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ILMINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2009

The village of Ilmington sits on the northern edge of the Cotswolds, 8 miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon and 4 miles West of Shipton-on-Stour. The village lies in the folds of the Ilmington Downs and at 858 feet the highest point in Warwickshire. Amongst the many fine Cotswold limestone buildings are two village greens; the largest, the Upper Green, is home to the village's War Memorial. The memorial takes the form of a tall, plain, Portalnd stone, cross, with a carved wreath draped over a sword of sacrifice carved into the face of the cross, standing on a Cotswold stone plinth on a two-stepped base. The memorial was first unveiled on Sunday 13th February 1921 by Canon Hodgson. There are 19 names listed for World War 1 and 1 for World War 2. The names on the memorial have surname and a single forename listed plus rank.

[Sources include The County of Warwickshire Roll of Honour 1914-2005 Volume 1 South Warwickshire by Kenneth Fowler, CWGC and Soldiers Died in the Great War]

From an old postcard

1914 - 1918
REMEMBER WITH
THANKSGIVING THE TRUE
AND FAITHFUL MEN WHO IN
THESE YEARS OF WAR WENT
FORTH FROM THIS PLACE FOR
GOD AND THE RIGHT. THE NAMES
OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR THEIR
COUNTRY ARE HERE INSCRIBED TO
BE HONOURED FOR EVERMORE

AITCHISON

Andrew James
Corporal G/18767, 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). 16th Brigade, 6th Division. Died on Wednesday 31 October 1917. He was born in Notting Hill, Middlesex, he resided in Ilmington and he enlisted in Harrow, Middlesex. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Gosnay Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave 13. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.

ASTON

William [Frederick]
Gunner 53822, 23rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds on Tuesday 13 January 1915. Age 26. The second son of Frederick, a labourer, and Emma Aston, 32 Back Street, Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington and he enlisted in Cardiff. He arrived in France on Wednesday 14 October 1914. Buried in the Greenwich Cemetery, London. Screen Wall. 1 "C." B. 106. Entitled to 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
BAYLIS
Joseph [Bernard]
Sapper 146349, 3rd Field Survey Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action on Friday 4 May 1917. Age 28. The eldest son of Thomas, a domestic gardener and Mrs. Baylis, 12 Church Street, Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington, he resided in Shipston on Stour and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Feuchy British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 3. His brother Louis Wilfred Baylis also fell. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.

BAYLIS

Louis [Wilfred]
Private 30303, 10th (Service) Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. 57th Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. Died of wounds on Sunday 23 September 1917. Age 27. The second son of Thomas, a domestic gardener and Mrs. Baylis, 12 Church Street, Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington, he resided in Shipston on Stour and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 163. His brother Joseph Bernard Baylis also fell. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.
BERKELEY
Thomas [Mowbray Martin]
Lieutenant Colonel, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Staff D.A.Q.M.G. Killed in action on Saturday 20 May 1916. Age 56. The son of Robert Berkeley and Lady Catherine Berkeley, of Spetchley Park, Worcester. He was born in Spetchley on 11 November 1859. He was a cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1879, and he spoke French. He arrived in France on Sunday 23 April 1916. Buried in the Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 2. Medals for Egypt Medal and Clasp Nile 1884-85, Khedive's Star, Queen's South Africa Medal, King's South Africa Medal, entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.
BRYAN
Frederick [James]
Second Corporal 63357, 92nd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds on Saturday 10 November 1917. Age 32. The son of Frank, a carpenter, and Mary Ann Bryan, "The Bridge", Brailes. He was born in Brailes, he resided in Ilmington and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. Before the war he was employed as a carpenter. He arrived in France on Wednesday 28 July 1915. Buried in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot III. Row N. Grave 13A. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

CARTER

George [Robert]
Sergeant 16616, "A" Battery, 108th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on Monday 25 March 1918. Age 25. The son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Westbury (formerly Carter), of Compton Scorpion, Shipston on Stour. He was born in Ilmington and he enlisted in Merthyr, Glamorgan. He arrived in France on Tuesday 31 August 1915. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 7 to 10. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Croix de Guerre (Belgium).
COULTHARD
Edward [Hayton]
Private 22567, 1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. (T.F.). 145th (South Midland) Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. Died of wounds on Friday 28 May 1915. Age 24. The son of Joseph and Mary Ellen Coulthard, 4 Brooke's Terrace, Everton Road, Liverpool. He was born in Liverpool and he enlisted in Shipston on Stour. He arrived in France on Monday 29 March 1915. Buried in the Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery,Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 8. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

FOSTER

Ernest [Thomas]
Lance Sergeant 2133, 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 22nd Brigade, 7th Division. Killed in action during the Battle of Poelcappelle on Tuesday 9 October 1917. Age 27. The second son of Thomas, an agricultural labourer and Patience Foster, 'New York', of Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington on Saturday 7 June 1890, he resided in Shipston on Stour and he enlisted in Birmingham. He arrived in France on Tuesday 5 January 1915. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, WestVlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
HALL
George [Henry]
Private 70168, Auckland Regiment. New Zealand Division. Died of pneumonia in Shipston on Stour Cottage Hospital on Friday 18 October 1918. Age 30. The son of Frederick John and Mary Ann Hall, of Ilmington. He had emigrated to New Zealand but came home on leave to visit relatives when he was suddenly taken ill. Buried in the north-west corner of Ilmington Church Cemetery, Warwickshire.

HALL

Sidney [Walter Robert]
Private 5114, 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 39th Brigade, 13th (Western) Division. Died of heat stroke on Friday 7 July 1916 in Mesopotamia. Age 22. He was born and resided in Ilmington and he enlisted in Birmingham. He arrived in France on Tuesday 4 May 1915. Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot IX. Row H. Grave 2. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
HALL
Thomas
Private 10521, 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died after discharge in 1918. Age 48. The son of George and Rose Hannah Hall, of Ilmington. The husband of Annie Maria Hall (nee Withers), of Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington on 13 July 1869. He enlisted in Stratford upon Avon on Friday 8 January 1915. He served in Dover and the Isle of Wight, but he did not serve overseas and so has no medal entitlement. He was discharged due to a weak right ankle and conjunctivitis on Thursday 15 July 1915. Before the war he was employed as a haulier.

HAWTIN

John
Farrier Corporal TS/6013, 8th H.T. Company, Army Service Corps. Died on Thursday 23 December 1915. Age 33. The eldest son of William, a carter on farm, and Sarah Hawtin. The husband of Selina Hawtin, of Ilmington. He was born in Whichford. he resided in Ilmington and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. He arrived in Egypt on Tuesday 27 April 1915. Buried in the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Section D. Grave 230. He is also commemorated on the Whichford War Memorial. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

MARSH

Albert
Private 240071 Private 1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. (T.F.). 75th Brigade, 25th Division. Killed in action by a shell during the Battle of The Hindenburg Line on 7 October 1918. Age 24. The son of Mrs. Ada Smith, of Ilmington. He was born and enlisted in Shipston on Stour. He was a pre-war Territorial, having served with the Regimental number of TF/ 1412. He arrived in France on Monday 29 March 1915. Buried in the Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row F. Grave 2. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
MOORE
Thomas [Henry]
[Listed as MOORE, H T on CWGC] Private 9480, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 10th Brigade, 4th Division. Drowned whilst bathing on Saturday 27 July 1918. Age 23. The eldest son of Henry, a blacksmith, and Elizabeth Moore, 21 Back Street, Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington, he resided in Birmingham and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. He arrived in France on Sunday 2 May 1915. Buried in the Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 6. Entitled to 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

NEWMAN

John
Shoeing Smith 133169, 126th Brigade, Ammunition Column, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of wounds on Saturday 21 July 1917. Age 28. The son of William and Elizabeth Newman, of Ilmington. He was born in Shipston on Stour and he enlisted in Stratford upon Avon. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery, leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row N. Grave 29. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.
RIGHTON
Walter [William]
Private 242953, 1st/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. (T.F.). 143rd (Warwickshire) Brigade, 48th (South Midland) Division. Killed in action during the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917. Age 24. The son of Harry, a coal dealer grocer and Sarah Righton, of Ilmington. He was born in Small Heath, Birmingham, he resided in Ilmington and he enlisted in Shipston on Stour. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. His mother later remarried, taking the name of Allchurch. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.

SMITH

Hiram
Private 35750, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. 88th Brigade, 29th Division. Died of wounds on 3 June 1917. Age 39. The brother of Mrs. L. Clifford, of Back Street, Ilmington. He was born in Ilmington, he resided in Brentwood, Essex and he enlisted in Warley, Essex. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row M. Grave 56. Entitled to British War Medal, Victory Medal.
STEVENS
Henry
[Spelt STEEVENS on memorial] Private. No further information currently available

1939 - 1945
IN MEMORY
OF

WESTBURY

Stephen Arthur
Aircraftman 1 Class 1702191, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on Sunday 15 October 1944. Age 18. The son of Leonard and Naomi Westbury, of Ilmington. Buried in the Ilmington Church Cemetery, Warwickshire.
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
AND
IN THANKFULNESS FOR ALL THOSE
MEN AND WOMEN
WHO, HAVING SERVED THEIR COUNTRY
CAME BACK SAFELY TO THIS VILLAGE

Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

INGRAM

Arthur
Royal Engineers. Died at home on Monday 5 November 1923. Age 43. He served in the Royal Engineers from March 1915 until March 1919. Buried in the Ilmington Church Cemetery, Warwickshire.

Roll of Honour

AITCHISON

J
See war memorial

ALCOCK

H

ASTON

E

ASTON

G E

ASTON

W

BAYLIS

J

BAYLIS

L
See war memorial

BERKELEY

T M M

BERRY

W

BOOTH

C

BRYAN

F

CARTER

G
See war memorial

CARTER

R

CLIFFORD

C

COULTHARD

E
See war memorial

DIGWEED

A

FLOWER

C

FOSTER

E
See war memorial

FOSTER

F

FOSTER

J

GARRETT

A

GAYDON

J

HALL

A

HALL

C

HALL

F

HALL

H

HALL

S

HALL

T
See war memorial

HANDS

A

HANDS

E

HANDS

O

HANDY

L

HANDY

W C

HAWTIN

J
See war memorial

HIGGINS

J

HUGHES

H

HUGHES

J

INGRAM

A

INGRAM

J

JOHNSON

M

NEALE

C

NEALE

W

NEWMAN

H

NEWMAN

J
See war memorial

NEWMAN

T

NICHOLLS

A

RIGHTON

W W
See war memorial

SABIN

C

SABIN

E

SABIN

H

SABIN

J

SHERWOOD

F

SHERWOOD

J

SMITH

F

SMITH

J

SMITH

O

SOUTH

A

STEVENS

B

STEVENS

H
See war memorial

TERRY

A

TERRY

B

WESTBURY

L

WESTBURY

S
See war memorial

WILKINS

G

Last updated 28 July, 2014

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