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Rifleman Arthur Pacey

British Army 2nd tBn. Kings Royal Rifles Corps

from:Elston, Newark, Notts

(d.12th Sept 1916)

Arthur Pacey served with the Kings Royal Rifles Corps 2nd Battalion. Married with three young children, in 1911 he was living in Newark - I think he had served with KRRC in the Boer War too. He died on 12th September 1916 and shares his grave at Heilly Station near the Somme with Alex Mole another man with a young family, Alex served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and died the day before Arthur.


L\Cpl. Ernest Pacey

British Army 1st Btn. Cheshire Regt

from:111 Taylor Street, Gorton

Ernest joined the Cheshire Special Reserves on 26 Aug 1909, he attended annual training camp and qualified skills in musketry. Training camps 09,10,11,12,13 and 14. Ernest was promoted to L\Cpl in 1914 and later Mobilized on the 8 Aug 1914 to France.

He was posted to 1st Bn on the 20 Aug 1914, but was reported missing in action on the 22nd of October 1914. His wife, Rachel, who lived with their 2 children, Lucy and Lillian, was informed he was missing. On the 3rd of Apr 1915 it was unofficially reported he was a POW, on the 9th of October 1916 the War office was informed Ernest Pacey was a POW in Slammlaga. After the end of the war Ernest was repatriated on the 9 Jan 1919 and later discharged on the 31 Mar 1921.


Private Edward Pack

British Army Royal Fusiliers

from:67 Spa Rd, Thornton Heath


Capt. Edward Alexander Packe

British Army Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry


Bmbdr. Albert Edward Farvis Packer

British Army 173rd Battery Royal Garrison Artillery


(d.27th Dec 1917)

Albert Packer enlisted on the 6th of June 1916, he served in France from 30th October 1916 until 11th December 1917. He died of pneumonia whilst on leave to get married on 17th December 1917. Albert died on 27th of December 1917 at 2nd Southern General Hospital (Military Wing), Bristol. His father was Francis Edward Packer, and his mother was Eliza Septima Farvis. Dorothy Beatrice Flower was his wife.


L/Cpl William Job Packer

British Army 8th Btn. A Coy. Royal West Kent Regiment


(d.6th April 1916)

William was my Great Uncle and I discovered him through family research. According to his army records he was a L/Corp but was disciplined by a court-martial. The basics were that he was demoted due to 'behavior unbecomming'. No exact details which I'mm sure would make an interesting read! The Company records show that no entry was ever made of his death nor were there records in the attached field hospital attached to the Division. William was billeted in a barn at Dranoutre with other Corporals and Sergeants and during the early hours the first shell of the day scored a rather unfortunate direct hit on the barn. He was one of 6 to die as a result and I have not been able to find details of the other casualties. All I know is that they are not buried in the same place.


Pte. Edward Packham

British Army 220th MG Coy Machine Gun Corps

from:Marden, Kent

(d.25th October 1917)


Pte. John Padden

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st July 1916)

J Padden is named on the Thiepval Memorial


Pte. Thomas Paddison

Brush Army Royal Engineers

from:Crowland, Lincolnshire


L/Cpl. John William " " Paddock MM & Bar.

British Army 173rd Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers

from:Tyldesley, Lancashire

John Paddock was my Granddad, he survived the war but was discharged because of his wounds, he was blinded in one eye. He was decorated but would never say why. He always maintained that his medals really belonged to the lads that never came home. He was a bit of a lad and was relieved of his stripe on a couple of occasions, or so I am led to believe. I would appreciate any light anyone could throw on his military escapades I do not expect there is much you could tell me but we live in hope.

My granddad died many years ago I loved him dearly but was in awe of him he told me many stories sadly the passing of the years as dimmed my memory of these.However I do remember him rolling up at our house at the time of the Suez crisis. He was in full battle dress and had his old army rucksack on his shoulder. He was slightly the worse for drink but had called in to say bye bye as he had to get to Egypt to save the Suez as he put it. He was deadly serious and rather annoyed that although in his seventies the army considered him to old to join in the current fighting.


Pte. Edwin John Padfield

British Army 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

from:Brislington, Bristol

(d.30th Jun 1918)

Edwin Padfield was a member of the Church Lads Brigade based at St Lukes Church, Brislington. Edwin lies buried beside his fellow CLB member John Pike (40124 Pte) in Couin New British Cemetery. They both died on the same day. I am researching all members of the CLB from Bristol who fell during WW1 and I plan to produce a booklet in 2014.


CSM Herbert Padgett DCM

British Army 9th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment


(d.30th September 1916)


Sgt. Alfred Charles Page

British Army 1st (City of London) Btn. Royal Fusiliers

from:St. Pancras, London

(d.16th June 1917)

Alfred Charles Page

Alfred Charles Page

Alf Page was born St Pancras, London. He was my great uncle, the brother of my grandfather. He originally joined the army in 1892, serving in the York and Lancaster Regiment. Alf was based in Colchester, Essex where he met his wife Alice. He rejoined the army in 1915 when he was living back in St Pancras, this time serving with the 1st Battalion (City of London), Royal Fusiliers.

He died on 16th June 1917, having been gravely wounded. His name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial as Serjeant, A. C. Page.


Sgt. Carey Foster Page

British Army 7th (Service) Btn. Lincolnshire Regoment


Carey Page received a bullet wound to the right buttock on the 27th of August 1918.


Spr. Charles William Page

British Army 228th Field Coy Royal Engineers


(d.25th Mar 1918)

Charles Page was my grandfather, he is buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery. He and my grandmother wrote to each other during his time away We have these in the family, I have transcribed these as they are hard to read.


L Cpl Edward Stanley Page

British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

from:5, Cromwell Terrace, North Shields

(d.29th Aug 1916)

Page, Edward, Stanley. Lance Corporal, 19/542, Killed in action on 29th August 1916. Aged 21 years.

Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, in grave XXXI. I. 1.

Son of Mrs. A. J. Page, of 5, Cromwell Terrace, North Shields, and the late Arthur S. Page.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


CSM. George Page

British Army 1st Battalion East Lancashire

from:Woking, Surrey

(d.1st Jul 1916)

My Grandfather Company Sergeant Major George Page 9261 was killed on the 1st July 1916 at Redan Ridge nr Beaumont Hamel the first day of the battle of the Somme. He joined the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Reg in 1907 and served 5 years, He was called back to the battalion on the 22nd of August 1914 on the outbreak of the Great War and sent to France and was in action on the 26th August.

He saw action in the Battles of the Marne; the Ainse and the retreat from Mons. He was wounded on the 15th February 1915 at Pleogsteert Wood, Belguim and spent 5 months in hospital recovering from shrapnel wounds to the head. He rejoined the Battalion in September and was in the Beaumont Hamel area when he was killed.

He was married to Edith and they had four children George, Mary, Cecil, and Charlie. His name is engraved on the Theipval Memorial as he was never found.


Cpl. George Clarence Page

British Army Northumberland Fusiliers

from:Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire

George served in the Durham Light Infantry in West Ridge Rawalpindi, India, before been transferred to the 28th Division in 1914. He was posted to the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouk. In 1915 he took part in the second battle of Ypres and the Battle of Loos. In Oct 1915 he was posted to Salonoka. On the 2nd Oct 1916 he was at the occupation of Mazirko and on the 31st Oct was at the capture of Barakli Jum'a. on the 15th May 1917 was at the capture of Ferdie and Essex trenches and 16th Oct 1917 was at the capture of Barakli and Kumli. In 1918 he was transferred back to France and on 18-19 Sept 1918 was at the Battle of Dorian, on 22-28 Sept 1918 he was at the pursuit to the Stumica Valley. He had been wounded 4 times during the war and and he caught Malaria and Dysentry while fighting the Turks. He left the army in 1920 after 11 years service.


George C. Page

British Army 2nd Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers

My Grandfather, George C. Page, served with the 2nd Battn Northumberland Fusiliers. They were stationed at West Ridge Barracks, Rawalpindi, before being posted to France.


Capt. Harold James Page

British Army Royal Field Artillery

from:Wisley, Surrey

Harold James Page prior to WW1 was employed as a soil scientist by ICI and living at Wisley in Surrey. Educated at Oundle School, Northamptonshire and University College, London. He was married in 1915.

His WW1 record is as follows. Joined RFA( Special Reserve) 15th August 1914 - 9th June 1915. ADC Personal Staff in 7th August 1915. T/Capt RFA in 23rd February 1916. Employed by ministry of munitions 3rd November 1917 - 12 June 1919 . Capt RFA (SR) 3rd November 1917 - 12th June 1919.

He was sent to France with his regiment in September 1914 to October 1914, and then from November 1914 to July 1916 when he was fighting at The Somme. In July 1916 he was hit by a sliver of white hot shrapnel which entered his face just below his left jaw bone and exited just behind his left ear. He sustained considerable damage to his jaw losing many teeth but remarkably survived. He was treated by Dr Gillies in France as one of his earliest patients for plastic surgery, facial reconstruction, and although his face was scarred, his facial hair on his chin grew in many different directions in later life, he had a few other lasting injuries.

His first born son Michael Page was born in November 1916 when he was still recovering from his injuries back in England, in Kent. He was invalided out of the war but by January 1917 he was working in the research department at Woolwich until March 1919. He was awarded an MBE for his research. Mentioned in dispatches twice and mentioned in a WO Communique.


Lt. Harold James Page

British Army 30th Howitzer Battery Royal Field Artillery

My grandfather, Lieutenant Harold James Page, was serving with the 30th Howitzer Battery of 39th Brigade RFA (Special Reserve) and was wounded close to Caterpillar Wood on 22nd July 1916


Capt. Harold James Page MBE.

British Army 106 Battery, 22nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery


Harold James Page born 1890 joined up in 1914 and fought in Ypres and then in France. By July 1916, he was fighting in France as a Captain of 106 battery of 22nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery in the lead up to and during the Battle of Mametz Wood

On 10th July 1916 he was acting as a Forward Observation Officer (FOO) on top of Caterpillar Wood, south of Mametz Wood, looking out towards Flat Iron Copse and positioned south of the Hammer Head part of Mametz Wood. Caterpillar Wood had been occupied in the weeks before by the Germans who had left piles of ammunition there as they retreated. On 10th July 1916, the German guns were firing towards Caterpillar Wood and at about 9.50 pm on the evening of 10th July 1916, a shell fell near where Harold Page was observing, blowing up a pile of ammunition. A sliver of red hot shrapnel pierced Harold's left lower jaw passing straight through and out the other side exiting just under his left ear. Although it shattered his jaw and teeth, it did not kill him. He was treated initially at a dressing station near Caterpillar Wood and then evacuated via The Loop, The Triangle and Minden Post to the village of Morlancourt where he remembers waking up in an old church which was being used as a Main Dressing Station. He was sent back to England immediately to Guys Hospital, London and took no further part in military operations.

Despite his dreadful wounds he resumed working for the war effort in London and was awarded the MBE for his services in July 1917. He became one of the earliest of Dr Gillies patients having his face reconstructed. He made a full recovery and went on to live a full and happy life , he married and had 4 children - I am his granddaughter. Harold died in January 1972.


Sgt. Harry Leslie Charles Page

British Army 173rd Brigade, B Bty Royal Field Artillery

(d.3rd July 1917)

Sergeant Harry Page was 24 when he died. He is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium, Grave I.A.2. He was the son of Harriet Jane Page and the late William George Page, 24 Park Road, Bowes Park, London.


Pte. James Page

Army 12th (Service) Battalion Cheshire Regiment

from:Stockport, Cheshire

In researching my grandfather's WW1 career, we would like to know how much a private soldier was paid, and how he managed to send money to his wife and young baby. My grandfather enlisted in September 1914, was sent to Salonika in 1915 and was not discharged until 1919. In 1918 he suffered from malaria, stated to have 20% disability and was transferred to the Labour Corps. I should be grateful to know about his pay, as I can find nothing online on this subject.


Pte. Joshua Joseph Page

Britsh Army 10th Btn. Essex Regiment

from:Burnham on Crouch, Essex

(d.20th July 1916)


Rflm. Thomas Eldred Page

British Army Rifle Brigade

from:Lee, Lewisham

(d.1st Nov 1918)

Thomas Page died in Lewisham Military Hospital, and is commemorated on the Memorial in the hospital grounds. Maybe he was a victim of the great Spanish flu epidemic of 1918: aged 18, he was a member of a Graduated Battalion, Lewisham was obviously the nearest he got to the front. The youngest son of my maternal grandmother's family, he is buried in a family plot at Hither Green Cemetery, Lewisham.


Pte. William George Page

British Army 7th Btn. Bedfordshire Regiment

from:Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

My great uncle William Page survived the war, but was gassed. He belonged to the regiment known as 'The Shiny Seventh' along with most of the young men from the area. He was given compassionate leave in 1916 to attend the funeral of his five-year-old brother Hubert who had died of Diphtheria. There was an epidemic in Biggleswade, and almost every family in the town lost a child. I found William's name in an article from the Biggleswade Chronicle which reported the funeral. His father, also William Page, was a well-known local figure, a dairyman and milkman. He re-joined his regiment to find many had been killed during recent engagements.


Pte. John Pagett

British Army 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment


(d.21st Sept 1917)

Pte John Pagett was my Great Grandfather.

It's taken 99 years for his family to find out exactly what happened and where he is buried. He will always be honoured for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his friends.


Pte. Tom Paginton

British Army 1st Btn. Wiltshire Regiment

Tom Paginton was my great grandfather who was wounded at the Battle of Mons. I have found some information but not a lot. He was eligible for 1914 Mons Star, clasp and SWB dated as 28th August 1914. I cannot find any other information or his medals. Also cannot find any information about his enlistment which due to his number would have been between January 1909 and March 1910.


SSgt. F. J. Paice

British Army 2nd Bn. attd. Military Grass and Dairy Farm East Surrey Regiment

from:United Kingdom

(d.23rd July 1915)

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

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