Winterbournes List

The Winterbournes War Memorial consists of a granite cross, 11 feet in height, rising from a plinth and pedestal. It stands in a corner of the churchyard of St Michael, Winterbourne Earls. The cross was unveiled on Sunday 2nd February 1921 and bore the names of twenty three local men who died in the First World War. Following upon the end of the Second World War, a further six names of those who fell in that later conflict were added.

1914 to 1918

Horace Carl BEKEN
Number 3, Sergeant, 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) formerly of the 90th Winnipeg Rifles.
Killed In Action – 24th April 1915 . Aged 30.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panels 24-26-28-30.
C BLAKE
No details have yet been traced.
James BRIGHT
4920 Private, 2nd/8th Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Killed In Action – 27th August 1916. Aged 24
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, Panel 22 to 25.
Henry BROWNING
12421 Private, “A” Company, 7th Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died of Wounds – 26th January 1917. Aged 22
Buried in the Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, grave 783.
Harold CALLAWAY
32654 Private, 2nd Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died of wounds – 9th May 1918, . Aged 21.
Buried in Arneke British Cemetery-Nord, H.E.18.
George ELLIOTT
9598 Trooper, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards (attached to the 1st Life Guards)
Died of natural causes 21st September 1916 . Aged 31.
Buried in Abbeyville Communal Cemetery Extension (Somme), Grave 1.E.3.
He is also remembered on the War Memorial in East Knoyle, Wiltshire.
Harold GOODFELLOW
64146 Private, 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers(City of London Regiment) Formerly 204060 Private, 2/5th East Surrey Regiment.
Killed In Action – 19th July 1918 . Aged 33.
Buried in Amand British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, IV.B.18.
John JACOBS (brother of Frederick below)
4760 Company Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Killed In Action – 19th October 1914, . Aged 33
He has no known grave and is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, IV.B.18.
Frederick JACOBS (brother of John above)
3145 Bombardier, 113 Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Killed In Action – 19th September 1914.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Charles KING
3329 Private, 2nd/7th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment.
Died (cause unknown) – 18th November 1918 . Aged 20.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India, Face 6.
George KYTE
17506 Private, 2nd Battalion, The Grenadier Guards.
Killed In Action – 30th November 1917.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France, Panel 2.
Charles MAY
12164 Private, 6th Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Killed In Action – 29th September 1915. Aged 24.
Buried in Brown’s Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas de Calais, II.A.6.
William MORRIS
22922 Private, 2nd Battalion The Wiltshire Regiment.
Killed In Action – 3rd December 1917. Aged 25.
Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave XVII.J.12.
Reginald Bennett MUSPRATT
184223 Private, 214 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died of Influenza/Pneumonia – 4th November 1918 while on home leave from France. Aged 20.
Buried in Witchampton (All Saints) churchyard, Dorset, in the North West corner.
Harry MUSSELWHITE
4975 Company Sergeant Major, 6th (Service) Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died of Wounds – 29th April 1918. Aged 38.
Buried in Alderbury (St Mary) churchyard, near the North West corner of the church.
Horace Stanley PORTER
12419 Private, 7th Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died In Action – 24th April 1917. Aged 24.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial, Greece.
Ernest ROBINS
749192 Private, 24th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment).
Killed In Action – 23rd July 1917. Aged 19.
Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, II.36.
George William SAWYER
19100 Private, 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died In Action – 23rd October 1918. Age 30
Buried in Ovillers New Communal Cemetery, Nord, France, A.7/26.
Ernest Archibald SKINNER
Temporary 2Lt. 24th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps,
previously 2088 Lance Corporal, 11th London Regiment (The Finsbury Rifles).
Died of Wounds – 26th November 1917. Aged 24
Buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, West Flanders. Grave IX.A.12.
Richard Edward Elcho SKYRME
2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion (attached to 1st Battalion) The Wiltshire Regiment.
Killed In Action – 8th February 1917. Aged 22.
Buried in Pegstreert Wood Military Cemetery, Warneton, West Flanders, I.B.2.
Victor VINEY
7958 Private, 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment.
Died – 13th November 1918, while a Prisoner of War of the Germans. Aged 29.
Buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Germany, IX.F.12.
William WILLIAMS
164819 Gunner, 109th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Died – 7th May 1920. Age 29.
Buried in St Michael churchyard, Winterbourne Earls, south of the chancel.
Footnote: William Williams was as much a casualty of the War as if he had died in the heat of battle and he was properly afforded a Commonwealth War Grave Commission burial and headstone.
Gerald Hamilton WICKS
Temporary Major, OBE. General and Special List attached to 58 Company Royal Engineers.
Died of natural causes on 21st August 1921. Age 55.
Buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Winterbourne Gunner on the west boundary. His grave is marked by a privately erected cross.

1939 to 1945

John AUSTIN (brother of Sydney shown below)
109358 Flying Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 78 Squadron.
Killed In Action – 24th August 1943.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, Panel 123.
Sydney AUSTIN (brother of John shown above)
101200 Flying Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 85 Squadron.
Killed In Action – 31st October 1941.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, Panel 29.
Newton Charles BAILEY
5573346 Private, 4th Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment. (formerly of The Wiltshire Regiment).
Died on 4th October 1943 as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese while working on the Burma Railway.
Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma, B6.H.16.
Albert Victor DINGLEY
14415587 Fusilier, 6th Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Killed In Action – 3rd August 1944 . Aged 19.
Buried in St Charles De Percy War Cemetery, Calvados, France, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 7.
George William JEFFERYS
754867 Sergeant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 46 Squadron.
Killed In Action – 18th September 1940. Aged 20.
Buried in the churchyard of St Michaels and All Angels, Winterbourne Earls, north of the chancel. On display in the church is the wooden cross which was used as a temporary marker on his grave at the time of his death. It bears the inscription ‘Sgt. Pilot G.W.JEFFERYS RAF.VR. Aged 20 years. Killed in action. 18. 9. 40’.
Henry George SPRY
1199563 Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died on 21st July 1944 in RAF Hospital, Melksham, from natural causes. Aged 22.
Buried in St Michaels churchyard, Winterbourne Earls, North of the church.