Aldermaston 1914-1918 by Gordon Timmins

In 1914 at the start of the Great War of 1914-1918 Charles Keyser promised five shillings a week, probably worth about £6:25 at to-days rates, to every man who enlisted in the army.

He provided meals for the children whose fathers had gone to fight the “Boche”.

Also, Charles Keyser provided free accommodation for the families whose husbands and fathers were killed in the line of duty.

One hundred men left the village of Aldermaston to serve King and Country, twenty-two never returned, 16 of which are documented here:

SurnameRankNumberdate of deathAgeRegiment
F BucklandPrivate1006509/05/191537Royal-Berkshire
G W GayPrivate1313925/09/191532Royal-Berkshire
M GaltSergeant1314025/09/1915Royal-Berkshire
H GreatrixPrivate1314625/09/191529Royal-Berkshire
A D TullCorporal1311725/09/1915Royal-Berkshire
S HarrisPrivate1313825/09/1915Royal-Berkshire
A BucklandPrivate1311913/10/191530Royal-Berkshire
E ColemanPrivate535419/07/1916Oxford & Bucks
H SmithSergeant797324/07/1916Royal-Berkshire
W Cripps*L/Corporal1929303/04/1917Machine Gun Corps
J H GayShoeing Smith4390925/02/191740Royal Field Artillery
H WinkworthPrivate20208531/07/191724Royal Berkshire
E Collyer*PrivateR4/12477229/08/201723Royal Berkshire
S R JacobPrivate20018707/02/191723Royal Berkshire
A ScutterAirman 3rd Class9465716/03/191820Royal Flying Corp
A J SmithSergeant27091823/08/191829Hertfordshire Regt
  • * Unsure if this is the correct person

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