ALFRED & WILLIAM ELMES

 

Were born at Alfred Street , Windmill hill to parents William and Louisa Elmes (nee Ward) moving to 45 Eldon Terrace Windmill Hill, father William worked as a carpenter and decorator There were eight children in the family:

 

William Elmes (b. 1893)
Albert Edward Elmes (b. 1894)
Gladys May Elmes (b. 1896)
Ethel Mary Elmes (b. 1898)
Alfred James Elmes (b. 1903)
Winifred Maud Elmes (b. 1905)
Thomas Henry Elmes (b. 1906)
Harry Elmes (b. 1908)

 

ALBERT ELMES

Was 22 years old and serving with the 12th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment (Bristol’s Own) when he was killed during the attack on a German position known as Wedge Wood on the battlefield of the Somme on 3rd September 1916. The attack was successful in terms of the time but the Bristol’s suffered extremely high losses as 93 men were killed or missing and 236 men were wounded a casualty rate of over 33% for this one battalion in one attack.

 

WILLIAM ELMES

Was 23 years old and serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment when he was killed on the 20th August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme in or near Tea Trench, Delville Wood.

 

Their dear chum JAMES FRIEND was serving in the same battalion as Albert when he was killed in the same attack. James was age 22 when he was killed and his address is given as the Fox Inn, Somerset Terrace, Windmill Hill.

 

Neither brother has a known grave and they are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme France, details and photos of the brothers together with some family history is now available to visitors at the Thiepval Memorial Visitors Centre where efforts are being made to record as many of those on the memorial as possible using additional info not available on the CWGC records.