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CHILCOMPTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Duncan Brownlie 2009

The Chilcompton war memorial is to be found on the green at Bowden Hill, Chilcompton and takes the form of a Cornish granite cross and a three-tiered square plinth and a single step. It was dedicated by the Bishop of Bath and Welss 29th March 1921 and unveiled in 1921. It was manufactured by Messrs. F Blackler & Son and cost £150 raised by public subscription. There are 19 names listed by rank, name and Regiment for World War 1 and 18 names, again listed by rank, name and Regiment for World War 2. The parish of Downside encompasses the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, which also has its own war memorial and there are two men who appear on both memorials. As is commonly found with many local war memorials, a few names seem to have no obvious connection to the local area. Note the two Hoskins brothers.

Photographs Copyright © Duncan Brownlie 2009

1914 - 1918
IN
PROUD AND
GRATEFUL
MEMORY OFTHE MEN
OF
CHILCOMPTON
AND
DOWNSIDE
WHO GAVE THEUR
LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR

BURGE, D.C.M.

Baldwin

Sergeant 25924, 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He previously served as Corporal 9155, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry; before transferring to the Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on the 21st April 1916 aged 23, and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. Son of Bernard and Harriet Burge of Bowden Hill, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Chilcompton; and enlisted at Bath.

READ

Henry Ernest

Lance Corporal 8760 Read, 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 5th February 1917 aged 26, and is buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Son of Henry George and Agnes Read of Waterloo Cottage, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Mere, Wiltshire; and enlisted at Frome.

CORPE

W

Listed as Private, Somerset Light Infantry. There is no one of this name on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register. The closest match is a Private 17277 William Corp, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Gurney Slade, Somerset; lived at Wells; enlisted at Taunton; and that he was killed in action on the 8th August 1916. Both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register and Soldiers Died in the Great War list his surname as ‘Corp’. He is buried at Essex Farm Cemetery, France.

JONES

Henry [Joseph]

Private 26014, 7th (Service) Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 16th August 1917 aged 31, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Son of Benedict and Mary Jones of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset; husband of Margaret Jones of 16 Wood Road, Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Stratton-on-the-Fosse; lived at Chilcompton; and enlisted at Midsomer Norton. He is also listed on the Stratton-on-the-Fosse War Memorial.

TAPP

Jesse [Bell]

Private 16814, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916, aged 28, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Son of William and Elizabeth Tapp of The Abbey Farm, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born and enlisted at Midsomer Norton. He is also listed on the Stratton-on-the-Fosse War Memorial.

BURGES

Sidney

Gunner 230409 Burgess, 51st Battery, 39th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He died on the 23rd September 1918 aged 20, and is buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, France. Son of Henry and Emily I. Burgess, of Park Gate Farm, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Mere, Cheshire; and enlisted at Altrincham, Cheshire.

VEASEY

Charles Richard

Gunner 11864, ‘C’ Battery. 70th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action on the 31st July 1917 aged 22, and is buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Brother of A. F. Cavell of 22 St. Mark's Place, Bath. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born and enlisted at Bath.

DE STE CROIX

Arthur Nicholas

Corporal G/273, 7th (Service) Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. He was killed in action on the 23rd October 1915 aged 26, and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Belgium. Son of the Rev. H. M. de Ste Croix and Mrs. de Ste Croix, of St Saviour's Rectory, Guernsey. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Stoke Newington, Middlesex; and enlisted at London.

There was a white carrar marble tablet in Downside Church, Chilcompton bearing deatils of this man. When the church was made redundant, and bought for conversions into private accomodation, in the 1980's the plaque was removed by the Diocese and placed elsewhere - currently the location is not known.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ARTHUR NICHOLAS DE STE CROIX
CORPORAL 7TH BN ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
SON OF
REV. H. DE STE CROIX, VICAR OF THIS PARISH
8 SEPT 1889
KILLED IN ACTION NEAR HULLUCH
20TH OCTOBER 1915

FALE

Carol

Rifleman S/32384, 8th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade. He previously served as Private M/288162, RASC (MT); before transferring to the Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action on the 22nd March 1918, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. The 1901 Census shows him aged 2 living in Chilcompton with his father John Fale, a coachman age 35; his mother Celia age 34; and his siblings, Wilfred age 4, Claude age 10, and Amy age 13. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Frome; lived at Combe Down, Bath; and enlisted at Grove Park, Kent.

SPENCER-FLYN

Joseph Archibald

[Listed a J A S FLYN on memorial] Private 201933, 1/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. The National Archives lists ‘Private 5531 (later changed to 201933) Joseph A.S. Flynn, Gloucestershire Regiment’. Note different spelling of surname on the memorial and use of the double-barrelled name on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register. He died on the 13th April 1917 aged 33, and is buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Vend’Huile, France. The 1901 Census shows him aged 17, a Telegraph Boy; living with his parents Mary, an Undertaker and Book Seller age 43; and his father Joseph, a Retired ex-School Master / Secretary age 50; living in Bath. Son of Joseph and Mary Spencer-Flynn of 14 Pierrepont Street, Bath. Post office employee. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Chilcompton, Somerset; enlisted at Taunton; and was killed in action.

GREEN

William

Private 427467, 13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). His Canadian army service record states that he was born on the 5th August 1884 at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. He enlisted on the 9th August 1915 aged 31 at Regina, Canada. His occupation was as a Painter, and his next of kin his mother Mrs Elizabeth Green of Chilcompton, Somerset. He was unmarried, and had previously served for eight years in the 1st Gloucestershire Royal Garrison Artillery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission register confirms that he died on the 27th June 1916, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

HOSKINS

Lionel J.

Driver 90156, 127th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He died of wounds on the 17th September 1918, and is buried at Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece. Son of William Hoskins of Parsonage Lane, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born and lived at Chilcompton; and enlisted at Midsomer Norton.

HOSKINS

William George

Private 217, 5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales's). He died of wounds on the 14th May 1915 aged 27, and is buried at Aeroplane Cemetery, Belgium. Son of William Hoskins of Parsonage Lane, Chilcompton, Somerset; husband of Margaret J. Hoskins of West Grove, Heswall, Heswall Hill, Birkenhead. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Chilcompton; and lived and enlisted at Bath.

ROBBINS

William [Martin]

Private S4/058854, ‘A’ Company, Royal Army Service Corps. He died on the 21st February 1915 aged 36, and is buried at Aldershot Military Cemetery. Husband of Daisy Emily F. Robbins of Croft House, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born in Somerset; and lived and enlisted at Wells.

SMART

Frank

Private 9891, 116th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He previously served as Private 19865, Somerset Light Infantry; before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. He was killed in action on the 31st July 1917 aged 30, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Son of Alfred and Rhoda Smart of Westfield, Radstock; husband of Lucy May Winsley (formerly Smart) of Norton Down, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire; lived at Stratton-on-the-Fosse; and enlisted at Midsomer Norton.

STOCK

Walter

Private 21594, 1st Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He previously served at Private 19509, Somerset Light Infantry; before transferring to the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry. He died of wounds on the 5th May 1916 aged 19, and is buried at Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Son of James and Rose Stock of Parsonage Lane, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Shepton Mallet; lived at Chilcompton; and enlisted at Taunton.

EMERY

Albert

Lance Corporal 6065, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. He died on the 10th July 1916 aged 31, and is buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, France. Son of William and Sarah Emery of The Street, Chilcompton, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born and lived at Chilcompton; and enlisted at Bath.

TAYLOR

Frank

Private 510525, Training Depot, Canadian Army Service Corps. His Canadian army service record states that he was born on the 30th October 1897 at Highbury, Somerset. He enlisted on the 15th November 1915 at Toronto, Canada; his home address being 116 Amelia Street, Toronto. His occupation was as a ‘Teamster’, and his next of kin was his mother Elizabeth Taylor of Norton Down, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission register confirms that he died on the 15th April 1916 aged 23, and is buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, England. Son of Mrs. E. A. Taylor, of Norton Down, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset.

MUDFORD

George T

Stoker 1st Class K/15068, HMS Dartmouth, Royal Navy. He died on the 15th March 1915 aged 22, and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Mary Jane Forchan (formerly Mudford) of Britannia Yard, Chilcompton, Somerset, and the late Joseph Mudford.

THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

1939 – 1945

CHARLES

Roland Roy

Private 14610194, 12th (Airborne) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. He died on the 11th August 1945 aged 20, and is buried at Downside (Christ Church) Churchyard, Somerset. Son of Charles William and Gertrude Charles of Chilcompton, Somerset.

BAILEY

Clarence Archibald

Private 5630690, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. He died on the 23rd March 1945 aged 32, and is buried at Tuakkyan War Cemetery, Burma. Husband of H. M. Bailey of Chilcompton, Somerset.

BOWEN

Leslie George

Private 5435862, 5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He died on the 13th August 1944 aged 30, and is buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France. Husband of Florence Emily Beatrice Bowen of Chilcompton, Somerset.

CHURCH

Ernest George

Trooper 7941358, H.Q. Squadron, 32nd Army Tank Brigade, Royal Armoured Corps. He died on the 14th November 1942 aged 29, and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Libya. Son of George Henry and Sarah Annie Church of Mount Pleasant, Swansea.

COBB

Kenneth Paul Gray

Lieutenant, Royal Engineers; attached to the 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He died on the 22nd March 1944 aged 24, and is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma. Son of Harold George G. Cobb and Gladys May G. Cobb of Tooting, Surrey. Served with the Chindits.

BUTTON

Gordon [William Frederick]

Flying Officer 133770 Button, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on the 18th July 1943 aged 28, and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Son of William and Ella Edith Button of Radstock, Somerset. (Note the discrepancy in the rank).

WEBBER

Royston Robert Isaac

Sergeant 1167097, 76 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on the 3rd March 1943 aged 28, and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. He was killed when his Halifax bomber, serial number W7678, crashed due to enemy action during a raid on the German city of Hamburg. The entire crew of seven were killed. Son of William Thomas Webber and Elizabeth Martha Eliza Webber of Chilcompton, Somerset.

DENNETT

Thomas

Corporal 5669447, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Previously served with the Somerset Light Infantry. He died on the 17th July 1944 aged 28, and is buried at Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. Son of Thomas and Mary Dennett; husband of Charlotte Lillian Dennett of Southall, Middlesex.

QUINN

William James

Private 5673459, 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He died on the 12th November 1939 aged 22, and is buried at Chilcompton (St John the Baptist) Churchyard. Son of James and Annie Quinn; husband of Ruby Phyllis Quinn of Chilcompton, Somerset.

KING

Cyril Albert Thomas

Lance Corporal 5672294, 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He died on the 10th July 1944 aged 24, and is buried at St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France. Son of Mr and Mrs William King; husband of Margaret King of Milton, Kent.

LEECH

Ross Collins

Private 14440959 Leech, 1/6th Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He died on the 4th August 1944 aged 19, and is buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, France. Son of Donald Collins Leech and Mary Leech of Chelmsford, Essex. B.A. (Oxon.).

MATTICK

Kenneth Vaux

Gunner 1141468, 28 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. He died on the 9th April 1944 aged 23, and is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma. Son of Reginald and Hilda Mattick; husband of Gwladys Mattick of Long Ashton, Somerset.

PRIOR

Ronald [George]

Gunner 14508961, 72 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. He died on the 18th July 1944 aged 34, and is buried at St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France. Son of William Thomas Prior and Mary Ann Prior of Chilcompton, Somerset.

COSTOBADIE, D.S.C.

Ackroyd Norman Palliser

[Listed as de Costobadie on memorial] Commander, Royal Navy. He died on the 10th February 1947 aged 37, and is buried at Midsomer Norton (St John the Baptist) Church Cemetery. Son of Hugh Palliser Costobadie, and of Ellen Constance Costobadie of Chilcompton, Somerset.

RUMNEY

Lloyd William

Private 4621777, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). He died on the 29th June 1941 aged 26, and is buried at Khartoum War Cemetery, Sudan. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Rumney.

Last updated 16 March, 2009

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