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This work would be incomplete if the fallen men of The South East Agricultural College were missed off. Although many of these men were not local men strictly speaking, they do deserve tribute in this book because they all spent many years studying in the Ashford area and undoubtedly made contributions to the local community. This included many students serving in the local territorial army companies (chiefly the 5th Buffs). The college has a large memorial plaque hanging in the courtyard at Wye. This plaque commemorates all the known 127 old boys who made the ultimate sacrifice for their King and Country. Interestingly, many of these men lost their lives very early on in the war. This indicates beyond any doubt that many college men gallantly joined up before conscription was ever enacted in 1916. We were surprised and disappointed to find that the college appeared to have never carried out research into these men in order to identify their units and document the circumstances of their deaths. We found the information ourselves in many hours careful research and were given no special assistance other than being pointed in the direction of the campus library. When we politely asked for some kind of dispensation to use their copying facilities, we were told very firmly that we would be treated the same as any student or outside researcher. We appealed on the grounds that our work was historically vital to the college but this was merely met with a blank stare (these men died 100 years ago what are you doing). Is it really that surprising that the college is now under threat when its being run by morons like this? What was patently obvious is that the management we met had absolutely no interest in these matters which quite frankly is extraordinary!
The present day college bears no resemblance to the college in the early part of the last century which is a great pity. It doesnt surprise us that the college management has recently fallen out badly with the local Wye residents in connection with plans to build thousands of new houses in the village.
The Great War 1914 1919
* Denotes - Man appears in the Agrigcola Magazine (Volume III)
ADAM A.G.A * (brother) Captain Alan Gordon Acheson ADAM. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st January 1916. Born 6th July 1887 at West Malling, Kent. Son of Doctor James Adam MRCS,LRCP and Edith Emma Adam of Malling Place, West Malling, Kent. Husband of Victoria Marjory Melville Shaw (3rd daughter of William Shaw of Ealing, London). Married 8th November 1915 at Cathedral of Bombay, India. Educated at Marlborough College and at Selwyn College, Cambridge before entering the South East Agricultural College, Wye in October 1912. He left the College in July 1913 having been awarded a college Diploma. Alan went to Cranbrook where he practised as a solicitor. Whilst at Cranbrook in 1911 he joined the 5th Buffs. On the 22nd January 1914 he was promoted Lieutenant. On 29th October 1915 he was promoted Captain. Whilst fighting in Iraq he was recommended for the DSO. He died before it could be given. Alans name appears on page 511 of the University of Cambridge War List 1914-1919. Mentioned in Dispatches 20th October 1916 and recommended for the DSO. ADAM W (brother) Captain Walter ADAM. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) (MGC). Formerly Royal East Kent Yeomanry. Died 3rd November 1918. Resided Malling Place, West Malling, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried locally in the West Malling (St Mary) Churchyard, West Malling, Tonbridge, Kent. AITCHISON D.J Lieutenant Douglas James AITCHISON. Royal Air Force (RAF). Formerly 7th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 17th April 1918 aged 21 years. Son of James and Mrs Aitchison of Beckenham, Kent. Buried in Camberwell (Forest Hill Road) Cemetery, Camberwell, London. Grave reference 69.22704.
ALEXANDER C.J * Private G/24732 Christopher James ALEXANDER. 2nd Battalion, Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (9435) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 5th October 1917 aged 30 years. Born Croydon, Surrey. Enlisted Tunbridge Wells. Resided 3, Mayfield Road, Tunbridge Wells. Son of Joseph Grundry (Barrister) and Josephine Alexander of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Buried in the Hooge Crater Cemetery, Hooge, Belgium. Grave reference I.A.13. Alexander attended Wye from 1904 until 1909 and took the B.Sc degree of London University in Agriculture in 1908. He was an exceptionally good naturalist, knowing the names of plants and songs of birds, and the neighbourhood in Wye where rare plants were likely to be found. Upon leaving Wye and previous to joining the army, he had been working at Rome, Italy with the International Institute of Agriculture. Christopher preferred to serve as a Private soldier despite being offered a commission in The Buffs.
ALLFREY H.L * Captain Hugh Lionel ALLFREY. 10th (Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly Captain and Adjutant, Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (REKMR). Died 18th OR 19th September 1918. Youngest son of Edward Richmond Allfrey of Old Place, Sandhurst, Kent. Educated at Rottingdean and Loretto, and then Wye College where he studied from 1901 to 1905. Upon leaving Wye Hugh farmed at Old Place, Sandhurst, Kent (Near Hawkhurst) and afterwards bought land and farmed at the Old Parsonage, Brenchley, Kent. He hunted considerably with the Mid Kent Staghounds and other local packs. In 1913 he joined the East Kent Yeomanry and on the outbreak of war was mobilised. In September 1915 he was sent to Gallipoli, Turkey where he saw considerable action with his unit. Afterwards in Egypt he saw service against the Senussi, and in April 1916 proceeded to Palestine where his unit the Royal East Kent Yeomanry was re-designated the 10th Battalion, The Buffs. It is recorded that Hugh was killed instantaniously by a snipers bullet whilst with his battalion in France.
AMOS F.E Second Lieutenant Frank Edward AMOS. A Battery, 230th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery (RHA). Formerly (150942) Gunner, RHA. Died 20th September 1918 aged 20 years. Son of Edward W and Gertrude Amos of Wey Street, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent. Buried Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery, France. Grave reference Sp Mem. 4. Frank was commissioned from the ranks.
ARCHDALE D.M * Lieutenant Dominic Mervyn (Ulster) ARCHDALE. 1st Kings African Rifles. Attended Nyasaland Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th November 1916 aged 24 years. Son of the Right Hon. Edward Mervyn Archdale MP (Member of Parliament) (later Sir Edward Archdale, 1st Baronet) and Lady Alice Archdale of Riversdale, Ballinamallard, North Fermanagh, Ireland (Later Northern Ireland). Buried Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania, East Africa. Grave reference V.A.13. Educated Felsted School and Wye. After leaving Wye he obtained a job under the Colonial Office in Nyasaland as Assistant Director of Agriculture. When in Africa he was an avid big game hunter. Whilst at Wye he played in the College 1st Eleven football and hockey teams. ATKINSON W.E.G * Captain Walter (Will) Edmund Godfrey ATKINSON. 9th Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (DCLI). Attached 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Formerly Berkshire Yeomanry (Machine Gun Section). Died Gallipoli, Turkey 6th August 1915. Born 1878. Second son of Dr Edmund Atkinson (Professor of Applied Sciences at the Staff College) of Portesbery Hill, Camberley, Surrey. Will has no known grave. His name appers on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Panel reference 117. Educated at Clifton and the South East Agriculture College, Wye. Walter joined the college in the autumn term of 1898 and left in the summer of 1902. He gained a first class diploma and received prizes for general science, botany and chemistry. He was also awarded a National Diploma in Dairying. Upon leaving education Walter went to work under the Lawes Agricultural Trust at Rothampstead and conducted experimental work on wheat-growing for the Millers Association. For a short while he lectured at the Reading University Agricultural College. In 1909 he took a farm in conjunction with his brother R.E Atkinson near Battle in Sussex and from this then moved to a smallholding at Checkendon, Oxfordshire. Will married Miss E. Kate Lelacheur in May 1912. They had 3 sons. On the outbreak of war Walter enlisted in the Berkshire Yeomanry and was attached to the machine gun section. He spent some time under canvas at Churn Camp and then went into billets where he remained until 14th November 1914. He was gazetted a Temporary Lieutenant in the DCLI and the rest of his training was completed at Falmouth, Devon. Walter was promoted to Captain in May 1915 and then left with his regiment for Gallipoli, Turkey. It is reported that Will did not reach the fighting until the 4th July 1915. He spent the next month very heavily engaged in fighting. The day he was killed his unit was in action all day. He did his share nobely.
BADDELEY P.K * Second Lieutenant Percy Kynnersley BADDELEY. 170th Army Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Formerly (Lance Corporal 2134) County of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). Died 29th June 1916. Son of Frederick Baddeley of Kynnersley, Preistlands Park, Sidcup, Kent. Buried Citadel New British Cemetery, Fricourt, The Somme, France. Grave reference II.D.8. Percy attended Wye College from February 1912 and left in July 1913.
BARLING W.B * Second Lieutenant William Bingham BARLING. 6th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Attended 3rd Battalion. Formerly Private (2363), 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 12th March 1915. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Panel reference 34. Educated Beresford House, Gloucester and The Priory, Great Malvern and finally Dean Close Cheltenham before going to the South East Agriculture College in Wye. Upon leaving Wye College William was elected to a fellowship of the Surveyors Institute, and became a member of the staff of the Valuation Department, Inland Revenue, Gloucester. He held this post for 3 years. On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a Private soldier with the 5th battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He was later selected for a commission and placed on the Officers Reserve list. He went to France with the 6th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment on 19th February 1915 reaching the firing line on the 23rd February 1915. He was then attached to the 3rd battalion of his regiment. William was killed bravely leading his platoon in a determined assault against an enemy trench position. A corporal reported that he had stumbled and fallen over an officer whom he believed to be Lieutenant Barling. BASS C.W Private G/6305 Charles William BASS. 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 28th September 1915. Born Lydd, Kent. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Lydd. Son of Charles Edward and Julia Elizabeth Bass of Tournay Hall, Lydd, Kent. Charles has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Grave reference 15 to 19.
Second Lieutenant 929 Gordon Eyre BAXTER. 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Formerly King Edwards Horse. Formerly (Trooper 929) Royal East Kent Yeomanry (REKMR) from 1908 to 1911. Died Tuesday 8th October 1918 aged 28 years. Born 15th December 1899 in Wiltshire. Son of Stanley Eyre and Emma Louisa Baxter of North Lees, Taikawhana, Hopianga, Auckland, New Zealand. In 1918 his home address was St Chad, Sackville Crescent, Ashford, Kent. In 1917 the college was sending letters to Sungei, Tengah, Sarawak. Buried St Nicolas British Cemetery, France. Grave reference II.F5. Gordons brother Bernard E Baxter was also killed during the Great War. Gordon was educated at Shepton Mallet Grammar School and afterwards attended the South Eastern Agricultural College at Wye near Ashford.Gordon was serving in the REKMR (Wye Troop) as a Trooper whilst studying at the Wye Agricultural College (1908-1911). When the war broke out he was living in New Zealand and owned a rubber plantation. Gordon immediately joined the King Edwards Horse (part of the New Zealand Army) on 5th February 1915. He eventually arrived in France on 22 April 1915 with his regiment. At some stage Gordon was transferred into the British Army and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. It was with this British Regiment that Gordon lost his life.
BAYLY N.D Lieutenant Noel Douglas BAYLY. No 2 Company, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 27th November 1917 aged 28 years. Only son of Major Henry Bayly (Gordon Highlanders) and Annie Lilla Bayly of 3, Tite Street, Chelsea, London. Buried Anneux British Cemetery, France. Grave reference III.F.7. Noelss name also appeared on the college Roll of Honour as being treated in a Hampshire War Hospital. This probably meant that at the time the list was compiled, he was wounded and in hospital receiving treatment.
BELLWOOD F Captain Frank BELLWOOD. 8th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 14th July 1916. Buried Carnoy Military Cemetery, Carnoy, Somme, France. Grave reference M.27.
The cemetery was begun in August, 1915, by the 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers and the 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, when the village was immediately South of the British front line. It continued in use by troops holding this sector until July, 1916, when Field Ambulances came up and a camp was established on the higher ground North of the village. It was closed in March, 1917. From March to August, 1918, it was in German hands, and German (and a few British) graves were made between the British graves and the entrance, and also in a German Cemetery alongside; but the German graves and the German Cemetery were removed in 1924. There are now over 850 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 30 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 17 soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery covers an area of 4,441 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.
BIRCH E.W Lieutenant Eric Wykeman BIRCH MC. Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Formerly 4th (Brighouse Chums) Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment). Died 17th January 1917 aged 24 years. Enlisted 1914. Son of John Grant and Isabella Birch (nee Clay) of Bedfont Lodge, Bedfont, Middlesex. Buried Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 1, France. Grave reference II.A.12. Eric was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for courage and leadership skills. Before the outbreak of war Eric was employed by the Sudanese government (under British control). On the 16th January 1917 Eric was mortally wounded in action. He died the next day.
BIRKETT H.W Private 442024 Harold Wreford BIRKETT. 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died 9th September 1916 aged 31 years. Born 16th July 1885 at Chistlehurst, Kent. Son of Louis and Agnes Birkett of 3, Summer Hill, Chistlehurst, Kent. Husband of Murial Vida Birkett (nee Kelly) of 85, Fairfield Road, Winchester, Hampshire. Harold has no known grave. His name appears on the Vimy Memorial, Vimy, France. Before the outbreak of war Harold was working as a Clerk. He enlisted direct into the Canadian Army on the 22nd June 1915 at Vernon, British Colombia. BRAILSFORD W.W Private 96009 William BRAILSFORD. 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Deby Regiment). Died 12th October 1917. Resided Bridgenorth, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.
BRUCE E.T * Captain Edward Tyrrell BRUCE. 8th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Formerly Baganda Rifles, Uganda Field Force (Africa). Died 9th June 1918. Fourth son of Colonel Edward Bruce C.B, 19th (Fanes Horse) Lancers, Indian Army. His mother lived at Kingsley, Cherry Garden Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. In 1917 the college was sending his mail to Box 53, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa. Buried Marfaux British Cemetery, The Marne, France. Grave reference VI.D.8. Educated at Haileybury College, where he became a prefect, and played forward for the 1st XV (Rugby). Edward wanted to join the army. He took a high place in the Sandhurst examination in July 1912 but to his great dis-appointment was rejected for defective eyesight. He then entered Wye College where he obtained the diploma with honours and several prizes. In 1909 he was appointed Assistant Superintendent of the Cotton Cultivation in Uganda, Africa. He was in Uganda when the war broke out serving in the Uganda Field Force during his spare time. He remained in the Baganda Rifles until the end of 1916, when he retired from that force and returned to England to apply for a commission in the British Army. This time his application was successful probably because of his sterling service in the Uganda Field Force. He was immediately commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps (MGC). He left for the front in August 1917.
BUCKINGHAM T.N * Lieutenant Thomas Noel BUCKINGHAM. 6th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Attended 8th Battalion. Died 26th October 1917 aged 24 years. Born 1893. Youngest son of Frederick Finney and Mrs Emily Heywood Buckingham of The Rectory, Doddiscombsleigh, Exeter, Devon. Thomas has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 38 to 40. Educated at Exeter School and then Kelly College, Tavistock before entering Wye College in 1910. He stayed at Wye until 1913. At the outbreak of war Thomas volunteered for army service as a Private soldier. He served in the Devonshire Regiment as a Private for 2 months before being selected for a commission in October 1914. Proceeding to India with his regiment, he took part in the Mesopotamian Campaign and was invalided home suffering from wounds in September 1916. As soon as he had sufficiently recovered he joined a battalion of the Devonshire Regiment at the front in France where he fell leading his men. To start with Thomas was reported Missing in Action but this was eventually changed to Killed in Action. He was obviously a very gallant and brave man BUDDEN H.W Second Lieutenant Harold William BUDDEN. 12th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died Thursday 14th September 1916 age 25 years. Son of Newton Odell Budden of Aliwal North, Cape Province, South Africa. Harold has no known grave. His name appears on the Doiran Memorial, Salonica, Greece. Harolds name appears on the Ashford Baptist Church Memorial, Station Road, Ashford. It is unclear why his name was not placed on the Ashford civic memorial in Church Road, Ashford. He probably attended that church in Ashford whilst a student at Wye. Harold lost hisl ife in the Salonika campaign Greece. More men died here of Malaria than died as a consequence of enemy action.
BUTLER N Second Lieutenant Noel BUTLER. 1st Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 15th September 1916 aged 28 years. Son of the Reverand George Hew and Florence Butler of Rosemary Cottage, Harting, Petersfield, Hampshire. Buried Deville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, The Somme, France. Grave reference Special Mem A.11.
CAIRNES W.H Private 10769 William Henry CAIRNES. 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (DCLI). Died 23rd July 1916. Born Marylebone, London. Enlisted London. Resided Southport, Lancashire. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France. Panel reference 6B. SDGW lists this man as CAINES W.H.
CHESNEY C.C Lieutenant Charles Cornerallis CHESNEY. 117th Mahrattas, Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Died 22nd November 1915 aged 30 years. Charles has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 43 and 65.
CLEMENT J No Trace COLOMB. M.W * Second Lieutenant Mervyn William COLOMB. Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Formerly 4th Battalion, London Regiment (Territorials). Formerly (2172) Corporal, 4th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 11th May 1915. Son of William and Maud Colomb of Rossleigh, Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland. Husband of Maude Besant. Buried Aldershot Military Cemetery, Aldershot, Hampshire. Grave reference AF.1869. Educated at Haileybury, and went to Wye in the Autumn of 1904. He stayed until 1907, and then went to Canada, where he experienced some of the roughest times. Later, on his return, he studied singing in Dublin, Ireland and London, and was successful in getting pretty continuous engagements in the Moody Manners and other operatic companies in town, and on tour in the provinces. In December 1913, he married Miss Maud BESANT. On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 4th Battalion, London Regiment and was first stationed at Malta and then proceeded to France. His wound was in the arm, but blood poisoning set in and he sadly died in hospital at Aldershot, Hampshire.
CRISP R Second Lieutenant Reginald CRISP. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly 5th and 4th Battalions. Died 29th March 1918 aged 25 years. Son of William Henry and C.E Crisp of Hayden House, Lyme Regis, Dorset. Reginald has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 16. Reginald enlisted direct from Wye College in August 1914. He served in India and Iraq (with the 5th Battalion) before losing his life in France with the 7th battalion. The day that Reginald died his battalion was being bussed to St Nicholas east of Boves. From Boves they marched to Gentelles. That night the battalion took over frontline trenches south east of Villers Bretonneux.
DAGGE A Second Lieutenant Albert Lima DAGGE. B Battery, 68th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 1st July 1916 aged 32 years (The First Day of the Battle of The Somme). Son of Walter Hickie Dagge and Mary Thereza Isabel Dagge. Buried Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, The Somme, France. Grave reference XIII.D.7.
DAHSE S.G * Gunner 1127 or 9128 Stephen Geoffrey DAHSE. South African Field Artillery. Formerly H Company (Ashford), 1st Volunteer Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died in Tanzania, Africa of heart failure following a scorpian sting on the 9th September 1916. Born 1877. Son of J.F.J Dahse of Honor Oak, South East London. In 1917 the college was sending his mail to P.O, Hermon, Cape Colony, South Africa. Buried Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania, East Africa. Grave reference II.A.12. Educated at the Junior School Bradfield College. He left Bradfield in 1893 and was awarded a Kent (Junior) Scholarship at the Wye Agricultural College. Stephen was a gifted cricketer and footballer playing for the college in both 1st teams. In 1896 Stephen captained the 1st eleven cricket team. In 1896 he joined H Company of the 5th Buffs based in Ashford. After leaving Wye he went to Cape Colony, South Africa and on the outbreak of war was manager of the Hermon Works of the Hermon Piquetberg Line Co Limited. In April 1916 he joined the South African Field Force, and went through a course of training at Potchefstroom, South Africa. Sailing then for German East Africa he landed at Kilindini with the first reinforcements and was soon in the thick of the fighting. As the war progressed Stephens health started to fail. A sting from a scorpian resulted in heart failure.
DAVENPORT L.M * Second Lieutenant Leonard Marriot DAVENPORT. 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Attended 7th Battalion. Died 6th September 1916 aged 27 years. Fifth son of Thomas Marriott Davenport, Clerk of The Peace for Oxfordshire of Headington Mill, Oxfordshire. Buried in the La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, France. Grave reference II.C.23. Educated at Lockers Park and Rugby School. He attended the S.E.A College at Wye for nearly 4 years (May 1907 until December 1910) after which time he obtained a job with the government as a Surveyor and was sent to the Frederated Malay States in 1911. In April 1915 Leonard returned to the UK where he took a commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers on the 15th June 1915. He left for France on the 29th May 1916.
On the 5th September 1916 the 7th battalion was in action all day at Angle Wood and Falfemont Farm. The battalion objective for their attack was Combles Trench. Machine Gun fire was intense and many men were cut down as they left their trenches. On the 6th September 1916 the battalion withdrew under heavy fire to Angle Wood. It is recorded that the battalion lost 273 men killed, missing and wounded. One of those men was Leonard. DOWDELL H.B Private 4296 H.B DOWDELL. 15th Battalion, London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles). Died 15 September 1916. He has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France. Panel reference 13C. DURLACHER P.A Lieutenant Philip Alfred DURLACHER MC. Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Formerly (Private 1206) West Kent Yeomanry. Died (Suicide whilst of an unsound mind) 12th May 1918 aged 27 years. Son of Alfred and Hilda Durlacher of 142, New Bond Street, London. Buried Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey. Grave reference NA.180991. Philip was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for courage and leadership skills. Philips service papers confirm that he was suffering from a nervous disorder at the time of his death. Philip commited suicide whilst of an unsound mind. His death certificate confirms that he did this as a direct consequence of his war service! It would appear that he blew his brains out with his own loaded revolver whilst staying in the Coburg Hotel, London. His father found him laying dead in his room with a large hole in his head. Philip was due to get married to his sweetheart a month or so later. (Thanks to Kyle Tallett for the above detailed information).
EDWARDS H.S Sergeant 320803 Herbert S.Y. EDWARDS. 2/6th Battalion (City of London Rifles), London Regiment. Died 21st May 1917. Herbert has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 9-10.
FAIRBAIRN A.H * Second Lieutenant Andrew Hubert FAIRBAIRN. 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. Attended 2nd Battalion. Died 5th June 1915. Death reported by the Agricola 30th July 1915 aged 21 years. Son of A.C Fairbairn. Buried Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Grave reference LXII.C.2. According to the Agricola magazine Andrew was captured by the Germans and was sent to a POW Camp where he died of his wounds. This seems a little inplausable considering that he is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery.
FAIRWEATHER A.C* Alexander Cobden FAIRWEATHER. Attended Wye College as a Kent Scholar in 1900 until July 1902. He was a life member of the Agricola Club. In 1917 the college was sending his mail to Moorland Cottage, Sutton Coldfield.
FEATHERSTONE M.B Second Lieutenant Marshall Breckon FEATHERSTONE. No 2 Special Company. Royal Engineers (RE). Formerly (Pioneer 130877) Royal Engineers. Formerly (Private 3304) 8th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 2nd September 1917 aged 23 years. Son of Arthur Breckon and Mabel Featherstone of 43, Broseley Grove, Sydenham, London. Buried Aeroplane Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Grave reference I.B.13.
FIGGIS L.P Captain Lenox Paton FIGGIS MC. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly (Private 1535), 5th Battalion, The Buffs. Died 27th August 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Thomas Phillips Figgis and Caroline Mary Figgis of Campden Hill, Kensington, London. Husband of Ethel Lizzie Winning Cleland Figgis of School House, Rowallan, Kilmarnock, Scotland. Buried Meaulte Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference F.25. Lenox was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for leadership skills and courage. The circumstances of Lenoxs death is described on page 366 of the Buffs regimental history (Moody). He was killed in action somewhere near to Bernafay Wood on the Somme. A further 10 other ranks were alos killed on the same day.
FRAMPTON W.J.G.S Captain William John Goulbourn Shipdern FRAMPTON. 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 24th April 1918 aged 32 years. Son of Colonel W.P Frampton 9Late 59th Foot) and his wife Mrs Bayer Frampton of Newton Hall, Clitheroe, Yorkshire. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, The Somme, France. Panel reference 42 and 43.
FURLEY R.B Second Lieutenant Robert Basil FURLEY. 1st (Bucks) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (OBLI). Formerly Private, 16th Battalion, London Regiment (Queens Westminsters). Died Tuesday 25th January 1916 aged 27 years. Youngest son of the Reverand Henry Furley of Mount Sandford, Southborough, Kent. Buried in the Hebuterne Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference I.A.10.
Robert attended the South East Agricultural College in Wye from 1909 until 1911. His name also appears on the Kingsnorth civic war memorial in nearby Ashford. Roberts father was a former rector of Kingsnorth Parish Church. On the outbreak of war Robert enlisted in the 16th London Regiment (Queens Westminsters) and received his commission in the summer of 1915. He went out to France on the 5th January 1916 and 20 days later was hit in the forhead by a snipers bullet. At the time he was killed he was observing enemy positions from a captured trench. GETTING E.N Captain Eric Noel GETTING. 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 28th or 29th September 1915 aged 24 years. Only child of Henry F and Ann Ethel Getting of Hollington, Ross, Herefordshire. Eric has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 93 to 95. Educated at May Place Preparatory School, Malvern Wells and Bradfield College, Berkshire. Eric was gazetted from the special reserve of officers in January 1914 9before the outbreak of war). He was immediately posted to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was transferred to the 1st battalion in October 1914. Eric was killed in the Battle of Loos of 1915.
GIBSON C.M Second Lieutenant Cecil Mervyn GIBSON. 5th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Formerly (4633) 28th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 5th May 1917 aged 23 years. Son of Charles Mervyn and Charlotte Mary Gibson of 55, Queens Road, Beckenham, Kent. Buried Pont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Near La Bassee, France. Grave reference III.B.20.
GIFFARD E.H Major Edmund Hamilton GIFFARD. 2nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 10th November 1918 aged 31 years. Son of Henry Rycroft and Cecillia Martha Giffard of Lockeridge House, Marlborough. Buried Awoingt British Cemetery. Grave reference III.D.6. Edmund was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palme (France) for bravery in the field.
GOLDRING P.T Privbate 40757 Percy Thomas GOLDRING. 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Formerly (17518) Cyclist Corps. Died 2nd September 1918 aged 20 years. Born Kingston, Surrey. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent. Son of Thomas Pamphilon and Annie Goldring of Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey. Buried Varennes Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference III.C.26. GOODWIN H.C Private 202040 Henry Cecil GOODWIN. 8th Battalion, Tank Corps. Formerly (68830) Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Died 24th March 1918 aged 20 years. Born Brixton, London. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Ashford. Son of Thomas H. Goodwin of 59, Norbury Court Road, Norbury, London. Henry has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 10.
GORDON G.M Captain Gerald (Gerrard) Montague GORDON. (Adjutant) 12th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 3rd Battalion. Died 9th June 1917 aged 26 years. Resided The Barn House, Sherborne, Dorset. Son of George and Mary Gordon, of Wincombe Park, Wilts, and The Barn House, Sherborne, Dorset. Buried Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference II.C.23. Gerald attended Wye College from January 1910 and left Christmas 1911. Whilst at Wye he captained the cricket team in 1911 and was also a member of the hockey team. GORDON C No Trace
GRAHAM-CLARKE J.A.S Second Lieutenant John Altham Stobart GRAHAM-CLARKE. 9th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Attended 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died 1st July 1916 (First day of the Battle of The Somme).
GRANT C.B Captain Clifton Brown GRANT. 99th Company, Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Formerly Royal Fusiliers. Died 27th July 1916 aged 22 years. Son of J.B and Jesse Grant of The Firs, Warnham, Sussex. Buried Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, The Somme, France. Grave reference XX.A.8. GRANT J.T * J.T GRANT. Attended Wye College briefly from October 1904 until 1905. He returned to Wye in 1907 leaving again in 1910.
GRANT W.H Second Lieutenant William Hugh GRANT. 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died 29th September 1915 aged 20 years. Son of Colonel H.G Grant and Mrs Isabel Grant. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 112 to 115. GREENWELL T.W.M Lieutenant Thomas William Maddison GREENWELL. 6th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Attended 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 19th July 1918. Buried Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference II.A.9. GREIG J.G Lieutenant James Gordon HAMILTON-GREIG. D Company, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly (Private) 5th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 13th August 1915 aged 20 years. Born Welling, Kent. Son of J.C Hamilton Greig and K Hamilton Greig of 19, Portland Court, Great Portland Street, London. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (North), France. Grave reference I.D.34.
GRELLIER G H * Second Lieutenant Gordon Harley GRELLIER. 51st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Formerly (Gunner 625471) Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). Died 31st October 1918 aged 33 years. Resided 6, Queen Annes Gate, Westminster, London. Son of Harley Mair Grellier and Edith Louisa Grellier of St Martins Croft, Epsom, Surrey. Buried Poix-Du-Nord Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave reference II.B.22. Gordon joined the college in 1905 and left in 1908. He was a member of the Surveyors Institute and upon leaving Wye went to work for his fathers firm in Westminster, London. Upon the outbreak of war he joined the army and was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a battery commander. In October his battery was East of Cambrai in France. He was killed instantly when a shell splinter struck him the day after he arrived in France and only 11 days before the armastice.
GRIFFIN R Captain Reginald Herbert GRIFFIN. Royal Field Artillery. Attended 21st Seige Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA). Died 7th July 1917 aged 38 years. Born Pell Wall, Staffordshire. Son of Marten Harcourt Griiffin and Isabel Elizabeth Griffin of Langfield, Bude, Cornwell. Buried Mendinhem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference I.F.12. Educated at Marlborough and C.C.C Oxford University. Before the outbreak of war Reginald was employed as a 1st Class Clerk in the Colonial Office.
HADDON T Captain Thomas HADDON. 2/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war 20th April 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Thomas and Margaret Haddon of Haddonhurst, Middlewich, Cheshire. Buried Hautmont Communal Cemetery, France. Grave reference I.A.22.
HAGGER H.E Private 2764 Hubert Edward HAGGER. 41st Battalion, Australian Infantry (AIF). Died 30th October 1918. Born England. Son of George and Kate Hagger. Husband of Marjory Hagger of 3, Woolcombe Terrace, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Buried locally in the Whitstable Cemetery, Whitstable, Kent. Grave reference B.34. HAMMERTON L.T Private 2034 Leslie HAMMERTON. 4th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Died 28th September 1915. Enlisted London. Resided Bromley. Leslie has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 119 to 124.
HARDCASTLE J.B Captain John Balfour HARDCASTLE. 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (OBLI). Died 30th July 1916 aged 23 years. Son of John Norman and Mary Rose Hardcastle of Broughton Hall, Lechlade, Gloucestershire. John has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, The Somme, France. Panel reference 10A/10D. HARDY R.M * Captain Ronald Montague HARDY. D Company, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Formerly Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 23rd July 1915 aged 33 years. Youngest son of W.H Hardy and A. Louisa C. Hardy of Chilworth Manor, Surrey. Formerly of Danehurst, Sussex. Ronald has no known grave. His name appers on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, Belgium. Panel reference 46-48 and 50. Ronald joined the college in 1906 and left in 1909 with a diploma. Ronald was well known amoungst dog fanciers and was a successful breeder of working terriers. It is also recorded that he was an enthusiastic badger-digger. All his terriers bore the prefix of Chilworth, and he was the breeder of the very well known Sealyham terrier bitch Ace of Spades.
HATFIELD C.E * Captain Charles Eric HATFIELD MC. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly Royal East Kent Yeomanry. Died 21st September 1918. Son of Captain Hatfield. Resided Hartsdown, Margate, Kent. Charles attended at Wye College from 1910 to 1911.
HATHORN N.M Second Lieutenant Noel McDouall HATHORN. Indian Army Reserve of Officers. 76th Punjabis. Died 14th July 1915 aged 24 years. Born Assam, India 26th December 1891. Son of Charles Hugh Vans and Emily Rose Hathorn of 6, Park Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Formerly Seconce Tea Estate, Assam, India. Grandson of Admiral George Hathorn RN. Buried in the Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq. Grave reference V.L.1. Noels death appears in De Ruvigneys (page 177 of volume 1). Noels elder brother was Lt G.H.V Hathorn Royal Marine Light Infantry. HMS Formidable. He was also killed in action 1st January 1915. Noel was educated Pretoria House, Folkestone, Kent and Dover College before joining Wye College. Upon leaving Wye College in 1911 Noel went to Ceylon tea planting. In January 1915 he was gazetted a Lieutenant in the Indian Army. Noel was shot through the forehead near Nasar-i-yeh in Mesopotamia (Iraq) when leading his men across a waterway under heavy fire.
HEALE G.R.C Captain George Reginald Charles HEALE. 10th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment). Died 3rd May 1917. George has no known grave. His name appears on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Panel reference 20.
HILLS C.H Second Lieutenant Charles Herbert HILLS. 3rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 5th September 1916 aged 21 years. Son of Colonel E.H Grove Hills C.M.G and Juliet Grove Hills. Buried Dartmoor Cemetery, Becourt, France. Grave reference I.A.27. Charles death was reported in the Kentish Express. HOGBEN L.T Second Lieutenant Leslie Thomas HOGBEN. Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Died 23rd October 1917 aged 18 years. Son of Walter James and Charlotte Hogben of 19, Albert Road, Canterbury, Kent. Buried Canterbury (St Martin) Churchyard, Canterbury, Kent. Grave reference North East part.
HOLYMAN L.E Second Lieutenant Leslie Edward HOLYMAN. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 9th March 1917. Leslie has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 6. Leslie was obviously one of those men who enlisted as a student straight into the Buffs. HOOD-DANIEL A.F Wye Captain Arnold Frost HOOD-DANIEL. C (Ashford) Company, 2/5th (Home Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Former (Private), The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Testcular Cancer 28th January 1917 aged 35 years. Born Clifton, Bristol 10th October 1881. Husband of Lucy Isabel Hood-Daniel (nee Raine) of Hillbe, Wye, Kent. Son-In-Law of John A.E Rayne of Gatesgarth, West Kirby, Cheshire. Buried in the West Kirby (St Bridget) Churchyard, West Kiby, The Wirral, Cheshire. Grave reference 895A. Arnolds name misleadingly appears on the Wye Curch tribute as DANIEL A.F.S. Armolds name appears correctly on the Wye College War Memorial Plaque Captain Arnold F HOOD-DANIEL. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Arnold came from a well to do family from Bristol. He was educated at Bath College and Bristol University. He obtained a first class agricultural degree whilst studying at Bristol University. Upon leaving university Arnold was employed as a lecturer at the South Eastern Agricultural College in Wye. Upon the outbreak of war whilst still in Wye Arnold volunteered for service in The Buffs as a private soldier. Shortly after joining up he was selected for a commission (16th December 1914) and rose to the rank of Captain before being discharged on medical grounds with cancer of the testicles. Arnold died of testicular cancer at Gatesgarth, West Kirby, Cheshire after a long and painful illness. He was operated on in 1916 and it was thought at first that he had recovered. Arnold recovered sufficiently to return to his unit. A few weeks later he died very suddenly in dreadful pain. Arnold left a wife and 1 small child in Wye. After Arnold passed away his wife and their child went returned to Cheshire. HOPCROFT A Sergeant 281346 Arthur Edgar HOPCROFT. 2/4th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 14th May 1917 aged 20 years. Enlisted Shaftsbury Street, London. Resided Harrow, London. Son of William T and Marian Hopcroft of Station Road, Quainton Road, Buckinghamshire. Arthur has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 9. HOPKINS L * Second Lieutenant Lewis HOPKINS. 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Formerly 9th Battalion. Died 26th September 1915. Lewis has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. Panel reference 38 and 39. It is recorded that Lewis was wounded in September 1914. He attended the South East Agricultural College, Wye between 1905 and 1909. During his time at the college he organised many fine concerts and was a life member of the Agricola Club. After leaving the college, Lewis went to work in plantation management in the Federated Malay States (Malaysia).
HORTON J Private T/203107 Jesse Reginald HORTON. 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th Battalions. Died Friday 12th October 1917 aged 32 years. Born Chartham near Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Withersdane, Wye, Ashford, Kent. Son of K Horton of Chartham Hatch near Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Mrs Horton of Withersdane, Near Wye, Ashford, Kent. Jesse has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 17. Prior to the outbreak of war Jesse served for 5 years in the regular army. His service papers indicate he served in both regular battalions (1st and 2nd). Jesse left the army (time expired) in 1913. Jesse went to work at the South East Agricultural College in Wye. Jesse was also a part time soldier in the Territorial Force 2/5th Buffs (probably serving in the Wye College Company). In 1916 Jesse was selected for active service overseas and was drafted into the 1st Buffs. Jesse was gassed in France serving with the 1st battalion and was recovered to England to recuperate in 1916. He recovered and went to Mesopotamia with the 5th battalion. In late 1917 with the 7th in Belgium he was shot in the head and killed instantly. The day that Jesse died his battalion was in action at Poelcappelle near Zonnebeke in Belgium. The Buffs line was from Gloster House to Poelcappelle Church. The battalion objective was Meunier House and the Brewery but neither was captured because of heavy German machine gun fire. HUGHES G.W * Second Lieutenant Guy Wiley HUGHES. 5th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Formerly Charterhouse School, Officer Training Corps (O.T.C). Died 31st December 1914 aged 23 years. Son of George and EmilyHughes of Fieldhead, Wimbledon Park, London. Buried Bailleul Communal Cemetery (North), France. Grave reference F.4. The Kentish Express reported his death 2Lt Guy Hughes who has died of his wounds received in action, was a student at Wye Agcricultural College. Born 26th February 1892, and educated at the Charterhouse School, he entered the college in May 1911. He was a man of all round ability, and very popular with all those with whom he came in contact. He obtained the prize for surveying, book-keeping and building construction, the prize for all round proficiency, and was also awarded the veterinery prize in 1913. He served in the scholls Officer Training Corps (O.T.C). He was awarded his South East Agricultural (SE.A.C) Diploma in July 1914. He joined the Army and was commissioned on 6th August 1914. He was a good Association Football player, and obtained his first eleven Colours during his first year, being afterwards Secretary in 1912 and Captain in 1913. He was chosen to represent London University, but did not obtain his colours, as he was unable to make their Russian tour. As a lawn tennis player he was very useful, and was in the tennis eight. He finished an exemplary career at the college as Secretary to the College Union Club, having filled that onerous and difficult position with the greatest tact and efficiency.
VICOUNT IPSWICH * Lieutenant 1560 (The Viscount Ipswich) William Henry Alfred FITZROY. 17 Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and 4th Battalion (Pioneers), Coldstream Guards. Formerly (Private) 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died in a flying accident at Yatesbury, Wiltshire 23rd April 1918 aged 33 years. Son of the Earl of Euston and grandson of the 8th Duke of Grafton. Husband of Auriol, Vicountess Ipswich of Whittlebury, Towchester, Northamptonshire. Buried Euston Churchyard, Suffolk. Also commemorated on the Euston Civic War Memorial, Euston, Suffolk (Two other family members were killed Edward Fitzroy born 1893 a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy was killed on 23rd January 1917 and Charles Oliver Edward Fitzroy (born 1923) who was killed in action during the Normandy Landings in the Second World War. The Vicount Ipswich was not a local man in fact he came from London. His residence at the time of his enlistment was 6, Chesterfield Gardens, Mayfair, London. He enherited his title when his Grandfather the Duke of Euston died in 1912. The family seat (Duke of Grafton) was at Euston Park and Euston Hall which is about 10 miles north east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The 8th Duke of Grafton (1850-1930) suceeded to the title in 1918 in the same year that his son (Vicount Ipswich) was killed in action. William Fitzroy (Vicount Ipswich) was born at Euston Hall in 1884. William was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Cambridge before entering the South East Agriculture College in Wye. He obtained his diploma in July 1907 and at that time was known as Tim Fitzroy. He played cricket for Wye College as a student from 1904 to 1907 and from 1913-14 as a member of staff. In June 1905 he had a serious accident on the Wye Bridge whilst riding a bycycle. A heavily laden wagon drawn by a steam tractor crushed him. He recovered and went to work for the Egyptian Estates Company in Alexandria, Egypt. Just before the outbreak of war Williams residence was given as 6, Chesterfield Gardens, London. William also owned property at Stony Stratford and Pottersbury House, Whittlebury, Towchester, Northants. On the outbreak of war he acted for some time as a Remount Officer and then enlisted in the 5th territorial battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) as a private soldier. On the 24th August 1914 he was selected for a commission with the Coldstream Guards following family intervention. He went to France on the 30th August 1914 and saw considerable service in France before being returned to the UK unfit for further active service. Somehow after more family intervention he managed to join the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in October 1917 and underwent training as a pilot. He met his death in a flying accident at Yatesbury, Wiltshire the following April. His body was brought back to St Genevieve Churchyard, Euston Hall and was buried close by. Euston Hall is now open to the public. William married Auriol Margaretta in 1913 daughter of Major James Brougham. They lived at The Firs in Wye where in his student days he had stayed whilst attending the college. They had three daughters.
JAY W.P Private T/240487 William Pryor JAY. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly (1763) The Buffs. Died 15th February 1917 aged 23 years. Born Wimbledon, London. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Staplehurst. Son of Pryor Jay and Helen Phoebe Jay of 55, Seddlescombe Road South, St Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Amara, Iraq. Grave reference XXI.L.16. JEMMETT C.W * Lieutenant Charles William JEMMETT. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly (Sergeant 1564) in the 2/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 15th March 1918 aged 32 years. Born Willesborough 26th May 1885. Son of William Francis Bond Jemmett of Ashford, Kent. Husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Cottrell (formerly Jemmett nee Sankey) of Sussex House, Winchester, Formerly living at Charing. Her father was Percy Edward Sankey the well known Ramsgate Solicitor of 44, Russell Square, London. Charles and his wife Dorothty married 14th December 1912 and had three daughters. Buried in the Brissay-Choigny Churchyard, Aisne, France - West Side of main path. Charles name appears on a number of other local memorials: 1. Christchurch, South Ashford (family stained glass window as well) 2. St Marys Roll of Honour, Ashford (private family memorial plaque as well) 3. Ashford Town war memorial Charles was educated at Mr Branacks at Folkestone. In September 1898 he entered Tonbridge School and served in their Officer Training Corps (OTC) until 1902. His name appears on the Tonbridge School Roll of Honour that was published after the war had ended. Upon leaving school Charles went to work at a bank in Ashford. He left Ashford and became a Lecturer in Entomology employed by The South Eastern Agricultural College, Wye near Ashford. He arrived at the college in 1906 and stayed until 1908. He resided at Withersdane House at Wye prior to the outbreak of war. Whilst employed at Wye he enlisted as a Sergeant in the territorial army (2/5th Buffs) on the 17th August 1914 at Ashford. On the 9th May 1915 following family intervention he was commissioned into the rank of Second Lieutenant with the Buffs 6th Battalion. The Buffs regimental history (Moody) lists the circumstances of Charles death. He was killed in action on 15th March 1918 whilst leading his platoon on the canal bridge at Vendeuil-Chaugny Road (La Fere, Brissay-Choigny) in Liez three miles north of the River Oise and 2 miles from the St Quentin Canal. He was killed instantly when a rifle bullet struck him on the right temple. His will left 22,000 to his wife Dorothy Elizabeth Cottrell (formerly Jemmett).
JOHNSON H.F Second Lieutenant Howard Fife JOHNSON. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 9th March 1917. Howard has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 6. Howard is mentioned in the Buffs Regimental History (Moody) page196. It gives the information that Lt Johnson and Lt Holyman were killed along with 4 other ranks. A further 39 men were wounded some seriously. Howard was killed near Baghdad next to the River Tigris.
KEABLE H.C.L * Second Lieutenant Harlod Charles Linford KEABLE. 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 25th September 1915 aged 26 years. Born Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire. Son of Reverand Charles Henry Keable vicar of Wrecclesham, near Farnham and Constance Keable of Parkleigh, The Fairfield, Farnham, Surrey. Buried Bois-Carre Military Cemetery, Haisnes, France. Grave reference F.30. Harold attended the South Eastern Agricultural College Wye from 1906 to 1912 as a Surrey Scholar. Before the outbreak of war Harold was employed by the Aboukir Company in Egypt.
KIBLER P.G Second Lieutenant Philip Gordon KIBLER. Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died Sarcoma Lumber Vertebrae 23 November 1914 aged 22 years (No longer in Army service). Died at Walton. Born Walton, Wellesbourne Hastings, Stratford Upon Avon 27th June 1892. Son of Frederic Kibler (Farmer) and Mary Cary Kibler (nee Bettridge). At the time of death Philip was a Land Valuer for the Inland Revenue. At first it apeared this man was a lost man whose sacrifice was not officially commemorated. On further investigation it became obvious that he died as a civilian of spinal cancer and was not an army officer when he died. He wasnt entitled to an official commemoration because he left the army months before his death at Walton, Wellesbourne Hastings, Stratford Upon Avon. The ONLY Kibler recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is this man Private 7350 John William KIBLER. 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 23rd March 1918. John has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 19 to 21. This man is probably related in some way to our man P.G Kibler.
KIPPS G.S Lieutenant George Stewart KIPPS. Royal Army Service Corps (ASC). Attended 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 22nd August 1918 aged 23 years. Only son of George and Grace Kipps of 3, The Terrace, St Johns, Sevenoaks, Kent. Buried in the Borre British Cemetery, France. Grave reference II.H.6. LEGGAT A Private TF/1780 Alfred LEGGAT. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th January 1916. Born Howden, Yorkshire. Enlisted Ashford. Resided East Grinstead, Sussex. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Amara, Iraq. Grave reference XXXI.J.2. This man obviously joined the 5th battalion Buffs straight from college.
LEWIS H.F Captain Hugh Frederick LEWIS. 2nd Battalion, Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 19th October 1914 aged 33 years. Born London. Son of Colonel J.F Lewis (Royal Engineers) of Winchester, Hampshire. Husband of Winifred Rachel Lewis of Maes Gwyn, Winchester, Hampshire. Buried Ledeghem Military Cemetery. Grave reference B.16. Hugh served in the South African (Boer War) Wars of 1899-1902. Page 87 of the Queens Regimental History (Col H.C Wylly) gives the circumstances of Hughes death Meanwhile North of Ledeghem, though our cavalry had apparently been through it. North of the town a number of bycycles were seen outside a house. A party under Captain Lewis and Lance Corporal Philips was sent to bring them in. They advanced on the house but were fired on by German soldiers inside. Captain Lewis was shot in the head and most of the other men were also killed.
MATTHEWS E.A * Second Lieutenant Edward Alexander MATTHEWS. 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Formerly The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 14th March 1915 aged 21 years. Son of Francis and Amelia M Matthews of 11, Cottismore Gardens, Kensington, London. Edward has no known grave. His name appears on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel reference 28 to 30. Educated at Haileybury College. MEADE R.P Second Lieutenant Robert Percy MEADE. 13th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 11th July 1916 aged 20 years. Son of Captain John Percy Meade and Helena Meade of Earsham Hall, Norfolk. Robert has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France. Panel reference 16B.16C.
MILLER R.F Second Lieutenant Robert Fordyce MILLER. 5th Battalion, Kings Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Formerly 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Formerly (Private 1139) Royal Fusiliers. Died 4th September 1916 aged 27 years. Son of Horace Miller of Harpford, Sidmouth, Devon. Buried Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France. Grave reference XVII.G.4. The CWGC lists his regiment at the time of death as being the 9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment whereas the SDGW gives the 5th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
MITCHELL R.W * Lieutenant Ronald Walter MITCHELL. 10th (Yeomanry) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly Royal East Kent Yeomanry (REKMR). Died 19th November 1917 aged 41 years. Born 1876. Son of Richard A.H Mitchell (Housemaster), Eton. And Mrs Mary H Mitchell of Hamsey House, Lewes, Sussex. Later residing Green Hedges, Rye, Sussex. The Agricola Club in 1917 was sending his mail to Ladingford, Yalding, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave reference F.45. Educated Eton which is not surprising given that his father was the Housemaster there. After 2 years at Eton Ronald went to Trinity College, Oxford. In 1900 he came to Wye Agricultural College and left in 1902 having obtained a P.A.S.I in 1901. After leaving Wye Ronald went to farm at Yalding, Kent. Upon the outbreak of war Ronald joined the Royal East Kent Yeomanry. Ronald was a keen cricketer and a member of the M.C.C at Lords, London. He played cricket himself and was apparently a useful batsman for Eton in 1897 and 1898. He was unmarried when killed.
MITCHELL H.W Lieutenant Henry William MITCHELL. 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (DCLI). Attended 4th Battalion. Formerly (Private 1370) Royal Sussex Regiment. Formerly 2LT Army Cyclists Corps. Died 22nd November 1917 aged 25 years. Son of Henry and Gertrude Barnard Mitchell of Cintra, Portugal. Buried Jerusalem War Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel. Grave reference G.43. MITCHELL G.R.G This is the only man I could identify - Lieutenant Gilbert Robert MITCHELL-INNES. A Squadron, 19th (Queen Alexandras Own Royal) Hussars. Died 13th May 1915 aged 20 years. Son of Edward Alfred Mitchell-Innes K.C and Barbara Mitchell-Innes of Churchill, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Buried Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, Vlamertinghe, Belgium. Grave reference I.E.9. MONK L.S Private PO/19748 L.S MONK. Portsmouth Battalion, Royal Marines Light Infantry (RMLI). Died 28th October 1918 aged 19 years. Buried in the Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, HASLAR, Gosport, Hampshire. Grave reference E.36.10.
MONROE K.E * Lieutenant Kenneth Edward MONROE. 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Attached 1st Battalion. Formerly (Private 1555) 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 14th May 1915 aged 21 years. Born Chistlehurst, Kent in 1893. Youngest son of Henry Theodore Monroe of Templecrone, East Grinstead, Sussex. Grandson of Doctor Henry Monroe M.D, of Upper Wimpole Street, London. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. Grave reference II.B.47. Educated at the Grange, Crowborough, Sussex, and Winchester and finally at Wye Agricultural College. On the outbreak of war Kenneth along with many other Wye College men joined the 4th Battalion, The Buffs. He was commissioned into the Northamptonshire Regiment shortly afterwards and left for France on the 23rd March 1915. Although he was in the 3rd battalion he was actually fighting with the 1st battalion. He was wounded in the attack on the Aubers Ridge on 9th May 1915 and was recovered from the battlefield to a base hospital at Boulogne. He died there of his wounds a few days later.
MONTGOMERY A * Lieutenant Arnulf MONTGOMERY. 3rd Battalion, Connaught Rangers. Attended 2nd Battalion. Died 22nd December 1914. Arnulf has no known grave. His name appears on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel reference 43. MORGAN E.P Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS) 355031 Edward Pryce MORGAN. 25th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Formerly (8121) Hertfordshire Regiment. Ex (1719) SQMS Montgomeryshire Yeomanry. Died Egypt 14th February 1918 aged 46 years. Husband of Mary Morgan of Drill Hall, Rhayader, Radnor. Buried Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt. Grave reference O.117. NELSON W.B Private 295566 (Signaler) William Barr NELSON. 4th Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Formerly (2620) West Kent Yeomanry. Died Thursday 11th April 1918 aged 20 years. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Charing. Son of William and Marion Nelson. William has no known grave. His name appears on the Ploegstreert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel reference 10. Williams name also appears on the Charing Village War Memorial inside the church.
NICHOLSON W.A Second Lieutenant Walter Alan NICHOLSON. 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Formerly (Private 2440) London Regiment. Died 27th September 1915. Buried Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt, France. Grave reference III.D.15.
NICKALLS A.D Sergeant T/240393 Albert Davies NICKOLLS. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 21st January 1916 aged 50 years. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Son of Thomas and Eliza Nickalls of Clockhouse, Ashford, Kent. Husband of Louisa Alice Nickalls of Rock Cottage, Wye, Kent. Albert has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 6. The CWGC list Albert incorrectly as a Corporal. In fact Albert was promoted Sergeant on 15th January 1916. Alberts name also appears on the Ashford Civic War Memorial and also the Wye (C of E) parish church war memorial.
The 1881 Ashford Census gives Clockhouse, Ashford Thomas NICKOLLS Ashford 1819 (Father) Eliza Liverpool 1830 (Mother) Esther Mersham 1831 Samuel E Reigate, Surrey, 1863 Albert Reigate, Surrey, 1865 John Reigate, Surrey 1869 The Hanna Defile is a narrow strip of dry land between the River Tigris and the Great Suwaikiya Marshes. The mouth of the Hanna Lines lies upstream of the Wadi, some 8 miles towards Kut-al-Amara. It was the rainy season days were hot, foggy and humid and nights were below freezing. On the 20th January the Turkish defences at Hanna came under heavy British artillery bombardment. After the bombardment the infantry moved forward to attack. The Turks rose out of their trenches and literally cut the attacking British infantry down. Very few British soldiers reached their objective. On the 22nd January a truce was arranged and both sides recovered their killed and wounded from the battlefield. British losses in this action amounted to 2,700 men killed or wounded.
OWEN E.A.C Private 55485 E.A OWEN. 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Formerly (2280) Mongomeryshire Yeomanry. Died 13th March 1917 aged 22 years. Born Welshpool, Wales. Enlisted Welshpool. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Annie Owen of Cyfronydd Lodge, Welshpool, Wales. Buried Ferme-Olivier Cemetery, France. Grave reference Plot 3. Row B. Grave 9 .
OWEN-HOLDSWORTH J.P Second Lieutenant James Philip OWEN-HOLDSWORTH MC. 101st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps (RFC). General List. Died 12th April 1918 aged 19 years. Born Marden, Kent. Son of Herbert Lacy and Winifred Owen-Holdsworth of Thurlow Cottage, Westfield, Battle, Sussex. Buried St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France. Grave reference XII.G.1. James was awarded the Military Cross (MC) for courage and leadership skills.
PATTERSON J.K.P Lieutenant John Keppel Priuli PATTERSON. 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Formerly 11th Battalion. 28th December 1917 aged 25 years. Son of John Conyngham and Eleanor Patterson. In 1917 the Agricola Club was sending his mail to Post Office, Turgoose, Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. Buried Southwick (St Michael) Churchyard. England. Grave reference XE2.1.
PAVITT F.W Lance Corporal 69163 Frederick William PAVITT. C Company, 1st Battalion, Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 21st September 1918 aged 19 years. Son of P Pavitt. Buried Meath Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, France. Grave reference I.C.3.
PENN G.M * Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Mark PENN. 6th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. Atached Somerset Light Infantry. Died 11th February 1915 aged 28 years. Son of William and Constance Penn of 34, Wilton Crescent, Victoria, London. Buried in the Rifle House Cemetery, Plugstreet, Belgium. Grave reference IV.H.6. Geoffrey was educated at Eton and Trinity College Oxford, before going to the South East Agricultural College in Wye. He arrived at the college in 1910 and stayed until 1912.
He wrote home that his battalion were on the edge of a big wood with the Germans about 100 yards off outside, keeping them fairly busy with sniping and shelling. Ive dodged them all right up to now, he wrote, but my company commander took a bullet in his leg yesterday. Im glad to say that the bullet went through my Burberry on the way, so I have at least one souvenir of the war. Our guns made a fair mess of some houses, already mostly down, just in front of our trench the other day, where the Germans had machine guns and snipers. POLE-CAREW W.N.R Lieutenant Wymond Nicholas Richard POLE-CAREW. 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry (DCLI). Attended 16th Battalion. Formerly 4th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 6th November 1917 aged 21 years. Youngest son of Charles Edward and Ellen Henrietta Pole-Carew of Parkhill, Totnes, Devon. Wymond has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 80 to 82 and 163A. Educated Marlborough. ADC to Lord Willingdon (Governor of Bombay, India 1915). He won a gold medal at Sandhurst in 1916. POLLARD R.B Sergeant 203171 Richard Batty POLLARD. 2/4th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Formerly Kent Composite Battalion. Formerly (1295) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 4th November 1917 aged 21 years. Born Britsh Guiana, South America. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Bisley, Surrey. Son of Edward B and Sarah Ann Pollard of Strawberry Farm, Bisley, Woking, Surrey. Buried Beersheeba War Cemetery, Israel. Grave reference G.35. Richard served in Gallipoli, Turkey with the KENT COMPOSITE BATTALION a special unit comprised of men from The Buffs, Middlesex Regiment, Queens Own and Queens. Each one of these regiments provided one company of men to form the Kent Composite Battalion. After leaving Gallipoli in Turkey the unit was redesignated the 2/4th Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
POPPLE G.M Second Lieutenant George Marsden POPPLE. 15th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Attended 16th Battalion. Died 26th June 1916 aged 21 years. Son of James and Mary Popple of Castlethorpe Hall, Brigg, Lincolnshire. Buried Authuile Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference E.13.
PRETTY D * Lieutenant Donald PRETTY. 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 11th May 1915 aged 23 years. Son of William and Anne Pretty of Ipswich, Suffolk. Buried Bethune Town Cemetery, Bethune, France. Grave reference II.G.8. Educated at Rugby School and in France before joining the Wye College. After leaving Wye he went to study with Mr H.W Packard of Shotley, and Mr J.R Keeble of Brantham. At the outbreak of war Donald was about to be employed at Gulpher Hall Farm near Felixstowe, Suffolk but instead immediately volunteered for the army and was commissioned into the Suffolks. When at Wye, Donald represented the college in Rugby which is not that surprising when you consider where he was educated. He was also a very gifted lawn tennis player. He was well known in the fox hunting circles of Suffolk and Essex, both of which Donald was a joint Master.
Donald joined the army on the outbrealk of war and was commissioned into the Suffolk Regiment. He left for France with his battalion in November 1914. Between joining the army and being killed Donald had only 5 days home leave. He was erroneously notified by the War Office as having been wounded on one occasion but he was on leave at the time. Lt Pretty had been always with his men, and went through the tremendous fights in which they were engaged at Givenchy, Neuve Chapelle and Ypres. It was when the regiment were in trenches in front of Neuve Chapelle that he was killed or so badly wounded that he died almost directly after he was taken from the trenches. The high explosive shell which was responsible for his death also killed Captain Wilding, the famous ex champion lawn tennis player, and two others who were with Lt Pretty at the time. PRITCHARD A.B * Captain Andrew Baden PRITCHARD. Staffordshire Yeomanry. Died Egypt 26th October 1918 aged 35 years. Son of Henry Baden and Mary Pritchard. In 1917 the Agricola Club was sending his mail to Estate Offices, Little Ingestre, Stafford, Staffordshire. Buried Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery, Syria. Grave reference A.43. Andrew joined Wye College in October 1900 and left in July 1903 having obtained a college diploma. Whilst at Wye he played Association Football for the college. He was a Fellow of the Surveyors Institute and was employed by the Earl of Shrewsburys Estate Office. On the outbreak of war he joined the Staffordshire Yeomanry. Andrew died in Syria of wounds that he received in Mesopotamia (Iraq) fighting with his regiment.
PURVIS R.M Captain Ronald Montague PURVIS. 3rd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Attended 2nd Battalion. Died 14th March 1917. Ronald has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 25 and 63.
RAYNER E.G Lance Corporal 36100 Edward George RAYNER. 63rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly 189th MGC Company. Formerly (G/9409) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 21st March 1918. Born Willesborough 15th January 1886. Enlisted Ashford. Son of James Rayner of 9 Wellesley Villas, Ashford, Kent. Formerly of Aldington. Edward has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference bay 10. Attended Norton Knatchbull School, Ashford and played in the school cricket team in 1901,1902 and 1903. His name appears in the Norton Knatchbull School book of remembrance. After leaving school Edward attended Wye College and then went onto become a Grazier in the Ashford area. Edward enlisted into the army on 1st March 1916 and was posted to the Buffs Depot in Canterbury for training. At some stage Edward transferred from The Buffs into the Machine Gun Corps. He embarked at Folkestone for Boulogne on 9th July 1916. On the 11th July 1916 he joined Base Depot at Camiers. His service record reveals he was hospitalised on a few occasions during active service 6th November 1916 No 55 Company To hospital 21st January 1917 Septic Heal Discharged 18th January 1917 10th February 1917 Etaples Septic Heal and knee 19th February 1917 Admitted Hospital 9th March 1917 Discharged Hospital 28th March 1917 Joined Base Depot Camiers 17 July 1917 Escourt Wounded 1st September 1917 Posted 189 Coy, M.G.C 23 March 1918 63rd Coy, M.G.C Wounded The Norton Knatchbull School records shows Edwards next of kin as being James Rayner of Aldington. His father obviously moved to Ashford at a later date. The 1881 census gives Gladstone Road, Willesborough James RAYNER (Grocer) born 1851 Agnes Rayner (wife) aged 28 Elizabeth Rayner aged 2 Annie S Rayner aged 4
Stephen Sharke aged 41 Stephen Sharke appears to have been James assistant in the grocery business. The Ashford Directory of 1896 gives the following information for Aldington J. Rayner, Grocer and Butcher Edwards name also appears on a private family memorial in the old Ashford Cemetery, Canterbury Road, Ashford Edward Died 4th April 1885 aged 75 years Elizabeth D Died 30th June 1854 aged 38 years James Died 25th August 1920 aged 70 years (Father) Agnes Died 4th November 1933 aged 83 years (mother) Edward George RAYNER Killed in Action 1918 REEVE C.D.W Captain Charles Darcy Edmund Wentworth REEVE. Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Formerly Suffolk Regiment. Died 18th July 1916 aged 21 years. Buried Great Livermere (St Peter) Churchyard, Suffolk, England. Grave reference North of church. ROSHER H * Flight Lieutenant Harold (Rosh) ROSHER. Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). Formerly Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Died 27th February 1916. Born Beckenham, Kent 18th November 1893. Buried with full military honours at Dover (St James) Cemetery, Dover, Kent. Page 43 of The Agricola Magazine (Volume III) has a lengthy story about this man and his exploits before being killed. Educated at The Dene, Caterham, Surrey and then at Woodbridge. As a boy he suffered badly from acute asthma and Bronchitis. He did well at school and displayed considerable pluck which carried him through his health problems. In 1909 Rosh went to India on holiday with his father. In 1913 he went to South Africa with his sister for a holiday. Rosh entered Wye College as a Surrey Student in 1909 leaving in July 1914. Harold obtained his college diploma in 1912 with distinction in Veterinary Science. He remained in the college and specialised in Entomology. Whilst at Wye he took a leading part in the college football team (Association Football). Upon leaving education in July 1914 Harold voluntarily enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and was then selected for service in the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). He started his career at Brooklands (Weybridge, Surrey) where he learnt to fly and was then posted to Hendon. From Hendon Rosh went to Fort Grange (RNAS Gosport) and then on to Kenton Lodge, Gosforth. In early 1915 Rosh was posted overseas with No1 Aeroplane Squadron, Dover. When in Dover Rosh was billited at the Burlington Hotel. He was one of the thirty four pilots who took part in the successful raids on Ostende and Zeebrugge in February 1915, and was also one of those engaged on the raid at Ostend and sbsequently at Hoboken near Antwerp in March 1915. The official report for the raid on Hoboken stated that Squadron Commander T COURTENAY and Flight Lt H ROSHER were the only two pilots to reach their objective, planing down to a thousand feet to drop bombs on the enemy submarine slips. In April 1915 Harold had a narrow escape while low down over Dunkirk attacking a Zeppelin. Harold was killed at Dover whilst flying his machine which was being tested, the machine was last seen to nose dive from a height of about 260 feet. He was killed instantly. It was said that the whole incident
took less than 7 seconds from start to tragic end. At the time of his death he was second in command of RNAS Dover. An inquest was held and it was felt that his controls probably became jammed. Harold was buried with full Naval honours on 2nd March 1916 at Charlton Cemetery in Dover. As his cask was lowered, 5 machines from No 1 RNAS Squadron, Dover overflew Charlton Cemetery. Harold had a cousin who was also killed in the Great War- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Louis ROSHER. Commanding Officer, 2nd Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 14th April 1915 aged 49 years at Shaiba, Iraq. Born Southgate, Middlesex. Son of Alfred Rosher J.P of The Grange, Rosherville, Gravesend, Kent. Husband of Lilian Rosher of 16, Bedford Gardens House, Kensington, London. Buried Basra War Cemetery, Basra, Iraq. Grave reference III.E.18. Harry was a former pupil of Tonbridge School and his name appears in their book of war dead (page 280/281). ROTHWELL S * Lieutenant Sidney ROTHWELL. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 21st January 1916 aged 28 years. Son of Frederick Rothwell of Hurst Farm, Milford, Surrey. Buried Amara War Cemetery, Amara, Iraq. Grave reference XXXI.B.3. Entering the college in 1904 as a Surrey Scholar Sidney obtained, two years later the distinction of being elected a Governors Scholar on the nomination of the college Chairman of Governors (Mr E.J Halsey). Sidney obtained his college diploma in 1906. Upon leaving education Sidney was employed by the Colonial Office in India but came home early to undergo surgery. The effects of surgery prevented him from returning to India. Upon returning from India and after his health treatment Sidney returned to Wye where he was employed by the college in the Agricultural Department. After a short period Sidney was promoted to College Warden. On the outbreak of war Sidney was instrumental in forming the Wye Company of the 5th Battalion Buffs. At first he enlisted as a Private soldier. He moved to India as a Private and was appointed Musketry Instructor and given 3 stripes. In November 1915 l Sidney was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He moved to Basra in Mesopotamia with his regiment.
The Hanna Defile is a narrow strip of dry land between the River Tigris and the Great Suwaikiya Marshes. The mouth of the Hanna Lines lies upstream of the Wadi, some 8 miles towards Kut-al-Amara. It was the rainy season days were hot, foggy and humid and nights were below freezing. On the 20th January the Turkish defences at Hanna came under heavy British artillery bombardment. After the bombardment the infantry moved forward to attack. The Turks rose out of their trenches and literally cut the attacking British infantry down. Very few British soldiers reached their objective. On the 22nd January a truce was arranged and both sides recovered their killed and wounded from the battlefield. British losses in this action amounted to 2,700 men killed or wounded.
RUNCIMAR E.I Second Lieutenant Edmund Inglis RUNCIMAR. 9th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). Died 22nd October 1915. Buried Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference W.2. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission wrongly lists Edmunds name as RUNCIMAN.
SCOTT E.M Private T/240474 Edward Maurice SCOTT. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 24th February 1917 aged 23 years. Born Woking, Surrey. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Dawlish, Devon. Son of Samuel A and Matilda C.E Scott of Woking, Surrey. Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Amara, Iraq. Grave reference XXIX.B.105/116. Yet another man who enlisted into the local infantry battalion straight from Wye College. SHEPHERD A.G.E The school magazine gives this information - Lieutenant A.G.E SHEPPARD. 1/4th Battalion, Kings African Rifles. Died 12th November 1917.
Sergeant 8700 Alfred George SHEPARD. 3rd Battalion, Royal Bershire Regiment. Attached 4th Battalion, Kings African Rifles. Died 12th November 1917 aged 26 years. Buried Dar-Es-Salaam War Cemetery, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa. Grave reference 5.E.1.
SHERRIFF J.G * Lieutenant John George SHERRIFF. 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died 26th April 1915 aged 24 years. Son of George and Catherine J. Sherriff of Carronvale, Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland. John has no known grave. His name appears on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Leper, Belgium. Panel reference 42 and 44. SIMON E.C Captain Eric Conrad SIMON. 2/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 17th August 1915 aged 27 years. Born Didsbury, Manchester. Son of Henry and Emily Simon. Husband of Winifred R. Simon (nee Levy) of 41, Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London. Buried Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave reference F.63.
SITZLER G.F Private T/202909 Gustavus Frederick SITZLER. 1st Battalion, The Buffs 9East Kent Regiment). Died 28th April 1918. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Esher, Surrey. Buried Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. France. Grave reference I.A.32. Another man who enlisted straight from College at Wye.
SKELTON S * Captain Sidney SKELTON. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly West Kent Yeomanry. Died of fever in Iraq 20th March 1918 aged 30 years. Son of Harry John Skelton of Sandgate, Folkestone and London. Resided Wynngarth, West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent. Son of Harry John and Ada Skelton of West Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq. Grave reference XII.M.12. Sidney attended Wye College from 1907 until 1911. He took a National Diploma in Agriculture and the college diploma in 1910, gaining honours in 1911, and also a certificate in Horticulture. After leaving Wye Sidney purchased a farm at West Farleigh near Maidstone. When the war broke out Sidney joined The Buffs. It is recorded that Sidney played the violin and that he participated in many college concerts throughout his time at Wye.
SMITH G * Second Lieutenant George SMITH. 10th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Attended 9th Battalion. Formerly 11th Battalion. Died 15th September 1916 aged 25 years. Son of Charles and Fanny Smith of 62, Lime Grove, New Malden, Surrey. Buried Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, France. Grave reference II.E.4. George entered Wye college in 1908 as a Surrey Scholar and continued until 1912 gaining a college diploma. He was secretary of the college rifle club. Upon leaving Wye he went to study at the University of London where he was awarded a B.Sc (Agric). In 1915 he returned to Wye College as a member of staff (Botanical) before volunteering for army service a few months later with the 11th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) in Maidstone.
STAHL H.C Lieutenant Commander H.C STAHL. H.M Trawler King Emperor. Royal Navy (RN). Died 4th February 1916. Buried Farnham Civil Cemetery, Farnham, UK. Grave reference P.4694.
STEVENS D.H Second Lieutenant Douglas Harcourt STEVENS. 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 7th August 1918 aged 19 years. Son of Edward and Fanny Louisa Stevens of Uppertoes, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent. Buried Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, France. Grave reference I.B.8. SWAYNE S Lieutenant Stephen Cormack SWAYNE. 3rd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 30th September 1915 aged 30 years. Son of Major General J.D Swayne and Mary Morris Swayne. Stephen has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, Loss, France. Panel reference 15 to 19.
TRIMMER W.C Second Lieutentant William Charles TRIMMER. 1st (Bucks) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (OBLI). Died 21st July 1916 aged 19 years. Son of Mr. W.S and Mrs. E. Trimmer of Ridgeway House, Farnham, Surrey. Buried Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France. Grave reference I.C.9.
VAN ROOYEN G.J.C Private T/1580 Glenville Julian Cecil VAN ROOYEN. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 27th October 1915. Born Haputale, Ceylon. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Badulla, Ceylon. Buried locally in the Wye (SS Gregory and Martin) Churchyard, Wye, Ashford, Kent. Grave reference North East of Church. Glenville died in the UK and was buried locally in Wye by members of his family and staff from the Wye Agricultural Collge. His name appears on the Wye College Memorial Plaque located in the college courtyard. It is surprising that his name does not appear on the church plaque 50 yards away especially because he is buried in the church graveyard VAUGHAN F.H Driver L/20744 Frank Henry VAUGHAN. XII Corps Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery (RFA). Died 20th October 1918 aged 23 years. Enlisted Camberwell, London. Resided Camberwell, London. Foster son of Annie Vaughan of 44, Eastlake Road, Camberwell, London. Buried Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave reference 567.
WATERER M.A Second Lieutenant Michael Anthony WATERER. 6th Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF). Formerly Royal Engineers (RE) and the Royal Monmouthshire. Died 11 October 1918 aged 25 years. Son of Robert and Gertrude Waterer of Elmside, Chertsey, Surrey. Buried Tincourt New British Cemetery, Near Perrone, France. Grave reference VII.F.19. WICKHAM N.J.L Captain Nigel John Latham WICKHAM. 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers. Died 18th April 1916 aged 25 years. Son of Frederic R Wickham of Seapoint Lodge, Broadstairs, Kent. Buried Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, France.
WILSON H.I Captain Henry Ivan De Burgh WILSON. 2/4th Battalion, Queens Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 19th April 1917 aged 30 years. Son of Surgeon General Sir William Deane Wilson K.C.M.G and Lady Deane Wilson of St Helens Down Lodge, St Helens, Hastings, Sussex. Buried Gaza War Cemetery, Gaza, Israel. Grave reference XXX.D.5. WOOD J.G * Lance Corporal 2113 John Guy WOOD. 23rd Battalion, London Regiment. Died 26th May 1915 aged 35 years. Son of Mr John D Wood who was head of the well known firm of land agents in Mount Street, London. Husband of Joan S Wood of 37, Banstead Road, Purley, Surrey. John has no known grave. His name appears on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel reference 45/46. John joined the college in 1899 and left with a diploma in 1902. He was a Fellow of the Surveyors Institution and a partner in his fathers firm of land agents. John was killed in action at Givenchy France.
WORTHINGTON R.G * Lieutenant Reginald George WORTHINGTON. 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (OBLI). Died 16th September 1914 aged 27 years. Resided Dysons Wood, Reading, Berkshire. Son of George Montague and Eveline Fanny Worthington of Dysons Wood, Kidmore, Oxfordshire. Buried Soupir Churchyard, between Soissons and Guignicourt, France. Grave reference C.2. Awarded the French Legion of Honour for conspicuous gallantry in the field after he was reported kiled in action. WRIGHT B.J Private 9795 Benjamin Joseph WRIGHT. 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). Died 3rd May 1917 aged 20 years. Born Cliffe, Kent. Enlisted Armoury House, London. Resided Rochester. Son of Frederic and Frances Wright of West Court, Cliffe, Rochester, Kent. Benjamin has no known grave. His name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Panel reference Bay 1.
GROVE- HILLS C.H Second Lieutenant Charles Herbert HILLS. 3rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 5th September 1916 aged 21 years. Son of Colonel E.H Grove-Hills and Juliet Grove-Hills of 1, Campden Hill, Kensington, London. Buried in the Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France. Grave reference I.A.27. This man was a student at the South Eastern Agricultural College in Wye. His death was reported in the Kentish Express. His name appears to have been missed off the college war memorial. TAPSFIELD C.R Private T/704 Claude Reginald TAPSFIELD. 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly a Bandsman. Died Tuesday 1st June 1915 aged 25 years. Born 5th June 1889 at Farleigh, Maidstone. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Ashford. Son of Frederick and Laura LouisaTapsfield of 2 East Hill, Ashford, Kent. Claude has no known grave. His name appears on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, near Poona, India. Panel reference 3. His fatherFrederick served for 18 years in the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (REKMR). His mother Laura was the daughter of Valentine Munn (Founder member of the East Kent Volunteers) of Maidstone. Claudes name appears on page 356 of the de Ruvigneys Roll of Honour. Educated at the British School Ashford and the South East Agricultural College Wye. Upon leaving Wye he went to work at his fathers Newsagents and Tabaconists in Ashford. He joined the territorials in 1905 and became a bandsman clarinet player. Claude won awards for his clarinet playing at Crystal Palace in London. Upon the oubreak of war Claude volunteered for overseas service and went to India (Pachmari) with his battalion. He became ill with appendicitis and an operation was required in order to save his life. Claude died on the operating table while this surgery was taking place. His commanding officer Captain F Muckley wrote Tapsfield was not only a clever music