WW1  Pershore

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Remembering the Fallen ....... surnames I to L

Private Albert Trimwell JONES

Service No 57927

Age: 18

Worcestershire Regiment 2/8th Battalion. Lived in Binholme, Pershore.

Killed in action at Flanders, France on 1st November 1918

Valenciennes (St Roch) Communal Cemetery

Grave 111.D.15

Son of Hensor & Grace Jones of Priest Lane, Pershore

Evesham Journal 31st July 1915 mentions in passing that he was a Lance-Corporal in the Pershore Boy's Brigade and at that time was too young to enlist. (See account of Sergt. Biddulph) 

Lance Corporal Arthur R KINGS

Service No 18015

Age: 22

Grenadier Guards 1st Battalion

Died of wounds on 21st November 1916 at Flanders, France

Carnoy Military Cemetery Grave X.19

Son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Kings of Gas Walk, Pershore

Evesham Journal 19th Feb 1916 “CHAMPION BOXER”

“Since the war started, four Pershore lads were in that fine Regiment, the Grenadier Guards, namely Lance-Corporal W J Dufty who won the DCM for bomb throwing in Flanders and who, soon after distinction as conferred upon him was killed while giving a further exhibition of British pluck and tenacity; Pte. Percy Smith who never got over the terrible wound in the head he received during a fierce engagement and died in a London Hospital; Pte. W Kings who though he was in the first

Expeditionary Force to France and has taken part in several of the hottest fights, has so far escaped without a scratch and his Brother Pte. Arthur Kings who was put out of action at the battle of Loos with a bullet through his arm.

While in France, Pte. Arthur Kings won the boxing championship of his regiment and received 50 francs. He has been to Pershore lately on a brief furlough and was far more communicative and excitable about his boxing that his adventures in fighting the Huns. Visiting his old haunt, the Working Men’s Club, Pte. Arthur persistently endeavoured to get members to engage him in a little honourable contention with the gloves. But each and all promptly refused, which is not to be wondered at seeing the challenger stands at 6ft 3in high, turns the scale at 13 stone, is as fit as the proverbial fiddle and possesses a fist fashioned after the similitude of a leg of mutton. He has now returned to the fighting line in France.”

Evesham Journal 9th December 1916 PERSHORE MAN KILLED

“Mr and Mrs Joseph Kings of the Gas Walk, High Street, Pershore has received official intimation that their son, Lance-Corpl. Arthur Kings of the Grenadier Guards, has been killed in action. The news first came to the parents through the Chaplain of the regiment, Rev. Leslie Palmer, who is a very sympathetic letter stated the Lance Corpl. Was brought to the dressing station unconscious and that he remained in that condition until he died shortly afterwards. Arthur Kings was as popular in the army as he was out of it and at Pershore, had a host of friends; he will be greatly missed.

In stature, he was a veritable giant standing 6ft 3in in his socks and proportionately built. He was good at sporting games, had an excellent record for running with the Birchfield Harriers and was a winner of many local competitions. He won a name for the art of boxing and just after he was sent to France he carried off the prize of 25 francs as champion of the heavy-weight competition promoted by the officers. He joined the army in September 1914 and exactly a year later was wounded at Loos. For about a year he received hospital and convalescent treatment. He was 22 years of age. He was formerly in serve at Messrs. Phillips and Sons of High Street, who entertained a high regard for him for his steadiness, reliability and courtesy. Messrs Phillips, it may be stated, have had seven of their original staff join the colours, three of whom have died for their country, the other two being troopers Jack Grundy and Arthur Bozard of the Worcestershire Yeomanry.”

With acknowledgements and grateful thanks to Newsquest Evesham Journal

Private Arthur John LANGFORD

Service No 27869

Age: 24

Worcestershire Regiment 3rd Battalion

Killed in action on 9th October 1916 at Flanders, France.

Listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.  Also listed

On the Paxford War Memorial in Gloucestershire.

Son of John & Sarah Langford of High Street, Pershore


Evesham Journal 4th November 1916   PTE. A LANGFORD KILLED.


“Pte. Arthur Langford of the Worcesters, who was killed on October 9th by the bursting of a shell in the trenches, was a Pershore man and the youngest son of the late Mr John Langford, who for a quarter of a century was foreman at Atlas Iron Works.  Pte. Langford, who leaves a widow and one child, lived at Paxford where, before he joined the Army, he was manager for Messrs. Jas. Slatter & Co Cider Merchants. 


The deceased young soldier, who was only 24 years of age, joined up in April last and three months later was sent out.   He was in the notable fight on 24th August when the gallant Worcesters routed the much-vaunted Prussian Guard.  Here it was that he saw a Pershore comrade, Pte. Leonard Preece, lying dangerously wounded with a shattered thigh and rendered him timely aid.  Mrs Langford at Paxford has received a most kind and sympathetic letter from Lieut. Davis, who said he personally felt the loss of Pte. Langford very keenly , as he was a good soldier and a pattern to his comrades.  The Chaplain (the Rev G M Evans) also wrote, saying he buried him in the little cemetery behind the lines and that a handsome wooden cross marks his last resting place.  The grave, he adds, will always be carefully looked after.  The late Pte. Langford’s Mother, for whom much sympathy is generally felt, resides in the High Street Pershore.”

With acknowledgements and grateful thanks to Newsquest Evesham Journal 

Lieutenant Cecil Henry Gosset LUSHINGTON

"A" Company 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Age: 31

Born on 16th December 1884 in India

Killed in action on 3rd July 1916 in Flanders, France.

Son of Major Arthur James Lushington and Constance Caroline Lushington, of The Park Sandling, Maidstone, Kent.

He had at least one brother. Educated at Winton House Winchester and Haileybury college. Married Evelyn Marian Lushington Hirst, only daughter of Mr and Mrs F.J.

Hirst of Oathurst, Bampton, Oxon, in February 1915. He was a good cricketer, playing for the Gentleman of Worcestershire and also a good hockey and lawn tennis player

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 5A and 6C.

The battle of La Boiselle was fierce with bomb and bayonet fights over successive lines of trenches. Control of the companies was lost in the confusion and the platoons stormed forward as best as they could, led by their subalterns and N.C.O.'s. The battle continued among the ruins and shattered buildings of the village costing the battalion a third of its fighting force including 9 officers, one of whom was Lieutenant Lushington.

Evesham Journal 22nd July 1916

“News has been received that Lieut. Cecil H Lushington is wounded in hospital. He was a prominent fruit grower in this district, being a pupil of Mr E P Whiteley.”

Evesham Journal 5th August 1916 – LIEUT. C H LUSHINGTON

Lieut CHG Lushington of the Worcestershire Regiment, who was officially reported to be ‘wounded and missing on 3rd July 1916’ has now been officially reported to have been killed in action. He was 31 years of age and was educated at Winton House, Winchester and at Haileybury College. He had been growing fruit at Pershore for some years and on the outbreak of war, he at once applied for a commission in the Worcestershire Regiment and was gazetted to a 2nd lieutenancy in September 1914. He proceeded with his regiment in July 1915 to France where the battalion saw much service in the trenches, suffering very heavy losses in officers and men.

During this attack, though wounded in both legs, Lieut Lushington declined assistance and he appears to have been lost sight of at the time. From an unofficial source, however, it is reported that he was subsequently seen to be hit again and received a fatal wound to which he succumbed in a few minutes. In referring to his death, one of the officers under whom he served wrote ‘He was a splendid officer and his men always loved him and would have followed him anywhere. He had the very highest form of courage; he realised danger but never shirked it.’

He was a good cricketer, a free and forcing bat and made several high scores for the Gentlemen of Worcestershire. He was also a good hockey and lawn tennis player. He was the younger son of Major and Mrs A J Lushington of Bampton House, Oxfordshire and married, in February 1915, Evelyn M Hirst, the only daughter of Mr & Mrs F J Hirst of Oathurst, Bampton, Oxon.”

With acknowledgements and grateful thanks to Newsquest Evesham Journal