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UPTON ST LEONARDS WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2016

The memorial is to be found on the verge outside St Leonard's Church, Upton St. Leonard's, Stroud, Gloucestershire. It takes the form of a cross on a slender column set on a four-step, hexagonal, plinth. There are 37 names for World War 1 and 9m for World War 2. Designed by Edward Warren of Bedford Square, London, constructed by Messrs W.T. Nichols at a cost of £472 10s 8d.
Photograph copyright © Royston J. Tranter 2016

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WAR 1914-1919

AVERY
George
Private 8029, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 7 November 1914. Aged 31. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of George and Mary Avery, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester; husband of Edith Louise Hines (formerly Avery), of South Wellington, British Columbia, Canada. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.
BAILEY
Edward
Private 18993, 7th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died in Mesopotamia 9 July 1916. Born Corse, Gloucestershire, enlisted Shirehall. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row G. Grave 10.
BALLINGER
Edward Ted
Private 8136, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 18 February 1915. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 17.
BARNARD
Arthur Edwin
Driver 832077, 1st Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Died 28 May 1917. Aged 21. Son of Thomas Henry and Caroline Barnard, of Bowden Villa, Matson, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 172.
BIRCHALL
Arthur Percival Dearman
Captain Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) attached to 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 24 April 1915. Aged 38. Son of John Dearman Birchall, of Bowden Hall, Gloucester; brother of Edward (below). Selected prior to the war for work on the Instructional Staff in Canada. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, Page 34-35:

BIRCHALL, ARTHUR PERCIVAL DEARMAN, Lieut.-Col. Commanding 4th Battn. Canadian Expeditionary Force, and Capt. Royal Fusiliers, 2nd s. of the late J . . . Dearman Birchall, of Bowden Hall, co. Gloucester, by his wife, Emily, dau. of John Towitt, of Harehills, Leeds ; b. Bowden Hall, 7 March, 1877, and was educ. at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. He obtained a University Commission, being gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.), 23 May, 1900, and was promoted Lieut. 11 April, 1902, Capt. 1 Oct. 1908, Major, and Lieut.-Col. 22 Sept. 1914. From 25 March, 1904, to 24 March, 1907, he was Adjutant of the Royal Fusiliers, and on 15 April, 1910, was seconded for service with the Royal Canadian Regiment, and later he was on the Instructional Staff, Western Canada. In Aug. 1914, he was invalided home from Canada, but recovered sufficiently to rejoin the 1st Canadian Contingent in Nov and acted as Staff Capt. to the 1st Brigade. Always popular and a keen and most efficient officer he was appointed to the colonelcy of the 4th Canadians in February. and was killed in action in the attack on the Pilkem Ridge, near Ypres, 23 April, 1915 ; unm. Speaking of this action F. M. Sir John French said : " The Canadians had many casualties, but their gallantry and determination undoubtedly saved the situation. Their conduct has been magnificent throughout" ; and the Official Report from the Canadian Record Officer at the Front was as follows : " The fighting continued without intermission all through the night, and to those who observed the indications that the attack was being pushed with ever-growing strength, It hardly seemed possible that the Canadians, fighting in positions so difficult to defend, and so little the subject of deliberate choice, could maintain their resistance for any long period. At 6 a.m. on Friday (April 23) it became apparent that the left was becoming more and more involved, and a powerful German attempt to outflank it developed rapidly. The consequences, if it had been broken or outflanked, need not be insisted upon. They were not merely local. It was therefore decided, formidable as the attempt undoubtedly was, to try and give relief by a counterattack upon the first line of German trenches, now far, far advanced from those originally occupied by the French. This was carried out by the Ontario 1st and 4th Battns. of the 1st Brigade, under Brig.-Gen. Mercer, acting in combination with a British brigade. It is safety say that the youngest private in the ranks, as he set his teeth for the advance, knew the task in front of him, and the youngest subaltern knew that all rested upon its success. It did not seem that any human being could live In the shower of shot and shell which began to play upon the advancing troops. They suffered terrible casualties. For a short time every other man seemed to fall, but the attack was pressed ever closer and closer. The 4th Canadian Battn. at one moment came under a particularly withering fire. For a moment—not more—it wavered. Its most gallant commanding officer, Lieut.-Col. Birchall, carrying, after an old fashion, a light cane, coolly and cheerfully rallied his men, and, at the very moment when his example had infected them, fell dead at the head of his battn. With a hoarse cry of anger they sprang forward (for, indeed, they loved him) as if to avenge his death. The astonishing attack which followed, pushed home in direct frontal fire made in broad daylight, by battns. whose names should live for ever in the memories of soldiers, was carried to the first line of German trenches. After a hand-to-hand struggle the last German who resisted was bayoneted, and the trench was won. The measure of this success may be taken when it is pointed out that this trench represented in the German advance the apex in the breach which the enemy had made in the original line of the Allies, and that it was 2½ miles south of that line. This charge, made by men who looked death indifferently in the face—for no man who took part in it could think that he was likely to live—saved, and that was much, the Canadian left. But it did more. Up to the point where the assailants conquered or died, it secured and maintained during the most critical moment of all the integrity of the Allied line. For the trench was not only taken, it was held thereafter against all comers, and in the teeth of every conceivable projectile, until the night of Sunday, the 25th, when all that remained of the war-broken, but victorious battns. was relieved by fresh troops." Major R. Hayter, Brigade-Major, 1st Canadian Brigade wrote : "Your brother, Percy, fell on the 23rd, leading his battn. in the first Canadian counter-attack on the 23rd made by the French, British, and 1st and 4th Canadian battns., just east of the Ypres Canal. His battn. lost all its officers but four, and some 560 casualties other ranks, but they never wavered and got into the enemy's line, saved the day, and prevented the enemy's advance south along the east bank of the canal. We are still being desperately engaged, and I cannot write much, but I am sure you will be glad to hear that he has been recommended for the Victoria Cross. He was wounded, had his wound dressed, twas wounded again, yet would go on, and fell, leading the charge which took the trenches. . . . I had a written message from him timed 4.20 p.m. acknowledging an order, and I hope some day to be able to give it to you. His loss has been the greatest blow the contingent could have had. Loved by all, and worshipped by his officers and men, we feel that it was his personal magnetism alone which kept his regt. together, and enabled them to hold what they had gained. All our deepest sympathies are with you and your family, but his end could not have been more glorious " ; and the following tribute from an old friend appeared in " The Times " (29 April, 1915) : " The claim to have been the most popular officer in the Army is a large one, and may be advanced In the name of many a candidate. But it is probable that all who in any true sense had made Birchall's acquaintance will claim that no officer could have been more deeply, and probably none more widely, beloved and admired. At Eton, at Magdalen, and for fifteen years in the Army, he was for ever winning to himself friends by the simple but irresistible charm of his nature—by his manliness and sportsmanship, his humour and high spirits, his enthusiasm for his profession as in general for the better things of life. Joining the newly-formed 4th Battn. of the Royal Fusiliers during the South African War, as a university candidate, he became closely identified with its fortunes for some ten years; and he was largely responsible for raising it to the high level of the older battns. of that famous regt. Beloved alike by his brother officers and men, he was equally prominent as a leader in soldiering and in sport : in the field of manoeuvre as in the football, the hockey, the hunting, but especially the cricket field he always played a fine sporting game. After ably fulfilling the second adjutancy of his battn., he received the singular distinction of being selected—one of two officers from the whole Army—to be attached to the Canadian Forces, according to a scheme for the mutual benefit of both services. In Canada, he inevitably won through to the same affectionate and admiring popularity as at home. His period of appointment was extended, he was appointed to the Staff, and was given an almost transcontinental district of supervision. 'The characteristic energy which he threw into this work in the unaccustomed climate caused a temporary breakdown in his health, and hitter was his grief, on returning to England, shortly before the outbreak of war, to find himself entirely forbidden on medical grounds to take for the present the share in active service for which he had keenly prepared and eminently fitted himself. To such advantage, however. did he make use of his time, even of sickness, that, in the intervals of being visited by a constant stream of devoted friends from two continents, he compiled the admirable little manual for the use of regimental officers in the present emergency training, which he entitled " Rapid Training of a Company for War" (Gale & Polden, Aldershot). This book rapidly attained a wide success, and was brought up to date in a second (and subsequent) edition, just as he himself, recently promoted to Major, was appointed first a Staff Captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and in immediate succession given command of the 4th Canadian Infantry a few days before it sailed for the front." Col. Birchall resided at Saintbridge House, Gloucester His brother, Capt. J. Dearman Birchall is (1916) serving with the Royal Gloucestershire's Hussars Yeomanry.

BIRCHALL, DSO
Edward Vivian Dearman
Captain, Buckinghamshire Battalion (Territorial), Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds 10 August 1916. Aged 32. Son of John Dearman Birchall and Emily Birchall, of Bowden Hall, Gloucester; brother of Arthur (above). Awarded ther Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). In the 1911 census he was aged 26, living on private means, born Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire, resident Saintbridge House near Gloucester, Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 42.

Extract from The Distinguished Service Order Vol. III, page 206:

BIRCHALL, E.V.D. (D.S.O. L.G. 25.8.16) Capt., Oxf. and Bucks. L.I. His D.S.O. was awarded for services on 23.7.1916, Pozieres. He died of wounds 10.8.16.

Extracts from The London Gazette 25 August 1916:

London Gazette, 25 Aug. 1916.- " War Office, 25 Aug. 1916. His Majesty the King has been gracioudy pleased to approve of the appointment of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the field."

BIRCHALL, EDWARD VIVIAN DEARMAN, Capt., Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He led forward his company with great dash under heavy fire, entered the enemy's trenches, and, though dangerously wounded, refused any assistance till assured that the position won was firmly held.

CAMERON
Ewen Arthur
Lieutenant, 40th [SDGW] or 49th [CWGC] Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 16 December 1915. Aged 20. Son of Maj. Sir Maurice Alexander Cameron, K.C.M.G. (Royal Engineers, retired), of 81, Bedford Gardens, London, W.8., and the late Lady Cameron. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5 and 9.
CHORLEY
Frederick John
[Spelt CHAWLEY on SDGW] Corporal 240851, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 May 1917. Aged 34. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of James Chorley, late of Bath; husband of W. Caswell (formerly Chorley), of Kimberley, Upton St. Leonards, Glos. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calas, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 7.
DASHWOOD
Theo
Second Officer, H.M. Fleet Messenger "Spinel," Mercantile Marine Reserve. Died 20 January 1918. Aged 24. Son of Christian William and Edith M. Dashwood, of Narramores Cross, Kingsbridge, South Devon. Native of Kidderminster. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 30.
DAVIS
Alfred James
Private 18998, "D" Company, 2/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 18 April 1918. Aged 20. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Edwin and Rose Davis, of Upton St. Leonards, Glos. Enlisted in Sept., 1914, also served at Gallipoli. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calas, France. Panel 60 to 64.
DYER
William Francis
Private 607, 21st Battalion, Australian Infantry. Killed in action at Bapume, France, 10 February 1917. Aged 23. Son of Thomas and Honor Dyer, of Bowden Hall, Upton St. Leonard's, Gloucester, England. Native of Cheltenham, England. Employed as Footman to Lord, went to Australia to learn farming, aged 21. Served in Egypt, Gallipoli and France; ship torpedoed on the way to the Dardeneeles from Egypt. Buried in WARLENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calas, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 39. Australian Archives Circular
EVANS
Rupert Ancrum
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died 25 January 1916. Buried North-West of Church in HARPLEY (ST. BARTHOLOMEW) CHURCHYARD, Worcestershire.
HARDY
Luther
Private 5389, XV Corps Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Killed in action 27 June 1917. Aged 29. Born Lincoln, enlisted Gloucester. Son of the late Richard and Priscilla Hardy. Formerly 15650, Worcestershire Regiment. Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 7.
HOPKINS
Henry
Private 240652, 1/5th, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 5 April 1917. Aged 19. Born Tuffley, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Frederick Robert Hopkins, of Bottom Cottage, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester. Buried in UNICORN CEMETERY, VENDHUILE, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7.
IRELAND
Walter
Private 7739, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10 May 1915. Born Marston, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.
JACKSON
Lionel Arthur
Private 48571, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 26 August 1918. Born and resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Formerly 40598, Somerset Light Infantry. Buried in PERONNE ROAD CEMETERY, MARICOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 22.
LLOYD
Lewis Henry
Private 40951, Bedfordshire Regiment posted to 1/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 21 September 1917. Aged 35. Born Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol, resident Gloucester. Husband of Harriet Lloyd, of 15, Balfour Rd., Gloucester. Formerly 241897, Norfolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 48 to 50 and 162A.
LLOYD
Reuben Edward
Private 4453, 1/5th, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23 July 1916. Born and enlisted Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.
MILES
George Henry
Private 8595, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. Died of wounds 16 July 1916. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Formerly 21955, Hussars. Buried in MERICOURT-L'ABBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 20.
MILLARD
Harold Samuel
Private 33594, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 7 October 1917. Aged 28. Born Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of William John and Alice Millard, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calas, France. Plot XXVII. Row F. Grave 5.
MILLARD
Sydney
Sergeant 2735, 1/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 23 July 1916. Born Tewkesbury, enlisted Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.
MILLS
Edwin James
Private 220225, 6th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 12 October 1917. Aged 36. Born and resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of James and Jane Mills, of Birch Tree Cottage, Upton St. Leonards, Glos.; husband of Alice Mills, of 5, Tilsley Grove, Erdington, Birmingham. Formerly 31648, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 105 to 106 and 162.
MOURBEY
Arthur James
Private 3057, 1/1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Died in Egypt 23 April 1916. Enlisted and resident Gloucester. Buried in KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section E. Grave 172.
PANTER
Henry
Corporal 8064, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 1 November 1914. Born All Saints, Gloucester, enlisted Bristol. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, a boarder, born Gloucester, resident Boudend, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born All Saints, Gloucester, resident Verdala Barracks, Malta, a Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, unmarried. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.
PHELPS
Ernest
Private 9974, 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 12 May 1915. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Upton St leonards, resident with his parents, George and Mary A, at The Pound, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.
RICE
Arthur Charles
Sergeant 240110, 1/5th, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Gloucester. Son of Albert Edward and Florence Kate Rice, of 12, Central Rd., Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 72 to 75.
RIDLER
Henry [Charles]
Private 49067, 1st/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 23 October 1918. Born and resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Formerly 26768, Gloucestershire Regiment. Buried in QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 21.
RIDLER
William George
Private 15015, "D" Company, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 18 November 1916. Aged 22. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Albert and Alice J. Ridler, of Upton St. Leonard's, Gloucester. Buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 87.
SMITH
Albert John
Sapper 283050, 96th Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 30 December 1917. Aged 30. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Husband of E. F. Smith, of 19, Albert St., Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section D. Grave 294.
SMITH
Daniel John
Bombardier 25374, 95th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 31 July 1916. Aged 26. Born Matson, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Smith, of Matson Lane, Gloucester; husband of Margaret Alice Smith, of 10, Priory Villia, Milford Haven. Buried in BRONFAY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, BRAY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 17.
SMITH
[William] Ewart
Lance Corporal 241144, 2nd/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 31 March 1918. Born and enlisted Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France Panel 40 and 41.
SMITH
Francis George
Private 33883, "D" Company, 8th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 6 August 1917. Aged 19. Born Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of George William and Louisa Mary Smith, of 104, Coney Hill Rd., Gloucester. Formerly 209, Army Catering Corps (Territorial Force). No known grave. Commemorated on MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41 and 43.
SPRING
Francis John aka Frank
Private 8653, 2nd, Royal Irish. Killed in action 14 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Painswick, Gloucestershire, resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Mrs. A. Spring, of Friday St., Painswick, Stroud, Glos.; husband of Annie Lydia Spring, of Camp Cottage, Upton Hill, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester. Formerly 29227, Hussars. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A.
TRANTER
Henry Isaac
Private 4235, 1/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 28 August 1916. Aged 19. Born Stockend, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester, resident Upton St. Leonards. Son of Henry Tranter and Adelaide Brooks of 'Mill Cottage,' Upton St. Leonards Gloucester. Buried in BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 18.
WASLEY
Frederick George
Private 3975, 2/1st Battalion, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Died in United Kingdom 20 January 1917. Enlisted and resident Gloucester. Buried South of church in BROCKWORTH (ST. GEORGE) CHURCHYARD, Gloucestershire.
WEBB
John [G]
Private G/74390, 1st/22nd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) posted to 22nd Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds 2 September 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, enlisted Gloucester. Son of John and Annie Webb of Bond End, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester. Buried in COMBLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 25.
WILLIAMS
Ernest Frank
Private 241342, 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16 August 1917. Aged 19. Born London, enlisted Gloucester. Son of Mr. A. B. Williams, of Pretoria Cottages, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucester. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row A. Grave 4.

IN MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR

BENN
Lawrence [Molyneux Herbert]
Major IA/89, Probyn's Horse (5th King Edward's Own Lancers), I.A.C. Died 7 October 1944. Aged 44. Son of Col. R. A. E. Benn and Mrs. Benn; husband of Dorothy Mary Benn, of Lyonshall, Herefordshire. Married Dotrothy M Benn in 1937 in the Westminster Registration District, London. No known grave. Commemorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Mynmar (Burma). Face 20.

Extract from Probate Calendars of England & Wales 1945:

BENN Lawrence Molyneux Herbert of Black and White House Upton St. Leonards Gloucestershire died 7 October 1944 on war service Probate Birmingham 17 September to Dorothy Mary Benn widow. Effects £501 5s. 5d.

CLACK
Edgar
Corporal 5184022, 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 28 May 1940. Aged 20. Son of Isaac and Edith Elizebeth Clack, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. Born and resident Gloucestershire. Buried in LEDRINGHEM CHURCHYARD, Nord, France. Row B. Grave 7.
ELLERY
John Andrew
Flight Sergeant 1586909, 600 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21 February 1944. Aged 21. Son of Joseph William and Winifred Ellery, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. Buried in BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row D. Joint grave 14-15.
FARMER
Raymond
Sergeant 925408, 130 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25 June 1942. Aged 18. Son of Harold and Ivy Bernice Farmer, of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 82.
HALE
Frederick William
Private 5192500, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died 2 October 1944. Aged 39. Son of Frederick James Hale and Alice Celia Hale, of Upton, St. Leonard's Gloucestershire; husband of Gwendoline Dorothy Hale, of Upton, St. Leonards. Buried in ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 8. Row A. Grave 10.
RAMSEY
James Herbert
Corporal 2331830, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 18 March 1943. Aged 24. Son of Thomas H. Ramsey and Martha Ramsey; husband of Mary E. Ramsey, of Upton St. Leonards. Buried South of the church tower in UPTON ST. LEONARDS (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Gloucestershire.
RUMSEY
Edward Thomas Higgs
Sergeant 7881405, 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 28 December 1941. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Rumsey, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire; husband of Joan Barbara Rumsey, of Gloucester. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 25.
RUSSELL
Keith John
Private 2381322, 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 5 November 1943. Aged 20. Son of William and Kate Violet Russell, of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row B. Grave 28.
THOMAS
Eric
Private 14757680, 1/5th Battalion, Welch Regiment. Died 14 April 1945. Aged 18. Son of Wallace Ivor and Matilda Frances Thomas, of Upton, St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 5.

THIS WAR MEMORIAL WAS
RESTORED IN THE 1999 BY
UPTON ST LEONARDS PARISH COUNCIL
WITH THE AID OF A MILLENNIUM GRANT FROM STROUD DISTRICT COUNCIL

Last updated: 9 November, 2016

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