Surnames K - L

Private 8248 Ernest Cato Kealey

2nd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 21st November 1914, Aged 25.

Buried Le Touret Military Cemetery I. E. 7. 

(His brother Henry Percy Kealey also fell see below)

Ernest was the son of Henry William Cato Kealey (previously known as Henry Kealey Williams) and his second wife Caroline Draper. His father Henry had served briefly in the blacksmith's crew on H.M.S. Audacious but is believed to have jumped ship, which might explain his change of name. The Kealey family lived at 14, Cartwright Street, Loughborough.

Ernest enlisted in the Army on 11th October 1907, qualifiying in his duties on 22nd January 1909. By 1911 he was with his Regiment in Fort St. George, Madras, India. In August 1914 his battalion was in Ranikhet with the Indian Corps (Gharwal Brigade) in the Meerut Division and was ordered to proceed to France. The troops, under Major-General Charles Blackader, left Karachi on 21st September and arrived at Marseilles on 12th October 1914. They then transferred via Orleans, Lillers and Calonne-Ricouart to the frontline trenches to relieve the 3rd Worcesters. For the next month they came under continued shellfire, bombing and sniping from the enemy but, nevertheless, continued to strengthen the trenches. On 21st November, the day that Ernest Cato Kealey was killed, they were working underground towards the enemy lines.

Ernest's half-brother Henry Percy Kealey, a Sergeant with the Leicestershire Yeomanry, was killed in action near Ypres in 1915. His older brother William Thomas Kealey Williams enlisted in 1914 with the 2/5 Warwickshire Regiment but was discharged as medically unfit.

Sergeant 1508 Henry Percy Kealey

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry.                                    

Killed in Action 13th May 1915, Aged 29.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate)   Panel 5

 

Henry Percy Kealey, known as 'Harry' and born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, in 1885, was the second son of Henry William Cato Kealey (previously known as Henry Kealey Williams) and his first wife Alice Amelia Mayes. His father Henry had served briefly in the blacksmith's crew on H.M.S. Audacious but is believed to have jumped ship, which might explain his change of name.

Harry's mother died when he was just years old and in 1888 his father was married again to Caroline Anne Draper. Harry's stepmother unfortunately also died a year after this second marriage and Harry's father married for a third time in 1890 in Loughborough to Elizabeth North. The children of all three marriages lived as a blended family at 14 Cartwright Street, Loughborough.

Harry enlisted in 1908 and in 1910 he married Constance Lizzie Diggle, the sister of another Leicestershire Yeomanry soldier Bertie Diggle. Harry and Constance Kealey had two daughters Constance (born 1912) and Dorothy (born 1913). By an unfortunate coincidence both Harry and his brother-in-law Bertie Diggle were killed on the same day at the Battle of Frezenberg.

Harry's half-brother Ernest Cato Kealey, a Private with the 2nd Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action on 21st November 1914. His older brother William Thomas Kealey Williams enlisted in 1914 with the 2/5th Warwickshire Regiment but was discharged as medically unfit.

Harry's widow was remarried in the summer of 1918 but died a few months later.

Private 10170 Albert Edward Keightley

6th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Died at Home 10th February 1915, Aged 20.

Buried Aldershot Military Cemetery R. 299. 

When Private Albert Edward Keightley enlisted at Loughborough in August 1914 the only members of his immediate family he left behind were his ailing father, Thomas Francis Keightley, a pianist, and his six year old sister Doris May, who was being looked after by his father's eldest sister Emma Charlesworth (née Keightley) of Church Street, Shepshed. Albert and Doris's mother, Harriet Keightley had died in 1913, and their father was also dead by the end of 1914.

Previously an electrician, on enlistment Albert was initially sent to the Salisbury Training Centre. In September 1914 the Battalion moved to Bordon, Hampshire, for further training.

Albert himself was not long in following his father to the grave, dying from cellulitis and pneumonia in the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot in early 1915. He was buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery, Grave No. R. 299.

Private 16951 Percival Frederick Keightley

2nd Bn, Leicestershire Regiment.

Died on or after 15th May 1915, Aged 38.

Buried Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, Pas de Calais, Grave VI. J. 41. 

Percival Frederick Keightley was born in 1877 in Sileby, Leics. and baptised at All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre as 'Frederic Percival Keightley' on 29th July 1877. He was the son of Frederick Keightley, a farmer, and Mary Anne Keightley of Sileby.

He was married as 'Percival Frederick Keightley' in 1903 in Melton Mowbray to Mary Jane Cross. In 1911 he was living with wife and daughter at East Leake.

He enlisted at Loughborough.

 

Private 183719 Ernest Patrick Kelly

31st Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment).

Died of Wounds 1st October 1916, Aged 27.

Buried St Sever Cemetery B. 15. 5.

(his brother James also fell see below)  

Ernest Patrick Kelly was born on 7th April 1889 in Loughborough, the son of James Kelly bricklayer's labourer, and his wife Alice. Ernest had a twin brother William and three older brothers John, James and Patrick. He also had an older sister Margaret; another sister Ellen had died under the age of one. (Some records relating to Ernest state that he was born in Ireland like his parents but that was not the case.) In 1891 the Kelly family lived at 19 Bridge Street, Loughborough. Two years later they were living in Derby Square and by 1894 in Dead Lane. In 1895 the family moved to No. 4, Court C, Bridge Street, in 1898 to Providence Square and in 1899 to Greenclose Lane. James Kelly Senior died in 1909 and Alice Kelly went to live with her eldest son John and his wife Ellen at 3 Court C, Bridge Street. She later moved to 3 Sparrow Hill.

The Kelly children appear to have had a troubled background, at least from 1891 onwards. Records for Loughborough Petty Sessions and Police Court show that in 1891 both Kelly parents were fined for being drunk and disorderly. In 1893 Alice Kelly was summoned for throwing manure into the house of John and Harriet Middleton and for striking John Middleton on the head with a kettle. In 1894 James Kelly was fined on two separate occasions: firstly for obstructing the footpath in The Rushes and spitting in the causeway and secondly for stealing or destroying watercress at Woodhouse, the property of Mr. W. B. Paget. Alice, meanwhile, was fined for being drunk and disorderly in Bridge Street and in 1895 was fined for assaulting Mary Parsons with a fender. By 1899 Alice had been convicted twelve times for being drunk and disorderly besides convictions for common assault, obscene language and other offences.

It is therefore not surprising that the Kelly twins, Ernest and William, ran out of control and were sent to St. John's Industrial School and Reformatory for Roman Catholic Boys at Church End, Walthamstow, Essex. It also appears that the twins may have been sent as 'home children' to Canada on the SS Tunisian in 1904 by the Catholic Emigration Society. Certainly by 1914 Ernest and William were both living in Alberta.

Ernest enlisted on 2nd December 1915 in Calgary, Alberta, giving his occupation as brakeman on the railway. He joined the 89th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry as Private 183719. On 18th March 1916 he was admitted to Red Deer Military Hospital, central Alberta, with a sprained ankle and infected toe.

He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the SS Olympic on 2nd June 1916 arriving at Liverpool on 8th June and joined Canadian troops at Westenhanger, Kent. In June he forfeited one day's pay for being absent without leave. On 26th June he was admitted to West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone, with otitis media and remained in hospital until 12th July. On 27th August he was drafted from Westenhanger to the 31st Canadian Battalion in France and arrived at Le Havre on the following day.

The 31st Battalion was part of the 2nd Canadian Army Division which, in mid- to late September 1916 was tasked with capturing the ground around Courcelette, a village to the north of Pozières. The particular target of the 31st Battalion was to capture the sugar factory, supported by the tanks of C Company Heavy Section of the Machine Gun Corps, on 15th September 1916. They captured the village itself quite quickly but then there was a drawn-out battle from 26th September to take the ground around the Regina Trench to the north-east of the village. Ernest received gunshot wounds to both legs during this battle and was transferred to No. 12 General Hospital, Rouen. He died from his wounds on 1st October 1916, aged 27, and is buried in St, Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Grave B. 15. 5.

Ernest's twin brother in Canada did not enlist. He had married Lilian Overton McDougall in 1915 in Red Deer, Alberta. Ernest's older brother James who served with the East Surrey Regiment was killed near Arras in 1917. Their mother Alice Kelly committed suicide by drowning in the canal at Loughborough in 1926.

Private 7677 James Kelly

8th Bn. East Surrey Regiment. Previously Private 5150 Leicestershire Regiment and Private 6754 5th Bn., Middlesex Regiment.

Died of Wounds 3rd May 1917, Aged 39.

Commemorated Arras Memorial, Bay 6.

(his brother Ernest also fell see above)  

James Kelly was born in about 1878 in London or Plumstead, Kent, the son of James Kelly (Senior), bricklayer's labourer, and his wife Alice. James had one older brother John and three younger brothers Patrick, William and Ernest. He also had a younger sister Margaret. Another sister Ellen had died under the age of one. In 1891 the Kelly family lived at 19 Bridge Street, Loughborough. Two years later they were living in Derby Square and by 1894 in Dead Lane. In 1895 the family moved to No. 4, Court C, Bridge Street, in 1898 to Providence Square and in 1899 to Greenclose Lane. When James Kelly Senior died in 1909 Alice Kelly went to live with her eldest son John and his wife Ellen at 3 Court C, Bridge Street. She later moved to 3 Sparrow Hill.

The Kelly children appear to have had a troubled background. Records for Loughborough Petty Sessions and Police Court show that in 1891 both Kelly parents were fined for being drunk and disorderly. In 1893 Alice Kelly was summoned for throwing manure into the house of John and Harriet Middleton and for striking John Middleton on the head with a kettle. In 1894 James Kelly was fined on two separate occasions: firstly for obstructing the footpath in The Rushes and spitting in the causeway and secondly for stealing or destroying watercress at Woodhouse, the property of Mr. W. B. Paget. Alice, meanwhile, was fined for being drunk and disorderly in Bridge Street and in 1895 was fined for assaulting Mary Parsons with a fender. By 1899 Alice had been convicted twelve times for being drunk and disorderly besides convictions for common assault, obscene language and other offences.

On 2nd September 1893 James, who had become an engine driver, enlisted and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 5150. After completing six years' service he was reengaged on 21st July 1899. He was sent to South Africa on 26th March 1902. He returned to England on 3rd October 1902 and was finally discharged on 25th August 1910, his conduct as a soldier being described as 'Fair'.

On 10th January 1912 James reenlisted for four years with the Middlesex Regiment and was appointed a Lance Corporal in the 5th Battalion, a promotion rescinded one month later for misconduct (absence from duty, being unshaven on staff parade, and being drunk in the barracks). On 29th March 1912 he was arrested in Maidenhead for begging. He had now been transferred to the Middlesex Regiment Special Reserve, but was 'of no fixed abode' and he did not appear at an assembly of the Battalion in Mill Hill in July 1912.

In January 1914 James was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Queen Street, Maidenhead and fined. On 27th July 1914 he was again in trouble for being drunk and improperly dressed in town.

In March 1915 James was court-martialled twice and convicted of absence without leave and drunkenness while on active service. He was sentenced to two months of Field Punishment No. 1, being shackled in irons and secured to a fixed object such as a gun wheel for two hours a day for twenty-one days of the sentence. On 11th November 1915, having again forfeited pay for unauthorised absence, he was transferred to the 8th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment and one month later he deserted at Rochester. He rejoined the Regiment, however, just over one month later, was court-martialled for desertion and sentenced to six months detention at Bridgewood Camp near Chatham, Kent.

On 30th June 1916 James was sent from Southampton to Le Havre and on 13th July was attached to the 8th (Service) Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. The 8th Battalion was in the trenches facing Maricourt, Somme, near Trônes Wood and being subjected to considerable enemy barrage.

The 8th East Surreys were in action in the Battle of Delville Wood which ended on 3rd September and the Battle of Thiepval Ridge (26th-28th September). Although between July and September 1916 James was again court-martialled twice and awarded a total of fifteen days Field Punishment No. 1 the East Surrey Regiment nevertheless agreed that James should be fully transferred to their ranks as Private 7677.

James was slightly wounded in September 1916 but quickly returned to duty. The 8th Battalion's next engagement was during the Battle of Ancre Heights (1st October - 11th November 1916). In November 1916 James's old habits resurfaced and he was awarded fourteen days of Field Punishment No. 2. (This involved being shackled in irons for up to 2 hours in 24, and not for more than 3 days in 4.) In January 1917 he was given twenty-one days of Field Punishment No. 1.

From January to March 1917 the 8th battalion took part in the Operations on the Ancre including Miraumont and the capture of Irles. They also fought during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line (14th March - 5th April 1917). From 3rd - 4th May they were involved in the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe and it was during this action on 3rd May that James was wounded and went missing. He was aged about 39. His body was never found and his death was presumed by the military authorities. James is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 6.

James's brother Ernest died from wounds near Courcelette in 1916. His mother Alice Kelly committed suicide by drowning in the canal at Loughborough in 1926.

Lance Corporal William Francis Kent

 

Leicestershire Yeomanry.                                    

Killed in Action 13th May 1915, Aged 25.

Buried Bedford House Cemetery Encl. 4. III. C. 14.      

 

William Francis Kent, born in Loughborough in 1890, was the son of Frederick Britton Kent, an assistant draper, and Lucy Mary Anne Kent (née Shipley). William's father and mother, from Norfolk and Buckinghamshire respectively, were married in Nottingham in 1885. William had an older brother Frederick Shipley Kent and a sister Hilda Lucy and the family lived at 140 Herrick Road, Loughborough. By 1901 William's father had progressed to become the joint manager of a hosier and gentleman's outfitting business 'Barrow and Kent' in partnership with Benjamin Braybrooke Barrow at 34 High St, Loughborough and the Kent family lived on the premises. William was educated at Loughborough Grammar School and in 1911 he was employed as an education clerk with the County Council and was living at home. On 10th March 1915 William's father became sole owner of the gentleman's outfitting business which was renamed 'Fred B. Kent'. The business continued until 1928 when the Council acquired the premises for a road-widening scheme.

Both the Kent brothers enlisted when war broke out. William joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry and Frederick, who married Jessie E. Moor in Loughborough in the summer of 1914, was a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. William went to France on 2nd November 1914 but was wounded in the 1st Battle of Ypres. He recovered in a French hospital, came home on leave and then returned to the front.

William was killed in action at the Battle of Frezenburg Ridge (part of the 2nd Battle of Ypres) on 13 May 1915, aged 25 (rather than 29, as noted in some sources). He is buried in the Bedford House Cemetery Enclosure, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Grave 4.III.C.14. A newspaper report of the day noted that:
The news of the casualties to the Leicestershire Yeomanry was made known in Loughborough by a letter received by Mr. Ambrose Webster from his son William, who is in the commissariat attached to the regiment. This news was confirmed, when it became known that a mere handful of then Leicestershire Yeomanry had withstood at the battle of Frezenberg, some say 2000 Germans and kept them at bay. By means of hand grenades the enemy had caught them in the trenches, with the result that many casualties followed. These included Major Martin second son of Mrs. Martin, of the Brand, Lieut. T. Brooks, Sergt. Major Parker, W. Kent, Frank White, and C. H. Adams.

William is also commemorated on the Loughborough Grammar School war memorial. William's mother Lucy Kent died in 1917. His brother Frederick survived the war and emigrated with his wife and family to Wellington, New Zealand. He died in 1953 in the Tangiwai rail disaster.
 

Private 220332 Frederick Kerr

1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

Formerly 265339 Oxford & Bucks LI.

Killed in Action 24th August 1918, Aged 22.

Commemorated Vis-En-Artois Memorial panel 7.

Frederick was the son of Mrs Ellen Kerr of (Hopp Villa) Pack Street Loughborough.

Private 266616 Horace James Kerr

4th Bn. Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.

Killed in Action 8th August 1918, Aged 20.

Buried Aval Wood Military Cemetery I. AA. 20. 

Horace was the son of Mr & Mrs Walter Kerr of Loughborough.

Private 13983 Arthur Kidger

8th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment

Killed in Action 1st October 1917, Aged 24.

Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial panel 50 - 51.

Arthur was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Kidger, 28 Albert promenade, Loughborough. The Major of his company wrote, after regretting the incident: - He was hit in the body by a shell and died immediately. He has been a member of my platoon and company most of the time he has been in France, and he was a most efficient and reliable soldier. The officers and men of the company join with me in expressing our deepest sympathy with you in your terrible loss. The Chaplain of the battalion also wrote a letter of sympathy to the family, in which he stated that the Germans made a big counter attack, and Pte. Kidger was one of those who made the great sacrifice. He extended his sympathy with the parents in their great sorrow. Pte. Kidger was 24 years of age and had seen considerable active service, and up to the time of his death had passed through several big engagements without hurt. He enlisted three months after completing his apprenticeship as a wood machinist with Messrs Corah, builders and contractors. He was last home on leave on New Years Day 1917, and since joining has spent one anniversary of his birthday in training and three in France.

Corporal Ernest Watts Kidger

R.A.F.

Died at Home 4th April 1919, Aged 22.

Buried Loughborough Cemetery 47/47.

His home was at 41 Russell Street Loughborough.

Private 3486 John James Bernard Kidger

1/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 1st July 1916, Aged 23.

Buried Foncquevillers Military Cemetery Special Memorial 3. 

John James Bernard Kidger, known to his family and friends as Bernard, was born in Shepshed in 1893. He was the eldest son of John Ryan and Mary Jane Kidger (née Randon) who were married in Loughborough in 1892. Bernard had two brothers Leo and Joseph and six sisters Evelyn, Margaret, Rose, Hilda, Winifred and Mary. John Ryan Kidger was initially a shoe finisher but he later became a hosiery packer. In 1901 the family lived in Charnwood Road, Loughborough but moved to 87 Moor Lane and then to 20 Meadow Lane. In 1911 young Bernard was a solder in the hosiery trade.

Bernard enlisted on 2nd December 1914 and joined the 1/5th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 3486.

Bernard left Southampton for France on the SS Queen Alexandra on 29 June 1915, disembarking at Rouen the following day. He joined his battalion in the trenches near Zillebeke, on the outskirts of Ypres where there was much shelling and rifle fire. Tours in the trenches alternated with rest periods in billets at Ouderdom. At the end of July 1915 the battalion moved to bivouacs at Kruisstraat and then to the trenches at Maple Copse in the shadow of Hill 62 where they were subjected to further bombardment by the enemy.

On 24th August 1915 Bernard received a surface wound in his right eye and on 3rd September was admitted to the 23rd General Hospital at Etaples. On 24th September he was sent to the 46th Divisional Base Depot at Rouen before rejoining his unit in the trenches near Monchy-au-Bois, south-west of Arras, on 6th October.

On 13th October 1915 he was admitted to the North Midlands Field Ambulance with a gunshot wound to his left arm and on 15th October was transferred to the 9th General Hospital at Rouen. Writing home from Rouen Hospital he said: 'We charged into the Prussian Guard and took three lines of their trenches. I got into the third line and had a good German helmet when a shell came and buried me and another fellow. We got out all right, but I lost my helmet. I was bandaging up a chap who was badly wounded when I was hit by a bullet from one of their machine guns. It came sideways and went through the muscles of my left arm'.

On 19th October 1915 Bernard was transferred to England and on 20th November was allotted to the 3/5th Battalion of the Leicesters. He remained in England with this battalion until 16th March 1916 when he was reposted back to the 1/5th Battalion near Vimy and returned to France. On 27th April the battalion was sent to the neighbourhood of Neuville St. Vaast to work with the French and English tunnellers and then to billets in Luchaux for bayonet training. This was followed by a period at Souastre digging cable trenches, and constructing bomb stores and gun pits in preparation for a 'big push'.

On 4th June 1916 the battalion was moved up to trenches near Gommecourt. This was followed by further training at Warlincourt. On 30th June the battalion assembled in a trench near Foncquevillers Church ready for the diversionary attack at Gommecourt on the first day of the Somme Offensive planned for 1st July. Bernard was killed in action on 1st July 1916, aged 23. He is buried at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery and remembered on Special Memorial 3 which reads 'Buried in this cemetery'.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Bernard's parents later moved to 'Tramore', Westfield Drive, Loughborough.

Sergeant 2796 Ernest King

15th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)

Killed in Action 28th March 1918, Aged 27.

Commemorated Pozieres , Memorial, Somme, panel 52 - 54.

Ernest was the son of Joseph & Kate King, of 26 Pares Hill Whitwick; Husband of Mrs Mary King of 18 Packe Street, Loughborough.

Private 21942 Charles William Kirk

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment)

Formerly 32104 Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 18th October 1918, Aged 37.

Commemorated Terlincthun British Cemetery VI. A.16.

Pte. Charles Kirk was wounded on September 1st, and for a time made good progress but amputation of the leg became necessary, and he did not recover. His widow lived at 43 William Street, Loughborough, she was with him for three weeks after his admission to hospital, but had returned home, and did not get back to France in time to see him alive again. Charles was formerly at the Nottingham Manufacturing Co., joining the army in August 1916.

Lance Corporal George Knight

2/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 26th September 1917, Aged 37.

Commemorated Tyne Cot, Memorial, panel 50 - 51.

George was the Husband of Mrs. Sarah Emily Knight, of 39 Roseberry Street, Loughborough. The officer commanding his company wrote expressing his personal sympathy and that of Lanc Corporal, Knight's comrades in the regiment. "I have lost a good friend," the writer adds, one of whom I could always look for loyal support when things were not as pleasant as they might be. The men of the company feel their loss as much as I do, and I trust that this knowledge may do something towards lightning the grief you have to bear in your bereavement". Lanc Corporal George Knight, enlisted in January 1915, was well known in the building trade in Loughborough. Immediately prior to enlisting he was employed ay Messrs Clarke's Dye works.

Private 90989 Herbert Knight

Machine Gun Corp.

Formerly 7773 Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 12th April 1918, Aged 25.

Commemorated Ploegsteert  Memorial panel 11.

Rifleman 52844 Edward (Ted) Lacey

2nd Bn. 3rd N.Z. Rifle Brigade.

Killed in Action 13th April 1918, Aged 27.

Commemorated Messines Ridge (N.Z.) Memorial.

Edward (Ted) Lacey parents lived at 39 Leopold Street, Loughborough, Rifleman Lacey was one of five brothers serving with the forces. He immigrated to New Zealand 1914, and joined the N.Z.R.B. 1917, reaching France in December. Before going to the colony he was a member of Baxter Gate S.S., and was employed at the Electricity Works.

Lieutenant Charles Edward Lancaster

1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 21st March 1918,  Aged 28.

Commemorated Arras, Memorial, Bay 5.

Charles Edward Lancaster was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Richmond Lancaster of "Clyve" Ashby Road Loughborough. At the opening of the police court on Wednesday, Mr Wilfred Moss on behalf of the solicitors practicing at that court, referred to the sad news that their most junior member had been killed in action fighting for his country. Deep sympathy was extended to their respected colleague, Mr Lancaster, in his loss. Mr Charles Lancaster was a constant attendant as a student in that court, and no doubt looked forward to following his father in his practice as an advocate. Mr Moss expressed their feelings and sympathy in the loss their comrade had sustained. Lieutenant Lancaster joined the army soon after the outbreak of the war, and trained with the U.P.S.brigade near Epsom and at Mansfield. With them he left for France in November 1915, and in the following spring returned to England for a commission upon passing through the course he joined the Leicestershire Regiment.

Private 12089 Francis William Landon

2nd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action Mesopotamia 7th January 1916,  Aged 43.

Commemorated Basra, Memorial, Iraq, Panel 12.

Francis William Landon was born in Loughborough in 1873, the only son of William Landon, a labourer and his wife Hannah (née Woodcock) who were married in Loughborough in 1873. The family lived at 84 Freehold Street in 1881. By 1891 they had moved to No. 3 Freehold Street, and Francis' father was now a labourers' foreman.

On 14th April 1894 Francis, who had become an iron moulder, attested for the Leicestershire Regiment (17th Foot). On 2nd January 1896, as Private 4038, he was sent to South Africa where he remained until 11th October 1902. He took part in the 2nd Boer War and was awarded the King's and Queen's South Africa Medals with clasps for Talana, Ladysmith, Laing's Nek and Belfast. On 21st November 1902 Francis was transferred to the Army Reserve. He was reengaged in April 1906 and discharged in April 1910.

Francis' father William died in 1905 and his mother Hannah in 1911. In the same year that his father died Francis married Helen Gorse in Loughborough and by 1912 they had four children Frank, Lillie, Willie and Annie. The family lived at 125 Station Road and Francis had returned to being an iron moulder.

When war broke out Francis, now almost forty, was recalled and joined the 3rd Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 12089. From 26th August until 8th December 1914 he participated in recruits' training at Portsmouth, after which he was sent to France to join 2nd Leicesters who had arrived in France from India. In 1915 the Battalion was in action at the Battles of Neuve Chapelle (10th-13th March) and Aubers Ridge (9th May), the first day of the Battle of Festubert.

The 2nd Leicesters spent the next 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. From July to September they rested in a quiet sector before being deployed for the Battle of Loos.

The initial attack at Loos was made by three divisions, with the Meerut Division leading the attack on the Indian Front. Blackader's brigade, with two Gurkha battalions and the 2nd Leicesters was on its right flank. Whilst the attack successfully crossed no-man's land under cover of the barrage, the right flank of the brigade was caught up in defensive wire and only one battalion successfully made its way into the German trenches. Gas also affected some of the men and the smoke caused a dense fog, making direction difficult. Francis was fortunate to survive the initial attack at the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 - from his battalion 72 men were killed, 217 were wounded, 42 were gassed and 96 were recorded as missing.

The 2nd Battalion was rather depleted after the Battle of Loos, but was ordered to the Persian Gulf where Britain was fighting Turkish forces allied to the Germans. On 10th November 1915 Francis embarked at Marseilles and arrived at Basra on 8th 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 at the Battle of Sheikh Sa'ad, during which Francis was killed, aged 43.

Francis is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 12 and on the St. Peter's Church Memorial, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

Lance Corporal 14062 Richard Albert Farmer Lane

 

8th Bn.Leicestershire Regiment.                                  

Killed in Action 3rd February 1916, Aged 20.

Buried Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension, B. 1.      

 

Richard Albert Farmer Lane was born in 1895 in Loughborough, the son of Richard Farmer Lane, a joiner, and his first wife Sarah Ann (née Shephard) who were married in Loughborough in 1890. Richard's mother Sarah died in 1907, aged 43, and his father was married again in 1909 to Amelia Elizabeth Collins. Richard had two older sisters Amy and Mary and two younger brothers Charles and Frederick. He also had two half-sisters Gladys and Marian and one half-brother Arthur from his father's second marriage. The family lived at 12 Chapman Street, Loughborough.

Richard, who had followed his father into the joinery business, enlisted on 4th September 1914 at Loughborough. He was appointed as Private 14062 to the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. The 8th Battalion was raised at Leicester as part of Kitchener's Third New Army and joined the 23rd Division as Divisional Troops. The units of the Division began to assemble in Hampshire and in December moved into Aldershot and Ewshott. In February 1915 another move was made to Shorncliffe in Kent. In April 1915 the 8th Battalion transferred to the 37th Division and a Divisional HQ was established at Andover. On 28th April 1915 Richard was promoted to Lance Corporal. The troops then concentrated on Salisbury Plain and on 25th June were inspected by King George V at Sidbury Hill. In August Richard was sent to Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, for a couple of weeks before being ordered to sail for France, via Folkestone, on 27th August to join the rest of the 8th Battalion.

The 8th Battalion was sent to the area of Berles-au-Bois, a village south-west of Arras where, after trench warfare training, they were alternately in the trenches or resting in billets for the remainder of 1915. In January 1916 the battalion was clearing out and repairing trenches around Never Ending Street and Nasty Lane while the enemy fired salvoes of high explosives and whizz-bangs at them. On 3rd February the enemy shelled most parts of the village and all troops and civilian inhabitants were ordered to take shelter in nearby caves. One shell fell and exploded near the gateway of a courtyard, killing and wounding, and several other men were killed and wounded in other parts of the village. Nine men from the 8th Leicesters were killed, and two officers and six other ranks were wounded. Richard Lane, aged 20, was one of those killed. He is buried in Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension Grave B.1. He is remembered on the memorial at All Saints Parish Church, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon.

By 1919 Richard's younger brother Frederick was also serving with H. M. Forces, in Egypt.
 
The Lane family

Private 4416 George Lattimore

13th Bn. Royal Scots (Lothian).

Died of Wounds 29th October 1915, Aged 36.

Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery VIII. C 53. 

George Lattimore was born in 1880 in Oakham, Rutland, the second son of William Lattimore and his wife Mary Elizabeth Lattimore (née Chamberlain) who were married on 6th May 1873 in Oakham. In 1881 William and Mary were living with their two sons, Tom Harry and George, at Finkey Lane, Oakham, and William Lattimore, who had been a Grenadier Guard before his marriage, was now a bricklayer. By 1891 William Lattimore and his wife had taken over the Royal Oak, High Street, Oakham, and were running it as an inn and lodging house.

George Lattimore, a labourer aged 19 years 7 months, attested at Oakham on 6th October 1899. He joined the 1st Battalion of the Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment at Glencorse Barracks, Midlothian, on 9th October 1899 as Private 6888. He served at home until 1900. On 16th May 1900 he was sent to Orange River Colony, South Africa, where he took part in the final advance east from Pretoria in the 2nd Boer War. In August 1900 his battalion was concentrated at Belfast and assisted in the fighting which preceded the Battle of Bergendal on 27th August 1900. In September 1900 the Royal Scots seized the mountain called Zwaggershoch and attacked the enemy's main position near Lydenburg. They then returned via Belfast to Koomati Port and Baberton and later were in action again at Bermondsey. At the close of the campaign the battalion was doing garrison work around Balmoral and Middelburg.

George remained in South Africa until 24th December 1902 and was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal and the King's South Africa Medal. He was discharged from 13th Battalion, on payment of £18, on 24th December 1902. George's mother died shortly afterwards in 1903, his father in 1910. George, meanwhile, was earning his living as a bricklayer.

George married Sarah Jane Burton at Oakham Parish Church on 25th February 1907. They set up home at Dean Street, Oakham and had two daughters: Agnes Dellice born 3rd December 1908 and Sybil Pearl born 13th January 1915.

On 24th October 1914, George, a Reservist and aged 34, re-attested at Loughborough and rejoined his old regiment. As Private 4416 he was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Scots in Glencorse, Midlothian, on 11th November 1914, then to the 14th Battalion which was in Ripon, Yorkshire, on 26th December 1914. From Ripon he was sent to Stobs, in the Scottish Borders, and then to France on 4th July 1915. On 28th July 1915 he was posted to the 13th (Service) Battalion.

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.

George was wounded in action on 26th September 1915 and lay injured in no man's land for eleven hours before help arrived. On 30th September he was admitted to No. 11 General Hospital Boulogne with a gunshot wounds to the chest, back and hip and his wife was notified as he was dangerously ill. On 1st October a note was added to his medical record saying 'May be visited'. His wife visited him in hospital and while he was conscious he promised her he would try to come back home again but he died in hospital on 29th October 1915.

George is remembered on the memorial in All Saints Churchyard, Oakham, Rutland, and on the Loughborough Carillon although his connection with Loughborough is unknown.

Gunner 10805 John Charles (Charlie) Lawrence

1st Div. Ammunition Col. Trench Mortar Bty, Royal Field Artillery.

Killed in Action 2nd May 1916,  Aged 24.

Buried Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, Pas de Calais, L. A. 14. 

John Charles Lawrence, known to his family as 'Charlie', was born in Clifton, York in 1892, the son of Charles Lawrence and Emma Lawrence (née Hick). He was baptised on 29th May 1892 at St. Thomas' Church, The Groves, York. Charlie's parents were married in 1884 in Stockton on the Forest, Yorkshire, but his father, who was a rural postman, died the year after Charlie was born. Charlie's mother was remarried in 1895 to Thomas Barnes, a nightman at a tram stables in Leicester. Charlie had four full-blood sisters Annie, Emily, Lily and Edith Lawrence and three half-blood siblings Mary, Emma and Thomas Barnes. In 1901 the Barnes/Lawence family lived at 20 Linford Street in the Belgrave area of Leicester, but by 1911 they had moved to Rempstone, Nottinghamshire, where Thomas Barnes was employed as a farm labourer and Charlie worked as a groom.

In early 1914 Charlie married Edith Arterton in Loughborough and the couple set up home at 14 Rendell Street. Shortly afterwards their son Charles E. Lawrence was born and another son John F. Lawrence was born in 1915.

Charlie, having previously completed in the Army and subsequently being in the Army Reserve, was recalled when war broke out. He was sent to France on 16th August 1914 as Gunner 10805 with the First Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. First Division was one of the first British formations to proceed to France and fought on the Western Front throughout the war, taking part in most of the major actions. The task of a Divisional Ammunition Column (DAC) was to collect and distribute ammunition to artillery and infantry units. In 1914 First Division was involved in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne, the 1st Battle of Ypres, and the Winter Operations of 1914-15. In 1915 they were in action at the Battle of Festubert and the Battle of Loos.

First Division, with small groups of men from various batteries, was experimenting with trench mortars from early January 1915. The Trench Mortar Battery was formed later by March 1916 with men selected from the DACs and Field Artillery batteries.

At the beginning of May 1916 Charlie was in the area south-east of Bethune where there was a lot of shelling and he was killed in action on 2nd May 1916, aged 24. An obituary for Charlie noted that:
'He was quickly drafted out to Flanders after being recalled to service in August, 1914, and had only been home on leave once the week before Christmas last for a brief rest, but was expecting coming home again next month. In a letter to his wife, Gunner A. Pringle, Livingstone, a comrade who enlisted with Lawrence says that he died beside his gun in a place of great responsibility, early on the morning of May 2nd. His death had caused much sorrow, as he was a splendid, hardworking, fearless soldier, but amid the grief his death would cause, they must feel proud that he had given his life for his country. He was buried the same evening in a little cemetery called the soldiers cemetery behind the firing line, and the service, which was conducted by the Chaplin, was attended by several of his comrades, who afterwards fixed a cross to mark his last resting place'.

In a letter to Gunner Lawrence's mother (Mrs. Barnes of Thrift House, Knightthorpe), the Chaplin who conducted the burial service, wrote: 'He was killed instantaneously yesterday morning, while serving the gun, and his commanding officer followed his body all the way down from the trenches to do honour to a very gallant soldier. He told me that your son was the most popular man in the battery, and he considered him also to be one of the most efficient'.

Charlie is buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, Pas de Calais, Grave L.A.14 and is remembered on All Saints Church Memorial as well as on the Carillon.

Private 15163 Ernest Arthur Leavesley

8th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 29th September 1916, Aged 22.

Buried Heilly Station Cemetery IV. I. 79. 

Ernest Arthur Leavesley was born in 1894 in Loughborough, the son of Frederick Leavesley a framework knitter and his wife Sarah Jane (née Kirk). Ernest's parents were married in 1891 in Loughborough. Ernest had five brothers William, Arnold, Eric, Percy and Reggie and four sisters Laura, Gladys, Ivy and Marjorie. Another sister Doris died aged one in 1905. In 1901 the family lived at 54 Bridge Street, Loughborough, but by 1911 had moved to 74 Gladstone Street. In 1911 Ernest, aged 17, was a trimmer at Messrs. T. Clarke and Sons dye works.

Ernest enlisted in Loughborough on 9th September 1914 and joined the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 15163. From the Depot he was sent firstly to Aldershot for training.

Ernest moved to Shorncliffe in Kent at the end of February 1915. In April 1915 Ernest'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 Ernest 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.

In April 1916 Ernest had moved with the 8th Leicesters to the Doullens area for six weeks cleaning up, resting and training. In mid-May the battalion 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 Ernest'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. Just before the withdrawal to Ribemont Ernest received a gunshot wound and was taken to No. 45 Casualty Clearing Station. From there he was transferred to a hospital in Etaples. He recovered and returned to the Field on 28th July and on 16th August was temporarily posted for five weeks to the 7th Battalion of the Leicesters who were in the trenches at Agnez les Duisans alternating with reliefs in billets in Arras.

Ernest rejoined the 8th Battalion at Lignereuil on 7th September. On 13th September the 8th Battalion 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.

Ernest was wounded in action on 25th September. He died from his wounds in No. 38 Casualty Clearing Station on 29th September 1916, aged 22. He was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-l'Abbé, south-west of Albert, Grave IV. I. 79.

Ernest's older brother William served in the Navy on the battlecruiser HMS Princess Royal and his younger brother Arnold served in the Norfolk Regiment. Both survived the war.

Private 24416 George Ernest Lee

2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.

Killed in Action 13th November 1916, Aged 21.

Buried Serre Road Cemetery No 1, I. G. 20. 

George Ernest Lee was born on the 8th May 1895 in the Union Workhouse, Horninglow, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. He was the son of Clara Lee, a servant, who was admitted to the workhouse on 17th November 1894 when she was three months pregnant. Clara remained at the workhouse until 28th November 1895. In 1901 Clara was working as a servant in the household of David Page, a rent collector, and his wife and family, in Conery Lane, Enderby, Leicestershire. In the summer of 1901 Clara married Alfred Jalland, a widowed farm labourer twenty years her senior. Alfred Jalland had six children from his first marriage, but they were all adults by the time he married Clara.

Alfred Jalland and Clara had four more children Alfred, Frederick, Elsie and Violet, all half-siblings to George. One source suggests that Alfred Jalland was also the father of George Lee, but this is unproven. In 1911 George was a farm labourer and living in family home at Meeting Street, Quorn, together with his step-father, his mother and his half-blood siblings. In the spring of 1914 he married Minnie Taylor in the Barrow upon Soar registration area and the couple set up home at 38 Duke Street, Loughborough.

When George enlisted is unknown but it seems to have been sometime in the spring of 1916. His service record has not survived so his date of entry into France is also unknown. He joined the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment as Private 24416.

The 2nd Battalion had been in France and Flanders since August 1914 and had been involved in most of the major actions. From 15th July until 3rd September 1916 the battalion took part in the Battle of Delville Wood (part of the Somme Offensive), after which they went into the trenches in the Serre sector, with rest billets at Courcelles and Couin.

On 20th September a period of training began at the Bois de Warnimont. This lasted until 30th September when the battalion moved to training trenches at Authie to practise an attack. On 1st October they took over the support trenches at Hébuterne until 7th October when they marched to Puchevillers. Here Divisional practice for the forthcoming attack was carried out. Back in Bertrancourt from 18th-28th October the battalion supplied large fatigue parties day and night. On 28th October the battalion went into the trenches, which were in a very bad state, on the northern sub-section of the Redan (south of Serre) and were subjected to periodic shelling. Relieved on the 30th October they returned to huts at Bertrancourt. Until 7th November the battalion supplied working parties for the roads and unloading parties at Beaussart Station and also enjoyed a boxing match ad football game. A move to billets in Mailly-Maillet came on 7th, amid enemy shelling. On 12th November the battalion moved into the assembly trenches, ready for action.

On 13th October the battalion successfully crossed the German front line and assaulted the second line in spite of heavy mist. The cost to the battalion, however, was high with many casualties among the officers and other ranks. George, aged 21, lost his life in the action. He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, Serre, Pas de Calais, Grave I. G. 20. George is commemorated on the war memorial at Quorn as well as on the Carillon.

Private 70432 Samuel Lees

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

Died between 21st and 23rd March 1918, Aged 26.

Commemorated Arras Memorial Bay 7. 

Samuel Lees was born in Castle Donington in 1891. He married Sarah Lizzie Nicholson in Hathern or Loughborough (probably the former) in late 1915 or early 1916.

He enlisted at Long Eaton.

He is remembered on the war memorial of St. Edward King and Martyr Church, Castle Donington as well as on the memorial at All Saints Church, Thorpe Acre.

His widow Sarah married Charles Onions of Loughborough in 1920.

 

Second Lieutenant Alexander William Leslie

1/4th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Died of Wounds 23rd April 1917, Aged 24.

Buried Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension II. A. 4.

Alexander William Leslie was born at 25 Sparrow Hill, Loughborough in 1892, the son of Walter William Leslie, a saddler, and his second wife Harriet Jane Annie (née Peachey) who were married in Sydmonton, Hampshire, in 1888. He was baptised on 16th October 1892 at Holy Trinity Church, Loughborough.

Alexander had two half-brothers from his father’s first marriage to Caroline Sarah Harris who had died, aged 27, in 1866 and was buried at All Saints’ Parish Church, Loughborough, on 15th October 1886. Alexander also had two full siblings Albert and Ethel. By 1901 the Leslie family had moved to 43 Nottingham Road. In 1911 Alexander, who had attended Loughborough Grammar School, had become a bank clerk at Parr’s Bank in Ashby de la Zouch. He later moved to their branch in Leicester.

Alexander enlisted soon after war began but his exact date of enlistment is unknown as his service record has not survived. He joined the 3/4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment as a Private and achieved promotion to the rank of Lance Corporal. On 13th January 1916 he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant with the Leicesters. After moving for a brief time to Grantham he was posted to France to the 1/4th Battalion.

Alexander joined his new battalion in the trenches at Foncquevillers on 15th June 1916. On 30th June the battalion moved to billets in St. Amand-les-Eaux in preparation for the start of the Somme Offensive. On 2nd July the battalion transferred to Hannescamps and was heavily shelled. At Bienvillers-au-Bois on 15th July they launched a gas and smoke attack on the enemy. After a short period in training at Pommier and some work on trench improvement they moved into the trenches at Monchy-au-Bois on 1st August and were again shelled. Apart from a week in the trenches at La Cauchie the battalion remained in the Pommier/Bienvillers area until 28th October. November 1916 was spent training at Drucat, Domvast, and Mondicourt prior to a return to the trenches at Hannescamps.

In February the battalion took over a new front line facing Monchy-au-Bois and experienced a very heavy enemy bombardment of trench mortars and shells. The first two weeks of March were spent on the front line between Hannescamps and La Brayelle before a move over several days to Flechin took place. April began with training at Flechin and Erny St. Julien followed by a move to Lens on 18th April.

Alexander was wounded on 21st April in the trenches north-west of Lens whilst carrying mortar ammunition to the line. He died, aged 24, on 23rd April and is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension Grave II. A. 4. He is remembered on the Holy Trinity War Memorial, Loughborough, and on Loughborough Grammar School Memorial as well as on the Carillon.

Private 255510 Fred Lester

Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Killed in Action 22nd June 1917, Aged 21.

Buried Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery C 32.

Fred was the son of Issac & Maria Lester of 39 Lorne Road, Leicester, Fred lived in Loughborough.

Private 8645 Isaac Lester

 

2nd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers.                                     

Killed in Action 8th September 1914, Aged 30.

Commemorated La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.

 

As a reservist with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, Isaac Lester was ordered to Dublin in early August 1914 to join the 2nd Battalion of the regiment. By 15th August he was in France as part of the original British Expeditionary Force of World War One and was almost immediately involved in the First Battle of Mons, the Battle of Le Cateau and then the First Battle of the Marne in which he lost his life.

He left a widow Elizabeth and one small son George who lived at 3 Connery Passage, Loughborough.

Sergeant 26130 Walter Lindsell

16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)

Killed in Action 10th October 1916, Aged 27.

Buried Mill Road Cemetery Thiepval XVI. B. 8.

Walter Lindsell was born in Arnold, Nottinghamshire in 1889, the son of Frank and Kate Lindsell (née Boardman). Walter's parents were married on 7th June 1885 at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham and his father was a hosiery warehouseman. Walter had five brothers Harry, Arthur, Frank, Lawrence and Harold and three sisters Rosetta, Hilda and Ivy. Two other siblings Charles and Ruby had died in infancy. The Lindsell family lived at Brookfield in Arnold. Walter's mother died on 23rd October 1903 and one year later his father, who was now a hosiery manager, married Ann Lamb (known as 'Annie') in Nottingham. In 1910 Frank Lindsell was nominated for the position of Conservative councillor on Arnold Urban District Council. By 1911 Walter had left home and was boarding at the home of the Towle family at 42 Johnson Road, Lenton. He was a yarn agent's clerk by trade.

Walter enlisted on 15th May 1915 in Nottingham and joined B Coy of the 16th (Service) Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) as Private 26130. The 16th Battalion was known as the Chatsworth Rifles as it was formed at Derby on 16th April 1915 by the Duke of Devonshire and the Derbyshire Territorial Force Association.

When Walter joined the battalion it was at Buxton, but it moved to Redmires near Sheffield on 8th June 1915 for training in trench warfare. On 25th May 1915 Walter had been appointed a Lance Corporal and on 18th June 1915 a Corporal. On 4th August, however, he reverted to being a Private at his own request. On 2nd September 1915 there was another move to Hursley near Winchester where the battalion came under the orders of the 39th Division of the Army and on 29th September 1915 Walter was once again appointed a Lance Corporal. On 30th September the battalion moved to Aldershot and on 28th October Walter became an Acting Corporal. On 8th November the battalion moved to Witley Camp on Witley Common, Surrey, for final training. On 12th November 1915 Walter became an Acting Lance Sergeant and on 3rd January 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant.

On 16th December 1915 Walter married Gladys Mary McQuire at Holy Trinity Church, Lenton, but the couple were only briefly together as Walter's battalion embarked at Southampton for Le Havre on 6th March 1916. On arrival the battalion concentrated near Blaringhem, not far from Dunkerque until 13th March when the battalion marched to Estaires. On 19th March front line instruction began at Laventie. This was followed by training in the trenches at Auchy, where the enemy was quite active.

On April 15th the battalion marched to Riez du Vinage and on 23rd took over a section of the trenches near Festubert. In early May, after a short time in Le Touret the battalion returned to Riez du Vinage. On 17th May they went into the trenches at Givenchy where the front was full of craters, and they were attacked by enemy rifle grenades. After a break in Gorre they returned to the Givenchy front line on June 3rd where they carried out a successful raid on the enemy. On 6th June the battalion went into reserve at Essacs before taking over the front line at Richebourg l'Avoué, where on 30th June they supported an attack. While at Essacs Walter had received a severe reprimand for 'highly improper conduct'.

From 1st to 11th July the battalion pushed forward and made some progress, afterwards remaining at Richebourg l'Avoué trenches until 20th July. On 10th August they began moving towards the Somme via Auchel to La Thieuloye where two days training took place. On 28th August they reached Beaussart.

Walter, however, was not with the battalion at this point. On 23rd August at La Thieuloye he had been taken to No. 13 Field Ambulance, suffering from influenza. On the same day he was moved to No. 12 Stationary Hospital at St. Pol-sur-Ternoise, north-west of Arras. He did not rejoin his battalion until 9th September when the Chatswoth Rifles were in the line at Beaumont Hamel, conveying items for the attacking troops and providing trench control posts. This operation continued until 19th September when the battalion marched to Bertrancourt and took over the trenches at Hébuterne on the following day.

The battalion was relieved on 1st October and on 5th October took over a centre section of the trenches at Thiepval including the Schwaben Redoubt. It was very muddy and the enemy put up a vigorous defence. Walter was killed in action, aged 27, during an attack on the Schwaben Redoubt, Somme, on 10th October 1916. He was buried in Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme Grave XVI. B. 8. He is commemorated on the war memorial in Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, Nottinghamshire.

Walter's father had predeceased him, dying on 31st March 1916. Walter's wife Gladys, who had remained with her parents at 69 Lenton Boulevard, Nottingham, moved to Loughborough after Walter's death. In 1918 she married Everard Thomas H. Goodman in Loughborough and lived at 24 Burleigh Road. Gladys and Everard Goodman had three children Derek, Rosemary and John.

Walter's brother Harold who served with the 12th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters was killed in 1917 near Ypres. His brother Lawrence served with the Sherwood Foresters, his brother Arthur with the Sherwood Foresters and the Army Service Corps and his brother Frank with the Machine Gun Corps. Unlike Walter and Harold Lawrence, Arthur and Frank survived the war.
 

Driver 52880 Ernest Lindsey

A Bty. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.

Killed in Action 22nd May 1918, Aged 27.

Buried Cinq Rues British Cemetery D. 20.

Gunner 122616 Harry Flavill Littlewood

265 Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.

Died of Wounds 19th September 1917, Aged 34.

Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery XXI. A. 10.

Harry was the son of George & Ann Littlewood of Loughborough.

Private 534526 Cecil Ernest Loader

4th London Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps.

Killed in Action 7th November 1917, Aged 23.

Commemorated Jerusalem Memorial Isreal. panel 56.

Cecil was the youngest son of Mr. George Loader, of Toothill Road Loughborough. Before he joined the army on the outbreak of war he was with Adderly and Co, of Leicester. He was trained at Chelsea and Poplar, and served in the field ambulance with the armies in France, Salonika, Egypt and Palestine.

Gunner 93140 Frederick Harry Le Marchant Lovell

Royal Horse Artillery, Y Battery. Previously served as No. 425 Royal Horse Artillery (Notts.) (T.F.).

Died of Wounds 11th November 1916, Aged 37.

Buried Heilly Station Cemetery Somme V. E. 17.

Frederick Harry Le Marchant Lovell, known as 'Harry', was born in 1879 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, to Harry and Ellen Ann Lovell (née Popplestone). His parents were married at Buckland, Dover, Kent, on 7th February 1875. His father was a Sergeant and Master Gunner in the Royal Regiment of Artillery and in 1881 Harry and his parents were living with his maternal grandparents Henry and Charlotte Popplestone in army accommodation at Hougham, Dover. Harry's grandfather Henry Popplestone was a Sergeant in the Royal Artillery Militia. Harry had one sister Charlotte Passmore Daisy Lovell, born in Portsmouth, in 1882.

In 1886 Harry and Charlotte's mother died, aged 32, and in 1891 Harry, Charlotte and their widowed father were living as boarders in the household of the Smith family at 318 London Road, Dover. Harry's father had joined the Kent Militia and was now Chief Master Gunner at Dover Castle. On 17th November 1891 Harry's father was married again to Mary Alice Huckstep at Holy Trinity Church, Dover. Harry's father died in 1908 in Dartford, Kent.

Where Harry was between 1891 and 1913 is unrecorded but his 425 service number indicates that he joined the Nottinghamshire Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery (a territorial force) in April, May or June 1913. In the early summer of 1914 he married Eva M. Williams, a cycle maker's daughter, in Loughborough.

It is likely that in January 1915 Harry joined Y Battery, part of the XV Brigade assigned to the 29th Division of the Army, at Leamington, Warwickshire. In March 1915 the brigade embarked at Avonmouth and sailed for Alexandria (via Malta) arriving from 28th March. Records differ regarding Harry's date of arrival in Egypt, one record quoting 11th April 1915, another the 25th April 1915. On 7th April, the division had begun re-embarking at Alexandria for Gallipoli.

From 16th August to the night of 19th/20th December 1915 the bulk of the division served at Suvla but the brigade remained at Helles. On the night of 7th/8th January 1916, the division was evacuated from Helles. In March 1916, it was transferred to France, landing at Marseille and reaching the Somme area (near Pont-Remy) between 15th and 29th March. The first action on the Western Front was the Battle of the Somme. On 1st July 1916, the brigade took part in the Battle of Albert as part of VIII Corps, Fourth Army. From the 1st -18th October the brigade was involved in the Battle of Le Transloy.

Harry appears to have been transferred to the regular army battery, the 1/1st Battery of the Notts Royal Horse Artillery in the latter half of 1916 as his service number was changed to 93140. It is not known when Harry was wounded but he died of wounds in No. 36 Casualty Clearing Station at Heilly on 11th November 1916, aged 37, and was buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-l'Abbé, Grave V. E. 17. Harry shares a grave with an Australian soldier Boyce Thomas (21st Battalion, A.I.F.) who died of wounds on the same day. The headstone on the grave bears Harry's former service number of 425.

Harry is remembered on the war memorials in Dover and Barrow on Soar as well as on the Carillon. He is additionally remembered on the Rolls of Honour in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow on Soar (on which his date of death is incorrectly inscribed as 1914), the Roll of Honour in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Charlton, Kent, and on the Guernsey Roll of Honour.

Private 62558 Richard Gordon Lovell

8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers.

Formerly 3821 C. I. Yeomanry.

Killed in Action 25th June 1917, Aged 21.

Buried Monchy British Cemetery I. I. 16.

Richard was the son of Charles & Ada Lovell of 2 Wray Crescent Tollington Park London, Robert was born at Loughborough.

Trooper 1843 John Jesson Lucas

Leicestershire Yeomanry.

Killed in Action 13th May 1915.

Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) panel 5.

John Jesson Lucas was born in 1895 in Quorn. He was the eldest son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Lucas (née Jesson) and he had three sisters Nellie, Hilda and Dorothy. His parents were married in Quorn in 1885 and the family lived at 18 High Street, Quorn (the Old Bull's Head). John's father was a watchmaker, jeweller and publican and in 1911 John, aged 16, was assisting in the business.

John was killed in the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge. He is also commemorated on the war memorial in Quorn.

Private 31284 John Thomas Ludlam

7th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment.

Formerly 28261 Leicestershire Regiment.

Killed in Action 1st November 1916,  Aged 20.

Commemorated Thiepval Memorial Somme pier & face 7A - 7B.

John Thomas Ludlam was born in 1896 at Hugglescote, Leicestershire. He was the son of William Ludlam, a bricklayer, and his wife Frances Ann (née Wain) who were married in Leicester in 1879. John had five brothers William, Leonard, Percy, Bertie and Horace and five sisters Frances, Edith, Mabel, Pearl and Doris, His sister Mabel died, aged 17, in 1907. In 1891 the family lived at 20 Cobden Street, Loughborough, but by 1901 had moved to 108 Station Street and by 1911 to 56 Broad Street. Before the war John was employed at Paten and Co., wine and spirit merchants of 12 -13 Market Place, Loughborough.

John's service record has not survived and his date of enlistment in Leicester is unknown but he initially joined the Leicestershire Regiment as Private 28261. His date of transfer to the 7th (Service) Battalion of the Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) as Private 38214 is also unknown. It is reasonable, however, to assume that he was not in France or Flanders before 1916 as he was not awarded the 1914-15 Star Medal. The War diary of the 7th South Lancashire Regiment notes that between 10th and 19th July 1916 'a draft of 78 men was received, chiefly from the West Yorks and York and Leicester battalions' so it is possible that John joined the 7th Battalion at that point.

In mid-July 1916 the 7th Battalion of the South Lancashire Regiment was in the rest camp for troops going to and from the trenches on the outskirts of Hénencourt Wood west of Albert. While the battalion was there training in physical exercises, bayonet fighting, bomb throwing and Lewis gun handling took place. On 19th July the battalion went into front line trenches on either side of Mametz Wood where they suffered nightly gas shelling by the enemy.

On 31st July lorries transported the battalion to billets in Franvillers as the men's feet were in poor condition after being in the trenches. Between 3rd and 8th August the battalion moved by lorry and train to Kemmel, six miles south-west of Ypres where they went into the trenches.

Between 4th and 21st September the battalion was alternately in the support and front line trenches at Ploegsteert Wood and on 21st moved back to camp at De Seule and to billets in Outtersteene on the following day. The battalion remained in Outtersteene until 5th October when they entrained at Bailleul for Doullens and moved into billets at St. Léger lès Authie. On 7th October the battalion went into the front line trenches until 11th October, coming under enemy shellfire and bombing. From 12th-17th October the battalion was in Coigneux preparing for and practising an attack, after which they moved to Contay. When the proposed attack was cancelled the battalion moved into the trenches.

Here there were heavy bombardments from both sides on 23rd and 24th October, after which the battalion withdrew to Aveluy. On 27th the battalion moved to the reserve trenches at Wood Post and Leipzig Redoubt. In the afternoon of the 1st November the enemy shelled the communication trenches very heavily and it is likely that John, aged 20, was killed at this point (rather than on 31st October as one Army record states).

John is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 7A -7B, and on the memorial in the former St. Peter's Church building, Loughborough, as well as on the Carillon. In a letter to the parents his Lieutenant said that he was killed while on duty, adding that 'He was quite a good lad, and his loss would be felt very much'. John's four brothers also enlisted but, unlike John, all survived the war.

Private 49558 Lawrence Cyril Ludlam

3rd Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.

Died  Scarborough Hospital 16th July 1918 Aged 19. 

       
Buried Loughborough Cemetery 42/216. 

Lawrence was the son of Emma Ludlam of 33 Howard Street, Loughborough.