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TUNBRIDGE WELLS WAR MEMORIAL

WORLD WAR 1 - SURNAMES 'P'

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Edward James Gilbert 2012

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PACKHAM Arthur Charles
Arthur was a Sergeant (#285399) with the Canadian Army Pay Corps, No. 1 Detachment who at the age of 28 died December 25, 1917. He had been wounded in action and died in Tunbridge Wells and was buried in the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery (C12, grave 315). He was the husband of A. A. Packham of 25 Grecian Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PACKHAM Ernest Wilfred
Ernest was a resident of Tunbridge Wells at the time of enlistment. he was a Private (#G/19095) with the 10th Battalion, Queens Own West Kent Regiment who died June 7, 1917 in France. He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 45 to 47). He was formerly #2369 with the West Kent Yeomanry.
PACKHAM William
William was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service there. He was a Private (#201563) with the 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died at age 37 in Belgium July 31, 1917. He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 21). He was the son of Henry and Harriet Packham and the husband of Mary Ellen Maude Packham of 4 Kirkdale Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Hre was formerly $4595 with the Suffolk Regiment.
PAIGE Frederick
Frederick was born in Tunbridge Wells and was a resident of Rainham, Kent at the time of enlisting in Tunbridge Wells. He was a Private (#33538) with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry 1/1st Bucks Battalion, who was killed in action in France at age 24 on July 21, 1918. He is recorded at the Barenthal Military Cemetery (Plot 1 row B grave 5). He was the son of Harry and Fanny Paige of Tunbridge Wells and the husband of Hilda Alice Paige if 3 Caroline Place Otterham Quay Rainham, Kent.
PAIGE Frederick William
Frederick was a Private (#5631) with the Australian Infantry, A. I. F., 20th Battalion, who at the age of 24 died in Belgium on October 10, 1917. He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 7-17-23). He was the son of Frederick Thomas and Esther Paige of 47 Kirkdale Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
PARKER Albert Arthur
He was a Captain with the Royal Field Artillery who was mentioned in despatches. He died in Belgium, at age 34, on September 25, 1917. He is recorded at the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery (I. F. 38). He was the husband of Emily M. Parker of 78 Stephens Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
PARKER Harry
Harry was a Lance Corporal (#1990) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers who died in the Hythe disaster at age 29 on October 28, 1915. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328). He was the son of George William Parker of Suffolk and the husband of Eva Agnes Parker of 68 Queens Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is listed as Henry William Parker on the Southborough Memorial.
PARR W F
No further information currently available
PARSONS L B
Inconclusive information. He is also recorded on the plaque at Skinners School.
PARSONS Victor George
Victor was born at New Cross, Kent but a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the war. He enlisted for service at Dover, Kent. He was a Lance Corporal (#31795) with the Royal Engineers who died at age 19 on May 20, 1916. He was accidentally injured and died at home. He is recorded at the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery (B. 2. 62). He was the son of the Reverend William Henry and Evelyn Parsons (nee Watton) of the St Johnís Church Vicarage, Tunbridge Wells. The Parsons family have come to Tunbridge Wells in 1908 due to Rev. Parsons posting as the Vicar of St Johnís Church and remained there until 1925 at which time the family moved to Tiverton. In a letter written by William to his children he says "Dear Children

God gave me five lovely children, all strong and perfect in limb; one he took away and I believe Victor is in his loving care

". Evelyn Parsons wrote an account of the family which was passed down to family members after her death. Of Victor she recorded the following " Victor's war-1915-We kept on hearing of boys killed whom we knew. Geoff Ward was one. Victor left school and went to Sandhurst. Only a short period was allowed then, I donít think he really liked it, and I am sure he never wanted to fight. He was only 18. He joined Royal Irish (a great mistake, so General Hay said) and he was very, very homesick in Ireland. He lost his nerve and came out of it and home and for a time rest on account of ill health. Then he found a nice job in a private school. Here he was greatly loved. I wish he had stayed, but he thought he ought to be in army, so joined motor cyclists in Dover. How my heart ached. Win and I went and spent a few days in Dover to see him in 1916, and when I left him it was more sad than ever in my life. I never saw him again. Is there not some instinct in a mother that foretells sorrow? In May 1916 an air raid was over Dover, and returning after to the Castle my dear Victor came in contact with a motor lorry and he was thrown. His friends took him to hospital, unconscious and bleeding from ears and nose. Shall I ever forget? Poor Dad! The shock was awful to him. He had to go at once to Dover, having received a telegram in early morning of May 21st. I was in bed with an illness

Poor Dad, he arrived only to hear that Victor was dead. He had to identify him at the hospital mortuary. He came home after making arrangements, and he came at once to me in bed. Oh what a meeting! We could not speak

For a long time Dad could not speak to people he met. Victor was his eldest and more a companion to him

The funeral was at Tunbridge Wells. He was laid in our church all night"
PATTENDEN Ebenezer}
He was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted there. He was a Private (#265994) with the Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion, who at the age of 32 died in France April 29, 1918. He is recorded at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (IX. B. 3). He was the husband of E. Pattenden of 1 Albert Cottages, Canden Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is recorded on the plaque at St James Church as Ebenezer Pattenden.
PATTERSON C J {Charles}
No further information currently available
PAYNE E. W.
He was a Lance Serjeant (#263029) with the 2nd/1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment attached to the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers who died December 3, 1919. He is recorded at the Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery (III. E. 5). He was the son of Mr E. Payne of 13 Princess St., Tunbridge Wells.
PAYNE Thomas
No further information currently available
PAYNE William
William was a Private (#G/2276) with The Queens Royal West Kent Regiment, 7th Battalion, who at the age of 21 died in France on July 13, 1916. He is recorded at the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 11C). He was the son of Henry and Charlotte Payne of 1 South Gove, Tunbridge Wells.
PEARSON George
George had been born in Tunbridge Wells and was a resident of the town at the time of enlisting there. He was a Private (#G/2966) with The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 8th Battalion, and died at the age of 28 in France on September 2, 1916. He is recorded at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen (B. 24. 26). He was the husband of E. E. Pearson of 31 Silverdale Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
PEATE S L
Only record found is for 'S' Peate a Private (#23930) with the 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers who died in France April 22, 1916 and who is recorded at the Calais Southern Cemetery (plot C. row 3. grave 6).
PEERLESS Clarence Roland Walter
Clarence was born in Tunbridge Wells and a resident of the town before the war and he enlisted there. He was a Sapper (#1973) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers who died October 28, 1915 during the Hythe disaster. He is recorded at the Helles Memorial (panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328). He was a soldier that died at sea. He was the son of Walter James and Louisa Alice Peerless of 37 Common View Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. His father Walter James Peerless (#1408) was also killed in the war. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PEERLESS Walter James
Walter was a resident of Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service at Southborough. He was a Sapper (#1408) with the 1st/3rd Kent Field Coy Royal Engineers who died at age 42 on 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 husband of Louisa Alice Peerless of 37 Common View Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. His son Clarence Roland Walter Peerless died on the same day at the Hythe disaster and must be one of the few if not the only case during the war where a father and son were killed on the same date at the same place. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PELL John Charles
John was born in Tunbridge Wells but enlisted in London. He was an A/Lance Corporal (#68464) who was with the Royal Army Medical Corp, 91st Field Ambulance and who died in Belgium December 1, 1917. He is recorded at the Mendinghem Military Cemetery (VI. AA. 25). He was the son of F. and M. Pell of Tunbridge Wells. He was the husband of A, M. Pell of West View, Somerhill Rd., Hove, Brighton.
PERRIMAN George
George was born at Maidstone, Kent but living in Tunbridge Wells at the time of his enlistment there. He was a Private (#G/15797) with The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 1st Battalion, who doed at the age of 22 in France on March 18, 1917. He is recorded at the Maroc British Cemetery (I. P. 13). He was the son of George and Alice Perriman of 39 George St., Tunbridge Wells.
PETRIE John Hamlyn
John was a Private (#22739) with the East Surrey Regiment who was killed in action in France November 30, 1917. He had enlisted for service at Kingston-on-Surrey. He is recorded at the Cambrai Memorial Louverval, France (panel 6). He was the son of John and Anne Marie Petrie of 52 St James Rd., Tunbridge Wells and also of 509 Anlaby Rd., Hull. john had been born 1881 at Seaham Harbour, Durham

In the 1911 census he is a single man working as a traveller silversmith and residing at the time at the Grand Hotel in Bournemouth. He had lived in Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey in 1891.
PHILLIPS H
No further information currently available
PHILLIPS Harold Morley
Harold was a Private (#F/266376) with the Royal Sussex Regiment, 11th Battalion, who at the age of 33 died in France March 21/1918 or possibly April 3, 1918. He is recorded at the Poziers Memorial (panel 46 and 47). He was the only son of Elizabeth Louisa Norris (formerly Phillips0 of St. David's, Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells and the late Walter Phillips. He is also recorded on the plaque of St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells.
PICK Harry Sheldon
Harry was a Corporal (#35523) with the Royal Field Artillery, 109th Bty. When, at the age of 29, he died in France October 2, 1915. He is recorded at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (VII. B. 87). He was the son of Thomas and Ellen Pick and the husband of Gertrude Pick of Rusthall. Tunbridge Wells. He was born at Dunsby, Lincolnshire. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PICKETT Gerald Molyneux
Gerald was a 2nd Lieut. with the 3rd Battalion attached to the 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers who died in France September 9, 1916. He is recorded at the Terlincthon British Cemetery Wimille, France (XV. D. 21). He was buried in Ireland at the Lower Fahon (Christ Church) Churchyard. Her is also recorded on the plaque at Skinners School.
PICKETT John
John was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service there. He was a Private (#G/7226) with the Queens Own West Kent Regiment who died in Belgium October 4, 1917. He is recorded at the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel 106 to 108).
PICKETT Maurice Henry
Maurice was born in Tunbridge Wells and was a resident there before the war. He was a Lance Corporal (#131986) with the 21st Field Coy Royal Engineers who died at home February 14, 1917 at age 21. He is recorded at the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery (B. 12. 76). He is also recorded on the plaque at Skinners School.
PIESLEY Charkes Edward
Charles was born at Oxford and at the time of the war a resident of Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. He enlisted for service at Dover. He was a Private (#2958) with the 6th Battalion, The Buffs ( East Kent Regiment) who died at age 21 in France July 3, 1916. He is recorded at the Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'abbe, France (I. D. 19). He was the son of Geirge Piesley of High St Sturry Canterbury. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PIGGOT Arthur Alfred
Arthur was a Lieut. with 'C' Coy 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers who died in France at age 13 on September 26, 1915. He is recorded at the Loos Memorial (panel 20 to 22). He was the son of Joseph Alfred and Emily Piggot of 20 Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells. He is also recorded on the plaque of St Marks Church, Tunbridge Wells.
PILBEAM Percival William
Percival was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service at Tonbridge. He was a Private (#72927) with the 6th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corp who at age 22 died in France February 17, 1917. He is recorded at the Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension (M. 34). He was the son of Mr and Mrs W. T. Pilbeam of 13 Garden Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as Percy Pilbeam.
PILBEAM William Henry
William was a Bombardier (#55170) with the Royal Garrison Artillery, 57th Siege Bty., who at the age of 28 died in France on August 13, 1916. He is recorded at the Peak Wood Cemetery, Fricou (B. 3). He was the son of Mrs. H. M. Pilbeam of 4 Quarry Rd., Tunbridge Wells. William was born in Tunbridge Wells and a resident of the town before the war. He enlisted for service at Hastings, Sussex. He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as William H. Pilbean.
PIPER Harry
Harry was an Able Seaman (#226762) with the Royal Navy H. M. S. VANGUARD who at the age of 29 died July 9, 1917. He is recorded at the Chatham Naval Memorial (22). He was the son of Harry and Annie Piper of Braemar, West Port, Wareham, Dorset. Harry was a native of Tunbridge Wells.
PIPER Horace Edward
Horace was a Private (#69950) with the 7th Battalion, The Queens Royal West Kent Surrey Regiment who died at age 32 on April 27, 1918. He was the last Rusthall man to die in defence of the Salient. It had been his third time at the front, having been wounded twice before, first at Ypres November 7, 1915 and then at Filkem Ridge July 31, 1917. At the outbreak of war he had been recalled from Canada and shortly after his arrival he was sent to France where he received the Mons Star. He was a married man, living in Ipswich, whose wife was expecting him home on a monthís leave just about the time he was killed. His family home however was at Woodside Road, Rusthall where his father G. Poper still lived. He was buried in the Ypres Town Cemetery Extension (grave II. G. 21). He is also recorded at the Rusthall War Memorial.
PIPER Spencer James
Spencer was born at Brighton, Sussex but was a resident of Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells before the war and enlisted for service at Tonbridge. He was a Private (#266206) with the 1st Battalion, Queen Own West Kent Regiment who at age 18 died in France August 29, 1918. He is recorded at the Gommecourt British Cemetery No. 2 in France (IV. J. 20). He was the son of Frederick and Harriett Piper of 1 The Orchards Westward Rd., Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. He was born at Preston, Brighton, Sussex on October5, 1900. He had attended Rusthall School and was working as a chemist when the war began. He had enlisted with the Kent Cyclist Battalion, September 1915. He saw service at Soissons and Bapavme. From the Kent Cyclists he was transferred to the Queens West Kent Regiment. He was killed in action at Achiet-Le-Pete, Pas de Calais. He is also recorded at the Speldhurt St Mary Church Memorial.
PLANT John
John was a Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy H. M. S. RAGLAN who at age 26 died January 20, 1918. He is recorded at the Chatham Naval Memorial (29). He was killed in action at Imbros with Goehen and Breslau. He was the son of the late Harry and Mary Plant and a native of Tunbridge Wells. He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as John Plant.
PLAYSTED Frederick William George
He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as F. W. G. Playsted. Frederick enlisted at Maidstone at age 19 in 1914 for service. He was a Driver (#857) with the Kent Brigade Co. A Army Service Corp. He served in France in 1915 but was discharge July 18, 1915 as being no longer physically fit for service due to sickness and was returned to England. He died at home in the 4th quarter of 1918. He had been born in the firt quarter of 1896 in Tunbridge Wells and had lived in the town with his parents and siblings until at least 1911. He was the son of Frederick Sydney (a watch and clock repairer) and Sarah Ellen Playsted of 11 Clifton Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Frederick had been employed before enlistment as a clerk.
PLUMMER Henry John
Henry was a Driver (#211177) with D Bty, 58th Bde Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery who died of wounds in France October 30, 1918. He was living at the time of his enlistment at Hollaway N and enlisted at Islington N. He is recorded at the Ramilies Cemetery in France (G. 21).
POILE Stanley William
Stanley was a resident of Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service there. He was an (A) Corporal (#50729) with the 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) who died at age 21 on February 24, 1917. He was the son of William and Ellen Poile of 26 Church Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He was formerly #11798 with the Queens West Kent Regiment.
POLL G A
No further information currently available
POLLARD William Samuel
William was born in Tunbridge Wells but enlisted for service at Folkestone. He was a Private (#20770) with the 13th Field Ambulance Royal Army Service Corps who died in Belgium at age 34 on October 4, 1917. He is recorded at the Houge Crater Cemetery (I. A. 18). He was the husband of Ethel Pollard of 9 Station Cottages Dover Rd., Folkestone.
POOK Richard Thomas
Richard was born at Battley, Sussex but a resident of Tunbridge Wells before the war. He enlisted at Gillingham, Kent. He was a Driver (#2268) 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).
PRANKHERD Richard Percy
Initials incorrectly given on the plaque. Richard was a Lieutenant (no service number given) with the Machine Gun Corps whi at the age of 23 was killed in France November 10, 1918. He is recorded at the Pont-Sur-Sambre Communal Cemetery (B. 31). He was the son of Percy John and Louisa Prankerd of Fairlawn, St James Rd., Tunbridge Wells. He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as Richard P. Prankerd.
PRATT Joseph
Joseph was born at Croydon, Sussex but later a resident of Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells before the war and enlisted at Tunbridge Wells. He was a Private (#G/9336) with the 6th Battalion, Queens Own West Kent Regiment who died in France May 3, 1917. He is recorded at the Arras Memorial. He is also recorded on the Rusthall War Memorial.
PRATT Walter
Walter was a Private (#G/5436) with the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, B Coy., 8th Battalion, who at the age of 20 died in France September 26, 1915. He is recorded at the Loos Memorial (Panel 95 to 97). He was the son of Ebenezer and Fanny Pratt of Home Lea, Salisbury Rd., Langton, Tunbridge Wells. Walter was born at Southborough and enlisted for service at Tunbridge Wells.
PRICE Albert Victor
Albert was born in Tunbridge Wells and enlisted for service in London. He was a Private (#PS/8782) with the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 13th Battalion, who at age 20 died in France July 9, 1916. He is recorded at the Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, France (III. E. 20). He was the son of Albert and Rosa Price of 159 Queens Rd., Tunbridge Wells.
PRIOR Charles Henry
No further information currently available. He is listed on the plaque at St James Church as Charles H. Prior.
PUTTOCK Alfred George
Alfred was a Private (#L/10096) with 'A' Coy 1st Battalion, Queens Own West Kent Regiment who died at age 21 in Belgium on November 14, 1914. He is recorded at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 45 and 47). He was the son of Mrs C. Puttock of 9 Oakfield Rd., Tunbridge Wells.

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