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H. M. STATIONERY OFFICE (HMSO) MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Stuart McLaren 2005

An engraved brass plaque by F. Osborne & Co. Ltd, London. Originally in London, it has had a number of locations. After HMSO’s HQ relocated to Norwich in the late 1960s it moved to Sovereign House, Botolph Street and has subsequently moved to The National Archives at Kew, Richmond, Surrey and is no longer on display. It is transcribed here by courtesy of the Office of Public Sector Information. There is a rumour that the National Archives were considering creating a unified plaque comprising names from the government departments' rolls of honours, including HMSO, the Historic Manuscripts Commission and the Public Record Office, which now come under The National Archives' umbrella.

A hand painted and hand lettered Roll of Honour for the Members of His Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) that died in the Great War has since emerged for sale on ebay. The artist is Charles (Chas) Angrave, a lithographic artist and father of Bruce Angrave, born 1912, who became a prolific and famous graphic artist for transport posters in the 1930-1940's. The roll of honour's location is not currently known.

Photograph Copyright © Stuart McLaren 2005
Photograph Copyright © Alan Gibbs 2015

IN MEMORIAM
1914–1918
MEMBERS OF THE STAFF OF H. M. STATIONERY OFFICE
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR.

ALDRIDGE

James Walter
Rifleman 3142, 1st/17th County of London) Battalion (Poplar and Stepney), London Regiment. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Enlisted Bow. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.

BEDWORTH

Laurence (or Lawrence)
Serjeant 301314, 1/5th London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), attached 169th Trench Mortar Battery, formerly Private 2105, 5th Londons. Born Halifax, Yorkshire. Son of Mr and Mrs T. H. Bedworth of Rothwell Mount, Savile Park, Halifax. A resident of Acton Hill, London, enlisted London. Appointed 2nd Division Clerk after open competition, London Gazette, 4 September 1914. Enlisted London. Killed in action, Battle of the Somme, 10 September 1916, aged 21; probably at Loop Trench. No known grave. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D.

BOWDEN

Percy Ewart
Private 3233, 1/15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). Born London. Son of Henry and Annie Bowden of 4 Downton Avenue, Streatham Hill, London. A resident of Streatham. Enlisted London. Killed in action, Battle of Loos, 21 December 1915, aged 23; probably at Hairpin Trench. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 132.

BUCK

James Cornelius
Private GS/79057, ‘B’ Company, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), formerly Private 10/168364, 53rd (Young Soldiers) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, which was formed at Aldershot on 27 October 1917. Born Wandsworth, London. Son of Thomas and Mary Catherine Buck of 24c Lynn Road, Balham, London. A resident of Balham. Registration as Temporary Boy Clerk, London Gazette, 2 July 1915. Enlisted Whitehall, London. Killed in action 8 August 1918, aged 18. Buried in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row I. Grave 6.

CALLAGHAN

John [Cornelius]
Serjeant 7946, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Born Lambeth, London. Son of Thomas and Martha Callaghan of 6, Bowden Street, Kensington, London. A resident of Kensington Cross. Enlisted London. Killed in action, 1st Battle of the Marne, 22 September 1914, aged 30. No known grave. Commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.

CAVILL

W
Private Possibly William Cavill, Airman 3rd Class 118535 William Cavill, Royal Flying Corps. Son of Mr and Mrs W. Cavill of Chelsea, London. Died 15 February 1918, aged 41. Buried Croydon (Mitcham Road) Cemetery.

COLLEY

James Ross
Private 351310, 1st/9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment), attached Salvage Company, 51st (Highland) Division, formerly Private 3866, Royal Scots. Born Edinburgh. Son of John Mackenzie Colley and Grace Ross Colley of 9 Murieston Crescent, Edinburgh. Boy Clerk, H.M. Stationery Office, Edinburgh. Enlisted Edinburgh. Killed in action, Battle of Arras, 9 April 1917, aged 19. Buried Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 11.

CROSS

Arthur Lacey
Private 2867, 7th Battalion, London Regiment. Son of Henry Lacey Cross and Amelia Cross of 17 Dalkeith Road, Ilford, Essex. A resident of Ilford. Assignment as 2nd Division Clerk to H.M. Stationery Office, London Gazette, 6 April 1915. Enlisted Sun Street, London. Died of wounds, 27 September 1915, aged 20. Buried Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 33.

DAVIES

Charles Francis
Rifleman S/14490 16th Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). Born Walworth, London. Resident Herne Hill, London. Enlisted Finsbury, London. Killed in action, 3 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.

DOBBIN

Michael
Corporal 49792, 1st Princess Victoria’s Regiment (Royal Irish Fusiliers), formerly Corporal 21333, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and Trooper 13084, 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. Born Dublin. Son of Charles and Mary Dobbin of 12 Charlotte Street, Dublin. Enlisted, Hussars of the Line, Dublin, September 1914. Wounded at Gallipoli, August 1915, and Battle of the Somme, July 1916. Died, 1 October 1918, aged 21. Buried Dadizeele New British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 24.

ELKIN

Percy Henry
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment, commissioned 29 January 1916, formerly Corporal 1360, London Regiment. Assignment as 2nd Division Clerk to H.M. Stationery Office, London Gazette, 6 April 1915. Death registered Richmond, Surrey, 1st quarter 1920, aged 25. Not an official war casualty. His widow applied for his medals 22 May 1921, she was resident at 49 George Street, Richmond, Surrey. He first enetred France 17 March 1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, son of George and Sarah Jane Elkin, a Boy Clerk in the Civil Service, born Devonport, Devon, resident 27 Mill Hill Road, Acton, Middlesex West. Born 27 March 1894, admitted to Wendell Park School, Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, 23 April 1906, aged 12; originally Cobbold Road School opened 1901, renamed Wendell Park School in 1925.

FLEMMING

George Henry
Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer) 3/8878, 9th Battalion (RoH lists 10th) Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), also known as the 9th Green Howards. Born Hoxton, London. Son of Gilbert and Mary Flemming. In 1901 Census living in Camberwell, London, and employed as a litho printer transferer. Husband of Rose Elizabeth Flemming of 5 Albion Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and a resident of Aylesbury. Enlisted London. Mentioned in Despatches. Attestation papers signed 4 May 1898 in London, for service with Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) with a service number of 5829, give him as being born in Islington, a clerk by trade, aged 23 years 9 months, unmarried, height 5 feet 5½ inches. weight 121 lbs, girth 33-35 inches. complexion fresh, eyes blue/gray, hair auburn, religious denomination Wesleyan (Merthodist), discharged 3 May 1910. Served during the South African War 1899-1902. Killed in action, Battle of the Somme, 21 September 1916, aged 41; probably during enemy attack on Prue Trench near Millencourt. No known grave. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

FORD

John
Lance Corporal (listed as Private on CWGC & SDGW) 55129, 14th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 5 August 1917. Aged 19. Born Lambeth, Surrey. Enlisted Camberwell, Middlesex. Son of Caroline Ford, of 255, Albany Rd., Camberwell, London, and the late Alfred Ford. In 1911 he was a schoolboy, son of Alfred and Caroline Ford, born Camberwell, resident 255 Albany Road, Camberwell, London S.E. Formerly 3/19183, East Surrey Regiment and Acting Corporal 55129, Infantry Base Depot, 14th Welch Regiment. Army Register of Soldier's Effects lists his mother Caroline as next of kin. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.

FRANKLIN

Henry
[Spelt FRANKLYN on SDGW] Captain, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 20th July 1916. Aged 32. Son of Charles James and Annie Maria Franklin, of 10, Saville Rd., Twickenham, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme., France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

Note: He was a keen golfer and the first Secreatary of the HMSO Golf Society. Shortly after the war a shield was acquired by subscriptions of the Society members, dedicated to his name and was first played for in 1921. The inscription reads:

H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE GOLF SOCIETY
In Honour of
CAPTAIN HENRY FRANKLIN
Royal Fusiliers
Killed in Action 20th July 1916

First Secretary of the Society

Details kindly supplied by Gordon Robbie.

HALL

John [William]
Acting Serjeant 280792 [SDGW} or 380792 [CWGC], Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in United Kingdom 7 November 1918. Born and enlisted Lambeth, Surrey. Awarded the Militry Medal (M.M.). Husband of J. Hall, of 11, Belvedere Crescent, Lambeth, London. Buried in Lambeth, Cemetery, Lodnon. Listed on Screen Wall. H.3. 980.

HANN

William
Private 7844, 1st and 2nd Battalion, Connaught Rangers. Born in parish of St Peter’s, Dublin, date unknown. Son of James Hann, Chief Warehouseman at HMSO, Dublin. Employed by HMSO Dublin as a printing and gilding examiner. Married Kathleen Woodroofe in Dublin, 15 July 1914. They had one child, William Hann. Enlisted Dublin. Killed in action in Mesopotamia, 21 January 1916, during the First Attack on the Hanna. No known grave. Commemorated Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 40 and 64.

HARMAN

Arnold Henry B.
Lance Corporal A/201706, ‘C’ Company, 4th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Only son of Mark and Laura Harman of Fawley Green, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Birth registered in Henley Registration District, April-June 1898. A resident of Henley-on-Thames. Enlisted Woolwich, Kent. Died of wounds, 17 October 1916, aged 20. Buried Serain Communal Cemetery Extension, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 9.

HARRIS

Roland Hanwell ‘Bulldog’
[Also Spelt Rowland] Second Lieutenant MC, 2/15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles). Born Hull, Yorkshire. Son of Josiah and Florence Edith Harris of 6 Sunnybank, Hull. In 1901 Census living in Sculcoates, East Riding. ‘Bulldog’ Harris joined the Territorials in 1908 and rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Civil Service Rifles (CSR) before the war. He was a School of Arms Champion. Promoted to Company Sergeant Major during the war. Served in France in ‘C’ Company, 1/15th Londons (CSR). Citation for award of Military Cross, London Gazette, 23 June 1916: ‘For conspicuous gallantry. After a counter attack he went out and bandaged wounded men in broad daylight. He moved about under constant machine gun and rifle fire.’ This brave act took place during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 21–22 May 1916. After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant he was posted to the CSRs’ 2nd Battalion, the 2/15th London Regiment, and went out to the Middle East. He was killed in action at Tel el Fur in a bayonet charge during the defence of Jerusalem, 27 December 1917, aged 33. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Section P. Grave 7. There are two photos of him in The Civil Service Rifles in the Great War by Jill Knight (Barnsley, 2004).

HARRISON

Henry Leslie
Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, seconded from 4th Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Son of Henry George and Emma Jane Harrison of 38 Richmond Road, Barnsbury, London. Appointed 2nd Division Clerk after open competition, London Gazette, 4 September 1914. Died 28 October 1918, aged 23. Buried in Highgate Cemetery, London. Listed on Screen Wall. 124. 41138.

HOGAN

William
Private Irish Guards Possibly Private 10936, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Killed in action 27 November 1917. Born Puckane, Co. Tipperary, enlisted Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. No known grave. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, Nord, France. Panel 2 and 3.

JAMIESON

Leonard
Private 517026 Leonard Jamieson, ‘F’ Company, 14th London Regiment (London Scottish), posted to 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Born Hawkehurst. Son of Henry and Fanny Elizabeth Jamieson of 74 The Withy Pits, Turner’s Hill, Crawley, Sussex. A resident of Highgate, London. Enlisted Holloway, London. Killed in action, 26 October 1917, aged 30. No known grave. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 152.

KENNETT

Frederick Thomas
Pioneer 322018, ‘Z’ Special Company, Corps of Royal Engineers. Born Ashford, Kent. Son of Thomas and Caroline A. Kennett of South Hill, Hastingleigh, Ashford. Enlisted Chertsey, Surrey. ‘Z’ Special Company specialised in the development of liquid fire and flame thrower weaponry. Killed in action, 20 June 1918, aged 28. Buried Mericourt-L’Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 9.

LAW

Charles William
Private 6972, ‘B’ Company, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment. Born St Pancras, London. Son of Mr and Mrs Law of 37 Shaftesbury Road, Watford, Hertfordshire. A resident of Watford. Husband of Florence Emily Law, later of 5 Drake Street, Lancaster Road, Enfield, London. Enlisted London. Killed in action, Battle of La Bassée, 13/10/1914, age 30; probably near Givenchy. No known grave. Commemorated Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10 and 11.

MARSHALL

John
Private, 1st Northumberland Fusiliers probably Private 9684, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 8 November 1914. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Dublin. Husband of Jane Marshall, of 132, Francis St., Dublin. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8 and 12.

MARTIN

Alfred John
[Listed as Alfred J on memorial and as J on Roll of Honour] Private, 1st East Surreys. - No further information currently available

O’CONNELL

Samuel Joseph Suttle
Private 537413 Samuel Joseph Suttle O’Connell, 1/15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), posted to 9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). Born Cork. Son of Mr D. R. and Mrs E. A. O’Connell of 2 Fernside Villas, Surmnerhill South, Cork. A resident of Brixton, London. Appointed Assistant Clerk (Abstractor) at Treasury, 6 July 1917, after open competition, London Gazette, 3 August 1917. Later employed at H. M. Stationery Office, London. Enlisted Lambeth, London. Killed in action, 25 August 1918, aged 18. Commemorated Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 10.

PAINE

Arthur Lewis
Rifleman 554819, 16th London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles). Born Hornsey, London. Son of William and Susan Paine. A resident of Islington, London. Enlisted Holloway, London. Died, 30 December 1917, aged 19, when troopship HMT Aragon was torpedoed in Alexandria harbour. Commemorated Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt.

ROBERTS

Edward
Private 31327, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 23 March 1918. Aged 43. Born London, enlisted Whitehall, London, resident Southwark, Surrey. Brother of Mrs. J. Rush, of 23, Skipton St., London Rd., Southwark, London. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

ROBINSON

William
Second Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers probably Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion attached 12th/13th Battalin, Northumberland Fusliers. Killed in action 22 August 1918. Aged 23. Son of Thomas and Alice Sarah Robinson, of 16, Chambers Lane, Willesden Green, London. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, son of Thomas and Alice Robinson, at school, born Fernhurst, Sussex, resident 16 Chambers Lane, Willesden Green, London N.W. Buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row H. Grave 4.

William Robinson was appointed 2nd Division Clerk after open competition, London Gazette, 4 September 1914, and was assigned to H.M. Stationery Office, London Gazette, 6 April 1915. No further information currently.

SALMOND

Alexander

Private 46570, 3rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly Private 4637, London Regiment. Son of Mr and Mrs William S. Salmond of 13 Grafton Square, Glasgow, Scotland. A resident of Canonbury, London. Enlisted Charing Cross, London. Awarded the Military Medal (MM). Killed in action, 8 Ocotber 1918. Buried in Ribecourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 4.

SHAW

Ernest

Lance Corporal. 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Died 28 April 1919. Aged 36. Buried in Karachi Cemetery, Pakistan. Plot D. Row K. Grave 15. Commemorated on Delhi Memorial (India Gate), India. Face 23.

SHEPPARD

Joseph Henry

Second Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 24 August 1918. Aged 21. Son of Joseph and Margaret Sheppard, of Clermont, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. Buried in Querrieu British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot/Row./Section E. Grave 4.

SILVER

Sydney Edwin

[also spelt Sideny or Sidney] Captain, MC and Bar, 3rd Essex Regiment, attached 11th Essex Regiment. Son of Mr and Mrs Charles E. Silver of 120 Ridley Road, Forest Gate, London. Husband of Mrs Jose Silver of 7 Studley Road, Forest Gate. Officer Training Corps Cadet. Commissioned Temporary 2nd Lieutenant, Special Reserve of Officers, London Gazette, 6 Apeil 1915. Two citations for award of Military Cross, London Gazette. First, 17 July 1917: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He commanded his company with the utmost skill and courage, and later organised a masterly retreat, inflicting severe losses on the enemy. He set a magnificent example throughout.’ Second, 14 September 1917: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in command of a raid. Not only did he train his men with the greatest thoroughness and care, but he set them an example of determination and energy during the operation which had a most marked effect upon its success, as well as upon the spirits of his men. He personally supervised every detail under heavy barrage, seeing to the replenishment of bombs and ammunition as well as to the removal of the wounded from No Man’s Land. He set a magnificent example.’ Killed in action, 1st Battle of Cambrai, 20 November 1917; probably during 6th Division’s tank attack. Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 20.

SMITH

William Charles

Private L/7840, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 9 May 1915. Born St Luke's, Middlesex, enlisted Stratford, Essex. Aged 28. Husband of Agnes Badham (formerly Smith), of 20. Peerless St., City Rd., London. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 20 and 21.

SMITH

Sydney

Private 15th Battalion, London Regiment. No further information currently

STRUTT

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No further information currently

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