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- Groves brothers -

Unknown person Name : Groves brothers

Sons of George Burnett Groves and Charlotte Groves (née Saunders), of Ivy Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight.

George William Groves :
Born 1872, Newport
Married 1894, Emily Jane Keech (registered at Portsea)

William Groves :
Born 1875, Carisbrooke

Walter Frank Groves :
Born 1880, Carisbrooke
Married 1910, Rubie May Westmore (registered Isle of Wight)

Ernest Arthur Groves :
Born 1887, Carisbrooke

  Census information :

1881 : George and Charlotte Groves, with 6 children including George William (9), William (5), and Walter Frank (6 months) are at Chillerton Village. George Groves is a Thatcher.

1891 : George and Charlotte Groves, with 6 children including William (15), Walter F. (10), and Ernest A. (4) are at Chillerton Village. George Groves is a Thatcher. William Groves is an Agricultural Labourer.

George Groves (aged 20) is a Lodger with Charlotte Walker, widow, at Priory Road, Carisbrooke.

1901 : George Groves, with 5 children including Ernest (14), is at Chillerton Village. George Groves is a Thatcher. Ernest Groves is a Cattle Boy.

1911 : George and Charlotte Groves, with 2 children, are at Chillerton Village. George Groves is a Thatcher.

George William and Emily Jane Groves, with 3 children, are at the Crown Inn, Shorwell. George William Groves is an Army Pensioner and the Publican.

Walter Frank and Rubie May Groves are at 23 Ash Road, Newport. Walter Groves is a Cadet Servant, Government.

Ernest Arthur Groves is a Private in the 2nd Bn., Dorsetshire Regiment at Poona, India.
  Service Details :

C.S.M. 7040 George William Groves, Royal Garrison Artillery.

Bombdr. William Groves, Royal Marine Artillery, H.M.S. Dreadnought.

Sgt. 5415 Walter Frank Groves, 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment.

Corporal 7592 Ernest Arthur Groves, 1st Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment.

Casualty Details :

George William Groves :

Died : 22 January 1917, aged 44.

Buried at : Rochester (St Margaret's) Cemetery, Kent.

Grave entry on Findagrave website

CWGC Record

Ernest Arthur Groves :

Died : 15 March 1916, aged 28.

Buried at : Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke Castle County War Memorial Panel 05 [GROVES E]
Gatcombe St Olave's Church Roll of Honour [1] [Served / Died][all four]
Gatcombe St Olave's Church Roll of Honour [2] [Died][Ernest and George Groves]

Newport Old Contemptibles Isle of Wight Branch Roll of Honour [W F GROVES]
  Documents :


Saturday, March 25, 1916 Page 1

Killed in Action &c.
GROVES. - Mar. 19, killed in France by the bursting of a shell, Corpl. Ernest A. Groves, 1st Dorset Regiment, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Groves, of Ivy Cottage, Chillerton, aged 29.

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Corpl. Ernest A. Groves, 1st Dorset Regiment (Chillerton)

Mr. and Mrs. G. Groves, of Ivy Cottage, Chillerton, have received the sad news that their youngest son, Corpl. Ernest A. Groves, 1st Dorset Regiment, was killed instantaneously on Sunday last at the Western front by the bursting of a shell. The deceased, who was 29 years of age, had been at the front since the beginning of the war, and was a keen, smart, and reliable soldier, who performed his duties with cheerful readiness. He was an old boy of the Chillerton Council-school, and was held in warm regard by many friends. An officer of the regiment has written to Mrs. Groves expressing regret at his death and sympathy with her, stating that a great number of his officers and comrades paid their last tribute to deceased, who was popular in the regiment, at the funeral at Albert, France. Several of deceased's brothers are serving, one in the Navy.


Saturday, December 23, 1916 Page 1

GROVES. - Dec. 19, at Ivy Cottage, Chillerton, George Burnett Groves, aged 84.

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CHILLERTON DEATH OF MR. GEORGE GROVES. - The death occurred on Tuesday at Ivy Cottage, of Mr. George Burnett Groves, aged 84. He was a rather remarkable character, well known in the Island as a house thatcher, &c., and of somewhat eccentric manners and dress. He was a good workman, of an inventive turn of mind. He was formerly associated with the Salvation Army, and his melodeon accompaniment of Salvation song singing will be remembered by inhabitants of the district. He lost one son in the war, and others have been serving. Years ago he was a familiar figure at revival services in the village chapels of the district.


Saturday, December 30, 1916 Page 4

THE LATE MR. GEORGE GROVES. - By the death of Mr. George Burnett Groves, which was announced last week, an old and familiar figure has been lost to the neighbourhood. He came of a family of thatchers, his father and grandfather having followed that occupation. Joining the Salvation Army when they first came to Newport, he accompanied the singing on a melodeon, and afterwards held open-air meetings on the village green, styling himself Capt. Groves. In the small hours of the morning he was to be heard at his devotions on Chillerton Down, and of recent years used to perform them every Sunday morning in his garden. Through accidentally falling from a trap he was for a number of years subject to fits, the last one of which resulted in his death. The deceased, who expressed his willingness to work instead of accepting the Old-Age Pension, used to cycle when over 80. He leaves a widow and eight children. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at Carisbrooke Cemetery, the Rev. T. Letcher officiating. The family mourners were Corpl. Frank Groves, Hants Regiment, and Mr. Alfred Groves (sons), the Misses Groves (daughters), Mrs. W. Groves (daughter-in-law), and Messrs. Isaac and George Groves (brothers-in-law). Sergt.-Major George Groves, R.G.A., who is in hospital suffering from a nervous breakdown, and Bomdr. W. Groves, R.M.A. (H.M.S. Dreadnought), were prevented from attending. Among those also present were Messrs. Alfred Westmore, H. Hawkins, and Arthur Westmore. There were beautiful floral mementoes. Mr. L. Niblett had charge of the arrangements. - Mrs. G.B. Groves wishes to take this opportunity of returning her heartfelt thanks to the many kind friends, both far and near, for their expressions of sympathy in her bereavement shown by letters and other ways.


Saturday, February 10, 1917 Page 5

THE LATE SERGT.-MAJOR G.W. GROVES - served 21 years in the R.G.A. and gained the medals for long service and good conduct. When he left the Army he was attached to the staff at Orkney, and there was presented by the head-quarter companies and permanent staff with a gold watch, and Mrs. Groves with a silver spirit kettle and stand. In 1911 he joined the Corps of Commissionaires and took up a position in the offices of Messrs. Aveling and Porter, Rochester. On the outbreak of war he rejoined the services, but the strain affected his nerves, and after a serious illness he died in Gravesend Military Hospital. The funeral took place with military honour at Rochester. The chief mourners were the widow, Arthur Groves (son), Ethel (daughter), Nellie and Lizzie (sisters), Bomdr. W. Groves (brother), Mrs. Moyce and Mrs. Fry. There were many beautiful floral tributes, including those from the staff of Aveling and Porter, Ltd, Rochester and the officers, warrant officers, and N.C.O.s of the R.G.A., Coalhouse, Fort Tilbury.
  Further Information :

Corps of Commissionaires
Aveling and Porter Ltd, Rochester
Aveling and Porter Ltd, Rochester
Military Hospitals in 1917
Kent Military Hospitals
Tilbury Fort
Tilbury Fort
Coalhouse Fort
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

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