CORPORAL EDWARD LANCELOT (LANCE) VAUGHAN

No. 290327 7th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Lance was one of the first Montgomery men to enlist, on the 10th of September 1914, and his attestation form shows that he was working as a butcher, and living in Churchstoke, whilst his parents, Thomas and Sarah were living on Chirbury Road in Montgomery. Lance was the eldest of three children, and his sister and brother had quite unusual middle names – Doris Amstia Vaughan, and Norman Cornelius Vaughan He was posted at home for the first year, before being sent to the Mediterranean with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force on the 7th July 1915. He remained in this theatre of war, fighting in Gallipoli and Gaza, until losing his life on the 6th November 1917, aged 21 and on the same day, and possibly at the same battle, as John Lloyd. There are a number of documents relating to Lance, and one of them showed how young men, away from home, occasionally found themselves in trouble. Below is a charge sheet dating from February 1916, when Lance found himself C.F.B. (Confined to Barracks) for five days, following a disturbance.

However, this did not affect his army career, as, having enlisted as a private, he was serving as an Acting Corporal at the time of his death. Being an Acting Corporal meant he received no additional pay, but took on additional responsibilities. The County Times in December 1917 reported: “Acting Corporal E.L. Vaughan, who is officially reported killed in action in Palestine, is the eldest son of Mr T.E. Vaughan, Chirbury Road, Montgomery who is himself in the army (another report states he was with the Royal Flying Corps) . Private Vaughan (A/Cpl) who was only 20, (21) was one of the first Montgomery boys to join up at the outbreak (of war) and served through the Gallipoli campaign and the first battle of Gaza.

Cpl Edward Vaughan was the eldest son of Thomas Edward and Sarah Emily Vaughan, Chirbury Road, Montgomery He is remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial, and his name can be found on panels 20-22 of this memorial, (together with John Lloyd) which has the names of 3,301 men whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefield.