We shall remember: Summer 1915

News / Tue 14th Jul 2015 at 08:00pm

SINCE August last year, we have dipped into the obituaries of Harlow’s fallen of World War One.

May 3rd, 1915: Private William Douglas Alsopp

The 1901 census shows William residing with his maternal grandparents Samuel and Ellen Blatch at 37 Old Road, Harlow.

He enlisted in the Royal Marines Light Infantry, Chatham Battalion, Royal Naval Division.

William died on May 3rd when he was accidentally shot by a colleague.

William is buried in Beach Cemetery in Gallipoli.

May 13th, 1915: 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Graham Swire

Alexander was born to wealthy parents in the shipping industry. Much of his life was spent in Kensington.

He enlisted in late 1914 and joined the 1st Battalion of the Essex Yeomanry.
He was killed in action on May 13th during the action at Frezenburg Ridge.
He is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate.

Probate was given to John Swire of Hillingdon, Harlow.

May 20th, 1915: Private Cecil William Beeney:

After 1911, it is believed that Cecil moved from Leicestershire to Harlow, possibly to work as a groom.

He enlisted at Colchester and served in the First Battalion of the Essex Yeomanry.
Cecil was wounded on May 13th during action at Frezenburg Ridge.
Cecil died of his wounds on May 20th 1915, aged 23.

Cecil is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.

June 17th: Private Frederick Cook:

John’s parents were born in Harlow and Magdalen Laver respectively.
Records show the family living in the White Houses in Harlow and then on to Foster Street.

John enlisted in Warley. He was kille din action on July 9th, 1916, aged 30.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, France.

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