KILBURN GRAMMAR SCHOOL ROLL OF HONOUR

 1914-1918

 

 ERNEST LAWRENCE APPLEBY

Private, 1st (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), No. 229712, attached to the 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers from 2nd November 1917, previously with the 6th Cyclists Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment; born about July 1893 in Hampstead; younger son of Ernest (an artist) and Louisa Appleby, later of Brondesbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a printer’s clerk; his battalion was involved in the Battles of BroodseindePoelcapelle and First Passchendaele at the end of 1917; he was killed in action during the Battle of the Ancre on 5th April 1918, aged 25; commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

WILLIAM GODFREY BAKER

Rifleman, 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), No. 2123; born on 21st April 1891 in Kilburn; elder son of Walter (a draper) and Mary Baker, later of Fulham; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a draper; the battalion landed at Le Havre in November 1914 and saw action at Hill 60, the Second Battle of Ypres and St Julien in 1915; he was killed in action during the attack towards Nameless Farm at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 (the first day of the Somme offensive), aged 25; commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

LÉON CHARLES BARBU

Corporal, Régiment d’Infanterie Coloniale du Maroc No. 2091); born on 21st January 1894 in Lambeth; only son of Charles Louis (a dyer) and Amy Barbu, later of Mosman, New South Wales; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; the family emigrated to Australia in 1910; conscripted in May 1815, promoted to Corporal in June 1916, hospitalised with diarrhoea 29th July to 15th August 1916; awarded Medaille Militaire avec Palm; he was killed by heavy artillery shelling while reinforcing newly-dug trenches at Fort de Douaumont, Verdun on 27th October 1916, aged 23; commemorated on the memorial in Saint-Lunaire, Brittany and on plaques in the French Consulate, Sydney, Australia and the French Embassy in London.

 

ROBERT CHARLES BARNES

Private, 1st/6th (London) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, No. 515111; born on 15th July 1898 in Willesden; elder son of Robert (a warehouseman) and Clara Barnes, later of Brondesbury, attended Kilburn Grammar School 1907-13; he died of wounds on 8th July 1917, aged 19; buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium.

 

WILLIAM FREDERICK BARNES

Corporal, 4th Battalion Special Brigade, Royal Engineers, No. 120664; born on 13th July 1896 in Willesden; only son of William (an electricity switchboard attendant) and Annie Barnes; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-13; enlisted with the 2/4 London Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps in December 1914 declaring his age to be 19; transferred as Corporal to the Royal Engineers in September 1915; posted to France in October 1915; the Special Brigades’ role was to combat gas attacks; he died of gas poisoning on 28th June 1916, aged 19; buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saluty, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

JOHN EDWARD BARRETT

Private, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, No. G/80142; born about May 1898 in Willesden; elder son of Edward (a telegraphist) and Laura Barrett, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-13; he was killed in action at the Battle of the Canal du Nord on 30th September 1918, aged 20; buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Nord, France.

 

HORACE GORDON BRETTON

Corporal, ‘C’ Battery, 235th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, No. 950220; born about February 1893 in Maidenhead; son of Harry (a printer) and Annie Bretton, later of Willesden; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a stockbroker’s clerk; posted to France in March 1915; promoted to Corporal in May 1915; he was killed in action during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 19th September 1916, aged 23; commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

ARTHUR DOUGLAS BROOMAN

Rifleman, 1st/16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), No. 553011; born on 26th April 1897 in Hampstead; son of Henry (secretary to an electric light company) and Florence Brooman, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1912-14; posted to France in September 1916; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Flers-CourceletteMorval and Transloy Ridges in 1916 and the ScarpeLangemarck and Bourlon Wood in 1917; he was killed in action at Gavrelle during the First Battle of Arras on 28th March 1918, aged 20; commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France. (His twin brother, James, was killed four weeks later.)

 

JAMES STANLEY BROOMAN

Rifleman, 1st/12th Battalion (County of London), London Regiment (The Rangers), No. 473314, previously with the 1st/16th Battalion, London Regiment, No. 64111; born on 26th April 1897 in Hampstead; son of Henry (secretary to an electric light company) and Florence Brooman, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1912-14; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Morval and Transloy Ridges in 1916, the ScarpeLangemarck and Bourlon Wood in 1917 and the Avre in 1918; he was killed in action at Cachy during the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on 24th April 1918, aged 20; buried in Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. (His twin brother, Arthur, had been killed four weeks previously.)

 

WILLIAM PARSONS CARR

Lieutenant, 2nd/21st (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles); born on 7th February 1896 in Tottenham; son of George (a bank manager) and Jane Carr, later of Willesden Green; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1906-12; enlisted in July 1915 and his battalion was mobilised in June 1916; received commission in January 1916; deployed to Salonika in November 1916 and to Egypt in June 1917; he was killed in action during the attack on ‘Tower Hill’ near Jerusalem on 13th December 1917, aged 21; buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.

 

HAROLD CHAPMAN

Rifleman, 1st/16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), No. 554626, posted to the 12th Battalion on 29th October 1917; born on 15th October 1898 in Paddington; son of Arthur (a commercial traveller) and Ellen (who died in 1906) Chapman, later of Kilburn; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1908-11; the 12th Battalion was involved in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 and St Quentin and the Avre in 1918; he was killed in action at the Battle of Bailleul on 14th April 1918, aged 19; commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

EDWARD JOHN CHIPP

Lance Corporal, 2nd/10th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, No. Tf/2473; born on 9th June 1898 in Hampstead; son of John (a wine store manager) and Edith Chipp; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1908-12; worked as a clerk for Great Western Railway; enlisted in September 1914 (aged 16); his battalion was mobilised in July 1915 for the Gallipoli campaign, landed at Suvla Bay on 9th August and fought at the Battle of Scimitar Hill on 21st August; he died of wounds on 23rd September 1915, aged 17; buried at sea and commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

CYRIL WILLIAM COMPER

Private, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, No. 12880; born on 16th August 1895 in Hackney; elder son of James (an accountant) and Hettie Comper, later of Wembley; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1908-11; posted to France in April 1915; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Festubert and Loos in 1915; he died of machine gunshot wounds to abdomen, arm and leg sustained near Ypres on 30th June 1916, aged 20; buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

WALLACE JOHN CROCKETT

Lieutenant, 34 Squadron, Royal Air Force; born about May 1892 in Northampton; second son of Herbert and Caroline Crockett of Salisbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; also educated at Emwell House School, Warminster; enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles in January 1915, posted to France in August 1915; volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps in July 1917; returned to the front in August 1918 after recovering from a respiratory illness due to flying at high altitude; he was killed in a flying accident in Italy on 19th September 1918, aged 26; buried in Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Vicenza, Italy.

 

HENRY DOUGLAS DEAN

Private, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, No. 4389; born on 10th September 1893 in Wood Green; son of Henry (a bank server’s assistant) and Elizabeth Dean, later of Sutton, Surrey; baptised in St Paul’s, Kilburn and in 1901 was living with an aunt in Willesden; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as an artist in lacquer work; landed in Boulogne on 1st September 1915; he was killed in action in the attack on Hill 70 during the Battle of Loos on 26th September 1915, aged 22; commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

WALTER HARRY EASTY

2nd Lieutenant, 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force; born on 20th April 1893 in Kilburn; only surviving son of Walter (a builder) and Lucy Easty; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; enlisted in the Royal Naval Air Service in June 1917; posted to France on 2nd March 1918; reported missing from an offensive patrol near Avuley Wood on 22nd April 1918, aged 25; commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

SIDNEY ARNOLD EVES

Lance-Corporal, 1st/5th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), No. 1456; born on 26th February 1892 in Enfield; son of Henry (a surveyor) and Mary Eves, later of Brondesbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as an auctioneer’s clerk; posted to France in September 1915; his battalion was involved in the attack at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916; died of wounds on 2nd July 1916, aged 27; buried at Warlincourt Halt British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

ALBERT GEORGE FEAVEARYEAR

2nd Lieutenant, 1st/7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment; born on 24th June 1898 in Hampstead; youngest son of Albert (a jeweller’s clerk) and Louise Feavearyear, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1907-13; worked as a bank clerk; enlisted in May 1916; posted to France in January 1917; commission gazetted in October 1917; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Amiens, Albert and 2nd Bapaume in August and September 1918; he was killed in action on 5th September 1918, aged 20, leading an attack near Péronneduring the Second Battle of the Somme; buried in Péronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

 

LESLIE JAMES FENNELL

Private, 1st/15th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles), No. 2432; born on 17th March 1895 in Kilburn; son of James (a tennis professional) and Annie Fennell, later of Willesden; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-11; posted to France in March 1915; his battalion was involved in the Battle of Aubers Ridge on the 9th May 1915; he was killed in action at the Battle of Festubert on 24th May 1915, aged 20; buried in Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

AUBREY FRASER

Rifleman; 1st/5th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade), No. 2818, born on 3rd December 1897 in Manchester; eldest son of Israel (a garment manufacturer) and Fanny Fraser, later of Willesden, then Regent’s Street, London; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1911-13; posted to France in March 1916; his battalion was involved in the Battle of Gommecourt on the 1st July 1916; he died of wounds as a prisoner of war on 9th July 1916, aged 18; buried in Deutz Jewish Cemetery, Cologne, Germany and also commemorated on a plaque now at the Jewish Cemetery, Newham, London.

 

GORDON FREDERICK TAYLOR FRITH

Private, 1st/25th (County of London) Cyclists Battalion, London Regiment, No. 741211; born on 28th November 1897 in Willesden; only son of Charles (an assistant head postman) and Maud Frith, later of Hastings; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1910-12; worked as a civil service clerk at the Board of Education; joined the battalion in India in May 1917; he died of dysentery on 21st August 1917, aged 19; buried in a cemetery west of the River Indus that could not be maintained and also commemorated on the India Gate Memorial, New Delhi, India.

 

SYDNEY BATER GABRIEL

Corporal, Royal Field Artillery, No. 77; born about November 1889 in Acton; son of Thomas (a wine broker) and Alice, later of Brondesbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a drapery warehouseman; enlisted in 1909; posted to France in October 1915; sustained gunshot wounds to his right leg on 18th October 1916, repatriated on 27th; he died of the wounds on 8th November 1916, aged 27; buried in Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery.

 

HUGH GODDARD GILL

Lieutenant, 62 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales’ Own) Regiment; born on 18th May 1889 in Madras, India; son of Edward (a journalist) and Fanny Gill of Primrose Hill; Kilburn Grammar School Head Boy 1904-5; worked as a bank clerk; promotion to 2nd Lieutenant in the West Yorkshire Regiment gazetted on 19th October 1915; hospitalised with trench foot in November 1916; he was killed as the observer in Bristol Fighter B1247 shot down east of Cambrai by von Richtofen on 12th March 1918, aged 28; buried in Honnechy British Cemetery, Nord, France.

 

GEORGE STUART GODSON

Sergeant, 2nd/24th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (The Queen’s), No. 2788; born on 26th August 1895 in Brondesbury; son of George (a builder) and Sarah Godson, later of Willesden, then Bletchingly, Surrey; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; also educated at Berkhamsted School; landed in Le Havre on 26th June 1916; he died of wounds on 24th August 1916, aged 20; buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

WILLIAM ALFRED GOUGH

Rifleman, 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), No 2290; born about February 1893 in Willesden; son of Henry (an assistant superintendent at a telegraph office) and Emily Gough, later of Brondesbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a junior clerk in a newspaper office; landed at Le Havre on 5th November 1914; his battalion was involved in the First Battle of Ypres in November 1914; he was killed in action on 5th January 1915 when the barn where the men were staying was shelled, aged 23; commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

RALPH HAMILTON

Private, 14th (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), No. 345760; born on 20th January 1898 in Aghada, Co. Cork, Irelandson of George (a furniture dealer) and Alice Hamilton, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-13; he was killed in action on 2nd September 1918, aged 20, in the attack on Opera Trench near Moislains during the Second Battle of Bapaume; buried in Péronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

 

FREDERICK LOUIS HENLEY

2nd Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Notts and Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters), attached to the 11th Battalion; born on 6th September 1883 in Dublin; son of Professor Jeremiah and Isabella Henley; graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (MA) and King’s College, London; Senior Mathematical Master at Kilburn Grammar School, 1910-15; enlisted in July 1915; commission gazetted 16th July 1915; he was killed by a sniper while examining a newly captured trench near Le Sars on 1st October 1916, aged 33; commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

HAROLD KEARLEY

2nd Lieutenant, 58 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 1st/15th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles), previously with the 16th Battalion, London Regiment, Nos 2412 and 550476; born on 29th June 1891 in Hampstead; son of George (a confectioner) and Sarah (who died in 1899) Kearley; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a stained glass artist; married Mabel Reed in 1914; father of a daughter (born about May 1915) and a son (born February 1917); enlisted in August 1914; posted to France with the 16th Battalion in January 1915; twice wounded – shrapnel wounds in April 1915 and gunshot wounds to face and eye in June 1916; his battalion was involved in the Battle of Gommecourt on 1st July 1916; commissioned to the RFC on 28th February 1917; he was killed in action on 3rd February 1918, aged 26, buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 

ALEXANDER JAMES KEITH

2nd Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment; born on 28th March 1893 in Drogheda, Ireland; youngest son of George (a customs superintendent) and Christine Keith, later of Hampstead; Head Boy of Kilburn Grammar School, 1910-11; studied history at Downing College, Cambridge; received commission in Middlesex Regiment in November 1914; the battalion landed at le Havre in July 1915, served in the trenches at Fricourt and Bois Français and was in reserve near Carnoy on 1st July 1916, moving up to support the advance at Montauban; he was killed when hit by a shell during the advance on Trônes Wood on 14th July 1916, aged 26; commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and through a Studentship in Agricultural Research in his name at Cambridge University founded by his sister, Charlotte, in 1965.

 

HERBERT KEMPSTER

Private, 2nd/10th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, No. TF/2474; born on 4th April 1897 in Chelsea; son of Herbert (a newspaper printer) and Amy Kempster, later of Kilburn; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1910-12; worked as a clerk for Great Western Railway; his battalion was mobilised for the Gallipoli campaign on 18th July 1915 and landed at Suvla Bay on 9th August; he was killed in action on 10th August 1915, aged 18; commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

ROBERT CREASER KINGSTON

Private, 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company, No.2595; born on 20th March 1891 in Kilburn; son of James (an insurance official cashier) and Clara Kingston, later of Brondesbury; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; enlisted in November 1914, posted to France on 18th August 1915; recovered from tonsillitis, scarlet fever and influenza; he died on 14th November 1916, aged 25, of wounds to head and abdomen sustained the previous day in the attack on Beaucourt during the Battle of Ancre; buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

 

GEORGE WILLIAM KNIGHT

Lieutenant, Fort Garry Horse, Canadian Infantry; born on 31st December 1884 in Croydon; eldest son of George (a licensed victualler, who died in 1906) and Mary Knight, later Mary Woodhall of Ramsgate; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; served with the 2nd London Westminster Imperial Yeoman Dragoons in the Boer War; emigrated to Pincher Creek, Alberta about 1903; worked as a rancher; enlisted with 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles in February 1915; posted to France in February 1916; he was killed by shrapnel at Bussy-lès-Daours on 3rd August 1916, aged 31; buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. (His younger brother, Lieutenant Norman Knight, died in July 1917.)

 

NORMAN GODWIN KNIGHT

Lieutenant, Fort Garry Horse, Canadian Infantry; born in February 1888 in Croydon; third son of George (a licensed victualler, who died in 1906) and Mary Knight, later Mary Woodhall of Ramsgate; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; emigrated to Pincher Creek, Alberta about 1903; worked as a rancher; enlisted with 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles in February 1915; promoted to Lieutenant in February 1917; admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Rouen with appendicitis on 20th June 1917; he died from peritonitis following appendicectomy in the Daughters of the Empire Hospital, London on 5th July 1917, aged 29; buried in Hampstead Cemetery, London. (His elder brother, Lieutenant George Knight, was killed in action in August 1916.)

 

STANLEY THOMAS KNIGHT

Private, 1st/15th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles), No. 531997, previously No. 4613; born on 18th March 1896 in Kilburn; son of George (a commercial traveller) and Alice Knight, later of Willesden, then Putney; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1911-12; after he joined his battalion in April 1916 it was involved in the Battles of Flers-CourceletteTransloy Ridges and at Butte de Warlencourt in 1916 and Messines, Pilkem Ridge and Passchendaele in 1917; he was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai on 30th November 1917, aged 21; commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Military Cemetery, Nord, France.

 

CLEMENT GEORGE LE SUEUR

Private, 1st/5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, No. 3158; born on 23rd March 1893 in West Hampstead; only son of Clement (a civil service clerk) and Ellen Le Sueur, later of Brondesbury Park; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; also educated at Strand School 1908-10; graduate of King’s College, London; worked as a clerk for the Metropolitan Water Board; enlisted in September 1914; landed in France on 2nd May 1915; his battalion was involved in the Battle of Festubert, 15th-25th May; he was killed while on sentry duty in the trenches near Givenchy on 16th July 1915, aged 22; buried in Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

JAMES COOPER MILLER

Captain, 1st/14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish); born on 13th July 1888 in Willesden; son of Frederick (a journalist) and Jane Miller, later of Cricklewood; Head Boy of Kilburn Grammar School, 1905; graduated BSc from King’s College, London in 1911; worked for Western Morning Post in Plymouth until November 1913, then joined the editorial staff of the Daily Telegraph; received his commission in February 1915; promoted to Captain and posted to France in July 1917; his battalion was involved in the Battle of Langemark and the capture of Tadpole Copse; he died of wounds sustained at Bourlon Wood during the Battle of Cambrai on 24th November 1917, aged 29; buried in Grévillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

GEORGE MAURICE MYERS

Private, 1st/7th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment, No. 2250; born on 10th April 1894 in St Pancras; only son of Henry (a tobacconist, who died in 1908) and Amelie Myers, later of Brondesbury; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1903-08; worked as a clerk; enlisted in September 1914, his battalion landed in Le Havre on 18th March 1915 and was involved in the Battles of Aubers Ridge and Festubert; he died on 15th September 1915, aged 21, of wounds sustained two days previously while with a working party; buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France and commemorated on a plaque now at the Jewish Cemetery, Newham, London.

 

CHARLES HOWARD EDMUND POSTON

Able Seaman, Nelson Battalion, RN Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, No. Z/134; born on 16th January 1893 in Kilburn; son of Edward (an assurance clerk) and Rose Poston, later of Brondesbury; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1901-10; worked as a bank clerk; enlisted in September 1914; he was killed in action at Gaba Tepe (Anzac Cove) in Gallipoli on 3rd May 1915, aged 22; commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

 

FREDERICK ALEXANDER RAMSAY

Private, 2nd/10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), No. 293369, previously with the 9th Battalion; born on 15th July 1896 in Willesden; son of Frederick (a schoolmaster) and Fanny Ramsay; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-11; worked as a clerk in a shipping company; enlisted in the 9th Battalion on September 1914, declaring his age to be 19; transferred to the 10th Battalion in May 1915; landed in Alexandria on 28th December 1915; sustained gunshot wound to his thigh with compound fractures on 22nd April 1917; died  of his wounds in Cairo on 4th May, aged 20; buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

 

JAMES VERNON ROBINSON

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, attached to the 16th, previously with the 9th Battalion, London Regiment, No. 3631; born on 17th June 1895 in Clitheroe, Lancashire; son of James (an egg box manufacturer) and Sarah Robinson, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1910-13; enlisted in November 1914; posted to France with the 9th Battalion on 10th February 1915; promotion to 2nd Lieutenant gazetted on 29th September 1915; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Albert, Bazentin and the Ancre in 1916, operations on the Ancre in 1917 and the Battles of Arras and Amiens in 1918; twice hospitalised with gunshot wounds – to the left elbow in March 1915 and to his right arm, severing the brachial artery, in April 1917; returned to his battalion in September 1917; he died on 13th August 1918, aged 23, of severe gunshot wounds to the right arm sustained the previous day; buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

 

GEORGE BERNARD SAMUELS

2nd Lieutenant, 45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, previously 21st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, No. 4225; born on 22nd January 1891 in Paddington; son of David (a stationer) and Rachel Samuels, later of Willesden; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; the 21st Battalion was a reserve battalion; enlisted in June 1915; promotion to 2nd Lieutenant gazetted on 4th January 1916; 45 Squadron was formed in March 1916 and moved to France in October; he was the Observer in Sopwith 11/2 Strutter No. 7777 that was shot down during an offensive patrol to Bapaume-Peronne on 22nd October 1916 (seven days after arriving at the front), aged 25; his death was only confirmed when his identity disc was found on a German prisoner of war; commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France and on a plaque now at the Jewish Cemetery, Newham, London.

 

ERIC YARDLEY SAXBY

2nd Lieutenant, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, attached to 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, previously Lance-Corporal in the County of London (Sharpshooters) Yeomanry; born on 16th March 1894 in Kilburn; only son of Jess (a shopkeeper) and Elizabeth Saxby; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1901-10; worked as a bank clerk; enlisted in March 1914; posted to France in March 1915; promotion to 2nd Lieutenant gazetted on 13th October 1915; the 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers was involved in the Battle of Guillemont, 3rd-6th September 1916; he was killed in action during the attack on Ginchy on 9th September 1916, aged 23; commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

 

CECIL THOMAS RUSSELL STANTON

Rifleman, 1st/16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment, No. 553237, previously No. 6761; born on 8th August 1897 in St Pancras; son of Ernest (a solicitor’s clerk) and Harriett Stanton, later of Brondesbury; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1910-14; posted to France on 17th September 1916; his battalion was involved in the Battles of Flers-CourceletteMorval and Transloy Ridges in 1916, the First and Third Battles of the Scarpe, the Battle of Langemarck and the capture of Tadpole Copse and of BourlonWood in 1917; he was killed in action at Gavrelle during the Battle of Arras on 28th March 1918, aged 20, commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Fauberg d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

HERBERT ALPHONSE ST CYR

Private, 1st/14th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (London Scottish), No. 8070, previously with the 9th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, No. 2669; born on 25th July 1897 in Kilburn; only son of Alphonse (a shop assistant) and Emma St Cyr; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1910-12; his battalion was involved in the attacks at Gommecourt on 1st July 1916 and Bouleaux Wood on 25th September; he was killed in action on 7th October 1916, aged 19, during the attack on Hazy Trench in the Battle of the Transloy Ridges; buried in Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, Somme, France.

 

EDWARD THOMAS STREETS

Rifleman, 1st/5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment, No. 302654, previously No. 4496; born on 16th January 1897 in Hampstead; son of Henry (a tailor) and Mary Streets, later of Willesden; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1909-13; posted to France on 3rd August 1916; his battalion was involved in the Battles of GinchyFlers-CourceletteMorval and Transloy Ridges in 1916; he was killed in action near Guémappe during the Battle of Arras on 12th April 1917, aged 20; commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubergd’Amiens Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

 

ROBERT WILLIAM TOOP

Private, 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex) Regiment, No. G/40016, previously with the Royal Fusiliers, No. B.23292; born on 15th December 1894 in Marylebone; second son of James (a musician) and Mary Toop, later of Cricklewood, then Amersham; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; worked as a clerk; his battalion landed at Le Havre on 26th July 1915 and was involved in the Battles of Albert, Bazentin Ridge, Delville Wood, Thiepval Ridge and the Ancre Heights in 1916; he was killed in action on 27th October 1916, aged 21, during the attack on Regina Trench in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette; buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France.

 

DAVID VAN RYN

Rifleman, 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), No. 3448; born on 25th July 1894 in Willesden; son of Henry (a Jewish cemetery superintendent, born in Amsterdam) and Leah (who died in 1902) Van Ryn; years that he attended Kilburn Grammar School not known; posted to France on 23rd January 1915; he was killed on 24th April 1915, aged 20, after the Battle of Hill 60 when the battalion was shelled while marching to reinforce Canadian lines just north of Ypres; commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium and on a plaque now at the Jewish Cemetery, Newham, London.

 

LESLIE THOMAS WESTAWAY

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), previously with  the 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company, No. 4199; born on 25th December 1893 in Kensington; son of John (a joiner) and Sarah Westaway, later of Cricklewood; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1908-13, Head-Boy 1911-12; graduate of Goldsmiths’ College; enlisted in August 1915; posted to France in November 1915, commission gazetted in May 1916; he was killed in action on 1st July 1916, aged 22, during the attack on Hawthorne Ridge near Beaumont Hamel in the Battle of Albert (only sixteen men and one officer out of 200 returned from the attack); buried in Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No. 2, Auchonvillers, Somme, France and commemorated on a plaque in Goldsmiths’ College, London.

 

ARTHUR EDWARD WOODMAN

Private, 1st/13th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Princess Louise’s Kensington Battalion), No. 2831; born on 25th November 1896 in Greenwich; elder son of Edward (a commercial traveller) and Elizabeth Woodman, later of Willesden, then Hove; attended Kilburn Grammar School 1904-10; posted to France on 30th March 1915; he was killed in action during the Battle of Aubers Ridge, near Armentières, on 9th May 1915, aged 18; commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Berks Cemetery Extension, Hainaut, Belgium.