War Memorial

War Memorial

The Great War

To the glorious memory of the men of this Parish who gave their lives for their country in the Great War 1914 – 1918. (Also see 1939 -45 WW2 Memorial and Falklands War 1982 Memorial )

Private John Ralph EMERY
Rank:
Private
Service No: 7766
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Date of death: 20th November 1914
Age at death: 32
Buried: Wimereux Communal Cemetery

Son of James Cable and Ellen Emery, of Marchwood.

 

Stoker 1st Class George Frederick GRANT
Rank:
Stoker 1st Class
Service No: 304986
Service: Royal Navy
Regiment:
Unit:
HMS Bulwark
Date of death: 26th November 1914
Age at death: 38
Buried: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Son of George and Mary E. Grant of Marchwood.

Winston Churchill’s statement to Parliament:

The battleship Bulwark, Captain Guy L Sclater, which was lying near Sheerness, blew up and sank early yesterday morning, with the heavy loss of life, amounting, it is feared to between 700 and 800. The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but it is believed to have been internal, in the magazine. An inquiry, is to be held today.

The news was first conveyed to the general public in London in a statement made by Mr Churchill in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon. He said:

‘I regret to say I have some bad news for the House. The Bulwark, battleship, which was lying in Sheerness this morning, blew up at 7.53 o’clock’.

The Vice and Rear Admirals, who were present, have reported their conviction that it was an internal magazine explosion which rent the ship asunder. There was apparently no upheaval in the water, and the ship had entirely disappeared when the smoke had cleared away. An inquiry will be held tomorrow, which may possibly throw more light on the occurrence.

The loss of the ship does not sensibly affect the military position, but I regret to say that the loss of life is very severe. Only 12 men are saved. All officers and the rest of the crew, who I suppose amounted to between 700 and 800, have perished.

I think the House would wish me to express on their behalf the deep sorrow with which the House heard the news, and their sympathy with those who have lost their relatives and friends’.

Lance Corporal George Bloomfield SMITH
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Service No: PO/15938
Service: Royal Navy
Regiment: Royal Marine Light Infantry
Unit: Portsmouth Battalion Royal Naval Division
Date of death: 5th August 1915
Age at death: 21
Buried: Port Said War Memorial Cemetery

Son of George and Emma Smith, of King John’s Cottage, Marchwood.

Able Seaman Thomas William PHILLIPS
Rank:
Able Seaman
Service No: J/28425
Service: Royal Navy
Regiment:
Unit:
HMS Broke
Date of Birth: 21st June 1896 – Lymington, Hampshire
Date of death: 31st May 1916
Age at death: 19
Buried: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Son of George and Clara Phillips, of Barrie, Marchwood.

HMS Broke, a Faulker Class destroyer was involved in the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916 to 1st June 1916. She was badly damaged when fired on at point blank range by German battleship SMS Westfalen sustaining heavy damage and casualties.

Blacksmith William George Walter BLAKE
Rank:
Blacksmith
Service No: 341730
Service: Royal Navy
Regiment:
Unit:
HMS Invincible
Date of Birth: 28th February 1874 – Marchwood, Hampshire
Date of death: 31st May 1916
Age at death: 42
Buried: Portsmouth Naval Memorial

‘The massive plume of smoke caused when HMS Invincible exploded during the battle of Jutland after she was hit five times by shells from German battlecruisers Derrflinger and Lutzow, the last hit blowing the roof off “Q” turret and setting fire to the cordite propellant, the flash soon spread to the magazine and Invincible was ripped on two by the explosion. There were only three survivors with those killed including Rear Admiral The Hon Horace Hood’.

The Marchwood War Memorial lists his rank as ‘Petty officer’, CWGC states ‘Blacksmith’.

His Naval record is available online at the National Archives and should shed some light on this: AD188/516, Records of the Admiralty, Naval Forces, Royal Marines, Coastguard, and related bodies.

Admiralty: Royal Navy Registers of Seamen’s Services 341501-342000.

Private Wilfred T PEARCE
Rank:
Private
Service No: 10329
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Date of death: 9th August 1916
Age at death:
Buried:
Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery

Private George HARVEY
Rank:
Private (Acting Corporal)
Service No: 7068
Service: Army
Regiment: 7th (Queen’s Own) Hussars
Unit:
Date of death:
19th September 1916
Age at death:
Buried:
Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery

Medal Card: 7th Hussars, 7068 Private. 7th Hussars, 7068 Acting Corporal.

Private Albert C W COLE
Rank:
Private
Service No: 17296
Service: Army
Regiment: Dorestshire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Date of death: 4th February 1917
Age at death: 22
Buried: Hem Communal Cemetery, Somme

Son of Elizabeth Ann Eldridge, of ‘The Orchard Inn’, Marchwood.

Private Charles William COOPER
Rank:
Private
Service No: 203233
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 1st and 4th Battalion
Date of death: 24th February 1917
Age at death: 17
Buried: Basra Memorial

Son of George and Sylvia Cooper, of Pooks Green, Marchwood.

Private Leslie James MARTIN
Rank:
Private
Service No: 356462
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 2nd Battalion
Date of death: 16th August 1917
Age at death: 19
Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial

Son of James and Mary Ann Martin, of 67 Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton.

Lance Corporal Charles Everett BROWN
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Service No: 270431
Service: Army
Regiment: Royal Scots
Unit: 16th Battalion
Date of death: 26th August 1917
Age at death: 19
Buried: Thiepval Memorial

Marchwood War Memorial lists his rank as Signaller, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission states it as Lance Corporal and the medal card index at the National Archives says Private.

Gunner Walter G BOLTON
Rank:
Gunner
Service No: 352819
Service: Army
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit: 243rd Siege Battery
Date of death: 7th September 1917
Age at death: 21
Buried: Bleuet Farm Cemetery

Eldest son of Mr HJ and Mrs MJ Bolton, of Rose Cottage, Marchwood.

Saddler Albert Henry BROOMFIELD
Rank:
Saddler
Service No: R/361553
Service: Army
Regiment: Army Service Corps
Unit: Remount Depot (Ormskirk)
Secondary Regiment: Royal Field Artillery (formerly)
Date of death:11th September 1917
Age at death: 50
Buried: Liverpool (Kirkdale) Cemetery

Son of Albert and Sarah Broomfield, of Maybush, Shirley, Southampton.

Husband of Mary A E Broomfield of 9 Carlingford Terrace, Drumcondra, Dublin.

18 years’ service in India.

It is believe this is the person mentioned on the Marchwood War Memorial. The memorial lists his rank as Corporal. There is no medal record index in the National Archives for this Regimental number that can be discovered.

Second Lieutenant George Howard BROWNING
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Service No: 23186
Service: Army
Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment
Unit: 7th Battalion attached 1st Battalion
Date of death:13th March 1918
Age at death: 22
Buried: St. Leger British Cemetery

Son of George and Florence Browning. of Fairthorn, Marchwood.

His medal card record shows he was originally in the Wiltshire Regiment as a Private later to become an Officer in the East Lancashire Regiment.

8th Wiltshire Regiment, Regimental No. 23186, Private.

East Lancashire Regiment, Second Lieutenant.

Greaser Frederick George MAIDMENT
Rank:
Greaser
Service No:
Service:
Merchant Navy
Regiment:
Unit:
HMAT Warilda (Adelaide)
Date of death: 3rd August 1918
Age at death: 31
Buried: Tower Hill Memorial

Son of George and Emily Edith Maidment (nee West), of Pooks Green, Marchwood.

HMAT Warilda (His Majesty’s Australian Transport) was sunk by a U-boat in The Channel while being used as a hospital ship. She was marked with Red Crosses at the time. U-boats sank quite a few hospital ships over the course of the war.

Private George L DRAKE
Rank:
Private
Service No: 356463
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Date of death: 2nd September 1918
Age at death: 20
Buried: Dury Crucifix Cemetery

Son of Isabella Eliza Drake, of Marchwood Cottage, Marchwood, and the late Charles Drake.

Private James BROWN
Rank:
Private
Service No: 355895
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 14th Battalion
Date of death: 6th October 1918
Age at death: 35
Buried: Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery

Husband of Nellie Brown, of Magazine Lane, Marchwood.

Regiments listed on his medal card:

Hampshire Regiment, Regiment No. 1343, Private.

Hampshire Regiment, Regiment No. 355895, Private.

Marchwood War Memorial states he was in the 9th Battalion but the Commonwealth War Graves indicates he was in the 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment. This is not unusual as solders were often moved around to refill battalions following causalities after offensives.

Sergeant Frederick ELDRIDGE
Rank:
Sergeant
Service No: 6887
Service: Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 1st Battalion
Date of death: 30th November 1918
Age at death: 34
Buried: Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery

Son of Samuel Eldridge of Marchwood.

Private W H BROWN
Rank:
Private
Service No:
Service:
Army
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Unit: 3rd Battalion
Date of death:
Age at death:
Buried:

 

Their name liveth for evermore

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