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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Martin Edwards & Janet Graves 2017

The Zoological Society of London has a memorial with plaques dedicated to both World War 1 and 2 and is to be found in the southern section of zoo, Three Island Pond, London oo, Camden, Great London. It takes the form of a three-step hexagonal base surmounted by a tower with pyramidal roof and cross; the Tower is hexagonal in shape and has carvethe d piping at the corners; each face has an upper conical window. The memorial is modelled on French Lantern des Mortes. The dedicatory inscription and names are incised on plaques that are mounted fixed to the stones which are set within upper step of the base. There are twelve names for World War 1 and five for World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled in 1919. The names here are not in the same order as the memorial and have been sorted into alphabetical order by area and conflict for ease of reading and research.

Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2011


BODMAN William
Helper. Private L/7736, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in acion 18 March 1916. Born Clerkenwell, Middx., resident St. John's Wood, Middx, enlisted Stratford, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.
DARE Charles W
Helper. Private 245110 [SDGW] or 245116 [CWGC], 2nd/2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 10 September 1918 during the period of the “Advance to Victory” (August to November Armistice 1918). . Resident St. Pancras, enlisted Camden Town. Formerly 2965, 19th Battalion, London Regiment. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born London St Pancras, at school, resident with his parents, Charles James and Mary Anne Dare, at 16 Eton Street, Gloucester Road, St Pancras, London. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born St. Pancras, resident with his parents at 16, Eton Street, St Pancras, London. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10.
DAY Alfred Lomas
Helper. Rifleman S/20305, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 29 November 1917. Born Kensington, Middlesex, enlisted and resident Fulham, Middlesex. Buried in RETHEL FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Ardennes, France. Grave 1841.
DERMOTT Albert Arthur
Messenger. Rifleman S/4504, 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 10 July 1916. Aged 22. Born Islington, enlisted Marylebone, resident Dalston, Middlesex. Son of Frederick John and Rachel Frances Dermott, of 2, Queens Rd., Dalston, London. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

DEXTER William
Keeper. Rifleman S/19841, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 23 October 1918. Aged 31. Born and resident Regent's Park, Middx, enlisted St. Pancras, Middx. Son of Robert and Mary Ann Dexter; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Dexter, of 12, Manley St., Regent's Park, London. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVIII. Row J. Grave 5.
JONES Robert
[Memorial lists his as 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers] Gardener. Rifleman 472712, 1st/12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers), London Regiment. Died of wounds 9 April 1917 during the first day of the Battle of Arras 1917. Aged 31. Born Grays, Essex, enlisted London, resident Plaistow. Brother of Mrs. Clara Shafer, of 37, Cornwallis Rd., Walthamstow, London. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Essex, resident with his sister, Clara, and his parents, Robert and Jane Jones, in Marcus Street, West Ham, London & Essex. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Grays, Essex, a Leather Cloth Machine Minder, resident with his parents, Robert and Jane Jones, at 43, Marcus Street, West Ham, London & Essex. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, born Grays, Essex, a Coal Porter at the Gas Works, resident with his parents, Robert and Jane Jones, and his sister, Clara, at 59, North Street, Plaistow E., West Ham, London & Essex. Buried in GOUY-EN-ARTOIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Row A. Grave 2.
Keeper. Private G/2197, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 29 September 1915. Born St. Pancras, Middlesex, enlisted Camden Town, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.

PATTERSON Gerald Philip
[Listed as 19th County of London Regiment on memorial] Helper. Private 43689, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 5 October 1918 during the Somme fighting. Born Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, enlisted Camden Town. Buried in CONNAUGHT CEMETERY, THIEPVAL, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 4.
PEAVOT Henry George Jesse
Librarian. Private 9580, "B" Company, 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company. Died 21 April 1917. Aged 35. Husband of Maud Odette Peavot, of 18, Cedar Rd., Cricklewood, London. Librarian, Zoological Society of London. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

Keeper. Bombardier 115806, 233rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 3 October 1917. Aged 39. Born Lifton, Devon, enlisted St. Pancras, Middlesex, resident Regent's Park, Middlesex. Son of Thomas and Emma Jane Perkins, of Lifton, Devon; husband of Lucy E. Perkins, of 6, Eton St., St. George's Rd., Regent's Park, London. Buried in BELGIAN BATTERY CORNER CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row O. Grave 6.
[Memorial states Royal Field Artillery] Gardener. Gunner 174234, 216th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 23 September 1917, during the third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele, July to November 1917. Born St. Pancras, Middxlese, resident Regent's Park, Middlesex, enlisted London. Buried in MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row M. Grave 3.
WHYBROW Arthur George
Helper. Private 2547, 19th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. Died 15 September 1916, during Somme battles, probably in the clearance of High Wood by 47 (London) Division. Aged 23. Enlisted Camden Town. Son of John and Louisa Whybrow, of Hampstead, London, husband of Daisy Goodard (formerly Whybrow), of 193, Junction Rd., Highgate, London. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot 1A. Row A. Grave 10.



DAVIES Henry Peris

Clerk. Second Lieutenant 164971, 5 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action in the Far East 21 December 1941. Aged 27. Son of Evan and Anne Davies. No known grave. Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 3. He is also commemorated on the Pembroke County War Memorial.

LENEY William Walter Thomas
Overseer. Civilian. Killed by Flying Bomb 25 November 1944, , along with his wife Kate Jane Leney. Aged 65. Resident of 59 King Henry's Road. Husband of Kate Jane Leney. Died at 59 King Henry's Road. Reported by HAMPSTEAD, METROPOLITAN BOROUGH. Buried in the Hampstead Metropolitan Borough Cemetery.
PEACHEY Leonard James
Clerk. Sergeant 749539, 22 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in an air crash in Lincolnshire 18 December 1940. Aged 32. Buried in NORTH COTES (ST. NICHOLAS) CHURCHYARD, Lincolnshire. Grave 15.
WELLS Albert Henry
Keeper. Gunner 1755068, 70 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action in Burma 25 January 1945. Aged 36. Son of Henry and Mary Wells; husband of Doris Hilda Wells, of Hendon, Middlesex. Buried at TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (burma). Plot 18. Row G. Grave 21.

Note: Taukkyan War Cemetery is the largest of the three war cemeteries in Burma (now Myanmar). It was begun in 1951 for the reception of graves from four battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw which were difficult to access and could not be maintained. The last was an original 'Chindit' cemetery containing many of those who died in the battle for Myitkyina. The graves have been grouped together at Taukkyan to preserve the individuality of these battlefield cemeteries. Burials were also transferred from civil and cantonment cemeteries, and from a number of isolated jungle and roadside sites. Because of prolonged post-war unrest, considerable delay occurred before the Army Graves Service were able to complete their work, and in the meantime many such graves had disappeared. However, when the task was resumed, several hundred more graves were retrieved from scattered positions throughout the country and brought together here.

ADAMS Percy Murray
Keeper. Gunner 922398, 148 (The Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died in 28 July 1943 as a Japanese Prisoner of War at Nikki. Aged 26. Born and resident Bedfordshire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B6. Row F. Grave 2.

Note: The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre. The Japanese aimed at completing the railway in 14 months and work began in October 1942. The line, 424 kilometres long, was completed by December 1943. The graves of those who died during the construction and maintenance of the Burma-Siam railway (except for the Americans, whose remains were repatriated) were transferred from camp burial grounds and isolated sites along the railway into three cemeteries at Chungkai and Kanchanaburi in Thailand and Thanbyuzayat in Myanmar. Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery was created by the Army Graves Service who transferred to it all graves along the northern section of the railway, between Moulmein and Nieke. There are now 3,149 Commonwealth and 621 Dutch burials of the Second World war in the cemetery.

Last updated 7 January, 2018

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