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TILFORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright ©
Tony Spencer 2006

The memorial is a white stone cross, with a carved figure of Jesus facing the rising sun from the east, topped with a tiny pitched roof running from the apex of the cross to the ends of the cross bars. The Cross is set into a granite plinth on the front of which the fallen from World War I are incised. On the sides of the plinth, on either side of the Names are single-line inscriptions, shown below the list of names below. This plinth is on top of a set of white stone steps in 3 tiers. Behind the memorial is a pair of pillars and a low wall made of rough local stone supporting a white tablet in which are inscribed the fallen from World War II. The tops of the pillars are capped with white stone and a curved capstone over the tablet is engraved with the inscription below. The base on the monument is a pavement of red stone. The Memorial is on the eastern wall of All Saints’ churchyard next to the Tilford Road.

Photographs Copyright © Tony Spencer 2006

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF TILFORD
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

ARNOLD

Alfred J

Private 1768, Northumberland Fusiliers 1 Battalion. Died 9/1/1915 age 29. The son of Albert and Alice Arnold of Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey. Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 8 and 12.

BAKER

George Wilfred

Corporal L/11483, Royla Sussex Regiment 2nd Battalion. Died 5/11/1918 age 24. The son of Eli and Ellen Baker or Reed's Cottage, Frensham, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Premont British Cemetery, Ainse, France, ref II.E.21.

BONNER

Arthur H

Probably Arthur H Bonner, Private 2478, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 8th Battalion. Died 26/11/1918 in Germany. Cemetery: Hamburg Cemetery, ref IV.E.16.

BONNER

Leonard H

Private G/1364, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) 7th Battalion. Died 14/7/1916, The Somme, France. Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, ref Pier and Face 5D and 6D.

BROWN

Thomas

No further information currently

BURGESS

Alfred [Bloomfield]

Private 241884, North Staffordshire Regiment 1st/6th Battalion. Died 29/9/1918 age 29 on the first day of the Battle of the St Quentin Canal. He was the son of John and Eliza Burgess of Waverley Abbey Lodge, Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France, ref III.D.1.

COLE

George Frederick

Probably George Frederick Cole, Private L/9054, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd Battalion, signed on 7 years' service. Died 7/11/1914 age 24, in the First Battle of Ypres. Son of Mrs Alice Cole, Middle Bourne, Farnham, Surrey. Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, ref Panel 11-13 and 14.

EADE

Arthur Frederick

Private 41016, Northamptonshire Regiment 'B' Coy, 7th Battalion. Died 4/11/1918 age 19 in the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois between the Somme and Loos; he was one of 9000 soldiers from this campaign who have no known grave. Son of the late George James Eade and Elizabeth of Abbots Pond, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, ref Panel 7.

FENNEL

James

No further information currently

GATEUM

Robert

No further information currently

GREENAWAY

Frank

No further information currently

HEWETT

William

Private G/178850, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd/4th Battalion. Died 26/4/1918 in Palestine. Cemetery: Jerusalem War Cemetery, ref L8.

KING

John O Codeham

No further information currently

LEVY

Albert

Private 6550. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 2nd Battalion. Died 2/9/1916 age 18 at the Battle of the Somme. The adopted son of Mr & Mrs J Humphreys and native of Tilford, Surrey. Cemetery Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, plot 2 row b, grave 42.

MA?TON

Arthur

No further information currently

MINGAY

Bernard L

Gunner 636818, Royal Field Artillery, 'C' Battery, 48th Brigade. Died 29/3/1918 at the Somme age 17. Son of Noah and Matilda Mindgay of 'The Reeds', Frensham, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, ref I.H.12.

MINGAY

Ernest

No further information currently

NOVELL

George

George Novell, Private, G/1807, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 7th Battalion. He died age 31 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1/7/1916, when the German trenches known as Dantzig Alley in the village of Mametz was carried by the 7th Division, after very hard fighting. Son of Mr & Mrs George Novell of Abbots Pond, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, ref: VII.P.7.

PEARCE

Harold Henry

Gunner 9292, Royal Field Artillery, 72nd Brigade, Ammunition Column. Died 4/3/1916 age 19. Son of George & Mary Ann Pearce of Malthouse, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Longuenesse (st Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, ref II.B.33.

PERRIN

Frederick

Gunner 9731, Royal Field Artillery, 'A' Battery, 71st Brigade. Died 5/4/1918 age 28. Son of Robert & Sarah Perrin of Tilford, Farnham, Surrey and husband of Eveline Bethia Lansley (formerly Perrin) of II, Wesley Terrace, Peverell, Plymouth, Devon. Cemetery: Tilford (All Saints) Churchyard, ref: west of church.

PHILLIPS

Flyn U B

No further information currently

SOAMES

Harold Martin

Lieutenant, 20th Hussars. Died at Mons on 23/8/1914 age 27. The son of the late William Aldwin Soames of Moor Park, Farnham, Surrey and husband of Colleen Ruth Soames. Cemetery: Hautrage Military Cemetery, ref IV.A.6.

SPIERS

George

Private G/5903, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 7th Battalion. He died 28/9/1916 age 29 on the 3rd day of the spring offensive by the 18th Division which took Thiepval; the bodies were not buried until the following spring when the Germans retreated to the Hindenburg Line and the battlefield could be safely cleared. Son of C E Spiers of Red Hill Cottages, Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, ref XV.F.3.

SPIERS

William

Private 5895, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 7th Battalion. He died 20/7/1916 age 23. Son of E Spiers of Red Hill Cottages, Tilford Road, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, ref VIII.A.132.

TILBURY

Albert John

Private 44094, Essex Regiment 10th Battalion. Died 8/8/1918 age 19 on the first day of the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois. Son of Mr W & Mrs A Tilbury of The Reeds, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 7.

VATER

Jessie J

Private 10252, Dorsetshire Regiment 5th Battalion. He died 21/8/1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Memorial: Helles Memorial, Panel 136 to 139.

WARNER

Bertie

Private 9161, Dorsetshire Regiment 2nd Battalion. He died 14/4/1915 in Iraq. Son of the late James Warner and Mrs Warner of Black Lake, Lower Bourne, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Basra War Cemetery, ref III.G.18/23.

WELLS

William

No further information currently

WOODGER

Frederick [George]

Private 13935, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 11th Battalion. Died 22/7/1918 age 40 in the Ardennes. Son of William Woodger of Herne Vale, Headley, Bordon, Hampshire; husband of Alexandra Woodger of The Green Hills Lodge, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Sedan (St Charles) Communal Cemetery, ref 481.

THE FREE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE
BEHOLD WE CALLED THEM BLESSED WHICH ENDURED

To the Glory of God
In memory of these who fell in the war

1939-1945

ADAMS

James Richard Branston

932367, Sergeant (Wireless Op/Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 420 (RCAF) Squadron, flying night missions in Hampden MkI bombers out of Waddington, Lincolnshire, bombing Emden and laying mines in the Frisian Islands. Died 18/2/1942 age 24. Son of Horace Edmund and Florence Adelaide Adams of Tilford, Surrey. Cemetery: Schiermonnikoog (Vredenhof) Cemetery, ref Grave 68.

ANDERSON

Albert Ernest

Chief Steward, M.V. Dumana (Glasgow), Merchant Navy. Died 24/12/1943 age 50. Husband of Cissy Anderson of Tilford, Surrey. Possibly son of Rupert R Anderson and Amy DA Anderson of Waverley House, Tilford. Memorial: Tower Hill, ref Panel 36.

ALLEN

Peter Anthony

1180034, Warrant Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29/9/1944 age 22. Son of Frederick and Jessie Allen of Tilford. Cemetery: All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, by Vestry Door.

BONNETT

Stephen Charles

BA (Cantab), 224902, Lieutenant, Royal Artillery, 54 Heavy Regt. Died 4/8/1943 age 26. Son of Francis George Eustace and Eveline Annie Matilda Bonnett of Tilford. Cemetery: St Peter's Churchyard, Addingham, grave1652.

CROFTS

Peter Guerin

33381, Flying Officer (Pilot), Royal Air Force, 605 Squadron. From 7/9/1940 605 Sqdn were stationed at Croydon. He died age 22 on 28/9/1940 at 1355hrs. His Hurricane MkI (V6699) was shot down by a Bf109E over Sussex; he managed to bale out but his parachute failed to open. Son of Lt.Col Leonard and Margaret Crofts of Waverley. Cemetery: All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, SE corner.

Note: Although the official details are that his parachute failed to open there is an eyewitness account of the combat (Alf Rogers, who was a young boy with his father, and who is now in Australia) who confirms that his parachute did open, but the Bf109 returned twice to fire on Peter Crofts whilst descending in his harness. Alf states that this was the only time he saw this happen (he obviously was an eyewitness to many of the dogfights in the area, living in Punnets Town in East Sussex). He is quite sure of what he saw, but does not know what happened to the pilot as he disappeared below the tree line. He did visit the crashed Hurricane, which buried itself, nose first in the ground, the wings having sheared off just before it crashed. There is also a monument to Peter Crofts by the roadside in Dallington, near where he landed.


CROFTON, MC and Bar

Richard Cecil

80159, Captain, Royal Artillery, attached East African Intelligence Corps. Died 15/6/1941 age 45. Born in Farnham in 1895, son of Major Caldwell Henry Crofton (late RA, blinded) and authoress Helen Rose Anne Crofton (nee Milman) of Heathfield, Tilford; and husband to Florence Crofton. Cemetery: Nairobi War Cemetery, ref 2.H.1.

DONALD

Ian Donald Grahame

33306, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), Royal Air Force, 141 Squadron. His squadron were supplied with Boulton Paul Defiants in April 1940 and became operational on 3/7/1940. He was the pilot of Defiant L7009 on convoy patrol with P/O AC Hamilton when both pilots were killed on 19/7/1940 at 1245hrs, when they were shot down by a Bf109 of JG51 near Dover. Cemetery: All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, SW corner.

FULTON

John Oswald

37/IA, Lieutenant Colonel, 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment), Command 2nd Battalion. Died 8/2/1942 age 44. Son of Lt.Col Robert and Blanche Eleanor Moffat Fulton; husband of Anna Harland Fulton of Lower Bourne, Surrey. Cemetery: Taiping War Cemetery, ref 2.D.6.

HEATH BROWN

A

Royal Air Force - No further information currently

HAZELDEN

Thomas [Clement]

1477467, Serjeant, Royal Artillery, 137 Battery, 46 Light AA Regt. Died 20/10/1943 age 25. Son of Ernest and Kate E Hazelden; husband of Eileen M Hazelden of Farnham, Surrey. Cemetery: Moascar War Cemetery, ref 4.E.1

HODGSON, DFC, AFM

William McKellar

129945, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 109 Squadron. The squadron flew Mosquitos throughout the war and from June 1943 the Pathfinder version B.IX, a high-altitude unarmed bomber, from Little Staughton, Huntingdonshire. During their time there, the squadron lost 23 Mosquitos. He took off from Little Stoughton at 1300hrs on 27/12/1944 and crashed and killed at Keent, Holland, age 24. Co-pilot Flying Officer Cork, DFM was uninjured and returned to base. Hodgson was the son of Ernest Ralph Waterhouse Hodgson and Mary Lees McKellar Hodgson of Cardal, Florida, Uruguay. Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, ref XII.F.6.

JERVIS

T S

South Staffordshire Regiment - No further information currently

KESTIN

Ian Herbert

Sub-Lieutenant (A), Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves, HMS Raven, serving with 145 Squadron, RAF. He was shot down and killed 1/8/1840 at 1500hrs, while on patrol in his Hurricane MkI (P3155) south of Hastings by return fire from a Heinkel Hs126. Son of Herbert James and Isobel Agnes Wilson Kestin. Memorial: Lee-on-Solent Memorial, ref Bay 1, Panel 6.

LECKY

John Gage

33570, Pilot Officer (Pilot), Royal Air Force, 41 Squadron. The squadron flew Spitfires throughout the war, regularly receiving the latest versions. They had over 100 combat victories in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. From 3/09/1940 they were based at Hornchurch, Essex. John Lecky joined them on 2/10/1940 and was shot down and killed in action just nine days later on 11/10/1940 age 19. Son of Lt.Col John Gage Lecky and Marion Dorothy Hume Lecky of Lower Bourne. Cemetery: All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, SW corner.

LUCKHURST

Albert

522251, Flight Sergeant (Air Gunner), Royal Air Force, 405 (RCAF) Squadron. This was the first Royal Canadian Air Force squadron formed in Endland at Driffield on 23/4/1941, flying Vickers Wellington bombers, code lettered LQ. They moved to Pocklington in June and flew the first RCAF bombing mission from there on 12/13 June when three Wellingtons bombed railway marshalling yards at Schwerte. He was killed on 7/7/1941 age 31. Son of William and Sophia Fanny Luckhurst; husband of Winifred Maud Elizabeth Luckhurst of Farnham. Cemetery: Farnham Civil Cemetery, ref section X, grave 1.

MALLING

H

Kings Messenger - No further information currently

MILLING

John David Calcutt

214763, Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Died 22/10/1943 age 21. Son of John McMaster Milling and Lorna Pauline Milling of Tilford, Surrey. Cemetery: Kirkee War Cemetery, ref 9.J.3.

ROGERS

John Stephen Ellison

Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy, HMS Venetia, an Admiralty V&W Class destroyer. Built at Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co in Govan, Scotland and launched on 29/10/1917. Was mined and sunk in the Thames Estuary on 19/10/1940, John Rogers was age 21. Son of Lt.Commander Wilfred Ellison Rogers, RNR and Hilda Maude Rogers of Tilford, Surrey. Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial, panel 36, column 1.

SHUTTLEWORTH

Dennison St John

273753, Lieutenant, York and Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He was a Wavell Prize Cadet. Died 16/4/1944 age 19. Son of Graham Dennison Shuttleworth and Margaret Ellin Shuttleworth of Tongham, Surrey. Cemetery: Taukkyan War Cemetery, ref 14.B.24.

SPENCER

S A

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve possibly Stephen Allen Spencer 109003, Pilot Officer (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 604 Squadron. Based in Middle Wallop from 26/10/1940, 604 Squadron were a full-time night fighter squadron, flying Beaufighters. He was killed on 5/8/1942 age 22. Son of Stephen A and Hazel A Spencer of Hampstead, London. Cemetery: St John's Woking Crematorium, ref Panel 5.

STOVOLD

Thomas [Henry Willis]

14357283, Gunner, Royal Artillery, 86 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment. Died 1/5/1945. Cemetery: Becklingen War Cemetery, ref 3.B.6.

TANNER, GM

Charles Graham

BA Hons (Cantab), Lt. Commander, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS President. Died 22/9/1943 age 35. Son of Charges Edward and Mary Louise Tanner of Tilford. Cemetery: All Saints' churchyard, Tilford, due south of Tower.

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