14th (County of London) Battalion; 6th (city of London) Battalion; 28th Battalion; 1/23rd Battalion
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Thomas William Eve
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William; Edward John
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Gladys, nee Bird
1911 Census - 2 Dagmar Road
Victor Leonard Eve was the younger of two brothers commemorated on the plaque to returning soldiers. Together with his older brother Edward, he served in the 14th Battalion of the London Regiment, and both brothers later became officers.
Victor was born in August 1894, the third son of Thomas Eve, a hardware stock keeper, and his wife Kate. In 1901 the family lived at 97 Woodstock Road, Finsbury Park, and by the time of the 1911 Census they had moved to 2 Dagmar Road, though the oldest child, William, had by then died. Victor was working as a bank clerk.
Victor joined the 14th (County of London) Battalion of the London Regiment (London Scottish) as a Private, and in August 1916 he was wounded on active service. When he next appears in the records it is 1918 he is a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th (City of London) Battalion, but attached to the 28th Battalion of the London Regiment (Rifles). It seems Victor was commissioned in February 1918 as his seniority date given in later records is 28 February that year.
In August 1918 Victor was wounded again, this time while serving as a Lieutenant with the 1/23rd London Regiment. He received a shrapnel wound to his left arm on 21 August and was admitted to the 150th Field Ambulance (Royal Naval Division.) A Field ambulance was a mobile front line medical unit (not a vehicle), with responsibility for the care of casualties of a Brigade or Division. The Field Ambulance took casualties from Bearer Relay Posts which were up to 600 yards behind the Regimental Aid Posts in the front line, rearwards through an Advanced Dressing Station to the Main Dressing Station. 150th Field Ambulance, manned by the Royal Navy rather than the Army for historical reasons, was active at the Second Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Albert between 21 and 23 August 1918, during which it seems Victor was wounded.
From the Field Ambulance Victor was transferred to a sick convoy, No 19 Ambulance Train. This was a real train. Purpose built Ambulance trains were first used during the Boer War and at the outbreak of the First World War, seven Railway Companies were instructed to provide 12 nine-coach ambulance trains to convey the wounded. Railway companies had to fit the facilities of a hospital into the confines of a train. Ambulance trains were up to a third of a mile long and included wards, pharmacies, emergency operating rooms, kitchens and staff accommodation.
As the war progressed, more and more trains were needed. By 1918, the railway companies had built 20 ambulance trains for use in Britain and 31 for the continent. The continental trains were carefully designed to carry more passengers over longer distances. Ambulance Train No 19, a continental one, was built by the Great Western Railway. The trains, staffed by nurses of the Red Cross and Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service and army medical officer doctors and orderlies of the Royal Army Medical Corps, took severely wounded soldiers from battlefields in France and Flanders to hospitals all over the UK, including in the highlands of Scotland. We don’t know where Victor was taken, but his condition must have been serious. He qualified for a Wound Stripe on his uniform.
There is one further record of a Captain V. Eve of the London Regiment listed as wounded in the War Office Daily List No 5660 of 3 September 1918. This appears to be Victor, who seems to have been promoted again.
In July 1917, whilst serving, Victor married Gladys Bird in Islington. After the war they had a son, Norman, born in December 1922. By the mid-1930s they were living at 2, West Court, Inderwick Road in Crouch End. In the 1939 Register Victor is listed as a Bank Cashier; Gladys as carrying out ‘Unpaid domestic duties;’ and Norman, aged 18, as ‘seeking work. Not previously employed’. He had presumably recently finished his education as ‘at school’ was crossed out. Victor died in April 1958 in Southend.