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31 August 1916 : Pte Evan Oliver Robert May

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His parents were Robert (a farm labourer) and Olive May.  At the 1881 Census Evan was the youngest of four children, the oldest two, age 15 and 12 were working in turn as a domestic servant and a ploughboy.  By the 1891 Census the older children had left home. Evan, not 11, was  the middle son of  three, ages 14, 11 and 8 George, Evan, William.  …


4 August 1916 Lieutenant Noel Alexander Target MC

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Born 23 November 1895 at London, son of Felix Alexander Target MICE, Civil Engineer, Indian Public Works Department, of Donnington, Pinner, and his wife Nita, daughter of Harrison Chilton; educated at Haileybury College. Noel was originally intended for the Indian Police, for which he had just qualified when war was declared in August 1914. Noel's…


5 August 1916 Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth MC

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Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth M.C. 13th Bn Durham Light Infantry  George was born on 12 July 1885 to parents Julia Marguerite (nee Wigan) and Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth, Kt., LL.B, a solicitor and manager of the North-Eastern Railway. He was christened on 30 August in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire by his grandfather the Reverend George Butte…


17 August 1916 : Pte William Nettleton, Cameron Highlanders

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Willie Nettleton was born in Ossett, Yorkshire 15 July 1891. Son of Robert (a milk hand) and mother Betsy. At the 1901 Census the parents, their 10 children and a grandchild, lived at 13, Ventor Cottages, Back Lane, Ossett. At the 1911 Census, a few of the older children had left home, but there family were still living in a two roomed cottage.  …


4 September 1916 : Pte Edgar William Burn

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Son of Roger (a tailor) and Georgina Burn. Age 16 at the 1911 England Census, Edgar was a watchmaker and apprentice dealer with T.M. Wilcox of Market Place, Alnwick. He had two younger brothers, Herbert (a draper's assistant) and John. In 1911 the family lived at Centre Terrace, Alnwick, by the time of the war, when their sons enlisted, they were …


25 September 1916 : Capt. Herbert Meakin

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Herbert Percy Meakin was born in Poona, Maharashtra, India on 10 January 1891 the son of Henry George Meakin, a brewer, and his wife Alice. His father died in 1895 while in Australia.  Meakin was privately educated  before going up to Queen's College, Oxford. While a student, his mother now a widow, lived in Belgravia Mansions, Hanover Square. She…


16 October 1916 : Pte James Joynt MM

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James, the second child of William (an Irishman for Limerick) and Ellen (from Gosport) was born in Derby in January 1882. He had an older sister who would have been 6 or 7 years old at the time. Younger brothers Richard and Dudley were born respectively in 1888 and 1894. By the the time of the 1891 Census, 9 year old James was living at 22 Milton …


6 December 1917: Pte Walter Catlow

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An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow  He enlisted into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the Battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1…


1 July 1916 : Lieut Charles Stonehouse, W Coy 11th Bn East Lancs Regt.

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A keen sportsman, he played amateur football for Blackburn Crosshill FC and also represented his town at hockey. Charles enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Accrington on 17 September 1914 as a private and was issued with the regimental number 15360. Not long after enlistment, he was promoted to Lance Corporal before being recommended for…


7 July 1916 : 4675 Pte. William Edward Foster, 12th Bn Manchester Regiment

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In February 1908, he had enlisted in his local Territorial artillery battery and had only just completed his service terms in 1914. When war broke out, William enlisted into the Manchester Regiment in Nelson, Lancashire and served with the 12th Battalion on the Western Front as from 16th July 1915. Serving in the southern Ypres Salient for much of…


18 July 1916 : Lance Corporal Eugene Walter Linley, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.

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Lance Corporal Linley of B Company was reported missing on 18 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The 1901 census records him living at Muirfiled Road, Inverness, with his parents Fred [b.1859 Huddersfield?, Yorkshire] and Ellen Louise [b.1861], brothers Fred Kay [b.1890], Richard Musgrave [b.1898…


Known unto God: the missing of the Great War by Simon Fowler

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This talk tells the stories of some of those commemorated on the memorials in Ypres, Thiepval and elsewhere and looks at the struggles of their families to find out about what happened to them. It was said that the grieving mothers and widows suffered doubly because they did not know where their menfolk had been buried. It will also discuss how and…