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Compiled and copyright © Tony Spencer 2006

The memorial is placed on the north corner of Church End Green (also known as Dog & Partridge Green), next to the B3270 (OS map ref. SU817 610). St Peter’s Church is in the SE corner of the green and the pub on the SW corner. The Old Vicarage and church shops line the eastern side (Church End). The Monument itself consists of an oak cross about 1.4m wide capped with a small oak-tiled roof, in all about 3.5m high. A wooden carving of an emaciated and stricken Christ adorns the cross, looking skyward in a final plea for mercy. Close up, it is a powerful and evocative image. On either side of the upright part of the cross are panel frames carved with Tudor roses, the symbol of the county of Hampshire. Within the panel frames are metal tablets 0.7m high by 0.4m wide with the names of the World War I fallen standing out in relief. The wooden cross is mounted on a white stone three-tiered plinth, the first two piers of which are engraved as shown below, and the third with the name of Mr Purvis who died in the Malayan uprising of 1956. A half circle of evergreen yew hedge about 2m in height surrounds and backgrounds the monument, underneath which is a low white stone wall, which encloses the site on three sides. White stone panels are set into the ends of this wall, one on each side of the entrance, and are incised with the names of the WWII casualties. There are also seven graves in the Churchyard that are listed as being cared for by the War Graves Commission. Some of these named individuals are not shown on the war memorial, but are included in the listing below. Finally, there is a wooden board, 0.7 x 1.1m in size within St Peter’s Church (OS map ref. SU 817 609) which contains the names of the fallen as listed below, painted in gilt Roman capital letters, with a plain gilt cross at the top of the board, above the names. There is an inscription on the two steps of the memorial.
Photographs on this page - Copyright © Tony Spencer 2006

To the men from Yateley
Who fell in the Great War 1914-1919
Grant them eternal life O Lord

Greater love have no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends


William [Walter]

Bombardier 39780 in the Royal Garrison Artillery, 304th Siege Battery. He was 21 when he died on 10/8/1917. He was the son of Esther L. Abery, of Elm Bank Cottage, Yateley, Hants, and the late Walter C. Abery. His wife, Mrs Kathleen Abery of 81 Manor Park Drive, Yateley, Camberley, Surrey. Cemetery: Ravenna War Cemetery, grave ref: 1.H.22.


John A

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Private 200549 with 1st/4th Bn Hampshire Regiment. Percy was born in Sandhurst, Berkshire, son of Henry and Ruth Warwick Alderman of Olive Cottage, Yateley Green. He died 21/1/1916, age 20. Cemetery Basra Memorial panel 21 and 63.


Herbert J

Probably H J Backhurst, Private 45506, Royal Berkshire Regt, 8th Bn, although no local connection found as yet. Died 27/8/1918. Buried Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban. Grave reference D.1.


Wilfred Woorsley

Major in Northumberland Fusiliers, 11th Bn. Died 10/1/1916, age 54. He was the second son of Mr and Mrs Frederick Blackden; husband of Anne Blackden, of Byways, Yateley, Hampshire. He was a regular officer in the Royal Munster Fusiliers and rejoined on the outbreak of war. Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, ref I.B.19.



Rifleman, 10978, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 1st Bn. Died 10/9/1914. Cemetery: Montreuil-Aux-Lions British Cemetery, ref II.C.3.


George [William?]

Possibly George William Brench, Lance Corporal 2562, East Surrey Regt. Died 26/9/1915. Cemetery: Loos Memorial panel 65 to 67.


Wynyard Keith

Captain 5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), 1st Battallion. Attached to 9th Battalion West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales’s Own). Died 4/6/1915 in Gallipoli age 27. Son of Colonel Francis David Millest Brown, VC (1837-1895) (of the 101st Royal Munster Fusiliers, winning his VC at Narnoul, India on 16/11/1857 during Indian Mutiny - Lieutenant Brown, at the risk of his own life, rushed to the assistance of a wounded soldier, whom he carried off under heavy fire from the enemy, whose cavalry were within 40 or 50 yards of him at the time, London Gazette 17/2/1860) and Jessie Doris Brown (nee Childs) of Cricket Hill Cottage, Yateley; husband of Mabel Brown. He was born c1888 in India. He also served in Egypt. Memorial: Helles Memorial, Turkey, ref Panel 264 to 269. A military family, two of his brothers made Colonel (Lt.Col. Eric Carmichael Brown, RA and 6th Gurkha Rifles, Col. Vincent Christopher Brown, OBE, DSC, GSOI, Royal Marines) and one to General (Maj.Gen. Reginald Llewellyn Brown, CB, CBE, MA, FRICS, Royal Engineers); his sister Jesse Vera Lawford Brown was decorated with the MBE. His half-brothers were Lt. Frank Russel Brown, Royal Munster Fusiliers (1872-1900) and Lt Claude Russell Brown, RE (1873-??)



Possibly Bert Bunch born 1888, son of Daniel and Emily Bunch

Or possibly Bertie Bunch, born 1891, Yateley, son of Jessie and Annie Bunch of Yateley Common. Bertie was 1 of 13 boys out of 160 praised for not missing a day of school (H & BG Saturday 9 August 1902 P6 col 5). On Coronation Day 1902 he came 3rd in 100 yard Race for U12 behind A Ruffle and F Bird (H&BG Saturday 16 August 1902 P7 col 6)


Charles [A]

Son of George E W and Eliza Butler of Blackwater Road, Yateley. Born 1897 in Yateley. When aged 6 he was one of 23 boys out of 150 praised for not missing a day of school (H&BG Saturday 1/8/1903 p7)



A Private in The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 1st Bn, No G/3740. Died 25/9/1915. Loos Memorial, grave reference Panel 13 to 15.



Blacksmith, born Basingstoke about 1886. In 1901, along with his blacksmith manager, he was a boarder at the Cricketers inn on Cricket Green, Yateley, run by Fanny Silwood. Fred was an enthusiastic footballer, playing right back for Yateley FC and was picked out for special mention in a game versus Hook on Easter Monday 24/4/1905 (H&BG Saturday 29/4/1905, p8 col 7)


John Chute

Possibly John Chute Ellis Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery, 106th Brigade. Died 6/6/1917 age 30. He was son of the late Thomas Chute Ellis and his wife Agness. He was a native of Benara, Mount Gambier, South Australia. His connection with Yateley is unknown. Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, ref X.A.44.



Sapper 24429 with 'G' Coy, the Royal Engineers, G Coy. Died 30/11/1915 age 20. Buried in St Peter's churchyard, Yateley. Son of William and Mary Annie Goodall of Eversley Lane, Yateley.



Son of William and Ann Grainger of Yateley Green, born in 1895, he was their 10th child. When he was 7 he was 1 of 13 boys out of 160 praised for not missing a day of school (H&BG, Saturday 9 August 1902, p6 col 5); and 1 of 23 boys out of 150 praised for not missing a day of school the following year (H&BG, Saturday 1 August 1902, p7).



Able Seaman (RFR/PO/B/21379). Died 1/11/1914 on HMS Good Hope in the Battle of Coronel, Chile. The ship, under the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock, they faced impossible odds when they caught up with Vice Admiral Graf von Spree's Pacific raiding fleet. One of Good Hope's major defects was that it couldn't use its main 6in guns in heavy seas and had to rely on just 2 9.2in guns. The ship was hit by at least 35 armour-piercing shells from the Scharnhorst and went down with all 919 hands within an hour of engaging with the enemy. He was the son of John and Ann Hammond of Cricket Hill, Yateley; husband of Ellen Nina Hammond. Born about 1883, age 31 when he died. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref 2.



185125 Able Seaman, Royal Navy. Died 1/11/1914 on HMS Good Hope in the Battle of Coronel, Chile. The ship, under the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock, they faced impossible odds when they caught up with Vice Admiral Graf von Spree’s Pacific raiding fleet. One of Good Hope’s major defects was that it couldn’t use its main 6in guns in heavy seas and had to rely on just 2 9.2in guns. The ship was hit by at least 35 armour-piercing shells from the Scharnhorst and went down with all 919 hands within an hour of engaging with the enemy. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref 2. Possibly son of William & Elizabeth Harris of Yateley Common, born 1888 Yateley, or possibly son of Samuel and Hannah of Vigo Lane, born 1889, Yateley. On Coronation Day 1902 George won Donkey Race with J Smpson (Saturday 16 August 1902 H&BG P7 col 6).



25432, Private, Wiltshire Regiment, 1st Bn. Died 24/3/1918 age 26. Son of Samuel and Hannah Harris of Heatherside Cottage, Vigo Lane, born Yateley in 1892. Memorial: Arras Memorial, ref Bay 7.



Private 23384 in the Wiltshire Regt, died 2/10/1917 age 25. Son of William and Kate Harrison of Holly Hill Cottage, Yateley. Cemetery: Derry House Cemetery No 2, grave ref II.L1.6.


William [George]

Private (Service No SE/12912), Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died 12/02/1919, age 41. Cemetery Yateley St Peter's, grave ref 2. Son of James and Margaret Hearmon of Blackwater Road, Yateley. Born 1879 in Eversley. The inscription on his memorial in St Peter's: "William George Hearmon, son of Margaret and The Late James Hearmon who departed this life Feb 12th 1919 in his 42nd year. 'God We[?] Love'. In loving memory of my dear sister Rose Anna Morris who passed away December 26th 1939 aged 61 years. 'Rest in Peace'."



Possibly J Hicks, Private 14969, Hampshire Regiment, 10th Bn. Died 7/12/1915 age 34. Son of Benjamin Hicks. Memorial: Doiran Memorial


Thomas W

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Reginald Francis

Private G/52506, Royal Fusiliers, 4th Bn. Died 3/5/1917 age 40. Brother of George Sidney Hicks of Church Farm, Eversley, Hampshire. Arras Memorial, grave ref Bay 3.


Robert William

Possibly Robert William Hoile, Private, 7140, London Regiment (London Fusiliers) 1st/4th Bn. Died 25/1/1917 age 32.Son of Robert William and Minnie Marie Hoile of Sandgate, Cemetery Extension, ref II.A.36.



Possibly H B Hooper, Private 204336, Hampshire Regiment 1st/6th Bn. Died 15/11/1918. Husband of Mrs G N Wallis (formerly Hooper), of Came Park, Dorchester. Cemetery: Bahgdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, ref XIV.J.13.


James A

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Son of Edmund and Emily Hudson of Church End, Yateley, born 1895, Yateley.


Cecil Howard

Captain in Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn. Died 15/9/1914, age 30. Son of G D Ker of Moorland House, Whitechurch, Tavistock; husband of Dorothy Ker. Cemetery: Vendresse British Cemetery, ref I.AA.2.



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Clarence R

Possibly Clarence John Legg, Private, 23026, Wiltshire Regiment 1st Bn. Died 25/3/1918, age 22. Son of J G Legg of Mill Lane, Yateley



Private, PO/15563, Royal Marine Light Infantry on HMS Invincible. Died 31/5/1916, age 25. Son of George John and Alice Laura Legg of Mill Lane, Yateley. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref 22. HMS Invincible was an Invincible-class battlecruiser built Newcastle 1908; the ship took part in the Battle of Falklands that revenged the loss of HMS Good Hope on 7/12/1914. At the Battle of Jutland on 31/5/1916 Invincible took a direct hit on Q turret, unfortunately the anti-flash devices between the turrets and the magazines failed and an enormous explosion ripped the ship in half; there were only 6 survivors, 1021 crew were lost. Indefatigable and Queen Mary were also lost that day with only 22 people saved and Rear Admiral David Beatty remarked 'There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today'.


Charles Mackenzie

Lieutenant, Hampshire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn. Died 5/7/1915. Son of Mrs Sylvia Frances Macrae of Kerala, Yateley, and the late A W Macrae, CIE of the Lewis. Cemetery: Basra War Cemetery, II.R.7.


John Coleridge

Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry, 10th Bn. Died 25/9/1915, age 25. Son of the late John Mils (Surgeon, Bombay Army) of Yateley. Memorial: Loos Memorial, ref panel 108 to 112.


Wilfred James

Rifleman 62539, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), 1st/7th Bn. Died 13/10/1918, age 18. Son of Thomas J Maybanks and wife Annie of Yateley Green, born in Yaeley 1900. Cemetery: Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, ref III.F.7.


Arthur [George]

Private 6307, Hampshire Regiment 1st Bn. Died 2/6/1915. Son of Edward H and Sarah Mustow of Holly Tree Cottage, Blackwater Road, Yateley. Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, ref panel 35. Born 1878 in Blackwater, Hawley, Hampshire.


Edward C

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John Iltid

Lieutenant, London Regiment (Artists' Rifles), 1st/28th Bn. Died 22/3/1918, age 40. Son of Charles Duncan Royds of Brize's Park, Brentwood, Essex. Memorial: Arras Memorial, ref Bay 10.


James [Henry]

Serjeant 200402, Hampshire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn. Died 24/2/1917, age 20. Son of J Sillence of Cricket Hill, Yateley. Memorial: Basra Memorial, panel 21 and 63.


Herbert [Drummond Sumner]

Second Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps, 52nd Coy. Died 25/4/1917, age 33. Son of Mrs Alice L and the late Rev Charles D Stooks formerly of The Vicarage, Yateley Green, and brother of Miss P A Stooks of 'Sheaves', Epsom Road, Guildford. Born 1882. Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, ref IV.E.40.



Gunner, RMA/9442 (RMR/IC/81), Royal Marine Artillery. Killed on HMS Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel, 1/11/1914, age 30. The ship, under the flagship of Rear Admiral Cradock, they faced impossible odds when they caught up with Vice Admiral Graf von Spree's Pacific raiding fleet. One of Good Hope's major defects was that it couldn't use its main 6in guns in heavy seas and had to rely on just 2 9.2in guns. The ship was hit by at least 35 armour-piercing shells from the Scharnhorst and went down within an hour of engaging with the enemy with all 919 hands. Son of the late Owen (born Yateley 1846) and Jane (born Rotherwick 1846) Wheeler of Vigo Lane, Yateley; husband of Alice Mary Wheeler of Up Green, Eversley.



Private, 9151, Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Bn. Died 6/8/1915, age 21. Son of John and Elizabeth Winch of Moor Place Cottage, Yateley. Memorial: Helles Memorial, ref panel 125-134 or 223-226 228-229 and 328. Born Yateley 1894, he was 1 of 13 boys out of 160 praised for not missing a day of school when 8 (H&BG, Saturday 9 August 1902, p6 col 5).


Charles C

Grandson of Henry (born 1832 Frimley, Surrey) and Emily (born 1842 Hawley) Wooldridge of Yateley Common. Born 1887, possibly the illegitimate son of Louisa M Wooldridge.



Herbert [William]

Leading Cook (S), P/MX50088, RN on HMS Duchess. Died 12/12/1939, age 30. Son of Henry and Ellen Andrews; husband of Janet Andrews of Darby Green, Yateley. Memorial: Portsmouth Navel Memorial, ref panel 35, column 3.


Christopher [Melfort]

Major, 34561, Middlesex Regiment, 1/7th Bn. Died 1/6/1940, age 34. Son of Brigadier-General Guy Melfort Baldwin, DSO and Christine Baldwin of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Cemetery: De Panne Communal Cemetery, ref plot 1, row C, grave 28.


Vincent Christopher

Colonel, Royal Marines, attd HQ 3rd Div. Died 28/5/1940, age 46. Son of Colonel Francis David Millett Brown, VC, ISC, and Jessie Doris Brown (nee Child). Cemetery: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, plot 2 row 16 grave 4.


Herbert Cecil

1117, Captain, 1st Punjab Regiment and Special Air Service Regiment, AAC. Died 22/11/1945, age 28. Son of Lt.Col Henry Buck, Indian Army, and Eleanor May Buck of Yateley; husband of Celia Buck (nee Wardle), MA (Oxon) of Yateley. Cemetery: Reading Crematorium, ref panel 1.

CAYLEY, DSO and 2 bars

Richard Douglas

Commander, RN, on HM Submarine P311. Died 8/1/1943, age 36. Son of Major General Douglas Edward Cayley, CB, CMG and Jessie E D Cayley of Yateley; husband of N V Cayley. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 72, col 3.


Maurice Arthur

Flight Sergeant, 573413, RAF, 57 Squadron. Died 22/6/1944, age 28. Son of Alfred and Hannah Clark of Walthamstow, Essex. Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, ref panel 216.


Walter Lindley

298/IA, Brigadier, General Staff, ex-9th Gurkha Rifles, former of the 2nd Bn. Died 13/2/1942, age 46. Son of John Edward and Mary Alice Fawcett; husband of Margaret Ann Fawcett of Dunstone, Yealmpton, Devon. Memorial: Singapore Memorial, ref column 144.


John Reginald

Lieutenant, RNVR, on HM Trawler Bredon, Died 8/12/1943, age 37. Son of E W and Edith M Fradgley of Yateley; husband of Evelyn A Mary Fradgley (nee Sellar) of Yateley. Memorial: Lowestoft Naval Memorial, ref panel 11, col 1.



Staff Serjeant, 1055379, Royal Artillery. Died 11/05/1945, age 41. Son of William and Sarah Harris of Yateley; husband of Mary Harris of Yateley. Cemetery: St Peter's Churchyard, Yateley, ref SE corner. Memorial inscription: '1055379 S.Sjt (Farriers). W. Harris, Royal Artillery, 11th May 1945, age 41. Rest my loved one in God's safe keeping till the day dawns for our eternal meeting.'


Eric Bertram

Gunner, 876354, Royal Artillery, 88 Field Regiment. Died 12/8/1945, age 23. Son of Albert Thomas and Laura Helena Hearmon of Blackwater, Hampshire. Cemetery: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, ref 6.F.51.


Ronald William [Lister]

Lance Serjeant, 1061439, Royal Artillery, 1 Battery, 2 Lt AA Regiment. Died 8/9/1943, age 36. Son of Anthony William and Martha Turnbull Huntley; husband of Una Huntley, Yateley. Memorial: Cassino Memorial, ref panel 2.


John Brian [Shortt]

Major, 56614, Royal Artillery, attd HQ 6th Airborne Division. Died 25/3/1945, age 31. Son of Charles Augustus and Katharine Mary Kincaid; husband of Stella May Kincaid of Yateley. Cemetery: Venray War Cemetery, ref VIII.E.3.


Neville Alfred

Sergeant, 1601778, RAFVR, 460 Squadron. Son of Alfred and M Lever. Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, ref panel 156.



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Edward George Oxlade, Driver, T/131212, Royal Army Service Corps, Slough. Died 11/10/1941, age 30. Cemetery: St Peter's Churchyard, ref SW corner. Son of James and Alice Jane Oxlade of Yateley (they lived on Yateley Common in 1901 ages 33 and 31 respectively). Memorial Inscription: 'In loving memory of James Oxlade, Feb 12th 1940, aged 71 years. Also of Edward George Oxlade, Oct 11th 1941, aged 30 years. A token of respect from Officers and men of RASC, Slough. Also of Alice Jane Oxlade ... [unreadable]'.


John R

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Desmond R

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John [Raymond]

Lieutenant-Commander Royal Navy, HMS Barham. Died 25/11/1941, age 35. Son of Lt.-Col. Charles Raymond Roberts-West and wife Mildred; husband of Sarah A Roberts-West of Yateley, Hampshire. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref Panel 45, column 1.



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Arthur George

853963, Seerjeant, Royal Artillery, 31 Field Regt. Died 30/4/1943, age 24. Son of Alfred Charles and Rose Florence Skates of Blackwater, Hampshire. Cemetery: Enfidaville War Cemetery, ref IV.C.21.


Ernest Henry

P/KX82231, Leading Stoker, Royal Navy, HM Submarine Orpheus. Died 29/6/1940, age 26. Son of Francis Ernest and Ellen May Watts of Yateley, Hampshire. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref Panel 41, column 3.


William C

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Francis William [Leslie]

Francis William Leslie Winterbottom, Lieutenant, Royal Navy, HM Submarine Stratagem. Died 22/22/1944. Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial, ref Panel 81, column 1.


Michael John Cecil

Captain, Intelligence Corps, attached to 234 Indian Bde. Died 12/11/1943, age 31. Son of Captain Christopher John Frederick and Mab Catherine Frances Wood, BA (Cantab) of Yateley, Hampshire. Memorial: Athens Memorial, ref Face 9.

1956 - Malaya


John A

Private 23136481, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (West Surrey Regimenjt). Died 6th July 1956. Buried in Kranji Military Cemetery, Singapore. Plot 11. Row A. Grave 12.

Not on memorial but buried in churchyard


Verschoyle Crawford

Major, Manchester Regiment. Died 19/2/1919, age 51. Son of Surg.Lt.Col. WH Climo, AMS (retd) and Margaret Hill Climo. Cemetery: St Peter's churchyard, Yateley, ref I. Memorial inscription: Gladys Helen Lyon widow of Lieut.Colonel ??roy Hill Climo late RA born March 10 1884-August 14 1955


Gerard Van Rossum

Volunteer, Home Guard, 25th Hampshire Bn. Died 24/7/1940. Cemetery: St Peter's churchyard, Yateley, ref SE corner, plot M row A grave 2. MI: In Loving Memory of t Col Gerard van Rossum Reyne, DSO, MVO, Punjab Regt, did July 24 1940, age 54 years, husband of Isabella Marion Hardie Reyne (25/12/1883-7/2/1976)


Frederick Lawrence

Craftsman, 7635491, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, died 29/1/1946, age 34. Son of Arthur and Emily Yeomans of Yateley, husband of Esme L R Yeomans of Yorktown, Camberley, Surrey. Cemetery: St Peter's churchyard, Yateley, ref SE corner.

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