Albert George Inns
Service Number 19938, a Private in the 10th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. Born in London in 1877, he was a bricklayer’s labourer by trade. He was the husband of Rose Inns of 8, Dryden Road, Wimbledon (later 23a, Cowper Road, South Wimbledon.), and the father of five children. He was posted as ‘presumed dead’ 7th December 1915 and is commemorated on the DORIAN MEMORIAL. His effects of £4 10s were sent to Rose in 1917. By this time she was remarried with the surname ‘Pullen’.
Albert Ernest Jackson
Service number S18125 he was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. Born in Walworth about 1897, he was the son of Albert Streiter – a sweeper – and Lizzie Jackson of 4, Grove Road, South Wimbledon. He died 1st December 1917 and is commemorated at the TYNE COT MEMORIAL on panel 145-147.
William Charles James
Service Number 2268, he served in the 7th Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). He was born in Bromley, Kent about 1899 and was one of four children. He was the son of Elizabeth James – a Laundress – of 1, Back Cottage, North Road, Wimbledon and the husband of Nellie James of 231, Haydons Road, South Wimbledon. He died 2nd July 1916 on the second day of the Battle of the Somme having been wounded the previous day when the 7th Battalion took 500 casualties. He is buried at DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.
Arthur Frederick Jeffrey
Service Number 786, a Private in the 5th Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. Born in Wimbledon on 16th January 1891, he was baptised by the Rev. Pickering at All Saints’ Church, South Wimbledon on 1st March the same year. He was the son of Albert Jeffrey – a coachman – and Fanny Jeffrey (born Horsell, Surrey 1851), of 84, Haydons Road, Wimbledon (Later living at no.86). Fanny is recorded as having given birth to eight children, but in 1911 she was only living with two of them: – Emily (born Wimbledon 1886 – working in the receiving office at Boots) and Arthur Frederick – a Grocery Assistant. Frederick died at Flanders 28th July 1916. He is commemorated on the Pier and Face 15 C.THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.
Service Number 16058, he was a sergeant in the 6th Company of the Machine Gun Corps and the son of Alfred Jones – a Lather – and Alice of 1, Willow Farm, Christchurch Road. He was born in Lambeth in 1894 and died 29th November 1917. He is buried at the HERMIES BRITISH CEMETERY.
James J. Jones
Service Number 27835, a Gunner in the 66th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery. He died 20th July 1917 and is buried at the BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY
Thomas Frederick Jupp
Service Number 653222, a Rifleman in the 1st & 21st Battalions of the London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles)(5740).He was born in Tolworth, Surrey in 1892, one of five children and a Mill Hand by trade. He was the son of William Jupp – a General Labourer – and Mary Jupp of 24, Inglemere Road, Mitcham (Later 16, Wandle Road, South Wimbledon). Thomas joined the army in Wimbledon. By the beginning of October, 1916, the Battle of the Somme had been raging for three months. Thousands of men had already been killed or wounded and just a few square miles of the French countryside had been captured. On 7th October, 1916, the second stage of the offensive was launched. 21st London was hit by flanking fire and their progress came to a complete halt. Those still able to, dug in and formed an outpost line. 22nd London fared a little better and were able to occupy parts of their objective, Snag Trench. They were not however to hold on to this and eventually all fell back to their original lines and a few outposts. In the end very little had been achieved other than the deaths of scores of young men with many more wounded. One of those who lost his life was Thomas Jupp of 21st London. He was ‘presumed killed’ 8th October 1916 at the age of 23. He is commemorated on the Pier and Face 13 C. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. By the time of his death his mother had been widowed and it was she who received his effects of £10 13s 9d. His brother also fell.
William A. Jupp
Service Number G7456, a Private in the 3rd Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. Born in Surbiton, Surrey about 1896, he was one of five children and a van driver by trade. He was the son of William Jupp – a General Labourer – and Mary Jupp of 24 Inglemere Road, Mitcham (Later 16, Wandle Road, South Wimbledon). He joined the army in Wimbledon and was posted as ‘missing, presumed dead’ aged 19 during the Battle of Frezenberg Ridge on 8th May 1915. He is commemorated on Panel 34. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL. His brother also fell.
George Henry Keep
Service Number G/10055, a Private in the 13th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. He was born in Wimbledon app. 1899 and was the son of William and Rose Keep, of 227, Haydons Rd., South Wimbledon and the stepson of Charles Holloway – a Bricklayer – and Mary Holloway of 32a, Deburgh Road, Wimbledon. He was the husband of E. Green (formerly Keep) of 80, Lavender Avenue, London Rd., Mitcham, Surrey. He joined the army in Kingston and died 28th September 1915 aged 19. He is commemorated on Panel 99 to 101. LOOS MEMORIAL. His brother also fell.
Robert Albert William Keep
Service Number CH/20953, a Private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry H.M.S. “Louvain.” He was the son of William and Rose Keep, of 227, Haydons Rd. South Wimbledon, and the stepson of Charles Holloway – a Bricklayer – and Mary Holloway, 32a, Deburgh Road, Wimbledon. His baptism is recorded at All Saints’ Church, South Wimbledon on July 5th 1899 when his father is given as deceased. He was an errand boy in an oil shop by trade. He died 20th January 1918 at the age of 18 and is commemorated on 30. CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL. His brother also fell.
The SS Dresden was an English passenger ship which operated, as such, from 1897 to 1915. The ship was built in 1897 by the Earle Company at Hull for the Great Eastern Railway. It operated on the North Sea route between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. It was renamed the HMS Louvain in 1915 and was used by the Royal Navy in World War I. On 21 January 1918, she was torpedoed by a German U-boat SM UC-22 in the Aegean Sea with the loss of seven officers and 217 men.
George R. Kent
Service Number 676436, a Sergeant in the 285th Brigade, ‘A’ Battery, the Royal Field Artillery. He was the son of William and Emma Kent, of 27, Wycliffe Rd., Wimbledon, London. He died 19th October 1917 and Buried at CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, Belgium.
Arthur George Kitcherside
Service Number 11374, a Rifleman in the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Born in Wimbledon in 1897, he was a shop boy by trade and one of the four children of Thomas Kitcherside (born Epsom, Surrey 1868 – a General Labourer working for the Borough Council), and Minnie Kitcherside (born Ashford, Kent 1868), of 27, Milton Road, Wimbledon (Later 14, Tennyson Road). Minnie had given birth to six children, but only four were alive at the time of the 1911 census: – William (born Wimbledon 1893 – a general labourer at Paxton’s), Percy (born Wimbledon 1895 – a shop boy at Paxton’s), Arthur (born Wimbledon 1897) and Tom (born Wimbledon 1905). Arthur was ‘presumed dead’ at Flanders 31st October 1914 at the age of 17. His effects – £16 15s 4d – were sent to his father. His brother William, who also fought in the war, was discharged in 1916 being no longer physically able to fight. Between 21st October and 22nd November, 1914 a desperate fight took place around the Belgium city of Ypres. The fighting fell into three distinct battles one of which, the Battle of Gheluvelt, took place on 29-31 October. The Germans swept aside the troops defending the exits to Gheluvelt and enfiladed the trenches west of it held by 2nd King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 1st Loyal North Lancashire. The few survivors retired to the road running south from Veldhoek to join on to the right of 1st Gloucestershire. 2nd King’s Royal Rifle Corps casualties amounted to 480. Arthur is commemorated on Panel 51 and 53. YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL