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MERSHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The village tribute is located inside the parish church on a small marble plaque

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2004

The Great War 1914 – 1918

BARHAM

Sidney A.L

G/89298, 4th Battalion, Duke Of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds Thursday 22nd August 1918. Born Cheriton, Kent, enlisted Canterbury, resident Mersham. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 5.

GODDEN

Edward William

Private 7126, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Friday 24th March 1916 aged 24 years. Born and resident Mersham, enlisted Epsom, Surrey. Son of Alfred and Jane Godden, of 12, Mersham St., Ashford, Kent. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row N. Grave 23.

HOWLAND

W.G

Petty Officer Stoker 312028, H.M.S “Botha”, Royal Navy (RN). Died 21st March 1918 aged 27 years. Son of Walter Howland, of "Broadoak," Mersham, Ashford, Kent; husband of Flora Howland, of 18, Mill Crescent, Tonbridge, Kent. BUried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 17.

HOWLAND

Elgar Henry

Private T/1729, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Friday 7th January 1916 aged 19 years. Born and resident Mersham, enlisted Ashford. Son of Walter John and Louisa Howland, of Broad Oak, Mersham, Kent. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXXI. Row C. Grave 5.

LEE

Charles Sidney

Corporal L/8154, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Friday 30th April 1915 aged 29 years. Born Woodchurch, Ashford, resident Mersham, enlisted Canterbury. Son of William Lee, of Long Row, Mersham, Ashford, Kent. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 160.

McCLAREN

Andrew Liddell

[Spelt Maclaren on CWGC and SDGW] Private M/339407, 10th M.T. Company, Army Service Corps (ASC). Died in United Kingdom Friday 1st March 1918, aged 46. Resident Mersham, enlisted London. Buried in MERSHAM (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD, Kent.

REID

John Henry

Driver T4/232189, 11th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC). Died Monday 12th August 1918. Born battersea, enlisted Ashford, resident Mersham. Buried in TOURGEVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 14.

ROLFE

George [Daniel]

Guardsman 25335, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds Wednesday 17th January 1917 aged nearly 24 years (his birthday would have been on 20th January). Born Mersham, enlisted Nottingham. Son of Daniel Richard and Annie Jane Rolfe, of 16, Mersham St., Ashford, Kent. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 175.

SHRUBSOLE

Frederick

Private G/10667, 11th Battalion, Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died Saturday 7th October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.

SMITH

Percy L

L/8612, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 9th February 1915. Born Sellindge, resident Mersham, enlisted Ashford. No known grave.l Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 12 and 14.

SWINERD, D.S.M.

Horace Mills

Petty Officer Stoker K/13331 HMS “Surprise”. Royal Navy (RN). Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action Sunday 23rd December 1917 aged 27 years. Born 30 August 1890 in Woolwich, London. Son of Henry and Charlotte Swinerd, of Charlton, Kent; husband of Lilian Maud Swinerd, of Swanton Cottage, Mersham, Ashford, Kent. Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.) "For services in the engagement with four German Torpedo Boat Destroyers on 17th October, 1914." [London Gazette 30 June 1915]. Formerly an Electrician. Enlisted 9 November 1911 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 9 inches, chest 39 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, fair complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 23.

Note: The destroyer HMS Surprise, with a complement of 100 was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off the Maas lightship on 23rd December 1917.

SWINERD

Richard James

Private G/2765, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action Wednesday 1st September 1915 aged 19 years. Born and resident Willesborough, Kent, enlisted Ashford. Son of Henry and Charlotte Swinerd, of Charlton, Kent; husband of Lilian Maud Swinerd (nee Swinerd), of Swanton Cottage, Mersham, Ashford, Kent, married 25 November 1916 at Mersham. Buried in POINT 110 OLD MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 13.

The Second World War
1939 – 1945

APPS

Walter [Edward]

14284837 Trooper, Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) attached to Headquarters Squadron, 29th Armoured Brigade. Died Tuesday 27th June 1944 aged 30. Son of Harry and Kate Apps, of Mersham, Kent. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XXVII. Row F. Grave 18.

GRIGGS

George Douglas

6283770 Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died between 20th and 21st May 1940. THird son of Mr. and Mrs. C Griggs,of the Street, Mersham; husband of Violet Griggs (nee Watson). Buried in ESQUELMES WAR CEMETERY, Pecq, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 4.

KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN, C.M.K

Sir Norton Cecil Michael (6th Lord Brabourne)

Lieutenant 207642, Grenadier Guards. (6th Lord Brabourne). Died Wednesday 15th September 1943 aged 21. 6th Baron Brabourne of Brabourne. Son of Michael Herbert Rudolph Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., M.C., and of Lady Brabourne (nee Browne), Imperial Order of the Crown of India (C.I.), Dame of Grace, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, of Westminster, London. Buried in PADUA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row A. Grave 1.

Not on memorial but with Mersham connections

GODDEN

George William

Private G/6923, 2nd Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died Saturday 16th October 1915 aged 27 years. Adopted son of William and the late Ellen Godden, of Herstmonceux, Hailsham, Sussex; husband of Mercy J. Keat (formerly Godden), of Little Gill Farm, Mersham, Ashford, Kent. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 38.

SLOMAN Bernard
Lance Corporal T/110961, Royal Army Service Corps. Died Tuseday 19th September 1944 aged 26. Son of Millicent Sloman, of Mersham, Kent. Buried in VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot I. Row A. Grave 20.

TARCHETTI

Petern LLuellyn Godon

Rifleman G/3248098, 9th Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died Tuesday 2nd July 1940 aged 31 years. Son of Tranquillo and Annie Florence Tarchetti, of Mersham, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 11. Column 1.

Last updated 11 September, 2017

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