Surnames C - D

 

Private 46656 Albert Leonard Callis

 

2/4th Bn, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Formerly 6th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 10th April 1918, Aged 25.

Buried Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2. V. H. 24. 

 

Albert was the son of Mr Albert & Caroline Callis of 53 Alvaston Street, Derby. He lived in Loughborough.

Private James Carey

 

11th Bn, Staffordshire Regiment.

Died at Home 14th May 1918, Aged 27.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery 16/125. 

 

Private James lived at 21 Oxford Street, loughborough.
 

 James Carey

Has no memorial on his grave. 

Major Francis Bird Carter

 

16th Bn, Australian Infantry.

Killed in Action Turkey 27th April 1915, Aged 40.

fmmemorated Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, Panel 50.

 

Francis ('Frank') Bird Carter was born on 2nd April 1875 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Edward Carter, a corn merchant from Ottery St. Mary, Devon, and latterly of Uxbridge and Kingston-on-Thames, and his wife Amelia Ann (née Bird). Frank Carter was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and his first military experience was gained as a Private in the 20th Middlesex Volunteers. He went to Western Australia in 1901 and settled in Kalgoorlie where he was closely associated with the Rifle Club movement, with which he kept in close touch after later moving to Perth. He was a crack shot with the rifle and took part in the Bisley meeting of 1906.

Frank Carter was well known in Perth business circles as a member of the firm of Messrs. Ford, Rhodes and Carter, accountants, and subsequently was in business on his own account at Forrest Chambers, St. George's Terrace, Perth. In 1906 he married Miss Cora Gwendoline Eliot, known as Gwen, at St. George's Cathedral, Perth, and the couple lived at 74 Stirling Street, Perth.

Carter was appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the Western Australian Infantry Regiment (WAIR) in 1905 and became a Lieutenant in the following year. In 1911 he was promoted to a Captaincy and he joined the 86th Infantry Regiment in 1912.

Just after the outbreak of war, on 18th August 1914, he applied for a Commission, was promoted to the rank of Major and on volunteering for active service received an appointment in that capacity in the 16th Battalion, D Company, of the Australian Imperial Forces. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAR A40 Ceramic on 22nd December 1914.

Major Carter was killed in action, aged 40, at Courtney's Post, Gaba Tepe, central Anzac, Gallipoli, on 27th April 1915, but has no known grave. He left a widow and young family. He is commemorated on five war memorials: the Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 50) at Anzac, Gallipoli, Turkey, on a memorial plaque in St. George's Cathedral, Perth, WA, on the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra, Panel 78, on the Loughborough Carillon War Memorial and on Loughborough Grammar School Memorial.

Group portrait of the officers of the 16th Battalion, circa 1915.

Major Carter is the first on the left of the seated front row.


(Australian War Memorial Collection).

Private 18647 Joseph William Carter

 

10th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died at Home 15th September 1915, Aged 22.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery 17/273. 

 

Joseph William Carter was born in Clowne, Derbyshire, in 1893 and baptised on 5th October of that year at Staveley. He was the son of Edward Carter, a locomotive engine driver for a railway contractor, and Althea Carter. Joseph had one brother Alfred and four sisters Ann Elizabeth, Annie Catherine, Emma and Beatrice. The family lived for some time at Chowbent and then Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire, before moving to Yeadon, Yorkshire, and then to 17 Court B, Nottingham Road, Loughborough.

When Joseph's mother died in 1908 his father moved with his four younger children Alfred, Joseph, Emma and Beatrice to 239 Nags Head Road, Ponders End, Middlesex. Joseph's sister Ann, who had married Enoch Moore, a coal carter, in 1908 remained at 21 Rectory Place, Loughborough and his sister Annie Catherine stayed with them. Joseph's father, meanwhile, was married again in 1910, in Edmonton, Middlesex, to Caroline M. Reeves, a young widow with two small children and in 1912 Edward's children acquired a half-brother, Edward John Carter, from their father's second marriage. When he was living in Ponders End young Joseph was a fitter's mate for a building contractor.

Joseph enlisted at Tottenham on 24th April 1911 and, assigned the service number 65302, joined H Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery. He was posted to Woolwich and then to Trowbridge where he trained as a gunner. In January 1914 he contracted testicular tuberculosis and on 10th July 1914 at Rollestone Camp, Salisbury, he was discharged from service as physically unfit for war.

Nothing daunted in July 1915 he enlisted with the Leicestershire Regiment and joined the 10th (Reserve) Battalion which was stationed at Barnard Castle. Within a month, however, he was in the 1st Northern General Hospital at Newcastle where he died on 15th September 1915. His remains were interred with military honours in Loughborough Cemetery.

An account of the funeral stated: "The coffin was brought to Loughborough on Friday, and Sergt. W. Mason of the 10th Leicesters made the funeral arrangements. The Rev. G. Wilson, curate of the Parish Church, conducted the service. The mourners were Mr. E. Carter (Father), Mr. and Mrs. A. Carter (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. E. Moore (brother-in-law), Misses A., E., and B. Carter (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. C. Lucas (uncle and aunt). The bearers were comrades from the 10th Battalion, under Sergeants W. Mason and Sturman. At the close of the service buglers from the Leicester Depot, in charge of Corporal Cooper, sounded the 'Last Post'."

Private 13995 Wilfred Francis Cavers

 

8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died at Home 17th May 1916, Aged 21.

Buried Loughborough. 

 

Wilfred Francis Cavers was born in 1894 in Loughborough, the second son of Adam Scott Cavers, a gardener, and his wife Fanny (née Newbold). His parents were married in Loughborough in 1885. Wilfred had three sisters Edith, Agnes and Nora, and two brothers Arthur and John. Another sister Frances had died aged nine months. Between 1891 and 1901 the Cavers family lived in Paget Street, Loughborough, firstly at No.124 and secondly at No. 73. By 1911 they had moved to 15 Garton Road and Wilfred, now aged sixteen, was employed as a clerk at an engineering company which made boilers. By 1914 he had become a turner.

Wilfred enlisted at Loughborough on 5th September 1914. He was sent to the Depot of the Leicestershire Regiment on 10th September and on 24th September joined the 8th (Service) Battalion as Private 13995.

Wilfred was initially sent to Aldershot for training and then to Shorncliffe, near Folkestone, Kent at the end of February 1915. In April 1915 Wilfred's battalion became part of the newly established 37th Division of the Second New Army and the Division began to concentrate on Salisbury Plain. Wilfred's battalion was billeted at Perham Down.

It was while Wilfred was at Shorncliffe that he first experienced difficulty in breathing properly. In May he was released from ordinary parades and appointed waiter in the Officers' Mess at Perham Down. Men of the 8th Battalion were scheduled to leave for France at the end of July but Wilfred did not go with them. Instead he was transferred to the 10th (2nd Reserve) Battalion at Deerbolt Park Camp, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham on 9th July 1915. At Deerbolt Park he was found to be suffering from tuberculosis and on 21st August 1915 he was discharged from the Army as no longer physically fit for war service.

Wilfred returned home to Loughborough and died on 17th May 1916.
 

  Wilfred Frances Cavers

Has no memorial on his grave. 

Private 20858 John Gregory Chambers

 

16th Bn, Cheshire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 26th August 1916, Aged 42.

Buried Londonthorpe Grantham, (St John The Baptist) Churchyard.

(2 brothers also fell Peter Gregory &  Thomas Gregory Chambers see below)

 

John Gregory Chambers was born in Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire, in 1874 and baptised on 31st May 1874 at Elvaston in Derbyshire. He was the eldest son of John Chambers, a publican at Griffydam, and his wife Clara (née Gregory) who were married in the Shardlow Registration area in 1874. By 1891 the family had moved from Griffydam to Oxford Street, Alvaston, Derbyshire, and John Chambers was now a labourer and John Gregory Chambers, aged 17, was a forge boy. By 1901 the family had moved again, this time to 85 Storer Road, Loughborough, and John Chambers was a railway labourer while John Gregory Chambers was a furnace man. Between 1901 and 1911 John Gregory's parents moved from Loughborough to 70 Taylor Street, Osmaston, Derbyshire. John Gregory, unmarried, moved with them and was employed as an iron worker on the Midland Railway while his father was employed in the gas works. John Gregory Chambers had seven brothers William, Charles, Thomas, Peter, Henry, Gerald and George and two sisters Maria and Emma. When the Chambers family moved to Osmaston Maria Chambers, now Mrs. Joynes, remained in Loughborough and lived at 1 Albert Promenade.

John joined the 11th (Service) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment as Private 20858. The battalion was raised in Chester on the 17th of September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Third New Army and joined the 75th Brigade, 25th Division of the Army. They trained at Codford St Mary near Warminster in Wiltshire and spent the winter in billets in Bournemouth. They moved to Aldershot for final training in May 1915 and left Farnborough for Southampton on 25th September 1915.

John's battalion sailed for Le Havre on the H.M.T Mona Queen on the 26th of September, the division concentrating on arrival in the area of Nieppe, north of Armentières. From the beginning of October 1915 to the end of January 1916 the battalion was in the area of Ploegsteert Wood, where working parties improved the trench defences while being subjected to shelling and sniping by the enemy. A month in Strazeele followed, after which they moved to Nedonchelle, Valhuon, Tinques and Chelers. In May 1916 they were in the front line at Neuville-St.-Vaast and Ecoivres in defence of the German attack on Vimy Ridge. In June the battalion was at Mingoval, Tinques and Bernoval before moving on to the Somme at Toutencourt.

The battalion joined the Somme Offensive just after the main attack, making a costly attack near Thiepval on 3rd July. The battalion was also in action at the Battle of Bazentin, and the Battle of Pozières. It is not known when and where John was wounded by a bullet which went through his head but he was brought back to England and died of his wounds, aged 42, in Grantham Camp Military Hospital, Lincolnshire, on 26th August 1916. John is buried in the churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church, Londonthorpe, Grantham and is remembered on the War Memorial at Elvaston, Derbyshire.

A newspaper report of the time 'A Proud Record' noted that:

'Of a family that included seven brothers, six have served in H.M. Forces of whom at the present only two are living. That is the proud record of the brothers of Mrs. Joynes 1 Albert Promenade, Loughborough who this week learned that her brother, Pte. John G. Chambers of the Cheshire Regt, died on Saturday in hospital at Grantham from a bullet wound, which entered the side of his head and made its way out on the other side. He was buried at Grantham on Wednesday. At the latter end of last year another brother Q.M.S. Peter Chambers a regular of the Royal Scots Fusiliers was killed in action while since then Pte. Thomas G. Chambers of the Northumberland Fusiliers has died of wounds while a prisoner of war at Cologne. A fourth brother after serving 12 years in the K.O.S.B. recently died in Canada, while another George is at present in hospital having been wounded some 12 months ago. The only brother still on active services is Gerald of the Grenadier Guards who was wounded early in the war and has since returned to duty. The only brother of the family who has not served with the forces is at present living in Canada. Mr and Mrs. Chambers the parents of this family of fighters will be remembered by many residents for they kept the Griffin Inn Ashby Road for a number of years.'

Quarter-Master Sergeant 5578 Peter Gregory Chambers

2nd Bn. Royal Scotts Fusiliers.                                    

Died of Wounds 2nd November 1914, Aged 35.

Buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery I. A. 5. 

(2 brothers also fell see above & below)

Quarter-Master Sergeant Peter Chambers was a career soldier who, having enlisted in 1899, had served in the Boer Wars, Rangoon, Burma, and India. He was in the army for 17 years and expected his good conduct stripes in 1915.

Peter was the son of John and Clara Chambers, who in 1901 lived at 85 Storer Rd, Loughborough and later moved to 70 Taylor Rd, Osmaston, Derbyshire. Peter's sister Maria Joynes lived at 1 Albert Promenade, Loughborough. Prior to enlisting Peter had worked for Alderman Mayo, and had also been a member of the Church Lads Brigade.

Peter's battalion landed at Zeebrugge on 6th October 1914 to assist in the defence of Antwerp but arrived too late to prevent the fall of the city. They then took up defensive positions at important bridges and junctions to aid the retreat of the Belgian army. The battalion was subsequently drawn into the First Battle of Ypres where it suffered extremely heavy losses. Peter Chambers was wounded, transferred to the Military Hospital at Boulogne, but died from his wounds.

For the Chambers family Peter's death was only the first in a series of tragic losses during the First World War. Peter's parents had seven sons and three daughters. Six of the sons were in the armed forces, and by 1918 only two of these sons were still alive. Peter's wife Alice, of 29 Moor Lane and later of 104 Leopold Street, Loughborough, was left a widow with two small children.

Private 7356 Thomas Gregory Chambers

 

A Coy. 2nd Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers.

Died of Wounds 8th May 1915, Aged 31.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 8 & 12. 

(2 brothers also fell Peter & John Chambers see above)

 

Thomas Gregory Chambers was the second son of John and Clara Chambers of Osmaston, Derbyshire, and formerly of Loughborough. Thomas was born at Worthington, Leicestershire, in 1883 and enlisted at Leicester in 1904. By 1911 he was a coal cutter at Underwood Colliery, had married and was living in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, with his wife and young family. He was, nevertheless, still a reservist and was called up for the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers by 12th November 1914. The battalion arrived in France in January 1915 and moved to concentrate in the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouck. The battalion's first major action was during the German gas attack at Second Ypres and in the ensuing battles.

Thomas was wounded in fighting around Hill 60 near Ypres in May 1915 and was taken a Prisoner of War. He died of his wounds in German custody in Cologne on 8th May 1915, aged 31. His family remained unaware of his fate for nine months. He left a widow, Gertrude, of 8 Albert Street, Eastwood, and four young children. Thomas was also mourned by his sister Maria Joynes of 1, Albert Promenade, Loughborough.

Thomas Gregory Chambers is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panels 8 and 12. He is also commemorated on the Nottingham Road War Memorial, Eastwood, on a memorial in Eastwood St. Mary's Church, and on the Nottinghamshire County Council Roll of Honour.

A newspaper report of the time 'A Proud Record' noted that:

'Of a family that included seven brothers, six have served in H.M. Forces of whom at the present only two are living. That is the proud record of the brothers of Mrs. Joynes 1 Albert Promenade, Loughborough who this week learned that her brother, Pte. John G. Chambers of the Cheshire Regt, died on Saturday in hospital at Grantham from a bullet wound, which entered the side of his head and made its way out on the other side. He was buried at Grantham on Wednesday. At the latter end of last year another brother Q.M.S. Peter Chambers a regular of the Royal Scots Fusiliers was killed in action while since then Pte. Thomas G. Chambers of the Northumberland Fusiliers has died of wounds while a prisoner of war at Cologne. A fourth brother after serving 12 years in the K.O.S.B. recently died in Canada, while another George is at present in hospital having been wounded some 12 months ago. The only brother still on active services Gerald of the Grenadiers Guards who was wounded early in the war and has since returned to duty. The only brother of the family who has not served with the forces is at present living in Canada. Mr and Mrs. Chambers the parents of this family of fighters will be remembered by many residents for they kept the Griffin Inn Ashby Road for a number of years.'

Second Lieutenant  Arthur Donald Chapman

 

1/5th Bn, North Staffordshire Regiment.

Killed in Action 1st July 1916 (Somme), Aged 23.

Commemorated Thiepval  Memorial Somme, pier & face 14b & 14c. 

 

Arthur Donald Chapman was born in 1892 in Loughborough, the son of Albert Chapman and his wife Clara (née Shenton) who were married in Leicester in 1887. Arthur had one brother Albert and five sisters Kathleen, Clara, Olive, Adeline and Phyllis. Arthur's father was a commercial traveller in boots and shoes and Arthur was educated at Loughborough Grammar School. In 1901 the family home was at 12 Herrick Road, Loughborough, and by 1911 it was at 29 Burton Street. By 1911, however, Arthur who was now a boot and shoe trade student was living away from home at 218/220 Kettering Road, Northampton with Mr William Chamberlain, a surgeon, and his wife, Grace. Arthur's parents later moved to Theydon, Ashby Road, Loughborough.

On 9th December 1911 Arthur left Southampton for Cape Town on the SS Galeka. In South Africa he established an agency business. On 5th May 1914 he returned to England from Durban on the SS Kenilworth Castle. On 11th July 1914, just before war broke out, Arthur returned to Cape Town on the SS Edinburgh Castle where he intended to take up permanent residence. Arthur was doing well in South Africa, but he nevertheless sacrificed his immediate prospects by returning to England to join the Army.

Arthur was commissioned on 13th August 1915 and joined the 1/5th (Territorial Force) of the North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales's) Regiment, as a 2nd Lieutenant. In September he joined his battalion which was in the trenches near Verbranden-Molen, West-Vlaanderen. In October 1915 the battalion moved to trenches east of Vermelles and was involved in the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, part of the Battle of Loos, on the 13th October. After Loos the battalion did tours in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle until the end of November.

On Christmas Day 1915 the battalion entrained for Marseilles and on 5th January 1916 embarked on the H.T. Beltana for Alexandria, Egypt. From Alexandria they entrained for El Shallufar and the following fifteen days were spent on the east bank of the Suez Canal training and digging trenches. They were recalled to Alexandria on 29th January and after a few days at Sidi Bishr Camp embarked on H.T. Transylvania and were returned to Marseilles. From Marseilles they travelled by train to Pont Remy, Somme, and moved to Bernaville for ten days' training. On 13th March they did tours in the trenches for a month at Neuville St. Vaast, alternating with the 1/6h Staffordshires. In mid-April they moved to Divisional Reserve at Marquay and received training in musketry and bombing. From 6th to 19th May they returned to the trenches, this time near Foncquevillers. For the following four weeks they were in the area of Sus-St.-Leger training, making hurdles in Lucheux Forest, and working on assembly and communication trenches. Towards the end of June they relieved the 4th Leicesters in the trenches at Foncquevillers before resting at Humbercamps in preparation for the Somme Offensive.

On the 1st July 1916 the North Staffords took part in a diversionary attack at Gommecourt and Arthur was reported missing then killed in action, aged 23. A newspaper report of the day noted that Arthur had 'quickly gained a position of popularity and affection in the Battalion to which he was attached. His many friends in Loughborough have heard the news with deep regret.'

Arthur's body was never found and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing in France, Pier and Face 14B and 14C. He is also commemorated on All Saints' Parish Church Memorial, Loughborough, and the Loughborough Grammar School's Roll of Honour as well as on the Carillon. One of the bells in the Carillon was also given by Arthur's parents and is inscribed with a dedication in memory of their son.

Arthur's brother Albert served as a Cadet with the North Staffordshire Regiment and then as a Private with the Royal Fusiliers. He gained a commission with the North Staffordshire Regiment, moved to the Machine Gun Corps and became a Captain and then a Major. He survived the war and was awarded the Military Cross. He lived at Quorn House, Rowley Park, Stafford, before moving to Wingrove Road, North Fenham, Northumberland.

Gunner 80611 Bert Mayhew Chapman

142nd Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.                                                                             

Died of Wounds 2nd September 1916, Aged 24.

Buried Dive Copse British Cemetery, II. H. 7.

Bert Mayhew Chapman was born in Glenfield, Leicestershire, in 1892. He was the younger son of James Chapman, a coachman and gardener, and his wife Lois (née Miles) who were married at All Saints Church, Oakham, Rutland on 2nd October 1877. Bert never knew his older brother Arthur who had died aged three in 1882. Three years after Bert was born his parents moved to Bank Chambers, Town Hall, Loughborough where his father had been appointed to the position of caretaker.

In 1911 Bert was employed as a footman at Trelissick, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall (a stately home now owned by the National Trust). Bert was working in the household of George John Cookson, a retired magistrate and industrialist whose family had previously operated as lead merchants, smelters, and manufacturers, antimony refiners, and Venetian Red pigment makers in Tyneside. The Cookson family also had interests in the coal industry. George Cookson died in February 1913 and it is not known how long Bert remained in the household after this. On 25th April 1914, however, he married Blanche Violet Turner the scullery maid from Trelissick at St. Edward's Church, Eggbuckland, near Plymouth, Devon.

Bert and Blanche appear to have settled in Loughborough at 23 Hartington Street after their marriage. Bert's father died on 30th April 1915 and Bert and Blanche's daughter Irene Blanche was born in Loughborough on 3rd July the same year.

Bert enlisted at Loughborough in 1916 and joined the 142nd Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery as Gunner 80611. Siege Batteries were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12 inch howitzers. As British artillery tactics developed, the Siege Batteries were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines.

Bert was sent to France on 9th August 1916. He died of wounds, aged 24, less than a month later on 2nd September 1916 in the 14th Corps Main Dressing Station. He was buried at Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme, Grave II. H. 7.

A letter from the officers of the Battery to Bert's wife said: 'Our battery was suddenly shelled three days ago when your husband was badly wounded, but no one thought at the time there was any danger. Things must have been worse than they looked, for we have just received word that he has died in hospital. I have known your husband since the formation of the battery, and can testify to his continual helpfulness. Since coming here he was invaluable to the officers in always making the very best of things and doing his best for us. He was never late, and sunshine or rain always kept us going. Your husband died in the middle of his duty, and I commend you to God for your continual comfort. I am writing on behalf of the whole of the battery commanding officers, N.C.Os and men. I cannot say more this time but hope that strong faith will uphold you till the happy time of re-union'.

Bert is commemorated on the memorial at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Bert's widowed mother, who had moved to 6 Ashby Square in 1915, died not long after Bert on 30th November 1916.

Second Lieutenant  Hubert Frank Chapman

 

Royal Engineers.

Died 31st March 1917, Aged 32

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 12/297

(His brother also fell John Chapman see below) 

Hubert Frank Chapman was born in 1886 in Loughborough, the son of John Ernest Theophilus Chapman and his first wife Elizabeth Anne Chapman (née Cumberland) who were married in Loughborough in 1876. In 1881 the couple lived at 9 Market Place and Hubert's father was a boot and shoe maker employing 14 men and 3 women. By 1891 the family had moved to 34 Park Lane, Loughborough and by 1901 to Westfields, Ashby Rd. Hubert's father was now a shoe dealer. Hubert had two brothers Harold and John and four sisters Edith, Dorothy, Helen and Gladys. Hubert's mother died in 1911 and in 1913 his father was married again to Kate Swaffor Judges, a headmaster's daughter, at the Parish Church of St. Marylebone, London.

Hubert was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and Wellingborough Grammar School, Northamptonshire. He became a civil engineer and on 28th January 1908 was admitted to the Howe and Charnwood Lodge of Freemasons. He subsequently held a government position in West Africa and was home on leave when war broke out. Released from his duties he was commissioned as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Engineers on 17th November 1914.

On 26th December 1914 Hubert married Lizzie Kate Moss at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough. Lizzie Kate, the youngest daughter of Edwin Moss of Loughborough, was a contralto vocalist professionally known as 'Lysette Mostyn' and later as 'Madame Mostyn'. She gave performances in the Aeolian Hall, London, and in Edinburgh, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Hull and Belfast.

Hubert initially served in France from where he was sent home suffering from shell shock and a general paralysis. He was then posted to Egypt in January 1916. After only three weeks in Egypt, however, he was invalided home. He died at the London County Asylum, Banstead, Surrey, on 31st March 1917, aged 32.

His funeral was conducted in Loughborough by Canon Pitts, Rector of Loughborough, and at the express wish of his family without military honours. The mourners were Mr. E. Chapman, Mr., Moss, Mr. L Baldwin, Mr. Kirby, Mr. Edgar Moss, and Dr. Foulds, Mr. Davis, Mr. S Chapman, and Mr. R. S. Clifford, junr. Wreaths and other floral tributes were sent from Mr. and Mrs. E. Moss and family, Mrs. Soher, Mrs. F. Chapman (widow), Mr., and Mrs. E. Chapman and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Capes and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Kirby, The Howe and Charnwood Lodge, 1007, the Misses Chapman (Woodthorpe), Mr. and Mrs. Albert Chapman and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bolesworth and Harry, Nellie, Edith, Len, and Mabel, Aunts Pollie and Carrie, and Mrs. Edith M. Moss.

Hubert was buried in Loughborough Cemetery, Grave 12/297.

One year later on 25th April 1918 Hubert's widow married Jasper Grant at St. Mary's Church, Fulham, Middlesex. Jasper Grant was a widower and chairman of the Brookfield Linen Company Ltd in Belfast. He was also a Director of the Belfast Hippodrome Theatre. On her marriage Lizzie Kate moved to Brookfield, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Hubert is remembered on the All Saints Church Memorial, Loughborough, on the memorial at Loughborough Grammar School and on the memorial at Wellingborough Grammar School as well as on the Carillon.

Hubert's brother John Theophilus Chapman who served with the 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment died of wounds received in action in 1915. Their cousin Arthur Donald Chapman who was with the 1/5th North Staffordshire Regiment, was killed on the first day of the Somme in 1916.

Captain John Theophilus Chapman

 

1/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 30th May 1915, Aged 26.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery, 7/297

(His brother also fell Hubert Chapman see above)

 

John Theophilus Chapman was born in Loughborough in 1889, the son of John Ernest Theophilus Chapman, a commercial traveller in the boot and shoe trade, and his first wife Elizabeth Anne Chapman (née Cumberland) who were married in Loughborough in 1876.

In 1881 the couple lived at 9 Market Place and John's father was a boot and shoe maker employing 14 men and 3 women. By 1891 the family had moved to 34 Park Lane, Loughborough and by 1901 to Westfields, Ashby Rd. John Chapman Senior was now a manufacturer's traveller. John was the youngest of seven children, the others being Edith, Dorothy, Hubert, Helen, Gladys and Harold. John's mother died in 1911 and in 1913 his father was married again to Kate Swaffor Judges, a headmaster's daughter, at the Parish Church of St. Marylebone, London.

John was an old Loughborough Grammar School boy and became an electrical engineer. He joined the Leicestershire Regiment's 1/5th militia Battalion before 1912 as he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the January of that year. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Captain.

The Battalion sailed to France on 26th February 1915 in very rough seas. They travelled by train via Rouen, Abbeville and St. Omer to Arneke where they detrained for Hardifort. The Battalion was held in reserve for, but did not take part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. For the whole of April they were in trenches near Wulverghem and subjected to continual sniping by the enemy and then moved on to Zillebeke, followed by a tour in the area of Mount Kemmel.

Captain Chapman was seriously wounded near Mount Kemmel. He died of wounds on 30th May 1915 at the Third London General Military Hospital, Wandsworth, Surrey, aged 26.

An obituary included the following:

'When the 5th Leicester Territorials were mobilized in August 1914 only one of the officers of the Loughborough Company was living in the town. They all, however, responded to the call - Lieutenant John Chapman leaving his appointment in London to join the ranks. Before many weeks he was promoted Captain, and his company, and the men who under his command were billeted in Luton, found him a considerate and a careful officer.'

The Melton Mowbray Times & Vale of Belvoir Gazette published an article on Friday, 4th June 1915 entitled: District War Items - Loughborough Officer's Death from Wounds.

It read:

'Much regret is felt in Loughborough at the death of Captain John Chapman, of the 1/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, who died of wounds on Sunday in hospital in London. The gallant Captain was out with a sniping party when a shot smashed his binoculars and inflicted such serious wounds that little hope was entertained of his recovery. He was the second son of Mr Ernest Chapman of Ashby Road, Loughborough, and was formerly in the works of the British Engineering Company. He was a very able and popular young officer, and deep sympathy is felt for his relatives.

Capt. Chapman was reconnoitering the enemy's position by the aid of field glasses, when he was shot between the eyes. The injury was severe and from the first it was feared that fatal results would follow. He was conveyed to England and every care taken but the injury was fatal, and he passed away on Sunday, 30th May.

His coffin was conveyed from London to Loughborough and six men of the 3rd 5th Leicesters, being at the station, conveyed the coffin, draped with the Union Jack, shoulder high from the train to the hearse, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack. The hearse slowly made its way from the railway station to the Parish Church, attended by many people. At the church the body rested during the night and following morning, being guarded by relays of four soldiers from the 3rd/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, relieved every two hours. The funeral was timed for three o'clock at the church and never in the history of the town probably had there been such a funeral in Loughborough.'

Captain Chapman was buried at Leicester Road Cemetery, Loughborough, (Grave 7/297) and is commemorated on the war memorials of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company and Loughborough Grammar School as well as the Carillon. John's brother Hubert also died in WW1, in 1917.
 
Captain John Chapman's
Funeral

Private 42989 Harry Chatwin

 

1st Bn, Cambridgeshire Regiment.

Formerly 48795 Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 22nd September 1918, Aged 20.

Buried Mont Huon Military Le Treport, VII. H. IOB. 

 

Harry was the son of Mr Edward & Ellen Chatwin of 26 Thomas Street Loughborough.

Private 242337  Herbert Childs

 

2/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 26th September 1917, Aged 21.

Commemorated Tyne Cot  Memorial, Zonnebeke panel 50 - 51. 

 

 
 

Private 46807 Everard Bernard Clarke

2/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.                                                                              

Died of Wounds 1st June 1918, Aged 19.

Buried St Sever Cemetery Ext, Q. II. F. 16.

   
 
A SPLENDID PATRIOT
Everard was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarke of 6 Burleigh road Loughborough. Mr Clarke received a letter from the matron of the hospital concerning the last hours of their youngest son, Everard, who died of wounds. The matron said their son received serious wounds in the arms and later developed gas poisoning. He was taken into the operating theatre and everything possible done to drain off the poison, and she adds; During the last few hours, when he realised the end was near, he asked the sister to write to his mother and family and say that everything possible had been done and he was ready to go. He was such a splendid patriot, and everyone who knew him miss him so much.

 

Lieutenant Hilary Calvert Clarke

 

31st Bn, Machine Gun Corps. (Inf).

Died of Wounds 31st August 1918, Aged 22.

Buried Meteren Military cemetery, II. E. 154. 

 

Lieut. Hilary Calvert Clarke was the youngest son of Mr. John & Constance Annie Clarke of Loughborough. An advance of three miles had been made by the unit, and there was scattered shelling of the newly won position. A shell burst near to Lieut. Clarke inflicting a mortal wound above the left thigh from which he died as he was being taken to the rear. He was buried on Sept. 1 in the cemetery of a military hospital. His Major written to the deceased officers family deeply regretting his death and offering the sympathy of the officers, N.C.O.s, and men of the regiment. His acting servant, Pte. Warburton wrote; I think he was the bravest man I have ever seen, and the boys of his section are of the same opinion. Our one consolation is that he is now free from all pain and the hardship and trials of this terrible war (which we still have to bear) and that he has gone to the better land where there is no pain nor suffering, but everlasting peace. Lieut Clarke spent some time in Germany at Levercusen and Elberfeld, studying the dyeing industry with a view to entering the business in Devonshire Square with which his family has been connected for nearly a century. On his return home he became an assistant scoutmaster in one of the local troops, and early in September 1914 joined the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. He was promoted to Corporal and in Sept. 1916 received his commission in the M.G.C. and was later made 1st Lieutenant. The deceased young officer was an ardent lover of music and was an able organist and in many ways a man of Great Spirit and promise.

 

 "Hilary Calvert Clarke was born in Burton Street, Loughborough early in 1896. He was the youngest son of John and Constance Clarke.  The family were comfortably off, being able to employ servants and a governess.  John worked in the family firm, Clarke's Dyeworks in Devonshire Square, Loughborough, and Constance was an accomplished musician.  The 1911 census shows the family living at West Hayes on Chaveney Road, Quorn. These were large prestigious new houses built as a result of their proximity to the new Great Central Railway Station. At the time of the census Hilary was away at school in Bishop Stortford.  Hilary inherited his mother's musical talent and the Loughborough Herald of 22nd January 1914, reports on a musical comedy performance in Quorn Village Hall and says: "During the evening pianoforte duets were played by Mrs Clarke and Mr Hilary Clarke".

 

Private 11309 John Clarke

 

1st Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 15th September 1916, Aged 19.

Buried Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, XI. U. 3. 

 

 

John Clarke was born in Loughborough in 1897, the son of John Clarke of Loughborough and Lucy Maria Clarke (née Voysey) who came from Dawlish, Devon. John's father, John Senior, was a gardener's labourer in Hoton in 1891, a bricklayer's foreman in 1901 and a builder's labourer in 1911. John's parents were married in Loughborough in 1885 and they had ten children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. John Junior had two brothers William and Charles and four sisters Mary, Lucy, Nellie and Rosie. In 1901 the family lived 118 Station Road, Loughborough, and in 1911 at 43 Ratcliffe Road. Between 1911 and 1916 they moved to 106 Nottingham Road.

John Junior attested in Leicester to join the Army Reserve for six years on 11th December 1913. He gave his age as 17 years 214 days whereas he was, in fact, one year younger. He was clearly keen to join the military as he already had a soldier tattooed on his right forearm. He gave his occupation as 'wheelwright' and is known to have worked for William Moss and Sons, builders and contractors of Loughborough.

John joined the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 11309 and was sent for training as a recruit until 9th April 1914. According to Army records he attained the age of 18 years on 11th May 1914, but he was now only just 17. On 11th January 1915 he was appointed a Lance Corporal but two weeks later reverted to the rank of Private at his own request. On 23rd February 1915 he was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment and sent from Southampton to France, landing at Rouen on the following day. In the spring of 1915 the 1st Leicesters were stationed near Armentières, and were involved in an attack intended to divert the enemy from the area of Neuve Chapelle. In April the battalion was alternating trench tours in the area of Rue du Bois with breaks in billets in Armentières.

In late May the battalion was ordered to move north to the Ypres Salient where they relieved the 1st Hampshire Regiment on the Wieltje-Ypres Road-Roosebeke Road and heavy casualties almost at once began to be incurred. In June and July 1915 they were fighting at Hooge, capturing a number of enemy trenches. Following this they were withdrawn to the ramparts at Ypres near the Menin Gate. In September the battalion occupied the front line near Wieltje and was subjected to a most intense enemy bombardment. During the greater part of October the battalion was either occupying trenches in the Potijze sector or trying to get rest and shelter by the canal bank.

On 20th December 1915 John received a gunshot wound in his back and was admitted to No. 18 Field Ambulance. On the following day he was transferred to No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station and then to a hospital ship for England.

Between January and July 1916 the 1st Leicesters were still on the Ypres Salient. On 1st February 1916 John, now recovered, rejoined his battalion there. On 3rd June his old wound caused him trouble and he was admitted to No. 17 Field Ambulance but returned to duty a week later.

On 1st August 1916 the 1st Leicesters left the trenches at Potizje and entrained at Proven for France. They reached billets at Lealvillers, Somme, on 4th August and on the following day marched to camp in Mailly-Maillet Wood. A period of training and working parties followed. On 14th August they went into the trenches opposite Beaumont-Hamel, where they remained until 19th when they returned to the Mailly Wood camp. On 27th August they left for Flesselles. Here additional training took place. On 8th September they occupied former German trenches in the area of Trônes Wood on the northern slope of the Montaubon Ridge while in the following days the build-up for a major battle took place.

John was killed in action on the 15th September, the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, Grave XI. U. 3.

A newspaper announcement of his death noted that 'In his earlier days he was one of the most noted newspaper lads of the town'.

Private 18378 John Edward Clarke

 

13th Bn, Royal Scots. (Lothian Regiment).

Killed in Action 26th September 1915, Aged 28.

Commemorated Loos Memorial, panel 10 - 13. 

 

John Edward Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1886, the son of John Clarke and Eliza Clarke (née Robinson) who were married in Nottingham in 1881. John Edward had one older brother William and three sisters Elizabeth, Mary and Emma. Their father was a framework knitter and by 1891 the family had settled at 77 Ashby Road, Loughborough. By 1911 the family had moved to 31 Hastings Street, Loughborough and John Edward was now a framework knitter like his father. By 1919, when their children had left home, it seems that John and Eliza Clarke moved back to 134 Ashby Road.

John Edward enlisted at Loughborough on 11th January 1915. Two days later he joined C Company of the 13th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment at Glencorse Barracks, Penycuik, Midlothian. In February he was sent to Basingstone, Hampshire, and then to Chisledon, Wiltshire in March. On 7th July 1915 he was sent to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. Less than three months later John Edward, aged 28, was killed in action on 26th September, the second day of the Battle of Loos.

During the early part of the Battle of Loos the Royal Scots were in reserve, two miles back from the firing line. Late in the morning of the first day of the battle they were ordered to move forward to occupy the old firing-line. They remained there until night, when a further journey was made to the captured village of Loos. Later they were ordered to reinforce the firing-line and on the following day were in action around Hill 70, where John Edward lost his life.

He is commemorated on the Loos memorial panel 10-13.

John Edward's older brother William, who had been with the Leicesters in South Africa in 1902, re-attested at the outbreak of the First World War, but was rejected as being medically unfit for service.
 

Sergeant 2645 William Frederick Clarke

 

1/4th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 13th Oct. 1915, Aged 23.                                             

Commemorated Loos Memorial, panel 42 - 44.                  

 

 

William Frederick Clarke was born in Loughborough in 1892, the son of Harry Clarke and Mary Ann Clarke (née Nicklin) who were married in Nottingham in 1885. William's father was a stonemason and they lived at 3 Rutland Street, Loughborough. William had three brothers Harry Archibald, Leonard and Walter and one sister Barbara. William went to school at Cobden Street and then to Loughborough Grammar School. In 1911 he was employed as a costings clerk at the Empress Works.

When war broke out William was engaged in business in Leicester and he immediately enlisted there. He joined the 1/4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as soldier no. 2645 and was rapidly promoted to the position of Sergeant.

In August 1914 the 1/4th Battalion was in Leicester but soon moved to Luton and by November 1914 was in Bishop's Stortford. William was sent to France on 2nd March 1915. From Le Havre the battalion was sent by train to Cassel, from whence they marched to Zuytpeene. From there they moved to Strazeele, Sailly, Bac-Saint-Maur, Steenwerck and finally to Armentières. In April and May 1915 they were in trenches at Dranoutre and in June moved to Ouderdom. By the beginning of July they were at Sanctuary Wood, near Ypres and at the end of the month took part in the attack at Hooge, where the Germans used liquid fire. The battalion was then moved to the area of Loos, and took part in the attack at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13th October 1915. William Clarke, who was a bomber, was killed on 13th October, aged 23.

William Frederick Clarke is remembered on the Loos Memorial, France, panel 42-44, and in Loughborough on the Carillon War Memorial, Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour, and Loughborough Grammar School Roll of Honour.

His brother Leonard enlisted with the 2/5th Leicestershire Regiment in 1914 but transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Leonard survived the war.

Private 1995 George Clowes

 

C, Sqdn. Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Killed in Action 13th May 1915, Aged 19.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) panel 5. 

 

George Clowes was born in 1895 in Guiseley, Yorkshire, the son of Ernest Clowes, a railway stationmaster who himself was born at Woodhouse Eaves, and Sarah Clowes (née Yeadon). The family had moved to West Langton, Leicestershire by 1901 and to Hathern Station, Loughborough by 1911. They later moved to Bakewell, Derbyshire. George had two sisters, Louie and Elizabeth. Before enlisting in 1913 George was an engineer's draughtsman and lived in Loughborough.

George was reported missing in an engagement on the Menin Road during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge.

There is also a memorial plaque to George Clowes in St. James' Church, Normanton-on-Soar.
 
 

Private 4581 George Cockerill

 

1st Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

Killed in Action 7th July 1915, Aged 33.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) panel 8. 

 

George Cockerill was born in 1882 in Northamptonshire. He was the son of George Cockerill, an iron moulder, and his wife Mary Ann (née Pickering) who were married in Kettering in 1881. He had two sisters Rose Ellen and Florence and a younger brother Walter. In 1884 the family lived at Victoria Terrace, Thrapston, Northants, but had moved to Loughborough by 1891 where George Senior had obtained a job in Taylor's bell foundry. Initially the Cockerill family lived at 1 Pinfold Gate but they subsequently moved to 2 Nottingham Road. George Senior died in 1901 and in 1909 Mary Ann married George Jarram.

By 1911 George was working in Coventry as a coremaker and living there at 28 Lockhurst Lane. In December 1914 or January 1915 he enlisted at Coventry and joined the 1st Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as Private 4581. He arrived in France on 4th May 1915 and was killed in action on 7th July 1915, aged 33.

A letter was sent to the family by Company Sergeant-Major A. J. Dodd describing how Cockerill lost his life. The letter read: 'We were ordered to reinforce another brigade which was having a very hard fight but we won with honour. We were in support and were heavily shelled, some few casualties resulting. Amongst the latter was Pte. Cockerill. He was killed by a piece of shell which struck him, and it may benefit you to know that the poor fellow suffered no pain, for his end was instantaneous. We are in sympathy with you one and all. He was an excellent soldier in every respect. We all miss his cheery presence and every man in the company was his Pal.'
 

Private 41430 Matthew Cockerill

 

7th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died at La Cateau War Hospital 21st September 1918, Aged 19.

Buried Le Cateau Military Cemetery, I. B. 118. 

 

Matthew was the oldest son of Mr. T. Cockerill grocer, Swann street Loughborough, Matthew died of intestinal catarrh at Le Cateau war hospital. 

Private 9190 John James Collington

 

B' Coy 1st Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.).

Died of Wounds 28th January 1915, Aged 28.

Buried Estaires Communal Cemetery I. G. 2. 

 

John James Collington enlisted at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters in 1904 and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, serving with them for almost eleven years.

Collington embarked for France with the 1st Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters on the 4th November 1914. In January 1915 his battalion was holding trenches facing Neuve Chapelle, not far from Richebourg. The trenches were either frozen or flooded and men had to move over open ground to the front line, with the enemy only 120 yards away. John was wounded in the trenches and died in hospital from a compound fracture of the skull.

John was one of eight children of John and Rebecca Collington of Brook Street, Wymeswold and the husband of Julia Ann Collington of 40 Mountsorrel Road, Quorn. John and Julia had a small daughter, Rebecca, born in 1914. One of John's three brothers, Alfred, who served with the Royal Garrison Artillery, lost a leg in the war, but survived.

John's medals and assorted paper work are kept at The Carillon War Memorial Museum. He is additionally commemorated on the Quorn and Wymeswold village memorials.  

 
 
John's Memorial Plaque.

Private 5835 Frank Alfred Collumbell

10th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment).                                                              

Died of Wounds 8th September 1916, Aged 26.

Buried Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, I. A. 20. 

(his brother William E. Collumbell also fell see below)

Frank Alfred Collumbell was born in 1890 in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, the son of Frank Collumbell and Jessie Collumbell (née Brown) who were married in Derby in 1885. He was baptised at St. Laurence's Church, Long Eaton on 13th January 1891. At the time the family home was at 22, New Tithe Street, Long Eaton, and Frank (Senior), was a baker.

By 1901 the family home had changed to Prospect Street, Heanor, where Frank (Senior) ran a bread bakery. By 1911 the family had moved to Loughborough where Frank (Senior) had opened a new bakery business at 15 Cattlemarket. Frank (Junior) had five brothers Arthur, Claude, Walter, Edgar and Godfrey and three sisters Mary, Dorothy and Jessie. The Collumbell family later ran a confectionery shop at 15 Devonshire Square.

Frank (Junior) enlisted in Liverpool on 12th November 1915. He joined the 1/10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment) as Private 5835. He was sent to France on 9th June 1916 via Southampton and Le Havre.

When Frank joined his battalion they were in a rest camp at Gouy-en-Artois, south-west of Arras. On 20th June the battalion went into the nearby trenches until the end of the month, occupied mainly with making raids on enemy trenches. Trench work also took up the first eleven days of July with regular patrols to ensure that the enemy kept well back. Between 11th and 14th July the battalion was in billets at Simencourt and Agny and on the night of the 14th/15th a smoke barrage was carried out followed by an intense bombardment of the enemy.

On 18th July the battalion left Simencourt for Bernaville. From Bernaville they marched to Candas, entrained for Méricourt and transferred to billets at Ville-sur-Ancre, south-west of Albert, on the Somme. A short training period followed before the battalion went into Divisional Reserve at Talus Boise. On 7th August the battalion took up a place in the front line in the trenches opposite Guillemont in preparation for an attack on 8th. After the attack Guillemont was still in enemy hands, there were many casualties and the battalion was ordered to retreat to the Reserve trenches at Talus Boise. On 14th August the battalion was relieved but was heavily shelled as the men marched back to bivouacs.

From 15th-19th August the men were in billets at Meaulté. On 19th August the battalion entrained for Martainville and marched to billets at Valines. For the next eight days there was training in bombing and musketry and parties of officers and men were allowed 72 hours at the seaside at Eu or Ault. On 28th August the battalion proceeded up the line again to Méricourt and Meaulté. A further battle for Guillemont ensued between 3rd and 6th September.

It is not known exactly when Frank was wounded but his parents received a letter that their son, Private Frank Alfred Collumbell, King's (Liverpool Regiment), succumbed on September 8th to wounds received in action. The letter was written by the Captain of the deceased's company, who said, after regretting the nature of his communication, that: 'He received his wounds whilst gallantly carrying out his duty. With the rest of the company he had been performing a difficult operation for two days, during which time he was amongst the coolest, under the most trying circumstances. He greatly regretted the loss of such a keen soldier and asked the parents and family to accept the sincerest sympathy not only of the officers and N.C.Os but also of his fellow soldiers. Although he had only been with them since June, Pte. Collumbell had already made many friends by his cheerfulness and genuine ways, and he would be greatly missed'.

Frank was 26 when he died and he was buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, Grave I. A. 20. He is commemorated on the memorial in All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Frank's personal effects returned to his brother Arthur in 1917 included devotional books and a rosary.

Frank's brother Edgar had died of wounds received in action on the Somme just one month earlier. His brother Claude who was a Driver with the Army Service Corps and served in Salonika, survived the war.
 
 
 
 
Frank's Memorial Plaque
 
 

Private 357399 William Edgar Collumbell

13th Bn. The King's (Liverpool  Regiment).                                                              

Died of Wounds 16th August 1916, Aged 17.

Buried Guillemont Road Cemetery  Somme, XIV. K. 5. 

(his brother Frank A. Collumbell also fell see above)

William Edgar Collumbell, known to his family as 'Edgar' was born in late 1898 or early 1899 in Marlpool, Derbyshire, the son of Frank Collumbell and Jessie Collumbell (née Brown) who were married in Derby in 1885. He was baptised at St. Laurence's Church, Heanor, on 30th July 1899. In 1901 the family home was in Prospect Street, Heanor, where Frank Collumbell ran a bread bakery. By 1911 the family had moved to Loughborough where Frank Collumbell had opened a new bakery business at 15 Cattlemarket. Edgar had five brothers Arthur, Frank, Claude, Walter and Godfrey and three sisters Mary, Dorothy and Jessie. Edgar's parents later ran a confectionery shop at 15 Devonshire Square, Loughborough.

Edgar joined the 13th (Service) Battalion of the King's (Liverpool Regiment) as Private 6362, afterwards being renumbered as Private 357399. The exact date of his enlistment is unknown - in August 1914, when war broke out he was only 15 years old. His older brother Claude enlisted on 2nd November 1914 and his older brother Frank on 12th November 1915. What is certain is that Edgar was on the Somme in August 1916 when his battalion was involved in the Battle of Albert and the Battle of Bazentin Ridge helping to capture Longueval. On 16th August 1916 the 13th King's (Liverpool Regiment) made an attack on the village of Guillemont. The attack failed, however, with heavy casualties due to poor preparation. Edgar was one of the casualties and died of wounds received in action on that day, aged just 17. He was buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, Somme, Grave XIV. K. 5. He is commemorated on the memorial in All Saints' Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Edgar's brother Frank died of wounds received in action just one month later. His brother Claude who was a Driver with the Army Service Corps and served in Salonika, survived the war.

 

       

            

William's Memorial Plaque

 

 

Private 40377 Albert Edgar Cooling

 

4th Bn, Worcestershire Regiment.

Formerly 25176 South Staffordshire Regiment.

Killed in Action 14th April 1917, Aged 27.

Commemorated Arras Memorial bay 6. 

 

Albert Edgar Cooling was born in Aylestone Park, Leicestershire, in 1889, the son of Frederick Cooling and Anna Elizabeth (née Singleton) who were married in 1884 in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Between 1891 and 1897 Albert’s parents moved from 3 Curzon Terrace, Braunstone Gate, Leicester, to Loughborough and Albert was baptised on 24th February 1897 at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough. In 1901 and 1911 the Cooling family was living at 58-59 Canal Bank, Bridge Street, Loughborough. They later moved to 28 Burder Street. Albert’s father progressed from being a bricklayer’s labourer to bricklayer. Albert was one of six surviving children out of nine and he had two brothers William and Reuben and three sisters Mary, Elsie and Florence.

In 1911 Albert was a boatman on a barge but between 1911 and 1916 he obtained employment as a shunter at the Falcon engine and car works in Loughborough. On 4th March 1916 Albert married Sarah Anne Stringfellow at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough, at about the same time that he enlisted.

Albert joined the South Staffordshire Regiment as Private 25176 but at some point he was transferred to the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. As his service record has not survived the dates of his enlistment, transfer and entry into France are unknown. The war diary of the 4th Worcesters reveals that between September 1916 and March 1917 the 4th Worcesters received eight drafts of ordinary rank soldiers and it is likely that Albert was in one of these drafts.

During July 1916 the 4th Battalion had been involved in the attack on Beaumont Hamel, Somme. On the night of July 29th/30th 1916 the battalion moved by train to Poperinghe, then Ypres and went into the line on the slope of Bellewarde Ridge. Active trench warfare (sniping, bombing and labouring) followed with a raid on the German line on September 15th. The Germans retaliated with an intense bombardment.

The battalion was withdrawn from the Ypres Salient on 5th October as it was needed for the Battle of Le Transloy Ridges which had begun on October 1st. They entrained at Poperinghe for Longueau near Amiens. After a short stay at a camp near Pommiers Redoubt the battalion advanced into the reserve trenches on the crest of the main ridge north of Delville Wood. On 13th October the 4th Worcesters ploughed forward through the mud and relieved the 1st Essex and two days of heavy shelling followed. On 17th October the Worcesters moved forward to the front line in preparation for attack. The attack took place on 18th October and the Worcesters made significant gains but incurred considerable losses. After the attack the battalion was gradually withdrawn to Bernafay Wood, from there to Pommiers Camp and thence to billets at Ville-sous-Corbie for two weeks rest and training. On 17th November the battalion was back in the front line again where they remained, with breaks at Carnoy or Bernafay Wood until 11th December. A rest period with training, drill and route marches followed at Molliens-Vidame until 10th January 1917.

On 11th January the battalion entrained at Hangest for Corbie and moved from there to Méaulte and Carnoy and into the trenches at Morval. In mid-February there was a week’s training at La Houssoye and a short trench tour at Frégicourt before the battalion entrained for Le Plateau and Bronfay Camp No. 2. March 1917 was mainly taken up with training at Méaulte and Molliens-Vidame.

From 29th March the battalion was on the move in preparation for the 2nd Battle of Arras, marching to Ronville via La Chaussée-Tirancourt, Vignacourt, Beauval, Mondicourt, Le Souich, Couturelle, and Gouy-en-Artois. On 12th April they went into the trenches south of Monchy le Preux. On 14th April the battalion was ordered into the attack and fifteen ordinary ranks were killed or wounded. Albert, aged 27, was one of those killed.

Albert’s wife received a letter from the Company Quarter-Master Sergeant informing her that her husband had been killed.

Albert is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Bay 6.

Albert’s father, previously a member of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Militia, attested on 26th March 1915 at Leicester. He joined the 2/4th and then the 2/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment but was discharged in March 1916 on account of his age. Albert’s brother Reuben served with the Leicestershire Regiment and his brother William on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Both brothers survived the war.

Rifleman 3437 Frank Cooper

 

1/9th Bn, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Riffles)

Killed in Action 1st July 1916 (Somme) Aged 27.

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, pier & face 9 C.

 

Frank Cooper was born in Loughborough in late 1887 or early 1888, the son of Samuel and Annie Cooper (née Palmer) who were married in Loughborough in 1875. Frank's parents had seven children, five of whom survived to adulthood. Frank's brothers were John and Percy and his sisters Rose and Henrietta. His father was a hosiery warehouseman, In 1891 the family lived at 24 Broad Street, Loughborough, in 1901 at 16 Gladstone Street, and in 1911 at 41 Park Road. In 1911 Frank, aged 23, was a draper's assistant.

Frank enlisted in Bayswater, London, in early November 1914 and joined the 1/9th Battalion of the London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) as Rifleman 3437. His service number was later changed to 390911. He was sent to Crowborough, Sussex, for training.

Frank entered France on 6th June 1915. When Frank joined his battalion in the field it was recovering from the Battles of St. Julien and Hill 60 and the 2nd Battle of Ypres, all of which took place in April and May 1915. On 10th February 1916 a new division of the Army was created, the 56th (London) Division, and Frank's battalion was allocated to the 169th Brigade. The division began to concentrate in the Hallencourt area of the Somme, 10 miles south of Abbeville.

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme Offensive, Frank's battalion took part in the diversionary attack at Gommecourt. Frank was killed in action and his body was never found. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 9C) and the Memorial of Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Frank's younger brother Percy was badly gassed in the war but he recovered sufficiently to marry and raise a family in Loughborough.
 

Trooper 2831 Frank Soars Cooper

 

1st Bn, Warwickshire Yeomanry

Died Egypt 19th April 1916, Aged 16. 

Buried Kantara War Memorial Cemetery A. 31.

 

Frank Soars Cooper was born in late 1899 in Loughborough, the natural son of Elizabeth Cooper, a hosiery winder. Frank's mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Frederick Cooper, a general labourer, and Tamar Cooper (née Lakin) who were married in Loughborough in 1873.

By 1901 the Cooper household had split up: Frank Soars Cooper was with his mother Elizabeth, his uncles John and Henry and his aunt Ada at 47 Mill Street, Loughborough; Frank's grandparents Frederick and Tamar were living at 25 Tyler Street, Nottingham, with their two youngest sons James and Arthur (also uncles to Frank Soars Cooper). Frederick, another son (also uncle to Frank) was in the Nottingham Union Workhouse.

By 1911 Frank Soars Cooper and his mother Elizabeth had also left Loughborough. Elizabeth, still single, was housekeeper to Sidney Dunster, an iron foundry moulder, at 2 Court 2 House, Gosford Street, Coventry. Elizabeth's brothers James and Frederick were also living nearby at 17 Sparkbrook Street, Coventry, and were employed in the motor works.

Frank Soars Cooper joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry in May 1915 and had previously been in the Cadets for two years. As Trooper 2831 he was sent to Egypt on 30th November 1915 to join the 1/1 Warwickshire Yeomanry.

In January 1916, following some reorganisation, Frank's brigade the 1st South Midland became an independent command and was retitled as 5th Mounted Brigade, having been reunited with the horses which had remained in Egypt during the Gallipoli Campaign. The 5th Mounted Brigade served as Corps Troops in Egypt from 21st January 1916 until January 1917. Sir Archibald Murray, the Commander in charge of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force from January 1916, was charged with the defence of Egypt and particularly the Suez Canal against the Turks. He decided to seize the important water supplies in the palm hods at Katia in north Sinai, and sent the 5th Mounted Brigade, under the command of Brigadier E. A. Wiggin, to attack and capture the position. Frank was killed in action on 19th April 1916 just prior to the disastrous end of this expedition a few days later. He was only 16 and is buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Grave A.31.

Frank's mother eventually married Sidney Dunster in 1924 in Coventry.

Private 12306 Frederick Oliver Cooper

 

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 14th May 1915, Aged 38.

Buried Le Touret Military Cemetery I. H. 16. 

 

Frederick Oliver Cooper was born in 1878 in Loughborough, the son of William Cooper and his first wife Annie Cooper (née Jeffels) who were married in Loughborough in 1873. He had two older brothers William and Frank and three younger half-sisters Bertha, Eunice and Kathleen by his father's second wife Mary Ann Chapman. His own mother Annie had died in 1885. His father, who in 1881 was a cooper by trade, had by 1891 become a licensed victualler and kept the Boat Inn, Canal Bank, Meadow Lane, Loughborough. Young Frederick, aged 13, helped at the public house and hay stores.

Around 1896 Frederick enlisted and served for twelve years with the 1st Leicestershire Regiment. He fought in the Second Boer War, was at Ladysmith and the Battle of Talana Hill, and was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with Talana clasp. His battalion also took part in the operations that carried the war into the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, and was present at the storming of Laing's Nek and the capture of Amersfort, Ermelo and Belfast, and in the operations around Lyndenberg. On Christmas Day 1909 Frederick, discharged from the army and now a crane fitter, married Annie Pearce at Holy Trinity Church, Loughborough, and the couple set up home at 24 Meadow Lane, later moving to 40 Granville Street. Frederick's father, meanwhile, had returned to coopering and was now living with his third wife Fanny (his second wife's younger sister) at 16 Glebe Street, Loughborough.

As a reservist Frederick was, however, recalled in August 1914 and he reenlisted on the 3rd September 1914. Initially posted to the 3rd Leicesters he was sent to France on 17th December 1914 to join the 2nd Leicesters who were fighting with the Indian Corps. After the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10th - 13th March 1915) the 2nd Leicesters spent a couple of months alternately in the Trenches or in billets while war training, in the area of Calonne and Vieille Chapelle north-east of Bethune. Frederick died from wounds on 14th May 1914 and like so many others, appears to have been a victim of trench warfare.

He left his wife Annie and four small children all under five years of age: Joseph, Frances, Ivy and Caroline.
 

Signalman 225838 George Henry Copson

 

Royal Navy HMS Sparrowhawk.

Killed in Action Jutland 1st June 1916, Aged 28.

Commemorated Chatham Naval Memorial, 16.

 

 

George Henry Copson was born on the 10th February 1888 in Loughborough, the son of George Copson, a contractor's labourer, and Ellen Copson (née Bateman), both from Husbands Bosworth. His parents were married in the Market Harborough district in 1887. George had an older sister Agnes and two younger siblings Edward and Mary. By 1891 the family home was in Loughborough, at 17 Wellington Street, but by 1901 the family had moved to 48 Moor Lane and his father was now a night-soil scavenger foreman. George's mother died in 1908 and in 1910 his father was married again to Ann Kendrick Handley. His father and step-mother settled at 38 Oxford Street, his father was now being employed by Loughborough Corporation.

On 16th April 1903 George, aged fifteen, enlisted into the Royal Navy. He was given the service number 225838 in Chatham, Kent. His previous trade was given as 'houseboy' and he had two 'N's tattooed on his left forearm, two faces - one a sailor, the other a woman, on his left wrist and crossed flags on his right wrist.

On the 16th April 1903 George joined HMS Caledonia (a training ship) as 'A boy, 2nd Class'. He was promoted to 'Boy, 1st Class (Signaller)' on the 17th November 1903. In June 1904 he was transferred to HMS Pembroke shore base for four months and then to HMS Berwick (a Monmouth-class armoured cruiser) until March 1906, having been promoted to Signalman in February 1906. Between March and August 1906 he was with HMS Pembroke I shore base and promoted to Ordinary Signalman. After this he moved for nine months to HMS Pembroke II shore base, and then on 1st June 1907 he was transferred to HMS Actaeon (an Eclipse-class screw corvette). In September 1907 he was promoted to Leading Signalman and stayed with HMS Actaeon until September 1908. After a further six months with HMS Pembroke I George moved to HMS Dido (an Eclipse-class second class cruiser) in March 1909. He remained with HMS Dido until August 1910 when he completed his term of engagement.

George subsequently took employment as a coal porter in a mine at Whitwick. He married Florence Theresa Gilson at All Saints Church, Peckham, SE London on 8th September 1912.

On 15th February 1915 George re-enlisted at Coalville and was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was discharged on 15th March 1915 to enable him to re-enter the Royal Navy. He joined HMS Victory I (shore establishment) as Leading Signalman until 22nd July 1915, when he moved to HMS Hecla (a torpedo boat carrier) until March 1916. On 19th March he was transferred to HMS Sparrowhawk (an Acasta-class destroyer).

At the Battle of Jutland HMS Sparrowhawk was part of the 4th destroyer flotilla under Commander Walter Allan of HMS Broke. At 11.40pm on 31st May 1916 HMS Broke was caught in searchlights coming from the German battleship SMS Westfalen. She attempted to fire torpedoes, but the range was only around 150 yards and the German ship opened fire first. The effect was devastating so that within a couple of minutes fifty crew on HMS Broke were killed and another thirty injured. The attack disabled the guns and prevented any activity on deck. The helmsman was killed at the wheel, and as he died his body turned the wheel, which caused HMS Broke to turn to port and ram HMS Sparrowhawk.

A third destroyer, HMS Contest then crashed into HMS Sparrowhawk, striking six feet from her stern. HMS Contest was relatively unharmed and able to continue after the collision. HMS Broke and HMS Sparrowhawk remained wedged together for about half-an-hour before they could be separated and HMS Broke got underway taking thirty of HMS Sparrowhawk's crew with her. HMS Sparrowhawk, although still having engine power, could only steam ahead in circles as her rudder was jammed to one side.

An hour later, three British destroyers arrived and HMS Marksman attempted to get two hawsers attached to HMS Sparrowhawk to tow her to safety. The high seas meant the ropes parted and there were reports of German submarines nearby. It was decided to abandon HMS Sparrowhawk and HMS Marksman fired eighteen shells into her to ensure that she sank.

Six of the crew of HMS Sparrowhawk were lost, including George Copson, aged 28. His widow, who had been living at 91 Silver Street, Whitwick, with their two young daughters Florence and Ellen moved back to 19 Parkstone Road, Rye Lane, Peckham, SE London, to be near her family.

George is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Panel 16, on memorials at All Saints Church and St. Peter's Church, Loughborough, on the memorial in St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Whitwick, and on the Coalville Council Office Memorial as well as on the Loughborough Carillon. George's father died a year later.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
H.M.S. Sparrowhawk                                                 Chatham Memorial

Lieutenant Sydney Corah

 

5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 3rd October 1918, Aged 26.

Buried Busigny Communal Ext. V C. 7. 

 

Sydney was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Corah of Park road, Loughborough. Lieutenant Corah was educated at Loughborough Grammar School. The deceased was articled with Messrs. Wilshere Gimson and Co, charted accountants of Leicester. Joining the Leicestershire Regiment in November 1914, he was promoted from the ranks and obtained a commission to another battalion of the county regiment then in training. In the winter of 1916 he went to France and was wounded at Gommecourt in March 1917. After his recovery he was at Somercotes camp for some time, and was made acting captain till he went to France again in September. Letters received from him during the last few days' show that he had been in some of the heaviest of the recent fighting. News of his death was conveyed to his parents by the Wesleyan chaplain who added that their son had been buried beside his friend and padre, the Rev. D. W. Buck who was killed in the canal attack on the previous Sunday. Lieut. Corah was only married last April 1917 and deep sympathy is extended to his young widow Hilda Corah of Wynnestowe Ashby Road Loughborough.

Private 1471 William Ernest Hoe Corah

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Killed in action 13th May 1915, Aged 25.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) panel 5.                                

 

 

William Ernest Hoe Corah was born in Kegworth in 1890, the only son of William Corah, a home furnisher, and Catherine Corah (née Hoe) who were married in Loughborough in 1889. William had one sibling Elsie, born in 1893. In 1901 the Corah family lived in Derby Square, Loughborough, and by 1911 had moved to Swing Bridge House, Loughborough. William's father was now an auctioneer as well as a house furnisher. William Ernest was employed assisting in the family business and his sister Elsie helped as an assistant clerk.

William Ernest enlisted at Oakham and served as Private (No. 1471) in the Leicestershire Yeomanry. He entered France on 2nd November 1914. He was killed at the Battle of Frezenberg.

Private DM2    129734 C. Corbett

 

Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps attd.

39th Anti-Aircraft Sect. Royal Garrison Artillery.

Killed in Action 13th November 1918, Aged 23.

Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery X. A. 8A. 

 

Son of John and Fanny Corbett, of Woodthorpe, nr. Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Lance Corporal 95924 Cris Cotton

 

1st Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.)

Killed in Action 27th May 1918, Aged 18. 

Commemorated Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

 

Cris was the son of Mr, Crispianius & Sarah Ann Cotton of Crisholme, Forest Road, Loughborough.
 

Private 18397 Albert Coulson  MM

 

7th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 27th May 1918, Aged 22.

Commemorated Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

 

Albert was the son of Mr. & Mrs. J. Coulson of 12 Shakespear Street Loughborough.
 

Private 12078 Frank Coulson

 

8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 27th November 1915, Aged 23.

Buried Berles-Au-Bois Church Yard Ext. S. 9. 

 

Frank Coulson was born in Litchurch, Derby, circa 1892. He was the only son of John William Coulson, an iron slotter, and his wife Maria (née Reeve) who were married in 1891. In 1901 the family, which now also included a daughter Annie, lived at 6 Buckhorn Square, Loughborough, and by 1911 had moved to 93 Russell Street. In 1911 Frank, aged 19 was a wood polisher in an engineering car works. Frank's parents and sister later moved to Freehold Street.

In August 1914 Frank was working in London, but when war broke out he returned to Loughborough and enlisted on 1st September. He had previously served with the 1/5th Battalion (Territorials) of the Leicestershire Regiment. This time he joined the 8th (Service) Battalion as Private 12078. This battalion was formed at Leicester in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Army and attached as Army Troops to 23rd Division. In April 1915 it was transferred to 110th Brigade, 37th Division which then concentrated at Cholderton on Salisbury Plain. On 25th June the units were inspected by King George V at Sidbury Hill. On 22nd July 1915 the Division began to cross the English Channel, Frank being sent on 29th July, and by 2nd August all units were assembled near Tilques, not far from St. Omer.

From August to November 1915 Frank's battalion was involved in operations in Bailleul, Le Bizet, Armentières, Mondicourt, Beauval and Berles-au-Bois. Frank was killed in action on 27th November 1915 and is buried in Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension Grave S.9. Frank is remembered on the All Saints with Holy Trinity Memorial, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

A newspaper report of his death ran as follows:

"Private Frank Coulson was working in London when war broke out, and came home to join the Kitchener's Leicesters. A strong young fellow, he was well known for his cleverness with the gloves, and as "China" Coulson had gained notice beyond his own neighbourhood in the boxing world. Mr. and Mrs. fon received a letter from the Chaplain to the Battalion, the Rev. F. P. Woolcombe, who says 'I have been asked to express to you the sympathy of the 8th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. Everybody liked your son, and everybody feels for you in your sad bereavement. You will be glad to hear he suffered no pain, but passed peacefully away. I buried him this afternoon with full military honours in our little military cemetery here. The cross has already been made for the grave, and the men are now inscribing his name on it. We shall have a special prayer for him at our service tomorrow, and I shall pray daily that you and yours [receive] all consoling comfort in your great sorrow.' One of the dead man's comrades, Cpl. Bowler, writes how all the section "regret the loss of a comrade who was always true and a good soldier, one who feared nothing, and always did his duty. His was doing his duty on sentry when taken from us. I cannot express how deeply we mourn the loss of such a comrade."

Private 40447 Herbert Hart Court

 

6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment.

Formerly 25640 Leicestershire Regiment

Killed in Action 10th August 1917, Aged 30.

Commemorated Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, panels 43 and 45. 

 

Herbert Hart Court was born in 1887 in Loughborough, the son of Edwin Albert Court, timber and builders' merchant, and Catherine Court (née Hart) who were married in Loughborough in 1877. Herbert had two sisters Edith and Eva and two brothers Albert and Arnold. Herbert attended the Baptist Church Sunday School. In 1911 Herbert was a commercial clerk and the family lived at 7a Park St, Loughborough.

Herbert joined the 9 th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 25640, and was subsequently transferred to 'A' Company, 6 th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment as Private 40447. He died on 10 August 1917 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panels 43 and 45. His brother Arnold served with the Leicestershire Regiment and the Royal Engineers and survived the war.
 

 

Lance Corporal B/3429 Edwin Francis Cowley

 

7th Bn, Rifle Brigade. (The Prince Consort's Own).

Killed in Action 4th October 1915, Aged 23.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) panel 46 - 48 & 50. 

 

Edwin Francis Cowley was born in 1894 in Winshill, Staffordshire. He was the son of Arthur Cowley, a sawyer of English and foreign wood, and his wife Phoebe Elizabeth Cowley (née Rickard), a dressmaker, who were married at Winshill on Christmas Day, 1890. Edwin had two brothers Joseph and Albert, and two sisters Doris and Margaret. In 1901 the family were living at 114 Ferry Street, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent, and by 1911 had moved to 144, Victoria Street, Burton on Trent. By 1919 they had moved again to 296 Goodman Street, Burton on Trent.

Edwin and his brother Joseph both enlisted at Burton on Trent on 1st September 1914 and both joined the Rifle Brigade (the King's Royal Rifles), Edwin as Private B3429 in the 8th (Service) Battalion. Edwin was posted on 4th September to Winchester and then to Aldershot.

On 18th May 1915 Edwin was sent to Boulogne. (His brother Joseph was sent to France two days later). A move to the fighting front was delayed by lack of rifle and artillery ammunition, but on 30th and 31st July the battalion was in action at Hooge where it had the misfortune to be the first to be attacked by liquid fire flamethrowers. This was followed by intensive hand to hand fighting in the trenches, a further flamethrower attack and heavy shellfire.

On 16th August 1915 Edwin was promoted to a Lance Corporal and at some point was transferred to the 7th Rifle Brigade (the Prince Consort's Own).

Edwin's battalion was also involved in the Second Attack on Bellewaarde on 25th September. The attack on the German trenches in the vicinity of Hooge and Bellewaarde Lake was designed to distract enemy attention from the operation al Loos, away to the southward and to contain the enemy's reserves. There was a steady downpour the night before and the men spent a miserable night in their wet clothes waiting for dawn. Despite the efforts of the Allies' troops the attack failed.

Edwin was killed in action near Ypres on 4th October 1915, aged 23. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Panel 46-48, and 50. After his death Edwin's property was returned to his widow and it included a pipe, a chess game, photos, a crucifix and a horseshoe. His brother Joseph survived the war, the latter part of which he was with the Machine Gun Corps.

Edwin had married Agnes Annie Mabel King, known as 'Mabel', in Loughborough in early 1915 and their son Edward Patrick Cowley was born shortly afterwards on 17th March at 4 Caldwell Street, Loughborough. Edwin's widow Mabel was remarried in 1924 in Loughborough to Albert Edward Dakin.
 

 

Private 87501 Joseph Cross

 

58th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Inf).

Formerly 33895 Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 20th june 1917, Aged 19.

Buried Noreuil Australian Cemetery E. I. 

 

Joseph was the son of Mr. Arthur & Annie Cross of 21 Cambridge Street Loughborough.

Lance Corporal 1212 Patrick William Cullen

 

South Nottinghamshire Hussars.

Killed in Action Gallipoli 23rd September 1915, Aged 30.

Commemorated Helles Memorial Turkey panel 16. 

 

Patrick George Moore William Mock Cullen was born in 1885 in Landkey, Devon, and baptised at St. Gregory's Church, Goodleigh, on 29th May 1887. His father, Patrick George Mazier Cullen, was Irish and his mother, Bessie Selina Elizabeth Alexandra Mock, came from North Devon and they were married at Goodleigh on 13th November 1879.

Unlike his older sister Barbara, Patrick Junior never knew his father. Patrick Senior had died in 1884, aged only 30, in an accident at Goodleigh while riding a pony with a broken stirrup iron. At the time Patrick Senior had been a representative for Singer's sewing machine company, but he had previously served with the Metropolitan Police Force and the Devon Constabulary.

Patrick Junior's mother had formerly been a governess but after her husband died she returned with her two children to live with her mother Mary Mock at Landkey and earned her living as a fancy worker.

By 1901 both Patrick Junior and Barbara had left home. When Mary Mock died in 1911 Bessie Cullen appears to have moved to be with her son in Loughborough. They lived in Knightthorpe Road, and Patrick was the manager of Messrs. J. English's meat shop in Biggin Street, next to Pickworth and Sons.

Patrick enlisted at Nottingham in late September 1914 and was appointed a Lance Corporal in the 1/1 South Notts Hussars Yeomanry. He joined the Hussars (part of the 2nd Mounted Yeomanry Division) in South Stoke, Oxfordshire, and in November 1914 moved with them to Norfolk, where they were assigned to defend the coast. The South Notts Hussars, along with the Sherwood Rangers and the Derbyshire Yeomanry formed the Notts and Derby Mounted Brigade which sailed from Avonmouth for service in Egypt on 9th April 1915. On arrival at Alexandria on 24th April the Brigade was dismounted and moved to Abbassia Barracks, Cairo.

They returned to Alexandria on the 14th August and sailed, as infantry, for Lemnos, arriving at Mudros on the 17th. After changing ships they moved on to Gallipoli, landing at 'A' Beach, Suvla Bay on the night of the 17th/18th August. From there they moved into reserve positions at Lala Baba near the beach on the night of 20th August, and across the bed of a dry salt lake to a forward position at Chocolate Hill the next day. Because of the clouds of mist and smoke in the air they had little idea of where they were going and were easy targets for the shrapnel.

They then took part in the right flank of the attack on Hill 112. Having had no infantry training they went into battle completely unprepared for what they did. To manoeuvre the troops they used cavalry drill which made their assault on Scimitar Hill on 21st August even more remarkable. The attack at Scimitar Hill was the last attempt by the British to advance at Suvla. The front line remained between Green Hill and Scimitar Hill for the remainder of the campaign until the evacuation from Gallipoli on the 20th December.

Patrick was killed in action on 23rd September 1915 and his body was never found. Like his father he was aged 30 when he died. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, on the war memorial at Landkey, North Devon, and on the Loughborough Carillon.
 

Lance Sergeant 13992 Robert Cullen

 

8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 15th July 1916, Aged 35. 

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, pier & face 2 C & 3 A.

 

Robert Cullen was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire, in 1880, the son of Robert Cullen (Senior) a blacksmith and his wife Louisa (née Clarke). Robert Cullen (Senior) and his wife were married at St. John's Church, Cinderford, Forest of Dean on 9th December 1866.

Robert Cullen (Junior) had one brother Thomas and two sisters Annie and Gertrude and he and his siblings grew up in Lancaster. In 1881 the family lived in Earl Street there and in 1891 were at 78 Derby Road, Lancaster. Robert Cullen (Senior) and Louisa later moved to Harcourt Street, York, where Louisa was a provision dealer. They subsequently moved again to 21 Leeds Road and then 5 Mornington Road, Ilkley, Yorkshire. Robert and Louisa also lived for a time during the First World War at 41 Empress Road, Loughborough - Robert Junior's sister Annie had settled in Loughborough at 12 Clarence Street and then 35 Queen's Road, Loughborough, after her marriage to William Herbert Hutchings in 1891.

By 1901 Robert (Junior) had left home and was employed as a railway carriage builder in Lancaster where he boarded at 70 Derby Road. He then moved to Loughborough where he had obtained work as a car builder with the Brush Electrical Engineering Company.

Robert (Junior) enlisted at Loughborough on 5th September 1914. He joined the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 13992. On 24th September 1914 he was sent to Aldershot and in January 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal (paid). He moved to Shorncliffe Camp near Cheriton in Kent at the end of February 1915. In April 1915 Robert was promoted to Corporal and his battalion became part of the newly established 37th Division of Kitchener's 2nd New Army and the Division began to concentrate on Salisbury Plain. On 25th June the units were inspected by King George V at Sidbury Hill. On 22nd July the Division began to cross the English Channel and Robert travelled to France on 29th July 1915. Initially the 37th Division concentrated near Tilques.

The 8th Battalion then moved via Watten, Houlie, St. Omer, Eecke and Dranoutre to Wulverghem and Berles-au-Bois, a short distance from the front line. Robert was promoted on 4th October 1915 to Corporal and four weeks later to Lance Sergeant. In the months that followed the 8th Battalion did tours in the trenches, alternating with the 6th Leicesters who relieved them. They were Involved in operations in Bailleul, Le Bizet, Armentières, Mondicourt, Beauval and Berles-au-Bois. In April 1916 the battalion moved to the Doullens area for six weeks for cleaning up, resting and training. In mid-May they returned once more to the trenches in the Bienvillers-Bailleulmont sector, but nearer Gommecourt. In June there was a series of nightly excursions into No-Man's Land with patrols attempting to gather information on the enemy's dispositions. On other occasions there were working parties out repairing the British barbed wire entanglements. The situation became increasingly hazardous as the month wore on when the Germans began to use a new and more accurate type of trench mortar.

The 8th Battalion did not participate in the first days of the Somme Offensive but was held in reserve. On 6th July they left billets at Humbercamps and marched to Talmas, continuing on the following day to billets in Soues. On 10th July the battalion marched to Ailly-sur-Somme, entrained for Méricourt and travelled from there by lorry to bivouacs in Méaulte. Between 10th and 13th July the battalion was in the trenches near Fricourt and subjected to fairly continuous enemy fire. On 14th and 15th July the battalion advanced on Bazentin Le Petit Wood. During this operation Robert, aged 35, was killed in action on 15th July 1916.

Robert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 2C and 3A and on the Memorial from the Brush Electrical Engineering Company (in the Carillon Museum) as well as on the Carillon War Memorial.

Private 9907 Arthur Cunningham

 

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 27th April 1915, Aged 19. 

Buried Le Touret Military Richebourg-L'Avoue I. D. 28.

 

Arthur Cunningham, born in 1897 in Loughborough, was the eldest son of Arthur Cunningham, a bricklayer's labourer, and his wife Sarah, of 4 Salmon Street, Loughborough. He had three sisters Lizzie, Sarah and Mary, and two brothers Fred and Edward. Arthur, who was an ostler, enlisted in June 1914.

Arthur arrived in France on 12th November 1914 and joined the 2nd Leicesters who were fighting with the Indian Corps. After the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10th - 13th March 1915) the 2nd Leicesters spent a couple of months alternately in the Trenches or in billets while war training, in the area of Calonne and Vieille Chapelle north-east of Bethune. Arthur, like so many others, appears to have been a victim of trench warfare.

Private 17732 Arthur Cunningham

 

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action Mesopotamia 7th January 1917, Aged 27.

Buried Amara War Cemetery Iraq XVI. E. 8.

 

Arthur Cunningham was born in Loughborough in 1889. He was the second son of William Cunningham, a bricklayer's labourer, and his wife Fanny Marie (née Godbold) who were married in the Barrow on Soar Registration area in 1888. Arthur had three brothers George, Wilfred and Percy and two sisters Elsie and Agnes. Three other siblings had died as infants. In 1891 the Cunningham family lived at 5 Court B, Dead Lane, Loughborough, but by 1901 had moved to 4 Court A, Church Gate, and in 1911 were living at 121 Station Street. In 1911 Arthur, aged 21, was a van driver for the Loughborough Central Laundry and that same year he married Florence Deakin at Burton-upon-Trent Register Office. Arthur and Florence's only child, a daughter Phyllis was born in Loughborough the following year and the young couple subsequently settled at Woodville, Derbyshire, just east of Swadlincote. When Arthur enlisted his wife and daughter moved to the Spread Eagle Inn, Eggington, Derby.

Arthur's service record had not survived but it is known that he enlisted in Burton-upon-Trent sometime in late 1914 or early 1915. As Private 17732 he was sent to Rouen, France, to the 29th Infantry Base Depot on 4th October 1915. From there on 7th October he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. The 2nd Leicesters had just been fighting at the Battle of Loos with the Indian Corps, where they had been decimated and were now in urgent need of reinforcements.

In November Arthur's battalion was ordered to the Persian Gulf where Britain was fighting Turkish forces allied to the Germans. On 5th December 1915 Arthur embarked at Marseilles and arrived at Basra on 31st December 1915. From there he travelled by boat up the River Tigris to Ali Gharbi, 150 miles south-east of Baghdad where his battalion joined the Tigris Corps under General Aylmer.

In January 1916 General Townshend and his troops had been besieged at Kut-al-Amara since mid-December and three unsuccessful attempts were made to break the siege. Battles took place at Sheikh Sa'ad, the Wadi and Hanna resulting in many casualties. A further attack at Dujaila Redoubt in March failed.

In April 1916 No. 30 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps carried out the first air supply operation in history. Food and ammunition were dropped to the defenders of Kut, but unfortunately their parcels often fell into the Tigris or into the Turkish trenches. On 5th April a battle began for Fallahiyeh which the British soon captured but with heavy losses. Beit Asia was taken on 17th April. A final effort against Sannaiyat was made on 22nd April but this was unsuccessful and the Allies suffered about 1,200 casualties in the process. During the remainder of April other attempts were made to dislodge the enemy from their position at Sannaiyat but without any success. All attempts to relieve Kut failed and on 29th April 1916 General Townshend was forced to surrender to the Ottomans at Kut.

The surrender at Kut was a severe blow to British prestige and morale and the troops were exhausted by their efforts. The Tigris Corps nevertheless still maintained a close watch on the Turks in the areas of Sannaiyat and Beit Isa. In mid-May it became apparent that the enemy had withdrawn from Es Sinn and the British were able to occupy the Dujaila Redoubt. The intense heat in June, however, caused a heavy toll from sickness and disease among the troops.

As the heat lessened in September and October the enemy raised its activities in sniping and bombing from the right bank of the Tigris. In December the Tigris Corps began a long offensive operation with the purpose of dislodging the enemy from the right bank position and severing the enemy's communication channels. During this operation, on 7th January 1917, Arthur was killed in action, aged 27.

Arthur is buried Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, Grave XVI. E. 8. In 1933 the grave headstones were removed after it was found that they were being damaged by salts in the soil and a memorial wall erected instead with the names of the dead engraved upon plaques. Arthur is remembered on the Swadlincote War Memorial, Eureka Park, Midland Road, Swadlincote, as well as on the Carillon.

Arthur's brother Wilfred enlisted on 1st September 1914 but was discharged three months later on account of myopia. In 1921 Arthur's widow Florence was remarried to Walter E. Tilley in Burton-upon-Trent.




Swadlincote War Memorial


Amara War Cemetery. 
In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from this cemetery when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate.   Instead a screen wall was erected with the names of those buried in the cemetery engraved upon it.

Gunner 32236 P. Cunningham

 

404th Bty 221st Bde. Royal Field Artillery.

Died Basra 27th May 1919, Aged 23.

Buried Basra War Cemetery Iraq II. A. 18. 

 

 

Private 12090 Harry Cunnington

 

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 10th March 1915.

Commemorated Le Touret Memorial, panel 11.                

 

 

 Harry left a wife and three children who lived at 11 Queen Street Loughborough.

Private 1122 Frank Joseph Cuthbertson

 

D Coy. 22nd Bn, Royal Fusiliers.

Killed in Action 28th July 1916, Aged 25. 

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial pier & face 8C, 9A and 16A.

 

Frank Joseph Cuthbertson was born in 1891 in Little Ilford, Essex, the son of John Hubert Cuthbertson, draper, and Elizabeth Louise Cuthbertson (née Hubert) who were married in Lambeth on 27 August 1884. In 1891 the Cuthbertson family lived at 14 Romford Rd, Little Ilford, but by 1911 they were living at Trainsville, Duncombe Hill, Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Kent and Frank's father was described as an 'Agent for railway material'. Frank's parents later moved to 50 Mayow Road, Sydenham. Frank had two brothers John and Cecil and one sister Mabel. By the time he enlisted Frank was engaged to Miss Maud Christine Goddard, known as 'Chrissie', of 3, Burleigh Rd, Loughborough.

Frank enlisted at Shepherds Bush, London, and joined 'D' Coy, 22nd (Service) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (also known as the City of London Regiment) as Private 1122. Frank's battalion was formed at White City on 11 September 1914 by the Mayor and Borough of Kensington and was known as the Kensington Battalion. Training commenced at White City before moving to Roffey Camp, near Horsham, Sussex, in October 1914. In June 1915 the battalion came under the command of the Army's 33rd Division and in July moved to Clipstone Camp near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, before going to Tidworth, Salisbury Plain, for final training and firing practice in August.

Frank was sent to France on 16 November 1915. On 25th November 1915 Frank's battalion was transferred to the Army's 2nd Division and went into the trenches at Béthune. From Béthune the battalion moved to Cantraine and then Beuvry, where the men spent Christmas in the trenches. In late December they moved north-west to Annezin, near Béthune. From January to May 1916 the battalion operated in the area of Festubert, Souchez, Bruay and Ourton doing trench tours, training and resting. On 22nd May 1916 they moved to the front line trenches at Talus des Zouaves in the area of Vimy Ridge. In June they were in front line trenches at Carency with rest billets in Villers au Bois.

At the beginning of July 1916 at the start of the Somme Offensive Frank's battalion was in the trenches at Berthonval, near Vimy. On 9th July the men were relieved by the 1st Royal Berkshire Regiment and proceeded to Camblain-l'Abbé, nine miles north-west of Arras until the 13th July when they returned to Berthonval. By 24th July they were in trenches at Montauban and subjected to night gas shelling from the enemy.

On 27th July Frank's battalion was called upon to be part of a second attack on Delville Wood which was held by the enemy and overlooked British positions. Frank survived the successful attack and capture of Delville Wood but was killed in action on the following day in nearby trenches, aged 25. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 8C, 9A and 16A.

Frank's fiancée Chrissie Goddard never married and died in Loughborough in 1981.
 

Private 57454 Harry Cutts

 

1/5th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Died of Wounds 23rd July 1918, Aged 19.

Buried Bertrancourt Military Cemetery Somme, 2 Row E. 32. 

 

Harry was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Cutts of Loughborough.
 

Corporal 13999 Percy Godfrey Dakin M.M.

 

'C' Coy 8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in action 25th September 1916, Aged 29.

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, pier 2 C 3 A

                    

 
Percy Godfrey Dakin was born in Loughborough in 1887, the second son of John Dakin, a barge boatman, and his wife Jane (née Veasey). Percy's parents were married in Loughborough in 1884 and in 1891 were living at 17 Pinfold Street. Jane's mother Elizabeth Clarke and her step-father John Clarke were also living with the family. By 1901 the family had moved to 28 Falcon Street and by 1911 to 58 Cobden Street. By 1917 the family had moved again to 19 Cobden Street.

In 1911 Percy's father had changed occupation from boatman to engine driver in a hosiery works and Percy, aged 23, was a drilling machinist for the Brush Company. Percy had five brothers John, Albert, James, Ernest and Alfred and two sisters Jane and Mabel.

Percy enlisted in Loughborough on 5th September 1914 and joined C Coy of the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 13999. From the Depot he was sent firstly to Aldershot for training. He moved to Shorncliffe in Kent at the end of February 1915. In April 1915 Percy's battalion became part of the newly established 37th Division of Kitchener's 2nd New Army and the Division began to concentrate on Salisbury Plain. On 25th June the units were inspected by King George V at Sidbury Hill. On 22nd July the Division began to cross the English Channel and Walter travelled to France on 29th July 1915. Initially the 37th Division concentrated near Tilques.

The 8th Battalion then moved via Watten, Houlie, St. Omer, Eecke and Dranoutre to Wulverghem and Berles-au-Bois, a short distance from the front line. In the months that followed the 8th Battalion did tours in the trenches, alternating with the 6th Leicesters who relieved them. They were Involved in operations in Bailleul, Le Bizet, Armentières, Mondicourt, Beauval and Berles-au-Bois. On 2nd October 1915 Percy was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (unpaid), a position confirmed with pay on 14th June 1916.

In April 1916 Percy had moved with the 8th Leicesters to the Doullens area for six weeks cleaning up, resting and training. In mid-May they returned once more to the trenches in the Bienvillers-Bailleulmont sector, but nearer Gommecourt. In June there was a series of nightly excursions into No-Man's Land with patrols attempting to gather information on the enemy's dispositions. On other occasions there were working parties out repairing the British barbed wire entanglements. The situation became increasingly hazardous as the month wore on when the Germans began to use a new and more accurate type of trench mortar.

The 8th Battalion did not participate in the first days of the Somme Offensive but was held in reserve and on 2nd July Percy was promoted to Acting Corporal. On 6th July Percy's battalion left billets at Humbercamps and marched to Talmas, continuing on the following day to billets in Soues. On 10th July the battalion marched to Ailly-sur-Somme, entrained for Méricourt and travelled from there by lorry to bivouacs in Méaulte. Between 10th and 13th July the battalion was in the trenches near Fricourt and subjected to fairly continuous enemy fire.

On the 14th July the battalion was in action at the Battle of Bazentin Ridge. After the battle the battalion withdrew to Ribemont and then to Méricourt, and having entrained for Saleux, marched to Soues. From Soues the battalion moved to Longeau, Gouy-en-Ternois, Lattre St. Quentin and then to Arras where they went into the trenches on 29th July. Casualty figures for the battalion in July had been high: 17 officers and 415 other ranks had been killed, wounded or were missing.

The battalion went into Divisional Reserve at Agnez-les-Ouisans on 8th August but went back into the trenches at Arras on 18th August where they were on the receiving end of trench mortar bombs and heavy shells until 2nd September. They were relieved on 2nd September and marched to Duisans and on the following day proceeded to Lignereuil. On 13th September they marched to Frevent and entrained for Dernancourt. On 15th they reached a point between Fricourt and Méaulte before proceeding to Trônes Wood on 16th.

From 17th-23rd September the battalion was in reserve and supporting the troops in the front line by providing carrying parties. In the evening of 24th September the battalion marched up to take their position ready for an attack but before they reached this point the men were heavily shelled by the enemy. Just after midday on 25th September the 8th Leicesters launched a successful attack in waves on the right of Flers and then pressed on to Gueudecourt, Considerable losses, however, were suffered in this action.

Percy was killed in action on 25th September, aged 29. The news of his death was received in a letter from the Lieutenant of Corporal Dakin's Company, who wrote that he met his death when the battalion charged and took an important position, he being shot through the head and death was instantaneous. He was doing his duty nobly, and the officer personally mourned his loss as he was a most useful and efficient N.C.O.

Percy was awarded the Military Medal for his courage and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 2C and 3A, on the memorial at All Saints Church, Loughborough, and on the Brush Company Memorial (in the Carillon War Memorial Museum) as well as on the Carillon.

Two of Percy's brothers also enlisted, one of whom was wounded, and the other discharged from the army as medically unfit.

Private 11013 Horace Henry Dalby

 

1st Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 15th September 1916, Aged about 21? 

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, pier & face 2 C  & 3 A..

 

The parentage of Horace Henry Dalby is uncertain and military sources vary when giving his age. One source implies that he was born in 1890, others that he was born in 1895. Supposedly born in Leicester he was the foster son of a Mrs. Mary Ann Fletcher of 21 Factory Street, Loughborough, whose background is also unknown.

According to a newspaper report of his death Horace had previously worked at William Morris's Empress Works in Loughborough and was a member of the Emmanuel Church Bible Class in Loughborough. His Army attestation paper gives his occupation as 'casual labourer' but another Army record states that before enlisting he was a collier.

Whoever Horace Henry Dalby really was he attested in Loughborough on 29th August 1912, signing up for six years' service with the Army. He joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 11013 and began training as a recruit. He also completed one month's training in musketry in 1913 and was mobilised on 5th August 1914 when war broke out. He was initially sent to Portsmouth.

On 9th November 1914 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment who had just arrived from Ranikhet, India to join the British Expeditionary Force in France. Horace arrived in France on 10th November and joined his battalion who were repairing trenches in the area of Givenchy, Festubert and Richebourg l'Avoué. On 23rd November the battalion was ordered to proceed to Gorre in the Pas de Calais where reinforcements were needed to hold back a German advance.

Horace remained in France until 15th January 1915 when he was posted back home to the Depot in Leicester. On 13th February rejoined the 3rd Leicesters but only until 7th April when he was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Leicesters and returned to Rouen in France. He joined the 1st Battalion on 10th April. At the time the 1st battalion was alternating trench tours in the area of Rue du Bois with breaks in billets in Armentières.

In late May the battalion was ordered to move north to the Ypres Salient where they relieved the 1st Hampshire Regiment on the Wieltje-Ypres Road-Roosebeke Road and heavy casualties almost at once began to be incurred. On 26th June 1915 at Ypres Horace received a gunshot wound to his head and considerable damage was done to his right eye by the bursting of shrapnel. He was admitted to No.18 Field Ambulance, then to No.13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne and sent home to England on 5th July. A medical board in London on 21st July recommended that Horace was no longer fit for foreign service but was capable of service at home. He was posted to the Depot and then to the 3rd Leicesters on 27th August.

Horace remained at home with the 3rd Leicesters until 13th April 1916 when he was again posted to the 1st Leicesters in France despite the results of the previous medical review. During April and June 1916 he was sent to hospital in Rouen and Le Havre three times but finally joined the 1st Battalion on 16th June on the Ypres Salient.

On 1st August 1916 the battalion left the trenches at Potizje and entrained at Proven for France. They reached billets at Lealvillers, Somme, on 4th August and on the following day marched to camp in Mailly-Maillet Wood. A period of training and working parties followed. On 14th August they went into the trenches opposite Beaumont-Hamel, where they remained until 19th when they returned to the Mailly Wood camp. On 27th August they left for Flesselles. Here additional training took place. On 8th September they occupied former German trenches in the area of Trônes Wood on the northern slope of the Montaubon Ridge while in the following days the build-up for a major battle took place.

Horace was killed in action on the 15th September, the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. He was probably about 21 years old.

Horace is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2C and 3A.
 

Private 240539 William Dalby

 

1/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 16th June 1917, Aged 26.

Buried Loos British Cemetery, XIX. C. 12 

 

His parents lived at 6 Shakespear Street Loughborough.

Private 10053 William Dann

 

6th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died at City Asylum Nottingham 25th August 1922, Aged 47.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery 28/186. 

 

William worked as a drayman at the Midland Railway. He enlisted on 15th August 1914 and was sent to France on 19th March 1915. He was transferred to Class P Army Reserve on 18th April 1917, discharged on 16th August 1917 and granted a pension.
 

  William Dann

Has no memorial on his grave. 

Private 12611 Albert James Darter

 

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 15th May 1915, Aged 44.

Commemorated Le Touret  Memorial, Panel 11. 

 

Albert James Darter, known in his family as 'James', was born in Steventon, Berkshire, in 1873. He was one of six children born to George Darter, a journeyman baker, and his wife Louisa Ann (née Andrews) who were married near Abingdon, Berkshire, in 1863.

Albert married Laura Jane Pash (née Titchener) a widow with five children at St. Mary's Church, Reading, on Boxing Day 1905. By 1911 Albert, now a labourer and bricklayer, and Laura were living at 37 Paget Street, Loughborough, with Arthur, Elsie and Albert Pash and Wilfred Darter (aged 4). They later moved to 'Four Winds', Swingbridge Road, Loughborough.

Albert had previously served for twelve years with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was active in the Second Boer War. As member of the National Reserve he was recalled in August 1914 and reenlisted on 3rd September. He was initially posted as Private 12611 to the 3rd Leicesters. Two months later he was transferred to the 2nd Leicesters and left Southampton for France on 11th December 1914 to join his battalion who were fighting with the Indian Corps.

After the Battle of Neuve Chapelle (10th - 13th March 1915) the 2nd Leicesters spent a couple of months alternately in the Trenches or in billets while war training, in the area of Calonne and Vieille Chapelle north-east of Bethune. In a letter to his wife Albert described the Battle of Neuve Chapelle as 'a most glorious charge'. Later he spoke cheerfully about trench life, with plenty of mud, followed by a hot bath and a most refreshing sleep. He added: 'When I get home again I shan't leave you for all the wars in the world. Not that I am sorry I came as I know I could not have stayed at home'. Albert, like so many others, ultimately appears to have been a victim of trench warfare. He was wounded in action north-east of Bethune, reported missing on 15th May 1915, and subsequently presumed dead.

Albert's widow also had three sons from her first marriage serving in the army: Thomas Pash was with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment in Iraq, Arthur Pash was with the 1st Leicesters at the Battle of Mons, and Charles Pash was with the Army Service Corps and taken prisoner of war. All three, however, survived the war although Thomas was wounded and Arthur and Charles suffered psychological damage and were awarded Silver War Badges.

 

Private 358094 William Davies

2/10th Bn. The Kings Liverpool  Regiment.                                                              

Killed in Action 29th June 1917, Aged 20.

Buried Pont-Du-Hem Military cemetery, IV. D. II.

William was the son of Mrs. Sarah Staniforth (formerly Davies) and step-son of Mr. Robert Staniforth of King's Road, Shepshed. (William's father had been killed in the Whitwick pit disaster of 1898.) William, who was a hosiery worker, enlisted in May 1915 with his friends Fred Milner and Tom Kirby. He fought in a raid on the German line south of Bois-Grenier, Nord Pas de Calais. 15 men were killed and 35 were reported missing including William Davies and Fred Milner and 54 men were wounded. It was nine months before William's mother Sarah was notified of his death. It is believed that William and C Company, 2/10th King's Liverpool, were told to lie low until dusk before making their way back to the trenches, but that William did not listen and died from 'a blast in the back'.

Private 94921 Wilfred Davies

 

8th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby).

Died at Home 31st January 1920, Aged 20.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery 9/259. 

 

Wilfred was the son of Mrs. Mary Davies of 56 Toothill Road Loughborough.
 

Sergeant 10938 Ernest Davison Cross of Saint George IV class

 

2nd Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby).

Killed in Action 5th October 1915, Aged 26.

Buried Potijze Burial Ground, Ypres, D. I. 3. 

 

Ernest Davison, whose official full name was Ernest Davison Newton, was born in Loughborough in 1889, the son of Owen Davison Newton and his wife Ellen Bishop Diggle, who were married in Loughborough in 1886. He had three surviving siblings Owen, Albert and Nellie, two others having died as babies. In 1891 the Davison family was at 5, Orchard Street, Loughborough. Ernest's father was a joiner and his mother worked in a hosiery warehouse. In 1892 Ernest's father joined the Coalville Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, and by 1901 the family had moved to 37 Paget Street. Ernest attended the Primitive Methodist Church Sunday School in Swan Street, Loughborough. In 1911 the Davison family moved to 5 Paget Street, but by that time Ernest had left home.

Ernest was almost nineteen and a labourer when he enlisted on 18th August 1908 at Nottingham. He signed his attestation form as 'Ernest Davison' and all subsequent military records relating to him bear this name. (His parents and siblings also seem to have dropped the 'Newton' part of the surname, except for official purposes.)

Ernest joined the 2nd Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) as Private 10938. Between 1908 and 1914 he was posted to various locations in England and Ireland and in 1911, now a Lance Corporal, was at Crownhill Hutments, Crownhill RSO, Egg Buckland, Devon. In 1912 he reverted to the rank of Private at his own request. In August 1914 Ernest was in Sheffield when his battalion was mobilised and moved to Cambridge. By early September his battalion was fully equipped and trained.

On 8th September 1914 Ernest landed at St. Nazaire, France, as part of the British Expeditionary Force. His battalion proceeded to the front and went straight into a bitter battle at Aisne on September 20th where they carried out a counter-attack, receiving a high casualty rate. This was followed by another battle on the way to Ypres, Belgium, at Ennettiere-en-Weppes, in October 1914. Once again they were up against a superior force but managed to hold them for 48 hours.

In 1915 the battalion took part in various actions on the Ypres Salient including the action at Hooge, suffering severe casualties. On 22nd February 1915 Ernest was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal. One month later, on 23rd March he was promoted to Corporal. On 9th August 1915 he was promoted again to the rank of Sergeant. Finally, on 25th August he was awarded the Cross of the Order of St. George, 4th Class, by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Russia 'for Gallantry and Distinguished Conduct in the Field'. Ernest was killed on 5th October 1915 near Ypres, aged 26. His mother Ellen died two years later.

Sergeant Green of the same battalion as Ernest wrote that he was 'one of the coolest and bravest men ever in the fighting line, and worthy of the V.C. if ever a solider was. You do not know how much he will be mourned by his comrades, as he really was so modest and unassuming, and everybody liked him to a man. He met his death during a heavy bombardment from a fragment of a shell, which burst only a few yards from him'.
 

Private 203881 Arthur Leonard Dawson

 

1/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 24th September 1918,  Aged 22.

Buried Bellicourt British Cemetery, IV. K. 3. 

 

Arthur was the son of Baxter William & Emily Dawson of Glen Dhoon, Knight Thorpe Rd Loughborough, He was the Assistant Teacher at the Council School Loughborough, He Matriculated at London University.

 

 

Private 15854 George Edward Dean

 

11th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers.

Died of Wounds 11th July 1916, Aged 30.

Buried Heilly Station Cemetery Somme, II. A. 56. 

 

George Edward Dean was born in Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885, the son of George Edward Dean a gardener and his wife Alice (née Cooper). George Junior's parents were married in Basford in 1883. George Junior had a brother Reginald and a sister Mabel. In 1891 the family lived at the Lodge, Edwards Lane, Basford, but by 1901 had moved to Arnold Road, Old Basford and George Junior had now begun work as a gardener like his father. After his mother Alice died in 1905 George's father moved to 88 Oxford Street, Bulwell with his brother Reginald. His sister Mabel, meanwhile, had gone into service.

On 10th June 1901 George Junior attested in Nottingham and joined the Grenadier Guards as Private 9670. His military career, however, did not run smoothly. On 31st March 1903 he was court-martialled in London for stealing from a comrade and imprisoned until 21st July that year. Eleven months later he was transferred to Army Reserve Section B. On 9th October 1906 he was tried at the Nottingham Sessions for housebreaking, sentenced to six months hard labour and sent to prison. At this point because of the felony he was discharged from the Army.

George was released from prison on 8th April 1907 but less than three weeks later, on 1st May 1907, he was sentenced at the Nottingham Petty Sessions to six months imprisonment for stealing a bicycle. On 12th December 1907 he received a sentence of twelve months imprisonment, with two years of police supervision, at Nottingham Sessions for warehouse-breaking. On 16th November 1908 as 'George Edward Dean, alias Cooper, a gardener of no fixed abode' he received another sentence of 15 months with two years police supervision for breaking and entering the counting-house of Gerard Bros. and stealing property. On 11th December 1909 at Derby Borough Petty Sessions he was given a sentence of six months imprisonment for failing to report. On 13th July 1910 he was tried at the Guildhall, Nottingham, for housebreaking and burglary and was sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment and hard labour at Nottingham Prison.

In 1913 George, now described as a general dealer of 5 Lees Yard, Leenside, Nottingham, testified at the inquest into the death of his father, whose body was found in the Trent about 400 yards above Colwick Weir.

When war broke out George enlisted, possibly at Loughborough like his brother Reginald, and probably concealing his previous military history. He joined the 11th (Service) Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers as Private 15854.

The 11th Battalion was sent to Bullswater, Hampshire, in September 1914. They wintered at Aldershot and at the end of February 1915 they moved to Shorncliffe, Kent, and some of the infantry were engaged in constructing defences to the south of London in April and May, before they moved to Bordon, Hampshire at the end of May. George went to France on 25th August 1915, landing at Boulougne. His battalion concentrated near Tilques. They then moved to the Vieux-Berquin area southwest of Bailleul for trench familiarisation before taking over a front line sector near Ferme on the Armentières-Wez Macquart road. During the Battle of Loos they held the front at Bois Grenier, being relieved from that sector at the end of January 1916 for a period of rest at Bruay. George, who had been promoted to Corporal, had his rank reduced to Private in October 1915 on account of misconduct.

On the 3rd March 1916 the battalion returned to the front line, taking over a sector between the Boyau de l'Ersatz and the Souchez River. In mid-April they returned to Bruay area for rest until mid-May when they again took over the Souchez-Angres front, just before the German Attack on Vimy Ridge on the 21st. On the 11th of June they began intensive training for the Battles of the Somme. George was wounded at in the Battle of Albert and died in No. 36 Casualty Clearing Station on 11th July 1916, aged 30.

George's brother Reginald served with the 8th Leicestershire Regiment but was discharged for reasons of ill-health in 1915.
 

 

 

Second Lieutenant Charles Arthur De Ville

 

2/5th Bn, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own)

Killed in Action 20th July 1918, Aged 23.

Buried Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne. II. H. 6. 

 

Charles standing

                                

Charles as a Scout,       Charles at the seaside             Charles with Friends       Charles with his Wife

 

 

 

Lieutenant David Sonnie Dewar

 

Machine Gun Corps (Inf).                                                   

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918, Aged 24.                   

Buried Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, VI. I. 10. 

(his brother Lancelot J. A. Dewar also fell see below)

Lieut. David Dewar was the son of the Rev. David and Mrs. Dewar, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Loughborough, He was educated at St. Johns Foundation School, Leatherhead, he gained an exhibition at Downing College, Cambridge. In the Lent Race of 1914, when the Downing boat made five bumps, he rowed bow. He was also a member of the Cambridge O.T.C., and took the degrees of B.A. and LLB in 1915. He went to the front in January 1917, and there took part in much severe fighting. Letters were received from his brother officers speaking of his bravery and devotion to duty, and his C. O. wrote;-"He was the bravest officer and he finest gentleman it was ever my luck to meet." He had originally intended to take orders and to take up missionary work in China. He had been mentioned in dispatches. His only brother, Sec. Lieut. L. J. A. Dewar, R.M.L.I. was killed at Beaumont Hamel on Nov. 13 1916.

 Memorial to Sonnie originally from Holy Trinity Church Now on display at the Carillon War Museum

 

Second Lieutenant Lancelot John Austin (Jack) Dewar

2nd Bn. R.N. Div, Royal Marine Infantry.                          

Killed in Action 13th November 1916, Aged  20                 

Buried Ancre British Cemetery, Somme II. C. 38. 

(his brother David Dewar also fell see above)

Lancelot John Austin Dewar, known to his family and friends as 'Jack', was born on 8th October 1896 in Northampton and baptised on 5th November 1896 at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Northampton. He was the son of the Reverend David Dewar M.A., a Church of England clergyman, and his wife Annie Maria Irene Dewar (née Hill) who were married on 16th September 1888 at St. Martin's Church, Barcheston, Warwickshire. Jack had one brother David (known as 'Sonnie') and one sister Margaret.

At the time of Jack's baptism the family was living at 61 Holly Road, Northampton. In 1901 the family home was St. Thomas's Vicarage, 1 Blaby Road, Glen Parva, Leicestershire, Jack's father being Vicar of Glen Parva with South Wigston. In 1906 the Reverend Dewar was appointed to St. Luke's Church in Leicester and the family lived at 8 Melbourne Street, Leicester. In 1911 he was appointed to Holy Trinity Church in Loughborough and the family moved to Holy Trinity Vicarage. The Reverend Dewar set up and became President of the Loughborough Temperance Council.

Jack attended Oakham School, Rutland, between 1911 and 1915. He was in the school rugby team from 1913 to1914 and in the cricket team from 1913 to 1915, being cricket captain for one year. He was also a school prefect and Head of School. Prior to Oakham he attended Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester.

Jack was in the Officer Training Corps (OTC) at Oakham and attended OTC camps at Bordon (1912) and Rugeley (1914). When he volunteered for service he was Head Boy of Oakham School. On 15th January 1916 he received a commission as Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Marines, Royal Naval Division. He was drafted to the British Expeditionary Force on 8th July 1916 and joined the 2nd Royal Marine Battalion in the field at Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen in the Pas de Calais on 12th July. He was one of twelve officers from England who joined the battalion on that day.

On 13th August the battalion marched to Hersin and on the 14th to Bully-Grenay where they spent two nights improving the Bajolle Lines. On the 16th they made a small but successful raid on the enemy and on 20th they relieved the 1st Royal Marines in the trenches at Angres. Here they were on the receiving end of trench mortars and shells from the enemy. For the next four weeks they alternated with the 1st Royal Marines in the trenches with rest periods at Fosse and Bully-Grenay.

On 19th September the battalion changed area and marched to Beugin where a period of training took place until 27th September, after which they moved to Monchy-Breton. After a few days training the battalion entrained at Ligny-Saint-Flochel for Acheux and then marched to Engelbelmer. By 8th October they were in huts at Hédauville. Between 8th and 20th October the officers reconnoitred the roads and trenches and the men trained and formed working parties. Sir Douglas Haig inspected the battalion at Engelbelmer on 28th October.

In early November the battalion was in the area of Engelbelmer and Mesnil and preparations were being made for an attack north of the River Ancre in front of Beaumont-Hamel. This area had been assaulted five times since 1st July without success and at heavy cost. At 2pm on 12th November battle stations were taken up.

Jack was killed in action, aged 20, on 13th November 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Ancre. His body was buried in 57d.Q.17.d Gordon Trench and No-Mans-Land, but was later recovered and reburied in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France, Grave II.C.38. His grave is visited annually by members of Oakham School as part of their history studies.

As a promising young cricketer Jack was given a brief obituary in Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack. He is commemorated on the memorial of Holy Trinity Church, Loughborough (now in All Saints Church), in the Memorial Chapel at Oakham School, and on the Carillon. He is also commemorated on the Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys Roll of Honour.

His elder brother Temporary Lieutenant David ('Sonnie') Dewar who served with the 14th Battalion Machine Gun Corps, was killed in action on the 22nd March 1918.The Reverend Dewar, his health broken by the death of his sons compounded by anxiety over a serious fire at his church, died on the 5th August 1921, aged 59. Jack's widowed mother later resided firstly at 31, Gledhow Gardens, South Kensington, London, and then at 352 Camden Road, London N7. In 1921 in Loughborough his sister Margaret married 2nd Lieutenant Arnold Montague Barrowcliff M.C. who served with the Leicestershire Regiment in the war.

There is also a personal memorial to Jack, originally in Holy Trinity Church but now in the Carillon War Memorial Museum.

 Memorial to Jack originally from Holy Trinity Church.

 

Lance Corporal 1760 Bertie Diggle

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry.                                                

Killed in action 13th May 1915, Aged 21.

Commemorated Ypres Menin Gate panel 5.

                    

 
Bertie Diggle was the son of Sergeant Major George Davis Diggle and Mrs Ellen Diggle (née Shaw) of 15 Swann Street, Loughborough. Bertie's parents were married in Loughborough in 1885 and Bertie had three sisters Constance, Dorothy and Hilda and a younger brother George.

Bertie's father had served with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa during the Second Boer War, was decorated with the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Rhodesia and South Africa, and mentioned in despatches. Prior to the Boer War he had been a bleacher and dyer. In 1911, however, his father was a licensed victualler and living with the family at the Half Moon Public House, 21 Pinfold Street, Bertie, Loughborough. Bertie's mother and two of his sisters assisted in the business and Bertie was a painter.

Bertie's brother-in-law, Henry Percy Kealey (married to his sister Constance) was also killed in the same day as Bertie at the Battle of Frezenberg.
 

Gunner 83814 Walter Dilkes

173rd Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.                                                                             

Killed in Action 21st April 1917, Aged 29.

Buried Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, II. E. 6.

Walter & Edith
Walter Dilkes was born in 1888 in Loughborough, the son of Samuel Dilkes and his wife Sarah Ann (née Adams) who were married at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester, on 22nd September 1886. In 1886 Walter’s father was a shoemaker but in December 1887 he was appointed to the position of a postman at Loughborough. Walter was baptised at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough, on 21st March 1888 and at the time the Dilkes family was living in Meadow Lane. By 1891 they had moved to 3 Sparrow Hill and in 1892 Walter’s only surviving sibling William was born. Two sisters Martha and May died young.

In September 1903 Walter was appointed as an assistant postman on the Loughborough to Burton on the Wolds route and promoted to postman on the same route two years later. By 1911 the family had moved to 9 Cambridge Street. Walter married Edith Ellen Varney on 17th June 1912 at All Saints’ Church, Loughborough and their daughter Helen was born at 34 Rendell Street, Loughborough, in 1913. Walter’s parents later moved to 9 Lower Cambridge Street.

Walter enlisted at Loughborough on 6th December 1915 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) as Gunner 83814. On 5th July 1916 he was posted to the 178th Siege Battery which was being formed by the Forth RGA, a territorial unit which garrisoned the Firth of Forth. Training in gun drill began at King’s Park, Edinburgh, with flag-wagging practice near Holyrood Palace. At the end of July the battery left for Ramillies Barracks, Aldershot, for training in the art of camouflage, entrenching and dug-out construction. On 18th September the battery transferred to Larkill, Salisbury Plain, for extra practice on the firing ranges and on 8th October 1916 embarked on the SS Lydia at Southampton for Le Havre.

On 11th October the battery entrained in cattle trucks at Le Havre for an unknown destination. From Savy, a railhead in the Arras sector, motor lorries took them to Dainville where gun positions were allotted to the front of the village and the men were accommodated in dug-outs alongside the guns. The battery was now part of the 54th Heavy Artillery Group.

After constructing observation boxes in the reserve trenches and being overrun by big grey rats the battery was ordered to haul the guns to a position about a mile along the Arras-Doullens road. Billets were in barns in Berneville. Permanent gun detachments were selected and the rest of the battery constructed a telephone exchange and another observation post in Bermetz, the upper storey of which afforded a view from Arras to Bapaume.

On Christmas Eve 1916 the battery was ordered to the Anzin area and the guns were placed in position on the Arras-St. Pol road. On 6th January 1917 infantry, supported by a bombardment from the battery, made a successful daylight raid on the enemy trenches in front of Arras, forcing the enemy to evacuate.

On 27th January 1917 Walter had an accident in which he scalded his foot and he was sent to No. 6 Stationary Hospital in Frévent, and then to convalesce in Etaples. After he had recovered he was sent to the Base Depot and posted to the 173rd Siege Battery. This battery had just moved on 12th April to a position west of Lens. In the following ten weeks the battalion experienced a nightmare of hostile shelling during which there were many casualties. Walter was killed in action on 21st April 1917, aged 29.

Walter was buried in Bully Grenay Communal Cemetery, Grave II. E. 6.

Walter’s widow and daughter moved to 31 Queen’s Block, Stoney Lane, Houndsditch, London. Walter’s brother William served with the 294th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery, was gassed in 1917, but survived the war.

  

Captain  Reginald Chamberlain Doidge

 

17th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Killed in Action 2nd March 1916, Aged 26.

Buried Calonne-sur-la-Lys Communal Cemetery, A. 5. 

 

Reginald Chamberlain Doidge was born in 1891 at Buxton, Derbyshire, and baptised at nearby Fairfield, on 14th August 1892. He was the son of Nathaniel Smith Doidge, a shopkeeper and dealer in tin plate, and his wife Sarah (née Chamberlain) who were married in Buxton in 1890. Reginald had one younger brother Ellis.

From 1901 to 1911 the family lived at 40 Spring Gardens, Buxton, and by 1911 Reginald was a solicitor's articled clerk with Mr. Frederick Ashton of Nottingham. Admitted to the Law Society in 1913 Reginald subsequently practised as a solicitor in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire. His parents and brother had moved to Ashton under Lyne and were living there at 102 Portland Street.

In 1914 Reginald enlisted with the South Notts Hussars as a Private. On 2nd April 1915 he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant with the 17th (Service) Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, a Bantam Battalion. Reginald joined the Fusiliers at Chadderton, near Oldham, and shortly afterwards moved with them to Masham, Yorkshire. In August 1915 his battalion moved again to Cholderton, Wiltshire.

At the end of 1915 Reginald obtained leave to marry Clara Harris, a dressmaker from Loughborough whom he had met when they were both working in Nottingham. After their marriage Clara remained with her parents at 96 Derby Road, Loughborough, and Reginald returned to his battalion in Wiltshire.

In January 1916 Reginald's battalion, which was then at Parkhouse Camp, Salisbury, received orders to proceed to France. They landed at Le Havre on 29th January 1916 and proceeded to Wizernes, south-west of St. Omer, for instruction in trench warfare. They left Wizernes on 8th February and marched to Wardrecques. On the following day Reginald was promoted to the temporary rank of Captain whilst holding the appointment of Brigade Grenade Officer for the 104th Infantry Brigade. On 11th February the battalion was inspected by Lord Kitchener. They remained in training at Wardrecques until 18th February when they marched via Thiennes, to Robecq-Calonne. From 21st to 27th February they were in the trenches at Gorre, after which they marched to Leslobes and then on to Robecq-Calonne.

Reginald was accidentally killed, aged 26, at 3.30pm on 2nd March while carrying out bomb instruction at Robecq-Calonne - the bomb he was using for his demonstration was defective. He was buried at Calonne-sur-la-Lys Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, Grave A5.

Reginald's brother Ellis served as a Gunner with the Royal Artillery and survived the war.

Private 10400 William Dolphin

 

9th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby).

Died of Wounds 20th August 1917, Aged 28.

Buried Brandhoek New British Cemetery no 3, I. D. 28. 

 

Son of James and Bridget Dolphin, of Loughborough.
 

Second Lieutenant Lionel Dowding

 

2nd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment

Killed in Action Basra 7th January 1916, Aged 38.

Commemorated Basra Memorial Iraq. panel 12

 

Lionel Dowding was born in 1878 in Shepshed, the son of Walter Joseph Dowding, a coach painter, and Jane Dowding (née Savage), who were married in Loughborough on Christmas Day 1872. Lionel had seven brothers: Walter, Lawrence, Joseph, George, Hubert, Archie and William (died young) and two sisters Maria and Elizabeth. In 1881 the family home was at Cambridge Street, Loughborough, but by 1891 it was 45 Broad Street and Lionel was employed as an errand boy. By 1901 Lionel had left the family home at 29 Cattle Market, where his father was a licensed victualler of the Golden Fleece Hotel. Lionel's mother died in 1905 in Loughborough and his father later moved to Hinckley where he ran the Union Hotel.

Lionel had enlisted into the 1st Leicestershire Regiment in 1894. He was firstly with a detachment at St. Helena, joining the battalion at Cape Town in 1897. As Corporal 4182 he served with the 1st Battalion in the 2nd Boer War and was at the Siege of Ladysmith. He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for Dundee, Talana Hill, Laing's Nek and Belfast. He also had the King's Medal 1901-1902. In 1902 he was promoted to Colour-Sergeant and went to India where two years later he was promoted to Quartermaster-Sergeant. While in India he trained the football team which won the Army Cup.

Lionel returned home with the battalion in 1906 when he was appointed as an instructor at Sandhurst. On 26th August 1908 he married Martha Annie Gillett at Northleach, Gloucestershire. In 1911 he was stationed at Wellington Lines, Aldershot and on 7th November 1912 was appointed Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant. He was serving with the Battalion in Ireland in 1914. When war broke out the 1st Battalion moved to Cambridge before being sent to Flanders. Lionel was at the 1st Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914 and in November 1914 Lionel received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. In June and July 1915 the 1st Leicesters fought again at Hooge.

Lionel was posted to the 2nd Leicesters on 8th October 1915 and was ordered to the Persian Gulf where Britain was fighting Turkish forces allied to the Germans. In November he embarked at Marseilles and arrived at Basra in December 1915. From there he travelled by boat up the River Tigris to Ali Gharbi, 150 miles south-east of Baghdad.

In Mesopotamia General Townshend and his troops were under siege at Kut. On January 4th 1916 General Aylmer's leading troops, under Major General Younghusband, began to advance from Ali Gharbi towards Sheikh Sa'ad, with the intention of relieving General Townshend at Kut.

The Turkish commander Nur-Ur-Din had, however, effectively blocked any progress by placing approximately 22,500 troops and 72 guns on both banks of the Tigris at Sheikh Sa'ad, about 16 miles downstream from Kut. General Aylmer therefore ordered an attack on the enemy and very heavy fighting ensued on 7th January 1916 at the Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad, during which Lionel was killed in action. He was aged 38.

Lionel left a widow at 3 Glebe Road (afterwards of 4 Portland Road), West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire and three children Louisa born 1909, Lionel (junior) born 1911 and Doris (born after her father's died in 1916). His bronze memoriam plaque is with the Leicester City Museums Service. Lionel's widow died in 1918 and their daughter Louisa in 1923. What became of their other two children is unknown.

 

 

 

Private 15996 Tom Drury

 

1/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.                                                 

Killed in Action 6th July 1918. Aged 49.

Buried Pernes British Cemetery V. D. 49.

                    

 
Tom volunteered at Loughborough Drill Hall a few weeks after the outbreak of war on the evening of 24 September 1914 with his brother-in-law Thomas Warren and other friends. He was 44 years old, but informed them that he was ten years younger. For some reason they were assigned to the 9th Battalion South Staffs Regiment (rather than the local Leicesters) at Lichfield. They served in the Armentires area until April 1916. Following duty on the Somme Front, the division was sent to the Ypres salient. In June 1917, the 23rd was part of the spear head attack at Messines. Whilst Tom was serving at the front Lucy gave birth to their third child, a boy called Lyn. Sadly Lyn died at the age of 5. In October 1917 Tom was transferred to the 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment. Soon after he was attached to the 240th Employment Coy and transferred to the Labour Corps (probably due to his age). All this time he was an officer's cook. Tom was killed at "the headquarters division" on 6 July 1918. He is buried in Pernes France. He was killed when a shell hit the mess, probably during an artillery barrage.

Private 4675 Albert Victor Duckitt

 

1/5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 6th August 1916, Aged 19.

Buried Hannescamps New Military Cemetery. C. 8. 

 

Albert Victor Duckitt was born in 1897 in York, the son of Samuel Brown Duckitt and his wife Alice Maud (née Bean) who were married in York in 1896. Albert was baptised on 1st September 1897 at the New Street Methodist Chapel in York. In 1901 Albert was living with his parents at 2 Ebor Street, Bishopthorpe Road, York, and Albert's father was a locomotive engine fitter. Albert had one younger brother Herbert, born in 1902.

Between 1902 and 1909 the Duckitt family moved to Loughborough and Albert joined the Emmanuel Bible Class. In 1911 Albert and Herbert were living with their mother at 32 Derby Square, Loughborough. Albert's father Samuel Brown Duckitt, however, was no longer with them and Albert's mother was earning her living as a charwoman as well as looking after two lodgers Albert Swann a joiner, and William Wood a widowed clerk. According to Duckitt family legend Albert's father, having got into difficulties running a pub, disappeared in 1909 to America. Samuel Brown Duckitt certainly made a successful application for employment as a Switchman at Spokane Station (north-west USA) with the US North Pacific Railway Company on 16th December 1909. When he applied he said he was aged 35, born in Loughborough and that his wife was Maria Duckitt of Loughborough, none of which was exactly accurate.

On 4th November 1915 Albert, aged 19, who was working at Messrs. T. Barker and Sons, builders, as a plumber attested at Loughborough and joined the 2/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 4675. On 24th May 1916 he was transferred to the 1/5th Reserve Battalion and sent to France on the following day. Albert joined his new battalion in the field at Humbercamps, south-west of Arras, on 19th June. Here the 1/5th Leicesters were working on improvements to trenches in the area while being subjected to occasional shelling and artillery fire from the enemy. On 21st June the battalion was relieved and proceeded to billets at Warlincourt. On 30th June the battalion returned to the trenches, this time at Fonquevillers in preparation for the attack at Gommecourt.

On 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme Offensive, the 46th Division of the Army, of which the 1/5th Leicesters were part, had 2445 casualties at Gommecourt. Albert survived this battle and on 3rd July went with his battalion into billets at Bienvillers. On 7th July they relieved the 4th Lincolnshires in the trenches opposite Essarts. The battalion remained in the Hannescamps/Bailleulmont area for the following eight months. Albert was killed in action on 6th August 1916, aged 19.

In 1921 Albert's body was exhumed and re-buried at Hannescamps New Military Cemetery, almost 11 miles north of Albert, Grave C. 8.

Albert's father stayed in the USA. In 1924 he was living in Miami, Florida, and earning his living as a 'peddler' but by 1927 he had moved to 732 Olivia, Key West, Florida and was an ice-cream seller. He died in 1932 in Sarasota, Florida. Albert's mother must have assumed that her husband had died long before this as she married her lodger Albert Swann, in Loughborough in 1917. As there is no trace of a divorce her second marriage is likely to have been bigamous.

Albert is remembered on the memorial at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Private 13058 Arthur Dunn

 

8th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died a Prisoner Germany 7th June 1917, Aged 20.

Buried Cologne Southern Cemetery. X. H. 4.                                                                                 

 

 
 

A TRUE SOLDIER AND ENGLISH GENTLEMAN

Arthur was the son of Mrs. Dunn of 17 King street Loughborough. Arthur died a prisoner of war in Germany, his mother received a letter from Pte. G. Vickers of the Royal Scots, in which he said: I beg to offer you the deepest sympathy of myself and all the English in the camp. Having been a Church of England missioner in England I conducted the funeral service. You can rest assured that he was laid to rest with the full blessing of the Church. The service was attended by non-coms, and men, and was touching in its reverence and simplicity. I need say no more except that he died like a true soldier and English Gentleman.