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What did you do in the Great War ?

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In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the "War to end all Wars", this page will focus on the lives (and deaths) of family members who took part.

Its a bit of a personal project, for those of whom who are connected to the Holman/Dent-Young/Shepard/Boshell/McKeon/Pugsley/Frere close relations etc as far out as perhaps 2nd or 3rd cousin, and my goal is to provide a little information on what they did as well simply names and dates..

For the other millions who died in the war, World War Wall of Honour is a more general project.

Rank (where available) is the last known Rank by the end of the War. Sorted by surname (as they were known during the war).

Eastern Front

Corporal 15874 Edwin Tudor Sutherland (1888-1978) Enlisted March 1916. Called up for service in Royal Fusiliers in September 1917, transferred to Army Pay Corps.

Western Front

Captain James Edward Boddington (1889-1968) Joined as Lance Corporal in the 20th Royal Fusiliers, fighting in France from November 1915 before being promoted to Second Lieutenant in September 1916, and then Captain, in the Manchester Regiment.

Warrant Officer (II) 21051 Howard Victor Burnhill (1893-1973) Joined 15th Battalion, Welsh Regiment, entered France 4th December 1915. Awarded the Military Medal for Mametz Wood

Lieutenant Douglas Bayley de Bruyn Joined Royal Lancs. Regiment, transferred to 35 Sqn. RFC' Killed in a flying accident in Thetford, 27th May 1916, aged 20,. Buried at Cambridge (Borough Cemetery).

Rev. Fr. Edmund Charles Collingridge (1886-1934) Served as a Chaplain attached to the Royal Irish Regiment, entering France on the 23rd May 1918

2/Lieutenant William Byrne Collingridge (1882-1966) Sailed from Mauritius (torpedoed en route) to join Royal Engineers in 1917, served in France.

Private Julius Henry Dent-Young Joined "A" Company 1st Battalion 14th London Regiment in 1915 as Private 4124, was wounded at Hulluch in September 1915 and rejoined his regiment In January. Killed on the first day of the Somme (1st July 1916), aged 20. Listed on the Thiepval Memorial

2/Lieutenant William Thomas Dent-Young. Joined 11th Battalion AIF in August 1914. Wounded in Gallipoli (twice), transferred to Somme and promoted 2/L in August 1916. Killed by shellfire on 11th May 1917 during the second Battle of Bullecourt, aged 29. Buried in Norreuil.

Lieutenant Bartle Laurie Stuart Frere Joined 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Mentioned in Dispatches. Died 13th November 1916 at Beaumont Hamel, aged 20.

Arras Memorial.

A/Major Jasper Gray Frere, Miltary Cross (1894-1974) Joined Suffolk Regiment.

Captain John Frere (1895-1958) Joined Norfolk Yomenary, fought at Gallipoli.

Captain Philip Beaumont Frere, Miltary Cross (1897-1981) Joined as a Rifleman, Inns of Court, O.T.C in August 1914. Gazetted Temp. 2nd Lieut. 8th Batt. East Surrey Regt. Sept. 12, 1914, promoted Temp. Lieut. Dec. 1914, 2nd Lieut. (Regulars) 1st King's Royal Rifle Corps Aug. 4, 1916, Lieut, and Adjutant Dec. 1916, Temp. Capt. Aug. 1917.

Merville Memorial

Sargent 50335 Harry Holman (1879-1966) Joined East Surrey Regiment July 1916. Training Battalion.

Private 21551 Jesse James Holman Joined Norfolk Regiment 30th september 1914, transferred to 1st Battalion,Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 27 September 1918, age 27 at Gouzeaucourt (Cambrai front). Buried at Gouzeaucourt.

Air Mechanic (1) Harold Hubert Holman. Joined 112 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps March 1917. Initially home defence, then 152 Squadron in France as part of the newly formed RAF.

Corporal Sidney Robert Holman Joined the 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment before the war, but survived.

Sergeant Major Herbert James Juby MM (1884-1917) Joined Norfolk Regiment, transferred to 35th Coy. Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 30 November 1917, Cambrai, France.

James Edward McKeon (1892-1976) Joined Royal Marine Artillery 23rd May 1916.

Serjeant Francis Leo McKeon (1893-1974) Joined 10th Batt. Canadian Mounted Rifles on 6th January 1915.

Captain Herbert William Nicholds (1877-1932). Joined Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Stationed in Cairo.

Private 3658 Richard Justin McKeon (1894-d) Joined 5th Leicesters, was badly wounded at the taking of the Hohenzollern Redoubt in 1915. Transferred to Military Police.

Serjent 205014 Richard Gordon Pugsley (1898-1918) Joined Machine Gun Cops, before transferring to the13th Battalion, Tank Corps. Killed in action on 25th April 1918 The Second Battle for Kemmel (Belgium), aged 19. Listed on Tyne Cot Memorial.

Sub Lieutenant, Alban Shepard (1898-1990) Joined Royal Navy.

Nurse Marie Shepard VAD Nurse in London. Pictured as at HM King Manoel's or Portugal's Hospital for Wounded Officers at Brighton in the October 1916 Tatler.

Lieutenant Robert Shepard (1894-1945). Joined Honourable Artillery Company.

Lieutenant Joseph Shepard (1892-1976) Joined 2nd Essex regiment, September 1914.


Lieutenant Thomas Aloysius Shepard. Joined 675 Squadron RFC, shot down 9th March 1917 and interned as POW until January 1919.

Middle East and the Balkans

Private Lancelot Proctor Dawbarn Joined 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 9th May 1917 at the First Battle of Dorian (fought against Bulgaria), Salonika, Greece, aged 36. (On the same day 471 of the 546 of his Battalion that went into action were casualties).

[Private User Somerset Light Infantry in August 1915. Commissioned in November 1915 as a Lieutenant in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion Doresetshire Regiment, transferred to Machine Gun Corps in March 1916.

Gunner 885271 Richard Holman (1896-1974) Joined C Battery 272 Brigade Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 and spent the war in Egypt and Palestine as part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, returning home in 1919.


2/Lieutenant John Dent-Young Joined 1st Nigerian Regiment (Royal West African Frontier Force). Promoted to temp Lieut. April 1915. Wounded by machine-gunfire in Mkindu (German East Africa). Sent to recover in South Africa.