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STEWKLEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2008
Researched Martin Edwards

The Stewkley memorial takes the form of a stone obelisk on a square plinth with a two-stepped base, surrounded by paved area and small garden, located at the junction of Soulbury Road (B4032) and High Street. There are 30 names for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled 9th April 1922 by the Earl of Orkney; it was built by Mr Harper. Details appeared in the Buckinghamshire Herald on 15th April 1922. The First World War names have been sorted into strict alphabetical order.

Photographs Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman 2008

To our glorious dead
This obelisk is
Erected
In honoured memory
Of the
Stewkley Men
Who fell in defence of
Their king and country

1914-1918

ASHPOOL

Albert

Private 10068, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th May 1915. Aged 21. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Bletchley. Son of Mrs. Jane Ashpool, of Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 26.

BEASLEY

Arthur

Private 42673, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd November 1917. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Uxbridge, Middlesex. Formerly 22997, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 75 to 77.

BEASLEY

W J

Private - No further information currently available

CANNINGS

G R

Private probably George Russell CANNINGS, Private 20771, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 19th September 1916. Aged 30. Born Box, Wiltshire, enlisted Aylesbury, Bucks, resident Chippenham, Wiltshire. Only son of Tom and Elizabeth Cannings. of Bull's Lane, Box, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.

CHESHIRE

Fred E

Private 17442, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 2nd December 1917. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Aylesbury. Buried in ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, Somme, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 22.

CHESHIRE

William John

[Listed as Private on memorial] Gunner 110654, 265th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 5th June 1917. Aged 35. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of William and Sarah Cheshire, of Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. Buried in DRANOUTRE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row J. Grave 29.

DICKENS

Harry

Private 8617, 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 27th January 1915. Aged 18. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Bletchley. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Dickens, of Dunton Rd., Stewkley, Bucks. Buried North-East of the church in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

HALL

Albert Richard

Private 28108, 13th Battalion, Devonshire transferred to 135020, 609th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died 14th November 1918. Aged 38. Husband of L. M. Hall, of South End, Stewkley, Bucks. Buried near the East end of the church in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

HOGSTON

William

Private 29133, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in United Kingdom 9th September 1917. Aged 20. Born Cublington, enlisted Aylesbury, resident Stewkley. Son of Emily and Christopher Hogston, of Malting Yard, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Formerly 21787, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Buried in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, LONDONTHORPE, Lincolnshire.

HORSLEY

Claude Cressy

Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died of wounds 29th November 1917. Aged 35. Son of the late Charles Cressy Horsley and Mary Horsley, of Heronshaw, Ightam, Kent; husband of Katharine Marie Horsley, of Stockall, Stewkley, Bucks. Educated at Oakham School. Previously wounded, June, 1916, near Ypres. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 4.

ILLING

William George

Private 311, 28th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 29th July 1916. Aged 21. Born Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Merredin, Western Australia. Son of Ellen Illing, of Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Bucks, and the late Charles Illing. Employed as a teamster. No known grave. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France. National Archives of Australia records for William George ILLING

KEEN

Leonard

Lance Corporal 8456, 1st Battalkion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 11th November 1914. Aged 31. Born Winslow, enlisted Woolwich, London, resident Leighton Buzzard. Husband of Daisy Elizabeth Keen, of Littleworth Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 and 33.

KEEN

Sidney

Private 2965, 1st/1st (Bucks) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 23rd July 1916. Enlisted Aylesbury, resident Stewkley. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.

KILBY

C W

Lieutenant - probably Chester Winterbon KILLBY, Lieutenant, "C" Battery, 307th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 35. Son of the late Thomas Killby, of Highbury New Park, London; husband of Gladys Cressy Spear (formerly Killby), of Brewhurst, Loxwood, Billinghurst, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 7 to 10.

KNIGHT

Henry

Private 17130, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 6th August 1915. Born Higgeston, enlisted Stewkley. Formerly 8975, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 & 328.

MEAD

Arthur William

Lance Sergeant 2697, 2nd/1st (Buckinghamshire) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 8th September 1916. Aged 20. Born Aylesbury, enlisted Stewkley. Son of William R. and Esther Mead, of Wood Hall, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 11.

MEAD

Bertram Frederick

[Listed as Private on mmeorial] Bugler 265870, 1st/1st (Buckingshire) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted AYlesbury, resident Stewkley. Son of Mary Ann Mead, of Dunton Rd., Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Beds., and the late Joseph Mead. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 96 to 98.

MEAD

John

Private 17443, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 12th April 1918. Aged 26. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of Mrs. Eliza Mead, of Dunton Rd., Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.

MOXON

Albert Edward

Private 21791, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th February 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Moxon, of The Kilns, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 8.

PITKIN

Frederick

[Listed as Private on memorial] Gunner 30870, 56th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery attached East African Field Force. Died in South Africa 22nd November 1916. Born Stewkley, enlisted Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Son of John George and Susan Pitkin, of Ivy Lane, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. Buried in CAPE TOWN (PLUMSTEAD) CEMETERY, South Africa. Grave reference Bl. UR. 6.

ROADNIGHT

George

Private 17610, 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 17th October 1915. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Oxford. Buried in GODEZONNE FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 8.

SMITH

J

Private - No further information currently available.

SMITH-MASTERS, MC

Bruce Swinton

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Son of John Ernest and Eliza Margaret Smith-Masters, of Warren Lodge, near Newbury. Native of Kidmore End, Oxon. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Brother of George (below). Buried in SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 9.

SMITH-MASTERS

George Arthur

[Listed as SMITH-MASTER on SDGW and Lieutenant] Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th August 1915. Aged 20. Son of John Ernest and Eliza Margaret Smith-Masters, of Camer, Meopham, Kent. Native of Kidmore End, Oxon. Brother of Bruce (above). Buried in DRANOUTRE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 20.

STONHILL

Frederick Thomas

Private 267032, 1st/1st (Buckinghamshire) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 12th March 1917. Aged 29. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Buckingham. Son of John and Elizabeth Stonhill, of Stewkley; husband of Nellie Smith (formerly Stonhill), of Church Square, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Buried in HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU, Somme, France. Plot II. Row L. Grave 1.

SYRETT

George

Private 55935, 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers formerly R/4/062919, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 26th July 1919. Aged 24. Husband of Flora Syrett, of Wing Rd., Stewkley, Bucks. Buried in North-East part of ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

SYRETT

William

[Listed as SYRCTT on SDGW] Private 33377, 13th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 8th September 1918. Born and resident Stewkley, enlisted Oxford. Formerly 4718, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Buried in TROIS ARBRES CEMETERY, STEENWERCK, Nord, France. Plot II. Row N. Grave 7.

SYRETT

William H

Private 56253, Northumberland Fusiliers formerley R4/062846, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 4th June 1920. Aged 27. Son of Frederick and Sarah Syrett; husband of Polly Adams (formerly Syrett), of Church Square, Stewkley, Bucks. Buried in North-East part of ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

TOFIELD

[Percy] William

[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 9885, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 2nd August 1916. Aged 24. Born Holloway, Middlesex, enlisted Aylesbury, resident Leighton Buzzard. Son of Mrs. Emily Tofield, of North End, Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.

WILLIS

John Henry

Private 3693, 47th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 5th April 1918. Born Stewkley. Son of Mr. H. and Hannah Elizabeth Willis, of Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard. No known grave. Employed as an Engine Driver. Educated at Stewkley School, trained as a Farm Labourer. Emigrated to Australia aged 17. In the Stewkley Church Lads Brigade. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France. See Australian Roll of Honour documents

1939-1945

BREWER

Raymond Ivor

Private 5954510, 4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 7th September 1940. Aged 25. Son of Raymond Herbert and Minnie Brewer; husband of Violet Lilian J. Brewer, of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

FAULKNER

Theodore Frederick

[Frederick Theodore FAULKNER on CWGC and Dr. (Driver) on memorial] Private S/289800, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 19th March 1943. Aged 42. Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Faulkner, of Stewkley. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, STEWKLEY, Buckinghamshire.

JONES

Edward James

lance Corporal 10693860, 1st/7th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 26th July 1944. Aged 22. Son of Arthur George and Ethel Maud Mary Jones, of Stewkley, Buckinghamshire. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 20.

MEAD

Leonard James

Sergeant 5831840, "B" Squadron, 17th/21st Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 24th April 1943. Aged 23. Son of Frederick James Mead and Jessie Alice Mead, of Stewkley, Buckinghamshire. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 15. Row B. Grave 5.

ROBINSON

Eric Ernest

Private 5961012, 1st Battalion (The Hertfordshire Regiment), Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 19th October 1944. Aged 23. Son of Harry and Clara Robinson, of Stewkley, Buckinghamshire. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row F. Grave 22.

WILSON

F A

Fusilier - No further information currently available.

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