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21 October 1916 : L/Cpl William Beck

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William Beck's family moved to Walthamstow and he attended Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1902-1907. At the 1911 Census William, age 18, William was working as a metal polisher. He was the oldest of eight children.  William enlisted as a private at the start of the war in the 8th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment and during two years of serv…


Rifleman John Blackmore

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Born at Mile End on 25 October 1899, John Blackmore attended Blackhorse Road Boys' Elementary School, Walthamstow, from 30 September 1907 to 19 December 1913. He enlisted in Walthamstow in 1917 and served as a Rifleman in the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He was posted to the 12th Battalion London Regiment (The Rangers) and was killed in action on 9 …


12 September 1918 : Pte Albert Henry Smither

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Albert lived in Tottenham and Walthamstow, attending Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1904-1909. When he enlisted in August 1914, he was working as a wood machinist, working for Harris Lebus, England’s largest furniture manufacturer, He joined the 7th Battallion, The Essex Regiment and by November 1914 had been promoted Lance-Corporal. He served…


The Boys of Blackhorse Road by Malcolm Doolin

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More than simply a collection of personal, short life and service histories of the boys who as men served and died during the First World War, The Boys of Blackhorse Road is a social history of the era, which ably straddles this extraordinarily transitional era, say 1880s to 1920s. The story of the school is assiduously told; throughout it remains…