The Battle of the Somme Remembered
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, we would like to highlight ten brave students and alumni from Borough Road College who fought and died in this battle: Walter Wilfred Green, Joseph Frederick Ore, Geoffrey Raymond Palmer, Sydney Robert Mitchley, Thomas Goodier, James Knighton, William Fraser Lydamore, Reginald William Sephton, William Head Stephens, and Frank William Lupton.
Top Row (L-R): Walter Wilfred Green, James Knighton
Bottom Row (L-R): Frank William Lupton, Reginald William Sephton
Private James Knighton, a member 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, and Rifleman William Fraser Lydamore, of the 1st London Rifle Brigade London Regiment, were killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, both aged 24.
Lieutenant Benjamin Thomas, another former student at Borough Road, also fought in the Battle of the Somme and survived. He was part of the 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He had held an exposed flank during a German attack, and then organised a counter attack. Afterwards Thomas applied for a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps and was moved into 11th Squadron, which was flying Bristol Fighters in France. Unfortunately on 4 October 1918, Benjamin Thomas collided with fellow Welshman Lieutenant DR Phillips’ plane and fatally crashed.
Top Row (L-R): Thomas Goodier, Joseph Frederick Ore
Bottom Row (L-R): Sydney Robert Mitchley, William Fraser Lydamore
The stories of these ten men, along with 105 other students and five members of staff who perished during WW1, have been made available on our website as part of a First World War Project completed in 2014. You can search these profiles here: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/services/archives-management/ww1-profiles