Gunner Edmund Vialls

Thank you to Jim Edwards for this research.

Edward Vialls Obituary in Dorking High School Magazine © Dorking Museum

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
Husband of E.D Vialls of 77 Standard Road, Hounslow, Middlesex
Regiment 1st (Reserve) Battalion. Honourable Artillery Company
Number 11927
Date of Death 30th June 1918
Place of Death Home
Cause of Death Pneumonia and Pleurisy
Age 30
Cemetery Brentford and Chiswick (New Brentford) Cemetery Middlesex

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