edwin. Sargeant, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds  10.11.1918. Age 26. GRAVE C.405. On the 1911 Census he is listed as 19 years old, unmarried, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, Fulwood Barracks, Preston, Lancs. Born in Tottenham.


BROOKS Edmund H. Private, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died 15.7.1918 Age 37. Grave  E.4635.

 

BROPHY  Denis  Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died 5.7.1915 Age 27. In 1911 Census he is a serving soldier based at Campbellpore Barracks, North West Frontier, India. His birthplace is recorded as Tipperary, Ireland. Also listed on the gravestone is N.Downie whom you will find further down this list.

 

BRUCE Charles William. Captain, Gordon Highlanders + Royal Flying Corps. Died 22.11.1917 Age 22.

 

CALVERT Arthur Nelson. Private, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Robert Murray + Carla Calvert, 42, Honiton Road, Southend.

He was a former Southend Corporation Pier Tram Conductor. Died 27.10.1918 Age 25.

 

CAMPBELL  J. Private, Black Watch. Died 21.4.1915 Age 17. Also listed on the gravestone is J.H.Foulsham whom you will find further down this list.

 

CHAPPELL  E. Private, Loyal North Lancs Regiment. Died 22.6.1915 Age 40. Also listed on the gravestone is V.R.Dodds whom you will find further down this lsit.


CHIPP Frederick Cleverly. Private, London Regiment. Son of Mrs. Louisa Elizabeth Chipp, 8, Manor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 10.7.1920. Age 24. GRAVE 2568.


CHUTER  A. Sergeant, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 17.7.1918 Age 26.


DODDS Victor Robinson  Lance Sergeant, Durham Light Infantry. Died 17.6.1915 Age 23. Also listed on ths gravestone is E.Chappell whom you will find further up this list.


DOWNIE  N. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 9.7.1915 Age 27. Also listed on this gravestone is D.Brophy whom you will find further up this list.


EMMONS Walter. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of George + Martha Emmons, born in Hockley. Husband of Rose Emmons, 12, Trinity Road, Southchurch. Died 4.1.1919 Age 41. GRAVE E.5069. On 1911 Census he was living with is wife of 10 years and three children at 23, Southchurch Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.


FOULSHAM  John Harry. Private, Royal Lancashie Regiment. Died 15.5.1915 Age 28. Also listed on this gravestone is J.Campbell whom you will find further up this list.


FREEMANTLE  E. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Died 26.1.1915 Age 17. Also listed on this gravestone is F.H.HARBERT whom you will find further down this list.


GRIFFITHS  R. Private, S.Lancashire Regiment. Died 26.9.1916 Age 38. Also listed on this gravestone is W.Hill, whom you will find further down this list.


HARBERT F.H. (Harry F.) Riflemand, Rifle Brigade. Died 6.1.1915 Age 40. Also listed on this gravestone is E.Freemantle who you will find further up this list.


HAWKINS  E.J. Private, The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 2.9.1918 Age 37.


HILL  W. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 19.9.1916 Age 21. Also listed on this gravestone is R.Griffiths whom you will find further up this list.


JOHNSON  J. Private, Royal Lancashiue Regiment. Died 15.5.1915  Age 30.


KERNAGHAN  F.W. Private, East Kent Regiment, The Buffs. Died 31.10.1918 Age 31.


LEECH William Leonard B. Rifleman, London Regiment. Son of Dr. + Mrs. Leech, Woolpit, Suffolk. Died 15.5.1915 Age 27.


McAFEE  H. Private, Canadian Infantry. Died 11.3.1917 Age 26.


OPIE  H.N. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 6.5.1915 Age 19. Also listed on this gravestone is G.F.Webb whom you will find further down this list.


PLAYSTED  Frank. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Died 13.4.1915 Age 24. Also listed on this gravestone is R.E.Salusbury whom you will find further down this list.


ROBERTS  John Thomas. Private, Australian Infantry. Died 18.2.1917 Age 20.


SALUSBURY  Richard Ernest. Lance Sergeant, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died 20.3.1915 Age 25. Also listed on this gravestone is F.Playsted whom you will find further up this list.


SAWYER  George. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died 23.4.1919 Age 33.


SAUNDERS Alfred George. Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, R.A.F., Died 16.2.1918 Age 33.


STOBIE  H.B. Lance Corporal, Rifle Brigade. Died 19.3.1915 Age 45. Also listed on this gravestone is S.R.Williams whom you wil lfind further down this list.


TAYLOR  A.G. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Died 8.8.1915 Age 23.


TYLER  George. Private, Royal Defence Corps. Husband of Eliza Ann Tyler, 23, Essex Street, Southend. Died 17.7.1920 Age 70. Grave no. E.4457.


WARREN  W. Chief Petty Officer, H.M.S."Pembroke". Died 24.5.1919 Age 37.


WEBB  George F. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Died 8.4.1915 Age 25. Also listed on this gravestone is H.N.Opie whom you will find further up this list.


WILLIAMS  Sidney Roland. Private, Border Regiment. Died 12.1.1915 Age 18. Also listed on this gravestone is H.B.Stobie whom you will find further up this list.


YELVERTON  Hilton Charles. Sergeant, Australian Infantry Force. Son of Eloise Yelverton, 28, Napier Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia. Died 21.10.1916 @ Rochford Age 21. There is also a Family Grave which states his age as 22.


There is also a gravestone with the Belgian Flag and lion:-


CROUSSE Pierre J.  Soldat, 8th Regiment de Ligne. Born at  Chapelle-les Herlaimont 11.9.1890. Died 28.10.1914. Grave no. E3300.


FAMILY GRAVES LISTING MILITARY PERSONNEL

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BOWLES Cecil Henry. Corporal, Army Service Corps. Son of Henry + Edith Bowles of Southend. Drowned 'on active service' 4.5.1917. Buried at ST.JEAN-CAP-FERRET COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ALPES MARITIMES, FRANCE. There is a record of H.M.Troopship "TRANSYLVANIA" being torpedoed by U Boats on 4.5.1917.whilst en route from Marseilles to Cairo and it is therefore probable that he was on this ship. See "Loss of Lives at Sea " section for details of H.M.T."Transylvania" incident.


DILKE  Hugh Stanley. died 12.3.1915 - listed as a Civil Death @ Rochford 3/1915

DILKE  John. Gold Coast Government Railway. Died 'Lost at Sea' 7-9.11.1917 Age 32

Both are on the same Family Grave.


DODD   Stanley Thomas Roberts. Only son of Frank + Elizabeth Dodd, 13, St.Ann's Road, Southend. Died 17.11.1918 Age 18. Listed as a Civil Death @ LIchfield.


BARTER  Easter James Hayter. Lance Corporal, N.Z.Exp.Force. Son of Edwin James + Mary Maria Barter, 20, Britannia Road, Westcliff. Died 3.8.1918 Age 34 @ Brockenhurst.


JACKSON  Edward George Oliphant. Flt. Sub-Lieutenant, R.N.A.S., H.M.Airship C.7. Son of Frederick + Emily Jackson. Died 21.4.1917.


JOHNSON Christopher M. Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Son of Harry A. + Jane B. Johnson of Southend. Died 21.10.1918 in Murmansk, Russia. His C.W.G.C. headsone is in Murmansk.


RAMUZ  Louis F.A., Husband of Elizabeth Jane Ramuz, The Cottage, San Remo Parade, Westcliff. Son of F.F. + M.E.Ramuz. Died 15.9.1915 AGE 35. Listed as a Civil Death @ Rochford.


SCRUTON  Howard Donald Buchan. Lance Corporal, Scottish Regiment. Grandson of Edwin + Diana Scruton, The Haven, Kingsway, Westcliff. Died 20.7.1916 AGE 20.With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 4D, FRANCE.


SHAW  George H.(N)  Died 22.7.1920 Age 29. Listed as a Civil Death @ Rochford.


STEEL  Robert.  Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Son of Richard John + Emily Alice Steel, 20, Meynell Crescent, Hackney. Died 5.12.1919 Age 27. Listed as a Civil Death @ Rochford.


WEBB  F.C. Private, London Regiment. Son of George F. + Emily Webb, 54, Chalk Farm Road, St.Pancras, London. 'Died of wounds in France'  5.12.1917 Age 21. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XXXI  A  1A, FRANCE.


WEDD  Archie.  Late Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers, Son of Edward (J.P.) + Catherine Wedd, White Hall, Great Wakering. 'Severely wounded in France'. Died 5.7.1921 Age 32. Listed as a Civil Death @ Rochford.


WILLIAMS  Edward Leofwin. Private, London Scottish Regiment. Third son of Alfred + Margaret Agnes Williams Died 22.1.1915 Age 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

WILLIAMS  W. Hutton. Capt. 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment. Eldest son of Alfred + Margaret Agnes Williams. Husband of Violet Woodfall Hutton Williams. Died 8.5.1915 Age 40. Buried at GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, GRAVE VIII  J  14, FRANCE.

Both are on the same Family Grave. Margaret died 1921 @ Rochford.

44.The Civic Centre , Victoria Avenue , Southend

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There is a  Memorial Plaque dedicated to those Council employees who lost their lives in both World Wars. Below it is  a Book of Remembrance. It is located  inset into a wall, behind reflective glass, just to the south of the internal entrance to the restaurant on the ground floor.

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The inscription reads:-

” TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE EMPLOYEES OF THE CORPORATION OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN TWO WORLD WARS AND WHOSE  NAMES ARE RECORDED IN THE BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE”

45.Clifftown Memorial Hall , Nelson Mews , Southend

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In the centre of Southend I discovered a Memorial which is not listed in any official Great War Memorials indices. On the south side of Nelson Mews, the portion which runs east to west alongside the former Cliff Town Congregational Church, at the rear of the Church building is located the Cliff Town Memorial Hall.

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Inset into the wall, to the west of the blue entrance door, is a Memorial Stone.

The inscription reads “ TO THE GLORY OF GOD. CLIFF TOWN MEMORIAL HALL. THIS HALL WAS ERECTED IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF CLIFF TOWN WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918.

MINISTER REV.D.EWART JAMES M.A. – 1925”

This entire building was constructed as a Memorial at a cost of £8009.The opening ceremony was held on 9th September 1925 and was conducted by the Mayor, Councillor D.Tweedie-Smith (Reported in Council Minutes as “D.Tweedy-Smith”. The Tweedie-Smith family lost two men in the Great War and they are commemorated on a Plaque in the clubhouse at Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.) By the end of the opening day some £5616 in subscriptions had been raised. The hall was in regular use until the gradual demise of the Congregational Church, the Church being sold off to the Southend/Essex University campus in 2007. Records indicated that there are 4 Memorial Tablets inside the church but they had been removed to store in the care of the Church and I located them in Wakering.

 

The Tweedie-Smith family grave is in SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY and contains a C.W.G.C. World War Two headstone commemorating the loss of another member of the family in that conflict.

46.East Hawkwell + Ashingdon Memorial Hall, Ashingdon Road,Ashingdon

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At the opposite end of the hall to the stage is a Memorial Plaque, the top section listing those who fell in The Great War and the bottom section listing those who fell in WW2.

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ALLEN  John (a)

ALMACK  Edward Poulton (d)        

BAKER  William (a) (c)

BRIGHT  Arthur  (b) (c) (d)

BRIGHT  William Henry  (d)

CARVERLEY  Ronald (d)

CATTON  Charles (d)

CROFT  William (a) (c)

DOUGLAS  Henry Kenneth (d)

FLAVELL  Thomas (a) (c)

HORNUNG  Arthur Oscar (d)

KELLEY  Frank (d)

KEYES  Cleveland  M.C (d)

MARKQUICK  Arthur Christian (d)

MARKQUICK  John Alfred (d)

OGLESBY  William Henry (b) (c) (d)

STROUD  Henry Clifford (d)

TYLER  Elias George (c) (d)

VEALE  Noel (d)

WHITAKER  John (d)

WITNEY  Harold Charles (d)

 

Names marked (a) are included on a Memorial Tablet, St.Mary’s Church, Rectory Road, Hawkwell.

Names marked (b) are included on a Memorial Plaque, St.Peter + St.Paul’s Church, Church Road, Hockley.

Names marked (c) are included on the Hockley War Memorial, Spa Junction, Hockley.

Names marked (d) are included on the Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Church Road,  Ashingdon.

 

Details of the above individuals are contained in the sections relevant to their alternative listings.

47.Eastwood Memorial Hall, Cnr. Rayleigh Road + Lambeth Road, Eastwood

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On the internal, west, wall hangs a wooden Memorial Board listing 26 names of men from  Eastwood who fell during the Great War.

The inscription above the names reads “ IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE FOLLOWING MEN OF EASTWOOD WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE  DURING THE GREAT WAR  1914 – 1918 “

 

L.G. ALDRIDGE                                             A.LAY

G.BACON                                                     H.LAYZELL

H.BACON                                                     A.J.MAYNARD

A.BOWRING                                                 C.MOSS

G.COX                                                         W.McLENNAN

W.EASLEA                                                   B.NUNN

S.EDWARDS                                                 H.J.NUNN

S.GRANT                                                      F.POWLING

A.HOARE                                                     C.H.RICE

J.HOARE Junr.                                            A.SHUTTLEWORTH

W.HAVIS                                                     A.TURNER

C.J.JONES                                                   T.WEBB

M.LAMB                                                      A.WELLS

 

I believe there to be two errors on the Board which have since been corrected

W.McLENNAN should read W.McLELLAN

A,SHUTTLEWORTH should read W.SHUTTLEWORTH

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All but 7 of the  names appear on the Memorial Banner in St.Laurence Church, Eastwoodbury Lane and the details of those 19 men can be found in that section.

 

The 7 names not listed there , A.L.BOWRING , E.C.COX , W.A.EASLEA , C.J.W.JONES , A.LAY , C.MOSS and W.McLELLAN

all appear on the “Southend Roll of Honour” ,The Refectory, Priory Park.


Additionally

S.R.GRANT appears on the “Prittlewell Roll of Honour”, South Porch, St.Mary’s Church, Prittlewell

A.E.TURNER  appears on the Memorial Plaques, All Saints Church, Sutton Road/Southchurch Road junction.

 

Their full details can be found in those sections.

48.Essex County Bowls Club , First Avenue, Chalkwell, Southend

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Memorial Plaque in honour of their members and their sons, who died and those who served and returned.

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The inscription reads “ROLL OF HONOUR. MEMBERS & MEMBERS SONS WHO SERVED THEIR KING & COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR. 1914-1918”

 

A list of those who lost their lives follows:-

Killed in action:

EWINGS    H.W.H. *

 

HOWARD  L.R. Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers. Died 27.3.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 6 + 8, Belgium.

 

HURNDALL   C.D. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of Charles & Elizabeth Hurndall, “Gulval”, Westbury Road, New Malden, Surrey. Born in Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 30.12.1918 Age 21. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE F5525.

 

LANE  W.E.W. Private, Hampshire Regiment. Died 1.7.1916. Buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE V I A  E  5, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

MABBS  Herbert George (C). Corporal, London Regiment. Son of Thomas & Mary Isabella Mabbs, 10, Prittlewell Square, Southend. Died 23(21).1.1917 Age 23. Buried at RUE-DU-BACQUEROT, No.1 MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE II  K  12, FRANCE. 

 

RADFORD  J.A.T. *

 

TWEEDIE-SMITH  A.M. *

 

Died of Wounds:

BAKER  Sidney -  No information found.

 

ROBERTSON  A.W. *

TWEEDIE-SMITH D. *

 

Members & Sons of Members:(As there is no information to be found on the following 4 individuals there is a strong possibility that they all served in the war but returned and are merely listed as being related to Members of the Bowls Club.)

BARROW  F.E. – No information found

COUCHER  F.M. – No information found

TAPPENDEN  E – No information found.

NICOL  Rev. C.Erskine – No information found.

 

Those marked * are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and their full details can be found in that section.

 

There then follows a list of the names of those who returned. Included in this list is a third member of the TWEEDIE-SMITH family, L.TWEEDIE-SMITH. In 1925 the Cliff Town Memorial Hall, Southend was opened in memory of all those of Cliff Town who lost their lives in the Great War and the opening was carried out by the Mayor of Southend – Councillor R. TWEEDY-SMITH(Spelling taken from Council Minutes; however in a Newspaper Article the mayor is referred to as “Councillor R.Tweedie-Smith”)

 

49.Memorial Hall, High Street, Great Wakering

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Towards the eastern end of the High Street, near it’s junction with Chapel Lane, on the south side of the road is the Memorial Hall.

Above the internal doors to the Hall hang two framed lists of names. The inscription reads that the names are those listed on the 1914/18: 1939/45 Memorial in St.Nicholas Church, Great Wakering. There are, however, several names missing from the lists hanging above the doors and the list of names appears to be incomplete. The full list of names is contained in the section relative to St.Nicholas Church.

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The 1914/18 names listed in the frames are:-

AYLETT Alfred Edward, BAILEY Frederick George, BAILEY Thomas William, BARTON Ernest, BEADLE Thomas, S. BENSON Sidney C., BROWN Charles E., BURGESS Christopher C., BURLES James, BURRELS William John, BYGRAVE John W., CRIPPS Reginald Richard, FOWLER Robert J., GOULD William, GRIMSHAW Walter, GRIGG Arthur, GRIGG George William, GRIMES Arthur J., HOOKEY William G., JUNIPER Ralph Henry, KIRBY William Henry Charles, LIQUORISH William Edwin, LIZMORE Robert, LIZMORE Glen, MASON John, MOBBS Edward George, MOORE Isaac John, MOORE Philip, MOSS William E., PADDINGTON John, RAPER Frank Alexander D’Arbly, RAYNER George, REVELL James, RIVERS Walter S., SHILLING William Edward, WILDER Herbert, WOODS Sidney O., WYATT David George and WYATT Henry.

 

The following names are listed (not in alphabetical order) on the last, right hand, panel:-

SIMPSON Sidney F., SMITH Daniel, SMITH Ephraim G., SMITH Porter A., SMITH Sydney M., TURNER Walter, VENTRIS William WADE George W. and WEDD Edward P.W.

 

50.Southend & Westcliff Hebrew Congregation

Finchley Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

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All records show that the Great War Memorial stone is located at the Alexandra Road, Southend premises but this site was sold over 10 years ago and the Plaque was moved to Finchley Road. Sadly it has not been re-erected and it lies in  a store basement under some stairs.

The names listed for The Great War are:-

FINE  S.

JACOBS  M.

MOSELEY  M.S.C.

NOVITZKY  H.M.

TRUEFITT  C.J.

TRUEFITT  E.E.

 

The above names are also on the War Memorial, Jewish Cemetery, Stock Road, Southend-on-Sea and full details are included under that section.

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51.Mayflower Public House, Leigh-on-Sea , Old Town

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Recently discovered, set into a wall in a rear garden, is a Memorial Tablet which was originally in Hamlet Court Road School (Leigh Road School). The school was located on the north-west corner of the Leigh Road/Hamlet Court Road junction in Westcliff-on-Sea. This site is now a Public Car Park and Toilets, the school having been demolished some years ago.

It is not known how the Memorial came to be located in Old Leigh but it is thought that when the school was damaged by enemy aircraft bombing in World War Two the Memorial may have been moved during restoration work. It is possible that the property in Old Leigh was lived in by a teacher or former pupil of the school.

The Memorial, about 3ft high, is now inset in the rear, south, garden wall of the Mayflower Public House and it faces north. It was hidden behind a large gazebo on my visit and the inscription was hard to decipher, having been weather beaten over the years.

There are no names listed on the Memorial .

 

The inscription reads: “ In Glorious Memory of the OLD BOYS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR  1914 – 1918. May we that live be worthy of our dead “

The Southend Branch of Essex Family History Society were fortunate to be able to obtain the Ledgers of Hamlet Court Road School and they transcribed the 93 names listed therein as being those former pupils from the school who perished in the Great War

ABBOTT W.,ALDER H.G.,ANDERSON E.,ARBER A.G.,BALL H.E.,BANWELL J.,BARKAS F.J.,BARNES I.G.,BE(R)GERNIE A.E.,BENDIX E.,BENFIELD G.V.,BERNSTEIN C.N.,BERRY W.,BERRY H.,BIRCH F.G.,BLACKWELL F.T., BONHAM A.,BOYLE P.R.,BROOK C.H.,BROWN W.R.,BROWN I.S.,BRUCE W.,BURLEY L.,CASSINI R.,CHILD R.V.,CLARK A.R.,CLARK S.B.,CLOW F.S COOCH H.W.,DEATH H.,DINES P.J.,DOLE C.L.,EDWARDS L.J.,FLACK E.G., FLACK F.C.,FLORY S.B.,FRANKLIN F.,FRITH R.W.,FRYER E.,GOOD H.J.,GOULD L.L.,GREEN W.W.,HARVEY W.,HICKS B.,HOLLAND F.,HOWARD R.D.,HOWARD F.A.,HUNT L.,JAMES H.,JEFFREYS A.,JOHNSON H.,JOHNSON I.F.,JONES I.G.,KING H.G.,LANGLEY G.,LAY G.S.,LINDSEY P.,LITTLE G. LOCKWOOD C.,LYONS E.,MacGREGOR C.,MACKIE H.,MACKLIN J.C.,MAYS S.G.,MEAD J.R.,MORING B.,NANCARROW P.,OWEN G.T.,PATMAN F.J.,PATTEN P.,PAYNE A.,PIPER C.D.,POLLARD J.,REA(E)D F.H.,RICHES B.,ROBERTS S.O.(A),SCUTCHING L.J. SEAMAN H.,SIMS E.V.,SPIEGL A.,SUFFILED R.T.,THIPTHORPE F.C.,TUCK H.J.,WARREN M.,WATERMAN A., WEARE D. WILLIAMS E.,WILLSMER R.C.,WILSON (C.W.) R.C.,WINTER D.G.,WOLVERTON A.,WOOD J.,WORDLEY J.

 

The above named appear on a selection of local Memorials, viz :- Southend Roll of Honour; Prittlewell Roll of Honour; Southend High for Boys Roll of Honour; St.Saviours Church, Kings Road, Memorial; Avenue Road Baptist Church Memorial; All Saints Church, Sutton Road Memorial Plaques; St.Marks Church, Princes Street, Memorial; United Reform Church, Chelmsford Avenue Memorial; St.Albans Church, St.Johns Road, Memorial; Chalkwell Park Methodist Church Memorial, Providence Church, East Street, Memorial.

 

Some names are listed on only one of the above Memorials but some are listed on two or even three different Memorials.

 

There are 8 names on the above list who do not appear on any other local Memorials:-

BALL   H.E.  Bedfordshire Regiment. dd.26.4.1917 Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated  at ARRAS MEMORIAL, FRANCE

 

BERNESTEIN   C.N.  Queen Victoria Rifles. dd.14.4.1917 Aged 20. Buried at WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE VI  F  2, FRANCE


BONHAM A. (Alfred Edmund) Australian Machine Gun Corps. Son of Mr J. + Mrs E. Bonham, formerly of 14, Silverdale Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. On 7th May 1914 he emigrated, age 16, per ss "Marathon' of Aberdeen Line (4955 tons gross) to Sydney and settled in Alstonville which is approximately 120 miles south of Brisbane. He enlisted in the 7th Australian Machine Gun Corps and died of wounds, during the battle of Passchendale, 4.10.1917 Age 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 31, BELGIUM. The documents sent to his family by the Australian authorities state he was educated at "Southend Technical School" and was a native of Leeds, Yorkshire.

His details have been discovered in a Southend High School for Boys magazine from 1916 and his name is to be added to their Roll of Honour in the school hall. (See section 58) The following additional information has been received from Melbourne:-

He enlisted on 13.9.1915 in Lismore, New South Wales and left for Europe on 31.1.1916, arriving in Marseilles, via Alexandria, on 23.3.1916. He was then hospitalised, finally joining 26th Australian Infantry Battallion on 13.5.1916. He then joined the 7th Australian Machine Gun Company on 19.11.1916. Shortly afterwards he was hospitalised again, suffering from pharyngitis and was taken to England for recovery, rejoining the Base Depot back in France on 28.4.1917 where he stayed until re-joining 7th M.G.C. on 25.9.1917.

He was wounded in action on 4.10.1917 and died of wounds before reaching the dressing station. He was recorded as having been buried at Zonnebecke. It is probable that he died at the Battle of Broonseinde. (This was the only time in the Great War that four ANZAC Divisions fought together:- 1st, 2nd + 3rd Australians and The New Zealand Division)

Included with his service records is a hand-written letter from his mother, Emily Marie, showing that she received a War Pension of A40/- per fortnight. As his nominated next of kin she also received his Memorial Scroll, Memorial Plaque, 1914/1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals. She also received the pamphlet 'Where the Australians Rest'.

It is presumed that his body could not be located after the war and thus he has no individual war grave.

 

JOHNSON  I.F.  Cape Corps. dd.18.10.18 . Buried at KIMBERLEY WEST CEMETERY, SECTION E, ROW C, GRAVE 27, SOUTH AFRICA.

 

SUFFIELD  R.T.  Kings Royal Rifle Corps. dd. 3.5.1917 Aged 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

 

There are 3 remaining  names in the School Ledgers :-

BURLEY  L.     Essex   Regiment 

JONES I.G.     Essex Regiment                

MACKLIN J.C. Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

 

There are no entries for any of the above 3 in either “Soldiers Died in the Great War” or “Roll of Men from Southend-on-Sea + District who fell for Their Country in the Great War 1914-1919”. There are no records for them in Commonwealth War Graves either. Nor can I find any Civil Death records for them.

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52.War Memorial , Spa Junction, Hockley

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In September 2008 a new Memorial was erected at the junction of Southend Road and Woodlands Road, Hockley . It is located on the south side opposite the Spa Hotel.

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It lists the fallen from both World Wars. There are 50 names from The Great War:-

 

ALLEN John Charles,  Private, Suffolk Regiment. Died 10.5.1917. Age 28.Buried at FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  E  12, WANCOURT, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the Great War Plaque, St.Mary's Church, Hawkwell, Essex.

 

BAKER Thomas Sidney.  2nd Lieutenant, London Regiment. Died 10(14)4.1917 Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 10,  FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH,  HOCKLEY.

 

BAKER William.   Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of Arthur & Edith Baker, Olianna Cottage,  Hockley. Died 10.7.1917 Age 18. With no known grave he is commemorated at NIEUPOORT MEMORIAL, BLEGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Great War Plaque, St.Mary's Church, Hawkwell, Essex.              

 

BALDRY Garnett Stanley Montague.  Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Florence M.Baldry, Ark Cottages

Stroud Green, Rochford. Died 21.12.1918 Age 34. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

BAYNES  Ben Arthur.  Private, Essex Regiment. Brother of Mrs.Leedale, Windermere Cottage, Folly Lane, Hockley. Died 12.10.1916 Aged 34. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

BEWERS Henry Robert.  Private, Suffolk Regiment. Died 18.8.1916 Age 38. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 1C+2E, SOMME, FRANCE.

   

BREEWOOD Thomas.  Private, East Surrey Regiment. Son of  Mr + Mrs E.J.Breewood, Ancient Cottage, Bull Lane, Hockley. Died (10)16.8.1916 Age 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 6B+6C, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

BRIGHT Arthur.  Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S.”Invincible”. Son of Walter +  Ellen Bright of Hockley. Died 31.5.1916 Age 19. With no known grave he is  commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL REF 20, KENT. (See Chapter  “Loss of Lives at Sea” for full details of HMS “Invincible” incident).He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST PAUL CHURCH,  HOCKLEY.

 

BROWN Albert Henry. Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. H.M.Troopship “Benalder”.  Son of  Samuel Brown,

Greensward Lane, Hockley. Died of pneumonia in Dundee Hospital, Scotland, 12.3.19 Aged 19. Buried  ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCHYARD, HOCKLEY and commemorated on the  MEMORIAL BOARD there.

 

BROWN Herbert Edward Holding. Corporal, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Born and educated in Hockley. Lived at 62, Milton  Street, Southend-on-Sea. Died 9.4.1917 Age 34. Buried at FAUBOURG D’AMIENS CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  P  18, ARRAS, FRANCE. 

 

BUNDICK Benjamin. Petty Officer, Stoker, Royal Navy, HMS “Vanguard”. Son of Frederick + Hannah Bundick, Hawkwell, Hockley. Died 9.7.1917 Age 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 23, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for full details of HMS “Vanguard” incident.)

 

CARTER James William(William). Private, Middlesex Regiment. Lived at Olicana Cottage, Hawkwell. Died  of “illness” 23.7.1917. Age 47. Buried at ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE III  B  8, FRANCE.  

 

CLAYDEN Walter (William)  Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Willie Hill Clayden, Railway Cottage, Hockley. Died 18.11.1916 Age 22(27). Buried at STUMP ROAD CEMETERY, GRAVE A 38, GRANDCOURT, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

CROFT William.  Lance Corporal, 1st Irish Rifles. Lived at Holly Cottage, Hawkwell. Died 16.3.1915. Age 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 33, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Great War Plaque, St.Mary's Church, Hawkwell, Essex.   

 

FLAVELL Thomas Wright. Private, Australian Infantry. Son of Frank + Rose Flavell, Hawkwell, Essex. Died (22)27.8.1915. Age 22. He had emigrated to Australia to learn sheep farming and he enlisted there. With no known grave he is commemorated at LONE PINE  MEMORIAL REF 61, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on a MEMORIAL TABLET, ST.MARY'S CHURCH, RECTORY ROAD, HAWKWELL.

 

FLETCHER Walter - No details found

           

GALPIN Leonard Charles.  Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers. Lived at 43, Claremont Road, Hockley. Son of James T.H.+ Elizabeth Caroline Galpin. Died of wounds 2.7.1916 Age 22. Buried at LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  A 24, CORBIE, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the SOUTHEND ROLL OF HONOUR, THE REFECTORY, PRIORY PARK, VICTORIA AVENUE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, City of London Cemetery, London.

 

GARDINER Arthur Edward.  DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL. Petty Officer, Stoker, Royal Navy, HMS  “Russell”. Son of Walter + Sarah Gardiner, 7, Gladstone Terrace, Hockley. Died 27.4.1916 Age 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM  MEMORIAL, REF 17, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Russell” Incident). He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST. PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

GIBSON Pendarves Christopher Foll. Captain, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Edward P + Flora E. Gibson. Died 10.4.1917 Age 37. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, St.Peter + St.Paul Church, Hockley, Essex.

 

GRIGG George William. Lance Corporal, London Regiment. Son of James + Eliza Grigg, Great Wakering. Died 17.6.1917 Age 24. Buried at BRANDHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  K  11, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Great Wakering War Memorial, Great Wakering, Essex.

 

HARRIS Robert William. Corporal, 10th Hussars. Died 4.4.1918. Age 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 4, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

HEARD John William.  Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS “Pembroke” + H.M.Minelayer “Angora”.  Son of Mrs Heard, Francis Farm, Hockley. Died of gastritis, in hospital in Chatham 4.11.1915 Age 31. Buried  at GILLINGHAM (WOODLANDS) CEMETERY, NAVAL GRAVE 22, 1147, KENT. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

HIMPETT Edward George. Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Son of  A.Himpett, Wharf Cottage, Hullbridge. Died 19.11.1917 Age 23. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XXX  L  29, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD,  ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

HIMPETT William. Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Mrs A.Himpett, 7, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge. Died 22.3.1918 Age 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 28+ 29. FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

HORRIGAN Daniel.  Warrant Officer, Royal Navy, HMS “Formidable”. Lived in Hawkwell. He was amongst the survivors when HMS “Formidable” sank on 1.1.1915 but suffered exposure. He died as a result 7.10.1916 Age 30. He is buried in HAWKWELL.  There is no record of him on C.W.G.C. and J.H.Burrows book has his date of death as 30.9.1916. He is recorded on the Civil Deaths, 3rd Quarter 1916, in Rochford District V4a P.732, which would indicate that he had been medically discharged from the Navy prior to his death.

 

HYMAS Leonard Threadgold. Driver, Royal Army Service Corps. Son of Mr H.Hymas, Sycamore House, Hawkwell. Died 5.11.1918 of influenza Age 32(28). Buried at TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE VII  C  5, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the  MEMORIAL  BOARD, SOUTHEND HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS, PRITTLEWELL CHASE, SOUTHEND.

 

KENT Reginald Frederick. Corporal, Honourable Artillery Company. Son of W.Gipps Kent, The Myrtles, Hockley. Died 16.6.1915 Age 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 9, YPRES, BELGIUM. He is also Commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

KING Charles – No details found. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

MERRYFIELD Sidney  (Frederick Sidney).  Lance Corporal, Machine Gun Corps. Employed by Mr.Baker, the butcher, in Hockley. Lived in Prittlewell. He is also  commemorated at PRITTLEWELL ROLL OF HONOUR, ST.MARYS CHURCH,  PRITTLEWELL. Died of wounds 6.9.1916 Age 21. Buried at ST.SEVER CEMETERY, GRAVE B  23  26, ROUEN, FRANCE.

 

MOSS Angus. Private, Army Service Corps. Son of Benjamin + Annie Moss, Hockley. Died 22.12.1914. Age 29. Buried at HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  F  35 FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.


NICHOLSON William Thomas - No details found

 

NORTON John Arthur. Captain, Special List. Died 19.11.1915. Buried at HOCKLEY (ST.PETER + ST.PAUL) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

OGLESBY William Henry. Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Son of J.A.Oglesby of Ashingdon. Died 3.7.1916. Age 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 11D, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also ommemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

PETCHEY Frederick Ernest. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at Bartons Farm, Hockley. Died 28.6.1917 Age 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 85-87, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

PILGRIM Thomas Clarkson. Private, Duke of  Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Died of wounds, suffered at Ypres Nov.1914, at Netley Hospital, Southampton 31.5.1915 Age 21. Buried at NETLEY MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE CE 1697, HAMPSHIRE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

                                              

PRIOR Edward Thomas. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Son of Albert + Annie Prior, Station Road, Hockley. Died  6.8.1915 Age 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at TWELVE TREE  COPSE CEMETERY, SPECIAL MEMORIAL C 146, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.

 

RICE Charles Henry. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Celia Rice, Stanley Lodge, Eastwood. Died  8.10.1915 Age 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 85-87, FRANCE.

 

RIX Percival. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Robert + Hannah Rix, Station Approach, Hockley. Died 27.3.1917 Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, PANEL 33-39, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL. He is also commemorated on The MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

ROBERTSON Ronald. Corporal, Middlesex Regiment. Born in Prittlewell he had been adopted as a child by the

Rochford Board of Guardians. Foster son of Mrs. M.Quy, Beeches Cottage, Battlesbridge. He was employed by P.H.Seed of Rawreth. Formerly employed, as a Porter, at Battlesbridge station by Great Eastern Railways. Died 11.12.1915 Age 18. Buried at GORRE  BRITISH + INDIAN CEMETERY, GRAVE I  C  14, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY. He is also commemorated on the Great War Plaque, St.Nichoilas Church, Raweth, Essex.

 

SMITH Walter  - No details found

 

SPELLER John William. Private, Machine Gun Corps. Died 25.3.1918. Age 29. With no known grave he is

commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 90-93, POZIERES, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

SUTTON George.  Corporal, King’s Liverpool Regiment. Son of David + Mary Sutton, Hockley. Died 10.7.1917 Age 30. Buried at VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE I  F  20, YPRES, BELGIUM. Brother of Percy Sutton who also fell. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

SUTTON Percy.  Rifleman, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Mary Sutton, Cherry Tree Cottage, Hockley. Died 20.8.1916 Age 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 13A+13B, SOMME, FRANCE. Brother of George Sutton who also fell. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.   PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

TYLER Elias George. Stoker 2nd Class, Royal Navy, H.M.S.”Pathfinder”. Son of John + Elizabeth Tyler, Plumbro Mount, (Plumberow Mount), Hockley. Died 5.9.1914 Age 18(19). With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 6, KENT. (See Chapter  “Loss of Lives at Sea” for full details of H.M.S.Pathfinder incident).   

 

WAGENITZ John. Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of pneumonia in Boulogne 21.12.1918 Age 23. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY. There is no rfecord of him on C.W.G.C.

 

WATSON Walter John (Jack). Acting Leading Stoker, Royal Navy, H.M.S.”Bulwark”. Lived in Station Road, Hockley. Died 26.11.1914 Age 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 4, HAMPSHIRE. (See Chapter “Loss of  Life at Sea” for HMS “Bulwark” incident).

 

WEST William Arthur - No details found

 

WILLIAMSON Gerald Douglas.  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying  Corps, Artists Rifle Brigade. Son of James + Maud Williamson, “Whitheds” (“Whiteheads”) Hockley, Essex. Died 1.1.1918 Age 19. Buried at MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Grave  IX  B  7, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

WINKLEY Stanley Hugh. Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of Samuel + Deborah Winkley, Red House, Hockley. Died  1.4.1918 Age 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, FRANCE. He is also commemorated at SOUTHEND HIGH  SCHOOL FOR BOYS MEMORIAL, PRITTLEWELL CHASE, SOUTHEND. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL  CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

WOOD Reuben Saltburn. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Lived in Rayleigh. Died 21.3.1918 Age 32. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS  MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the RAYLEIGH WAR MEMORIAL ESSEX. 

 

53.Priory Park , Victoria Avenue, Southend.

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Located approximately 2 miles north of Southend town the park contains a Memorial Fountain and a Roll of Honour hangs inside the Museum, in the old Refectory building, internal west wall.

 

     Southend-on-sea “Roll of Honour” (Top 4 windows 1914-1919: Lower 4 windows 1939-1945)

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The drinking fountain in Priory Park, a Memorial to the men of the Borough of Southend who gave their lives. Both the Fountain and Priory Park were donated to the town by  R.A.Jones, a former successful local businessman and Freeman of the Borough. 

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            Priory Park Main Gates, Victoria Avenue, junction with Priory Crescent + Fairfax Drive

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The lower  plaque on the left side gatepost reads:-

“THESE WROUGHT IRON GATES DESIGNED BY P.M.JOHNSTONE F.S.A.,F.R.I.B.A.,MADE BY J.STARKIE GARDNER ARE THE GIFT OF R.A.JONES M.B.E.,HON. FREEMAN OF THIS BOROUGH”

                           

The lower plaque on the right side gatepost reads

“AT THE CLOSE OF THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919  THIS PARK WAS FORMALLY OPENED BY H.R.H. DUKE OF YORK K.G. 14TH JULY 1920"

 

Both of the upper plaques on the gateposts read:-

“THIS PARK COMPRISING OVER 30 ACRES WITH ITS GARDENS AND THE MANSION CALLED THE  PRIORY IN WHICH ARE  INCORPORATED SOME BUILDINGS OF THE CLUNAIC PRIORY OF ST.MARY OF PRITTLEWELL WAS PRESENTED BY  R.A.JONES ESQ. TO THE INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTY BOROUGH OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA FOR PERPETUAL PUBLIC USE A.D. 1917”

 

The gates are very similar in design to those of The Victory Sports Ground, Sutton Road.

                     

54.Salvation Army Citadel,Clarence Road, Southend

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                           A brass  Plaque , with inscription , on which are listed 13 names.

                                                                           

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The inscription reads: 

“FOR GOD,KING AND COUNTRY GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS            FRIENDS”

 

On the central brass plate is the list of the fallen under the heading “SOUTHEND NO.1 CORPS”

The list is not in alphabetical order:-

J.H.ROSENBROCK*

J.V.SIMMONDS*

A.ROPER*

P.J.LAMB*

J.BRIGHT*

J.C.GOODWIN

A.C.SIMMONDS*

V.WILSHER*

F.R.LETTON*

E.C.COTTEE*

A.J.THOROGOOD* (He is also commemorated on a gravestone in St.Peter’s Church,Paglesham Church End)

Mrs.WHITWELL

CLARA CAVELLE

 

Those indicated by * are listed on the Southend Memorial in the Refectory, Priory Park and their full details are to be found on the Southend Memorials listing. The three remaining are :-

 

J.C.GOODWIN John Christopher. Private, Canadian Infantry. Husband of Edith Goodwin, 25, Stromness Road, Southend. Died 10.8.1918. Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIMY MEMORIAL, VIMY RIDGE, FRANCE.

 

Mrs.WHITWELL  (Agnes Frances). Civilian. 120, North Road, Prittlewell. Died during an air raid 10.5.1915.

   

Clara C(G)AVELLE  Civilian. Sandringham Hotel, Southend. Died during an air raid, 12.8.1917.            

55.The Shoebury War Memorial

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It now stands on the north side of Campfield Road, approximately 50 yards from it’s junction with Ness Road. When it was erected in the early 1920’s it stood in the middle of Cambridge Circus, a roundabout at the junction of Ness Road, Campfield Road and Seaview Road. Due to the passage of time some of the paint has faded making some names and initials difficult to decipher.


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The Memorial includes both the Great and Second World Wars with tablets for the 2nd World War having been laid at the foot of the Monument. The names of the  men of Shoebury who fell in the Great War are inscribed on  bronze coloured panels on the Monument as follows:-

 

BIRD Charles   Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Lived at 23, Friar Street, Shoeburyness. Died 6.8.1918 at Ham Comon

Hospital, age (40) 41,  having been invalided out of the army. C.W.G.C. Headstone in St.Andrews Churchyard, Church Road, Shoebury. 

 

BOSWELL Alfred S.   Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Mr + Mrs Samuel Boswell, 135, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 17.9.1918.of wounds and the effects of gas poisoning in King’s Hospital, London, age 21, having been invalided out of the  army.


BRAZIER Harold J. Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Edward A. + Ellen Brazier, 2, Sandpit Cottages, Wakering Road, Shoebury. Died 30.7.1915 Age 23. Buried at SANCTUARY WOOD CEMETERY, GRAVE 1 C  6, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, St.Andrews Church, South Shoebury.

 

BROWN H.G.   Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Lived at 15, St.John Street, Shoeburyness. Died 29.3.1916. Aged 18. Buried at CARNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE R 10, FRANCE.

 

BRYANT W.J. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mrs.L.Bryant, 2, Wakering Avenue, Shoeburyness. Son of William + Margaret Bryant, Shoeburyness. Died 3.7.1916. (13.8.1916) Aged (22) 23. Buried at AVELUY  COMMUNAL

CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE F 46, FRANCE.

 

BUXTON  D.Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died in Greece 11.12.1915. Buried at EAST MUDROS

MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  E  134, GREECE.

 

CASTLE Alfred E. Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Sergeant + Mrs.Castle, 2, Nelson Cottages, Linton Road,

Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 27.9.1918  Aged 25. Buried at SARIGOL MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE D 690, KRISTON, GREECE.


CAUSE Frederick   Driver, Royal Engineers. Husband of Mrs. A.L.Cause,8, Sweyne Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. Died of suffocation, after going to sleep in a van with fellow soldiers, 14.2.1916. Aged 30. Buried at  VILLERS- BOCAGE COMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE C 8, FRANCE

 

CORK  J. Rifleman, London Regiment. Son of John + Elsie Cork, 14, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Brother-in-Law of Private

J.Peacock who also  fell. Died 14.4.1917. Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 10, FRANCE.

 

DEADMAN Charles W. Corporal, Highland Light Infantry. Lived at 48, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Died 26.9.1915. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, PANEL 108-112, FRANCE.

 

DEAN  Harry. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died 23.8.1916. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 13A+13B, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

ENDERSBY Albert  F.  Private, Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs E.Endersby, 43, Cambridge Road, Shoeburyness.

Died 20.6.1918. Aged 19.Buried at RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND, GRAVE VII  V  I, YPRES, BELGIUM. As a former Railway employee he was to be commemorated on a new Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station but this project was abandoned by C2C.

 

EVES Albert E. Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived in Wakering Avenue, Shoebury. Died (30.4.1917.) 1.5.1917. Aged 36, following an accident during firing practice at Shoeburyness Gunnery Ranges. Buried at SHOEBURYNESS (ST.ANDREW), SOUTH SHOEBURY CHURCHYARD.

 

FISHER  Joseph  E. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of Benjamin + Mary Fisher 125, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 3.5.1917 Aged 27.  With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE.


FOSTER Harold W. Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of James Foster, 99, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died 17.9.1918 Age 23. Buried at ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, GRAVE 1 A 11, FRANCE.


FUGGLE Oswald L. MILITARY MEDAL  Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of A.E. Fuggle, 25, Seaview Road,

Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 7.6.1917. Aged 39. Buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XIII  D 1, BELGIUM.

 

FRENCH Ernest Alfred. Husband of Annie French of Shoebury. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 14.7.1916. Age 33. Buried at MARTINSART BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  A  4, FRANCE. Born in Bradwell on Sea, Essex, he is also commemorated  there on the Great War Memorial in the Church grounds and on the Memorial inside the Church there.

 

GAGE  S. Chief Stoker , Royal Navy , HMS “Stephen Furness”. Son of James + Sarah Gage, 22, Richmond Avenue,

Shoeburyness. Husband of Alice Gage, 11, Caulfield Road, Shoeburyness. Died 25.5.1915 at Inverness of heart failure following a cold. Aged 44.

 

GOODCHILD William H.G.G. Staff Sargeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Mr. A.Goodchild, Chief Engineer to Shoebury

Urban District Council. Died 13.10.1917. Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 6-7  + 162, BELGIUM.


GREINER Charles W.  Private , 16th Lancers. Husband of Grace E. Greiner, 21, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 29(31).10.1914. Aged 42. With no  known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 5,

YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

HALL Edwin C.  Private, Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs C.H.Hall, 9, St.John Street, Shoeburyness.Died 21.7.1916. Aged 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 11C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

HARDEN James J.  Private, Army Service Corps. Husband of E.M.Harden, 11, High Street, Shoeburyness. Manager of

World’s Stores, 20, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died of pneumonia 5.11.1918. Aged 41. Buried at SKOPJE BRITISH CEMETERY,  GRAVE B 10, MACEDONIA. (Formerly Yugoslavia)

 

HERBERT W.H.S.(Harold) Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died 18.7.1917. Aged 20. Buried at MONCHY

BRITISH CEMETERY,  GRAVE I  A  4, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, FRANCE.

 

HUNT Arthur E.W.  MILITARY MEDAL  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs A. Hunt, 4, Grove Road, Shoeburyness.

Died 28.3.1918. Aged 20.(21) With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE.


HOWELL (HOWDLE) James B. Bombardier Quarter Master Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Died in hospital in Coventry 10.12.1916. Buried at COVENTRY (LONDON ROAD) CEMETERY, WARWICKSHIRE.

 

HUMPHRIES Albert V.  Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of John + Sarah Humphries, 4, Wallace Road, Shoeburyness. Brother of JOHN HUMPHRIES who also fel.l Died (4) 6.8.1917. Aged (18)19. Buried at VLAMERTINGHE NEW

MILITARY  CEMETERY, GRAVE V  D  9, BELGIUM.

 

HUMPHRIES Benjamin J.(JOHN) Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of John + Sarah Humphries, 4, Wallace Road, Shoeburyness. Brother of  ALBERT VICTOR HUMPHRIES who also fell.  Died 24(26).4.1916. Aged 30. Buried at CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES, GRAVE IX  G  32, FRANCE.

 

HURRELL Colin J.R.  Captain, London Regiment. Only child of Robert + Amy  Hurrell, “Homefield”, Ness Road,

Shoeburyness. Died  2.11.1917. Aged 22 (23). Buried at GAZA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE XIV  C  15, ISRAEL. He is also commemorated on the Family Grave, St.Andrews Church, South Shoebury.

 

JEFFS  W.J. Stoker, 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Vanguard”. Son of Mrs Jeffs, 42, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died 9.7.1917. Aged  21. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM MEMORIAL, REF 24, KENT. (See Chapter

“Loss of  Lives at Sea” for HMS “Vanguard” incident.)

 

JOHNSON William  C. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of  Mrs A. Johnson, 10, Rampart Street, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 6.4.1918.  Aged 20. Buried at PICQUIGNY BRITISH CEMETERY,  GRAVE E 10, FRANCE.

 

JOLLY A.C.  Chief Officer, Mercantile Marine, ss “Merreddio”. Died 10.1.1918. Aged 50. With no known grave he is

commemorated at TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, LONDON. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for ss  “Merreddio” incident.)

 

KEYES E.A.  Leading Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS “Victory”. Lived at 5, Michael’s Cottages , Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. See full details under St.Andrew’s Church listings.

 

KINCALLY (KINGSLEY) Simeon C.  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Blanche Kingsley, 17, Grove Road,

Shoeburyness. Died 23.7.1917. Aged 37. Buried at VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  H  21, BELGIUM.

 

KNIGHT S. - No information found

 

LIVERMORE George H.  Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Only son of Henry + Harriett Livermore, 9, Cambridge Road,

Shoeburyness. Died 3.5.1917. Aged 20. Buried at HAPPY VALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE B 11, FAMPOUX, FRANCE.

 

MARSH  S. - No information found

 

MAY J. - No information found

 

MACNALLY (McNALLY) Thomas E. DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL. Corporal, Royal Engineers. Lived at 46, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. Brother of Henry George McNally who also fell. Died 13.4.1917. Aged 30. Buried at ATHIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE K 1, FRANCE.

 

MACNALLY (McNALLY) Henry G.  Private, Border Regiment. Lived in West Road, Shoebury. Brother of Thomas Edwin

McNally who also fell. Died 23.12.1914. Aged 34. Buried at SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS, GRAVE B 7, FRANCE.

 

MOTT Alfred J. Quartermaster Sergeant, Canadian Contingent. He had emigrated to Canada where he enlisted. Son of Mr + Mrs Charles Mott, Seaview Road, Shoeburyness. Died (13)14.6.1917.Aged 35. Buried at LA TARGETTE BRITISH

CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  C  7, NEUVILLE-ST.VAAST, FRANCE.

 

MOTT Johnathan H.  Sergeant, Australian Infantry. Son of Mr + Mrs Mott, Friars Farm, Shoeburyness. Brother of Frank Keith Mott who  also  fell. He had emigrated to Australia and enlisted there. Died 14.4.1918. Aged 29. With no known

grave he is commemorated at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

 

MOTT Frank K. Lance Corporal, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs Mott, Friars Farm, Shoeburyness. Brother of Jonathan Hugh Mott who also fell. Died 21.9.1918. on his 25th birthday. Buried at UNICORN CEMETERY, GRAVE I  D  3,

VEND’HUILE, FRANCE. He was a former pupil of Southend High School for Boys.

 

NICHOLLS F.N. May be Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 27.7.1916. Buried at DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY,

SAILLY-LE-SEC, GRAVE  I  B  20, FRANCE.

 

NOON  Frederick J. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at Shoeburyness. Died  7.8.1918 Aged 18.

Buried at UBIGNY BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE E 1, FRANCE.

 

NORDEN H. Private, Lincolnshire Regiment. Born in Shoeburyness. Died 23.10.1918. Buried at SELRIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  II A 11, MONTAY, FRANCE.

 

NOTLEY J.  Staff Sergeant Major, New Zealand Forces. He had lived at 2, Seaview Road, Shoeburyness and  had emigrated to New Zealand and enlisted there. Died 4.5.1917, when ss “Transylvania” was torpedoed, Aged 40.( See Chapter “Loss of Lives at  Sea” for details of the ss “Transylvania” incident.) With no known grave he is commemorated at AUCKLAND  PROVINCIAL  MEMORIAL, NEW ZEALAND.

 

ODELL Percy   Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery. Son of Mr + Mrs Odell, 3, Wakering Avenue, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 5.5.1917. Aged (22)  23.Buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  B  4, FRANCE.

 

PEACOCK Jack   Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of N.Peacock, 35, Cambridge Road, Shoeburyness. Brother-in-law of J. Cork who also fell. Died of wounds 27.4.1917. Aged 33. Buried at  BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, GRAVE VI  F  6, FRANCE.

 

PELLETT  W.  No definite information found – may be  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 13.10.1916. Aged 42. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  VII  E  4, FRANCE.

 

PORTER (POTTER) Thomas O. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Lived at 3, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Died 31.7.1917.

Aged 30. Brother of STEPHEN J. POTTER who also fell. With no  known grave he is commemorated at YPRES

(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 39, BELGIUM. As a former Railway employee he was to be commemorated on a new Great War Mmeorial, London Fenchurch Street Station but this project was abandoned by C2C.

 

PORTER (POTTER) Stephen J. Lance Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at 1, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Died

of wounds 19(25).8.1917. Aged(34) 39. Brother of THOMAS O. POTTER who also fell. Buried at BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, GRAVE  IV  C  42, BELGIUM.

 

PORTER James   Driver, Royal Engineers. Son of Mr + Mrs Porter, 89, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died at Hampstead,

London 28.4.1918. following an accident in France when horses bolted and he was crushed by their wagon. Aged 17. Buried at SHOEBURYNESS (ST.ANDREWS) CHURCHYARD, SOUTH SHOEBURY.

 

PRIOR Sidney A. Sergeant, London Regiment. Son of Mr + Mrs Alfred Prior, 34, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. Died

19.1.1917. Aged  27. Buried at PONT-DU-HEM MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE II  D  21, LA GORGUE, FRANCE.

 

ROBERTS Arthur G.  Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr + Mrs G.Roberts, 5, South Street, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 15.11.1917. Aged 30.Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  XXX  L  11A, FRANCE.

 

SCARROLD George H.  Private, City of London Regiment. Son of Mrs S.J. Scarrold, 3, Victoria Terrace, Ness Road, Shoeburyness. Died  27.7.1916. Aged 36.With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE

8C, 9A+16A, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

SELF Harry A.  Sapper, Royal Engineers. Son of Mr + Mrs A.W.Self, 119, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died of heart failure

6.10.1919. Aged 20. Buried at HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE IV  B  1, FRANCE. As a former Railway employee he was to be commemorated on a new Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station but this project was abandoned by C2C.

 

SIMONS  W.G. Lance Corporal, Royal West Kent Regiment. Lived at High Street, Shoeburyness. Died 27.7.1917. Aged 26. Buried at GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE I  A  16, FRANCE.

 

N.B.There are two listings of W.Smart on the Memorial – I believe one should read “W.W.Smart" and the other "J.A.Smart"

 

SMART W. (SMART James A.) Lance Corporal, Royal Sussex Regiment. Lived at 12, Railway Cottages, Shoeburyness.

Brother of Walter William Smart who also fell. Died 24.5.1919, when his troop train crashed in France, Aged 23. Buried at ST.GERMAIN-AU-MONT-D’OR  COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE C 7, FRANCE.

 

SMART Walter W. Private, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Lived at 12, Railway Cottages, Shoeburyness. Brother of James Arthur Smart who also fell. Died 23.4.1915. Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES

(MENIN GATE)  MEMORIAL, PANEL 20, BELGIUM. As a former Railway employee he was to be commemorated on a new Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station but this project was abandoned by C2C.

 

SOUTH Henry  Lance Corporal, Royal West Kent Regiment. Second son of Thomas + Mary South, 21, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Brother of  William South who also fell. Died (21)22.9.1917. Aged 23. With no known grave he is

commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 106-108, BELGIUM.

 

SOUTH W.  Air Mechanic 1st Class, Royal Air Force. Son of Thomas + Mary South, 21, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Brother of Henry South who also fell. Died 16.10.1918. Buried at YANKTON (SACRED HEART) CEMETERY, GRAVE L.C.B119.3, U.S.A.

 

SPREADBOROUGH F. Sergeant Major, Royal Engineers. Enlisted in Shoeburyness. Died 15.1.1916  Aged 44. Buried at CITE

BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE IX  E  95, ARMENTIERES,  FRANCE.

 

STEVENS Jess M. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs. A. Stevens, 127, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 2.5.1915. Aged(22)23. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 144-150, or 229-233, GALLIPOLI,

TURKEY.

 

SWANCOTT John. Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died whilst a prisoner of war 03.10.1918

Aged 38. Buried at TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE XIII  F  19, WIMILLE, FRANCE.

 

TAYLOR  Edward J. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at 64, Richmond Street, Shoeburyness. Died 2.11.1917. Aged 41.

With no known grave he is commemorated at JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, PANELS 33-39, ISRAEL.

 

THOMAS E.W.  Private, Canadian Contingent. Lived at 77, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 15.9.1916. Aged(26)30 Buried at WORLOI-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE VII  D  54, FRANCE.

 

TRIGG Gideon. Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died 1.11.1914. Aged 34. With no known grave

he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 9, BELGIUM.

 

TURNER  W. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Born in Shoeburyness. Died 10.5.1915. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 46-48 + 50, BELGIUM.

 

TURNER Edward. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived at 48, South Avenue, Southend. Died 26.9.1915. Aged 20.

 

TYLER  George. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Lived at 10, Grove Road, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds (3) 9.5.1917.

Aged 40. Buried at DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III  M  8, ETRUN, FRANCE.

 

TYRRELL F.  Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Lived at 55, Wakering Avenue, Shoeburyness. Brother of  Frederick George Tyrrell who also fell. Died 13.5.1915. Aged 27  With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 39,  BELGIUM.

 

TYRRELL Frederick G. Private, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Lived at 108, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Brother of Frank  F. Tyrrell who also fell. Died 9.4.1917. Aged 31(32). Buried at LONDON CEMETERY, GRAVE III  C  4,

NEUVILLE-VITASSE, FRANCE.

 

VILLA William D. Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mrs. S.Villa,  50, West Road, Shoeburyness. Died 3.3.1917.

Aged (22) 23. Buried at COURCELETTE  BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE X  D  3, FRANCE.

 

WATTS  E.M. (WATTS  A.) Private, East Kent Regiment. Husband of Mary J.Watts, 25, Seaview Road, Shoeburyness. Died

4.8.1917.Aged 28(29). Buried at BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, GRAVE ENCLOSURE NO. 4, IX  B  12, ZILLEBEKE, BELGIUM.

 

WEST Frederick S. Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr + Mrs West, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness. Died of

cholera in India 13.5.1915. Aged 22. Buried at NOWSHERA MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE P 13, INDIA . Also commemorated at DELHI WAR MEMORIAL, (INDIA GATE), FACE 1, INDIA.

 

WHALE  John T. (J.S.) Private, Hertfordshire Regiment. Son of Alf + Marian Whale, 85, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness.

Died of wounds 8.10.1918. Aged 28. Buried at LIGNY-EN-CAMBRESIS, GRAVE ALLIED BRITISH SECTION 1, FRANCE.

 

WHITEHOUSE Charles T. Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Lived at Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 17.1.1915. Aged 30

Buried at BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  B  2, FRANCE.

 

WIGG E.C. Able Seaman, Royal Fleet Auxilliary, HMS “Aboukir”. Husband of Louisa Wigg, 20, Rampart Street, Shoeburyness. Died  22.9.1914. Aged 32. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM MEMORIAL,  REF.3, KENT.( See Chapter “Loss  of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Aboukir” incident.)

 

WILDISH C.B.  Stoker,1st Class, Royal Navy, “HMS Grampus”. Son of Mr + Mrs Wildish, 29, Grove Road, Shoeburyness.

Husband of Rose V.M.Wildish, 65, Burnaby Road, Southend.Drowned  when his dingy capsized at Chatham, 12.2.1919. Aged 21. Buried at SHEERNESS (ISLE OF SHEPPEY) CEMETERY,  GRAVE KK  163, KENT.

 

WILSON Herbert R. Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Edith M. Wilson, 2, High Street, Shoeburyness. Died

from injuries received in a gun firing accident at Shoebury Barracks 3(4).5.1917. Aged 32(34). Buried at SOUTH SHOEBURY (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD.

 

WINTER  J.J -  No details found

 

WOODS Claude   Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of F.J.Woods, 25, Waterloo Road, Shoeburyness. Died of wounds 7.7.1917. Aged 31. Buried at LISSJENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  VIV  B  10A, BELGIUM.

 

WOODS  F.   No definitive information found - May be F.Woods, Driver, Royal Field Artillery, Died of Influenza in

Belgium, 6.12.1918.

 

WOODS  L. -  No details found

 

Shoebury was not incorporated into the Borough of Southend-on-Sea until October 1933, therefore none of the above names appear on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”.

56.Southend & The War Memorial

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The population of the Borough of Southend in the 1911 Census  was 70,676 and this rose to 106,010 by the 1921 Census. The eleven wards which made up the Borough were Southend, Chalkwell, Leigh-on-Sea, Milton, Pier, Prittlewell, St.Clements, Southchurch, Thorpe, Victoria + Westborough.

Shoebury District had a population of 5,004 in the 1911 Census which rose to 6,413 in the 1921 Census.

Rochford + District’s population in the 1911 Census was 18,125 which rose to 22,863 in the 1921 Census.

The total population for the Southend/Rochford/Shoebury area therefore totalled 82,093 in 1911 and 135,286 in 1921.

Despite the loss of lives between 1911 and 1921 there was still an increase of 65% in numbers. The town of Southend had

grown rapidly as it attracted workers from far and wide. The Government, via the Local Authority Board, actively

encouraged house building and many new estates had been commenced prior to the war years. Once hostilities ended this expansion accelerated.

This section of map c.1910 shows clearly how little development had occurred to the east of the town. Southchurch was a small village. Open country and farms covered the area between Southchurch Hall and Thorpe Hall Farm and only a few  properties were on  Eastern Esplanade.                                             

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An Ordnance Survey map from 1919 shows how much the town had expanded to the east towards Southchurch and in the north west  beyond  Prittlewell. There were also a few properties in the vicinity of Thorpe Bay railway station.

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Southend’s War Memorial is situated in Clifftown Parade, overlooking the River Thames.The annual Remembrance Service is held here. The Memorial bears no names, the “Roll of Honour” hangs in the Museum in Priory Park.

Following the Allied Victory Parade in London on 11th November 1919 there was a great outcry from the people of

Britain for a permanent National Memorial. Sir Edwyn Lutyens had been commissioned to design and build a wood and plaster Memorial in Whitehall for the 1919 parade and it was replaced by an identical Memorial constructed from Portland stone. This stone was constructed by Holland, Hannon & Cubitts who had been established in 1830 and were a well respected building firm who constructed many major London buildings. They are now part of Tarmac Construction.

The Cenotaph was commenced in 1919 and completed in 1920 in time for Armistice Day.

There was then a great surge in the construction of Memorials throughout the country and the national Government

urged towns and villages to arrange for Memorials to be erected. They did not, however, agree to provide finance for the Memorials and it was left to individual Councils to decide whether to source their own funds or to appeal for subscriptions.

Southend Council met on 2nd May 1921 and it was resolved that they would establish a War Memorial in memory of those who had lost their lives in the Great War. It was agreed that Sir Edwin Lutyens be commissioned to design the Memorial Stone and that it would be located on the site then occupied by the  Southend Town Flagstaff. To accommodate the new Memorial the Flagstaff would be sited further to the west.

During September 1921 the Council met at the site of the War Memorial and agreed the layout of the  surrounding grounds and at a meeting of the Entertainment & Parks Committee on 17th September 1921 an application by the Southend Branch of the British Legion, to conduct a Memorial Service there on 11th November 1921 ,was approved.

It has since remained the site of the town’s annual Remembrance Service

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57.Southend Crematorium, Sutton Road

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A  Memorial Plaque hangs on the internal south wall. It lists 10 names of the men of Southend + District Gas Company who lost their lives in the Great War .                                                                                             

The names listed thereon are:-

                                                   DUNNETT Albert James

                                                   HALSEY Harold

                                                   LEWIS Philip

                                                   MYALL Albert Lawrence

                                                   MARSH Ernest Arthur

                                                   POTTS Leonard Guy

                                                   RAYNER Reginald

                                                   SANDBROOK Gerald Frank

                                                   SMITH William

                                                   SEAGER Stanley Sidney

 

With the exception of Harold Halsey all of the Gas Board employees are included on the Southend “Roll of Honour” hanging in the Museum in Priory Park and their details can be found in that section.

 

HALSEY  Harold.  Driver, Royal Flield Artillery. Died 19.12.1918  Age 24. Buried at MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE 1065, KALAMARIA, GREECE. In the 1911 Census he was a lodger at 35, Maldon Road, Southend and his occupation was described as  “Fitters Mate”     

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58.Southend High School for Boys , Prittlewell Chase

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In the School hall is an organ, between two pulpits, which encompasses the south wall. The base of the east pulpit contains a Book of Remembrance listing the names of former pupils and staff who fell in the Great War. The west pulpit contains a Book of Remembrance listing the names of former pupils and staff who fell in the 1939-1945 conflict. On the wall above each pulpit are listed the names of the fallen. The inscription above the 1914-1919 names reads “They Rest from Their Labours” and the inscription above the 1939-1945 names reads “And Their name Liveth for Evermore”.

During the school’s annual Remembrance Service a page of each Remembrance book is turned.

                                                                                        

The 105 listed names of the Great War fallen are:-

ABLIN Charles W., ALDER Harold B., ANDERSON Edward E., ARROL James H., ATTWOOD Stanley A., AUSTING Ernest A.,

AVERY Clare H., BAKER Benjamin W., BEARD Frederick P., BEETON Arthur C., BEGERNIE Arthur E., BENDIX Edward P., BENFIELD Gordon V., BERRY William, BLACKWELL Frank T., BOLT Philip D., BOUGHEY Henry, BOWRING Arthur L., BOYLE Percy R., BRADLEY Stanley, BRIGHT Joseph C., BROWNE George E., BRUCE William H., BRYAN Sidney A., CATTELL Cecil H., CHIGNELL William, CHILD Robert V., CLARK Arthur R., CLOW Frederick S., COCKERILL Clarence, COX Theodore R., CRANE Albert C., CREW Wilfred H., DINES Percy J., DOWLING Geoffrey, DOWSETT Thomas W., DUDLEY Herbert E., DUNKLEY Alexander, DUNLOP Eeric A., EDWARDS Laurence J., EWINGS Harold W., FINE Soloman, FINLAY Archibald, FLAVELL Thomas W., FRITH Reginald, FRYER Edgar  A., FULLER Henry W., GROOMBRIDGE Clement T., HARPER Francis J., HAVES Stanley A., HICKLENTON Donald S., HILLMAN Richard E., HOCKEY Edwin P., HYMAS Leonard T., HYRONS Francis A., ISNARDI-BRUNO Louis, JACKSON Edward G., JACKSON Stanley W., JEFFERY Percy, JENNER Stanley A., JOHNSON Godfrey, KEER George, KEMP Roy, KERSHAW Walter S., KING Herbert G., KLEMP Albert, LIBBS Frederick, MABBS Herbert G., MACKENZIE Alec D., MACKIE Harold, MANN Charles F., McCREARY Charles C., MEAD John R., MOTT Frank, NANCARROW Percy, O’BRIEN William, PALMER John, PALMER Leslie, PERFECT Reginald, PORTER Albert V., PORTER Ernest J., RABY Laurence F., RAMUZ Leo H., RAYNER Reginald, ROBERTS Sidney A., SAYERS Philip, SCOTT Harold, SEARS Charles, SHARPE William C., SIMS Edward V., SMITH Arthur, SMITHERS Raymond N., SORRELL Bernard, SQUIRE Leslie C., STANESBY Walter H., STONE Henry R., VIDLER Kenneth A., WARD John H., WARLTERS Raymond, WARMAN Edward, WEARE Dudley W., WILLIS Cecil G., WINKLE(Y) Stanley H., WRIGHT Alan.

 

The names listed above are all on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour”, where you will find their full details, with the following 14 exceptions:-

 

BEARD  Frederick P. Rifleman, London Regiment. Died 1.7.1916. Son of Walter + Jessie Beard. With no known grave he is commemorated at

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, ADDENDA PANEL 5, FRONT TERRACE, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Woodgrange Park Cemetery, Essex.

 

BOUGHEY Henry. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 14.11.1916. Aged 33. Buried at COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  VI  A  9 , FRANCE.

 

FLAVELL Thomas W. Private, Australian Infantry. Son of Frank + Rose Flavell of Hawkwell. Having been sent to Australia to train as a sheep farmer he enlisted there in 1915. Died 22(27).8.1915. Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at LONE PINE MEMORIAL, REF 61, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on the HOCKLEY WAR MEMORIAL, HOCKLEY. He is also commemorasted on a Memorial Tablet, St.Mary's Church, Rectory Road, Hawkwell.

 

FULLER Henry W. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 18.10.1916. Aged 27. Buried at ST.SEVER CEMETERY, GRAVE B  13  36, ROUEN, FRANCE.

 

HYMAS Leonard T. Driver, Army Service Corps. Son of Mr.A.Hymas, Sycamore House, Hawkwell. Died of influenza 5.11.1918. Aged 32. Buried at TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE V11, C 5, WIMILLE, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER+ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

 

MANN Charles F.  2nd Lieutenant, London Regiment. Son of Henry + Caroline Louisa Mann, Church Street, Rochford. Died of pneumonia following influenza 4.12.1918. Aged 23. Buried at ROCHFORD (ST.ANDREWS) CHURCHYARD, ESSEX.

 

MOTT Frank  Lance Corporal, Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Mrs.Mott, Friars Farm, Shoeburyness. Died 21.9.1918. on his 25th Birthday. Along with his brother Jonathan, who also fell, he is listed on the Shoebury War Memorial. Frank is buried at UNICORN CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  D  13, VEND’HUILLE, FRANCE.

 

SAYERS Philip.   Civilian. Philip James Sayers died 10.5.1916 aged  21. Lived at 57, Stromness Place, Southend.  His cause of death was “Shock resulting from an  accidental explosion of nitro- glycerine at the Heat Testing Room of the British Explosives Syndicate at Pitsea” He is buried in an unmarked plot in SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE B1730.

 

SMITH Leonard G.  2nd Lieutenant, Essex Regiment. Son of Alexander + Alice Smith, “Verulam”, London Road, Pitsea. Died 1.7.1916. Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 10D, SOMME, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on both the Pitsea, Essex and Wickford, Essex, War Memorials

 

SMITHERS Raymond. Private, London Regiment. Son of Rev. + Mrs. Smithers, “Uplands”, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh. Developed rheumatic fever whilst training and, after a brief recovery, suffered a relapse and died 15.11.1915. Aged 18. He is listed on the Rayleigh War Memorial.  Buried in RAYLEIGH CEMETERY, GRAVE E.33

 

WARD John H   - Listed on Southend Roll of Honour as “ George H.” – see that listing for details.

 

WARLTERS Raymond.  There is only 1 “Raymond Warlters” listed on C.W.G.C. Assistant Paymaster, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 21.4.1917. Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 23, DEVON.

 

WINKLE(Y)  Stanley H. Listed on C.W.G.C. as “Stanley H. WINKLEY” Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of Samuel + Deborah Winkley, Red House, Hockley, Essex. Died 1.4.1918. Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS  FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, FRANCE. He is also commemorated at HOCKLEY WAR MEMORIAL, HOCKLEY and on the MEMORIAL BOARD, ST.PETER + ST.PAUL CHURCH, HOCKLEY.

                          

The Remembrance Book for 1914-1918 is situated in the pulpit base, beneath the Roll of Honour    

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Thomas W.Dowsett, grandson of Thomas Dowsett J.P. the first mayor of Southend, was reported to have been the first former pupil of the school to lose his life in the Great War.

 

In November 2008 a book, “They Rest From Their Labours”, by Lesley Iles + John Baker, was published listing details of all those whose names appear on the School Roll of Honour. The front cover has a sub-title of “The stories behind the names on the Southend High School for Boys Roll of Honour 1914-1918” and it makes a fascinating and informative read. Their  research uncovered two additional  names to be added to the Roll of Honour and this ceremony was performed at the school Remembrance Service that year.

The 2 additional names are:-

HILLEARD Paul.  Rifleman, The Rangers. Son of James + Eva Hilleard, 11,Riviera Drive, Southend. Died 24.4.1915 Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 54, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Wickford War Memorial, Essex. He is also commemorated on the Wickford Cricket Club Great War Memorial.

 

OSBORNE Frank. 2nd  Lieutenant, Bedfordshire Regiment. C.W.G.C. states Lincolnshire Regiment. Son of William George + Myra Osborne. Died 21.3.1918. Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3+4, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Leigh Cemetery, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea where his age is shown as 28. 


In February 2015 it was confirmed that Alfred Edmund BONHAM, who is listed on the Hamlet Court Road School Ledgers, (Section 51) was a former pupil of the school and it is planned to add him to the school Roll of Honour.        

59.Southend Police Station, Victoria Avenue

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Opposite the entrance to the Police Station is a Memorial Plaque. It is set in a walled garden and contains the names of the Southend Police officers who lost their lives in the Great War.

Their full details are all on the Southend-on-Sea “Roll of Honour” pages.

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 BRENCHLEY G.T., GILLINGS C.W., GUIVER H., MANN H.B., SABAN P.G., SHIPGOOD G.C., WEAVERS E.G., WILSON A.

 

60.Memorial Hall, The Recreation Ground , Stambridge

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This hall was built, using corrugated tin for the roof, as a  Memorial to those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. A plaque was added after 1945 whish reads:-

“IN RECOGNITION OF ALL WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY 1914-1918  1939-1945”

The hall + plaque:-

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61.Victory Sports Ground , at the junction of Eastern Avenue and Sutton Road

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The sportsground was donated to the town in 1921 by R.A.Jones, a prominent local businessman,  as a Memorial to the sportsmen of Southend who gave their lives in The Great War.

On each of the gateposts is a brass plaque and the inscription is the same on both. It reads:-

                                                                                                                                                                         

“IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE SPORTSMEN OF THE COUNTY BOROUGH OF SOUTHEND-ON-SEA WHO GAVE THEIR ALL FOR BRITAIN IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919. THIS SPORTSGROUND AND THESE GATES  WERE PRESENTED BY R.A.JONES, M.B.E., HONORARY FREEMAN OF THIS BOROUGH FOR THE PERPETUAL FREE USE OF THE INHABITANTS” AD-1921           

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     62.Crowstone St. Georges URC (Formerly Crowstone Congregational Church), King's

     Road, Westcliff.

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      The foundations for Crowstone Congregational Church were laid in 1910.

      On the north internal wall is a brass Memorial Plaque listing the names of those from St.Georges Presbyterian Church.

      This church was formerly in Park Street and was sold for developement in the 1980's and the Plaque was moved to

      Crowstone Church.

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The names listed are:- Arthur R. CLARK, Donald C.COCKERELL, Reginald W.FRITH, J. Andrew MACDONALD, Charles A. MACKINNON, John A.A.MOIR and Charles J. SEARS.


The above, with the following exception, are all listed on the Southend Roll of Honour where their full details can be found.

J. Andrew Macdonald is listed there as Alexander J. Macdonald.


There is a Memorial Plaque on the South Wall which originates from Crowstone Congregational Church which was amalgamated, at it's original site, with St. Georges Presbyterian Church.

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The names listed are:- Frank T. BLACKWELL, William J. BLAKE, S. Victor BRADLEY, F.H. Stanley CLOW, A. Wallis DARVILL,

Herbert E. DUDLEY, Ronald E.J. EVANS, Lawrence V. GLOVER, Robert V. HODGSON, E. Douglas JACKSON, Stanley W. JACKSON, Leonard I. KNIGHT, Frank I. MERCER, George C. PARKER, Percy D. SLATTER, H. Gordon STUART, R.E.(Rex) THOMAS, C. Gordon TINKLER, George WALKER, Reginald A.G.WARD and Arthur J. WEEDEN.


STUART Herbert Gordon is also commemorated at St.Saviours Church, Kings Road, Westcliff.


With the following exceptions all of the above are listed on the Southend Roll of Honour and their full details can be found in that section.


WARD Reginald Arhtur Gribble. Private, City of London Regiment. Son of Arthur James & Sophia G. Ward, 17. Britannia Road, Westcliff, formerly of 32, Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff. Died of acute bronchitis, Pneumonia & Influenza, 19.2.1919

@Horton Military Hospital, Epsom. He is buried in HIGHATE CEMETERY, LONDON.


S.Victor Bradley is listed there as Stanley V. Bradley

F.H.Stanley Clow is listed there as Frederick Henry S. Clow.

A.Wallis Darvill is listed there as Alfred W. Darvill.

E. Douglas Jackson is listed there as Eric D. Jackson.

George H. Stuart is listed there as Herbert G. Stuart.

R.E.(Rex) Thomas is listed there as Reginald E. Thomas

C. Gordon Tinkler is listed there as Charles G. Tinkler.


Below this Plaque is a Plaque for World War II



On the west wall is a stained window in memory of the men of the Church who lost their lives in The Great War

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63.Trinity Methodist Church, Argylle Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

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This Church stands at the junction of London Road and Argylle Road, between Hamlet Court Road and The Palace Theatre. On the South wall hangs a set of Plaques commemorating those who served and those who died in the 1914-1919 and 1939-1945 conflicts.

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The names listed for those who died in the Great War are:- O.CULLIFORD, W. DARVILL, A. DUNKLEY, P. EATON,

H.W. EWINGS, F.J. HARPER, G. HARPER, l. KENT, W.J. RICHARDSON, S.A.ROBERTS, J. STEVENS and S. TREBY.


All of the above are listed on the Southend Roll of Honour and their full details can be found in that section.

64.Lindisfarne College, Valkyrie Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

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This memorial has just come to light following an email from a former resident of Southend who left the town in 1939.

He found it in St.Mary's Churchyard, Ruabon, Wrexham, Wales. The town of Ruabon is situated 4 miles south of Wrexham on the A483.

Originally the Memorial was sited in Lindisfarne College, Westcliff-on-Sea. The College was located in Valkyrie Road on the south side of it's junction with Anerley Road and is now the site of a Doctors' Surgery. The school was described as a 'Public School' with 60 boarders and other day boys, which would mean that many of the names listed on the Memorial Stone are not related to Southend and District.

The school relocated to Burnham-on-Crouch in the 1930's but their premises was sequestrated by the military at the outbreak of World War II. From there they relocated to Yorkshire and then on to Ruabon. The College closed, due to bankruptcy in 1994.

The Memorial Stone lists those former members and staff of the College who were lost in both wars. There are 55 names of those who died in the Great War.


The picture below is taken from the Clwyd Family History Society website and can be viewed on

wwwclwydfhs.org.uk

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The 55 names listed are:- BARBER S.M., BARNES L.H., BEATTY E.L.F., BENN O.W., BENTALL A.E., BENTALL W.D., BISHOP E.A., BONE C.J., BRAINE C.S., BURT J., BYRNE E., CALDWELL L.R., CANEY C., CORRI E.P., DALY D., DAVIDSDON C., DOUGAL A.M., DURRANT R.A., EWINGS H.W.H., FERGUSSON E.K.O., FREEMAN H., HARTRIDGE W.H.., HAWTHORNE P.E., HEATH T.N., HORNCASTLE C.C.S., HURDIDGE J., HURNDALL D., JACKSON E.D., JAKINS H., JAKINS W.V., JONES L.O., JONES H., KEEN A.O., KING H.D., LAMB P., LANDQUIST T., LESTER E., LEVY R.A., LEWIN C.G.E.K., LIVERMORE E.B., LOCKE W.G., MACFARLANE K.D.L., MACLEAN D.F., MORRIS H., MOSELY C., PROCTOR C.E.,(PROCTER C.E.) ROBERTSON A., SIMMONDS P., TAVERNER R., TILLEY O., TOLLEY A.G., VIDLER K.M., WEDD P., WELLINGTON R., WHITMILL C.H.


HORNCASTLE Cyril C.S. is commemorated on the family grave, Upminster, Essex and was the son of Charles + Jessie Horncastle.


JAKINS Walter Vosper is buried at CHINGFORD MOUNT CEMETERY, REF 96397 G.9, ESSEX.


The following are listed on the Southend 'Roll of Honour' and their full details can be found in that section:-

BARBER S.M., BARNES L.H., BENTALL A.E., BENTALL W.D., BONE C.J., BRAINE C.S., BYRNE E., CORRI Eugene P.,DALY D., DURRANT R.A., EWINGS H.W.H., FREEMAN H., HEATH T.N., JACKSON E.D., KING D., *LANDQUIST (LANQUIST) T., MACLEAN D.F., ROBERTSON A., VIDLER K.M.(K.A.), WHITMILL C.H.(G.H.)

Additionally FREEMAN H. is included on the Prittlewell 'Roll of Honour'.

* On the Memorial 'LANDQUIST' is spelt 'LANQUIST''


The following local men are not included on either the Southend or the Prittlewell 'Roll of Honour':-


DALY  Denis Heywood. Flight sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service. Son of Capt.Charles V. & Kate Alice Daly, "Ilma", Cliff Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 17.7.1917 Age 21. Buried at DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, GRAVE II A 16, FRANCE.


HURNDALL(HURDNALL) Charles Douglas. 2nd.Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of Charles Henry & Alice Elizabeth Hurndall, "Gulval", Westbury Road, New Malden, Surrey, formerly of Crowstone Road, Westcliff. Died 30.12.1918 Age 21. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE F.5525


KING Hugh Denham. 2nd.Lieutenant, London Regiment. Son of Edith Jane King and the late Hugh John King, 30, Southwood Avenue, Bournemouth, formerly of 30, Ailsa Road, Westcliff. Died 13.3.1917 Age 19. Buried at LE FERMONT MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE II A 3, RIVIERE, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family gtave, Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery.


LAMB Patrick James. Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of David & Minnie Lamb, 6, Ramuz Drive, Prittlewell.  Husband of Edith Lamb, 41, East Lavant, Chichester, Sussex. Died 31.7.1918 Age23. Buried at SANDPITS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III E  10, FOUQUEREUIL, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Leigh Cemetery, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea.


TILLEY Oswald. Rifleman, London Rifle Brigade. Son of Frederick Charles & Fanny Best Tilley, Bolton Villa, The Cliffs, Southend-on-Sea. Died 30.4.1915 Age 19. Buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, GRAVE VIII A 37, FRANCE.


I have, as yet, been unable to link any of the other names to Southend & District, the majority of them originating from London, Kent + Surrey.

65 Westborough Junior School, Macdonald Avenue, Westcliff.

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There are 2 separate Plaques in the school, one below the other.

The 3 names listed are included on the Prittlewell/Southend 'Rolls of Honour' section and their detaiuls can be found there.


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DAWES Benjamin T. Obituary + Picture appear in Southend Standard, 1.8.1918.

HYNDS William  Obituary appears in Southend Standard, 5.9.1918 and his picture 3.10.1918.

GRIFFITH Oswald Obituary appearsd in Southend Standard 4.3.1915 and his picture 11.3.1915.

On the Prittlewell 'Roll of Honour' he is listed as 'GRIFFITHS'

66 Bournemouth Park Road U.R.C., Southend 

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This Church was built between 2006 ands 2008 and incorporated four Churches from the Southend + District area, viz:

Bournemouth Park Road URC., Chelmsford Avenue URC, Cliff Town URC and Great Wakering URC.  As part of the creation process the Great War Memorials from Great Wakering URC and Cliff Town URC were included in the foundations of this new building and a new Memorial Board commemorating those who made the supreme sacrifice in both the Great War and the Second World War was installed.

The details of the names listed on the new Memorial Board are shown against the original Church listing.

 The Church from the north east

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The Memorial Plaque in honour of the dead of both World Wars

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List of those from The Great War

ALEXANDER Harold J.

ATTWOOD Stanley A.

AYLETT A.E.

BEADLE T.S.

BURGESS L.C.

BURRELLS W.J.

CHIGNELL William L.

CHURCH F.R.

CHURCH F.G.

CRANE Albert C..

CRIPPS R.

DOBELL Newman B.

DOWSETT Thomas W.

EMERSON Frank

GREEN Edward

GRIMES A.

HADDOCK Joseph H.

HARTLEY Owen

HIBBLE Herbert C.

HICKLANTON* Donald S. (*Should read HICKLENTON)

HOOKEY W.G.

MASON J.

MOORE A.B.P.

NANCARROW Percy

NISBET  Cecil A.

POTTER Claude

RIVERS W.S.

SHACKLEFORD Edward J.

SHILLING N.

SORRELL Bernard L.

STANESBY Walter H.

TAYLOR Arthur G.

TWEEDIE-SMITH Alan

TWEEDIE-SMITH Douglas

TYLER G.

WEDD E.P.W.

WYATT D.G.

WYATT H.


These names are taken from the original Memorial Tablets which were removed from Great Wakering U.R.C. and Cliff Town U.R.C. on their closure. The full details of the individuals are on the former Church location sections 33 + 35 on this page.

The names from the Chelmsford Road U.R.C. have not been included on the new Memorial.




"They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."