Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 90267
Date of Death: 21/12/17
Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery 224 Siege Battery
Grave Reference: 1833
Cemetery: LOUGHTON CEMETERY
Born in 1887 at Dalston, Hackney, son of James Frederick (Bank Clerk) and Ada Bedford. 1901: A pupil at Christ’s Hospital School, Newgate Street London. He served with 9th London Regiment from 1909 to 1913 when he was discharged. In 1911: A Clerk with the Prudential Assurance Co. living with his family at 132 Hainault Road, Low Leyton. On 01-09-13 at St John’s Church Leytonstone he married Mary Gertrude Herbert, and they set up home at Elm Villa Lower Road, Loughton, later “Colaba”, Algers Road, Loughton. They were to have two girls, Mary and Ada.
He re-attested on 25-11-15, and joined the Army Reserve next day. On 30-05-16 he began duty with the Royal Garrison Artillery in the London Area. Remaining in the UK until 28-01-17, he went to France on 29-01-17 and served there until 13-12-17, returning to England on 14-12-17. Originally with 224 Siege Battery, his final posting was to the “RGA Clearing Office.”
He had sustained injuries in France which necessitated his return to England. He died from those injuries in the Fulham Military Hospital at Hammersmith, where he was admitted suffering from burns to his hands and face which had been caused by a shell.
At the time of his death, his parents and Brother Ernest were living at “Glendower”, Grove Road, South Woodford. His Brother Cecil lived at 38 Pelham Road South Woodford. These were the likely sources for his name being read out during the Sunday Service at St. Mary’s Church.
Memorial: Loughton War Memorial.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Army Service Record.
Qualification: Name read at St Mary’s Church Sunday Service, December 1917.