Family Tragedies

"In loving memory of our 2 dead sons who were killed in action on 1 July 1916  - somewhere in France our dear sons sleep in two graves we may never see; but as long as life and memory last, dear sons, we will remember thee"
There were millions of families in the UK who lost a close family relative in the Great War, which was a shocking experience.   To lose more than one member of the family must have been truly devastating.   William and Julia Souls, of Great Rissington, Gloucestershire, lost 5 sons.  The following is a list of families from the Cheltenham area who lost two or more close family relatives.   Over 100 families lost two sons.   In one instance, twin brothers (Edward and Harry Turner) were killed in action on the same day on HMS Good Hope.  In another, two brothers (Arthur and Reginald Lawrence) who came home from Canada to fight, fell side by side serving with 10th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force defending Ypres.

   

Some villages in the UK were fortunate enough to lose none of their men who went to war and these have been called "Thankful Villages".   The publication This England  has listed 36 of these villages which include 4 from Gloucestershire (Brierley, Coln Rogers, Little Sodbury and Upper Slaughter).   Incredibly, Upper Slaughter saw 44 of their sons go to war and all returned - this is surpassed only by Arkholme in Lancashire who had all of their 59 returned home.

Ballinger.   George and Annie Ballinger, of 7 Grove Street, Cheltenham lost two sons.   Alfred, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 2nd March 1916.   Frederick, aged 32,  was killed in action in France on 23rd July 1916.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   (Many thanks to Susan Ballinger for information regarding Mrs Ballinger's correct Christian name).

Bannerman.   Emilie Henriette Bannerman (nee Lousada) lost a husband and 2 brothers.   Her husband Oriel William Erskine Bannerman was killed in action in France on 3rd February 1915.   Her brothers Bertie and Edward were also killed.   Bertie Charles was killed in action in Belgium on 9th May 1915 and Edward Arthur was killed in action in Belgium on 2nd November 1914.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Barnes.   William and Mary Barnes, of Longfurlong, Gotherington, lost two sons.   Henry Thomas, aged 34, died of wounds on 2nd November 1918.   Raymond Edward, aged 19, died of wounds on 21st March 1916.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial, the Southam War Memorial and the Gotherington War Memorial.

Barnfield.   George and Adelaide Barnfield, of 13 Kew Place, Bath Road, Cheltenham, lost two sons.   Frank, aged 23, was killed in action on 13th November 1916.   William, aged 25, was killed in action on 9th October 1915.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour.

Barratt.   John and Ruby Barratt, of "Fernbank" " Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Harold Charles Edward, aged 21, died of wounds on 18th May 1917 in Salonica.   John Roland, aged 25, died of illness in France on 24th January 1919.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Bates.   William and Eliza Bates, of 2 Millbrook Terrace, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.   Albert Edward, aged 21, was accidentally killed on 17th May 1917.   William Joshua, aged 26, was killed in action on 17th July 1916.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Bates.   James and Agnes Bates, of 33 Duke Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Herbert James, aged 23, was killed in action on 26th October 1917.   William Thomas, aged 23, died of wounds on 28th December 1914.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Beard.   George and Elizabeth Beard, of 9 Burton Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Ernest, aged 23, was killed in action on 8th August 1915.   George Alfred , aged 20, was killed in action on 3rd October 1918.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Parish Church Boys School Roll of Honour.

Bloxsome.   Walter and Alice Bloxsome, of 3 Woodville Cottage, Church Street, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Ernest was killed in action on 27th August 1917.   William John died of illness on 7th August 1918.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Brazener.   William and Susan Brazener, of Oxford Cottage, Upper Park Street, Hales Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Charles Henry was killed in action on 2nd November 1916.   George Edwin Arthur died of illness on 28th February 1918.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the  Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.   Albert is also commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Brewster.   Robert and Kate Brewster, of 114 Fairview Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Aleck Howard died of wounds on 9th January 1917.   Hubert William Duncan died of illness on 25th October 1918.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   Hubert is also commemorated on the St Paul's Church War Memorial.

Brodie.   George and Louisa Brodie, of "Woodlands" The Park, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Philip Wyndham died of illness on 18th November 1918.   Theodore Stuart was killed in action on 17th April 1915.   The brothers are both commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Phillips Church Roll of Honour.

Brown.   Mrs Emma Brown, of 2 Libertus Villas, Libertus Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Alan Francis Donald was killed in action on 8th September 1916.   Edmund Kenneth Wallace was accidentally killed on 24th August 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Stephens Church Roll of Honour.

Brown.   William and Eliza Brown, of 15 Granville Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Frank William was killed in action on 27th November 1917 and Frederick James was killed in action on 22nd October 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Paul's Church War Memorial and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.   Frederick is also commemorated on the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Byard.   Amos and Jane Byard, of 53 Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur John died of wounds on 1st December 1917 and Francis Spencer died of wounds on 24th March 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Cheltenham Parish Church Boys School Roll of Honour.   Arthur is also commemorated on the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour, the Order of St John Roll of Honour and the St John's Ambulance Brigade Roll of Honour.   Francis is also commemorated on the Wesleyan Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.

Cooke.   Edward Cooke, of The Burgage, Prestbury, lost 2 sons.   Henry George was killed in action on 9th May 1915 and William Joseph was killed in action on 7th August 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial and the Prestbury (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.   William is also commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Cooper.   Frank and Laura Cooper, of Norma Villa, Churchill Road, Leckhampton, lost 2 sons.   Albert Edward was killed in action on 9th May 1915.   Arthur was killed in action on 17th May 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Arthur is also commemorated on the Post Office Roll of Honour.

Cox.   Henry and Clara Cox, of 14 Chapel Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Richmond was killed in action on 23rd July 1916.   Frank Ernest Sidney died of wounds on 29th August 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Creech.   Walter and Ellen Creech, of 17 Queen Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Alfred Edgar was killed in action on 23rd July 1916.   Reginald Albert John was killed in action on 24th April 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.

Creed.   Mrs Ellen Creed, of 51 Brunswick Street, lost her husband and son.   Her husband William Charles died in the UK on 7th December 1918.   Her son William died of wounds in France on 18th April 1918.   Both are commemorated on the St Peter's Church War Memorial and William is also commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Crooke.   Dr William and Alice Cooke, of Langton House, London Road, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.   Elliott Hampden, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 3rd July 1916.   Hugh Neville, aged 19, was killed in action on 10th December 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Apostles Church Roll of Honour and the Charlton Kings War Memorial.

Dartnall.   Henry and Sarah Dartnall, of 42 Winstonian Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Henry, aged 27, was accidentally killed in France on 19th December 1918.   William James, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.   Henry is also commemorated on the Grammar School Roll of Honour.

Davis.   Mrs Fanny Davis, of 7 Exmouth Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Alfred John, aged 21, was killed in action in Belgium on 30th May 1918.   Ernest Albert, aged 22, died of wounds in France on 10th January 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour.   Ernest is also commemorated on the Order of Oddfellows Roll of Honour.

Desages.   Paul and Beatrice Desages, of 20 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Owen Loftus, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 27th May 1918   Wilfred Roland, aged 34, was killed in action in France on 21st March 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour.

Dicks.   Ernest and Alice Dicks, of Buckingham Lawn, Wellington Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Ernest Godfrey, aged 18, was killed at sea on 28th June 1918.   Francis James Neville, aged 21, died of wounds in France on 27th May 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour.

Driscoll.  Dennis and Alice Driscoll, of 64 Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Frank Maurice, aged 20, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   John Patrick, aged 33, was killed in action in Belgium on 27th August 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Paul's Church War Memorial and the St Gregory's Church Roll of Honour.

Du Boulay.   Colonel George Du Boulay, of "Marchmont" Bayshill, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur, aged 38, died of illness in the UK on 25th October 1918.   Hubert, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 3rd September 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.   Hubert is also commemorated on the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Eager.   The late Edward Eager and Mrs Ada Eager, of The Priory, Bishops Cleeve, lost 2 sons.   Denis Godfrey, aged 19, was killed in action on 28th September 1918.   Francis Russell, aged 21, was killed in action in France on 9th May 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the All Saints Church War Memorial and the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial.

Eden.   William and Kate Eden, of 14 Queens Buildings, Queens Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Ernest George, aged 28, was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1914.   William Reginald, aged 31, died of wounds in France on 18th March 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Eggleton.  William and Ellen Eggleton, of Marle Hill Gardens, Folly Lane, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Raymond William, aged 32, was killed in action in Belgium on 9th October 1917.   Reginald, aged 22, died of illness in UK on 21st February 1919.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   Reginald is also commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial and on the Prestbury (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Faulkner.   Frederick and Mary Faulkner, of 6 Sun Street, Cheltenham, lost 3 sons.   Arthur Henry, aged 20, died of wounds in France on 7th March 1916.   Frederick Thomas was killed in action in France on 22nd June 1916.   John Charles, aged 30, was killed in action in France on 22nd July 1916.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and John is also commemorated on the St Peter's Church War Memorial.

Flynn.   Joseph and Ellen Flynn, of 6 Barnards Row, New Street, Cheltenham, lost twin sons.   Ernest John, aged 22, died of wounds in Belgium on 31st October 1917.   Thomas was killed in action in Belgium on 9th June 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Fogerty.   Harold and Helena Fogerty, of "Sunnyside" Naunton Lane, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Ernest Vernon, aged 18, died of illness in UK on 18th January 1920.   Harold Edgar, aged 27, died of illness in UK on 28th September 1919.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Forbes.   Colonel George Forbes-Robertson, of 13 Pitville Lawn, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur, aged 35, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 17th April 1916.   Hunter, aged 29, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 6th April 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour.

Garner.   Edna Garner, of "Albuera" Painswick Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Edward, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 14th August 1916.   Horace, aged 36, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St James Church Roll of Honour and the St James' School Roll of Honour.

Geddes.   Colonel John Gordon Geddes and Madelaine Mary Geddes, of 4 Suffolk Square, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Augustus David, aged 48, was killed in action in Belgium on 28th April 1915.   John Gordon. aged 55, died of illness in UK on 26th August 1919.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour and the St James Church Roll of Honour.

Gibbs.   William and Bessie Gibbs, of 2 Park Place, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Edgar Biggerstaff, aged 34, died of illness in India on 11th December 1917.   Ivan Richard, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   Ivan is also commemorated on the Grammar School Roll of Honour and the St James Church Roll of Honour.

Gilliatt.   Mr and Mrs Cecil Gilliatt, of Sydenham Lodge, Cranham Road, Cheltenham, lost twin sons.   Cecil Glendower, aged 30, died of wounds in France on 14th October 1914.   Reginald Horace, aged 30, was killed in action in France on 5th April 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour and the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Goodhall.   William and Ellen Goodhall, of 59 Stanhope Street Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur James, aged 33, died of wounds in UK on 30th August 1916.   Frank was killed in action in France on 20th July 1918.   Both are commemorated on the St Peter's Church War Memorial and Arthur is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Gray.   Beresford and Mary Jane Gray, of Beresford Villa, Cirencester Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Beresford John, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 8th September 1916.   Ernest. aged 24, was killed in action in Salonica on 5th November 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.   Ernest is also commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Peter's Church War Memorial.

Griffith.   Lt Col John Gilbert Griffith and Mrs Fanny Augusta Griffith, lost 2 sons.   John Gwynne, aged 40, was killed in action in Belgium on 24th May 1915.   William Walter Gilbert, aged 50, was killed in Mesopotamia on 22 April 1917.   John is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Grogan.   Brigadier EG Grogan and Mrs Ida Mary Grogan, of Huntley Lodge Montpellier Grove Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Gerald Foreman, aged 33, was killed in action in Belgium on 8th January 1918.   James Colin, aged 25, was killed in action in Gallipoli on 4th June 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour.

Harrison.   Harry and Hilda Harrison, of "Elston" Gloucester Road Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Cyril, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 19th September 1914.   Maurice, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 12th October 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour, the Christ Church Roll of Honour and the St Mark's Church Roll of Honour.

Hattersley-Smith.   Reverend Percy and Mrs Mary Hattersley-Smith, of "Glenfall Lawn" Pitville Circus Road Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Geoffrey Alban, aged 26, died of illness in UK on 1st November 1915.   James Henry, aged 38, died of wounds in France on 7th October 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.   Geoffrey is also commemorated on the Cheltenham College Roll of Honour.

Hawker.   John and Sarah Hawker, of 2 Iddlesleigh St Georges Square Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Victor, aged 26, died of illness in France on 23rd December 1918.   Frederick James, aged 26, died of wounds in France on 16th July 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour, the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour.   Albert is also commemorated on the All Saints Church War Memorial and the Grammar School Roll of Honour.

Hawkins.   George Albert and Florence Jane Hawkins, of Ashley House Battledown Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Archibald, aged 19, was killed in action in Belgium on 6th June 1915.   Reginald, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 29th July 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour, the Holy Apostles Church Roll of Honour, the Grammar School Roll of Honour, the Charlton Kings War Memorial, the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.   Archibald is also commemorated on the Order of Oddfellows Roll of Honour.

Hicking.   Joseph and Kate Hicking, of Halsey House, Pitville, Cheltenham lost 2 sons.   Francis Joseph, aged 19, and George Graham, aged 20, were both killed in action in France on 1st July 1916.   Neither are commemorated in Cheltenham.

Hiles.   Martha Hiles, of 6 Beaufort Buildings Pitville Cheltenham, lost a husband and a son.   William, aged 52, died of illness in UK on 7th March 1916.   Her son William James, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 21st May 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.

Hole.   William and Lucy Hole, of "Huntscote" Swindon Road Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.  Charles, aged 35, was killed at sea on 30th December 1917.   Michael, aged 39, was killed in action in Belgium on 19th September 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Charles is also commemorated on the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Hooper.   Samuel Hooper of 32 Francis Street and later of 21 Suffolk Parade, lost 2 sons.   Bertie, aged 23, died of illness in UK on 15th October 1918.   Robert, aged 27, died of wounds in France on 24th October 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Bertie is also commemorated on the St James Church Roll of Honour.

Hopcraft.   George and Mildred Hopcraft, of Old Gable House, Southam, near Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   George Paul, aged 16, was killed in action at sea on 31st May 1916.   Peter, aged 19, was killed in aerial action in France on 28th October 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial, the Southam War Memorial and the Cleeve Hill (St Peter's Church) Roll of Honour.

Hopkins.   Henry and Annie Hopkins, of Overbury near Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Edmund Haddon, aged 25, was killed in action in Belgium on 27th September 1917.   Reginald Thomas, aged 21, died of wounds in France on 5th January 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Grammar School Roll of Honour.

Hornby.   Stephen and Edith Hornby, of "Lindela", Pilford Road, Leckhampton, lost 2 sons.   Hugh Langton, aged 23, died of wounds in UK on 5th June 1918.   Joseph Henry, aged 21, was killed in action in France on 7th November 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Jeffery.   Lavinia Jeffrey (nee Williams) of 1 Loughborough Place, Charlton Kings, lost a husband and 3 brothers.   Husband James, aged 38, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 25th February 1917.   Frank Andrew was killed in action in France on 18th August 1916.   Frederick Benjamin, aged 31, was killed in action in France on 16th June 1916.   Lewis, aged 27, died in France on 11th November 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Jenkins.   Alfred and Nellie Jenkins, of 30 Fairview Street Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Frederick, aged 25, died in Mesopotamia on 21st August 1921.   Edgar Francis, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 15th April 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Edgar is also commemorated on the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Jenkins.   Mrs Charlotte Jenkins, of 9 Hermitage Street Cheltenham, lost a husband and a son.   Joseph James, aged 37, was killed in action in France on 30th November 1916.   Edward Charles, aged 20, was killed in action in France on 21st July 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Joseph is also commemorated St James' School Roll of Honour.

Jones.   William and Margaret Jones, of 1 Eldon Villas Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Lambert, aged 19, accidentally killed in France on 15th June 1916.   William Saville, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 27th May 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and on the Dean Close School Roll of Honour.

Jones.   David and Amelia Jones, of 4 Hatherley Villas Tivoli Place Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Tudor Stanley, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 23rd November 1916.   Ewart Montague, aged 34, died of wounds in France on 13th January 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Stephens Church Roll of Honour.

Kidd.   James and Tamara Kidd, of The Hanover Inn Hanover Street Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   James, aged 24, died in the UK on 25th February 1917.   Sydney, aged 29, died of wounds in France on 20th July 1918.   Both are commemorated on the St Paul's Church War Memorial and Sydney is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Lane.   William and Adelaine Lane, of Northampton House School Bath Road Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Henry, aged 21, was killed in action in France on 23rd July 1916.   Ronald Edward, aged 18, was killed at sea on 31st October 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour and the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Large.   Mr and Mrs William Large, of Bushcombe Lane Woodmancote near Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   George Frederick, aged 26, was killed in action in Belgium on 30th October 1917.   William, aged 36, died of illness in Canada on 23rd October 1921.   Both are commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial and George is also commemorated on the Southam War Memorial and the Cleeve Hill (St Peter's Church) Roll of Honour.

Lawrence.   Edwin and Mrs Fanny Lawrence of 26, Victoria Mansions, Lethbridge, Alberta, previously of Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Edwin, aged 34, and Reginald, aged 32, were both killed in action in Belgium on 22nd April 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Grammar School Roll of Honour.

Lewis.   Thomas and Mary Lewis (later Wilkinson) of 4 Newbury Cottages, Queen Street, Cheltenham lost 2 sons.   George, aged 21, died of wounds in France on 21st January 1916.   Thomas Charles, aged 38, was killed in action in Gallipoli on 13th August 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Peter's Church War Memorial.   Thomas is also commemorated on the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.

Locke.   Charles and Emily Locke, of 33 St Philips Street, Bath Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Dennis Wilfred, aged 28, died of wounds in France on 24th May 1916.   Horace, aged 32, died of wounds in France on 8th May 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Peter's Church War Memorial.

Lousada.   Captain Simeon Lousada of Shelburn House, Lansdown Road, Cheltenham lost 2 sons.   Bertie Charles, aged 27, was killed inaction in Belgium on 9th May 1915.   Edward Arthur, aged 25, was killed inaction on 2nd November 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Mace.   Sgt Charles and Mrs Edith Mace, of 27 Windsor Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Henry, aged 21, was killed in action in France on 16th August 1916.   Frederick James was killed in action in France on 1st October 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Charles is commemorated on the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.   Frederick is commemorated on the St Paul's Church War Memorial.

Mansell.   Walter and Ann Mansell, of Main Street, Bishops Cleeve, lost 2 sons.   Leigh, aged 30, was killed in action in France on 23rd October 1918.   William Daniel, aged 27, was killed in action in Salonica on 23rd September 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial.

Mansfield.   Alfred and Sarah Mansfield, of 49 Tivoli Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Alfred, aged 30, died of wounds in France on 17th May 1917.   Edgar, aged 37, was killed in action in Belgium on 10th June 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Mason.   Richard and Rosetta Mason, of 24 Albert Street, Cheltenham, lost 3 sons.   Frederick George, aged 18, was killed in action in France on 19th August 1916.   Harold John, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 19th March 1916.   Joseph Charles, MM, aged 26, was killed in action in France on 29th November 1917.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Peter's Church War Memorial, the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.   Frederick is also commemorated on the Order of Oddfellows Roll of Honour and Joseph is also commemorated on the St Paul's Church War Memorial.

Mather.   Arthur and Ethel Mather, of Oakhurst, Parabola Road, Cheltenham, lost 3 sons.   Ellis, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 11th July 1916.   John Kearsley, aged 25, was killed in action in Belgium on 18th February 1915.   Robert, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 27th March 1918.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Matthews.   Henry and Alice Matthews, of 3 Blenheim Terrace, Portland Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Francis George, aged 25, was accidentally killed in France on 25th June 1917.   William Henry, aged 21, died of wounds in France on 21st December 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Mitchell.   George and Sarah Anne Mitchell, of 3 Victoria Parade, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   George, aged 26, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.  Walter Joseph, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 30th July 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Moxey.   Arthur and Mary Moxey, of 62 Queen Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Vincent, aged 19, died of wounds in France on 19th September 1918.   Ernest Lancelot, aged 18, died of wounds in Mesopotamia on 19th April 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Peter's Church War Memorial.

Mustoe.   William and Esther Mustoe, of 17 Fairhaven Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Frederick, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 2nd April 1915.   Reginald, aged 21, was killed in action in Belgium on 22nd August 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Newcombe.   Edward and Mary Jane Newcombe, of Pike House, Battledown, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Edward, aged 29, died of illness in UK on 24th December 1918.   Leslie Robert, aged 24, died of illness in Belgium on 7th March 1919.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial. 

Page.   Albert and Louisa Page, of 64 Townsend Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Edward, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 4th September 1916.   William George, aged 20, died of wounds in France on 29th June 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Peter's Church War Memorial, the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.

Parker.   Frank and Emma Parker, of Darkes Farm, Prestbury, lost 2 sons.   Ernest Edward, aged 21, was killed in action in Belgium on 5th October 1917.   Frank Leslie, aged 26, was killed in action in France on 25th October 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial and on the Prestbury (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Peart.   Frederick and Maud Peart, of Banks Cottage, Arle, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Harry, aged 35, was killed in action in Belgium on 26th September 1916.   William Arthur, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 13th October 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Mark's Church Roll of Honour.

Pemberton.   George and Isabella Pemberton, of 14 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Oswald, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 21st December 1914.   Vivian Telfer, aged 24, was killed in action in France on 7th October 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Perry.   William and Agnes Perry, of 9 Pretoria Terrace, St Marks, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Alfred, aged 30, died of wounds in France on 25th July 1916.   George, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 1st September 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Mark's Church Roll of Honour.

Pigott.   Grenville and Sarah Pigott, of 11 Regent Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Grenville Edgar, aged 40, died of illness in the UK on 27th September 1917.   Reginald Arthur, aged 36, was killed in action at sea on 1st November 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Paul's Church War Memorial and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.

Porter.   Tindall and Jessy Porter, of "Corowa" Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Eric Henry, aged 27, was killed in action in Belgium on 14th February 1916.   Wilfred Home, aged 24, was killed in action in France on 5th November 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Phillip's Church Roll of Honour.

Randall.   Henry and Mary Randall, of 4 Stretton Terrace, Rosehill Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Harry Frederick, aged 20, was killed in action in France on 30th May 1918.   Sidney Albert, aged 25, was killed in action in Belgium on 28th July 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Holy Apostles Church Roll of Honour.   Sidney is also commemorated on the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Ransom.   James and Emily Ransom, of 31 Marle Hill Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   George, aged 27, was killed in action in Belgium on 7th November 1914.   Victor James, aged 26, died of wounds in France on 14th May 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Paul's Church War Memorial.

Rivers.   Mary Rivers, of 45 St James Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Edgar Frank, aged 19, died of wounds in France on 1st January 1917.   William, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Rolph.   Colonel William and Mrs Emily Rolph, of Arundel House, Bayshill Villas, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Colwyn, aged 27, was killed in action in France on 15th October 1915.   George William, aged 37, was killed in action in Gallipoli on 10th August 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Sharp.   William and Margaret Sharp, of 4 Beaufort Buildings, Portland Square, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Harry was killed in action in France on 3rd July 1916.   Richard, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 9th September 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Shaw.   Rev William and Mrs Blanche Shaw, of "Woodleigh" The Park, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Greville Havergal, aged 27, was killed in action in France on 3rd November 1918.   Giles Havergal, aged 23, died of wounds in France on 11th April 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Shellam.   The late William and Mrs Elizabeth Shellam, of 5 Albion Parade, Cheltenham, lost 3 sons.   Charles, aged 25, died as a POW in Turkey on 16th June 1916.   John, aged 39, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915.   William, aged 31, died of illness in Salonica on 5th November 1918.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Skeen.   Edwin and Emily Skeen, of 13 Waterloo Street, Cheltenham, lost 3 sons.   Arthur James, aged 26, was killed in action in France on 25th July 1918.   George Thomas, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 24th September 1918.   John Thomas, aged 18, died of wounds in Egypt on 24th May 1916.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Peter's Church War Memorial.

Skinner.   William and Harriett Skinner, of 2 Bubbs Cottages, York Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Edward Victor, aged 25, was killed in action in France on 12th October 1918.   Ernest Charles, aged 31, was killed in action in France on 25th September 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.   Ernest is also commemorated on the St John's Church War Memorial.

Slee.   William and Priscilla Slee, of 3 Croft Road, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.   John William Lance, aged 18, died of illness in UK on 24th October 1918.   Thomas, aged 34, died at sea in Orkney on 28th November 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Smith.   William and Mary Anne Smith, of 13 Little Herberts, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.  Arthur Edward, aged 21, was killed in action in Belgium on 1st August 1917.   Raymond Frederick, aged 19, was killed in action in Belgium on 4th August 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial, the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial and the Charlton Kings Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

Stephens.   The late William and Ellen Stephens, of 4 Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings, lost 2 sons.   Edgar William, aged 24, was killed in action in France on 20th April 1916.   Job, aged 19, was killed in action in France on 3rd September 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Stock.   Lt Col John and Mrs Caroline Stock, of "Langholm" Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   John Lancelot Walmsley, aged 29, died of wounds in France on 3rd May 1917.   James Muloch Thompson, aged 26, was killed in action in France on 16th November 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.   Frederick is also commemorated on the All Saints Church War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Summers.   Edward and Annie Summers, of 1 Pilley Cottages, Pilley Lane, Leckhampton, lost 2 sons.   Arthur Raymond, aged 18, died whilst in training in the UK on 3rd February 1917.   Harold George, age 21, died of wounds in France on 27th July 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Leckhampton War Memorial and the Leckhampton (St Peter's Church) Roll of Honour.

Sykes-Banks.   Mrs Eleanor Mary Clayton Sykes-Banks, of Moorend Park, Cheltenham, lost a husband and two sons.   Husband William died of illness in France on 19th February 1916.   Raymond D'Albini was killed in action, aged 27, in Mesopotamia on 21st April 1917.   Cyril D'Albini died of illness in the UK on 4th November 1918, aged 29.   None are commemorated on memorials in the Cheltenham area.

Taroni.   Edwin and Anna Taroni, of 21 Sherbourne Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Arthur died in France on 30th August 1916.   Frederick, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 3rd June 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.   Frederick is also commemorated on the All Saints Church War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.

Terry.   Henry and Edith Terry, of "Ravenswood" Battledown, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Warwick, died of illness in UK on 5th November 1918.   Frank Goodrich, aged 33, was killed in action at sea on 31st May 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Thompson.   Barnard and Susan Thompson, of The School House, Hall Road, Leckhampton, lost 2 sons.   Ernest John, aged 30, was killed in action in Belgium on 29th October 1914.   Sydney Barnard, aged 34, was killed in action in Belgium on 28th October 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the Leckhampton War Memorial.   Ernest is also commemorated on the Leckhampton (St Peter's Church) Roll of Honour.

Thomson.   Mr and Mrs George Frederick Thomson, of Mossy Green, Paxford, Glos, lost 2 sons.   Aubrey Lloyd St Clair, aged 26, died of wounds in UK on 14th November 1917.   George Frederick Maynard, aged 22, died of wounds in France on 19th May 1917.   Both are commemorated on the St Stephen's Church Roll of Honour.

Tomlinson.   William and Jane Tomlinson, of New Cottage, Boddington, Glos, lost 2 sons.   Herbert Victor, aged 28, was killed in action in France on 20th June 1915.   Leonard Rees, aged 28, died of illness in France on 5th November 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Boddington (St Mary Magdalen Church) Roll of Honour.

Townsend.   James and Mary Townsend, of Hereford House, Suffolk Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Sidney, aged 26, died of illness in France on 25th October 1918.   John, aged 26, was killed in action in Belgium on 10th May 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Phillip's Church Roll of Honour.

Turner.   Charles and Anne Turner, of 46 Brunswick Street, Cheltenham, lost twin sons.   Edward and Harry, aged 33, were killed in action at sea on 1st November 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Pauls Church War Memorial.

Ursell.   John and Myra Ursell, of Elm View, 30 Swindon Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   William Arthur, aged 18, was killed in action in France on 16th August 1916.   George John, aged 19, was killed in action in Gallipoli on 14th August 1915.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Pauls Church War Memorial.

Wakefield.   Mr and Mrs Charles Wakefield, of Southfield Farm, Leckhampton. lost 2 sons.   Alfred Henry, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 30th July 1916.   Frank Edward, aged 27, died of wounds in France on 15th July 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Ward.   William and Ellen Ward, of 14 Albert Street, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Charles Henry, aged 30, was killed in action in France on 2nd June 1916.   Frederick, aged 29,  was killed in action in France on 24th December 1916.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the St Peter's Church War Memorial and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.

Whittingham.   Mrs E Follett, formerly Whittingham, of All Saints Dairy, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Edward, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 3rd July 1916.   Frederick, aged 23, died of wounds in Belgium on 1st November 1914.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.

Wiggin.   Francis and Margaret Wiggin, of Marle Hill House, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Douglas, aged 19, died of wounds in France on 23rd December 1914.   Noel. aged 25, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 11th January 1917.   Both are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Holy Apostles Church Roll of Honour.

Williams.   Mrs Ada Williams, of 118 Fairview Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Henry, aged 22, was killed in action in Belgium on 7th November 1914.   Wallace. aged 23, was killed in action in Belgium on 14th October 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.   Wallace is also listed on the St Paul's Church War Memorial.

Williams.   Frederick Williams, of 39 Bloomsbury Street, Cheltenham. lost 3 sons.   Alfred was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 25th February 1917.   Frederick, aged 28, was killed in action in Belgium on 10th June 1915.   Harry died of illness in Mesopotamia on 17th November 1918.   All are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and Harry is also commemorated on the St Paul's Church War Memorial and the Cheltenham Parish Boys School Roll of Honour.

Williams.   Andrew and Emily Williams, of 1 Mansfield Place, Charlton Kings, lost 3 sons.   Frank Andrew was killed in action in France on 18th August 1916.   Frederick Benjamin, aged 31, was killed in action in France on 16th June 1916.   Lewis, aged 27, died in France on 11th November 1918.   All are commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

Woore.   William and Kate Woore, of 2 Eaton Place, Bath Road, Cheltenham, lost 2 sons.   Albert Charles, aged 22, was killed in action in France on 31st March 1918.   William Arthur, aged 23, was killed in action in France on 22nd March 1918.   Both are commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Cambray Baptist Church Roll of Honour and the St Luke's Church Roll of Honour.

In Memoriam

The following poetry and verse have been taken from "In Memoriam" notices placed in the Gloucestershire Echo by grieving families:

 

Sgt Harry Tandy, killed in action in France on 18th October 1914

In loving memory of our dear son, Sergt Harry Tandy, 2nd Bn Leinster Regt, who was killed in action on the 18th of October 1914, aged 24 years.   Deeply mourned by his loving father and mother, sisters and brothers.

No mother's care did him attend

Nor o'er him did a father bend

No sister by to shed a light

No brother his last words to hear

 

Killed in a far off land

No loved one by to take his hand

A loving comrade closed his eyes

Far from his native land

 

Pte Charles Herbert Willy Pearce, killed in action in Mesopotamia on 10th February 1917

The following notice was placed in the Gloucestershire Echo on 9th February 1918

Pearce  -  In ever loving memory of Pte Charles Herbert Willy Pearce, Glos Regt.   Dearly beloved son of Joseph and Salbrah Pearce, killed in action in Mesopotamia on February 10th 1917, aged 27 years.

The call was short the shock severe

To part with one we loved so dear

His gentle voice his smiling face

No one on Earth can fill his place

From his sorrowing Father, Mother, Sisters, Frank and Harry

 

Pte John Thomas James, killed in action in France on 21st July 1916

The following notice was placed in the Gloucestershire Echo on 21st July 1917:

In ever loving memory of Pte J T James, who was killed in action July 21st, 1916.  Fondly remembered by his grandfather, grandmother, uncles and aunts.

The unknown grave is the bitterest blow

None but aching hearts can know

He bravely answered duty's call

And gave his life for one and all

 

Pte Wilfred Adolphus Watkins, 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, killed in action in France on 25th October 1916, aged 20

The following notice was placed in the Gloucestershire Echo on 25th October 1918:

In loving memory of Pte W Watkins, killed in action Oct. 25, 1916, aged 20 years

Sleep on, dear Wilfred, in your soldier's grave

Your life for your country you nobly gave

Our sorrow was great, our loss hard to bear

But angels, dear boy, will fend thee with care

Deeply loved by his mother, father, brother and sister.

(Wilfred Watkins' body was never found or identified and he commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial To The Missing, France)

 

 

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