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WESTON UNDERWOOD - WAR MEMORIALS

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2003 - Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards

The war memorials consist of several individual plaques on the wall of the church.

Photographs Copyright ©
Carolynn Langley - 2003

 

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

IN PROUD AND HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN
OF THIS VILLAGE WHO AT THE CALL OF DUTY
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENCE OF THEIR KING
AND COUNTRY DURING THE GREAT WAR.
1914- 1918

BOWYER

Richard Grenville

Lieutenant, H.M.S. "Paragon", Royal Navy. Killed in action near Starits of Dover Saturday 17th March 1917. Aged 26. Born 18th May 1890. Awarded Orders of St. Vladimir, 4th Class, and of St. Stanislas 3rd Class (with swords) (Russia). Son of Lt. Col. Wentworth Grenville Bowyer and Eva Mary Bowyer, of Weston Manor, Olney, Bucks. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 24.

Plaque within church reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
LIEUT. RICHARD GRENVILLE BOWYER R.N.
BORN 18TH MAY 1890
THIRD SON OF LT. COL.WENTWORTH GRENVILLE BOWYER R.E
LIEUT. BOWYER WAS KILLED ON MARCH 17 1917
IN ACTION WITH THREE GERMAN SHIPS NR. STRAITS OF DOVER
WHILE IN COMMAND OF ' H.M.S. PARAGON'(UNACCOMPANIED)
HE HAD PASSED UNWOUNDED THE GREAT NAVAL BATTLE OF
JUTLAND BAY ON 31ST MAY 1916.

EWART

James Henry

Lieutenant Colonel, Seaforth Highlanders. Died Saturday 1st January 1916. Aged 66. Son of Peter and Aurora Emily Ewart; husband of Mary Ewart, of 2, Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington, London. Commanded Seaforth and Cameron Territorial (Reserve) Brigade. Buried in WELLSHILL CEMETERY, PERTH, Perthshire. Grave A. (JFD). 380.

GREEN

George

[Listed as Sergeant Major on memorial] Sergeant 200010, 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds Saturday 3rd November 1917 in Palestine. Aged 40. Born Stoke Goldington, enlisted Bedford, resident Olney. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Grave XXII. A. 12.

PAYBODY

E Horace

Corporal 12815, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died Monday 16th September 1918 in Salonika. Aged 33. Born Emberton, enlisted Newport Pagnell, resident Olney. Son of Arthur and Emma Paybody, of " Oaklands," Weston-Underwood. Buried in TOURLAVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSIONManche, France. Grave A. 10.

STEWART

Gerald


Captain, 1st/6th (Morayshire) Battalion (Territorial), Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action Monday 9th April 1917. Aged 25. Son of William Stephen and Marjory Stewart, of Weston Underwood. Buried in MAROEUIL BRITISH CEMETERYPas de Calais, France. Grave IV. D. 12.

From Andy Pay's research into the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour the following:

Volume 2, Part 3, Page 258 - STEWART, Gerald - 2nd Lieut. (temp Capt), 1/6th (Territorial) Batt., The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albanys)

3rd son of William Stephen Stewart of Weston Underwood, by hos wife, Marjory, dau. of William Robertson; Born Weston Underwood, co. Buckingham 14th Feb, 1892; educated Bedford Modern School; was engaged in farming; joined the Bedfordshire Yeomanry 9th Sept, 1914; obtained a commission and was gazetted 2nd Lieut Seaforth Highlanders 26th March, 1915; promoted temporary Captain 15th Nov, 1916; served with The Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 1st July, 1916 and was killed in action at The Battle of Arras 9th April, 1917. Buried in the British Military Cemetery, Maroeuil, near Arras. His Commanding Officer, Lieut-Col McDonald wrote: "Lieutenant Stewart was in command of his Company in the Battle, and right well did he lead and inspire his men. Wherever there was a dangerous situation to be faced, he was there setting a fine example to his men. He showed all the finest qualities of a British Officer, and we in the battalion, are all proud of him." Unm

 

STEWART

Weston

Captain, 1st/4th (Ross Highland) Battalion (Territorial) attached 1st/6th (Morayshire) Battalion (Territorial), Seaforth Highlanders. Died of wounds in German hands Wednesday 27th March 1918. Aged 24. Son of William Stephen and Marjory Stewart, of Weston Underwood. Buried in BEAULENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, LIGNY-THILLOYPas de Calais, France. Grave I. D. 7.

Not on memorial but on plaques in the church

SWANNELL

Blair Inskip

Major, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, Australian Imperial Forces (AIF). Killed in action in the Dardenelles Sunday 25th April 1915. Son of Mrs. Swannell, of Castilian Terrace, Northampton. Commemorated in BABY 700 CEMETERY, ANZAC, Turkey. Special memorial 10.

Plaque reads:

IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
OF
MAJOR BLAIR INSKIP SWANNELL
1ST BATTALION. 1ST BRIGADE
AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES
KILLED IN ACTION AT THE DARDANELLES
APRIL 25TH 1915
SECOND SON OF WILLIAM AND C.A. SWANNELL
BORN AT WESTON- UNDERWOOD
AUGUST 20TH 1875.

WRIGHT, MC

Egerton Lown[d]es

Captain (Brigade Major), Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action at Blairville, France Saturday 11th May 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). Buried in BARLY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. A. C.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
CPT. EGERTON LOWNES WRIGHT M.C.
BUCKS.BATT OXFORD & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY
BRIGADE MAJOR 6TH INFANTRY
KILLED IN ACTION AT BLAIRVILLE FRANCE
ON 11TH MAY 1918.

In the churchyard

PERKINS

William Cyril

Private 22053, Training Depot, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at home Friday 3rd December 1915. Age 29. Born and resident Weston Underwood, enlisted Ampthill. Son of Fredrick and Emma Perkins, of Weston Underwood; husband of May Lilian Perkins, of 9, Cowper St., Olney. Buried south-east of the church in ST. LAURENCE CHURCHYARD, WESTON UNDERWOOD, Buckinghamshire.

TO COMMEMORATE THE GIFT
BY THE PEOPLE OF WESTON UNDERWOOD
TO THE WAR MEMORIAL APPEAL OF
THE NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL

WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

BOWYER

The Hon. Richard (Dick) Laurence Grenville

Flying Officer 123153, 226 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th January 1943. Age 22. Son of George Edward Wentworth Bowyer, M.C., D.L., 1st Baron Denham, and Lady Denham, of Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire. Commemorated on the RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 123.

HOPE

John Anthony (Tony)

Captain 88465, 1st (Buckinghamshire Battalion0, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry attached to 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died 17th August 1944. age 25. Son of Geoffrey and Betty Hope, of Weston Underwood. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Grave III. D. 5.

WORTHINGTON

William Greville

Lieutenant H.M.S. Lynx, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 19th March 1942. Age 39. Son of William Worthington Worthington and Lady Muriel Worthington; husband of Lady Diana Worthington, of Olney. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Grave 66,1.

"SWEET MERCY IS NOBILITY'S TRUE BADGE"

There is a private family stone to the STEWART family on the left of the entrance to the church.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MARY STEWART
WHO DIED 20TH JUNE 1915 AGED 30 YEARS
ALSO OF
GERALD STEWART
KILLED IN ACTION NEAR ARRAS 9TH APRIL 1917
AGED 25 YEARS
AND OF
WESTON STEWART
CAPTAIN SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS
DIED OF WOUNDS AT BEAULENCOURT 27TH MARCH1918
AGED 24 YEARS.
ALSO OF
MARJORY BELOVED WIFE OF
WILLIAM STEPHEN STEWART
AND MOTHER OF THE ABOVE NAMED
DIED MARCH 7TH 1921 IN HER 69TH YEAR
ALSO OF
WILLIAM STEPHEN STEWART
DIED MAY 22ND 1829
AGED 80 YEARS


REST IN PEACE

9 February 2004

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