In Memoriam

St John’s War Memorial

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Inside the church, just outside the Lady Chapel, is a memorial listing  the names of 63 men who died in the 1914-1918 war. Six of these were added after 1945 together with six more from WW2.

The following men are listed on the memorial

First World War (1914-1918)

William ARNOLD
Private (245737) John William Arnold, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment, formerly 616594, 19th London Regiment, was killed in action on 6 November 1918 aged 18. He is buried in Angreau Communal Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.

Edward BARNES
Private (146031) Cecil Edward Barnes, 5th Battalion (Infantry), Machine Gun Corps. (formerly 517182, London Regiment), died of his wounds on 10 July 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.

Edward was born on 1 November 1899 at 12 Ferris Road, East Dulwich to Andrew and Charlotte Elizabeth Barnes (née Howard)
and baptised on 12 November 1899 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a Commercial Traveller in optical equipment.

Harold BARNETT
Rifleman (551653) Harold Barnett, “B” Coy., 1st/16th Battalion(Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment, (formerly 4400), was killed in action on Friday, 23 March 1917 aged 21. He is buried in Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt Pas De Calais, France.

Albert BASELEY
2nd Lieutenant Albert Lawrence Baseley, 2nd/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers (Territorial), was killed in action on Saturday 11 August 1917 aged 23. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetery Koksijde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Albert was born on 25 January 1894 in East Dulwich to Henry Lawrence and Martha Isobella Baseley (née Harrison) and baptised on 29 April 1903 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a boot dealer and repairer. Albert was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. In 1911 the family were living at 44 Amott Road, Peckham, and Albert was an Apprentice Metal Engraver. When he died his parents were living at 178 Upland Road, East Dulwich.

Harry BENNETT
Rifleman (472071) Henry Amos Bennett, 12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers), London Regiment, was killed in action on 23 April 1918 aged 26. He is buried in Longueau British Cemetery, France.

Eric BRAND
Sergeant (281267) Eric Pleydell Gough Brand, 2nd/4th Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment was killed in action on 20 September 1917 aged 20. He is commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Eric was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).

Eric was born in 1897 in Pimlico, London to Charles Frederic and Ruth Constance Brand (née Gough). He was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich from 1906-1914.
See Eric Brand at Alleyn’s School
The family lived at 70 Glengarry Road and then 22 Elsie Road, East Dulwich. They moved to 28 Dovercourt Road after the war. Eric was a member of St John’s choir.

Edward BRATT
Private (721306) Edward Ernest Bratt, 2nd/24th Battalion(The Queen’s), London Regiment, was killed in action in Jerusalem on 9 March 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.

Edward was born on 19 June 1898 in Kentish Town, London, to Charles Edward and Mary Bratt (nee Page) and baptised on 27 September 1905 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father ran a general shop. Edward was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. The family moved from Zenoria Street to 2 Ewhurst Road, Crofton Park, in about 1911.

John BREACH
Gunner (139590) Charles John Breach, “D” Bty. 298th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery & Field Artillery, was killed in action on 24 October 1917 aged 19. He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

John was born in 1898 in Marylebone, London to George and Alice Breach (née Funnell) and baptised on 19 June 1898 at St Marylebone Westminster. They moved from 18 Zenoria Street to 5 Bassano Street in East Dulwich about the same time St John’s  Epiphany Mission was built next door (1908).

Alfred BREWER
Private (3242) Alfred William Brewer enlisted in November 1914 and joined the 2nd/2nd Battalion(Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment and died on 30 October 1915 aged 24. He is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery Egypt.

Albert CASS
Gunner (353653) Albert Victor Galton Cass, 15th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action on 24 September 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France.

Edward CLAYTON
Signaller (Z/3371) Edward William Clayton enlisted on 4 October 1915. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was serving on the H.M. P.M.S. “Glen Usk” when he drowned on 2 April 1919 aged 21. He is commemorated on Camberwell Old Cemetery Screen Wall.
See  Glen Usk: Royal Fleet Auxiliary 

Edward was born on 19 September 1897 in Bromley, Kent, to Edward Ellis and Florence Emily Clayton (née Warwick). His father was a printer’s overseer and compositor. When Edward enlisted on 4 October 915 he was living at 223 Barry Road, East Dulwich, and was a Surveyor’s Assistant.

Frederick COOPER
Rifleman (A/200122) Joseph Frederick Cooper, 17th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps., formerly London Regiment, (London Rifle Brigade), died of his wounds on 22 October 1916 aged 30. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Reginald COOPER
Rifleman (1312) Reginald Saterley Cooper, “A” Coy., London Regt (First Surrey Rifles), died on 30 June 1915 aged 23. He is buried in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture Pas De Calais, France.

Francis CORRY
Sergeant (787) Francis William Corry, 5th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, died in Salonika, Greece, on 5 June 1916 aged 30. He is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery.
“Fever after several days march with unit in great heat. Died three days later in French camp.” (Parish Magazine August 1916)

Roland CREIGHTON
Rifleman (555096) General Roland Creighton, 1st/16th Battalion, (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment, died of his wounds on 18 June 1918 aged 19. He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

Albert EAGLE
Private (10882) Albert Edward Eagle enlisted on 10 August 1912. He joined the 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, and was killed in action in Ghelnwhelt, Belgium, on 31 October 1914 aged 19. He is commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Albert was born on 22 January 1895 in Peckham to John Albert and Clara Eagle (née Snell) and baptised on 24 March 1895 at Saint Mark, Peckham. His father was a tram conductor. When Albert enlisted on 10 August 1912 the family were living at 65 Crawthew Grove, East Dulwich, and he was working as a clerk.

Leonard FORBES
Lieutenant Leonard Noel Forbes joined the London Scottish Regiment in August 1914. He moved to the 6th Battalion, Essex Regiment (Territorial) and went to France in November 1914. He was killed in action on 19 September 1918 aged 35 and is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy, Somme, France.

Hubert FOSTER (‘Herbert’ on memorial)
Private (105947) Hubert Victor Foster enlisted on 13 March 1916 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 68th Battalion and arrived in England on 8 May 1916, the day after his brother, Leonard. They crossed to France on 8 June 1916, and were killed together by the same 5.9 shell while sheltering in a dug-out in Trench 67, Sanctuary Wood sector of the Ypres salient on the night of 29-30 June 1916. Hubert was 23. The two brothers were buried together behind the trench where they were killed and are commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Leonard FOSTER
Private (105582 ) Leonard Charles Foster enlisted on 11 December 1915 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 68th Battalion and arrived in England on 7 May 1916, the day before his brother, Hubert. They crossed to France on 8 June 1916, and were killed together by the same 5.9 shell while sheltering in a dug-out in Trench 67, Sanctuary Wood sector of the Ypres salient on the night of 29-30 June 1916. Leonard was 20. The two brothers were buried together behind the trench where they were killed and are commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial..

Sidney GODRICH
Corporal (557) Alfred Sydney Alexander Godrich enlisted on 11 March 1916 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. He joined the 7th Battalion, A.I.F., Australian Infantry and embarked on the HMAT Runic sailing from Melbourne for the Western Front on 20 June 1916. He died on 9 August 1918 aged 25 and is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France.

Douglas HALSEY
Private (353014) John Douglas Halsey, 7th Battalion, London Regiment, died of his wounds on 16 April 1918 aged 19. He is buried in St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France.

William HARDING
Captain William Arthur Harding of “B” Coy. 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, died 8 August 1915 aged 39 in Galipoli. He is commemorated on Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey.

George HAYDEN
Private (G/9094) George Hayden enlisted in Camberwell on 15 July 1915. He stated his age as “39 years and 5 months old (he was actually 53) and only declared his three youngest children: Florence, Alfred and Cyril. George joined the 11th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) and was killed in action on 15 September 1916 aged 54. He is buried in the Guards’ Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie, France.

Gerald William HUGHES
Rifleman (43856) Gerald William Hughes, Royal Irish Rifles, died on 15 November 1916 aged 18. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France. He previously served with the London Regiment (No. 7173).

Gerald was born on 17 August 1898 in Stoke Newington, London, to Charles Albert Sanders and Annie Hughes (née Barden), the younger brother of Percival Charles Hughes. Their father was a shop assistant/ Hosier’s Assistant. Gerald was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. During the war his family moved from 320 Crystal Palace Road to 65 East Dulwich Grove.

Percival Charles HUGHES
Private (S4/173878) Percival Charles Hughes joined the Army Service Corps and died of meningitis in Fulham Military Hospital on 12 July 1916 aged 19. He is buried in Camberwell (Forest Hill Road) Cemetery London and is commemorated on the Screen Wall.

Percival was born on 15 January 1897 in South Hornsey, London, to Charles Albert Sanders and Annie Hughes (née Barden), the older brother of Gerald William Hughes. Their father was a shop assistant/ Hosier’s Assistant. Percival was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. During the war his family moved from 320 Crystal Palace Road to 65 East Dulwich Grove.

Walter ILES
Private (G/13388) Walter Harold Iles, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), was killed in action on Sunday 18 March 1917 aged 33. He is buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Nord, France.

Archibald KATON
Private (241812) Archibald E. Katon of 8th Battalion (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s), Seaforth Highlanders, [formerly 19278 E Surrey Regiment], was killed in action on Wednesday 22 August 1917 aged 29. He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Edward KNELL
2nd Lieutenant Edward Charles Knell of 8th Battalion(Post Office Rifles), London Regiment, was killed in action on Friday 9 August 1918 aged 25. He is commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

Frederick LANE
Lance Corporal (17615) Frederick Mark Lane of 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, was killed in action on 25 September 1916 aged 22. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Frederick was born on 11 April 1894 in East Dulwich to William John and Caroline Lane (née Phillips). His father was a carpenter. Frederick was educated at Heber Road School with his many brothers and sisters. In the mid-1890s the family moved from 44 Nutfield Road to 64 Crystal Palace Road. Frederick became a shipping clerk.

Haydn LAWRENCE
Private (13092) Haydn George, 4th Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps, (formerly 2901, London Regiment), died of his wounds on 13 November 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Courcelles-Au-Bois Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Grantley LE CHAVETOIS
Captain Grantley Adolphe Le Chavetois, 22nd Battalion, London Regiment, died of his wounds on 22 January 1918 in the Royal Free Hospital, Grays Inn Road aged 30. He is buried in Camberwell (Forest Hill Road) Cemetery London.

John LITTLE
Private (569) Percival John Little enlisted 21 August 1916 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. After training with 4th Australian Machine Gun Company, 2 to 9 Reinforcements, he sailed from Port Melbourne on 6 December 1916 on the troopship HMAT Orsova (A67). He was killed on 15 October 1917, aged 28, andis buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium.

George LOVELAND
Rifleman (394724) George Alfred Loveland, 1st/9th Battalion(Queen Victoria’s Rifles), London Regiment, was killed in action on 2 September 1918 aged 19. He is commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial Pas De Calais, France.

George was born on 15 April 1899 at 38 Amott Road, Peckham, to George James and Clara Loveland and baptised on 9 July 1899 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a printing machine manager. George was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham.

William MATTHEWS
2nd Lieutenant William Henry Matthews, 2nd/1st (Lowland) Heavy Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery, was killed in action on 28 September 1918 aged 28. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, Tincourt-Boucly, France.

Charles MUNDAY
Pioneer (255192) Charles Thomas Munday, 48th Div. Signal Coy., Royal Engineers, died of his wounds on 24 August 1917 aged 23. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3 Ieper, Belgium.

Charles was born on 28 September 1893 in Peckham, to Charles and Emma Munday (née King) and baptised on 17 December 1893 at Holy Saviour Church, Croydon (his grandparents’ home town). His father was a railway signalman.
Charles’ younger siblings were baptised at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich
In the 1911 Census the family were still living at 36 Howden Street and Charles was a Grocer’s Assistant.

Richard NEWCOMBE
Lieutenant Richard Clyde Davies Newcombe, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 aged 23. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.

Edward NORTON
Corporal (5729) Arthur Edward Norton, 8th Battalion (The Prince Consort’s Own), Rifle Brigade, died of his wounds on 16 September 1916 aged 21. He is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France.

Stanley NORTON
Private (4314) Stanley Norton, 4th (City of London Battalion), London Regiment, died of his wounds on 6 October 1916 aged 20. He is buried in Camberwell Old Cemetery.

Stanley was born on 22 February 1896 in Peckham to Joseph and Hannah Marshall Norton (née Williams) and baptised on 7 May 1896 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. He was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. The family lived at 64 Amott Road, Peckham.

Frank OSBORNE
Lance Corporal (10896) Alexander Frank Osborne, 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Unit M.M., died of his wounds on 21 August 1916 aged 31. He is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Somme, France. Frank was awarded the Military Medal.

Percy PAGE
Private (2272) Percy William [Milton] Page of 13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment, was killed in action on 9 May 1915 aged 21. He is commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

Percy was born on 3 May 1894 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire to Edgar and Annie Mary Page (née Milton) and baptised on 5 August 1894 at St John, Cheltenham, Glos. The family moved to Kensington, London, and then 11 Solway Road where Edgar died in Autumn 1900. Percy was educated at Nunhead Passage School. Annie worked initially as a schoolteacher but by 1911 was manager at a ‘hair works’ and Percy a stockbroker’s clerk.

Edward RICHARDSON
2nd Lieutenant Edward Earle Richardson of 15th Squadron Royal Air Force (and formerly East Surrey Regiment) was killed on 9 November 1918 aged 23. He had left Selvigny aerodrome at 11:00 with Lt J C Holmes in an RE8 C2967 aircraft on a Counter-Attack Patrol. They were in combat with enemy aircraft before being shot down. Edward is buried in Solre-Le-Chateau Communal Cemetery, France. He was awarded the Military Medal.
Just two days later the Armistice was declared.

Harold ROBERTS
Harold Holmes Roberts of the Expeditionary Force Canteen. died on 29 May 1916 at Clandon Park War Hospital, Surrey aged 23. He was buried on 1 June 1916 in Camberwell Old Cemetery. Harold is also commemorated on the plinth of the memorial to those dying in the hospital in St Peter and St Paul, West Clandon.

Courtenay ROLFE
Private (2512) Courtenay Greenfield Rolfe, 1st/20th Battalion, London Regiment, was killed in action on 25 September 1915 aged 22. He is commemorated on Loos Memorial Pas De Calais, France.

Cyril RUSSELL
Corporal (T/241992) Cyril Arthur Victor Russell of “C” Coy. 7th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), was killed in action on Thursday 8 August 1918 aged 21. He is commemorated on Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

Cyril was born on 1 February 1897 in Bermondsey, London, to Henry William and Lilley Eliza Russell (née Franklin) and baptised on 13 June 1897 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a supervisor at the General Post Office, Mount Pleasant. Cyril was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. The family lived at 30 Muschamp Road and later 31 Elsie Road in East Dulwich.

Ernest SABINE
Private (2616) Ernest Sabine enlisted on 6 September 1914 at Clapham Junction – two months before his sixteenth birthday. He joined 1st/23rd Battalion, London Regiment and was killed in action on 26 May 1915 aged just 16 years and six months. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial Pas De Calais, France.

Ernest was born in 1898 in Camberwell to Thomas and Harriet Matilda Sabine (née Garner) and baptised on 8 August 1909 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a salesman in a furnishing warehouse. The family were then living at 36 Marsden Road. Ernest was an Altar Server in the church.

Thomas SILLITOE
Rifleman (554514 (or 8792?) Thomas John Sillitoe, 16th Battalion(Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment, [formerly 2117 2nd London Regiment], was killed in action on Sunday 10 September 1916 aged 20. He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 1, Pas De Calais, France.

Thomas was born in 1895 in Peckham, son of Thomas John Owen and Margaret Sillitoe (née Brown) and baptised on 29 March 1896 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich as were his seven siblings. His father was a postman. Thomas was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. The family lived at 27 Relf Road, Peckham, and later moved to Peckham Rye. In 1911 William was an Office Boy.

George SISMAN
Corporal (801768) George William Sisman of 30th Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment, [formerly 2230 21st London Regiment], died on Sunday 8 December 1918 of double pneumonia following influenza in Tendring, Essex, aged 32. War had ended, but he was still serving. He is buried in Clacton Cemetery Essex.

Frank SMITH
Private (203382) Frank Walter Smith of 1st Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment, 5 October 1918 aged 21. He is buried in Cagnicourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Leslie SMITH
Corporal (632114) Herbert Leslie Smith, 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment, died of his wounds on 2 September 1918 aged 21. He is buried in Gomiecourt South Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Leslie was born on 29 October 1897 in Lewisham, Kent to Frederick William and Nellie Sarah Ann Smith (nee Sharpe) and baptised on 30 May 1914 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a printer’s compositor. Lelie was educated at Wilson’s Grammar School, Camberwell. The family lived in Kinsale Road.

Francis SPALTON
Private (SS/14813) Francis (Frank) Spalton, 18th Labour Coy., Army Service Corps, died on Sunday 2 January 1916 in Egypt aged 45. He is buried in East Military Cemetery Lemnos, Greece.

Walter SUMMERFIELD
Private (533307) Walter William John Summerfield, 1st/15th Battalion(Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles), London Regiment, was killed in action on Tuesday 3 July 1917 aged 24. He is commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Walter was born 12 March 1893 in Battersea to Walter and Florence Emily Harriett Summerfield (née Beadle). and baptised on 4 June 1893 at St John, Battersea, Wandsworth. His father was a railway signalman. In 1911 Walter was an Order Clerk Sanitary Engineman, and the family lived at 34 Wingfield Street, Peckham. Walter Summerfield married Amelia Gertrude Jeves (1894-1980) on 21 May 1916 at St Thomas, Charlton.

Philip TAYLOR
Private (2608) Philip Eustace Taylor of 1st/23rd Battalion, London Regiment, was killed in action on 2 November 1915 aged 20. He is commemorated on Loos Memorial Pas De Calais, France.

Philip was born on 30 August 1895 in East Dulwich to William Richard and Alice Maud Mary Taylor (née Steggall) and baptised on 10 November 1895 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a schoolmaster and also a member of the Church Council.
Philip was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. In about 1905 the family moved from 88 East Dulwich Road to 81 Crystal Palace Road, East Dulwich. Philip was an Altar Server in the church.

Leslie THYNNE
Rifleman (8791) Leslie George Thynne of 1st/16th Battalion(Queen’s Westminster Rifles), London Regiment, died of his wounds on Sunday 10 September 1916 aged 19. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme, France.

Leslie was born on 9 May 1897 at 35 Amott Road, East Dulwich to George and Alice Maud Thynne (née Nicoll) and baptised on 4 July 1897 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a printing machine manager. Leslie was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham.

Albert TUCKER
2nd Lieutenant Albert Ruthven Tucker of 162nd Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, died of his wounds on 19 May 1917 aged 20. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas-de-Calais, France.

Albert was born on 2 February 1898 in Camberwell to Frederick and Caroline Tucker (née Boulton) and baptised on 10 May 1905 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a ship and insurance broker and the family lived at 28 The Gardens, Peckham Rye. Albert was educated at Alleyn’s School and then Dulwich College. After leaving school Albert was a cadet at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, for about six months, passing out to take a commission in the Royal Field Artillery in October 1915.
See Albert Tucker at Alleyns School
and Albert Tucker at Dulwich College

George UWINS
Private (515076) George Reuben Uwins of “A” Coy. 1st/14th Battalion, London Regt (London Scottish), was killed in action on 24 November 1917 aged 19. He is commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Nord, France.

George was born in 1898 at 46 Nutbrook Street, Peckham, to Charles and Virginia Ellen Uwins (née Mumford). His father was a carpenter and joiner.

Horace VENNER
Private (12443) Horace Venner enlisted in August 1914. He joined 5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, and was killed in action on 30 November 1917 aged 21. He is commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Nord, France.

Horace was born on 26 June 1896 in East Dulwich to Frances Jacob and Emma Venner (née Coleman) and baptised on 30 August 1896 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a printer/compositer. Horace was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. Soon after Horace’s baptism the family moved from 13 Wellington Terrace in Wingfield Street to 13 Amott Road, Camberwell, London. Horace worked for the local council and is also commemorated on Southwark Town Hall War Memorial.

Valentine VERITY
Sergeant (700839) Valentine Verity of 2nd/23rd Battalion, London Regiment, was killed in action on Tuesday 19 February 1918 aged 21. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial Israel, in Jerusalem War Cemetery.

Valentine was born in 1895 in East Dulwich to Benjamin and Blanche Edith Verity (née Harrison) and baptised on 31 March 1895 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was an electrical engineer.
The family lived at 9 Oakhurst Grove, East Dulwich.

Albert WARBEY (‘WARBEY’ on memorial)
3rd Air Mechanic (80733) Albert George Warbey enlisted 24 June 2016. He joined his Royal Flying Corps unit on 11 May 1917. Albert was discharged as “No longer physically fit for war service” on 22 December 1917 and awarded the Silver War Badge on 11 January 1918. (This Badge was given to anyone who had been honourably discharged from the Forces with ill health. Recipients wore it on civilian clothes, as a clear sign that they were anything but cowards.) He never served overseas.

James WELLS
Driver (780) James John Wells of London Army Troops Air Line Signal Coy., Royal Engineers, died following an accident on Monday 5 October 1914 in Barnet Cottage Hospital aged 21. He is buried in Camberwell (Forest Hill Road) Cemetery London.

James (Jimmy) was born on 27 May 1893 in Peckham to James Andrew and Rose Mary Elizabeth Wells (née Dell and baptised on 3 September 1894 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. His father was a ‘Till Fixer’. Jimmy was educated at Adys Road School, Peckham. By 1900 the family had moved from 55 Waghorn Street to 52 Anstey Road In 1911 Jimmy was a clerk at a pottery. He sang in the Choir at St John’s and was also an Altar Server.

Sidney WILLIAMS
2nd Lieutenant Sydney Mansell Williams, 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment, was killed in action on 15 June 1917 aged 28. He is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial Pas De Calais, France.

Sidney was born in 1889 in Llansamlet, Glamorgan to son of Mansell Vaughan and Katherine (Kate) Williams (née Rees) and baptised on 1 February 1905 at St John the Evangelist, East Dulwich. At his baptism Sydney’s father was a mechanical engineer and the family were living at 6 Zenoria Street. The family returned to South Wales but Sydney eventually came back to East Dulwich to board at 8 Elsie Road, East Dulwich, while working as a teaching assistant at a local elementary school

Sydney’s older brother Conway emigrated to Canada. He joined Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.), and died in France on April 9, 1917 at the age of 32.

Brooke WILLIS
Private (51500) Brooke Knowles Willis of “C” Coy. 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, [formerly 10356, Army CYE Corps], was killed in action on Wednesday 17 April 1918 aged 19. He is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Brooke was born in 1899 in Camberwell to William Joseph and Catherine Ellen Willis (née Bayley). His father was a Jewellery Repairer. Brooke was educated at Alleyn’s School, Dulwich.
See Brooke Willis at Alleyns School
He initially signed up when under age. This was not discovered until after he had been deployed to France. He returned home and joined up again once he reached the age of 19. At the time of his death Brooke was living at 44, Henslowe Road, East Dulwich.

Stanley WOOLMER
2nd Lieutenant Stanley Herbert France Woolmer enlisted in September 1915 at the Inns of Court O.T.C. He joined 17th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and was killed in action on 3 September 1916 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Herbert WORLEY
Sergeant (281215) Herbert Worley of 2nd/4th Battalion(Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment, was killed in action on Wednesday 16 May 1917 aged 20. He is commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas De Calais, France.

 

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)