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BURFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Chris Comber 2004
additionalk research Martin Edwards

The War Memorial Cross in situated on the West Side of the High Street. The names are repeated in the Parish Church at the bottom of the hill.

Photographs Copyright © Paul Griffin 2007

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF BURFORD
WHO FELL IN THE WAR OF
1914-1918

ALDRIDGE

James

Driver 46393, Signal Company, The Royal Engineers attached to the 11th (Northern) Division. Suvla Bay, Gallipoli. Wounded at Suvla Bay and died on the 25th October 1915. Born in Burford and enlisted in Cirencester. Next of kin not recorded. Buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Gal. 27.

BARNARD

Henry

Lance Corporal 23283, 2/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 61st South Midlands Division (T.F.). Killed in action near Amiens 23rd August 1918. Born and enlisted in Burford. Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR. 16.

BISHOP

Harold

Rifleman S/13703, 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. 8th Regular Division. Reported missing during the March Retreat 31st March 1918. Son of Avery & Sarah Bishop of Sheep Street, Burford Born in Windrush, Gloucestershire and enlisted in Winchester, Hants. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

BISHOP

Richard

Sergeant 11731, 6th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 20th Light Division. Killed in action at Ypres 20th September 1917. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford Resident of Burford Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30.

BRUNSDON

Joseph Hunt

Rifleman 592283, 1/18th The London Regiment (London Irish Rifles) 47th London Division. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 22. Son of George & Isabel Brunsdon of Witney Street, Burford. Born in Burford and enlisted in Kensington. Resident of Kensington Commemorated on The Arras Memorial MR. 20.

BURTON

Wilfred Frank

Lance Corporal 22634, 5th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 14th Light Division. Killed in action during the Battle of Arras 9th April 1917. Aged 25. Born and enlisted in Burford. Son of Walter George & Kathleen Burton of Sheep Street, Burford Buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy Les Mofflaines. F. 581.

22634 LANCE CPL.
W.F. Burton (Wilfred Frank)
OXFORD & BUCKS. LIGHT INF.
9TH APRIL 1917 AGE. 25

CANDY

Arthur Willie

Gunner 91013, 152nd Siege Battery, The Royal Garrison Artillery. Western Front Units. Wounded in the Ypres Salient and died 18th July 1917. Aged 31. Husband of Ada Candy of Salford, Chipping Norton. Son of Mr & Mrs Candy of Burford. Born in Wimborne and enlisted in Oxford. Buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Ypres, Belgium. B. 12.

CASS

Leonard F

Captain, 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Commanding Officer of `A Company. 12th Eastern Division. Shot by a sniper in the trenches near Festubert 13th December 1915. Aged 37. Son of Mary Cass of Burford Schoolmaster. Buried in Browns Road Military Cemetery, Festubert. F. 260

CHEATLE

Walter John [North]

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, The Kings Own Scottish Borderers. 29th Regular Division. Gallipoli. Killed in action during the unsuccessful landing and evacuation on `Y Beach, during the initial landings on 26th April 1915. Aged 27. Son of Thomas Henry & Alice Cheatle of Burford. Buried in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery, Gallipoli. Gal. 6.

CONSTABLE

Percy [Charles Wilfred]

Private 6219, 1/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 48th South Midland Division (T.F.). Wounded at Ypres and died in No. 8 General hospital at Boisguillaume on the 13th November 1917. Born in Westwell and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Buried in Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery. F. 16.

CONWAY, DSO

Arthur (G) Septimus

Major, 1st Battalion, The North Staffordshire Regiment. 24th New Army Division. Killed in action Mount Sorrel 17th June 1917. Aged 39. Son of Thomas & Helen Conway of The Great House, Witney Street, Burford. Regular Officer. Sandhurst 1898. Veteran of The War in South Africa. Wounded in 1914. Cross and testimonial in the Parish Church. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Zillebeke, Ypres. B. 127

COOK

Harry

Corporal G/12021, 6th Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment. 19th Western Division. Killed in action at La Boiselle on the Somme 3rd July 1916. Aged 23. Son of Frank Cuthbert & Emma Cook of Lime Tree Hill, Burford. Born Highworth, Wiltshire. Enlisted in Swindon. Brother of Thomas Cook. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

COOK

Thomas

Private G/14348, 7th Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment. 26th Regular Division. Salonikan Front. Killed in action near Doiran 24th April 1917. Aged 22. Son of Frank Cuthbert & Emma Cook of Lime Tree Hill, Burford. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Commemorated on The Doiran Memorial, Greece. MR. 37.

FOREST

John

Private 48708, 5th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR. 16.

GREEN

[Albert] John

Private 6350, 1/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 48th Division. Killed in action 5th November 1916. Born in Eynsham and enlisted in Burford. Husband of Mrs Nora Alice Green of Eynsham. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21.

HICKS

William

Private 8987, 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 17th (Ahmednagar Brigade) 6th, Indian Division. Taken prisoner at Kut el Amara and died in captivity 18th June 1916. Born in Burford and enlisted in Witney. Next of kin, Burford. Buried at Mosul. Grave lost Commemorated on The Basra Memorial Iraq. MR. 38.

HOLBOROUGH

Henry [Harry]

[CWGC spelling Holbrough. SDGW. Holborough.] Corporal 19231, 1st Battalion, The Kings Own Scottish Borderers. 29th Regular Division. Killed in action on the Somme Front 26th February 1917. Born in Windrush, Gloucestershire. Enlisted Stratford on Avon. Next of kin Shipton on Stour. Burford connection unknown. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21.

HOWSE

John

Private 29099, 1st Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 4th Regular Division. Died of Wounds 24th October 1918. Born in Ditchley, Oxon and enlisted in Cowley barracks, Oxford Next of kin, Burford Buried in Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy F. 646.

HUSSEY

Francis [Albert]

Private 29198, 8th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment. 18th Division. Killed in action at The Battle of Amiens 8th August 1918. Aged 19. Son of Clara Hussey of Witney Street, Burford, Born Uplowman, Devon. Enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Buried in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette. F. 247.

JACQUES

Albert

Private 11725, 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 2nd Regular Division. Killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai 23rd December 1917. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin residents of Burford. Buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery. F. 530.

KITE

William

Private 23010, 4th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment. 29th Regular Division. Gallipoli Peninsular. Killed in action 6th August 1915. During an Attack by the 29th Division on Krithia. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of Kin, Burford. Commemorated on The Cape Helles Memorial, Gallipoli. MR. 4.

MORSE

William

[Listed as Wilfred John on SDGW & CWGC] Private 11721, 6th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 20th Light Division. Wounded in France and died of his wounds in military hospital in the United Kingdom 1st March 1917. Aged 30. Born Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire. Enlisted in Oxford. Son of John Lewin & Amy Morse of George Yard, The High Street, Burford. Buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Burford.

MURDOCH

Louis [Forde] Campbell-

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, The Scots Guards. The Guards Division. Died of wounds 19th September 1916. Aged 45. Son of Charles & Jenny Murdoch of Casablanca, Morocco. Husband of Anita Hope Campbell-Murdoch, later remarried and Living in Hampstead Heath Buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens. F. 300

PRATLEY

Harry

Sapper 148517, 255th Tunnelling Company, The Royal Engineers. Killed in action 30th May 1916. Aged 26. Son of Mrs Phyliss Faulkner of Rose Cottage, High Street, Burford. Born and enlisted in Burford. Formerly with The Royal Warwicks. Commemorated on The Loos Memorial MR. 19.

PAINTIN

Arthur

Private 31358, 16th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers. 32nd New Army Division. Killed in action near Arras 5th April 1918. Aged 35. Husband of Lizzie Paintin of Greens Norton, Towcester, Northants. Enlisted in London. Parents residents of Burford. Buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery F. 745.

PRESTON

Alfred James

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 1st Regular Division. Wounded during an attack on Hindenburgh Line by the 1st Division. Died of wounds on the 21st September 1918. Aged 23. Son of Charles Edward & Ellen Preston of Hugh Street, Burford. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension. F. 194.

ROWELS

John

Private 28611, 10th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 19th Western Division. Killed in action at Ypres 19th April 1917. Born in Burford and enlisted in Devizes, Wilts. Next of kin residents of Burford. Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial MR. 30.

SEARCH

James

Private 41185, 11th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 34th New Army Division. Died of wounds in base hospital at Etaples 14th April 1918. Aged 39 Son of James & Ellen Search of Guildonford, Burford. Enlisted in Fulham. Name included on the Fulham Roll of Honour. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, F, 40.

SEARCH

George

Private 40146, 8th Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry. 37th New Army Division. Killed in action during the final advance 31st October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Joseph & Jane Search of Burford. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR.16.

SMITH

Harold

No further information currently

SOMERVILLE

James Randolph

Private 13615, 60th Company, 10th Corps Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps. Died of wounds in the Ypres Salient 13th June 1917. Aged 29. Son of James Knight Somerville & Leah Somerville of Guildenford, Burford. Born in Paddington, London and enlisted Putney Bridge. Resident of Acton Vale. Formerly with The London Regiment. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. B. 11

TIMMS

[Henry] Richard

Private 42411, 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 29th Regular Division. Died of wounds 17th April 1918. Aged 19. Son of Ernest & Elizabeth Timms of Witney Street, Burford. Born in Astell and enlisted in Oxford. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery. F. 64.

TYLER

John

Private 16483, 5th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 14th Light Division. Died of wounds 28th August 1915. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery F. 40.

WEBB

John

Private 19074, 5th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 14th Light Division. Killed in action 27th April 1916. Born in Burford and enlisted in Oxford. Next of kin, Burford. Buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez F. 924

WHITEMAN

Frank

Lance Corporal 1723, 1/4th Battalion, The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. 48th South Midland Division. Killed in action on the Ancre during the Somme offensive 5th November 1916. Born in Mortlake and enlisted in Burford. Next of kin Teddington Middlesex, and Burford. Commemorated on The Thiepval Memorial MR. 21

WICKINS

Frederick George

Private 37904, 2nd Battalion, The Canterbury Regiment. New Zealand Division. Killed in action on 29th March 1918. Aged 36. Son of William & Emily Wickins of Hill House, Lime Tree Hill, Burford. Commemorated on The Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial MR. 12

WIGGINS

Frederick George

Private TF/260077, 2/5th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). Died of wounds 15th April 1918. Aged 22. Son of Charles & Emily Sophia Wiggins of Lime Tree Hill, Burford. Born and enlisted in Burford. Buried in Westoutre British Cemetery, Belgium.

1939-1945

ADAMS

Ronald F

probably Ronald Francis ADAMS, Lance Serjeant 1869630, 102 Army Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 21st October 1943. Aged 33. Born London, resident Oxfordshire. Son of Ronald and Alice Elizabeth Adams; husband of Mary Josephine Adams, of Slough, Buckinghamshire. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot V. Row E. Grave 24.

BEAZLEY

Basil [Saunders]

Major 126365, 9 (Airborne) Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 10th July 1943. Aged 29. mentioned in Despatches. Born and resident Oxfordshire. Son of Walter and Ethel Maud Beazley, of Horspath, Oxfordshire. A.M.I.E.E. Buried in SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Plot II. Row A. Grave 6.

BURTON

Leonard [William]

Aircraftman 2nd Class 1662713, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14th February 1944. Aged 38. Son of Fred and Agnes Emily Burton; husband of Elsie May Burton, of Burford, Oxfordshire. Buried in DELHI WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 7. Row H. Grave 12.

COLEMAN

Jack Alfred

Boy Telegraphist P/JX 156277, H.M.S. Royal Oak, Royal Navy. Died 14th October 1939/ Aged 18. Son of Frederick and Alice Coleman, of Burford, Oxfordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 34, Column 3.

Note: HMS Royal Oak was a Royal Sovereign Class Battleship built at Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth). She was laid down 15th January 1914, launched 17th November 1914 and commisisoned 1st May 1916. At 01:16 hours on 14th October 1939 the German submarine U-47 fired a spread of three torpedoes at HMS Royal Oak and the British seaplane tender HMS Pegasus lying at anchor in the harbour of Scapa Flow, then turned around and fired a stern torpedo at 01:21 hours. The U-boat misidentified the seaplane tender as HMS Repulse and claimed a hit, but a torpedo apparently hit the starboard anchor chain of the battleship and did not damage the ships. At 01:23 hours, the U-boat fired a second spread of three torpedoes that hit HMS Royal Oak on the starboard side and caused a magazine to blow up. The battleship rolled over and sank in 19 minutes. The ship complement was 1208 officers and men, 833 of them were killed and there were 375 survivors.

Details extracted from uboat.net - HMS Royal Oak

CROSSE

Peter

possibly William Peter CROSSE, Flying officer (Pilot) 41154, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 12th March 1941. Aged 26. Son of Edmond Francis and Margaret Laidlaw Crosse. Buried in BERGEN GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. Plot 1. Row E. Grave 4.

EVANS

Jack

No further information currently available

PETHER

Eric Antony aka Tony

Warrant Officer (Wireless Operator /Air Gunner) 1314666, 299 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th October 1945. Aged 24. Son of Frank Gordon and Mary Pether, of Burford, Oxfordshire. Buried in RENNES EASTERN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. Section 18. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 18.

SMITH

Harry

No further information currently available

WILKINS

Aubrey Frank

[Spelt Aubury on CWGC] Private 5392742, 1st Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 6th June 1945. Aged 22. Son of Christopher and Hilda Wilkins, of Burford, Oxfordshire. Buried in RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 4. Row D. Grave 18.

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