Roll of Honour

Our Boys in the 9th Essex

The 9th (Service) Battalion, Essex Regiment
photograph courtesy the Essex Regiment Museum

With the First World War just one month old the Essex Chronicle newspaper on Friday 4th September 1914 reported that “on Monday afternoon (31st August 1914) there were enthusiastic scenes at Braintree railway station as 90 recruits from Felsted and Rayne, recruited at meetings on Sunday, left for Chelmsford to enlist in Kitchener’s Army. Mostly from workers just finished harvest they had decided to join the Essex Regiment.”

Many of these men joined the 9th Battalion the Essex Regiment which was part of Kitchener’s new army. The battalion formed at Warley Barracks in Brentwood, Essex during August 1914, and was attached to the 35th Brigade in the 12th (Eastern) Division. The Battalion soon moved to Shorncliffe in Kent to complete training.  In March 1915 the Battalion was moved to Aldershot, where the photograph above was taken for the Queen's Parade in May 1915 just before moving to Codford Saint Mary, near Warminster in Wiltshire in preparation for embarkation.

The Battalion landed at Boulogne in France on 26th July 1915.

We certainly know that included amongst the enthusiastic young men reported in the newspaper are listed here amongst all those we know served with the 9th Essex:



9th Essex Rank/Number


End of war

Frank Robin ARDLEY

Private 12211
Enlisted 31/08/14

Born Felsted 1893

Invalided out of the army 03/06/16

Arthur BAKER

Private 12280
enlisted 1914

Born Felsted 1891

Promoted to sergeant with 11th Essex. Discharged 29/03/19


Private 3/2466
Attested 30/08/14


Invalided from Army 20/02/18. Died 05/04/18


Serjeant 12263

Born 1893
Great Bardfield.

Killed in Action 11/08/16
Awarded Military Medal in Sept 1916

Samuel Joseph BULLOCK

Private 12223
Enlisted 31/08/14

Born Lexden 1897.
Servant at Felsted School



Private 12206
Enlisted 31/08/14

Born Bishops Stortford 1891. Servant at Felsted School

Discharged from army because of sickness 28/05/16.

Alfred Arthur GENTRY

Private 12262

Born 1889

Transferred to Machine Gun Corps. Killed in Action 30/11/17

Walter Henry GIBLIN

Private Soldier 12256

Born Roxwell 1896.

Later Private 23197.

Edward Elmer HANCE

Private 12356

Born 1896

Killed in Action 03/07/16

George John HANCE

Private 3/2272
Enlisted 30/05/15

Born 1888

Killed in Action 13/07/15


Private 12135

Born Gt. Leighs 1893

Wounded August 1916, transferred to Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 12/04/18


2nd Lieut.  

Member of staff at Felsted School

Wounded at Hulluch 18/10/15, and Somme Aug16. Became Capt in RAF


Private 12291

Born 1892

Wounded at Battle of Somme 3rd and 8th July 1916. Transferred to Labour Corps

Cedric Batson JOYNER


Member of Staff at Felsted School

Incapacitated by accident 31/12/14. Served at Ministry of Reconstruction.
Awarded MBE

Albert Howard KETLEY

Private 12222
Enlisted 31/08/14

Born Felsted 1893

Wounded 29/10/15
Discharged October 1916

Wilfred William LIVERMORE

Private 12200

Born Felsted 1897

Transferred to Machine Gun Corps. Awarded Military Medal.
Taken prisoner and died of wounds 24/05/18

Richard Maurice LODGE

Private 12063

Servant at Felsted School

Wounded Sept 1915. Transferred to Army Service Corps and then served as a Corporal with RAF


Private 12274

Born Gt Leighs 1892

Killed in Action 12/10/15

Ernest William MEAD

Private 12149

Born Croxley Green, Ricksmanworth, 1893.

Wounded Aug 1916. Awarded Military Medal. Transferred to Royal Scots Regt as Lance Corporal.

Charles ‘Walter’ MIXTURE

Private 12267

Born 1897

Wounded 8th October 1915. Discharged 05/03/19


Private 12142
Enlisted August 1914

Born Little Dunmow 1892

Wounded July 1916. Discharged 21/02/19. Died 1927.

William Edgar PERRYMAN

Possibly - Private 12404

Born Felsted 1896

Wounded October 1915


Private 12275


Wounded  October 1918. Discharged 22/02/19


Private 12272


Wounded August 1914. Discharged 12/03/19

Thomas ‘William’ RADLEY

Private 12245


Discharged 25/02/19

Walter SCOTT

Private 12208

Born Copford 1895.
Servant at Felsted School

Transferred to 1st/7th Battalion. Killed in Action 19/09/17

Douglas Claude J. SHELDRAKE

Lance Corporal 12207

Born Dunmow Registration District 2nd quarter of 1897.
Servant at Felsted School

Wounded 04/10/15. Discharged 08/09/16

Arthur ‘Sydney’ STEWARD

Private 12201

Born Felsted 1897
Servant at Felsted School

Transferred to Border Regiment.
Killed in Action 02/12/17.

Charles Joseph SWALLOW

Private 12273 Transferred by draft to 9th on 17/06/15

Born 1893
Occupation: Carpenter

Suffered from Shell Shock.
Became Sapper 245087 with Royal Engineers.
Discharged 15/03/1919.

Arthur John TAYLOR

Sergeant 10651

Servant at Felsted School

Awarded Military Medal, Discharged 16/03/19


Private 12215

Born Bocking 1895

Killed in action 12/10/15

Henry Leonard WATTS

2nd Lieutenant

Master at Felsted School

Promoted to Captain.
Killed in action 20/10/15

Leonard Hugh WOODLEY

Lance Corporal 12225
Enlisted 31/08/14

Chauffer, with Hicks Garage

Wounded 17/06/15
Transferred to Machine Gun Corps promoted to Warrant Officer. Demobilized 15/06/19 Awarded Croix de Guerre