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COCKSHUTT WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2017

The Cockshutt war memorial is to be found within the churchyard of SS Simon and Jude Church, Cockshutt, Shropshire. The memorial takes the form of a tall, Celtic, wheel cross standing on a three=stepped base. The World War 1 inscription and names are on the fromt face of the shaft of the cross. Additional stone plaques have been added to two of the steps listed those who died in World War 2. The memorial was originally dedicated 25 December 1920. There are 15 names for World War 1 and 7 names for World War 2. Within the church is a handwritten, illuminated Roll of Honour scroll framed under glass; this has not been transcribed here. The organ within the church is a memorial to the men who died in World War 2 and cost circa £900.

Photograph Copyright © Valerie Cartlidge 20017

WHO DIES IF
ENGLAND LIVES?
TO
THE GLORIOUS
MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF THIS
PARISH WHO LAID
DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN A
RIGHTEOUS WAR
1914 - 1918

CLAWLEY
John Owen
Private 2698, 3rd/1st Battalion, Shropshire Yeomanry (Corps of Dragoons) attached to 10th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 August 1916. Aged 20. Born Cockshutt, Salop, enlisted Shrewsbury, resident Ellesmere. Son of Owen and Elizabeth Clawley, of Pikes End Cottage, Ellesmere, Salop. Buried in BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 26.
DONALD
James
No further information currently available
ELWIN
Frank Harold
Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Duke Of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 12 March 1915. Aged 19. Son of James and Isabel Elwin, of The Norfolk Hotel, Tunbridge Wells. Educated at Shrewsbury School and King's College, Cambridge. Volunteered 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 33 and 34.

Also commemorated on a mural tablet within the church.

TO THE MEMORY OF LT F H ELWIN. EDUCATED AT SHREWSBURY SCHOOL. KILLED AT NEUVE CHAPELLE

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, Volume 2, page 144:

2nd LIEUTENANT FRANK HAROLD ELWIN, 3rd (RESERVE) attd. 2nd BATTN. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S (WILTSHIRE REGIMENT), who was killed in action early on the morning of the 12th March, 1915, at Neuve Chapelle, when the Germans counter - attacked, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Elwin, Kuttal, Cachar, India.

He was born at Darjeeling, India, on the 22nd September, 1895, and was educated at Shrewsbury School, which he entered in 1909, remaining there five years. He was in the VIII for two years, and was Captain of the Headroom boats. Though somewhat easygoing and kind-hearted, he was first rate at carrying out any work he was given to do, and influenced others by the charm of his character rather than by his forcibility. Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War he enlisted in September, 1914, in the Shropshire Light Infantry, and at once became popular in the ranks. In November, 1914, he was given a commission in the 3rd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, which he accepted with some reluctance. lie had only moved up to the firing line about ten days before he was killed.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 128:

ELWIN, FRANK HAROLD, 2nd. Lieut., 2nd Battn. Luke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Itegt., only a. of James Elwin, Tea Planter, Manager of the Kuttal Tea Estate, Cachar, India, by his wife, Isabel Mary, dau. of John Henry Weaver ; b. Darjiling, India, 22 Sept. 1895 ; educ. Shrewsbury School, and left there in July, 1914, with the intention of going on to King's College, Cambridge, to study Science, a subject In which he had shown considerable ability. On the outbreak of war, the following month, however, he enlisted in the Shropshire L.I., 9 Sept. 1914. On 7 Nov. following he was given a commission as 2nd Lieut. in the 3rd (Reserve) Battn. of the Wiltshires, and was afterwards transferred to the 2nd Battn. ; he went to France on 24 Feb.. and was killed in action at Neuve Chapelle on the early morning of 12 March, 1915. His Col. wrote very highly of him and his work.

EVANS
John Arthur
Private 11277, 5th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 15 September 1915. Born and resident Cockshutt, Ellesmere, enlisted Ellesmere. Buried in BRANDHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row E. Grave 13.
GIBSON
George
No further information currently available
HANMER
George
Rifleman 45340, posted to 1/5th London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) from Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 30 August 1918. Born and resident Cockshutt, Saiop, enlisted Ellesmere. Formerly T/4/235013, Royal Army Service Corps. Buried in CROISILLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 25.
HANMER
John
No further information currently available
HUMPHREYS
Ellis
No further information currently available
MARSH
William Stanley
Private 16526, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 10 October 1917. Aged 21. Born Cockshutt, Shropshire, enlisted Shrewsbury, resident Ellesmere, Salop. Son of Thomas John and Emma Marsh, of Croesmere Farm, Ellesmere, Salop. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 9 to 10.

Also commemorated on a memorial tablet within the church.

IN MEMORY OF OF PTE W STANLEY MARSH COLDSTREAM GUARDS AGED 21 YEARS YOUNGER SON OF MR AND MRS T J MARSH, CROSEMERE, WHO WAS KILLED NEAR HOLTHURST FOREST BELGIUM 10TH OCTOBER 1917

NUNNERLEY
Wilson Kenwick
Second Lieutenant, 13th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and General List. Died 5 December 1917. Son of Mr. W. Nunnerley, Kenwick, Ellesmere, Salop. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 25.

Also commemorated on a rectangular tablet with a triangular top set on a backboard of the same shape with a Latin cross at the top and a RFC badge at the lower edge with the lettering in black within the church.

TO THE DEAR MEMORY
OF
WILSON KENWICK
YOUNGEST SON OF
WILLIAM AND SARAH ANNE NUNNERLEY
OF KENWICK IN THIS PARISH
2nd LIEUTENANT ROYAL FLYING CORPS
BORN 13th NOVEMBER 1898
KILLED IN ARIAL COMBAT IN
THE GREAT WAR NEAR ARRAS
IN FRANCE 5th DECEMBER 1917
INTERRED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY DUISANS.
"UNTIL THE DAY BREAK."

ROGERS
John Edmund
No further information currently available
STONE
Robert Evans
No further information currently available
THOMAS
Henry
No further information currently available
TOWNSEND
Thomas Edward
Private 33625, 6th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died 4 December 1917. Aged 21. Only son of Alfred and Mary Townsend, of The Shrubbery, New St., Wem, Salop. Born at Ellesmere. Buried in the North-East part, near wall, in COCKSHUTT (SS. SIMON AND JUDE) CHURCHYARD, Shropshire.
YOUNG
William
Private 46645, 11th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment formerly Royal Engineers. Died 27 October 1917. Aged 30. Son of Mary Young, of Kenwick's Park, Cockshutt, Ellesmere, Salop, and the late John Young. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row I. Grave 32.

WE WILL
REMEMBER
THEM

IN MEMORIAM
1939-1945

COOKE
Ernest Alfred
No further information currently available
GWILLIAM
Gilbert Robert James
Driver 1949070, 9 (Airborne) Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 21 September 1944. Aged 23. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomas Gwilliam; husband of Gwendoline Gwilliam, of Tirpil, Glamorgan. Buried in ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 18. Row B. Grave 19.
HUMPHREYS
George Ellis
Leading Aircraftman 636004, Royal Air Force. Died 28 May 1940. Aged 22. Son of Richard and Sarah Humphreys. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 23.
JAMES
Clement Hugh Lawton
Flight Lieutenant 64299, 297 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11 March 1944. Aged 23. Son of Clement and Evelyn Marian James, of Shifnal, Shropshire. of South Africa. Buried in WALTON-UPON-TRENT (ST. LAURENCE) CHURCHYARD, Derbyshire. Grave 224.
PARKER
Eric Herbert
Sergeant 1169228, 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26 March 1942. Aged 24. Son of Edmund William and Edith Parker, of English Frankton. Buried in the new ground North of the church in COCKSHUTT (SS. SIMON AND JUDE) CHURCHYARD, Shropshire.
PITCHFORD
Frank
Private 14430398, 8th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. Died 12 February 1945. Aged 25. Husband of Mary Pitchford, of Dundee. Buried in VENRAY WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot V. Row C. Grave 11.
SCHYBERG
Alfred Edward
Gunner 983862, 19 Coast Battery, Royal Artillery. Died 14 November 1942. Buried in TRIPOLI WAR CEMETERY, Libya. Plot 11. Row C. Grave 12.

GREAT LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN
THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS.

Last updated 17 January, 2018

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