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DONISTHORPE AND OAKTHORPE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Transcribed Raich Carter, researched Martin Edwards 2008
further information Alf Beard

The Donisthorpe and Oakthorpe War Memorial is to be found in Donisthorpe (OS Grid reference 431695,314075). There are 53 name listed for World War 1 listed by rank then surname, initials. These have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of research and reading. The memorial itself takes the form of a gateway with the inscriptions on each of the pillars of the gatewy.

Photographs copyright © Raich carter 2008

In Grateful Memory Of
The Men Of This Parish
Who Gave Their Lives For Us
In The Great War, 1914-1918.

They Were As A Wall To Us Both By Day And By Night.

At The Going Down Of The Sun And In The Morning We Will Remember Them.

AMES

John [Samuel]
Sergeant 91691, D Battery, 177th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery killed in action 11th September 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France [The memorial has J Ames, it may well be this soldier as his birth was registered at Ashby de la Zouch 1895]

BAKEWELL

James Henry
Private 27934, 7th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died of wounds in Mesopotamia 27 February 1917. Born and resident Donisthorpe, enlisted Coalville. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 34. Also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

BANTON

Clifford
[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 201018, 1/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters ,Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Enlisted Church Gresley, Derbyshire, resident at Donisthorpe. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France .

BATES

Edward
Private [Rifleman] C/6515, 15th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action 15th September 1916. Son of William and Camelia of [1901 census] Chapel Street, Oakthorpe and brother of Thomas who also fell. Native of Oakthorp Leicestershire. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

BATES

Thomas
[Listed as Private on memorial] Lance Corporal 15035, 9th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 1 October 1917. Son of William and Camelia of [1901 census] Chapel Street, Oakthorpe, Leicestershire and brother of Edward who also fell. Born and resident Oakthorpe, enlisted Ashby-De-La-Zouch.

BLAND

Francis [John]
Private 16169, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 14 July 1916. Born Meppershall, Bedfordshire, enlisted Coalville, resident Moira. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. See also Moira War Memorial.

BOURNE

Thomas Timothy Smith
[Listed as Timothy Smith BOURNE on SDGW] Lance Corporal 13411, 6th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, killed in action 3 September 1916 aged 21. Son of Ernest Edward and Amy Elizabeth Bourne, of Michael Villa, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent. Born Moira, enlisted Nuneaton, resident Denisthorpe. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

BRAMLEY

Cyril Richard
Captain, 2/5th Battalion Territorial King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action 20 February 1917 aged 25 Son of the Rev. Cyril Richard Bramley and Annie Marion Bramley, of The Vicarage, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent and brother of Harold who also fell. Buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme France

BRAMLEY

Harold
2nd Lieutenant, 5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, formerly, Private 21122, Leicestershire Yeomanry, killed in action 13th May 1915 aged 21. Son of the Rev. Cyril Richard Bramley and Anna Louise Bramley, of The Vicarage, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent and brother of Cyril who also fell. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

BRODRIBB

[Albert] Frederick
Lance Corporal 1526, A Coy, 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 13th October 1915 aged 20. Son of Albert Edward and Elizabeth Mary Brodribb, of Day Bell Villa, Moira, Burton-on-Trent Native of Gloucester and resident of Moria, Leicestershire Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France. This memorial has F Brodribb - Also listed on the Moira Memorial

CHAMBERLAIN

Horace
Lieutenant, 40th Australian Infantry [A.I.F.] died 30th March 1918 aged 28. Son of James and R. Chamberlain, of 3, Newfield Rd., Moira, Burton-on-Trent, England. Buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 1, Somme France

CHAWNER

George G
Private 16817, 7th Leicestershire Regiment died of wounds 31st July 1916. Native of Burton-on-the-Wolds, Leicestershire and is buried in the cemetery opposite this memorial at Donisthorpe. - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

CLAMP

Lewis Matkin
Sergeant 240565, 1/5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment died of wounds 24 August 1918 aged 22. Son of George and Sarah Clamp, of Seal Rd., Donisthorpe, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. Born and resident Donisthorpe, enlisted Ashby-De-La-Zouch. Buried at Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, France. - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

CLARKE

John Henry
Gunner L/25326, Z34th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery died 24th November 1917 aged 24. Son of H. and Margaret Ada Clarke, of Wright's Cottages, Donisthorpe Lane, Moira, Burton-on-Trent. Buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France.

CODLING

J E
This memorial have him listed as Private J E. There is no listing with the CWGC for a Pte J E Codling, there is however the following person listed . Able Seaman R/5088 John Edward, Anson Battalion, Royal Navy Division Born 29th August 1887 and died 30th December 1917. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

CURTIS

Harold
Private [CWGC Sapper] 132076, 183rd Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers killed in action 29th June 1916 aged 20. Son of John Wileman and Esther Curtis, nee Dennis of [1901 census]Newfield, Moira parish of Dinisthorpe. Resident at Coalville Leicestershire. Buried at Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme France

CURTIS

John Henry
Private 17392, 7th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 14th July 1916, aged 19. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Curtis, of 3, Jubilee Terrace, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent.Resident at Coalville enlisted at Donisthorpe Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

CURTIS

Michael Thomas
Private 1686, Royal Army Medical Corps Territorial Force, killed in action 23rd December 1916, Son of Joseph and Sarah Curtis, of 59 The Crescent, Moira, Burton on Trent Staffordshire. Resident at Coalville Leicestershire, enlisted at Ashley Leicestershire. Buried at Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, Somme, France

DENNIS

John
Private [Sapper] 323585, 98th Light Railway Train Crew Company, Royal Engineers formerly Private 268921, Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 31st December 1917 aged 20. Son of William and Hannah Dennis, of 138, Gadsley St., Attleborough, Nuneaton. Native of Dinisthorpe and is buried at Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria, Egypt. - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

DENNIS

John
Private 40221, 6th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 25th August 1918. Native of Donisthorp. Buried at Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France. [Holder of the Military Medal] Family names is DENNIES

DENNIS

Joseph
Private 70438, C Coy, 2/5th Sherwood Foresters Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment killed in action 26th September 1917 aged 20. Son of Reuben and Eliza Dennis, of 70, Crescent, Moira, Burton-on-Trent, and brother of Thomas who also fell. Resident at Swadlincote Derbyshire enlisted at Moria and is buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

DENNIS

Thomas Kirk
Sergeant 16224, 6th Leicestershire Regiment died of wounds 25th March 1918-aged 32 Son of Reuben and Rachel Kirk, of Mansfield Terrace, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent. and brother Joseph who also fell Buried at Honnechy British Cemetery, Nord France. According to the CWGC, DENNIS was an ALIAS correct family name is DENNIES. His birth is registered as Dennies - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

ELLIS

Andrew
Private 8429, 1st South Staffordshire Regiment killed in action 30th October 1914 aged 25. Son of Andrew R. and Eliza Jane Ellis, of 79, Regent St., Woodsetton, Dudley. Native of Coseley Staffordshire Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

ELLIS

C
Private - No further information currently available

FINCH

James
Private 20644, Coldstream Guards killed in action 5th September 1917 aged 34. Son of James and Elizabeth Finch, of New St., Oakthorpe, Burton-on-Trent; husband of Evelyn Finch, of 188, Berridge Rd., Forest Fields, Nottingham. Native of Oakthorpe Leicestershire and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

GEORGE

Albert
Private 24666, B Coy, 4th North Staffordshire Regiment killed in action 18th November 1917 aged 23 Son of Albert & Eliza.[1901 census] Native of Chesterfield and resident at Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe husband of Elsie E. George, of 33, Ringwood Road, Brimington, Chesterfield.. Buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium

GILLIVER

E D
Sergeant [Not listed with the CWGC as Gilliver] He may have died outside the GWGC stop off period, August 1921 - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

GOACHER

William
Private 503506, 2nd Tunnelling Coy, Canadian Engineers killed 2nd June 1916 aged 22. Son of Reuben and Elizabeth Goacher, of New Villas, Meatham Rd., Toll Gate, Moira, Burton-on-Trent England. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

GRICE

George
Private 12921, 1st Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 22nd March 1918 aged 26.Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France Possible son of Thomas and Sarah of Oakthorpe - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

GRICE

Josiah
Private 13514, 1st Sherwood Foresters Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment killed in action 21st November 1917 aged 35. Son of Thomas and Sarah Grice of Oakthorpe, Burton on Trent Staffordshire. Native of Oakthorpe and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

HART

George William
Private 241321, 1/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment) formerly Private 4287 same regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916 aged 19. Son of John Sherratt of 71 Princess Street, Castle Presley, Staffordshire. Born Moira Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

HUGHES

John [Thomas]
Private 15075, 9th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 14th July 1916 aged 32. Son of Mrs. A. M. Hair, of Acresford Rd. Overseal, Burton-on-Trent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

HUNT

H
Private - No further information currenly available

HURLEY

Cecil
Corporal 240645, 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 24th September 1918 aged 21. Son of Mr. J. Hurley, of Fernleigh Cottage, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent. Buried at Bellicourt British Cemetery, France . - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

KIRBY

William
Private 5848, Australian Army, A.I.F. died 31st August 1918 aged 31. Son of Thomas and Harriet Kirby, of Donisthorpe,. Buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery, Extension, Somme, France

KIRK

George Dennis
Private 10116, 3rd North Staffordshire Regiment killed in action 6th March 1918 aged 28. Son of Reuben and Rachel E. Kirk, of Mansfield Terrace, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent. Buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, France. - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

KIRK

[Samuel] Walter
[Listed on memorial as W S Kirk] Private 39069, 1st Leicestershire Regiment died of wounds 20th November 1917 aged 36. Son of George Edward and Martha N. Kirk, of Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent; husband of Marion Stanley (formerly Kirk), of The Post Office, Moira, Burton-on-Trent. Buried at Ribecourt British Cemetery, France. Also appears on the Moira War Memorial

LOCK

Arnold Penfold
Private 240971, B Coy, 2/5th Leicestershire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 22 January 1918. Son of Kate Lock and the late Arthur Lock, of Renford, Stanley Drive, Humberstone, Leicester. Born Glastonbury, Somerset, enlisted Ashby-De-La-Zouch, resident Donisthorpe. and is buried in Donisthorp Cemetery which is opposite this memorial

ORDISH

John William
Private 241146, 8th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 27 February 1918. Son of Mrs. E. Ordish, of Cockspur Row, Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent Born Donisthorpe, enlisted Coalville and is buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe France.

PICKERING

H
Private - No further information currenly available

PICKERING

James
Private 48858, 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 29 September 1918. Enlisted Coalville, resident at Moira and is buried at Buisigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial and Moira War Memorial

REDFERN

Harry
[Listed as Private on memorial] Rifleman C/6511, 18th King's Royal Rifle Corps. killed in action 24th September 1918 Born Oakthorpe, enlisted Derby, resident Ashby-De-La-Zouch. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

REDFERN

Wilfred
[Listed as Private on memorial] Rifleman C/6514, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.Wounded in action and died in England 24 September 1916. Son of George and Mary Ann Redfern of Hill Top, New Street,Oakthorpe Born Oakthorpe, enlisted Derby, resident Ashby-De-La-Zouch. Buried at Donisthorpe Cemetery. Also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

SHUTTLEWORTH

George Brewin
Lance Corporal 240979, 2/5th Leicestershire Regiment, died of wounds 7 April 1917 aged 21. Son of George Shuttleworth, of Engine Cottage, Donisthorpe Lane, Moira, Leicestershire. Buried at Bray Military Cemetery, Somme France. Also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial and Moira Memorial

STEVENS

John James
Private 27613, 12th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)Native of Ockbrook Derbyshire resident in Donisthorpe Killed in action 5 July 1916. Buried at Dranoutre Military Cemetery, Heuvelland Belgium.

SUMMERS

Cornelius
[Listed as Corporal on memorial] Lance Corporal 12173, 7th Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 30 September 1916 aged 22. Son of Cornelius and Sarah Ann Summers, of Brooklyn Villas, Moira Rd., Donisthorpe, Burton-on-Trent.. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Also appears on Moira Collieries Memorial and Moira Memorial

TAYLOR

H
Private - No further information currenly available

WHEELDON

Arthur
Private, 5th Leicestershire Regiment, killed in action at Lens, 30th June 1917 aged 19. Son of Arthur and Lillian Ginstables, Oakthorpe. Commemorated on his parents memorial at Donisthorpe Cemetery and is buried at Loos British Cemetery, France. - also appears on the Moira Collieries Memorial

WHEELDON

Ivan James
Private C/6513, B Coy, 18th King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died 15th September 1916 aged 22. Son of James and Sarah Wheeldon, of New Street, Oakthorpe, Burton-on-Trent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

WILEMAN

Ambrose
Private 10098, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10 march 1915 aged 37. Son of the late John and Rose Hannah Wileman. Served in the South African War with 1st Bn. Born Moira, enlisted Ashby-De-La-Zouch, resident Woodville, Derbyshire. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France. Also appears on Moira Collieries Memorial and Moira Memorial

WILLDAY

George [Arthur]
Private 6050, Depot, Leicestershire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 26 February 1917 aged 27. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willday, of Moira; husband of Mrs. Elsie Faith Willday, of Donisthorpe Lane, Moira, Burton-on-Trent. Enlisted Coalville, resident Moira. and is buried at Donisthorpe Cemetery.

WRIGHT

Benjamin
Private 17159, 1st Leicestershire Regiment killed in action 15th September 1916 aged 23. Son of Mrs. Roseanna Wright, of 23, Stone Row, Moira, Burton-on-Trent.. Native of Moira, Leicestershire and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Also appears on Moira Memorial

WRIGHT

George
Private 241643, 1/5th Leicestershire Regiment died 14th December 1918 aged 32. Son of Mrs Annie Wright of Breedon on the Hill, Derbyshire. Native of Breedon enlisted at Moira. Buried at Berlin South Western Cemetery, Berlin, Germany. Also appears on Moira Collieries Memorial and Moira Memorial

Greater Love Hath No Man Than This.

IN MEMORY OF THOSE
OF THE PARISH WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945

BATLEY

Wilfred
Sergeant Navigator 1440585, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve died 9th July 1943 aged 21. Son of Thomas William and Ada Clarrie Bailey, of Donisthorpe, Leicestershire. Buried at Route De Solesmes Communal Cemetery, Cambrai, France

BATES

Sstephen
Private 4869078, Durham Light Infantry, died 9th August 1943 aged 19. Son of Frank and Ada Bates of Oakthorpe, Leicestershire. Buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy

BOTT

D
No further information currently available

BRODRIBB

Anthony [John]
Leading Aircraftman 1575865, 2839, Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment died 23rd January 1945 aged 23. Son of William and Frances of Moira. Buried at Ashby De La Zouch Cemetery, Leicestershire

FINCH

J
No further information currently available

FINCH

Leslie [Stanley]
Gunner 1578457, 72 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery, died 8th February 1945 aged 36. Son of Levi and Sarah Finch of Dinisthorpe. Buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Holland
SHUTTLEWORTH Ronald
Sergeant Observer 958722, 77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve died 27th December 1941 aged 21. Son of Thomas and Florence Edith Shuttleworth, of Donisthorpe, Leicestershire. Buried at St Jacobiparichie General Cemetery, Het Bildt, Fiiesland, Holland
SUMMERS John Edward
Private 4860467, 2/5th Leicestershire Regiment died between 10th May and 4th July 1940 aged 21. Son of Arthur and Rebecca of Donisthorpe. Buried at Carvin Communal Cemetery, France
TAYLOR William
Private 5887404, 5th Northampton Regiment, died 21st May 1940 aged 21. Son of Frederick and Sarah Ann of Oakthorpe. Buried at Esquelmes War Cemetery, Pecq, Belgium
WATERS Frank
Private 4859808, Gloucestershire Regiment died in England 5th November 1943 aged 25. Son of Frank and Eliza of Moira. Buried at Donisthorpe Cemetery
WEBSTER F
Possibly Alan Frederick, Private 1527998, 2nd King’s Shropshire Light Infantry died 9th July 1944 aged 27. Son of Isaac and Rose Annie Webster; husband of Dorothy May Webster, of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France
WHETTON Thomas Ernest
Private 4853238, 1st Leicestershire Regiment died 24th August 1944 aged 45. Son of Arthur and Harriette Whetton; husband of Ivy Alice Whetton, of Oakthorpe, Leicestershire. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, [Thailand This memorial has E Whetton]
R.I.P

Last updated 24 January, 2017

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