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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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Green Albert William Charles. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Greygoose Leo Eric. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Aug 1918)
  • Hancock Ernest. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.28th Nov 1914)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • O'Connell Jeremiah. Pte. 250th Tunnelling Company (d.6th Oct 1916)
  • Oliver Patrick. Sgt.
  • Osborn Frank Isaac. Sgt. 12th (Bermondsey) Battalion
  • Parr William George. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1918)
  • Paterson Herbert George. 8th Btn.
  • Richmond Sidney William. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.28th September 1918)
  • 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)
  • Sayers David. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.17th Nov 1916)
  • 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)
  • Wallis Herbert Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Apr 1915)
  • Warters Sydney Arthur. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Weed James Thomas. Pte 9th Btn. (d.18th Jun 1917)
  • 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


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.



William Ernest Lloyd East Surrey Regiment

My grandfather served with the East Surrey Regiment in WWI. I would like to know which battalion he was in. Can anyone help?

Ray Lloyd


Pte. Albert Edward Bance MM 13th Btn. East Surrey Rgt. (d.26th November 1917)

My great grandfather, Pte Albert Bance MM, served in the 13th Btn East Surrey Regiment in WWI. He died on 26th November 1917 in the Battle of Cambrai. I know he was fighting around Bourlon Wood and that's where I believe he was killed. I would like to find detailed information about this battle.



Herbert George Paterson 8th Btn. East Surrey Rgt.

My grandfather enlisted on 6th August 1914 and was with the 8th East Surrey Rgt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.



William Mummery 8th Btn. East Surrey Rgt. (d.30th September 1916)

William was probably killed when the East Surrey Regt was attacking the Schwaben Redoubt.

Steve Abbott


Pte. Alfred Blower 8th Btn. East Surrey Rgt. (d.30th September 1916)

I am trying to find information about the death of Private Alfred Blower who served with the 8th Btn East Surrey Rgt at the Somme and was killed on 30th September 1916, aged 42.



Pte. Mortimer Hugh Harvey 1st Battalion Royal East Surrey

Mortimer Harvey is believed to have been the son of the mayor of Kingston on Thames, which was the home of the East Surrey Regiment. He enrolled on April 9th leaving his five young children at home with his wife Florence Elebeck nee Lee.

Mortimer lost a portion of his stomach following a poison gas attack at Ypres, and was discharged on July 7th, 1917. His family was surprised and Mortimer was overjoyed when his wife gave birth to Phyllis, his sixth child, born on May 2nd, 1920. He lived to enjoy his grandchildren and die of old age unlike many of his fellow soldiers.

Noel Thompson


Mjr. Charles Alfred "Nobby" Clark DSO MC. 9th Btn. East Surrey Regiment

My grandfather Charles Clark was born in 1878 in Bermondsey and first served in the Boer War, rising through the ranks to become Lieutenant Colonel after WW1. He retired from the army around 1930. The regiment was a 'pals' regiment and gained the nickname 'The Gallants'.

During WW1 he served with with the well known author and playright R C Sherriff who wrote the famous war play "Journey's End", and they remained in contact for many years after the war.

As Commanding Officer he was captured, badly wounded, after a valiant last stand against a German advance in 1918 and was one of only twenty or so survivors from the battalion. His war diary survived which details some of that period, including his time in captivity. He was highly praised in Arthur Conan Doyle's book "The British Campaign in France and Flanders" regarding this last stand:

"On the morning of the 26th of March the new line had been occupied. The Seventeenth Corps had retired in the night to the Bray - Albert line, which left a considerable gap in the north, to the west of Frise, but this was filled up by an impromptu line made up of stragglers and various odds and ends from the rear of the army. It was in the south, however, that the attack was most severe, and here it soon became evident that the line was too long and the defenders too weak, so that it could not be maintained against a determined assault. Before the sun had risen high above the horizon it had been shaken from end to end, the Twenty-fourth Division being hard put to it to hold Fonches, while the Sixty-sixth were driven out of Herbecourt. At 9.30 the order was given to withdraw, and with their brave rearguards freely sacrificing themselves to hold back the swarming enemy, the troops -some of them in the last stage of exhaustion - fell back upon a second position. It was at this period that Major Whitworth, the gallant commander of the 2/6 Manchesters, stood at bay with his battalion, which numbered exactly 34 men. He and 17 of his men were dead or wounded after this last stand, and 17 survivors were alt that could be mustered that evening. Before the right wing fell back to Vrely there had been a good deal of fighting. The Twenty-fourth Division, which was now a mere skeleton, was strongly attacked in the morning of March 27, and Dugan 's 73rd Brigade was pushed back towards Caix, the 8th Sussex having very heavy losses, including Colonel Hill, and Bonham, the second in-command. The situation upon the other flank of the Twenty-fourth Division was also particularly desperate, and the 9th East Surrey, under Major Clark, sacrificed itself to cover the withdrawal of the 72nd Brigade. There were few more gallant actions in the war. Major Clark, writing from a German prison, gave a small account which enables us to get a glimpse of the actual detail of such a combat. The enemy's infantry were in force, he says, within 100 yards of his scattered line. "We managed to get back some hundred yards when I saw that our position was really desperate. The enemy were sweeping up from the south, and several lines of them were in between us and our next defensive line... We were seen and the enemy began to surround us, so I decided to fight it out. We took up position in a communication trench, and used our rifles with great effect. Grant was doing good work till shot through the head, and Warre-Dymond behaved admirably. It was a fine fight, and we held them until ammunition gave out. They then charged and mopped up the remainder. They were infuriated with us. My clothing had been riddled with shrapnel, my nose fractured, and my face and clothing smothered with blood. There are 3 officers and 59 men unwounded. The rest of the battalion are casualties. It was a great fight, and the men there simply splendid. I have the greatest admiration for them. It was a glorious end" Such were the class of men whom the East End of London sent into the New Army."

In retirement he was appointed Chief Air Raid Warden for Folkestone, Kent, in WW2 and died in the town in 1971.

Bryan Sharpe


Pte. Albert Edward MacDonald 12th Btn. East Surrey Rgt. (d.29th July 1917)

Albert MacDonald was my great grandfather. Very little is known about him, as my grandmother never knew him. They lived in Leo Street, off the Old Kent Road. He married Emily Hamilton Butler, at St Judes Church in 1909.

M Crook


Pte. Percy Clarence Wright 12th Btn. East Surrey Regiment (d.22nd Oct 1918)

Percy Wright is the father of my common-law grandfather; from the little family tree research we've done, we've discovered that he and five others were killed that day from the same battalion (five privates and a captain) in the battle of Courtrai and Ooteghem (push to Ypres). They are buried at Harlebeke British Cemetery in West Flanders. He was 26 years old but there is no age on his headstone and indeed he and two other privates from the 12th killed the same day were re-buried at Harlebeke on 14th June 1920 for some unknown reason.

He had enlisted in December 1915 at Deptford, though the regiment was formed in Bermondsey in 1915. His son was four years old when Percy died. Family history recounts that his wife walked out upon hearing news of her husband's death and she was never seen again, leaving her sister to bring up my grandfather. However, we cannot find any record of their marriage, their residence in Croydon in 1910s nor of the birth of his wife.



Sgt. Patrick Oliver East Surrey Regiment

Paddy Oliver was a prisoner in Reiskatte POW Camp.


Capt. William Morritt MID 1st Btn. East Surrey Rgt (d.27th June 1917)

Captain Morritt was a prisoner at Schwarmstedt POW Camp. He was shot dead ny guards on 27th June 1917 and is buried in Hamburg Cemetery, grave II.H.1.

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