War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Andy Chaloner 2010
Spencers Wood War Memorial is outside, and repeated inside, the St Michael
and All Angels Church in Spencers Wood, Berkshire. The external memorial
takes the form of a roofed, wooden memorial, the memorial is made from
wood with an ornate inscription which is glazed to protect it. There
are names for both World War 1 and World War 2. The World War 1 names
are not in alphabetical order on the memorial but have been sorted into
alphabetical sequence here for ease of research and reading.
Photographs Copyright © Andy Challoner 2010
grateful & Lasting Memory of the men from this parish who so nobly
the great sacrifice in the European war 1914 – 1918
They died so we might live
This memorial was erected by the inhabitants of Shinfield
6619, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on
the 6th January 1915, born East Harbourne, enlisted Reading, resident
of Shinfield. Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial panel 30.
219016, 7th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds on
the 29th August 1918 aged 23, enlisted Reading, son of Edward and
Emma Alexander of Ferndale, Brookers Hill, Shinfield, Reading. Buried
in the Karasouli Military Cemetery in Greece grave D.891. Formerly
no 615 in the Army Service Corp.
13023, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action
on the 5th March 1917 aged 21, born Swallowfield, enlisted Reading,
son of Mrs Eliza Allen of Ryeish Green, Spencer Wood, Reading. Buried
in the Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand in France grave
Corporal 7854, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds
on the 21st November 1914 aged 29, born Shinfield, enlisted Reading,
resident of Whitley Wood. Buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
in France, grave III.A.64.
15187, Berkshire Yeomanry died on the 29th November 1917 aged 19,
son of William and Caroline Appleton, 200 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading.
Remembered on the Jerusalem Memorial in Israel, panel 4.
27367, 7th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds on
the 2nd October 1918 aged 21, born Shinfield, enlisted Reading,
son of William and Mary Bailey, Whitley Wood, Three Mile Cross,
Reading. Buried in the Plovdiv Central Cemetery in Bulgaria, grave
12/1532, 16th Coy Auckland Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force,
died on the 25th April 1915 aged 27, son of William and Mary Bailey,
Whitley Wood, Three Mile Cross, Reading. Remembered on the Lone
Pine Memorial in Turkey, panel 72.
10259, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action
on the 25th September 1915, born Aylesbury, enlisted Shinfield,
resident of Shinfield. Remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium,
panel 7 and 8. The 2nd battalion attacked at Bois Grenier on the
25th September 1915 simultaneous to the battle of Loos, the attack
was to prevent the enemy from moving reserves down and jeopardising
any breakthrough at Loos. Diary entry for the Battalion, sustained
the following casualties: Officers Killed: 7, Wounded: 5. Other
Ranks: Killed 32, Missing 143, Wounded 216
CH/1659(S), 1st R.M Bn R.N Div Royal Marine Light Infantry, died
on the 28th April 1917. Remembered on the Arras Memorial in France,
25110, A Coy, 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in
action on the 17th February 1917 aged 37, enlisted Reading, son
of the late Mr and Mrs J Bolton, husband of Agnes Herridge West
(formerly Bolton) 92 Whitley Wood Lane, Reading. Remembered on the
Thiepval Memorial in France, pier and face 11 D. Diary entry for
the 6th Battalion on the 17th February 1917. Grandcourt Front Line,
at about midnight the enemy opened a slow barrage on all our lines
of approach. The line to the GUNPITS was barraged all night. At
4AM a slow barrage was opened on our forming up line. AT 5AM this
increased in intensity and caused some casualties. In GRANDCOURT
VALLEY this barrage was mostly 4.2. And 5.9s and very little of
this was shrapnel. At 5.40AM Bn HQ dug out was blown in and Bn HQ
started to move to a dug out at the junction of REGINA TR and 16
Rd. 5.45 - Our barrage opened and attack launched in the dark. Owing
to the darkness troops became somewhat disorganised. Casualties
in the actual advance were not very serious. The final objective
was reached but owing to the line taken up on the right of the Bn
had to be withdrawn. The following is a description of events by
A Coy - Reserve Coy. On the assaulting troops moving forward A Coy
moved into the line GRANDCOURT TR and when the assaulting troops
moved to the final objective after the 37 minute halt of the barrage
two platoons moved up and garrisoned COFFEE TR - two platoons to
GRANDCOURT TR & headquarters to FOLLY TR. At zero hour Bn HQ moved
from the gunpits, which had been very heavily shelled, to a dug
out at the junction of REGINA TR and 16 Rd. 8AM - Situation reported
to Brigade. Line visited and consolidation started. 1050 - Situation
reported to all Coys. CO visited line - consolidation being completed.
Remainder of day spent in improving line and burying dead. Day quiet.
Casualties 6 Officers wounded - (1 died of wounds) 19 other ranks
killed, 169 wounded & missing. Quiet night - very little shelling
Seaman J/46419(PO), Royal Navy HMS Excellent, died on the 2nd February
1916, buried in the Shinfield (St Mary’s) Church Cemetery.
5613, 2nd/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds
on the 22nd November 1916, born Whitley Wood, enlisted Reading,
buried at the Contay British Cemetery in France, grave VIII.F.28.
28666, 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment, died on the 22nd April
1918 aged 18, son of George Elisha of Fern Cottage, Ryiesh Green,
Spencer’s Wood, Reading. Remembered on the Loos Memorial in France,
PO/17048, Royal Marine Light Infantry, killed in action on the 15th
June 1915 aged 19, resident of Three Mile Cross. Remembered on the
Helles Memorial in Turkey, panel 2 to 7.
Lieutenant, 10th Battalion King’s Royal Rifles Corps, died on the
19th September 1917 aged 39, son of the late Mr & Mrs Hole of Hunscott,
Swindon, Husband of Mrs F Hole of the Barn, Northcourt Avenue, Reading.
Remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, Panel 115 to 119
or 162A to 163A.
1st Class K/26474, Royal Navy HMS Hyacinth, died on the 12th January
1916 aged 27, son of Joseph and Ellen Hussey of the "Six Bells",
Shinfield, Reading. Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial,
11818, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action
on the 5th January 1915 aged 17, son of William H and Emma Lailey
of Arborfield Road, Shinfield, Reading. Born Reading, enlisted Reading,
resident of Shinfield. Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France,
panel 30. Diary entry for the 1st Battalion on the 5th January 1915,
Festubert, France. A fine day. Intermittent sniping and slight shelling
about midday. One shell pitched clean into the shelter trench and
Capt Birt was killed outright and his Sgt Maj badly wounded. Endeavours
were made to improve parapets, etc with sandbags but the soil was
too wet to make a successful job of it. We had no communications
by day with left coy owing to lack of telephones.
33, 10th Australian Light Horse, killed in action on the 7th August
1915 aged 25, resident of School Green, Shinfield. Buried at Shrapnel
Valley Cemetery Turkey, grave SP Mem B, 1.
PO/16196, 1st Royal Marine Light Infantry, died of wounds on the
9th September 1917 aged 24, resident of 23 Donnington Road, Reading,
son of Alfred and Ellen Lawrence of Shinfield, Berks. Buried at
the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France, grave VI.A.9.
22469, A Company, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed
in action on the 10th March 1917 aged 23, Son of Alfred and Caroline
Leaver of School Green, Shinfield, Reading. Born Reading, enlisted
Reading, resident of Shinfield. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial
in France, pier and face 11 D. Diary entry for the 6th Battalion
on the 10th March 1917, front line, Irles, France. At 5.15 am the
Bn attacked Grevillers Trench in conjunction with the 1st KRRC on
the left. The trench was captured at once and a line of posts established
in front to facilitate the digging of a new assembly trench for
a future attack. A Company were on the right, 100 prisoners, 3 Machine
Guns and 2 light trench mortars were captured. Casualties Officers
1 killed, 2 wounded, other Ranks 10 Killed, 75 wounded and 9 missing.
The enemy commenced shelling the captured line at about 12 noon
and continued throughout the day, but made no effort to recapture
27004, 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, died 5th September 1917.
Buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord) in France,
grave III, E, 209.
199036, 13th Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery transferred to
the 171st Company of the Labour Corp as number 102268, died on the
15th April 1918 aged 24, son of Mr and Mrs E Mearing of Cutbush
Road, Shinfield. Buried at the St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens in France,
8326, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on
the 25th September 1915 age 30, born Farnborough, enlisted Reading,
son of Mr and Mrs H J Parker of Basingstoke Road, Reading, Husband
of Rose Ethel Chappell (formally Parker) of 70 Linden Road, Shinfield.
Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium panel 7 & 8. The
2nd battalion attacked at Bois Grenier on the 25th September 1915
simultaneous to the battle of Loos, the attack was to prevent the
enemy from moving reserves down and jeopardising any breakthrough
at Loos. Diary entry for the Battalion, sustained the following
casualties: Officers Killed: 7, Wounded: 5. Other Ranks: Killed
32, Missing 143, Wounded 216.
36812, 23rd Brigade Head Quarters of the Royal Field Artillery,
died on the 12th September 1915 aged 23, husband of Annie Alice
Petty of Black Hull Road, Folkestone. Was Mentioned in Despatches.
Buried at the Perth Cemetery (China Wall) in Belgium, grave IV.E.19
2575, 1st/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action
on the 18th August 1916 aged 24, born Shinfield, resident of Church
Lane, Three Mile Cross, enlisted Reading. Remembered on the Thiepval
Memorial in France, pier and face 11 D. Diary entry for the 1st/4th
Battalion on Friday the 18th August 1916, Ovillers France. Dispositions:
C Company in the front line, D Company in Support and A & D Companies
in reserve in the village. Orders were received at 1.37p.m. to co-operate
with the 143rd Brigade in their attack, "B" Coy found
the attacking party with A in Support to them and two Companies
of the GLOSTERS were placed under the Commanding Officers orders
in addition. Weather: a very hot day.
17th Field Company Royal Engineers, died on the 11th May 1915. Buried
at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen in France, grave A.1.II
4379, 1st/9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles),
died on the 1st July 1916 aged 26, son of William Thomas and Sarah
Emily Agnes Tapping of School Green, Shinfield. Remembered on the
Thiepval Memorial in France, pier and face 9 C. Movement for the
1st July 1916, The Queen Victoria’s Rifles attacked Gommecourt on
the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
30008, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action
on the 17th October 1917, resident of Cutbush Lane, Shinfield. Buried
at the Prowse Point Military Cemetery in Belgium, grave III.C.17.
Diary entry for the 1st/4th Battalion on Friday the 17th October
1917, in the field, France "A" Company relieved "C"
Company in LEFT FRONT. "C" Coy in RESERVE. Casualty 2Lt
S.M. CUBBAGE Hospital. O.R. Killed 4. Died of wounds 2. Wounded
in honoured memory of the men of Shinfield who died for us in the
World War 1939-1945
Royal Navy HMS Drake, died 21st April 1941 aged 20, son of Arthur
Daniel and Winifred Mary Jane Aust of Reading. Berkshire. Buried
at the Plymouth (Weston Mill) Cemetery, grave 17935A. During the
war Royal Naval Barracks at Devonport was being heavily bombed sailors
from HMS Drake were involved in much of the rescue work. On April
21/22, 1941, when Devonport itself was hit by high explosive and
incendiary bombs, several buildings caught alight but were brought
under control, the only structure to be lost being the Boscawen
Block which was hit by high explosives and fell victim to an uncontrollable
fire. The walls collapsed just before midnight on April 21; that
night 113 lives were lost from HMS Drake.
Seaman P/SSX18355, Royal Navy HMS Petard, died 16th September 1943,
Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 75 Column 1.
On the 15th of September HMS Petard was part of the screen for the
Battleships Warspite and Valiant during the bombardment of targets
at Salerno. During an air attack on bombarding ships she was hit
by a shell fired during the defensive barrage by assembled ships.
Casualties included two personnel killed.
(Flight Engineer) 1895178, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 462
Squadron, died on the 23rd October 1944 aged 19, son of Frederick
Charles and Ada Sophie Petit, husband of Amy Maybn Pettit of Shinfield,
Berkshire. Buried at the Hotton War Cemetery in Belgium, grave I.E.9
Radio Officer, MV Arthur F. Corwin (London) Merchant Navy, died
on the 13th February 1941 aged 35, husband of Hilda C Phillips of
Shinfield Green, Berkshire. Remembered at the Tower Hill Memorial,
panel 10. The MV Arthur F. Corwin was in convoy HX-106, she was
sunk by submarine U96 while loaded with 14,500 tons of aviation
spirit. She went down on 13 February taking all 59 crew with her.
2577790, Royal Corps of Signals, died on the 22nd September 1942
aged 22, son of William and Dora Shepherd, husband of Peggy Shepherd
of Caversham Heights, Reading. Buried at the Reading (Henley Road)
Cemetery, Block 2 grave 1877.
Lieutenant 102582, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on the
6th April 1945 aged 29, son of Alfred and Edith Wix, husband of
Doris Muriel Wix of Whitley Wood, Reading. Awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross. Buried at the Shinfield (St Mary’s) Church Cemetery.
29 July, 2016