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BAGSHOT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Neil Bartlett 2009

The Bagshot war memorial was originally placed at the junction of High Street, London Road and Church Road but was relocated to the churchyard at the parish church to facilitate a road widening programme to the A30 in 1948. It is now to be found at St. Anne's Church, Church Road, Bagshot. It is an elaborately floriated Latin cross on a tapering shaft with a four-stepped octagonal base. It cost £600 to erect, the architects being Messrs. Thorp and Claypole. There are 49 names listed on the memorial. Within the church is a Roll of Honour on a scroll covering World War 1 and World War 2. There is one man listed who won the Victoria Cross (V.C.).

As with every community throughout the country it is the focal point for the annual Remembrance Sunday act of remembrance when wreaths are laid, the names of the fallen are read out, and two minute's silence is observed.

TO THE MEN OF BAGSHOT
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY
1914-1919

Photograph Copyright © Neil Bartlett 2009
 
ABBOTT Thomas Aveling
Captain (Adjutant), 2nd (West Riding) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 25th May 1915. Buried in RUE-DAVID MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 47.
ANDERSON, MC Martin Alan
Captain, 211th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 9th May 1917. Aged 29. Son of James Drummond Anderson and Frances Louisa Anderson, of Greycotes, Cavendish Avenue, Cambridge. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 15. Also commemorated on the Cambridge St. Benedict's Memorial and the Cambridge, St. Paul's Memorial.
BEESLEY William Ewart
[Spelt BEASLEY on SDGW] Private G/403, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 1st August 1917. Aged 19. Born Egham, enlisted Guildford, resident Bagshot. Son of Frederick James and Matha Lucy Alice Beesley, of Guildford Rd., Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 36.
BROWN Herbert
Lance Corporal G/541, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 12th May 1917. Aged 39. Born and resident Bagshot. enlisted Guildford. Husband of H. Clements (formerly Brown), of 6, Age Rd., Bagshot, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.
BURLES Charles
Lance Corporal 6614, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 3rd November 1914. Aged 28. Born Reading, enlisted Hounslow, Middlesex, resident Parkstone, Dorset. Husband of Kate Burles, of 245, Ringwood Rd., Parkstone, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45. [Link with Bagshot unknown]
BUTLER Frederick Charles
Sergeant 1180, "C" Company, 1/20th (County of London) Battalion (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment. Killed in action 21st May 1916. Aged 24. Born Windlesham, Bagshot, enlisted New Cross, resident Bagshot. Only son of Ada Mary Butler, of "Oakleigh", Guildford Rd., Bagshot, Surrey, and the late Frederick Nicholas Butler. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9 or 10.
CLEMENTS, MM John
Sergeant G/262, 10th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 22nd September 1917. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Guildford. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 14 to 17 and 162 to 162A.
COCKBURN, MC Charles James

Lieutenant, 6th Jat Light Infantry. Died 7th January 1916. Aged 24. Awarded the Military Medal. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 50.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

COCKBURN, CHARLES JAMES, Lieut., 6th Jats L.I., Indian Army, yr. s. of the late Major Charles James Cockburn, Royal Warwickshire Regt., by his wife, Kate Alice, (Bagshot, Surrey), dau. of the late John Waterer; b. Malta, 27 March, 1891; educ. Wellington College; gazetted 2nd Lieut., 3 Sept. 1910; was attd. to the Berkshire Regt. in India, and was transferred to the Indian Army, 29 Oct. 1911, and promoted Lieut. 3 Dec. 1912. He served in France with the Moorut Division, and afterwards in Mesopotamia, and was killed in action in general Aylmer's Relief Force, 7 Jan. 1916. Lieut. Cockburn was amongst the first to receive the Military Cross. He m. at Cobham, Kent, 16 July, 1915. Helen, dau. of Laman Herbert Evans; s.p. his elder brother, Lieut. J. Cockburn, was killed in action, 25 April, 1915.

COCKBURN John

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8.

Extract from du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:

COCKBURN, John, 2nd Lieut., 1st Battn. Royal Warwickshire Regt., elder s. of the late Major Charles James Cockburn, Royal Warwickshire Regt., by his wife, Kate Alice, (Bagshot, Surrey), dau. of the late John Waterey, of Bagshot; b. Malta, 3 March 1800; educ. Wellington College. On the outbreak of war volunteered as a Desptach Rider, and was given a commission as 2nd. Lieut. in his father's old regt. 2 March 1915. He was killed while leasding his men into action at St. Julien, near Ypres; unm.

COWIE, DSO, CMG Hugh Norman Ramsay

Major, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 20th May 1915. Aged 42. Son of Hugh Cowie, Q.C., J.P.; husband of Victoria A. Cowie, of Varhn, Studland, Dorset. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) and C.M.G. Buried at the south-east corner of the church in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, WEST WOODHAY, Berkshire. Also listed on Charterhouse School Memorial

Extract from The Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915:

COWIE, HUGH NORMAN RAMSAY, Capt., was born at Arrochar, N.B., 17 Sept. 1872, son of Hugh Cowie, Q.C., J.P. He was educated at Charterhouse and Sandhurst, and joined the Dorsetshire Regt. 18 May, 1892, becoming Lieutenant 28 Aug. 1894. He served in the Tirah Expedition in 1897-98, being present at the actions of Chagra Kotal and Dargai, and the capture of Sampagha and Arhanga Passes. Reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and action of 16 Nov. 1897. Operations in the Waran Valley and action of 16 Nov. 1897. Operations in the Bara Valley 7 to 14 Dec. 1897 (Medal with two clasps). He served in the South African War, 1899-1900; operations in Natal, 1899, including operations at Elandslaagte, Rietfontein and Lombard's hop. In the Defence of Ladysmith, including the sortie of 7 Dec. 1899, and action of 6 Jan. 1900 ; operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 Nov. 1900, including actions of Belfast (26 and 27 Aug.) and Lydenberg 5 to 8 Sept. He was mentioned in Despatches (Sir R. H. Buller, 13 Sept. and 9 Nov. 1900 [London Gazette, 8 Feb. 1901]) : received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Hugh Norman Ramsay Cowie, Capt., Dorsetshire Regt. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." The Insignia, etc., were sent to the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, and presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 Aug. 1901. He had become Captain 13 June, 1900. From 5 June, 1901, to 17 Feb. 1904, he was Adjutant, Volunteers, and he was Adjutant, Dorsetshire Regt. from 9 Sept. 1904, to 22 Jan. 1903, when he went to the Staff College. He was D.A.Q.M.G., Headquarters, South Africa, 20 April, 1907, to 1909 ; from 1909 to 1911 a Staff Captain at the War Office, and from 1912-14 Commander of a Company of Gentlemen Cadets at Sandhurst,. In 1914 he was appointed Commandant of the 1st School of Instruction in France. He was created a C.M.G. Major Cowie died on 20 May, 1915, of wounds received whilst in command of the 1st Battn. of his Regiment. He had married, in 1898, Victoria Alexandrina, eldest daughter of the late Sir Howard Elphinstone, K.C.B., C.M.G.

DAVIS Walter Henry
Driver 209827, "C" Battery, 10th Brigade, Royal Artillery. Died as a Prisoner of War in Germany 6th April 1918. Aged 31. Born Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Davis; husband of C. C. Davis, of North Lodge, Stanwick, Aldborough, Yorks. Buried in CAIX BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row I. Grave 3.
DOMONEY Herbert
Private T/242735, 1/5th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died in India 22nd July 1918. Born Winchampton, Dorset, enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot. No known grave. Commemorated on KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL, India. Face B.
DRAPER Bernard Christian
Rifleman Y/450, "B" Company, 10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 24th February 1916. Aged 25. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Son of Richard and Emma Draper, of 1, Mill Lane, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in ESSEX FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.
DRAPER Frank
Private 493165, 13th (County of London) Battalion (Princess Louise's Kensington Battalion), London Regiment. Killed in action 12th May 1917. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Formerly 6451, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9 or 10.
DRAPER Reginald
Private 021070, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 12th May 1917. Enlisted Ascot, resident Bagshot. Buried in JANVAL CEMETERY, DIEPPE, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 4.
GATFIELD John Charles
Private 7902, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 26th August 1914. Aged 27. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Reading. Son of Mr. J. and Mrs. E. Gatfield, of School Lane, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in MAROILLES COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France.
FRIER John
No further information currently available
HALL George
No further information currently available
HARRINGTON Stanley
Private 17205, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Died of wounds 1st August 1917. Aged 25. Born and enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot. Son of Mr. W. J. Harrington, of Brookside, Bagshot, Camberley. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 15.
HAWKINS Ernest Edward
Private 24299, 2/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th october 1917. Born and enlisted Birmingham. Buried in BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY, ROEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 32.
KIRCHER Frederick Herbert
[Listed as Herbert KIRCHER on SDGW] Private G/997, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 14th June 1916. Aged 19. Born Farnham, enlisted Guildford, resident Bagshot. Son of Frederick and Ellen Kircher, of 5, Rose Cottages, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 30.
KNAPP Albert George
Private 37160, 7th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 9th November 1918. Aged 34. Enlisted Camberley, resident Chobham. Son of Francis George and Emma Knapp, of Newbury, Berks; husband of Rose May Knapp, of Medhurst Cottage, Burrow Hill, Chobham, Surrey. Buried in the south corner of QUEVY-LE-PETIT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Quevy, Hainaut, Belgium.
MAY David Tyrell
Corporal L/9369, 1st Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 28th April 1916. Aged 25. Born Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, enlisted Guildford, resident Bagshot. Son of Alice Reed (formerly May), of Guildford Rd., Bagshot, Camberley, and the late J. May (Instructor, Royal Berkshire Regt.). Buried in CAMBRIN CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section J. Grave 6.
MOTH Frederick John
Private 7368, 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 3rd November 1914. Born Windlesham, enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 45.
MUNDAY Charles Thomas
Pioneer 255192, 48th Division Singal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 24th August 1917. Aged 23. Born camberwell, enlisted Peckham. Son of Charles and Emma Munday, of Peckham, London. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY No.3, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 10.
PERROTT Arthur Hennis

Lieutenant (Adjutant), 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 10th September 1914. Aged 29. Son of Major-General Sir T. Perrott, K.C.B. Buried in OULCHY-LE-CHATEAU CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 1A.

Extract from THE BOND OF SACRIFICE - VOLUME 1 August to December 1914:

LIEUTENANT ARTHUR HENNIS PERROTT, ADJUTANT 1st BATTN. PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF WALES'S (ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT), was the son of Major-General Sir T. Perrott, K.C.B ., and was born on the 13th June, 1885. He was educated at Windlesham House and Wellington, where he was in the Hill from 1899 to 1903, in which latter year he got his cap. After a year at the R.M.C., Sandhurst, he was gazetted to the Royal Berkshire Regiment in August, 1905, becoming Lieutenant in July, 1909.
From April, 1909, to June, 1910, he was A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding the Straits Settlements, and was appointed Adjutant of his battalion in February, 1913.
Lieutenant Perrott accompanied his battalion to France in August, and was killed in action on the 10th September, 1914, near Gengoulph, when the battalion was acting as vanguard to the IInd Division after crossing the Marne. He was buried in the churchyard at Hautesvesnes, prov. Aisne.
He was a member of the Junior United Service Club, and was a good sportsman.

PAICE Reginald James
Private 2078, "C" Squadron, Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars. Died of wounds 28th April 1915. Aged 26. Born Sandhurst, enlisted Oxford, resident Bagshot. Son of Walter and Catherine Paice, of Park Farm, Frimley, Surrey. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 158.
PARKER Joseph Ambrose
Private 7/542, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) transferred to 335206, 428th Company, Eastern Commaand Labour Centre, Labour Corps. Died 5th March 1919. Aged 43. Son of Robert William Parker; husband of Alice Isabel Parker, of 4, Laurel Cottages, Bagshot. Buried in the north-west part of BAGSHOT BURIAL GROUND, WINDLESHAM, Surrey.
ROBINSON F G
No further information currently available
ROSE Frederick John
Private T/240562, 1/5th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died in Mesopotamia 27th Seotember 1916. Aged 33. Born, resident and enlisted Bagshot. Son of George and Elizabeth Rose, of 1, Laurel Cottage, High St., Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row T. Grave 18.
ROWE Herbert A M
No further information currently available
SEARLE Benjamin
Private 39027, 2nd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died in Egypt 11th December 1917. Aged 43. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Aldershot. Husband of Emma Searle, of 2, Fairlight Cottages, Guildford Rd., Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Row D. Grave 261.
SMITHERS George Edward
[Listed as SMETHERS on the memorial but SMITHERS on 1911 Census, CWGC and SDGW] Private 48177, 27th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 26th March 1917. Aged 38. Born Windlesham [1911 census states Bagshot], enlisted Camberley. Son of the late John Jeffery and Jane Smithers, of High St., Bagshot, Surrey. House decorator, aged 32, unmarried, living with his brother and family in the 1911 census. Buried in AVESNES-LE-COMTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 15.
SOAN George Edward
Private 425341 & A22680 [Canadian Archives] or 42534 [CWGC], 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Died 6th November 1918. Aged 26. Born 13th November 1894 in Surrey. Son of Mrs. Clara Francis, of 1, Laurel Cottages, Jenkins Hill, Bagshot, Surrey. Teamster by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 16th September 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Height 5 feet 5 inches. girth 34 inches, complexion fair, eyes brown, hair brown; Church of England. Buried in QUIEVRAIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Quievrain, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 12. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9144 - 48
STENNETT John William
Private 51302, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 10th August 1918. Aged 34. Born Bracebridge, Lincoln, enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot. Son of Thomas and Mary Stennett, husband of Agnes Stennett, of Connaught House, Bagshot, Camberley, Surrey. Buried in BOUCHOIR NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme. France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 46.
STEVENS Henry Edward
Corporal T/240346, "B" Company, 1/5th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died in India 3rd October 1918. Aged 27. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Son of James and Ellen E. Stevens, of "Waverley View", Guildford Rd., Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in Bangalore (Hosur Road) Cemetery. Commemorated on MADRAS 1914-1918 WAR MEMORIAL, CHENNAI, India. face 6.
SUMNER George William
Private 7796, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 3rd July 1916. Aged 38. Born Windlesham, enlisted Yorkstown, resident Bagshot. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Sumner, of Pinewood Farm, Bagshot; husband of Emily Sumner, of High St., Bagshot, Surrey. A Reservist. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.
TAYLOR Charles William
Sergeant 13634, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers. Died of wounds 24th January 1918. Born and enlisted Basingstoke, resident Bagshot. ***Not listed on CWGC***.
TAYLOR George
Private S/213, 2nd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 6th November 1914. Born Bagshot, enlisted Guildford, resident Tongham. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 11 - 13 and 14.
TRUEMAN George
Private G/6119, 8th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 17th June 1916. Aged 34. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Son of James and Ann Trueman, of 3, Connaught Rd., Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in DRANOUTRE MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row D. Grave 6.
TURNER William
No further information currently available
VARNDELL Charles Henry Essex
Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 13th March 1916. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Varndell, of Bagshot; husband of Janet Kay Varndell, of 28, Roseneath Place, Edinburgh. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row J. Grave 7.
VENN, DCM Henry 'Harry'
Sergeant 7951, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 17th March 1915. Aged 28. Born Sunninghill, Berkshire, enlisted Reading, resident Bagshot. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). Son of Emily and the late William Venn, of "Park View," Park Lane, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 10.
WEEKS George William
No further information currently available
WHEELER Albert
Sergeant 8377, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 26th February 1918. Aged 30. Born Yateley, Hampshire, enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot [Baglist on SDGW]. Son of Edward and Alice Wheeler, of College Ride, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in NINE ELMS BRITISH CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row D. Grave 19.
WHITE Jack
Private T/240058, 1/5th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died in Mesopotamia 29th August 1916. Born, resident and enlisted Bagshot.
WHITE James
Private T/1925, 1/5th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died in Mesopotamia 8th July 1916. Aged 26. Born and resident Bagshot, enlisted Camberley. Son of Mr. E. White, of 4, Morris Cottage, Jenkins Hill, Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row T. Grave 7.
WICKENS Herbert
No further information currently available
WOOD Charles William
Private TF/241800, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 24th September 1917. Aged 39. Enlisted Camberley, resident Bagshot. Son of William and Eliza Wood, of " Bourne View," Chertsey Rd., Chobham, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 113 to 115.
WROTH Sydney Stanley
Lance Corporal L/11314, 3rd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 10th May 1915. Born hackney, Middlesex, enlisted London. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 49 and 51.
SECOND WORLD WAR
1939-1945
ANDERSON, VC, DSO John Thompson McKellar

Major 126502, 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died 5th October 1943. Aged 25. Son of John and Mary Anne McNicol McKellar Anderson; husband of Moira Anderson, of Chessington, Surrey. B.A. Hons. (Cantab.). Awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) and thr Distinguished Service order (D.S.O.). Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 44.

Extract from London Gazette 29th June 1943:

During the attack on Longstop Hill, Tunisia, on 23rd April, 1943, Major Anderson, as leading Company Commander, led the assault on the battalion's first objective. Very heavy casualties were incurred, including the Commanding Officer killed and all other Company Commanders killed or wounded. Major Anderson re-organised the battalion, led the assault on the second objective, and, despite a leg wound, captured Longstop Hill with a total force of only four officers and less than forty other ranks. He personally led attacks on at least three enemy machine-gun positions and in every case was the first man in the enemy gun-pits. It is largely due to this officer's bravery and daring that Longstop Hill was captured, and it was the inspiration of his example that encouraged leaderless men to continue the advance.

CHERRY Frederick John

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1332233, 408 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th March 1943. Aged 21. Son of Henry and Annie Cherry, of Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in KIEL WAR CEMETERY, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Plot 4. Row A. Grave 19.

Note: 408 Squadron was based at RAF Leeming in 1943, flying Handley Page Halifax B.II and B.V bombers.

EVANS William James
Warrant Officer (Air Bomber) 1313499, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 31st July 1945. Aged 29. Son of William John Draper Evans and Ellen May Evans, of Bagshot; husband of Clarissa Evans, of Bagshot. Buried in LIGHTWATER BURIAL GROUND, WINDLESHAM, Surrey. Plot I. Grave 98.
FLYNN Leslie George

Flying Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 128613, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th June 943. Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot 9. Row F. Collective grave 13-16.

Note: No. 218 Squadron flew to France on 2nd September 1939, and made valuable reconnaissance flights and leaflet raids in Battle aircraft in the early days of the war. In June 1940, after having hindered the German advance into France by bombing the enemy's lines of communications and troop concentrations (and having suffered heavy casualties in the process) it was evacuated to England to be re-equipped with Bristol Blenheim medium-range bombers. Five months later, when it was equipped with Wellington long-range aircraft, it became a heavy-bomber squadron. Its targets were of the widest variety - from industrial centres, railways, Noball (V-weapon) sites and gun batteries, to the Channel ports, oil and petrol installations, and concentrations of troops and armour. The squadron was re-equipped with Stirling four-engined bombers (the first of the real "heavies") beginning in December 1941 - three months after His Excellency the Governor of the Gold Coast and the peoples of the Gold Coast territories officially adopted the squadron - and the Stirlings were, in turn, replaced by Lancasters in the summer of 1944.

Immediately before the German capitulation in May 1945, when the heavy bombers' offensive ceased, the Gold Coast squadron dropped food supplies to the starving Dutch people, and subsequently its aircraft were busily employed ferrying liberated POWs to England from the Continent.

FRANCIS D'Arcy Clifford
Second Lieutenant 193645, 2nd Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 2nd January 1942. Aged 21. Son of Clifford Claude and Aline Ruth Bagot Francis. No known grave, Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 25.
HERRIDGE Philip

Wireman O/MX 68015, H.M.S. Dunedin, Royal Navy. Died 24th November 1941. Aged 21. Son of William and Mary A. S. Herridge, of Bagshot, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 57, Column 1.

Note: HMS Dunedin (Capt. Richard Stratford Lovatt, RN) was sunk at 1526 hours on 24 November 1941 in the Central Atlantic east of St. Paul's Rocks, north east of Recife, Brazil in position 03º00'S, 26º00'W by 2 torpedoes from the German submarine U-124. Only 4 officers and 63 men survived out of a crew of 486 officers and men. There is a web site dedicated to HMS Dunedin.

HUMPHRIES Teddy Roy
No further information currently available
MORAN Thomas
Fusilier 11405276, 7th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died 17th April 1945. Aged 30. Son of Thomas and Cecelia Moran; husband of Margaret Moran, of Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 55. Row A. Grave 10.
PARKER Frederick
Sapper 1919939, 709 General Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Died 12th April 1940. Aged 38. Son of Mark and Rose Parker; husband of Ivy Parker, of Bagshot, Surrey. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 15. Row D. Grave 2.
ROSE Robert
Lance Corporal 6084887, 2/5th Battalion, Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 20th may 1940. Aged 27. Son of George and Harriet Rose, of Bagshot, Surrey; husband of B. A. Rose, of Laghey, Co. Donegal, Irish Republic. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 36.
WHITE Jack Herbert

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 615462, 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 29th July 1942. Buried in SAGE WAR CEMETERY, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 7.

Note: When the Second World War broke out the squadron was at Doncaster and engaged in training crews to operational standard for No.5 Group. It moved back to Finningley and then to Upper Heyford (No.6 Training Group) during the third and fourth weeks of September 1939, and in April, 1940, lost its identity when it was absorbed into No.16 OTU. It re-formed at Finningley at the end of April - again as a Hampden bomber squadron - but was disbanded three weeks later.

Re-formed again in August 1940, at Leeming, No.7 became the first squadron in Bomber Command to have four-engined bombers, and by early 1941 had moved to Oakington and was ready to begin operations with its new Short Stirlings. On the night of 10/11th February 1941, No.7 made its first bombing attack with the Stirlings - on oil storage tanks at Rotterdam - and just over two months later paid its first visit to Berlin. Among other early targets were Brest, Rotterdam, Emden (this was the target when the squadron made its first daylight raid, on 28th April), Hamburg and Mannheim. In 1942 minelaying was added to the squadron's duties and in May and June its Stirlings took part in the 1,000-bomber raids on Cologne, Essen and Bremen. Later that year it was one of the five squadrons selected to form the nucleus of the Pathfinder Force.

In May 1943, Lancasters began to replace the Stirlings, and in August seventeen of the squadron's new aircraft took part in the famous raid on Peenemunde. For the remainder of that year and the early part of 1944 night attacks on Germany continued, but with the approach of the Allied invasion, France became the main target area. During the early stages of the liberation campaign a number of daylight attacks were made on German troop positions.

There is a website for the 7 Squadron Association

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