War Memorials

MEMORIALS

Minstead has a Memorial Plaque in All Saints Church with the names of those from Minstead who lost their lives during World War 1 and World War 2.  There are also a number of individual plaques in the Church and headstones in the churchyard.  In addition there is a War Memorial Cross on the Village Green which has no names inscribed on it.  There is a silver Alms Dish given in 1953 by 716 Company Royal Army Service Corps, Airborne Light Division, who were stationed in Minstead during World War 2.  The names of the 33 men from this Company who died are inscribed on the dish but as they were not from Minstead they are doubtless commemorated on the War Memorials of their own towns or villages. There is a memorial cross at Mogshade Hill to all the Canadians who were encamped at Boldrewood whilst waiting for D-Day which stands on the spot where their Sunday Services were held.  Click here for further information on the Minstead War Memorial Project.

MINSTEAD WAR MEMORIAL PROJECT

Over the past eight years books have been published on the War Memorials of Beaulieu, Bransgore, Brockenhurst, Hordle, Lymington, Pennington and Milford-on-Sea, as part of the project to research all the New Forest War Memorials by 2014.  The aim is to identify all those who died as a direct result of war in each town or village, to describe the local connection and to explain the circumstances leading to each death. This will ensure that their sacrifice will not be forgotten. We are also very interested in details of those men who went to war and RETURNED SAFELY. In focusing on the Lyndhurst area we would like to start by researching the backgrounds of those Men of Minstead who went to war between 1914 and the present day.

If you can help the project in any way, with stories and photographs of these men and their families, could you please contact either:

John Cockram (01590 624338 or john.cockram@virgin.net)

or

Carole Standeven (023 8028 3459 or carolestandeven@btinternet.com

All such help will be acknowledged in the proposed book. Research material will be respectfully treated and returned soonest.

The profit from these publication is donated to the Poppy Appeal, which to date has benefited by £2,800 from the project.

Your help in this matter is appreciated.

MEMORIALS

Minstead has a Memorial Plaque in All Saints Church with the names of those from Minstead who lost their lives during World War 1 and World War 2.  There are also a number of individual plaques in the Church and headstones in the churchyard.  In addition there is a War Memorial Cross on the Village Green which has no names inscribed on it.

There is a silver Alms Dish given in 1953 by 716 Company Royal Army Service Corps, Airborne Light Division, who were stationed in Minstead during World War 2.  The names of the 33 men from this Company who died are inscribed on the dish but as they were not from Minstead they are doubtless commemorated on the War Memorials of their own towns or villages.

There is a memorial cross at Mogshade Hill to all the Canadians who were encamped at Boldrewood whilst waiting for D-Day which stands on the spot where their Sunday Services were held.

INFORMATION GATHERED SO FAR

FIRST WORLD WAR

a. Names on War Memorial in All Saints Church

Surname
Forename(s)
Rank
Age
Service
Unit
Died
Month
Day
How
Mem
Bd./Comm
AutonFrederick ThomasRfmn25Rifle Bde13th Bn1916Nov14kiaMinAncre Br Cem, Beaumont Hamel
BroomfieldFrankCpl20RGA25th TMB1917Nov21kiaMinCambrin Military Cem
CrockfordHarry StonePteWilts Regt2nd Bn1918March21kiaMinPozieres Memorial
CurtisHenry (Harry) HerbertPte30RAVCHospital1915June1diedMinSt Sever Cem, Rouen
DoeBertPte35Wilts Regt6th Bn1917Oct1kiaMinBus House Cem, Ypres
EllisRobert JamesGunner30RFAA Bty 4th Bde1917April20kiaMinHenin Comm Ext, Arras
GailorHarry EdwardPte25Hants Regt11th Bn1916August15dowMinChoques Mil Cem nr Bethune
JeffreysDarell RichardCapt33Devon Regt1st Bn1915July11kiaMinChester Farm, Zillebeke, Ypres
JeffreysRobertCdr39RNHMS Clan MacNaughton1915Feb3MinChatham Naval Memorial
JonesCharles JamesPte35RAVCDepot1915Feb24diesMinGreenwich Cem London
JuddWalterPteHants Regt14th Bn1918Jan10kiaMinTyne Cot Memorial
OsmanWalter SidneyPteDevon Regt8th Bn1917July17kiaMinHAC Cem Ecoust-StMain
PayneThomas PhilipPte19MGC144 Coy1918March23diedMin
Pigot-MoodieCharles AlfredLt24Rifle Bde6th Bn1915Jan13MinKemmel Chateau Mil Cem Nr Ypres
PrinceWilliam CharlesPte24Hants RegtTraining Reserve1917Feb21diedMinMinstead Churchyard
SoffeAlbert EdwardPte28Hants Regt2nd Bn1915Sept11kiaMinGreen Hill Cem Gallipoli
SoffeWilliam EdwardStokerRNHMS Victory1918Sept13diedMinMinstead Churchyard
WhiteJoseph HarryL/SgtHants Regt1/7th Bn1919March5MinMinstead Churchyard
Witt(Philip) GeorgeBomb22RGA207th Seige Bty1917Sept1kiaMinCanada Farm Cem Nr Ypres

b. Names of Men not on Minstead War Memorial but with strong Minstead Connections

Name
Forename(s)
Rank
Age
Service
Unit
Died
Month
Day
How
Bd/Comm
Connection with Minstead
HillierEdwinDriver39RFA223rd Bde A Bty1918Sept9dowVarennes Mil Cem Nr AlbertParents lived in Canterton
SmeathmanJulian MissendenLt26RE55th Field Coy1914Oct24kiaMenin Gate, YpresMemorial in All Saints Church
SmithGeorgeRfmnRifle Bgde8th Bn1917Sept17kiaTyne Cot MemorialBorn Minstead
SprayStanley BeckfordGunner20RFA69th Bty 31st Bde1915Oct1dowBethune town CemParents lived in The Lodge, Castle Malwood
TilburyWilliam ernest2nd CplRE560th Army Troops Coy1918March20kiaSailly-Labourse Comm ExtConnections with Lyndhurst & Minstead; not on a local memorial.
[Short?]
DixonJohn Henry2/Lt37RE85th Field Coy1919May1diedParents lived in Minstead. Born in Minstead

SECOND WORLD WAR

a. Names on War Memorial in All Saints Church

Surname
Forenames
Rank
Age
Service
Unit
Died
Month
Day
Mem
Bd./Comm
CroftonDiana StewartNurse21Aux. Nursing Service(India)1944Aug4MinDelhi War Cemetry, India
DarlingJames WeylandMidshipmanRNHMS Gloucester1941May22MinPlymouth Naval Memorial
DevereuxThomas Edwin2/Lt37RA394 Bty, 48 Searchlight Regt1942May7MinMinstead Churchyard
GaleSidney AllenDriver20RASCnot specified1940May21MinMinstead Churchyard
HillierEric DudleySapper24RE999 Docks Operating Coy1944Feb17MinMinstead Churchyard
HillierLeslie RonaldPte26Hants Regt5th Bn1943Feb25MinMedjez-el-Bab War Cem Tunisia
PurkissCyril FrankPte29Wilts Regt5th Bn1944July22MinBanneville-la-Campagne Cem, Caen
StallardWilfred ArnoldJoiner53Naval Aux PersonnelHMS Laurentic1940Nov3MinLiverpoll Naval Memorial
StampErnest ReginaldLt/QM44RASCnot specified1945March18MinMinstead Churchyard
TrenchJohn PatrickFlt/LtRAF Volunteer Reserve7 Sqdn1943March8MinLes Souhesmes Cem, Nr Verdun
YoungRobert AndrewLt22RAC1st Regt Recce Corps1943April29MinMassicault War Cem Tunisia

b. Names of Men not on Minstead War Memorial but with strong Minstead Connections

Name
Forename(s)
Rank
Age
Service
Unit
Died
Month
Day
How
Bd/Comm
Connection with Minstead
AllanDavid HenrySgt25RAF Volunteer Reserve115 Sqdn1941Aug15Missing in ActionRunnymede MemorialMemorial in Minstead Churchyard
LawrenceRobert PercivalSub Lt28RN Volunteer ReserveHMS Express1940Sep1Hull Northern CemetryWife from Minstead

EMERY DOWN LYCHGATE PROJECT

‘Lest we forget’ – the words carved onto the front of the lychgate to Emery

Down Church.
As part of the process of commemoration, honouring and remembering a group
of local people are researching the lives of soldiers and airmen who died in
the First World War and whose names are inscribed on the walls of the
lychgate – the war memorial for the villages of Bank, Emery Down and
Gritnam –  it is planned to have a record of those who lost their lives in
the First World War available in the church for visitors to read alongside a
Book of Commemoration for people to set down their own thoughts and memories
of the losses caused by war and in particular, those caused by the First
World War.

If you wish to be involved in what has become known as the Lychgate Project
or if you are related to any of the men whose names are inscribed in the
lychgate (see War memorial Emery Down for full list) and have information for us please contact the project’s co-ordinator <mailto:sasa.hall@btinternet.com>  (one of the
churchwardens).

See Emery Down Lychagte Project for further information