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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © John Simmons 2007
additional information Robin Ewbank

The Newton Valence war memorial is to be found within the grounds of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church, Newton valence. It takes the form of s small, plain, Latin cross on a square shaft and plinth with an octagonal three-stepped base. There are 13 names for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2.

GREAT WAR A.D. 1914 - 1918

Private 43338, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds on 18 June 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Newton Valance, enlisted Alton. Son of Kate Elizabeth Beagley of Kitcombe, Alton and late Herbert Thomas Beagley. Enlisted at Alton as Private 2631, Hampshire Yeomanry. In the 1911 census Herbert, his father, born Newton Valence is a bailiff and gardener living on the estate at Pelham Lodge (Ellen Lempriere is at Pelham house). Kate, his mother, was born Chawton. Frank has an older sister, Florence, born circa 1895/6, and younger sisters, Margery, born circa 1901/2, Maud, born circa 1906/7, and Annie, born circa 1908/9. Herbert and Kate have been married 15 years. All their five children were born Newton Valence and all are still living in 1911. Buried in Sezanne Communal Cemetery, Marne, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 15.
Alain Percy Mark
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment Killed in action on 21 Ocotber 1916. Aged 22. Elder brother of Meredith (below). orn Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India circa 1894, son of Major William John Hampden Chawner (born Chawton circa 1860, died 1944) and Mrs Jeanne Chawner (nee Ledderey) (born Switzerland, died 1900), of Shotters, near Alton, Hants. Educated Haileybury School. In the 1911 census his father and stepmother Edith (born Shillington circa 1860) had married circa 1902/3) and brother Francis Chawner (born Malta) were living at Shotters]. Enlisted East Surrey Regiment August 1914. Mentioned in Despatches. William John Hampden Chawner was educated at Eastbourne College then Sandhurst. He inherited Newton Valence Manor from his father in 1916, but sold it because of death duties and moved to Shotters. Buried in Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 30.
Meredith Andre
Captain 2nd Battn. Essex Regiment. Killed in action on 21 May 1917. Aged 21. Younger brother of Alain (above), born Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India circa 1896, Son of Major Hampden Chawner and Jeanne Chawner (nee Lederry) of Shotters, Alton. Buried in Orange Trench Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 2.
Private 23730, 10th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in United Kingdom 14 April 1916. Aged 27. Born Odiham, Hampshire, enlisted Camberley, Surreey, resident Blackwater, Surrey. Son of Joseph George and Maria Gostelow. Buried in Wareham Cemetery, Hampshire. Plot B. Row B. Grave 15.

In 1881 he is with his family, living at the Golden Pot Inn, Alton where Joseph, aged 35, born circa 1845/6, was the licensee. Herbert has 3 older siblings, Mabel Janet, born circa 1873/4, George Roberts, born circa 1875/6 and Charles, born circa 1878/9.

Maria nee Roberts, Herbert’s mother, married Joseph George Gostelow in the Alton registration district in the July to September Quarter 1872 and died in the January to March Quarter 1889 in the Alton District (ref 2c 99), aged 41.

Joseph remarried later the same year to Annie Goddard in the Kingston, Surrey, Resitration District, in the October to December Quarter 1889 (ref 2a 539).

In 1901 Joseph is the licensee of The Horse and Groom Inn. in Newton Valence. with second wife. Annie, daughter Mabel, aged 28, and daughter Isabel, aged 14.

On the 8 August 1907 Joseph George Gostelow of The Horse and Groom, Newton Valence, Herbert’s father, died, aged 62 [Alton REistration District July to September Quarter (Ref 2c 83). Probate 9 December 1907 to Thomas Godwin, gasworks superintendent, Effects £616. 5s. 8dI.

In the 1911 census several Gostelows are resident at The Horse and Groom Inn in Newton Valence, Annie, Joseph’s second wife, and Herbert’s stepmother, and now a widow, aged 58, Kathleen her daughter, aged 18, born Newton Valance, Eva aged 25, step daughter and full sister of Herbert, b Newton Valance, and John, aged 62, a widower and brother in law (Joseph’s brother), born Holybourne.

On 16 Jauary 1914 Herbert Gostelow was awarded the Royal Humane Society Medal and a gold watch from the people of Newton Valence for trying to rescue a colleague, Cornelius Holmes, on 28 August 1913, from a well at Newton Valence Place (from the Diary of Edmund Purefoy Ellis Jervoise)

Alfred Edward
Private 25394 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died on 29 March 1918. Aged 38. Born Hinton-Amjmer, Hampshire, enlisted Alton, resident Newton Valance. Son of John and Annie Hawkins, of Hinton Ampner, Hants; husband of Edith Hawkins, of Arthur St., Aldershot. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row A. Grave 3.

From the census records he is obviously a gardener in the village. In the 1881 census the family is in Hinton Ampner where John is a carter, aged 32, born Hinton and Annie is aged 25, born Tichborne. Alfred has older siblings, William, born circa 1875/6, and Ernest, born circa 1877/8, both born at Bramdean. In the 1891 census they are still at Hinton Ampner with younger siblings Caroline, born circa 1881/2, Herbert,born circa 1886/7, and Elizabeth, born circa 1887/8. In the 1901 census Alfred is an Agricultural labourer at Bramdean..

In the October to December Quarter 1906 he married either Edith Boult or Edith Jane Roach, in the Farnham Registration District [ref 2a 224]. In the 1911 census he has been married 4 years to Edith, born Swanage. They were living in Littleton where he was a gardener. They had one daughter, Mabel Edith Hawkins, born circa 1907/8 at Bramdean. They have three rooms in their house.

Corporal 829391 [CWGC] or 829394 [Candaian Archives], 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died on 16 March 1917. Aged 27. Born 31 January 1892 in Alton. Son of Lewis [also spelt Louis] and Mary Ann Hunt, of Newton Valence, Hampshire. He was unmarried and a farmer when he joined up in Winnipeg, Canada, 29 November 1915 in the Canadian Regiment. He was 5ft 11 inches tall and 40 inch chest, with brown eyes and black hair. Buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers au Bois, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 6. National Archives of Canada Accession Referencve: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4620 - 9

In the 1911 census L Hunt (George’s father) is listed only in the summary from Newton Valence. There are 2 males and 2 females in his household. The detailed sheet is unavailable or missing

Horace Gordon
Lieutenant, 'C' Company, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action on 25 March 1918. Aged 37. Son of the late Edwin and Amy Legg, of Hurstlea, St. Albans, Herts; husband of Frances Waterfield Legg, of The High Wood, Selborne, Hants. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 68 to 72.

His wife, Frances Waterfield, was born 26 February 1880 in Chundically, India, and died at Alton 26 January 1967.

Originally enlisted as a Private in the Honourable Artillery Comapny, twice wounded, then became a Lieutenant with C Company, 22nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Also on the Stock Exchange War Memorial and Selborne War Memorial.

Educated from 1900-1903 at King’s, Cambridge. In 1911 he is single and a stockbroker’s clerk at Bracken Hill, Rowledge, living with Edith Ruth Othen. Cambridge alumni records say he was a partner in his father’s firm of stockbrokers on the London Stock Exchange (13 Copthall Court, Throgmorton Street) Probate 15 August 1919 where he left £816. 10s 11d.

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

LIEUTENANT HORACE GORDON LEGG, Durham Light Infantry, was the only surviving son of Edwin Woodward Legg of Hurstlea, St. Albans.

He was born in 1881 and educated at Berkhamsted School, and King's College, Cambridge.

After graduating in 1903 he joined his father's firm in which he became a partner, his membership of the Stock Exchange dating from 1912.

He was a member of the Honourable Artillery Company before the War, went to France with that unit in December 1914, and was seriously wounded in March 1915.

While in England he was given a commission in the Durham Light Infantry, and he joined the 22nd battalion in France, in April 1917, being again wounded in the same month.

He was killed on the Somme on 25 March 1918, having been reported “missing" on that date.

Lieut. Legg left a widow and one son.

Henry Anderson
Lieutenant Colonel 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's). Died on 23 December 1914. Aged 47. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) Son of late Capt. George Reid Lempriere, Royal Engineers, and late Jane H.M. Lempriere. No known grave. Commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Panel, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 1

Formerly of Kitcombe near Alton Hants. Probate 4.5.1919 granted to his older brother, Col George Beresford Lempriere, £25,405. 19s. 5d.

In 1871 the family are in Liverpool, in 1881 he is at school in Reigate. He was gazetted to the 7th Bn. Dragoon Guards on 14 March 1888 and served in the Anglo-Boer War. In 1892 he returns to Liverpool from Canada, in 1911 he is in India with the 7th Dragoon Guards.

He is the oldest, longest serving and most decorated soldier on the Woodham, Surrey, War Memorial.

Extract from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER 1886-1915, Volume II. page 199:

LEMPRIÈRE, HENRY ANDERSON, Capt., was born 30 Jan. 1867. He was gazetted to the 7th Dragoon Guards 14 March, 1888, becoming Lieutenant 23 Dec. 1891. He was Adjutant, 7th Dragoon Guards, 1 April, 1909, to 8 Feb. 1993, and was promoted Captain in Jan. 1898. Capt. Lemprière served in the South African War, 1899-1902, on the Staff; as Adjutant, 7th Dragoon Guards, from April, 1900, to 31 May, 1902, and as D.A.A.G. till 26 June, 1902. He was present at operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1909, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, 1900, including action at Belfast (26 and 27 Aug.); operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, March, 1900; operations in the Transvaal, Dec. 1900 ; operations in Orange River Colony, Feb. 1901, to 31 May, 1902; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in Oct. 1901; operations in Cape Colony, Dec. 1900, to Feb. 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 Sept. 1991, and 29 July, 1902]; was given the Brevet of Major 22 Aug. 1992 ; placed the list of officers considered qualified for Staff employment in consequence of service on the Staff in the Field; received the Queen's Medal with live clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept. 19011: "Henry Anderson Lemprière, Capt., 7th Dragoon Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." The Insignia, Warrant, and Statutes were sent to the G.O.C., Natal District, 15 Nov. 1902, and the Insignia were presented to Capt. Lemprière by Major-General Fetherstonhaugh at Pietermaritzburg 24 Dec. 1902. He was Adjutant, Cavalry Depot, 9 Feb. to 5 May, 1903; became Major 1 April, 1903; was Brigade Major, 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Army Corps, 23 May, 1903, to 21 Jan. 1904. He was at the Staff College in 1904: was promoted to Lieut.-Colonel in 1911. Lieut.-Colonel Lemprière served in the European War in 1914, and was killed in action 23 Dec. 1911.

Henry George
Lieutenant Colonel, 6th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action on 10 August 1915. Aged 49. Son of the late Henry Corbyn Levinge, of Knockdrin Castle, Mullingar, and of Mrs. Levinge; husband of Mary Elizabeth Levinge, of Ravenswood, Hale, Farnham, Surrey ( they married in the Kensington Registration District in the July to September Quarter 1905; she died 7 May 1963, nearly 58 years a widow). Served in Norfolk Regt., till he retired in 1905. (Twice mentioned in Despatches and given rank of Brevet-Major in the South African Campaign). Commanded 9th Bn. in 1914 until he was given, in 1915, command of 6th Bn. Loyal North Lancs Regt. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medals and Territorial Force Efficiency Medals. No known grave. Commemorated Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 152 to 154.

In the 1911 census he is in the Army Special Reserve living at Kitcombe, Newton Valence, with wife, widowed mother in law, two first cousins and five servants. Probate Record says “of Kitcombe, Alton”. Probate 11 May 1917 to widow £10,243 6s.-4d.

Alexander Fraser Campbell
Lieutenant Colonel C.M.G. King's Royal attn. Cdg. 12th Battn. Rifle Corps. Killed in action on 22 March 1918. Son of Rev. A. Campbell Maclachlan of Newton Valence. Brother of Ronald Maclachan (below). Awarded the C.M.G., D.S.O. and Bar. Buried in Savy British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 13.

Extract from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER 1886-1915, Volume II. page 306:

MACLACHLAN, ALEXANDER FRASER CAMPBELL, Lieut.. was born at Newton Valence, Hampshire, 23 July, 1875, son of the late Rev. A. N. Campbell Maclachlan, Vicar and Patron of Newton Valence. Hampshire. He was educated at Cheam School, Eton, and Magdalen College Oxford (B.A., 1897), and entered the Army 18 Oct. 1899, as a Second Lieutenant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, in which he was promoted Lieutenant 14 Nov. 1900. He served in the South African War 1899-1902; was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including action at Colenso; operations of 17 to 24 Jan. 1900, and action at Spion Kop operations of 5 to 7 Feb. 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; in the operation: on Tugela Heights 14 to 22 Feb. 1900 (severely wounded); afterward O.C., Rest Camp, Machadadorp. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 8 Feb. and 10 Sept. 1901, and 29 July, 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order for gallantry at Pieter's Hill, South Africa [London Gazette, 31 Oct. 1902]: “Alexander Fraser Campbell Maclachlan, Lieut., King's Royal Rifle Corps. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." He was promoted Captain 25 Aug. 1906, and was Adjutant of the King's Royal Rifle Corps 10 Dec. 1907, to 30 Nov. 1910. He received the Durbar Medal for serving on the King's Staff during His Majesty's visit to India, 1911-12 as extra A.D.C. He served in the European War with the First Expeditionary Force; was present at the Retreat from Mons, and was severely wounded in Sept. 1914. He was promoted Major Sept. 1915, and became Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the Manchester Regt., 1916, being mentioned in Despatches in the same year. He was created a C.M.G. Lieut.-Colonel Maclachlan was killed action 22 March, 1918.

Ronald Campbell
Brigadier General commanding 112th Infantry Brigade. Killed in action on 11 August 1917. Aged 45. Son of Rev. A. Campbell Maclachlan of Newton Valence. Husband of Elinor Mary, Rookley House, Kings Somborne, Hampshire. Brother of Alexander (above). Buried in Locre Hospice Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 9.

Extract from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER 1886-1915, Volume III. page 297:

MACLACHLAN, R. C. (D.S.O. L.G.3.6.16; b. 24.7.72; s. of late Rev. A. N. Maclachlan, Vicar and Patron of Newton Valence, Hants; m. Elinor Mary, d. of J. C. Cox, M.P., of Sydney, N.S.W., and widow of Hon. S. Trench; educ. Cheam School; Eton; Sandhurst; 2nd Lt., Rif. Brig., 8.7.93; Lt. 27.11.95; Capt. 24.4.00; Maj. 20.1.10; Lt.-Col.; served S. African War; Despatches; Queen's Medal, 3 clasps; he commanded the 8th S. Batt. R. Brigade, taking it to Prance, 1915; T/Brig.-General; severely wounded 29.12.15; Despatches. He was killed in action on 11.8.17.

Rifleman 2417. 4th Battalion. Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action on 3 May 1915. Aged 30. Born Alton, enlisted Portsmouth, resident Newton Valance. Son of Samuel and Diana Rustell, of Nore Hill, Newton Valence, Alton, Hants. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 to 48 and 50.

In the 1891 census the Rustell family are living at Noar Hill. Father, Samuel, is aged 44, an agricultural labourer, born Newton Valence. Diana, Jesse’s mother, is aged 37, born Alton. Jesse has siblings Alice, born Selborne circa 1878/9, Harry, born Selborne circa 1889/90, William, born Selborne. circa 1882/3, and Mary A, born Newton Valance, circa August 1890.

Private 242402 15th Battn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 20/09/1917 Age 43. Son of William and Ann White, Newton Valence, Hampshire. Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row G. Grave 18.

In the 1881 census The family are in Weston Patrick, William is an agricultural labourer, with Louis, aged 5, as a scholar. He has an older sister Marian White, born circa 1870/1, and a younger sister, Elizabeth White, born circa 1879/80

In the 1901 census William White, a farm labourer, ‘born Odiham’ about 1845, living Newton Valence. His wife is Annie also ‘born Odiham’ about 1841.

IN the 1911 census it gives the birth place of both as Weston Patrick and Louis, aged 35, and single, born Weston Patrick; he is a labourer and is with them. They have had 7 children of whom 4 are still living. The address is just given as Newton Valence.

Norman Ernest Crews
Able Seaman C/J 112017, HMS Avenger, Royal Navy. Died on 15 November 1942. Aged 33. Son of Ernest and Mabel Blanch. Husband of Lily Gwen Blanch of Alton, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, United Kingdom, Panel 53, Column 1.
Philip Henry Frederick
Aircraftman 2nd Class 623464, Royal Air Force. Died on 5 Julyn 1941 Agde 21. Son of Frederick and Lily Kathleen Cane of Crondall, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom, Panel 58.
William George
Flying Officer 152306 166th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 13 JUne 1944. Aged 23. Son of William Thomas and Mabel Annie Grant of Newton Valence, Hampshire. Awraded the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.). Buried in Zelhem General Cemetery, Gelderland, Holland, Plot E. Row 2. Grave 5.
Private 5506290, 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 2 August 1944. Aged 30. Son of Warren and Ruth Hayward and Husband of Elizabeth Jessie Hayward of Selborne. No known grave. Commemorated on Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, Calvados, France, Plot VII. Row C. Grave 6.

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