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MARTYR WORTHY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © John Elliott 2013

The Purbeck stone memorial is in the form of a Celtic cross standing on a raised square plinth on a small traffic island in Church Lane at the junction with the B3047 main road. The names of those commemorated from World War One are inscribed in a panel on the side of the plinth which faces the main road and the names of those from World War Two have been added on a second panel on the opposite side.

An ‘In Memorium’ plaque in St Swithun’s church, Martyr Worthy commemorates three grandsons of Benjamin Nevill of Chilland who died in World War One. These three men were not residents of Martyr Worthy and their names are not on the stone memorial. Their details are shown as a footnote below.

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IN MEMORIAM
MARTYR WORTHY

1914-1918

BURGESS Fredrick William
Private No. '10047' 10th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 07/12/1915 Age 36. Son of William and Ann Burgess of Preston Candover, Alresford, Hants. Commemorated Doiran Memorial
COOMBS William Charles
Sergeant No. '200049' "A" Coy. 1st/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 06/10/1916 Age 24. Son of Charles and Louisa of Scotch House, Twyford, Winchester. Commemorated Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery XXI. Q. 39.
HALL Ernest George
Private No. '31914' 2nd Bn. Wiltshire Regiment. Died 09/04/1917 Age 30. Son of James and Francy Hall of Martyr Worthy, Winchester and husband of Alice Hall of Manor Cottage, Easton, Winchester. Commemorated Neuville-Vitasse Road Cemetery B. 6.
HARRISON Sidney
Private No. '33591' 2nd/4th Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died 23/04/1918 Age 29. Formerly 10265, Hants Regt. Resident of Northington, Hants. Son of John and Grace Harrison and brother of Mrs J. Noyce of 144 Market St., Eastleigh, Hants. Commemorated Berguette Churchyard A. 2.
LEGG Owen
[Owen Edwin on memorial, Edward Owen in CWGC records] Private No. '11399' 2nd Bn. East Surrey Regiment. Died 12/07/1916 Age 19. Son of Albert and Bessie Legg of Highclere Dairy, Highclere, Newbury, Berks. Commemorated Struma Military Cemetery VI. A. 2.
MERRITT Frank
Lance Corporal No. 'PLY/9984' 4th R.M. Bn. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 23/04/1918 Age 39. Son of Frank and Elizabeth Merritt of Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hants. Served In Persian Gulf and South African Campaign. Commemorated Dover (St. James's) Cemetery P. W. 40A.
MORLEY Sidney Herbert
Rifleman No. '45035' 13th Bn. Rifle Brigade. Died 08/05/1918 Age 26. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Morley of 67 Greenhill Road, Winchester. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial Panel 81 to 84.
PASSINGHAM Herbert Fredrick
Lance Corporal No. '8726' 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 04/06/1915 Age 24. Son of Henry and Mary Passingham of Spring Cottage, Martyr Worthy, Winchester. Commemorated Helles Memorial Panel 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 & 328.
PEARCE George William
Private No. '201183' 1st/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 21/01/1916 Age 21. Son of Alfred and Bessie Pearce of Sandydown, Stockbridge, Hants. Commemorated Basra Memorial Panel 21 and 63.
PURDUE Frederick
Lance Corporal No. '9671' 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 01/07/1916 Age 21. Son of Alfred and Caroline Purdue of 180 Abbotstone, Itchen Cottage, Alresford. Commemorated Redan Ridge Cemetery No.3, Beaumont-Hamel B. 6.
REID George Leslie
Second Lieutenant 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's). Died 01/12/1917 Age 19. Son of Dr. Reid and of Lady Watts of 8 Lygon Place, London and formerly Fulling Mill, Easton. Commemorated Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Panel 1. Also at the Greyfriars Episcopal Church Kirkcudbright which was renovated and donated to the Scottish Episcopal Church by Lady Watts as a memorial to her son.
WHITE Charles George
Private No. '10267' 10th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 23/05/1916 Age 20. Son of William and Sarah White of Bridgetts Farm Cottages, Martyr Worthy. Commemorated Sofia War Cemetery I.A.7.
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
1939-1945
BUTLER James David
Lance Corporal No. '5500361' 1/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 22/04/1943 Age 27. Son of William Thomas Butler and Maria Butler. Commemorated Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery 2. E. 14.
FULLICK Robert Stanley
Leading Stoker No. 'P/KX 83084' H.M.S. Kashmir Royal Navy. Died 23/05/1941 when the ship was sunk in an air attack south of Crete. Age 26. Son of Albert Harry and Alice Rose Fullick and husband of Esther Rose Fullick of Compton, Winchester. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 54, Column 2 and on Compton and Shawford war memorials.
HOLBROOK Geoffrey Norman
Lieutenant No. '106685' 12 (Honourable Artillery Coy.) Regt. Royal Horse Artillery. Died 10/04/1945 Age 24. Son of Commander Norman D Holbrook V.C. R.N. and Viva Holbrook of Petersfield, Hampshire. Commemorated Ravenna War Cemetery I. G. 8.
PARRY Osborne Charles
Sapper No. '1901404' 159 Railway Construction Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 17/06/1940 when HMT Lancastria was sunk in an air attack whilst evacuating troops from St Nazaire. Age 22. Son of Osborne E and Mabel L Parry. Commemorated Escoublac-La-Baule War Cemetery 1. C. 11.
In Memorium plaque in St Swithun’s church Martyr Worthy for three grandsons of Benjamin Nevill of Chilland (their names are not on the village stone memorial)
1914- 1918
HETHERINGTON Geoffrey Nevill
rivate No. '81279' "B Coy. 15th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. Died 21/04/1918 Age 18. Son of Walter H and Margaret Hetherington of Chilland, near Winchester, Hants. Born At Alton, Hants. Commemorated Boulogne Eastern Cemetery IX. A. 6.
LYTE Owen Nevill
Lieutenant 6th Div. Mechanical Transport Coy. Army Service Corps. Died 31/10/1918 Age 33. Son of Alfred Owen and Clara Lyte of 23 Lewes Rd., Eastbourne. Born at Sparsholt, near Winchester. Commemorated Premont British Cemetery I. E. 10.
RUSSELL John
Second Lieutenant "D" Coy. 3rd Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 09/08/1917 Age 30. Son of John and Catharine Russell of Parrock Manor, Gravesend, Kent. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 12 and 14.

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