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ASTWOOD BANK WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Geoff Sullivan 2008

The Astwood Bank War Memorial stands in Everhsam Street, Astwood Bank and takes the form of a tall, plain, Latin cross standing on a square plinth with a two-stepped base. There are 38 names for World War 1 and 8 for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled in November 1921 by Colonel A Mudge; it was built by Messrs W H Frayley & Sons.

Photographs Copyright © Geoff Sullivan 2008

THIS CROSS IS ERECTED
IN ABIDING MEMORY
TO THOSE ASTWOOD MEN
WHO MADE THE SUPREME
SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 1918

BAYLIS

Harold Edward

Boy 1st Class J/27113, H.M.S. Viknor, Royal Navy. Died 13 January 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 8.

Niote: HMS Viknor was lost off Tory Island in heavy weather in an area recently mined by the Germans on Jan.13,1915.

She was a 5386 Ton Blue Star Line ship, formerly the Viking. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was part of the 10th. Cruiser Squadron blockading the seas between the North of Scotland and Iceland.

HMS Viknor sank on 13 January 1915. She had a complement of 22 Officers and 273 Ratings mostly of the Royal Naval Reserve. She was commanded by Commander E.O. Ballantyne.

BIDDLE

Bryan

Private 241571, "C" Company, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 10 October 1917. Aged 22. Born Alcester, Warwickshire, resident and enlisted Redditch. Son of John and Helen Biddle, of Henley St., Alcester, Warwickshire. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row J. Grave 6.

BIRD

Alfred Howard

Private 291643, 13th (Service ) Battalion (Forest of Dean)(Pioneers), Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 30 March 1918. Aged 38. Born and enlisted Redditch. Son of Thomas and Mary Bird, of 18, Mount St., Redditch, Worcs.; husband of Emily Ann Bird, of The Red Lion Hotel, Alvechurch, Birmingham. No known grave, Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 40 and 41.

BURTON

[Joseph] Ralph

Private 21108, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 3 July 1916. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Redditch. Son of Kate E. Burton, of Butler St., Astwood Bank, Redditch, and the late Joseph Burton. Buried in OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot XVII. Row E. Grave 4.

CHAMBERLAIN

Harold

Private 203361, 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Born Studley, Warwickshire, enlisted and resident Redditch. Son of William and Anna Chamberlain, of Avenue Road, Astwood Bank. In 1911 he was a Chemist's Errand Boy. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 75 to 77.

CLARK

Harry

No further information currently available

CLARKE

Victor Norman

Private 27276, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 22 September 1918. Aged 23. Born Bromsgrove. Son of Mary Jane, of High Street, Astwood Bank. Needle Stamper by trade. Buried in EDGIOAKE CEMETERY, Worcestershire. Grave 147.

COOPER

Frederick Graham

Acting Bombardier 113008, "D" Battery, 108th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 18 October 1917. Aged 19. Born Redditch, enlisted Stratford-on-Avon. Son of Frederick Thomas and Sarah Jane Cooper, of Castle St., Astwood Bank, Worcs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 to 6 and 162.

DIBBLE

Sidney George

Private 55534, 16th Battalion, Welsh Regiment attached 38th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 19 April 1918. Aged 23. Enlisted Redditch. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Dibble, of Church Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. Buried in SENLIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 8.

FISHER

Albert [Edward]

Driver 164071, Royal Artillery and Private TR5/21933, 6th Battalion, Training Reserve. Died in United Kingdom 2 February 1917. Aged 37. Enlisted and resident Redditch. Buried in EDGIOAKE CEMETERY, Worcestershire. Section C. Grave 126.

FLEETWOOD

[William] Harry (Henry)

Private 12271, 9th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 12 November 1915. Aged 33. Born and resident Redditch, enlisted Birmingham. Son of William Henry and Emily Fleetwood, of Astwood Bank, Redditch; husband of Kate E. Fleetwood, of 99, Hewell Rd., Redditch, Worcs. Formerly 51225, Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot I. Row E. Grave 12.

GALE

Victor

Private 28471, 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 8 May 1917. Aged 26. Born and resident Astwood Bank, enlisted Redditch. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gale, of Foregate St., Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

GARDNER

Horace

Lance Corporal 17268, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10 August 1916. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Redditch. Son of Albert and Mary Jane Gardner, of Leckenham Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row M. Grave 18.

GEE

Horace

Private 16507, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 2 July 1915. Aged 20. Born Freckenham, enlisted and resident Redditch. Son of Frank and Annie Gee, of Foregate St., Astwood Bank, Redditch. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 104 to 113.

GIBBONS

Horace Alfred

Private 13566, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 24 March 1918. Aged 24. Born Birmingham, enlisted Redditch, resident Astwood Bank. Grandson of Mrs. A. Gibbons, of Evesham Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 1.

GUEST

[Ernest] Howard

Private 68373, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 May 1918. Aged 19. Born Astwood Bank, enlisted Worcester, resident Redditch. Son of Joseph and Agnes Sarah Guest, of Council Buildings, Astwood Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

HALL

Albert Edwin

Private 57916, 2/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 2 November 1918. Aged 19. Born Astwood Bank, enlisted Worcester, resident Redditch. Son of Mr. W. E. Hall, of Ridgway, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. Buried in CAMBRAI EAST MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 26.

HARRIS

Reginald Arthur

No further information currently available

HILL

Alfred

Private 10130, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 22 January 1916. Born Sambourne, enlisted Worcester, resident Astwood Bank. Buried in HYDE PARK CORNER (ROYAL BERKS) CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 11.

HUINS

Frank

Private 20908, 14th (Service) Battalion (West of England), Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 2 March 1916. Born Redditch, enlisted Bristol. Buried in LE TOURET MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 22.

JELFS

Raymond Victor John

Able Seaman J/14804, H.M.S. Cullist, Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 11 February 1918. Aged 22. Only son of Henry and Ada Jelfs, of Feckenham Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. Native of Bretforton, Worcs. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 29.

Note: HMS Cullist was a special service ship/Q-ship lost off the UK coast on the 11 February 1918.

JOBSON

Arthur

No further information currently available

KINGS

Cyril [ Bernard]

Private 241665, 1/8th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment attached 1/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 18 August 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Redditch, enlisted Worcester. Buried in POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row A. Grave 47.

LAIGHT

James Henry Sydney

Private 307765, 1/8th (Territorial) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22 March 1917. Aged 19. Enlisted Birmingham, resident Erdington, Birmingham. Buried in BRAY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 17.

MANDER

Frank

Lance Corporal 40688, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 24 March 1918. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Redditch. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Mander, of "Ivy Dell", Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 41.

MASON

Harry George

No further information currently available

PARKER

James Henry

[Listed as James PARKER on SDGW & CWGC] Private 19776, 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 3 July 1916. Born and resident Astwood Bank, enlisted Redditch. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C.

PEARSON

Hubert [Reeve]

[Listed as Herbert on SDGW] Sapper 32962, 82nd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 14 January 1916. Aged 21. Born Southam, Warwickshire. enlisted Birmingham, resident Astwood Bank. Son of Edwin and Harriett Pearson, of Evesham Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in MERVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 9.

PERKINS

Francis Gifford

Private 20259, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 10 October 1916. Born Astwood Bank, enlisted Bishop's Stortford. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

PERKINS

William Henry

Lance Corporal 10709, 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 6 August 1915. Aged 28. Born Feckenham, enlisted Worcester, resident Astwood Bank. Son of Joseph Perkins, of Avenue Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 104 to 113.

REDDING

Frank

Private 241413, 1/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action in Italy 15 June 1918. Aged 22. Enlisted and resident Redditch. Son of Henry and Emily Redding, of Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in MAGNABOSCHI BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 3. Row F. Grave 8.

RICHMOND

Harry

No further information currently available

ROBINSON

John Thomas

No further information currently available

SMITH

Charles Howard

No further information currently available

STANTON

William

Private 10498, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 12 August 1917. Born Feckenham, enlisted Redditch, resident Astwood Bank. Buried in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 10.

STREET

Albert William

Private 27599, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 3 September 1916. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Astwood Bank. Son of Mrs. Lucy Street, of High St., Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row N. Grave 5.

STYLER

Harry

Private 7434, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 25 October 1914. Aged 31. Born Feckenham, enlisted Redditch, resident Astwood Bank. Son of Arthur and Katherine Styler. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 15.

WATKINS

Charles Edward Alfred

Lance Corporal 28241, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 15 April 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Astwood Bank, enlisted Birmingham. Son of Charles Louis and Esther Jane Watkins, of Foregate St., Astwood Bank, Worcs. Buried in ST. VENANT-ROBECQ ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, ROBECQ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 9.

WYNN

Arthur [H]

Gunlayer Observer 219306, 67th Wing, Royal Air Force. Died 30 August 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wynn, of Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Grave 1615.

YATES

Albert

Driver T4/042630, 220th company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in United Kingdom 9 March 1915. Son of Mr. W. H. Yates, of Avenue Rd., Astwood Bank, Redditch. Buried in ALDERSHOT MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. Plot/Row/Section AF. Grave 1829.

ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE
WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945

DICKENS

Stephen

Private 7605198, 4 Base Ammunition Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Died 17 June 1940. Aged 22. Son of Stephen Thomas Dickens and Laura Dickens; husband of Laura Dickens, of Astwood Bank, Worcestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 145.

FINCH

Alfred

gunner 843552, 1 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 13 February 1941. Aged 24. Son of Harry George and Emma Finch; husband of Edith Lilian Finch, of Astwood Bank, Worcestershire. Buried in KEREN WAR CEMETERY, Eritrea. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 12.

HARRIS

Eustace

No further information currently available

SALMONS

Robert

No further information currently available

JAMES

Howard

No further information currently available

PARKER

David [Henry]

Sapper 1916183, 671 General Construction Company, Royal Engineers. Died 29 May 1940. Aged 25. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Parker, of Astwood Bank, Worcestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on DUNKIRK MEMORIAL, Nord, France. Column 27.

ROSS

Gilbert

No further information currently available

YEOMANS

Oswald [Morris]

Sergeant 741086, 15 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 14 September 1940. Aged 26. Son of Edgar Morris Yeomans and Gladys Gwendolen Yeomans, of Redditch, Worcestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 21.

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