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Some time ago I came across and article that had been published in "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal" of 17 December 1915. It stated that "According the current number of the "Ashburnian," the following are serving, or have served in His Majesty's Forces. The names of those who have fallen in the war are printed in black type."

It contained most of the names of former pupils who had joined the Army or Navy before late December 1915 as well as providing the names of those who had been killed in action up to that point. The pre December 1915 war casualties are highlighted in bold in the list below, just as they are in the newspaper article.

  • * All names with a * were amongst the War Casualties and can be found on QRGS - Roll of Honour, 1919 -1922. It includes all former pupils known to have died later on in the War
  • Unfortunately, a few I have looked for have remained elusive. so there is no link against their name in list below. Please get in touch if you can help identify six people I have been unable to identify or if there is anything more to add, especially where very little has been found about paricular soldiers (contact info in the footer).

List published in the newspaper, Dec 1915
Additional notes about many of the survivors


batt or btn - battalion
d. - died
daur - daughter
DCM - Distinguished Conduct Medal
Lieut. or Lt - Lieutenant
mar - Married
MC - Military Cross
MM - Military Medal (awarded for bravery to those who were not commissioned from 1916 onwards, backdated in some instances to 1914).
QEGS - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
Regt. - Regiment
S/o Son of
ToW - Theatre of War
Wo - War Office

List published in the newspaper, Dec 1915.

YearName (and rank
if other than Private in late 1915)
1911AFFLECK, L. Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1887BARNES, Lieut. T. J.A.S.C.-
1899BESTWICK, R.11th Hussars-
1899BOISSIER, Lieut-Commander E. G.D.S.C. R.N.V.R.-
1909BOWERS, H. G.Queen's Own Yorks. Dgns.-
1903BRINDLEY, J. W.Royal Engineers-
1913BRINDLEY, J. W.*Royal Marine L.I.-
1902BROWNSON, Sergt. H. O.Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1909CALLOW, Sec. Lieut. D.*2/5th Sher. For.-
1894CHILD, Capt A.3/2 Batt. (City of London) London Regt.-
1894CHILD, W. O.7th Batt. Australian Imperial Forces-
1908COATES, F. S.R.A.M.C.-
1908COOPER, Sec.-Lieut., W. E.8th Battalion Ryl. Warwickshire Regt-
1902DAWSON, J. E.Royal Flying Corps-
1907DESBOROUGH, Sec. Lieut. G.9th Batt. East Yorkshire Regt-
1884DUCAT, Lieut-Commander G.R. N.-
1882DUCAT, Major R.*Indian Infantry, (Brownlows Punjabis)Killed in action
1906ETCHES, G.Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1896ETHERINGTON, J.Royal Engineers-
1905FINNEY, Sergt. C.*2nd North Midland Brigade, R.F.A.-
1894FOSTER, Capt. N.Army Vetinary Corps-
1907FRAZER, G. W.24th Batt. Rly. Fusiliers-
1902GIBSON, Capt. R. E.R.A.M.C.-
1910GILMOUR, Sec. Lieut. A.14th Sherwood Foresters-
1904GREAVES, F.*9th Batt. Black Watch-
1898GRIMSHAW, Sec. Lieut. W. ER. G. A.-
1902HALES, C. E.1st. Batt. Grenadier Guards-
1907HANSEN, H. G.1/6th Batt. Sherwood Foresters-
1909HARRISON, Lance-Cpl. A. H.*1/6th Batt. Sherwood ForestersKilled in action
1907HENSTOCK, Sec. Lieut. A. F.*13th Batt. Sher Forresters (att. 2/7th Batt. Essex Regt.)-
1901HERP, F. C.2/5th Batt. Sherwood Foresters-
1900HUNTER, Sergt. Leslie*29th Batt (Vancouver) Canadian InfKilled in action
1882JOURDAIN, Lieut-Col. H. F. N.5th Batt. Connaught Rangers-
1882JOURDAIN, R. O.23 Batt. Royal Fusiliers-
1907KITCHEN, H.*Royal EngineersDied of Wounds
1902LEE, Sergt. E.Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1892LYON, Capt. J. C.1/6th N. Staffordshire regt.-
1907MARPLE, Sergt.-Major L.1st Canadian Mounted Rifles-
1907MELLOR, Sergt. G. R.2/6th Sherwood Foresters-
1901MOTTRAM, H. E.West African Reserve-
1909OLDHAM, T. H.6th Batt. Ryl. Fusiliers-
1909PHIPPS, W. H.*5th Batt. Essex Regt.-
1899RIGBY, Capt. F. J.*1st Seaforth H.-
1896SLATER, C. 1st Cambridgeshire Regt-
1909SPENCER, R.*3/6th Sherwood Foresters-
1906SKIDMORE, R.*R.A.M.C.-
1905SMITH, Corpl. W. S.1/6th Sherwood Foresters-
1900STONE, G.City of London Yeomanry-
1913SUTTON, A. B.*9th Gloucester Regt-
1907TAYLOR, Sergt. E. V.3rd. Grenadier Guards-
1909TAYLOR, Corpl. R.*2/6th Sherwood Foresters-
1910THURSTON, A. J.9th Batt. Black Watch-
1909THURSTON, Sec. Lieut. C. E.12th Batt. Royal Scots-
1907TULLY, W. J.Gordon Highlanders-
1890TUTT, W. H.R.A.M.C.-
1900TWIGGE, F.*21st Batt. Royal Fusiliers-
1907TWIGGE, R.Queens Own Oxfordshire Highlanders-
1906WALKER H. A.*R.F.A.Died of Wounds
1906WALKER, J.Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1907WALLIS, F. W.*3rd Grenadier Guards-
1897WALWYN, F. W.Denbigshire Hussars-
1906WARDLE, Corpl. T. H.Derbyshire Yeomanry-
1904WILLIAMSON, Sec. Lieut. C. A.8th Batt. Royal Berkshire Regt.-
1909WILSON, G.A.S.C.-
1899WILSON, R.Royal Engineers-
1899WOOD, Sergt. W. H.Royal Engineers-
1910WOODDISSE, Lance-Cpl. R.12th Sherwood Foresters-
1909WOODDISSE, Sergt. T.6th Black Watch-

69 names

Additional notes about some of the survivors.

AFFLECK, Leslie William (1897-1959).
b. Stockton on Tees.
Regiment 1/8th Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Derbyshire Yeomanry).
Service number (first) 20074
Service number (second) 307588
Enlisted Ashbourne 25 Feb 1915, occupation then given as Gamekeeper (from Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents').
Demobilised 7 Apr 1919
Residence in both 1911 and 1919 Osmaston, Ashbourne, DBY
Campaign Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
His name was wrongly recorded as Leonard at his unit in France, which caused some confusion when he was discharged.

BARNES, Lieut. T. J., A.S.C.
Extensive searches of census returns, newspapers, etc., have not found this soldier. I have found 2 items amongst army records, a medical record and a medal card, but I cannot link him to Ashbourne. If you know more, I should be very pleased to hear from you.

Thomas J Barnes Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Service number: T4/127372.
Rank: Private.
Date of entry: 10 Dec 1915.
Medals/awards: Victory, British, 15 Star (Campaign Medal Index Cards and Silver War Badge Cards, WO372/2).
ToW: France.
The ASC became the RASC in 1918.
First World War Soldiers' Medical Records show he was in hospital for a short time but discharged to duty on 16 Sep 1916. He had completed one year's service, had completed 9 months with the field force and was then aged 34.

BESTWICK, Robert [Robert James], M.M.
Born 27 Sep 1884.
Bap 2 Nov 1884 Alstonefield, STS.
S/o William and Catherine Bestwick, of Hope, Alstonefield.
Enlisted: 2 Sep 1914.
Regiment: 11th Hussars, No. 22540 Rank Private.
Regiment: 11th Hussars, No. 22540 Rank Corporal.
Awarded "The Military Medal." France. (from TNA)
- Date of Gazette 16 Jul 1918.
- Registered Paper 68/121/554.
- Schedule No. 173146.
- Catalogue reference: WO 372/23/79571.
WW1 - 1918 - 22540 Cpl. R. Bestwick (Ashbourne) ("Alfreton Journal", 19 July 1918. Decorations for Local Soldiers).
WW1 - 1918 - Stationed at Aldershot for some years. Wounded Mar 1916 in St. Quentin battle. Now back at Aldershot. MM awarded for conspicuous services in the great or big push on 23rd March 1918 ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 23 August 1918).
Other awards: Silver War Badge, badge number B240868.
Cause of discharge Para 392. (xvi)a. King's Regulation (this was probably when he was being demobilized, as he was believed to be unfit for further service).

BOISSIER, Ernest Gabriel, D.S.C. (25 Mar 1886 - April 1976)
His father was the Vicar of Derby.
1902 - became a pupil to the manager of the Derby Corporation Electricity Works, and was eventually mains superintendent.
1914 - appointed works manager to Messrs. Aiton and Co., Derby.
Enlisted/volunteered Oct 1914 for the Royal Naval Brigade.
He was sent to the Dardenelles in 1915, but in December 1915 his temporary commission was revoked because he as not physically fit as he had been wounded in the thigh on 7 June. However, he was allowed to retain his rank and uniform whilst demobilised (Royal Naval Division Service Records 1914-1920).
12 June 1915. To receive the Distinguished Service Cross."He had behaved with gallantry in charge of a machine-gun on May 7th, during operations south of Achi Baba, and effected the destruction of an enemy machine gun." (London Gazette) ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 10 July 1915)
He was on a list compiled by the Royal Society of Scientific and Technical Men on Active Service (List of Electrical Engineers, Aug 1915).

BRINDLEY, John William Royal Engineers, Sapper (1889-11 May 1936)
Baptised 9 Jun 1889 St. Giles', Hartington, DBY.
S/o Gervase and Ann Brindley of The Dale, Hartington
1904 Speech Day. Won a number of prizes and had passed the College of Preceptors Examination with 2nd Class honours.
Regiment 221st Army Troops Company, R. E.
Service No:99672
Medals: Victory, British (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920)
Enlisted 14 Oct 1915
Attestation: Brick Works Manager, Balls Head Hotel, Youlgreave (Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents')
NoK Mr. Gervase Brindley, Dale House Hartington.
1916, 13th Sep. Sent home under WO letter 19/B/997A,G,5,R, so that he could proceed to work at The Derbyshire Silica Firebrick Co., Friden Stn, Hartington
Discharged: 28 Feb 1919, aged 29
Address at discharge: Station House, Friden, Hartington

BROWNSON, Harry Outram, (1889-1949)
Born 19 Apr 1889, Osmaston, DBY.
Baptised 12 May 1889 Osmaston by Ashbourne, DBY - St. Martin.
S/o William (a Land agent) and Margaret Harriet Brownson.
Service number: 1282.
Rank: Sergeant.
Regiment: Derby Yeomanry
1905 College of Preceptors Examinations (Second Class Examinations). H. Brownson, QEGS.
Played cricket for the school.
1911 - Employed as a Clerk in estate office.
1911 He was one of three local men to attend the Coronation procession of King George V in London. He was then of Osmaston ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 12 July 1946, Looking Back 35 years).
1913 - Derbyshire Yeomanry. Orders by Lieut. Col Bentinck. Him of C. Squadron, Derbyshire Yeomanry - re-engaged for one year.
1924 - 1929 - An agent, employed by Elvaston Castle ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 11 January 1924).
1939 He was still a land agent.

CHILD, Arthur, M.C. (1882-)
b. Green Lane (Tottenham), MDX.
Eldest s/o Ernest and Anne Child and brother of Walter Owen Child below. Their father was a Member of the London Stock Exchange for some years. Both boys will have been boarders at QEGS. Two other sons were killed in WW1.
- 1897 Examinations: Chemistry Practical A. Child, Elementary Pass; Agriculture, Advanced, Second, A. Child ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 30 July 1897).
- 1897 Examinations: Junior Cambridge Local Examinations. A. Child, Distinguished in Latin, French and Mathematics ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 30 July 1897).
- 1898 Examinations: Successes in May's examinations: Mathematics, Advanced, 2nd, A. Child; Chemistry, Theory, 2nd, Advanced, A. Child; Agriculture, Advanced, 2nd, A. Child ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 12 August 1898).
- 1898 Played cricket for the school ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 8 July 1898).
- 1899 The school gained the blue riband of secondary schools by obtaining two successes in the London Matriculation, Both pupils, one of whom was A. Child, gained a first division (Speech Day, "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 28 July 1899).
- 1901 - an Assistant [teacher] at Grammar School, High Street, Drax, Selby, YKS.
- 1904 - Arthur, a former head boy of QEGS, listed in the Intermediate Examination for a BSc. at University of London.("Ashbourne Telegraph" 26 August 1904).
- 1913 - Arthur Child, B.Sc. (London). One of four former pupils from Mr. Butcher's time to be awarded a degree ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 11 July 1913).
- Regiment: 2nd Bn London Regt.
- Rank: Private, then Captain.
- Service No: 116185, when a private in 2nd City of London Yeomanry (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards).
- Awards: Military Cross (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, NW/5/34401). Awarded the MC when attached 11th Bn Somerset Light Infantry.
After WW1 he was in Long Eaton in 1921 and in 1939 was the head at Royal Merchants Navy School, Bearwood, Wokingham where he had been for some years (found there in 1926).

CHILD, Walter Owen (1884-)
b. Green Lane (Tottenham), MDX.
Second s/o Ernest and Anne Child and brother of Arthur Child above. Their father was a Member of the London stock Exchange for some years. Both boys will have been boarders at QEGS.
- 1887 Examinations: Mathematics 1st stage pass; Chemistry Theory and Chemistry Practical, Elemementary Pass in both ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 30 July 1897).
- Played cricket for the school ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 8 July 1898).
- 1889: W. O. Child, who left here last Midsummer, took the top place in a school larger than this at once, and obtained a second class honours in the Cambridge Local within three months (Mr. Butcher, Speech Day, "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 28 July 1899).
- 1901 Boy copyist civil service (1901 census, with parents in Saffron Walden, ESS).
- 1903, 27 April. MR W. O. Child, occupation Clerk, departed for the Cape, South Africa on the Wilcannia, Blue Anchor Line. The final destination was Australia.
War Service: Australian Imperial Forces.
Returned to duty: Pte. W. O. Child, one of 550 who was reported to have returned to duty (Australia: "The Daily Telegraph", 22 Jan 1916, p.11). The page also showed pictures of Corfu " seized by the Allies".

COATES, Frank Spencer (18 Jan 1893-1919)
b. Hucknall, NTT.
Bap 2 Apr 1893 Ashbourne, Zion (Congregational) Church.
S/o Mr. Charles H and Mrs Elizabeth A Coates, The Square, Ashbourne.
- 1905 Granted minor scholarship to QEGS for 2 years ("Sheffield Daily Telegraph", 4 August 1905).
- 1908 Won prize for 2nd place, Form V ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 31 July 1908). He was one of six who were awarded certificates for shorthand and also one of the pupils who competed for the Jelf Cup for Rifle shooting ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 31 July 1908).
- 1911. He was one of a number of pupils in the chorus of an entertainment by the school minstrel troupe, with proceeds given to the school tennis lawn fund ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 7 April 1911).
Played cricket for the Old Boys ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 25 July 1913).
Had been apprenticed to James Osborne, chemist. When war broke out he was completing his studies in London. Enlisted after passing his exams.
Spent two years as chief dispenser at Red Cross Hospitals in France. He then joined the Artists' Rifles, and after training has been gazetted to the R.F.C. Trained in Lincolnshire ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 20 July 1917).
WW1: (R.A.M.C.)
Service number: 764962 (first and second).
Service record Rank: Dispenser, Corps: British Red Cross from 13 Apr 1915 at Duchess of Westminster's Hospital.
Second service record: Soldier Number: 764962, Rank: Private, Corps: 28th London Regiment.
Third service record: Rank: Second Lieutenant, Corps: Royal Air Force.
- 1915 - Stationed at the Red Cross Hospital, Rouen ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 3 September 1915).
- 1917 - Granted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 20 July 1917).
Mar Dorothy Colby St. Paul's Parish Church, Preston 5 Nov 1916.

COOPER, Corporal William Ewart (4 Nov 1891-30 Sep 1970)
b. Ashbourne.
s/o Mr. William R and Mrs. Mary Cooper of Belle Vue, Ashbourne.
Regiment: Royal Warwicks.
Joined as a Private, and quickly promoted to Corporal.
Gazetted 1915 Second Lieut. and later 1st-Lieut. ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 July 1916).
1915: Educated at QEGS, studying under Mr. Butcher, and passed the College of Preceptors' Examination in Apr 1910; his preliminary certificate meant he qualified for an assistant mastership. Subsequently a pupil teacher at Ashbourne Wesleyan School before appointed as second master of Kek Road Wesleyan, Richmond School. A skilled musician and had been organist at the Congregational Church ("Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times", 13 October 1915).
Post WW1:
Returned to teaching. Just before WW2 he was schoolmaster of St. Mary's School Finchley where he held a First Aid Post. He was also Depot Officer (1939 Register).
d. Bexhill-on-Sea, SSX.

DESBOROUGH George (1892-19 Nov 1949)
Born, Ashbourne.
Baptised 28 Aug 1892, Ashbourne.
d. Burton on Trent, STS.
s/o Mr. George and Mrs. Annie A. Desborough. They were Ironmongers in the town and lived at The Market Place.
Educated at QEGS. In 1911 he was apprenticed to the Hinckley photographer Joseph Watson.
Residing at Bedford when war broke out. Enlisted 8 Sep 1914 into the Duke of Cornwall's Light infantry.
Promoted to Sergeant, training partly with the Grenadier Guards at Chelsea Barracks.
Gazetted as 2nd Lieut with the East Yorkshire Regiment on 13 Jan 1915.
1916 - musketry officer at Rugeley Camp ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 July 1916).

DUCAT, Lieut-Commander Gerald, R. N.
born 22 Aug 1875, Poona, Bombay 4th s/o Major Claude Malet and Fanny Philippa Ducat.
Bap there 16 Sep 1875.
The brothers John, Richard and Gerald Ducat were pupils at QEFS in the 1880s and had attended the school's tercentenary in 1884. In 1934 Major Ball was enquiring to see if any of them were still alive and, if so, where they lived so they could be invited to the school's 350th anniversary. ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 30 November 1934). Gerald's twin brothers had trained at Sandhurst and were both in the Army. John (1871-1892) had died in Bengal whilst Richard was KiA in 1914 - see QRGS - Roll of Honour, 1919 -1922.
1898 - Naval Appointments—Lieutenant Gerald Ducat appointed to the Cruiser ("Daily Malta Chronicle and Garrison Gazette", 4 July 1898)
1919 - Lieut.-Cdr. placed on Retired List, with rank of Cdr., retired:- Gerald Ducat. 2nd Aug. 1919 (The London Gazette, supplements August 1914 - January 1920).
1920 Remarried at the Chapel Royal, Savoy. His bride was Ellen Ida Ridpathy, nee Hunter.
1924 - took the oath as a County Magistrate ("Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette", 11 April 1924).
He died in Bournemouth on 17 May 1955

ETCHES, George
Regiment Derbyshire Yeomanry.
Rank Private
Service Number (first): 1640
Service Number (second): 75129
ToW (3) Egypt
Date of Entry 27 Apr 1915 (from British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920).
He is believed to have been:
Born 14 Feb 1892 Ilam, STS.
Bap 13 Mar 1892 Ilam, STS.
S/o Charles and Rebecca, Steeple House, Farmer, Ilam, STS.
In 1901 the family were at Roystone Grange Farm, Ballidon ; his mother was a widow.
In 1911 he was living at Ballidon Hall Parwich

ETHERINGTON, Joseph Thomas (1889-1967)
S/o Thomas and Hannah Maria Etherington of Dove House Green, Ashbourne.
Before WW1 employed a a Post Office Clerk (1911)
After WW1 had ended he was awarded the following:
"In addition to the highly creditable list of awards gained by Ashbournians, the recipient on this occasion being Corpl. J. Etherington, Signal Coy., RR. Corpl. Etherington, who is the younger son of Mr T. Etheringon, Dove House Green, was employed us a telegraphic clerk on the outbreak of war, subsequently joining the army. After a period of service he went to Russia, where he is now serving and where he has been awarded the Russian Silver Medal with the ribbon of the Order of St. Anna, for devotion to duty by the Russian Commander of Troops, Northern Region. The award is announced as follows:-
Corpl. J. Etheringon — It affords me great pleasure to forward you herewith the ribbon of the Russian Medal for devotion to duty on ST. ANNA, which the government of the Northern Region has awarded to you for gallant conduct in action against the enemies of Russia, and for your help for re-creation of our counrty. Please accept my congratulations, Colonel —, Chief L. o. H. G. Q. — 18-6-19." ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 18 July 1919. Local Military Items. Corpl. Etherington Honoured.)

FOSTER, Arthur Norman, O.B.E., F.R.C.V.S. (15 Jan 1882-1 Feb 1941).
b. Ashbourne, DBY.
Baptised 26 Mar 1882, Ashbourne, DBY.
S/o Mr. Philip and Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Foster, Clifton, Ashbourne.
Educated at QEGS (belonged to Old Ashburnians) and Rose House Fleetwood, Rossall School. Later at London's Royal Veterinary College.
1901 - he was a pupil of the Eastwood Veterinary surgeon Robert Cockburn (1901 census)
1909 - Passed final examination and had become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Vetinary Surgeons ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 May 1909).
1911 - Sailed on Elder Dempster Co's ship the as Burutu to West Africa to be the vetinary officer for Sierra Leone ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 24 November 1911).
- Corps: Army Veterinary Corps
- Rank: Captain, then Major
- Had been engaged on military service since the outbreak of war.
- 16 Aug 1917 (London Gazette). Promoted from Captain to Acting Major whilst employed as Assistant Director of Vetinary Services ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 24 August 1917).
Post WW1:
He returned to Africa after the war, holding a vetinary appointment under the Colonial Office. Was in Sinja, Uganda ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 11 September 1925).
In 1932 he suggested there should be an OA secretary for those living overseas (Ashbourne Telegraph, 9 December 1932). He lived in Clifton for a time after he came back to the U.K. but in 1933 moved to Lincoln.

GIBSON, Richard Edward, O.B.E. (1891-)
b. Ashbourne.
Bap 11 Aug 1891 Ticknall, St. George.
S/o Henry Francis and Mary Lee Gibson of Ashbourne.
Mar Daphne Margaret Fletcher, daur. of the the late Ven. R. C. Fletcher, Archdeacon of Blackburn, Rector of Crawley at Standish Parish Church, LAN ("Lancashire Evening Post", 31 December 1918).
Royal Army Medical Corps.
First rank: Lieutenant, No 8 General Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps
Second rank: Captain
Third rank: Major
(from WO372/8, British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920 and WO 372/24/23521)
- 1916 "The parcel which you so kindly sent me from my Ashbourne friends arrived safely. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your kindness as well as the contents, which are most varied and very useful. It is awfully nice to think that one has not been forgotten. Again ever so many thanks and the best wishes for 1916 to all my Ashbourne friends."("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 21 January 1916).
- 1916 Educated at AShbourne Grammar School and Queen Elizabeth's College, Guernsey. Graduated M.B. July 1914 from Edinburgh University ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 July 1916) The following month, Whilst on the staff of Brimingham General Hospital, war declared and volunteered for active service. One of the first drafts sent to France, and took part in the historic retreat that culminated in the battle of the Marne.
- 1918 New Year's Honours List. Mentioned in despatches ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 11 January 1918).

GILMOUR, Allan (1896-).
b. 1896 Paisley, Renfrewshire.
1911 - Living Home Farm, Osmaston Manor, DBY with uncle and aunt James and Mary Hall.
- London Gazette. From 9 Aug 1915 To 30 Oct 1915 Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Temporary 2nd Lieuts: Allan Gilmour
- From 28 Feb 1916 To 31 Mar 1916 Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) The undermentioned Temporary Lieuts are transferred to that rank: Allan Gilmour.
- First service record Rank: Private, Corps: 4th Dragoon Guards (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920).
- Second service record Rank: Second Lieutenant, Corps: Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (")
- Third service record Rank: Second Lieutenant, Corps: 7th Hussars (").
- The date 9/6/22 and NW/6/26076 are written on his Medal card.

Information from his Medal card:
Regiment: R. Hrs 3rd (Royal Highlanders, this was also known as the Black Watch).
Reg No. B/11143.
Rank Private.
Enlisted 5 Aug 1915.
Discharged 10 Dec 1915.
Cause of Discharge 392 (iii) CC 2(b)2 S. This meant he was physically unfit i.e. he had been passed by Medical Officer, but rejected by a Recruiting Officer stationed away from the headquarters of the recruiting area, or by Approving Officer (explanation from TNA website).
Action taken List GA/451 (TNA ref: WO 372/8).
Mentioned at QEGS, assuming this the right person:
1905 - had passed the College of Preceptors Examination. F. Greaves had distinguished himself in Drawing ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 3 February 1905)
1905 - Greaves in QEGS cricket team ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 30 June 1905)
Extensive searches have not shown if he is the same person named on the school's memorial. See
QRGS - Roll of Honour, 1919 -1922. He may have re-enlisted or he may be another person entirely. So I have duplicated the information, hopimg that someone will know the answer. Please get in touch if you can solve this.

GRIMSHAW, William Edwin (1881-1939)
b. Mayfield, STS.
S/o John S. and Annie Grimshaw. His father was the manager/accountant of a tape/smallwear works (M. Bond & Co., Alrewas Mills) and the family lived at both Mayfield and Compton.
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery.
- 1915 (London Gazette, 27 May 1915, "Birmingham Daily Post", 28 May 1915).
- 1918 Sec. Lieuts to be Lieuts: W. E. Grimshaw, R. G.A. (London Gazette 4 Jan 1918, "The Scotsman", 5 January 1918).
- Rank Captain (TNA, Wo 339/58132 - Officers' Services, First World War, Regular Army And Emergency Reserve Officers).
Educated at QEGS, having previously attended Mayfield National School. In 1895 his scholarship at QEGS was renewed until 1896 ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 1 August 1895). He subsequently attended Manchester Grammar.
He was already an old boy in 1899. His county scholarship was renewed for a further year, he had a foundation scholarship at Manchester Grammar for 2 years, the Langworthy Scholarship for £20 for one year and had just obtained a first class in the 6th stage of mathematics at South Kensington. He obtained his colours at his new school in football, and gained school challenge cups for chess and draughts. As the QEGS head, Mr. Butcher, hoped the Ashborne school seemed to bear some reflected glory for his achievements (Speech Day, "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 28 July 1899).
By 1901 he was a scholar of Corpus Christi, Oxford ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 25 January 1901) and was elected to the University Junior Mathematical Scholarship ("Manchester Evening News", 24 January 1902).
In 1905, when honours at Oxford University were published, his name appears was amongst the first class of the Annual honours school in natural science, making him a double first ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 14 July 1905). He was one of four former pupils from Mr. Butcher's time as headmaster to be awarded a degree ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 11 July 1913). Later that year he was appointed Physics Master at Manchester Grammar School ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 22 December 1905. Speech Day).
He was granted a diploma in Education by the Delegacy for the Training of Secondary Teachers at Oxford on 18 Jan 1908 ("London Evening Standard", 20 January 1908).
By 1911 he was in Darlington and an Inspector of schools, Board of Education.
After WW1 he and his family lived in Kent.

HALES, Charles Edgar (1894-)
b. Ashbourne, DBY.
S/o John Edgar (a solicitor's clerk, 1901) and Mary A Hales.
1904 - at QEGS: C E Hales Form 1 - first prize ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 29 July 1904).
1905 - Played cricket for QEGS ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 14 July 1905).
In 1911 he was living alone at Stanford House, Combe St, Chard, employed as an Ironmonger's apprentice, whilst his parents were in Seaton Devon. They moved to Chard and later went to Nottingham.
Mar Clara Louise Amy Young in 1915.
WW1 service:
- First service record: Regiment: Grenadier Guards. Service Number: 22941 (Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents').
- Charles E. Hales of the Grenadier Guards, son of Mr and Mrs J. Edgar Hales of Fore Street Chard recommended for a commission and entered an Officers Training Corps. He had been serving in France for the previous year and a half ("Western Times", 6 March 1917).
- Second service record: Second Lieutenant, Corps: Royal Welsh Fusiliers (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920).
Post WW1:
Living in Norwich with family in 1921.

HANSEN, Henry George (1894-)
Born Ashbourne.
Enlisted Chesterfield 9 Dec 1911, aged 17.
Regiment Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, 6th Battalion
Service number: 1516
Employer before enlisting: Mr. George Haycock, Market Place. He had worked as a Mechanic.
Declared medically unfit after attending the Camp at Clumber Park, in 1912, and given medical leave. His embodied service was brief, 5 Aug-11 Sep 1914. He had 2 years 264 days service (British Army Service Records).
Henry Hanson (late Captain Territorial Force Reserve) is in a list of people to be made Captains of the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion Sherwood Foresters, though it is thought unlikely to be Henry George ("Sheffield Daily Telegraph", 3 November 1914)
Father H. P. Hansen, Market Place.
There is no medal card.

HERP, Private Frederick Clifford (Fred)
Born Ashbourne 1888
s/o William and Annie Jane Herp of Station Street.
mar Martha Ann Needham 1912 Derby St.Barnabas.
Enlisted 4 Sep 1914.
2/5th Sherwood Foresters.
Service number 235455 and 2468.
Discharged 8 Apr 1919, aged 31.
Medals/awards Silver War Badge Roll.
Died 1943, aged 54 at Shepshed, LEI.
Funeral at Ashbourne Parish Church.
Played football with the Ashbourne Football Wednesday Club for many seasons ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 16 April 1943).

JOURDAIN, Henry Francis Newdigate
Born 27 Mar 1872 Audenshaw, Lancashire and bap Derwent, DBY 21 Jun 1872 son of Rev. Francis Jourdain, vicar of Ashbourne and Emily (nee Clay).
Education: 1887 - Cambridge Local Examinations, Mansfield District. Juniors who have satisfied the examiners: H. F. N. Jourdain (Ashbourne GrammarSchool) ("Nottingham Journal",8 March 1887). Attended Derby School May 1889-Aug 1891. Military College Sandhurst, 1891
Boer War: 1st Battalion Connaught Rangers,Captain.
Medals/awards: King's Medal with 5 clasps and Queen's with 2.
WW1: Appointed to the most distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George. Mentioned in despatches for service in the Dardenelles. Commanded gallant 5th btn. in retreat in Servia (Serbia) (Lives Of The First World War, 1914-1918).
Died Oxford 1968.

JOURDAIN, Raymond Oliver (1870-1942)
Born Manchester 22 Oct 1870 son of Rev. Francis Jourdain, vicar of Ashbourne, and Emily (nee Clay). Unit: 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.
Rank: Second-Lieut (March 1915), Lieutenant, then Captain,then Brevet Major.
Education: Cambridge Local Certificate (examined Dec 1885) juniors, under 16 - first class honours, distinguished in Latin, 1st place, in Greek, 2nd place, in religious knowledge, 15th place (out of 3,989) ("Derbyshire Times", 8 August 1886",).
Scholar at Magdalene College Cambridge, taking classical honours in 1892. Played Association football whilst there but did not get a Blue. Also represented his college at cricket, lawn tennis and rowing ("Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News", 11 March 1916).
Wounded in Flanders in 1916.

LEE, Ernest (21 Nov 1890-1975)
b. Halifax WRY.
S/o John Carnelly and Annie E Lee.
1914 - Corp. E Lee (Ashbourne), appointed Lce.-Sergt. in "C" Squadron of the Derbyshire Yeomanry ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 7 August 1914).
1915 - mar Miss Mabel Atkin at the Congregational Church. Him Derbyshire Imperial Yeomanry ("Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times", 27 January 1915).
1915 - Met T. H. Wardle in Egypt (see below)
1916 - Received a commission, holding the rank of 2nd-Lieut ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 7 January 1916).
1928 - Lee, Ernest, Market Place (Kelly's Directory)
1939 - Jeweller & Wireless Dealer (Master), in business with his son.
No service records found.

LYON, John Claude (1882-15 Dec 1929)
b. Rocester, STS.
Bap 4 Jun 1882, Rocester STS.
S/o Charles William and Florence Marian Lyon.
Mar Holy Trinity Church, Stockton, DUR, Miss Eva Mary Sibley ("Burton Observer and Chronicle", 18 January 1917).
d. Burton-upon-Trent, STS. He died after a short illness. For many years he was a member of Messrs. Bass and Co's brewing staff ("Birmingham Daily Gazette", 17 December 1929).
Bur Burton Cemetery
Corps: North Staffordshire Regiment.
Rank: Captain
Mentioned in Despatches (twice), Meritorious Service Medals and Territorial Force Efficiency Medals.
Second rank: Major.
Joined the Army as 2nd-Lieut. in April 1908. Promoted to Captain 1914 and took command of Rugeley Coy.
One of a few to remain unwounded at Loos on 13 Oct 1915 and was not wounded in the war although suffered from rheumatism three times.
Returned home in May 1918 and demobilised Feb 1919. Remained at Mablethorpe with the reserve btn. ("Burton Observer and Chronicle", 31 January 1920).

MARPLE, Lawrence W. Groves (1896-1939/40).
b. Ashbourne.
1911. Employed as an auctioneers pupil.
-Regiment 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles.
-Rank: Sergt.-Major.
-1916. St.-Major Marple, son of Mr. John Thomas and Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Marple of Hulland House home on furlough. He was in Canada at the beginning of the war and came over with the Canadian contingent in June 1915. He trained at Shorncliffe and was drafted to France of 28 Jan last. He was present at the third battle of Ypres when the Canadians regained trenches they had lost. He went to hopital as he was ill on 13 June and invalided to England. Returned to active service Wednesday last ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 July 1916.).
1928. Living in Vancouver ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 12 October 1928).
1940. Died in Los Angeles ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 5 January 1940).

MELLOR, George Robert
He lived on Mayfield Road; his parents were John Robert and Louis Mellor. George was working as a bank clerk, aged 16, in 1911 and returned to banking post war. He joined the 2/6th Sherwood shortly after war broke out and served in Ireland before going to France. His parents were notified that he had been wounded in the shoulder on 2 Dec 1917 and was in hospital in Rouen, but expected to be transferred to hospital in England. He had having previously been wounded in March 1916 (from "Ashbourne News Telegraph", 14 December 1917).

MOTTRAM, Henry Evans (3 Nov 1887-)
b. Waterhouses, STS.
S/o Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Susan Mottam. Samuel was an auctioneer & farmer.
1913 - Mr. H. Mottram of Waterfall is home on leave from West Aftrica where he is employed in a bank ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 27 June 1913). He had been travelling to West Africa since 1910, when he went to Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana (Gold Coast). In 1911 he went to Sierra Leone, in 1916 and 1917 to Lagos, Nigeria - this time as a Bank Manager.
So his war service was in West Africa.

OLDHAM, Thomas Henry Maskery (26 Jul 1896-15 Aug 1966).
Born Norbury, DBY.
Baptised 6 Sep 1896 Norbury & Roston, DBY - St. Mary.
S/o William Henry and Mary Jane Oldham.
Regiment Royal Fusiliers.
Service number G/861.
Educated at QEGS. Cambridge Local Examination Lists - Distinction in history - T. H. Oldham ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 1 September 1911).
Certificates, Cambridge Local Senior - T. H. Oldham. ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 22 December 1911).
1939 Farming at Church Farm, Stramshall, Uttoxeter.

STONE, George
Regiment City Of London Yeomanry
Service number (first) 3426
Service number (second) 40808
Archive reference WO372/19
Rank Private, Private
No further information

TAYLOR, Ernest Victor (11 May 1893-28 Apr 1985)
b. Q2 1893, Ashbourne
S/o Mr. Tom and Mrs Grace Taylor of Dig Street. Brother of Reginald Taylor, who can be found on QRGS Roll of Honour, 1919 -1922.
1906 - E. V. Taylor, National School, gained minor county scholarship, tenable for 2 years to QEGS ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 24 August 1906).
1909 - Local Cambridge Junior and Senior Local examinations held at Burton: passed E. V. Taylor ("Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times", 1 September 1909).
1910 - QEGS Speech Day: Honoratus: 5th form. 2nd, E. V. Taylor. Also distinguished in French ("Staffordshire Advertiser", 5 March 1910).
1910 - Cambridge University Local examinations, E. V. Taylor ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 2 September 1910).
- Regiment:Grenadier Guards (3rd)
- Service number: 12317
- Rank: Lance Corporal (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920)
- 1916 - Corporal Victor Taylor ... is the third son of the family helping to defend the country. He saw much of the heaviest fighting whilst in France, taking part in the historic engagements at Loos and Hill 70. He was wounded in the attack on Hohenzollen Redoubt, but recovered and rejoined his battalion. Before joining the army he was an assistant with Mr. James Osborne, the chemist on St. John's Street. ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 11 August 1916).
m. Beatrice E Welby at Birmingham, 1920.
In 1939 he was a Pharmacist (Manager).
d. Kings Norton, Birmingham.

THURSTON, Arthur James (29 Dec 1896-30 Jul 1974)
Born Rushlake Green, SSX.
S/o James Andrew George Thurston and Alice J. Thurston.
Family were living in South Street in 1908 and were still there on 5 June 1914. Their father, James Andrew George Thurston, was a Minister. It is unclear when they moved to Scotland.
Educated at QEGS, alongside his brother Charles E Thurston (see below) and sister Doris L Thurston.
- 1911. He was one of a number of pupils in the chorus of an entertainment by the school minstrel troupe, with proceeds given to the school tennis lawn fund ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 7 April 1911).
- 1912. Passed the Cambridge Local examinations in July. A. J. Thurston, Junior, distinguished in geography ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 6 September 1912).
- 1913. Both brothers did well in the school sports ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 4 July 1913). They also played cricket for the school ("Manchester Courier", 7 July 1913).
- 1913. Speech Day Arthur won the VI form prize and was on of two awarded Mrs. FitzHerbert Wright's special prizes. Awarded certificates, Cambridge Local, Senior ("Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times", 24 December 1913. Speech Day).
Regiment: 9/Royal Scots.
Service number: 3048.
Rank Private, then Lieutenant.
Enlisted: 4 May 1915 (Commission).
Awards: 1915 Star, Victory Medal (TNA: WO 372/20/26077).
ToW France.
- Second-lieut. Arthur Thurston educated Ashbourne, and was engaged with a London bank when he answered the call to arms ("Ashbourne News Telegraph" 25 May 1917).
- 1915, 16 Jul. Admitted to 2nd General Hospital with V.D.H., transferred to H S Carisbrook C, 28 Jul (TNA Piece MH 106/902).
- 1915 Arthur was invalided home ("Ashbourne Telegraph" 17 December 1915).
- 1917, 01 Sep. Admitted to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital At Millbank with trench feet/fever from Mrs Mitchison's Hospital - officers. He gave his religion as Methodist (TNA Piece No MH 106/1793)
- 1917, 13 Oct. Had been admitted to Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital At Millbank. His record shows that on discharge he was transferred to Clock [probably Carnarvon Clock] (Hospital admission and discharge registers, British Expeditionary Force to France, officers, nurses, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. TNA Piece MH 106/1690)
After WW1:
- 1924. At Univ of Durham studying for teaching ("North Star" (Darlington), 18 June 1924)
- 1939. Living Cambridge and employed as a Food Industry Sales Manager.
d. Cambridge.

THURSTON, Charles Ernest, M.C. (13 Sep 1895-25 Oct 1969)
Born 1895 Highbury, London.
Elder S/o James Andrew George Thurston and Alice J. Thurston
Family were living in South Street in 1908 and were still there on 5 June 1914. Their father, James Andrew George Thurston, was a Minister. It is unclear when they moved to Scotland.
Educated at QEGS, alongside his brother Arthur J Thurston (see above) and sister Doris L Thurston.
- 1911. He was one of a number of pupils in the chorus of an entertainment by the school minstrel troupe, with proceeds given to the school tennis lawn fund ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 7 April 1911).
- 1911. Cambridge Local Examinations, Junior Distinction in French ("Ashbourne News Telegraph",, 1 September 1911)
- 1912. Passed the Cambridge Local examinations in July. C. E. Thurston, Senior, 2nd class honours ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 6 September 1912).
- 1913. Both brothers did well in the school sports ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 4 July 1913). They also played cricket for the school ("Manchester Courier",7 July 1913).
- 1913. He was successful in passing the Association of Book-keeping teachers (intermediate), tutored by Mr. Whitlock of Green Road ("Manchester Courier", 7 July 1913).
- 1913. C. E. Thurston won the honoratus prize (1st) and a sports prize (bat) for cricket and awarded certificates, Cambridge Local, Senior (third class honours) and for shorthand ("Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times",, 24 December 1913. Speech Day).
- 1914. Still at QEGS as he performed in Sheridan's in "The Rivals" ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 3 April 1914).
Regiment: Royal Scots. Some service records show that he was attached Machine Gun Corps, at least for a time.
Service number: 2442.
Rank: Private, the Captain.
Enlisted 24 Feb 1915 (Commission).
Awards (other): 1915 Star, Victory Medal (Off 135 for this).
ToW France.
- 1915. Gazetted second Lieut of the Royal Scots. Took part in fierce fighting round Ypres and Loose.
- 1917. Lieut. Charles Thurston, eldest son of A. G. Thurston who resided at Ashbourne for several years, and went to live in Edinburgh "some time ago". He was studying for the Civil Service before joining up. Since receiving his commission he has been in some of the severest fighting in France, and has shown himself a very capable officer in situations in which resource and bravery were necessary ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 25 May 1917).
- London Gazette reference: 1st award LG:30450/1 Jan 1918 Rank 2-lt Royal Scots, medal type: Military Cross, 1914-1918 (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, TNA WO 372/20/26111, card dated 2/9/2021).
After WW1:
1935 - R. Scots - Capt. C. E. Thurston, M.C. (ret. pay) to be Capt., May 16 1935, with seniority Sep 18, 1925 (The Scotsman 18 May 1935. War Office. Regular Army Reserve of Officers).
d. St Austell, Cornwall

TULLY, William John (3 Jun 1892-)
b. Andover, HAM.
S/o Mr. James and Mrs. Agnes Locke of The Gardens, Osmaston Manor.
- His minor scholarship at QEGS renewed for one year ("Derbyshire Times", 6 October 1906).
- 1907 QEGS The Christmas examinations of the College of Preceptors: Second Class Pass W. J. Tully; Distinction in French, W. J. Tully ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 15 February 1907).
- 1909 Cambridge Local examinations. W. J. Tully distinguished in French. ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 27 August 1909).
In 1911 he was studying at Fernbank Hostel, Saltley Training College, WAR.
WAR service:
- Regiment: Gordon Highlanders.
- Rank: Private.
- Service Number: S/8382.
- 1915. Had been wounded in the head (no date) when he had been buried by a French Mortar under part of a trench that had been blown up, so was taken to a Field Hospital and Casualty Clearing Station ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 31 March 1916).
- 1918. Wounded for the 4th time; he was suffering from both gas poisoning, shell wounds and burns on the body ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 14 June 1918).
- Medals/awards: Victory and British Medals.
After WW1:
- 1919. Appointed head teacher of Osmaston School ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 11 April 1919).
- 1937. Employed at Markfield Council School ("Leicester Daily Mercury", 26 January 1937).
- 1939 Register. Living in Markfield, a Certificated Teacher. Married.
- 1942 He was described as senior assistant at Markfield Council School. He mar Miss Olive Wheatley at Hansworth Old Church Birmingham ("Leicester Daily Mercury", 12 August 1942, Markfield Scholastic wedding).

Letter home in WW1:
"Ashbourne Telegraph", 14 January 1916. Highlander's Experiences.
The following is a copy of a letter received by Mr. Beeby, from Lance-Corpl. W. J. Tully, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, who has been once severely wounded and is now again serving his King and country on the battlefield.
Dear Mr. Beeby,__Several times I have thought of my promise to send you a line or two, but I have been prevented from writing, as you will realise a soldier's time is not always his own, and though we are in rest billets, and have some leisure time, there are many things to be done. We have been away from the trenches ad having a rest in billets at a small French village. I can assure you we well pleased to leave the trenches, and retire from the noise of battle. Our battalion has been continuously in the thick of it all year and the rest and re-organization were necessary. For me to attempt to describe my last experiences in the trenches would be useless as I could not properly paint the awful discomforts and dangers we have been strengthened to pass through. It was really an awful time; trenches were deep in mud and slush, close proximity and connstant activity of Johnnie Allemand with his machine guns, snipers, whizz-bangs, and trench mortars, and exceedingly depressing climatic conditions; nevertheless we have been preserved to come through it all, and I can tell you we are jolly thankful to be out of such conditions this Xmas. Really we are very privileged to spend the festive season, in billets. I am very sorry for the poor beggars in the line now. Through all the trials and dangers you would scarcely credit how cheery and determined all of us are, but one could not meet these troubles unless one was full of trust, and resolution, and strong of heart. In our billets hereo we are treated very well, and have many considerations. Amongst our comforts are a softer bed on straw and blankets in a dry bar, better rations, a recreation room, a weekly bath, and a clean shirt (very necessary) and heaps of letters and parcels bringing kind remembrances from the "Homeland."
Tonight as I write I am sitting in a French cafe, a modest glass of cider beside me, which I am enabled to get, as our company was paid out last week. The warm room is thronged with "kilties" and in one corner one of our fellows is entertaining us with — going Scottish tunes on the melodeon. Time is getting on so I must close.
My sincerest wishes for the health and happiness of you all in 1916, and many kindest regards,
Sincerely yours,
William J. Tully.

TUTT, William Henry (1878-21 Nov 1930)
b. Ashbourne, DBY.
S/o Mr. William Harry and Mrs. Annie Tutt of of Church Street. His father was a Teacher of Music (Mus. Bac L.R.A.M.) and Actuary of Saving's Bank.
Educated at QEGS and served his apprenticeship with J. M. Wigley (another OA), a printer and stationer of Market Street ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 November 1930).
By 1901 he had moved to Leamington, where he was employed as a Stationers assistant.
He mar Mary Olive Tong in Apr 1909 at Lincoln, St Paul in the Bail. He was already living in Stamford and working there as a Stationer's assistant.
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920, WO372/20).
Service number: 1992.
Rank: Private, then Sergeant.
He saw service in France and Gallipoli with the R.A.M.C.
After the war he and his wife moved to Chelmsford and he managed the stationery department of a store in the town.
1930. Death of Harry Tutt ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 28 November 1930).
Interred at Chelmsford, aged 51, leaving a widow and a son of 15 ("Chelmsford Chronicle", 28 November 1930).

TWIGGE, Ralph (8 Mar 1894-3 Aug 1986)
Born Atlow Derbyshire.
Baptised 24 Jun 1894 Atlow Derbyshire, St Philip & St James.
S/o late John George and Lavinia Jane Twigge, of The Moat, Atlow and then Steeple Grange, Wirksworth, DBY.
Died aged 92.
Buried 19 Dec 1986 Atlow DBY, St Philip & St James.
Regiments WW1 Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Oxfordshire And Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920).
Service numbers 2057 (first), 235047 (second).
Medals/awards: 15 Star, Victory, British
Date of Entry 24 Nov 1914
ToW France
Discharged 24 Mar 1919 (from Medal Card, TNA)
Formerly of Royston Grange, near Minninglow, d 3 Aug 1986 at General Hospital, Otley, aged 92.
Had been living with his eldest son. The funeral was at Rawdon, Leeds and a memorial service at Ballidon.
Educated at QEGS. Seriously wounded in WW1. After recovering, farmed in Kent for 30 years and returned to Derbyshire in 1948 ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 21 August 1986. Sheepdog Society President dies.). Brother of Francis TWIGGE who was killed in action.

WALKER, Joseph (6 Jan/Feb 1890-1956?)
b. Mappleton, DBY
S/o Charles Goodwin and Annie (nee Bowman) Walker of Mappleton. Charles was a and highly regarded loyal servant/butler to the Okeover family for many years.
Derbyshire Yeomanry - he had been in the regiment for 6½ years (British Royal Air Force, Airmen's Service Records 1912-1939).
Civilian Occupation had been Electrician, White Star Line (" " ").
He had been in the Derbyshire Yeomanry for 6½ years (" " ").
Tranferred to R.A.F. Reserve 19 Feb 1919, deemed discharged on 30 Apr 1920 (" " ").
Medals/awards: 1914-15 Star (effective 9 Mar 1923), B. W. Medal, Victory Medal (effective 16 Aug 1921) (" " ").
Sergt. J. Walker, Infirmary Hospital, Malta had acknowledge the receipt of a parcel from the Ashbourne Committee ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 4 February 1916, Ashbourne Soldiers' Parcel Fund).
He was one of three local men to attend the Coronation procession of King George V in London. He was then of Mappleton ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 12 July 1946, Looking Back 35 years.)
He married married Berthe Marchand, who was Swiss, at Mappleton in 1916, and the couple continued to live with his parents.
He re-enlisted in 1923 (Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records, 1919-1934).
- Service number: 395414.
- Regiment: Royal Tank Corps.
- Enlisted: 23 Feb 1923. Discharged at own request 5 May 1925.
- His re-enlisted was for 4 years from 15 Mar 1926. Discharged 14 Mar 1930.
- Former Service.
- R.A.F. No 26091 (2yrs 243 Days).
- Derbyshire Yeomanry 395414 (1yr 239 days). This must be the service at the from the outbreak of was as the implication is that he joined the Derbyshire Yeomanry some years before then.
By 1939 he was a Charge Engineer at a Haulage Power Station and his family were in Telford. They later moved to Smethwick.

WALWYN Frank (19 Apr 1893-8 Mar 1970)
Born Hartington.
Baptised 11 Jun 1893 - of Broad Close Farm, Tissington.
S/o William Henry, Farm Labourer, and Ruth Naomi Walwyn (Ashbourne & District Primitive Methodist Circuit).
Mar 1922 Lottie Ronson at St. Owsald's Ashbourne.
WW1 - Regiment: Denbighshire Hussars Yeomanry, Reserve }
- Service: No 983 }
- Address given 51 Eastbourne Street Everton Liverpool } (these three from Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents').
- He had been staying with his cousin at the above address in 1911, and was employed at an office clerk.
- Enlisted 12 Nov 1914 at Wrexham.
- Discharged 4 April 1915. Declared Medically unfit, having been declared fit. General ill health (no stamina).
1916 At Liverpool University Mr Frank Walwyn (of Tissington) passed the Preliminary examination of the Conjoint Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Latin and French. Having previously got through in English and Maths, he is now entitled to enter as Student at any medical school in the United Kingdom ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 25 August 1916).
1919 Triple qualification passes, Second examinations, passes: Frank Walwyn ("The Scotsman", 21 April 1919).
1921 Final exams Midwifery, Frank Walwyn ("The Scotsman", 25 July 1921).
1932 At his father' funeral: "Mr. Frank Walwyn is a greatly respected physician, with a large practice at Birkenhead" ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 12 February 1932).

WARDLE, Thomas Henry (21 Jul 1887-6 Jul 1966)
S/o Thomas and Helena Wardle. Thomas Wardle ran a pharmacy on St. John's Street for many years, which his son eventually took over.
Baptised 10 Sep 1887 Burslem, St Paul. Private Baptism, Father Wardle, Chymist.
1904 - College of Preceptors Examinations, also passed in subjects necessary for the Preliminary Examination required by the Pharmaceutical Society. He had left QEGS by this time, but was being privately taught by Mr. J. W. Butcher ( "Ashbourne News Telegraph", 29 January 1904).
1909 - Passed his final Pharmaceutical Society qualifying examination and was a gold medallist for the year ("Ashbourne Telegraph", and "Ashbourne News Telegraph", 16 July 1909).
1912 - Corporal in the Sherwood Rangers, Service number 828, Date 1 Jul 1912 (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920, WO372/24).
1914 - Lance-Corp T. H. Wardle, a Territorial representative, was appointed to the committee of Ashbourne Rifle Club ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 31 July 1914).
Regiment: Derbyshire Yeomanry.
Service number 1650.
Rank Corporal.
1915 - Three letters to parents from Egypt (all "Ashbourne News Telegraph", 28 May 1915).
- i. He was attached to the headquarters staff in Egypt. Mentions Sgt Ernest Lee having arrived when they were at their third camp in a fortnight. He did not name where they were, other than that the air was cooled by sea breezes.
- ii. A second letter said they were in immense barracks, and he commented that they had their first experience of Egyptian railways. Their rooms were comparatively cool, whereas outside it was boiling hot. But the bonus was that the food no longer contained sand!
- iii. In a third letter he described visiting the pyramids, the Sphinx and the Zoo in their free time. They crawled through the pyramids.
1915 - T. H. Wardle, Derbyshire Yeomanry, shown on : Sick and Wounded N.C.O.s and Men of the Expeditionary Force, Egypt List No. H.C.757. NYD. ... Adm. 4 Can. Gen. H. Salonika, ex. Cas. Clg. Stns. WO 363. 32420 William Oscar Louis Knoop, Lincolnshire Regiment (Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents') iv. - He later mentioned that he had served with Lord Hartington at home, in Egypt and in Gallipopli ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 10 November 1922). Medals/awards: Victory (RE/101B181), British (as before), 15 Star (RE/8c 1361). His medal card indicates he served in both the Royal Engineers and the Derbyshire Yeomanry (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, WO372/21)
- i. First service record - Soldier Number: 1650, Rank: Corporal, Corps: Derby Yeomanry;.
- ii. Second service record - Soldier Number: 487854, Rank: Corporal, Corps: Royal Engineers;
- iii. Third service record Soldier Number: 75152, Rank: Corporal, Corps: Derby Yeomanry.
After WW1:
1924 mar Ida Lister Knowles at St. Oswald's 20 Feb 1924 ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 22 February 1924).
1948/9 He retired from business and sold the pharmacy. T. H. Wardle's successors at 42 St. John Street were Boots, the Chemists.("Ashbourne Telegraph", 24 March 1949).
d. Litleover, DBY.

WILLIAMSON, Cyril Arthur (23 Jun 1888-8 Nov 1954).
b. New Romney, Kent.
Bap 26 Aug 1888 New Romney, SSX. His father given as a National School Master.
S/o Arthur William and Kate, nee Clarke, Williamson, who were both school teachers.
- 1905. C. Williamson, a former pupil, had passed all the preliminary examinations in the Eastern Telegraph Company ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 22 December 1905. Speech Day)
Regiment: 8th btn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, 2nd Lieut, 1st Worcestershire Regiment, Lieut. (British Army Medal Index Cards, 1914-1920, WO372/21).
Rank: Second Lieutenant.
- 1915. The undermentioned to be temporary second lieut. Cyril Arthur Williamson, award dated 11th Feb 1915. (The London Gazette, supplements August 1914 - January 1920)
- 1918. Cyril Arthur Williamson, him 29, mar Mabel Louise Harrison, her 28, at Walton on Thames, St Mary 27 Mar 1918. Him, Lieut2 Royal Berks Regt. His Residence Roleston Camp, Wiltshire. Her Welder at Munition Works her res Elm Grove, Hersham Road, WoT.
Medals/awards: 1914-15 Star, ToW qualifying date 16.9.15 (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards, WO372/21)
After WW1:
Went back to live in Kent but before 1939 he had moved to Oxfordshire with his father and sister. Both men were widowed, their respective wives having died in 1938.
Died Oxford.

WILSON, G. (1894?-)
He was probably a boarder, as no records of a birth for a G. Wilson have been found in the Ashbourne District.
- 1908. Awarded the Natural History Collection prize ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 31 July 1908, School Speech Day).
- 1910. Played cricket for the school, but was one of two bpys who did not bat ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 22 July 1910).

There are two service records for him, but nothing else has been found:
1. War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen:
Driver G. Wilson
Service number M2/052386
Admission date 24 Mar 1917
Discharge date 3 Apr 1917
Transferred to To Unit
Royal Flying Corps.
Hospital 28th General Hospital
Record year range 1917 Mar.22-Apr.5
Age 23
2. War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen:
G. Wilson
Piece MH 106/1342
Rank Private
Service No. M2/052356
Service number M2/052356
Company / squadron MT/244
Hospital 28th General Hospital
Record year range 1917 July 24-Aug.10
3 yrs service
Age 23.

WILSON, Sapper Richard, Royal Engineers (1884-)
Born Ashbourne, DBY
S/o Richard, a solicitor's clerk, and Sarah E. Wilson of Dig Street, Ashbourne.
Richard was a Post Office clerk in 1901.
mar Mary Jane Collier 1907 Cheadle District. Later divorced.
- 1915. Sapper R Wilson of South Street had been on the front for 15 months. Home on leave. Wireless operator, Royal Engineers. Had held a good position with Messrs Coopers and Co. pre war (from "Ashbourne News Telegraph", 24 December 1915).
- 1916. Had been secretary to the Ashbourne Town Football Club. Promoted, first to Lance Corporal and then Sergeant ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 27 October 1916).

Regiment Royal Engineers
Rank Sergeant
Time at QEGS:
- 1896 Junior Scholarships and Renewals. Ashbourne. W. H. Wood, elected for three years ("Sheffield Independent", 30 July 1896).
- 1898 Success in last May's Science examinations: Mathematics, elementary, W. H. Wood; Chemistry, elementary, W. H. Wood; Agriculture, elementary, 1st, W. H. Wood ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 12 August 1898)
- 1900 Scholarship, renewewed for one year, W. H. Wood ("Ashbourne News Telegraph", 13 April 1900).
- played cricket for the school (various newspapers)
- 1907 W. H. Wood one of the old boys officiating as judges at the athletic sports ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 26 July 1907).
I have been unable to discover who he was or more about his time in the Army.

WOODDISSE Ralph (1894-14 Jul 1960)
Born Alstonefield, STS.
bap Alstonefield, St Peter, STS, 24 Sep 1894.
S/o Thomas and Mary Wooddisse of Sandybrook House and brother of Thomas (below).
Service number 17356.
Regiment Notts & Derbys.
Enlisted Jan 1915 ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 22 January 1915).
Medals: 15 Star, Victory and British.
Gazetted 22 June 1919: Regular Forces. The undermentioned to be temp. 2nd Lts.17 Mar 1919. Ralph Wooddisse.
He mar Edith Mary Lawton at Shirley, Derbyshire 1931.
For some years he was relieving officer for Ashbourne Board of Guardians ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 25 September 1931). He later farmed at Brailsford before moving to Wingerworth..

WOODDISSE, Thomas (19 Mar 1893-4 May 1996)
Born Alstonefield, STS.
bap Alstonefield, St Peter, STS 23 Apr 1893.
S/o Thomas and Mary Wooddisse of Sandybrook House and brother of Ralph (above).
Enlisted Jan 1915 ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 22 January 1915).
Service number 265709.
Regiment Royal Highlanders (this was also known as the Black Watch).
Medals: Victory and British (Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards).
1912 - Left QEGS "two years ago", where he was head boy; then studied privately for Civil Service examination (1911 census), passing the second division in 1912 ("Ashbourne News, Telegraph" 24 May 1912 and Edinburgh Gazette 7 June 1912).
1915 Awarded the Imperial Service Order. During WW1 he spent two years in Nairobi with the East Africa Rifle Brigade. After the war he joined the staff of the South Kensington Museum and in 1950 he was appointed secretary there ("Ashbourne Telegraph", 15 June 1951).
Died at Ferring SSX.

Related pages:

QEGS - Old School

QEGS, Green Road

Church Street

Newspaper extract transcribed by Ann Andrews.
Page researched by and © Ann Andrews, a former pupil at QEGS.