3. Events and Anniversaries

Anniversaries: 100 years ago: December 1916

During December 1916, more than 15 men from this area died during the Great War. Many of those who fought were under 21 and died far from home, sometimes with no known grave. They fell in France, Belgium, Mesopotamia, Italy, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Gallipoli and at sea. The losses for both sides in the conflicts were terrible. Yet sadly wars around the world continue. These are some of those who died 100 years ago. We will post other names as the project progresses.

You can look up names and memorials on the For King and Country web pages at via our search page at http://www.fkac.info/. Our volunteers have uncovered stories behind some of the names: 

  • William Alfred Slade, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds in a hospital in Norwich, 30 December 1916, aged 18
  • Hon Arthur Cameron Corbett, Royal Naval Air Service, died in France, 4 December 1916, aged 18
  • Percy Holtum, Royal Fusiliers, died in France, in one of the battles of the Somme, 6 December 1916,  aged 21
  • Walter Bennett, Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action in France, 4 December 1916, aged 25
  • George Liddiard, East Surrey Regiment, died of wounds in France, 5 December 1916, aged 36
  • Frederick W Moore, Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action in France, 10 December 1916, aged 40
  • Thomas Tillard, Royal Flying Corps, killed in an accident, France, 6 December 1916 aged 32
  • J E Head, Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, killed in action, Greece, 18 December 1916 aged 18.

In March 1917, 26 men from the Royal Borough lost their lives, many of them killed in action in the Somme

  • Arthur Stuchbery Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds, Ovillers, France, 10 March 1917 aged 20
  • Charles William Nowell, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action, France, 12 March 1917 aged 34
  • Sydney Broadbent, 1st Canadian Cavalry Brigade, killed in action, France, 28 March 1917 aged 30