LIVES LOST, REFERENCES AND SUMMARY

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Chapters for this section:-

1.LOSS OF LIVES AT SEA

2.AIR RAID CASUALTIES

3.LIST OF LOCAL MEN MISSING FROM LOCAL ROLLS OF HONOUR/MEMORIALS

4.CASUALTIES FOR WHOM NO CONCLUSIVE DETAILS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO DATE

5.THE BLAZEBY FAMILY

6.BIBLIOGRAPHY + ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

7.SUMMARY + CONTACT DETAILS

 

1.LOSS OF LIVES AT SEA

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In this chapter I have listed the losses in chronological order and added the details of those local men who died.

 

H.M.S. "PATHFINDER" 5.9.1914

Local men who were lost:

Eccles J. CARTER, Lieutenant

William John HOSIE, Leading Stoker

Elias George TYLER, Stoker, 2nd Class

She was a 2,900 ton light cruiser built in 1905. Due to being short of coal she was proceeding at only 5 knots when she was torpedoed and sunk off the east coast by U.21.

 

H.M.S."CRESSY" 22.9.1914             

Local men who were lost :

John H. COOLEDGE, Leading Stoker May be the J.H.Coolledge who appears on the Hadleigh War Memorial.

Thomas John WHYBROW, Stoker, 1st Class

HMS “CRESSY” was built at Govan on the Clyde and launched 4.12.1899 with completion 28.5.1901. She took her place in the Far East in China. Between 1906 and 1909 she was moved to North America and the West Indies and was used as a Boy Training Ship. In August 1909 she joined the 3rd Fleet stationed at the Nore where she remained until April 1910 at which time she moved to Chatham and became part of the Reserve Fleet. In January 1911 she was placed into the 4th Division of the Home Fleet, joining Cruiser Force C. In August 1914. One month later, whilst picking up survivors from HMS “Aboukir” (SEE ARTICLE BELOW) she was torpedoed by German Submarine U-9. From her complement of 760 officers and men only 200 survived.

 

 

H.M.S."ABOUKIR" 22.9.1914

Local men who were lost:

Horace William DAINES, Yeoman of Signals.

George William (William George) HARRISON, Able Seaman.

Ernest George CARTER, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry

Edward Charles WIGG, Able Seaman.

HMS “ABOUKIR” was on patrol with her sister ships “CRESSY” and “HOGUE” in the North Sea. The war was less than 2 months old and the navy was using old ships whilst awaiting delivery of the new ones which were still under construction. The First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, had already written to the First Sea Lord, Louis Mountbatten on 18th September expressing concern that these ships were unsuitable for patrolling the North Sea due to the narrowness of the seas combined with the proximity of the enemy. He stated that the risk to the ships was not justified by any service they could offer. However, the perceived threat to the cross-channel shipping carrying Allied troops to France warranted a naval presence and these were the only ships readily available. Originally the patrolling force consisted of a fourth cruiser, the flagship HMS”EURYALUS” plus a small number of destroyers. On 17th December the destroyers returned to Harwich due to bad weather and on 20th September “EURYALUS” followed due to low stocks of coal. The squadron commander had been unable to transfer from “EURYALUS” due to the bad weather and command passed to captain of the “ABOUKIR”, John Drummond. By the evening of 22nd September the seas had calmed in the North Sea, although still poor off Harwich which confined the destroyer screen in port. “ABOUKIR”,”HOGUE” and “CRESSY” were steaming, line ahead, at a speed of 10 knots with periscope look-outs posted. At 06.00  U-9, commanded by Lieutenant Otto Weddigen spotted them. From close range a single torpedo was fired at “ABOUKIR” striking her and breaking her back. She sank in less than 20 mins with the loss of 527 men. Thinking that “ABOUKIR” had struck a mine both “CRESSY” and “HOGUE” came alongside to assist with survivor rescues. 2 more torpedoes sank the “HOGUE” and the captain of “CRESSY” realising that they were under submarine attack tried to escape. U-9 fired 2 more torpedoes which sank “CRESSY”. In less than 2 hours three cruisers had been sunk with the loss of over 1400 officers and men. These sinkings brought home to the Admiralty the seriousness of the threat of the “U” boats.

 

H.M.S.”HAWKE”     15.10.1914

Local men who were lost :

Herbert P. BARNES , Stoker, 1st Class

Lewis R. HOOD, Private, Royal Marines Light Infantry.

Alfred  HOOKER,  Leading Signalman.

Arthur C.MARQUICK, Boy, 1st Class.

Albert George WRIGHT, Petty Officer, 2nd Class.

HMS “HAWKE”  was a  7350 tons, 12 gun, cruiser launched in Chatham in 1891. After the outbreak of war she took up patrol duties in the North Sea. On 15th October she was torpedoed and sank within a few minutes. Loss of life amounted to 26 officers and 500 men. Only 4 officers and some 60 men were saved.

H.M.S. “BULWARK” 26.11.1914

Local man who was lost :

Walter John (Jack) WATSON : Acting Leading Stoker

H.M.S.”BULWARK” had been berthed in the River Medway just west of Sheerness for some days. The crew had been on shore leave and were returning to the ship that morning. Just after 07.30 she was ripped apart by an explosion and from a total complement of 750 only 14 survived. The inquest found that the explosion had probably originated in one of the magazine holds. Bodies were washed up along the Kent coast during January 1915 and burials took place in Woodlands Cemetery in Kent where the unidentifiable were buried in a mass grave but those who could be identified were buried singly.

 

H.M.S.”FORMIDABLE” 1.1.1915

Local men who were lost:

Samuel COLVILLE, Petty officer, 1st Class.

Daniel HORRIGAN, Warrant Officer

Charles J.W. JONES, Private, Royal Marines.

Philip Cuthbert MOORE, Able Seaman.

Bernard A de P SMYTH, Boy, 1st Class.

HMS “FORMIDABLE”  was a 15,000 ton battleship launched in 1898 in Portsmouth. She began life in the Mediterranean Fleet but transferred to the Channel Fleet in 1908. Having been re-fitted in Chatham dockyard in mid 1909 she joined the Home Fleet and then transferred to the Atlantic Fleet, where she remained until 1912. She was then reduced to a “nucleus” crew and posted to the 2nd Fleet at the Nore. By 1914 and the outbreak of war she was part of the 5th Battle Squadron and accompanied the transportation of the British Expeditionary Force, carrying  the Portsmouth Marine battalion to Ostend on 25th August that year. Whilst on Channel patrol, in bad weather, on 1st January 1915 she was torpedoed off Portland Bill at 02.20 by U-24. 45 minutes later she was hit by a second torpedo. She remained afloat until 03.45 and then sank, her Captain, Noel Loxley, remaining on the bridge accompanied by his Fox terrier ‘Bruce’. She sank quickly with 547 of the 780 crew perishing. She was the 2nd  British Royal Navy battleship to be sunk in the war. The Captain's dog was subsequently washed ashore and is buried in ABBOTSBURY GARDENS, DORSET.

 

H.M.S.”VIKNOR”  13.1.1915

Local man who was lost:

William HORLEY, 2nd Baker.

Christopher LUCKING , Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve.

HMS “VIKNOR” was built in 1888 and was launched as ss ”VIKING” by the Viking Cruising Company. By January 1915 she was part of the 10th Cruiser Squadron with a crew of 295. She was lost off  Tory Island, near the north coast of Ireland. Some reports give the date of loss as 15th January but the death record of William Horley states 13th January. She had last reported her position on 13th January and was not heard from again. In the absence of any survivors it was presumed she had struck a mine and sunk. Large amounts of wreckage and many dead bodies were washed ashore on the Irish north coast. The body of the ship’s captain E.O.Ballantyne was washed up on the Dumfries coast.

 

H.M.S.”AMETHYST” 15.3.1915

Local man who was lost:

John Linnet COLE, Leading Seaman.

A minesweeper, built in 1905, she was sent to the Dardanelles to assist with the landings at Gallipoli. Whilst attempting to complete a sweep she was picked out by enemy searchlights and sustained artillery hits resulting in the deaths of approximately 60 men.

 

H.M.Yacht “RHIANNON” 20.7.1915.

Local man who was lost:

Alan Henry WRIGHT, Able Seaman. Former Laboratory Assistant at Southend High School For Boys.

HMY “RHIANNON” struck a mine and sank off Long Sands, Kent with the loss of 5 lives. There is some mystery surrounding this incident. It was rumoured that a vessel “PIEK” which had sunk in the same area on 5th July was carrying munition and/or mines but the Admiralty did not wish the wreck to be marked as it would give clear indication as to the entrance approach to the River Thames. Whilst on patrol with the armed ship ss “Strathspey” a large explosion blew a hole in the bows of  HMY “RHIANNON” and she sank in a few minutes. The official report states that she struck a mine.

 

ss “ROYAL EDWARD” 13.8.1915

This ship had previously been used as a prison/internment vessel anchored off Southend Pier.

Local men who were lost:

Harry W. DOWNING, Pantryman.

Hubert GROPPLER, Private, Essex Regiment.

James S.S. SHEARER, Private, Army Service Corps.

This ship’s first “claim to fame” was on  8th April 1912 when she encountered and reported an ice-floe in the vicinity of the subsequent “Titanic” disaster. She was later converted to a troop carrier and commissioned to the Royal Navy for the transfer  of troops to Gallipoli. She was torpedoed off the coast of Kandeliusa Island in the Aegean. It is reported that she was torpedoed by UB-14 but another report gives the submarine number as  U-16. Subsequent research has been conducted and it is now accepted that  UB-14 was responsible for the sinking. Of the 1586 men aboard  935 were lost.

 

H.M.S.”LILAC” 18.8.1915

Local man who was lost:

Alfred Robert GUEST, Stoker, 1st Class.

This was a minesweeper which struck a mine off the Scottish coast and and suffered casualties. She was sold for scrap in 1922.

 

H.M.T. “MARQUETTE” 23.10.1915

Local man who was lost:

John THOMPSON, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery.

A troopship, she sailed from Alexandria for Salonika with British and a large contingent of New Zealand troops. She was torpedoed on the fourth day out and sank in less than 15 minutes. Of a complement of 1,196 a total of 167 people lost their lives : 128 troops, 10 nurses and 29 crew.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “E.6” 26.12.1915

Local man who was lost:

Leonard Guy POTTS, Able Seaman.

Submarine “E6” left Harwich for anti-submarine patrol in the North Sea. As she approached the Sunk Light Vessel she was signalled by a patrolling British torpedo boat to “Keep Clear”. “E6” maintained her course, struck a mine and sank with all hands.

 

H.M.S.”NATAL” 30.12.1915

Local men who were lost: 

George Felix INGRAM, Wireman

Albert Hector William Paget MARSH, Stoker, 1st Class.

Harold OVERTON, Musician.

William VENTRIS, Petty Officer.

Built in 1905 HMS “Natal” was a 13,550 ton cruiser, joining the Grand Fleet at the outbreak of war. On 30th December 1915 she was at anchor  in Cromarty Firth with her squadron. Shortly after 3.20 pm a series of violent explosions ripped through the vessel and within 5 minutes she capsized and sank. It is presumed that there was a fire which ignited her ammunition supplies. There are variations in the number of casualties reported from 390 to 421. Those who were not killed in the initial explosion died in the freezing water of Cromarty Firth. Most of the bodies recovered  were interred at Rosskeen Churchyard, Invergordon but a small number of bodies are interred in Gaelic Chapel Graveyard, Cromarty.

 

S.S.”PERSIA” 30.12.1915

Local men who were lost:

James  PINCHEN, General Servant.

John SERGEANT, Saloon Barman. (Thomas Percival Sargeant)

(F)J.STEVENSON, Smoke Room Steward.

Built in 1900 she was a 7,974 ton P+O passenger liner. At lunchtime on 30th December 1915 off Crete she was torpedoed without warning by U38, sinking within 10 minutes. Only 176 of the 519 passengers and crew were saved. A great furore broke out because maritime international law forebade any attack on passenger carrying merchant vessels without any prior warning being given. Amongst the passengers who perished was Eleanor Thornton who modelled for the “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot used by Rolls Royce. The wreck of SS “Persia” was located in 2003 and  dives were made to attempt to recover the gold and jewels which were reputed to have been aboard when she went down.

 

H.M.S. “LENNOX” 1.1.1916

Local man who was lost:

William Henry BOOTH, Able Seaman.

I can find no record of any incident involving HMS “Lennox” on 1.1.1916. She took part in the battle of Jutland later in 1916 and she was sold for scrap in 1921. There is a separate record of a William H. Booth dying on 1.5.1916 from illness.

 

H.M.S.”RUSSELL” 8.1.1916

Local man who was lost:

Percival Arthur Irvine NEWMAN, Able Seaman.

She took part in the evacuation of the Dardanelles and on 7th January 1916 she was hit by enemy shell-fire. It is likely that P.A.I.Newman was killed in this action. Eventually, HMS “Russell” was mined and sank on 27.4.1916. off Malta with the loss of over 100 lives.


S.S. "MALOJA" 27.2.1916   

Local man who was lost:-

Angus Macdonald MACDONALD Engine Room Artificer.

SS "Maloja" was a 12,358 tons P+O passenger ship, completed in 1911, serving on the London to Bombay route. She sailed at 15.00hrs on Saturday 26.2.1916. On board were only 122 passengers (20% capacity) and general cargo.The passengers were a mixture of military + government personnel and civilians comprising of women + children. On the morning of 27.2.1916 she was at full speed in the English Channel approaching the Straits of Dover and overtook a Canadian collier "Empress of Fort William". The Strait had recently been mined by German Submarine UC 6. At around 10.30hrs a large explosion occurred on the starboard quarter which blew in the second saloon bulkheads. The "Empress of Fort William" was still in sight and immediately made to assist. She also struck a mine about 1 mile from  ss"Maloja" and began to sink.The ss"Maloja" was already travelling with her lifeboats slung out in case of enemy attack and her engines were stopped and put into reverse, by her Captain, to assist with their lowering. The Captain ordered her engines to be stopped again and the "Abandon Ship" whistle was sounded. Due to her engine room being flooded the engines could not be stopped and she increased speed, to around 9 knots, in reverse thus preventing the lifeboats from being loaded and launched. Potential rescue vessels in the area were unable to come alongside to assist and with a heavy sea running many on ss"Maloja" donned a cork lifejacket and jumped into the sea. ss"Maloja" sank approximately 24 mins after striking the mine and "Empress of Fort William" sank approximately 40 mins after striking the mine. Only 45 bodies were recovered and over 100 were unaccounted for. The Captain and 2nd Officer who both spent around 30mins in the water, survived.


S.S. “FAUVETTE”  9.3.1916

Local man who was lost :

William BEALE. Lieutenant, Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve.

ss “Fauvette” was operated by General Steam Navigation Company and was an armed cruiser operating in the Mediterranean. On her way back to England she struck a mine off Kent and 13 crew were drowned. He is listed on the Southend Roll of Honour and his details can be found in that section.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “E 5” 11.3.1916

Local man who was lost:

Robert L. CHINN, Able Seaman.(Stoker 1st Class)

Struck a mine in the North Sea and all hands were lost.

**On 21.11.2016 a report appeared in the UK Press (Daily Mail) covering the discovery of the wreck of E5 off Schiermonnikoog, near the Dutch/German border. An initial inspection, by divers, appears to suggest that there was a lack of damage to the vessel's structure which indicates she was not sunk by mine or enemy action. The submarine's hatches were open which may have been done by the crew attempting to escape. A total of 29 men lost their lives.

 

H.M.S. “LAERTES” 25.4.1916

Local man who was lost :

William PUNT, Petty  Officer Stoker.

On 24.5.1916 the German High Seas Fleet sailed down the North sea and attacked Lowestoft. In the subsequent action with the British Harwich Squadron HMS “Laertes” was hit and suffered 5 casualties.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “E.22” 25.4.1916

Local man who was lost:

William John Cornelius BEWERS, Chief Petty Officer.

In April 1916 “HMS “E22” was in the North Sea experimenting with the interception of Zeppelins. Two seaplanes were

carried on her hull and to launch them “E22” submerged and the seaplanes floated off for take-off. Whilst on the

surface she was spotted and torpedoed by U 18 off Great Yarmouth. There were no survivors.

 

H.M.S. “RUSSELL”   27.4.1916

Local man who was lost:   

Arthur Edward GARDINER, Petty Officer Stoker.

A 14,000 ton battleship she had been involved in the evacuation of troops from Gallipoli on 7.1.1916. Arriving at Valletta Harbour, Malta on the night of 26.4.1916 she was forced to wait outside due to the harbour entrance having a boom defence. The next morning, whilst manoeuvring she struck a mine. 126 were lost and HMS “Russell” became one of the first victims of the U Boat mine laying campaign.

 

H.M.S.”BLACK PRINCE” 31.5.1916

Local men who were lost:

George B.BROWN, Yeoman of Signals.

John Edward FAIRBAIRN, Able Seaman.

Sydney Frank WILLSON, Yeoman of Signals.

Launched in 1904 she was a 13,550 ton cruiser. During the Battle of Jutland she lost contact with the rest of the

British Fleet. At 08.48 she wired that she had sighted a submarine. No one in the British Fleet witnessed her end but it

was presumed that she had either been torpedoed or struck a mine. A German account  however reports that “Black

Prince” headed towards their lines at around mid-night and her crew did not realize their mistake until too late. In

attempting to turn the vessel round it presented a broadside to the German Fleet gunners and the battleship “Thuringen” opened fire. With several German ships within 1,000 yards the “Black Prince”was sunk within 15 minutes

 

H.M.S.”DEFENCE” 31.5.1916

Local man who was lost:

George Barnett CULPIN, Boy Telegraphist.

A 14,600 ton cruiser, she was built in 1907. The enemy ship “Wiesbaden” was crippled and drifting between the lines of British and enemy warships and HMS “Defence” moved in for the kill. Unknown to her captain, behind a large amount of smoke, the remaining part of the German fleet was waiting and HMS “Defence” came under strong fire. The rear magazine was hit and exploded, quickly followed by her forward magazine, sending the ship to the bottom. Her entire complement of 903 men were lost.

 

H.M.S. “INDEFATIGABLE” 31.5.1916

Local men who were lost:

Charles Ivor Colin HEDGES, Engine Room Artificer, 4th Class.

Harry FOSKETT, Musician, Royal Marine Band.

She was an 18,470 ton battlecruiser, part of No.2 Battle Squadron. She engaged with the German battleship “Von der Tann” whose shells hit her rear magazine.This caused a large explosion which blew out her bottom and she began to sink slowly by the stern. A further salvo hit her forward magazine and she exploded, sinking immediately. Of her officers and crew of 1,017 only 2 men survived.

 

H.M.S.”INVINCIBLE” 31.5.1916

Local men who were lost:

Arthur BRIGHT, Able Seaman.

Alexander John MACDONALD, Able Seaman.

Leonard Henry MARK(S), Able Seaman.

Ernest Reginald Leonard SNOW, Wireman.

She was Flagship of the 3rd Battle-cruiser Squadron and engaged with German battle-cruiser “Lutzow”. She was hit by a salvo from “Lutzow” which blew the roof off “Q” gun turret. There followed a flash down to her magazine and she was ripped into two halves by a massive explosion below deck in her ammunition store. Only 6 men survived, from a complement of 1,021, one of whom was inside turret “Q” when it was struck.

 

H.M.S.”QUEEN MARY” 31.5.1916

Local men who were lost: 

Frank OVERTON, Musician.

Herbert LINGE, Able Seaman.

Alfred Reginald HOARE, Boy Telegraphist.

Launched in 1912 she was a 26,770 ton battle-cruiser. At the Battle of Jutland she encountered the German battleships  “Derfflinger” and “Seydlitz”. The “Seydlitz” hit “Queen Mary” causing her forward ammunition magazine to explode.

The ship immediately listed to port and more explosions followed as she sank. Only 9 men were saved (2 of them

picked up by German ships) from her crew of 1,266

H.M.S. “HAMPSHIRE”  5.6.1916

Local men who were lost:

George Brewer BROWN, Yeoman of Signals.

Albert PATTTENDE(O)N, Leading Stoker.

William Richard SOWDEN, Midshipman.

Frederick Henry TURNER, Leading Stoker.

Launched in 1903 she was a 10,850 ton cruiser. Immediately after the Battle of Jutland she was commissioned to carry Lord Kitchener and his staff on a diplomatic mission to Russia. En route to Archangel she struck a mine between Birsay and Marwick Head, Orkney. Only 12 men survived the sinking. There was a claim in Germany that, due to successful espionage, she had been torpedoed by a German submarine but the British Government stuck by the report that she had struck a mine.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “E 8” 11.6.1916 (SUBMARINE E.18)

Local men who were lost:

William George BASS, Leading Seaman.

Albert George HALL, Stoker 1st Class.

Cyril Francis GODWARD, Able Seaman.

According to various records “E8” was scuttled in Helsingfors Bay, Finland to avoid capture by the Germans on 4.4.1918. The only action recorded for “E8” was on 23.10.1915 when she torpedoed and sank the German cruiser “Prinz Adalbert”. I can find no records of any incidents for 11.6.1916 but as there are two separate records for fatalaties on this date there may have been an on board incident. There is a possibility that this was in fact Submarine “E18” which was lost on 11.6.1916 at Jutland. The full details of E18 and her crew can be found at http://www.hmse18.org.

 

H.M.T.D. “EDEN”  17.6.1916

Local men who were lost : (This record is probably the same man listed under both the names he used)

George John Colwill WALTERS, Leading Telegraphist.

John  RHODES (WALTERS), Telegraphist.

HM Torpedo Destroyer “Eden” was escorting  HM Troopship “France” to Le Havre when HMT “France” suffered failure to her steering gear. Out of control she cut HMTD “Eden” in two and HMTD “Eden” sank with the loss of  39 lives.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “E.41” 15.8.1916

Local man who was lost:

Charles Thomas KLEMP, Lieutenant.

During exercises off Harwich “E41” collided with “E4” and sank. Sixteen crew were lost but 15 escaped, including 7  who managed to escape when the submarine was on the bottom. “E41” was raised in September 1917 and put back into  service until 1922

 

H.M.YACHT “ZAIDA” 17.8.1916

Local man who was lost:

William Christopher MYALL, Able Seaman.

There are 2 differing versions of the fate of H.M.Y.”Zaida”. She was built in 1900 and was a 350 ton Patrol Yacht. The British version is that she was sunk by a German submarine U35 in the Gulf of Alexandretta but the Turkish version is that she was sunk by Ottoman shore batteries. According to German records U35 was operating off Malta in August 1916 and could not, therefore, have been involved in Turkish waters.

 

H.M.S. “LAURENTIC” 23.1.1917

Local man who was lost :

Henry JAMES, Assistant Steward.

Built in 1909 for White Star Line she was a 14,892 ton Passenger Liner, a sister of “Titanic”. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty at the outbreak of war and used as an armed merchant vessel. En route to New York she had put in to Lough Swilly in Donegal, Ireland to discharge some passengers who had been taken ill. As she left to resume her passage she struck two mines laid by U80 and sank with the loss of 350 lives. The gold bullion which the ship was carrying was later recovered.

 

H.M.S.”SIMOOM” 23.1.1917

Local man who was lost:

George Charles PARKER, Able Seaman.

Built in 1916 she was a 1,220 ton destroyer. She was operating as part of the Harwich Force off the Schouwen Light Vessel when she was torpedoed. She was scuttled by the British destroyer HMS “Matchless”.

 

S.S.”LUX” 8.2.1917

Local man who was lost :

Frederick Hubert ROBINSON, Captain.

A 2,621 ton tanker built in 1893 she left New York bound for Calais with a full cargo of fuel oil. About 50 miles west of Mizen Head, Ireland she was torpedoed and sunk by U80. There were no survivors amongst the 29 crew.

 

H.M.TRAWLER “YESSO” 9.2.1917. (2.9.1917)

Local man who was lost:

Leslie PALMER, Signaller

She hit a mine and sank off the east coast of Scotland. There were no survivors.


H.M.S. “ALBACORE” 9.3.1917

Local man who was lost:

John James SEDWELL, Stoker, 1st Class.

Built in 1909 she was a 440 ton torpedo-boat destroyer. She was sold for scrap in 1920. I have not been able to find details of a definitive incident other than reports that she “struck a mine and suffered casualties” There were no dates or further details given.

 

H.M.S.”MIGNONETTE” 17.3.1917

Local man who was lost:

Edwin Henry SKEWIS, Boy Telegraphist.

A 1,250 ton sloop she was stationed at Cork harbour as part of the anti-submarine force. She struck a mine and sank off Galley Head, Ireland. Her 6lb gun was recovered in 1982 and is on display at the Kinsale Museum, Co.Cork.

 

H.M.S. “ Q 36” 30.3.1917

Local man who was lost; 

Edwin Victor MASON. Able Seaman.

HMS “Peveril”, a 1,460 ton cargo ship built in 1904 was allocated “Q 36” for special operations including anti-submarine defence. She was torpedoed and sunk by submarine U63, off Gibraltar with the loss of  9 lives.

 

H.M.DRIFTER “FORWARD III ” 31.3.1917

Local man who was lost:

Edward KERRY, Deck Hand.

An 89 ton drifter, she was built by John Chambers + Co. Ltd of Lowestoft, Suffolk. She struck a mine which had been laid by German submarine UC 6, south of the Shipwash light vessel. 10 personnel were lost.

 

H.M.H.S. “SALTA”  10.4.1917

Local man who was lost:

William SEYMOUR. Private, Royal Army Medical Corps.

A 7,284 ton passenger vessel she had been built in 1911 and was now operating as a hospital ship. En route from Southampton to Le Havre with a consignment of medical supplies she struck a mine, laid by U26 the previous day, outside Le Havre and sank.

 

ROYAL FLEET AUXILLIARY “THRUSH” 11.4.1917

Local man who was lost :

George Lionel HARVEY, Assistant Engineer.

An 885 ton motor gun-boat built in 1889, she was lost when she ran aground off Glenarm on the northern Irish coast.

 

ss “BAGDALE” 1.5.1917

Local man who was lost:

Alfred Thomas ADAMS, Boatswain.

ss "Bagdale” was operated by Smiles + Son of Whitby and was just over 3,000 tonnes. She was en-route to Nantes, carrying coal, when she was torpedoed and sunk by a U boat. She sank in moments and only 3 survivors were rescued and taken to Brest. The remaining 23 crew drowned.

 

HMT “TRANSYLVANIA” 4.5.1917

Local men who were lost:

Julian Stephen BALDWIN, Pioneer, Royal Engineers.

Cecil Henry BOWLES  Corporal, Army Service Corps.

J.T.NOTLEY, Staff Sergeant Major, New Zealand Forces.

A 14,315 ton passenger ship, used for troop movements, she was torpedoed and sunk by U Boats in the Mediterranean with the loss of 413 lives. She was en route from Marseilles to Alexandria escorted by two Japanese destroyers who rescued  survivors.


ss "GALICIA" 12.5.1917

Local man who was lost:

Thomas R. WILSON Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Naval Reserve.

A former passenger steamer of 5922 tons, operated by Pacific Steam Navigation Co., she was being used to transport general cargo and ammunition to Jamaica. She struck a mine laid by submarine UC17 off Teignmouth, Devon.



H.M.S.”ANTRIM” 15.6.1917

Local man who was lost:

Dudley WEARE, Stoker, 1st Class.

A 10,850 ton cruiser she was launched in 1903. In June 1917 she was stationed in Archangel but I can find no record of any  hostilities.

D.Weare was accidentally drowned whilst HMS”Antrim” was in the West Indies. (No date found)

 

H.M.S.”VANGUARD” 9.7.1917

Local men who were lost:

Benjamin BUNDICK, Petty Officer Stoker.

James GAPES , Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

William John JEFFS, Stoker 1st Class.

Alfred Clarence SEDWELL, Stoker, 1st Class.

James Risby WILDER, Able Seaman.

Built in 1909 she was a 19,250 ton battleship and had taken part in the Battle of Jutland. Whilst at anchor in Scapa Flow she was destroyed by an explosion in her ammunition magazines with the loss of over 800 lives.


H.M.S.”PRIZE” 14.8.1917

Local man who was lost:

Henry Herbert PORTCH, Lieutenant.

A three masted schooner, HMS “Prize” was a “Q” ship acting as a decoy to attract submarines for supporting destroyers to attack. She was attacked by a U boat on 14.8.1917 and suffered several casualties, including the captain.

ss “MINNEHAHA” 7.9.1917

Local men who were lost:

James F. HERD , 2nd Engineer.

Lewis Lesser LETHULIER,  Steward.

John Andrew MACDONALD, 3rd Engineer.

Arthur Charles TRUMAN, Wireless Operator.

Built in 1900 she was a 13,443 ton cargo ship operated by Atlantic Transport Co.Ltd. She was bound from London to New York with general cargo and passengers when she was torpedoed by U.48 approximately 12 miles south east of Fastnet Rock with the loss of 43 lives.

 

ss “VIENNA” 11.9.1917 *

Local man who was lost:

Harold J.GUNN, 1st Mate.

ss “Vienna” was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic, west of the Irish coast with the loss of all but 5 men. They were rescued by U.S.S.”Cushing” which had been patrolling off the Irish coast.

*There is also an account of H.M.T.”Vermont” being sunk by torpedo en route from Brest on 11.9.1917 and Harold J.Gunn losing his life in that incident

 

H.M.S.”CONTEST”  18.9.1917.(18.7.1917)

Local man who was lost:

Thomas Ruben SPANTON, Officer’s Steward, 2nd Class.

Torpedoed and sunk by a U boat in the south western approaches to the English Channel. Fifty men rescued, 27 lost. There are two different dates of sinking recorded, 18th Sept and 18th July 1917.

 

HMS “BRISK”  2.10.1917

Local man who was lost:

George GREENHAM, Stoker 2nd Class.

Escorting convoy HH24 inbound from America, HMS “Brisk” was torpedoed (probably by U79) and the explosion broke her in two and she sank with the loss of 31 lives.

 

HMS “MARY ROSE” 17.10.1917

Local man who was lost:

William John BLACKWOOD, Able Seaman.

On 17.10.1917. H.M.S.”Mary Rose” encountered enemy vessels off Dover. In an exchange of fire she was hit and several members of her crew were killed..

 

HMT “RUBY” 17.10.1917

Local man who was lost:

Frederick CUNDY, Deck Hand.

A 234 ton cargo ship, she struck a mine and sank near Au Skerry, Scapa Flow.

 

HMS “MARMION”  21.10.1917

Local man who was lost:

Robert Louis JOSLIN, Stoker, 1st Class.

A 1.025 ton destroyer it collided in bad weather with HMS “Tirade” off Shetland  and sank.

 

HMS “TORRENT” 23.12.1917

Local man who was lost:

E(a)rl  Stanley  Frederick  BYRNE, Midshipman.

One of 4 destroyers despatched to rendezvous with a Dutch convoy off the Maas buoy. She struck a mine and sank with only 1 survivor. Two other destroyers, HMS “Surprise” and HMS “Tornado” also struck mines and sank.The 4th ship, HMS “Radiant” survived.

 

ss “ARAGON” 30.12.1917

Local men who were lost :

Walter George FINDEN, Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Albert Edward JEFFERY, Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Henry WYATT, Sapper, Royal Engineers.

Having sailed from Marseilles on 17th December ss “Aragon” arrived at Alexandria on 30th December, carrying 2,700 troops bound for Palestine. The other vessels in the convoy headed into port but ss”Aragon” moored off waiting a berth. She was spotted by U34 who torpedoed her and she quickly sank. Survivors were picked up by HMS “Attack” but she too was torpedoed by the same U boat and blown in two, quickly sinking. Over 600 lives were lost from the HMS “Aragon”.

 

ss “OSMANIEH” 31.12.1917

Local man who was lost :

Arthur Edward George COLLINSON, Private, Machine Gun Corps.

A merchant support vessel, she was approaching Alexandria carrying troops and medical staff when she struck a mine, which had been laid by U34, and quickly sank. 209 lives were lost including 8 female nurses.

 

ss “MERIDDO”(“MERREDDIO”)  10.1.1918

Local man who was lost:

Alexander Christie JOLLY, Chief Officer.

She was en route, in convoy, from Spain when she went missing, presumed torpedoed.

 

H.M.S. “RAGLAN” 20.1.1918

Local man who was lost:

Robert Henry JEWELL, Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Having been sent to the Dardanelles campaign she remained in the eastern Mediterranean thereafter. She was attacked and sunk by the Ottoman Emprie battlecruiser “Yavuz Sultan Selim” with the loss of 127 lives.

 

ss “GREATHAM” 22.1.1918

Local man who was lost:

Arthur Clifford PEGGS, Wireless Operator,

ss “Greatham” was a 2,338 ton armed merchant ship. Whilst about 3 miles south east of Dartmouth, en route between Grimsby and Blaye, she was torpedoed and sunk by U.31 with the loss of 7 lives.

 

H.M.S. “ PRESIDENT” 25.1.1918

Local man who was lost:

Josiah STEVENS. Lieutenant.

HMS “President” was torpedoed in the English Channel, the explosion causing damage and casualties.

 

H.M.P.M.S.”NEWBURY” 15.2.1918

Local man who was lost:

Tom MEDDLE, Deck Hand.

H.M.Paddle Mine Sweeper “Newberry” was on duty in the Dover Straits when she was attacked and badly damaged by German destroyers. This turned out to be the last raid in the Straits by German ships before the Declaration of ceasefire.

 

ss “GLENART CASTLE” 26.2.1918

Local man who was lost:

Arthur George BROWN, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps.

She was a hospital ship and was en route from Cardiff to Brest to embark wounded servicemen and return with them to England. At 04.00, not far from Lundy Island, eye-witnesses who were on other ships to her stern, reported her “lights all going out”. A submarine was then sighted on the surface and when their attention returned to “Glenart Castle” she had disappeared. She had been torpedoed and sank almost immediately. Of the 186 people on board only 31 survived. One lifeboat carrying 22 men was recovered and a further 9 men were lifted from the water by U.S.S. “Parker” late on 27th February 1918.

 

H.M.DRIFTER “NEXUS” 13.3.1918

Local man who was lost:

George James KERRY, Deck Hand.

She struck a mine and exploded in the Straits of Dover.

 

HMT “POMERANIAN” 15.4.1918

Local man who was lost.

Philip Daniel BOLT, Wireless Operator.

H.M.T.”Pomeranian”was en route between London and St.John, New Brunswick when she was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel, off Portland Bill, by U77. 55 crew members perished.

 

ss “WAR GRANGE” 16.5.1918

Local man who was lost:

Frank SELBY,  1st Engineer

“Wargrange” was torpedoed and sunk off Newquay, Cornwall.

 

ss “BRODHOLME”  10.6.1918

Local man who was lost:

Denis Patrick OWENS, 2nd Engineer.

A 5,713 ton refridgerated cargo liner she was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean by  U53.

 

H.M.HOSPITAL SHIP  “LANDOVERY CASTLE”  27.6.1918

Local men who were lost:

Murray Christopher TAYLOR, 4th Engineer.

Archibald Arthur WELLER, Able Seaman. (may be the A.A.Weller listed on the Benfleet War Memorial)

She was a hospital ship bound from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool. At 21.30 hrs she was torpedoed by U.86 whilst she was about 114 miles south west of the Fastnet Rock and sank in 10 minutes. Of the 258 people on board only 24 survived. It was reported at the time that the German submarine commander had fired upon, and sunk, all but 1 of the lifeboats. After the war the German Supreme Court jailed 2 of the U.86’s Officers for 4 years each. Shortly afterwards it was reported that the two officers had escaped from prison.

 

H.M.T.”DWINSK” 4.7.1918

Local man who was lost:

Eugene Patrick CORRI, Midshipman.

ss”Dwinsk” was built in 1897 as “C.F.Tietgen” for Scandinavia American Line and was subsequently renamed “Dwinsk” for Cunard line in 1917. Torpedoed and sunk by U.151 about 400 miles north east of Bermuda, 6 lifeboats were recovered but a 7th, with 22 men aboard, was never seen again after launching.

 

HMS “ANCHUSA” 16.7.1918

Local man who was lost:

Carl Svend BRAINE, Lieutenant.

HMS “Anchusa” was torpedoed and sunk  on 16.7.1918 by German Submarine U54, off the north coast of ireland. From a ship's compliment of 100 only 22 survived.


HMS “SCOTT” 15.8.1918

Local man who was lost:

Victor Norman MAY, Leading Seaman.

An 1,801 ton torpedo destroyer she was built in 1917 and named as a tribute to Captain Scott of the Antarctic. She was torpedoed and sunk by U17 in the North Sea, off the Danish coast.

 

ss “GALWAY CASTLE” 12.9.1918

Local man who was lost:

James Martin BURREN, Barman.

Built in 1911 she was 7,988 tons. Requisitioned as a troop ship for the West African campaign against Germany. En-route home, 2 days sailing from Plymouth, she was torpedoed by U82 and her back was broken. Fearing a sinking an order was issued to immediately abandon ship. In the rush several lifeboats were lost but the ship did not sink for 3 days. HMS “Spitfire” remained in attendance and took on board the final survivors before “Galway Castle” sank. 143 lives were lost from the total complement of 950.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE  “L10” 6.10.1918

Local man who was lost:

Ernest George WHYBROW, Leading Seaman.

She entered the Heligoland Bight to attack a group of German destroyers, one of which had struck a mine. “L10” successfully torpedoed and sank “S33” but the firing of the torpedo caused “L10” to unexpectedly surface. Surrounded by German destroyers, who immediately opened fire, she tried to outrun them but was sunk with the  loss of all hands.

 

R.M.S. “LEINSTER” 10.10.1918

Local men who were lost:

Frank Ernest GYDE, Private, Royal Defence Corps.

Edward A. HALL, Civilian.

A 2,400 ton Royal Mail Ship she operated between  Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire) and Holyhead. On her final voyage  she was carrying a complement of 771 which included  22 mail sorters and 500 military personnel. At 10.00 she was  struck by two torpedos, fired by U123, the second of which induced a large explosion and the quick sinking of HMS “Leinster”. Over 500 lives were lost and that is still the largest loss of life in the Irish Sea to date. Interestingly U.123 struck a mine in the North Sea and sank with all hands whilst returning to Germany a week later.

 

H.M.YACHT ”IOLAIRE” 1.1.1919

Local man who was lost:

Harold James MOORE,  Quartermaster.

This vessel was one of two which were transporting homecoming soldiers and sailors who had survived the Great War. They had been demobilised  and were returning for Hogmanay. ”Iolaire” boarded around 283 passengers (no official passenger list was kept) and sailed for the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides. Most of her passengers were former naval ratings with the civilians and former soldiers having been put aboard H.M.Y.”Sheila”. This was the first time “Iolaire” had attempted to dock at Stornoway in darkness. On it’s approach to the harbour entrance the “Iolaire” struck the “Beasts of Holm” rocks at 01.00 on New Year’s Eve. In the rough sea, although only a few yards from land, many men drowned having been thrown against the rocks. Due to the brave actions of local man John Finlay Macleod, who managed to scramble ashore with a rope, 40 men were hauled to safety. By 05.00 on New Year’s morning “Iolaire” had been smashed to pieces on the rocks by the raging sea.

 

H.M.SUBMARINE “L.55” 9.6.1919

Local man who was lost:

Cyril Charles Nicholas POTTER, Engine Room Artificer, 2nd Class.

“E 55” was active in the Baltic after the war, having been commissioned in December 1918. She was based at Tallin as part of the Baltic Battle Squadron. Whilst attempting to attack two Bolshevik minelaying destroyers, “Gavril” and “Azard” she missed her targets and strayed into a minefield which had been laid by the British. Despite Bolshevik claims that she had been sunk by their own ships it was reported in Britain that she had struck a mine and sunk.

 

2.AIR RAID CASUALTIES

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The following list  comprises details of recorded fatalities in Air Raids on Southend, plus one local man who was killed during a London air raid.The majority of deaths occurred in the raid on 12th August 1917. The first death was on 10th May 1915, followed on 26th May 1915 by three more. Shoebury barracks were hit on 15th June 1917 with two more deaths recorded.

 

NAME                                        ADDRESS

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BATTY Edith                 19.Brigadier Road,Enfield,Middlesex. Died 12.8.1917.

BATTY Walter Henry,    19, Brigadier Road,Enfield,Middlesex. Died 12.8.1917.

CHILDS Ada                   49,Redhill Street,Regents Park,London. Died 12.8.1917.

COHEN John                  Holbrooke Road,Plaistow,London. Died 12.8.1917.

COHEN Leah                  Holbrooke Road,Plaistow,London. Died 12.8.1917.

COLLIER Annie              12,Elizabeth Road,Thorpe Bay. Died 12.8.1917.

CORNISH Emily Gladys,   6,Catlin Street,Bermondsey,London. Died 12.8.1917.

CORNISH Thomas Henry  6,Catlin Street,Bermondsey,London. Died 12.8.1917.

CREES John Henry         18,St.Anns Road,Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

DONALDSON Mary Ann     2,Princetown Road,Holborn,London. Died 12.8.1917.

FAIRS May                    586, Old Ford Row, Bow,London. Died 26.5.1915.

GALLOWAY Jessie Camilla,12,Elderfield Road,Clapton,London. Died  12.8.1917.

G(C)AVELLE Clara           Sandringham Hotel, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 12.8.1917.

GOODING Lena                 9, Burnaby Road, Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

GRANT James                 16, Broadway Market,Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

HAWES Fred                   12, Guildford Road,Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

HILL William                  12, Guildford Road, Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

HILLS Arthur                  19, Oak Road,Erith, Kent. Died 12.8.1917.

HUMPHRIES Charles        47, Coleman Street, Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

JESS Ellen May               12, Church Street, West Ham,Essex. Died 12.8.1917.

LEWIS Alfred                  41, Langton Road, Brixton,London . Died 12.8.1917.

MANN Violet Elizabeth      5, Myddleton Street,Clerkenwell,London. Died 12.8.1917.

MASON Florrie                  9, Burnaby Road, Southend.

ORTON Jessie (Mrs)          8, Glass Street,Bethnal Green, London. Died 12.8.1917.

ORTON Jessie (Miss)         8,Glass Street, Bethnal Green,London. Died 12.8.1917.

PATEMAN Marion(Queenie) 3,Broadway Market,Southend. Died , Aged 7 , 26.5.1915.

REEVES Francis William     Nursery Terrace,Church Road,Southend. Died,in London, 13.6.1917.

RICE Dorothy Evelyn       69, Princes Street, Southend. Died 12.8.1917.

RUSSELL Harry "of Southend" Died 12.8.1917.

SMITH Florence              “Farndon”,Westminster Drive,Westcliff-on-Sea.Died 26.5.1917.

STAINES William John      Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery,Shoebury. Died 15.6.1917.

SULLIVAN Victor               178, Borstal Lane, Abbey Wood, London. Died 12.8.1917.

TOONE Thomas                Gunner,Royal Garrison Artillery,Shoebury. Died 15.6.1917.

WATSON Beatrice            180,Shaftesbury Avenue,Thorpe Bay. Died 12.8.1917.

WATSON Oliver                180,Shaftesbury Avenue,Thorpe Bay. Died 12.8.1917.

WEST Eliza Mary                45,Lovelace Gardens,Southchurch.Died 12.8.1917.

WEST Gladys                     45,Lovelace Gardens,Southchurch. Died 12.8.1917.

WHITTLESEY Amelia          27,Charlwood Road,Fulham,Middlesex. Died 12.8.1917.

WHITWELL Agnes Frances,120,North Road, Southend. Died 10.5.1915.

 

For those interested in further details of the air-raids I recommend a  book  written by Ken Crowe of Southend Museum.

 

3.LOCAL MEN MISSING FROM LOCAL ROLLS OF HONOUR/MEMORIALS

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The following records were found during my research but I have, to date, been unable to locate them on any local “Roll of Honour”. As explained to me, by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the money for the Memorials was raised by public subscription in the 1920’s and those who provided the money had their relatives’ names included on the Memorials. Additionally, since there was a lapse of some 5 years between the end of hostilities and the erection of most Memorials many relatives had moved on with their lives. Widows had re-married and in some cases there were no relatives left to provide monies or details to be included on the Memorials. Sadly it also meant that some names were included on the Memorials simply because the relatives had provided money and not because the deceased had perished in the conflict.

 

ABERY F.C.   Lance Corporal, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.  Died 5.11.1918. War Graves Commission Gravestone at SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, G.44. 

 

ADEY  Fred  W.  Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Lily E. Adey, 8, Guildford Road, Southend. Son of Harry & Martha Adey The Weir Cottages, Rayleigh. Died 22.10.1916  Aged23. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, PAS  DE  CALAIS, GRAVE  XII  B  16, FRANCE.  (Appears on the Rayleigh War Memorial and is also commemorated at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh)    

 

AMOS  A.J. Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways Transport. Died 30.4.1920 War Graves Commission Gravestone SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, D.70.

 

ASHBY Thomas. Lance Corporal, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Clara Ashby, 8, Arnold Avenue, Southend. Died 24.9.1914  Aged 32. Buried at CITY OF PARIS CEMETERY, BAGNEUX, GRAVE 19  I  B  1, FRANCE.

 

ASHLEY  Richard. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Son of George + Caroline Ashley, 11, Swanage Road,  Southend. Died 8.8.1918  Aged 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PAS-DE-CALAIS, PANEL 3, FRANCE.


BACON Francis Geoffrey Everard James. Private, West Kent Yeomanry. Son of Parsley Thomas + Jessie Bacon, 'Rosedale', South Avenue, Southend. Died 13.11.1915 Age 18. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLAS MEMORIAL, PANEL 19, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.


BALDWIN Julian S. Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Husband of Mrs. W.E.Baldwin, “Sunnyside”, 18, Park Lane, Southend. Died on HMT “Transylvania” 4.5.1917  Aged 34. Buried at SAVONA TOWN CEMETERY, GRAVE D.1, ITALY. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMT “Transylvania” incident.)

 

BARBER A.V. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Ethel Lewis, 104, Park Street, Southend. Died 25.7.1917 Aged 33. Buried at COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, LANGEMARK, GRAVE I  L  23, BELGIUM.

 

BARCLAY W. F. J. Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Son of Mr. + Mrs. Barclay, 38, Stanley Road, Southend. Died 1.7.1916  Aged 23. Buried at DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, GRAVE  VII  M  9, FRANCE.


BARNET William G. Sergeant, Army Service Corps. Husband of Adelaide M. Barnet, "Willowbank", 24, Park Lane, Southend.

Died of malaria, 18.1.1918 (1917), Aged 50. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE F.6200.


BARRETT  Edwin Henry. Sergeant, Canadian Contingent. Husband of Annie Barrett, “Hyde Wood”, Rochford. Died of wounds 18.8.1918 Aged 32. Buried at TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY,  GRAVE II   D  4, WIMILLE, FRANCE. His name appears on Canewdon Church Memorial Window. On the 1911 census Edwin Henry Barrett is shown as Master's Cklerk + Storekeepr, The Workhouse.

 

BARRETT  E. A.  Private, Middlesex Regiment.  Husband of  Ellen Barrett, 206, Sutton Road, Southend. Died  22.6.1916. Buried at GORRE BRITISH + INDIAN CEMETERY, PAS DE  CALAIS, GRAVE  II  C  6, FRANCE.

 

BASS William G.  Leading Seaman, Royal Navy, HM S/M “E 18”. Son of William + Sophia Bass of Southend. Died 11.6.1916  Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 15, CHATHAM. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea “ for HM S/M “E 18” incident) On the 1911 Census William G. Bass was serving aboard HMS "Lancaster" Rank: Leading Seaman.

 

BEAUMONT Edwin F. Private, Canadian Infantry. Husband of Jennie Beaumont, 92, North Avenue, Southend. Died 27.9.1918  Aged 25. Buried at TRIANGLE CEMETERY, INCHY- EN-ARTOIS, GRAVE B. 10, FRANCE.

 

BEERE  F. W. H.  Sub-Conductor, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Son of Frederick A. + Frances E. Beere  65, Princes Terrace, Victoria Road, Southend. Died 24.2.1919  Aged 29. Buried at GREENWICH CEMETERY, GRAVE  2  C  B  707, LONDON. On the 1911 Census Frederick William Henry Beere, Age 22 was serving as a Private, Army Ordnance Corps., at Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa.

 

BENNETT  William J.  Private, Australian Infantry. Son of William + Jessie Bennett, 113, Victoria Road, Southend. Died 7.8.1916  Aged 20. Buried at SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2, SOMME, GRAVE  V  F  34, FRANCE.

 

BERRY Robert  E. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of George Berry, Bell House Estate, Eastwood.  Died 30.8.1918  Aged 34. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIMY MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE. He had emigrated to Canada and  enlisted there.

 

BINLEY Percy  A. MILITARY CROSS. 2nd Lieutenant, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mabel E.Binley, “Glenmore”, Rochford. Former assistant at Rochford Schools. Died 23(28).8.1918 Age (37)38. Buried at ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE  I  S  8, FRANCE.


BISCOE Arthur John. Captain, Royal Irish Rifles. Born in Rochford 3rd Quarter of 1880. Son of Frederick William + Alice Biscoe. Was a serving soldier by 1911 and sailed to Bombay 3rd August 1913, from Liverpool, per ss "Benares". Died 12.3.1915 Age 34. Buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, GRAVE II  B  12, FRANCE.
 

BOOSEY Bertie. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Daniel + Jemima Boosey of Foulness. Died 16.4.1915 Age 24. Buried at CALVAIRE (ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE I  M  8, HAINAULT, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the Foulness War Memorial.

 

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, HAUCOURT, GRAVE V  G  16, FRANCE. He had emigrated to Canada and enlisted there.

 

BOWMAN James A. Sergeant, Highland Light Infantry. Son of Edward + Annie Bowman, 38a, Eastern Esplanade, Southend. Died 26.10.1918  Aged 32. With no known grave he is  commemorated at BASRA MEMORIAL, PANEL 35+64, IRAQ. He is commemorated on his family's grave, MANOR PARK CEMETERY, LONDON.


BOWN Herbert Alan. Sergeant, London Regiment. Queen's Westminster Rifles. Son of Arthur + Letitia Bown, "Corona', Theobalds Road, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 8.12.1917 Age 26. Burierd at JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE U.108, ISRAEL.

He is also commemorated on his parents grave, Leigh-on-Sea Cemetery, London Road, Leigh.

 

BOYCE Frederick. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Lived at Bull Lane, Rayleigh. Died 22.7.1916 Age 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORAIL, PIER & FACE 8C,9A+16a, SOMME, FRANCE. He is commemorated at the War Memorial, Saffron Walden, Essex.

 

BRACE Alfred W.  Private, Sherwood Foresters, Notts + Derby Regiment. Husband of Alice Brace,  “Huntsville”, Church Road, Hadleigh. Southend. Died 27.2.1918 Aged 35. Buried at  DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE IV  A  5, BELGIUM.

 

BRADLEY George J. Captain, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of A.E.Bradley, “Gisburn”, Trinity Road, Southchurch. Died of  broncho -pneumonia 17.2.1919 Aged 46. Buried at  ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE  XLV  B  14, FRANCE.

 

BRIDGE Charles R. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Son of Charles & Lizzie Bridge, 60, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea. Died of appendicitis in Harwich 29.1.1916 aged 21. Buried at LEIGH-ON-SEA CEMETERY, GRAVE BB 52.

 

BRIDGE Henry J.  Rifleman, 1st Rifle Brigade. A native of Rochford. Husband of Clara Bridge, Argyle House, Basildon, Essex. Died 9.4.1917 Age 37. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 9 FRANCE.                                                                                                                                      

BRIGHTEN  Ralph Dalton Jarvis   2nd Lieutenant, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 15.8.1915 (12.9.1915)Aged 22. Buried at Lone Pine Anzak (Anzac?) Cemetery, Suvla, Gallipoli, Turkey. FAMILY GRAVESTONE AT ST.JOHN the BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, CHURCH ROAD, SOUTHEND.

 

BROOMFIELD Robert J.  Private, Australian Infantry. Native of Southend. Died 15.4.1918. With no known grave he is commemorated at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX  MEMORIAL, FRANCE.

                      

BROTHERSON  H.G. Lance Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Mrs. N.Brotherson, 56, Brighton Avenue, Southend. Died of gas poisoning 17.6.1916  Aged 24. Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), NORD, GRAVE II B196, FRANCE.

 

BROWN  Charles J.  Private, Bedfordshire Regiment. Husband of Martha A. Brown, 14, Burnaby Road, Southend. Died 14.8.1917 Aged 34. Buried at MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, GRAVE  III  L  1B, FRANCE.

 

BROWN  Ernest A. Private, Grenadier Guards. Son of Alfred & Mary A.Brown, 6, Sutton Court Drive, Rochford. Died 15.9.1916 (5.9.1916) Age 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER & FACE 8D, FRANCE.

 

BROWN  George. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Husband of N.Brown, 14, Stanley Road, Southend. Died of sickness 28.12.1918. Aged 44. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE  F5420.

 

BROWN William.  Private, Essex Regiment. A native of Rochford. Died 18.9.1917 Age 21. Buried at  MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, GRAVE I  M  7, FRANCE.

 

BRUNTON Horace G. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Charles Brunton, 53, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend. Died 10.10.1917  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 98 to 99 , BELGIUM.

 

BUDD  Thomas. Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Charlotte Budd, 26,Cambridge Road, Shoebury. Died of tuberculosis at Hither Green, London 23.4.1919 Age 46. Buried at SHOEBURYNESS  (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, SOUTH SHOEBURY.

 

BURGESS George  J. Sergeant, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Husband of Lily Burgess, Central House, Lonsdale Road, Southend. Died 1.3.1915  Aged 26. Buried at VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE NO.3, YPRES, GRAVE  III  H  6, BELGIUM.

 

BURLES  William A. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of Alfred Burles, 17, Ruskin Avenue, Prittlewell. Died 5.7.1917  Aged 30. Buried at FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, GRAVE V  G  19, FRANCE.

 

BURREN  James  M. Barman, Mercantile Marine, ss “Galway Castle”. Husband of Gertrude E. Burren,  113, York Road, Southend. Died 12.9.1918  Aged 41. With no known grave he is commemorated at TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, LONDON. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for ss “Galway Castle” incident)

 

BURTON Robert  J.  MILITARY CROSS : MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES. Regimental Sergeant Major,  Suffolk Regiment. Husband of Martha Burton, Suffolk House, 37, Edith Road, Prittlewell. Died 24.1.1915  Aged 43. Buried at TOTTENHAM CEMETERY, GRAVE GEN.5750, LONDON.

  

BUTLER Herbert L. Private, Suffolk Regiment. A native of Rochford. Died 14.6.1917 Age 34. With no  known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 4, FRANCE.

 

BUTLER-WRIGHT Neville.O.  Lance Corporal, London Rifle Brigade. Son of William + Henrietta Butler-Wright of Southend. Brother of Vivian Arthur Butler-Wright who also fell. Died 28.4.1915 Aged 24. Buried at HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE II  H  2 , FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Southend Cemetery, Sutton Road.

 

BUTLER-WRIGHT  Vivian.A. 2nd Lieutenant, 12th Essex Regiment. Son of William + Henrietta Butler-Wright of Southend. Brother of Neville Ormond Butler-Wright who also fell. Died 2.12.1915 Age 20. Buried at AZMAK (ANZAC?) CEMETERY, SUVLA , GRAVE   I  D  20 , GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Southend Cemetery, Sutton Road.

                                             

BUTTIFANT  Charles W. Private, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Husband of Alice Buttifant, 22, St. Ann’s Road, Southend. Died 24.2.1919  Aged 35. Buried at HAMPSTEAD CEMETERY,  GRAVE  SREEN WALL  Q8  B  27, LONDON.

 

BUTTON  Albert. Private, Machine Gun Corps. A native of Rochford. Died 23.3.1918 Age 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 93&94, FRANCE.

 

BUTTON  Frederick J. Sergeant, Leicestershire Regiment. Lived in Eastwood. Died 5.4.1918. Age 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 50-51, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

CABLE  J. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mrs. K. Cable, Hillside Cottage, Thundersley, Southend. Died 22.10.1914 . Buried at LANCASHIRE COTTAGE CEMETERY, HAINAUT, GRAVE I  B  1, BELGIUM. (Frederick James Cable appears on the Rayleigh War Memorial)

 

CALLAGHAN  Herbert. Rifleman, London Irish Rifles. Son of Thomas + Lillian R. Callaghan, 6, Grange Gardens, Southend. Died 4.10.1916  Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 13C, FRANCE. His name appears on the family grave, MANOR PARK CEMETERY, LONDON.


CAMERON John  D. 2nd. Lieutenant, New Zealand Pioneer Battalion. Husband of Mrs. V.A.Cameron, 93, York Place, Southend. Died 7.8.1917. Buried at UNDERHILL FARM CEMETERY, HAINAUT, GRAVE C. 25 , BELGIUM .  “York Place” was situated to the east of the current Southend High Street, South east of Southend Central Station, adjacent to Grove House and York Cottage. 

 

CARTER  Charles. Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Son of Mrs. Ada Carter, Hazelmere Road, New Thundersley, Southend. Died 21.8.1915  Aged 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, PANEL 185-1, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on the St.Peters Church, Thundersley, Great War Plaque.

 

CARTER  Jonathan G. Private, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of William + Elizabeth Carter of Southend. Died 3.7.1916  Aged 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 11C, FRANCE.

 

CARR  Frederick  J. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of James + Bertha G. Carr, 10, Grove Road, Southend. Died 18.11.1917  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 113 to 115, BELGIUM.

 

CASS  Ernest.  Private, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Susan Cass, 42, Dalmatia Road, Southchurch. Died 28.5.1918  Aged 27. Buried at JONCHERY-SUR-VESLE BRITISH CEMETERY, MARNE, GRAVE  I  G  26, FRANCE. He is commemorated on WARLEY WAR MEMORIAL, ESSEX.

 

CHERRY William. Sergeant, Machine Gun Corps. Son of Mrs. M.E.Cherry, 14, Richmond Avenue, Southend. Died 12.6.1917  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 56, BELGIUM.

 

CHILCRAFT A. Leading Deck Hand, HMS “Victory”, Royal Naval Reserve. Son of Mr. + Mrs. J.T. Chilcraft, “La Maison”, Tankerville Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Died of pneumonia 3.4.1919. Age 26. War Graves Commission Headstone, SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, GRAVE V3.


CHILDS Charles Henry. Private, Royal Marine Engineers. Son of William + Esther Childs of Gt.Stambridge and husband of  Annie Childs, 6, Jordan Cottages, Sutton Road, Prittlewell. Died of Septicaemia from a cut finger, 4.11.1918 Age 47 in hospital in Gosport. Buried at HASLAR ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, GOSPORT, GRAVE E  36  23. HANTS.


CHILDS Frederick C. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Frederick & Louisa Childs, 17, Sutton Court Drive, Rochford. Died of wounds 16.8.1918 Age 26. Buried at PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  IV  A  29, FRANCE.     

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CLANCEY E.A. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died 1.1.1921. War Graves Commission Headstone,  SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, GRAVE O.24.

 

CLARK E.C. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Son of Robert + Alice Clark, 18, Shaftesbury Avenue, Southend. Died 11.3.1915  Aged 29 Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY (NORD), NORD, GRAVE  J. 23, FRANCE.

 

CLARKE  G.Lance Corporal, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Husband of L.R.V.Oliver, 2, Camper Road, Southend. Died 29.3.1919  Aged 45. Buried at SOUTH SHOEBURY (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, SHOEBURY. 

    

COCKS William B. Private, Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment. Son of Frederick + Selina Cocks, 31, Ambleside Drive, Southend. Died 2.6.1916  Aged 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 24,28,30., BELGIUM.

 

COLE John L. Leading Seaman, 2nd Class, HMS “Amethyst”. Husband of Florence E. Cole, 42, Old Southend Road, Southend. Died 15.3.1915 Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 9, CHATHAM, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Amethyst” incident)       

 

COLLINGS Stanley O.  Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Orlando + Jessie Collings, 70, Baxter  Avenue, Southend. Died 27.9.1917  Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 115 to 116  + 162A + 163A, BELGIUM.

 

COLLMAN Albert  G. Private, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Husband of Daisy Collman, 3, Prospect Place, Eastern Esplanade, Southend. Died 10.4.1917  Aged 41. Buried at BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE I   H  21, FRANCE.

 

CONNOLLY W.  T. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Son of Mr.T.Connolly, 12, Elizabeth Road, The Beach, Thorpe Bay Southend. Died 13.4.1918. Buried at LA CROIX-ST.OUEN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, OISE, GRAVE REF. SOUTH-EAST PART, FRANCE.

 

CONWAY L.H.J. (L.J.H.) Private, Yorkshire Regiment. Died 27.5.1918 Aged 19. Son of John + Sophia Conway of Southend.  Buried at VENDRESSE  BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  F  9, FRANCE. He is commemorated on the family grave, Sutton Road, Southend.

 

COOMBS George  Private, Australian Infantry. Son of John D. + Eliza Coombs of Southend. Died 10.8.1918. Aged 28. Buried at DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SOMME, GRAVE  IV  A  18. FRANCE. He had emigrated to Australia where he  enlisted.

 

COOPER Ernest  Wireman, 2nd Class, Royal Navy , HMS “Vanguard”. Son of Albert + Annie Cooper, 75, Queens’ Road, Southend. Died 9.7.1917 Aged 21. With no known grave he is  commemorated at PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 26, HANTS. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Vanguard” incident)

 

COSTEN Sidney.  Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Lived in Rochford. Killed by gas poisoning 22.3.1918. Aged 25. Buried at  ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  XI  A  3, FRANCE.  

 

COWELL W. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of John + Mary Cowell, High Street, Hadleigh, Southend. Died 17.12.1915  Aged 18. Buried at BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE  IV  G  38, FRANCE. He is commemorated on HADLEIGH WAR MEMORIAL, ESSEX.

 

COWLING William Donald. Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Husband of Mabel L.Cowling, 19, Maldon Road, Southend. Son of William John + Alice Cowling. Died of nephritis, 4.1.1921 Aged 30. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE E. 5268.

 

CREIGHTON  Ernest Jonathan. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Kathleen Fanny Creighton, "Reenrock", Milton Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. BURIED AT CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY, MANOR PARK, LONDON, GRAVE REF.S.O. 90588.

 

CROSSWELL William A. Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Husband of Florence M. Crosswell, 5, Camper Road, Southend. Died of pneumonia, 31.10.1918  Aged 26. Buried at ROCQUIGNY to EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT , GRAVE XIV B  25, FRANCE.

 

CULLIFORD  Charles P. Rifleman, London Rifle Brigade. Son of George + Eliza Culliford, Dundonald Villa, Dundonald Drive, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 16.8.1915 Age 26. C.W.G.C. Headstone, Leigh Cemetery, Lonodn Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

  

DALY Denis Heywood. Flight sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service. Son of Capt.Charles V. & Mrs. 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. He is listed on the LINDISFARNE COLLEGE MEMORIAL, ST.MARYS CHURCH, RUABON, WREXHAM, WALES. 

 

DAVIES  Harry  J. Driver, Army Service Corps. Husband of Ruby Alice Davies, Frederick Villa, Gainsborough Drive, Prittlewell. Died 6.7.1918  Aged 27. Buried at STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA, GRAVE I  B  28, ITALY.

 

DAVIES Harry N. 2nd Lieutenant, East Lancashire Regiment. Son of John + Louisa E. Davies, 12, Whitegate Road, Southend. Died 1.7.1916  Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 6C, FRANCE..

 

DAVIES John. Private, London Rufle Brigade. Lived in Leigh. Died 28.11.1914. With no known grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, PANEL 10, BELGIUM.


DAVIES  Reginald C. Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles. Lived in Southchurch. Died 16.8.1917. Aged 24.

 

DAVIS  Alfred J. Private, Suffolk Regiment. Son of Joseph + Charlotte Davis, “Homestead”, Cumberland Avenue, Southend. With no known grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, HAINAUT, PANEL 3, BELGIUM.

 

DAVIS  James C. Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 8.6.1918 War Graves Commission  Headstone,  SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, GRAVE X.27.

 

DAWKINS Frederick C. MILITARY CROSS. Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Louise Dawkins, 2, High Street, Shoebury. Died of wounds 3.9.1917 Age 26. Buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XVIII  F  1, BELGIUM.


DOWNEY Alfred.  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of George + Caroline Downey, 53, Burnaby Road, Prittlewell. Died 6.4.1915 Age 19. Buried at CALVAIRE (ESSEX) MILITARY CEMETERY, HAINAULT, GRAVE I  L  8. BELGIUM.


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, FOUQUEREUIL, GRAVE II  H  7, FRANCE.

 

DREWE(I)TT  W. Private, Worcestershire Regiment. Husband of Rosetta Drewett of Southend. Died 10.8.1915 Age 21. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY PLOT G+K. There is no record of him being buried at Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery on C.W.G.C.Also commemorated at EMBARKATION PIER CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI, SPECIAL MEMORIAL B10, TURKEY.

 

EDDEN  Samuel. Private, Essex aLFRED. Father of George Edden, 52, Stromness Road, Southend. Died 14.4.1917. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

EDWARDS Frederick. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Rosina Edwards, 18, St.Leonards Road, Southend. Died 29.9.1918  Aged 39. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 148 to 150, BELGIUM.

 

ELCOCK Harry. Private, Northumberland Fusiliers. Son of Mr + Mrs H. Elcock, Market Sqwuare, Rochford. Died 31.7.1915 Age 28. Buried at KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE 33. BELGIUM.


EMBERSON E. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs. E. Emberson, Lilian Villa, Priory Avenue, Prittlewell. Died 3.5.1915 Aged 35. Buried at KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH CEMETERY, HEUVELLAND, GRAVE  V  C  16, BELGIUM. He is commemorated on a plaque, St.Margarets Church, Woodham Mortimer, ESSEX..

 

EVANS Edward Tilney.  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Son of George Alfred + Emma Evans, 24, Dowsett  Avenue, Southend. Formerly employed, as an apprentice, at Stratford Works, by Great Eastern Railways. Died having crashed near Bristol, 19.2.1918  Aged 19. Buried at  CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY & CREMATORIUM, MANOR PARK C, GRAVE 180.90038, ESSEX.

 

EVANS  H. 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.

 

EVERETT Reginald G. Lance Corporal, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Winifred A. 31, Sweyne Avenue, Southend. Died 23.4.1917  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, BAY 7, FRANCE.

 

EVERSDEN Robert E. Captain, Royal Air Force. Son of Catherine Eversden, 57, Swanage Road, Southend. Accidentally killed at Ekaterinadar, Turkey, 15.8.1915  Aged 24. Previously served in Russia, Gallipoli, Egypt and East Africa. With no known grave he is commemorated at HAIDAR PASHA MEMORIAL, TURKEY.

                             

FAIRBRASS Walter D.  Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS ”Pembroke”. Son of Arthur Daniel + Alice Fairbrass, 23,Tintern Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 3.11.1918 Aged 18. War Graves Commission Headstone SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA)CEMETERY,  GRAVE V.5. HMS  “Pembroke” was the shore base at Sheerness and it is possible that he was one of  the 242 servicemen who succumbed there, to Spanish Flu, between 1918 and 1921.

 

FARRANT William.  G. Private, The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Husband of Louisa M. Farrant, 41, South Avenue, Southend. Died 12.1.1917  Aged 34. Buried at BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE  VI  A  59, FRANCE. He is commemorated on Pitsea War Memorial, Essex. He is also commemorated on the 'REDGEWELL' family grave, Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery. His wife's maiden name was Louisa M.Redgewell.

 

FERNLEY J.R. Corporal, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mrs. Fernley, 34A, North Avenue, Southend. Died 3.11.1917. Buried at GAZA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  XXIX  C, ISRAEL.

 

FIELDING A.E. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of George + Hannah Fielding, Valley Cottage, Daws Heath Road, Thundersley. Died 2.11.1917 of gas poisoning. Buried at DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, POPERINGE, GRAVE XIV  D  13, BELGIUM..

  

FIRTH  Frederick. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Son of Francis + Alice Firth, 1, Ronald Park Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 20.9.1917 Aged 26. Commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, PANEL 145-147, BELGIUM. He is also commemorated on the family grave, Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery.

 

FISHER Frederick V. DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL. Sergeant, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Son  of William H. Fisher, “Hill Crest”  6, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend. Died 2.4.1918 Aged 33. With no known grave  he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, SOMME, PANEL 61-64, FRANCE.

 

FORD Sidney  H. Private, Buckinghamshire Hussars. Son of Herbert + Mary Ford, 29, Southchurch  Road, Southend. Died 21.11.1917  Aged 24. Buried at JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE D  72, ISRAEL.

 

FORWARD Frederick C. Sergeant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived in Shoebury. Died 2.7.1917  Age 33. Buried at DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE II  BB  34, BELGIUM.

  

FRASER Joseph H. MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES  Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mrs. Frances Fraser, 22, North Avenue, Southend. Died 28.6.1915  Aged 37. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, PANEL 144-150 or 229-233, TURKEY.


GAPES  James  Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Husband of Annie Elizabeth Gapes, 102, Hainault Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 9.7.1917 Age 39. He died when HMS 'Vanguard' exploded in Scapa Flow. (See 'Loss of Lives' secton for HMS 'Vanguard' incident) With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, PANEL 25, KENT.

 

GARDNER A. E. Private, London Regiment. Husband of Florence Gardner, 46, Whitegate Road, Southend. Died of cancer  25.10.1915 Aged 49. Buried at NUNHEAD (ALL SAINTS) CEMETERY, GRAVE  SCREEN WALL,  89.32056, LONDON.

 

GEELAN  Robert H. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of John A. + Maggie Geelan, 48, Boston Avenue, Southend. Died 9.8.1918  Aged 22. Buried at MANITOBA CEMETERY, CAIX, GRAVE SPECIAL MEMORIAL, FRANCE. He had emigrated to Canada where he enlisted.

 

GIBBINS Charles. Private, Durham Light Infantry. Son of Bill + Elizabeth Gibbins, “Trenba”, Swanage  Road, Southend. Died 29.3.1918  Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, SOMME, PANEL 68-72, FRANCE.

 

GIBBS William G. Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Lived in Shoebury. Died 26.7.1916 .Aged 25. Buried at LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIERE, GRAVE I  D  58, FRANCE.

 

GIBSON  G. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of James A. + Fanny Gibson, 3, Ilfracombe Avenue, Southend. He had emigrated to Canada and enlisted there. Died 23.10.1917  Aged 29. Buried at ORPINGTON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, GRAVE  D  2,  KENT.

 

GILBERT  A. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Mary R. Gilbert, Albion Road, Southend. Died between 1st and 31st 8.1915 Aged 36. Buried at TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, SPECIAL MEMORIAL,  C. 115, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on the Hadleigh (Essex) War Memorial.

 

GILBERT F. Private, Norfolk Regiment. Died 10.8.1917,Aged 41. Buried at MURGHA EHTARYAI CAMP and commemorated at DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE), DELHI, INDIA.  Memorial Stone at SOUTHEND (NORTH ROAD) CEMETERY.


GODDARD William T. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of N. Goddard, 4, Beaufort Street, Southchurch. Died 13.10.1917 Aged 33. Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE XXVIII  B  11, FRANCE.


GOODRIDGE Alfred H. Rifleman, London Regiment, Queen Victoria’s Rifles. Son of Louisa Goodridge, 12, Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 20.11.1918  Aged 20. War Graves Commission Headstone SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA)CEMETERY, V.37

 

GOODSELL Lilly S. Member, Womens Royal Air Force. Wife of Edward H. Goodsell, East Street, Prittlewell. Died 20.2.1919 Aged 36. Buried at ESHER (EAST MOLESEY) CEMETERY, GRAVE “C”  D  38 (Sp.Mem), Surrey.

 

GOODWIN Basil. Private, Essex Yeomanry. Died 12.4.1917. Aged 22. There is no record of him on the C.W.G.C. Website.

 

GOODWIN John C.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, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.

 

GREEN William W. 2nd Lieutenant, East Yorkshire Regiment. Lived in Shoebury. Died 9.4.1917 Age 25. Buried at WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III  A  8, FRANCE.

 

GREENWAY James. Lance Corporal, Worcestershire Regiment. Son of William H. + Agnes E.Greenway, 93, South Avenue, Southend. Died 29.9.1918  Aged 21. Buried at PIGEON RAVINE CEMETERY, EPEHY, GRAVE I  C  14, FRANCE. Brother of William F. Greenway, who also fell.

 

GREENWAY William F. Sergeant, Worcestershire Regiment. Son of William H. + Agnes E. Greenway, 93, South Avenue, Southend. Died 1.11.1916  Aged 23. Buried at GUARDS’ CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, GRAVE REF. GINCHY A.D.S. MEMORIAL 6, FRANCE. Brother of James Greenway, who also fell.

 

GYDE Frank E. Private, Royal Defence Corps. Son of Mrs. Emily F. Gyde, “Bromleigh”, Central Avenue, Southend. Died at sea  aboard HMS “Leinster”, 10.10.1918  Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Leinster” incident)

 

HADKISS William F. Lance Corporal, Royal Scots Regiment. Son of Mr. + Mrs. C. Hadkiss, 63, Ambleside Drive, Southend. Died 1.8.1918  Aged 19. Buried at RAPERIE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLEMONTOIRE, GRAVE IV  C  9, FRANCE. His name appears on a gravestone in Southend Cemetery, Sutton Road, Southend with R.Dow who died in WWII.


HALL George Albert.  Stoker, 1st Class. H.M.Submarine E18 (E8). Son of george + Elizabeth Hall, 56, South Avenue, Southend.  Died 11.6.1916 , Age 22. Commemorated at Panel 17, Chatham Naval Memorial,  Kent.

 

HALSEY Harold. Driver, Royal Fleet Auxilliary. Died 19.12.1918. Aged 24. Buried at MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, GRAVE  1065, GREECE.  His name is included on the Plaque of Honour to employees of Southend + District Gas Company which hangs on the internal, south, wall at Southend Crematorium, Sutton Road.

 

HARDIMAN George W.A. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Grace Hardiman, 20, Shaftesbury Avenue, Southend. Died 19.9.1917  Aged 28. Buried at BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE I  F  45, BELGIUM

 

HARRIS E.A. Airman, 2nd Class, Central Flying School, Royal Flying Corps. Husband of Mrs.M.Harris, 13, Leamington Road, Southend. Died 17.3.1917. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE  C.177

 

HARTWELL Ernest G. Private, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Daniel + Ellen Hartwell, 20, Bellevue Road, Southchurch. Died 9.11.1914. Aged 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES(MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 11-13 +14, BELGIUM.

 

HARVEY Alfred  G. Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. Son of J.G.& H.E.Harvey, 8, Queen Elizabeth Chase, Rochford. Died in an accident 6.7.1918 Age 24. Buried at WAVANS BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  C  1, FRANCE

 

HAWES Harry B. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Son of Samuel & Eldice Hawes of Rochford. Died of wounds 13.10.1918 Age 18. Buried at POINT-DU-JOUR MILITARY CEMETERY, ATHIES, GRAVE  III  E  4, FRANCE. His name appears on the family grave, St.Andrews Church, Rochford.

 

HAYDEN William C. Private, Grenadier Guards. Husband of Kate Hayden, 50, Oban Road, Southend. Died Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 2, FRANCE.

 

HAYDON A. E. R. Sergeant, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Rose Haydon, 78, Wimborne Road, Southend. Died 31.3.1919  Aged 26. Buried at DOWNTON (ST.LAWRENCE) CHURCHYARD, GRAVE  “In West Part”, WILTSHIRE.

 

HEDGES Charles I. C. Engine Room Artificer, 4th Class, Royal Navy, HMS “Indefatigable”. Husband of M.Hedges, 25, Seaview Road, Southend. Formerly employed by Great Eastern Railways as a boilermaker apprentice. Died 31.5.1916  Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 17, CHATHAM, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Indefatigable” incident.)

 

HENDY Ernest C. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Husband of Elsie M. Hendy, “Earls Craig”, The Cliffs, Southend. Died 12.12.1918 of influenza Aged 35. Buried at DAR ES SALAAM (UPANGA ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE VII  C  4, TANZANIA.


HILLS Charles William (William Charles) Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. Died in Ismailia hospital from injuries received in an accident whilst training at Alexandria aerodrome, Egypt, Aged 25. I can find no record  of him on C.W.G.C. website.

 

HIMSLEY John S.S. Private, London Scottish Regiment. Husband of Ethel Himsley, 87, Southchurch Avenue, Southend. Died 8.6.1918  Aged 39. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, BAY 10 FRANCE.

 

HOBDAY C.F. Captain, Essex Regiment. Died 1.12.1917 Aged 22(21). Buried at ROCQUIGNY-QUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, GRAVE  VI  A  3, FRANCE. Memorial Stone in St.John the Baptist Churchyard, Church Road, Southend.

 

HOLGATE Charles A. MILITARY MEDAL. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Husband of Bertha Holgate, 28, Shakespeare Drive, Prittlewell. Died 27.5.1918  Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at SOISSONS MEMORIAL, AISNE, FRANCE. It is probable that he is the Charles Holgate listed on the TIPTREE WAR MEMORIAL, ESSEX.


HORSLEY Ralph N. 2nd Lieutenant, Worcestershire Regiment. Son of James + Edith Horsley, “Woodlands”, Hamboro’ Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 27.8.1917 Aged 21. With no  known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL,  ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 75-77, BELGIUM.

 

HOWARD Frederick J. Private, Canadian Infantry. Native of Southend he had emigrated to Canada where he enlisted. Died 25.6.1917 Aged 22. Buried at LA TARGETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-ST. VAAST, GRAVE  I  D  1, FRANCE.

 

HURNDALL Charles Douglas. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of Charles Henry & Alice Elizabeth Hurndall, "Gulval",

Westbury Road, New Malden, Surrey. He had been born in Westcliff. Died 30.12.1918 Age 21. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE F.5525. He is listed on the Lindisfarne College Memorial Stone, St.Mary's Church, Ruabon, Clwydd, Wales. The College was originally sited in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff and in 1940 moved to Creeksea. When their premises were requisitioned by the military they moved to Yorkshire and in 1950 moved again to Ruabon. They closed in 1994 after having become bankrupt.


HURST  G.T. Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers, Inland Waterways & Docks. Son of Mr + Mrs.C. R. Hurst; Husband of Mrs. G.T.Hurst, 1a, The Strand, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 25.9.1920 Aged 35. War Grave  Commission Headstone SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, GRAVE  O.49

 

HUTCHINGS Henry J.  Lance Sergeant, Queen Victoria’s Rifles. Husband of Ethel A. Hutchings, “Park View”, 109, Shaftesbury Avenue, Southend. Died 25.8.1918. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 10, FRANCE.

 

ILOTT William R. Private, Northamptonshire Regiment. Husband of Eleanor E.L.Ilott, 4, Chinchilla Road, Southend. Died 28.10.1916 Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 11A+11D, FRANCE.

 

JACKSON Wallace. Corporal, Wiltshire Regiment. Lived in Shoebury. Died 1(7).7.1916 Age 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 13A, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

JENKINSON A.W. Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Husband of Daisy E. Jenkinson, “Maple Shade”, Ambleside Drive, Southend. Son of Arthur + Rosalie JenkinsonDied 11.1.1919  Aged 43. Buried at SOUTHCHURCH (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Nr. SOUTH BOUNDARY, SOUTHEND. He had served in the Tirah Expedition 1897-8.

 

JEWELL Robert H. Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS “Raglan”. Son of Arabella Jewell, 20, St.Leonard’s Road, Southend. Died 20.1.1918  Aged 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM MEMORIAL, REF 30, CHATHAM, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Raglan” incident)

 

JOLLY William H. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Prittlewell, Died 28.5.1915. Aged 39. He is commemorated in the BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE OF EMPLOYEES, CIVIC CENTRE, VICTORIA AVENUE, SOUTHEND.

 

JONES Arthur T. Private, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Husband of Lydia E. Jones, 7, Lambert Street, Southend. Died 4.10.1917  Aged 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 23 to 28 + 163a, BELGIUM.

 

JENNINGS Joseph E. Private, Somerset Light Infantry. A native of Southend he died, 24.11.1918, of pneumonia and is buried at ST.EVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, GRAVE S. II CC 17, FRANCE. May be the J.Jennings listed on the Benfleet War Memorial.


KENLEMAN E. Royal Engineers. Died 2.11.1914. Old Contemptibles Association. Buried at Southend (Sutton Road) Cemetery, Plot T.

 

KEOHANE John. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Hannah Keohane, 20, Glenmore Street, Southchurch. Died  27.3.1916  Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated  at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 6+8, BELGIUM.

 

KETCHER Edgar G. Driver, Royal Engineers. Lived at Sutton + Shopland. Died of dysentery 9.9.1916 Aged 24. BURIED AT ST. PIERRE CEMETERY, GRAVE III  B  4, AMIENS, FRANCE.

 

KING Frederick  J. Driver, Royal Engineers. Husband of Daisy M. King, 19, Stornoway Road, Southend. Died 6.11.1918  Aged 33. Buried at MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, GRAVE 765, GREECE.

 

KNIGHT E. Private, Devonshire Regiment. Husband of Jessie M. Knight, Devonshire Villa, Central Avenue, Southend. Died 15.8.1917 of heatstroke, aged 37. Buried at AMARA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  XIV  16, IRAQ.

 

LEVIS D. J.  Private, Army Pay Corps. Son of Samuel + Lydia B. Levis, 112, Sutton Road, Southend. Died of pneumonia, 22.10.1918  Aged 23. Buried at BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  XIII  B  45, SURREY.

 

LEWIS Wilfred E. Rifleman, New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Son of Mrs. Sarah A. Lewis, 162, York Road, Southend. Died 28.3.1917  Aged 21. Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), NORD, GRAVE III  B  33. FRANCE. He had  emigrated to New Zealand and enlisted there.

 

LILLY Arthur  G. Private, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Mrs. Lavinia S.Lilly, 87,Cambridge Road, Southend. Died 12.5.1917  Aged 42. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MAMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, BAY 2, FRANCE.

 

LIPKA Frederick G. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Husband of Susan Lipka, 21, Glenmore Street, Southchurch. Died 29.3.1918  Aged 32. With no known grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, SOMME, PANEL 10-13, FRANCE.

 

LODGE  A. E. Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Maud Minnie Lodge, “The Glen”, Southchurch Avenue, Southend. Died 23.11.1914. Buried at BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY (NORD), NORD, GRAVE A. 3. FRANCE.


LUCKING Christopher H. Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve. Son of Albert + Matilda Lucking. His mother was from Southend, maiden name 'Campkin'. Died 26.1.1915 Age 27 aboard  , H.M.S. "Viknor". (See Chapter "Loss of Lives at Sea" for HMS "Viknor" incident).


MACDONALD John A. 3rd Engineer, Mercantile Marine. ss “Minniehaha”. Died  7.9.1917. Aged 26. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for ss “Minniehaha” incident.)

 

MALONEY J.J. Stoker, 1st Class, Royal Naval Reserve, HMPMS “Cottesmore”. Son of Mrs. H.Maloney, The Homestead, Kingswood Chase, Leigh-on-Sea. Died 12.10.1919. War Grave Commission Headstone, SOUTHEND(LEIGH-ON-SEA)CEMETERY, GRAVE CC. 79. There were some  deaths on this ship due to illness, with the ship being finally paid off in 1919. It is possible that he died of ‘flu.

 

MARCHANT John H. Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr. + Mrs. G.T. Marchant, Crystal Villa, Lonsdale Road, Southend. Died 6.9.1918  Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PANEL 3+4, FRANCE.

 

MARSH George W. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Mr. + Mrs. Marsh, 13, Cheltenham Road, Southend. Died 27.3.1917 Aged 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, PANEL 33-39, ISRAEL.

 

MARTIN George W. Musician, Royal Marine Band, HMS “Himalaya”. Died,Aged 39, “from the effects of Service”, 11.1.1918. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY.

 

MASON V. (Albert Victor) Private, Border Regiment. Husband of Florence Mason, Eastwood Cottage, Grovomer Estate, Rayleigh. Died 21.8.1915  Aged 25. Buried at GREEN HILL CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI, GRAVE  II D  19, TURKEY.

 

MASTERS  William C. Private, South Wales Borderers. Husband of Annie L. Masters, 23, Stromness Road, Southend. Died 10.7.1916  Aged 31. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME PIER + FACE 4A, FRANCE.

 

MAYER Leslie.  Private, Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles. Son of Charles + Minnie E. Mayer, York Road, Southend. An employee of The Admiralty, Whitehall. Died 7.10.1916 Aged 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 13C, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on the family grave SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY.


MAYNARD Alfered John. Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Son of Alfred + Caroline Maynard, Primrose Cottage, Eastwood. Died 7.10.1915 Age 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at 7th FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY, SPECILA MEMORIAL A 45, GALLIPOLI. He is also commemoarted on the family grave at St. Lawrence Churchyard, Eastwood, Essex.

 

McLAUGHLIN E.C. 238234 Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. Died 24.9.1918. War Grave Commission Headstone SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY  V.67. There is a listing of a Civil death for Edmund C. Mclaughlin, 2nd. Quarter 1918 @ Rochford + District.

 

MERRITT Frederick C. Major, Royal Horse Artillery. Lived in Shoebury. Died 17.6.1917 Agec 34(36). Buried at FAUBOURG D’AMIENS CEMETERY, GRAVE  V  H  30, ARRAS, FRANCE.

 

MIDDLETON James C. MILITARY CROSS.  Acting Captain, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Lived in Shoebury. Died 2.9.1918. Aged 30. Buried at VAULX HILL CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  F  3, FRANCE. He is listed on the family grave of his intended parents-in-law, David + Emma Cundy,( whose daughter Emma May Cundy he had been due to marry) .St.Andrews Church, Church Road, Shoebury.

 

MILLER John. Private, Labour Corps. Son of John + Margaret Miller, 27, Boston Avenue, Southend. Died of pneumonia 12.11.1918  Aged 26. Buried at MATLOCK (ST.GILES) CHURCHYARD, DERBYSHIRE.

           

MOLE  Charles. Private, Machine Gun Corps. Husband of Ethel Mole, 39, Central Avenue, Southend. Died 20.4.1918  Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 154 to 159 + 163A, BELGIUM.

 

MOORE Alexander. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Alexander + Annie Moore of Southend. Died 5.4.1918 Aged 29. Buried at BERTRANCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY,  SOMME, GRAVE B  16, FRANCE.

 

MOORE Frederick. Private, Royal Sussex Regiment. Only son of Frederick Moore, “Elmsville , Millfield Road, Rochford. Died 21.3.1918 (3.4.1918) Age (19) 20. With no known  grave he is commemorated at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 46-47, FRANCE.

 

MOORE George G. Sergeant, London Rifle Brigade. Son of Mr G + Mrs. E. Moore, 12, Wesley Road, Southend. Died 15.8.1917 Aged 22. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 52+54, BELGIUM.

 

MORELL William S. Private, Honourable Artillery Company. Son of William + Frances Morrell, 19, Colman Street,

Southend. Died 15.5.1917. Aged 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 1, FRANCE.

 

MORRIS Hugh  A. Lieutenant, Army Service Corps. Native of Southend, he had survived the torpedoeing of HMT “Transylvania” as he returned to Greece from leave on 4.5.1917 but died of an abscess on his liver coupled with malaria on 18.10.1917. Buried at LAHANA MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  C  12, GREECE.

 

MOULTON Herbert. Sergeant, London Rifle Brigade. Husband of Tacy E. Moulton, 26, Old Southend Road, Southend. Son of Mr + Mrs Moulton, 3, Wesley Road, Southend. Died 1.7.1916 Aged 26. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 9D, FRANCE.

 

MUCKLESTON W. T. Corporal, Essex Regiment. Husband of Lily Muckleston, 152, Southchurch Road, Southend. Died 26.3.1917  Aged 23. Buried at GAZA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  X  D  11, ISRAEL.

 

MUNSLOW Arthur F.C. Corporal, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Arthur J. Munslow, 11, Park Terrace, Southend. Died 21.10.1918  Aged 26. Buried at BASRA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  R  12, IRAQ.

 

NICKOLDS Henry William Edward. Son of Henry + Mary Nickolds. Born in Tottenham, on 1911 census he is living at 65, Burdett Avenue with his sister + brother-in-law. His name is shown as 'Nicholls'. Private, Essex Regiment. Died 26.8.1914  Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at LAFERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, SEINE et MARNE, FRANCE.

 

NORMAN William H. MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES. Lance Corporal, South Wales Borderers. Husband of Sarah A.Norman, 56, Hartington Road, Southend. Died 13.9.1917. Buried at KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY,  GRAVE 9, GREECE.

 

ODELL Herbert J. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Lived at Southend. Died 14.8.1917. Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 40, YPRES, BELGIUM.

 

OLIVER  Frederick. Corporal, Essex Regiment. Husband of Violet May Oliver, 157, Westcliff Park Drive, Westcliff. Died 11.11.1914 Age 26.  With no known grave he is commemorated at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, PANEL 7, BELGIUM.

 

OWENS Denis P.  2nd Engineer, Mercantile Marine, ss “Brodholme”. Husband of Maud Owens, 32,  Hamstel Road, Southchurch. Died 10.6.1918  Aged 30. Buried at SYRACUSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, SICILY, GRAVE  H  2  103, ITALY. (See Chapter  “Loss of Lives at Sea” for ss “Brodholme” incident)

 

PADDOM(N) Samuel H. Private, Lincolnshire Regiment. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died 28.4.1917. Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3+4, FRANCE.

 

PAGRAM Claud  Granville. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Albert + Eliza Pagram, Truitt Lodge, Thundersley  Common, Southend. Died 8.5.1915  Aged 18. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 6+8,  BELGIUM. He is included on the family grave, St.Peters Church, Thundersley, Essex. He is also commemorated on St.Peters Church, Thundersley, Great War Plaque.

 

PAINE William  G. Bombardier, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of D.M.Paine, “Ivy Villa”, 109, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend. Died 29.5.1921 Aged 25. Buried at LEWES CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  GG  24, SUSSEX. 

 

PARKER H. G. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Husband of Alice Parker, 65, Chestnut Grove, Southend. Died of phthisis (tuberculosis) 12.5.1919  Aged 47. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE C. 3401.

 

PARISH John William Private, Essex Regiment. Husband of Alice parish, 29, Salisbury Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Died 21.3.1918 Age 36. With no known gtrave he is commemoarted at POZIERES MEMORIAL, PANEL 51+52, SOMME, FRANCE.


PATTLE Robert  G. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Elizabeth Pattle, 27, Sweyne Avenue, Southend. Died 21.3.1917  Aged 35. Buried at HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L’ARBE, GRAVE VI  C  31, FRANCE.

 

PEACOCK G.B.(Gerald Brian) Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Mrs. E.S.Peacock, 36, Wimborne Road Southend. Died 19.10.1917. Buried at BUFFS ROAD CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE  E  48, BELGIUM. Born in Little Baddow, Chelmsford,he is commemorated on their Great War Memorial.

                                            

JONES Thomas Edward Pelham. Sergeant, Royal Army Service Corps. Husband of Edith Jones, 54,Hainault Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 30.10.1918 Aged 45. War Grave Commission  Headstone SOUTHEND (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY  REF:U.36.

 

PERCY E. P.  8th Battery, A.I.F., Missing in Gallipoli 25.4.1915. Son of Albert + Eliza Percy of Southend. He is commemorated on a Memorial Stone, SOUTHEND(SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, Plot H+L.

 

PERRY Frank W. F. Seaman, Royal Naval Reserve, ss”Abinsi” Son of George H. + Emma V. Perry, “Hillcrest”, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend. Died of accidental injuries, 23.11.1918 Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 30, CHATHAM, KENT.

 

PETERS Henry J. Petty Officer, 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMT “Calvia”. Husband of Jessie M. Peters, 79, Southchurch Avenue, Southend. Died accidental death from injuries caused by gun explosion, 19.11.1917  Aged 38. With no known grave he is commemorated at PORSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 24., HANTS.

 

PICKETT Joseph M. Sergeant, Dorsetshire Regiment. Husband of Alice E. Pickett, 47, Quebec Avenuue, Southend. Died 23.2.1917 Aged 34. Buried at HAMMERSMITH OLD CEMETERY, GRAVE, SCREEN WALL 29  Q  28, LONDON.

 

PITHER James H. Chief Engine Room Artificer, 1st Class, Royal Navy, H.M.S.”Hogue”. Husband of Annie M.Pither, “Maudville”, Central Avenue, Southend. Died 22.9.1914  Aged 44. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 3, CHATHAM, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Hogue” incident.)

 

POLGLASE Frank. Private, Lincolnshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Jane M. Polglase, 35, Seaview Road, Southend. Died 10.3.1915  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 8, FRANCE.

 

POTTS  Edward T. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Husband of Louisa Potts, 36, Christchurch Road, Southend. Died 14.9.1917 Aged 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 52, BELGIUM.

 

POTTER Samuel. Driver, Signal Service (India), Royal Engineers. Husband of Margaret E. Potter, 23 Sweyne Avenue, Southend. Died 22.11.1919 Aged 37. Buried at PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, GRAVE P. 5, EGYPT

 

PRICE  Montague  L. 2nd Lieutenant, Middlesex Regiment. Son of Alfred + Hettie Price, 14, Manor Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 26.6.1916 Aged 22. Buried at HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE II  M  7, FRANCE.

 

PRIOR Albert E. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Son of David + Alice Prior, 2, Bournes Green, Southend. Died 23.7.1921. Buried at BASRA WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  0  21, IRAQ.

 

PRITCHARD John N. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of Mrs. D. Freeman, 6, Central Avenue, Southend. Died 11.5.1917  Aged 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIMY MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE. He had emigrated to Canada and enlisted there.

 

QUY Jim. Stoker, 2nd Class, Royal Navy. Died 9.1.1918. Aged 26. Drowned when H.M.S.”Raccoon” sank in a storm off northern Ireland. He is commemorated at CHATHAM MEMORIAL, REF 29, KENT. He is commemorated on the Fobbing War Memorial, Essex.

 

READER John W. Private, Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of James + Elizabeth Reader, 7, Bellevue Road, Southend. Died 25.8.1918 Aged 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 6, FRANCE.

 

REVELL Daniel R. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived in Shoebury. Died 26.6.1917 Age 31. Buried at DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE   II   B  37, BELGIUM


RICH  A. I. Corporal, Machine Gun Corps. Son of Alfred + Mary A. Rich, 75, Queen’s Road, Southend. Died 26.9.1918  Aged 22 Buried at BROWN’S COPSE CEMETERY,  ROEUX, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE  VI  G  5, FRANCE.

 

RICHARDSON Arthur. Rifleman, Queen’s Westminster Rifles. Husband of Ada Richardson, 69, Lovelace Gardens, Southend. Died 28.9.1918  Aged 35. He had also previously served in Greece, Egypt and Palestine. With no known grave he is commemorated at VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 10, FRANCE.

 

RICHMOND William P. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of Mrs. Julia Richmond, he was a native of Prittlewell, having emigrated to Canada, where he enlisted. Died 16.7.1917 Aged 20. Buried at CHOQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, PAS  DE CALAIS, GRAVE  I  L  32, FRANCE.


RIVERS Walter Samuel. Private, Royal Fusiliers. Son of Walter + Mary Rivers, The Shop, High Street, Great Wakering. Died 28.5.1915 Age 21. Buried at RENINGHELST CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, GRAVE 24, BELGIUM.

 

ROBERTS G. Sergeant, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Husband of Frances J. Roberts, Beaufort Street, Southchurch. Died 26.12.1916  Aged 47. Buried at ST. EVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, GRAVE O. IV A  7, FRANCE.

 

ROBERTS George. Lance Corporal, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds in hospital at Chelsea 12.12.1917. Aged 28. Buried  at Brookwood Military Cemetery, GRAVE XIII  E 5, BERKS.

 

ROBINSON  J. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Minnie Robertson, 39, Brighton Avenue, Southend. Died 8.9.1915  Aged 35. Buried at ST.MARY’S  A.D.S. CEMETERY, HAISNES, GRAVE I  E  2, FRANCE.

 

ROBINSON James W. Air Mechanic, 1st Class, Royal Naval Air Service. Husband of Maud Annette Robinson, 60, Ruskin Avenue, Southend. Died of phthisis (tuberculosis) 17.11.1919  Aged 36. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE  E. 4018.                                      

 

SANDELL Walter B. Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Alice M.Sandell, 253, Fairfax Drive, Southend. Died  22.5.1915  Aged 30. Buried at REDOUBT CEMETERY, HELLES, GRAVE  XI  C  6, TURKEY.

 

SAVOURY Charles. Private, Australian Infantry. Son of William Savoury, “Anzac Villa”, Swanage Road, Southend. Died 7.8.1917. Aged 23. Buried at TROIS ARBRES CEMETERY,  STEENWERCK, GRAVE I  W  32, FRANCE.

 

SAWARD B. L. Private, Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Son of Mr. + Mrs. Saward, Church Road, Thundersley. Died 15.1.1918 Aged 21. Buried at CROU-DU-BAC BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, GRAVE I  B  4, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on St.Peters Church, Thundersley, Great War Plaque.


SAWORD  Algernon Leslie. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of James Edward + Mary Jane Saword, 53, Bournemouth Park Road, Southend. Died 24.4.1915. Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at MENIN GATE, PANEL 24-26-28-30, YPRES, BELGIUM. He had emigrated from Southampton to Quebec, 16.7.192, Age 16, aboard the Cunard vessel, ss "Ascania".


SCHARTAU Edward Brett. Private, Non-Combatant Corps. Husband of Grace Beatrice Schartau, 32, Queen’s Road, Southend. Died (2) 26.2.1919  Aged 34. Buried at CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY & CREMATORIUM, MANOR PARK, GRAVE 77.85077, ESSEX.


SCHONBERG Bertram Mark. Corporal, London Rifle Brigade. Son of Mark + Helen Schonberg, 1, The Almshouses, Rochford. Died 9.2.1915 Age 21. Buried at LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE CEMETERY, GRAVE  III  B  3, HAINAULT, BELGIUM.

SCOTT Reginald M. Private, Essex Regiment. Son of Janet E. Scott of Canvey Island, formerly of Southend. Died 18.9.1916 Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 10D, FRANCE. He is also commemorated on CANVEY WAR MEMORIAL, ESSEX


SCRAGG  Joseph. Private, Sherwood Foresters, Notts + Derby Regiment. Husband of Alica A. Scragg, 9, Southchurch Avenue, Southend. Died 5.10.1917  Aged 37. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL,  ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 99 to 102 +162 to 162A, BELGIUM

 

SHARPE  E. St.C. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Jesse Sharpe, 1, Ivy Cottages, Eastwood Road, Prittlewell. Died 7.6.1917 Aged 33. Buried at BUS HOUSE CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE A  8, BELGIUM


SHARPE William Charles Johnson. Lance Corporal, Lincolnshire Regiment. Son of Kirby + Amelia Sharpe, Leicester House, Ceylon Road, Westcliff. Died 13.10.1915 Age 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at LOOS MEMORIAL, PANEL 31-34, PAS-DE-CALAIS, FRANCE. 


SHEARER James S.S. Private, Army Service Corps. Husband of Constance E. Shearer, 53, Cotswold Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died, lost at sea, 13.8.1915 Aged 47. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES  MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, PANEL 199 or 233-236 + 331. He was lost when H.M.T. "Royal Edward"  was torpedoed in Greek waters en route to Gallipoli. (See HMT "Royal Edward" in Lives Lost section for full details of incident)


SHEPPARD John James Everett. Private Machine Gun Corps. Husband of Alice Gertrude Sheppard. Died 9.7.1918 Age 30.Buried at SOUTHEND (NORTH ROAD) CEMETERY, SOUTHEND, GRAVE A, 6, 5.

                           

SHERWOOD Thomas W. MILITARY MEDAL. Corporal, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Minnie M.Sherwood, 459, Fairfax Drive, Southend. Died 20.8.1916  Aged 35. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 13A+13B, FRANCE.

 

SIMONDS John G. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Husband of Florence Simonds, 29, Southchurch Avenue, Southend. Died 14.10.1917. Buried DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, POPERINGE, GRAVE  XII  H  17, BELGIUM.

 

SKEWIS Edwin  H. Boy Telegraphist, Royal Navy, HMS “Mignonette”. Born in Southend. Died 17.3.1917. Aged 17. With no known grave he is commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 23, CHATHAM. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at sea” for HMS “Mignonette” incident.)

 

SMALL  Percy.  Air Mechanic, 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. Son of  James + Sarah E. Small, 8, Coleman Street, Southend. Died of pneumonia, 1.11.1918  Aged 33. Buried at CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY, GRAVE D 2616, CAMBRIDGE.

 

SMITH  F. Rifleman, Post Office Rifles, London Regiment. Husband of Clara A. Smith, 45, Tyler’s Avenue, Southend. Died 30.10.1917 Aged 30. With no known grave he is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL, ZONNEBEKE, PANEL 150 to 151, BELGIUM.

 

SMITH  Henry. Corporal, Oxford + Bucks Light Infantry. Son of Frederick + Sarah Smith, 2, Church Road, Southend. Died 30.7.1916  Aged 25. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 10A+10D, FRANCE.


SMITH Leonard Hale. Royal Flying Corps. Husband of Malny Hale Smith, 25, Pembury Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 2.11.1917 Age 23. Buried at CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY, MANOR PARK, LONDON, GRAVE REF; 145.85896

 

SMITH  R.W. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Isabel Smith, 2, Osborne Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 30.8.1917  Aged 30. Buried at SOMER FARM CEMETERY, HEUVELLAND, GRAVE A  15, BELGIUM.

 

SOUTH  Frederick. Leading Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS “Pathfinder”. Son of John South, 1, Ilfracombe Road, Southend. Died 5.9.1914.  With no known grave he is commemorated at  CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, REF 1, CHATHAM, KENT. (See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS “Pathfinder” incident.)

 

SPANTON  Thomas  R. Officer’s Steward, 2nd Class, Royal Navy. HMS “Contest”. Son of Thomas + Elizabeth Spanton, “Mount Zion”, South Avenue, Southend. Died 18.9.1917  Aged 25. With no  known grave he is commemorated at PLYMOUTH MEMORIAL, REF 23, DEVON.(See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMS ”Contest” incident)

 

SPARK James G. H. Private, Black Watch Royal Highlanders Regiment. Son of James + Elizabeth Spark, 33, Summercourt  Road, Westcliff. Died 12.7.1916 Aged 20. Buried at DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, GRAVE II   E  17, FRANCE.

 

STAINES Joseph M. Sergeant Major, Rifle Brigade. A native of Rochford. Died 21.8.1916 Age 44. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER & FACE 16b+16C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

STANLEY H. Private, Lancashire Fusiliers. Husband of Edith, 7, Honiton Road, Southend. Died 11.9.1917. Aged 34. Buried at MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, POPERINGE, GRAVE V  C  28, BELGIUM.

 

STEVEN Bernard. Company Sergeant Major, Essex Regiment. Husband of  Annie Matilda Steven, 136, Sutton  Road, Southend. Died 4.6.1915 Aged 33. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI, PANEL 144-150 or 229-233, TURKEY.

 

STREATFIELD John G. Sapper, Royal Engineers. Husband of Adelaide Streatfield, 63, Guildford Road, Southend. Died 14.10.1917. Buried at DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, POPERINGE, GRAVE II  I  16, BELGIUM.

 

STRIDE Walter G. Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Husband of Edith Stride, 22, Glenmore Street, Southchurch. Died 11.10.1914 Aged 39. Buried at SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, ANTWERP, GRAVE PLOT IIa  4, BELGIUM.


STRIKE Hannibal G. First Engineer, Mercantile Marine, ss “British Sovereign”. Husband of Elizabeth A.E.Strike, 88, York Road, Southend. Died 7.9.1918  Aged 38. Buried at LE BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE, GRAVE  V   E  8A, FRANCE. I can find no records of a vessel “British Sovereign”.

 

STRUTTON  William J. Private, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Son of Henry J. + Emma E. Strutton, 47, Old Southend  Road, Southend. Died of pneumonia 6.2.1919  Aged 21. Buried at ABNEY PARK CEMETERY, LONDON. GRAVE SCREEN WALL P.7, I,  RN,  21421.

 

TAVERNER  Gerald  R.  Lance Corporal, Canadian Infantry. Son of George + Clara Taverner of Westcliff-on-Sea. Died  between 22nd and 26.4.1915 Aged 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 18,24,26 +30. BELGIUM.


THOMAS Alma Cyril, 2nd Lieutentant, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Son of Harry Alma + Hettie Bloor Thomas,

The Cottage, Chadwick Road, Westcliff. Died 7.11.1914 Age 23. Buried at POPERINGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE I  B  9, BELGIUM.

                                         

TILLEY  Oswald. Rifleman, London Rifle Brigade. Son of Frederick C. + Fanny B. Tilley, “Bolton Villa”, The Cliffs, Southend. Died 30.4.1915  Aged 19. Buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, PAS DE CALAIS, GRAVE  VIII   A  37, FRANCE. He is listed on the Lindisfarne College Memorial Stone, St.Mary's Church, Ruabon, Clwydd, Wales. The College was originally in Valkyrie Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. It moved to Creeksea in 1940 but when their premises was requisitioned by the military they moved to Yorkshire and then, in 1950, to Ruabon. It closed in 1994 having gone bankrupt.

 

TODD George R. Private, Suffolk Regiment. Son of S.& E. Todd, 81, Malting Villas, Rochford. Died 16.9.1916  Age 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER & FACE 1c + 2a, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

TODD John. Lance Corporal, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Mr. C.W. + Jane Todd, “Stirling”, Bradley Avenue, Thundersley, Southend. Died 11.4.1917  Aged 23. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.

 

TURNER Arthur E.(M) Corporal, Grenadier Guards. Son of Rosina Turner, "Montrose", Eastwood. Died 15.6.1915. Age 21. With no known grave he is commemorated at LE TOURET MEMORIAL, PAS DE CALAIS, PANEL 2, FRANCE.

 

TURNER Edward.  Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Southend. Died 26.8.1914. Age 20.

 

TURNER Sydney J. Private, Canadian Infantry. Son of Samuel H. + Susan Turner, 39, Branksome Road, Southend. Died 23.7.1917 Aged 28. Buried at FOSSE NO.10 COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SAINS-EN-GOHELLE, GRAVE  II D  11, FRANCE. 

 

TURNER  Walter.  Rifleman, London Rifle Brigade. Son of Walter + Emily Turner, 12, Prittlewell Square, Southend. Died 1.7.1916  Aged 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 9D, FRANCE.   

                         

TURTILL James J. Rifleman, First Surrey Rifles. Husband of Mrs Turtill, Ash Villa, Beach Road, Southend. Died 3.9.1918  Aged 34. Buried at HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L’ABBE, GRAVE VII  B  17, FRANCE.

 

VINCENT Joseph J. Private, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Husband of Beatrice Vincent, 33, Ronald Park Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 7.9.1917  Aged 34. Buried at THE HUTS CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE V  A  3, BELGIUM.

 

WAGNER Henry. Private, Army Cyclist Corps. Son of Mrs.Harriet Wagner, 8, Cheltenham Road, Southend. Died 22.10.1917 Aged 20. Buried at POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, LANGEMARK, GRAVE XLIII  D  9, BELGIUM.

 

WALL Charles W. Corporal, Essex Regiment. Husband of Sarah E. Wall, 13, Sycamore Grove, Southend. Died 13.11.1916 Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 10D, FRANCE.

 

WALSH Laurence W. Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Son of William + Sarah Walsh, 66, Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff. Died  28.10.1918  Aged 28. Buried at CHARMES MILITARY CEMETERY, ESSEGNEY, GRAVE  I  C  21, FRANCE.

 

WALTERS George John Colwith Leading Telegraphist, Royal Navy , HMTD “Eden”. Stepson of Harry Rhodes, 2, Lancaster  Gardens, Southend. Died 17.6.1916  Aged 22. Buried at STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, GRAVE DIV 19 FF  6 FRANCE. ( See Chapter “Loss of Lives at Sea” for HMTD “Eden” incident.)

 

WALTON Arthur. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Clara F. Walton, 16, Burnaby Road, Southend. Died 16.7.1916  Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER+FACE 13A+13B, FRANCE.

 

WARD Charles W. Private, Essex Regiment. Lived in Shoeburyness. Died of wounds at Glen Hospital, Southend after  discharge from Service, 22.2.1919. Aged 34. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE E. 3494.

 

WARD Edward. Private, London Regiment. Husband of Mildred Ward, 50, St. Mary’s Road, Prittlewell. Died 20.2.1917 Aged 29. Buried at RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND, YPRES , GRAVE VII  H  17, BELGIUM.

 

WEAVIS  William. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Husband of Mrs. E. Weavis, 148, North Road, Southend. Died of fever (typhoid?) 5.3.1916. Aged 41. Buried at LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, GRAVE  II  B  35,  FRANCE.  

                               

WEBB Ernest. Private, Highland Light Infantry. Husband of Ellen Webb, 31, Pleasant Road, Southend. Died 7.11.1914  Aged 27. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 38, BELGIUM.

 

WEBB H. W.  Private, Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mr. E.J. Webb, 2, Dines Row, Southchurch. Died 15.7.1917. Buried at  ST.EVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, GRAVE P  II  E  2B, FRANCE

 

WEEDEN Horatio E. Lance Corporal, The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Son of William +Francis Weeden, 113,Victoria Road,  Southend. Died 3.5.1915  Aged 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 12+14, BELGIUM.

 

WELCH James S.L. Lieutenant, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Son of Reverend Edward A. + Edith M.Welch ,  Southchurch Rectory, Southend. Died 1.7.1916  Aged 20. Buried at QUEENS CEMETERY, PUISIEUX, GRAVE D. 66, FRANCE.

 

WELCH Sydney B. Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Jane Welch, 22, Christchurch Road, Southchurch. Died  24.6.1917, Aged 35. Buried at VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE  IV  B  6, BELGIUM.


WEST Frederick Stanley. Born in Shoeburyness in 1893 he was serving as a single man in Peshawar, India in 1911. Died 13.3.1915 Age 22. Buried at NOWSHERA MILITARY CEMETERY REF. P.13 he is also commemorated at DELHI MEMORIAL INDIA GATE, INDIA.

 

WHITE Samuel. Private, East Surrey Regiment. Son of Herbert + Annie White, 23, The Strand, Southchurch. Died 13.12.1918 of wounds received on 31.8.1917 Aged 19. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE E, 4382.

 

WHITEBREAD Cuthbert S.R. Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Husband of Ethel E. M. Whitebread, 85, Guildford Road, Southend. Died 8.2.1917 Aged 29. Buried at CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, GRAVE  VII  D  20, FRANCE.

 

WILKINSON Edward W.  2nd Lieutenant, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Husband of Grace A. Wilkinson, 18, Shaftesbury Avenue, Southend. Died 7.7.1916  Aged 36. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, SOMME, PIER + FACE 6A+6B, FRANCE.

 

WILLDER Ernest W. Acting Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery. Son of Frederick + Mary Willder, 72, Richmond Street, Southchurch. Died 22.7.1917  Aged 20. Buried at CANADA FARM CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE I  E  27, FRANCE.

 

WILLIAMS Albert H. Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Husband of Dorothy M. Williams, 61, Gordon Road, Southend. Died 4.12.1916  Aged 29. Buried at ETRETAT CHURCHYARD, SEINE-MARITIME, GRAVE  II  A  5A, FRANCE.

 

WILLSHER Albert V. Lance Corporal, Dorsetshire Regiment. Son of William + Elizabeth Willsher, “Glenbrook”, Carlingford Drive, Prittlewell. Died 16.2.1916 Aged 19. Buried at DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, YPRES, GRAVE M1  A, BELGIUM.

 

WINGFIELD T. J. Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Son of Emily Wingfield, 42, South Avenue, Southend. Died 26.10.1918  Aged 24. Buried at SOUTH SHOEBURY (ST. ANDREWS) CHURCHYARD, SHOEBURY.

 

WOOD Frederick. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Lived in Rochford. Died of influenza 6.12.1918. Aged 27. Buried at CHARLEROI COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE  O  10, BELGIUM.


WRIGHT Neil James Robert. 2nd Lieutenant, West Surrey Regiment. Son of James F. + Letitia A. Wright, Essex Lodge, The Leas, Westcliff-on-Sea. Died 15.9.1914 Age 19. Buried at VENDRESSE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE III  AA  2, FRANCE.

 

YENDELL George H. Corporal, Northumberland Fusiliers. Husband of Hellen Yendell, 176, York Road, Southend. Died 24.5.1915 Aged 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, YPRES, PANEL 8 + 12,  BELGIUM.

 

4.CASUALTIES FOR WHOM NO CONCLUSIVE  DETAILS FOUND TO DATE

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This is a consolidation of all the names of men who are listed on local “Rolls of Honour”, Memorials or Plaques and for whom I have been unable to discover any verifiable details. Although some official records may show matching names and/or initials I have been unable to locate any other information which would accurately confirm that those details refer to the individual listed.

Many records only show initials and surname without corroborating Regimental information, addresses and/or names of relatives. It would have been wrong to make assumptions based on partial evidence so I have listed them here, in alphabetical order, and included where they are indicated on local Memorials together with any information which may be pertinent.

 

AINSWORTH  Tom. Memorial Plaque, Methodist Church , New Road, Leigh-on-Sea

 

BAKER  T.   Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue. May be T.BAKER, 2nd   Lieutenant, London Regiment. Died 10(14).4.1917 Age 19. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 10, FRANCE

 

BAKER Sidney. Memorial Plaque, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. May be Thomas Sidney BAKER, 2nd Lieutenant London Regiment. Died 14.4.1917. Aged 19. Son of Thomas + Kathleen Baker, Hillcrest, Hockley. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 10, FRANCE. Commemorated on the Hockley Memorial, Spa Junction, Hockley.

 

BARHAM L. Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

BARKER  R.B.(Reginald Barker-Phillips) Memorial Tablet, St.Andrew’s Church, Rochford. May be Reginald Barker, Private, Essex Regiment. Adopted son  of  William + Caroline Phillips, 9, Gladstone Terrace, North Street, Rochford. Died 22.06.1917. Buried at PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  R  46, MAZINGARBE, FRANCE.

 

BARKER  W.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be William Barker, 7 Swanage Road, Prittlewell.

 

BARNES  Frank.  Memorial Tablet + Book, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

BARROW  F.E.  Memorial Plaque, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 

BAVIN  Harry.  Memorial Plaque, Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea

 

BLAKER Henry. Memorial Plaques, Leigh Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive + Leigh Wesley Church,  Elm Road,  Leigh-on-Sea. Probably H.BLAKER killed in a munitions factory explosion at Pitsea 29.8.1916. He is listed as a Civil Death, Age 47, 3rd Quarter 1916 @ Gravesend, Kent, V2a P.658.


BRIDGE C.(Charles) Prittlewell 'Roll of Honour', St.Marys Church, Victoria Avenue, Prittlewell.

 

BRIGHT William Henry.  Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon.


BROWN C.E. Memorial Board, St.Nicholas Church, Great Wakering. May be Charles I. Brown, Rifleman, Rifle Brigade. Lived at 3, Rose Cottages, New Town, Great Wakering. Died 26.8.1919 Age 34. Buried at ABNEY PARK CEMETERY, SCREEN WALL 07.RN.24382, STOKE NEWINGTON, LONDON.

 

BURLEY  L.   Essex Regiment. Hamlet Court Road School Ledgers.

 

CALVERLEY  Ronald.  Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon. 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.

 

CARSE  Ronald  A. Memorial Plaque, St.Saviours Church, King’s Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. May be Arthur Edward Carse, Lieutenant, Australian Infantry. Died 8.5.1915 Age 25. Buried at ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY + WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, GRAVE Q.432, EGYPT.          

 

CATTON  Charles. Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon. May be Charles Catton, Sapper,  Royal  Engineers. Died 29.12.1914. Buried at KEMMEL CHURCHYARD, GRAVE A  6, BELGIUM. Son of Harry + Catherine Catton, 20, St.Thomas Road, South Fambridge. May be Charles Catton who appears on War Memorial, St.Marys Church, Coopersale, Essex.

                          

CLARENCE  Frank.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

CORBET (CORBETT) R.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.

 

COUCHER  F.M. Memorial Plaque, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea. May be Frederick W.Coucher, husband of Agnes Coucher, Elm Villa, Westcliff Park Drive, Westcliff.


CRUMPTON W.A. He is to be included on the Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station as a former Railway employee. No information found.

 

DALE George A.L. Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be George Dale, son of  Mary Ann Jane Dale, Scotts Villas, Southend-on-Sea.

 

DALE William H.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be William Dale, son of David + Alice Dale, 32A, North Avenue, Prittlewell.

 

DONNITHORN  W.  Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

DOUGLAS  Henry  Kenneth. Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon.

 

DOWNE William. Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be W.DOWNS, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 9.4.1918 Age 39. With no known grave he is commemorated  at PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, PANEL 1, BELGIUM. He had been wounded in October 1917 and returned to England for recuperation. He rerturned to France 1.3.1918.

 

DRUITT  H.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be  H.DREW, Sergeant, Durham Light Infantry, Died 5.11.1916  Age 24. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER+FACE 14A + 15C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

DUNN  D.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

 

EDWARDS  W. Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be W. EDWARDS, Royal Field Artillery. Died 3.5.1917. Buried at BUNYANS CEMETERY, GRAVE C7, TILLOY- LES-MOFFLAINES, FRANCE., who is listed on VANGE WAR MEMORIAL, ESSEX.

 

EVENS Alfred. Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be (1) Alfred EVANS, Private, Essex Regiment. Died of influenza in Palestine, 28(23).11.1918 Age  27. Buried at BEIRUT WAR CEMETERY, GRAVE 192, LEBANON. May be (2) A.E.Eves, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 1.5.1917 Age 36. Buried at SOUTH  SHOEBURY (ST.ANDREW) CHURCHYARD.

 

FLETCHER  Walter.  Hockley War Memorial, “Spa” Junction, Hockley. May be W. Fletcher, Private, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26.4.1915. Buried at BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, ENCLOSURE NO.4, GRAVE XVI  A  10, BELGIUM.

 

GALE  G.J.  Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch. May be George J.H.GALE, Sergeant, Essex Regiment. Severely wounded in France 8.6.1915 and medically discharged from the army. His wife died of pneumonia following influenza on 16.11.1918 and George died the following day, 17.11.1918 Age 21. The record does not show his cause of death.

                        

GAY  H.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be A.GAY,  Sergeant, Royal Fusiliers, Died 27(30).3.1916 Age 29. With no known grave he is commemorated at  YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 6+8, BELGIUM. He is listed on Plaques at Rayleigh British Legion and Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch, Essex.

 

GLITERO  A.  Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

GOODMAN  F.  Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Rochford. May be Ernest Goodman, husband of Grace Ellen Goodman, 6, Oak Villas, Rectory Road, Hawkwell. With no known grave  he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 7d+8d, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

GUARD  J.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be William John Gard (Guard) Private, Essex Regiment. died 23.5.1915. Age 28, Husband of  Beatrice Gard(Guard) 10, Coleman Street, Prittlewell. With no known grave he is commemorated at YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, PANEL 39, BELGIUM.

 

HENRY  Horace.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.


HURST George T. Husband of Rose Hurst, Ingleside, Cliffsea Grove, Leigh-on-Sea. C.W.G.C. Grave , Leigh Cemetery. Lance Corporal, Royal Watereways + Docks. Died 25.9.1920 Age 35.

 

JACOBS  M.  A.J.E.X. Memorial, Jewish Cemetery, Stock Road, Southend. May be Michael Jacobs, son of Joseph and Deborah Jacobs, 20, Ceylon Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.


JAMES W.T. He is to be included on the Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station as a former Railway employee. No information found.

 

JONES  I.G.  Hamlet Court Road School Ledgers. May be James George Jones, Essex Regiment. Husband of  Rebecca  Alice Jones, Cliftonville, Westborough Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 

KELLEY (KEALY)  Frank.  Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon. May be Frank KELLY, Private, Wiltshire Regiment. Son of Walter + Emilia Kelly of Ashingdon. Died 10.7.1916. Buried at HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, GRAVE II  A  25, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, FRANCE,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

KING  Alfred J.  Memorial Plaque, Central Baptist Church, Clarence Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be Frederick J.King, Driver, Royal Engineers. Husband of Daisy M.King, 19, Stornoway Road, Southend-on-Sea. Died 6.11.1918. Aged 33. Buried at MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE 765, KALAMARIA, GREECE.

                                                                                                                                                                 

KING  Charles. Hockley War Memorial, “Spa” Junction, Hockley. May be Charles King. Private, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Husband of Sarah F. King, Sheepcoates Cottages, Hockley. Son of Joseph + Mary King, High Street, Tillingham.  Died 23.4.1917 Age 28. With no known grave he is commemoarted on ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 2, FRANCE.

 

KNIGHT  S.  Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road, Shoebury.

 

LANE  J.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St. Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be James Lane, son of James + Sarah Lane, 4, Glenmore Street, Southend-on-Sea.

 

LATTON Fred.  Memorial Tablet , All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be Frederick Letton, son of W.F. + Mrs. C. Letton, 27, Boscombe Road, Southend. Private, Norfolk Regiment. Died 21.3.1918 Age 20. With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 3, FRANCE.

 

LOVELL W. Prittlewell “Roll of Honour” St.Mary’s Church, Southend-on-Sea. May be William Lovell, son of  Thomas Lovell, 21, St.Ann’s Road, Prittlewell.

 

MACKLIN  J.C.  Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Hamlet Court Road School Ledgers. May be J.Macklin, Rose Villa, Osborne Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 

MILEHAM  E.  Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

MILES  S.F.  Memorial Tablet, St. Andrew’s Church, Rochford.


MITCHELL F.G. He is to be included on the Great War Memorial, London Fenchurch Street Station as a former Railway employee. May be F.G.MITCHELL, Private, Middlesex Regiment. Son of George + Susannah Mitchell, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex. Died 22.8.1916 Age 21. Buried at BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, GRAVE VIII  B  156, FRANCE.

                             

NICE  F.   “Roll of Honour” Tablet, St.Peter’s Church, Paglesham Church End. May be Frederick NICE, Private, Essex Regiment .Had lived in Pagelsham. Husband of Mercy Nice, 51, North Street, Prittlewell.. Died 18.8.1915.(15.1.1918) Age 26. Buried at DOVERCOURT (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, GRAVE II  D  18, ESSEX.

 

NICOL  Rev. C.Erskine.  Memorial Plaque, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on- Sea.

 

NICOLL Percy.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

NICHOLSON  William Thomas. Hockley War Memorial, “Spa” Junction, Hockley. May be W. Nicholson, Private, Essex Regiment. Died 21.3.1918 Age 26. Buried at NOYON BRITISH CEMETERY, GRAVE II  C  5, FRANCE.

 

NOLAN  B. (Royal Army Medical Corps) Memorial Board,  St.,Clements Church, The Broadway, Leigh- on-Sea


NORTH  C.  Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea   

                                                                                                                                                       

NOVITT C.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Southend-on-Sea.

 

NOWITZKE  M.  Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be H,NOVITZKE,  Private, London Regiment. Son of Mr.S.Novitzki, 160, Albion Road, London N.16. Died 8.8.1918 Age 20. Buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XVIII  E  4,  FRANCE.

                                                                                                                                                               

NOWITZKY H.M.   A.J.E.X. Memorial, Jewish Cemetery, Stock Road, Southend. Westcliff Hebew Centre Memorial, Finchley Road, Westcliff-on-Sea (I have found no evidence to indicate that this is the same man as M.NOWITZKE listed above) May be H.NOWITZKE, Private, London Regiment. Died 8.8.1918 Age 20. Son of Mr.S.Novitsky, 160, Albion Road, London N.16. Buried at VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE XVIII  E  4, FRANCE.

 

PASCOE  C.J.  Memorial Tablet, St.Andrew’s Church, Rochford. May Cecil John Pascoe, son of Thomas E. + Alice Pascoe, 5, Cromer Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

PEACOCK Edward H. Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be Edwin Peacock, Sergeant, Machine Gun Corps. Died 3.9.1918. Buried at VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE III  D  21, FRANCE.

 

PETTY  Norman.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

POODY Leonard.  Memorial Tablet, All Saints Church, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

 

REVELL  D. Memorial Tablet, St.Andrews Church, Rochford May be Daniel Robert Revell,  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Husband of Mabel Revell, Weir Pond Road, Rochford. Mabel had died of illness in Victoria Hospital, Southend on 2.9.1916. Daniel died 26(28).6.1917. Aged 31. Buried at DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY EXTENSION, GRAVE II  B  37, BELGIUM.

 

REVELL  E. Memorial Tablet, St.Andrew’s Church, Rochford. May be Ernest Revell, Private, Suffolk Regiment. Died 24.3.1917 Age 28.  Buried at FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, GRAVE III  J  28, ARRAS, FRANCE.

 

SARGENT  A. Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Southend-on-Sea. May be Arthur J.Sargent, adopted son of  Stanley + Rose Barnes, 4, Needham Villas, Gainsborough Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 

SHEARS Reginald. Southend “Roll of Honour”, The Refectory, Priory Park Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. May be Reginald Shears, Rifleman, London Regiment. Died 1.7.1916 Age 28. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 9C, SOMME, FRANCE.

 

SIDWELL  J.J.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.

 

SIMONS  G.  Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue  Southend-on-Sea. May be Guy R.H.Simons, son of Alfred + Emily Simons, 25, St.Marys Road, Prittlewell. Private, Middlesex Regiment. Died 19.9.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, PIER + FACE 12D + 13B, SOMME, FRANCE. 

                                                                                                                                                                

SMITH  Walter.  Hockley War Memorial, “Spa” Junction, Hockley. May be Walter Smith, Private,  Army Cyclist Corps. Died 6.1.1916. With no known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 199, GALLIPOLI, TURKEY.

 

STEBBING  T.G. Prittlewell “Roll of Honour”, St.Mary’s Church, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea.

                                                                                                                                                                    

SUTCH  W. Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Rochford. May be Walter George Sutch, Lance Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps., Died of diabetes, 7.3.1916, Age 23, in hospital in France. Buried at STE. MARIE CEMETERY, GRAVE 19  T  1, LE HAVRE, FRANCE.

 

SYMONDS  F. Memorial Board, St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea. 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.

 

TAPPENDEN  E. Memorial Plaque, Essex County Bowls Club, Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 

TAYLOR  W.T.  Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch Boulevard, Southend-on-Sea. May be George Thomas Taylor, Private, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of George T. + Constance Taylor, 8, Oakleigh Avenue, Southchurch. Died 7.8.1915. Aged 19. With no  known grave he is commemorated at HELLES MEMORIAL, PANEL 104-113,  GALLIPOLI, TURKEY. He is also commemorated on his parents’ grave in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Southchurch Boulevard, Southend.

 

VERDERWOOD R. Memorial Board  St.John’s Church, Church Road, Southend-on-Sea. May be Roy Garon Underwood, Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died in an accident at North Weald Airfield, 25.9.1918 Age 19. Buried at SOUTHEND (SUTTON ROAD) CEMETERY, GRAVE E.5329, SUTTON ROAD, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA.

 

WEST William Arthur. Hockley War Memorial, “Spa” Junction, Hockley. May be W.A.West, born in Hockley, Private, Essex Regiment. Died 19.12.1915. Buried at POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, GRAVE  I  D  18, BELGIUM.

 

WHITAKER  John.  Memorial Plaque, St.Andrew’s Church, Ashingdon. May be J.Whitaker, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 14.8.1916. Buried at ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION,  GRAVE II  M  5, FRANCE.

 

WINTER J. Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road, Shoebury. May be J.Winter, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, died 31.8.1914.

 

WOODS  F.(Frederick Charles)  Shoebury War Memorial, Campfield Road, Shoebury. May be F. WOODS. Brother of Mrs. Carter, Horse + Hound Public House,Rochford, with whom he had lived since the deaths of their parents. Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Died of influenza 6.12.1918. Age 27. Buried at CHARLEROI COMMUNAL CEMETERY, GRAVE  O  10, BELGIUM. Born in Leicester he had been stationed at Shoebury Barracks in 1911 Census.

 

5.THE BLAZEBY FAMILY

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The story of this family, for me, encapsulates the emotions endured during the War.

 

Walter Blazeby was born in Ilford, then part of Essex, at the end of 1856. By the time of the 1891 Census he was living at 4, Gordon Road, Little Ilford with his wife Mary A. Blazeby and their three children: Arthur, 9; Alice, 5 and Sarah, 1. Walter was employed as a general labourer with G.E.R. Railway. Sadly the daughter Sarah died in mid 1892.

 

By the 1901 Census the family were still at the same address but now had 5 children. In addition to Arthur and Alice there was Frederick, 6, Gertrude, 4 and Stanley, 2. Walter was still working for the Railway but was now a “Carman’s labourer”. In mid 1909 the eldest son Arthur married.

 

In early 1912 Walter’s wife, Mary died in Ilford. By the end of September 1912 Walter had re-married. His new wife was a widow, Mrs. Eliza J.Rayner who had lived in Southview Drive, Westcliff.

 

At the outbreak of War they all lived at “Lynton”, Pickets Lane, Eastwood.. If you proceed northerly along Elmsleigh Drive to the junction with Eastwood Road North and Mountdale Gardens and turn left towards Belfairs Golf Course,  Pickets Lane would have been immediately on the left hand side leading southwards towards Pickets Farm and West Leigh Grange.

 

According to all the Reference books I have found all three sons enlisted at the outbreak of war.

Arthur in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps; Frederick in the 9th Essex Regiment and Stanley in the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

 

Walter’s youngest daughter, Gertrude, was married in mid 1916 to John Bowers in Norwich and they produced 5 children by 1929: Ethel, Joyce, Albert, Edna and Kenneth. On the birth records Gertrude’s maiden name is listed as “Blazer”. The elder daughter, Alice was married in late 1917 to Albert Noller, also in Norwich. By 1930 they had produced 6 children:Albert, Ella, Ernest, Rhoda, Betty and Roy. There were several “Blazeby” families listed as living in the Norwich area at this time so there is a strong possibility that they were relatives of Walter.

 

According to local Southend records all three sons died within 12 weeks of each other in 1917. They died in the same chronological order in which they were born, Arthur 10.2.1917; Frederick 28.4.1917 and Stanley 3.5.1917.

 

All three are listed on the Southend “Roll of Honour” and their details are listed in that section. Walter and his wife were now left with no sons, one daughter married and living in Norfolk and one daughter about to marry and live in Norfolk.

 

There is a mystery surrounding the eldest son Arthur. He is shown on local Southend Memorials and is listed in two books as having served in Kings Royal Rifle Corps and having died “in France” in February 1917 (10.2.1917). However , there is no record of his death and resting place on C.W.G.C. records. On enquiry I was advised that neither the National Records Office nor the Commonwealth War Grave Commision have any record of him serving with Kings Royal Rifle Corps or dying during  the Great War.

 

There is a “Leonard Christopher Blazeby” listed as having served in Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He is listed as having died 10.2.1917. Aged 20 .With no known grave he is commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL, BAY 7, FRANCE. He was born in Norwich in mid 1896.


Is this really Arthur ? Did Arthur enlist under a false name?

There is a Civil Death record of an Arthur E. Blazeby dying in West Ham in 1943, Aged 61,............ coincidence ???

I have contacted Norfolk Family History Society, but to no avail. I have also listed the details on search websites, but again to no avail. I can only leave you with the following obituary which appeared in  the local newspaper:-

 

“SOUTHEND FAMILY’S FINE WAR RECORD”

A fine record of service with “the Colours”  and of sacrifice for “The Cause” is that put up by the family of Mr.Walter Blazeby, of “Lynton” , Eastwood and by that of his wife, formerly Mrs. Rayner. Mr. Blazeby, long associated with Westcliff , both as resident and builder is now doing good service in connection with munitions of war. Unfortunately the hand of death has been laid heavily upon both.This however has not damped the ardour of their boys at the Front, nor quenched their own zeal in the matter of war work. “I do believe I am the proudest mother in Essex - perhaps in England” said Mrs.Blazeby.; for her’s is that type of public sprirt which no private calamity can overcome.

 

A representative of the Southend Standard recently had an interview with Mrs.Blazeby in her pleasant bungalow home and found her, although bereaved for the fourth time since the war broke out, full of interest in all matters relating to the services. As will be seen  Mr.Blazeby has lost three sons, all killed in action; whilst his wife has lost a daughter and has three sons still serving with the Colours. Mr.Blazeby is a native of Ilford, his wife of Plaistow.

 

The sad story of their losses commences with the Zeppelin raid of May 1915, when they were living in Southview Drive , Westcliff. The explosion of the bomb that then fell near their house so alarmed Miss Cissie Rayner that she was deprived of all power of speech for half-an-hour; from that memorable night she never recovered health nor spirits; an internal growth was the direct outcome of the shock experienced, and Miss Rayner died on September 16th(11th)1916. “She was loved by everybody” said Mrs.Blazeby.

 

Meantime the sons on both sides had joined up and were doing their bit, as they all had expressed their eagerness to do.Of Mr.Blazeby’s sons, Arthur joined the King’s Royal Rifles, went to France not long afterwards and was killed in February 1917 whilst in action with his unit, in his 32nd year. His 2nd son, Private Frederick Walter was born at Manor Park. Soon after the outbreak of war he joined the Essex Regiment, went to France and there fell in action  28.4.1917 Aged 23.

 

Mr.Blazeby’s 3rd son Stanley George was for some years engaged at a dairy in London, but when the war called to him, as to others, he joined the K.G.S.of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He too, in due course, went to France and fell in action on May 3rd 1917.

 

A comrade who knew him well wrote “We were out on patrol 2 nights with a gun and came across Blazeby’s dead body in a shell hole, just at the end of ---- Post , to the left of ---- Wood. He had been struck on the head by a shell. He was buried close by and a cross was put up”. (The inclusion of ---- denotes the Wartime censorship)

 

Mrs.Blazeby’s own sons (by her first marriage) were Essex born and went to school at the Broadway, Stratford under Mr. Spinks. John Thomas Rayner, who joined the Essex Regiment, is now a Sergeant Instructor and is engaged in training work in England; he is 32 years of age. A love of all forms of activity and sport characterised him from his earliest days, when “Jack” – as he was known – took part in most athletic exercises known to man.

 

Cricket and football, walking, running and jumping, wrestling and boxing. These and other sports were practised energetically with the result that “Jack” Rayner  became well known in amateur boxing circles and was very friendly with Bombardier Wells.

 

He was some time a member of the G.E.R.Mechanics Institute Football Club and helped his club to emerge victors in the Second Division  of the Woodford District league for the Season 1909-1910. He also played for several years for the Football Club  of the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the Essex Regiment.(Col.J.Brooker-Ward, President)

 

The President, it may be added, was very fond of “Jack” and gave many a hearty word of encouragement.  During his sporting period “Jack” was champion of the West Ham athletic sports and it was to him that the mayoress of West Ham handed several prizes on one red-letter afternoon, after he had given spectators a taste of his form in long distance running and jumping, high kicking and other contests. On that occasion his prowess was celebrated by the playing, by the Portway Band, of “See The Conquering Hero Comes”

 

Mrs. Blazeby’s 2nd son, Lieutenant Edward Charles Rayner, joined the R.H.A. several years ago and was in India when the war–cloud burst over Europe. Then he came to England but was soon in France, and fought at Neuve-Chapelle and through many another desperate engagement.

 

Fortunately he has thus far emerged unscathed, and a letter recently received from him, reported him safe and well. Her 3rd son , Leading Seaman William Francis Rayner, now 25 years of age, entered the Naval Service nine years ago. For some time he saw service with H.M.S.”Hawke” in Chinese waters and came back to England aboard the “Monmouth” four years back. He was subsequently transferred to the “Exmouth” , cruising in the North Sea.

Yet another change found him on the “Vanguard” ; then came the engagement of Jutland in which he shared; then, strange to say, he was the subject of a stroke of luck, for he was absent from his ship when she was so disastrously destroyed. He is now at Chatham. “My sons”, said Mrs.Blazeby “make their home with us whenever they get leave. I have also a son-in-law, A.B. Henry Alfred Bates,  now with H.M.S. “Minotaur”; he also was in the battle of Jutland. He was in the far east when the “Emden” was finally rounded up and was close to the “Sydney” when she destroyed her.”

 

That, in brief, is the record of a family in its two branches, and it is one of which many another would be proud. Mrs.Blazeby’s own interests have always centred around the work of hospitals, in which she still takes the keenest interest. For seven years in succession she received, from the hands of the Duchess of Marlborough, the first prize for hospital collection in West Ham, where a ward in the local hospital bears the Duchess’s name.  

 

Southend Standard 6th September 1917

 

 

 

Should you have any additional  information regarding this mystery please mail me on:-

southend19141918@yahoo.co.uk

 

6.BIBLIOGRAPHY & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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THE SOUTHEND + DISTRICT  ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1921”  by Jeffrey Jarvis. This book is

available for loan from, and Reference Section in, Southend-on-Sea Library


“ROLL OF MEN from SOUTHEND-on-SEA + DISTRICT WHO FELL  for THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919” by John H.Burrows + Sons Ltd. This book is available, for reference only, at Rayleigh Library.

 

“THEY REST FROM THEIR LABOURS” The stories behind the names on the Southend High School for Boys Roll of Honour 1914-1918. by Lesley Iles + John  Baker. This book is available to purchase from The Office, Southend High School for Boys, Prittlewell Chase, Southend

 

SOUTHEND COUNCIL MINUTES SEPT 1914 –DEC 1918. These are available in the Reference Section, Southend-on-Sea,.Library.

 

DAVID BREWER Former teacher at Prince Avenue, Earls Hall and Greensward schools who miraculously obtained keys to locked Church doors !!

 

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION (C.W.G.C.) Website + Office.

 

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM Website + Office.

 

MAURICE  DRAGE, Hon.Treasurer , Parish Church of St.Andrew, Rochford.

 

MALTAMARINEFOUNDATION.ORG/WRECKS website.

 

WIKIPEDIA.COM website.

 

BATTLESHIPS.CRUISERS.CO.UK website.

 

SOUTH DEVON sub-AQUA CLUB website.

 

THESHIPSLIST.COM website.

 

BURTONBRADSTOCK.ORG.UK website.

 

ROLL-OF-HONOUR.COM website.

 

HISTORYOFWAR.ORG website.

 

CULTUREHEBRIDES.COM website.

 

WRECKSITE.EU website.

 

MERCHANTNAVYOFFICERS.COM website.

 

WARTIMEMEMORIES.CO.UK website.

 

WWW.HISTORY website.

 

LINDA MEDCALF, ESSEX SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HISTORY, SOUTHEND BRANCH.


RON BEAN, ESSEX SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HISTORY, SOUTHEND BRANCH.


TONY - for a myriad of information

 

NEIL EIGHTEEN, for his invaluable time and effort in designing this website.

 

SUMMARY & CONTACT DETAILS

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As most researchers are aware, no project is ever ‘complete’. I hope you have found these pages useful and of interest and should you find that any errors have been made please email me with the amended information, at the address at the end of this page, and I will update the records as soon as possible.

 

There are two listings, viz: ‘No Definitive Details’ and ‘Missing from Local Memorials’ and should you have any information on the names listed there then please do not hesitate to email me with the details and I will update the records as soon as possible.

 

It is important for both current and future generations of researchers that information is updated and/or corrected wherever possible.

 

I  will also welcome any feedback on the website which I will constantly aim to update and improve. My research on the Great War continues…….............................

 

 

Contact email southend19141918@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

"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."