Burials WW1 Hipswell 1918

Chapter THREE


cause of death : Cerebro spinal fever

200267 Driver David Clydesdale 
5th Battalion Royal Field Artillery
Died 22nd January 1918 Buried 25th January 1918 
Scotton Camp


Summary of Army Career

Enlisted: Ayr Residence: Irving, Ayr
Death certificate details: David Clydesdale, aged 19, driver, 5th Reserve RFA TCerritorial of 62 Fullerton Street, Irving, Ayrshire. Died at Military Hospital, Scotton.

Cause of death: Cerebro spinal fever.

Possible error on soldiers effects record in that it states that war gratuity was paid out to widow Sarah, think there is a mix up with a David Clydesdale who was born in Ireland around 1895 who had married a Sarah Mullen in 1915, County Down,. Cannot find a marriage record for David Clydesdale from Ayr who has married a Sarah. Cannot find another David Clydesdale who died throughout the duration of the war.

Life History

Born 1898 Maybole Ayrshire.
Named as next of kin on brother James' enlistment papers, Broomknow, Dalmellington
1911 Census Broomknow, Dalmellington has James Clydesdale, born Dalmellington, a pit bottomer living with wife Elizabeth and children. They have been married 18 years, have had nine children, eight living. James, Agnes, David, John, Margaret, Thomas, Elizabeth and Robert. David's father James died on 7th June 1915, at Broomknow, Dalmellington, his wife is Elizabeth Carrell/Farrell

Remembered on Irving War Memorial


cause of death : not recorded he had been treated for gonorrhoea

111448 Gunner George Green (Osgerby)
Royal Field Artillery attached to Tank Corps Command Depot
Died 18th March 1918 Buried 21st March 1918 
Hipswell Camp


Summary of Army Career

Enlisted 6th June 1911 under the name of Joseph Osgerby, 113 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. No. 35262. 5ft 9 1/8". 36" chest. Fresh complexion. Brown hair and eyes. 
Next of kin: Father Thomas and mother Alice Osgerby, brother William of 1 St Chads Lane, Barton upon Humber. His mother is named on Soldiers Effects records.
Home: 6th June 1911-20th March 1913
Malta: 21st March 1913-24th September 1914
Home: 25th September 1914-2nd October 1914
France: 2nd October 1914- August 1915
Joseph Osgerby had had a character reference completed by the army in October 1913 that stated' a steady, hardworking man. Thoroughly honest soldier and reliable.'
Returned home due to being wounded and subsequently deserted from the Military Hospital, Barton upon Humber on 2nd September 1915. His unit at this time was 122nd Heavy Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
There was a Court of Inquiry, Fort Brockhurst, Gosport that confirmed his desertion on 1st March, 1916.
He received British War, Victory and 1914 Star with Mons Rosette but these were forfeited due to his desertion under the name of Joseph Osgerby.235 He also has a medal card under the name of George Green where he received the British War and Victory medal. It gives his date of death as 18th March, 1918.
He had been treated for gonorrhoea 4th July 1913-8th August 1913 at Newhaven/Brighton.
Joseph Osgerby re-enlisted as George Green, his mother's maiden name sometime in 1916, still need to find records to confirm this.
A number of Joseph's brothers enlisted and served during the war.


Life History 

Joseph Osgerby was born 1890 Glanford Brigg. His parents were Thomas Osgerby born 1861, South Ferriby and Alice Green born 1863, Barton on Humber.They were married 1882, Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire.
1911 Census Thomas and Alice Osgerby are living at 1 St Chads Lane, Barton on Humber with eleven of their children. They have been married for twenty seven years, have had fourteen children, all living. Thomas' occupation is a maltster. Joseph's occupation is a cycle polisher.

Remembered on Barton on Humber War Memorial.

Headstone Inscription: From Memory's Page We'll Never Blot These Few Words Forget Him Not. Mrs. A. Osgerby,8 Marine Parade, Spyvee St, Witham, Hull

Pearce/ birth name Pera

cause of death : found dead after putting a detonator in his mouth and lighting the fuse. suicide

T184377 A/Sgt. Charles Pearce/birth name Alfred Charles Thomas Pera
352(HS)Works Company, Labour Corps
(Previous army no. 8267, Lincolnshire Regiment)
Died: 23rd April 1918 
Inquest dated stated that Charles Pearce was found dead at 3pm on 23rd April 1918, after putting a detonator in his mouth and lighting the fuse.
A/Sgt Charles Pearce was buried on 27th April 1918, Hipswell, North Yorkshire.
Verdict: Committed suicide whilst temporarily insane

Summary of Army career
28th August 1914: Attested at Manchester. 
Description: 5ft 6 1/2". Brown eyes.  Dark red hair.  120 pounds.  Stated he was single and had no children (which he does in fact have at least one, Percival Sidney Pera born 1889). Occupation: Hairdresser
13th October 1914: Joined 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment and was subsequently posted to France.
21st November 1914: Promoted to L/Cpl
24th March 1915: Diagnosed with a hernia at Casualty Clearing Centre at Merville, France, transferred to Boulogne to be repatriated back to England and joined 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
28th June 1915: Demoted from L/Cpl for being drunk.
28th November 1916: Transferred to 7th (W) Durham Light Infantry
11th December 1916: Promoted L/Cpl
12th November 1917: Posted to 352(HS) Works Company, Labour Corps
23rd April 1918: Committed suicide at Brough, Catterick

Life History

Charles Pearce was born Alfred Charles Thomas Pera in 1870.242 The name Alfred Charles Thomas Pera is in his Army documentation.
His parents were Charles Clement Pera, born 1840, Prussia, a seaman and Louisa Ann Burfoot, born 1846, Bristol.They were married in St James, Bristol.His father doesn't appear on any of the subsequent censuses with the family. Louisa states she is a widow on the 1891 Census, her occupation is a dairykeeper, living with her is her daughter, Agnes, who will be mentioned later and her mother Betsy Burfoot. Charles Pera died suddenly Callao, Peru in 1889, age 48247.
 By 1901, Louisa is a grocer's shopkeeper and living with daughter Agnes who is now married to Alfred Wilkins248. By 1911, Louisa is living at 105 Mina Road, Bristol with Agnes and her family, this being the address that Charles Pearce has written on his Army documentation as being the address for his next of kin, Agnes Wilkins, sister.
Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera married Mabel Helena Parker on 2nd April 1888, Moorfields, St Matthews, Gloucestershire.
They had a son Percival Sidney Pera christened 12th May 1889, at Holy Nativity, Bedminster, Bristol. Father's name given as Charles Pera, mother, Mabel Helena.251Born Percival Sydney Pera, June 1889.
1891 Census has Mabel Helena and Percival living with her parents at Upper St, Bedminster stating she is married but no mention as to Alfred/Charles, he is on 1891 Census boarding in High St, Watford, Hertfordshire, occupation, traveller.
By 1901, Mabel Helena is living in the Farbrother household, 16 Arno St, Bristol, she describes herself as single.255 Percival, her son, is still living with Mabel's father.256 Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera is not found on 1901 Census.
1911 Census has Mabel Helena married to Leonard Farbrother, who was in the same household in 1901,257 she had remarried in 1903, Bristol.
Percival Sidney is living with his mother and her husband at 29 Hill Avenue, Bedminster, Bristol. It looks like Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera is at the workhouse in Gravesend, Kent, listed as being born in Taunton, Somerset, single and a barber's assistant, whether or not he is an inmate of the workhouse or someone who is working there on the night of the census is not apparent.
Charles Pearce had changed his name sometime between 1891 and 1911 maybe due to the build-up of anti-German feeling within England as his father was German born.
By 1914, when Charles Pearce joined the Army, he was living in Derby. His records show that he made an allotment from his army pay to a Miss Clara Snow, 17 Roman Terrace, Eagle St, Derby. He stated that she was his unmarried wife. Clara would attend his inquest in 1918 and gave her address at that time as 90 High St, Derby.260 Clara died at 90 High St, Derby on 11th January, 1923. Clara was aged 60.Charles Pearce's sister Agnes Wilkins was named as next of kin and she received Charles Pearce's medals and personal effects.

Percival Sidney Pera(Charles Pearce's son)
Born 12th May 1889, Bristol.
Married 1911, Bristol to Alice Jones.
Died 1947, Bristol age 58.
Percival and Alice's children(Charles Pearce grandchildren)
1. Percival E Pera 1912266-1914 Bristol
2. Mabel A Pera 1913268-1992 Bath
3. Daisy D Pera 1915269-1927270 Keynsham
4. Percival William Pera 1917271.Died June 1993, Bath.272 Married 1950 to Diana A Stone. Children(Charles Pearce great grandchildren): Heather D & Martin R Pera born 1951274 Bristol. Dudley M Pera born 1954275 Keynsham(still on 2014 Electoral Roll living in Shepton Mallet)

The next three children have to be confirmed as Percival and Alice's:
1. Reginald Pera born 1921276 Keynsham. Married in 1945 Keynsham to Mary E M Helliar.
2. Gladys Pera born 1925278 Keynsham. Possible 2013 Electoral Roll entry 4 Rodney Road, Bristol BS31 3HP
3. Ernest Pera born 1927279 Keynsham. Married in 1952 Bristol to Florence G Filer.Children: Hilary F Pera born 1954281 Bristol. Jane B Pera born 1957 Bristol.282 Christopher R Pera born 1959 Bristol.

Charles Pearce sister
Agnes Louisa Pera born 1874284 Bristol. Married Alfred George Wilkins on 5th April 1896, Bristol.
1. Dorothy Agnes Wilkins born 1897 Bristol
2. Alfred Edwin Wilkins born 1898 Bristol
3. Kathleen Beatrice Wilkins born 1900 Bristol
4. Alice Wilkins born 1900 Bristol

(Grandson)Reginald Pera born 1921 possible 2014 Electoral Roll: The Glen, Bath Avon BA2 8LP
(Great grandson)Dudley M Pera born 1954 on 2014 Electoral Roll in Shepton Mallet Somerset
Florence G Pera, wife of Ernest Pera 2014 Electoral Roll Flat 28 Hawthorne Lane Bristol BS31 1BF


cause of death : not known

16142 Gunner Robert Kelsey 
5th Reserve Brigade Royal Horse Artillery & Tank Corp Depot
Died 6th April 1918 Buried 9th April 1918 
Hipswell Camp

Summary of Army Career

Received Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals plus clasp. Theatre of war qualifying date: 15th August 1914. The Medals card asked for authorisation to dispose of the medals on 8th October 1921.

Life History

Robert Kelsey was born 18th July 1883. His baptism certificate dated 5th September 1883, St Mark's, Whitechapel gives his address as 39 Ellen Street.
Robert's parents were Joseph Kelsey born 1849 Belton, Lincolnshire and Margaret Green born 1851 Whitechapel.They were married 13th July 1868 Stepney.Joseph's occupation was carman.They had had ten children: Joseph Thomas, Margaret, Sarah, Charles, Amelia, Rose, Elizabeth, Florence, George Aldam and Robert.
Robert Kelsey married Edith Stoner in 1910,she had been born 1889 Burgess Hill, Sussex.1911 Census Robert and Edith are living at 35 Bellamy Street, Balham SW. Robert is a Hosier Shop Assistant. She received his war gratuity, worth £21 10s.299
Details from CWGC gives Edith's address as 6 St John's Hill Grove, Wandsworth, it also mentions that Robert is the son of Joseph and Margaret Kelsey.

Remembered on Holy Trinity Clapham War Memorial.
Headstone Inscription: Let Those Who Come After See To It That His Name Be Not Forgotten. Mrs E. Kelsey, 6 St John's Hill Grove, Wandsworth SW11300


cause of death : not known

74783 Driver Alfred Cheeseman
Royal Artillery & Tank Corps Command Depot
Died 21st April 1918 Buried 25th April 1918 
Hipswell Camp

Summary of Army Career

Enlisted Oxford.
Alfred Cheeseman named Kate Shears as his next of kin on Soldiers Effects Record, she married in Islington, 1918 and became Kate Hutchison also mentioned on the records.
Received British War Medal/Victory medal and 1914 Star. Qualifying date: 11th November 1914.

Life History

Alfred Cheeseman was born 1893 Dorton Thame, Oxfordshire.His parents were Benjamin Cheeseman born 1845, Bromley, Kent and Ellen Brooks born 1866, South Moor, Berkshire. They were married in New Brighton, Cheshire, 22nd August 1884.305 Benjamin's occupation given as Gunner, he is aged 36 and Ellen is age 22. Benjamin died at Dorton in 1913.
Benjamin and Ellen children: Nellie, Lucy, Rose, Alice, Herbert Harry, Mabel Agnes and George as well as Alfred and Stanley John.
1911 Census Alfred is a soldier, born 1892, Dorton Hill, Buckinghamshire, stationed at Shornecliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent. His regiment is 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Alfred's brother 330652 Private Stanley John Cheeseman, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment died 8th August 1918. Remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium as well as on Chilton St Mary Memorial.

Remembered on Chilton St Mary Buckinghamshire War Memorial


cause of death : Diptheria and septicaemia

59732 Private Robert Anthony Minns
16th Battalion Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment
Died 2nd May 1919 Buried 6th May 1919 
Catterick Military Hospital

Died from Diptheria and septicaemia at 5.10pm on 2nd May 1919. A Post Office telegram sent from the Military Hospital to No 2 Record Office, York informing them that Robert had died, stated that his relatives were present at his death.
On 2nd October 1918, Robert had returned from France to Horton War Hospital, Epsom as an 'E' case, due to poor physique. Robert had been admitted to hospital in France on 25th September 1918.
Robert Anthony Minns was admitted to Catterick Military hospital on 16th April 1919 with Pyorrhea, an inflammatory disease that affects the teeth and gums, he was treated by a Dentist and discharged on 29th April 1919, feeling quite well. He was then suddenly taken ill at Barnard Castle on 30th April 1919, with possible Scarlet fever. 
1st May 1919 Temperature 102.4, pulse 156, rapid and thread. Septic rash on body.
2nd May 1919 died at 5.10pm.

Summary of Army Career

Enlisted: 27th December 1917.
Age: 18 years and 8 days. 5ft tall. Dark hair, blue eyes and fresh complexion. 98lbs. Next of kin: George Minns, 15 Catherine Street, Willington.
Reserve service: 27th December 1917 - 6th February 1918
Home Service: 7th February 1918 - 17th July 1918
France: 18th July 1918 - 24th September 1918
Home: 25th September 1918311
War gratuity paid to mother Lois E Minns.312
Received British and Victory war medals.313

Life History

Robert Anthony Minns was born 1900, Auckland, County Durham.314 His parents were George Minns born 1877, Spennymoor and Lois Elizabeth Garrard born 1880, Merrington, Durham.They were married 0n 12th July 1899, Spennymoor.
1911 Census Robert Anthony is living with his parents George and Lois at 15 Catherine Street, Willington. Living with them is Robert's three siblings Elsie May, George Garrard and Lucy Maria. George and Lois have been married for 11 years, have had six children, four living. George's occupation is a slater.
Robert's brother George drowned while swimming in the River Wear near Willington, Durham on 22nd July 1936. He was swimming with his brother Arthur. Report given in Sunderland Echo, dated Monday 24th July 1936, 'While bathing in the Wear near Willington, George Minns (25) of 25 Catherine Street, Willington got into difficulties and was carried away by a strong current before any of his companions could reach him.'
Headstone Inscription: Thy Will Be Done. Mr G. Minns, 15 Catherine St, Willington, Co. Durham
Remembered at St. Stephen's Church, Low Willington, Durham


cause of death: Accidental Death after shooting accident

202167 Pte Michael Capaldi

5th (City of Glasgow) Battalion(Territorial)

Highland Light Infantry

Died: 8th June 1917 Buried : 12th June 1917[1]

Hipswell Camp

Summary of Army Career

Army Records

Enlisted: Hamilton, Lanarkshire

Residence: Caldercruix, Lanarkshire

Further army records have yet to be found.


Life History

Michael Angelo Capaldi was born 1898 Manchester.His parents were John Capaldi born approx. 1853 Italy and Virginia Virgen born 1863. They were married on 6th July 1892 at Manchester Registry Office. Virginia Capaldi died 29th August 1914,aged 46 years, husband John Capaldi, print field worker, Burnfoot Cottage, Glengowan, By Airdrie.  Her father’s name given as Thomas Virgen, sculptor, deceased. John Capaldi died 23rd February, 1938, Caldercruix, Lanarkshire. 1911 Census Burnfoot Cottage, Michael is living with his parents John, aged 58 years, born Italy, print worker and Virginia, aged 46, born England. They had been married 18 years, had had 7 children of which 4 were still living. His siblings were: Lawrence aged 10 years, Antony aged 7 years, Winifred aged 2 years. Michael’s half brother Andrew aged 27 years and his wife Mary Ann was also living in the household.

A Newspaper Article gave further details with regard to Micheal’s death:

‘A Northern Camp Shooting Accident: Evidence given that on Saturday night several members of the H.L.I. were in a tent. Pte. Hall took a cartridge from his pocket and after extracting the bullet, shook out the powder. He then replaced the bullet in the cartridge which he inserted in his rifle and after pointing it at his comrades pulled the trigger. To the general surprise and horror there was a loud retort and a young Italian soldier named Capaldi fell to the ground dead.

The presumption was made that some congealed powder had been left in the bullet in the cartridge. Jury returned verdict: Accidental Death.’


Remembered on Caldercruix War Memorial.




cause of death : not known

TR/5/159032 Private Albert Cattani
51st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers
Died 22nd July 1918 Buried 24th July 1918 
The cause of death is currently unknown. Albert Wilfred Cattani died on the 22nd of July 1918 at the Military hospital in Catterick Camp.

Summary of Army Career

Private Albert Wilfred Cattani served with the 51st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers.319  War gratuity payment was made to his mother Lillian Cattani.There are no other details available from army records.

Life History

Albert Wilfred Cattani was born in 1900 in London. He was the son of Albert Cattani and Lilian Ada Alice Hobson.321 The Cattani surname was recorded as Kattani.
Albert Cattani senior was born in either Hungary or Genoa, Italy (approx. 1861), dependent on which census is read, before being naturalized in Sweden. He performed in music halls as a professional gymnast with his brother, Oscar (born 1866 in Italy). 
1911 Census living at 27 Station Road, Redcar, Albert Cattani senior, a photographer, married for 16 years, 9 children, 8 living, Lilian Ada Alice and their children. Albert Cattani senior died in 1913, being buried in Coatham on the 31st of December 1913.
Lilian Ada Alice Hobson was born in Birmingham in 1875. 1891 Census she was living in Fulham with her parents. She married Albert Cattani/Kattani in Lambeth, London, 1896.
Albert Wilfred Cattani siblings; Nina, born in Holland in 1896; Edith Doris, born in London in 1897; Kathleen Lilian, born in Leeds in 1901; Violet Lois, born in Redcar in 1904; Howard John, born in Redcar in 1906; Harold Walter Mathew, born in Redcar in 1908; Eva Winifred, born in Redcar in 1911 and Wilfred, born in Redcar in 1913.
Another sibling, Albert Howard Cattani, was born in Lambeth in 1896. However, he passed away in January of 1897.


cause of death : due to suffocation whilst unlawfully in the house of Wesleyan minister

291186 Company Sgt Major James McWilliam
5th Scottish Rifles(Cameronians)
Died 14th July 1918 Buried 23rd July 1918 Hipswell

Death was due to suffocation whilst unlawfully in the house of Wesleyan minister, Dundas Street, Richmond. The Coroner, Mr Gardener, suggested a verdict 'that the deceased whilst in Mr. Tregonning's house for an unlawful purpose, was suffocated and did die,' and the jury agreed with the verdict.
The inquest gave details that James McWilliam had entered the house at 2.00a.m. Sunday morning, he had been drinking. The minister's wife had heard a noise in the bedroom and had woken her husband. The Minister apprehended James McWilliam who said "I am a drunken soldier, I give in", the Minister had a scuffle with James, tied him up and called the police. He noticed that James was unconscious but thought he was 'shamming.' When the police came they saw there was no pulse, called the doctor who confirmed that James had died.

Summary of Army Career

There are no army records available that give a detailed history of James McWilliam. The newspaper report into the inquest of his death gives details of him being at the Front for two years and nine months and that he had been in receipt of the Mons Star. It states that there are no details of him being wounded in action or any signs of Shell Shock. A Lieutenant from Catterick Camp had identified the body as that of James McWilliam, a cadet whose home was at Denistone. He said that the deceased was a motorman before enlisting, having been a regular soldier. He was 34 years of age, a very quiet man and a good soldier

Life History

James McWilliam was born 6th February 1883, Rhynie Aberdeenshire.He was the illegitimate son of Peter McWilliam, farm servant and Margaret Hutton, domestic servant. Both his father Peter and mother Margaret registered his birth on 26th February 1883 at Rhynnie.
On 1911 Census Scotland James was living at 263 Cumbernauld Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, with his wife Annie. He is a Corporation Tram car Conductor. Annie was born in England and they had been married three years. Also boarding in their home is Peter Wishart age less than one month, who is possibly the son of their next door neighbour James Wishart.


cause of death : ruptured aneurysm of the aorta

79709 Gunner Michael Joyce
'D' Battalion 2nd Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 29th August 1918 Buried ? September 1918 
Scotton Camp

Died suddenly at 7.30 hours, in 'Y' Lines, Scotton Camp. Removed to Catterick Military Hospital Mortuary. Post mortem revealed ruptured aneurysm of the aorta.

Summary of Army Career

Michael Joyce enlisted on 11th May 1916, he was aged 39 years and 4months. Occupation: a labourer/miner. 5ft 8".36"chest. Fresh complexion, blue eyes, grey hair. Tattoo on right forearm of a dressed woman. Address given: 7 Police Street, Newton le Willows, Lancashire.
Home Front: 11th May 1916-10th July 1916
Embarked to Hong Kong: 11th July 1916-13th September 1916
Served Hong Kong: 13th September 1916-7th May 1918
Travelled Home: 8th May 1918-18th July 1918
Catterick: 19th July 1918-29th August 1918
Served a total of 2 years and 111 days.
Received British War medal.

Life History

Michael Joyce was born in Golborne, Lancashire in 1877.His parents were: Michael Joyce born 1831, Ireland, a labourer, and Anna born 1841, Limerick, Ireland. They had both were deceased by the time Michael died. Michael had five sisters Mary, Ellen, Annie, Bridget, Margaret and one brother Thomas.
Thomas served with 6th Battalion, 6th Battalion, Connaught Rangers, his regimental number: 1623. He died 8th September 1916 in France and is remembered on Thiepval Memorial.
Michael received a payment from Thomas' estate.
Mary Joyce, Michaels's sister received his personal effects and medals. Address given: 2 or 7 Police Street, Newton le Willows, Lancashire.
1911 Census Mary is living with brother, Thomas, coal miner at 2 Police Street, Golborne, Lancashire. Haven't found Michael on the 1911 Census.

Headstone Inscription: May He Rest In Peace. Miss M. Joyce, 2 Police St, Golborne, Nr Warrington


casue of death : not known

49869/277282 Private Samuel Bradbury
4th Battalion Manchester Regiment transferred to Labour Corps
Died 15th October 1918 Buried 18th October 1918
Hipswell Camp
Birth Place: Manchester

Summary of Army Career

Enlisted: Manchester

Life History

Samuel Bradbury married Edith Pilkington on 24th February 1906, at Parish of All Souls, Manchester. He was aged 22 years and Edith was 20 years old. They both lived at 12 Holme Street. Samuel's occupation was given as carter. His father was Robert Bradbury, carter, deceased.
Soldiers effects records state that widow Edith and children were to receive war gratuity and outstanding pay.


cause of death : Cerebro Spinal Meningitis

76400 Gunner Horace Scace
'D' Battery 2 SARB Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 17th November 1918 Buried 21st November 1918   
Catterick Military Hospital

Died from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.
Admitted to hospital on 13th October 1918 complaining of headaches, pain in the limbs and back. Sweating profusely and attacks of shivering. Diagnosed with influenza.
Up until 19th October 1918, there was no change in his condition. On the 19th, he was said not to be well, vomiting and shivering.
20th October-Horace Scace stated that he was suffering from Malaria, his last attack had been in May of 1918.
22nd October, a lumbar puncture was taken. Letter sent to his family informing them that he was seriously ill on 22nd October 1918, and that he was on Ward 28, Catterick Camp Military Hospital. Further treatment continued until 17th November 1918.
17th November - patient's pulse weak and irregular. Patient died at 12.30pm. Diagnosis patient died from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis contracted on ordinary military service.
Personal effects returned to his father consisted of: a purse, 3 postage stamps, 2 pipes, 3 packs of cigarettes, a pouch, a soap dish, a handkerchief, 2 pocket knives, shaving soap, letters, a pocket wallet and photos, a match box.


Summary of Army Career

Horace Scace was called up on 21st April 1916. Age on enlistment: 25 years 9months. 5ft 10 3/4". 38" chest. Occupation: carter. Next of kin: Lewis Scace, Stone Common, Blaxhall, father.
Served previously with Royal Garrison Artillery Militia and Royal Regiment of Artillery.
Served: Home: 18th April 1916-10th July 1916
Hong Kong: 11th July 1916-17th May 1918
Passage home: 18th May 1918-3rd July 1918
Home: 4th July 1918-17th November 1918
Character reference given on 12th March 1918: Hardworking, very reliable, straightforward and clean. Military character: very good.
Received British War Medal and a war gratuity.

Life History

Horace Scace was born in 1890, Suffolk.His parents were Lewis Scace born 1857, Blaxhall, Suffolk and Mary Ann Jay, born 1856 Blaxhall, Suffolk.They married in 1879, Plomesgate, Suffolk.Lewis Scace was an agricultural labourer.
1911 Census Lewis and Mary Ann Scace are living at Stone Common, Blaxhall. They have been married 32 years, have had eleven children, all are still living. Horace is living at home and is recorded as being a horseman on a farm.
Two of Horace's brothers Gowan born 1892 and Lewis born 1894 were also called up to serve in the army. Lewis served with West Yorkshire Regiment, number 79598, name recorded as Lewis Scarce.
Headstone inscription: Rest in Peace: Mrs. M.A. Scace, Stone Common, Blaxhall, nr Tunstall, Suffolk
Remembered on Blaxhall, Suffolk War memorial, name given as Horace Scarce.


cause of death ; not known previously , gassed and suffering 1st degree gas burns

138348 Gunner Thomas William Jeffery
'D' Battalion 2nd Army Reserve Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 14th November 1918 Buried 18th November 1918 
Scotton Camp

Summary of Army Career

Thomas William Jeffery was attested on the 6th September 1915 in Plymouth, joining the Devon Royal Garrison Artillery, at the age of 27. He served as a horseman and was rejected from serving with the Guards due to his height.
He was attached to the 117 Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery (between 22nd March 1916 and 25th March 1918), when he was sent to combat in Boulogne on the 26th April 1916.
Thomas William Jeffery was admitted to Whippscross War Hospital, in Leytonstone, between the 24th March 1918 and 30th March 1918, after being gassed and suffering 1st degree gas burns. He was then moved to the Auxiliary Military Hospital in Orsett-Escoll between the 30th March 1918 and the 4th April 1918. 
He was later readmitted to a hospital in Bude, Cornwall between the 4th May 1918 and the 17th June 1918, after which he was sent to Exeter until the 19th July 1918.  On the 19th July 1918, T.W. Jeffery was sent to a Convalescent Hospital in Devon until the 7th September 1918.
Thomas William Jeffery would be moved to the Reserve Brigade in Catterick on the 21st September 1918, after which he was sent to the Military Hospital in Catterick until the 21st October 1918. He would die of spinal meningitis at 5:15am on the 14th November 1918.
Received British War medal and Victory Medal.

Life History

Thomas William Jeffery was born in Ilfracombe in 1888.356 His mother, Catherine Jeffery, also lived in Ilfracombe. His father, also named Thomas William Jeffery, has no address noted. He had two brothers; Walter John Cutliffe Jeffery, born in 1887, who served with the British Expeditionary Force (No: M2/519791)357 and Bertie Jeffery, born in 1893. In the 1911 Census, Catherine is living with her three sons in Ilfracombe, with Thomas' occupation being named as a Carriage Proprietor.
Thomas married Blanche Jeffery in a registry office in Barnstaple on the 20th July 1917.358
Thomas William Jeffery is described in his Army records as being 6ft 4in and having a 38 1/2 inch chest.
His medals (British and Victory) and personal effects were sent to his widow, Blanche Jeffery, in Ilfracombe on the 2nd April 1919. His personal effects included two 5 1/2 Pence postage stamps, a pocket wallet, a cigarette case, two razors, a shaving stick, a pocket knife, shaving powder, a pipe, letters, a tobacco bag and an unknown bag.
His widow, Blanche Jeffery, received a pension of 25 shillings and 1p a week for herself and two children, starting the 31st June 1919.


cause of death : 1. A stomach ulcer.  2. Haemorrhage of ulcer

284960 Gunner Albert Charles Davis
'D' Battery No 2 Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade Royal Garrison Artillery 
Died 3rd November 1918 Buried 6th November 1918 Hipswell

Army records state that cause of death was 1. A stomach ulcer.  2. Haemorrhage of ulcer. Gunner Davis had been admitted to Catterick Military Hospital on 21st October 1918 with symptoms relating to an old gastric problem, he was operated on due to perforation of ulcer. He had showed signs of improvement until 1st November 1918 when he collapsed and died two days later at 4.30a.m.360 It also says that his condition was aggravated because of the difficulty in having a suitable diet whilst in the army.

Summary of Army Career

Attested Chatham 24th April 1895 Royal Scots Service No.5311 under name of Charles Albert Davis CHECK AND CONFIRM THIS!
Born: Chelsea, Middlesex.  Age: 15 years and one month. Physical description: 4ft 63/4 inches Fresh complexion, Brown eyes and hair. Weight: 76lbs. Chest: minimum 28" maximum 30". Current address: Gordon Boys Orphanage, Dover.
Attained age of 18 years: 24th March 1898.
Home: 24th April 1895 - 5th November 1899
South Africa: 6th April 1899 - 23rd March 1903
Home: 24th March 1903 - 23rd April 1909
Discharged: 23rd April 1909 after completing twelve years service.
Medals: South African with clasps, Cape Colony, Wittebergen, Wepener, Transvaal. Kings South Africa Medal with clasps 1901 & 1902.
Next of Kin: Mother: Ann Davis, 8 Clifton Place, Fulham.
Re-enlistment : Attested : 11th December 1915 Bristol 
Description: 5ft 8 1/2". Occupation: Billiard Saloon Manager. Wife: Catherine Davis. Address: 35 Claremont St, Stapleton Road, Bristol, later address after Albert Davis death, is given as 6 Dalston Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle.361 There are three children born to the marriage.
Home: 11th December 1915-30th November 1916 3 Depot Royal Garrison Artillery
Bermuda: 1st December 1916-2nd May 1918 95 Company Royal Garrison Artillery 
Passage Home: 3rd May 1918-29th May 1918 
Home: 30th May 1918-3rd November 1918362
12th July 1918 Passed Gun layers test.

Life History

Albert Charles Davis was born 1880, Chelsea, according to his re-enlistment records.  On his 1895 records his name is Charles Albert Davis.
Sometime between 1885 and 1891 Census, Albert Charles was admitted to Gordon Boys Orphanage, Dover. The home was founded in 1885 and 'accepted boys from all parts who had lost one or both parents or who were judged to be thoroughly deserving or destitute.' The home accommodated around 50 boys from the age of 8 upwards, who remained until they could earn their own living.
Albert Charles married Catherine Sinclair Lockie/Lackie on 26th April 1909, Newcastle upon Tyne.The marriage took place three days after he was discharged from the Army.
On 1911 Census he was living with Catherine and son Albert Charles age 4 months, at 33 Smiths Road, Melrose, working as a porter at Waverley Hydropathic. Census states Albert snr. was born in England and Catherine was born in Edinburgh.365 Two eldest children were born 1910 and 1912, both birth certificates give date and place of parents' marriage. Sometime between 1911 and 1914 when their third child was born they had moved to Bristol.
After Albert Charles Davis death, Catherine received a pension for herself and the children: 29s 7d per week with effect from 5th May 1919. 

Catherine received Albert's personal effects in April 1919:
Mirror, razor strip, scissors, razor, shaving brush, jack knife and belt, cigarettes, 2 handkerchiefs, false teeth, wallet with letters, postcards and photos, writing pad, toothpaste, shaving stick, lavender water, box of Brilliantine, 1 1/2d stamp.

1. Albert Charles Davis born 10th November 1910, Melrose.An Albert C Davis married in 1941 Newcastle upon Tyne to Florence M Temple.Possible children from this marriage: Iris J Davis born 1942,Margaret Davis born 1946,Ethel M Davis born 1948,Sandra Davis born 1950,Albert C Davis born 1953,James m Davis born 1957.
2. Ellen Duncan Davis born 8th August 1912, Melrose.
3. Gertrude Lilian Davis born 1914 Bristol.

Headstone Inscription: Memory Evergreen. Mrs. C. Davis, Eildon Terrace, Dingleton, Melrose
CWGC also gives name of parents as George and Catherine Lachie Davis
(Grandson)Albert C Davis born 1953 possible address from 2014 Electoral Roll: 1 Willerby Court Gateshead NE9 7JF


cause of death : not known

L/39338 Gunner Edgar Thomas Lloyd
Royal Field Artillery & Tank Corps Command Depot
Died 23rd November 1918 Buried 30th November 1918 
Catterick Military Hospital
Army Career
Edgar Lloyd received the Victory and British War Medals,he also received a war gratuity which was paid to his father Thomas C Lloyd.Cannot find any other information at present.
Life History
Edgar Thomas Lloyd was born 1896. Father named on military records as Thomas C Lloyd. Cannot find any further family information at present.


cause of death : not known

40563 Gunner William Henry Rawlins
Royal Garrison Artillery attached to Tank Corps Command Depot
Died 10th November 1918 Buried 13th November 1918 
Hipswell Camp
Summary of Army Career
William Henry Rawlins enlisted at Woolwich. Received the 1914 Star, he had served in France between 5th August 1914 and 22nd November 1918. He was awarded British War and Victory Medals. There are no further details available for this part of his military career. He received 1914 Star, British and Victory Medals. Theatre of war qualifying date: 5th October 1914.
William Henry Rawlins had joined 30th August 1909, enlisted 1st September 1909, Woolwich under the name of Harry Rawlins. Regimental No: 58673 Gunner Harry Rawlins born Doncaster, 1887. Parents: William and Marie Rawlins, no fixed abode. Half brother Richard Vivian Rawlins born 1889 Newcastle upon Tyne. William Henry transferred to the Army Reserve, Kings Shropshires, on 31st August 1912 after serving three years Regular Service.
Description on transfer: 25 years and 5 months. 6ft 1/2". 36" chest. Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair. Occupation: clerk. Intended address: 13 Caxton Road, Shepherds Bush.
1911 Census William is part of 56th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, Topsham Artillery Barracks, Heavitree, Devon.
War gratuity of £34 1s 9d, received by his father William Henry Rawlins.

Life History
William Henry Rawlins was born in 1887 London. On 1891 Census William is living with George and Eliza Turffrey at 14 Spring Gardens, Doncaster. The place of birth given for William, age 3, is Barnsbury Road, London. He is recorded as George and Eliza's adopted son. 
William Henry's parents were William Henry Rawlins born, who was a comedian/actor in the theatres. Marie/Marion Rawlins was born William and Marie regularly travelled to U.S.A. and Australia to perform. They also travelled around the U.K.William senior died 29th December 1927, address given 11 Hart St, Bloomsbury.Marie/ Marion died 15th December 1938, at Marston Nursing Home, Hayes End Road, Middlesex. Her will was proved by Richard Vivian Rawlins of 36 Ravenor Park Road, Greenford, Middlesex.
There was at least one other child born to William and Marie, Alice Ainsley Rawlins born 14th August 1886, Leeds, Yorkshire. On her baptism certificate dated 6th March 1887, it gives parents as William Henry, a comedian and mother Marion of 22 Burley St, Leeds.
By following William and Marie's children through the Census' it would seem that they spent their childhood being brought up by people other than William and Marie. It is not apparent how involved they were in the children's upbringing but they must have kept some form of contact for William Henry registering them as his next of kin and Richard Vivian proving his mother's will in 1938.

Headstone inscription: In Loving Memory of our Dear Son Who Gave His Life For His Country. Mr. W.H.Rawlins,c/o 104 Cranworth St, Chorlton on Medlock.


cause of death : not known

160660 Private Joseph Henry Wray
51st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 
Died 14th November 1918 Buried 18th November 1918 
Catterick Military Hospital
War gratuity not admissible. 
Life History
Joseph Henry Wray was born on 26th June 1900.391 His parents were William Wray born 1856, Nunnington, Yorkshire and Sarah Ada Bell born 1867, Hull.They were married in 1895, Scarborough.William's occupation was joiner/wheelwright.
1911 Census William and Sarah Ada are living in Nunnington with all their children. They have been married for 16 years, have had eight children, all of whom are living. 
Joseph Henry's date of birth is confirmed on School Admission records that also stated that Joseph left school on 16th July 1914 and was apprenticed to a joiner.
Joseph's younger sister Hilda Wray born 1906, Nunnington was one of the civilian casualties who lost their lives in a bombing in York in 1942. She is remembered on CWGC as Civilian War Dead: Hilda Wray died 29th April 1942 age 36 of 112 Spalding Avenue, Clifton, daughter of William and Ada Wray, The Gables, Nunnington.

Headstone Inscription: Mr Wm. Wray, Nunnington, Malton, Yorkshire395 
Remembered on Nunnington War memorial and on a handwritten scroll in the Church of St James and All Saints, Nunnington.


cause of death : wounded with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.

Captain Colin Bertram Girvin
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Died 5th November 1918 Buried 7th November 1918
Hipswell Camp
London Gazette dated 23rd October 1914: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant Colin Bertram Girvin.
Advertisement in Aberdeen Daily Journal dated Monday August 30th 1915 stated that Lieutenant C B Girvin, Royal Dublin Fusiliers had been wounded with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
Medal card stated Colin Bertram Girvin received the British War/Victory and 15 Star medals. His date of disembarkation was 16th August 1915 Gallipoli. An address on the card is that of Colonel John Girvin, c/o Messrs Holt, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1. Messrs Holt appear as dealing with the estate of Lily Marie Girvin in 1950.
War gratuity and outstanding pay was made to his father Colonel John Girvin, A.M.S.

Life History
Colin Bertram Girvin was born 16th August 1892, Kamptee, Bengal, India. His parents were John Girvin and Lily Marie Tarrant born 8th October 1870 Allahabad, India.Her father was Henry Jefford Tarrant, a barrister at law. John and Lily Marie were married on 3rd October 1891, Kamptee, India.John was aged 29, a surgeon medical staff and Lily Marie was aged 20 years. John Girvin died 25th June 1923, Annerley, Kent and Lily Marie died 20th December 1950, Leinster Gardens, London.
John Girvin was a Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the time of his son's death.1913 Medical Register stated that John Girvin was a Member of Royal College of Surgeons England 1886, Royal College of Surgeons, London 1886 and had registered on 25th January 1886. Devon and Exeter Gazette dated 8th March 1904 stated that Major J Girvin Royal Army Medical Corps lately serving in Cyprus has joined Home District for duties.
1911 Census Colin Bertram Girvin is living at 44 Paulton's Square, Chelsea, as a boarder. He is a student of engineering, aged 18 years.

Remembered  Haileybury College, he was a student at this college from 1906-1910.

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