9OTH ANNIVERSARY

OF THE

BATTLE OF THE SOMME

 

2011 marks the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

On the first day Ist July 1916 the British Army lost more men in a single day than before or since. Some research has been done by a local historian, Joan Soole, into the men from Colchester who died on that day and she has come up with 13 names, together with their respective regiments and where they are buried or, in most instances, commemorated.

There is also in Colchester Cemetery the graves of three Australian Soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Somme (though not on the first day), who died in the Military Hospital here in Colchester.

Four of the regiments mentioned were stationed in Colchester at that time and all saw action on the Somme.

JOAN SOOLE

may be contacted at:

Tel: 01206 657840

e-mail: joansoole@hotmail.co.uk 

MEN FROM COLCHESTER

KILLED ON

IST JULY 1916

NAME:
REGIMENT:

RIFLEMAN A L TRUSSELL

QUEEN VICTORIA'S RIFLES

BURIED BRITISH CEMETERY, GOMMECOURT

CPL E PEPPER

ESSEX REGIMENT

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

PTE A GREEN

BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

RIFLEMAN W GIBBS

RIFLE BRIGADE

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

PTE J GANT

ESSEX REGIMENT

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

PTE W F FRENCH

ESSEX REGIMENT

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

PTE J H DAY

ESSEX REGIMENT

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

L/CPL F CHORLTON

ROYAL SCOTS

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

PTE F R SAGE

ESSEX REGIMENT

ZOUAVE CEMETERY, FRANCE

2/LT THOMAS WILLIAM MAURICE WELLS

2ND BTN SOUTH WALES BORDERERS

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

SGT S E J WILKINSON

MACHINE GUN CORPS

COMMEMORATED THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

2/LT RONALD BENTALL HORWOOD

AGED 22, SON OF SAMUEL AND CAROLINE HORWOOD, OF LEIGHTON HOUSE, VICTORIA ROAD, COLCHESTER. HE HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY WOUNDED AT GALLIPOLI.

3RD BTN ESSEX REGIMENT

ATTACHED 1ST BTN.

BURIED AT ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL

2/LT WILLIAM ROBERT CHESHIRE

AGED 27, SON OF WILLIAM & EMMA CHESHIRE OF 1, MEYRICK CRESCENT, COLCHESTER.

1ST BTN ESSEX REGIMENT

BURIED AT KNIGHTSBRIDGE CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINCORT

FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE BATTLEOF THE SOMME, THOUGH NOT ON THE FIRST DAY, AND WHO DIED IN THE MILITARY HOSPITAL HERE IN COLCHESTER AND ARE BURIED IN COLCHESTER CEMETERY.
 
 

PTE HECTOR MACDONALD MACKINTOSH

AGED 18, 3370 3RD BTTN AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY

DIED OF WOUNDS 12TH JULY 1916

OF CANTERBURY, SYDNEY NSW

 

PTE WILLIAM JOHN MACKENZIE

AGED 27, 1384 51ST BTTN AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY

DIED OF WOUNDS 5TH AUGUST 1916.

BORN IN SCOTLAND.

 

PTE FRANCIS ROY RANKIN

AGED 21, 493 21ST BTTN AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY

DIED OF WOUNDS 10TH SEPTEMBER 1916

BORN AT MOUNT MORIAC, VICTORIA

 THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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