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Person Details

PAGE, Victor Scott

Memorials

Name: Cookham Dean Church Road, Cookham Dean
NIWM Ref: 7887
RBWM Ref: WM155

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham Dean
Gender: Male
Date of death: 16/07/1916
Place of death: Somme, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 25
CWGC Ref: 807847
TWGPP Ref: 117035
Address: Pope Lane Cookham Dean
Address: Scone House Thames Street Walton on Thames

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Lance Sergeant
Service Number: 9265

Relatives

Father Edward PAGE
Mother Frances PAGE
Brother Herbert PAGE
Sister Gertrude PAGE
Brother Percy PAGE

Additional information

Victor Scott Page was born between April and June 1883 and lived at first in Victoria Cottages, Cookham Dean Bottom. His parents were Edward and Fanny and he had two brothers and a sister. By the census of 1901 they were living in Bigfrith, then moved to Popes Lane, closer to where he was born. His father Edward worked as a coal merchant and a carman - the driver of a horse-drawn vehicle for the carriage of goods. Carmen were often employed by railway companies for local deliveries and collection of goods and parcels, so was probably taking goods to and from Cookham Station. When Victor left school, he became a domestic gardener before joining up.
Victor joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 11th Battalion, sometime after September 1914 when the battalion was formed as part of Kitchener's K3 Army. The 11th moved to France in July 1915 and since Victor achieved the rank of Lance Sergeant, it is likely that he signed up early, possibly being posted to the Royal Warwicks where there was a need for numbers (rather than his local regiment.) The 11th Battalion formed part of the 37th Division under General Allenby, which was engaged in the attack on the Gommecourt salient at the opening of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. The highest number of casualties ever suffered by the British Army in a single day resulted - 57,470 casualties, 19,240 of whom were killed. Cookham researchers indicate that Victor died on 10th July 1916 during the hostilities which continued after the opening onslaught, but CWGC and TWGPP note 16th July. His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial not far from Gommecourt - memorial reference: Pier and Face 9A, 9B, 10B.

Resources

Summary: Source - Parish magazine
Cookham Dean Parish Magazine, August 1916: We sincerely regret to have to record the death of Sergeant Victor Page (Royal Warwickshire Regt.), killed in action on July 16th. As a boy he was for some years a member of the choir. He enlisted directly the war broke out, and in a very short time proved himself to be a keen, capable and excellent soldier, and was very soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He met a soldier’s death fighting for his country and for those dear to him. Our sincere sympathies are with his parents, for so many years regular members of our congregation.

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