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Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researhyed Martin Edwards 2003

The Deanshanger memorial is to be found in the Holy Trinity Churchyard, Church Lane, Deanshanger. It takes the form of a four-stepped square base surmounted directly by a square sectioned cross with crucifixion of Christwith the inscription on the base ground step. There are fifteen names of the men who died in World War 1 from the village. There are also seven names listed for World War 2.

Extract from Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press - Saturday 2 April 1921, page 3:


The War Memorial to the, men of Deanshanger was unveiled Sunday afternoon week in the presence of a large congregation. An impressive service was conducted by the Rector (the Rev. H. Symonds), in the Church, after which the congregation proceeded to the memorial in the Churchyard, where the Rector gave an address, and the unveiling ceremony wax performed Lord Penrhyn, who also gave an address. The "Last Post” and the “Reveille” were sounded, and the service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. The memorial, which was designed and executed by Messrs. J. G. Pullen and Sons, of Bridge Street, Northampton, consists of a handsome cross mounted upon three steps and a basement. On the cross is a beautifully carved Crucifix, and the whole memorial, which stands 11 feet high, is very effective in design and proportions. The inscription is as follows; “To the Glory of God; and in honour and grateful remembrance of the following men of this parish who sacrificed their lives in the Great War: J. Aries. W. Aries. F Barby, W. Barby, F. T. Burrows. A. G. C. Capel (Captain), W. Dumbleton. W. H. Foddy, D. Ford, W. Franklin, A. Grant. B. Henson. S. Pittam. S. Taylor, C. Whitehead. Erected by the Parishioners.’” On the steps above the inscription are the words letters carved in relief: “1914—1919. To our Glorious Dead. They died for us.”

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2003

1914 - 1919


ARIES James John

Private 7026, 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died in England [SDGW states 30th] Sunday 16th January 1916. Aged 31. Born Deanshanger, enlisted Northampton. Son of Joseph and Zilpha Aries, of 9, York Rd., Stony Stratford, Bucks; husband of Gertrude Annie Aries of The Orchards, Appleshaw, Andover. Buried in FORT PITT MILITARY CEMETERY, Kent. Grave 1358.

ARIES William

Private 10128, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds Sunday 22nd August 1915 at Gallipoli. Aged 29. Born Frankford, Oxfordshire, enlisted London. Son of Joseph and Tilpah Aries, of The Folly, Wicken, Northants. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220.

BARBY Fred Charles Edward

Private 202218, 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action Friday 28th December 1917. Born and enlisted Deanshanger. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 52 to 54 and 162A

BARBY [Joseph] William

Private 26394, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 5th August 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 33. Born Wicken, Bucks, enlisted Northampton. Son of William and Eliza Barby, of Mount Mill Cottages, Deanshanger. Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 5. Row B. Grave 6.

BURROWS Frederick Townrow

Private 2389, 111th (sic) Battalion Buckinghamshire Regiment, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 13 December Quarter 1918. Aged 28. In the 1901 census Frederick T Burrows was aged 10, born Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, son of Frederick J and Annie W Burrows, resident Deanshanger, Passenham, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. In the 1911 census Frederick Townrow Burrows was aged 20, born Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, working on farm, son of Frederick John and Annie Maria Burrows, resident Deanshanger, Stony Stratford, Passenham, Northamptonshire. Enlisted 7 September 1914. Discharged 31 August 1916 from service due to Sickness, King's Regulation para 392 xvi, issued Silver War Badge 67180 28 November 1916.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

BURROWS Frederick Townrow of Highfields Adstone Northamptonshire died 13 December 1918 Administration Northampton 2 April to Frederick John Burrows farmer. Effects £278 11s. 6d.

CAPELL Arthur George Coningsby

[Spelt CAPEL on memorial] Captain, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 12th March 1915. Baptised 30th September 1879 in Passenham, Northamptonshire, son of George Morice and Annie Kathleen Capell. In the Anglo-Boer War he was a Lieutenant 13322, 3rd Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment who originally served as Private,13322, 68th (Paget's Horse) Company, 19th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. In the 1911 cethnssu he was aged 31, born Stony Straford, Buckinghamshire, Professional Soldier, Captain, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, biletted in Floriana Barracks, Malta. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30.

Extract from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916, Volume 2, page 78:

CAPTAIN ARTHUR GEORGE CONINGSBY CAPELL, 2nd BATTN. NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT, who was born at Passenham Rectory, Stony Stratford, on the 28th June, 1879, was the only son of the Rev. George Marie Capell and grandson of the Hon. Adolphus Capell, brother of the 6th Earl of Essex. His father died in January, 1915, and Captain Capell was granted special leave to attend the funeral on 1st February, 1915.

He was educated by private tutors, and in June, 1900, joined the Imperial Yeomanry, with which he served in the South African War from the early part of 1900 till June, 1901. He was present at operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony, and received the queen's medal with five clasps.

After returning to England, having been recommended for his war services, he received, in May, 1902, a commission in the Northamptonshire Regiment, and served with his battalion at home and in the Mediterranean, being promoted Lieutenant in February, 1904.

He was promoted Captain in November, 1910.

On war breaking out he was serving with his battalion at Alexandria, and went to the front with it in November, 1914.

He was twice wounded—on the 10th and 11th March, 1915—but remained on duty, and was killed at Neuve Chapelle, on the 12th March, 1915, while cheering and encouraging his men. His loss was deeply regretted by all ranks in his regiment, and his Commanding Officer stated that he was a brilliant officer, and that his men, who simply venerated him, would have followed him anywhere.

He was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of the 31st May, 1915, for gallant and distinguished service.

Captain Capell married in October, 1914, Miss Phyllis Deacon, daughter of Mr. Maurice Deacon, Chase Cliffe, Whatstandwell, Derbyshire.



Private TR8/10010, 7th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died at home Wednesday 31st March 1917. Aged 18. Born Potterspury, enlisted Bletchley, resident Deanshanger. Son of Robert and M. Dumbleton, of 5, Church Terrace, Deanshanger. Buried close to West end of church in HOLY TRINITY CHURCHYARD, DEANSHANGER (or Denshanger), Northamptonshire.

On separate stone at back of church

31ST MARCH 1917 AGED 18

FODDY William Henry

Corporal 54886, 6th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds received, on 4th November 1917, on Wednesday 6th [SDGW states 5th] November 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 21. Born Deanshanger, enlisted Bletchley, resident Stony Stratford. Son of Arthur Henry and Sarah E Foddy, of The Merrymouth Inn, Fifield, Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon. Native of Deanshanger. Formerly 19878, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in PREMONT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 5.

FORD David

Private G/87119, 16th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds Monday 17th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Alsfield, Oxfordshire, enlisted Northampton, resident Deanshanger.. Formerly G/30921, Northamptonshire Regiment. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 1.


Private 28441, 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 28th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born and resident Deanshanger, enlisted Northampton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 D.

GRANT Albert

Private 8922, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died Tuesday 31st October 1916 in Mesopotamia. Aged 28. Born Passentran, Northamptonshire, enlisted Bicester, Oxfordshire, resident Stony Stratford. Son of James and Ellen Grant, of Deanshanger. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 26 and 63.

HENSON Bertram aka Bertie

** No military records found currently - died out of service *** Death registered in the January to March Quarter 1920, aged 41, in the Pottersbury Registration District, Northamptonshirel. Born 26th September 1878. Baptised 16th October 1881 in Passenham, Northamptonshire, son of Sarah Henson. Admitted to Deanshanger School, Northamptonshire 1881, son of Sarah. In the 1891 census he was aged 12, born Deanshanger, Northamptonshire, son of George and Sarah Smith, resident Little London, Passenham, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 22, born Deanshanger, Northamptonshire, a Bricklayers Labourer, son of George and Sarah Smith, resident Little London, Deanshanger, Passenham, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 32, born Passenham, Northamptonshire, a Traction Engine Driverr, son of George and Sarah Smith, resident Little London, Deanshanger, Passenham, Potterspury, Northamptonshire.


Private 7095, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action Sunday 9th May 1915 in France & Flanders. Born Passenham, Stony Stratford, enlisted Towcester. Reservist. In the 1881 census he was new born, born Cosgrove, Northamptonshire, son of Samuel and Louisa Pittam, resident Old Stratford, Cosgrove, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 20, born Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, an Ordinary Farm Labourer, son of Samuel and Louisa Pittam, resident Old Stratford, Passenham, Potterspury, Northamptonshire. Originally attested 30th November 1901 as Private 6344, 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, born Passingham, Towcester, resident Old Stratford, aged 20 years 10 months, a Labourer, unmarried, height 5 feet 4½ inches, weight 142 lbs, chest 36-38 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England, embodied 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment 14 March 1902, disembodied 20 March 1902, joined Northamptonshire Regiment 13 August 1903. Served in South Africa 8 April 1902 to 20 September 1902 serving in Cape Colony, South Africa. Buried in AUBERS RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, AUBERS, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 10.


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1939 - 1945

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JAMES Lorraine James George

Third Engineer Officer, S.S. Haiching (Hong Kong), Merchant Navy. Drowned when his ship was sunk by enemy action Saturday 2nd October 1943. Aged 27. Born 10th January 1916. Son of James Wynn James and Elene Rosa James, of Deanshanger. Height 5 feet 10½ inches, brown eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 54.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

JAMES Lorraine James George of Boswell House Deanshanger Northamptonshire died 2 October 1943 on war service Administration Birmingham 17 July to James Wynn James insurance supervisor. Effects £202 13s. 7d.


Death registered in the January to March Quarter 1949 in the Brixworth Registration District. Aged 28.

Extract from Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 March 1949, page 7:


The death has occurred of Mrs. Doris Lehrle. wife of Mr. Frederick Lehrie, and the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. C. Ridgway, The Bungalow, Deanshanger.

Mr.Ridgway is a county councillor and a member of Towcester Rural Council.

Mrs. Lehrle, who served for three years in the A.T.S. during the war, had been married six years. She and Mr. Lehrle had been planning to move into a new house at 100, Rldgmont, Deanshanger.

Mr. Lehrle is employed at Wolverton Carriage Works.

The funeral will take place at Deanshanger Parish Church tomorrow.


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RATCLIFFE George Stephen

Private 5955820, 1st Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 1st March 1945. Aged 24. Born 5 April 1920. Born Hampshire, resident Buckinghamshire. Son of Thomas and Lilian Ratcliffe; husband of Cynthia Caterine Ratcliffe, of Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Cowman, resident with his widowed mother, Lily, at 32 Ridgmont, Deanshanger, Towcester R.D., Northamptonshire. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 62. Row E. Grave 5.

Extract from Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 April 1945, page 2:


A memorial service was held in Holy Trinity Church. Deanshanger, in memory of Pte. George Ratclixi'e. youngest son of Mrs. Ratcllffe. Ridgemont-avenue. Deanshanger, who was killed in action in Western Europe. The service was conducted by the rector, the Ven. Archdeacon A. Woodhouse.

RATCLIFFE Donald Douglas

Ordinary Seaman P/JX 275706, H.M.S. Culver, Royal Navy. while escorting convoy SL 98, his ship came under fire by U-105; at 23:31 hours, his ship was struck twice, once on the port side in the forward boiler room and once further aft that likely struck the vessel's magazine; he died when his ship broke in two and sank in less than a minute Saturday 31st January 1942. Born 26th August 1920 in Old Stratford, Buckinghamshire. Son of Eli and Alice Mary Ratcliffe, of Old Stratford, Northamptonshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 66, Column 1.

TAPP Charles Algernon

[Listed as A C on memorial] Private 13095804, Pioneer Corps attached I.T.C., Suffolk Regiment. Died of natural causes Tuesday 5th August 1941; death recorded in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Aged 37. Born 26th March 1904 in Northamptonshire, resident Buckinghamshire. Son of Charles Edmund and Beatrice Tapp, of Potterspury; husband of Violet Amelia Tapp, of Old Stratford, Buckinghamshire. In the 1939 Register he islisted as Algernon C Tapp, a Wood Machinist, married to Violet A Tapp, resident 4 Towcester Road, Deanshanger, Towcester R.D., Northamptonshire. In the 1925-1931 Electoral Registers he is listed as being a resident of High Street Potterspury. Buried in ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH CEMETERY, POTTERSPURY, Northamptonshire.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

TAPP Charles Algernon of Roseholme Towcester-road Old Stratford Northamptonshire died 5 August 1941 on war service Administration Exeter 17 November to Violet Amelia Tapp widow.
Effects £677 5s. 9d.

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