205 Private W.F. CANNING
The Welsh Horse
19th December 1915
The date on the headstone should be 1916.
Vicki has sent me some photos and some information about her great grandfather William Francis. The first one is of him in Sophia Gardens, Cardiff getting ready for the Boer War.
The second is of him in Diss Norfolk, 1st Welsh Horse Regiment some years later.
The other maybe a memorial service? In Cardiff for him.
He was married to Edith Margaret. Please get in touch if you have any more details about William.
My thanks to Vicki.
Burial no. 1888 Church of England
In Loving Memory of
Lt. Colonel Henry Arthur CARROLL
Royal Munster Fusiliers
Died at the Red Cross Hospital Netley
October 31st 1918 aged 44
There is an entry for Emily CARROLL. Wife of Henry who is in the same grave. She is burial record no. 2013 who died on 4th January 1954 in Ivy Dene Nursing Home, York.
Son of Richard and Mary Carroll; husband of Emily Carroll, of Cashel, Fleet, Hants.
1911 census has Henry Arthur aged 37, born in Tipperary at the Jellalabad Military Barracks, Jellalabad Barracks, South Tedworth, Hants
There is a marriage Index for Henry Arthur Carroll and Emily Deane in july/august/september 1899 in Fermoy Ireland.
Burial no. 1984 Church of England
Aux. Territorial Service
Died 17th April 1942 Age 18
Where No Shadows Fall
Nora was the daughter of John and Hannah Caveney of Yorkshire.
She was the first member of the ATS to be killed by enemy action. See article below from The Argus from the National Library of Australia.
This is a photo of Gil Francis who very kindly met my friend Paul and I in November 2013. He was an apprentice bricklayer in WWII and erected Nora Caveney's headstone and a few others. He told us how the hole was dug and then kept open with 2 wooden supports whilst concrete was poured inbetween and the headstone was straightened and levelled. He has a lot of memories about Netley and was a joy to talk to.
Thank you Gil.
On Wednesday 12th October 2016, a plaque was unveiled to remember Nora, the people and the buildings that made up the Westwood Royal Artillery Camp in Westwood.
10317 Henry CHALKLEY 1STRoyal Irish Rifles died July 24th 1916 age 18.
Catherine Rogers sent me an email after reading my appeal for stories in the Echo newspaper. Henry (or David which is the name he enlisted under in 1914) was injured on the first day of the battle of the Somme. He was wounded in the abdomen and was sent back to the University War Hospital in Southampton where he passed away on 24th July 1916. Catherine’s great grandparents visited him there and spoke very highly of the staff there. Catherine goes on to say that her great grandmother Annie never forgave her great grandfather for letting Henry go to war.She sent me a copy of a photo of Henry in his uniform.
My thanks to Catherine for this information.
Burial no 879 Roman Catholic
Died 25th September 1914 Age 30
Until The Day Breaks
And The Shadows Flee Away
George CHATFIELD was born at Haywards Heath and joined the East Sussex Constabulary on 9th May 1911 age 27, warrant card number 1260. He resigned on 1st September 1914 to rejoin the Colours and
enlisted at Cuckfield giving his residence as Haywards Heath.
Corporal 4788 1st Bn. Scots Guards
Died Friday 25th September 1914 from wounds
Son of Henry and Frances Chatfield of 4, Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath, Sussex. Husband of Margaret Chatfield of The Vineries, Langney, Eastbourne, Sussex.
Burial no. 1589 Church of England
The following pages are from "Triumphant Over Pain" written by Elizabeth Braithwaite Buckle who worked at Netley hospital in WWI for a short while. She wrote down her memories of some of the soldiers a few years after she had left and published them into a little book. Here is Pte.Tommy Child...
In Loving Memory Of
Theo. Mark CHURCH
Late Sapper R.E.
Died March 22nd 1915
Aged 28 Years
Erected By His Step Father
T.G. APLIN of Portswood
Deceased Was A Native Of
Burial no. 1676 Church of England
Theodore Mark CHURCH, son of Mark "Augustus" CHURCH (1844?-1893) and Susannah Louisa FLOWERS (1855- 1926), was born on 1 October 1886 in Brisbane Queensland. He emigrated from Sydney, Australia to London in December 1899. He appeared in the census on 31 March 1901 in Putney aged 14. 1 He appeared in the census on 2 April 1911 in Military - Burma and Andaman Islands aged 24. 2 On 2 April 1911 he was a Private, Easr Surrey Regiment in Military - Burma and Andaman Islands.2 In 1915 he was a SPR, Corps of Royal Engineers (Kitcheners Army). He died on 2 April 1915 in Netley Hospital, Southampton. He was buried in Netley, Southampton.
"According to Soldiers who Died in the Great War, Theodore enlisted in Jersey with the East Surrey Regiment, this possibly taking place at some point between 24th October, 1905 and 5th November, 1908, when the Regiment’s 1st Battalion garrisoned Jersey. His regimental number purported to be 8718, although there is another soldier listed with that number. He later served as a Sapper (regimental number 30832) with the Reserve Signal Depot, Royal Engineers and died at Netley Hospital, Southampton, Hampshire, England on 2nd April, 1915.
Theodore was the older brother of Chester Cecil Church, and his parents were Augustus Mark Church and Susannah Louisa Church (née Flowers). Susannah was widowed in 1893, and married Frederick George Aplin two years later. The Aplins, along with Theodore and Chester, lived in Jersey for a period between 1902 and 1910, at the Grasshopper Hotel at 3 Mulcaster Street where Frederick was the Manager, working for Susannah’s younger sister, Caroline Flowers".
The above information was kindly sent to me by from Andrew Weller after I contacted him on Ancestry.
South Wales Borderers
Died 28th October 1915
Burial no. 863 Roman Catholic
37 years of age
MONTGOMERYSHIRE EXPRESS" 16TH. NOVEMBER, 1915
DEATH OF A WELSHPOOL SOLDIER AFTER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Whilst being invalided home from the Dardanelles, Private Joseph Claffey, 2nd. Battalion, South Wales Borderers, son of ex-Colour Sergeant Claffey, Mill Place, Welshpool, died from malaria. The news is doubly-sad in view of the fact that Private Claffey had distinguished himself during the operations on the Gallipoli Peninsular and on Saturday week, several weeks after his death, his name appeared in the list of those specially mentioned by Sir Ian Hamilton for distinguished service. He died during the third week in October on board an Italian hospital ship sixteen hours before reaching land. It is stated that the fever brought on heart failure which was the actual cause of death. * He was buried in the soldiers’ cemetery at Netley Hospital and his burial was carried out with full military honours. The coffin was conveyed on a gun-carriage and on it was laid the Union Jack and four sheaths of white flowers. A number of RAMC men walked in the procession. Writing to Private Claffey’s wife, the sister in charge of the ward in which he died states that "He was fairly well and able to talk until the day before he died. We all expected he would reach home safely but he was suddenly taken very much worse. He was a general favourite on board. He was so patient and always tried to make the best of things. We all felt it very much when he died."
Private Claffey had served in the army for fifteen years. He joined at the time of the South African War and served with the Second Battalion, South Wales Borderers, in that campaign. He served in South Africa for some years after the conclusion of hostilities on garrison duty at Pretoria and was awarded the Queen’s and King’s Medal. When the regiment was on furlough, he married. In the present war, he participated with his regiment in the taking of the German stronghold in China, Tsing Tao, and subsequently on the Gallipoli Peninsular where the Borderers upheld the reputation of the regiment in a particularly gallant manner. Private Claffey was in the thick of the fighting when he was attacked by malaria fever. He leaves a widow and one child.
Joseph is remembered on the Welshpool War Memorial as receiving the D.C.M. but no record can be found of this.
My thanks to Richard for this information.
5559 Lance Cpl.
Died 13th December 1916 Age 30
His Life He Gave
That We May Live In Peace
Frederick George Son of William John and Emma Jane Coles, of 30, Lower St., Dartmouth.
Burial no. 1880 Church of England
Mrs Jennifer Welsh left a message on the contact page:
Frederick George Coles was my husband's Uncle. He was born on 13.12.1886 and fought in WW1. He was wounded and taken to Netley hospital where he died from gunshot wounds. That information was given to me by his sister, my mother-in-law before she died.
13th December 1916. Age 30. Son of William John and Emma Jane Coles of
30 Lower St. Dartmouth. C.E. 1880.
Emma was given a death plaque for her son which has been given to my
brother-in-law. Frederick was one of 14 children, 11 boys and 3 girls, born to William and Emma. Another of those brothers was killed in the trenches in 1917. Bertie James Coles is buried in Ecoust Military Cemetery Ecoust-St. Mein France. All other brothers survived the war.
I compiled a family tree for my mother-in-law (one of Frederick's
sisters) for she and her husband, Minnie and Percival Welsh, and add to
it when I get further details.
Thank you very much Jennifer.