WW1 casualties Natural History Museum staff war memorial

Remembering Robert James Swift, Natural History Museum staff, died 10 November 1916, Somme.

Gunner Robert James Swift 3474, 1st Battery, 45th Brigade Royal Field Artillery died on 10 November 1916. He has no known grave and is remembered on Pier / Face 1A / 8A of the Thiepval Memorial.

Also from the Somme Battles and with no known grave and listed on the Thiepval Memorial is fellow Natural History Museum staff member Private Stanley Thomas Wells 532040 (4674) D Company, 1/15 London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles) who died on 19 September 1916, aged 22.

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Robert J Swift and Stanley Thomas Wells are two British Museum / Natural History Museum  staff with no known grave are remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Image: CWGC website)

There are several war memorials and a Roll of Honour to the staff of The British Museum (Natural History) inside  its magnificent entrance hall.

This website has some good photographs:

 http://2ndww.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/the-natural-history-museum-in-world-wars.html

Other photos on the Waymarking website:

http://www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=6f276a15-e256-4ffe-aa4a-33184175fda5&gid=3

Further plaques reveal a link to SOE activity and weapons designed or demonstrated in some of its galleries, sealed  off during wartime and secret.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/library-and-archives/collections/world-wars.html

Within the British Museum (Natural History) or as it is now known the Natural History Museum,  there are two separate WW1 lists, one a Roll of Honour, the other a brass plaque listing the name of the dead staff.

Natural History Museum staff lost in WW1

Edward A Bateman

Private Edward Albert Bateman, 35698, 1st Norfolk Regiment, died 29 June 1918, aged 18. He is buied at plot I C 22 Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France amongst burials from local base hospitals. CWGC record him as the “son of Frank and Emma Bateman, 200 Valley Road, Streatham”.

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Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille. (Source: CWGC)

Frederick J. Bean

Thomas Douglas

John Gabriel

Private John Gabriel, 2865, 15th  Battalion London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles) died on 30 July 1916. He is buried in plot III B 10 Maroueil British Cemetery. CWGC records him as “the son of William and Matilda Gabriel. A Civil Servant”.  7 other soldiers named J Gabriel died in WW1.

E. George Gentry

Lance Corporal Ernest George Gentry 6896 2nd East Surrey Regiment died on 13 July 1915. He has no known grave and remembered on Panel 34 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/remembering-ernest-george-gentry-natural-history-museum-died-ypres-13-july-1915/

Duncan Hepburn Gotch
Second Lieutenant, 1293, B Compnay, 1st Battalion, Worcester Regiment, died 11 March 1915, aged 23. Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial to the missing of the early battles of 1914-1915 who have no known grave. Born in Kettering, the son of Davis F. Gotch (involved in shoe and leather manufacturing and later Assistant Secretary of Education Northants County Council) and Ethel Gotch, Bassingburne, Northampton. In the 1911 census, he was listed as Biology Student at Cambridge University. He was an entomologist.

https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/duncan-hepburn-gotch-entomologist-died-neuve-chapelle-11-march-1915/

Charles Hill

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Jerusalem Cemetery (Image source: CWGC)

I.J. Frederick Kingsbury

Private Isaac James Frederick Kingsbury 532927 2/15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles) died of wounds on 22 February 1918, aged 24. He is buried at plot Q35, Jerusalem War Cemetery. CWGC records him as the son of Elizabeth Kingsbury.

According to NHM records, he was born in 1893 and joined the Museum as a Boy Attendant in the Depertment 0f Zoology on 11 June 1908. He became a full Attendant on 22 August 1914 working in the Fish and Reptile section under Boulenger.

In the Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians, it mentions that Boulenger named the Kingsbury’s Rocket Frog Allobates Kingsburyi in 1918 as a memorial to his colleague. This South American rainforest frog is now endangered http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/55100/0

George Pagnoni

Private 4187, 13 Kensington Battalion London Regiment died on 17 September 1916. Buried or commemorated on  213.6.9 screen wall section of  Kensal  Green All Soul’s Cemetery in London. CWGC records him as the “son of Henry and Flora Pagnoni (nee Bendall)”. His headstone inscription chosen by Miss M. Pagnoni, 15 Rosher Mansions, Fulham, SW6 is simply “Born 1898. For Home, King and Country”. The NHM archive lists him in photographs as a boy Attendant in the Geology department.

J. H. Smitheringale

Several men of this name are listed. Most likely to be Private 233848, 2/2 London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) died on 21 March 1918. He is remembered on Panel 85/86 Pozieres Memorial.

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Smitheringale is named amongst thousands of missing on the Pozieres Memorial. Image Source: CWGC.

Robert J Swift

Gunner  Robert James Swift 3474, 1st Battery, 45th Brigade Royal Field Artillery died on 10 November 1916. He has no known grave and is remembered on Pier / Face 1A / 8A of the Thiepval Memorial.

Stanley T Wells

Private Stanley Thomas Wells 532040 (4674) D Company, 1/15 London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles) died on 19 September 1916, aged 22. He has no known grave and is remembered on Pier / Face 13C of the Thiepval memorial to the missing of the Somme battles. CWGC records him as the son of Thomas and Alice Elizabeth Wells, 33 Elmsleigh Road, East Hill, Wandsworth.

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Rocquigny Equancort British Cemetery (Image: CWGC)

Felix Gilbert Wiltshear

Rifleman F. Gilbert Wiltshear R/32865, 10th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died on 23 November 1917, aged 35.

He is buried in plot  III.B.14, Rocquigny Equancort Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, a cemetery of over 2000 burials associated with local Casualty Clearing Stations. CWGC lists him as the “son of Felix Gilbert and Fanny Wiltshear; husband of Ellen Barbara Wiltshear, 19 Ellerby Street, Fulham.” His wife Mrs E.B. Wiltshear chose the words “Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might” for his headstone.

We will add more information to these men as we come across it.

The 8 staff casualties from WW2 will be dealt with in a separate blog post.

Blog posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens project, 10 November 2016

 

 

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