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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2004 - Transcribed Carolynn Langley; researched Martin Edwards

Situated on the A354 Salisbury road. In the grounds of St Michael and All Angels Church Coombe Bissett.
A cross inscribed on 4 sides of the base, weathered.

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley - 2004

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919

BENSON, K.C.B. (Sir) Frederick William
Major General (K.C.B.), Hon. Colonel, Reserve of Officers and Colonel, 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers and Hon. Colonel 19th (St. Catherine's Regt), Canadian Militia. Died 19th August 1916. Age 67. Son of the late Hon. J. R. Benson (of the Canadian Senate) and his wife Marianne Ingersoll; husband of Lady Benson (nee Couper). Educated Upper Canada College and R.M.C., Sandhurst: Served in Fenian Raid (1866) and India, 1877-1890. Commanded Egyptian Cavalry, 1892-1894. Served as A.A.G., 6th Div. in South Africa, 1900-01 (Mentioned in Despatches). Born at St. Catharines. Buried in Div. P. West half of lot in ST. CATHARINE'S (VICTORIA LAWN) CEMETERY, Ontario, Canada.
COOKE Lionel John
[Spelt COOK on SDGW & CWGC] Lance Corporal 10225, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Died of wounds 29th March 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 22. Born Coombe Bissett, enlisted and resident Salsibury. Son of Sidney and Sarah Ann Cook, of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. Buried in ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Grave I. J. 24.
DAVIES Henry Arthur
Captain 2/408A, 3rd Briagde, New Zealand Artillery, Royal New Zealand Army. Died 15th September 1916. Age 27. Son of J. H. and Anne Davies, of Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Buried in QUARRY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, Somme, France. Grave VI. G. 8.
DRAKE Percy Albert
Second Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action 13th October 1916. Age 26. Son of Joseph and Helena Drake, of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. Buried in LONSDALE CEMETERY, AUTHUILE, Somme, France. Grave VII. A. 4.
DRAKE Vivian
Corporal 20757, 6th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 7th July 1916 in France & Flanders. Age 19. Born and resident Coombe Bissett, enlisted Marylebone, London. Son of Joseph and Helena Drake, of Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A
ESTER William George
[List as Private on memorial] Rifleman 10988, 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 10th November 1914 in France & Flanders. Born Stratford Toney, Salsibury, enlisted Winchester. Buried in LARCH WOOD (RAILWAY CUTTING) CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave IV. D. 13.
ETHERIDGE, MC, MM Hugh Dimsdale
Second Lieutenant, 17th Battalion, Royal Fusliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 2nd October 1918. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave XV. C. 2.
[Spelt GARDINER on CWGC and SDGW] Private 11143, 5th Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 9th April 1916 in Mesopotamia. Born Odstock, Wiltshire, enlisted and resident Salsibury. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Grave XVIII. K. 13.
JUDD [Henry] Frank
[Listed as Frank on SDGW and CWGC] Private 241216, 2nd/5th (Territorial Force) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th April 1918 in Egypt. Born Britford, Wiltshire, enlisted Southampton, resident Salisbury. Husband of Mabel A. Richmond (formerly Judd), of Framptons, Coombe Bissett, Salisbury. Commemorated on JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panels 28 and 29.
Lance Corporal, Wiltshire Regiment. No further information currently
READ Ralph
Corporal 14940, 9th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Killed in action 9th September 1916 in France & Flanders. Born Downton, Wiltshire, enlisted Salsibury. Formerly 12140, Wiltshire Regiment. Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Grave II. F. 7.
READ, MM James
Driver, Royal Field Artillery. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.)
Private 15385, 7th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died 16th August 1915 at Gallipoli. Born Stoke-Under-Ham, Someret, enlisted Salsibury. Formerly 12187, Wiltshire Regiment. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey, Panel 190 to 196.
SMART Charles
Private, Royal Naval Division - possibly Charles Henry SMART, Able Seaman R/273, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st January 1917. Age 25. Son of Lott and Charlotte Smart, of Romsey; husband of Cissie Madeline Smart, of Romsey, Hants. Buried in VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Grave I. F. 72.
WEST Gilbert John
[Driver on memorial] Private 266028, 11th Battalion, Prince Albert's ( Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 3rd August 1918 in France & Flanders. Age 40. Born Broad Chalk, Wiltshire, enlisted Salisbury. Son of Sarah West, of Stapleford, Salisbury, and the late John West; husband of Elsie May West, of Charlton All Saints, Salisbury. Formerly 4372, Wiltshire Regiment. Buried in BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, RIVIERE, Pas de Calais, France. Grave III. D. 4.


1939 - 1945

FORD Frederick
Sapper 1915156, 287 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died as a POW 6th October 1943. Age 27. Born Hampshire, resident Wiltshire. Son of Harry and Lilian Annie Ford, of Homington, Wiltshire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar. Grave B6. O. 1.
FRANKLAND (The Hon. Sir) Thomas William Assheton
Major (Baronet) 2025, 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 5th August 1944 in United Kingdom. Age 42. Born Surrey, resident Berkshire. 11th Bt., Son of Sir Frederick Frankland, 10th Bt., and of the Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth, of Windsor, Berkshire; husband of Lady Frankland (nee Kay-Shuttleworth). A.D.C. to Lord Lloyd, High Commissioner of Egypt, 192526, A.D.C. to G.O.C.-in-C., Southern Command, Salisbury, 1930-33. Buried in ST PETER CHURCHYARD, PARHAM, PULBOROUGH, Sussex.
GOULD Frederick
Able Seaman P/JX178955, H.M.S. Challenger, Royal Navy. Died 11th January 1941. Son of Arthur Henry and Ethel Gould, of Homington. Buried in ST MARY CHURCHYARD, HOMINGTON, COOMBE BISSETT, Wiltshire
KEARN Denis Anthony
[Listed as Sapper on memorial] Sergeant 1870912, Royal Engineers attached 4 Field Company, West African Engineers, R.W.A.F.F. Died 6th March 1943 in West Africa. Age 26. Born and resident Portsmouth. Son of Alexander Taylor Kearn and Ethel Kearn, of Coombe Bissett, Wiltshire. Buried in KADUNA CIVIL CEMETERY, Nigeria. Row E. Grave 15.
PARRETT Frederick C
Private, Wiltshire Regiment. No further information currently

22 January 2004

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