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31 August 1916 : Pte Evan May

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Evan's 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 yet 11, was the middle son of  three, ages 14, 11 and 8 George, Evan, Wi…


4 August 1916 Lieutenant Noel Alexander Target MC

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The 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. He became a Civil Engineer, Indian Public Works Department Noel was originally intended for the Indian Police, for which he had just qualified when war was…


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 Willie Nettleton

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The eight child of Robert (a woollen cloth binder) and mother Elizabeth 'Betsy' née Roling. Willie was a shop assistant (Boarders) and then a hairdresser before the war. At the 1901 England Census the parents, their 10 children and a grandchild, lived at 13, Ventor Cottages, Back Lane, Ossett - a three roomed dwelling. All those over the age of…


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.  Edgar 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, …


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 Milto…


6 December 1917: Pte Walter Catlow

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The son of Jonathan and Mary Catlow (née Naylor). At the 1881 Census, age 15, Walter lived at home with his seven siblings ages 19 to 3. All the older children, from 11 year old Clara to 25 year old Henry worked as cotton weavers in 1881. They lived at 35 Hollingreave Road, Burnley. By the 1901 Census, Mary, widowed when her husband died in Au…


1 July 1916 : Charles Stonehouse

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His father was Francis Stonehouse, a draper and his mother Mary Ann Stonehouse. One of seven children, Charles went on to train as an architect.   At the 1891 England Census that family lived at 32 Adelaide Terrace (all seven children and two live in domestic servants). By the time of the 1901 England Census the family lived at 42 Adelaide Terrace…


7 July 1916 : Pte. William Edward Foster

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At the 1891 Census William, only 1, appears to have been living at his grandmother's house with his mother and older sister Elizabeth. By the 1901 Census, his sister had married and the 10 year old William was living wither her and his brother in law at 23 Ribblesdale Street, Burnley.  At the 1911 Census, William was living with his sister and b…


18 July 1916 : L/CPL Eugene Walter Linley

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Father Fred (from Huddersfield) and mother Ellen Louisa.  At the 1901 Scotland census records show that the 8 year old Eugene was living on Muirfield Road, Inverness, with his parents and brothers Frederick Kay [b.1890] and Richard Musgrave [b.1898] and a 19 year old domestic servant Mary Fraser. He enlisted in September 1914.    The 5th (Servi…


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…


The 'Old Lag' VC: John William Mariner

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In Gun Fire edition number 33, there is a short paragraph in the 'Notes and Queries' section dealing with a First World War memorial within the prison at Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight. This paragraph in Gun Fire reads as follows: Perhaps the most unique and interesting war memorial in the country is that placed in the Prison Chapel at Parkhurst,…


The tale of four lads from Buckie, Banffshire

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The fishing community of Buckie responded enthusiastically to the call for recruits on the outbreak of war in 1914. Although initially it was reported that fishermen were not sure what arm of the British forces in which to enlist, the creation of the Royal Naval Division resulted in more than 100 men enlisting in October 1914. Before leaving on a s…


A Lonely Island War Memorial: Stroma in the Pentland Firth

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Two miles north-west of John O’Groats lies the island of Stroma. The name translates from Old Norse as ‘the island in the stream’, the stream being the Pentland Firth. Above: The island of Stroma is the most southerly of the islands in the Pentland Firth. The population of Stroma reached a peak of 375 in 1901. By 1911, the population had slig…