Centenaries in September

1 September 1918 Walter Roderick Hamilton Gunn aged 22. Son of Henry Hamilton Gunn and Mrs Constance Gunn. Unusually Walter was born in Baveno, Italy although he was a native of Edinburgh. This is explained with the Hamilton Gunn surname as his father was from Edinburgh and Walter was raised there. The name Gunn and the name Hamilton Gunn appear many times in contemporary newspapers in Singapore. Although there must be a connection with Walter, so far it has eluded us. Walter was gazetted second lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) in July 1918. He was killed in action and buried at Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1499378


4 September 1918 Sidney Percival Humphrey aged 31. Son of William Stroud Humphrey and Mrs Mary Ann Humphrey. Sidney worked in Penang as an outfitter for the well-known department store of Pritchard & Co from 1910 to 1916. During his time there he was a member of the Penang Volunteer Corps. Sidney was a private in the 2nd Battalion Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action at Havrincourt Wood and is buried at Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7176812


20 September 1918, Sydney (Sam) Riley, aged 31. The son of Mr John J Riley and Mrs Sarah Jane Riley of Mottram, Manchester. Sam was born in Audenshaw, Lancashire and worked as a traveller for Messrs Herbert Whitworth and Co of Manchester and in Penang for Huttenbach Bros and Company. He was a member of Penang Cricket Club. He joined the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment and was commissioned second lieutenant in the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers in November 1917. He is buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3747062


Anniversaries in September


3 September 1916 Arthur James Basil Butcher aged 32. Son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Townsend Butcher and Mrs Annie Susan Butcher née Cox; husband of Mrs Gertrude Theresa Butcher née Tanner and father of Miss Butcher. Arthur’s father was at one time the commander of the Royal Garrison Artillery in Singapore. Arthur was later assistant manager on the Killinghall Estate near Kuala Lumpur. He was a second lieutenant in the 17th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Father and son both were killed in the First World War and another son, Trevor, died in the Second World War. Arthur is buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/677353

3 September 1916 Henry Pemberton Dudley aged 36. Son of Dr Henry N Dudley and Mrs Mary E Dudley née Pemberton. Henry was one of our Irishmen. He worked for the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Singapore and was active in the Singapore Swimming Club and the Singapore Cricket Club, where he is listed on the war memorial. He first enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers – the Rugby Pals -- as a private. He was wounded in Gallipoli and repatriated to Ireland from where he applied for a commission. He was gazetted a second lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Leinster Regiment and was attached to the 2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment when he went missing in action. Henry’s family took on the War Office, who refused to acknowledge that he had been killed in action. Using the Irish Probate Courts, the Dudley family brought evidence from eyewitnesses who had seen Henry killed in action and the court accepted the evidence and ruled that he was deceased. The War Office was forced to accept the court’s verdict. Henry is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1705173

4 September 1916 Alfred Greenslade aged 27. Son of Mr Charles W Greenslade. Alfred came to the Penang in 1910 and worked at Batu Kawan Estate and Bukit Tambun Estate, Southern District Province Wellesley for the Copra Rex Company. He was a member of Penang Cricket Club, where his name was listed on the memorial. He was a private in the 1st Battalion the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and was killed in action on the Somme. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1455366

4 September 1918 Sidney Percival Humphrey aged 31. Son of William Stroud Humphrey and Mrs Mary Ann Humphrey. Sidney worked in Penang as an outfitter for the well-known department store of Pritchard & Co from 1910 to 1916. During his time there he was a member of the Penang Volunteer Corps. Sidney was a private in the 2nd Battalion Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action at Havrincourt Wood and is buried at Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-les-Cambrai, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7176812

9 September 1915, Leslie Irvine Lumsden Thornton, aged 26. Son of Mr Swinford Leslie Thornton and Mrs Mary Matilda Gordon Thornton née Lumsden. Irvine was born in Singapore in 1889 where his father was a senior puisne judge of the Straits Settlements. He was newly admitted to the bar in Penang in late 1914, working at the firm of Adams and Allan. En route to Penang he’d wanted to disembark at Malta and join the army as war had already broken out. To please his parents he continued with his career. When he witnessed the attack on Penang Harbour by the SMS Emden on 28 October 1914 he decided that he had to join up and wrote to his parents with the news. He joined the Indian Army Reserve of Officers and was a second-lieutenant attached to the 16th Indian Cavalry when he was killed in action near Bushire, now in Iran. He is buried at Tehran Military Cemetery, Iran.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4436381

12 September 1917, Thomas Stewart aged 25. Son of Mr John Stewart and Mrs Amelia Stewart. Born in Gibraltar in 1892, he and his siblings returned with their widowed mother to Scotland where he was educated at George Heriot School and Edinburgh University. Thomas worked for Guthrie & Co in Singapore. He was a major in the 8th Battalion, the Royal Scots and was attached to the 5th/6th Battalion. He was awarded the Military Cross with Bar. Buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4270985

15 September 1916, Frederic Devereux Jessop, aged 26. The son of Mr Frederick Cooper Jessop and Mrs Alice May Jessop née Heugher of Hoylake, Cheshire. From 1911 to 1915 Frederic was assistant to the manager of Bertam Estate in Province Wellesley, Penang and a member of the Penang Cricket Club. In July 1915 he returned to England to join up. He was a captain 12th Battalion East Surrey Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross in August 1916. He is buried at Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2102750

17 September 1916, Guy Harold Corke, aged 26. The son of Mr Benjamin and Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Corke. Guy worked in Penang for Adamson, Gilfillan & Company and was a member of the Penang Cricket Club. He was a second lieutenant in the 15th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers attached to the 12th Battalion. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/962569

24 September 1916 Eric Philip Hallifax aged 21. Born in Penang 25 November 1894, he was the son of Mr James Wilson Hallifax, President of Penang Municipality, and Mrs Florence Hallifax, also born in Penang. Florence took her sons to England in 1903 for education. In 1912 Eric was a student at the City & Guilds in London. He was a corporal in the Special Brigade 5th Battalion Royal Engineers and is buried at Combles Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5273258

25 September 1915 Graeme Stuart Murray Anderson aged 22. Born in Penang in 1895, he was the eldest son of Mrs Rachel Anderson, 15a Barrack Road, Penang. Rachel worked for Pritchard and Co. Graeme and his brother Keith were living with their paternal grandmother in Greenock, Scotland where Graeme enlisted in the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/48875

25 September 1915 Llewellyn Oswald Kellar aged 29. Born in Cardiff but was Scottish, the son of Mr Alexander Kellar of Glasgow and Batavia (Jakarta), and Mrs Jeanie Sandeman Fleming Kellar. He was brought up in Holland before joining his father in Batavia. Llewellyn’s father and brothers were well-known engineers in Malaya and the Straits Settlements, and he was also an engineer. He was a sapper in the 91st Field Company, Royal Engineers. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2603545

25 September 1915 Edward Hampton Moss aged 37. Born in Yokohama, Japan, he was the son of Mr Charles Davies Moss, who had been the Chief Clerk and Registrar of HBM Supreme Court for Japan, and Mrs Moss, 109B The Bluff, Yokohama, Japan. Edward attended Cheltenham College and went on to become the manager of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Malacca. He was a captain in the 10th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/2603545

26 September 1915 John Kekewich aged 24. Son of Mr Lewis Pendarves Kekwich and Mrs Lilian Emily Kekewich, Hove, Sussex. Educated at Eton, John and his three brothers were great cricketers. Two of his brothers also died in the war. John worked on the Val d’Or Plantation in Penang. He was a captain in the 8th Battalion East Kent Regiment. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3150696

26 September 1915 William Crew Tremearne aged 30. Son of Mr Shirley Tremearne of Bangalore, India, and Mrs Elizabeth Tremearne (née Twist of Australia), residing at Tudor House, Blackheath Park, London. Crew worked for the Singapore Tramways as a specialist engineer. He was a second lieutenant in the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. He has no known grave. His name is on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4492143

26 September 1917 Robert William Morris aged 22. The son of Captain Robert Williams and Mrs Margaret Morris and the great-uncle of Dr Julian Davison. Robert’s family were long-time residents of Singapore, his father being a sea captain. Robert may have worked for the FMS surveys.He was a private in the 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He has no known grave. His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3135475