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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Andy Chaloner 2010

The 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



BEALES Edward Ernest
Private 10259, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 25 September 1915, born Aylesbury, enlisted Shinfield, resident of Spencers Wood. Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium, panel 7 and 8. Also remembered on the Shinfield War Memorial. 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. Also remembered on the Shinfield War Memorial.
Stoker 1st Class K/39501, Royal Navy HMS Suffolk, died 19th June 1919 aged 38, son of Edwin and Charlotte Benham of Westgate–on-Sea, Kent, husband of Amy Maude Benham of the Square, Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at Shinfield (St Marys) Church Cemetery. HMS Suffolk was a Monmouth class armoured cruiser of the Royal Navy built in 1903 and sold out of the Royal Navy in 1920. She had a displacement of 9,800 tons, a speed of 23 knots, and a crew complement of about 680. Her primary armament consisted of 14 quick-firing 6-inch guns, arranged in a mixture of turrets and casemates. Smaller guns and two submerged torpedo tubes complemented this.
BENNETT Albert Edward
Private 26869, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 11th June 1918 aged 39, born Willesdon, Middx, enlisted Reading, resident of Shinfield, husband of Florence Mary Bennett of the Lodge Cottage, Hyde End, Shinfield, Reading. Remembered on the Soissons Memorial in France.
Private 201940, 2nd/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 5th December 1917 aged 25, born Reading, enlisted Reading, son of Joseph Bradfield of 6 Park Cottages, Shinfield Road, Reading. Remembered on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval in France, panel 8.
DOUBLE James Thomas
Sapper 19658, 38th Field Company Royal Engineers, killed in action on the 6th October 1915 aged 25, son of Mr C S and Mrs E Double of "Holmleigh" Spencers Wood, Reading. Remembered on the Loos Memorial in France, panel 4 & 5.
Private 4129, 26th Battalion Australian Infantry AIF, died on the 1st November 1917, son of George Earley of Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, grave III.K.31.
FARMER Charles
Private 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. Also remembered on the Shinfield War Memorial.
HEWITT Percival William
Sapper 48746, 73rd Field Company Royal Engineers, died on the 24th June 1917 aged 30, only son of Mr and Mrs J H Hewitt of Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at the Brandhoek Military Cemetery in Belgium, grave II.L.6.
HORNER Frederick Ernest
Private 30883, 115th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), died on the 2nd August 1917. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium, panel 56.
JONES Thomas Charles
Lance Corporal 13135, C Company 6th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, Killed in action on the 4th November 1917 aged 25. Born Swallowfield, enlisted Reading. Son of Mr and Mrs T Jones of Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery in Belgium, grave VIII.D.18. Previously served in the 8th Battalion and was wounded on two occasions. The 6th Battalion diary entry for the 4th November 1917, 8.15am - Battalion marched to PROVEN and entrained for Boesinghe. 12 noon - Arrived Boesinghe where dinners were served. 3.30pm - Battalion left Boesinghe for front line, rations were carried for the whole 3 days tour in the line. Quiet journey up - Relief complete by 8pm. Sector taken over by battalion with dispositions D Coy Right Front - C Coy Left Front - B Coy Right Support around Les 5 CHEMINS and A Coy Left support around FAIDHERBE Cross.
LEE Charles
Private 16326, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, born Swallowfield, enlisted Reading, died of Wounds on the 3rd July 1916 aged 21, eldest son or Mr and Mrs B Lee of Reading. Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery in France, grave I.B.26.
LEE Eric Francis
Private 69588, 9th (Northumberland Hussars) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died on the 9th April 1918 aged 18, son of Reginald Lee of 5 Ormiston Road, East Greenwich , London and the late Annie Jane Lee. Remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium, panel 2.
LEWENDON Frederick Ernest
Private 21766, 8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 31st March 1918 aged 26, born Reading, enlisted Reading, resident of 25 Howard Street, Reading, son of Mrs Davis of Fairhaven, Spencers Wood, Reading, husband of Lily North (formerly Lewendon) of 16 Kinson Road, Reading. Remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, panel 56 and 57. The 8th Battalion diary entry for the 31st March 1918, Gentelles, France, 2am Batt marched out of village and at 4am relieved troops holding front line (19th Australian Batt 19th Corps). A and B Platoons moved to the right to form a defensive flank and assist 20th Division on left of Hangard.
MERRITT Maurice William
Air Mechanic 1st Class F/28513, Royal Naval Air Service HMS Louvain, died on the 20th January 1918 aged 28, son of Maurice John and Mary Merritt, husband of Lillian Jane Merritt of 37 Lymington Avenue, Wood Green, London. Remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial, reference 30. HMS Louvain was an armed boarding steamer that was torpedoed by U-Boat UC22 in the East Mediterranean on the 20th January 1918.
AB Royal Navy
NORRIS William Charles
Private 9186, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 10th March 1915 during the attack at Neuve Chapelle., born Burghfield, enlisted Reading, resident Spencers Wood. Remembered on the Le Touret Memorial in France, panel 30.
SIMONDS Charles Francis
Major 13th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died on the 29th June 1916 aged 38, son of Mr and Mrs Simonds of Redlands, Reading, husband of Evelyn of Strattonend, Cirencester, Glos. Had previously served in the Boer War and was also Mentioned in Despatches. Buried at Berles-Au-Bois Churchyard Extension in France, grave G5. Also remembered on the Arborfield War Memorial.
SMITH William Joseph

[Listed as J W Smith on memorial] Mechanician 283349, Royal Navy, HMS Good Hope, lost at sea, son of Mrs E Smith of Spencers Wood. HMS Good Hope was sunk along with HMS Monmouth by the German armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau under Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee with the loss of her entire complement of 900 hands in the Battle of Coronel, on 1 November 1914, off the Chilean coast. Born 1 July 1877 at Newbury. Wife Ada; 66, Folkestone Rd, Copnor, Portsmouth. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 3.


Private 7562, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action on the 28th April 1915, born Wakefield, enlisted Mortimer, son of David Sweetzer 73 Catherine Street, Reading. Buried at Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture in France, grave II.C.4. The 1st Battalion diary entry for the 28th April 1915, Cuinchy, France, A most unfortunate bomb accident occurred in our trenches about 8am. Bombs were being counted prior to handing over, and an explosion occurred which killed three NCO's and men.

TUBB George

Able Seaman J/17147, Royal Navy HMS Broke, died on the 21st April 1917 aged 21, son of Mrs G Tubb of Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at the Dover (St James’s) Cemetery, grave M.L.4. On 20 April 1917, while on night patrol of the Dover Barrage near Goodwin Sands, HMS Broke came into action against six German destroyers of the Kaiserliche Marine that had started to bombard Dover. Along with HMS Swift she engaged the German destroyers in what became known as the Battle of Dover Strait. A torpedo from HMS Swift sank one of the enemy destroyers, G-85. Then the Broke deliberately rammed another, G-42, almost breaking it in two. The two ships became locked together and for a while there was close-quarters fighting on Broke's deck until the Broke managed to break free. The German destroyer sank while the remaining German warships escaped. The badly damaged Broke was towed home.

WALLEN Frederick George
Private PLY/1639(S), 2nd Royal Marine Battalion Royal Navy Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry, died on the 26th October 1917 aged 19, son of Mr and Mrs James Wallen of Three Mile Cross, Spencers Wood. Remembered on the Tyne Coy Memorial in Belgium, panel 1 and 162A.
Private 22549, 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds on the 5th March 1917 aged 27, born Reading, enlisted Reading, son of Mr and Mrs James Wallen of Three Mile Cross, Spencers Wood, Shinfield, husband of Bertha Wallen of 90 Sherwood Street, Reading. Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France, pier and face 11 D.
WATKINS Alfred Herbert
Private 432238, 49th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), died on the 27th June 1916 aged 27, son of Harry and Anne Watkins of Spencers Wood, Reading. Remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium, panel 24-28-30.
WHEELER Harry Cussel
Lance Corporal 200855, 8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, died of wounds on the 29th August 1918 aged 22. Born Reading, enlisted Reading. Son of William and Elizabeth Wheeler of Spencers Wood, Reading. Buried at the Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre in France, grave Div.62.V.A.9.
WHITE Lawrence Wilfred

Leading Stoker 312249, Royal Navy HMS Invincible, died at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 aged 27, son of Robert and Fanny White of "The Nest" Spencers Wood, Reading. Remembered on the Portsmouth Navel Memorial, panel 17. HMS Invincible was the flagship of the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron during the Battle of Jutland. on the 30 May, the entire Grand Fleet, along with Admiral Beatty's battlecruisers, had been ordered to sea to prepare for an excursion by the German High Seas Fleet. At 5:53 Invincible opened fire on Wiesbaden, the German ship turned for the south after fruitlessly firing torpedoes and attempted to find shelter in the mist. As they turned Invincible hit Wiesbaden in the engine room and knocked out her engines. As Invincible turned north, her helm jammed and she had to come to a stop to fix the problem, this was quickly done and the squadron reformed heading west. At 6:30 Invincible abruptly appeared as a clear target before Lützow and Derfflinger. The two German ships then fired three salvoes each at Invincible and sank her in 90 seconds. Of her complement, 1026 officers and men were killed, including Rear-Admiral Hood. There were only six survivors.

WRIGHT Stephen Reginald
Lance Sergeant 3138, 2nd/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, Killed in Action on the 10th June 1916 aged 24. Born Reading, enlisted Reading, resident of Hoddesdon, Herts, late Spencer Wood. Buried at the Rue-Du-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie in France. The 2nd/4th Battalion diary entry for the 10th June 1916, relieved 10th SWB between 12.30am and 5.30am. Whole Battalion in front line from Fauquissart Section 3 1/2 miles SE of Laventie Casualties 2 OR Killed, 1 Wounded. Weather cold and wet.
ELLIOTT Arthur James

Marine PO/X1135, Royal Marines, HMS Suffolk, died on the 17th April 1940 aged 25, son of Arthur and Martha Elliott of Three Mile Cross, Reading, husband of Gladys Rosalie Elliott of Three Mile Cross. Buried at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, plot P, row 2, grave 40. HMS Suffolk was a Kent-Class cruiser launched on 16th February 1928. On the 17th April 1940 she met HM Submarine SEAL, which had acted as a navigational Beacon off Stavanger. She bombarded Stavanger airfield. Then she was deployed to intercept a force of German destroyers and came under heavy air attacks for several hours. Only one direct hit of the 88 near misses reported. Sustained major damage aft that disabled steering gear. Extensive flooding and fire resulted and speed was reduced to 18 knots. On the 18th April the ship returned to Scapa Flow steering by engines and with quarterdeck awash.

FILBEY Ronald Harry
Pilot Officer 159006, 426 (R.C.A.F) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on the 3rd January 1944. Remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 211.

Sergeant W/75794 Auxiliary Territorial Service, died on the 14th September 1945 aged 35, daughter of George Robert and Annie Fisher of Spencers Wood. Called Nancy on grave. Buried at Shinfield (Spencers Wood) Burial ground, Shinfield.

LONGHORN Robert William
Petty Officer P/J 32453, Royal Navy HMS Ross, died on the 3rd March 1943 aged 45, son of Robert and Louisa Longhorn, husband of May Longhorn of Spencers Wood. Buried at Swallowfield (All Saints) Church Cemetery.


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