Not Just a Name
|Mersea's Fallen of the First World War
Not Just a Name describes the background and service histories of the fifty men from Mersea Island who made the supreme sacrifice for their King and Country. This is the first time their story has been told, making extensive use of Battalion War Diaries, Trench maps, Admiralty archives and relatives recollections.
The book is available in the Resource Centre and is for sale in the Museum Shop
Names listed in the book
Ralph Cutts Avis ( Ralph Mussett ) killed 22 September 1914.
Thomas Edward Funnell killed 22 September 1914.
Albert Jordan (see MPUB_NJN_ERR_001 for a correction to this entry).
Frederick Funnell Mussett
Hugh Smith - Page 22 photograph including Lance Corporal Hugh Smith, at Graylingwell Military Hospital.
Smith Family Chapter 28
for a detailed biography of Hugh Smith by Alan Smith. It is a PDF and will open in a new window.
Frederick Beckett Bennett
Rowland Cook ( sometimes spelt Roland )
George Walter Hewes
Harry James Cottrell
James Frederick Cutts Avis
Harris William Hoy
Alfred Lewis Pullen
Harry Victor Gardner
Frederick Samuel White
John D. Howard
Sidney Elijah Wright
Albert Victor Juba Cudmore
Frederick Joseph Cutts Avis
Edward Oscar Green
Edmund Percy Roberts
Christopher Pullen Brand
Alfred Bertie Thursby
Arthur David Pullen
Charles Thomas Powell
Royal Fleet Auxiliary INDUSTRY
Archibold Percy Green
Alfred John Mole
Frederick Westhorpe Mole
Reginald John Mole
Henry William Pullen
Harold Frederick Stoker
Walter James Beynon
Percy Louis Whiting
Alfred Edward Russell
Ezra John Mussett
There are 50 names.
Arthur Travis John Whiting was not included in the original book or in most lists for Mersea. Although Mersea born, by the time war broke out, his family was living in Colchester. For details see the Addendum mentioned below.
Page 163 gives history of RFA INDUSTRY and her loss October 1918.
Nov 2014 - there is an Addendum for this book with minor corrections and additions.
May 2019 - the Addendum has been updated replacing the photograph of Harris William Hoy on page 62. View Addendum (opens in a new window).
|Author: Roger Bullen|
Some of the crew of HMS INDUSTRY. The vessel was sunk in the Irish Sea 18 October 1918. 20 men were lost, including 6 men from Mersea Island.
Middle row L-R, 1., 2., 3. Alfred John Mole, 4. Frederick Westhorpe Mole.
Before 18 October 1918
Not Just a Name - Erratum page 1 of 2.
Correction to pages 12 to 15. The Albert Jordan who was killed at Gallipoli 6 August 1915 was not connected with Mersea and is not the Albert Jordan commemorated on West Mersea War Memorial.
Albert Ernest Jordan was born 1900, the son of William John and Mary Ann Jordan. During the war his parents were living at the Coast Guard Station, West Mersea as his father was Chief Coastguard.
Albert served in the Mercantile Marine Reserve. He is thought to have been a victim of the influenza epidemic and died 22 October 1918. He is buried in Dunfermline Parish Cemetery.
18 October 1918
Not Just a Name - Erratum continued
Correction to pages 12 to 15, describing Albert Ernest Jordan
18 October 1918
In Not Just a Name, page 62 this photograph was thought to be Harris William Hoy. Another copy of the photograph is embossed "Cairo" and has "Ripper" and "Charlie" Hoy written on the back, and this photograph is thought to be Charlie Hoy, an elder brother of William.
See HH04_HOY_003 for a photograph of Harris William Hoy.
Fireman Alfred John Mole, Mercantile Marine Reserve. He was lost with HMS INDUSTRY in the Irish Sea, 18 October 1918.
Covered in much more detail in Not Just a Name by Roger Bullen.
Before 18 October 1918
Kate Ethel Mole née Wright, wife of Alfred John Mole, with daughters Joan on the left and Marjory on the right. Alfred was lost with HMS INDUSTRY 18 October 1918. Marjory was born 18 March 1911 and Joan was born 17 December 1915.
Photograph sent by the daughter of Marjory.
Frederick Westhorpe Mole with his wife Susannah Ellen née Wright and their only daughter Ena Ruby.
Frederick was an Able Seaman in Mercantile Marine Reserve and was killed when RFA INDUSTRY was torpedoed in Irish Sea 18 October 1918. His body was never recovered. He is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial and on West Mersea War Memorial.
See also RG25_343 .
World War 1 soldiers - L-R Back. Rowland (Dick) Cook, Bert Wright.
Front Bert Cundy, Horace Whiting.
Rowland Cook was killed 3 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.
Bert Cundy died of wounds 5 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.
For more information on Rowland Cook and Bert Cundy, see Not Just a Name by Roger Bullen, available in the Museum shop.
Source: Mersea Museum / Museum stock