William Charles Baggarley

William was born in Camberwell, where his father was an Insurance agent. But sometime after 1901 and before 1911 the whole family moved to Chichester where William worked as an assistant in his father’s refreshment bar. However William, who had attended the National School, Camberwell, emigrated on his own to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at the age of 20 and enlisted, [Read full story…]

Christopher Rotherham

Christopher Rotherham was born on 12th April 1895 at Long Row Unstone, Derbyshire, the only son of John Henry Rotherham and Elizabeth [nee Wardle]. The couple did have a second child in 1897, who sadly died the same year. In 1901, the family set up home at 51/52 Chesterfield Road, Dronfield, when his father was working as a Sickle and Hook Maker, probably [Read full story…]

Sidney James Ashley

Sidney James Ashley was born 1888, Battersea, London, the second son of Elah Edward Ashley and Alice Ann [nee Howard]. When Sidney was three his father died and between 1891-1901 he spent some years in a workhouse. 1911, he was single, working as a porter for the L.S.W. railway and living with his widowed mother and elder brother Albert George [Read full story…]

William Herbert Ashley

1896 William Herbert Ashley, born 54 Beulah Road, Sutton, Surrey, was educated at Crown Road School, Sutton. Aged 14 in 1911, he worked as a junior clerk at a Fireworks factory. 1915 he was living 103 Thorpe Bank Road, Shepherds Bush, aged 18. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers and trained as a wireless operator and served in Salonica and [Read full story…]

John Edward Ashley

1886 John Edward Ashley, was born and raised in Barry, Glamorganshire, Wales, the son of Gracious Ashley and Mary Ann [ nee Powell]. He is thought to have first served with the Hussars, service no. 23380, but there is no further information about this. He enlisted at Barry and joined the Durham Light Infantry, 19th Battalion, service no. 25913 [date n/k] [Read full story…]

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