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Gerald King

Surname

Christian Names

Service Number

Rank

Regiment

King

Gerald

15458

Pte

3 Coldstream Gds

Born

Age

Enlisted at

Address

Athlone, West Meath

26

Trowbridge

Chippenham

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

28/07/1917

Boesinghe

Killed

Cemetery

Plot

Country

Ypres Memorial

Panel 11

Belgium

Next of Kin

Next of kin address

Town

George and Mary King (Parents

10 Myrtle Avenue

Warminster

Notes

July 28th killed in action Belgium. Gerald King Coldstream Guards. Formerly of Lowden Chippenham aged 26

Wilts Times 18 August 1917

Mr and Mrs King, formerly of Lowden Chippenham wish to thank all kind friends for sympathy expressed to them in their recent sad bereavement.

5 Market Place, Warminster

Wilts Times 18 August 1917

In Honours Name

Mr and Mrs King well known residents of Lowden have received the sad intelligence of the death at the front of their son Pte G King of the Coldstream Guards.

Writing to the parents, C-S-M. J Gornall states: - Pte King was my servant or batman as we say. We were digging quite close together when a shell burst very close to us. Your son was struck with a piece. I saw it myself. Death was instantaneous, there was no suffering, which is a mercy. He was very much liked by his officers and comrades, which shows that he always did his work well and pleasantly. He went to the sacrament on the Sunday before going to the trenches. That too says a lot, I think.

Capt Dorrian of the same regiment also writes expressing his regrets and adds:- Pte King, poor fellow, was killed in action during the last battle of Ypres. All the men and myself will miss him. He was one of the finest soldiers we had and a great personal friend of mine. My sympathies are with you. The food parcel received from you has been given to his pals.

Wilts Times 18 Aug 1917

In loving memory of Gerald (15458 Pte G King) Coldstream Guards killed in action 28th July at Boesinghe, Belgium.

Dear brother thou art called away
And I am left to mourn:
I will not forget the happy days
When you and I were young.

But now the days are gone dear heart.
And your memory from me shall not part
Oh wait for me, my brother dear,
On resurrection day.

From his sorrowing brother Chris, somewhere in France.

Wilts Times 25 August 1917

In loving memory of 15458 Pte G King (Gerald) 3rd Batt Coldstream Guards killed in action at Bossinghe, Belgium 28th May 1917

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest,
And he said to me, these are they which
Came out of great retribution, and have
And washed their robes, and made them
White in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev VII, 4)

Ever remembered by his loving brother, Chris, France

Wilts Times 27 July 1918

Memorials Commemorated on:

Chippenham Town War Memorial

Yes

St Paul’s Church

St Andrew’s Church

Yes

Liberal Club

Hardenhuish Church

Causeway Methodist Church
Pewsham Street
Boys School
Congregation Church

Last updated - 03/11/2010

 

 


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