Private L/15395 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Thomas Harman was born in Southwark in 1896, and was the son of John and Annie Maria Harman. The census records that in 1911 the family lived in Southwark. John was a cab driver, and there were four sons, John William (16), Thomas George (14), Albert Henry (10) and Edward Francis (3).
Soldiers died records that Thomas enlisted in London, and his medals card records that he went to France 13 August 1914 and was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp. A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee tell us that Thomas Harman served for two and a half years and was at Mons.
Three other family members had also served: J Harman, JW Harman and AH Harman.
John and Annie Harman lived in South View in Wood Street in 1918.
Private G/6727 11th Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
Henry Lambert was born in Ash c1890, the son of John and Sarah.
The censuses record that in 1891 the family lived in the Vale Road and his father John was a brick burner. In 1901 John was a general dealer and the family lived in the Guildford Road. In 1911 John had died, Henry and his mother were both employed by the Government lead picking on the Rifle Ranges, and the family were living in Pinewood Road.
Soldiers Died records that Henry enlisted at Guildford; and a form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee tells us that Henry Lambert served for 2 years before he met his death. The Aldershot News 24 August 1917 reported that Henry Lambert was a single man, who had formerly been employed on Ash Ranges; and that he and his brother Lance Corporal J.W. Lambert had joined up together.
His brother John William Lambert enlisted at Guildford on 8th November 1915 with the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment (6728), and lived with his family at 4 North Side Cottages Guildford Road.
Serjeant 8437 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment
Charles Morling was born in 1887, the son of Francis and Annie Morling.
The 1891 census records that Mr Morling was a carpenter, and Charles was 3 years old and had two sisters. In 1895 Francis Morling was a candidate for the first Ash Parish Council, and lived at Finchley Villas (Ash Hill Road). the 1901 census records that Charles was a tailor’s assistant, and that the family were living in Heath View in Balmoral Road.
A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee stated that Charles Morling had served for 7 years when he died. Soldiers Died records that he enlisted in Bordon. Charles’s medals card records that he disembarked in France 4 October 1914 and that he was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp. He was included in the memorial leaflet for the memorial service at St Peter’s Church in 1915.
Francis and Annie Morling are recorded as living in Heathview in Balmoral Road in the 1918 electoral register
Private S/5485 2nd Battalion, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
Frank Pharo was baptised 18 August 1889 at St John’s Church in Upper Hale, the son of Frank and Naomi. The 1891 census records that Frank’s father was a farmer.
Frank enlisted at Guildford 1 June 1910 for 6 years service in the Special Reserve. He was a labourer and was 5 feet 5¾ inches tall, weighed 129 lbs and brown eyes and auburn hair. His mother had remarried to Henry Gent, and their address was Modern Villa, Wood Street, Ash Vale.
He was mobilised 8 August 1914, and Soldiers Died records that he went to France 1 October 1914 and was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp.
His effects and medals were sent to his mother, addressed to the RAMC Recreation Ground, Marlborough Lines, Aldershot.
Second Lieutenant 11th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
Joseph Walton was born at Aldershot in 1881, the son of Joseph Wallis Walton and Josephine Jane Walton.
In 1881 his parents were a Canteen Steward and Waitress at the Army Hospital Corps Depot at Aldershot. When Joseph Walton died in 1900 he was described as a hotel proprietor; he had been licensee of the Royal Exchange in High Street Aldershot.
In 1891 the family was living at 3 Cambridge Street, Aldershot; and in 1901 at The Hollies, Ash Vale.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records “Served in the South African Campaign”.
In 1911 Mrs Walton and family lived in Lawn Bank in Prospect Road. Joseph was single and an art student.
Joseph Walton was Allan Langford’s uncle.
Serjeant 6452 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays)
Arthur Welch was born in 1884 in Hull, the son of the Rev. Walter Welch and Mrs Welch. In 1891 Rev Welch was the Vicar of Wisternwick, Hull.
Arthur’s medals card records that he was awarded the 1914 Star and clasp and entered the theatre of War 15 August 1914.
He was the husband of Margaret Welch of Chart House, Ash Vale.