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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)
  • Barnard Bertie. Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Barnes Frank Bertram. Sgt. 1/4th Btn.
  • 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.
  • Brock Earnest James. Pte. 10th 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)
  • Bullman Oliver. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.10 Oct 1917)
  • Bullock William James. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.30th March 1918)
  • 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)
  • Capper Ernest Raphel. Capt. 9th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1917)
  • Chamberlin Thomas. L/Cpl. 4th Battalion (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Chase Sidney T. Pte.
  • 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)
  • Coker Edmund Albert. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.17th Oct 1916)
  • 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)
  • Davey Jack Ainger. Pte.
  • 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)
  • Delaney John. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.18th Feb 1917)
  • Duffield William. L/Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.29th Sept 1915)
  • Eagle Frederick James. Pte 1st Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Ellis Frederick. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.25th April 1915)
  • Few Charles. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.20th Nov 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)
  • Hall Tom Harry. Pte. 11th Battalion (d.26th Sept 1915)
  • Hardy Dick. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th April 1917)
  • 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)
  • Holloway Henry Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Howe Abraham Edward. Pte.
  • Huntington Charles Albert. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Ives Harry Giles. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.19th May 1917)
  • Jepson James. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Jervis George Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.8th Apr 1918)
  • Johnson Herbert William . Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd March 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)
  • Linge Ernest Henry. Pte 2nd Btn (d.29th Jan 1915 )
  • Mace John William. Sgt 13th Btn, B Company
  • 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)
  • Mason Albert George. Pte. 2nd Garrison Btn. (d.10th July 1919)
  • McEvoy John Patrick. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Merry Thomas. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.14th April 1917)
  • Miller Frederick Harry.
  • Miller Joseph. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.5th Dec 1915)
  • Miller Robert William. Sgt. 5th Battalion (d.6th Jun 1915)
  • Morss Alfred Albert. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Mugridge Albert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.27th March 1917)
  • Muskett Charles Thomas. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.15th Oct 1915)
  • Narvidge John William. Pte 1st Btn. (d.14th Apr 1917)
  • Naylor Tom Henry. Pte 1st Btn (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Newberry Robert Arthur. Pte.
  • Page Joshua Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th July 1916)
  • Park Robert Walter. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • Parker George Leonard. Cpt. 2nd Btn. (d.1st September 1918)
  • Parsons Victor M.. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Pasterfield Charles A.. Pte. Essex Regiment
  • Paterson John Henry. 2nd.Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.24th Sep 1918)
  • Pavitt Ernest Arthur. Pte 5th Btn (d.26th Mar 1917)
  • 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.
  • Price George David. Pte.
  • Probert Edward Thomas. Pte.
  • Pudney William Henry. Sgt. 9th Battalion (d.18 October 1916)
  • Reed Edward George. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.20th April 1918)
  • Ricketts Bernard. Pte. 2nd Garrison Bn. (d.10th November 1917)
  • 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)
  • Salmon Percy Claud. L/Sgt. 10th Btn.
  • 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.
  • Sowman James Henry. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Spring Frederick Gordon. Brib-Gen. 11th Battalion
  • Steward Mark. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.17th December 1914)
  • Stokes Frederick James. Pte. (d.19th Jun 1918)
  • Sutton Joseph. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.Sept 1916)
  • Theobald Arthur William. Pte.
  • Waller George Edward Thomas. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1918)
  • Ward Ernest. Pte. 11th Battalion. (d.15th Oct 1916)
  • Wearne Frank Bernard. 2nd Lt. 3rd Btn. (d.28th June 1917)
  • Westley George William. 10th Btn.
  • 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)
  • Wright Alfred Frederick. Pte. 11th Btn. B Company.
  • 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. Herbert William Johnson 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.23rd March 1918)

Herbert Johnson is one of my relatives who lost their lives in the Great War. I am a history teacher originally from Essex, now living in Pembrokeshire; and I am researching my relatives who served in the world wars for my grandparents. All information shared comes from things they have kept such as marriage, death certificates and old photos etc. He was the son of Emily and William Johnson, and he married Annie Elizabeth Johnson around 1903. They lived in Lindens cottage, Fyfield, Ongar, Essex.

Herbert was a private in the 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. He served in France and was sent home from the war injured, but was nursed back to health in England and was sent back to France, where he is reported to have died missing in action. He was 37 when he died on 23rd March 1918, and was reported missing in action, but his body was reportedly never found.

My grandparents have letters Herbert sent to his wife and letters that Annie sent to Herbert in return. In these letters is a document from the headquarters sent to Annie explaining that any possessions of Herbert's found would be sent to her, but nothing of his was ever found.

After brief research on Herbert, I have discovered that he is remembered on the Arras memorial cemetery in France, which I strive to visit one day. I have medals of his and also photos of him and Annie and letters sent between them. I thank him and all other men and women who served and lost their lives in the wars for fighting for our country. Rest in peace.

Jessica Bailey


Pte. Henry Francis Holloway 2nd Btn. Essex Regiment (d.3rd May 1917)

Henry Holloway was my Uncle and Aunt's father, found while researching our family tree.

Brian J Holloway


Pte. Edmund Albert Coker 11th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.17th Oct 1916)

Edmund Coker, my great great Grandad on my Dad's side, died at 43 leaving a widow and 5 children. All entered the workhouse. I never knew his story and only just beginning to uncover it. I am very proud of him. Laid to rest in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Northern France.


Pte. Bernard Ricketts 2nd Garrison Bn. Essex Regiment (d.10th November 1917)

Private Ricketts is buried in the Nagpur (Takli) Cemetery in India, Plot O. Row D. Grave 4.

s flynn


L/Cpl. Charles Few 1st Battalion Essex Regimenr (d.20th Nov 1915)

My great grandfather Charles Few, died on a ship on the 20th of November 1915 and was buried at sea. I believe he died of pneumonia but am not aware of how and why he was aboard the hospital ship. May He Rest in Peace.



Pte. Albert George Mason 2nd Garrison Btn. Essex Regiment (d.10th July 1919)

Private Mason is buried in the Kamptee Roman Catholic Cemetery in India, Grave 34.

S Flynn


Capt. Ernest Raphel Capper MC. 9th Btn. Essex Regiment (d.24th Dec 1917)

Ernest Capper was the son of Henry and Sarah Friedlander, husband of Doris Capper of 50 Pembroke Crescent, Hove, Sussex. He was aged 35 when he died and is buried in the Koblenz Jewish Cemetery in Germany.

s flynn


Pte. Charles Albert Huntington 15th Btn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Charles Huntington originally served with the Essex Regiment then through amalgamations in 15th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He served in KOYLI as part of BAOR in 1919. Charles survived the war and died aged 87.

Charles Albert Huntington 15th KOYLI on left. Soldier on right is unknown


Pte. Charles A. Pasterfield Essex Regiment British Army

Charles Pasterfield joined Essex Regiment in 1910. He was discharged on 25th of July 1916 due to injuries received, being shot through the shoulder thus losing the use of his arm and hand.

Leslie Woolmer


Cpl. Bertie Barnard 1st Btn. Essex Regiment (d.14th Apr 1917)

Corporal Bertie Barnard, 41651 of the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment was aged 32 when he died. I am his grandson looking for his memorial in the UK.

Editor's note: Your grandfather is commemorated on the Attleborough War Memorial. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Alan Barnard


Pte. Tom Harry Hall 11th Battalion Essex Regiment (d.26th Sept 1915)

I know nothing much about Tom Hall, he was my mother's uncle. He was unmarried and was killed in France in 1915 and is buried there. His name appears on the honours board in Fotheringhay Church.


Pte Ernest Henry Linge 2nd Btn Essex Regiment (d.29th Jan 1915 )

Ernest Henry Linge born 1889 in Althorne Essex. Son William Linge and Alice Copsey, brother of Arthur James Linge also served in 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Entered France on 12th January 1915 dying from wounds on the 29th January 1915. Left a widow Isabella Amelia Harvey and two daughters, Dora Mary and Ivy May both under 3 years old at his time of death. He is buried at Strand Military Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium, about eight miles south of Ypres near the village of Ploegsteert. Along with his brother Arthur James Linge who died as a result of his wounds on 24th November 1914 the Great War also claimed his brother-in-law Edward George Harvey 10th (service) battalion Essex Regiment killed in action 5th May 1917.

Kathy Leslie

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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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