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The War Memorial is to be found adjacent to the junction of road to the Church and the road to village in Ampney Crucis, Cotswold, Gloucestershire. It takes the form of a three-stepped, octagonal, base surmounted by a plinth, a tapering shaft and a cross that has cusping to the arms. At the base of the shaft is a relief-carved shield with a crown of thorns, set within ogee-headed field with cusping; there is an incised inscription on all sides of plinth and on three sides of the base. The memorial was unveiled nd dedicated in 1921. There are 20 names for World War 1 and 4 names for World War 2.

Ampney Crucis - WW1 And WW2 © Mike Coyle (WMR-20602)

1914 – 1918

BARNFIELD Sydney George
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BARTON Wilfred
Lance Corporal 1887, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. Killed in action at Gallipoli 21 August 1915. Aged 32. Born, reident and enlisted Cirencester. Son of Jane Barton, of "The Knowle," Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, and the late Edward Barton. Buried in GREEN HILL CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot II. Row C. Grave 3.
COOPER Ernest William
Gunner 61238 [incorrectly listed as 61236 on SDGW], 40th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died in 47 Casualty Clearing Station, France, 4 August 1918 of bomb wounds received in action. Aged 23. Born and resident Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Charles and Jane Cooper, of Hillcot End, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester. Enlisted 29 October 1915 in Ciorencester, aged 20 years 330 days, a Labourer by trade, single, height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 150 lbs, cheswt 32-37½ inches. Buried in CROUY BRITISH CEMETERY, CROUY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row D. Grave 10.
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EDWARDS John Charles
Corporal 26534, 10th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 16 March 1916. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.
FREEBURY Reginald Charles
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GEEVES Frederick
Private 52158, 3rd/6th (Reserve) Battalion [1st Battalion on CWGC], Gloucestershire Regiment. Died on service 29 October 1918. Aged 30. Born Ampney-Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol. Son of Daniel and Eliza Ann Geeves, of Ampney Crucis, Gloucester. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 62. Plot II. Row D. Grave 3.
Private 2625, 12th (Service) (Bristol) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 5 May 1917. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Brother of James Herbert, of Mill Cottages, Whelford, Fairford, Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.
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HUMPHRIES Cecil [William]
Private 24, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 19 May 1916. Aged 24. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Thomas and Augusta Alma Humphries, of 5, Barton Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 1.
LARGE Frank William
Corporal 8383, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Ded of wounds 9 May 1915. Aged 28. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Large, of Ampney-Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Grave destroyed in following battles. Commemorated in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Edward Road Cemetery. No. 2. Memorial 19.
LARNER Ernest Frederick
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LEYLAND Rex Hamilton

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 24 September 1918. Aged 33. Son of the late Frederick Dawson Leyland and of Sybil Leyland, late of 79, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, and husband of Helen Mary Leyland, late of Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire. Educated Harrow School, Middlesex [ photograph (left) Middlesex, Harrow School Photographs Of Pupils & Masters 1869-1925]. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 1.

Extract from Rifle Brigade Chronicle, 1918:


REX HAMILTON LEYLAND was the second son of the late F. D. Leyland Esqre and was born 23 January 188-5. He was educated at Harrow and was gazetted to the Regiment 20 May 1905 and served with the 4th Battalion at Malta and later in Egypt, where he unfortunately contracted malarial fever and dysentery and was invalided home in 1910. In October 1913 he was promoted Captain but in June 1914 he went on half—pay on account of ill-health. He however rejoined soon after the outbreak of the War and was employed at the War Office till April 1915. His proficiency as a machine-gun officer led to his being appointed an assistant Instructor and later to a higher post at Grantham. In May 1917 he was appointed D.A.A.G. and was-attached to G.H.Q. 1st Echelon in France. He joined the 2nd Battalion in May 1918 and on 14 July was given command of it and did excellent work, quickly securing the confidence of all under him. Although in indifferent health, he never spared himself and was most energetic. He was killed at dawn on 24 September 1918 by a shell whilst moving out in front of the position held by the Battalion. He was a good horseman and keen sportsman and in 1910, won the Heavy Weight Cup in the Regimental Point-toPoint Races.

POOLE Richard
Private 51296, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 27 May 1918. Born and resident Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Bristol. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot IX, Row C. Grave 1.
ROBINS William
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SOUL Ernest
Driver 48956, "A" Battery, 16th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 25 March 1918. Aged 28. Born Winstone, Northleach, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Mrs. E. Soul, of Ampney Knowle, Cirencester. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 7 to 10.
SYMONDS Frederick Charles
Private 23273, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 27 September 1916. Aged 21. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Emily Symonds, of Ampney-Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and the late Charles Symonds. Buried in HEILLY STATION CEMETERY, MERICOURT-L'ABBE, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 63.
SYMONDS Philip Henry
Private 21087, 3rd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 31 March 1917. Aged 18. Born Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire, resident Cirencester, enlisted Swindon. Son of Mrs. E. Symonds, of Ampney-Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Buried in WEYMOUTH CEMETERY, Dorset. Grave reference B. "C." 1977.
Private 7477, "A" Squadron, 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards. Killed in action 2 June 1915. Aged 24. Born Ashbrooke, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, resident Ashbrooke, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Son of Silas Whiteman, of 40, Purley Rd., Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and the late Mary Whiteman. Buried in SANCTUARY WOOD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row B. Grave 28.
WHITMAN Henry William aka Harry
Private 2728, 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 4 January 1915. Born South Cirney, Gloucestershire, enlisted Cirencester. Husband of Fanny Sampson (formerly Whitman), of Withington, Andoversford, Gloucestershire. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 27.
LLOYD John Buck

[Listed as BUCK-LLOYD on memorial] Lieutenant 137441, 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Army Air Corps. Died 5 February 1943. Aged 23. Son of Sir John Buck Lloyd, Kt., and Lady Lloyd, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Scholar of Harrow School. Buried in MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 10. Row H. Grave 2.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

LLOYD John Buck of Waterton House Ampney Crucio near Cirencester Gloucestershire died 5 February 1943 on war service Administration Llandudno 15 November to sir John Buck Lloyd knight. Effects £2673 3s. 10d.
MUNDAY Philip [Arthur]

Chief Officer (1st Mate), S.S. Port Nicholson (London), Merchant Navy. Drowned at sea 16 June 1942. Aged 39. Resident Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Son of William and Harriet Munday; husband of Irene Kathleen Munday, of Henleaze, Gloucestershire, married January to March Quarter 1930 in Cirencester Registration District, Gloucestershire. In the 1911 census he was aged 8, born Woodperry, Oxfordshire, at school, son of William and Harriet Munday, resident The Crown, Ampney Crusis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 84.

Extract from Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic - Saturday, 13 February 1943, page 3:

MR. P. A.

The death, due to enemy action, of Mr. Philip Arthur Munday, a Chief Officer of the Merchant Navy, whose home is at Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester, is announced by the Ministry of War, Transport.

Mr. Munday, who was well known in Cirencester, Ampney Crucis, and the surrounding district, was educated at Cirencester Grammar School, and joined the Merchant Navy about 22 years ago.

He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Munday, of Ampney Crucis, and leaves a widow and two young children. He was 39 years of age.

In the London Gazette some time ago Mr. Munday was commended for bravery and devotion to duty.

The death, also due to enemy action, of Mr. Pietro Moulini, a chic cook of the Merchant Navy, whose home address is 8a, Ruspidge-road, Cinderford, is also announced by the Ministry of War Transport.

POOLE Reginald
Trooper 7899976, 1st Lothians and Border Horse, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 6 June 1940. Aged 21. Son of Sidney Frank and Mabel Mary Poole, of Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 8. Row A. Grave 15.
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