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Commemoration of 100th Year Anniversary WW1 Project


The Board of Deputies are supporting a project that aims to compile information about Leicester Freemen that served in WW1. There are no comprehensive records of Leicester Freemen who fought in world wars, and records do not show that a man was a Freeman. With the Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of WW1 on 5th August 2014, it is fitting that this research be undertaken to remember these men. It will form the basis of an on-going project to collate information on Leicester Freemen who served during all wars. The information will be posted on the Leicester Freemen website under Family History.

The Board have also agreed for an exhibition and two events that are plannned for Tuesday 5th August and Saturday 9th August 2014. More details will be posted to the website as they are firmed up during the year. Both of the events will have an exhibition of the names of the Leicester Freemen and as much information that can be found via searching Medal Roll Cards, Service and Pension records etc.

In addition to this, the Leicestershire Branch of the Western Front Association (LBWAS), Leicestershire & Family History Society (L&RFHS) and WW1 Re-enactors have been booked to attend on both days.  The LBWAS and LRFHS will give different talks on both days.

It is hoped that Leicester Freemen, from far and wide, together with their families, will want to contribute to this project by providing details of their ancestors. This may include photos, medals, diaries, letters, postcards and any other memorabilia and stories that have been passed down the family line relating to WW1.

If you are able to provide only a name, we can try and undertake very limited research. Regrettably 2/3rds of the military records were burnt in WW2, so there may be limited information about their service records.

We need your help:

If you have information on a Leicester Freemen serving in WW1 and/ or if you would like to get involved and help us with the project please contact:

Lynda Bramley:-         Estate Office:0116 283 4017 or use the "contact us" page on the website  

Snippets from WW1

"When we arrived at the Front the first sight that I had was a German plane shooting one of our dirigibles down in flames.

Our first night in the trenches was in a reserve trench, in a salient with the Germans on three sides of us, and early in the morning we had heavy shelling............"

Private Charles  (Len) Leonard Tolton, Leicestershire Regiment 


"I am making a little boat for Harry"

Private George Heighton Ross, 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment – BEF.  Killed in Action 22nd October 1917, aged 30


"I am quite happy and up to now it has been trez bon. I expect rougher times to come but  shall make the best of them." date unknown

"I am in good health and got a good billet as billets go out here and there is no need to worry“.  5th March 1918

Private Charles Burfield Ross, 2nd/4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment – BEF. Killed in Action 25th March 1918, aged 28


Tracing Your Family History Using Facebook


The Leicester Freemen's Estate would like to encourage members and potential members to use Facebook as a tool for communicating and tracing family history. Please note that this is a new initiative so it may take time to gather pace but please be pro-active to encourage its use as the potential benefits are great.

You can link to our Facebook page here > Leicester Freemen on Facebook

If you have any suggestions as to how Leicester Freemen can make the best use out of Facebook, or would like to help out please contact the office >

Freemen Who Served in WW1


Percy Edward Agar

Thomas Arthur Leonard Agar

George Fredrick Allen
Sam Sydney Ballard
Charles William Banton
Sidney Sam Ballard

Harold Percival Bates

William Henry Bentley

John Edwin Bramley

Walter Brandreth

Caleb Sidney John Burdett

Frank Howard Burdett

Ernest Campbell

Albert Harry Cave
Edward Tom Cave
Frank Cave

George Cave

James Cave

Walter Cave

Reginald Percy Chamberlain   


Geoffrey Edward Milverton Charters
Ernest Fredrick Chatwin

Lot Hinchcliffe Chawner
Frederick Leslie Chettle      

Douglas Vivian Crawley
Richard Samuel Davey

George Dudgeon

Edwin Arthur Elson

Frederick Joseph English

Henry Arthur English


Robert Cyril English

Sidney Ernest English
William Spurrett Fielding-Johnson  
Lancelot Percy Flower

Reginald Whitmore Flower

Edward Walter Forster-Knight

George Forster Knight

Oliver Forster Knight

John William Goodess
Joseph Alfred Goodrich

Arthur Hargrave
George Cox Hargrave

John William Victor Healey

Harry Higginson

Rowland Hill

Maurice Thorp Hincks

Ernest Albert Hughes

Robert Noble Jelley
William Henry Juba
Archibald Henson Kellett

Francis Henry Kenney
William Clarence Langham

Charles Alfred Law
Robert Edmund Martin
William Francis Martin
Gilbert Leslie Mortimer

Frank Lance Nokes

Harry William Noon
George Oldershaw
Walter Oldershaw

Arthur Sidney Pywell
John Henry Rippin

Archibald Andrew Ross

Charles Burfield Ross

George Heighton Ross

Rowland Ross

Thomas Fredrick Ross

Guy Edward Frank Russell

Percy John Scott

Walter Henry Scott


John James Shardlow
Horace Arnold Shepherd
Edward Astill Slater

Ernest Claude Slater
Frank Lorne Smith
Charles James Spencer
Francis Alfred Spencer
Arthur George Stevenson
Sydney Clements Stevenson
Joseph Edward Storer

Archibald Whitworth Tolton

Charles Leonard Tolton

Shirley James Towe
Harry Townsend
John William Valentine
Frederick Philip Vann
Ralph Wayte Wade

Harry Pligrim Ward

Richard Ward Warren
Claud Henry Wisdish

Ernest Charles Wykes

Geoffrey Noel Wykes

Lewis Vincent Wykes

Philip Russell Wykes
Cyril Bagley Yearby

Edard John Yearby

Frank Victor Yearby