Category Archives: Ypres

Alexander Gordon Sutton

Alexander Gordon Sutton
2nd Lieutenant
2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade

Division 65

Sutton AG photo

Alexander Gordon Sutton was killed in action on 2 January 1918 aged 19.
He is buried in Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres. Grave location V. H. 9.

Alexander Gordon Sutton was the grandson of Martin Hope Sutton and the youngest son of Leonard Goodhart Sutton and Mary Charlotte Sutton (nee Seaton). His mother had died in July 1900  probably giving birth to Emily the only girl in the family. The family home was ‘Hillside’ Allcroft Road, Reading.   The 1911 census indicates that Alexander, aged 12 and his brother Noel and sister Emily were at the family home.  The house was run by a team of ten servants.

Like his brother Eustace, Alexander was educated at St. Andrews, Southborough and Repton Schools. He was in training at Oxford with the Officers’ Cadet Battalion and received his commission in October 1917. He joined his battalion on 2 December 1917.

His obituary stated that he was a well known member of St. John’s Church, Reading which he attended with the other members of his family whilst in Reading. He was described as having a thoughtful and reverent demeanor. (St. John’s Church is now used by the Polish Roman Catholic community)

He was the third son of Leonard Goodhart Sutton to be killed in action.

Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart M.M.
Sergeant 8929
2nd West Yorkshire Regiment.

Division 35

 CIMG2114 Stewart C MM name

Charles Goldsmith Stewart was the son of Thomas Perkins Stewart and Ellen Stewart nee Goldsmith. He had one sister called Nina. His father had been an ironmonger but by the time of the 1901 census he was deceased. The family were then living at 83 London Road, Reading. By 1911 20year old Charles was serving in India with the 1st West Yorkshire Regiment. He is commemorated on his parents grave in Reading Cemetery number 12261. 

 He was  killed in action in July 1917 aged 26 years.  He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres.  Panel 21. His sister, who was living at 105, Grovelands Road, Reading was listed in the additional information section of the CWGC register.

 It is not yet known how he gained his Military Medal.

George Walter Spencer

George Walter Spencer
Gunner 212234
“A” Battery. 160th Brigade
Royal Field Artillery

 Division 49

Spencer GW photo Spencer GW grave

George Walter Spencer was the son of Walter and Kate Spencer, of 50, Blenheim Road, Reading. The 1901 census indicates that the family were living in Henry Street, Reading and that Walter Spencer was then the only child. Ancestry UK shows that the family tree has been started.

George Walter Spencer died on 1st November 1918 aged 20. He was buried in Kezelberg Military Cemetery, Wevelgem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Location I. C. 24.

23rd October 2000 more information in newspaper cuttings and needs writing up.