Shirehampton Book of Remembrance

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

 Fallen Who Have No Local Memorial


Not All the War Dead from Shirehampton have been commemorated on The Park Hill Memorial or the Memorial window at St Mary?s church. There were also casualties from The Blitz


These are commemorated below


World War One


Charles Frederick Armitage

Son of Samuel & Mary Jane Armitage, 36 Hill St, Newport, Monmouthshire. Born in Shirehampton

Private, 1st Battalion, Sth Wales Borderers

Service number 15405

Age 32

Killed in action 09/05/1915

Listed on the Touret Memorial


Thomas Ashworth

Son of Thomas & Emma Ashworth, Bury, Lancashire. Resident in Avonmouth

Private, Tractor Depot (Avonmouth), Army Service Corps

Service number M/285231

Age 32

Died at home 07/06/1918

Buried Bury Cemetery, Redvales 


Frederick Baker

Son of Charles and M. Baker, of Kentish Rd., Freemantle; husband of Mary Baker, of 28, Randolph St., Freemantle, Southampton

Private, Army Service Corps, Remount Depot, Shirehampton

Service number RX4/235864

Age 36

Died 05/11/1916

Buried Southampton Old Cemetery (see photos)


Reginald Colston Boyd

Son of George & Elizabeth Boyd of Eaton Villa

Acting Lance Corporal, 476th Field Company, Royal Engineers

Service number 498368

Died of wounds, Ypres 2/09/1917

Listed on the family plot, Shirehampton Cemetary, Set 1331 (see photos)


Albert Levie Brewer

Son of Levie & E Brewer, husband of Ada Winnie Bentley, of 126 Hut, Shirehampton

Private, 12Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 20198

Age 30

Date of Death 30/08.1918

Buried Bristol Arnos Vale Cemetary 


James Brittle 

Enlisted in Avonmouth, son of James & Sarah Brittle of Small Heath, Birmingham.

Private, Royal Army Service Corps. Former Staff/Sergeant Army Ordinance Corps

Service number MS585

Age 36

Died Aisne (France) 17/09/1914


Alec Edwin Joseph Bromfield 

Son of William and Annie J. Bromfield, of Kingsweston, Shirehampton Bristol

Gunner, 2nd/1st South Midland Bde, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 2173

Age 17

Date of death 26/05/1915

Buried in Henbury (St. Mary) Churchyard Extension

Plot 1284, near South-West corner of Churchyard


Cecil Stewart Brown 

Son of George & Annie Brown, born in Yorkshire, lived in Shirehampton, enlisted in Bristol

Private, 12th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 14622

Age 22

Killed in action The Somme 26/07/1916

Listed on the Thiepval Memorial

John Buck

Born 1865 in Pil, Somersetl. Son of Joseph H & Amelia Buck

Able Seaman Mercantile Marine (see photos)

Age 50

Date of death 16/12/1917

Served on the SS Bristol City, the ship was torpedoed off the SW coast of Ireland with the loss of 30

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


William Burgess

Son of Henry Burgess, Union Lane, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Lived in Shirehampton

Private, 'J' Remount Squadron, Army Service Corps

Service number RX4 066648

Age 25

Died at home 03/02/1916

Buried Bristol (Arnos Vale) Roman Catholic Cemetery


Ernest William Carter

Son of Mr & Mrs E Carter, 24 Kingsweston Avenue, Shirehampton

Private, 8th Bn Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 25532

Age 20

Date of death  28/04/1917

Listed on the Arras Memorial


Thomas Richard Cole

Son of Richard Anthoney & Mary Ann Cole, 7 West Hill Tredegar, Monmouthshire.A former coal miner.he enlisted in Bristol and lived in Shirehampton

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

Service number 16161

Age 19

Killed in action 07/10/1916

Listed on the Thiepval Memorialand the Tredegar Memorial


William Coombe

Private, Army Service Corps, Remount Depot, Shirehampton

Servcie number R/356950

Age 42

Died whilst serving at The Remount Depot, Shirehampton

Buried in Charlton Kings Cemetery, Bristol


Frederick Cousins

Son of John & Ruth Cousins, Luckington , Wiltshire, Resident in Shirehampton

Lance-Corporal, 8th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)

Service number 29078

Age 19

Killed in action 25/05/1918

Awarded the Military Medal (Postumously)

Buried Gommecourt British Cemetery No2, Hebuterne 


Wilfred Cousins

Son of William Henry & Sarah Jane Cousins of Clevedon. Resident in Shirehampton

Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 16000

Killed in action 27/09/1915

Age 24

Listed of Loos Memorial


Lionel Davis

Son of Walter & Clara Rosina Davis. Born in Shirehampton

Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards

Service number 16927

Age 22

Killed in action 09/12/1916

Buried Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France


Ernest Evans

Resident of Shirehampton

Private, 1/8 Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Service number 307855

Killed in action 04/10/1917

Listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial 


James Fisher

Nephew of Mark & Elizabeth Webb, living in Shirehampton

Private, 8 Machine Gun Corps

Service number 136903

Age 19

Date of Death 27?05/1918

Listed on the Soissons Memorial 


Ernest Leonard Ford

Son of Thomas Ford, of 27, Old Coleham, Shrewsbury

Privete, Army Service Corps, Remount Depot, Shirehampton

Service number R/394371

Died of injuries received, atThe Southern Military Hospital, Bristol 23/03/1918

Buried Shrewsbury General Cemetery


Alfred Henry Gentle

GWR Clerk, Avonmouth Station

Private, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusillers

Servcie number G/36628

Age 32

Died on Home Service, 23/10/1917

Buried Chiswick Old Cemetery


George William Gill

Son of George & Mary Gill, born in Stafford, resident of Shirehampton

Private, Northumberland Fusiliers

Service number 32035

Age 30

Killed in Action 16/06/1917

Listed on The Arras Memorial


Arthur John Hammond

GWR Porter, Avonmouth Station

Corporal, 13 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment

Service number 5227

Age 19

Killed in action 26/01/1916

Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium


Benjamin Harris 

Born in Shirehampton to William Wakely & Fanny Harris, lived in Bridgwater husband of Lily Harris, enlisted in Taunton

Private, 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 6002

Age 33

Killed in action The Somme 16/09/1916


James Hill

Son of Samuel Hill, Swindon, Wiltshire. Resident of Avonmouth

Private, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment)

Service number 7745

Age 25

Killed in action 16/09/1914

Listed on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial


David Jones

Resident of Avonmouth. Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Private, 308th Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps (formally Shropshire L I)

Service number 18676

Died at home 15/01/1917

Buried Northwich Cemetery


Arthur Lancaster

Son of Thomas Lancaster 15 Whins Rd, Alloa, husband of Jessie Lancaster, Gorden Cottage, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Born in Shirehampton

Private, 27th Company, Machine Gun Regiment

Service number 18409

Age 32

Killed in action 14/07/1916

Listed of the Thiepval Memorial


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 whilst on board Depot Ship, HMS Dreel Castle (see photos)

Buried in Longfleet (St Mary) Churchyard

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

Albert Samuel Lister

Husband of Laura M Lister, 18 Napier Square, Avonmouth

Petty Officer, Royal Navy, Submarine D.3

Service number J/3573

Age 25

Date of death 15/03/1918

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial


John Crawford McCammont

Son of James & Agnes McCammont

Private, Army Service Corps, MT Depot, (Avonmouth)

Service number DM2/117900


Date of death 03/03/1916

Buried Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol


Edward Milford Parsons

Son of James & Eliza Parsons of Pill, husband of Catherine Cecilia Parsons, Severn House, The Docks, Avonmouth

Serjeant, 1/6th Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 2766

Age 26

Date of death15/04/1915

Killed whilst carrying out fatigue duties

Buried Houplines Communal Military Extension, France


George Henry Taylor Pearse

Son of Henry & Martha Pearse, 44 Twinneli St, Bristol, born in Avonmouth

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

Age 34

Drowned after SS Feltria torpedoed by German U boat, UC-48, 5 May 1917 

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


George Phillips 

Born in Shirehampton, enlisted in Bristol

Lance Serjeant, 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Service number 3/7601

Age 32

Killed in action Flanders 27/11/1915 

Buried Chapelle-D'Armentieres New Miliary Cemetery


Charles William Porter

Husband of Gertrude Porter, 9 Severn Road, Shirehampton

Chief Steward, Mercantile Marine, SS Englishman (Liverpool) (see photos)

Age 51

Date of Death 24/03/1916 (Drowned)

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial


Ralph Barrington Ringrose

Adopted son of Emma & the late Frederick William Loft, 83 Somerville Rd, Bishopston

Gunner, ?C? Battery, 240th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 825650

Age 25

Killed in action, Italy, 4/10/1918

Buried Granezza British Cemetery


John Alexander Sale

Son of William and Catherine Sale, of Brighton.

Serjeant, Army Service Corps, 21st Remount Depot

Service number RX/4065967

Age 29

Date of death 02/11/1915

Formally of Shirehampton Remount Depot

Buried Le Treport Military Cemetery, France


Herbert Sambourne

Son of Joseph and Lucy Sambourne, of Pill, nr. Bristol. Husband of Mrs. Anne. E. Sambourne, of 40, Old Quarry Road, Shirehampton, nr. Bristol

Gunner, "D" Bty. 165th Bde, Royal Field Artillery

Service number 944528

Age 33

Date of death 25/08/1918

Buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque France

Plot 3. Row A. Grave 2


Sydney Smith

Born in Crewkerne (Somerset), Resident in Shirehampton

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

Service number 10087

Killed in action 28/03/1916

Listed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial


Thomas Smith

Privete, Army Service Corps, Remount Depot, Shirehampton

Service number R/258377

Died of pneumonia, 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol 09/02/1918

Buried Holsworthy (St Peter and St Paul) churchyard, Devon


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 






Walter Sykes

Son of Abraham & Ann Sykes, 51 Charles St, Swinton, Rotherham Born in Shirehampton 

Private, York & Lancashire Regiment (Depot)

Service number 14/1232

Age 36

Died at home of wounds received, 09/07/1916

Listed Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery


Howard Millard Terry 

Second Lieutenant, 4th Special Company, Royal Engineers

Killed in action Oppey, Arras, France 23/06/1917

Age 33

Listed on The Arras Memorial






Edward J Thomas

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

Sailor, Mercantile Marine, SS Feltria (see photos)

Age 21

Drowned after SS Feltria torpedoed by German U boat, UC-48, 5 May 1917

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


William Arthur Verrier

Son of Alfred & Hattiet Verrier, born in Clutton, enlisted in Bristol, husband of Grace E Verrier of 18 Bradley Avenue, Shirehampton

Private, 1/6th Gloucester Regiment

Service number 4101

Killed in action Flanders 20/10/1916 


Frederick Victor Young 

Son of the late Mr & Mrs Young, born in Avonmouth

Private, 2/5th Territorial Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 38763

Age 29

Killed in action Italy 15/06/1918

Buried Boscon British Cemetery, Italy



World War Two

John Hunter Allen

Son of Herbert Ernest Allen, 21 Duckmoor Rd, Ashton, Bristol. Grandson of John & Maria Allen, Station Rd, Shirehampton

Pupil of Portway school

Civilian victim of the Bristol Blitz

Age 18

Date of death 24/25/11/1940

Killed along side his father in the family home

Buried Bristol Greenbank Cemetery 


James Henry Malcolm Baker

Son of William & Alice Baker of Weston Super Mare, lived at Rose Cottage, Powder House Lane, Shirehampton

Pupil of Portway school

Lance Corporal, B Squadron, 1 Special Air Service A.C.C (see photos)

Service number 2615455

Age 22

Date of death 07/07/1944

Executed along with 30 comrades following capture during Operation Bulbasket

Buried Rom Communal Cemetary, France 

Operation Bulbasket was an ill-fated operation by 'B' Squadron, 1st Special Air Service, behind German lines in German occupied France, between June and August 1944. The operation to the east of Poitiers in the Vienne department of south west France, was tasked to block the Paris to Bordeaux railway line near Poitiers and to hamper German reinforcements heading towards the Normandy beachheads especially the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich.

During the course of the operation amongst other things, they discovered the whereabouts of a petrol supply train, which was destined for the 2nd SS Panzer Division. The supply train was destroyed by Royal Air Force bombers the same night.

The Special Air Service team had made their base camp near to Verrieres, the location of which was betrayed to the Germans. In the following German attack on their camp, 32 men from the Special Air Service who were in the camp at the time, were captured and later murdered along with one American Air Force pilot who had fallen in with them, after bailing out of his P-51 Mustang. Three other Special Air Service men, who had been wounded in the fight and taken to hospital, were murdered by lethal injections while in their hospital beds.


















Arthur John Beames

Son of John Edward & Florence May Beames of Lawrence Weston

Deckboy, Merchant Navy, MV Ardenvohr (see photos)

Date of death 10/06/1942

Age 15

Only casualty when the MV Ardenvohr was torpedoed by U 68

Listed on Tower Hill Memorial 


Arthur Sidney Beatty 

Son of Harry & Mary Beatty of Bristol; husband of Peggy May Beatty of Downend

Private, A Company, 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment

Dispatch Rider

Service number 5678072

Killed Caen, France, 22 July 1944

Age 29

Buried Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, France

George Monday Binks

Husband of Edith Winifred Binks of Shirehampton

Second Office, Merchant Navy

SS Samala (Liverpool) (see photos)

Age 38

Date of Death 30/09/1940

Listed on Panel 91, Tower Hill Memorial 


Harold Francis Bleksley

Son of Arthur Laurence & Christine Annie Bleksley, Sea Mills

Sergeant (Pilot), RAF, 220 Sqn (see photos)

Age 24

Service number 516366

Killed in aircrash, 11/02/1940, when his Hudson aircraft, N7294, crashed into a hill side

Buried Canford Cemetery, Grave 438


Alfred George Bond

Foster son of Mrs A Barnett of Bath

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Prince of Wales (see photos)

Service number P/J100810

Torpedoed and sunk by Japanese aircraft, 10/12/1941

Age 36

Plymouth Naval Memorial


Joseph Britton

Private, Worcestershire Regiment

Service number 5181475

Date of death 30/09/1945

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery


Roy Albert Brooks 

Son of George & Emily Brooks of Bristol

Sergeant, 44th Royal Tank Regiment

Service number 7892119

Killed in action, Middle East 1/06/1941

Age 23

Listed on the Alamein Memorial, and family plot Shirehampton Cemetary, Set 833


Terrence Bubb

Son of Herbert & Rosina Bubb of Shirehampton; husband of Mable Bubb of Bedminster

Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Navy, HMS Clacton (Bangor Class Minesweeper) (see photos)

Killed 31/12/1943

Age 21

Service number D/JX 309684

Ship lost after hitting a mine east of Corsica, 3 officers and 29 ratings were killed

Plymouth Naval Memorial


Mark Burns

Gloucestershire Regiment

Killed in Motor Cycle accident, Cornwall, 17/02/1941


Raymond Walter Clarke 

Son of Herbert & Florence Clarke

Trooper, 5th Battalion 107th Kings Own Royal Regiment RAC

Service number 5193959

Killed in action 8/08/1944

Age 20

Buried Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, France


Bertram Thomas Coker 

Son of Bertram Thomas & Beatrice Coker; husband of Dorothy Flora Coker of Westbury on Trym

Lance Corporal, 5th Battalion Dorset Regiment (Mortar Platoon)

Service number 5729281

Killed Dover 27 June 1943

Age 24

Buried Bristol (Canford) Cemetery


Arthur E M Davis 

Son of Arthur Garfield & Alice Mary Davis of Avonmouth

Engine Room Artificer, Royal Navy, HMS Dorsetshire (see photos)

Killed, Indian Ocean 5/04/1942

Shipped bombed by Japanese aircraft, a bomb penetrating the ships ammunition magazine

Listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 659


James Fred Day 

Son of Frederick & Ellen Day of Avonmouth

Marine, Royal Marines (HMS Hood) (see photos)

Service number PO/X4017

Killed in action aboard HMS Hood 24/05/1941

Age 19

Listed on The Plymouth Memorial

Douglas Harold Elvidge 

Son of Herbert & Francisca Elvidge of Sea Mills

Ordinary Seaman, Merchant Navy, SS Empire Mica (see photos)

Torpedoed 29/03/1942

Age 17

Tower Hill Memorial


Frederick Ernest Fairman

Son of Ernest Edward & Alice Mary Fairman, lived at Penpole Place, Shirehampton

Lance Corporal, 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards RAC

Service number 6087411

Age 25

Date of death 26/06/1944

Buried St Manvieu War Cemetary,Cheux


Charles James Wharton Gearey

Son of Lt Cdr Charles & Katherine Gearey of Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy, HMS Stag (Naval Land Base, Egypt)

Service number D/KX78906

Date of death 18/04/1941

Buried Ismailia War Cemetary, Egypt


James Leonard Frederick Geater

Son of James Leonard & Mable Ethal Geater of Avonmouth

Steward, Merchant Navy, MV Empire Steel (see photos)

Torpedoed 25/03/1942

Age 18

Tower Hill Memorial


Reginald Allan Gillman

Teacher at Portway School

Son of John & Agnes Emma Gillman of Gloucester

Leading Aircraftsman

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 1205995

Age 30

Died 13/11/1941

Killed while training at No33 Air Navigation School near Hamilton, Canada

Buried Mount Hope (St Paul?s Anglican) Cemetery (Ontario, Canada)


Maurice Arthur Griffin 

Son of Maurice & Nellie Griffin of Sea Mills

Private, 2 Special Air Service, A Squadron (see photos)

Service number 873123

Age 23

Killed 25/11/1944,  Operation Loyton (executed by the Germans at Gaggenhau having been previously captured)

Buried in Durnbach War Cemetery

Operation Loyton was the codename given to an ill-fated Special Air Service (SAS) mission in the Vosges department of France during the Second World War.

The mission, between 12 August and 9 October 1944, had the misfortune to be parachuted into the Vosges Mountains, at a time when the German Army was reinforcing the area, against General George Patton's Third Army. As a result the Germans quickly became aware of their presence and conducted operations to destroy the SAS team.

With their supplies running out and under pressure from the German Army, the SAS were ordered to form smaller groups to return to Allied lines. During the fighting and breakout operations 31 men were captured and later executed by the Germans.

two men in a machine gun armed jeep

SAS Jeep of the type used during Operation Loyton


 Arthur Mervyn Griffiths 

Aircraftsman 2nd Class, RAFVR

Service number 710304

Killed 27/05/1943

Buried Bullanayo (Athlone) Cemetery, Zimbabwe


Albert Ernest Edward Gunning 

Son of Albert & Kurstansia Beatrice Gunning of Avonmouth

Boatswain, Merchant Navy, SS Sulaco (see photos)

Ship torpedoed 19/10/1940 by U 124, 360 miles SW of Rockall. 62 crew and 2 gunners lost,only 1 survivor,

Age 24

Tower Hill Memorial


George ?Scratch? Albert Hayfield 

Son of Henry & Alice Hayfield of Shirehampton

Cabin Boy, Merchant Navy, SS Empire Oil (see photos)

Killed North Atlantic 14/09/1942

Age 19

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


Frederick Ronald Hayward

Son of John W & Kathleen Nellie Hayward of Shirehampton

Cabin Boy, Merchant Navy, SS Empire Mica (see photos)

Torpedoed 29/06/1942

Age 17

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


Stanley Francis Hill 

Son of Samuel & Maud M Hill of Shirehampton

Trooper, 44th Reconnaissance Regiment

Killed in Italy, 8/09/1944

Service number 5193512

Age 22

Interred Corino Ridge War Cemetery, listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 450


George Hines

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy, SS Tremoda (London) (see photos)

Lost at sea, 27/08/1941

Age 55

Listed on Panel 110, Tower Hill Memorial


Kenneth Stanley Hodges 

Son of Aaron & Alice Hodges of Westbury on Trym

Staff Sergeant, 1st Glider Pilot Regiment (see photos)

Died during the preparations for Operation Varsity, 11/03/1945

Buried Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany


Alfred William Holcombe

Son of George & Lily Holcombe of Shirehampton

Mess Room Boy, Merchant Navy, Tanker Cadillac (see photos)

Lost at sea 1/03/1941

Age 17

Tower Hill Memorial


William Sidney Holmes 

Husband of Alice Holmes of Shirehampton

Boatswain, Merchant Navy, Tanker Empire Oil (see photos)

Killed North Atlantic 14/07/1941

Age 60

Tower Hill Memorial


E G Howard 

Son of Mrs E Howard, died at sea. He was on board when the  MV Georgic was bombed at Port Tewfik in the Gulf of Suez, 14/07/1941, great grandchild of James & Mercy Howard of 44 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth

The MV Georgic was struck by  2 bombs whilst at anchor in the Gulf of Suez. A cargo of navak ammunnition caught fire and most casualties were killed by the flames, the ships entire stern area being wrecked by the explosions and fire. The crew managed to beach the vessal where, half submerged,  it was allowed to burn  (see photos)


Arthur Thomas Alfred Hudd

Son of Frank & Edith Hudd of Avonmouth

Pantry Boy, Merchant Navy, SS Empire Mica (Middlesbrough) (see photos)

Age 16

Killed 29/06/1942)

Listed on The Tower Hill Memorial


Edgar Royston Carey Hunt 

Son of Edgar John & Doris Hunt; husband to Peggy Denise Hunt of Sea Mills

Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, LCP (L) 175 Flotilla, HMS Tormentor (see photos)

Killed in action, Dieppe (Operation Jubilee) 19/08/1942

Age 31

Buried Haslar Royal Navy Cemetery

James Edward Hunt

Son of James &  Leda Hunt of Avonmouth

Fireman, Merchant Navy, MV Narragansett (London)

Age 18

Listed Tower Hill Memorial


Robert Arthur Husher 

Sapper, Royal Engineers, 1010 Docks Operating Company

Reported missing at sea, 17/08/1943, after the sinking of the Troopship SS Yoma by    U-81 NW of Derna (see photos)

Age 26

Listed on The Brookwood Memorial


Robert Scott Hutton 

Son of Robert Mortimer & Alice Emily Hutton of Shirehampton; husband of Kath Emily Hutton of Redcliffe

Sergeant Pilot, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Served with 85 Squadron flying Hurricanes on night fighter ops (see photos)

Killed 10/12/1940

Age 25

Buried St Mary Radcliffe Cemetery, Bristol, Grave 746 & on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 1335


Leonard Eric James

Son of George and Alice Rose James, of Kingswood, Gloucestershire.

Driver, Royal Army Service Corps, 35 Corps, Troops Coy

Service number 1/4398240

Date of death 29/04/1945

Buried Becklington War Cemetery, Germany


William John Jeffery

Son of John Edward & Florence Jeffery, grandson of John & Mary Jeffery of 38 Bradley Crescent (1901 census), Shirehampton. Born in 1920

Attended Portway school


William Roy Jenner

Son of Thomas & Mabel Jenner, husband of Margaret Joan Jenner of Shirehampton

Serjeant, 2nd Wing, The Glider Pilot Regiment AAC

Service number 2058532

Age 23

Date of Death 19/08/1944, the only casualty of Operation Dragoon, 1944

Buried, Plot 4 Mazargue War Cemetery, Marseilles (see photos)


Operation Dragoon was the airborne element of the invasion of Southern France and was carried out by 1st Airborne Task Force (a mix of Allied gliders and paratroops).

The Independent Squadron supplied thirty-five crews, flying Horsas. On the day of the landing, a thick fog gathered over the LZ. and the Horsa combinations were recalled, because it was felt that their greater weight would not allow the tugs sufficient fuel to keep circling and then return to base. After refuelling, the Horsas were taken back to France as part of the main lift in the afternoon.

A number of fields, on and around the landing zones, contained anti-landing poles, similar to those used in Normandy. In adiition, and somewhat unexpectedly, an enemy group had re-entered the area shortly beforehand. Sgt Roy Jenner was killed by artillery fire, as he was on final approach; he was the Regiment's only fatality on the operation. Three members were seriously injured on landing, including the Squadron CO, Maj G A R Coulthard,, who overshot the zone and crashed into a wood.

Overall, the entire operation was a complete success and the amphibious forces passed through the airborne bridgehead. They linked up with troops who had entered France through Normandy within a month of 'Dragoon'.


William Henry Johnson

Husband of Dorothy May Johnson of 10 Barrow Hill Road, Shirehampton, born in Avonmouth

Able Seaman, DEMS Gunner, Royal Navy, HMS President III, gunner on board merchantman MV Waimarama

Service number D/JX290968

Age 21

Dare of death 13/08/1942

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial

Edgar Gordon Jolliffe 

Son of Herbert & Annie Jolliffe

Private, 1st Battalion Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry

Killed in action, France, 13/06/1944

Age 20

Service number 14330717

Buried Hermanville War Cemetery, France

James Robert Jones

Husband of Alice Maud Jones of Avonmouth

Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS President III, on borad Steamship Haig Rose, missing presumed killed

Service number D/JX194641

Date of death 05/11/1940

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial


William (Billy) Kiernan

Lived at 66 Old Quarry Rd, brother of Olive Kiernan, 11 Walton Rd, Shirehampton

Merchant Navy, tanker Empire Emerald (sailed from Avonmouth in September 1943) (see photos)

Age 21

Whilst attempting to board ship for the homeward journey he collapsed on the quayside having contracted pleurisy. He died in US Marine Hospital almost 2 years later, New York, USA

Buried on Staten Island, New York


Carl Martin Larsen

Husband of Florence Larsen

Greaser, Merchant Navy, SS Matina (see photos)

Missing presumed drowned 24/10/1940

Age 62

Father of Charles Eric Larsen

Tower Hill Memorial


Charles Eric Larsen 

Son of Carl Martin & Florence Larsen; husband of Elizabeth Larsen of Southmead

Private, Pioneer Corps

Died of wounds, Algiers 17/07/1943

Age 24

Service number 13030726

Buried El Alia Cemetery, Algeria 


Arthur Russell Legge 

Son of Arthur & Murial Legge of Shirehampton

Sub Lieutenant (A) RNVR, 849 Sqn, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Victorious (see photos)

Missing in action following air operations, Operation Iceberg, over Takashima & Formosa, 31/03/1945 in a Tarpon (Avenger) II aircraft, supportting the American invasion of Okinawa. The mission was to neutralise Japanese airfields in the Sakasuma Gunta island group and eliminate the Kamakazi threat posed to the Allied fleets.

Missing presumed dead over Japanese territory June 1945

Named on family grave Bristol (Canford) Cemetary


William Arthur Legge 

Husband of Murial Legge

Lieutenant Commander, Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Leigh

Died 03/10/1943, died from illness

Age 60

Father of Sub/Lt A R Legge

Buried Bristol (Canford) Cemetery


Gilbert Ewart Ellis Long 

Son of Gilbert Charles & Marjorie Sabina Long of Shirehampton

Pilot Officer, RAF

5 OTU (see photos)

Age 22

Killed 1/06/1945, British Columbia, Canada when his Liberator aircraft, KK241, based at Boundary Bay (Canada) flew into a mountain (Mt Welch)

Buried in Shirehampton Graveyard, Family Set 882 (see photos)


Maurice Owen Lukins 

Son of Simon & Annie E Lukins; husband of Alma G Lukins of Shirehampton

Gunner, Royal Artillery, 116 Battery, Light AA Regiment

Killed in action El Alamein 25/10/1942

Age 28

Service number 1778366

Buried El Alalmein War Cemetery, Egypt


Sidney Lukins 

Son of Sidney George & Hannah Lukins of Shirehampton,

Husband of Violet May Lukins also of Shirehampton

Private, Corps of Military Police, 195 Port Provost Coy

Service number 2386481

Age 23

Date of death 15 June 1946

Buried Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt (see photos)

Sidney's War

Sidney served through the entire WW2 in the Military Police.  Sid served in Germany at the time of the fall of the Third Reich.  Sid was then posted to the new state of Israel at the end of the war.  On the 15th June 1946, he was searching a train for guns and other weapons being smuggled into Israel when a man carrying a gun shot him. Sid is buried in Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery.


Norman Leonard Matthews 

Son of Frederick & Louisa Matthews of Shirehampton

Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, HMS Repulse (see photos)

Age 21

Sunk by Japanese aircraft, 10/12/1941, Kuantan, Malaya

Plymouth Naval Memorial


George Frederick McLeod

Son of Angus & Sarah McLeod of Avonmouth

Deck Boy, Merchant Navy, SS Sulaco (see photos)

Ship torpedoed 19/10/1940 by U 124, 360 miles SW of Rockall. 62 crew and 2 gunners lost,only 1 survivor,

Died aged 18

Tower Hill Memorial 


















John Leslie Moloney

Son of Frederick Charles & Martha Moloney of Hotwells

Private, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, 1st Battalion The Herefordshire Regiment

Killed in action, Germany 01/04/1945

Age 19

Service number 14645799

Buried Reichwald Forest War Cemetery Grave 61 F.7


Henry William Morgan

Son of Arthur Roland & Catherine Edith Morgan of Shirehampton

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

Died 28/04/1945

Age 29

Service number Ply/X/ 100600

Buried Shirehampton Cemetery (see photos)


 Sidney James Donald Moyle

Son of Mr & Mrs W J Moyle, husband of Nellie Moyle, of Shirehampton

Private, 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall?s Light Infantry

Service number 5439754

Date of death 27 June 1944

Grave Ref VF6

St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux


George Howard Nicholls 

Son of George Frederick & Winifred Nicholls; husband of Hilda Josephine Nicholls of Shirehampton

Shipwright 4th Class, Royal Navy

Accidentally killed in Holland 5/04/1945

Age 27

Buried Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Netherlands


Raymond Leslie Peacock

Husband of Beatrice W L Peacok, Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth

Greaser, Merchant Navy, SS Toronto City (Bristol) (see photos)

Age 25

Date of death 02/07/1941

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial 


Samuel Powis 

Son of Daniel W & Kathleen Powis of Shirehampton

Private, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

Service number 4203168

Age 27

Date of Death 16 May 1942

Memorial Ref Face 12

Rangoon Memorial


Clifford James Charles Randell 

Son of Clifford & Mable Mary Randell of Shirehampton

Lance Bombardier, Royal Artillery, 363 Battery, 116 Regiment

Killed in Belgium, 14/11/1944

Age 28

Buried Brussels Town Cemetery


Dennis Charles Rice 

Son of George & Emily C Rice of Bristol; husband of Sheila V Rice of Clifton

Lance Corporal, 139 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery

Service number 5186950

Killed on active service, Burma 11/10/1945

Interred Rangoon War Cemetery, listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 404


Leslie Reginald Richards

 Son of Reginald Edgar & Violet Richards of Sea Mills

Flight Sergeant (Navigator) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 1432021

Age 20

Date of death 24/06/1944

Served with 149 (East India) Sqn, flying Stirling Mk3 bomber, EF188, from RAF Methwold (Norfolk), to drop mines off Brest. Shot down by Flak (Anti Aircraft Fire) and crashed at 2315 near Plougonelin (see photos)

The following is a French eyewitness statement:

Night of terror TRAON BROUENNES (Plougonvelin)

Night of 23 to 24 June 1944, the 1757th night of war, about 2 am, a bomb attack on the Port of Brest ends.
Planes away, the lights go out, everything returns to calm. A slight clarity hints at the outline of things and the sky is clear.

At Traon Brouen in Plougonvelin, Jean-François Bleas who has long hesitated to wake the children and give the starting signal to go to the family shelter finally decides to give it up.
Despite the din of the Flak, addiction helping, this raid was a moderate one and many families have found it unnecessary to seek refuge in shelters. There have been worse and more pressing face of danger.

Jean-Francois, a good Christian faithful to the sacred rites had long prayed at the foot of the bed before going to bed that night more than other days.
A moment, as he held his head between his hands to better collect, the small, three years in a month, had come to kneel with her father. Pious devotion to the family of any creator who had joyfully celebrated the feast God on Sunday last. The children were clothed in their finest clothes and return to the farm, horse-drawn wagon, was made with great bursts of laughter ... they breathed the joy of living.

Reassured by the end of the raid, Jean-Francois tries to sleep but can not. He holds back the ear when ten to fifteen minutes later, a dull roar distant, very distant echoes in the night. From that moment, the countdown to the cruel fate of the inhabitants of this farm begins.
The children are sleeping peacefully when a bomber is approaching and that the sound of engines amplifies.

Curiously, this is not a regular noise. It is as if the engines had failures. Jean-François, even if this is abnormal irregular hum, does not worry unduly.
And yet! Suddenly the spotlight of Ty Baol which is barely at 300 meters away from the farm and turns its beam almost immediately detects the device it is now in its bright and white light.

Trapped in this terrible lighting, the bomber moves on keeping it seems the same course, but curiously, the Flak is silent. So what does it exactly mean ?
Certainly hit by the coast Flak as he arrived near the north coast of Finistere, the four-engine British EF188 Squadron 149 of the RAF is in distress.
Witnesses who observe its progression see it surrounded by flames. Two of the seven crew members: the navigator Leslie RICHARDS, 21, and the radio Frank BRADY (one English, one Australian) have (according to the archives of the RAF) without doubt parachuted over the sea , when it was still time. Five airmen probably are still unable to leave the aircraft surrounded by flames. Maybe some of them they are injured.

The four-engine, which took off from Lakenheath base near Cambridge, is a Short Stirling bomber. This type of aircraft is the first British heavy bomber and is capable of reaching 500 kilometers with a load of 7 tons of bombs. He is armed with 8 machine guns "Browning" and is in operation since February 1941.
So you can imagine the desperate efforts of his young pilot aged 23, Ted LINCOLN, trying to keep control of his aircraft gradually losing altitude ... tragic face to face with death for his young crew. A great spirit of camaraderie motivates these volunteers serving in the bombers. There are only six days, the Australians Ted LINCOLN and Frank BRADY invited to lunch at the home of the parents of Leslie RICHARDS, have with their teammates posed for a photo near the trees of the garden (see photo).

More recently, the crew went on night leave Tuesday in the evening. At table, Leslie Richards, conversing with his father, spoke of the cruel fate of those - women and children - who were sometimes below them when they dropped their bombs in the proximity of a target making them so vulnerable.
This face of war seemed to affect him, but it?s the fate of all wars to have innocent victims. Leslie's sister, Iris, is a patriot. She serves as an aircraft mechanic in a RAF base as W.A.A.F.
Parents have already been achieved in their property during the Blitz, whose home was destroyed in Bristol. The mother lost two brothers during the war of 14/18 and she fears for her son who could follow the same fate.

The bomber that is on a dropping mines mission in the harbor of Brest, which is still a prisoner of Ty Baol search light is now on the last stage flight of its flight. Passing very low over the town of Ploumoguer, its flames highlights the church clock. Dogs, frightened by the roar of its engines, pull on their attachments and angrily barked to death. Frightened by the trajectory of the aircraft that comes right toward them, the servants of the projector suddenly extinguish their light spot and rush into the shelters.
At Traon Brouen, the farm boy of 22 years has risen, and is in the hallway and about to leave the house, but upstairs, the children are asleep. At the base of the stairs, tidy the better to pass an eventual precipitated departure, the shoes large and small, and beside the small wicker basket containing the essentials of what must be preserved at all costs! Everything was planned, but the brutality of fate will make these precautions ridiculous.

Then everything goes very quickly. A curtain of trees screens in the path of the aircraft that struck the mid-height before crashing on the first floor of the house where the children sleep. It's hell! Only one gear resists to the shock. The roof is projected onto the threshing floor and burn in a snap dry slate to a temperature of failure. A gigantic torch rises above the farm, over 20 meters high and will disappear after a few seconds of burning. These are the burning fuel tanks with their contents. It's horrible! The machine gun bullets crackle in the flames. Piles of hay and straw and some farm outbuildings caught fire, and in this environment of flames, some human are already dead, while others struggle for survival. The airmen, projected into the surrounding fields or prisoners of rubble, died, horribly burned for most. One of them, Edward Eaton, was found in a field near his Browning machine gun. The remains of others will be extracted from the rubble at the time of removal.
So, the Mayor of Plougonvelin, Mr. Le Goasguen, thinking one or more members of the crew may have parachuted , made the Germans believe that the account is ok. He was right but unfortunately the two airmen who had the time to jump died too ... their bodies rejected from the sea to the coast.

Without dwelling on the cruel fate that has struck the family Bléas, it is said, simply, that children of two, five and twelve years, and the farm boy were killed in this Dante?s universe . Jean-Francois, horribly burnt while crossing the wall of flames that surrounded him on all sides, died piously at night on the 25th, not without having mastered his conscience to the end.
Only survivors of the tragedy, the mother and Leonie, the daughter, fled at Kergasnou, in the family, soon followed by Jean-François who was carried with great care by some men who had rushed to the scene. Warned of the tragedy, the rector of Locmaria the Beadle and Dr. Bossard reach Kergasnou and provide first aid, but it is urgent for Jean-Francois, who is headed to the Lequerré clinic at Plougonvelin.

While the German members of the projector, immediately after the drama consumed, place sentinels in all accesses to filter civilians, brave neighbors involve, risking their lives. Saving what can be ... farm machinery, farm animals ... some calves, foals, pigs. They hoisted the tin roof of a manger a heifer and a fat pig, the door being blocked by flames. The herd of cows that had been left free in the fields outside escape to the disaster .

A German sidecar came from Brest and after a rough search of parachuted airmen at Locmaria, went to the scene. One of the Germans took the papers of one of the airmen looking for any paper that could identify the plane
Eight to nine neighbors work freely despite all the dangers (mines have not yet blown up) all night, working to find any sign of life and the sidelining of the property that does not have been engulfed in flames. A mare, mad with grief, has long revolved around a burning stall enclosing her foal before it went itself into the fire. Only men with well-tempered soul and generous heart could cope with this nightmare world. They will do so until the end, and almost all come back the next day, after a short break at home.
At seven o'clock, when an ambulance takes on board the wounded at Kergasnou, then also the rescuers of the night had just returned to their homes, suddenly, a serie of explosions succeeds at Traon Brouen. Alas, these explosions caused extensive damage ... the ground floor of the house is blown, stables, barns and barn were destroyed. Both mares are killed as a result of the devastating blows. At half past eleven, when the Mass ends at Plougonvelin three explosions shake the windows of the church. It is said that these explosions were caused by German bomd disposals, with poorly controlled knoledge in mines, and that some of them have died. There is no doubt that it is all these cascading explosions that caused the most damage.

At 3:30 p.m., a group of "13th Landesschützen Kompanie der Luftwaffe" (13th company of shore duty in the German air force) climbed aboard a van and bound Kerfautras Cemetery in Brest, four coffins. On the crest of a garment one could read CANADA (Fox was Canadian). Other coffins taken by another German group were later transported to Plougonvelin cemetery (since 1981, these airmen were re-buried in the cemetery of St. Charles de Percy in Normandy. The graves of T. Lincoln, Fox, Richards and Brady are still at Kerfautras).

Front row, left to right: E. Duckworth, T. Lincoln, L. Richard.
Second row, left to right: F. Brady, Mc Quitty. E. Eaton H. Fox
(Note from Gildas : following a contact with Duckworth?s brother, his brother is the second from the left in the rear row, not the first)  see photo hirehampton at War

On Saturday, a few fires still exist here and there. On Monday morning, the clearing of the debris begins (a draft has already been done by the first rescuers). Debris from the four-engine were thrown all around the farm and the tangle of cables and plates around the house bother filling up the net. And then a chain of solidarity, led and followed by Jean Lamour, is set up to reap the harvest, plow the fields, care for livestock. This amount of dedicated volunteers has been largely inspired by the tragic drama that struck the farm. And then the mother and daughter, after a short period of rest and relaxation with the family, returning to settle Traon Brouen to fulfill the promise made to father before his death. First installed in a barn and then in a wooden hut that has been allocated, they will face life bravely. How not to marvel at the generosity of the agricultural world first, and how not to admire the courage, tenacity in the face of extraordinary physical and moral suffering of the wife of Jean-François. She who saw the collapse in such a short time, the entire space of happiness she had patiently woven for her children, she found herself alone in life to run a farm for happiness of her little Leonie. If the injury of the heart opened June 24 will heal with time, it will always of course, vivid memory of his loved ones.

For 35 years, the mother of Ted Lincoln (the pilot), who erected a memorial in Sydney in tribute to her son, will correspond with the farm of Traon Brouen. The mother of another airman, Duckworth, came after the war to visit the scene. The mother of Leslie Richards has never consoled for the loss of her son. She died in December 1983. Leslie's sister came with her daughter to the grave in Kerfautras in 1984.
Finally, moved by the tragedy of this drama, a Glasgow committee under the aegis of Miss Anderson and Lord Inverclyde, whose purpose is to try to heal the wounds of the children the most severely affected by war, has selected Leonie Bleas to spend three months in Scotland. Fifteen other little orphans, like her, took off from Le Bourget on May 3, 1946.
The bomber EF188 was not the only, oJune 24th, not to return to its base. At the 149 Squadron, on the four bombers who had left England, only one returned to its base. It deplored the loss of two crews victims of flak, and a bomber crashed into the English countryside, on his return from mission.

On June 27, 1987, a monument recalling this tragic event has been erected at the site of the house, at the initiative of the Cacqueray Family, was inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Louis Caradec, mayor of the town, of the parish rector, of Mr. Cheminant from the General Counsel, and Mr. Goasduff, deputy. The inauguration of the stele was followed by the presentation of the Croix de Chevalier du Mérite Agricole to Mr Ms Bleas.

On Jan the 4th 1989, in the presence of a moved and large audience, the funeral of this brave mother was celebrated in the parish church of Plougonvelin.

She Was a wonderful lady said Leslie Richards?s sister, learning the sad news (it was a wonderful woman).

Crew buried Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London


Charles Walter Richings 

Son of Walter & Sarah Richings; husband of Emily May Richings of Shirehampton

2nd Engineer, SS Turakina

Sunk by surface raider Orion (converted merchant ship) in The Tasman Sea 20/08/1940

Listed on Tower Hill Memorial & Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 1335 (see photos)


Donald Lawson Russell

 Son of William Brodie Lawson & Charlotte Ann Russell of Sea Mills

Gunner, 3 Survey Regiment, Royal Artillery

Service number 898076

Age 19

Date of death between 22/05/1940-26/05/1940

Missing at Dunkirk

Buried Wormhoudt Communal Cemetery 


Clifford Shermon

Son of Frederick & Eliza Shermon,73 Springfield Avenue, Shirehampton

Educated at Portway School

Fireman & Trimmer, Merchant Navy

SS Stonepool (see photos)

Age 18

Date of Death 11/9/1941

Listed on the Tower Hill Memorial


Kenneth Charles Sims 

Son of James & Daisy Sims of Shirehampton

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

Service number D/JX223695

Lost at sea 9/04/1942

Plymouth Naval Memorial 


Wilfred James Slade

Son of Mrs Mary Purnell of Avonmouth

Greaser, Merchant Navy, SS Scotish Chief (London)

Age 26

Date of death 20/11/1942

Listed Tower Hill Memorial 


Charles John Smewin

Son of Frederick George & Ann Ellen Smewin of Shirehampton

Sergeant, 21 Sqn, Royal Air Force

Service number 580591

Age 23

Date of death 23/07/1940

Buried Publow (All Saints) churchyard


Gilbert John Tanner

 Son of Gilbert Tom & Beatrice Emily Tanner; husband of Mary Ellen Tanner of Bedminster

Petty Officer, Royal Navy, HMS Warwick (see photos)

Service number D/LX20801

Killed 20/02/1944

Age 34

Ship torpedoed by U 413 and sank in 4 minutes

Listed on the Plymouth Memorial & family  plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 493  (see photos)


Ivor Thomas 

Son of John & Catherine Thomas; husband of Ruby Emily Elsie Thomas of Bedminster

Trooper, 1st Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps

Service number 5181309

Died, Middle East,  Tobruk, 1/12/1941

Age 30

Interred Tobruk War Cemetery & listed on family plot, Shirehampton Cemetery, Set 562 (see photos)


Reginald Sidney Frank Thomas 

Son of Sidney Frank & Florence Emily Thomas of Avonmouth

Private, 2/7th The Queens Royal (West Kent) Regiment

Service number 5729916

Died of wounds, Salerno, Italy 19/09/1943

Age 25

Reg went out with a L/Cpl to rescue a fellow soldier who had been shot by a sniper. Both came under heavy fire and Reg was hit in the leg, he died on the operating table as they tried to save him

Buried Salerno War Cemetery, Italy


Leonard Cyril Trees

Son of Reginald P & Margaret J Trees, husband of Edith M Trees of Avonmouth

Trooper, 1st Royal Tack Regiment RAC

Service number 5443213

Age 28

Date of death 10/06/1942

Buried Knightsbridge War Cemetary, Acroma, Libya

James Henry Logan Tregaskis

Husband of Elizabeth Tregaskis of Avonmouth

Leading Steward, Royal Navy, HMS Kite

Service number D/LX572877

Age 35

Date of death 21/08/1944

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial


Walter Edward Trueman 

Grandson of Henry & Elizabeth Truman, Lower High Street, Shirehampton 

Petty Officer Stoker, Royal Navy, HMS Exeter

Killed, Java Sea 1/03/1942

Age 44

HMS Exeter was crippled & sunk by Japanese naval forces, finally being sunk by a ship launched torpedo (see photos)

Plymouth Naval Memorial

Leslie Charles Venning

Son of Charles and Mabel Venning of Avonmouth

Stoker 1st Class HM Submarine Orpheus

Service number D/KX86974

Age 23

Date of death 29/06/1940

Listed Plymouth Naval Memorial


James William Wallace

Grandson of Alfred & Elizabeth Wallace, formally of Shirehampton

Leading Stoker, Royal Navy,  HMS Hood  (see photos)

Service number P/KX92977

Age 23

Date of death 24/05/1941

Listed on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Terence William Walsh 

Private, 6th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

Service number 14203416

Died of wounds, Rimini Italy, 21/03/1944

Age 21

Buried Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy  (see photos)


Ernest Wheeler

 Son of Thomas & Martha Wheeler; husband of Lilian Wheeler of Bedminster

Chief Steward, Merchant Navy, SS Toronto City

Torpedoed, 01/07/1941, by U 108, whilst serving as a Weather Ship in The North Atlantic

Died aged 24

Tower Hill Memorial

Godfrey John Wheeler

Son of Mr & Mrs George Ernest Wheeler of Shirehampton, husband of Majorie Patrick Wheeler

Telegraphist, Royal Navy, HM Yacht Sappho

Service number D/WRX40

Age 24

Date of death 29/09/1940

Listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial


John Kerwin Stafford Williams 

Son of John Victor & Cybil Cordelia Williams of Shirehampton

Flight Sergeant (Flt Engineer), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Service number 1404580

Age 21

Date of death 15/02/1944

Served with 7 Squadron flying Lancaster MkIII, JB414 from RAF Oakington. (see photos)

Lost as part of the Pathfinder Force over Berlin

Buried Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery. Listed on the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London


Listing Those Killed In the Blitz from the Local Community and Military Personnel

St Marys Parish Blitz Victims

1/2 September 1940

Ellen Mary Cook (34), 34 Davis St, Avonmouth. Wife of Arthur Cook

Elizabeth Cook (5), daughter of above

10 September 1940

2nd Lieutenant Frederick John Ingram

Royal Engineers

Age 36

Died of wounds received on bomb disposal duties

A Tribute to 2nd Lt Frederick John Ingram

On Tuesday 10th September 1940, following Luftwaffe air raids, between the 1st and 9th September 1940, on the Avonmouth/Shirehampton area,. 2nd Lieutenant Frederick John Ingram and his team from 7 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers were tasked with the defusing and removal of an unexploded bomb.. 

Having removed the fuse(s) and making the bomb 'safe" 2nd Lieutenant Ingram was returning to the Company Office, which was located in Shireampton High Street, carrying one of the fuses when the detonator exploded, (it was a delayed action type), the resulting explosion blew out the front upper windows of the building and his hand was severely injured, as were 3 other individuals in his team. 2nd Lt Ingram was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary, but died from his wounds . Demands on the Company were so great that only two Sappers could be spared to attend his funeral, they had the distressing task of driving the body from St Bernards RC Church  in Shirehampton to Canford Cemetery in an Army truck 

.24/25 November 1940

Ernest Stephen Bush (32), 19 Station Road, Shirehampton. Casualty Clearance Ambulance Driver, husband of Ivy Bush, son of William Bush of Fishponds

Alice Makin (53), 103 Westbury Lane, Sea Mills. Wife of William Makin

Joan Weaver (23), daughter of above

William Edward Jones, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, 159282 of 56 Station Road, Shirehampton. Son of Thomas & Mary Ann Jones, husband of Kitty Jones, Toronto (Canada)

Buried at Bristol Canford Cemetery. Sec QQ Grave 3098

4/5 January 1941

Robert Arnold (59), 75 Barrow Hill Crescent, Shirehampton, husband of S Arnold

Died at Southmead Hospital from injuries received

16/17 January 1941

Frederick Chard, 55 Cook St, Avonmouth, husband of Elizabeth Chard

Neil Beck Jesperson (25), Davis St, Avonmouth. Son of Mr & Mrs A S Jesperson of Tamworth, Staffordshire

Alfred Richard Dunn (49), 4 Crown Terrace, Avonmouth. Died Southmead Hospital, 24/01/1941

Albert Edwin Hopper (46), 6 Crown Terrace, Avonmouth

Gilbert Edward Llewellyn Bailey (46) died at Avonmouth Road

John Henry Johnson (37) died Avonmouth Road

Albert Edward Carter (49) died Avonmouth Road

March 29th 1941

George Henry Upham (42), member of ARP Decontamination Squad, of 10 Chelwood Rd, Shirehampton. Killed at The Greyhound Pub (direct hit), Park Road

Evelyn Mary Upham, wife of George Upham, also killed at The Greyhound Pub

It is suspected that they were killed whilst sheltering from the raid in the porch of The Greyhound Pub

3/4 April 1941

Lilian Elizabeth Mountford (40), 514 Portway, Shirehampton. Daughter of George Charles & Rose Hodge Small, widow of Alexander Mountford.

Rose Small, (71), injured 514 Portway. Died Southmead Hospital, 14/04/1941

11/12 April 1941

Killed at 8 Richmond Terrace, Avonmouth

Patricia Oram (9), 8 St Bernards Road, Shirehampton

Rosina May White (33), formally Oram, 8 St Bernards Road, Shirehampton, mother of above

Archibald Charles Hancock (30), Fireman, killed High Street Avonmouth

Mervyn Charles Perry (47), Fire Guard, of 6 Gloucester Road, Avonmouth. Husband of Doris Perry

Killed at 43 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Frederick George William Bishop (70)

Emily Fermandell (30)

William Arthur Fermandell (4) son of Emily

Killed at 45 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Alice Rowles (22)

Killed at 47 Priory Road, Shirehampton

Private Albert George Edward Fletcher, Royal Army Medical Corps

Buried at Smethwick Cemetery (Staffordshire). Plot 10 Class C Grave 15873

Eye Witness

Mr Ray Quick, then a young boy, remembers the raid well. Living at 16 St Mary's Walk he remembers being evacuated due to an unexploded bomb in Shirehampton School playground. Whilst being carried in his father's arm along Pembroke Road to the Baptist Church he remembers seeing smoke and flames rising from the High Street in the vacinity of Shirehampton Green as the shops and buildings opposite the George public house burned.

30/31 May 1941

Eleanor May Ray (55) of 30 Elberton Road, Sea Mills, Wife of Sidney J Ray

29th April 1942

Gordon John Nowell (13), 70 Dursley Road, Shirehampton. Son of Howard & Doris Nowell

Beryl Mary Newman (11), 49 Coombe Dale Sea Mills, daughter of Bombardier Arthur & Edith Newman

Bryan Dennis Parsons (9), 7 Alveston Walk, Sea Mills, son of Charles Henry Parsons

29 August 1943

Frederick Alan Peters (34), Fireman NFS, died Avonmouth Docks

Blitz Victims Killed in The Parish of St Marys (with no local connections)

1/2 September 1940

The following were killed at ?T? Camp, St Andrews Road, Avonmouth:

Private Frederick William Bailey, Gloucestershire Regiment

Private Job Langford, Gloucestershire Regiment

Private George Alfred Hall, Gloucestershire Regiment

25th September 1940

The following were killed at ?T? Camp, St Andrews Road, Avonmouth:

2nd Lieutenant Stephen W Bingay, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private James H G Chamberlain, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Lance Corporal Arthur J Chambers, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Gilbert P Clements, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Robert Cornell, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Francis C Forrest, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Reginald C M Gould, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Arthur J Hostler, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Sergeant Frederick T F Lovegrove, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Arthur Morgan, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Basil F Paul, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Private Walter E Stone, Royal Berkshire Regiment

Sergeant Richard Wichello, Royal Berkshire Regiment

24/25 November 1940

The following were killed at The National Smelting Co Ltd, Avonmouth:

Ralph Pendergast of 34 Wellington Road, Filwood, Bristol

4/5 January 1941

The following were killed on a goods train in a siding at Avonmouth:

Gilbert E Bailey, St Annes, Bristol

Albert E Carter, St Werburgh?s, Bristol

John H Johnson, St George, Bristol

Killed aboard SS Coracero in Avonmouth Docks:

Norman L McLeod, Glasgow

16/17 January 1941

The following were killed at the Balloon Barrage site at Avonmouth:

AC2 Richard C Lawrence, 927 BB Sqn RAF

AC2 Robert Peck, 927 BB Sqn RAF

AC1 Cyril H Walters, 927 BB Sqn RAF

Also killed at Avonmouth:

Signaller Leonard F Curtois, Royal Corps of Signals

Sergeant William A Mansell, Royal Army Medical Corps

30 January 1941

Aircraftsman 2nd Class Jack Victor Warren, 927 Balloon Squadron.

Drowned in Avonmouth docks after his motorcycle crashed, flinging him into the water. His body was retrieved but too late to save him

29/30 March 1941

Ordinary Seaman Richard Harris RN

Coder W T Sparks RN

Edna Webster, ATS

Sub Lieutenant R W Webster RN, husband of above

It is suspected that Lt & Mrs Webster were killed whilst sheltering from the raid in the porch of The Greyhound Pub and the two other servicemen were killed in an explosion by the National School, on Station Road, Shirehampton

3/4 April 1941

George William Pomphrey, of Coombe Dingle, killed at Sea Mills

The following were killed in a military convoy on The Portway:

Lance Corporal Frederick J Berry, Field Security Section

Frank Holmes, 43rd Pioneer Corps

The following killed at ?T? Camp, Avonmouth:

Signaller Henry J Chapman, Royal Corps of Signals

11/12 April 1941

Fireman Archibald C Hancock, of Clevedon

30/31 May 1941

The following were killed at The Auxiliary Fire Station at Sea Mills:

Fireman AFS William A Rowe, 43 Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop

14/15 May 1944

The following was killed at the Searchlight site at Kingsweston when the site was bombed.:

Gunner David Winder, 455 Battery, 68 (1st Rifle Bn. The Momnouthshire Regt.) Searchlight Regiment

Air Raid Saturday March 29th 1941

55 bombers bombed Avonmouth for almost 2 hours. In Shirehampton a bomb damaged the Emergency Mortuary at the National School in Station Road, the Salvation Army Hall, the Police Station buildings and a number of houses. Of the 6 people killed in the raid 4 were from the Armed Forces.

George Henry Upham (42). Member of ARP Decontamination Squad, of 10 Chelwood Rd, Shirehampton. Killed at ?The Greyhound? (Direct Hit), Park Rd

Evelyn Mary Upham (40). Killed at ?The Greyhound? (Direct Hit), Park Rd. George?s wife

Richard Charles Harris (21), Ordinary Seaman, HMS Ariguani. Killed by blast at the junction of Pembroke & Station Road

William T Sparkes (34), Coder, HMS Ariguani (attached to HMS Cabbala). Killed by blast at the junction of Pembroke & Station Road

Edna Constance Webster (30) of Normanton, Derbyshire. ATS girl visiting her husband

Robert W Webster (37), Sub Lieutenant, HMS Ariguani. Killed with his wife

Air Raid 11th /12th April 1941 (Good Friday)

Bristol?s 6th Blitz, the raid started at 10pm and lasted about 2 hours, the all clear sounding at 7 minutes to midnight. 13 minutes later a second, far more serious raid, started lasting until 3.52am. A land mine fell at the back of houses on Priory Rd the force of which blew a piano from the front of one house, into the back room of the house opposite. 5 people were killed

Frederick George William Bishop (70), Emily Fermandell (30) & William Arthur Fermandell (4) of 43 Priory Rd

Alice Rowles (22) of 45 Priory Rd

Private Albert Edward Fletcher (24), Royal Army Medical Corps of 47 Priory Road

Shirehampton Blitz Victims Burials

With the exception of the two servicemen killed in the bombing raids on Shirehampton, all the civilian victims were placed in mass graves at Bristol?s Greenbank Cemetery. The names are too numerous to mention as the graves were used to bury all victims of The Bristol Blitz, there is however a Memorial Arch and Plaque which is dedicated to the civilians who lost their lives during the Blitz.

St Mary's Church & The Blitz

St Mary's church, Shirehampton, was fortunate not to become a victim of the Blitz, almost suffering a simular fate as St Andrews church, Avonmouth. in being burnt down. Early in the Blitz an incediary bomb penetrated the roof of St Mary's, it was seen by a passing sodier, who entered the church and extinguished it, the name of this saviour was never recorded, the scar left by the bomb was on the floor of the church for many years, only being removed when the floor was replaced in 2001. St Mary's church bore a charmed life, for with all the bombs falling on Shirehampton High Street & Priory Road the church suffered nothing more than a cracked window pane.

Heinkel He111 Shot Down Over Shirehampton

The 22nd February 1941 marks the day when a Heinkel 111H-3, 1G+GM (Wnr 3247) of 4/KG27, operating from Bourges (France), was briefed to attack the Parnall Aircraft factory in Yate. The German plane was shot down over Shirehampton and came down, crashing into the river at Avonmouth.

The aircraft had flown over the defenses at the Severn Estuary. Near Avonmouth several rounds were fired from a Gordano site causing the plane to strike a barrage balloon near Portbury Wharf.

According to archived reports by Arthur King, there was a loud drone of aircraft engines as the plane flew over the village.

He wrote: "We could also hear machine guns firing. The plane took a tight curve to the right, so we all ran round to the front of the house to see it even lower and flying towards Portishead.

"But as it flew over Matcombe, the anti-aircraft battery there opened up and shot off part of the tail. The Heinkel lost height and disappeared behind trees and we heard it crash into the mud on the Somerset shoreline of the Bristol Channel.

"Apparently, the reason it was flying so low was because it had come into contact with one of the barrage balloon cables guarding Avonmouth and must have lost part of a wing or something. But I found that particular incident very exciting and to this day remains the most memorable that I personally witnessed during the Second World War."

Historian John Penny, author of Bristol at War, said the plane entered the Bristol Gun Defended Area at 2pm on February 22.

He said: "It passed over Bristol No.1 (Gordano) Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun site which was manned by 'A' Troop, 236 Battery, 76th HAA Regiment, and although the Gun Position Officer attempted range control the target was too close, consequently gun control was ordered.

"Eight rounds were fired at the target as a receded, all of which were line of sight bursts, and the pilot later claimed that these scored one hit in the port engine and two in the fuselage, possibly carrying away the tail. After catching fire and losing height it collided with the balloon cable."

The aircraft crashed in the mud flats at Portbury Wharf at 2.12pm, its bomb load exploding on impact.

Former Park Road resident Pat Stokes recorded his account in the Shire newspaper. He said: "I was in the front of the house and saw this plane coming at me ? our house was on high land overlooking Portway School.

"I saw the pilot trying to open the shield and take off his headgear. It swerved in the front of the window and we heard later that it had crashed into the river and that the pilot had landed in mud and was saved ? with a broken leg."

David Elkington, who then lived on the Portway, also remembered the event although he was only four years old at the time.

In his account he said: "Hearing the loud noise of the plane my mother rushed to the window and screamed out 'It's a German'.?Don't be ridiculous', retorted my father ? but she was right.

"I remember seeing the German cross markings on the wings as it came down low directly over our house, over the Portway School allotments and railway line at the bottom of the garden and onwards down to the river. There the crippled plane turned towards Avonmouth where it crashed."

Of the crew of five only the pilot, Leutnant Berndt Rusche, survived. The bodies of two of the crewmen were never found but Feldwebel Alfred Hanke, the observer, whose parachute failed to open, was subsequently buried in Bristol's Greenbank cemetery, as was Unteroffizier Heinrich de Wall, the flight engineer, whose body was found in the aircraft wreckage.





































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