Bethrose, on 17 December 2012 - 10:15 PM, said:
Thank you Matthew, it means a lot to have more information. John's father was Mr Bernard O'Rourke. John lived at 24 Holyoak Road when he was married to Lily Elizabeth Lipscombe on 25th/26th December 1910. They lived at 7 Aboyne Road, Garrett Lane, Tooting when my grandmother Gweneth Nora Arden was born on 8th March 1912. I have a few more addresses; they seemed to move an awful lot!
I have his service records, 1911 census and war graves certificate if you would like me to email them to you. I would really love to have a photo of him, but I don't think anything like that was kept by the family, which is a shame.
Thanks again for your help.
I've now found his papers too. Good to see that my estimations were accurate. Interesting that he had prior service in the 4th East Surrey Volunteers which became 23rd London in 1908, and rejoined them in 1914. Thanks for the family information. There might be a chance that his photo appears in a local newspaper or the Territorial Gazette given that he was only listed as missing for some time after September 1916, hopefully they'll be put online soon.
andrew.gillsfc, on 18 December 2012 - 01:28 PM, said:
My great grandfather's brother Albert Edward Martin 1772 was with the 1/23 London Regiment, died on 18/8/14 of phneumonia and is buried in Wandsworth Cemetery. I was told he was the first casualty of WW1 for this regiment. Not sure if true?
I do not have a photo of him sadly.
Hello again Andrew,
It was me that told you he was the first casualty. Still haven't found anything to disuade me of this.