Shirehampton Book of Remembrance

In Remembrance to the Fallen of the Shirehampton & Avonmouth areas of Bristol

Names of the Fallen on Shirehampton War  Memorials &  War Graves in Shirehampton  and Avonmouth Church Memorials

This chapter remembers those listed on Shirehampton and Avonmouth War Memorials & St Marys Churchyard and Shirehampton Cemetery.

William Bell          

Born 1894 to William & Rose Bell of Pembroke Road, Shirehampton.

Living at 29 Bradley Avenue, Shirehampton at time of death

Private, 2nd/4th Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 265742

Age 23

Date of Death 27/08/1917

Listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial

 

Albert Frederick Bleaken

Son of Frederick William & Rosina Maude Bleaken, 33 Penpole Place, Shirehampton

Private, 2nd/4th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 5201

Date of death 19/07/1916

Killed at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles)

Listed on the Loos Memorial.

Albert's remains are now believed to have been found in a mass grave on the edge of Pheasant Wood, Fromelles. Confirmation, using DNA testing, is still awaited  

 

William Bodger

Acting Bombardier 5th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Service number 24682

Date of death 22/12/1917

Killed in Belgium

Buried at Minty Farm Cemetery

 

William Andrew Booth

Husband of Gladys Booth, 55 Kingsweston Avenue, Shirehampton.

Private 1st/5th Battalion Cheshire regiment

Service number 243918

Age 26

Date of death 26/11/1917

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

Buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery

 

Frederick Boulton 

Son of William John Richard & Virtue Henrietta Boulton, of Bristol

Driver 'C' Battery,241st Bde, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 845338

Age 25

Date of death 01/09/1918

Buried Plot 1, row F, Grave 8, Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension

 

Walter Greenhouse Bowen 

Son of Walter Greenhouse & Edith Lilian Bowen of the Post Office, Westbourne, Emsworth, Hants. Born in Bristol

Sergeant No3 Training Depot Station RAF

Service number 137132

Age 18

Date of death 18/11/1918

Buried at Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Joseph Britton

Private, Worcestershire Regiment

Service number 5181475

Date of death 30/09/1945

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Albert Henry Brooks 

Son of William Henry & Rosina Brooks, 13 Birkin Street, Bristol

Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy

Age 20

Date of death 16/06/1919

Served on the minesweeper HMS Kinross (Mine Clearance Service), the ship was mined whilst in the Aegean

Listed on The Plymouth Memorial

 

Aldred Joseph Broomsgrove 

Born in 1893 to Charles & Kate Broomsgrove of 21 Lower High Street, Shirehampton

Private 1st/23rd Battalion London Regiment

Service number 6808

Date of death 02/10/1916

Killed during the Battle for High Wood on The Somme

Listed on The Thiepval Memorial

 

Francis George Brown 

Son of George & Charlotte Brown of Shirehampton

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 77 Squadron RAF (see photos)

Service number 1320388

Age 21

Date of death 20/12/1942

Halifax Mk2 (DT625) crashed shortly after take off whilst on a training flight near the village of Wheldrake, Yorks. All 6 crew were killed

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery. set 468 Plot B Grave 1691 (see photos)

 

Thomas Brown 

Born in 1899 to Edward John & Martha Brown, 5 Church Road, Westbury on Trym. 

Private,1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 7635

Date of death 09/05/1915

Died of wounds, Flanders

  

Leonard Herbert Bugler 

Son of John Hallet & Emily Ellen Bugler of Summerleaze, Avonmouth

Second Lieutenant ?C? Company 2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Date of death 02/04/1918

Killed at Avre

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Leonard James Bunn 

Son of George & Frances Bunn; husband of Olive Bunn of Shirehampton

Sapper, 572 Field Company Royal Engineers

Service number 2113518

Age 28

Date of death 21/08/1940

Killed whilst on Bomb Disposal duties

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Wilfred (Willie) E Burton 

Grandson of Enoch & Fanny Matthews of 5 Pembroke Rd, Shirehampton

Gunner, 2nd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Service number 41309

Date of death 31/12/1917

Drowned when the transport HMS Osmanieh was mined in

the entrance of Alexandria harbour, Egypt

Listed on The Chatby Memorial and on family plot, Set 206. Shirehampton Cemetery

 

William Joseph Byrne 

Guardsman, Welsh Guards

Service number 2727740

Date of death 01/09/1946

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

William Chapman 

Husband of Ellen Chapmen of Priory Road, Shirehampton

Sergeant 1st Garrison Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Service number 13501

Age 55

Date of death 19/03/1916

Killed in Egypt. Served on The North East Front (1891) and in The South African Campaign. Served with The Kings Rifle Corps for many years.

Awarded Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Buried in Cairo War Memorial Cemetery

 

Florence Minnie Clarke 

Daughter of Herbert & Florence Minnie Clarke of Bristol

Leading Wren, Women?s Royal Naval Reserve HMS Heron

Service number 23182

Date of death 25/11/1947, died from illness

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery  (see photos)

 

David Chidgey

Son of David & Ann Marsh Chidgey of 28 Bradley Avenue, Shirehampton

Private, 5th Battalion Tank Corps

Service number 91638

Age 27

Killed at The Battle of Cambrai 20/11/1917

Buried Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesuieres

 

Frances Elsie May Clinker 

Daughter of Frederick Charles & Catherine Alice Webb of Sea Mills; wife of Sidney Ernst John Clinker of Bexleyheath, Kent

Leading Aircraftswoman, Women?s Auxiliary Air Force

Service number 2065275

Age 22

Date of death 04/03/1945

MT Driver, killed in the last Luftwaffe air raid (Operation Gisela) made on RAF Topcliffe

by a German Ju88 aircraft of the IV. Gruppe, NJG3, which strafed the Airman's Mess

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

John Henry Codrington

Son of John & Louisa Codrington, Avonmere Cottage, Shirehampton

Private, 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment

Service number 29258

Date of death 27/10/1917

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Buried Lancashire Cottage Cemetery

 

Edward Cole 

Born 1901 to Oliver & Ellen Cole of 7 Bradley Avenue, Shirehampton

Private, 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 291206

Killed in action, Flanders 17/04/1918

Listed on the Loos Memorial

 

Frank Basil Collins 

Son of George Alfred & Mary Ann Collins, Shirehampton

Second Lieutenant, 1st (South Midland) Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Age 24

Date of death 22/08/1917

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery

 

Arthur George Cornford 

Son of Charles & Alice Cornford. Born in Honor Oak, Surrey, enlisted in Camberwell

Private, 106th Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Service number 030827

Date of death 24/01/1918

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

James Cox Buck

Son of James Cox Buck, Heyward Rd, Pill, lived with his uncle and aunt, 1 Crown Terrace, Shirehampton.

Serjeant, 7th Bn Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 11100

Age 26

Date of death 16/09/1916

Listed on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 2a

 

Frederick George Davis

Son of Frederick & Sarah Davis of Clifton, husband of Ivy Blanche Davis, 121 Cromwell Rd, St Andrews, Avonmouth

Gunner, 'D' Battery, 242 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 113198

Age 27

Killed in action, Ypres, 14/03/1918

Interred La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium, listed on the family plot at Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 872

 

Leslie James George Davies 

Son of G W & F E Davies, husband of Evelyn Mary (formally Davies) of 26 Jury Street, Ipswich

Second Lieutenant, 4th & 6th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

Age 29

Date of death 05/04/1918

Killed during the 2nd Battle of The Somme

Buried Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension

 

George Thomas Edwards 

Born in 1896, son of Thomas & Lizzie Edwards of 60 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton, later mother moved to 27 Kingsweston Avenue, Shirehampton

Private 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 11083

Age 20

Date of death 08/08/1915

Killed at Gallipoli (Sari Bair (Sulva))

Listed on The Halles Memorial

 

William George Edwards 

Son of Frederick & Ann Edwards of Olveston, Bristol, husband of Ivy (Chambers) of Avonmouth

Private, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infanry

Service number 8500

Age 31

Date of death 26/11/1914

Buried Boulogne Easten Cemetery, France

 

Douglas Alban St John Evans B.Sc

Son of Evan & Edith Mary Evans, husband of Cecillia Evans of Shirehampton

2nd Lieutenant, 246 Welsh Field Company,Royal Engineers

Service number 77822

Age 23

Killed during the defence of Dunkirk, 31/05/1940

Inteered, Veurne Communal Cemetery Extension, Belgium 

 

Charles Edward Gard 

Born at Tavistock, Devon. Son of the late Samuel & Mary Jane Gard (nee Capple) of Shamrock Villas, Shirehampton

Greaser, Mercantile Marine

Age 26

Date of death 27/06/1918

Served on the hospital ship HMHS Llandovery Castle (London) which was torpedoed by    U-86

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

 

Wilfred George Gould 

Son of Joseph & Sarah Gould, Chapel House, High Street, Shirehampton, living at 12 Pembroke Rd, Shirehampton (1911)

Private 19th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Service number 133379

Age 19

Date of death 10/08/1918

Killed during the Battle for the Hindenburg Line

Buried Vieille-Chapelle New Cemetery

 

Leonard Hack 

Born 1886 to Mary A Hack, 9/10 High Street, Shirehampton

Guardsman, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards

Service number 28826

Date of death 01/12/1917

Killed in action, Flanders

Listed on the Cambrai Memorial

 

William John Hack 

Son of Edgar & Minnie Louisa Hack of 9 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton

Private 1st/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

Service number 42123

Age 19

Date of death 27/05/1918

Killed at The Battle of The Aisne

Listed on the Soissons Memorial

 

George William Hall

Son of Henry Augustus Hall, husband of Elsie Kington of 55 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton

Rifleman, 12th Battalion London Regiment (The Rangers)

Service number 7735

Age 25

Date of death 09/09/1916

Killed at The Battle of the Somme

Buried Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz

 

Alfred Roland Hatherell 

Son of Alfred Hatherell, 17 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton,

Brother of Frank (see F Hatherell)

Private, 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

Service number 38167

Date of death 03/05/1915

Killed during a counter attack on Hill 60 at The 2nd Battle of Ypres

Listed Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

 

Frank Hatherell 

Son of Alfred Hatherell, 17 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton

Private 2nd RM Battalion RN Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry

Service number PO/1677(S)

Date of death 26/10/1917

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Listed on The Tyne Cot Memorial

 

Robert J Head 

Son of George & Emily Head of Shirehampton

Private, 3rd Battalion, Labour Corps, Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 23535

Age 19

Date of death 05/10/1918

Buried Lee Moor Burial Ground 

 

Stanley Frederick Hill 

Son of William & Hester Hill of 1 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton

Captain, 4th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 30

Awards Military Cross & Bar

Date of death 04/11/1918

Killed at Sambre

Buried Landrecies British Cemetery 

 

James Hill 

Born in 1889 in Stoke Bishop. Lived with parents James A & Annie E Hill of 1 Ivy Cottage, Pembroke Road, Shirehampton.

L/Sgt, 2/5th Battalion (Territorial) Gloucestershire Regiment

Enlisted in Merthyr

Service number 25694

Date of death  31/03/1918

Killed in action, Flanders

Younger brother of William T Hill

Listd on the Pozieres Memorial

 

William Thomas Hill 

Son of James A & Annie E Hill of 2 Avonview Cottage, Pembroke Road, Shirehampton, husband of Florence Rachel Hill, 156 Commercial Road, Peckham, London

Lance Corporal, 2nd/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Service number 307763

Age 30

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Listed on The Tyne Cot Memorial

 

Thomas Norman Hunt

Son of Caroline Hunt & the late Thomas Villiers Hunt, 4 Manilla Rd, Clifton

Private/Signaller, D Sqn, 1st Gloucestershire Hussars

Service number 1991

Age 20

Killed at 'Chocolate Hill', Gallipoli, 28/08/1915

Buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Turkey, listed of the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 120

 

Frank Alexander Hogg

Son of Frederick & Sarah Hogg, 37 Bishops Rd, Highgate, London

2nd Lieutenant, 10th & 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment

Age 25

Killed in action,France 17/06/1917

Interred, Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, (Nord) & listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set  150

 

Theodore Alan Hogg

Son of  Frederick & Sarah Hogg, 37 Bishops Rd, Highgate, London , husband of Marian Ruth Hogg (Ponsford) of the same address

Captain, 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment

Age 29

Killed during the Arras offensive 21/03/1918

Listed on the Arras Memorial, interred near Bullecourt, France & listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetary, Set  150

 

Arthur Jackson 

Son of Charles Benjamin & Sarah Jackson, Victoria Buildings, St George?s Road, St Augustine?s, Bristol. Born in London

Private, Royal Marine Light infantry

Service number PLY/11672

Date of death 18/03/1915, died in the United Kingdom

Served on HMS Cornwall, a Monmouth Class Armoured Cruiser, she was shelled from Turkish forts during the Dardanelles Campaign

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery

 

Frank Arthur Jefferies

Son of the late Albert & Elizabeth Jefferies of St Philips, Bristol

Corporal, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade

Service number 4958

Age 23

Date of death 24/09/1916

It was the third time he had been sent to France having been twice wounded. Killed at The Battle of The Somme

Buried Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte

 

Reginald George Jones 

Born to William George & Elizabeth Ann Jones of 30 Penpole Place, Shirehampton

Private, 2/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment  

Service number 201743

Date of death 21/08/1917

Died of wounds, Flanders. Buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No3

 

William Francis Kingsbury 

Son of George & Maud Kingsbury of 1 Springfield Avenue, Shirehampton

Trimmer, Royal Naval Reserve

Service number 8284/TS

Age 18

Date of death 19/10/1918

Served on the Minesweeper HMPMS Plumpton. It was mined off Ostend

Buried Dunkirk Cemetery

 

George Douglas Marks

Son of George & Alice Marks, 2 Claremont Villas, Park Hill, Shirehampton

Private, 53rd Battalion Hampshire Regiment

Service number TR/8/27860

Date of death 06/05/1918

Killed at the Battle of Lys

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Henry Matthews 

Son of Thomas Henry & Elizabeth Matthews of 22 The Beanacre, Shirehampton

Private 222nd Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Service number 118833

Age 26

Date of death 19/06/1920

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Walter Edgar May 

Son of Albert Samuel & Elizabeth May of 5 Crown Terrace, Westtown, Shirehampton

Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

Service number 3/8503

Age 20

Date of death 01/07/1916

Killed on the first day of The Battle of The Somme

Buried Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile

 

Charles A H Miles 

Son of James Thomas & Catherine Miles of 12 Dursley Road, Shirehampton

Private, 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Service number 43272

Age 19

Date of death 26/11/1918

Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille & listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 477

Below is an extract from the Regimental History:

The 2/8th Battalion ( 61st Division ) moved back to Cambrai by a two-day march on November 14th and 15th (1918).
Together with the other battalions of the 61st Division, the 2/8th Worcestershire remained billetted in that wrecked city for over a week. Then orders came for the Division to move right back for training, and rest. The 182nd Brigade entrained on November 24th and were carried back by way of Denain and Douai to Arms. Thence next day the train journey continued, through St. Pol and Frevent to Auxi-le-Chateau. Just outside that station occurred a disastrous accident. The railway engine left the line, coaches violently collided and one of them was crushed. Five soldiers of the Battalion were killed and six more were seriously injured.
The Battalion perforce detrained and marched to its destination, Cramont, where late in the afternoon the companies found billets. 
 

Henry William Morgan 

Son of Arthur Roland & Catherine Edith Morgan of Shirehampton

Marine, 1 H.A.A. Regiment Royal Marines

Service number PLY/X 100600

Age 29

Date of death 25/04/1945

Died having served in Malaya

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Joseph Hamlet Morrison 

Son of George Gillespie & Mary Jane Morrison; husband of Isabel Lindsey Morrison of Shirehampton

Sapper, Royal Engineers

Service number 1307066

Age 37

Date of death 19/12/1947

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery Plot B, Grave 404 (see photos)

 

Albert Joseph Noyes

Son of Harry & Elizabeth Noyes, Avonmouth

4th Gloucester Regiment

Age  24

Died 30/08/1918

Listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 867 (see photos)

 

Walter Richard Parfitt (also known as Mapston)

Son of Walter George & Elizabeth Alice Parfitt (formally Mapston ) of 103 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton. Husband of Mrs A B Mapston, 23 Stonyhurst Street, St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Private, (motor driver), Auckland Regiment N.Z.E.F,

Service number 36993

Age 37

Date of Death 21/02/1919. Died of pneumonia

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery,P1239 (see photos)

 

Albert Pearce

Son of Alfred & Elizabeth Pearce of Shirehampton, lived in Bishopston

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusillers, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry

Service number 24163

Killed in France 21/03/1918

Listed on Pozieres Memorial & on family plot Shirehampton Cemetery, set 26

 

Roy Walter Pearce

Son of Alfred Edgar Tom & Elizabeth Pearce of Stoke Bishop, Bristol

Writer Probationer, Royal Navy

Service number D/MX 81129

Age 26

Date of death 14/09/1947

Served at the Royal Navy shore base HMS Drake II

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery, Plot B, Grave 1718 (see photos)

 

Edwin George Arthur Philips 

Foster-son of Albert & Ivy Hyde of Stapleton, Bristol

Able Seaman, Royal Navy

Service number P/SSX 26290

Age 21

Date of death 19/01/1941

Served on the Admiralty sloop HMS Enchantress

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Charles Pickering 

Son of Charles & Zillah Pickering, born in Hendon

Private, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters)

Service number 1129

Date of death 13/04/1915

Killed in Egypt, sailed from Avonmouth April 1915

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Harry Pike

Son of William John & Elizabeth Fanny Pike,the  Hope and Anchor public house, Shirehampton

Sergeant, 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers

Service number 25534

Age 33

Date of death 18/08/1918

Killed during the Advance into Flanders

Listed on The Ploegsteert Memorial

 

Frederick George Pinner 

Born in 1898 to George & Ellen Pinner of 9 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton (1901 Census)

Private, 12th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Service number 204514

Date of death 13/04/1918

Killed at the Battle of Lys

Listed on the Ploegsteert Memorial

 

James Quayle 

Son of James & Margaret Quayle (nee Walmsey) of Shirehampton, born in Liverpool

Captains Steward, Mercantile Marine

Age 21

Date of death 13/08/1915

Served on the SS Royal Edward (Toronto), a troopship, which was torpedoed at Gallipoli (Lone Pine)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

 

Thomas William Rae 

Son of Robert & Emma Rae of 9 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Gunner ?L? Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

Service number 29809

Age 26

Date of death 01/09/1914

Killed at the Battle of Le Cateau. Following serious losses at this battle, all 5 officers and a quarter of the other ranks,   ?L? Battery was sent back to England to re-form, it did not see action again until April 1915 at Gallipoli.

Buried in the Nery Communal Cemetery (see photos)

 

Charles Rice 

Son of Mr & Mrs Rice of Shirehampton

Driver, ?B? Battery, 112th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Service number 1478

Age 26

Date of death 23/10/1917

Killed 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale)

Buried Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Extension

 

John (Jack) Robinson 

Born in 1888 in Westbury on Trym, lived with parents George & Hannah Robinson at 9 Bradley Crescent (1901 Census)

Private, 10th Service Battalion, Devonshire Regiment

Service number 13744

Date of death 10/12/1917

Killed in action, Salonika (Greek/Turkish front)

Listed on the Doiran Memorial & on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetary,  set 804  

 

Charles Nelson Shepard Sansum

Son of Louisa & the late George Augustus Sansum of 8 Old Quarry Road, Shirehampton. Brother to Hubert (see photos)

Gunner, ?C? Battery 155th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

Service number 825900

Age 23

Date of death 20/09/1918

Killed at the Battle of Courtrai

Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

 

Hubert Roy Sansum 

Son of Louisa & the late George Augustus Sansum of 8 Old Quarry Road, Shirehampton. Brother to Charles (see photos)

Private, 2nd/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 290718

Date of death 02/12/1917

Killed 1st Battle of Cambrai

Listed on The Cambrai Memorial, Louveral

 

Thomas Sealey 

Born in 1890 to Tom & Sarah Sealey of Bitton, Bristol

Private, 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment

Service number 34001

Date of death 22/03/1918

Killed at the 2nd Battle of the Somme during the defence of Travecy Keep

Listed on the Arras Memorialon  

 

Arthur Edward Shaddick

Son of Samuel & Margaret Shaddick, The Lodge, Little Snyed, Stoke Bishop 

Private, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 26235

Age 21

Killed in France,01/09/1916

Buried at Caterpiller Valley Cemetery, Longueval & listed on the family plot Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 277 

 

Sidney George Smith

Sapper, Royal Engineers

Service number 1883267 

Date of death 28/09/1946

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery, Plot B, Grave 77 (see photos)

 

Wilfred Vincent Smith

Wilfred Smith lived on Royal Avenue, Shirehampton, and the son of the late Frederick Vincent & Lavinia Smith. Living on The Terrace, Shirehampton (1911). Occupation, Clerk Foreman.

Lieutenant, 3rd/8th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 30

Date of death 07/08/1917

Killed at Arras

Buried Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery

 

Sidney Smith 

Born in Crewkerne, Somerset

Private, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)

Service number 10087

Date of death 28/03/1916

Killed in action, Flanders

Listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

 

Thomas Tanner 

Son of Henry & Annie Tanner

Leading Stoker, Royal Navy

Service number K/7540

Age 27

Date of death 06/05/1921, died from illness

Served on the R Class destroyer HMS Sylph (see photos)

Buried Bristol Greenbank Cemetery

 

James Edward Henry Taylor

 Born in 1896 to James & Margaret Taylor of 9 Glass Street, Westtown, Shirehampton

Private, 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 11817

Date of death 09/08/1916

Killed at The Battle of The Somme

Buried Essex Farm Cemetery

 

Alfred Edwin Theobald

Son of William & Hester Theobald

Able Seaman Royal Navy

Service number P/JX 27539

Age 25

Date of death 25/10/1945, died from illness

Served on the destroyer HMS Marne (see photos)

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Eileen Mary Thompson 

Aircraftswoman 2nd Class, Women?s Auxiliary Air Force

Service number 472374

Age 23

Date of death 02/08/1945

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

Samuel Alfred Treverton

Nephew of Mrs E Walkey, 20 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy

Service number K/4189

Date of death 24/10/1915, died from illness

Served at the Royal Navy shore establishment HMS Vivid

Buried Ford Park Cemetery. (Formally Plymouth Old Cemetery)

 

Henry David Webb

Son of William E & Louisa Webb, 12 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton (1911), (5 Park Row, Shirehampton, 1901 Census). Occupation, Newspaper Errand Boy.

Private, !st/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 5177

Age 21

Date of Death 22/08/1916 (Killed in the Somme offensive)

Listed on the Theipval Memorial Pier & Face 5A & 5B and on the family grave, Shirehampton Cemetery

  

Frederick George Webber 

Son of Sarah Ann & the late George Webber of 43 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy

Service number SS/113895

Age 24

Date of death 31/05/1916

Served on HMS Defence, a Monitor Class Cruiser. It blew up during the Battle of Jutland after being heavily shelled by the German battleship Friedrich Der Grosse. All hands were lost. (see photos)

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial

Extracts from Naval Operations:

.???? Both the Defence and Warrior had already hit the doomed Wiesbaden. Still Admiral Arbuthnot, in spite of straddling salvoes, held on till within 5,500 yards of his prey he turned to starboard. Both ships were now in a hurricane of fire, which the Germans were concentrating with terrible effect to save their burning ship, and there quickly followed another series of appalling catastrophes which so tragically distinguished this battle from all others. Four minutes after crossing the Lion?s bows the Defence was hit by two heavy salvoes in quick succession, and the Admiral and his flagship disappeared in a roar of flame (6.20). The Warrior barely escaped a similar fate????

 

Alfred Wilkins 

Husband of Minnie Wilkins, 29 Bradley Cresent, Shirehampton, lived in Belfast

Acting Leading Seaman (Stoker 1st Class), Royal Navy, Nelson Battalion, RN Division

Service Number 297237

Age 34 

Missing assumed killed in action, 03/05/1915, Gallipoli

Widow awarded 1914 Star

Listed on the Helles Memorial, Turkey

 

William Arthur George Williams 

Son of Mary Ellen & the late William Lewis Williams of 6 Glass Street, Westtown, Shirehampton

Private, 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 203270

Age 29

Date of death 01/09/1918

Killed in Macedonia

Buried Karasouli Military Cemetery 

 

Leonard Frederick White 

Son of Charles White of 94 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton

Private, 1st/1st Middlesex Hussars

Service number H/48021

Age 19

Date of death 01/09/1919

Died in Palestine

Buried Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery

 

Walter Whitehead 

Son of Agnes Whitehead of ?Ingledene?, Station Road, Shirehampton

Private 2nd/4th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 37366

Age 20

Date of death 14/12/1917

Killed at the 1st Battle of Cambrai

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

The Following Names are Listed on the Memorial Window in St Mary's Church, Shirehampton

The following are personnel killed during 1939-1945 and are commemorated on the stained glass window in St Mary?s Church, Shirehampton

Raymond William Andrews

Son of Albert William & Louisa Andrews of Shirehampton

Sapper, 238 Field Company, Royal Engineers

Service number 2074233

Age 22

Date of death 29/04/1943

Killed whilst serving in Palestine

Buried, Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery (see photos)

Ronald Hugh Barclay

Son of Robert Hugh & Elvire Barclay of Bristol

Acting Sub Lieutenant (E), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Age 21

Date of death 06/05/1941

Served on HMS Camito, an Ocean Boarding Vessel. At 0240 Hrs on 6 May 1941she was hit amidships by a single torpedo, fired by U-97, west-southwest of Cape Clear whilst escorting the tanker Sangro to the UK. The first 3 torpedoes, fired at 0202 hrs, missed HMS Camito, she was hit by the fourth, but despite this the ship continued at slow speed. The ship sank the next day, survivors being picked up by HMS Orchis and landed at Greenock. (see photos)

Listed on the Liverpool Naval Memorial

Ernest George Ronald Beacham

Son of Ernest John & Nellie Beacham

Sgt, Air Bomber, RAF

106 sqn (see photos)

Age 20

Date of death 13/14 May 1943

Lancaster R5611, shot down over Holland and crashing near Oldenzaal

Buried at Weelselo Roman Catholic cemetery, Rossum, also commemorated on a side window in St Mary's church, Shirehampton. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Donald Maurice Bowd

Son of Stephen Maurice & Gladys Bowd: husband of Eleanor, of Sea Mills.

Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 903991

Age 22

Date of death 01/09/1942

Served with 461 Squadron, flying Short Sunderland aircraft, T9113, out of RAF Mountbatten (Plymouth). The aircraft took off at 1513 to carry out Anti Submarine patrols over The Bay of Biscay. At 2015 a report was receive that they were being attacked by two JU88 aircraft, last contact made at 2045 (SOS), 1/9/1942 (see photos)

Listed on The Runnymede Memorial

William J Boyce

Son of Joseph & Flora Boyce

Lance Sergeant, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 5187730

Date of death 19/11/1944

Killed in action, Italy

Buried at Cesena War Cemetery, Italy (see photos)

 

Ronald J H Brinton

Son of Reginald & Minnie Rosina Brinton of Shirehampton

Acting Leading Seaman, Royal Navy

Service number D/JX 168233

Age 24

Date of death 30/10/1942

Lost at sea whilst en route to join his new ship, when the MV President Doumer was torpedoed by U-604 off Madeira, part of convoy SL 125. Previously at RN Depot HMS President III (see photos)

Listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

Francis George Brown

Son of Albert & Charlotte Brown of Shirehampton

Sergeant (Air Gunner)

Service number 1320388

Age 21

Date of death 20/12/1942

Served with 77 Squadron flying Halifax bombers out of Elvington (Yorks). Halifax Mk II, DT625 (KN-C), crashed shortly after take off whilst on a training flight. The aircraft came down near the village of Wheldrake, Yorkshire, all 6 crew were killed. (see photos)

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos) Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Leslie Charles Chard

Son of William & Marian Lillian Chard

Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery

Service number 959737

Date of death 14/11/1942

Served with 11 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment as part of the 8th Army (Desert Rats). Taken prisoner by Italian forces in The Western Desert, he was taken to the Italian POW Transit Camp 154, Leslie was listed as ?Missing, Presumed Drowned? after the Italian ship, SS Scillin, that he was being transported on, was torpedoed by a British submarine, HMS Sahib, of the 814 Commonwealth prisoners-of-war that were on board there were only 27 rescued by HMS Sahib. (see photos)

Listed on The Alamein Memorial.

Frederick Walter Cheeseman

Son of Frederick & Martha Cheeseman of Bristol

Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery

Service number 959738

Date of death 14/11/1942

Served with 11 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment as part of the 8th Army (Desert Rats). Taken prisoner in The Western Desert, he was listed as ?Missing, Presumed Drowned? after the Italian ship, SS Scillin, that he was being transported on, was torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Sahib. (see photos)

Listed on The Alamein Memorial.

SS SCILLIN (November 14, 1942)

Italian cargo/passenger ship en route from Tripoli to Sicily with 814 Commonwealth prisoners-of-war on board, a naval gun crew and 30 Italian guards, was torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Sahib (Lt. John Bromage) 10 miles north of Cape Milazzo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The Sahib rescued 27 POW's from the water (26 British and one South African) plus the Scillin's captain and 45 Italian crew members. Only then, when the commander heard the survivors speaking English, did he realize that he had sunk a ship carrying British prisoners-of-war and some Italian soldiers and had drowned 783 men. At a subsequent inquiry into this 'friendly fire' tragedy, Lt. Bromage was cleared of any wrongdoing as the ship was unmarked and at the time he firmly believed that the ship was carrying Italian troops. The Ministry of Defence kept this incident a closely guarded secret for fifty-four years, maintaining that they had died while prisoners-of-war in Italian camps or simply 'lost at sea'. It was not until 1996, after repeated requests for information from the families of the drowned men that the truth came out. The Sahib was attacked by bombs from escort German Ju-88s and depth charges from the Italian corvette Gabbiano in the counter attack immediately after the sinking. Badly damaged, the Sahib was later abandoned and scuttled.

John Edward (C) Chubb

Son of Walter George & Mary Chubb. Born in Liverpool, lived in Shirehampton

Steward/Storekeeper in Carter?s department, Merchant Navy

Died suddenly on board ship whilst in port, 29/09/1941

Age 50

Interred at Camp Hill Cemetery, Nova Scotia, Canada

Hubert Collins

Son of George Alfred & Mary Ann Collins of The Green, Shirehampton

Civilian in The Home Guard

Age 50

Date of death 11/04/1941

Served as a Firewatcher in The Home Guard. Died whilst on duty at 4 Bellevue Crescent, Clifton on the night of 11/12 April 1941. The City of Bristol was attacked by 150 bombers on what became known as ?The Good Friday? raids. The city centre suffered badly as did Knowle, Hotwells & Filton. 180 people were killed, 381 injured, 6,500 Anti Aircraft shells were expended in defence of the city.

Buried in Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Cyril Clement Cook

Son of William Henry & Jane Cook, Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy

Service number D/KX 117624

Age 23

Date of death 24/10/1943

Served on HMS Eclipse, an E Class Destroyer. On October 24 1943 she collided with a floating mine whilst patrolling the Aegean Sea. The ship was badly damaged and sank off Kalimnos Island (Dodecanese) (see photos)

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

Alexander Williamson Crichton

Son of Peter & Margaret Crichton of Shirehampton

Acting Leading Airman, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy

Service number FAA/FX. 79430

Age 22

Date of death 08/06/1940

Served on the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. In the early hours of 8th June 1940 5 Swordfish aircraft led the Gladiators of 263 Squadron and the Hurricanes of 46 Squadron to the carrier HMS Glorious, these were the last RAF aircraft to leave Norway before enemy occupation of the country was complete, all were landed without incident. At 0300 Glorious with the destroyer escort of HMS Ardent & Acasta were detached and ordered to sail for Scapa Flow, whilst HMS Ark Royal remained behind to escort the slower main convoy. Two days earlier a force of German warships had put to sea, they spotted the carrier Glorious at 15:45 along with her destroyer escort. The powerful battle cruisers Scharnhorst & Gneisenau opened fire at 16:30 at a range of 20,000 yds, gaining direct hits on the bridge of the carrier with the third & subsequent salvoes. Though hopelessly outranged the carrier replied with her own armament. By 17:20 the carrier was dead on the water & sinking fast, the two destroyers did their brave and suicidal best to protect their charge, but both were sunk during the next 45 minutes ? but not before HMS Acasta launched a torpedo strike hitting Scharnhorst abreast of the After turret & inflicting serious damage. (see photos)

Listed on The Lee-On-Solent Memorial

Ronald Cecil Davies

Son of John Thomas & Elizabeth Anne Davies of Shirehampton

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 1600566

Age 22

Date of death 03/08/1943

Served with 35 Squadron flying Halifax bombers from RAF Graveley. Halifax Mk II (HR863) took off from RAF Graveley on a mission to bomb Hamburg. Due to severe icing the aircraft crashed en route whilst over the continent, 5 crew were killed, 1 was taken prisoner & remained as a POW. (see photos)

Buried Becklingen War Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

William Edward George Domaille

Son of William & Ada Annie Domaille of Shirehampton

Pilot Officer (Air Bomber) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 110638

Age 27

Date of death 10/09/1942

William Domaille was born in Bristol on 11th June 1915, he received his commission on 17th October 1941 to the rank of P/O on probation (emergency). His death was registered in the Bulmer district of Yorkshire in which East Moor and Linton on Ouse airfields fell.

He served with 158 Squadron flying Halifax Mk II bombers from RAF East Moor (Yorks). He was the sole casualty, the aircraft, W1253, having been hit by anti-aircraft fire in the nose north of Neuss (Germany), the operation being to bomb the Italian port of Genoa, (for aircraft details see photos)

The rest of the crew were able to return to Yorkshire and land though the location of the landing is not yet confirmed. East Moor would be expected however the bomb aimer's death was recorded as being at Linton on Ouse which does lend weight to this being where the aircraft was put down. The damaged aircraft was soon repaired and resumed flying.

Buried Chedder (St. Andrew) Churchyard. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London & listed on the Lissett Memorial, Nth Yorkshire, left panel, line 16

Stanley J Earley

Son of Alfred George & Mary Ellen Earley, husband of Annie Gertrude Earley of Shirehampton

Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, HM Submarine Upstart (see photos)

Date of Death 28/12/1943, age 44

Buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

Llewellyn Eynon

Son of James & Florence Eynon; husband of Henrietta Ethel Eynon of Shirehampton

Carpenter, Merchant Navy

Age 37

Date of death 20/05/1941

Served on the MV Darlington Court (London). Whilst in convoy from New York to Liverpool the ship was sunk by a German U-boat, U-556, 25 men were killed. Six other vessels in the same convoy were lost on the same day. (see photos)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial & by a plaque on the SW corner, inside St Mary's church, Shirehampton

Survivors Report from the MV Darlington Court

We were bound from Halifax to U.K. with a cargo of 8500 tons of grain. We were armed with a 4" gun, 3 Hotchkiss, a Holman projector and a Kite. The ship was degaussed but the apparatus was not working. The crew, including 2 Military Gunners and 2 Naval Gunners, numbered 37, of whom 25 are missing. The confidential books went down with the ship.

We left Halifax on the 10th May in Convoy HX 126 bound for U.K. and proceeded without incident until the early hours of the 20th when two ships in the convoy, No.'s 91 and 93, were torpedoed . We altered course to 90° until about 06:00 when we changed course again, and at 09:00 we went back to our original course.

About 12:58 the same day, in position 57 18N 41 07W, as our Escort hoisted a signal reporting a submarine on our starboard side, we were struck by a torpedo on the port side in the engine room, followed 2 seconds later by another torpedo in the deep tank forward of the engine room. The sea was calm, wind slight, weather was fine and visibility hazy. We were making 8 1/2 knots on Course 035°. The first explosion, which was heavier and sharper than the second, stopped the main engine immediately, and the second torpedo, which struck the deep tank, split the ship in two. The ship capsized immediately, and in about 45 seconds she was out of sight.

I had only just come out of the engine room when the torpedo struck us and, finding it impossible to enter it again, I came on to the boat deck, trying to get my lifebelt over my head, when I was washed over the side. When I came to the surface I looked for wreckage but could not see anything except the blazing tanker, British Security, directly astern of us, which was torpedoed immediately after us. The flames were about 60 ft. high, and a huge column of smoke appeared to come out of the water and burst into flame. I swam about for 3 hours and about 16:00 I managed to reach our starboard lifeboat at the same time as the captain. The port lifeboats were thrown out of their davits by the explosion, and the starboard lifeboat, which the captain cut adrift, overturned on reaching the water but righted herself when the ship turned over. Within a quarter of an hour of reaching the boat we picked up 5 of our crew who were on wreckage and tried to reach some more of them, but on account of the fire from the blazing tanker spreading we could not get to them. After that we made for the open sea to get away from the fire, and at 22:20 we found another raft with 5 more survivors, whom we picked up.

At 07:00 on the 21st we were picked up by the Hontestroom. We cruised around for 3 days, picking up survivors from Cockaponsest on the 21st and on the 24th we found a lifeboat belonging to the Peterson. We were landed at Reykjavik on Monday, the 26th.

The chief engineer considered that had it not been for the captain no one from his ship would have been saved. At the time of the explosion the rest of the crew were struggling with their lifebelts, but the captain cut the lifeboat adrift himself and was not wearing a lifebelt when in the small boat.

The chief engineer also said that although they were very grateful for the assistance rendered by the Hontestroom in picking them up, there was little comfort aboard her. There were 70 survivors, including the men from the Cockaponset, and they were all accommodated in the after hold 'tween deck. There were 68 beds, and owing to little ventilation the atmosphere was far from fresh. The food was insufficient; they had two small tins of bully-beef amongst 16 and dry bread, and for two days not even bread, only biscuits. No hot meal was given to them. There was also little water for cleansing purposes. He also said that the crew, who were Dutch, did not appear to have any use for them. They had plenty of cigarettes on board but would not sell them. The doctor gave them as many as he could, but there were 70 survivors and they were on the ship for five days. (In fact, Hontestroom was withdrawn from rescue service after this, because of deficient accommodation and facilities, and was later employed in the freight trade.

With regard to British Security, the Commanding Officer of the escorting Aurania says the following in his report:

"There were several tremendous explosions, sheets of flame and black smoke, which went up at least 500 feet. She was about 2 cables on my port beam when struck. The men on the wreckage from the Darlington Court floated into this burning hell, their cries were ghastly and now I wish I had put my machine gun on them".

Albert Thomas Fowles

Son of Thomas & Alice Fowles of Avonmouth

Gunner, Royal Artillery

Service number 1786896

Age 24

Date of death 10/04/1945

Served with 7 Coast Regiment at Singapore, he was captured by the Japanese 15/02/1942, following the Fall of Singapore. He died a POW in 1945.

Buried Kranji War Cemetery (Singapore)

Jack Furber

Son of Reginald & Elizabeth Furber of Bristol

Fireman & Trimmer, Merchant Navy

Age 19

Date of death 11/09/1941

Served on the freighter SS Stonepool (West Hartlepool). Whilst part of convoy SC 42 the SS Stonepool was torpedoed by U-207, commanded by Oberleutnant Fritz Meyer. The U Boat was depth charged and sunk off The Straits of Denmark, SE of Aangmassalik (Greenland) by the Royal Navy destroyers HMS Leamington & Veteran. (see photos)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

John Edward Hadley

Son of Alfred Frank & Bessie Hannah Hadley of Shirehampton

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 7905960

Age 26

Date of death 04/09/1944

Served with 4th Queen?s Own Hussars, killed during heavy shelling during a night attack on Coriano (Italy)

Buried Gradara War Cemetery

 

Arthur Reginald Hadley

Son of Arthur William & Julia Hadley of Shirehampton

Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps

Service number 135784

Age 23

Date of death 24/02/1941

Killed during an attack on Italian forces at Sidi Selen, Nr Tobruk

Buried Tobruk War Cemetery

Reginald David Hallett

Son of Herbert & Mabel Alice Hallett of Shirehampton

Ordinary Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Service number D/BD/X 1560

Age 18

Date of death 07/05/1940, gun accident

Served on the Ceres Class Light Anti Aircraft Cruiser HMS Curlew. She was sunk by aircraft off Skaanland during the Norwegian campaign, 26/05/1940.

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

Robert Horton

Son of Samuel & Mary Elizabeth Horton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, HM Submarine Triad (see photos)

Service number D/KX 84927

Age 24

Date of death 20/10/1940

Listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

Albert Reginald Lewis

Son of Albert & Beatrice Lewis; husband of Joyce Evelyn Lewis of Somerset

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 5188914

Age 29

Date of death 08/03/1945

Served with 141st (7th Battalion). The Buffs (East Kent) Regiment. Killed during build up operations to Operation Plunder, the crossing of The Rhine by British forces at Rees, Wesel & The Lips Canal. At the time 141st Regiment were operating Churchill Crocodile (flame thrower) tanks.

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

Robert Lisle

Husband of Helen Lisle of Shirehampton

Master, Merchant Navy

Age 39 Date of death 25/02/1940

Served as Master of the freighter SS Castlemoor (London). The cause this ships loss is unknown (see photos)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

Wesley Lukins

Son of Charles Albert & Lilian Lukins of Shirehampton

Fireman & Trimmer, Merchant Navy

Age 20

Date of death 11/09/1941

Served on the freighter SS Stonepool (West Hartlepool). Whilst part of convoy SC 42 the SS Stonepool was torpedoed by U-207, commanded by Oberleutnant Fritz Meyer. The U Boat was depth charged and sunk off The Straits of Denmark, SE of Aangmassalik (Greenland) by the Royal Navy destroyers HMS Leamington & Veteran. (see photos)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

Peter Godfrey Marsh

Son of Sydney & Dorothy E Marsh of Bristol

Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 759111

Age 19

Date of death 23/05/1941

Served with 37 Squadron, Middle East Command, flying Vickers Wellington, T2895 (J), in The Middle East. (see photos)

Listed on The Alamein Memorial, death recorded as being lost at sea

George Milsom

Son of John Cornelius & Gertrude F Milsom, Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy

Service number P/K 61790

Age 19

Date of death 17/12/1940

Served on the destroyer HMS Acheron that struck a German mine off The Isle of Wight. She sunk immediately killing 151 men there were 15 survivors. (see photos)

Listed on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Jack Lovell Newman

Son of Harry Eli & Ellen Newman, husband of Brenda Newman, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 714 Sqn FAA (see photos)

Age 30

Date of daeth 26/08/1944

Killed when his Blackburn Barracuda aircraft crashed in to the sea off the Scottish coast, based at HMS Owl (RNAS)

Buried Rosskeen Parish Churchyard Extensions, Grave 308

Dennis Frederick Albert Oliver

Son of Frederick Arthur & Beatrice Alice Oliver of Shirehampton

Private, Army Catering Corps

Service number 5189039

Age 22

Date of death 07/01/1943

Dennis was on board the cargo ship, SS Benalbanach (Liverpool), which sailed from The Clyde, carrying a cargo of explosives, ammunition, petrol & services stores, as well as 375 soldiers & 74 crew, on 24/12/1942, (the soldiers were on board due to lack of space on the transport ship that they were originally intended to sail on). The ship was heading for The Middle East where Dennis, then with The 1st Army, hoped to join up with his younger brother who was with The 8th Army. The ship was torpedoed by aircraft off Tripoli on 07/01/1943 and sank in less than 2 minutes; there were only 40 survivors. (see photos)

Listed on The Brookwood Memorial

SS BENALBANACH (January 7, 1943)

The Ben Line 7,152-ton passenger/cargo ship launched in June 1940 and sunk northwest of Algiers when the convoy she was part of was attacked by a single enemy aircraft. She was carrying 389 men of Motor Transport unit and a crew of 74 from the Clyde to Bona, North Africa. This was her second trip to the Allied landing area conveying troops and equipment. Two torpedoes launched from the aircraft hit the Benalbanach. The ship caught fire, blew up and sank almost immediately taking the lives of 57 crewmembers and 353 service personnel. Her commander, Captain D. Macgregor, died in the water just as he was about to be rescued.

William John Patterson

Son of Walter & Sarah Patterson; husband of Dorothy Anne Patterson of Redland

Fireman & Trimmer, Merchant Navy

Age 24

Date of death 21/12/1942

Served on the Steam Merchant SS Montreal City. At 03.56 hrs on 21 Dec 1942 the ship, a straggler from convoy ONS-152, was torpedoed by U-591 NE of Cape Race and sunk by a coup de grace at 04.09 hrs. The Master, 31 crew and 7 gunners were lost. (see photos)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

Frederick William Redwood

Son of Edwin Rudolph & Elizabeth Redwood of Shirehampton

Petty Officer Motor Mechanic, Royal Navy

Service number D/MX 70116

Age 24

Date of death 01/11/1944

Served with HMLCG (M) 102 crewing Landing Craft Gun (Medium) MkIII. His Landing craft was sunk in Operation Infatuate, the Walcheren landings, Holland, 1/11/1944. (see photos)

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

John Allen Robson

Son of Henry George & Emily Louisa Robson of Shirehampton

Fusilier, 1st Battalion. Royal Welch Fusiliers

Service number 5189230

Age 25

Date of death 25/02/1945

Fought at Taungtha & Letse in Burma, buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery

 

Alfred Samuel Sainsbury

Son of Henry & Emma Sainsbury, born in West Ham, London

Pumpman, Merchant Navy

MV Empire Steel (see photos)

Age 48

Date of death 24/03/1942

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

Mervyn Charles Spence

Son of William Alfred & Alice Annie Spence of Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy

Service number D/KX 111623

Age 26

Date of death 10/12/1941

Served on the Battle Cruiser HMS Prince of Wales. Completed in May 1941 the Prince of Wales had seen action against the German Battleship Bismarck and a brief spell off Malta. Sent to the Far East with the Battle Cruiser HMS Repulse to counter the swiftly developing Japanese threat, she arrived in the region 2nd December 1941. On 8th December 1941the Japanese landed in northern Malaya. Prince of Wales, Repulse & four destroyers were sent to attack the invasion force. After finding no targets the British ships returning to Singapore when, late in the morning of 10th December 1941 they were attacked by a strong force of Japanese high-level bombers and torpedo planes. With no friendly air cover to protect them, both heavy ships were hit several times. Repulse sank at about 12.30. Prince of Wales capsized and followed her to the bottom less than an hour later. The first capital ships to be lost while operating on the high seas, their loss further shocked the naval world already stunned by the events at Pearl Harbor only a few days before. (see photos)

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial.

John Lister Storer

Son of Eric & Winifred Storer of Shirehampton

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 122749

Age 22

Date of death 27/09/1944

Served with 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force flying de Havilland Mosquito FB VI, NT119, (Fighter Bomber version) out of RAF Manston in Kent. Lost, along with 1567411, F/Sgt N J Lees (Nav/W.Op), during an Intruder mission near Varrelbusch, covering a raid on Kaisershausen (Germany). (see photos)

Buried at Sage War Cemetery

William Leslie White

Son of Charles William & Ethel White, husband of Jean White of Machynlleth, Montgomeryshire

Flying Officer (Pilot) RAFVR

Service number 177840

Age 26

Date of death 27/07/1944

Served with 12 Squadron, killed when lancaster ND699 crashed on an operation to Stuttgart . ND699 took off from RAF Wickenby at 2143, 28/07/1944 & crashed 400m west of the small town of Rennington, 6Km from Leonburg. (see photos)

Buried at Durnbach War Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Alfred Nippress Whitlock

Son of William Thomas & Sarah Beatrice Whitlock of Shirehampton

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 14299660

Age 20

Date of death 28/06/1944 (Operation Epsom)

Served with 4th/7th Dragoon Guards. Using their Sherman DD tanks the regiment fought their way off the Normandy beachhead and into Northern France. At the time of his death they were fighting around Cheux, Tourmauville Bridge and in the defence of Raurey against elements of 12th SS Panzer Division (Hitlerjugend).

Buried at St. Manvieu Cemetery, Cheux (see photos)

Operation Epsom, also known as the First Battle of the Odon, was a Second World War British offensive that took place between 26 and 30 June 1944, during the Battle of Normandy. The offensive was intended to outflank and seize the German-occupied city of Caen, a major Allied objective in the early stages of the invasion of northwest Europe.

 George Wills

Son of George & Lily Wills of Shirehampton

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 7892173

Age 22

Date of death 28/05/1942

Served with the 44th Royal Tank Regiment under the command of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division in the Middle East. Using Mk III Valentine tanks the 44th advanced on German Positions at Sqhifet Es Sidra on 28 May 1942, following a tank v tank battle the battalion was forced to retreat, under continuous heavy fire, to Bir Tamar.

Buried at Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma (see photos)

George William Wooller

Son of Frederick George & Dorothy Wooller; husband of Dorothy Ellen Wooller of Shirehampton

Electrical Artificer 4th Class, Royal Navy

Service number D/MX 57792

Age 22

Date of death 05/04/1942

Served on the Cruiser HMS Dorsetshire, Japanese dive bombers sunk the ship off the coast of Ceylon, 5th April 1942 (Easter Sunday) (see photos)

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

Peter Beresford Wright DFC

Son of Walter Percival & Winifred Sabina Wright

Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 119180

Age 22

Date of death 05/04/1943

Served with 616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron, based at RAF Ibsley (Hampshire), flying Spitfire Mk VI. On 5th April 1943 the squadron took off from RAF Ibsley, to fly a ?Ramrod? mission, (fighter cover for long range bombers). The Spitfires were providing cover for 12 Lockheed Ventura bombers, which were attacking a tanker in Brest harbour, they were attacked by FW190 fighters, Flt Lt P B Wright DFC, flying Spitfire Mk VI, BS465, was shot down after more than one German fighter attacked him. 3 bombers were also lost. The ship was undamaged but harbour installations were hit heavily. (see photos)

Listed on The Runnymede Memorial.

 

St Andrews Church, Avonmouth

Within St Andrews Church, Avonmouth there a three Memorial Plaques

Imperial Smelting Corporation Ltd

William Raymond Andrews

Son of William & Louisa Andrews, Shirehampton

Sapper, Royal Engineers, 238 Field Company

Age 22

Service number 2074233

Date of Death 29/04/1943

Buried Medjez El Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia (see photos)

Ernest George Ronald Beacham

Son of Ernest John & Nellie Beacham, Shirehampton

Sgt (Air Bomber), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 106 Squadron (see photos)

Age 20

Service numbe 1338277

Date of Death 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Netherlands Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

George Francis Brown

Son of George Albert & Charlotte Edith Brown, Shirehampton

Sgt (Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 77 Squadron (see photos)

Age 21

Service number 1320388

Date of Death 20/12/1942, killed when the Halifax MkII, DT625, crashed in Yorkshire during a test flight. Cause of crash, Tail Instability.

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos) Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Leonard James Bunn

Son of George & Frances Bunn, husband of Olive Bunn, Shirehampton

Sapper, Royal Engineers, 572 Field Company

Age 28

Service number 2113518

Date of Death 21/08/1940

Buried Shirehapton Cemetery (see photos)

Leslie Charles Chard

Son of William & Marion Chard

Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery, 11 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment

Service number 959737

Date of Death 14/11/1942, taken prisoner by the Italians, he is missing, presumed drowned when the Italian transport, SS Scillin, which was transporting POWs was torpedoed and sunk by the Bristish submarine HMS Sahib

Listed on The Alamein Memorial

William Everest Hamilton Coker

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Rawalpindi (see photos)

Service number D/J 105354

Date of Death 23/11/1939

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

Robert Meirion Davies

Son of David & Anne Davies, Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Sgt, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 640 Squadron (see photos)

Age 24

Service number 2206026

Date of Death 06/10/1944

Listed on The Runnymede Memorial. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Ivor Gordon Davies

Son of John & Elizabeth Davies

Third Radio Officer, Merchant Navy, SS Montreal City (Bristol) (see photos)

Age 17

Date of Death 21/12/1942

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

Stanley J Earley

Son of Alfred George & Mary Ellen Earley, husband of Anne Gertrude Earley, Shirehampton

Engine Room Articifer 4th Class, Royal Navy, HMS Upstart (see photos)

Age 44

Service number D/MX 74987

Date of Death 28/12/1943, killed in a road accident

Buried Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery

Terry Edwards

Son of Henry O & Jenny Edwards, Kingswood, Bristol

Sgt (Air Bomber), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 90 Squadron (see photos)

Age 28

Service number 1322675

Date of Death 20/10/1943

Buried Kingswood (Holy Trinity) Churchyard, Bristol. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

John Edward Hadley

Son of Mr & Mrs F Hadley, Shirehampton

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps, 4th Queens Own Hussars

Age 26

Service nmber 7905960

Date of Death 04/09/1944, killed during heavy shelling during a night attack on Coriano (Italy)

Buried Gradara War Cemetery, Italy

William Thomas Haines

Son of William C & Kate Haines, Lydney, Gloucestershire

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Charybdis (see photos)

Age 21

Service number D/JX 305731

Date of Death 23/10/1943

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

Stanley Francis Hill

Son of Samuel & Maud Hill, Shirehampton

Trooper, Reconnaissance Corps R.A.C 44th Regiment

Age 22

Service number 5193512

Date of Death 08/09/1944

Buried Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy (see photos)

 George Jefferson

Sapper, Royal Engineers, 585 Corps, Field Park Company

Age 25

Service number 2003622

Date of Death 07/01/1943, lost at sea, SS Benalbenach (see photos)

Listed on the Brookwood Memorial

Reginald Henry Jefferies

Son of John & Susan Jefferies, Neath, Glamorgan

Private, 1st Bn, Devonshire Regiment

Age 29

Service number 14656193

Date of Death 07/05/1944

Buried Imphal War Cemetery, Burma

William S Martin

Son of Bertie Benjamin & Florence Ada Martin, Bristol

Aircraftsman 1st Class (W.Op) Royal Air Force, 18 Squadron (see photos)

Age 21

Service number 540304

Date of Death 27/12/1939

Buried Le Quesnel Communal Cemetery Extension, France

George Howard Nicholls

Son of George Frederick & Winifred Anne Nicholls, husband of Hilda Josephine Nicholls, Shirehampton

Shipwright 4th Class, Royal Navy, HM L.C.S (M) 902 (see photos)

Age 28

Service number D/MX 509732

Date of Death 05/04/1945

Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands

Frederick George Phillips

Son of Thomas Frederick & Mona Phillips, Stoke Bishop, Bristol

Cadet, Merchant Navy, SS Bristol City (Bristol) (see photos)

Age 17

Date of Death 05/05/1943

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial

 

William Henry Rayment

Son of Henry & Frances Rayment, husband of Edith Adelaide Rayment, Bristol

Petty Officer, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Excellent

Age 34

Service number D/BD/X 784

Date of Death 29/07/1943

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial

Kenneth Frederick Rice

Son of Frederick & Kate Mary Rice, Severn Beach, Gloucestershire

Sgt (Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve, 619 Squadron (see photos)

Age 21

Service number 1836758

Date of Death 22/06/1944

Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany

Henry Stoward Wall

Son of Henry Thomas & Annie Rose Wall of Easton, Bristol

Sgt (Observer), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 53 Squadron (see photos)

Age 20

Service number 751254

Date of Death 04/01/1941

Listed Bristol (Greenbank) Cemetery

Alfred Nippress Whitlock

Son of William Thomas & Sarah Beatrice Whitlock, Shirehampton

Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

Age 20

Service number 14299660

Date of Death 28/06/1944

Buried St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France (see photos)

Albert Dursley

Home Guard, Firewatcher; of 334 Stapleton Road. Son of Mary Ann Dursley, and of the late Alfred G. Dursley. Died at 334 Stapleton Road.

Civilian

Age 36

Date of Death 16/03/1941

Buried Bristol County Borough Cemetery

Edgar Montgomery

Foster son of Stephen George & Doris May Child, 67 Ashton Drive

Civilian

Age 26

Date of Death 11/04/1941

Buried Bristol County Borough Cemetery

Alice Rowles

Daughter of Mr S Rowles, 34 Meadow Street, Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire, died 45 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Civilian Age 22

Date of Death 11/04/1941

Buried Bristol County Borough Cemetery

Frederick Frank Toombs

Homeguard, son of Frederick Charles Toombs of 27 Foxcote Road, Ashton Gate, husband of Irene May Toombs, 2 Hendre Road, Bristol

Civilian

Age 28

Date of Death 12/04/1941

Buried Bristol County Borough Cemetery

British Oil and Cake Mills (Bristol)

Ronald William Brown

Son of William John & Ada Brown

Private, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Service number 5191260

Date of Death 20/01/1945

Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma

Charles Herman Coombes

Gunner, Royal Artillery, 5th Survey Regiment

Age 21

Service number 909597

Date of Death 27/02/1943

Buried Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia

William T Davis

Son of Mr & Mrs L W Davis, Barton Hill, Bristol

Trooper, Royal Tank Regiment

Age 25

Service number 420959

Date of Death 11/03/1944

Buried Bristol (Avon View) Cemetery

Albert Edward Ford

Son of Mr & Mrs Wilfred Ford, husband of Hilda May Ford

Private, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 26

Service number 5181467

Date of Death, between, 28/05/1940 & 30/05/1940, Dunkirk area

Buried Cassel Communal Cemetery Extension, France

 

Charles William Hiscox

Son of Charles & Mabel Hiscox, Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire

Engine Room Articifer 4th Class, Royal Navy, HMS Repulse (see photos)

Age 21

Service number D/MX 69785

Date of Death 10/12/1941

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

William Henry Johnson

Son of William & Alice Johnson, husband of Dorothy May Johnson, Avonmouth

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS President III, lost at sea on board the MV Waimarama (see photos)

Age 21

Servcie number D/JX 290968

Date of Death 13/08/1942

Listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

 

Daniel Lambert

Son of Charles & Florence Ada Lambert, Bedminster, Bristol

Stoker, Royal Naval Patrol Service, H M Trawler, Cap D'Antifer (see photos)

Age 29

Service number LT/KX 131794

Date of Death 13/02/1944

Listed on The Lowestoft Naval Memorial

 

Alfred George Linton

Son of Thomas James & Lilian Linton, Bristol

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS President III, lost at sea on board British Steam Tanker Edwy R Brown (see photos)

Age 23

Service number D/JX 189741

Date of Death 18/02/1941, missing presumed killed

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

James Reginald Neale

Son of Jonathan Hooper & Ellen Cree Neale, husband of Alice Neale, Cam, Gloucestershire

Private, 2nd Batalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 26

Service number 5180152

Date of death 29/05/1940

Buried Cassel Communal Cemetery Extension, France

Mervyn Charles Spence

Son of William Alfred & Annie Spence, Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class. Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales (see photos)

Age 26

Service number D/KX 111623

Date of Death 10/12/1941

Listed on The Plymouth Naval Memorial

George Francis Stephens

Son of Mr & Mrs A W Stephens, husband of Nancie Phyllis Stephens of Bristol

Serjeant, Royal Artillery, 88 Field Regiment

Age 30

Service number 882179

Date of Death 23/12/1941

Listed on The Singapore Memorial, Singapore

William John Summerell

Son of William & Anne Summerell, Bristol

Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy, HM Trawler Star of Deveron (see photos)

Age 25

Service number D/JX 208104

Date of Death 30/09/1941

Buried Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

Alfred Edwin Theobald

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Marne (see photos)

Service number P/JX 27539

Date of Death 25/10/1945, died from illness

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery

Gordon Howell Williams

Son of Howell Garth Llewelyn & Ellen A Williams of Vancouver, Canada, grandson of The Rev T Roberts of Portishead, Bristol

Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (see photos)

Age 21

Service number 115996

Date of Death 19/09/1942

Buried Innisfall Cemetery, Alberta, Canada

Thomas Henry Williams

Son of Tom & Charlotte Williams, Bedminster, Bristol

Driver, Royal Army Service Corps

age 20

Service number T/122763

Date of Death 21/01/1940

Buried Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

 

St Andrews War Memorial

Frank Percy Bennett

Son of Arthur & Emma Bennett, 5 Napier Rd, Avonmouth

Corporal, 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 11040

Date of death 08/02/1917

Having been previously wounded Frank was 'patched up' and sent back to the front, he was killed when enemy artillery shelled his company's position on the Cuinchy (right) Front at dusk

Buried Gorre British and Indian Cemetery

George Wilfred Berry

Son of William Edmund & Annie Berry, Cardiff, lived in Avonmouth

Serjeant, ?A? Battery, 93rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Age 21

Service number 28750

Date of Death 11/09/1917

Buried Artillery Wood Cemetery

William J Berry

Son of William Edmund & Annie Berry, Cardiff, lived in Avonmouth

Corporal,, ?A? Battery, 93rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Age 26

Service number 28779

Date of Death 06/10/1916

Buried Carnoy Military Cemetery

George Edwin Brown

Private, 2/6 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Service number 4272

Date of Death

21/05/1916

Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery

Leonard Herbert Bugler

Son of John Hallet & Emily Ellen Bugler, Summerleaze, Avonmouth

2nd Lieutenant, ?C? Company, 2/5 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Date of Death 02/04/1918

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery

William Edward Bullock

Son of Robert & Maria Bullock, 28 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth

Private, 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry

Age 27

Service number 11773

Date of Death 06/03/1916

Listed on The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Thomas John Clark

Son of Frederick & Louisa Clark, Westbury-on-Trym, husband of Edith Beatrice Clerk Brecon

Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers

Age 28

Service number 8114

Date of Death 26/09/1914

Listed on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

Herbert Aguilla Clegg

Son of Aguilla & Martha Ann Cleeg, husband of Gwendoline Beatrice Jane Clegg, 26 Meadow St, Avonmouth

Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine, SS Glenfruin (see photos)

Age 21

Date of death 26/01/1918

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

 

Herbert William Thomas Dungey

Son of Thomas George & Ada Dungey, Avonmouth

Private, ?B? Company, 1.4 Brigade, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry

Age 19

Service number 28622

Date of Death 13/08/1918

Buried Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil

Died of wounds, Flanders, following the German 1918 advance. 13/08/1918 (Died in France)

William Philip Edwards

Son of William & Elizabeth Edwards, Exeter

Private, 2/4 Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry

Age 18

Service number 30548

Date of death 30/07/1918

Buried Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire

 

Henry R Foden

Son of Robert & Ada Foden, born in London

Air Mechanic 1st Class, 213 Squadron, Royal Air Force (see photos)

Service number 204924

Date of Death 19/07/1918

Buried Dunkirk Town Cemetery

 

James John Gale

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark (see photos)

Service number 166068

Date of Death 18/01/1915, died of injuries sustained following an explosion on board ship

Buried Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery

 

James Alfred Gibbs

Son of William Joseph Gibbs, Bristol

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

Age 29

Service number 14214

Date of Death 10/03/1915

Listed on Le Touret Memorial

Ernest Leonard Gould

Son of William & Susan Ann Gould, 67 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth

Private, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment

Age 19

Service number 70442

Date of Death 22/04.1918

Buried Blangy-Tronville Communal Cemetery

William John Gould

Son of William & Susan Ann Gould, 67 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth

Private, 35th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps

Age 31

Service number 82824

Date of Death 24/07/1918

Buried Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France

Stanley John Hammond

Husband of Miriam Rebecca Hammond, Somerset Villa, Pill, Somerset

Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Rhododendron (see photos)

Age 29

Date of Death 05/05/1918

Listed on the Chatham Naval Memorial

Herbert Samuel Hawker

Son of William & Ellen Hawker, Bristol

Private, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

Age 32

Service number 36744

Date of Death 07/10/1917

Buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery

Frederick James Hood

Son of Joseph & Sarah Ann Hood, 26 King St, Avonmouth

Private, 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

Age 24

Service number 57100

Date of Death 06/10/1918

Buried Basra War Cemetery, (Persia) Iraq

George William Jennings

Son of George Ebenezer & Ellen Jennings, husband of Lillian Elizabeth Iver Jennings, 21 Farr St, Avonmouth

Storekeeper, Mercantile Marine, SS Feltria, (London) (see photos)

Age 28

Date of Death 05/05/1917

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

Albert Harold Lester

Son of Mr & Mrs H C Lester, Bristol

Driver, 110 Company, 22nd Division Train

Age 18

Service number T1/15

Date of Death 08/06/1916

Buried Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery

Herbert James Lumbard

Son of Henry Lumbard, Antwerp, husband of Alice Leonard Lumbard, Bristol

Corporal, 12th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 27

Service number 14343

Date of Death 29/07/1916

Listed on the Thiepval Memorial

Ernest Frederick Maggs

Son of John & Louisa Maggs, 34 Davies St, Avonmouth

Private, 2/6 Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Age 18

Service number 26887

Date of Death 13/04/1918

Listed on the Ploegsteert Memorial

 

Walter Edgar May

Son of Albert S & Elizabeth May, 5 Crown Terrace, Westtown, Shirehampton

Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

Age 20

Service number 3/8503

Date of Death 01/07/1916 (Battle of The Somme

Buried Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille

 

Eli E Mears

Son of A J and Lydia Mears, 43 King St, Avonmouth

Private, ?A? Company, 2/5 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 27

Service number 26504

Date of death 26/03/1918

Buried Grand-Seraucourt British Military Cemetery & on family grave, St Mary's churchyard, Shirehampton,

 

Thomas Henry Mears

Son of A J and Lydia Mears, 43 King St, Avonmouth

Serjeant, 2/4 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 31

Service number 200498

Date of Death 07/04/1917

Buried Chapelle British Military Cemetery & on family grave, St Mary's churchyard, Shirehampton

 

Albert Joseph Noyes

Son of Harry & Elizabeth Noyes, Avonmouth

4th Gloucester Regiment

Age 24

Died 30/08/1918

Listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 867 (see photos)

 

Gwynne Henry Oliver

Son of Gwynne & Julia Oliver, Bristol

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 22

Service number 2478

Date of Death 09/05/1915

Buried Lancashire Cottage Cemetery

 

Cecil Page (born Cecil Davidson)

Step son of Thomas & Caroline Page

Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery

Invalided from the Army suffering from pneumonia

 

Henry W Page

Son of Thomas & Caroline Page

Leading Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Llewellyn (see photos)

Service number 227528

Date of Death 23/10/1916, died of illness

Buried Shotley (St Mary) Churchyard

 

Edward Milford Parsons

lSon of Mr & Mrs J Parsons, Avonmouth, husband of Catherine C Parsons, Severn House, The Docks, Avonmouth

Serjeant, 1/6 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 26

Service number 2766

Date of Death 15/04/1915

Buried Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension

 

Henry Cecil Payne

Private, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

Service number 203715

Date of Death 30/11/1917

Buried Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery

 

Alfred Pearce

Private, 2/7 Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Service number 32879

Date of Death 23/03/1918, killed in action

Listed on the Pozieres Memorial

 

James Piper

Son of Frank William & Elizabeth Piper, Bristol

Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 19

Service number 201637

Date of Death 22/08/1916

Buried Serre Road Cemetery No2

 

Alfred Poston

Private, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 11346

Date of Death 03/07/1916

Buried Ovillers Military Cemetery

 

Frederick Sanger

Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Black Prince (see photos)

Service number PO/16563

Date of Death 31/05/1916

Listed on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

 

William Thomas Sanger

Son of Mr C T Sanger, 5 Farr St, Avonmouth

Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Plymouth Division

Age 22

Service number PLY/16234

Date of Death 30/10/1918

Buried Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery

 

Alfred Ernest Saunders

Private, 2/4 battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, formally Army Service Corps

Service number 28527

Date of Death 26/10/1917

Listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial

 

Albert George Sims

Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers

Service number 6355

Date of death 07/07/1916

Listed on the Thiepval Memorial

 

Harry Sims

Son of Charles & Polly Sims, husband of Lily Maud Sims of ?Glencairn?, Penpole View, Avonmouth

Able Seaman, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Macedonia (see photos)

Age 23

Service number Bristol/Z/1330

Date of Death 02/12/1917

Buried Gamboa British Cemetery

 

Gilbert Tom Tanner

Son of John & Mary Tanner, husband of Beatrice Emily Tanner, 32 Cook St, Avonmouth

Private, 1/5 Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment

Age 31

Service number 36442

Date of Death 03/12/1917

Buried Ramleh War Cemetery

Extract from the 5th Battalion War Diary:

3 Dec 1917 Front Line Coy shelled in morning. Casualties 2 O'Ranks Killed 7 O'Ranks Wounded. Consolidation proceeded with. [Comment; Private 46087 Rudolph Hauer of Austria ? yes, Austria, near Germany! ? died from his wounds, Lance Sergeant 200401 John Boon of Kempston and Private 36442 Gilbert Tanner of Shirehampton killed]

 

Edward Thomas

Son of John & Caroline Amelia Mary Thomas, 20 Portview Rd, Avonmouth

Sailor, Mercantile Marine, SS Feltria (London) (see photos)

Age 21

Date of Death 05/05/1917

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

 

Reginald Williams

Son of William Frederick Williams, husband of Elizabeth Anne Williams, 12 Bradley Crescent Shirehampton

Greaser, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto) (see photos)

Date of Death 13/08/1915

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial

 

William Arthur George Williams

Son of Mary Ellen Williams, 6 Glass St, Westtown, Shirehampton

Private, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 29

Service number 203270

Date of Death 01/09/1918

Buried Karasouli Military Cemetery

Shirehampton Cemetery Details

The following names are either interred in the cemetery or are listed on family plots:

Walter Greenhouse Bowen

Sergeant, No3 Training Depot Station, Royal Air Force

Service number 137132

Age 18

Date of death 18/11/1918

Grave/Memorial, P. 1064 (see photos)

Joseph Britton

Private, Worcestershire Regiment

Service number 5181475

Date of death 30/09/1945

Grave/Memorial. Plot Yellow. Grave 397 (see photos)

Francis George Brown

Sargeant (Air Gunner), 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 1320388

Age 21

Date of death 20/12/1942

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 1691 (see photos)

Leonard Herbert Bugler

2nd Lieutenant, 'C' Company, 2/5 Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Date of death 02/04/1918, died of wounds in London

Grave/Memorial. P. 895 (see photos)

Leonard Hallett Buller

(This is as the name is listed in Shirehampton Cemetery details, evidence shows this is an error and should read as Leonard Herbert Bugler)

Listed on Set 823, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Leonard James Bunn

Sapper, 572 Field Company, Royal Engineers

Service number 2113518

Age 28

Date of death 21/08/1940

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 1695 (see photos)

Peter Brian Burley

Son of Joseph Arthur and Jeanette Burley, of 132 Cumberland Road. Injured 14 March 1942, at Ashton Avenue; died at Bristol Royal Infirmary

Messenger, N.F.S. (National Fire Service)

Age 14

Date of death 28/03/1942

Listed on the National Fire Service/Auxillary Fire Service Memorial and on the family headstone, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Wilfred (Willie) Evans Burton

Grandson of Enoch & Fanny Matthews of 5 Pembroke Rd, Shirehampton (see photos)

Gunner, 2nd Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery

Service number 41309

Date of death 31/12/1917

Drowned when the transport Osmanish was mined in The Mediterranean

Listed on The Chatby Memorial and on family plot, Set 206. Shirehampton Cemetery

William Joseph Byrne

Guardsman, Welsh Guards

Service number 2737740

Date of death 01/09/1946

Grave/Memorial. R.C. Plot. Grave 995 (see photos)

Florence Minnie Clarke

Leading Wren, Women?s Royal Naval Service, HMS Heron

Service number 23182

Date of death 25/11/1947, died of illness

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 325 (see photos)

Frances Elsie May Clinker

Leading Aircraftswoman, Women?s Auxiliary Air Force

Service number 2065275

Date of death 04/03/1945

Grave/Memorial. Plot A. Grave 290 (see photos)

Arthur George Cornford

Private, 106th Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Service number 030827

Date of death 24/01/1918

Grave/Memorial. Grave 1060 (see photos)

Frederick George Davis

Gunner, D Bty, 242 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 133198

Age 27

Killed in action, Ypres, 14/5/1918

Son of Frederick & Sarah Davis, Clifton, Bristol,

Husband of Ivy Blanche Davis, 121 Cromwell Rd,

St Andrews, Bristol. Chorister Bristol Cathedral &

Clifton Madrigal Society

Buried La Clytte, Military Cemetery

& listed on family plot 872, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Douglas Alban St John Evans B.Sc

Son of Evan & Edith Mary Evans, husband of Cecillia Evans of Shirehampton

2nd Lieutenant, 246 Welsh Field Company,Royal Engineers

Service number 77822

Age 23

Killed during the defence of Dunkirk, 31/05/1940

Inteered, Veurne Communal Cemetery Extension, Belgium

Llewelyn Evans

Son of William H. and Helen Evans of Glan-yrafon Pentreffynon Skewen Neath Glam.

Pioneer, 38th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers

Service number 62948

Age 20

Killed in action 26/03/1918

Interred Merville Communal Cemetery Extension & listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 471 (see photos)

William George Godwin

Petty Officer Stoker RN, HMS Berwick

Service number P/KX 79331

Age 37

Date of death 25/11/1946

Son of Albert & Mabel Godwin of Bristol

Husband of Mabel Godwin of Ashton Gate, Bristol

Buried Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

& listed on family plot 872, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

 

William Henry Harrington

Fireman, Mercantile Marine, SS Ribston (London)

Age 30

Son of William & the late Clara Harrington, 7 Irene Terrace,

Pill. (Born in Shirehampton).

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial &

listed on family plot 790, Shirehampton Cemetery

Robert Horton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS Triad

Service number D/KX84927

Age 24

Date of death 20/10/1940

Son of Samuel Arthur & Mary Elizabeth Horton.

Lost at sea following the destruction of HM Submarine Triad by the Italian submarine Enrico Toti, whilst patrolling the Libya cost, en route to Alexandria. Initially The Admiralty thought that Italian aircraft had sunk The Triad, but it later found that it had been sunk on 15/10/1940 by Italian submarine.

Listed on The Plymouth Memorial and on Set 461, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Thomas Norman Hunt

Private, D Squadron, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars

Service number 1991

Date of death 28/8/1915

Son of Ellen Caroline & the late Thomas Hunt, 4 Manilla Rd,

Clifton, husband of Henrietta Hunt

Buried Green Hill Cemetery, listed on family plot 120

Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Arthur Jackson

Son of Sarah Jackson, 28 Victotia Buildings, St Georges Road, Bristol

Private , Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS Cornwell

Service number PLY/11672

Age 30

Date of death 18/03/1915 - Died in the UK

Grave/Memorial. Grave 1000 (see photos)

 

Robert William Jackson

Son of Benjamin & Sarah Jackson, Essex

Private, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellingotn's (West Riding Regiment)

Service number 25730

Killed in action 26/08/1918

Listed on Vis-en-Artois Memorial & family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 521 (see photos)

Cyril Benjamin Kenworthy (Ken)

Squadron Leader, 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force,

Born 1909

Died 1974, age 65

Shirehampton Cemetery Set 738

 

John Henry Langdon MC

Son of George Binks & Mary Ann Langdon, London

Lieutenant , 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment & 195 Sqn RAF

Awards Military Cross

Age 26

Killed in a flying accident (Avro 504a), Egypt, 05/06/1918

Interred Ismaila War Cemetery & listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 805 (see photos)

Albert Edward Large

Son of John Large, Swindon

Private, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Cyclops II, (Shore Battery, Scapa Flow)

Age 29

Died of illness 09/11/1918

Husband of Henrietta

Listed on family plot 403, Shirehampton Cemetery

Donald Cameron Lennie OBE

Husband of Winifred Lennie (nee Bullock) of Avonmouth

Captain, Merchant Navy, MV Santa Clara Valley

Awarded the OBE following his actions to save his ship, crew and cargo, 23 April 1941

Bay of Nauplia, Crete

Age 56

Date of Death 16/08/1945. Died at sea, buried Gibraltar

Listed on Family Plot 912 Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Donald Cameron Lennie

Son of Donald Cameron Lennie MN & Winfred Lennie

Cadet, Merchant Navy

Age 17

Date of Death 31/12/1943 (Fatally injured following an accident, Buried at sea)

Reports seem to indicate that due to the intense heat Cadet Lennie, along with another cadet, were sleeping on deck while the ship was being loaded in an Indian port, either Bombay or Calcutta. Loading had concluded for the day as blackout conditions prevailed. During the night both cadets either fell or rolled into the open cargo hold, the covers being left open to speed up loading the next day. Cadet Lennie was killed in the fall, the other individual was severly injured, but survived..

Listed on Family Plot 912 Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Joseph Isaac Limbrick

Son of William & Lillie Limbrick, 19 Bean Acre, Shirehampton

Trimmer, Royal Naval Reserve

Service number 4670TS

Age 23

Date of Death 10/03/1916, died from illness

Died from illness whilst on board Depot Ship, HMS Dreel Castle

Buried in Longfleet (St Mary) Churchyard

Listed on Family Set 686, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Gilbert Ewart Ellis Long

Son of Gilbert Charles & Marjorie Long of Shirehampton

Pilot Officer, 5 OTU (Operational Training Unit), Royal Air Force

Age 22

Killed in air crash (Training) 01/06/1945

Buried British Columbia, Canada, listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

George Douglas Marks

Private, 53 Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

Service number TR/8/27860

Date of death 06/05/1918

Grave/Memorial. P. 542. (see photos)

 

Henry Matthews

Private, 222 Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Service number 118833

Age 26

Date of death 19/06/1920

Grave/Memorial. R. 1216 (see photos)

 

Henry William Morgan

Marine, 1 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Marines

Service number PLY/X100600

Age 29

Date of death 25/04/1945

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 407. (see photos)

Joseph Hamlet Morrison

Son of George Gillespie & Mary Jnae Morrison , husband of Isabel Lindsey Morrison of Shirehampton

Sapper, Royal Engineers

Service number 13071006

Age 37

Date of death 19/12/1947

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 404. (see photos)

Robert Francis Newton

Son of Marcellios Henry & Emily Katherine Newton

2nd Lieutenant, 52 Squadron, Royal Air Force (see photos)

Killed in action, France, 03/04/1918 Flying RE8 aircraft, A3868

Listed on the Arras Flying Services Memorial & family plot Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 798 (see photos)

Walter Richard Parfitt (also known as Mapston)

Son of Walter George & Elizabeth Alice Parfitt (formally Mapston ) of 103 Bradley Crescent, Shirehampton. Husband of Mrs A B Mapston, 23 Stonyhurst Street, St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Private (motor driver), Auckland Regiment N.Z.E.F.

Service number 36993

Age 37

Date of death 21/02/1919. Died of pneumonia

Grave/Memorial. P. 1239. (see photos)

Alfred Pearce

Husband of Lily Pearce, Avonmouth

Private, 2/7 Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Service number 37879

Date of death 23/03/1918, Killed in action, France,

Listed, Set 935, Shirehampton Cemetery

Roy Walter Pearce

Writer Probationer, Royal Navy, HMS Drake II

Service number D/MX81129

Age 26

Date of death 14/09/1947

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 1718. (see photos)

Edwin George Arthur Phillips

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Enchantress

Service number P/SSX26290

Age 21

Date of death 19/01/1941

Grave/Memorial. Grave 1466 (see photos)

Charles Pickering

Private, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (The Sharpshooters)

Service number 1129

Date of death 13/04/1915

Grave/Memorial. Yellow 1000 (see photos)

John (Jack) Robinson

Private, 10th Battalion Devonshire Regiment

Service number 13744

Killed in action 10/2/1917 (Solonica)

Listed on Doiran Memorial (Greece)

& listed on family plot 804, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Edward Bruce Salmon

Son of Worthy & Alice Salmon

Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Age 24

Service number 37334

Killed in action 28/03/1918

Listed on Arras Memorial & family plot Set 497, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Arthur Edward Shaddick

Son of Samuel & Margaret Shaddick, The Lodge, Little Snyed, Stoke Bishop

Private, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 26235

Age 21

Killed in France,01/09/1916

Buried at Caterpiller Valley Cemetery, Longueval & listed on the family plot Shirenampton Cemetery, Set 277 (see photos)

Sydney George Smith

Sapper, Royal Engineers

Service number 1883267

Date of death 28/09/1946

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 77 (see photos)

 

William F J Sutton

Husband of Violet Sutton, Southville, Bristol

Driver, 'C' Battery, 155 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 826192

Killed in action (Ypres) 15/09/1917

Buried Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, listed on Family plot Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Alfred Edwin Theobald

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Marne

Service number P/JX27539

Date of death 25/10/1945

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 267 (see photos)

Eileen Mary Thompson

Aircraftswoman 2nd Class, Women?s Auxiliary Air Force

Service number 472374

Age 23

Date of death 02/08/1945

Grave/Memorial. Plot B. Grave 332 (see photos)

Terence William Walsh

Private, 6th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Service number 14203416

Age 21

Date of death 21/10/1944

Son of Patrick & Elizabeth Walsh of Shirehampton.

Killed at Coriano Ridge, Rimini, Italy during the heaviest fighting since Casino.

Buried Coriano Ridge War Cemetery

Listed on Grave/Memorial. Set 280. Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Henry David Webb

Son of William E & Louisa Webb, 12 Pembroke Road, Shirehampton (1911), (5 Park Row, Shirehampton, 1901 Census). Occupation, Newspaper Errand Boy.

Private, !st/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 5177

Age 21

Date of Death 22/08/1916 (Killed in the Somme offensive)

Listed on the Theipval Memorial Pier & Face 5A & 5B and on the family grave, Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)

Walter Whitehead

Private, 2/4 Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 37366

Age 20

Date of death 14/12/1917

Grave/Memorial. P. 151. (see photos)

Listing Those in St Mary's Churchyard

St Mary?s Churchyard

Within St Mary?s churchyard can be found two family graves, the headstones of which commemorate relatives lost in The First World War whilst serving overseas.

On the Collins family cross can be found the name of 2nd Lieutenant Frank Basil Collins of The 1st South Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was killed in action 22/08/1917. The son of George & Mary Collins, he was 24 years old and is buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium. The South Midland Artillery, as part of the 48th Division, had, between 16-18 August 1917, covered the attack at Langemarck, north east of Ypres. One record notes that: ?An overwhelming concentration of artillery such as had never before been approached, not even excepting The Somme?. The gunners were also in support of British tanks on 19-22 August whilst they cleared out strong points.

Mr & Mrs A J and L Mears (of 43 King St, Avonmouth) would lose two sons, the details of which appear at the base of another cross in the churchyard, accompanied by loving words. On one side the name of 31 year old Thomas Henry Mears, killed in action 7/04/1917, is followed by:

And Now He Is Sleeping His Last Long Sleep And His Grave I May Never See.

But Some Gentle Hand In The Distant Land May Scatter Some Flowers For Me.

Sergeant Mears (200498) of the 2/4th Gloucestershire Regiment is buried in Chappelle British Cemetery at Holnon, France. He was killed shortly after his battalion took over trenches west of Fresnoy on 6/04/1917. The Gloucesters that same evening attacked the village and consolidated its gains throughout the night. The Battalion War Diary for 7th April 1917 records snow and a very cold, but ?quiet? day. Casualties: one killed, one missing (see photos)

Tom?s younger brother, Private Eli Ernest Mears (265704), was 27, his family recalls:

When Last We Saw His Smiling Face

He Looked So Strong And Brave.

Little We Thought How Soon He?d Be Laid

In A Hero?s Grave.

Buried at Grande-Seraucourt British Cemetery, south-west of St. Quentin, on the east side of the River Somme, he had served with ?A? Company 2/5th Gloucestershire Regiment and died of wounds received on 26/03/1918. From The 2/5th Gloucestershire Regiment histories we read how the period from 21st March 1918 ? ?was the most critical the Glosters ever went through.? It is noted that the night of 22nd March which- ?will abide for ever in the minds of those who were privileged to live through it.? The 2/5th at the time in question had played an important role in holding up three German divisions. This contributed to the successful crossing of the Somme (river) by the 5th Army (see photos)

 HMT (SS) Royal Edward 13 August 1915

A brass plaque with 35 names on it was erected at the Mission to Seamen Chapel, 124 Portview Road, Avonmouth by the members of the Royal Edward Athletic & Social Club, which reads:

'IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN COMRADES

(of the Catering Dept)

WHO WERE DROWNED 13 AUGUST 1915

IN HIS MAJESTY'S TRANSPORT s.s. ''ROYAL EDWARD''

THEY DIED FOR KING & COUNTRY

In 1982 the Missions to seamen became part of the Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre, and moved to Gloucester Road, Avonmouth, The Royal Edward Memorial Plaque was moved again and can now be seen at the Port of Bristol Seafarers Centre at Portbury. I have in addition included other members of the Catering dept who were lost on board the SS Royal Edward at the time of her sinking.

Troops boarded the ROYAL EDWARD on 28th July 1915 at Avonmouth. At the time this port was used by liners which were too large to get any further up the River Avon to Bristol. Soldiers of a number of Regiments were due to sail in her to join troops at Gallipoli,Turkey.

The ROYAL EDWARD (Cdr.P.M.Watton R.N.R.) was reported off the Lizard on 29th July. On the same day her sister ship the ROYAL GEORGE sailed with troops from Devenport for Gallipoli. Records show that the ROYAL GEORGE called at malta on 5th August and arrived at Alexandria,Egypt on the 9th. The ROYAL EDWARD would have followed a day behind. The ROYAL GEORGE sailed from Mudras harbour, Lemnos on 11th arriving safely on 13th. The ROYAL EDWARD sailed from Alexandria on 12th August for Mudras. Apart from her crew of 220 she had on board 31 officers and 1335 men.
On the same day the recently arrived German submarine UB14 sailed from Bodrum for the known steamer route between Alexandria and the Dardanelles. She was under the command of Lt.Commander Heino von Heimburg with a crew of 14. This small submarine of 127 tons was just over 90 feet long and less than ten feet wide. The UB14 had been completed at Bremen Dockyard earlier that year. She had then been transported in sections overland by train to Pola in Austria where she had been reassembled in June to operate against British and Allied shipping in the Mediterranean. On 6 July she torpedoed and sank the Italian Armoured Cruiser Amalfi while operating under the Austrian flag off Venice. The UB14 sailed for the Dardanelles on 16th July. This was at a time when the range of submarines was very limited, unlike today. To reach Bodrum she had to be towed a considerable part of the distance by an Austrian destroyer. Even so her engine broke down off Crete and her compass became defective. Despite these problems she arrived safely at Bodrum on 24th July. On arrival she recharged the batteries of the UC14 which had arraived four days earlier with engine problems. A maintenance team then had to travel from Constatinople to carry out necessary repairs to both submarines. At the time this journey was not easy being made partly by train and partly by camel.
After leaving Bodrum the UB14's first sighting was a fully lit hospital ship seen that evening which was not attacked. On 13th August 1915 she first sighted the P & O Liner Soudan in service as a hospital ship
She then sighted the ROYAL EDWARD sailing unescorted for Madras. The UB14 fired one torpedo from under a mile away which hit her stern. The ROYAL EDWARD sank quickly. The after deck was awash in three minutes and the ship had sunk with her bows in the air in six minutes.
Official reports at that time stated 132 men were lost, including her captain and that has been repeated in many publications up to the 1980's In fact the loss of life was far greater. The Dictionary of Disasters at Sea 1824-62 published by Lloyds Registerof Shipping states that"of the 1,586 on board less than 500 were rescued". Just before the attack the troops had carried out boat drill so when the torpedo struck many were below decks stowing their gear.
Those saved were picked up by the Soudan, two French destroyers and some trawlers which were near enough to the scene to help with the rescue operations.
The UB14 did not harass the rescue ships. Her compass had become defective again so she returned immediately to Bodrum for repairs, where she arrived on the morning of the 15th August.

Details of Those Listed on the Memorial Plaque & Other members of the Catering Dept

Frederick Albert Victor Avery

Son of John & Amerlia Avery, 11 Aubrey Road, Bristol

Assistant Cook, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 27

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Ernest Arthur Matthew Bannister

Son of Ernest & the late Ellen Bannister (nee McClean, 26 May Road, Elm Grove, Brighton. Born in Brighton, west Sussex

Assistant Engineer's Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 16

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Francesco William Barral

Son of the late Francesco & Charlotte Barral, Barking Road, East Ham. Born in London

First Bed Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 44

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Benjamin John Brooks

Son of James & Mary Brooks, 288 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol. Born in Bristol

Assistant Storekeeper, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 22

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Albert Arthur Burchett

Son of the late Charles & Rebecca Burchett, husband of Margaret Burchett (nee Rowe), 10 Rudthorpe Road, Bristol. Born at Fisherton, Salisbury

Baker & Confectioner, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 51

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Tom Warland Cooper

Son of the late Elisha & Matilda Cooper, husband of Alice May Cooper, 2 Palmerston Road, Redland, Bristol. Born in Southampton

Chief Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 36

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Harry William Downing

Husband of Edith Emily Downing (nee Blakelay), of 5 Ralph Road, Ashley Down, Bristol. Born in Essex

Pantryman, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 38

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Tom Duckham

Son of the late Thomas & Mary Duckham, (nee Martell), Witheybed House, Quakers Friars, Bristol. Born at Worcester

Scullion, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 33

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Leonard Duffner

Son of Robert & Alice Duffner, 6 Franly Terrace, Snow Hill, Bath. Born in Bristol

Assistant Steward,Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 19

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Alfred James Echevarri

Son of the late Juan Barlow Wood & Frances Echevarri, husband of Sarah Echevarri (nee Turpin), 102 Coventry Road, Ilford, essex. Born at Stone, Staffordshire

Saloon Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

John Edwards

Son of John Edwards, 22 Sydney Street, Liverpool

Steward, Mercantile Marine, Henry R James (Bristol)

Age 36

Date of death 16/07/1917

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre. John survived the sinking of the SS Royal Edward (Toronto), only to lose his life later in the war.

Clarence Fogwell

Son the late Roger Fogwell & Caroline Walker (formerly Fogwell nee Dove), 101 Barlow St., Rodney Rd., Walworth, London. Born in London.

Troop Cook, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 22

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

 

A Golding

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Walter Henry Hobbs

Son of Henry & Emily Hobbs, Chapel Road, Warmley, Gloucestershire. Bon in Alveston

Scullion, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 23

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Eric Thomas Jones

Son of the late Francis Henry & Alice Jane Palastanga (formally Jones (nee Carswell)), 53 Vassall Road, Brixtol, London. Born in London

Engineer's Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 20

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Ivor Bertie Jones

Son of the late Levi and Maria Jones; husband of Mabel Gillian Jones, 595 Stapelton Rd, Eastville, Bristol. Born at Bedminster, Bristol.

Assistant Baker, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 35

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial

George Henry Llewellyn

Son of the late Albert Hookway Llewellyn & Amelia Johanna Clark (formally Llewellyn), 15 Grove Road, Fishponds, Bristol. Born in Fishponds

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 25

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Albert James Loring

Son of Albert & Lydia Ann Loring, 29 Jasper Street, Clussels Beamish, Bristol. Born in Bedminster

Assistant Butcher, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 20

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Thomas McLeod

Son of the late Alexander and Margaret McLeod (late Swords, formerly McGuire); husband of Margaret Jane McLeod (nee Hambley), 21 Cross St., Holyhead, Anglesea. Born in Everton, Liverpool

Canteen and Trooper Deck Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 44

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

George Monks

Son of the late George & Mary Monks. Born in Bristol

Scullion, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 20

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Sidney Henry Newport

Son of William Henry & the late Sarah Newport, Born in Bristol

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 32

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Reginald Parsons

Son of the late John & Annie Parsons, 24 Gorleston Street, Kensington, West London. Born in London

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 24

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Sidney Higgins Peters

Son of Sidney Joseph Higgens & Mary Elizabeth Peters, 18 Blenheim Street, Stapleton Road, Bristol. Born in Bristol

Assistant Butcher, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 22

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

James Quayle

Son of James & Margaret Quayle (Nee Walsley), of Garden Suburbs, Shirehampton. Born in Liverpool

Captain's Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 21

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Mobray Royton (may have also used the surname Wilson)

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

William Paterson Saunders

Son of John & the late Margaret Saunders, husband of Mary Louisa Saunders (nee George), 23 Dacre Hill, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, Cheshire. Born in Liverpool

Canteen & Trooper Deck Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 43

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Henry John Shergold

Son of Edward Shergold; husband of Catherine Ethel May Hatherley Shergold (formerly Sivcock, nee Hurdle), 16 Ellicott Rd., Horfield, Bristol. Born at Fisherton, Salisbury.

2nd Saloon Chef, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 41

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial

Thomas Moore Shillinglaw

Son of the late Charles Francis & Jane Shillinglaw, husband of Jemima Shillinglaw (nee Wilson), Albert Villa, Nore Road, Portishead, Somerset. Born at Birkenhead

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 47

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Frederick William Simmons

Son of George & Florence Emily Simmons, 320 St Phillip Street, St Henri, Montreal. Born in Bedminster

Assistant Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 19

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Alexander William Skimming

Son of Alexander William & Margaret Skimming, hudband of Julia May Skimming (nee Jones, 16 Brunswick Street, City road, Bristol. Born at Helenburgh

Saloon Steward (2nd), Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 40

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Francis Sewell Stebbing

Son of the late Francis & Edith Stebbing. Born in Ipswich

Pantryman 2nd Class, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 29

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Percival Harold Stedeford

Son of William & the late Clara Annie Stedeford, 141 Bloomfield Road, Brislington, Bristol.

Scullion, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 28

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Alexander Symon

Son of James Paterson & Janet Symon, husband of Emilie Symon (nee Parker), 24 Ellicott Road, Horfield, Bristol. Born in London

2nd Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 40

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

James Thomas

Husband of Elizabeth Thomas (nee Borrows), 4 County Cottages, County Street, Totterdown, Bristol. Born in Liverpool

Ships Cook, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 53

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

James Nevil Usher (served using the surname Edwardes)

Son of the late Charles Frederick and Dulcibella Usher; husband of Marion Usher, 50 St. Julian's Farm Rd., West Norwood, London. Born in London.

Assistant Steward 1st Class, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 49

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial

William Jonathan Williams

Son of William and the late Mary Williams; husband of Annie Mary Williams (nee Ryan), 27, Cowper St., Bootle, Lancs. Born at Monmouth.

Chef, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 50

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial

George Albert Wines

Son of Emma Hemmings (formally Wines), 39 Clifton Road, Canning Town , London. Born at Leytonstone, London

Officer's Steward 1st Class, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 16

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Arthur James Winter

Son of Mary Annie and the late George Winter; husband of Mary Ann Winter (formerly Floyd, nee Young), 48 Greenway Bush Lane, Ashton Gate, Bristol. Born at Kennington, London.

Second Storekeeper, Mercantile Marine, SS Royal Edward (Toronto)

Age 46

Date of death 13/08/1915

Tower Hill Memorial & Avonmouth International Seafarers Centre

Military Cross Awards

Stanley Frederick Hill

Extracts from The London Gazette:

4th Battalion Glouc R, attached 1/5th Battalion T.F.. Killed 4th November 1918

Military Cross MC (London Gazette 26th May 1917)

?For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a raid on enemy trenches. He led his men with great dash during the fighting in the enemy front line, himself killing one of the enemy and capturing two prisoners. Later, he organised and led a bombing attack. He was wounded.?

Bar to MC (London Gazette 3rd October 1919)

?For conspicuous gallantry in leading his company in attacks on Beaurevoir and Maretz 9th/10th October 1918. The success of the operation at the first place was largely due to the efficient mopping up in the cellars, which he personally led in the most gallant manner. Throughout the operations he constantly showed courage and ability of a very high order?

John Henry Langdon (London Gazette 11th December 1916)

Extracts from The London Gazette:

Temp 2nd Lt John Henry Langdon, 2nd Battalion Glouc R and Mach Gun C.

'For conspicuous bravery and ability during an attack. Though wounded in the arm he stayed with his guns, bringing one of them up unsupported by infantry, thereby breaking up a counter-attack. He remained with his guns until again wounded'

Lt J H Langdon was killed in Egypt, in a flying accident with 195 (Training) Squadron, RAF, 5 June 1918

Fernley Douglas Webber (London Gazette 9th March 1943)

2nd Lt, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Indian Army, Burma, service number 201670

Awarded the Military Cross for actions in Burma, 1942

Son of Herbert & Minnie Webber, born in Shirehampton, 12 March 1918, he survived the war to become a diplomat. British High Commissioner of Brunei between 1965-67, he died in Sudbury, Suffolk, May 1991

Other awards:

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM)

Territorial Decoration (TD)

 

Lieutenant Richard Godfrey Lomer (London Gazette 1st March 1945)

Born in 1922 to Godfrey & Mavis Lomer, he is showing as being in the Shirehampton area at the time of his award. He died in Mendip in 1997

Lieutenant, Coldstream Guards ? Awarded the Military Cross 27th February 1945 & was mentioned in recognition of gallantries and distinguished service in North West Europe 20th March 1945.

Promoted to Captain 31st March 1950, he retired from the army 23rd August 1955 and lived to the London area. (London gazette 1978)

Extract from Regimental Diary

32nd Guards Brigade, Guards Armoured Division, 8 Corps
207663 Lieutenant Richard Godfrey LOMER, 5th Battalion COLDSTREAM GUARDS

On 3rd August, 1944, this Officer was acting as Second-in-Command to his C company, North of LE BUSQ.

Throughout the day he displayed the highest qualities of leadership and endurance, carrying forward Piat bombs to a forward platoon under heavy mortar fire which a little later it became necessary to extricate.

This Officer then volunteered to go up again to organize the withdrawal, which he did with great coolness and efficiency. The last section to be got out suffered heavy casualties from German mortar fire.

Lieutenant LOMER, who was bringing up the rear, was painfully wounded by the same agency while going to the aid of the wounded men. Despite this, and though barely able to walk, he carried two men a distance of some forty yards each to comparative safety. He then returned to the remaining wounded men and refused to leave them until all had been evacuated or died.

While waiting with the last man he crawled to a ditch with a Sten gun with a view to dealing with an anticipated German counter-attack.

Throughout the whole operation this officer set a magnificent example of cheerfulness and efficiency, and I strongly recommend him for the award of the Military Cross.

Signed Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards

Field
7 August 44.

Flight Lieutenant Peter Beresford Wright DFC

Service History

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and trained as a pilot, selected to fly fighters in both 610 (County of Chester) & 616 (South Yorkshire) squadrons, flying Spitfires.

Stationed with 610 Sqn at:

RAF Leaconfield (Yorkshire)

RAF Hutton Clayton (Yorkshire)

RAF Westhampnett (Devon)

RAF Perrenporth (Cornwall)

RAF Bolt Head (Devon)

Stationed with 616 Sqn at:

RAF Ibsley (Hampshire)

Promoted to (Temporary) Flight Sergeant 16th March 1942, commissioned by 22nd January 1943 (Flying Officer).

Extract from The London Gazette:

Air Ministry, 22nd January 1943.

                                                                         ROYAL AIR FORCE                 

The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy:-

Distinguished Flying Cross

Flying Officer Peter Beresford Wright (119180), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 610 Squadron

Flying Officer Wright has always displayed great courage and skill, while his keenness and unflagging devotion to duty have set an admirable example

The Last Flight Of Avro Lancaster R5611

A stained glass window above the northern end of the aisle in St Mary?s Church, Shirehampton remembers Sgt Ernest George Ronald Beacham RAFVR and the rest of the crew of Avro Lancaster R5611, 106 Squadron, RAF. His parents Ernest John & Nellie Beacham, following their sons? death in 1943, presented it to the church.

Sgt Ronald Beacham was born in Bedminster 10.9.1922, he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve & after training he was posted to 106 Squadron (5 Group), RAF Bomber Command at RAF Syerston in Nottinghamshire becoming a member of a Lancaster crew.

On the night of the 13th/14th May 1943 Sgt Beacham was part of the crew for Lancaster B1, R5611, code letters ZN-D, which was detailed as part of a raiding force of 156 Lancaster & 12 Halifax in a further attempt to bomb the Skoda armaments factory in Pilsen (Czechoslovakia). 9 aircraft would be lost on the raid including that of Sgt Beacham, the target would prove difficult to find and mark accurately, nearly all the bombs falling in open country north of the Skoda works.

The crew of ZN-D were familiar with the target, the Pilot, Sgt F J Howell, having flown the same aircraft to Pilsen the previous month. The crew were as follows:

1384397 Sgt F J Howell (Pilot RAF, age 22)

1338277 Sgt E G R Beacham (Air Bomber RAF, age 20)

R/88029 Flt Sgt D S Mitchell (Air Gunner RCAF, age 21)

1244614 Sgt D Grey (Flight Engineer RAF, age 22)

1294785 Sgt R W Littlefair (Wireless Op RAF, age 21)

R/115769 Flt Sgt W H Hill (Navigator RCAF, age 22)

1320264 Sgt L A Dunmore (Air Gunner RAF, age 19)

The aircraft (see photos) took off from RAF Syerston on 13th May 1943 at 2130 and joined the bomber stream crossing the coastline of enemy occupied Holland at approximately 2300hrs. At 2342 a Luftwaffe Bf 110G night fighter (see photos), flown by Hauptmann Herbert Lutje (see photos) of 8 Staffel NJG 1 based at Twente (Germany), intercepted ZN-D, the clash resulted in ZN-D being shot down, one of 6 such victories (3 Lancaster, 3 Halifax) that Hauptmann Lutje would gain on this night, the 3 Lancaster all being shot down within 14 minutes.

ZN-D crashed 5km north of the Dutch town of Oldenzaal, all on board the Lancaster were killed, investigations suggest that one member of the crew attempted to bail out before impact, but the aircraft was too low and he was killed in the attempt; their bodies were buried in the Weerselo Roman Catholic cemetery, Rossum, where they remain today.

Extract from Station Records RAF Syerston 13 May 1943

13.5.43

WEATHER: Cloudy. Strong S/Westerly winds moderating later. Visibility good.

OPERATIONS: Target - PILSEN. Effort - 14 Lancasters from 61 Squadron and 15 Lancasters from 106 Squadron detailed. 12 aircraft from 61 Squadron and 11 from 106 Squadron attacked the primary target. Two aircraft from 61 Squadron and 3 from 106 Squadron returned early. 1 Lancaster from 106 Squadron is missing

WEATHER OVER TARGET: Clear, slight haze at start of attack followed by smoke haze later. Most crews report seeing PFF Navigational aids on the way to the target, at which a fair concentration of Red TI's was seen. Heavy smoke, posibly a smoke screen was reported by some crews, but early arrivals found good visibility and some claim to have seen factory buildings in the light of the TI's. Many burst were observed

GENERAL: A Station Dance was held in the N.A.A.F.I.

Crew details, Lancaster R5611, 106 Squadron, RAF

 

Francis James Howell

Son of Francis A & Caroline Howell, Tufnell Park, London

Sergeant (Pilot), 106 Squadron RAFVR

Service number 1384397

Age 22

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Ernest George Ronald Beacham

Son of Ernest John & Nellie Beacham, Shirehampton, Bristol

Sergeant (Air Bomber) 106 Squadron, RAFVR

Service number 1338277

Age 20

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London.

William (Bill) Hiram Hill

Son of Frederick W & Beatrice Hill of Sascatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 106 Squadron, RCAF

Service number R/115769

Age 22

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Robert William Littlefair

Son of Marshall & Mary E Littlefairof Middlesbourgh, Yorkshire

Sergeant (Wireless Op) 106 Squadron, RAFVR

Service number 1294785

Age 21

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London.

Douglas Seldon Mitchell

Son of Sterling & Bessie Mitchell of Waverley, Halifax Co, Nova Scotia, Canada

Warrent Officer Class II (Air Gunner) 106 Squadron, RCAF

Service number R/88029

Age 21

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery

Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Leslie Allen Dunmore

Son of John Harry & Leah May Dunmore of Sydenham, London

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 106 Squadron, RAFVR

Service number 1320264

Age 19

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Duncan Grey

Son of William & Violet Grey, Blackheath, London

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 106 Squadron, RAFVR

Service number 1244614

Age 22

Killed in action 13/05/1943

Buried Weerselo (Rossum) Roman Catholic Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London

Pilot of Bf110G Night Fighter 8 Staffel NJG 1

Hauptmann Herbert Lutje

Born in Rottorf on 30/01/1918 Herbert Lutje would survive the war and achieve an impressive 54 kills, (51 by night, 3 by day), rising to the rank of Oberstleutant. He carried out 267 missions, 198 of them by night, and was awarded The Iron Cross (1st Class) on 15/2/1943 having achieved 15 kills by the end of 1942, his Knights Cross (Ritter Kruez) followed on 1/6/43 after achieving over 20 kills, which included the 6 bombers on the Pilsen raid, he was a Hauptmann flying as Staffelkapitan 8/NJG 1.

In 1944, following his promotion to Major, he became the Kommodore of NJG6 flying in the Eastern European theatre of operations (Rumania). His most notable day kill was a pair of P38 Lightening which were dispatched within 2 minutes of each other, one by the front guns of the Bf110G, the other by his Air Gunner Ofw Boguml, despite heavy damage caused to his aircraft Major Lutje landed it successfully.

His last known victory was on the night of 16/17th March 1945 when he successfully destroyed a 4-engine bomber during a raid on Nuremberg. Oberstleutant Lutje died in Cologne on 18/1/1967.

As a post script to this story, in 1974 Dutch Airforce (RNLAF) aircraft recovery specialist recovered part of the fuselage & engine parts of Avro Lancaster R5611, ZN-D, from the crash site at Oldenzaal, but the whereabouts of these items is not documented, other than the Dutch reference 1974-08 LMT-16.

The window in St Mary?s Church Shirehampton not only remembers the brave son of a local family but also serves to remember Sgt Beacham?s fellow crew members who died so tragically that night in 1943.

Glossary

RAF - Royal Air Force

RAFVR - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

RCAF - Royal Canadian Air Force

Luftwaffe ? German Air Force

Hauptmann ? Luftwaffe rank equivalent to Flight Lieutenant (RAF)

Major - Luftwaffe rank equivalent to Squadron Leader (RAF)

Oberstleutant - Luftwaffe rank equivalent to Wing Commander (RAF)

Ofw ? Oberfeldwebel

Oberfeldwebel - Luftwaffe rank equivalent to Flight Sergeant (RAF)

NJG ? Luftwaffe Night Fighter arm (Nachtjadg)

Staffel ? Luftwaffe equivalent to squadron

Staffelkapitan ? Flight Leader

RNLAF ? Royal Netherlands?s Air Force

 

 

 

 

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