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- IN/ REMEMBRANCE/ OF/ THE FOLLOWING MEN OF/ EASTWOOD WHO MADE THE/ SUPREME SACRIFICE DURING/ THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918/ (names)/ ALSO TO THOSE EASTWOOD/ MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 - 1945
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- First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 26
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Information shown: surname,forename
Order of information: surname
- Second World War (1939-1945)
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- First World War (1914-1918)
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- Eastwood Memorial Hall
- WMO ID: 238159
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- TRUSTEES OF EASTWOOD WAR MEMORIAL HALL
- War Memorial Hall, Eastwood. This report appeared in the Southend Standard, January 1922. Progress of Eastwood Memorial Hall Laying of Eight "Foundation" Stones Committees Uphill Fight For two years Eastwood War Memorial Committee have been raising funds by a variety of means to perpetuate the memory of those from the parish who fell in the war. It was decided to erect a hall and since the first subscription came in the road to financial success has always been uphill. As the Chairman of the Committee put it the money came in by â€œdribs and drabsâ€� and the total subscribed to date namely Â£600 was made up mostly of shillings and pence. The largest donations were two of Â£20. Despite this drawback the Committee have been patient and persevering with the result that now on the Eastwood-Rayleigh road not far from Eastwood Post Office and within a short distance of the Institute there stands an almost completed memorial hall brick built 55ft long by 25ft wide capable of accomadating 250 people. This however does not represent the whole scheme. It is intended there shall be adjoining two other rooms to be used as a billiard room and library and club room for ex-Service men. The â€œmainâ€œ hall will be utilised for lectures, concerts, club meetings and similar functions and itself will cost Â£900. Something like Â£300 will be required to complete the additional rooms so that it is obvious that funds are still very urgently needed. Having borne disappointment after disappointment the Committee of which the chairman is Mr S G Madgwick; hon. secretary Mr H B Herbert; and hon treasurer Mr E Granger were not dispirited when on Saturday the day on which it was arranged stones of the hall suitably inscribed should be laid it transpired that several prominent men who were expected to take part in the ceremony did not appear that it was a most miserable afternoon and the company which foregathered numbered but few above a score. A programme appropriate to the occasion had been printed and the Vicar of the parish (Rev. F E H Crowther) was to have presided for his interest in the scheme all through has continued unabated. The proceedings were to have opened as indeed they did with the singing of the hymn â€œ O God our help in ages pastâ€� there was to have been a Scripture reading (Revelations xxi. 1-7) and prayer. Then after setting of the Stones, Mr Crowther was to have made the following remarks. â€œTo the Glory of God in memory of those who gave their lives for us and in grateful appreciation of those who served their King and Country in the Great War. we place these foundation stones in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost the whole to have concluded with that rousing hymn â€œGod of our Father known of oldâ€�. Instead there were revisions throughout. The stone to the left of the entrance hall which sets out. â€œThis stone was laid by Viscount Elvedon, C.M.G. M.P. etcâ€� actually was laid and levelled by Seaman A.D.Stevens, H.M.S. â€œVividâ€� who happened to be present. It was a happy thought of Col. Frank Hilder M.P. that this was so arranged. Viscount Elvedon as Mr J. Bye explained had been called suddenly to Cambridge where a brother of Vicountess Elvedon was seriously ill. Likewise a stone about the centre of the building facing the main road with its inscription, â€œLaid by Elliot G. Fletcher, Esq etc. â€œ was placed in position by Mr J. Bye. Mr Fletcher it transpired had answered an urgent call to Gravesend. The small gathering assembled within the building, and Mr. Benson presided. There were present the 1st Rayleigh and 1st Eastwood Troops of Boy Scouts, under Scoutmasters Hutton and Grant respectively. Southend branch of the British Legion were represented by the Chairman (Mr. E. Cecil Jones) and the Secretary (Mr.F.K. Dann), the Naval and Miltary Club, Southend, by Mr. W.T. Dauncey. To the accompaniment of Mr. Ketch, the company as stated - sang the opening hymn, thereafter repeating the Lord`s Prayer. The Chairman apologised for the absence of several gentlemen who orginally intended being present with them that day. The Secretary, Mr. Herbert, was confined to his bed with an illness. They were also unfortunately placed in regard to clergy, Mr. Crowther was ill, and that morning they had looked for a deputy, but he also had been unable to come. The Wife of the Baptist minister was dangerously ill, and the Wesleyan minister also found that he could not be with them. Before proceeding to the laying of the stones, Col. Hilder spoke. He thought that first of all they should express their deep sympathy with those, who, through illness, were unable to be present with them, particularly with Mr. Crowther, who would feel it a great blow that he was not able to attend that function. He was not going to apologise for anyone on account of the weather. With a soldier, weather never counted. He had been in many a dirty dugout trying to keep body and soul together for the next day`s work. The weather was no excuse for anyone. In the absence of Viscount Elveden, he would ask Mr Benson to allow the sailor present to lay the first stone. (Applause). He understood the building would cost about Â£1000. taking the figure of Â£800, the interest on that at 6 per cent, in 100 years would work out at something like Â£204,000 and in 200 years at about five millions. If the place stood for 500 or 600 years it would run into something like two thousand million pounds. This was the point he wanted to make. The ordinary memorial was very beautiful during the first generation, but later on it might be forgotten,but a building like that if it lasted a 100,200 or 250 years was doing good work all the time, and, therefore he would say that was the most successful way to try and perpetuate the memory of those who had gone. That memorial hall should be well supported because those who had died were worthy of it. (Hear, hear). To them he would say, "Get your hall up for the cause is a worthy one". Outside eight stones were quickly laid in the following order; Seaman Stevens, Col. Hilder, ex-C.Q.M.S. Hoare, Mr. E. Cecil Jones, Mr. Hugh Bentall, Mr. W. T. Powling, and Mr. J. W. T. Dauncey all of whom after manipulation of mallet and level declared their stone "well and truly laid". When the gathering had again resorted to the shelter of the building, Mr. Hugh Bentall thanked Col. Hilder and all those who that afternoon had laid the stones. As President of the club it gave him great pleasure to propose that vote. He didn`t forget that Col. Hilder was their Member, nor did he forget, as one who had served, that they owed an immense debt to those gallant men who fought for them in the war. (Applause). They owed to those men a debt they could never repay. Seconding, Mr Granger hoped the hall would serve to keep green the memory of "those brave men". The vote carried. Col. Hilder responding, expressed the opinion that very soon the necessity of such a building as that would be obvious to all. He mentioned the new road that was being made to Southend, and stated that the workers on that road were all brought from Southend. At the same time there were living in Eastwood not more that 500 or 1,000 yards away, ex-servicemen who were out of work and had been for five or six weeks. To him it did not seem economic that so many men should be brought from Southend and Southchurch to work on that road travelling to and fro when those men were out of work in Eastwood. In conclusion, he thanked the ladies who had assisted in raising the funds for the memorial hall. On behalf of the Southend Naval and Military Club, Mr. Dauncey wished the promoters of the scheme every success, and hoped that in the future there would be some reciprocity between that institute and the Southend Club. Mr. E. Cecil Jones said the British Legion at Southend counted the invitation to assist that afternoon as an honour. He could assure them that if the Southend branch could help them in any way they would do so gladly. Mr. Madgwick recited some of the difficulties the Committee had experienced in raising neceassry funds. Mentioning that the hall would cost Â£900, and that only Â£600 had been collected, he said that certain gentlemen trustees had guaranteed the balance of Â£300. The money to build the extensions was very necessay, it did not matter so much about the money the trustees had guaranteed, they (the trustees) were not worrying about that. If representatives of the institutions at Southend could make any suggestions as to ways and means of raising money they would be glad to hear them. Both Mr. Dauncey and Mr. Jones thereupon promised a donation, the latter adding he would guarantee that some sort of an entertainment should be arranged to help swell the funds. Lady members of the Entertainments Committee (chairman of which was Mrs. Herbert) kindly thought they were thanked on the proposition of Mr. J. Bye, seconded by Mr. Dann. The trustees to whom Mr. Madgwick referred are Messrs. Sloman, Herbert, Watson, Madgwick, Kotch, Robinson, Granger, Collingwood, Bagnald and Captain Butterfield. Owing to illness, the Vicar (Rev. F.E.H. Crowther) regretted he could not be present
- Full details of the men commemorated- ALDRIDGE, Leslie . (L/Cpl) Born Earlsfield, Surrey. Regiment 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort`s Own). Service No. S/13041 Killed in action aged 21. 22 March 1918 France & Flanders. Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Henry and Eliza C. Aldridge, of Amersham Cottage, Eastwood, Southend-on-Sea. Lance Corporal Aldridge was born Earlsfield, Surrey and lived at Amersham, Dawes Heath Road, Thundersley , and was employed by Mr Rolph of Leigh Rd until his enlistment at Belhus Park in June 1915. He was invalided home from France with pneumonia in 1916, and upon his recovery returned to France in August of the same year, coming home on leave in November 1917. He was killed in action in France at Dean Trench on 22nd March 1918, and was buried near Le Verguierr. His officer wrote that he â€œused his gun with great effect and undoubtably saved a large party from being cut off â€¦absolutely fearless..if he had lived would have received some high decorationsâ€�. He was 21 years old and had two brothers serving in France. See Southend Standard 25.4.1918, obit, 9.5.1915 photo. BACON, George William. (Bdr) Born Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Regiment 132 Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Service No. 33123 Killed in action aged 26. 16 September 1918 Salonika, Greece. Buried at the Karasouli Military Cemetery, Salonika, Greece. Son of Henry E. and Christiana Bacon, of Hill Cottage, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Bombardier Bacon was the son of Mr Henry E. & Mrs Christiana Bacon of Hill Cottage, Eastwood. A regular soldier, he had previously served in India and Egypt, and was serving at the outbreak. He was killed in action in the Balkans on 16th September 1918, aged 27, and was buried in Kidney Hill Cemetery, south-west of Lake Doiran. A letter to his parents from Lieutenant T Addis Martin read: â€�The last time I saw him alive he was going to the gun whistling and happy. This was probably his great attraction â€“ his utter disregard of self and always making the best of things. We shall miss him here always for his help to one and all and for his work. Britain has lost one of her best sons, and in the separation here and loss for yourself we are with you and thinking of youâ€�. See Southend Standard 17.10.1918, obit.; G.R.O Cert. 1918 A.6 88 BACON, Harry. (Private) Born Eastwood, Essex. Regiment 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Service No. 44832 (formerly Essex Regt. Service No. 27595) Died of wounds aged 25. 25 September 1918 France & Flanders. Buried Brie British Cemetery, Somme, France. Son of Henry E. and Christiana Bacon, of Hill Cottage, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Born in 1893 Private Harry Bacon was the son of Mr & Mrs Bacon of Hill Cottage, Eastwood. He enlisted in the Essex Regiment on 24.3.1916 and went to France on 23.12.16. He was wounded in the shoulder on 30.4.17 and in the buttock on 22.4.18. He was transferred to the D.L.I. on 7.6.18 and died of wounds in France on 25th September 1918, nine days after his brother George was killed in action in the Balkans. He was 24 years old, and was buried at Brie British Cemetery, grave III.D.II near Peronne. His Victory Medal (in a local collection with both his brother`s memorabilia) is named as 34817 Essex Regiment. See Southend Standard of 17.10.1918, obit. ; P.R.O. WO3263 B6 BOWRING, Arthur Lister. (Cpl) Born Hornsey, Middlesex. Regiment 20th Div. Signal Coy. Corps of Royal Engineers (Motor Cyclist Section). Service No. 77707 Died 15 May 1916 France & Flanders. Buried Esquelbecq Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Corporal Bowring was born at Hornsey, Middlesex and lived at Picketts Road, Eastwood, enlisting in November 1915. On 15th May 1916 he was riding with a message when he collided with another cycle at Esqelbecq, and was thrown underneath a train. See Southend Standard 16.11.1916, obit.; 30.111916 photo. COX, Charles William. (Private) Born Hounslow, Middlesex. Regiment 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers). Service No. 7117 Died of wounds aged 28. 3 May 1915 France & Flanders. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of Edwin and Isabel Cox, of 4, Lawford Villas, Eastwood Lane, Westcliff-on-Sea; husband of Mabel Cox, of 10, Paradise St., Coventry. Private Cox was born at Hounslow and lived at Southend-on-Sea, enlisting at Kennington in August 1914. He died of wounds on 3rd May 1915 at Boulogne. â€œSoldiers Diedâ€� states that he lived at Tooting. EASLEA, Walter Allen. (Private) Born Waltham Cross, Herts. Regiment Hertfordshire Regiment. Service No. 269454 Killed in action 21 September 1917. France & Flanders. Buried Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Private Easlea lived with his wife at â€œCrowdownâ€�, Eastwood Lane, Westcliff-on-Sea, and was the eldest son of Walter Easlea, rose specialist. He was born at Waltham Cross, and was an Assistant Librarian at the Bishopsgate Institute prior to going to Argentina where he was employed in connection with railway records. After two years he joined his father in business at â€œDanecroftâ€�, Eastwood. He contributed to The Gardener under the nom de plume â€�Essexâ€� and his work in developing new varieties of rose was of considerable value. He enlisted in September 1916 and volunteered to become a stretcher bearer, being killed at Ypres on 24th September 1917 aged 29. His officer wrote â€œI regret to have to inform you of the death of your husband Pte Easlea of the Herts. Regt. on September 24th. He was instantaneously and painlessly killed by a shell whilst performing his noble calling of a stretcher-bearer during heavy shell fireâ€¦ A finer man I never metâ€¦Absolutely upright and braveâ€�. His wife was the only daughter of Mr P J Salter, Secretary to the Leigh Road Baptist Church. They had a one year old daughter. See Southend Standard 11.10.1917, obit.; 18.10.1917, photo.; GRO Cert. 1917 I.65 419 EDWARDS, Spenser Ernest. (Second Lieutenant) Born Sewri Birbhum, Bengal. Regiment The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died aged 21. 9 March 1917 Buried at Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey Son of the Rev. T. R. Edwards and Clara Edwards, of "Summerland" , Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea. This announcement appeared in the 10120 SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 14 OCTOBER, 1915 'The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)* Private Spenser Ernest Edwards, from the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 23rd September, 1915. GRANT, Sydney Robert. (Second Lieutenant) Born Hackney, London. Regiment 1st Bn. Machine Gun Corp. (Infantry) Killed in action aged 24. 18 April 1918 France. Buried at Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pais de Calais, France. Son of Mr. G. Grant, of Lynmouth, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. 2nd Lieutenant Grant lived at Eastwood and enlisted in 1915. He was killed in action at Gorre, France, on 18th April 1918 aged 24. He is buried in the Gorre British Cemetery, Beauvry, and is commemorated on the Prittlewell War Memorial. HOARE, Alfred Reginald. (Boy Telegraphist) Born Muree, India. Regiment Royal Navy (H.M.S. â€œQueen Maryâ€�. Service No. J/36305 (CH) Died at sea 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. . Commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial. Parents lived at â€œFairviewâ€� Bellhouse Estate, Eastwood. Wireless Messenger Hoare lived at Nobles Green, Eastwood, and joined the Navy in 1915. He was lost on H.M.S. Queen Mary at Jutland on 31st May 1916, aged 15. See Southend Standard 8.3.1917, obit. Officers and Men Killed in Action H.M.S. Queen Mary Jutland Bank, 31st May 1916. Extract from the Official History; " Naval Operations" by Sir Julian S. Corbett. 1923 .....For Admiral Hipper was in action again. At 4.10, being then eleven miles away abaft the beam of the Lion, he inclined inwards a couple of points, and as Admiral Beatty simultaneously altered still more to port to press his van, he was able at 4.17 to re-open fire at extreme range. The Lion had not yet been able entirely to master the fire that was smothering her. To the Germans she must have been invisible, for the Derfflinger, mistaking the Princess Royal for the flagship, began firing on the next astern, which the Seydlitz was also engaging. Thus the Queen Mary, at from 15,800 to 14,500 yards, became the target of both these ships. For about five minutes she stood it gallantly. She was fighting splendidly. The Germans say full salvoes were coming from her with fabulous rapidity. Twice already she had been straddled by the Derfflinger, when at 4.26 a plunging salvo crashed upon her deck forward. In a moment there was a dazzling flash of red flame where the salvo fell, and then a much heavier explosion rent her amidships. Her bows plunged down, and as the Tiger and New Zealand raced by her to port and starboard, her propellers were still slowly revolving high in the air. In another moment, as her two consorts were smothered in a shower of black debris, there was nothing of her left but a dark pillar of smoke rising stemlike till it spread hundreds of feet high in the likeness of a vast palm tree. Two such successes were beyond anything the Germans had reason to expect. Admiral Scheer's plan had broken down, and yet they were gaining even more than he could have hoped for...... HOARE Jnr., James. (Cpl) Born Malta. Regiment 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No. 9504 Killed in action 1 July 1916 France & Flanders. Buried Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France. Private Hoare was born at Malta and lived at Nobles Green, Eastwood. Serving at the outbreak , he was part of the original B.E.F. and had earned the Mons Star. He was killed in action in France on 2nd (1st) July 1916, aged 27. See Southend Standard 8.3.1917, obit. HAVIS, William. (Private) Born Woodham Ferrers, Essex. Regiment 9th Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No. 9498 Killed in action aged 25. 3 July 1916 France & Flanders. Buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. Son of Albert Havis of Eastwood; husband of Kate Havis, of Wix Green, Wix, Manningtree, Essex. JONES, Charles John. (Petty Officer) Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. H.M.S. â€œPembrokeâ€�. Service No. L/6592 Accidentally killed at Forest Gate . 21 November 1916. Buried at West Ham Cemetery, Essex. Ist Class Petty Officer Jones lived at Bellhouse Lane, Eastwood, and was serving on the destroyer H.M.S. Star. He was accidentally killed at Forest Gate on 21st November 1916, aged 22, and was buried at West Ham. LAMB, Meshack (Shack). (Private) Born Patenham, Norfolk. Regiment 1st Bn East Surrey Regiment. Service No. 20380 Killed in action aged 19. 20 October 1916 Buried Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, France. Son of Mrs Maria Lamb, Bohemia Estate, Eastwood. Born at Patenham, Norfolk, Private Lamb lived on the Bohemian Estate, Eastwood, and enlisted at Warley in March 1916. He was killed in action in France on 20th October 1916 aged 19, and was buried near Bethune. See Southend Standard 8.3.1917 LAY, Arthur George. (Private) Born Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Regiment 13th Battalion Duke of Cambridge`s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Service No. G/43193 (formerly West Kent Imperial Yeomanry. Service No. 2247) Killed in action aged 21. 27 March 1918 France & Flanders. Buried Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Arthur George and Annie Lay, of 1, The Colonies, Prince Avenue, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea. Private Lay was born at Southend and educated at Chalkwell Park and Leigh Road Schools, and was the son of Mr & Mrs Lay of â€œOakdeneâ€�, Picketts Road, Eastwood. He joined the West Kent Yeomanry (No 2247) in September 1915, but was transferred to the Middlesex Regiment and sent to France. He was killed in action on the Somme on 27th March 1918 aged 21. His officer wrote that â€œHe had saved many lives and was a good soldierâ€�. See Southend Standard 9.5.1918, obit. LAYZELL, Harry. (Rifleman) Born Canewdon, Essex. Regiment 1st Battalion King`s Royal Rifle Corps. Service No. R/20374 Killed in action aged 20. 17 February 1917 France & Flanders. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Lived at Fleming Farm, Eastwood, Essex. Born at Canewdon, Rifleman Layzell lived at Fleming Farm, Eastwood and enlisted at Southend in April 1916. He was killed in action in France on 17th February 1917, aged 20. See Southend Standard 5.4.1917, obit.; 19.4.1917, photo. MAYNARD, Alfred John. (Sergt.) Born Bletchingley, Surrey. Regiment 1st/6th Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No. 2070 Killed in action. 7 October 1915 Gallipoli, Turkey. Commemorated at 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Turkey. Son of Mrs. C. Maynard, of Primrose Cottage, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Born at Bletchingley, Surrey, sergeant Maynard was the son of Mrs A Maynard, and lived in Southend and Great Wakering for twelve years, latterly at primrose Cottage, eastwood, employed as a market gardener. He enlisted in August 1914, and was sent to the Dardanelles in July 1915, having been promoted to Sergeant in the previous April. At about 6o`clock on 7th October 1915 he had just got up into the firing position to see to an iron sniping plate when he was shot through the head, dying instantly. He was buried N.N.E. of Anzac Cove, and was 30 years old. His officer, Captain Eric W. Jee wrote the following to his mother: October 26th. Dear Mr & Mrs Maynard â€“ As the officer commanding `A` Company 1-6th Essex Regiment, it is my painful task to confirm the news of your son`s death, and tell you as much about it as I know. Your son was one of my most trustworthy non-commissioned officers, and had been with me through thick and thin since we landed. I had only one other officer with me, but Sergeant Maynard commanded his platoon or took charge of a section of the trench equally well. The great thing about him was his cheerful and helpful word for all his men, and this really made him an ideal leader of men. I am afraid my words can be of little use to you in losing so gallant a son. He died doing his duty in the trenches. Fortunately his death was instantaneous and painless. A sniper`s bullet hit him in the head. Sergeant Maynard was applying for a commission out here , and no one would have done more credit to the rank. He was at all times remarkable for his personal bravery and disregard for danger. He was complimented by the commanding officer for information brought in regarding the country in front of our trenches, where he had taken a patrol. He was properly buried by a chaplain in `Australian Gully`, the commanding officer and many of his personal friends attending during the darkness. Sergeant Maynard and myself were friends apart from our duties, and we often had tea together, and we used to talk of old times in England. Assuring you of my deepest and sincerest sympathy, and that his loss is remembered and mourned by N.C.O.s and men as well`. He is commemorated on his parent`s grave in Eastwood churchyard. See Southend Standard 4.11.1915. obit.; 29.7.1916, photo.; 10.101918, in Memoriam notice. MOSS, Charles. (Private) Born Hornchurch, Essex. Regiment 9th Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No.12321 Died of wounds aged 22. 9 August 1915 France & Flanders. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (NORD), Nord, France. Son of Mrs. Celia Harris, of Bohemia Estate, Eastwood, Essex. Private Moss was born in Newlands Road, Southend-on-Sea (Hornchurch), and lived in Alexandra Street, his mother living on the Bohemian Estate, Eastwood. He enlisted at Southend in August 1914, and was sent to France where he was wounded in the neck on 7th August 1915, dying two days later at No.2 C.C.S. aged 18. Sister R.E.Jolley wrote: `I am sorry to tell you your son Private C. Moss, 9th Essex Regt. was brought in wounded in the neck the day before yesterday. He passed away this morning. He did not talk at all, but appeared fairly comfortable. All further particulars and any personal possessions will be forwarded to you from headquarters in the course of time. You can rest assured everything possible was done for your son`s comfort`. In a letter his platoon Sergeant H.E.G. West wrote: `This is indeed, a sad letter I have to write to you, for the news has just come to me that your brave little son died before reaching hospital. I am more sorry than I can say, for he was one of the pluckiest I have known. I shall not forget the day, about three weeks ago, when he came to me after a heavy night firing, and told me, in his usual smiling way, that he had given them 120 rounds out of my rifle. He was one we always could pick on when we wanted cool and plucky men for a dangerous job. I remember him again when on the last very long march we had under terrible circumstances, although his feet were really raw, he stuck it to the end, and came through it with me. In the job when he met his wound, he was doing it at the safest time, for by night it is ten times more dangerous than by day, for the place is swept by fire all night. Everything possible was done for him, but the bullet pierced his spine, and had he lived he would never have had the use of his limbs. It is nice to know that he died without pain, and that he died doing his duty no one will dispute. That he did his duty, as well as a man could do it, is what I know. I cannot put down here my feeling for his mother, but I can compare them with those of my own mother. May the Almighty comfort you`. His father Private Walter Moss of the same regiment was also serving with the B.E.F. See Southend Standard 23.9.1915, obit. & photo; 30.9.1915, letters.. McLELLAN, William. (Serjeant) Born Aberdeen, Scotland. Regiment 2nd Battalion Prince of Wales`s Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Service No. 3520 (formerly Lancs. Fus. Service No. 2931) Died of wounds aged 26. 30 June 1915 France and Flanders. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Husband of Margaret McLellan (nee Davis), Margaret Cottage, Leighwood Avenue, Eastwood, Essex. Born at Aberdeen, Sergeant McLellan lived at Eastwood and was called up with the reserve in August 1914, dying of wounds at the 10th C.C.S. on 30th June 1915, aged 24. His officer wrote that he was`A good non-commissioned officer`. He left a widow and three children. Â¬Soldiers Died` states that he had previously served in the Lancashire Fusiliers (No.2931). See Southend Standard 22.7 1915, obit.; 13.7.1916, photo.. NUNN, Bert. (Private) Born Eastwood, Essex. Regiment 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Service No. 27638 Killed in action aged 31. 16 August 1917 France & Flanders. Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Son of Mrs. Nunn, of Eastwoodbury Cottages, Eastwoodbury Lane, Eastwood, Essex. NUNN, Henry John. (Private) Born Eastwood, Essex. Regiment 1st Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No. 28454 Killed in action aged 40. 9 October 1918 France & Flanders. Buried Ligny-En-Cambresis Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Son of Mrs. Nunn, of Eastwoodbury Cottages, Eastwoodbury Lane, Eastwood, Essex. Private Nunn lived with his parents in Church Road, Eastwood. He was born in Eastwood and went to the local Council School . Enlisting in April 1916 he was sent to France, subsequently being invalided home suffering from trench feet. On recovery he returned to France where he was killed in action on 9th October 1918 aged 40, and was buried at Ligny, near Cambrai. His brother Bert was killed in action in France in August 1916. His parents had two sons who were still serving. See Southend Standard 28.11.1918, obit. POWLING, Frederick Nathan. (Private) Born Rochford, Essex. Emigrated to Canada in 1911. Regiment 42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Service No. 467025 Killed in action 16 September 1916. Commemorated at Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Son of William Thomas and Emily Rachel Powling, of The Homestead, Eastwood Rise, Southend, England. Private Powling was the seventh son of Mr W Powling of 149, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, and had gone to Canada in about 1914. He enlisted in September 1915 and was killed by machine gun fire on 16th September 1916 aged 22. He had three brothers serving. See Southend Standard 26.10.1916, obit. Photo. RICE, Charles Henry. (Private) Born Hawkwell, Essex. Regiment 9th Battalion Essex Regiment. Service No. 16573 Killed in action aged 35. 18 October 1915 France & Flanders. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pais de Calais, France. Husband of Celia Rice, of Stanley Lodge, Eastwood, Southend-on-Sea. Born at Hawkwell, Private Rice lived at Eastwood and enlisted at Southend in December 1914, serving in Gallipoli. He was killed in action at Vermelles, France on 18th October 1915 aged 35. The Southend Roll of Honour gives his unit as the 9th Essex Regiment. See Southend Standard 4.11.1915, obit. & photo. SHUTTLEWORTH, Alfred. (Civilian) Died aged 15. Date of Burial 20 January 1916. Buried St. Laurence and All Saints, Eastwood. We believe this to be an error as no record can be found of this person being a war casualty. We believe that the rightful person should be as follows:- SHUTTLEWORTH, Walter (Private) Born South Hanningfield, Essex. Regiment 2nd Bn Cheshire Regiment. Service No. 58377 (formerly Essex Regt. Service No. 28859) Killed in action aged 39. 20 January 1918 Serbia. Commemorated at Doiran Memorial, Greece Son of Mrs E Shuttleworth, of South Hanningfield; husband of Lillian Shuttleworth. Resident of Eastwood, Essex TURNER, Arthur Maurice. (Lance Cpl.) Born Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Regiment 1st Bn Grenadier Guards. Service No. 17516 Killed in action aged 21. 15 June 1915 France & Flanders. Commemorated at Le Touret Memorial,Pas de Calais, France. Son of Rosina Jane Koch (formerly Turner), of Montrose, Eastwood, Southend-on-Sea. Private Turner was born in Southend on 23rd August 1893, and was a former pupil of Brewery Road School. He enlisted about six years before his death, and was killed in action at Festubert, France , on 15th June 1915 aged 21. He had three brothers serving in the army. His mother was living at â€œMontroseâ€� Eastwood, and had formerly lived at 5, St Leonards Road, Southend-on-Sea. See Southend Standard 8.7.1915, obit.; 22.7.1915, photo.; 12.6.1919, in Memoriam notice. WEBB, Thomas. (Private) Born Dalston, London. Regiment 53rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Service No. TR/9/1159 Died aged 19. 16 April 1917 Romford, England. Buried Eastwood (St. Laurence and All Saints) Churchyard, Essex. Son of William and Sarah Webb, of Oak Place, Woodcutter's Avenue, Bellhouse Lane, Eastwood, Southend-on-Sea. Private Webb was the son of Mrs Webb and the late Mr William Webb of Oak Place, Woodcutters Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea. He died of pneumonia in Romford Hospital on 16th April 1917 aged 18, having been taken ill a few days before during training near Romford. The Imperial War Graves Commission and `Soldiers Died` gives the above unit and address, while the Southend Standard gives his unit at the Essex Regiment and the address as `Bohemian Estate`. The Southend Roll of Honour gives his unit as the 9th Bedford Regiment. He was buried in Eastwood churchyard, his funeral being attended by his brother who had lost his foot during service abroad, who was on leave from hospital. See Southend Standard 26.4.1917, obit. WELLS, Albert Surman. (Private) Born Hampton Hill, Middlesex. Regiment 2nd Battalion Duke of Cambridge`s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Service No. G/89472 Killed in action aged 19. 24 April 1918. France & Flanders. Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France Son of George and Mildred Surman Wells, of "Alberta", Bellhouse Lane, Eastwood, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Born at Hampton Hill, Middlesex, Private Wells lived at Eastwood and enlisted at Hounslow in April 1917. He was killed in action in France on 24th April 1918 aged 19. Compiled by Keith Davies, Trustee of the Eastwood Memorial Hall with the grateful assistance of Heather Feather, Chairman of the S.E. Essex Branch â€“ Essex Society for Family History. All text which is in italics is from a book The Southend & District Roll of Honour 1914-1918 by Jeffrey Jarvis
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