Canvey's Casualties of WWI

100 years on

Some of the casualties have separate pages for their stories.

The original War Memorial which hung in St Katherine’s Church. 19 names appear on this plaque. Now hangs in St Nicholas Church

William Easterbrook, Killed in action when  HMS Hogue was torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine .  22 Mar 1884 – 22 Sept 1914

Arthur Jennings, Killed in action when HMS Aboukir was torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine .  26 Nov 1886 – 22 Sept 1914. Son of Charles Jennings and Emma King.

Adolphus Smith , Killed in action when HMS Aboukir was torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine .  11 Dec 1886 – 22 Sept 1914. Son of Samuel Smith and Emily Scott.

Private Fred Hitchcock, Essex Regiment.  Boulogne. ? – 28 Dec 1914.

Private Edward Fisk,  London Rifle Brigade.   Killed in action Ypres.       ?  – 27 Apr 1915

Private Sidney Brignull, Essex Brigade.  1888 – 14 Apr 1917. Son of George and Mary Brignull

Frederick Potter,   HMS Salvia.  1896 – 20 June 1917. Son of William and Martha Potter of Brickhouse Farm. Killed in action with submarine off West Coast of Scotland.

Pte Charles E Mills. 7th Suffolks.   ?– 18th August 1916. France

Pte Robert J H Monteith.   Essex Regiment. Killed in action Flanders, France. 1892 – 6 Sept 1918. Son of Robert and Jessie Monteith.

Pte Frank Alexander Watson. Killed in action in Somme.    London Scottish.   1894 – 1st July 1916

Pte William Baxter Lasham. 16th London Regiment, Queens Westminster Rifles, Killed in action in France.  ? – 19 Sept 1916. Son of John William and Elizabeth Lasham of Romford.

Pte Reginald McLean Scott.  11th Essex Regiment.  Killed in action in Flanders. 1897 – 18 Sept 1916. Son of Charles and Janet Scott

Pte Henry Edwin Lazell.  Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action the Somme. 1895 – 4th November 1916. Son of Frederick and Louisa Lazell of Grace Cottage, Haven Road.

Sec. Lieut. Stewart Gordon Meggs. Royal Garrison Artillery Territorial Force.  Died from Pnuemonia. 1895 – 3rd March 1917. Eldest son of Charles and Florence Meggs of Canvey and Canonbury, London

L/Corpl. Arthur Henry Lewsey.  Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 62nd Coy. Died in France. Shot by a snipper. 1898 – 2 Jun 1917. Son of Arthur Ernest James and Mary Ann Lewsey of Waterside Cottage.

Pte Alfred Dedman9th Essex Regiment. Died in France. Gunshot wound to chest. 1893 – 30 Nov 1917. Son of John and Ada Dedman of 4, Chase Cottage, Canvey Island

Sgt. Melliss Joseph William Gibbins. Royal Engineers. Died in France. 1886 – 21 Mar 1918.  Mellis Joseph William Gibbins was born in Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham and elisted at Southend-on-Sea whilst living on Canvey Island. Serving with the 79th Field Company R.E., he was killed in action, France / Flanders, 21 March 1918. Having no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Sgt Gibbins had previously been awarded the Military Medal.

Ernest John Barttram.   HMS Kilkeel. 1894 – 6 February 1919. Son of John and Elizabeth Barttram of Grace Cottage, Oysterfleet, Canvey Island.

Driver John George Woods. Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport. 1897 – 22 December 1918.  Died from Bronchial Pneumonia and influenza at 52 General Hospital, Salonica, Greece. Direct result of active service. Son of George and Emily Woods, baker of Canvey Island.

The later brass plaque that was hung on Canvey’s first War Memorial at Jones Corner. 20 Names appear on this plaque. Now hangs on our War Memorial at the Paddocks

On the original plaque top of page only 19 of the casualties appear but there was another which was included in the later brass plaque and that is:-

Private William Vallance. b1895 and believed to have died on the 22nd Mar 1918. He was in the Bedford Regiment. He was at first declared Missing presumed dead behind enemy lines which is probably the reason his name did not appear on the original memorial.

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