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Capt Arthur de Bells Adam (MC)
1885 - 1916

CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916

Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916

Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916

Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft

Pte 17706 James Rowland Rymer

  • Age: 18
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
  • K.I.A Friday 30th June 1916
  • Commemorated at: Cerisy-gailly Mil Cem
    Panel Ref: II.L.10

Records show that James Rowland Rymer was born in 1897, the eldest of eight children born to William Henry Rymer, an insurance broker born in Gloucestershire, and Florence Catherine nee Rowland of Liverpool. In 1901 the family lived at ‘Rosslyn’, 58 Richmond Park, Liverpool, when William is described as a livestock insurance broker owning his own business. He and Catherine, who was born in 1876, have two children - James Rowland and an unnamed child only 5 days old who was almost certainly his younger brother, William Berisford Rymer. They employed a local 22 year old girl as a Lady’s Companion. Florence bore another 4 children before she died in 1909. In 1911 William Henry, a widower and a Marine & General insurance broker on his own account, lives at 87 Merton Road , Bootle, with five of his children - James; Berisford (1901-1919); Henry George (1903-1975); John Herbert (1904-1982); and Bessie born 1906. Another son, Rowland, was born in 1908 and family tree records show that he died in 1985 but there is no record of him in the 1911 Census. Again, the family employs a servant.  In 1915, again according to a family tree, William married Annie V. O’Keefe in Liverpool and they were to have 4 children of their own.  On 4th September 1914 at Liverpool James Rowland Rymer enlisted giving his age as 19 years 105 days ( which would mean that he claimed to have been born in 1895 not 1897), his occupation as clerk and his next of kin as his father of 87 Merton Road. On 10th July 1915 he was given 7 days CB and forfeited 2 days pay for attempting to break out of barracks; breaking out of barracks and being absent without leave for 12 hours. On 27th August 1915 he was given 4 days CB for not complying with an order and being absent from the 6.45am parade. He remained in the UK until 20th January 1916 (although his service records attributes only 137 days service instead of 1 year 137 days) when he embarked aboard SS ‘Onwards’ for Etaples where he joined the roll of reinforcements. On 14th February 1916 he joined up with his unit, 19th Battalion, and on 30th June 1916 was killed in action. In July 1920, a sworn declaration showed his immediate family as his father, William Henry, living at 16 Brasenose Road, Bootle, and his mother as Florence Katherine, who was of course deceased although this is not apparent from the declaration. There are also three brothers listed - Harry George, Jack (John Herbert), Rowland, and 2 half brothers - Frederick, 3 years, and George, 2 years, who are  presumably the sons of William’s second wife. All live with William Henry in Brasenose Road. James Rowland earned the Victory and British War Medals, which were sent to his father in 1921 and is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery in Grave II L 10.


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(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
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27 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
Pte 36764 Thomas Christopher Jervis
19 years old

(104 Years this day)
Wednesday 9th August 1916.
Pte 22247 Thomas Pemberton Saul
27 years old

(102 Years this day)
Friday 9th August 1918.
2nd Lieutenant Frank Pockett Mccormick
28 years old