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KINGSTON, ST. MARY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © David Greig 2006

The memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Kingston. It is in the form of an octagonal Latin cross on a square plinth and three stepped octagonal base; the memorial is made of granite and the panels of lead.

IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 18

ARNOLD

Geoffrey Francis

Captain, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 8th March 1916 in Mesopotamia. Aged 24. Son of Francis Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Arnold, of Crossways, Kingston, Taunton, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 12.

Inscribed on stone gate post to Churchyard

1914 -1919
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
GEORGE FRANCIS ARNOLD
CAPT. PA (SLI)
FREDERICK SLOLEY
PRIVATE RMLI
CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE
This lamp is erected by their brother Scouts of the Kingston Troop
BP Boy Scouts

BERRY

Percival A

Stoker 2nd Class SS/119509 (Dev), HMS Vivid, Royal Navy. Died 26th February 1919. Aged 18. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Berry, of Fulford, Kingston, Taunton. Buried in St. MARY CHURCHYARD, KINGSTON, Somerset.

BILLING

Charles

Private 3/6671, 1st/5th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in Egypt 1st November 1917. Aged 19. Born Bradford, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of Elias William and Ann Billing, of Kingston, Taunton. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 203.

BLACKMORE

William

[Listed as Wilfred on memorial] Private 923, "C" Squadron, 1st Battalion, West Somerset Yeomanry (Hussars). Killed in action at gallipoli 17th October 1915. Aged 39. Enlisted Taunton, resident Lewes. Son of George and Marie Blackmore, of Lewes; husband of Annie Lucy Blackmore, of 6, Lancaster St., Lewes, Sussex. Buried in HILL 10 CEETERY, Turkey. Plot I. Row G. Grave 20.

CHIDGEY

Arthur

Lance Corporal 20406, 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action 13th June 1915. Aged 29. Born Kingston, Taunton, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of John and Elizabeth Chidgey, of Conies Cottages, Kingston, Taunton. Formerly 10048, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Buried in LE TOUQUET RAILWAY CROSSING CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Special memorial at Row G. There are now 74 First World War casualties buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 24 of the graves are unidentified but special memorials commemorate three casualties known to be buried among them.

CLEMOW

Sidney

Private 64452, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds 2nd September 1918. Aged 42. Son of Charles E. and Annie Clemow, of Taunton, England; husband of Daisy M. Clemow, of Deep Creek, Auckland, New Zealand. Buried in BANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 9.

DICKS

Victor

Private 3/6037, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 12th July 1916. Born Curland, Taunton, enlisted Taunton. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division III. Row A. Grave 3.

DYKES

Daniel [MacPherson]

Private DM2/181324, 688th Mechannical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Balkans 6th November 1918. Born Glasgow, enlisted Taunton, resident Kingston. Buried in SKOPJE BRITISH CEMETERY, Macedonia. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 12.

FERRIS

Edward

Private 12331, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 18th August 1916. Born and resident Taunton, enlisted Pontypridd, Glamorgan. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row M. Grave 1.

FURZER

Reginald

Private 1st Class, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Entered the service from Washington. Died 3rd October 1918. Buried in MESUE-ARGONNE AMERICAN CEMETERY, Romagne, France. Plot D. Row 34. Grave 6.

FURZER

William John

Private A/38011, 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). Died 3rd June 1916. Aged 36. Born 9th February 1882 at Kingston. Son of Simeon and Rebecca Furzer, of "The Conies," Kingston, Taunton. Occupation Labourer. Previously served 7 years in the Field Artillery. Enlisted and passed fit 18th December 1914 at Port Arthur, Canada. Height 5 feet 5 inches, girth 37 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair fair; relgion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3343 - 20

GAMBLIN

Ernest

Private 22582, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 8th August 1916. Born Cheddon, Somerset, enlisted Coleford, Somerse, resident Taunton. Buried in ESSEX FARm CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 10.

GAULT

[Robert] Anderson

Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards (Special Reserve). Killed in action 16th September 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. : Pier and Face 8 D.

GILLETT

William George

Private 27178, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died 3rd November 1918. Born and resident Hayden, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Formerly 1964, West Somerset Yeomanry. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Koln(Cologne), Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot V. Row B. Grave 3.

HAKE

William

Sergeant 581, 6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Toyal Canadians). Died at sea 12th August 1915. Aged 35. Born Cheddon, enlisted Taunton. Husband of Fannie Elizabeth Billett (formerly Hake), of Mill Cross, Kingston, Taunton. Served in the South African War. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 184 and 185.

HAYES

Charles (aka Charlie)

Sergeant 240174, 1st/5th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds in Egypt 24th December 1917. Aged 25. Born Lydeard St Lawrence, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of William and Betsy Hayes, of 50, Portland St., Taunton, Somerset. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 276.

HURFORD

Gilbert Henry

[CWGC states 22nd Battalion] Private TF.202429, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died of wounds 29th December 1918. Born Ashpriors, enlisted Taunton, resident Kingston. Buried in ST MARY CHURCHYARD, KINGSTON, Somerset.

KIDNER

Frederick Elworthy

Rifleman 2546, No. 1 Company, 16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles), London Regiment. Died of wounds 20th February 1915. Aged 26. Enlisted Westminster, resident Taunton. Son of John and Emily Kidner, of Dodhill House, Taunton, Somerset. Educated at Sherborne School and Worcester College, Oxford. Buried in CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 77.

LOWMAN

E William

Private PO/19278, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 5th September 1918. Aged 21. Son of Mrs. R. Lowman, of Nailsbourne, Kingston, Taunton. Buried in QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 15.

LYE

William H

Private R/387848, 75th Remount Squadron, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 24th May 1919. Aged 43. Husband of Elsie Clara Lye, of Grange Cottage, Kingston, Taunton. Buried in ST MARY CHURCHYARD, KINGSTON, Somerset.

MILES

John W

[Listed as W J MILES on CWGC] Lance Corporal 1387, 1st/1st Battalion, West Somerset Yeomanry. Died 14th January 1916. Aged 29. Son of William and Elizabeth Miles, of Hill Farm, Kingston, Taunton. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 71.

PALFREY

Frank E

Private M2/177723, 406th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps attached 73rd Siege Brigade Ammunition Column, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 21st July 1917. Aged 28. Husband of Lily Palfrey, of Bowis Lane, Kingston, Taunton. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVI. Row C. Grave 16A.

RING

William

Private 7967, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died 19th May 1915. Buried in FIRST D.C.L.I. CEMETERY, THE BLUFF, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 7.

ROWCLIFFE

Bertie

Private 28240. 11th Battalion, Berkshire Regiment. Died 30th July 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAl MEMORIAOL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.

SAMWAYS

William

Air Mech. RAF - either W SAMWAYS, Aircraftman 2nd Class 157100, 60th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 16th July 1921. No known grave. Commemorated on KARACHI 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, Pakistan. or William Alfred SAMWAYS, Airman 1st Class (Observer) 16262, 49th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died 29th November 1917. Aged 20. Son of Alfred Edward and Flora Ann Green Samways, of 54, Thurloxton, Taunton. Buried in CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row A. Grave 47.

SAUNDERS

Walter

Pte. Som. L I

SEALEY

Walter Edwin [John]

Private 46688, 11th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 15th November 1917. Aged 36. Born Kingston, enlisted Newport, ISle of Wight, resident Niton, Isle of Wight. Son of Albert and Mary Sealey, of Fulford, Kingston, Taunton, Somerset; husband of the late Alice Best (formerly Sealey). Formerly Sapper 159569, Royal Engineers. Buried in ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCHYARD, NITON, Isle of Wight.

SHORT

Henry

Gdsmn. Gren. Gds.

SLOLEY

Frederick

Private PLY/17415, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 26th November 1916. Aged 18. Son of William and Mary Sloley, of Harrise's Cottages, Hillcommon, Taunton.

Inscribed on stone gate post to Churchyard

1914 -1919
TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
GEORGE FRANCIS ARNOLD
CAPT. PA (SLI)
FREDERICK SLOLEY
PRIVATE RMLI
CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE
This lamp is erected by their brother Scouts of the Kingston Troop
BP Boy Scouts

SULLEY, MM

William [Edward James]

[Listed as SULLY on CWGC] Lance Corporal PLY/17696, 2nd Royal Marine Battalion Royal Navl Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died 26th October 1917. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 1 and 162A.

TEMPLEMAN

John C

Pte. SLI

TOTTERDELL

George

[Listed as Guardsman on memorial] Private 8014, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died 14th September 1914. Aged 24. Born and resident Kingston, enlisted Taunton. Son of Mary Jane Totterdell, of Tetton Gate, Kingston, Taunton, and the late Robert Gadd Totterdell. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

TUCKER

Frederick George

Private 17568, "F" Company, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 25th March 1917. Aged 19. Born Kingston, enlisted Poole, Dorset, resident Bournemouth, Hampshire. Son of James and A. Tucker, of Tainfield Cottage, Nailsbourne, Kingston, Taunton, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 22 and 63.

WALFORD

Frank

Gnr. RGA

WOODLEY

Frank

Lance Corporal 5604, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 9th ay 1915. Born Ottersford, Chard, Somerset, enlisted Hounslow, Middlesex, resident Kingston. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 10.

AND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 -1945

BILLETT

James Lovelace

Lance Corporal 7946680, 5th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 23rd January 1945. Aged 22. Son of John Billett, and of Fanny Elizabeth Billett, of Kingston, Somerset. Buried in MOOK WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Netherlands. Plot II. Row D. Grave 13.

FURZER

Marcus William

[Listed as William M and as a Gunner on memorial] Able Seaman D/JX 528900. H.M.S. President III, Royal Navy. Died 16th August 1944. Son of Sidney and Edith V. Furzer, of Kingston, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 86, Column 2.

GAIRDNER

Robert Dalrymple

Lieutenant Colonel 53474, Royal Artillery. Died 14th March 1944. Aged 39. Batchelor of Arts (BA - Cantab). Son of Charles Dalrymple Gairdner and of Beatrice Mary Gairdner (nee Ballock); husband of Anne Savile Gairdner, of Kingston St. Mary. Buried in ST MARY CHURCHYARD, KINGSTON, Somerset.

ISAAC

Max Frederic

Lieutenant, H.M.S. Cossack, Royal Navy. Died when his ship was torpedoed by U-563 23rd October 1941. Aged 31. Son of Gilbert J. and Florence A. Isaac; husband of Stella Elizabeth Isaac, of Kingston, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 45, Column 1.

Note: HMS Cossack was a Tribal Class Destroyer built by Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) and Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) She was laid down 9th March 1936, launched 8th June 1937 and commissioned 8th June 1938. In October 1941, HMS Cossack (Capt. E.L. Berthon, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) left Gibraltar escorting a slow, UK bound convoy. On the night of the 23rd, she was at the rear of the convoy when a torpedo from U-563 hit forward of the bridge killing Captain Berthon and 158 of his officers and men. A further 29 were injured. Ammunition had exploded; No.1 boiler room was flooding and the survivors abandoned ship using Carley floats. The other escorts picked them up but Cossack did not sink and her fire went out. Part of Cossack's fo'c'sle had been blown away thus making the remainder of the hull more buoyant. Believing that there was a chance that their ship might be saved, the 'Cossacks' reboarded the destroyer. No 1 Boiler Room bulkhead was shored and the other boilers were flashed up. They managed to get the engines running astern but Cossack could not make much speed and it was a long way back to Gibraltar. The crew continued with their struggle to save the Tribal. A tug was in transit from Gibraltar but the weather worsened and the 'Cossacks' were taken off for the night. The once proud destroyer slipped beneath the surface the next day.

McRAE

Foster Moverley (Peter)

Surgeon Lieutenant, H.M.S. Mahratta, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died when his ship was torpedoed by U-990 25th February 1944. Aged 28. Son of Sydney Spencer Redgrave McRae and Sophie Moverley McRae. M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 93, Column 1.

Note: HMS Mahratta was an M-Class Destoyer. At 20.55 hours on 25th February 1944, the HMS Mahratta (G 23) (Lt. Cdr E.A.F. Drought) was hit by a Gnat from U-990 about 280 miles from the North Cape, while escorting the stern sector of convoy JW-57. The destroyer exploded and sank within minutes. Despite of the fact, that the HMS Impulsive (D 11) and HMS Wanderer (D 74) were quickly on the scene to pick up survivors, only 16 survivors could be recovered from the freezing waters. The commander, ten officers and 209 ratings lost their lives.

NATION

Albert Thomas

Leading Stoker D/KX 91438, H.M.S. Trinidad, Royal Navy. Died 14th May 1942. Aged 23. Son of George and Anne Nation; husband of Betty Maud Nation, of Plymouth. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 69, Column 3.

Note: HMS Trinidad (Capt. L.S. Saunders, DSO, RN) was hit by one of her own torpedoes on 29th March 1942, while in battle with the German destroyers Z 24, Z 25 and Z 26, sinking the latter. She received temporary repairs in Murmansk, Russia and sailed for home on 13th May 1942. She was scuttled in the Arctic Ocean north of North Cape after being hit by German Ju-88 bombers on 15 May 1942.

VILLIS

Francis Richard

Sergeant 5670432, 7th Battalion, Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 7th June 1944. Aged 31. Son of Francis Henry and Edith Maud Villis; husband of Kathleen Jessie Villis, of Kingston, Somerset. Buried in HERMANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 3.

WELCH

John

Gunner 4268877, 1st/1st Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 30th July 1942. Aged 26. Son of Benjamin A. and Jane Welch; husband of Beatrice Mary Welch, of Kingston, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 72, Column 1.

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