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One Hundred Years On - We Will Remember Them

One hundred years on, we remember the 12 men who the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) show died as casualties of the First World War, in the UK, on the date the conflict officially came to an end - 31st August 1921.

Private 53049 Charles John Bond 8th Essex Regiment

The son of Sarah E Wild (formerly Bond), of 401 Ferndale Rd, Swindon, and the late William Bond, Pte Bond died of Tuberculosis aged 21 and is buried in Swindon (Radnor Street) Cemetery.

Private 19550 Charles Frederick Knaggs 3rd Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)

The husband of Alice Knaggs of 5 Lamport St, Newport Rd, Middlesbrough, Pte Knaggs was born in 1882 and saw service at the Front from 8 October 1915. Records show he suffered from neurasthenia and varicose veins and may have been admitted to an asylum in 1920. He died aged 39 and is buried in Middlesbrough (Linthorpe) Cemetery.

Private 302179 Alfred Albert Hammond  Labour Corps

Son of William & Sarah Hammond and husband of Emily Emma Hammond of 74 Station St, Northfleet, Pte Hammond initially saw service in the Royal Army Service Corps before joining the Labour Corps. He qualified for the 1914-15 Star having served at the Front from 12 May 1915. His son, Stoker 1st Class Oliver Frank Hammond died on 27 March 1918, aged 20 whilst serving on HMS Hale. Pte Hammond died of Phthisis aged 51 years and is buried in Northfleet Cemetery.

Private 27748 Albert Search  3rd Bn Gloucestershire Regiment

Son of William & Fanny Search of Lawrence Lane, Burford, Pte Search died of Malaria, aged 29, and is buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Bulford. His headstone bears the personal inscription ‘Perfect Peace’. His pension record indicates his widow, Mrs Annie M Search, lived in Laurence Lane, Burford, Oxfordshire.

Rifleman S/13280 William Walker Thwaites  6 (Reserve) Bn Rifle Brigade

Son of Mrs Isabella Straughan of 82 Goodnestone Rd, Sittingbourne, and husband of Elizabeth Thwaites of 9 John St, Southwick, Sunderland, Rifleman Thwaites was discharged from the army in September 1916. He died of valvular disease  of the heart and nephritis, at Sunderland War Hospital aged 26. He is buried in Sunderland (Bishopswearmouth) Cemetery. His headstone bears the personal inscription ‘Thy Will Be Done’.

Private 2nd Class, 124510, Thomas Shepherd Royal Air Force

Pte Shepherd is one of sixty Great War casualties commemorated on a screen wall in Bacup (Fairwell) and who do not have an individual headstone. We were initially informed that Shepherd was buried in the plot identified on the Graves Registration Report, in a private grave together with James Henry Turner and Mary Ann Shepherd. However on visiting the burial site, it was found that there was neither a gravestone nor grave marker in place. We are still trying to work out why the Screen Wall identifies his burial elsewhere in the cemetery.

Private 42511 William Henry Jones 12th Bn Loyal (North Lancs) Regiment

The son of Ellis Hugh & Margaret Jones, 12 Flora St, Ashton in Makerfield, Pte Jones served in the Machine Gun Corps and 5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, before joining the Loyals. He was discharged in November 1919, suffering from pulmonary TB. Although the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database records his death as 31 August 1921, the Graves Registration Form shows that he actually died, on 31 August 1920.