Julius Eversden

WW1 - Roll of Honour

by Lynette Wray

Julius Eversden

         

Military History:     

 

Regiment:
Machine Gun Corps
Infantry

Rank:
Private

Service Number:
181152

Date of Enlisting:
12.12.1915

Date of death:
23.12.1918

 

Cemetery/ Memorial:             

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell Village War Memorial

 

Julius was a private in the Infantry Division of the Machine Gun Corps, service number 181152.  He died of bronchial pneumonia on 23rd December 1919 in the Rugeley Camp Military Hospital, Cannock Chase.

He fought on the Western European Theatre of War, France and Flanders.

He is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Ashwell, and commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Roll of Honour, and on the Ashwell Village War Memorial. 

Julius was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

 

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:
c. 1883

Birth Place:
Finsbury Park, London

Residence:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire   

Marriage:
Single

 

Julius was born Finsbury Park London but lived in Church Lane, Ashwell with his family.  He was the eldest of four sons of Julius J and Emma Eversden of Ashwell.

Julius was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School, Ashwell. Before enlisting Julius was a general labourer.

Julius’s brother William was a private in the East Surrey and was killed in action in Ypres on 8th May 1915.

 

Commentary:

 

Other references:

The Infantry Branch was by far the largest and was formed initially by the transfer of battalion machine gun sections to the MGC, these being grouped into Brigade Machine Gun Companies, three per division. New companies were raised at Grantham. In 1917 a fourth company was added to each division. In February and March 1918, the four companies in each division were formed into a Machine Gun Battalion

The MGC saw action in all the main theatres of war, including France, Belgium, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Salonika, East Africa and Italy. In its short history the MGC gained an enviable record for heroism as a front line fighting force. Indeed, in the latter part of the war, as tactics changed to defence in depth, it commonly served well in advance of the front line. It had a less enviable record for its casualty rate. Some 170,500 officers and men served in the MGC with 62,049 becoming casualties, including 12,498 killed, earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’

 

Name:

Julius Eversden

Birth Place:

 Finsbury Park. London

Residence:

 Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Death Date:

 23.12.1918

Enlistment Place:

 Hitchin

Rank:

 Private

Regiment:

 Machine Gun Corps

Battalion:

 Infantry

Regimental Number:        

 181152

Type of Casualty:

 Died in England

Theatre of War:

 Western Europe, France and   Flanders

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