Gordon Boys Brigade: Known to be injured’

Gordon Boys who served in WW1 and were known to be injured

George BURFORD
Born in Cheltenham on 16 April 1887 George was eldest child of George, a coalman, and Alice (nee Averiss) who married in Cheltenham in 1886. He had a brother and two sisters. In 1891 and 1901 the family were living at 49 Worcester Street. He attended Swindon Road School which he joined on 20 January 1891. He had worked as a drayman at Stroud.
It was reported in the C&G of 28 November 1914 that Private G Burford of 1 Gloucestershire Regiment had been wounded in the battle of Aisne on 2 September 1914 and had returned to duty.

John “H” GAZE
Born 1887 in Cheltenham son of Henry (market gardener) and Lydia (Mathews) who married in 1885 at St Peters, Cheltenham. Lived at 9 Gas Lane in 1891 and 13 King Street Gardens 1901. Gordon Boy in 1901 census.
Attended OGB annual dinners between 1905 and 1910 when he invariably sang a song or performed a comic sketch. He attended the funeral of Walter Morse, first Superintendent of GBB, in 1906.
The C&G of 26 June 1915 reported that a letter had been received from Cpl H Gaze of 1/19 Bn London Regt formerly Sgt in GBB and known in Cheltenham as a good comic singer and a member of the Rifle Band under Bandmaster James. Writing from the base hospital at Harvre he stated he had received injuries to his eyes through the blowing up of a trench by the Germans whilst his Company was in it waiting to make an attack. He wrote, “I have seen several of your papers in the trenches and have noticed the Roll of Honour in the Graphic. I have met several of the 5 Glos who have given me copies and I took them to different wards for the wounded to see and were most welcome.”

William Andrew GODWIN
Born 1886 in Cheltenham son of Thomas & Katherine. Lived in 1 Swindon Road on 1891, 51 Worcester Street in 1901, 3 Malvern Street in 1914 and 22 Elm Street in 1918. The Census for 1911 reveals that William was with the 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment in India.
In a letter sent home and published in the Echo of 26 October 1914 Pte Godwin of the Leinsters, whose home was in Worcester Street, wrote that official notification has been received of the death in action of Pte F Ward of the SWB who was born and brought up in Queen Street, Cheltenham and whose people now live in Malvern Street.
The picture of William appeared in the Graphic of 7 November 1914, the caption reads: “Of the 2nd Leinster Regiment, husband of Mrs Godwin of 3 Malvern Street, Cheltenham, who was wounded in the battle of Lille on Sunday 18 October and is now in Glasgow Hospital”
At the GBB Annual Dinner of 1915 the Chairman revealed that Pte W Godwin of the Leinsters had been been injured.

James HILLMAN
Born 1893 in Cheltenham son of Edward Henry and Matilda (Taylor) who married in 1888 in the Stroud District. Lived at 9 Lypiatt Street in 1901 and 12 Gratton Street in 1911 and 1915.
This letter and poem appeared in C&G of 15 May 1915 from Dvr James Hillman, 23 Div Royal Field Arty, Canterbury
Poetic Appeal to Old Comrades
Sir, I wish to express my sympathy and gratitude to the dear Cheltonian mothers who have so willingly sent their sons with their brave hearts, so eager to help in this present conflict against that most uncouth and uncivilised nation, which has caused all this trouble to our dear Homeland.
I am and old Parish Church School Scholar and also an old Gordon Boy when Col Thoyts was secretary and I am a native of Cheltenham from the Leckhampton neighbourhood. The following lines may touch the hearts of some of the single men who I am told are patrolling the Promenade, when their dear comrades are doing their share – and someone else’s besides.
POEM On the Road to Tipperary
There’s a place thats vacant still,
There’s a rifle lying silent
There’s a uniform to fill,
Though at home they’ll hate to lose you
Yet the march will soon begin,
On the road from Tipperary
With the Army to Berlin.

In the Morris chairs of clubland
Are you there content to stay,
While the others guard your honours
While the Germans boast “The Day”,
For your King and country need you
And we want to count you “in”,
On the road from Tipperary
With the Army to Berlin.

When at Mons they fought each footstep,
When their lips with pain were dumb,
Twas the hope which held their trenches
Never doubting who would come,
Midst the shrapnel’s racking den
They have waited never fearing
You will join them at Berlin!

On the road from Tipperary
Sleep the boys whose day is done,
Don’t you hear the voices calling
To complete their begun?
There are ghostly figures beckoning
There are victories yet to win,
On the road from Tipperary
With the Army to Berlin.

On the road from Tipperary
When the boys come home at last,
Won’t you wish that you had listened
When old England’s call has passed?
But the vacancy’s still open
And your part can still begin,
On the road from Tipperary
With the Army to Berlin.

This letter from Trumpeter J Hillman, RFA, in hospital in Wellingborough, was published in Glos Echo 4 November 1915
“Sir, I think it my duty to express my sympathy to the brave Cheltenham mothers whose husbands and sons are taking their part in the great crisis for the freedom of the dear Homeland. I am an old Parish Church scholar, also an old Gordon Boy and I returned from the front and landed at Dover after a fortnight in hospital in France. I am now lying in the VAD Hospital, Wellingborough, Northants. I am pleased to say the Gloucesters are doing their duty well out there. I am sorry I hadn’t time to speak to any of them as our battery was only in action there two days and two nights, and then we had orders to pack up and get to — as soon as possible to take up a position as the enemy were shelling a village called —–. We sent word back to our wagon line, and in the course of three hours our horses and guns were
hooked-in and on the line of march to ——–. We put up late that night to give the horses a rest and have a snack ourselves and a little sleep, and we set off about 7.30 the following morning and arrived at our destination that evening, got our guns in action, and then we let them have it, and while our gunners were at work the drivers were taking the horses and spare limbers back to shelter. Our guns stayed in that position for a while. Th nearest and most exciting experience I had was when I was taking a message. I had just got mounted and set off when a shell came over about six or eight yards to the left of me, causing my horse to shy and throwing me. I fell on my trumpet, which was tied across my back. Luckily I fell on the soft ground, causing but little injury to my back and the next thing was I found myself in a field dressing station. But in the course of a day or two I was all right.
I am in hospital now undergoing treatment for sciatica, caused through getting wet and sleeping on the damp ground, but I am getting on nicely now, and getting the best of everything. The sisters here feel they can’t do enough for us. There are 26 of us here, and we all came from France the same time. We are all thankful to the sisters and glad to be back in dear old England once more. I felt it my duty to express my deep sympathy to all those whose husbands and sons are taking part in the defence of their loved ones and their country. I don’t think there can be many true Cheltonians who have read of the Lusitania and the death of Miss Cavell who have not donned the khaki.
TRUMPETER J. HILLMAN RFA.”

Howard B HOBSON
Born in 1895 in Cheltenham son of Arthur (coachman) and Mary (nee Hawkes). Lived at 2 Moreton Place in 1901 and was boarding with William and Florence Gapper at 45 Waterloo Street in 1911. Appeared in group photo and census of 1911 as a Gordon Boy.
With 1 Gloucestershire Regt in Jan 1915 when he was listed as injured.
William Hunter KARN
Born 1881 in Cheltenham son of Henry (plumber) and Margaret Beata (Ballinger) who married in 1873 at St Peters, Leckhampton. Lived at 8 St Annes Terrace in 1881and 7 Swindon Place in 1911. Private (5600) W Karn joined 2 Gloucestershire Regt for 12 years and served in the South African War (Cape Colony and Orange Free State in 1902). Married Clara Ann Fluck at St Bartholomews, Notgrove on 1 Jan 1912. Clara remarried
Joined 12 Battalion, 3 Inf Bde, 1 Australian Div at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia on 10 Sep 1914. Wife remained in England living at 11 Corpus Street, Cheltenham. Declared he had served 12 years with the Gloucestershire Regt. Promoted Sgt on joining. Wounded at Gallipoli 29 Apr 1915 evacuated back to Australia 29 Jul 1915. Admitted to Devonport Hospital 12 Jun 1916. Discharged from Lord Derby’s War Hospital 15 Oct 1916 to Hospital Ship “Karoola” bound for Australia. Discharged as medically unfit on 22 May 1917 probably with shell shock.

Percy Edgar MONGER
Born 29 Aug 1889 in Charlton Kings son of Frederick and Louisa. Lived at 4 Woods Cottages, Charlton Kings in 1891, 4 Fairview Cottages, Charlton Kings in 1901 and
East Court Villa, Charlton Kings in 1924. Attended junior school 3 May 1897 to 31 Jul 1903. Married Winifred Lilian Farley at St Marys, Charlton Kings on 23 Nov 1912. Winifred Farley often played the piano at OGB annual dinners.
By 5 Aug 1914 Percy had joined 3 Kings Own Hussars (3894) and on 19 Feb 1917 transferred to Machine Gun Corps (51921). Medals: Victory, British, 14 Star. At the GBB annual dinner in January 1915 the Chairman, Maj Gen Willoughby, gave out that Tpr Monger had been injured.
Sadly Percy was killed in a road accident on Prestbury Road shortly before Christmas 1924. The Echo reported that he had been caught between a motor car and a motor cycle with side-car when he sustained such injuries that he died almost immediately at Cheltenham General Hospital. He was 35 married with two children. Employed by Mr Purnell, poultry farmer. On Saturday [20 Dec 1924] he was with Mr Purnell erecting sheds at Sandfields, the last house before Hopwood’s Nurseries in Prestbury Road. They finished about 4pm and between 4.35 and 4.40 were engaged in placing some tools etc in a side-car attached to a motor cycle at the side of the main road outside Sandfields. Mr Purnell left the deceased by the motor cycle on footpath and went back and got some odd pieces of wood and whilst he was gone the accident happened. It is believed Monger was examining part of the motor cycle. He was approached by a blue motor omnibus driven by Frank Leslie Sparrow coming from the Winchcombe direction and immediately behind the bus by a motor car driven by Mr A Danks of Hucclecote. The bus hid the man from Mr Danks’ view until he was in the act of passing the vehicle when he suddenly came upon Monger who had his back to him and was in a crouching position behind the motor cycle. Mr Danks at once applied the brakes but owing to the muddy condition of the road the car skidded bodily glancing towards the path. Percy was caught between the car and motor cycle and badly crushed – [he died later at CGH].
Echo 22 Dec 1924

Pte (4496) Albert Lewis NATION – 3/5 Glos Regt (Territorials)
Birth registered as ‘Louis Albert’ in 1878 in Cheltenham son of Joseph and Frances Jane (nee Grinnell) who married in 1865 at St Marys, Cheltenham. Joseph died four years later aged 32. Lived at Victoria Cottage, St Lukes Place in 1881 and 1901 and15 Naunton Crescent in 1906. Gordon Boy from 1890 to 1893. Served as a member of the GL Committee in 1898. In 1900 was a bearer at the funeral of John Scott, a popular OGB who died young. Played cricket and rugby for OGB between 1897 and 1899. He was Captain of the rugby team at least twice in the 1899/90 season. Married Lydia Ann Leach at St Lukes, Cheltenham in 1902 (5 children born in Cheltenham). Became a carpenter living in Naunton Crescent. By 1909 he had been a member of the Cheltenham Rifle Band for 15 years. Attended OGB dinners from 1898 to 1913.
Joined 3/5 Gloucestershire Regt (Territorials) on 3 Aug 1915 – he had previously been in 1/5 Gloucestershire Regt but was discharged because of an accident. Finally discharged on 26 May 1916 as medically unfit due to aggravation of old knee injury suffered falling from ladder in former civilian employ.

Dmr P[ercy H] PORTLOCK
Born 1890 in Charlton Kings son of William (gen dealer) and Marie (nee Herbert) who married in 1881 at St Peters, Leckhampton. Attended OGB dinner in 1909 and sent letters to the Brigade in 1913 and 1914 when stationed in Bermuda with the 2 Queen’s Regiment. At the GBB annual dinner in January 1915 the Chairman, Maj Gen Willoughby, gave out that Dmr Portlock had been injured.

Albert Francis James TOMBS
Born 1878 in Leckhampton son of John (coach builder) and Sarah Ann (Smith) who married 1868 in Cheltenham. Lived at 3 Hermitage Terrace, Bath Rd in 1891, 3 Victoria Parade and 39 Upper Norwood Street in 1901, 56 Fairview Road in 1911 and 11 Bath Paarde in 1951. Listed as a Gordon Boy in 1891 Census. Albert Francis James Tombs married Beatrice Annie Major at St Pauls, Cheltenham on 24 February 1901 (1 child born in Cheltenham). Albert died 7 March 1951 in Cheltenham.
In June 1915 Pte (8789) A Tombs of 2 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regt was wounded.

F UZZELL
Played rugby played rugby for Gordon in 1900/01 season.
F Uzzell in long list of Cheltenham recruits in September 1914 and in Midland Railway roll of honour in December 1914.

Horace Edward YEATES
Born 1894 in Cheltenham son of Joseph (wine merchnt labourer) and Amanda (Leach) who married 1885 in Cheltenham. Lived at 1 Marsh Terrace 1901 – 1915. In 2013 his daughter confirmed he had been a GB and that his elder brother Joseph was also believed to a Gordon Boy.
Married Mildred Florence Wise in Cheltenham in 1924 (two children born in Gloucestershire). Private with 1/5 Gloucestershire Regiment (TF) and was wounded in action in France in 1915. Evacuated to Southend Hospital in June 1915.

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