Lest we forget



Private George Frederick Day

Royal Marine Light Infantry.

Died 22 October 1914, aged 24, on HMS Impregnable, a training ship. Buried in Ford Cemetery, Plymouth.

Private William Dowden

1st Somerset Light Infantry..

Killed 6 July 1915. Former Regular with service in India. Killed while digging communication trenches to support a Rifle Brigade attack at Boezinghe during the Battle of Ypres in Flanders. Born in Mark. No known grave and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert in Belgium and Highbridge Memorials.

Sergeant Charles Holley Phippen

8th Somerset Light Infantry


Killed 25 September 1915, aged 39. Son of Thomas and Jane Phippen, Vicarage Lane, Mark and was a council foreman. Died of wounds on the first day when the Battalion saw action at the Battle of Loos after it had arrived in France on 9 September. Husband of Annie Phippen and father to Lot, the husband of Mrs Dolly Phippen. His brother was awarded the Military Medal and survived the war. Commemorated on Loos Memorial. 

Private John Coles

8th Somerset Light Infantry

25 September 1915 aged 20.

Killed 25 September 1915, aged 20. One of four boys born in Mark to Arthur and Eliza Coles, Vole Rd, who later moved to Minehead. Believed to have been wounded during the Battle of Loos. Went for a drink in a village near Loos and was never seen again. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial in France.

Private John Puddy

1st Somerset Light Infantry


Killed 8 August 1916. Son of Samuel and Emily Jane Puddy, Yardwall Farm, Mark. One of 33 killed during a gas attack when were his Battalion was being relieved by 1st Rifle Brigade near Zwanhof Farm, Ypres. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery in Belgium and possibly also named on East Brent War Memorial. Great uncle to Tony Puddy.   

Shoeing Smith Horace Pugsley

38th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery.


Killed 27 June 1917, aged 21. Son of Silas and Sarah Pugsley, Wheddon Rd, Cutcombe. Lived in Highbridge. Severely wounded near Lijssenthoek in Belgium by a shell that burst near several wagons taking ammo to a battery. Died in No. 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station and buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetary. Most British war graves are located on the sites of hospitals.   

Private Gilbert Ham

8th Somerset Light Infantry  

Killed 31 July 1917. Born in Mark. Killed during the Battle of Pilcken during the Ypres offensive. No known grave. Name on Menin Gate.

Private Herbert Larder

1/1st (West Lancashire) Mobile Veterinary Section, Army Veterinary Corps.  

Killed 12 September 1917. Died near St Omer, France. Involved in the evacuation of wounded, ill and exhausted horses, dogs and other animals to treatment centres. Circumstances of death not known. Records believed destroyed during the London Blitz. Buried in the Languenesse Cemetery at St Omer, France.

Rifleman Arnold Hubert Fear

1st Kings Royal Rifle Corps


Killed 29 September 1918, aged 19, Elder son of Thomas and Mary Fear of Mark. Enlisted, under age, in September 1914 and killed near Cambrai during the final advance through France. Buried at Noyelles-sur-L’Escourt near Cambrai and commemorated on a plaque in Mark Church. First cousin to Pte Joseph Turner (KIA in Palestine).

Private Thomas George Parker

1st Hampshires


Killed 4 November 1917, aged 41. Son of Frank and Henrietta Parker, Ivy Cottage, Church St, Mark. Enlisted in Bournemouth and died probably during the Battle of Arras while serving with the Battalion Trench Mortar Battery. Buried at Daisun Cemetery, Etrun, France.  Commemorated on the family gravestone in Mark Churchyard.

Private Joseph Turner

1/5th Somerset Light Infantry (TA)


Killed 23 November 1917, aged 27. Eldest of eight children to Frank and Rosaline Turner, Glebe Farm, Northwick. Died at the Battle of Nebo Sawmill during the attack on Turkish positions on El Jib as the British advanced to Jerusalem. Commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial. Commemorated on the family gravestone in Mark Churchyard. First cousin to Rifleman Arnold Fear (KIA). 

Private Ernest Puddy

19th Royal Welsh Fusiliers


Killed 24 November 1917. Son of England and Elizabeth Puddy, Sunnydene, Northwick. Killed while serving with a ‘Bantam’ (below average height) battalion at the Battle for Bourlon Wood during the Battle of Cambrai in which it lost 361 men killed, captured and wounded. A Bantam battalion was made up of men under 5ft 3ins. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial.

Private Wallace Victor Tout

12th (Service) (Bristol) Gloucesters.


Killed 25 April 1918, aged 30. Son of Mr and Mrs James Tout, Rookery House, Mark and also Chapel Allerton. Initially enlisted in Army Service Corps (Expeditionary Force Canteen). After transfer, was wounded three times. Shot by a sniper while tending to a wounded man with a stretcher-bearer party during the second Battle of Kemmel when the Allies were withdrawing during the last German offensive. Listed Mark (incorrectly shows him to be in the Warwicks) and Allerton Churches. Parents lived at 7, Burnham Rd, Highbridge after his death. Uncle to the late Edward and Wilfred Coleman.


Priivate William Grant.

Killed in action 5 August 1917.   Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

Private Stanley Hamilton House

Died of wounds 24 August 1918. Middlesex Regiment

Pte Frederick Moon

Killed in action 23 October 1918. . Worcestershire Regiment

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