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WYE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Janet Graves 2004
David Hughes and Neil Clark

The war memorial is within the churchyard of the Parish Church of St. Gregory & St. Martin It is a large and impressive cross made from Portland stone but has no names inscribed on it which is rather disappointing. Why the village went to the trouble and expense of erecting a fine memorial like this and then leave it blank is bizarre.

Inside the church porch there is a bronze plaque commemorating the church’s war dead. The plaque was covered in dust and was coroding on five occasions over a period of 3 years. Many locals believe this to be the Wye village war memorial but Neil Clark feels it was probably placed there by the church authorities to commemorate those men who attended that church regularly before the outbreak of war. This would account for the high number of local fallen men whose names are not recorded on this plaque.

Within 50 yards of the plaque itself are the graves of serving men who died for their country but their names sadly do not appear!

Photographs Copyright © Janet Graves 2004
From an old postcard

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WYE
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918

1914-1918

ALLARD Stephen James

Private 136238, 38th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Died Friday 27th September 1918. Resided Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Son of S and C.A Allard of Wye. Buried Varennes Military Cemetery, France. Grave reference V.A.10. Resided at “Fairview” Church Street, Wye.

BACK Leslie Hickmott

Company Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS) T/240440, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 27th July 1918 or Monday 29th July 1918 aged 25 years. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Son of John and Rosamond Waller Back of Wye, Kent. Buried Abeele Aerodrome Cemetery, France. Grave reference 2.C11.

BASSON Albert John

Sergeant L/9287, 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Formerly 5th Battalion. Died Monday 27th September 1915 aged 24 years. Son of Frederick and Sarah Basson of 64, Upper Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. Buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France. Grave reference IX.D.9.

BURCHETT Alfred Edward

Private T/1367, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Sunday 6th June 1915. Born Barham, Kent. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Ashford. Alfred has no known grave. His name appears on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Panel reference Face 3.

BUSHELL, VC, DSO Christopher

Lieutenant Colonel, 7th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 8th August 1918 aged 30 years. Born 31st October 1888 at “Hinderton Lodge”, Neston, Cheshire. Son of Reginald and Caroline Bushell of Hinderton Lodge, Neston, Cheshire. Husband of Rachell Bushell of Boughton Aluph near Ashford. Christopher’s wife Rachel lived at The Vicarage, Wye for a very short while before the outbreak of war. His wife’s father was a former Rector of Wye church. Buried in the Querrieu British Cemetery, The Somme, France. Grave reference E.6.

His name also appears on the Neston war memorial in The Wirral, Cheshire (his true home) and on the St Margaret’s-at-Cliff parish church war memorial near Dover, Kent. It is believed that Christopher and his wife lived in St Margaret’s for a short while before the outbreak of war.

V.C Citation
London Gazette no 30667 of 30th April 1918

“On the 23rd March 1918 when leading a company of his battalion in a combined Allied counter-attack, he received a severe head wound. Refusing all aid, he continued walking in front of both the English and Allied troops., encouraging them and visiting each portion of the lines in the face of heavy enemy rifle and machine gun fire. He was finaly removed to a dressing station in a fainting condition”.

Christopher was killed in a later action (8/8/18) leading an attack South of Morlencourt, The Somme, France – at 0700 hours Lt Col Bushell went forward himself with his runner to deal with the situation. Collecting all available men he led them forward from Croydon Trench to the assault, capturing Cloncurry Trench between Culgor and Cloud Support. He then proceeded along the trench to organise and encourage the men, and on his way to give orders to a tank crew, he was mortally wounded in the head by a snipers bullet. His body was recovered by his runner under withering machine gun fire but when recovered he was found to be already dead.

CROUCHER Leonard

Private 8854, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died Saturday 13th March 1915 aged 26 years. Born Wye. Resided Wye. Son of Henry and Mary Ann Croucher of 62, Bridge Street, Wye. Leonard has no known grave. His name appears on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Panel reference 11.

HOOD-DANIEL Arnold Frost

Captain, “C” Company (Ashford), 2/5th (Home Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Former Private The Buffs. Died 28th January 1917 aged 35 years. Born Clifton, Bristol 10th October 1881. Husband of Lucy Isabel Hood-Daniel of Hillbe, Wye, Kent. Son-In-Law of John A.E Rayne of Gatesgarth, West Kirbey, Cheshire. Buried in the West Kirby (St Bridget) Churchyard, West Kiby, The Wirral, Cheshire. Grave reference 895A.

DARRELL George

Lance Corporal G/2568,. “C” Company, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Saturday 1st July 1916 aged 23 years. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Son of George Darrell of 63 Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. George has no known grave. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme. France. Panel reference 5D.

FITZROY - The Viscount William Henry Alfred (Tim)

Lieutenant 1560, Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and 4th Battalion (Pioneers), Coldstream Guards. Formerly (Private) 4th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 23rd April 1918 aged 33 years. Son of the Earl of Euston and grandson of the 8th Duke of Grafton. Husband of Auriol, Vicountess Ipswich of Whittlebury, Towchester (sic - Towcester), Northamptonshire. Buried Euston Churchyard, Suffolk.

FOSTER John William

[Listed as Private on memorial] Sergeant 5476 John William FOSTER., 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died Wednesday 4th November 1914 aged 32 years. Born Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Enlisted Leicester. Husband of Lizzie Foster of 9, Church Street, Wye. Buried in the Orleans Main Cemetery, Cher, France. Grave reference II.B.13.

GOLDUP Henry George

Lance Corporal T/204011 Henry George GOLDUP. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 17th May 1918 aged 33 years. Born Wye. Enlisted Bromley. Resided Bromley. Son of Benjamin Sutton and Jane Sophia Goldup of Wye, Kent. Buried in the Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave reference I.B.8.

HANDCOCK Albert George

Private T/206826, 3/4th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Formerly (27683) Middlesex Regiment. Died 3rd October 1917. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Ashford. Son of William and Ann Handcock of Pickersdane, Brook, Wye, Ashford, Kent; brother of Frederick and William (below). Albert has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

HANDCOCK Frederick J

Private 240560, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Wednesday 11th December 1918. Son of William and Ann Handcock of Pickersdane, Brook, Wye, Ashford, Kent; brother of Frederick (above) and William (below). Buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference IV.C.2.

HANDCOCK William Edward

Private T/2010, Kent Composite Battalion. Formerly 2/5th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 31st August 1915. Born Brook. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Brook. Son of Mr William and Ann Handcock of “Pickersdane”, Brook, Ashford, Kent; brother of Albert and Frederick (above). Buried in the Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Grave reference B.VII.1.

HORTON Jesse Reginald

Private T/203107, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th Battalion’s. Died Friday 12th October 1917 aged 32 years. Born Chartham near Canterbury. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Wye. Son of K Horton of Chartham Hatch near Canterbury, Kent. Husband of Mrs Horton of Withersdane, Near Wye, Kent. Jesse has no known grave. His name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel reference 17.

JEMMETT Charles William

Captain 1564,. 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Formerly a Sergeant in the 2/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 15th March 1918 aged 32 years. Born Willesborough 26th May 1885. Son of William Francis Bond Jemmett of Ashford, Kent. Husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Cottrell (formerly Jemmett nee Sankey) of Sussex House, Winchester, Formerly living at Charing. Her father was Percy Edward Sankey the well known Ramsgate Solicitor of 44, Russell Square, London. Charles and his wife Dorothty married 14th December 1912 and had three daughters. Buried in the Brissay-Choigny Churchyard, Aisne, France - West Side of main path.

LAMBURTON Teddie

Private 34529, 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). Formerly (G/11571) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 23rd October 1917. Born Kilburn, London. Resided Wye. Son of William and Jane Lamberton. Husband of Harriet Lamberton of 133 Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. Buried Dudhallow ADS Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference 2.A.8.

LEWIS [Frederick] William

Private 34529 Teddie LAMBERTON. 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). Formerly (G/11571) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 23rd October 1917. Born Kilburn, London. Resided Wye. Son of William and Jane Lamberton. Husband of Harriet Lamberton of 133 Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. Buried Dudhallow ADS Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference 2.A.8.

LUSTED Frederick Arthur

Sergeant G/1385, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Thursday 13th July 1916 aged 23 years. Born Wye. Enlisted Canterbury. Resided Wye. Son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Lusted of 87 Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. Buried Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France. Grave reference 1.C.8.

MAXTED William Colbran

Private T/240412, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Saturday 24th February 1917 aged 20 years. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Son of Mr W.T Maxted the Wye Butcher. Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave reference - Special Memorial.

NEWPORT Sidney

Private 60710, 8th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (MGC) )(Inf). Formerly (5871) Royal Fusiliers. Died Wednesday 27th March 1918. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Sidney has no known grave. His name appears on the Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel reference 90 to 93.TE. MACHINE GUN CORPS

NICKALLS Albert Davies

Corporal T/240393, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Friday 21st January 1916 aged 50 years. Resided Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Son of Thomas and Eliza Nickalls of Clockhouse, Ashford, Kent. Husband of Louisa Alice Nickalls of “Rock Cottage”, Wye, Kent. Albert has no known grave. His name appears on the Basra War Memorial, Basra, Iraq. Panel reference 6.

PEMBLE Frederick Walter

Private G/167, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Wednesday 13th October 1915. Born Wye. Enlisted Margate. Resided Margate. Frederick has no known grave. His name appears on the Loos Memorial, France. Panel reference 15 to 19.

REYNOLDS Cecil [Henry]

Private 44053, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Formerly (44821) Bedfordshire Regiment. Died Monday 2nd September 1918 aged 19 years. Born Wye. Resided Wye. Son of William and Alice Jayne Reynolds of 150 Bridge Street, Wye, Kent. Cecil has no known grave. His name appears on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Panel reference 7.

SHARP Frederick Thomas

Leading Stoker K/9940 HMS “Garry”. Royal Navy. Died Tuesday 22nd August 1916 aged 28 years. Son of Stephen and Sarah Elizabeth Sharpe of 4 Sole Street, Wye. Buried nearby in the Crundale (St Mary) Churchyard, Kent. Grave reference – North East corner of churchyard.

SLAUGHTER Thomas Alick

Private T/1587, 5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died Tuesday 8th September 1914. Born Wye. Enlisted Ashford. Resided Wye. Buried locally in the Wye (SS Gregory and Martin) Churchyard, Wye, Kent. Grave reference – North East of church. Thomas is buried next to his parents – Frederick Walter Slaughter who died 18th June 1916 aged 80 years and Mary Ann Macey who died 2nd October 1913 aged 62 years.

VIDION Charles

Corporal 33183 Charles VIDION. 1st Battalion, Warwickshire Regiment. Formerly (23028) 16th Lancers. Died Sunday 23rd December 1917 aged 34 years. Born Molash. Resided Molash. Son of Mr Vidion of Curzon House, Molash, Kent. Buried in the Happy Valley British Cemetery, Fampoux, France. Grave reference A.11.

WORRELL Thomas Edward

Private TF/791, “A” Company, 1/1st Kent Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Died Saturday 20th November 1915 aged 21 years. Born Chislet, Kent. Resided Wye. Died of Acute Pneumonia whilst in the UK training. Thomas was a member of the Wye Town Band. Buried locally in the Wye (SS Gregory and Martin) Churchyard, Wye, Kent. Grave reference - South West of church near main gate.

YOUNG Alfred Charles

Private G/37523, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment). Formerly 2nd Battalion, London Regiment. Died Saturday 4th May 1918. Born Wye. Resided Wye. Buried in the Annois Communal Cemetery, France. Grave reference 1.A.1.

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF WYE WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE SECOND
WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945

1939-1945

ALLARD W. S.

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BAKER J.

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CHITTENDEN J. A.

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COTTRELL D.

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CRAWFORD W.T.

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JAMES F. E.

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LUXMOORE R. C.

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VIDLER S. R.

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VICKERS D. R.

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WOODGATE H.

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Last updated 22 July, 2007

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