Military Medals for Two Brothers

Grave of Andrew Lord, West Street Cemetery, Farnham

Title: Grave of Andrew Lord, West Street Cemetery, Farnham
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Albert Cecil James LORD (1896-1918) and Andrew Frederick LORD (1894-1954)

Bert” and Andrew LORD were the sons of Frederick Andrew LORD (1870-1912) and his wife Adelaide Annie (nee WILKINSON) (1868-1931) of Farnham, Surrey.

Frederick, a packer for a removal company and Adelaide both came from Farnham but Bert and Andrew had been born when their parents briefly lived in Aldershot. Before returning to Farnham, the family lived for a time in Frensham but by 1911 they were living at 17 Castle View, Farnham where Frederick recorded that all of their eight children were still alive.

Both boys attended West Street School and in 1911 Andrew was a telegraph messenger and Bert was an errand boy for a boot shop. However, when the Great War broke out, Andrew was working in Ainsley’s butcher’s shop in The Borough. Among those who volunteered for “Kitchener’s Army”, Andrew went overseas with the 9th Lancers and was wounded twice and won the Military Medal in France.

When Private Albert Cecil James LORD G/21149 was wounded, it was a different story. Before he enlisted, he had been working as a baker; he later served in the 7th Royal Fusiliers, “A” Company. The 7th (Extra Reserve) Battalion had been formed out of men originally in the Royal Navy. The War Diary covering 21 and 22 August 1918 records a combined attack on Thilloy, France by the 4th Bedfords, the 7th Royal Fusiliers and the 1st Artists where “C” Company suffered heavy casualties. “The day was terribly hot and a serious shortage of water was relieved on receipt of 32 tins from Brigade at 6 pm.”

These dates coincide with the dates on Bert’s death certificate. He had received a penetrating wound on his left hip 19 days before his death on 10th September 1918. However, it was the double pneumonia, from which he had been suffering for 5 days, that ended his life. He was 21 years old. He died in the Fairfield Court V A D Hospital near Eastbourne and now lies in Farnham’s West Street Cemetery. His grave is marked with a Commonweath War Grave Commission headstone.

What became of Andrew? After the Great War he moved to Battle, East Sussex where he became footman to Lord Brassey at Battle Abbey; the two had met when they were in the Army. Lord Brassey was then killed in a taxi accident in Westminster in 1919 and his titles, Earl and Baron Brassey and Viscountcy of Hythe became extinct as he left no issue. Andrew had married Florence MUDDLE in 1918 so Andrew went to work for the railway at Bexhill, starting as a porter and working his way up to signalman. Throughout his life Andrew was a keen sportsman with a special interest in long distance and cross-country running and football. Both of his daughters married and Florence died in 1952. He died in Bexhill Hospital on 6 April 1954 and was buried at Catsfield Church, East Sussex.

Sadly, with both of the brothers, I have been unable to find out why they were awarded the Military Medal. The medals themselves remained Andrew’s most treasured possessions.

Sources

General Record Office Death Certificate – Albert Cecil James LORD -Eastbourne Sep 1918 2b 109

Farnham West Street Cemetery – Plot N, Grave 4216 – Commonwealth War Grave Commission Headstone and website entry for A C J LORD

Census of England and Wales 1911 Schedule 149 for Farnham, Surrey

War Diaries (12-31 August 1918) held by the City of London Headquarters, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, HM Tower of London

Farnham Herald 9 April 1954

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