Rifleman Henry Cheesman

Henry Cheesman © Royston Williamson
Henry Cheesman © Royston Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Henry John Cheesman was born on the 28th July 1899 in Dorking to labourer Timothy Cheesman and Florence Rose.

Henry´s father Timothy was born about 1868 in Shere to labourer Thomas Cheesman and Elizabeth Cheesman. Timothy was baptised on the 31st of May 1868 at St James´ in Shere.

Henry´s mother Florence was born about 1875 in Dorking to cellarman and gardener Thomas Rose and Sarah Rose. Florence was baptised on the 31st of October 1875 at St Paul´s in Dorking.

Timothy and Florence married in the 3rd quarter of 1895 in Dorking.

Henry John Cheesman Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry John Cheesman Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry John Cheesman was born on the 28 of July 1899 in Dorking and was baptized on the 6th of September 1899 at St Martin´s in Dorking. At the time of the baptism Henry´s family lived at 6 Horsham Road in Dorking.

Henry had one brother called Thomas William, born on the 19th of August 1896 in Dorking.

Henry Cheesman 1901 © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman 1901 © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, Timothy, Florence and their children, Thomas and Henry, were still living at 6 Horsham Road in Dorking. Timothy was working as a labourer in a timber yard. The family had also two boarders.

Henry´s father Timothy died in the 4th quarter of 1903 in Dorking and was buried on the 12th of December 1903 at Holy Trinity in Westcott.

Henry Cheesman 1911 © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman 1911 © Ancestry.co.uk

During the 1911 Census, Henry John became an inmate of Boys Home school in Newquay, Cornwall.

Henry John Cheesman enlisted in Dorking where he also at the time resided. He was part of the 18th Training Reserve Battalion with a regimental number 13/57192. Later, he was transferred to the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigate and became a rifleman. His regimental number was 46365.

Henry Cheesman War Diaries © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman War Diaries © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman War Diaries  © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman War Diaries © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry John was killed in an action on the 10th of August 1918 in France.

Henry John was buried at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery Lacouture in France. His grave reference number is IX.C.18.

Henry Cheesman British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman British War Medal and Victory Medal © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman Medal Roll Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman Medal Roll Index Card © Ancestry.co.uk

He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Henry Cheesman Soldiers Effects  © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Henry Cheesman Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

Henry´s mother Florence had also presumably died by 1918, as his receiver of Soldiers Effects was his aunt Emily Ada Rose nee Cheesman, wife of Florence´s brother Alfred William Rose.

Born                          Dorking
Lived                         Dorking

Son of                       Timothy and Florence Cheesman of 6 Horsham Road, Dorking

Regiment                  1st Battalion Rifle Brigade
Number                    46365

Date of Death           10th August 1918
Place of Death          France
Cause of Death         Killed in Action

Age                           19

Cemetery                  Vielle-chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacoutre, France