Ivor James Challis
Born April 30th 1899 - Killed in Action

    Ivor James Challis was the second son of Charles Ebenezer and Charlotte Mary Challis of Oakridge, High Street, Epping. Both Ivor and his older brother Charles Lewis Challis went to Bancrofts and the brother also had two younger sisters Alice Margaret and Daphne and a younger brother Ralph Hugh. When Ivor was born the family lived in Hampstead, London, moving to Epping later. Father was a manufacturer and had a number of patents to his name for kitchen implements, cooking utensils, medicine spoons and forerunners of the zip fastener.

With the outbreak of the Great War Ivor was little more than 15 years of age. His older brother Charles Lewis Challis had enlisted with the Dorset Regiment and won his commission as Lieutenant. He was initially to serve in France from October 1916 and then later in India. Ivor was also commissioned at the youngest possible age. Initially he underwent training in the Artists Rifles then achieved his commission His allotted regiment was the Lancashire Fusiliers.

One of hundreds of fresh faced young officers for whom officer training had been in many senses an extension of the regime of school or university Ivor went out to France to join his battalion in 1917/18 - aged nineteen. His battalion was present in the line in the Somme Sector. As such it bore the brunt of the Operation Michael offensive and was forced to retreat in the direction of Bapaume then Albert. In the course of this confusion Ivor was wounded and fell into the hands of the German army as the retreat continued. Officially reported missing his family were later to be formally notified that he had been killed in action. It appears as if wounded he was evacuated and subsequently died of his wounds. He is today at rest in LE GRAND BEAUMART British cemetery Steenwerck in the Pas de Calais.