Aldersley, Eustace

Private 6920 Eustace Aldersley. Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on 30th November 1916, aged 19, while acting as a guide to a party proceeding to a dangerous position which could only be relieved at night. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, France.

  • Born in Brockley, London on 1st February 1897
  • Youngest of six children of  John Edmund  Aldersley (1860-1919), a secretary for an engineering firm,  and Jane Ann Aldersley (nee Wilson, d.1943)
  • Siblings: John Edwin (b. c.1884, d.1929), Ethel (b c.1886), twins Cyril (b. c.1891) and Vera (d.1893) and Godfrey (b. c.1892)
  • Educated at Brockley School and Fleury’s College
  • Employed as a clerk with Messrs. Henry Sykes Ltd, Engineers in Southwark
  • Keen footballer, a member of Brockley Wood Cricket Club and a music lover
  • Studied at the Guildhall School of Music
  • Admitted into the HAC on 7th February 1916, the day after his 19th birthday
  • Left for France on 1st October 1916, arriving two days later with the 2nd Battalion
  • 5ft 10inches tall
  • Shortly after arriving at the front he was taken ill with diarrhoea but rejoined the unit after a couple of days
  • Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel on 30th November 1916 while acting as a guide to a party proceeding to a dangerous position which could only be relieved at night
  • Aged 19
  • Buried in the field but his records do not state exactly where and is grave was subsequently lost
  • Commemorated  Thiepval Memorial on the Somme
  • Memorial ref. Pier 8, face A.
  • Also commemorated on the war memorial at St Hilda Church, Brockley Road, Crofton Road, SE23 1LA.

 

Sources:

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
1911 Census return for 100 Buckthorne Road, Brockley
1891 Census return for 56 Surrey Square, Newington
Ladywell and Brockley Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions, North West Kent Family History Society website accessed 17th March 2013
Lewisham War Memorials website accessed 17th March 2013

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  1. I have a photo of the 19 remaining men in the 1st Battalion Honourable Artillery Co Xmas1916 after the battle of Beaumont Hamel, including my grandfather Frances (Frank) Charles Coxon, who was wounded at Gavrelle in 1917. This was probably during the Arras Offensive in April 1917, where it is recorded that his battalion served with distinction. Frank stayed in France after the war to help bury the dead. He did several watercolour paintings around Abbeville in 1917 and sketches of life in the trenches. I knew him to be a serious and rather withdrawn man. He lived with the mental scars of the war but never spoke about it.

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