Private John Joseph Sims of 34th Border Regiment was only 19 years old when posted to the Crimea. He is one of two Victoria Cross holders buried in the City of London Cemetery, Manor Park.
Mullane, an Irishman, was born in Ahmednager, Deccan, eastern India in October 1858. He was approximately 21 years old and a Sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery when he earned the Victoria Cross during the 2nd Afghan War at the Defeat at Maiwand, north of Khandahar on 27 July 1880. He was living at 31 Coronation Road, Plaistow with his sister, Mrs E. Mahoney when he died on 20 November 1919. Aged 61, he was then working as a Writer at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich. He was buried in an unmarked grave in St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Leytonstone. There is a memorial plaque in the cemetery chapel, given by his regiment, the Royal Artillery.
Harold Mugford, was East Ham's third Victoria Cross winner. He was born in London in 1884 and attended East Ham Grammar School. Mugford's later life was spent in Essex, he died on 16 June 1958 and was buried at Southend. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Imperial War Museum.
By James Briggs
Edgar Kinghorn Myles was born in July 1894 in East Ham. As a boy he moved with his family to Blake Hall Crescent, Wanstead. He went to East Ham Council School, Shrewsbury Rd and thence to East Ham Technical College, which, some years later became East Ham Grammar School. The School opened in 1905, when he was 11 and it's therefore likely that he was in the first entry year. After School, around 1910 I guess, he became a Clerk for the Port of London Authority.
George Drewry is one of two Victoria Cross holders buried in the City of London Cemetery at Manor Park.
He was accidentally killed whilst on active service on HM Trawler ‘William Jackson' at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands. A block fell from a derrick and fractured his skull.
George Drewry VC was born on 3rd November 1894, the son of Thomas and Mary Drewry of 58 Claremont Road, Forest Gate. He attended Merchant Taylors' School in the City of London.
John "Jack" Travers Cornwell was born on the 8th of January 1900 in Clyde Cottage, Clyde Place, Leyton. He was the son of working-class parents, Eli and Lily Cornwell (formerly King) and had two brothers: Ernest, born in1898, George (1901) and a sister Lily (1905). He also had a half-brother named Arthur (1888) and a half-sister named Alice (1890). Their mother was Alice Cornwell (formerly Carpenter). The family moved to No.10 Alverstone Road, Little Ilford, Manor Park, in 1910. Jack attended Walton Road School in Manor Park and was a keen Boy Scout in the Little Ilford Troop at St Mary's Mission.