St John's Church War Memorial
Hyde Park

1914 - 1919
To the Glory of God
and in Grateful Memory of
The men who by Gods Grace Victorious
Fought for their Country and Died
That the Cause of Freedom and Right Might Triumph
and more particularly of the Men of This Parish
Whose names are inscribed hereunder

Rank and Name Additional Informaiton where available
2nd Lieut E C Adams Edward Carrington Adams was born in 1896 in Hampstead, the son of Ernest E Adams and his wife Edith. Where in 1901 the family lived at 23 Thurlow Road and Ernest worked as an Under writer at Lloyds, an employer of men. Edward served in the London Regt., 20th Btn Blackheath & Woolwich. He was KIA on 25 September 1915 aged 19 and is remembered in the Loos British Cemetery along with over 880 men from the Commonwealth, France and Germany
Lieut L H Adams Lestock Handley Adams was the son of Rev H F S Adams, Vicar of Holy Trinity and husband of Emilie Anderson Adams of Buxton, late of Winnipeg. He was born in 1888 in Southport. In 1891 Lestock ( transcribed in the census as Seitoch) was living with his parents Henry F S and his wife Edith E L in Congresbury. By 1901 Lestock was at the South Eastern College near Ramsgate. 1911 sees him living in Thanet, Kent. He joined the Rigle Brigade and was KIA on 22 April 1918 aged 30. Lestock rests in Le Vertannoy British Cemetery, Hinges - 2 km west of Bethune, where he rests with 140 other young men - including 2 who are know only unto their God
Rifleman A L Blackburn Arthur Leslie Blackburn was born in 1895 in Titchborne, the son of James and Edith. The family in 1901 living at Titchborn St, St, Johns, Paddington where James worked as a stock keeper in the china trade. The family consisted of 2 children, a servant and 5 boarders.Arthur enlisted in Paddington where he became Rifleman 1658 in the 8th City of London (Post Office Rifles). Arthur was KIA on 31 May 1916 and is remembered at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.
2nd Lieut A N Blair Alexander Neville Blair was the son of Col. H F Blair (Indian Army) and Sophia Grace his wife. By the 1917 Alexander had married Gladys Briggs of Hylton Castle, Durham. In 1891 Alexander was a pupil at Tonbridge School. He served as a Lieut in the Black Watch and died on 13 March 1917 aged 38. He is remembered on the Kirkee 1914 - 1918 Memorial in India along with over 1800 other young men whose graves are buried in civil and cantonment cemeteries and can no longer be maintained
Major K W P Blair William Kenneth Playfair Blair was born in 1881 in Paddington, the son of Henry Francis and Sophia Grace Blair (nee Bott) who married in 1868 in the Kensington Registration District of London. In 1891 the family were living at 1 Clarendon Place, Paddington. Henry was described as a 'retired Colonel R E (army off) aged 54? and born in the East Indies '. Sophia was also born in the East Indies while William, their only child on the census, was born in Paddington. The family, as per their status, had numerous servents and a Governess. William served as a Captain, and later Major in the Royal Field Artillery - he could have been a career soldier, like his father as he was on leave from India in August 1914 and became part of the B. E. F in that year. William died of wounds on 14 May 1915 aged 33 and rests in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery along with over 5700 identified casualties. William was eligible for WW1 medals and his wife, Dorothy Gwyn Blair of The Cleeves, Chilmark, Salisbury had various communications regarding his medals with the Medals Office and finally acknowledged receipt of the medals in March of 1922.
Pte A E Blackmore Albert Edward Blackmore was born in 1882 the son of John and Elizabeth of Camberwell and later husband of Mary Ann of 76 Varcoe Road, Camberwell. He served in the London Regiment as Pte., 633571 (formerly 32047 Supply Co., National Reserve) after enlisting in South Bermondsey. He was KIA on 7 June 1917 aged 35 and rests in Perth Cemetery (China Wall) along with over 1400 other identified casualties
Capt C L Boxall Caryl Lermitte Boxall was born in 1888 in Paddington, the son of Sir Alleyne Alfred Boxall, 1st Bart., and his wife Lady Boxall. Caryl attended Eton College and is remembered on the War Memorial there (link still on this site)
2nd Lieut H N Clifton Harold Norton Clifton was born in 1895 the son of William and Isabel. Harold served as a 2nd Lieut in the Coldstream Guards and died of wounds on 1 February 1915 aged just 20. He rests in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez along with over 3000 other casualties
Major R N Ford                   M.C. Richard Nagle Ford (source CWGC) was the son of Edmund Salwey Ford, a Barrister at Law and his wife Caroline. He is found on the 1901 census with his parents at 17 Hyde Park Square, London, siblings and numerous servants from butler to kitchen maid. He joined the Royal Fusiliers (London Regt) and served as a Major in the 11th Btn. He was KIA on 6 January 1918 aged 33 and is remembered at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1 in the Somme Department of France and rests with over 1300 other identified casualties and 7 French and 13 German casualties
Major N W Freeman          M.C. Noel William Freeman was born in 1884 in Paddington, London, the son of W R and Anne F Freeman who after the war were living at Murtle, Aberdeenshire. In the 1901 census Noel was a boarder at Rugby Schoo, Warwickshire and aged 17. He served during the war in the Royal Horse and Field Artillery with the rank T/Captain (A/Major). He was KIA on 21 March 1918 aged 33 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial along with many others whose final resting place is not known.
Major R H Freeman           M.C. No further information
Pte C W Goodwin Possibly, C W Goodwin who served in the London Regiment as Pte 4449, who died on 18 October 1916 and is remembered in St Amand British Cemetery
2nd Lieut E J W Gray Edis John William Gray was born in 1896 the son of John and Alice of The Lodge, Victoria Gate, Hyde Park, London. He served in the DLI as a 2nd Lieutenant and died on 27 September 1915 aged 19. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial with over 20,000 other casualties whose final resting place is known only unto their God
Capt Lord Hugh W Grosvenor Lord Hugh William Grosvenor was born in April of 1884, son of Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster and his second wife The Hon. Katherine Cavendish. In 1901 Katherine was living at Combermere Abbey and by now was a widow. Hugh was now 16 He married Mabel Florence Crichton in 1906 (she later became Lady Mabel Hamilton Stubber). Hugh served in the Life Guards and was KIA on 25 October 1914 aged 30 and he is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. He left a widow and 2 young children.
Pte F W Hawley No further information
Serj F P Hewkley

Francis Paget Hewkley was born in 1893 in Stoke Newington, the son of Frank, a surgeon, and his wife Dorothy. The family lived at Lordship Road, Stoke Newington. Francis , although born in Stoke Newington on one source his nationality is that of Australian - he served in the Australian Engineers as Serg., 146. He died on 26 September 1917 aged 23 and he rests in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery with over 10,000 other casualties including 1 woman, Nellie Spindler (internal site link)

Note : Francis was awarded the M.M. but that is not shown on the memorial, as are other medal awards

Lieut D Holman Donald was born in Streatham, the son of Ernest S Holman and Elizabeth who lived at 22 Gloucester Square, Hyde Park, London. Ernest was a ship owner born in Devon while his wife hailed from Wales. 1901 saw the family and servants living at Holmedene, Streatham. Donald served in the Royal West Surrey Regiment as a Lieutenant and died on 8 August 1918 aged 24, he rests along with other casualties in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette.
Capt B A James Bernard Ashworth James was born in 1894 in Paddington, London, the son of Charles Ashworth James and his wife Margaret Louisa. Charles was a Barrister, born in Paddington, while his wife was from Liverpool. In 1901 the family and 7 servants lived at 44 Queens Gardens, Paddington. James served as a Captain in the Middlesex Regiment and died on 18 August 1916 aged just 22. He is remembered along with many others whose final resting place is not known, on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
Major J G Jennings

Jack Gilderdale Jennings was born in 1878, the son of Gen. Sir Robert Melvill Jennings K.C.B. He served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and died on 10 August 1917 aged 37 and is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. He left a widow, Adeline Braund Jennings.

Note : His date of death differs from the 9 August on a private memorial to the 10th in the CWGC database

Driver P Lawrence No further information
Pte E T Lay Ernest Thomas Lay was born in 1898, the son of James Ernest and Jessie Sophia Lay of Paddington. Ernest served as Pte 18977 in the Somerset Light Infantry. He was KIA on 16 August 1917 aged 19 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial
Pte W F Little Possibly, William Frederick Little, son of William and Edith Augusta who lived at Sale St, Praed St, Paddington. He served in the Middlesex Regiment as Pte., G/52762 and was KIA on 26 August 1918 aged 19 and is remembered on the Vix-en-Artois Memorial
Seaman J N Luscombe No further information
2nd Lieut D Mackinnon Possibly, D MacKinnon who served as a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards and was KIA on 9 October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing
Lieut H O Master R N R

Harold Onslow Master was the son of Mr C G and Mrs Master of Oxford Square, Hyde Park, London. Harold was born in 1880 in the East Indies. In 1891 he was attending Combe Down School as a boarder. He served on HMS Indefatigable in the Royal Naval Reserve and died on 31 May 1916 aged 36. He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial along with many others who served at sea and rest beneath the waves.

Note : The Indefatigable was one of a series of vessels by that name, this one in particular was launched in 1909 and sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 by the battlecruiser Von der Tann. All but 3 of the 1017 crew were killed. The Jutland wrecks have been declared a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986, thus discouraging further damage to the resting place of many brave young men.

Pte C A G May Possibly, C A May who was a Private in the Training Reserve, no. TR/58083. He died on 2 May 1918 and rests in Manor Park Cemetery
Rifleman H Moore No further information
Lieut Col W T M Reeve     C.M.G, William Tankerville Moneypenny Reeve was the son of Capt John Milward Reeve R.N. and Jane Lindsay Reeve. He married Emma Louisa Mackay Reeve, living at 115 Inverness Tce., London. William served in the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians) and died on 28 September 1915 aged 49 and rests in Brompton Cemetery along with over 370 other casualties who now rest 'at home'
Corpl E C Reynolds Ernest Cecil was born in 1895, the son of Albert Henry and Emily Reynolds who later lived at 15 Polygon News, South Paddington, London. He was KIA on 3 May 1917 aged 22 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial with others who have no final resting place
Serj C Williams No further information



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