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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © John Simmons 2007

The Selborne war memorials take the form of a stone cross, for World War 1, within the grounds of St Mary's Church and a memorial screen within the church of St Mary for World War 2. The World War 1 cross is in the form of a wheel cross with an octagonal shaft mounted on a stone plinth which bears the the plaques with the inscriptions; the whole stands on a two-stepped base. There are fifteen names. The World War 2 memorial is carved into the wooden church screen. There are 11 names.

1914 TO 1918


Francis Stephen

Second Lieutenant. 3rd Battn. Att. 1st Battn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died on 20/07/1916. Aged 20. Son of Colonel Alfred and Hylda Bibby, The Wakes, Selborne. Commemorated in Thiepval Memoria, Somme, France, Pier and Face 4 D


John Patrick

Lieutenant. 2nd Battn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died on 10/03/1915. Aged 22. Son of Colonel Alfed and Hylda Bibby, The Wakes, Selborne. Commemorated in Brown's Road Military Cemetary, Festubert, Pas de Calais, France VIII. J. 4.


H. G.

Corporal PO/2533(S) 1st Battn. Royal Marine Light Infantry , 1ST Battn. Royal Naval Div. Died 28/09/1918. Aged 38 . Son of William and Mary Ann Bond, 77 Hugh Street, Alton, Hampshire. Husband of Ada Mary Bond. Commemorated in Sucrerie British Cemetery, Graincourt-Les-Havrincourt, Pas de Calais, France A. 31


Arthur William

Private PO/13179. 1st Battn. Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died on 08/05/1915. Aged 32. Commemorated in Helles Memorial, Turkey, Panel 2 to 7.


Frederick George

Private 27510. 15th Battn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 24/07/1917. Aged 20. Son of Charles and Margaret Fanner, Gracious Street, Selborne. Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium II. F. 18.



Private PO/8479, 6th Bn. Royal Marine Light Infantry. HMS Good Hope. Died on 01/11/1914. Aged 36. Son of George and Jane Fyfield of Selborne. Husband of Harriet Yaldon 12 Foster Cottages, Lumley Emsworth. Commemorated in Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire 6.


W H William Herbert

Private 2310 , 122nd Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Died 27/09/1918 Aged 28. Commemorated in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Greece. Either/or Private 14029 Middlesex Regiment. Died on 22/10/1916. Aged 40. Commemorated on Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France. I. G. 3.


Horace Gordon

Lieutenant, 22nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry, Died 25/03/1918. Aged 37 Son of late Edwin and Amy Legg, Hurstlen, St. Albans. Husband of Frances Waterfield, The High Wood, Selborne. Commemorated in Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France, Panel 68 to 72. Member of the Exchange and also commemorated on the Stock Exchange memorial also on the Newton Valance memorial.

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

LIEUTENANT HORACE GORDON LEGG, Durham Light Infantry, was the only surviving son of Edwin Woodward Legg of Hurstlea, St. Albans.

He was born in 1881 and educated at Berkhamsted School, and King's College, Cambridge.

After graduating in 1903 he joined his father's firm in which he became a partner, his membership of the Stock Exchange dating from 1912.

He was a member of the Honourable Artillery Company before the War, went to France with that unit in December 1914, and was seriously wounded in March 1915.

While in England he was given a commission in the Durham Light Infantry, and he joined the 22nd battalion in France, in April 1917, being again wounded in the same month.

He was killed on the Somme on 25 March 1918, having been reported “missing" on that date.

Lieut. Legg left a widow and one son.



[Memorial states King's Royal Rifle Corps but information to contrary supplied by family] Rifleman B/203360, 11th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 8 May 1919. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Rose Matthews, of High St., Selborne, Alton, Hants. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Selborne, Hampshire, son of Thomas and Rose Matthews, resident Grange Cottages, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Selborne, Hampshire, abn Under Gardener, son of Thomas and Rose Matthews, resident Gracious Street, Selborne, Hampshire. Admitted to No 39 Casualty Clearing Station with scabies 29 December 1916, discharged 7 January 1917. Buried in Beaulensourt British Cemetery, Ligny-Thilloy, Pas de calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 15.



Private 5833 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers. Died 24/02/1915. Age unknown. Commemorated in Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium II. O. 38.



Sapper 2346 2/4th Hants Fortress Coy, Royal Engineers. Died 17/11/1915. Aged 28 Son of Henry and Esther Norman. Husband of Mabel Ethel Wallace (ex Norman), White Hart Cottage, Selborne. Commemorated in Selborne (St. Mary) Churchyard, Hampshire.



Corporal 4121, 2nd Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 01/07/1916. Age unknown. Commemorated in Serre Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, No.1 I. C. 13.



Royal Garrison Artillery. No further information.



Lance Corporal 49631. 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died 07/08/1918. Age unknown. Commemorated in Mont Noir Military Cemetery, St. Jans-Cappel, Nord, France I. A. 5.


John Albert

Private 281109. 1/4th Hampshire Regiment. Died 06/08/1918. Aged 23, Son of Harry and Elizabeth Wallace, 12 Commercial St., St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Born Milton. Commemorated in Tehran War Cemetery, Iran. II. G. 7.



Private 9071 2nd Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 10/05/1915. Age unknown. Commemorated in Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 22 and 34.


Cecil William

Private, 177515, 87th battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec) died aged 21 on 21 October 1916. Born 05/02/1895 at Huckers, Selborne, Hampshire. Son of William and Ada Warren of 30 Chauntsingers Road, Alton, Hants, England. Grocer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed 8th November 1915 at Montreal, height 5 feet 7½ inches, girth 34 inches, complexion fair, eyes brown, hair dark brown; religion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated at the Vimy Memorial, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10104 - 5



Christopher James

Major 63533 Royal Engineers , 612 Field Squadron. Died on 01/09/1944. Aged 29. Son of Charles Henry Creasdaile and Francis Sybil Bowen of Sleborne. Husband of Helen Florence Anderton of Selborne. Commemorated in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France, Plot 4. Row AA. Grave 1.


William James George

Leading Seaman P/J 108154, Royal Navy, H.M. Sub Orheus,. Died on 29/06/1940. Age unknown. Commemorated in Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Panel 37, Column 3


Harry William

Private 6095574. 2nd The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey). Died on 28/11/1941. Aged 24. Son of William Henry and Charlotte Cannings of Seborne. Commemorated in Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya 5. N. 11



Private 5506290. 7th Battn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 02/08/1944. Aged 30. Son of Warren and Ruth Hayward of Selborne. Husband of Elizabeth Jessie Hayward, Selborne. Commemorated in Hottot-Les-Bagues War Cemetery, Calvados, France, VII. C. 6.


Charles Walderne St. Clair

Lieutenant Royal Navy, H.M. Sub P615. Died on 18/04/1943. Aged 24. Son of Harold Roger and Ruth Noel Lambert. Husband of Joan Hilary Lambert of Selborne. Commemorated in Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 72, Column 3.



Petty Officer Airman FAA/FX 82142. Royal Naval, HMS Fencer. Died on 07/10/1943. Age unknown. Commemorated in Bay 4, Panel 3. Lee-On-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, Bay 4, Panel 3.


Dennis James

Aircraftman 1st Class 1275154 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on 20/05/1943. Aged 22. Commemorated in Habbaniya War Cemetery, Iraq 2. A. 1.


Frederick Arthur John

Petty Officer P/JX 126281 Royal Navy, HMS Calcutta. Died on 01/06/1941. Aged 30. Son of Walter Charles and Caroline Phillips, Selborne. Commemorated in Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Panel 46, Column 2


Albert William Garrett

Leading Stoker D/KX 85322 Royal Navy, HMS Hermes. Died on 09/04/1942. Aged 35 . Son of E.J. and Rose Ellen Rushton. Husband of Mavis D. Rushton. Commemorated in Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, Panel 69, Column 3.


William Macdonald

Private 5499188 2nd Battn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 03/12/1942. Aged 22. Son of Mr. & Mrs. W. Rustell of Empshott. Commemorated in Medjez-El-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia,8. F. 10.


William Matthew

Major Viscount, 2nd/4th Battn. Hampshire Regiment. Died on 02/10/01942. Age unknown. Commemorated in Blackmoor (St. Matthews) Churchyard, Hampshire.

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