Roy Hammersley Field (Du. 1913-16)


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Private, London Regiment
Born: February 8th 1899
Died: June 29th 1918

Age at Death: 19

Died of Wounds, France, June 29th 1918
Son of A.T. Field, Purley.

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by David Maple (Ha./du. 1943-1947).

Brightonian XV July, 1916
Valete

R.H. Field - Entered Durnford House, January 1913. Junior XI. Football, 1913-14. Second XI. Football, 1914-15. First XI. Football, 1915-16. Form, Vb. Modern.

Private Roy Hammersley Field (Durnford 1913–1916)

Roy Field was born on 8 February 1899 in Leytonstone, Essex. He was the youngest son and fourth child of Alfred Field, who owned a stationery business, and his wife Agnes (née Latilla). By 1911 the family were living in Purley, Surrey. While at the Collegem Field was in the football 1st and 2nd XIs.

After leaving the school Field was enlisted in the 28th Battalion London Regiment, commonly known as the Artists’ Rifles, which formed part of 63rd Division, normally known as the ‘Royal Naval Division’ because the majority of its units, with the exception of Field’s battalion, were members of the Royal Navy. In mid-1918 the 63rd Division, after facing Ludendorff’s second spring offensive in Flanders, was sent to the Somme, which was then, albeit briefly, a quiet part of the front. Nonetheless in late June 1918 Field was wounded and, as a result, died in hospital on 29 June 1918.

His grave is in the Bagneux British Cemetery, Gazaincourt, France.

Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

 

 

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