Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Railwaymen at War - 1914-1919

Brendan Sheridan has kindly shared with me some of his research on the railwaymen from Wolverton who lost their lives in WW1. At the end of the war the L&NWR published a book detailing the lives lost and honours gained in this hugely wasteful conflict. The book was presented to each of the next-of-kin of those railwaymen who died. Brendan Sheridan is presently working on a WWII compilation which will be equally important and useful and if any readers out there know of any documents that might help him in his research, please, in the first instance, contact me through the email facility.

As you can see from the listed occupations some of these men were apprentices when they signed up and sadly their lives were very short.

Besides reproducing this list as a record of the sacrifice of these men, it occurs to me that it may have use for those doing genealogical research, and for those interested in railway occupations 100 years ago.

In the next few days I will publish the awards for gallantry and something about the role of Wolverton Works and the Railway in the war. I then plan to go on to examine other conflicts under the general heading of Wolverton at War.



LNWR
WOLVERTON RAILWAYMEN DIED 1914-1919
NAME
Grade
Naval or Military Rank
Adams, A
Fitter
Aircraftsman
Adams, E.
Lad
Sergeant
Adams, H.W.
Coachmaker
Private
Andrews, F.H.
Coachmaker
Private
Applin, E.H.
Fitter
Private
Atkins, FJ.
Labourer
Private
Bailey, F.B.
Carriage Cleaner
Private
Bailey, H.E.
Porter
Private
Barcock, H.R.
Glazier
Sapper
Barnes, H.
Trimmer
Private
Barnwell, DJ.
Labourer
Lance-Corporal
Bartlett, WJ.
Labourer
Private
Bason, E.E.
Fitter
Private
Bates, H.
Rough Painter
Private
Battams, A.E.
Sawyer
Sergeant
Battams, W.H.
Labourer
Lance-Corporal
Baxter, P.E.
Labourer
Lance-Corporal
Bennett, W. E.
Labourer
Private
Biddiscombe, AJ.
Foreman's Clerk
Lance-Corporal
Biddle, W.
Engine Fireman
Private
Bishop, J.P.
Rubber
Private
Bissell, S.B.
Moulder
Private
Booth, E.H.
Painter
Private
Bowles, F.
Labourer
Private
Brightman, E.
Fitter
Private
Britten, W.E.
Engine Cleaner
Private
Brown, W.
Fitter
Lance-Corporal
Burnell, H.
Fitter
Private
Burnell, W.
Painter
Private
Burnham, WJ.
Gas Fitter
Private
Bush, D.E.
Trimmer
Private
Casemore, J.
Painter
Private
Chilton, J.
Labourer
Private
Clare, J.E.
Labourer
Private
Clarke, R.A
Paint Cleaner
Private
Coey, WJ.
Painter
Lance-Corporal
Cole, GJ.
Brass Finisher
Sergeant
Coleman, G.
Painter
Private
Compton, B J.
Coachmaker
Lance-Corporal
1



Cooper, L.M.
Labourer
Private
Craker, E.A
Painter
Private
Cripps, G.
Labourer
Private
Crisp, AW.
Labourer
Private
Cross, J.T.
Smith
Private
Cross, W.e.
Fitter
Private
Cross, W.H.
Fitter
Sergeant
Cunnington, W.
Brass Polisher
AB. Seaman
Davidge, H.I.
Machinist
Private
Davies, S.
Sawyer
Private
Dudley, P.G.
Labourer
Private
Edmunds, H.
Labourer
Private
Eno, AG.
Painter
Private
Evans, AA
Coachmaker
Corporal
Farthing, AW.
Labourer
Private
Faulkner, W.
Painter
Lance-Corporal
Fessey, F.W.
Painter
Bugler
Finch, W.I.
Labourer
Private
Fincher, AV.
Painter
Lance-Corporal
Fletcher, H.
Clerk
Private
Flint, A
Finisher
Corporal
Foddy, W.H.
Painter
Corporal
French, e.A
Labourer
Private
French, G.A
Striker
Private
French, W.T.
Rubber
Private
Gammage, H.H.
Painter
Private
Garratt, A
Sawyer
Private
Garratt, J.W.
Coachmaker
Sapper
Geary, W.W.
Electrical Fitter
Pioneer
Gibbard, R.I.
Messenger
Lance-Corporal
Glenn, S.
Labourer
Private
Goodridge, AG.
Trimmer
Private
Goodridge, J.
Finisher
Private
Grace, W.
Labourer
Private
Gregory, G.V.
Fitter
Private
Groves, E.
Labourer
Corporal
Guntrip, RW.
Labourer
Private
Hale,F.
Carpenter
Private
Hall, A.I.
Labourer
Private
Hardwick, F.G.
Youth
Private
Hardwike, A
Polisher
Private
Harris, C.I.
Labourer
Private
Harris, W.E.
Labourer
AB. Seaman
Harrison, S.H.
Carriage Cleaner
Private
Hellenburgh, A
Coachmaker
Lance-Corporal
2



Hensman, E.A
Rough Painter
Rifleman
Henson, e.
Labourer
Corporal
Hepworth, e.
Brass Finisher
Private
Herbert, F.I.
Coachmaker
Rifleman
Hewitt, B.
Painter
Private
Holland, W.
Coachmaker
Private
Hollis, W.e.
Brass Finisher
Lance-Corporal
Holloway, G.A
Fitter
Sergeant
Hollyoake, AG.
Brass Finisher
Private
Holt, W.
Rubber
Private
Holton, P.
Fitter, Apprentice
Private
Hongson, S.P.
Painter
Private
Hopkins, B.
Fitter
Sapper
Howe, H.
Rubber
Private
Howes, L.F.I.
Fireman
Sapper
Hull, A
Brass Finisher
Private
Ingram, W.
Labourer
Private
Jackson, F.I.R
Painter, Apprentice
Private
Johnson, D.
Coachmaker
Lance-Sergeant
Jones, W.G.
Carriage Cleaner
Private
Keech, AE.
Finisher
Private
Kettle, RA
Labourer
Sergeant
Kightley, K.G.
Coachmaker
Corporal
King, S.S.
Finisher
Lance-Corporal
Kitchener, AT.
Clerk
Private
Knight, E.W.
Labourer
Pioneer
Knopp, A
Painter
Driver
Lamble, P.
Machinist
Driver
Lawrence, AH.
Labourer
Lance-Sergeant
Leonard, E.W.
Coachmaker
Sapper
Lewis, E.H.
Wireman
Private
Lock, W.H.
Painter
Private
Lovesay, P.M.
Labourer
Private
Lucas, RH.
Finisher
Private
Malcher, P.e.
Stripper
Lance-Corporal
Mander, AV.
Machinist
Private
Maycock, H.J.
Sawyer
Private
McKay, P.H.
Finisher
Private
Mead, W.
Rubber
Private
Millward, E.G.
Electrical Fitter
Sapper
Moore, E.S.
Carpenter
Sapper
Moore, J.H.G.
Youth
Private
Moore, W.H.
Labourer
Gunner
Morris, E.
Striker
Private
3



Morris, W.I.
Coachmaker
Private
Mundy, E.
Moulder
Private
Newton, F.I.
Carter
Private
Odell, S.
Painter
Private
Old, H.W.
Painter
Private
Oldham, J.W.
Labourer
Private
Pass, E.A
Painter
Private
Phillips, W.B.
Foreman's Clerk
Sergeant
Pittam, AA
Labourer
Private
Pittam, G.
Porter
Private
Plumb, H.
Labourer
Private
Pollard, J.
Trimmer
Lance-Corporal
Powell, L.
Coachmaker
Private
Ratcliffe, G.R
Labourer
Private
Richardson, P.R
Labourer
Lance-Corporal
Riddy, W.e.
Rubber
Private
Riley, N.
Labourer
Private
Roberts, G.I.e.
Fitter
Private
Roberts, H.S.
Drop Hammer Attendant
Private
Robinson, T.A. R
Painter, Apprentice
Private
Rolfe, RH.
Labourer
Private
Rose, W.E.
Labourer
Private
Ruddlesdin, L.
Brass Finisher
Private
Ruffhead, H.A
Machinist
Private
Sapwell, AF.
Engine Cleaner
Private
Savage, H.G.
Fitter
Private
Sayell, S.M.
Rubber
Private
Seamarks, H.S.
Labourer
Private
Shakeshaft, A
Labourer
Private
Shaw, E.F.
Labourer
Sapper
Shaw, W.I.
Clerk
Sub-Lieut
Shepherd, J.G.A
Labourer
Lance-Corporal
Sherwood, e.E.
Trimmer
2nd-Lieut
Shouler, A
Sawyer
Private
Shouler, S.G.
Machinist
Private
Simms, AT.
Painter
Private
Simpson, H.
Fitter
Private
Sirett, G.A
Labourer
Sergeant
Slater, J.J.
Painter
Private
Smith, AW.
Painter
Gunner
Smith, E.
Labourer
Private
Smith, F.
Watchman
e.S.M.
Smith, F.W.
Clerk
e.S.M.
Smith, M.
Labourer
Private
Smith, W.E.
Labourer
Private
4



Spong, AH.
Trimmer
Private
Spriggs, J.
Rough Painter
Private
Stewart, A
Painter
Private
Swaine, A.E.
Shunt Horse Driver
Private
Tack, AE.
Painter
Acting-Corporal
Tapp, R.
Inside Painter
Driver
Tarr, A
Painter
Private
Thompson, J.M.
Fitter
Lance-Corporal
Todd, H.
Brass Finisher
Private
Tombs, W.A
Sawyer
Private
Tooley, W.I.
Trimmer
Private
Tooth, T.E.
Fitter
Private
Townsend, H.
Finisher
Corporal
Umney, B.D.
Painter
Private
Wadsworth, AR.
Labourer
Private
Walters, A
Striker
Private
Watson, E.E.
Striker
Private
Watson, J.R.
Finisher
Private
Welford, R.
Painter
Private
Welham, P.H.
Labourer
Corporal
Wells, S.
Fitter
Private
West, A
Painter
Lance-Corporal
West, G.
Coachmaker
Rifleman
Whatley,R.
Labourer
Private
Whitbread, P.H.
Coachmaker
Private
White, S.
Labourer
Private
Whitehead, W.A
Machinist
Private
Whitfield, E.E.
Fitter
Private
Whitlock, Ae.
Labourer
Private
Willett, AI.
Labourer
Private
Willett, M.
Labourer
Rifleman
Willis, F.T.
Coachmaker
Private
Winsor, W.P.
Trimmer
Corporal
Wood, H.P.E.
Painter
Private
Wood, W.
Coachmaker
Rifleman
Worker,E.
Striker
Private
Worker, J.
Coachmaker
Rifleman
Worringer, F.E.
Fitter
Private
Wright, AW.
Labourer
Private
Wright, E.H.
Painter
Private
Yakes, J.
Labourer
Pioneer
5

1 comment:

Roger Haycock said...

I was told by Ralph Williams that 1914 was the first year that Wolverton Works gave a holiday. Anyway it must have been in August because he told me that most people who went away went to Landudno, that being the closest seaside town for which concessionary travel was available at the time. The day after war was declared ie 4 August railway workers went around all the holiday accommodation in the town with telling Wolverton men to go straight home. He reckoned that they started building ambulance trains straight away.

I should love to know how accurate this story is.