Old soldiers of St Pancras cemetery, London

The CWGC section of the St Pancras cemetery in north London includes the headstones of a number of soldiers who were well into their forties and fifties when they died either in the final months of the First World War or the years immediately afterwards. Their age is perhaps an indication of how many men had been lost by 1918 and how older men were having to fill the gaps.

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Company quartermaster sergeant WW Keen, of 7th Battalion the London Regiment (53). CWGC states he was the husband of A Keen, of West View, Henlow, Bedfordshire.

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Sapper T Ray of the Royal Engineers (51), son of Elizabeth Ray, of Birmingham, and the late Thomas Cornelius Ray. The WR prefix to his service number indicates ‘Waterways and Railways’.

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Private Edwin Henry Willson of the Royal Army Service Corps (54), who died on Christmas Day 1919. He was the husband of EJ Willson of 32 Warden Rd, Kentish Town, London. The SS prefix to his service number indicates a job in the supply function.

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Private W Dyer of the Royal Army Service Corps (58). He was the husband of Elizabeth Dyer of 33 Highgate Rd, Highgate, London.

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Private H Bagnall, of 7th Battalion the London Regiment (59). CWGC states he was the husband of Elizabeth Caroline Bagnall, of 39 Willington St, Camden Town, London. This should perhaps read ‘Wellington St’, the former name of Inverness St.

 

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