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 290 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 Cooper EE Corderoy A Cramp LA
Crocker T Crocker WE Crook EJ Crook W
Crosswell A Cruse AG Curtis FE Dangerfield E
Davies E Davis AH Davis EV Davis SJ
Deacon AT Deacon EH Deacon SE Donovan G
Dry G Eary FC Eaton G Edwards AG
Edwards ER Edwards G Ellaway AH Emblen A
Ferris L Ford HP Fox AJ Fray HAR
Frazer WT Freeman AW Freeman HS Freemantle W
French J Frost FP Gardner D Garrett AJ
Geater AJ George AJ George RW Giddings S
Gilbert GLH Giles WE Gore A Gregory WG
Griffin HS Grigg JA Hacker G Hamblin P
Hamblin RE Hammond F Harris C Harris LA
Harrison C Harrison G Harvey CW Hayes JG
Hayward F Hemmings F Herbert GW Herbert H
Hester PR Himmons WJ Hobbs E Hobbs TG
Hodges SG Hopson JA Hughes C Hughes SJ
Hunter A Hunter W Johnson TW Jones FH
Jones SW Kemp PA Knight AV Lait F
Lake FJ Lake WH Lawrence F Lawrence W
Leather GA Lewis FG Liddle MRB Lipscombe FJ
Lockyear HC Lovell FW Luke WS Maccabee H
Maccabee J Maccabee RJ Maccabee TA Marshall H
Marshall TV Mason R Mason WG Mees RH
Mew A Middleton J Minchin AJ Minchin F
Musselwhite A Nailor A Nash JO Newman W
Newport CA Noakes E Oliver RFJ Owen JT
Owen JW Palmer WH Park E Parker HW
Parsons A Parsons AT Partridge F Partridge J
Peachey ER Peachey WJ Pearce DC Pearce FEG
Pearce G Peel A Peirce WA Perring THH
Perris J Pibworth F Piddington W Plater AW
Pounds EB Povey B Povey WR Powers FW
Preston FJ Prior A Quarterman C Quarterman P
Quintin WJ Ravenor GP Ravenor H Ravenor RB
Rogers HG Rosier A Rosier HG Rumble J
Rushent AR Salway DJ Savage EG Sawyer F
Sawyer H Scouse C Seymour J Sharp FH
Shaw H Shefford G Shelton AM Shelton SC
Shipley AJ 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
Stevens AW Stevens GF Stillman TA Swain A
Swatton R Swinley GN Tancock F Taylor CT
Taylor RG Taylor TL Thatcher HA Thomas AE
Thorn RE Trevor-Roper C Trevor-Roper G Tucker WA
Tucker WT Tumblety D Turner HA Vickers WE
Vockins BO Waldron CJ Walker AJ Webb PJ
West G Westall EG Westall F Westall F
Westall W Wheeler J Wheeler RG Wherrell G
Whitehorn C Wickens BE Wickens GL Wickens W
Wickens WO Wigmore J Willis E Wilson J
Winter HN Withers N Woodley F Wooldridge A
Wootten G Wyllie AG

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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Bellinger J

Rosier HG

Frost FP

Belcher BH

Smith JH

Smith BW

Skurray TC

Himmons WJ

Perring THH

Bushnell B


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