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Compiled & Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2016

The monument is a Portland stone pillar on the southern face of the building, with a roundel at the centre and the inscription incised in upright capital roman lettering, painted gold. Letter cutter: Eric Gill, ARA. Unveiled 10 December 1921 by Lord Ullswater, Trustee of the Museum.

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1914-1918
BURNETT Ian Alistair Kendall
Captain, 3rd Battalion attached 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed while leading a night attack 31 May 1917. Attended Aberdeen University, commemorated in their Roll of Service 1914-1919. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

Extract from University of Aberdeen - Roll of Service in the Great War 1914-1919:

BURNETT, IAN ALISTAIR KENDALL: Captain, 3rd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment; son of W. Kendall Burnett, advocate; born Aberdeen, 20 June 1885; educated Aberdeen Grammar School; graduated MA, 1907; took First Class Honours, Modern Languages, 1908; appointed Assistant Librarian, Royal Scottish Museum, 1909; held a similar post in the British Museum from 1910 until the outbreak of war. Burnett was a member of the Inns of Court OTC and was mobilized, August 1914. In December he was gazetted to the 3rd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, in April 1915 went to France, and saw much heavy fighting, being gassed once and wounded twice. In January 1917 he was promoted Captain, and four months later was killed while leading a night attack, 31 May 1917. To think of I. A. K. B. is to recall a hundred characteristic episodes in which the humours and contradictions of his wayward spirit are enshrined. But the central unity from which these bewildering contradictions radiated baffles the enquirer, as indeed it seemed to baffle the possessor himself, forever in pursuit of his own reality. In that final synthesis strange and alien elements coalesced, the tender and mocking irony of the Abbe Coignard did not disdain communion with the austerity of Calvin, the freshness of the child met the experience of the sage, and the scoffer embraced the votary. And, like a radiant vestment to his inward riches, none could fail to be struck by his unique courtesy. This quality alone, were but all its implications apprehended, might be truly said to symbolise and epitomise his whole nature. “O anima cortese!” is epitaph enough.

DERRETT Frank
Private 531860, 2/15th Battalion (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment. Died 22 July 1917. Aged 34. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Derrett, of James St., London; husband of Alice Derrett, of 30, Marchmont St., Russell Square, London. In the 1911 census he is listed as aged 27, son of Emma Derret (a widow), a Civil Servant, born St Marylebone, London, resident 35 James Street, St Marylebone, London. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 1104.
DUNT Charles Robert
Private 4048, 13th (Kensington) Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 28. Son of Charles and Alice Emily Dunt, of Shotesham, Norwich. Native of West Kensington, London. Enlisted Kensington, London, resident Queen’s Park, London. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, son of Charles and Alice Emily Dunt, a British Museum Attendant, born Kensington, London, resident 4 Third Avenue Paddington, Paddington, London. Buried in HEBUTERNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 6.
EDEN William James
Rifleman 4416, 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Reported missing and accepted as dead 31 October 1914. Aged 30. SDGW gives him as born and resident Barnet, Middlesex, enlisted Camden Town, Middlesex (this does not fit with the other facts). Son of William James Eden (an Attendant at British Museum); husband of Louisa Harris (formerly Eden formerly Maffey), of 19, Canfield Place, Finchley Rd., Hampstead, London. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, married to Louisa, with 3 children, Duster at British Museum, born Canterbury, Kent, resident 8 Tavistock Square W C, St Pancras, London. Married at St Marylebone, London 18 January 1906. When he attested in 8 May 1902 in Barnet he was aged 18 years 5 months, born Canterbury, Kent, a Milkman. He was 5 feet 33/8 inches, girth 35 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, weight 119 lbs. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 51 and 53.
LITTLEJOHN Stanley William
Second Lieutenant, 142 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 23 September 1917. Son of Mr. W. Littlejohn, of 75, Arthur Rd., North Brixton, London. In the 1911 census he was aged 34, son of William and Anne Littlejohn, a restorer of prints and drawings and paintings European and Oriental, born Camberwell, London, resident 75, Arthur Rd., North Brixton, London. Buried in BUFFS ROAD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 41.
MICHIE H
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NASH John F T
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PULLEN E
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SEELEY John Moffat
Guardsman 24712, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 3 February 1919. Aged 41. Son of Abraham Seeley, of Boxted, Bury St. Edmund's. Husband of Sarah Ann Seeley, of 70, Tremadoc Rd., High St., Clapham, London. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section S. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 7.
SHEEHY Robert
Private 408820, 880th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps/ Died 23 April 1918. Aged 41. Husband of Ellen Mary Sheehy, of 1, Park Place, Margate, Kent. Formerly Private G/13729, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXIX. Row L. Grave 3.
STEWART A.C.
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To the Memory of the Men
Who went from this museum
And fought and fell in the War
1914-1918
They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
1939-1945
ALDERTON Peter [Henry]
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1331632, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13 May 1943. Buried in AMSTERDAM NEW EASTERN CEMETERY, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Plot 69. Row C. Collective grave 10.
LAMACRAFT Harry Charles
Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 655914, 487 (N.Z.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 May 1943. Aged 32. Son of Charles Tandy Lamacraft and Fanny Agnes Lamacraft; husband of Ruby May Lamacraft, of Barnet, Hertfordshire. Buried in AMERSFOORT (OUD LEUSDEN) GENERAL CEMETERY, Utrecht, Netherlands. Plot 13. Row 9. Joint grave 175.
MILLS Harold Roy
Telegraqphist P/WRX 1173, H.M. Trawler Tamarisk, Royal Naval Volunteer (Wireless) Reserve. Died 12 August 1940. Aged 20. Son of Harold Edward and Lotte Charlotte Mills, of East Finchley, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 45, Column 1.
WYE David Gordon
Lieutenant 293210, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 27 June 1944. Aged 28. Son of Jesse Middleton Wye and Mary Lucy Wye; husband of Mary Catherine Wye, of Edinburgh. Buried in BROUAY WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 3.

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