Village memories: Sunnyside, Loudwater (picture from SWOP website)
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PRIVATE 7303 OXFORD &BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY
DIED 13TH OCTOBER 1918 AGED 36YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR BEACONSFIELD CEMETERY BUCKINGHAMSHIRE.
(ALSO 380545 LABOUR CORPS AT TIME OF DEATH)
Peter Ernest Tripp (Bertie) was the son of James & Hannah nee White who married in 1870. He was born in 1883, one of 9 children. His siblings were, Sarah Elizabeth, William James, Henry, Ada Mary, Hannah Sophia, John Edward, Elizabeth and Christie. It is sad to see that after the birth of Christie in 1886 the mother died and the infant only lived for two months. Peter’s father was a chairmaker and they were living in Aylesbury Street, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire on the 1891 and 1901 Censuses.
In 1910 Peter married Clara Chilton, a widow with three young sons, Daniel born 5th May 1900, Arthur born 1st September 1901 and Joseph born 23rd January 1903. The couple went on to have their own son Frederick who was 5mths old on the 1911 census. There is mention of another son, Thomas who sadly died. They were living at 7, Sunnyside, Loudwater, Buckinghamshire at this time.
Peter enlisted at High Wycombe in 1906 and was described as having a fair complexion, brown hair, hazel eyes and 5’ 8” tall. He was with the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry and was in France in Rouen in 1915/16. During this time he was wounded in the head and had shrapnel embedded in his skull which caused him to have a form of epilepsy. Probably due to this injury, he was later transferred to the Labour Corps which was formed in 1917. He was among men who were either too old or unfit for frontline service.
He died in at 10.40am in Cliveden Hospital , Maidenhead , Berkshire from Influenza and pneumonia on 13th October 1918. Sadly his wife Clara aged 38yrs, died in Marlow Cottage Hospital three days later also from Influenza. Her address was Sedgmoor, Flackwell Heath. This was a bad year for Spanish Flu which claimed many lives.
His step son Joseph also died from this flu on 18th October. He was just 15yrs old.
In 1919 his son Frederick’s guardian, Mrs Laura Tripp, received Peter’s belongings from the Army which included a “watch chain, metal cigarette case, pipe, pouch, knife, pair of scissors, cap badge, pair of spectacles, pair of glasses and a waist belt.” In 1922 the Clasp for the 1914 Star awarded to Peter was received by Laura for safe keeping for Frederick. They were living in Ealing, London.