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"Three Sons Killed in Action"


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Hi Dave, :)

A terrible sacrifice in those dark times. My thoughts are with them.

In my small village a family lost 3 sons too.

Name: NICHOLLS, JOSEPH

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Age: 28

Date of Death: 15/08/1916

Service No: 7614

Additional information: Son of William and Sarah Nicholls, of Mill Lane, Wombourn, Wolverhampton.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 27. 2.

Cemetery: ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN

Name: NICHOLLS, JOHN

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment

Unit Text: 1st/5th Bn.

Age: 36

Date of Death: 28/09/1918

Service No: 17325

Additional information: Son of William and Sarah Nicholls, of Mill Lane, Wombourne, Wolverhampton; husband of Louie Nicholls, of Bates Buildings, Penn, Wolverhampton.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6 and 7.

Memorial: VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL

Name: NICHOLLS, THOMAS

Initials: T

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment

Unit Text: 4th Bn.

Age: 28

Date of Death: 24/03/1918

Service No: 39275

Additional information: Son of William and Sarah Nicholls, of Wombourne, Wolverhampton.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Special. Mem. C. 39.

Cemetery: BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

Just to think of all the families that suffered like this is numbing !!

Cheers

Tim.

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Mine too:

Name: LILLIMAN, JOSEPH

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

Unit Text: 9th Bn.

Date of Death: 09/08/1915

Service No: 12833

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 150 to 152.

Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

Name: LILLIMAN, ROBERT

Initials: R

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Company Serjeant Major

Regiment/Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

Unit Text: 16th Bn.

Date of Death: 10/10/1916

Service No: 25502

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Name: LILLIMAN

Initials: W H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 05/10/1915

Service No: 22248

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: DI. 6.

Cemetery: POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND CEMETERY

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These two are from Bradford, killed on Hill 60 during the gas attack on the 2nd West Ridings. I don’t know if they are related.

Leonard Dunn,

Private 3/11068

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Date of Death: 05/05/1915

William Dunn,

Private 3/12173

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Date of Death: 05/05/1915

Tony.

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Three men from Leeds, one buried in France, one in Belgium, one in Gallipoli. I have visited all three.

Name: DYE, OSBORNE

Initials: O

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry

Unit Text: Plymouth Bn. R.N. Div

Age: 22

Date of Death: 06/06/1915

Service No: PLY/142(S)

Additional information: Son of Robert and Ada A. Dye, of 41, Green Hill Lane, Wortley, Leeds. Native of Low Wortley. A railwayman.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. A. 47.

Cemetery: REDOUBT CEMETERY, HELLES

Name: DYE, FREDERICK

Initials: F

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit Text: "C" Coy. 7th Bn.

Age: 19

Date of Death: 13/05/1915

Service No: 2235

Additional information: Son of Robert and Ada A. Dye, of Wortley, Leeds.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: V. B. 14.

Cemetery: AUBERS RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS

Name: DYE, HARRY

Initials: H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit Text: 12th Bn.

Age: 27

Date of Death: 08/11/1917

Service No: 44194

Additional information: Son of Robert and Ada A. Dye, of Wortley, Leeds.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. M. 4.

Cemetery: OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

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3 brothers from the tiny village of Endon also died in the war. They were

87696 Sapper Levi Farrington Harding

11th Battalion

Kings Liverpool Regiment

Died 21st March 1918

2nd Lieutenant Homer Harding

Indian Army Reserve of Officers

Died 3rd October1918

15062 Private James Henry Harding

7th Battalion

North Staffordshire Regiment

Died 12th August 1915

Two other brothers survived however one of them died in the sinking of the

submarine M1.

If anyone could pm me information on Homer Harding I would be very greatful indeed.

Kevin

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Hi Chris, :)

Please excuse my ignorance, who are the Ridley brothers, and what is their story ?

Cheers

Tim.

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A families name wiped out in 4 short months. Such travesty.

I know some families lost more than 3 sons but the time between these is heartbreaking.

I take it that there was no saving Private Ryan stories during WW1 or was there but patriotism kept the men fighting.

I will certainly bow my head tomorrow with the thought of the Tom Ridley and his two brothers.

Many thanks Dave for bringing this to our attention.

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Now I feel like a complete idiot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

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Hi Dave, :)

Ray Westlake's British Battalions on the Somme states:-

''Took over front line trenches north of Lesboeufs 29/10 - later in front of Le Transloy. Rested at Trones Wood and Mansell Copse between tours''.

So unfortunately it is pretty vague maybe if someone has the war diary, that may shed more light on it.

Cheers

Tim.

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Lest we forget...who caused such unbearable suffering.

Yes, the Germans were a tough enemy to beat !!

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Indeed. And wooden-headed generals didn't make it any easier.

In WWI one could say "Thank --- for the politicians and bureaucrats". Without Churchill, Lloyd George, Geddes etc. it would have been very much worse.

Yes, the Germans were a tough enemy to beat !!
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Hi Dave, :)

Very true, I have removed my post.

Cheers

Tim.

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Remember The 3 Racheil Brothers all KIA on the same Day in Belgium,serving with the R.Fusiliers.All commemorated on the Menin Gate.

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Thanks for this PBI,

I've just checked on CWGC, and all three brothers served with the 3rd Bttn Royal Fusiliers.

Racheil, Arthur Ernest Pte. No. 2134 [KI.A.] 24-5-1915 Age: 21. Cemetery-Memorial: Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial. Panel 6 and 8 [son of John and Ann Racheil, 23 Holme Road, East Ham, London]

Racheil, Frank Albert Pte. No. 2237 [K.I.A.] 24-5-1915 Age: 18. Cemetery-Memorial: Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial. Panel 6 and 8

Racheil, Frederick George Pte. No. 2269 [K.I.A.] 24-5-1915 Age: 24. Cemetery-Memorial: Ypres [Menin Gate] Memorial. Panel 6 and 8

Kind Regards,

Dave

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Just thought I would add to this one. Three brothers from the tiny village of Washington in West Sussex (pop in 2001 1930). All killed within 6 months in 1918.

Name: EVERSHED, ALLEN

Initials: A

Nationality: Australian

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Unit Text: 4th Bn. Age: 36

Date of Death: 16/04/1918

Service No: 1943

Additional information: Son of Daniel T. and Sarah Jane Evershed, of Rock, Washington, Pulborough, Sussex, England.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL

EVERSHED Initials: P

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment/Service: Royal Sussex Regiment

Unit Text: 13th Bn.

Age: 34

Date of Death: 28/05/1918

Service No: G/4673

Awards: MSM

Additional information: Son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Evershed; husband of Kate Evershed, of Ashington, Pulborough, Sussex. Born at Washington.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Mont St. Quentin Cemetery Mem. 1.

Cemetery: PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

EVERSHED, DANIEL

Initials: D

Nationality: Australian

Rank: Company Sergeant Major

Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Unit Text: 20th Bn.

Age: 33

Date of Death: 29/10/1918

Service No: 1532

Additional information: Son of Daniel and Sarah Jane Evershed, of Rock, Washington, Sussex, England.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: XIIIA. BB. 4.

Cemetery: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY

Ali

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Thanks Mruk,this must have been devastating for the Family back in the UK,would any of the Forum Pals have any follow up on this Truly Terrible Event ?,eg photos Newspaper Articles ?.

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Whilst reading the original post the name ridley seemed to ring bells - Well not quite when I checked it was the name Riley I remembered finding in my local newspaper archives.

Not killed in action but 3 sons lost none the less. And the age of them !!

Very sad.

Glyn

Name: RILEY, CECIL PATRICK

Initials: C P

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Unit Text: 5th Bn.

Date of Death: 13/05/1916

Service No: T/3346

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 6.

Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL

Name: RILEY, FRANCIS ARTHUR

Initials: F A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Corporal

Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment

Unit Text: 8th Bn.

Age: 21

Date of Death: 06/02/1917

Service No: 33230

Additional information: Son of Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Riley, of Post Office, Burnt Mill; husband of Ida M. Riley, of Burnt Mill, Harlow, Essex.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. B. 21.

Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY

Name: RILEY

Initials: T W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment

Unit Text: 1st/4th Bn.

Date of Death: 02/09/1915

Service No: 1329

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. VII. 5.

Cemetery: PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY

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Although the last one has his surname spelt different, these are three brothers who I found for someone in Bedfordshire.

Name: RAYNER

Initials: W A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Gunner

Regiment/Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit Text: 137th Heavy Bty.

Date of Death: 27/10/1916

Service No: 1400

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: B. 17.

Cemetery: BAZENTIN-LE-PETIT MILITARY CEMETERY

Name: RAYNER, ROBERT

Initials: R

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Company Serjeant Major

Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment

Unit Text: 2nd/7th Bn.

Date of Death: 09/10/1917

Service No: 275749

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXXV. G. 15.

Cemetery: TYNE COT CEMETERY

Name: RAYNOR

Initials: A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Driver

Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery

Unit Text: "A" Bty. 124th Bde.

Date of Death: 27/10/1918

Service No: 80545

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: XIV. B. 4.

Cemetery: ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT

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I am amazed to learn that R M Beatham VC-AIF had three brothers who fell

1 BEATHAM, FREDERICK WILLIAM Private M/345582 03/11/1918 32 Army Service Corps United Kingdom S. II P. 28. ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN

2 BEATHAM, I A Lance Corporal 29037 24/03/1920 24 Coldstream Guards United Kingdom In old ground, NE corner. ADDINGHAM (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD

3 BEATHAM, JOHN WILFRED Serjeant S/14767 28/12/1918 29 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders United Kingdom I. D. 12. HAIDAR PASHA CEMETERY

4 BEATHAM, ROBERT MATTHEW Private 2742 11/08/1918 24 Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Australian VII. J. 13. HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES

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Many Thanks, Shaymen. Many Thanks, Peter.

The Riley Brothers were three fine-looking, handsome lads, and it makes me think that the Raynor Family must have been perpetually dressed in black. It's beyond my thinking to imagine what these families must have been experiencing-not to mention suffering--and I hope they found a way to cope.

Kind Regards,

Dave

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