Oscar Sewell Ladbrook (1886 - 1917)

Oscar enlisted with Essex Regiment, serving with 3rd Battalion and was promoted to Lance Corporal, his regimental number was 35943.  He was transferred to 16th Battalion, Welch Regiment and was promoted to Corporal, Regimental Number 54887.

Oscar was killed in action in Belgium on 22nd August 1917.  He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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Percy SMITH (1897 - 1978)

Percy enlisted on 29th August 1914, joining 4th Battalion, Essex Regiment before being posted to France in September 1916 as part of 2nd Battalion, he was Private 40339.

Percy transferred to 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) in October 1916, his service number changing to GS/ 60340.  On 17th February 1917 he was very badly wounded and was discharged from the army in August of the same year.

Victor William WAYMARK (1897 – 1917)

Known as William Victor, he had been a member of the Houseboy Brigade in 1911.

William enlisted at Swindon, Wiltshire and was posted as Private 6173 to 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade.  He arrived in France in September 1915.

William was awarded the Military Medal in May 1917. He was wounded at Stirling Castle and died of his wounds at No. 10 CCS, on 27th August 1917.  William is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

The handwritten will of a FWW soldier

Samuel YERRELL (1866 - 1915)

Samuel enlisted during 1915 for 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, Private 19527.  Served on Western Front from 30th August 1915.

Samuel died 25th December 1915 at 10th Casualty Clearing Station at Remy Siding between Ypres and Poperinghe and buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Soldier in FWW uniform