Sayres, Hugh Wingfield

Dates:

War Service:
Captain HUGH WINGFIELD SAYRES of 2nd battalion Lancashire Fusiliers was killed at Beaumont Hamel on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His dog Nailer was beside him. He was commissioned in 1909 and served with the Lancashire Fusiliers in India Aden and until the outbreak of war. In 1915 he served with the 1st battalion in Gallipoli where he was wounded in the shoulder.

He is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps

Location of Memorial:
No link with Lewisham or Catford has yet been established but he he is remembered on the war memorial in the church of St George, Catford.

Details:
He was 27 years old, the only son of William Borrett Sayres and Ellen Harriet Sayres, of 60, Longridge Rd., Earl's Court. He was born in Marlborough Road,. NW. He was educated at schools in Guildford and Loudwater, Surrey and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is said to have been a keen sportsman, excelling at boxing, hockey, steeplechasing and cricket.

In 2009 his Webley revolver was found in a bag of clothes donated to a charity shop in a village in Leicestershire. In addition to having his name carved into the butt the barrel was inscribed ‘In honour of Capt. H W Sayres 1st July 1916’. The pistol is now in the Fusiliers Museum in Bury.

Source:
The Independent
Times digital archive
GreatWarForum website
de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Contributed By:
Andy Pepper

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