SR/5940 Lance Serjt.


East Surrey Regiment

Died 5th May 1915

5667 Private


5th Lancers

Died 7th September 1914 Age 30


Enteric fever


Robert Thomas Son of John Joseph and Maria Agnes Dobbyn. Born in Dublin. His siblings were John, Joseph and sister Agnes. He was a Compositor at time of enlistment and in the Expeditionary Force.


from the Weekly Irish Times September 19th 1914

In Loving Memory Of

Sergt. Arthur Cubitt DODD

1/1st Surrey Yeomanry

Second Son Of P.D. AND M.A. Dodd

            Of Croydon

Who Died At University War Hospital

Southampton October 28th 1915 Aged 27


Son of Peter Dixon Dodd and Martha Ann Dodd, of The Poplars, Rolleston Rd., Croydon.

1255 Rifleman


Royal Irish Rifles

Died 14th December 1916 Age 21


In Fond and Loving Memory

   Of Our Dear Son




 Son of Patrick and Mary Doherty, of 88, Baggot Lane, Pembroke Rd., Dublin.

11032 Private


Lancashire Fusiliers

Died 19th August 1916

4/7905 Private


Arg. & Suth'd Highrs.

Died 12th January 1917 Age 30


A Shadow Rests

Upon Our Home



William Husband of Jane Dougan, of 74, Alexander St., Dundee.


4336 Private


Gordon Highlanders

Died 11th August 1916

TS/7556 Saddler


Royal Army Service Corps

Died 6th June 1915


Burial record states that Alfred Charles died at Romsey aged 53.


41651 Private


Royal Irish Fusiliers

Died 28th March 1918

11643 Private


Royal Fusiliers

Died 30th September 1914 Age 26


Sidney Joseph Son of Henry Joseph and Annie Elizabeth Drake, of 19, Lyon St., Caledonian Rd., Islington, London. He was a Porter at time of enlistment.

11842 Private


Durham Light Infantry

Died 5th November Age 22


Sleep On Dear Son

And Take Thy Rest

God Taketh Them

He Loves The Best



Alfred Horace Son of Mrs. Louisa Dray, of 9, Linden Crescent, Folkestone. Born at Saltwood, Hythe.

In Ever Loving Memory Of

   Pte. Edward Cyril DRURY

15th King's Liverpool Regiment

Died of Wounds October 13th 1916

          Aged 18 Years


Son of Charles William and Lucy Drury, of 53, Fifth Avenue, Queens Park, North Kensington, London.


I was contacted by David Craigen and he sent me these notes:


by David Craigen

It began, as many of our stories do, with a chest from the attic. The chest had belonged to my grandfather who served for the 4 years and survived the war. I was aware of brothers who also served and were lost, but I had few details.

In the chest was a small black and white picture of a cross and plinth with the name Edward Cyril Drury engraved. A search of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) website led me to Netley cemetery Southampton.

Netley was once the site of the British army’s largest military hospital; the hospital was built in the 19th century and reached its greatest capacity in the Great War.

All that remains now is the chapel and tower in a beautiful park overlooking Southampton Water.

I found Edward’s gravestone in the hospital cemetery in the wood behind the park – it was very sad to see from the dates that he enlisted and served underage, and another brother Maurice who is buried in France also commemorated on the back of the gravestone.

The gravestone had fallen into disrepair with time – the cross on the top had gone and there was a rusting piece of steel where the cross had once been joined to the plinth.

I contacted CWGC, they offered to replace the gravestone with a standard gravestone at their expenses, but I decided to try a repair. CWGC referred me to an approved stonemason who advised me, and I arranged for the stonemason to place a new stone over the rust. He added a carved cross, and also an inscription to my grandfather, so all three brothers who served are now commemorated together.

It cost me a little money, but enabled me to preserve as much as was possible.


Thank you very much for sending me this and all the other information David.

The reverse side of the headstone
The original headstone.

Edward was baptised on August 23rd 1898 in the parish of Saint Marks, Notting Hill. His parents were Charles William and Lucy. Charles was a coachman and the family lived at 11 Scampston Mews. Edward was born on 7thJune 1898.

From Baptism record.


                                                                                                                                                                             1891 census has Charles and Lucy living at 14 Royal Crescent Mews Kensington with Kate, Amy, Alice, Lucy and Lily. Charles is a cab driver/groom.


The 1911 census has Charles age 54, Lucy age 53, Sam 19, Maurice 17,
Ella 15, Edward 12 and Leonard 10 all living at 31 Campden Houses Peel Street, Kensington London. They have 10 children all still living.



S/31185 Corporal Arthur James DUNCAN

See Burials with Medals and Awards

72785 Lance Serjt.


Royal Field Artillery

Died June 1920

7040098 Private Robert DUNN

See Burials with Medals and Awards

5366 Private


Cameron Highlanders

Died 20th November 1914 Age 34



    Duty Marked

 Each Step He Trod

Love To Man & Love To God


Son of Thomas Dymock; husband of Elizabeth Dymock, of Sandford Cottage, Muir St., Larkhall, Lanarkshire. Born at Motherwell.

Linlithgowshire Gazette 11 December 1914.

7816376 Corporal


Machine Gun Corps. (CAV)

Died 28th June 1921

9428 Drummer


Lincolnshire Regiment

Died 18th September 1914 Age 21


   Peace Perfect Peace

With Loved Ones Far Away



Cecil Burnett Son of Edward and Ellen Mary Edwards. Born at Norwich. He was a Baker's Assistant at time of enlistment.

6965 Lance Cpl.


Worcestershire Regiment

Died 10th November 1915 Age 31



A Constant Thought

   A Silent Tear

Keeps His Memory Ever Dear



Harry Son of Thomas and Emma Edwards, of 16, Lion St., Kidderminster, Worcs. Born at Cleobury Mortimer, Worcs.

G/598 Private


East Surrey Regiment

Died 28th September 1915 Age 20


He Died For King And Country


Son of William and Hannah Ellicott, of 18, Cambrian Rd., Richmond, Surrey.

In Sweet Memory Of

  My Dear Freddie

Sapper F.ERWOOD R.E.

Who Died January 19th 1915

      Aged 21

Never Forgotten By His

  Sweetheart Lucy


Son of George and Julia Erwood, of 26, Victoria Rd., Netley Abbey, Hants.


Frederick Maurice was the son of George and Julia Erwood of 26 Victoria Rd Netley Abbey. He was with the Royal Engineers no 40847.

1911 census has Fred age 18, a house painter living with parents George 61, Julia 40, and siblings Hilda 7, and Evelyn 9 at 26 Victoria Rd Netley. 

Father George was a stationary engine driver at Netley Hospital. They used steam engines for power.

Hampshire Advertiser 30th January 1915.

15396 Private


S. Staffordshire Regt.

Died 28th November 1915

10743 Private


Royal Irish Regiment

Died 9th March 1918 Age 25


At Rest


 Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Evans, of 8, Oliver Rd., Southsea, Hants. Born at Hastings.

5129 Private


Royal Sussex Regiment

Died 1st September 1916 Age 19


Born at Bexhill-on-Sea.


Burial record states that Ernest died in the University War Hospital Southampton aged 19.

Bexhill on Sea Observer 16th September 1916.
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