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FARMER

Charles George Edgar

Old Etonian. Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 18th August 1916. Birth registered in the January to December Quarter 1886 in the Chelsea Registration District, London. Son of Charles Edward and Emily Anne Farmer, of 18, Sloane Court, Chelsea, London. Brother of Henry Gamul Farmer (below). Husband of Angela M C (nee Ewart) Farmer, married April to June Quarter 1914 in St. George Hanover Square Registration District, London; father of Pamela Mary Farmer, born 19th June 1916. Educated Eton College and Oxford University; matriculated 1904 New College, Oxford University. In the 1911 census he was aged 25, born Chelsea, London, a Barrister at Law, son of Charles Edward and Emily Anne Farmer, brother of Henry Gamul Farmer, resident 16, Herbert Crescent, Chelsea S.W., London & Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

Extract from The Queen - Saturday 23 December 1911, page 33:

Marriages have been arranged between:

FARMER- EWART.—Mr Charles George Edgar Farmer, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Charles E. Farmer, of 16, Herbert-crescent and Miss Angela Ewart, daughter of Sir Herbert and Lady Mary Ewart.

Extract from Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette - Friday 25 August 1916, page 12:

LASTEST CASUALTIES
KILLED IN ACTION

LIEUT. C. G. E. FARMER

Lieut. Charles George Edgar Farmer, Bing's Royal Rifle Corps, who fell on Aug. 18, was the eldest son of Mr. Charles E. Farmer. Senior Chancery Registrar, and a grandson of Mr. W. F. G. Farmer. of Nonsuch Park, Cheam, Surrey. He was educated at Cheam School, Eton, and New College, Oxford, where he played in his second year in several of the Trial matches, but failed to get his Blue. In the following year he was much pressed to play, but refused, being anxious to obtain his degree in his third year. This he did, taking a second class in chemistry. His younger brother, Capt. H. G. Farmer, Seaforth Highlanders, died of wounds received at battle of Loos.

FARMER

Henry Gamul

Old Etonian. Captain, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's). Died as a prisoner of war at Julich, Rheinland 12th November 1915 from wounds received in action at Loos on September 25. Aged 28. Son of Charles Edward and Emily Anne Farmer, of 18, Sloane Court, Chelsea, London. Brother of Charles George Edgar Farmer (above). Educated Eton College, left in 1905. Matriculated 1905 at New College, Oxford University. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Chelsea, London, an Architect Clerk, son of Charles Edward and Emily Anne Farmer, brother of Charles George Edgarl Farmer, resident 16, Herbert Crescent, Chelsea S.W., London & Middlesex. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln (Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 4.

FILMER, M.C.

Sir Robert Marcus, Baronet

Old Etonian. Captain, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds at No. 2 London Casualty Clearing Station, France, 27th January 1916. Aged 37. 10th Bart. Born 25th February 1878. Baptised 4th May 1878 in East Sutton, SS Peter & Paul, Kent, son of Edmund and Mary Filmer. Son of Sir Edmund Filmer, 9th Bart., and the Hon. Lady Filmer, of East Sutton Park, Maidstone. Educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, commissioned into the Grenadier Guards 16th February 1898, promoted Lieutenant 22nd October 1899. Served Sudan 1898 - Khartoum. South Africa 1899-1902. Resigned his commission in 1904 and transferred to the Reserve of Officers 18th March 1905. Commissioned Lieutenant Royal East Kent Yeomanry 25th February 1907. Sir Robert rejoined the Grenadier Guards in 1915 and was appointed to the 3rd Battalion and attached 4th Battalion for service in France from 26th July 1915. Promoted Temporary Captain 25 October 1915. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) [London gazette 22nd January 1916]. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row A. Grave 4.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

FULMER sir Robert Marcus of East Sutton-place Maidstone captain H.M. Grenadier Guards died 27 January 1916 at No. 2 London Casualty Clearing Station either in France or Belgium Probate London 15 April to John Sherard Reeve captain H.M. Grenadier Guards and Henry Edward Verey solicitor. Effects £172542 18s. 4d.
Resworn £174287. 6s. 2d.

Extract from South Eastern Gazette - Tuesday 15 February 1916, page 5:

THE LATE CAPTAIN SIR R. FILMER, BART.

The promotion of the late Lieut. (temporary Captain) Sir Robert Marcus Filmer, Bart., to be Captain in the Foot Guards, General Reserve of Officers, was gazetted on the 3rd inst., with an intimation that he had since died of wounds received in action.

Extract from Dublin Daily Express - Monday 24 January 1916, page 7:

MILITARY CROSS

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned officers, in recognition of their gallantry and evotion to duty in the field:-

Lieutenant (temporary Captain) Sir Robert Marcus Filmer, Bart., 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

He made a most succesful and daring reconnaissance of the German trenches previous to a successful attack, crawling down the entire length of one trench yo a point where it joined another, finding out the best points to attck and the weak spots in the wire. The success of the enterprise was alrgely due to his reconnaissance and subsequent gallant conduct in the trenches.

Extract from Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Monday 31 January 1916, page 5:

NOTES ON OFFICERS.
FORMER LINCOLN UNIONIST CANDIDATE’S DEATH

Sir Robert Marcus Filmer. Bart., who twice unsuccessfully contested Lincoln in the Unionist interest, has died from wounds he received last Monday. He was a lieutenant (temporary captain) of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, and was passing behind some trenches which the enemy were shelling, when he sustained wounds to the chest and head and had an arm and leg broken. Only a few days previously Sir Robert was awarded the Military for conspicuous gallantry and skill near Neuve Chapelle on the night of December 11th-12th, 1915. The recipient, said the official record, made a most successful and daring reconnaissance of the German trenches previous to a successful attack, crawling down the entire length of one trench to a point where it joined another, finding out the best points to attack and the weak spots in the wire. The success of the enterprise was largely due to his reconnaissance and subsequent gallant conduct in the trenches.

Born in 1878. Sir Robert was the tenth baronet. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and had seen a good deal of service with the Grenadier Guards. He took part in the Sudan campaign and the South African war, and possessed these war medals. He was brother-in-law of Captain A. Sidney Wilson, M.P., who was recently captured in the Mediterranean by an Austrian submarine, and is now a prisoner at Salzburg.

Sir Robert first contested Lincoln in January, 1910. It was a three-cornered fight, Mr. C. H. Roberts, the present Member, being the Liberal champion, Mr. (now Sir) Charles Hilton Seely the Unionist Free Trade candidate, and Sir Robert Filmer the Unionist Fiscal Reform candidate. Mr. Roberts was returned by a majority of 2,146, but in December of the same year fought a straight fight with Sir Robert Filmer, and that majority was then reduced to 603. On the December election day Mr. Winston Churchill, the then Home Secretary, visited Lincoln, and there were riotous scenes. Mr. Churchill endeavoured to address a crowd from the balcony of the Liberal Club, but a large number of Unionists gathered, and showed their disapproval of a Cabinet Minister visiting another constituency on an election day by booing and creating a din. As a protest against what was considered a breach of political etiquette, Sir Robert Filmer also presented himself, and remarkable scenes followed. Mr. Churchill, who was an old military colleague of the Unionist candidate, left the balcony, and, pushing his way through the crowd to Sir Robert, endeavoured to converse with him, but the latter declined to speak to him. Free fights were general, and all sorts of missiles were thrown. Mr. Churchill eventually left the club by a side door.

The deceased soldier was a keen follower of hounds, and a fine rider. He was for some time Master of the Blankney Hounds, and also hunted with neighbouring packs.

His seat was at East Sutton Park, Maidstone, and he was the owner of about 10,000 acres.

Extract from Aberdeen Press and Journal - Friday 21 April 1916, page 6:

Captain Sir Robert Marcus Filmer, 10th baronet, Grenadier Guards, of East Sutton Place, Maidstone, and Scopwick House, Lincoln, who died of wounds on February 27 at No. 2 London Casualty Clearing Station, France, has left estate of the value of £172,542. Ho left an annuity of £150 to his housekeeper, and £500 in trust for the widow and children of his old huntsman, Tom Isaac; and his final request, stated in his will, was—"If I have harmed any person by word or deed, I here now humbly ask for their forgiveness." All the testator's lands and premises and the residue of the personal property he leaves to Arthur Filmer Wilson, son his sister, Mrs Wilson, for life, with remainder to his first and other sons tail male.

FISHER

Charles Dennis

Lieutenant, H.M.S. Invincible, Royal Naval volunteer Reserve. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916. Aged 38. Born 19th June 1877, Blatchington Court, Sussex, baptised 4th August 1877 in East Batchington, Sussex, son of herbert William and Mary Louisa Fisher. Son of the late Herbert William Fisher. In the 1911 census he was aged 33, born Blatchington, Sussex, a Tutor at Christ Chhurch, Oxford, son of Mary Louisa Fisher (a widow), resident 25, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea S.W., London & Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 24. See also Dragon School War Memorial, Oxford

See his statistics on CricInfo and also Sussex Cricket remembers those it lost during the First World War

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

FISHER Charles Dennis of Christ Church University of Oxford senior censor of Christ Church and lieutenant in His Majesty's Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve died 31 May 1916 in the North Sea on active service Administration Oxford 23 August to Herbert Arthur Laurens Fisher vice-chancellor of the university of Sheffield. Effects £4679 0s. 2d.

Extract from Reading Mercury - Saturday 17 June 1916, page 6:

THE LATE LIEUTENANT C. D. FISHER.— Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral on Whit-Sunday was in commemoration of those fallen in the war, especially Charles Dennis Fisher, student of Christ Church and formerly censor, lieutenant H.M.S. Invincible, who met his death heroically in the great naval battle in the North Sea. The Vice-Chancellor (the Dean of Christ Church) was accompanied by the following canons:-Doctors W. Sanday, K. L. Ottley, E. W Watson, H. S. Holland, and G. A. Cooke. Archdeacon Houblon was unavoidably prevented from attending. The congregation included a large number of the governing body of Christ Church and several prominent members of the University. The Vice-Chancellor, in addressing the congregation, said they were met under the shadow sorrow and anxiety both public and private. The whole country was full of grief and dismay the loss through an untoward accident of Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, a man who without any personal effort or flattering methods had won its confidence and retained it in the time their greatest need. This loss overshadowed everything else. But the last few days had brought them a loss which they within those walls could not fail to feel with special force, in the death at sea of C. D. Fisher, Student of that House. Coming up from the school most closely associated with Christ Church, and finding friends of his father still in residence, he was from the first and always had been in the most intimate connection with the spirit and traditions of the place. They were met under the shadow of sorrow, but not to mourn—to thank God and take courage. Praise was then offered the Vice- Chancellor for those who had laid down their lives for King and country, and the impressive service closed with the playing by the organist (Mr. H. G. Lez) of the Funeral March from "Saul."

FISON, M.C., MiD

James Frederick Lorimer

Captain James Frederick Lorimer Fison
IWM (HU 122115)
Captain (Brigade Major), 4th Battalion previously 6th (Cyclist) Battalion (Territorial), Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd November 1917. Aged 27. Baptised 1890 in Strutton, Suffolk, son of Lucy Maud and james Oliver Fison. Son of James Oliver and Lucy Maud Fison, of Stutton Hall, Stutton; husband of Hazel Patricia Charlotte (nee Elliot) Fison (now Mrs. Dorling), married January to March Quarter 1917 in Kensington Registration District, London. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Suffolk, son of Lucy Maud Fison, grandson of Fredrick G and Sarah Eliza Nash, resident The Vicarage, Starling Green, Clavering, Saffron Walden, Essex. Educated Oxford University, matriculated 1909, Christ Church. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and twice Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in north-east corner of ST. PETER CHURCHYARD, STUTTON, Suffolk.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

FISON James Frederick Lorimer of Bluegates Wherstead Suffolk captain (brigade major) M.C. died 2 November 1917 Probate Ipswich 11 March to Charlotte Patricia Hazel Fison widow. Effects £4148 19s. 6d.

Extract from Scotland, Edinburgh Gazette 1916, issue number 12955, 26 June 1916:

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the undermentioned Officers and Warrant Officers, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field. :—

Lt. temp. (temp. Capt.) James Frederick Lorimer Fison, 1/ 4th Bn., Suff. R., T.F. For conspicuous gallantry. When the enemy exploded a mine he led a bombing party over the parapet, bombed the enemy right out of the crater, and held them till the near lip was consolidated. He also patrolled beyond the crater to find out where the enemy were.

FITZGERALD

Alfred Edward

Lieutenant-Colonel, East Surrey Regiment attached 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 13th July 1916. Buried north-east of the church in THE ASSUMPTION CHURCHYARD, TWYFORD, Buckinghamshire.

Extract from Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, Volume 3, page 101:

FITZGERALD, ALFRED EDWARD, Lieut.-Col., 15th (Service) Battn. The Durham Light Infantry, 2nd s. of the late Robert Allan Fitzgerald ; b. Liverpool, 25 Oct. 1872 ; educ. Harrow ; served in the ranks of the B.S.A. Police 1896 (Medal) ; entered the Army through the Militia in 1899 ; obtained a commission in the West India Regt. 1899 ; served as Garrison Adjutant in Jamaica ; was employed on the Gold coast in 1900 ; took part in the operations at Ashanti (Medal and clasp) ; subsequently was attached to the Egyptian Army 1904-8 ; promoted Capt. 1907 ; transferred to the East Surrey Regt. the same year, being promoted Major 1915, and Lieut.-Col. Sept. 1915, when he was given command of the 15th Battn. Durham Light Infantry : served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders ; took part in the Battle of Loos ; was wounded near Fricourt. during the operations on the Somme, 1 July, 1016, and died in a London hospital on the 13th of that month. Buried at Twyford, co. Buckingham. His Brigadier wrote " There is no harm in telling you now that his name went in for immediate reward ' for a D.S.O., and I have no doubt whatever he would have got it, as I had especially starred his name. This is what was actually said : "This officer commanded his battalion until wounded on the evening of 1 July. He was placed in command of the captured German position, and acted with great coolness, and showed a sound appreciation of the situation. His messages were always clear,'" and a brother officer wrote : "There was not an officer or a man in the Regiment who would not have followed him anywhere, and, what is more, did so, when they were asked to the other day. The Regiment did so well that the division made a lasting name for itself, and that is undoubtedly due to the manner in which he led his men ; one hears of it on every side." One of his men wrote : "The Colonel proved himself not only an officer, but a man who loved his men and the N.C.O.'s. The men out here will never forget how brave he was, and how he inspired them and led them to victory that day." He m. at Arthuret, co. Cumberland, 7 Aug. 1907, Mary Eleanor, dau. of the late Col. T. A. Irwin, of Lynehow. Carlisle, and had two daus. : Pamela, b. 5 Dec. 1911, and Patricia, b. 19 April, 1916.

Extract from The Scotsman - Saturday 15 July 1916, page 8:

LT .-COL . A . E . FITZ-GERALD.

Lt-Col. Alfred Edward Fitz-Gerald, East Surrey Regiment, attached Durham Light Infantry, who died in London from wounds, was 43 years of age. In the operations in South Africa in 1896 he served in the ranks of the British South African Police, and received the medal for the campaign. Four yeara later he took part in the Ashanti campaign, for which he also held the medal.

Extract from Bucks Herald - Saturday 22 July 1916, page 8:

TWYFORD.
THE LATE LT .-COL . FITZ-GERALD.

We regret to record the death of Lieut.- Colonel Alfred Edward FitzGerald, East Surrey Regiment. He was in command of a battalion the Durham Light Infantry, and had been all through the Battle of Loos. On July 1st he took the first line of German trenches at 7.30 in the morning, capturing 70 prisoners, and was himself wounded at 5 o’clock in the evening by a machine gun, through the thigh, breaking the bone. He was taken to Boulogne hospital, and from thence brought to England where he arrived on the following Saturday and was taken to 17, Park Lane, London, where he was attended by Sir Alfred Fripp, His wife and brother, Colonel G. J. FitzGerald, saw him on arrival, when he seemed very cheerful and apparently suffered but little pain. But after two or three days blood poisoning set in, and passed peacefully away. He was too weak for the operation of having the leg amputated. He leaves wife and two little children, the younger daughter having been born whilst he was in France. Born in October, 1892, he served in the ranks with British South Africa Police in operations in South Africa, 1896, receiving the medal. He secured a commission from the Militia in the West India Regiment in January, 1899, and was promoted in the same year. After serving as Garrison Adjutant Jamaica, he was specially employed at the Gold Coast, 1900, taking part in the operations in Ashanti (medal). From 1904 to 1906 he was employed with the Egyptian Army, having been gazetted captain and transferred to the East Surrey Regiment in 1907. In October, 1912, he was appointed adjutant of the Nilgiri Volunteer Rifles in Madras. He was given his majority in September, 1915, in the same month received the command of a service battalion of the Durham Light Infantry.

A memorial service was held on Monday morning at Brompton Parish Church, when there were present : Mrs. FitzGerald (widow). Lieutenant-Colonel FitzGerald, Royal Horse Guards (brother), Mr. FitzGerald (nephew), Colonel and Mrs. Fitz- Gerald, Mr. J. FitzGerald, Major Edward and Mrs. FitzGerald, Major-General and Mrs. Blewett and Miss Helen Blewett; several officers, past and present, of the Royal Horse Guards.

The body was brought by motor-hearse to Twyford, where the intermeut took place in a plain earth grave in the Churchyard. The widow was too ill to undertake the journey from London. The large congregation in the Parish Church included Lieut.-Colonel G. J, FitzGerald Royal Horre Guards (brother), and Mrs Fitzgerald. Mrs. (mother) Major-General Blewett, Mrs. Irwin (sister-in-law), and Mr Irwin, 2nd Lieut. P. K. FitzGerald, 60th Rifles, and Mr. E. J. FitzGerald (nephews), Major Babbage, Durham Light Infantry, Lord Lincolnshire, Major Otway Mayne (Chief Constable of Bucks), Messrs. Woodrow, F. Tew, A. Smith, and J. Barnett (Shalstone), F. Wood, Geo. Harper, A. Tew, G. R. Chapman, T. Barge, W. Hedges, (Hillesden), P. Parrott (Steeple Claydon), and a large number of the inhabitants. The officiating clergy were the Rev. C. Greaves (Vicar of Twyford) and the Rev. A. J. Jones (Vicar of Banbury). There was a large and beautiful collection of floral wreaths and crosses.

FOLJAMBE

Hubert Francis Fitzwilliam Brabazon

Old Etonian. Major, "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 14th September 1914. Born 16th Nocember 1872 in London. Son of the Right Hon. F. J. S. Foljamhe, P.C., and Lady Gertrude Foljambe; husband of Gladys Foljambe, of 8, Pont St., London. Educated at Eton College, left 1891. Religious persuasion Church of England. First commission 6th March 1895. height 5 feet 11 inches. Served in the South African War. In the 1891 census he was aged 18, born London, Middlesex, an Eton Scholar, son of Francis Savile and gertrude Emily Foljambe, resident Osberton Hall, Scofton, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 38, born Marylebone, London, a Captain in The Army Corps Rifles, married to Gadys Foljambe, resident The Mount, Kings Worthy near Winchester, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Extract from Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, volume 1, page 137:

FOLJAMBE, HUBERT FRANCIS FITZWILLIAM BRABAZON, Major, King's Royal Rifle Corps, : 3rd s. of the Right Hon Francis John Savile Foljambe, P.C., by his wife, Lady Gertrude Emily, née Acheson, eldest dau. of Archibald, 3rd Earl of Gosford, K.P. ; b. in London, 16 Nov. 1872 ; educ. Eton ; gazetted to the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 6 March, 1895, and promoted Lieut., 18 Feb. 1898, Captain, 20 July, 1901, and Major, 17 July, 1912. He served in the South African War, 1900-2 ; took part in the operations in Natal, May, 1900, also in those in the Transvaal, 30 Nov. 1900, to 31 May, 1902, and was for some time Commandant at Helvetia. For his services he was awarded the Queen's medal with two clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. When the European War broke out, Major Foljambe went out with the first Expeditionary Force in Aug. 1914 ; served through the retreat from Mons, and was killed in action on the Aisne, 14 Sept. 1914. Our troops had crossed the river and he was leading his men in a flanking movement when he fell. Major Foljambe was a typical Regimental officer and Company Commander, sincerely attached to his men and by them deeply loved and implicitly trusted. His Colour-Sergt. wrote : "He was killed instantly. He was brave and I miss him. The men all loved him." He was a good shot and rider, and a very keen cricketer, and played for the Eton Ramblers, Free Foresters and "Greenjackets." He m. at Sprotborough, co. York, 16 Nov. 1909, Gladys, dau. of Gen. Robert Calverley Alington Bewicke-Copley, of Sprotborough Hall, co. York, C.B., J.P., D.L., and had a son, John Savile, b. 6 Oct. 1911.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

MAJOR HUBERT FRANCIS FITZWILLIAM BRABAZON FOLJAMBE, 2nd BATTN. THE KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS, who was born on the 16th November, 1872, was the son of the Right Hon. F. J. S. Foljambe and the Lady Gertrude Foljambe, daughter of the third Earl of Gosford, of Osberton, Nottinghamshire.

He was educated at Eton, and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps from the Militia in March, 1895, becoming Lieutenant in February, 1898, and Captain in July, 1901. He served in the South African War, being present at operations in Natal in May, 1900, and in the Transvaal from November, 1900, to May, 1902. He was Commandant at Helvetia for some time from December, 1901, and for his services he received the King's and the Queen's medals, each with two clasps.

Major Foljambe was a member of the Army and Navy Club. He was a good rider, a very keen cricketer, a good shot, and fond of racquets. He played cricket for the Eton Ramblers, Free Foresters, and the “Green Jackets."

He was killed on the 14th September, 1914, while leading his company up the heights of the Aisne, near Troyon.

Major Foljambe, who was promoted to that rank in July, 1912, married Gladys, daughter of General and Mrs. Bewicke-Copley, of Sprotborough, Yorkshire, and left one son, John Savile, born October, 1911.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1914:

FOLJAMBE Hubert Francis Fitzwilliam Brabazon of Minden Lodge Frimley Surrey a major 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps died 14 September 1914 in France on active service with His Majesty's Forces Probate London 31 December to Gladys Foijambe widow. Effects £8281 18s. 4d.

FOLLETT, D.S.O., M.V.O. -

Gilbert Burrell Spencer

Old Etonian. Brigadier-General, commanding 3rd Guards briagde, general Staff formerly Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Aged 40. Son of John Skirrow Follett and Blanche Katharine Kenneth Follett; husband of Lady Mildred Follett (now Lady Mildred Fitzgerald, of Warren House, Stanmore, Middx.). Native of London. Awarded Croix de Guerre (France), the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) and Member of the Royal Victorian Order (M.V.O.). Buried in BEAUMETZ CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BEAUMETZ-LES-CAMBRAI, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 24.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1916-1923 published by Naval & Military Press:

FOLLETT, G. B. S. (D.S.O. L.G. 10.1.17); b. 1878; o. s. of J. S. Follett; m. 1904, Lady Mildred, fifth d. of 7th Earl of Dunmore; educ. Eton and Sandhurst; ent. C. Gds. 1899; Major, 1914; Bt. Lt.-Col. Jan. 1918; T/Brig: Gen.; M.V.O.; served S. Africa (wounded; Queen's Medal, 2 clasps); Europ. War; thrice wounded; Despatches. He was killed in action 27.9.18.

London Gazette, 10 Jan. 1917.—" War Office, 10 Jan. 1917. His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the appointments of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field."

FOLLETT, GILBERT BURRELL SPENCER, M.V.O., Major (Temporary Lieut.-Colonel), Coldstream Guards. For conspicuous gallantry in action. Although wounded, he inspected the front-line trenches under heavy fire. Later, he remained with the battalion until they were relieved. He has on many previous occasions done tine work.

FRANCE-HAYHURST

Frederick Charles

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Old Etonian. Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding 4th (Denbighshire) Battalion (Territorial), Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 9th May 1915. Aged 43. Born 23rd April 1872 at Bostock Hall, Middlewich. Baptised 5th June 1872 in Davenham, son of Charles Hosken and Mary Halsted France-Hayhurst. Son of Col. Charles Hosken France-Hayhurst, of Bostock Hall, Middlewich, Cheshire. Educated at Eton, left in 1891. Heght 5 feet 9½ inches. Served Malta, then Crete, then Egypt, Crete again, China, East Indies. Served in the campaign Occupation of Crete 1897-1898. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXVIII. Row B. Grave 20.

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Friday 14 May 1915, page 3:

COLONEL FRANCE-HAYHURST KILLED.

News was received at Bostock Hall, Northwich, yesterday, that Colonel Frederick Charles France-Hayhurst, of the Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, had been killed in action in France. Colonel France-Hayhurst. who was 43 years of age, only succeeded to the Bostock and other Cheshire estates twelve months ago on the death of his father, Colonel France-Hayhurst, a prominent Cheshire public man. His youngest brother. Commander Cecil France-Hayhurst, of the Patuca, also died on duty three months ago. Colonel France-Hayhurst was very popular with his tenantry. He succeeded as squire of Bostock by his second brother. Lieutenant William Hosken France-Hayhurst, Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons.

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Tuesday 22 June 1915, page 5:

A CHESHIRE FORTUNE.
Lieut-Col. France-Hayhurst's Big Estate.

Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Charles France-Hayhurst, Royal Fusiliers, of Bostock Hall, near Middlewich, eldest son of the late Mr. Charles Hosken France-Hayhurst, of Bostock Hall, Cheshire (to which estates he succeeded about a year ago), who was killed in action, left £415,130, with net personalty of the value of £29,788. The testator gives

An annuity of £500 to his sister, Elizabeth Helen France-Hayhurst,;

An annuity of £200 to his sister, Evelyn Mary Snakerley Ackers;

An annuity of £1,000 to his brother, Cecil Halstead France-Hayhurst, who predeceased him; and

£100 each to George Herbert Shakerley Ackers and Charles Frederick Coryndon Luxmoor.

All his manors, lands, advowsons, and hereditaments he leaves in trust for his brother, William Hosken France-Hayhurst, for life, with remainder to his first and other sons in tail male with remainder to his brother, Cecil Haletead France-Hayhurst, and his first and other sons in tail male, and on failure as his brother, William Hosken France-Hayhurst, may suggest.

The residue of the personal estate he gives to his brother, William Hosken France- Hayhurst.

FREEMAN

Edward

Major, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 3rd March 1916. Aged 41. Son of Harold and Alice Freeman, of Malvern Wells; husband of Katherine M. Ffoulkes (formerly Freeman), of Gallt-Y-Beran, Pwllheli, Carnarvonshire. Buried in SPOILBANK CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row M. Grave 5.

Extrct from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

FREEMAN Edward of Bryn Celyn Pwllheli Carnarvonshire major 10th Royal Welch Fusiliers died 6 March 1916 in France killed in action Probate London 10 July to Thomas Arthur Carless Attwood esquire and George Frederick Cunningham York estate agent. Effects £517 3s. 8d.

Extract from Clifton Society - Thursday 23 March 1916, page 6:

ROLL OF HONOUR.

MAJOR EDWARD FREEMAN.

Major Edward Freeman, 10th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, of Bryn Celyn, Pwllheil, aged 40, who was killed in Flanders on March 3rd, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Freeman, of Thorn Bank, Malvern, Wells, and grandson of the late Edward Augustus Freeman, Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford, and nephew of Canon Scott Holmes, of Wells. He leaves three sons, the eldest, Harold Augustus, being in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and the youngest at Osborne.

FREEMAN-THOMAS

the Hon Gerard Frederick

Old Etonian. Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 14th September 1914. Aged 21. Son of 1st Viscount Willingdon and Viscountess Willingdon, of 5, Lygon Place, London and of Ratton, Willingdon, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

2nd LIEUTENANT the Honble. GERARD FREDERICK FREEMAN-THOMAS, 1st BATTN. COLDSTREAM GUARDS, is believed to have been killed on or since the 14th September, 1914, in France; but his name had not been included in the monthly official casualty lists up to November, 1915, although it is omitted from the Army List of that month. He was the elder son and heir of the first Baron Willingdon and the Baroness Willingdon, daughter of Earl Brassey, and was born on the 3rd May, 1893. He was gazetted to the Coldstream Guards in September, 1913, and when killed was serving with the 1st Battalion, which formed part of the 1st Division.

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Tuesday 05 May 1914, page 3:

The Hon. Gerard Frederick Freeman-Thomas, heir to Lord Willingdon, Governor of Bombay, was yesterday presented with an address by the villagers at Ratton (Sussex) in honour of his coming of age. Lord Brassey was among the gathering.

Extract from Globe - Wednesday 27 October 1915, page 5:

ESTATE OF PEER’S HEIR.

Lieutenant the Hon. Gerard Frederick Freeman-Thomas, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, of Ratton, Willingdon, Sussex, son and heir of Lord Willingdon, who was killed in France on or about September 14, 1914, has left £66,858.

He died intestate.

Extract from Globe - Monday 14 June 1915, page 6:

ECHO OF THE AISNE BATTLE.

In the Probate Court to-day Mr. Justice Bargrave Deane gave leave to presume the death of the Hon. Gerard Frederick Freeman-Thomas, son of Lord Willingdon, as having occurred or since September 14 last.

Mr. Freeman-Thomas was in the Goldstream Guards, and on September 14 last, the second day of the Battle of the Aisne, he fell injured by shrapnel. As the troops had to retire no aid could be rendered, and although subsequent search was made no trace of him could be found. He was insured for £15,000, and there were questions of real estate.

FRYER

John

Major, 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars. Died 2nd March 1920. Aged 49. Son of Lt. Gen. Sir John Fryer, K.C.B., Col. The Carabineers; husband of Winifred Fryer, of Derwent Hill, Stamford Bridge, Yorks. In the 1911 census he was aged 40, born Dundalk, Ireland, a Major 7th Hussars, married to Winifred Llwellyn Mandale Fryer for six years with two daughters, resident 6 Sumner Place, Kensington, London & Middlesex. Buried in ST. ANDREW CHURCHYARD, KINSON, Hampshire.

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