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Reeves, Ernest, Gilbert

Rank and Service Number:- Corporal – 16146
Regiment:- Royal Fusiliers 9th Bn.
Postal Address:- Kingston Barracks, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Died Flanders 07/10/1916   Grave - III.D.21.BEAULENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY,LIGNY-THILLOY


Additonal Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1894

Ridout, James, W

Rank and Service Number:- Private - G/6652
Regiment:- Middlesex Regiment 21st Bn.
Postal Address:- James William Ridout is likely to be the husband of Mary, 64, Wilford Road, Croydon.
Died 23/03/1918  Grave - Bay 7. ARRAS MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Croydon app. 1888.  Occupation – Carman.  One daughter.

Rose, Frank

Rank and Service Number:- Unknown
Regiment:- Unknown
Postal Address:- Possibly husband of Mary, 103, Russell Road, Wimbledon.
Possibly born at Bere Regis, Dorset app. 1883.  Occupation – Bar Keeper

Robinson, John, Henry

Rank and Service Number:- Sergeant - 46805
Regiment:- Royal Flying Corps 48th Sqdn.
Postal Address:- Son of John(Manager of Flour Mill) and Mrs. S. S. Robinson, of Jessamine Cottage, 16, Wandlebank, Wimbledon.
Died 23/03/1918 Age:24  Grave D. A1. 30.Cemetery WIMBLEDON (GAP ROAD) CEMETERY


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1894  No. 48 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps was formed at Netheravon, Wiltshire, on 15 April 1916. The squadron was posted to France in March 1917 and became the first fighter squadron to be equipped with the Bristol Fighter. One of the squadron's commanders was – then Major – Keith Park who later led No. 11 Group of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain as an Air Vice Marshal. The squadron became part of the Royal Air Force when the Royal Flying Corps merged with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1918

Russell, Henry, Beaconsfield

Rank and Service Number:- Sergeant – 320659
Regiment:- London Regiment (City of London Rifles) 6th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of John Wiseman and Ellen Rosina Russell, 221, Haydons Road, Wimbledon
Captured Flanders. Died as a Prisoner-of-War at Dulmen Camp on 24th June 1917.  Grave - X. D. 12.COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY


Additional Notes:- Born 1/04/1888 in London.  Occupation – Railway Clerk.  Married Bertha Cecilia Stolls from Balham (whilst serving as a Sergeant in Ipswich 23/10/15). Their only son Theodore Henry David Russell was born on 22nd June 1917 in Balham. The National Archives record that he received the Victory Medal and British Medal.

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Searle, Charles

Rank and Service Number:- Leading Stoker – 302485
Ship:- Royal Navy - H.M.S. Hougue
Postal Address:- Son of G (Labourer) and Emily Ann Searle, 36, Laburnum Road, Wimbledon
Died 22/09/14  Panel ref: 4 CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1895.  Occupation – Apprentice – Drapery.
   HMS Hogue was a Cressy-class armoured cruiser.  Hogue was sunk in action on 22 September 1914. At 07:00, about 30 minutes after the action commenced, Hogue was struck by two torpedoes from U-9 as she attempted to rescue survivors from her sister ship, Aboukir. She sank within 15 minutes.  In 1954 the British government sold the salvage rights to the ship and salvage is ongoing.  The U-9 was responsible for the killing of 1459 men in one single day, sending Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue or a total of 36.000 tons to the bottom.

Shoebridge, Frederick

Rank and Service Number:- Private - 7278
Regiment:- East Surrey Regiment
Postal Address:- Son of Frederick (General Labourer) and Ada Mary Ann Shoebridge, 118, South Road, Wimbledon. Died 10/01/16. S.SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN. Ref A.16.7


Additional Notes:- Born Croydon app. 1893.  Occupation – Potman.  One of five children.

Simpson, Wilfred, D

Rank and Service Number:- Private -29301
Regiment:- Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 7th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of William (Carman) and Helen Simpson, 51, South Road, Wimbledon (Later 2, Tennyson Road)
Died Flanders 30/11/1917 aged 19   Grave - Panel 6.CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app. 1899.  One of four children

Smith, Alfred

Rank and Service Number:- Unknown
Regiment:- Unknown
Postal Address:- Possibly Husband of Ethel, 179, Haydons Road
Additional Notes:- Born app. 1878 Wandsworth.  Occupation – Grocer

Snook, Wiliam, N

Rank and Service Number:- Lance Corporal - L/5276
Regiment:- 2nd Btn. Royal Fusilliers
Postal Address:- Possibly 53, Laburnum Road
Died 5/06/1915.  Commemorated - HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI

Stedman, Charles

Rank and Service Number:- Private - G/2100
Regiment:- The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 7th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of John & Mary Jane Stedman (Charwoman), 49a, Cowper Road, Wimbledon
Died Flanders of wounds 29/06/1916   Grave - B. 5. LA NEUVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, CORBIE


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1890.  Occupation – Potman.  One of five brothers (one of whom also fell)

Stedman, John

Rank and Service Number:- Lance Corporal – 4342
Regiment:- The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) "C" Coy. 7th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of John & Mary Jane Stedman (Charwoman), 49a, Cowper Road, Wimbledon.  Husband of Husband of Mrs. A. N. E. Stedman, of 7, Milton Road
Died -  16/07/1916  aged 23  Grave - Plot 1. Row D. Grave 43. CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1892.  Occupation – Labourer.  His brother also fell.

Stephens, Edward, A

Rank and Service Number:- Private - G/68627
Regiment:- The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 8th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Arthur (Domestic Gardener) and Mary Stephens, of 22, Laburnum Rd
Died 13/10/1918 aged 19   Grave - I. E. 24.DELSAUX FARM CEMETERY, BEUGNY


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app. 1900  One of six children

Stopher, James, S, W

Rank and Service Number:- Private - G/69984
Regiment:- Royal Fusiliers "B" Coy. 17th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of James (General Labourer) and Martha Stopher, 6, Laburnum Road, Wimbledon
Died 18/03/1918 aged 19   Grave - IV. 89. MITCHAM (CHURCH ROAD) BURIAL GROUND


Additional Notes:- Born Mitcham app.1898.  He had one brother.

Suiter, Walter

Rank and Service Number:- Private – 3209
Regiment:- Australian Infantry A.I.F. 51st Battalion
Postal Address:- Unknown
Died 29/09/1917.  Grave – XIV. D.5 HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY

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Tandy, Hubert

Rank and Service Number:- Private - 8456
Regiment:- Gloucester Regiment 2nd Btn.
Postal Address:- 1911 - 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, Malta
Died 26/02/1915.  Grave I.B.II  ETRETAT CHURCHYARD


Additional notes:- Born app.1890

Tapping, Frederick

Rank and Service Number:- Private - G/1962
Regiment:- East Surrey Regiment 8th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Frederick (General Labourer) and Emily Tapping, 51a, Cowper Road, Wimbledon
Died Flanders 10/08/1917   Grave - VIII. E. 2. HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY


Additional Notes:- Born Mitcham app.1894.  One of nine children

Tipping, Alfred, E

Rank and Service Number:- Rifleman – 6755
Regiment:- London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1st/21st Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Joseph John (Lamp Cleaner) and Annie Marie Tipping, 78, Hartfield Crescent, Wimbledon
Died 04/11/1916   Grave - Panel 54.YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app. 1894.  Occupation – Blacksmith’s Boy  One of seven children

Tovey, Harry

Rank and Service Number:- Private - L/8739
Regiment:- Royal Fusiliers 4th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Frederick Samuel (Chimney Cleaner) and Elizabeth Ann Tovey, 234, Haydons Road (Later 41, South Road, Wimbledon)
Died 16/06/1915 aged 20   Grave - Panel 6 and 8.YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Merton app. 1895.  Occupation – Gardener/Student Artist.  One of six children

Triggs, Woodman, G

Rank and Service Number:- Ship's Corporal 1st Class 63287
Ship:- Royal Navy (RFR/CH/B/3710). H.M.S. "Aboukir."
Postal Address:- Husband of Ada Emily Triggs, 63, Smallwood Road, Tooting, later of 20, Dryden Rd., Haydon's Rd
Died 22/09/1914 aged 38  Grave - 6. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Lostwithiel, Cornwall app. 1876.  Occupation - ENAMELLER (BURNER IRON GAS ENGINEER)  Father to six children
    H.M.S. Aboukir was a Cressy Class cruiser of the Royal Navy. Displacement of 12,000 tons. Armament: two 9.2 ins guns (bow & stern), twelve 6 ins quick-firers in a central battery and many more small quick-firers and machine guns. Speed: 21 knots. Launched 16th May 1900. HMS Aboukir, along with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, were all torpedoed by the German U-boat U9 on 22nd September 1914. Memorial cards were distributed for the men who died on HMS Aboukir

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Upton, Frederick

Rank and Service Number:- Lance Corporal – G/60949
Regiment:- Royal Fusiliers 7th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of George (Stoker) and Alice Upton, 40, Dryden Road, later 9, Haydons Road, Wimbledon
Died 24/03/1918 aged 24.  Grave ref. Bay 3 ARRAS MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Born Chelsea app.1896.  Occupation – Errand Boy.  One of five children

Wallace, Arthur, R

No information known, but may be related to the family below.

Wallace, George

Rank and Service Number:- Leading Seaman – 236474
Ship:- Royal Navy H.M.S. "Queen Mary."
Postal Address:- Son of George (Furniture Salesman) and Alice Wallace, 48, Wandle Bank.
Died Jutland 31/05/1916 aged 27   Grave - 12. PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 
Additional Notes:-  Charles Horace Bentley whose name appears also appears on our Memorial died on the same ship (see his entry for details)

West, Albert, G

Rank and Service Number:- Sapper – 158117
Regiment:- Royal Engineers 256th Tunnelling Coy.
Postal Address:- Son of M. J. Golding (formerly West) and the late James West. Native of Wimbledon Surrey.
Died 15/08/1916 aged 36   Grave - III. D. 8. MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERY


Additional Notes:- According to the 1911 census the only Albert G West (Occupation - Gardener) of the correct age was in Lewes Jail!

White, Frederick, T

Rank and Service Number:- Plumber – 286191
Ship:- Royal Navy H.M.S. "Princess Irene."
Postal Address:- Son of Thomas Drapes (Wheelwright) and Mary Anne White, 44, Hubert Road, Wimbledon and Husband of Edith Margaret White of Granborough, Winslow, Bucks.
Died in an internal explosion off Sheerness 27/05/1915 aged 38   Grave - 9. PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:- Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

     HMS Princess Irene was a 5,394 GRT ocean liner which was built in 1914 by William Denny and Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton, Scotland for the Canadian Pacific Railway. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy on completion and converted to an auxiliary minelayer.  In May 1915, Princess Irene was moored in Saltpan Reach, on the Medway Estuary in Kent between Port Victoria and Sheerness, being loaded with mines in preparation for deployment on a minelaying mission. At 11:14 GMT on 27 May, Princess Irene exploded and disintegrated. A column of flame 300 feet (91 m) high was followed a few seconds later by another of similar height and a pall of smoke hung over the spot where Princess Irene had been,  reaching to 1,200 feet (370 m).  Two barges laying alongside her were also destroyed.  A total of 352 people were killed,  including 273 officers and men, and 76 dockyard workers who were on board Princess Irene. On the Isle of Grain a girl of nine was killed by flying débris, and a farmhand died of shock.  A collier half a mile (800 m) away had its crane blown off its mountings. A part of one of Princess Irene's boilers landed on the ship; a man working on the ship died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a piece of metal weighing 70 pounds (32 kg).  Wreckage was flung up to 20 miles (32 km) away, with people near Sittingbourne being injured by flying débris.  Severed heads were found at Hartlip and on the Isle of Grain. A case of butter landed at Rainham, 6 miles (9.7 km) away. A 10 ton (10,160 kg) section of the ship landed on the Isle of Grain.  A Court of Inquiry was held into the loss of Princess Irene. Evidence was given that priming of the mines was being carried out hurriedly and by untrained personnel. A faulty primer was blamed for the explosion.

Wilde, William, Petter

Rank and Service Number:- Private – 44065
Regiment:- Essex Regiment 10th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Petter (Bricklayer’s Labourer) and Mary Anne Wilde, 33, Cowper Road, South Wimbledon.
Died Flanders 08/08/1918 aged 19   Grave - III. A. 23. DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC


Additional Notes:- Born Wimbledon app.1899.  One of seven children

Williams, Herbert

Rank and Service Number:- Private – 2059
Regiment:- London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) 1st Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Robert Shepherd (Retired Accountant Clerk) and Florence Shackleton Williams of 48, South Park Rd., Wimbledon, London.
Died France - 10/05/1915 aged 29   Grave - Panel 10. PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL


Additional Notes:-  Born Tooting app.1886 Occupation – Explosive Merchant’s Clerk.  The Sanctuary Lamp in the S. Michael’s Chapel of All Saints’ Church was given in his memory

Wood, Robert, A

Rank and Service Number:- Private – 69674
Regiment:- Royal Fusiliers 17th Bn.
Postal Address:- Son of Arthur (Portmanteau Maker) and Lydia Wood, 64, Hubert Road, S. Wimbledon
Died - 25/03/1918 aged 19   Grave - XXXI. H. 10A.ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY


Additional Notes:- Born Soho app.1899  Occupation  -  Newsboy/School

Wooster, Albert

Rank and Service Number:- Stoker 1st Class - K/6995
Ship:- Royal Navy H.M.S. "Mary Rose."
Postal Address:- Son of Son of George and Susannah Wooster, of 33, Motley St., Battersea
Died at sea 17/10/1917 aged 29  Grave - 24. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL


Additional Notes;:- Born Wimbledon app. 1889  Stoker on board HMS “St George” at Grimsby on census night 1911.

    HMS Mary Rose, launched on 8 October 1915, was an Admiralty M-class destroyer.  She was sunk on 17 October 1917 approximately 70 miles east of Lerwick while escorting a convoy of 12 merchant ships from Norway. The wreck is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.  The convoy had sailed Norway on 16 October; at dawn on the following day, the captain of the Mary Rose, Lieutenant-Commander Fox, observed two warships approaching. Their profiles and dark-grey colour led him to assume they were British light-cruisers, and recognition signals were duly transmitted. The approaching ships were in fact the German cruisers SMS Brummer and SMS Bremse, despatched as part of a plan by Admiral Reinhard Scheer to supplement U-boats with high speed surface raiders.  Mary Rose was hit in the engine room shortly afterwards, and disabled. Sub-Lieutenenant Marsh, RNVR, maintained fire with the one gun left operational, while the only two surviving members of the torpedo crew, French and Bailey, were able to fire the last remaining torpedo, but to no avail. With further salvoes wrecking the superstructure, Fox ordered Master Gunner Handcock to scuttle the ship. The ship's boats reduced to matchwood, only a handful of men survived by clinging to a raft.

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