Roll of Honour

Here's the Roll of honour for soldiers who died during the First World War.

George Wilkin's three uncles Robert, William and George all joined the army to fight in the First World War and all three were killed in battle.

Robert died in 1916 in the Battle of Loos, William was killed in 1916 at the Battle of the Ancre and George was fatally injured in 1918 and is buried in Vis-en-Artois.

Peter Loke's great uncle was another young soldier who didn't come home from the Great War.

Thomas Alfred Loke was a private in the East Surrey Regiment 8th battalion and he was killed in action at Flanders in 1918 aged 36. He was buried at the Boves West Communal Cemetery Extension.

Reginald William Palmer, 9th. Battalion East Surrey Regiment, killed in Flanders on March 27, 1918.

William Aldridge, a private in the 1st. Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment, one of the first casualties killed at age 27 on October 10, 1914 on the Marne, east of Paris.

Private Bernard Sayer Bigley, 1st Batn. Northamptonshire Regt, grave at Ponti Paris.

Lt. Col. Bernard William Vann VC, born in Rushden, lived later in Higham Ferrers and was killed in 1918. Rushden and District History Society placed a plaque in 2006 on his birthplace in High Street South.

William Edward Braines, served in the Northants regiment and was killed at Trones Wood in July, 1916. His name is on the Thiepval Memorial as there is no known grave. His name is also on the memorial in Kettering at the Manor

House Gardens. He was only 27 years of age at the time of his death.

Pte Walter Charles Marlow, Northamptonshire Regiment 6th Battalion, born Kettering, died of wounds received on July 14, 1916 aged 21.

Private Harold Percy Patrick, 1st Bn Northamptonshire Regiment. Died aged 22y on Sunday 9th May 1915. Son of William and Mary Lizzie Patrick of Corby, husband of Ellen Curtis, of Kettering. He has no know grave and he is remembered with honour on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Private Arthur William Plummer, 6th Battalion The Queens, died on the July 19, 1918 aged 39. Buried in St Sever cemetary Extension France. Son of Green Plummer and Susan Elizabeth Plummer, of Kettering.

Lance Cpl Ernest Wood of 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, who fell in the first battle of Ypres on or about October 24th 1914 aged 25yrs.

Private George Langley (of Denford), 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on 25th October 1916 and remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial.

Private William Jeffery (of Thrapston), 1st / 4th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on 2nd November 1917 and remembered with honour in the Gaza War Cemetery.

Lance Corporal Samuel Whiteman (of Raunds), "B" Coy. 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on 10th November 1914 and remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Private William Whiteman (of Raunds), 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died on 27th September 1915 and remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial.

Private Walter Whiteman (of Raunds), 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 18th September 1918 and remembered with honour on the Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery.

Pte Frank Cowley, army battalion unknown, who was also a Royal Naval volunteer in Drake battalion which he joined on March 25th 1917. He was killed in action at Arras on April 23 1917 aged 28 years. His name is on the Arras memorial.

Lance Corporal Arthur Cowley of the Northumberland fusiliers 1st/4th bn who was killed in action at the second battle of the Somme on March 29 1918 aged 33 years. His name is on the Poizieres memorial.

Private Sydney Clapham, Border Regiment 7th Bn. Date of death 08/02/1917. Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Somme, France. Age 20.

Private Alfred CLapham, Royal Army Medical Corps.13th Field Amb. Date of death 05/11/1917. Buried in Menin Road South Milititary Cemetery,Ypres,Belgium. Age 26. Both sons of Henry and Magaret Clapham,of Wellingborough.

Private Sidney Turnock of the 3rd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment who was killed in action in France and died on June 25 1918. He is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France.

Colonel Mobbs formed the Sportsmen Battalion/Mobbs Own.

Alan Kilsby – Berkshire Regiment.

Arthur Kilsby – served for a London regiment but from Kettering.

Thomas Edward Coleman – son of Tom and Emma Coleman, killed at Neuve Chapelle on March 11 1915.

Second Lieutenant Vincent Barron, 4th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment, who died aged 35 on November 4 1918. Son of Alfred and Charlotte Barron of 10 Poplar Street, Wellingborough. Remembered with honour at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

L/Cpl Walter Mumford, 6th Northants Regiment, died of wounds on March 31 1918 aged 33.

Pte Percy Ager, Royal Fusiliers No PS/11284, died November 13 1916 aged 19.

Lance Corporal J Ager, Northants 6th No 13470, died July 1 1916 aged 21.

Private A G Barringer, 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action on November 13 1916 aged 20. He was transferred from the Northamptonshire Regiment in 1915.

Corporal F B Barringer, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, served in France – length of service 4 years and 7 months.

Private H T Welch, 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifles, mentioned in Dispatches 1917 – length of service 3 years.

Private Wm Welch, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment – length of service 4 years. severely wounded in the head in 1917 – never worked again (3 years in hospital).

Private Jack Deans, 14365, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died aged 19 on May 9 1915. Son of Mr R Deans of Brigstock. Remembered with honour at Le Touret Memorial.

Private Wilfred Deans (brother of the above), 14364, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died aged 24 on June 6 1916. Remembered with honour at Maroc British Cemetery.

Lance Corporal Arthur Underwood of Rushden, B Company, 1/4th Northants Regiment, died November 27 1915 aged 19 of pneumonia following wounds received with the British Expeditionary Force.

Herbert Bosworth, 1st Life Guards, Household Cavalry, killed in action in France while on reconnaissance in no man's land at Moquet Farm on September 2 1916, aged 21. His name is recorded on the Menin Gate War Memorial at Ypres with 'No Known Grave'. He was the son of John Bosworth, the well known cycle and motor cycle dealer in Dalkeith Place, Kettering.

Charles Templar, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, killed at Ypres on July 10 1917, aged 19. He was the only son of Sarah-Ann and William Templar of Gretton and had eight sisters.

Thomas Boon of Gretton, 301st Siege Battalion Royal Garrison Artillery, died of war wounds on September 7 1918, aged 34.

Jasper Gilbert of Raunds and Gretton, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died on July 31 1917, aged 27.

Private Harold Sudborough, 8th Battalion The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, died October 11 1918 at Flanders and is in the St Aubert British Cemetery, France. He was the son of Mrs E Sudborough of Milton Street, Higham Ferrers.

Lance Corporal Herbert Ludlow, 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, killed at Trones Wood on Friday, July 14 1916, aged 20. He was the third son of Edward and Annie Ludlow of Little Cransley.

Private Victor Marshall Moon, 9747, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, killed in action on April 9 1916, aged 19. He was the son of George and Esther Moon of Crabb Street, Rushden. Remembered with honour at Bethune Town Cemetery.

Pte George Henry Pearson SMITH

of Little Harrowden joined the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regt in 1916. He was KIA aged 38 on 25th March 1918 during the second battle of the Somme, has no known grave but is remembered on the memorial in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Pozieres, near Albert in France. He left Annie his wife, George a son, Lizzie and Rose Emma the writer's mother who has visited his memorial and found it very emotional. I treasure the 'Widows Mite or Dead Mans Penny' the bronze plaque that was sent to their next of kin with a Commemorative Scroll from the King.

I would like to put forward the name of an uncle of mine Harry James

Higgs, who was killed at Ypres on 12th November 1914. He was nineteen

years of age and a Bandsman in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry when

war was declared. The family had moved to Geddington from

Buckinghamshire in 1896 when he was one year old, and I can only presume he joined the Ox and Bucks because of the family's association with that area. He was one of the many soldiers killed at Ypres whose bodies were never found and his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate memorial in that town.

Pte. Fred Harrison

7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment

Killed in action in Flanders 11th August 1916, age 21

Son of Edwin and Catherine Harrison of Weston by Welland

Remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial

Pte. Oscar Millard of Scarborough St. Irthlingborough

who served in the 2nd. Northants Regiment and was killed

in 1915 aged about 20yrs.

He was PRIVATE CHARLES WILLIAM MITTON. 23047,1st/4th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and he was 36 and died on 19th November 1917 and is buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. He was from Wellingborough and his name is on a plaque in ALL SAINTS CHURCH WELLINGBOROUGH.

Jack Groom killed in action on October 9th 1917 aged 21years, he is remembered on the war memorial at Achurch. Not dead but sleepeth.

Pte Frederick Cunnington killed on 29th April.1917 aged 23 years 6th Bedfordshire Regt Son of John and Elizabeth Cunnington of ''Ivy Cottage'' Robbs Lane Lowick

Name Pte 38663 Arthur Ernest Tebbutt killed in action 2 Sept 1918 south east of Arras aged 36, served with the Hunts Cycle Battalion on the Lincolnshire coast until Dec 1916 , then went overseas and served with the Bedfordshire Regiment, at the time of death was with the 9th Tank Corps, he lived at 42 Durban Rd , Kettering with wife Florence and four children and worked in the shoe industry before enlisting,his only son was my grandfather, he is buried at the Dury Crucifix war cemetary.

Lance Corporal Benjamin George Jinks 23209, Grenadier Guards, enlisted August 3 1915 and killed in action on September 17 1916, aged 26 years. No known grave but commemorated on Grenadier Guards Memorial at Thiepual Cemetery, France and also the war memorial in Gretton.

Private Frederick Richard Brown 42870 Worcs. Regiment. Died of wounds received in the battle of Passchendaele 21st April 1918. Brother of Tom Brown of Mears Ashby. Remembered with honour in Mears Ashby Churchyard.

Frederick Arthur Austin of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment Killed in action 19th June 1918 aged 19 Buried in Houchin British Cemetery Son of Mr & Mrs A.Austin of Rothwell.

Lance Corporal Tom Ogden G/7577 10th Bn, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt), died on Saturday, September 22 1917, aged 28. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ogden of 32 Carrington Street, Kettering. Remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Second Lieutenant Harold Victor Thompson, 29th Squadron RFC, was shot down near to Gheluvelt, close to Ypres by Lt Hans Bohning of Jasta 36 on October 19 1917, aged 20 years. He is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of Eli and Ellen Thompson of The Farm, Wilby and was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School.

Private Leonard Fox, 24817, 7th Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) who died aged 19 on 6 August 1918. Son of Oliver and Lizzie Fox of 31 York Road, Wellingborough. Remembered with honour at Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette.

Pte Philip Morrell. 5th Battallion Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 30th November 1917. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. No known grave. He lived in Walgrave and had a wife and eight children. I am his granddaughter Mrs J Leslie. I have visited the Memorial at Cambria.

Private Harold Taylor 19650, 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died on August 5 1917, aged 22, after being shot in the head. He and left a widow and one child. Remembered with honour at Mendinghem Military Cemetery.

Gunner Walter Charles Taylor 198315, 26th Bty 17th Bde Royal Field Artillery, of Irchester, died on September 12 1917, aged 29. He leaves a widow and two children. Remembered with honour at Tyne Cot Memorial.

Private Percy Taylor G/25264, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), died aged 18, on April 13 1918. Remembered with honour at Ploegsteert Memorial.

The three above were the sons of Albert and Sarah Taylor, 49 Sartoris Road, Rushden. Their fourth son, Gunner William Taylor, RFA, survived but spent time in hospital with severe trench fever.

Private Arthur Dilley 5356, Royal Defence Corps, died at his barracks in Northampton of pneumonia on August 21 1916, aged 56 years. Son of James and Mary Anne of Shefford, Bedfordshire. He left a widow, Ellen, and five sons and two daughters in Finedon.

Private Frederick Dilley 13867, 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, of Finedon, died on July 14 1916 in France. Remembered with honour at Thiepval Memorial.

Private Frederick William Dilley 3/9976, 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died on May 29 1915, aged 19 years. Son of William and Mary Ann Dilley, Wymington Road, Rushden. Enlisted August 1914. Remembered with honour at Le Touret Memorial.

Private Herbert F Burton, 1st Northants, killed in action on May 9 1915, aged 27 years. He was the son of Mr and Mrs George Burton of Rushden

Private Albert Clark 5795, 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, died on April 9 1917. Remembered with honour at Arras Memorial.

Arthur William Peacock, died aged 17 (he lied about his age).

Gunner Frederick Blackwell 27487 of The Royal Garrison Artillery. He was born in Broughton and enlisted at Desborough. He went to France as a member of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914 and was killed on October 31 1914 in Ypres, aged 24 years. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate.

Private Frank William Blackwell 12856 of the First Northamptonshire Regiment. Born in Thorpe Malsor, but killed at Vermelles in France on 27 August 1915, aged 20 years. He is buried at The British Cemetery in Vermelles. During a lull in the fighting at this time Private Blackwell was a victim of German sniper fire, particularly at night.

My wife and I with my brother Brian and his wife, have toured the French and Belgian Battle Fields.

Finding the grave of one uncle and the name of the other one at Ypres was a very moving experience.

200950 Pte Charles Burton enlisted 23 April 1915 1/4 Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in Gaza on 19 April 1917. Buried at Gaza Cemetery. Third of eleven children of Thomas and Lydia Burton of Aldwincle. He was 21-years-old.

Private Frederick George Tapp

19th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Died April 29th 1918 aged 19

Buried in Tyne Cot Memorial, Belguim.

Private William Albert Tapp

5th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

died May 8th 1917 aged 20

Buried in Duisans British Cemetery Etrun, France

Both were sons of Albert and Prudence Tapp of Little Harrowden.

Charles William Dickens Randall

10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Died September 8th 1918

Buried in Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, France

The son of Charles and Sarah Rosetta Randall of Finedon.

Mr Charles Edward Tirrell (Tyrrell/Tyrell) died at Flanders on 10 July 1917- his name is on the Desborough War Memorial.

Rifleman William Edward Underwood of Wellingborough (Prince Consorts Own) 16th Battalion Rifle Brigade, died September 3 1916 north of the River Ancre, buried at Mill Road Cemetery near Thiepval on the Somme.

Private Walter Bell, 2nd Bn Northamptonshire Regiment who died on 23rd January l915. Remembered with honour.LE TOURET MEMORIAL awarded the Monstar Medal.

Luck Arthur Reginald. Private, G/67191, Royal Fusilers attached 2/2nd London Regiment (Royal Fusilers). Killed in action 17-09-1917, aged 19. Son of Daniel and Avice Luck, Bozeat, Northants. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Panels 28/30 and 162/162A/163A.

Our grandfather Private George Jacques 63756 of the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment died aged 35 of 'bronchial pneumonia following influenza" at the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital near Calais on Monday 11th November 1918, Armistice Day. He had gone over to fight late in the war and had been admitted to the hospital on the 8th November. The log of the doctor in charge of the hospital records for that day records:

'There were three deaths today...The signing of the Armistice was celebrated by the blowing of the whistles of the boats in the harbor, ringing of bells and salvos from the anti-aircraft guns. The civilians and troops made great demonstrations in the city during the afternoon and evening'

George was the only son of Charles Felix and Jane Jacques of Kettering. He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France.

Gunner 182441 Charles Bradlaugh Reynolds . D battery 156th brigade, royal field artillery, died of wounds on 6th november 1917. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France. Second youngest son of Charles and Sarah Reynolds of Hill Street Raunds.

have been following your 'Roll Of Honour' feature with great interest and would like to add the names of three of my Great Uncles to that list. All three were brothers from Burton Latimer and all three are remembered on the war memorial in the town.

Corporal 8638 Percy Austin of the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed on the 14th March 1915 in the battle of Neuve Chapelle, Ypres. The battle was one of the fiercest yet seen in the war, and the Northampton's alone lost over 500 men. The net allied gain in position was just 1200 yards, however it was one of the very few gains that was not subsequently relinquished during the war. Percy was 32 and his name is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial.

Private 3826 Harry Austin of the 4th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed on 22nd September 1915 in Gallipoli. The 4th were a TA regiment and had been sent to Gallipoli in August of 1915 as a part of a collection of local TA regiments known as 54th Detachment East Anglian who in turn joined other forces from the Commonwealth (ANZAC). Harry died in an action known as the Battle for Hill 60, he was aged 23 and his name appears on the memorial wall of the 7th Field Ambulance Brigade cemetery which is close to Hill 60.

Private 39397 Alfred Austin of 'D' Company 10th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed on 4th August 1917 at Messines. The 10th had only formed in 1915 as a part of Kitchener's army and were engaged in the Battle Of Messines when Alfred was killed aged just 19. His name is inscribed on the wall of the Meninn gate memorial.

A fourth brother, Thomas, survived the war having enlisted as early as 1914 serving with the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment until he was finally de-mobbed in 1920. In today's conflicts any loss of life is a tragedy but one can't imagine the grief suffered by my Great Grandparents John and Alice Austin at the loss of three son's, who were all willing volunteers and like so many of there friends and extended families ordinary men and boys taken from the shoe factories, ironstone pits and farms of Northamptonshire.

Good luck with the feature and long may we 'remember them'

Mike Vickers






I would like to add details of my paternal Grandfather to your Roll of Honour. He was 3/10914 Serjeant Arthur Facer Simmons MM, of the 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. He was born in Northampton, but was living in Kettering before joining the Regiment. He received his MM for "Gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field on 26th/27th September 1916, at the capture of Thiepval". He died during the Battle of "Boom Ravine", and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, on the Kettering Roll of Honour, and also on the memorial in Derby for members of the Midland Railway who were killed in action.

Lance Corporal John Hennell

10Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) who died on 18th August 1917. Buried at Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre.

Lance Serjeant Thomas W Hennell

4th Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment who died on 24th July 1918. Buried at Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetary.

John and Tom were brothers and lived in West Street, Kettering.

In Memory of


42985, 1st Bn., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

who died age 20

on 25 October 1918

Son of Alfred and Sarah Luck, of Irchester Rd., Wollaston, Wellingborough, Northants.

Remembered with honour


696 L/Cpl. John (Jack ) Coleman of 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade( Prince Consort's Own), he was wounded on 10th of March 1915 and died on the 14th of March 1915. He is buried in Estaires Communal Cemetery.

Private Ralph Jacobs East Surrey Regiment 8th Batallion G/3111 Died 03.07.1916 Aged 27

Son of Tom & S Jacobs of Kettering, buried at L Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie

Commemorated at the memorial in Kettering.

Remembered on behalf of his brother my late grandfather.

Jill Osborn

Private G/753 Henry Holland of the 7th Battalion .Royal Sussex Regiment Killed in Action,British Expeditionary Force on Wednesday 30th June 1915. He was born in Cransley Northamptonshire the son of Henry Holland and Mary Elizebeth Holland and brother of Alice Holland, Mary Holland , Frederick Holland and my grandfather David Holland who also served his country in Belgium during this conflict. Henry Holland is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial,Comines-Warneton, Hainaut Belgium Panel 6 also the War Memorial Cransley Northants.

Lest we forget Dave Bosworth

Private E Winstanley 72081, 1st/6th Btn Cheshire Regiment. Died 20/10/1918 aged 19. Died from injuries in Ypres. Buried in Lijissenthoek Military Cemetery.

CHARLES HENRY WORLEY was a private in the 5th Battalion of the

Northamptonshire Regiment (service number 17674). He was killed on

the 30th November, 1917 and buried at Feuchy British Cemetery. Born

in Wellingborough in 1879 the son of William and Jane Worley. His

brothers all went to the war but were angry that Charlie had been

allowed to enlist and had been killed. He had very little sight and

even with glasses could only see shapes. On several occasions he was

refused by the army but they eventually took him on as a gravedigger.

My grandmother's (Ellen) brother Leonard Warboys, 1st Batt, Boarder Regiment, died 13/4/1918 age 27,Husband of Ada Warboys(nee Labrum) lived 16 King Street Wellingborough. Parents lived in Wollaston. Ploegsteet Memorial.



Private Wilfred John Barrs of Winstanley Road, Wellingborough. Bedford Regiment. Died at Ypres France 26th October 1914 age 25. Husband of Elizabeth (Watson). Father of Violet & Elizabeth. Menin gate memorial panel 31 & 33

Corporal Henry Thomas Jenkins (Harry) of Abbots Row, Wellingborough. Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 20th August 1916 age 25. Thiepval Memorial pier face 11A & 11D.

Thomas Edward Holt, born at Brixworth Cottages, Old. He served with the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and was killed at the crossroads, Quenlicourt, North West France on the 23rd March 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated at Bay 3, British Military Cemetery, Arras. He was survived by his wife and daughter who are now deceased.

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