Aylmer Edward Churchman

Rank Driver
Service No 14/215202
Date of Death 04/11/1917
Age 42
Regiment/Service Army Service Corps 74th Division
Cemetery Beersheba War Cemetery, Egypt. Beersheba is 75 kms south-west of Jerusalem. The cemetery was made immediately on the fall of the town, remaining in use until July 1918, by which time 139 burials had been made It was greatly increased after the Armistice when burials were brought in from a number of sites and burial grounds.

 

Aylmer was born in Swaffham, Norfolk, in November 1876. He was the son of Samuel, a general labourer, (1850–1927) and Elizabeth Churchman (1853–1921). Aylmer had four siblings, Agnes (b.1871), Ernest (b.1875), Aldeth (b.1879) and Beatrice (b.1884).

Aylmer married Florence Kimble (b.1882) on 28th June 1901 at Bromley Register Office. The couple had two children: Aylmer Guy Churchman (1901–1986) and Edward Churchman (b.1906).

At the time of the 1911 census, the family were living at 51 Darfield Rd, Brockley, in south-east London and he was employed as a coachman (domestic). Alymer is listed in the 1912 electoral register as living at 59 Como Road, Forest Hill, in south-east London.

On 11th December 1915, Aylmer enlisted in Finchley, aged 39 years and 1 month and giving his address as: 66 Elm Park Road, Finchley. His service records describe him as being 5’4” tall, in generally good health and with no distinctive marks or prior military experience. He spent 1916 serving in France and Salonika, before being deployed to Egypt on 10th July 1917. He was a member of the 74th (Yeomanry) Division, a Territorial Force infantry division formed in Palestine in early 1917.

Aylmer was admitted to hospital for malaria on 4th August 1917, and discharged less than a month later. In October and November 1917, his division took part in the Third Battle of Gaza (including the capture of Beersheba on 31 October). He was killed in action in this Battle. 

Interestingly, his name is listed on the memorial as G Churchman.