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LITTLE THURROCK WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Little Thurrock War Memorial takes the form of a stone cross on a tiered concrete base standing in a small raised flower bed overlooking the junction of Rectory Road and Chadwell Road. It records the 48 men who died in the First World War (including 3 sets of brothers) and the 3 who died in the Second.
Photographs Copyright © Mick tilley 2013

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVER
FAITHFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

ALEXANDER Arthur William Henry
Able Seaman (LZ/697) of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Battalion Royal Naval Division. He was born on 3rd July 1893 and was killed in action on 28th June 1918. He is buried at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France in grave E. 66. He was the son of Robert Henry and Esther Alexander of 16 Rosedale Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919";1911 Census]

ALEXANDER R H

No further information currently

Note: This is probably Robert Henry Alexander (father of Arthur Alexander, above) who served in the Local Guards of the Essex Regiment from 14th January 1915 to 31st March 1916 when he was discharged as being physically unfit for further service due to a gastric ulcer. He was born in 1869 in Chertsey, Surrey, and died aged 47 in 1916 almost immediately after his discharge.

[Source: "British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920"; 1911 Census; GRO Death Index]

ANSELL Sidney Hubert
Private (1043) of the East Surrey Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was born in Shadwell, St. Mary, Essex, in 1889 and was killed in action on 25th April 1915 aged 26. He is recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, on Panel 34. He enlisted in Grays, Essex, and was the son of Amelia Ansell of 24 Whitehall Road, Grays, Essex, and the late Charles M. Ansell.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth Index]

BAKER Charles William
Private (C/66320) of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 1st Battalion. He was born in Canning Town, London, and was killed in action on 9th October 1918 aged 35. He is buried at Anneux British Cemetery, France, in grave III. C. 38. He lived in Grays and enlisted in Ilford. He was the husband of Rosa Baker of "Wisteria", Rectory Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Marriage Index]

BLUNDELL William
Private (40521) of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 7th Battalion. He was born in Grays, Essex, and was killed in action on 15th March 1917. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 2 C. He lived in Little Thurrock and enlisted in Warley, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

BOWEN Thomas
Private (281232) of the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st/7th Battalion. He died of wounds on 27th March 1918 aged 22 and is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France, in grave VI. E. 12B. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Salford, Lancs. He was the son of James and Annie Bowen of 48 Chadwell Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

BULLOCK Harry Albert

Corporal (12088) of the Essex Regiment, 9th Battalion. He was born in Little Thurrock, and was killed in action on 12th October 1916 aged 20. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 10 D. He lived in Little Thurrock and enlisted in Grays. He was the son of John and Emily Bullock of 9 Dock Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

BULLOCK William James
Lance Corporal (28780) of the Essex Regiment, 10th Battalion. He was born in Little Thurrock and died of wounds on 30th March 1918 aged 32. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, in grave P. VII. C. 7A. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the husband of Mary Bullock of 1 Cement Block Cottages, Broadway, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

CLARK Herbert Hamilton
Private (15676) of the Essex Regiment, 11th Battalion. He was born in Grays in 1891 and was killed in action on 9th October 1916. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 10 D. He lived in Grays and enlisted in Westminster, Middlesex. He was the son of Stephen Clark of 27 Dock Road, Grays, Essex, and the husband of Winifred H. Clark.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth & Marriage Indexes]

COLLINS Thomas
Corporal (135299) of the Corps of Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport. He died of wounds on 18th October 1917 aged 43 and is buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France, in grave III. B. 9. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in London. He was the husband of Mary Ann Collins of 45 Rosedale Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

COLLINS Thomas Henry
Lance Corporal (30174) of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 7th/8th Battalion. He was born in Grays, Essex, and was killed in action on 1st September 1918. He is buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium, in grave V. D. 10. He enlisted in Poplar, Middlesex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

COOPER William Almer
Private (531541) of the London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles), 1st/15th Battalion. He was killed in action on 15th September 1916 aged 22 and is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 13 C. He lived at Tilbury Docks and enlisted in London. He was the son of Alfred and Jane Cooper of 24 Broadway, Tilbury Dock, Essex. He was a School Teacher.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

DAVEY R
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DAVIS George William True

Private Davis (27163) of the Norfolk Regiment, 12th Battalion. He was born in Grays, Essex, in 1894 and killed in action on 19th August 1918. He is buried at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque, France, in Plot 1, Row F, Grave 13. He enlisted in Grays.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

DODGE Samuel Robert
Baker (602780) of the Mercantile Marine Reserve, H.M.S. Clan McNaughton. He died on 3rd February 1915 aged 40 and is recorded on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, U.K. He was the son of John and Louisa Dodge of Feltham, Middlesex, and the husband of Frances Louisa Dodge of 32 Rectory Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC]

Note: The armed merchant cruiser H.M.S. Clan McNaughton foundered during a gale in the Atlantic Ocean north of Ireland with the loss of all 281 crew.

See also James Ward (below).

EMBERSON Frederick Harry
Private (50906) of the Manchester Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was born in Ealing, Middlesex, and died of wounds on 6th December 1917 aged 24. He is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, in grave III. BB. 18. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Birmingham. He was the son of Harry and Annie Rose Emberson of Cemetery Lodge, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

EVANS T
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GARLAND Ernest Henry
Shoeing Smith (880285) of the Royal Field Artillery, 346th Brigade. He was born in Grays, Essex, and died on 18th August 1917 aged 21 at home (Lincolnshire). He is buried at Thurrock New Cemetery, U.K., in grave 5. 8. He enlisted in Grays, Essex, and was the son of William H. and Ann Garland.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Death Index; 1911 Census]

GORE Richard Charles
Sapper (WR/500839) of the Royal Engineers, Inland Water Transport. He died in hospital in Rouen of influenza on 13th November 1918 aged 30 and is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France, in grave S. III. Q. 15. He was the son of Richard and Rosina Gore of 13 Whitehall Road, Grays, Essex, and the husband of Ethel Mary Gore of 91 Richmond Road, Grays. He enlisted on 6th September 1915.

[Source: CWGC; "British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920"]

GREEN William Edwin
Sapper (30487) of the Corps of Royal Engineers, 12th Field Company. He was born in Grays, Essex, and was killed in action on 9th August 1915 aged 18. He is recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, on Panel 9. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Woolwich, Kent. He was the son of Alfred and Phoebe Green of 20 Maple Road, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

GWYNNE Samuel
Bombardier (54251) of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 26th Siege Battery. He was born in Barking, Essex, and was killed in action on 22nd March 1918 aged 33. He is buried at Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France, in grave III. K. 8. He lived in Little Thurrock and enlisted in Grays. He was the son of Jessie Gwynne of 5 Kingsley Walk, Chadwell St. Mary, Grays, Essex, and the late George Gwynne.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

HAWKES Bertie
Private (14626) of the Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion. He was born in Barking, Essex, and died of wounds on 16th March 1918 aged 22. He is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France, in grave VIII. I. 163. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of Alfred William and Ellen Elizabeth Hawkes of "Mountfield", Lodge Estate, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

HICKS Alfred Charles Henry
Private (330162) of the Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion. He was born in Billericay, Essex, and was killed in action on 26th or 29th September 1917 aged 28. He is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, on the Addenda Panel. He enlisted in Warley, Essex, and was the son of Ann Hicks of 14 Rectory Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

Note: Alfredís younger brother Ernest also died (see below).

HICKS Ernest Edward
Private (G/6000) of The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 7th Battalion. He was born in Billericay, Essex, in 1891 and was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 5 D and 6 D. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Gravesend, Kent.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth Index]

Note: Ernestís older brother Alfred also died (see above).

HOLLIMAN Harold James
Rifleman (S/29742) of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), A Company 1st Battalion. He was born in Queen's Park, Middlesex, and died of wounds on 3rd August 1918 aged 21. He is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France, in grave II. A. 19. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Whitehall, Middlesex. He was the son of Henry and Florence Julia Holliman of Petersfield, Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

JACKSON Harold
Lance Corporal (6629 or 612805) of the London Regiment, 19th Battalion. He was born in Little Thurrock and died of wounds on 16th August 1916 aged 24. He is buried at Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, France, in grave I. J. 1. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of Alfred and Charlotte Jackson of 78 Cromwell Road, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

LONG J W
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MANN Henry Stephen
Trimmer of the Mercantile Marine, S.S. Minneapolis (Belfast). He died on 23rd March 1916 aged 24 and is recorded on the Tower Hill Memorial, U.K. He was the son of Adelaide and the late George Stephen Mann of 21 Dock Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC]

Note: The troopship S.S. Minneapolis was torpedoed and sunk off Malta with the loss of only 12 of the 189 persons on board.

See also Albert Wordley (below)

MEEN Henry Benjamin
Private (20890) of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 5th Battalion. He was born in South Benfleet, Essex, in 1885 and was killed in action on 18th March 1917. He is recorded on the Arras Memorial, France, on Bay 7. He lived in Little Thurrock and enlisted in Grays. He was the son of Henry and Catherine Meen and the husband of Lilian Mary Meen.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Marriage Index; 1901 Census]

MOORE George Henry
Stoker 2nd Class (K/23965) of the Royal Navy, H.M.S. Recruit. He was born on 20th April 1889 in Grays Thurrock, Essex, and was killed in action on 1st May 1915 aged 26. He is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial, U.K. He was the son of William and Ellen Moore of "St. John's", Victoria Avenue, Lodge Estate, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919"]

Note: The destroyer H.M.S. Recruit was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat in the Thames estuary with the loss of 39 men (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Recruit_(1896)).

OATS Albert James
Private (12407) of the Essex Regiment, 9th Battalion. He was born in West Ham, Essex, on 7th March 1890 and was killed in action on 20th October 1915 aged 25. He is recorded on the Loos Memorial, France, on Panel 85 to 87. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of James Albert Oats of 12 Rectory Road, Grays, Essex, and the late Catherine Jane Oats.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906]

PENTICOST Leonard Denyer
Private (203344) of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 2nd/4th Battalion. He died of wounds on 28th March 1917 in Egypt aged 26 and is buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, in grave B. 118. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Dartford, Kent. He was the son of George and Annie Pentecost of "St. Winifred's", Bridge Road, Grays, Essex. He was a Clerk at the Port of London (Tilbury Docks).

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

RICHARDSON G
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SMITH L E
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SPANTON Richard William
Private (26835) of the Essex Regiment, 9th Battalion. He was born in Grays and died of wounds on 8th May 1917 aged 21. He is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France, in grave III. K. 50. He lived in Little Thurrock and enlisted in Grays. He was the son of Richard Herbert and Alice Spanton of 16 Whitehall Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

SPOONER Arthur Charles
Private (1034) of the East Surrey Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was born in Grays, Essex, in 1895 and was killed in action on 22nd April 1915. He is buried at Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium, in Enclosure No.4 XV. AA. 24. He enlisted in Grays. He was the son of Charles and Ellen Spooner

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth Index; 1911 Census]

Note: Arthurís younger brother Alfred also died (see below).

SPOONER Alfred
Private Spooner (14478) of the Essex Regiment, 11th Battalion. He was born in Little Thurrock and was killed in action on 15th October 1916 aged 21. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 10 D. He lived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, and enlisted in Grays. He was the son of Charles and Ellen Jane Spooner of Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

Note: Alfredís older brother Arthur also died (see above). Alfredís birth was registered in the first quarter of 1897 so his age at death should probably be 19 rather than 21.

TANDY W L
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Note: This is probably the William Leonard Tandy who was born in Essex in 1890 [GRO Birth Index]. Further details for William can be found at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35915535.

TAYLOR Ernest George
Private (56750) of the Lancashire Fusiliers, 18th Battalion. He was born in Dartford, Kent, and was killed in action on 31st October 1918 aged 19. He is buried at Vichte Military Cemetery, Belgium, in grave II. A. 2. He lived in Grays, Essex, and enlisted in Romford, Essex. He was the son of John William and Matilda J. Taylor of 38 Chadwell Road, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; 1911 Census]

TAYLOR George
Private (G/24362) of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 2nd/4th Battalion. He was born in Grays, Essex, and was killed in action on 19th April 1917 in Egypt aged 19. He is buried at Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine, in grave XXX. C. 5. He enlisted in Warley, Essex, and was the son of Frederick A. and Sarah Taylor of 112 Dock Road, Little Thurrock.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; 1911 Census]

WARD James
Trimmer of the Mercantile Marine Reserve, H.M.S. Clan McNaughton. He died on 3rd February 1915 aged 26 and is recorded on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, U.K., on Panel 9. He was the son of Joseph Ward of 37 College Road, Little Thurrock, and the late Louisa Ward.

[Source: CWGC; "Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919"]

Note: The armed merchant cruiser H.M.S. Clan McNaughton foundered during a gale in the Atlantic Ocean north of Ireland with the loss of all 281 crew.

See also Samuel Dodge (above).

WHEATON Ernest

Lance Corporal (23701 or 23901) of the Essex Regiment, 9th Battalion. He was born in Fulham, Middlesex, in 1893 and was killed in action on 3rd July 1916. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 10 D. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of Philip and Emma Wheaton and the husband of Beatrice Wheaton

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth & Marriage Index; 1911 Census]

WHITBY H J F
Possibly Private John Frederick Whitby (51445) of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 8th Battalion. He was born in Ashwell, Herts, and was killed in action on 30th November 1917. He is recorded on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France, on Panel 3 and 4. He lived in Wood Green and enlisted there.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"]

WILSON A
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WOOD Arthur William
Private (26836) of the Essex Regiment, 10th Battalion. He was born in Orsett, Essex, in 1896 and was killed in action on 20th July 1916. He is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, on Pier and Face 10 D. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of James John and Mary Wood.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth Index; 1911 Census]

Note: Arthurís older brother George also died (see below).

WOOD A
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WOOD G

Probably Private George James Wood (201271) of the Essex Regiment, 4th Battalion. He was born in Essex in 1891 and was killed in action on 27th March 1917 in Palestine. He is recorded on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel, on Panels 33 to 39. He lived in Grays and enlisted there. He was the son of James John and Mary Wood and the husband of Angie Rebecca Wood of 50 Stanley Road, Grays, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919"; GRO Birth Index; 1911 Census]

Note: Georgeís younger brother Arthur also died (see above).

WORDLEY Albert William Leonard

Fireman of the Mercantile Marine, S.S. Minneapolis (Belfast). He was born in Essex in 1894 and died on 23rd March 1916 aged 22. He is recorded on the Tower Hill Memorial, U.K. He was the son of James Henry Wordley of 17 Arthur Street, Grays, Essex, and the late Ellen Caroline Wordley.

[Source: CWGC; GRO Birth Index]

Note: See also Henry Mann (above)

   1939-1945
LEGG Henry James
Aircraftman 2nd Class (1286505) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was born in Essex in 1922 and died on 22nd September 1944 aged 22. He is recorded on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore, on Column 442. He was the son of Henry William and Bessie A. M. Legg of Orsett, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; GRO Birth Index]

MURRELL Norman William

Gunner (11414235) of the Royal Artillery, 108 H.A.A. Regiment. He was born in Essex and died on 8th August 1944 aged 31. He is buried at La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, France, in grave VI. C. 8. He lived in Essex and was the son of William and Rosie Jane Murrell and the husband of Hilda May Murrell of Orsett Heath, Essex.

[Source: CWGC; "Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945"]

WOOLMER Bernard William
Able Seaman (C/SSX 24475) of the Royal Navy, H.M.S. Juno. He was born in Essex in 1920 and died on 21st May 1941. He is recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial, U.K.

[Source: CWGC; GRO Birth Index]

Note: The destroyer H.M.S. Juno was sunk about 30 miles south-east of Crete by Italian bomber with the loss of 116 men (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Juno_(F46)).

   According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the following Second World War casualty is buried in Little Thurrock Churchyard but is not recorded on the war memorial:
WRIGHT Walter James
Volunteer of the Home Guard, 6th Gloucestershire (South Gloucester) Battalion. He died on 27th February 1941 aged 25 and is buried at Little Thurrock Churchyard. He was the husband of Minnie Christine Wright of Knowle, Bristol.

[Source: CWGC]

Last updated 19 July, 2016

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