War 1
Thrapston War Memorial Research Group

"In the Springtime of their Lives"

Photographs and biographical extracts from the book (E to H)
Lance Corporal George Samuel EARLE
1882 - May 9 1915

Born in Walsall, Staffordshire in 1882. A career soldier, in 1901, he enlisted in Portland, Dorset as a Private soldier with the 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 6231, based at the Verne Citadel, Portland, Dorset. By the time of his death on May 9 1915, he was serving with the 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, France. He is not included on any of the Thrapston Rolls of Honour but a combined Memorial Service was held to commemorate him, Richard Templeman and Albert "Jack" Waite, on October 10 1915, at St James' Church.

Private Alexander John EMERY
1889 - March 7 1916

Born in Woburn, Bedfordshire, in 1889, the fourth of eight children born to William and Emily Emery. He started work for Mr. A. H. Touch, Outfitter, in Thrapston at about the beginning of 1914 and, although only a resident of the town for a year or so, immersed himself in the community. He moved to Northampton at the beginning of 1915. Alexander enlisted with the 7th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 18450 in 1915 and went to France in September 1915. He was killed on March 7 1916 and is buried at is buried at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium. He is not named on any of the town's Memorials. His death was reported in the local newspapers as being that of a Thrapston man.

Warrant Telegraphist Basil Frederick EMERY
March 23 1892 - February 17 1915

Born in Thrapston on March 23 1892, the only child of Frederick and Elizabeth Emery. His parents were Schoolteachers at Thrapston School, Mr. Emery being Headteacher. On leaving school, he became a learner at Thrapston Post Office aged 15 years. After about three years general experience, he qualified for the wireless branch of the Post Office. By 1913 he had joined the Royal Mail steamer "Arankola", sailing between Calcutta and Rangoon. On the outbreak of war, the vessel was requisitioned by military authorities, and was used to transport Indian troops to Marseilles and other ports. On January 31 1915, he was admitted to Bombay Hospital with appendicitis and died on February 17 1915.

Gunner Septimus Leslie FERRAR
1898 - April 9 1918

Born in 1898, the youngest son of Septimus and Eliza Ferrar. In 1901, the family lived in Halford Street. On leaving school he was apprenticed to Mr. A. Barnett, a Thrapston coachbuilder. Leslie enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on January 18 1915 in Thrapston, when he was only just 16 years old, Service Number 82386. He was part of B Battery, 286th Brigade when he was killed on April 9 1918 aged 19 in France. He is buried at Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France.

Private John Thomas GIDDINGS
1889 - May 9 1915

Born in 1889 in Streaton, Illinois, U.S.A., the second child and only son of John Henry and Mary Ann Giddings. The family left the U.S.A. in 1891 and by 1901, were living in Halford Street. He enlisted in Northampton with the 8th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment, Service Number 13828, shortly after the War began, transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sailed to France on March 25 1915. He had not been at the Front for many weeks when he was killed in action on May 9 1915 at Sailly near Armentieres. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium and has no known grave. A Memorial Service was held for him at Thrapston Parish Church on Sunday July 25 1915.

Private Herbert Frederick GILBERT
1894 - April 21 1915

Born in 1894 at Croxton, Cambridgeshire, the second oldest child of James and Emma Gilbert. Herbert enlisted with the 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, Service Number 14634 in Bedford in September 1914, later transferring to the 1st Battalion. He went to the front on March 24 1915. He was killed in action on April 21 1915 at Reningelst and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres. At the time of his death, his parents were living in Thrapston at "Neneside", Midland Road. A Memorial Service was held at the Parish Church for him and Private Alfred Edward Waite on Sunday August 29 1915.

Private John William GUEST
October 9 1897 - October 7 1917

Born in Thrapston in 1897, the fourth oldest son of John Thomas and Jessie Guest. On leaving school he entered the Post Office at Thrapston working as a telegraph messenger for some years, and then, shortly before joining up, he did duty as a postman. He enlisted towards the end of 1914 in Huntingdon, initially in the Hunts Cyclists Battalion, Service Number 1166, later being transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 147 Company, Number 1 Section, Service Number 43194. He went to France on August 3 1916, and remained there until his death. He was killed in action on October 7 1917. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. A memorial service for him and Rifleman Edward Percy Raworth was held at Thrapston Baptist Church on Sunday October 28 1917.

Private Hugh David HALL
1895 - September 10 1916

Born in 1895 at Earl‘s Croom, near Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, the third child of John Daniel and Mary Hall. By 1909, the family were living in Thrapston. Enlisted in Nottingham on August 6 1914 with the Grenadier Guards, Service Number 17157, in the 3rd Battalion. By November 16 1914 he was at the front lines. He subsequently transferred to the 1st Battalion. David was killed in action on September 10 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. A Memorial Service was held for him in Thrapston on Sunday October 1 1916.

Private Robert Lewis HIAM
December 1898 - August 22 1918

Born in 1898 in Thrapston, the oldest son of Henry and Matilda Hiam. On leaving school, he completed his apprenticeship with Mr. Barnett, local coachbuilder. He enlisted initially with the Army Service Corps, Service Number 300505 , in Kettering, then transferred to the 1/22nd Battalion of the London Regiment (The Queens), Service Number G/67076 on March 12 1917, leaving for France in February 1918. He was killed by machine gun fire on August 22 1918 and is buried at Bray Military Cemetery, France.

Private Percy John HOLLEY
1895 - August 27 1916

Born in 1895 in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, the second son of James and Sarah Jane Holley. By 1901, the family had moved to Thrapston. Percy initially enlisted with the Huntingdon Cyclists Battalion, Service Number 1508 in Huntingdon on September 11 1915. He was transferred to 1/1 Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, Service Number 20829 on July 29 1916 before being compulsorily transferred to the 1/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Service Number 307703 on August 6 1916. On August 27 1916, the Battalion carried out an assault on enemy trenches near Aveluy, which was the last time his comrades saw him. He was listed as "Missing on August 27 1916" on August 29 1916. A year later, he was presumed killed. The Thrapston Roll of Honour in the Parish Church lists him as "Missing" and he is not included on the carved list. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.