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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

Wadham House was a boys preparatory school in Hale, Cheshire. It takes the form of a large copper plaque. It was originally in situ in Wadham House and then seen being sold on ebay 22nd August 2006. It is now mounted at the top of the stairs in Altrincham Town Hall, Trafford, Greater Manchester.

In Memory of
Old Boys & Masters
of Wadham House
Who Laid Down Their
Lives In the Great
War 1914 - 1919


Edward Neville

Captain, 8th (Ardwick) Battalion (Territorial) attached 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.

Note: On 21st March 1918 Captain Ashe was commanding "A" Company in the right front line, "B" was on the left with "C" in support. Battalion HQ and "D" Company were at the Manchester Hill Redoubt. Captain Ashe's company was quickly overrun with news coming at 8.30 a.m. of it being surrounded.

Extract from newspaper:


CAPTAIN EDWARD NEVILLE ASHE, M.C., reported missing on March 21, now officially reported killed, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ashe, of The Coippice, Hale, Cheshire and was educated at Repton. He obtained a commission in the 8th Manchester Regiment (T.F.) in 1915, and in January, 1917, he went to France, where he was attached to another battalion of the same Regiment. In July he took part in the the third battle of Ypres, when he was slightly wounded, and recommended for the Military Cross; and in December, while temporarily in command of the battalion, he was again wounded, but remained at duty until the battalion was relieved. Afterwards he was mentioned for gallant conduct in the field. His name appeared in the list of Military Crosses among the Birthday Honours this year.


Haron J

Private 33006, 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 11th April 1917. Aged 21. Born West Didsbury, enlisted Knutsford. Son of Zarch and Shushan Baronian, of Brae Cottage, Legh Rd., Knutsford, Cheshire. Cadet of Manchester University O.T.C. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 14 and 62.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 3, page 16:

BARONIAN, HARON, Private, No. 33006, 8th (Service) Battn. The Cheshire Regt., 2nd s. of Z. S. I. Baronian, of Brac Cottage, Knutsford, co. Chester, Export Merchant to China, by his wife, Shushan, dau, of C. Haronian; b. West Didsbury, 14 March, 1896; educ. Bowdon College and afterwards was a student at Manchester Victoria University, for Chinese, and Manchester School of Technology; joined the University O.T.C. on the outbreak of the European War, and, finding he could not obtain a commission, enlisted in the Cheshire Regt. 10 Dec. 1915; trained at Birkenhead served with the Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamla from 30 June, 1916; was wounded 1 Feb. 1917, and admitted to hospital at Basra: rejoined his Regiment on recovery, and was killed in action between Dell-Abbas and Deltawa 11 AprIl following. Buried there. His intimate friend, Sergt. Arthur King, wrote: “On 10 April we received the news that the Turks, in large force, were attempting to outflank us. At dusk the same day, we countered this movement by having a ten-hours’ forced march towards this strong column of Turks. We were dog-tired to begin with but this march was the last straw. However, we staggered on somehow, and at dawn breakfast was served. This was the last time I saw Baron alive. We had breakfast together, and laughed and joked over the incidents of the march. When the fall-ln was ordered, we had to separate. Then we marched into the attack, passing our batteries en route. Soon we got under shell fire, which became terribly hot as we advanced, so the order was given to extend, advancing in several waves. I got to know afterwards that I was in the wave immediately behind Haron, about ten yards between us. The advance continued steadily, in spite of the heavy shelling, and soon we came under extremely heavy rifle fire. There was a low ridge, a few feet high, in front of us so a company was rushed up to hold it at all costs, because it was of tremendous strategic importance. They only just got there in time, for the Turks were advancing on it in large numbers, and were only a short distance away. Haron’s wave and mine continued to advance until we were within 100 yards of the ridge. Here Haron and his comrades were sent back for ammunition, and we were ordered to lie down. The ground was hard mud, baked by the strong sun, and was much too hard for us to dig in, so we had to lie there and wait orders. The Turkish artillery and rifle fire kept up its intensity, and we had a very warm time indeed. One bullet tore its way between my equipment and my heart and another took the edge off one of my pouches, but I was not touched. The sun was extremely hot, and I remember lying there hour after hour, wondering when and where I should be hit. There were thousands of locusts creeping over us and biting our hands and faces, but it was courting death to move. In the afternoon the rifle fire died down and the shelling was intermittent. As the wounded came past us, we asked them the usual questions — Who had been hit, and how many casualties, etc. I was very anxious about Haron, and wondered how he got on. Then one of the wounded said, ‘Have you seen Baronian?’ I said, 'No. Has he been hit?’ He said, ‘No, poor chap, he’s been killed,’ and he pointed to a dead man lying about ten yards away. At first I couldn’t realize it, I was too dazed, but I rushed forward and bent down over him. Yes, it was poor Haron, lying just as if he had gone to sleep His eyes were closed, and there was no sign of his being hit. Only a tell-tale little bullet hole in his tunic showed where he had been shot through the stomach.” The Head Master of Bowdon College also wrote: “He was one of our best, and upheld a very high standard during his ascendancy as Prefect, captain of games, and hard-working member of the sixth form. I remember so well how he struggled and tussled with logic during his last year. He had no liking for the subject, and was yoked to another boy who had a taste for such matters. He certainly fulfilled my dictum: 'If you know it is your duty, take a pleasure in it.’ He held, in a remarkable degree, the warm affection of masters and boys,” and Professor Parker, of Manchester University: Haron, who came with his brother Stephen when quite a boy to study Chinese with me for four years or more, from the very first impressed me by his delicacy in points of behaviour, and by his loyal attitude towards his elder brother. When he joined the O.T.C. he was naturally disappointed to find that there were difficulties in the way of obtaining a commission; but, as the war progressed and he heard that one of his class-mates with me had been killed, he announced to me that he had decided to enlist at the first possible moment. He came to dine at my house when in training at Birkenhead; cheerful under conditions of life so different from his comfortable Knutsford home, he was eagerly looking forward to ‘the front’ somewhere. That was the last I saw of him, though he several times wrote to me from Mesopotamia, always full of service and duty.” Unm.


Stanley Lyon

Captain, 1st/6th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds at the Army Orphanage Hospital, Ghent, as a prisoner of war 8th April 1918. Aged 28. Son of Stanley and Theresa Goodrich Bridgford, of Gairloch Park Road, Hale, Cheshire. Buried in GENT CITY CEMETERY, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 1.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 4, page 18:

BRIDGFORD, STANLEY LYON, Capt., 6th (Territorial) Battn. The Manchester Regt., s. of Stanley Bridgford, of Hale, Co. Chester, Stockbroker; b. St. Leonards-on-Sea, 16 Dec. 1892; educ. Hale, and Sedburgh School, Co. York; was a Cotton Agent; gazetted 2.nd Lieut. in Oct. 1914; promoted Lieut. in 1916, and Capt. in 1917; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli from Aug. 1915; proceeded to Egypt in May, 1916, and to France in Jan. 1917, and died at the Army Orphanage Hospital, Ghent, as a prisoner of war, 8 April, 1918, from wounds received in action south of Arras on the 25th of the previous month; unm.


Henry Stuart

Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 9th September 1918. Aged 29. Son of Robert Henry Cooil, of The Limes, Hale Rd., Hale, Cheshire, and the late Sophia Cooil. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 11.


Arthur Percival Foley

Lieutenant, 56 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Missing in action on 27th October 1917. Aged 20. Born 1897. He shot down 25 enemy pilots including German Ace Werner Voss and was awarded a Military Cross (M.C.) with a bar and a DSO (London Gazette 27th October 1917, details London Gazette 18th March 1918). Son of Prof. T. W. Rhys Davids, F.B.A., and Mrs. Rhys Davids, D.Litt., of Middleshaws, Chipstead, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

From London Gazette 18th March 1918 relating to his DSO:

RHYS-DAVID, ARTHUR PERCIVAL FOLEY, M.C., Second Lieut., Royal Flying Corps, Special Reserve. For conspcious gallantry and devotion to duty in bringing down nine enemy aircraft in nine weeks. He is a magnificent fighter, never failing to locate enemy aircraft and invariably attacking regardless of the numbers against him.


James Willcox

Second Lieutenant, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born at Sharston, Northenden, Cheshire. Son of James Morley Eaton and Alice Annie Eaton. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row I. Grave 5.


James Bate

Private 23177, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Killed in action 10th July 1916 (SDGW states 11th July 1916). Aged 19. Born Buenos Aires, Argentina, enlisted Manchester, resident Hale. Son of Emily Eaton, of Hale, Cheshire, and the late Alfred Eaton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 4 A.


James Robert

Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 9th March 1916. Aged 19. Born at Stretford, Manchester. Son of Louie Ella Hadfield, of 5, Park Rd., Hale, Cheshire, and the late Charles James Hadfield, of Chesham Place, Bowdon. Commissioned, 1914. Also served in France. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 2.


Bernard Harold

Lieutenant, 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 4th November 1916. Aged 21. Born at Petrograd, Russia. Only son of Eleanor K. Hartley, of Ashleigh, Marple, Cheshire, and the late Thomas H. Hartley. Head boy of School House, Clifton College, Bristol, in 1912 (Member of O.T.C.). Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row J. Grave 26.


Percy Geoffrey Du Val

Lieutenant, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 30th July 1916. Aged 21. Only son of George Percy and Florence Lawton Haworth, of 19, Chapel Walks, Manchester. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XXII. Row I. Grave 1.


George Alfred Guest

Captain, 2nd/5th Battalion (Territorial), York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 27th November 1917. Aged 24. Son of the late Col. Sir Joseph Hewitt, 1st Bart., and of Lady Hewitt, of Ouslethwaite Hall, Barnsley. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 9 and 10.


William Douglas

Captain, 1st/7th Battalion (Territorial), Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds 16th September 1918. Aged 27. Son of W. H. and Lily Kenyon, of Eccles, Lancs. Buried in LA KREULE MILITARY CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, Nord, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 5.


Eric Gilbert

Captain, 59th Squadron, Royal Air Force and 7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 31st July 1918. Aged 25. Son of James Medley Leake and Florence Leake, of 129, Hale Rd., Hale, Altrincham, Cheshire. Native of Manchester. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 4.


Douglas [Frears]

Lieutenant, "X" 47th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 27th May 1917. Aged 21. Son of Samuel Frears Lord and S. F. Lord, of "Foxwood", Park Rd., Hale, Cheshire. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 4 Special Memorial 32.

Note: ENCLOSURE NO. 4, the largest, was used from June 1916 to February 1918, largely by the 47th (London) Division, and after the Armistice it was enlarged when 3,324 graves were brought in from other burial grounds and from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the enclosures of Bedford House Cemetery. 3,011 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials name casualties buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found on concentration.


Reginald [Hollins]

Captain, "B" Battery, 245th (West Riding) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 25th November 1918. Aged 22. Son of Samuel Frears Lord and Evelyn Lord, of "Foxwood," Park Rd., Hale, Cheshire. Native of Heaton Moor, Stockport. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section S. Plot V. Row I. Grave 2.


Leslie Graham

Second Lieutenant, 48 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 11th April 1917. Born 1896, Croydon, youngest son of Arthur and Alice Lovell of 33 Edge Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.



probably R B MORRISON, Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service. Died 12th July 1917. Buried in ST. LUKE'S CEMETERY, BROMLEY, Kent. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 209.


Douglas Allan

Second Lieutenant, 9th (County of London) Battalion (Queen Victoria's Rifles), London Regiment. Killed in action 24th September 1916. Aged 28. Son of the late Mr. W. H. and Mrs. C. Ord Mackenzie, of Albert Square, Bowdon, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 C.


Sydney Esmond

Lieutenant, General List and Royal Flying Corps. Killed 3rd February 1918. Aged 23. Born at Hale, Cheshire. Son of Sydney and Isabel O'Hanlon, of Windyridge Farm, Dean Row, Wilmslow, Cheshire. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Cremated and commemorated on crematorium panel in MANCHESTER CREMATORIUM, Lancashire.


Charles Leigh

Lieutenant, 30 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 15th April 1917. Son of Robert Leigh Pickering, of Bramley, Knutsford, Cheshire. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XIV,. Row L. Grave 14.



Lieutenant, 7th Battalion (Territorial), Durham Light Inafntry. Killed in action 24th May 1915 (25th May 1915 on SDGW). Aged 19. Born at Marple, Cheshire. Son of Frank Septimus Rhodes and Katharine Rhodes, of 33, Blackfriars St., Manchester. Buried in BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enclosure No. 4 Plot IV. Row B. Grave 19.


Arthur Harold

Wireless Operator, S.S. "Tortuguero", Mercantile Marine. Went down with his ship 26th June 1918, his body was washed ashore at Kyle of Tongue, north of Scotland 1st September 1918. Buried in SALE CEMETERY, Cheshire. Grave S. 6150.

Note: S.S. Tortuguero built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow, in 1909 as a Passenger Cargo Vessel, gross tonnage 4,161. Owned by Elders & Fyffes Ltd (London). On 26th June 1918 she was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat some 200 miles northwest of Co Mayo in the Atlantic with the loss of 12 lives.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 4, page 217:

TURNER, ARTHUR HAROLD, Wireless Operator, only child of Arthur Blakeley Turner, of Greylands, Whitehall Road, Darwen, by his wife, Lilian Mary. dau. of A. Thomson; b. Timperley, Co. Chester, 30 Oct. 1899; educ. Wadham House, Hale, and Bowden College, Bowden; entered the Marconi Service as Wireless Operator in the Mercantile Marine 13 March, 1918; served on S.S. Tortuguero, and was lost when that ship was torpedoed off the West Coast of Ireland 26 June following. He was washed ashore at Kyle of Tongue, north of Scotland. 1 Sept. 1918, and interred at Brooklands, co. Chester, 6 Sept. 1918; unm.


Norman Hartley

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) attached 1st Battalion, The Loyal North lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds 7th March 1917 (9th March 1917 on SDGW). Buried in BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 29.



probably Hubert Henry WARD, Second Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 19th September 1918. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section U. Grave 88.


Geoffrey Kershaw [Pemberton]

[Listed as WOOD on SDGW] Second Lieutenant, 1st/2nd Battalion attached 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers (Listed as 1st Battalion on SDGW). Killed in action 31st October 1918. Aged 19. Born at Worsley, Lancs. Son of Arthur Pemberton Wood and Amelia Elizabeth Wood, of Whitefold, Hale, Cheshire. Buried in HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row A. Grave 1.


Basil Hamilton

Second Lieutenant, 2nd East Lancashire Field Company (Territorial), Royal Engineers. Drowned 17th December 1914. Aged 23. Son of William Henry and Norah Mary Greville Woods, of 6, Grosvenor Mansions. Buxton. Buried in SUEZ WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 41.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 1, page 385:

WOODS, BASIL HAMILTON, 2nd Lieut., 1st East Lancs. Field Coy. Royal Engineers (T.F.), elder surviving s. of William Henry Woods, of Ravenstone, Hale, Cheshire, Mechanical Engineer, by his wife, Norah, dau. of Charles Greville Williams, F.R.S.. F.C.S.; b. Chorlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester, 18 Aug. 1891 educ. Repton School (where he was a Sergt. in the O.T.C.), and Oriel College, Oxford, was given a commission in the Reserve of Officers, which he resigned early in 1914 to take one in the East Lancashire Territorial Division, R.E., 16 April, 1914; went to Egypt with the East Lancashire Division in Sept. following, and was killed along with a number of N.C.Os. and men, 17 Dec. 1914, while on active service on the Suez Canal, by an explosion on a launch, supposed to be caused by a German mine, and was buried with full military honours in the Suez Cemetery.


Geoffrey Edmund

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action 12th October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.


Edwin Percy

Sub-Lieutenant, Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th August 1915. Aged 25. Son of Edwin and Louisa E. A. Farrow, of "Twyford," Hargate Drive, Hale, Cheshire; husband of Beatrice Mary Farrow. His brother John Worthington Farrow also fell. Buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Turkey. Special memorial C. 354.

Note: There are now 3,360 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 2,226 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate many casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918, Part 2, page 116-7:

FARROW, EDWIN PERCY, Sub-Lieut. Hawke (3rd) Battn. R.N.D., elder s. of Edwin Farrow, of Twyford, Hale, co. Cheshire, by his wife, Louisa E. A., dau. of John Percy; b. Manchester, 5 April, 1890; educ. Epworth College, Rhyl, and passing the Intermediate Arts Examination of London University, entered that college in Oct. 1908, where he was in residence, with an interval of two years due to ill health, until Nov. 1914, when he enlisted in the Public School Battn. of the R.N.D.; was promoted 1st Class Petty Officer 25 Jan. 1915, and obtained a commission as Sub-Lieut. in the R.N.V.R. 24 Feb. 1915, being appointed to the Hawke Battn. R.N.D.; served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli from 10 May, and was killed in action there 25 Aug. following. His Commanding Officer wrote: “We went to the trenches on the Sunday, 22nd, and on the early morning of the 25th it happened. His platoon was employed in digging a new trench behind our support and firing line. He was buried in a small enclosed cemetery in the Gully Ravine — a very quiet beautiful spot — cn the left-hand side going up towards Krithia. . . - Your husband was beloved by his men, and one and all we feel his death very keenly,” and a brother officer “Always cheery and bright, no matter how he felt himself; his men adored him, and I miss him more than I can say when on duty In the trenches.” While at Epworth he was Senior Prefect, and twice won the Sports Championship, and at the London University captained the College Association Football XL in the sessions 1909-10 and 191011 , belng one of the Association Football Team sent by the University of London Athletic Union to play the leading club of Moscow. m. at All 8aints' Church, Fulham, 6 March, 1915, Beatrice Mary, yst. dau. of Dr. William Sandham Symes, late of Chesterfield, co. Derby; s.p.


Victor Comley

[Listed as C V McKIEVER on memorial] Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 28th May 1915 (18th May 1915 on SDGW). Buried in CHESTER FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave 10.


Noel [Lings]

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion attached 7th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 11th January 1917. Aged 24. Born at Crumpsall, Manchester. Son of the late Charles and Alice Naismith, of Scarfoot, Underbarrow, Kendal, Westmorland. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXIV. Row C. Grave 12.

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