Some men not named on the War Memorial

As with many War Memorials, that for Welford does not represent a definitive list of all men born or resident in the parish who died in the Great War.  Indeed, such a list would probably be impossible to compile.  Instead, it represents those whom the local community (or, at least, the committee acting on their behalf) decided they wished to commemorate.  Any records of how the Welford committee made its decision, or any debate on the matter, would appear to be now lost.

Because each parish made its own decision about who they wished to commemorate, we sometimes find that some men are named on more than one memorial.  Albert Butler, for instance, is commemorated by both Welford and Froxfield, whilst Frank Martin is named on no less than three local memorials - at Welford, Boxford and Stockcross.

Whilst this project was being researched, the names of several men came to light who were either born or lived in Welford Parish, or who had strong family connections with it, whose names do not appear on the Memorial.  At least one was originally included in the parish Roll of Honour, then left out at a later date from the final list.  Whilst they are for the most part commemorated on other memorials elsewhere, brief details of some of these men are given here. 

William Bailey - Born at Wickham about 1881.  Husband of Annie Bailey, of 69, Holystone Crescent, High Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne.  Enlisted at Newcastle-on-Tyne.  Private, 12th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, no. 22491.  Died 16th June 1917, age 36.  Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

James Duffy - Born Bicester, Oxon.  A resident of Easton, where his parents ran the ‘Olive Branch’ public house.  Enlisted at Newark, Notts.  Private, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters no. 11119.  Killed in action 11th October 1917.  Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Tom Goodall - Born at Wickham in 1880, the son of George, a farm worker, and Dorcas.  Enlisted at Newbury.  Resident of Hungerford.  Private, 8th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment, no. 16612.  Died of Wounds 25th September 1915.  Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery.

W. Jones - Resident of WickhamPrivate, 12th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.  Killed in action, age 26.  No further details; he appears in Berkshire and the War but no obvious matches are to be found in either the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or the Soldiers Died in the Great War database.

George Parton - Born at Caversham about 1888, son of George and Sarah.  Husband of Charlotte Parton (née Thorne) of Hoe Benham.  Private, 22nd (County of London) Battalion (The Queen’s), no. 683136.  Killed in action, 9th October 1916, age 28.  Warlencourt British Cemetery.

Stephen Swatton - Born at Wickham in 1884.  Son of John Swatton, a Police Constable, and Elizabeth.  Enlisted at Hastings.  Private, 13th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, no. G/17975.  Killed in Action, 23rd September 1916.  Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps.

Harry Thorne - Born at Hoe Benham in 1889, son of Walter and Louisa (née Seymour).  Resident of, and enlisted at, Newbury.  Private with the Army Service Corps (905th MT Coy), no. M2/181675.  Died 4th May 1917 when the Hired Transport Transylvania was torpedoed off Cape Vado, Italy, en route to Salonika.  Commemorated on the Savona Memorial, Italy.

William James Willis - The youngest son of Ruth and Caleb Willis of Wormstall Farm.  Served as a Sergeant in the Military Mounted Police, no. 665.  Killed by shellfire in France 18th May 1915, age 34.  A resident of Aldershot, he left a wife and five children.  Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery.