|Isaac is one of the
sergeants sitting next to the officer with the cane, though not the one sitting
on the officer's right hand (left as we look), who I've identified.
anyone can help identify him?
If you can help please
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|Click here for page from the 4th Battalion RMLI
Muster list containing Isaac Garland's name. His service number is recorded as
|Isaac was a
Sergeant in the 4th Batt Royal Marine Light Infantry, service number PO/151128,
he was killed 23rd April 1918 aged 29 and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval
Memorial Ref 30.
Isaac took part in the famous Zeebrugge Raid which rendered the port of
Zeebrugge useless to the Germans and in this action eight VCs were awarded, at
the cost of some 500 British casualties.
|He was the son of Philip and Thurza Garland, of 3, Hope Cottages,
Park Rd., Ramsden Heath, Essex, and was the husband of Florence M. Garland, of
10, Cottage Grove, Whitworth Rd., Gosport, Hants.
|Article by John Westwood Curator of Virtual
|Sometimes what seems to be easy, takes more time than expected. I
recently began looking at the names on the Ramsden Bellhouse memorial. Firstly
it is located in Ramsden Heath and remembers those from the parish of Ramsden
Bellhouse who died in both world wars. There arent many listed, but each
gave their life for a cause which ever disappears into the annals of
|The Garlands lost three sons, Isaac, William and Percy. How easy is
that to research?, Although they share the same name there is no guarantee that
they are the same family. Fortunately I had some help, because none were
actually living in the village when war broke out. At the time of the 1901
Census Philip and Thurza Garland were living in Dowsetts Lane, Ramsden. Exactly
where is a problem, as few old buildings exist there now. He was an
agricultural labourer and aged 39. Thurza was 5 years younger and with them
lived nine of their ten children. Percyone of the sons appeared to be living
two doors away in his grandfathers house at the time of the census.
|This record currently is the only one we have until the record of
the three sons deaths in 1918.
|In those seventeen years much appeared to have happened. In many of
the village cases I have researched many were born, lived, married and died in
the same place or close by as had previous generations. Few had the chance to
go further afield. In the case of the three sons they were living well away
|Isaac was in Gosport, married to Florence, William was also married
and living in Lower Halstow in Kent, and finally Percy was living in or near
Hamilton in Canada.
|Their parents had also moved to Park Road, still in the same
village, of the seven others we can only guess at this time. At the time of his
death Isaac was a sergeant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, he took part in
the famous Zeebrugge Raid which rendered the port of Zeebrugge useless to the
Germans and in this action eight VCs were awarded, at the cost of some 500
British casualties. He was killed 23rd April 1918 aged 29 and is remembered on
the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Ref 30.