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PENN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Paul Radford 2009
Research Martin Edwards

The memorial is to be found at the junction of Pauls Hill and Church Road, Penn, Bucks. It takes the form pf a simple Lation cross on an octgaonal pillar with a three=stepped octagonal base. There are 22 names listed for World War 1 only. THe memorial was unveiled by Field Marshal Sir William R Robertson and dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Buckingham on 10th April 1921; the memorial was sponsored by Earl Howe. Details appeared in the Bucks Free Press 15th April 1921.

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1914 – 18
Remember

ALLEN
Albert
Private 3464, 1/8th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 2 July 1916. Attested in 8 September 1914, aged 20, resident Beaconsfield, born Knotty Green. Gardener by trade. Suffered shell wound to leg, face, shoulder, arm, thigh and back 1 July 1916 with a compound fracture of the femur. Born and resident Beaconsfield, enlisted Uxbridge. In the 1911 census he is aged 17, a Domestic Under Gardener, born Penn, Bucks, resident with his parents George Arthur and Ellen, in Knotty Green, Penn, Buckinghamshire. Formerly R/689, 8th (Reserve) Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in ETRETAT CHURCHYARD, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 18.
ATKINS
Norman [Noel]
Private 9668. 5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. Died of wounds 7th December 1914. Aged 19. Born High Wycombe. enlisted London, resident Upper Tooting Park. Son of Fanny Alice Atkins, of Yew Tree House, Penn, Bucks., and the late Arthur Harris Atkins. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY (NORD), Nord, France. Section A. Grave 21.
BUSBY
Frederick 'Fred'
Private 16009, 10th Entrenching Battalion, late 7th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action in Salonika 24th April 1917. Aged 24. Born Tyler's Green, enlisted Oxford, resident High Wycombe. Son of Alfred and Emma Busby, of Penn, High Wycombe, Bucks. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot III. Row A. Grave 30.
BUSBY
George [Alfred]
Private 20720, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 19th August 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Penn, enlisted High Wycombe. Son of Alfred and Emma Busby, of Penn Church, High Wycombe. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 96 to 98.
BUSBY
William 'Willie' Albert
Private 38420, 2nd/6th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 26th September 1917. Aged 21. Born Penn, enlisted High Wycombe. Son of Mr. A. Busby, of Penn Church, High Wycombe, Bucks. Formerly 3572, Somerset Light Infantry. Buried in SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 17.
CHANNER
William John
[Private on memorial] Rifleman S/33857, Rifle Brigade attached 1/10th Battalion, London Regiment. Died at sea of malaria 17 November 1918 aboard Wandilla (Lat. 33. 51 N, Long. 35 17 E. Aged 29. Son of Ambrose and Elizabeth Channer of Kennington, London. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, a Cab Proprietor, born Kennington, London, son of Ambrose and Elizabeth (Ambrose was born in Penn), resident 4 Wigton Place, Kennington, London S.E. Born 13 January 1887, admitted St John the Divine School, Warham Street, Camberwell (Boys), Durrey 1896. No known grave. Commemorated on HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire. Addenda Panel.
CUTHBERT
Gordon
Captain, 1st/8th Battalion (Territorial), Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 27th April 1915 [SDGW] or 25th April 1915 [CWGC]. Aged 38. Son of Henry W. Cuthbert; husband of Eleanor Cuthbert. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.
DENNIS
[Frederick] Jessie
[Private on memorial and Frederick Jesse on SDGW/CWGC] Guardsman 24844, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 21st July 1917. Aged 33. Born Penn, enlisted High Wycombe. Son of Frederick and Jane Dennis, of The Institute, Penn, High Wycombe. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 10.
DRUCE
Arthur
Private 20885, 1/8th Battalion (Territorial), Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 29th November 1916. Born and resident Penn, enlisted High Wycombe. Buried north of the Chancel in HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, PENN, Bucks.
HENDERSON
Arthur Francis
Major, 27th Indian Light Cavalry attached as GSO2 to general Gough. Died 12th September 1914. Aged 39. Son the late Dr. Henderson and Mrs Henderson, of Lexham Gardens, London W.; husband of Muriel Henderson. No known grave. Commemorated on NEUVE-CHAPELLE MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2.
HILL
Harry
Private - No further information currently
HILL, MVO,DSO
Hugh
Major, Royal Welsh Fusiliers Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, General Staff, G.S.O.I. Awarded the Member of the Victorian Order (MVO) and Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Killed in action 10th September 1916. Aged 41. Son of Katharine Shepperson (formerly Hill), of 8, Cresswell Gardens, South Kensington, London, and the late James Eardley Hill (Barrister at law). Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 40
JAMES
William H
Private 17051, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 17 August 1916. Aged 19. Born and enlisted Beaconsfield. Son of William A. and Sarah Elizabeth James, of Forty Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, at school, born Missenden, Buckinghamhsire, resident with his parents, Thomas and Jane, in Penn Road, Penn, Buckinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A and 11 D.
MELLARD
Richard
Lieutenant possibly Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 22. Only son of Richard Bartlett Mellard and Annie Beatrice Mellard, of I, Oman Mansions, Oman Rd., Hampstead, London. Native of Newcastle. Staffs. Buried in GOMMECOURT WOOD NEW CEMETERY, FONCQUEVILLERS, Pas de Calais, France. Special Memorial A. 2.
PARKER
Albert
Private - No further information currently
PAWLE
Derek [Weatherall]
[Listed on memorial as Lieutenant] Captain, Border Regiment attached Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F. Killed in action 29th April 1915. Aged 27. Son of Lewis S. Pawle, of Hutchin's Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks. Buried in YOLA STATION CEMETERY, Nigeria.
PERFECT
Arthur Henry
Private 17287, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli. Born and enlisted High Wycombe. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 & 328.
SIMMONDS
Alfred H
Private 8331, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 1st November 1914. Aged 22. Born and resident Penn, enlisted High Wycombe. Son of John and Charlotte Simmonds, of Beacon Hill, Penn, Bucks. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37 and 39.
SIMMONDS
Henry 'Harry' John
Private 633438, 20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment. Killed in action 1st October 1916. Aged 22. Born Chilvers Catton, Warwickshire, enlisted Oxford, resident Penn. Son of John Henry and Charlotte Simmonds, of Beacon Hill, Penn, High Wycombe, Bucks. Formerly 22994, Somerset Light Infantry. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 D 9 C 13 C and 12 C.
SMITH
Albert J
Private CH/610(S), Chatham Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 6th June 1915. Aged 19. Son of John and Sarah Annie Smith, of Penn, High Wycombe. Bucks. Buried in LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY, Turkey. Section B. Grave 65.
SPENCER-BRITTEN
Richard
[Listed as Richard Spencer BRITTEN on CWGC and Specner BRITTEN on SDGW] Major, Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, Deputy Assistant Director of Remounts, 5th Army H.Q. Died 18th August 1918. Aged 40. Son of Arthur Britten, of Great Billing, Northants; husband of Gladys N. Britten, of Penn, Bucks. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 30.
WILLIAMS
Harold
Lieutenant - No further information currently

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