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7  Pte. Albert Edward Croucher  57
8  Pte. Harry Barling 58
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18  Pte.  Frederick Mint 68
19  Pte. Frederick James Haig  69
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22  Pte. Frederick William Linnell 72
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25  Pte. Fred Taylor  75  Cpl. Charles Edward Eden 
26  Pte. Bertie Mower  76  George Leslie Meadus, Arthur Sydney Gibbs  & Sydney Thomas Gibbs
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28  Pte. Frederick William Johnson 78
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32  Pte. Charles Behan 82
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50  Sgt. Walter Edmund Jordan 100  Pte. John William Holman

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Private Lewis Albert Excell.Private Lewis Albert Excell 

Private Lewis Albert Excell
Service Number: 11473, 10th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
 

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Private Albert Edward Croucher Private Albert Edward Croucher

Private Albert Edward Croucher
Service Number: 23485, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

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Private Harry Barling
Service Number: 11174, 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars

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Private Frederick Mint

 Private Frederick Mint
Service Number: G80406, Middlesex Regiment

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Private Frederick James Haig

 Private Frederick James Haig
Service Number: 3845, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards
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Private - Frederick James HaigFred was born on the 24th September 1898 to James Douglas Haig and Elisabeth Jane Haig, formally Joslin.

James Haig (born 23rd December 1866) was the Game Keeper and Elisabeth Joslin (born 22nd October 1870) was the Cook, at Gosford House in the Parish of Aberlady, County of Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.

They married on 20th June 1897 and lived in Harestane Cottage, which was on the Golf Course and part of the Gosford House Estate. The cottage, now part of Craigielaw Golf Club is where Fred and his younger sister Molly (Mary Elisabeth Haig, born 27th May 1901) were born and raised.

The family then moved to Windmill Farm, Frant, near Tonbridge Wells which was owned by the Joslin family. It was here that Fred’s youngest sister Kathleen Edith Haig was born 6th February 1915.

Age 15 Fred tried to join the army only for his dad James to fetch him home. He did however join up aged 18 and at 19 he was killed at Cambrai on 1st December 1917. His body was never found and he is “Remembered with Honour” on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.

Remembered by a family he never knew

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Private Frederick William LinnellFrederick William Linnell Private Frederick William Linnell 

Private Frederick William Linnell
Service Number: 43210, 9th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

Frederick William Linnell was born in Sawley, Derbyshire in 1895, to Alfred and Catherine. He had six siblings, all sisters. Fred was a private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers and was killed at Ypres on 16th August, 1917, aged 22 years and is buried in the New Irish Cemetery in Ypres. This memorial is sponsored by Martin, Allan and Richard Smedley, whose grandmother, Gertrude Julia, was one of Fred's sisters.

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A young Fred Taylor - 5yrs old Fred TaylorPrivate Fred Taylor

 Private Fred Taylor
Service Number: 34733, 8th Bn.  North Staffordshire regimentNorth Staffordshire regimentN North Staffordshire Regiment

My great-uncle, Fred Taylor, was born in East Peckham in 1897, the second youngest of 13. His father, Alfred, worked for Walter Arnold who ran an engineering and milling company and the family lived on site at Bran Bridge Mill.

Fred is shown on the 1911 census, aged 14, working in a billiard ball factory. Papers show that, like many men at the outset of war, Fred was not old enough to join up but lied about his age as he was 17yrs. He joined the North Staffordshire Regiment, service no 34733, 8th bn. 

The FamilyThe Arnold WorksThe family photograph (Far left), taken in 1901, shows Fred seated on the grass, front right, aged about 5 with his parents and their 13 children. 

The second photograph (Left) shows the Arnold Works with some of the Taylor boys on and around the traction engine with their father.


Fred was killed on 24 March 1918 on the first day of the second battle of Babaume. The regimental diaries for that day describe being forced back by advancing German troops and that not all the men made it out.  Fred was reported missing, died of wounds and has no known grave.

Modern day Arras central squareA devastated central square in ArrasTwo photographs of the central square in Arras. Left, a modern day Arras, right, WW1 soldiers listen to a band in the same square, surrounded by devastation.







Arras Memorial forming one side of the Faubourg d'Amiens British CemeteryHe is commemorated at the Arras memorial in Northern France.










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Private Bertie Mower Private Bertie Mower

Private Bertie Mower
Service Number: 8851,  1st Bn. Suffolk Regiment
 

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Frederick William JohnsonFrederick William Johnson Louisa Alice Johnson

 Private Frederick William Johnson
Service Number: G49236, 2nd Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment

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 Private Charles BehanPrivate Charles Behan

Private Charles Behan 
Service Number: 63549, 196th Company, Machine Gun Corps

 

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 Serjeant Walter Edmund JordanSerjeant Walter Edmund Jordan

Serjeant Walter Edmund Jordan 
Service Number: G/19033, 10th Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Jordan, of 5, Albion Place, Newington, Sittingbourne; husband of Edith Gertrude Jordan, of Malt
Cottage, Hollingbourne, Maidstone. His brother Frederick William Jordan also fell.

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Rifleman Almer Allsworth Davison  Private Almer Allsworth Davison and George Davison

Rifleman Almer Allsworth Davison 
Service Number: S/48484, Rifle Brigade, posted to 1st/28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)


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George Davison (1884 - 1951)

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 Corporal Charles Edward Eden

Corporal Charles Edward Eden 
Service Number: 2189, 7th Battalion Queens Royal West Surrey

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  Private John William HolmanPrivate John William Holman

Private John William Holman
Service Number: 18710, 1st BN. Wiltshire Regiment
 

Husband of Carrie Holman, of 7, Mead Plat, Willesden, London.

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