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PORLOCK WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Paul Sheldon 2014
Martin Edwards (WW2) 2020

The Portlock war memorial stands at the junction of Dunster Steep and the A39 in Porlock, West Somerset. It takes the form of a small, floriated, cross with an octagonal shaft, a square plinth and an octagonal, four stepped, base. The names of the fallen are listed on a broad tablet mounted in front of the base. There are 24 names for World War 1 and 13 names for World War 2.

Porlock Mark Newton 30 October 2015 (WMR-1420)

IN HONOUR O0F THESE BRAVE MEN
WHO IN THE GREAT WAR OF 1914-1919
FELL IN THEIR COUNTRY'S CAUSE

BAKER Robert
Private 12048, "B" Company, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died 9th August 1916. Aged 44. Son of William and Jane Baker, of Minehead, Somerset. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 7.
BEAUMONT-CHECKLAND Montmorency Beaumont
Lieutenant, 2nd/1st Battlaion, West Somerset Yeomanry attached 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 33. Son of William and Amy de Beaumont Beaumont-Checkland, and grandson of the Comte de Beaumont. Enlisted 1914; volunteered for Infantry 1916. B.A., Barrister-at-Law, Inner Temple. Led up a small reinforcement to hold the line against a strong counter-attack, and fell within four miles of the Memorial. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 3.
BINDING James
[Listed as E J BINDING on memorial] Private 295417, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died of wounds 22nd September 1918. Aged 21. Born Spaxton, enlisted Minehead, resident Allerford. Son of Charles and Mary Ann Binding, of Porlock, Taunton. Formerly 1730, West Somerset Yeomanry. Buried in LA CHAPELETTE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, PERONNE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row H. Grave 8.
BLACKMORE John
Private 9001, 2nd Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in India 9th July 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Porlock, enlisted Taunton. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Blackmore, of 13, Council House, Porlock, Somerset. Buried in Quetta Government Cemetery. Plot XXVI. Row C. Grave 2758. Commemorated on DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE), India. Face 1.
BOWDEN Herbert
Private 26040, 2/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry formerly 29471, Worcestershire Regiment. Died of wounds 9th September 1917. Aged 26. Born Newton St. Gres, Devon, enlisted Minehead, resident Porlock. Son of John and Sarah Bowden; husband of Eva Bowden, of Higher Washford, Taunton. Buried in WIELTJE FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row B. Grave 31.
COLES Gilbert Howe
Corporal 22422, 7th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died 30th November 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 4 and 5.
HENSLEY Richard
Private 240587, 1/5th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action in Egypt 23rd November 1917. Aged 22. Born Taunton, enlisted Mindehead. Son of Richard Hensley, of 7, Church St., Minehead, Somerset; husband of Maud Hensley, of Porlock Weir, Porlock, Somerset. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section B. Grave 71.
HOBBS Fred H
Driver T4/038941, 209th Horse Transport Company, RoyalArmy Service Corps. Died 31st December 1918. Aged 30. Nephew of Sarah Cooksey, of Porlock, Somerset. Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA, Greece. Grave 1112.
HOBBS Herbert Andrew
Private 16041,. 8th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 20. Born Porlock, enlisted Taunton, resident Hawkcombe. Son of Charles Hobbs, of Hawkcombs, Porlock, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 38 and 39.
HUISH Albert John
Private 20486, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. Killed in action 23rd July 1916. Aged 30. Born Luccombe, Portlock, enlisted Portlock, resident Hawcombe, Porlock. Son of Arthur John and Louisa Huish, of Hawkcombe, Porlock, Somerset. Formerly 11369, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 B.
HUISH George Charles
Private 31577, 9th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1918. Aged 20. Born and resident Porlock, Somerset, enlisted Taunton. Son of George and Eliza Huish, of Parson St., Porlock, Taunton, Somerset. Buried in PROSPECT HILL CEMETERY, GOUY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 7.
JOHN W E
Chief Yeoman of Signals 183628, H.M.S. Lion, Royal Navy. Died 23rd November 1917. Born Bridgend, Glamorgan, resident Hawcombe, Porlock, Somerset .
MOORE Wilfred [Henry]
Private 1724, 1/6th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 5th August 1915. Aged 21. Born Porlock, enlisted Clydach, Glamorganshire. Son of John Moore, of Hawkcombe, Porlock, Somerset. Buried in LINDENHOEK CHALET MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row F. Grave 14.
POLLARD Noah [Hubert]
Private 26667, 6th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 27. Born and resident Porlock, enlisted Minehead, Somerset. Husband of Hannah Pollard, of 6, Council Houses, Porlock, Somerset. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY, NEUVILLE-VITASSE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 23.
PUGSLEY Ernest
Sapper 488587, 154th Field Company ,Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 27th August 1918. Aged 32. Born and resident Porlock, enlisted Minehead, Somerset. Son of the late Thomas and Ann Pugsley, of Porlock Weir; husband of Matilda F. Pugsley, of Quay, Porlock Weir, Somerset. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 31.
RIDLER Willie
[Listed as H W RIDLER on memorial] Gunner 168440, 82nd Anti Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 6th November 1918. Born and resident Lynmouth, Devon, enlisted Lynton. Formerly 842, Devon Royal Garrison Artillery. Buried in ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 19.
RILEY John
Corporal 3/3423, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. Died 21st November 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 20.
ROGERS Joseph Solomon
Private 44101, 10th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died 9th May 1917. Aged 33. Born Bristol. Husband of Cecilia H. Rogers, of Ivy Cottage, Porlock, Taunton. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 9.
SQUIRE Sidney Frank
Private 4940, 2/4th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in India 12th December 1916. Aged 40. Born Lynton, Devon, enlisted Minehead, Somerset, resident Porlock. Son of John and Ann Squire. Buried in DINAPORE NO.3 CEMETERY, India. Plot SA. Row 1. Grave 17.
STENNER Basil
Private M1/108400, 320th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds 24th March 1918. Born Porlock, enlisted London, resident Taunton. Son of Robert and Ellen Mary Stenner, of Porlock, Taunton, Somerset. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXXI. Row H. Grave 29A.
STUCKEY G E
Private 16736, 1st Battallion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died 6th July 1915. Buried in TALANA FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 2.
SULLY R F
Private G/44697, 19th Battalion, London Regiment. Died 22nd August 1918. Buried in BEACON CEMETERY, SAILLY-LAURETTE, Somme, France. _Plot II. Row J. Grave 4.
TITLEY Anthony Graham
Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attahced 10th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 13th April 1917. Aged 28. Son of Francis Addison Titley. Buried in ORANGE TRENCH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 1.
WARD Albert Ernest
Private 5072, 2/4th Battalion, Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). Died in India 3rd September 1916. Born and resident Porlock, enlisted Minehead, Somerset. No known grave. Commemoraqted on DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE), India, Face 1.
ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE 1939-1945 WAR
ARKWRIGHT John Joseph

Lieutenant Commander, H.M.S. Avenger, Royal Navy. Died 15 November 1942. Aged 41. Born 10th June 1901. Enrolled in R.N. 15th January 1915. Son of L. J. W. Arkwright and Julia Arkwright. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (D.S.C.)[Source CWGC]. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 51, Column 1.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1943:

ARKWRIGHT John Joseph D.S.C. of Worthy Manor Porlock Weir Somersetshire died 15 November 1942 on war service Probate Llandudno 19 November to Godfrey Wigram Arkwright commander R.N. Effects £3342 13s. 5d.

BRYANT C H
Corporal, 15/19 Hussars
COMER J
Gunner, Royal Artillery
DAVIS J
Private, Welch Regiment
GLANVILLE William Arthur Ivor
Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 916282, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Lost without trace flying in a Handley Page Halifax II, serial number V9986, on a night mission to Kiel to attack a floating dock 26th February 1942. Aged 20. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frank Glanville, of Porlock, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 84.
GOULD George
Stoker 1st Class D/KX 151754, H.M.S. Kite, Royal Navy. Died at sea 21 August 1944. Aged 20. Born 8th September 1923 in Williton, Somerset. Son of Ellen Gould. Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 89, Column 3.
HOLLINGDRAKE Henry
Flight Lieutenant 77472, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 May 1942. Son of Sir Henry Hollingdrake and Lady Hollingdrake; husband of Sybil Hollingdrake, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. A.R.Ae.S.I., M.L.Ae.G.E. Buried in STOKE ORCHARD (ST. JAMES THE GREAT) CHURCHYARD, Gloucestershire. Row 16. Grave 1.
POLLARD Ivor Roy
Lance Corporal 5683113, 10th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 22nd November 1944. Aged 24. Born and resident Somerset. Son of Henry John and Ethel Pollard, of Porlock Weir, Somerset. Buried in TAUKKYAN WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 7. Row H. Grave 19.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

POLLARD Ivor Roy of Beach Cottage Porlock Weir Somersetshire died 22 November 1944 on war service Administration Llandudno 12 March to Ethel Pollard (wife of Henry John Pollard).
Effects £435 7s. 8d.

PRISCOTT Lionel John
Trooper 5672470, 49th Regiment (The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)), Reconnaissance Corps. Died as a result of an accident 9th June 1942. Aged 21. Born and resident Somerswet. Son of Henry James Priscott and Grace Priscott. of Porlock. Buried in PORLOCK CEMETERY, Somerset. Grave 483.
PASSMORE Owen George
Driver S/206615, Royal Army Service Corps. Died on service in United Kingdom 14th March 1945. Aged 28. Son of George and Annie Passmore; husband of Gwendolen Mary Passmore, of Doverhays. Buried in PORLOCK CEMETERY, Somerset. Grave 482.
RICKETTS William Charles
Guardsman 2740538, Welsh Guards. Died 22nd May 1946. Aged 19. Son of William and Kathleen Ricketts, of Ashley-Combe. Buried in CULBONE (ST. BEUNO) CHURCHYARD, Somerset.
ROBERTS Arthur Penn Browne
Captain 108166, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action 22nd April 1944. Aged 23. Born India, resident Somerset. Son of Maj. Arthur Salisbury Browne Roberts and Annie Frances Roberts, of Porlock, Somerset; husband of Augusta Phillippa Salwey Roberts, of Minehead, Somerset. Mentioned in Despatches. Buried in BEACH HEAD WAR CEMETERY, ANZIO, Italoy. Plot XIII. Row C. Grave 12.
WILLIAMS James Eric
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1256892, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th October 1942. Aged 21. Son of Thomas Charles and Victoria May Williams, of Porlock. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in PORLOCK CEMETERY, Somerset. Grave 778.

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