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LALEHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
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Martin Edwards 2017

The memorial is located at the junction of Broadway and Shepperton Road, on a small island in the carriageway, Laleham. The memorial takes the form of a brick and stone base surmounted by tapering shaft and cross that as has an ornate carved design on it; the names can be found in relief on the tablets on three sides of the plinth; there is a foliate design carved on the front face of the cross with ram carved at the centre of the cross piece. There are 10 names for World War 1 and 17 names for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Russell Edwards 2012

PRO PATRIA
1914 - 1918

ATTFIELD Percy James 
Gunner 61837, 121st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died Friday 9 February 1917. Aged 28. Born and resident Laleham, enlisted Staines, Middlesex. Son of Edward William and Catherine Jane Attfield, of High Elms Lodge, Laleham, Middlesex. Attested at Staines 25 October 1915, aged 26 years 333 days, a labourer, religious denomination Church of England, unmarried, height 5 feet 9 inches, chest 35½ inches, joined at Dover 27 October 1915, posted 5 November 1915, posted 2 depot 3 February 1916, posted overseas 9 February 1916. Buried in ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 25.
BINGHAM David Cecil 
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action Monday 14 September 1914. Aged 27. Son of Major-General the Hon. C.E. Bingham, C.V.O., C.B.; husband of Lady Rosabelle M. Bingham. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, Page 28:

BINGHAM, DAVID CECIL, Lieut., 3rd Battn. Coldstream Guards, yr. s. of Major-General the Hon. Cecil Edward Bingham, C.V.O., C.B., by his wife, Rose Ellinor, dau. of the late James Alexander Guthrie, of Craigie, co. Forfar;. and gdson. of George, 4th Earl of Lucan, K.P. ; b. 18 March, 1887 ; educ. Eton, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst ; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards 29 Aug. 1906, and promoted Lieut. 14 March, 1909, being Adjutant to his regiment from 1 July, 1911, to 14 Jan. 1912 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne 14 Sept. 1914. He m. 12 Feb. 1912, Rosabelle Millicent St. Clair-Erskine, only dau. of James Francis Harry, 5th Earl of Rosslyn, and had a dau., Rose, b. 1913.

Extract from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916, Volume 1, Page 32:

LIEUTENANT DAVID CECIL BINGHAM, 3rd BATTN. COLDSTREAM GUARDS, who was killed in action on the 14th September, 1914, during the battle of the Aisne, was the younger son of Major-General the Hon. C. E. Bingham, C.V.O., C.B. (second son of the 4th Earl of Lucan), now Commanding the 1st Cavalry Division, British Expeditionary Force. He was born on the 18th March, 1887, and was educated at Eton, and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, receiving his commission in the Coldstream Guards in August, 1906, and becoming Lieu-tenant in March, 1909. In July, 1911, he was appointed Adjutant of his battalion. Lieutenant Bingham married, in 1912, Lady Rosabelle Millicent St. Clair-Erskine, only daughter of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn, and left a daughter. Rose, born 1913.

BURT Lionel Charles 
Rifleman 6612, 16th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action Thursday 21 March 1918. Born and resident Laleham, enlisted Aldershot, Hampshire. Married Lily Taylor in 1916 in Staines Registration District. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Laleham, resident with his widowed grandmother, at The Common, Village, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born laleham, unmarried, visiting in Laleham, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.
CHAPLIN Cyril 
Corporal 2548, 9th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died of wounds in the Northampton Registration District Monday 20 August 1917. Aged 24. Born Witham, Essex, enlisted Egham, Surrey. Son of Henry James and Caroline Chaplin, of Bridge St., Witham. His younger brother Harry Chaplin also fell. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Witham, Essex, resident with his parents at Victoria Cottage, Witham, Braintree, Essex. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Essex, an Domestic Under Chauffer, boarding at High Barn, Bothy, Godalming Rural, Surrey. He attested at Egham on 4 September 1914, aged 21, occupation Driver, born Witham, Essex, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 39 inches, weight 153 lbs. Buried in North-West part of WITHAM (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Essex. Also commemorated on Witham All Saints memorial.
FEAR Robert [Stanley]
[Memorial states Royal Air Force] Second Lieutenant, 15th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 5th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds received in action 5 March 1918, wounded 1 March 1918. Born 28 May 1898 and baptised 20 November 1898 at Walthamstow, Essex, son of William henry and Avis Fear. Attended Windsor Street Church of England / Council School, Chertsey (infants) School in 1901. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Walthamstow, Essex, resident with his widowed mother at Beeton Croft Villas, Stepgates, Chertsey, Surrey. Next of kin Miss Avis Dear, of 6, Kensington Square, London S.W., his sister. Passed as pilot 9 May 1917. Buried in ROCQUIGNY-EQUANCOURT ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, MANANCOURT, Somme, France. Plot X. Row A. Grave 30.
HOLMES Thomas 
Private SE/21633, 4th Veterinary Hospital, Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Died 28 September 1916. Born Great Eccleston, Lancashire, enlisted Staines. Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot E. Row 5. Grave 18.
HONEY William Henry 
Private G/17348, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action Wednesday 3 April 1918. Born Ashford, Middx. (sic), enlisted Staines. Son of Frederick and Emily Honey, of Laleham. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Ashford, Middlesex, resident with his parents, Frederick and Emily Honey, in Ashford Road, Village, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Laleham, at school, resident with his parents in Laleham, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 46 and 47.
MASON Jethro George 
Private 26331, 1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Sunday 23 July 1916. Born, circa 1889, and resident Laleham, enlisted Staines. Son of George and Jane Mason, of Laleham. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Laleham, resident with his parents, on The Common, Village, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Laleham, a Domestic Gardener, unmarried, resident with his parents, George and Jane Mason, on Laleham Common, Laleham, Middlesex. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row M. Grave 1.
STAUFFER Robert 
[Memorial states Trooper, Kent Yeomanry] Lance Corporal 13355, 3rd/1st Battalion Mounted Rifles, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of wounds (general blood poisoning) Saturday 19 May 1917 while a Prisoner of War of the Germans, first taken 30 March 1916. Aged 27. Born Lausanne, Switzerland, enlisted Hounslow, Middx., resident Ashford, Middx. Son of Juiles Stauffer, of Lallsanne, Switzerland; husband of Margaret Grace Stauffer (nee Lint), of 24, Sutherland Avenue, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, married 15 April 1914 in Paddington, one son, Robert Cecil Stauffer born 14 November 1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Lausanne, single, a servant (Footman), resident 36, Queen's Gate Terrace, Kensington, London. Attested 24 July 1916 at Hounslow, resident Cloutrig, Chesterfield Road, Ashford, Middlesex, aged 25 years 8 months, occupation Butler, married, height 5 feet 9¾ inches, chest 36½ inches, weight 133 lbs. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 15.
TYLER Joseph [Frederick]
Private F.T.3707, 1/8th (T.F.) Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action Monday 17 July 1916. Aged 19. Born Banbury, Oxon, enlisted Hounslow, Middlesex, resident Laleham. Brother of Mrs. R. Crouch, of 39, Upper Heath Rd., St. Albans. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B.
1939-1945
BROOKS Albert Thomas
Corporal 5390105, 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died Thursday 11 November 1943. Aged 23. Born and resident Middlesex. Buried in CASSINO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XIX. Row A. Grave 4.
BROWN Michael Scudamore
Captain 100232, 153 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died Thursday 14 September 1944. Aged 31. Son of Austin Charles and Annie Mary Brown; husband of Elizabeth Lawson Brown, of Shepperton, Middlesex. Buried in BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY, Brussels - Capital Region, Belgium. Plot X. Row 22. Grave 15.
CLAYTON George Stanley
possibly George S Clayton, Ordinary Seaman D/SSX 32685, H.M.S. "Decoy", Royal Navy. Died Wednesday 13 November 1940. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section N. Grave 63.
DONALDSON Roy
Sergeant 1280945, 65 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 13 September 1941. Aged 20. Son of Arthur William John and Henrietta Donaldson, of Staines. Buried in LALEHAM (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Middlesex. Plot 11. Row A. Grave 3.
FREEMAN Frederick Charles Gordon
Squadron Leader 24252, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 11 July 1942. Aged 34. Son of Frederick Charles and Fredericka Carlotta Freeman; husband of Betty Gordon Freeman, of Laleham, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 65.
HURST John
No further information currently available
LONG Richard Godfrey
Flight Lieutenant 103038, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Thursday 17 february 1944. Aged 22. Son of Geoffrey Rogers Long and Irene Joyce Stewart Long, of Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex. Buried in TRENTON (ST. GEORGE'S) CEMETERY, Ontario, Canada. Lot 1. Plot 203. Grave 6.
MOSS George Arthur
Sergeant 1384606, 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Tuesday 2 March 1943. Aged 19. Son of Herbert and Madeline Moss, of Staines, Middlesex. Buried in BAARDERADEEL (SCHILLAARD) GENERAL CEMETERY, Friesland, Netherlands. Grave 4.
NEWBEGIN Philip Wadham
Sergeant 1377442, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Wednesday 30 December 1942. Aged 34. Son of Donald Tracy Newbegin, and of Mary Nwbegin (nee Wadham), of Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex. A.R.C.O. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 90.
QUIN Joseph Guy
Sergeant 1256373, 75 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Monday 29 June 1942. Aged 25. Son of Joseph Harold and Alice Maud Quin; husband of Margaret Quin. Buried in LALEHAM (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Middlesex. Plot 11. Row B. Grave 1.
QUIN Harold Vernon
Chief Officer, M.V. Inverdargle (Glasgow), Merchant Navy. Died Tuesday 16 January 1940. Aged 36. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 58.
RAPKIN Eric Geoffrey
Flying Officer 160011, 237 (Rhodesia) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 11 March 1944. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt . Column 279.
REFFOLD Herbert William
Private 3392720, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps (A.A.C.). Died Wednesday 11 November 1942. Aged 29. Buried in GIBRALTAR (NORTH FRONT) CEMETERY, Gibraltar . Plot 2. Row E. Joint grave 9.
REID Robert William Milton
Galley Boy, S.S. Caleb Sprague (London), Merchant Navy. Died Monday 31 January 1944. Aged 18. Son of Harcourt Milton Reid and Sara Elisabeth Reid, of Laleham, Staines, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 22.
SCHOFIELD George Robert
Serjeant 7011515, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles. Died Wednesday 1 November 1944. Aged 32. Son of George William and Margaret Schofield, of Laleham, Middlesex. Buried in VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot III. Row A. Grave 1.
TURNER Walter Samuel
Private 4750970, 23 Ammunition Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 25 March 1944. Son of Edward and Sarah Turner; husband of Doris Turner. of Staines. Middlesex. Buried in FAYID WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 8.
WESSON Thomas [Edmund]
Flight Lieutenant 70724, Royal Air Force. Died Saturday 21 June 1941. Aged 35. Son of Percy Edmund and Harriett Mary Wesson, of Warwick; husband of Joan Alice Wesson, of Laleham, Middlesex. Buried in WARWICK CEMETERY, Warwickshire. Section 162. Consecrated Grave 22.

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