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"Here is no need of pity; died the heroes still.
Strong and triumphant till the last brave breath.
Fronting the battle, heart and soul and will,
They died the splendid death."

ALLAN, Robert Grigor; Aged 20. 2nd Lieutenant K.O.S.B.'S, killed in action at Vimy Ridge on 9th April, 1917. Was the only grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Craig, of Savoy, Clarendon. His great-great grandfather was the Hon. Charles Farquharson, Custos and Member of Assembly for Saint Elizabeth, who died in 1825. He was educated at Winchester College. Was the King's Gold Medalist there, and had won a Scholarship at Oxford, when war broke out, but he immediately went into training, and to the Front shortly thereafter. He had been wounded severely and had just re-joined before his death.

ABENDANA, Eric Montague; B.Sc., C.E. (Toronto University). Lieut. Canadian Engineers, son of Mr. I. M. Abendana, of Port .Antonio. Was born at Port Antonio in 1892 and received his early education at Titchfield School. He left Jamaica in 1905 and entered St. Andrew's College, Toronto, where. he continued his studies in his profession as a Civil Engineer.  In 1914 he received his degrees of B.Sc. and C.E. He obtained a position as Civil Engineer and Draughtsman, which position lie held until he joined the Canadian Engineers. In April, 1916, he came to Jamaica and, whilst here, was ordered to proceed to Halifax to join his regiment which was embarking for overseas duty. On his arrival in England he held an appointment under the War Office as Resident Engineer for the construction of three Airdrome stations. He was recalled to his regiment and joined his battalion in France on the 16th July, 1918. He died on the 16th of October from pleurisy whilst on active service in France.

ASTWOOD, Edward Leicester Stuart; 2nd Lieut., 26th (S) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (Bankers), son of E.. W. Astwood of the Colonial Treasury, Jamaica, and of Agnes Astwood, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica; he was educated first at the Jamaica College and afterwards at the Oundle School, Northamptonshire, England-Engineering side. He returned to Jamaica and was employed in the Engineering Branch of the Jamaica Government Railway for a period of about three years. On the outbreak of War he resigned his position and proceeded to England to offer his services to the War Office.  He was gazetted to a Commission in the 14th Reserve Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers at Shoreham.  He was shortly after this appointed a Musketry Instructor and ordered to join the 26th (Service) Battalion of the same Regiment at Aldershot.   This Battalion proceeded to France in May 1916. He fell mortally wounded in the great advance on September 15th, 1916.  He was rescued by his devoted friend and loyal .comrade, Lieutenant Pelham Aldrich, with much difficulty and at great personal risk, and sent to a Base Hospital. He however, succumbed to his serious injuries on the 20th September, 1916, and his body was buried at the Military Cemetery of St. Sever, Rouen. He was 23 years of age.

BAILLIE, Frank Watson: 2nd Lieut. Royal Air Force; the younger son of Rev. W. Baillie of Wesley Mount, Williamsfleld; was born on October 4th, 1900, at Sav-la-Mar. He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath, England. On leaving school in 1917 he joined the R.A.F. in October, and received his commission a few months later. He was killed as the result of an aeroplane accident at Hounslow 6 September 15th, 1918, and buried in the new Brentford Cemetery, Heston, Hounslow.

BEMAND, George Edward K.;  2nd Lieut., Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bemand, of this City, and grandson of the late Mr. George Adams. Shortly after war was declared he gave up his employment as an engineer, in England, and joined the Army. He was killed in action in France the 26th December, 1916.

BERTRAM, Rolf Guillaume de la Vieuville; Lieut., 8 Winnipeg; son of the Hon. L. J. Bertram, Auditor-General of Jamaica.  Educated at Cheltenham College.  Trooper in the Fort Garry Horse.  Promoted to Lieutenant December, 1916. Died on September 6, 1916, wounds received on May 16.

BINNS, Percy Vere; M.C., Captain 1st Brigade Canadian Engineers, second son of Mr. Ellis P. Binns of Lee, London, S.E., and formerly of Port Antonio, Jamaica. He was born at Port Antonio in 1893 was educated at Woodstock College; Ontario, and at Toronto University. In 1914 he took up profession of civil engineering, in November, 1915, he obtained a Commission in the Canadian Engineers with the 1st Brigade of which he went to France. He was wounded on September 8th, 1916, and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry on New Year's Day, 1917. In September of the same year he was made Acting Adjutant, and on May 31st he was appointed Staff Captain to his Brigade. On the 28th of .August he was killed in action in France.

BLACKDEN, 2nd Lt. Arthur Worsley, Royal Field Artillery, eldest son of Brigadier General Blackden, and Mrs. L. S. Blackden; was born at Paston House, Cambridge, on the 6th January, 1898. He was at Tonbridge School from. 1911 to 1915. He passed for the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in March, 1915; was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant to the Royal Field Artillery on the 27th October, 1915, and posted to 4a Reserve Battery, R.F.A. On the 3rd May, 1916, he went to France with the 189th Brigade, R.F.A. After a short period in the Trench Mortar battery he returned to his old Brigade and went to the Somme, and took part in the great campaign. On the 28th September, 1916, he was killed by a shell.

BOYLE, Ernest C. P.; D.S.O., Lieut.-Colonel, Honourable Artillery Company, came to Jamaica in November, 1908, and rented the estate Good Hope, in the Port Royal Mountains.  He was a Magistrate and engaged in many other honourable positions in the island. On the eve of returning to Jamaica from a visit to England, war broke out and he joined the H.A.C. as a Captain. Soon after on the retirement of his Colonel he was placed in command of the battalion.  He was killed in action on February 7th, 1917.  He had served in the Boer War, beginning as a trooper and ending as a captain in the Imperial Yoemanry.

BROWNE, George Edwin;  Lieut. Royal Air Force.  Only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Browne of Kingston. He was born at Cape Town, S. Africa, in 1891, and came to Jamaica in 1906.He was a clerk in the Audit Office, but left as Lieutenant with the 1st Jamaica Contingent in November, 1915, was subsequently transferred the R.A.F. and qualified as pilot. He was sent to France on the 15 Dec., 1917, and died of wounds on the 21st of January, 1918. He is buried in Lincourt New British Cemetery, east of Peronne

BRANDON, Brian Lloyd; was born at Emerald Park, Kingston, Jamaica, and was educated at Wolmer's High School, Kingston. After leaving school he entered commercial life, and had an exceeding bright future before him; he, however, gave this up with the object of going into active service.

CLARE, Horace Townshend; Major was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on the 3rd.October, 1896; was educated at Halleybury, and passed for Woolwich (with a view to entering the Royal Engineers) at the earliest date possible, but two years later, on the outbreak, of war he was given a commission in the Artillery. He was at the landing al Gallipoli, served with the famous 29th Division. He was ordered to France, was wounded there and given his Captaincy in the Horse Artillery.  On the 25th March he was made a Major in the R.F.A. and placed in command of a battery.  He was only 21 years of age.

CAHUSAC, Basil Raymond Woodd; 2nd Lieut. B.W.I. Regt., third son of Mr. C. T. Cahusac, of Orange Grove, Westmoreland; was born at Hyde Estate, in Trelawny on the 28th October, 1897, joined the Contingent Force in June, 1917, and served in France and Italy. In July, 1918 was transferred to the Officer's Training School at Bedford, England, and just after finishing his course, contracted the flu, which developed pneumonia , of which he died in the Woolwich Military Hospital on the 29th October, 1918.  Aged 21 years and one day.

CLEMETSON, David Louis; Lieut. 24th Welsh Regiment, eldest son of the late David Robert Clemetson of "Frontier," St. Mary., He was born at Port Maria, St. Mary, in 1893 and was educated at Potsdam, Jamaica and Clifton College, England. At the outbreak of war he was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, and volunteered for service in Kitchener's Army. He enlisted in the Sportsman Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. After serving in Salonika he was invalided to England and then transferred into the 24th Welsh Regiment of the Welsh Hussars and was killed near Peronne on September 21st, 1918.

CONRAD, Percy W. D.; Major, 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, who died from wounds at Neuf-Berquin, France, on 12th April, 1918; was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Conran of Fernhill, Manhamead, Plymouth. Major Percy Conran was born on 28th July, 1885. He was educated at Cheltenham College, from where he entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and obtained his commission in 1905, and then joined the Royal Lancashire Fusiliers. He was ordered to France, and was in action during the March offensive, 1918, when he led his company and rushed a trench and was wounded and taken a prisoner 10th April, 1918.

CAMPBELL, Ivor Henry; 2nd Lieut. (Middlesex Regt.)  Youngest son of Dugald Campbell of Rosehall, St. Catherine, and Lillias his wife was born in 1888. Educated in Jamaica and at Okehampton, Devonshire, England, went from Costa Rica (where he was manager of a banana and cocoa farm to England in 1915 and enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment and after training went with his Battalion to Salonica where he served for one year. He obtained leave to proceed to England, having successfully passed for a Commission, and when waiting for a transport he took suddenly ill, and died in a Military Hospital at Salonica on the 29th August, 1917, aged 29 years, leaving a widow in England.

CASTLE, Charles Wigram Marshall; Senior Medical Officer of the Public Hospital. He was born in India in 1859 and was the son of Captain . Charles T. Castle of the Leicester Regt., and afterward of the Indian Police.  He was educated at Elizabeth College, Guernsey, and afterwards entered King's College Hospital.  He came on to Jamaica in 1887 under the auspices of the late Sir Henry Norman and the Hon. James Farquharson, and entered the Island Medical Service. He left In the latter part of 1915 with a view to joining the R.A.M.C.  In the early part of 1916 he obtained a position on the staff of medical men to examine, recruits for Lord Kitchener's Army. Whilst working in London he was seized with a chronic, trouble he had fought for years, which caused his death.

DALEY, John Albert Edward Robertson; Lieut. 4th B.W.I.R., attached Royal Air Force, son of Mr. George E. Daley of New Market, St. Elizabeth. He was born at Kingston, February 5th, 1898.  He was educated at Potsdam School (Munro College). He obtained a Commission in the B.W.I.R. and was among those who escaped the disastrous blizzard at Halifax. When he reached England he was told off for service in the Flying Corps, and soon was made a full Lieutenant.  He died on the 8th of July, 1918, as a result of accident in France. over. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross-the second won by a West Indian.

EDWARDS, Harrington Douty; D.S.O., R.N., Lieut.-Commander elder son of Capt. C. R. Edwards R.A.M.C., (District Medical Officer for lower St. Andrew, who served in a military hospital in Weyr during the war), was born in the West Indies. He spent a few years in Jamaica, was educated at Cambridge and entered the Navy rising to the position of Lieutenant Commander. In the war he won the Distinguished Service Order for Special Service in a Submarine in September, 1915.  He perished with his submarine which left Harwich on patrol work in 1916, and never returned.

EDWARDS, Donald W.; Lieut., A.S.C., younger son of Captain C. R. Edwards, R.A.M.C., was born in Jamaica and spent his life here, and was ;educated at Cambridge. On his return to the island after service in British North Borneo, he joined the staff of the  Colonial Secretary's Office. When war broke out he returned to England was attached to the Motor Section of the Army Service Corps.. He later became a Flight Lieutenant, and it was while taking part in an aerial combat he was killed on the 6th of April, 1917.

FARQUHARSQN, Norman Kenneth; Second Lieut. King's Own Royal Lancasters, youngest son of M. H. M. Farquharson, of Cornwall, Lacovia, was born in 1894 at Black River, Jamaica. He was educated at the Worthing High School, Sussex, England.  He enlisted at Glasgow in the Royal Engineers in September, 1914, and was on active service in Egypt for about two years, being then given a commission. He was wounded in France and passed some months in Hospital and was killed in-action near Arras, on 30th August,

FITZ-RITSON, Philip Morrison; Second Lieut. B.W.I.R., eldest son of Mr. W. Fitz-Ritson of Falmouth. He was born in Jamaica at Falmouth and was educated at Falmouth Government School. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal and then sergeant in 1918. He was granted a Commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the J. W. C. He died at New Haven, Trelawny, of "Spanish Influenza" after a few days illness on the 2nd of December, 1918.

GARLAND, Wodehouse Vincent Raven; Corporal London Irish Rifles, late Captain Rand Rifles son of the late Captain Vincent John Garland; of the Leinster Regiment and West India Regiment, and Mrs. Constance Garland, and grandson of the late Hon. Samuel Constantine Burke, Custos of St. Andrew and Crown Solicitor for Jamaica; was born in India in January, 1889. He was educated at the Grammar School, Kingston, and Potsdam School, Jamaica.  He went to England in 1902 and entered Dunstable School, from whence he went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst as a King's Cadet. Later he went to South Africa in the Rhodesian Police with which he served for a couple of years, but resigned from this force to go in for mining and was so employed at the outbreak of the Great War.  He at once joined The Rand Rifles in which he was given a Commission as Captain and served with General Louis Botha in his successful campaign in South-West Africa.  At the conclusion of this he proceeded to England and enlisted in the London Irish Rifles. He was killed on the 15th of September, being sniped while escorting prisoners after the Battle of Combles, through which he had come unhurt.

GLANVILLE, H. F.; Major W. I. Regt., son of the late Mr. Thomas Glanville of Greenvale, Manchester. He, at the outbreak of the war, was an engineer in the Indian Civil Service. Being an aviator of some repute, he volunteered for service and Joined the Royal Flying Corps in France. In 1916 he as Lieutenant, was wounded in Flanders. He was promoted to the rank of Major.  He was killed whilst flying some time in the early part of 1918.

HUSBAND, George Staunton; Captain, D.S.O., I.M.S.; second son of the late Rev. C. T. Husband. He was educated at the Jamaica College, won the Jamaica Scholarship 1898 and proceeded to Edinburgh University where he graduated M.B., Ch.B., in 1904. In February, 1907, he entered the I.M.S. as Lieutenant and was promoted into Captain in February, 1910. In November, 1914, was posted to act as medical officer of the 69th Punjabis. Throughout the war he had been serving in various theatres of war, and received the D.S.O. on June 3rd, 1916.  He was killed in 1917.

ISAACS, Vincent Harcourt; Lt. 9th Royal Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr. Ralph Isaacs of Kingston, Jamaica. He was born on the 23rd January, 1891 in Kingston. He received his early education at St. George's College and continued his college course at Fordham University, New York. There he secured his B.A. Degree. He afterwards took up the study of Law at Exeter College, Oxford University. After securing the B.A. in Laws and qualifying for the English Bar by passing the Bar Examination of the Inns of the Courts at the Inner Temple, he joined the colours. He fought in several actions on the Western Front. He was killed on the 21st of September, 1918, and is buried in the British Cemetery in Deelish Valley just outside the village of Epehy, north-east of Peronne.

KEMBLE, Cyril Stewart; Second Lieut. 3rd Suffolk Regiment, attached 2nd 4th. Berkshire Regiment, fourth son of Mr. Frederick Kemble of St. Andrew; was born , at Moorlands, Brentford Rd., in 1898. He was educated at Wolmer's School. He was killed on the 28th of May, 1918 at Hazebruck, France, in big German offensive.

KING, Berry; Lieut. 3rd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Royal Flying Corps. Eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O'Reilly King, of Kingston, Jamaica; was educated at Camperdown School, Jamaica, and at Allen School, West Newton, Mass., U.S.A. On his return to this island he joined .the "Jamaica Militia Artillery," in which he served for a couple of years. On the declaration of War in 1914, he joined the Kingston Infantry Militia and later became attached to the West India Regiment. In the following February he left for England where he was given a Commission in the above named regiment.  He left for France in October, 1915, fighting in the trenches for twelve months at Ypres and on the Somme. He later returned to England to train as a Pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. His last great fight took place on May 3rd, 1917, when he was killed in action.

KELLY-LAWSON, George McFarquhar; Second Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Dermot O. Kelly-Lawson and Mrs. Kelly-Lawson, Hampden, Trelawny.  Educated at Malvern House, Kearney, Kent, and King's School, Canterbury, having gained a Scholarship for the latter.  He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in January, 1914. Passed out into the Royal Garrison Artillery, and was sent to France with the 5th Siege Battery, where he served for eighteen months. He was killed at Ypres by shell firing during the heavy fighting on the 9th of August, 1917. Aged nearly 21 years.

LUCIE-SM1TH, Euan; Second Lieut., 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, younger son of the late John Barclay Lucie-Smith, Postmaster for Jamaica; was born in Kingston in 1889 and educated at Berkhamstead, England. He served in the Jamaica Artillery Militia until the outbreak of war when he obtained a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He proceeded to England to join his regiment in December, 1914, and was trained at the Isle of Wight. He went to France and was reported missing in April, 1915, and has since been officially reported killed in Ypres.

MacDERMOT, Cecil Arthur George; Captain Canadian Regiment, sixth son of the late Canon MacDermot, was born at Ropley in the Blue Mountains in 1891.  He enlisted as a Private and was eventually promoted to Captain. He was twice wounded and suffered from shell-shock.  He was killed in the fighting north of Cambrai, on the 1st October, 1918.

McCREA,Frank D.;  Captain Royal Canadians.  Only son of the late Mr. Harry McCrea, Deputy Inspector General of Police.  He was killed in action on the 28th September, 1918, aged 23 years.

MCLAUGHLIN, Lee Thompson; Lt. Royal Flying Corps, son of Capt. J. M. McLaughlin and his wife Clara, born in Cayman Islands on the 27th of Dec., 1894, of Scotch parentage. He came to Jamaica 1906, and was educated at Montego Bay Government Secondary School. He left for Canada in April, 1912, entered McGill University in October of the year as a medical student, remaining there until the outbreak of war. In March, 1915 he enlisted in Princess Pat's famous Canadian Light Infantry.  In May 1916 in England he was granted a Commission. In August, 1916 he entered the R. F. C. in which he remained until his death on April 19th, 1917.  His body was interred in the Military Cemetery at Gosport, England, on April 24th, 1917. He was 22 years of age.

MAIS, Herbert Roxburgh; Lieut., 70th Field Co., R.E., only son of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Mais, of St. Andrew, died of wounds in France, on 30th November, 1917. Age 27 years. He was first educated in Jamaica at Camperdown School, St. Andrew, under Mr. E. A. Poole, and afterwards at .George Watson's School in Edinburgh. He then entered McGill University, Montreal, where he graduated in 1913 with the degree of B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. Shortly after this he was engaged on important hydro-electric work's in the province of Quebec. On the outbreak of war he resigned his appointment and came to Jamaica on a short visit, proceeding to England and enlisting in the R. E, as an ordinary sapper. He quickly gained his commission and was drafted to the front in France. He was wounded and invalided to England in 1916.  He returned to France in the early part of 1917 where he met his death on the 30th November of that year.

MILHOLLAND, Frederick Raymond; Capt. 7th Yorkshire Regt., eldest son of Mr. J. F. Milholland, formerly Crown Solicitor of Jamaica. His early education was at Camperdown School, Jamaica, and at 11 years of age he was sent to Mr. .Good Child's Preparatory School at Cambridge, until 1909 when he won a scholarship which gained his admission to Oundle College. In December, 1914, he gained a classical scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford. He was .elected Rhodes Scholar for Jamaica, in 1916. He first obtained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 7th Yorkshire Regiment, and after much active service in Flanders rose to the rank of Captain. He died on the 26th of February from wounds received on the battle front in France.

MILES, Richard Douglas; (M.C.), 2nd Lieut. Royal Irish Fusiliers, eldest son of the Hon. A. H. Miles, C.M.G., formerly, Collector General, and of Mrs. Miles was, born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, on 12th September, 1888, and educated at Bedford Grammar School, England. At the outbreak of war, he joined the 31st Batt. of the Alberta Infantry and proceeded to Europe with the Second Canadian Contingent and rose to be Company Sergeant-Major in his Battalion. He was then granted a Commission in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, 4th Batt. Was awarded the Military Cross for a special service in the winter campaign of 1916-17, and while serving with the 9th succumbed to his hurt during the early hours of the next morning. He has found a final resting place, in a Military Cemetery off the road between Ypres and Poperinghe.

NICOLL Stanhope Eric; M.C., Capt. 4th Battalion West Kents.  Son of the late Dr. Nicoll of Knockpatrick, Mandeville.  He was, born at Biaritz, France, 19th Jany., 1893. Before receiving his Commission he enlisted in a Canadian Highland Regiment. He served in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine for over two years with the Kents. In the beginning  of 1918 he received the Military Cross.  He was killed in action in Palestine on the 19th of January.  Aged 25.

NOSWORTHY, William Claude Michelin; Lieut. Royal Field Artillery, attached to the Royal Flying Corps, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nosworthy, born at Constant Spring on 26th March, 1895, was educated at Camperdown School, Jamaica,  and   Exeter School, England, after which entered the McGill University, Montreal, Canada.  When war broke out in 1914 he proceeded to England where he obtained a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery.  In October, 1916, he was gazetted into the Regular Army. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and it was in an aerial combat over the French lines that he was mortally wounded and died on 6th December, 1917.

ORRETT, Frank; 2nd Lieut. Gordon Highlanders, son of Charles Orrett, of Exeter Plantation, Vere; finished his education at Calabar College.  Shortly after  the outbreak of the war, he proceeded England and offered his services to the War Office. He joined the Gordon Highlanders, and from that Regiment he was given a Commission.  In the attack on Cambrai he was severely wounded and succumbed to his injuries. He was only in his 20th year.

ORRETT, Cecil Claude; Captain 14th Machine Gun Battalion, A Company. youngest son of Mr. William H. Orrett of Kingston.  He was born at Kew, Halfway Tree, Jamaica, in 1898, and was educated in England.  Two days after war was declared he enlisted as a private in a London Regiment. He received a Commission as Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshires.  He was severely wounded in 1917, and was sent to England. On recovery he was appointed to train American soldiers in machine gun work for which service he gained a Captaincy. In February, 1918 he was off to the front again. He was killed in action on the 25th September, 1918.

PARK, Walter Williamson; Lieut. Hertfordshire Regt., elder son of the Hon. J. H. W. Park, Director of Public Works, was born at Foresthill, London, S.E., on the 4th March, 1897, and educated at St. Chads N. Wales and Haileybury College.  On leaving school in 1913 he joined the Hertfordshire Regiment and was sent to France in March, 1916.  He was killed by a shell on the 2nd April, 19l6, at Bacquerot, near La Bassee.

PEARMAN, James O'Hara; Lieut. 9th Batt. Warwickshire Regt, the eldest son of the late Rev. W. D. Pearman, headmaster of Potsdam School, was born in Shropshire, England in 1882. He was educated in Potsdam and at Gorville College, Cambridge, graduating in 1904. On the outbreak of the war, he joined the army and obtained a commission in May, 1915. He was killed on the Tigris on January 25th, 1917.

PIERCE, Robert Campbell; Lieut.-Col., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, served in Burmah 1891-2. Took part in operation on N. W. frontier of India 1897-8. With Peshawar, column, 5th Brigade Tirah Expeditionary Force. Killed in front of his Regiment at the battle of the Somme. Son of the Rev. William Edward Pierce, once Rector of St. Michael's Church, Kingston.

POWELL, John S.; Lieut. B.W.I.R., second son of the late Thomas Smythe Powell. He was born at Grove Place, in Manchester, and was educated, at Beckford and Smith's School at Spanish Town. He was penkeeper at Windsor Park, Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He went to France in one of the contingents, but on account of ill health returned to Jamaica in March, 1918 and died at Richmond Hill in Manchester on the 9th June, 1918. Aged 43 years.

RIPLEY, Reginald C. P.; Lieut. Royal Flying Corps, eldest son of Canon Ripley. He was born at St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, 1893, and was educated at Bedford Grammar School. He left Jamaica with the 1st B.W.I.R. and was in Egypt for nearly two years. He afterwards joined .the R.F.C. and obtained his pilot certificate. After further training he left for France to join the great air-drive in the early part of 1918. The latter part of this year he was reported missing; he was shot and buried within the German lines.

ROBERTS, John; 2nd Lieut. 381st Battery, 158th Army Brigade, was born in 1886 near Bettws T. Goed, North Wales. He took his B.A. degree from the University College of North Wales, Bangor. In 1913 he was selected to come out to Jamaica as Assistant Master in Wolmer's School.  In 1914 he left Wolmer's for Potsdam, where he remained for two years. Returning to England in July, 1916, he obtained a Commission in the R.F.A. In April 1918 he was badly "gassed" near Arras and was sent to a hospital in England.  He returned to active duty, and on November 11, 1918,-the day of the Armistice, he succumbed to pneumonia and was buried at Boulogne.

ROXBURGH, Alan Cameron; Lieut, Notts. Yeomanry, attached Royal lying ;Corps, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Roxburgh, of Mount Plenty, St. Ann, died of rounds received in action in Palestine 28th November, 1917, aged, 26 years; He was born at Mount Plenty, on March 4th, 1891, and was educated at Potsdam School, now called Munroe College, St. Elizabeth. He left Jamaica in May, 1915, to offer his services in the war. He then got a Commission in the Nottingham Yeomanry and in September, 1916, he was sent with his squadron to Salonica. Early in 1917, he volunteered for the Air Service. In July, or August he was gazetted as an Observer, and got his first wing. His work consisted in directing Artillery fire in the taking of Gaza and in the bombardment around Jerusalem and he met his end shortly before the taking of that city

SAILMAN, Robert Thomas Heathfield; Lieut. 88th Battalion Canadian Infantry, second son of Edmund D. M. Sailman, of Alverstone Priory, Malvern, Jamajca, and Gertrude Augusta, his wife, daughter of the late Rev. Robert Potter, M.A., Rector of Corley, Coventry, England. Was born at Tunbridge Wells, England, on November 21, 1886, was educated at Potsdam, having gained a scholarship when just nine years old, took the Jamaica Scholarship, 1905. Went to McGill University, Montreal, gained his degree of B.Sc. In 1916, he went to England where he served in various camps in the Canadian Pioneer Training Depots. In July, 1917, he was sent to France, where he fell in October 30th, 1917.

THOMAS, Arthur Crichton; Major R.G.A., who was killed on November 16, aged 27, was the eldest surviving son of Inspector H. T. Thomas, of Jamaica Constabulary, and .Mrs.Thomas, lately of 15, Kew Gardens-road, Kew. He passed into the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1911, and served in various stations at home and abroad.  At the outbreak of the war he was at Gibraltar but returned to England in March 1917, and left for the front in May.  His two elder brothers have also fallen in action.

THOMAS, Harry Reid; Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Inspector H. T. Thomas, was born in Kingston in 1883. In 1900 he went to the Bedford Grammar School in England. In 1905 he received a commission in the Durham Artillery Militia, from which he passed in the following year into the Royal Garrison Artillery. At the outbreak of war he assisted in training recruits till August, 1915, when he accompanied his battery, (the 34th) to France. He was killed in action on Christmas Day, 1915.

THOMPSON, Arnold E.; 2nd Lieut. B.W.I.R., attached Royal Fusiliers, son of Mr. John Thompson of Chapelton, Jamaica. He was born at Chapelton, in 1879, and was educated at Chapelton. He obtained a Commission in the 6th Contingent. He went to Egypt and was attached to the 4th B.W.I.R., and was in the fighting zone for about a year. He returned to France in September, 1917, where he went into action with the Royal Fusiliers and was killed on September 20th, 1917.

VERLEY, A. Stuart L.; Lieut. Royal Dublin Fusiliers; son of the late Mr. James Verley. He took part in the South African War. On his, return to Jamaica he went in for pen keeping, but at the outbreak of war went back to England and. volunteered for service. He was. on active service in France and took part in the battle of Messines. He was killed in action on August 16th, 1917.

VINE, Second Lieut. Stephen James, Royal Sussex Regt., younger son of the late Alfred Vine of Kingston. He died from wounds on the 2nd June, 1918, received on the battle front.

WALKER, Lieut.-CoIonel H. N., M.C., O.B.E., Royal Air Force and Welsh Regiment, eldest son of Mr. C. L. Walker of Hopewell, Walkerswood, St. Ann. He was born in Jamaica, was educated at Cheltenham College and passed into Sandhurst in 1908. In September, 1914, he went to France with the British Expeditionary Force and sustained wounds whilst fighting. After a year's leave he joined the R.A.F. and retired to France where he served fifteen months at Headquarters, and was appointed to the Air Ministry where he served until his death being the result of his wounds received in 1914.

WATSON-TAYLOR, Arthur Simon; 2nd Lieut. London Regiment, born at Haughton Grove in the parish of Hanover, Jamaica and educated at Wellington College, Berks, and Cambridge. He went through the ranks in the usual course, and was killed near Ypres on 14th September, 1917, aged 33.

WESTPHAL, 2nd Lieut. Benjamin A., Manchester Regiment, eldest son of Rev. Bishop Westphal of the Moravian Church. He was born in Jamaica and was sent at an early age to Fulneck, Yorkshire, then passed on to Manchester University.  He first joined the Ambulance Corps and served at the front, then returned to England, joined the Officers Corps, was commissioned and returned to the front. It is believed that he was killed on the 23rd April, 1917.

YOUNG, Leycester B.; 2nd Lieut. B.W.I. Regiment, died on  active service at Wilercaux, France, of pneumonia, eldest son of the late Robert L. Young of Hanhurst Brown's Town, St. Ann. He enlisted in the Jamaica War Contingent in 1916 and obtained a Commission.

Died after the Signing of the Armistice


KEMP, Captain Thomas Norman Cameron, M. C., 1st Batt. Gurkha Rifles, youngest son of Mr. T. Kemp, was born in Jamaica and was educated, first at Buchanan School, then at Glenalmond from which he passed into Sandhurst in 1911.  In 1912 he was attached to the Durham Light Infantry, and in 1913 he joined the Gurkha Rifles. Shortly after the outbreak of war he went to France with hjs regiment. In November, 1915 his regiment was sent to Mesopotamia and took part in the relief of Kut. In 1916 he was invalided back to India. On the 15th of May, 1915, he was shot through the head in the engagement of an Afghan offensive in the Khyber Pass.

MILLS, Lieut. John MacFarlane Denholm, D.F.C., Royal Air Force, second son of Mr. David Mills of Retirement, Montego Bay. He left Jamaica with the 5th British West Indies Regiment. In July, 1917, he joined the Royal Flying Corps. He was the first man to fly to Mesopotamia and back from Egypt. He was killed in action on the 22nd June, 1919.

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