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Buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Somme


Arthur James Bareham

Private 44126 "D" Company 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment
Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel 13 November 1916, aged 38
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried Mailly Wood Cemetery, Somme, where his gravestone is inscribed “Until we meet”
Remembered on his parents’ gravestone in Ash Cemetery (G15)
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

Arthur James Bareham and his twin brother William were born in Morar, Bengal, India on 8 June 1878, the sons of George and Louisa. George Bareham left the army in 1887 and the family settled in Ash Vale. Both Arthur, recorded as "James", and William were working as bricklayers in 1901 and as builder’s labourers in 1911, and the family then lived at 12 Heather Cottages, Frimley Road, Ash Vale.

The Service Medal and Award Rolls record that Arthur had formerly been a territorial soldier, number 6582 in 1/8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Soldiers Died records that he enlisted at Ealing.

Raymond Alfred Parsons

Lance Corporal 875 1/5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders
Died 13 November 1916 aged 23
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Somme
Remembered on the family grave in Ash Cemetery (G486/504/523)

Raymond Parsons was born 1 March 1893 in Deptford and baptised at St Peter’s Brockley Lewisham on 28 March, the son of Alfred Russell Parsons and his wife Emma Margaret (nee Caffyn).

A form was completed for the Ash War Memorial committee saying Raymond Parsons had served for 2 years and 3 months. He is buried along with many other Seaforth Highlanders and Gordon Highlanders killed on the same day, the day that 51st Highland Division captured Beaumont Hamel.

Raymond’s medals card records that he went to France 1 May 1915 and was awarded the 1914/15 Star.

Alfred Russell Parsons and Emma Margaret Parsons are recorded as living at Ashmead, Grange Road, Ash in the electoral register in 1918.

Ash Great War Roll of Honour

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