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Colchester Men at Trafalgar
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Colchester Men at the Somme

1916

21 Colchester Men Killed in Action

at The Somme

Researched by Joan Soole

THE MEN FROM COLCHESTER WHO WERE KIA ON IST JULY 1916, THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME.

THIS WAS THE DAY THAT THE BRITISH ARMY LOST MORE MEN IN A SINGLE DAY BEFORE OR SINCE,

NAME`

AGE/NO/RANK

REGIMENT

WHERE LIVING IN COLCHESTER, IF KNOWN

WHERE COMMEMORATED

DAY - JOHN HENRY

AGED 26

12708 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

SON OF ELIZABETH DAY OF ELMSTEAD HEATH, COLCHESTER

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

CARDY - ARTHUR

AGED 31

8124 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

HUSBAND OF ROSETTA ELIZA CARDY OF WORMINGFORD

SERRE ROAD CEMETERY

FRENCH - WILLIAM FRANK

AGED 28

9517 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

BROTHER OF GEORGE FRENCHOF 22, PROVIDENCE PLACE, COLCHESTER

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

GANT - JOSEPH

AGED 19

10274 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

SON OF MRS JANE GANT, 23, SHEEPEN ROAD, COLCHESTER

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

SOWMAN - JAMES HENRY

AGED 29

19512 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

SON OF JAMES & MARY SOWMAN OF GROVE COTTAGE, POLSTEAD HEATH, COLCHESTER

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

GREEN - ARTHUR

AGED 23

10728 PRIVATE

2ND BTN., BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

SON OF MRS ELIZABETH CARDY OF 87, BARRACK STREET, COLCHESTER

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

TRUSSELL - ALAN LIONEL

462 RIFLEMAN

9TH BTN., LONDON REGIMENT, QUEEN VICTORIA'S RIFLES

UNKNOWN - LISTED ON ROLL OF THE FALLEN BUT NOT ON 1911 CENSUS AS LIVING IN COLCHESTER

GOMMECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY NO. 2 HEBUTERNS

FLETCHER - RALPH EDWIN

AGED 23

12705 PRIVATE

8TH BTN., SUFFOLK REGIMENT

ACCORDING TO 1911 CENSUS LIVING AT 34, BOURNE ROAD, COLCHESTER

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

CORNWELL - HERBERT EDWIN WEBB

AGED 25

16412 L/CORPORAL

11TH BTN., SUFFOLK REGIMENT

HUSBAND OF IVY MAY CORNWELL, 24 ESSEX STREET, COLCHESTER

OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

RICHARDSON - CHARLES VICTOR LESLIE

AGED 18

5509 L/SGT (PROBABLY NOT - TOO YOUNG)

8TH BTN., EAST SURREY REGIMENT

SON OF CORNELIUS & MARY RICHARDSON OF 40, NORTH HILL,COLCHESTER

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

DOBSON - WILLIAM

AGED 19

4987 PRIVATE

8TH BTN., EAST SURREY REGIMENT

SON OF CHARLES DOBSON OF 2, BOXTED ROAD, MYLAND, COLCHESTER

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

GEORGE - CHARLES ALFRED

AGED 18

13554 PRIVATE

8TH BTN., NORFOLK REGIMENT

SON OF ALFRED AND MARIA GEORGE OF CAGE LANE, BOXTED, COLCHESTER

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

VINSON - WALTER

AGED 19 10880 PRIVATE

IST BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

SON OF SAMUEL VINSON OF HIGH ROAD, LAYER-DE-LA-HAYE, COLCHESTER.

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

ROSS - MICHAEL JOSEPH

AGED 19150 PRIVATE

IST BTN., ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT

(THIS REGIMENT WAS VIRTUALLY WIPED OUT ON THE FIRST DAY. ALL THEIR OFFICERS WERE KILLED AND OVER 600 MEN) THE IST JULY IS MEMORIAL DAY IN NEWFOUNDLAND. ***

(AS FAR AS IS KNOWN MICHAEL ROSS IS THE ONLY MAN FROM COLCHESTER TO HAVE SERVED WITH THE ROYAL NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT. MICHAEL WAS BORN ON 17TH JUNE 1897 AT THE HOSPITAL FOR SOLDIERS WIVES IN COLCHESTER. HIS FATHER WAS A PRIVATE SERVING WITH THE YORK AND LANCASTER REGIMENT. HIS MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME WAS CLARE, MICHAEL WAS ONE OF THE FIRST 500 TO VOLUNTEER.****

SON OF JAMES AND MARGARET ROSS OF PORTUGAL COVE, ST JOHN'S EAST, NEWFOUNDLAND. NATIVE OF COLCHESTER.

AUCHONVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, SOMME. FRANCE

MARTIN W E

AGED 25

PRIVATE G/16342

10TH BTN., QUEEN'S OWN ROYAL WEST KENTS.(KNOWN AS "THE BUFFS"

SON OF WILLIAM AND EMILY MARTIN, OF FLAT 5, 123, VICTORIA ROAD, WESTMINSTER. LONDON. BORN IN COLCHESTER

TANCREZ FARM CEMETERY

HORWOOD - RONALD BENTALL

AGED 22

2ND LIEUTENANT

3RD BTN., ATTD IST BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT . (WAS ALSO(WOUNDED AT GALLIPOLI)

SON OF HENRY & CAROLINE HORWOOD OF LEIGHTON HOUSE, VICTORIA ROAD, COLCHESTER. (FORMER PUPIL OF COLCHESTER ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL)

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

CHESHIRE - ROBERT WILLIAM

AGED 27 2ND LIEUTENANT

IST BTN., ESSEX REGIMENT

SON OF WILLIAM AND EMMA CHESHIRE OF 1, MEYRICK CRESCENT, COLCHESTER (FORMER PUPIL OF COLCHESTER ROYAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL)

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

WELLS - THOMAS MAURICE WILLIAM

2ND LIEUTENANT

2ND BTN., SOUTH WALES BORDERERS

UNKNOWN - LISTED ON THE ROLL OF THE FALLEN FROM COLCHESTER

THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

EVERITT -JOHN PAXMAN

AGED 19 2ND LIEUTENANT

15TH BTN., WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT (PRINCE OF WALES'S OWN)

SON OF CHARLES & ELIZABETH EVERITT OF 12, INGLIS ROAD, COLCHESTER.

(THERE IS A MEMORIAL PLAQUE TO HIM AT ST LEONARD'S CHURCH AT THE HYTHE) THIEPVALE MEMORIAL

KERNAGHAN GRAHAM HEMERY

AGED 22

LIEUTENANT

8TH BTN KING' OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY

SON OF THE LATE THOMAS AND MRS ALEXANDRA KERNAGHAN OF 19, PORTMAN

SQUARE,LONDON. ACCORDING TO THE 1911 CENUS THEN LIVING AT 20 THE AVENUE, LEXDEN, COLCHESTER, BORN IN COLCHESTER

SERRE ROAD CEMETERY

NO TWO THE SOMME

PROWSE - CHARLES BERTIE DSO

COMMANDER 11TH INFANTRY BRIGADE

BRIGADIER GENERAL. THE MOST SENIOR OFFICER TO BE KILLED ON THAT DAY

IST BTN., SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY

WHILST STATIONED IN COLCHESTER HE LIVED AT THE MINORIES AND, ACCORDING TO TOM FORD, RODE HIS HORSE TO WORK AT THE GARRISON EACH DAY.

HE IS ON THE ROLL OF THE FALLEN IN THE TOWN HALL. *****

LOUVEN MILE CEMETERY

*** BY A VERY STRANGE CO-INCIDENCE WHEN THE NEWFOUNDLAND REGIMENT WENT OVER AT 8.45 ON MORNING OF THE IST JULY 1916 THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THE IST BATTALION OF THE ESSEX REGIMENT.

***** HIS BROTHER WAS CAPTAIN CYRIL IRBY PROWSE RN WHO WAS KIA WHILST CAPTAIN OF HMS QUEEN MARY WHICH BLEW UP AT THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND IN MAY 1916. THE PROWSE FAMILY ARE ALLEDGELY DESCENDED FROM EUDO DAPIFER, THE MAN WHO BUILT ST JOHN'S ABBEY IN COLCHESTER.

**** PRIVATE ROSS ALSO SERVED IN THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN

THE CWGC AND VETERANS AFFAIRS OF CANADA HAVE HELPED ME WITH THIS RESEARCH

 

THOSE LISTED ON THE ROLLS OF THE FALLEN FROM COLCHESTER
PRIVATE A CARDY

PRIVATE W F FRENCH

PRIVATE J GANT

PRIVATE A GREEN

PRIVATE W E MARTIN

RIFLEMAN A L TRUSSELL - NO TRACE ON 1901 OR 1911 CENSUS FOR COLCHESTER

PRIVATE R E FLETCHER

LANCE SGT., C V L RICHARDSON

PRIVATE W DOBSON

2/LT., R B HORWOOD

2/LT., R W CHESHIRE

2/LT., T M W WELLS - NO TRACE ON 1901 OR 1911 CENSUS FOR COLCHESTER

LT., G H KERNAGHAN

BRIGADIER-GENERAL C B PROWSE

NOT LISTED ON THE ROLLS OF THE FALLEN FROM COLCHESTER
PRIVATE J H DAY

PRIVATE J H SOWMAN

L/CPL., H E CORNWELL

PRIVATE C A GEORGE

PRIVATE W VINSON - ON LAYER DE LA HAYE WAR MEMORIAL

PRIVATE M J ROSS

2/LT., J P EVERITT

 

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