Remembering Our Local Heroes

Remembering Our Local Heroes

This weekend, as well as remembering heroes from all over the world, The Cultural Experience have also been looking in to the stories of local soldiers who lost their lives during the Great War.

Below are the names of the soldiers who are commemorated on the Lynchgate War memorial at St Johns Church, Lower Bemerton, Wiltshire, UK

Leslie Yarham Brown 1896 – 1914: Private 4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Leslie Yarham Brown, of Bemerton aged 18, died on 24 November 1914 in Trowbridge.

Christopher Galbraith Buckle 1888-1918, DSO, MC: Lt Col 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Named after his father but known as Garry, he was killed in May 1918 leading his troops in the Battle of Aisne in France and is buried in Ville-Aux-Bois British Cemetery near Reims

Benjamin James Bucknall 1898 – 1918: Rifleman 16th Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles) London Regiment

Rifleman Benjamin Bucknall of Bemerton, age 20, was killed in action on 28 August 1918 in an attack on the Hindenburg Line. He is buried in Queant Road Cemetery, France.

Tom Cake 1898 – 1918: Private 2/7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Tom Cake of Bemerton, aged 19, was killed on 21 March 1918, the first day of a major German offensive in the Somme region. His body was never found and heis commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial along with 14,000 others from the UK and 300 from South Africa who lost their lives there between 21 March and 7 August 1918.

William Charles Cake 1890-1914: Sergeant 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment

William Cake was killed on 24 August 1914 and is commemorated at Hautrage Military Cemetery Belgium.

Arthur Cannings 1896 – 1916: Private 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private Arthur Cannings of Wimborne St Giles and Fuggleston died of wounds on 21 April 1916 in modern day Iraq as the 5th Battalion tried to relieve the siege of Kut. He was 19.

Arthur Tom Case 1895-1917: Gunner Royal Field Artillery

Arthur Case, 22, died of tuberculosis at home in Quidhampton on 8 October 1917, ten months after being discharged from the army. After several appeals it was decided that his war service aggravated the disease but St John’s Church is the only place where his part in the war is comm0emorated.

Herbert Castle 1879 – 1917: Able Seaman Royal Navy

Herbert Castle served in the naval reserves and was called up when war was declared. In May 1916 he was discharged with TB and died in Bemerton on 1 March 1917, aged 37.

John Thomas Cook 1877-1917: Private 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private John Thomas Cook, a married man with three children, was killed in action on 11 August 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. His name is one of more than 50,000 on the Menin Gate at Ypres with no known grave

Sidney Cousins 1882 – 1916: Private, 5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment

Private Sidney Cousins, of Quidhampton, was killed on 26 September 1916 at the battle of the Somme. He was 34.

Stephen Henry Crockett 1888 – 1914: Private, 1st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment

Stephen Crockett was the first man from Quidhampton to be killed in the First World War, and the first to have been born in the parish. He died, age 26, on 27 October 1914 in Flanders.

Richard Augustine Crockett 1891 – 1915: Rifleman 2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Richard Crockett died of wounds at the base hospital at Boulogne, on 22 May 1915, age 24 and was buried in the Commonwealth section of Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, the first of our servicemen on active service to have a named grave. Richard was the younger brother of Stephen Crockett, killed in October 1914.

William Charles Hugh Curtis 1887 – 1917: Corporal, First Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment

Corporal William Curtis was killed in action in Belgium on 11 June 1917, aged thirty. He is buried in Wulverghem- Lindenhoek Road Military cemetery near Ypres.

William Edgar Elkins 1899 - 1917: Lance Corporal 2/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment

William Elkins was killed at the battle of Cambrai in Northern France on 2 December 1917. He was 28. His body was not found or identified and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, one of more than 7000 men who died in that battle and who have no known grave.

John Foster 1869 – 1917

John Foster served as a private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry for 21 years, then joined the reserves. In August 1914 he was drafted to the transport staff at Le Havre, France where he died from disease on 3 August 1917 and was buried in Etaples Military cemetery.

Joseph Henry Fricker 1891 – 1914: Stoker First class in the Royal Navy

Joseph Fricker, of Wilton Road, aged 23, lost his life in the North Sea when HMS Cressy was torpedoed on 22 September 1914.

Charles James Gasper 1891 – 1917: Lance Corporal 1/4th Territorial Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

In 1917 Charlie Gasper, aged 26, was called up from the territorial reserves to join his battalion near Gaza. He was killed soon after he got there, officially on 7 November: but the actual date is not known. He is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery.

George Gilbert 1875-1918: Private Royal Marines Light Infantry

George Gilbert, from Bemerton, and a private in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, died aged 43 of pneumonia in Haslar hospital on 21 October 1918.

William Henry Hayter 1893 – 1917: Private 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private William Hayter, aged 23, was killed on 9th April 1917 on the first day of the attack on the Hindenburg line. He was buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery near Ficheux but later rearrangements, including bringing in burials from surrounding battlefields, meant not all the graves could be identified. William Hayter’s name is one of 23 on a special memorial for those known to be buried in an unidentified grave.

Joseph Arthur Hearn 1898-1918: Lance Corporal 1st Garrison Batallion Royal Munster Fusiliers

Lance Corporal Hearn of Bemerton died aged 20 of illness in Arquata, Piedmont Northern Italy on 28th October 1918 and is buried in a military extension to the communal cemetery there.

Reginald Harry Hibberd 1896-1917: Private 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private Reginald Hibberd of Burcombe, age 21, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 25 January 1917,

Robert John Huggins 1897 - 1917: Private, 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Private Robert Huggins of Quidhampton, aged 19, died in a prisoner of war hospital in Hamburg, Germany on 3 September 1917 after taking part in the battle of Passchendaele.

Walter Inkpen 1886 – 1917

Private Walter Inkpen of the Army Service Corps, aged thirty, died of wounds in France on 27 July 1917 and was buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery.

Alfred James Marshall Knight 1894 – 1914: Private 1st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment

Alfred Knight of Bemerton age 20, was killed on 17 November 1914 at Hooge, Belgium near Ypres.

William Frank Leach 1888 - 1918: Regimental Sergeant Major 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment

RSM William Leach died of typhus in a Turkish prisoner of war camp on 2 May 1918. He is buried in the North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad, headquarters of the Turkish army during the war.

Albert Lodder 1885 – 1914

Albert Lodder, Sergeant 1st battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment, of Bemerton, died aged 29 of his wounds on 21 September 1914 at Braine, northern France.

Charles Henry Payne 1894 – 1915: Private 1st/4th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private Charles Payne of Quidhampton died of wounds, aged 21, on 22 November 1915 in Mesopotamia.

Frank Penny 1899-1918: Private 11th Battalion, Queen’s (Royal West Sussex) Regiment

Private Frank Penny, whose family lived in Fugglestone, was killed in action on 25 October 1918 in Flanders, aged 19. He is buried in Heestert Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Walter William Smart 1895 – 1916: Private 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private Walter Smart of Gillingham, his parents in Bemerton, was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 2 September 1916 as part of the ongoing Battle of the Somme. He was 21

William Stokes 1898 – 1917: Private, 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment

Private William Stokes of Quidhampton, aged nineteen, was killed on 20 September 1917 during the battle of Menin Road Ridge, during the third battle of Ypres. His body was not found and his name is one of nearly 35,000 on Tyne Cot Memorial, which commemorates those men missing in Flanders after 16 August 1917.

Arthur Frederick Stone 1898-1917: Private 2nd Battalion Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry

Private Arthur Stone, aged 19, went missing, presumed killed at Passchendaele on 26th October 1917. Arthu’s body was never found and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Harold Alfred Stone 1894-1917: Private 7th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

Private Harold Stone, aged 22 was killed on 25th April 1917 fighting in Greece, close to the Macedonian border. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the memorial in Doiran military cemetery.

Thomas John Trubridge 1885 – 1914: Private 1st Battalion (Duke of Edinburgh’s) Wiltshire Regiment

Thomas Trubridge, of Quidhampton, died on 31 October 1914 in Flanders.

Albert Charles Vincent 1886-1917: Private 27th Company Machine Gun Corps

Private Albert Vincent, aged 30 was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele on 11th October 1917. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Arthur Frank Whatley 1894 – 1916: Able Seaman Royal Navy Serving on HMS Indefatigable

Able Seaman Arthur Whatley from Amesbury died when the battle cruiser Indefatigable sank during the Battle Jutland on 31 May 1916. He was 21 years old.

Thomas Whitchurch 1893 – 1918: Signalman HMS Cullist Royal Navy

Signalman Frederick Whitchurch, aged 24, was killed in action on 11 February 1918 when HMS Cullist was sunk by a U-boat in the Irish Sea. He is commemorated on the Portsmouth naval memorial.

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Added: 8th November 2018

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