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LEIGH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2010
additional information Terence Barton

The Leigh Parish War Memorial is situated at the junction of the B2027 and Powdermill Lane, Village Green. It takes the form of an octagonal, three stepped, base topped by a plinth, a shaft and a cross, with the inscriptions on the side of the plinth; the whole is made from Portland stone. There are 31 names listed for World War 1 and 11 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated 12th November 1920, it had cost £439 8s 2d to erect, the masons were A Burslem & Son, the designer and architect was Arthur Cooksey. The memorial was cleaned in October 2000. See also Leigh Historical Society

IN MEMORY
OF BRAVE
MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO
GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

BAMBLETT William [Henry]
Corporal 9771, 4th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 7th August 1916. Aged 32. Born and resident Tonbridge, enlisted Maidstone. Son of Emily Bamblett, of 25, Powder Mills, Tonbridge, and the late George Bamblett. Native of Leigh, Kent. Buried inDANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot V. Row O. Grave 6. See also Hildenborough War Memorial
BATCHELOR Horace
Boy 1st Class J/28285, H.M.S. “Formidable”, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship when it was sunk by a U-boat in the English Channel 1st January 1915. Aged 17. Born in Leigh (listed as Tonbridge) 31st January 1898. Born in Leigh, Kent on the 31st January 1898. Baptised on the 1st May 1898. Prior to enlistment he was an errand boy. Son of Alfred and Esther Batchelor, of 20, New Houses, Powder Mills, Tonbridge, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 10. See also Hildenborough War Memorial
BATCHELOR Sydney
Private 35950, Number 2 Section, 41st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 20th July 1918. Aged 21. Born Tunbridge Wells, enlisted Harlesden. Born in Leigh on the 17 November 1896. Baptised on 7th February 1897 at St Mary’s Leigh. He took the bible awarded him by Hildenborough Sunday School in 1906 with him to war. Son of Annie Laura Batchelor, of 22, Powder Mills, Tonbridge, and the late Benjamin George Batchelor. Formerly 24825, Royal Fusiliers. Buried in LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 13. Also commemorated on the Hildenborough War Memorial.
BOURNER Charles
Sergeant 31108, 282nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 7th July 1917. Aged 26. Born Leigh, Tonbridge, enlisted Coydon, resident Tonbridge. Son of James and Charlotte Bourner, of Forge Square, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in MAPLE LEAF CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section M. Grave 6.
BOURNER Frank
Gunner 59967, "A" Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 25th May 1917. Aged 21. Born Tonbridge, enlisted Deptford, London S.E. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bourner, of Forge Square, Leigh, Kent. Buried in BARLIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.
BOURNER James [William]
Acting Bombardier 47596, 59th Battery, 18th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 15th April 1917. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Tonbridge. Son of Mrs. C. Bourner, of Forge Square, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 14.
BROOKER Jack
Private 42905, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 26th April 1918. Born and resident Leigh, enlisted Tonbridge. Formerly 10647, Bedfordshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 51 and 52.
BROOKER Reginald [Lewis]
Private 253249, "B" Company, 3rd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 8th October 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Leigh, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Brooker, of Forge Square, Leigh, Kent. Formerly 4056, 2/5th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) ). Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXI. Row M. Grave 19.
DAVIES James [Gordon]
Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Missing in action 1st June 1917. Formerly Private 2577, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Nephew of Mrs Davies, 58 Mill Street, Crewe according to Medal Card. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 98 and 99.
DAVIS James [Charles]
Acting Corporal M/298237, Royal Army Service Corps attached to 45th Anti-Aircraft Section. Died in United Kingdom 8th June 1918. Born Leigh, enlisted Southend, resident Brackley. Buried in SOUTHEND-ON-SEA (LEIGH-ON-SEA) CEMETERY, Essex. Plot/Row/Section X. Grave 27.
EVEREST John
Private G/29356, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 28th October 1916. Aged 28. Born and resident Penshurst, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of the late Mrs. J. Everest, of 6, Victoria Terrace, Essex Rd., Longfield, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.
EVEREST Sidney
Cooks Mate M/3751(CH), H.M. Torpdeo Boat No. 12, Royal Navy. Killed in action 10th June 1915. Aged 22. Born 17th April 1893 at Tonbridge. Son of Ann Everest, of Littlemordon, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent on Naval records, grave record list him as son of John and Ann Everest, of 3, South View Terrace, Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 12.
FAIRCLOTH Frank
[Listed as FAIRELOTH on SDGW] Private 201449, 2/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds in Egypt 9th May 1917. Aged 30. Born Leigh, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of H. J. Faircloth and Alice Faircloth, of Ivy House, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in DEIR EL BELAH WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section A. Grave 174.
GARNER Frank
Private L/11387, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1918. Born Northchurch, Berkhampstead, enlisted Berkhampstead, resident Tonbridge. Formerly T/21310, Royal Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. : Panel 14 and 15.
HEALY Frederick [Charles]
Private 201605, 1/4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 26th September 1917. Aged 35. Born Woolburn, Buckinghamshire, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of George and Elizabeth Healy, of Wooburn Common, Bucks; husband of Laura Louisa Healy, of Blackhoath, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. A Gamekeeper. Buried inHAGLE DUMP CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 11.
HORSEY Harry
[Not listed on SDGW] Private 27425, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died 22nd June 1917. Son of George Horsey, of Cooks Pitts, Penshurst, Kent. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row E. Grave 16.
JENMAN B
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - possibly Albert George JANMAN (the B standing for Bert), Lance Corporal, "C" Company, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 5th October 1916. Aged 29. Born Pagham, Bognor, Sussex, enlisted Tonbridge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Janman, of The Manor House, Aldwick, Bognor, Sussex. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.
KILLICK Frank
Private 201161, 2/4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of wounds in Egypt 16th May 1918. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Tonbridge. Son of Mrs. F. Killick, of The Village, Leigh, Tonbridge. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Section P. Grave 33.
MITCHELL G
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - No further information currently available
PARKER F
Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) - No further information currently available
POCOCK Sidney
Sergeant C/6451, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 21st September 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Leigh, enlisted Croydon, Surrey. Son of Charles and Mary Pocock, of Charcott, Leigh, Tonbridge. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 115 to 119 and 162A and 163A.
READY V
Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) - No further information currently available
ROBINSON Charles
Private D/2754, 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal). Died of wounds 12th August 1918, aged about 32. Born and resident Tonbridge, enlisted Canterbury. The 1901 census states he was born in Rye, Sussex, were he is shown as being 14 years of age and working as an apprentice cabinet maker. The census records a family with five sons and a daughter, the youngest being five. FreeBMD.org records the birth of a Charles Robinson as being registered at Rye between July and September of 1886, this corresponds to his age when he was killed. The 1918 Absent Voters Register records both his army details and his home address of 12 Powdermills, Leigh. Son of George (died 1907) and Harriet Robinson. Buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. Also commemorated on the Hildenborough War Memorial.
RUSSELL [Hubert] Leslie
Second Lieutenant, 27th Indian Light Cavalry, Indian Army. Killed accidentally in Rawal Pindi, India 1st September 1919. Aged 19. Son of Hubert Russell, of Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in RAWALPINDI WAR CEMETERY, Pakistan. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 18.
SMITH William [Arthur]
Private G/24475, 7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 24. Enlisted Tonbridge, resident Leigh. Son of John and Rose Adelaide Smith, of Lightfoots, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
TAYLOR [Ernest] James
Private 94424, 222nd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 17th November 1918. Aged 25. Son of William and Isabella Jane Taylor, of Tonbridge, Kent. No accessible grave. Commemorated on KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, Pakistan.
TOWNER Albert
Private 6711, 1/20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment. Killed in action 30th october 1916. Born and resident Leigh, enlisted Tonbridge. Formerly 3468, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panels 52 to 54.
UPTON Herbert
Private 10410, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed in action 18th April 1915. Born Leigh, enlisted Tonbridge. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panels 45 and 47.
UPTON William [James Thomas]
Acting Leading Stoker K/19637(CH), H.M.S. Cressy, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship when it was was sunk by a German submarine 22nd September 1914. Born 9th May 1890 at Tonbridge, Kent. Widow Beatrice, of Wairoa, Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 4.
WOODGATE R
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) - probably Rowland Alfred WOODGATE, Private G/1852, 2nd Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died in Mesopotamia 24th October 1918. Aged 28. Born Oxted, Surrey, enlisted |Tonbridge, resident Horsmonden. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Woodgate, of Capel Manor Gardens, Horsmonden, Kent. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot V. Row A. Grave 8.
YOUNG Mark [Ernest]
Gunner 24388, 10th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in the Persian Gulf 31st December 1916. Aged 35. Born Speldhurst, kent, enlisted Maidstone, resident Charcott, Leigh. Son of Mrs. M. Young, of Lightfoot, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 4 and 61.

LIVE YE
FOR
ENGLAND
AS WE
FOR
ENGLAND DIED

ALSO IN PROUD MEMORY OF
OUR MEN WHO DIED IN
THE 1939 1945 WAR

BICKERSTETH E R
Royal Army Ordnance Corps - No further information currently available
CHANDLER Leslie Albert
Flying Officer (Pilot) 15176, 39 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th July 1944. Aged 22. Son of Albert and Ethel Chandler of Leigh, Kent. Buried in BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY, Serbia and Montenegro. Plot 10A. Row B. Joint grave 9-10.
CURTIS John Albert Thomas
Sergeant 6346488, 4th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 28th June 1942. Aged 27. Son of Thomas and Elsie Curtis; husband of Joan Mary Curtis, of Retford, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 13. Column 1.
FLOWER Anthony Lacon [De Mallet]

Ordinary Seaman D/JX 215997, H.M.S. Drake, Royal Navy. Died 21st April 1941. Aged 29. Son of Capt. Leopold Flower and Helen Gladys Flower; husband of Margaret Mary Flower. Non-maintainable grave. Commemorated in PLYMOUTH (WESTON MILL) CEMETERY, Devon. Special memorial. Section C. Consecrated Grave 3682.

Note: Special memorials to two casaulties buried in Stoke Damerel Church Cemetery whose graves could no longer be maintained

FRASER Eric Gordon
Lieutenant-Colonel 8633 commanding 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 23rd May 1940. Aged 46. Son of Frank and Constance Fraser, of Leigh; husband of Nance Fraser, of Winchmore Hill, Middlesex. Buried in LEIGH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Kent. Grave 181.
HORAN Sydney James Leonard
Private 5507230, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 25th April 1944. Aged 28. Son of William James Francis and Charlotte Horan, of Leigh, Kent. Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY, Berlin, Germany. Plot 10. Row C. Grave 1.
HUMPHREY Leslie Walter Cyril
[Listed as Royal Army Ordnance Corps on memorial] Private 10565510, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 11th September 1945. Aged 43. Buried in CALCUTTA (BHOWANIPORE) CEMETERY, KOLKATA, India. Plot O. Row C. Grave 25.
NIXON Charles George Henry
Gunner 1754305, 97 (3rd Battalion, The London Scottish) Heavy Anti-Aircrafty Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 10th october 1941. Buried in LEIGH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Kent. Grave 195.
NIXON Gilbert
Gunner 1523772, 4 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 22nd April 1942. Aged 24. Son of Charles and Elsie Nixon, of Tonbridge, Kent. Buried in PIETA MILITARY CEMETERY, Malta. Section J. Joint grave 5.
PATCHING Philip Walter
Corporal 359955, Royal Air Force. Died 10th November 1942. Buried in LEIGH (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Kent. Grave 196.
SCHOFIELD Arthur Harry Murray
Sergeant 1393520, 272 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd May 1943. No known grave. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Floriana, Malta. Panel 9, Column 1.

Last update 31 December, 2013

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