GLORY OF GOD
IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
MAJOR BRUCE MITCHELL-TAYLOR DSO MC & BAR
W PERCIVAL COX CPL HERBERT GREENAWAY L CPL
PERCY COX JESSE PACKER
MEADOWS HUGHES JAMES POUND
SAMUEL LOOKER WALTER E MONK
AMBROSE ELBROW FRED A MONK
LENNARD W FEREMAN S A INFANTRY
“THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”
1939 – 1945
FRANCIS BADEN INCE
FRANCIS GEORGE GERRING
Ernest William Stallwood 1942
The Fallen from WW1 in alphabetical order
William Percival COX
Corporal, 106th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Army no. 57180
He was killed in action on 18 November 1915 near Ploegsteert. He was 19
He is buried in grave II A 37 London Rifle Brigade Cemetery. Belgium
He was the son of Albert Edward and Elizabeth Cox, King's Farm, Longcott
Ambrose James ELBROW
Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) 145 Brigade, 48th Division. Army no. 5083
He was killed in action in the fighting on the Somme on 16 May 1916. He was 29
He is buried in grave I C 24 Hébuterne Military Cemetery
He was the husband of Rosetta Elbrow and when he enlisted he was living in Faringdon
Lennard William FEREMAN
Private, B Company, 1st Regiment, South African Infantry. Army no. 988
He was probably killed in action and died on 19 October 1916. He was 23
He is buried in grave C 10 Bazentin le Petit Military Cemetery
He was the son of William Henry and Helena Sara Fereman, 64 Clevedon Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
He died at a time when the South African Forces were attacking in the area of the Butte de Warlencourt losing 1,150 men in this brief attack and the cemetery lies near the front line.
Lance Corporal, C Company, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 25 Brigade, 8th Division. Army no. 17649
He was killed in action on 16 August 1917 at the Battle of Langemarck. He was 20
He is remembered on panel 105 to 106 and 162 of the Tyne Cot Memorial
He was the son of William and Margaret Ann Greenaway of Longcot
Private, 23rd (Service) Battalion (1st Sportsman’s), The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 99 Brigade, 2nd Division. Army no. G/69263. He was formerly Army no S/4/058844 with the Army Service Corps
He was killed in action on 22 March 1918 at the Battle of St Quentin. He was 24
He is remembered on bay 3 of the Arras Memorial
He was born in Longcot and lived in Enfield at the time of his enlistment
It would appear that his mother had been widowed shortly after his birth and in the 1901 census she is Gertrude Miller whose husband works for the Post Office. In 1911, Meddows is working as a baker in High Street, Walthamstow. The census return gives his name as Frederick which is crossed out and Meddows substituted.
Gunner, D Battery, 107th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Army no 3085
He died, probably of natural causes on 4 April 1918
He is buried in grave A 32 Moreuil Communal Cemetery Allied Extension
He was born Marlborough 1887 as Samuel Gordon G LOOKER and he enlisted in Swindon
He was a bricklayer before the war but I cannot link him to Longcot. However there is no other Samuel Looker who died in the War
Frederick (Fred) Alfred MONK
Able Seaman, SS Lowmount (Leith), Mercantile Marine
He died at sea on active service on 7 May 1917. He was 24
He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial
He was born at Faringdon. He was the son of Emily Monk and he was in the Faringdon Union Workhouse at the time of the 1901 census with 3 brothers and his Mother. In 1911 he was a postman in East London with his Uncle and Aunt. His Uncle was a merchant seaman
Orkla 1888 originally owned by S P Austin & Son, Sunderland was sold to Lowlands Steam Shipping Co, Newcastle in 1915. She was renamed Lowmount in 1916 before being sold to A Capel of Newcastle and retained the same name. On 7 May 1917 she struck a mine and sank 4 miles SE of the Nab Light Vessel when she was on a voyage from Bilbao to Stockton with a cargo of iron ore.
5 of the crew were lost including Joseph Harrison, Mess Room Steward, A H Jensen, Able Seaman, Fred Alfred Monk, Able Seaman and Raphael Garcia, Fireman. The mine had been laid by the German submarine UC-70 (Captain Werner Fürbringer)
Walter George MONK
Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 7 Brigade, 25th Division. Army no. 21047
He was killed in action in Gallipoli on 21 November 1915. He was 19
He is buried in grave I F 1 Hill 10 Cemetery
He was born at Farringdon and living there when he enlisted. He was the son of Emily Monk and he was in the Faringdon Union Workhouse at the time of the 1901 census with 3 brothers and his Mother. In the 1911 census he was working at Bridge Farm, Thrupp
He is listed as Walter E Monk on the Memorial
Private, 1st Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 10 Brigade, 4th Division. Army no. 3171
He was killed in action on 25 April 1915 in the fighting of the First Battle of Ypres. He was 30
He is remembered on panel 8 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
He was the son of Eliza Packer, Tockenham Manor Garage, Tockenham and the late Jasper Packer and the husband of Ann Packer of Longcot
I suspect that Jasper Packer was the son of Jasper Packer so he was called Jesse. This is reinforced by the fact that no Jesse Packer was killed and only one Jasper Packer married a girl called Ann.
Private, 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment), 7 Brigade, 3rd Division. Army no. 7586
He was killed in action on 12 March 1915. There was no battle at this time so it was simply trench warfare. He was 26
He is remembered on panel 53 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
He was the son of Charles and Christina Janet Pound, Hill Green, Peasemore, Newbury.
Bruce MITCHELL TAYLOR DSO, MC and Bar
Major, 1st Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 95 Brigade, 5th Division
He was killed in action on 6 November 1917 during the second Battle of Passchendaele. He was 30
He is buried in grave III W 7 Ridge Wood Military Cemetery
He was the son of Henry and Sarah Katherine Mitchell Taylor of Longcot
His name was added to the memorial in c2003
The Fallen from WW1 who are not on the War Memorial
Ralph Victor BITHREY
Corporal, 6th (Service) Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment, 50 Brigade, 17th Division. Army no. 16351
He died from his wounds received during the second Battle of the Scarpe on 23 April 1917. He was 24
He is buried in grave O IX B 6 St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
He was the son of Edward H and Ellen Bithrey of Longcot
Frank Chester BUCKLAND
Private, 5th (Service) Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment), 35 Brigade, 12th Division. Army no. 9644
He was killed in action on 3 March 1916 during the battles around Arras. He was 21
He is buried in grave VI C 29 Vermelles British Cemetery
He was the son of Ellen Miness (formerly Buckland), Watchfield, Shrivenham and the late Frank Buckland.
He was born in Longcot and lived in Shrivenham
William James CLACK
Private, 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment), 21 Brigade, 7th Division. Army no. 8480
He was killed in action on 24 October 1914 during the Battle of Langemarck. He was 30
He is remembered on panel 53 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
He was the son of Mr and Mrs Clack, Field Farm, Longcot and the husband of Kathleen May Kavanagh (formerly Clack), 3 Spring Gardens, Skewen, Neath, Glamorgan.
James Graham PARRY
Second Mate, SS Harmattan (London), Mercantile Marine
He was killed by enemy action on 5 May 1917. He was 40.
He is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial
He was the son of Mr and Mrs Graham Graham-Parry and the husband of Mary Teresa Graham-Parry (nee Brown), Downs Cottage, Longcot.
He was born in Cobham, Albemarle, Virginia, U.S.A.
The SS Harmattan, a Harrison Line ship, was built by Swan Hunter in 1911, 4,792 tons, capable of 10 knots. She was a defensively armed merchant ship.
She was sunk after striking a mine on 5 May 1917 when seven miles north of Cape Rosa, Algeria. 36 lives were lost, including her Master. There were also 3 RN casualties (on board to man the guns?). The ship's steward, V. Agius, is commemorated on the Valetta Marine War Memorial.
The minefield was laid by the German Submarine UC 37 commanded by Otto Launburg (Oberleutnant zur See)
The wireless operator on the SS Harmattan was Tom James of Henllan, Cardiganshire, who according to Mr B. Sanderson (a survivor) stayed at his post sending out Mayday messages whilst the ship went down. His devotion to duty cost him his life. He is commemorated on the war memorial at Aberbanc.
The Fallen from WW2 who are on the War Memorial
Leonard William COX
Sergeant, Navigator, 150 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve RAFVR no. 1319714
He was killed on active service on 7 May 1944. He was 20
He is buried in grave 2 B 4 The War Cemetery, Bucharest
He was the son of William George and Jessie Gertrude Cox of Longcot
His aircraft was Wellington, JA515, code IN-Q, of 150 Squadron flying on a raid on Bucharest, Romania from the base at RAF Regina, Italy on Saturday 7 May 1944.
The crew were all killed: Warrant Officer, pilot, Stanley Clarke age 27, Sergeant, navigator, Leonard William Cox age 20, Sergeant, Air bomber, Clifford Walker age 21, Sergeant, Wireless operator/air gunner, Robert Peter Scott age 20 and Wireless operator/air gunner George Samuel Vaughan age 39.
Sadly very little is known about RAF attacks on Romania but 4 aircraft were lost on the operation that night, 6 other aircrew were killed and 6 others were taken prisoner
Francis George GERRING
Private, 2nd/5th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Army no. 5388050
He died on active service in the fierce fighting between Rimini and Ravenna on 16 November 1944. He was 27
He is buried in grave III A 3 Forli War Cemetery
He was the son of Henry Robert J and Gertrude Bessie Gerring and the husband of Josephine Gerring of Hennock, Devon.
Francis Baden INDGE
Private, 1st Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment. Army no. 5348299
He was killed in the fighting around Caen on 19 June 1944. He was 34
He is remembered on panel 15, column 3 of the Bayeux Memorial
He was the son of Francis Henry and Ida Mathilda Indge and the husband of Evelyn Indge of Newbury.
The 1st Battalion was a regular army unit and part of 231st Infantry Brigade who fought alongside the 1st Hampshires and 2nd Devonshires, for the duration of the war in Malta, Sicily, and Italy. The 1st Dorsets landed on Gold Beach on D-Day as a part of the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and fought with the division in the Battle of Normandy and then in North-West Europe.
Ernest Stanley STALLWOOD
Private, The Somerset Light Infantry Army no. 5682933
He died on 20 March 1942. He was 19
He is buried in the SW part of the churchyard at St Mary the Virgin, Longcot
He was the son of Ernest George and Edith Anne Stallwood of Longcot.
His death is recorded in the Civil Registers which implies that he was not serving but died as a result of his earlier military service