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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Anthony Peabody 2007

The Thames Valley Police force was formed in 1968 through the amalgamation of the Buckinghamshire Constabulary, the Berkshire Constabulary, Oxford City Police, the Oxfordshire Constabulary and the Reading Borough Police. Sulhamstead House in Sulhamstead is the Thames Valley Police training college, which also houses the Thames Valley Police Museum. In 1952, Berkshire County Constabulary took up residence on the Sulhamstead House estate after 96 years based at Reading. The War memorial within the Thames Valley Police Training College and lists the men from the Berkshire Constabulary who died in the First and Second Wars. The War Memorial itself is a fairly modest affair, and although it has probably been there for perhaps 30 years or more (very likely dating from when Sulhamstead House was the HQ of Berkshire Constabulary), it had never apparently been dedicated. The Bishop of Reading dedicated the memorial in March 2007.



George William

Private 17397, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 8th September 1917. Born Bray, Berkshire, enlisted Wokingham, resident Maidenhead. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 to 10.


Frank Henry

Lance Corporal 7858, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 9th October 1917. Aged 28. Born Shottersbrook, enlisted London, resident Maidenhead. Husband of Daisy Brown, of "Fair View," St. John's Rd., Mortimer, Reading, Berks. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 to 10.


Alfred Frederick William

Corporal 201519, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 20th January 1918. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Reading, resident Bracknell. Son of Alfred F. W. and Emily Davis, of Great Common, Inkpen, Hungerford, Berkshire. Buried in MARTEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, ATTILLY, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 17.


George Anton

Gunner 61777, "A" Battery, 252nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 15th May 1917. Aged 30. Born Basingstoke, enlisted Hilfield, Yateley, Hampshire. Son of George Anton Eales and Ann Eales, of Reading Rd., Burghfield, Reading. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.


Charles Henry

Private 6594, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 29th June 1915. Aged 28. Born Grundusburgh, Suffolk (as stated on his Police Examination Form), enlisted Ipswich. Son of Mrs. Cousins, of 31, Ranleigh Rd., Ipswich; husband of Laura Pardey (formerly Goodchild), of 47, Ashtree Rd., Bitterne Park, Southampton. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 53.


George Penstone

Lance Serjeant 17707, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 28th October 1916. Aged 27. Born Holyport, Berkshire, enlisted Faringdon, resident Sonning, Oxon. Son of Sarah Ann Gould, of High St. Sonning, Reading, and the late Thomas Gould. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL. Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.


Francis Brinyon

Officer's Steward 1st Class L/3763, HMS Natal, Royal Navy. Died 30th December 1915. Aged 21. Son of Thomas Brinyon Hewett and Ellen Hewett, of 37, Ock St., Abingdon, Berks. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 12.

Note: HMS Natal was a Warrior Class Armoured Cruiser. Built by Vickers at Barrow, she was laid down in January 1904, completed March 1907. Length 480 feet pp 505 feet 4 inches overall, beam 73 feet 6 inches, draught 25 feet, displacement 13,550 tons load. She was part of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron Grand Fleet. On 30th December 1915 she was destroyed by an internal explosion at Cromarty, thought to be due to faulty cordite.


Raymond Edward

Corporal 98, Household Battalion formerly 2nd Life Guards. Died 30 July 1917. Aged 22. Son of Edwin and Lucy A. Offer, of Elmstree Rd., Tetbury, Glos. Buried in ST. NICOLAS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 11. [Not listed on SDGW]



Corporal 69716, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 25th April 1917. Aged 25. Born at Stoke Rochford, Grantham, Lincolnshire, enlisted Reading, resident Thetford, Norfolk. Son of Albert Francis and Frances Rowland, of Keythorpe, Leicester. A Police Constable in the Berkshire Constabulary. Volunteered for service in the Army during the Great War. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 71.


Alfred Mark

Gunner 69713, 94th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 24th August 1916. Born Sunny Hill, Berkshire, enlisted Reading, resident Ascot. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 8.



Private 87576, 46th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 1st August 1917. Aged 23. Born Beenham, Berkshire, enlisted Wantage. Son of William and Jane Warman, of Beenham, Reading, Berks. Formerly 8859, London Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56.


Arthur Frank

Private 203770, 1st/4th, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 16th August 1917. Born Paxton, Worcestershire, enlisted Faringdon, resident Bradfield. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 105 to 106 and 162.



Roy Hollick

Gunner 14250548, 136 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 9th March 1944 as a PoW. Aged 22. Born and resident Berkshire. Son of James George and Edith Mldred Brindley, of Newbury, Berkshire. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot 5. Row H. Grave 16.


Jack Charles

Lance Corporal 14254145, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 18th July 1944. Aged 28. Born and resident Berkshire. Son of Charles Albert and Violet Maude Chipping; husband of Beryl Mary Chipping, of Maidenhead, Berkshire. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IVA. Row G. Grave 15.



Sergeant 1318543, 21 (Gold Coast) Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 13th May 1943. Aged 22. Son of William Henry and Ellen Davies, of Reading, Berkshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 147.


John Francis

Sergeant (Navigator/Bomber) 1478935, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd January 1943. Aged 33. Son of Francis and Florence Eden, of Liverpool; husband of Catharine Eden, of Liverpool. Buried in ALLERTON CEMETERY, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside. Section 27. Church of England Grave 728.


Wilfred Lewis Hawkes

Chief Motor Mechanic P/MX 105717, HMMTB 637, Royal Navy. Died 8th May 1943. Aged 25. Son of Lewis and Eveleigh Gitsham; husband of Joan Gitsham, of Purbrook, Hampshire. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 78, Column 3.

Note: DSM detailed in London Gazette 11th January 1944, page 220.

"For gallant and distinguished services in a daylight sweep against enemy shipping in the Mediterranean while serving in light coastal craft."


Reginald James

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1424279, 460 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th December 1943. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 27. Row C. Collective grave 1-12.



Acting Sergeant, Berkshire Police. Died 30th November 1940. Aged 40. Husband of Ruby C. Shuff. Died at Civic Centre during 'Blitz Weekend', 30th Nov/1st Dec. Listed as a civilian casulaty by SOUTHAMPTON, COUNTY BOROUGH.

Note: The Luftwaffe’s strategy of obliterating provincial city centres extended to Southampton. Principal targets remained the docks and factories. The crippling six hour raids of 30th November and 1st December 1940 left 137 dead, nearly 250 seriously injured, and 1,169 properties wholly destroyed.


Windsor Francis Richard

Sergeant 1320645, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25 November 1942. Aged 19. Son of Leslie William and Florence Lily Webb, of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 96.

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