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LANGTON MATRAVERS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2006

The Langton Matravers St. Georges Parish Church Memorials come in several forms, the memorial listed here is to the local men, others are to those Old Boys from Malthouse School who fell and yet another to those from Durnford School who fell, both are Private Schools. There is an additional special memorial to Admiral Tovey 1914 1918. The local memorial for World War 1 lists 20 men by their Christian names and surnames now put in alphabetical order, there is also one extra burial in the churchyard

 

 

Photographs copyright ©Chris Comber 2006

ROLL OF HONOUR OF TWO WORLD WARS
1914-1918

BARTLETT

Reginald John

Lance Corporal 371430 1/8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles) 58th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 7 October 1916. Aged 20. Son of Reginald Coates and Mary Anne Bartlett of Langton Matravers. Enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial

BLABER

Thomas Martin

Private 23182 138th Company The Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 8 October 1916. Aged 26. Son of James and Dinah Blaber of “Seacombe” Eastwood Boulevard, Westcliffe on Sea, Essex. Enlisted in Camberwell.Formerly with the Londons. Buried in Warencourt British Cemetery.

BOWER

Augustus Joseph

Sergeant 390007 9th Battalion, The London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). Killed in action 24 April 1918. Aged 23 Born in Langton Matravers and enlisted in London. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Bower of “Actonvale” Acton. Resident of Clapham, South London. Buried in Moreuil Communal Cemetery Allied Extension.

BOWER

Bertie

Rifleman 371432 1/8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles) 58th London Division. Killed in action near Ypres 19 July 1917. Enlisted in London. Next of kin residents of Langton Matravers. Buried in Oak Dump Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

BOWER

Charles

Private 39004 12th Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment. 5th Division. Died of wounds 17 October 1918. Aged 20 Born in Langton Matravers and enlisted in Dorchester. Son of George and Hannah Bower of Langton Matravers. Formerly with the North Somerset Yeomanry. Buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery Le Treport.

BOWER

Ernest Frederick

[Listed on the SDGW as Bowler] Gunner 75811 113th Heavy Battery The Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action at Arras 4 May 1917. Aged 38. Son of Mr Bower and Mrs Ellen Mary Bower of Acton, Langton Matravers. Born in Worth Matravers and enlisted in Dorchester. Buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras.

BURT

Charles

Sapper 134037 136th Army Troops Company The Royal Engineers. Died of wounds in base hospital at Boulogne. 30 April 1918. Aged 35. Husband of Elizabeth Burt of “Laurel Cottage” The High Street, Langton Matravers. Born in Langton Matravers and enlisted in Dorchester. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

CORBEN

Arthur Haysom

Rifleman R/4167 13th Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifle Corps 37th Division. Killed in action on the Somme 9 August 1916. Aged 25. Son of Mr Corben and Annie Baker Corben of Langton Matravers. Born in Langton Matravers and enlisted in Southwark, South London. Buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz.

HARRIS

Frank

Private 31940 1st Battalion, The Devonshire Regiment 5th Division. Killed in action near Maubeuge 7 November 1918. Aged 18. Son of Henry Samuel and Elizabeth Harris of Acton, Langton Matravers. Born in Acton and enlisted in Dorchester. Buried in St.Remi-Du-Nord Communal Cemetery, Maubeuge

HARRIS

Reginald

Rifleman 371621 1/8th Battalion, The London Regiment (The Post Office Rifles) 58th London Division. Killed in action near Ypres 10 June 1917. Aged 22. Son of William and Elizabeth Harris of 3, Acton Field, Langton Matravers; brother of Walter (below). Enlisted in London. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

HARRIS

Walter F

Stoker 2nd Class K/53767, H.M.S. Victory II, Royal Navy. Died 8th October 1918. Aged 32. Son of William and Elizabeth Harris, of Langton Matravers; husband of Sarah Annie Harris, of 1, Acton Field, Langton Matravers, Dorset; brother of Reginald (above). Buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire. Plot E. Row 32. grave 21.

HAWKINS

George

probably Private 9286 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Indian Division. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 18 November 1914. Born in Osmington, Dorset and enlisted in Dorchester. Next of kin, Poxwell near Weymouth. Buried in Basra War Cemetery.Iraq.

HOBBS

William Henry

Private 127817 149th Company The Labour Corps. Formerly with the Devonshire Regiment. Died 17 July 1918. Aged 34. Son of Richard and Mary Hobbs of Langton Matravers. Husband of Augusta Hobbs of West Street, Barnwell, Somerset. Born in Lychett Matravers and enlisted in Dorchester. Buried in Aire Communal Cemetery.

LOCKTON

Frederick

Private 11979 1/5th Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment 11th Division. Died of wounds at Suvla Bay on Gallipoli 17 August 1915. Born in Cheltenham and enlisted in Dorchester. Next of kin Hinckley, Leicestershire. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial Gallipoli, Turkey.

LOVELL

George

Private 16726 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Indian Division. Died in Mesopotamia 22 July 1917. Born in Piddletrenthide and enlisted in Swanage. Next of kin, residents of Langton Matravers. Buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery.

MUNDEN

Thomas

Private 29708 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment 29th Division. Died of wounds in base hospital at Etaples 29 April 1917. Aged 36. Son of George Thomas and Martha Munden of “High Lodge” Bere Regis, Doeset. Born in Bere Regis and enlisted in Dorchester. Resident of Langton Matravers. Formerly with the Dorsets. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.

NORMAN

Thomas Henry

Sapper 1971 1/1st Hants Field Company The Royal Engineers. Died of wounds in Salonika 4 October 1916. Aged 26. Son of Frederick and Martha Mary Norman of Castle View, Langton Matravers. Born in Swanage and enlisted in Portsmouth. Buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece.

PUCKETT

Arthur Henry

Gunner 13531 138th Trench Mortar Battery The Royal Garrison Artillery. Mesopotamia. Died in Mesopotamia 19 July 1917. Born Corfe Castle and enlisted in Swanage. Buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery, Iraq.

STRATTEN

Walter John

Private 8481 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Indian Division. Died in Mesopotamia 22 June 1916. Aged 28. Son of Charles and Edith Stratten of Langton Matravers. Born in Langton Matravers and enlisted in Wareham. Buried in Baghdad North Gate War Cemetery Iraq.

WILDGOOSE

Arthur Henry

Lance Corporal 19750 57th Field Company The Royal Engineers. Killed in action near Ypres. 23 July 1915.Aged 25. Son of Arthur Henry and Blanche Wildgoose of Langton Matravers. Born and enlisted in Wareham. Commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

Also buried in the Churchyard but not on memorial

HOBBS

W J.

Private 5820121 The Suffolk Regiment. Died at home 10 May 191921. Aged 26. Son of Mr and Mrs William Hobbs of Coombe, Langton Matravers. Buried in Langton Matravers Church Cemetery.

1939-1945

BOWER

Frank

Stoker 1st Class D/KX/219984 Royal Navy HMS”Repulse” Lost with the Battlecruiser off Malaya 10 December 1941. Commemorated on The Plymouth Naval Memorial.

BOWER

Thomas Charles

Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator 1338406 Royal Air Force 582 (Bomber) Squadron. (Lancasters). Killed in action 20 July 1944. Aged 21. Son of George and Elizabeth Jane Bower of Langton Matravers. Buried in Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-Sur-Mer.

DOWLAND

Charles Edward

Cook (S) P/MX/64211 Royal Navy HMS “Fiji” Lost when the Cruiser was sunk by dive bombers during the evacuation of Crete on the 23 May 1941. Aged 24. Son of Samuel and Eva Mary Dowland of Langton Matravers. Commemorated on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea

EASTMENT

Richard Samuel

Sergeant Observer 524673 Royal Air Force No 150 Squadron. Died at home 11 October 1940. Aged 31. Son of Ernest Edmund and Amelia Fanny Eastment of Langton Matravers. Buried in Langton Matravers Church Cemetery.

SMITH

Arthur

No further information currently available

WELLMAN

Henry

Assistant Cook. D/MX/62362 Royal Navy. HMS”Valentine” Lost when the destroyer was bombed at the mouth of the Scheldt 15 May 1940. Aged 21. Son of Rose Ellen Wellman of Langton Matravers. Buried in Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery, Holland

WELLMAN

John Lancelot

Private 5725052 1st Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action during the Siege of Malta 15 February 1941. Aged 24. Son of Lily Mary Bonfield of Langton Matravers. Buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta.

REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM

TOVEY, GCB, KBE, DSO

John Cronyn

1st Baron Tovey of Langton Matravers, Admiral of the Fleet, Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet 1940-1943, The Nore 1943-1946. Died 12 January 1971. Aged 85. Also Aida his wife died 5 June 1970. Aged 76.

Last updated: 19 March, 2007

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