WINSFORD WAR MEMORIAL
War 1 - Detailed information
and Copyright © Melanie Mileham 2017;
transcribed Archie Needs
memorial can be found within the church of St. Mary Magdelene, Winsford,
Somerset. It takes the form of a bronze plaque inscribed with white
writing. There are eleven men from World War 1 commemorated.
© Melanie Mileham and Archie Needs
GOD, KING, AND COUNTRY.
MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WINSFORD WHO
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
28739, 7th Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (formerly
1480 West Somerset Yeomanry). Killed in action 16th August 1917
in the Battle of Langemark, part of the Third Battle of Ypres. He
was born in Winsford on 28th May 1894, the son of stone mason John
Henry Baker and Sarah Jane Adams. He attended Winsford School and
in 1917 married Gertrude Duddridge of Bishops Hull. He is remembered
with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
4594, 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action in the second
phase of the Battle of the Somme in High Wood, part of Delville
Wood, near Longeuval, France on 20th July 1916 aged 28. He was born
in Chester in 1888, the son of Roger and his wife Thomasina who
was originally from Langport. Victor is remembered with honour on
the Thiepval Memorial, Somme and a Memorial Service was held for
him in Winsford Church on 30th September 1916.
17425, 1st Somerset Light Infantry. Died 9th August 1916 from the
after-effects of a gas attack near Poperinge, France. James was
born in Dulverton on 17th July 1889, the son of William Henry Blake
and Elizabeth Middleton. He attended Winsford School and prior to
enlisting worked as a farm labourer at Liscombe. He is buried in
Plot 1 Row F Grave 8 at at Ferme-Olivier Cemetery in Belgium.
29236, 1st Warwickshire Regiment (formerly 21726 Somerset Light
Infantry). Killed in action 17th August 1917 in the Battle of Langemark,
part of the Third Battle of Ypres aged 27. Archie was born in Winsford
on 11th May 1890 to Thomas Callaway and Elizabeth White. He attended
Winsford School and later worked as a carter on a local farm. Like
his brother Frederick, he is remembered with honour on the Tyne
Cot Memorial in Belgium.
203369, 8th Somerset Light Infantry. He was killed in action at
the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Passchendale Campaign, near
Ypres in Flanders on 4th October 1917 aged 32. Frederick was born
on 4th December 1884 in Winsford and attended the village school.
After school he worked as a Hotel Groom in the Royal Oak. Like his
brother Archie, he is remembered with honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial
in the Royal Flying Corps and The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
He was killed in action on 7th November 1915 near Douai in France
aged 21. Owen was the son of barrister Reginald Vincent Le Bas and
Florence Harriet Lamb and was born on 3rd October 1894 in Kensington.
He gained his Flying Certificate at the British Flying School at
Le Crotoy, France on April 29th 1915. He is buried at Browns Copse
Cemetery in Rouex, France in Grave V11 F.36
17337, 6th Somerset Light Infantry. James was killed in action on
16th September 1916 aged 21 in the Battle of Bernafay Wood, a continuation
of the Battle of Delville Wood in the Second Phase of the Battle
of the Somme. He was born in Withypool in 1895 to James Newton and
Mary Bryant of Little Ash. He is remembered with honour on the Thiepval
Memorial in France.
29689, 2nd Duke of Edinburgh's Wiltshire Regiment (formerly 8436
Devonshire Regiment). William joined the Army in 1911 and served
in the Devonshire Regiment guarding the Suez Canal in Egypt. He
returned to England when war broke out and was sent to the Western
Front in France. He was wounded on 3rd July 1916 and was admitted
to the Stationary Hospital at Rouen. On recovery he was transferred
to the Wiltshire Regiment (29689). He was once again wounded on
20th October 1916 and was admitted to the General Hospital at Etaples.
On Easter Monday 1917 he took part in the great attack of the Battle
of Arras and paid the ultimate sacrifice. He was killed in action
at the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917 and is buried in Bucquoy
Road Cemetery V1 L.1. He was born in Winsford on 27th March 1888
to Ellen Needs of Mousehanger. William attended Winsford School
and at a Memorial Service in Winsford Church conducted by Rev George
Swift was attended by a large congregation.
20411, 8th Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action on 4th September
1916 during the Second Phase of the Battle of the Somme. He was
born on 22nd July 1896 in High Bray, Devon to William James Treble
a carpenter from Milton's Cottage, Bridgetown and Alice Susan Hill.
William attended Exton School and is remembered with honour at Bay
4 of the Arras Memorial, France
John aka Jack
345644, 16th Devonshire Regiment. Jack served with the 16th Battalion
Devonshire Regiment which was formed at Moascar, Egypt on 4th
January 1917. Having been involved in the fighting in Palestine
and in the capture and defence of Jerusalem, they left Alexandria
in Egypt and landed in Marseilles, France on 7th May 1918. Jack
was killed in action on 2nd September 1918 in the Second Battle
of Bapaume aged 28 and is remembered with honour on Panel 4 of
the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. His elder brother Frederick
was also killed just 26 days later. Jack was born in Exton on
4th January 1890 to James Weetch (Game Keeper) and Mary Baker
of Folly Cottage, Winsford.
21410, 1st Coldstream Guards. The Battalion landed in France in
1914 and remained on the Western Front throughout the War. They
were involved in many engagements; 1914 First Battle of Ypres, 1916
Battle of the Somme and 1917 the Battle of Passchendale and the
Third Battle of Ypres. Frederick died of his wounds on 28th September
1918 in the Battle of the Canal Du Nord, part of the Fifth Battles
of Ypres, just 26 days after his brother Jack. He was born on 11th
October 1887 in Exton and in 1914 married Laura Hawkins at Withypool.
Frederick is buried in grave E34 at Thilloy Road Cemetry, in Beaulencourt,
30 June, 2017