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STRATTON ON THE FOSSE WAR MEMORIAL

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

The Stratton on the Fosse war memorial is to be found at the junction of Church Lane, and the A367, Stratton on the Fosse. It takes the form of a base surmounted by a square plinth, a tapered shaft, and a lantern cross with figures in the lantern. The inscription is inset on tablets fixed to the sides of the plinth. On one face can be seen Christ being crucified on the cross and on another face the figure of St Vigor. The memorial cost £1,191 14s 6d to build and was unveiled 20th January 1923. There are 9 names listed for World War 1 and 7 names for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Duncan Brownlie 2009

IN THANKSGIVING TO GOD
FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF THOSE
WHO FROM THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD
WENT TO THE GREAT WARS
1914-1918 AND 1939-1945

1914-1918

CURTIS

Bernard

Private 19208, 8th (Service) Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 19th November 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Malmesbury, Wiltshire; lived at Stratton-on-the-Fosse; and enlisted at Midsomer Norton.

DEVERELL

[Albert] Edward

Private TF/266779, ‘D’ Company, 21st (Service) Battalion (Islington), Middlesex Regiment. He previously served as Private 8357, Cambridgeshire Regiment; before transferring to the Middlesex Regiment. He was killed in action on the 9th April 1918 aged 18, and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Combe Down, Somerset; lived at Stratton-on-the-Fosse; and enlisted at Taunton.

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. Also listed on the Chilcompton War Memorial.

OBORN

Charles [P]

Listed as Charles P. Oborne on CWGC] Private TR7/9679, Training Reserve Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. (Note different spelling of surname on the memorial). He died on the 20th March 1917 aged 18, and is buried at Downside (St Benedict) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Oborne of St. Vigors Cottage, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset. Born at Morstome, Dorset. He is not listed in Soldiers Died in the Great War.

FARNHAM

[Cyril] Flagg

Private 51403, 3rd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He is not listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register or Soldiers Died in the Great War. However, he has a recorded date of death during the December 1915 quarter, Shepton Mallet district; indicating that he was discharged from the army prior to his death. The National Archives lists him as Private 51403 Farnham Cyril Flagg, Somerset Light Infantry.

HOLDER

Bernard

There is no record of this man on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register or Soldiers Died in the Great War. However the National Archives lists a Private 18092 Bernard C. Holder, Grenadier Guards. There is record of a Bernard C. Holder with a date of death in the March 1919 quarter, St George Hanover Square district, London’ aged 24; indicating that he was discharged from the army prior to his death.

MOON

George

Private 20750, ‘A’ Company, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 aged 19, and is buried at Redan Ridge, Cemetery No 1, Beaumont-Hamel, France. Son of Albert Moon of Fosse Cottage, Stratton-on-Fosse, Somerset. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born and lived at Stratton-on-the-Fosse; and enlisted at Midsomer Norton.

PERKINS

Thomas

Private 10959, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. He was killed in action on the 15th September 1916, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he was born at Stoke Bottom, Somerset; lived at Bath; and enlisted at Taunton.

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. Also listed on the Chilcompton War Memorial.

1939 – 1945

CAHILL

Michael [Joseph Patrick]

[Listed as CAHIL on memorial] Third Radio Officer Michael Joseph Patrick Cahill, SS Empire Impala (London), Merchant Navy. He died on the 11th March 1943 aged 19, and is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Son of Thomas James Cahill and Helena Cahill. The Empress Impala was a steam merchant ship, and part of convoy SC-121 on route from New York to Hull. She was sunk on the 7th March 1943 by the U-591 with the loss of 41 lives; there were no survivors.

CULLEN

Fred

Corporal 64, Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. He died on the 2nd March 1945 aged 56, and is buried at Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong.

HUNT

William [James]

Rifleman 6916723 Hunt, 8th (2nd Bn. The London Rifle Brigade) Battalion, Rifle Brigade. He died on the 29th June 1944 aged 27, and is buried at Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France. Son of Albert Edward and Louisa Hunt; husband of Marion Hunt of Hayes, Middlesex.

JONES

Vincent [John Benedict]

Private 5675263 Jones, 1/7th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). He died on the 22nd October 1944 aged 27, and is buried at Brussels Town Cemetery, Belgium. Son of John Benedict Jones and Gertrude Lily Jones of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset.

POWELL

Albert [William]

Private D/21033, 30th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He died on the 9th August 1942 aged 57, and is buried at Stratton-on-the-Fosse (St. Vigor) Churchyard. Son of Mr and Mrs Albert Powell; husband of Harriet Powell, of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset. Also served in the 1914-18 War.

LE SUEUR

John [Henry Rondel]

Lieutenant Colonel, C.R.E. 5th Division, Royal Engineers. He died on the 31st May 1940 aged 41, and is buried at De Panne Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Son of Walter Rondel Le Sueur and Margaret Elizabeth Le Sueur; husband of Angela Mary Le Sueur of Castle Cary, Somerset. M.A. (Cantabury).

YOUNG

Walter [Edward]

Private 14498775, 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. He died on the 18th April 1945 aged 18, and is buried at Reichswald Forest Cemetery, Germany. Son of Harold Edward and Clara Isobel Young of Stratton-on-the Fosse, Somerset.

Last updated 16 March, 2009

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