Search results for Etaples.

16 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Williams


Joseph was a carter employed by Barnoldswick Council prior to enlistment. He was conscripted into service at Halifax on 7 June 1916 and, after training with the 3rd West Ridings, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France on 13 November 1916. After arriving at Etaples, he was attached to 255 Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers in the V…

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25 May 1917 : Pte Charles Henry Gill


Parents Amos (a warp dresser) and Annie. At the 1911 Census the family were living at 49 St John St, Silsden, nr Keighley, Yorkshire.  Older brother and Victor, ages 16 and 14, were 'clog iron makers'.  Charles enlisted on 2nd March 1916 and called up for service on 1 February 1917. He spent two months in the Home Reserve. According to his Med…

21 October 1917 : Pte Friend Whitwam


Zachariah Friend was a card dealer at a woollen mill. Friend was baptised 25 April 1877. Friend had two sisters, Clara and Sarah. At the time of the 1901 Census, Friend lived with his parents and younger sister Sarah at 126 George Street. Both Friend and Sarah worked in a woollen mill, Friend as a cloth finisher. Later that year, on 2 Novem…

9 December 1917: Pte James G. Churchill


James, the son of William and Rosetta Ann Churchill. 11 Livonia St, London was born 11 April 1895. His mother died in 1901 when he was six.  Her married the 17 year old Mabel Magdellena in October 1913 - their daughter Mabel Florence was born 12 Nov 1913. They had a second child, George James, born 1 Feb 1915. They lived in Hoxton, Shoreditch. Jam…

20 May 1917 : Pte James Ewart


Parents John Ewes of 6 Romilly Road, Cardiff, a Jeweller’s Manager and Charlotte (née Ireland). One of four children, James was educated in Manchester and Wakefield. In 1901 the family lived at 92 Llanfair Road, Cardiff. In 1911, the family lived at 102 Llanfair Road and all three grown up children were working as clerks for various enterprise…

Horey parents’ pilgrimage to the Somme


Some of the most moving photographs in the 40-year archive of The Western Front Association are those featuring the bereaved – the people forced to pick up the pieces and continue with their lives having lost a loved one in the war. Their pain all too often appears visceral. That is very much the case with these pictures of London tram conductor G…

From ceremonial duties to First Ypres and beyond: The 1st Life Guards and their single worst day of the war


This is a brief account of one cavalry regiment's war which reached its nadir in very unlikely circumstances whilst they were in a supposedly very safe location on the French coast re-training for a new role. The story starts and ends at Etaples Military Cemetery. The cemetery is – as those who have visited it – a vast and (for its size) relativel…

Betty Stevenson – ‘the Happy Warrior’


Within days of the war being declared the YMCA established recreation centres in the United Kingdom – largely near railway stations and other places where large numbers of troops were likely to be gathering. By the end of 1914, similar centres had been established at Le Havre in France and later in other areas of France. Above: The first YMCA H…