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SOBERTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © John Simmons 2007

The Soberton war memorial is to be found at the junction of Main Street and Selworth Lane, Soberton. It takes the form of a rough hewn granit cross on a rectangular plinth standing on a single-step pebbled base. There are 15 names for World War 1 and 4 for World War 2.

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE PARISHIONERS
OF SOBERTON WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR

1914-1918

BROWN

Frederick Robert

Private 3/4050, 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 26/04/1914 Age unknown. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 35.

BUCKSEY

J.

Private 25709 2nd Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 06/05/1918 Age unknown. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bucksey, of East Hoe Cottages, Green Lane, Hambledon, nr. Cosham, Hants. Commemorated at Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord, France, C. 17.

DEADMAN

Harry

Boy 1st Class J/28342 Royal Navy, H.M.S. "Bulwark." Died on 26/11/1914 Age 16. Son of Samuel and Martha Deadman, of 1, West St., Soberton, Droxford, Hants. Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 3.

LONGMAN

Thomas

Private 19397 15th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 15/10/1916 Age 17. Son of Joseph and Rosa Longman, of Soberton Heath, Droxford, Hampshire. Commemorated at Etretat Churchyard, Seine-Maritime, France, II. C. 2A.

MESSAM

Alfred Walter

Private 33874 15th Bn. Hampshire Regiment. Died 24/03/1918 Age 25. Son of Mrs. J. Nobes, of Soberton Heath, Droxford, Hants. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France, X. . 14.

MESSAM

Oliver Nehemiah

Private M2/270370 Army Service Corps. Died on 20/01/1918 Age 24. Son of Oliver and Kate Messam, of Soberton; husband of Margaret Messam, of "Inglenook," Soberton, Bishop's Waltham, Hants, England. Commemorated at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania, 4. E. 12.

MESSAM

W. O.

Private 19332 2nd Bn. East Surrey Regiment. Transf. to (489448) 1035th Employment Coy, Labour Corps. Died on 16/12/1918 Age 31. Husband of G. A. Hawkins (formerly Messam), of 115, Church Gate, Leicester. Of Soberton Heath, Bishop's Waltham, Hants. Commemorated at Mikra British CemeteryY, Kalamaria, Greece, 1002.

NEWALL

Leslie

Second Lieutenant, 1st Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). Died on 02/09/1915 Age 23. Son of William and Lilian Newall, of Redheath, Croxley Green, Herts. Commemorated at Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix Pas de Calais France, I. C. 15.

RYE

Robert William

Private PO/1414(S) 1st R.M. Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on 23/04/1917 Age unknown. Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 1.

SEARLE

A. J.

Private PO/14576 Portsmouth Div. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on 04/06/1918 Age unknown. Son of Alfred John and Ester Searle, of Cold Hill, Soberton. Commemorated at Soberton (St. Peter) Churchyard.

SEARLE

William John

Private 6706 2nd Bn. Essex Regiment. Died on 02/05/1915 Age 31. Son of Thomas Edwin and Mary Elizabeth Searle. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 39.

TWYNAM

John

Staff Sergeant 131 1st South African Mounted Rifles. Died on 30/11/1914 Age unknown. Commemorated at Barnea Siding Burial Ground, Bethlehem, Free State, Africa.

TWYNAM

Godfrey

Second Lieutenant 11th Bn. Border Regiment. Died on 18/11/1916 Age unknown. Son of the late John and Mary Twynam, of Soberton House, Droxford, Bishop's Waltham, Hants. Waggon Road Cemetery, Beaumount-Hamel, Somme, France, A. 24.

TWYNAM

Hugh

Lieutenant H.M. Submarine E.36. Royal Naval Reserve. Died on 19/01/1917 Age 29. Son of John and Mary Twynam, of Soberton House, Soberton Hants.. Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memeorial, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 27.

TWYNAM

William H.

Corporal 16391 7th Bn. Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment). Died on 24/04/1915 Age 33. Son of the late John and Mary Rachel Twynam, late of Soberton House, Soberton, Hampshire. Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 18 - 28 - 30.

"FORGET THEM NOT, O LAND FOR WHICH THEY FELL
MAY IT GO WELL WITH ENGLAND,
STILL GO WELL;
KEEP HER BRIGHT BANNERS WITHOUT BLOT OR STAIN,
LEST THEY SHOULD DREAM THAT THEY HAVE DIED IN VAIN"
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WAR OF
1939-1945

HUTCHENS

Eric Frank

Lance Corporal 6098371 1/6th Bn. The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died on 30/09/1943 Age 23. Son of Louisa H. Nobes, of Soberton, Hampshire. Commemorated at Salerno War Cemetary, Italy, VI. B. 8.

LEGGETT

Harry Oswald

Serjeant 838808 25 Field Regt. Royal Artillery. Died on 13/12/1941 Age 25. MM . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Leggett, of Soberton, Hampshire. Commemorated at Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 31.

STEELE

David Morton

Telegraphist C/JX 251459 H.M.M.L. 267 Royal Navy. Died on 28/03/1942 Age 25. Son of David Morton Steele and Elizabeth Steele; husband of Edna Steele, of Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Commemorated at Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, United Kingdom, 59, 3.

TANNER

Reginald Percy

Commander H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy. Died on 22/05/1941 Age 37. DSC. Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, United Kingdom, Panel 44, Column 2.

Last updated 20 June, 2007

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