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ALLESTREE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2007

The memorial is to be found in the grounds of St Edmund's Church, Allestree. It takes the form of an Iona style cross mounted on a stone shaft standing on a rough hewn stone plinth; the Second World War names are to be found on an oblong stone placed in front, at the base, of the memorial. There are sixteen names for World War 1 and 19 for World War 2. The Gisborne family, who at one time owned Allestree Hall, donated land also as a war memorial which is now the home of various sports clubs including Allestree Cricket Club.

Photograph Copyright © Mavis & Colin Roadley 2007

THE
GLORIOUS
DEAD
1914
1918

BANCROFT

Thomas F

Private 242436, 1st/9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion (Territorial), Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 26th September 1917. Born and resident Allestree, enlisted Derby. Buried in TYNE COT CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XLIV Row B Grave 26.

BARLOW

Arthur Haslam

Private 12411, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 21st August 1915. Aged 29. Born and resident Staveley, enlisted Derby. Son of Mr. G. H. and Mrs. E. Barlow, of Sycamore House, Staveley, Chesterfield. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 150 to 152.

BENFORD

Joseph

[Listed as West Yorkshire Regiment on memorial] Private TR/5/36861, 15th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) originally 261st Battalion, Training Reserve. Died in United Kingdom 24th October 1917. Aged 19. Born Allestree, enlisted Derby. Son of Thomas and Lucy Benford, of Main Rd., Allestree, Derby. Buried in IPSWICH CEMETERY, Suffolk. Grave Reference P. 25. 14.

BULL

Arthur Albert

Private 201867, 2nd/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1918. Born Swarkestone, enlisted Derby, resident Allestree. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

CLIFFORD

John William

Rifleman C/7261, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 10th October 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Allestree, enlisted Derby. Son of William and Charlotte Clifford, of Corn Hill Cottages, Allestree, Derby. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 2.

HULLAND

Frederick

Private 71042, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7th August 1918. Aged 19. Born Duffield, enlisted and resident Derby. Son of Frederick and Annie Hulland, of Field View, Allestree, Derby. Formerly 83343, 3rd Cavalry Reserve Regiment. Buried in BEACON CEMETERY, SAILLY-LAURETTE, Somme, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 1.

KIDGER

Albert Edmund

Private 40302, 2nd/5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 19. Born Belper, enlisted Derby, resident Allestree. Son of Willis and Ada Ann Kidger, of The Poplars, Allestree, Derby. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7 and 8.

MURFIN

Ernest Arthur

Private 235144, 2nd/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 9th October 1917. Aged 23. Born and resident Allestree, enlisted Derby. Son of Garvis and Emma Murfin, of Duffield Rd., Allestree, Derby. Formerly 80227, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 77 to 79 and 163A.

NORTH

Wiliam Henry

Gunner 21937, "B" Battery, 179th Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died 8th [CWGC] or 9th [SDGW] January 1917. Aged 35. Born and enlisted Derby. Son of George and Harriet North, of Allestree, Derby. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot X. Row D. Grave 12A.

PLANT

Ernest Reginald

Lance Corporal 9444, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 18th May 1915. Born Darley Abbey, enlisted Derby. Buried in CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 24.

SMITH

Arthur

Lance Corporal SPTS/4204, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 27th July 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Derby, enlisted London. Son of Christopher and Margaret Smith, of Hill Crest, Allestree, Derby. Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 33.

SPENCER

Thomas

Royal Field Artillery - not on SDGW - probably T SPENCER, Gunner 173733, 53rd Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Died 10th December 1918. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section Q. Grave 167.

WARD

Oliver

Able Seaman Bristol Z/4587, H.M.S. "Champagne", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 9th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of John Thomas and Fanny Ward. of Allestree, Derby. The Admiralty found that this rating. after the order to abandon ship had been given, volunteered to remain on board and man one of the guns, and continued firing on the submarine while his own was actually sinking. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 25.

Note: H.M.S. " Champagne", an auxiliary cruiser, carrying a crew of 34 officers and 271 other ratings, was cruising off the West Coast of the Isle of Man on the 9th October, 1917, when she was torpedoed by an enemy submarine. The Admiralty found that this rating. after the order to abandon ship had been given, volunteered to remain on board and man one of the guns, and continued firing on the submarine while his own was actually sinking.

WEBSTER

Joseph

Private 39962, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial), South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th September 1918. Enlisted Derby. Husband of Mary Jane Webster, of 45, Copeland St., Derby. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 6 and 7.

WEBSTER

William

Private 4510, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 23. Born Allestree, enlisted Derby. Son of Mrs. Fanny Webster, of 49, Quarn St., Derby. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

WEBSTER

Joseph William

Private 38629, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 20th January 1918. Born Allestree, enlisted Derby. Son of Joseph and Sabina Annie Webster, of 36, Parker St., Derby. Formerly 37140, South Staffordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.

1939-1945

BROSTER

William Charles

Ordinary Seaman P/JX 228923. HMS "Arbutus", Royal Navy. Died 5th February 1942. Aged 30. Son of William and Millicent S. Broster; husband of Marian Broster, of Belper, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 66, Column 3.

Note: HMS Arbutus was a Floer Class Corvette (K86) built by Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.), she was ordered on 25th July 1939, laid down 30th November 1939, launched 5th June 1940 and commission 12th October 1940. HMS Arbutus (Lt. Arhur Lionel Waldegrave Warren, DSC, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-136 in the North Atlantic about 295 nautical miles west of Erris Head, Ireland.

BROWN

Logie Watson

Pilot Officer 64305, 500 (County of Kent) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th October 1941. Aged 21. Son of Alfred Edward Henderson Brown and Elizabeth Watson Brown, of Allestree, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 31.

Note: 500 Squadron was part of 16 Group Coastal Command at this time, based at Bircham Newton, Norfolk. In April 1941 conversion to Blenheims took place and these were used for reconnaissance, patrols and bombing raids on enemy coastal targets.

BURTON

Edwin G

No further information currently available

CASE

Robert Anthony (Tony)

Captain 198237, 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) and Special Boat Service, S.A.S. Regiment, A.A.C. Died 31st July 1945 in the Italy arena. Aged 23. Born and resident Derby. Son of Robert James Case and Marjorie Case, of Derby; husband of D. Joy Case, of Allestree, Derby. Buried in BARI WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 10.

FISHER

Thomas Frederick

Corporal 4914742, 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died between 10th and 27th May 1940. Aged 20. Born and resident Derby. Son of Alfred and Amy Fisher, of Allestree, Derby. Originally South Staffordshire Regiment. Buried in VIOLAINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 19.

GEE

George Muir

Sergeant (Pilot) 655012, Royal Air Force. Died 14th January 1942. Aged 26. Son of George and Lilian Gee, of Derby; husband of Catherine Gee, of Allestree, Derby. Buried in ST. EDMUND CHURCHYARD, ALLESTREE, Derbyshire. Plot M. Grave 29.

GRUNDY

John Ronald

[Listed as Ronald John GRUNDY on CWGC] Leading Aircraftman 130816, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 19th January 1946. Aged 39. Son of Walter and Mary Ellen Sylvia Grundy, of Allestree, Derby. Buried in ST. EDMUND CHURCHYARD, ALLESTREE, Derbyshire. Old Portion.

GUTCH

John George

Ordinary Seaman Ordinary Seaman, HMS "Quorn", Royal Navy. Died 3rd August 1944. Aged 39. Son of Bertram George and Nellie Gutch; husband of Helen Mary Gutch, of Allestree, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 84, Column 1.

Note: HMS Quorn (L66) was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, built in 1940 by J. Samuel Whiteand Co. at Cowes, Isle of Wight. A Type 1 Hunt class destroyer, she was launched on 27th March 1940 and completed on the 21st September 1940. In June 1944 Quorn was an escort for convoys of personnel during Operation Neptune, the naval support of Operation Overlord, the D-Day Landings. On 3rd August 1944 she was hit and sunk during a heavy attack on the British assault area by a force of E-boats, explosive motorboats, human torpedoes and low flying aircraft. Those that survived the initial attack spent up to eight hours in the water before being rescued, and many of these perished. Four officers and 126 ratings were lost.

HARGRAVES

Rayner A

Sapper 14729710, 6 Airborne Division Postal Unit, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 18th September 1945. Aged 29. Born and resident Derby. Son of Samuel and Ethel Hargraves, of Derby, husband of Nellie Hargraves, of Allestree, Derby. Buried in ST. EDMUND CHURCHYARD, ALLESTREE, Derbyshire. Row L. Grave 1 A.

Note: The 6 Airborne Division was created in 1943 a with Sapper Airborne Regiment and an Airborne Postal Unit. In 1945 they were deployed on Operation Plunder (the Rhine Crossings).

HOLMES

Ewart

Private 14568230, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died in Burma 16th May 1944. Aged 31. Born and resident Derby. Son of Fred and Beatrice Holmes; husband of Winifred Holmes, of Allestree, Derby. No known grave. Commmeorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 10.

LITTLE

Frank

possibly Frank LITTLE, Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 751534, 40 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 30th August 1940. Aged 30. Son of Thomas Arthur and Annie Elizebeth Little, of Spondon; husband of Marjorie Little. Buried in SPONDON CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section E. Grave 304.

MORRIS

Reginald C

No further information currently available

POUNTAIN

Cyril

No further information currently available

SAMUEL

Donald John

Ordinary Seaman C/JX 239964, HMS "Picotee", Royal Navy. Died 12th August 1941. Aged 34. Son of John Joseph and Gertrude Elizabeth Samuel; husband of Margery Samuel, of Derby. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Column 45, Panel 1.

Note: HMS Picotee was a Flower Class Corvette (K63) built by Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland). Laid down 21st March 1940, launched 19th July 1940, commisisoned 5th September 1940. She was torpedoed and sunk south of Iceland in position by U-568 during the night of 11th/ 12th August 1941 while escorting convoy ONS-4. She was hit by one torpedo and sank almost immediately. There were no survivors.

WAPLES

Alfred G

possibly Alfred George WAPLES, Pilot Officer 175414, 68 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd July 1944. Age 28. Son of George Waples, and of Eveleen Edith Waples, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 212.

WAPLES

Howard

possibly Howard WAPLES, Flight Lieutenant 67021, 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 23rd July 1941. Age 23. Son of George Waples, and of Eveleen Edith Waples, of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 29.

WATSON

Lewis

probably Lewis Turnbull WATSON, Convoy Signalman C/JX 174071, HMS President III. Died 15th February 1942. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Jessie Robertson Watson, of Redditch, Worcestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Column 59, Panel 1.

WHITE

Alec

No further information currently available

WRIGHT

Henry Emmerson

[Listed as Harry on CWGC] Flying Officer 124194, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 10th February 1943. Aged 29. Son of Frederick William H. Wright and Edith Charlotte Wright; husband of Delia Mary Wright, of Allestree Park, Derby. Buried in CATTERICK CEMETERY, Yorkshire. Church of England Section. Row O. Grave 12.

Not on memorial but buried in the churchyard

COTTON

Eric Francis

Corporal 2318194, Royal Corps Signals. Died 17th January 1944. Aged 37. Son of Francis Henry and Matilda Frances Cotton; husband of Jane Anne Cotton, of Well, Hampshire. Buried in ST. EDMUND CHURCHYARD, ALLESTREE, Derbyshire.

FISHER

F

Private 201063, 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Died 11th AUgust 1920. Aged 29. Born Allestree. Son of Thomas and Mary Fisher; husband of Sarah Fisher, of 4, Alma St., Derby. Buried in ST. EDMUND CHURCHYARD, ALLESTREE, Derbyshire.

Last updated 11 June, 2007

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