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LYDIARD MILLICENT WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Chris Poulton - Webmaster: www.lydiard-millicent.org.uk 2008

Lydiard Millicent has two memorials, the first stands outside All Saints Parish Church and takes the form of a simple Celtic cross on a tapering plinth with a single step; a Sword of Sacrfice is to be seen in relief on the front face of the cross; there are 13 names listed. The second takes the form of two plaques to be found within the parish church, one is an elaborately carved oak wooden board with the same 13 names as the exterior memorial plus a list of those who served, the wood carver was Mr Bernard Wheeler and the memorial was unveiled in 1920. Tha other memorial is a highly polished oak board with 5 names listed for World War 2 which was manufactured by Great Western Railway Workshop. With the help of village people this list was compiled by Stan New, Honorary Poppy Organiser (1973-1997), who apologises for any names that may have been missed.

1914 - 1918
PLEASE REMEMBER BEFORE GOD
THESE MEN WHO LAID
DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR
KING, COUNTRY, AND THE
RIGHT, THUS LEAVING TO
US AN EXAMPLE OF SELF
SACRIFICE WITHOUT WHICH
THERE IS NO REDEMPTION
EITHER FOR MAN OR STATE

1914-1918

TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
AND IN
MEMORY OF

These made the last sacrifice

ALDRIDGE

William

Gunner 195760, 281st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 23rd October 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Wootton Bassett, enlisted Devizes. Son of Mr. E. and Mrs. L. Aldridge, of Greatfield, Wootton Bassett. Wilts. Buried in AWOINGT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 17.

BEASANT

Richard

Gunner 102179, C Battery, 88th Briagde, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 6th June 1918. Aged 21. Born Wootton Bassett, enlisted Devizes. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 10.

BOOKER

William

Private 13637, 10th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 23. Born Lydiard Millicent, enlisted Neath. Son of Thomas and Eliza Booker, of Braydon, Purton, Wilts. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 60 to 64.

BOULTON

Herbert

probably Herbert BOULTON, M.M. Private 12816, 1st Battalion, King's )Shropshire Light INfantry). Killed in action 19th September 1918. Born Coldash, Berkshire, enlisted Hereford, resident Coldash, Berskhire. Aged 24. Buried in CHAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, HOLNON, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 20.

BRIDGEMAN

Arthur [John]

Private 22889, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 17th June 1917. Born Lydiard Millicent, enlisted Swindon, resident Brinkworth. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (NORD), Nord, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 35.

BROWN

Alfred

No further information currently available [Alfred T H BROWN, Private, East Surrey Regiment]

EDMONDS

William John

Lance Corporal 19171, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 12th April 1918. Aged 23. Born and resident Lydiard Millicent, enlisted Swindon. Son of Alfred and Alice Edmonds, of Lydiard Green, Purton, Swindon. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8.

LEIGHFIELD

Isaac

Private 8119, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 20th February 1915. Aged 24. Born Shaw, enlisted Devizes, resident Swindon. Son of William and Ellen Maria Leighfield, of Shaw, Swindon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

LOCKEY

Arthur [William]

Private 19102, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action in Mesopotamia 25th January 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Lydiard Millicent, enlisted Devizes. Son of Charles and Caroline Lockley, of 4, Winifred St., Swindon. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVII. Row A. Grave 10.

PROVIS

Henry

probably Nelson PROVIS, Private 5940, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 20th November 1914. Born Lydiard, enlisted and resident Swindon. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

REEVES

Herbert

No further information currently available [Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery]

STRANGE

Clement [John]

Private 24146, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 3rd September 1917. Aged 22. Born Calne, enlisted Swindon, resident Wootton Bassett. Son of Lotta Matilda Strange, of Greatfield, Wootton Bassett, Swindon, Wilts; brother of Zenas (below). Buried in TORREKEN FARM CEMETERY No. 1, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 11.

STRANGE

Zenas [George]

Private 9217, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action Gallipoli 10th August 1915. Aged 18. Born Lydiard Tregoze, enlisted Devixes, resident Wootton Bassett. Son of Lottie Matilda Strange, of Greatfield, Wootton Bassett, Wilts; brother of Clement (above). No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 156 to 158.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

These also served

BARNETT

Victor

No further information currently available

BEASANT

Thomas

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BROWN

Albert

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BROWN

Frank

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BOWLER

Albert

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BOND

Arthur

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CARTER

George

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CARTER

John

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CHANDLER

Richard

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COTTERELL

Frank

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DASH

William

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EDMONDS

Reginald

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FERRIS

Harold

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FISHER

Howard

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FISHER

Frederick

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GIDDINGS

Elwyn

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GIDDINGS

Jacob E

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GLEED

Ernest

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GLEED

Percy

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HICKS

James

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KENNETT

George

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KIBBLEWHITE

James

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KIBBLEWHITE

Reginald

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LAMPORT

William

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LEWIS

Frederick

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LEWIS

James

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LEWIS

Joseph

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LEWIS

Joseph E

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LEWIS

Mark

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LEIGHFIELD

Thomas

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LOCKEY

Charles

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MARSH

Frank

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MARSH

Albert

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MATTHEWS

Harry

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MILES

Frederick

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MORSE

Alfred

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MORSE

Charles

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NEWMAN

Edgar

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OVENS

Evelyn

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PARSONS

Sidney

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PARSONS

Wilfred

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PEER

Albert

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PREDDY

Arthur

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PEWSEY

Ernest

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REEVES

Albert

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RICKETTS

Bert

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RICKETTS

Edward

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RICKETTS

Frank

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RICKETTS

Joseph

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SAVORY

Arthur

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SAVORY

Thomas

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SELBY

Thomas

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SAUNDERS

Charles

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SAUNDERS

Frederick

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SAUNDERS

Richard

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STRANGE

William

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THEOBALD

Charles

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TITCOMBE

Frank

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TITCOMBE

Sam

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TITCOMBE

Walter

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TITCOMBE

William

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TUCK

Ernest

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TUCK

James

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WAKEFIELD

George

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WEBB

Henry

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WEST

Wesley

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WEST

William

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WHEELER

George

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WOOLFORD

Charles

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WOOLFORD

Williams

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WORLEY

Francis

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WORLEY

John F

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THE CLOCK HAS BEEN PLACED
IN THE TOWER OF THIS CHANCE
IN MEMORY OF THOSE FROM
THIS PARISH WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR
1939 - 1945

Those who made the final sacrifice

BEASANT

Richard

Corporal 5571079, 8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died between 29th May and 8th June 1940. Aged 21. Son of Harry and Betsy Annie Beasant, of Hook, Wiltshire. Buried in DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot 2 Row 5 Grave 47.

FISHER

Frederick William

Gunner 822791, 2 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 14th September 1941. Aged 28. Son of Frederick and Eva Amelia Fisher; husband of Elsie Sarah Fisher, of Tiverton, Devon. Buried in HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 21. Row B. Grave 8.

GOUGH

Eric William

Private 5569221, Royal Army ordnance Corps. Died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese 12th October 1943. Aged 27. Son of Harry Davis Gough and Phyllis Amy Gough, of Purton, Wiltshire. Buried in CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 9. Row D. Grave 4.

HOWARD

Harold Herbert George

Sergeant (Pliot) 566374, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 27th AUgust 1940. Aged 24. Son of Henry James Howard and Emily Howard, of Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire. Buried in MILAN WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row A. Grave 8.

WAKEFIELD

Albert John

Private 6028630, 5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died as a prisoner of war of the Japanese 8th June 1943. Aged 33. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Plot B3. Row M. Grave 10.

AS THE DAYS AND YEARS PASS
LET US ALWAYS ENDEAVOUR TO
BE WORTHY OF THEIR SERVICE

These also served

ALDRIDGE

F

No further information currently available

ARNOLD

T

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BASSON

B

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BEASANT

B

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BEASANT

F

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BEASANT

H

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BEASANT

M

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BEASANT

Reg

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BEASANT

R

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BEASANT

T

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BOWLER

L

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BOWLER

N

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BOWLER

R

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BOWLER

S

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BREWER

D

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BRIGHT

E

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CANNING

L

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COTTRELL

J

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COTTRELL

Joe

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DASH

S

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DICKSON

D

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DIXON

E

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DIXON

R

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DIXON

W

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FISHER

H

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FISHER

J

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FREETH

A

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GOUGH

R

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GRAY

H

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GRAY

J

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HOARE

H

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HOARE

V

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HOLIDAY

A

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HUNT

B

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HUNT

S

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HUNT

S J

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LEIGHFIELD

N

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LEWIS

J

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MANNING

D

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MANNING

May

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NEWMAN

J

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NEWMAN

M

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NEWMAN

R

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PAGE

T

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PEER

R

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PLUMB

Barbara

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PLUMB

Beatrice

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REDFORD

C

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SAUNDERS

Jacqueline

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SELBY

B

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SELBY

G

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SELBY

J

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SELBY

R

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SELBY

T

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SMITH

J

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SMITH

J E

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STRANGE

M

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STRANGE

W

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TAYLOR

T

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THOMAS

D

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THOMAS

R

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TITCOMBE

E

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TITCOMBE

H

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TITCOMBE

R

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TULL

E

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WHEELER

F

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WHEELER

N

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WILLIAMS

Joyce

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WILLIAMS

P

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WILLIAMS

R

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WOOLFORD

J

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ZALA

P

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Last updated: 26 May, 2008

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