WW1  Pershore

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Surnames beginning with S

Percy Sadler Lived in Church Street [AV18]


159673 Edwin Charles Saunders R.F.C. Lived in Priest Lane [AV18][AV19] Brother of Maurice Henry (see below)


265768 Francis Samuel Saunders 3rd. A.M. R.A.F. Lived in Prospect Cottages [AV19]


20402 G. Saunders Worcestershire Regiment - reported as a casualty in Evesham Journal May 13 1916


Lieut. J. Sharp Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says he'd been a member of Pershore hockey club.


Captain Claude Shelmerdine Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says this man had been a member of Pershore's hockey club.


Lieut. Neil Shelmerdine According to Evesham Journal 29 July 1916, had been umpire for the Pershore Hockey Club.


Private William George Shepherd Kitchener's Army [AL] Aged 23 when recruited in 1914. Probably wound up in the same regiment/battalion as Charles Twigg - the 10th Battn. Worcestershire Regiment. By July 1916, he was apparently wounded and out

of action. See the letter home in the entry for Charles Twigg.


15631 William George Shepherd 4th Worcesters. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19] Possibly same man as previous entry?


Lieutenant C.E. Slater 4th Batt. Royal Warwicks Reserves [EJ140926][AL] [AL] also reports that he was one of those who'd volunteered for service at the front on August 24th 1914.

Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says he'd been a member of Pershore hockey club


Private Albert Smith 6th Worcesters [AL]


Private 240204 Arthur (Artie) Sydney Smith 1/8th Worcesters. Lived in Victoria Terrace (or Priest lane) Aged 18 when recruited in 1914. [AL][AV18][AV19]


Private 27240 Arthur Thomas Smith 9th Worcesters. Lived Cemetery Lodge. [AV18][AV19]


A. Smith Reservist [EJ140926]


Private Charles William Smith Worcesters. Evesham Journal 4th May 1918

ANOTHER PERSHORE MAN A PRISONER. Pte. Charles William Smith, of the Worcesters, son of Mr. And Mrs. Edwin Smith, of the Cemetery House, Pershore, is a prisoner of war in Germany. About ten days ago the parents received a sympathetic letter from the Commanding Officer, stating that their son was in the firing line on March 25 and had not since been heard of. Mrs. Smith, having seen in the local papers that a list of prisoners was in the possession of Mrs. Wodehouse, Mr. Smith went to Worcester to inspect and found his son's name and number thereon. On Wednesday a postcard was received from Charles, giving his camp address in Germany, and stating that he was all right and so far being well treated. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have another son with the colours in Mesopotamia.


F. Smith 8th (Home Service) Batt. Worcs. Regt. [EJ141024]


Private George Smith 8th Worcesters [EJ141003][AL]


George Smith Lived in High Street [AV18]


32874 George Frederick Smith 1st Royal Berks Inf. Lived in Bridge Street. [AV18][AV19]. Returned wounded. Was a Postman until he retired.


Rev. Harry Smith 


Evesham Journal, 2 January 1915:-- REV. H. SMITH A PRISONER. A good many Pershore people would like to hear something definite concerning the Rev. Harry Smith, the eldest son of Mr. J.W. Smith of Pershore, his whereabouts, and how he is faring. It is not many months ago since he was in Pershore, and preached at the Abbey Church. He was then sent out as a delegate of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa to Zanzibar, and as his father had not received the customary communication from him, he wrote to the secretary of the Mission, the Rev. Duncan Travers, at Westminster, and received the following reply:-- ``Dear Mr. Smith. -- Your son is on the mainland and not in Zanzibar. Now the mainland is temporarily cut off and no letters or cables or anything can reach us. We heard that the staff were asked if they would like to move away from the Germans, and they said `No.' There is no danger, but it is of course awkward not being able to communicate. The Bishop is now back in Zanzibar, and he will no doubt do what he can to get in touch with the mainland party''. ``Non-combatants,'' the letter proceeds to state, hardly with justification, ``are secure from molestation, and are sure to be left alone, we think. P.S. Your son went to Magila for a holiday''. In a subsequent communication issued by the Bishop of Zanzibar on November 9, he says: -- ``I seems all our people from Magila have been sent up to Arusha, the German Government station on a hill situate south-west from Kilimanjaro. They are under a German guard.'' So there seem little doubt but what the Rev. Harry Smith is a prisoner. We hope he will soon get released.


Evesham Journal, Nov. 4 1916:-- PERSHORE CLERGYMAN'S RELEASE. The conquest of German East Africa has naturally resulted in the deliverance of many English Prisoners from the unsympathetic hands of the Huns, and among the number is the Rev. H. Smith, the eldest son of Mr. J.W. Smith, of Pershore. Mr. Smith has recently received the welcome news from the Bishop of Zanzibar, and he is now looking forward to the home-coming of his son, whose fate has been a source of anxiety to him ever since the opening days of the war. The Rev. Harry Smith was one of a large party of missionaries sent out to that portion of the Zanzibar diocese, which lies in German East Africa, or rather English East Africa, seeing that now the ownership has changed hands.

From a report issued by the Universities' Mission to Central Africa dated May 31 this year, it appeared that the whole staff was put under arrest directly the war broke out. The harshest treatment, it states, was meted out to the members of the African staff, who were imprisoned in chains for three weeks then put to hard manual labour of seven days a week, the hardships being so severe that many teachers died under them. The experiences of the European staff (which included the Rev. Smith) were not so hard as this, but were nevertheless very hard to endure. For ten weeks they were imprisoned in an hotel at Lindi, and they were taken back to Masasi for three months, where they were allowed their freedom. On February 20, 1915, they were put under arrest, and had to walk over 400 miles to Morogoro (due west of Dares-Salaam) where they were lodged in a military prison. After five weeks they were taken to another prison, the name of which was censored. It was not until June 11, 1915, that an English mail came to the town where they were imprisoned, and they were allowed to send letters home. All the letters were read by the lieutenant of the prison, and only the briefest messages were allowed. It was then that Mr. Smith received a card from his son with the single line --- `I am well,' which, as welcome as it was, indicated also in a significant manner the despotism that prevailed in that far-off prison. Besides his family, many friends in Pershore will be glad to see the young clergymen again.


Private Hubert Smith Kitchener's Army [AL]


James William Smith Junr. Lived in High Street [AV18] See Photo Lived in High Street [AV19]


Pte. H/84105 Alfred Soles 13th Huss. Lived in Dwelling-house [AV18][AV19]


Private 9811 Frank Soley 1st Worcesters. Lived in Priest Lane [AL][AV18][AV19]


Evesham Journal, 2 January 1915:-- TWO PERSHORE MEN IN 1ST WORCESTERS. Private F. Soley, of the 1st Worcesters, is invalided home suffering from frostbite in the feet, which he got while in action at La Bassee. He had come over from Egypt, where the regiment had been stationed, and before proceeding to the front, spent a few days at his home in Pershore. He had been out in the fighting line several weeks. He said the Worcesters were in the trenches up to their knees in mud and water, for six nights and five days. fighting at close range, for the enemy was only about twenty yards away. The enemy once made an attempt to rush their position, but they failed. He thought the Worcesters lost about 150, but the German losses must have been enormous. They captured about 300 to 400 Germans. He found his legs very sore, and thought he had rheumatism. They could not take their boots off, for they never knew when they might be attacked. The pain became so great that he at last had to take his boots off, and his feet and legs than started to swell up, and he could not get his boots on again. He had no idea what was the matter with him until he saw the doctor, and he ordered him to the base hospital. For a long time the men had mud frozen on to their boots and putties, and walked, as it were, in leggings. [continued under Charles Grinnell]


Private Fred Soley 15th Hussars [AL]


Private 2291 William Harris Somer Q.O. Worcestershire Hussars (Worcestershire Yeomanry) . Son of John and Jane Somer. Died 24 July 1915 age 39, buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. He's included in this listing because there is a memorial on his parent's grave in Pershore Cemetery, which mentions that his father, John Somer, came from Wadborough. Not listed on the Abbey Memorial. Evesham Journal Roll of Honour 26/9/1914 listed him as Trooper Somer serving in the Yeomanry, under the heading of Pershore (Newtown, Worcester)[EJD16]


Evesham Journal, 31 July 1915 - ``TROOPER W.H. SOMER DROWNED. Ex-Sergt.-Major Somer, Newtown-road, Worcester, has received news that his brother, Trooper William H. Somer, of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, has been drowned near Alexandria, when crossing a river with horses, Trooper Somer was a son of the late Mr. John Somer of Wadborough, near Pershore. He was an excellent horseman and a successful rider at point-to-point meetings in Worcestershire. A telegram has been received from the Commanding Officer of the Worcestershire Yeomanry stating that the death of Trooper W.H. Somer was due to heart failure whilst bathing.''


Private 53028 Arthur Sidney Spalding 1st Somerset Light infantry. Lived at Coventry Terrace [AV19]


2nd.-Lieut. Charles William Spiers East Surreys. Lived in Broad Street [AV18][AV19] Evesham Journal 16 March 1918: ``PERSHORE OFFICERS. Second Lieut. Charles Spiers (son of Mr. Joseph Spiers of Broad Street, Pershore) was gazetted on February 19. He received his training with the Coldstream Guards, and has now joined his regiment, the East Surreys''. (rest of article is about G. Stevenson of Wick Post Office)


Evesham Journal October 5 1918: PERSHORE OFFICER WOUNDED. Lieut. Charle s Spiers, of Pershore, is lying in hospital at Rouen, France, wounded in three places -- the face, arms and leg -- caused by a shell bursting. This has been officially reported to the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Spiers, of Broad-street. Lieut. Spiers was gazetted to an East Surrey Regiment in January last, and though he had been to France on several occasions he only went into the front line in August last. Before joining up, he was at Messrs. Prothero and Co., grocers, of Broad-street.


210923 Joseph Spiers R.E. (Wireless). Lived in Worcester Street [AV


106666 Clifford Summers M.G.C. Lived Ganderton's row [AV18][AV19]


Gilbert Summers Lived in Ganderton's Row [AV18]


Thomas Charles Summerton Lived at Bearcroft [AV18] 18][AV19]


Private Percy Surman 6th Worcesters [AL]


P. Surman Reservist [EJ140926]



William "Bill" Smith

Sergeant C Stevenson

Surnames beginning with T

228571 William Robert Tarrant A.S.C. Lived at Victoria Hotel [AV18][AV19]


Arthur William Taylor Lived at High Street [AV18]


Private 32571 James Benjamin Taylor A.V.C. Lived in Dwelling-house [AV18][AV19]


Private John Taylor 8th Worcesters / Reservist. Lived at New Road [EJ140926][AL][AV18] Probably the Jack Taylor that attended Harry Smith's funeral in early 1918.


Private William Taylor Kitchener's Army [AL]


Captain William H. Taylor Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 says this man had been a member of Pershore's hockey club.


Private Alfred Teague 8th Worcesters [AL


Alfred William Teague Lived in Newlands [AV18]


George William Teague Lived in Newlands [AV18]


W. Teague 8th (Home Service) Batt. Worcs. Regt. [EJ141024]


Private 35996 James Ferdinand Teale Garr. Bn. East Yorks. [AV18][AV19]


Frank Thomas Church Street [AV18]


Private Henry Thomas. Army Service Corps [AL]


Lance Corpl. 24159 Henry Thomas Royal Engineers. Lived in Broad Street [AV18][AV19]


P.C. Thompson [EJ140926] listed him as a Reservist, ref [AL] a couple of months later listed him as 3rd Worcesters - wounded. [AL] in its review of the year past, says he'd re-joined the Worcestershire Regiment as a Reservist, and it was reported on 7th October 1914 that he was lying dangerously wounded in a French hospital.


Berrow’s Journal 10th Oct. 1914 - PERSHORE POLICEMAN WOUNDED. Police Constable Thompson. who was stationed at Pershore for 18 months was a reservist in the Worcestershire Regiment. and he re-joined his regiment at the beginning of the war. We are sorry to hear that he is in hospital in France dangerously wounded. On September 1st he wrote from France to Supt. Hill of Evesham, saying: I am getting on all right, enjoying the best of health, and am in the highest of spirits. We have not as yet faced our opponents, but hope to shortly, just to show them what sort of material they have to contend with.


Berrow’s Journal, 31 October 1914 - PERSHORE P.C.'s EXPERIENCES. P.C. Thompson, who is now lying in hospital at Versailles, was called up on the outbreak of war, being a reservist in the 3rd Worcesters. In writing to a friend at Pershore he describes his wounds. One he had through the arm, which is now healing up nicely. The wound on his leg, it was at first thought, would prove fatal, ``but'', he says, ``after careful treatment by the doctors I am now going on fairly well, and can get about a little on crutches. A shrapnel shell entered his leg just below the knee, and penetrated up the leg to the top part of the thigh. The doctors are doing all they can to pull me through. When it came to the operation, they wished me to have chloroform, but I would not. I stood it fairly well, but afterward wished I had had chloroform. They got a piece of shrapnel out of my leg weighing 3oz. and I am keeping that as a little souvenir'' He goes on to say that he was wounded on the 19th September. In speaking of the War, he says ``Our Allied Armies are holding the enemy well in check, while the Russians are playing great havoc with the Germans, and seem to be carrying everything before them. The losses of the Germans must be simply awful'' Speaking of the life in hospital, he says: ``We live like fighting cocks, getting four good meals a day, starting with ham and eggs for breakfast, porridge, and all that one's appetite can fancy''


Horace Roughton Tillman Lived in Bridge Street [AV18]


W. Cecil Towers Lived in Bridge Street [AV18]


3986 Albert Charles Townend 1st South Staffords. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]


Private 29961 Charles Arthur Townend 1/7 Worcs. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]


Private H.A. Townend 6th Dragoons [AL]


Private W. Townend Kitchener's Army [AL]


Private Albert Trapp 8th Worcesters [AL]


015557 Alfred Tuck No. 1 Ord. Mobile Heavy Workshops. Lived in Priest Lane [AV18][AV19]


Private 54/093348 Charles Turvey junr. 16th Field Batty., A.S.C. Lived in Newlands. [AV18][AV19]


Henry Samuel Turvey Lived in Bridge Street [AV18]


Cpt 30071 Robert Turvey Royal Warks. Lived in High Street [AV18][AV19]


Private W. Turvey 8th Worcesters [EJ141003][AL]


240730 William Turvey junr. 9th Worcesters Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]


Private 21285 Horace Henry/Henry Twigg - 1st Battalion Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry) Baptised at Pershore Holy Cross on 22 January 1896, the son of William and Ann Twigg of the Newlands. Died 15 July 1916. Soldiers Died in the Great War says he came from Pershore, but enlisted at Bristol. Died of wounds: theatre of war: `home' Buried in Bristol (Greenbank Cemetery, Glos., ref. Green E.365) Not listed on Abbey memorial; listed in the Somerset regiment memorial book as coming from Pershore.

Private George Tye Coldstream Guards. Returned home 19 September 1914; first man to arrive back home; wounded by shrapnel in his foot at the battle of Mons. Lived in Head Street. (Pershore almanac 1915)


Berrow’s Worcester Journal, 19th September 1914:-- PERSHORE MAN'S STORY. An interesting narrative has been given to our Pershore correspondent by a Private of the Coldstream Guards, who is invalided home with a shrapnel wound in the foot. Speaking about the battle of Mons, he said the Guards had been marching for about 19 hours on the Saturday. They took up a position on the Saturday evening, acting as a reserve for the firing line. The fighting continued at dawn on the Sunday morning. The 5th brigade had a fall back, and retired through the Guards' trenches. Shrapnel fire from the enemy became so hot that they had to clear out. They retired from Mons, fighting their way to Landrecies, where they billeted in the village.


After a short rest, an alarm was sounded, and they had to turn out. They had been surprised by the enemy in the dark. It was in this surprise engagement that this Guardsman, who had taken part in two engagements previously, was bowled over. It was seen that the enemy was in vastly superior numbers ``That was the only thing they had got in their favour'', said the soldier, `For they have got no fight in them. The bayonet is the thing they `gib' at. I am glad to say some of the Black Country go at them with the bayonet, and they were only too pleased to do so. After that engagement we left about 800 or 900 in the village. The pluck of the officers was splendid''.


``CHRISTMAS DINNER IN BERLIN.'' It made one's heart bleed to see the French and Belgian peasants hurrying along the roads seeking shelter anywhere and leaving behind homes, perhaps in flames, or demolished in other ways. I was sent home to Netley Hospital, where I spent 14 days. I came to Pershore on Friday last [11th September?] on a 14 days' furlough, as my wife is staying here. I shall soon be well again, and I hope then to be sent back to the fighting line, where I hope to pay with interest for the wound I got. I look back on what has taken place as a hideous nightmare, but I want to get back again, and have only got one wish now, that I may have my Christmas dinner served out to me in Berlin'' In conclusion, he paid high tribute to the great kindness shown to the British troops by the Frenchmen, who always appear to have a plentiful supply of tobacco.


Surnames beginning with W

William Bradforth Walker Lived at The Chestnuts [AV18]


Private 29220 Charles Walters Oxford and Bucks. Light Infantry. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]


Private 236191 Alfred Ward See Photo 1st/1st Bn. Herefordshire regiment d. 13th November 1920 age 31. Son of William and Annie Ward; husband of Blanch Ward of Church Street. Born in Pershore. CWGC grave in Pershore Cemetery. [AV18][AV19]


Captain Watson Evesham Journal 26 May 1917 - ` .so well remembered in Pershore for his services in connection with the Territorial Forces, has been awarded the Military Cross''


Corporal H. Wedgebury Listed in Evesham Journal, 30 June 1917 amongst those on the Pershore Post Office Roll of honour, described as missing, believed killed.


Private Fred Wells. 8th Hussars [AL]


Pte. H/325543 Reginald White 1/1/ Worcs. Yeomanry. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]


101709 Charles Christopher Wilks 16th Sqd. M.G.C. Lived in High Street [AV18][AV19]


Trooper Christopher C. Wilks Worcs. Yeomanry [AL]


Percy Wilks 2nd City of Birmingham Battalion [AL]


52750 Percival John Wilks 9th Manchesters. lived in High street [AV18][AV19]


193161 Leonard Bayfield Willcox Royal Garrison Artillery. Lived at Bachelor's Entry [AV18][AV19]


Corpl. 485382 Bertram William Jameson Williams Labour Cps. Lived in York Cottages [AV18][AV19]


M/334851 Leonard Williams A.S.C., M.T. Lived in Little Priest Lane [AV18][AV19]


Pte. 93467 Walter Thomas Williams Duke of Cornwall's L.I. Lived in York Cottages [AV18][AV19]


Ralph Willis Lived in High Street [AV18]


Thomas Henry Frederick Willis Lived in High Street [AV18]


Corporal Edward Winwood Kitchener's Army. Lived in Priest Lane [AL][AV18]


Private 13164 Ernest Witts 10th Hants. Lived at Tiddesley Wood [AV18][AV19]


G. Witts Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]


94650 Harry Witts 158 Labour Coy. Lived at Tiddesley Wood [AV18][AV19]


Private 13184 James Andrew `Jack' Witts 12th Hants. Lived at Tiddesley Wood [AV18][AV19] Listed twice in AV19, refs. 5371 and 4768


Private John Witts Kitchener's Army [EJ140926][AL


Squadron Sergeant-Major Frank Wood See Photo Worcs. Yeomanry. Evesham Journal 27th February 1915 has coverage of the wedding of Warrant Officer Frank Wood of Pershore. [AL][EJ140926] Sergt. Major Wood had been a member of Pershore hockey club, according to Evesham Journal 29 July 1916


W. Wood Reservist [EJ140926]


Private William Wood Royal Field Artillery [AL]


William Wood Lived at Knight's Buildings [AV18]


William Frank Bomford Wood Lived in Little Priest Lane [AV18]


Private Arthur Workman 5th Lancers [AL]


Private Henry Workman Kitchener's Army [AL]


Private 4/97366 Henry Workman 627 Ag. co. Labour Corps [AV19]


John James Workman Lived in High Street [AV18]


Lance-Corporal 17886 John Workman 11th Worcs. Lived in Priest Lane [AV19]


Private Joseph Workman Kitchener's Army [AL]


190113 William James Workman Royal Engineers. Lived in The Ryde [AV18][AV19]


Corporal M/323277 Alfred Charles Wright A.S.C. Lived in Newlands ([AV18]) or Priest Lane ([AV19])


Pte. 94659 Arthur Wright 158 Lab. Coy. Lived in No Gains [AV18][AV19]


Frank Wood

Surnames beginning with Y

Private Archibald Young 8th Worcesters [AL]


Private Fred Young 8th Worcesters [AL]


Frederick Archibald Young Lived at Bachelor's Entry [AV18]


G. Young Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]


44218 George Arthur Victor Young Cavalry Reserves. Lived at Knight's Buildings [AV18][AV19]


Private John Young. Kitchener's Army [AL]


Gunner 17800 John Henry Young R.G.A. Lived at 22 High Street [AV18][AV19]


27146 Walter Young Dorsets. Lived at Bachelor's Entry [AV18][AV19]

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