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Introduction

This page is concerned with the war memorial in the village of Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire. The research on the memorial itself is based upon a presentation by Michael Stratford, with additional research on the names by me.

The War Memorial

In March 1919 a Parochial War Memorial Committee was formed in conjuction with the Village Hall Committee. The initial plan was for a large cross on a site facing the church in Upton St Leonards. The cross would have a figure of Christ on it, with seats around the cross' base. Following a referendum conducted in the village, 259 votes were cast in favour of a cross with a figure with 129 votes for a cross with no figure.

The Memorial sub-committee selected the design submitted by Edward Warren of Bedford Square, London, as the preferred design for a cross with the figure of Christ set in the cross; the memorial to be in stone. Tenders to construct the memorial were placed, with the quote of 472-10s-8d by Messrs W.T. Nichols being selected. The cost was meet by a public appeal and a donation from Major and Mrs Birchall.

Upton St Leonards War Memorial

Upton St. Leonards War Memorial (Roger Holland)

The memorial's unveiling and dedication was performed on Sunday 8 August 1920, following a service in the church. Major Birchall, MP, carried out the unveiling. The dedication was performed by Cannon Brewster, assisted by Rev. J. Uttley Hillwell (Wesleyan Methodist).

A letter was sent to Upton St Leonards residents in 1949 requesting donations to provide a bronze plaque in the local church to commemorate those local people who had died during World War Two; the total cost being 150.

However, it was not until 2000 that the eight names of serviceman who were killed during World War Two were finally added to the War Memorial as part of a Parish Council Millennium project; some 80 years after the memorial was originally constructed.

Name
Rank
Service no
Age
Unit
Force
Died
Theatre
Memorial
War
Panter H
Corporal
8064
?
1st
Gloucestershire
01/11/1914
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Avery G
Private
8029
31
1st
Gloucestershire
07/11/1914
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Ireland W
Private
7739
?
2nd
Gloucestershire
10/05/1915
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Ballinger E T
Private
8136
?
1st
Gloucestershire
18/02/1915
F&F
Le Touret Memorial
1st
Birchall A P D
Lieutenant-Colonel
-
38
4th
Canadian Infantry
24/04/1915
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Phelps E
Private
9974
?
2nd
Gloucestershire
12/05/1915
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Cameron E A
Lieutenant
-
20
49th Bde
RFA
16/12/1915
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Evans R A
2nd Lieutenant
-
?
3rd
West Yorkshire
25/01/1916
Home
Harpley Churchyard
1st
Hopkins H
Private
240652
19
1/5th
Gloucestershire
05/04/1917
F&F
Unicorn Cemetery
1st
Mourbey A J
Private
3057
?
1/1st
Royal Gloucs Hussars
23/04/1916
Egypt
Kantara War Cemetery
1st
Millard H S
Private
33594
28
1st
Devonshire
07/10/1917
F&F
Etaples Mil Cemetery
1st
Bailey E
Private
18993
?
7th
Gloucestershire
09/07/1916
Mesopotamia
Basra War Cemetery
1st
Spring F J
Private
8653
24
2nd
Royal Irish
14/07/1916
F&F
Thiepval Memorial
1st
Miles G H
Private
8595
?
2nd
Royal Irish
16/07/1916
F&F
Mericourt-L'Abbe Cem
1st
Lloyd R E
Private
4453
?
1/5th
Gloucestershire
23/07/1916
F&F
Thiepval Memorial
1st
Smith D J
Bombardier
25374
26
95th Siege Btty
RGA
31/07/1916
F&F
Bronfay Farm Cemetery
1st
Birchall E V D
Captain
-
32
Bucks Bn
Oxford & Bucks
10/08/1916
F&F
Etaples Mil Cemetery
1st
Tranter H I
Private
4245
?
1/5th
Gloucestershire
28/08/1916
F&F
Blighty Valley Cemetery
1st
Ridler W G
Private
15015
22
8th
Gloucestershire
18/11/1916
F&F
Grandcourt Rd Cemetery
1st
Dyer W F
Private
607
23
21st
Autralian Infantry
10/02/1917
F&F
Warlencourt Brit Cem
1st
Chorley F J
Corporal
240851
34
5th
Gloucestershire
17/05/1917
F&F
Grevillers Brit Cemetery
1st
Barnard A E
Driver
832077
21
1st Div Ammo Col
RFA
28/05/1917
F&F
Bailleul Cemetery Ext
1st
Hardy L
Private
5389
29
15th Corps Cyclist Bn
Army Cyclist Coy
27/06/1917
F&F
Dunkirk Town Cemetery
1st
Smith F G
Private
33883
19
8th
Loyal North Lancs
06/08/1917
F&F
Menin Gate Memorial
1st
Williams E F
Private
3241342
19
5th
Gloucestershire
16/08/1917
F&F
New Irish Farm Cemetery
1st
Lloyd L H
Private
40951
35
1/1st
Hertfordshire
21/09/1917
F&F
Tyne Cot Memorial
1st
Rice A C
Sergeant
240110
22
1/5th
Gloucestershire
04/10/1917
F&F
Tyne Cot Memorial
1st
Millard S
Sergeant
2735
?
1/5th
Gloucestershire
23/07/1916
F&F
Thiepval Memorial
1st
Mills E J
Private
220225
36
6th
Royal Berkshire
12/10/1917
F&F
Tyne Cot Memorial
1st
Smith A J
Sapper
283050
30
96th Light Rail Coy
Royal Engineers
30/12/1917
At Sea
Alexandria War Memorial
1st
Wasley F G
Private
3975
?
2/1st
Royal Gloucs Hussars
20/01/1917
Home
Brockworth Churchyard
1st
Dashwood T
2nd Officer
-
24
?
Mercantile Marine Res
20/01/1918
-
Plymouth Naval Memorial
1st
Smith E
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
1st
Davis A J
Private
18998
20
2/5th
Gloucestershire
18/04/1918
F&F
Loos Memorial
1st
Jackson L A
Private
48571
?
5th
Royal Berkshire
26/08/1918
F&F
Peronne Rd Cemetery
1st
Webb J
Private
174390
18
1st
Royal West Surrey
02/09/1918
F&F
Combles Comm Cem
1st
Ridler H
Private
49067
?
1
Lancs Fusiliers
23/10/1918
F&F
Quievy Comm Cem Ext
1st
Benn L
Major
IA/89
44
5th
K.E Own Lancers
07/10/1944
-
Rangoon Memorial
2nd
Clack E
Corporal
5184022
20
5th
Gloucestershire
28/05/1940
F & B 1939-40
Ledringhem Churchyard
2nd
Ellery J A
Flight Sergeant
1586909
21
600 Squadron
RAF (VR)
21/02/1944
-
Bolsena War Cemetery
2nd
Farmer R
Sergeant
925408
18
130 Squadron
RAF (VR)
25/06/1942
-
Runnymede Memorial
2nd
Hale F W
Private
5192500
39
5th
Dorsetshire
02/10/1944
WE 1944-45
Arnhem Oosterbeek Cem
2nd
Ramsey J H
Corporal
2331830
24
?
Royal Corps Signals
18/03/1943
UK
Upton St Leonards Church
2nd
Rumsey E T H
Sergeant
7881405
29
2nd Royal Gloucs
RAC
28/12/1941
Middle East
Alamein Memorial
2nd
Russell K J
Private
2381322
20
1st
East Surrey
05/11/1943
North Africa
Sangro River Cemetery
2nd
Thomas E
Private
14757680
18
1/5th
Welch
14/04/1945
WE 1944-45
Becklingen War Cemetery
2nd

Pte. Hale

Private F.W. Hale in Oosterbeek Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2006).

 

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