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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2013

Ford End is a small village in the parish of Great Waltham half way between Chelmsford and Great Dunmow in Essex.The memorial stands in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Church in Ford End, Essex in Church Lane, just off the main road. The memorial takes the form of a marble obelisk mounted on a plinth with a three stepped base. There are 20 names listed for World War 1 and three for World War 2 engraved on the four sides of the plinth. There is also one gravestone with commemoration in the churchyard. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order within conflict to ease research and reading.
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THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1919



Private. Torpedoed. probably Reuben BRADLEY Lance Corporal 19235, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died 2 August 1917. Born and resident Great Waltham, enlisted Chelmsford.



Private, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in Palestine. No further information currently available.


Osborn Leslie

Lance Corporal P.W.6329, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 12 October 1918 in France. Born Ford End, enlisted Southminster, resident Tillingham. Buried in ROMERIES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 11.



Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 21 January 1916 in France. probably Walter BROWN, Private 12388, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 21 January 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Great Waltham, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Mr. W. Brown, of Vine, Great Bardfield, Braintree, Essex. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 42.



Trooper, Essex Yeomanry. Died 14 April 1917 in France. No further information currently available.



Second Lieutenant, 27th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died 27 September 1916. Aged 27. Son of Helene Woodiwiss. Listed as a prisoner of war 27 September 1916.. Commemorated in LONDON CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-VITASSE, Pas de Calais, France. Beaurains German Cemetery Memorial. Panel 5.



[Listed as GROVES on SDGW] Private 250335, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26 March 1917 in Egypt. Born Great Waltham, enlisted Great Waltham, resident Ford End, Chelmsford. Sent to the Balkans 9 August 1915. Formerly 2112, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Panels 33 to 39.



Rifleman A/200883, 10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 30 November 1917 in France. Aged 26. Son of Mrs. Newman, of Cambrai, Ford End, Chelmsford. Formerly Private 3990, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 9.



[Listed as 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment on memorial] Rifleman 2752, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 12 March 1915 [14 March on CWGC] in France. Aged 25. Son of James and Eliza Holmes, of Ford End, Chelmsford. Buried in RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 12.



Private S/36905, Rifle Brigade, posted to 2/17th Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds 1 April 1918 in Egypt. Enlisted Stratford, Essex, resident Ford End, Essex. Formerly 16270, Devonshire Regiment. Went to France 15 December 1915. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section O. Grave 49.



[Memorial states died 11 January 1918] Private 132559, 46th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 1 November 1918 in Manchester Hospital. Aged 19. Resident Great Waltham, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of Sarah Ann Joyce, of Rophy Green, Pleshey, Chelmsford, and the late Amos Joyce. In the 1911 census he is aged 11, a schoolboy, born Great Waltham, son of Amos and Sarah Ann Joyce, living at Rolphy Green, Pleashy, near Chelmsford, Essex. Formerly 63589, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Buried in MANCHESTER SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Lancashire. Reference: Q. 413 (Screen Wall).


Christopher Victor

[Memorial states 5th Battalion and died 9 October] Private 47029, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 8 October 1918 in France. Aged 31. Born Dunmow, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Great Waltham. Sent abroad 30 May 1915. Son of Mrs. Emily Lodge, of North End, Felstead; husband of Louisa Lodge, of North End. Felstead, Essex. Formerly 35720, Suffolk Regiment and 12216, Essex Regiment. Buried in BOIS-DES-ANGLES BRITISH CEMETERY, CREVECOEUR-SUR-L'ESCAUT, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 17.



Private 12218, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died of wounds 11 October 1917 in France. Aged 42. Born, resident and enlisted Great Waltham. Son of George Mead, of North End, Felstead, Chelmsford, Essex; husband of Rachel Mead, of West Ham, London. Buried in NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 1.


Frederick Thomas

[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 40578, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 22 April 1917 in France. Aged 26. Born and resident Great Waltham, enlisted Chelmsford. Son of James and Elizabeth Perkins; husband of Florence Perkins. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 85 to 87.


Oliver Norman

Private 4055, 1/15th Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles). Killed in action 15 September 1916 in France. Aged 19. Resident Sydenham, enlisted Somerset House. Son of Henry and Edith Saltmarsh, of Hareford End, Chelmsford. Enlisted June, 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 C.


Bertie W

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Died 9 February 1915 in Ipswich Hospital. Aged 18. Civil death registration records Volume 4A Page 1579. No military death record found on CWGC so he had been demobbed before his death.



Private G/49694, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died 26 November 1916 in France. Born Felstead, enlisted Chelmstead (sic - probably Chelmsford), resident Great Waltham. Formerly 2510, 27th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.


Harry W

Private L/6635, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action at Troyon 4 October 1914 in Belgium. Born Homerton, Middlesex, enlisted Dalston. Went to Europe with the Expeditionary Force 12 September 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.



Sapper 59646, 68th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Wounded by shelling in the back and right leg 1 September 1918 and subsequently died of those wounds 17 September 1918 in France. Aged 31. Born Dunmow, Essex, enlisted Chelmsford, resident Northend, Felstead, Essex. Son of Mr. Arthur Thurgood, of North End, Felstead, Essex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.) [London Gazette 21 October 1918]. First theatre of war was Egypt 12 July 1915. Enlisted 28 December 1914, at Chelmsford, aged 27 years 4 months, Engineer Driver's Mate by trade, unmarried. From 28 December 1914 he was attached to the Depot and then on 5 January 1915 he was transferred to 68th Field Company. Previously wounded iin action 1 September 1915 with gunshot wounds to the head rejoined unit from hospital 4 September 1915. Buried in WINDMILL BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 10.

According to his military papers he had no mohter, his father was Arthur Thurgood, of North End, Felstead. He had four brothers, William, aged 39, in Australia, Sydney herbert, aged 36, in Ulting near Maldon, Essex, Arthur, aged 28, of 96 Browning Road, Manor Park, Essex and John, aged 25, of Great West Gate, Mundon near Maldon. He also has two sisters, Mrs Jane Bath, aged 31, of Wick Cottage, race Hill, Brighton and Mrs Amie Brown, aged 41, of 35 King Street, Brighton. He was 5 feet 6¼ inches, weighed 147 lbs and had a chest measurement of 38½ inches.


Charles Henry 'Harry' Norman

Company Serjeant-Major 7575, "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 2 May 1916 in France. Aged 27. Born Great Waltham, enlitred Warley, resident West Ham. Son of William and Sarah Tipler, of North End, Felstead, Essex; husband of Gwenfree Ethel Tipler, of 54, King's Rd., Brentwood, Essex. First entered the theatre of war 22 August 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 39.

1939 - 1945


Reginald Alfred

Lance-Corporal 6019061, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 5 January 1944 in Palestine. Aged 25. Son of Frank and Martha Hessie Chinery, of Hartford End, Essex. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 2.



Private 6009238, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment attached to Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps. Died 17 June 1940 at Dunkirk. Aged 28. Son of Fred and Eliza Gowers; husband of Ethel Margaret Rose Gowers, of Great Waltham, Essex. Buried in ESCOUBLAC-LA-BAULE WAR CEMETERY, Loire-Atlantique, France. Plot 1. Row F. Grave 20.



[Memorial states Essex Yeomanry] Gunner 897368, 106 (The Lancashire Hussars) Light A.A. Regiment. Died 20 May 1941 in Crete. Aged 24. Son of George Frederick and Elizabeth May Gunn. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 3.

Buried in the churchyard


Emily Maud

Civilian. Killed by enemy action 19 December 1944. Aged 60. Resident of 9 Henry Road. Widow of Reuben Everitt. Died at 9 Henry Road. Recorded by CHELMSFORD, MUNICIPAL BOROUGH.


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