Lamyatt In the First World War.
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In the tiny Somerset village of Lamyatt in the 1914-1918 period there were only forty households with approximately one hundred and fifty people. Of that, ten percent are known to have served in the Navy, Army, Royal Flying Corps and a small number of women in the W.A.A.C. A list of the men who served is below The women’s names have not been found.
The people who remained at home raised funds for the Red Cross Comforts Fund and a local War Savings Association. Agriculture, food production and village life continued despite the absence of so many men.
As far as can be ascertained none of the serving men were killed. F.W.Gillham , a railway worker before the war, served in a ship which was torpedoed but he survived. Cpl F. James, previously a road labourer, sustained a gunshot wound in hand-to-hand fighting: he also survived.
Efforts to register Lamyatt as a ‘Thankful Village’, one where all serving men returned safely, have been thwarted by the difficulty of proving whether one man, Frederick Garland, did or did not survive. Records show there were two serving men of that name from the area and so far efforts to prove that the Lamyatt man returned from the war have failed. Anyone with information about the Garland family is invited to contact us using the email facility on the 'Get in touch' page on this website.
Lamyatt men on the Absent Voters List
Edwin Bennett Pte 116457 Labour Corps
William Garland Stoker K/15048 HMS ‘Wallington’
Frederick Garland Pte19353 Coldstream Guards
Frank Gilham Leading Stoker 287179 HMS ‘Diana’
Ernest Goodland Pte 37514 Dept Gloucester Regiment
Herbert Goodland Pte 7985 6th Somerset Light Infantry
William Goodland Pte7523 1st Somerset Light Infantry
F James Cpl 1st Coldstream Guards
William James Pte 801 5th Royal Irish Regiment
Joseph Kelly Pte 1831 1st Somerset Light Infantry
Dan Mundy Sapper Royal Engineers
Edgar Newport Cpl 42429 226 Squadron RAF
Ernest Padfield Sapper 202122 R.C. R.E
William Sheen Cpl 7986 2nd Somerset Light Infantry
Frank Trask Captain Royal West Kents