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CROWTHORNE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Betty Errington 2011

The Crowthorne War Memorial is situated In St. John the Baptist Churchyard Crowthorne, Berkshire, it is to be found in the Lychgate of St John the Baptist Parish Church on Waterloo Road, Crowthorne.

Photographs Copyright © Betty Errington 2011

IN MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF CROWTHORNE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

FAITHFUL TO GOD KING AND COUNTRY

REST ETERNAL GRANT TO THEM O LORD, LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHIN UPON THEM.
THIS TABLET DONATED BY PARISHIONERS

ANNETTS Harry George
Private 17516, 10th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, Died 14th December 1915, aged 22. Son of Alfred and Emma Annetts of "Hollydene" Wellington Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, Remembered on the Doiran Memorial, Greece
BAKER Roger D
No further information currently
BARRATT Sidney Lloyd
Sapper 140185, Royal Engineers, Died 12th January 1918, aged 37. Husband of Ethel Barratt of Victoria House, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Buried St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Crowthorne, North of Church
BARTLETT William Stanley
Lance Corporal T/1893, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), "B" Coy. 1st/4th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Died 30th September 1916 Aged 26. Son of James William and Emily Bartlett. Born at Croydon Surrey. Buried Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave XXI.T.5
BEDFORD James Sydney
Private 13922 1st Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), Died 13th April 1918, aged 29. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Bedford of 217, Seaside, Eastbourne, Native of Wokingham/ Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Grave XXVI.HH3
BELL William W
Private 201071, Hampshire Regiment, Died 21st January 1916 ,aged 23. Son of Walter John and Esther Charlotte Bell of "Bell View" Owlsmoor Road, College Town, Camberley, Surrey, Remembered Basra Memorial, Iraq. Panel 21 & 63
BEVIR Cyril E F
Lieutenant 76th Bde. Royal Field Artillery, Died 29th September 1915, aged 24. Son of Joseph Louis and Alice Sophie Bevir of "Mickleton House" Mickleton, Glos. Buried Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, France. Grave II.E.16
   
BOYDE Arthur
Private G/142, Royal Sussex Regiment, Died 7th July 1916 aged 20. Son of William and Eliza Boyde of "Woodside" Addiscombe Road, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Ovillers Military Cemetery. France. Grave IX.K.9 Brother of George & Walter
BOYDE George
Corporal 14115, 7th Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, Died 9th May 1917 Son of William and Eliza Boyde of "Woodside" Addiscombe Road, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Dorian Memorial. Greece. Brother of Arthur & Walter
BOYDE Walter
Private 14116, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, Died 14th January 1919, aged 25. Son of William and Eliza Boyde of "Woodside" Addiscombe Road, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Batoum British Cemetery. Remembered Haidar Pasha Memorial, Turkey. Which stands within the war graves plot of Haidar Pasha Cemetery and commemorates more than 170 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War who died fighting in South Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, and in post Armistice operations in Russia and Transcaucasia, who are buried in cemeteries whose graves can longer be maintained. Brother of George & Arthur
BROWN Alan
No further information currently
CARR Basil Alderson
Second Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery, Died 25th July 1917 Aged 37. Son of the Rev. Canon James Haslewood Carr and Elizabeth and Amelia Carr of Adisham, Kent. Buried Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave I.L.54
CARTWRIGHT Herbert
No further information currently
CHAMBERLAIN Charles Alfred

Private 13185 8th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 21st March 1918 aged 32. Born Buscot Berks, Son of Mrs Chamberlain of "Holly Cottage" Crowthorne, Berks. Husband of Elsie Maud Happy (Formerly Chamberlain) of 63 Probyn House, Page Street, Westminster, London. Remembered Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel 56 & 57.

8th Battalion War Diary entry for the 21st March 1918, France Front Line Trenches,

4:30AM. About this time a heavy barrage was put down on the front line system, this included much gas shelling. Back areas were subjected to heavy and concentrated area shoots. There was a very thick mist and visibility at daybreak was about 10 yards. All communications were destroyed almost immediately.

10AM. The barrage and reached Batt. Hd. It was reported that the enemy had entered our front line trenches and that he was holding out

10:30AM. Rifle shots were heard from direction of junction of main ST Quentin Road and Moy Road and a few enemies were reported to be moving along this road towards Batt Hd. Qrs.

11AM. In a thick line the enemy advanced to the attack of the trench West of Batt Hd Qrs. Owing to the intense mist they were able to approach to within 50 yards of our trench, but were then shot down almost to a man. This checked their advance for a time. They then began working round both flanks of our position and shortly afterwards M.G. Fire was opened on the post from on rear of it. This fire, combined with accurate sniping from all sides caused heavy casualties. About this time the mist began to lift and on realising that the position was surrounded and that the leading troops of the enemy were already far advanced towards LY Fontaine, Lt Colonel Dewing ordered the remaining forces to withdraw down Seine Alley towards the battle zone.
CHAPMAN Ewart Frederick.
Lance Corporal 5460 1st Bn. Coldstream Guards, Died 25th October 1914 Born Broadmoor, Crowthorne. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 11
CLACY Ernest Edward
Corporal 72577 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own), Died 11th October 1918 aged 21. Son of James and Annie E. Clacy, of The Cottage, Fir Acre Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot. Remembered Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. Panel 4
CLACEY John Alexander

Lance Corporal, 27658 5th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed In Action 19th July 1917. Born Sandhurst, Berks. Remembered Arras Memorial, France, Bay 7.

5th Battalion War Diary entry for the 19th July 1917, France.

In Left Subsector of Trenches 'D' Coy of the Bn. carried out a small local attack with object of capturing continuation of Long Trench opposite Hook Trench and joining it up with Mound Sap on right and Hook Sap on left. Artillery Barrage was to come down in rear of objective. The attack was carried out in two waves - the first wave consisting of 2 platoons in line on frontage of 240 yards, lightly equipped, and the second wave of one platoon carrying tools and prepared to consolidate. At Zero the first wave closely followed by the second wave rushed across to the enemy trench (120yds) but was met by a shower of canister bombs and by very stubborn resistance from a large number of enemy. Some of the attacking troops remained in the enemy trench for 15 minutes, but as they were considerably outnumbered, and their bombs were exhausted they had to withdraw and by 3.30p.m.were all back in our front line, 2 Officers, 3 other ranks killed, 24 other ranks wounded, 14 other ranks missing.
COLEBROOK Gordon w
Private 1959 Berkshire Yeomanry Died 21st August 1915. Remembered Helles Memorial, Turkey Panel 18 & 19.
CONDICK George Henry

Sergeant 16090 6th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment Killed In Action 12th October 1917. Born Crowthorne, Berks Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 105-106 and 162.

6th Battalion War diary entry for 12th October 1917 Belgium, Cane Trench -

1am - Leading Platoon left Cane Trench for final forming up position. Considerably shelled with gas and He from SteenbeekValley forward.

4.45am - Leading Platoon reached first forming up position 5.30am - Whole battalion formed up on line

5.25am - Zero Hour.

6.10am - No news received from troops in front - Battalion moved forward to second forming up position. Heavily engaged by enemy MGs and snipers from Brewery Meunier House& Beek Houses.

6.50am - Battalion unable to make further progress but no definite news could be obtained. Considerable officer casualties.

COOK Ernest J
Private 15797 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Killed In Action 22nd July 1916, Aged 35,High Street, Crowthorne. Killed in Action France and Flanders, Enlisted Wokingham, Berks Buried Vermelles British Cemetery, France Grave IV.H.23. War diary entry for the 22nd July 1916, France, La Bourse, In divisional reserve billets at La Bourse. The Battalion proceeded to Trenches, Right Sub-section, Right Section, and relieved the 7th Cameron Highlanders about 2pm. Flank Battalions 6th Royal Irish Fusiliers on right flank. 2nd Lincoln Regt. on left flank. 1 man killed, 2 men wounded
COX A
C.Q.M. of the Broadmoor Staff - Wounded & Suffered Pneumonia.
COX G H
Gunner 622352 "B" Bty. 298th (Essex) Bde. Royal Field Artillery Killed in Action 17thSeptember 1917 Buried Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and extension.
DAVIS Frederick T Davis
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DEAN Albert Reginald

Private 13590 1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment Killed In Action 14th November 1916 aged 22.Son of John and Emma Collett Dean, of "Bellgowan House" Branksome Hill Road. College Town, Camberley, Native of Crowthorne, Berks. Buried New Munich Trench, British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, France,grave D.19.

1st Battalion War diary entry for the 14th November 1916. Serre, France

1.15am. Battn.moved forward to captured enemy trenches known as Green Line.

5.30am. Weather very misty. Left half Btn. was ordered to form defensive flank facing left. Right half Battn to seize portion of Munich Trench. Left half Battn were successful, but right half Battn. Lost heavily and remainder reached enemy trench too weak in numbers to deal with the garrison. Battn captured 2 Officers and 50 other ranks, 1 Trench Mortar and light machine gun and seized 200 yards of enemy main trench on left flank. This was handed over to relieving unit.

8.30am - 5.30pm. Battalion occupied in consolidating positions gained. Enemy shelling active but passed over on to the Green Line. Enemy MGs and bombers active all day.

5.30pm - Battalion withdrew and consolidated in Serre Trench, Munich Trench. Casualties 2 Officers 14 OR's killed. 3 Officers 74 OR's wounded. 1 Officer 63 OR's missing.

DEAN R.
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DEANE Frederick Llewellyn
Private 4706 London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles) Died 15th September 1916 aged 30 Son of Mr R.C.L. and Mrs E. Deane of Birch Knoll, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, France Grave I.F.49
DICKER Horace George
Private 201072 "B" Coy, 1st/4th Bn, Hampshire Regiment. Died 2nd October 1918 aged 28 Gold Medal (Serbia). Son of the late George and Sarah Dicker of Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Tehran War Cemetery, Iran. Grave III.C.5
EALES Charles

Private 202377, Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd/4th Bn. 22nd August 1917, enlisted Wokingham Berks, (Broadmoor Asylum). Buried Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium Grave 105-106 and 162.

2nd/4th Battalion War Diary entry for 22nd August 1917.

In the Trenches at Wieltje, France. Zero was at 4.45am at which hour the Infantry advanced and the Barrage Commenced. The 2/4th Royal Berks, followed close behind the leading Infantry, and on nearing their Objectives, dashed through the leading waves and assaulted the Strong Points.

They attacked three Strong Points first was Pond Farm. This was attacked from both flanks. The next Strong Point encountered on the Left was Hindu, and the remaining Strong Point on the Left was Schuler. The first Strong Point encountered on the Right was Somme. Owing to the 15th Division being held up, and very heavy flanking machine gun fire being directed on our troops from HILL 35 and Gallipoli, the attacks on Green House, Cross Cott and Martha House were unsuccessful but these platoons helped them to form a line running roughly from Somme in rear. Three enemy Counter attacks were repulsed.Tanks were employed, but were unsuccessful owing to the marshy state of the ground. 9 Officers – wounded and missing, 32 OR killed and 190 OR wounded and missing 

ELMER Ernest
Private 838 lst Bn. Middlesex Regiment, Died 25th September 1915, 1st day of the battle of Loos Buried Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France. Grave H.25
GILBERT James L. Gilbert

Corporal Wheeler TS/9494 Army Service Corps. 866th H.T. Coy. Died 10th November 1918 Aged 42. Son of the late William and Sarah Gilbert, husband of Alice Gilbert of Alpha Cottage, High Street, Crowthorne, Berks. Born in Wiltshire. Remembered Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton

GILES Joseph
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GODDARD Samuel
Gunner 17284 68th Bty. Royal Filed Artillery. Died 15th September 1914. Birthplace Sandhurst, Enlisted Aldershot. Remembered La Ferte-Sous-Jouarrre.
GODWIN James Lewis
Private M/225565, Army Service Corps. Died 1st February 1917 aged 41. Son of Harriet Godwin of "Worthing House", High Street, Crowthorne and the late John Godwin. Buried St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Crowthorne at end of Church Yard.
GOODCHILD William James

Private 25981 1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, Killed In Action 29th April 1917. Born Easthampstead, Berks Remembered Arras Memorial, France, Bay 7.

1st Battalion War diary entry for the 29th April 1917, Front Line E or Bailleul - 4 am. Battn - attacked and captured the OPPY LINE The troops on our right failed to get in and the right flank was consequently exposed. At about 5 am the enemy commenced to bomb the right flank and fighting continued until about 10 am, when owing to lack of bombs, we were forced to give way, and withdrew to the "jumping off" trench via SUNKEN ROAD C Coy on the left withdrew northwards along the OPPY LINE, establishing a block taking with them 3 captured machine guns. The enemy shelled our front line heavily throughout the remainder of the day and there was a great deal of MG and rifle fire. Patrols were sent out at dusk and found the OPPY LINE still held by the enemy.

11 pm. The Battn returned to the trenches at ROCLINCOURT through a barrage of gas shells without sustaining any casualties, about 70 prisoners and 3 Machine guns were captured by the Battn. During the day and severe casualties were inflicted on the enemy.Casualties.

7 Officers. Killed. Wounded and Missing.Other ranks. Killed 15. Wounded 89. Missing 47. Total 151 casualties out of the 250 who actually attacked

GOODRIDGE Charles George
Company Quartermaster Sergeant 106251. 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Died 29th September 1918. Husband of Norah Goodridge of Great Lea, Three Mile Cross, Reading. Buried Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave I.E.9
GOULDING Richard Cecil
Rifleman 12264,13th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps, 13th Bn. (Lewis Gun Section). Died 4th November 1918. Son of John William and Charlotte Goulding of 2 Waterloo Place, Crowthorne, Berks. Educated at Crowthorne School and Ranelagh Secondary School, Member of Crowthorne Church Choir and Crowthorne, Scouts. Buried Beaurain British Cemetery, France Grave B.4.
GREENMAN William Charles

Private 24531 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment Killed In Action 11th November 1916. Born Lambourn, Enlisted Wokingham (Crowthorne). Son of Arthur Greenman of Crowthorne, Berks. Husband of Daisy Greenman of 47 Harley House, Regent's Park, London. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier and Face 11.D.

2nd Battalion War diary entry for the 11th November 1916, France,

In the Trenches. Battalion in Front Line, same position as on previous day. About 11pm the Bn was relieved by the 1st Royal Irish Rifles and relieved the 2nd Bn The Rifle Brigade in Brigade Support in HOGS BACK trench, 10 O.R. joined from Base

GREENOUGH William George
Corporal 200111, Hampshire Regiment "C" Coy. 2nd/4th Bn. Died 22nd November 1917. Son of William James and Ada Elizabeth Greenough of 31 Lower Broadmoor, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Grave G.100
GROVE Maurice Buller
Acting Bombardier 15278. Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 70th Bde. Died 9th April 1917. Awarded M.M. for Gallentry in the Field. Son of Maria Grove of Belmont Cottages, Owlsmoor, Camberley and the late Arthur Grove, Native of Sandhurst Berks. Buried Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains. France. Grave A.12
HALLETT Sidney Cyril

Private 24654. Royal Berkshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Died 2nd April 1918.Born Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel 56 & 57.

2nd Battalion War diary entry for the 2nd April 1918, billetted in COTTINCHY France

   
HARFIELD Frederick Augustus George
Private 9223. Yorkshire Regiment. Died 29th October 1914. Son of William Henry Charles and Elizabeth Ellen Harfield of Blisland, Crowthorne Berks. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Panel 33. Brother of William.
HARFIELD William Henry Charles Down
Lance Sergeant 9386. Yorkshire Regiment "D" Coy. 2nd Bn. Son of William Henry Charles and Elizabeth Ellen Harfield of Blisland, Crowthorne Berks. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Panel 33. Brother of Frederick.
HAYE Basil

Lieutenant - Royal Berkshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. - Died 10th October 1918 - Son of George and Maude Haye of 6 Shute End, Wokingham, Berks. - Buried Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

During March and April 1916 Captain B. Haye was admitted to hospital 3 times, 2nd Battalion war diary entry for the 1st. July 1916. 1st day of the Battle of the Somme, the battalion attacked Ovillers. The Battalion took up its assembly position in accordance with Brigade Operation Order No. 100. Our own wire was not sufficiently cut and parties were immediately sent out by Companies to clear it. At 6.25am the intensive bombardment began as scheduled. At about 7.15am the enemy opened rifle and machine gun fire on our line. 7.20am Companies began filing down trenches and getting ready for the assault. At 7.30am the three assaulting Companies advanced to attack the German line. They were met by intense rifle and machine gunfire which prevented any of the waves reaching the enemy lines. A little group on the left of the Battalion succeeded in getting in, but were eventually bombed out. At about 7.45am the parapet was swept by rifle and machine gunfire which prevented any exit from our trenches. The enemy replied to our intensive bombardment by barraging the front line from about 6.35am onwards. At about 11am the order came from Bde. Headquarters to "stand by"and wait further orders. At about 12.30pm news was received that the brigade would be relieved. Steel helmets proved invaluable and in numberless cases saved mens lives. The following casualties occurred amongst Officers. 2 X Officers Killed in Action, 1 x died of wounds. Wounded Captain B. Haye plus with 7 Officers, 9 Officers missing, Other Ranks- 414 killed, wounded or missing. Diary entry for the 5th February 1917 Front Line Trenches, France Lieut B. Haye has re-joined Bn from Base. 4th March Front Line Trenches, France When the Battalion formed the right flank of the assaulting force, and attacked Pallas and Fritz trenches Lieut B. Haye was wounded.10th October 1918, France. Brother of Phillip

HAYE Philip
Lieutenant, No Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) attd. 82nd Coy. Died 2nd April 1919. Son of George and A. Maude Haye of 6 Shute End, Wokingham, Berks. Buried Tiflis British Cemetery. Remembered Haidar Pasha Memorial, Turkey. Brother of Basil. War diary entry:- Coys work as usual. 2Lt P. HAYE leaves Battn for passage to Egypt on being transferred to R.F.C
HERMON William Adnams
G/3189 Private, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 18th November 1916 Aged 22. Son of William and Lucy Hermon of 51 Ormond Road, Wantage, Berks. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France. Pier & Face 5D & 6D
HEWITT Harold
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HINDE Cyril De Villers
Lieutenant 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, Died 11th July 1917 aged 20. Son of Lt. Col. W.H. Hinde (late R.E.) and Mrs M Hinde of "Heathcote" Wellington College, Berks. Awarded Military Cross. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium. Panel 45. Brother of William. 2nd Bn. war diary entry for the 10th & 11th July 1917 "B" Company and 1 Platoon of "C" Company raided Enemy's Trenches on night of 10/11th July 1917. Casualties Lieut C. V. HINDE wounded and missing.2 Officers wounded. 2 other ranks killed. 1 other rank wounded, since died of wounds. 35 other ranks wounded. 2 other ranks missing.
HINDE William Henry Rousseau
Captain, Army Service Corps No. 3 Main Supply Depot (Leeds). Died 27th October 1918 aged 27. Son of Lt. Col. W.H Hinde (late Royal Engineers) and Mrs M Hinde of "Heathcote" Wellington College Berks. M.A. (Oxon) brought to notice of Secretary of State for War (Lond. Gazette 13.3.1918) born at Southsea, Portsmouth. Buried Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery, Yorkshire Screen Wall S.869. Brother of Cyril
HOOK Victor Albert Sidney
Lance Corporal G/3188, The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 1st July 1916. The 1st day of the battle of the Somme, Aged 21. Son of Albert Israel Hook and Clara Hook of Oak Cottage Wellington Road, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 5D & 6D
JAMES Joe Conquest
Captain 5th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 14th July 1916, Aged 40. Son of William Joseph and Anne Conquest James of Wellington College Station, Berks.husband of Constance James of 36 Somers Road, Reigate, Surrey. Buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France. Grave III.K.2, also remembered on the Finchampstead Memorial.
KEESEY George Ernest Howard
Captain Rifle Brigade, Died 24th August 1916 aged 30. Son of the Rev. G.W. and Annie Keesey of Violet Marian Keesey of Helme Bank, Kendal. Assistant Master of Wellington College. Buried Serre Road Cemetery, France. No. 2 Grave XXV.L.8.
KETTLE Rupert Arthur
Lieutenant, 3rd King's Own Infantry. Died 26th March 1918. Son of Juliet Lavie (Formerly Kettle) of Appleton Manor, Abingdon, Berks. and the late Capt. Kettle (South Staffordshire Regt). Buried Noyon New British Cemetery, France Grave No. I.A.1.
HOLDAWAY Harold
Private 9604 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment, Died 22nd March 1918. Remembered Arras Memorial, France. Bay 5
   
KIBBEY Victor Reginald
Private, Gunner 17594, lst Bn. Grenadier Guards, Died 25th September 1916. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 8.D.
LANGLEY Frank
Private 37290, Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Bn. Died 5th march 1917, Born Crowthorne, Berks. Formerly Berkshire Yeomanry. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 11.D.
LOVICK Archie J.
Private, transf. To (363401), The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Secondary Regiment, Labour Corps. Died 25th February 1919. Awarded Military medal for bravery in the field. Buried St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Crowthorne. In South West Part.
LOVICK Henry
Private 204404, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died 17th September 1917 aged 34. Son of John and Emily Lovick of Crowthorne, husband of Jessie Lovick of Elgin Cottage Pinewood Avenue, Crowthorne Berks. Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave III C.15
MARTIN Leslie G
Private G/1929. The Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 1st July 1916 1st Day of the Battle of the Somme, aged 18. Son of Mr and Mrs A.B. Martin of Wellington College, Berks. Buried Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz. France Grave III.Q.6
MARTIN R E
Private, Died 1916. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
MAY James William
Private 3/4091. Hampshire Regiment, Died 6th August 1915. Son of Sarah Elizabeth of 7 College Road, College Town, Camberley, Surrey and the late William Henry May. Remembered Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 125-134 or 223-226
McEUNE Harold Vernon
Private 76943, Royal Fusiliers. Died 21st September 1918 Aged 19. Son of Christopher and Alice McEuen, of Barberton, Owlsmoor, Camberley Buried Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy. France VI.B.6
MOREN William Thomas
Rifleman 4127 Rifle Brigade, Died 9th May 1915. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 46-48 & 50
NUNN Robert W

Stoker 1st Class 291348, Royal Navy (RFR/B/734CH) H.M.S. "Exe". Died 27th March 1918. H.M.S. "Exe" was launched on 27th April 1903 and Laid/Broken up in January 1920.Husband of Edith Nunn of High Street, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Islington Cemetery and Crematorium, Middlesex Screen Wall N.7.20643

PARKER Albert Edward
Lance Corporal 1857, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 14th September 1915 aged 31. Son of William and Anne Broadmoor Parker of 3 Gaddiel Cottages, High Street, Crowthorne. Buried Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave I.A.10
PARKER G E
Private R4/111097, Army Service Corps. Died 15th November 1918. Buried St John the Baptist Churchyard Crowthorne. In South West Part
PEARCE Arthur
Private 1823. The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Died 13th July 1916 Aged 26 son of Arthur and Louisa Pearce, of Church Street, Crowthorne Berks. Buried Delville Wood Cemetery Longueval, France. Grave XXII.C.8, Brother of Frederick.
PEARCE Frederick
Private 2179. The Queens (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Died 24th February 1917 Aged 27 Son of Arthur and Louise Pearce of "Kildare" Cambridge Road, Crowthorne Buried Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium Grave I.C.14 Brother of Arthur
PEARSON Laumann Saxe William
Second Lieutenant. Essex Regiment. Died 19th July 1916, Fromelles Cemetery, France. Aged 24. Son of M. Pearson, of Birch Knoll, Crowthorne, Berks and the late Laumann Saxe Pearson. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 10D
PESCOD Benjamin
Corporal M2/049815. Army Service Corps, 283rd M.T. Coy.attd. X Corps Heavy Artillery, Died 28th September 1918, aged 30. Son of John Howick Pescod and Alice Mary Pescod, husband of Agnes Louisa Pescod of The Avenue Wellington College, Berks. Enlisted 15th Feb. 1915 Native of Brighton. Buried Westoutre British Cemetery, Belgium. Grave 0.12
PITHER Frederick
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REID James Robert

Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment "D" Coy. 1st Bn. Died 27th July 1916 Aged 19. Son of Margaret Reid of 3 Alfred Place, South Kensington, London and the late James Robert Reid, C.I.E., I.C.S. Remembered Thiepval memorial, France Grave, Pier & Face 11.D.

War Diary Entry:-

2am. Battalion moved to DELVILLE WOOD and took up position on southern edge of wood, and lay down in "jumping off" formation immediately in front of SOUTH STREET.

4.15am. Companies were disposed as follows: Left A Company (Captain WESTON) in support to and under orders of 23rd RF. Left Centre B Company (Captain WEST). Right Centre C Company (Captain GREGSON-ELLIS], Right D Company (Lieut REID). Right Company was detailed for protection of right flank.

5.10am. Our bombardment of LONGUEVAL VILLAGE commenced.

6.10am. Our bombardment of DELVILLE WOOD commenced.

7.12am. Battalion less A Company advanced in two waves. Btn Hdqs in centre of leading wave. After advancing 270 yards the leading battalions halted. The Battalion halted and dug in at this point. Our bombardment had lengthened by this time to the northern portion of the wood.

8.10am. Advance continued. The Battalion finally halted and dug in on the PRINCESS STREET line. During the advance from SOUTH STREET enemy's rifle fire was considerable but extremely inaccurate. Enemy machine gun, apparently fired from vicinity of LONGUEVAL VILLAGE enfiladed the advance and consolidating parties. Another machine gun was traversing opposite the centre of the advance. These two guns ceased firing, having apparently been silenced just before the Battalion reached SOUTH STREET.

9am. By this time the Battalion was dug in. Enemy opened extremely accurate HE fire, enfilading the position from right to left.

Consolidation of the line was continued throughout the remainder of the day, and a very fair line was made. Weather throughout the day was very warm, and no water supply was available other than that carried in the bottles. The line was continually shelled from 9am to 8pm.

10.40am. Officer from 1st KRRC support trench came back and stated that the enemy were bombing along right flank of his battalion and that the position there was being retained with difficulty. Orders were immediately issued for bombs to be collected. This was done with very little delay, and the message to Brigade was sent off "Send up bombs. Very urgently needed."0.50am. An old dump containing 30 boxes SAA and about 100 boxes of bombs was discovered about 50 yards in rear of Princess Street line: this having been evidently left there in a previous advance and overlooked by the enemy. Parties were detailed to take quantities of bombs and SAA to the KRR support trench.

ROBINSON Percy
Private 8481,East Surrey Regiment, lst Bn. Died 13th April 915 Aged 29.. Son of G and Janet Robinson of Broadmoor, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Chester Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Grave I.D.17.
SAXE D
Lance Sergeant 33431, lst Bn. Hampshire Regiment Died 19th June 1918 Aged 28. Son of Mrs Saxe of Marchfield House, Binfield, Berks. Husband of S. Smith formerly Saxe of Iron Gates Green, Chevington, Suffolk. Buried Le Vertannoy British Cemetery, Hinges, France. Grave C.2.
SCRIBBINS William Howard
Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died 22nd August 1918. Son of William Charles and Fanny Cecile Scribbins of "Faircroft" The Avenue, Crowthorne. Buried St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Crowthorne. North of the Church
   
SEYMOUR Ernest Charles
Private 3091, London Regiment Died 26th May 1915 Aged 25. Son of Albert and Edith Seymour of Waterloo Place, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Le Touret Memorial. France Panel 45 & 46. Brother of Frank, George & William who also died.
SEYMOUR Frank
Private G/1819. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 26th March 1918. Son of Albert and Edith Seymour of Waterloo Place, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Arras Memorial, France. Bay 2. Brother of Ernest, George & William
   
SEYMOUR George H
Private G/2157, The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 13th July 1916 Aged 24. Son of Mrs Edith Seymour of Waterloo Place, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Thiepval Memorial. France Pier & Face 5D & 6D. Brother of Ernest, Frank & William
SEYMOUR William T
Private M2/182186, Army Service Corps, Unit Test 706th M.T. Coy. Died 10th November 1918. Son of Albert and Edith Seymour, husband of Margaret Seymour of Mount Ash Road, Sydenham, London. Buried St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Crowthorne. In South West Part. Brother of Ernest, Frank & George.
SHARP Charles
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SHARP William A
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SLYFIELD George W
M/302500 Corporal, Army Service Corps. Died 22nd November 1918, Aged 35. Husband of Florence Emma Slyfield, of Priors Court Cottage, Chieveley, Newbury, Berks. Buried Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. France. Grave IV.H.26
   
SMITH Albert H
The late Corp. A.H. Smith of Wexford Cottage, Broadmoor, Crowthorne. Wounded and died of pneumonia in France
SMITH Stanley Arthur
28384 Private, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 1st/4tn Bn. Died 7th May 1918 Aged 18. Son of Mr and Mrs A.E. Smith of Central Stores, High Street, Crowthorne, Berks. Buried Arneke British Cemetery, France Grave II.E.2.
SMITH Victor Robert

11775 Private Royal Berkshire Regiment 2nd Bn. Killed In Action. 25th September 1915. Born Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 7 & 8.

2nd Battalion Way diary entry for the 25th September 1915, Bois Grenier, France. The Battalion took part in an attack on the German position, this attack coincided with the opening Battle of Loos and acted as a division to drive German troops away from Loos, and during the day sustained the following casualties-

7 x Officers Killed:
7 x Officers Wounded: Other Ranks: Killed 32, Missing 143, Wounded 216.
SMITHERS Edward William

Signalman 191011, Royal Navy H.M.T.B. No. 12 Died 10th June 1915. Lost at sea in motorised torpedo boat Aged 34. Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial.

SPEAR Francis W
210341 Private, Hampshire Regiment 2nd/4th Bn. Died 20th July 1918. Buried Marfaux British Cemetery, France Grave II.G.7.
SPICER Frederick James
50827 Private, Worcestershire Regiment 3rd Bn. Died 9th August 1918 Aged 19. Son of Mr C.E. Spicer of 50 Broadmoor, Crowthorne Berks. Buried Pernes British Cemetery, France. Grave III.B.19
STRATFORD Ernest P
Lieutenant Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 21st April 1915. Resides in Crowthorne. Buried Wokingham (All Saints) Churchyard. Berks. Grave A.166
SUTTON Frank
Private 216026, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 9th April 1917 Aged 26. Son of Richard Sutton of "Devonia" Pinewood Avenue, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Vimy Memorial, France.
THIEMAN Albert Frederick Max
Lance Corporal 11058, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died 25th September 1914. Aged 19. Son of Mary Elizabeth Thieman of Finchampstead, Berkshire and the late Charles Max Thieman. Buried Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France Grave VII.AE.4.
VAUGHAN Arthur Edward
22207 Private, South Wales Borderers 11th Bn. Died 31st July 1917 Aged 29. Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Vaughan of Bridge Cottage, Little Stretton, Church Stretton, Salop. Buried Cement House Cemetery, Belgium Grave XI.E.14
WALL Frank Edgar
2039 Private, Fort Garry Horse. Died 9th October 1918 Aged 35, Son of Mrs Sarah Wall of Edmonton Alberta, husband of Louise Wall of 31 Belgrave Crescent, Bath, England. Buried Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave I.A.23
WARWICK A.
8948 Private, Royal Berkshire Regiment 1st. Bn. Killed In Action 26th October 1914. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Belgium Panel 45
WATSON Leslie
Pte. L.J. Watson, Civil Service Rifles, Broadmoor, Crowthorne, Sick
WATTS Sidney W
33278 Private Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry 2nd Bn. Died 1st March 1917. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 10A and 10D. The late Pte. S.W. Watts, Forest Road, Crowthorne. Killed in Action
WEST H C
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WESTLAND Frederick T
291326 Lance Corporal, Gordon Highlanders, lst/7th Bn. Died 23rd April 1917. Buried Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, France Grave II.E.13
WHITE Edward Albert
Private 7406. Hampshire Regiment 1st Bn. Died 13th May 1915 Aged 29. Son of Mrs J. White of Cambridge Road, Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Panel 35
WHITE Frederick
Sergeant 9290, Royal Irish Rifles Died 14th October 1914 Aged 24 Son of Mrs G. White of Cambridge Road, Crowthorne Berks. Remembered Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel 42 & 43
LUSHINGTON P John Wildman
Second Lieutenant 3rd Bn. attd 6th Bn. Second Lieutenant. Died 3rd May 1917 Aged 28. Son of Mrs Wildman - Lushington of the Firs, Wellington College Station, Berks and the late Capt. P. Wildman-Lushington (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) husband of Agnes Wildman-Lushington of "Pajoni" Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Arras Memorial, France
WILLOUGHBY William Charles
Private 7675, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died 23rd August 1914 Aged 27. Husband of Florence Hannah Willoughby, of Excelsior Villa, Church Road Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, France
WOLFE Douglas Robert
Private 15876 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment Killed In Action 5th March 1917 Aged 23, Born Hawkhurst, Kent. Son of Robert and Mary Wolfe of 3 Bramshot Avenue, Charlton. Remembered Thiepval Memorial, France Pier & Face 11D.
WRIGHT Francis William
Sergeant 7401, Royal Irish Rifles "C" Coy. 1st Bn., Died 16th November 1914. Aged 27, Son of Charles and Elizabeth Nightingale Wright, Native of Kingston-Upon-Thames Buried Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie Grave IV.J.1
WICKS William Horace
Private 33738, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died 25th October 1917. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 48 & 50 & 162A
YATMAN Dennistoun Hamilton.
Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 11th April 1918 Aged 19. Son of Brigadier General Clement Yatman, C.M.G. D.S.O. and Nora Maude Yatman of Orchard, Hurst, Berkshire. Buried Canandian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France Grave 19.A.61
1939–1945
CARTER James Robert Nelson
7621512 Lance Corporal, Royal Sussex Regiment 6th Bn. Died 25th April 1942 Aged 22, Son of George Albert and Marion Jane Carter, of Crowthorne, husband of Edna Joan Carter of Crowthorne. Buried Crowthorne (St. John the Baptist) churchyard, Crowthorne. Berks. South Side Row 16 Grave 1.
COTTERELL Reginald Ernest
Trooper 7877845, Royal Armoured Corps 3rd Kings Own Hussars. Died 12th August 1943 Aged 35, Son of George Herbert and Sarah Jane Cotterell of Crowthorne, Berks husband of Doris Elsie Cotterell of Crowthorne. Remembered Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia, Reference 12.A.16
FORREST Robert Charles

Steward 24026. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy), H.M.S. Avenger. Died 15th November 1942 Aged 33, Son of Charlie Edmund and Lily Amelia Forrest (Nee Longhurst) Remembered Liverpool Naval Memorial, Panel 6. Column 2.

Avenger's war service commenced on 3rd September, when she left Scapa Flow on her first official active duty. As an escort to convoy PQ18 to the north of Russia, where her aircraft sank the German submarine U589 on 14 September 1942 with the assistance of the destroyer HMS Faulknor.

In her second operation, Avenger was ordered to take part in Operation "Torch", the invasion of North Africa. In November 1942, she departed Gibraltar with convoy MFK 1(Y) on 14 November, heading home to the Clyde in the UK. At 0305 on 15 November, Avenger was torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-155, along with two other escorting merchant ship. Avenger was hit on the port side amidships, which in turn ignited her bomb room, blowing out the centre section of the ship. Her bow and stern sections rose in the air and sunk within 2 minutes, leaving only 12 survivors.

GOLDSWORTH (nee Partridge) Myrtle D
Corporal W/111783 Auxiliary Territorial Service, Died 29th May 1944. Buried St. John The Baptist Churchyard Crowthorne
HANDS William Arthur

PO/X4671 Marine. Royal Marines "H.M.S. Eagle" Died 11th August 1942 Aged 20. Son of Arthur Edmund and Florence Hands of Crowthorne Berks. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 70 Column 2. HMS Eagle (pennant number 94) was an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. It was laid down prior to the First World War as the Battleship Almirante Cochrane for Chile. In 1917 she was purchased by Britain for conversion to a through-deck aircraft carrier, being commissioned in 1924.

Eagle remained in service at the outbreak of the Second World War, serving mainly in the Mediterranean, where she was took part in escorting several convoys to Malta, and in delivering fighter aircraft to Malta to boost its air defences. Eagle was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-73 on 11 August 1942, while part of the escort to a convoy to Malta, (Operation Pedestal).

HALE Victor J

Sergeant (Obs) 923928, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 40 Sqdn. died 26th October 1941. Son of Mr and Mrs Robert Hale of Crowthorne. Buried St John the Baptist Churchyard Crowthorne. North Side Row 2, Grave 31.

HOLDAWAY Robert

Telegraphist P/JX 160119 Royal Navy "H.M.S. Dunedin". Died 24th November 1941 Aged 18. Son of Percy and Carrie Elizabeth Holdaway. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 52 Column 3. "HMS Dunedin was a Danae-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was launched from the yards of Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle-on-Tyne on 19 November 1918 and commissioned on 13 September 1919.

Early in the Second World War, HMS Dunedin was involved in the hunt for the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau after the sinking of the armed merchant cruiser HMS Rawalpindi.

On 15 June 1941, HMS Dunedin captured the German tanker Lothringen and gathered some highly classified Enigma cipher machines that she carried. HMS Dunedin was still steaming in the Central Atlantic Ocean, just east of the St. Paul's Rocks, north east of Recife, Brazil, when on 24 November 1941, at 1526 hours, two torpedoes from the German submarine U-124 sank her. Only four officers and 63 men survived out of the Dunedin's crew of 486 officers and men.

JUSTICE Albert William
Aircraftman 1st Class 1196175, Died 30th May 1943 Aged 20. Son of Jack and Gladys Annie Justice of Crowthorne, Berkshire. Buried Ambon War Cemetery, Indonesia, Grave 12.C.4.
KER Alan Wemyss Wellwood
Civilian War Dead, Died 25th September 1944 Aged 56 at Changi Interment Camp, Malaya. Director of A.R.P. Singapore. Husband of Ursula H. Ker of Thornbury, Crowthorne, Berkshire.
LEWINGTON Arthur Reginald
13036994 Lance Corporal Pioneer Corps, Died 7th February 1944 Aged 28. Son of Charles and Caroline Lewington of Crowthorne Berks, husband of Elsie Lewington of Crowthorne. Buried Anzio War Cemetery, Italy.
LONGDEN Robert Paton
Civilian War Dead, Died 8th October 1940. M.A.; Master of Wellington College; Home Guard. Son of Vice-Admiral Horace Longden, C.M.G. and Emily Longen of the Crossways Wickham Hampshire. Died at Wellington College. Reporting Authority Easthampstead, Rural District
NORTH Herbert W
Aircraftman 1st Class 1258020 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th June 1941 Aged 26. Son of Stanley Owen North and Alice Mary North of Crowthorne, Berkshire. Buried Port Elizabeth (South End) Cemetery, South Africa. Grave H Extension 39S.
NORTH Edward Victor
Trooper 306200, Royal Horse Guards. Died 9th July 1945 Aged 20. Son of Stanley Owen North and Alice Mary North of Crowthorne. Buried Celle War Cemetery, Germany. Grave 2.F.2.
NUNN Walter Frederick

Petty Officer Stoker P/KX 78291 Royal Navy "H.M.S. Bluebell". Died 17th February 1945 Aged 33. Husband of Jane Nunn of Liverpool. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 89 Column 3. " HMS Bluebell" was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-711 on the 17th February 1945 off the Kola Inlet (Russia) in position 69º36'N, 35º29'E.

PAPWORTH John Frederick

Stoker P/KX 85338, Royal Navy H.M.S. Belmont. Died 31st January 1942 Aged 28. Son of William Papworth and of Margaret Ruth Papworth of Crowthorne. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 68 Column 3,for the "H.M.S. Belmont". Newfoundland Escort Force, Sank 31st January During escort of return troop convoy NA2 hit by torpedo from U82 off Halifax. Sank with the loss of entire ship's company in position 42.02N 57-18W.

POLDEN Alfred George
Private 5344951, South Wales Borderers 1st Bn. Died 5th January 1944 Aged 29. Son of Henry and Elsie May Polden, husband of Phyllis Maybel Polden Remembered Cassino Memorial, Italy. Panel 6.
REASON James Denis Royle

Able Seaman P/SSX 17373, Royal Navy H.M.S Suffolk. Died 10th February 1940 Aged 21. Son of Harry and Rose Reason of Crowthorne, Berks.

HMS Suffolk (55) was a County class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy, and part of the Kent subclass. she was built by Portsmouth Dockyard, Portsmouth, UK. Suffolk, like her sisters, served on the China Station, save for reconstruction, until the outbreak of the Second World War. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled the Denmark Straits in October 1939. In April 1940 Suffolk participated in the Norwegian Campaign. On 13 April 1940 the ship arrived at Tórshavn to commence the British pre-emptive occupation of the Faroe Islands. On 14 April 1940 Suffolk sank the German tanker Skagerrak northwest of Bodø, Norway.

On 17 April 1940 Suffolk bombarded the air field and sea plane station at Sola Air Station, Stavanger, destroying four aircraft and damaging the installations, but was in return badly damaged by bombs from German Ju88 aircraft of II./KG 30. X-turret's magazine had been destroyed. The ship was very lucky to survive this ordeal and she barely reached Scapa Flow with her stern awash the next morning. Until the ship reached port the Germans claimed to have sunk her. the ship was beached at Scapa Flow to prevent her sinking. Suffolk was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 where she was repaired at the Clyde. On 17 April 1940 Suffolk bombarded the air field and sea plane station at Sola Air Station, Stavanger, destroying four aircraft and damaging the installations, but was in return badly damaged by bombs from German Ju88 aircraft of II./KG 30. X-turret's magazine had been destroyed. The ship was very lucky to survive this ordeal and she barely reached Scapa Flow with her stern awash the next morning. Until the ship reached port the Germans claimed to have sunk her. the ship was beached at Scapa Flow to prevent her sinking. Suffolk was out of action from April 1940 until February 1941 where she was repaired at the Clyde.

The Captain of Suffolk, Robert Meyric Ellis, remains on the bridge for lunch whilst shadowing the Bismarck

During May 1941 Suffolk was involved in the Battle of the Denmark Strait and the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck. Suffolk had engaged the battleship twice during the battle making several salvoes on her. Using her Radar, Suffolk was able to track the Bismarck through the Denmark Strait and maintained contact long enough for other units to vector into Bismarcks path.

REASON William Robert

Leading Seaman C/JX150616, Royal Navy "H.M.S. Curacoa". Died 2nd October 1942 Aged 31 son of Harry and Rose Reason of Crowthorne, Berks. Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial, Reference 52.2. Sank on the same vessel as Arthur John Watkins who died same day.

In 1939, a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe, she was selected for conversion to an anti-aircraft cruiser and underwent a refit at Chatham Dockyard She then served with the Home Fleet during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. In March 1942, she was adopted by the civil community of Wolverhampton On 2 October 1942, she was escorting the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary carrying nearly 20,000 American troops of the 29th Infantry Division to join the Allied forces in Europe .Both ships were following evasive zigzagging courses about 60 km north of the coast of Ireland when the Queen Mary cut across the path of the Curacoa with insufficient clearance, striking her amidships at a speed of 28 knots and cutting her in two. The Curacoa sank immediately, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the Queen Mary did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a fractured stem. Hours later, the convoy's lead escort returned to rescue 99 survivors from the Curacoa's crew of 338. The loss was not reported until after the war ended, whereupon the Navy immediately pressed charges against the Queen Mary's owners, Cunard White Star Line The High Court of Justice subsequently ruled mostly in favour of the latter, giving two-thirds of the blame to the Admiralty and one third to Cunard White Star This ruling would become important in the civil lawsuits subsequently filed against Cunard White Star by relatives of the Curacoa deceased. It also prompted significant revisions in Navy policy, including the suspension of escorts for passenger liners.

RICHARDS Frederick W
Sergeant 7258137. Royal Army Medical Corps Died between 1st October 1942 and 2nd October 1942, Remembered Sai Wan memorial, China. Column 21
RICKCORD Anthony George
Sergeant (Pilot) 977274, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th June 1941 Aged 19. Son of Percival Scott Rickcord and Charlotte Mary Dorothy Rickcord of Crowthorne Berks. Buried Hamburg Cemetery, Germany. Brother of John.
RICKCORD John Scott

Midshipman Royal Navy "H.M.S. Exeter" Died 13th December1939, Aged 20.Son of Percival Scott Rickcord and Charlotte Mary Dorothy Rickcord of Crowthorne Berks. Remembered Plymouth Naval Memorial. Brother of Anthony.

HMS Exeter (68) was a York class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy that served in World War II. She was laid down on 1 August 1928 at the Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth, Devon. She was launched on 18 July 1929 and completed on 27 July 1931. She fought against the German pocket battleship Graf Spee at the 1939 Battle of the River Plate, suffering extensive damage that caused a long refit. Having been rebuilt, she was sent to the East Indies where she was sunk by the Japanese in 1942.

SCUFFLE Lewis Oliver George
Private 5510690, Hampshire Regiment 2nd Bn. Died 25th September 1943 Aged 36 son of George and Annie Scuffle of Crowthorne Berks and husband of Mable Scuffle of Crowthorne. Buried Salerno War Cemetery, Italy Grave IV.D.6
TILEY John Herbert Leslie
Private 5503630, Hampshire Regiment 2nd Bn. Died 2nd December 1942 Aged 25. Buried Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. Grave 1.H.6.
WATKINS Arthur John

Petty Officer Telegraphist C/JX 133378, Royal Navy "H.M.S. Curacoa. Died 2nd November 1942 Aged 28, Son of George Arthur and Georgina Mary Watkins, husband of Mary Watkins of Pangbourne, Berks. Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial. Sank on the same vessel as William Robert Reason died same day. In 1939, a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe, she was selected for conversion to an anti-aircraft cruiser and underwent a refit at Chatham Dockyard She then served with the Home Fleet during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. In March 1942, she was adopted by the civil community of Wolverhampton On 2 October 1942, she was escorting the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary carrying nearly 20,000 American troops of the 29th Infantry Division to join the Allied forces in Europe. Both ships were following evasive zigzagging courses about 60 km north of the coast of Ireland when the Queen Mary cut across the path of the Curacoa with insufficient clearance, striking her amidships at a speed of 28 knots and cutting her in two. The Curacoa sank immediately, about 100 yards from the Queen Mary. Due to the risk of U-boat attacks, the Queen Mary did not assist in rescue operations and instead steamed onward with a fractured stem. Hours later, the convoy's lead escort returned to rescue 99 survivors from the Curacoa's crew of 338. The loss was not reported until after the war ended, whereupon the Navy immediately pressed charges against the Queen Mary's owners, Cunard White Star Line The High Court of Justice subsequently ruled mostly in favour of the latter, giving two-thirds of the blame to the Admiralty and one third to Cunard White Star This ruling would become important in the civil lawsuits subsequently filed against Cunard White Star by relatives of the Curacoa deceased. It also prompted significant revisions in Navy policy, including the suspension of escorts for passenger liners.

WEBSTER Basil Henry
Gunner 11052734, Royal Artillery 79 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) H.A.A. Regt. Died 29th July 1944 Aged 23. Son of Robert Clasper Todd and Mary Agnes Todd of Owlsmoor, Berks. Remembered Cassino Memorial, Italy. Panel 2
  BURIED IN CROWTHORNE CHURCHYARD BUT NOT RECORDED ON THE MEMORIAL
STOKES H E
Private 28925, Royal Berkshire Regiment 12th. Bn. Died 15th November 1918, Buried St. John the Baptist Churchard, Crowthorne. In Southwest Part.

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