COMPTON WAR MEMORIAL
World War 1 - Roll of Honour
with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Steve Potts 2010
memorialstands in a walled recess in the centre of the village, opposite
the High Street junction with memorial Road in Fenny Compton, Southam.
It takes the form of a two stepped octagonal base surmounted by an octagonal
sectioned plinth, boss and a tapering octagonal sectioned Latin cross
with incised inscriptions, infilled with black paint, on three sides
of plinth and boss. There are 12 name slisted for World War 1 and 6
for World War 2. The memorial was designed by M A Alexander. There is
also a plaque within St Peter and St Clare Church, Church Streetm Fenny
Compton that bears the same names for each conflict except for WARDLE.
Copyright © Steve Potts 2010
FELL IN THE
1914 - 1918
9075 Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion. Born Fenny Compton, son of Arthur
and Betsy Edwards, Fenny Compton. Enlisted Windsor, residence Leamington
Spa, died of wounds 10/10/1917, theatre of war France and Flanders,
buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
16828 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 9th Battalion. The Battalion was sent
to Egypt in January 1916 as part of 39th Brigade and then to Mesopotamia
in February 1916. In July 1918 the Brigade was part of the north
Persia force. Jessie died of wounds 15th September1918 Mesopotamia.
His name inscribed on Tehran memorial.
10607 Worcester Regiment, 14th Battalion. Born Fenny Compton, enlisted
Stratford Upon Avon, residence Fenny Compton. The 14th Battalion
was part of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. Between the 24th and
25th March 1918 the Division fought in the Battle of Bapaume, one
of the Somme Battles. William was killed in action on 25th March
10607, South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion. Son of William and
Mary Hiorns, Barford, Warwick. Husband of Annie Hiorns. George was
killed 4th February 1916, age 39, buried at Chipilly Communal Cemetery,
seaman Bristol Z 10335, RNVR HMS Motagua. Son of James and Catherine
Jennings, Bridge Street, Fenny Compton. Fred was one of 28 men killed
when armed merchant cruiser Motagua collided with United States
Destroyer USS Manley on 19th March 1918, he was 24, Fredís name
is inscribed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
to be Daniel Knight, Private 7379 Lincolnshire Regiment,
1st Battalion. Danielís fatherís place of birth is listed as Fenny Compton
on the 1891 census record. The 1st Battalion was part of the 3rd
Division and fought the Battle of La Bassee from 10th October to
2nd November 1914. Daniel died on 1st November 1914 age 33. His
name is inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial also on Farnborough
22748 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 16th Battalion. Son of Richard Maycock.
Born Fenny Compton, enlisted Fenny Compton. The 16th Battalion was
part of 5th Division. The Division fought in the Battle of Vimy
Ridge between 9th and 14th April and the attack on La Coulotte 23rd
24th April 1917. Arthur was killed in action 22nd April 1917, age
20. He is buried at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, France.
Corporal 16304 Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
Regiment), 11th Battalion, brother of E.A. Massey, Fenny Compton. The
11th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters was part of the 23rd Division.
The division landed in Boulogne on 27th August 1915 and fought in
the Battle of Albert (1st Somme Battle) between 1st and 13 th July
1916. James died on 8th July 1916, age 20. He is buried at the Warley-Baillon
cemetery extension, France.
202101 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion, enlisted Warwick,
Residence Fenny Compton. The 2/6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire
Regiment was part of the 61st (2nd South Midland Division). The
division landed in France on 21st May 1916. On 21st March 1918,
the division fought in the Battle of St. Quentin where the enemy
launched an attack on the Somme in overwhelming strength. The Division
was holding the line in the area northwest of Saint Quentin and
lost many men as it fought a successful withdrawal back over the
Somme crossing. George was killed in action on 21st March 1918.
His name is inscribed on the Pozieres memorial, France.
Bristol 2/105 RNVR, S.S. Daybreak, son of Edith and the Late Elijah
Sumner, Fenny Compton, died on 24th December 1918, age 18 when the
U-87 torpedoed the S.S. Daybreak off the coast of County Down. His
name is inscribed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
24646 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/8th Battalion. Born Fenny Compton,
enlisted Coventry, residence Farnborough, son of Edith Mary Thornton,
Leamington Spa. The 2/8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment was part of
the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. The division landed in France
on 21st May 1916 and took part in the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele
between 26th October and 10th November 1917. Bertram was killed
in action on 15th November 1917, age 19. He is buried at the Sunken
Road Cemetery, Fampoux, France.
further information currently available.
LIVES THAT WE
1624110 Royal Artillery 141 Bty 22 A.A Regiment, son of George and
Daisy Gardner, Fenny Compton. killed on 6th February 1943, buried
Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria.
to be Christopher Walter Joseph Harrison, Private
5347734 Army Catering Corps attached to Royal Berkshire Regiment,
70th Battalion, son of Mary Ann Fennell, Byfield, Northants. died
10/1/1943 buried Glenalina cemetery extension, Belfast.
Cook C/MX 52434 HMS Cornwall. Son of Earnest and Georgina Lovell;
husband of Gladys Lovell, Fenny Compton. Died 5/4/1942, age 27,
when HMS Cornwall was sunk by Japanese air attack 12-miles west
of Ceylon. His name is inscribed on Chatham Naval Memorial.
1609084 Northamptonshire Regiment, 5th Battalion, son of George and Jane
Mold, Fenny Compton. George died on 14th June 1945, age 33, and
is buried at Bari War Cemetery, Italy.
further information currently available
Officer M.V. Harpa Oil Tanker, Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, son
of Roger and Constance Russum, Deddigton, Oxfordshire. Rex was killed
along with seven officers, two Royal Navy Gunners and twenty-five
Chinese crew on 27th January 1942, age when the M.V. Harpa struck
a British sea-mine in Main Straight Singapore whilst on-route to
Batavia, Indonesia with a full cargo of aviation fuel on board.
21 July, 2019