IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden
The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France
GUARDS' Cemetery (Combles) (Somme France)
Pte Francis James Woods 30/12/1916 aged 19
Francis James Woods was born in London in 1897. Sadly Frank lost his father before he was three, but in 1904 his mother, Mary Anne, married Francis Cross, a police sergeant stationed in East Ilsley, Berkshire.
DEATH OF BUGLER WOODS
News was received on the 10th January that Bugler F.J. Woods, 18th Batt. Welsh Regt., had been killed in action by an explosion on the 30th December. His mother received the sad news in a letter from the Chaplain of his regiment: she has also received a letter from one of his chums. The captain wrote expressing his sympathy, and saying he was one of his smartest men, sadly missed by all. The lad was 19 years of age, and had lived in the village nearly all his life. He was always merry and bright, and a favourite with everyone; always willing to perform any act of kindness that lay in his power. He was one of the leading members of the Boy Scouts, taking a prominent part in the band, and was employed by Mr Goddard, the builder. He joined up at the recruiting meeting held in the Old School on the 2nd February 1915, and three days later he was sent to Porthcawl to commence training; he was removed to Aldershot on the 11th September. He went with his regiment to France on the 3rd June last, and was sent straight away to the firing line as a stretcher-bearer. His mother has heard from him regularly. The last letter received was dated Christmas Day, and in it her son told her that he was going into the trenches the following day; he always wrote cheerfully, and made light of the hardships he had to bear. Everyone in the district extend their sympathy to the bereaved mother and family, and it must be some comfort to them to know what a fine fellow he was, joining up in the early stages of the war, at the first call, and now giving his young life to the King and Country, and that his life will not be given in vain, for it will be a help and example to others. And as long as we have young fellows like Bugler Woods, who are ready to do their duty without counting the cost, victory must surely come in the end.
(Francis's obituary from the "Newbury Weekly News")
For Kay Sanderson
|Capt Edwin William Ede 30/08/1918 aged 20
He was the only son of Cecil and Annie Ede of 94 Arngask Road, Catford.
He was born in Brockley and was educated at St. Dunstan’s.
Edwin entered the army from an Officer Training College, and trained at Lichfield.
He had been in France and Flanders for 18 months and had seen much service.
Capt Ede was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished conduct in the field, his citation reading:
“For Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while commanding a company in attack. He showed great coolness and determination under very heavy fire, and got his Lewis gun into action to counter the enemy machine-guns”.
Following his death, his colonel, in a letter of sympathy and appreciation wrote “He fell gallantly leading his company forward in attack and was killed by a machine gun bullet at close range”.
Edwin is commemorated on a war memorial at St. Andrew’s Church on Torridon Road in Catford.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
United Kingdom Private 228536London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)13/09/1918 I. E. 4.
United Kingdom Gunner 30071Royal Field Artillery28/02/1917 I. D. 13.
ASHLEY R J
United Kingdom Private 6907South Staffordshire Regiment15/02/1917 I. A. 13.
ATKINS HAROLD ROBERT
United Kingdom Gunner L/21923Royal Field Artillery04/03/1917 I. D. 15.
BAILEY GUY HORSMAN
United Kingdom Major Royal Horse Artillery28/02/1917 Age: 25 I. D. 1.
BARR PERCIVAL FOWLER
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Middlesex Regiment02/03/1917 Age: 27 II. A. 6.
United Kingdom Private 38439Yorkshire Regiment08/02/1917 Age: 22 I. B. 11.
United Kingdom Private 27825Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 21 Priez Farm Mem. 19.
BEWICKE-COPLEY REDVERS LIONEL CALVERLEY
United Kingdom Captain Coldstream Guards21/12/1916 Age: 26 I. C. 3.
BIRDSEYE D M
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant South Staffordshire Regiment10/02/1917 I. C. 23.
United Kingdom Private 29351Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)23/01/1917 II. A. 17.
BLAKE F D
United Kingdom Private 13397East Yorkshire Regiment15/02/1917 Age: 23 I. B. 29.
United Kingdom Lieutenant Yorkshire Regiment14/02/1917 II. A. 8.
BLUCK GEORGE JAMES
United Kingdom Rifleman S/26596Rifle Brigade05/02/1917 Age: 35 II. B. 10.
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 13058Manchester Regiment09/02/1917 Age: 20 I. B. 15.
BOWEN ALFRED JOHN HAMILTON
United Kingdom Lieutenant Colonel Monmouthshire Regiment02/03/1917 Age: 31 I. D. 8.
United Kingdom Company Serjeant Major 8517Grenadier Guards05/03/1917 Age: 35 I. A. 15.
BRIDGELAND ARTHUR JAMES
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 12752Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 6.
BROWN WALTER THOMAS
United Kingdom Corporal 570886London Regiment01/09/1918 II. C. 19.
United Kingdom Private 10641Scots Guards11/03/1917 Age: 23 II. C. 8.
BUSWELL ERNEST HESSELL
United Kingdom Private 22934Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)21/03/1917 Age: 20 I. D. 18.
United Kingdom Private 11573Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry07/01/1917 I. B. 6.
CAPEL WILLIAM HENRY
United Kingdom Private 51230Welsh Regiment04/01/1917 II. B. 3.
United Kingdom Private 18220Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 12.
United Kingdom Private 11950Dorsetshire Regiment04/02/1917 Age: 20 I. B. 3.
COX E W
United Kingdom Private 24656Royal Berkshire Regiment06/02/1917 II. A. 11.
CUBITT-IRELAND LESLIE WOODHOUSE
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Manchester Regiment12/02/1917 Age: 19 I. C. 24.
United Kingdom Corporal 27812Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 17.
DAVIES PHILIP EDWARD
United Kingdom Private 28476Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 20 Priez Farm Mem. 20.
DEAN JOHN WILLIAM FRANCIS
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 27425Suffolk Regiment22/01/1917 Age: 24 II. C. 3.
DIXON JOHN BENJAMIN
United Kingdom Rifleman 576655London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 18 II. C. 17.
United Kingdom Private 29703Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 19 Priez Farm Mem. 24.
United Kingdom Private 13108Scots Guards13/12/1916 Age: 34 I. C. 3.
EASTON GEORGE CUTHBERT
United Kingdom Private 12329Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 11.
EDE EDWIN WILLIAM
United Kingdom Captain Royal Fusiliers30/08/1918 I. E. 2.
EDGAR CHARLES LE GALLAIS
Canadian Second Lieutenant Newfoundland Regiment26/02/1917 Age: 26 I. D. 7.
United Kingdom Private 28420Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 21.
United Kingdom Private 17741Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 9.
United Kingdom Corporal 9288West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)01/01/1917 Priez Farm Mem. 4.
United Kingdom Private 27696Welsh Regiment10/12/1916 Age: 21 Priez Farm Mem. 13.
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 54125Welsh Regiment12/02/1917 Age: 24 II. A. 13.
EVANS JOHN MORGAN
United Kingdom Private 28564Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 20 Priez Farm Mem. 26.
United Kingdom Private 278319Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 22.
United Kingdom Lance Serjeant 22200Suffolk Regiment23/01/1917 II. C. 1.
United Kingdom Corporal 18934Yorkshire Regiment01/02/1917 I. C. 18.
GARLAND JONAS GEORGE
United Kingdom Lance Corporal M1/07510Army Service Corps02/03/1917 Age: 25 I. D. 11.
GAZE JOHN FRAMPTON
United Kingdom Driver L/32287Royal Horse Artillery21/02/1917 Priez Farm Mem. 3.
United Kingdom Private 43190West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)16/02/1917 Age: 21 I. A. 10.
United Kingdom Private 23512Suffolk Regiment22/01/1917 II. C. 2.
United Kingdom Rifleman S/30030Rifle Brigade31/03/1917 I. D. 22.
United Kingdom Private 26295King's Own Scottish Borderers26/02/1917 I. A. 3.
United Kingdom Private 18417East Lancashire Regiment22/12/1916 Age: 40 Priez Farm Mem. 6.
GYE DENISON ALLEN
United Kingdom Captain Royal Horse Artillery28/02/1917 I. D. 2.
United Kingdom Gunner 16141Royal Field Artillery15/02/1917 I. A. 12.
United Kingdom Private 72905Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)23/01/1917 Age: 19 II. A. 18.
HAMPTON CHARLES FREDERICK
United Kingdom Private 326107Essex Regiment24/08/1918 Combles German Cem. Mem. 30.
HARPER JOHN ALEXANDER
United Kingdom Captain Royal Army Medical Corps14/02/1917 Age: 28 I. B. 1.
HARRIS HERBERT ALFRED
United Kingdom Private 24721Grenadier Guards20/12/1916 I. C. 13.
HARRIS HERBERT HENRY
United Kingdom Private 48892The King's (Liverpool Regiment)28/03/1917 I. D. 19.
HARRISON RICHARD BAXTER
United Kingdom Private 574388London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 24 II. A. 5.
United Kingdom Private 4/7704West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)01/01/1917 II. B. 6.
HEATH HAROLD FRENCH WARREN
United Kingdom Rifleman 576852London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 18 II. C. 11.
United Kingdom Serjeant 11804York and Lancaster Regiment05/02/1917 I. C. 20.
United Kingdom Private 18068Coldstream Guards22/02/1917 Age: 26 I. A. 14.
HOLLAS JOHN HENRY
United Kingdom Private 79680Royal Fusiliers30/08/1918 Age: 36 II. C. 10.
United Kingdom Private 29169Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)23/01/1917 Age: 20 II. A. 16.
HOLMES FREDERICK CHARLES
United Kingdom Gunner 49426Royal Garrison Artillery31/12/1916 Age: 25 I. B. 8.
HOPE GEORGE CLARENCE
United Kingdom Private 43874Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 12.
United Kingdom Private 16778Coldstream Guards23/12/1916 I. C. 1.
HUNT WILLIAM CHARLES
United Kingdom Private L/6502Middlesex Regiment31/12/1916 II. B. 4.
HUNTSMAN FREDERICK WILLIAM
United Kingdom Private 9569Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 8.
United Kingdom Private G/51059Middlesex Regiment21/02/1917 I. B. 28.
HUTTON JOHN WILLIAM
United Kingdom Private 57698Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)31/03/1917 I. D. 21.
JAMES DAVID WILLIAM
United Kingdom Private 25235Welsh Regiment31/12/1916 II. B. 13.
JENKINS ERNEST JAMES
United Kingdom Gunner 94143Royal Field Artillery28/02/1917 Age: 23 I. D. 14.
JESSOP ALFRED CRISPIN
United Kingdom Serjeant 10115Scots Guards07/12/1916 I. C. 5.
JOHN THOMAS EDGAR
United Kingdom Serjeant 28725Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 15.
JOHNSON FREDERICK ALFRED
United Kingdom 2nd Corporal 532091Royal Engineers01/03/1917 Age: 23 II. A. 9.
JONES WILLIAM JOHN
United Kingdom Gunner 118922Royal Garrison Artillery08/03/1917 Age: 24 I. A. 18.
KEEN JOHN BERNARD
United Kingdom Gunner 79147Royal Garrison Artillery21/12/1916 I. C. 2.
United Kingdom Private S/15375Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders27/12/1916 II. A. 14.
KIRKLAND WILLIAM ERNEST
United Kingdom Private G/42211East Surrey Regiment02/09/1918 Age: 35 II. A. 4.
LATHBURY WILLIAM ALBERT
United Kingdom Gunner 62709Royal Field Artillery20/12/1916 Age: 28 I. C. 14.
United Kingdom Private G/24590Royal Fusiliers05/02/1917 Age: 26 I. C. 22.
United Kingdom Corporal S/9252Rifle Brigade05/02/1917 II. B. 11.
LEWIS GORDON C.
Canadian Private 2309Newfoundland Regiment28/01/1917 Age: 17 I. B. 2.
LINTHORN SAMUEL JOHN
United Kingdom Private 14156Somerset Light Infantry14/01/1917 Age: 22 I. C. 17.
United Kingdom Serjeant 12430West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)12/02/1917 I. B. 11.
LOUCH THOMAS EDWARD
United Kingdom Gunner 75271Royal Horse Artillery28/02/1917 I. D. 3.
MacGREGOR THOMAS VICTOR
United Kingdom Sapper 96262Royal Engineers08/02/1917 Age: 19 I. B. 14.
United Kingdom Private 12500Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 I. C. 10.
MARSDEN WILLIAM HENRY
United Kingdom Private 4/7807West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)08/02/1917 I. B. 10.
MATTHEWS C A
United Kingdom Rifleman B/2496London Regiment01/09/1918 II. C. 16.
MAY THOMAS HENRY ALFRED
United Kingdom Private 33272Royal Berkshire Regiment07/02/1917 Age: 42 Priez Farm Mem. 2.
United Kingdom Private 44408Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 28.
MORGAN WILLIAM MATHIAS
United Kingdom Driver 112631Royal Field Artillery02/02/1917 II. B. 9.
United Kingdom Private 21835Grenadier Guards04/03/1917 Age: 27 II. C. 5.
MURRANT WILLIAM CHARLES
United Kingdom Private 10489Coldstream Guards11/12/1916 Age: 21 I. C. 7.
United Kingdom Private 36678East Yorkshire Regiment15/02/1917 I. A. 8.
United Kingdom Private 7674Lincolnshire Regiment11/02/1917 Age: 24 I. B. 12.
United Kingdom Driver L/47047Royal Field Artillery23/01/1917 II. A. 10.
NORMAN WALTER H.
Canadian Corporal 2662Newfoundland Regiment27/02/1917 Age: 21 I. D. 6.
NOTTAGE WALTER EDWARD C.
United Kingdom Private G/6735Middlesex Regiment21/02/1917 Age: 39 I. B. 27.
United Kingdom Private 28361Welsh Regiment04/01/1917 II. B. 2.
United Kingdom Rifleman 13541Royal Irish Rifles08/02/1917 Age: 20 II. A. 12.
United Kingdom Private 13698Scots Guards24/12/1916 Age: 40 I. B. 7.
PATERSON LAMONT LIVINGSTONE
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)01/09/1918 Age: 24 II. A. 20.
United Kingdom Private 13537Scots Guards04/03/1917 II. C. 6.
United Kingdom Private 37296Royal Berkshire Regiment30/01/1917 II. B. 8.
United Kingdom Private 9341West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)01/01/1917 Age: 24 Priez Farm Mem. 5.
United Kingdom Private 28777Welsh Regiment13/02/1917 Priez Farm Mem. 1.
United Kingdom Rifleman 43971Royal Irish Rifles08/02/1917 Age: 33 II. A. 19.
RAYMENT REGINALD GEORGE
United Kingdom Private 25758Grenadier Guards24/12/1916 Age: 26 I. C. 15.
RAYNER HAYDN ERIC WILLIAM
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry17/03/1917 Age: 25 I. D. 17.
REES RICHARD THOMAS
United Kingdom Private 2788Welsh Guards07/03/1917 I. A. 16.
REID WILLIAM GEORGE
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)23/02/1917 Age: 28 II. A. 7.
RICHARDS FRANKLYN WALLACE
United Kingdom Gunner 28752Royal Field Artillery12/03/1917 I. A. 19.
United Kingdom Private 25671Yorkshire Regiment05/03/1917 Priez Farm Mem. 16.
United Kingdom Private S/6669Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders09/01/1917 Priez Farm Mem. 7.
ROE HENRY JOHN
United Kingdom Private 721620London Regiment10/08/1918 Age: 32 II. A. 3.
United Kingdom Corporal 2565Lancashire Fusiliers04/02/1917 I. C. 19.
United Kingdom Private G/50610Middlesex Regiment11/03/1917 II. B. 12.
RUNDLE EDWIN JOHN
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 38758London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 19 II. C. 12.
SANDY CYRIL HOWARD
United Kingdom Private 43885Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 19 Priez Farm Mem. 10.
United Kingdom Private G/6666Middlesex Regiment16/02/1917 Age: 34 I. B. 17.
United Kingdom Rifleman R/16046King's Royal Rifle Corps31/03/1917 Age: 19 I. D. 20.
SIMMONDS RICHARD WILLIAM
United Kingdom Gunner 81381Royal Garrison Artillery28/02/1917 I. A. 1.
SLOAN HAROLD ALEXANDER
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery21/01/1917 Age: 34 I. B. 4.
SMITH HAROLD GEORGE
United Kingdom Private 78789Royal Fusiliers31/08/1918 Age: 20 I. E. 3.
United Kingdom Private 28247Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 23.
SMITH WILLIAM FREDERICK
United Kingdom Private 29360Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)23/01/1917 II. A. 15.
STANLEY GEORGE FREDERICK
United Kingdom Sapper 476085Royal Engineers03/03/1917 Age: 23 I. D. 9.
United Kingdom Private 40015Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)09/03/1917 II. B. 1.
STIMSON JOHN WILLIAM
United Kingdom Corporal 54454Royal Field Artillery02/03/1917 I. D. 10.
United Kingdom Private 33187Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)04/03/1917 II. B. 14.
STOKES WILLIAM FRANCIS
United Kingdom Private 44413Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 26 Priez Farm Mem. 25.
STURGESS JOHN HENRY
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 13975Coldstream Guards29/12/1916 Age: 24 I. C. 16.
SWAN DONALD BRIAN
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Royal Horse Artillery07/03/1917 I. E. 1.
Canadian Private 703Newfoundland Regiment27/02/1917 I. D. 5.
United Kingdom Private 18242York and Lancaster Regiment16/02/1917 Age: 24 I. D. 12.
United Kingdom Battery Serjeant Major 1754Royal Garrison Artillery16/02/1917 Age: 41 I. A. 5.
TAYLOR EDWARD GEORGE
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 15831Scots Guards05/03/1917 II. C. 7.
TAYLOR SQUIRE LAWRENCE
United Kingdom Gunner 111111Royal Horse Artillery28/02/1917 Age: 25 I. D. 4.
United Kingdom Private 8388Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry07/01/1917 I. B. 5a.
THOMAS WILLIAM RICHARD
United Kingdom Serjeant 28309Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 24 Priez Farm Mem. 27.
THOMPSON FREDERICK ERNEST
United Kingdom Private 71749Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)19/02/1917 I. A. 4.
United Kingdom Gunner 81604Royal Garrison Artillery21/01/1917 Age: 21 I. B. 5.
United Kingdom Private 55409Highland Light Infantry25/03/1918 I. D. 23.
VAUGHAN RALPH VANDYKE
United Kingdom Gunner 7109878Royal Field Artillery15/02/1917 I. A. 11.
United Kingdom Private 30819East Yorkshire Regiment16/02/1917 Age: 21 I. A. 6.
United Kingdom Private 27712Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 25 Priez Farm Mem. 14.
United Kingdom Private 41055West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)01/01/1917 Age: 28 II. B. 7.
United Kingdom Lance Serjeant 3/5755East Yorkshire Regiment09/02/1917 Age: 27 I. B. 13.
United Kingdom Private G/72980The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)02/09/1918 Age: 19 II. A. 1.
WARWICK ARTHUR DICKS
United Kingdom Private 22469Suffolk Regiment27/02/1917 Age: 31 II. C. 4.
United Kingdom Private 79641Royal Fusiliers22/08/1918 II. A. 2.
WHITE GEORGE HENRY
United Kingdom Private 8845East Lancashire Regiment22/12/1916 Age: 36 II. B. 5.
WHITFIELD W F
United Kingdom Lance Corporal 12753York and Lancaster Regiment14/02/1917 I. C. 21.
WHYTE WILLIAM ROBERTSON
United Kingdom Private 11655Scots Guards14/03/1917 II. C. 9.
WIGGLESWORTH WILLIAM HENRY
United Kingdom Rifleman 589045London Regiment02/09/1918 Age: 18 II. C. 13.
WILDE JOHN W.
United Kingdom Private 18019East Yorkshire Regiment07/02/1917 Age: 26 I. A. 7.
United Kingdom Private 28453Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 29.
WILLIAMSON JOHN EDWARD
United Kingdom Private 28384Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Priez Farm Mem. 18.
United Kingdom Serjeant 571083London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 20 II. C. 14.
WILSON ROBERT GERALD ALDIN
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Coldstream Guards13/03/1917 Age: 27 I. D. 16.
WINDSOR SIDNEY ARTHUR
United Kingdom Gunner 15975Royal Field Artillery28/02/1917 Age: 22 I. A. 2.
United Kingdom Rifleman 589356London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 20 II. C. 15.
United Kingdom Rifleman 576645London Regiment01/09/1918 Age: 19 Priez Farm Mem. 8.
WOODS FRANCIS JAMES
United Kingdom Private 27861Welsh Regiment30/12/1916 Age: 19 Priez Farm Mem. 11.
United Kingdom Private 41056West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)01/01/1917 Age: 36 Priez Farm Mem. 9.
YOUNG WALTER SIBLEY
United Kingdom Gunner 118959Royal Garrison Artillery08/03/1917 Age: 21 I. A. 17.
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