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ROMSEY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Andy Pay 2005

The Romsey War memorial, in Romsey War memorial Park, Rivermead Close, Romsey. The memorial park has dedications on the entrance gates and the stone column with the names carved on it. Column is formed by a two-stepped base, tapering plinth and then the column, with the inscription on the sides of the plinth and at the base of the column cross; carved at the top of the column are cherub faces in the four corners of the column and below it. A wreath, in relief, is to be found at each side of the column base. The park was opened to the public by Major S. E. Chichester J.P. C.C. on the 4th of August 1920 in the Mayoralty of Alderman C. T. Waters J.P.; the war memorial was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire on the 22nd June 1921 in the Mayoralty of Councillor F Fremantle. This is supplemented by plaques and rolls of honour (dupicate names) from the Abbey and Abbey Church plus graves from the town cemetery.



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The Great War
1914 - 1918
Their Name Liveth For Evermore.

ARCHER F W

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ASHLEY Arthur Henry E

Captain, Coldstream Guards. Died 14th January 1921 of wounds received at Ypres May 1916. Born 25th February 1894. Second son of The Rt. Hon. Evelyn Ashley.

Erected by his mother
in loving memory of
Capt. Anthony Henry Ashley
Coldstream Guards, 2nd son of
The Rt.Honble. Evelyn Ashley
Born Feb. 25th 1894, died Jan 14th 1921 from the
result of wounds received at Ypres May 1916

AUSTIN Walker

Private 26456, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 19 April 1917. Born and enlisted Romsey.

AUSTIN William

Private 20909, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action in Mesopotamia 23 April 1916. Born and resident Romsey, enlisted Southampton.

BANFIELD Thomas [Burrows]

Gunner 190644, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 3 September 1918. Born and resident Romsey, enlisted Southampton.

BANFIELD W

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BEDFORD Basil [Robert]

Private 4895, 1/5th Battalion (Territorial), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 19 November 1916. Born and enlisted Romsey.

BENNETT A

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BENNETT C E

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BENNETT F

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BERRYMAN Arthur [George]

Private 42518, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 August 1918. Born and resident Romsey, enlisted Southampton.

BETTERIDGE Harry

Private 14889, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 April 1917. Born and resident Romsey, enlisted Southampton.

BIDDLECOMBE M

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BROWN W

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BRUCE F S

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BUTLER W

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CARDEN W F

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CARTER William

Private 14890, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 13 July 1915. Born and enlisted Romsey.

CHALK H

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CHICK [Albert] Victor

Private 539, Army Cyclist Corps/ Killed in action 26 November 1915. Born and enlisted Romsey. Formerly 597, Hampshire Regiment.

CHILDS J A

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COLE Percy [Edwin]

Private 1797, 1/5th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died in India 18 October 1915. Born and enlisted Romsey.

COLE T

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COOPER William John

Sapper 545326, 87th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 12 March 1918. Born and enlisted Romsey.

CULL Herbert

Private 15212, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10 August 1916. Born and resident Romsey, enlisted Southampton.

DEAN D G

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Sub - Lieutenant
D.G. Dean
Royal Naval Vol Reserve
27th April 1918

DILL R F

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DOWLING E

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EASTMAN T

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ELCOCK H

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ELCOCK W

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ELCOCK W C

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ELCOMBE T

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ELLIOTT S G

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ELSEY G

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FIELDS E A

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FINCH J

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FINCH T

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FRYER E W

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FRYER F

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FRYER H E

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GAMBLING G

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GEARY A E

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GEORGE Athelstan Key Durrance

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 14th September 1914 at the battle of the Marne. Aged 27. Second son of Arthur Durrance and Charlotte Ada George; grandson of Josiah and Rachel Olive George of Romsey. Buried in Coulommiers. In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).


Lieut. Athelstan Key Durrance George
late of the 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment who fell mortally wounded at the battle of the Marne in France on September 14th 1914 during the Great War aged 27 years and was buried at Coulommiers He was the second son of Arthur Durrance and Charlotte Ada George of this parish and grandson of Josiah and Rachel Olive George of this parish.
Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for
his friends.

GODDARD G H

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GODDARD J R

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GOFF E

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GOSNEY W A

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GOUGE C H

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GOULD L

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GRAY E

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GRITT F

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GRITT Frank

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GRITT L

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HARDING E

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HARDING Edward

Private 356458, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 19 April 1918. Aged 19. Son of Mr. H. and Mrs. F. Harding, of 8, The Square, Romsey, Hants. No known grave. Comemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 73.

HARDING T

Private M/38466, M.T., Royal Army Service Corps attd. 61st Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 5 March 1918. Aged 29. Son of George and Lucy Harding, of Romsey; husband of Ellen Rosina Harding, of 4, Cherville St., Romsey. Buried in HAM BRITISH CEMETERY, MUILLE-VILLETTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 5.

HARDING Walter Frederick

Trooper 7/207, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. Died of wounds 31 May 1915. Aged 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Harding, of 8, The Square, Romsey, Hants. Buried in CANTERBURY CEMETERY, ANZAC, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot I. Row B. Grave 5.

HARRINGTON W

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14852 Private
W. Harrington
Hampshire Regiment
8th June 1915 Age 33

HARROLD H

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HATCH S W

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HAYTER H

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HIND H A

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HINDS A C S

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HOLLOWAY L

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HOOPER F C

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HUMPHREY F G

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HUMPHREY W P

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JOYCE A T

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KENDLE R H

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KIMBER F

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KNIGHT H V

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H. Knight
Chief Stoker R.N. 162660
H.M.S. Victory
31st May 1918 Aged 45

LAMB W

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LANE T

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LANGRIDGE W

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LEE W J

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LLOYD G

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LUKE W

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MARES E W

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MARRINER A

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MARRINER E

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MARRINER G

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MAY J

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MAYNARD A

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MELLISH F

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METTYER C E

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METTYER F J

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MILLS E F

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MITCHELL J

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MITCHELL T

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MOODY E

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MOODY G T

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MOODY J

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MOODY T J

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MOORE H J

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MOORE W J

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MORGAN F C

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MUNDAY F

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MUNDAY W

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NEALE D

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NORTHCOTT G

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PACE John

No further information currently available. In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).

To the Glory of God
and
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN PACE
ONLY SON OF C & E L PAGE OF THIS TOWN
WHO WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION
AT KEMMEL HILL
29TH APRIL AND DIED 1ST MAY 1918.
AGED 33 YEARS
INTERRED AT ARNERE BRITISH CEMETERY
IN NORTHERN FRANCE

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS."

HE WAS SIX YEARS SACRISTAN OF THIS CHURCH

PAYNE G

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PAYNE N F

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PAYNE W C

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PEARCE A

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PEARCE F W

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PEARCE H

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PECKHAM P

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PENN W P

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PETTY A

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PHILLIPS W C

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POINTER A

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PRAGNELL W

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PRITCHARD A

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PUCKETT A

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REACH F H J

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ROWELL J

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SHELLEY W E

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SIMMONDS R C

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SMITH C F

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STARK W

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STEET W

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STOCKER B

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STONE H

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STONE S G

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STREET S

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STRONG E

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STURGESS S

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THORNTON R A

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TONGS C

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TONGS H

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TOWNSEND J L

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TUCKER J S

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UPWARD A

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VAN DER PLANK W

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WARD F E

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WATERMAN F

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WEBB W C

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WHITE F E

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WHITE W C

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WILTSHIRE F

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WINTER R

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WINTER W

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WITHERS R H

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WORT S

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YOUNG W S

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The World War
1939 - 1945
They left all that was dear to them
endured hardship, faced danger, and
finally passed out of sight of men.
Let those who come after see to it that
their names be not forgotten.
AUSTIN W J

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BALDWIN A F

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BALL A H

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BLANCHARD F

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341016 Ldg Aircraftman
F. Blanchard
Royal Air Force
5th June 1940 Age 42

BOWRING W F

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BURNETT A F

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BURNETT W H

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CARTER A E

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CLOUDER H E

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COOKE D R

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D.R. Cooke
Ordinary Seaman R.N. Jx.217487
H.M.S. Collingwood
19th October 1940 Age 19

COX F S

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DAWKINS J J

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DEWEY F V A

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ELDRIDGE R F

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EMERY F A

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FLUX A J

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FLUX R J

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FRYER F

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GLOVER J P

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GOULD A [E] F

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524674 Sergeant
A.E.F. Gould
Royal Air Force
28th July 1940 Age 23

GRACE L W

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GRACE V M

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HANN A A C

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HENWOOD H

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1268878 Ldg Aircratfman
H. Henwood
Royal Air Force
20th April 1944 Age 37

HORRILL J

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JONES P G

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JUPE H G

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KING W J

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LAMB E

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LAMB T

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LUFFMAN David Edwin

Private 14569850, 7th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. He was involved in the campaign to liberate Normandy but sadly died at Calvados on 9th August 1944 probably due to wounds received during the 6th August actions. Aged 19. Born 1925, son of Stanley Charles and Ivy Hilda Luffman, of Romsey, Hampshire. Old boy of King Edwards Grammar School, Southampton. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calavdaos, France. Plot XIX. Row B. Grave 6.

MANNERS J A

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MITCHELL S

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MOODY R F

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MOREY F J M

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MORRIS A C

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NEWMAN A W C

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PARSONS C A

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PEARCE E G

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PEARCE P R

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PETTY L F

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PHILPOTT G F

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PLUMLEY H H

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POWELL F G C

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RADCLIFFE W F D

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REDMAN A R

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SMITH S M

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3968454 Private
S.M. Smith
The Royal Warwickshire
Regiment
10th June 1942 Age 22

SNOWLING F J

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STAGG P R

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SUTCLIFFE C J

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SWARBRICK A T

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SYMES B S

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THOMPSON A U

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Lieutenant
A.U. Thompson
Royal Naval Reserve
29th January 1941 age 62

TUPPER A F

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UPSON C S

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WAKEFORD D W

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WARD M F J

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WATTS J A

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WHALE P F

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WHITE W E

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2057150 Gunner
W.E. White
48th Searchlight Regt, R.N.
Lately Royal Engineers
10th June 1942 Age 33

WILLS D E

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THIS PARK WAS OPENED
TO THE PUBLIC BY
MAJOR S. E. CHICHESTER
J.P. C.C.
ON THE 4TH OF AUGUST 1920
IN THE MAYORALTY OF
ALDM C. T. WATERS J.P. GATE,
THE WAR MEMORIAL
WAS UNVEILED BY THE
LORD LIEUTENANT
OF HAMPSHIRE
ON THE 22ND JUNE 1921
IN THE MAYORALTY OF
COUNLR F FREMANTLE

Not on the memorial but buried in the cemetery

DOWDS J

Private 17819, Highland Light Infantry. Died 13th March 1915.

17819 Private
J. Dowds
Highland L.I.
13th March 1915

TEMPLETON G

CQMS 2962247, Scots Guards. Died 15th November 1915. Aged 36.

HATCHETT D M

Aircraftwoman 1st Class 213468,Womans Aux Air Force. Died 25th November 1945..

213468 A.C.W. 1st Class
D.M. Hatchett
Womans Aux Air Force
25th November 1945

EMERY A C

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1313486 Aircraftman 2nd Class
A.C. Emery
Royal Air Force
31st October 1942 Age 29

LEAR V S

Stoker 1st Class K/51569, HMS Collingwood, Royal Navy. Died 10th February 1915.

V.S. Lear
stoker 1st class R.N. K/5169
HMS Collingwood
10th February 1915

Not on the memorial but commemorated in the Abbey Church
COBBOLD Charles Townsend

Second Lieutenant, 27th Battery, Royal Filed Artillery. Killed in action 3rd October 1916 near Le BOufs, France. Aged 23. Youngest son of A. Hills Cobbold, and only son of Allen Cobbold of Brownhill House, Amsling, Hants.In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).

In Loving Memory
of
Arthur Henry Footner
2nd Lieut. 1st Battn Essex Regiment
second son of the late Henry Footner
and
grandson of the late George Bright Footner
of Romsey, Hampshire
who, in answer to his couttry's call served with the Ceylon
contingent in Egypt and the Suez canal, became attached to
the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, too part in the original
landing on the Gallipoli peninsular at Gaba Tepe on Sunday the
25th April 1915, served on the peninsula at Anzac for several
months, was subsequently gazetted to the 1st Battn Essex Regiment
one of the four battalions of the 88th Infantry brigade, of the
famous 29th Division and was ultimately killed while gallantly
leading his men in an assault on a Turkish trench
near Cape Helles on the 6th August 1915.
Aged 27
Found Faithful I. Cor. IV. 2
Loved by all who knew him and greatly missed

This tablet is erected by his Mother, Brother and Sisters

FOOTNER Arthur Henry

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 6th August 1915. Aged 27. Second son of the late Henry Footner and grandson of the late George bright Footner of Romsey. In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).

In Loving Memory
of
Arthur Henry Footner
2nd Lieut. 1st Battn Essex Regiment
second son of the late Henry Footner
and
grandson of the late George Bright Footner
of Romsey, Hampshire
who, in answer to his couttry's call served with the Ceylon
contingent in Egypt and the Suez canal, became attached to
the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, too part in the original
landing on the Gallipoli peninsular at Gaba Tepe on Sunday the
25th April 1915, served on the peninsula at Anzac for several
months, was subsequently gazetted to the 1st Battn Essex Regiment
one of the four battalions of the 88th Infantry brigade, of the
famous 29th Division and was ultimately killed while gallantly
leading his men in an assault on a Turkish trench
near Cape Helles on the 6th August 1915.
Aged 27
Found Faithful I. Cor. IV. 2
Loved by all who knew him and greatly missed

This tablet is erected by his Mother, Brother and Sisters

MOUNTBATTEN Earl of Burma

Lord Mountbatten's estate is at Romsey and is called Broadlands. In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).

ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET
EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA
1900-1979
In Honour Bound

WARD Arthur (Bob)

Engineer Officer, S.S. Titanic. Died when the ship foundered 15th April 1912. Aged 24. Son of Alfred and Emily Ward. In the Abbey (The Abbey Church of S.S. Mary & Ethelflaeda).

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVIUNG MEMORY OF
ARTHUR (BOB) WARD,
ENGINEER OFFICER,
THE BELOVED SON OF ALFRED AND EMILY WARD
WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE FOUNDERING OF THE
S.S. TITANIC,
APRIL 15TH, 1912, AGED 24 YEARS.

"THE LORD GAVE, AND THE LORD HATH TAKEN AWAY;
BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD."

Last updated 26 December, 2015

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