Shipton War Memorial
The following records are those of the men from Shipton who died on active service during two world wars. Additional links to other information sources are provided where known, describing the actions in which they fought.
PRIVATE ALBERT ERNEST SMITH
46138, 2nd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment.
Son of Albert and Ruth Smith, of Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford, Glos.
Died on 29 September 1918 Age 20.
Remembered with Honour in Pigeon Ravine Cemetery, Epehy, France.
1898: Born in Meysey Hampton, parents ALBERT & RUTH nee WHEELER who had married at Poulton in 1896.
31/01/1891: On census living on the Parish Green, Meysey Hampton aged 2 with father Albert aged 30 a groom, mother Ruth aged 27 and sisters Elsie aged 4 and Agnes aged 6 months.
02/04/1911: On census living at Shipton aged 12 with father Albert aged 40 a domestic groom, mother Ruth aged 37 and sister Agnes aged 10, (there was another brother Arthur born 1902 but sadly died aged 1 week).
29/09/1918: Died from his wounds at the Battle of St Quentin Canal. His grave is in the Pigeon Ravine Cemetery, Epehy near Peronne on the Somme. He was awarded the British and Victory medals. He served with the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, service no 46138. His effects of £5 1s 1d were sent to his father Albert in March 1919 followed by a further £6 10s in December 1919.
19/11/1918: Announcement of death in Gloucestershire Echo
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record: SMITH, ALBERT ERNEST Rank: Private Service No: 46138 Date of Death: 29/09/1918 Age: 20 Regiment/Service: Worcestershire Regiment 2nd Bn. Grave Reference: I. C. 6. Cemetery: PIGEON RAVINE CEMETERY, EPEHY
Information on the Battle of St.Quentin where Albert Smith lost his life can be found here: http://www.worcestershireregiment.com/h_St_Quentin_Canal.php
PRIVATE CHARLES GEORGE SAMUEL COOPER
2089, 7th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment who died on 10 February 1917 Age 26
Son of Emma Cooper, of 34, Lypiatt St., Tivoli, Cheltenham, Glos., and the late Charles Cooper.
Remembered with Honour at Amara War Cemetery.
29/09/1889: CHARLES GEORGE SMAUEL baptised at Dowdeswell, parents CHARLES a game keeper of Andoversford/Dowdeswell & EMMA nee BALLINGER (GRO ref September quarter 1889 North Leach 6a 377)
5/04/1891: On census living at Andoversford with his father Charles aged 57 a gamekeeper his mother Emma aged 32 and brother Harold William aged 6 months
25/05/1895: CHARLES his father dies aged 60 of a cerebral haemorrhage, at the County Lunatic Asylum, Gloucester he is a gamekeeper of North Leach.
31/03/1901: On census living in 3 rooms at Shipton aged 11 with his widowed mother Emma aged 40, brothers Harold 10 and Stephen 7 and sisters Alice age 8 and Fannie age 5
2/04/1911: On census living at Shipton aged 21 a cowman on a farm, with mother Emma aged 50 a midwife, brothers William aged 20 a farm labourer and Stephen aged 17 a waggoner on a farm, sisters Alice aged 18 a kitchen maid and Fanny aged 15 a domestic servant and nephew Harold aged 4 months. Between 1911 and 1914 he was employed on the M & SWJ Railway.
Summer 1914: Married vs. Singles cricket match in Shipton, Charlie plays alongside brother Bill (see the photograph in the gallery 1890 to 1920s by clicking here). Charlie's brother Bill (W Cooper) can be seen in the later 1923 Shipton team photograph (to be found in the 1920 to 1940 section of the gallery).
Aug 1914: Enlists in the Gloucestershire Regiment
28/11/1914: Went to France as a Private with the Gloucestershire Regiment· service no 2089.
Dec 1914: Invalided home with frostbite.
Dec 1915: Wounded in action.
4/03/1916: The 7th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment landed at Basra, (now Southern Iraq).
Dec 1916: The Regiment was involved in a serious offensive against the Turks, surrounding the town of Kut, which eventually fell on the 24th February
10/02/1917: Killed in action and commemorated on the Amara War Cemetery in Iraq.
He was entitled to 3 war medals the 1915 Star, British war medal and Victory medal.
His effects of £11 10s were sent to his mother Emma at 34 Lypiatt Street, Cheltenham.
12/03/1917: Announcement in Gloucestershire Echo of his death.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record: Rank: Private Service No: 2089 Date of Death: 10/02/1917 Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment 7th Bn. Grave Reference: XXIX. 8. 1/40. Cemetery: AMARA W,AR CEMETERY.
Additional Information: Son of Emma Cooper, of 34, Lypiatt St., Tivoli, Cheltenham, Glos., and the late Charles Cooper.
Further information on the Gloucestershire Regiment and the 7th Bn can be found at:
CORPORAL EASDALE JOHN JOHNSTONE
10346, "B" Coy. 7th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment who died on 08 August 1915 Age 22
Son of Charlotte F. Johnstone, of Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford, Glos., and the late John Johnstone.
Remembered with Honour at Helles Memorial.
9/07/1893: Baptised at St Mary Shipton Sollars parents JOHN a labourer and CHARLOTTE FANNY nee MAKEPEACE who had married at Shipton Oliffe in 1890.
31/01/1901: On census living at Roel Cottage with father John aged 33 a carter on a farm, mother Lottie aged 30 and 3 sisters Bessie aged 4, Jeannie aged 6 and Florence aged 6 months.
26/09/1909: Father John aged 43 is buried at Hawling.
2/04/1911: On census living at Shipton aged 17 an under wagoner on a farm with mother Charlotte Fanny a widow aged 40, sisters Lottie Jane a domestic servant aged 16, Bessie May aged 14 and Florence Annie aged 10. (He also had 3 brothers Edwin Charles born 1891, Arthur Frank born 1903 who died in 1908 and another born in 1905 who died aged 1 day).
19/06/1915: Sailed from Avonmouth to Gallipoli with "B" Company of the 7th battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, service no 10346 arriving in July.
7/08/1915: The 7th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment was involved in the battle to take the hill of Chunuk Bair, just inland from Anzac Cove. The Battalion was 1,000 strong but only 181 emerged unscathed, the rest were killed or wounded.
8/08/1915: Now a Corporal, killed in action at Gallipoli, commemorated on the HELLES memorial in Turkey. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British and Victory medals. His effects of £3 12s 11d were sent to his mother Charlotte.
29/09/1939: Recorded on Identity Register at Shipton: mother Charlotte with daughter Bessie (who was a dwarf), son in law Frank White a farm carter, daughter Florence White and grandson John J White.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record: Rank: Corporal Service No: 10346 Date of Death: 08/08/1915 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment "B" Coy. 7th Bn. Panel Reference: Panel 102 to 105. Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL Additional Information: Son of Charlotte F. Johnstone, of Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford, Glos., and the late John Johnstone.
Further information on the Gloucestershire Regiment and the 7th Bn can be found at:
PRIVATE FREDERICK JAMES TARRY
41958, 7th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment who died on 14 December 1918 Age 35
Husband of Ada Tarry, of Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford, Glos.
Remembered with Honour Dedeagatch British Cemetery
1883: Possible birth at Abingdon, Oxforfdshire (GRO ref December Quarter 1883 2c 290).
5/04/1891: On census based on possible birth above living at Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire with father William an agricultural labourer, mother Sarah, brother George and sister Lavinia.
31/03/1901: On census based on possible birth above living at High Street Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire a baker’s assistant with father William a shepherd on a farm and mother Sarah.
2/04/1911: On census based on possible birth above boarding at The Green Deddington, Oxforshire a journeyman baker.
1912: Married Ada J Holmes in Martley,Worcestershire(GRO ref December Quarter 6c 479)
29/06/1915: Went to the Balkans. He was originally a Corporal with the Army Service Corp, service no 039511. Later he joined the 7th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment as a Private service no 41958.
29/09/1918: The Royal Berkshire Regiment was in Strumnica Greece and they marched to Jeni where 33 soldiers were sick in hospital. The War Diaries of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment have been transcribed (see www.thewardrobe.org.uk).
14/12/1918: He died of pneumonia in Bulgaria. His grave is in the Deagatch British Cemetery in Greece which is near the Turkish Border . He was awarded the 1915 Star, British and Victory medals. His effects of £30 19s 2d were sent to his widow Ada and she was also awarded a war gratuity of £23 10s.
29/09/1939: Wife Ada (born 23/12/1878) recorded on Identity Register living at The Vineyards, Martley, Worcestershire on her own.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record: Rank: Private Service No: 41958 Date of Death: 14/12/1918 Age: 35 Regiment/Service: Royal Berkshire Regiment 7th Bn. Grave Reference: 32. Cemetery: D DEAGATCH BRITISH CEMETERY Additional Information: Husband of Ada Tarry, of Shipton Cliffe, Andoversford, Glos.
SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHN HANSON
273367, 7th, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C. who died on 03 June 1943 Age 20
Son of the Revd. Edwin Charles Hanson M.A., Hon. Chaplin to the Forces and Marion Hanson, of Emmanuel Vicarage, Cheltenham.
Remembered with Honour Bishop's Cleeve (St. Michael and All Angels) Churchyard
1923: Born to parents EDWIN CHARLES a vicar and MARION nee WILLIAMS who had married in Swansea in 1921.
29/09/1939: Recorded on Identity Register living at Shipton Rectory his parents Edwin Charles a Clerk in Holy Orders & a senior ARP warden and Marion a first aider in the ARP with Florence A Bennett a servant, a widowed female named Thorne and another widowed female named Jordan.
3/06/1943: During training exercises in Wales, and whilst the Unit was under orders to mobilise for services overseas, the scout car he was traveling in overturned and crushed him. He was a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Royal Tank Regiment service no 273367. He is buried in Bishops Cleave St Michael and All Angels churchyard and also commemorated in Emmanuel Church, Cheltenham.
1952: His father now the Reverend Canon Edwin Charles Hanson, the vicar of Emmanuel Church is living at 98 Leckhampton Road (information from Kelly's directory).Commonwealth War Graves Commission record: Rank: Second Lieutenant, Service No: 273367, Date of Death: 03/06/1943, Age: 20, Regiment/Service: 7th Royal Tank Regiment, Grave Reference: S.W. of church. Cemetery: BISHOP'S CLEEVE (ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS) CHURCHYARD.
Additional Information: Son of the Revd. Edwin Charles Hanson M.A., Hon. Chaplin to the Forces and Marion Hanson, of Emmanuel Vicarage, Cheltenham.
CORPORAL RALPH HENRY NEALE
542013, Royal Air Force who died on 10 June 1940 Age 26
Son of Ralph and Mabel Annie Neale, of Shipton Oliffe, Gloucestershire.
Remembered with Honour Runnymede Memorial.
28/11/1914: Born as shown on the 1939 Identity Register, parents RALPH and MABEL ANNIE.
1938: Married Madeline May Burke nee Critchley at Cheltenham Register Office.
29/09/1939: Recorded on Identity Register living at Andoversford a milk roundsman and agricultural labourer with his wife Madeline born 12th June 1916.
8/06/1940: He was serving with the Royal Air Force service no 542013, on board HMS Glorious an aircraft carrier when it was sunk by the German battleship Scharnhorst. There were 10 Gloster Gladiators of 263 squadron and 7 Hawker Hurricanes of 46 squadron, on the ship. The survivors were not rescued by the Germans and were 3 days in the water before some were rescued by allied ships. A more detailed summary of the sinking can be found here.
10/06/1940: Died as a result of the sinking of the HMS Glorious, remembered on the Runnymeade Memorial, which is located at Coopers Hill, Englefield Green, near Windsor.
TROOPER THOMAS FRANK CROSS
5954385, 15th (Scottish) Regt., Reconnaissance Corps, R.A.C. who died on 26 September 1944, Age 28
Son of Frank and Mary Cross; husband of Robina Adelaide Cross, of Breachwood Green, Hertfordshire.
Remembered with Honour Uden War Cemetery
22/05/1885: Father Frank born as shown on 1939 Identity Register.
18/05/1888: Mother Mary Jane Pockett born as shown on 1939 Identity Register.
2/04/1911: On census father Frank possibly a soldier at Fort Lahore India.
29/05/1913: Robina A Baker born as shown on 1939 Identity Register.
1913: Father Frank Cross (possible birth GRO ref March Quarter 1884 Bolton Lanes 8c 428) marries Mary J Packett (possible birth GRO ref June Quarter 1888 Tewkesbury Gia 6a 446) in Cardiff (GRO ref September Quarter 11a 871)
20/09/1913: Sister Eileen Annie May born (GRO ref December Quarter Cardiff 11a 801)
1914: Sister Doris Mary born Northleach area.
21/04/1916: THOMAS FRANK born Northleach/Chedworth area, as shown on 1939 Identity Register, parents FRANK and MARY J nee POCKETT.
1918: Sister Kathleen Frances born Northleach area.
18/07/1929: Brother Stanley Wilfred born Northleach area, as shown on 1939 Identity Register.
1933: Brother Malcolm Edward born Northleach area.
1938: THOMAS FRANK marries Robina Adelaide Baker in Hitchin Herts (GRO ref September Quarter Hitchin 3a 3919).
29/09/1939: Recorded on Identity Register: living at Whitehall Hitchin Herts as a stud groom (working for the Bowes-Lyon Estate at East Hall Farm St Pauls Walden Hitchin) with wife Robina A, her parents Frederick and Robina Baker, Margaret Patricia Clegg (future sister in law), Dennis J Baker (brother) and Robert W Beer aged 3. According to the family whilst living in York he was called up and carried out his training at Windrush.
29/09/1939: Recorded on Identity Register: parents Frank aged 54 a general labourer and Mary J aged 51 living at Shipton Oliffe with son Stanley W aged 10.
6/06/1944: According to the family he took part in the D Day Landings.
26/09/1944: Aged 28, Trooper service no 5954385 with the ReconnaissanceCorps RAC, 15th Scottish Regiment. Killed in action at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, buried at Uden Cemetery in the Netheriands.
1944: Daughter Sally born, soon after his death.
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