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When war was
declared in 1914, local newspapers reported
that a number of men left the
Lydney Tin Works and enlisted to fight 'The
Hun'. They were - William Addis,
Joseph Bailey, George Beard, Jim Beard,
Thomas Beard, Reginald Blower, Thomas
Blower, William Charles Bucknell, J. Byng,
Bert Christie, Samuel Cottle, Ernest
Darters, Harvey Davis, Francis Dowdeswell,
Reginald Dowdeswell, George Fisher,William
Fisher, George Fletcher, William Fletcher,
Albert Freeman, Leonard Gardener, Hartley
Grail, James Haffenden, Frank Hale, Rosser
Harris, William Harper,Walter Hatherley,
Charles Hopkins, H. Howell, John Howell,
Burt Hughes, Charles Hughes, Clifford
Hussey, Frank James, Frank Hussey, H. James,
Ellis Jones, George Jones, Lionel Jones,
Mansell Jones, A. Jordan, Charles Lewis,
George Lewis, Wallace Mallard, Fred Miles,
Albert Morgan, Richard Morgan, George
Munday, William Neale, John Nelmes, Harry
Page, James Partridge, Harvey Prosser,
Charles Powell, Samuel Reddings, Richard
Remnant, Harry Richards, Thomas Richards,
Albert Rowland, Albert Saunders, Arthur
Saunders, John Shillam, William Shillam,
John Simpson, Reginald Slee, Thomas
Thurston, B.Virgo, and R. Watkins.
By 26th January
1915, 69 men from Lydney Tin Works had
enlisted, and 68 from Norchard Colliery.
Wainwright's 'Men of Steel', it is
mentioned that when volunteers from the
Lydney works joined the services, the
managing director, Richard Beaumont Thomas,
inaugurated a joint War Fund where the
company made up the service pay of each
serving soldier, or sailor, so that his wife
and family did not suffer any financial
deprivation by his absence.
arranged for parcels and clothing to be sent
to Richard Thomas workmen serving in the
|The 1914-1918 Memorial Window at Lydney
Church has the same names inscribed as those
on the memorial outside, plus those on the
plaque at Aylburton.
Percival William ADAMS, Pte 11432, 8th
Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. 27 year old son
of William Adams and twice widowed Mary Ann Wilkes
(1856-1921) of Foundry Cottages, Lydney. He was a
railway porter in 1911 who enlisted at Lydney on
September 1st 1914. Killed in action on July 30th
1916, he is buried
Departement de la Somme, Picardie, and commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial.
William Charles APLIN, Pte 30120, 4/5th The
Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Formerly of Norfolk
Regiment. 27 year old son of Charles and Rose Aplin
of 38 Queen Street, Lydney. Tinplate catcher 1911.
Killed in action 26 Oct 1917. Burial
place-Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders
(West-Vlaanderen), Belgium. Commemorated on the Tyne
Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Samuel BAILEY, Pte 15251 8th
Gloucestershire Regiment. 29 year old son of Richard
& Ellen Bailey. Was a tinplate catcher living with
his married brother at 32 Mount Pleasant, Lydney, in
1911, and a serving soldier when he married Hannah
Williams at Lydney church on April 10th 1915. Killed
in action 23/7/1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval
William BAXTER, Pte 027609, 7th Mobile
Workshop, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Formerly
141475, R.H. and R.F.A. 21 year old son of
tinplate worker Joseph Baxter & Dora Frances Baxter,
of Church Road, Lydney. Died 8/10/1918. Buried in
Montecchio Precalcine Communal Cemetery Extension,
BAYLIS. Pte 18230 13th Battalion,
Gloucestershire Regiment. 19 year old son of George
& Harriett Baylis of Primrose Hill, Lydney. Worked
as tinplate catcher pre-war. Died of wounds 5th
April 1918 and is buried at Saint Sever Cemetery
BEARD, Lance Corporal, 13531 8th
Gloucestershire Regiment age 24. Tinplate worker in
1911. Enlisted at Gloucester. Son of Tom & Fanny
Beard of 28 Tutnalls, Lydney.
and commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.
Albert BRICE, Pte 36070 1st Welsh Regt.,
formerly 18677 3rd South Wales Borderers. Born at
Pensall, Staffordshire in 1883, and married there in
1902, he was the husband of Susannah Mumford, and a
father of four. After his marriage he lived briefly
at Lydney where his eldest son George William, was
born in 1903. In 1911 he was still employed as a
tinworker but now living over the border at
Abertillery, in Monmouthshire. He originally
enlisted in the South Wales Borderers at Newport in
1914, but was on the strength of the 1st Battalion,
Welch Regiment when he was killed in action on 25th
Frederick T BRINKWORTH, Pte 12191, 7th
Gloucestershire Regt. 21 year old son of Samuel and
Emily Brinkworth, 35 Tutnalls, Lydney.
Samuel, worked as a drayman for the GWR at Lydney.
The couple had eight children. Their eldest son,
Frederick, was employed as a tinplate worker in 1911
and enlisted with the Glosters in November 1914. He
was killed in action at Gallipoli on 7th of August
1915 and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial,
Sgt, 13580 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, died of
his wounds on 20/3/1915 age 38.
He was the son of plate-layer John Comley
(1846-1928) & his wife Ann (1845-1923) of
Cross Hands, Lydney, who moved to the area from
Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, in the early 1870s and
eventually settled at Lydney. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery,
John William Herbert
DAVEY, Rifleman R/15809, 12th King’s Royal
Rifles Corp. Born at Lydney, he was the 18 year old
son of Bath, Somerset, baker, Benjamin Gold Davey
(1867-1898), and his wife Maud Probert, from Lydney.
John enlisted at Chepstow and was killed in action 18/9/1916.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
William George DAVIES,
(or Davis), Pte 10185, 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire
Regiment. Mother, Nellie Maria Davies of 3 Highfield
Road, Lydney. He disembarked at
Gallipoli 19th June 1915. Killed in action 8th August 1915 and
is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli.
Lieutenant, 2/5th Battalion,
Gloucestershire Regiment. Angus was born at
Alltyrheiny, Cilgerran on 21 April 1895, the only
son of John Julius and Ada Charlotte Dodgshon,
who lived at Bream Lodge,
Aylburton. After being educated at Hurst Court
and at Wellington College, he entered Trinity
College, Cambridge. Angus had a very keen interest
in magic, and in 1913 joined the Magic Circle, where
he became well known for his enthusiasm. However at
the outbreak of war, Angus realised his duty, and
joined the Officer Training Corps, from where he was
gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant with the 2/5th Battalion
of the Gloucester Regiment in October 1914. The
battalion served on Home Service during the early
part of the war, and moved to France on the 23 May
1916 as part of 184 Brigade, 61st Division. Angus
remained in Britain for a while, where he was
promoted Temporary Captain, and he himself moved to
France on 31 August 1917. The division was by then
at Ypres, taking part in the Third Battle of Ypres,
and in late August and early September it was
involved in the efforts to push the line forward at
positions around Schuler Farm and Aisne Farm near
Kerselaar. The Division then moved south, where it
was to take part in the Battle of Cambrai. Angus was
however killed here during the build up to the
battle, on 10 November 1917. He was just 22 years
old, and is buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux.
One of his fellow officers wrote a short letter of
condolence to his parents soon after; "During
his short time with us he became very dear to me,
and always kept us jolly with his amusing tricks and
happy-go-lucky ways. He was getting on so well in
the Battalion, and all the men loved him." from
the Cilgerran War Memorial,
Francis C DOWDESWELL,
Pte 15488 1st Gloucestershire Regt died 9/5/1915 age
24. A railway worker in 1911. Son of Albert & Emma
Dowdeswell, 2 Memorial Houses, Lydney.
Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
Reginald J DOWDESWELL,
Pte G/21446 7th Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regt)
18/9/1918 age 24. Was a tin-worker in 1911. Son of
Albert & Emma Dowdeswell, 2
Memorial Houses, Lydney. Commemorated on the
Vis-en-Artois Memorial France.
Charles Arman DYKINS, Leading Stoker 285058
HMS “Active” Royal Navy. Born Lydney on 10th
December 1874 he was employed as a shipping clerk in
his teenage years.
the Royal Navy, originally on a 12 year engagement,
in 1897. Records list him as the nephew of both
shipping agent William Dykins (1828-1892) of Cookson
Terrace, Lydney, and James Hooper of Primrose Hill,
He served as a
stoker on a number of ships until posted to the
cruiser HMS Active in early 1914. He was taken ill
and died on 25/12/1914 and was buried at sea.
Gilbert Percival EDWARDS. Private
35266,13th Battalion Welsh Regiment. Born at Albert
Street, Lydney, he was the 24 year old son of mason
Thomas Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, of 37,
Newerne St., Lydney, and was employed as a tinplate
worker at Gorseinon, Glamorganshire, in 1911. He was
killed in action on 27/08/1918, and is commemorated
on panel 7 of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de
William Osborne ELLAWAY, Pte
CH/2644(S) 1st R M Bn R.N. Div Royal Marine Light
16/1/18 age 22. Died 28/9/1918. Tin-plate
worker in 1911. Son of George (1868-1918) and
Rosanna (1874-1912) of Allastone Mesne.
in Sucrerie British Cemetery,
Graincourt, les-Havrincourt, France.
William John ELLAWAY,
born Lydney 1883. Tin-plate worker. Pte in
Gloucestershire Regiment, 8th Service Battalion.
Regimental Number 23595. Son of George & Mary Ann
Ellaway of 5 Highfield Road, Lydney. Died Arras,
France, 28 March 1918.
Montague FERRIS, Pte 20954 1st
Garrison Battalion Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Born
Lydney 1884. Tinplate worker. Son of Thomas &
Elizabeth Ferris of Albert Street, Lydney. Enlisted
at Bristol. Formerly with Somerset Light Infantry.
Died India 1/10/1918. The Ottoman campaign ended
after the Armistice of Mudros with the Allies on 30
October 1918. Montague was buried at Bellary
Military Cemetery and commemorated on the Madras
1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India.
FISHER, Pte 13554 12th Battalion
Gloucestershire Regiment. 24 year old son of Charles
(1857-1899) & Sarah Matilda Fisher (1858-1946) of
Middle Forge, Lydney. His father Charles was a
collier at Norchard who died in a rock fall there in
1899. George and two of his brothers, one only 13,
are recorded as tinplate workers on the 1911 census.
He enlisted at Gloucester in 1914 and died from his
wounds on 25th June 1918. George is buried in
Thiennes British Cemetery.
Gerald Frank FISHER, Pte 38584, 4th
Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. 34 year old son
of William Bowen & Mary Jane Dowle, of Rose Cottage,
Primrose Hill, Lydney, and older brother of Ralph,
recorded below. George was recorded as single, and
an insurance agent, living at the family home, on
the 1911 census. He enlisted in November 1914 at
Lydney, was killed in action on 20th November 1917,
and is buried at Marcoing British Cemetery in
Ralph Leslie FISHER, Gunner 168227
124th Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Born to insurance agent, William Bowen Fisher and
his wife Mary Jane Dowle, at Rose Cottage, Primrose Hill, Lydney
on 18th May 1890. He was employed as a tinplate
worker in 1911, married Lillian Gertrude Doble at
Newport in 1913, and settled in Cwmbran. He enlisted
in the army at Newport.
Ralph died from his wounds on 26th April 1917, and
is buried in Barlain Communal Cemetery.
Charles Norman FLETCHER Pte 40981
2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 19
year old son of railway engineer William Thornton
Fletcher and Martha (Price) Fletcher of 10 High
Street, Lydney, and younger brother of George
Reginald Fletcher, recorded below. Killed in action
1st November 1918.
George Reginald FLETCHER, Pte 15479 1st Gloucestershire
Regt. 29 year old former tinplate worker. Son of
railway engineer William Thornton Fletcher and
Martha (Price) Fletcher of 10 High Street, Lydney. Died 12/9/1916. Buried in Heilly Station
Cemetery, Mericourt-l’-Abbe, Somme.
William FLETCHER Gunner 92212 66th Battery
Royal Field Artillery. 24 year old son of John and
Elizabeth Ann Fletcher of New Mills, Lydney. Born at
Bream in 1893, John was listed as a tinplate worker
in 1911. Killed in action on 13th July 1917, he is
commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
FREEMAN, Pte 40241, 2nd Worcestershire
Regiment. He was the 20 year old son of Esau and
Florence Freeman of Highland House, Lydney. His
father was a railway ticket inspector. Albert, a
tinplate worker, enlisted at Lydney on 22nd October
1914. He originally served as Private 2573 Royal
Gloucestershire Hussars. He was killed in action 2nd
November 1916, and is buried in London Cemetery &
Extension, at Longueval, France.
Charles FREEMAN, M.M, L/Cpl 23261, 26th
Royal Fusiliers. Son of bank manager Charles Sharpe
Freeman and Clara Freeman, of Bank House, Lydney, he
was born at Newbury, Berkshire in
but moved with his family to Lydney when his father
took over the management of a bank there. He was
educated between 1907-1909 at Colstons School near
Bristol, and in 1911 was a bank clerk boarding at
41, Droitwich Road, Worcester.
1916 he was living at Winchester when he enlisted in
the 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (Bankers
Battalion) which was composed largely of bank clerks
and accountants. Lance Corporal Charles Freeman was
wounded in January 1917 and awarded a Military Medal
for his bravery at Dammestrasse Ridge on 7th June
1917. He was killed in action on June 12th 1917 and
is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, at
Stanley James GRAIL, Pte 2807 of the 6th
South Staffs Regiment, was the second son of George
Henry Grail, the local superintendent of the
Prudential Insurance Company, who lived with his
wife Kate at 9 Bathurst Park Road, Lydney.
only 17 when he enlisted in September 1914. He
received the wound that led to his death on his 18th
birthday, the 11th of May. His left thigh was
fractured and it was found necessary to amputate. He
did not survive the operation and died on 5th June
1915. Private Stanley Grail was buried in St Sever
Cemetery, at Ruen, France.
Clifford George GRAIL, Capt, 7th North
Staffs Regiment, was the eldest son of George Henry
Grail, and brother to Private Stanley Grail (above).
Soudley in 1891, he was educated at Cambridge
University, and before enlisting in August 1914, was a
teacher of languages at a grammar school in Bromley,
Cape Helles, Gallipoli on July 11th, 1915, and
wounded on July 19th, he died on July 23rd,
six weeks after his brother, and is commemorated on the
Helles Memorial in Turkey.
T HAILE Pte 13162, 10th Gloucestershire
Regiment, was the 29 year old son of mason Hubert
Haile and his wife Esther, of 21 Tutnalls Street,
Lydney, who were married at Gloucester in 1876.
Frank, a tinplate worker, married Alice Darters at
Lydney in January 1910. They lived at 16 Tutnalls
Street and had one daughter, Christina Mildred (bn
He enlisted in
the 10th Gloucesters at Lydney in November 1914.
Private Frank Haile was killed in action on 25th
September 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos
Memorial in France.
310 officers and men from the 10th Gloucesters lost
their lives on the Loos sector 1915-16.
H J HAMBLIN, Able
Seaman RNVR 12505 Bn R Naval Div., Royal Navy
died 13th November 1916.
There was a local boy, Henry John Hamblin (bn 1891), the
only child of John & Emma Hamblin of Blakeney, but
we cannot find a service record. He is recorded
working as an engine cleaner with the GWR in 1911.
George HAMBRIDGE, L/Sgt 18662 10th Worcestershire
Regt died 3/7/1916. Born Banbury 1893, son of
Elizabeth Hambridge. Fireman with the GWR at Lydney.
Enlisted at Coleford. Killed in action during the
Battle of the Somme, when capturing La Boisselle, and
being involved in the attacks on High Wood. Commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Wilfred Jenkins HARRISON, Trooper 2418,
Guards-Household Cavalry, Household Battalion.
29 year old
son of Alfred Jenkins Harrison and his wife Adeline
of Tuthill Lodge, Lydney, and was employed as a
colliery labourer in 1911. He enlisted at Lydney on
December 26th 1916. Wilfred died of his wounds on
24th June 1917, and is buried in Duisans British
Cemetery, Etrun, France.
George Edward HAYWARD, Pte 31494, 12th
Gloucestershire Regiment. Born at Tutshill, he was
the 20 year old son of farm worker Francis Hayward
and his wife Mary Ann of Highfield Lodge, Lydney. He
enlisted at Bristol and was killed in action on
April 14th, 1918. Frank is buried in Morbecque
British Cemetery, France.
Charles HISCOCKS, Pte 35454, 1st Battalion,
Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment. Born at Down
Farm, Tetbury, he was the 19 year old son of farmer
Richard Hiscocks and Mabel Bellingham, who were
married at Dartford, Kent, in 1886. From around
1908, his family were living at Nurshill Farm, The
Purlieu, Lydney.Henry enlisted in the Wiltshires at
Bristol. He was killed in action on September 30th
1918, less than six weeks before the Armistice, and
is buried in Hautmont Communal Cemetery, France.
Sidney Reginald HOCKADAY,
Capt, 2nd Monmouthshire Regt died 2/9/1916 age 24.
Born Sydney, Australia 1892. Lost both parents.
Father in 1902 when he drowned trying to save his
two sons, and their mother through illness in 1904.
Adopted by coal-mine owner Frank Step Hockaday from Highbury
Lydney. Sidney attended Monmouth Grammar and Birmingham
University. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 2nd
Monmouthshires, 20 Aug 1914. Lt. (temp. Capt.)
from 5th May 1915. Wounded and gassed on 2 May 1915
at Ypres, Belgium. He was then fatally wounded on
30th August 1916, again at Ypres, and died on 2nd
September 1916. Buried in
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Charles James HOPKINS, M.M. Pte
6130 1st Somerset Regt. Born at Iron Acton,
South Gloucestershire to William Henry Hopkins and
his wife Emily Jane Armat, in July 1884. Lived
mainly in Bristol. Was a regular soldier with 2nd
Somerset Light Infantry at Malta in 1911. Awarded
Military Medal for bravery July 1917. Gave his place
of residence as Lydney. Killed in action 25/10/1917.
Buried in Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux,
HOWELLS, Pte 12369, 2nd Battn.
Gloucestershire Regiment. Tin-plate worker. 21 year
old, one of the eleven children of Charles & Elizabeth Howells of 20
Tutnalls Street, Lydney. He enlisted over the border
at Gorseinon and was killed in action on 10th May 1915.
29584 Private 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire
Regiment, the 29 year old son of Lydney wheelwright,
John Emmanuel Hughes, and his wife Annie, of Brick
House, Oldcroft, near Lydney. John junior, who
enlisted at Bristol, was employed as a coach painter
by his father.
He lost his life at
Salonika on December 7th 1916 and is remembered on
the Doiran Memorial.
William Clifford HUSSEY,
L/Cpl15267 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regt. 25
year old son of tinplate works foreman James Hussey
and Emily Frances Robbins, of 10 Station Road,
Lydney. William was employed as a tinplate worker
before enlisting at Gloucester. He was killed in
action on 30/7/1916, and is buried in Caterpillar
Valley Cemetery, Longueval Somme, France.
Henry HYETT, Pte 29804 2nd Gloucestershire
Regiment. Born at Lydney in 1888, the only son of
coal shipper Walter Hyett and his wife Anne, who
lived at 14 Mount Pleasant, Lydney. Albert was a
hairdresser. He married Elizabeth Eleanor Collins in
October 1914 and moved to 13 Bath Place, Lydney. He
enlisted in the Glosters at Bristol and was killed
in action at Salonika, Greece, on 25th October 1917.
29 year old Albert Hyett is buried in Struma
Pte 28642, 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment, 18 year
old son of tin-plate worker Henry James & his wife
Ann, of Allastone Mead, Lydney. Enlisted Lydney.
Killed in action 21st April 1918.
Mont- Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem,
Richard JAMES, Ordinary Seaman J/44132,
Royal Navy, HMS “Vanguard”. The son of coal shipper
George James, and his wife, Frances Annie Legge, of
9 Cookson Terrace, Lydney, George was only 16 when
he signed up as a boy sailor on a 12 years
engagement with the Royal Navy in September 1915. On
July 9th 1917 he was killed on board the battleship,
HMS Vanguard, when it exploded at Scapa
Flow. His name is remembered on the Plymouth Naval
night of 9 July 1917, the battleship HMS Vanguard
was anchored in Scapa Flow. In a matter of seconds a
devastating internal explosion destroyed the ship,
killing all but two of the 845 men on board at the
time. The explosion that sank Vanguard is believed
to be the result of an internal explosion from
faulty cordite. The loss of Vanguard was one of the
most tragic accidents in the history of the Royal
Navy. The bodies that could be recovered are buried
in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Hoy, and the wreck
itself is afforded statutory protection as a
designated war grave under the Protection of
Military Remains Act 1986.
William JOHNSTONE, Pte, Royal Marine Light
Infantry. 20 year old son of tailor, Samuel George
Johnstone and Emma Rowley of Woodbine Villa,
Stanford Road, Lydney.
Killed as a
direct result of enemy action on 19th March 1918
while serving with the 2nd Royal Marines Battalion.
Guards Cemetery, Les Boeufs, Somme, France.
Hugh JONES M.C.
CAPT. 13th Glosters
(Forest of Dean Battalion).
Only son of William (Billy)Jones JP. Aged 29, Hugh played
cricket for Lydney and Gloucestershire. His
father was a builders merchant and ship-owner of the
steamer Black Dwarf, which carried
tin-plate out of Lydney Harbour to Avonmouth. The
family lived at Moorlands on Hill Street, and
William Jones was also chairman of Lydney
Rural District Council, and on the committee of
Lydney Cricket Club.
Lt. Hugh Jones, who had worked as a clerk in his
father's shipping office, and was secretary of
the Town Hall committee, earned his Military Cross for
gallantry at the Somme and was promoted to Captain.
He died on the 10th November 1918 of pneumonia after
being hospitalised with Spanish influenza.
Alfred JONES, Pte 15294, 10th Battalion,
Gloucestershire Regiment. Born at Mitcheldean, he
was the 21 year old son of colliery engine driver,
William Frederick Jones, and his wife Emily, who
lived at Nine Wells, near Coleford. Recorded as a
colliery worker in 1911, Private Ernest Jones was
only 20 when marrying Cheltenham girl, Ethel Alice
Bradstock, at Leckhampton on July 18th 1915, but was
tragically killed in action only two months later.
He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.
310 officers and men from the 10th Gloucesters lost
their lives on the Loos sector 1915-16.
Albert Henry JORDAN, Pte
16196, 3rd Gloucestershire Regiment,
& 2nd Battalion. The 35 year
old son of Harry & Ellen Jordan of Primrose Hill. A
tinplate worker, he married Lucy Gardener from
Blakeney in 1906. The couple had two daughters. He
enlisted with the Glosters at Bristol, and was
killed in action on 1st October1918. Albert is buried
at Mikra British Cemetery in Salonika, Greece.
Percy JORDAN, L/Cpl 13193 10th Gloucestershire Regt.
26 year old son of Walter & Esther Jordan of 25 High
Street, Lydney. A grocer's assistant at Lydney in
1911. He enlisted at Coleford and was killed in action
16th June 1916. Buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay,
Ernest (Buller) Frederick LEWIS, Pte 38476 1st King’s
Shropshire Light Infantry (formerly with 8th
Glosters) died 16/5/1918 age 24. Lydney tinplate
worker in 1911. Son
of Charles (1870-1900) and Rosina Lewis (1872-1908) of
Queen Street, Lydney. Buried in
Arneke British Cemetery, France.
James S LEWIS, 1st Officer, SS Singapore, Mercantile
Marines, died 19/10/1918. Residence Lydney. He was
the son of Lydney's harbour master, Samuel Kingscote
Lewis. It is speculated
that this merchant seaman may have died from Spanish
Influenza. He is buried in Mazargues War Cemetery,
Marseilles, France. Mazargues is a southern suburb
(the 9th Arrondissement), some 6 kilometres from the
centre of Marseilles.
Albert MORGAN, Pte 17341 10th Gloucestershire.
Tinplate worker. 26 year old son of Samuel and Fanny
Morgan of 5 Station Road, Lydney. Killed in action
on September 25th 1915, he is buried in Dud Corner
Cemetery, Loos, France.
of his officers, 22 year old Lt. Clement
Aubrey Symons, who had been on the staff of
Lloyds Bank at Lydney, and a prominent member of the
town's AFC and Cricket Club, was also killed that day.
Charles Henry MUNDAY, Pte 267012, 2nd
Battalion, 6th Gloucestershire Regiment, was the 34
year old son of railwayman Charles Munday
(1854-1910) and his wife Eliza Liddington
(1854-1947) who lived at Highfield Lane, Lydney, and
had nine children.
Munday enlisted in the Glosters at Bristol. He was
killed in action on December 2nd 1917 and is
commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval,
Harold NASH, L/Cpl 15318, 10th (Service)
Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. 22 year old son
of tinplate worker Edwin Nash (1869-1947) and Edith
Wickson (1862-1952), who were married in 1892. The
couple had five sons and one daughter and lived at
32 Queens Street, Lydney. George, a hairdresser, was
the eldest, and with two of his brothers, enlisted
in World War 1. He was part of the machine gun
section and was killed instantly, by an enemy shell
during an artillery bombardment, on December
19th 1915, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial,
in France. 310 officers and men from the 10th
Gloucesters lost their lives on the Loos sector
William Guy (Jack) NELMES, L/Cpl 13939, 8th
Battalion (Motor Transport), Gloucestershire
Regiment. Tinplate worker. 27 year old son of Guy &
Abigail Nelmes of 21 Albert Street, Lydney. Enlisted
23rd September 1915. Killed
in action 23rd July 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval
Memorial, Somme, France.
Edward William PARSLOE,
Pte 7799, 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. Eldest
son of Edward William and Alma Parsloe, of the
Lodge, Blenheim Rd, Gloucester. He married Gertrude Annie
Kear, of 9 Station Road, Lydney, in January 1914.
Their daughter, Mavis Parsloe, was born at Lydney in
22 year old Edward was never to see his daughter, he
was killed in action on October 21st 1914 and is
in the China Wall Perth Cemetery, Belgium.
Charles PINCHIN, Pte 25733, 14th
Worcestershire Regiment. Born Tormarton, South
Gloucestershire, the 28 year old son of Chipping
Sodbury born tinplate worker, William Henry Pinchin,
and his wife Louisa Redwood, of 39 Queen Street,
Lydney, who moved to this area around 1900. He married
Annie Elizabeth Austin from Aylburton on January
31st 1916 and their son, William Ernest Pinchin, was
born in July that year. Charles Pinchin died from
his wounds at Chelsea Hospital on 11th September,
and was buried with full military honours four days
later, in St Mary’s Churchyard, Lydney. His son,
William, was baptised at the same church two weeks
after his father's death.
William Henry POWELL,
2nd Grenadier Guards. No casualty details.
Born Lydney 1894, the son of GWR engine driver
William Henry Powell and his wife Hannah. By 1911 the family had moved
to Acton, Middlesex, where young William was
employed as a railway number taker by the GWR.
William POWELL, Pte 6086, 1st
Gloucestershire Regiment. The 31 year old son of
tinplate worker Richard Powell and his wife Mary
Jane, who lived at Victoria Road, Lydney, he appears
on the Horfield Barracks 1901 census as a regular
soldier with the 1st Glosters. He probably continued
with the reserves, as the 1911 census records him
employed as a tinplate worker and living with his
William, then living at Newbridge, Monmouthshire, married 27 year old, Lydney born, Annie
Elizabeth Lee, the daughter of ostler John Lee and
his wife Mary Ann Morgan, at Crumlin, near Pontypool,
Monmouthshire, in 1912.
The 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment,
a part of 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, landed at Havre
on the 13th August 1914. Killed in action on
November 7th 1914, William Powell was one of
Lydney's earliest recorded casualties of the war. He
is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres
in Belgium. His widow,
Annie Powell, was married at Abercarn in January
1918 to 48 year old widowed fireman, John Matthews,
and remained in Newbridge.
James Lionel, Pte 15499 2nd Battalion,
South Wales Borderers.Tinplate worker. 28 year old
son of Thomas & Hannah Prosser from Primrose Hill,
Lydney, and husband of Edith Emily Morgan who he
married in 1910. Killed in action at Gallipoli 19th
Albert Edward REEKS,
Pte 10188 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regt,was the
17 year old son of Lydney born mariner William
Reeks, and his wife Matilda. A tinplate worker in
1911, he enlisted at Lydney in August 1914. Albert
died from his wounds on the 17th anniversary of his
baptism at Lydney, 23/12/1916, and is buried in
Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. The
personal effects record named the sole legatee as
his sister Violet.
Harry RICHARDS, Pte 13587 8th Gloucestershire Regiment, age 27. Only son of
tinworker Joseph Richards and Eliza
James, who were married at Lydney in 1887. Joseph,
who lived at
Ivy Dene, Primrose Hill, Lydney, was recorded
as an an engine driver in 1917. Harry, who was a
tinworker in 1911, enlisted at Gloucester in August
1914. He was killed
in action on 23rd July 1916 and is buried at
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Somme.
He is also commemorated with a window in St.
Mary's Church bearing the inscription
"Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a
crown of life. In ever loving memory of Harry
Richards No. 13587 8th Gloucesters who fell in
action July 23rd 1916 aged 27 years only son of
Joseph & Eliza Richards & Grandson of the late
Jamesimm, all of Primrose Hill, Lydney."
Thomas RICHARDS, Pte 13240 10th
Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. 25 year old son
of George & Alice Richards of 1 Factory, Lydney.
Tinplate worker 1911. Enlisted before January 1915.
Killed in action 25 September 1915. Commemorated
Loos Memorial, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. (see
Albert Morgan who died the same day)
Frederick George SANDFORD, Pte 84233, 51st
Bn Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) was the 29 year old
son of Frederick and Emily Sandford, of 31 Albert
colliery worker, he was employed in a Bristol box
factory after marrying Edith Price at Bedminster,
Bristol, in September 1913. Their son Frederick
George, was born on 24th July 1914, and a daughter,
Minnie, was born in 1916, but only lived for less
than a month.
in the army in July 1916. He was wounded in the back
and right hand by shrapnel in August 1917 and, after
treatment in the UK, was granted home leave in
September and October. He was posted back to France
on April 2nd 1918 and was killed in action on April
that Edith was granted a pension of one pound and
five pence per week to support her and her child.
son, AC2 Frederick George Sandford, lost his life in
World War 2 while serving with the RAF at Singapore
during the Japanese invasion in 1942.
He was the
husband of Edith Mary Joyce Sandford, of
Leckhampton, Cheltenham, and is commemorated on the
SAUNDERS, Military Medal, Sgt 13072, 8th
Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He was the 25
year old son of John James Palmer Saunders
(1857-1896) and his wife Sarah Beard (1862-1937).
Tragically John died on 15th May 1896. He drowned
after falling in the water, probably
a heart attack, while fishing with a lava net at
Lydney docks. Arthur's widowed mother married
William Thorne in 1900.
census shows three Saunders brothers, including
Arthur, employed as tinplate workers, and living at
14 Albert Street, Lydney.
A well known
Gloucester and County rugby forward, Arthur enlisted
at Gloucester in August 1914. The family address was
then 31 Mount Pleasant, Tutnalls, Lydney. He was
killed in action on November 1st 1916, and is
commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, at Somme in
Charles Ivor Willis Saunders was the 29
year old son of John & Sarah Saunders, and brother
to Arthur (above). He was employed as a tinplate
worker and served three years with the 2nd
Battalion, Gloucester Regiment(Reserves?), before
migrating to Canada where he worked as a painter. He
enlisted in the Canadian Artillery on September 15th
1914. Charles died of his extensive wounds at No.10
Stationary Hospital, St. Omer, on 6th September 1917
and is buried at Souvenir Cemetery, St. Omer.
Another brother, Albert Henry Saunders (born 1883),
served with the Somerset Light Infantry and survived
married Elizabeth Margaret Rees at Lydney, on 1st
June 1925 when he was 42 years old.
Victor John SAUNDERS,
Cpl 201167 13th Gloucestershire Regt. 29 year old
youngest son of Victor & Helen Saunders of 7 Hill
Street, Lydney. Tinplate worker 1911. Enlisted
Bristol 27 January 1915. Died 22/3/1918. Buried near
Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension.
Henry SAYSUM, Pte 16113, 7th
Gloucestershire Regiment and a private (6542) in the
Military Police, was the 22 year old son of tinplate
worker William Saysum and his wife, Martha Miles, of
Allastone Mesne, Primrose Hill, Lydney, and husband
of Florence Saysum of Ryden Lane, Charlton Pershore,
Worcs. George enlisted in the Glosters on 25th
November 1914. He was married at Tamworth,
Staffordshire in 1916, and had one son, George
Geoffrey, who was born in 1919. Wounded in his right
eye on November 4th 1918, he was posted back to the
UK. He was able to spend some time with his family,
but was back in London's Hampstead Military hospital
in 1919 where he died on November 26th. George is buried in
St Mary’s Churchyard, Lydney. Our photo
shows him with his sister Elizabeth (Cissie) in
Arthur William SMITH,
Pte 14400, 12th Gloucestershire Regt died 28/4/1917
age 29. The son of John F B & Rose Eleanor Smith of
the Swan Hotel, Lydney, Arthur was employed as a
chauffeur to a farm bailiff at Christchurch in
Hampshire during the time of the 1911 census. He
enlisted with the Glosters at Bristol. Arthur died
from his wounds on 28th April 1917 and was buried in
Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
S J STOCK, Royal
Garrison Artillery. No results from CWG or local
family history sources on this one. Another
researcher and the FODFH site suggests
he is Pte Stephen John Stocker of Uplyme
in Devon, but there is no obvious connection. His
name is not on the earlier memorial inside Lydney
William STRATTON, Pte 12219, 2nd Battalion
and 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. 20 year
old son of bell-hanger Edward Stratton and his wife
Jane of Tutnalls, Lydney, and later of Woodside,
Bream. Willy enlisted at Lydney in September 1914,
and was killed in action on May 2nd 1915. He is
commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres,
Thomas THURSTON M.M., L/Cpl 13602, of ‘B’
Company, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire
was the 29 year old son of mariner, Josiah Thurston
and his wife Elizabeth Hughes, of 25 Albert St,
Lydney. A tinplate worker, he enlisted with the
Glosters on September 5th 1914 at Gloucester.
Arthur's Military Medal, for bravery in the field,
was reported in the local press on 20th February
He was killed
in action on April 12th 1918 and is commemorated on
the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
Donald Victor TOOP,
Pte PLY/2415 1st Royal Marine Light Infantry. 19
year old son of dairyman William Alfred Toop and
Jane Cuttriss of 9 Albert Street, Lydney, who were
married at Sherborne, Dorset in 1894. His father
died in 1911. Donald had been employed as a railway
porter when enlisting with the marines in September
1917. He died of his wounds in 149th (RN) Field
Ambulance (SW left leg) on 29th September 1918, and
is buried at Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies,
Pte 28236 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's Somerset
Light Infantry. 19 year old son of John & Annie
Townsend of Clearwell. Enlisted at Bristol. Died
4/10/1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial,
Ralph TURLEY, Pte
21729 11th Royal Warwickshire Regt, was the 34 year
old son of self-employed mason William Turley
(residence High Street, Cinderford in 1911) who
married Ellen Pollard. Employed as a walling mason
at a colliery, he married Cinderella Hyett from
Viney Hill in 1912. The couple lived at Lower Old
Croft, Lydney. Ralph originally enlisted in the 11th
Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (29261) but was
on the strength of the Royal Warwickshires when he
was killed in action on 11th April 1917. He is
commemorated on the Arras Memorial,
William Henry TURLEY, Pte 32332 12th Hampshire Regt,
was the 37 year old son of mason William Turley and
his wife Ellen. (see above) He married Rhoda Duck
from Moseley Green at Viney Hill in 1908 and the
couple had five sons. He died only two weeks after
his brother Ralph on 25/4/1917 and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.
George John Lancelot WARREN, Pte 7488 King’s Shropshire
Light Infantry, attached to the Royal
Engineers. Born Cardiff 1885, and baptised at Lydney
in 1888, the 31 year old son of Welshman George
Warren and Lydney born Rosanna Warren. He married
Emily Bishop in 1907 and had three children. He was
a collier at Cardiff in 1911 but gave his residence
as Lydney when enlisting. George died 14th July 1916
and is commemorated on the
Thiepval Memorial, Somme.
George WELLINGTON, Pte 15077 8th (Service
Battalion) Gloucestershire Regiment. Son of engine
driver Thomas Wellington and Mary Jane Robins who
were married in 1874. The family lived at 1 Queen
St, Lydney, but in 1911 Harold was away from home,
employed as a tinplate worker at Caerphilly in
Wales. He enlisted at Gloucester, was killed in
action on July 30th 1916, and is buried in
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, France. He is also
remembered on the grave of his parents at St.
Mary's, Lydney, where his 'death penny', a six inch
diameter bronze disc issued to relatives, was set
into their headstone.
William Thomas WILCOX, Cpl 37293 M.M, 50th
Btn. Machine Gun Corps, and formerly 26854,
Gloucestershire Regiment. The 21 year old son of
tinplate worker William Wilcox and his wife Eleanor
Parry, who were married at Lydney in 1893. The
family lived at Mount Pleasant in 1901, and in later
years, at 67 Church Rd, Lydney.
employed as a tinplate worker when he enlisted in
the Glosters at Lydney, and serving with the Machine
Gun Corps when awarded a Military Medal for bravery
in the field, in August 1918. He was killed in
action on October 20th 1918, and buried in
Neiderzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Germany.
William John WILLIAMS,
Pte 20903 10th South Wales Borderers age 22. Son of
William & Johanna Williams, 9 Walter Street,
Abertysswy, Monmouthshire. Resident of Lydney when enlisting.
Killed in action 3rd March 1916. Buried in Le Touret
Military Cemetery, Richebourge-L’Avoue, France.
William WOODWARD, Pte 29503 1st East Surrey
Regiment, and Pte 18341 12th Battalion,
Gloucestershire Regiment. Born at Ross-on-Wye in
1896, he was the 22 year old son of farm labourer,
Arthur Woodward, and his wife Elizabeth, who lived
at 7 Church Street, Lydney. William was posted to
the East Surreys on October 8th 1918, and was killed
in action 12 days later. He is buried at Bethencourt
Communal Cemetery in France.
Gilbert James WOOLES, Pte 204073 2nd/5th
Gloucestershire Regt, was the 32 year old son of
publican Allan Wooles (1856-1887) and his wife Ann
who were the landlords of the Greyhound Inn at
Lydney. Gilbert was a self-employed plasterer and
married the daughter of another publican, Ada Agnes
Jones, at Lydney church in June 1911. He was
landlord of the Rifleman's Arms in 1912. They had one
child, Agnes, who was born in 1913. He enlisted at
Bristol and was killed in action on 31/3/1918.
Wooles is buried in Han British Cemetery,
Thomas Joseph WYMAN. Pte 28249 1st Somerset
Light Infantry. Born at Lydney in 1898, he was the
son of baker Herbert Maurice Wyman from Westbury,
and Mary Millward from Merthyr Tydfil, who were
married at Merthyr in 1897.
received gunshot wounds to his left thigh and
buttock on 4th October 1917 at Poelcapelle 5 miles
north-east of Ypres. In this action his battalion
lost 9 officers and 282 other ranks. The wounds must
have been serious as he was then sent to a military
hospital in France for 3 months and then repatriated
to the UK on 5th January 1918. There are no records
available but he died at Bath in 1923 aged 25. One can only
guess that he was possibly a long-term patient at
the Bath War Hospital.
Lydney Cricket Club's Memorial
F J B Cowley
W J Harrison
A H Hyett
C A Symons
This Memorial was placed here by the members
of the Lydney Cricket Club to keep in
remembrance their club mates who gave their
lives in the Great War.
'They played the Game.'
Three of those named, F J B Cowley, F R
Osborne, and C A Symons, do not appear on
the Lydney war memorial.
Frederick John Bodenham Cowley. 23 year old son
of Frederick James
Bodenham Cowley and Florence Emily Cowley, of
Holmleigh, Falkner St., Gloucester. An employee of
Lloyds Bank, he was vice-captain of Lydney AFC in
1913. John was commissioned with the Gloucestershire
Regiment January 1918. Attached to 1st
Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment, he was killed in
action in France on 11th August 1918, and is buried
in Bouchoir New British Cemetery. He is also
commemorated on a plaque in Gloucester Park and on
the Lydney Cricket Club memorial.
Sergeant Francis Raywood Osborne, 10th
Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
Raywood was born at Campden Grammar School, the
eldest son of Francis Bazley and Mary Ann Osborne,
and was baptised at St. James’s Church
on 1 June 1890. He was educated at Campden Grammar
School, where his father was headmaster, and then at
Christ’s Hospital in Horsham. In 1906 he obtained a
clerkship in the Capital and Counties Bank in
Gloucester before he moved successively to branches
in Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Lydney and finally to Head
Office in Threadneedle Street in London. He was a
member of the Institute of Bankers. At the outbreak
of war Raywood enlisted in the 10th Battalion
(Stockbrokers’ Battalion), Royal Fusiliers in London
and in September 1914 he was gazetted to a
commission in the Army Service Corps. This he
declined as it was a non - fighting unit. In 1915 he
was again offered a commission but this time in his
own battalion, which he again refused as it entailed
a longer stay in England.
Raywood arrived in France as a sergeant on 13
October 1915. On the night of 4 May 1916 he was in
charge of his platoon at Monchy-au-Bois, south-west
of Arras, when the Germans made a surprise attack.
Though wounded, he refused to leave his men. He was
wounded a second time and was being carried away by
the stretcher-bearers when he was hit for a third
time by a shell splinter. His wounds were fatal and
he died soon afterwards. He is remembered on both
the Chipping Campden and Blockley war memorials, and
the Lydney Cricket Club memorial plaque.
Lieutenant Clement Aubrey Symons was born at
Banbury in 1893. He was the third son of Edward
William Symons and Katherine Elizabeth Symons and
resided at 20, Belmont, St Swithin's, Bath. Edward
Symons was headmaster of King Edward's School,
attended King Edward's School where he was a
prominent member of the cricket and football teams
and a member of the School Officer Training Corps.
years immediately before the war he was employed as
a clerk with Lloyds Bank at Lydney and he joined the
town's cricket team. At the outbreak of war he
immediately applied for and was appointed to a
Temporary Regular Commission as a Second Lieutenant
on 17th September 1914 and posted to the 10th
(Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment.
On September 25th
1915, 16 out of 21 officers were lost. Lt
Symons was killed, as were Captain E H Moss, Capt J
W C Tongue, Capt I R Gibbs, Capt E H Sale, Lt G G W
Leary, Lt G W Robinson, Lt H A Whiffin and 2Lt G W
Field. 2Lt P V N Neems was severely wounded and died
of wounds in the UK on 9th October 1915. His
body was never found or recovered from the
battlefield and he is listed on the Loos Memorial To
commemorated on the Bath War Memorial and the Lydney
Cricket Club memorial. Photographs of Clement
Symon's Great War campaign medals and Bronze
Commemorative Plaque are held by the Soldiers of
Gloucestershire Museum. He was a nephew of the poet
A E Housman, and before departing for France, wrote
the following verses.
of air and darkness
shrill and cry,
man, 0 my Slayer,
you shall die".
"O queen of
air and darkness,
'tis the truth you say,
shall die tomorrow."
Another Lydney born bank clerk, who is not named on
the memorial, died at home in Ruardean on 24th March
1920 after serving in the Middle East and Russia
with the 9th Worcestershires.
Lt. Francis Austin Chivers HOWELLS
was the 23 year
old son of Lydney born art master Howard Howells,
and a Ruardean grocer's daughter, Ida Chivers, who,
after their marriage, lived at 149 Bream Road,
A bank clerk in civilian life, Austin joined the 5th
Worcestershires in February 1915 and was posted to
India in November after receiving his commission as
a temporary 2nd Lieutenant. A posting to Karachi
followed in November 1916.
At Basra in March 1917 he joined the 9th
Worcesters but unfortunately contracted malaria at
Mesopotamia in May and was hospitalised. He rejoined
his unit in August and was posted to Russia and the
Caucasus, and later to Salonika.
He was demobilised with medical problems on December
His home in 1920 was London House, Ruardean, where
he died from pneumonia on March 24th 1920. An online
passenger list for the SS Philadelphia
reveals that he was due to sail to San Francisco on
March 27th as a clerk with the Hong Kong & Shanghai
Austin is buried in a CWGA grave at St. Mary's
churchyard in Lydney.
Macarthur BALLINGER, R/1102, Able Seaman,
Drake Battalion, 63rd (Royal Naval)
Division, was the 24 year old son of farmer Edward
Dennis Ballinger and his wife, Norfolk born Rosa May
Skinner, from Lodge Farm, Aylburton.
mother died when he was only 19 days old, and his
father, Edward, married Rosa's cousin, Alice
Skinner, in 1895.
He worked on
his father's farm before enlisting in the Royal Navy
in April 1917.
originally with Howe Battalion, a RN infantry unit
based in France, from September 1917, but was
invalided back to the UK in February 1918 suffering
from trench fever.
hospital treatment he was sent back to France,
joining Drake Battalion on May 21st 1918.
He was killed
in action on 21st August 1918 and is buried at
Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.
Henry Leonard CHARLES, Royal Navy Able
Seaman J 47206, was the 20 year old son of tinplate
worker Leonard George Charles and his wife Matilda
Howells, from Aylburton who were married in 1894.
Raynor was a
tin-plate worker from the age of 14 till he joined
the GWR in March 1915.
with the Royal Navy in December 1915 his record
shows that he had been employed as a fireman. He
joined HMS Vala on May 1st 1917. On 20 August 1917
it was torpedoed and sunk about 120 miles south-west
of the Scilly Isles by German submarine UB-54. The
submarine's war diary indicates survivors made it to
the boats, but it appears they were lost in the
weather conditions following.
Raynor has no
known grave and is remembered on the Plymouth Naval
ELLIS, Pte PLY/2459(S),of 1st Royal Marines
Battalion, Royal Naval Division, was the 28 year old
son of mason, Arthur Ellis, and his wife Laura, from
Church Road, Aylburton. He was employed as a baker
before joining the Marines. Posted to France, he
died from his wounds on June 1st, 1918, and is
buried in Etaples Military Cemetery Extension,
Evan Rosser GILLHAM, Colour
Sergeant 14032, 11th Battalion Royal Welsh
Fusiliers, the 28 year old son of tinplate works
manager, Richard Gillham, and his wife Ada, he was
born at Aylburton in 1890. Before enlisting in the
Welsh Fusiliers, Evan was a clerk in a tinplate
works and living at Whitchurch near Cardiff. Two of
his brothers also joined up, Percy in the RFA, and
Cyril in the Welsh Fusiliers. Evan died in the UK in
March 1919 and is believed to be buried in
Lionel HADDOCK, Private 41228, Suffolk
Regiment, 4th Battalion, formerly of the R.A.S.C,
was the 24 year old son of Aylburton collier William
Haddock, and his wife Caroline Collins, who were
married in 1886. The couple had six children, all
born at Aylburton. The 1911 census records George at
home in Albert Street, Lydney, helping his mother
and sisters operate a small brewery, but his father
and eldest brother, William, had moved to the
Rhondda Valley in South Wales, looking for work. The
family had settled at Blaenrhondda, Treherbert, in
Glamorganshire, when George enlisted in the R.A.S.C
He was serving
with the Suffolk Regiment when he died from his
wounds on May 30th, 1917, and is buried at Sunken
Road Cemetery, Boisleux, St. Mark.
(Harry) Stoppard HARRIS, Private 51871, B
Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire
Regiment. He was the 20 year old son of Aylburton
farmer, James Harris and his wife Mary Ann Hewlett.
The couple had three sons and a daughter. James
Harris was farming at Pool Farm in 1901 and 1911 but
was only 48 years old when he died in 1912. The
family then moved to nearby Lodge Farm where his
eldest son,17 year old Joseph Harris (1895-1976),
and his younger brother, Henry Stoppard Harris
(1898-1918), helped their mother run the the farm.
enlisted in the 8th Battalion of the Gloucestershire
Regiment. He was killed in action on October 21st
1918, only three weeks before the Armistice, and is
buried at Romeries Communal Cemetery extension.
William James KEMBRY, Guardsman 12192,1st
Battalion, Grenadier Guards, was born at
Weston-Super-Mare. He was the 28 year old son of
William & Mary Kembry from Bristol, and husband of
Edith Cracknell who he married at Bristol in 1909. A
grocer's porter at Aylburton in 1911, and father of
two children, Beatrice (1910), and William James
(1914), he joined the Grenadier Guards at Bristol in
1914. William was killed in Flanders on October 25th
1914 and is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate
Memorial. His widow Edith married Aylburton widower,
Thomas Hoskins, at Lydney in April 1919.
Bertram KNIGHT, Private 23303, 10th
Battalion, Welsh Fusiliers (Machine Gunner). He was
the 29 year old son of Aylburton shipwright, Robert
Knight, and his wife Sophia Walker. The couple were
widower and widow, both with children, when marrying
at Lydney in 1888.
Sydney Hewlett B Knight in 1889, and registered as
Sidney Hubert B Knight, he was more commonly known
as Bert. He married Daisy F Morley at Paddington,
London, in 1910, and was employed as a tinplate
worker at Pontymister, near Newport, South Wales, in
with the Welsh Fusiliers in February 1915, and was
killed in action on March 3rd 1915. His home address
was then given as Stockwell Cottage, Aylburton. He
is commemorated on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate)
MORSE, 12302 Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion,
Gloucestershire Regiment. He was the 22 year old son
of Henry Morse and his wife Elizabeth Baker, who
were married at Drybrook in 1883. The couple, with
three of their children, migrated to America around
1890. Two more sons, James (1894),
and Henry (1896) were born there.
returned to the UK and settled at Cottage Farm,
Alvington in 1899 where Henry worked as a collier.
Local records show that his two youngest American
born sons, James and Henry, were baptised in
November that year. From 1902 until 1914 Henry
(Boxer) Morse was the landlord of the Traveller's
Rest on Aylburton Common. Local papers show he
received at least two summonses for serving drinks
outside of licensing hours.
1914 20 year old James enlisted in the
He was killed
in action on July 3rd 1916 and is commemorated on
the Thiepval Memorial.
William Frank PEARCE, Private 201291,1/4th
Battalion Welsh Regiment, was the 25 year old son of
Staffordshire born iron moulder, James Pearce, who
married Mary Ann Sullivan at Lydney in 1873.
From 1901 the
family had moved to Great Western Terrace, Llanelly
in South Wales, where James was employed by the same
company, Richard Thomas, as a moulder.
During WW1 his
Lydney born son, William, who worked in the same
tinplate works, joined the Welsh Regiment. He was
killed during action in Iraq on March 4th 1918 and
is buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery.
William POWELL, Private 26893, 14th
Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment, baptised at
Aylburton in 1882, he was the eldest son of railway
plate-layer, James Powell, and his wife, Mary Ann
Haddock, who were married at Lydney earlier that
year and lived on Aylburton Common. William enlisted
in the Worcestershires on 17th November 1915 and was
killed in action a year later, November 14th 1916.
He is buried at Ancre British Cemetery,
ROBINS, Pte 4274, 13th Division Cycling
Corps, was the 24 year old son of blacksmith's
labourer, Henry Colwell Robins (1854-1903), and his
wife Edith Mary Addis (1861-1919). He was working as
a colliery engine driver when he enlisted with 7th
(Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, at
Lydney in August 1914. He transferred to the 13th
Division Cycling Corps on January 11th 1915 and was
part of the
Division Signals Corps attached to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, when he
arrived at Basra, Iraq, in February 1916. Harry was
killed in action on April 23rd 1916. He is
commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
Charles Edward SEABRIGHT, Acting Bombardier
78359, Royal Garrison Artillery, 227 Siege Battery.
He was born at Cinderford in 1887, the son of Police
Sergeant Hubert Seabright (1863-1933), and a
Littledean policeman's daughter, Annie Trinder, who
were married at Cheltenham in 1884.
boy in 1901, when he enlisted in the RGA Charles was
employed as a brewery clerk and had married Kate
Wilcox (b1890) at Lydney in February 1910.
The couple had
one child, Irene Kathleen, born 27th November 1910,
and lived at 'Glenthorne', Aylburton.
He arrived in
France on January 7th 1917. In April Charles was
injured near Arras and taken to No.8 Casualty
Station. He died from his wounds on 20th April 1917
and is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun.
Percival James STEPHENS, L/Corp 56225, 2nd
Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was the 27 year old
son of grocer James Stephens (1844-1898) from
Chepstow, and Mary Ann Davis from Aylburton, who
were married in the Chepstow District in 1889 (Mar
Qtr). James died in 1898 and Mary Jane and Percy are
recorded on the 1901 census living at her parents'
home in Aylburton. In 1911 she and her mother were
now living with Percy in Abercarn, South Wales,
where he was employed as a clerk in a tinplate
James Stephens was killed in action on May 28th 1917
and is buried at Boisleux-Au-Mont Communal Cemetery,
St. Marc, France.
Commonwealth War Graves
Forest of Dean Family History site
"In the Shadow of Lone Tree - Battle of Loos
1915" by Nick Christian
We are also very grateful for the advice and
assistance of Mike Akerman who is compiling a
database of the soldiers of the Gloucestershire
ADDIS, Lt 149784 (99th The Royal Bucks Yeomanry)
Field Regt Royal Artillery died 22/3/1945 age 26.
Son of John & Marie Victorine Addis of Lydney.
Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery Mynmar, Burma.
Capt 138824 10th Gloucestershire Regt. Died
17/8/1944 age 25. Son of Rev. Victor Augustus
Charles & Eva Sarah Louise Allen, the Vicarage,
Angersleigh. Buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery
Maynmar, Burma. Brother of Mark listed below.
Leading Airman FAA/FX86978, HMS Implacable, Royal
Navy. Died 29/4/1945 age 20, son of Rev. Victor A &
Eva S L Allen, the Vicarage, Angersleigh.
Commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial,
John BARNETT, Stoker 1st Class D/KX98588 HMS
“Acasta” Royal Navy died 8/6/1940 age 46. Son of
Frederick & Mary Ann Barnett, husband of Margaret
Barnett of Lydney. Commemorated on the Plymouth
Naval Memorial Devon
George BEARD, Drv T/122898 2nd Bridge Coy, Royal
Army Service Corps died 2/6/1940 age 21. Son of
Ralph Henry & Maisie Lavinia Beard, Littledean.
Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, Dunkirk
Albert BURNELL, Cpl (Trooper) 5190753, 1st Royal
Tank Regt, Royal Armoured Corps died 31/3/1945 age
26. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
COMLEY, Pte S/186177 10th Field Bakery, Royal
Army Service Corps died 3/7/1942 age 26. Son of Mr &
Mrs Arthur Comley, Cross Hands, Glos. Commemorated
on the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey.
Charles CLUTTERBUCK, Flt/Sgt (Navigator) 1319227 166
Sqdn Royal Air Force died 22/5/1944 age 22. Son of
Richard Charles & Florence Clutterbuck, husband of
Zeana May Clutterbuck of Lydney. Buried in the Hook
of Holland General Cemetery.
Charles CLUTTERBUCK, Flt/Sgt (Navigator) on
Lancaster III ND579 AS-M. Operation Duisburg. Took
off from RAF Kirmington at 2230 hrs. Shot down by a
night-fighter (Hptm Martin Drewes. III./NJG1) and
crashed in the sea off the coast of Holland.
Beynon DAVIES, L/Cpl 5189721 1st Gloucestershire
Regt died 31/5/1942 age 28. Son of William Henry &
Magdalene Davies, husband of Eveline Mary Davies of
Lydney. Buried in the Delhi War Cemetery India.
EMERY, Pte 5182282 Gloucestershire
Regiment. Born in Herefordshire, he was the 25 year
old son of farm-worker John Emery and his wife Emily
Jane, who were married around 1906. He was living at
Bristol when joining the Glosters. The family
settled at Lydney and two of his brothers married
local girls. John was killed at Dunkirk around June
Thomas HAINES, Seaman D/JX305731 HMS
“Charubdis”, Royal Navy died 23/10/1943 age 21. Son
of William C & Kate Haines of Lydney. Commemorated
on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon
HOWELL, Flying Officer (Obs/Air Bomber) 150th
Sqdn Royal Air Force died 20/11/1942 age 34. Husband
of Mabel Alice Howell of Stockton on Tees, County
Durham. Buried in Thornley on Tees Cemetery, Co
George LOVE, Drv. T/11259274, 503rd Bulk Petrol
Coy, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 22/3/1945 age
36. Son of William & Elizabeth Love, husband of
Bella Love of Lydney. Buried in Brussels Town
Lionel MOGFORD, Sgt (Obs) 927587 115 Sqdn Royal
Air Force died 26/3/1942 age 25. Son of William
Charles & Sarah Jane Mogford, husband of Cynthia
Mogford of Risca Monmouthshire. Buried at Wichmond
General Cemetery, Warnsveld, Gelderland Netherland.
Harold NASH, Pilot Officer 130942 Royal Air
Force died 27/1/1943 age 20. Son of Frederick E &
Frances A of Tunstalls, Lydney. Buried in Truro
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Cemetery Nova
Lionel PARRISH, Sgt (Flt Eng) 1851463 90th Sqdn
Royal Air Force died 26/2/1944 age 20. Son of
Frederick & Eva C Parrish of Lydney. Buried in St
Mary Churchyard, Lydney.
Edward ROE, Sgt. (Flt Eng) 1609482 12 Sqdn Royal
Air Force died 20/2/1944. Buried in Ouddorp General
Cemetery, Zuid Holland.
Aircraftman 2207100 1st Class, Royal Air Force,
30/10/1943. Buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Lydney.
Sgt 1252037 Royal Air Force died 18/5/1941 age 19.
Son of John Arthur & Hilda Marguerita Smale of
Shenfield Essex. Buried in St Mary Churchyard
Clement Raymond SMITH, Flt Sgt 3025447, 299th
Sqdn Royal Air Force died 31/3/1945 age 20. Son of
Mr T R Smith of Lydney. Commemorated on the
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.
Drv T/221542 Royal Army Service Corps died 14/2/1942
age 24. Son of Albert & Elizabeth Smith, husband of
Rosa May Smith of Lydney. Commemorated on the Tel El
Kebir Memorial, Egypt.
Willoulby SNOW, Pte 788833 1st Gloucestershire
Regt died 5/5/1942 age 22. Commemorated on the
Rangoon Memorial Mynmar, Burma.
John SNOW, Guardsman 2665301 4th Coldstream
Guards. Died 30/7/1944 age 21. Son of Leonard Horace
& Mary Snow. Buried in De Percy War Cemetery, St
Clayton THOMAS, Trooper 7942287 3rd Carabiniers
(Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards) Royal Armoured
Corps died 13/3/1944 age 20. Son of Maldwyn & May
Thomas of Lydney. Commemorated on the Rangoon
STEPHENS L/SGT R.E.
STINCHOMBE, Leading Seaman P/JX 139021 HMS
Submarine Grampus Royal Navy. Died 24/6/1940 age 23.
Son of William Henry & Harriet Anne Stinchcombe of
Lydney. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval
George Frederick WILKS, Ordinary Telegraphist
D/JX206143, HMS Rajputana, Royal Navy. Died13/4/1941
age 26. Son of George Frederick & Ellen Wilks of
Lydney, husband of Rosalind Wilks of Lydney.
Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.