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11 October 1916
B and D Companies took over the line north of Flers on the morning of 11th October. During the day, the Manchesters faced a heavy bombardment from the German artillery. B Company suffered the heaviest losses and had to be relieved by C Company.* Six men lost their lives.
GUTHRIE HARRY SYDNEY H S 27 M M 11/10/1916 Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘26327’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS “Husband of Florence Guthrie, of 56, Cecil St., Whitworth Park, Manchester. Florence provided prose in her obituary entry in the local newspaper.*
“Sweet be your rest, my husband dear,
In life I loved you very dear,
In death I do the same.
From his sorrowing and devoted wife, FLO”
The newspaper also confirmed the MM award for bravery and notes that Harry had been recommended for a commission. Manchester Policeman who resigned from D Divison at Didsbury and enlisted in 17th Bttn on 30/06/1915. France 25/12/1915. Harry had been born in Newton le Willows, Lancs. where he is commemorated on the Earlestown War Memorial.”
STARKIE LOUIS 21 11/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘31155’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Alfred and Sarah Jane Starkie, of 12, Bury St., Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancs. A weaver at Rhodes Mill, Oswaldtwistle. Killed in Action.
DOBSON WALTER 20 11/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43161’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Husband of Rose Dobson of 17 Nelson Street, Accrington. Son, James, was born in November 1915. Cardroom hand in cotton mill at Alliance Mill, Baxenden. Walter was a regular attender at St. John’s Church, Baxenden. He attested under Derby Scheme 11/12/1915, mobilised 12th East Lancs, 24439, 16/02/1917. France 04/07/1916. Attached to 17th Bttn in July 1916 and tranferred 01/09/1916. He previously worked as a labourer
MACKIE ALEXANDER 11/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘8230’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Born in Salford, Alexander had been living with his Uncle John Hiram Sutton of 2 Boardman Street, Harpurhey; working as a pattern card maker in a shipping warehouse in 1911. Trained VI Platoon with Bert Brown. France 08/11/1915.
JONES PERCY HOWARD 26 11/10/1916 Company Serjeant Major “B” Coy. 17th Bn. ‘8673’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Husband of Leah Jones, of 3, Jackson St., Cheadle, Cheshire. Father of Kenneth Howard Jones, born 12/10/1915. Employee of George Robinson & Co trained VI Coy. CQMS on arrival in France 08/11/1916. Killed in Action as CSM B Coy.
JACKSON ROBERT 25 11/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘8683’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Robert W and Emma Jackson. Husband of Elizabeth Jackson (later remarried Mr Jones) of 2 Sandy Lane, Stretford. Employed as Crane Driver by the Callico Printers Association, enlisted 3rd Sept 1914 & trained XIII Pln. France 07/11/1915. Machine Gun Section. Killed in action. He is found on memorials at St Clement’s and St Clement’s Day Schools Roll of Honour in Urmston. Killed in action.
12 October 1916
BROWN MACDONALD WARRINER 12/10/1916 Captain 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of the Rev. F. Brown, of Nottingham; husband of Jean Warriner Dodds (formerly Brown), of Ash Cottage, Shere, Guildford, Surrey. “The memory of his generous, sunny nature and of the healthy influence he exerted among all who worked with him, will long be treasured.”
GOODWIN ERIC LINDSEY 22 12/10/1916 Lieutenant 13th Bn. attd. 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Alfred K. and Rosa M. Goodwin, of “Elmhurst”, Ellesmere Park, Eccles, Manchester. Lt Col JJ Whitehead wrote “He was killed leading his Platoon in the attack on the German trenches. He had not been with the battalion very long, but has proved a good and reliable offier. and did his work well. He will be a great loss to the Battalion.”
JONES WALTER TRURAN 18 12/10/1916 Second Lieutenant 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Daniel Robert and Annie Victoria Jones, of 14, Woodlands Rd., Middlesbrough.
LEVINSTEIN GERALD EDWARD 12/10/1916 Lieutenant 26th Bn. attd. 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Ivan and Hedwig Levinstein of Blackley. Husband of Dorothy Levinstein of 12 Broomwater West, Teddington, Middx. Commissioned from 20th Royal Fusils UPSB. His Commanding Officer wrote:- “He had not been in the Battalion very long, but was very popular with us all, and most thorough in his work-we shall miss him very much indeed.”
PICKSTONE DICK 21 12/10/1916 Second Lieutenant 14th Bn. attd. 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Eli & Mary Pickstone of 162 Ashton New Road, Beswick. Commissioned from ranks of 4th Hants.
SIDEBOTHAM JAMES NASMYTH WEDGWOOD 25 12/10/1916 Captain 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Brother of Mr. F. N. Sidebotham, of Raleigh House, Ottery St. Mary, Devon. Captain James Sidebottom as OC B Company led the third wave of the attack. He reached the German front line trench, to be shot through the head while he was looking over the parados. James had been OC I Platoon at Heaton Park and led the Lewis Gun Section when the Battalion left for France.
WILKS HAROLD 22 12/10/1916 Second Lieutenant 17th Bn. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Edward L and Maria Wilks of Uttoxeter. Major Whitehead wrote “Since he joined the battalion a short time ago he had worked very hard, and had charge of our scouts and snipers. He had done good work and was most conscientious in carrying out his duties.” Obituary
12 October 1916 Other Ranks – Original Contingent from 17th Battalion
The majority of 17th Battalion’s casualties in the summer of 1916 had enlisted into the Manchester Regiment during 1914; or early 1915. Relatively few ‘original’ Warehouseman and Clerks who had trained at Heaton Park remained after July 1916. Eleven of these ‘original’ Pals died on 12 October 1916 and a total of fifteen members of this group died as a result of the action at Flers.
CRAIG HUBERT 28 12/10/1916 Private “A” Coy. 17th Bn. ‘8474’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of the late Hubert and M. J. Craig, of Rusholme. Manchester.Born in Walsall, Hubert was the son of the late Hubert Craig and Mrs Mary Jane Craig of 8 Willesden Avenue, Rusholme. In 1911 Hubert had worked in a cotton warehouse and lived with his mother and sister at 8 Willesden Avenue. It is likely the entry in the Roll of Honour for S & J Watts & Co relates to Hubert. Trained III Pln disembarking in France 08/11/1915. Killed in action.
EDMONDSON LEONARD ALFRED 26 12/10/1916 Corporal 17th Bn. ‘8132’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Born at Manchester. Son of Alfred and Madeline E. Edmondson, of “Alarldale”, Highbury Avenue, Prestatyn, Flint. Previously 251 Heald Place, Rusholme. Killed in action. Former pupil of Warehouseman and Clerks Orphans’ School with his brother Charles and Arthur Bell. Employed by The Fine Cotton Spinners & Doublers’ Association Ltd.
EVANS HENRY KAY 28 12/10/1916 Lance Serjeant 17th Bn. 8135′ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of Thomas W. and Agnes Evans, of 28, Ashwood Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester.Obituary
FOALE ERNEST 12/10/1916 Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘8140’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Born Salford 1888. Son of William and Susannah Foale deceased. Brother of Harry, Ted, Walter (all serving) and sisters Polly, Alice and Pattie resident 158 Hodge Lane, Seedley. Fiancee Jinnie. Enlisted 02/09/1914. Killed in action. Occupation as Warehouseman at Tootal Broadhurst, Lee & Co. Enlisted 02/09/1914. Trained “A” Coy. I Platoon. France 08/11/1915. Admitted to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station with Nephrites 18/04/1916. Transferred to 17th Ambulance Train 26/04/1916. Killed in action.
HERBERT HUGH FRASER 22 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘8623’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born & Resident Galashiels, Selkirk. KiA. “B” Coy. Employed at Afleck & Brown Department Store. Trained VI Pln. France 08/11/1915. Son of William Herbert. Sister, Winnie, resident 12 Roxburgh Street, Gallashiles.
MITCHELL ALEC 25 12/10/1916 Private “D” Coy. 17th Bn. ’17/8241′ DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT Son of Charles William and Kate Mitchell, of 4, Warrener St., Sale, Manchester. Native of Brooks’ Bar, Manchester. Died of wounds. Obituary
NEWLAND William 23 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘8766’ DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT Son of the late Elizabeth Ann and Gilbert Newland, of 18, Portland Rd., Gorse Hill, Stretford, Manchester. Traffford. Sister of Amy Newland. A” Coy. Enlisted Sept 1914, trained IV Platoon. France 08/11/1915. Died of wounds.
PAGE SIDNEY 23 12/10/1916 Private “C” Coy. 17th Bn. ‘8800’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of George and Sarah Ann Page, of 4, Prestwich St., Irlams-O’-th’-Height, Manchester. Trained XII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Missing presumed dead. “C” Coy
PALMER HAROLD 38 12/10/1916 Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘8265’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Husband of Susannah Palmer, of 4, Horton Rd., Rusholme, Manchester. Three children. Warehouseman at Thomas Collier & Co prior to enlistment on 02/09/1914. Trained XVI Pln. L/Cpl 19/09/1914. Cpl 07/01/1915. Appointed L/Sgt & embarked for France 08/11/1915. Attd 30th Div School for 20 days 058/05/1916. Sgt 02/07/1916. Killed in action.
ROBERTS JAMES 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘8840’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Manchester. Resident Pendleton, Lancs. Enlisted 3/9/14. Trained X Pln Father James, 91 Clarence Street, L/Broughton, then 2 Blackstock Rd, Chorlton-on-Medlock; Home of Uncle William, who was recipient of Williams effects (none) and medals. Mother died by 1916. James Snr was Pte 41346 in Welsh Rgmnt. Promoted L/Cpl. 1/7/16. KiA. “C” Coy. Boys’ Refuge, Strangeways Roll of Honour.
ROGERS ARTHUR 23 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘8826’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Eliza Rogers of Middleton Road Lodge, Heaton Park. Born New Moston, Manchester. Enlisted Sept 1914, trained VIII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Missing “B” Coy presumed dead.
12 October 1916 Other Ranks – Posted from other Manchester Regiment Battalions
Following arrival in France on 8 November 1915 numerous drafts of replacement men arrived with the Battalion. In the period up to July 1916 these men had been trained with Reserve Battalions of the Manchester Regiment. From July – October 1916 onwards the drafts were primarily composed of men from other Regiments, although newly trained men continued to be posted from the Manchester Reserves and two men are noted as being transferred from 20th Battalion. 21 men from this group died at Flers on 12 October.
RILEY JAMES ALFRED J A 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘17738’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Edward Riley, of 95, Bradford Rd., Manchester, and the late Mary Riley. KiA. Trained IX Pln 20th Bttn disembarking 09/11/1915. Transferred to 17th Bttn.
SETTLE ROBERT JACKSON 26 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘18421’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Settle, of 139, Lorne St., Moses Gate, Bolton; husband of Alice Settle, of 19, Green Lane, Kearsley, Bolton. Enlisted April, 1915. Trained XIX Pln 20th Bttn disembarking 09/11/1915.
McGUIRE PATRICK 28 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘24744’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of the late Martin and Bridget McGuire; husband of Maria McGuire, of 6, Blair St., Oldham Rd., Manchester. L/Cpl Patrick Mcguire (Paddy) leaves a Widow, Maria and Children. Played left back for Manchester United and City. Enlisted May 1915 in 3rd Bttn and then played for Grimsby Town. France after April 1916. Missing presumed dead. Obituary
TURPIN FRED 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘26268’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Unmarried wife, Lottie Page / Turpin, lived at 182 Dantzic Street, New Town, Manchester
KNAPPER JOE 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘28464’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Mark Knapper, of 8, Bower Lane End, Hollinwood, Oldham. News has reached Mr. Mark Knapper of 6, Bower lane end ,Hollingworth, that his son Pte 28464 Joe Knapper, who worked as a spinner in Oldham, has been listed as missing, on the 12th Oct 1916. He has now been reported as killed on this date. This is the second son that Mr. Knapper has lost in 17 days. Pte 7011 Mark Knapper of the 1/7th kings Liverpool Regiment, was killed on 25th September, 1916. Attested 08/12/1915. Mobilised 27th Bttn 22/01/1916. Posted to France with 22nd Bttn 24/06/1916. and transferred to 17th Bttn 16/07/1916.
MORT JOHN 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘32390’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of William and Rebecca Mort of 5 Vernon Street, Old Trafford. Presumed Dead
ELLIOTT George Bartlett 12/10/1916 Corporal 17th Bn. ‘32794’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS “Manchester University Roll of Honour – Elliott, George Bartlett. Son of Thomas Phelps & Elizabeth Elliott, Holly Villa, Rectory Road, Crumpsall. Born 1895 at Sale. Holly Bank School; Manchester G.S. O.T.C. Oct. 1915 to Jan. 1 9 1 6. Apprentice to the Cotton Trade. Enl. 1916. Presumed Dead.
ROWLAND JOHN 24 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘33381’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of William and Martha Rowland of20 Smith Street, Lees. Cotton Spinner / Minder at Commercial Mill, Oldham. Originally 27th Battalion. Killed in Action.
FURBER CYRIL 26 12/10/1916 Corporal 17th Bn. ‘33414’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Annie Furber, of 133, Rock St., Mumps, Oldham, and the late John E. Furber. KIA.
HOPE ALBERT 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘33608’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Robert & Margaret Hope of 33 Grant Street, Blackley. Trained 26th Bttn. Missing presumed dead.
MATHER HORATIO 30 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘33760’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Eldest son of Jane Mather, of 21, Park St., Heaton Park, Manchester, and the late William Mather. KIA.
TIERNAN JOHN EDWARD 28 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘33761’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of William and Mary Tiernan, of 101, Edson Place, Tieman Avenue, Corona, Long Island, U.S.A. Native of Manchester, England. KIA
TAYLOR CHARLES FRANCIS 25 12/10/1916 Lance Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘33853’ WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of Charles and Sarah Catherine Taylor, of 22, Baywood St., Harpurhey, Manchester; husband of Teresa Taylor. Missing presumed dead, shortly after marrying his sweetheart, Miss Teresa Gowing.
WALKER PETER SWAN 31 12/10/1916 Corporal 17th Bn. ‘33876’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Charles and Mary Walker; husband of Edith Walker, of 500A, Oldham Rd., Newton Heath, Manchester.
BOYLING ARTHUR A 31 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘33988’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Edward and Fanny Boyling. Born Thornham Lancs. Resident Chadderton. KiA.
CLARKE WILLIAM 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘33998’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of William Henry & Stepson of Elizabeth Clarke of 14 Adelphi Street, Oldham. Employed as Carter. Attested Derby Scheme 09/12/1915. Mobilised & posted to 4th Bttn 08/03/1916. France 01/07/1916 posted 17th Bttn. Arrived in the field 18/07/01916. Presumed dead.
MORAN WILLIAM 22 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘34516’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of William and Katherine Moran, of 9, Hamilton St., Collyhurst, Manchester. Born St . Helens. KiA.
NOLAN WILLIAM 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘34824’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Dublin. Son of Ann Nolan of 112 Heysham Road, Southport. Presumed dead.
MARSHALL PERCY ROBERT 36 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘34855’ WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Brother of Harold Marshall, of 106, Oliver St., Stockport. Born Stockport. Resident Withington. Presumed dead.
ORMISHER JAMES 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘35215’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of John Thomas and Ann Ormisher, of 53, Northumberland St., Wigan. KIA.
VALENTINE MOSES 28 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘35375’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of John and Margaret Valentine, of 26, Church St., Standish, Wigan. Finisher at Standish Bleach Works. Bugler or Chuch Lads’ Brigade. Standish Cenotaph and family headstone St Wilfred’s, Standish. Killed while attempting to save his officer.
12 October 1916 Other Ranks – Attached from other regiments in July 1916 and transferred on 1 September 1916
Following the losses at Montauban and Trones Wood large drafts of men were attached to 17th Battalion on 11/12th July 1916 and subsequently transferred in September. The men arrived from a wide range of County Regiments, including those from the north west and south of England. Most of these men had recently arrived from England after their initial training and others had already served overseas including a number of experienced NCOs. 24 men from this contingent died at Flers as a result of the assault.
SCHOLES THOMAS 32 12/10/1916 Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘43131’ DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT Son of James and Caroline A. Scholes, of Bolton. Formerly 16467, Loyal North Lancs Regt. DoW.
BENNISON RICHARD 27 12/10/1916 Serjeant 17th Bn. ‘43132’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Eliza Bennison, of 1, Gilnow Rd., Bolton, and the late George Bennison. Formerly 16117, North Lancs. Regt. KiA.
DICKINSON JOHN 29 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43133’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Mrs. Emily Arrowsmith, of II, Carr Lane, Chorley, Lancs. Formerly 14284, 9th Loyal North Lancs Regt. enlisting on 7/9/1914. Wounded 7/7/1916 – Poss La Boiselle. Previously employed by Ellerbeck Colliery. Attended St Gregory’s Catholic Church, Chorley. Further details courtesy @SKnight1921
HEYS ROBERT 27 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43166’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Resident Fallbarn, Bacup Rd. Rawtenstall. Sisters Hannah Hayes 127 Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. Sarah Jane Coupe, 37 Alma Cottages, Cloughfield. Born Rawtenstall, Lancs. Shop assitant at Mr.Peter’s Grocery, Queen’s Sq. Formerly 25013, East Lancs Regt. Enlisted Rawtenstall. Attested under Derby Scheme 11/12/1915. Mobilised 12th E Lancs 18/3/1916. Attached mid-July and transferred 17th Bn 01/09/1916. Killed in action. Disc identified 10/12/1917.
HEYS HARRY DIXON 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43168’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Matthew and Mary A. Heys, of 17, Woodside Terrace, Nelson, Lancs. Former Butcher. Resident 78 Fleet Streer, Nelson Lancs. Enlisted27/3/16 26472, 12th Reserve East Lancs Regt.Embarked France 4/7/16. Attd. 17th MChrs. 11/7/16. Trsfrrd. 1/9/16. KiA.
WALKER WILFRED W. 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43179’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Resident 40 Commercial Street, Brierfield. Son of Richard and Grace Walker, of 18, Halifax Rd., Brierfield, Burnley. Formerly 26308, East Lancs Regt. Missing presumed dead.
WIBDEN HARRY 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43181’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Resident Alma Cottage, Cloughfold, Rawtenstall. Employed by W Tayor, Confectioner. Formerly 22145, East Lancs Regt. Missing presumed dead.
JONES PERCY 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43237’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Glascote, Warwick. Resident Stockingford, Nuneaton. Formerly 18821, South Lancs Regt. KiA.
BLUNDELL ARCHIE EDGAR A E 34 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43271’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born & Resident 3 Stratfield St, Bow. Labourer. Wife Alice. 2 Daughters & Son (Died). Enlisted 1/9/14 11580, 1st & 3rd Bttns. Royal Berks Regt. France 23/2/15. GSW Back (1st Btttn.) 15/5/15, Richebourg. Home until 7/12/15. Transferred 17th M/Chrs 1/9/16. KiA. Brother’s letter confirmed service in B Coy. 6th Platoon using RBR No..
GARDNER ALBERT JOHN A J 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘43273’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Newington, Wallingford, Oxon. Formerly 9219, 1st Bttn Royal Berkshire Regt. KiA. Son of James and Sarah Gardner of Newington, Wallingford, Oxon. A letter from Pte Briggs to his sister Sarah of Oxford states: “I saw your brother killed and buried by a shell along with 3 other men at Flers on 12th October”. He was 21yrs old and had worked as a farm labourer, for Mr. frank Stubb since leaving school. Arrived France 20/9/1914 with Regular RBR.
ATKINS FREDERICK F 34 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43277’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Husband of Ethel Jane Atkins, of Turville Village, Henley-on-Thames. Born Staton Church. Residence Henley-on-Thames. KiA.
BURROWS EDWIN E 37 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43278’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Charles and Martha Burrows; husband of Helen Burrows. Born Oxford. Enlisted Acton, Middx. KiA. Formerly 19171, Royal Berks Regt. Obituary
BOSELEY ARTHUR 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43280’ FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ Born Tilehurst. Resident Reading, Berks. Son of Charlotte Boseley of Calcot, Reading. DoW. Formerly 20969, Royal Berks Regt.
JENNINGS ROBERT 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43307’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born and Resident Stanford-in-the-vale, Faringdon, Berks. Formerly 20955, Royal Berkshire Regt. KiA. None Pte 43307 Robert Jennings of Stamford in the Vale Farringdon Berkshire has been reported missing 12-10-16 aged 35. A quarryman. Joined the battalion on 1-9-16.
SEYMOUR FREDERICK WILLIAM 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43336’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Employed packer with G.W.R. Engineering Dept. Pangbourne. Resident 10 Downing Road, Tilehurst. Married Elizabeth Hiscock 19/5/16.. Attested in Reserve Dec 1915. Mobilised Feb 1916 20171, France 29/3/16.C Coy. 9th Royal Berkshire Regt. 10.4.16, Bovington. Wounded 28.6.16. Wimereux Hosp. 29/6/16. 5th Bttn. 30/6/16. Attached 11/7/16 then Transfer 17th M/Chr 1/9/16. KiA Age 27. Commemorated on GWR Memorial, Chester.
THOMAS ARTHUR JAMES 34 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43339’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of the late John and Eliza Stella Thomas, of 43 Belgravia St., Penzance, Cornwall. Born & Resident Penzanze Cornwell, Enlisted Reading. KiA.
CHILDS CHARLES HENRY C H 35 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43353’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of the late George and Esther Childs. Born Acton, Middx. Formerly G/26271, Royal Fusiliers. KiA.
KING GEORGE HENRY G H 43 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. ‘43358’ WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of Charles John and Mary King, of Elmfield, Ryde, Isle of Wight; husband of Florence King, of 106, Salisbury Rd., West Ealing, London. Born Elmfield, Ryde. Formerly 8701, Royal Fusiliers. Served in India with 1st Bn. Hampshire Regt. for 12 years, and in South Africa with 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers for 4 years. Served in India with 1st Bn. Hampshire Regt. for 12 years, and in South Africa with 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers for 4 years. L/Cpl 43348 George, Henry King of 108, Salisbury Rd West Ealing has been killed in action; 12-10-16 aged 41. Joined in a draft on 1-9-16. His body was located by a grave registration unit, and reburied at Marlencourt. A postman.
PAYNE MONTAGUE SINCLAIR 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43362’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born & Resident Edmonton, Middx. KiA.
WAKELIN JOHN 21 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43372’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of Mrs. E. Wakelin, of 56, Bedford Rd., West Ealing, London. Born & Resident Ealing. Enlisted Ealing RF G/26267. Mob 17/3/1916 5th Royal Fusilier. BEF RF. Att 17th Manch & transfererred 1/9/1916. Adm CCS 25/8/1916. Rejoined 17th 25/9/1916. Missing assumed dead.
PARSONS STEPHEN 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43409’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Crawley, Sussex. Resident 16 Spencer Road – Bricklayers Labourer. Parents Nathan Peter & Annie. Enlisted 28/10/15 G/8057 Royal Sussex Regt. – Time expired Territorial 4th Bttn. – 4 Yrs. Posted 10th RSR Nov. 1915. France March 1916. GSW R/Hand 29/6/16. 9th Bttn .Aug 1916. Transfer 17th M/CHr 1/9/16. KiA.
HACKETT ALBERT 32 12/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43419’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of George and Ellen Hackett, of 52, Essex Rd., Bersted, Bognor, Sussex. Born Horley, Surrey. Bricklayer’s labourer & resident Newtown, Near Bognor. Attested 25th (Reserve) Middx. Regt. 11/12/15 Posted 24/3/16. France with 18th Bttn. 1/7/16. Transferred 17th M/Chrs 1/9/16. Missing assumed dead.
12 October – Posted elsewhere
STOTT JOHN HENRY HENFORD 29 12/10/1916 Lance Corporal Manchester Regiment 21st Bn. (Formerly 17th Bn) United Kingdom ‘8303’ Belgium PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL Son of Jane Stott, of 9, Ashbrook Lane, Reddish, and the late Samuel Stott; husband of Maggie Stott, of 37, Beatrice Avenue, Reddish Lane, Gorton, Manchester. 2 Children. Enlisted Sept 1914. Trained XIV Pln. France as L/Cpl 08/11/1915. Transfer to 21st Bn. Missing assumed dead in trench raid. 3 Missing. 7 Wounded.
13-17 October 1916 Other Ranks
A number of men died from wounds following evacuation. In addition a group of men were killed on 15 October prior to the Battalion’s withdrawal from the front.
MUSGRAVE WILLIAM 13/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43171’ DARTMOOR CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT Brother of Mrs. S. E. Gresham, of 5, Boothman’s Buildings, Bridleway, Newchurch, Manchester. Enlisted Rawtenstall. Previously 26463 E Lancs. Died of Wounds.
HAGGERTY THOMAS 13/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43195’ HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L’ABBE Son of Thomas & Mary Haggerty of 133 Stanhope Street, Newcastle on Tyne. Stationers Assistant. Born Newcastle 1893. Attested Newcastle 28135 Northumberland Fusils 11/12/1915. Mobilised 4/3/1916 25th Northumberland Fusils Hornsea. France 29/6/1916 posted as 25th Northumberland Fusils. 34IBD 1/7/1916. Attached 17th Bttn in field 12/7/1916 & transfer 1/9/1916. GSW Face 12/10/1916. Died of wounds 38CCS.
JONES LLOYD 31 13/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘8682’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of William Jones of 28 Sedan Street, Hightown. Mother received medals at 6 Percival Street, Hightown.Employee of Co-op Wholesale Society, Drapery Dept. Enlisted 03/09/1914. Trained XII Platoon. CB April & October 1915. France 08/11/1915. 2 Gen Hosp Le Havre Piles 17/2/1916. Returned 17 24/3/1916. KIA Flers
HATTON Charles FREDERICK 14/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. 9269 HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L’ABBE Son of Frederick & Mary Janet Hatton of 3 Turner Street, Openshaw. Grocers Assistant. Ttrained XVII Pln. Died of gun shot wounds at 38CCS.
STYLES ERNEST 15/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘32499’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of James & Ada Styles of 11 Ducie Street, Levenshulme. Electrical Engineer. Killed in action.
JENNER JOHN RICHMOND 21 15/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘32842’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Husband of Beatrice Molloy (formerly Jenner), of 34, Duncan St., Ashton-under-Lyne. Trained 3rd Bttn. Missing Presumed dead.
BELLINGER THOMAS 38 15/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘43281’ A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS Son of Sarah Ann Bellinger, of Shrivenham, Berks, and the late Thomas Bellinger. Attested Derby Scheme 22/11/1915. Mobilised posted 9th Royal Berks 28/3/1916. 20978. France 01/07/1916. Attached 17th Bttn 11/7/1916 and transfered on 01/09/1916.
LOVEGROVE ABRAHAM A 40 15/10/1916 Private “A” Coy. 17th Bn. ‘43312’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. E. Lovegrove, of Little Heath, Calcot, Reading. Formerly 21010, Royal Berks Regt. Attested as Reserve Nov. 1915. Called up 9th Bttn. 27/3/1916. France 20/6/16 posted as 5th Royal Berks. Attached 11/7/16; Transfer 17th M/Chr 1/9/16. A Coy. KIA.
HUDSON BENJAMIN 22 15/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘9299’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Resident Mayfield Terrace, Ashton on Mersey. Son of Emma Hudson and the late David Hudson, of Prestwich. Manchester. Fruiterer enlisted 15/02/1915 & trained XIX Pln. France 08/11/1915. KIA with D Coy.
LUNDY THOMAS 15/10/1916 Private 17th Bn. ‘9335’ THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Born Middleton-on-the-wolds, Yorks. Son of Annie Lundy od 4 Sycamore Street, Oldham Road. Brother, Richard, also fell serving with Regiment, no 44248. France in 1916.Trained XIX Pln. Missing presumed dead.
BOLITHO PERCIVAL 23 17/10/1916 Private Manchester Regiment 17th Bn. United Kingdom ‘43152’ France THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of John H. and Mary Bolitho, of 24, Tremellen St., Accrington. Student working as machinist on munitions at Howard & Bullough Ltd. Attested Accrington 25046 E Lancs 11/12/1915. Mobilised Preston 20/3/1916 12th E Lancs Prees Heath. France 4/7/1916. Att 17th Manch 11/7/1916. Hosp Influenza 29/8/1916. Duty & Transfer 17th Manch 1/9/191
RUSHTON FRED 20 17/10/1916 Private Manchester Regiment 17th Bn. United Kingdom ‘43173’ France THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Son of William and Margaret Rushton, of 451, Manchester Rd., Baxenden, Accrington, Lancs. Attested 11/12/1915 Accington 26150 E Lancs. Mobilised 12th E Lancs Preston 20/3/1916 and Prees Heath. BEF 4/7/1916. Att 17th Manch 11/7/1916. Transfer 17th Manch 1/9/1916. Killed in action