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FINCHAMPSTEAD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Andy Chaloner 2009

The Finchamstead memorial is to be found in Jubilee Road at the junction of the B3348 and B3016. It takes the form of a Portalnd stone cross of sacrifice affixed to the front of which is a bronze sword. There are 22 names for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2. Monies were raised by public subscription and the memorial was unveiled on 31st October 1920.

Photographs Copyright © Andy Chaloner 2009

TO
THE MEMORY OF
FINCHAMSTEAD MEN
WHO IN THE GREAT
WAR DIED FOR
JUSTICE LIBERTY
AND RIGHT
ALL HALLOWE'EN
MCMXX

1914-1918

ATTRIDE

Raymond George

Captain 1st/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-mentioned in dispatches-died 14th August 1916 aged 26. Son of Charles and Emma Attride of “Aves” Wellington College, Berkshire. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 11D

BALDWYN

Arthur W

Private 1654 2nd Australian Pioneers-died 26th September 1917-Son of Mr and Mrs Baldwyn-born at Gonderton, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery grave XXIII.C.3

BALDWYN

Frederick C

Private 3118 1st/4th Battalion Hampshire Regiment-died 21st January 1916 aged 25-Son of Mrs F Baldwyn of Up Green, Eversley, Hampshire-Remembered on the Basra Memorial Panel 21 and 63

CHAPMAN

Charles

Captain Royal Artillery 20th August 1916

CORFIELD

Egerton Anson Frederick

Second Lieutenant 153rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery-died 17th June 1917 aged 29-Son of Reverend Egerton Corfield M.A. Rector of Finchampstead, Berkshire and Ethel Grace Corfield-Buried in Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery grave no: I.G.25

CORFIELD

Hubert Vernon Anchitel

Second Lieutenant 7th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment-died 7th July 1916 aged 20-Son of Reverend Egerton Corfield M.A. Rector of Finchampstead, Berkshire and Ethel Grace Corfield. A scholar (classical) of Emanuel College, Cambridge, the youngest of four brothers holding commissions. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 6C

COVENTRY

Herbert Thomas

Private 4801 1st/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Pangbourne, Berkshire-enlisted Reading-Killed in action 18th November 1916 aged 30-Son of Alice Coventry of New Mill, Eversley, Hampshire and the late Thomas Coventry-Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 11D

CRUTCHFIELD

Joseph

Drummer 8287 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Reading-enlisted Finchampstead-died of wounds 23rd March 1915 aged 27-Son of Jesse Crutchfield late of Eversley, Hampshire-buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery-grave III.D.58

DOE

Arthur

Corporal 7924 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Sandhurst-enlisted Yorktown-Killed in action 1st January 1915 aged 28-Son of Charles and May Doe of Longdown, Sandhurst, Berkshire-buried Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Laventie-grave D.11.

2nd Royal Berkshire Regiment diary entry for the 1st January 1915: In trenches at Fauquissart, relieved at 5pm by 2nd Bn Rifle Brigade. (1 NCO killed in action, 2 men to hospital).

FIELDER

William

Private 28824 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Eversley-enlisted Reading- Killed in action 2nd April 1918 (on memorial shown as 21st March 1918)-buried Ham British Cemetery Muille-Villette grave I.A.16.

GIFFORD

Frederick William

Private 17865 25th Company Machine Gun Corps-died 4th July 1917 aged 42-Son of Frederick William and the late Caroline Gifford-Husband of Fanny Gifford of “Utopia” Gypsy Lane, Wokingham, Berkshire-remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Panel 56

HAWKINS

William Jesse

Private 16546 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Finchampstead-enlisted Wokingham-died of wounds 18th August 1917 aged 37-Son of Harry and Sarah Hawkins-Husband of S.A.Hawkins of Warren Cottage, Sandhurst, Berkshire-born in Finchampstead, Berkshire-buried Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3 grave II.H.19

HAWKINS

Victor Henry

Lance Corporal 39821 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment-awarded Military Medal-died 28th April 1918) on memorial 23rd April 1918) aged 20-Son of Alfred and Hannah Hawkins of Fleet Hill Cottage, Finchampstead, Berkshire-buried La Clytte Military Cemetery grave V.C.1

JAMES

Joe Conquest

Captain 5th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-died 14th July 1916 aged 40-Son of William Joseph and Ann Conquest Jones of Wellington College Station, Berkshire-Husband of Constance Jones of 36 Somers Road, Reigate, Surrey-buried Wimereux Communal Cemetery grave III.K.2

JONES

Percy

Captain Major Behar Light Infantry Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached to the 13th Duke of Connaughts Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse)-awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal and VD-died 3rd November 1917 aged 48-Son of the late Lieutenant Colonel A S Jones VC (9th Lancers) of Ridge Cottage, Finchampstead, Berkshire-Husband of Mrs Percy Jones of Holton, Mayfield, Sussex. Served in the South African Campaign-Boer War as a Corporal in Lumsdens Horse)-buried Baghdad Northgate War Cemetery grave V.E.4

KEYES

James Frederick

Sergeant 558277 29th Division Signal Company Royal Engineers-died 1st December 1917 (on Memorial 30th November 1917)-aged 23-awarded Medaille Militaire-Son of Mrs Sarah Elizabeth White of Spring Gardens, Finchampstead, Berkshire-remembered Cambrai Memorial Louverval Panel 1 and 2

LANGRIDGE

Edward Alfred

Private 18350 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards-died 1st December 1917-aged 30-Son of Alfred and Mary Langridge of “Selborn” New Haw Road, Addlestone, Surrey-Husband of Violet Mary Langridge of 9 Council Cottages, Finchampstead, Berkshire-remembered Cambrai Memorial Louverval Panel 2

MURRELL

Sidney C

Sergeant 9632 7th/8th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers-died 20th November 1917 aged 29-Son of James and Sarah Murrell of Finchampstead, Berkshire-Husband of Emily Murrell of Church View, Hurst, Berkshire-buried Croisilles British Cemetery grave II.A.8

PEARCE

James

Private 3/7062 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment-Cricket Hill, Finchampstead-died 11th March 1915 (on memorial 13th March 1915) – remembered Le Touret Memorial Panel 8 and 9

STAINES

Walter Charles Thomas

Private 11769 B Company 2nd/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-born Chelsea-enlisted Wokingham-died of wounds 20th September 1918 aged 26-Son of Francis and Catherine Staines of North Court Cottage, Finchampstead, Berkshire-buried La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck grave III.E.18

WHITE

Herbert

Stoker 1st Class K/17774 HM Submarine E50 Royal Navy-Killed in action 31st January 1918 aged 23-Son of Albert and Mary Ann White of Ride End, Finchampstead, Berkshire-remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 30.

HM Submarine E50 is thought to have struck a mine in the North Sea.

YOUNG

Frank Augustus

Lance Corporal 17209 1st and 7th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-Wyse hill, Finchampstead-born Christchurch-enlisted Finchampstead- Killed in action 24th April 1917-remembered Doiran Memorial Salonika.

7th Royal Berkshire Regiment diary entry for the 24th April 1917: Greece C sector left Our bombardment continues and enemy retaliated during day. The operations took place between DOIRAN LAKE and P5 and 4 1/2. The 79th Bde (3Bns) attacked from the lake to PETIT COURONNE. The attack took place at 2145hrs. D Coy on left attacked Z42 Z43. C Coy Y15 and Y16 and A Coy Z40 and Z41. C and D Coys took their objectives in spite of encountering a heavy barrage. A Coy did not move forward on account of the heavy barrage at point K. C and D Coys held their captured positions and started consolidation, but having run out of bombs and had 3 Lewis guns destroyed were forced to retire in face of a heavy counter attack. The Bns of 79th Bde were unsuccessful in capturing their objectives and the order to retire to our trenches was given at 0430hrs. The BNs of 22nd Div captured their objectives, succeeded in holding and consolidating in spite of heavy counter attacks. The barrage put up by the enemy was extremely heavy. We had the following casualties 2 Officers killed, 1 missing, 6 wounded Casualties of Other Ranks 245.

I am the resurrection and the life he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
All Hallowe’en MCMXX
1939-1945

BALLARD

Charles Dargaville

Sub Lieutenant HMS Manchester Royal Navy-Killed in action 23rd July 1941 (on memorial 23rd June 1941) aged 20-Son of Captain George Norman Ballard RN and Muriel Ballard-remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 45 Column 3.

In July HMS Manchester returned to the Mediterranean for an important Malta convoy, but on 23 July she was hit on the port quarter by an aerial torpedo and badly damaged. Temporary repairs were made at Gibraltar, and the ship then sailed for Philadelphia for complete repair.

CARTLIDGE

Howard Alfred

Lance Sergeant 2072615 226th Field Company Royal Engineers –Died 20th November 1940-Memorial Finchampstead St James Churchyard

EUSTACE

John Powell

Lieutenant HMS Heron Royal Navy-died 21st May 1941 aged 24-Son of Eustace Mallabone Eustace and Cathmar Eustace of Crowthorne, Berkshire-buried Yeovilton, St. Bartholomew Churchyard Plot M grave 5

EUSTACE

David Airy

Lieutenant HM Submarine P38 Royal Navy-Killed in action 25th February 1942-remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 62 Column 1.

HMS P38 left Malta on 16th February 1942 to intercept a convoy off Tripoli. By the 23rd she was in position as the convoy hove into view. Amongst the convoy was the Italian destroyer Circe. At 0800 the Circe reported contact with a submarine and the warships turned to attack. A periscope was sighted but was quickly replaced by bubbles as the submarine dived realising it had been spotted. At 1050 after a flurry of attacks HMS P38 rose stern first out of the water, her propellers turning wildly, before crashing back beneath the waves. A large patch of oil appeared on the surface as well as debris - clear evidence of the submarine’s destruction.

HUTCHINSON

John Harvey

Wing Commander (Pilot) 16112 Royal Air Force-mentioned in despatches) died 8th October 1940-Son of William and Asta Hutchinson of Finchampstead-Husband of Beatrice K Hutchinson of Finchampstead-buried Pembrey St Illtyd Churchyard row 1 grave 10

MAY

James Henry

Sergeant 759336 248 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve-died 13th December 1940 aged 24-Son of James May and Gertrude May of Finchampstead, Berkshire-remembered Runnymede Memorial Panel 17.

PARKER

Percival Robert

Sergeant C H /15986 Royal Marines-died 28th February 1943-Husband of M Parker of Wokingham-buried Finchampstead St James Churchyard East of Church

ROBSON

Charles Alexander

Major 126448 10th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-awarded Military Cross-died 11th January 1944 (on memorial 12th January 1944) aged 29-Son of Alexander Robson (killed in action 1917) and Alice Helena Robson, Finchampstead, Berkshire. Buried Minturno War Cemetery grave V.D.16

Photographs and paperwork courtesy & copyright © Mark Shearman 2010

WALDEN

Cyril John

Sergeant 1604000 114th Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve-died 24th February 1945 (on memorial 23rd February 1945) aged 21-Son of David E and Ethel D Walden of Finchampstead, Berkshire-remembered Malta Memorial Panel 18 column 2

WARREN

William Anthony

Major 36913 10th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment-died 28th February 1944 aged 36-Son of Doctor Alfred Castle Warren and Sabina Warren of Crowthorne, Berkshire-remembered Cassino Memorial Panel 9

WELLER

W Richard

2nd Lieutenant West Yorkshire Regiment-died 20th October 1938

WHEELER

John

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 125735 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve-died 12th September 1945 aged 29-Son of Walter and Grace V Wheeler-Husband of Ann Maitland Wheeler of Hampstead, London A.R.I.B.A.-buried Chichester Cemetery Square 159 C of E plot grave 34

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