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FABER, Cecil Valdemar (Revised 30/12/2014)
FALLOW, William (New 27/09/2016)
FARLEY, George A (New 15/04/2013)
FAULKNER, Sidney Albert (New 29/09/2016)
FEILD, John Forbes (New 28/08/2013)
FENNER, Thomas William (Revised 27/10/2018)
FERGUSON, Philip (Updated 31/01/2019)
FICK, Walter (New 22/08/2016)
FLANAGAN, Thomas (New 09/05/2015)
FORREST, Charles Evelyn (New 19/11/2013)
FORREST, Thomas (New 06/10/2016)
FOSTER, Norman Kesson (Revised 21/06/2016)
FOULGER, A.G. (Updated 13/03/2015)
FOULGER, Harry R. (Updated 02/11/2018)
FOULGER, William Arthur (Updated 13/03/2015)
FOX, Frank (New 03/10/2016)
FOX, George Richard (new 24/07/2014)
FOYAN, Lydia Trower (Revised 17/11/2010)
FREELAND, W (Updated 31/07/2016)
FRIDAY, Edward, (Revised 19/02/2014)
FRIDAY, Lewis James (Updated 30/01/2011)
FROST, Albert Ernest (New 08/10/2016)
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FABER Cecil Valdemar, Second Lieutenant.

9th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC).
Killed in Action 30 July 1915, aged 19.

CV Faber's inscription
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2008

Cecil Valdemar Faber was born on 20 December 1895 in Shotley, Northamptonshire (GRO June 1896 Hexham 10b 357), to Johan Valdemar Faber and his third wife Emma. Cecil's father was a 42 year old widower when he married 30 year old spinster Emma Maud Stanley Courtney Vivian in St. Jude's church in South Kensington on 22 July 1892. At the time of their marriage his father was the Danish Vice Consul living in Sydenham Terrace, Newcastle on Tyne.

Cecil's father's first marriage on 28 October 1874, was to Jessie Virtue Wilson; they had had six children before Jessie died on 9 March 1887, aged 31.

Cecil's second marriage on 24 May 1888 was to Louie (registered Louise) Maslen; they had three children before Louie died on 5 April 1891, aged 28, possibly from birth complications when she had Valdemar George on 2 April.

Name Born - Died Notes
Leslie Emerson Born: 30 August 1877 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1929
Mother Jessie.
Jessie Louisa Born: 29 November 1878 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1879
Mother Jessie.
Edna Lilian Born: 28 September 1880 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1884
Mother Jessie.
Edmund David Born: 21 September 1882 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 26 February 1907
Mother Jessie.
Conny - although baptised as Conny, she was recorded as 'Constance' in her husband's probate record. Born: 8 December 1884 Newcastle on Tyne Mother Jessie. Married actor Ivo Vernon Dawson 1918
Beatrice Winifred Born: 11 January 1887 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1887
Mother Jessie.
Louie Rosa Margrethe Born: 8 January 1890 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1975
Mother Louie.
Valdemar George Born: 2 April 1891 Newcastle on Tyne
Died: 1958
Mother Louie.
Vivian Valdemar Born: 20 August 1893 Shotley, Northumberland
Died: 1985
Mother Emma.
Also served as Lieutenant in Royal Field Artillery
Cecil Valdemar Born: 20 December 1895 Shotley, Northumberland
Died: 1915 Belgium
Mother Emma.
Mollie Vivian Born: 12 April 1899 Shotley, Northumberland Mother Emma.

The 1891 census records the family living at 1 Tankerville Terrace, Jesmond, Northumberland. Cecil's father was a 41 year old 'Danish Consul Provision Importer'. His father's second wife Louie was looking after her step children, Leslie aged 13 and Connie aged 6, and her own children, Louie Rosa aged 1 and Valdemar aged 'under 1 year'. The family employed five servants.

The 1901 census records Cecil's father, a 'Provision Importer Employer' originally from Denmark, living at 'Derwent Dene', Hexham with his third wife, Emma. Cecil aged five and his full siblings Vivian Valdemar aged 7 and Mollie Vivian aged 2 were also living there, but none of his father's children from his previous two marriages were living there. Six servants were employed.

Cecil's father had moved his family to 'The Manor House', Ewell, Surrey by 1905. Probate records give this as the last address of Cecil's half brother Edmund, a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, who had died on 26 February 1907 at the Inner Temple, London.

When the 1911 census was taken, only Cecil's half sister Conny, aged 29, who was working as a hospital nurse, and sister Mollie aged 11 were at home that night. Cecil's brother Vivian was away as a pupil at Lancing College, Lancing and Cecil was a 15 year old pupil at Eton College. The whereabouts of his parents at this time is unknown.

On 4 June 1913, whilst attending the Derby Day horse race at Epsom downs, Cecil's father was called upon to transport in his car Emily Davidson, the injured Suffragette, to the Cottage Hospital in Epsom.

Cecil's Medal Card informs us that his first military service was as a Private, No. 1467 in the Royal Fusiliers. However, his surviving service papers make no mention of his service as a private soldier.

When, on 9 January 1915, Cecil applied for a temporary commission in the Regular Army he stated that he had been educated at Eton, had not previously served in a Government department, was able to ride, had joined the Volunteer Corps attached to Sussex Volunteers between 1905-1909 and had also served in the Officer Training Corps at Eton for 8 terms between 1912-1914. He was pronounced fit for military service.

From the Times July 1915:-
Educated Cottesmore School, Hove and Eton where he was head of his house. He matriculated for Oriel College Oxford in 1914 and was to have gone up in 1915. However on the outbreak of war in Aug 1914 he joined up and was gazetted into the 9th KRRC. He left for the front on 21 May 1915. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Faber, the Manor House Ewell. Participated in the British Expeditionary Force.
Advertiser 6 August 1915:-
SECOND LIEUT. CECIL FABER, 9th King's Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action on July 31st, was 19 years of age. He was educated at Cottesmore School, Hove and Eton, where he was head of his house, and matriculated for Oriel College, Oxford in 1914, and was to have entered this year, but on the outbreak of war he joined the army and was gazetted to the 9th K.R.R.C. He left for the front on May 21st. He was the youngest son of Mr Faber, of the Manor House, Ewell.
The 1915 Electoral Roll shows the family still living in the Manor House, Cheam Road, Ewell. The Manor House, Ewell was located where the residential road, Stane Way now exists, halfway between the Ewell By Pass and the High Street. It was pulled down and houses built c1930s.

The 9th KRRC was in the 42nd Brigade, 14th Division. On 30 July 1915 they were in the Hooge sector in Belgium. The Germans had attacked early that morning, using for the first time in warfare, flame throwers, and had taken all the British front line trenches. Cecil's battalion was not in the front line at the time, but later in the day they were ordered to counter attack and retake the front line, and they did recover some lost ground, but 'Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-19' shows five officers and ninety five other ranks from the 9th KRRC lost their lives that day.

Cecil was killed in action on 30 July 1915 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Panel 51 & 53. The family moved away from Ewell in 1916 and the CWGC states that he was the
Son of Mr & Mrs J.V. Faber, of The Links, Worplesdon.
On 3 August 1915 a telegram announcing that Cecil had been killed in action 31 July 1915 was sent to The Manor House, Ewell, in which Lord Kitchener expressed his sympathy. Cecil's mother wrote to the War Office on 1 September asking for a death certificate for her son, signing herself as Maud Faber.

Cecil's next of kin was his father Johan Valdemar Faber. His effects were sent to Army shipping agents Cox and Co. 16 Charing Cross Road, London, who credited £46 10s and £3 17s less one day's over pay of 7s 6d, into his father's London Provincial Bank account. He served 124 days at rate of 7s 6d = £46 10s.

Cecil's brother, Vivian Faber, an Immigration Officer, of 134 Bute Street, Cardiff, wrote to War Office in 1930 to see if any pay was due since only his effects had been recovered in 1915. He stated that his brother had been killed at Hooge in July 1915 when KRRR made an attack and was shot on reaching enemy trenches. Vivian Faber was told that his brother's estate had been settled.

His parents were living at 'Fairmile House' in Cobham, Surrey when his father died in Cavendish Square on 18 December 1917, leaving effects worth nearly £82,000.

Cecil was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War medal and the Victory medal. His medal card dated 11 March 1922 has two addresses for his mother; The Bear Hotel, Esher and 'The Links', Worplesdon Hill, Near Woking, Surrey.

His mother moved to Devon and died in Hove in 1934.


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FALLOW William, Private. 445456.

26th Battalion Canadian Infantry.
Died 10 February 1919, aged 21.

William's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
William's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

William Garnett/Garrett Fallow, of Scottish descent, was born on 4 January 1898 in New Richmond, Quebec, the son of James and Mary Fallow (nee Budd). His parents had married in Mary's father's New Richmond house on 8 September 1886.

William was baptised on 11 December 1898 into the Presbyterian Church in New Richmond.

The 1901 Canadian census records the family living in the Canadian district of New Richmond. William's father was aged 40, his mother was aged 38. He had five siblings, Steven aged 13, Everett aged 12, Nellie aged 9, Archie aged 7 and Hazel aged 1.

William was only 17 years and 7 months old when he attested on 20 August 1915 in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 135 lbs and had a chest measurement of 35 inches with an expansion of 2 inches. He had a fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair and his religion was Presbyterian. His gave his date of birth as 4 January 1896 and his apparent age was recorded as 18 years and 6 months. He was unmarried, worked as a lumberman and his father James was his next-of-kin.

William arrived in England on 9 November 1915 aboard SS Corsician. He embarked from England for France on 15 April 1916, arrived the next day and joined the 26th Battalion. Between 14 May and 25 May 1917 he was a 'runner' attached to 5th Infantry Brigade headquarters, carrying messages to the various units in the Brigade. He was granted 10 days leave between 23 August and 2 September 1917.

On 6 November 1917 William was admitted to the 2/1 Home Counties Field Ambulance suffering with a shrapnel wound to his face, convalesced at Boulogne and returned to his unit on 5 December 1917. On 16 February 1918 William's 28 year old brother Everett was drafted under the military service act of 1917.

The Battle of Amiens, the last great battle on the Western Front that led to the armistice commenced on 8 August 1918. The 26th Battalion moved to assembly trenches in front of the village of Cachy on 7 August in preparation for the attack that commenced at 4.20 a.m.

William was wounded on 8 August 1918. He had suffered shrapnel wounds to his right leg including a compound fracture of his tibia. By 14 August 1918 William was admitted to the Lord Derby Military Hospital, Warrington, Lancashire. On 24 December he was transferred to Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, Epsom, and on 23 January 1919 he was transferred to the Manor War Hospital, Epsom. He had been recovering well until he contracted influenza, from which he died on 10 February 1919.

William was buried on 14 February 1919 in grave K227 in Epson Cemetery, where he is commemorated on the Screen Wall.

William's British War medal, Victory medal, Plaque and Scroll, and Silver Memorial Cross were sent to his parents in 1920 and 1921.


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FARLEY George Albert, Lance Corporal. 320594.

15th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.
Died 27 October 1918, aged 22.

George's headstobe in Terlinchtun British Cemetery, Wimille, near Boulogne
George's headstobe in Terlinchtun British Cemetery, Wimille, near Boulogne
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2009

George Albert Farley was born in Putney in 1896 (GRO reference: Mar 1896 Wandsworth 1d 782) to William Henry and Sarah Jane Farley (nee Essery).

In the 1901 census the family lived at Vicarage Walk, Walton-on-Thames. George's father was a 35 year old wheelwright, his mother was aged 34. He had three siblings, Ada aged 10, Willie (Henry William) aged 7, and Annie aged 6 months.

By 1911 the family had moved to Epsom and was living at 2, Harris Cottages, Epsom Common. George's father was now described as a 'Master Coach Painter'. George's mother recorded that she had been married for 21 years and that all her five children were still living. George was a 15 year old 'Coach Painter', whilst his brother Henry was a 'House Painter'. Another sibling was recorded, Evelyn Gladys, aged seven.

George and his older brother Henry both attested at Kingston on the same day, 26 May 1915, into the Suffolk Regiment. They were given almost consecutive service numbers 20326 and 20328. Perhaps a chum they went with was given 20327? However, George's number changed at some point during the war to 320591, probably as a result of moving from his original Suffolk Battalion to the 15th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 120 lbs, and had a chest measurement of 35 ½ inches with an expansion of 4 ½ inches. He was a painter, and along with his brother lived at 21, Harris Villas, Epsom Common.

George's service papers have not survived, but the Soldiers Died CD states that he died on 27 October 1918, not killed in action or died of wounds, simply died. It is possible that he died as the result of an accident, but probably he died from the influenza epidemic that was rampant at the time, and claimed many millions of lives worldwide. However, his headstone has the following inscription, chosen by his next of kin:


George is buried in Terlinchtun British Cemetery, Wimille, near Boulogne. The cemetery was begun in June 1918 and was used for burials from the base hospitals.

He was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.


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FAULKNER Sidney Albert, Private. 925.

24th Battalion London Regiment.
Died of Wounds 16 August 1915, aged 29.

Sidney's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Sidney's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

Sidney Albert Faulkner, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Caroline Faulkner (nee Nelson) was born in 1887 in Peckham, Surrey (GRO reference: Jun 1887 Camberwell 1d 934). His parents had married on 31 July 1870 in St. James Church, Bermondsey. At the time of their marriage Thomas was a boot makers' assistant and Elizabeth was under 21 years of age.

Sidney, aged 4, and his family were living at 2 Cottage Grove, Newington, when the 1891 census was taken. His siblings were recorded as Ada Elizabeth aged 20, James Ernest aged 19, Thomas Herbert aged 13, Alice Bertha aged 10, George Henry aged 8, Florence Charlotte aged 5, Rosina Frances aged 2 and Louisa Eugene aged three months. His father was working as warehouseman to support his family.

NameBorn - DiedNotes
Ada ElizabethBorn: 1871 Kennington
Died: 1904
Ernest James Born: 1874 Southwark 
Herbert ThomasBorn: 1879 WestminsterMarried Jennie Frances Kingsbury in 1906, Lambeth district. Also served
Bertha AliceBorn: 1881 CamberwellMarried Charles Hawkins in 1915, Southwark district
George HenryBorn: 1883 Camberwell 
Florence CharlotteBorn: 1885 Mile End
Died: 1904
Sidney AlbertBorn: 1887 Camberwell
Died: 16 August 1915 Epsom
Rosina FrancesBorn: 1889 Camberwell 
Emma LouisaBorn: 1891 Walworth 
Plus five more unknown

In 1901 Sidney, aged 14, and his siblings Ada, Ernest, Herbert, Bertha, George, Rosina, Florence and Louisa were still living with their parents at 2 Cottage Grove, Newington.

Sidney's father was aged 62 when he died in 1908.

The 1911 census records Sidney living with his widowed mother and sisters Bertha, Rosina, and Louisa at 24/b Marsland Road, Walworth. Sidney was working as a warehouse assistant for a Gas and Electric supplier. His mother Elizabeth spelt Sidney's name as 'Sydney'. Sidney's mother recorded that of her 14 children only seven were still living. She was aged 63 when she died in 1913.

Prior to the outbreak of war Sidney was serving in the Territorial Army with the 24th battalion London Regiment. He embarked, with the battalion, from Southampton at 6p.m. on 15 March 1915, and disembarked at 7a.m. in Le Havre, France. The battalion fought in two of the smaller battles of 1915, namely Aubers Ridge (9 May) and Festubert 15-25 May. From then until Sidney was wounded in July the battalion was just 'holding the line', but this was a dangerous activity and subject to random shelling and sniping.

Sidney died from a head wound received in July and died on 16 August 1915 in the London County War Hospital, Epsom He was buried on 19 August in grave K644 in Epsom Cemetery and he shares the grave with eight other soldiers. Sidney is remembered there on the CWGC Screen Wall.

He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal.

Epsom's local paper reported the following:
MILITARY FUNERAL. The cemetery was thronged on Thursday afternoon when one of the soldiers who has been undergoing treatment at the County of London War Hospital was laid to rest with full military honours. Deceased was Pte. Sidney Albert Faulkner, aged 28 years, a single Camberwell man who had been in the 24th London regiment for five years. Going to the front in March, this gallant soldier returned to England in July, having been severely wounded in the head. From the base hospital he was sent to Epsom. The coffin, enveloped in a Union Jack, was borne from the hospital to the cemetery on a gun carriage, and at the conclusion of the service a party from Woodcote Convalescent Camp fired three volleys over the grave. 'The Last Post' was sounded. The mourners were Mr. E.J. Faulkner and Mr. G. Faulkner (brothers), Miss L. Faulkner, Miss R. Faulkner, and Mrs. Hawkins (sisters), Mr. E. Hawkins (brother-in-law), and Mrs. Faulkner (wife of one of deceased's brothers who is at the front). There were several beautiful floral tributes from the family and friends.

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FEILD John Forbes, 2nd Lieutenant.

7th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI).
Killed in Action 16 September 1916, aged 24.

John's inscription on the Thiepval memorial to the missing
John's inscription on the Thiepval memorial to the missing
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2013

John Forbes Feild was born in St. Petersburg, Russia on 24 April 1892 to Reverend George Forbes and Edith Mary Feild (nee Carr). John was a naturalised British subject. I have been unable to find any birth or marriage records for his parents, presumably they were born and married in Russia. John was an only child, he did not marry and his father was his next of kin.

As I have been unable to find John in the 1901 census, it is possible that he was still in Russia. He attended Upland House School, a small preparatory school for boys between the ages of 8 and 14, but had left the school by 1906. He then attended Haileybury College between 1906 and 1911 and then Worcester College, Oxford. Kelly's 1911-1913 Directory tells us that John's uncle, Edward Andrew Fields M.A, who had also been born in St. Petersburg, Russia, had been living in 'Domik' Bridge Road, Epsom at this time.

On 21 November 1914, whilst at Worcester College, Oxford, John applied for a commission in the 7th Battalion DCLI. His medal card tells us that he went to France on 11 March 1916, but he must have returned to the UK quite soon afterwards, as on 22 June 1916 he suffered a General Court Martial held at The Guildhall, Westminster. He pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk on 8 June, was severely reprimanded and his rank and precedence in the Army was to be taken as if his appointment as 2nd Lieutenant bore the date 7 June 1915.

Although John was in the 7th Battalion DCLI, on the day he was killed he was attached to the 6th battalion and fought in the Battle of Flers - Courcellette which raged from 15 to 22 September and saw tanks used for the first time. At 6.55pm on 16 September the Battalion was ordered to reinforce the attack on enemy positions north of Ginchy, started by other Battalions, but were beaten back by heavy gunfire. The attack cost the lives of 72 men from the 6th Battalion DCLI.

An eyewitness account came from Pte. Chas Blacklock who stated that:
On 16th September 1916, a shell dropped in our trench just before we attacked. The Lieut. was badly wounded and left in charge of two stretcher bearers. I returned to the trench later and helped to carry him down to the dressing station. On his way he died and I helped to dig his grave about a mile behind the lines. I took papers from his body with his name on, and handed them to an officer.
By 4 June 1917 John was classified as 'missing presumed dead', and on 13 July 1917 his aunt Miss T.H. Feild of 'Levashova', Bexhill on Sea, wrote to the War Office asking for information about her nephew, but nothing was known of him.

John's uncle Edward Andrew Feild, who had moved to Sunny Bank, Uppingham, Rutland, acted as executor of John's estate. On 12 February 1918 the sum of £64-10s-0d, owed to John from Army funds, was paid to his father George Forbes Feild via the firm of merchants Hubbards, who had a branch in Petrograd, Russia, and who John's father had connections with.

John's body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial to the missing of the Somme, one of some 72,000 such 'missing' men. He was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.

The CWGC states that John was the Son of George Forbes Feild and Edith Mary Feild (nee Carr), of 17, St. Helen's Place, Bishopsgate, London.


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FENNER Thomas William, Serjeant. M2/132413.

618 Company Army Service Corps (18th Motor Ambulance Convoy).
Died 27 October 1918, aged 28.

Sergeant Thomas William Fenner's headstone at the Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery, B1 UL 39
Sergeant Thomas William Fenner's headstone at the Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery, B1 UL 39
Image courtesy of Sheila Lothian © 2007

Thomas William Fenner was born at Hampstead on 7 November 1890 (GRO reference: Dec 1890 Hampstead 1a 591) to William and Louisa Fenner (nee Scrimger). His parents had married in St. Barnabas Church in Hornsey Road, Islington on 6 October 1881. When Thomas was baptised on 14 December 1890 in Christ Church in Enfield, his father was working as a coachman at the Manor House stables where the family lived.

In the 1891 census the family lived at 5 William's Mews, Hampstead. Thomas' father was a Domestic servant Coachman. He had two sisters Florence Annie aged 8 and Louisa aged 4.

It is not known exactly when the family moved to Ewell, Surrey but on 1 May 1898, having previously attended Ewell Infants School, Thomas was enrolled in to Ewell Boys School. The family address at this time was recorded as 'Stables, Purbery'.

Purbery Shot Lodge, Epsom Road
Purbery Shot Lodge, Epsom Road
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2008

The 1901 census records that they lived in Purbery Shot Lodge, Epsom Road. Purbery Shot being then owned by William M Walters, a 66 year old solicitor. Thomas' father was still a Coachman. Thomas' sister Florence was working for the Mercer family in Spring Street, Ewell as a housemaid.

On 30 March 1904 Thomas left Ewell Boys School and enrolled into the Battersea Polytechnic. His mother Louisa was aged 54 when she died in 1908 in the Lambeth registration district.

In 1911 only Thomas was living at 26 Elm Road, Ewell with his 59-year-old widowed father. Thomas was working as a motorcar driver for a garage.

Thomas was a member of the Ewell Old Boys' Association in 1913-1914. His address at this time was C/O Sir W. H. Solomon, Belmont, Rondboch, S. Africa, who was at the time the High Commissioner for South Africa.

I could not find Thomas in the Soldiers Died CD.

Thomas enlisted on 21 October 1915 at the Central London Recruiting Depot in Whitehall aged 24. He was 5 feet 8¾ inches tall, weighed 149 lbs and had a chest measurement of 39 inches with an expansion of 4 inches. He had a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. His physical development was good and he had perfect 6/6 vision in both eyes. He lived at 26 Elm Road, Ewell, and was employed as a chauffeur. His father was his declared next of kin. He had previously served 141 days in the 'SAUF SWA'.

Between 21 October 1915 and 28 May 1918 Thomas served in the following places:

Home (England) 21 October 1915 - 25 January 1916
East Africa 26 January 1916 - 21 January 1917
South Africa 22 January 1917 - 29 May 1917
East Africa 30 May 1917 - 24 August 1917
South Africa 25 August 1917 - 28 May 1918

and his military career progressed as follows:

Acting Corporal unpaid Grove Park 26 October 1915
Acting Corporal paid Grove Park 28 December 1915
Acting Serjeant unpaid Avonmouth 20 January 1916
Embarked on SS City of Chester 25 January 1916
Disembarked at Kilindini, Kenya 03 March 1916
Acting Serjeant with pay Serengeti 19 March 1916
Serjeant paid 11 October 1916

Thomas suffered bad health whilst in Africa, first being admitted to hospital with dysentery on 3 September 1916. Then on 10 September he was diagnosed as suffering with malaria. He was discharged on 12 September but readmitted again on 21 November. It seems he never really recovered, being discharged and readmitted 4 times. Whilst he was at Simons Town, South Africa, on 28 May 1918 he was finally discharged from the Army as being unfit for further military service and was granted Silver War Badge No. 443648. His address when he was discharged was Brae Head, Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa.

He was awarded a small 20% disability Army pension of 32 shillings and 6 pence for four weeks, then 6 shillings and 6 pence until 27 May 1919, when his pension ceased. Alas he did not receive his full allotment of pension as he died on 27 October 1918, in No. 1 General Hospital, Wynberg, Cape Town. Thomas' death was caused by influenza and pneumonia, from which he had been suffering for about seven days. His South African death certificate stated his occupation as Mechanic(Soldier A.S.C.M.T.).

He is buried in Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery, B1 UL 39. Although discharged from the Army he appears in the CWGC records and has a CWGC headstone, presumably because he was in receipt of a pension.

Thomas was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.

On 18 September 1917, in St Mary's church, Ewell, Thomas' sister Florence married James Albert Freeland, the brother of William Freeland.

Thomas is locally remembered on three memorials: the Dipping Well memorial; St. Mary's church memorial and Ewell Boys' School memorial. He is also remembered on his parents' gravestone in St. Mary's churchyard.

Thomas' inscription on his parents' grave
Thomas' inscription on his parents' grave
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2015


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FERGUSON Philip, Captain.

Royal Army Medical Corps.
Died 27 January 1919, aged 34.

Philip's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Philip's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2009

Philip Ferguson was born in the Chorlton (Manchester) registration district in the first half of 1885 (GRO reference: Jun 1885 Chorlton 8c 608) to John and Emily Ferguson (nee Rostron). His parents had married in Stockport in 1882. Philip was baptised on 1 March 1885 in St. Stephen's Church, Chorlton upon Medlock.

In the 1891 census the family lived at 266 Stockport Road, Chorlton on Medlock, Lancashire. Philip's father John was a 35 year old General Practitioner who had been born in Manchester. His mother Emily was 36 and had been born in Stockport. Philip had one older and one younger sister, Marion born in 1884 and Helen born in 1887. The household employed two servants.

Philip was a pupil at Manchester Grammar School between 1895 and 1901.

In the 1901 census the family were at the same address, but Philip's father was then described as a surgeon working on his own account. They still employed two servants.

Philip followed his father into medicine and in 1906 went to study medicine at Manchester University and then to the London Hospital. While a student he was a demonstrator in anatomy and physiology at the University of Manchester and was house surgeon at MRI and at the London Throat Hospital.

The 1911 census records Philip as a 26 year-old Medical Practitioner, boarding at 'St. Martins' 14A Thurlow Road, Hampstead.

By 1913 he was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS).

On the outbreak of war Philip joined the RAMC with the rank of Lieutenant, and according to his medal card he was sent to France on 24 August 1914. The Manchester Grammar school website tells us that in September 1914 he served for some time as a surgeon on RMS Acquitania. He and served in the General Hospital No. 3, which at the time was situated in Rouen. In 1915 he was promoted Captain.

On 12 December 1917 in Manchester Cathederal, Philip married 24 year old spinster Gwendolen Ascroft. Philip gave the 'Mitre Hotel' as his address at the time. A marriage notification appeared in the 15 December 1917 edition of The Guardian. A few weeks later, on 9 February 1918, Philip joined the Horton War Hospital in Epsom as an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Philip and Gwendolen's son John Howard Lees Ferguson was born in Epsom on 8 June 1918. He later studied medicine at Cambridge, served as a doctor in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and died in 1977.

The following is a quote from page 169 of Lt Colonel Lord's book 'THE STORY OF THE HORTON (CO. OF LONDON) WAR HOSPITAL EPSOM':
Prevention of Man Wastage from Otorrhoea. --With Colonel A. Carlerss, A.M.S., Consulting Surgeon, Eastern Command, Captain P. Ferguson was engaged in work on the prevention of "man wastage from otorrhoea" in the army, so as to make it possible for men so suffering to continue to be efficient soldiers under all conditions.
NOTE: Otorrhoea being a purulent discharge from the ear that might be cancerous.

Philip died at Horton War Hospital on 28 January 1919, of septicaemia caused by an acute septic throat whilst he was suffering from influenza.

The following entry appeared in the British Medical Journal dated 8 February 1919:

Philip's Bereavement Article in the British Medical Journal
Philip's Bereavement Article in the British Medical Journal

The Epsom Herald dated 31 January 1919 carried the following report of his death:
Death of an eye specialist - The death occurred on Monday of Capt. Philip Ferguson, aged 34 years, who was a most valued member of staff at the Horton War Hospital. The deceased gentleman was a most skilful eye specialist, and performed, while at the hospital, a great number of successful operations. His death has caused the deepest regret at the hospital.
Another quote from Lt Colonel's book, page 88:
Captain P. Ferguson, F.R.C.S., arrived on 9th February 1918 as Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist and his death in the officer's ward on 27th January 1919, from an acute septic throat, contracted when fighting the terrible influenza epidemic, was a great shock to the hospital, especially when his constant cheerfulness, unbounded energy, and devotion to duty were a source of great strength and encouragement to both staff and patients, during a time of gloom and anxiety.
Philip was awarded the 1914 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal. On 28 January 1925, a Major G. Barlow-Ascroft applied for the medals on behalf of Philip's widow, who was living at Primrose House, Windsor Road, Oldham, Lancashire.

Front and back of Philip's medal card
Front and back of Philips's medal card.
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Philip was buried in plot 559A in Epsom Cemetery on 31 January 1919.

The following entry appeared in the Manchester Grammar School Magazine dated April 1919:

Philip's Bereavement Article in the Manchester Grammar School Magazine
Philip's Bereavement Article in the Manchester Grammar School Magazine, April 1919

On 23 June 1919 his widow Gwendolen, of Beech Cottage, Burgh Heath Road, was granted probate in the sum of £566 14s 11d. Gwendolen never remarried and died in Wales aged 95 in 1989.

For a fee a photograph of Philip can be obtained from The John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH. 0161 275 3778.


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FICK Walter, Private. 237695.

21st Battalion Canadian Infantry.
Died of Wounds 3 May 1918, aged 34.

Walter Fick in uniform
Walter Fick with his brother's-in-law
Image courtesy of Canadian Letters website

Walter Fick was born on 26 April 1884 in Douglas Isle of Man to Robert and Harriet Fick (nee Crouch). He was baptised on 28 May 1884 in St. Barnabas church, Douglas, Isle of Man. His parents had married on 16 December 1876.

NameBorn - DiedNotes
RobertBorn: 1878 Douglas IoM
Died: 1961 Douglas
Married Mary Eleanor Cannell 1897 Douglas IoM.
Travelled on his own to Canada on 29 October 1913. Served Canadian army. Returned to IoM
William Born: 18790 Douglas IoM
Died: 1977 Ontario
Married Harriet Gelling 1900 IoM.
Travelled on his own to Canada on 24 June 1906
Harriet Born: 1881 Douglas IoM
Died: 1913 IoM
Married 1903 John James Martin 1902 Douglas, IoM
WalterBorn: 1884 Douglas IoM
Died: 3 May 1918 Epsom
Jane Elizabeth Born: 1886 Douglas IoM
Died: 1945 Canada
Married Richard Kneale Mercer 1905 Douglas.
Travelled with her daughter Doris to Canada 8 January 1910
JohnBorn: 1888 Douglas IoM
Died: 1888 Douglas IoM
AmyBorn: 1890 Douglas IoM
Died: 1891 Douglas IoM
EdwardBorn: 1892 Douglas IoM
Died: 1977 Toronto
Travelled on his own to Canada to join brother 19 May 1911.
Served with the Canadian army. Married Agnes Mois Gordon 1919 Ontario
ElsieBorn: 1895 Douglas IoM
Died 1978 Toronto
Florence and Elsie travelled together to Canada 6 June 1913.
Married George Metcalfe Clarke 1914 Toronto
FlorenceBorn: 1897 Douglas IoM
Died: 1981 Toronto
Elsie and Florence travelled together to Canada 6 June 1913.
Married Reuben Edward Horobin 1919, toronto

In the 1891 census the family lived at 14 Orry Street, Douglas Isle of Man. Walter's parents were both aged 39. His father was described as a 'Mariner'. His brother Robert was a 13 year old 'Errand Boy'. Walter's one year old sister Amy died on 30 May 1891 and was buried on 2 august 1891.

By 1901 the family lived at 13 Clarke Street Douglas. Walter's father was now described as a 'General Labourer'. Walter was aged 16 and working as a 'Message Lad'.

Walter was aged 18 when he married Mona Margaret Cubbon on 31 January 1904 in St. George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man. Their daughter Evelyn Mona was born in 1905 in Douglas and their son Walter was born in 1908 in Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales.

Walter Mona and Evelyn
Walter Fick with wife Mona and daughter Evelyn
Image courtesy of Canadian Letters website

In 1911 Walter's parents lived at 6 Orry Street, Douglas. His father was a labourer for the borough council. His mother stated that she had been married for 34 years and that 8 of her 10 children were still alive. Walter and his family were living at 45 Nelson Street, Wrexham Regis, Denbighshire, Wales. Walter was a 26 year old 'Colliery Repairer (below)' . Walter noted that he and Mona had been married for 7 years and that both their children still alive; Walter Bramwell was aged 2 and Evelyn Mona was aged 6.

On 15 April 1912 Walter sailed on his own from Liverpool and arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 28 April 1912. Walter's 60 year old parents, Robert and Harriett arrived in Quebec, Canada, aboard the Victorian on 27 June 1913. According to the 1921 Canadian census, Walter's wife and two children arrived in 1914. Walter and Mona's second daughter, Lillian Margaret, was born in Ontario in 1915.

At the age of 32 Walter attested in Toronto on 1 May 1916. He was 5 feet 4¼ inches tall, had a chest measurement of 34 inches with an expansion of 4inches, a fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair and he had a scar from a hernia operation. He stated that he had previously served for three years as a Private in the Isle of Man Volunteer Battalion, had worked as a 'Conductor T.S.R.' (Toronto Street Railway), and that his religion as C of E.

On 17 January 1917 Walter wrote his will leaving everything he owned to his wife, Mona Margaret Fick, of 640 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Canada.

Walter embarked from Halifax, Canada on 28 March 1917 aboard SS Saxonia, arrived in England on 7 April 1917, was posted to the 2nd Canadian Reserve Battalion at East Sandling, Folkestone, Kent and on 4 June he was transferred to the 164th Battalion. On 3 July he was sent to Witley, Surrey and assigned to the 156th Battalion.

On 28 February 1918 Walter was sent to France with the 21st Battalion. The following is an extract from the battalion War Diary:
FRONT LINE 30-3-18. During the night of 29/30 the Battalion moved into the front line relieving the 1st Gordons, 8th King's Own, and 2nd Suffolk Battalions. (Se ops. order 168, 29-3-18). The relief was complete at 3:40 a.m. Battalion Headquarters was located at M.24.C.1.9 and the companies were disposed as detailed in operational order. There was a heavy bombardment on our left and front at 4:30 a.m. It lasted an hour. At 1:p.m. the enemy shelled beyond Headquarters with gas shells. A light rain fell and at periods during the late afternoon and evening our artillery was quite active. The night passed quietly and the Battalion on our right formed up with our right flank making a continuous front.

FRONT LINE 31-3-18. From 3:30 a.m. our heavies and 4.5 Howitzers carried out from 5 to 10 minute shoots on NEUVILLE VITASSE and at 5:30 a.m. a one minute shrapnel barrage was thrown on the Boche positions at the same point. Rations were delivered nightly at Battalion Headquarters and were carried to the Front and Support Companies. A reserve of S.A.A. and Bombs was also brought up. Enemy aerial activity was marked during the morning. The Brigade Major visited the officer Commanding this morning and Lt-Col. Rourke D.S.O. of the 20th Canadian Battalion paid a visit in the afternoon. Our casualties thus far during the tour are: Lieut. F.G. Robinson wounded; 1 O.R. killed and 16 O.R.s wounded.
Walter had only been in France for a month, when on 31 March he was wounded by shellfire and admitted to the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance. The next day he was admitted to the 24th General Hospital at Etaples, France before being evacuated to Seaford, England, arriving on 6 April. He was transferred to Horton War Hospital where he died on 3 May 1918.

His cause of death was stated as gunshot wounds to his left arm and shoulder and pneumonia. Thus in addition to his wounds he became victim of the great influenza pandemic.

Walter was buried on 8 May 1918 in grave K236, Epsom Cemetery, where he is commemorated on the Screen Wall.

Walter's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Walter's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

Walter's medals, plaque and scroll and Canadian Memorial Cross were sent to his widow in the early 1920s.


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FLANAGAN Thomas, Private. S/10906.

2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders.
Died of Wounds 4 July 1916, aged 17.

Thomas's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Thomas's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert

Thomas Flanagan was born in 1898 in Mossley, Lancashire (GRO reference: Dec 1898 Ashton 8d 561), the son of Thomas and Georgina Flanagan from Scotland.

In the 1901 census the family was living at 7 Pendlebury Place, Salford. Thomas's father was a 29 year old 'Mechanic Labourer Bleach Works'. His mother was aged 26 and he had three siblings, William aged 8, John aged 6 and Janet aged 7 months. His brother James was born in 1911.

Thomas attested in Aberdeen on 28 June 1915, stating his address as 12 Camden Street, Glasgow and that he was a labourer. He gave his age as 19 but was really only 16. He was 5 feet 4¾ inches tall, weighed 131lbs, had a chest measurement of 34 inches with an expansion of 2½ inches, and was assessed as having good physical development. His vision was perfect in his left eye but was assessed as only 6/9 in his right eye.

Thomas embarked from Southampton on 2 November 1915 and joined his battalion, the 2nd Gordon Highlanders, in France on 7 November. The 2nd Gordons were in the 20th Brigade, 7th Division.

On 18 March 1916 Thomas was punished with seven days 'Field Punishment No. 2', but unfortunately his 'burnt' service papers do not record what he was punished for. Note: Field Punishment No. 2 meant the man lost his pay and was to be fettered or handcuffed.

On 12 May 1916 the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders were relieving the 8th Devons in trenches near Méaulte, Somme when they were spotted moving and were shelled. The War Diary states that 5 men were killed and 12 were wounded. Thomas was one of those who was wounded and was admitted to the 23rd Field Ambulance suffering from shrapnel wounds to his knees, left arm, nose and fingers. The next day he was admitted to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station at Corbie and on 14 May he was admitted to the 2nd Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport. On 26 May he was evacuated to the UK aboard HS Stad Antwerpenn and admitted to Horton War Hospital.

His parents were with him when he died from pneumonia at Horton on 4 July 1916. Thomas was buried in grave K645 in Epsom Cemetery on 17 July and is remembered on the Screen Wall. Another eight servicemen are buried with him in grave K645.

In May 1919 Thomas's father completed a form listing all Thomas's near relatives. Only two siblings were listed, William aged 27 and James aged 8. Presumably his brother John and sister Janet had died.

On 21 March 1921 Thomas's father signed a receipt acknowledging that he had received his son's 1914-1915 Star and on 12 October 1921 he signed for his son's British War medal and his Victory medal.


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FORREST Charles Evelyn, Major, D.S.O.

1st Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.
Killed in Action 22 November 1915, aged 39.

Charles Evelyn Forrest
Charles Evelyn Forrest

Charles Evelyn Forrest was born on 21 August 1876 (GRO reference: Sep 1876 Wycombe 3a 534) in 'Grimsdyke', Lacey Green, Princess Risborough, Buckinghamshire, the second son of John and Evaline Forrest (nee Rodger). His parents had married on 14 August 1873, in the Church of St Luke, Cheltenham.

In the 1881 census the family lived at 'Rivershill', Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Charles' father was a 39 year old retired merchant. Charles Evelyn, aged 4, had three brothers, John Graham aged 5, George Francis aged 3 and Guy (wrongly transcribed as George) Archibald aged 1. The family employed five servants. I have been unable to find his mother in the 1881 census.

Charles attended Upland House school, exact dates not known, but would have been between 1884 and 1890. His brother Guy was also a pupil there.

By 1891 Charles and his brothers John and Guy were all pupils at Uppingham School. His parents and brother George Francis (Frank) were living at 1, College Lawn, Cheltenham, the home of his grandparents John Graham and Eliza Rodger. Also there on census night was Charles' 34 year old uncle Charles Rodger, who was 'Living on his means'. The family employed five servants.

Charles had his name published in the London Gazette dated 16 October 1895, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Oxfordshire Light Infantry. On 1 December 1897 he was transferred to the O&BLI and on 25 October 1898 he was promoted Lieutenant.

On census night, Sunday 31 March 1901 Charles was recorded as a Light Infantry Lieutenant at Cowley barracks, Oxford.

Charles fought in the Boer War (10 October 1899 to 31 May 1902) serving with the Mounted Infantry, and was awarded the Queen's South Africa medal with three clasps and the King's South Africa medal with two clasps. He was wounded on 29 May 1900 at Elandsfontein, was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 10 September 1901) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) (London Gazette 27 September 1901). He was promoted Captain in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry on 22 February 1903, and was from October 1910 to July 1911, a Territorial Adjutant.

During this time, Charles' mother Eveline had died on 27 January 1905 and his father John on 21 March 1910.

On 20 August 1910 Charles married Ruth Mary Holmes à Court in St. Mary The Virgin church, Iffl.ey, Oxfordshire. They had no children. His father-in-law was Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable Edward Holmes à Court who was also the uncle of Lord Heytesbury

In the 1911 census Charles and his wife were living at 'Cherry Orchard', Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire. Charles described himself as a Captain in His Majesty's Regular Army. Also there on census night were his mother-in-law Adelaide, a visitor Ada Spray and three servants.

In August 1914 Charles' battalion was at Ahmednagar, India, part of the 17th Indian Brigade, 6th Poona Division, Indian Army. On 27 November 1914 the battalion was sent to fight in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).

During the previous year British forces had successfully taken Basra, Qurna, Shaiba, Amara, Nasiriyeh and Kut, and were now ordered to attack Turkish forces in the Battle of Ctesiphon (22-25 November 1915). Ctesiphon, an ancient ruined city is about 18 miles south west of Baghdad.

After their defeat at Kut, Turkish forces retired to Ctesiphon where they created strong defensive positions amongst the ruins. Despite the British Divisional commander being reluctant to attack, due to the long and difficult supply line, he was overruled by the Army Commander and ordered to attack. The attack failed, British forces suffered a great defeat and were forced to retreat back to Kut.

The CWGC website tells us that on 22 November 1915, 826 men from British forces were killed in Iraq. Of those 661 were Indian soldiers and 165 were British. None have a known grave and are all commemorated on the Basra Memorial to the missing, including Major Forrest, killed in action on 22 November.

In addition to his Boer War medals and his DSO he was awarded 1915 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal.

Probate granted on 2 June 1916 to his widow Ruth Mary and solicitor Reginald John Winterbotham in the sum of £43,983 4s 8d. Charles' address was 'The Bungalow', Pegglesworth near Andoversford, Gloucestershire.

His widow Ruth married Ernest Astley Edmund Lethbridge on 9 July 1919 in Holy Trinity church, Upper Chelsea. She died in Oxford on 29 August 1960.

It appears that Charles' service record has been lost as it is not available at the National Archives at Kew.


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FORREST Thomas, Private. 183432.

2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
Died 5 February 1919, aged 25.

Thomas Forrest
Thomas Forrest
Image courtesy of Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Thomas Forrest, the eldest son of William Pettigrew and Margaret Forrest (nee Clelland), was born on 5 December 1893 in Carluke, Scotland.

Thomas Forrest, the eldest son of William Pettigrew and Margaret Forrest (nee Clelland), was born on 5 December 1893 in Carluke, Scotland.

Thomas and his brother John both attested on 3 November 1915 in Calgary and stated that their father, W. P. Forrest, was their next-of-kin who lived at 126 22nd Avenue, NE Calgary. Thomas was 5 feet 9 inches tall, had a chest measurement of 37 inches with an expansion of 4½ inches. He had a fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, worked as a clerk and his religion was Presbyterian. Thomas and John had both previously served with the 103rd Calgary Rifles.

Thomas embarked from Halifax, Canada aboard SS Olympic on 2 June 1916 and arrived in Liverpool on 8 June. Before going to France he was based at camps in Shorncliffe and Crowborough.

On 23 September 1916 Thomas was admitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital suffering with gonorrhoea. Then between 28 and 9 November 1916 Thomas was a patient at Barnwell Hospital, Cambridge, a specialist venereal disease hospital.

Thomas went to France and arrived at the Machine Gun headquarters at Camiers on 13 March 1917. On 14 April he was assigned to the 6th Machine Gun company. He was wounded on 8 May and on 10 May 1917 Thomas was admitted to No.13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne having had his right arm fractured by shrapnel. Evacuated to England he became a patient at Berrington War Hospital, Shrewsbury on 17 May before being transferred to Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, Epsom on 21 July. He stayed at Woodcote until 16 August when he went to the Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton (this had previously been a workhouse), before finally being discharged to duty on 24 August 1917. Thomas returned to France on 24 November 1917. On 1 March 1918 he was transferred to the 2nd Machine Gun Company.

On 6 September 1918 Thomas was again wounded, and on 16 September he was admitted to No.57 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from a serious shrapnel wound to his back. Evacuated to England via hospitals in Boulogne and Edgbaston, Birmingham, by 13 December 1918, he again found himself back at Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital. Then on 4 February 1919 he was admitted to Manor War Hospital, dangerously ill with influenza and pneumonia, where he died the next day.

He was buried on 11 February in grave K226 in Epsom Cemetery, where he is commemorated on the Screen Wall.

Thomas' inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Thomas' inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

The following appeared in the Calgary Herald:
PTE. THOMAS FORREST. The sad news was received in Calgary this morning that Pte. Thomas Forrest has died from pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, at Horton Manor, County of London War Hospital. He was severely wounded in the side at the battle of Arras but has so far recovered from his wounds that he was expected to sail for home at an early date when he fell a victim to the dread disease. Pte. Forrest left here with the 89th Battalion, and previous to enlistment was in the C.P.R. He was 25 years of age and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Forrest of 216 Twenty-fifth avenue N.E.
Thomas was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal. These, along with his Scroll, Plaque and Canadian Memorial Cross were sent to his parents in the early 1920s. his parents in the early 1920s. His brother John survived the war and returned to his family in Calgary.


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FOSTER Norman Kesson, Captain

Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).
Died 2 December 1918, aged 36.

Norman Kessen Foster was born on 3 April 1881 in Kingston, Jamaica, son of Edward Alexander and Helen Foster (nee Slayter). Norman's mother and siblings, Edward and Helen, were also all born in Jamaica.

Norman's father had been Chief Clerk Medical Office for Jamaica, and later a member of the Federal Executive Council and General Legislative Council of Jamaica, Antigua, Dominica, Montserrat and the Virgin Islands; retiring in 1906.

Norman's older brother, Edward, appeared as a boarder at Wycliff College, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, in the 1891 census

When the 1901 census was taken 19 year-old Norman was living at 2 Inglis Road, Ealing, with his mother Helen and siblings, Edward aged 24 and Helen aged 10. Norman and Edward were both medical students. His father was not there at the time.

Norman graduated from the University College London with a M.B and B.S London in 1908.

When the 1911 census was taken, Norman was an assistant medical officer at 'Gloucester Second County Lunatic Asylum, Coney Hill, Gloucester'. His family was living at 16 Lathbury Road, Oxford. Norman's father was described as a 'Retired Colonial Government Official - Pensioned'. His mother stated that she had been married for 35 years and that all her three children were still living. Sister Helen was a 'Painter (Artist)'. The family employed one domestic servant.

Norman went on to join Horton asylum in Epsom before taking a temporary commission as a lieutenant in the RAMC on 2 July 1917. A year later he was promoted to Captain.

Norman's medal card states that he entered the Egyptian theatre of war on 3 November 1917, and also states that he died at sea on 2 December 1918. That he died at sea is confirmed by a report in the British Medical Journal, dated 21 December 1918, on page 697, reproduced below. The report does not state the cause of death:
Captain N.K. Foster, R.A.M.C.
Captain Norman Kessen Foster, R.A.M.C., died on board the hospital ship Amara on December 2nd. He was the younger son of Edward A. Foster, I.S.O., of Oxford; was educated at University College, London, and graduated M.B. and B.S.Lond. in 1908. He took a temporary commission as lieutenant in the R.A.M.C. on July 2nd, 1917, and was promoted to captain on completion of a year's service.
Note: Research indicates that no hospital ship with the name Amara existed. There was however a hospital ship called Marama, operated by New Zealand, which was in the Mediterranean Sea at the time. The ships' names have similarities and it seems likely that the BMJ report wrongly quoted Amara instead of Marama.

Norman was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal. His father's name and address appear at the bottom of the medal card as E A Foster Esq. (Father); Peer Gynt, Grassington, nr. Skipton, Yorks.

He is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial in Alexandria, Egypt. The Memorial commemorates almost 1,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War and have no other grave but the sea.

The following is an extract from the probate registers:
FOSTER Norman Kesson of 16 Lathbury-road Oxford captain Royal Army Medical Corps died 2 December 1918 in the Mediterranean Sea on active service. Administration (with Will) Oxford 2 June to Edward Alexander Foster retired government official. Effects £340 17s 6d.
He is also commemorated on the University College Hospital Medical School Memorial.


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FOULGER Alfred George Edward, Driver. 217147.

Royal Field Artillery (previously ASC No. T4/124239).
Died November 1921, aged 38

Alfred is buried in Epsom cemetery but the plot is unmarked.
Alfred is buried in Epsom cemetery but the plot is unmarked.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008.

Alfred George Edward Foulger was born in Epsom on 15 December 1882 (GRO reference: Mar 1883 Epsom 2a 19) to Alfred William and Mary Foulger (nee Taylor). His parents had married on 5 July 1877 at Christ Church, Epsom. Alfred was one of ten children born to Alfred (senior) and Mary.

Alfred and his siblings were all baptised at Christ Church, Epsom.

Alfred George Edward Foulger And His Siblings
Name Born - Died Notes
Sarah Louise Born: 1878 Epsom
Died: 1878 Epsom
Baptised 10 February 1878
Buried 28 June 1878 in grave F171 Epsom Cemetery
Alice Mary Born: 1880 Epsom
Died: June 1912 Epsom
Baptised 21 January 1881
Married Frederick William Mead 1906
Alfred George Edward Born: 15 December 1882 Epsom
Died: November 1921 Epsom
Baptised 11 February 1883
Buried 26 Nov 1921 in grave K632 Epsom Cemetery
Walter James Born: 18 July 1884 Epsom
Died: 1944 Epsom
Baptised 21 September 1884
Served Ox and Bucks Light Infantry.
Married Rose Harriet Warwick 15 January 1917.
Buried 23 September 1944 in grave O448 Epsom Cemetery
George Frederick Born 4 January 1887 Epsom
Died: 1963 Wimborne, Dorset
Baptised 3 April 1887
Married Jane Symes 23 May 1912.
Served in Somerset Light Infantry. SWB 181080, 1 May 1917
Thomas Frank Born: 6 March 1890 Epsom
Died: 1937 Preston Hall, Aylesford
Baptised 27 April 1890.
Married Mary Pauline 1914.
Served East Surrey Regiment.
Buried 27 October 1937 in grave K632 Epsom Cemetery
Florence Susan Born: 31 May 1891 Epsom Baptised 29 July 1891
Married Michael J. O'Donoghue 14 November 1916.
Married William J. Douglas 1920
William Arthur Born: 29 March 1894 Epsom
Died: 19 November 1914 Belgium
Baptised 20 May 1894
Lilian May Born: 9 May 1896 Epsom
Died: 1959
Baptised 19 July 1896
Married Edwin G. Giles 24 December 1921
Harry Richard Born: 30 March 1899 Epsom
Died: 25 October 1918 France
Baptised 28 April 1899

Piecing together information from 'burnt' service records, Army pension records, medal records, CWGC records, Soldiers Died CD and the Surrey Recruitment Registers CD it appears that all six brothers served in the army. William Arthur and Harry Richard were both killed (see separate entries). Alfred George Edward died shortly after the war in November 1921, aged 38. George Frederick was discharged on 1 May 1917 as no longer fit for military service. Thomas Frank attested on 3 November 1914 but was discharged on 12 January 1915 as unlikely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds. However, it seems he was later accepted on 7 June 1915 into the Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Walter James survived the war having served in the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He went to France on 14 August 1914, therefore he was a regular soldier or a reservist.

The 1881 census shows the family living in Dorking Road. Alfred's father, Alfred was a 27 year old drayman, his mother Mary was 24, and his sister Alice Mary was 4 months old. Also living with the family was 1 year old William Cook, a 'nurse child', and boarder Jessie Burgess, a 28 year old brewer.

By 1891 the family lived at Saunders cottages, Epsom Common. Alice was 10 years old, Alfred was 8, Walter 6, George 4 and Thomas 1. Alfred's father was shown as a butcher, although in the Christ Church register he is recorded as a labourer.

The 1901 census shows the family living a 3, Newton Cottages (Epsom Common). Alfred's father was still earning his living as a butcher and four more siblings had arrived, Florence aged 9, William aged 7, Lilian aged 4 and Harry aged 2. Alfred's cousin, 32 year old Sydney Taylor was staying with them on census night.

The 1911 census records Alfred as a 25 year old labourer, boarding at 70, Acorn Street, Camberwell, the home of Alfred Blackwell and his family.

Alfred's parents and five of his siblings were living at Newton Cottages, Woodlands Road, Epsom Common. Alfred's father recorded that he was 56 year old house painter; his mother was aged 54, had been married for 33 years, had 10 children, and that 9 of them were still alive. Alfred's brother Frank was a labourer in the building trade, sister Florence was a laundress, William was a 'house lad domestic' Lilian had no occupation and Harry was still at school. Also living with them was Walter Mead, the 3 year old son of Alfred's sister Alice Mary, who had married Frederick William Mead in 1906. Alice died in 1912 and was buried in grave D51 in Epsom cemetery on 8 June 1912. In 1922 Frederick William Mead married Jane Cook, the widow of Ernest Cook who was also killed in the war.

Alfred George Edward Foulger married Maud Page on 1 July 1911 and they went on to have five children.

The Children Of Alfred And Maud Foulger
Name Born - Baptised Lived Alfred's work
Maud Alice Born: 10 July 1912
Baptised: 14 August 1912
89, Villa Street, Walworth Scaffolder
Elsie Winifred Born: 24 February 1914
Baptised: 30 May 1920
12, Stones Road, Linton Lane Epsom Labourer
George Edmund Born: 9 June 1916    
Florence Lilian Born: 29 July 1917
Baptised: 23 September 1917
12, Stones Road, Linton Lane Epsom Soldier
Phyllis Joan Born: April 1921    

Alfred's mother died at 47 Woodlands Road, Epsom, aged 56 and was buried in grave K632 in Epsom Cemetery on 24 May 1913.

The Surrey Recruitment Register CD has three entries for either Alfred or AE Foulger.

The first entry was on 28 August 1914. Alfred Foulger, labourer, born in Epsom, aged 31 years 8 months, attested in Epsom into the RFA. He was only 5 feet 3½ inches tall, weighed 130 lbs, chest 34 inches, expansion 2 inches. He had a sallow complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

The second entry, a month later on 23 September 1914. Alfred Foulger, labourer, born in Epsom, aged 31 years 9 months, attesting in Epsom into the East Surrey Regiment. This Alfred was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 122 lbs, chest 35½ inches, expansion 2½ inches. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

The third entry, 5 months later on 8 February 1915. A.E. Foulger, attendant, born in Epsom, aged 32 years, attesting in Epsom into the Army Service Corps (ASC). A.E. Foulger was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 122 lbs, chest 35 inches, expansion 3 inches. No references to personal details, but he lived at 56 Common View, Epsom.

Did his first attempt to join up fail because his height measurement was too low? He could not have grown 1½ to 2 inches in a few weeks to 5 feet 5 inches, for his second and third attempts, but perhaps he managed to stand on tiptoe without the Recruiting Sergeant noticing?

Pension records confirm the second entry, showing Alfred attesting on 23 September 1914 into the East Surreys, but being discharged on 14 November 1914, as medically unfit and therefore unlikely to become an efficient soldier. Also recorded is that his next of kin, wife Maud, lived at 2 Elm Grove Villas, Station Road, Epsom, and that he had two children, Maud Alice and Elsie Winifred.

Pension records also confirm the third entry, and reveal quite a lot of information on the army career of Driver AE Foulger, No. T4/124239 Army Service Corps, later No. 217147, 1 Reserve Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

5 March 1915 Appointed L/Corporal.
25 March 1915 Appointed A/Corporal.
No date shown Appointed A/Sergeant.
18 May 1915 Reduced A/Corporal.
3 January 1916 to 11 January 1916 Absent 9 days.
2 February 1916 Embarked "Saturnia" Devonport. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
13 February 1916 Disembarked. Alexandria, Egypt. Posted to Base H.T. Depot.
21 February 1916 Joined 31 Division Train ASC. Kantara, Egypt.
1 April 1916 1 Low Field Ambulance Hospital admitted.
15 April 1916 Admitted Hospital. Kantara.
17 April 1916 Transferred to 31 General Hospital Port Said, Egypt.
2 May 1916 Discharged.
3 May 1916 To 217 Company ASC.
10 July 1916 Admitted Hospital. Kantara.
11 July 1916 Gastric ulcer. Admitted 31 General Hospital. Port Said.
14 July 1916 To Nasrieh School. Cairo.
13 August 1916 To 15 General Hospital. Alexandria.
30 September 1916 Invalided to England on H.S. Gloucester Castle.
4 December 1916 to 12 December 1916 Absent 8 days.
12 December 1916 To duty.
29 January 1917 Transferred to 1st Reserve Brigade RFA.
14 January 1918 Discharged physically unfit Para 393 (XVI) K.R.

Alfred was finally discharged from the army, physically unfit for further service on 14 January 1918 and was given Silver War Badge number 315053. He died in 1921 at Middle House, Dorking Road, Epsom, this was the old workhouse that would later become Epsom General Hospital. He was buried in Epsom cemetery on 26 November 1921, in plot K632. This plot also contains the remains of his parents, his wife and his brother Thomas Frank.

Alfred's medal card shows he was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. However, whilst most of the details on the card tally, service numbers, units and dates of enlistment and discharge, he is shown as Albert Edward Foulger, not Alfred Edward.

Alfred's medals  and bronze plaque in a wooden frame
Alfred's medals and bronze plaque in a wooden frame
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2010

Alfred is not commemorated by the CWGC as a war casualty, presumably because he died after having been discharged from the army, and after the CWGC cut off date of 31 August 1921. However, I feel that his life must have been greatly reduced as a result of his army service, and was therefore an indirect casualty. The person who added his name to the Ashley Road memorial must also have felt that he was a casualty of war. I suspect that person was his wife Maud, who now had five children to bring up on her own. On one of Alfred's surviving pension forms is an official army stamp 'DECEASED', and in handwriting is written 'Next of kin:-Wife Maud Foulger 12, Stones Road, Lyntons Lane, East Street, Epsom.

Alfred and his brothers William and Harry are all commemorated on Epsom's Ashley Road memorial. William and Harry are also commemorated on the Christ Church memorial, but Alfred is not.

With thanks to Bill Owen for allowing the medals to be photographed.


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FOULGER Harry Richard, MM. Private. 57553.

26th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.
Killed in Action 25 October 1918, aged 19.

Harry's headstone in the Heestert Military Cemetery
Harry's headstone in the Heestert Military Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2013

Harry Richard Foulger was born in Epsom on 30 March 1899 (GRO reference: Jun 1899 Epsom 2a 23) to Alfred William and Mary Foulger (nee Taylor).

For details of Harry's parents and siblings see the entry for his brother Alfred George Edward Foulger.

The History of 1st Epsom (St. Barnabas) Troop of Boy Scouts, by Geoffrey B. Rhodes tells us that:
Harry was a 'boy scout' and in November 1913, aged 14, he appeared before the Epsom 'Children's Court' for gaming with cards. He was playing 'banker' with two other Scouts, John Bailey and Fred Chambers. Despite defence by Scoutmaster Lempriere, the boys were bound over, and big brothers William Arthur Foulger, aged 19, was fined 20 shillings or 7 days, and Harry Chambers, aged 16, was fined 5 shillings or 3 days.
Harry attested in Epsom on 19 June 1916 into the 10 Battalion East Surrey Regiment, which was a reserve and training battalion, later transferring the 26 Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Harry was born on 30 March 1899, so was therefore only 17 when he attested on 19 June 1916, although he is shown as 18. He was 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed 104 lbs, had a chest measurement of 31 inches with an expansion of 2 inches. His occupation was a labourer, and his address was 47, Woodlands Road.

The 26 Battalion Royal Fusiliers were in the 124 Brigade in the 41 Division. When Harry was killed on 25 October 1918 the war had only 17 days left before the armistice stopped the carnage. The final battles of the war had commenced on 8 August and saw the Allies advancing through the whole of France and Belgium. On the 25 October 'The action of Ootegem' took place, when 11 men from the 26 Royal Fusiliers were killed in action including Harry. Ootegem is a small village east of Courtrai in Belgium. Harry is buried in the nearby Heestert Military Cemetery.

The Heestert Military Cemetery
The Heestert Military Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2013

The award of a Military Medal (MM) to Harry was announced on page 9366 of the SUPPLEMENT to the LONDON GAZETTE, 23 July, 1919.

Officers who won the Military Cross (MC) usually have a citation published in the London Gazette (LG). Unfortunately 'Other Ranks' who won the MM had no such citations. Hence no definitive record describing how Harry won his MM has been found. However, having looked at all the available information is seems most likely that Harry won his MM on 14 October 1918 in the same action that Lieutenant Thistle Robinson won his MC. Lieutenant Robinson's citation from the LG Supplement follows:.
T./Lt. Thistle Robinson, 26th Bn., R. Fus.
On 14th October, 1918, during advance north of Menin, when his platoon had become disorganised owing to the thick fog, he collected forty men and led them to the final objective. Hearing an enemy battery firing at close range through the fog, he took forward a small party, silenced the guns with Lewis-gun fire, and, working round a flank, captured them intact with a gunner who had been left behind to remove the breech blocks. His fearless and able leadership enabled the line to advance.
Harry's medal card shows he was also entitled to the British War medal and the Victory medal and that they were sent to Mrs. A. Dench at 46 Woodlands Road, Epsom. Harry's 'Soldiers Effects' form show that Mrs. A. Dench was his foster mother, his mother having died in 1913.

Harry's Medals
Harry's Medals
Image courtesy of Bill Owen © 2015

On a wooden cross in St Edmund, King and Martyr church in London, Harry is commemorated, with 9 other soldiers, who died on 25 October 1918.


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FOULGER William Arthur, Private. 10764.

1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment.
Killed in Action 19 November 1914, aged 20

William Foulger's inscription on the Menin Gate Memorial
William Foulger's inscription on the Menin Gate Memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2008

William Arthur Foulger was born on 29 March 1894 (GRO reference: Jun 1894 Epsom 2a 21) to Alfred William and Mary Foulger, (nee Taylor).

For details of William's parents and siblings see the entry for his brother Alfred George Edward Foulger.

William attested on 4 December 1913 and became a regular soldier in the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He was 5 feet 4 ¾ inches tall, weighed 116 lbs, and had a chest measurement of 34 inches with an expansion of 2 inches. His religion was Church of England. He had a fresh complexion, brown eyes, black hair, and had a long scar above his left eye, and four vaccination marks, from infancy. His vision was rated 6/6 in each eye. He had been a barman, and had worked for a Mr Bates at the Wellington Hotel, Epsom, which was next to the Post Office in the High Street.

Quite a fair amount of his 'burnt' service papers survived the blitz. His conduct sheet showing that in the eight months between 6 February 1914 and 3 October 1914 he suffered punishment on 6 separate occasions. Receiving a total of 11 days CB (confined to barracks) for 3 offences of 'Not complying with an order'. Five days CB for 'Not complying with an order and being dirty on parade'. On one occasion he was admonished for being absent from midnight until 2pm on the next day. Finally, just four days before being sent to France he received 3 days CB for 'Falling out of the ranks without permission'.

The 'burnt' papers also show that he spent some time in Dublin, having been posted there on 18 April 1914, returning to England on 22 August 1914. His final posting was to France on 7 October. His active service in France amounted to just over 6 weeks as he was killed on 19 November 1914.

The East Surrey Regimental History tells us that on 16 November 1914 the Battalion entered trenches east of Lindenhoek, near Mount Kemmel, taking over from the French 153rd Regiment. The relief was difficult as the German trenches ranged from only 50 to 100 yards away, and were on higher ground. On 17 November the support trenches were persistently shelled. During the night and early morning of the 18 November there was a sharp frost and some snow. Shelling continued, causing several casualties. The 19 -20 November were bitterly cold with heavy snow on the 19th, and the trenches were shelled each day. So it seems very likely that William was killed by shell fire.

A letter dated 27 July 1915, states 'any articles of private property' to be sent to Miss F Foulger, 47 Woodlands Road, Epsom. William's sister Florence Susan married Michael James O'Donoghue, a soldier, on 14 November 1916 in Christ Church, Epsom. The marriage was destined not to last as Michael died on 5 June 1917

On 24 May 1919 his relatives still alive were listed as;
Father Alfred William aged 64, 47 Woodlands Road, Epsom Common. (Mother deceased).
Alfred Foulger 38, Stones Cottages, Epsom.
Walter Foulger 35, 14, Carters Cottage, Epsom.
Frank Foulger 29, West Street, Ewell.
George Foulger 32, Landsdowne Cottage, Monkton Combe, Nr Bath.
Florence Foulger 26, West Hill, Epsom.
Lilian Foulger 23, Cleaves Cottage, Epsom.
On 17 July 1919 receipt of William's 1914 Star was acknowledged by his sister Florence Foulger, but the clasp was not forwarded until 3 July 1924, when it was acknowledged by Florence Douglas. Florence had married William J. Douglas in 1920.

Receipt of his British War Medal was acknowledged by Florence Foulger on 14 July 1921.

William is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.


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FOX Frank, Private. 57094.

173rd Company Machine Gun Corps (MGC).
Died of Wounds 19 September 1917, aged 19.

Frank's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Frank's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

Kubet Frank Fox was born in 1897 in Tenterden, Kent, (GRO reference: Sept 1897 Tenderten 2a 807). His parents were Charles and Alvina Catherine (Kate) Fox (nee Shipwash), who had married 1881.

NameBorn - DiedNotes
Cassendridge KateBorn: 1884 Tenterden, Kent 
NaomiBorn: 25 January 1886 Tenterden, Kent
Died: 1970
Married Herbert John Ransley 1908
Cassealeane (Kathleen)Born: 1888 Tenterden, Kent 
Charles JamesBorn: 1891 Tenterden, Kent 
Nellie RuthBorn: 1893 Tenterden, Kent 
Kubet FrankBorn: 1897 Tenterden, Kent
Died: 19 September 1917, Epsom
Frances Dorothy (Dollie)Born: 1900 Tenterden, Kent 
Violet RosalindBorn: 1905 Tenterden, Kent 

In 1901 Frank and his siblings were living with their parents at 13 St. Michaels Terrace, Tenderten. His father was working as an agricultural labourer to support his family.

In 1910 Frank's 46 year old mother died. When the 1911 census was taken Frank's father, who was a farm labourer, recorded that he and his children, Kate, Nellie, Frank, Dollie and Violet were living at 'The Pavement', St. Michaels, Tenterden. He also had noted that he had been married for 29 years and that all of his eight children were alive; the enumerator however, crossed this information out as Charles was a widower.

Frank's records did not survive the 1940 blitz so very little is known about his military service. However we do know that he enlisted in Bromley in Kent and initially served with the Royal Sussex Regiment with service No. G/13448. The 'Army Service Numbers 1881-1918' website indicates that Frank joined one of the Royal Sussex service battalions, 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th, around 1 July 1916. As the 7th, 8th and 9th Battalions had already gone to France by then, he most likely joined the 10th Battalion. On a date unknown he transferred to the 173rd Company MGC, which on 31 March 1917 became part of the 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division. The Division moved to France in February 1917 but did not fight in any major battles until after Frank's death. But just 'holding the line' was dangerous as shelling, sniping and trench raids were a constant threat.

Frank died in Horton War Hospital on 19 September 1917 and his body was buried in grave K649 in Epsom Cemetery on 24 September. He shares the grave with eight other soldiers. Frank is remembered there on the CWGC Screen Wall.

Frank was awarded the British War medal and Victory medal.


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FOX, George Richard, Able Seaman. 206034.

Died May 1915, aged 30.

George's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
George's headstone in Epsom Cemetery
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2014

George Richard Fox was born on 16 January 1885 (GRO reference: Mar 1885 Epsom 2a 24) in Epsom, Surrey, the son of Thomas Richard and Annie Fox (nee Page). His parents had married on 18 April 1881 in St. John's church, North Holmwood, Surrey. They were both aged 23 and went on to have seven children:

Name Born - Died Notes
Ellen Elizabeth Born: 25 March 1882 Baptised 4 June 1882 Christ Church Epsom. Lived Epsom Common. Married Edward Cole 25 December 1902 St John the Evangelist, Guildford. Emigrated with her husband and children to Canada 1920.
William Thomas Born: 25 June 1883
Died: 1885, aged 2
Baptised 2 September 1883 Christ Church Epsom. Lived Albert Road, Epsom. Buried on 21 November 1885 in grave C34A Epsom Cemetery.
George Richard Born: 16 January 1885
Died: May 1915
Baptised 15 March 1885 in Christ Church, Epsom.
Kathleen Annie Born: 21 June 1887 Baptised 7 August 1887 Christ Church Epsom. Lived 17 Adelphi Road, Epsom. Married Frank Duly 28 August 1915 St. Giles church, Ashtead. Returned alone from South Africa 1922. Returned from Sydney with her son John 1927.
Edith Laura Born: 9 July 1893 Baptised 3 September 1893 Christ Church Epsom. Lived Randolph Road, Epsom.
Albert Edward Born: 29 August 1896
Died: 1896, aged 4 months.
Baptised 29 November 1896 Christ Church Epsom. Lived West Hill Epsom. Buried on 7 January 1897 in grave C34A Epsom Cemetery.
Walter James Born: 9 October 1901 Baptised 24 November 1901 Christ Church Epsom. Lived High Street, Epsom. Emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada 1922.

George was baptised on 15 March 1885 in Christ Church on Epsom Common. The family lived in Albert Road and his father, better known as Tom, was a policeman. The entry also records that George was born on 16 January 1885, not 1884 as shown later on his service record.

By 1891 George was aged 6 and he and his family were living at 29 Adelphi Road, Epsom. George's older sister Ellen Elizabeth was aged 9 and his younger sister Kathleen Annie 3. Both his parents were now aged 33 and his father's police rank was shown as a Constable. Also there that night was George's maternal aunt Sarah Page and lodger James Collis, a whitesmith.

Aged 14 and working as an errand boy, George enlisted into the Royal Navy as 'Boy 2nd Class' on 23 August 1899. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a fresh complexion, brown hair, brown eyes and a burn on the back of his right hand.

When the 1901 census was taken, his family was living at Bells Office, Epsom where his father was recorded as a policeman and his sister Ellen as a draper's assistant.

George's parents were living at Willow Cottage, The Common, Ashtead, Surrey when the 1911 census was taken. Also living with them were George's siblings Edith Laura aged 17, who was working as dressmaker, and Walter James aged 9. George's father filled out the census form stating that he and his wife had been married for 29 years and that two of their seven children had died. He gave his place of birth as Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire and his wife's as Holmwood, Surrey. He also recorded that he was a 'Metropolitan Policeman Pensioner, Horseman on Farm'. From his daughter Kathleen's 1915 marriage entry, it seems he was working as a labourer.

George's service record shows that he added a year to his birth when he signed on for 12 years into the Royal Navy on his birthday in 1902 and became an Ordinary Seaman 206034. He was also re-measured at 5 feet 9 inches tall and his character was recorded as 'Very Good'.

His service record also shows that previously, when he was a Boy 2nd Class, he had served with
  • Boscawen, 23 August 1899 - 21 June 1900
George served as a Boy 1st Class on
  • Boscawen, 22 June 1900 - 28 September 1900
  • Minotaur, 29 September 1900 - 22 January 1901
  • Agincourt, 23 January 1901 - 8 March 1901
  • Andromeda, 9 March 1901 - 15 June 1902
George served as an Ordinary Seaman on
  • Andromeda, 16 June 1902 - 19 July 1902
  • Cruiser, 20 July 1902 - 17 September 1902
  • Andromeda, 18 September 1902 - 10 February 1903
  • Duke of Wellington, 11 February 1903 - 16 June 1903
  • Sans Paeirl, 17 June 1903 - 30 June 1903
  • Duke of Wellington, 1 July 1903 - 30 September 1903
  • Firequeen, 1 October 1903 - 3 October 1903
  • Hawke, 4 October 1903 - 20 April 1904
  • 28 days absent
  • Firequeen, 19 May 1904 - 18 November 1904
  • Sutley, 19 November 1904
On 6 June 1905 George was promoted to Able Seaman and served on
  • Sutley, 6 June 1905 - 14 May 1906
  • Vernon, 15 May 1906 - 19 January 1907
  • Victory I, 20 January 1907 - 15 July 1907
  • Terrible, 16 July 1907 - 4 May 1908
  • Vengeance, 5 May 1908 - 12 October 1908
  • Britannia, 13 October 1908 - 11 January 1914
  • Victory, 12 January 1914 - 28 March 1914
George, having served his 12 years, joined the Royal Fleet Reserve on 29 March 1914. On the outbreak of the Great War, he returned to serve on Victory from 2 August 1914 until he was invalided out on 23 February 1915 due to locomotor ataxia. This was a condition that causes loss of coordination of movement, especially as a result of syphilitic infection of the spinal cord.

He was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital, Strand, where he died aged 30. His body was returned to Epsom Cemetery for burial in the same grave, C34A, as his brothers William and Albert, on 8 May 1915.

George Richard Fox was awarded the British War medal.

When his mother died in her home 2 Willow Cottages, Epsom Common in 1932, she was buried in the same grave as her sons on 15 October. It would seem his father left the district after her death.

George is commemorated on the Ashtead memorial and the, now lost, Ancient order of Foresters memorial.


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FOYAN Lydia Trower, Probationer Nurse.

Horton War Hospital Staff.
Died 1919, aged 30.

Lydia Trower Foyan was born in 1887 (GRO Reference: Dec 1887 West Derby 8b 463), daughter of Thomas Frederick and Sarah Ellen Foyan (nee Rosenbohm). Her parents had married on 23 August 1876 in West Derby Lancashire. Thomas had been verger of St Paul's church Liverpool in 1879.

In 1881, before Lydia was born, her parents and older siblings Beatrice and Thomas Frederick Trower, had been living in Kirkdale, Lancashire with her maternal grandparents, Henry (Harmon) and Mary Ann Rosenbohm. Henry had been born in Hanover Germany and was a sugar boiler by trade. Mary Ann had been born either in Surrey or Sussex, (depending on which census you look at) and was a confectioner.

Lydia was aged 3 when the 1891 census was taken. She lived with her parents and siblings Beatrice aged 13, Thomas aged 11, Edith aged 5 and Ethel aged 1 at 38, Romlyn Road, Walton on the Hill, Lancashire. Her father Thomas worked as a sugar boiler (refiner) to support his family. Also staying with the family was Sarah's brother Jose M. Rosenbohm.

Between 1894 and 1902 Lydia's father Thomas was working as an assistant for the Taikoo Sugar Refinery in the Quarry Bay area of Hong Kong. It is possible that his wife Sarah was there with him as well, as she does not appear in the 1901 census with their children.

The children of the family were still living at the same address when the 1901 census was taken but Lydia's 21-year-old brother Thomas was named the head of the household. He was working as a clerk for a steam ship company and seems to have been solely responsible for his sisters Beatrice, Edith, Lydia and Ethel. He went on to study theology at Durham University after which he travelled, as a Church of England Reverend, to Tingha New South Wales Australia, and where he later married Eveline H. Steele in Mosman, New South Wales in 1917. They returned to England in 1920 with their child. Thomas died in Surrey England in 1970.

Lydia's father Thomas Frederick Foyan, died on 21 June 1904 in West Derby Lancashire.

In 1911 Lydia was living with her mother and siblings, Beatrice, Thomas and Edith, in Fairfield, Liverpool. Lydia was employed as a teacher working for the local authority. Lydia's mother Sarah stated that she has given birth to six children and that five were still alive.

Exactly when Lydia came to Epsom is unknown but she died, aged 30, in 1919 (GRO Ref: Mar 1919 Epsom 2a 77) in Epsom where she had been working as a probationer nurse in the Horton War Hospital. The influenza pandemic, which was estimated as being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people between 1918 and 1920, was the cause of her death.

Lydia's grave is in Anfield Cemetery Liverpool Lancashire.

Lydia's mother died on 17th July 1935, whilst living at 1, Swiss Road, Fairfield, Liverpool. Lydia's spinster sister Beatrice was named as her administrator.


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FREELAND William Charles, Gunner. 58671.

130th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA).
Killed in Action 31 July 1916, aged 34.

(Note: The information that follows is believed to be correct, but as some records could not be found, and other records are quite vague, there may be some errors).

William's headstone in Dantzig Alley cemetery, Mametz
William's headstone in Dantzig Alley cemetery, Mametz
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2013

William Freeland was born in Hersham in 1883 (GRO reference: Mar 1883 Chertsey 2a 36) to William Charles and Mary Ann Freeland. No marriage record has been found for William's parents.

The 1881 census records the family living at 2 Assylum (sic) Road, Norbiton, Kingston-Upon-Thames. William's father, born in Hersham, was a 34 year old labourer. His mother, born in Brotherton, Yorkshire, was aged 36 and worked as a laundress. As his sister Harriet's age is recorded as three, she was therefore born around 1878, but no birth record has been found.

William's brother James Albert was born in Ewell on 16 June 1886. On 5 September 1886 William aged three and a half, sister Harriet aged eight and baby brother James, were all baptised in St. Mary's church, Ewell.

The 1891 census records the family living at 'Gibraltar' Ewell. William's father was still labouring, William, aged 8, was a scholar and his brother James was aged 4. Also there on census night were William's cousins, Charles and James Hughes, the children of his father's sister Harriet. William's sister Harriet was a 13 year old servant working in Streatham.

William's mother died in 1894 aged 52, in the Epsom Union Workhouse and was buried in St. Mary's churchyard on 13 November 1894.

William and his brother James both attended Ewell Boys' school. The dates William was there are not known but on 10 June 1896 he was sent home because brother James was suffering with measles. Whooping cough was also prevalent in the school at the time.

The 1901 census records William, aged 19, living as a boarder in Heatherside Road, West Ewell, and working as a jobbing gardener. This was the home of 37 year old widow Annie Burden, a church caretaker, and her sons William Charles aged 19, Percival Edwin aged 13 and Dennis Edgar aged 7. Annie's husband Levi had died in 1897. William's brother James was a 14 year old servant, milk boy, working in London. The whereabouts of William's father and sister Harriet have not been found.

On 21 January 1903 William was a witness along with his landlady, Annie Maria Burden, when her son William married Emma Bowie in St. Mary's Church, Ewell.

In the 1911 census, William aged 29 and "unmarried" was working as a 'pot man' in the Star public house in Ewell. For reasons unknown it seems that William decided to add the name Charles to become William Charles Freeland. Meanwhile William's former landlady Annie Burden, aged 46, was recorded as Annie Maria Freeland and was boarding at 39 Ellerton Road, Tolworth, Surrey with her sons Percival aged 20 and Dennis aged 17. She stated that she had been married for nine years and that she had three children still living. However, no GRO marriage for her and William has been found.

William's father William Charles, a widower aged 67 was an inmate at Epsom's Workhouse. He died in early 1915 in the Epsom area.

William's brother James attested on 28 August 1914 into the 3rd Hussars. On 18 September 1917 James married Florence A. Fenner in St. Mary's church, Ewell. On the marriage certificate James' father was recorded as deceased. James died in Kingston in 1987.

William attested in Kingston on 17 September 1915 into the RGA. He was 32 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 166 lbs. He had a chest measurement of 36¼ inches with an expansion of 2¼ inches. He worked as a labourer and lived at 5 Beaconsfield Cottages. Although born in Hersham he stated that he had been born in Ewell but as he had moved to Ewell at a very young age, he probably believed that he had been born there.

William's war was fought with a heavy battery of the RGA. These units fired large high explosive shells in a fairly flat trajectory. Their role was to destroy enemy artillery, strong points, stores dumps, roads and railways. Of course they themselves were subject to enemy artillery fire, and it was most likely enemy artillery fire that killed William on 31 July 1916.

William is buried in grave V. P. 4. Dantzig Alley cemetery, Mametz. The cemetery was named after a German trench that was taken on 1 July after very hard fighting. At the end of the war the cemetery contained 183 graves, all now in plot 1. After the war it was greatly enlarged with bodies being brought in from nearby scattered graves. William would have been amongst those who were brought in.

William was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal.

The Soldier's Effect records that his widow was Annie Maria and the CWGC states that he was the husband of Mrs. A. M. Freeland, of 112 Douglas Road, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey. This was the address of her son Percival and his wife Florence who had married in Kingston Baptist Church in 1914.


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FRIDAY Edward, Corporal. 2043.

9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment.
Killed in Action 3 September 1916, aged 40.

Edward Friday circa 1915
Edward Friday circa 1915
Image courtesy of the Friday Family ©2008

Edward Friday was born on 11 September 1875 in Bexley Heath, Kent (GRO reference: Sep 1875 Dartford 2a 384) to Henry Friday and his second wife Mary Faith Agate. His father was in his 65th year when Edward was born.

Edwards father HenryEdwards mother Mary Faith
Edwards father Henry and mother Mary Faith
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Edward's father Henry married his first wife, Amelia Strains Rye, on 31 October 1835 in Rochester, Kent. Henry and Amelia produced 9 children, all half siblings to Edward. They were:

Name Born
George 16 June 1838
Amelia Elizabeth 25 December 1839
Ellen Mary 18 August 1841
Henry 31 December 1842
Arthur 2 November 1844
John Neame 21 May 1847
William Henry 18 August 1850
Edith Margaret 5 May 1857.

Henry had been the farmer of 'Otham Lodge', Otham, Kent since at least 1841 and the 1851 census records that he was farming 102 acres and employing 15 labourers. He was still farming there in 1861 but four years later, on 12 April 1865, his first wife Amelia died. Three years later, on 8 April 1868, Henry married Edward's mother, Mary Faith Agate, in St. George the Martyr church, Southwark. Mary had been baptised with just her middle name of Faith on 28 June 1840 in Edenbridge, Kent, making her 30 years Henry's junior. At the time of their marriage, Henry's occupation was noted as 'Gentleman' and it would seem that he no longer farmed in Otham as he and Mary both gave their address as High Street, Borough, Southwark.

Henry and Mary's daughter, Fanny, also known as Ellen, had been born the year before their marriage in Gravesend, Kent. Their daughter Sarah Anne was born in late 1868 in Northfleet, Kent.

When the 1871 census was taken, his parents and older sisters, Ellen (Fanny) aged 5 and Sarah Anne aged 2, were living in Barrack Field, Buckingham Street, Northfleet, Kent. Edward's 61-year-old father Henry was working as a gardener, and his mother Mary was aged 32.

The following year Edward's mother gave birth to another daughter, Frances Sophia. Edward himself was born in 1875 and a year later his sister, Sarah Anne, died.

In the 1881 census Edward's 71-year-old father Henry was recorded as living in the Dartford Union Workhouse. Edward, his mother and sisters Ellen (Fanny) and Sophia (Frances), were living at 3 Lion Road, Bexley, Kent. Edward's 41-year-old mother Mary was shown as the head of the family and working as a laundress. Edward's 39-year-old aunt, Sarah Agate, was living with them.

By 1891 the family had moved from Kent and were living at the Old Brickfield, Ewell, Surrey. Edward's mother, Mary, was still working as a laundress but was shown as a widow, despite her husband Henry still living in the Dartford Union Workhouse. Fifteen-year-old Edward was recorded as working as an 'Errand Boy Post'. His sister Ellen is recorded as Fanny in this census. Four years later on 18 March 1895, Edward's father, aged 85, died in the workhouse.

On Boxing Day 1898 Edward married 20-year-old Ada Mary King in St. Martin of Tours church, Epsom. Edward's address at this time was 'Carters Cottage' and Ada's 'The Terrace'. Ada had been born on 6 February 1878 in Chelsham, Surrey, and her family had moved to Epsom by 1880. In 1891 she and her family had been living at 8 Carters Cottages, Burgh Heath Road, Epsom. Edward and Ada had 9 children.

Name Born - Died Notes
Katie Frances Born: 1900 Tooting
Died: 1906 Tooting
Margaret Annie Born: 2 February 1901 Tooting
Died: 1962
Married Sydney Primrose Bussey 1924 St. Barnabas Epsom
Edward Albert Born: 9 July 1902 Tooting
Died: 1975
Cecil Charles Born: 1904 Tooting
Died: 1904 Tooting
Dorothy (Dolly) May Born: 23 February 1906 Tooting Married Samuel J Richardson 1932 Epsom
Frank Walter Born: 19 May 1907 Tooting
Died: 1973
Married Ada I Bryant 1934 Epsom
Elsie Sophia L Born: 1909 Epsom Married Charles C King 1933 Epsom
William Arthur Born: 29 July 1911 Epsom
Died: 1988
Margery Kathleen F Born: 18 October 1913 Epsom
Died: 1992
Married Alfred D Smirke 1934 Epsom

Image courtesy of the Friday Family ©2008

In the 1901 census Edward and Ada were living at 26 Gilbey Road, Tooting with their two eldest daughters, Katie aged 1 and Margaret aged 2 months. Edward was working as a carpenter and joiner. His mother had moved from Ewell and was living alone in Streatham.

26 Gilbey Road, Tooting in November 2008
26 Gilbey Road, Tooting in November 2008
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Edward and Ada had moved back to Epsom by 1909 and when the 1911 census was taken were living at 13 Carters Cottages, Burgh Heath Road, Epsom with their children Margaret aged 10, Edward aged 9, Dolly (Dorothy) aged 5, Frank aged 4 and Elsie aged 2. Edward, aged 35, filled in the form stating that his 32-year-old wife of 12 years had had 7 children but 2 had died and that he was working as a carpenter in the building trade.

Edward's 71-year-old widowed mother was recorded in this census as Faith Mary Friday; she was lodging at 67 Gassiot Road, Tooting with the Hardingham family, and stated that one of her four children had died. She died in 1921.

I have been unable to find any service or pension record, but it is recorded that Edward enlisted in Kingston, and as he received the 1915 Star, he was a volunteer, as conscription did not start until early 1916. Edward was sent to France on 25 September 1915 and served in the 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment, which was in the 72nd Brigade 24th Division.

On 3 September 1916 the 9th East Surrey's were in front line trenches on the eastern edge of Delville Wood. The 7th Division to their right were ordered to attack the nearby village of Ginchy. In order to assist the 7th Division the East Surreys attacked two enemy trenches to the north west of Ginchy, Ale Alley and Beer Trench. The attack on Ale Alley commenced at 12 noon, supported by heavy artillery from the rear, a Stokes' gun and a 2 inch trench mortar firing smoke. The attack failed to take the trench but a large number of the enemy were killed. As soon as the 7th Division started its attack on Ginchy the enemy opened a terrific bombardment on Delville Wood causing the Battalion many casualties.

On 3 September 1916 the 9th East Surrey's had 43 men killed including Edward Friday, who is commemorated on Pier 6 Face C of the Thiepval memorial to the missing.

Edward's inscription on the Thiepval memorial
Edward's inscription on the Thiepval memorial
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert ©2008

Edward was awarded the 1915 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal. His medal card states that Mrs A. Friday applied for the medals whilst living at 30 East Street, Epsom.

Edward's death certificate (Click to enlarge)
Edward's death certificate (Click image to enlarge)
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After the war Edward's widow Ada had another child Clemo Frank Tressell Friday, born on 21 January 1919; his father was not named on the birth certificate. Clemo, also know as Clement, served in the Second World War as a Sergeant in the East Surrey Regiment, and later died on 10 April 1944 whilst a Japanese POW in Thailand.

Edward's bronze plaque
Edward's bronze plaque
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On 10 August 1920 Ada Mary married Lionel George Deane in Epsom. They had no children. Ada died on 4 March 1946 at 30 East Street, Epsom.

The St. Martin's Church Roll of Honour states that:
EDWARD FRIDAY, was killed in action in France on the 3rd September 1916.


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FRIDAY Lewis James, Private. 82256.

101st Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).
Died of wounds 25 May 1917, aged 47.

Lewis's headstone in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St.-Marc
Lewis's headstone in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St.-Marc
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2010

Lewis James Friday was born in 1870 (GRO reference: Jun 1870 Medway 2a 454) to Alfred James and Kate Friday (nee Copping). Lewis James was actually registered James Lewis, but it seems he preferred Lewis as his first name.
In the 1871 census the family lived at Grange, Gillingham. Lewis' father was a 37 year old agricultural labourer. His mother Kate was 34, and he had three siblings, Mahala Elizabeth aged 10, Alfred James aged 5 and Emily Ann aged 11 months.

In 1881 the family lived at East Court, John's Place, Gillingham, where Lewis was an 11 year old scholar.

By 1891 the family lived at Sharps Green, Gillingham, and Lewis was a 20 year old carpenter's apprentice.

Then in 1901 Lewis was living at his sister's house at 78 Gordon Road, Gillingham. He was described a carpenter working from home.

By the 1911 census Lewis was working as an asylum attendant at Horton Asylum.

28 Upper Court Road, Epsom
28 Upper Court Road, Epsom
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Lewis, aged 40, attested at Epsom on 29 November 1915 into the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). He lived at 28 Upper Court Road, Epsom, and was a male nurse at Horton War Hospital. He was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 154 lbs, had six vaccination marks on his left arm, and had a chest measurement of 36½ inches with an expansion of 4 inches. His physical development was described as fair, and he had perfect vision in both eyes. His religion was Church of England.

Lewis did not marry, and gave his next of kin as his sister Mahala Elizabeth Jordan of 28, Louisville Avenue, Gillingham.

A typical horse drawn RAMC ambulance Wagon
A typical horse drawn RAMC ambulance Wagon

Lewis served in the 101st Field Ambulance in the RAMC, which was attached to the 33 Division. A Field Ambulance in the context of the Great War was not how we would think of an ambulance today, as simply a vehicle for conveying wounded. During the Great War it was a unit of around 230 men under a Lieutenant Colonel, each Division in the army having its own Field Ambulance. The Field Ambulance was organised into three sections, A, B and C, with each section looking after a Brigade within the Division. Each section was then further organised into two sub sections, given the self explanatory names of bearer and tent. They had to be highly mobile, ready to advance or retreat, dependant on the movements of the infantry they supported.

A typical RAMC Motor Ambulance
A typical RAMC Motor Ambulance

The British Army medical system established a chain of units which started with first aid in the front line, all the way back to hospitals in England. Men wounded in the front line would be given immediate first aid by regimental stretcher bearers from his own battalion or by RAMC personnel attached to the battalion. He would then be carried back to the Regimental Aid Post, which might be in a building if any were left standing or a dug out. Anywhere just behind the front line that might give some degree of cover. Here the Medical Officer (MO) would reassess the casualty and administer a wider range of first aid, re-bandaging or splinting etc as appropriate. At some point along the evacuation route the regimental stretcher bearers would hand over to stretcher bearers from the Field Ambulance who would carry the man back to the Advanced Dressing Station, which was run by Field Ambulance personnel.

The next stage in the evacuation was the Main Dressing Station, run by the Tent Sections of the Field Ambulance. The Main Dressing Station had tented accommodation for around 150 beds. Casualties were then moved further back to Casualty Clearing Stations run by the RAMC, then to Base Hospitals miles away from the firing line, or even via hospital ship back to England. England was known to the troops as Blighty, and a wound severe enough to need their evacuation to England became known as a 'Blighty one'. A detailed description of the medical services in the Great War can be found at

The band of the 101st Field Ambulance
The band of the 101st Field Ambulance c1918.
Seated on the ground on the far left is Private Frederick Smith.
It is believed that Lewis Friday was not a bandsman, but he would
have known some, if not all the bandsmen in this splendid photograph.
Image courtesy John T Smith, son of Frederick Smith."

Before being sent to France on 26 July 1916, Lewis acquired a slight blemish on his service record. On 13 June 1916 he received seven days 'confined to barracks' for improper conduct by removing wood, the property of hut 44, and then making a false statement to a NCO.

Lewis was twice mentioned in the 101st Field Ambulance war diary. The following are extracts from the war diary:
RIBEMONT SUR ANCRE 3.8.16 10 p.m. The following arrived to replace casualties: 80634 Pte FINN W G, 62010 Pte FLYNE M, 102326 Pte FITTON E, 62011 Pte FOLEY T, 80263 FITZER E R, 80080 Pte FREEMAN G, 82298 Pte GREGSON H H, 82258 Pte FRIDAY L J.

ADS St LEGER 23.5.17 Under authority granted by His Majesty the King, the Field Marshall Commander-in-Chief has awarded the Military Cross to Temp Capt A G NAISMITH RAMC.

ADS St LEGER 24.5.17 Nothing of importance.

ADS St LEGER 25.5.17 39799 Sgt KERSHAW proceeding to the 3rd Army Rest Camp EQUIHEM. 66630 Pte TUCKER C evacuated to CCS from VII CRS. 82256 Pte FRIDAY L J was wounded in action on 23rd and died on the 25th.
Lewis died on 25 May 1917 in number 20 Casualty Clearing Station from a shell wound to his stomach, and is buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St.-Marc, France, a few miles south of Arras. At the time Lewis died the 33 Division was attacking the Hindenburg Line.

His personal effects were despatched to his next of kin, his sister Mrs. ME Jordan, and consisted of his pipe, wallet, cigarette case, purse, pouch, 2 pencils, 2 German buttons, strop, scissors, pocket knife, awl, wrist watch and an 18 carat gold ring.

On 15 December 1919 the Clerk of Horton hospital wrote to the RAMC Officer in charge of records seeking information for publication in the London County Council (LCC) Roll of Honour. The information supplied was:
1. He served in the R.A.M.C. 101st Field Ambulance.
2. He served in France from 26 July 1916, to date of death 25 May 1917.
3. He was awarded the British War medal and Victory medal.
As late as 29 March 1926 the Clerk of Horton Hospital wrote to the Officer in charge of RAMC records in Woking stating that a letter he had sent to Lewis' next of kin had been returned marked 'unknown', and could he supply her latest address. The new address was duly supplied.

Lewis is remembered on the Ashley Road memorial, and also appeared on the Long Grove Hospital memorial which was lost when Long Grove closed and became a housing estate.

With thanks to John T Smith for providing additional information.

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FROST Albert Ernest, Leading Seaman. 189782.

Royal Navy HMS Acteon.
Died 22 November 1917, aged 37.

Albert's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Albert's inscription on the CWGC memorial Epsom.
Image courtesy of Clive Gilbert © 2016

Albert Ernest Frost was born in Plumstead, Kent, on 20 January 1879 (GRO reference Mar 1879 Woolwich 1d 1167). His parents were William and Elizabeth Jane Frost (nee Burden), who had married in St. Margaret's Church, Plumstead, on 1 October 1865.

When the 1881 census was taken, Albert and his older siblings, Will aged 16, Joseph aged 11, Edith Elizabeth aged 8, and Flora (Florence Sarah) aged 4 were living with their parents at their grandparent's home at 1 Covill Villas, Lower Eglinton Road, West Plumstead. His grandfather Joseph and father were both tailors.

Albert and his siblings, Joseph and Florence Sarah (Flora), and another younger brother Ernest (born c1885), had moved with their parents to 12 Slade Dale Road, Plumstead by the time the 1891 census was taken. His father was still a tailor and his brother Joseph was working as a general labourer. By 1901 Albert's father was working as a tailor to the military and Joseph was a labourer at an arsenal factory.

On 30 July 1896, having previously worked as a Baker's boy, Albert joined H.M. Navy and became a Boy 2nd Class. According to his navy records, he was born on 20 January 1880 in Plumstead, Kent. He was described as being 5 feet and 2 and one tenth of an inch tall, with brown hair, hazel coloured eyes and a fresh complexion. It was also noted that he had a scar in the middle of his forehead. When he was 19 on 20 January 1898, he signed on for a period of 12 years.

Ship served inRatingPeriod of ServiceCharacter
ImpregnableBoy 2nd Class30/07/9603/08/96 
GangesBoy 2nd Class04/08/96  
GangesBoy 1st Class20/05/9710/06/97 
ImpregnableBoy 1st Class11/06/9722/11/97Very good
ColossusBoy 1st Class23/11/97 Very good
ColossusOrdinary Seaman20/01/9820/04/98Very good 31/12/98
Vivid IOrdinary Seaman21/04/9825/04/98Very good 31/12/99
Pembroke IOrdinary Seaman26/04/9809/05/98Very good 31/12/00
DidoOrdinary Seaman10/05/98  
DidoAble Seaman26/11/9818/09/00 
UndauntedAble Seaman19/09/0025/04/01When the 1901 census was taken on 31 March Albert was recorded as being at sea off the coast of Plymouth
Pembroke IAble Seaman26/04/01  
Pembroke ILeading Seaman10/06/0106/09/01Very good

Albert's navy records show that he was discharged from the navy to shore as an invalid with a pension. On 31 October 1902 Albert joined the Royal Fleet Reserve (R.F.R.,) a reserve of trained men for service in His Majesty's Fleet in time of emergency. However his records show that on 14 November 1903, 'D from R.F.R. - Msubordination (sic)' was recorded.

Albert married Miriam Rubella Holmes on 9 October 1904, in St. Marks Church, Plumstead Common. His address at this time was 58 Chesnut (sic) Road and Miriam's 20 Sladedale Road. He gave his occupation as 'Seaman' and William Frost, a tailor, as his father. Their witnesses were Arron and Beryl Holmes.

During the next seven years Albert and Miriam had three children: Walter Ernest born 1905, Rubella Florence B. born 1907 and Albert Edward G. born 1909.

When the 1911 census was taken Albert and his wife, along with their children Walter Ernest aged 6, Ruby aged 4 and 16 month old Albert, were living at 97 Abbey Wood Road, Abbey Wood, Kent. Albert recorded here that he had been born in Canterbury, Kent and that he was still a seaman.

Albert and Miriam's son William F. was born in 1912.

Albert's navy records shows that on 2 November 1914 he was back on Pembroke I as a Leading Seaman.

Ship served inRatingPeriod of ServiceCharacter
Pembroke ILeading Seaman02/11/1413/04/15Very good 31/12/14
Dido (MansfieldLeading Seaman14/04/1525/08/15Very good 31/12/15
Pembroke ILeading Seaman26/08/1505/11/15 
Actaeon (a torpedo schoolship)Leading Seaman06/11/1520/05/16 
Pembroke ILeading Seaman21/05/1612/06/16 

Two more children were born while Albert was serving in the navy: Louis V. born in the March quarter of 1915 and Douglas in the June quarter of 1916.

On 26 June 1916 Albert was admitted to the Chatham Royal Navy Hospital as 'Insane'. At some point Albert was transferred to Long Grove Asylum in Epsom, Surrey where he died from G.P.I. (general paralysis of the insane) on 22 November 1917. G.P.I. was the result of untreated syphilis that finally attacked the brain, rendering insanity.

Albert was buried in grave K649 in Epsom Cemetery on 28 November 1917 and is remembered there on the CWGC Screen Wall. He shares his grave with eight other servicemen.

Albert's probate notice records the following:
Frost Albert Ernest of 19 Abbey Wood-road, Abbey Wood, Kent, seaman R. N. died 22 November 1917 at Long Grove Asylum, Epsom, Surrey. Administration London 6 November to Miriam Rubella Frost widow. Effects £191 9s 5d.
Albert was awarded the 1915 Star, British War medal and the Victory medal.

Albert's widow Miriam married Henry J. Springer in 1927 and then George F. J. Westcott in 1941. She died in 1964, aged 81.


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