Fenny Stratford In The Great War

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James William Garner. (WM)

Private 29454, 2 Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Died on Friday, 12 April, 1918, aged twenty.
Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Mother: Mrs. A. S. Garner, 70 Duncombe Street.
Entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

John Graham Gillam.

Lance Corporal 15685, 'D' Company, 7 Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Killed in Action on Monday, 27 September, 1915.
Remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
John was born in Cleeve Prior, Worcestershire, in 1891, the son of John & Clara Gillam.
He was a teacher at the Bletchley Road School when war broke out. He married Dorothy Juffs of Newport Pagnell in early 1915, and they set up home in Fenny Stratford.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 1 September, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914/15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.

Source: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry. 

Herbert Thomas Goodman. (WM)

Sergeant WR/289130, Royal Engineers, (Railways).
Residence: Fenny Stratford. Enlisted: London.
Died on Saturday, 28 September, 1918, of Fever, aged thirty three.
Buried at the Gaza War Cemetery, Israel.
Herbert was born C1886, at Simpson, one of at least twelve children of
Alfred & Rhoda Goodman. In 1901 he was working as a general labourer on a farm. Records show that the family later lived at 59 Napier Street.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 3 September, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & victory Medals.
News of his promotion to Sergeant was announced in the North Bucks Times of 4 September, 1917, and news of his death was announced in the edition of 15 October, 1918.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. 1891 & 1901 Census.

William Guess. (WM)

Private 203844, 2/4 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Born: Wavendon, Bucks.
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 22 August, 1917.

Remembered on the Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: Lyn Walker (Granddaughter). CWGC. Ancestry. 

Francis William Gurney. (WM)

Private 15327, 9 Battalion, Norfolk Regiment.
Born: Fenny Stratford. Volunteered: September 1914 at Norwich.
Killed in Action on Friday, 15 September, 1916, aged twenty.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Parents: Frank & Ellen Gurney, 11 Duncombe Street.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 22 December, 1915, and was entitled to the  1914-15 Star, British War & Victory Medals.
The North Bucks Times of 24.10.16 reported that he was missing.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC.

Cyril Ralph Hill. (WM)

Private 192242, 42 Battalion (Quebec Regiment), Canadian Infantry.
Died on Monday, 9 October, 1916, aged twenty.
Buried at the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Parents: John & Lucy Hill.

Cyril Ralph Hill was born in Simpson in late 1898, (the April 1901 Census shows his age as two), one of at least eight children of John and Lucy Hill. Somewhere prior 1915 he emigrated to Canada, where he worked as a box maker and lived with his sister, Mrs. Violet Rollings and her family at 48 Sully Crescent, Toronto. 

It was in Toronto on 10 August 1915, that Cyril joined the 92 Overseas Battalion, Highlanders, Canadian Expeditionary Force. From the records available in this country, (such as the 1901 Census), this would have made him two months short of his seventeenth birthday, and too young to join up. However, on his attestation paper he gave his date of birth as 5 October 1896, thus making him two months short of his nineteenth birthday and well past the age restriction of eighteen. This would indicate that Cyril was one of those young men, who, desperate not to miss the chance of seeing action, lied about their date of birth when joining up.

 

Cyril, would then have undergone a period of training before, on 20 May 1916, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, he embarked on the ‘Empress Of Britain’, disembarking in England nine days later. In August, just a year after enlisting he was transferred to the 42 Battalion, Quebec Regiment, and landed in France.

 

The regimental history records the following details for the period immediately before Cyril’s death. The unit returned to the trenches from a rest period on 5 October, on 7 October they were relieved and moved back into brigade reserve, only to be called up again on 8 October. During the first period,(5 to 7 October), a recce party was moving forward to liaise with 43 Battalion HQ, when a direct hit caused numerous casualties. Once the unit was in their position a sharp bombing attack occurred on their post at Kenora Trench. The attack was repulsed but again they had numerous casualties, finally, on 8 October, having been recalled to the front, they again suffered casualties.

 

As is usually the case in these histories, while the officers might be mentioned by name, the rank and file are not. Consequently, it is impossible to say in which of these actions Cyril received the wounds that were to prove fatal. The only thing that is certain is that he was evacuated to the 2/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station where he passed away on 9 October, 1916. He is buried in the Communal Cemetery Extension in the village of Warloy-Baillon, which is about 21Km north east of Amiens.


George Holton. (WM)

Second Corporal 161184, 42 Signal Company, Royal Engineers.
Died on Tuesday, 13 January, 1920, aged twenty seven.
Buried at Fenny Stratford.
Parents: Joseph & Jane Holton.
Wife: Sarah Holton, 21 Park Street.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Alfred John Huggins.

Corporal 19092, 5 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Killed in Action on Sunday 19 August, 1917.
Buried at Brandhoek New military Cemetery No. 3, Belgium.
Entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.


Frank Harold Howe Ivens. (WM)

Captain, 11 Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.
Died on Saturday, 21 October, 1916, aged twenty nine.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Father: John William Howe Ivens.
He first entered a War Theatre, (3, Egypt) on 20 April, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.
His death was announced in the North Bucks Times og 07.11.16.
Previously Private 2191, Gloucstershire Hussars.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

Thomas Jackman. (WM)

Private 33463, 6 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Born: Fenny Stratford. Resided: High Street. Enlisted: Oxford.
Killed in Action on Thursday, 20 September, 1917, aged nineteen.
Buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Bozinge, Nr. Ypres, Belgium.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.
He was reported as having been injured in the North Bucks Times of 16.10 & 23.10.17.His death was announced in the issue of 06.11.17.
Previously 6570, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC.

Charles William Janes. (WM)

Private 24224, 2 Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Born: Soulbury. Enlisted: Aylesbury.
Died on Tuesday, 9 October, 1917, aged twenty seven.
Remembered on the Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

Arthur Richard Jordan. (WM)

Private 7025247, 23 Battalion (County of London), London Regiment.
Born and resided in Fenny Stratford. Enlisted: Bletchley.
Died on Monday, 16 September, 1918, aged twenty.
Buried at Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery, France.
Arthur was born in 1897, the first of two children of Richard and Agnes Jordan. At the time of the 1901 Census the family was living in Victoria Road, his sister, Florence having been born some four months previously. His Mother died in mid 1902, and I have been unable to find any trace of Florence after the 1901 census. At the 1911 Census, Arthur and his father were living at 4 Woodbine terrace.
Entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.
Previously 5809, 23 Battalion, London Regiment.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry. 1901 & 1911 Census.

Frank King

Private G/18304, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
Born: Fenny Stratford. Residence: Ealing. Enlisted: West Acton.
killed in Action on Saturday, 7 October, 1916.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Parents: Thomas & Fanny Elizabeth King.
Wife: Mary King, Edmonscote House Lodge, Argyle St, West Ealing (1911 Census).
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: Soldiers Died in the Gt. War. CWGC. Ancestry. 1891, 1901 & 1911 Census.

Frederick John King (WM)

Sergeant 14109, 7 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Born: Newton Longville. Residence: Bletchley. Enlisted: Slough.
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 9 May, 1917, aged thirty three.
Remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Salonika, Greece.
Parents: Thomas & Mary King, Reginald Cottages, Denbigh Road.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 21 September, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

William Harry King

Private 42318, Norfolk Regiment.
Born: Fenny Stratford. Enlisted: Derby
Killed In Action on Friday, 6 September, 1918, aged nineteen.
Buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road, Military Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium.
Parents: John & Clara King, Langley Mill, Derbyshire.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.
Previously 49667, 1/4 Leicestershire Regiment.
Sources: SDGW. CWGC. 1911 Census. Ancestry.

Harold George Kitchener DCM (WM)

Albert Knight 

Private 8671, 1 Northamptonshire Regiment.
Enlisted: Northampton.
Died on Monday, 9 May, 1915.
Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Parents :William & Emma Knight. (The 1901 Census show the family living in Duncombe Street). 
He first entered a War Theatre on 6 November, 1914, and is entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp and the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: SDGW. 1901 Census. Ancestry. 

Jack Langley (WM)

Irish Guards.
Yards End Farm, Fenny Stratford.
His death was reported in the North Bucks Times of 6 November, 1917.

Joseph Sidney Litchfield. (WM)

Private 2631, 2/1 Bucks Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Residence: Fenny Stratford.
Died on Friday, 8 September, 1916, aged twenty.
Buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Parents: John & Ann Litchfield, 72 Victoria Road.
His death was announced in the North Bucks Times of 3 October, 1916, which reported that he had been accidentally killed, through no fault of his own, during bomb throwing practise.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

Victor George Lord. (WM)

Private 12702, 7 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 9 May, 1917.
Remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Salonika, Greece.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 21 September, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.
His death was announced in the North Bucks Times of 16 October, 1917.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

Arthur Loveridge.

Private 3/6538, 1 Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Died on Wednesday, 5 May, 1915, aged thirty five.
Remembered on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Parents: George & Susan Loveridge.
He first entered a War Theatre on 4 Jamuary, 1915, (France), and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.

John William Loveridge 

Private20921. 1/6 Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Born: Fenny Stratford.
Died on Sunday, 18 February, 1917, aged thirty three.
Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
Parents: Frederick & Elizabeth Loveridge. (1891 Census shows them living in Methodist Row, Fenny Stratford).
Wife: Florence Loveridge, Matthew Square, Bond Street, Coventry.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Alfred Lunn

Second Corporal 13867, 7 Signal Company, Royal Engineers.
Alfred was a career soldier, (Research suggests that he was placed in the Duke of Yorks Royal Military School in London at the age of 10 shortly after the death of his father), having at the time of his death been 'With the Colours' for thirteen years. Early in the war he was posted to France and received a head wound. After recovering he was posted to the RE Depot at Fenny Stratford and in July 1916 he married Laura Souster from the High Street. He voluntered again for service in France, and was taken ill there in April 1918, he received treatment in France before being transported back to the UK, firstly to Netley Hospital, Southampton and then to Murthly Hospital, Perth, which since January 1917 had been used as a specialist mental hospital. Despite treatment, his condition grew gradually worse and he passed away on 8 October 1917, being buried at Fenny Stratford a few days later. He was entitled to the 1914 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources: CWGC. Ancestry. 

J. P. Mason. (WM)

H. T. Morris (WM)

Stanley John Morris. (WM)

Private 266662, 2/1 Bucks Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Born & Resided: Fenny Stratford. Bletchley. Enlisted: Aylesbury.
Died on Thursday, 19 April, 1917, of Spotted Fever, aged twenty.
Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt L'Abbe, Somme, France.
Parents: George & Ellen Morris, 23 Albert Street.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.
Previously: 4296 Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.

Sources: CWGC. Ancestry.
(The memorial has his initials as S. S.: this appears to be an error from when the memorial was repaired in the late 60's - early 70's)

William Henry Munday. M.M. (WM)

Gunner 198285, 'C' Battery, 286 Brigade, (West Lancashire), Royal Field Artillery.
William was born in Fenny Stratford, the second son of Mr. & Mrs. E. Munday. Before the war he was employed by local timber merchants, Rowland Brothers. He joined the army in March, 1916, and was posted to France in November of that year.

He won the Military Medal in August, 1918, (Gazetted 24 January, 1919), the following was printed in the North Bucks Times of 15 October, 1918:
'The Military medal is awarded to 198285 Gunner W. Munday, C battery, 286 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 27 August, 1918, when Signaller with the F.O.O. at an advanced observation post. The telegraph wires had been so cut to pieces by continuous shell fire that a new line had to be laid, as it was of urgent importance to maintain communication. Gunner Munday volunteered to carry out this work alone. He had to cross an area swept by machine gun fire, and it was not possible for him to get any cover from close enemy observation. After three attempts he succeeded. It was an action calling for supreme courage and determination.'

Unfortunately, William aws severly wounded near Amiens on 22 September, 1918. He was evacuated to England and hospitalised at the East Suffolk Hospital in Ipswich, where he died on 9 November, 1918, aged twenty. His death was announced in the North Bucks Times of 19 November. His body was brought home and he was buried with full military honours at Fenny Stratford cemetry. As well as the Military Medal, he was also entitled to the British War & Victory medals. 

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry. National Roll of the Great War.

Frederick Nicholls.

Private 10250, 1 Battalion, Bedfordshire regiment.
Died on Satirday, 13 March, 1915, aged twenty one.
Buried at Ramparts Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 16 August, 1914, ans was entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp, and the British War & Victory Medals.
The north Bucks Times of 28 November, 1914 carried a report about him and his death was announced in the issue of 27 March, 1915.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry. National Roll of the Great War.
See also seperate page entitled 'looking for Private Nicholls'

Victor Reginald Lenard Page. (WM)

Private 16004, 8 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Died on Friday, 6 December, 1918, aged twenty three.
Buried at the Sofia War Cemetery, Bulgaria.
Parents: James & Elizabeth Page, 35 Aylesbury Street.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 18 September, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.
The North Bucks Times of 28 March, 1916, carried a letter from Victor, and his death was announced in the issue of 17 December, 1918.

George Samuel Palmer.

Private 41743 7 Royal Inniskillen Fusiliers.
Born: Bletchley. Enlisted: Bletchley.
Killed In Action on Thursday, 16 August, 1917, aged nineteen.
Remembered on the Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium.
Parents: Joseph & Sarah Palmer, 1 Windsor Street.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.
Sources: SDGW. CWGC. 1911 Census. Ancestry.

Harry Perry. (WM)

Lance Corporal 10123, 2 Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Born: Fenny Stratford. Enlisted: Bedford.
Killed in Action on Wednesday, 16 June, 1915.
Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 6 October, 1914, and was entitled to the 1914 Star and the British War & Victory Medals. 
His death was announced in the North Bucks Times of 6 July, 1915.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. Ancestry.

Thomas Charles Perry. (WM)

Private 23280, 2 Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.
Born: Water Eaton. Enlisted: Bletchley.
Killed in Action on Monday, 13 November, 1916.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
He was entitled to the British War & Victory Medals.

Sources:CWGC. Ancestry.

Frederick Thomas Purcell. (WM)

Lance Corporal 16338, 1 Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
Born: Fenny Stratford. Enlisted: Oxford.
Killed in Action on Thursday, 17 August, 1916, aged thirty four.
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Parents: Thomas & Mary Purcell, 47 Park Street.
Wife: Alice Purcell, 150 Western Road.
He first entered a War Theatre (France) on 21 July, 1915, and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the British War & Victory Medals.
His death was announced in the North Bucks Times of 3 July, 1917.

Sources: North Bucks Times. CWGC. 1901 Census. Ancestry.