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Essex Regiment

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Those known to have served with

Essex Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Charles John. Pte. 6th
  • Alston William Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Arnold Thomas. Pte.
  • Bailey Frank. Mjr. 1st Battalion
  • Baldwin William Benjamin. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.5th March 1917)
  • Baldwin William. Pte.
  • Banning Alfred William. Pte. 9th Battaliion (d.10th Aug 1918)
  • Barnes John Edwin. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.25th Apr 1915)
  • Barrett Henry Charles. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.21st March 1918)
  • Bickerton . Pte.
  • Bishop Frederick Bertram Walter. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.10th Aug 1918 )
  • Bishop Frederick Bertram Walter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Aug 1918)
  • Bishop George. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.27th Sep 1917)
  • Boosey Bertie. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th Apr 1915)
  • Boud William Cuthbert. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1915)
  • Boyer Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd May 1918)
  • Boyle Henry. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.13th May 1915)
  • Boyton Arthur Frank. Pte. 13th Btn
  • Brabazon Terence Anthony Chaworth. Cpt. 1st Btn. (d.3rd August 1916)
  • Brady Jack. Sjt. 1/6th Btn.
  • Broom Alfred George. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1918)
  • Brown Stephen. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8 Jan 1915)
  • Brown Thomas Henry. Pte. 1/4th Btn (d.11th Oct 1918)
  • Browne Archibald. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Dec 1914)
  • Bulwer Frederick William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.20th July 1916)
  • Burley Alec James. A/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.13th Dec 1915)
  • Butler Isaac Frank. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jan 1915)
  • Chamberlin Thomas. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Clarke W. Edward. Pte.
  • Clarke William Edwin. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Clarke William Edwin. Pte. 9th Btn
  • Clarke William Arthur. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.31st July 1916)
  • Clowrey John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1918)
  • Clowrey John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Coppinger Sydney. Pte. 11th Btn (d.18th Mar 1917)
  • Cresswell William. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Daniells Rupert Joseph. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.28th April 1917)
  • Davis Harold Charles. 2nd Lt. (d.26 Jun 1918)
  • Davis Harold Charles. 2nd Lt. (d.26th June 1918)
  • Davis Harold Charles. 2nd Lt. (d.26th June 1918)
  • Duffield William. L/Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.29th Sept 1915)
  • Ellis Frederick. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.25th April 1915)
  • Fisher Joseph Frederick. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Flack George Alfred John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Flack Harry James. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.5th December 1918)
  • Flicker Walter Harold. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1916)
  • Francis Albert. Cpl.
  • Franklin Ernest Arthur. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.3rd Nov 1917)
  • Frost Joseph. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Game Herbert. A/Sgt. 11th Service Battalion (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Gibbs William Walter. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Goodenough John. Pte. 11th (Service) Battalion (d.27th Dec 1916)
  • Graham George Samuel. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1915)
  • Harrington Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Hawes George Edward. Pte. 1st Batt (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Hayes Frederick. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Heathcote Walter Dean. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.5th April 1918)
  • Howe Abraham Edward. Pte.
  • Jepson James. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Jervis George Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th Apr 1918)
  • Johnson William Northcroft. Sjt. Mjr. 6th Btn.
  • Jones Harold. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Kennefick Edward Hammerton. Capt. 3rd Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Kirton Wainer. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1916)
  • Last Herbert John. Pte 1st Btn (d.13th June 1915)
  • Laver Barner. Private 3rd Bn. attached. 2nd Bn (d.22nd June 1917)
  • Lawrence Charles Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.15th Aug 1917)
  • Linge Arthur James. Pte. 2nd Btn. A Coy (d.24th Nov 1914)
  • Maltby Leonard. Pte. 9th Btn
  • Mansfield William James. L/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Martin Harry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.20th Mar 1916)
  • McEvoy John Patrick. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Merry Thomas. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Miller Frederick Harry.
  • Morss Alfred Albert. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Muskett Charles Thomas. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1915)
  • Narvidge John William. Pte 1st Btn. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Parker George Leonard. Cpt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st September 1918)
  • Parsons Victor M.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Paterson John Henry. 2nd.Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.24th Sep 1918)
  • Pinder Henry Francis. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.21st July 1916)
  • Powers Henry William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.10th Mar 1917)
  • Price George David. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Probert Edward Thomas. Pte.
  • Pudney William Henry. Sgt. 9th Battalion (d.18 October 1916)
  • Reed Edward George. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th April 1918)
  • Rider Kenyth Westley. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Riley Thomas William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Rust Sidney Morris. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.20th Oct 1915)
  • Samwell Frederick James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Shead George. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Sheppard Reginald James. L/Cpl 10th Btn. (d.20th July 1916)
  • Shillingford Thomas Henry. Pte. 13th Btn. D Coy. (d.30th July 1916.)
  • Smith Walter Andrew. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10th Oct 1917)
  • Smith William James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Spring Frederick Gordon. Brib-Gen. 11th Battalion
  • Stokes Frederick James. Pte. (d.19th Jun 1918)
  • Sutton Joseph. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.Sept 1916)
  • Theobald Arthur William. Pte.
  • Ward Ernest. Pte. 11th Battalion. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Wearne Frank Bernard. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.28th June 1917)
  • Wharmby William. Cpl. 3rd Btn. D Company
  • Wheeler Walter. Private 9th Battalion (d.3rd Jul, 1916 )
  • Williams Charles Alfred William. Pte. 10 Battalion (d.20th July 1916)
  • Wilson William. Sgt. 11th Btn.
  • Wood Reuben. L/Cpl. 11th Btn (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Woodcock Herbert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd August 1918)
  • Yates William George Frederick. 2nd Btn.
  • Young William. CSM. 1st Btn.
  • Young William. RSM. 1st Btn.
  • Zimmer James William. Pte. 1/7th Btn.

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Pte. William Edwin Clarke 9th Btn Essex Regiment

Ted Clarke (sitting)

Uncle Ted Clarke, my father's brother survived the war at age 17/18 with shrapnel embedded in his brain. This caused some paralysis, and later in life, seizures. After being wounded, possibly at the Battle of Epehy. He was transferred to Napesbury Hospital, the County of Middlesex War Hospital, in September 1918. He was kind and gentle, and the one time he became annoyed was when I suggested war was exciting. (I was very young.) I have a series of post cards he sent from the front to his mother and sisters. He could not work very much, but I remember having fun riding in a department store elevator he was operating.

Diana Clarke


Pte. Frederick William Bulwer 10th Battalion Essex Regiment (d.20th July 1916)

Fred Bulwer was my great uncle and my grandfather's only brother. Fred was killed in Deville Wood aged 21. From an early age I was fascinated by a letter (attached)sent from a chap called George Holland that he sent to Fred's Mother in November 1916. Fred was born in Islington in 1884, married in October 1914 to May Scott and his son Colin was born in 1916.

Michael Levett


2nd Lt. Frank Bernard Wearne VC. 3rd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.28th June 1917)

Frank Wearne served with the 3rd Bn. attached 10th Bn. Essex Regiment. He died of wounds on the 28th of June 1917, aged 23 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

An extract from The London Gazette dated 31st July, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery when in command of a small party on the left of a raid on the enemy's trenches. He gained his objective in the face of much opposition and by his magnificent example and daring was able to maintain this position for a considerable time, according to instructions. During this period 2nd Lt. Wearne and his small party were repeatedly counter-attacked. Grasping the fact that if the left flank was lost his men would have to give way, 2nd Lt. Wearne, at a moment when the enemy's attack was being heavily pressed and when matters were most critical, leapt on the parapet and, followed by his left section, ran along the top of the trench, firing and throwing bombs. This unexpected and daring manoeuvre threw the enemy off his guard and back in disorder. Whilst on the top of the trench 2nd Lt. Wearne was severely wounded, but refused to leave his men. Afterwards he remained in the trench directing operations, consolidating his position and encouraging all ranks. Just before the order to withdraw was given, this gallant officer was again severely hit for the second time, and while being carried away was mortally wounded. By his tenacity in remaining at his post though severely wounded, and his magnificent fighting spirit, he was enabled to hold on to the flank."

s flynn


Cpt. George Leonard Parker 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.1st September 1918)

George Leonard Parker was killed in action 1st September 1918, aged 23 and is buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery in France. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Parker, of 105 Wellington Rd., Ashton, Preston.

s flynn


Pte. Charles Henry Lawrence 9th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.15th Aug 1917)

His name will be read out at the tower of London this evening 16 October 2014

Charles Lawrence is the cousin of my Maternal Grandmother. A young man who left behind a sweetheart and a loving family. He served with the 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment during WW1 and died, age 28, on the 15th August 1917. He is buried in Duisans British Cemerery, Etrun, near Arras, France. He was the son of Charles and Martha Eliza Lawrence, of 14 Bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell, London.



Pte. Walter Dean Heathcote 9th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.5th April 1918)

Walter Heathcote was killed near Senlis Mill on 5th April 1918 and was buried at Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery. This information is provided by his niece: Mrs Rosemary Tracey who did not know her uncle but well remembers the on-going grief suffered by her mother (Mrs M. Stapleton) - sister of Pte. Heathcote. Walter and his sister were born and lived in Brighton, Sussex and his name is recorded on the Steine war memorial in Brighton.

s flynn


CSM. William Young DCM, MofH. 1st Btn. Essex Regiment

William Young joined 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment in 1902. He held the DCM and French Medal of Honour, Silver with crossed swords, being awarded for his actions in France, "from 21st August to 4th November, 1918, when the battalion was almost continuously in action under heavy shell fire. His example and leadership had a very beneficent effect on the non-commissioned officers of the battalion."

He retired after 18 years service in 1920 at the rank of RSM, re-enlisting to serve in WWII, he was involved in the Munich campaign of 1941 and may, and it is only a suggestion, may have been involved in the formation/training of the SAS (research ongoing). Apart from a newspaper obituary article and a family photograph of him in his uniform, little else is known at this time. We are still researching.

Patricia Stuart


Pte. James William Zimmer 1/7th Btn. London Regiment

My great grandfather James William Zimmer was with the 7th London Regiment, he ended up in the Labour Corps in 1919, disabled with bronchitis which I have read can be brought on by mustard gas. He was also attached to the 4th battalion Essex Regiment. I am trying to find more information on him.

Danny Zimmer


Pte. Stephen Brown 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.8 Jan 1915)

My great uncle.

Amanda Rowarth


L/Cpl. Wainer Kirton 10th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.22nd Oct 1916)

Wainer Kirton and his brother Charles enlisted in the 2/4th Lincolns together in October 1914. Charles stayed in the Lincolns but Wainer transferred to the 10th Essex Regiment. Charles survived the war but sadly Wainer did not and died on 22nd of October 1916. His name has been passed down first to Donald Wainer the son of Charles and then to to his son Paul Wainer. Also, Paul's elder brother Michael gave the names of Charles and Wainer to his son. So Wainer is always remembered within the family.


Pte. Alfred Albert Morss 7th Battalion Essex Regiment

7th Essex Football Club 1915 (Front row 1st left)

Alfred Albert Morss served as a member of the 1/7th Btn the Essex Regiment having enlisted in 1915 and served until 1919. He was a keen footballer and played for the battalion football team. He played post war for a while in East London until receiving a serious leg injury and worked as a cabinet maker in East London, He never really spoke about his service - other than to relate that he only fired his rifle once in anger at the Ottoman Turks and that he worked in the field kitchens having been trained in the army as a butcher. His unit were part of the reinforcement at Gallipoli and then were transferred to help in the defence of the Suez Canal zone and may have been involved in the Battle of Gaza.

During World War 2 he was too old for active service and remained with his family throughout the London blitz. A story from this period is that my aunt was on fire watch duty during a particularly heavy incendiary raid in 1940 and he was sent out to check that she was alright. He cycled down the road saw the factory was still untouched and reported back - all's well!

His brother's served in units ranging from Finsbury Rifles, Royal Horse Artillery, Duke of Cambridge Middlesex Regiment and lost one brother, George who was killed in action on 20th September 1917 serving with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps on the opening day of the British offensive at Passcehendale (George is remembered at the Tyne Cot cemetery in Flanders)

Alfred (In hat) with men from his unit at Giza, Egypt

Alfred (Left) with his brother Arthur in Egypt (Arthur was a sharpshooter in the Finsbury Rifles)

Keith Morss


Pte. Harry James Flack 11th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.5th December 1918)

Harry Flack was born in Windsor Castle, where his father was a gardener, and after his father's death moved to Navestock in Essex with his mother and younger brothers George and Bertie. He was employed as a butcher's boy. He followed his brother into the army. Nothing is known regarding his death (due to no paperwork having survived and nothing verbal being passed down). He died on 5th December 1918 (after the armistice) and we can only assume he either died from wounds or during the Spanish influenza epedemic. He is, we believe, buried in Selridge British Military Cemetery, Montay.

G W King


Pte. George Alfred John Flack 11th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.15th Oct 1916)

George Flack was born in Windsor Castle (where his father was a gardener). After the death of his father, the family moved to Navestock in Essex, where he became a house boy on a farm. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in Romford, Essex. He was killed during the Somme offensive at the battle of Transloy, during one of the many attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. His remains were never recovered and he is remembered with pride on the Thiepval memorial and by his descendants. His brother Harry (John) also died whilst serving in the same regiment on 5th December 1918, possibly from influenza, and is buried in Selridge British Cemetery, Montay, France.

George King


Pte. Bickerton Essex Regiment

Private Bickerton was a POW at two POW camps, Freiburg and Baden.


Capt. Edward Hammerton Kennefick 3rd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.8th July 1916)

Edward Kennefick was killed in action at the Somme aged 35.

s flynn


Sgt. George Samuel Graham 6th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.17th Aug 1915)

My maternal grandfather George Graham, served in the D Company of 1/6th Essex Battalion, 54th Division and according to the War Diary, was killed in action on 17th August 1915 near Jepsonís Post on the Gallipoli peninsula after landing at Suvla on 12th August at 0.30. He went missing and was later confirmed to have been killed. He is remembered on one of the panels 144 to 150 of the Helles Memorial with others of his battalion. He had joined the Territorial Army in West Ham, London, Essex in 1909 and had volunteered for the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

He was born on 20th July 1881 in West Ham, London and married Sarah A R Stacey in 1901. In civil life he had worked for Tate & Lyleís, together with his father. He left behind his wife and five children aged between 15 and 3 years.


Pte. George David Price 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment

George David Price, born 1893, was my grandfather and, sadly, died before I was born. He was posted to France on 20th July 1915. He survived the Great War, after being gassed and losing a leg and fathered 12 children. He died in 1952 in Bridgewater, Somerset. I would love to find out in which battle he lost his leg.

Claire Price


Pte. Harold Jones 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

My great uncle Harold Jones was 18 years old when he died. His brother William Henry Jones had been killed in action at Ypres three weeks earlier, whilst serving with the Canadian Army.

Stephen Bartley


Pte. Leonard Maltby 9th Btn Essex Regiment

Leonard Maltby, son of George, lived at Selston, Notts and survived the war. He was discharged on 15th Feb 1919 after attending 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh


Pte. Joseph Frederick Fisher 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment

Joseph Fisher served with the 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment

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A Major Soldier

Ted Bailey

A Major Soldier is part journey of discovery for the author and part history of the 1st Essex Battalion in the First World War. Frank Bailey was typical of many veterans of the era in that he never spoke of his exploits, despite having a long army career predating the war and being awarded the DCM. The author, his grandson, only found out the full details of his military service after his death. The author reminisces about his memories of his Grandfather before detailing his research into his life and military career, a journey that ultimately uncovered a hitherto unknown brother who had died in the war. The book then moves on to the actions of the 1st Essex battalion in the war, focusing on Gallipoli, the Somme, and Cambrai.
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