Gunner Edmund Vialls

Thank you to Jim Edwards for this research.

Edmund Vialls (b 20 Feb 1888) was a teacher at the Dorking High School. After much deliberation, he attested for the army on 27th November 1915 but was immediately placed on the reserve, as was usual at that time. He was mobilised on 17th April 1916 but was again immediately placed on the reserve. His marriage was registered in the second quarter of 1918 and he was mobilised again on 11th June 1918, when he joined the 1st reserve infantry battalion of the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London. He was admitted to 4th London General Hospital, Brixton on 30th June and died the same day. The post mortem showed old signs of TB, together with new signs of pneumonia and pleurisy. His condition was judged “not due to but aggravated by military service”. His widow was awarded 13/9 pension per week. (The salary for a male teacher would have been around £4 per week, so she was getting less than one fifth of this amount.) One of his colleagues said of him that “his one purpose was to serve his Maker and extend His kingdom”. He was buried at New Brentford Cemetery.

Born                            Hounslow
Lived                           Hounslow

Worked                      Master at Dorking High School (Ashcombe School)

Husband of                 E.D Vialls of 77 Standard Road, Hounslow, Middlesex

Enlisted                       Hounslow, Middlesex

Regiment                     1st (Reserve) Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company
Number                       11927

Date of Death              30th June 1918
Place of Death             Home
Cause of Death            Died of tuberculer broncho pneumonia

Age                              30

Cemetery                    Brentford and Chiswick (New Brentford) Cemetery Middlesex

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