The Royal British Legion will remember each soldier on the 100th anniversary of his death by holding a ceremony at 1100hrs on the day. A short presentation will be made about the soldier followed by a prayer, wreath laying, the Exhortation and a minutes silence. Everyone will be welcome to attend this event and it is possible that descendants of some of the men may be present. Further details will be advertised in SEKAM & the Library.
If anyone is related to or knows the whereabouts of the relatives of any of these soldiers will they please contact Martin Stoneham – details below.
Sjt Francis Murtagh, Royal Army Veterinary Corps who died on 21 February 1919 as a consequence of being gassed in action in October 1918. Click here to download his biography.
Cpl David Tidy, Royal Engineers who died of influenza on 25 October 1918. Click here to download his biography.
Pte Frederick Hopes, 42nd Bn, Australian Army who was killed in action on 6 September 1918. Click here to download his biography.
2nd Lt Henry Ewen, 23rd Bn, London Regt who was killed in action on 5 April 1918. Click here to download his biography.
2nd Lt. Frederick Warland, East Surrey Regt who went missing preumed killed in action on 25 March 1918. Click here to download his biography.
Pte. John Pearson, Royal West Kent Regt. who died of wounds received on the Somme battlefield on 3 July 1916. Click here to download his biography.
Lt. George Palfreyman, Royal Flying Corps who went missing in action on 26 October 1916. Click here to download his biography.
Bdr. John Stigger DCM MM, Royal Field Artillery who was killed in action on 24 December 1916 [Christmas Eve]. Click here to download his biography.
Pte. William Henry Payne who was killed in action at HILL 60 near Ypres, Belgium on 18 April 1915. To download a short biography of Pte Payne whose name is on the Menin Gate click here.
Pte. Richard Arthur Wilson, Royal West Kent Regt. who was killed in action in the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915. To download a short biography of Pte Wilson whose name is on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner CWGC click here.
Gnr. Robert Seal, Royal Field Artillery who died of wounds received in action on 25 December 1915 [Christmas Day 2015]. To download a short biography of Gnr Seal who is buried at Chocques CWGC cemetery click here.
Biographies for each of them will be displayed in the library about two weeks before the anniversary date. West Kingsdown Library is thanked for agreeing to the display of this information.
A wreath will be laid by a relative or failing that a member of the West Kingsdown Branch, Royal British Legion. Contact Martin Stoneham on 01474 853014 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.