THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS KEW
GUILD MEMBERS AND ROYAL BOTANIC STAFF WAR
War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Stuart McLaren 2005
Kew Garden memorial is inside the temple of Arethusa, Kew Gardens, Kew
Road, Kew, Richmond Upon Thames. It takes the form of a rectangular
headed plaque with a King's Crown top centre and a floral border. The
First World War names are in raised lettering in three columns above
the Second World War names which are also in raised lettering in three
columns. The plaque is mounted on the back wall of the garden's classical
Temple of Arethusa, which was designed by Sir William Chambers for Princess
Augusta and built in 1758. Arethusa was a mythical Greek nymph who was
turned into a spring of water. The memorial was made by Sir Robert Lorimer
and was unveiled 25 May 1921. There are 37 names listed for World War
1 and 14 for World War 2.
Copyright © Janet Graves 2011
Copyright © Alan Gibbs 2015
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND ON HONOURED MEMORY
OF THE MEMBERS OF
THE KEW GUILD AND STAFF
OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GDNS KEW
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
Sergeant 2326, 1st/14th Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish).
Died, aged 26 years on the 26th November, 1916 in France. Son
of Charles and Lizzie Anderson, of The Nest, North Stoke, Oxon.
Buried at St. Venant Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France,
grave reference II. K. 3.
Note: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30156,
dated 29th June, 1917, records the following:-"The King has
been graciously pleased to award the Decoration of the Albert
Medal of the First Class in recognition of the gallantry of Lce.
Cpl. Charles Henry Anderson, late of the 1st/14th Bn. of the London
Regt., who lost his life in France in November last in saving
the lives of others. On the 28th Nov., 1916, Lce. Cpl. Anderson
was in a hut in France with eleven other men when, accidentally,
the safety pin was withdrawn from a bomb. In the semi-darkness
he shouted a warning to the men, rushed to the door, and endeavoured
to open it so as to throw the bomb into a field. Failing to do
this, when he judged that the five seconds during which the fuse
was timed to burn had elapsed, he held the bomb as close to his
body as possible with both hands in order to screen the other
men in the hut. Anderson himself and one other man were mortally
wounded by the explosion, and five men were injured. The remaining
five escaped unhurt. Anderson sacrificed his life to save his
129662, 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment).
Born 18th November, 1888 in Bath, Somerset and killed in action,
aged 28 years on the 1st March, 1917 in France. Son of Edwin and
Louisa Mary Baggs, of 3605, Knight Rd., Vancouver, British Columbia.
Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial Private Baggs is listed as being
a member of the Canadian Seaforth Highlanders.
16445, 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died, aged 36 years
on the 13th September, 1915. Son of the late Alfred and Mary Ball,
of Loughborough; husband of Alice A. Ball, of 15, Percy Place, Dublin.
Buried in the Lala Baba Cemetery, Turkey, grave reference II. A.
11th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died on the
27th April, 1917. Buried in the Cambrai East Military Cemetery,
Nord, France, grave reference VII. A. 2.
163034, 504th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died, aged
30 years on the 30th October, 1918. Son of William and Mary Brown,
of Sandown; husband of Rose E. K. Brown, of 11, South Mall, Newport,
Isle of Wight. Buried in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen,
Seine-Maritime, France, grave reference S. III. I. 13.
237459, 204th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Born on the 2nd May,
1879 in Rosshire, Scotland, he died, aged 36 years on the 11th
July, 1916. Son of Roderick Campbell, of Ardross, Alness, Ross-shire,
Scotland, and the late Isabella Campbell. Buried in the Toronto
(St. John’s Norway) Cemetery, Canada, grave reference range 6.
Sec. 6. 20.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial, Private Campbell is listed as
being a member of the Canadian Beavers Battalion.
RMA/1656(S), Howitzer Brigade, Royal Marine Artillery. Died, aged
26 years on the 26th March, 1918. Son of James William and Elizabeth
Clark, of The Gardens, Torre Abbey, Torquay. Buried in the Faubourg
d’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, Franace, grave reference
VI. D. 8.
S/12906, 8th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died, aged 28 years on the
3 October, 1916. Son of Maurice and Anna Cobbold, of Woolpit, Suffolk.
Buried in the Le Fermont Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France,
grave reference II. B. 7.
Corporal, Military Foot Police.
Corporal 493195, (6389). 13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment,
formerly 4073, 8th Middlesex Regiment. Born in Brentford and enlisted
in Ealing, he died aged 38 years on the 17th February, 1917. Husband
of Amy Collins, of 58, Brook Rd., Brentford, Middlesex. Buried in
the St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l’Avoue, Pas de
Calais, France, grave reference IV. D. 6.
Tank Corp, U.S.A.
East Surrey Regiment.
14th French Infantry Regiment. Born 18th Feb.ruary, 1890 in 65 Hautes
Pyrenees and died 28th April, 1917 at Marne, France.
7056, 1st/9th Battalion, London Rifles (Queen Victoria Rifles).
Killed in action, 9th October, 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval
Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 9 C.
93045, "E" Battalion, Tank Corps. Born in Selkirk and
enlisted in Edinburgh. Formerly 729, 23RD Scottish Horse. Killed
in action, aged 40 years on the 20th November, 1917. Son of Mr.
and Mrs. James Douglas, of 15, Green Terrace, Selkirk; husband of
Lydia E. Douglas (nee Chaplin), of 13, West Mayfield, Edinburgh.
Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France, panel
Corporal 17583, 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Born in
Wellington, Somerset he died, aged 33 on the 14th March, 1918. Son
of George E. and Elizabeth Duley, of 9, High Path, Wellington, Somerset.
Buried in the Tournai Communal Cemetery, Allied Extension, Hainaut,
Belgium, grave reference, I. G. 1.
S/11973, 11th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Born in
Dumfries, he enlisted in Forfar and died aged 27 years on the 20th
April, 1918. Son of Thomas Charlton Farries and L. J. Farries, of
2, Gordon St., Dumfries. He is buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery,
Wancourt, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference III. G. 4.
11380, 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. He was born and enlisted
in Hounslow, Middlesex and he was killed in action, aged 28 years
on the 3rd August, 1917. Son of Mrs. Fanny Garnett, of 6, Manor
Grove, Richmond, Surrey. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate),
Belgium, Panel 53.
Canadian Victoria Fusiliers.
12205, 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers Regiment, attached
to the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Born in Salford, Lancashire,
he enlisted in Manchester, Lancashire and was killed in action on
the 18th July, 1916. Son of John and Elizabeth Hayhurst, of 169,
Robert Hall St., Salford, Manchester. Commemorated on the Thiepval
Memorial, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D.
East Surrey Regiment.
Seaman J/47092, H.M.S. Fortune, Royal Navy. Killed in action,
aged 22 years at the Battle of Jutland on the 1st June, 1916.
Son of Thomas and Ann Jane Jackson. Born at Lytham, Lancashire.
Buried next to the Chapel at Farsund Cemetery, Norway.
H.M.S. Fortune was sunk on 1 June 1916 at the Battle of Jutland,
under command of Lt Cdr F G Terry. About 11:30pm she came under
heavy fire from German battleships, including SMS Westfalen. Hits
from the secondary armament of Westfalen caused overwhelming damage
and she went down on fire with 67 men. One man was rescued. The
wreck site is designated as a protected place under the Protection
of Military Remains Act 1986.
26741, 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Born in Llanfrynach,
Brecon and enlisted at Brecon, and he was killed in action aged
32 years on the 2nd October, 1917. Son of William and Jane Joyce,
of "Llanfrynach", Holmes Rd., Hereford. Commemorated on
the Basra Memorial, Iraq, Panel 16 and 62.
R/7519, 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifles. Born in Ashted, Surrey
and enlisted in Hammersmith, he was killed in action on the 25th
September, 1915. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais,
France, Panel 101 and 102.
551182, "D" Company, 2nd/16th Battalion, London Regiment
(Queen’s Westminsters Rifles). Born in Iver, Slough, Buckinghamshire
and enlisted in Westminster, he died aged 27 years on the 1st December,
1917. Son of John and Kate Meads, of Swallow St., Iver, Buckinghamshire
and husband of Margaret Annie Meads, of Strood Villa, Broad Oak,
Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire. Buried in the Ramleh Cemetery,
Israel, grave reference H. 24.
2092, 5th Battalion, Royal Scots. Born in Maidstone, Kent and enlisted
in Edinburgh he was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 34 years
on the 2nd May, 1915. Son of the late William and Mrs. E. S. Morland,
of Maidstone; husband of Annie M. E. Morland, of 6, Astley Street,
Maidstone. On staff of Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, as a Rose
Specialist. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 26
51510, 70th Battery, 34th Army Brigade, Royal Horse and Field
Artillery. Born in Kew, Middlesex and enlisted in Hounslow, Middlesex
he died on the 4th October, 1917 in France and Flanders. Buried
in the Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium, grave reference IX. F. 16.
Note: Commonwealth War Graves Commission spells his surname Pursell.
Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Killed in action 12th April,
1917. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France,
Bay 1 and 2.
1257927, 4th Trench Mortar Battery, Canadian Field Artillery.
Born on the 4th March, 1889 in Dumfries, Scotland, he died on
the 28th September, 1918. Buried Bourlan Wood Cemetery, Pas de
Calais, France, grave reference I. D. 18.
24, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Born in Isleworth, Middlesex,
he enlisted in Kingston, Surrey, and he died aged 24 years on the
10th October, 1915. Husband of C. E. Smith, of 6, Enmore Villas,
Fourth Cross Road, Twickenham. Buried in Vermelles Cemetery, Pas
de Calais, France, I. L. 37.
240701, "A" Company, 1st/5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
He enlisted in East Dereham, Norfolk and he died aged 28 years,
in Palestine on the 19th April, 1917. Son of Herbert William and
Hannah Southgate, of East Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk. Buried in
Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, grave reference XXX. F. I.
7th Battalion, attached 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. He died,
aged 31 years on the 21st May, 1918. He was awarded the Military
Cross and also Mentioned in Despatches. Son of Peter Christian Massyn
Veitch, and Harriett Veitch, (nee Drew) of Exeter. Buried in Thiennes
Cemetery, Nord, France, grave reference Row A. Grave 1.
Corporal 822, 7th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Born in Acton,
Middlesex, he enlisted in Richmond, Surrey, and he died, aged 17
years on the 19th October, 1915. Son of James and Mary Windebank,
of 20, Evelyn Rd., Richmond, Surrey. Buried in Vermelles Cemetery,
Pas de Calais, France, grave reference I. L 35.
365004, 7th Battalion, London Regiment (Civil Service Rifles). Formerley
6682, 15th London Regiment. He enlisted in Richmond and he died,
aged 20 years on the 7th June, 1918. Son of William Nicholls Winn
and Bertha Winn, of 87, Mortlake Road, Kew, Surrey. He is buried
in the Richmond Cemetery, grave reference X. 5629.
3844, 1st/5th Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade).
He enlisted in London and was killed in action on the 9th October,
1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France,
Pier and Face 9 D.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial Rifleman Woolley is listed as
being a Corporal and a member of the Essex Regiment, while the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists him as being a Rifleman
and a member of the London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade).
Private 240906, 2nd/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Born in St. Martin’s, Birmingham and enlisted in Birmingham, he
was killed in action on the 21st March, 1918. Commemorated on
the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 18 and 19.
Or Private 201656,
2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Born in Birmingham
he died, aged 29 on the 25th February, 1919. He is buried in the
Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, grave reference Screen Wall.
B10. 9. 661A.
memorial was erected at Kew in 1921 and is described in the 4th
issue for 1921 of the Bulletin of miscellaneous information (Royal
Gardens, Kew). The names of 37 men are recorded, 'some of whom
left Kew direct to join the Forces, whilst others returned home
from abroad or joined up in their adopted countries'.
men belonged to all ranks from the scientific to the labourer
staff, but the percentage of the advanced Student Gardener is
singularly heavy. Of this class, ten were Subforemen; all joined
the Colours but five only lived to return".
Rider, Middlesex Regiment.
Corp Franc D’Afrique.
9900 V, South African Medical Corps, attached First City/Cape
Town Highlanders, South Africa Forces. A South African, he died
aged 36 years on the 22nd June, 1944. Son of William G. and Beatrice
Last, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire. He was buried in the Assisi
War Cemetery, Italy, V, D, 12.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial Corporal Last is listed as being
a member of the 6th South African Division, while the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission lists him as being a member of the South
African Medical Corp attached First City/Cape Town Highlanders.
Highland Light Infantry (Canada)/48th Highlanders of Canada, R.C.I.C.
A Canadian, he died aged 29 years on the 16th May, 1944. Son of
Robert Furlong Mayne and Kathleen Mayne; husband of Mary Mayne,
of Frimley, Surrey, England. He is buried in the Cassino War Cemetery,
Italy, grave reference IV. H. 2.
919401, (W. Op.) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died, aged
25 years on the 2nd July, 1943. Son of William Duncan Graham Menzies
and Jessie Marguerite Menzies, of Ealing, Middlesex. He is buried
in Sleaford Cemetery, Lincolnshire, grave reference Sec. A.A.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial, Sergeant Menzies is listed as
a Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force, and on the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission he is listed as a Sergeant, Royal Air Force
(Obs) 1375370, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died, aged 26
years on the 11th May, 1942. Son of Frederick William and Ethel
Miles, of Clench Common, Wiltshire. Buried in the Dunure Cemetery,
Ayrshire, Scotland, grave reference Sec. E. (Blue) Grave 179.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial, Sergeant Miles is listed as
a Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force, and on the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission he is listed as a Sergeant, Royal Air Force
5387, 3rd (Penang & Province Wellesley Vol. Corps) Battalion,
Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Died, aged 40, 10 September
1943. Son of John Jacob and Clara Nauen, of Coventry. Buried in
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B1. Row G. Grave
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1258093, 7th Squadron, Royal Air Volunteer
Reserve. Died, aged 28 years on the 16th June, 1942. Son of Herbert
John Rayment, J.P., and Louise Rayment, of Beecroft, New South Wales,
Australia. Buried in the Avesnes-sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery, Nord,
France, Row AA. Grave 11.
203877, Royal Berkshire Regiment, attached. 5th Battalion, Queen's
Own Royal West Kent Regiment. He had been Mentioned in Despatches
before he died on the 23rd October, 1944. Son of Reginald Herbert
and Mary Eliott Robson, of Bloomsbury, London. His brother John
Eliott Robson also fell. He is buried in the Florence War Cemetery,
Italy, grave reference IV. B. 5.
(Air Gunner) 1860983, 10th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve. He died 4th December, 1943 and is buried in the Becklingen
War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany, grave reference
12. E. 14.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial, Sergeant Selby is listed as
a Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force and on the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission he is listed as a Sergeant, Royal Ar Force Volunteer
7910903, 11th Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. He died, aged 27 years
on the 23rd November, 1941. Son of George Egerton Smith and Lilian
Nelley Smith, of Heston, Middlesex. He is buried in the Knightsbridge
War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya, grave reference 8. F. 3.
6070, 3rd (Penang & Province Wellesley Volunteer Corps) Battalion,
Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. He died on the 7th February,
1945. Son of Harry Spare and of Grace Spare, of Wallington, Surrey;
husband of Rose Ellen Spare, of Worthing, Sussex. Commemorated
on the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Woodlands Road,
Singapore, Column 396.
Note: On the Kew Garden Memorial, Sergeant Spare is listed as
a Sergeant, Singapore Defence Volunteers and on the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission he is listed as a Private, Straits Settlements
14220298, 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. He
died, aged 20 years on the 8th August, 1944. Son of Albert Henry
and Nellie Sutch, of Potters Bar, Middlesex. He is buried in the
Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France, grave reference
III. D. 14.
South African Armoured Division.
12 September, 2019