War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Stephen Harper-Scott 2013
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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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.
from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
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.
from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1 Aug-Dec 1914:
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.
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,
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.
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:
EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
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"
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.
the 1911 census Benjamin was aged 24, unmarried, a County Council
Roadman, born Crick and resident with his parents, Joseph and
Sarah, in Winwick.
St Michael's Church there is a wooden commemorative board (details
differ to actual records) that reads:
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."
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.
17 August, 2013