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Compiled and copyright © Chris Harley - 2006

Relocated when St Mary’s was deconsecrated to St Nicolas Parish Church, Newport, Shropshire about 1979. The names have been listed in the same order as inscribed on the memorial.

Photograph Copyright © Chris Harley 2006

They whom this roll commemorates
were numbered among those who
at the call of King and Country, left all
that was dear to them, endured hardness
faced danger and finally passed out of
the sight of men by the path of duty
and self sacrifice , giving up their own
lives that others might live in freedom.
Let those who come after see to it
that their names be not forgotten



Ralph H

Ralph Henry Leeke Major The Rifle Brigade attd 4th Bn King's African Rifles. Died 5th November 1915 East Africa aged 31. Son of Colonel Ralph & the Hon Mrs Mary Teresa Leeke of Aston, Newport, Shropshire. Born Aston Hall, Shropshire. Buried Taveta Military Cemetery Grave III.B.2. His brother Charles below also died in the Great War.



Lieutenant 1st Bn Grenadier Guards (ODGW shows M G Coy Special Reserve). Died of wounds 11th April 1916 aged 29. Son of Col Ralph & Hon Mrs Mary Teresa Leeke of Longford, Newport, Shropshire. Born London, England 26th March 1887. Went to Ceylon in 1905 and spent two years in tea and rubber planting there and in Navancoure. Had to leave the East owing to a severe attack of Malaria he then proceeded to British Columbia and worked for one summer on a fruit farm then took up land in Saskatchewan. Went on a shooting trip to the Cassiar Mountains in North British Columbia in the autumn of 1913 and spent the winter trapping on the Stikeen River and in the spring of 1914 took up a mining claim there. Volunteered for Foreign service and joined the 31st Bn. Canadian Infantry as 79206 at Edmonton, Alberta 16th Nov 1914. Trained at Calgary, was gazetted Second Lieutenant Grenadier Guards 4th May 1915 and promoted Lieutenant Sept. 1915. Served with the BEF in France and Flanders from the 23rd Aug. 1915, was posted to the Machine Gun Coy., 3rd Guards Brigade the following month and died in hospital at Le Touquet from wounds received in action at Ypres on the 7th April. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery Grave I.B.25. Click Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais for grave photo. His brother Ralph is listed above


John Courtenay

Lieutenant Grenadier Guards attached to Guards Machine Gun Regiment. Drowned 9th September 1918 aged 29 when the SS Missababie was sunk by the German submarine U87 while 50 miles from Cobh, Ireland whilst on passage from Liverpool to New York. Born Simla, India, 7 April 1890, baptised Murree, Holy Trinity, Bengal 24 April 1890, son of Thomas and Rose Mabel Fraser. Son of Rose Mabel Fraser of 5 Kelso Place, Kensington, London & the late Capt Thomas Fraser (1st Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders) of Castlehill, Inverness. Educated at Fette College, Edinburgh from 1902 to July 1907. Before the war he was a farmer. Served in France. Emigrated to Canada, aged 18, destination declared as Franklin, Manitoba, Canada. Enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 1914, received a commission in the Imperial Army in August 1916. Attested 12 December 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitioba, aged 24 years 6 months, as Private 81283, 32nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, son of James Fraser, of Forebank House, Brechin, Scotland, Farmer by trade, single at attestation, height 6 feet, chest 41 inches. fair complexion, green eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Commemorated Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton. Also commemorated on Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Neepawa Memorial, Manitoba, Canada. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3285 - 44



Humfrey Theodore Shuldham Cole 2nd Lieutenant 19th Bn London Regiment. Died of wounds 12th February 1917 aged 20. Son of Canon Theodore Edward Fortescue Cole (Previously Canon of St Paul's, Calcutta) & Mrs E M Cole of Longford Rectory, Shropshire. Educated at Radley College 1910 - 1913 & Oxford 1915. Buried Varennes Military Cemetery I.D.52.



Bombardier Royal Field Artillery - No further information currently.


William H

11307 Private William Herbert Felton 5th Bn King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 16th June 1915 aged 25. Born & Resident Newport, Shropshire Enlisted Shrewsbury. Son of Mrs Jane Felton of Longford Lodge, near Newport, Shorshire & the late William Felton. Landed in France 22 May 1915. Commemorated Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.


Edwin C

34183 Private Edwin Charles Langley 10th Bn King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds 9th September 1918 aged 36. Born Jiverne (or Iwrene) Minister, Dorset Enlisted Newport, Shropshire. The 1901 census shows him as an under gamekeeper resident in Hanford, Dorset. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Langley, of Hanford, Blandford, Dorset; husband of Eliza Langley, of 43, Pave Lane, Newport, Salop. Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension Grave VIII.E.19.



Probably 26873 Private 2nd Bn Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 1st August 1917 aged 26. Formerly 53983 Sherwood Foresters & 32057 Lincolnshire Regiment. Born Blomfield, Shropshire Enlisted Hucknall Resident Mapperley, Nottingham. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Langford, of Newport, Salop; husband of Dorothy Duckmanton (formerly Langford), of Halfway Lake, Alberta, Canada. Commemorated Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.


George Henry

154464 Private George Henry Langford 6th Bn Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 10055 King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 4th November 1918. Born Ludlow, Shropshire Enlisted Shrewsbury Resident Market Drayton. Wounded whilst serving with the KSLI in 1916. Buried Ors British Cemetery Grave C.33

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