Sheridan Parsons

Wiltshire Family History, Canal Heritage, Teasmades

Wootton Bassett in the Great War

I published my book, Wootton Bassett in the Great War, in 2014, but I have now withdrawn it from sale pending publication of a new, fully revised and extended book, Wootton Bassett 100 Years Ago. You can still see the listing for Wootton Bassett in the Great War on Amazon. I have been delighted to hear that my research has sometimes been of real value, particularly correcting errors on CWGC records and memorials, sharing information with descendants of the fallen, and helping history teachers at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy.

Roll of Honour

The following men who fell in the Great War are remembered in Royal Wootton Bassett and the surrounding area. They are listed here by date of death.

White, Eli, Lance Corporal, d. 16 September 1914
Brown, Hedley, 1st Class Stoker, d. 22 September 1914
Drury, Henry Philip, Private, d. 22 September 1914
Sawyer, George Francis, Private, d. 13 October 1914
Marsh, Alfred Harry, Private, d. 30 October 1914
Sly, Lemuel, Private, d. 30 October 1914
Peaple, Albert James, Private, d. 31 October 1914
Hewer, Albert Edward, Private, d. 23 December 1914
Bint, William Henry, Lance Corporal, d. 02 January 1915
Clifford, William George, Private, d. 19 January 1915
Bridgeman, Montague Roland, Private, d. 12 March 1915
Humphries, Frank, Private, d. 12 March 1915
Hunt, Reginald, Private, d. 12 March 1915
Smart, Percy Edward, Private, d. 12 March 1915
Townsend, Ernest Arthur, Acting Serjeant, d. 12 March 1915
Dixon, William John, Private, d. 21 March 1915
Church, Percy Henry Hardiman, Private, d. 28 April 1915
Cox, Ernest Sidney, Private, d. 29 April 1915
Hird, John, Private, d. 08 May 1915
Burchell, William Eli, Private, d. 15 June 1915
Porter, Henry Frank, Private, d. 15 June 1915
Blanchett, Christopher, Serjeant, d. 17 June 1915
Wright, Edgar James, Serjeant, d. 26 June 1915
Angelinetta, Gilbert, Rifleman, d. 30 July 1915
Comley, John, Private, d. 10 August 1915
Curry, Sydney Harold, Cooper’s Crew, d. 12 August 1915
Lawrence, Jesse, Private, d. 16 August 1915
Titcombe, John Thomas, Private, d. 17 August 1915
Fullaway, William John Thomas, Private, d. 01 September 1915
Hiscocks, Stanley Albert, Private, d. 02 September 1915
Gingell, William, Private, d. 27 September 1915
Barnes, Charles, Private, d. 18 October 1915
Clark, Francis Charles, Private, d. 13 April 1916
Ogburn, Charles Robert, Private, d. 26 April 1916
Greenaway, Francis Whicher, Sapper, d. 04 May 1916
Twine, William Howard, 2nd Lieutenant (T), d. 13 May 1916
Watson, William Charles, Cook’s Mate, d. 31 May 1916
Buckland, Reginald Herbert, Private, d. 02 July 1916
Twine, Arthur Sidney, Private, d. 02 July 1916
Gingell, George Henry Lewin, Lance Corporal, d. 07 July 1916
Angelinetta, Oliver Ernest, Private, d. 08 July 1916
Gibbs, Henry James, Lance Corporal, d. 08 July 1916
Hunt, Harry John, Private, d. 08 July 1916
Sly, William, Serjeant, d. 08 July 1916
Hunt, Joseph Clarence, Private, d. 23 July 1916
Reeves, Lewis Herbert, Lance Serjeant, d. 27 July 1916
Hunt, Archibald Harry, Private, d. 28 July 1916
Hughes, Charles Henry, Private, d. 04 August 1916
Hitchcock, Maurice, Private, d. 25 August 1916
Newman, Reuben Victor, Private, d. 03 September 1916
Embling, Edward David, Private, d. 11 September 1916
Bridgeman, Godfrey Arthur William E, Private, d. 18 October 1916
Lovelock, George Edward, Private, d. 18 October 1916
Haines, Frederick Stanley, Corporal, d. 19 October 1916
Church, Albert Edward, Private, d. 29 October 1916
Helps, Edwin, Rifleman, d. 15 December 1916
Rowe, Rupert Charles, Coy Serjeant Major, d. 21 January 1917
Lovelock, Charles, Private, d. 28 January 1917
Clarke, James, Serjeant, d. 29 January 1917
Gibbs, John Charles Bromwich, Private, d. 10 February 1917
Fry, Herbert William, Private, d. 30 March 1917
Church, Harry, Private, d. 09 April 1917
Merrett, Sidney Albert, Corporal, DCM, d. 09 April 1917
Skull, Reginald Henry George, Private, MM, DCM, d. 09 April 1917
Merrett, Henry James, Lance Corporal, d. 15 April 1917
Noon, Alfred James, Lance Corporal, d. 24 April 1917
Hunt, George Seymour, Private, d. 03 May 1917
Hart, Samuel Gordon, Serjeant, d. 26 May 1917
Comley, William Edward, d. 28 May 1917
Twine, Arthur, Private, d. 05 June 1917
Shepherd, Frank, Trooper, d. 18 June 1917
Painter, Raymond Charles, Private, d. 27 June 1917
Watts, Frank, Lance Corporal, d. 19 July 1917
Edmonds, Albert, Air Mechanic 2nd Class, d. 20 August 1917
Hunt, Lionel Frederick Job, Private, MM, d. 10 September 1917
Drury, Philip Charles, Gunner, d. 30 September 1917
Brown, Eltham Bryan, Private, d. 26 October 1917
Tayler, Harold Lyttleton George, Private, d. 10 November 1917
Hunt, Thomas George, Private, d. 11 November 1917
Hunt, Reginald Alfred, Gunner, d. 22 December 1917
Chequer, Herbert Jeffrey, Gunner, d. 31 December 1917
Gingell, George, Able Seaman, d. 12 January 1918
Street, Hubert H Styles, Lance Corporal, MM, d. 05 March 1918
Walker, Jasper Wilfred, Private, d. 21 March 1918
Webb, Frank Curtis, Private, d. 21 March 1918
Moulding, George, Serjeant, d. 25 March 1918
Titcombe, William, Private, d. 28 March 1918
Beazley, Arthur, Lance Corporal, d. 30 March 1918
Ody, Elton John, Lance Corporal, d. 10 April 1918
Jacobs, William, Private, d. 12 April 1918
Sainsbury, William James, Private, d. 14 April 1918
Gibson, Thomas Edward, Lance Corporal, d. 21 April 1918
Sargent, Augustus Montague, 2nd Lieutenant, d. 27 April 1918
Eacott, Arthur Robert Leonard, Private, d. 06 May 1918
Lovelock, Victor Rowland, Private, d. 08 May 1918
Manners, Albert John, Gunner, d. 29 May 1918
Brown, Alan, Private, d. 10 July 1918
Ashfield, Lionel Arthur, Lieutenant, DFC, d. 16 July 1918
Beazley, Herbert, Rifleman, d. 17 July 1918
Broom, William, Private, d. 01 September 1918
Franklin, Leonard, Private, d. 18 September 1918
Foster, Sydney Fisher, Private, d. 04 November 1918
Buckland, Reginald, Private, d. 08 November 1918
Parrott, William John, Private, d. 22nd Feb 1919
Westmacott, William A, Air Mech 2nd Class, d. 09 March 1919
Leslie, Ernest Hodgson, Captain, d. 16 March 1919
Harris, Walter Thomas Ewart, Private, d. 13 November 1920

They Also Served

The following men who served in the Great War are remembered in Wootton Bassett:

Andrews, Vivian
Angelinetta, Albert John, Private
Angelinetta, Bertie
Angelinetta, Charles George, Driver
Angelinetta, William
Arnold-Forster, Hugh Christopher, Commander
Arnold-Forster, John Anthony, Captain
Arnold-Forster, Mervyn Nevill, Major, MC
Arnold-Forster, William Edward, Lieutenant Commander
Balch, Charles Harry/Henry
Balch, Leonard William, 2nd Lieutenant
Balch, Roland James, Gunner
Balch, Walter Allan, Lieutenant
Ballard, Alfred Henry, 2nd Lieutenant
Ballard, Oswald Bertram, Private
Barber, Charles Henry, Gunner
Barber, Frederick Arthur, Private
Barber, Herbert Edward
Barber, Percy William, Gunner
Barnard, Henry
Barnes, James Barnabas, postal clerk, discharged wounded in 1915
Beacham, Reginald Walter, Corporal
Beazley, Reginald, Private
Bennett, Frederick Ivor
Benstead, James Henry
Bezzant, Albert Victor George, Gunner
Bezzant, William James, Private
Bint, Albert (Alfred), Private
Bint, Sydney, Gunner
Black, Walter Edward, Private
Bond, Herbert
Bond, Leslie Gordon
Boulter, Frederick
Bowden, Harold Worsley
Brown, Albert
Brown, Bertie
Brown, Thomas
Brust, Harry Leonard, Trumpeter/Guardsman
Buckland, Alfred Ernest
Bull, Edwin
Bull, W.F. Wilts Regt (13999) listed as wounded in Local Lists Sep 1916.
Bull, William Henry
Bushell, Frank
Buxton, Gerard James, Major
Carter, Alfred John
Cannon, George
Carter, Alfred John
Case, Robert Charles
Chequer, Clarence Nelson
Chequer, Clarence Nelson, Air Mechanic 1st Class
Chequer, Tom
Child, Ernest
Choules, Reginald Balfour William
Clarke, Cecil John
Clifford, Alfred, Private
Clifford, Francis Henry, Private
Clifford, George
Clifford, Walter, Private
Coleman, Arthur William, Sapper
Colledge, John Theodore, Lieutenant
Collins, Harold Ernest Robert
Coster, Edwin Thomas
Cowie, Richard, Reverend
Creed, Albert Reginald, Private
Crew, Herbert John, Trooper
Curtis, Albert James, Corporal
Curtis, Charles William
Curtis, George
Curtis, William
Curry, James Alfred John
Day, Henry James, Driver
Dean, Arthur Felton, Sapper
Dixon, Arthur
Dixon, Aaron
Dixon, Arthur Ezra
Dixon, Herbert Francis, Private
Dixon, Hubert, Lieutenant Corporal
Dixon, Sidney James
Drury, Harry
Drury, Howard, Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Drury, William
Durnford, Francis Herbert
Eacott, Henry George, Private
Edwards, Arthur Alfred
Edwards, Charles
Edwards, William, Private
Eggleston, Edmund, Private
Embling, Alfred John, Private
Embling, George Charles, Driver
Embling, James Henry
Farley, Arthur
Forster, Richard Carnaby, Lieutenant Colonel
Foss, Samuel Frank Thomas
Fox, Thomas
Francis, Henry Charles
Franklin, Arthur, Lieutenant
Franklin, George Edward
Freegard, Arthur Edgar
Fretwell, Frank
Fricker, Maurice Henry, Driver
Gee, Henry
Gibbs, Alfred John, RSM
Gibbs, John, junior
Gillett, Sidney Herbert
Gilmore, Jesse, Private
Gough, Charles, Serjeant
Gough, Clarence Henry, Private
Gough, Ernest George, Private
Gough, Francis Edward
Gough, Frank (may be the same as above)
Gough, Hubert Harry
Gough, Joseph, Private
Gough, Richard Nelson
Gough, Thomas, Gunner
Gray, Albert Ernest
Hall, George Victor
Hall, Mervyn Ernest John
Hallett, Frederick George
Harper, Alfred
Harris, Francis Edward
Harris, Harry
Harris, Walter Thomas
Harris, William John
Hart, Frederick Lanclett
Hart, T
Harvey, William, Private
Hatter, Frederick, Private
Hatter, Joseph, Private – Wilts Regt (23418) listed as wounded in Local Lists Sep 1916.
Hawkes, Comley, Staff Quartermaster Serjeant
Hawkes, John, 2nd Lieutenant
Hawkes, Montague Clifton, 2nd Lieutenant
Hawkes, William Haywood
Heath, W H
Hiller, Christopher
Hill, Ernest
Hill, Joseph Keene, Gunner
Hillier, Arthur James
Hillier, Ernest
Hiscocks, Edwin James
Hopkins, Leonard Saw, Private
Horsell, Charles
Howard, Francis George, Driver
Hughes, Edward John
Hughes, Walter, Observer
Hulme, Walter Robert
Humphries, Levi Alfred Ricks, Private
Hunt, Arthur Henry, Private
Hunt, Charles
Hunt, Ernest Frederick, Rifleman
Hunt, Francis James, Private
Hunt, George, Private
Hunt, George Henry
Hunt, George William James
Hunt, John
Hunt, Mike
Hunt, S
Hunt, William George
Huxley, Henry John
Huxley, William, Serjeant
Huxley, William Sidney (probably as above)
Ind, Frank, Private
Ind, Arthur, Private
Ingram, John, Sapper
Ingram, William Henry, Private
Inkpen, Loftus Samuel
Jackson, John Thomas
Jefferies, Cornelius George
Jefferies, Edward Albert
Jenkins, Henry Samuel
Jotcham, Lancelot Neil, 2nd Lieutenant
Keen, Frederick John
Kembrey, Edward Frank
Kembrey, Frederick Robert, Driver
Kidd, Francis Alfred, Lance Corporal
King, Alfred Jupp
King, Thomas, Corporal
King, William John
Lamport, Frederick Percival, Guardsman
Lamport, William, Signaller
Lane, Francis
Lanfear, Ernest W
Lansdown, Bertram Ernest Bruce, Gunner
Lansdown, Victor Charles
Lawrence, Arthur, Private
Lawrence, Frederick, Private
Lawrence, Henry
Lawrence, Walter George, Private
Leighfield, Albert George
Leighfield, Clarence Henry, Private
Leighfield, Francis Wilfred
Leighfield, Percy Frank
Leighfield, William Arthur
Lewis, Raymond Jesse
Little, Alfred William
Little, Robert (junior)
Lock, William George
Love, Algernon Edwin, Private
Loveday, Walter Charles, Sapper
Marchant, Percy
Marsh, Samuel Edgar, Private
Marsh, William Edward
Maskell, Frederick, Corporal
Maslin, Charles Edward, Rifleman
Mathias, Leonard Stewart, Captain
Merrett, Christopher Charles
Merrett, Edward George
Merrett, George William, Lance Corporal
Merrett, Henry James, Private
Merrett, John
Merrett, Joseph William
Mew, Percy Charles
Morgan, George, Serjeant Major (TBC)
Morgan, John Hartman, Brigadier General
Morse, William John, Private
New, Jesse
Newman, Bertie Henry, Private
Newman, Ernest Edwin, Private
Newman, William John
Norris, Frederick James, Pioneer
Ody, Herbert James
Ogbourne, Frederick, Private
Ovens, James Henry
Page, Alfred George
Page, Charles Alexander
Page, John Thomas
Painter, Francis John Thomas, Private
Painter, H
Painter, Stanley
Parsons, Edwin James
Parsons, Ernest, HMS Larkspur
Parsons, Ernest, Private
Parsons, James Lewis, Private
Parsons, Wilfred John, Trumpeter
Parsons, William Victor Emmanuel
Pearce, Arthur Ambrose
Phillips, Harold Tucker, Gunner
Pickett, Wilfred John
Pincott, Delton Harold, Private
Pincott, Leonard, Private
Pinnell, Victor John
Porter, Egbert Daniel, Corporal, MM
Porter, Frederick Arthur
Porter, Sidney John, Private
Protheroe, Henry Ernest
Rainger, Walter William
Rawlings, John
Read, Basil Stillman
Read, Henry Joseph
Reeson, George
Reeves, Arthur Frank, Private
Reeves, Ernest Decourcey
Reeves, Ernest James, Private
Reeves, Isaac Albert, Serjeant
Reeves, Philip Kenneth
Reynolds, William Walter, Company Quarter Master Serjeant
Rich, Arthur Stanley
Rich, Victor
Riddick, Joseph
Rouse, Allen
Rouse, Gilbert
Rouse, Henry
Rouse, Herbert
Rufey, Frederick George, Corporal
Sainsbury, Walter Charles
Sawyer, Albert James, Trooper
Sawyer, Arthur Hubert Adolphus, Gunner
Sawyer, Edward Cecil, Driver
Sawyer, Thomas George
Scaplehorn, Percival Henry, Signaller
Scutts, Arthur William, Private
Scutts, Charles Vizor, Private
Scutts, Percy Hughes, Serjeant
Scutts, Walter James
Selwood, W H
Sheldon, Francis Charles
Sheppard, Edgar George
Sheppard, Henry Oliver
Sheppard, Leonard, Guardsman
Sheppard, Maurice John
Sheppard, Sydney James, Private
Simpkins, William John
Simpson, William, Private
Skinner, F
Skull, Ernest Thomas, Gunner, MSM, DCM
Slade, Richard, Corporal
Sly, Frank, Private
Sly, Hubert William, Private
Sly, N G, – Wilts Regt (13998) listed as wounded in Local Lists Sep 1916.
Sly, William
Smart, Arthur William Patrick Albert
Smart, Howard James, Private
Smart, James, Driver
Smith, Henry
Smith, James
Smith, Percy George
Sparkes, Charles Arthur
Stenning, John
Stevens, Arthur Wyatt
Stevens, Claud Ernest, Serjeant, MC
Stevens, Fred, Company Serjeant Major, DCM
Stevens, Henry James
St John, Charles Reginald, 2nd Lieutenant
St John, Henry Mildmay, Captain
St John, Vernon Henry, Private
Stone, William Edwin
Strange, Ernest Granger
Strange, Frederick Thomas, Private
Strange, John Ernest, Private
Stratford, Benjamin
Stratton, Alfred Ernest, Corporal
Tayler, Ernest Charles, Corporal
Taylor, Arthur Edward, Private
Taylor, Wilfred George, Corporal
Telling, Frank Levi
Telling, Stanley Edward
Thomas, Francis
Thompson, Alfred William
Thompson, Walter James
Titcombe, Francis Thomas, Private (probably Thomas Titcombe, C/O George Gibbs, Coped Hall)
Titcombe, Walter, Seaman
Tombs, Mark, Private
Tombs, Thomas, Gunner
Trow, Harry, Air Mechanic 2nd Class
Trueman, Ernest Arthur Baden, Boy 1
Tuck, Abraham William
Tuck, Ernest Fredrick Maurice, Driver
Tuck, Henry E, Private
Tuck, John, Private, (probably John Henry Louis Tuck)
Tucker, Thomas, Private
Twine, Albert George
Twine, Adam, Lieutenant
Twine, Herbert
Twine, William D’Arcy, Serjeant
Waite, Herbert, Private
Walker, Alfred James
Walker, Arthur Charles
Walker, William James
Wallis, Bertram
Wallis, Bertram (sic)
Wallis, Edwin Ernest
Wallis, Ernest Reginald
Wallis, Harry
Wallis, Stanley Annesley Robert, Royal Navy
Wallis, William Talbot
Watkins, Wallace Pearce
Watson, John Nuthall, Surgeon (T)
Weare (Sly), Lewington Howard
Webb, Edward James, Private
Webb, Henry
Webb, Lemuel
Webb, Rawleigh Charles
Welch, Henry, Serjeant
Weston, Frederick Ivor
Weston, Henry
Wilkins, Charles Foster
Wiltshire, Bertram
Wiltshire, John
Wiltshire, Victor, Corporal
Wiltshire, William H, Rifleman, MM
Wise, Albert James, Driver
Woodward, Edward Thomas
Woodward, Henry (probably identical to Woodward, Henry Charles, Private)
Woodward, John, Private
Woodward, Sidney James
Woodward, William John, Private
Woodward, William Robert, Private
Yates, A


On the 100th anniversary of the death of each of the fallen from the Wootton Bassett area during the Great War, I have personally laid a wreath by the Royal Wootton Bassett war memorial. I have remembered not only the men on the war memorial itself, but all those who have a strong connection with Wootton Bassett and the surrounding hamlets and countryside. I researched each man, and displayed a poster beside the wreath telling his story. I also shared their story on social media and informed family and descendants where possible.

I have occasionally been joined by family members of the fallen, and I have been pleased to hear from a number of people who have visited the wreath and read the poster, sometimes regularly, in a lunch hour or after work. Sadly I have never been joined by, or supported by, members of the Town Council or the Royal British Legion.

This act of remembrance was my own idea, and initially I applied for a small grant from the Area Board. The Area Board kindly awarded a grant in 2014 to purchase the first wreath, the post office displays and posters. In March 2017, I commissioned a new wreath to replace the earlier one, which was becoming faded and worn. I funded this wreath myself with support from friends. The first and second wreaths were both made by local florist Guelder Rose.

After a while the oasis on the second wreath started to disintegrate, so I made a third wreath myself on a wire base.  The last wreath included more chrysanthemums, reflecting the bouquet laid at the cenotaph in London on behalf of the town in 1920, by Rose Lawrence. The flowers also include roses, daisies and pink poppies. The red poppy was not adopted by the British Legion until 1921. I intended that the natural composition would reflect old values and traditions, with more emphasis on white for peace.

I hope that in some small way I have done the right thing by those who fell in the war and their families. We will remember them.