County of Somerset Book of Remembrance

Location: St Martin's Chapel, Wells Cathedral Grid Reference:
Unveiled:   1923 Cheltonians on Roll of  Honour:   8
Visited: UKNIWM Ref:   In due course

The Book Cover

The Title Page

Roll of Honour Page

Inscriptions on this Book of Remembrance:     All whose names are inscribed in the pages of this Book of Honour were numbered among those who at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, endured hardship, faced danger, and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others might live in Freedom.

"Cheltonians" commemorated in this Book of Remembrance

Pte Ernest Henry ATKINS, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Battalion Somerset Light Infantry is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St John's Church War Memorial.   He was killed in action in Palestine on 11th November 1917 and is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery.

Pte George Gilbert CLARK, 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry is commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial.   He was killed in action in France on 30th November 1917 and having no known grave is listed on the Cambrai Memorial To The Missing.

Pte Albert Edwin GIBBINS, 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry is commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial.   He was killed in action in the Arras area of France on 11th April 1917 and is buried in the Orange Trench Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux.

Pte Stanley GRENOW, 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the St Paul's Church War Memorial.   He was killed in action on 29th March 1918 and having no known grave is commemorated on the Arras Memorial To The Missing.

Cpl Edgar Francis JENKINS (listed as JENRINS), 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saint's Church War Memorial.   He was killed in action in France on 15th April 1918  and is buried in the St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery.

Pte John Wesley JONES, 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial.   He was killed in action in France on 21st March 1918 and is buried in the Ribemont Communal Cemetery.

Pte Edwin Charles SHIPWAY, 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is commemorated on the Bishops Cleeve War Memorial.   He was killed in action in France officially on 16th July 1918 but in all probability on 21st March 1918 and buried in the Chauny Communal Cemetery.

Major Francis Gordon Grant THOYTS, 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry, is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and the All Saints Church War Memorial.   He died of wounds in France (as a POW of the Germans) on 26th August 1914 and having no known grave is listed on the La Ferte sous Jouarre Memorial To The Missing.

Notes:

1.   More details of the Somerset County Book of Remembrance can be viewed here and here.

2.   Pte Maurice Harford was serving with 12th Bn Somerset Light Infantry when he died of illness on 5th April 1919 at No 4 General Hospital, Lincoln.   He is not commemorated on the War Memorial.

3.   Pte Walter James Roff served with 13th (Home Service) Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (and, formerly, 21st Lancers) and died of illness on 6th January 1920.   He is not commemorated on the War Memorial.

4.   Details of all Cheltonians who served with the Somerset Light Infantry can be found here.

 

Page last updated: 21st August 2011

 

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