Private 240482 Frederick John Giles Gloucester Territorials/Gloucesters. Lived in Head Street. Was Serving in Italy in 1918 (see Albert Mark Giles entry above) [AL][AV18][AV19]
Private H325515 Herbert James Giles Worcs. Yeomanry. Lived in Church Row [AV18][AV19]
† Private 20476 Cyril Benton Glover 2/8th Battalion Worcs. Regt.
Born Pershore, grandson of Ann Glover, of Seaford Grange Cottage, Pershore. enlisted Pershore. Served France and Flanders, died 12th February 1917, aged 19. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. [Soldiers Died] Not listed on the Abbey Memorial.
17865 Arthur Jervis Goddard Enlisted as Private in Public School Corps, by 1919 was in the R.A.F. Lived at The Bank. [AL][EJ140926][Al][AV18][AV19]
Berrow’s Journal, 30 Jan. 1915 has an article ``COMMISSIONS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL BOYS'', that mentions Arthur Jervis Goddard is the son of Mr. A.C. Goddard, manager of the Capital and Counties' bank, Pershore. He was appointed temporary 2nd lieutenant of Infantry, regular Forces. The last 4 months training had been at Ashtead (Surrey) with the Worcester contingent of the Universities and Public School Old Boys' Force, being the 21st (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers.
Lieutenant Frederick Charles Goddard 114 Mahrattas. Lived at The Bank [AV18][AV19]
† Private 17427 James Godfrey 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Born Pershore, enlisted at Worcester (living at Pershore) Served France & Flanders, killed in Action 23 April 1917. [Soldiers Died].
Not listed on Pershore Abbey War memorial. Listed on Arras War memorial, Pas de Calais, France, (i.e. no known grave): CWGC has no family information listed.
Pte. Bertie Gough
Evesham Journal 11 Sep. 1915. PERSHORE MAN MISSING. The following is taken from a London Newspaper:-- ``No news has been received of Pte. Bertie Gough of 52, Mill-road, Carsholten, who took part in the heavy fighting between the 20th and 30th of July, and unfortunately the worst is feared, as he is known to have been wounded.' ' Much sympathy is felt for his parents who are very highly respected and well known to many at Carsholten and at Pershore, Mr Gough being a native of the latter town. Pte. Gough was 22 years of age and was a smart young fellow and very popular. Joining the 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifles of September 1, he went out to Flanders on May 22. Since then he has been about continually in the fighting line, and on June 16 was gassed at Ypres. This affected his eyes badly and did not keep him out of the trenches. He went into hospital later, but that was due to some complaint caught when his company occupied some German trenches. As soon as he came out he was back in the line and was present at the fighting at Hooge when the Germans used not only poison gas, but their diabolical flame squirts. Mr. and Mrs. Gough have another son, Frank, at the front. He is a lance-corporal in the 6th Gunners. No less than six of their nephews are also serving with the colours.'' Pte. B.F. Gough, who it is now feared has lost his life, is a nephew of the Misses Gough, Old Manor House, Pershore.
L-cpl. 140328 John Gould R.E. Lived at 11 Broad Street. [AV18][AV19]
Private 130696 Walter James Gould M.G.C. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]
A. Gray Public School Corps [EJ140926]
Lieutenant Audley Grey. Oxfordshire Light Infantry [AL]
Private Wilfred Gray Public Schools Corps [AL][EJ140926]
Sapper 148178 Arthur Frederick Greenhous Royal Engineers. Lived in High Street. In Wireless section, was in France in 1918. See following entry, [AV18][AV19]
Charles Henry Greenhous Lived in High Street [AV18]
Evesham Journal 27 April 1918 - PERSHORE MAN A PRISONER. About the middle of last month, Mrs. P. Greenhous, of High-street Pershore received news that her youngest son, Charlie, of the Wilts. Regt. was missing. The information came from the chaplain to the regiment, and naturally the uncertainty of their boy's fate has caused the parents a good deal of anxiety. This however, has been partly removed by the receipt of a postcard from him on Wednesday morning, stating that during the recent fighting, when the British were on the defensive, he had been wounded in the left arm and was made a prisoner and taken to Germany. Mr. Greenhous's eldest son Arthur is an engineer in the Wireless section, and is now serving in France. No message has been received from him for several weeks.
Pte Grinnell The following extract is the conclusion of the item for Private F. Soley: there is, as yet, insufficient information as to which member of the family it refers to: Evesham Journal, 2 January 1915, TWO PERSHORE MEN IN 1ST WORCESTERS (contd):- Pte. Grinnell, also of the Worcesters, a reserve, who was called up at the outbreak of the war, is invalided home suffering from frostbite, but he is getting well again, and hoped to be back at headquarters in a few days.
Acting Sergeant 240736 Albert Grinnell See Photos 8th (Res.) Worcestershire Regiment. Born 20th Aug 1897 - son of Charles Grinnell, Head Street [EJ141003][AL][AV18][AV19] Brother of George Enlisted on 29th September 1914. William Grinnell on Roll of Honour. Evesham Journal 15 September 1917 says he was lying wounded in hospital at that time. Married Emily Pratt (Ninny) in 1919 and lived in Little Priest Lane. He was a founder member of Pershore Royal British Legion and Treasurer for many years. He served in the ARP during WW2 and was Divisional Superintendent of Pershore Division of St John’s Ambulance. He worked at RRE Defford during WW2 and was Bell Captain for Pershore Abbey. Died 23rd Nov 1982.
Arthur Grinnell No other information. [SB]
Charles Grinnell Worcesters, training in England in March 1917; see G. Grinnell entry.
Charles Grinnell Worcesters - father of Charles, George, and `Jack' and James - joined Worcesters but was discharged on account of his age. See G. Grinnall entry.
Sergeant Charles James Grinnell Service No 241845 formerly 2016 1/8th Worcesters. Son of Charles Grinnell, Head Street. Brother of George William Grinnell. Lived at 6 Bearcroft Cottage [AV18][AV19]
EVESHAM JOURNAL 17TH NOVEMBER 1926 - THE TOLL OF THE WAR : The funeral of Charles Grinnell (42) of Bearcroft Cottages, Defford Road whose death was briefly announced in the "Journal" last week took place at the cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the Reverend H G Clinch conducting the service. The beautiful collection of floral tributes that covered the coffin indicated the high regard of his friends and neighbours. He was the eldest of the four sons of Charles Grinnell of Head Street who all fought in the Great War. He and his next eldest Brother, William who was wounded at Guillemont Farm fight and killed outright in a later engagement in 1917 belonged to the 1/8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. Charles was, when mobilised, then a Sergeant and with than rank was demobilised in 1917 after a long time in a South Wales Hospital with five machine gun bullet wounds. The two younger brothers, George and Albert also joined the colours early on and the latter, who was scarce 18 when he went out, rose to the rank of sergeant in the 2/8th Worcesters and was decorated for bravery in the field. The Brothers Grinnell, like thousands of British Tommies who fought and suffered, were ever most uncommunicative about the incidents in which they were personally concerned. Charles, who was a man of powerful physique in 1914 came back but the conflict of BFE was by no means over. Never was a braver fight but put up under the altered conditions of a shattered constitution to provide a living for wife and children in that most exacting profession, market gardening. And, as observant eyes sadly noted, the fight was too much; His last job was that of a bricklayer's labourer where at least the weekly wage was certain but he grew steadily weaker and after over three months in the cottage hospital with alternating hopes of recovery, he passed away in that institution leaving a wife and seven children, the eldest of boy of sixteen and the youngest an infant of one. There was a large crowd at the funeral. The Rev H Clifford, Cadet-Major attended and used his car to convey the wife and the children. All the mourners carried a wreath. Mrs Grinnell, Ernest, George, Charles and Albert (sons). Mr and Mrs Charles Grinnell (Father and Mother) Mrs W Garrett (Stroud) Mrs E Goddard, Mrs Sidney Cosnett and Miss Beatrice Grinnell (Sisters) Messrs George and Albert Grinnell (brothers) Messrs E Goddard, J Pratt and S Cosnett (brothers in law) Mrs G Grinnell, Mrs A Grinnell (Sisters-in-law) Mrs Lock (Wyre Mill, Aunt) Mr Frank Lock (cousin) Messrs J Workman, Tom Robbins, S Townsend. Many friends witnessed the last rites at the graveside. The bearers were Messrs Ralph Clarke, J Pratt, S Cosnett and H Howes.
Sergt. Charles Leach Grinnell 8th Worcesters [EJ140926][AL] EJ140926 says he was in Territorials. Evesham Journal 15 September 1917 says he was now in England.
This is probably a reference to him: (contd. from F. Soley entry) Evesham Journal, 2 January 1915:-- Pte. Grinnell, also of the Worcesters, a reserve, who was called up at the outbreak of the war, is invalided home suffering from frostbite and a shrapnel wound on the hand, but he is getting well again and hope to be back at headquarters in a few days.
Sergt. G. Grinnell D.C.M. Service No 8323 5th Battalion Worcester Regiment Born in Pershore. Age 19 years 4 months on enlistment on 19/11/1908 at Birmingham. He enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment (Special Reserve) for six years’ service and allotted regimental number 8323. He will have served one year with the colours and then spent 5 years on the reserve list.
He had brown hair and eyes and was 5 foot 2.5 inches in height. His next of kin was given as his aunt, Sarah Hamphlett at 173 Darwin Street, Birmingham. He married Agnes Lily Huckvale? At Evesham Register Office on 24/11/1911. The couple had two children while he was in the army – Alfred James born Pershore 28/1/1912 and Celia Lily born in Birmingham 24/11/1914. Information kindly supplied by Paul Roberts .
He joined the 5th (Militia) Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment on 21/11/1908 and completed his training. He was appointed L/Cpl on 9/6/1911 and promoted Corporal on 15/6/1912 and Sergeant in 13/7/1914. He was mobilized on the outbreak of war on 5/8/1914 and was posted to the 3rd Battalion. However he did not land in France until 18/12/1914 and shortly after on Christmas Eve 1914 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion. He was wounded at Richebourg on 16/5/1915 (shell wound to back) and was then sent back to England on 20/5/1915. He was discharged on the termination of his engagement on 18/11/1915 (i.e. the six years that he signed up for in 1908).
He must have re-joined the army later as he is shown as a 2/Lieutenant in the 126th Company, Chinese Labour Corps. He is entitled to the 1914/15 Star Trio named to him as Sergeant. His medals were sent to him at 5 Alexandra Terrace, Westley Street, Birmingham in 1921
Evesham Journal, 31 March 1917:- PERSHORE SOLDIER'S DISTINCTION. [some preamble omitted] Sergt. G. Grinnell of the Worcesters, who previously resided at Broad-Street, Pershore, and is a son of Mr. Charles Grinnell, now living at Birmingham, has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery and devotion to duty during a raid upon the German trenches near Clery on the night of February 27-28. 1917. Sergt. Grinnell had three brothers, all in the Worcestershire regiment. The eldest, Jack, was killed in action on June 16 1915. A younger brother, Jim, is now serving in Egypt, while the third, Charlie, is training in England.
His father also joined the Worcesters, but was discharged on account of his age''
Evesham Journal, 11 May 1918:- PERSHORE MAN'S DECORATION. Sergt. George Grinnell, a Pershore man, whose home is now in Birmingham, visited the town recently while on furlough, and received the congratulation of many friends on his progress in the army. He won the D.C.M. for gallantry in action on the Somme in 1916, and is now at a cadet school at Bath working on for a commission. An older brother, Jack Grinnell, of the Worcesters, who lived at Pensham, where he was overseer of Mr Blyth's plantation, was killed nearly three years ago, and another brother is with the colours.
Private George Grinnell Territorials [EJ140926][AL] EJ140926 says he was in Territorials
George Grinnell (See Photo) Lived in Head Street [AV18] Known as “Baggy”.
Private George Grinnall, 5th Worcesters [AL]
Private James Grinnall 2nd Worcesters [AL] Serving in Egypt in March 1917 - see his elder brother G. Grinnell's entry.
Private John Grinnall 6th Worcesters [AL]
Thomas Guest Pershore's postmaster - Evesham Journal 23 Oct 1915 reported that he had signed up and joined the Royal Engineers. Lived at Post Office House [AV18][AV19]E. Hall 3rd Worcesters [AL]
Service No 240736
F. Hall Territorials [EJ140926]
Sydney John Hall See Photo Evesham Journal, 18 May 1918:- PERSHORE MAN A PRISONER. Mr. Thomas Hall, of Sparkhill, Birmingham, and for many years a prominent resident of Pershore, has received information that his son, Sydney John Hall, is a prisoner of war in Germany. He was manager for Messrs. Hall, Lark and Perry, drapers, of Blackpool,Lancs. before joining the Army
Walter Thomas Hall Lived in High Street [AV18]
Private Walter Hall 8th Worcesters [AL]
Private William Hall 3rd Worcesters -- Listed as wounded in 1915 Pershore Almanac [AL]
Evesham Journal 14 August 1915 [contd. from John Coombe entry]:-- A BRIEF RESPITE. Another Pershore soldier, Pte. William Hall, who went out at the same time [the start of the war], has just obtained his discharge as unfit for further service. He was wounded in four places at the battle of Ypres and carries about with him the piece of shrapnel which so mutilated his right arm.
† Trooper/Lance Corporal Fred Mead Hancock 2nd. (or 1st) Q.O. Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry) died of illness June 25 1915. CWGC register says he's buried in Broughton (St. Mary) Churchyard, Flintshire, United Kingdom: however, a correspondent has told me that he couldn't find the gravestone there, and the newspaper report below gives a different location. He was listed amongst the dead for the previous year in the January 1916 list in the Evesham Journal.
Evesham Journal, 3 July 1915 - PERSHORE YEOMAN'S DEATH. Trpr. Fred Mead Hancock, of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, died from meningitis at Cirencester rather suddenly one June 25. He was taken with sunstroke some weeks ago when drilling with the regiment, and gradually got worse. Before joining the Yeomanry last September deceased was foreman of the goods department at Pershore Station. He had been in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company since the age of fourteen, and had been stationed at Pershore for about three years. He was a son of Mr. C. Hancock, of North Newington, near Banbury, and here he was buried. He was 28 years of age and was engaged to Miss G. Derrett, of Wyre, for whom much sympathy is evinced. The news of Mr. Hancock's death was received with profound regret by his former colleagues at Pershore Station, and by numerous other friends in the district, who held him in high esteem.
Evesham Journal, 10 July 1915 - ``AN ERROR. we made a mistake last week in referring to Lance-Corporal F.M. Hancock of the Worcestershire Yeomanry, who died of meningitis at Cirencester. He was not the foreman porter but the chief clerk of the goods department at Pershore Great Western Station''
Frank R. Harbord Royal Artillery [AB]
189995 Frank William Harris(s) R.A.F. Lived at violet Villa [AV18][AV19] AV19 spells his name with one ‘s'.
189188 Albert William Hartland R.A.F. Lived in No Gains [AV18][AV19]
Hartwell Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]
Private 46916 Rawson Hartwell Worcesters. Lived in Priest Lane. [AV18][AV19]
Private William Hawker 8th Worcesters [AL][EJ140926]
Rev. Hawkes-Field Army chaplain, according to Evesham Journal 29 July 1916, which says he'd been a member of Pershore's hockey club.
G. Haynes Kitchener's Army - probably the G. Haynes listed above. Need to check parish registers etc. to be certain [EJ140926]
Frederick Heacock Lived in Priest Lane [AV18][AV19]
86775 Norman Thomas Healey R.F.A. Lived in High Street [AV18][AV19]
Private Albert Heeks Kitchener's Army [AL]
Private 240138 Frank Heeks 1/8th Worcesters [AL] [AV18][AV19] See Photo Evesham Journal April 1 1916: ``Pte. Frank Heeks, of Pershore, attached to the Worcestershire Regiment, was, a chum of his writes, wounded in action on March 14. The letter further states he was shot by a German sniper. Pte. Heeks was home on a short furlough recently. He is a son of Mr and Mrs N. Heeks of the Newlands, Pershore''
44955 Oliver Heeks 8th Berks. Lived in Newlands. [AV18][AV19]
Trooper George Frederick Hemming Worcs. Yeomanry. Lived in Newlands [AL][AV18]
Private/Trooper James Hemming 8th Worcesters [AL] Yeomanry [EJ140926] Pershore heritage centre has a 1915 group photo of the Yeomanry's Pershore troop (no. 3 `D' company) that includes `Jack Hemming'
L-Cpl. 240015 William James Hemming 8th Worcesters. Lived in Newlands [AV18][AV19]
Private 240015 Alfred John Henderson R.E. (Signals) Lived in High Street [AV18][AV19]
Private James Hewlett 8th Worcesters. Lived in Allesborough cottages [AL][AV18
S. Hewlett DISCHARGED. Medically unfit or over age [AL]
Thomas Hewlett Royal Navy [AL]
William Hewlett Royal Navy. Lived in Church Street [AL][AV18]
Hicks Territorials [EJ140926]
A. Higgins 8th (Home Service) Batt. Worcs. Regt. [EJ141024]
† Private 260517 George Henry Higgins, 12th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment. Only son of Sarah Ann and George Higgins, killed in France Nov 17 1917 age 23. Memorial on Sarah and George's grave, Pershore cemetery. CWGC says 7 November - need to check grave. Not listed on Abbey Memorial? Listed on Tyne Cot memorial
Albert `sailor' Hirons Lived at 96 Newlands; Worcester regiment army no. 18940; Wounded in the war but survived, came home and married Florence Turvey. Bert was also in the Pershore fire brigade. [AL] lists him in Kitchener’s Army.
Hitchcocks Royal Navy [AL]
Private Edward Hodgkins National Reserve (Railway Guard) [AL]
Cpt 203458 Edward Hodgkins London Rifle Brigade. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]
Trooper Tom Holder Hussars. Evesham Journal May 4 1918 - WOUNDED THREE TIMES. Mr. John Holder, of Holloway, Pershore, has received bad news concerning his only son, Trooper Tom Holder of the Hussars. He was in action in France the day before Good Friday, and received three wounds, one of which necessitated the amputation of the right arm. He is now in a hospital at Bristol. Trooper Holder had been in France for nearly two years, and had seen a good deal of heavy fighting. He was home on leave last December
Lance-Corporal Hubert Hook Worcester Regiment [EJ141024][AL] AL says he was in 3rd Worcesters, EJ140124 says 6th Batt. Worcs. Regt. Eldest son of Sergt.-Major Hook of Pershore. Evesham journal item about the death of his brother Douglas mentions that Hubert was still serving in the trenches as of February 1917.
Sergeant Richard Lewis Hook Worcs. Yeomanry See Photo [AL][EJ140926] Son of Sergt.-Major Richard Hook of Pershore. Had been a member of Pershore Hockey club, according to Evesham Journal 29 July 1916; Evesham Journal item about the death of his brother Douglas mentions that he ``went through the Gallipoli campaign as a sergeant in the Worcestershire Yeomanry, is now at home''
Evesham Journal, 10 February 1917, reporting on Pershore Rural tribunal ---``Richard Lewis Hook (29), single, a time-expired sergeant in the Worcestershire Yeomanry, who went through the Gallipoli campaign, made his second application for conditional exemption. He had been granted a certificate till January. Applicant said he was the son of Richard Hook, Recruiting Sergeant for Pershore District, whose military duties did not allow him to look after his business as a coachbuilder. The application was supported by Mr. Hook, who said his son was in sole charge of the business and was doing a considerable amount of work for agriculturalists. Louis Hook told the Tribunal he was employed four evenings of the week giving musketry instructions to members of the V.T.C. at Pershore, Elmley, and Cropthorne --- Conditional exemption''
Sergt. R. Hook DISCHARGED. Medically unfit or over age [AL]
This is most likely Sergt.-Major Richard
Hook, who was the Recruiting Sergeant for Pershore district by 1917, and three
of whose sons are listed above.
Bdr. 26456 George Henry Hooper R.G.A. Lived Pershore Fields [AV18][AV19]
Lance-Corporal 18291 Gabriel Hopkins 11th Somerset Light Infantry. Lived in Bridge Street. [AV18][AV19] Evesham Journal October 5 1918: SHOT BY A SNIPER. Pte. Gabriel Hopkins, son of Mrs. J. Hopkins, of Bridge-street Pershore, was shot through the thigh by a sniper, and is now in hospital at Clapton-on-Sea. Everybody hopes he will have a speedy recovery. Pte. Hopkins is a good sportsman. He played International Hockey, and was a valued member of the local team. He is also a fine footballer and cricketer.
William Horton Town Guard [AL]
Private 265100 Walter Howard Howell 7th Somersets. Lived in Bridge Street. [AV18][AV19]
Private M2/176724 John Edwin Howes A.S.C. Lived at 3 Priest Lane [AV18][AV19]
Private Harold John Howes Service No: 161738 Machine Gun Corps lived at Knights Buildings - son of John Joseph Howes. Believed to have served abroad in latter part of the war. Was Chief Auctioneer at the Co-op in Defford Road later in life. Married an Eckington girl - Mabel Halling whose brother Gilbert was killed in Palestine.
John Joseph Howse Lived at Knight's Buildings [AV18] Enlisted 7th December 1914. Royal Engineers. Carpenter by trade. Lived at Knight's Buildings [AV18] Joined the Army on 7th December 1914. Transferred to the RFC 11th December 1917 and the RAF on 1st April 1918. Employed at Norton Barracks as a carpenter and discharged on 24th December 1918 with chronic rheumatism and injury to hand pending surgery.
Private Martin Howse 6th Worcesters. Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 - ``Mrs. J. Howse of Knight's-terrace, Pershore, has been informed that her son, Pte. Martin Howse of the Worcesters, is wounded and in hospital. He is but a lad, 19 next week, and has been wounded twice, the first time at the Dardanelles, and now in the recent offensive move in France. His father is in the Royal Engineers'' [AL] Ref AL spells his name ``Howse''
Evesham Journal, 21 September 1918:-- NEWS AT LAST. In reply to persistent enquiries, Mrs. J. Howes, of Knight's Buildings, Pershore, (whose husband is in the army), learnt from a letter sent last August by the officer commanding the 77th Field Ambulance in France, that her son, Pte. Martin Howes, of the 3rd Worcesters, was admitted to a main dressing station on the 27th of May, suffering from gunshot wounds in the left knee and foot. At the time there were very severe military operations in progress, and owing to the situation becoming acute, this dressing station had to be hurriedly abandoned. It was only possible to evacuate to the casualty clearing station a small percentage of the cases there before it fell into the hands of the enemy. ``If, therefore'', the letter stated, ``his name has not been reported as passing through a medical unit on the lines of communication, it is feared he is one of those captured by the enemy.'' All doubt has now passed, as Mrs. Howes has received a postcard, bearing the formidable name of a German town, that her son is in captivity, and the German censor graciously permits the prisoner to add the ubiquitous English word, ``Cheerio''. Pte. Martin Howes, known among his Pershore friends as Sonny Howes, has been wounded four time, the first occasion being when he was out with the Mediterranean Force. He was then only 18 years old. He has had hard and exciting experiences during his service.
R. Howes Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]
Lt.-Com. Charles Edward Hudson R.N.R. Lived in Abbey Place [AV18][AV19]
Major William Warren Hudson 11th Worcesters. Son of Lieut. Col. anf Mrs. A.H. Hudson of Wick House. Serving in Salonika in October 1916. Listed on the Wick Roll of Honour where he is listed as a Lt. Col.
Private Edward Hughes 6th Worcesters [AL]
W. Hughes Reservist [EJ140926]
Lieut. Christopher Munro Humphries 3rd S. Highlanders. Lived in Bridge Street [AV18][AV19]
Ernest William Hunt Lived in No Gains [AV18]
Major Walter John Hunt Lived in Worcester Street. refs. [AL][EJ140926][AV18][AV19] [AL] lists him as Captain in 8th Worcesters (Territorials); several years later, [AV19] has him as a Major att. 36th Northumberland Fus.
Thomas Albert Hutton Listed by [AL] as a private in the Public Schools Infantry. By [AV19], four years later, he's listed as a captain. (see below). Lived in High Street. Also listed in [AV18], [EJ140926]
Evesham Journal July 3 1915:-- LIEUT. BERT HUTTON. It may not be generally known in the locality that Mr. Bert Hutton, of Pershore, who in September last attached himself to the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, has now received a commission as 2nd Lieut. in the 5th Worcesters. Lieut. Hutton had a short furlough last weekend, and told his friends he expected shortly to be sent out to the front.
Evesham Journal 20 May 1916:-- LIEUT. B. HUTTON IN HOSPITAL. Mrs. Hutton of High Street, Pershore, has received a telegram from the War Office this week telling her that her husband, Lieut. Bert Hutton, has been sent to a hospital at Karachi, India, suffering from dysentery. Lieut. Hutton was with the relief force under General Gorringe, in Mesopotamia, and it was here he contracted the illness
EJ 29th July 1916 mentions that Bert Hutton had been a member of Pershore's Hockey club.
Evesham Journal, 14 October 1916:-- ``COMMISSION FOR PERSHORE MAN. Mr Bert Hutton, the well-known operatic singer, of Pershore. who is now in hospital in Bomabar, has been promoted 2nd Lieut. and is attached to the Worcesters. He went through the Gallipoli campaign''
Evesham Journal, 21 October 1916:-- ``PERSHORE OFFICERS. Our reference to Lieut Bert Hutton, formerly of Pershore, was incorrect. He has recently been promoted to 1st Lieutenant, having obtained his commission from the Public School Corps in May 1915, he has seen a lot of fighting in Gallipoli, and in connection with the relief force in Mesopotamia. He is at present in in Hospital in Bombay.''
(remainder of story continued under Frank J. Nicholas)
Evesham Journal, 28 April 1917:-- ``CAPT. B. HUTTON SERIOUSLY WOUNDED. Mrs. Hutton, of High-street, Pershore, has received official information that her husband, Capt. Bert Hutton, of the Worcesters, was seriously wounded in the recent fighting in Mesopotamia. This is the first intimation that Mrs. Hutton received that her husband had been promoted to the rank of Captain. Capt. Hutton joined the service in the early months of the war, and has seen much fighting with the Turks.''
Evesham Journal 26 May 1917:-- ``PERSHORE AT THE FRONT'' A short time ago Mrs. Hutton, of High Street Pershore, received official information that her husband Capt. A. Hutton, had been seriously wounded in Mesopotamia, and was in hospital at Baghdad. She called for further particulars, and last week received a further communication from the War Office that Capt. Hutton was progressing favourably. Many Pershore people will share in the relief which this later message gives.'' (remainder continued under Robert Lees)
Evesham Journal 23 March 1918 - ``CAPT. BERT HUTTON MENTIONED. Capt. A.B. Hutton was mentioned in the despatches by Sir Stanley Mande, published last week, for gallant and distinguished service in Mesopotamia, and Pershore people generally are proud of the honour he has won for himself. Before the war Capt. Hutton was foreman over one of the departments at the Atlas Works. He is a fine bass singer, and his ability in amateur opera was recognised and appreciated in Pershore, Evesham, Worcester and Droitwich, at each of which places he at various times assisted the local societies. Capt. Hutton joined the University O.T.C. in September 1914, obtained his commission in May 1915, and went to Gallipoli September 1915, and was in both evacuations - Suval Bay and Hellas Point. He went to Mesopotamia and was in the Kut relief fighting, and also the Tigris Campaign. He assisted in the capture of Baghdad, and was seriously wounded 50 miles beyond that city. He is now on important military work at Belgaum, India.''
A.T. Hyde 15342 Worcestershire Regiment. Listed among the wounded Evesham Journal 20 May 1916
A.T. Hyde 15342 Worcestershire Regiment. Listed among the wounded Evesham Journal 20 May 1916
20727 Arthur James Ireland 4th Worcesters. Lived at 3, Knight's Buildings. [AV18][AV19] Appears to have been listed twice in AV19 for some reason (nos. 4567, 4735
Private Charles Izard 15th Hussars [AL] Evesham Journal 9 June 1917 - ``PERSHORE MAN'S EXCITING EXPERIENCE. In a letter to his wife, Pte. Charles Izard, of Pershore, who is attached to the Royal Bucks. tells how he is in hospital in Marseilles with fever, and recounts an exciting experience he had on the 4th of May, when the ship he was on was torpedoed and went down. He and others were picked up by a Japanese destroyer, but many were drowned. They were stranded in Italy for a week, and then were sent by train to Marseilles. Pte. Izard had been some years in the army. Prior to the outbreak of war he was groom to General Hunter at Farnham.''
Frederick Izard Lived in High Street [AV18]
Private Percy Izard Kitchener's Army [AL][EJ140926]
Pte. Henry `Ensor' Jones Town Guard [AL] Evesham Journal 27 March 1915, Continued from Sergeant Henry Jones entry: ``His father, Pte. Henry Jones, known everywhere in the Pershore district as `Ensor' Jones, is at present doing duty guarding railway bridges. He went through the South African Campaign, and belonged to the National Reserve. He can play, and play cleverly, almost every musical instrument there is, and his entertaining proclivities are so appreciated where he is billeted that the officers have recently presented him with an English concertina, Pte. Jones was groundsman for Pershore Hockey Club.''
Private Henry Jones Royal Warwicks [AL]
Sergeant Henry Jones 1st Worcesters. Evesham Journal, 27 March 1915:-- ``PERSHORE SERGEANT WOUNDED. Sergt. Henry Jones, of the 1st. Worcesters, who has been wrongly reported as killed in some papers, is lying badly wounded in Hampstead-road Temperance Hospital, London, but is progressing favourably towards recovery. He was invalided home from the front last week with three bullet wounds in the right arm. While taking part in an engagement two months ago he was shot in the hand, but the wound was not sufficiently serious to necessitate his coming home. Sergt. Jones joined the Army before he was out of his teens, and was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant.'' (rest of article refers to his father, `Ensor' Jones, and is listed under his heading)
Sergeant Jack Jones Evesham Journal, 31 July 1915, in a report on the death of Arthur Biddulph (see above) mentions that Mrs Jones' brother, Sergt. Jack Jones, ``was badly wounded in the fight at Neuve Chapelle - he is a Worcester man and has five brothers now serving in the trenches, and two on garrison duty'' - since Mrs Biddulph was the daughter of 'Ensor' Jones, these brothers must fit the Pershore men category....
Private John Jones 1st Worcesters [AL]
Gunner Norman Jones Royal Field Artillery [AL]
A. Keen Lance-Sergt. Yeomanry [EJ140926] A 1915 group photo of the Yeomanry's Pershore troop (no. 3 `D' squadron) has a ``Lt. Cay. Keen'' which may be him; photo in the Pershore Heritage centre.
John Freeman Kettell Lived in Priest Lane [AV18]
Private William Keyte Kitchener's Army [AL]
23515 Henry Kings 4th Worcesters. Lived in Ganderton's Row [Av18][AV19]
Private William Kings Grenadier Guards - Evesham Journal 19 Feb 1916 recounts that ``though he was in the first expeditionary force to France, and has taken part in some of the hottest fights, has so far escaped without a scratch'' Brother of Arthur W. Kings
Evesham Journal 9 Dec 1916 (contd. from Arthur Kings above) --- ``William, the elder brother of the late Lance-Corpl. Kings, was also in the Grenadier Guards, and after 22 months' hard and continuous service on the French and Belgian fronts has just been discharged as a time-expired man and for medical reasons. He was a reservist and was a member of the Birmingham City Police when war broke out. He has now re-joined the force. William, though also of exceptionally fine physique, was not so tall as his brother. On June 12 1915. the date of the Lance Corporal's 21st birthday, the brothers met for the first time as soldiers at a village called Festerburgh, Northern France.''
Cpl. 16887 George Kirby 9th Gloucesters. Lived in High Street [AV18][AV19]
Trooper John Alfred Knight Worcs. Yeomanry. Lived at White Horse Hotel [EJ140926][AL][AV18] Pershore Heritage centre has a 1915 group photo of Pershore Troop (No. 3 `D' company) that includes `Jack Knight'
William James Knight Lived in High Street [AV18]
Frank Hutchinson KENNEDY
Royal Army Medical Corps
Frederick William Latham Head Street [AV18]
Private William Latham 8th Worcesters [AL]
William Edward Latham Lived in Head Street [AV18]
Charles James Leach Worcestershire Regt. See photo Lived at Bearcroft [AV18] Died 1928.
Private Alexander (or Alick) Yates Lees 8th Worcesters/Territorials. Lived in Bridge Street [AL][EJ140926][AV18]
Private Andrew Lees 8th Worcesters/Territorials. Lived in Bridge Street [EJ140926][AL][AV18]
Andrew Yates Lees died 10th June 1925 ``as a result of war service'' aged 25 years. Buried in Pershore cemetery. Likely to be the same person as Private Andrew Lees above.
Lieut. Robert Cowan Lees R.F.A. Son of Mrs. Lees, Bridge Street, in a list of the wounded published in Evesham Journal 22 July 1916 (See Ronald Coombes entry for full article) Had been a member of Pershore's hockey club, according to a mention in the Evesham Journal 29 July 1916 Listed in [AV18][AV19].
Evesham Journal 26 May 1917 - ``PERSHORE AT THE FRONT. (continued from the Albert Hutton item) - Lieut. Robert Lees, of the R.F.A., son of Mrs. Lees of Bridge-street, has been wounded a second time, and is now in hospital at Reading. The gallant deeds of the Pershore men at the same action brings honour to the town to which they are connected. In one month, three officers gained distinction for their bravery'' - (see entries for Capt. Watson, Lieut. Meysey Hammond, Sergt. Grinnell)
Francis William Lewis High Street [AV18]
Pte. Wm. Lewis 5th Worcesters. Listed as Prisoner of War in 1915 Pershore Almanac [AL]
† Sergt.-Major 17161 William H. Lewis Royal Warwickshire regiment, died on Tuesday, 19th June 1917. Age 31. Buried at Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. CWGC database describes him as the husband of Edith Ethel Worton Lewis, of 15, Rectory St., Wordsley, Stourbridge, Worcs. He is apparently not listed on any Pershore area memorial, but see the following extract from Evesham Journal, 30 June 1917: ``The Roll of Honour of Pershore Post office, which consists of the names of Corporal H. Wedgebury (missing, believed killed), Corpl. C. Twigg, Pte. H. Dufty, and Pte. Percy Smith, now includes that of Company-Sergt.-Major William Lewis, of the Royal Warwicks. Mrs. Lewis, who resides in Plough-lane, received a letter from the War Office on Tuesday Week, intimating her husband was seriously ill in hospital at Cairo, and the following day came a wire announcing his death. Much sympathy is felt for the widow, who is left with one child. Sergt. Major Lewis before the war was rural postman from Pershore to Peopleton. Formerly he was stationed at Eckington. He was a good type of the non-commissioned officer, being a reservist in the Royal Warwicks, he mobilised on the 4th August 1914, and had the honour of being a unit in Gen. French's ``contemptible little army'' which checked the onward rush of the Prussian hosts towards the gates of Paris, and made possible the winning of the war for the Allies. He was in the historic battle of the Marne, where he fought and bled, and after convalescence he again took his place in the fighting line, and went through many more battle. He was subsequently sent to Egypt.''
Francis William Lewis R.A.F. Lived in High Street. [AV19] Appears to be listed twice in AV19, refs. 5362 and 5370
Private Jack Long Kitchener's Army [EJ140926]; 8th Worcesters [AL]
Hubert Long Lived at Cemetery cottages [AV18]
Private 34100 Cyril Henry Ludlow 13th Gren. Guards. Lived in Head Street [AV18][AV19]
Private George Ludlow 8th Worcesters. Lived in Head Street [EJ141003][AL][AV18]