VALENCE WAR MEMORIAL
World War 1 &
2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © John Simmons 2007
additional information Robin Ewbank
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
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF THE
BRAVE MEN OF NEWTON VALENCE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR GOD
KING AND COUNTRY IN THE
GREAT WAR A.D. 1914 - 1918
"SO THEY PASSED OVER & ALL THE TRUMPETS
SOUNDED FOR THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE"
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
remarried later the same year to Annie Goddard in the Kingston,
Surrey, Resitration District, in the October to December Quarter
1889 (ref 2a 539).
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.
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.
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),
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
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.
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
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
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
'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.
wife, Frances Waterfield, was born 26 February 1880 in Chundically,
India, and died at Alton 26 January 1967.
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
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.
from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:
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
After graduating in 1903 he joined his father's firm in which
he became a partner, his membership of the Stock Exchange dating
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.
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
of Kitcombe near Alton Hants. Probate 4.5.1919 granted to his
older brother, Col George Beresford Lempriere, £25,405.
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.
from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
1886-1915, Volume II. page 199:
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.
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
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.
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.
from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
1886-1915, Volume II. page 306:
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,
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.
from THE V.C. AND D.S.O. BOOK, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
1886-1915, Volume III. page 297:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
the 1901 census William White, a farm labourer, ‘born Odiham’
about 1845, living Newton Valence. His wife is Annie also ‘born
Odiham’ about 1841.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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