Roll of Honour

They Also Served

World War One had far reaching impacts in every community. Forty-two residents served from Little Dunmow.

Names of Little Dunmow Residents who also served in World War 1

Roland Bishop

Private Soldier 32049, 3rd Essex Regiment
Pioneer 221524, Royal Engineers

Born: 05/08/1897 at Rose Farm House in Little Dunmow.

The 1911 Census records the family living at Little Dunmow Post Office.

Ellen BISHOP (recorded as head of the household), aged 52. Occupation: Postmistress born in Babbecombe, Devon
Married for 24 years with 6 children, all living, works for Postmaster-General
Roland BISHOP, Son,  aged 13, born: Little Dunmow
Gladys BISHOP, Daughter, aged 9, born: Little Dunmow
May SEWELL, Servant, aged 17, General Domestic, born: Little Dunmow
Gilbert WILLIAMS, Visitor aged 38, Carpenter, born Alveston.

(Roland's father Sidney was working for Roland's Uncle, Percy Bishop in Battersea at the time.)

Address at Attestation: Little Dunmow Post Office.
Occupation: Sorting Clerk, Telegraphical.
Age: 18 yrs 4 months
height: 5' 6½"
Chest size: 33½"
Next of Kin: Sidney Bishop, Father.

Attested: 12/12/1915
To reserve: 13/12/1915
Mobilized: 13/10/1916, aged 19 yrs.
Posted to third Essex: 13/10/1916.
Transferred to Royal Engineers: 20/12/1916
Qualified as “Field Linesman”
Embarked for BEF France: 20/05/1917
Posted to 48th South Midland Signal Company: 01/09/1917
Discipline record shows he overstayed his leave from the Bedford Depot in September 1919 and was absent for 2 days 15 hours.
Demobilized 09/10/1919

Roland left a diary of his war service in France and Italy. Transcripts are with the Royal Engineers and Royal Signal Museums. His diary shows he served at the Third Battle of Ypres in Summer 1917, before being sent to Italy in the winter of 1917. He was present at the Battle of Asiago Plateau in summer 1918.

Married: Marie J.D. Waller in the 3rd quarter of 1927.
Children:
John R. Bishop born 1931
Robert O Bishop born 1932

Died: 01/08/1975 
 
Walter Bright 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment

Walter James Bright was born in the last quarter of 1896 to Jesse and Louisa (née Baines) Bright.

In the 1911 census Walter is aged 14.

After the war the 1920 electoral register records Walter living at Pound Hill, with his parents Jesse and Louisa Bright, probably in the house now known as Bright's cottage.

In 1922 he married Alice A. Buss.
Twins Ernest and Kenneth were born on 12th June 1922.  Kenneth died early in 1923 before he was a year old.
Ernest Bright was killed in World War 2.

No other children were born to Walter and Alice.
 

Bertie George William Burles Private Soldier 75323 - Royal Army Medical Corps

The Essex Weekly News of 19th April 1918 carried the following item in its "Honour Roll":
Pte. B. Burles, North Midland Field Ambulance missing on March 21, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Burles, The Grange, Little Dunmow, who would be grateful for any information.

Resident in Little Dunmow after the war at the Grange Farm, with his parents Frederick Ernest and Jennie Burles.
 

Frederick Carlton Burles Private Soldier SE27586 - Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Address at Attestation: Stebbing Ford Farm, Little Dunmow
Age at Attestation: 22 years 6 months.
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 132 lbs
Chest Size: 33½”
Occupation: Cowman.
Next of Kin: Frederick Burles, Father, address, Stebbing Ford Farm, Little Dunmow.

Enlisted at Dunmow Recruiting Office.

(Record incomplete)

The 1911 census records the Burles Family at Little Dunmow:
Frederick Ernest Burles, age 43
Jennie Burles (née Walker), age 45, Married 1890.
Winifred Mary Burles, age 19
Frederick Burles, age 17
Dorothy Clara Burles, age 15
Bertie George William Burles, age 14
Richard Redvers Burles, age 10
Laurie Maud Burles, age 6
 

The Burton Family In 1901 the Burton family were living at Stebbingford Cottages:
William Burton, age 34, occupation: Agriculutral Labourer, born: Lt. Canfield.
Ann Burton, age 30,  born: Little Dunmow.
George W. Burton, age 8, born: Gt. Dunmow.
Frank H. Burton, age 5, born: Gt. Dunmow.
Frederick Burton, age 15 (brother of William), occupation: Butcher's Lad, born: Gt. Dunmow.
 
Frank Herbert Burton Machine Gun Corps

Frank Herbert T Burton born 1895. Age 15 on 1911 census.
 

George Burton 5th Essex

The 1920 Electoral Register  records George and Anne Burton at The Ford, Little Dunmow.

Buried at Little Dunmow Church, George William Burton, Died: 17th May 1959, aged 66 years.
 

William George Burton 3rd Essex

The 1920 Electoral Register  records William Burton at The Ford, Little Dunmow
 

Harry Clarke Royal Field Artillery

Harry Clarke age 21 in 1911
The 1920 Electoral Register  records Harry, Jesse and Emma Clarke living in the Village, Little Dunmow
 

Frederick Cooper 3rd Scots Guards
 
Charles Davey In 1901 the census records the Davey family as living in the village, Little Dunmow:
Harry Davey, age 26, occupation: Carpenter, born: Little Dunmow.
Elizabeth Davey, age 24, born: Little Dunmow.
Dorothy Davey, age 5, born: Little Dunmow.
Charles H. Davey, age 4, born: Little Dunmow.

The painted memorial records Charles Davey as serving with the Royal Scots Greys
 

Arthur William Letch

Private 29271, Middlesex Regiment
Private T/293133, Royal Army Service Corps
Private 87816, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry)

Born Hatfield Peveral, near Chelmsford in 1896.

Address at Attestation: Church View, Little Dunmow
Height: 5' 3"
Chest Size: 31"
Next of Kin: Ernest Letch, Father.

Attested: 10/12/1915
Mobilized: 27/05/1916 at Warley, Brentwood.
Posted to 6th Battalion Middlesex Regiment: 27/05/1916
Transferred to 503 Company, Army Service Corps: 29/12/1916
Transferred to 18th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry): 03/03/1917
B.E.F.: 20/06/1917
Appointed Lance Corporal: 26/05/1919
Relinquished rank: 16/06/1919
en-route to UK: 13/11/1919
Demobilized: 25/12/1919

Notes on Record:
Employed as Cook.
Sobriety – Sober
Reliable – Yes
Intelligent Yes
“A hard worker and a good cook”
“Can ride and drive”
 

George Lodge served as Private Soldier 23928, the 3rd Battalion, the Essex Regiment.
 
John Andrew Marjoram

Missing from the painted war memorial possibly because his family were not in the village and after the war he did not return to the village.

Private Soldier 5998, 6th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Private Soldier 6477, London Regiment
Private Soldier 533260, 15th Battalion, London Regiment, Civil Service Rifles

Born Dalston, Middlesex in 1896

Address at Attestation: Burgess Cottage, Pound Hill, Little Dunmow
Age: 19 years
Height: 5’ 9½”
Chest size: 36”
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Next of Kin: John Marjoram.

Home Service: 22/11/1915 – 28/09/1916
Transferred to 15th London Regt: 02/04/1916
BEF France: 29/09/1916 – 21/11/1916
BEF Salonica: 22/11/1916 – 19/07/1917
BEF Egypt: 20/06/1917 - ?

Gun shot wound to head: 08/11/1917.
Gun shot wound to thigh: 04/09/1918.

Demobilized: 05/03/1919 – No longer fit for military service

Address after the war: 7 Station Road, Kelvedon.

Married Kathleen E Scott in the Braintree registration district in 1926.
 

Sidney Owers 6th Middlesex

Sidney Owers married Lois Selina Elkins in 1910.
The 1920 Electoral Register  records Sidney Owers and Lois Selina Owers living at Bramble End, Little Dunmow.
 

Frank Perry Frank Perry was born in Little Dunmow in 1892.

Frank enlisted in August 1918 in response to Kitchener's call for 100,000 volunteers. He served as Private Soldier 12142, 9th Battalion, the Essex Regiment, and went with the Battalion to France at the end of May 1915.

He was wounded in July 1916.

He was discharged to the Z Reserve on 21st February 1919.

Family members say that having been gassed Frank wasn't fit enough to return to farm work so went to work on the underground in London after the war, and died aged 35 in 1927.

He was the brother of Edward 'George' Perry.
 

Sydney Arthur Perry Sydney Perry does not appear on the Painted War Memorial but is listed on the 1918 absent voters list as normally resident in the Village Little Dunmow.
 
William Perry 9th Lancers
 
Edgar Iliff Robson (Vicar)

Rev. Edgar I. Robson, circa 1920
E.I. Robson circa 1920
photograph courtesy Felsted School

Lieutenant – Military Intelligence (possibly MI2a)

University of Melbourne, Australia MA 1893
Christ’s College Cambridge Trip BA 1894; MA 1906; BD 1915

Assistant Master Sedburgh School 1896 – 1898
Ordained Adelaide, Australia 1898
Assistant Master St Peter’s, Adelaide, Australia 1898 – 1902
Assistant Master Lancing College, 1902 – 1903
Headmaster, Ellesmere College, 1903 -1907
Assistant Master, Felsted School, 1908 – 1931
Vicar of Little Dunmow, 1912 – 1933

Author of:
Studies in the 2nd Epistle of St Peter – 1915
A Wayfarer in Czecho-Slovakia – 1925
A Wayfarer in Provence – 1926
A Wayfarer on the Loire – 1926
A Wayfarer on the Seine – 1927
A Wayfarer in the Pyrenees – 1929
Alexander the Great – 1929
A Guide to French Fetes – 1931
He also contributed the standard translation of Arian’s Anabasis, which is an account of Alexander the Great’s military conquests, to the Loeb classical library

He retired to 6 Godwin Road, Hastings, but died at Kingsbridge, Devon in 1954.

An entry in the Log Book of Felsted County School records that after the war he gave a talk to the first class on his duties as an Officer of the Intelligence Staff and his work in Italy.

Short Service Record:
ROBSON, Lieut. E. I. Temp. Lieut. 9/1/18. Gen. List  M.I.5
W.O. Military Control Bristol Channel Ports till Apr. 1918.
British Military Mission in Italy, Apr. 1918 — Jan. 1919.
Assistant M.C.O. Feb. 1919 — May 1919. Bristol Channel Ports.
Demobilised 7/5/19.

 

Ernest Saines 5th Essex
Private 3573 - 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment
Private 250914 - 1st/5th Battalion, Essex Regiment

Height: 5' 10½"
Chest Size: 35½"
Eyesight: 6/6 both eyes
Next of Kin: John Saines, Father, Address: The Ford, Little Dunmow.
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Marital Status: Single 

Embodied, at Chelmsford: 22/05/1915
Embarked Devonport, SS Eboe: 10/02/1916
Joined Battalion at Cairo: 07/03/1916
Admitted to Hospital with Pyrexia: 24/08/1917
Admitted to Hospital in Alexandria with Phlebotomus Fever: 30/08/1917
Rejoined Battalion: 16/10/1917
Admitted to Field Hospital: 13/09/1918
Admitted Hospital Cairo: 16/09/1918
To Reserve Depot: 24/09/1918
Embarked for UK at Port Said aboard Hospital Ship Caledonian: 17/02/1919
Demobilized: 03/04/1919

Character report 12/02/1919: Sobriety: Excellent.

Brother of Arthur and Percy "William" Saines.
 

John Francis "Frank" Saines

 Private 19528, Machine Gun Corps

Address at Attestation: The Ford Little Dunmow
Age at Attestation: 18 years 5 months
Height: 5’ 7”
Chest Size: 35½”
Occupation: Raliway Porter, Great Eastern Railway.
Next of Kin: John Saines, Father
Stated preference for service: Royal Garrison Artillery.

Enlisted: 23/01/1917
Attestation: 11/06/1918
Posted 7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment: 12/06/1918
Posted 5th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment at Chatham: 13/11/1918
Posted to Machine Gun Corps at Grantham: 24/05/1919
Posted to Number 6 (Reserve) Battalion, Machine Gun Corps: 17/09/1919
Posted to 62nd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, Catterick: 23/10/1919
To Dispersal: 09/03/1920
Demobilized: 06/04/1920

All home service so no recorded medal entitlement. Having to be 19 before being sent to the front the War would have been over before he was old enough for frontline service.

Brother of Arthur and Percy "William" Saines.
 

Frederick Saines Private PS/7604 8th Royal Fusiliers
Corporal GS/47563 - Royal Fusiliers
Records not yet found to confirm promotion to Sergeant.

Born: 1st Quarter 1889 or late 1888

Married Elizabeth M. Murton in the Hartismere registration district of Suffolk in the last quarter of 1916

Children:
Arthur F.M. Saines, born 1919 Epping
John E.M. Saines, born 1921 Epping.

The Essex Weekly News also reported on 11th January 1918:

Sergt. F. Saines, Royal Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Saines, The Ford, Little Dunmow, was reported missing on Nov. 30. His wife has received a letter from his Commanding Officer, in which he informs her that her husband went into action with the Company and was with a party who were surrounded by the enemy and unable to rejoin them. it is believed the whole party were captured.

Then on 15th February 1918 a further report stated:

Sergt. F. Saines, Royal Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Saines, of The Ford, Little Dunmow, who have recently lost two sons in the war, has written to his wife at Eye, Suffolk, to say that he is a prisoner of war and wounded in the right arm, but going on satisfactorily and is well treated. Previous to joining up Sergt. Saines was in the Essex Constabulary and was stationed at Witham.

Brother of Arthur and Percy "William" Saines.
 

Charles Sewell Charles Sewell was the son of Elijah and Sarah Sewell. He was an older brother of Oscar Sewell who died during the war.

Royal Navy

Born 1892. Age 19 in 1911 census
Appears on the 1918 absent voters list as normally resident near Throws, Little Dunmow
 

Gertrude Sewell Gertrude Sewell was the third daughter of Elijah and Sarah Sewell. Sister of Charles above and Oscar Sewell

Queen Alexandra Medical Nursing Service

Born 1890. Age 21 in 1911 census.
 

Harold Sewell Harold Sewell was the brother of Charles and Gertrude Sewell above. His younger brother Oscar Sewell died during the war.

Private Soldier 20867, 1st York and Lancaster Regiment

Harold Bavin Sewell, born 1894. Age 17 in 1911 census.
Appears on the 1918 absent voters list as normally resident near Throws, Little Dunmow
 

Joseph Thomas Sewell Private Soldier SE/23858, Royal Army Veterinary Corps

Joseph Thomas Sewell, born 1895. Age 29 in 1911 census. Occupation: Agricultural Labourer.

He was the second son of John and Eliza Sewell. His sister May was a live-in domestic servant for the Bishop family at the Post Office in 1911. His brother Thomas Doe Sewell died during the war.

An entry in Roland Bishop's diary gives the following wartime address for Pte Joe Sewell:
Army Veterinary Corps
C Sub Section No 9 Vet Hospital
BEF
France

No other details of his service have as yet been identified
 

Arthur 'Stanley' Sewell Arthur Stanley Sewell was fourth child of Thomas and Hannah Sewell, who in 1901 were resident at 2 Grange Lane, Little Dunmow.

He appears on the painted memorial as Stanley Sewell, 6th Tank Brigade

Arthur Stanley Sewell. Born 1895. age 15 in 1911 census.
He is listed on the 1918 absent voters list as Arthur Stanley Sewell, normally resident in the village, Little Dunmow.
 

Charles Henry 'Meredith' Thring


Meredith Thring and his Tiger
circa 1910

Ambulance Driver - British Red Cross and the Society and Order of Saint John of Jerusalem

Born on 21st January 1861 in Uppingham.
The first son of John Charles Thring, who clarified the rules of football, by contributing to the Cambridge rules in 1842 and by providing a simplified set of rules in 1862 whilst a master at Uppingham School, entitled "the simplest game", and Lydia Eliza Dyer Meredith. He was known to his family as 'May'.
'Meredith' was a very successful Victorian entrepreneur and co-founder of Gabbitas and Thring, the Scholastic Agency. Meredith retired aged 40, having also played first class cricket for the M.C.C. and Wiltshire County Cricket Club amongst others.
He married American Actress, Annie Crawley Tooker (stage name Anne Caverly) in London in 1908. His wife died of cancer during their honeymoon whilst in India. At the time of her death Meredith was hunting Tigers in the Himalayas.
'Meredith' returned to England to publish his wife's diaries and letters under the title of "Trials and Pleasures of an uncompleted Tour."

He served in France during the first world war as an Ambulance Driver, working with a Voluntary Aid Detachment of the British Red Cross. He would have been 53 at the outbreak of the war.

After the war he was living at the Vicarage, Little Dunmow, before buying his home 'Woodlands' at Chilcompton in Somerset.
He died aged 78 on 11th April 1939 at Chilcompton, Somerset.
 

Florence E. M. Tomlinson Women's Auxiliary Army Corps

Florence Emily Mary Thomas was born in the Abingdon registration district (Berkshire) in 1889.
In 1911 she was aged 22 and resident in Northleach, Gloucestershire.
By 1913 she was a domestic servant at the Vicarage, Little Dunmow and on 21st April 1913 she married Richard Tomlinson, also a domestic servant at the vicarage who was killed in the war.
 

Robert Stanley Turner Gunner 68688, Royal Garrison Artillery

Robert Stanley Turner was born in Stebbing in 1890
In 1911 census age 21.

Address at Attestation: Priory Place, Little Dunmow.
Age at Attestation: 25 years 11 months
Height: 5' 10"
Chest Size: 35"
Occupation: Fishmonger's Assistant.

Father: Frederick Turner
Married: Nellie Olive Skinner at Highwood Church 25/12/1915
Address after war: Halfway House, Writtle
Children:
Florence Turner, born 30/04/1917 at Chelmsford.
Hilda D. I. Turner, born: 01/08/1918 at Chelmsford.

Attested: 09/12/1915
Home Service: 09/12/1915 – 28/08/1916
Mobilized: 29/02/1916
Posted 201 Depot Royal Garrison Artillery: 29/02/1916
Passed 1st Class Signalling & Telephony Certificate 31/05/1916
Posted 151 Squadron Battery: 16/06/1916
Posted 2 Depot: 28/07/1916

BEF: 29/08/1916 – 08/12/1916
Home Service: 09/12/1916 – 16/12/1918
Discharged Dover: 16/12/1918
No longer fit for military service: Sciatica
 

Arthur George Webb

Arthur George Webb married Adelaide Lovett in 1905.
In 1911 Arthur Webb was 32.

Arthur served as Private M2/012818 in the Army Service Corps and as
Private 318860 in the Royal Air Force

After the war Arthur George Webb and Adelaide Webb are resident at Brook End Cottages.
 

Ernest Webb In 1901 the Webb family were resident at Throws Cottages:
George Webb, age 43, occupation: Foreman on Farm, born: Helions Bumpstead.
Lydia Webb, age 40, born: Helions Bumpstead.
Ernest Webb, age 21, occupation: Carter on Farm, born: Helions Bumpstead.
Beatrice Webb, age 18, born: Helions Bumpstead.
Florence Webb, age 8, born: Little Dunmow.

The painted memorial records his service with the Army Service Corps.

Ernest Webb married Ada Esther Bush in 1903.
In 1911 Ernest Webb was 31.
After the war Ernest Webb and Ada Esther Webb are resident at the Roundhouse.

Ernest and Ada were the parents of Hubert K. Webb who died in World War 2.
 

George Wilson Worrin Private 276, 17th Royal Fusiliers
Acting Lance Serjeant 70581 Army Pay Corps

George Wilson Worrin was born in 1883

The 1911 census records the Worrin family as:
Hasting Worrin, age 62
Harriet Worrin, age 65
Winifred Mary Worrin, age 30
George Wilson Worrin, age 28
Harriet May Worrin, age 22
Kathleen Worrin, age 21

George Wilson Worrin married Lilian M. Bird in 1919.
Two daughters Elizabeth and Margaret were born in the Hertford registration district in 1921 and 1923 respectively.
 

The Wright Family In 1901 the census records the Wright family living at Stebbingford Cottages:
Walter Wright, age 39, occupation: Agricultural Labourer, born Gestingthorpe.
Annie Wright, age 34, born: Stebbing.
Alice Wright, age 14, born Little Dunmow.
Alfred Wright, age 12, born Little Dunmow.
Lily Wright, age 9, born Little Dunmow.
Granville Wright, age 4, born Little Dunmow.
 
Alfred Wright Royal Garrison Artillery
 
Granville Wright Gunner L/34775, Royal Field Artillery
 
William Wright Painted Memorial records service with - 9th Lancers

Service Record shows: Sapper 213958, Inland Water Transport Corps, Royal Engineers.

Address at Attestation: Gussetts Cottage, Little Dunmow (situated on the old A120 just west of the Water Tower)
Age: 18 years 58 days
Height: 5’ 5½”
Chest size: 32”
Eyesight: 6/6
Teeth: bad
Occupation: Railway Porter / Shunter
Next of Kin: Robert Henry Wright, Father, Gussetts Cottage, Little Dunmow

Enlisted: 07/12/1915
Service reckons from: 16/11/1916
appointed Acting Lance Corporal: 26/08/1917
Promoted Acting Corporal: 17/01/1919
Promoted Acting Sergeant with 6oth Traffic Company: 06/02/1917
Processed for Dispersal: 19/02/1919
Demobilized: 14/05/1919

After the war William George Wright is resident at Ivy Farm, now Ivy House, with George Edward Wright and Jane Wright.

The differences between the painted memorial and the service record may indicate that William enlisted and was sent to the 9th Lancers but then transferred to the Royal Engineers. It might also indicate there were two William Wrights especially as the 1920 electoral roll information seems to indicate a different father's name. This obviously needs further research.