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LAMBERHURST VILLAGE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © transcription Barbara Uren & Janet Graves 2004
researched Martin Edwards

The war memorial on School Hill, at Lamberhurst in Kent stands at the side of the road, it bears the inscriptions for both wars and until recently no names at all. The Memorial Cross was erected on 4th January 1920. It was placed on the bank opposite the School where so many of the fallen had spent their boyhood days. In 2004 Barbara Uren, having spent 3 years researching the names from both World Wars, which are on oak memorial panels in St. Mary's church, produced a "Book of Remembrance” in which, as far as she was able, she gave each man his story i.e. who he was, where he lived and what eventually happened to him. Also a little about the Village, and those left behind. The sale of these books enabled the 44 names to be added to the cross, plus the 3 others who are read out at the Armistice Service but are not named on the panels. The work was carried out by the same firm of Masons who had made the Cross in 1919. The Cross was returned on November 1st 2006 (filmed by the BBC) and re-dedicated on the 9th in time for the 60th End of War Service.

Photograph Copyright © Janet Graves 2004

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF
THE 44 MEN OF LAMBERHURST
WHO LOVING HONOUR ABOVE EASE
DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

1914-1918

BAILEY

Alban

probably Arthur John BAILEY, Private CH/11767, HMS Pembroke, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 3rd December 1920. Buried in North part, near East boundary of ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, LAMBERHURST, Kent.

BAILEY

Carl

Private G/6650, 8th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West kent Regiment). Killed in action 2nd September 1916. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Tonbridge. Buried in BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 22.

BARTHOLOMEW

Albert [John]

Private 228539, 1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Died of wounds 25th September 1917, Born and resident Lamberhurst, enlisted Canterbury. Formerly 7273, Royal West Kent Regiment posted to 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 153.

BONES

Thomas

Private PO/2132 (S), 1st Royam Marine Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 30th September 1918. Mother, Mrs. Kate Bones, Uzzards Farm, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells. 1st RM Bn. Draft for BEF 27th March 1918. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. panel 1.

BONES, M.M.

William

Corporal G/15553, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East kent Regiment). Killed in action 22nd August 1918. Born and resident Lamberhurst, enlisted Tonbridge. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in BOUZINCOURT RIDGE CEMETERY, ALBERT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row R. Grave 8.

BOTTEN

Christopher [Frederick]

Driver 179897, 119th Battery, 27th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 28th May 1917. Aged 20. Enlisted Gravesend, resident Lamberhurst. Son of Benjamin Frederick and Elizabeth Botten, of Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 20.

CANNON

Hugh Stanley

Corporal 28754, 6th Signal Troop, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 30th October 1914, Aged 26. Born Oxford, enlisted Chatham. Son of Mrs. E. Cannon, of Woodhatch, Egham, Surrey, and the late Alfred Cannon. Buried in YPRES TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 30. Note: Connection with Lamberhurst unknown currently.

CLARK

John [Thomas]

Lance Corporal L/10303, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 5th May 1915. Aged 21. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Maidstone. Son of William and Elizabeth Clark, of Fir Tree Cottages, Lamberhurst, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

CLARKE

Frederick

possibly Sapper 1962, 1/3rd Kent Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 28th October 1915. Born Tunbridge Wells, enlisted Gillingham. Buried at sea. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328.

COOK

William [Henry]

Private G/5864, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 9th May 1916. Aged 24. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of Mrs. E. Cook, of Holly Bush Cottages, Lamberhurst. Buried in North part, near East boundary of ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, LAMBERHURST, Kent.

DAVIS

William

Private G/12484, 6th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 30th November 1917. Aged 31. Enlisted Tunbridge Wells, resident Matfield. Son of George and Sarah Davis, of Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells; husband of Emily Davis, of South St., Wendover, Bucks. No known grave. Commmeorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 8.

DELAMAIN

Frank Gun

Second Lieutenant, 104th brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 21st September 1916. Aged 18. Son of Col. F. G. Delamain, of Whitehall, Beaulieu, Hants. Born at Thelum, Punjab, India. Buried in FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 9. Note: Connection with Lamberhurst unknown currently.

DOUST

Harry

Private L/8521, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died with Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 12th September 1916. Aged 26. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Gravesend. Son of Isaac and A. F. Doust, of 11, Cromwell Rd., Yeovil, Somerset. Born at Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row R. Grave 54.

DRAWBRIDGE

Walter [Nelson Greengro]

[Listed as Walter nelson Greenbro on SDGW] Sapper 2198, 1/3rd Kent Fortress or Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died at sea 28th October 1915. Born Wadhurst, Sussex, enlisted Gillingham. Buried at sea. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328. Note: Connection with Lamberhurst unknown currently.

EDWARDS

Arthur

No further information currently available

EDWARDS

William

No further information currently available

FISHENDEN

John [Thomas]

Private L/8707, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment0. Killed in action 3rd May 1915. Aged 26. Born Kilndown, Tunbridge Wells, enlisted and resident Lamberhurst. Son of John and Kate Fishenden, of 8, Chantler's Cottages, Chiddingstone, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12 and 14.

FULLER

William (Waters)

No further information currently available

HENLEY

Thomas [Rootes]

Private M/346610, 400 Section. H.A.M.T, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 3rd February 1919. Aged 39. Son of Thomas Rootes Henley and Catherine Margaret Henley, of Lamberhurst; husband of Ethel A. Henley, of High St., Cowden. Buried between South-East gate and South door in ST. MARY MAGDALENE CHURCHYARD, COWDEN, Kent.

HODGE

Frank [Stanley]

Corporal T/240075, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 16th January 1917. Aged 23. Born, resident and enlisted Lamberhurst. Son of Mrs. M.A. Greagsbey, of Furnace Lane, Lamberhurst, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 6.

JENNER

John

Private G/13651, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 30. Born and resident Lamberhurst, enlisted Canterbury. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Jenner; husband of Mary Elizabeth Jenner, of 3, Prospect Cottages, Lamberhurst, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

LAKER

Herbert

Private T/1273, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 7th January 1916. Aged 24. Born London, resident Lamberhurst and enlisted Hormonsden. Son of George and Jane Laker, of Leavers Farm, Hadlow, Kent. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXXI. Row C. Grave 10.

LEANEY

Frederick [Howard]

Lance Corporal 4668, 5th Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Killed in action 23rd March 1918. Born and resident Lamberhurst, enlisted Cranbrook. Formerly 3812, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Special Memorial 10.

Note: The extension now contains 2,162 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 177 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 29 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to two buried at Albert Road Cemetery Buire-sur-Ancre whose grave could not be found on concentration.

LEANEY

George [Thomas]

Corporal L/5232, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 22nd February 1915. Aged 34. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Tunbridge Wells. Husband of Louisa Leaney, of 52, Highams Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Buried in TUILERIES BRITISH CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial B. 3.

Note: The cemetery contains 95 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Only 26 graves (of which 16 are unidentified) are known and marked, and special memorials commemorate 69 Commonwealth and two French casualties whose graves in the cemetery were destroyed.

LEWENDEN

Edwin John

[Listed as LEWENDON on SDGW] Private 17188, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 7th March 1915. Aged 19. Born Goring, Oxon, enlisted Maidstone. Son of Isaac John and Emily Jane Lewenden, of Pot Kiln Cottages, Goring, Reading. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 80. Note: Connection with Lamberhurst unknown currently.

LUCAS

George

Corporal 1188, 1/9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 11th May 1915.Aged 29. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Blaydon-on-Tyne. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucas, of Hook Green, Lamberhurst, Kent; husband of Mary Lucas, of 10, Townley St., Blaydon Haughs, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Co. Durham. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 36 and 38.

MANKTELOW

Albert

Private 1702, 56th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 1st November 1916. Aged 37. Son of William and Ann Manktelow; brother of John Manktelow of Riverside House, Lamberhurst; brother of Frederick (below). Born at High street, Lamberhurst. Enlisted West Wyalong, New South Wales, Australia. Farmer and gardener by trade. Educated at Lamberhurst School. Emigrated to Australia aged 31 years 6 months. No known grave. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France.

MANKTELOW

Frederick

Rifleman 43688, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 33. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Woolwich. Son of William and Ann Manktelow, of Riverside House, Lamberhurst; husband of Matilda Scott Manktelow, of 113, Queen's Rd., Tunbridge Wells, Kent; brother of Albert (above). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

MANKTELOW, M.M.

George [Thomas]

Corporal G/2132, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds 26th November 1916. Aged 21. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Tunbridge Wells. Son of Thomas and the late Anna Manktelow, of 20, Cambridge Rd., Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 31.

MARSH

William [Charles]

Lance Corporal 51306, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 17th April 1917. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Canterbury. Formerly 5699, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

NICHOLSON

Arthur

Lance Corporal 1174, Machine Gun Corps (Motor Branch). Died of wounds in United Kingdom 18th June 1917. Aged 20. Born Tunbridge Wells, enlisted Tonbridge, resident Lamberhurst. Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. M. H. Nicholson, of 2, North Farm Rd., Tunbridge Wells. Buried near North boundary of ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, LAMBERHURST, Kent.

REDMAN

Sidney

No further information currently available

ROWELL

Henry

No further information currently available

RUDLAND

Christopher [Edward Henry]

Private T/1234, "C" Company, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died with the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force 1st April 1916. Aged 20. Born Chelmsford, Essex, enlisted and resident Lamberhurst. Son of Mr. W. J. and Mrs. S. A. Rudland, of "The Slade," Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot I. Row D. Grave 9.

VERRALL

Robin Charles

Acting Sergeant L/7248, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West kent Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1915. Born and enlisted Tunbridge Wells. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45 and 47.

WALLIS, M.S.M.

Frederick [John]

Sergeant 540586, 497th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 8th August 1917. Aged 27. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted Southborough, resident Brighton. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medsal (M.S.M.). Son of William Henry and Annie Wallis, of Lamberhurst, Kent; husband of Emily Wallis, of 4, Moulscoombe Villas, Lewes Rd., Brighton. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 11B. See also Brighton Memorial

WEST

Albert

Private 40351, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 7th December 1916. Born Lamberhurst, enlisted and resident East Grinstead. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C. See also East Grinstead Memorial

1939-1945

AMOS

Harry

No further information currently available

BARTHOLOMEW

William

No further information currently available

BASSETT-BURR

Robert

Marine PLY/X 3447, HMS Gloucester, Royal MArines. Died 11th January 1941. Aged 21. Son of John and Annie Bassett Burr, of Lamberhurst, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 59, Column 2.

BLACKFORD

Alec [Geroge]

Trooper 6153107, 7th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 30th July 1944. Aged 22. Son of George Edward and Mary Olive Blackford, of Hook Green, Kent. Buried in FONTENAY-LE-PESNEL WAR CEMETERY, TESSEL, Calvados, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 5.

ELDRIDGE

Ronald

No further information currently available

KEENOR

Alfred [George Alexander]

Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1890710, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th June 1944. Aged 20. Son of Frederick Charles and Muriel Mary Keenor, of Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in FRUGES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 1.

MARSHALL

Alfred [Eugene]

Corporal 1432693, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3rd April 1944. Aged 22. Son of Andrew and Ada Marshall, of Lamberhurst. Buried in North part, near East boundary of ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, LAMBERHURST, Kent.

PARKS

Dennis [Frederick]

[Spelt Denis on memorial] Driver T/133468, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 17th June 1940. Aged 26. Son of Ernest John and Isabel Mary Parks, of Lamberhurst, Kent; husband of Dorothy L. Parks, of Sparrow's Green, Sussex. Buried in ESCOUBLAC-LA-BAULE WAR CEMETERY, Loire-Atlantique, France. Plot 2. Row E. Grave 8.

WALLIS

Roger [George]

Flying Officer (Pilot) 119623, 296 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th April 1943. Aged 24. Son of Henry George and Ettie V. Wallis, of Lamberhurst, Kent. Buried in ST. VALERY-EN-CAUX FRANCO-BRITISH CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 30.

WATTS

George

No further information currently available

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

RUSSELL

R H

Private E8/52497, "C" Supply Company (Aldershot), Royal Army Service Corps. Died 22nd February 1920. Buried in North part, near East boundary of ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, LAMBERHURST, Kent.

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