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LIGHTHORNE WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Steve Potts 2010

The memorial for Lighthorne is to be found in the grounds of St Laurence Church, Lighthorne. It takes the form of a small stone Calvary war cross with metal figure of Christ on the front face on a long tapering shaft on an octagonal plinth with a single-stepped base; the inscription is at the base of the shaft, the names are inscribed around the plinth. It was was dedicated by the Bishop of Coventry on 22 August 1920.

Photograph Copyright © Steve Potts 2010

REMEBER
THE BRAVE MEN
OF LIGHTHORNE
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
FOR KING
AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
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BOYLES
Arthur [Walter]
[Listed as Arthur Walter Byles on CWGC] Private 17386, 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action on 16th November 1916. Born Lighthorne, enlisted Leamington Spa, residence Heathcote Hill. The 11th Battalion, formed at Warwick in September 1914 and landed in France on 3oth July 1915 as part of the 37th Division. Between 13th and 19th November 1916 the Division fought in the Battle of Ancre, one of the Somme Battles. No known grave. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
EDEN
William [Herbert]
Private 20404, 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th February 1917. Son of William and Hannah Eden, Chesterton and the husband of Margret Eden, Lighthorne. The 11th Battalion formed at Warwick in September 1914 and landed in France on 30th July 1915 as part of the 37th Division. The Division fought on the Somme in 1916. Buried in Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France.
GARNER
William
No further information currently available
HOLDER
John [Robert]
Private 268166, 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action on 3rd December 1917. Son of Arthur and Harriett Holder of Lighthorne. Born Gaydon, enlisted Warwick, residence Lighthorne. The 2/7th Battalion, was part of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division which took part in the Cambrai operations in late November 1917 and fought against a determined enemy counter-attack on 30th November which was to last for some days. No known grave. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France.
HOLDER
Thomas
Thomas Holder Thomas Holder, A/Bombardier 10544, Royal Horse Artillery. Born Warwick, enlisted Coventry. Thomas was killed in action on 19th October 1917 and is buried at St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, Belgium.
MANTON
John [Henry]
Private 310886, 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry. Died of wounds on 28th April 1917. Son of George and Elizabeth Manton, Post Office Road, Lighthorne. Enlisted at Warwick. The 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry sailed for Egypt in April 1915 and became part of the 5th mounted Brigade. In February 1916 it transferred to the Imperial Mounted Division. On 19th April 1917, the Division fought in the Second Battle of Gaza. Buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel.
MERES
Frank
Corporal 8240, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action on 6th February 1915. Born in Lighthorne and enlisted in Warwick. The 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards was part of the 2nd Division. The Division fought in the 1914/1915 winter operations and between 1st and 6th February fought an engagement known as ‘the affairs of Cuinchy‘. No known grave. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France.
MARSHALL
William
Private 19604, 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action on the 3rd May 1917. Aged 45. Son of Jessie and Rose Marshall, Hungerford, Berks, husband of Ellen Marshall. William was born Doldridge Berkshire, enlisted Kineton, residence Lighthorne. The Royal Warwickshire, 1st Battalion, landed in France on 22nd August 1914 and was part of the 4th Division. Between the 3rd and 4th May 1917 the Division fought in the Third Battle of Scarpe, one of the Arras battles. No known grave. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.
TAYLOR
Wilson [James]
Private 81502, 207th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action on 31st July 1917. Aged 25. His Son of James and Elenor Taylor, Blakedown, Kidderminster. Born Blackley Worcs, enlisted Birmingham. The 207 Company, Machine Gun Corps was a British unit attached to the Australian 3rd Division. The company remained with the 3rd Australian Division from October 1916 until October 1917. Between the 7th June and 11th July 1917, the Division fought at Messines on the Ypres Salient. Formerly Private 612944, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on the Ypres (Menim Gate) Memorial, Belgium.
TREADWELL
William [Joseph]
Sergeant 65281, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 9th October 1918, at home. Aged 26. Son of William and Sarah Treadwell, Lighthorne. Born Lighthorne, enlisted Birmingham, residence Lighthorne. Awarded DCM, Distinguished Conduct Medal in connection with military operations with the British Forces in Italy. Buried in Lighthorne, (St Laurence) Churchyard.

AND IN THE WAR OF
1939-1945
ADAMS
Raymond [Greville]
Able Seaman D/SSX29409, HMS Newfoundland, Royal Navy. Died on 6th September 1943. Aged 21. Son of Mrs E.J. Swann, of Kenilworth. Raymond served on board HMS Newfoundland, a light cruiser which underwent major repairs at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts. Buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

LEAN
[Ross Carrock] Richard
Pilot Officer 175495), 56 Squadron. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed whilst undertaking basic flying training on 5th May 1944. In 1944 56 Squadron RAF was based at RAF Newchurch in Kent and was equipped with Hawker Tempest Vs. Buried in Lighthorne, (St Laurence) churchyard.

Last updated 3 August, 2016

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