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The names of 197 local men who lost their lives in World War I are
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W F or A J Bullock

Rifle Brigade

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Old Ford - Unknown
France and Flanders - 17 September 1916
Killed in action
Served in
Rifle Brigade
British War Medal & Victory Medal
East Ham

Albert John's story

The G Bell has the name W F Bullock, but there is nobody of that name on the CWGC records of those killed in the First World War. It could be referring to A J Bullock from East Ham whose details are included here, but we don’t know. Please do get in touch  if you have any information that could help.

Albert John Bullock enlisted in May 1916. He served in the 16th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, and was killed in action on 17 September 1916.

 From 11 to 19 September, the 16th Battalion occupied trenches near the village of Mailly-Maillet (Somme).  On 17 September a raid on the German trenches was carried out to try to obtain a prisoner.  Unfortunately the raid was unsuccessful, but in the attempt twelve casualties were incurred.  It is almost certain that Rfm Bullock was one of these casualties.

Thanks to Barry Langridge for his research on the men of the Rifle Brigade.

Service Number
Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, France
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  1. February 23, 2019
    10:39 pm

    Its possible perhaps that W F Bullock might be John William Francis Bullock who is served as Private 31037 in the 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. He died on 24 August 1918 and was the son of Herbert and Harriet Bullock from 50 Kelly Road, Canning Town. Is that in the parish boundaries of your church? Hope I am right.
    John William Francis Bullock is one of the 305 WW1 Board of Trade memorial men.

    • hilary
      February 25, 2019
      10:17 am

      Dear Ed
      Thank you for this, it does sound as if this may be John William Francis Bullock. As a Baptist Church we don’t have a parish boundary, but a significant part of the membership came (and comes) from Canning Town, which is less than a mile away. The church only commemorated those young men who had an association with the church, which leaves one wondering how many other hundreds of young men in this area died, without recognition.

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