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East Surrey Regiment

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East Surrey Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Arney John. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Aucourt Charles Octave. Sjt. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Austin G. E.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Bance Albert Edward. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.26th November 1917)
  • Barfield George. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th August 1916.)
  • Bartlett Robert William. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Bayard William Henery.
  • Belcher Edward Francis. Sgt. (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Blake George W.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.15th December 1914)
  • Blower Alfred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.30th September 1916)
  • Broad Walter James. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.10th Oct 1917)
  • Brown Harold Vernon. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Butler Herbert Ormonde. Pte. 1st btn. 3rd btn.
  • Campbell Robert. Capt 1st Btn.
  • Charles Hilary. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.22nd September 1917)
  • Clark Charles Alfred. Mjr. 9th Btn.
  • Clist Henry. Pte.
  • Compton Percy. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Cooke Henry John. Pte. 1st Btn (d.5th Nov 1916 )
  • Corley William Raymond. 2nd.Lt. 9th Btn. (d.27th Mar 1918)
  • Dearing Edward. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • de_Beaurepaire Cecil John. 2nd Lt. 13th (Wandsworth) Battalion
  • Dry George Edward. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.10th May 1917)
  • Duck Arthur. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Dwyer Edward. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.3rd September 1916)
  • Farley Frank. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.4th Oct 1917)
  • Gillman Richard Joseph. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.13th Jun 1917)
  • Godfrey Thomas. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1916)
  • Godfrey William James. C/Sgt 10th Btn. (d.21st July 1916)
  • Goodwin Samuel George. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.16th Jun 1917)
  • Gray Henry Charles. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.28th June 1916)
  • Green Albert William Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Greygoose Leo Eric. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Gridley Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Aug 1915)
  • Hancock Ernest. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.28th Nov 1914)
  • Hancock John Hocken. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Hartley Richard Rutland. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.3rd Sept 1916)
  • Harvey Mortimer Hugh. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Head Arthur. Sgt. 1st Btn.
  • Healy J. M.. Pte. 8th Btn (d.22nd Sep 1918)
  • Hill Richard Harry. Pte. 7th Btn., A Coy (d.30th September 1916)
  • Holland William. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Hollington Charles Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Hopkinson Charles Reginald Thompson. Capt. attd. 3rd Bn. Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. (d.6th September 1914)
  • Huitson Arthur. Cpl. 2/7th Battalion
  • Huxley George. Pte. 12th Btn
  • Kirkland William Ernest. Pte. att. 1st/23rd Bn. London Regiment (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Lloyd William Ernest.
  • Looms Reginald Wallinger. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Lynn Edgar Edward. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.28th June 1916)
  • MacDonald Albert Edward. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.29th July 1917)
  • McNamara John. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1918)
  • Mills Harry. Sgt. 12th Battalion
  • Morris John Marshall. Pte. 12th Btns.
  • Morritt William. Capt. 1st Btn. (d.27th June 1917)
  • Mummery William. 8th Btn. (d.30th September 1916)
  • New William James.
  • Noe John Thomas. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Norris Charles. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Feb 1915)
  • Norris William Thomas Nobel. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.19th February 1919)
  • O'Connell Jeremiah. Pte. 9th Btn., att. 250th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Eng. (d.6th Oct 1916)
  • Oliver Patrick. Sgt.
  • Osborn Frank Isaac. Sgt. 12th (Bermondsey) Battalion
  • Paice F. J.. SSgt. 2nd Bn. attd. Military Grass and Dairy Farm (d.23rd July 1915)
  • Parr William George. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Paterson Herbert George. 8th Btn.
  • Poke John Henry. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd April 1915)
  • Richmond Sidney William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.28th September 1918)
  • Riggs Joseph Reginald. Pte 8th Battalion
  • Romer George Edward. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.25th March 1915)
  • Rosher Charles William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Rosher John Allbert. Pte. (d.3rd March 1916)
  • Samuels Sidney Gerald. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.24th November 1918)
  • Sayers David. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.17th Nov 1916)
  • Scarff William. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.3rd Feb 1915)
  • Smith Robert. Pte. 7th Battalion 'B' Company (d.14th October 1915)
  • Stanbury George Wyndham . Cpl. 250th Tunnelling Company
  • Stimson Montaque Adolph. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn (d.30th Sep 1916)
  • Strutton Edward. Pte. (d.25th April 1915)
  • Sullivan Arthur Charles. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.31st July 1918)
  • Turpie William J.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jul 1915)
  • Walker Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn., C Coy. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Wallis Herbert Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Apr 1915)
  • Warters Sydney Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Webb Daniel Charles. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.23rd August 1918)
  • Weed James Thomas. Pte 9th Btn. (d.18th Jun 1917)
  • Wells Charles Hyron. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Westwood A. H.. (d.23rd Nov 1917)
  • Wright Percy Clarence. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1918)
  • Wyatt Frederick A. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)

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Pte. Sidney William Richmond 11th Btn. Royal Fusiliers (d.28th September 1918)

Sidney Richmond died on 28th September 1918 and is buried in the Unicorn Cemetery in France. He had formerly served with East Surrey Regt.

s flynn


Cpl. Edward Dwyer VC 1st Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.3rd September 1916)

Edward Dwyer was klled in action on 3rd of September 1916, aged 20 and is buried in the Flatiron Copse Cemetery in France.

An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 21st May, 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at "Hill 60" on the 20th April, 1915. When his trench was heavily attacked by German grenade throwers he climbed on to the parapet, and, although subjected to a hail of bombs at close quarters, succeeded in dispersing the enemy by the effective use of his hand grenades. Private Dwyer displayed great gallantry earlier on this day in leaving his trench, under heavy shell fire, to bandage his wounded comrades."

s flynn


Pte. Leo Eric Greygoose 1st Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.23rd Aug 1918)

Leo Greygoose was killed in action on the 23rd of August 1918, aged 19. Buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery in Somme, France, he was native of Abridge, Essex. Son of Alfred and Annie Greygoose, of 44, Eastfield Rd., Enfield Wash, Middx, his brother Lawrence John Victor Greygoose also fell.

s flynn


2nd.Lt. William Raymond Corley 9th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.27th Mar 1918)

William Corley served with the 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment and was killed in action on the 27th of March 1918. Aged 23, he was the son of William and Marian Corley, of 2 Selby Avenue, St. Albans. He had been Mentioned in Despatches. Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and on the St Albans war memorial.

Helen Whittle


SSgt. F. J. Paice 2nd Bn. attd. Military Grass and Dairy Farm East Surrey Regiment (d.23rd July 1915)

Staff Serjeant Paice is buried in the Madras Wesleyan Cemetery in Chennai, India, Plot 2. Grave 3.

s flynn


Pte. William Thomas Nobel Norris 6th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.19th February 1919)

Private Norris was the Son of William Thomas Noble and Eliza Norris, of Mortlake, London.

He was 20 when he died and is buried in the Kotwa Military Grave in India.

s flynn


Pte. William Scarff 5th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.3rd Feb 1915)

William Scarff is buried in an isolated military grave in Barkacha, India.

S Flynn


Pte Joseph Reginald Riggs 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment

Joseph Reginald Riggs is my paternal grandfather. He died in 1972. Joseph served in WW1 as a soldier in France. My dad says Joseph never spoke of his time in France. It must have been a terrible time for them all.

In WW2 Joseph served as part of the local Home Guard. He was very proud of this role. I was 12 when my granddad died and I can remember him very clearly. He was a quiet, wiry man with piercing blue eyes. He loved his garden and grew many vegetables.

Debbie Fenemore


Pte. Herbert Walker 8th Btn., C Coy. East Surrey Regiment (d.12th Oct 1917)

Herbert Walker was one of a number of former pupils from Ipswich School who were killed in WW1. He has no grave but his name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial near Ypres.

Alasdair Ross


Pte. Charles Gridley 2nd Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.2nd Aug 1915)

Charles Gridley was born about September 1872 in Richmond, Surrey, the son of a bricklayer. He joined the 31st and 70th Foot at the age of 18 years and 5 months on 16th February 1891 (Service Number 3370) and served in the East Indies and in South Africa during the Boer War. He had a total of 12 years service up to his discharge on 12th February 1903. He was awarded the SA Medal and the QSA Medal. Charles married Adeline Annie Barnett on 1st June 1903 at Christ Church, Richmond, Surrey.

He served with the East Surrey Regiment, 2nd Battalion and the Regiment diaries provide an overview of events:

  • January 1915 - arrived in France and joined the 28th Division.
  • Ypres salient.
  • Battle of St Eloi.
  • May 1915 - Second Battle of Ypres.
  • From July to September 1915 the battalion was in trenches at St Eloi and Wulverghem in Belgium.

Charles died on 2nd of August 1915 and is buried at Wulveringem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery in Belgium. (His name was entered as G. Gridley on the CWGC website. A correction has been requested.)

Irene Scrivener


Capt. Charles Reginald Thompson Hopkinson attd. 3rd Bn. Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. East Surrey Regiment (d.6th September 1914)

Charles Hopkinson was the Son of the late Mr. C.R. Hopkinson and Mrs. E. Hamilton Hurst, of Hurst Grove, Bedford; husband of Beryl Hopkinson. Served in the South African Campaign.

He was 34 when he died and is remembered on a special memorial in the Limbe Botanical Gardens Burial Grounds in the Cameroons.

s flynn


Pte. John Hocken Hancock 12th Btn. East Surrey Regiment

My grandfather, Jack Hancock, served with the 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment for one year. He was a Lewis gunner. He got an extra 2/6d in his pay packet for being a Lewis gunner. This was danger money as the gun was so heavy you found it hard to run fast when carrying it and so were a sitting target.

He was mustard gassed on 4th September 1918. I think this happened near Bois Quarante which is 11km from Ypres. He never returned to the battlefield. He died in 1985.

Dave Hancock


Pte. Jeremiah O'Connell 9th Btn., att. 250th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Eng. East Surrey Regiment (d.6th Oct 1916)

Jeremiah O'Connell served with the 9th Btn. East Surrey Regiment and was attached to the 250th Tunnelling Coy., Royal Engineers.

Kyle O'Connell


2nd Lt. Cecil John de_Beaurepaire 13th (Wandsworth) Battalion East Surrey Regiment

In 1914, Cecil at 14 was already 5'11", and had achieved success on the football and cricket fields at a representative level. This enabled him in August 2015 to enlist and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the 13th (Wandsworth) Battalion, East Surrey Regiment at the age of 15. He was the youngest officer in the British Army for WW1. He did not lie about his age. Cecil's brother, Percival was also a Lieutenant in the 13th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment and was wounded.

Cecil should have been in Year 9 at school, instead he managed to survive, and lead fully grown men, for nearly a year at the front (including the Battle of the Ancre during the Somme Offensive) before being wounded in April 1917. He was initially hit by a machine gun, on advancing upon German trenches at Villers-Plouich. We presume that whilst wounded he was also gassed. Overcoming very long odds of gas and gunshot wounds to survive through rear aid centres he was repatriated to England where he spent a year recovering in one of the many hospitals established to receive the 100,000s of wounded.

During this time, he not only managed to nearly memorise the dictionary which gave him a lifelong edge in Scrabble, he also met his wife (and nurse) Gladys. Gladys like many young women throughout the Empire enlisted as a nurse and looked after Cecil during his year in hospital. Gladys was the daughter of William Taylor, Queen's Grand Bargemaster of The Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen and owner of one of England's largest barging businesses at the time. As the story goes, he did not approve of the match between his very eligible daughter and a disabled youth of 18, whose education had ceased at 15. Suffering from the English cold and damp with half a lung, Cecil and Gladys left for Bermuda and ultimately came to Australia. He passed away in 1975.

Centre Front row at 14 years of age

Will de Beaurepaire


L/Cpl. Edgar Edward Lynn 8th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.28th June 1916)

Lance Corporal Edward Lynn's entry to the war was on 11th August 1915. He was killed in action on Wednesday 28th June 1916, three days before the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery.

In Purfleet, while waiting to be shipped to the front line in France, Edgar Edward Lynn wrote his will on a scrap of paper on 9th August 1915. A witness to this will was A.J.Saville. The day after, on 10th August another will was written, also in Purfleet, by Pte E E Lynn G/8126 10th Battalion East Surrey Regt witnessed by L/C S. ???? and Pte C.Franklin. On 23rd August 1915 a draft of 100 NCOs and men arrived in France from the 10th Battalion and joined and became the 8th Battalion. One of these men was E.E.Lynn.

He was married to Hilda Kathleen Edwards on 19th October 1907 at Wandsworth Register Office. They had three children. E E Lynn (no birth certificate can be found for this name - family mystery?) is also believed to be E E Rowland who was born 19th February 1887 in Wandsworth to Arthur Rowland and Kate Elizabeth Haley. (Unfortunately this cannot be verified.)

Roll of Honour for Lance Corporal E E Lynn, East Surrey Regiment was read at the Tower of London on 21st October 2014. Gone, but never forgotten.

Joan Jackson


Pte. Thomas Godfrey 12th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.9th Oct 1916)

Thomas Godfrey was my Grandfather. His last postcard came via France, it was addressed to my mother.

David Sagar


Sgt. Arthur Head 1st Btn. East Surrey Rgt.

My grandfather Arthur Head joined the British Army in 1905 and served until he was discharged in 1920 and then he left for Canada in 1928. In 1911-12 he was definitely posted in India and received the Abor expedition medal, 1911-12. His service book showed he learned Hindustani.

During WWI he served with the 1st Btn of the East Surrey Regiment. In 1916, while on leave in London, England, he saved the life of a man who was drowning in the River Thames. For this action he received the Royal Humane Society Life Saving Medal.

Don Head


Pte. Walter James Broad 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment (d.10th Oct 1917)

My great great grandfather, Walter Broad, was born Nov. 1883 Woodford Bridge, Essex. Walter married Emily Elizabeth Barnard 13th Sept. 1903 at Woodford Bridge, Essex. Their only son, Stanley, was born in 1913. Walter enlisted at Bedford, he was resident 32, Castle Rd., Fleetville, St. Albans and the bus ran to Bedford from the end of his road.

G/32330 Private Broad served with 1st & 9th Battalions East Surrey Regt. His Regimental number seems to show a mid-November 1915 enlistment and is prefixed with G/. shows a wartime short attestment as men enlisting with the East Surrey Regiment for wartime service only were given numbers from a separate series prefixed with the letter G/. He was killed in action aged 35 between 2nd July 1917 -10th October 1917: Maybe at Passchendaele, 3rd Battle of Ypres as his death date is noted as 10th October 1917 which was the last date of the Battle, presumably missing in action before then (see note on effects ledger.) His remains are buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Emily never remarried & was fortunate that her only son grew up, avoided the 2nd War by being in a protected profession. Stanley married Gertie (who also lost her father in the war). Stanley was my partner's Grandad.

As far as I've been able to ascertain so far, 1st Battalion landed at Le Havre 15th August 1914, remaining in France to 12th January 1916 in 5th Division. November 1917 moved with the Division to Italy but returned to France in April 1918.

The 9th (Service) Battalion East Surrey was formed at Kingston-upon-Thames in September 1914 as part of K3 and came under orders of 72nd Brigade in 24th Division.They were moved to billets in Worthing & in April 1915 to Shoreham & Blackdown, Aldershot in June 1915, landing at Boulogne 1 September 1915 & straight into battle at Loos with heavy casualties for green novice troops. The Battalion remained on Western Front until the Armistice.

I may be wrong though so any help or tips on tracing his war very much appreciated.) I have traced some documents but have no pictures of him...yet Walter James Broad is listed on the St. Albans City World War 1 Memorial in St Peter's Street which lists 634 names of men who died from St. Albans in the Great War.

Unrelated but also commemorated on St Albans memorial: William Raymond Corley, Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 27 March 1918. Aged 23. Son of William and Marian Corley, of 2, Selby Avenue, St. Albans. Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Helen Whittle


William James New East Surrey Regiment

My grandfather, William James New, was in the East Surrey Regiment and fought in WW1. Just wondered if anyone knew anything about him? Would be grateful if anyone has any photos or memories to share with me.

Kerry Danaher


Pte. George Barfield 8th Btn. East Surrey Rgt. (d.7th August 1916.)

George Barfield served with the 8th Btn. East Surrey Regiment during WWI. He was killed on 7th August 1916.


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