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In Flanders Fields….Charles Townley

Charles TOWNLEY

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Charles Townley

Charles Townley

Rank: Driver
Service No: 234526
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery – 210th Brigade – H.Q.
Date of Death: 09/11/1918 – Died of pneumonia following wounds, aged 24
Cemetery: Geddington (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard – Grave: North of church Ref: C70
Memorial Inscription: 234526 Driver CHARLES TOWNLEY, Royal Field Artillery, 9th November 1918 aged 24.
‘He fought the fight, The victory won, And entered into rest.’
War Office Information: Son of Samuel and Ruth Townley, of Wood Street, Geddington.

Personal Information

Charles died just before the Armistice was agreed, having been sent home to England following wounds received in the ‘great advance’. He died in York Military Hospital. For his parents Samuel Lee and Ruth Townley (nee Mace) it was the second loss in the year as Charles’ brother Frederick had died in April 1918

His father Samuel Lee Townley, was a carpenter and worked on the Boughton Estate. He was  born in 1864 in Geddington and died 1921 as the memorial to his two sons was being erected.

Siblings: Isabel (Mabel) Townley 1896-1943
Frederick (see his entry)

Charles was born in 1894 in Geddington and was baptised there on 24 June 1894. He later became a member of the church choir and was the third one from that choir to give his life for his country. The choir at the time was so good that people would walk from Kettering on a Sunday evening just to hear the singing. In her book ‘Geddington as it was’ Monica Rayne describes Bill Hopkins’ recollection of Charlie, ‘his old mate’ :

‘He used to sing the Magnificat solo and when Charlie got up (to sing) you could hear a pin drop’

1901 Census: Wood Road [sic], Geddington
Samuel Townley (father); Aged 37; carpenter; b. Geddington
Ruth Townley (mother); Aged 37; b. Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire
Charles Townley; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Mabel (Isobel)Townley (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Frederick Townley (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington
Dinah Townley (grandmother); Aged 83; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Sidney Townley (father); Aged 47; estate carpenter – married 17 years
Ruth Townley (mother); Aged 47 – 3 children (all living)
Charles Townley; Aged 16; farm labourer
Isobel Townley (sister); Aged 15
Fred Townley (brother); Aged 12

In Flanders Fields…..Frederick Stanton… Roland Stanton

In this post we record the lives of two brothers, born two years apart but together to the end.

Both Frederick and Roland enlisted on 14th September 1914 in the 11th Battalion of the Essex Regiment. Their service numbers were: 15112 and 15113

They fought together at Loos and died together on 26th September 1915. They have no known grave.

Along with others from the village who served in the Essex Regiment, the brothers were reported as wounded in October 1915, but in November, official notification to their parents listed them as ‘missing’ in the last great charge.

It seems only right to remember them together.

Dud Corner Cemetery (Loos Memorial) stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle. The name “Dud Corner” is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice. The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice. The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Charles Wheeler. It was unveiled by Sir Nevil Macready on 4 August 1930.

Arthur Frederick Aubrey STANTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Loos Memorial

Loos Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 15113
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 11th Battalion
Died: 26/09/1915 – Killed in action, aged 24
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.

Personal Information

Parents: Arthur and Ellen Stanton, Grafton Road Geddington
Born: 1891

1901 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington
Arthur Stanton (head) aged 44, Land Surveyor
Ellen Stanton (spouse); Aged 44;
May Stanton (daughter); Aged 19; dressmaker
Ive Stanton (daughter); Aged 14; b. Geddington
Lizzie Stanton (daughter); Aged 12; b. Geddington

Frederick Stanton (son) aged 10; b. Geddington

Roland Stanton (son) aged 8; b Geddington

Roland Charles STANTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Loos Memorial

Loos Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 15112
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 11th Battalion
Date of Death: 26/09/1915 – Killed in action, aged 22
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.

Personal Information

Parents: Arthur & Ellen Stanton
Born:  1892
Baptised: 25 Sep 1892 Geddington

1901 Census: Grafton Road, Geddington (next to the Priory)
Arthur Stanton (head); Aged 44; land surveyor; b. Hinxworth, Herts
Ellen Stanton (wife); Aged 44; b. West Grinstead, Sussex
May Stanton (daughter); Aged 19; dressmaker; b. Moreton, Essex
Ive Stanton (daughter); Aged 14; b. b. Geddington
Lizzie Stanton (daughter); Aged 12; b. Geddington           
Frederick Stanton (son); Aged 10; b. Geddington 
Roland Stanton; Aged 8;
b. Geddington                               

In Flanders Fields….Ernest Slough

Ernest William SLOUGH

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

St. Patrick's Cemetery

St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos

Rank: Private
Service No: 33582
Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment 6th Battalion
Died: 19/02/1917, aged 20
Cemetery: St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos, France – Grave: III. A. 30.

Personal Information

The Slough family were an established family in Geddington. William & Sarah Jane Slough, Ernest’s parents, had their home in West Street and he grew up there. He was born and baptised in October 1897. He enlisted in Kettering on 8th August 1916 and went out to France in January 1917. He initially joined the Northants Battalion before moving to the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Ernest was a keen bellringer at the church and in March 1917 a muffled peal was rung in his honour by his fellow ringers.

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Slough (father); Aged 37; ironstone labourer; b. Geddington
Sarah J Slough (mother):Aged 37; b. Brigstock
John Slough (brother); Aged 10; b. Geddington
Fred Slough (brother); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Nellie Slough (sister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Ernest W Slough; Aged 3; b. Geddington

1911 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Slough (father); Aged 47; farm labourer – married 21 years
Sarah Jane Slough (mother); Aged 47 – 7 children, all living
Fred Slough (brother); Aged 18; ironstone labourer
Nellie Slough (brother); Aged 14; domestic servant
Ernest W Slough; Aged 13; boot heel builder
Winnifred Slough (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Herbert P Slough (brother); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Walter R Slough (brother); Aged 4; Geddington

In Flanders Fields…..Frederick Simons

Frederick John SIMONS

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Le Touret Memorial

Le Touret Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 13285
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment 1st Battalion
Died: 09/05/1915 – Killed in action, aged 21
Memorial: Le Touret Memorial, France – Panel 28 to 30.
War Office Information: Son of Mrs. E. E. Simons.

Personal Information

His mother was Eleanor Simons and according to his military records he had a brother Alfred and a sister Evelyn. He was not born in Geddington but in St John’s Wood , Middlesex, but enlisted in Northampton on 31st August 1914.

He lived with his aunt, Mrs Clark and worked in Kettering.

His battalion saw action at Aubers Ridge where he was killed in action on May 9th 1915 alongside George Miller of West Street Geddington. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Fred was one of several Geddington men remembered in a memorial service in the church in November 1915

In Flanders Fields……Sidney Rich

Sidney RICH

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery

Rank: Private
Service No: 2269
Regiment/Service: East Surrey Regiment 9th Battalion
Date of Death: 26/09/1915, Killed in action, aged 35
Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France – Grave: XI. E. 1.

Personal Information

The census information reveals a complicated family life and changes in circumstances for the young Sydney. His parents were William Henry & Sarah Jane Hammett (nee Rich) and he was born in Northampton in 1880

His Marriage to Rebecca Denton Roberts took place in 1903 and they had three children;
William Sidney Rich (b. 1903)
Lucy Mary Rich (b. 1910)  Lucy was baptised in Weldon church.
Stanley Leonard Rich (b. 1914)

Sydney enlisted in Kettering. His service record states ‘26.9.15 death presumed’

Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery near Souchez is the last resting place of over 7,500 British servicemen. It was named after the distinctive red brick cafe which stood at the heart of the village before it was destroyed by heavy shelling in May 1915.

1881 Census: 11, Brier Court, Northampton
William H Hammett (father); Aged 37; shoe riveter; b. Finsbury
Sarah J Hammett (mother); Aged 29; b. Southwick, Sussex
Francis E Hammett (brother); Aged 11; b. Lewes, Sussex
Harry Hammett (brother); Aged 9; b. Northampton
Emily L Hammett (sister); Aged 7; b. Northampton
Agnes E Hammett (sister); Aged 5; b. Northampton
William Hammett (brother); Aged 2; b. Birmingham
Sidney Hammett; Aged 2 months; b. Northampton
.

1891 Census: Althorp Street, Northampton
Sarah Hammett (mother); Aged 39; charwoman
Harry Hammett (brother); Aged 19; labourer
William Hammett (brother); Aged 13
Sidney Hammett; Aged 11
Mary A Hammett (sister); Aged 7; b. Northampton
.

1901 Census: 29, Tresham Street, Kettering
Sidney Rich; Aged 21; builders carter
Mary Rich; Aged 18; boot fitter
.

1911 Census: Wood Road; Geddington
Sidney Rich; Aged 30; ironstone labourer – married 7 years
Rebecca Rich; Aged 28 – 3 children, 2 living
William Sidney Rich; Aged 7; b. Geddington
Lucy Mary Rich; Aged 10 month; b, Geddington

In Flanders Fields…..Henry Reece

Henry William REECE

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Henry Reece

Henry Reece

Rank: Sergeant [sic]
Service No: 3/11042
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 1st Battalion
Died: 03/07/1915, aged 33
Cemetery: Quarry Cemetery, Vermelles, France – Grave: A. 28
Memorial Inscription: ‘Their memory shall not be blotted out.’
War Office Information: Husband of Edith M Durrant (formerly Reece), of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Henry was born to George John & Emma Reese nee Palmer (also recorded as Reece) in 1881 and baptised in Geddington church on 27th November 1881

His marriage  to Edith Mary Forrest  took place in the church in Newton in the Willows on 20th May 1907. She was just 18 and required the consent of her guardian.

Henry Reece signed up on  14th August 1914 and left the village to rejoin his old regiment, the Grenadier Guards, along with others whose names we have already recorded or will record in the days to come. He later transferred to the Northamptonshire Regiment and was promoted first to Corporal and then to Sergeant. He left for France on 8th June 1915 and was killed less than a month later when a shell exploded in the trench. He was initially buried close to the battle line and now lies in the cemetery at Vermelles.

His ‘effects’ from his war service of £8 18s 1d were sent to his sole legatee, his widow Edith, who now had two children to bring up alone.

1891 Census: West Street, Geddington
William Palmer (grandfather); Aged 70; agricultural labourer; b. Geddington
Sarah Palmer (grandmother); Aged 68; b. Geddington
Emma Reese (mother); Aged 30; Widow; laundress; b. Geddington
Henry Reese; Aged 9; b. Geddington
George Reese (brother); Aged 8; b. Stanion

1901 Census: West Street, Geddington
Joseph Holding (stepfather); Aged 36; ironstone labourer; b. Geddington
Emma Holding (mother); Aged 41; b. Geddington
Sarah Holding (stepsister); Aged 7; b. Geddington
Florence Holding (stepsister); Aged 5; b. Geddington
Joseph E Holding (stepbrother); Aged 3; b. Geddington
Thomas W Holding (stepbrother); Aged 1; b. Geddington
Henry W Reese; Aged 19; Ironstone labourer; b. Stanion
George J Reese (brother); Aged 18; boot heel builder

1911 Census: Bridge End, Bridge Street, Geddington
Henry William Reece; Aged 30; ironstone labourer – married 3 years
Edith Mary Reece (wife); Aged 21; b. Pipewell
Gladys Winifred Reece (daughter); Aged 3; b. Geddington
Sarah Forrest (relative); Aged 80; b. Messingham, Lincs.

In Flanders Fields… George Rawson

John George RAWSON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Hooge Crater Cemetery

Hooge Crater Cemetery, near Ypres

Rank: Private
Service No: 37476
Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Died: 16/08/1917, aged 22
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium – Grave: IV. D. 4.
Memorial Inscription: ‘Ever in our thoughts.’
War Office Information: Son of Charles and Elizabeth Rawson, of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Charles and Elizabeth Rawson had a large family and by 1911 there were 6 sons and a daughter. Two others died in infancy. George was one of the first to enlist in September 1914 following Kitchener’s appeal to those unmarried men between the ages of 19 and 30. He joined the 7th Northants Regiment before transferring to the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He left for France on 1st September 1915. In October 1915 his family were notified that he had been wounded on 27th September at the Battle of Loos. His hand had been seriously damaged when a bomb smashed his rifle into his fingers. He spent some time in hospital in Kent. He was sent out again to France and was gassed in October 1916 and sent back to England for treatment. He returned to France in March 1917.

At the end of April 1917 his brother Ernest was killed.

In August 1917 George was killed in action. He was 22 years old. He is buried with his comrades in the cemetery not far from Ypres.  

1901 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 35; journeyman livernor; b. Geddington
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 31; b. Maidstone, Kent
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 12; b. Geddington
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
John G Rawson; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Ernest C Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Carvers Lane, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 45; leather dresser; married 24 years
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 42; 9 children, 7 living
William Rawson (brother); Aged 24; tailors fitter; b. Geddington
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 22; tailors cutter
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 18; tailoress
John George Rawson; Aged 16; apprentice electric engineer
Ernest Charles Rawson (brother); Aged 14; wood turner
Herbert James Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
Harold Rawson (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields….Ernest Rawson

Ernest Charles RAWSON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Sarigol Military Cemetery

Sarigol Military Cemetery

 

Rank: Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Service No: 10096
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps – 47th Squadron. They flew D.H.2 aircraft at the time.
Died: 07/04/1917 – died of accidental injuries, aged 20
Cemetery: Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece – Grave: B. 253
Memorial Inscription: ‘Our thoughts are ever here. Father and Mother’
War Office Information: Son of Charles and Elizabeth Rawson, of Grange Road, Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

When Ernest was born and baptised in Geddington in 1896 his father Charles was described as a carrier and the family lived in Wood Street. Ernest’s father also took his civic duties seriously and was a member of the relatively new Parish Council.
Three Rawson brothers joined the war effort, but Ernest was one of a relative few to join the Royal Flying Corps which eventually became the Royal Air Force we know today. He enlisted in 1915. In 1917 he was stationed out in Salonika, Greece and was accidentally killed when the automatic gun of a plane was set off. It is reported that the shots passed through his head. Death was instantaneous.

1901 Census: Wood Street, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 35; journeyman livernor; b. Geddington
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 31; b. Maidstone, Kent
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 12; b. Geddington
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
John G Rawson; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Ernest C Rawson ; Aged 4; b. Geddington

1911 Census: Carvers Lane, Geddington
Charles Rawson (father); Aged 45; leather dresser – married 24 years
Elizabeth Rawson (mother); Aged 42 – 9 children, 7 living
William Rawson (brother); Aged 24; tailors fitter; b. Geddington 
Thomas Rawson (brother); Aged 22; tailors cutter
Janet Rawson (sister); Aged 18; tailoress
John George Rawson; Aged 16; apprentice electric engineer
Ernest Charles Rawson ; Aged 14; wood turner
Herbert James Rawson (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
Harold Rawson (brother); Aged 2; b. Geddington

In Flanders Fields….George Piddington

George William PIDDINGTON

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Pozieres Memorial

Pozieres Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 202387
Regiment/Service: Northamptonshire Regiment – 2nd Battalion
Date of Death: 24/03/1918 – Killed in action, aged 39
Memorial: Pozieres Memorial, France – Panel 54 to 56.
War Office Information: Son of the late John and Mary Piddington; husband of Agnes E. Piddington, of Geddington, Kettering, Northants.

Personal Information

George was the second son of John & Mary Piddington (nee Waters), born in 1878 in Geddington and baptised on 26 Jan 1879 in  Geddington church. George’s mother ran a grocer’s shop on Queen Street.

George had an older brother Arthur Waters Piddington, presumed to have died before the 1891 census and a younger brother Joseph Levi, who, while not remembered on the war memorial, is recorded as having taken his own life in 1923 as a result of his war experience.

In April 1918 George’s wife Agnes, heard informally that he was missing, having gone out to France in early 1918. It was June 1918 before official confirmation came through that he had been killed in action on the western front.

1881 Census: West Street, Geddington
John Piddington (father); Aged 31; hurdle maker; b. Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); Aged 31; b. Geddington
Arthur N. Piddington (brother); Aged 4; b. Geddington
George W Piddington; Aged 2; b. Geddington
George Waters (uncle); Aged 36; sawyer; b. Geddington

1891 Census: Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); widow; Aged 41; grocer
George William Piddington; Aged 12
Joseph Levi Piddington (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
George Waters (grandfather); Aged 72; b. Geddington
Hilda Frances Coose (servant); Aged 19; b. Gedidngton,

1911 Census: Queen Street, Geddington
Mary Piddington (mother); Aged 61; grocer – 5 children, 2 living
George William Piddington; Aged 32; carpenter
Joseph Levi (brother); Aged 29; clothes presser.

In Flanders Fields …….Roland Patrick

Roland Charles PATRICK

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18

Picture of Roland Patrick

Roland Patrick

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Rank: Private
Service No: 15117
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment – 11th Battalion
Died: 22/04/1917 – Killed in action, probably in the Battle of Cambrai, aged 22
Memorial: Loos Memorial, France – Panel 85 to 87.
War Office Information: Son of Mr. J. T. Patrick, of 16, Queen Street, Geddington, Kettering.

Personal Information

Roland’s parents were  John Thomas & Ellen Patrick. He was born in Geddington and baptised there on 26th August 1894, the youngest of their 3 sons to serve during the war and the first to lose his life. Like the majority of the family he took an active part in church and village life and was recorded as the winner of the half mile handicap at the Coronation Sports in 1911.

He joined the army in 1914 and went out to France the following August. He was wounded in the leg on Hill 70 at the Battle of Loos and was sent to Whitchurch Hosptal in Cardiff for treatment. He returned to France in December 1915.

Roland has no known grave and is remembered on the memorial near Pas de Calais with over 20,000 other men.

1901 Census: Queen Street, Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (father); Aged 46; bricklayer; b. Geddington
Ellen Patrick (mother) Aged 44; b. Geddington
Harry Arthur (brother); Aged 18; bricklayer,; b. Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (brother); Aged 16; bricklayers apprentice; b. Geddington
Edith Rose Patrick (sister); Aged 13; b. Geddington
Hilda Mary Patrick (sister); Aged 11; b. Gedidngton
Roland Charles Patrick; Aged 6; b. Geddington
Evelyn Grace Patrick (sister); Aged 4; b. Gedidngton

1911 Census: 16 Queen Street, Geddington
John Thomas Patrick (father); Aged 54; estate mason – married 35 years
Ellen Patrick (mother); Aged 54 – 9 children, 7 living
Harry Patrick (brother); Aged 28; bricklayer
John Patrick (brother); Aged 25; estate bricklayer
Hilda Patrick (sister); Aged 21
Roland Patrick: Aged 16; bricklayers labourer
Evelyn Patrick (sister); Aged 14

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