Peberdy, Warner Hutchins. Died 14th Jan 1917

Warner Hutchins Peberdy was born on 29 April 1884 in Rugby.

The 1901 census shows Warner H Peberdy (aged 16) son of William W (born 1858 aged 43) and Annie Peberdy (also born 1858 aged 43) living in 22 Hill Street Rugby with siblings Ethel W (b 1882 aged 19) and Ruby A (b 1898 aged 3).

In 1908 Warner is shown as a Student on UK, Electrical Engineer Lists, 1871-1930 and an Associate Member of IEE (Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers)

On the 12th March 1909 Warner travelled from Liverpool to New York on the SS Baltic.   He was shown as an Engineer from Rugby and his next of kin and home address were shown as WW Peberdy at Lansdowne House (which was in Hill Street) Rugby.

In November 1909 he married Catherine Annie Moss as detailed in The New York Marriage Indexes 1866 – 1937 :

Name                          Warner H Peberdy
Gender                       Male
Marriage Date            1 November 1909
Marriage Place          Manhattan, New York, USA
Spouse                      Catherine A Mosst
Certificate Number    24766

Warner’s wife Catherine Annie Moss was born in the first quarter of 1884 in Rugby and she travelled on the SS Baltic from Liverpool on 23 October 1909 arriving in New York on 1 November 1909. They must have rushed to the registry office to get married on the same day!

Warner and Catherine had a son, Victor Warner, born on 25 August 1911.

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Although Warner was in Canada at the time war broke out, he was sent back to England* and joined the Royal Flying Corps. He was 31 years old at the time. His Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificate is shown above, along with his photograph. “In July 1915… ten graduates from the Curtiss Aviation School went abroad from Toronto to England* for additional training before going into active service with the R.N.A.S and the R.F.C”[1]

In October 1916 Warner is listed in the UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970 as Flt Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps based at Eastchurch Kent.

A list of Active Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines List: August, 1917  shows Flight Lieutenant Warner Hutchins Peberdy “Missing”:

The British Air Service “Flight” dated 25 January 1917 below also shows Flight Sub-Lt W H Peberdy RN missing:

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A Commonwealth War Graves notice of Flight Lieutenant Warner Hutchins Peberdy RNAS reports that he was accidentally drowned on 14 January 1917 aged 32.

Sub-Lieutenant WARNER H. PEBERDY, R.N., son of Mr. W. W. Peberdy, of Rugby, is reported by the Admiralty as having failed to return from a scouting flight from Thaso Island on the 14th inst. He was educated at Rugby Lower School, and gave up a responsible position in America to join the Forces. Sub-Lieutenant Peberdy was 34 years of age[2]

The England & Wales, National Probate Calendar states that Warner died 14 January 1917 in the Eastern Mediterranean and that he left £427 4s 9d to William Warner Peberdy carver and gilder and Charles Frederick Harris solicitor.

However, an entry in the Birmingham Daily Mail on Saturday 25 August 1917 states: Lieutenant Warner Peberdy, R.F.C. only son of Mr and Mrs W W Peberdy of Rugby, who failed to return from a scouting flight on January 14, is now presumed by the Army Council to have died on that date. He was last seen flying over the Belgian coast. Lieutenant Peberdy was an old Rugby Town School boy. He was in America at the time war broke out, and came to England in order to join the Royal Flying Corps. He was 31 years of age.

Warner Hutchins Peberdy was flying the Nieuport 11 aircraft when it failed to return from its mission:


Nieuport 11. A Flight, 2 Wing, Royal Naval Air Service. Imbros, Turkey, 1916
Pilot : Flight Commander K.S. Savory
Twenty-one Nieuport 11′s were delivered to the RNAS and these were operated by No 1 Wing at St-Pol in France and No 2 Wing in the Aegean during the ill-fated Dardanelles Campaign. Their British serial numbers were 3974 – 3994. The aircraft shown in this profile was delivered to the RNAS Depot at Dunkerque in late 1915 in complete French colours including the national markings, thus the overall finish was a clear dope or pale yellow. It was soon transferred to No 2 Wing and for a time it was flown by Flight Commander K S Savory and was known by the nickname of Bluebird. It was modified by having the refinement of metal fairings fitted behind the engine cowling.

Both wings were painted blue on the upper surfaces as well as the nose and undercarriage. The aileron on the top right wing has been replaced and this is not blue but still clear-doped. Of special note is that the upper wing roundels remain the original French ones – ie with red outer circles and blue centres. The interplane struts and tailskid remain in their natural wood and metal colours.

This aeroplane failed to return from a mission on January 14 1917 whilst being flown by Flight Lieutenant W H Peberdy.[3]

Apart from the Rugby Memorial Gates, Flight Lieutenant Warner Hutchins Peberdy RNAS is also commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial which remembers 8,514 sailors of the First World War.

An interesting article entitled “Wreckage of a First World War Plane Found on Thassos” shows Warner Peberdy commemorated on a memorial in Skala Prinos where he was based at a British Airfield.

In June 2012, a new war memorial (photo below) was unveiled in Skala Prinos, Thassos island, near to the site of the First World War airfield. The memorial is dedicated to all those pilots based at Prinos, both British and Greek, who were killed or reported missing during the war, including Flight Lieutenant Warner Peberdy.”


“Recruitment for the RNAS and the Royal Flying Corps (later to become the Royal Air Force) was advertised in newspapers across Canada. Those eligible to qualify had to be between nineteen and twenty-three years of age with a maximum age limit of thirty. In additional to that criterion, eligible candidates had to be British subjects of “pure European descent”. Those who satisfied the criteria also had an interview and medical examination before applicants were finally accepted.”[4]



[1] source Ellis 1954



[4] Source:


Donald, Charles. Died 31st Dec 1916

Charles Donald was born in Brighton, Sussex, England to Joseph Donald born 1841 and Frances Beeby born 1839. Frances had been married previously to John Whelan.

John and Frances married in India and had 4 children. Joseph was a regular soldier and the family moved around. Charles’ elder brother was born in Lucknow, India in 1876 followed by Bertha in Aldershot in 1879. The family then moved to Brighton, and then on to Wrexham, Wales where in 1881, Joseph was a Serjeant-Major of the Denbighshire Yeomanry. In 1891 the family had moved to Denbigh, Wales and Joseph is now Troop Superintendent. He died in 1892.

By 1901 Charles had moved to Rugby and in the Census taken that year was living as a Boarder at 30, Arnold Street, Rugby with William and Sarah Daynes. William was one of the earliest photographers of Rugby.

Charles married Alice Wilson on the 2nd of November, 1902 at St. Mary, Far Cotton, Northampton. Alice was the youngest child of Edward and Mary Ann Wilson, both born in Brixworth, Northamptonshire. In 1891 they were living at Kingsthorpe, Northampton, Edward was a Labourer.

They went on to have 3 children, all born in Rugby, Alice, born 1904, who sadly died in 1905, she was followed in 1907 by Charles and in 1909, by Frances Ruth.

In the 1911 census Charles and family are living at 16, Wood Street, Rugby. He is a Compositor working for Overs a letterpress printing company, and had worked for the firm started by G E Over for 16 years.

He became a member of the Rugby branch of the Typographical Society. He also joined the Oddfellows and served as Grand Officer of the Loyal Addison Branch in Rugby.

He joined the Army on 1st of August 1916 as Bombardier in the 262nd Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Siege Batteries were a relatively new method of land warfare. They were based on the Coastal Batteries and each platoon deployed 4 6” Howitzers, which could each fire a 100lb weight shell over a maximum distance of 6,000 yards.

Each platoon comprised 5 Officers and 177 Other Ranks. The guns were pulled by horses, 6 draught, and 80 heavy draught with 6 riding horses. The guns were set on wagons: 3 off 2-horse and 10 off 4-horse. 3 Platoons formed one Siege Battery.

Headquarters (HQ) was staffed as follows: 7 Officers, 137 Other Ranks 21 Riding Horses 5 Draught and 72 Heavy Draught Horses.

Charles died at Aldershot on the last day of 1916. He is buried at Clifton Road Cemetery, Rugby.



Read, Charles George. Died 15th Dec 1916

Charles George Read “joined up” in 1914 aged 19, giving his birth as 1895. His service number was 11383 in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

Charles George Read

Charles George Read

The 2nd battalion King’s Royal Rifles took part in most of the Battle of the Somme. The last action was the Battle of Morval which ended on 28th September 1916. Charles George must have died in later shelling, as he has no marked grave.

Charles George Read died on 15th December 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Monument.

Charles George Read was born Q2 1894 in Great Bowden, Market Harborough Leicestershire. His parents were Charles John and Minnie Read nee Howarth.

His parents marriage was registered 1893 Q4 Billesdon Leicestershire.

His father Charles John Read and his mother Minnie nee Howarth had 7 children between 1893 and 1911, their first child was Charles George born 1894 Great Bowden Market Harborough, James William born 1895 Great Bowden Market Harborough, Colin Edmund born 1897 Great Bowden Market Harborough, Gladys Maud born 1898 Great Bowden Market Harborough, Herbert born 1901 Great Bowden Market Harborough, Ivy Marion born 1904 Rugby, and Reginald Stanley born 1907 Rugby.

In 1901 UK census Charles J Read age 30 is living 5 Station Road Great Bowden Leicestershire and was a railway engine stoker with his wife Minnie age 31 and 4 children:- Charles G age 6, James W age 5, Colin E aged 3 and Gladys M aged 2.

By 1911 Charles and his family had moved to live at 46 Rokeby Street Rugby, father Charles was still a railway locomotive stoker living with his wife Minnie age 41 and 7 children, Charles George was age 16 and a railway engine cleaner his brother James William aged 15 was a winder in electrical works, his other brother Colin Edmund aged 13 was at school and also a newsboy the 3 additional children all born after 1901 are Herbert born 1901 Great Bowden, Ivy Marion born 1904 Rugby and Reginald Stanley born 1907 Rugby.

Taking a step backwards to 1891 UK census we find his father Charles J Read age 20 single and a lodger who is a Railway Engine Cleaner born North Crawley Buckinghamshire lodging at Station Road Great Bowden the home of Elizabeth Sharpe aged 30 a widow and her family + 3 lodgers a railway carman, a railway shunter and railway engine cleaner.

Going back even further to 1881 UK census we find Charles age 10 living in a shepherds lodge in Castle Ashby Northamptonshire with parents James age 35 and who is a shepherd and his mother Ann Read age 32 and 4 siblings, William age 8, Emma age 6, Herbert aged 4 and George aged 1 + visitor Mary A Smith aged 22 born North Crawley Buckinghamshire. In 1871 UK census Charles John Read aged 3 months living High Street North Crawley Buckinghamshire with parents James age 25 a bricklayers labourer and Ann Read age 22 a lace maker.

And in 1891 UK census Minnie Howarth aged 21 single and a servant born Brighton Sussex living Northampton Road Little Bowden Leicestershire working for William Symington age 81 a widow and coffee merchant and his family.

Going back even further to 1881 UK census we find his mother Minnie Howarth aged 11 living with parents James and Eliza Howarth and sister Maud Eliza Howarth aged10 living Alma Road Reigate Foreign Surrey together with 2 lodgers William Adey age 23 under gardener domestic born Reading Berkshire and Jesse Hawkins aged 24 groom domestic born Nutfield Surrey and a gardener servant Walter Cainfield age 27 born Brighton.

In 1871 UK census Minnie Howarth age 17 months is living North Bruton Mews St. George parish of Hanover Square London with parents James and Eliza Howarth plus her sister Maud E Howarth aged 5 months, her father James is a coachman, we find James Read born abt 1867 Cranfield Bedfordshire his parents are Joel and Ann Read.

The 1939 register tells us that his father Charles J Read was age 69 giving his date of birth as 19th July 1870 and a retired railway engine driver and his wife Minnie aged 70 giving her date of birth as 23rd December 1869 and unpaid household duties and living 46 Rokeby Street Rugby.

His father died in 1946 in Rugby, his mother Minnie in 1954 in Rugby.

Charles George Read’s parents published an announcement in the Rugby Advertiser in 1921. on the anniversary of his death.

In loving memory of Charles George Read, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Read of 46 Rokeby Street, 2nd K.R.R., who was killed in action in France, Dec. 15th 1916, aged 22 years. “Until the day dawn, and the shadows flee away.” – From his loving Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters.



Bubb, Edwin. Died 12th Dec 1916

Private Edwin Bubb
Service No: – 22092
Gloucestershire Regiment
2nd Battalion
Cemetery/Memorial Name Struma/Military Cemetery Greece
Grave/Memorial Reference IX.

Private Edwin Bubb was born in 1892 and baptised 2nd February 1892 at St. Michaels and All Saints Church Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.   His parents were John and Susannah Bubb. On the 1901 census, Edwin and his brothers John, Charles, Albert, Henry, George and sisters Mary and Lucy are living in the High Street, Bugbrooke (Camp Hill Cottages), with their parents. Edwin’s father is a Railway Signalman, John is a cattleman on a farm, Charles is a carter on a farm and the rest of the children, including Edwin are at school.

By the 1911 census Edwin is in Rugby at 39 South Street, living with his eldest brother, Richard, who is his senior by 22 years, Richard’s wife, Emma, and niece Mary Mabel. According to the census Richard is a Greengrocer and Edwin’s occupation is also given as a Greengrocer. His father John and mother Susannah are at 65 Upper Street Hillmorton, John at this time is a Railway Labourer. Some of the family were born at Bugbrooke, others were born at Gayton, Northamptonshire. Edwin’s brother Richard was born in Hillmorton, Rugby Warwickshire and was aged 9 months.

Edwin volunteered in August 1914 and was in the 10th Hussars (Prince of Wales Own) and then proceeded to France in the following July. His brother Henry had enlisted at the same time and they had consecutive service numbers and served in Salonika together. Both were transferred to 2nd Gloucester Regiment in October 1915 and saw heavy fighting at Ypres. Edwin was drafted to Salonika, Greece where he was in action on the Doiran and Vardar fronts. On 9th December 1916, he was severely wounded and unhappily succumbed to his injuries three days later on the 12th December. He was buried in Struma Military Cemetery. He is listed as Edward on the CWGC website.

He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals. In the Register of Soldiers Effects for Edwin the sum of £11 17s 8d was sent to a Miss Nellie M. Hugh authorised 19th April 1917.




Henry also took part in the fierce fighting on the Struma, the Doiran and Vardar fronts. He was demobilised on his return to England in July 1919. A second brother, Charles, on May 14th 1909 had travelled to Australia on the Ormuz, and had volunteered to serve whilst in Australia in October 1914. He embarked as part of the Australian Imperial Force being in the 8th Infantry Brigade and was drafted to France in July the following year. He like his two brothers took part in the fighting at Ypres and at Loos, Albert, the Somme and Cambrai and in the Retreat and Advance of 1918. He was wounded in 1915 and again in 1917 was sent to England for treatment on each occasion. Charles was demobilised in December 1919. On the Australian Imperial Nominal Roll it shows him as a Corporal in the 35th Battalion. Charles had been born in 1885 at Gayton, Northamptonshire; he later died in Australia in 1954.

There is a War Memorial in Bugbrooke Church for all Bugbrooke men that survived and for those who died in the Great War and each name is linked to a presentation sheet which is kept in the Church at the Memorial window. Also on the Bugbrooke Church web page is a list of all Bugbrooke men who served in WW1 and gives a brief account of their war service.




Ingram, Ernest Benjamin. Died 9th Dec 1916

Gunner Ernest Benjamin Ingram
Service No: – 42
Royal Field Artillery
Cemetery/Memorial Name
Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boiselle
Grave/Memorial Reference II. G. 4.

Ernest Benjamin Ingram was born in the third quarter of 1894 to Walter and Emily Ingram, and was baptised at St. Andrews Church Rugby September 1894, the family were at this time living at Ringrose Court, Rugby and Ernest father’s occupation is given as a labourer.

By the 1901 census they are at living at 40 Sun Street, Rugby and Walter, the father was not at home (perhaps he was working elsewhere). Ernest (Ben) was with his older brothers Tom, Bertie and Richard and sisters Margaret Ellen and Kimberly Bella. Tom was working as an errand boy and Ernest attended New Bilton Council School.By the 1911 census the family were living at 22 Bridget Street, Bilton, Rugby and have another boy Arthur Edward and their father, Walter, with them. He was a Stone Mason. Thomas is a Fishmonger, Bertie is a General Labourer and Richard is a Baths Attendant with the Rugby U. D. Council and Ernest is a Butchers Assistant, the other children are all at school.

Ernest’s father died in 1914, after Ernest had joined the army.  Ernest had signed a Territorial Force Attestation Paper in 1909 and was enlisted into the 11th South Mid (H) Battery Regiment and his age was 17 years 10 months. On his attestation paper his height was 5’ 5 ½’, his girth on expansion was 35’’, his health and his development were given as good. Ernest gave his employment as labourer. In December 1916 Ernest was with ‘D’ Battery 307th Brigade in France prior to the company moving to Greece when he was killed in action. Ernest’s mother, Emily, was informed of Ernest’s death. The following was in the Rugby Advertiser of 30th December 1916 under Local Casualties.


Mrs Ingram of 68 Victoria Street, New Bilton, had received official information from the War Office that her son, Driver E (Ben) Ingram, of Rugby Howitzer Battery, was killed by a shell on December 8th. He was an old New Bilton Council School boy and a former member of the Boys’ Brigade, in which he was a stretcher bearer. He had been a member of the Howitzer Battery for six years, and prior to the outbreak of war was an assistant in Mr J J McKinnell’s shop.   He was 22 years of age, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. In a letter to his parents, Capt. Lister says:

“I can assure you that his death came as a great blow to the Battery. He was a great favourite, and always willing to do any work that was to be done.   Personally, I feel the blow very much.   He had been my servant ever since the Battery left England, and I know full well what a very good fellow he was.”  

Mrs Ingram has three other sons serving, or have served. Corpl B Ingram, Coldstream Guards, who has gone all through the present War, is well known in local football circles; Corpl T. Ingram, R.W.R, has served since the commencement of the War; and Corpl R Ingram of the same regiment, has been discharged through injuries received on active service.

His only memorial after Rugby’s Memorial Gate is at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-Boiselle France.



Glenn, John. Died 8th Dec 1916

John Glenn was born on 30th April 1878 at 40 Church Street, Rugby to William and Ann (nee Dobson).

His schooling is unknown, but it is believed that he worked as a gardener at one of the large houses in Bilton, Rugby.


He married Sarah Ellen Mawby at St Matthews Church, Rugby on 20th August 1908. The marriage certificate states John’s age as being two years older than he was. They lived at 35 Rowland Street Rugby.

On the 29th November 1913 their first child, Joseph William was born.

John joined up with the 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment as a Private (No. 20054) and was sent to France.

John Glenn, back row middle. In France 1914-18 War

John Glenn, back row middle.
In France 1914-18 War

In December 1916 he contracted acute bronchitis and was treated at the 29th Casualty Clearing Station, BEF France. Coincidentally he was attended there by Dr C Hoskyn, also of Rugby. John died there on 8th December 1916.

He is buried at the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, south-west of the town of Doullens in France.

Grave of John Glenn

Grave of John Glenn

John’s wife, Sarah Ellen, was known to Dr Hoskyn, haying been before she married, a maid to Mrs Elliott at the Royal Oak in Dunchurch Road, Rugby. The good doctor wrote to Mrs Elliott asking her to break to Sarah Ellen the news of her husband’s death, since John had told him that his wife was expecting their second child. The child was born in March 1917 and named John after his father.

On his return to Rugby, Dr Hoskyn founded what was then called ‘The Hoskyn Cripple Fund’ which continues to this day under the name of The Hoskyn Centre, Hamilton House, Bilton Road, Rugby.



Mayes, Horace. Died 6th Dec 1916

Horace Mayes was the son of David and Mary Ann (nee Henson), born at Fletton near Peterborough in 1896.   He was baptised at Fletton, then in Huntingdonshire, on 3 September 1897, his father was a stoker on the railway.   He had seven siblings, one of them dying in infancy. Those who survived were Florence, Ethel, Lilian and Gertrude, all born in Fletton, Eva was born in Peterborough and little brother Alfred born in 1908 in Rugby.

Between 1906 and 1908 the family moved to Rugby, and in 1911 was living at 28 Abbey Street. David at that time was a tube cleaner at the Loco Department of the LNWR – London and North Western Railway. Florence was aged 20, a waitress at a skating rink, Ethel (19) was a servant, Lilian (16) a grocer’s assistant and Horace himself (14) a moulding apprentice at the British Thomson Houston (BTH) iron foundry. Gertrude (12) and Eva (5) were both scholars, Alfred was aged only 3.   David was born at Aldwinckle Northants in 1863 and Mary Ann at Peterborough in 1868, they were married in 1890.

Horace joined the Territorials in January 1914 as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery, but was discharged shortly afterwards as not likely to become an efficient soldier.   He was only 5ft 3in tall (Army Pension Records). This did not prevent him from enlisting at the start of the war when he joined the 5th Bn Oxfordshire and Buckingham Light Infantry as Private 11875, rising to Lance Corporal at his death. His medal card gives the date of his embarkation to France as 10 June 1915. The Rugby Advertiser of 2 Dec 1916 reported that he was in hospital at Bristol suffering from wounds in the thigh, arm and hand, and this was the second time he had been wounded. The issue of 16 Dec reports his death at Bristol Hospital in a notice from the family with a touching poem:

One less at home, one more in Heaven:
Our Saviour has taken the bloom He has given.
Flowers may wither, die of decay,
But the love of our son will for ever stay.

The Advertiser of 23 December gives a further report, saying he was seriously wounded in France in September, and in hospital there for two months before being brought back to England. He was aged 20, an apprentice at BTH. The funeral had taken place the previous week at Clifton Road Cemetery, with a firing party attending from Warwick and his coffin being draped with the Union Jack.

Grave of Horace Mayes in Clifton Road Cemetery.

Grave of Horace Mayes in Clifton Road Cemetery.

11875 Lance Cpl. H MAYES Oxford & Bucks Light Inf. 6th December 1916 age 20.
“Peace, perfect peace.”
vase: ILMO my dear husband DAVID MAYES 1862-1936 R.I.P.
Also MARY ANN HENSON MAYES his beloved wife 1867-1939.

It seems likely that Horace was wounded in the same action at Montauban on 15 September that took the life of his comrade from Rugby William Arthur Lissaman (qv) of the same regiment, when 14 men were killed, 119 wounded and 23 missing (see Rugby Remembers for that date for more details of the action taken from the war diary of the regiment).

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects notes that £14.16s.2d was sent to his mother, she also received a gratuity of £10 in 1919. His father had died at Leicester in 1914. Horace was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1915 Star.

He is also commemorated on the BTH War Memorial as H Mays, and has a CWGC headstone in Clifton Road Cemetery.