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UPWEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Carolynn Langley 2010

The 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.

Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2010

TO 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

ALLEN Alfred George
Private 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.
ANDREWS William [Stanley]
[Listed 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.
BITHREY [Ralph] Victor
Corporal 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.
BRAKE Hope
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.
CHRISTOPHER Arthur William
[Listed 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.
CHRISTOPHER Enoch James
[Listed 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
CROCKER Charlie Maurice
[Listed 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 125.
DURRANT Frederick Charles
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.
HURST Henry
Private 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.
MASON Walter Edward
Acting 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.
NEWMAN Cyril [Charles]
Private 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.
RIXTON George
Sapper 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.
SQUIBB George
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.
THORNE Harry
Private 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.
TOMS J S
No further information currently available
TOMS William G
Lance 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
WILKINSON Eric Fitzwater
Captain, "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.
   THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
   IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
1939-1945
CROCKER Walter Cecil
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.
DIBBEN Ernest Claude
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, Dorset
DOMINEY Donald Walter
Civilian 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
FELLOWES Peter Noel
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.
GREEN Harry
No further information currently available
GOULD Kenneth George
Driver 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. Grave 3.
GUNNING Eric
Probably: 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.
KINGMAN Thomas John
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.

Note: 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.

LEFF John Frederick
No further information currently available
LOVELL Gordon W
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.

Note: 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

LUCKING Cecil J
Leading 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.

Note: 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

MENZIES Duncan
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.
MORRIS Kenneth [Alexander Charles]
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.
WEST James R
Possibly: 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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