World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Carolynn Langley 2010
Upwey memorials for World War 1 and 2 are to be found within the Church
of St Laurence in Upwey, nr Weymouth, Dorset. The World War 1 plaque
takes the form of an inscribed brass plaque mounted on a marble backing
and the World War 2 memorial is a Portland stone rectangular inscribed
plaque with black lettering. There are 17 names for World War 1 and
14 for World War 2.
Copyright © Carolynn
THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL REMEMBERANCE
OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
71141, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 April
1918. Aged 18. Born Bincombe, Dorset, enlisted Weymouth, resident
Upway [sic]. Son of Harry and Fanny Allen, of "Brooklyn",
Steepleton, Dorchester. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres
Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 24 and 25.
as W A Andrews on memorial] Private 9878, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire
Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 17 August 1915. Born Salsibury,
Wiltshire, enlisted Dorchester, resident Upwey. No known grave.
Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel
136 to 139.
16851, 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 April
1917. Aged 24. Born Arlesford, Hampshire, enlisted Weymouth, resident
Upwey. Son of Edward Haddan Bithrey and Ellen Bithrey, of Longcot,
Faringdon, Berks. Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Seine-Maritime,
France. Section O. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 6.
Private 17856, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action
5 October 1917. Born Bridport, enlisted Weymouth, resident Upwey.
No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 92.
as W.C. on memorial] Private 306871, 2/7th (Territorial Force) Battalion,
Hampshire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 12 October 1918. Aged 27.
Born and resident Upwey, enlisted Bouremouth. Son of E. J. and Clara
Maud Christopher, of The Cottage, Bincombe, Dorchester. Buried in
Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot XII. Row K. Grave 12.
as Chris Christopher on memorial and Christopher Christopher on
Canadian Archives] Private 438748, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry
(Manitoba Regiment). Died 16 September 1916. Aged 24. Born 8 June
1890 in UPwey, Dorset. Son of E J and M Christopher, of Upwey, Dorset.
Locomotive Fireman by trade. Enlisted and passed fit 10 May 1915
at Port Arthur, Canada, aged 25, height 5 feet 11½ inches,
chest 36½ inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair,
religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated
on Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canada
Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1705 - 36
as Charles Morris on SDGW] Private 277569, 1st/6th Battalion, Essex
Regiment. Died in Egypt 16 November 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident
UPwey, enlisted Dorchester. Son of Charles Crocker, of Upwey, Dorset.
Buried in Beirut British War Cemetery, Lebanese Republic. Grave
Private 29632, 13th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own
(Yorkshire Regiment). Died 12 May 1917. Aged 24. Born Wooton Glanville,
Dorset, enlisted Weymouth, resident Upway [sic]. Son of Charlotte
Ann Durrant, of Chapel Cottage, Upwey, Dorchester, Dorset, and the
late Joseph Durrant. Formerly 30744, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Buried in Bray Military Cemetery, Somme,
France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 14.
290729, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in
action 26 October 1917. Aged 37. Born Osmington, Dorset, enlisted
Weymouth, resident Upway [sic]. Son of Robert and Mary Hurst, of
Upwey, Dorset; husband of Louisa Mary Hurst, of Oxford House, 130,
Abbotsbury Rd, Weymouth, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on
The Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
38 to 40.
Bombardier 73609, 38th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died 30 October [SDGW] or 30 November [CWGC] 1917. Aged 25. Born
Putney, Surrey, enlisted Weymouth, resident Upway [sic]. Son of
Walter Edward and Emma Mason; husband of Maud Mason, of Ridgeway
Hill, Upwey, Weymouth. No known grave. Commemorated on The Cambrai
Memorial, Nord, France. Panel 1.
200741, 1st/4th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 25 January
1919. Aged 31. Son of Mary Hodder (formerly Newman), of Portisham,
Dorchester, and the late Thomas John Hodder. Born at Broadwey, Dorchester.
Buried in Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot II. Row
F. Grave 5.
3483, 2nd/1st Lowland Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in
action 16 September 1916. Aged 32. Born Maiden Newton, Dorset, enlisted
Victoria Park, Muiddlesex, resident Weymouth, Dorset. Son of Robert
and Annie Rixton, of 14, Victoria Rd, Dorchester. No known grave.
Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face
8 A and 8 D.
Private 19625, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds
16 April 1917. Enlisted Dorchester, resident Upwey. Buried in Foreste
Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 2.
10615, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 21
August 1915. Aged 22. Born Osmington, Dorset, enlistedd Weymouth,
resident Upwey. Son of Sarah Thorne, of Little Hill, Upwey, Dorset.
No known grave. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey (including
Gallipoli). Panel 136 to 139.
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Corporal 127029, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Died 30
September 1916. Born 29 December 1889 in Upwey, Dorset. Carpeneter
by trade. Son of Lucy Toms, of Richway Hill, Upwey, Dorset. Unmarried.
Attested 4 October 1915 at Stratford, Ontario, Canada, aged 26 years
10 months, heioght 5 feet 5 inches, chest 36½ inches, medium
complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair, religious denomination
Church of England. Buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt,
Somme, France. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 6. National Archives of Canada
Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9730 - 7
"A" Company, 8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles)(Territorial),
Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action
9 October 1917. Aged 26. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.), Mentioned
in Despatches. Son of Herbert Ashburn Wilkinson and Mary E Wilkinson,
of Nethergrove, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset. Three times previously
wounded (once gas). Promoted to Lieutenant 10 October 1914 [Supplement
to the London Gazette, 9 November 1914. Page 9121.] No known
grave. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 42 to 47 and 162.
NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
Signalman 6028953, 88 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery Signals Section,
Royal Corps of Signals. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 6 November
1943. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Louise Crocker, of Upwey, Dorsetshire.
Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B6. Row
U. Grave 1.
Warrant Officer Class II (Squadron Sergeant Major) 7872628, Royal
Armoured Corps. Died 7 December 1942. Aged 39. Son of Arthur Ernest
and Florence Louise Dibben; husband of Isabel Susan Dibben, of Weymouth
Buried in west part of St Laurence Churchyard, Upwey, Weymouth,
War Dead. Died 28 May 1944. Aged 39. A.R.P. Rescue Service; of 8
Goulds Hill, Upwey, Weymouth. Died at Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth
Buried Weymouth and Melcolmbe Regis, Municipal Cemetery Dorset
Sergeant 1332970, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25 February
1943. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Beryl Fellowes of Upwey, Dorsetshire.
No known grave. Commemorated on The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede,
Surrey. Panel 149.
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10580382, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers attd H.Q., 1st
Airborne Division. Died 18 September 1944. Aged 21. Son of Albert
George and Hilda Maud Gould, of Upwey, Dorsetshire. Buried in Arnhem
Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 30. Row B.
Gunner 1481188, 310 Battery, 72 (The Hampshire Yeomanry) A. A. Regiment,
Royal Artillery. Died 19 September 1939. Aged 44. Awarded the Military
Cross (M.C.). Son of Capt. Charles Francis Gunning, formerly of
the Durham Light Infantry and Mrs Gunning; nephew of the Revd Canon
Joseph Oldham Gunning, of St Mawgan-in-Pydar Rectory, Newquay, Cornwall.
Formerly Capt. in the Rifle Brigade in the 1914-18 War. Buried in
Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire. Grave 2191.
Pilot Officer (Observer) 120041, 50 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve. Died 9 November 1942. Son of Mr and Mrs Albert H Kingman,
of Upwey, Dorsetshire. B.Sc. Buried in Kiel War Cemetery Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein,
Germany. Plot 3. Row F. Grave 10.
Most of those buried in Kiel War Cemetery were airmen lost in
bombing raids over northern Europe, whose graves were brought
in from cemeteries and churchyards throughout Schleswig-Holstein,
the Frisian Islands and other parts of north-western Germany.
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Sergeant (Pilot) 655547, 1651 C.U., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 23 August 1942. Aged 25. Son of Percy and Dorothy A Lovell,
of Upwey, Dorsetshire Buried in Becklingen War Cemetery Soltau,
Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 12. Row A. Grave 1.
The site of Becklingen War Cemetery was chosen for the position
on a hillside overlooking Luneburg Heath, where Field-Marshal
Montgomery accepted the German surrender from Admiral Doenitz
on 4 May 1945 Burials were brought into the cemetery from isolated
sites in the countryside, small German cemeteries and prisoner
of war camps cemeteries, including the Fallingbostel cemetery,
within a radius of about 80 kilometres Most of those buried in
the cemetery died during the last two months of the war
Stoker P/KX 86421, H.M. Submarine Porpoise, Royal Navy. Died 16
January 1945. Aged 29. Son of George and Hilda Maud Lucking, of
Upwey, Dorsetshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval
Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 89, Column 3.
The Memorial is situated on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade,
and is accessible at all times A copy of the Memorial Register
is kept at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square
Lieutenant 277750, 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.
Died 18 July 1944. Aged 20. Son of William Ferguson Menzies and
Kathleen Augusta Cheney Menzies, of Upwey, Dorsetshire. Buried in
Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 26.
Private 14721022, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died 29
August 1944. Aged 18. Son of Wilfred Charles and Fanny Morris, of
Upwey, Dorsetshire. Buried in St Desir War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
Plot I. Row A. Grave 13.
Captain,5th Dorset (Weymouth) Battalion, Home Guard. Died 13 April
1942. Aged 47. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Son of Harry James
Albert West and of Annie Maria West (nee Stuart); husband of Florence
Mary West, of Basingstoke, Hampshire. B.A., Ph.D. Cremated at Weymouth
Crematorium, Dorset. Commemorated on a plaque at the Crematorium.
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