The War Dead (‘N’ – ‘Q’)

William John Nunn

Service Number 30204, a Gunner in the 256th Brigade,
Royal Field Artillery H.Q. Staff “D” Battery. A Coachman by trade, he lived at 3, Deburgh Road, South Wimbledon. He married Alice Adeline Coe in July 1900 and they had six children -Leonard Charles born Kingston 1901, Edward Howard born Kingston 1903, Frederick William Kingston 1905, Ivy Mabel born Kingston 1908, George Albert James born June 19th 1910, Minnie Nunn born 1913. He enlisted at Kingston Barracks June 10th 1915 and died aged 41 at Flanders 9th July 1917.  His grave is II. B. 33. POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY. £13 6s 10d – his total effects – were sent to his widow Alice for ‘herself and her children.’ 

Poperinghe New Military Cemetery

Lionel William Palling

A Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. Born in Hampton, Gloucestershire about 1887, he was the son of Henry Verney Palling– a Secretary to a Public Company – and May Georgina Palling of 87, Trinity Road, Wimbledon (Later of Stroud). He was one of three children and a Bank Clerk by profession. He died 15th March 1916 aged 29. His grave is II. K. 3. VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY.

British Cemetery

Harold Frederick Patrick

Service Number 131066, a Private in the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Born in Tooting around 1899, he was the son of Herbert Patrick (born Bermondsey 1866 – a Bricklayer), and Caroline Patrick (nee Marshall, born Guildford, Surrey 1867), of 51, Laburnum Road, S. Wimbledon. The census records that Herbert and his wife had ten children – one of whom had died. Harold was baptised on 7th May 1900 in Tooting Graveney. In 1901 the family were registered as living in 8, Powderham Villas, Sellincourt Road, Tooting Graveney, Wandsworth. The inhabitants included his mother, his two sisters Ellen and Cecilia and two brothers Herbert and William. His father was fighting in South Africa at the time. Five children were living with their parents in 1911: – Herbert Percival (born Farnham, Surrey 1896), Frederick Harold (born Tooting 1899), William George (born Tooting 1900), Leslie Arthur (born Tooting 1902), and Caroline Ruby (born Wimbledon 1910). Harold survived the war, but died of influenza at Tooting Grove Hospital 29th March 1919 aged 20.   His grave is M. B. 734. WIMBLEDON (GAP ROAD) CEMETERY.  His elder brother died in the conflict.

Private Patrick’s Headstone
Gap Road Cemetery

Percival Herbert Patrick

Service Number 10833, a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. Born in Farnham, Surrey about 1896 he was the son of Herbert Patrick– a Bricklayer – and Caroline Patrick  of 51, Laburnum Road, South Wimbledon. (see further details of the family in the previous entry).He enlisted at Kingston – when he gave his trade as that of a baker’s assistant. He was killed in action 28th September 1915 on the third day of the Battle of Loos. His commemoration is on Panel 65 to 67. LOOS MEMORIAL His brother also died, but of influenza after the war.

The Loos Memorial

Harry R. Peacock

 Service number 95693, a Corporal in the 47th Brigade, ‘B’ Battery of the Royal Field Artillery. Born in Isleworth, Middlesex, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Peacock, of Isleworth and possibly a relation of Thomas – a Provision Merchant – Peacock of 37, Barham Cottage, Marryat Road, Wimbledon. He died 9th July 1918 at the age of 25 and is buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY.

Etaples Military Cemetery

Albert John Frank Perfect

Service Number G/12190, a Private in the 6th Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Born in Wimbledon about 1880, he was baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon when the family were living in North Road, South Wimbledon. His parents were Thomas Perfect – a painter – and Margaret. Albert became a General Labourer by trade and lived at 5, Victory Road, South Wimbledon in 1911. He married Margaret Nellie Perfect (nee Moody) at S. Andrew’s Church, Wimbledon a year before the war on 29th June 1913. They lived at 23, Dundonald Rd., Wimbledon and then at 44, Ridley Road, Wimbledon. He joined the army in Wimbledon 26th May 1916 and died of wounds 10th March 1918. He is buried in grave I. C. 20.MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION                            

Merville Communal
Cemetery Extension

Herbert William George Perry

Service Number 5060, a Driver in the 163rd Brigade, ‘A’ Battery, the Royal Field Artillery. Born in New Southgate about 1900, he was one of four children and the son of William Perry – a General Labourer – and Florence Louisa Perry of 24, Tennyson Road, Wimbledon. He was baptised in Friern Barnet, Middlesex in September 1900 when the family were living at 62, Holly Park Road, Barnet. He was killed in action 12th July 1917 at the age of 17. His grave is VI. A. 18. DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY. His effects of £12 10s 6d were sent to his parents.  

Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery

Basil Horace Pickering

A Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment). He was born in Wimbledon in 1896 and was the son of the Rev. Arthur Milner Pickering (born York 1862 – Rector of Woolwich at the time of his son’s death), and Louisa Pickering (born York 1863 – the daughter of Charles Derbyshire Mills), of The Rectory, Woolwich, London.  Reverend Pickering was the first Vicar of All Saints. He and his wife had six children, one of whom died in infancy. Living at All Saints’ Vicarage in 1911, besides the Rev. Pickering, and his wife were: – Bernard Milner (born Wimbledon 1892 – a student at Cambridge University), Ella Mary (born Wimbledon 1894 – at school), Basil Horace (born Wimbledon 1896 – at school), Monica Lascelles (born Wimbledon 1901 – at school), and Cuthbert Edward (born Wimbledon 1904 – at school). Basil was baptised by his father at All Saints’ Church, South Wimbledon 25th January 1897. He was educated at Merchant Taylor’s School where he was acting Sergeant-Major and adjutant of the O.T.C. He applied for a commission on the outbreak of war and was promoted to Lieutenant 22nd June 1915. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from August 1915. Lieutenant Pickering died of heart failure following wounds received 1st December 1915 whilst leading his men in an attack near Hulluch. He died as a prisoner-of-war in a German Hospital, having been dragged off the battlefield by German Medics. He was just a few weeks short of his 19th Birthday. He is buried in Grave – VII. E. 26.COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY.  His effects totalling £87 2s 4d were sent to his father.

Lt. Pickering’s Grave

Cologne Southern Cemetery

Fred Pickett

Service Number 87608, a Private in the 56th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps. He was born in Wimbledon in 1886 and had a younger sister (born Wimbledon 1888 – named Margaret Hannah, after her mother, and a dressmaker by trade). He was the son of Frederick Henry Pickett (born Footscray, Kent 1861 – a Joiner), and Margaret Hannah Pickett (born Guildford 1860), of ‘Craystoke’, 96, South Park Road, Wimbledon. Fred was a Printer’s Compositor by trade. He joined the army at Kingston aged 30 years and three months on 19th December 1916. He embarked in Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne. He died of wounds sustained as a result of Gas Poisoning at Flanders 20th March 1918 aged 32. His grave is XXXI. G. 8A. ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY. On 22nd May 1922 he was posthumously awarded The British War Medal and Victory Medal.
This is from the All Saints’ Parish Paper: – “In March 1918, Private Fred Pickett, the Superintendent of the All Saints’ Sunday School, was poisoned by gas and died at the Front. Thirty-two years of age, he had joined up in 1916 having held the post of Superintendent for a period of five years.  A Eucharist, his favourite service, was held in his memory at All Saints’ on the morning of April 6th and, later that afternoon, at 4.00 p.m., a special memorial service, attended by the children of the Sunday Schools, was conducted by the Vicar. Reverend Torrance spoke on the words: – “Thanks be to God which gave us the Victory.”  He exhorted those who listened to take comfort from the fact that Fred Pickett had lived a life of devotion to duty, to God and to Country, and had made the supreme sacrifice in the cause of right and justice. The service was embellished with special psalms and hymns and concluded to the sombre strains of the “Dead March” from Saul.”

Etaples Military Cemetery

Edmund Henry Quarterman

Service Number 206330, a Lance Corporal in the 24th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. Born in Bermondsey about 1870 he was the husband of Emma Hettie Quarterman of 90, Hubert Road (All Saints’ Road) Wimbledon. Later she moved to 84, Newington Rd., Merrickville Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They had two children and he was a Civil Servant (Adult Messenger) by trade. He died in Tooting Grove Military Hospital 16th January 1918 at the age of 48 and is buried in grave J. B. 3.WIMBLEDON (GAP ROAD) CEMETERY. His military effects totalling £25 9s 8d were sent to his widow.  She also received £173 in his will.

Gap Road Cemetery
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