Churchill, Penrhyn Stanley

Private 5223 Penryn Stanley Churchill. 2nd Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company. Killed in action at Bucquoy on 15th March 1917. Buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, France.

Penrhyn S. Churchill, HAC.

Penrhyn S. Churchill, HAC.

  • Born in 1887 in West Norwood, London
  • Youngest son of Henry Churchill, a chemist born in Misterton, Somerset c.1851 and Jane Churchill, born in Dorset c.1853
  • Brothers: Algernon Bernard Churchill (b. Ireland 1876) and Herbert Melville Churchill (b. 1878).  Lieutenant, later Captain, Herbert Melville Churchill served with the  Royal Army Medical Corps and landed in Salonika on July 1916. He survived the war and died in 1951
  • 1911 census: Listed as Stanley P. Churchill, staying with his aunt, Anna Fooks, a boarding proprietress at 30 Parliament Hill, Hampstead.
  • Occupation: Chartered Accountant’s Clerk (1911 census)
  • Enlisted at Armoury House
  • Admitted into the HAC on 17th November 1915
  • Residence: 180 Springfield Road, Brighton
  • Contracted rubella and was hospitalised between 31st March and 11th April 1916
  • Left England on 1st October 1916 and arrived in Harve, France on the 3rd before proceeding to the front on the 4th October 1916
  • Killed in action on 15th March 1917 at Bucquoy, France
  • Buried at “Hebuterne 57 D N E” but his body was later exhumed and reburied in Gommecourt British No.2 Cemetery, near Hebuterne, France
  • Grave reference V.J.24.
  • Left effects worth £120 17s. 7d.
  • Personal inscription: “To our precious son/So loved & longed for/”Until He Comes”/Brighton”
  • British War Medal and Victory issued to his father, but were purchased by me fairly recently and are now in my small collection



1891 England Census record for 57/58 East Street, Brighton
1911 England Census record for 30 Parliament Hill, Hampstead N W
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records 1914-1920
Database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Personal visit to grave

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