August 3 – Roll of Honour


On this day 03/08/1914, Germany declares war on France. Hours later France reciprocates the declaration of war.

Representing their comrades who died on this day



RMLI. Private. 13644. Plymouth Division. 2nd RM Battalion, RND. Died 03/08/1916. Killed by accidental explosion of a Stokes Ammo Dugout. Age 30. Enlisted 01/03/1906 age 17. Draft for BEF 28/06/1915, joined Plymouth Battalion 18/07/1915 – 18/08/1915. BW Forehead. Rejoined 2nd Royal Marine Battalion 26/10/1915-17/06/1916. Struck off Strength 2nd Royal Marine Battalion on joining 1st Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery. 1st Royal Marine Battalion War Diary 03/08/1916 reads:- “Front Line Trenches Angres II Sector. An explosion occurred in a Dugout in which was stowed about 100 rounds of Stokes Gun Ammo. The Dugout was completely wrecked & 1 Corporal & 4 Privates of the 188th Trench Mortar Battery were killed. No knowledge as to how explosion occurred.” Born Dromara 31/07/1888. Son of Elizabeth J. Sterling, Well St., Woodstock Rd., Belfast, and the late Robert Sterling. Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery, Aix – Noulette, Pas de Calais. ADM 159/153/13644


+BUTTON, Alfred Stanley
9 Movement Control Group. Royal Engineers. Sapper. 1986286. Died 03/08/1942. Son of Henry and M. J. Button, of Lewes; husband of Florence Irwin Button, of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone. Awarded the Boy Scouts’ Gilt Cross for Gallantry. Lewes Cemetery, Sutton


LOVE, William Frederick
RN. Stoker First Class. SS11711. Enrolled 12/05/1915 for 5 and 7 years. In Victory II, Dido and Nimrod. Invalided out 02/08/1917. Born Coleraine 03/08/1896. ADM 188/1123/117119

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