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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Gill Cannell and Andrew Dishman 2022

The memorial is sited at the roadaside in West Street, Lacock, Wiltshire previously being located at St Cyriac's Church, Lacock. It takes the form of a very grand and elaborate outer casing set into a wall in the village street and flanked by two pilastres; the central cross is inset into a niche and there are two tablets mounted on front face with a trophy of arms on top of the outer casing, including central breastplate and helmet, with radiating swords, cannon, spears, battle axes. The architect was Mr G Parker Pearson abd the sculptors Messrs. Osbourne and Sons; the memorial was first unveiled in 1920. There are 30 names listed for World War 1 and 14 for World War 2. The memorial is Grade II listed. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order within conflict for ease of reading.
Photograph Copyright © Gill Cannell & Andrew Dishman & Michael Peck 2022


BATH Edward
Private 33772. 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, formerly 43685 Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th November 1917. Son of Thomas and Emily Bath (nee Flower). Born 24th June 1891 Lacock, enlisted Melksham and resident Lacock (as 1911). Commemorated Cambrai Memorial. Panel 4 and 5.
BENHAM Alfred Tom
No further information currently
Private (noted as Pensioner on headstone) PO/2015. Portsmouth Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Died of disease 30th November 1916. Son of James and Ann Blake (former name unknown, marriage not proven). Husband of Margaret Alice Blake (nee Self) of Raybridge, Lacock. Born 7th January 1866 Bishops Canning. Commemorated Haslar Naval Cemetery. E.26.3.
Private 30034. 11th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17th June 1918. Son of Alfred and Charlotte Chivers (nee Butcher). Born 1899 Lacock, enlisted Chippenham and resident Lacock. Commemorated Pernes British Cemetery. V.B.5.
CLIFFORD Victor William
Unable to identify Victor William Clifford.
Possibly incorrect forenames and should read Reginald James Victor Clifford. Gunner 171002. 85th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 27th April 1918. Son of George Hyde and Annie Jane Clifford (nee Reeves). Husband of Emily J Clifford (nee Walker). Born 7th February 1891 Calne, enlisted Melksham and resident High Street, Lacock
Corporal 5540. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 20th September 1914. Son of Isaac and Elizabeth Cole (nee Townsend). Born 1885 Lacock and enlisted Devizes. Commemorated Vailly British Cemetery. Special Mem 32.
Note: brother of Walter Cole, father of Walter Charles Cole.
COLE Walter Charles
Private 10378. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th May 1918. Son of Walter and Lydia Cole (nee Hood). Born 7th August 1896 Lacock, enlisted Devizes and resident Bowden Hill (as 1911). Commemorated Soissons Memorial.
William Edwin Collett. Military Medal. Corporal 48324. C Battery, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 27th October 1917. Son of Edwin and Maria Collett (nee Yeomans) of Lacock. Born 1896 Battersea LND and enlisted Bath SOM. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 4 to 6.
COOK George Goodwin
Private 206158. Tank Corps, formerly 32193 Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Son of George and Sarah Ann Cook (nee Goodwin) of Lacock. Born 1887 Westminster MDX and enlisted Camberwell SRY. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 5C and 12C.
CREW Herbert
Herbert Ernest Crew. Private 10628. D Company, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th June 1915. Son of Alice Maud Mary Crew (now wife of Henry Thomas Vines) of Lacock. Born 1895 Chippenham and enlisted Devizes. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 53.
CROKER Frederick Edward
Private 203261. 6th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died of wounds 11th October 1917. Son of Frederick and Julia Croker (nee Toogood) of Lacock. Born 1897 Pewsham and enlisted Chippenham. Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial. Panel 119 to 120.
ELMES Richard
Rifleman R/16894. 16th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 15th July 1916. Son of Job and Lucy Elizabeth Elmes (nee Mortimer). Husband of Emily Elmes (nee Strange). Born 1895 Lacock and enlisted 18th November 1915 Chippenham. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 13A and 13B.
Frederick Charles Evans. Private 8913. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 16th January 1915. Son of Henry and Anne Evans (nee Alexander). Born 1895 Calne, enlisted Devizes and resident Lacock. Commemorated Wytschaete Military Cemetery. Mem 2.
Private 17201. 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 23rd March 1918. Son of Charles and Betsy Feltham (nee Sturgess). Husband of Agnes Annie Feltham (nee Nash). Born 1885 Bratton, enlisted Chippenham and resident Bowden Hill, Lacock (as 1911). Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 1.
Private 30744. 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 30th August 1918. Son of Charles Alfred and Sarah Ann Gregory (nee Powney). Husband of Ellen Gregory (formerly Hunt, believed widow but unverified). Born 1888 Laycock and enlisted Chippenham. Commemorated Vis-En-Artois Memorial. Panel 4.
HUNT Wilfred
Private 10376. 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action Mesopotamia between 19th April and 19th October 1916 (as Soldiers Effects). Son of Elizabeth Ann Hunt. Born 1895 Bowden Hill, Lacock, enlisted Devizes and resident Chippenham. Commemorated Basra Memorial. Panel 30 and 64.
KNIGHT William Alfred
Possibly William Alfred Knight, born 1899 Colyton DEV, the son of Alfred Charles and Emily Ann Knight (nee Emmett) of Bowden Park, Lacock (as 1911) but unable to identify as casualty and no further information.
LOCK Sydney Ernest
Gunner 163542. 71st Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 73 Field Ambulance 27th January 1918. Son of Charles and Susan Lock (nee Gosling). Born 1889 Honiton DEV and enlisted Chippenham. Commemorated Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension. III.C.17.
NUTT Frederick Charles
Rifleman 6270. 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade, formerly 87259 Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 31st March 1918. Son of Mary Ann Nutt (now wife of Henry Howell of Raybridge, Lacock). Born 1897 Bath SOM and enlisted Devizes. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial. Panel 80 to 84.
PALMER Allen Llewellen
Major. Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. Died No: 1 New Zealand Hospital 15th November 1916 complications following appendicitis operation. Son of Brigadier General George Llewellen and Madeline Palmer (nee Gouldsmith). Born 10th June or 10th July 1882 (military and baptism records differ) Trowbridge. Served South Africa Campaign. Commemorated St Pierre Cemetery. VI.A.6.
Private 12292. 7th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action Salonika 14th April 1917. Son of William Robert and Sarah Jane Peglar (nee Chamberlain). Born 1892 Lacock, enlisted Devizes and resident Lacock. Commemorated Doiran Memorial.
PENNY William
William Penney as military records. Company Sergeant Major 5361. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 10th April 1918, aged 34 years (as CWGC, birth not proven). Son of John Penney (and believed Ellen Penney, nee Rooney, but unverified) of Lacock. Stepson of Amelia Harriet Penney (nee Preston). Husband of Lillian Sarah Penney (nee Ridgley). Born Valetta, Malta and enlisted Devizes. Commemorated Strand Military Cemetery. X.R.1.
RAMSBOTTOM Basil William
Lieutenant. 12th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died 19th August 1918, aged 22 years (as CWGC, birth not proven). Son of Rev. William Henry and Annie Ramsbottom (former name unknown, believed South Africa marriage). Born Colesberg, South Africa. Commemorated Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery. 1.F.4.
RICKETTS Arthur Joseph
Possibly Private 10030. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th March 1915. Son of Albert Edward and Charlotte Ricketts (nee Tivey). Born 18983 London, enlisted Trowbridge and resident Bradford on Avon. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Panel 53.
Note: no proven Lacock area connection found.
SELF Alfred George
Rifleman 50049. Rifle Brigade, posted to 2/10 Battalion, London Regiment, formerly 128430 Royal Flying Corps. Died 10th January 1919. Son of William and Rebecca Anne Self (nee Newman). Born 1893 Seend, enlisted Chippenham and resident Lacock. Commemorated Lacock Cemetery.
SHIPPARD Sandford William
Lieutenant. 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died 10th July 1917, aged 21 years. Son of Sir Sidney Godolphin Alexander Shippard K.C.M.G and Lady Rosalind Shippard (nee Sandford) of Lacock. Born Bechuanaland. Commemorated Nieuport Memorial.
Rifleman 206343. 24th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, formerly 173 2/4th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died India 28th August 1917. Son of Elias and Sarah Smith (nee Paradise). Husband of Elizabeth Smith (nee Youthed). Born 1872 Lacock, enlisted and resident Croydon LND. Commemorated Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial.
Note: brother Elias Smith also fell, not on memorial.
Ernest Leonard Stevens. Private 33556. 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died of wounds Giessen Hospital, Germany 2nd July 1918. Son of James and Elizabeth Ann Stevens (nee Walker). Born 14th April 1889 Lacock and enlisted Devizes (original enlistment under age 20th April 1915, discharged 30th July 1915). Commemorated Niederzwehren Cemetery. V.K.8.
STEVENS Frederick
Private 282540. 2/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 5784 Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Son of Isaac and Eliza Jane Stevens (nee Cousins). Born 11th August 1881 Lacock and enlisted Chippenham. Commemorated Pozieres Memorial. Panel 32 to 34.
Stoker 1st Class SS/101473, Royal Navy. HMS Black Prince (Armoured Cruiser, sunk Battle of Jutland). Killed in action 31st May 1916. Son of Joseph and Susannah Stevens (nee Hale). Husband of Eva Sophia Stevens (nee Morris, now wife of Albert H Gerrish). Born 18th March 1887 Lacock and enlisted 5th October 1905 (transferred Fleet Reserve 1910 and recalled July 1914). Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 19.

David James Brill. Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 106881, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 97 Squadron. Killed in action 16th December 1943 (Piloting Avro Lancaster JA963 on Berlin operation, believed exploded mid-air when attacked by German night fighter piloted by Hauptmann Barte. No survivors). Son of Squadron Leader Claude Cecil and Dorothy W Brill (nee Hunt). Born 1921. Commemorated Runnymede Memorial. Panel 119.
COLE Norman
Possibly Norman Cyril Cole. Private 5577390. 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 26th August 1944. Parentage unproven (mothers maiden name Field as birth record). Born 1922 Wiltshire and resident Wiltshire (as Army Roll of Honour). Commemorated St Desir War Cemetery. IV.F.4.
Note: no proven Lacock area connection found.
Francis Henry Colson. Lieutenant Colonel 163560. Royal Engineers. Died 13th May 1942. Son of Frank and Petronnella Carnelia Colson (nee Pastina). Stepson of Margaret Colson (nee Bates). Husband of Ernestine M Colson (nee Gibbs). Born 1878 Holland. Commemorated Lacock Cemetery.
No further information currently
COX Leslie
Leslie Charles Cox. Private 7896177. Army Catering Corps, attached Lothian and Border Horse Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 7th January 1943. Son of Charles and Lily Cox (nee Wilkins). Husband of Mary E Cox (nee Pullen) of Chippenham. Born 1916. Commemorated Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial. 21.2.
Robert Northey Kerr Granville. Lieutenant Colonel 159945. Royal Engineers. Died 17th July 1943. Son of Reginald Kerr and Mabel Charlotte Granville (nee Northey). Husband of Anne Ethel Granville (nee Martin) of Lacock. Born 8th May 1906 Shropshire and resident Wiltshire (as Army Roll of Honour). Commemorated Syracuse War Cemetery. VIII.E.12.
Stewart Maurice Greaves. Leading Seaman P/jx147589, Royal Navy. HM Submarine Phoenix (sunk by Italian Torpedo Boat Albatros). Killed in action 21st July 1940. Son of Leighton Maurice and May M Greaves (nee Tilbury) of Calne/Chippenham (as 1939). Born 1916. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 37.3.
HILL Francis R.
Francis Rowland Hill. Private 5570783. Corps of Military Police. Died 13th July 1945. Son of George Henry and Alice M Hill (nee Griffiths). Husband of Ethel M Hill (nee Brookes) of Lacock. Born 12th September 1910 Hereford HEF. Commemorated Stoke Edith (St Mary) Church Cemetery.
HOLMAN Anthony
George Anthony Holman. Second Lieutenant EC/3860. 8th Punjab Regiment. Died 12th February 1942. Son of Clifford Evans and Hilda Holman (nee Goodson) of Kington Langley. Born 12th May 1921 Hampshire. Commemorated Singapore Memorial. Column 201.
HOLT Patrick
No further information currently
JONES Richard
Private 14600393. 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 10th July 1944. Son of Alexander and Mary Jones (former name unproven, believed Irish marriage).Husband of Edith Violet Jones (former name unproven) of Lacock. Born 3rd June 1912 Eire, IRL. Commemorated St Manvieu War Cemetery. VIII.A.17.
Possibly Ernest James Lloyd. Private 14572565. 6th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 9th May 1944. Son of Emrys and Gertrude Margaret Lloyd (nee James). Husband of Sarah M Lloyd (nee Evans). Born 1919. Commemorated Beach Head War Cemetery. XIV.G.3.
Note: no proven Wiltshire connection, other than regiment, found.
PEEL David
David Arthur Peel. Military Cross. Major 132247. 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 12th September 1944. Son of Rev. Hon. Maurice Berkeley Peel, Military Cross and Bar, and Emily Peel (nee Alington). Husband of Hon. Sara Carola Peel (nee Vanneck). Born 4th October 1910. Commemorated Leopoldsburg War Cemetery. VI.C.3.
Edward William George Taylor. Corporal 5570768. 5th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 7th August 1944. Son of Arthur and Annie Taylor (nee Ball) of Bewley Common, Lacock. Born 1922. Commemorated Tilly-Sur-Seulles War Cemetery. V.C.1.

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