Carshalton War Memorial

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Not on the memorial

During the course of researching the men on the memorial, it has become apparent that there are many men with local connections whose names do not appear. There may be several reasons for this, for example they may have been born in Carshalton but moved away; they may have had no relatives in the area to ensure that their name was included; or perhaps they are commemorated on a different memorial.

So far, approximately 125 men with local ties have been discovered. The initial list is below; the remaining names still need to be verified and will be added shortly.

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AISTON, Reginald George
Age: 22
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Service: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Unit: 27th Company
Service Number: 7312
Died: 25/09/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery
Reference: 464

CWGC Notes: Son of Albert William and Eliza Ann Aiston, of 22 Pell St, Maidstone. Native of Carshalton        

ARROW, Harry Hubert
Age: 19
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 305th Siege Battery
Service Number: 147127
Died: 27/08/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery
Reference: IV.C.7

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Enlisted in November 1916, shortly after his 18th birthday. A driver, he lived at 22 Melbourne Road, Wallington.

ATKINS, Arthur Charles
Age: 19
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Unit: attd. London Regiment (The Rangers)
Died: 09/09/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Reference: Pier and Face 9D & 16B

CWGC Notes: Son of Charles Way Atkins and Annie Selina Atkins, of "Westwood", Talbot Rd, Carshalton    

Additional Information: Educated at City of London school, then attended London University to study mathematics with the intention of beoming an actuary. Had joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps when he was 18 and received his commission in the London Regiment in December 1915. Leading his men in an attack on September 9th he was shot in the side. Disregarding his wound, he continued advancing but was then shot through the head. A fellow officer wrote: “He did splendid work. There was no doubt about him leading his men. He died a hero. We are proud to have fought with one so fearless and brave.” 

ATTERBURY, William James
Age: 26
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 9583
Died: 24/11/1914
Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Reference: Panel 34

CWGC Notes: Son of William and Mary Ann Elizabeth Atterbury, of 3, Spencer Terrace, Spencer Rd., Mitcham Common, Mitcham    

Additional Information: Born Carshalton 7th October 1888. Enlisted 3rd June 1908; served with the BEF from 7th October 1914. Killed in action. Commemorated on Mitcham war memorial.

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BANHAM, Samuel Herbert
(On CWGC as BANHAN)
Age: 23    
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: ‘C’ Anti-Aircraft Battery
Service Number: 374273
Died: 29/09/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension
Reference: VI.C.7

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

BLACKBURN, Leonard Walter
Age: 18
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
Unit: 5th Battalion
Service Number: 5827
Died: 29/12/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Dawlish Cemetery
Reference: 780

CWGC Notes: Son of Joseph and Sarah Blackburn, of Norfolk Cottage, Gander Green Lane, Sutton        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Had only enlisted in May 1916, just after he turned 18. His occupation was given as ‘assistant’.

BONE, Charles
Age: 29        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Service Number: L/8767
Died: 02/12/1914
Cemetery / Memorial: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Reference: III.B.52

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Son of George William and Emily Bone, of 58 Sibthorpe Road, Mitcham. Worked as a labourer before joining up in Nov. 1904. Served with the BEF in France from 12th August 1914 in a regular battalion. Charles was wounded during the retreat from Mons and again severely near Ypres. Died whilst being evacuated by Ambulance Train. Commemorated on Mitcham war memorial.

BOSHER, Harry
Age: 19
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)
Unit: 1/16th Battalion
Service Number: 553806
Died: 26/09/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Arras Memorial
Reference: Bay 10

CWGC Notes: Son of Henry and Mary Ann Bosher, of "Boswell", Harrow Rd, Carshalton

BRIGHT, G W
Age: 23        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Unit: 6th Battalion
Service Number: 11719
Died: 13/05/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty
Reference: X.H.12

CWGC Notes: Husband of Doris Eveline Bright, of the Day Nursery, Camden Rd, Carshalton    

BUSHELL, Arthur George
Age: 28
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 1/1st (Wessex) Brigade
Service Number: 315368
Died: 02/07/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
Reference: III.D.15

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

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CAREY, Alfred A
Age: 26    
Rank: Able Seaman
Regiment / Service: Royal Navy
Unit: HMS Somme
Service Number: J/9112
Died: 10/09/1920
Cemetery / Memorial: Carshalton (All Saints) Churchyard
Reference: New.24.7

CWGC Notes: Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Carey, of 16 Byron Avenue, Westmead Rd        

CAVE, Thomas Bourchier
Age: 27
Rank: Corporal
Regiment / Service: Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment
Unit: 102nd Battalion
Service Number: 703922
Died: 11/11/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont
Reference: III.B.35

CWGC Notes: Son of Thomas and Ina Mary Cave, of Carshalton; husband of Winifred E. Cave, of Aurora, Ontario                        

Additional Information: Born 5th March 1889. A married law student, he had previously served with the Officer Training Corps. Enlisted 26th January 1916. Grandson of Thomas Cave, MP and General Sir George Bourchier of the Royal Artillery. Nephew of Sir George Cave, the Solicitor General. He had been recommended for a commission on account of gallant services in action, and was killed whilst bringing in a wounded officer from no man’s land.

CLARK, Ernest Arthur George
Age: 21
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Royal Fusiliers
Unit: 9th Battalion
Service Number: 2578
Died: 06/10/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Bancourt British Cemetery
Reference:  IX.A.18

CWGC Notes: Son of Ansley Clark; husband of Annie Beatrice Thorpe (formerly Clark), of 27 Cranfield Rd, Carshalton, Native of Wallington.    
                    
Additional Information: Enlisted in December 1915. Formerly a milkman. Born in Wallington and lived at 36 Bernard Road in Wallington.

CLARK, Frank Watson
Age: 30
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Coldstream Guards
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 22924
Died: 04/11/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Villers-Pol Communal Cemetery Extension
Reference: F.2

CWGC Notes: Son of Lewis and Emily Clark, of Wandsworth; husband of Dorothy Annie Clark, of "Duneaves," Carshalton        
                  
CLARKE, Booth Frederick
Age: 18
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Died: 26/01/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Doiran Memorial

CWGC Notes: Son of P. A. Warren (formerly Clarke), of 35 Goldington Avenue, Bedford, and the late Booth Frederick Clarke. Born at Carshalton

COX, Thomas
Age: 27
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Unit: 10th Battalion
Service Number: 21795
Died: 18/08/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre
Reference: II.D.11

CWGC Notes: Son of William and Julia Cox, of Brickfield Cottages, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton        
                    
CRAWLEY, Ernest George
Age: 28
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Leicestershire Regiment
Unit: 8th Battalion
Service Number: 39509
Died: 27/05/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Soissons Memorial

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

CROSS, Arthur Stanley
Age: 30
Rank: Sapper
Regiment / Service: Royal Engineers
Unit: 17th Div Signal Coy
Service Number: 121046
Died: 04/11/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Vendegies-Au-Bois British Cemetery
Reference: A.9

CWGC Notes: Son of Mrs. Ellen Cross; husband of Edith Cross, of Hayesden Farm, Tonbridge, Kent        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

CROSS, Edward Jasper
(Soldier’s Died in The Great War gives his name as Edward JAMES)
Age: Unknown
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Army Service Corps
Unit: 341st M.T Coy
Service Number: M2/101835
Died: 08/03/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Banstead (All Saints) Churchyard
Reference: New Ground

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Commemorated on the memorial panel at All Saints church, Banstead.

CURTIS, John Benjamin
(On CWGC as Benjamin John)
Age: 20
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Cheshire Regiment
Unit: 1/6th Battalion
Service Number: 50677
Died: 21/03/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Pozieres Memorial
Reference: Panel 35 and 36

CWGC Notes: Son of Samuel and Harriett Curtis, of Southill, Biggleswade, Beds        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Enlisted in Sandy. His father Samuel was pastor of the Baptist church is Biggleswade and they lived in the adjoining house. Also commemorated on the Southill Parish Hall roll of honour.

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DAVIS, Maurice Oliver Arthur
Age: 23
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: London Regiment
Unit: 13th Kensington Bn, attd. London Irish Rifles
Died: 01/03/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery
Reference: X.A.26

CWGC Notes: Son of William Wallace Davis and Annie Davis, of "Sherwood," Beeches Avenue, Carshalton. Native of South Norwood        

DEANE, George Frederick
Age: 20
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: Essex Regiment
Unit: 11th, attd. RFA 18th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Died: 22/04/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe
Reference: I.O.40

CWGC Notes: Son of Frederick and Bertha Deane, of Braiswick, Colchester. Native of Carshalton    

DUFF, George
Age: 50
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Befordshire Regiment
Unit: 1st (Garr), trans to 101st Coy Lab Corps (89532)
Service Number: 24778
Died: 16/05/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Reference: P.XI.K.2A

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

DYBALL, James Henry
Age: 32
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 35953
Died: 18/09/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Vis-En-Artois Memorial
Reference: Panel 7

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

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EAGAR, Francis Herbert
Age: 25
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Service: Royal Fusiliers
Unit: ‘X’ Company, 4th Battalion
Service Number: G/588
Died: 18/09/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Vis-En-Artois Memorial
Reference: Panel 3

CWGC Notes: Son of Mrs. Annie Eagar of Old Thorn Cottage, Bridleway, Carshalton        

Additional Information: Killed during a German attack near Epehy; the battalion suffered 20 killed and 52 wounded.

EBDEN, Thomas Jesse
Age: 23
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment / Service:  Canadian Mounted Rifles
Unit: 2nd.
Service Number: 446450
Died: 30/09/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Bazentin-Le-Petit Cemetery
Reference: H.17

CWGC Notes: None        

Additional Information: Is on the roll of honour in Carshalton (All Saints) church. Born in Carshalton, was an ironworker living in Calgary, Canada.  Enlisted in May 1915.

EVANS, Harry James
Age: 39    
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Unit: 16th Battalion
Service Number: 72253
Died: 21/03/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Pozieres Memorial
Reference: Panel 52 to 54

CWGC Notes: Son of Harry James and Susan Evans, of Stanley Rd, Carshalton; husband of Elizabeth Annie Evans, of 12A Penton Place, London        
                    
Additional Information: Formerly of the Royal Flying Corps.

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FAIRMAN, Walter James
Age: 20
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Northamptonshire Regiment
Unit: ‘A’ Company, 6th Battalion
Service Number: 14359
Died: 14/10/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt
Reference: H.18

CWGC Notes: Son of James and Mary Ann Fairman, of Croydon and Carshalton

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GALYER, James
Age: 26    
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: 4th (Queen’s Own) Hussars
Service Number: 14233
Died: 07/06/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Tincourt New British Cemetery
Reference: X.B.21

CWGC Notes: Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Galyer, of 58 Albert Rd, Epsom        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Previously a stable man and groom, James had originally joined the army in 1912. Commemorated on the Ashley Road and St. Martin’s memorials in Epsom.

GALYER, Robert
Age: 34    
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 8th Battalion
Service Number: 22258
Died: 01/10/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Guise (La Desolation) French National Cemetery, Flavigny-Le-Petit
Reference: Allied Sect. 1139

CWGC Notes: Son of Thomas Galyer, husband of Ellen Galyer, of 25 Ruislip St, Tooting        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Enlisted in November 1915. Worked as a builder’s handyman and lived in Tooting.

GARRARD, William Charles
Age: 22
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Service Number: 10048
Died: 17/03/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery
Reference: I.A.63

CWGC Notes: Son of Mr. W. H. and Mrs. M. P. Garrard, of 8 Sandymount, St. George's Rd, Richmond        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Prior to enlisting in October 1910 he had worked as a fishmonger in the Kew area. Died of wounds in military hospital at St. Omer. There are no casualties listed in the battalion war diary for the 17th, however the previous day’s entry reads: “Locre – Battalion relieved by 3rd Worcestershire Regt and marched to billet at Locres arriving 11.30pm. Casualties 1 killed 4 wounded. Total casualties during tour in trenches killed 7 officers 42 OR, wounded 3 officers 84 OR, missing 7 OR.” Commemorated on Richmond war memorial.

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HAITE, Charles
Age: 37        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Border Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 22753
Died: 03/05/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Auchonvillers Military Cemetery
Reference: II.C.20

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. No casualties recorded on the 3rd May. The end of April records show that: “ACHEUX, April 29th 2330 Bombardment by our artillery. Party of S.W. Borderers leave our trenches to Raid enemy’s lines. 2340 Enemy retaliate and bombard our trenches heavily, all telephone communications interrupted. 30th 0035 our bombardment ceases. 0045 All quiet for the remainder of the day. Great difficulty experienced in moving casualties from firing line. Casualties OR 2 killed, 2 died of wounds. 16 wounded. 2 self-inflicted wounds to hospital. 1 shell shock to hospital.” There is a CW Haite commemorated on Sutton war memorial.

HAYDEN, John
Age: 22        
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)
Unit: 3rd Company, 16th Battalion
Service Number: 1101
Died: 13/02/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension
Reference: III.B.17

CWGC Notes: Son of Charles Hooper Hayden and Emma Elizabeth Birmingham Hayden, of 56 Endlesham Rd, Balham        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Brother of Charles Hayden.

HOW, Frederick Albert
Age: 23        
Rank: Trooper
Regiment / Service: Imperial Camel Corps (Australian)
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 1813
Died: 27/06/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Alexandria (Chatby) & Military War Memorial Cemetery
Reference: E.191

CWGC Notes: Son of W. A. and Edith How, of Hillcrest, Carshalton, England        
                    
Additional Information: A clerk, enlisted aged 21 in 1915. Died at Moghara in Egypt of ‘wounds accidentally received’. Had served at Gallipoli.

HUTCHINGS, Leonard John
Age: 26
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Middlesex Regiment / Labour Corps
Unit: trans. to (178679) 333rd Home Service Works Coy
Service Number: G/35561
Died: 29/10/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Carshalton (All Saints) Churchyard
Reference: New.16.4

CWGC Notes: Husband of E. G. Hutchings, of 1 Lynton Cottage, St. James Rd        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Sutton and worked as a porter. Lived at 5 Park Terrace, St. John’s Road, Carshalton. Joined the army in June 1916, originally serving with the Royal West Surrey regiment. Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial.

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JEACOCKE, George Walter
Age: 30
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)
Unit: 2/8th Battalion
Service Number: 374630
Died: 30/10/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Cement House Cemetery
Reference: XVI.B.13
    
CWGC Notes: Husband of Gertrude Elizabeth Jeacocke of 17 Park Hill, Carshalton        

JONES, James Henry
Age: 31
Rank: Pilot (Perm)
Regiment / Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit: Motor Pilot Cutter ‘Valiant’
Died: 26/09/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

CWGC Notes: Husband of Ethel M. Jones, of "Shandon," Carshalton Rd, Sutton        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial. No record of a ‘Valiant’ being lost, however the pilot cutter ‘Vigilant’ was lost on the 26th September 1915 when it was mined and sunk off Harwich with the loss of 14 lives.

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KELLY, Edward Rowley

Age: 17
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: Border Regiment
Unit: 3rd Battalion
Died: 07/07/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Reference: Panel 35


CWGC Notes: Son of the late Lieut. Edward Kelly (R.N.) and Mrs. Ethel Kelly        
                    
Additional Information: Only son of the above, and grandson of Admiral Edward Kelly. His parents lived at ‘Dalmally’ on Carshalton Park Road. Educated at Hitchin Grammar School from 1905-1910, where the school records state that ‘he was a man of irrepressible wit and good spirits and it was said that memory of him would be treasured as something rare by all who knew him.  He paid a visit to the school the week before he left for the Western Front’. Between 1911 and 1914 he was educated at St. John’s, Leatherhead. He had obtained a history scholarship to Merton College, Oxford. Commissioned 3rd Border Regiment January 1915 and was sent to France exactly one month before he died. He was killed in action whilst attached to the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, during 3 days of heavy fighting to repel a German counter-attack near Pilkem. During this action the battalion lost 7 officers and 79 other ranks. 10 officers 220 other ranks were wounded or missing. He is commemorated on the Hitchin Grammar and St. John’s school memorials. Below are extracts from his personal diary and a letter home, as well as a letter from his commanding officer (with thanks to St. John’s school - information from the school magazine 'The Johnian', Vol XXX no 5. October 1915):

June 9th 1915 Left Waterloo en route for front; Auntie and Rita saw me off. They behaved as I expected, like people with blood. Arrived Southampton, reported, and dined at the Dolphin. Went aboard at 12 p.m., started at 3-0 a.m.
June 10th Arrived Havre at 9-0 am. Roughly; reported to Base Commandant and was told much to my annoyance that I was not to go to Border but to Lanc. Fus. Said goodbye to others; dine at Tortom. Left Havre 11-30 p.m. for Rouen; arrived Rouen 4 a.m., very tired; went to Hotel Moderne.
June 11th Awoke feeling better, and reported to Camp Commandant; am in 4th Division. Spent day in getting kit ready and hearing rumours.
June 12th Morning, on parade at 8-30 a.m. for march and lecture. Censor letters, far better than books for insight into human nature. Here humour and pathos, comedy and tragedy mixed. Finish work. Write letters. Mess. Bed.
June 13th 2 parades, nothing doing, very bored.
June 14th Ordered to front, very bucked. Leave Rouen 6 p.m. and travel all night, six in a carriage, plenty of food and papers, so not bored. Leave Rouen amid frantic cheers “‘eep ‘eep ‘ooray.” Have supper, cold boiled eggs, sardines, bread, butter, chocolate and Perrier. Sleep. Wake up feeling cold and miserable which is not surprising at 4:30. Have some coffee from some sporting French soldiers, and feel much more bucked, Leave Abbeville for Boulogne. At last after many trials and tribulations arrive at Poperinghe, our Railhead. Wait for 3/4 hr. Finally an A.S.C. Lieutenant takes compassion on me and sends me in company with an Officer of the Royal Irish and we ride off in style in a Transport wagon to the 3rd Company train. On arrival disowned by A.S.C. and have to drag off to No. 4 Company. Here we have a most luxurious mess including port and liquors, and slept luxuriously in an ambulance. It must be admitted that the A.S.C. is the place for luxury and safety. Still they aren’t Army men, as the Captain justly remarks.
June 15th Wake and have a decent shave and wash. Feel much better after decent breakfast.  Start off in transport and reach our own H.Q., where I report to our Q.M., Major Bowes, who is jolly decent to me. Sleep all the afternoon after watching the vain efforts of our artillery to hit a too inquisitive Taube. Start at 6-30 p.m. to march party up to the battalion. Although not dressed like the Tommy one sees in the illustrated papers, music halls, etc., they are fine fellows and what someone describes to me as “good men for a scrap”. Pass through a village which has been wrecked by shell fire; it is in an awful state, the Church having received especial attention. “Homo homini lupus,” I suppose. All our boasted civilisation seems to find its supreme expression in the ruin of the house of that Man, whose creed has made us a little lower than the angels. When one contemplates that ruined village one feels that we are a little lower than the beasts. It seems to signify sense at war with soul, for while the ruins show the victory of sense, the untouched crucifix we passed, embodies the final victory of soul on the way up, we came under shell fire for the first time, and must admit I felt rather queer. Still I expect it will pass off. Arrived at destination to find Battalion withdrawn from firing line and bivouacked in a wood; feel very sleepy and turn in.
June 16th Awake and spend rather a dull day in a wood, the (only excitement being an occasional shell from the enemy who is trying to find one of our batteries concealed somewhere behind us). Go to bed early.
June 17th Wake to find shelling quite lively, shells falling all round our wood. Do nothing rest of day.

Extracts from a letter dated 2 July, 1915:
“A few impressions of the front. At the base and indeed in all the places in France where I have been, the great thing that struck me was the fact that the war was taken seriously.  There wasn’t an able-bodied man to be seen and the streets are full of soldiers.  Then the number of women in black shows how universally the war has been felt and suffered.
I spent about 23 hours in the train between the base and the rail-head, whence I rode in a transport-wagon to our regiment, which was bivouacked in the grounds of a charming chateau.  On the way I just came into contact with real war: a village utterly ruined by shell-fire showed where the enemy had been, while a few shells that passed over head and gave me an unpleasant feeling in the pit of the stomach showed that he was not far off.  
After four days of idyllic existence, whose only drawback was the number of creeping things, we moved up to the firing line.  We set off by companies at about 9 o’clock and moved straight up along a road in which shell holes were fairly plentiful.  Along here bullets were quite frequent and every time the enemy put up a star shell I thought that my end had come and began to meditate on what a promising officer the country was losing and hoping that they wouldn’t put me in with a dead horse.  However, I was awakened from this dream by my platoon-sergeant saying, ‘This ‘ere communication -trench is full of water sir; shall we go along the top?’ A lightning mental comparison made me choose the ills of snipers, which I knew, rather than the evil-smelling, waterlogged communication-trench that I knew not of.  We finally arrived at our trench, and after the outgoing officer, a subaltern in the Essex had ‘handed over’ - a procedure, by the way which makes one tear out hair by the handful, we finally succeeded in posting sentries, evolving order out of chaos and set to strengthen the weak parts of the trench.  
There was nothing very exciting except a few shells and an occasional burst of firing from the Germans, who were Wurtembergers, and about 150 yards away. The chief drawbacks to the trench system are the lack of sleep (one is lucky to get three or four hours at a stretch, and I hate sleeping on and off) and the lack of washing accommodation. I got two washes and one shave in four days and was the envy of the company for getting so much....... However, it is a jolly fine life and I feel fitter than ever I did.
I had my platoon sergeant killed on Tuesday morning; it was my first case and I can’t say I felt very cheery about it.  The sight of death is alright but it was the hour between the time he was hit and the time he died that was rather trying...... We have just come out of the trenches and are now in dugouts about a mile away from the firing line. We are not by any means out of range, as some of our men have found to their cost.... I suffered my first scar in the campaign this morning when I cut myself while shaving, but I’m otherwise ‘all present‘ and more or less ‘correct’.”

The following is part of a letter written by Major W. Bowes commanding the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, to which Edward Kelly was attached:        “I have made inquiries from the N.C.Os. and men of his platoon and from what I  can gather he was killed by a shell and was buried in the hole made by the shell which struck him.  The place where he fell is called Pilken, about three miles north of Ypres.  In the three days, July 7th to July 9th, we lost ten officers killed and eight wounded, and about 350 men killed and wounded.... He was such a cheery youth and we all liked him immensely, and he got on very well with his men.  He was very young and boyish - too young in fact for this work, but he was very plucky and did his work well.”

KING, Thomas Shirley
Age: 35    
Rank: Captain
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 4th attached 7th
Died: 03/05/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Arras Memorial
Reference: Bay 6

CWGC Notes: Son of Thomas Radford King, M.D; husband of Eleanor Constance King, of "Hilliers", Carshalton. Educated at the Oratory School, Birmingham and Exeter College, Oxford. Served as 2nd Lt. with the 4th Bn. East Surrey Regt. in the South African Campaign. Held appointment in Colonial Civil Service in Brunei, British North Borneo. Re-joined the 4th Bn. as Capt. in 1915        
                    
Additional Information: Born on 14 November 1881 at Wellington, New Zealand; the only son of Dr. T. R. King of The Oratory, Birmingham. Educated at Exeter College, Oxford University, from 7 May 1900. Killed in action during a failed attack on two German trenches. Casualties were 29 killed, wounded 126, missing 93.

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LAMPORT, William
(Possibly LANDPORT)
Age: 19
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Service Number: 786064 / 3/4052
Died: 03/05/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Reference: Panel 35

CWGC Notes: Son of William and Mary Ann Amy Lamport, of 103 Wentworth Rd, West Croydon        
                    
Additional Information: Born at 4 West Street Lane, Carshalton on 23rd July 1895. Educated at Mitcham Road school in Croydon. Was single and a van boy. Enlisted May 1914. Has two entries on the CWGC database; one for William LAMPORT and one for William LANDPORT.

LONG, James
Age: 31        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Unit: 5th Battalion
Service Number: 16956
Died: 25/09/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Reference: Panel 47 and 49

CWGC Notes: Husband of Ethel Long, of 4, Caroline Terrace, Lower Sutton        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. A labourer, he had only enlisted in January 1915. Lived at 3 Bellevue Terrace, Benhill Road, Sutton. Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial.

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MACAULEY, William Hope

 Photo courtesy of Chris Noble. With thanks to Russell Gore

Age: 32
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment / Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
Unit: 15th Battalion
Service Number: 15/608
Died: 29/04/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Arras Memorial
Reference: Bay 4

CWGC Notes: Son of the late Alexander Macaulay and of his wife Eliza, now of "Albacore", 49 Carshalton Park Rd, Carshalton; husband of Elsie Isabel Macaulay of 56 Queen's Rd, Hyde Park, Leeds        
                    
MERCER, Harold J
Age: 28
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Unit: 6th Battalion
Service Number: G/13404
Died: 28/01/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
Reference: II.C.26

CWGC Notes: Son of Thomas and Harriet Mercer, of Silcox, Fordcombe, Tunbridge Wells

Additional information: His name is on the Carshalton (All Saints) church roll of honour.    

MINETT, George H
Age: 28    
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 7th Battalion
Service Number: 7078
Died: 13/08/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Pozieres Memorial British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boiselle
Reference: IV.H.7

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton. Enlisted in January 1915, prior to which he was a painter living at 21 Glebe Road, Sutton. Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial.

MITCHELL, Terence Hargreaves
Age: 20
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Unit: 2/5th, attached MGC 145th Coy (48th Div)
Died: 05/11/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery
Reference: I.C.19

CWGC Notes: Son of Arthur Foster Mitchell and Edith Mitchell, of 56 Carshalton Park Rd, Carshalton        
                  
MORRIS, Lionel Bertram Frank

Age: 19
Rank: Second Lieutenant (Pilot)
Regiment / Service: Royal Flying Corps
Unit: 11th Sqdn, attd. The Queen’s (RWS) 3rd Bn
Died: 17/09/1916
Cemetery / Memorial:    Porte-De-Paris Cemetery, Cambrai
Reference: I.A.16

CWGC Notes: Son of Albert Frank Morris and Lily Morris, of 46 George St, Richmond. Pilot of the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft to be shot down by the 'Red Baron' - Baron Manfred von Richthofen        
                    
Additional Information: Attended Whitgift School between 1910 and 1913, when his parents resided at ‘Merle Bank’, Rotherfield Road, Carshalton. Joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in May 1915 and commissioned to the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment Special Reserve in August 1915. Transferred to the Royal Flying Corp in November 1915 and gained his pilot’s certificate in January 1916. Was sent to France in April 1916. He has the dubious distinction of being the first pilot to be shot down by the infamous Red Baron; however he was not the first victim – that was his observer, Captain Tom Rees. Lieutenant Morris was wounded but managed to land his FE-2 plane before succumbing to his wounds. Lieutenant Morris’s Commanding Officer said he was “one of the bravest and most reliable pilots in my squadron”. Von Richthofen wrote of the action in his diary:

“In a fraction of a second I was at his back with my excellent machine. I gave a few bursts with my machine gun. I had gone so close that I was afraid I might dash into the Englishman. Suddenly, I nearly yelled with joy for his propeller had stopped turning. I had shot his engine to pieces; the enemy was compelled to land, for it was impossible for him to reach his own lines. The English machine was curiously swinging to and fro. Probably something had happened to the pilot. The observer was no longer visible. His machine gun was apparently deserted. Obviously I had hit the observer and he had fallen from his seat. The Englishman landed close to one of our squadrons. I was so excited that I landed also and in my eagerness, I nearly smashed up my machine. The English airplane and my own stood close together. I had shot the engine to pieces and both the pilot and observer were severely wounded. The observer died at once and the pilot while being transported to the nearest dressing station. I honoured the fallen enemy by placing a stone on his beautiful grave.”

MOYSE, Alfred James
Age: 22
Rank: Bombardier
Regiment / Service: Royal Field Artillery
Unit: ‘D’ Battery, 291st Brigade
Service Number: 915949
Died: 12/09/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
Reference: X.H.10

CWGC Notes: Son of Harry and Margaret Moyse; husband of Ellen Matilda Moyse, of 36a Lewis Buildings, Ixworth Place, Chelsea        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

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NOAKES, James Edward
Age: 50
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: Middlesex Regiment
Unit: 4/7th Battalion
Died: 23/10/1920
Cemetery / Memorial: Carshalton (All Saints) Churchyard
Reference: New.26.7

CWGC Notes: Son of Thomas Noakes and Rachel Noakes (nee Richardson); husband of Annie Noakes, of 6 Willmot Rd        
                    
Additional Information: A memorial stone in Carshalton (All Saints) churchyard reads “In loving memory of Lieutenant J.E.Noakes. Who died October 23rd 1920 aged 50 years.”

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PARRY, Owen
Age: Unknown        
Rank: Master
Regiment / Service: Mercantile Marine
Unit: Shimosa
Died: 30/07/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Tower Hill Memorial

CWGC Notes: Husband of Jane Parry of "Cartref" Salisbury Rd, Carshalton        
                    
Additional Information: The Shimosa was torpedoed by a submarine without warning, 17 lives were lost.

PATTEN, A
Age: 28        
Rank: Corporal
Regiment / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Unit: 1st Battalion, attached Royal Dragoon Guards
Service Number: 20723
Died: 08/02/1919
Cemetery / Memorial: Cologne Southern Cemetery
Reference: IX.B.24

CWGC Notes:
Son of Alfred and Eliza Patten, of Upper Warlingham, Surrey; husband of Grace Elizabeth Buck (formerly Patten), of 25 West St, Carshalton   

PAYNE, Edward
Age: 26    
Rank: Corporal
Regiment / Service: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Unit: 6th Battalion
Service Number: 196
Died: 07/10/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe
Reference: III.D.61

CWGC Notes: Son of Alfred Edward and Elizabeth Mary Payne, of Headley Court Garden Cottage, Epsom. Native of Carshalton    

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ROWCROFT, Joseph John
Age: 35
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Service: Essex Regiment
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Service Number: 35358
Died: 03/05/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Arras Memorial
Reference: Bay 7

CWGC Notes: Son of Emma Rowcroft, of The Nook, Pound St, Carshalton, Surrey, and the late George Rowcroft; husband of Alice Rowcroft, of 13 Albert Grove, Wimbledon        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Sutton. A builder before he enlisted in December 1915. Lived at 26 Bute Gardens, Wallington. Commemorated on Sutton war memorial.

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SMITH, Herbert
Age: 22        
Rank: Corporal
Regiment / Service: Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Unit: 14th Battalion
Service Number: 26436
Died: 23/04/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Bagneux British Cemetery
Reference: I.C.25

CWGC Notes: Son of Harry and Harriet Ada Smith, of 4 Bank Houses, Hawley, Dartford. Born at Carshalton    

SMITH, Frederick James
Age: 20
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (London Scottish)
Unit: 1/14th Battalion
Service Number: 5071
Died: 01/07/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Reference: Pier and Face 9C and 13C

CWGC Notes:
Son of Mrs. A. Wellesley Smith, of "Jhansi," Oxford Rd, Carshalton

SNELL, Benjamin
Age: 17        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Essex Yeomanry
Service Number: 991
Died: 15/05/1915
Cemetery / Memorial: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord)
Reference: I.A.85

CWGC Notes: Son of Benjamin and Susanna Naomi Snell, of "Angle Nook," 140 Carshalton Park Rd, Carshalton. Born at Earl's Colne, Essex        

Additional Information: Commemorated on the war memorial at Earl’s Colne.

SOLKHON, W G
Age: Unknown    
Rank: Engine Room Artificer 1st Class
Regiment / Service: Royal Navy
Unit: HMS Pembroke
Service Number: 268462
Died: 03/01/1919
Cemetery / Memorial: Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery
Reference: Screen Wall 166.20895

CWGC Notes: Husband of Isabel Solkhon, of "Westcroft," Butter Hill, Carshalton

SPOONER, Romer Daniel
Age: 39
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Service Number: G/64222
Died: 10/11/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Etaples Military Cemetery
Reference: XXX.K.21A

CWGC Notes: Son of Daniel and Amy Eliza Spooner; husband of E. M. Spooner, of 31, Erskine Hill, Hendon, Middx
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

STACEY, Ham
Age: 39
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 234th Siege Battery
Service Number: 9665
Died: 05/06/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery
Reference: IV.A.2

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

STONEMAN, George C E W
Age: 26
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Unit: 10th Battalion
Service Number: 1247
Died: 14/07/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Reference: II.N.17A

CWGC Notes: Son of Caroline Stoneman (now Fox) and the late George Stoneman, of Carshalton        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

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TAGG, Walter Joseph (Joe)
Age: 52
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Gloucestershire Regiment
Unit: 1/1st Battalion
Service Number: 2156
Died: 04/10/1914
Cemetery / Memorial: Fairford (St. Mary) Churchyard

CWGC Notes: Only son of the late John and Emma Tagg. Born at Carshalton        

TAYLOR, Douglas Clifton

 Age: 27
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles)
Unit: ‘D’ Company, 1/28th Battalion
Service Number: 761488
Died: 30/12/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Thiepval Memorial
Reference: Pier and Face 12C

CWGC Notes: Son of James Benjamin and Octavia Taylor, of "Adversane", Wallington. Educated at Dulwich College. A Clerk at the Newcastle-on-Tyne branch of the Bank of England        
                    
Additional Information: Born on 26 December 1890, the son of James Benjamin Taylor of Adversana, Wallington and the Bank of England. Educated at Manor House School, Clapham from 1901-1904 and at Dulwich College, from 15 Sept 1904 to Dec 1907. In 1908 he joined the Bank of England. From 1911 he was employed at the Newcastle-on-Tyne Branch of Bank of England. In late January 1916 he joined the 3rd Bn, The Artists' Rifles as a Rifleman (Regt. No. 6825). Went to France in April 1916. Killed in action with the 1st Bn, The Artists' Rifles at Platt's Ridge (or Welsh Ridge), near Cambrai on 30 December 1917. He is commemorated on a plaque in All Saints church, Carshalton.


TAYLOR, George William

Age: 25
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment / Service: Royal Field Artillery
Unit: ‘A’ Battery, 150th Army Brigade
Died: 09/11/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Reference: XV.B.14

CWGC Notes: Son of Maj. J. W. and Florence Taylor, of Carshalton, and 15 Sloane St, London        
                    
Additional Information: The only son of Major J. Taylor of Carshalton Park, Surrey and Brook House, Jarvis Brook, Sussex. Educated at Eton from May 1906 to 1909 and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Commissioned in August 1914. Embarked for Alexandria, Egypt 15 June 1915 and left there for Salonika on 17 October 1915 where he served with ‘A’ Battery, 67th Brigade, RFA. Took part in severe fighting in France during 1915 and 1916. Called to the Inner Temple, 1916. Served as a Lieutenant in the RFA in France, the Balkans and Egypt. Wounded in early 1917 and spent the summer in hospital. In June 1917 a medical board cleared him for light duty but he persuaded the authorities to allow him to return to France where he served with ‘A’ Battery, 150th Brigade, RFA. Died of wounds on 9 November 17 caused by gas poisoning suffered at St. Julien, France on 2 November 1917. A plaque in All Saints church reads ‘In ever loving memory of George William Taylor, of Carshalton, Barrister at Law, BA Cambridge, Lieutenant RFA. Born at Carshalton Park September 29th 1892, died in France November 9th 1917, of wounds received in action November 2nd 1917. Educated at Eton and Cambridge, he chose the Bar as his profession but directly war was declared in 1914, he at once applied for and obtained his commission in the Royal Field Artillery having previously served in the Cambridge Artillery. He lived and thought and fought enthusiastically, all that he did was done well, almost with inspiration. To the small as to the great events of his life he brought all the enthusiasm and vitality of his nature. The officer commanding his battery wrote of him “he was in my opinion the best subaltern and leader of men I have ever had the luck to have in my battery, or to meet elsewhere.” Thus ended the life of a gallant gentleman, who made the supreme sacrifice for his country, as he was always prepared to do. He was buried in Dozinghem British Cemetery, Westvleteren, NW of Poperinghe, Belgium. To all his relations and his multitude of friends his loss is irreparable.’

TEAL, Thomas Daniel
Age: 21    
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Unit: 18th Battalion
Service Number: R/33261
Died: 03/10/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial
Reference: Panel 115 to 119 and 162A & 163A

CWGC Notes: Son of James Teal, of Locksbottom, Farnborough, Kent, and the late Mary Teal        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

TUCKER, Reginald

Age: 23    
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)
Unit: 16th Battalion
Service Number: 1901
Died: 04/12/1914
Cemetery / Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial
Reference: Panel 11

CWGC Notes: Son of John Tucker, of 217 Piccadilly, London        
Additional Information: Born 13th September 1891. The family at some point lived at ‘Avonrath’, Park Hill, Carshalton. Educated at Whitgift school between 1905 and 1907. A keen painter. Joined QWR at the beginning of the war and was sent to France after two months training. Shot in the head whilst in the trenches. His Captain wrote: “He was an extraordinarily plucky fellow, doing his best to keep down the enemy’s fire, even when at its heaviest. We shall always remember him among us as the first man to fall fighting for England.” Some extracts from his diary appeared in the school magazine in March 1915.

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WALDOCK, James Hyde
Age: 24
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry)
Unit: 21st Squadron, formerly City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders)
Service Number: 110722
Died: 28/11/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Jerusalem Memorial
Reference: Panel 56

CWGC Notes: Son of James Hyde Waldock and Annie Waldock, of 35 Milner Place, Carshalton

WAYMAN, Harry Oliver
Age: 26
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 94th Siege Battery
Service Number: 146485
Died: 29/10/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Zuydcoote Military Cemetery
Reference: II.C.4

CWGC Notes: Son of George and Alice Wayman, of 44 Carshalton Grove, Sutton; husband of Winifred Kate Wright (formerly Wayman) of "Berwyn", Churton Rd, Chester        
                    
Additional Information: Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial.

WESTON, Henry Arthur
Age: 32
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Unit: ‘D’ Company, 5th Battalion
Service Number: 16955
Died: 15/09/1916
Cemetery / Memorial: Etaples Military Cemetery
Reference: X.D.15

CWGC Notes: Husband of A. E. Weston, of 1 Station Rd, Carshalton

Additional information: Commemorated on the Sutton war memorial.
                
WHITE, P H
Age: 39        
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Yorkshire Regiment
Unit: 9th Battalion
Service Number: 42531
Died: 14/02/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground
Reference: VII.G.29

CWGC Notes: Husband of May Grose (formerly White), of "Montreal," Carshalton       

WHITE, Gilbert Cecil Charles James

Age: 17
Rank: Boy 1st Class
Regiment / Service: Royal Navy
Unit: HMS Vanguard
Service Number: J/52023
Died: 09/07/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
Reference: 22

CWGC Notes: Son of Frederick William and Ellen Elizabeth White, of "Glen Waverley," St. Dunstans Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Native of Carshalton    
                    
Additional Information: See war diary entry under Herbert Harrold.

WOOLGAR, Henry George Charles
Age: 29
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Service: East Surrey Regiment
Unit: 9th Battalion
Service Number: 4325
Died: 28/03/1918
Cemetery / Memorial: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Reference: P.VII.J.4B

CWGC Notes: None        
                    
Additional Information: Born in Carshalton

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YOUNG, E W
Age: 24
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles)
Unit: 15th Battalion
Service Number: 533189
Died: 12/04/1917
Cemetery / Memorial: Bedford House Cemetery
Reference: Enclosure No.4 I.H.22

CWGC Notes: Son of William Edward and Ann Jane Young, of 28 Windborough Rd, Carshalton   

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