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HILLMORTON, WARWICKSHIRE - WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and copyright © Peter Dearsley 2004

The memorial is in the form of a stone cross situated on the grass verge in High Street. Standing with your back to the Red Lion pub, the memorial is approx 50 yards to the right, on the opposite side of the road. There is a second structure approx 50 yards to the left which appears to be a modern stone-build plinth supporting a sandstone pillar, but it is unclear whether this is a memorial, or serves some other purpose.

The memorial lists those who laid down their lives during WWI, with a small tablet added to commemorate the fallen of WWII. There is no mention of casualties from other conflicts (Malaya, Korea, etc). First names are recorded in full, other Christian names with initials only. There are no details of rank or dates of death, but Regiment (all of the fallen were soldiers) is recorded.

There are four panels around the base of the cross. The dedication panel reads: To the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-1919. Their names shall live forever. Above this panel has been fixed the WWII tablet which reads: Also those who died in WW2 1939-45. Names of the WWI fallen are recorded in more-or-less alphabetical order (ie Bs follow As, but within the Bs names are not ordered) around the three remaining panels. The names of the WWII casualties are not recorded.

1914-1918

ASTHILL

Herbert [William]

Private 10744 5th Batn Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds aged 21 in France & Flanders 29 June 1915. He is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord). Pte Asthill (recorded as Astill in SDGW and the CWGC Register) was born and lived in Hillmorton and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Richard and Jane Astill of Hillmorton.

BACON

Samuel A[lgernon]

Private 155869 61st Batn Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), who died of wounds aged 20 in France & Flanders on 25 August 1918 after previous service with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (svce no 24065). He is buried in the Aire Communal Cemetery. Pte Bacon was born in Withybrook and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Sophia May and the late William Bacon of Withybrook.

BOOTH

Walter

Gunner 58418 17th Battery, 41st Brigade Royal Field Artillery, who died aged 30 in France & Flanders on 9 October 1918. He is buried in the Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny. Gnr Booth was a resident of and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Joseph and Harriett Booth of Hillmorton; and husband of Verna May Booth of Lower Street, Hillmorton.

BARNETT

Joseph W

Private 6399 24th (The Queen’s) Batn London Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 11 September 1916 after previous service with the 3rd Batn Leicester Regt (svce no 25498). He is buried in the Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz. Private Barnett was a resident of and enlisted in Leicester.

BLOCKLEY

William A

Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. Only 24 Blockley casualties for WWI: none with initial WA, none in DCLI, and none with any links to Hillmorton. Only 27 men of the DCLI with forenames William A, but there is no obvious mis-spelling or use of an alias. Further research is required.

BARTLETT

Reginald S

Private 10115 2nd Batn Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 17 September 1916. He is buried in the Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps. Pte Bartlett was born and enlisted in Rugby.

BROWN

Walter H

Private 12272 11th Batn Hampshire Regt, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 3 January 1916 after previous service with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (svce no 6573). He is buried in St Patricks Cemetery, Loos. Pte Brown was born in Swinford, enlisted in Rugby and lived in Hillmorton.

BROWN

Walter J[oseph]

Corporal 200542 4th Batn Yorkshire Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 27 May 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Soissons Memorial. Cpl Brown enlisted in Catterick and lived in Rugby.

CANHAM

Archibald

Gunner 86927 Royal Garrison Artillery, who died of wounds aged 34 in France & Flanders on 27 May 1917. He is buried in the Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery. Gnr Canham was born and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Alice Canham of Hillmorton, and the late John Canham; and husband of Laura E Canham of 19, Benn Street, Rugby.

CASHMORE

Frederick [Robert]

Private 21321 1st Batn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, who died of wounds aged 24 in France & Flanders on 5 July 1916 after previous service with the Hussars (svce no 24324). He is buried in Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension. Pte Cashmore enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Reuben and Elizabeth Cashmore of Lower Street, Hillmorton.

CASHMORE

Alfred C[harles]

Private 11080 5th Batn Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who was killed in action aged 29 in France & Flanders on 25 September 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Pte Cashmore (recorded in SDGW and the CWGC Register as Charles only) was born in Hillmorton and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Charles Cashmore of Lower Hillmorton; and husband of Catherine Mary Creech (formerly Cashmore) of 69, Sandown Road, South Norwood, London.

CAVE

William H[orace]

Private 25162 8th Batn East Surrey Regt, who was killed in action aged 38 in France & Flanders on 14 February 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Pte Cave lived in Hillmorton and enlisted in Warwick. He was the son of John and Annie Cave of Lower Rugby Road, Hillmorton. (Note that the WM lists his Regiment as the Warwicks).

CHAMBERS

Frederick [Louis]

Serjeant 37798 14th Batn Gloucestershire Regt, who died of wounds aged 24 in France & Flanders on 4 April 1918 after previous service with the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (svce no 11893). He is buried in the Namps-au-Val British Cemetery. Sjt Chambers was born in Braunston and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of William & Amy Chambers, and husband of Julia Amy Chambers of Hillmorton Estate, Paddox Estate, Rugby.

CHAMBERS

Charles

Private 11054 5th Batn Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 21 March 1918. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Pozieres Memorial. Pte Chambers was born in Braunston, enlisted in Rugby and lived in Hillmorton.

GIDDINS

Arthur

Corporal 9398 2nd Batn Northamptonshire Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 14 March 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Le Touret Memorial. Cpl Giddins (recorded as Giddings in SDGW and the CWGC Register) was born in Hillmorton and enlisted in Northampton.

HANCOCKS

John J[oseph]

Private 41192 1st Batn Worcestershire Regt, who was killed in action aged 21 in France & Flanders on 22 November 1917 after previous service with the Royal Warwickshire Regt (svce no 24159). He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Pte Hancocks was born and lived in Hillmorton, and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of James William and Sarah Ann Hancocks of Hillmorton Wharf, Rugby.

HANCOCKS

Hubert H[arold]

Lance Serjeant 8221 3rd Bath Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who was killed in action aged 25 in France & Flanders on 25 April 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. L/Sjt Hancocks (recorded as Hancox in SDGW) was born and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Joseph and Catherine Hancocks of 79 Abbey Street, Rugby.

HAIG

Joseph

Memorial states Kings Royal Rifle Corps. No casualties named Joseph Haig listed in SDGW. Several listed as Joseph Haigh, but none in the KRRC. Two casualties named Joseph Hague (5787 & R/32788) in KRRC, but neither appears to have any connection with Hillmorton. Further research required.

HOWKINS

Maurice

probably: Second Lieutenant M Howkins 1st/5th (Lowland) Brigade Royal Horse Artillery, who was killed in action on 4 August 1916. He is buried in the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. There is no M Howkins listed in ODGW, but this publication does list a Lieutenant Ernest Howkins of the RHA/RFA who was killed in action on 4 August 1916. It is believed that these two entries refer to the same person.

KIRBY

Charles H

Private 12818 2nd Batn Worcestershire Regt, who was killed in action aged 22 in France & Flanders on 29 September 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Loos Memorial. Pte Kirby was born in Hillmorton, lived in Leicester and enlisted in Coventry. He was the son of the late Henry and Ellen Kirby.

LEVER

Harold B[rasington]

Second Lieutenant 5th Batn Bedfordshire Regt, who died in German hands (presumably as a Prisoner of War) on 23 October 1918. He is buried in the Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension.

MILLER

[George] Gordon Darley

Second Lieutenant Royal Horse Artillery, who died aged 19 in Russia on 15 September 1919. He is commemorated on a special memorial (B20) in the Murmansk New British Cemetery. (These special memorials commemorate officers and men known to have been buried in cemeteries elsewhere in the Murmansk area. The CWGC Register states that 2nd Lt Miller was buried at Kapaselga Chyd). He was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel ED Miller CBE DSO and Irene Miller OBE of Spring Hill, Rugby.

REED

George

No further information currently available

ROBERTS

Percy C[harlie]

Private 11053 2nd Batn Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, who died of wounds at home (ie in the UK) aged 27 on 18 October 1918. He is buried in Hillmorton (St John the Baptist) Churchyard. Pte Roberts was born in Hillmorton and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Charles Roberts of Hillmorton.

SHAW

Jonathan P[ickering]

Private 6401 1st Batn Northamptonshire Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 3 November 1914.. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Pte Shaw was born and enlisted in Rugby.

SMITH

Herbert

Rifleman R/1621 7th Batn Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 30 July 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Rifleman Smith was born and enlisted in Rugby.

SMITH

Walter

Private 20284 6th Batn Northamptonshire Regt, who was killed in action aged 32 in France & Flanders on 28 June 1918. He is buried in the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension. Pte Smith was born in Hillmorton and enlisted in Yelvertoft. He was the brother of Annie Smith of The Hill, Hillmorton.

SMITH

Edward

Private 17646 1st Batn Northamptonshire Regt, who was killed in action aged 33 in France & Flanders on 14 September 1916 He is buried in the Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery. Pte Smith was born in Kilsby and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Smith of Daventry; and husband of Fanny Smith of 5 Barby Lane, Hillmorton.

THORNECROFT

George T[homas]

Private 6648 1st Batn Royal Warwickshire Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 23 October 1914. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Pte Thornecroft (recorded as Thorneycroft in SDGW and Thornicroft in the GWGC Register) was born in Napton, enlisted in Warwick and lived in Hillmorton.

WALDUCK

Ernest

No further information currently available

WADSWORTH

William J

Rifleman R/2197 7th Batn Kings Royal Rifle Corps, who died of wounds in France & Flanders on 30 July 1915. He has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Rifleman Wadsworth was born in Hillmorton and enlisted in Rugby.

WEBB

William C

Two casualties named William Webb (6473 & 242524) in the Royal Warwickshire Regt, but neither appears to have any connection with Hillmorton. Further research required.

Names are not recorded on memorials for a variety of reasons: people born in the village move elsewhere; new residents might be recorded at their place of birth; occasionally, surviving family might not wish to be reminded of their son’s death; sadly, they might be the last member of that particular family…..

For whatever reason, the following sons of the parish are not recorded. There are others also, but these two qualify by both birth and residence and they are remembered here with honour.

GOODMAN

Walter G

Private 228 1st Batn Royal Warwickshire Regt, who was killed in action in France & Flanders on 27 August 1914. He is buried in the Honnechy British Cemetery. Pte Goodman was born & lived in Hillmorton, and enlisted in Warwick.

SMITH

William Henry

Private 1672 1st Batn Royal Warwickshire Regt, who was killed in action aged 27 in France & Flanders on 25 April 1915. He is buried in the Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. Pte Smith was born & lived in Hillmorton, and enlisted in Rugby. He was the son of Harriet Stemp (formerly Smith) of 5 Sun Street, Rugby, and the late John Henry Smith.

17 September 2004

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