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HIGHCLIFFE WAR MEMORIAL

Detailed information - World War 1 & 2
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2016

The war memorial stands in the churchyard beside the road at St Marks Church, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset. It is made from Portland stone and takes the form of a plinth upon which is set a pillar with a gabled pediment. There is a carved wreath above the World War 1 inscription; the names are listed in two columns. There are 36 names for World War 1 and 25 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated 17 October 1920. It was listed as a Grade II listed building (monument) 12 February 1976 and is now listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Photographs Copyright © Stephen Harper-Scott 2016

THE GLORIOUS DEAD
1914 1918

ADAMS
Edward
Private 6038, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 July 1915. Aged 45. Born and enlisted Christchurch. Husband of Emma Jane Adams, of 8, Henrietta St., Congleton, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35.
ADAMS
Percy [Tost-de-Vine]
Corporal 9185, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 December 1914. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Christchurch, Hampshire, resident Highcliffe. Son of Alfred and Catherine Adams, of Bute Villa, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hants. Buried in LANCASHIRE COTTAGE CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 14.
BARBET
Louis
153rd Infantry. In the 1911 census he was the son of Antoine and Mathilde Barbet, aged 14, born Paris, France, resident Villa Mathilde, Highcliffe on Sea, Christchurch, Hampshire. Probably died as a French soldier. See teh French Ministry of Defence website containing a Database of those who died for France in the First World War
BICKERSTAFF, MM
Charles [Walter]
Corporal L/10335, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 15 July 1916. Born Willesden, Middlesex, enlisted Mill Hill, Middlesex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B. [Connection to Highcliffe not found] a Charles Bickerstaff married Ellen J Bassett in the July to September Quarter 1915 in the Andover Registration District, Hampshire.
CAMERON
Napier [Charles Gordon]
Captain, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 26 September 1914. Aged 37. Son of Gen. Sir William Gordon Cameron, G.C.B., of Nea House Christchurch, Hants; husband of Constance Geraldine Cameron, of Fairley, Countesswells, Aberdeenshire. Buried in BOURG-ET-COMIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave 1.

Extract fron De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918 Volume 2 Page 55:

CAMERON, NAPIER CHARLES GORDON, Capt., 1st Battn. (79th Foot) The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, s. of the late General Sir William Gordon Cameron, of Nea House, Christchurch, co. Hants, G.C.B. ; b. Gibraltar, 14 Dec. 1876 ; joined Lord Strathcona's Horse in 1900, obtaining a commission in the Scottish Horse the following year, with whom he served in the South African War 1900-2, where he was severely wounded (mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 3 Dec. 19011) ; was gazetted Lieut. Northumberland Fusiliers 21 June, 1902 ; transferred to the Cameron Highlanders 5 Feb. 1908, and was promoted Lieut. in Sept. 1914 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne 25 Sept. 1914. He m. 4 Nov. 1913, Constance Geraldine, eldest dau. of Capt. Harry Brooke, of Fairley, Countesswells, co. Aberdeen, D.L., late Gordon Highlanders, and had a dau., Honor Napier Gordon, b. (posthumous) 31 Dec. 1914.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916 Volume 1:

CAPTAIN NAPIER CHARLES GORDON CAMERON, 1st BATTN. THE QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, was born at Gibraltar on the 14th December, 1876, being the son of the late General Sir William Gordon Cameron, G.C.B.,of Nea House, Christchurch, Hants, who served in the Crimea.
Captain Cameron began his military career by joining Strathcona's Horse in 1900 ; in the following year he received a commission in the Scottish Horse, and served with them during the remainder of the South African war, in which he was wounded. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches and received the Queen's medal with four clasps. In June, 1902, he was gazetted to the Northumberland Fusiliers, and when the battalion was disbanded in 1908, obtained a commission in the 1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders as a Lieutenant,.
With this battalion he served in the Great War, being promoted Captain in September, 1914. On the 14th of that month he was reported wounded and missing, but rejoined his regiment after two days. On this occasion he owed his escape from capture by the Germans by feigning death, and lay for sonic time on the ground while German soldiers cut off his belt and removed his claymore and revolver. Later on, while waiting till darkness to return to the regiment, with some private soldiers, they heard an officer of the Black Watch calling for help, and Captain Cameron with a private in the Camerons went out and brought him in under heavy fire.
He was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne on the 25th September, 1914.
On the 4th November, 1913, Captain Cameron married Constance Geraldine, eldest daughter of Captain Harry Brooke, D.L., late Gordon Highlanders, of Fairley, Countesswells, Aberdeenshire, and grand-daughter of the late Sir Arthur Brooke, Bart., of Colebrooke, County Fermanagh, Ireland, and left one child, Honor Napier Gordon Cameron, born on the 31st. December, 1914, after her father's death.
Captain Cameron was a member of the United Service Club. He took his Flying Certificate at Brooklands in July, 1913

CLIFFE
Albert
Private 306612, 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 30 March 1917. Aged 48. Enlisted Bournemouth, resident Stroud, Gloucestershire. Son of Mrs. Charlotte Cliffe, of Cliff Well, The Edge, Stroud, Glos. Buried in STRATFORD-SUB-CASTLE (ST. LAWRENCE) CHURCHYARD, Wiltshire. Grave 115.
CROUCHER
Charles
Rifleman S/8298, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 30 November 1917. Aged 40. Born Ashley, Hampshire, enlisted and resident Christchurch. Husband of Lily M. Croucher, of 23, Purewell, Christchurch, Hants. Buried in SUNKEN ROAD CEMETERY, VILLERS-PLOUICH, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 19.
DEAN
Frederick
Lance Corporal S/13104, 11th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Died 3 September 1916. Aged 36. Son of Emily Dean, of Chewton Common, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hants, and the late John Dean. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
DOWDING
James
Private 306367, 1/14th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 21 January 1916. Enlisted Bournemouth, resident Winton, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 21 and 63.
DURHAM
Edward
Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 26 November 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 44.
DURRANT
Alfred
Gunner 58547, 25th Battery, 35th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 20 October 1917. Enlisted Brockenhurst, Hampshire, resident Highcliffe. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 to 6 and 162
FRAMPTON
Percy
Royal West Kent Regiment.
FREEMAN
Alfred
2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment.
FREEMAN
Frank
2/1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
FREEMAN
Frederick aka Fred
Private PLY/16308, 4th Royal Marine Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action 23 April 1918. Aged 25. Born Christchurch, Bournemouth 25 September 1892. Son of Frederick and Sarah Freeman, of 4, Guss, Christchurch, Bournemouth. Hants. Enlisted 18 April 1910 at Southampton. Prior to enlistment he was a farm labourer. Height 5 feet 7 inches, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair.Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. North side. Section I. Grave 2.
FREEMAN
Walter
2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
GRACE
Christopher [Henry]
[Memorial states 2nd Battalion] Private 20744, 6th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 7 July 1916. Aged 19. Son of Christopher and Elizabeth Smith Grace, of Cranemoor Gardens, Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hants. Buried in MEAULTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 16.
GRACE
Reginald [Frank]
Private 21469, 88th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 14 August 917. Born Newbury, Berkshire, enlisted Blandford, resident Highcliffe-on-sea. Formerly 18060, Hampshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 56.
GREGORY
Edward [Andrew]
[Memorial states 8th Battalion] Private 31327, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 27 August 1918. Aged 28. Born Highcliffe, enlisted Maidstone, resident Christchurch. Son of James and Martha Gregory, of Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hants; husband of Edith Margaret Gregory, of Pathside, Wrotham, Kent. Formerly 16363, Hussars. Buried in FIENVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 13.
HEAD
Wilfred [John]
Private 16421, 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 1 October 1917. Aged 28. Born Highcliffe, resident Melton Mowbray. Son of Tom and Ellen Head, of The Cottage, Latimers, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hants. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50 to 51.
HENDY
[Ernest] Frederick
Private L/14359, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 19. Born Highcliffe, enlisyed Woking, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.
HENDY
Percy
2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
HISCOCK
James
1st Battaolion, Hampshire Regiment
HOOPER
Stuart [Huntly] [The Honourable]
Lieutenant-Colonel, Deputy Assistant Adjutant General. B.E.F., Royal Artillery. Died 31 May 1915. Aged 47. Son of Mr. E.H. and Lady Maud Hooper, of Shelly Hill, Christchurch, Hants; husband of Georgina Dora Hooper. Former military correspondent for 'The Times'. Cadet 19 January 1886, 2nd Lieutenant 23 July 1887, Lieutenant 23 July 1890. Captain 19 January 1898. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. South Section 4. Grave 3.

Extract fromBond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916:

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL STUART HUNTLY HOOPER, DEPUTY ASSISTANT ADJUTANT - GENERAL, B.E.F., HON. LIEUTENANT-COLONEL RESERVE OF OFFICERS, late CAPTAIN ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY died on the 31st May, 1915, in the Royal Free Hospital, London, from illness contracted in France. He was buried at Highcliffe, Hants.
Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper was the elder son of Mr. E. H. and Lady Maud Hooper, of Shelly Hill, Christchurch, Hants, Lady Maud being the daughter of the fourth Earl of Castlestuart. He was born at Brook House, Marchington, Staffordshire, on the 20th December, 1867, and was educated Winchester.
He entered the R.M.A., Woolwich, in 1886 and in 1887 was, on passing out, posted to the Royal Field Artillery, and later to the Horse Artillery, with which he served in India from 1888 to 1894, obtaining his promotion to Lieutenant in 1890. From 1896 to 1900 he was Adjutant of the Suffolk Artillery Militia, having been promoted Captain in January, 1898. He retired from the Active List in 1901 and joined the Staff of "The Times" in 1906 as a writer on military subjects, and represented that paper at Bisley, at naval and military tournaments, and at manoeuvers.
After retiring he joined the Reserve of Officers, when he was given his Majority in the Special Reserve of the Royal Artillery, and subsequently the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1910 he became editor of the "Army and Navy Gazette," a position he held till the beginning of the war, and was also managing director of the company which owns that paper.
An appreciative memoir of the late officer was published in the "Army and Navy Gazette," in which it was stated that, but for an accident, he would probably have taken up the post of “Eye Witness” to the Expeditionary Force, for which "his descriptive talent and powers of literary expression would have specially fitted him." Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper's wide grasp of military matters was of the greatest use to him in his adopted calling of journalism. In addition the business aptitude displayed in the management of the "Army and Navy Gazette,"
his tact and urbanity, and his most kind and sympathetic disposition assured for him the regard of his colleagues, who deplore his untimely death.
On the 4th March, 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper was appointed Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General with the Army in the field, and worked to within three weeks of his death, though he must have known the grave risk he was running. When sent home it was too late to do anything, as he was too seriously ill.
He married in 1896, in London Georgina Dora, daughter of the late Colonel William Eliott-Lockhart, Royal Artillery, and left a daughter, Vanda Eveline, born January, 1898, and a son, Ivor Stuart Huntly, born April, 1907. Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper was a member of Cavalry and United Service Clubs.

HOWE
William [Henry]
Private 32517, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 31. Born Ottery St Mary, Devon, enlisted Brockenhurst, Hampshire, resident Christchurch, Hampshire. Son of William James Howe, of 11, Batts Lane, Ottery St. Mary, Devon; husband of May Victoria Howe, of Chewton Common, Highcliffe, Hants. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 18.
KING
Frederick [D J]
Lance Corporal 8504, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. Died of wounds 14 June 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Highcliffe, enlisted Christchurch. Son of George and Mary Anne King, of Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hants. Formerly 16031, Hussars. Buried in LE TREPORT MILITARY CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot 2. Row K. Grave 3.
KING
Harry
101st Labour Battalion
MEADUS
George
2/7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment - No further information currently available
PECKHAM
Leonard
Private 152799, 43rd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Canadian Highlanders). Died 8 October 1916. Born 4 September 1893 in Highcliffe-on-Sea. Son of Maryha Peckham of Highcliffe-on-Sea. Farm labourer by trade. Unmarried. Attested and passed fit 22 February 1916 at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, aged 22 years 6 months, height 5 feet 10 inches. girth 37 inches. dark complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Presbyterian. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 17. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7695 - 3
PINDER
Albert
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Liecestershire Regiment.
SMITH
George
Serjeant, 9th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment.
STEPHENS
Herbert
[Listed as Bertioes Edward STAPHENS on SDGW and Bertie Edward STEPHENS on CWGC] Drummer 306198, 1/7th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died in India 4 December 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Highcliffe, enlisted Bournemouth. Son of Bert and Eliza Ann Stephens, of Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset. Buried in AMBALA CANTONMENT CEMETERY, India. Plot 35. Row E. Grave 8.
WAY
Harold
Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment).
WHITCHER
James
1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment.
YOUNG
Arthur
Serjeant, 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment.
TIZZARD
Francis
Private 6044, 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte's Own). Killed in action 16 November 1914. Born and enlisted Dorechester, resident Tolpiddle, Dorset. Son of the late John Crocker Tizzard. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5.

THEIR NAME
LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

1939 - 1945

ADAMS
R T
Private, Royal Army Service Corps
BONE, MiD
Leslie John
Warrasnt Officer Class I (Conductor) 1718495, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attached to 119 Mobile Workshop Company, Indian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 1 December 1944. Aged 33. Son of Cyril and Lilian Teresa Bone; husband of Emily Alice Bone, of Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hampshire. Mentioned in Despatche (MiD). Buried in PHALERON WAR CEMETERY, Greece. Plot 21. Row B. Grave 10.
BRENTON
W
Royal Navy
CALLOW
W S
Royal Navy
DALEY?
P S
Royal Air Force
FISH
J H
Royal Air Force
GARRETT
Peter John Newson
Captain, 8th Hampshire (Avon Valley) Battalion, Home Guard. Died 25 March 1942. Aged 49. Son of Peter Bruff Garrett and Fanny Stone Garrett; husband of Louise N. M. Garrett, of Christchurch. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section O. Grave 2.
GOULD
Charles Robert
Lieutenant 269616, 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 4 April 1944. Aged 20. Son of Sir Basil John Gould, C.M.G., C.I.E. and of Lady Gould (nee Kebbell), of Gangtok, Sikkim; nephew of Mary Gould, of Winchester.. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section S. Grave 11.
GREENHALGH
William [Proctor]
Serjeant 14510796, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 23 December 1945. Aged 32. Son of Hugh Lambert Greenhalgh and Martha Greenhalgh; husband of Geraldine Honor Greenhalgh, of Highcliffe, Christchurch, Hampshire. F.B.O.A. Buried in KUALA LUMPUR (CHERAS ROAD) CIVIL CEMETERY, Malaysia. Grave 863.
JONES
Trevor Hartley
Sergeant 1311958, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4 January 1942. Aged 19. Son of Percy Jones, and of Lilian D. Jones, of Walkford. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section M. Grave 4.
LEE-BROWN
Edward Claude
[Spelt LEE-BROWNE on memorial] Flight Lieutenant 125695, 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14 April 1943. Aged 20. Son of Samuel and Margaret Lee-Brown, of Highcliffe, Hampshire. Buried in LE MANS WEST CEMETERY, Sarthe, France. Plot 38. 1939-45 Row B. Collective grave 12.
SAUNDERS
L R
I.O.W?
CARTER
G W
Royal Air Force
McCARTNEY
J
???
MACINTYRE
J G
Royal Air Force
MACINTYRE
Michael Robert
Sapper 1923491, Royal Engineers. Died 12 November 1940. Aged 22. Son of John Lester Macintyre and Mary Jane Macintyre, of Highcliffe. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section O. Grave 74.
MACFARLANE
Olive Lees
Olive Less Macgfarlane<empty>Sister, Malayan Nursing Service. She unfortunately died, being hit by shrapnel on board S.S. Kuala as the hospital was being evacuated at Singapore 13 February 1942. Aged 27. Daughter of James William and Annie Enterkin Macfarlane, of Lymington Road, Highcliffe-on-Sea, Hampshire. She was one of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the 1939-1945 War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George's Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.
MITCHELL
Ronald Bertram
Sergeant (Pilot) 919453, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 May 1944. Aged 27. Son of Bertram Frank and Annie Elizabeth Mitchell, of Walkford. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section D. Grave 4.
MUIR
Cyril John Wilson
Pilot Officer (Flight Engineer) 186969, 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4 March 1945. Aged 21. Son of Ernest and Ivy Robina Muir, of Carterton, Oxfordshire. Buried in HIGHCLIFFE (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD, Dorset. Section F. Grave 6.
PALMER
J
Royal Artillery
PINE-COFFIN
Geoffrey [Tristram]
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 568487, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 14 July 1943. Aged 24. Son of William and Emily Pine-Coffin; husband of Bridget Pine-Coffin, of Chelsea, London. Buried in MAUBEUGE-CENTRE CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row A. Grave 5.
RUSTOM
R
Royal Air Force
STRIDE
S
Devonshire Regiment
THOMAS
Sidney Charles
Corporal 1870088, 5 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died between 27 and 31 May 1940. Aged 28. Son of Walter and Mary Jane Thomas; husband of Millicent Lilley Thomas, of Hordle, Hampshire. Buried in BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 102.
ELLIOTT
Robin Aylmer aka Bob
Lance Corporal 80825, 4th (Malacca Volunteer Corps) Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Force. Prisoner of War of the Japanese, died during an attempted escape from Songkurai, Thailand, with Roncon, David & Stewart 4 June 1943. Aged 28. Son of Graham Waller Elliott and Olivette M. L. Elliott, of Highcliffe, Hampshire. Born 1915 in London. Educated King’s College School. Assistant, Mercantile Bank, Singapore 1939 then Chemical Engineer. Went to Thailand with 'H' Force. First escaped with Geoff Mowat, and was captured in Johore, sent to Pudu Gaol, Kuala Lumpur, then returned to Singapore October 1942. No known grave, Commemorated on SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 393.

Note: Songkurai (also known as Sonkrai) was a World War II Japanese Prisoner of War Camp located close to the Thai/Burma border.

Last updated 15 October, 2017

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