First World War Memorial Scroll

Alan John Warren
Here we have the framed World War One Memorial Scroll named to 2/Lieut Alan John Warren, London Regiment.

alan john warren cert

On the rear of the frame is the letter of condolence from Buckingham Palace.
As with everything, where possible, this item was worthy of some quick research.alan john warren frame reverse

The first two checks were for confirmation of whether he is registered on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site and to check for his Medal Index card.
There is a deeper story to be told here but here are the initial findings.
Documents shown as follows:

1) Medal Index Card

Alan Warren MIC

This shows that Alan John Warren served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 12th London Regiment. It also shows that he began his war service as 1988 Private in the Surrey Yeomanry.
He is entitled to the First World War Medal Trio, with 1915 Star.
He served in Theatre of War (3), which is Egypt. His date of entry was 1st April 1915
There are 2 addresses given for his father which are both London addresses.
HG Warren
Either                                 Or

Arundel House              64 Cranes Park
15 Arundel Street         Surbiton
W C 2                                 Surrey

The MIC also confirms that he died of wounds 10th July 1917, though the 7 has been scored out and replaced with a 6 (June?)

2) Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate
This confirms that Alan John Warren was a Second Lieutenant serving in the 12thBn.London Regiment (The Rangers) who died on 10th July 1917.
He is remembered with honour at Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery, France.

cwgc cert

3) CWGC – Cemetery Details

ruyaulcourt cemeteryThis is the supplementary information about Ruyaulcourt Cemetery, from the excellent site.
Information about the Cemetery in which Alan John Warren lies.
Country: France
Locality: Pas de Calais
Identified Casualties: 338
Ruyaulcourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais 11 kilometres east of Bapaume on the D7 and 19 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.
The Cemetery lies 500 metres north of Ruyaulcourt village along an unmarked road, but is signposted to the left by the village church as you enter Ruyaulcourt from Bapaume.
Ruyaulcourt village was attacked by the 7th D.C.L.I. on the 28th/29th March 1917 and found unoccupied the next night by the 7th Somerset Light Infantry. It was lost again on the 23rd March 1918 and finally cleared by the New Zealand Division on the 4th September 1918.
Ruyaulcourt German Cemetery was used from July 1916, to March 1917, and in August 1918; and it contained 405 German graves and those of two R.A.F. officers, two soldiers from the United Kingdom and one New Zealand soldier. It was removed in 1924, and two of the British graves were brought into the Military Cemetery.
Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery was begun in April 1917, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances (largely of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division) until March 1918. It was re-opened in September 1918.
There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 10 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to the two airmen buried in the German Cemetery, whose graves could not be found.
The Cemetery covers an area of 1,608 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall. (source: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website ( ).

4) Index to War Deaths

This is a page printed from the Index To War Deaths 1914 – 1921 Army Officers.
Warren, Alan J 2 Lt Lond R Year 1917 Volume 0.14 Page 317
More research to be carried out here

AJW Index to War Deaths


5) Shoreham College Memorial Plaque

Further investigation came up with an Alan John Warren being an ex-pupil at Shoreham College, Sussex. He is commemorated on the School Memorial Plaque to the fallen pupils of the First World War.Their Roll of Honour website information lists him and shows that his whereabouts are unknown. Hopefully this information will now fill in the blanks.
This is an extract from their site.

Source: Shoreham College, West Sussex Roll of Honour

Shoreham College Roll of Honour


Alan John Warren
Born: 1896
Pupil: 1909
School Records: In 1912 he gained a First Class Pass with Distinction in London University Matriculation in Book Keeping. He was a Private in “B” Squadron of the Surrey Yeomanry and was killed in action.
Memorial: Unable to trace memorial at the present time.

6) 1911 Census
This Census identifies a 13yr old Alan John Warren as a pupil at Shoreham College, where the Headmaster was Samuel Gregory Taylor.
1911 Census
Church Street Shoreham -By Sea
Reference RG14PN5221 RD80 SD3 ED21 SN9999
AJW shows as a 13yr old pupil.

1911 census school front page

1911 census at school

7) Births Deaths and Marriages

This is confirmation of his birth
Born – Edmonton, London 1897

AJW Birth Notice
This item is for sale and will be listed on in the near future, however if you are interested in buying this prior to release on the open market, plea contact us through this site.


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