Date of Death: 13/12/1916
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve “Hawke” Bn. R.N. Div.
Cemetery BUCKHURST HILL (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD
Born in 1884 at Buckhurst Hill, son of George Ralph (Chemical Brokers Clerk) and Charlotte Black.
1901: A Pupil in Bancroft’s School, while his brother, and widowed Mother were at home, 1 St John’s Terrace Buckhurst Hill. 1911: London & Westminster Bank Clerk with his family at St. Ann’s in Buckingham Road South Woodford.
His funeral was held on Saturday 16-12-16 at 14.45 at Woodford Parish church (where he had been a member of the choir). One of the Masters from Bancroft’s Rev. W.C. Winterton officiated at the graveside.
He re-enlisted in the RNVR on 04-08-14, and initially acted as an armed guard for merchant ships. He was Commissioned on 30-09-15, becoming “A” Platoon Commander of Hawke Battalion on 07-02-16. He was sent to Gallipoli, and then to France. On 13-11-16 he was wounded by shrapnel in the face and right thigh, also suffering a compound fracture of the femur while leading an advance in the Battle of Ancre. He was transferred to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, but died there from Septicemia at 09.30 on 13-12-16 in the presence of his Mother.
He is commemorated above the choir stalls at St John the Baptist Church Buckhurst Hill, where he also sang.
X/R: Lt.William Thomas Black (Brother)
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church. Bancroft’s School.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times.
Qualification: Borough Resident.