The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).
The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.
The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 1 August 1932 (originally scheduled for 16 May but due to the death of French President Doumer the ceremony was postponed until August).*
12851 Private Horace Moulds
1st Battn. Northamptonshire Regiment
23rd July 1916 Age 21
Born in Peterborough in 1895.
In the 1911 census he is recorded as living at 26 Dukes Street,Old Felton,Peterborough with his widowed mother Emma and sister.
He was employed as a house painter.
He enlisted in Peterborough and his dis-embarkation into France was on 10-2-1915.
He was killed in action on 23-7-1916.
7361 Private John Gilhooly M.M.
1st Battn. The Cameronians(Scottish Rifles)
29th October 1916
Born in Sydney,New South Wales,Australia.
He lived in Lochgelly,Fife,Scotland.
He enlisted in Hamilton and his dis-embarkation into France was on 3-12-1914.
He was killed in action on 29-10-1916.
He had 3 brothers,Thomas,Michael and James who were named in his will.
12359 Guardsman Alfred James Banyard
15th September 1916 Age 25
Born in Stepney,Middlesex in 1891.
In the 1901 census,he is recorded as living at 29 Jupps Road ,Mile End Old Town with his father James,
a bricklayer and mother Margeret,also his 3 sisters and brother.
In 1911 he is still living with his parents and his brother and 1 of his sisters at 18 Edwards Road ,Burchett Road,
He was employed as a Ships Steward.
He enlisted in Canning Town and his dis-embarkation into France was on 9-1--1915.
He was killed in action on 15-9-1916.
Captain Horace Charles Gracey
1st Battn. The Rifle Brigade
18th October 1916 Age 23
Born in Exeter in 1893.
He lived at Exwick House,Exeter with his father Robert,a retired manufacteur of tobacco,cigars,cigarettes and snuff,his mother Edith Georgina(Lloyd) and brother Robert.
In the 1911 census ,he is recorded as being a boarder at Clifton College,College Road,Bristol.
His date of dis-embarkation into France was 27-1-1915 and was reported missing in action on 18-10-1916.
In his will released in 1925,he left an estate worth £1427 3s 7d,which today would be worth £131,080.42.
C/1441 Rifleman William McLachlan
16th Battn.Royal Rifle Corps.
3rd November 1916
Born in Sunderland in 1891.
In the 1911 census, he is recorded as living with his step- father,William Tweddle,his mother Mary Ann and also his brother and sister at 18 Zion Street,Sunderland.He was employed as a printers apprentice.
He enlisted in Sunderland and was killed in action on 3-11-1916.
R/18631 Rifleman Philip Ernest Stubbs
16th Battn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps
3rd November 1916
Born in Raunds,Northants on 3-3-1898.
He was bapisted on 3-9-1899.
In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father Joseph,a public inn keeper,
his mother Annie Ellen,who was an assistant to her husbands business and his sister at the Foresters Arms,Raunds,Wellingborough.
He enlisted in Wellingborough and was killed in action on 3-11-1916.
631466(3707) Private Alan Victor Hawkey
1st/20th Brigade London Regiment
25th August 1918
Born in Aldershot in 1898.
In the1911 census ,he is recorded as living with his father Richard,a retired army officer,his mother Mary(nee Mitchell) and his 2 brothers and 3 sisters at 42 Albacore Cresent,Lewisham.
His dis-embarkation into France was on 4-3-1916 and he was killed in action on 25-8-1918.
4097 Private Thomas William Godfrey
1/14th London Scottish
5th October 1916 Age 21
Born in Hounslow in 1895.
In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father Thomas,a decorator,mother Florence, 2 brothers and sister at 1 Thornton Road,East Sheen,Mortlake.
He was employed as a clerk.
They later moved to 22 St Leonards Street,East Sheen,Surrey.
He enlisted in London and was killed in action on 5-10-1916.
4748 Private Frederick Leslie Burrell
13th Kansington Battn. London Regiment.
7th October 1916 Age 19
Born in 1897 in Woolwich.
In the 1911 census ,he is recorded as living with his father Harry,a labourer at the Woolwich Arsenal,his mother Christina,a laudress,along with his 3 brothers and 2 sisters at 17 Dicey Street, Woolwich.At a later date they moved to
17 Fennell Street Woolwich.
He enlisted in Woolwich and his dis-embarkation into France was on 17-7-1916.
He was killed in action on 7th October 1916.
7578 Private John Meiklejohn
14th Battn. London Scottish
7th October 1916 Age 26
Born in 1890.
He lived at 2 Longfield Avenue,Walthamstow and worked as a machinist.
He had served for 2 years in the Royal Field Artillery Reserves,being discharged in1908.
He enlisted on17-1-1916 in Glasgow and was mobilised in Stratford on 17-4-1916.
His dis-embarkation into France was on10-9-1916 and he was killed in action on 7-10-1916.
He was the son of the late John Henry MeikleJohn of Dennistoun,Glasgow and had 3 sisters,Susan Mackenzie,Annie & Lily Meiklejohn all living at 121 York Drive,Hyndland Glasgow.
7593(6125) Rifleman Leonard Augustus Court
1/12th Battn.London Regiment Rangers
7th October 1916 Age 40
Born in Andover in 1876.
In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his sister Emmas in her house along with his widowed mother Jane(her husband was the late William Court) and his brother William at Vale House,Bourne Valley Road,Branksome,Dorest.
Leonard and his brother were both house painters.
Formerly with the 2nd Dorset Regiment(17029),he enlisted in Poole and served with the 17th London regiment from 28-6-1916 to 10-7-16.
He was transferred to the 12th london regiment on 11-7-1916.
He was killed in action on 7-10-1916.
23205 Private Henry Francis Dobbs
2nd Battn. Lincolnshire Regiment
16th November 1916 Age 24
Born in Stamford,Lincolnshire in 1892.
In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father,Eugene,a cowkeeper ,mother,Eliza,3 brothers and his sister at 22 Bath Row Stamford.
He was employed as a painters apprentice.
He married Ethel Reed in 1914 and they lived at 3,Cornstall Buildings,St Leonards Street,Stamford.
He enlisted in Stamford and was killed in action on 16-11-1916.
20501 Private Richard Voaden
1st Battn. Devonshire Regiment
3rd September 1916 Age 31
Born in Exeter in 1885.
In the1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father John,a nursery gardener,mother Ann,
a laundress and his 4 sisters and brother at
5 Cyprus Terrace,Wonford,Exeter.
He was employed as a farm labourer.
In 1916 he married Eve Florence Bussell and lived at 34 Hoopern Street,Exeter.
He enlisted in Exeter and was killed in action on 3-9-1916.
2nd Lieutentant John Littlejohn
2nd Battn. Prince of Wales West Yorkshire Regiment
26 October 1916
Born in 1879.
He was the son of the late James & Catherine Macintyre Littlejohn M.A. B.Sc.
He lived at 6 Hayburn Cresent,Partick,Glasgow.
He studied at Glasgow university and gained an M.A. B.Sc degree.
His dis-embarkation into France was on 15-7-1916 and he was killed in action on 26-10-1916.
21176 Private Thomas Gorley
13th Durham Light Infantry
19th September 1916 Age 21
Born in Durham in 1895.
In the 1911 census, he is recorded as living with his father,Joseph,a coal miner,his mother,Isabella and his 2 sisters and brother at 34 Curry Street Buildings,White le Head,Lantobie,County Durham.
He was employed as an underground pony driver in a coal mine.
He enlisted on 27-10-1914 at Stanley.
His army medical records in 1914 record his height as being 5ft 41/4 inches,sallow complextion,weight 133lbs and eyes Hazel colour.
Thomas had a few problems with his discipline,his records list the following;
2-1-1915 - While on active service,asbent from midnight until 9.45am.Given 1 days confined to barracks.
14-1-1915 - Whilst on active service.leaving the ranks without permission.Given 3 days confined to barracks.
16-1-1915 - Absent from parade.
19-1-1915 - Neglect of arms and using abusive language to an N.C.O.Given 96 hours detention.
22-1-1915 - Not complying with an order.Given 3 days confined to barracks.
24-1-1915 - Not complying with an order and using abusive language.Given 5 days confined to barracks.
His dis-embarkation into France was on 25-8-1915 and he was killed in action on 19-9-1916.
Born in 1888 in North Evington,Leicestershire.
In the 1911 census,he is recorded as living with his father,John Edward,a labourer with a steam roller,his mother Elizabeth and also his 5 brothers and 2 sisters at 25 Norman Road,Leytonstone.
He was employed as a labourer at a rubber company.
He enlisted in Leyton and was mobilised on 29-7-1916.His dis-embarkation into France was on 18-8-1916 and he was killed in action on 16-9-1916 .
5070 Private Frank Stuart
1st/23rd Battn. London Regiment
16th September 1916 Age 28
Ivan Provis Wentworth Bennett
7th Battn. The Queens
14th July 1916 Age 25
Born 5 February 1891 in Weymouth.
He was the son of the late Frederick James & Eleanor Catherine Wentworth Bennett,
who lived at 47 West Hill Road,St leonards - on - sea.
In the 1911 census, he is recorded as boarding with John Ashmead Pruen in Merrow,Guildford.
He was employed as an articled clerk to a solictor.
He applied for a commission in the Queens on 17 August 1914 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on 12-9-1914.He was promoted to Lieutentant on 27-1-1915.
His dis-embarkation into France was on 27-7-1915 and was promoted to the rank of Captain on 12-11-1915.
He was killed during an attack on Trones Wood,which started at 7pm on 13-7-1916.
The battalion attack was met with heavy machine guns and rifle fire,as well as a heavy barrage.
Captain Bennett was shot in the head and died shortly afterwards.This occurred 150 yards in front of the Bristish trenches.**