Guernsey's Finest Hour Roll of Honour

LISTED here are donors who have backed our 'Guernsey's Finest Hour' Appeal, launched to help the RGLI Charitable Trust raise £30,000 to fund memorials at home and abroad to the RGLI, in this centenary year of the notorious WWI Battle of Cambrai. The fighting against massed German troops on the Western Front saw hundreds of Guernseymen lose their lives, with hundreds more left wounded or missing. Many were friends and family and the conflict and losses would go on to affect generations of islanders. The roll appears in our newspaper and online and will be updated as the appeal continues. Some donors also share their reasons for giving...

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Roll of Honour donations:

Martin Wakely, in memory of George and Ernest Le Sauvage, killed in action on 1 December 1917 at Masnieres, also his brother Ernest Le Sauvage, Royal Irish Fusiliers, killed in action 29 April 1916.

Jane Hullock, in memory of Pvt 403 Peter Cousin, her grandfather, who was reportedly missing presumed dead. Thankfully he did return home but unfortunately never recovered from the experience.

V. and M. Tardiff, in memory of John Bourgaize of 137th Btn Canadian Expeditionary Force, also  Alfred Le Prevost and John Le Prevost, all lost 1914-1918.

E. Mace, in memory of Private W. G. Mace, her uncle, who was wounded at Cambria but survived. He was later a constable in Sark at the time of Queen and Prince Phillip’s visit.

Eileen Glass/Lloyd Duquemin, in memory of Sidney Duquemin who was in the battle of Cambrai. We believe that was where he was gassed, he survived the war.

P. Bourgaize

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N. and J. Gaudion

John and Cecilia Alflatt

Molly Le Page, in memory of her grandfather, C. J. Brimage.

Eileen Mace, in memory of her father Daniel Falla, who was wounded at Cambrai, serving alongside his brother Alfred Falla and brother-in-law Herbert Mahy.

Dr Nick Le Poidevin

Mrs P. Henry, in memory of her father, H. W. Le Gallez.

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Alan and Pauline Le Page, in memory of 386 Percy Nicolle who was wounded on 19 March 1918.

Joyce and Roy Nicolle, in memory of 386 Percy Nicolle, who was wounded on 19 March 1918.

Ron and Yvonne Le Page, in memory of Arthur J. Le Page and his brothers-in-law, who enlisted in 1916 and looked after the horses pulling carts taking supplies to the front. He returned on SS Lydia and lived to 96.

Marilyn and Chas Adkins, in memory of Private George Le Sauvage, a great-great-uncle who died 1 December 1917 at Les Rue Vertes, buried near Masineries but whose grave was lost during the fighting.

Captain Ian Brouard, in memory of Percy James Brouard, a great-great-cousin posted missing on 13 April 1918.

Yves Cataroche, in memory of Yves, Jack and Fred Cataroche, his father Yves who served in 6th Royal Irish and RGLI with his brothers.

Dr Margaret Ogier, in memory of Theodore Henry Ricks, their relative who was wounded near Cambrai with shrapnel to the lung, but returned to live to the age of 85.

Amanda Ricks, in memory of the above.

Samantha and Emily Ricks, in memory of the above.

Julie Pagnier, in memory of the above.

Brian Le Noury, in memory of Private 679 Peter Sarre, his grandfather.

Sally Guilmoto, in memory of John Hamon Gallienne, her grandfather, captured by the Germans after being in a ditch for several days and had both legs amputated. Returned and lived to age 84.

Dave and Jenny Blondel

Maureen Story-Jones, in memory of Gunner 89321 Alfred Bichard, her great-uncle who died on 17 April 1917 and is buried in Athies Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

J. H. Leale, in memory of Gunner 192316 John Harold Leale, his grandfather who died on 7 August 1917 and is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

V. T. Richer, in memory of Paul Richer, his father who fought at Les Rues Vertes and was wounded with shrapnel to his skull.

Ken and Yvonne Mauger, in memory of Charles Herbert Moon, a grandfather who died at Les Rues Vertes on 2 December 1917 and is buried at Peronne Cemetery.

S. A. and L. F. Laine, in memory of Private Nic Mahy, grandfather.

Tom Brouard, in memory of Alfred Brouard, who lived at Le Bigard Farm which he renamed Cambrai. ‘A lovely man.’

J. A. C. A. Gillett

Family Selvidge, in memory of Private 786 Albert John Despointes, who was posted missing in action on 1 December 1917 and is remembered on the Louverval Memorial.

Angela Bartie, in memory of John Bourgaize, an uncle who was killed in action in 1917 and from whom her brother is named.

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Terry Coule, in memory of Percival and Cyril Le Lievre. Cyril was killed on the Somme and Percy was captured at the River Lys.

H. E. and C. P. Paul

N. Ciotti

E. W. and A. M. Bartie, in memory of John Bourgaize.

John Burly

L. Grange

P. Mansell

S. A. and M. J. Marsh

Mike and Christine Vaudin

P. and L. Lawrence

Peter Le Galloudec, in memory of Lance Corporal 559 Ernest Le Galloudec, his great-uncle, who was killed in 1917 while serving with the RGLI.

Geoffrey and Susan Fisher

Janson Bewey, in memory of Private 1301 Albert Bewey, his grandfather.

Trevor Mahy, in memory of Private 1260 Frederick James Mahy, his grandfather who lost both legs at Les Rues Vertes on 30 November 1917 and who returned to Guernsey.

David and Sharon Le Galloudec, in memory of L-Cpl 559 Ernest Peter Le Galloudec, a great-uncle who was killed in action in 1917.

L. Ingrouille and J. Hearse, in memory of Herbert and his brother John William (Jack) Mahy, together with their two brothers-in-law, who despite illness and injury all survived. Jack later died at the bombing of the White Rock in 1940.

Chris and Kay Lowe

Rev. E. Richer, in memory of his father Private Richer, who was seriously wounded at Cambrai.

George Farnham, in memory of his grandfather George Randal Farnham, who fought at Cambrai and was taken prisoner.

Lovell Ozanne, Lest We Forget, from a dress down day held by office staff at Lovell Ozanne Ltd.

Margot Castle, from Australia.

L. Dorey, in memory of Private 646 John H. Dorey, reported missing 13 April 1918 at Doulieu, Battle of Lys (68 RGLI men killed in action that day). Later found and invalided to England, wounded, on 17 April 1918.

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Richard and Janet James, in memory of Private 403 Peter Cauvain, a great-great-grandfather, A Company, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, who succumbed to his wounds suffered on 1 December 1917 at Les Rues Vertes.

Betty Lowe, in memory of her father Henry Le Gallez.

Mary Sims, in memory of her uncle, Bertram Charles Sims and his cousin, Arthur Sims.

George Allez, in memory of his father Private 645 W. G. Allez, who served in C Company RGLI.

Ivan and Christine Babbe, in memory of Ivan’s great-uncles, Yves Marie Corniec and Maudez-Louis Francois Corniec. Yves died in April 1915 at the battle of Eparges and Maudez, who died in April 1918 at Beaumont (Meuse).

J. S. and C. Bradley

R. G. Hart

Bryan Mauger, in memory of his cousin Lance Corporal 217 Robert James Curtin, who died on 31 March 1918, and his uncle, Corporal 242 Michael James Curtin, who died on 13 April 1918. Also in memory of his cousins Joseph Patrick Daley (2304500) 109 Reg, CEF and John Curtis Curtin (109290) CEF.

Janet Skillett and Jean Taylor, in memory of their grandfather George Le Sauvage, who died on 1 December 1917 and also their great-uncle Ernest Le Sauvage, who died in April 1916.

Ron Quesnel, in memory of his father Private 292 Alfred Quesnel, taken prisoner at Sailly sur la Lys on 13 April 1918.

Margaret Brehaut, in memory of her father Private 127 Albert William Guille, who was wounded at Masnieres on 1 December 1917.

Families Tostevin and Place, in memory of their uncle Corporal 797 Fred Mollet, who survived a POW camp but died in hospital on his way home and is buried in Berlin SW Cemetery. Also in memory of grandfather Private 1609 John (Jack) Mollet, who fought at Cambrai and survived a gas attack to return home.

Gwen Martel

Terry McClean, in memory of his grandfather Pinooer T. H. Kimber, who died on 20 November 1918 and is buried in the communal cemetery at Kortrijk, St Jan, Belgium.

Nancy Ogier, in memory of George Rose, killed at Cambrai and Harry Smith who also fought at Cambrai and survived the war.

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Michael and Diane Ward

June Le Prevost, in memory of her grandfather, Private 1311 William Benwell, an Alderney resident, killed on 1 December 1917 and remembered on the Cambrai memorial.

Joan Le Fevre, in memory of her uncle John Bourgaize, who was killed at the Battle of Cambrai and to the remembrance as they never met.

Paul Tinsley

George Riley, to remember the men of Guernsey through part of Rupert Brooke’s poem The Soldier. ‘If I should die think only this of me, that there is some corner of a foreign field forever Guernsey. There shall be in that rich earth, a richer dust concealed . . .’

Pete Humphry and Yvonne Wilkinson, in memory of their grandfather, Private 255 Frank Humphry who was gassed and suffered injury for the rest of his life, and also their great-uncle Lance Corporate 171 Frederick C. Russell, who died of wounds received at Les Rues Vertes.

Colin and Linda Laine, in memory of a grandfather, Private 29 William Dienys, who was wounded at Cambrai and also his brother Private 193 Francis Dienys, who was killed in action at Cambrai on 20 November 1917, aged 21.

Michael and David de la Mare, in memory of their grandfather, Private 1536 Walter James Falla, who served with the 1st Battalion and was killed at Cambrai on 1 December 1917.

Ann Newton, in memory of her uncle, Clifford Duncan Pattimore, who was killed at the Somme on 3 September 1916.

Marion Gethin-Jones, in memory of her great-uncle, Frederick C. Russell, who died of his wounds in November 1917 and is buried at Bau Guillaume Cemetery.

Frances O’Sullivan and Isobel Davidson, in memory of their father, Lt Frank de M. Laine, who died of his wounds, and also their uncle, 2nd Lt T. de J. Laine of the Royal Irish and the RGLI, who was killed and whose grave remains unknown.

David and Anna De Lisle. ‘Guernsey has every reason to feel the greatest pride in her sons, they fought magnificently’. General Sir Beauvoir de Lisle, commanding officer, 29th Division in his message to the Bailiff.

Rosie Bradshaw, in memory of her grandfather, Captain J. H. Falla, who was injured with the Royal Irish and again with the RGLI but survived and returned to Guernsey.

John and Carolyn Wild

Nance Ulrich, Susan Guilbert, Judith Priaulx and Patricia Le Tissier, in memory of their grandfather, Private Clarence Martin, who was seriously wounded at Cambrai.

D. Skillett

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Grandchildren, in memory of Gunner 19223 Albert C. B. Rowswell of the Royal Garrison Artillery who returned home and died January 1920 aged 33.

M. Tostevin and L. Allen, in memory of their grandfather, Private 883 Stanley P. Alexander, who was at Passchendale and Cambrai and returned home.

Brenda Ashplant and Peggy Brackley, in memory of their father, Wilfred John Gallienne.

Paul Dorey, in memory of his grandfather, Lieutenant Edward Arthur Dorey, who was mentioned in dispatches having fought at Cambrai, Les Rues Vertes and the Battle of Lys.

Morris Brehaut, in memory of his father, Thomas Brehaut.

P. Hunter, in memory of Henry W. Le Gallez.

Anne Blanchford and David Le Moignan, in memory of their uncle, Private 373 Ivor Thomas Boalch, who was killed in action on 1 December 1917, aged 21.

John H. Lacey, in memory of his uncle, Ernest Lacey, who was killed on 1 December 1917, aged 20 years.

Sue Simmonds, in memory of the Ingrouille brothers: Edwin, Alfred, Harry, Jack and Ernest.

I. R. and M. A. Bray

Clarence and Molly Falla, in memory of their fathers, Walter G. Falla and Cecil E. Ross and also Ambrose R. Mahy.

David and John Creber, in memory of their grandfather, Edwin Creber.

B. D. Richards

Roslyn Guilbert, in memory of her grandfather, Private 1081 Osmond Ozanne, who was wounded at Cambrai and invalided to England on 9 December 1917, then subsequently to Guernsey for convalescence. Osmond never spoke about his experiences. He died in 1972, aged 77.

Douglas Guilbert, in memory of his uncle, Private 1648 Edward James Thomas Guilbert, who was killed on 11 April 1918 at Doulieu, the Lys, in the RGLI’s gallant, tragic final action. Having no known grave, Edward is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing.

E. E. Marquis, in memory of her uncle, Private 383 Samuel Ingrouille, who was killed in action on 13 April 191u and has no known grave. Commemorated on the Ploegstraat Memorial in Belgium.

Mandy Mortimer and Teresa Holden, in memory of uncles John and Peter De Jersey, who died on 6 December 1917 of wounds received on 1 December at Les Rues Vertes, also his brother Peter who fell at St Jean near Ypres on 26 January 1918.

Susan Banfield, in memory of her grandfather, Private 178 William Henry Reeve, who was wounded at Cambrai and survived the war.

Sheila Brown, in memory of her father, Private 178 William Henry Reeve, who was wounded at Cambrai and survived the war.

Roland Le Prevost, in memory of his father and uncles, Private Charles William Le Prevost and brothers, who bravely served between 1914-1918.

Kay Rabey, in memory of her great-uncle, Private A. J. Priaulx, who served with the RGLI and died on 20 November 1917.

Dave Rabey, in memory of his grandfather, Albert James Rabey, who was a Corporal with the Royal Engineers and died on 27 May 1918.

Isabelle Offen, in memory of her grandfather, Walter Brouard, who was wounded at Cambrai.

V. A. Lesbirel

D. J. and L. K. Ozanne

Adrian and Ann Dorey, in memory of Lt Herbert Johns, RGLI, killed on 11 April 1918 and of Gunner Cecil Hamson, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds, 3 April 1918.

Don Rich, in memory of his uncle, Thomas Le Gallez.

Leona Tough

N. T. and M. J. Heaume, in memory of their late father’s uncle, Private 1304 Thomas John Mahy, who died in action in the region of Masnieres.

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Peter and Heidi Lawlor, in memory of Lance Corporal 1494 George Luscombe, who died April 1918 at Doulieu, and his brother Company Sergeant Major 1959 Frederick Luscombe (Peter’s grandfather), who survived the war to go on to experience the Occupation. Their sacrifice is not forgotten.

Ivan and Paul Le Page, in memory of an uncle and great-uncle, Peter Paul Le Page, who was wounded at Les Rues Vertes on 5 December and died of his wounds on 13 December 1917.

Mechem family, in memory of other members of the family who served but are now unknown.

T. Ford and A. Mechem, in memory of family members who served, Private 448 James Le Noury, George Langlois, Harry Laine, Harry Mechem and John R. Mechem.

Margaret Bougourd, Christine Cave and Sue Crocker, in memory of their grandfather, Lance Corporal 123 Wilfred James Pidgeon, who was wounded at Cambrai on 1 December 1917.

Bisson family, in memory of Private 1355 Henry Ogier Bisson, who died on 1 December 1917.

Dulcie Couch, in memory of her grandfather, John James Sarre, who fought at Cambrai and his four brothers and three half-brothers. John was taken prisoner and two of his brother were killed. Also her father-in-law, Arthur Charles Couch, who was wounded at Cambrai and returned to Guernsey.

John and Susan De Putron, in memory of their grandfather, Thomas John De Putron, who was wounded at Cambrai and later served on guard duty.

Ginny Heaume and Gill Girard, in memory of their grandmother’s first husband, Company Sergeant Major 576 Fritz (Kit) Bachmann, who was killed in action at Cambrai.

The Guernsey Sporting Club, in memory of the Guernsey Militia volunteers of 1915, 146 of whom transferred from the Royal Irish Regiment and 123 from the Royal Irish Fusiliers to fight with the RGLI in 1917/1918.

Andrew and Sheila Ozanne. Lest We Forget.

Andrew Ozanne, in memory of his grandfather, Private William F. Hardyway.

Peter Gill, in memory of his grandfathers, Harry Gill and Claude Digard, who both came home safe.

J. and S. Whitmore

J. A. and M. J. Le Page

Geoffrey Down, in memory of uncles James, Cecil and Alfred Down. James was killed on 31 March 1918 and is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Marianne Palmer-Smith, in memory of her grandfather, Surgeon Major George S. C. Hayes OBE.

Pam and Mavis Guille, in memory of their uncles Private Albert W. E. Neville, who died on 13 April 1918 and Corporal Henry C. Mudge, who died on 3 September 1916.

John McCarthy and Shirley Falla, in memory of their great-uncle, Private Thomas Chandler, who was killed by a sniper on 28 March 1918 at Zonnebeke, aged 24 years.

Robert Langlois, in memory of his great-uncles, John Ulric Langlois and Thomas Alfred Langlois MM.

Pandy Brouard, in memory of her grandfather, Thomas Bennet Myles.

Mike Gaudion, in memory of his grandfather, Private Lennox Gaudion, who survived the war and also his great-uncles, Private Edgar Falla, who served with the Royal Irish and died of his wounds on 8 September 1916, aged 19, and Private John Falla, who served with the Canadian forces and survived.

Sue Johns, in memory of her great-grandfather, Walter James Falla, who was killed at Cambrai.

June Brehaut, in memory of her two grandfathers.

Juliette Batiste and Catherine Chapman, in memory of their grandfather, John Henry Torode, who was killed at Passchendale on 22 March 1918, and is buried at Poecapelle Cemetery.

Mark and Karen Winter, in memory of great-grandfather, Sergeant 572 George Walden, Military Medal, volunteer with the Royal Irish Regiment and subsequently RGLI, sustained severe gunshot wound on opening day of Battle of Cambrai but returned to Guernsey and lived into old age. Also remembering his brother, Herbert, KIA at Gallipoli, serving with Australian Expeditionary Force.

Peter Barnes, in memory of his grandfather, Corporal Charles John Barnes, D Company, 6th Batt. Royal Irish Regiment. He was formerly Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, and joined the Royal Irish Regiment at Les Beaucamps on 19 February 1915. He was killed in action on 9 September 1916 at Ginchy, France. Always remembered.

Fleure Dorey, in memory of her uncle, Herbert Johns, who was killed in action at Dolieu on 11 April 1918.

Robin Millard, in memory of his Uncle Lesna, who as a machine gunner was over-run while holding back the German advance on 13 April 1918. Missing in action and remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

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Ann Parrack and Patricia Head, in memory of their grandfathers, William Le Cheminant, who was wounded and captured at Cambrai in 1917. He was repatriated on 18 November 1918. Also John Henry Parsons, who served in the RGLI. Both returned to Guernsey and lived to old age.

Ronald Le Tissier, Rosemary McCormack, Tony Le Tissier and Margaret Brouard, in memory of their grandfather, Sapper 245 Reginald Martel of the Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers, who never fully recovered from being gassed and who died in 1931.

Charles McHugh

Geoffrey and Diana Rowland, in memory of Gaston Dotrice.

Marco Ciotti, in memory of Gaston Oscar Victor Dotrice.

Sharon Graham, in memory of her great-grandfather, Private 1728 C. J. Brimage, who lost his life on 1 December 1917, aged 31, and is buried at Point-Du-Jour Cemetery, Athies, France.

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Paul and Debbie Prince, in memory of the brave men who left this beautiful, peaceful island to fight an awful war for our freedom.

Rugby Club collection

Families Russell and Watson, in memory of Henry Russell, a father and great-grandfather, who returned on the SS Lydia, also brother Fred Russell who was killed in action.

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Steve and Henry Turvey

Anonymous donation in memory of Private John Jehan, who was killed in action on 13 May 1918 aged 25 and remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

John and Ian Masterton, in memory of an uncle, Corporal 288 Wilfred Henry Le Poidevin, who died on 12 April 1918 aged 22 and is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Rosemary Yates, in memory of their grandfather, Sergeant Harry Yates of 1st Bedfordshire Regiment and their father Sergeant Joe Yates.

Brian, Michael and Janice Dyke, also Basil, Betty, Gerald and Shirley Browning and Leonard and Joy Burton, in  memory of Walter Dyke, a grandfather and uncle, who was killed on 1 December 1917 at Cambrai.

Lyn Roberts, in memory of her great-grandfather, Private Harold N. Bougourd of the Royal Irish Fusiliers who was buried at St John’s Cemetery with full military honours.

Jon Bridel and family, in memory of a great-grandfather and Guernsey resident, Albert Bridel, who fought in the Great War and mercifully survived.

Jon Bridel and family, in memory of a grandfather and Alderney resident, Thomas Jefferies, who saw action at the Somme in 1916, aged only 16. He also fought in WW2 and was wounded at Dunkirk and returned home after the war.

Jon Bridel and family, in memory of a great-grandfather and Guernsey resident, Lieutenant Lucien Le Prevost, who was awarded the Medalle Militaire and Croix du Guerre with Palm at Verdun. Despite becoming an amputee he joined the French Resistance in WW2 and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.

J. and D. Moriarty

Michael Le Bas, in memory of his father, Captain H. A. Le Bas MC, RGLI who fought hand-to-hand at Rues Vertes in the Battle of Cambrai and was awarded the MC for outstanding gallantry.

Brian Ellis, in memory or Private Ernest22080 Ernest Le Sauvage, 7th Batallion Royal Irish Fusiliers, who died on 29 April 1916 and is commemorated on the Loos memorial. Also 1250 George Le Sauvage RGLI died on 1 December 1917 and is commemorated on the Louverval Memorial. Also Ernest Le Moigne, who survived the war and Private Henry Frederick Wilkins of the Army Service Corps who also returned home.

Jocelyn Le Poidevin, in memory of her grandfather, Walter Henry Hill, who served with the 145th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery and died on 24 May 1918.

B. E. Bougourd, in memory of a father who lost both legs in the war.

Jean Le Poidevin, Sheila Winter and Ray Urquhart, in memory of their grandfather, Sergeant 572 George Walden MM, who served in the Royal Irish and Royal Guernsey Light Infantry and was wounded at Cambrai. He survived the war and lived to age 87.

Annette and John Ashman, in memory of an uncle and great-uncle, Peter Paul Le Page, who was wounded at Les Rues Vertes on 5 December and died of his wounds on 13 December 1917.

The Officers and Brethren of Victor Carey Lodge No. 6892, in memory of those who fought and died.

Ruth Mace, Pat and Neil Duquemin, in honour of Nicholas Mahy, who survived this terrible war and returned to his beloved family and island. Nicholas died in 1983.

Grace Ozard, in memory of her uncle, Clifford de Garis Blondel.

Peter Richardson, in memory of his grandfather, Private 1260 Frederick James Mahy, who returned to Guernsey after the Battle of Cambrai, a double amputee as the result of his wounds.

Carolyn Gillingham, in memory of Private Samuel Able Pike, killed in action on 13 April 1918, aged 18, and commemorated on the Ploegstraat Memorial.

Peggy Laine, in memory of her father, Cecil E. Rose.

Les Adams Methodist Church, from a collection by the congregation towards the memorials and in memory of the men who served.

Gordon Falla, in memory of his uncle, Private 904 Edwin Diespres Falla, who served with D Company 1st Battalion Royal Guernsey Light Infantry, and who died of his wounds on 19 March 1918 and is buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery.

J. and T. Le Vallee, in memory of Private 3598 Osmond Collenette, Private 1688 Herbert Burton, Private 1135 Claude Trancy and Sergeant 1344 Alfred Le Poidevin. Private 3598 Osmond Collenette, Rifle Brigade, killed at Arras, 16 May 1915. Private 1688 Herbert Burton, RGLI/RFA, killed at Sommee, 7 September 1916. Private 1135 Claude Trancy, RGLI, wounded at Masnieres, 7 December 1917 and Sergeant 1344 Alfred Le Poidevin RGLI, who was taken prisoner of war at Doulieu, 13 April 1918.

 

Colin and Linda Ferbrache, in memory of their grandfather, Private 3575 Ernest Duport, who served with the 1st Service Battalion RGLI, from his grandchildren.

Margaret Page, in memory of Private George Albert Rose, who was killed on 1 December 1917 at Cambrai and after whom her father was named.

Colin and Linda Austin, in memory of his two great-uncles, Private 21775 Charles Henry Austin of 7th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, who died on 9 September 1916, and Private 406 Walter James Bailey, 1st Service Battalion RGLI, who died on 11 April 1918.

David Rabey, in memory of his grandfather, Thomas Savident, who served and fought at the Battle of Cambrai.

Diane Macfarlane, in memory of her great-uncle, Private Thomas Chandler, who was killed by a sniper on 28 March 1918 at Zonnebeke, aged 24 years.

Glennys De Jersey, in memory of her grandfather, Acting Sergeant 2531 Daniel Martel, who served with the Royal Irish Regiment and returned home after the war.

Brian De Jersey, in memory of his grandfather, Private 816 Henry Thomas De Jersey, who was killed in action on 1 December 1917, aged 28, and buried in Flexquieres Hill Cemetery near Cambrai.

Maureen Bonamy, in memory of her great-uncle, Lance Corporal 9025 George Henry Brookfield, who served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and who died on 9 May 1915. Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Reg Guille, in memory of 42 Sark men who served in the RGLIA; 11 killed in action, 14 wounded and five PoW. Killed in action were: Hedley Baker, Thomas Carre, Stephen De Carteret, Charles Guille,, John Guille, Philip Guille, James Guille (1225), James Guille (1884), Nicholas Hamon and William Mollet

Barbara King, in memory of Guilbert Simon, who was wounded along with many of his comrades while in France with the RGLI and returned to Guernsey after being cared for in a Lancashire hospital.

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Pauline Beard, in memory of her grandfather, Private Frederick Mahy, who after all he endured through both world wars, still managed to be a loving and faithful member of their large family.

Hannah, Martin and Thomas Le Pelley, in memory of their relation, Major George Le Page, who died in 1916 on active service.

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OUR Guernsey’s Finest Hour campaign was set up by the newspaper to help the RGLI Charitable Trust’s appeal to raise £30,000 for the memorials.

You can donate in two ways, either directly at Lloyds Bank or by sending a cheque to Chris Oliver, co-founder of the RGLI Charitable Trust.

Donations should be made to Lloyds Bank, St Peter Port, quoting sort code 30-93-73, account number 32700168 and The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust. Cheques should be made payable to The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Charitable Trust and posted to the RGLI Charitable Trust, Les Emrais, Ruette des Emrais, Castel, GY5 7YF, tel. 251683.

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