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DOWNTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © David Cockman 2013

The mmeorial is in the form of a stone tablet on the north wall of St Laurence Church, Downton. There are 44 names listed for World War 1 and 10 for World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled 4 July 1920 by the Ealr of Radnor and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Salisbury. The sculptor was Mr W A Hoare.
Photograph © David Cockman 2013

Lest we forget.

To the memory of
the men of Downton who fell in
the Great War 1914 - 1919

AYLETT

Percy J

No further information currently available.

BAILEY

Frederick William

Private 44513, "B" Company, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 30 May 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Downton, enlisted Devizes. Son of George and Alice Bailey, of Gravel Close, Downton, Salisbury. Formerly 2878, Hampshire Carabineers. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

BATCHELOR

Ernest [Samuel]

Private 4685, 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own). Killed in action 11 April 1917. Born Downton, enlisted Londonderry, residemnt Salsibury. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1.

BATCHELOR

Frederick

No further information currently available.

BATCHELOR

Reuben

No further information currently available.

BENNETT

Frederick [James]

Private 203229, 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 22 March 1918. Born Downton, enlisted Salisbury, resident Alderbury. Buried in QUEANT ROAD CEMETERY, BUISSY, Pad de Calais, France. Grave lost - Special memorial Section E. Grave 2.

BISHOP

Charles

Private 44514, 8th Service Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 30 May 1918. Born Downton, enlisted Devizes. Formerly 2879, Hampshire Carabineers. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

BLAKE

Edward

No further information currently available.

BONVALOT

Edward St. Laurent

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards formerly Reserve of Officers. Died of wounds 9 October 1915. Aged 24. Son of Antoine St. Laurent Bonvalot and Emily Bonvalot, of Wick House, Downton, Salisbury. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row K. Grave 5.

BUNDY

Ralph

Private 18319, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 8 July 1916. Aged 23. Born Westwellow, enlisted Southampton, resident Salisbury. Son of George and M. J. M. Bundy, of Wick House Cottages, Wick, Downton, Salisbury. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A.

BUNDY

Bob

Private 9016. 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 20 September 1914. Born Downton, enlisted and resident Salsibury. Buried in VAILLY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Grave lost - Special memorial 13.

COOMBS

Whittaker

No further information currently available.

DICKENSON

Aubrey G N

No further information currently available.

EASTMAN

Prince L

No further information currently available.

ELLIOTT

George

Private 3/326, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 10 August 1915. Aged 39. Born and resident Downton, enlisted Monmouth. Son of Mrs. Duffett, of Lode Hill, Downton, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 156 to 158.

FORDER

George

Private 15283, 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died at Gallipoli 28 September 1915. Born Downton, enlisted Salsibury. Formerly 703, Wiltshire Regiment. Buried in EAST MUDROS MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot III. Row A. Grave 5.

GRAVES

Evelyn P

No further information currently available.

GUNSTONE

William [Alfred]

Corporal 20633, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 21. Born Downton, enlisted Devizes, resident Salisbury. Son of Frank and Annie Gunstone, of The Headlands, Downton, Salisbury. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64.

HAYDON, MM

Arthur E

Serjeant R/7434, 12th Battalion, King's Royal Efile Corps. Died 31 March 1919. Aged 26. Son of William Ellis Haydon and Emily Haydon, of The Boro', Downton, Salisbury; husband of Rose Haydon, of 78, Wimborne Rd., Southend-on-Sea. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in the west part of ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, DOWNTON, Salisbury.

HAYDON

William George

Private 3054, 3/7th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 23 March 1916. Enlisted Bournemouth, resident Downton. Son of William Ellis Haydon and Emily Haydon, of, The Boro', Downton, Salisbury. . Buried in the west part of ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, DOWNTON, Salisbury.

HOBBS

George H

No further information currently available.

HUNT

Geoffrey Thomas

Private 23638, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). . Died 23 February 1919. Aged 22. Son of Amos and Emily Hunt, of Downton, Salisbury. Buried in the west part of ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, DOWNTON, Salisbury.

JOLIFFE

Arthur T

No further information currently available.

KIELEY

Arthur

No further information currently available.

KIELEY

Charles

No further information currently available.

MOODY

Percy

Gunner 701791, "A" Battery, 330th Grigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 28 September 1917. Aged 22. Born Downton, enlisted Southampton. Son of Mark and Emily Moody, of Downton, Salisbury; husband of Mrs. L. I. Butcher (formerly Moody), of 73, Pearl Farm, West Cholderton, Salisbury. Buried in ZUYDCOOTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 14.

MOODY

Fred P

No further information currently available.

MORGAN

Alfred E

No further information currently available.

MOWLAND

Walter

[Spelt MOULAND on SDGW & CWGC] Private 5420, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 24 October 1914. Born Downton, enlisted Devizes, resident Salisbury. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

MITCHELL

William

Able Seaman 187436 (PO), H.M.S. Maidstone, Royal Navy. Accidentally killed at an entertainment 13 March 1915. Aged 35. Born 13 December 1879 in Downton, Wiltshire. Son of George and Ellen Mitchell, of Downton, Salisbury, Wilts. Brother of Mrs Harrington, of Sandy Lane, Reedlynch near Salisbury, Wilts. Buried in SHOTLEY (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk. Royal Naval Plot 31.

Extract from THE EVENING NEWS, Monday, March 15, 1915.

COLLAPSE OF A GALLERY
____
Naval Men Killed and Injured

A concert given to Naval men at Parkerton Quay on Saturday nuight was suddenly terminated by a tragic accident.
Some 50 men were seated in a gallery of the hall where the entertainment was given, and shortly before 11 o'clock the gallery collapsed. The lights were lowered at the time.
The wreckage and the men with it fell on other sailors sitting underneath, and many injuries resulted.
Able Seaman William MItchell, 35, a native of Downton. Wiltshire, was killed amnd Richard Ensell, engine-room artificer, seriously injured.
Others, including Stoker P.O. William Downing, received minor injuries, which were attended to on board ship. Ensell was carried to Shotley Naval Barracks.

MUSSELWHITE

Albert George Kimberley

Private 45930. 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 19 September 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Downton, enlisted Trowbridge. Son of Albert and Annie Musselwhite, of Gravel Close, Downton; husband of Flora Ada Frampton (formerly Musselwhite), of Lang Close, Downton, Salisbury. Formerly 8/37357, Devonshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.

NEWMAN

Fred

Private 241038 [SDGW] or 241938 [CWGC]. 14th 9Service) Battalion (West of England), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 22 October 1917. Aged 29. Born Downton, enlisted Lyme Regis. Son of Mrs. George Newman, of The Cross, Downton, Wilts.; husband of Edith Mary Newman, of 48, Church St., Lyme Regis, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 72 to 75.

NICKLEN

Reginald James

Able Seaman J/45235 (PO), H.M.S. Caradoc, Royal Navy. Drowned at Yalta 22 September 1919. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs James Nicklen, of Newhouse, Redlynch, Salisbury previously The Cottags, Northsands Landford, Nr Salisbury. in Saltisburn. Born 6 April 1900 at Salsibury. Garden boy before enlisting. Enlisted 9 April 1918 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 4 inches, chest 36 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Buried in Yalta Russian Cemetery. Commemorated on HAIDAR PASHA MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Screen Wall. Panel 12

NOBLE

Harry [aka Henry] William

Serjeant 19638, "J" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 11 February 1916 in a military hospital in Rouen. Aged 36. Born at Downton, Wiltshire in 1882, enlisted Poole, Dorset. Previously served for 7 years in the Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) from 1901 - 1908 mainly, at St. John's Wood barracks. He left the RHA with the rank of sergeant in 1908 obtaining a job as groom/coachman to Lord and Lady Glenconner at Wilsford Manor. At the outbreak of the 1914 War he was immediately recalled to service, as he was in the reserve army. Husband of Mary J. Noble, of Lode Hill, Downton, Salisbury. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 17. Grave 14.

See also Wilsford

PATIENCE

Albert E

No further information currently available.

STEWARD

Arthur Amyot

Lieutenant, 11th Balloon Company, Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 6 October 1917. Aged 35. Son of Edward and Margaret Steward; husband of Miriam Agnes Steward, of The Moot, Downton, Salisbury. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 25.

SENIOR

Harry aka Henry

[Listed as Henry on SDGW] Serjeant 207335, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1918. Aged 23. Born and resident Downton, enlisted Boscombe, Hants. Son of William and Edith Rose Senior, of 2, Natanbury, Downton, Salisbury, Wilts. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 41.

SMITH

Ernest

Corporal 10584, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 8 June 1915. Born Downton, enlisted and resident Salisbury. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

SHEPPARD

Albert H

No further information currently available.

SWANBOROUGH

Edwin J

No further information currently available.

VINEY

Arthur E

Serjeant 9306, 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 2 July 1916. Aged 30. Born Downton, enlisted Salisbury, resident Walthamstow, Essex. Son of the late Charles and Emily Viney. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A.

WINTON

Harry M

Lance Corporal 9275, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 13 August 1915. Born Upper Beeding, Sussex, enlisted Salisbury, resident Downton. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLS MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 156 to 158.

WYNDHAM

Geoegr H

No further information currently available.

Their names liveth for evermore.

1939 - 1945

CRISP

Richard

No further information currently available.

GRACE

Cecil J

No further information currently available.

MORGAN

Cecil J F

No further information currently available.

PHILLIPS

Cecil Henry Walter

Sergeanr (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1312445, 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 January 1943. Aged 20. Son of Lt. Henry Ernest Phillips, Home Guard, and of Rosa Ethel Phillips, of Downton, Wiltshire. His father died in service in the United Kingdom (see below). Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 18. Row G. Grave 20.

PHILLIPS

Henry Ernest

Lieutenant, 7th Wiltshire (Salisbury) Battalion, Home Guard. Died 13 April 1942. Aged 51. Husband of Rosa Ethel Phillips, of Downton. His son Cecil Henry Walter also died on service (see above). Buried in ST. LAWRENCE CHURCHYARD, DOWNTON, Wiltshire.

PRIDDICE

Arthur Sidney

Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) 5569375, 1st Battalion, Wilthsire Regiment. Died 11 April 1944. Aged 27. Son of Sidney William Albert Priddice, and of Rose Ellen Priddice, of Downton, Wiltshire. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 12. Row D. Grave 15.

REYNOLDS

William F G

No further information currently available.

RIDOUT

Percy D

No further information currently available.

SHELLY

Violet

No further information currently available.

STICKLEY

William G

No further information currently available.

1952 - Korea

BERNEY

John Reedham Erskine

Lieutenant 407758, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 24 July 1952. Aged 23. Born 31 March 1929. Buried in UN Memorial Cemetery, Pusan, Korea. Plot 22. Row 7. Grave 1480.

Details in The Times 9 August 1952.

1956 - Suez

McCARTHY

Peter William

Lieutenant, 40 Commando, Royal Marines. Died 6 November 1956. Aged 19. Born 4 July 1937. Buried in RN Cemetery Haslar, Clayhall Road, Gosport, Hants. Row 4. Grave 11.

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