An A-Z of the fallen servicemen from Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding area during the Great War. This book has been four years in the making.
Although the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front ended after the Armistice also known as Remembrance Day 11th hour of the 11th Day of November, 1918, the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers did not officially end until the Treaty of Versailles, when the peace agreement between the warring nations, was signed on 28th June 1919.
This commemorative book is an alphabetical list of 2,153 of His Majesty’s servicemen of the Naval, Air, and Military Forces who were either born or raised in Southend-on-Sea and the surrounding area, who fought and fell during the Great War, and who died as a result of war between 1914 and 1921.
"…Your son was wounded by a shell while passing through a village, which had been held by the enemy previous to our attack. I was actually with him at the time, but as far as I can gather, the shell burst twelve yards in front of him, and he was hit in the head, both shoulders, and the leg by flying splinters. He was bound up and taken to a first-aid post where he was attended to. Later, I saw him being moved further back on a stretcher, but I did not speak to him because I was told by the stretcher bearers that he was unconscious. The following day I received word that he had been evacuated from one of the Casualty Clearing Stations and did not know any more until I read in the Times that he had died of wounds."