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TAUNTON ST MARY'S WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © David Greig 2007
Researched Ray Stokes 2016

There is an elaborately floriated cross in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church that stands on a tapering octagonal shaft and square plinth upon a three stepped base with an associated panel that is nowy headed and decorated with ecclesiastical crown and scroll with 'pro patria' at the head and and imperial crown and scroll with 'DEFENDAMUS' at the bottom. This is supplemented by a marble scrolled plaque within the church bearing 95 names from World War 1. There are a large number of plaques within the Church being individual plaques and tablets commemorating various 19th Century conflicts together with a record of those who died in action in the Great War. Several of these require transcription. There is a Roll of Honour in a glass case recording those members of the Somerset Light Infantry who died in the two World Wars gain not transcribed. There is also a stained glass window dedicated to those who gave their lives in the Great War and a further stained glass window dedicated to the Officers, NCOs and Men of the West Somerset Yeomanry and Somerset Light Infantry.

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Memorial

TO THE MEMORY OF
THE MEN WHO MADE
THE GREAT SACRIFICE
IN THE WORLD WAR
1914 – 1918
THEY HEARD THE CALL
THEY NOBLY PLAYED THEIR PART
FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY/ THEY GAVE THEIR ALL

Marble Scroll

PRO
 
PATRIA
THE CROSS IN THE CHURCHYARD WAS ERECTED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN EVER LIVING MEMORY OF THE MEN CONNECTED WITH THIS CHURCH WHO DIED IN THE DEFENCE OF LIBERTY AND HONOUR IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 -1918
ADDICOTT
Albert
Private 57849 2/8th battalion Worcestershire Regt Killed in Action 31 May 1918 France 18 Son of Walter and Florrie Addicott, of 12 Tancred St, Taunton. Buried in St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq, Pas-de-Calais
ASHTON
Frederick John
Private 97206 Labour Corps Formerly 27913 Royal Berkshire Regt Died 27 Aug 1918 Newcastle 26 Son of Thomas and Sarah Ashton of 6 Duke St, Taunton and husband of Ethel May Ashton (nee Lock). They married in St Mary’s and lived at 18 Woodford Buildings, High Street, Taunton. Private Ashton, the father of two young daughters, joined the Army on 25/6/1916. He gave his occupation as Taunton Council scavenger. He went to France in August 1916. He was invalided to England in March 1918 with sarcoma of right femur and died in Gosforth War Hospital following surgery. His wife was at his bedside. He is buried in St Mary’s (Old Ground) Taunton
AUTON
Charles Henry
Private 16614 1st battalion Grenadier Guards Killed in Action 10 March 1915 France The Memorial Book of Somerset gives his address as Taunton but there is no obvious match in other military records. Private Auton was probably killed during the battle of Neuve Chapelle (10 -12 March 1915). His name appears on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, commemorating those killed in this sector who have no known grave.
BAKER
Arthur
Lance Corporal - This soldier’s name appears in the Memorial Book of Somerset listing 8,000 men born in the county who died in WW1 together with more than 3,000 who died while serving with county regiments. The book is kept in Wells Cathedral. It lists him as a Lance Corporal in the Yorkshire Light Infantry. His home address is given as Taunton. However, there is no obvious matching entry in CWGC records or UK Soldiers Died in the Great War
BALE
William
Private 20540 8th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 10 October 1918 France 24 William Bale, a clerk, was the son of Edward and Rose Bale of 7 York Terrace, Taunton. On 10 Oct, his unit successfully attacked a ridge running south of the village of Briastre in northern France, encountering heavy artillery and machine gun fire. He is buried in Romeries Cemetery, France.
BARNES
William James
[Bombardier on memorial] Gunner 71827 109th Battery Royal Field Artillery Killed in Action 24 Aug 1914 Belgium 18 Son of blacksmith James and Mary Barnes of 23 Greenbrook Terrace. In 1911 William Barnes was a printer’s apprentice. Buried in Frameries Cemetery, south west of Mons, Belgium.
BATSTONE
Francis
Private 44654 11th Essex Regt formerly 47079 Bedfordshire Regt Killed in Action 2 Aug 1918 Belgium 18 Known as Frank, he was the eldest son of Frederick and Elizabeth Batstone of 13 Court, High Street, Taunton. Enlisted in Taunton. He is buried in the Nine Elms British cemetery just outside Poperinge in Belgium.
BATT
Wallace
Private 3/6806 6th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 9 April 1917 France 19 Son of Alfred and Emily Batt of 1 Laburnum Street, Taunton. In 1911, at the age of 13, he was working in a local collar works as a folder. On the 9th April 1917 his unit attacked German defensive positions near Arras, in the First Battle of the Scarpe. Eighteen men were killed and 107 wounded with 12 missing. Pte Batt is buried Tigris Lane Cemetery, Wancourt, Pas de Calais
BELHAM
William Henry David
Private 21260 5th Reserve Battalion Coldstream Guards Died 10 Dec 1917 Taunton 29 Son of William H and Mary Rosina Bellham of Blenheim, 14 Mansfield Road, Taunton. Enlisted Feb 1916. Slipped while doing drill on icy ground at Caterham depot in Jan 1917 resulting in a strangulated hernia. Following surgery he was discharged on medical grounds on 16 July 1917 and died five months later. He is buried in St Mary’s (Old Ground), Taunton.
BENTLEY
Arthur Webb Butler
Second Lieutenant Yorkshire Regt Died 2 Dec 1918 Reading 34 Son of Dr Arthur James Macdonald Bentley (died 1911) and his wife Letitia Gertrude (nee Butler) who died 1907. 2Lt Bentley was born on Jan 1 1884 and before being commissioned had served in the 144th battalion Canadian Infantry. His address is given as Southfield House, Taunton. Died in No1 War Hospital Reading. Buried in St Mary’s cemetery, Taunton.
BIGGS
J
Private - No obvious matching entry in the records
BOARD
Stanley Charles
Gunner 319262 1st/2nd (London) Heavy Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery Killed in Action 27 August 1918 France 20 Son of Henry and Ada Board of the York Inn, Churchinford. He is burried in Boyelles cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
BURROWS
Wilfred Leslie
Deck Boy 440SBD Royal Naval Reserve HM Drifter Michaelmas Daisy Killed 26 Nov 1916 Adriatic 17 Son of Frederick John and Lillian Burrows (nee Jacobs) of Eastleigh Road, Taunton. Wilfred was born on 14 April 1899. Michaelmas Daisy was one of a number of fishing boats and small craft requisitioned for war service and used for transport, mine sweeping and spreading anti submarine nets. The ship sank in the Adriatic with the loss of all hands when it struck a mine. His name appears on the Portsmouth Memorial commemorating those who have no grave because they died at sea.
BURSTON
George [Ernest]
Private 3024 24th battalion Royal Fusiliers Killed in Action 31 July 1916 France This soldier, who was born in London, is listed in the County Memorial where his home address is given as Taunton. He was killed during the battles in the Somme sector and is buried in Caterpillar Valley cemetery, Longueval, France.
CLODE
Percy Alfred
Sergeant 110716 244th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery Died of wounds 21 July 1917 Belgium 28 Sgt Clode, an accountant, joined the Army in August 1916. Went to France in January 1917 and acted as battery accountant. He was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Clode and husband of Mabel Ann Clode (nee Burridge) of Cranmore, Kilkenny Avenue, Taunton. He is buried in Dozinghem Cemetery, Belgium
COATES
Frank Ronald [Radford]
Private 240963 Signaller 2/5th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 21 June 1918 India 20 Son of provision dealer Edwin Coates and his wife Rosa Eliza Coates of West Street, Wiveliscombe. The family formerly lived at 132 East Reach, Taunton. Pte Coates name appears on the Kirkee Memorial near Poona that commemorates more than 1,800 servicemen who died in India during WW1.
COLES
William Henry
Sergeant 3/36503 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died of wounds 2 July 1916 France During the first day of the Battle of the Somme (1st July) the 1SLI suffered very heavy losses with 26 officers and 438 other ranks killed, wounded or missing. Sgt Coles is buried in Bertrancourt Military cemetery, Somme, France
COLLIER
Thomas Doble
Private 36311 2nd battalion Worcestershire Regt Killed in Action 23 April 1917 France 28 Son of Robert and Caroline Collier. Husband of Katurah Collier (nee Wilmington) of 66 Wood Street, Taunton. Worked a store labourer. Private Collier is buried in St Leger British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
COSENS
Alfred Percy
Private 35760 Royal Army Medical Corps Died 21 Dec 1915 Colchester 20 Son of the late Alfred and Eliza Ann Cosens of 6 Court, Behind Cheapside, Taunton. Worked as a postman before the war. He is buried in Colchester cemetery.
CRILLEY
John
[Transcribed as CRILLY] Private 9111 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 26 August 1914 France 20 Son of John and Alice Crilley of Exeter. Regular in the Army. He had been in France for only five days when he was killed as 1SLI tried to halt the German advance at Le Cateau. Nineteen members of the battalion were killed, 159 wounded and 100 were missing. He is buried in Fontaine au Pire, near Cambrai, France
CROCKER
William
Private 241457 A company 1/5th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died of wounds 15 April 1918 Palestine 28 Son of Charles and Emily Crocker, 13 Court, High Street, Taunton. During early April 1918 1SLI came under heavy machine gun fire as they attacked German and Turkish positions near Rafat. Between April 10–19 five officers and 85 other ranks were killed, wounded or missing. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery (now Ramallah) in Israel.
CROCKER
Francis George
2nd Lt 3rd battalion East Yorkshire Regt Killed in Action 14 July 1916 France 19 Son of furniture dealer George Ashcombe Crocker, (who was born at Langport) and Rosa Annie Crocker of 21 Cromer Villas Road, West Hill, Wandsworth, London. His name appears on Thiepval memorial, Somme, France, commemorating those who died in this sector and have no known grave.
CROCKETT William Maxwell
Private 241785 1/4th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 22 Jan 1920 Middle East 23 Son of William and Mabel Crockett of 26 Bath Place. His father ran a photographic business. His son worked as a clerk in the local gas works. His name appears on the Tehran Memorial in the grounds of the British Embassy that commemorates 3,590 servicemen and women who died in Persia (now Iran) and neighbouring lands and have no known grave. His death occurred more than a year after the end of the war. His name appears at the end of the scroll in the church because it was a late addition.
CROSS
Bertie
Corporal 295234 West Somerset Yeomanry Died 20 Nov 1918 Egypt 28 Son of plumber William John and Emily Cross of 1 Viney Street, East Reach., Taunton. In 1911 he was working as a printer in Coventry. Buried Alexandria War Cemetery
DANBY
Eugene [Bryon Osborne]
Private 2752 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 1 July 1916 France 20 Son of Albert Edward and Clara Danby of Gyffarde Street, Taunton Before the war he worked for a local printer. Died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His name appears on Thiepval Memorial commemorating those who have no known grave.
DARCH
Alfred Percy
Private PLY/14466 Royal Marine Light Infantry HM tug CHAR Died 16 Jan 1915 At sea 23 Son of Alfred and Mary Darch of 12 Blake Street, Taunton. Private Darch was a regular in the Royal Marines and had served in the Far East. The tug Char was badly damaged when she collided with the Belgian steamer Erivan in a fierce gale off Ramsgate. Char sank with the loss of all hands. His name appears on Plymouth Naval memorial
DUDEY
Harvey Stevens
Captain 8th battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) Killed in Action 31 July 1917 Belgium 41 Son of John and Katherine Duder who lived at 52 North Street, Taunton, and husband of Florence Mary Richards. Before the war he worked as a prosecuting solicitor in Liverpool. His address is given as Knowsley Road, Cressington Park, Liverpool. He was killed during the opening phase of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). His name appears on the Menin Gate memorial. Ypres.
DYER, MSM
Roy
Quartermaster Sergeant 2nd/5th Somerset Light Infantry Died 4 October 1918 Mesopotamia 26 Son of Henry and Mary Jane Dyer of 10 Silver Street, Taunton. Before the war he had worked as a house painter. QMS Dyer was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal He is buried in Basra War Cemetery, Irag.
FOWLER
William Albert
Colour Sergeant PLY/13261 2nd Royal Marine Battalion, RN Div Killed in Action 5 February 1917 France 30 Born 4 Feb 1887, the son of Joseph and Selina Fowler of Dowlish Wake, Ilminster and husband of Henrietta Maria Fowler 3 Portland Road, Stoke, Devonport. He was a regular in the Royal Marines He is buried in Connaught cemetery, Thiepval
FUDGE
William [Henry]
Private 202688 2/4th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 18 Dec 1917 Palestine 32 Son of carpenter Walter Fudge and his wife Henrietta Sophia of Comeytrowe Road, Trull. Husband of Elizabeth Fudge (nee Collier) of 22 Thomas Street, Rowbarton. During the latter part of December, his unit was continually in reserve or support in the vicinity of Jerusalem. He is buried in Ramleh Cemetery (now Israel).
GAMLIN
William Henry
Company Sergeant Major 3/7527 6th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died of wounds 9 August 1915 France 44 Son of William and Elizabeth Gamlin of Golden Hill, Wiveliscombe. Husband of Ellen Gamlin of 55 Churchill Road, Brislington, Bristol. Regular soldier in SLI. Served in the South African campaign. Held Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and by retirement reached the rank of Colour Sergeant. Re-enlisted at outbreak of war and went to France in May 1915. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
GOODMAN
Douglas
Lieutenant Army Service Corps attached to 12th battalion South Wales Borderers Died of wounds 24 Nov 1917 France 27 Son of printer and stationer Alfred Edwin Goodman and his wife Clara Sophia Goodman of Littlecourt, Haines Hill, Taunton. Educated at Taunton School. In Aug 1914 he joined the West Somerset Yeomanry and was gazetted 2nd Lt. Volunteered for overseas service in Sept 1915. Was wounded and invalided back to UK. Returned to France in Sept 1917 as assistant transport officer to his brigade. Killed in Bourlon Wood during the Battle of Cambrai. His name appears on the Cambrai memorial.
HAWKER
Harold Victor
Sergeant 8653 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died of wounds 8 Aug 1916 Belgium 22 Son of John and Clara Hawker 22 Alma Street. His father was an Army pensioner having been a bugler in the SLI. Late on the evening of Aug 8 the Germans released a mixture of chlorine, phosgene and prussic acid gas which floated over the trenches from which the Somersets were just about to be relieved. Twelve officers and 161 other ranks suffered gas poisoning, three others died from the accompanying shell fire. Sgt Hawker is buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres. It was in this cemetery that Lt-Col John McCrae of the Canadian Medical Corps wrote his famous lines “In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses row on row …..” in May 1915.
HAYMAN
Frank
Private 28407 2nd battalion Hampshire Regt Killed in Action 2 October 1918 Belgium 19 Born in Fitzhead, son of farm carter Thomas Hayman and his wife Emma who in 1911 were living at Halls Cottages, Fitzhead. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial
HEMBROW
Clifford John
Private 57601 12th battalion Suffolk Regiment Killed in Action 7 Sept 1918 Belgium 18 Son of John Hembrow, who worked for an assurance firm, and Rosa Hembrow of 42 Alma Street, Taunton. Clifford, like both his parents, was born in Stoke St Gregory. He is buried Hagle Dump cemetery, near Ypres
HUGHES
Albert John
[Private on memorial] Corporal 1155 2nd battalion Lancashire Fusiliers Killed in Action 2 Nov 1914 Belgium 27 Son of William Walter and Eliza Hughes of Elm Cottage, Mount, Taunton Enlisted in 1905. Served for seven years in India. His name appears on the Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates more than 11,000 servicemen from UK and South Africa who died in this sector during the war and have no known grave
JENNINGS
Reginald John
[Rifleman on memorial] Lance Corporal 2355 1/18th London Regt London Irish Rifles Killed in Action 25 Sept 1915 France 26 Son of retired draper William and Mary Ann E Jennings of West View, Blagdon Hill, Taunton. The family had previously lived at Prospect Villas in Taunton. Reginald Jennings was an assistant master at Bridge School, Harrow. His name appears on the Loos Memorial commemorating the 20,000 men who died in this battle and have no known grave.
JONES
John Arthur
Private 22445 8th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 31 July 1917 Belgium 28 Born in Aberystwyth, Cardigan. Son of John and Margaret Jones of Powell Street, Aberystwyth. Private Jones enlisted in Taunton so presumably was working or living in the town at the time. He died in the opening phase of the Thirds Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) Name on Menim Gate memorial Ypres More than 8,000 soldiers named Jones died while serving in the army during the First World War.
JOSCELYNE, MC
Laurence Arthur
2nd Lieutenant 7th (Service) Bn Somerset Light Infantry Died of wounds 1 October 1917 Belgium 19 Only son of Dr Arthur Edwin and Emily Vivian Joscelyne (nee Gurney) of Salisbury House, Taunton. Educated Epsom College and Trinity College, Oxford where he was studying medicine. He had completed his first year when he joined the Army. Gazetted 2Lt in Nov 1916. Went to France Jan 1917. Awarded the Military Cross for “gallant and distinguished service in the field” during the battle of Langemarck (16 Aug 1917). According to the Epsom College magazine, he was entertaining his uncle at a house behind the front line when he was killed by a bomb dropped from an aircraft. His commanding officer wrote: “He is a great loss to the battalion being one of our best subalterns. His courage and cheerfulness were a splendid example to all ranks. “ He is buried Lijssenthoek Military cemetery.
KAYS
Joseph
Seaman Merchantile Marine SS Ribston Died 16 July 1917 Atlantic 32 Son of W Henry and Emma Kays. Husband of Beatrice Kays (nee Chick) of Palmerston Road, Cadoxton, Barry. Born Bedminster, Bristol. SS Ribston a 3,372-ton cargo steamer was en route from Melilla to the Clyde with a cargo of iron ore when she was torpedoed by a German U boat and sank 85 west of Fastnet Rock. 25 men lost. His name appears on the Tower Hill Memorial.
KNIGHT
William
Private 27658 8th Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 16 August 1917 31 Formerly 2108 West Somerset Yeomanry. Born in Taunton. Son of Frederick and Martha Knight of Upper High Street. Married to Sarah Ann Knight (nee Pote). Pre-war he worked as a hairdresser in East Reach. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial
LADD
Alan
Private R4/144444 Army Service Corps Remount Depot Swaythling Died 14 October 1918 UK 25 Son of George and Mary Ladd of Dunster and husband of Ada Ladd of Long Sutton. According to UK Soldiers Died in WW1 he lived in Taunton and enlisted in Minehead. Remount Units purchased and trained horse and mules for the Army. Buried in Long Sutton Friends Burial Ground
LEATHERBY
Charles Reginald
Private 203573 1/4th Somerset Light Infantry Died 5 January 1919 Greece 20 Son of Charles and Rose Leatherby of 3 Union Gate, East Reach, Taunton Buried Mikra British cemetery, near Thessalonika, Greece.
MAUDE
[Sir] [Frederick] Stanley
Lieutenant General Commanding 3rd Indian Army Corps formerly Coldstream Guards Died 18 Nov 1917 Baghdad 53 Born June 1864 into military family (His father had won the VC). Educated Eton and Sandhurst. Saw service in Egypt and Boer War. During WW1 he served in France, where he was wounded, the Dardanelles and Mesopotamia. Was the most successful commander in Mesopotamia who led his forces in a series of victories up the Tigris, starting with the Second Battle of Kut, right up to the capture of Baghdad on 11 March 1917. He died after being struck down with cholera. Buried Baghdad Military cemetery.
MUNDY
Clifford
Private 72397 11th Battalion Cheshire Regt Killed in Action 1 June 1918 France 19 Son of plumber George and Mary Elizabeth Mundy (nee Tuck) of 5 St Augustine Street, Taunton. Name on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France
MUNDY
Frederick [Charles]
Private 203084 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 1 Nov 1918 France 20 Older brother of Clifford Mundy (see above). Worked as silk winder. He was killed in the final battle in which his battalion was involved. The objective was to capture the high ground beyond Preseau, in north east France, close to the Belgium border. He is buried in Preseau Communal Cemetery extension, France
NOTT
B
Possibly Herbert (Bert???) John Nott of Fore Street Taunton, of 6th battalion Somerset Light Infantry who was killed in Action 5 March 1917, aged 35. He was married to Sarah Ann Nott (nee Milton) Buried Agny Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
PAUL
Edward Ernest
Private 201968 1/4th battalion Wiltshire Regt Died 20 Dec 1918 Egypt 25 Son of Ben and Fanny Paull of The Lodge, Leycroft, Taunton. Born in Winsham, near Chard, he had worked as a gardener. He enlisted in Salisbury. Buried in Kantara Cemetery, on the eastern side of the Suez canal. Kantara was a major base and hospital centre.
PEPPIN
Wilfred [Frank]
[Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 40342 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 30 August 1918 France 19 Son of William and Mabel Peppin of 3 Chapman’s Buildings, 20 Court, High Street, Taunton. On Aug 30 1SLI were engaged in the battle for Eterpigny, east of Arras. The Regimental history says the men were tired, wet and had not slept for two days. They made their objective but 195 were killed, wounded or missing.
PEARSE
William Ewart George
Private 36194 1/5th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 10 April 1918 Palestine 19 Son of Charles and Elizabeth Smith Pearse (sometimes spelled as Pearce) of 55 Alfred Street, Taunton. From 10th – 19th April the 1/5 SLI were involved in operations in the Arara- Rafat area in which 9 were killed, 7 missing and 74 wounded. Buried Ramleh War cemetery (now Israel)
PERCY
Albert Rudolph
Trooper 470 1st West Somerset Yeomanry Died 4 October 1914 Taunton 25 Son of linen draper William Percy and his German born wife Elisa (born in Baden Baden but a naturalised British subject) of 3 The Crescent, Taunton. In 1911 Albert was working as a draper’s assistant. He is buried St Mary’s (Old Ground), Taunton. .
PERKINS
Audley St John
Lieutenant 9th battalion Devonshire Regt Killed in Action 2 April 1917 France 33 Son of hotel proprietor Alfred Edward and Amelia E Perkins of St Andrews House, Drotwich. They had formerly lived at 1 North Street, Taunton. Audley Perkins had worked as an engineer with the Argentine Railways. He was promoted Lieutenant in Jan 1915. Buried HAC cemetery Ecoust St Mein, Pas de Calais
PHILLIPS
Sidney Archibald
Private 276352 1/8th battalion Durham Light Infantry Killed in Action 25 March 1918 France 33 Son of James Phillips of Barnstaple. Husband of Beatrice Langdon Phillips of 16 East Reach. A father of three who had worked as a grocer’s assistant before the war. He enlisted on 29/6/16. According to the records he was killed by a shell. His name is on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, commemorating those who died in this sector and have no known grave.
PHILLIPS
Walter Joe
Private 202132 1/4th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 9 April 1918 Palestine 27 Son of Joseph and Sarah Ann Phillips of 14 St Augustine St Husband of Lily Phillips (formerly Strickland) of 9 Ulundi Terrace, Staplegrove. Walter Phillips had worked as a collar cutter. Buried on Ramleh war cemetery (now Israel)
PLAYER
Wilfred James
Private 266975 11th battalion Royal Warwickshire Regt Died of Wounds 24 April 1917 France 25 Son of groom Frederick Player and his wife Elizabeth Berry Player (nee Goodland) of 18 Stephen Street, Taunton. Husband of Eva Player of 62 Tybridge Street, Worcester. In 1911 Wilfred was working as a boot shop assistant in Taunton but presumably moved to Worcester which is where he enlisted. He is buried in Haute Avesnes British cemetery, Pas de Calais
RAPSON
Frederick [Ernest]
Sergeant17064 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 3 March 1917 UK 27 Husband of Lucy Helen Rapson (nee Knight) of 45 Greenbrook Terrace Had worked as a compositor in the printing trade before the war. Buried in Taunton St James cemetery
RAWLING, CMG CIE DSO
Cecil Godfrey
Brigadier General Commanding 62 Infantry Bridge formerly Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 28 October 1917 Belgium 47 Son of Samuel and Ada Rawling (nee Withers). Born in Devon but raised in Somerset. Went to Clifton College. Commissioned into SLI in 1891. Served on the North-West Frontier of India. His expeditions to Tibet and Dutch New Guinea brought acclaim from the Royal Geographic Society. He published two books detailing his experiences. During WW1 he served in France and in Flanders during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was killed by random German shellfire whilst outside the brigade headquarters in Hooge Crater, He is buried in The Huts cemetery, Belgium
RAWLINS
W
Private - This could be Private Wilfred John Rawlins, Welsh Regt, who died on 14 Sept 1915 at Gallipoli. He enlisted in Pontypridd, although the Somerset County Memorial Book gives his address as Taunton. He was married to Violet Rose Rawlins.
RENDELL
Leonard Wyndham
Second Lieutenant 1st battalion Bedfordshire Regt Died of Wounds 19 October 1914 France 23 Only son of farmer Wyndham H and Annie D Rendell of Shoreditch House, Taunton. Leonard Rendell was a regular soldier who in 1911 was based with his regiment in Aldershot. Served with the Expeditionary Force and was mentioned in despatches for his bravery in the battle in which he lost his life. Buried in Bethune Cemetery Pas-de-Calais, France
ROWE
Arthur Swithin
Private 152628 14th Machine Gun Corps formerly SLI Killed in Action 25 Sept 1918 Belgium 22 Son of nurseryman Henry James and Annie Rowe of 44 East Street, Taunton. Worked as an assistant in his father’s gardening business. Buried in Grootebeek British Cemetery, Belgium
ROWSELL
Harold William
Private 437216 15th Canadian Infantry Died 1 Sept 1918 France 26 Son of Frederick William and Elizabeth Rowsell of Camrose, Alberta. Born in Taunton on 3/4/1892. Went to Canada in 1907. Enlisted for Canadian Expeditionary Force in May 1915. Occupation given as dairyman. Buried in Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, Pas-de-Calais
ROWSWELL
Charles Edgar
Sapper 127028 Royal Engineers Base Signal depot Died 25 Sept 1917 Tanzania 27 Son of Amanda Rowswell of the London Inn, Lyme Regis and the late Charles Rowswell. At the outbreak of the First World War Tanzania was the core of German East Africa. From April 1915, Commonwealth forces fought a protracted and difficult campaign against a relatively small but highly skilled German force. The Germans finally surrendered on 23 November 1918. Sapper Rowswell is buried in Morogoro Cemetery, west of Dar es Salam.
RYALL
Herbert James
Private 241537 1/5th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 22 Nov 1917 Palestine 30 Son of Jane Ann Ryall of St Augustine Street. On this date his battalion attacked well defended Turkish positions at El Jib north of Jerusalem. The Somersets lost 10 dead, 26 wounded, with two missing. Private Ryall is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery
SAMSON
Oswald Massey
Lieutenant 143 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery Died of wounds 17 Sept 1918 France 37 Son of architect Charles Henry and Wilhelmina Samson of The Laurels, Staplegrove Road, Taunton. Born in Taunton, Oswald Samson was educated at Cheltenham and Oxford where he took a double first in mathematics. He played cricket for Somerset from 1900-1913 and for Oxford, winning his blue in 1903. He was an assistant master at Rugby school before the war. He is buried in Peronne, France.
SCARLETT
Eley Scott
Private 201264 3rd Canadian Infantry Central Ontario Regt Died of wounds 11 Dec 1916 France 23 Son of James and Celia Scarlett of The Hermitage, Linden Grove Born 6 July 1893. In 1911 he was working as a bank clerk in Chard. He emigrated to Canada in 1912. Canadian Records state he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Private Scarlett is buried in Villiers Station cemetery, near Arras, France
SEALEY
Frank
Private 7341 1st South Wales Borderers Died of wounds 8 Nov 1914 UK 30 This could be Frank the eldest child of Henry and Ellen Sealey who lived in 13 Court, High Street. OR Henry Francis Sealey, born Taunton 1884, a railwayman living in Newport. Enlisted in Newport. Went to France on 13 Aug 1914. Buried Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire
SHATTOCK
William Henry
Private 47116 Royal Iniskilling Fusiliers Killed in Action 2 October 1918 Belgium 19 Son of painter Albert and Emily Shattock, 1 Court, Upper High Street, Taunton. His father Albert had served in the Royal Marines and throughout the war was in the territorial force on home duties. Name appears on Tyne Cot memorial
SNOW
William
Private 2927 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 15 May 1915 Belgium 25 Son of brick works engine driver William Snow and Eliza Jane Snow of 6 Belgrave Place, Rowbarton They had previously lived in High Street. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, commemorating those who died in the early years of the war and have no known grave.
SPRATT
Albert
Corporal WR194219 Royal Engineers Railway Operating Div Died 4 Feb 1919 France 42 Albert, a groom, was the son of Christopher and Sarah Ann Spratt (nee Marwood). After losing his parents he went to live with his brother in law and sister Henry and Mary Jane Matthews at 16 Greenbrook Terrace, Taunton. He joined the Army and served in South African wars and in Tibet in 1903-4. He is buried in Les Baraques cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais
SPRATT
A W
Private - No obvious matching record
STARK
Thomas
Private 21512 1st Ox and Bucks Light Infantry formerly Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 6 April 1916 Mesopotamia Possibly Thomas Stark No 1 Court, East Street. Born in Taunton in 1881. Married to Emily Stark. Name on Basra Memorial (now Iraq).
STEED
Charles
Driver 230743 Royal Field Artillery 12th Division Ammunition Column Killed in Action 27 Sept 1918 France 31 Colliery labourer Charles Steed was born in 1887 in Cornwall. When he enlisted he was living in Porth, Glamorgan, with his wife Mabel (nee Grabham). His address in UK Soldiers Died in the Great War is given as Taunton. It seems likely that Mabel, who was born in Taunton, and whose family lived in St Augustine Street, moved back to the town with their children to be with her family while her husband was away. Driver Steed is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Somme, France
STONE
Frank
Private 3/6824 Depot Battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 8 February 1919 Taunton 20 Son of William and Sarah Stone 18 St Augustine Street. No cause of death given in the records. Buried St Mary’s (Old Ground) Taunton
STONE
Stanley Percival
Private 29575 2nd battalion Hampshire Regt Died of wounds 27 Sept 1917 Belgium 24 Son of Henry and Sarah Stone of 6 Mansfield Terrace, Silver Street. In 1911 Stanley, who was born in Taunton, was working as a woollen draper’s assistant. He enlisted in Southampton. He was wounded during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Buried at Ypres.
STRICKLAND
Henry Nelson
[Listed as Bugler on memorial] Private 392 Army Cyclist Corps formerly Somerset Light Infantry Died 21 Jan 1915 UK 20 Son of Henry Strickland 15 King Street Buried Heston (St Leonards) churchyard, near London.
SWANSBOROUGH
Walter Charles
[Listed as Driver on memorial] Acting Bombardier 52500 23 Battery Royal Field Artillery Killed in Action 8 Sept 1914 France 25 Son of groom John Swansborough and his wife Rosetta who lived in Alma Street, Taunton. Walter Swansborough was born in Salisbury and enlisted in Wiltshire in October 1908. His rank and early deployment to France suggests he was a regular soldier. He is buried in the Perreuse Chateau Franco British cemetery, France
TALBOT
Jesse
Private 201393 1/4th battalion Gloucestershire Regt Killed in Action 17 July 1916 France 21 Son of Frederick and Ellen Talbot of 6 Leycroft Road, Taunton. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Newport in South Wales but by 1911 they were living in No 3 Court, East Reach, Taunton, and Jesse Talbot was working as a draper’s porter. He was killed during the battles in the Somme area and has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial.
TALBOT
Stanley George
Private 2135 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 11 October 1915 India 24 Son of Mr and Mrs George Talbot of 63 Alma Street, Taunton His name appears on the memorial at Kirkee memorial which commemorates 1,800 servicemen who died in India.
TEMPLEMAN
William
Private 20771 14th battalion Gloucestershire Regiment Killed in Action 22 March 1918 France 38 Born in Taunton. Son and John and Hannah Templeman of Pearses Court, East Reach. Married to Eliza and in 1911, when he was working as a plasterer, they had four children. Was attached to the 12th entrenching battalion at the time of his death. His name appears on the Pozieres memorial, Somme, France.
THORN
Ernest [William]
Private 10601 3rd battalion Coldstream Gds Died of Wounds 9 Nov 1914 Cambridge UK 17 Surname sometimes spelt Thorne. Son of Emma Thorn 26 St Augustine Street and the late William Thorn. Member of the British Expeditionary Force. He died in Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, from wounds received during the First Battle of Ypres. Buried in Cambridge City Cemetery
TOLLER
William [John]
Driver T/306296 Army Service Corps Died 14 Jan 1918 France 21 Son of James and Florence Louisa Toller of 2 Southville Cottages, South Street, Enlisted Oct 1915 giving his trade as assistant motor driver. Posted to Gloucestershire Regt. Later transferred to Army Service Corps. His records state he was “accidentally killed”. No further explanation is given. Buried in Mon -en -Chaussee Cemetery, Somme France
TOTEN
Henry Thomas
[Transcribed as TOTTEN] Private 36500 4th battalion Worcestershire Regt Killed in Action 29 May 1917 Arras 29 Son of timber carter Alfred and Mary Toten. In 1901 he was living in Taunton Road, Bathpool. but by 1911 the family had moved to String Lane, East Reach, and Henry was working as a labourer. His name appears on Arras Memorial that commemorates 35,000 Allied forces who died in the Arras sector 1916-18 and have no known grave.
TUCKER
William Henry
Lance Corporal 7569 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 1 July 1916 France 29 Son of Jane Hawkings (formerly Tucker) of 10 Lambrook Road, and the late George Tucker. Husband of Rhoda Maud Tucker of 34 Silver Street His name appears on Thiepval memorial that commemorates more than 72,000 officers and men of the UK and South African forces who died in the Somme sector and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.
VAN TRUMP
Henry
Lance Corporal 256 22nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers Killed in Action 24 May 1916 France 34 Son of shirt and collar manufacturer Henry van Trump, who was Mayor of Taunton (1916-1920), and his wife Elizabeth, who lived at The Elms, Taunton. He was a belllringer at St Mary’s Church. Known as Harry, he had served with the West Somerset Yeomanry and saw service in the Boer War 1899-1902. He re-enlisted in the Army on 14 Sept 1914 at Shepherds Bush, London. His name is given on the form as Henry van Tromp and his birthplace as South Africa. According to earlier census returns he was born in Taunton. He was killed during fighting in the Vimy Ridge area and is buried in Zouave Valley cemetery, Souchez, Pas-de-Calais.
VICKERY
Harold [Aldred]
Private 266194 2/1st Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry Killed in Action 22 August 1917 Belgium 25 Son of Aldred and Drusilla Vickery of 16 Bridge Street, Taunton. His father and four brothers also served in the military. Private Vickery was killed in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial commemorating those with no known grave.
VICKERY
Robert Cecil
Private 19766 8th battalion Bedfordshire Regt Killed in Action 15 Sept 1916 France 21 Son of William and Sarah Vickery of St Augustine’s House, Priory Avenue, Taunton. Worked as an assistant hairdresser. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, commemorating those who died in the Somme sector and have no known grave.
WARD
William Ernest
Private 36496 Labour Corps formerly Hampshire Regt Died 27 Jan 1918 France 28 Son of George and Martha Ann Ward of No. 2 Court, Silver Street, Taunton He appears in some records as Ernest William Ward. In 1911 he was working as a kitchen porter. Buried in Les Barraques Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais
WATERMAN
Harold Wonson
Sapper 567923 1st Field Survey Co Royal; Engineers Killed in Action 7 Sept 1918 France 23 Son of auctioneer and estate agent Frederick William Waterman and his wife Elizabeth Mondy Waterman (nee Wonson) of "Beulah," Holway Avenue, Taunton. In 1911 the family lived at Elmsmead in South Road and Harold was working in his father’s business as a “pupil”. He is buried in Buklly-Grenay Cemetery Pas-de-Calais
WEBBER
Bert
Private 21392 6th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 19 August 1916 France 25 Son of Sarah Ann Webber (nee Hole) of 5 Court, East Street, Taunton, and the late John Webber (died 1902). In 1911 he was working as a shop porter. Buried in the Delville Wood cemetery, Longueval, Somme
WELCH
Edwin
Private 25579 7th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 30 Nov 1917 France 32 Born in West Bagborough, the son of John and Eliza Welch. In 1911 Edwin Welch, a gardener, was lodging in Killam Lane, Shoreditch Road, and two years later married the family’s dressmaker daughter Mary Jane Brice. His name appears on the Cambrai Memorial.
WESTLAKE
John Howard
Second Lieutenant 12 Squadron Royal Flying Corps Killed in Action 7 May 1917 France 19 Son of gents outfitter Howard Westlake and his wife Bertha Elizabeth (nee Lean) of 66 High Street, Taunton. His BE2 single-engined biplane crashed close to the front line at Monchy-le-Preux, killing the two crew. According to some reports the recognisance/light bomber was shot down by Lothar von Richtofen, younger brother of the German fighter ace known as the Red Baron. He is buried in Duisans Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais
WILMINGTON
Frederick [James]
[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Lance Corporal 15008 Coldstream Guards Killed in Action 16 Sept 1916 France 21 Son of dairyman Frederick William Wilmington and his wife Mary of 31 Paul Street, Taunton. Before the war, he worked in his father’s dairy business. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial commemorating those who died in the Somme sector but have no known grave.
WINSLADE
Maurice
Private 72966 15th battalion Sherwood Foresters formerly Army Service Corps Killed in Action 22 April 1918 France 23 Younger brother of William Winslade (see below). Son of Walter and Jane Winslade of Russell Cottage, 4 Winchester Street, Taunton Maurice Winslade, a baker, had been living in Ferndale Terrace, Cheddon Road, immediately before the war. He joined the SLI just days after the war began in August 1914 but was discharged two months later as medically unfit. Possibly he recovered from the condition that had caused his discharge or, with mounting losses, the Army lowered the acceptable fitness level. He is buried in Aveluy Wood Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme.
WINSLADE
William Walter
Private 27737 7th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died of Wounds 22 August 1917 25 Older brother of Maurice Winslade (see above) Son of Walter and Jane Winslade, of 17, Court, High St., Taunton. Born in North Newton, in 1911 he was working as a butcher and living with the Day family of Hazeldene, Trull. He is buried in Wimereux cemetery Pas-de-Calais France
WOODLAND
George
[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Lance Corporal 11085 6th battalion Dorset Regt Killed in Action 3 July 1917 France 26 He served in the army under the alias George Strong. Son of Mary Woodland of Mount Lane, East Street. Born in Liverpool, he enlisted in Bournemouth. In 1911 he was living in Taunton and working as a brewery bottle washer. He went to France in July 1915. His name appears on the Arras memorial, Pas-de-Calais
WYNTER
HughTalbot
Major 22 Battery Royal Field Artillery Killed in Action 15 Sept 1914 France 41 Son of Hugh Bold Wynter and Christian Frances Annie Wynter of Canon’s House, Taunton, husband of Eva Mary Florence Incledon Webber of Syrencot, Heavitree, Exeter. Born 25 Sept 1872. Gazetted 2Lt in Royal Artillery in 1893, promoted Lieutenant 1896, Captain 1900, Major 1910. Served with British Expeditionary Force. Killed in the Battle of the Aisne He is buried at Vendresse Cemetery, Aisne, France
YAW
Henry John
Lance Corporal 17445 1st battalion Somerset LI Died of Wounds 29 April 1916 France 22 Factory worker Henry Yaw was the son of Mrs Georgina Yaw and the late George W Yaw of 13 Court, High Street, Taunton He went to France in July 1915 Buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery Pas-de-Calais
A stained glass window in the South Wall of the church commemorates Major General Sir Henry Hallam Parr who was Colonel of the Somerset Light Infantry 1910-14. The window was placed there by his wife Lillian Mary. It also commemorates the officers, warrant officers, NCOs and men who served in the regiment under his colonelcy and who gave their lives in the Great War. A wooden plaque beneath the window lists the following names (in the order they appear).
THOYTS
Francis Gordon [Grant]
Major Somerset Light Infantry Died of Wounds 26 August 1914 France 44 Born in Cheltenham. A regular soldier who by 1901 had reached the rank of Captain. He was OC of C company in the Battle of Le Cateau and was wounded when they came under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, four days after arriving in France. Married to Irene Margaret Rae. Address given as West Hill, Taunton.
PROWSE, DSO
Charles Bertie
Brigadier General formerly Somerset Light Infantry Died of Wounds 1 July 1916 France 47 Son of Captain George Prowse and Emmeline Prowse of Bromham, Wiltshire, husband of Violet Prowse of Fleet, Hampshire. Killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in which he commanded the 11th Infantry Brigade. He was fatally wounded by a German machine-gun firing from the Ridge Redoubt, north of Beaumont Hamel, after moving his brigade HQ into the former German front line trench Buried at Louvencourt Military Cemetery. During a stand in October 1914 Prowse (then a Major) fought so heroically that the spot became known as Prowse Point. The name was retained when it became a war cemetery – the only cemetery in the Ypres Salient named after an individual. ** His older brother Capt Cecil Prowse RN was killed just six weeks earlier when the battlecruiser Queen Mary exploded in the Battle of Jutland.
SAMUDA
Cecil Markham Annesley
Major Somerset Light Infantry Died of Wounds 2 July 1916 France 37 Born in Cowes, son of Cecil d’angular Samuda and Cecile Mary Samuda (nee Markham) of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. Educated Eton and Oxford. Commissioned in Somerset LI and served in South African war. Married Phyllis Edith Joan Caulfield-Stoker in 1914. He died near Messines from wounds received in action. His wife gave birth to their son three weeks after his death.
DICKINSON
Hugh Carey
Lieutenant Colonel Somerset Light Infantry Attached Kings African Rifles Died 18 Dec 1918 East Africa 34 Born London in 1884. Son of William and Helen Isabella Dickinson (nee Bairnsfather) who died 1888. Address given in National Probate Records as King Weston, Taunton. The Germans held this part of East Africa until they finally surrendered on 23 November 1918. Buried Dar es Salaam
KENWORTHY
Donald
Captain 1st Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 17 May 1915 Belgium 27 Son of John and Mary H Kenworthy of Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Capt Kenworthy was killed during heavy shelling of a front line trench occupied by B company during the First Battle of Ypres. He is buried in New Irish Farm cemetery
READ
Arthur Beddrome
Second Lieutenant Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 16 Sept 1914 France 23 Son of Maud E Read and the late Robert Arthur Read of Sutton, Surrey Buried in Vailley British cemetery, Aisne, France
THICKNESSE
John Audley
Lieutenant Colonel commanding 1st Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 1 July 1916 France 46 Born in Northamptonshire. Home address given as Peterborough Killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme, when 26 officers and 438 other ranks of the battalion were killed, wounded or missing. He is buried at Sucrerie, Colincamps, France
MAUD, DSO
Charles Carus
Captain 1st Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 19 Dec 1914 Belgium 39 Son of the late Col William Sherer Maud (died 1894) and Anne Maud (nee Hartley) of Milton House, Bournemouth. He was OC of B company and as he went through a gap in the wire, a German came out of a house and firing his rifle from the hip, shot Capt Maud in the stomach from a distance of 15 yards. Capt Maud died within minutes. His body was recovered during the Christmas Day truce. At the handover, a German officer described him as “the bravest of the brave”. Capt Maud is buried Ploegstreet Wood Cemetery
A stained glass window at the western end of the south wall commemorates the officers, NCOs and Men of the West Somerset Yeomanry, which became the 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion Somerset Light Infantry in 1917, who lost their lives during the First World War. The Royal British Legion Roll of Honour gives the following list of names associated with this window
BRADSHAW
Frank Seymour
Captain 1st Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 19 Dec 1914 France 30 Born in Weston-super-Mare, the son of a former officer of the regiment. Educated at Harrow. He was killed during an attack on enemy trenches in the area of Ploegsteert Wood, over ground that had been churned up into thick, slimy mud and in the face of withering machine gun fire. Capt Bradshaw was hit as he “made a gallant attempt to lead on B and C companies” and died an hour later. He is buried in Ploegsteert military cemetery
MILLS
Frank Symons
Captain 7th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 5 August 1917 Belgium 32 Son of Benjamin and Harriett Mills of Babbacombe Road, Torquay. Born in Plymouth and in 1911 was a Lieutenant with the 2nd battalion in Malta. During the Third Battle of Ypres, Capt Mills, who was adjutant of the 7th battalion, had just stepped out of the trench to visit a company in another trench, when he was killed by a shell. He is buried Bard Cottage cemetery, Belgium
MOORE
Roger Ludovic
Lieutenant 1st battalion Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 20 Dec 1914 France 24 Son of Dr GE Moore of Maidenhead He was killed while reconnoitring in No Man’s Land. He was mentioned in despatches He is buried in London Rifle Brigade cemetery Belgium
FORD
Clement Charles
Captain 1 Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 1 July 1916 France Capt Ford was adjutant of the 1st battalion. He was one of 14 officers in the battalion killed on the first day of the Battles of the Somme He is buried in Sucrerie Cemetery, Colinchamps. Somme
RAWLING, CMG CIE DSO
Cecil Godfrey
Brigadier General Commanding, 62 Infantry Bridge. Had served in Somerset Light Infantry. See previously.
WATSON
William
Lieutenant Colonel commanding 5th Yorkshire LI Killed in Action 3 May 1917 France 36 Son of the late James and Margaret Watson of Hull. Lt Col Watson had previously served with the Somerset Light Infantry. His name appears on the Arras Memorial commemorating those who died in this sector but have no known grave.
WASBOROUGH
Spencer Vere
Captain 1st Somerset Light Infantry Killed in Action 12 April 1917 France 31 Son of Charles and Henrietta Wasborough of Abbots Leigh, near Bristol He was killed during the first battle of the Scarpe, near Arras. He is buried in Highland cemetery, Roclincourt, Pas-de-Calais
STEER
Gordon Pemberton
Captain 2 SLI attached to 2nd Wiltshire Regt Died of Wounds 26 Dec 1915 France 31 Son of Edward and Augusta Louisa Steer of Malpas, near Newport, Mon. An Oxford graduate. Returned from Quetta with 2nd battalion SLI in June 1915 went to France in September. Capt Steer is buried in Wimereaux Cemetery, Pas de Calais
PRIDEAUX, MC
Geoffrey Arthur
Captain 1st Somerset Light Infantry 19 Jan 1917 France 25 Son of Arthur Robert and Louisa Charlotte Prideaux of Paddington, London. He joined the 1st battalion SLI in 1911. At the time of his death he was Brigade Major of 11th Infantry Brigade. He was killed while visiting the front line. He is buried Hem Farm Military cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Somme France
COX
William Charles
Lieutenant Colonel Commanding 1/4th battalion Somerset Light Infantry Died 21 April 1919 Egypt Son of Lieutenant General Sir John William Cox (1821-1901). He was mentioned in despatches. Buried Suez War memorial cemetery, Egypt.

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