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WINWICK WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Stephen Harper-Scott 2013

The Winwick war memorial takes the form of a brick bus shelter in the centre of the village. The dedicatory stone tablet is inset into one wall inside the shelter. Eaither site of the shelter is seating. Above the memorial is an additional wooden notice board which states: "This building was erected in memory of those who gave their lives for you 1914 - 18... as such it should be sacred you are asked not to deface or damage it." There are three names listed for World War 1. There are also two plaques in St Michael's Church commemorating Private Guowell and Captain Stewart.

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STEWART Geoffrey
Captain, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action at Givenchy 22 December 1914. Aged 36. Born Binfield, Berkshire 28 October 1878. Of Winwick Manor. Son of Major-General Sir Herbert Stewart, K.C.B.; husband of Violet Stewart (nee Watson). No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 2 and 3.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

STEWART, GEOFFREY, Capt., 1st. Battn. Coldstream Guards, elder and only surviving s. of the late Major-Gen. Sir Herbert. Stewart, K.C.B., by his wife Georgina Janet, widow of Major-Gen. Sir Henry Tombs, K.C.B., and dau. Admiral Sir James Stirling, and great grandson of the Hon. Edward Richard Stewart [7th of John, 7th Earl of Galloway, K.T.]; b. Binfield. co. Berks. 28 Oct. 1878; educ. Eton gazetted 2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards, 13 July. 1898, and promoted Lieut. 12 Dec. 1899, and Capt. 3 Feb. 1907; served in the South African War, 1899-1902: took part in the advance on, and relief of, Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin. Modder River and Magersfontein; operations in the Orange Free State. Feb. to May, 1900; actions at Vet River and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill; operations in the Transvaal east of Pretoria, July to Oct. 1900, concluding action at Belfast, and operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, Nov. 1900; operations in the Transvaal, 30 Nov. 1900, to Sept. 1901. and those in Cape Colony, Sept. 1901, to 31 May, 1902, receiving the Queen's medal with two clasps. He was employed with the Egyptian Army from 26 Oct. 1905, to 25 Oct. 1907: retired from the Coldstream Guards in 1910, and joined the Reserve of Officers, 23 July, 1910, joining the Leicestershire Yeomanry (T.F.) as Capt. in 1911, being promoted Major, 18 Feb. 1914. When war broke out was on the North Midland Mounted Brigade Staff, but rejoined the Coldstream Guards in Dec.; went to France at once, and was killed in action at Givenchy, on the 22nd of that month. He was mentioned in F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French's Despatch of 5 April [London Gazette, 22 June 1915]. He was at one time Page of Honour to Queen Victoria. Capt. Stewart m. at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks 2 June, 1908, Violet (Winwick Manor, Rugby), dau. of William Clarence Watson of Colworth. co. Beds., and had two children; Malice Herbert, b. 16 Feb. 1911 and Jean Violet. b. 25 March, 1909.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1 Aug-Dec 1914:

CAPTAIN GEOFFREY STEWART, 1st BATTN. COLDSTREAM GUARDS, RESERVE OF OFFICERS, son of Major-General Sir Herbert Stewart, K.C.B., was born at Binfield, Berkshire, on the 28th October, 1878, and was educated at Eton.

He joined the Coldstream Guards in 1898, and served with them through- out the South African War, 1899-1902, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River, and Magersfontein; he was also present at operations in the Orange Free State, including actions at Vet and Zand Rivers, at operations in the Transvaal, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Diamond Hill; and at operations in the Transvaal, East and West of Pretoria, including the action at Belfast (1900). He was present at further operations in the Transvaal and in Cape Colony in 1901-02, and at the conclusion of the war received the Queen's medal with six clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. From 1905-07 he served in the Egyptian Army and retired in 1910, joining the Reserve of Officers. He also served with the Leicestershire Yeomanry, having been promoted Major in February, 1914, and when war broke out was given an appointment as Staff Captain to the North Midland Mounted Brigade. At the front he was serving with the 1st Battalion of his old regiment when he was killed while retiring from a reconnaissance he made, alone, to the enemy's trenches at Givenchy, in Flanders, on the 22nd December, 1914. He was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of the 31st May, 1915.

Captain Stewart, who had been a Page of Honour to her Majesty Queen Victoria, was a member of the Guards' Club. He married Violet, daughter of W. Clarence Watson, Esq., and left two children: Jean, born 1909 ; and Malise, born 1911.

In St Michael's Church there is a Rectangular grey marble tablet mounted onto a black marble backboard with a coloured family crest at the top centre of the tablet and a Regimental crest at the bottom centre of the tablet with Battle Honours on carved ribbons around the edge of the backboard that reads:

IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
GEOFFREY STEWART
CAPTAIN IN THE 1ST BATTALION OF THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS
OF WINWICK MANOR
BORN AT BINFIELD IN BERKSHIRE OCTOBER 28TH 1878
KILLED IN ACTION AT GIVENCHY IN FLANDERS DECEMBER 22ND 1914
AGED 36 YEARS
"GREATER LOVE HAT NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS"

GUPWELL Benjamin
[On memorial in bus shelter listed as Serjeant and as GRIPWELL on SDGW] Private 235026, 1/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds in France 19 April 1917. Aged 30. Born Crick, Northants, enlisted Glen Parva, Leics., and resident Great Glen, Leics. Son of Sarah Gupwell, and the late Joseph Gupwell. Native of Crick, Rugby. Buried in MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, GRENAY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row P. Grave 7.

In the 1911 census Benjamin was aged 24, unmarried, a County Council Roadman, born Crick and resident with his parents, Joseph and Sarah, in Winwick.

In St Michael's Church there is a wooden commemorative board (details differ to actual records) that reads:

TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
PTE BENJAMIN GUPWELL.
2/4 LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
ON APRIL 20, 1917,
AGED 30 YEARS.
"FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH."

DRAGE Charles Herbert
Private 203290, 1/4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment, Killed in action in Palestine 19 April 1917. Aged 19. Born Winwick, Northants, enlisted Rugby, Warwickshire. Son of Charles and Mary Eleanor Drage, of Yelvertoft, Rugby. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XVIII. Row A. Grave 14.

Last updated 17 August, 2013

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