Newbury Remembers

 

Newbury's town war memorial was dedicated on 1 October 1922. The bronze panels affixed to the wall surrounding the memorial cross contain the names of 338 men and 1 woman, who lost their lives as a result of their involvement in the Great War.

 

The stories behind these names are being researched by a small team led by Phil Wood from the Newbury District Field Club (Newbury's local history society).

 

As and when the stories are available they will be published on this website; this page offers simple access to the stories. For a full list of names and more on the memorial itself see its entry here.

 

This page also lists here the names for whom no positive identification has yet been made.

 

Further names from WWII were added on a second tier of bronze panels above the original Great War panels. These names are not included here, but we would welcome any information that could be incorporated in the future.

 

Virtual Memorial

There is another group of men; those who should have been included - but were not. There does not appear to have been any formal process to determine what names were included, the War Memorial Committee seem to have relied upon submissions by relatives, churches, etc. This led to the addition of some men with little personal connection to Newbury and the omission of men who had no relative who was prepared to push for their inclusion.

 

There are also at least two instances of WW1 servicemen who committed suicide who do not appear on the memorial. It is possible that these men were deliberately excluded, though it is equally possible that their families did not seek to have them included. Either way modern sensitivities would suggest that these men were two more victims of this dreadful war and deserve to be remembered.

 

A virtual memorial has been created to gather the names of men who might be added to the town memorial at a later date. This includes all names in contention for addition, some will be confirmed, others will be deselected as more is discovered about them, and more may be added as their names are uncovered. If you have a relative who you think should be on the memorial, please contact us.

 

Stories

There are 245 stories so far:

Aldridge AJ Aldridge WJ Allen FL Allen G
Allen WH Annetts W Ashfield AC Austin GF
Bailey R Baker GR Baker TW Baldwin HB
Ballard GH Ballard MH Bance A Barber WH
Barden GH Barden HL Barlow W Baron BW
Barrett HT Bartholomew A Bazett GK Bazett HC
Beaver AJ Beckley FR Belcher BH Bellinger J
Bellinger WC Benham LJ Bentley R Bew B
Biddis HB Binks HT Birch A Blood AF
Bloomfield C Bosley J Bosley W Bosley WC
Bowley J Bravant CE Brazier AT Breach FG
Breach HE Brindley A Brooks EW Brooks G
Brooks SJ Brown CW Brown HH Buckell E
Buckingham P Burgess NG Busby AG Bushnell B
Butler AH Buxey JA Canning AE Chivers A
Chivers W Church F Clarke FW Coburn FG
Cockell H Corderoy A Cramp LA Crocker T
Crocker WE Crook EJ Crosswell A Cruse AG
Curtis FE Dangerfield E Davis AH Davis EV
Davis SJ Deacon AT Deacon EH Deacon SE
Donovan G Dry G Eary FC Eaton G
Edwards ER Edwards G Ellaway AH Ferris L
Ford HP Fox AJ Fray HAR Frazer WT
Freeman AW Freeman HS Freemantle W French J
Frost FP Gardner D George AJ George RW
Giddings S Gilbert GLH Giles WE Gore A
Gregory WG Griffin HS Grigg JA Hamblin P
Hamblin RE Hammond F Harris C Harris LA
Harvey CW Herbert GW Herbert H Hester PR
Himmons WJ Hobbs E Hobbs TG Hopson JA
Hughes C Hughes SJ Hunter A Hunter W
Jones SW Lait F Lake FJ Lake WH
Lawrence F Lawrence W Lewis FG Liddle MRB
Lipscombe FJ Lockyear HC Lovell FW Luke WS
Maccabee RJ Maccabee TA Marshall H Mason R
Mason WG Mees RH Mew A Middleton J
Minchin AJ Minchin F Musselwhite A Nash JO
Newman W Owen JT Owen JW Palmer WH
Parker HW Parsons A Parsons AT Partridge F
Partridge J Peachey ER Peachey WJ Pearce DC
Pearce FEG Pearce G Peirce WA Perris J
Pibworth F Piddington W Plater AW Povey B
Povey WR Powers FW Prior A Quarterman C
Quarterman P Quintin WJ Ravenor GP Ravenor H
Ravenor RB Rogers HG Rosier A Rosier HG
Rumble J Salway DJ Savage EG Sawyer F
Sawyer H Seymour J Sharp FH Shefford G
Shelton AM Shelton SC Shutler R Sims CH
Skurray TC Slade CH Slade SH Smallbone AR
Smart C Smith BW Smith CE Smith EA
Smith FW Smith GH Smith JH Smith R
Smith WS Somerset B Somerset FH Stamford G
Starkey V Stillman TA Swain A Swatton R
Swinley GN Tancock F Taylor CT Taylor RG
Taylor TL Thatcher HA Thorn RE Trevor-Roper C
Trevor-Roper G Tucker WA Tucker WT Tumblety D
Turner HA Vickers WE Vockins BO Webb PJ
Westall EG Westall F Westall F Westall W
Wheeler J Wheeler RG Wherrell G Whitehorn C
Wickens BE Wickens GL Wickens W Wickens WO
Willis E Wilson J Winter HN Woodley F
Wootten G

Stories from the Virtual Memorial

There are 6 stories so far:

Allin GH Brocks HE Hazell EJ Hollister FL
Shafto AD Smith WS

 

Headaches


These are the names on the war memorial that have not been attributed to any specific individual. In some cases a story has been written to detail the ongoing struggle to identify an individual - in these cases the name is a link to that story.

 

There are 10 headaches remaining:

Bailey R Donovan G Giles E Holmes F
King W Parsons A Pearce F Slade CH
Taylor TL Westall F

 

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Salway DJ

Swain A

Ravenor RB

Ravenor GP

Ravenor H

Bailey R

Austin GF

Smith WS

Bushnell B

Harvey CW


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