A world at war, T Allen

Tags: World War 1, Theatre of war, Woodcote, Family details, John Ward, Battalion, France Grave, Enlisted, Private Number, 7th Battalion, Ernest George, Caversham Rank, 1st Battalion, Company Sergeant Major, Phillip Griffiths, Rosa Nathalia Somerville, Reading, Geoffrey, Lance Corporal, Laura Ellen Havell, Ellen Allen, brother Henry, William Bowell, Royal Berkshire Regiment Number, Reginald, Oxon & Bucks Light Infantry, Glamorgan Rank, Southview Cottages, Vic Taylor, Gertrude Pitt, Oxon Family details, Stoke Row, Dorothy Taylor, Philip Sherwood, Royal Berkshire Regiment Rank, Fanny Ward, Victor Taylor, Hampshire Regiment Number, World War 2, Violet Esme Elizabeth Pitt, War Cemetery, George Allen, Charles Thomas, William Hutton, Lane Woodcote, Oxford Road Cemetery, Crowmarsh Gifford, George Thomas Smith, Grenadier Guards, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, William Edwin Duncan, British Cemetery, Light Infantry, Number, Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Elizabeth Painter, Henry Joseph Pearson, William Carter, Hutton George, Richardson George Thomas Smith, John Reginald Brown, Painter John, Sidney George, Charles Allen, Charles Allen George Allen William, Phyllis Osman, Alnuts School, Grave, Buried, Ernest William Pearson, Carter John
Content: Details to date If you have any information to add about the men or about the memorial itself, please contact Mary Hulbert on 01491 680494 [email protected] or Hazel Lobo on 01491 682850 [email protected] (Last updated December 2006)
Contents (click on a name to see the details for that man) World War 1 Charles Allen George Allen William G Atkinson Alfred William Bowell John Reginald Brown William Carter John Collins Percival (Percy) Claude Duncan Harry Goddard Edwin Ernest Hall William Hutton George Jacob Gerald Lesmond Thomas Edward Lewis Ernest George Osman Charles Thomas Painter John Painter Ernest William Pearson Henry Joseph Pearson James (Jim) Richardson George Thomas Smith Elmer Theodore Somerville John Ward World War 2 Phillip Griffiths Reginald Hodges Reginald Clarence Kearn Leslie Bruce Marcham Geoffrey Pitt Reginald Philip Sherwood Victor Taylor
World War 1 Charles Allen Born: Woodcote Enlisted: Reading, 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment Rank: Private Number: 15552 Killed in action: 13 October 1915 Theatre of war: Flanders Memorial: Loos Memorial, France Grave/Memorial reference: Panel 93 to 95 Family details Charles and his brother George are believed to have lived at Weston Villas in Woodcote. They had two brothers Frederick Stanley and Ralph, and a sister Elsie. The 8th (service) Battalion was formed at Reading in September 1914 as part of K3. Later that month, they were attached as Army troops to the 26th Division. On the 8th of August 1915, they were transferred to the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division. The War Diary entry for the 13th October 1915 records: "Lost 493 men, First wave of 1st Brigade, near Hulluch". (www.1914-1918.net)
World War 1
George Allen
Born: Woodcote Enlisted: Reading, 8th Battalion, London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) Rank: Rifleman Number: 374407 Died from wounds: 14 June 1917 Aged: 22 Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY, France Grave: I. G. I8 Family details Son of George and Ellen Allen of Weston Villas. Brother of Charles. George was baptised at St Leonards Church in the village on June 23rd 1895. George is also mentioned as a cousin of Elmer Somerville.
World War 1
William G Atkinson
Born: Enlisted: Rank: Stoker 1st class, Royal Navy Number: K/19402 Died: 31 May 1916 Aged: Theatre of war: Remembered on: Portsmouth Naval Memorial Memorial: 17
World War 1
Alfred William Bowell
Born: c1885 in Woodcote Enlisted: Oxford Rank: Sergeant, 6th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 16658 Killed in action: 17 March 1917 Aged: 32 Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: A.I.F Burial Ground, Flers, France Grave: V.A.2 Family details Son of Henry and Harriet Bowell, Alfred was the oldest of 6 children (at the 1901 census). His family lived at 6 Ward Farm Cottages (again 1901 census). next door to John Ward, who also gave his life in defence of his country. His younger brother Henry may also have served. Records held at St Leonards Church show that Alfred was baptised there in October of 1885. In 1906 he married Alice Rebecca Goff, aged 27, also of Woodcote and the baptism of a son, Sidney George, born October 16th 1910 is recorded for December 4th 1910.
World War 1
John Reginald Brown
Born: c1898 in Woodcote Enlisted: Caversham Rank: Private, 16th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment Number: 34740 Killed in action: 28 October 1917 Aged: 19 Theatre of war: Flanders Remembered on: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 23-28 and 163A Family details John was born in Woodcote, the youngest son of John, a farm bailiff, and Agnes Brown and baptised at St Leonards church on 15th May 1898. He had four sisters, one brother and one half brother, who was the village blacksmith. The family lived at Holly Cottage, South Stoke Road and John attended Woodcote School. His father died in 1906 and his mother outlived both Father and Son, dying at the age of 79 in December 1947. His parents grave in the churchyard of St Leonards Church in the village, has a plaque to his memory.
World War 1
William Carter
Born: Goring, c1884 Enlisted: Caversham Rank: Private, 1st Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 9417 Died: 02 August 1916 Aged: 23 Theatre of war: Mesopotamia Buried in: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery Grave: XIV.E.9 Family details Son of Mrs J Hayden, Water Works, Woodcote. Will is believed to have lived in Exlade Street.
World War 1
John Collins
Born: Enlisted: Rank: Private, 6th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 16659 Died: 05 September 1916 Aged: Theatre of war: Buried in: La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, France Grave: II.B.66 Family details Son of Mrs E Collins, Mustard Lane, Sonning, Berks
World War 1 Percival (Percy) Claude Duncan Born: Cosham, Hants, c1889 Enlisted: Rank: Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards Number: 13378 Died: 07 November 1914 Aged: 26 Theatre of war: Remembered on: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panels 9 and 11 Family details Son of William and Kate Duncan, living at the Club House, Woodcote at the time of his death. The family had lived at Blenheim Cottage, Behoes Lane, at the time of the 1901 census, having moved from Newcastle upon Tyne, where they were living at the date of the 1891 census. Percy was two then. His older brother, William Edwin Duncan had married a Scottish girl and was living in Dundee. He joined the Black Watch and died, possibly of wounds, as the cemetery was used for burials from the 9th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations, on 15th October 1916. William is buried at Contay British Cemetery, Contay, France.
World War 1
Harry Goddard
Born: Enlisted: Caversham Rank: Private, Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Household Cavalry Number: 40272 Killed in action: 21 June 1917 Aged: Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: Unicorn Cemetery, Vend'Huile, Aisne, France Grave: I.G.13
World War 1
Edwin Ernest Hall
Born: c1890, Checkendon Enlisted: Peppard Rank: Sergeant, Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars, Household Cavalry Number: 285037 Killed in action: 23 March 1918 Aged: 28 Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: Chauny Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Aisne, France Grave: 2. K. 9 Family details Son of Samuel and Bessie Hall of Checkendon. His younger brother, Reginald, also served, but survived and was for a time landlord of the Greyhound Pub.
World War 1
William Hutton
Born: Enlisted: Rank: Number: Died from wounds/in action: Aged: Theatre of war: Son of: Husband of: Remembered on/Buried in: Grave/memorial :
World War 1
George Jacob
Born: Baughurst Enlisted: Caversham Rank: Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards Number: 16947 Died from wounds: 15 November 1915 at home Aged: Theatre of war: Buried in: Baughurst (St. Stephen's) Churchyard Grave: East of the Church
World War 1
Gerald Lesmond
Born: c1892 Enlisted: Rank: Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving on H.M.P.M.S "Duchess of Montrose". Number: Lost at sea: 18 March 1917 Aged: 25 Theatre of war: Remembered on: Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 28 Family details Gerald was the son of W A Lesmond and Mary Lesmond. He was killed when the Duchess of Montrose hit a mine off Dunkirk.
World War 1
Thomas Edwin Lewis
Born: c 1896 Enlisted: Rank: Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 2nd Bn. Number: 22125 Died from wounds/in action: 30 June 1916 Aged: 20 Theatre of war: Son of: Moses and Mary Lewis Husband of: Remembered on/Buried in: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Grave/memorial: Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D. Family Details At the time of the 1901 census, Thomas' family lived at Shirvells Hill.
World War 1
Ernest George Osman
Born: c1899, Crowmarsh Gifford Enlisted: Rank: Private Number: 18655 Killed in action: 18 February 1918 Aged: 19 Theatre of war: Buried in: Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium Grave: V.H.5 Family details Son of James and Phyllis Osman, living at South View Cottages, Beech Lane Woodcote at the time of his death. The 1901 census shows the family living at Whitehouse Cottages, North Stoke. Ernest served under the name Osbourne, possibly because he was underage when he signed up
World War 1 Charles Thomas Painter Born: c1888, Woodcote Enlisted: Pangbourne Rank: Private, 1st Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 33604 Killed in action: 11 September 1917 Aged: 29 Theatre of war: Flanders, Belgium Buried in: New Irish Farm Cemetery Grave: XXIII.D.5 Family details Charles was the eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth Painter of Broad Street Cottages, Woodcote. His younger brother, John, also died on active service, within 2 months of Charles' death. Charles attended Alnuts School in Goring Heath and became a carpenter after leaving school. He married Annie Rose Ashfield and the couple had three children, Harry, born 1909, George, born 1910 and Elsie, born 1914. He spent most of his life living and working in Woodcote and at the time he enlisted, he and his young family were living in Crays Pond. His wife died in 1953 and is buried in St Leonards Churchard Woodote, as are his sons Harry, died 1989 and George, died 1978. Elsie moved to Pangbourne and died in 2005.
World War 1
John Painter
Born: c1893, Woodcote Enlisted: Reading Rank: Private, 8th Company, Imperial Camel Corps Number: 50120 Died: 19 November 1917 Aged: 24 Theatre of war: Egypt Buried in: Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt Grave: F.43 Family details John was the second son of Thomas and Elizabeth Painter and brother of Charles. He lived and worked in Woodcote for all of his short life, attending Alnuts School with his brother. He never married. John contracted dysentery whilst serving in Egypt and died in Port Said military hospital just 2 months after his brother was killed.
World War 1 Ernest William Pearson Born: Enlisted: Rank: Gunner, 2nd Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery Number: 29815 Died: 10 March 1919 Aged: Buried in: St Leonard Churchyard, Woodcote Grave: Family details Ernest survived the fighting and returned to England, disembarking at Southampton. Unfortunately, he was taken ill and died 6 days later in the Alexander Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire. He was buried in St Leonards churchyard on March 14th 1919. His brother, Henry (known as Harry) was killed in France and lies there. The family lived/worked at Payables Fruit Farm in the village.
World War 1
Henry Joseph Pearson
Born: Enlisted: Rank: Number: Died from wounds/in action: Aged: Theatre of war: Remembered on/Buried in: Grave/memorial : Family details
World War 1 James (Jim) Richardson Born: Didcot Enlisted: Reading Rank: Driver, 16th Battery, 1st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery Number: 67425 Died from wounds: 28 October 1917 Aged: Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: Dozinghem Military Cemetery Grave: XII.C.17 Family details Jim is also remembered on the Checkendon War memorial and is believed to have lived at Bottom Farm.
World War 1
George Thomas Smith
Born: c1894, Woodcote Enlisted: Oxford Rank: Private, C Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment Number: 15810 Killed in action: 09 May 1915 Aged: 21 Theatre of war: Flanders Remembered on: Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 7 & 8 Family details Son of Thomas and Charlotte (nee Beeson) of the Post Office, Woodcote. George had a brother, Cyril. He was baptised at St Leonards church on 27 May 1894.
World War 1 Elmer Theodore Somerville Born: c1889, Reading Enlisted: Glamorgan Rank: Company Sergeant Major, D Company, 7th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment Number: 14495 Killed in action: 24 April 1917 Aged: 29 Theatre of war: Salonika, Greece Remembered on Doiran Memorial, Greece Family details Elmer was born in the parish of St Giles, Reading, son of Luke and Rosa Nathalia Somerville. In 1912, in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, he married Laura Ellen Havell, born in Woodcote in 1891. It is believed that Elmer had gone to Wales as a miner. At the time of his death, his parents were living in Filey Road, Reading and Laura had returned to Woodcote, living at The Bungalow, Whitehouse Road. She died in the 1960's. Laura and Elmer had two children.
World War 1
John Ward
Born: c1887, Woodcote Enlisted: Reading Rank: Lance Corporal, 9th Field Company, Royal Engineers Number: 23203 Killed in action: 06 November 1917 Aged: 29 Theatre of war: Flanders Buried in: Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux Grave: I.F.8 Family details John was the youngest child and, at the 1901 census, only son, of Philip and Fanny Ward and the family lived next door to the Bowells, whose son Alfred also gave his life. John was baptised at St Leonards church on 20 May 1888. John is believed to have been a shoe/boot maker, like his father.
World War 2
Phillip Griffiths
Born: c1910 Enlisted: Rank: Trooper, Warwickshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps Number: 327704 Died: 16 September 1941 Aged: 31 Theatre of war: Buried in: Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery Grave: 23.E.8 Family details Son of William and Daisy Griffiths, Husband of M F Griffiths
World War 2
Reginald Hodges
Born: 21 May, 1919, Woodcote Enlisted: Rank: Corporal, 7th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 5384662 Died: 27 September 1943 Aged: 23 Theatre of war: Buried in: Salerno War Cemetery Grave: III.F.14 Family details Son of James and Lucy Hodges, Reginald was the 5th of 8 children. The family lived in Beech Lane, Woodcote and Reginald was baptised at St Leonards church on 18 July 1920. His father was at that time a thatcher. Reginald attended Goring Heath School and was a member of the Goring Heath Scout Group. He was already serving in the Army when war was declared and was stationed at Cowley Barracks.
World War 2 Reginald Clarence Kearn Born: c1924, Maiden Erleigh, Reading Enlisted: Rank: Private, 2nd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry Number: 14398644 Died: 08 August 1944 Aged: 20 Theatre of war: Buried in: Florence War Cemetery Grave: I.G.5 Family details Son of Clarence Stanley Kearn and Minnie Kearn, Reginald and his brother were fostered by Mrs Wicks of Copyhold Farm. Checkendon after the death of their parents. Reginald was on his way home from the front when he was killed.
World War 2
Leslie Bruce Marcham
Born: 27 January 1920 Enlisted: Rank: Private, 4th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 5384160 Died: 30 May 1944 Aged: 24 Theatre of war: Buried in: Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery Grave: 2A.D.13 Family details Leslie was baptised at St Leonards church on March 7th 1920 with his four year old brother, Harold Francis (born 18 November 1915). At that time the family lived in Beech Lane and their father was a gardener. Leslie worked for Mr Hignett at Hook End Farm, Checkendon before joining up. He was already a member of the Territorial Army and is believed to have been one of the first local boys to be called up for active service. His family lived in Exlade Street, Checkendon opposite the Greyhound (now the Highwayman). At some point in 1940, Leslie was taken prisoner and was held at Stalag VIII B, Germany for a time. He was able to send postcards to family and friends from there. Leslie drowned in a quarry whilst swimming, presumably as exercise, whilst a prisoner of war. He was buried with full military honours on 2nd June.
World War 2
Geoffrey Pitt
Born: c1920 Enlisted: Rank: Private, ј Battalion, Hampshire Regiment Number: 5504578 Died: 16 May 1944 Aged: 24 Theatre of war: Buried in: St John's Churchyard, Stoke Row, Oxon Family details Geoffrey was the son of Sidney and Gertrude Pitt of Stoke Row. He was married to Violet Esme Elizabeth Pitt, also of Stoke Row. It is believed that he died of Tuberculosis. His gravestone also records the death of his son Michael, aged 14 months, just weeks after Geoffrey's death.
World War 2 Reginald Philip Sherwood Born: 14 May 1921 Enlisted: Rank: Private, 7th Battalion, Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Number: 5384661 Died: 04 December 1943 Aged: 22 Theatre of war: Buried in: Minturno War Cemetery, Italy Grave: IV.J.1 Family details Son of William and Emily Sherwood, Reginald was baptised at St Leonards church on 11 September 1921 with his four year old brother Edwin John. At that time, the family lived in Greenmore Hill Cottages and William was a farm labourer.
World War 2
Victor Taylor
Born: Enlisted: Rank: Number: Died: Aged: Theatre of war: Buried in: Grave: Family details Vic Taylor and his family (widowed mother, brother Godfrey and Dorothy Taylor, a girl who was not related to the family) moved from Wokingham to Woodcote and lived in Southview Cottages, Beech Lane. It is believed that Vic lodged at some point with Granny Heath in Beech Lane. He worked as a baker for Mr Lee in Whitehouse Road in the shop which is now the village Post Office. His brother Godfrey worked as a gardener at Woodcote House for the Borthwick Family. At some time, the Taylor family were offered a cottage in Exlade Street and moved there. Whilst living there, Vic's mother died and Dorothy Taylor subsequently moved away. Vic and his brother both joined up, enlisting with the Oxon & Bucks Light Infantry. Godfrey was wounded and invalided home. Vic was taken prisoner by the Germans and put into a concentration camp where, it is believed, the Germans were conducting experiments on the soldiers. After the war, Vic was repatriated, initially to the Royal Berks Hospital in Reading. He discharged himself from there and lived with the Bishop family in Greenmore, Woodcote for a while, before marrying a girl from Checkendon. Vic is believed to have suffered the effects of the experiments until his death and is also believed to be buried in Checkendon.

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