One Hundred Years On – We Will Remember Them

One hundred years on, we remember the 12 men who the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) show died as casualties of the First World War, in the UK, on the date the conflict officially came to an end – 31st August 1921.

Private 4905070 John Robert Hayward 2nd Bn South Staffs.

Son of Mr & Mrs S Hayward, of Walkley, Sheffield, Pte Hayward died of disease, after discharge in the Central Military Hospital, Cork, aged 20. Pte Hayward is one of the First World War casualties in Sheffield (Burngreave) Cemetery commemorated on Screen Wall. Although the wall gives a grave reference for Pte Hayward, there is now no headstone marking the place of burial.  https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/412506/JOHN%20ROBERT%20HAYWARD/

Private 204531 William White  12th Bn Loyal (North Lancs) Regiment

Buried Holy Trinity Churchyard, Sunningdale. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/649173/W%20WHITE/

Rifleman 557467 John Mapeling Welsh 16th Bn London Regiment (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)

Son of Mrs Eliza Welsh, 4 Ranston St, Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London, Rifleman Welsh enlisted on 17 May 1918 and was discharged on 2 November 1918 having not served overseas. Issued Silver War Badge no. B260144 on 7 August 1919 Rifleman Welsh died aged 21 and is buried in East Finchley Cemetery. His headstone bears the personal inscription ‘In Loving Memory of my dear Son’. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/387716/JOHN%20WELSH/

Gunner 1418783 Michael Tierney 34th Bty, 9th Bde Royal Garrison Artillery

Husband of Maria Tierney, 114 St Martins Cottages, Silvester St, Liverpool, Gunner Tierney died age 34 in accident at Bordon Camp the circumstances of which are set out in this article from the Sunday Post, dated 04 September 1921:

WIFE SEES HER HUSBAND KILLED. Tragic Incident at Soldiers’ Sports.
Bordon, Saturday. The Hampshire Coroner returned a verdict of accidental death at an inquest held at Bordon Camp to-day on Michael Tierner (sic), a gunner in the R.G.A. The evidence showed that deceased took part in an alarm race, which was a feature in the annual sports of the 9th Brigade, R.G.A. He was running alongside a six-inch thick howitzer when he noticed something amiss. He attempted to right matters but was caught by the heavy wheel of the gun, and thrown to the ground with such violence that his neck was dislocated, and he died almost immediately.

The opinion of Colonel M’Cleary was that deceased exhibited excessive zeal in the competition, and the Coroner agreed. Deceased was married, and had several children, his wife being amongst the crowd that witnessed the fatal accident.

Gunner Tierney is buried in Bordon Military Cemetery.  His headstone bears the personal inscription ‘Sadly missed by fond wife and loving children RIP’. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2758057/M%20TIERNEY/

Private 25154 Allan Desborough  3rd Bn Border Regiment

Son of Jane Desborough of 80 South St, Carlisle and the late John Desborough, Pte Desborough transferred to 199th PoW Coy, Labour Corps. He died of pernicious anaemia which he contracted in France, and is buried Dalston Road Cemetery, Carlisle. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2748462/ALLAN%20DESBOROUGH/