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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Janet Graves 2016

Burley War memorial is to be found in Burley. New Forest, Hampshire. It takes the form of a two stepped base on which is munted a square plinth and on this a tapering shaft topped with a Celtic cross; the whole is surrounded with a chain link fence with posts. There are 24 names listed for World War 1 and 21 names for World War 2.




Captain, King's Own Scottish Borderers. No further information currently.
BLAKE Joseph

Private, 41343, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Born in 1878, in Burley, Hampshire, he was a resident of, and enlisted in Southampton, Hampshire, and he was killed in action on the 16th August, 1917, aged 39 years. Son of William and Mary E. Blake, of Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 70 to 72.


2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached to the 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died on the 26th July, 1917, of sickness, aged 36 years. Son of Ebenezer Newel Blanchard and Elizabeth Blanchard, of Uplands, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Buried in the Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, grave reference XIV. A. 3.

BOWEN Geoffrey Grenside

Captain, M.C. "B" Company, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Born 8th August, 1895, he was killed in action on the 2nd September 1918, at Eterpigny, Somme aged 23 years. Son of J.C.G. and W. M. Bowen of Durmast Cottage, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Buried in Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux, grave ref: II. D. 18 and remembered on the grave of his grandparents. He is also commemorated in St. Thomas’s Cathedral, Bombay, India and Charterhouse School Memorial Chapel, Godalming, Surrey.


Driver, 645298, 31st Brigade Ammunition Column, Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Born in 1896, in Burley, Hampshire, he was a resident of Bournemouth, Dorset. He died on the 25th September, 1918, at the 29th General Hospital, Salonika, and he is buried in the Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Regional unit of Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece. Grave reference 338.

Leading Stoker, K/2422, H.M.S. Bulwark. Killed by internal explosion of the vessel off Sheerness, Thames Estuary on the 26th November, 1914. Aged 25 years. Son of Edward and Hester Doswell, of Castletop, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. He is also commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 4.

HMS Bulwark


Captain, 11th Battalion, formerly 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Born in London in 1887 he was killed in action on the 4th September, 1915, aged 28 years. Son of Captain, the Hon. Arthur Fortescue (Coldstream Guards) and of Mrs. Gertrude Fortescue (nee Fane) and husband of Adelaide Fortescue, of Thorney Wood, Christchurch, Hampshire. Buried in the Rue-Du-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference D. 14.

GREEN Ernest
Gunner, 155667, 2nd Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery. Born in 1888, he was killed in action on the 1st February, 1917, aged 29 years. Son of Frank Green, of Dibden, Hythe, Hampshire, and husband of Mrs. A. E. D. Green, of Bistern Close, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery, Pozieres, Department de la Somme, Picardie, France, grave reference I. J. 41.
HAYTER John White

Private, 23157, 1st Battalion, Royal Hampshire Regiment. He was born in Freshwater, Isle Of Wight, he resided in Burley, Hampshire. He was killed in action on the 11th April, 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Boulevard du General de Gaulle, Arras, France. Bay 6.

HERBERT Auberon Thomas, Right Honourable Lord LUCAS
Lieutenant, temporary Captain, Hampshire Yoemanry (Carabiniers), and Flight Commander in the Royal Flying Corps . Born on 25th May, 1876 to Auberon Edward William Molyneux Herbert and Florence Amabell Cowper Herbert. He was educated at Bedford Grammar School and at Balliol College, Oxford University. He worked as a war correspondent during the Boer War, where he was wounded and lost a leg. He gained the title of 11th Baron Dingwall on 19 July 1905 and the title of 9th Baron Lucas of Crudwell on 19 July 1905. He held the office of Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War between 1907 and 1908. He held the office of Under-Secretary of State for War between 1908 and 1911 and at the office of Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1911. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1912. He fought in the First World War, where he was mentioned in despatches (Gazette date 22nd September, 1916, page 9339). He held the office of President of the Board of Agriculture between 1914 and 1915. Killed in action, on the 3rd November, 1916, aged 40 years, after being shot down over Haplincourt, Somme, and is buried at H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference, VIII. C. 17. He is also commemorated at Highclere Park with a memorial inscription on the gravestone of his brother Rolf Herbert, who was buried there in 1882.
Sapper, Royal Engineers. No further information currently.

Chief Stoker, 283924. (Po), H.M.S. Good Hope. Royal Navy. Born on 23rd April, 1876 in Burley, Hampshire, he was killed or died as a direct result of enemy action, when H.M.S. Good Hope was sunk by gunfire on 1st November 1914 by the German armoured cruisers SMS Scharnhorst and SMS Gneisenau off the Chilean Coast during the Battle of Coronel, when the entire crew was lost. Son of Eli and Sarah Lester of Bisderne Close, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire, and husband of Ruth Lester of 32, South Wallington, Fareham, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 3.

LOWNDES Richard Forbes

2nd Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, attached 1st Battalion (Battalion Lewis Gun Officer), King’s Royal Rifle Corp. Born 21st July, 1897, baptised on the 24th August, 1897, he was killed in action on the 14th November, 1916, aged 19 years. Son of Sir George Lowndes, K.C.S.I., R.C., of Crow Hill Ringwood, Hampshire, and of Hilda Julia, his wife (nee Forbes). Buried in the Frankfurt Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, France, grave reference B. 16.

Private, Royal Hampshire Regiment. No further information currently.
NORCOTT Arthur Henry
Private, 45538, 2nd Battalion, Devon Regiment, formerly 26272, Hampshire Regiment. Born in 1879 in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire he was a resident of Ringwood, Hampshire. A prisoner of war in Germany, he died of wounds at Netleyaged 41 years, at his home on the 4th January, 1920. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norcott, husband of Theresa Norcott, of Burley Street, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. His children were Rupert, Charles and Millicent. Buried on the 8th January, 1920 in the North-East corner of the St. Cyr Churchyard, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
Private, Royal Hampshire Regiment. No further information currently.

Major, temporary Lieutenant Colonel, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. C.M.G, D.S.O. Mentioned in despatches. Deserving of a special mention. Gazette issue 30434 on 14/12/1917, page 13234. Died 11th April, 1924.

SIMS Walter

Lance Corporal, 9295, 1st Battalion Royal Hampshire Regiment. Born in 1895 in Burley, Hampshire, he was killed in action on the 26th April, 1915, aged 20 years. Son of Eli and Elizabeth Emily Sims, of 12, Gates, Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, Panel 35.

SQUE Wesley Henry
Private, 29295, 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Born in 1898, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, he died of dysentery on the 22nd October, 1918 aged 20 years. Son of Mr. A. G. and Mrs. R. Sque, of Park Cottage, Burley, Hampshire. He is buried in the Worms (Hochheim Hill) Cemetery, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Screen Wall.


Corporal, 393, C Squadron, Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers). Born in Ringwood, Hampshire he was a resident, and he enlisted in Burley, Hampshire. He died on the 18th February, 1917, at University College Hospital, Gower Street, Middlesex. Son of Dorothy Annie Street.
STRIDE Sidney Arthur

Gunner, 75767, 132nd Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Born in 1891, in Burley, Hampshire, where he was a resident at Pound Avenue, Burley, Hampshire. He worked as a gardener and enlisted on the 10th January, 2926. He died on the 26th April, 1918, of wounds he received on the 21st March, aged 27 years. Son of Phillip and Fanny Stride, of Burley, Brockenhurst, Hampshire and husband of Emily Kate Stride, nee Faulkner of 4, Quomp Road, Ringwood, Hampshire. Buried in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France, grave reference P. XI. F.

THOMPSON George Masterman
Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Lothian Regiment, attached to the Gold Coast Regiment, W.A.F.F. (West Africa Frontier Force). Born on February 21st, 1890, he was killed in action in Togoland, now Togo on August 22nd, 1914. He was the first British Officer to be killed in action in WWI. Other officers had died before him since war was declared but not as a result of battle. Great Britain had declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914. A Special French Army Order was published on 20th October commending his gallantry, and the fine example he gave to the French soldiers temporarily under his command. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palms (France). He was 24 and the son of the late Colonel George William Thompson, (Commanding Royal Scots), and Agnes Thompson, daughter of Admiral John Russell, of Beechwood, Burley, Hampshire. He was born at Etschowe, Zululand and was educated privately in South Africa, afterwards at Wellington College and Sandhurst Military Academy. He was gazetted on 18th September 1909 and served three years in India. He is the only Commonwealth casualty buried in Wahala Cemetery, Atakpame Plateaux, Togo. Note: The occupation of the German colony of Togoland (now Togo) began on 7 August 1914 when a detachment of the Gold Coast Regiment landed at Lome, supported from the north by French troops. The German forces surrendered on 26 August at Amuchu, near Kamina.


Private, 16356, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died on 1st July, 1916 and is buried in the Ovillers Military Cemetery, Ovillers, Somme, France, grave reference VII. E.


WEEKS Arthur
Gunner, 136529, 38th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, Formerly 296, Dorset R.G.A. Born in 1894 in Poole, Dorset, he was killed in action on the 18th May, 1917, aged 23 years. Son of Walter V. and Sarah Weeks, of Wastfield, Quomp Road, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire. Buried in the Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, Pas de Calais, France, graves reference II. A. 10.


ANDREWS John Frank Hough

Flight Lieutenant, 72017, 58th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Born on 19th October, 1912, he died on the 24th January, 1943. Son of F. W. Andrews and Muriel Andrews; husband of Joan Andrews, of Honiton, Devon. B.A. (Oxon.). Buried in St. John’s Churchyard (East Part), Burley, Hampshire.


Commander, D.S.C. and Bar, R D, H.M.C.S. Valleyfield, Royal Naval Reserve. He died on the 7th May, 1944 when the ship was torpedoed by U-548, 50 nautical miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Son of John and Margaret Byron and husband of Frances Mary Byron, of Regent's Park, London. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 87, Column 3.

Note: HMCS Valleyfield was a River-class frigate that served with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. She served primarily as a convoy escort in the Battle of the Atlantic. She was torpedoed and sunk in May 1944, the only River-class frigate lost by the RCN. She was named for Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec.

HMcS Valleyfield

COX Albion George
Sapper, 2117686, 577 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Born in 1920, he died on the 23rd June, 1944, aged 24 years of age. Son of Albion George and Frances Fanny Cox, of Burley, Hampshire. He is buried in the Bolsena War Cemetery, Italy, grave reference 1. D.3.
GILES Reginald
Corporal, T/154798, 299 General Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Born in 1913, in London SE, he died on the 7th June, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Frederick Giles and husband of Ena Flora Lilian Giles, of Burley, Hampshire. Buried in the Hermanville War Cemetery, Department de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France. Plot: 1. D. 10.
HARE, DSO James Hugh

Lieutenant Colonel, D.S.O., 52662, Commanding, 1st Battalion, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Born in Perth, he died on the 28th October, 1944, aged 32 years. Son of Brigadier- General Robert Hugh Hare, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., M.V.O., and Lillian L. Hare and husband of Rosemary Hare, of Warminster, Wiltshire. Probate granted for James Hugh Hare, of Trokes Mead, Burley, Ringwood, Hampshire, at Llandudno on the 20th June, 1945, to Robert Hugh Hare, retired Brigadier-General, H.M. Army. Effects £813 9s 1d.

Lieutenant, 176771, 2nd Battalion. Scots Guards. Born in 1921, in London, he originally listed in the Foot Guards. He was killed in action in the Middle East, on the 20th April, 1943. Son of Major Walter Maxwell Henderson-Scott and Marjorie de Paiva Henderson-Scott, of Burley Beacon, Ringwood, Hampshire. Buried in the Enfidaville War Cemetery, Enfidaville, Sousse, Tunisia, Plot: VII. F. 25.

HUDSON John Patrick Charles
Lieutenant, 193821, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, (Notts and Derby Regiment). Born in 1921, he was a resident of Durmast, Burley, Hampshire. He was killed in action on the 24th April, 1943. Son of Brigadier C. E. Hudson, V.C., C.B., D.S.O., M.C., A.D.C., and Mrs. Hudson, of Denbury, Devon. He is buried at Medjez-el- Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia, grave reference, 6. D. 2.


LEWIS Arthur James

Flying Officer, 150468, 190 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Born in 1918, he was a resident of Manor Farm, Burley, Hampshire. He was killed on 15th April, 1945, aged 27 years. Son of Arthur Bertram Lewis and Julia Lewis, of Burley, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 267, Englefield Green, Runnymede, Surrey.

LEWIS William Bertram
Lance Sergeant, 1120467, 102 (The Northumberland Hussars) A.A./Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Born in 1921, he was a resident of Manor Farm, Burley, Hampshire. He was killed on the 25th March, 1943. Son of Arthur Bertram and Julia Lewis, of Burley, Hampshire. He is buried in the Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia, grave reference III. F. 21.


MUNBY Peter Aldwin

Chaplain, H.M.S. Penelope, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Born in 1911, he died on the 18th February, 1944, aged 33 years. when H.M.S. Penelope was torpedoed. Son of Lt.-Col. Aldwin Montgomery Munby, The Border Regiment, and of Evelyn Muriel Munby (nee Webb) and husband of Ruth Sylvia Munby, of Haywards Heath, Sussex.

Note: On 18 February 1944, H.M.S. Penelope was leaving the Anzio area to return to Naples when she was torpedoed in position 40º55'N, 13º25'E, by the German submarine U-410. The torpedo struck her in the after engine room and was followed, by a second one which hit in the after boiler room, causing her immediate sinking. The remarkable point of the attack by U-410 is that the cruisers was making 26 km when hit. As far as can be ascertained, this is a unique case in the history of submarine attacks in all of WWII, no other ship running at such speed was ever successfully attacked. 415 of the crew, including the captain went down with the ship. There were 206 survivors.

HMS Penelope

PECKHAM Bertram Robert Victor

Able Seaman, P/JX 130670, H.M.S. Grenville, Royal Navy. Born in 1912, he died on the 19th January, 1940 when H.M.S. Grenville, returning from patrol searching for enemy shipping traffic off the Dutch and German North Sea coast was sunk by a mine. He was aged 28 years. Son of Bertram and Rose Peckham and husband of Iris Eleanora Peckham, of Burley, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 39.

HMS Grenville
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Able Seaman, P/J 91515, H.M.S. Mohawk, Royal Navy. Born in 1902, he was one of 43 who died when his ship was sunk at the Battle of Cape Matapan, on the 16th April, 1941. He was aged 39 years. Son of Samuel and Mary Read; husband of Ethel May Read.

Note: H.M.S. Mohawke served on convoy duties in the North Sea, and with the 14th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean where she participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. Mohawk was struck by two torpedoes fired by the Italian Navigatori-class destroyer Tarigo as she attacked an Italian convoy and sank off the Kerkennah Islands in eastern Tunisia on 16 April 1941 with the loss of 43 of her crew.

HMS Mohawke

SCOTT Bernard John

Lieutenant, 122275, Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's). Born in 1907, he was killed on 23rd March, 1942. Son of Augustus Mirams and Margaret Mirams (nee Scott); husband of Mary Frances Scott nee Backus (died 20th June, 1941). Formerly District Officer Sarawak Civil Service. Buried in the Stellawood Cemetery, Durban, Kwazulu Nata, South Africa, Block F. Grave 262.

A.C.W.1, W.A.A.F. No further information currently.
TATE Alban Edward Trevor
Captain, D.S.C. Royal Navy. Born on the 27 November 1890, he Received his D.S.C. for Services in Destroyers of the Harwich Force between the 1st January and the 30th June, 1918. He died on the 5th September, 1943, aged 53 years. Son of Admiral Alban Giffard Tate and of Clara Tate (nee Trevor); husband of Millicent Helena Tate, of Burley, Hampshire. He is buried at Woodlands Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent. He is also commemorated on the St George’s Christian Centre Memorial, Barnett.


TATE Percival Alban
Lieutenant, 130259, 44th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. Born in Southampton, Hampshire, he was a resident at Croftland, Burleyhe was killed in action on the 27th May, 1942 in Lybia. Only son of Alban Edward Trevor Tate and Mrs Millicent Tate of Burley, Hampshire. Buried in the Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Lybia, grave reference 1. A. 16.

WO (G) Royal Navy. No further information currently.
TAYLOR Robert Wickham

Telegraphist, D/JX 146419, H.M.S. Exeter, Royal Navy. Born in 1919, he was a resident at The Beeches, Shappen Hill, Burley, Hampshire. He was killed in action on the 13th December, 1939, aged 20 years. Son of Frederick William James Taylor and Gwendoline de Launay Taylor, of Burley, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 34, Column 1.

Note: H.M.S. Exeter took part in action against GRAF SPEE with H.M.S. Ajax and H.M.S. Achilles,and the ship was seriously damaged by 11in shells with casualties and outbreak of fire. Continued to engage the enemy until power was lost by flooding. Withdrawn from action with a heavy list and all guns unserviceable. Casualty list included 63 killed and 23 wounded.

H.M.S. Exeter

VEITCH Christopher Hardie
Flying Officer, 155829, Flight Engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Born in 1913, and a resident at Green Pastures, Burley, Hampshire, and he died on the 16th May, 1945, aged 32 years. Son of Walter Hardie Veitch and Beatrice Anne Veitch, and husband of Dorothy Veitch, of Burley, Hampshire. Buried in the Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, Plot H/3. Grave 83.
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WHEELER Horace Ernest
Aircraftman 2nd Class, 1334955, Royal Air Force Volunteer. Reserve. He died age 18 years on the He died age on the 28th October, 1941. Son of Henry and Rose Wheeler, of Burley Street, Burley, Hampshire. Buried in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist Churchyard, Burley, Hampshire.
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Midshipman H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy. Born in 1922, and a resident at Heatherside, Burley, Hampshire he died on the 23rd May, 1941, when German dive bombers which sank the ship. Son of George Anderson Wyllie, and of Noel Mary Wyllie, of Sway, Hampshire. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 44, Column 3.

Note: Gloucester formed part of a naval force acting against German military transports to Crete, with some success. On 22 May 1941, while in the Kythira Strait, about 14 miles (26 km) north of Crete, she was attacked by German Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bombers and sank, having sustained at least four heavy bomb hits and three near-misses. Of the 807 men aboard at the time of her sinking, only 85 survived. Her sinking is considered to be one of Britain's worst wartime naval disasters.

H.M.S. Exeter


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