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WEST PARLEY WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Lesley Wilson 2013

West Parley is a village in south-east Dorset situated on the River Stour between Bournemouth and Ferndown and off of the B3073 road. The West Parley Memorial Hall is to be found in Christchurch Road, West Parley, Dorset. Within the hall is a rectangular white plaque mounted onto wooden backboard with dedication printed in black lettering, there are 13 names listed for World War 1a Further 13 names are listed on another plaque for World War 2.

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World War 2 Plaque in All Saints church (Below)

IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919

VAN COOTEN Henry Rodolphe
Chief Engine Room Artifacer 1st Class 133100, H.M.S. "Invincible," Royal Navy. Lost with his ship at the Battle of Jutland 31 May 1916. Aged 55. Born 7 July 1862 in Guernsey. Son of John R. and Fanny van Cooten, of Guernsey; husband of Elizabeth (nee Smith) van Cooten, of West Moors, Dorset, married April to June Quarter 1900 in Portsea Island Registration District, Hampshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 38, born France, a Chief Engine Room Artificer Royal Navy, husband of Elizabeth Van Cooten, brother-in-law of Mary Smith, resident 18, Fawcett Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 15.
DAYRELL-REED, DSO & Bar Archibald
Lieutenant, H.M.C.M.B. 88 B.D., Royal Navy. Killed in action 18 August 1919, at Kronstadt (then in Finland, but now in Russia) in the Baltic Sea. Aged 31. Born 10 September 1888. Son of Margaret Dayrell-Reed, of West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset, and the late George Dayrell-Reed. Transferred from Royal Naval Reserve to RoyaL Navy under Article 82 of Regulations and commissioned as a Lieutenant 6 November 1914. Awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms (France) and Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.)[London Gazette 12 May 1917] and Bar [London Gazette 28 August 1918]. As a Lieutenant, R.N.R. he was Mentioned in Despatches [26 August 1918]. Buried Kovisto General Cemetery, Finland/Russia. Commemorated on ARCHANGEL MEMORIAL, Russian Federation, Addenda Panel.
ELLIOTT Edward
Lieutenant, "B" Battery, 181st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Wounded at Ypres, died of wounds 25 October 1918. Aged 20. Son of Edwin A. and Adeline Elliott, of Woodlands, Kinson. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Kinson, son of Edwin A and Adeline Elliott, resident East House, East Howe, Kinson, Poole, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Kinson, Dorset, a school boarder, resident Cliffs House School, Southborne on Sea, Bournemouth, Hampshire. Buried in KINSON (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Bournemouth, Hampshire.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1919:

ELLIOTT Edward of Woodlands Kinson Dorsetshire lieutenant R.F.A. died 25 October 1918 at Holmwood Dorking Surrey Administration London 8 April to Edwin Athelstan Elliott yeoman. Effects £357 10s. 6d.

JEANS Richard
Able Seaman 210667, H.M.S. "Vivid,"Royal Navy. Died of bronchial pneumonia 11th September 1918 aboard S.S. Chepstow Castle during passage home. Aged 33. Born 22 April 1885 in (West Moors). Baptised 19 July 1885 at Moordown, son of Richard and Ann Jeans, resident Moordown, Hampshire. Son of Richard and Anne Jeans; husband of Selina Prudence Jeans, of Ashurst Road, West Moors. Enlisted 24 April 1903 for 12 years, re-enlisted 15 October 1913 to completion. Height 5 feet 8½ inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. Errand Boy prior to enlistment. In the 1891 census he was aged 5, born Winton, Hamphire, son of Richard and Ann Jeans, resident West Moors, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1901 census he was a Boy 2nd Class, aged 15, born Winton, Hampshire. resident Portsmouth. Buried 16 September 1918 east of the church in WEST MOORS (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Dorset.
LANE Herbert
Private 23094, "D" Company, 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of influenza 16 October 1918 in the Balkans. Aged 30. Born Wareham, Dorset, resident Christchurch, Hampshire, enlisted Winchester. Son of John and Annie Lane, of East Parley, Christchurch, Hants. In the 1901 census he was aged 12, born Wareham, Dorset, son of John and Annie Lane, resident Parley Green, East Parley, Hurn, Christchurch, Hampshire & Dorset. Buried KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY, Salonika, Greece. Grave 335.
READ Jesse
[CWGC erroneously gives service no. as 3/134] Private 3/7340, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Gassed at Ypres, killed in action, 2 May 1915. Aged 20. Born West Moors, Dorset, resident Wimborne, Dorset, enlisted Poole, Dorset. Son of Albert and Lucy. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born West Moors, Dorset, a Nursery Labourer, son of Albert and Lucy Read, resident West Moors, West Parley, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37..
SPICER Henry
Lance Corporal 29728, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment formerly 15227, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 January 1917, near Morval. Aged 19. Born Branksome, Dorsetshire, resident West Parley, Dorsetshire, enlisted Bournemouth. Son of George and Kezia Spicer, of Castle Farm, Dudsbury, Longham, Wimborne; brother of Thomas (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Branksome, Dorset, son of George and Kezia Spicer, resident 1, Cromer Road, Branksome, Poole, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Branksome, Dorset, at school, son of George and Kezia Spicer, resident West Moors, West Parley, Dorset. Buried in A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS, Somme, France. Plot V. Row A. Grave 8.
SPICER Thomas
Able Bodied Seaman 206835, Royal Navy. Invalided out of service with Pulmonary Tuberculousis 18 May 1916, died 4 January 1919 from the effects. Born Kinson, Dorset, 19 February 1884. Enlisted 19 February 1902 for 12 years, re-enlisted 26 November 1915 for duration of the hostilities, an errand boy before enlisting. Height 5 feet 11 inches, brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Before discharge, served as a gunner on a training ship, Whale Island, Fareham. Brther of Henry (above), widower of Harriet and father of Edith. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Kinson, Dorset, son of George S and Keziah Spicer, resident Lime Kiln Road, Kinson, Poole, Dorset. In the 1901 census he was listed as aged 17, crew aboard Victory (shore based), born Wallacedown, Dorset, Boy 1st Class. Buried in WEST MOORS (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Dorset.
TRICKETT Erasmus Lionel

Private 3/7338, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in the trenches at St Eloi, 23 February 1915. Aged 22. Born Bournemouth, Hampshire, resident Wimborne, Dorset, enlisted Poole, Dorset. Baptised 14 December 1893 in Branksome, St Aldhelm, son of Mark and Faith Trickett. Elder son of Mark and Faith Trickett, of Ford View, Ferndown, Dorset; brother of William (below). In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Kinson, Dorset, grandson of George Trickett (a widower), son of ark and Faith Trickett, resident Tricketts Cross, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Parkstone, Dorset, a Labourer, son of Mark Trickett (a widower), resident Tricketts Cross, Ferndown, Wimborne, West Parley, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.

Note: Erasmus and William have consecutive service numbers in the same battalion that would indicate they signed up together. Between census and other data there certain discrepancies which are listed here as documented.

TRICKETT William Arthur
Private 3/7339, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Gassed at Ypres, killed in action, 1 May 1915. Aged 20. Born Branksome, Dorset, resident Wimborne, Dorset, enlisted Poole, Dorset. Younger son of Mark and Faith Trickett, of Ford View, Ferndown, Dorset; brother of Erasmus (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Kinson, Dorset, grandson of George Trickett (a widower), son of Mark and Faith Trickett, resident Tricketts Cross, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Parkstone, Dorset, a Labourer, son of Mark Trickett (a widower), resident Tricketts Cross, Ferndown, Wimborne, West Parley, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37.
VINCENT William Jefferson
Second Lieutenant 7/6727, 1st Battalion attached to 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action, at Epinoy, 1 October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Hector and Blanche Vincent, of West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Maryfont, Cumberland, at school, son of Hector and Blanche Vincent, resident Victoria Road, Ferndown, Wimborne, Hampreston, Dorset. Buried in SUCRERIE CEMETERY, EPINOY, Pas de Calais, France. Row A. Grave 8.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1920:

VINCENT William Jefferson of Avenue-road West Moors Dorsetshire died 1 October 1918 in France Administration (with Will) London 8 July to Hector Vincent bricklayer.
Effects £52 19s.

VINE Mark
Lance Corporal 202649, 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action in one of many skirmishes on the Somme, 9 September 1918. Aged 23. Born West Parley, Dorset, enlisted Wimborne, Dorset. Son of Mark and Edith Vine, of Moorlands Rd., West Moors, Dorset. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born East Parley, Hampshire, son of Mark and Edith Vine, resident West Moors, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1911 census he was aged 51, born East Parley, Hampshire, son of Mark and Edith Vine, resident West Moors, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.
WILCOX Frederick Arthur
Private 29740, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment formerly 15759, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 14 April 1918, at Lys, Flanders. Aged 21. Born and resident West Moors, Dorset, enlisted Poole, Dorset. Son of the late George James and Elizabeth Wilcox, of "Jutland," Ashurst Rd., West Moors, Wimborne, Dorset. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born West Parley, Dorset, son of George J and Elizabeth Wilcox, resident West Moors, West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. Married Lily F Hoare in the July to September Quaretr 1915 in WimBorne Registration District, Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 6.

"..we will remember them".

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE MEN OF WEST PARLEY WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945

CUTLER, DSM Aubrey James John

Ordnance Artificer 3rd Class P/MX55852, H.M.S. Laforey, Royal Navy. Died at sea 30th March 1944. Born 9th June 1913 in Wimborne, Dorset. Married Dorothy M Sherring July to September Quarter 1944 in Bournemouth Registration District, Dorset. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (D.S.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 86, Column 3.

DSM Citation: For gallantry or oustanding service in the face of the enemy, or for zeal, patience and cheerfuness in dangerous waters, and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, whithout which the high tradition of the Royal Navy could not have been upheld.

London Gazette 2 June 1943, page2442-4.

COUSINS Terence Frederick

Acting Captain, No 47 R.M. Commando, Royal Marines. Died 7 June 1944. Aged 22. Son of Cyril Walter and Violet Cousins; husband of Angela Cousins. Mentioned in Despatches. From 1 September 1940 he became a Probationary 2nd Lieutenant in Royal Marines [London Gazette 24 September 1940, page 5651]. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot XI. Row A. Grave 16.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

COUSINS Terence Frederick of 3 Marlborough-buildings Bath died 7 June 1944 on war service Administration Bristol 3 November to Ivy Angela Lucy Cousins widow.
Effects £206 3s. 5d.

Extract from Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 8 July 1944, page 6:

IN THE MOMENT
OF SUCCESS
Bath Commando Captain
Killed in France

Mrs. "Bobby" Cousins of Bathford Lodge. Bath, has received information that her husband. Captain Terence Frederick Cousins. has been killed in action in Normandy.

"I have received a letter from his orderly," Mrs. Cousins told a representative of this paper, "and it appears that m, husband. who was in the Royal Marine Commandos. was leading an attack on a German strong point on a hill-top, on the second day of the invasion. The attack was successful, but my husband, according to the letter, was killed in the moment of success by a German grenade. The orderlys says he was the bravest man he ever knew."

Capt. Cousin was the elder son of Lieut.-Col. C W. Cousins, Gurkha Rifles, India. He had no local associations. His wife came to Bathford Lodge, the residence of Mr. W. H. Sheppard, during the war. She was formerly married to Capt. Holdway, who died in India. Their son was for a time at King Edward's School and later at Wellington. He is now training for a commission in the R.E.

FRIDAY Harry Clifford
Lieutenant (A), H.M.S. Goshawk, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 17 January 1941. Aged 31. Born 21 December 1909. In the 1911 census he was aged 1, born beckenham, Kent, son of Harry Chjarles and Mary Emily Valentine Friday, resident 8, Wickham Road, Beckenham, Kent. Married Renee F Pizzey in October to December Quarter 1933 in Bournemouth Registration District, Dorset. According to 1939 Register he was a Bakers Delivery Rounds Man (Van), married to Renee F Z Friday, resident Delhi Tricketts Cross, Ferndown, Wimborne and Cranborne R.D., Dorset. No known grave. Commemorated on the Lee on LEE-ON-SOLENT MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Bay 2, Panel 6.
HILL Sydney Jenkyn
Pilot Officer 77795, 609 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18 June 1941. Aged 23. Son of Jenkyn Brywnor Hill and Beatrice Mary Hill, of Ferndown, Dorsetshire. Buried in HAWKINGE CEMETERY, Kent. Plot O. Row 2. Grave 44.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1942:

HILL Sydney Jenkin of Fernlea Golf Links-road Ferndown Dorsetshire died 18 June 1941 on war service Administration Winchester 24 August to Beatrice Mary Hill widow.
Effects £466 8s. 4d.

LOWE Cyril Alfred aka Cil
Serjeant S/6087824, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 4 June 1946. Aged 40. Son of Andrew Cordon Lowe and Florence Mary Lowe; husband of Ellen Myfanwy (nee Griffiths) Lowe, of Rhuddlan, Flintshire, married 19 May 1927 in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, Wales; brother of Peter (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 4, born Tenbury, Worcestershire, son of Andrew Corden Lowe (a widower), resident Market Street, Tenbury, Worcestershire & Herefordshire. Buried 7 June 1946 in the south part of WEST PARLEY (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Dorset.
LOWE Peter French
Corporal 5503921, 5th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Missing in action in North Africa presumed dead 26 February 1943. Aged 25. Born and resident Worcestershire. Son of Andrew Corden Lowe and Mabel Lowe (second wife), of Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire. His brother Cyril Alfred also died on service (see above). No known grave. Commemorated on MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL, Tunisia. Face 22.
LYONS-MONTGOMERY Hugh Gascoyne
Major 184/AI, 2nd Battalion, 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). Died in Burma 5 May 1944. Aged 31. Birth registered in the October to December Quarter 1913 in the Long Ashton Registration District, Somerset. Son of (the late) Colonel Hugh Frederick Lyons-Montgomery, C.B., J.P., and of Winifred Gascoyne Lyons-Montgomery (nee Dalziel).of Highfield Road, West Parley, Dorset; husband of Sonia Florence Lyons-Montgomery (nee Oldrini), of Sparsholt, Hampshire, married in Shillong, Bengal, 1940. Became Second Lieutenant 5 November 1934 [London Gazette 22 February 1925, p. 1273]. Became Captain 31 August 1941 [London Gazette 21 November 1941, p. 6714]. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 5. Row B. Grave 3.
MILLER William Harry
Gunner 1125168, 23 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Wounded 30 June 1944, died of those wounds 1 July 1944. Aged 40. Born 23 December 1904. in Badsley, Hampshire, resident West Parley, Wimborne, Dorset. Son of John Andrew and Emily Miller; husband of Elizabeth Louisa (aka ) Louie (nee Miller) Miller married 18 June 1923 in West Parley. In the 1939 Register he was a Gardener, married, resident No 4 Bungalow, West Parley, Ferndown, Wimborne and Cranborne R.D., Dorset. Buried in BOLSENA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row B. Grave 21.
MURPHY Alan Michael

Wing Commander 33346, 23 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 2 December 1944. Aged 27. Son of Isaac and Ethel Murphy; husband of Jean (nee Leggat) Murphy, of Newbury, Berkshire, married July to September Quarter 1941, in Newbury, Berkshire. Awarded the Croix de Guerre avec Palme, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) and Bar, Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.). Buried in OLDEBROEK GENERAL CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Grave 14.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

MURPHY Alan Michael of Monkswood Newbury Berkshire died 2 December 1944 on war service Probate Oxford 14 November to Jean Murphy widow. Effects £115 10s.

RILEY John Kenneth

Second Lieutenant 86278, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died at sea 21 December 1939. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 1. Column 3.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1940:

RILEY John Kenneth of Kingsclere Ferndown Dorsetshire died 21 December 1939 at sea Probate London 8 August to Alfred Raymond Conroy Carter chartered surveyor and James Allen Ridout hotel proprietor. Effects £8665 5s.

STAPLEDON Ian
Pilot Officer 40438, 21 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 6 April 1940. Aged 20. Son of Charles Cyril and Eileen Dorothy Stapledon, of Ferndown, Dorsetshire. Based at Watton R.A.F. Station. Buried 11 April 1940 in WATTON (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Norfolk. Row B. Grave 54.
TOMLINSON Richard

Air Mechanic 1st Class FX681703, H.M.S. Ariel, Royal Navy. Died 10 April 1946. Aged 35. Son of Herbert and Emily Tomlinson; husband of Eileen Tomlinson, of Herne Bay, Kent. Buried 13 April 1946 in south part of WEST PARLEY (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD, Dorset.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

TOMLINSON Richard of Mowbray Kinson Park-road Bournemouth died 10 April 1946 at Woodside Dudsbury West Parley Wimbome Dorset Administration Winchester 5 June to Eileen Emily Tomlinson widow. Effects £603 17s.

WILLOUGHBY Brian
Flight Lieutenant 40872, Royal Air Force. Died 25 September 1941. Married Phyllis A Brandon in the October to December Quarter 1940 in Devon Central Registration District, Devon. Buried in STRATTON (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Cornwall.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

WILLOUGHBY Brian of Three Pines Dudsbury-road Ferndown near Wimborne Dorsetshire died 25 September 1941 on war service Administration Llandudno 15 December to Phyllis Amor Willoughby widow. Effects £216 2s. 2d.

"At the going down of the sun and in the
morning we will remember them"

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