Albert Boulton Lance Corporal Albert Boulton 7525 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
A reservist called up on August 5, 1914, he took part in the retreat from Mons to the Marne and then in the defence of Ypres .He died in heavy fighting at Hooge on the Menin Road on June 16, 1915 He is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.
Albert was a married man with four children, and worked in a market garden. The family lived in Hailes Street. When he left Winchcombe his wife was pregnant with a fifth child, who was born just before he was killed.
Private John (Jack) Hall 4517 D Coy 2/5 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment (Territorial)
The 2/5 Battalion left for France on May 24, 1916. They were in action at Fauquissart in the Pas de Calais in northern France from June 16. On the night of June 20, one man was killed, and others in a raiding party cut down by machine gun fire. Jack Hall was one of these men who areburied together in Royal Irish Rifles Cemetery His grave is the first on the left.
Jack was an only son. He had worked as a clerk at the jam factory, and married Matilda Banks not long before he left. He was a friend of the poet Ivor Gurney who wrote a poem commemorating Jack and his friend Ernest Skillern - ‘To Certain Friends’ (J H and E S )
Acting Sergeant Hubert Tripp 17260 8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
The 8th Battalion formed part of the 19th Division which was heavily involved in the German Spring offensive of 1918 to push the Germans back from the Marne and the Aisne. In June they were involved in heavy fighting from Sarcy to Chambrecy, before being moved back. Hubert Tripp is reported to have died of wounds on June 21, 1918.He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Memorial at Soissons.
Hubert’s father worked as a labourer, and the family moved several times. Hubert was born at Arlington. During the war, they were living at Culls Meadow in Toddington.
Private Harry Lane 25741 Royal Worcestershire Regiment D Coy 14th Battalion
Harry Lane joined the 14th Battalion in 1915. They landed in France in June 1916, and were involved in heavy fighting around the Ancre at the end of the Battle of the Somme. In the spring of 1917, the 14th Battalion was involved in fighting around Arras, particularly at Gavrelle. Harry Lane was wounded, and repatriated. He died of infected wounds in hospital in Epsom on June 26, 1917, and is buried in Gretton churchyard.
He was one of a large family in Gretton -his father worked on the Stanway estate. One sister became a teacher at Gretton school.
Private James Yiend 241291 2/5 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
James Yiend’s unit was involved in heavy fighting near Amiens in April and had been withdrawn to what was believed to be a quieter area when the Germans launched a heavy attack near La Bassee Canal in May 1918. James Yiend was wounded in fighting in May 1918, and was repatriated to hospital in Bath where he died on June 3. His body was brought back to Winchcombe where he was buried in Winchcombe cemetery after a requiem mass.
James Yiend was one of four sons brought up by their widowed mother in Gloucester Street, where she kept a shop. James trained to use a typewriter, often used then by men, and worked for Harrods in London before joining the army.