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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The Avington War memorial stands in the grounds of St. Mary's Church, Avington. It is in the form of a stone cross with foliated head and an octagonal shaft standing on a four-stepped stone base with the names of the World War 1 fallen inscribed on the top step of the base and those for World War 2 on the second step. There are six names for World War 1 with rank, year of death, Regiment, name and manner of death. There is a single name for World War 2 with rank, year of death, Regiment, name, manner of death and age. The stonemasons were Messrs. J F Booth and Sons. See Paul Goodwin's UK Memorial web site for more photographs.

Photograph Copyright © Paul Goodwin


GRAY Percy

Private/Trooper 35275, 1st/1st Battalion, Northumberland Hussars. Died of wounds in France 30th August 1918. Aged 26. Son of John and Kate Gray, of "The Bungalow," Stonebury, Buntingford, Herts. Native of Avington, Winchester. Buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 56.

HALL Edward George

Private 10634, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in France 26th April 1915. Aged 22. Son of George and Amelia Hall, of Avington, Winchester. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35.

HALL Frances E

[memorial states he died 27th Nov.] Bombardier 107925, "D" Battery, 311th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds in France 27th November 1917. Son of Helen Hall, of Avington, Winchester. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXVI. Row A. Grave 9.

HALL Sidney H

Private 45014, 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died as a prisoner of war 6th October 1918 [Memorial states 1919]. Aged 19. Son of George and Amelia Hall, of Avington, Winchester. Buried in CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, FONTAINE-AU-BOIS, Nord, France. Landrecies Com. Cem. Mem. 21.

KEELE, MM Frederick Charles

Sergeant 304236, 1st/5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle brigade), London Regiment. Died of wounds in France 21st June 1917. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row L. Grave 43.

SHELLEY Cecil William Charles

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Killed in action 17th October 1915. Aged 41. Son of Sir Charles Shelley, 5th Bart., and Lady Mary Shelley. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 8 and 9.


CANNONS Ernest George

Able Seaman P/JX 141504, HMS Courageous, Royal Navy. Went down whith his ship 17th September 1939. Aged 21. Son of Harry and Fanny Elisabeth Cannons, of Winchester. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire.

Note: HMS Courageous was built by Armstrong Whitworth, and laid down 18th March 1915. She was launched on 5th February 1916 and commissioned January 1917. She was converted into a carrier between June 1924 and May 1928. On 17th September 1939 Kapitänleutnant Otto Schuhart in the Type VII U-boat U29 torpedoed and sank HMS Courageous in the south-west approaches (southwest of Ireland), 150nm WSW of Mizen Head, Ireland. The carrier went down in only twenty minutes and 518 of her 1,200 compliment went with her, including her commander Captain W T Makeig-Jones.

Last updated 16 August, 2006

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