Eversden, Julius

Eversden, Julius 


Military History:


Machine Gun Corps


Service Number:

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:


Cemetery/ Memorial:             

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell Village War Memorial


Julius was a private in the Infantry Division of the Machine Gun Corps, service number 181152.  He died of bronchial pneumonia on 23rd December 1919 in the Rugeley Camp Military Hospital, Cannock Chase.

He fought on the Western European Theatre of War, France and Flanders.

He is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Ashwell, and commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Roll of Honour, and on the Ashwell Village War Memorial.

Julius was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.



Family History:


Date of Birth:
c. 1883

Birth Place:
Finsbury Park, London

Ashwell, Hertfordshire



Julius was born Finsbury Park London but lived in Church Lane, Ashwell with his family.  He was the eldest of four sons of Julius J and Emma Eversden of Ashwell.

Julius was a pupil at the Merchant Taylors School, Ashwell. Before enlisting Julius was a general labourer.

Julius’s brother William was a private in the East Surrey and was killed in action in Ypres on 8th May 1915.




Other references:

The Infantry Branch was by far the largest and was formed initially by the transfer of battalion machine gun sections to the MGC, these being grouped into Brigade Machine Gun Companies, three per division. New companies were raised at Grantham. In 1917 a fourth company was added to each division. In February and March 1918, the four companies in each division were formed into a Machine Gun Battalion

The MGC saw action in all the main theatres of war, including France, Belgium, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Salonika, East Africa and Italy. In its short history the MGC gained an enviable record for heroism as a front line fighting force. Indeed, in the latter part of the war, as tactics changed to defence in depth, it commonly served well in advance of the front line. It had a less enviable record for its casualty rate. Some 170,500 officers and men served in the MGC with 62,049 becoming casualties, including 12,498 killed, earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’


Name:Julius Eversden
Birth Place: Finsbury Park. London
Residence: Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date: 23.12.1918
Enlistment Place: Hitchin
Rank: Private
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: Infantry
Regimental Number:         181152
Type of Casualty: Died in England
Theatre of War: Western Europe, France and   Flanders

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