Private George Ernest Afford, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1916, aged 28. Born in Oundle, enlisted Thrapston. Son of Mr and Mrs C. G. Afford, 34, East Road. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. He grew up on West Street and his registered occupation when he was conscripted was as a gardener. He was conscripted in May 1916 and he died in the battle of the Somme just after a month of fighting.
Private Reginald Barrett, 1/8th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Killed in action 22 November 1917, aged 24. Born Oundle, enlisted Peterborough. Son of Edward and Hannah Barrett, Glapthorn, Northants. Growing up he lived in Rock Road and then Gordon Road. He died during Turkish counter- attacks on the village of Nebi Samwil, overlooking Jerusalem. Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel.
Private Israel Bell, driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was the eleventh son of Oundle postman John Thomas Bell and Mrs Mahalah Carter, daughter of an Oundle blacksmith. They lived on Benefield Road.
Private, Alfred Frederick Bennett, 6th The Queen’s, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 11 April 1917, aged 22. Born and resident in Oundle, enlisted Thrapston. Son of Mr and Mrs J. Bennett, Drummingwell Lane, Oundle. Buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun.
Gunner Charles Joseph Bennett, 10th Division Ammunition Column, driver in the Royal Field Artillery. Died 05 January 1919, aged 30. Son of Mr and Mrs J Bennett. Buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery.
Able Seaman John Edward Frederick Boulton, HMS Broke, Royal Navy. Killed in action Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916, aged 26. Son of Mrs. E. Boulter, Setchell’s Yard, West Street. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. John died in the battle of Jutland two days after his 26th birthday.
Private Thomas Gayfer Chaplin, 16th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, from Lincolnshire. Died 8 January 1917. Enlisted Sutton-in-Ashfield. After being invalided back to England, he received medical treatment at Barnwell Castle, and was buried in Oundle Cemetery.
Lieutenant Arthur Erskine Gurney Coombs, HMS Hawke, Royal Navy. Killed in action 15 December 1914, aged 26. Son of Richard Samuel Gurney Coombs and Kathleen Maria Coombs, of Church House, Oundle. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.
Private Samuel John Thomas Cooper, Royal Army Medical Corps. Born, enlisted and resident Oundle. Died at Sea 4 May 1917 when his ship Transylvania was sunk by torpedo. Commemorated on Savona Memorial, Italy.
Corporal Thomas Lawrence Cooper, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Thiepval 26 September 1916. Born Stamford, enlisted at Oundle. Son of Lawrence and Annie Cooper, 36, North Street. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
Private Ernest Cottingham, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 August 1916 aged 26. Born Oundle, enlisted Northampton. Born in 1890 he was the son of mason William and Louisa Cottingham who married in St Peter’s Church, Oundle and lived in St Osyth’s Lane. Ernest enlisted in early 1911. Ernest experienced some of the first battles of the war, including the retreat from Mons and the first battle of Ypres. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
Staff Sergeant (Farrier) James Edward Crawley, ‘B’ Battery, 1st Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 19 June 1920, aged 37. Son of Charles and Alice Crawley, Oundle; husband of Hester Mary Crawley, West Street. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel.
L/Corporal Walter Craythorne, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Thiepval 26 September 1916, aged 30. Born, enlisted and resident Oundle. Son of Mr and Mrs D. Craythorne, East Road. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
Private Percy Edward Cullop, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1915. Born and enlisted Oundle. Buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli. Percy died after just over a month of trench warfare.
Private Frederick Henson Cullop, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 September 1914. Born Oundle, enlisted Peterborough in 1903 on the day of his 18th birthday. Commemorated on La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France. Part of the British expeditionary Force sent to meet the advancing German armies on the Belgian frontier. After weeks of attacks and counter attacks, Frederick was killed trying to capture a fortified sugar refinery near Troyon.
2nd Lieut Henry Neville Curtis. No.45 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 25 July 1917, aged 18. Son of William Henry and Emma Curtis, 22 West Street. Buried in Mouvaux New Military Cemetery, France.
Private Thomas Percival Ellis, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action by a sniper 14 March 1915. Born Wellingborough, enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial. He found lodgings in the home of Samuel and Nancy Davis at 2 North Street in March 1912. He was appointed a rural postman of Oundle.
Private Francis Edward Garrett, 7th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Born in Oundle and lived in St Osyth’s Lane with his wife and family when war was declared. Commemorated on Arras Memorial.
Private Marcus Ward Gurton. 11th Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 August 1916, aged 19. Born Atherstone, enlisted Warwick. Son of Charles Ward Gurton and Amy Gurton, Atherstone, Warwickshire. Only soldier of this name killed in the war, but his connection with Oundle is unclear. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
Private Harry Baxter Hancock, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Roeux 28 April 1917. Born, enlisted and resident Oundle. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. The son of a house painter and decorator, Harry wanted to follow his father’s footsteps. Harry enlisted 8th July 1915 and was killed on the 28 April 1917, the same day as another Oundle soldier, Francis Garrett. In the action he took part in on the day he died, 17 officers and 610 others went out at 4.27am against machine guns and enemy counter attacks. Only 7 officers and 325 others returned to the front line that night.
Private John Hill, Middlesex Regiment and 172nd Company, Labour Corps. Died at the Military Hospital, Weston Favell, Northamptonshire 3 June 1919, aged 41. Born in Oundle, son of William Hill and Sarah Ann Gilby of Mill Road, and husband of M. J. Hill, of 11 Mill Road. Buried in Oundle Cemetery.
Sergeant John Hunter, 2/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry. Died at home 19 February 1916, aged 29. Enlisted Northampton, resident Oundle. Son of William Hunter, husband of Maud Ann Hunter, 34 West Street. Buried in Oundle Cemetery.
Private William Johnson, 7th The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Killed in action 12 October 1917, aged 19. Born Great Gidding, enlisted Peterborough, resident Oundle. Son of William Johnson, New Road. Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Ypres.
Private George Lacey, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 23 July 1916 aged 38. Born Great Missenden, Bucks, enlisted Peterborough. He lived as a manservant and then butler to Frederick Sanderson, Headmaster of Oundle School, School House on New Street. George was killed in the Somme offensive and commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
2nd Lieutenant Percy Beresford Lees, 3rd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 March 1915. Son of Colonel Charles Percy Lees and Anna Madeleine Lees of Herne Lodge, Oundle. Killed in action at the battle of Neuve Chapelle. Buried at Neuve Chapelle. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
Private James Thomas Leverett, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 1 December 1915. Enlisted Oundle. Buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.
Gunner Ralph Lilleker, 79th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 19 October 1917, aged 26. Son of Robert and Ann W. Lilleker, West Street. Buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck. Ralph came from a family of thirteen children. He grew up in Jasmine cottage on the east side of North Street before moving to Grimsby. After conscripting he joined the royal field artillery and died after four months of fighting in the third battle of Ypres where the commonwealth forces suffered over 300,000 casualties.
L/Corporal Bertie Fredrick Loakes, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Died whilst prisoner of war 9 August 1918. Born and resident Oundle, enlisted Northampton. Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany. Bertie lived on North Street and became a reservist around 1912 shortly after his seventeenth birthday. All reservists were mobilised in 1914 and after joining the 2nd battalion Northamptonshire survived being wounded with horrific casualties on two separate occasions. The second time he was injured, he was captured and later died in a prisoner of war camp.
L/Corporal Harold Malsbury. 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action near Gillemont Farm 29 September 1918. Born in Kettering. His family lived on East Road. Buried in Unicorn Cemetery, Vend’huile.
Private Clifford Mancktelow, 11th The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 25 October 1918, aged 19. Born Woodford, Essex, enlisted Kettering, resident Oundle. Son of Thomas Mancktelow, Glapthorne. Buried in Moorseele Military Cemetery.
2nd Lieut Douglas William McMichael. 8th Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 April 1916, aged 23. Son of Mr and Mrs W. McMichael, Nene Cottage, Oundle. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres.
Private John Thomas Mears, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 March 1917, aged 22. Enlisted Oundle, Northants. Son of Mrs. S. R. Craythorne, West Street. Buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand.
L/Corporal Herbert George Miles Markham, 8th The Queen’s, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died whilst prisoner of war 10 November 1918, aged 20. Born and resident Oundle, enlisted Kettering. Son of Herbert Hunt Markham and Charlotte Markham, Lime House, Oundle. Buried in Belgrade Cemetery, Namur, Belgium.
Major Maurice James Miskin MC, 1st Bn. Tanks Corps. Killed in
action 17 October 1918, aged 27. Son of James and Florence Miskin, 20, St Oswald’s Road, York. He was an assistant master at Oundle School. Buried in Honnechy British Cemetery.
2nd Lieutenant Percy Munds, 1st Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 8 December 1918, aged 23. Son of Charles Munds, 26 East Road, and the late Millicent Munds. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
Captain Francis Campbell Norbury, 6th Bn. attached 1st Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 10 January 1915, aged 32. Housemaster at Oundle at outbreak of war. Buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue.
L/Corporal Arthur Page, 167th Co. Royal Engineers. Died at home 25 February 1919, aged 34. Buried in Oundle Cemetery. One of seven children he was conscripted in his late thirties and worked maintaining the roads, railways and canals needed for the vast quantities of supplies.
Private George Frederick Peacock, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915, aged 29. Born and resident
Oundle, enlisted Thrapston. Son of the late Charles and Lucy Ann Peacock, Benefield Road. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial.
Private Alfred Phillipson, Royal Army Service Corps attached Supply and Transport Corps. Died 12 March 17, aged 33. Son of Stephen and Elizabeth Phillipson, St Osyth Lane; husband of Rosina Phillipson, 11 East Road. Buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.
Private Francis Harold Preston, Depot Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died at home 17 April 1917, aged 38. Son of Josiah and Catherine Preston, Tansor; husband of Mary Jane Preston, Ashton. Buried in Tansor Churchyard.
Gunner James Thomas Pridemore. ‘B’ Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action 23 November 1917. Formerly 7163, Northamptonshire Regiment. Born Glapthorn, enlisted Peterborough. Commemorated on Cambrai
Private Frank Oswald Rollerson, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 May 1915, aged 23. Son of Frank Rollerson, 18 Inkerman Yard. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial. He joined the special reserve in 1913 on a six year contract. He died on the front line during the preparation for the assault on Aubers Ridge.
Private James Roughton, 2nd Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 May 1915, aged 25. Enlisted London. Son of William and Sarah Roughton, 2 Havelock Cottages. Buried in Pink Farm Cemetery, Gallipoli.
Lieutenant Roy Broughton Sanderson, 6th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 17 April 1918, aged 28. Son of Mr F. W. Sanderson, Headmaster of Oundle School. Buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery.
Private Reginald Bourne Seaton, 8th King’s Own, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1918, aged 26. Son of Robert and Clara Seaton, 28 North Street. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
Private Joseph William Sexton, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 2 November 1917, aged 19. Son of William and Elizabeth Sexton, Binder’s Row, Benefield Road. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery,
Israel. Died on same day as William Stafford, in same battle.
Private Charles Sharpe, 10th/11th Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 17 August 1916. Born in Oundle. Buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. He lived on East Road. His battalion was involved in the BEF’s retreat from Mons and in ushering the Germans back to the river Aisne where the trench warfare began to take hold. He died fighting near the fortified village of Pozieres.
Private William Sharpe, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 6 October 1914, aged 31. Son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Sharpe, Havelock Cottages, North Street; husband of Mary Ann Sharpe, 4 Baker’s Yard, North Street. Commemorated on La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France.
Sergeant Bruce Lionel Siddons, 55th Bn. Australian Infantry (AIF). Killed in action 1 September 1918, aged 32. Son of John Miller Siddons and Eleanor Mary Siddons, Silver Birch, Milton Road. Buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery.
Private Anthony James Spurgeon Smith, 1st/4th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Wadenhoe, enlisted and resident London. Son of George Anthony Smith of 17 Benefield Road. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.
Corporal Arthur Edward Smith, 1st Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 April 1918, aged 21. Son of John and Mary Smith, 47 Benefield Road. Commemorated on Loos Memorial. He had ten siblings and they lived in The Poplars, a cottage on Benefield Road.
Colonel Edmund Perceval Smith, 17th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 2 May 1915, aged 51. Son of John and Editha Smith; husband of Lilian Ethel Crooke. Buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli.
Private Frank Smith, Middlesex Regiment transferred to 5th Company, Labour Corps. Died of wounds 5 June 1917, aged 27. Born Oundle, enlisted Northampton. Son of Arthur and Mary Smith; husband of Edith Marion Smith, of West Street. Buried in Oundle Cemetery.
Gunner George E Smith. Driver, Royal Field Artillery transferred to Labour Corps. Died at home 23 November 1918. Buried in Oundle Cemetery. His main role while with the field artillery was to pull around short range field artillery, however this role was quickly made obsolete as the units suffered terrible losses from the new, longer range rifles of the war.
2nd Lieutenant John Herbert Michael Smith, 2nd Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 10 September 1914, aged 25. Son of Mr and Mrs J. H. Smith, Cobthorne, Oundle. Buried in Montreuil-Aux-Lions British Cemetery, Aisne.
Gunner Thomas Edward Smith. Driver ‘D’ Battery, 99th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 3 September 1918, aged 23. Born Oundle, enlisted Peterborough. Son of Mrs. Cranfield, 28 Albert Place, Peterborough. Buried in Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece.
Private Walter Edwin Sharpe, 7th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Guillemont 18 August 1916. Born Oundle, enlisted Peterborough. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial. He was born in 1884 when his parents lived on North Street. He joined the army in the winter of 1905-1906 and enlisted in the 1st battalion Northamptonshire regiment. He died driving a German counter attack out of a trench near the village of Bazentin.
Corporal William Stafford, 1/4th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 2 November 1917, aged 27. Born London. Son of William Stafford, North Street; husband of Mary Ellen Stafford, Rock Road. Buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel, close to Joseph Sexton, who died in the same battle on the same day.
Private Cyril Stretton, 1st East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds 20 November 1918, aged 19. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Stretton, Inkerman Place. Buried in Bethencourt Communal Cemetery, Le Cateau. He died in action from wounds received on the 20th October 1918.
Private Percy Stretton brother of Cyril Stretton. Was in the London Guards unit which was sent to France on 22nd November where he fought for 351 days before being sent back to England for medical reasons. Was recorded as disabled with severe rheumatism and pulmonary problems, probably due to gassing. He was discharged from the army in March 1917 and died in 1920 aged 25.
Private Sidney Swann, 3rd The Buffs, East Kent Regiment. Died 13 March 1917, aged 18. Born and resident Oundle, enlisted Kettering. Son of H. J. and E. J. Swann, 11 Inkerman Place. Buried in Oundle Cemetery.
Private Stephen Henry Taylor. Believed to be: Sapper, 96th Light Railway Operating Co. Royal Engineers. Died at Sea 30 December 1917. Enlisted Northampton. Commemorated on Chatby Memorial, Egypt. He died when his transport ship, The Aragon was sunk within twenty minutes of being hit by a torpedo. At least three hundred men lost their lives.
Private, Herbert Titman, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15 September 1915, aged 19. Born Polebrook, enlisted Oundle. Son of Thomas and Emily Titman, Polebrook Lodge. Buried in Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt.
Lieut. Colonel George Arthur Tryon, CO 4th Bn. King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 7 November 1918, aged 32. Housemaster at Oundle School. Son of the Reverend A. W. Tryon and Mrs L. K. Tryon, Middle Rasen, Lincs. Buried in St. Remy-Chaussee Communal Cemetery.
Private Cuthbert Leslie Vear, 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Shrewsbury Forest 31 July 1917, aged 29. Son of Mrs Vear, Alford, Lincs; husband of Mrs R. E. Vear, Market Place, Oundle. Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
Private Frederick Whistlecoft, 1st Essex Regiment. Killed in action 4 April 1918, aged 24. Son of James and Elizabeth J. Whistlecroft, 5 New Road. Buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. He died the day before the German spring offensive in 1918 near the village of Gommecourt.
Captain George Hamilton Williamson, 7th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 12 April 1917, aged 27. Schoolmaster at Oundle School. Native of Manchester. Son of John Harper Williamson and Margaret Clark Williamson, Denbighshire. Buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty.
Compiled by William Buchan
The names of sixty-eight men who fell during World War I are inscribed on the Oundle War Memorial. The information in this Roll of Honour was gathered from the below sources and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the authors:
Shadows from the Past: The Oundle War Memorial Men 1914-1918 by Ray Rundle (Available from The Oundle Bookshop.)
www.roll-of-honour.com, edited by Ernie Rusdale