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Lest We Forget

While researching our ancestors, their 'cousins' and families by marriage, we have found, and also been sent, information about several members of our extended family, and people they may have known, who were either involved, wounded or died in conflicts, particularly World War one. Here are their names - in a few cases we discovered the person was not a member of our family, but we have kept their name on this page so that they are not forgotten.

Name Event Age Notes
James Hancock, Private 3866, 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards. Died, 5th Nov 1854, Battle of Inkerman Ridge, Crimea 33 Son of Richard Hancock, a farm labourer, and Jane Russell, of Jockey Stables, near Springhill House,  Blockley. James' elder brothers George and John also joined the Guards, possibly through the influence of General Henry Lygon who lived at Springhill House before he moved to Madresfield Court.
Joseph Hancock, Stoker 1st Class, W13530, Royal Navy Died 20th September 1914 when HMS Pegasus shelled by German cruiser Konigsberg. Buried Dar as Salaam war cemetery. 54 We think this could be the son of the late George Hancock and Elizabeth Vizard of Gosport; and brother of Kate.
James George Doel, Private 11205, Highland Light Infantry Died, 16th May 1915, France 26 Youngest son of James George Doel of Gosport. Rosemary's great uncle.
Matthew Henry Kick, Sergeant 7311 King's Shropshire Light Infantry Matthew was a career soldier who joined the army about 1897 and served in South Africa. He re-enlisted during the Great War and was hit by a gas shell fragment; he died of wounds France, 10th March 1916. 38 Brother-in-law of Frederick Armstrong. He is remembered both on the Kingston war memorial and at Pembroke Dock where his wife lived. Click here for Pembroke Dock memorial records
Alexander Gartshore Stirling McCulloch (junior) L/Cpl 1010 23rd Bn Royal Fusiliers, British Expeditionary Force Shot in right shoulder, 1916; survived WWI - Grandson of AGS senior who was nephew of James McCulloch a farmer of Woodend near Glasgow died 1851
Arthur Jesse Goater, Rifleman 9th Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps R10915 Died, 15th April 1916, France 21 Son of Jesse and Mary Jane Goater, Wyndoris, Amesbury Road, West Southbourne, Bournemouth
Charles David Waller, Rifleman 2327, London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) Died 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 23 Son of builder David Waller and Anna Alice Waller of 10 Warrington road, Croydon. Distantly connected to Winslade family through Punter's.
Sidney Albert Lay, Lance Corporal 16024 1st Bn, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Killed in action 3rd Sep 1916, battle of Guillemont, Somme, France 27 First husband of Ada Gertrude Winslade, later Barton of Wandsworth, London. Father of Sidney George. (We think a relative of Ada married into the Culver/Armstrong family).
Isaac Small, Private 62786, 7Bn Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Died 23rd April 1917, France 19 Son of William Small and Sarah Anne Deadman, Grandson of Isaac Deadman and Eliza Winslade of Farnham. Cemetery, Arras Memorial, France
Arthur Breadman, Private 34063, 2 Bn Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire Regiment) Killed in action 16 August 1917, Belgium 23 Adopted son of Isaac Deadman and Eliza Winslade of Farnham. 'Uncle' of Isaac Small. Cemetery, Hooge Crater. Belgium
Herbert Thomas Lay, Private 11015, Army Service Corps, Cyclist Corps and 42nd Remount Depot Died of wounds following an air raid at Salonica, Greece, on 4th Mar 1917 22 Son of Charles Lay and Sarah Millan Beiers of Hampton Hill, Middlesex. Brother of Sidney
Augustus Lay, Private 63379, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Died of wounds 13th Apr 1918, Wimereux, France 19 Youngest son of Charles Lay and Sarah Millan Beiers of Hampton Hill, Middlesex. Brother of Sidney and Herbert
De Lacey Campbell Evans jnr, Private 36433, 11 Bn, East Yorkshire Light Infantry Missing in action 3 May 1917, Arras, France. The Arras memorial is dedicated to those who have no known grave. 27 Son of Thomas Alfred Evans, grocer of Hucknall Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire and Ellen French Smith (great grandson of Stephen Evans and Martha Wilde)
Owen Samuel Hancock, Lance Corporal, 7263, Cheshire Regiment Drowned, 27th June 1917, after the troopship SS Armadale was torpedoed by U-60 in the Irish sea. The Armadale was en route from Manchester to Salonica in Greece with troops and stores 36 Great grandson of farm labourer Richard Hancock of Blockley. His name is inscribed on the Hollybrook memorial, Southampton
Ronald Weston Denny, Gunner 315336, Royal Garrison Artillery 1st (Wessex) Heavy Battery. Former trade: butcher. Died 17th July 1917, buried Lijssenthoek Military cemetery, Belgium. 27 Eldest son of grocer Fred Denny (died 1906) and Louisa Ann Weston of 'Bassett Villa', Oxted Road, Godstone, Surrey Great grandson of Angus's ancestor Richard Dyer, who was a tailor in Southampton.
William Brown, Private 24770, 12 Bn, Manchester Regiment Died, 20th July 1916, France 47 Nephew of John Brown, baker of Greenock, Scotland. Husband of Catherine Taylor and father of six children. His cousin, Captain William Brown, Royal Scots Fusiliers, became a recruitment officer and survived the war, but died prematurely in 1923 of tuberculosis.
Thomas David Bass, DSM, Deckhand 8275DA Died 23rd June 1917 when his Admiralty steam trawler HM Corientes was blown up by a mine in the Irish Sea 49 Son of Thomas David and Ann Elizabeth Bass of Greenwich. Husband of Adeline Bass of Grimsby. His name is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial. See also the,
Grimsby Roll of Honour (related to Armstrong family, but not ours)
Percy Alexander Coeshall, Lance Corporal 16019, 12Bn, East Surrey Regiment Died of wounds, 13th August 1917, Rouen, France 31 Son of John and Emmeline Jane Coeshall of Twickenham, Surrey. Husband of Helen Culver (but not our Helen).
George Harold Hall, Sergeant 1541, 14th Company, Australian Machine Gun Corps. Died, 10th May 1917, second Battle of Bullecourt, France 23 Son of Thomas Hall and Harriett Smith (sister of George McCulloch's widow Mary). Brother of Fanny.
James J Hall, Private 3318, 53rd Battalion, Australian Infantry Died, 19th July 1916, Battle of Fromelles, France 19 Eldest son of Fanny Hall and Thomas McCann, 55 Bourke Street, New South Wales
Alva John Ferguson, Second Lieutenant, 127 Coy, Machine Gun Corps Died in crossfire, 4th August 1917, France 21 Cousin of Arthur Evans Robinson. Alva's name is inscribed on the Kettering war memorial
John Michie Coutts, Private 3144, 48 Battalion Australian Infantry AIF Chauffeur, enlisted Blackboy Hill, Perth Western Australia 1914. Killed in action 12 October 1917 29 Son of William and Maggie Coutts of Aberdeen, and a relative of the Scottish painter James Coutts Michie. John's name is inscribed on the Ypres Menin Gate memorial.
Bernard Lowden Holloway, Private 568, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Machine Gun Section Stockman, enlisted Sydney, NSW 1914. Badly injured by gunshot wounds to arms, back, head and chest, 1917. Survived WWI and later emigrated to the USA. - Son of farm manager Colin and Mary Holloway of Remenham, Berkshire, England. Brother of Len Cundell's wife Dora
Geoffrey Alwyn Gershom Bonser, Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps Attached to 12 Bn Norfolk Regiment. Killed by a shell 29 September 1918 while attending patiemts. Click for obituary 29 Son of George Gershom Bonser JP and Dorothy Ann Mary Sims (died 1913), of 'Kirkstede', Church Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham. His uncle Harold Bonser, a mining engineer, married into the Robinson family
Charles Henry Lewry, Sergeant J5174/313806 RAF Died 15 Jul 1919 after the airship he was steering, NS11 exploded in flight 26 Cousin of Rosemaryís grandmother. Buried Annís Hill Old Cemetery, Gosport
Frederick Robert Crips, Private 45659, 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment Died of tuberculosis 12th March 1919 19 Brother in law of Jessie Helen Brown. Son of Frederick Crips and Florence Thorne. Buried Highgate Cemetery.
Philip Quill, Sergeant, 775038, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Died, 21 Sep 1940, RAF Finningley, when he walked into a propellor after returning from a night flight. Buried Holy Trinity and St Oswald. 21 Brother of Jack Quill, second husband of Betty Hancock. Philip was the son of Ernest and Marguerite Quill, of South Woodford, Essex.
Leonard Thomas Kinchin, Flying Officer 78405 RAF Volunteer Reserve. Accidentally shot by sentry. Died 8th October 1940, buried Silloth, Cumberland 31 Son of Charles William, and Gladys Deborah Kinchin, of Belmont, Wantage, Berkshire. Nephew of Leonard Cundell.
Emily Lucy Lygo, civilian Died, 8th December 1940. Injured during bombing raid at 51 Sharsted Street Kennington; died same day on way to Lambeth Hospital. 45 Daughter of the late Francis W Lygo of the Cock and Bottle pub, Lambeth. Third 'partner' of Arthur Evans Robinson.
Arthur Evans Robinson, civilian, music teacher Death not recorded, but is thought to have perished during the bombing of London in 1941. 51 Son of Henry Evans Robinson and Louisa Mary Dyer of Southampton. Husband of Edith Frances Webb.
John Albert Morris, civilian Died on the night of 10th July 1941 during the bombing of Portsmouth when the flat above a shop at 101b, High Street received a direct hit 38 Son of Henry Morris, of 2 The Terrace, South Wallington, Fareham and Ellen Unwin. Husband of Elsie Morris.
Elsie L Morris, civilian Died 10th July 1941 24 Daughter of Sidney and Ada White
John Morris (son) Died 10th July 1941 2 Son of John and Elsie Morris of 101b High Street Portsmouth
Leslie William Armstrong, Leading Aircraftman, 1263114 46 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve Died Egypt, North Africa, 1st July 1943. Buried Moascar war cemetery, near Ismailia, Egypt. 31 Son of William Martin and Edith Emily Armstrong (grand nephew of Alfred William Armstrong and Susan Bass). Husband of Ellen Grace Lane.  Click here for information about 46 Squadron.
(not our family)
Henry George Richardson, Warrant Officer (air gunner) 1377980, 280 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve Died 15th November 1943 33 Son of Edward Richardson and Alice Culver. Husband of Flora Lilian Richardson nee Mills of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Click here for information about 280 Squadron.
George Francis Herbert Webb, Wing Commander 90987, (pilot) DFC and Bar. 181 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Died during the last days of the war on 2nd May 1945. Buried Hamburg cemetery. 30 Son of George Richard and Gladys Mary Webb. First husband of Peggy Cundell. Peggy was the daughter of Sir George Bailey, chairman of Associated Electrical Industries (1951 - 1954).
George McCulloch, Lieutenant attached to 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, Middle East Force, Egypt Lost leg fighting in the North African Campaign in 1941. Survived WWII but died in light aircraft crash in Southern Rhodesia 1949 35 Son of Alexander McCulloch and Lesley Cecil Wright. Lesley's brother John had been in the Royal Flying Corps during WWI, and became MP for Erdington, Birmingham 1936 - 1945

Also remembering

Mary Agnes Coutts Michie who, during the Great War, loaned her large house at 184 Queens Gate, London for use as a hospital. Sadly the house was seriously damaged by German bombing on 19th February 1944.

Alexander Gartshore Stirling McCulloch, crew member of a Halifax bomber that was shot down by a German night fighter on the same night of 19th February 1944. He was captured,  imprisoned in Stalag Luft III and, shortly after, was involved in the 'Great Escape'.

Captain Kenneth Archibald Davey MBE held prisoner by the Japanese under harsh conditions at Sonkrai in Thailand during WWII. He said to a friend that, should he survive, he would name his child after the camp - and he did.

Leonard Cundell (cousin of businessman Albert Augustus Cundell) whose racing stables at Chilton were purchased by the Air Ministry in 1935 to enable the building of RAF Harwell. A stone now marks the end of the runway from which aircraft of number 38 Group Royal Air Force took off on the night of 5th June 1944 with troops of the 6th Airborne Division, who were the first British soldiers to land in Normandy, in the main assault for the liberation of Europe. After the war, the airfield was taken over by the Atomic Energy Authority.

Sources and acknowledgements

Those named above were largely discovered by chance as a result of our searches on the ancestry.co.uk website. Additional information has also come from the Commonwealth War Graves Comission website cwgc.org, In some cases CWGC do not list either the age or parents of the casualty, and we have added information from the census and WWI Army pension and service records to fill the gaps. We cannot guarantee this is corrrect although we believe in most cases it is.

It has been said that almost one in three British 'young' men living in 1911 were to die in WWI and that huge numbers of the middle classes, who had volunteered but never been exposed to battle before, were slaughtered during the Battle of the Somme which was fought over several months.

Many thanks to Graeme Hodge, who has researched war memorials in Kingston, for providing information about Matthew Kick, and to AGS McCulloch for the full story of his father which for copyright reasons is not reproduced here.

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