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HEMPSTED WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2014

Hempsted is a suburban village and part of the City of Gloucester. The memorial is near the entrance, exit of St Swithun's churchyard, Hempsted, Gloucestershire. It takes the form of a wheel cross on a tapered shaft on a plinth with a one-stepped base. ther are 16 names listed for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2.

During the Middle Ages a persecuted Augustinian monastic order came out of Wales and settled at Hempsted with the blessing of the City authorities. They founded Llanthony Secunda Priory and Hempsted became an estate of the priory. This is the reference in the inscription of the memorial to Llanthony.

Photograph Copyright © Ernie Rusdale 2014

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THE FOLLOWING MEN FROM THIS PARISH AND LLANTHONY
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

BEALE Ernest [Victor]
Corporal 13139, 9th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died in Salonika 25 April 1917. Aged 19. Born Hempstead (sic), Glos, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Allan and Elizabeth Blanche Beale, of 84, Victoria Street, Gloucester; brother of Frederick (below). His birth was registered in the the July to September Quarter 1897 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, son of Allan and Elizabeth Beale, born Hempsted, resident Newark Cottage, Hempstead, Gloucester. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, a Carter's Boy, born Hempsted, resident Hempsted, Gloucester. Went overseas 20 September 1915. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot V. Row A. Grave 19.
BEALE Frederick Harold
Able Seaman J/33346, H.M.S. Seagull, Royal Navy. Killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action 30 September 1918. Aged 19. Born 23 May 1899 in Hempstead (sic), Gloucester. Son of Allan and Elizabeth Beale, of 84, Victoria St. Gloucester; brother of Ernest (above). Birth registered in the July to september Quarter 1899 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 1, son of Allan and Elizabeth Beale, born and resident Hempsted. In the 1911 census he was the son of Allan and Elizabeth Beale, aged 11, at School, born Hempsted, resident Hempsted. No known grave. Commemorated on the PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 27.
BENNETT Sydney Charles
[Not listed on SDGW] Private 241229, 2/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 25 April 1918. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Florence Seymour Bennett, of Tythrop Cottages, Hempsted. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, son of Thomas and Florence Bennet, born Hartoury, Glos., resident Hartpury, Glos. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, a Servant - Agricultural Labourer, born Hartpury, resident Farleys End Farm, Farleys End, Elmore, Gloucester. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 27.
BRUTON Basil Vassar
Captain, 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 15 June 1918. Aged 39. Son of Henry William and Flora Emily Bruton, of Gloucester; husband of Isabel Frances Stewart Bruton, of 88, London Road, Gloucester. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1878 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1881 census he was a grandson, aged 2, with his grandparents Henry and Gertrude Bruton, born Gloucestershire, resident Wotton Hill, Wotton St Mary, Gloucester. In the 1891 census he was 12, a Scholar, son of Henry W and Flora E Bruton, Born Gloucestershire, resident 99 Lonon Road, St. Catherine's, Gloucester. In the July to September Quarter 1909 he married Isabel Frances Robertson in the Gloucester Registration District. In 1909 he was a City Councillor for the Alington Ward according to kelly's Directory Gloucestershire 1910. In the 1911 census he was living with his wife, Isabel, and they had one daughter, Shirley, he was 32, born Gloucester, a Surveyor and Estate Agent, resident The Palmers, Hucclecote, Gloucester. Overseas to Italy 2 January 1917. Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in BOSCON BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 7.

Extract from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Basil Vassar Bruton:

BRUTON Basil vassar of 88 Lonodon-road Gloucester a lieutenant (acting captain) the 1/5th battlaion Gloucestershire regiment died 15 june 1918 in Italy killed in action Probate Gloucester 20 August {1918] to Isabel Frances Stewart bruton widow.
Effects £4742 17s. 7d.

Note: Following the collapse of the Italian Army at Caporetto, several Divisions of the British Army including the 48th (South Midland) Division were sent to Italy to bolster the defence in the Alps. On 15th June 1918 the Austrians launched an attack at Cesuna attempting to push the British off the Asiago Plateau. The line was being held by the 1/5th Glosters and 1/5th Warwicks. Both of these battalions were almost wiped out. In the crucial battle around Cesuna on 15th/16th a night counter attack through the Asiago forest the 1/7th and 1/8th Worcs. pushed the Austrians back to their start point. This was very demoralising for the Austrians and marked the end of their offensive. Sources; King's School, Gloucester War Memorialegiment Asiago;The battle in the woods and the clouds- MacKay, Francis.

COOK Harold Victor
Private 21304, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 18 April 1918. Born and enlisted Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 72 to 75.
DAVIES John Harries
Private PS/8887, 20th (3rd University and Public Schools ) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at High Wood 20 July 1916. Aged 21. Born Whitland, Carmarthenshire, enlisted Epsom, resident Newark Farm, Gloucester. Son of Mr & Mrs Benjamin Davies, Newark Farm, Hempsted Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A. Also commemorated on Whitland War Memorial

Commemorated on family gravestone in the churchyard:

John Harries DAVIES
Killed in Action on the Somme
July 20th 1916, Aged 22 Years

Extract from the War diary of the 20th Royal Fusiliers:

HIGH WOOD 20.7.1916

‘19th Brigade attacks at 3.25am on HIGH WOOD. Attack by 1st Cameronians and 5th Scottish Rifles. 20th Royal Fusiliers in support. 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers in reserve. North corner & North west corner of wood not taken. Rest taken and consolidated. 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers came up about 12 noon. A front & support line consolidated across wood from East to West. Held on to position until relieved by 100th brigade at midnight then withdrew to old bivouacking ground at Mametz wood. Casualties, Lt Col [Charles Hugh] Bennett - wounded. Killed: Lt [Stuart Milner ] Rawson, Lt [John William Henry] Palmer, 2nd Lt [John Thomas]Price, 2nd Lt [Eric] Coventry [born Zeederberg] missing, 2nd Lt. [Thomas Charles] Hine, Missing believed killed: Capt [Edward Northcote] Toller, Lt [Herbert] Wallwork, Lt Evans Wounded: Capt [David W.] Hollingsworth, 2nd Lt Bell, 2nd Lt Cooke, 2nd Lt Brooke, 2nd Lt [Niels Frederic] Fabricius, 2nd Lt [Frederick Thomas Reginald] Ives, 2nd Lt Herbert. Other Ranks killed, wounded or missing: 375.’

GODDARD Hubert
Private 11514, 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 15 December 1916. Born St. Luke's, Gloucester, enlisted Bristol. Emabrked Balkans 19 June 1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, a Brass Moulding Apprentice, born Gloucester, resident Hemmingsdale Road, Llanthony, Gloucester, Hempsted. No known grave. Commemorated on the BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 17.
HIERON Charles
Private 23456, 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died at Gallipoli 7 December 1915. Aged 22. Born and resident Gloucester. Son of Henry and Fanny Hieron, of Hempsted. Birth registered in the January to March Quarter 1893 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, son of Henry and Fanny Hieron, born Hempsted, resident in the village of Hempsted, Glos. In the 1911 census he is aged 18, a servant (Page Boy), unmarried, born Hempsted, resident Union Club, Trafalgar Square, London S.W. Emabrked the Balkans 23 September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 101 to 104.
LANE Leslie Yockney
Rifleman R/41818, 2nd Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 25 September 1918. Aged 22. Born Hempstead (sic), Glos., enlisted Gloucester. Son of the late Alfred Charles Lane and of Lydia Yockney Lane, of 5, Ashling Villas, London Road. Cheltenham.His birth was registered in the April to June Quarter 1896 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1901 census he was a son, aged 5, born and resident Hempsted. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, son of Alfred Charles and Lydia Yockney Lane, born Gloucester, resident Hempstead. Formerly 11275, Gloucestershire Regiment and TR13.982, 16th Training Battalion. Buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery, France
MONK Thomas [Charles]
Private 635911, 167th Company, Labour Corps formerly 4318 (241416 on medal card), 3rd/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 27 October 1918. Born and enlisted Gloucestershire, resident Hanthony (sic), Gloucestershire. Birth registered in the April to June Quarter 1891 in the Worcester Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, son of William and Margaret Monk, born Worcester, resident 19 Llanthony Road, St Luke's, Gloucester. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, son of Margaret Monk, a Sheet Repairer for the G.W.R., born Worcester, resident 19 Llanthony Road, Gloucester. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 18.
PRIDAY Alfred
Private 16129, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 19 July 1916. Born Newent Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. His birth was registered in the April to June Quarter 1885 in the Gloucester Registration District. In the 1891 census he was the son of Thomas and Eliza Priday, aged 8, born Hempsted, resident Rea Lane, Hempsted. in the 1901 census he was aged 15, a Bricklayer's Labourer, living with his brother, Joseph, born Hempsted, resident 3 Severndale Cottages, Hempsted. Hempsted. First embarked the Balkans 19 June 1915. Buried in CONTALMAISON CHATEAU CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 2.
SMITH Sidney
Private 19034, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 18 November 1916. Aged 32. Born and enlisted Gloucester. Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Smith, of Gloucester; husband of Annie Smith, of 2, Sudmeadow Road, Gloucester. Buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, , France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 80.
SPENCER Harold George
Private 236545, 1/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment Killed in action 23 July 1918. Aged 22. Born and resident Hempstead (sic), Glos., enlisted Hereford. Son of Thomas and Harriet Spencer, of Hempsted, Gloucester. Buried in RAPERIE BRITISH CEMETERY, VILLEMONTOIRE, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 6.
UZZELL William George
Private 107355, 49th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25 April 1918. Aged 19. Born Swindon, Wiltshire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of William and Ellen Louisa Uzzell, of Brick Yard Lane, Llanthony, Gloucester. Formerly 3479, Berkshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.
WILLIAMS Harry
Private 16623, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 7 November 1914. Born Tuffley, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol. Buried in ZANTVOORDE BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 4.
WILLIAMS James Herbert
Private 27210, 8th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died of wounds at sea 26 November 1915. Born Hermptead (sic), Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Formerly 11136, Gloucestershire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 140 to 144.
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS”
IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US IN THE
WORLD WAR 1939-1945
CRITCHLEY Clive William
[Not found listed with the CWGC and no civilian record found either] He was the son of Ralph Berthold and Minnie Eveline (nee Uzzell) Critchley, of 2, Hemmingdale Road, Llanthony, in the parish of Hempsted, Gloucestershire. Birth registered in the July to September Quarter 1923 in the Gloucester Registration District.
LANGSTON Peter Tom
Corporal 7894608, 2nd Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps, Died 30th December 1941. Aged 27. Son of Tom Newton Langston and Gladys Eliza Langston, of Hempstead (sic), Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 26.
WOODMAN Alan Thomas
Corporal 572591, Royal Air Force Died 24th March 1942. Aged 19. Son of Alfred Robert and Emily Mary Woodman, of Hempsted, Gloucestershire. Buried in MALTA (CAPUCCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY, Malta. Protestant Section (Men's). Plot F. Collective grave 110.
“WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”

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