Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

Research and Resources around the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry during WWI

Private John Elford Soper

Name: SOPER, JOHN ELFORD
Initials: J E
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 22/08/1917
Service No: 204413
Additional information: Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Soper; husband of Daisy Kirton (formerly Soper), of Chapel Hill, Tilehurst, Reading. His brother Edwin Charles also fell.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 96 to 98.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Name: John Elford Soper
Birth Place: Reading
Residence: Reading
Death Date: 22 Aug 1917
Enlistment Location: Tilehurst, Berks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
Battalion: 2/4th Battalion.
Number: 204413
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theater of War: Aldershot
Comments: Formerly 3457, Berks Yeomanry.

Please see:

The Attack on Pond Farm, 22nd August, 1917

The Attack On Pond Farm and Other Strong Posts, 21st -24th August 1917

Attack on Strongpoints, South East of St. Julian, 22nd August 1917

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

From: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~soperstuff/military/war_deaths/wardeadww1.htm#8

“John Elford Soper : Alfred & Elizabeth lost a 2nd son, Edwin Charles, 3 days earlier : His wife remarried : no obvious J Soper in service medal list, from http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Mentioned in book ‘Berkshire and the War’ compiles 1914-19 http://www.its-your-history.com/Adjutant_General_s_Department-.121.0.html : ‘born Reading’ from military-genealogy.com : In ‘Clive’s Berks tree’; born 1889, wife Daisy Richardson b1887”

“Edwin Charles Soper : Alfred & Elizabeth lost a 2nd son, John Elford, 3 days later : his wife remaried : Edwin Charles Soper, address given as; Pitcroft Ave, Reading, Berkshire (possibly his parents house) http://www.archivebritain.com : 3 : Presume names in 1901 census at Reading, St Giles, Berks : Alfred (40), a watchman at biscuit factory, b.Russia (Brit Subj) : Elizabeth (45) b.Hawkshurst, Dorset : Edwin Soper (c1886) , age 15, b.Fisherton, Wilts : a Labourer At Biscuit Factory Mentioned in book ‘Berkshire and the War’ compiles 1914-19 http://www.its-your-history.com born salisbury, added from military-genealogy.com”

Name: SOPER, EDWIN CHARLES
Initials: E C
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment
Unit Text: 2nd/6th Bn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 19/08/1917
Service No: 38431
Additional information: Son of Alfred Emile Soper and Elizabeth Soper, of 92, Addington Rd., Reading ; husband of Elsie Annie Pickthorne (formerly Soper), of 7, Midland Terrace, Keighley. His brother John Elford Soper also fell.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 6.
Cemetery: OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

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