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World War One Service Records & Biographies

The table below contains information related to soldiers who served before or during World War One, collated from available service records, medal cards and references from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website.  Clicking on the forename will link to any biographical details I have been able to find and there is a link to the CWGC site where appropriate.

(St=1914/15 Star, VM=Victory Medal, BWM=British War Medal).
(* = medal card only found, no biographical details).

ASTELL

Born

At

Father/Mother

Medals

  ST     VM    BWM

Discharged/Died

Albert *

BD 2/Reinf RFA, 77500, Gunner.

14

Y

Y

?

Alfred J *

8 Bn Rifle Brigade, S/19771, Private.


Y

Y

?

Arthur E *

Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 56601, Private.


Y

Y

?

Bertie Thomas

1881

Leamington, Warwickshire

William / Mary Ann

15

Y

Y

Died 25/04/1915

Charles

1st Scottish Rifles, 10375, Private.

14

Y

Y

?

Charles

1881

St. Helens, Lancashire

Hugh / June




12/10/1914

Cyril Ernest

1892

Holloway, London

Benjamin / Fanny


Y

Y

06/10/1919

David

1882

E. Dulwich, London

William / Annie

14

Y

Y

31/11/1918

E*

Royal Engineers, 61713, Sapper.




?

Edmund*

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, R/1920, Able Seaman.




Died 31/12/1917

Edmund David

1883

St. Giles, London

Edmund / Eliza


Y

Y

Died 14/09/1914

Edward

6th Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 12471, Private.

15

Y

Y

Died 17/09/1916

Ernest George

1893

St. Pancras, London

Edmund / Eliza




Died 23/11/1914

Frances Ethel*

Territorial Force Nursing Service, Sister.




Died 17/12/1917

Frederick

1887

Camberwell, London

William / Annie




4/8/1915

Frank Reginald*

Hampshire Regiment, 5 Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment, 206144, 220765, Private.


Y

Y

Died 26/08/1918

Frank*

Army Service Corps, M2/050954, Private.

15

Y

Y

?

Fred*

Machine Gun Corps, 116065, Private.


Y

Y

?

Frederick*

1 Royal Regiment of Cavalry, Machine Gun Corps, 19599, 47434, Private.


Y

Y

?

Frederick B*

Royal Army Medical Corps, 12212, Private.

15

Y

Y

?

Frederick J*

North Staffordshire Regiment, 2687, 240546, L/Cpl.

15

Y

Y

?

Frederick J*

Royal West Surrey Regiment, 25694, Private.


Y

Y

?

Geo H*

Labour Corps, 522443, Sergeant.




?

George*

Welsh Regiment, 10709, Private.


Y

Y

?

George Allen

1883

Leicester

William Henry / ?




12/09/1916

George Fred*

M Amb Unit R BRCS, Chauffeur.





George Hawtin

1888

Claydon, Oxfordshire

William John / Sarah


Y

Y

Died 25/08/1918

Godfrey Grant*

Army Service Corps, Captain


Y

Y


Harry S*

Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force, 30202, WO1.





Henry*

East Surrey Regiment, 1st/5th Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 242040, 30130, Private.


Y

Y

Died 08/10/1918

Herbert*

A Bty. 156th Bde Royal Field Artillery, L/21013, Corporal.

15

Y

Y

Died 18/09/1918

Hubert Arthur W.

1898

Leamington, Warwickshire

Frederick / Lucy




28/02/1919

Ian Wynyard*

Seaforth Highlanders, Gordon Highlanders, Pte/Lt./Captain.


Y

Y


Jack Arthur

1887

Paddington, London

Edmund / Eliza


Y

Y


James*

Liverpool Regiment, Labour Corps, 78436, 53439, Private.


Y

Y


James Wm*

4th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment, 203328, Private.




21/09/1917

John C*

Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, 202845, Private.


Y

Y


John H St Q*

Young Mens Christian Association



Y


Joseph*

Royal Army Service Corps, M2/021476, Private.

15

Y

Y


Joseph

1886

Beckenham, Kent

William / Ellen

14

Y

Y

30/05/1919

Redvers George

1900

Upper Pulley, Shropshire

William / Margaret




13/10/1919

Richard C*

Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 306065, Private.


Y

Y


Robt E*

Royal Garrison Artillery, 19249, Sergeant.


Y

Y


Somerset Charles G F

1886

Piddlehinton, Dorset

Charles /Harriet


Y

Y

Died 24/03/1917

William

1892

?

?

15

Y

Y


William John

1886

Jackbrook, Wawickshire

?

14

Y

Y


Willliam*

33rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery,72393, Driver / Corporal.

14

Y

Y


Willliam E*

Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 51837, Private


Y

Y

KIA 17/02/1917

Wynyard*

.Lovat's Scouts, Royal Air Force, Lieutenant / Captain


Y

Y



Bertie Thomas Astell, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 9887, Private.
Bertie was born in 1880 at Leamington, Warwickshire the son of William Astell and Mary Ann Adams. Bertie married Edith Mary Gallagher in 1905, and by the 1911 census they had three children and were living at 4, St. Lukes Cottages, Augusta, Leamington. Bertie served in France from 23 March 1915, and was killed in action just a month later on 25 April. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Charles Astell, A Company, 7th Bn South Lancashire Regiment, 12603, Private.
Charles was born in 1881 at Sutton, St. Helens, Lancashire the son of Hugh Astell and Jane Neal. Charles married Alice Worrall at St Helens on 30th September 1911, and was a Labourer when he enlisted there on 4th September 1914. Charles was discharged as medically unfit on 12th October 1914 due to defective vision.

Cyril Ernest Astell, 12th London Regiment, 5057 / 472048, Sergeant
Cyril was born in 1892, at Holloway, London, the son of Benjamin Alfred Astell and Fanny Maria Keenan. Cyril was a Warehouseman when he enlisted on 26th November 1915. Cyril served in France from 5th February 1917 until 9th September 1919, and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

David Astell, Royal Engineers, 12400 / 219428
David was born in 1882 at Camberwell, the son of William and Annie Astell, and older brother of Frederick below.  David was a Carman when he enlisted on 9th December 1903 at London. His engagement was for three years followed by nine years with the Reserve. David married Sarah Ann Jones at Peckham on 5th August 1906, and they’d had three children when he was mobilised in August 1914 to join the Royal Engineers at Moor Park, Kilworth, County Cork. David served in France from 9th September 1914 until 29 January 1916, when he returned to England to be discharged on 8th February 1916 having served his time. A fourth child, Norman was born in November 1916, however, David re-enlisted on 16th April 1917 at Camberwell, his occupation at that time being a Butcher. David returned to France on 27th September 1917  and served there for almost a year. There is an entry in his service record that indicates he was injured by Mustard Gas in June 1918, only two days after his son Norman had died of meningitis. In October 1918, whilst on leave in England David was admitted to the Military Hospital at East Dulwich but was discharged on 31st November. He  did not claim any disability on discharge from the service when he was examined in Germany on 25th March 1919. David was awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Edmund David Astell, 1st  Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6562, Private.
Edmund was born in 1883, at St. Giles. London the son of Edmund Astell and Eliza Field, and elder brother of Ernest George below. On the 1901 census Edmund was a Railway Van Guard, and on enlistment on 8th July that year he gave his occupation as ‘Carman’. After three years Edmund was posted to South Africa and on 30th December 1905 extended his service to eight years. He was ‘absent without leave’ from 7th August to 27th September 1906. When challenged on a mail train at Komatipoort near the Mozambique border to produce a permit, he initially produced a permit in another man’s name but then gave himself up. He was court martialled, found guilty of desertion and sentenced to 84 days imprisonment. Edmund later served in the East Indies until he transferred to the Army Reserve in March 1910. Edmund married Jane Elizabeth Walker at St. Pancras on 31st July 1910, and on the 1911 census they have a two month old daughter Florence. He re-engaged for a further period of four years in August 1913, and was posted to France on 27th August 1914, but was recorded ‘missing presumed dead’ on 14th September. His records contain two letters written by his wife on 7th October asking if anything was wrong as she had not heard from him for five weeks, and again on 5th December asking for help as her letters to him had been returned ‘not known’. Her widow’s pension of 17s. 6d. commenced from November 1915. Edmund is remembered on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre memorial. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Edward Astell, 6th Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 12471, Private.
Edwardwas born in 1888 at Clayon in Oxfordshire the son of William John Astell and Sarah Stevens.  On the 1911 census he was living at home with his parents at Seales Hill Farm at Chacombe, and his occupation is butchering on his own account. He appears on that census alongside his brother George Hawtin Astell who also was killed in the war. Edward is remembered on the Thiepval memorial.

Ernest George Astell, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment, 2563, Private.
Ernest was born in 1893 at St. Pancras, London, the son of Edmund Astell and Eliza Field, and younger brother of Edmund David above. He was a Railway Porter when he enlisted at St. Pancras on 28th September 1914. Ernest was however discharged two months later as medically unfit due to flat feet and deformed toes. He was issued a War Badge which he received in August 1917.

Frederick Astell, Royal Engineers, 61181, Driver.
Frederick was born in 1887 at Camberwell, the son of William and Annie Astell, and younger brother of David above. Frederick was a Butcher when he enlisted on 1st February 1915 at Camberwell, but he was posted as a Driver to the 1st Bridging Train. Frederick ‘s record includes a letter he wrote to the Army stating that in the event of his death, he wished to give the whole of his property and effects to Miss Rose Brand, 19, Oremont Road, Peckham. Sadly only 4 months later on 4th August 1915, Frederick was discharged as ‘unfit for service’  due to ‘contusion of the back’ caused by an accident on duty where he fell 30 feet onto his back.  More happily, Frederick married Rose E. Brand in the last quarter of 1915.

George Allen Astell, 14th Bn Sherwood Foresters, 13th Training Reserve, 18/39679, TR/6/8415
George was born in 1883 at Leicester, the son of William Henry Astell. George was a groom and motor driver when he enlisted on 7th December 1915 at Leicester. He was mobilised in March 1916, but discharged as medically unfit six months later due to opacity of both eyes, as it was determined that his vision would not be improved by wearing glasses.

George Hawtin Astell, 14th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 203710, Private.
George was born in 1888 at Claydon in Oxfordshire, the son of William John Astell and Sarah Stevens.  On the 1911 census George was living at home with his parents at Seales Hill Farm at Chacombe, and his occupation is retail butchering. He appears on that census alongside his brother Edward who also died in the war. George married Ethel Annie Bunn in 1915. George died on 25th August 1918, and is remembered on the Vis-En-Artois memorial. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Hubert Arthur W. Astell, 36 Res. Bty Royal field Artillery, 614251, Driver.
Hubert was born in 1898 at Leamington, Warwickshire, the son of Frederick James Astell and Lucy Florence Hunt. Hubert was a Baker when he enlisted on 10th May 1915 at Leamington. Hubert was discharged on 28th February 1919, and did not serve abroad.

Jack Arthur Astell, Royal Engineers, 302963, Sapper.
Jack was born in 1887 at Paddington, the son of Edmund Astell and Eliza Field. Jack married Florence Emily Gibbs in 1913, and was a Butcher when he enlisted at Islington on 11th December 1915, having previously served in the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was mobilised on 13th June 1917, and posted to the 111th Training Battalion, and shortly afterwards was posted to the Inland Waterways and Docks Section Royal Engineers. Jack served in France from November 1918 until November 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Joseph Astell, Army Service Corps, (Mechanical Transport), M2/021476
Joseph was born in 1888 at Beckenham, Kent, the son of William Astell and Ellen Elizabeth Beasley. Joseph married Agnes Bornski on 4th November 1911 at the Registry Office, Brentford. He was a Motor Driver when he enlisted on 7th December 1914, and disembarked at Rouen less than 2 weeks later. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Redvers George Astell, Royal Army Medical Corps, 169692, Private
Redvers was born in 1900 at Upper Pulley, Shropshire the son of William Asrell and Margaret Roberts. Redvers was a Butcher when he enlisted at Shrewsbury on 26th February 1918.  Redvers was mobilised on 3rd April 1918 and was posted to 53rd (Young Soldier) battalion Cheshire Regiment. Redvers was transferred to the 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment in France in April 1919, and transferred to the R.A.M.C. In July that year. He was transferred to the reserve on 13th October 1919.

Somerset Charles Godfrey Fairfax Astell,  Captain, North Staffordshire Regiment /Royal Fusiliers attached 37th Bn - DSO
Somerset was born on the 15th July 1866, the son of  General Charles E Astell (and grandson of W Astell, MP), and of Harriet D, daughter of F Spaight, of Derry Castle, Tipperary.  He was educated at St Columba College, Dublin, and joined the service 4 May 1887, becoming Captain 17 December 1895.  He served in the Sudan (Dongola), 1896, and received two medals, the Queen's and the Khedive's.  He served in the South African War in 1900; was Intelligence Officer, Wakkerstroom, April, 1901; in charge of the Johannesburg Criminal Investigation Department 6 June, 1900 to 25 February 1901; was present at the Relief of Kimberley, during operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; during actions at Karee Siding, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; during operations in the Transvaal in May 1900, including actions near Johannesburg.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901], and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Somerset Charles Godfrey Fairfax Astell, Captain, North Staffordshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  (Insignia, etc, sent to the Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, and presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901).  Captain Astell was Adjutant, 4th North Staffordshire Quarters, Lichfield, 1902-3.  He married, in 1903, Frederica Beatrice, only child of James Frederick Roberts, CMG, FRGS, and Mary Beatrice, second daughter of Sankey Gardner, JP, of Eaglesbush Neath.  Captain Astell's favourite recreations were hunting, shooting and fishing.  He died 24 March, 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)

William Astell, Army Service Corps, 16600, Sergeant.
William was born in 1892, and was a Car Man living at Attercliff, Yorkshire, when he enlisted on 1st September 1914.  William married Nellie Euesden on 3 July 1915 at the Registry Office, Islington. He embarked on the SS Nile at Devonport on 13th October 1915 and disembarked at Salonica 11 days later. William did not return to the U.K. Until 17th March 1919. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

William John Astell, 1st East Lancashire Regiment, 8239, Private.
William was born in 1886 at Jackbrook, Warwickshire. He was a Tubedrawer when he enlisted on 7th November 1904 at birmingham for three years service. He married Sarah Bottle  at Bordesley, Birmingham on 24 June 1911. William was t was mobilised on 5th August 1914, and was in France under 3 weeks later. He was wounded in the arm in September 1914, and returned to England. He went to france again on 10th February 1916, but was returned within a month to the 2nd Birmingham War Hospital suffering from appendicitis. It appears William served until March 1917. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.