As Corby Borough Council continues to commemorate the centenary of WWI a further 3 more local soldiers will be remembered on the anniversary of their deaths.
Alfred G Austin – 4th August
Alfred Austin was the third son of John Thomas Austin and Alice Silsby to sadly lose his life during WWI battle. Alfred’s brothers, Percy Austin (d.14th March 1915) and Harry Austin (d. 22nd September 1915), have already been commemorated by the Borough Council on the anniversary of their deaths.
Alfred G Austin Served as a Private in The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 10th Battalion (39397). He served in France/Flanders.
Private Alfred Austin was killed on 4th August 1917. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial.
John William Hammond – 5th August
John was born in Stanion in 1884, his father was John Hammond of Stanion and his mother was Mary Elizabeth Hammond (nee Suter) from Rutland.
Jon William Hammond was initially in the Middlesex Regiment (20172), but later served as a Private in the 12th (Service) Battalion (Bermondsey), East Surrey Regiment (25420). He enlisted in Northampton. The Battalion saw active service on the Western Front including the Battle of the Somme and the Third Battle of Ypres.
It is recorded that Private John William Hammond was killed in action on 5th August 1917. The exact circumstances of Private Hammond’s death are unknown but according to the Regimental Diary ‘the Germans attacked under cover of a heavy barrage, with 200 ‘Storm Troops’. The company was all but wiped out.’
Private Hammond is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Charles Sydney Villette – 7th August
Charles Villette was born in Gretton in 1890. His father was William P Villette (born in London), his mother Charlotte Villette (nee Wymant) of Gretton.
Charles was killed in action on 7th August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. The Grantham Journal of 8th September 1917 records -
Gretton Soldier Killed
Mrs. Villette, of Gretton, has received the painful intelligence that her husband, Pte.Charles Sydney Villette, Northamptonshire Regiment, was killed in action on August 7th. Deceased was only called to the colours in March last, prior to which he worked at Wakerley ironstone pits. He leaves, besides a widow, three children, the eldest under six years old. Two of the deceased’s brothers are also soldiers. A memorial service was held on Sunday at the Baptist Chapel.
Private Villette is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and on the Gretton War Memorial.
Further information on each soldier will be presented on the Cube Helpdesk on the anniversary of the death. All information regarding the WWI commemorations can be found on Corby Borough Council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.