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Gnr. Stanley Mostyn Mathias .     48th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from 35,Cranliegh Road,South Tottenham, London

(d.25th December 1914)

Stanley Mathias volunteered for the Army in August 1914. After his initial training as a gunner he joined the 48th Heavy Battery in France. In December 1915 he was stationed at Mont St Eloi, Le Basset.

His team mates were:

  • Bert Dolly and
  • Joseph Anderson.

At Mont St Eloi most of the movement and maintenance of equipment and guns took place at night owing to the accuracy of sniper activity during the daylight hours. On Christmas Day 1915 Stan and Joseph went to a barn to catch up on their sleep; later in the morning a German bombardment began and Bert Dolly left the cellar he was sheltering in and ran to the barn to waken his mates. He arrived at the same time as a shell that hit the barn and all three men were mortally wounded. They were taken to Louvencourt Field Hospital where Stan and Bert died Christmas Day and Joseph died 2days later.

All three are buried in Louvencourt Cemetary: Grave24:Herbert Dolly; Grave 25: Stanley Mathias; Grave 26: Joseph Anderson.

They served together in life and lie together in death.

Audrie Mills

Pte. Archibald Mathie .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte. Albert Matley .     British Army 2nd Btn. Cheshire Regiment (d.3rd Oct 1915)

The 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment were involved in the Battle of Loos. My great uncle Albert Matley (17469) was killed there and is commemorated on panel 49 in the Loos Cemetery.

Stephen Bridgehouse

Gnr. Alfred Matson .     British Army 107 Brigade, D Bty. Royal Field Artillery   from Darlington

(d.17th Jul 1917)

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Cpl. Charles Matson .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry   from Aycliffe

(d.2nd Mar 1917)

Charles Matson on right - partially obscured.

Charles Matson, Corporal 18/113, served in the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was killed in action on the 2nd Mar 1917. He is remembered at the Darlington Railway Museum and at Sailley-au-Bois Cemetery Charles was born on the 10th December 1895 in Aycliffe, son of Thomas and Mary Matson nee Garry. He served with the 18th (Service) Battalion (1st County) Durham Light Infantry.

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Gnr. Thomas Matson .     British Army 151st Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from Heworth Cottage, Aycliffe

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

William Jarvis Matson .     British Army

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Capt. Matthews .     British Army Worcester Rgt.

Captain Matthews was a prisoner at Graudenz POW camp.

Pte. Arthur Henry Matthews .     British Army 7th City of London Btn. London Regiment   from Notting Hill


Pte. Frank Matthews .     British Army 2nd Battalion Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry (d.21st Oct 1914)

Unfortunately no details known about Frank Matthews service with the 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry.

Nicholas Crampton

Pte. Frank Harold Matthews .     British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade   from London

My Grandfather, Frank Matthews, never spoke of his experience in the Great War. The only time he mentioned something was at his 50th wedding anniversary when a chance discussion uncovered that a party guest was related to one of his trench mates who died in his arms.

Granddad enlisted in 1910 at Woolwich Barracks. He was in the 2nd Battalion and after training went to India. He returned to the UK with the Battalion and on 7th November 1914 arrived in France.

My story gets vague from here. His medal roll shows he was with the 2nd Battalion for only a short time, and then with the 1st Battalion for the rest of the war. We all know he was injured 4 times, once he took a bullet and three times hit by shrapnel. We assume he was badly injured early on while with 2nd Battalion and was returned to the UK. When fit again he was sent back to France to reinforce 1st Battalion as in June 1015 the Times newspaper lists him in casualties with the 1st Battalion. All he would ever say is "I was at the Somme"

Steve Matthews

Sjt. G. Matthews .     Army 2/7th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Gunner Herbert George Matthews .     British Army 33rd Bgde. Royal Field Artillery   from Staffordshire

Tim Fowkes

Pte. Jack Matthews .     British Army 1st Battalion, C Company. Royal Welsh Fusilier   from Plymouth

(d.16th May 1915)

Great Uncle Jack Matthews, was the older brother of my Grandmother Olive. He died at the Battle of Festubert on the 16th of May 1915 aged 21. Jack has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Richebourg, France. We visited his memorial and honoured him in 2015

David Nicholls

Pte. John Carlyle Matthews .     Canadian Expeditionary Forces 50th Btn. Alberta Regiment   from Fordwich, Ontario

(d.2nd Nov 1918)

John Matthews was killed in action on the 2nd of November 1918 and is buried in the Auberchicourt British Cemetery in France. He as the son of Samuel and Margaret Matthews, husband of Lillian Matthews of Fordwich, Ontario

s flynn

Sgt Joseph Thomas Matthews .     British Army Royal Welch Fusiliers   from Johnstown, Wrexham

(d.22nd April 1918)

Joseph Thomas Matthews,aged just 21,son of Hugh and Ellen Matthews. Commemorated at Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme. Also commemorated at Rhosllannerchrugog (Rhos) church yard at the grave of his mother and father. Written with pride and rememberance by his Great Nephew.

Mark Williams

Pte. N. Matthews .     South African Army 3rd Btn. South African Infantry   from Australia

(d.3rd Apr 1916)

N Matthews served with the South African Infantry 3rd Battalion. He was executed for murder on 3rd April 1916 and is buried in the Alexandria (Dhatby) Military and War memorial Cemetery in Egypt. Even though he was serving in the South African Army, he was to be the only Australian to be executed. He was also the only soldier in WW1 who was hanged for his crime, and not executed by firing squad.

s flynn

Boy Robert George Matthews .     Royal Navy HMS Invincible   from London

Born in Kentish Town London, Robert lived a rather full life. His father and three generations before him had all been Blacksmiths. His Mother was a laundry assistant. He was the oldest of a family of 12.

When he was 15, Robert ran away from home and joined the Navy No. J 26013 at the beginning of WW1. After training in Portsmouth and Plymouth, he sailed on the Invincible, as a boy, to the South Atlantic to the first Battle of the Falkland Islands. It was a very hard life aboard ship. One of his duties was to take the Captains dinner to his cabin and afterwards he was allowed to eat the leftovers. One day he mistakenly ate some of the food thinking the Captain had finished, and was flogged.

After coming back to England he jumped ship and went absent without leave, staying around London for a while, working as a Pot boy in the pubs. A very wise move, as the Invincible was sunk in the Battle of Jutland, with most hands and I would not be here to put these notes together.

Robert then joined the same regiment as his father. The Royal Artillery army no. 1048820 under an assumed name, Robert G. Smith and was sent to France. He was there in The Royal Field Artillery and The Royal Horse Artillery from July 1915 To May 1919. I cannot find his Army records, but do remember him talking of the area of Loos. He was sent home to England during these years with frost bite in his feet and was in hospital in The Nunnery, on Nunnery Lane in York. My grandparents, living in Nunnery Lane, would ask recuperating lads to tea on a Sunday and this is how my mother and father met. He went back to France for the rest of the war. In 1919 he transferred to Meerut, India with The Royal Field Artillery, training as a blacksmith, which had been a family profession going back four generations at least. He was in India, moving around quite a lot until November 1925, then going on the army reserve until 1931.

On leaving the Army in 1925 he lodged with a lady called Mrs Ball, in Altofts, and worked as a blacksmith at P & P Pit, shoeing the pit ponies. Later he worked as an ARP Warden during the Second World War and as a British Railways Goods Guard until his retirement in November 1967 at the age of 70.

Also from 1939 to 1963 Robert was a Special Constable in Normanton, becoming a section leader and rising to the rank of Sergeant. He was also very keen gardener, and for many years had two and three allotments. He always said food came before flowers, but there were usually a few flowers too. During the war and times of shortage he would have as many as 60 rabbits, for our own pot and neighbours too. Spare vegetables and fruit were also sold for coppers to make a bit of money for next year’s seed.

Robert had a long and happy retirement, living latterly in Attlee Street and died aged 92 in 1990. He is buried in Altofts cemetery with Rose who had died many years before.

If he had not jumped ship, I would not have been here to tell this short tale, as there were only 5 survivors from the Invincible in the battle of Jutland.

R. Slater

Robert George Matthews .     British Army Royal Horse Artillery   from London

My Grandfather Robert George Matthews, a blacksmith before the war, served with the Royal Horse Artillery. Born in St Pancras, London ,on 2nd November 1872, the 1901 Census shows him to be working as a Farrier.

R Slater

Rfm Thomas Matthews .     British Army 12th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles   from Belfast

(d.15th Aug 1917)

S. Flynn

Pte. Thomas Matthews .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Gnr. William Matthews .     British Army 140th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery   from Jarrow

(d.26th Feb 1919)

William Matthews served with 140th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery he was aged 30 when he died on 26th February 1919 in South Shields. Born in Devonport, he lived in Jarrow and was the son of William and Emily Maria Matthews (nee Crabb) of Fowey, Croft Terrace, Jarrow. On the 1911 census he is recorded as William Matthews age 22 Draughtsman in Shipyard living with his parents William and Emily Maria Matthews and family at 40 Croft Terrace, Jarrow.

William is buried in Jarrow Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen

Pte. James Francis Mattimoe .     British Army 2nd Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment   from Middlesbrough

(d.18th Sep 1918)

Frank Mattimoe was born on the 12th of Apr 1892 in Evenwood, Co.Durham. In December 1913 he had a son, John Edward Daykin. On the 24th of November 1915 Frank enlisted in the 14th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, as Private No. 25251 Army Records. He is recroded as Height:5'9"; Weight:154lbs; Chest:36.5", Expanded:+2"; Trade: Barman; Vision:D6/D6; Defects: Slight Flat Feet. On the 24th of February 1916 Frank was promoted to Unpaid Lance Corporal in the 81st Training Reserve and a month later was granted Pay of Lance Corporal. On the 29th of July 1916 he was severely reprimanded for Neglect of Duty when acting as Company Orderly Corporal. His daughter Esther Smith was born on the 25th of August. He was promoted to Corporal on the 29th of September His records show the s toppage of pay of 4d per day, paid to Lucy Ena Daykin for his illigitimate son on the 28th of June 1917. On the 14th of July 1917 Frank married Hannah Smith at St. Patrick's Church, Middlesbrough. On the 5th of August 1917 he was deprived of his Lance Rank for striking a Private Soldier.

On the 18th of October 1917 Frank embarked from Folkestone with the 2nd Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment and disembarked at Boulgne the same day. He was wounded in action, on the 1st of December 1917, a Gun Shot Wound, Forearm, he was treated at Etaples and ejoined the 2nd Battalion on the 16th. On the 6th of February 1918 Frank was awarded 7 Days Field Punishment No.1. He was again wounded in action on the 21st of August 1918, this time a Gun Shot Wound Chest, it must have been slight, after treatment he rejoined his Battalion three days later.

Frank was killed in action at the Battle of Epehy on the 18th of September 1918 and is buried in Trefcon British Cemetery, Caulaincourt, Aisne, France.

Frank Mattimoe - Parents & Siblings

Tom Parry

Pte Henry Mattocks .     British Army 1st Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment   from Stoke-on-Trent

Matthew Roberts

Pte. Bertie Mattox .     British Army 13th Btn. King's Liverpool Regiment (d.23rd Sep 1917)

Mauchlin .     Army 9th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Dvr. George W. Maude MM..     British Army 446th (1st/1st Northumbrian) Field Coy. Royal Engineers   from Newcastle upon Tyne

(d.2nd Jan 1918)

My mother knew that at least one of her great uncles George Maude had died in the Great War but she was never quite sure because none of the family really talked about it. After some digging around I found that he had been killed on 2nd January 1918, but this information then led me to find two other brothers, Ernest and John Blackburn Maude, sadly none of them survived the War. George W died of bomb wounds on the arm and thigh at a Canadian Casualty Clearing Station in January 1918 aged just 23 he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. He did win a Military Medal but unfortunately I have no idea how, that has been lost forever in history. Ernest was the younger brother, aged just 18, he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1915 he was wounded by a bullet to the head after just five days in France, he died a year later in the Northern Hospital, Liverpool, he was transported home to Newcastle where he is now buried. I have actually found his war grave and now it is tended to frequently. L/Cpl. John Blackburn was the eldest at 28 years, he was in the 13th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers he was killed in action on Monday 26th February 1917 with a few ofhis comrades. He is buried in Vermelles, but remembered on Blaydon Cemetery Memorial.

That is about as much as I have been able to gather. The information has now dried up, their service records being destroyed by incendiary bombs during WW2. I have no photographs to see what they looked like, nothing to suggest what their personalities were like but at least we have found them and they are no longer forgotten which to me is very very precious.

Lynn Ternent

2nd Lt. George Cecil "Papa" Maudslay .     British Army 2nd Volunteer Battalion The Duke of Cambridge's Own Middlesex Regiment   from Croyton

George Maudslay's Commission

Papa George survived WWI and married Florence Phillips who subsequently gave birth to three children, Winifred Irene, Craig and "Babe".

Phillip Stephen Sheldon

Pte. Charles Maughan .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Lsgt. John Maughan .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Blaydon

(d.1st Apr 1917)

John Maughan is named on the Arras Memorial


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