WELLS WAR MEMORIAL
WAR 1 - SURNAMES 'G'
1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Edward
James Gilbert 2012
to Tunbridge Wells Name
was a Sapper (#343481) with the Royal Engineers Railway Operating
Division who at the age of 31 was killed in France July 18, 1918.
He is recorded on the Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery (I. F.
8). He was the husband of Laura Gainsford of 75 Auckland Rd., Tunbridge
Wells. Albert was born in Tonbridge but enlisted for service in
Tunbridge Wells. He had formerly been L/7412 with the Royal West
Kent Regiment (47th BGO Coy). He is also recorded on the Southborough
was a Private (#G/3982) with the 8th Battalion, Queens Royal West
Kent Regiment who died May 23, 1917 in Belgium. He is recorded at
the Railway Dugouts Buriel Ground in Belgium (Sp. Mem. C. 30).
further information currently available. He is also recorded on
the Southborough Memorial. He is listed on the plaque at St James
Church as Frederick F. Gammon. He is listed on the High Brooms Memorial
Plaque as Serjeant F. T. Gammon.
inscription of initials is incorrect. Charles William Gander was
a Driver (#2090) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers
who was a soldier that died at sea October 28, 1915 during the Hythe
disaster. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel 23 to 25
or 325 to 328).
was a Private (#820) with the 22nd Battalion,, Australian Infantry
who died July 27, 1916, age 32. John had been a general labourer
before enlisting for service and had originally lived at 37 Upper
Street, Rusthall. On July 23 his Battalion, was involved in a big
push along the allied front and were to hold Pozieres until March
1918 when it was lost in the German spring offensive. It was during
this campaign that John was killed in action. He was buried at the
Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La-Boisselle (grave III. H. 28).
He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
was a Serjeant (#201175) with the 3rd/4th Battalion, Queens Own
Royal West Kent Regiment who at age 23 died in France December 30,
1917. He is recorded at the Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery (VII.
E. 2). He was the son of Alfred William and Martha Maria Gander
of 8 Thomas St., Tunbridge Wells. He was born in Tunbridge Wells
and enlisted at Tonbridge.
was a Private (#G/893) with the 8th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
who at age 19 died in France July 1, 1916. He is recorded at the
Thiepval Memorial (pier and face 7c). He was the son of Sarah Annie
Gasson of 58 High St., Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. He is also recorded
on the Rusthall War Memorial.
was a Private (#1048) with the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
who died in France December 4, 1917. He is recorded at the Tincourt
New British Cemetery in France at the Somme (III. C. 14). Thomas
was born in Tunbridge Wells and a resident of the town but enlisted
was a Private (#32249) with the 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
who died in France at age 19 on Mary 3, 1917. He is recorded at
the Arras Memorial (Bay 6). He was the son of Frederick and Ella
Rose Gates of 33 Wood St., Tunbridge Wells. Thomas was born at St
Peters, Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service at Maidstone. He
is listed on the plaque at St James Church as Thomas Gates.
was a Private (#G/9222) with the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment
who died in France August 4, 1916. He is recorded at the Ovillers
Military Cemetery (XVI. G. 2) in the Somme. He was born at St Barnabas,
Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service in Tunbridge Wells.
was a Rifleman (#5/5017) with the 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle
Corp who died in France January 12, 1915. He is recorded at the
Le Touret Memorial (panel 32 and 33) Pas De Calais. Sydney was born
in Tunbridge Wells but was living at Central Street East, Middlesex
before the war and enlisted for service at Stratford, Essex.
was a Private (#L/8545) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
who died at age 42 in France September 25, 1915. He is recorded
at the Loos Memorial (Panel 69 to 73). He was the son of William
Gibbs of 24 Aulkand Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
further information currently available. There is a Thomas Gibson
listed on the plaque at St James Church.
Edwin Gilbert a Private (#117929) with the Royal Engineers transferred
to (894510) 776th Area Employment Coy Labour Corp who at age 45
died in France October 26, 1918 and who is recorded at the St Lever
Cemetery Extension, Roues, France and who was the son of William
and Dulcie Gilbert of Paddock Wood, Kent and the husband of Kate
Catherine Gilbert of 9 Privry St, Tonbridge.
Allan Gilbert was the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Gilbert
(my great grandparents) and like so many other young men he went
to war, did his duty and never came home. Edgar was born 1888 in
Tunbridge Wells into the Gilbert family, a family with parents,
sons and daughters who lived most of their lives in Tunbridge Wells.
Edgar was the youngest son of Robert Charles Gilbert and Elizabeth
Gilbert/Blencowe/Mannell. Edgar was one of 3 sons and three daughters
in the family. In the period of 1888-1890 Edgar and his family resided
at 1 Murray road. By 1891 they were living at 5 Grove Hill Cottage
and in 1901 they are recorded as living at 9 Little Mount Sion Road
in Tunbridge Wells. Edgar and his brothers enjoyed sports of which
lawn bowling, cricket and football were the most often mentioned
in stories relayed to me by my grandfather.
Skipping ahead in time Edgars brief military career began with him
enlisting on September 7, 1914 in the 7th Battalion Queens (Royal
West Surrey) Regiment at Croydon, Surrey. From the recruitment register
(QRWS/1/3/3) he is recorded as Edgar Gilbert; No. G/1442;age 25
with terms of enlistment given as "3 years or until the war
is over". The 7th Battalion was formed at Guilford September
1914. The battalions official music was the quick march Braganza
and the slow march Scipio. One of the mementos I have is Edgars
Military Band badge from his membership in the 7th Battalion Military
Band. Edgar no doubt inherited his musical talents from his parents
who during their early lives in Tunbridge Wells were musicians.
Edgar like many other recruits received their military training
at various locations in the south of England, most notably at Aldershot,
the same place my father received his training during WWII.
Edgar was just a private, one of hundreds of thousands, but he was
a son of Tunbridge Wells, a young man proud of where he was from
and willing to do his bit for the war effort. On July 1, 1916, the
first day of the Battle of the Somme his battalion at 7:30a .m.
assaulted the German trenches. Among those going over the wall was
private Edgar Gilbert. The record of the battle that day reads "The
battalion assaulted the German trenches to the front left half of
A 1 Sub Sector on a front of about 400 yards. After 12 hours of
fighting the final objective west of Montauban was reached and consolidated
on a front of about 260 yards. During the assault 174 men were killed,
284 wounded and 56 missing. The battalion held their objective gained
during the night, establishing touch with the 8th E. Surrey Regiment
on the right and the 8th Norfolk Regiment on its left". It
was during this engagement that the life of Edgar Allan Gilbert
came to an end when he was caught in a hail of bullets from a machine
gun. The news of his loss was relayed to his parents by way of a
card which reads;
Edgar Allan Gilbert
B Company, 7th "Queen’s (West Surrey Regiment)
In Expeditionary Force. France
youngest son of Robert Charles and Elizabeth Gilbert
Fell in Action, July 1 st 1916
"A glorious death is his who for his country falls"
When Edgar was killed he and his comrades in arms were attempting
to push the Germans from a position they held in and around the
village of Mametz in the Somme. Although they had succeeded in taking
Mametz it was not without great loss of life. Mametz is located
in the North of France 20 miles north east of Amiens not too far
east of the town of Albert. To the east of Mametz Wood is Flatiron
Copse, a name given by the army to a small plantation. The ground
was taken by the 3rd and 7th divisions on July 14, 1916. Edgar is
buried in the Dantzig Alley British Cemetery at Mametz. Mametz is
located in a valley which was originally known to the troops as
Happy Valley and was used as a main supply route during the attempts
to advance the line at High Wood. The valley was protected from
direct observation from the German lines by the topography of the
land and thousands of men and large quantities of supplies passed
up this valley. In order to disrupt the supply lines the Germans
heavily pounded it with artillery shells and after a while it became
known as Death Valley. The Dantzig Alley Cemetery was started in
late July 1916 and it remained in use until April 1917. After the
armistice more than 1, 100 graves were brought in from smaller cemeteries
and from the neighbouring battlefields. Although there are several
thousand unidentified graves in the cemetery the presence of Edgar
in it is commemorated by a marble headstone bearing the regimental
insignia at the top, his name, rank, number, date of death, a large
cross in the middle with the words "Till The Day Break"
carved into the stone at the bottom. The cemetery now is very peaceful
and well maintained and from time to time relatives of the fallen
come to pay their respects. I hope one day that I will get to go
to France and say goodbye to Edgar as I dout that any of his relatives
have ever been there. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker
and is named after the German trench. The cemetery covers an area
of 5, 722 square meters and is enclosed by a red brick wall....
a fitting place for my ancestor to rest for eternity.
The Queens Regimental War Memorial located in the north wall of
Holy Trinity Church in Guildford was completed in 1921 and dedicated
June 4, 1921 and within the memorial is a niche containing a bronze
and glass casket in which is contained the Book of Remembrance.
Edgar's name is given in this book as well as on the plaque of the
Tunbridge Wells War Memorial. A photograph of this soldier can be
seen on the Gilbert family tree on Ancestry UK.
was a Driver (#2240) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers
who was a soldier that died at sea, age 21, during the Hythe disaster
of October 28, 1915. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel
23 to 25 or 325 to 328). He was the son of John William and Annie
Gilbert of 6 Cemetery Rd., Tunbridge Wells. His name is also recorded
on the plaque at St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells.
was a Private (#203106) with the 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
who died of wounds at age 10 on December 3, 1917. He is recorded
at the Le Cateau Military Cemetery in France (V. E. 8). He was the
son of Mr and Mrs Gilbert of Farnborough Lodge, Calverley Park,
was a Private (#7642) with the Royal Sussex Regiment, who died at
home from injuries, age 36, October 24, 1918. He is recorded at
the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery (C12. grave 239). He was the husband
of M. A. Maylor (formerly Giles) of 34 Standen St., Tunbridge Wells.
name likely Percival. He was a Private (#52654) with the Royal Medical
Corp who at age 29 died in Greece August 24, 1915. He is recorded
at the East Mudros Militrary Cemetery at Mudros (II. H. 133). He
was the son of Charles and Annie Giles of of Dunorlan, Tunbridge
in the military records as V. G. R. Giles. He was a Private (#47707)
with the 16th Lavour Coy The Queens Own Royal West Surrey Regiment
who was transferred to (74167) 124th Coy. Victor died in Belgium
August 19, 1917 at age 28. He is recorded at the Brandhoek New Military
Cemetery No. 3 (I. B. 6). He was the husband of Mabel Giles of 23
Stone st., Tunbridge Wells.
was a Private (#9321) serving with the Canadian Infantry 3rd Battalion,
who at the age of 31 was killed in France February 11, 1918. He
is recorded at the Barlin Cimmand Cemetery (III. E. 15). He was
the son of George William and Ellen Jane Goddard. He was born in
was a Private (#6314) with the 14th Battalion, London Regiment (London
Scottish) who at age 19 died of injuries at home February 12, 1916.
He is recorded at the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery (C. 14. 151 'C').
He was the son of Thomas Charles Goddard of 13 Calverley St., Tunbridge
was a Private (#225168) serving with the London Regiment (Royal
Fusiliers) 1st Battalion, who at the age of 19 was killed in France
October 11. 1917. He is recorded at the Etaples Military Cemetery
(XXX. B. 16). He was the son of Mr and Mrs Godfrey of 6 Grove Hill
Rd., Tunbridge Wellls. Herbert was formerly #1243 with the Kent
was one of four brothers who served in the Great War. The eldest
son in the family Jesse John Goldsmith (1883-1925) survived but
his two other brothers Frederick William and George Arthur/Albert
did not. Arthur was the son of John Alfred Goldsmith (1863-1895)
and Alice Mary Goldsmith (nee Walker), both of whom died while the
brothers were still boys. Arthur was born about 1893 at Tonbridge
and in 1901 he and his brothers were living with the Moon family
at Southborough, St Mathew, Tunbridge Wells. Arthur enlisted for
service at Reading, Berkshire. He was a L/Serjeant (L/15034) with
the Duke of Cambridge Own (Middlesex Regiment) 4th Battalion, who
at age 21 was killed in action in France at the Somme July 1, 1916.
He is recorded at the Gordon Dump Cemetery Ovillers-La-Boisselle
(IV. N. 8). He is identified in military records as the brother
of Jesse John Goldsmith of 2 Council Houses, St Dennis St Austell,
Cornwall, who was the eldest surviving member of the Goldsmith family
and his next of kin.
was the younger brother (born about 1887 at Whitfield, Kent) of
Arthur Ralph Goldsmith (see above) and the son of John Alfred and
Alice Mary Goldsmith. In 1901 he and his brothers were living with
the Moon family in Southborough after his parents had passed away.
Frederick was most likely a Lance Corporal (#S/23007) with the Machine
Gun Corp (Infantry) 9th Coy who died in France October 1, 1918 and
is recorded at the Tyne Cot Memorial (panel 154 to 159 and 163A).
was the brother of Arthur Ralph and Frederick William Goldsmith
who were also killed in the war. George was born about 1889 at Whitfield
Kent and was the son of John Alfred and Alice Mary Goldsmith, both
of whom had passed away before 1901. In 1901 he was living with
his brothers with the Moon family in Southborough. George was most
likely Private (#2334) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
who died in France September 26, 1916 and is recorded at the Millencourt
Communal Cemetery (D. 26).
was a Private (#TF/2328) with the 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Sussex
Regiment who died age 18 May 9, 1915. He is recorded at the Le Touret
Memorial (panel 20 and 21) in France. He was the son of Benjamin
and Almena A. Goldsmith of 2 Fiar View Salisborg Rd., Langton Green,
was a Sapper (#358064) with the Royal Engineers, 3rd Field Survey
Coy who at the age of 20 was killed in France September 14, 1918.
He is recorded at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road (1. A. 4). He was the
son of Rose Eliza Roberts (formerly Goldsmith) of 2 Grecian Rd.,
Tunbridge Wells and the late Alfred Goldsmith. He was a native of
Crowborough, Sussex. He is also listed on the Crowborough War Memorial.
He is also listed on the plaque of St James Church as James Goldsmith.
was a Private (#633460) with the London Regiment 20th Battalion,
who died at the age of 19 on May 13, 1917. He is buried in the Tunbridge
Wells Cemetery (C. 14. grave 237). He had been injured and sent
home where he later died from his injuries. He was the son of Albert
Charles Goldsmith of 6 Albion Rd., Tunbridge Wells and the late
Emily Caroline Goldsmith. He is also listed on the plaque of St
James Church as Sidney Goldsmith.
was a Lance Corporal (C/41) with the 16th Battalion Kings Royal
Rifle Corps who died in Belgium April 13, 1918. He is recorded at
the Ploegsteert Memorial (Panel 8). Herbert was born at Brighton,
Sussex but a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the war and enlisted
at Maidstone, Kent. He is listed on the plaque of St James Church
as Herbert Goodman.
further information currently available
was born in Tunbridge Wells and was a resident of the town (High
Brooms) before enlisting for service. He enlisted for service at
London and was a L/Corp (#10953) with the Worcestershire Regiment,
1st Battalion, who died in France November 18, 1914. He is recorded
at the Le Touret Memorial (Panel 17 and 18).
Norman Gordon was a Captain with the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment
who died in Belgium October 28, 1914 and who is recorded at the
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 35). He is also recorded on the
plaque at St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells.
Extract from the Irish Newspaper Western People, 28 November
1914 [kindly supplied by Tom Burnell].
story of the death of Captain Gordon as related by the same soldier,
is tragic and touching in the extreme. Captain Gordon’s
company after several days hard fighting succeeded in getting
possession of a small village. Here they were ordered to billet
and make themselves as comfortable as they could for a few days
much needed rest, while a company which had been held in reserve
were ordered to the firing line. Captain Gordon, anticipating
that their quarters would be shelled during the night, sent the
sergeant to find a comfortable cellar, where they might rest in
safety. This done, they made settle downs on beds of straw, Captain
Gordon taking a corner directly under a grating in the cellar,
so that, he might the sooner hear any noise created by the enemy.
His expectation proved well founded, for the Germans turned their
artillery on the village in the middle of the night, but only
a few shells were actually fired. One landed fairly on the grating
under which the captain lay, blowing his two legs and one arm
Robertaway, and otherwise so mangling his body that he lived only
for a few hours. His comrades naturally at once began preparation
to alleviate his pain, but evidently realising the near approach
of his end, Captain Gordon feebly waved hi9m aside, and spoke
the last words he ever uttered;- “Go and have a good sleep;
you will be useful to-morrow; I will never be useful again.”
from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916:
ROBERT NORMAN GORDON. 1st BATTN. BORDER REGIMENT, son
of John and Harriet Gordon, now residing at Dimarton, Tunbridge
Wells, was horn at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America, on the
18th June, 1875, and was educated at the Preparatory School of
Captain Lewin, Frant, Sussex, afterwards going to Repton.
was gazetted to the Border Regiment in September, 1895, becoming
Lieutenant in April, 1898, and obtaining his company in April,
1904. He served with his regiment in India, Burma, and the Cape.
was killed by the explosion of a shell at Ypres, on the 26th October,
1914, when leaving the trenches.
Gordon married Miss Rhoda Jefferson, and left one boy, born the
5th May, 1912.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1919:
ROBERT NORMAN, Capt.. 1st Battn. (34th Foot) The Border
Regt.. s. of John Gordon. of Didmarton, Tunbridge Wells;
b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. South America. 18 June, 1875;
educ. Preparatory School, Frant, co. Sussex. and Repton : gazetted
2nd Lieut. Border Rent. 28 Sept. 1895; promoted Lieut. 23 April.
1898. and Capt. 1 April. 1904; served with the Expeditionary Force
in France and Flanders. and was killed in action at Ypres 26 Oct.
1914 ; m.
was a Sapper (#1225) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers
who was a soldier that died at sea, age 41, October 28, 1915 during
the Hythe disaster. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel
23 to 25 or 325 to 328). He was the son of William and Alice Gower
and the husband of Sarah Gower of 118 Silverdale Rd., Tunbridge
Wells. Also given is William Gower a Private (#68531) with the 7th
Battalion, Queens Royal West Kent Regiment who at age 19 died in
France August 8, 1918. He is recorded at the Beacon Cemetery Sailly-Laurette
France, Somme. He was the foster son of Mrs F. Whitehorn of 2 Willow
Bank Oakfield, Tunbridge Wells. He was born in London and enlisted
at Southborough. He was a father of four children and had worked
before enlisting with the Tunbridge Wells Gas Company.
H. Graber unfortunately had a short life. He was born 1898 in Tunbridge
Wells and was the youngest son of Ellis and Alice Graber of 8 Beulah
Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He had been an old King Charles school boy,
and before joining up for military service he was a a senior clerk
to the local branch of the Union Assurance Company. When only 18
he signed up for three years of military duty with the British Army
in 1916 having enlisted at Maidstone, Kent, He was a private (official
number G/12942) with The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and
was assigned to the 2nd Battalion and sent to fight in France. He
was killed in action in the Western European theatre of war on March
14, 1917 when Bucquoy was taken by the 7th Division in March. Bucquoy
was partly lost to the Germans in April 1918 but after a prolonged
and gallant defence by three divisions of the army it was cleared
the following August. Initially his recovered body was buried with
others from his regiment in a little fenced in cemetery by the roadside
where Dyson fell, with the spot marked by a large wooden cross.
This spot subsequently became the Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy. Dyson's
obituary was published, along with his photograph, in the Advertiser
dated March 30, 1917 and reads in part "The deceased soldier,
who was only 19 years of age, joined the Army last October, and
went to the Front just before Christmas. Soon after his arrival
he was taken ill, and was in hospital for some time, and so far
as can be gathered. he was in about his first engagement when he
was killed". A 2nd Lieut. J. C How said "He was a good
soldier, and I only wish he might have been spared, as he was one
of my most promising men". A Rev. Bazil Churchwood went on
to offer his condolences and a friend of Dyson's remarked that "He
was one of the choicest spirits I have known, most sensitive to
his duty to God and most conscientious to the high calling of Christian
discipleship. His thoughtfulness for the well-being of others always
transcended any thought for himself, and his amiable disposition
was ever a tonic to all who knew him".
Dyson Grabers sacrafice to the war effort is memorialized by a grey
headstone at the Bucquoy cemetary (II. A. 20). At the top of his
headstone appears the insignia of his regiment and below it the
name D. H. Graber, rank, date of death; name of regiment. At the
bottom 1/3 of the headstone is the Star of David denoting his Jewish
heritage. His name is also recorded in the Book of Remembrance at
the Queens Regimental War Memorial at the Holy Trinity Church in
Guilford. This memorial was dedicated June 4, 1921. Dysons name
also appears on one of the bronze plaques forming part of the Tunbridge
Wells War Memorial which was unveiled at a large ceremony on February
11, 1923. Dysons parents were among a large crowd who tearfully
attended the ceremony to pay a final tribute to their loved ones
who fell in the Great War. It is indeed ironic that Harold Camburn
would commemorate the ceremony by producing two known postcard views
of the war memorial using the very same machines he purchased from
Ellis Graber (. Ellis Graber was a Tunbridge Wells inventor and
manufacturer of photographic printing machines and Harold Camburn
was a well known Tunbridge Wells photographer, printer and publisher
of postcards). Dyson Grabers older brother Ellis Alexander Graber
also served in the war but was sent home after losing a leg.
further information currently available
was a Private (#G/4944) with the 1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal
West Kent Regiment who died in Belgium April 3, 1915. He is recorded
at the Tuileries British Cemetery (Sp. Mem. C. 7). Albert was born
at Folkestone, Kent but a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the
war and enlisted at Tonbridge.
was a Corporal (#7477) with the 6th Battalion, Queens Own Royal
West Kent Regiment who at 38 died April 11, 1917. He is recorded
at the Dussans British Cemetery, Etrun. He was the husband of Annie
Green of 71 Southwood Rd. Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. He is also
recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
Walter or possibly Herbert William
was a Brevet Lieut. Colonel serving with The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
He died at the age of 40 in France December 31, 1918 and was awarded
the DSO. He is recorded at St Sever Cemetery Extension (S. V. L.
13). He was the son of Maria Jane Green of 13 Queens Rd., Tunbridge
Wells and the late Walter James Green. He was born at Watford.
3115A, 32nd Battalion (Infatry), Australian Army. Missing presumed
killed in action at Fromelles 20 July 1916. Aged 24 years 2 months.
Born in Tunbridge Wells. Lived in Hill Street. Son of Henry and
Kezia Greenwood. Moved, aged 21, to Fremantle in Western Australia
with his mother, Mrs Kezia Greenwood. Enlisted with the AIF 32nd
battalion. Printer by trade. Believed to be one of those buried
near Pheasant Wood. Commemorated in VC Corner Australian Cemetery
and Memorial, Fromelles, France. Panel 5.
was a 2nd Lieut with the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
who was killed in action at age 22 in Belgium on August 9, 1916.
He is recorded at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery (IX. A. 18).
He was the son of Henry Thomas and Lillie Griffiths of Calverley
Mount, Tunbridge Wells.
was a Private (#G/24699) with the Queens Royal West Kent Regiment,
7th Battalion, who at the age of 20 died in Belgium July 21, 1917.
He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 45 and
47). He was the son of William and Hannah Grinter of 30 Erskine
Park Rd., Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. He also served with the 2nd.
4th Battalion at Gallipoli. Frederick had been a resident of Rusthall,
Tunbridge Wells but enlisted for service at Maidstone. He is also
recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
was a Private (L/10104) with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
who died in France May 10, 1915. He is recorded at the Le Touret
Memorial (panel 20 and 21). He was one of three sons of Mr and Mrs
H. Groombridge of Albion Square, Tunbridge Wells who died in the
was a Private (#L/9967) with the Queens Royal West Kent Regiment,
1st Battalion, who at the age of 20 was killed in Belgium April
18, 1915. He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel
45 and 47). He was the son of William and Jane L. Groombridge of
27 South View Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Henry was born in Tunbridge
Wells and enlisted for service at Tonbridge. Other records suggest
he was one of three sons of Mr and Mrs H. Groombridge of Albion
Square, Tunbridge Wells who died in the war.
further information currently available
a duplicate of the man below/
Sergeant 306, 4th Australian Pioneers formerly Kent Cyclist Battalion.
Died 8 August 1918. Aged 31. Born 9 February 1888 in Southborough,
Kent. Baptised 23 November 1890 in West Malling, St Mary, Kent,
son of Fred and Elizabeth Guest. Resident Geraldton, Western Australia,
Australia. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Guest, of 2 Winston Road,
Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Groom by trade. Religious denomination. In
the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Southborough, Kent, son of Fred
and Elizabeth Guest, resident Swan Street, West Malling, Malling,
Kent. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Southborough, Kent,
son of Frederick and Elizabeth Guest, resident 2, Dunstan Road,
Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Kent. Sailed from London 8 November
1910, aged 22, an agricultural labourer, destination port Fremantle,
Australia, aboard the "Armadale". Buried in HEATH CEMETERY,
HARBONNIERES, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 11. Australian
War Memorial document
was born in Brighton but enlisted for service in Tunbridge Wells.
He was a Sapper (#22549) with the 2nd Field Sqdn Royal Engineers
who at age 22 died in France September 25, 1916. He is recorded
at the Loos Memorial in France (panel 4 or 5). He was the son of
the late Joseph Guy and H. guy (stepmother0 of 47 Stanley Rd., Tunbridge
to Tunbridge Wells Name Index
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