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BOURTON ON WATER WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2007

The memorial can be found in the main street of the village. It takes the form of a four-stepped base surmounted by plinth, shaft and cross; the inscription is in relief on metal plaques attached to the sides of the plinth. The whole memorial stands on a base bordered by low posts with a chain link fence. There are 27 names for World War 1 and 12 for World War 2. The aprish council are responsible for the memorial. Thye postcard beloow is beleived to be the Bourton on the Water unveiling 7th December 19129.

From an old postcard

1914 - 1918
1939 - 1945
TO THOSE OF THIS VILLAGE
WHO MADE THE SACRIFICE
FOR PEACE
SONS OF THIS PLACE LET
THIS OF YOU BE SAID
THAT YOU WHO LIVE ARE
WORTHY OF THE DEAD
THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT
YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP
A RICHER HARVEST ERE
YOU FALL ASLEEP.

1914-1918

De BANKS

Stephen John Arthur

[Listed as Private, 2nd/6th Battalion, Black Watch, France 1917 on memorial, listed as Arthur on SDGW & CWGC] Private 30483, 51st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 23 April 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Bourton on the Water, enlisted Stow-on-the-Wold. Son of Mr & Mrs De Banks. Formerly 26444, Gloucestershire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.

BARTLETT

Alan Charles

Private 22601, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 9 August 1916. Aged 26. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Glastonbury, resident Street, Somerset. Son of Charles & Mary E of Clapton Road, Bourton on the Water. Buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row B. Grave 39.

BRIDGETT

Claude

2nd Lieutenant, 99th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died in France 13 September 1918. Aged 18. Son of William Beddome & Mary Georgina of Putney, London. Buried in Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz, Moselle, France. Grave 355.

CLARKE

Arthur Cecil Grafton

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 28 May 1918. Aged 27. Husband of Florence Vinnie of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Isbergues Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 8

COLLETT

Frederick Paris

[Listed as Herbert Pavis Collett on SDGW & CWGC] Corporal T/212048 (SDGW) or T/242048 (CWGC), 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 23 March 1918. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted and resident Cheltenham. Formerly 21052, Somerset Light Infantry. Buried in Chauny Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Aisne, France. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 11.

DIXON

William

Private 23686, 10th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 14 May 1916. Aged 35. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Stow on the World. Son of William and Sarah Ann of Bourton on the Water, husband of Rose Ellen, Lansdown Cottage, Bourton on the Water. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 62.

DORMER

John Edward

Lance Corporal 18099, 7th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Ifantry). Killed in action 24 August 1916. Born and enlisted Bourton on the Water. Son of Richard and Elizabeth of Clapton Row, Bourton on the Water. Father born in Co Carlow, Ireland mother from Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire.Formerly 18728, Worcestershire Regiment. Buried in A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France. Plot XVI. Row L. Grave 13.

FIFIELD

Alfred Henry

Private 14477, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 21. Born Leckhampstead, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Stow on the Wold, resident Bourton on the Water. Son of Henry and Harriet of 10 Lenborough Road, Buckingham. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.

FOSTER

Charles

Private 45520, 1/7th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Died in Plaestine 17 July 1918. Aged 34. Born Cheltenham, enlisted and resident Northampton. Son of Joseph and Helen of Cheltenham. Buried in Hadra War Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 32.

HARRAP

Thomas William

Private 11849, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 8 September 1916. Aged 25. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Ton Y Pandy, Glamorganshire. Son of William and Jane, Aston Mill House, Bourton on the Water. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

HOWSE

Henry John

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery. Son of John Nodler and Caroline of Clapton Road, Bourton on the Water; brother of John (below). probably Henry HOWES, Gunner 84114, "A" Battery, 256th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 24 April 1917. Enlisted Stafford, resident Stone, Staffordshire. Buried in Haute-Avesnes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 38.

HOWSE

John Nolder

Rifleman 5762, 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 15 April 1918 in the Balakans. Born bourton on the Water, enlisted Stow on the Wold, resident Clapton. Son of John Nodler and Caroline of Clapton Road, Bourton on the Water and brother of Henry who also fell. No known grave. Commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.

MILTON

Henry Frank

[Listed as 2nd Battalion on memorial] Private 8185, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 21 October 1914. Aged 26. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Mrs Jane Middicott of 3 Clapton Street, Newport, Monmouthshire. Regular soldier who had served for 7 years prior to his death. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.

OLLIFFE

Harry

Lance Corporal 25328, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 19 November 1916. Aged 19. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Stow on the Wold. Son of John and Elizabeth of Lansdown, Bourton on the Water. Buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, France. PLot II. Row K. Grave 36

PALMER, MM

Frank

Sergeant 240931, "C" Company, 1/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds on 4 October 1917. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Gloucester. Son of George and Ellen of Station Road, Bourton on the Water. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XL. Row A. Grave 19.

PETTIFER

Thomas Henry

Company Quartermaster Sergeant 7621, 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 8 August 1915. Aged 31. Born Winchcombe, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Maria and step son of Thomas Orchard and husband of Elizabeth Clemison (formerly of Pettifer), of 3, Council Villas, Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 101 to 104.

POWELL

Cecil Henry

2nd Lieutenant, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry attached to 15th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action 15 June 1917. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Emily E of High Street, Bourton on the Water. No known grave. Commemorated on the Arras Flying Service Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

RAY

Alfred

Private 32403, 7th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 26 September 1917. Aged 34. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Nelson, Lancashire. Son of William & Jane of Lansdowne, Bourton on the Water. Husband of Margaret, 19 Edith Street, Nelson, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 112 to 113.

ROULSTON

John Thomas

Corporal 17665, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23 July 1916. Born Bodenham Herefordshire, enlisted Stow on the Wold. Son of George and Maria of Wormilow Tump. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

STOKEY

Frederick Charles

Sergeant 45583, 1st Battalion, Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade. Died 16 June 1916. Born Bourton on the Water 7 June 1879. Husband of Margaret Stokey of 152 Durocher Street, Montreal, Canada. Son of Frederick W and Hannah of the Bell Inn, Sherbourne Street, Bourton on the Water. Salesman by trade. Enlisted and passed fit 31 August 1914 in Montreal, Canada, aged 35, height 5 feet 8½ inches, girth 34½ inches, complexion dark, eyes dark grey, hair black; religion Church of England. Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 2. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9352 - 1.

STRATFORD

William Edward

Private 16999, "B" Company 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 September 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Bourton on the Water, enlisted Birmingham. Son of William and Eliza Ann of Rectory Road, Bourton on the Water. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B.

STRETTON

Harold George

Private G/24742, 6th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 27 January 1917. Aged 29. Born Birmingham, enlisted Stow on the Wold, resident Bourton on the Water. Son of Thomas and Helen, 7 Arthur Street, Caerleon, Newport, Monmouthshire. Buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 20

TAYLOR

James Arkell

Private 240937, 2nd/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 12 September 1917. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Gloucester. Grandson of Anthony and Mary Taylor of Brownshill, Chalford, Gloucestershire and son of their daughter Eva Taylor. No known grave. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 72 to 75.

TOWNSEND

Albert Edward

Private PLY/15233, 1st Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Naval Division. Died 25 August 1918. Aged 26. Son of Edwin and Eliza Lansdown, Bourton on the Water. Buried in A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row E. Grave 10.

TOWNSEND

James

Private 28597 (CWGC) or 28507 (SDGW), 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 11 July 1918. Born Notgrove, enlisted Cheltenham, resident Lansdown, Gloucestershire. Son of Edwin and Eliza of Lansdown, Bourton on the Water. Buried in Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row K. Grave 4.

WILLOUGHBY

James Gerald

Captain, 33rd Queen Victoria’s Own Light Cavalry, Indian Army. Died in Mesopotamia 3 March 1915. Aged 31. Only son of Major general. James Fortnum, Willoughby, (I.A) (33rd Queen Victoria’s Own Light Cavalry, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment). Buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot III. Row C. Grave 21.

WILSDON

Alfred George

Private 21279, "D" Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 July 1916. Aged 17. Born Bourton on the Water, enlisted Stow on the Wold. Son of Joseph Hopkins & Ellen Wilsdon of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 13.

1939-1945

ASTLE, DFC

Alfred

Pilot Officer 177562, 156 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 September 1944. Aged 29. Son of Arthur and Clara Kate, husband of Dulcie nee Seagar of Swindon, Wilts. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). No known grave. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 210.

CLARKE

William

Squadron Leader (Pilot) 70132, 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 February 1943. Aged 32. Son of George Alfred and Tallulah Clarke, husband of Winefride Mary of New Milton, Hampshire. Buried in Benschop General Cemetery, Utrecht, Holland. Collective grave.

CLIFFORD

Cyril Jesse

Petty Officer D/JX 139196, H.M.S. Bramble, Royal Navy. Died 31 December 1942. No known grave. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 63, Column 2.

EAST

Edward George

Sergeant 1468451, Royal Artillery attached to the 12th Heavy A.A. Regiment, Royal Indian Army. Died 24 July 1944. Aged 31. Son of Thomas and Louisa, husband of Una Mary Newmarket, Gloucestershire. Buried in Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India. Plot 4. Row A. Grave 4.

FATHERS

Ronald Arthur

Driver T/5193932, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 1 February 1945. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Norah Isabell of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium. PLot V. Row B. Grave 9.

FOSTER

Robert

Aircraftman 2nd Class 926791, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 15 September 1940. Aged 21. Son of Robert and Jessie Marion of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Torquay Cemetery Extension, Devon. Section MX. Grave 14361.

HISCOCK

Douglas

Sapper 1900706, 701 General Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Died 18 August 1942. Aged 25. Son of Edwin Francis and Edith Emma, husband of Constance Lottie of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Bourton on the Water Cemetery, Gloucestershire. Section 2. Grave 215.

MINCHIN

John William

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1181097, 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 May 1943. Aged 27. Son of Bertram and Eliza (nee Hall); husband of Jessie Kate of Bedford and brother of Ronald (below). Buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot 17. Row E. Collective Grave 2-6.

MINCHIN

Ronald Buckland

Sergeant 1312801, 295 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27 June 1943. Son of Bertram and Eliza (nee Hall); brother of John (above). No known grave. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 159.

SHILCOCK

Stanley Harold

Private 5387125, 4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 30 May 1940. Aged 21. Son of Harold and Agnes Catherine; husband of Joan Mildred of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Hotton War Cemetery, Hotton, Luxembourg, Belgium. Plot XI. Row B. Grave 6.

SPENCER

John Frederick

Flying Officer (Air Bomber) 124650, 428 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 March 1943. Aged 22. Son of Henry Edward and Beatrice Louisa of Bourton on the Water. Buried in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 18. Row A. Grave 17.

TUCKER

Thomas Sydney

Captain 164610, 2nd/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment. Died 18 September 1943. Aged 30. Son of Edward and Mary Emmett of Oxford, husband of Angela Tucker. Buried in St James Cemetery, Dover. Row A. Grave 14.

Last updated 29 December, 2007

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