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Hullbridge Village History

World War I Casulties.

Name Date Age Rank Cemetery Details
Surname Christian
Himpett Alfred 19 Nov 1917 23 Bombadier Etaples 57335, "A" Bty. 110th Bde., Royal Field Artillery
Son of A. Himpett, of Wharfe Cottage, Hullbridge, Hockley, Essex. Died of Bronchitis. Also known as Edward
Himpett William E 22 March 1918 31 Private Pozieres 204480, 7th Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment
Son of Mrs. A. Himpett, of 7, Poole's Lane, Hull Bridge, Hockley, Essex; husband of L. Westhorp (formerly Himpett), of 8, Albert Square, Southend-on-Sea.
Petchey Frederick 28 June 1917 26 Private Loos 14253, 11th Btn Essex Regt, Son of late John Petchey of Bartons Farm Lower Road, Hull Bridge. Killed by sniper.

World War II Casulties

Name Date Age Rank Cemetery Details
Surname Christian
Bewers Alfred 3rd Feb 1945 29 Private Taukkyan 1557677, 2nd Bn., Border Regiment
Son of John and Sara Bewers; husband of Vera Dorothy Bewers, of Hullbridge, Essex
Livesey Albert William 12 April 1945 23 Corporal Hanover 6016095, 8th Bn., The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Son of Albert William and Kate Livesey, of Hull Bridge, Essex.
Trigg Norman Charles 23 Oct 1945 27 Flight Lieutenant Singapore 143031, 48 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Son of Albert George Trigg, and of Lucy Marie Trigg, of Hull Bridge, Essex.

World War I Soldiers.

Name Army No D.O.B. Regiment Next of Kin Other Details
Surname Christian
Reeve John Thomas 22557 30 Dec 1908 Taxi Driver, Eyes Blue, Height 5ft 11, Weight 195lbs,Hair Dark Brown, Max chest 41inches.
Evans William G/s8s40 5th Batt Middlesex Regt., Private, Brickmaker and Carpenters Mate,Eyes Blue, Height 5ft 5, Hair Brown, Age 20, Max chest 36 inches. Lived at 5 Pools Cottages, Hullbridge. Enlisted 11.12.15, Discharged 12.3.1918. Double Mastoid disease.
Barker Albert 4418 15th Batt Emily Barker (nee Sturgeon) ?, Cook, had three children born 1903, 1905, 1907 the last two in Hullbridge. Lived at 1 Pooles Lane. They were married Hockley Church 26 Dec 1899
Barker Harry Frederick 157409 ?/?/1894 A S C Supply Baker ?, Baker. lived at Post Office, Hullbridge was unmarried.
Clift Alfred Charles 97333 14/2/1896 Royal Field Artillery George Thomas Clift (father) Unmarried,trade was Horseman, Enlisted 24 Feb 1915 at Warley, Height 5ft 6in, Max Chest 38.5 inch. Recvd Victory medal, was a driver for D Battery.
Smith E W 1st Essex Father James Smith Wonded at the Dardinelles and admitted to Pont de Kubeh hospital Cairo June 1915 (as per Chelmsford Chronicle June 1915 ) Father of Maylons Farm, Hull Bridge, Hockley

World War II Soldiers

Name Army No D.O.B. Regiment Next of Kin Other Details
Surname Christian

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod.
All went lame; all blind; Drunk with fatigue;
deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!---An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,---
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.(Is sweet and glorious to die for ones country).

Acknowledgement is made to the following contributions that this history was compiled from:-