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MILVERTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © David Greig 2007
r esearched Martin Edwards

The memorial stands just inside the west gate of St Michael and All Angels church, St Michael's Hill, Milverton. Thye memorial has a three-stepped, octagonal base upon which stands a square plinth with tapering shaft leading to a cross. There are 30 names for World War 1 and 10 for World War 2. It was unveiled on 13th February 1921 by Brigadier General H C Firth and dedicated by the Bishop Suffragan of Taunton. The builders were Messrs. Harry Hems & Sons. In 1990 the memorial was cleaned and the lettering re-blackened.

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WARS
1914 - 1919

BRICE
Frederick aka Fred
Private 14458, 8th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 31. Born Ashbrittle, Wellington, Somerset, enlisted Taunton, resident Wellington. Brother of Mrs. Mary Ann Pike, of Charles Cottage, Ottisford, Wellington, Somerset. In the 1911 census he was a boarder, aged 26, a Farm Labourer, born Ashbriitle, Somerset, resident Langford Budville, Wellington, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A.
BULL
Harry
Private, Hereford Regiment. In the 1911 census Harry Bull was a boarder, aged 23, born Milverton, Somerset, a Domestic Journeyman gardener, resident The Gardens, Hickleton Hall, Doncaster. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, son of Elizabeth Bull, born and resident Milverton. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, son of William and Elizabeth Bull, born and resident Milverton. His birth was registered in the Wellington Registration District, Somerset in the October to December Quarter 1887. No Harry Bull found in the Herefordshire Regiment, there is a Tom BULL, Private 2078, 1st/1st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 9 August 1915. Aged 27. Born and resident Milverton, enlisted Hereford. Son of Elizabeth Ann Bull, of The College, Milverton, Taunton. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Pamel 198.
BURSTON
Frank
Private A40211, 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 24 April 1916. Aged 35. Born 13 October 1880 in Milverton, Somerset. Son of Robert and Hannah Burston, of Milverton, Somerset. Painter by trade. Unmarried at enlistment. Enlisted 21 December 1914 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, aged 34 years 6 months, height 5 feet 4 inches, girth 37½ inches, complexion dark, eyes brown, hair black, rellgious demonination Church of England. In the 1891 census he was aged 10, a scholar, son of Robert and Emma Burston, born Somerset, residnet Borth Street, Milverton. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 18 - 26 - 28. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1319 - 26
CORNISH
Tom
Private 25586, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 16 September 1916. Born and resident Milverton, enlisted Taunton. In the 1911 census he was the son of Robert and Eliza Cornish, aged 21, a Butcher's Assistant, born Milverton and resident Little Bickley, Somerset. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born and resident Milverton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 A.
CRIDLAND
Ernest J
Private 2039, 2nd/5th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in the Indian Theatre of War 17 August 1915. Aged 18. Born and enlisted Milverton. Son of William and Mary Cridland, of New Buildings, Milverton, Somerset. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY. Myanmar (Burma). Plot 27. Row J. Grave 9.
HAYES
Samuel [James]
[Listed as Private on memorial] Gunner RMA/6821, Royal Marine Artillery. Died 6 July 1919. Aged 38. Son of James and Harriet Hayes; husband of Annie Hayes, of Houndsmoor, Milverton. Buried by the North door in St. MICHAEL CHURCHAYRD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
HODGE
William
Private 3/8539, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 May 1915. Aged 26. Born and resident Wiveliscombe, enlisted Cardiff, Glamorgan. Son of Frank and Eliza Hodge, of Ridge Famm, Wiveliscombe, Somerset. Formerly 13587, Somerset Light Infantry. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.
JENNINGS
George
Sapper 495028, 121st Feild Company, Royal Engineers. Died 26 January 1919. Aged 28. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Jennings, of Fore St., Milverton, Somerset. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XIII. Row B. Grave 3.
JENNINGS
Thomas Henry
Private 203358, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Kiloled in action 4 October 1917. Born and resident Milverton, enlisted Wellington, Somerset. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY. West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 18.
KNOWLES
Richard Cameron
Lieutenant, 114th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 10 July 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.
MAUNDERS
Sidney Albert
Private 25560, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died 5 November 1916. Aged 24. Born Bishop's Lydeard, Someret, enlisted Taunton, resident Milverton. Son of George and Anne Maunder, of Milverton; husband of Eva Maunder, of Houndsmoor, Milverton, Somerset. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Secrtion O. Plot I. Row F. Grave 5.
MAUNDERS
William John
Private 26521, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 4 July 1918. Born Fitzhead, Someset, enlisted Milverton. Buried in CHAUNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot 1. Row A. Grave 17.
MOORE
Charles [Henry]
Corporal 602065, 54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 17 January 1919. Aged 35. Born 23 November 1883 in Exeter. Son of S. M. Moore; husband of N. B. Moore, of 2, West St., Bampton. Born at Exeter. In the 1901 census Charles H Moore was the grandson of Esther Andrews, aged 17, a House Painter, born Exeter, Devon, resident Sand Street, Milverton. When he enlisted he was a Painer by trade, married, husband of Mrs E H Moore, of 1 Sivecl (?) Place, Heavitree, Exeter. He enlisted 13 January 1915, and was passed fit 25 January, at galt, Ontario, Canada, aged 31, height 5 feet 10 inches, girth 37 inches. complexion fair, eyes blue, hair dark brown, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in BIDEFORD PUBLIC CEMETERY, Devon. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 412. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6320 - 15
MOUNTSTEPHEN
Abram
[Listed as Canadians on memorial] Private M2/181279, 688th Motorised Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Blakans 7 November 1918. Aged 33. Born North Perry, Somerset, enlisted Taunton, resident Milverton. Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Mountstephen; husband of Emily Mountstephen, of Fore St., Milverton, Somerset. Born at Ham, North Curry, Somerset. Buried in SKOPJE BRITISH CEMETERY, Republic of Macedonia. Section H. Grave 11.
NORMAN
Frederick
[Listed as Canadians on memorial] Private T4/186776, 163rd Horse Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in the Blakans 5 November 1918. Aged 39. Born Cardiff, enlisted Taunton, resident Milverton. Son of Abraham and Elizabeth Norman, of Fore St., Milverton, Somerset. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 1913.
OWEN
Tom
Private, R F A - No futher information currently available
PARKER
William
Private, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). - No futher information currently available
PERRY
Frederick [Thomas]
Private 41746, 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action 16 August 1917. Born Bradford-on-Tyne, enlisted Wellington. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, son of Robert and Jane Perry, born Bradford, Somerswrt, resident Bradford, Somerset.No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 70 to 72.
PERRY
William
Private 241549, 1/5th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action in Egyptian Theatre of War 4 September 1917. Born and resident Milverton, enlisted Taunton. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Plot XVI. Row G. Grave 16.
POOLE
Baden Victor
Private, Devonshire Regiment. Birth registered in the April to June Quarter 1900 in the Wellington Registration District. in In the 1901 census he was less than one year old. Son of George and Mary Poole, born and resident Milverton. Civil death registered in the Wellington Registration District March 1919, aged 18.
PREECE, Croix de Guerre
Henry [George]
Private, 74085, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 29 October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Edwin Henry Preece, of The George Hotel, Milverton. Buried in North-West part of ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset. [No mention other than on memorial of the award of the Croix de Guerre]
PULSFORD
Geoffrey [Robert]
Private 131662, 25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 1 February 1919. Aged 19. Born Milverton, enlisted Wellington. Son of Mary Jane Pulsford, of Orwell, Ohio, U.S.A., and the late Charles Pulsford. Formerly 29934, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on COLOGNE MEMORIAL, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
SEAMAN
Thomas aka Tom
Private 425726, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Died 19 September 1916. Aged 24. Born 10 November 1892 in Milverton. Son of Edwin and Emily Seaman, of Court Cottages, Milverton, Somerset. Farmer by trade. Unmarried at enlisted ment. Previously served 2 years with Somerset Light Infantry. Enlisted and passed fit 3 December 1915 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, aged 23 years 1 month, height 5 feet 10½ inches. girth 37 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair brown, religious denomination Church of England. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row A. Grave 2A. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8752 - 40
SHATTOCK
[Henry] James
[Listed as R War. R on memorial] Private PLY/8498, Plymouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed in action 6 May 1915. Born 26 February 1880 in Milverton. In the 1911 census he was aged 30, married to Alice Shattock, with two children, ba Marine in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, born Milverton, resident 17 Hotham Place, Stoke, Devonport, Devon; eventually they moved to 47 Cremyll St, Stonehouse, Devon. In 1914 he was with RNAS Armoured Car Section ("Motor Bandits") and then with the Royal Marine Briagde from 30 September 1914 until his death. In the 1891 census he is listed as James Shaddock alias Henry James Shattock, grandson of Sarah Shaddock (sic), aged 10. born and resident Milverton. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 2 to 7.
STONE
George
[Listed as Private on memorial] Shoeing Smith RTS/10548, Remount Depot, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 19 November 1918. Aged 47. Son of the late James and Mary Ann Stone; husband of Mary Florence Stone, of Houndsmoor, Milverton. Buried in North part of ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
SYMONS
George
Private 201437, 1st/4th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in United Kingdom 23 June 1918. Born Clatworthy, Somerset, enlisted Milverton, resident Wiveliscombe. Buried in West part of ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
TARR
Tom
Private 27678, 8th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Taunton, resident Wellington. Formerly 1162, West Somerset Yeomanry. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
VICKERY, MM
William
Private 10061, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 28 September 1917. Aged 42. Born Wiveliscombe, enlisted Taunton, resident Milverton. Husband of Caroline Vickery, of Houndsmoor, Milverton, Somerset. Served in the South African Campaign. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXVII. Row B. Grave 4.
WHAITES
William
Private 21654, 3rd Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in United Kingdom 21 April 1916. Aged 37. Enlisted Wellington, resident Milverton. Son of George and Ann Whaites, of Court Bottoms, Milverton. Buried West of the church in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
1939 - 1945
BAILEY
Harold
Lance Sergeant 5667872, 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 10 July 1944. Aged 35. Buried in BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XII. Row A. Grave 5.
CORNISH
R
Sergeant A, R T K S - No further information currently available
FENTON
George Geoffrey James
Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Artillery commanding 85 Mountain Regiment. Died 26 May 1944. Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XV. Row D. Grave 24.
LING
Thomas Joseph
Corporal 799217, 2nd/7th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 4 April 1944. Aged 33. Husband of Daisy Harriett Ling, of Milverton, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. panel 8.
MAUNDERS
Thomas Victor
[Listed a RAFVR on memorial] Pilot Officer (Observer) 48745, 142 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 14 July 1942. Aged 20. Son of Charles Victor and Hilda Catherine Maunders, of Milverton. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
POOLE
Anthony AlbertA
Private 5682175, 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 12 July 1944. Aged 31. Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Plot X. Row G. Grave 10.
PERRY
Percival Edward
[memorial lists him as Leading Stoker] Petty Office Stoker D/KX 83200, H.M.S. Sultan, Royal Navy. Died 16 February 1942. Aged 27. Son of Samuel and Alice Maud Perry, of Milverton, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 102. Column 1.
ROWEN
Herbert
Private 4625853, 1st Battaolion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Died 8 June 1944. Aged 32. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rowen, of Eastville, Bristol. Buried in IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot1. Row B. Grave 13.
SHARLAND
Cecil
Sergeant 837395, Royal Artillery. Died 15 June 1941. Aged 25. Son of Thomas and Ethel Mary Sharland, of Milverton; husband of Florence Sharland, of Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Buried in ST. MICHAEL CHURCHYARD, MILVERTON, Somerset.
WINTER
Douglas
Marine PLY/X 2804, H.M.S. Prince of Wales, Royal Marines. Lost when his ship was sunk by the japanese 10 December 1941. Aged 26. Son of John Winter, and of Emma Winter, of Taunton, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 60, Column 1.

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