Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden

Roll of Honour

Do you have any information on Wilfred Hattemore, or on any of the many other men of Beaudesert and Henley who died in the two World Wars?

Dr Douglas Bridgewater has a project in hand to produce biographical details of all those who served and died in the two World Wars. The names recorded on the town memorials in St John's are:

1914-1918
 George W Andrews Harry Richard Arnold
 Fred Charles AtkinsSidney Bickley
 William Louis ClareArden Cotterell Coldicott MC
 William CollinsWilliam Sutton Findon
 Stephen HastingsJohn Aubrey Hawkes
 W E HaywardLawrence J A Hodges
 Harry Hugh HoltOwen Victor C Holt
 Edward Hopkins
Maurice E Horsnett
 Tom Sadler
Albert A Sammons
 Harry Woodward 
 
1939-1945
 Joseph John CaveClaude Avery Gilks
 Wilfred N HattemoreWilliam Hobbins
 Albert Frederick HolmesArthur Henry Lowe
 Peter John Maxwell Peter Thomas Newcombe
  Samuel F Pardury Norman Frederick Parkes
  Alfred John Richards Thomas Ritchings
 William Frederick SmithJohn Henry Warren
  Brian R F Woodward Kenneth Bernard Wright

The investigation of World War I casualties by Dr Douglas Bridgewater has found the names of 11 men either born in Henley or living in the town when they enlisted. The names of these men were:

Albert Charles Adkins William Beard
William O Burden George Valentine Crompton
Howard Hobbins Frederick Ernest Lowe
Harold Ingram MM Herbert Henry Perkins
Frederick Ernest Long
Percival Thomas Evans
Eardley Haywood  
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A supplementary memorial was dedicated in St John's Church to these Heroes of Henley on 18th October 2009.

Click here for a full report of this event

It is also surprising that the names of Peter Thomas Newcombe and Norman Frederick Parkes, who are shown on the memorial as having died in World War II, do not appear in the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

We wish to discover as much information as we can about the above-named men, both those who names are on the memorial and those whose names do not appear there. Do you have any information, letters, medals, or other memorabilia relating to them? Photographs would be very welcome and these could be copied without them leaving your home.

Alternatively, you might like to join the group researching their lives, which will involve trawling through old local newspapers, the parish registers, regimental histories, war diaries, medal records, the 1901 census and other potential sources of information. It is hoped that sufficient information can be found to enable a small book to be produced.

If you have any information about these men and/or would like to take part in the project, please contact Douglas Bridgewater.