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BLEDINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Alf Beard 2009

The War Memorial is located at the entrance to the cemetery beside the parish church of St Leonard's, Bledington. It takes the form of a stone cross mounted on a curved plinth on a stone brick base. There are 11 name listed for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. Within the church is a Roll of Honour for World War 1 within a wooden frame, handwritten listing 75 men who served and returned and the 11 that made the ultimate sacrifice although not necessarily the same as the exterior memorial. A further framed Roll of Honour lists the 51 men who served and restrued and the 5 that paid the ultimate price during World War 2 this was created by Messrs. A R Mowbray & Co. Ltd. There is a further Roll, framed, covering V.E. day. There is a book published in March 2000 by the Bledington Local History Society entitled 'The Bledington Book of Honour' that is s on public display within St. Leonard’s Church and can be seen at the Gloucestershire Archives, the Imperial War Museum and elsewhere.

Photographs Copyright © Alf Beard 2009

In memory of
brave lives given for others in
the Great War 1914-1919

BAILEY, M.C.

Guy Horsman

Major, commanding “L” Battery, 15th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action 28th February 1917. Aged 25. Son of Col. Edward Horsman Bailey V.D., T.D., and Jane, of Foxholes, Kingham, Oxon. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in Guards Cemetery, Combles, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 1.

Additional information supplied by Peter Bell: He was hit in the side by a piece of shrapnel from an airburst shell as he ran to the gunpits from his dugout to retaliate to the German shell fire He was carried back into the dugout and attended by the doctor but died about half an hour later. 3 other men died that day from 'L Battery' among them his friend Captain Dennison Allen Gye and 2 gunners. They are all buried next to each other in the cemetery

BOND

Ernest

Private 17739, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 3rd August 1916. Born and resident Foscote (sic), Oxon, enlisted Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire. Son of Joseph and Emily Elizabeth nee Hasted of Idbury, near Foscot, Oxfordshire, No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.

Note: His brother James Richard Bond, Private G/11781, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 18th September 1918. Aged 35. Born Foxcott (sic), Oxford, enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, resident Clapham, Surrey. Husband of Ruth of 3, Vicarage Street, Luton, Beds. He is buried in La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne, Somme, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 10.

CLARKE

Ernest

Private 276223, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry). Died of wounds in Egypt 8th May 1918. Aged 29. Born Oddington, enlisted Warley, resident Chipping Norton. Husband of Ethel May of Bledington. Formerly 3172, Nottinghamshire (S.R.) Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on the Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Section O. Grave 76. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

GUY

John Frederick

Private 202023, 1/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Missing in action presumed killed 14th August 1916. Born Bledington, enlisted Maidenhead. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

HOARE

Ralph John

Rifleman S/9493, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died of wounds 31st October 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Chaldington, enlisted Oxford. Stepson of Harry Bussen and son of Agnes nee Hoare of Bledington. Native of Slough, Berkshire. Batchelor of Medicine (M.B.). Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row B. Grave 64. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

MASON

Arthur Henry

Private 17737, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died in Salonika 23rd October 1918. Aged 23. Born Churchill, Oxon, enlisted Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, resident Foxcote. Son of Mrs S A Mason of Foxcott, Kingham, Oxon. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece. Grave 658

MILLIN

Herbert George

Private 75037, 13/13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 25th August 1918. Born Oxford, enlisted Cardiff. No known grave. Commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

PHILP

Claud Hastings George

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1918. Aged 32. Son of Hastings Philp of Falmouth and husband of Margaret E nee Fussell of 163 Banbury Road, Oxfordshire. Buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 6. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

STEVENS, M.C.

Arthur Eustace

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds 16th July 1915. Aged 23. Son of Eustace and Mary Ann of Great Wolford, Shipston-on-Stour, Worcs. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 34. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

VINER

Frederick Daniel

Private 7512, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 13th November 1916. Born Eynsham, enlisted Oxford, resident Chadlington. Buried in Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 28. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WEBB

Samuel James

Acting Sergeant G/39394, 25th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died in Siberia 13th September 1918. Aged 42. Born Norton, oxford, enlisted Bellias Park, Middlesex, resident Chipping Norton. Husband of Rose Hannah of Bledington. No known grave. Commemorated on the Vladivostok Memorial, Russian Federation. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WINTER

John Henry

Private 9640, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10th May 1915. Aged 21. Son of Mrs Sarah Winter of Bledington. No known grave. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WINTER

Percival 'Percy'

Private 23560, 19th (Garrison) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 8th November 1918. Born and resident Bledington, enlisted Stow-on-the-Wold. Formerly 23675, Gloucestershire Regiment. Buried in Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 18. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

Let their names never be forgotten
1939-1945

BOLTER

Alfred Leslie

Sergeant 1471281, Royal Artillery. Died 6th March 1943. Aged 31. Son of Hubert & Mary Jane of Bledington. Buried in Bledington Cemetery, Gloucestershire. Grave 248.

BOLTER

Peter

Flight Lieutenant, 114686, 180th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 11th January 1946, 25. Son of John & Susana BOLTER, husband of Pamela of Kingham, Oxon. Buried in Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section X. Grave 37.

BRUINES

Arnold

Warrant Officer 507626, Royal Air Force. Died 30th April 1941, 29. Son of Frederick & Alice, husband of Mary Joan of Bledington. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada. Panel 1. Column 1.

JUPP, D.S.C.

Donald [George]

Sub Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Formidable, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 16th May 1945. Aged 20. Son of Arthur A. and Constance L. Jupp. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire. Bay 6, Panel 4.

PRATT

William Frederick

Lance Corporal 5388647, 144 Company, Pioneer Corps. Died 2nd November 1944. Aged 27. Son of Frederick & Ethel of Oxford. Buried in Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 9. Row 7. Grave 8.

TAYLOR

John Robin

Private 5393115, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 10th September 1944. Aged 21. Son of Herbert George and Gertrude Annie of Bledington. Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 4. Row G. Grave 2.

Buried in the cemetery but not on the memorial

RAIKES

Marcus Hamilton

Captain 51003, Border Regiment. Died 13th December 1942. Aged 53. Son of Arthur Hamilton Raikes and Minnie Audrey Raikes, husband of Lilian Aimee Raikes of Endmoor, Westmorland. M.A. (Oxon). J: Christ Church. Also served in the 1914-18 war. Buried in Bledington Cemetery, Gloucestershire. Grave 206.

This Roll names all who served their country and those who fell, some of whom are not mentioned on the nearby War Memorial.

The names of those who returned from the World War 1 Roll of Honour have not been transcribed, only those who died.

CLARKE

Ernest

Private 276223, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars (Worcester Yeomanry). Died of wounds in Egypt 8th May 1918. Aged 29. Born Oddington, enlisted Warley, resident Chipping Norton. Husband of Ethel May of Bledington. Formerly 3172, Nottinghamshire (S.R.) Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on the Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel. Section O. Grave 76. Appears on the exterior war memorial.

DRINKWATER

Frank

possibly Frank DRINKWATER, Private 11927, 9th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died in Salonika 26th November 1917. Aged 35. Born Sharpness, enlisted Glioucester. Son of George and Elizabeth Drinkwater, of 57, Clegram Rd., Gloucester. Buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave 1291.

GUY

John Frederick

Private 202023, 1/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Missing in action presumed killed 14th August 1916. Born Bledington, enlisted Maidenhead. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D. Appears on the exterior war memorial.

HOARE

Ralph John

Rifleman S/9493, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died of wounds 31st October 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Chaldington, enlisted Oxford. Stepson of Harry Bussen and son of Agnes nee Hoare of Bledington. Native of Slough, Berkshire. Batchelor of Medicine (M.B.). Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row B. Grave 64. Appears on the exterior war memorial.

PHILP

Claud Hastings George

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to 1/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 26th March 1918. Aged 32. Son of Hastings Philp of Falmouth and husband of Margaret E nee Fussell of 163 Banbury Road, Oxfordshire. Buried in Beaulencourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 6. Appears on the exterior war memorial.

ROGERS

John

Killed in action. No further information currently available.

STEVENS, M.C.

Arthur Eustace

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds 16th July 1915. Aged 23. Son of Eustace and Mary Ann of Great Wolford, Shipston-on-Stour, Worcs. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 34. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

VINER

Frederick Daniel

Private 7512, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 13th November 1916. Born Eynsham, enlisted Oxford, resident Chadlington. Buried in Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 28. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WEBB

Samuel James

Acting Sergeant G/39394, 25th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died in Siberia 13th September 1918. Aged 42. Born Norton, oxford, enlisted Bellias Park, Middlesex, resident Chipping Norton. Husband of Rose Hannah of Bledington. No known grave. Commemorated on the Vladivostok Memorial, Russian Federation. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WINTER

John Henry

Private 9640, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10th May 1915. Aged 21. Son of Mrs Sarah Winter of Bledington. No known grave. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

WINTER

Percival 'Percy'

Private 23560, 19th (Garrison) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 8th November 1918. Born and resident Bledington, enlisted Stow-on-the-Wold. Formerly 23675, Gloucestershire Regiment. Buried in Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 18. Appears on the Roll of Honour in the church.

Bretheren, Pray for us.

EVER MINDFUL OF THE SACRIFICE MADE BY THE BRITISH PEOPLE DURING THE 1939-1945 WAR, THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE NATIONAL V.E. DAY CELEBRATIONS AND THOSE HELD IN THIS VILLAGE ON MONDAY 8TH MAY 1995 TO GIVE THANKS TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR FIFTY YEARS OF PEACE IN EUROPE.

Last updated 30 December, 2009

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