Bobbing- The men buried in the churchyard

The men buried in Bobbing Churchyard

In common with many other churches there are casualties of WW1 buried in the churchyard. There are 3 men buried under the care of the Commonwealth War graves Commission ( although is suspect a forth casualty, Packham, is buried somewhere in the churchyard).

Of these three men only one appears on the Bobbing memorial, the other two men are local although not strictly from Bobbing. It makes you wonder how and why these men were buried where they are ( like the two Murston men in the Bapchild Churchyard)

Private Walter Apps

18909 Walter Apps died on the 27th March 1918 aged 21. He is not listed on the Bobbing memorial. Walter lived in Quinton Cottages, Milton Regis. Walter enlisted into the East Kent Regiment in May 1916 service number 9932, he was a horseman by trade. He training in the uk and proceeded overseas  to join the Buffs 1st Battalion in France in October 1916. After 10 days he was transferred to the 6th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment. On the 17th July 1917 Walter was shot In the head near Arras. His injuries were severe. The bullet entered at the tip of his nose and exited behind the left ear causing multiple fractures of his maxilla, the loss of his left eye, deafness in his left ear and disruption of his tempero mandibullar joint. He was treated locally, and sent back to the ukfor further treatment. He was left with blindness and deafness on the left. His jaw was so badly damaged he could only open his mouth an inch. He was extensively scarred, his left ear although reconstructed sat further forward. After a medical board Walter was discharged on 5th March 1918. Less than 3 weeks later he was dead. I have not obtained his death certificate so do not know the cause of his death. He however was severely damaged as the result of his wound.

Private Osbourne Ethelbert Winch

Osbourne Ethelbert Winch originated from 10 Dental Street, Key Street. Key street seems to be part of the Borden Parish, and Winch is listed on the Borden Memorial not on the Bobbing one.

Winch enlisted into the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles in November 1914 during one of the first recruitment drives. Winch served with the Yeomanry in England and Ireland until December 1916 when he was transferred along with many others to the Buffs and posted to France. Winch joined the Buffs 1st Battalion in France on 13th December 1916. On the 19PthP April Winch was hit by a burst shell injuring him primarily in the head. He was transferred back to the UK for treatment. He seemed to show progress initially before succumbing to pneumonia on the 30th April 1917. He was buried with full military honours in Bobbing Churchyard.


Driver Harry Austin

Harry Austin was from Key street. He enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver on 25th October 1915. He served in the UK until he was transferred to D Battery of 113PthP Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He served until he was wounded in October 1918 during the closing months of the war. He was evacuated to the UK for treatment in Birmingham when he developed pneumonia and died on 10th November, the day before the armistice aged 29th. He was buried with military honours in Bobbing churchyard.




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