PRISTON WAR MEMORIAL
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and Copyright © Rose Kempshall 2016
and David Carter
memorial is to be fond within the Church of St Luke and St Andrew in
Priston (a Grade I listed building). It takes the form of an imitation
parchment scroll made in marble that is affixed to the church internal
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Sacred to the Memory of
Lieutenant, (SDGW states Royal Flying Corps) 3rd Squadron, Royal
Air Froce and General List. Died as a Prisoner of War 11 April 1918.
Birth registered in the Macclesfield Registration District, Cheshire
Oct-Dec Quarter 1898, volume 8A, page 148. In the 1901 census he
was aged 2, born Eaton, Cheshire, son of R M P and Annie L Butler,
resident Eaton Vicarage, Eaton Bank, Eaton by Congleton, Macclesfield,
Cheshire. In the 1911 census he was a school pupil, aged 12, born
Eaton Rectory, Engleton, resident Heatherdown, Ascot Heath. Buried
in MONS (BERGEN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot VIII.
Row D. Grave 6.
Extract from British Army, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918
– Volume 5 – page 26-27:
BUTLER, JOHN ORMONDE, 2nd Lieut., Royal Air Force,
only s. of the Rev. Robert Moore Peile Butler, of Priston Rectory,
Bath. M.A., by his wife, Annie Lansdale; b. Eaton, co. Chester,
11 Dec. 1898: educ. Harrow, and Trinity College, Cambridge; gazetted
2nd Lieut. Royal Air Force in July, 1917 served with the Expeditionary
Force in France and Flanders from Jan. 1918; was wounded while
flying over the German lines 24 March following, being taken prisoner,
and died at the Prisoners of War Hospital, Mons, on the 11th of
the following month. Buried in the Mons Cemetery; Unm.
16338, "B" Battery, 78th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.
Killed in action 24 October 1917. Aged 23. Born Preston (sic - Priston),
Bath, enlisted Bath. son of George and Charlotte (nee Hawkins) Colborne
of Priston. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 4 to 6 and 162.
Royal Berkshire Regiment, 3rd/2nd Bn. He was the 31 year old son
of Alfred William and Katherine Coldcall (nee Unwin) Oke. Robert
was born at Upper Norwood, London. In 1891 the family lived at
Southampton where Robert’s father was a solicitor. When
the 1901 census was taken Robert was attending Cambridge University.
In 1911 he was a Medical Student living at 32 Denmark Villas,
Hove with his parents and two sisters. In 1912 he married Marjorie
de la Sprye in Keynsham. He was killed 25 September 1915 and having
no known grave is commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel
7 and 8. Robert’s name also appears on the family tomb in
Southampton. The inscription reads:
THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT WILLIAM LESLIE OKE, M.A.
CAPT. 3RD BERKS REGIMENT
ONLY SON OF ALFRED WILLIAM LESLIE OKE, B.A. LLM
AND GRANDSON OF R.R. OKE
KILLED IN ACTION IN FLANDERS
26TH SEPTEMBER 1915
AGED 31 YEARS
24964, 11th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire
Regiment). Died of wounds 9 February 1917. Aged 31. Born Bath, enlisted
Taunton, resident Chippenham, Wiltshire. Son of John and Emma Wilton,
of Bath; husband of Lillie Jones (formerly Wilton), of West Littleton,
Marshfield, Chippenham, Wilts. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION,
ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section O. Plot V. Row F. Grave 5.
Fell in the Great War
11 November, 2019