Remembering: Cousins Ben and Fred Standring, Arthur and Iltyd Prichard who died in the First World War

Ben Strandring, Fred Standring, Arthur Iltyd Prichard, Edward Owen Prichard, BroadwayInside St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Church Street, Broadway, hanging on the wall to the right of the altar is a small brass plaque which reads:

In Loving Memory
OF
BEN STANDRING,
FRED STANDRING,
ARTHUR ILTYD PRICHARD,
AND
OWEN PRICHARD,
NEPHEWS OF CHARLES T. STANDRING,
SURGEON OF THIS PARISH.
KILLED IN THE GREAT WAR.

As these men are not commemorated on the war memorial on the green in the village, and were not resident in Broadway when they enlisted and served in the First World War, I did not include them in my book, Broadway Remembers. However, I feel that these men should not go unmentioned as they were close relatives of Broadway’s doctor, Charles Turner Standring who served the village for many years.

Dr Charles Turner Standring (1865-1924)

Charles Standring was born in Lewisham, Kent, in 1865, the sixth son of John and Elizabeth Emma Standring. Charles was educated at Blackheath School and King’s College London. He studied medicine and took the diploma of Licence of the Society of Apothecaries (LSA) in 1891. After serving as a house surgeon at Shrewsbury Hospital and as a doctor’s assistant in various parts of the country, Charles, his wife, Caroline Matilda (nee Clayton), and daughter, Dorothy, settled in Broadway.

Charles was an active member of the community and was known as the ‘sporting doctor’: he founded Broadway Golf Club and was Honorary Secretary of the Club for 26 years. Broadway Golf Club was initially sited where Broadway Cricket Club is today on Snowshill Road before Charles initiated its relocation. The Club eventually settled on its current site in 1911 at the top of the hill above Broadway. Charles was also an active member of Broadway Tennis Club and Broadway Cricket Club (he was a team member of J.M. Barrie’s ‘Allahakbarries’ who played in cricket matches in Broadway in the late 1890s). Charles also founded Broadway Football Club and Broadway Hockey Club. He lived with his wife and daughter at The Laurels (now Broome House), Church Street, Broadway, where Charles practised until his death on 8th November 1924, aged 59.

Four of Charles’s nephews died in the First World War and are remember on the brass plaque in St Michael’s church:

 

2nd Lieutenant Benjamin Arthur (Ben) Standring, 2nd The Royal Warwickshire Regiment (1886-1914)

Ben Standring was born in 1886 in Oporto, Portugal, the only son of wine merchant Arthur Hamilton (Charles’s oldest brother) and Ellen Standring. He was educated at the Oporto British School and Charterhouse (Bodeites) in Surrey (from 1900 to 1904). Ben initially enlisted in 1909 with the 28th London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles) becoming a Corporal and then a Sergeant. Following the outbreak of the war, Ben proceeded to join the Expeditionary Force in France on 26th October 1914. At the time of his enlistment his parents were living at Heath Bank, Blackheath Rise, Lewisham in Kent.

Shortly after the Artists’ Rifles arrived in France they became an Officers’ Training Corps and in November 1914, Ben received his commission in The Royal Warwickshire Regiment which he joined at the front. He was wounded in action at Rouges Banes on 19th December 1914 and died the same day.

Ben is buried in Sailly-Sur-La-Lys churchyard in the Pas du Calais, France and is commemorated on the 1914-1918 Roll of Honour in St Mary Magdalene Church, Chiswick, Middlesex (the church is now closed).

 

Lieutenant Frederick John (Fred) Standring, 8th Royal Scots attached 57 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)(1897-1918)

Fred Standring was the youngest son of book publisher Walter John (Charles’s brother) and Jane (aka Jean) Hackney Standring. He was born in Willesden, Middlesex in 1897 and at the time of his enlistment his widowed mother was living at 4 Coates Place, Edinburgh. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Scots on 29th November 1916 and later promoted to Lieutenant.

Fred was killed in action on 6th September 1918, aged 21. Fred is buried in Sun Quarry Cemetery, Cherisy in the Pas de Calais and is commemorated on the St John, Uxbridge Moor war memorial which is now located in St Andrew’s Church, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex.

 

Private 3888 Arthur Iltyd Prichard, 1/15th London Regiment, Own Civil Service Rifles (1880-1916)

Eldest son of solicitor Illtyd Moline and Ellen Adelaide Prichard of 34 Blessington Road, Lee, Kent, Arthur was born in Lee on 22nd October 1880. His mother was the younger sister of Charles Standring. His brother was Lieutenant Edward Owen (see below). Arthur was educated at Felsted School, Essex, where he was a Classical Scholar where he obtained a Mathematics Scholarship to Queen’s College, Cambridge University. After leaving Cambridge in 1902 he entered the Civil Service and passed the Indian Civil Service exams before being appointed to His Majesty’s Office of Works in 1904 and later appointed Private Secretary to the First Commissioner of Works.

Arthur joined the Civil Service Rifles on 30th May 1915 and served with B Company of the 1/15th London Regiment (Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles) with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. In May 1916, the battalion were in the Zouave Valley near Souchez. The entry for the 21st May states:

At 2.00am ‘B’ Company counter-attacked the Germans, very heavy rifle and machine gun fire was opened by the enemy, supported by a strong artillery barrage. We got into, and secured Granby Street. Relieved midnight 22nd to 23rd. Casualties, 2 officers and 90 other ranks. 

Aged 35, Arthur was one of the men killed in action on 21st May 1916. According to De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour he was serving as a Corporal at the time of his death and was buried 100 years from the German trenches at Vimy Ridge. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Pas de Calais.

 

Lieutenant Edward Owen Prichard, 21st Australian Infantry (1885-1917)

Younger brother of Arthur Iltyd Prichard (above), Edward, known as Owen was born on 15th August 1885 in Lee. He was educated at Lindisfarne College and Felsted School. After leaving school he worked for the Cycle Trade Publishing Company and emigrated to Australia as a farmer. On 4th May 1915 enlisted in Melbourne, Victoria. At the time he was living at 824 Malvern Road, Armadale, Victoria, with Miss Moline, a family relative, and was employed as an orchard supervisor.

Owen had previously served as 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Queen Volunteer West Kent Regiment for 2 years. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 1st June 1915 and subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. After a period of training on 3rd July 1916, he embarked on HMAT (His Majesty’s Australian Transport) Ayrshire A33 from Melbourne. He arrived in Plymouth on 2nd September 1916 where he underwent further training before embarking for France and Flanders. On 16th October he marched to Re-enforcement Camp in Etaples and was posted to the 21st Battalion on 18th October. Owen was promoted to Lieutenant on 11th December and was killed in action, aged 33, at Grevilliers, Bapaume, on 13th March 1917 where he is buried in Grevilliers British Cemetery.

 

We will remember them.

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

 

 

Sources:

Ancestry.co.uk (military records & births, marriages and death records)
Australian Service Records
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
FindMyPast
The British Medical Journal

 

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam (Easter, 1915) by War Poet Edward Thomas

In Memoriam (Easter, 1915)

The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.
by Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
Memorial stone, near Steep, Hampshire.

Memorial stone, near Steep, Hampshire.

Before the First World War, war poet Edward Thomas was a prolific writer. Born in London in 1878 of Welsh parents, Thomas moved to Earlsfield, Hampshire, with his wife, Helen, after their marriage. He enlisted in the Artists Rifles (a special forces regiment of the British Army Reserve) in 1915 and was soon promoted to the rank of officer, and in November 1916 Edward was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Second Lieutenant.

Edward was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917 and he is buried in the Military Cemetery at Agny, France. Thomas is commemorated in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London, and by memorial windows in the churches at Steep, Hampshire, and at Eastbury, Berkshire.