Every now and again somebody who makes a request, offers us a photo and information about the person who's grave or memorial image they are requesting. As we believe its always good to be able to put a face to a name, we have decided to devote this page of the site to the photo's that we receive.
The first day of the Battle of the Somme
Private William Harold Jolley
William Harold Jolley was born on 18th October 1889 at 9 Exchange
Peterborough, (Northamptonshire in those days, now Cambridgeshire.) His
parents were Elizabeth Jolley and James Jolley, a master tailor. William was
the youngest of 12 children, educated at The College School, Peterborough,
and then was apprenticed to a hairdresser.
William joined the army at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and was with C
Company, 1st/3rd Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment. His
number was 2270.
He served in Malta and Egypt and then proceeded to the Dardanelles where he
was wounded on 14th October 1915 later being brought home to England where
he spent some time recovering in Lord Derby's Hospital at Warrington.
In April 1916 William was sent to France, was reported missing on 1st July
1916 after taking part in the opening attack on the first day of the Battle
of the Somme.
Later, it was officially reported that he had died that day. Having no known grave, his name is on the Thiepval Memorial, France. He is also remembered on the Roll of Honour in his parish
church, St John the Baptist Peterborough.
Private Jolley was 26 years old.
2nd Lieutenant Samuel Collis Harding MM
Photo supplied by Chris Saunders
Samuel was born in 1893, the eldest son of William & Cary Harding of 8 New Walk Leicester. He attended Wyggeston Grammer School until 1909 and then worked as a dyers assistant until the outbreak of war. He enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment and went to France in 1915. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and served with F battalion of the Tank Corps. Samuel was killed in action on the 22nd of August 1917 during the battle of Passchendaele. He is one of the Great Wars missing soldiers and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial to the missing near Ypres in Belgium & on the family grave stone in Welford Road cemetery in Leicester. See below.
Sapper Samuel Sharpe Private Robert Yaxley
Both of the above mem died after the end of the Great War. Samuel died from the effects of wounds on the 5th of May 1919 And Robert died from the effects of gas poisoning suffered during the war on the 6th of August 1920. They are both buried in Little Walsingham churchyard in Norfolk.
Photos submitted by Chris McColl
Sergeant Norman Percival Cook
Norman was the son of Frederick & Kate Cook of Burnham, Bucks. He was a member of the Burnham Fire Brigade before the war. Aged 21 he was killed on the 20th November 1943. Norman has no known grave and is remembered on the Runnymede memorial.
Photo supplied by Alan Sable
2nd Lieutenant Charles Henry Harris
Charles Henry Harris was my great
uncle. He was born in 1894, the son of James Richard Harris, who was a plumber.
He joined the 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers Regiment where his regimental number
was 11125. They were stationed in Portland
in August 1914 where he met my great aunt, Frances Johnson, the daughter of a
prison officer. When he entered the war on 11th August 1914 he was a lance
corporal. After serving in France
by November 1915 he was in Salonica where he served until September 1918 and
rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He received his commission on 27th November
1917 and married Frances in
the spring of 1918 in the Garrison Church, Portland where he reportedly carried her down
the aisle because she had tuberculosis in her foot. In Salonica, he fought at
the 2nd Battle
of Dorian where he died of his wounds on the second day of the battle 19th
September 1918. His medals Victory, British War and 1914 Star, were sent to his
widow at Portland
Gaol. She believed until her death in July 1984 that her husband had died in
had never remarried saying 'Charlie is the only man I will ever love'. He lies
in Karasouli Military
Cemetery some 35 miles from the city
of Salonica (Thessaloniki
in modern Greece).
Photo & Information supplied by Valerie Hunt
Private Reuben Kimberley
1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Reuben was married to Edith Kimberley and was living in Bedworth near Coventry. He was killled in action on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme offensive age 29. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing in France.
Photo supplied by Royce Bambrick
Private Joseph Maskall
10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Son of Rosetta and Charles Maskall, of78 Cromer Street, Gray's Inn Road,London. Joseph was born in St Pancras, London. He was killed in action 28th May 1918. Age 20. Joseph has no known grave and is remembered on the Soissons Memorial to the missing.
Photo supplied by Ray Maskall
Gunner James Mason Law
D Battery, 11th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. James Mason LAW was born 16 March 1884 at 'Keld Head', an isolated farm at Heltondale, near Bampton in Westmorland, where his father George was a shepherd. He was the fourth of six children born to George LAW and his wife Margaret MASON. By 1889 the family had left Heltondale and moved to Kendal where his father had acquired some cows and had become a "milk seller". After losing his cows to foot-and-mouth the family moved to Preston,Lancashire, about 1892, where his father worked as a labourer for Preston Borough Council.
When James was 10, his mother died aged 38, shortly after the birth of the youngest child William, leaving his father to look after the six children. At the age of 17 James was working as a self-employed fruit hawker around the Preston streets. His widowed father re-married in 1901 and had four more children, and James left home and lived in lodgings in Preston, and worked as a labourer. He never married.
James died 21 Nov 1918 in France of "pneumonia" (probably "Spanish Flu") age 35 and was buried in Eine Churchyard, north-east of the town of Oudenaarde,Belgium.
Photo & Information supplied by Marion Young
Private George Henry Porter
10th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Husband of Ada Julia Porter, of 83, Foley Rd., Ward End, Birmingham. George was Killed in action 3rd May 1917 age 28 and is buried in Cojeul British Cemetery near Arras, France.
Photo supplied by Margaret Guest
Private Walter Frank Perry
3rd City Of London Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Walter was the son of George & Rachel Perry (Tucker), husband to Amelia (Biggs), and father to Florence & Hilda. Born in Paddington, London in 1885. He was Killed in action 20th Sept 1917, near Ypres, Belgium age 32. Walter has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing.
Photo & information supplied by Lynda Gibbs
Private Frederick Chisnell
5th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Fred was the son of George Chisnell, and of Kate Chisnell, of Haverhill, Suffolk. He died on 5th November 1943 age 31 and is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery in Thailand.
Photo supplied by Kate Molloy
Second Lieutenant Ian William Arthur Beynon
27th Seige Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Ian was the son of John W. H. and Margaret A. Beynon, of Jessfield House, Newhaven Rd., Edinburgh. He landed in France on 17th October 1917 and died of wounds on 27th September 1918 age 20. Ian is buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery near Arras.
Photo Supplied by Denise Eden-Green
Private Walter Speight
8th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Age 23.
Walter was born in St Saviour, Leeds and enlisted in Castleford. He married Elsie Mable Morton of Castleford on the 1st November 1916.
Entries from Walters War Diary.
27th April 1917. Arrived in Boulogne, France and moved to Etaples Camp.
13 May 1917, Left Etaples for the front.
26th May 1917. Moved into trenches just left of Hill 60.
31st May 1917. The Batalion was relieved and moved to billets just outside of Poperinghe.
1st & 2nd June 1917. Rest days.
3rd June 1917. Night in Poperinghe buying presents.
4th June 1917. Posted Silk handkerchief & Card to Elsie for birthday, ditto for ma. Moved to assembly trenches.
5th June 1917. Assembly Trench off St Pete's St. Nothing to do to pass time.
Walter was wounded sometime between the 6th & 9th of June. He died of his wounds on the 10th June 1917 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
The only other entry in his diary was for the 12th June.
"My Beloved Wifes Birthday Anniversary"
Lance Corporal Henry Ward
1st Bn. Coldstream Guards. Age 40.
Born in Durham in 1874, Henry joined the Coldstream Guards in 1898. He served in the Boer War in 1902 and was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with two Bars. Henry Ward became a Police constable in 1903 after completing his Army Service. He married Alice Yendall in 1905 and had two sons Norman 1906 & Thomas in 1911. Henry was recalled to the colours in August 1914, landing in France on the 11th September 1914. He was wounded in the head during fighting on the Aisne in early October and was admitted to base hospital. He returned to the trenches and was killed in action a few days later at Gileluverlt, Ypres on the 23rd October 1914.
Private Owen Leonard Gurney.
90th Field Ambulance. Royal Army Medical Corps. Age 22.
Owen died of wounds received in action on the 7th December 1917. He was the son of George & Charlotte Gurney of Vulcan Road, Leicester. Owen is buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Photo supplied by Steve French
Private Frank Langley Inglefield
2nd Bn. Attd 1st/1st Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
Frank was killed in action on the 16th August 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. He had previously been wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during the attack on Gommecourt. He was the son of William & Mary Inglefield of Westminster, London. Frank has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the missing in Ypres, Belgium.
Photo supplied by Jean Inglefield
Private George Banks
2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. Age 21.
George enlisted in 1914 and had spent most of his time in France. He had been invalided home on two occasions, once after being gassed and once with severe trench foot. He was killed in action on the 12th January 1918 when he was hit by a Trench Mortar bomb while in the front line. George was the son or Mr & Mrs G Banks of Waterfoot, Manchester. He is buried in Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux, France
Rifleman Frederick George Peters
2nd Bn. The Rifle Brigade Machine Gun Detachment. Age 25
Fred was killed in action while taking part in the attack on Rouge-Bancs, Fromelles during the battle of Aubers Ridge. Fred reached the first line of German Trenches and was setting up his machine gun when he was shot through the head. The 2nd Bn started the day with 24 Officers and around a thousand men. When the Batalion returned to their billets there were only 2 officers and just under 200 men remaining. Fred was buried in the Rifle Brigade Graveyard but his grave was lost during later battles so he is now remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing. Fred was the son of Robert & Sarah Jane Peters of Folkestone.
Photo supplied by Dennis Nelson
Private George Charles Parker
10th Bn Cheshire Regiment. Age 38.
After enlisting George joined the Monmouthshire Regiment before being transferred to the Cheshire's. His parents were George & Elizabeth Parker and he was born in Bridgewater, Somerset. He was married to Sarah Anne Parker and lived at 63 Kent Street, Grangetown, Cardiff. George was killed in action on the 26th April 1918 at Lyse during the withdrawal of Kemel. He is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Photo supplied by Dave Thompson
Private A Eldridge Private B Eldridge
Private Arthur Eldridge. 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. Age 19
Died of Wounds 2nd April 1918. Buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery No1, France.
Private Bertram Eldridge. 16th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment. Age 22
Killed in action 2nd September 1918. Buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Both sons of Jesse David and Frances Agnes Eldridge of Dagg Lane, Ewhurst, Sussex. Natives of Westfield, Sussex.
Photo's supplied by Dave Monks
Private Samuel Maddocks
13th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Age 24.
Son of Aaron & Catherine Maddocks, born in Broughton, Denbighshire. Samuel was killed in action on the 23rd of August 1918. He is buried in Bapaume Post Military Cemetery near Albert in France.
Photo supplied by Brian Maddocks
Private Leonard Holmes Cooper.
2nd Bn Coldstream Guards. Age 22.
Leonard was wounded when a shell hit the dugout he was sheltering in on the 24th June 1916. Leonard had spent 4 days in the front line near Ypres then had moved back to some reserve dugouts on a canal bank. There were three men in the dugout that he was sheltering in but Leonard was the only man injured. Leonard died and was buried later that afternoon. His grave is in Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres.
Photo supplied by Bill Cooper
Fusilier Robert Ernest Raymond Phillips (Far Left)
Son of George & Jesse Phillips of Bromsgrove Worcestershire.
Served with the 2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers
(City of London Regiment)
Killed at Monte Cassino 13th May 1944.
Photograph supplied by Polly Phillips
Leslie Frederick Noel Roy
Signalman. Royal Corps of Signals
Leslie was the youngest of 3 children born to James Edward and Florence Maud Roy. He was born in Marylebone, London on 25 December 1915. His father, James Edward, was a Plumber, Gas & Hot Water Fitter with a his own shop in Marylebone.
Leslie was captured by the Japanese and spent three and a half years in Prisoner of War camps in the Far East. At the end of the War Leslie was rescued and was being evacuated to Rangoon when the plane he was in crashed into the sea. Leslie was 29 years old.
The following report describes what happened.
Flight 66 of 117 Squadron RAF Dakota left Rangoon Mingladoon on the 8th September 1945 for Saigon to evacuate British Prisoners of War in the area who had been prisoners under the Japanese for three and a half years, all were suffering from starvation and tropical diseases. On arrival the plane, loaded with 24 POW's and the RAF crew of four, took off on the return flight, landing at Bangkok to refuel. It is then reported that about 1pm on that day villagers to the village of Nuaunggangle about 13 mile north west of Moulmein in Burma and about 150 miles south east of the final destination of Rangoon heard an aircraft out at sea, followed by an explosion. The same evening at high tide they found various articles washed ashore and the next day at low tide saw the wreckage scattered over a sandbank. Several bodies which were unidentified were recovered but no trace of survivors were found.
The following is a list of crew and exprisoners who were known to be on the aircraft and died. All their names are recorded on the Singapore Memorial in Kranji War Cemetery Singapore.
Crew: Wing Cdr Samson AJDFC (30); Sq Ltd Grotrian RPD (36); Flt/Lt Bridge R (39); Flt/Lt Cuthbert JF DFC (37); all of 117 Squadron RAF.
POWs: Cpl Ablitt HR (33) RAMC; L.Sgt Arthur EA (34) 51 Fld RA; Gnr Bruce JB (38) k; Gnr Cotterill H (44) RA; Gnr Crawford JJ (29) RA; Bdr Daws F (33) RA; L/Sgt De Roux MF (40) RNF; Pte Edwards H (26) RAMC; L/Sgt Edwards EJ (29) Gordons; Sgt Hawthorn RH (37) RA; Gnr Hendy RH (37) RA; Pte Marskell GE (23) Suffolks; Gnr Payne JD (39) RA; L/Bdr Randell WJ (39) RA; Pte Ferrow J (25) 6 Norfolks; Pte Gadd RGV (23) E Surreys; Pte Jeeps L (24) 2 Cambs; L/Bdr Murfin R (28) RA; Gnr Pears JP (29) RA; Dvr Price M (33) RASC; Sgm Roy LFN (29) R Sigs; Pte Skeldon A (29) Argylls; Sgt Thomas V (29) RA; L/Cpl Warren FJ (31) RASC.
Photograph & Information supplied by Gail Weaver
Sidney Herbert Hannington was born in Hammersmith, London on 18th May 1888 to George and Emma Hannington. The 1911 census shows him living at home with his widowed mother, four sisters and a brother. He was a Draughtsman. The census also states his mother had 13 children of which 10 survived. Sidney enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment, 10th Battalion and his Medal Roll shows he went to France on 18th August 1915. He obviously had some home leave as he married Margaret Stevens on 7th December 1915 at Hammersmith Register Office by which time he was a Sergeant. He was killed in action five months later on 5th May 1916. He is buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.
Photograph and Information supplied by John Greenham.
HENRY BYRNE & SAMUAL BYRNE
THE STAFFORDSHIRE EVENING SENTINEL
FRIDAY 7th. MAY 1943
TUNSTALL BROTHERS KILLED
Two Tunstall Brothers are reported killed in action, one having been posted
In May 1940 as missing. They are Cpl. Samuel Byrne and Pte Henry Byrne
Sons of Mr and Mrs E Byrne 8 Goodfellow street Tunstall. Cpl. Byrne was
married his wife residing at 117, Lower Williamson St. Tunstall. He was
recalled to the colours on the outbreak of war having previously served in
India for eight years, he was a keen boxer and had won several trophies. His
brother Henry was employed at the Brownhills Tileries Before being called
up in January last year. Their brother James is serving in India while another
brother Thomas has been discharged following an accident which has
Photographs supplied by Ken Perkins
Percy J B Bowsher
Inscription On Tyne Cot Memorial
Percy J B Bowsher was born in Queens Park in West London in August 1894 to Edward and Elizabeth Bowsher, his father was a railway engine boiler washer with GWR.He enlisted at Marylebone in January 1915 into the Royal Engineers, his profession when he joined up was listed as 'skilled mason'Percy was posted to the 130th Field Company Royal Engineers and crossed to France with them in September 1915, he saw action at the Battle of Messines and the Battle of Passchendale and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery at Westhock Ridge on August 10 1917. He took part in operations on the Somme in March 1918 and the Battle of the Lys in April 1918. During the defence of the village of Dranoute on April 17th 1918 Percy was killed, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Photo & information supplied by Sarah Hook
Private Philip Lawrence Mortimer
Phillips Grave at Bienvillers
Philip enlisted in Nottingham and went off to war with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. On the 1st of January 1917 the battalion was out of the line, resting in some cellers in the village of Bienvillers. The Cellar took a direct hit from a german shell. Philip is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery.
Photograph supplied by Bob Mortimer
Pioneer Andrew Munn
Andrews grave at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery
Andrew Munn was one of six brothers, five of whom were killed during the Great War. Andrew enlisted in his hometown of Clydebank and served with the 33rd Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Andrew died of wounds on the 16th September 1915 aged 21. Strangely the brothers died in age, the youngest first, eldest last.
Pioneer Andrew Munn 49202, Signal Coy, Royal Engineers.Died of wounds 16th Sept 1915. 21 years old.Buried at Bonjean military cemetery, Armentieres.
Private Walter Munn 18121 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers.Killed in action 3rd Jan 1916. 25 years old.Theatre of war Dardanelles. Remembered at Helles War Memorial.
L/CPL James Munn S/10422 formerly 45428 R.G.A Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 8th Service Bn.Killed in action 15th July 1916. 26 years old.Theatre of war France & Flanders. Remembered at Thiepval war memorial.
L/CPL John Munn S/29861 Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders/ 7th Bn.Killed in action 20th Aug 1917. 32 years old (John was in the army from 1902)Theatre of war France & Flanders. Remembered at Tyne Cot war memorial.
Private Daniel Munn 33769 Highland Light Infantry 1st Bn.Died of wounds 30th Oct 1918. 34 years oldTheatre of war Mesopotamia. Buried Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery.
Photograph & information supplied by Karen Le Breton, Andrews's great granddaughter
Cassino War Cemetery
Then & Now
The following photographs show the graves of three members of the Royal Natal Carbineers.
The photographs on the left show the graves as they originally looked. The photos on the right are the same graves as they are today.
W V Clark
C D MIlls
The original grave photos were donated by Royal Natal Carbineers Trust Museum. Anyone who has any information or who has an interest in the Carnineers should contact Izabel Gerhardt who is currently working on the archive in the museum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corporal William John McCallum
Williams imscription on Pozieres Memorial
Eldest son of James Graham McCallum and Janet Tinline McCallum, Hawick, Roxburgh, SCOTLAND.Enlisted in the 6th K.O.S. Borderers in 1914 Service No: 29370 Offically reported to have died of wounds, received in action on March 25th 1918 Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL Panel 37.
CSM John Oldham
CSM John Oldham, Served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and was wounded in Galippoli in 1915. Photograph was at the 9th Royal Warwicks Sergeants Mess, at Blackdown 1915 taken before leaving for Gallipoli. Oldham was wounded in action near the farm on the 10/08/15, then after sometime was transferred to the 2nd Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. John Oldham died 25th March 1918 aged 33 and is buried in Roye New British Cemetery, France
Cecil Rice served with 3rd Bn Sherwood Foresters, on coastal defence at the Sunderland (Tyne Garrison). He only served a short time before transferring to 472 Agricultural Coy.of the Labour Corps. Cecil fell ill and died of "Pneumonia with influenza" (-probably the Spanish 'flu pandemic) in 1918. He died at his parents house in Belper. His brother William died in 1920 from the effects of wounds received while serving with the Leicestershire Regiment. They are buried together in Belper Cemetery, Derbyshire.
Cecil & William Rice, Belper Cemetery
Photo and information supplied by Tim Whieldon
Before the war Joseph lived in Sutton-in-Ashfield with his wife Florence and daughter Connie. He worked as Depot manager at the Bowring Petroleum Company Limited. Joseph began his war service on the 11th August 1916; he was 28 years of age. He was originally Private 59465 with the Sherwood Forrester's. On 12 February 1917 he was transferred to The MCG. They embarked from Folkestone on 31/8/1917 disembarked later that day at Boulogne. Joseph was wounded whilst fighting at Bailleul in the Second Battle of Lys on 12/13th of April 1918. His injuries were described as GSW to the left thigh and abdomen. He was evacuated to Etaples and then back to the UK where he was admitted to Edinburgh War Hospital. Joseph died of Septicaemia on the 2nd of May 1918.
Photo and information supplied by David Harris