Fred Day

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Fred Day was born on 10 May 1894, to Alfred John Day and Alice Louisa Day (nee Gaunt), in Nunhead (which is now part of the London Borough of Southwark).  Before the outbreak of war, he worked as a Motor Mechanic’s Assistant, whilst living with his family at 116 Birchanger Road, South Norwood (according to the 1911 Census).

Fred Day’s Royal Navy record, 1917. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon

In 1915, Fred married Lilian H. White, in Croydon.  His wartime service, unlike his brothers, was spent with the Royal Nave, service number F26490. His first service date was 12 Mar 1917 on HMS President II and his last service date 31 Mar 1918, aboard the same ship. This was not a fighting ship, but the London Accounting Base for numerous naval ships and establishments that were not self-accounting. It is possible he was at the Crystal Palace, which was taken over by the Royal Navy in early September 1914 to be the Royal Naval Division Depot. More importantly, it was the initial training establishment for all the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve recruits and also for officers destined for the Royal Navy Division.

In 1939, Fred and Lilian lived at 75 Keston Road, Croydon; Fred worked as a Fitter Engineer Heavy Worker.  He died in 1953, aged 59, when the couple lived at 90 Harcourt Road, Thornton Heaths, leaving Lilian £543 13s. 11d.

Read about his brothers in the First World War:

Arthur Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/arthur-day/ 

Alfred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/

Herbert Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/herbert-day/

Sydney Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sydney-frederick-day/

Walter Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/walter-daniel-day/

William Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/william-day/

Frank Woodger

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Frank Woodger was born on 24 March 1887, to Thomas Woodger and Emma Woodger (nee Sink), in Ockham.  He was baptised on 26 June that same year, at St Mary’s Church, Byfleet.  By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 2 Sidney Cottage, Poplar Drive, New Malden, with Frank working as a Page Boy.  In 1910, he married Annie Burningham in late 1901, at Croydon Registry Office.  The couple lived at 26 Warren Road, Croydon, while Frank worked as a Nurseryman.

Frank Woodger WW1 Medal Index Card. Courtesy of Brian Gudegon

In the First World War, Frank served in the 3rd Battalion, London Regiment and the Labour Corps.  He enlisted on 27 March 1916, and was eventually discharged on 23 September 1919, as a result of injuries sustained during his service; he had a pronounced limp as a result of his injuries.

Frank and Mary Woodger (nee Hodge), 1952

At the time of the 1939 Register, Frank and Annie were living at 45 Windmill Road, Croydon, with Frank employed as a Gardener. Sadly, Annie died not long after the recording of this document, in 1943.  Frank remarried a year later: he and Mary Amelia Hodge (Millie) had both suffered the loss of their first spouse (Millie’s first husband, Alfred, had died in 1933).  It was a brief marriage, as Frank died in 1953.

Read the story of Mary Hodge’s first husband, Alfred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/

Alfred Charles Hodge

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Alfred Charles Hodge was born in early 1879, to Charles Robert Hodge and Louisa Sophia Hodge (nee Pike), in Croydon.  The 1901 Census records that he worked as a Cycle Fitter, and still lived with his parents.  At the age of 24, he married Ellen Muggeridge, in spring 1903; the couple lived at 70 Princess Road, with Alfred working as a Fitter.  He had become a Milk Carrier by 1911, when the couple lived at in Flat 5, 85a Elsinore Road, Forest Hill.

In the First World War, Alfred served as a Private with the Royal Army Service Corps (service number M/303082 – [the M denoting that he was involved with Mechanical Transport])

He died in the autumn of 1925, aged 47.

Read about his brother, Ernest Francis Hodge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/ernest-francis-hodge/

Read the story of his brother-in-law, Alfred Day (husband of sister Mary Amelia Hodge): https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/

Ernest Francis Hodge

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Ernest Francis Hodge was born on 24 November 1880, to Ernest Francis Hodge and Louisa Sophia Hodge (nee Pike), in Croydon.   Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Ernest worked as a Signal Lad for the London, Brighton & South Coast railway company, starting on 18 April 1905 at Anerley station (now in the London Borough of Bromley).  Over the next three years, he was transferred to Norwood Junction and Crystal Palace (where he worked as a Telegraph Clerk).  According to the UK Railway Employment Records 1833-1956, Ernest was dismissed on 11 February 1909 for cloak room ticket irregularities.

In the 1908-1933 Surrey Recruitment Registers, Ernest had moved on to be a Milk Carrier (living with his parents at 15 Ingatestone Road, South Norwood) before enlisting with the 4th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, at Kingston on Thames.  He was described as being 5ft 4inches, weighing 115lb, with grey eyes and light brown hair.

Ernest’s First World War Service record states that he served as a Driver for the Royal Army Service Corps (service number T/289678).  He was then promoted to T/Sergeant.  [Soldiers with a ‘T’ prefixed to their number usually served in Horse Transport].  In 1915, Ernest married Florence White; the witnesses were Alfred Charles Hodge (brother), Charles Robert Hodge (father) and Mary Amelia Hodge (sister).  The couple lived at 57 Elmers Road, Woodside, Croydon.

At the time of the 1939 Register, Ernest was working as a Milk Salesman and living at 12 Hawthorne Avenue, Croydon.
He died in 1977.

Read the story of his brother, Alfred Charles Hodge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-charles-hodge/

Read the story of his brother-in-law, Alfred Day (husband of Mary Amelia Hodge): https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/

Sidney Harold Langridge

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Sidney Harold Langridge was born on 19 August 1891, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon.  He was baptised on 4 October that same year, at the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Mitcham.  By 1901, the family had moved to the High Street, Colliers Wood, at Sydney Langridge’s general store.  Ten years later, at the time of the 1911 Census, Sidney and his widowed mother (together with the rest of the family) were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Sidney was listed as working as a Clerk at a General Surgical Instrument Maker’s.

In 1915, a year after the outbreak of the First World War, Sidney was posted to France with the Royal Field Artillery, first as a Driver then as a Gunner.  There are two entries for him in the First World War Service Medals and Award Rolls 1914-1920 (both listing him as ‘Stanley’).

After the war, Sidney married Catherine Wheeler, on 20 November 1927, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Addiscombe, Croydon.  The couple lived at 229 Addiscombe Road, Croydon in 1939, when Sidney worked as a Hospital Supplies Manager.  He died in 1979, aged 87.

Read the stories of his brothers here:

Horace Leonard Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/horace-leonard-langridge/

Cecil Herbert Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/cecil-herbert-langridge/

Cecil Herbert Langridge

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Cecil Herbert Langridge was born on 8 November 1894, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon.  By 1901, the family had moved to the High Street, Colliers Wood, at Sydney Langridge’s general store.  Ten years later, at the time of the 1911 Census, Cecil and his widowed mother (together with the rest of the family) were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Cecil was listed as working as an Engineer’s Assistant (Screw Maker) for an Optical Instrument Makers.

Cecil Langridge’s record on the Roll of Individuals entitled to the British War Medal; he is listed as serving with the Military Police. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon.

He has two entries under the First World War Service Medal and Award Rolls:
1. Dated 1914: Cecil is listed as a Gunner for the 18th Divisional Ammunition Column and Ammunition Park, Royal Garrison Artillery; service number 40932.
2. Dated 1914-1920. Cecil had risen to the ranks of Lance Corporal, and was now serving with the Foot Branch of the Military Police.

After the war, Cecil married Elsie Hinds, in early 1922 in Southwark.  At the time of the 1939 Register, his listed as working as a Scientific Instrument maker, with the couple living at 46 Violet Lane, Croydon.

Read the stories of his brothers here:

Horace Leonard Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/horace-leonard-langridge/

Sidney Harold Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sidney-harold-langridge/

Horace Leonard Langridge

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Horace Leonard Langridge was born on 3 November 1892, to Sydney John Langridge and Lizzie Langridge (nee Saker), in Croydon.  In the Surrey Church of England Baptism records for 1813-1912, Horace’s baptism took place at St Luke’s Church, Woodside, Croydon on 5 February 1893; his father is listed as worked as a Railway Clerk, with the family living at 3 The Oval, Croydon.  By 1901, the family had moved to the High Street, Colliers Wood, at Sydney Langridge’s general store.  Ten years later, at the time of the 1911 Census, Horace and his widowed mother were living at 31 Carmichael Road, South Norwood; Horace was listed as working as a Clerk in a General Coal Merchant’s store.

Horace Langridge Army Attestation Papers. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon.

During the First World War, Horace served as a Gunner in the London Brigade (Heavy Battery), Royal Garrison Artillery.  Nothing else is known about his wartime service, as his papers were among the many destroyed in the London Blitz of the Second World War.

The wedding of Horace Langridge to Ethel Day, 23 July 1921. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon

He survived the war, and married Ethel Day on 23 July 1921, at St Saviour’s Church, Croydon.  The couple lived at 12 Torridge Road, Croydon, at the time of the 1939 Register.  He died on 24 January 1984, when he had been living at Longmead House, Buxton Lane, Caterham, aged 92.

 

 

Read the stories of his brothers here:

Cecil Herbert Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/cecil-herbert-langridge/

Sidney Harold Langridge: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sidney-harold-langridge/

Norman Frank Andrews

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Norman Frank Andrews was born in June 1898, to Leonard Frank Andrews and Annie Andrews (nee Chitty), on the Isle of Wight.  The family had moved to Russ Hill Road Cottage Charlwood, Surrey, by the time of the 1901 Census, later moving to Russ Hill Farm.

He enlisted at Horsham in February 1917, aged 18, with ‘D’ Battery, 52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, serving as a Gunner.  After a few months of training, he was sent to France, where he was killed in action a year later in September 1918.  An obituary appeared in the Surrey Mirror & County Post on 27 September 1918:

Report on Norman Andrews’ death, as reported in the Surrey Mirror, 27 September 1918

News has reached Mr and Mrs L F Andrews, of Russ Hill Farm, Charlwood, that their only son, Gunner Norman Frank Andrews, of the Royal Field Artillery, has fallen in action during the recent advance on the Western front.  It appears that he was standing with his section officer and several of his comrades when a shell burst right by them, a fragment striking Norman Andrews on the head, killing him instantaneously.  His section officer and the others were all wounded.  Deceased, who was 20 years of age last June, joined up for military service in February 1917; was drafted out to France in September of last year; was killed on [3 September*] 1918.  The burial took place in the little cemetery behind the lines.  An officer, writing to his sorrowing parents, says: “I have known your son ever since he joined the battery and can truthfully say that he was one of the most efficient gunners we had.  He always did his duty well and faithfully, and as a man was popular both with officers and men,  His loss will be felt by all who knew him.

*Actually 5 September 1918

Norman’s friends also wrote  to express their sorrow at his death; the refer to his buoyancy of spirit, his friendliness, and willingness to help at all times.  He had many friends in Charlwood, his bright, cheery disposition making him a general favourite in all circles.  He is buried in Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France, and is commemorated on the war memorial at St Nicholas Church, Charlwood, and on the Roll of Honour in the church.

Norman Andrews’ Grave Report on the Graves Registration Report Form

Alfred Wilton Day

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

Alfred Wilton Day was born on 17 December 1883 to Alfred John Day and Alice Louisa Day (nee Gaunt), in Southwark.  By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to Croydon, and Alfred had enlisted with the 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment.  He was soon involved in military action after being sent to fight in the last few months of the Boer War.  Alfred is listed on the UK Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls 1793-1040: Campaign of Service South Africa – Second Boer War, Service Date 1899-1902.  He remained with the East Surrey Regiment, seeing service in Poona [now Pune], India, between 1906 and 1909.  In 1913, only a year before the outbreak of the First World War, after rising to the rank of Corporal, Alfred was discharged from the 3rd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment.

Alfred Day with fellow Non-Commissioned Officers of the East Surrey Regiment, 1914. Courtesy Brian Gudgeon.

Alfred must have re-joined his old regiment soon after war was declared in 1914, as in 1915 his sister Alice Florence (Flo) received a Christmas card from him, showing that he was now serving with the 10th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment.  He seems to have been transferred to various different regiments throughout the war: the Middlesex Regiment, the Labour Corps, and the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.  On 16 March 1919, Alfred was Mentioned in Despatches for ‘Gallant and Distinguished services in the Field’ – a brave chap! He ended the war as Regimental Sergeant Major.

Alfred Day (without his false teeth in!) and his daughter, Lily, in 1929. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon.

He married Mary Amelia Hodge (always known as “Millie”) after the war, in the winter of 1920, and worked as a baker’s roundsman.  Alfred died on 1 November 1933, the same year as his brother William (they were buried in the same plot at Mitcham Road Cemetery).  His Death Certificate states that he died in Teevan Road, Croydon, but had been living at 57 Elmers Road, South Norwood.  The cause of death was attributed to ‘fibrosis of the heart’ (which is most likely as a result of his years of heavy smoking).

Read about his brothers in the First World War:

Arthur Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/arthur-day/

Herbert Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/herbert-day/

Fred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/fred-day/

Sydney Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sydney-frederick-day/

Walter Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/walter-daniel-day/

William Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/william-day/

William Day

Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon

William Day was born in the winter of 1880, to Alfred Jon Day and Alice Louisa Day (nee Gaunt), in Southwark.  By the 1901 Census, the Day family were living at 10 Rosebery Avenue, Croydon, and the 21 year old William was working as a Bottler in a brewery.

William Day 1902 Attestation Papers. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon.

His military career began on 13 January 1902, when he enlisted with the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (QRWS), in Croydon, serving as a regular in the 1st Battalion.  His time with the QRWS took him to South Africa and India, from where he posted Christmas cards to his sister Alice Florence (Flo) Day; a card dated from 1905 shows he was stationed in Sialkot, in the Punjab region (now in Pakistan, after the Partition in 1947).  By 1911, he was working as General Warehouseman Dry Goods, and living with parents at 116 Birchanger Road, South Norwood. The family is not sure why he is entered thus as according to his Military records he was in the army at this time. It may be because he was transferred to Army Reserve on 28 Feb 1910 (or maybe April) and then re-engaged 23 Feb 1911, and then transferred again 23 Feb 1912. He was finally discharged on 12th January 1914 having served 12 years.

Although no records of his First World War service (apart from Medal Card) has been found to date, he would likely have been called up or volunteered, upon outbreak of war. In 1917, he is listed as serving with the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) in a Christmas card to ‘Flo and Ed’ (his sister and her husband Charles Edward Mitchell).
In a 1918 ‘Menu’ to [Signaller] Day W.’ he is shown as serving in the 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade.

William Day Death Certificate. Courtesy of Brian Gudgeon.

William survived the war, and died in 1933; he was interred in Mitcham Road Cemetery, Croydon, Plot W4, Grave No. 17716, with his younger brother, Alfred Wilton. William’s death certificate says he was ‘Found dead on 26th March 1933 Holt Wood, Chelsham R.D.’ He was 52. The cause of death was ‘Suicide whilst of unsound mind by lysol poisoning. [Post Mortem] Certificate received from E. Lovell Hewitt Acting Coroner for County of Surrey. Inquest held 30th March 1933.’ His address and occupation were ‘7 Drummond Road Croydon. No occupation. Formerly a Window Cleaner’.

Read the stories of his brothers in the First World War:

Alfred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/

Arthur Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/arthur-day/

Fred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/fred-day/

Herbert Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/herbert-day/

Sydney Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/sydney-frederick-day/

Walter Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/walter-daniel-day/