war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper

Service Record Notes


Long Service (All Arms)
(12 years with the Colours)
Attestation of
S/26733 – Augustine Gleeson – Corps – Army Service Corps,
Name – Augustine Gleeson.
Parish – Brighton, Sussex.
Age 16.
Trade – Boy.
Enlisted 11th July 1908.
Religious Denomination – Roman Catholic.
The County School
30th June 1908.
I have very great pleasure in stating that Augustine L.A. Gleeson has been a pupil of the Secondary School for about two years.
Throughout this time he has pursued a course of study, comprising Elementary Mathematics, Elementary Science, French, the usual English subjects.
He has done very fair work in all his studies and has proved that he is well suited for the work he is choosing.
I hope and believe he will be punctual, careful and attentive to any duties he may have to perform and that he will turn out to be a credit to all concerned, and he has every good wish for his success from his old school.
Fred Whitehouse,
M.A. Oxon?
Headmaster, Dover C. School.
Formerly Lecture Tutor at St. John’s College, Battersea.
I am willing to allow my son Augustine Gleeson to enlist in the Army Service Corps.
E. Gleeson.
2nd July 08.
Certified that Boy A. Gleeson is, in my opinion, capable of obtaining a 2nd class Certificate of Education.
W. Wilkins Sgt.
Western Heights Gar School.
Secretary to the War Office.
I propose to take this over age boy on the usual conditions. He is the son of an officer of the R.A.S.C. who died on active service. War Office 1908.
Statement of Services.
Attained 18 years of age and transferred ranks – 10 July 1910.
Appointed L/Cpl. 5 Aug 14.
Deprived? L/Cpl. (misconduct) Pte. 7 April 16.
Transferred - Pte. 5 Sept. 16.
Next of kin – Mother – Elizabeth Gleeson, 1, Albert Road, Dover.
Infantry Records Office R.W. Kent Hounslow.
It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has this day been received from the War Office notifying the death of (No) 11429 (Rank) Private (Name) Augustine Gleeson (Regiment) 10th Battalion R.W. Kent which occurred with Expeditionary Force, France on the 7th June 1917 and I am to express to you the sympathy and regret of the Army Council at your loss. The cause of death was Killed in Action.
The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and The Queen in your sorrow.
Stafford House.
29, Nightingale Road,
9th June 1921.
Dear Sir,
With reference to the two medals forwarded – B.W. and Victory for the late Pte. A. Gleeson, R.W. Kent Regt. Will you please inform me where to apply for the Mon’s Star to which he was entitled. The late Pte Gleeson went to France in August 1914, then being in the A.S.C. from which he transferred.

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