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HASLEMERE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Barbara Jeffers - 2006

Haslemere has several war memorials, there is one memorial in the High Street, one in St Bartholomew's churchyard and one in St Stephen's churchyard, some names duplicated and some not. There is also Haslemere memorial recreation ground, this has two identical dedicatory plaques with the inscription in black lettering on a white background, the Waverley Borough Council are responsible for this memorial.

This page deals with the memorial in the High Street which is in the form of a brick base surmounted by double plinth, a shaft and cross with gabled top. The inscription and World War 1 names are carved on the sides of the plinth and World War 2 names are listed on bronze plaques attached to the sides of the plinth. Haslemere Town Council are responsible for the memorial. There are 62 names for World War 1 and 47 for World War 2. The original memorial was designed by Mr Indigo Triggs and cost £362 0s 0d. Haslemere Town Council have looked after the memorial well. Around 2001 a reveller who climbed the memorial during New Year broke off the cross. It was repaired and the work paid for by the family of the person who did it. On 14th August 2003 the memorial was designated as Grade II listed. In 2004 the shaft was broken almost in half and the cross was broken off completely during New Year celebrations when a reveller climbed to the top. A quote for the cost of the repair work was around £2,000. In 2006 the Council applied for funding to repair the memorial through the English Heritage/Wolfson Foundation War Memorial Grant Scheme, the work being cleaning, re-pointing, replacement of damaged stonework, repair of the plinth and to lay sandstone paving.

Extract from Haslemere herald Today - Tindle Newspapers Ltd - 11th August 2006:

A CAMPAIGN launched by Sir Ray Tindle, proprietor of The Herald newspaper group, last month to raise money to restore the town’s war memorial to its former glory, has got off to a good start. Among a number of donations to the war memorial fund, the most recent has been made in memory of a Haslemere man who was killed at just 19 years of age. Neville Frederick Rogers, whose name is listed on the memorial, was a flying officer with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died in a tragic accident when the two-manned Beaufighter bomber in which he was flying crashed in Yorkshire while on a circuit of the airport on July 26, 1943. He is buried in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s Church in Derby Road. Neville was one of two children of Frederick and Hilda Rogers, who lived in Highercombe Road, Haslemere, from 1926 onwards. He was a member of St Bartholomew’s choir and sang his first solo at the age of 17. He went to school in Haslemere before moving on to Guildford Technical College, where he was studying to become an architect. He signed up at the age of 18, and went on to train as a pilot in Canada. The money for the fund was donated by his sister, who does not wish to be named. Speaking this week, Haslemere mayor Brian Howard said that there had been a good response to the appeal, but more money was needed. “We have raised just over £4,300 for the project,” he said. Work is expected to start on the war memorial in September and is planned to be completed for this year’s Remembrance Day service in November. Anyone wishing to help in the appeal should send a cheque made payable to Haslemere Town Council to the Town Clerk, Haslemere Town Council, High Street, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 2HG.

Recreation ground:

HASLEMERE WAR MEMORIAL
RECREATION GROUND
THIS GROUND WAS PURCHASED BY THE
HASLEMERE WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
IN 1921 AND PRESENTED TO THE
HASLEMERE URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL
AS A THANK-OFFERING FOR
THOSE WHO SERVED AND THOSE
WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR.

High Street memorial

WE DIED FOR ENGLAND
SEE THAT YOU LIVE FOR HER
TO THE MEMORY OF
HASLEMERE MEN WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919

BARTLETT

Edmund Charles

[Spelt Edmond on SWDG] Driver 136819, 67th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 12th February 1918. Aged 23. Born Northchapel, Sussex, enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Son of George and Jane Bartlett, of 4, Popes Mead, West St., Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in NEUFCHATEL-HARDELOT (NEUFCHATEL) CHURCHYARD, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 21.

BAVIN

William Joseph

Lance Corporal 4045, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 30th January 1917. Aged 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bavin, of Rydings Cottage, Liberty Lane, Addlestone, Surrey. Buried in COURCELETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 21.

BERRY

James T

Private G/25327, 1st Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 21st September 1918. Enlsited and resident Haslemere. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 3.

BOOKER

George Lewis

Chief Stoker 295851, H.M. Submarine K5, Royal Navy. Died 31st July 1918. Aged 45. Son of James Booker, of Sunny Side, Shepherd's Hill, Haslemere; husband of Agnes Maria Booker, of 5, Klondyke Villas, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 27.

BRIDGER

Ernest [Edward]

Serjeant G/2188, 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 10th August 1917. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 11-13 and 14.

BUSH

J

Driver 136807, 129th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 13th November 1918. Son of G. H. Bush, of 2, Boxworth Cottages, King's Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot L. Row B. Grave 31.

CAESAR

Arthur J

Lance Corporal 76367, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 19th September 1918. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Formerly 07379, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

CLAPSHAW

Harold Walter

Gunner 67096, 308th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 3rd November 1917. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. No known grave. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row K. Grave 37.

COOPER

Alfred D

Private 52095, 11th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Killed in action 1st December 1917. Born Fulham, Middlesex, enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Formerly 10717, 18th Hussars. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 13.

COVEY

William Alfred

Private G/37894, 1st Battalion, TheQueen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 4th February 1917. Born Wisborough Green, Sussex, enlisted and resident Haslemere. Buried in HEM FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, HEM-MONACU, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 9.

DAVIES

David Charles

Private 52452, 19th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died in Egypt 17th October 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Haslemere. Son of Charles and Emily Davies, of Altamont Cottages, Petworth Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly 20359, 2nd R.C.R. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 11.

EDGELER

Percival

Lieutenant, East African Military Labour Corps. Died 17th August 1918. Aged 40. Son of James Sturt Edgeler, of "Coombelea," Critchmere, Haslemere. Buried near the south boundary in ST. STEPHEN CHURCHYARD, SHOTTERMILL, Surrey.

FARMINER

Arthur John

Private T/205260, 1st Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 20th May 1917. Aged 38. Born, resident and enlisted Haslemere. Son of William and Ellen Farminer, of Ivy Cottage, Shepherd's Hill, Haslemere; husband of Sarah Jane Farminer, of 33, Shepherd's Hill, Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAl, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

FITZMAURICE

Maurice Alexander Ross Geraldine

Lieutenant, 21st Field Company, Sappers and Miners, Lahore Division, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 5th [SGDW] or 6th [CWGC] August 1915. Aged 23. Elder son of the late John Day Stokes Fitzmaurice, I.C.S. Judge of Dharwar, and of Emily Grace Ellen Fitzmaurice, of The Haven, Haslemere, Surrey. Scholar of Felsted School, Essex. A Government Engineer at Bareilly, India. Born at Satara, Bombay Presidency, India. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVII. Row C. Grave 40.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part One, page 135:

FITZMAURICE, MAURICE ALEXANDER ROSS GERALDINE, Lieut., R.E. 21st Field Coy., 3rd Sappers and Miners, Lahore Division, elder s. of the late John Day Stokes Fitzmaurice, Judge of Dharwar, Bombay Presidency, Indian Civil Service, by his wife, Emily Grace Ellen (The Haven, Haslemere), dau. of the late Professor Samuel Cooke, M.A., etc., Principal Coll. of Science, Poona, India; b. Satara, India, 9 June, 1892; educ. South Lodge, Lowestoft, Felsted School, Essex (where he gained entrance and leaving scholarships), and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; gazetted 2nd Lieut., R.E., 23 Dec. 1911; joined the School of Military Engineering, Chatham, 1 April, 1912, and on passing out in Dec. 1913, elected to go to India. He was promoted Lieut. 31 Jan. 1914, and was attached to the 3rd Sappers and Miners, Kirkee, in March following. When war broke out he was employed as Garrison Engineer at Bareilly, and was recalled to the 3rd Sappers and Miners, Lahore Division, joining the 21st Field Company. He went to France with the Indian Expeditionary Force in Sept. 1914; was severely wounded in the fighting at Neuve Chapelle on 28 Oct. 1914, and was invalided home, the 20th and 21st Field Cos., 3rd S. and M., being specially mentioned in the despatch of 20 Nov. 1914. He returned to the Front on 19 Feb. 1915; took part in the storming of Neuve Chapelle Village on 10 to 15 March, and was with the Lahore Division in the fighting for Ypres at the end of April, 1915, being for a time in command of his company, all the other officers being wounded. He was killed when on night duty at an outpost near Neuve Chapelle, 6 Aug. 1915, by a stray bullet; unm. He was mentioned in F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French’s Despatch of 14 Jan. 1915, for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and his commanding officer, Col. Coffin, R.E., said of him: “His loss to us is very great; always devoted to his work and cheery, he was a great favourite with all with whom he came in contact.” His company commander, Capt. Rawlence, R.E., also wrote: “His loss will ho deeply felt in the company in which he has always set such an example of hard work and cheery endurance. He was shot between the shoulders whilst supervising the construction of loopholes in a post just behind the firing line at 2 a.m. on 6 Aug.” He was buried in the Cemetery at Vieille Chapelle, side by side with Capt. Glenday, R.E., of the same company, who was killed two nights later, at the same spot.

FROGLEY

Anthony

Private 10990, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 22. Born Hindhead, Surrey, enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Son of Charles Frogley, of "Todber", Beacon Hill Rd., Hindhead, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.

FURLONGER

Arthur Frank

Corporal, "H" Battalion, Tank Corps. Died 1st December 1917. Aged 25. Son of William and Mary Furlonger, of East St., Haslemere; husband of Mary Matilda Furlonger, of 1, West Grove, King's Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 13.

GAUNTLETT

Walter [William James]

Gunner 28311, "V" 3rd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 19th November 1917. Aged 29. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of William and Louisa Gauntlett, of Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

HARNDEN

Samuel James

[Listed as HAMDEN on SDGW] Lance Serjeant 7276, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 14th March 1915. Born Acton, Middlesex, enlisted Fulham, Middlesex, resident Haslemere. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 44.

HARPER

Richard Ormonde

Gunner 194730, 144th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 27th September 1918. Born Old Kent Road, Middlesex, enlisted Haslemere. Son of Charles Frederick and Ruth Harper, of 8, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambs. Born in London. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row E. Grave 21.

HARRIS

B

No further information currently available

HARRIS

Percy

Private G/13122, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Born Chalton, Wiltshire, enlisted and resident Haslemere. Formerly 18373, 9th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

HARRIS

William Reginald

Sergeant 1484, 3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action between 7th and 12th August 1915. Aged 26. Enlisted Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Son of William Alfred and Jane Harris, of Fryleigh, Haslemere. Commemorated on LONE PINE MEMORIAl, Gallipoli, Turkey. Panel 19A.

HAWKINS

Arthur James Llewelyn

Private 9920, 3rd (King's Own) Hussars. Died 31st October 1914. Aged 19. Son of George and Annie Hawkins, of 1, Firside, Longdene Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commmemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5.

HUMPHREY

H

probably Herbert HUMPHREY, Private 206748, 2nd/4th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 27th December 1917. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot/Row/Section S. Grave 122.

HUNT

C

possibly Charles HUNT, Private 66604. 101st Field Ambulnce, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 2nd November 1916. Born Rotherwick, Hampshire, enlisted Ascot, Berkshire. Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 7.

JONES

Alfred Edward

Gunner 159099 [SDGW] or 157099 [CWGC], 174th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 7th January 1918. Aged 27. Born Kensington, Middlesex, enlisted Croydon, Surrey. Husband of Evelyn Lucy Jones, of Belvadere, West St., Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XV. Row H. Grave 16.

KINGSHOTT

Charles John

Private 10309, 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 21st August 1915. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Blandford, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 136 to 139.

LAMBOLL

John Benjamin

Private 52598, 2nd/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th March 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of Fredrick and Emma Florence Lamboll, of Holly Lodge, Weydown Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly 3377, Yeo. Cyclist Regiment. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 32 to 34.

LE PAGE

Douglas John

Private 1251, 1st Battalion, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry. Died 30th November 1917. Aged 20. Son of John and Ada Kate Le Page, of 4, Sturt Rd., Haslemere, Surrey, formerly St. Martin's, Guernsey. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 13.

LUFF

A W

possibly Arthur William LUFF, Private 2208, 2nd Pioneers, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Died 5th October 1918. Enlisted Carlton, Victoria, Australia. Buried in VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France.

MARSH

Francis Bedford

Second Lieutenant, 4th (Territorial) Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) and Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds 5th October 1916. Aged 19. Son of Ernest and Sarah Elizabeth Marsh, of "Hatch Hill," Kingsley Green, Haslemere, Surrey. Native of Kingston Hill, Surrey. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 7.

MAULE

Ernest Fletcher

Private 29254, 7th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st March 1918. Aged 37. Born Horsham, enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Husband of Minnie M. Maule, of 4, Landsdown Terrace, King Rd., Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly S/4/058835, Royal Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4 and 5.

MILES

Sidney Frank

Corporal 11499, 3rd Reserve Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 4th September 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Miles, of Altamont Cottage, Petworth Road, Haslemere. Buried near the east boundary in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD, HASLEMERE, Surrey.

MOORE

Alfred Thomas Oliver

Private 84890. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of blackwater fever in East Africa 28th March 1918. Aged 25. Born Brighton, Sussex, enlisted Haslemere. Husband of Rosina Frances Moore, of Haslemere, Surrey, England. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 6. Row G. Grave 16.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part Four, page 137:

MOORE, ALFRED THOMAS OLIVER, Private, No. 84890, Royal Army Medical Corps, s. of Oliver Moore, of 57, Livingstone Road, Rove, co. Sussex, General Trader, by his wife, Emily dau. of H. Wenham; b. Brighton, 18 Dec. 1892; educ. Lewes Road Council School there; was a Grocer’s Assistant; on thirteen occasions was rejected for service on medical grounds; called up 1 Oct. 1916, and posted to the Royal Army Medical Corps; proceeded with his detachment to East Africa in July, 1917, and died at Dar-es-Salem 28 March, 1918, from blackwater fever, contracted while on military service. Buried there. He m. at Haslemere Parish Church, co. Surrey, 7 June, 1916, Rosina (Wey Hill, Shottermill), dau. of Henry Kern, of Easlemere; s.p.

MOORE

Joseph E

Sapper 222383, No. 3 Railway Telephone Company, "L" Signal Battalion, Royal Engineers. Died at Camieres 17th July 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Haslemere. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Moore, of Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXV. Row F. Grave 9.

MYSON

Ernest

Serjeant 3/8400, 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died at sea 17th November 1915. Born Nazeing, Essex, enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Buried at sea. Commemorated on HOLLYBROOK MEMORIAL, SOUTHAMPTON, Hampshire.

NOAKES

H

possibly Harry NOAKES, Serjeant 204669, 15th (Service) Battalion (Hampshire Yeomanry), Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 9th August 1918. Aged 28. Enlisted Winchester, resident Crowborough. Husband of Alice Annie Noakes, of 2, Woodside Cottages, Ewhurst Rd, Cranleigh, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90 and 162.

OAKFORD

John Henry

Sergeant 3176, 3rd Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action at Rosieres-en-Santerre 11th August 1918. Aged 30. Son of Mr John and Mrs H Oakford, Station Road, Haslemere. Born Haslemere, Surrey. Profession Boot Salesman. Educated at the National School, Haslemere. Emigrated aged 23. Served with the Essex Mounted Territorials previously. No known grave. Commemorated on VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL, Somme, France. See Australian ROH of documentation.

OLDERSHAW

William [Henry]

Private 228106, 1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1917. Aged 37. Enlisted Guildford, resident Haslemere. Son of the late George Thomas and Fanny Oldershaw, of Clay Hill, Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly 4536, Royal West Surrey Regiment posted 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 9.

OWENS

O

Ypres - the only O OWENS to be commemorated at Ypres is Owen Ashcroft OWENS, Rifleman 5994, 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 31st October 1914. Aged 31. Born Chester, enlisted Liverpool, resident Kirkdale. Son of Richard William Owens, of 32, Sterling St., Kirkdale, Liverpool, and the late Margaret Owens. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, , Belgium. Panel 51 and 53. There is no ryhme nor reason why this man fits the name of the memorial as far as can be seen.

PENNELL

Arthur [William]

Private T/1359, 1st/5th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died in Mesopotamia 5th July 1916. Aged 27. Born Highgate, Middlesex, enlisted and resident Haslemere. Son of Mrs. F. Buckman, of 9, Scotland Lane, Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot II. Row S. Grave 23.

PITSON

Frank M

No further information currently available

POLLOCK

Charles Thomas Anderdon

Captain, Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps attached to 1sst/4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 31st March 1918. Aged 28. Son of Sir Ernest Pollock, K.B.E., K.C., and Lady Pollock (now the Rt. Hon Baron Hanworth, of Hanworth, P.C., Master of the Rolls, and Baroness Hanworth of Hanworth); husband of Alice Joyce Pollock, of Longdown Cottage, Sandhurst. Berks. Buried in MOREUIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY ALLIED EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 1

PUTTOCK

George

Private G/39244, 2nd Battaolion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 12th May 1917. Born Pimlico, Middlesex, enlisted Guildford, Surrey, resident Haslemere. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

ROSE

Richard "Dick"

Cambrai - No further information currently available

SEARLE

George [Edward]

Serjeant 49219, 80th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Die din Salonika 3rd October 1918. Aged 28. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of Butcher Searle, and Olive Elizabeth Searle, of 5, Scotland Lane, Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly 3142, Rifle Brigade. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 506.

SIMMONDS

George

[Spelt SIMMONS on SDGW and CWGC] Private 21357, 10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Inafntry. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Born and resident Haslemere, enlisted Winchester, Hampshire. Formerly 21910, Rerserve Regiment of Cavalry. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

SMITHERS

Alfred

Private 11277, 11th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 18th February 1917. Aged 24. Born Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of Alfred and Mary Smithers, of 2, Meadow Cottage, High St., Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section L. Grave 10.

SMITHERS

Edward William

Lance Corporal 371421, 1st/8th (City of London) Battalion (Post Office Rifles), London Regiment. Died 15th September 1916. Aged 21. Son of Edward and Christiana Smithers, of Hazel Cottage, Lower St., Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 C and 9 D.

STABLES

James Howard

Lieutenant, 8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army Reserve of Officers. Died 17th February 1917. Aged 21. Son of Emily Stables, of Inverugie, Haslemere, Surrey, and the late Rev. W. H. Stables, M.A., sometime Vicar of St. Chad's, Leeds. Educated at Winchester and Christ Church. Oxford. Formerly 1st/5th Battalion Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Froce) attached 1st Battalion. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 55.

Extract from de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 - Part Five, page 156:

STABLES, JAMES HOWARD, Lieut., Indian Army Reserve of Officers, 1/5th (Frontier Force). attd. 2/4th Gurkha Rifles. Indian Army, s. of the late Rev. Walter Howard Stables. M.A. Mus. B., formerly Vicar of St. Chad's, Far Headingley, Leeds, by his wife, Emily (Inverngle, Haslemere), dau. of the late Canon Morse, some time Vicar of St. Mary’s, Nottingham) b. Derby, 27 June, 1895 ; educ. St. David’s, Reigate : Winchester College, and Christ Church, Oxford volunteered for active service soon after the outbreak of war, and joined the 6th HampshIre Regt. 29 Sept. 1914 : served with his Regiment in India from the followIng Nov. was given a commissIon, and gazetted 2nd Lieut. 15th Gurkha Rifles 1 Aug. 1915 promoted Lieut. Aug. 1916 : served at Abbottabad, North-West Frontier, for a year. and subsequently with the Indian Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia from Aug. 1916, being attached to the 2/4th Gurkha Rifles : was reported severely wounded and missing after the fighting at Sanna-i-yat 17 Feb. 1917, and now assumed to have died of wounds on or about that date. A friend wrote “Had Stables lived, he would undoubtedly have made a name for himself in the literary and musical world he had that in him which, for want of a better word, men call genius.’’ Unm.

UNWIN

Wilfrid Peyto

Second Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died 16th May 1916. Aged 39. Son of George and Maria Unwin, of Town House, Haslemere, Surrey. Born at Chilworth 29 Aug 1876 of the Unwin printing & publishing family, he was educated at Giggleswick & Imperial College, London. BSc Eng & AMICE, he worked firstly for LNWR until 1899 then Uganda Railways until 1904 when he became Divisional Engineer for Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk Pacific Railways. Commissioned into RIR in Mar 1915, he was attached to 153 Battery RFA. On 12 May 1916 he was riding some 2 miles from the front line when a shell exploded nearby and his horse threw him, fracturing his skull. He remained unconscious until he died in Beauval Casualty Clearing Station 4 days later. There are also memorials to him in Canada and Australia Buried in BEAUVAL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 8.

UPFOLD

Frank P

Private L/16171, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 26th March 1918. Born Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Buried in ASSEVILLERS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Special memorial 18.

Note: There are over 800, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, two-fifths are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 25 soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of nine soldiers and two airmen from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

UPFOLD

Percival [Courtney]

Private G/16954, 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 24th September 1917. Aged 19. Born Haslemere, enlisted Guildford. Son of Mr. C. J. Upfold, of 3, Fieldway, Haslemere, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 86 to 88.

UPFOLD

Sydney

Private 1857, 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died 2nd February 1916. Aged 24. Son of Harry and Charlotte Dora Upfold, of 4, Fieldway, Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in CHOCQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 90.

WEALTHY

William Harry

Lance Corporal G/22692, 6th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 14th September 1918. Aged 22. Enlisted and resident Haslemere. Son of Ernest Albert and Annie Wealthy, of Lower St., Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 12.

WHITE

Charles Edward

Private T/207895, 10th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Killed in action 26th March 1918. Aged 20. Enlisted Clapham, Surrey, resident Haslemere. Son of William and Mary White, of Electra House, Haslemere, Surrey. Enlisted in 9th Lancers. September, 1914. Also served in Italy. Formerly 45909, Surrey yeomanry (Queen Mary's Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 2.

WHITE

Herbert Walter

Private (Signaller) 616, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 21st October 1918. Aged 22. Son of Fred Martin White and Lucy White, of West Gable, Garden Suburb, Haslemere, Surrey. Formerly 1860, 7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Buried in VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot XVIA. Row B. Grave 13.

WHITTINGTON

W H

possibly William Herbert WHITTINGTON, Lance Corporal 204002, 15th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th August 1918. Born Southampton, enlisted Portsmouth, resident Gosport. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXV. Row E. Grave 27. No obvious connection

WREN

James George

Corporal 3138, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Briagde (The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 20th April 1915. Born East Hoathley, Sussex, enlisted Malta, resident Haslemere. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row O. Grave 2.

YOUNG

C A

possibly Charles Alfred [CWGC] or Charles Albert [SDGW] YOUNG, Gunner 44406, "B" Battery, 165th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 14th September 1918. Aged 21. Enlisted Fulham, London S.W., resident Camberwell, London S.E. Husband of Edith Young, of 154, New Church Road, Camberwell, London. Buried in LA KREULE MILITARY CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, Nord, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 21. - Cannot locate on SDGW

YOUNG

Matthew H

Gunner 170656, "D" Battery, 162nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 23rd September 1917. Aged 26. Enlisted abd resident Haslemere. Husband of Selina Young, of Wey Hill, Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 14.

1939 - 1945

“We died for England. See that you live for her.”

BAKER

Victor Edward

Able Seaman P/J 111449, H.M. Submarine "Umpire", Royal Navy. Aged 38. Died 20th July 1941. Son of John Edward and Mercey Baker; husband of Ruth Baker, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 47, Column 1.

BARBER

Trevor Shenfield

Lieutenant 244438, 1004 Docks Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Died 14th January 1944. Aged 34. Born London, resident Surrey. Son of Claude Cecil and Emily Vincent Barber, of Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in PORT SAID WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot W. Row C. Grave 6.

BATHURST

Eric Harry

Private, 2nd Surrey Battalion, Home Guard. Died 10th October 1943. Aged 40. Son of Harry and Milly Maria Bathurst; husband of Joan Mary Bathurst, of Haslemere. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row A. Grave 27.

BAWDEN

Lionel Arthur

Lieutenant 288933, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 6th June 1944. Aged 27. Born Portswouth, resident Glasgow. Son of Arthur and Queenie Violet Bawden; husband of Susan McCabe Bawden. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XI. Row C. Grave 11.

BERRY

Donald Gordon

Ordinary Seaman C/JX 654721, H.M.S. Cassandra, Royal Navy. Died 11th December 1944. Aged 19. Son of Arthur and Bertha Gladys Berry, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panle 76, Column 2.

BLYTH

R

probably Robert BLYTH, Lance Corporal 3066196, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borders. Died 19th July 1944. Aged 21. Born Refrewshire, resident Surrey. Son of Robert Oswald Blyth and of Caroline Anna Blyth (nee Reddie). Buried in LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 8.

BRIDLE

Desmond George

Lance Corporal 14604360, Royal Scots attached to No. 3, Commando. Died 11th June 1944. Aged 27. Born and resident Surrey. Son of Arthur George and Bessie Bridle; husband of Winifred Gladys Bridle, of Wallington, Surrey. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IVA. Row J. Grave 4.

BRIERS

Frederick John

Private 3321837, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died 24th September 1943. Aged 26. Born Portsmouth, resident Surrey. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot B4. Row W. Grave 1.

BROOKER

William Henry

Gunner 1768645, 534 Battery, 142 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 25th August 1943. Aged 22. Born and resident Surrey. Son of Ernest William and Fanny Harriet Brooker, of Haslemere. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row A. Grave 19.

BURGESS

Timothy Geoffrey Boughey

Sapper 1929393, Royal Engineers. Aged 20. Died 29th December 1944. Born India, resident Surrey. Son of Colonel Boughey Burgess, formerly of the Royal Engineers, and Gwyneth Mary Burgess, of Haslemere. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row E. Grave 3.

BURROWS

Harold Corbett

Rifleman 6846456, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 28th January 1945. Aged 26. Son of Jessie Jeanette Burrows, of Haslemere. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row D. Grave 25.

BURT, MM

George Reuben

Serjeant 6093173, 1st Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 7th May 1944. Aged 26. Born and resident Surrey. Son of George William Burt, and of Francis Elizabeth Burt, of Haslemere, Surrey. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Commemorated on RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 4.

CAMPBELL

James Ross

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1335833, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 1st August 1942. Aged 20. Son of James and Dora Campbell, of Haslemere Surrey. Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot 1. Row G. Grave 10.

CLARKE

Marion

Civilian War Dead. A.R.P. Ambulance Driver; W.V.S. Died at Haslemere Ambulance Depot 8th March 1943. Aged 42. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas Clarke, of Woodlands, Tennyson's Lane. Listed by HASLEMERE, URBAN DISTRICT, Surrey.

COOPER

G C

No further information currently available

CRAIG

Hugh Cuthbert

Sergeant 1169555, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Aged 22. Died 9th July 1942. Son of John and Catherine Craig; husband of Kathleen Daisy Craig, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 80.

CULLEN

Douglas Walter

Private 6090279, 2nd/5th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 14th January 1940. Aged 21. Born and resident Surrey. Buried in south-west corner of ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD, HASLEMERE, Surrey.

DOLMETSCH

Rudolph

Gunner 1695369, 138 Lt. A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Aged 36. Died 7th December 1942. Born U.S.A., resident Surrey. Son of Arnold Dolmetsch and of Mabel Dolmetsch (nee Johnston); husband of Millicent Dolmetsch (nee Wheaton), of Godalming, Surrey. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 3. Column 1.

DOWSETT

Harold Percy

Private 6093177, 1/5th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 21st April 1945. Aged 27. Born Worcester, resident Surrey. Son of Robert James Dowsett and Elsie Elizabeth Dowsett, of Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in BERLIN 1939-1945 WAR CEMETERY, Berlin, Germany. Plot 11. Row B. Grave 4.

FUTCHER

Eric Franklin

Sapper 2139830, Royal Engineers. Died 2nd August 1945. Aged 32. Born and resident Surrey. Husband of Joan Olive Futcher, of Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 59. Row G. Grave 5.

GARLAND

Raymond Ernest

Leading Seaman P/SSX24571, H.M.S. Victory, Royal Navy. Died 8th August 1946. Aged 26. Son of Albert A. Garland and Maud G. Garland, of Haslemere; husband of Rose E. Garland. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row G. Grave 27.

GIBBS

Frank Bridger

Lieutenant, H.M. Submarine H.31, Royal Navy. Died 24th December 1941. Aged 27. Son of Frank William and Margarette Annie Gibbs; husband of Eileen Josephine Gibbs. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 45, Column 1.

GREEN

Cyril John

Sergeant (Pilot) 911355, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 22nd September 1943. Aged 29. Son of Jack and Mabel Green; husband of Violet Eleanor Green, of Southsea, Hampshire and then of The Avenue, Haslemere. Buried in BECKLINGEN WAR CEMETERY, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Plot 22. Row A. Grave 7.

GUTTERIDGE

Charles Mawer

Private 5891145, 4th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 18th March 1944. Aged 20. Born and resident Lincolnshire. Son of Charles Mawer Gutteridge, and of Elsie May Gutteridge, of Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot 10. Row G. Grave 11. *** Link unknown ***

HEANEY

Percy

Bombardier 1073105, Royal Artillery. Died 26th June 1945. Aged 38. Born and resident Nottingham. Son of Hugh and Mary Heaney, of Bulwell, Nottingham; husband of Mary Heaney, of Bulwell. Buried in NOTTINGHAM NORTHERN CEMETERY, Nottingham. Section M.13. Grave 23B. *** Link unknown ***

HEAP

J E

No further information currently available

HORWOOD, MC

Bertram Frederick

Lieutenant 295436, 12th (Airborne) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died 6th February 1945. Aged 21. Born and resident Surrey. Son of Arthur and Emily Annie Horwood, of Haslemere, Surrey. A.I.B. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Commemorated on GROESBEEK MEMORIAL, Gelderland, Netherlands. Panel 3.

McBROWN

Ralph Samuel

Stoker 2nd Class P/KX 95854, H.M.S. Royal Oak, Royal Navy. Died 14th October 1939. Son of Samuel Walter and Mary Elizabeth McBrown, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 35, Column 2.

MINTON-SENHOUSE

The Revd. Cyril

Chaplain 4th Class 133104, Royal Army Chaplains' Department attached to 151 (The Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 30th June 1944. Aged 35. Born Staffordshire, resident Surrey. Son of Herbert Hoskins Darby Minton-Senhouse and Emily Hilda Minton-Senhouse; husband of Rebe Kathleen Minton-Senhouse, of Haslemere, Surrey. M.A. (Oxon.). Buried in RYES WAR CEMETERY, BAZENVILLE, Calvados, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 3.

NORCOCK

Desmond

Lieut-Commander, H.M.S. Landrail, Royal Navy. Died 2nd January 1945. Aged 25. Son of Henry Lowcay Norcock and Violet Ramsey Norcock; husband of Gwladys Elizabeth Norcock, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. Buried in ARKLESTON CEMETERY, RENFREW, Renfrewshire. Section F. Row D. Grave 38.

NORCOCK, OBE

Reginald

Major 34862, 1st Battalion, The Hertfordshire Regiment, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 16th February 1944. Aged 37. Born China, resident Surrey. Son of Henry Lowcay Norcock and Violet Norcock; husband of Alison Freda Norcock, of Henstridge, Somerset. Awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.). Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italy. Plot IX. Row F. Grave 7.

Note: The Times, Friday, 24th September 1943; page 6; Issue 49659; column B - "Army Awards for Services in North Africa. Official Appointments and Notices. OBE Lt.-Col. R Norcock, Bedfs." Also the London Gazette Honours Supplement dated 21st September 1943 - a supplement to the main London Gazette dated 21st September - "The King has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointments to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa. Major (temporary Lieutenant Colonel) Reginald Norcock (34862) The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment (Haslemere, Surrey)"

PARKER

Robert Peter Melton

Sergeant 655328, 218 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 19 May 1942. Aged 24. Son of Robert Melton Parker, and of Rosina Ellen Parker, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 91.

O'LEARY

Desmond Cornelius Daniel

Corporal 6089240, 2/5th Battalion, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died 27th May 1940. Aged 21. Born London S.E., resident Surrey. Son of Daniel and Alice Sarah O'Leary, of Shottermill, Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in ST. RIQUIER BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section AA. Grave 16.

O'LEARY

Leslie Stanley David

Stoker 1st Class P/KX 96062, H.M.S. Hood, Royal Navy. Died 24th May 1941. Aged 21. Son of Daniel and Alice O'Leary, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 55, Column 2.

OVENS, DFM

Louis Anthony

Warrant Officer (Pilot) 590927, 30 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 5th April 1942. Aged 23. Son of Louis George and Winifred Olive Ovens, of Haslemere, Surrey. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M). Buried in COLOMBO (KANATTE) GENERAL CEMETERY, Sri Lanka. Plot 6B. Row O. Grave 3.

RHODES

Philip Ivan

Flying Officer 127252, 600 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th February 1944. Aged 27. Son of George William Harold and Florence Annie Rhodes; husband of Kathleen Grace Rhodes, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, malta. Panel 13, Column 2.

ROGERS

Neville Frederick

Flying Officer (Navigator) 151030, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died in a tragic accident when the two-manned Beaufighter bomber in which he was flying crashed in Yorkshire while on a circuit of the airport 26th July 1943. Aged 19. Son of Frederick and Hilda Muriel Rogers, of Haslemere. He was a member of St Bartholomew’s choir and sang his first solo at the age of 17. He went to school in Haslemere before moving on to Guildford Technical College, where he was studying to become an architect. He signed up at the age of 18, and went on to train as a pilot in Canada. Buried in ST. BARTHOLOMEW CHURCHYARD NEW EXTENSION, HASLEMERE, Surrey. Row A. Grave 13.

SAUL

Charles

Leading Stoker P/KX 79804, H.M.S. Hood, Royal Navy. Died 24th May 1941. Aged 30. Son of Nelson and Rose Saul; married Violet Louise Carpenter at the parish church of Haslemere on 19th December 1936. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 54, Column 3.

SAUL

Herbert William

Able Seaman P/SSX 16138, H.M.S. Holcombe, Royal Navy. Died 12th December 1943. Aged 29. Son of Nelson and Rose Saul; husband of Joyce Saul, of Snodland, Kent. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 75, Column 3.

SELFE

Stanley James

Able Seaman P/JX 192328, H.M.S. Greyhound, Royal Navy. Died 22nd May 1941. Aged 24. Son of John William and Edith Selfe, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 49, Column 2.

SMITHERS

Arthur Leslie

Aircraftman 1st Class 1176590, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28th October 1944. Aged 43. Son of Edward and Crissie Smithers; husband of Ethel Maud Smithers, of Shottermill, Surrey. Buried in AMBON WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia. Plot 33. Row E. Grave 12.

SOMERVILLE, DSC

Mark Fownes

Lieutenant, H.M.S. Ark Royal, Royal Navy. Died 08 May 1941. Awarded the Disctinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.). Commemorated on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 1, Panel 7.

STRETTON-SMITH

Guy

Lieutenant, H.M. Submarine P.311, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 8th January 1943. Aged 26. Son of George Frederick and Ada Blanche Stretton-Smith, of Haslemere, Surrey. F.R.P.S. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 80, Column 1.

SYMES

William H.

Leading Stoker P/KX 96927, H.M.S. Eagle, Royal Navy. Died 11th August 1942. Aged 23. Son of James Herbert Symes and Rebekah Mary Symes, of Haslemere, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 68, Column 1.

TANNER

The Rev. Christopher Champain

Chaplain, H.M.S. "Fiji", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Aged 32. Died 23rd May 1941. The Revd. Tanner was the only England Rugby player to win the Albert Medal during the second World War. B.A. (Cantab). Awarded Albert Medal (A.M.). Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 60, Column 3.

Note: The Albert Medal (AM) was introduced on 7th March 1866, and was named after Queen Victoria's husband and consort Price Albert who died on 14th December 1861 at Windsor. A royal warrant issued in 1867 created two classes of AM: 1st and 2nd class. Ten years later, in 1877, the warrant was altered to allow the saving of life on land to be recognised by the award of the Albert Medal.

The AM was an oval medal, 57 millimetres high and 30 millimetres wide. The early issues were gold and bronze, the later issues were either gold (1st class) or bronze (2nd class). The AM's (gold 1st class) ribbon was originally blue with two white stripes, but was changed to a wider blue ribbon with four white stripes. The AM 2nd class inherited the original ribbon size with two white stripes. In 1904 the 2nd class AM changed the ribbon size to that of the 1st class AM, while retaining the 2nd class two white stripes.

The AM's obverse consist of a letter "V" (for Victoria) entwined with a letter "A" for Albert. AM's issued for gallantry at sea also have an anchor. The obverse has the words "For Gallantry in Saving Life" with "At Sea" or "on Land" added as appropriate.

In 1917 the title was altered producing the Albert Medal in gold (formerly the AM 1st Class) and the Albert Medal (formerly the 2nd class bronze medal).

In 1949 the Albert Medal in Gold was replaced by the George Cross. The Albert Medal, now only issued in bronze, was only awarded posthumously. In 1971, the Albert Medal was ceased and all living recipients were invited to exchange their Albert Medals for the George Cross.

TAYLOR

Alan John

Gunner 1156152, 143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 24th October 1944. Aged 21. Born Hampshire, resident Surrey. Son of William John and Elizabeth Taylor, of Haslemere, Surrey. Buried in WUUSTWEZEL (GOOREIND) CHURCHYARD, Wuustwezel, Antwerpen, Belgium. Pelouse D'honneur Garve 1.

WINSBOROUGH

Sydney Robert

Petty Officer P/JX 129964, H.M.S. Dunedin, Royal Navy. Died 24th November 1941. Aged 29. Son of Ernest and Ethel Mary Sarah Winsborough, of Hindhead, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 46, Column 2.

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