Caldicott's History: Second World War and Northern Ireland

This information was taken from the excellent Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, and gives information about those who died in conflict during in the First and Second World Wars. Information from the First World War has been published previously.

Second World War

Flying Officer MICHAEL FRANKLIN BRIDEN
39706, 149 Sqdn., Royal Air Force
who died age 22 on 18 December 1939
Son of Franklin Ellard Briden and Marion Briden; husband of Joyce Eyre Briden, of Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Remembered with honour: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

HOWARD F BURTON - No record

Sub-Lieutenant (A) ANTHONY FREDERICK HALLETT
H.M.S. Furious., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died age 23 on 30 June 1941
Son of Basil Frederick and Kate Hallett, of Southgate, Middlesex. B.A. (Oxon.).
Remembered with honour: LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL

Leading Aircraftman IAN MARK PERCEVAL KER
964750, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 19, between 10 February 1945 and 14 February 1945
Son of Dr. William Perceval Ker M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. and Beatrice A. A. Ker, of Halstead, Essex.
Remembered with honour: CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY

Private GORDON MITCHELL
5440954, 4th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
who died age 24 on 05 May 1941
Remembered with honour: STOKENHAM (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD

Lieutenant DERRICK NESTANDE PETERSON
235930, Royal Artillery
attd., R.A.F. Iraq Levies
who died age 25 on 21 December 1944
Son of Arthur Le-Roy Peterson and Ivy Ellen Peterson, of Letchworth, Hertfordshire.
Remembered with honour: PHALERON WAR CEMETERY

Sergeant JOHN MOORBY REED
994355, 405 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 02 August 1941
Son of Thomas Edgar and Dorothy Reed, of Nelson, Lancashire.
Remembered with honour: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL

Captain EDWARD SIMPSON ROBERTS, MC
121775, 1st Bn., Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
who died age 31 on 01 June 1944
Son of Maj. Donald Edward Roberts, M.C., J.P. and Mary Margaret Roberts, of Scarborough, Yorkshire. His brothers Gerald Philip and Donald Michael also fell.

Major GERALD PHILIP ROBERTS
90699, 1/4th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
who died age 25 on 25 June 1944
Son of Maj. Donald Edward Roberts, M.C., J.P., and Mary Margaret Roberts, Scarborough, Yorkshire. His brothers, Donald Michael and Edward Simpson Roberts, also died on service.
Remembered with honour: TILLY-SUR-SEULLES WAR CEMETERY

Flying Officer DONALD MICHAEL ROBERTS
186931, 186 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 23 on 14 April 1945
Son of Maj. Donald Edward Roberts, M.C., J.P., and Mary Margaret Roberts, of Scarborough, Yorkshire. His brothers, Gerald Philip and Edward Simpson Roberts, also died on service.
Remembered with honour: HAVERHILL CEMETERY

Major A H ROCYN-JONES OBE [Note – this might not be from Caldicott]
42504V, 8 Field Sqn., South African Engineer Corps
who died on 29 May 1945
Remembered with honour: CASTIGLIONE SOUTH AFRICAN CEMETERY

HARRY J SPEAK - No record

Lieutenant ALBERT JAMES WALKER STEAD
H.M.S. "Gos VI", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died age 36 on 02 November 1941
Son of Albert H. Stead and Margaret H. Stead; of Ormskirk, Lancashire; husband of Helen Stead, of Ormskirk.
Remembered with honour: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Flying Officer ANTHONY PETER RAMSDEN WALKER
150948, 246 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on 14 March 1945
Remembered with honour: LAJES WAR CEMETERY

Sergeant ANTHONY JOHN WALLACE
1615678, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 22 on 22 November 1944
Son of William and Lilian Wallace, of Hitchin.
Remembered with honour: WILLIAN (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD

Captain GEORGE EMILE YARDLEY
171206, Royal Army Medical Corps
who died on 16 May 1944
M.B.
Remembered with honour:NAPLES WAR CEMETERY




Northern Ireland

My father, Lieutenant- Colonel David Blair, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Highlanders, had been killed by the IRA at Warrenpoint, along with Lance-Corporal Victor Macleod and 16 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. It was the British Army’s worst single peacetime loss since the Second World War. Nobody has been arrested or prosecuted for the killings. Hours earlier, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 79, his grandson Nicholas Knatchbull, 14, Paul Maxwell, 15, a local boatman and Lady Brabourne had been blown up while fishing in Donegal Bay, on holiday.

World War 1

This page gives details of those ex-Caldicott boys who died in the First World War, and are listed on our board in Chapel.

Some links have been added, which will open in new windows. Feel free to ignore them; their choice was in any case arbitrary, as there is so much information.

Frank Dalziel ADAM: Left the School in 1910: Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade
He died of wounds on the 16th July 1918 aged 21 years.
He was born in November 1896 end his father was Mr W. Adam of "Lynholm" at Kidderminster. Frank left the School in July 1910 end went to the Leys at Cambridge.
He was commissioned and served in the Rifle Brigade. Official records state that he was in the 6th Battalion of the Brigade but the 3rd Battalion is more likely. His death was at the end of the great German offensive which had started in March 1918 and was just days before the British counter-offensive commenced.
He is buried at Bully-Graney Communal Cemetery British Extension east of Loos in France.

Charles Frederick BATTY: Left the School in 1909: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry
He was killed on the 19th January 1916 aged 19 years.
He was born on the 28th April 1896 and his home was at "Dentdale", Tower Road, Darlington. He later went to Mill Hill with a £40 scholarship.
He was commissioned and served in the Durham Light Infantry with the 10th Battalion which was part of the 43rd Brigade in the 14th Division of VI Corps in the 2nd Army. He was killed in action, probably during the reciprocal artillery exchanges which were taking place at the time.
He is buried at Essex Farm Cemetery at Boezinge north of Ypres in Belgium. There was a casualty clearing station nearby.

Thord CAUDWELL: Attended from 1909 to 1911: Captain in the London Regiment
He was killed on the 30th November 1917 aged 20 years.
He was born on the 10th August 1897 and his home was at 29, Sale Hill, Sheffield. He joined the School in January 1909 and left in July 1911 going to the Leys at Cambridge with a £40 scholarship.
He was commissioned and served with the 16th Battalion, London Regiment, Territorial Force, which was part of the 169th Brigade in the 56th Division. He was killed in action whilst an Acting Captain during the Battle of Cambrai. At the date of his death, the Battalion was positioned in the vicinity of Tadpole Copse, west of Moeuvres to withstand fierce German attacks involving much close-quarter fighting.
He is buried at Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension in France.

Edwin Spencer CHANDLER: Attended from 1908 to 1909: Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters
He was killed on the 14th February 1916 aged 20 years.
He was born on the 25th June 1895 and his home was at Hampden House, Sutton in Surrey. He entered the School in September 1908 and left in 1909 going to the Leys at Cambridge with a £20 Exhibition.
At the time of his death he was serving with the 10th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters) which was part of the 51st Brigade of the 17th Division of V Corps in the 2nd Army during the Actions of the Bluff. He was killed in action between the Ypres-Comines Canal and Railway when the enemy captured about 600 yards of the "International" trench just north of Ypres in Belgium.
He has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres in Belgium.

Edward Bancroft GEORGE: Attended the School from 1905 to 1910: 2nd Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry
He was killed on the 16th September 1916 aged 18 years.
He was born on the 13th August 1898 and his home was at Pleshatts, Summerhill, Shottery Bridge, County Durham. He entered the School in September 1905 and left in July 1910, having been awarded a Leys Exhibition of £16.
After being commissioned, he served in the 4th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, but at the time of his death he was attached to the 15th Battalion of the Regiment. He was killed in action on the day that the Battalion launched an unsuccessful attack commencing at 9.15am on the enemy front facing Gird Lines, west of Gueudecourt. Later in the day the Battalion withdrew to Flea trench and from there to the sunken section of the Ginchy Road end to positions south of Flers.
He is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers.

Geoffrey Thomas GOODMAN: Attended the School from 1905 to 1907: Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery
He was killed on the 1st June 1917 aged 23 years.
He was born in May 1894 and his home was 'The Plantation", Royston, Herts. He entered the School in May 1905 and left in July 1907 to go to Perse School, Cambridge.
He was in the army by December 1914 probably as a Territorial and, after being commissioned, was attached to the 3rd West Riding Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action on a day when there was tremendous British artillery fire destroying German trenches and dugouts in preparation for the massive attack on Messines Ridge which was to take place a few days later. As usual, the German counter-fire was extremely heavy.
He is buried at Motor Car Corner Cemetery, Ploegsteert in Belgium.

Roy Ernest GOULD: Attended the School from 1908 to 1909: 2nd Lieutenant in the Essex Regiment
He was killed on the 27th March 1917 aged 21 years.
He was born on the 30th May 1895 end his home was at "Ravenswood', Loughton, Essex. He entered the School in September 1908 and left in July 1909 to go to the Leys at Cambridge.
On joining the army he was a Rifleman in the Queen's Westminster's, but later he was commissioned. At the time of his death he was serving with the 1/7th Essex Regiment which was part of the 161st Brigade in they 54th Division in Palestine. He was killed in action during the First Battle of Gaza. This battle was fraught with the usual muddled orders and lack of adequate preparation common to most attacks organised by the British Generals and which cost so many thousands of lives.
He has no known grave but is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial to the Missing in Israel.

James Peter HARGREAVES: Attended the School from 1908 to 1911: 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery
He was killed on the 9th October 1917 aged 19 years.
He was born in April 1898 entering the School in April 1908 and leaving in July 1911. He then went to the Leys at Cambridge.
He obtained a commission and was killed in action whilst serving with the 126th Royal Field Artillery. This was during the Battle of Poelcappelle in the Ypres Salient in appalling conditions of mud and devastation.
He has no known grave but is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing near Ypres in Belgium

Ronald Ewart HUBBARD: Attended the School from 1910 to 1913: Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers
He died of wounds on the 22nd May 1918 aged 18 years.
He was born on the 16th July 1899 at Tulsa Hill in Surrey and was the son of Charlton and Eliza Frances Mary Hubbard of 7, St Mary's Ave, Church End, Finchley in Middlesex. The family either had several homes or they moved fairly frequently, as another address given for him is 3a, Bloomsbury Square, London W.C.1. and the School Registers mention two further addresses. He entered the School in September 1910 and left in July 1913 to go to Mill Hill.
He enlisted at Mill Hill probably in 1917 and was given the Regimental Number 56964 in the 10th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers which was part of the 52nd Brigade in the 17th Division of V Corps of the 3rd Army. The Division was involved in fighting late in March 1918 in the Battles of St Quentin and Bapaume during the great German offensive on the Somme.
He was wounded and returned to England. He succumbed to the wounds and was buried at Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea.

Percival William Corduroy NORTHCROFT: Attended the School from 1907 to 1911: Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade
He was killed on the 31st July 1917 aged 19 years.
He was born on the 10th November 1897 and entered the School in April 1907. He left in July 1911 to go to the Leys at Cambridge. His last known home was at 11, Nottingham Terrace, Marylebone Road in London.
After receiving his commission he was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade and, at the time of his death, was attached to the 3rd Battalion. The latter was part of the 17th Brigade of the 24th Division of II Corps in the 5th Army. His death occurred in action during the Battle of Pilckem in the Ypres Salient when the Brigade fought for and achieved an objective one thousand yards east of Klein Zillebeke.
He has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres in Belgium.

Allan PARKE, M.C.: Attended the School from 1904 to 1906: Captain in the Lancashire Fusiliers
He was killed on the 27th September 1918 aged 25 years.
He was born on the 11th March 1893 and his home was at Withnell Fold, Chorley in Lancashire. He entered the School in January 1904 end left in July 1906 to go to the Leys at Cambridge.
He was a commissioned officer by December 1914 and, after being commissioned, was attached to the 1/8th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers which was a Territorial Force Battalion of the 125th Brigade in the 42nd Division of IV Corps in the 3rd Army. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Canal du Nord at a time of very fierce fighting. [Note: link is to a very interesting Canadian site.]
He is buried at Ribecourt Road Cemetery, Trescault in France.
His Military Cross was an award for gallant conduct, usually in the field.

Frederick John Ewart STAFFORD: Attended the School from 1910 to 1912: 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps
He died of wounds on the 22nd April 1917 aged 19 years.
He was born on the 28th December 1897 and his home was The Green, Haywards Heath. He was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs E.D. Stafford of Brighton and Haywards Heath and was the grandson of Alderman Stafford, formerly Mayor of Brighton, Frederick entered the School in September 1910 and left in July 1912 to go to Mill Hill.
After being commissioned he was attached to 8 Squadron which, at the time of his death, was flying the BE 2D and was based at Soncamp [sp? No reference on the web] between Arras and Doullens. The aircraft was almost certainly being used either for artillery or general observation over the Arras sector as there was much fighting in the area at the time.
He is buried at the Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension in France.
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John Wilfred Hugh TRENCHARD: Attended the School from 1910 to 1911: Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery
He died of wounds on the 3rd October 1917 aged 20 years.
He was born on the 5th March 1897 and his home was at Wolverton, Enfield in Middlesex. He entered the School in April 1910 and left in July 1911 to go to Mill Hill.
He was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery and served with the 122nd Heavy Brigade. He received the wounds which resulted in his death during the artillery duels taking place in the preparations for the Battle of Broodseinde in the Ypres Salient which was to start on the 4th October 1917. He may have been promoted to Captain by the time of his injuries.
He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Samuel Donald WRIGHT: Attended the School in 1905: 2nd Lieutenant in the Bedfordshire Regiment
He died of wounds on the 25th April 1917 aged 21 years.
He was born on the 25th June 1895 and entered the School in January 1905, leaving in the following July to go to Bishop's Stortford. His home address was "Lyndhurst", Walkern near Stevenage.
He was commissioned into the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment but was later attached to the 8th Battalion of the Regiment. Earlier in the month of his death, the 8th Bedfords had been involved in heavy fighting south of Loos.
He is buried at Calais Southern Cemetery in France. His name is also remembered on the War Memorial at Walkern near Stevenage.