Little Waltham: Church of St Martin (Essex)

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    War Memorial tablet in the church.

    Made from two different types of marble, the St Martin's memorial was unveiled in June 1920 by Lt. Col. W. P. N. Ridley. Little Waltham also has a war memorial cross and a surviving roll of honour, although there are discrepancies in the names included (and sometimes the form of name). The war memorial cross additionally includes the names of Samuel Redman, William J. Wood and Ernest W. Smee. The roll of honour highlights the names of those that died in red, they include the additional names of Arthur Joyce (RGA), James Devenish (5 Essex), John Devenish (1 East Yorkshire) and Albert Root (West Kent). Raymond Neville's name only appears on the St Martin's memorial

    Identifications (a few speculative) from the CWGC database:

    Lieutenant Osborne George Tancock, 5th Sqdn., Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field Artillery; died 17 March 1918, aged 20; awards: MC; buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas-de-Calais, France (VI. J. 13.); son of Col. Osborne Kendall Tancock C.M.G. (late R.A.), and Theodosia Louisa Tancock (nee Hartnell), of 54, Goldington Avenue, Bedford: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/996646/TANCOCK,%20OSB...

    Second Lieutenant John Wycliffe Thompson, 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's); died 5 July 1918, aged 42; buried in Little Waltham churchyard; son of Maj. Gen. Charles William Thompson, C.B., D.S.O., and Margaret Thompson, of "Knights," Little Waltham; husband of Hilda Eddowes (formerly Thompson); previously served in the South African Campaign:and Natal Rebellion (1906); born at Dover: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2757155/THOMPSON,%20J...

    Private Alex Leslie Auger (Service No: 42786), 1st 5th Bn., West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own); died 9 October 1917, aged 19; name recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Panel 42 to 47 and 162.); son of Edith E. Giles (formerly Auger) and of Harry F. Giles (stepfather), of "Brooklands," Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex; [the St Martin's memorial and the roll of honour both state that Private Auger was a member of the Army Service Corps]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846570/AUGER,%20ALEX%...

    Possibly: Shoeing Smith Corporal F. H. Baker (Service No: 825614), Royal Field Artillery; died 19 December 1918; buried in Little Waltham churchyard; husband of Miriam A. Baker, of 82, Mildmay Rd., Chelmsford; [both the St Martin's memorial and the roll of honour state that Francis H. Baker was a member of the Royal Engineers; however, Shoeing Smith Corporal Baker's connection with Little Waltham was sufficient to see him buried there]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2757153/BAKER,%20F%20H

    Corporal G. Binks (Service No: 2967), 1st/5th Bn., The Buffs (East Kent Regiment); died 26 June 1916; buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq (VIII. D. 17.): www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/627482/BINKS,%20G

    Possibly: Second Lieutenant Colin Edmund Alleyne Chalmers, 52nd Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.; died 7 June 1917, aged 35; buried in Derry House Cemetery No. 2, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (I. B. 22.); son of Edmund Alleyne Chalmers and Rosalie Chalmers, of Bellerive, Tasmania; native of Hobart, Tasmania; [2nd Lieutenant Chalmers was born in Hobart, the son of Edmund Alleyne Chalmers and Rosalie Chalmers (nee Walker), where they lived at Bellerive; it is difficult to find a direct link with Little Waltham, although an Arabella Alleyne (d. 1762) did marry the Rev. James Chalmers, Rector of Little Waltham (and the Alleynes of Hatfield Peverel and Little Leighs did historically own property in Little Waltham); 2nd Lieutenant Chalmers's service records are available from the National Archives of Australia; they reveal that: he enlisted at Holdsworthy, NSW on 1 September 1915; that he was 33 years old and had been born at St Georges, Hobart; that he was an accountant; that he left Australia on the A70 Ballarat from Melbourne on the 18th February 1916; that he was initially in the 15th Reinforcements for the 12th Battalion, but was transferred to the 52nd Battalion on the 21 April 1916; that he was quickly promoted, Lance Corporal on 19 April 1916 and Corporal on 28 September 1916, then Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on 28 March 1917; that he served briefly in Egypt (Serapaeum) before sailing to France (Alexandria-Marseille) in June; after a short time attached to the 27th Australian ASC, Chalmers re-joined the 52nd, before being transferred in November 1916 to the UK (Balliol College, Oxford) for officer training; that after being Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, Chalmers proceeded overseas in April 1917, being taken on the strength of the 52nd Battalion again on the 20th April 1917; he was killed in action little over a month later, on 7th June 1917, his body being found on the 23rd July 1917, when the 11th Royal Warwickshire Regiment took over some trenches; his body was buried in Gun Farm Cemetery No. 2, 4 miles SE of Wytschaete, ¾ miles N of Messines; there is other correspondence in the file about the return of 2nd Lieutenant Chalmers's effects (a missing watch) and his grave]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/448756/CHALMERS,%20CO...

    Possibly: Gunner George Robert Thorn Conybeare (Service No: 147518), 118th Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery; died 11 September 1917, aged 31; buried in Bedford House Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen (Enclosure No.4 II. D. 16.); son of Alfred William and Adelaide Conybeare, of Chelmsford; husband of Ella Mary Hume (formerly Conybeare), of 22, Moulsham St., Chelmsford; [Gunner Conybeare's Forces War Records entry states that he was born at Moulsham and resident at Chelmsford]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/484008/CONYBEARE,%20G...

    Probably: Rifleman John Farnsworth (Service No: 6640), 1st/9th Bn., London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles); died 25 September 1916; name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Pier and Face 9 C.); [Private Farnsworth's Forces War Records entry states that he was born at Chelmsford and resident at Little Waltham]]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/751197/FARNSWORTH,%20...

    Private George Galley (Service No: 40030), 11th Bn., Essex Regiment; died 22 March 1918; award: MM; name recorded on the Arras Memorial (Bay 7.); [Private Galley's Forces War Records entry states that he was born and resident at Little Waltham]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1557940/GALLEY,%20GEORGE

    Private Augustus Harry Hardy (Service No: 29322), 1st Bn., Essex Regiment; died 14 April 1917; name recorded on the Arras Memorial (Bay 7.); [Private Hardy's Forces War Records entry states that he was born at Thaxted and resident at Little Waltham]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/785269/HARDY,%20AUGUS...

    Possibly: Driver E. W. [Ernest William] Harris (Service No: L/36796), "D" Bty. 90th Bde., Royal Field Artillery; died 22 March 1918; buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France (IV. D. 8.); grandson of Mrs. E. Denenish, of High St., Little Waltham, Chelmsford: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/295177/HARRIS,%20E%20W

    Private Arthur Hawkes (Service No: G/11970), 7th Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment); died 28 September 1916, aged 38; buried in Bray Vale British Cemetery, Bray-sur-Somme, France (IV. C. 14.); son of the late Elijah Hawkes and of Emily Hawkes, of Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/546967/HAWKES,%20ARTHUR

    Gunner William Joyce (Service No: 69171), 51st Bty., Royal Field Artillery; died 20 November 1914, aged 19; buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (III. H. 27/34.); son of Peter and Eliza Joyce, of Chatham Green, Little Waltham, Essex: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/477800/JOYCE,%20WILLIAM

    Private Edward Matthams (Service No: 13985), 11th Bn., Essex Regiment; died 15 October 1916; name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Pier and Face 10 D.): www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/805380/MATTHAMS,%20ED...

    Private Robert James Monk (Service No: 15242), 11th Bn., Essex Regiment; died 15 September 1916; buried in Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France (VI. A. 21.): www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/591878/MONK,%20ROBERT...

    Private Raymond Withers Neville (Service No: 189936), 1st Bn., Canadian Infantry; died 10 April 1917, aged 40; name recorded on the Vimy Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France; son of John and E. Ellen Neville, of Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, England: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1572458/NEVILLE,%20RA...

    Lance Corporal Arthur John Poulton (Service No: 40278), 9th Bn., Norfolk Regiment; died 30 September 1916, aged 27; name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.); son of Charles Joseph and Elizabeth Mary Poulton, of Cranham Cottage, Little Waltham, Chelmsford; [Lance Corporal Poulton's Forces War Records entry states that he was born at Little Waltham and resident at Norwich]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1548990/POULTON,%20AR...

    Private Edgar Mortimer Propert (Service No: 990), Essex Yeomanry; died 14 May 1915, aged 20; name recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Panel 5.); son of David and Elizabeth Propert, of 205, Brodport St., St. Ebbs, Oxford: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1625049/PROPERT,%20ED...

    Lance Corporal F. Propert (Service No: 31198), 2nd Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers; died 24 July 1916; buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Méricourt-l'Abbé, Somme, France (II. C. 55.): www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/272237/PROPERT,%20F

    Private Arthur Edward Stewart (Service No: 32955), 1st Bn., Essex Regiment; died 14 April 1917; name recorded on the Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France (Bay 7.); [Private Stewart's Forces War Records entry states that he was born and resident at Little Waltham]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1671199/STEWART,%20AR...

    Private A. W. [Walter] Stubbings (Service No: 33184), 8th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment; died 5 October 1917, aged 21; buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (XX. E. 8.); son of Walter and Sarah Arm Stubbings, of Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/149684/STUBBINGS,%20A...

    Lance Corporal F. W. Webb (Service No: 250447), 1st/5th Bn., Essex Regiment; died 2 November 1917, aged 19; buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine (X. F. II.); son of Arthur William and Beatrice Maud Webb, of Blue Post Cottage, Little Waltham, Chelmsford: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/651615/WEBB,%20F%20W

    Private William Maurice Wiffen (Service No: 3/3458), 2nd Bn., Essex Regiment; died 3 July 1915; name recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Panel 39.); [Private Wiffen's Forces War Records entry states that he was born at Great Leighs, Braintree and resident at Little Waltham]: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/910848/WIFFEN,%20WILL...

    1. michaelday_bath 67 months ago | reply

      Private Wiffen's name on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing:

      Ieper: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing (West-Vlaanderen)

    2. michaelday_bath 67 months ago | reply

      Private Propert's name on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing:

      Ieper: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing (West-Vlaanderen)

    3. michaelday_bath 4 months ago | reply

      The grave marker of Gunner Conybeare is in Bedford House Cemetery (West-Vlaanderen):

      Ieper: CWGC Bedford House Cemetery (West-Vlaanderen)

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