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Pte. James Groombridge 1st/5th Royal Sussex Regt


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Can anyone help me to piece together the events that led to this man's death.

James Thomas Groombridge enlisted Nov/Dec 1914 according to his original number 3013. He was later renumbered 240785. His MIC shows he went overseas after Jan 1916. SDGW says he died of wounds 12th June 1917 in the home theatre.

He is buried in the churchyard of his home village, Withyham,Sussex.

Not many men got to be buried at home. I'm told if a man was repatriated but died in a UK hospital the family would need to pay the expense of returning the body home. Otherwise the burial would be local. He may have died some months after his wound was received and allowed to return home to convalesce.

I'm guessing. Any help would be appreciated.

Frank

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The most certain way, generally speaking, is to purchase his death cert, which will contain information as to where and how he died, or check the local newspapers. Ralph.

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His Death Registration:-

Name: James Groombridge. Birth Date: abt 1895. Date of Registration: Jun 1917.
Age at Death: 22. Registration district: South Stoneham., Hampshire. Volume: 2c. Page: 109.
Now it needs matching to a hospital or convalescent home etc.
As RJD says, purchasing his Death Cert (direct from GRO for £9.50) may show where, and from what, he died.
For what it's worth, the last xasualties incurred by the 5th Battalion were on 1st March, so he may have been severely wounded then, and back to th UK before dying 3 months later....
alternatively, he may have been wounded subsequently without any other casualty, but as to when...........?
IF these were killed alongside him, at least they rest together...
FUNNELL, E D. Rank: Private. Service No: 241339. Date of Death: 01/03/1917. Age: 40.
Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment. 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: A. 5. Cemetery: HERBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Isaac and Mary Funnell, of Crawley Down, Sussex; husband of Fanny M. Funnell, of The Grange, G, Gresham Rd., Staines, Middx.
HASELGROVE, A B. Rank: Private. Service No: 241449. Date of Death: 01/03/1917. Age: 21.
Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment. 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: A. 6. Cemetery: HERBECOURT BRITISH CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of James Haselgrove, of 227, Poling, Arundel, Sussex, and the late Fanny Haselgrove.
and may give some clue as to where the 5th Battalion was in March.
Ah! You're in Melbourne, might not be so straightforward, any ideas, anyone?
If you're near Prahran, might be able to sort something with stepson......
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Thanks for your efforts, gentlemen.

I checked for an SWB but guess he never got back on his feet.

I shall follow up the South Stoneham lead, it does look like the family paid for his final trip home.

This research on the village ROH is all going on the website where hopefully local knowledge will provide the full answer in time.

Thanks again, Frank

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Ah! As Withyham or Groombridge?

BATCHLOR W 23/08/1918

BATES C E 25 10/03/1917

COLLINS NELSON N 19 22/10/1918

HARDING ALFRED A 28 28/06/1917

HOATH ALFRED SPRINGATE A S 34 10/10/1917

HOATH RICHARD LESLIE R L 20 18/09/1918

HYDER FRED F 36 23/04/1917

MILES A J 15/07/1916

MOORE ALBERT SIDNEY A S 23 29/10/1918

OBBARD JOSEPH J 34 19/09/1917

STAPLEY FRED F 36 18/06/1917

STEEL ARTHUR GEORGE A G 23 28/03/1918

STONLEY FREDERICK WILLIAM F W 26 09/08/1915

STOVELL CLAUDE WALTER C W 24 07/01/1916

TASKER FREDERICK JOSEPH F J 20 30/06/1916

TASKER WILLIAM THOMAS W T 24 11/12/1917

VAUGHAN ERNEST E 19 28/10/1915

and Groombridge

AVIS GORDON JOHN G J 25 M M 17/02/1918

BOARER CHARLES C 21 25/09/1915

BONWICK FREDERICK JAMES F J 26 18/07/1917

CALDWELL ROBERT R 59 04/04/1919

COMPER WILLIAM JAMES W J 39 29/06/1919

CUSHING FREDERICK F 21 13/07/1916

DAVY GEORGE HENRY G H 20 05/09/1914

DONE NEVILLE SAVAGE N S 35 10/03/1917

GAMMON WILLIAM W 27 26/07/1918

HARDING EDWARD ROBERT E R 19 07/04/1920

LINFIELD GEORGE FRANK G F 20 19/11/1916

ORAM THOMAS HENRY T H 35 23/10/1916

PAYNE A E 37 18/04/1916

RYE FRANCIS WILLIAM F W 17 31/05/1916

SHARPE REGINALD SAMUEL R S 21 13/07/1916

WHITNEY THOMAS GEFFREY T G 18 15/06/1916

I'll leave someone else to sort out the village politics as to who belongs where!

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Kevin, you are so kind. However the village I'm researching is Blackham which is at the northern end of Withyham

parish. Some of these men appear on both memorials. Some had family connections but had moved to London for work and were no longer resident in the village. If you google "Welcome to Blackham" you will find some of the work done.

The KIAs and DOWs are now covered. Also the other regts and navy guys on the ROH' Now to start on the twenty Royal

Sussex men.

Your Sth Stoneham lead was a winner. Of course, if a soldier dies in UK he's recorded in UK BMD ....doh

This is the registration district for the Royal Victoria Military Hospital, Netley, nr Southampton. Built in the

Crimean War it could handle 2000 casualties in WW1. In WW2 it was an American Forces Hospital. It burned down and was demolished in the 60s.

Sad, but at least they got him home, something so many were denied.

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Frank, sorry but I missed your reply and only just found it.

Nice site but....

I couldn't see any reference to these two lads:-

BOAKES, FREDERICK GEORGE. Rank: Private. Service No: G/786. Date of Death: 07/07/1916. Age: 23.
Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment. 7th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 7 C. Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Richard and Elizabeth Boakes, of Hethe Place Cottage, Blackham, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells.
CLEMENTS, GEORGE. Rank: Private. Service No: 2498790. Date of Death: 09/10/1918. Age: 41.
Regiment/Service: Canadian Garrison Regiment. 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: Sec. 17. 3307. Cemetery: TORONTO (PROSPECT) CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of Samuel Clements, of Blackham, Ashurst, Kent, England, and the late Ann Maria Clements.
Perhaps a different Blackham?
Glad you traced the South Stoneham connection, he must have been in a bad way but as you say, at least he made it home and his family had a grave to visit more easily than most.
Blackhams Roll of Honour shows just how many men went to War, scarcely an able bodied man left.
I've recently come across one similar for Stone Cross and it was just a small hamlet in 1914.
Best regards
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