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  1. CANNON, L R

    Rank:Private

    Service No:TR/10/23441

    Date of Death:28/08/1917

    Regiment/Service:Training Reserve 30th Bn.

    Grave Reference: W5. 7421. Cemetery:BECKENHAM CREMATORIUM AND CEMETERY

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    • BURGOYNE, ALFRED

      Rank:Driver

      Service No:T3/030457

      Date of Death:04/03/1915

      Age:31

      Regiment/Service:Army Service Corps 211th H.T. Coy

      Grave Reference: Screen Wall. X4. 1. 6829. Cemetery:BECKENHAM CREMATORIUM AND CEMETERY

      Additional Information: Husband of Mrs. M. A. Burgoyne, of 12, Churchfields Rd., Beckenham.

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      • BELCHER, E A

        Rank:Gunner

        Service No:207489

        Date of Death:06/03/1917

        Regiment/Service:Royal Field Artillery 4th Reserve Bde.

        Grave Reference: Cemetery:LITTLE TOTHAM (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

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        • LARBY, George William Henry

          Rank:Private

          Service No:TR10/193516

          Date of Death:22/10/1918

          Age:19

          Regiment/Service:Training Reserve 24th Bn

          Grave Reference: W5. 7674. Cemetery:BECKENHAM CREMATORIUM AND CEMETERY

          Additional Information: Son of John Larby, of 17, Acacia Rd., Croydon Rd., Beckenham.

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          • HERRMANN, ERIC GEORGE FREDERICK

            Rank:Private

            Service No:6518

            Date of Death:26/11/1915

            Age:20

            Regiment/Service:Royal Fusiliers 18th Bn.

            Grave Reference: H. 2. Cemetery:CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION

            Additional Information: Son of E. F. B. and Alice Herrmann, of 10, Beckenham Rd., Beckenham, Kent.

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            • thomas cameron dob 20/10/74 d 20/10/1914 CH/7630(RFR/B/1024) RMLI chatham Royal Navy,1914 Star Medal Roll 1914-1920 DD

              why isn't he on this site! he is listed four times in various FMP military records but is not on here. Died of wounds (GSW Head in action at Antwerp)
              Chatham Battalion
              Not listed in the 1914 Star Roll. Erroneously issued 1914-15 Star. Enlisted London 27/12/1893 ; Discharged 'Free' on transfer to RFR 4/8/1905 ; Chatham Battalion at Dunkirk 20/9/14-2/10/14 & Defence of Antwerp 3-9/10/14 ; Royal Marine Brigade 12/9/14-20/10/14 Discharged Dead.
              Royal Navy, 1914 Star Medal Roll 1914-1920
              CWGC = CR/7630 & RN Div. only ; ADM/242 = DOW Chatham Bn. ; Fleet Air Arm Museum papers missing ;…

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              • ABURROW, WILLIAM

                Rank:Pioneer

                Service No:124824

                Date of Death:23/01/1916

                Age:47

                Regiment/Service:Royal Engineers 13th Labour Bn.

                Grave Reference: Pink's. 8. 20.

                Cemetery:PORTSMOUTH (KINGSTON) CEMETERY

                Additional Information: Husband of Ellen Aburrow, of 7, Stanmere Terrace, Beckenham, Kent.

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                • OAKES ALFRED HENRY ROYAL

                  Private 7722

                  Army Pay Corps, Army Pay Office Warley.

                  Died 23/2/1917 age 37

                  Grave A.170. BROMLEY ST LUKES CEMETERY.

                  Son of Alfred William Davison and Marian Leontine Oakes of Knockwood, Shortlands.

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                  • Lieutenant Cyril Edward McLaughlin, Royal Navy, born 1897 died at sea 1919 (Archangel) whilst serving on HMS Humber (minesweeping).

                    Re previous post for Cyril Edward McLaughlin, I want to add him to Life Stories as I have a Community set up which includes his two brothers, one of whom died, (Edmund) and the other survived.

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                    • Lieutenant Cyril Edward McLaughlin, Royal Navy, born 1897 died at sea 1919 (Archangel) whilst serving on HMS Humber (minesweeping).

                      Date of Death: 11/08/1919
                      Cemetery: ARCHANGEL ALLIED CEMETERY (buried Troitza Churchyard)
                      Location Information
                      Archangel, in the north of the Russian Federation, is a town on the eastern side of the Dvina Estuary on the White Sea.
                      Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. B90.
                      (info from Commonwealth Graves Commission)
                      Medals/clasps earned (Medal Roll): 1914-15 Star, Victory & British War Medals (medal card ref WO 372/13/38590)
                      Awards: D S O: Supplement to the Edinburgh Gazette Oct 20th 1919 Page 3446
                      for "sweeping and destroying mines, often under heavy enemy fire"

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                      • Herbert Scarlet, 312190, Pte., 647th Agric. Co., Labour Corps.

                        Appears in the electoral register for Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, as an Absent Voter in 1918, Spring 1919, and Autumn 1919, together with his brother William James Scarlet (38305, Pte., A Batt., 1st Sec. T.M.B.) The surname is mis-spelled in the electoral register - it is actually Scarlett. William appears in the Medal Card Index, but there is no trace of a Herbert Scarlet(t) in the Labour Corps there. There IS a Herbert Scarlett in other regiments in the Medal Card Index, but no way of knowing if this is the same person. I understand, though, that men considered unfit for further…

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                        • William Holmes Collinson

                          Rank:Second Lieutenant

                          Date of Death:05/01/1916

                          Regiment/Service:Northumberland Fusiliers 6th Bn.

                          Grave Reference: I. J. 19. Cemetery:RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM)

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                          • Sydney Frederick Burton, born Dereham Norfolk, served as a Private in the 12th Battalion Suffolk Regiment.

                            My husband's great uncle Sydney Burton, service number 45906 died 12/4/1918 aged 20 years. The CWG commission website records that he is remembered on Grave/memorial ref Panel 3, Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. There is also a medal index record card (viewed on Ancestry.co.uk) for him showing that he was awarded the British War and Victory medals, so he should have been included in the initial tranche of life stories.

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                            • William John Collier no 810 East Surrey Reg/no 1040207 RFA

                              This man was a career soldier and may have served during WW1. 1st joined 4th bn East Surrey reg 1899, quickly transfered to RFA. By 1911 census was a Serg 20th Battery RFA Del Kusha Lucknow India. RFA attest. papers on FMP show he received the following medals- LS&GC 2/4/21,medal with gratuity 1/4/18, MSM 1920?, BW Medal. Rank/character on discharge in 1921, B.S.M ex.
                              Seems to have served in India his whole career.

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                              • Territorial proceedings on discharge arthur bee. Number: 5410

                                I would like to put forward a suggestion that you cover the profile of my great cousin, who lied about his age and ran away from leicester to nottingham to join up. His father found him just in time and reclaimed him. Territorial proceedings on discharge,being claimed parents as under-age.conduct v.good. 3-4 Leicestershire regiment. Regimental Number: 5410. Very important that you website also covers those who could not serve!!!

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                                • Pte Sampson George Allsop, 54641, 4th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.)

                                  Sampson Allsop probably has no medal card as he died in Staffordshire 25th June 1918 during his training and never made it to France. He has an entry on CWGC: http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2750747/ALLSOP,%20SAMPSON%20GEORGE and is listed on the local war memorial. I can view his Service Records and Soldier's Died entry among the official records on-site, but can't yet attach them to a life story.

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                                    • Wilfred Joseph ROBINSON

                                      Wilfred Joseph ROBINSON, Born Lartington in 1884 was appointed Assistant Postman in August 1910 becoming a substantive Rural Postman in Lartington February 1911. The 1911 Census shows him as working for the GPO from home which suggests Lartington was a 'Branch Post'.
                                      His British Army Service Records are currently unavailable.

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                                      • Thomas SAMPSON formerly of the 17th Lancers in India

                                        Thomas SAMPSON, A native of Hull Thomas Sampson resided in Demeses Mill House, Barnard Castle. He enlisted in 1905 serving 8 years with the 17th Lancers in India. Being a Reservist he went to war in France in 1914 and eventually demobbed in February 1919. (Details of Thomas Sampson taken from a newspaper cutting of The Teesdale Mercury 24 January 1945.)
                                        Also, member of the Post Office Home Guard 8 September 1940 until it disbanded in 1945.

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                                        • Thomas Stoddart, Welsh Regiment

                                          Thomas STODDART, Welsh Regiment. From the 1911 census Thomas, aged 28, worked as an assistant to his widowed mother, Margaret Jane Stoddart, Subpost-mistress, at the Post Office / News Agency, 84 Galgate, Barnard Castle. Born circa 1883. His British Army Service Records are currently unavailable.

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