The memorial to the fallen of World War One in Bucknell Memorial Hall
The memorial to the fallen of World War Two in Bucknell Memorial Hall
Click on a name below to go to the entry.
WORLD WAR 1
BALDWIN, Reuben Private, 7th Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light InfantryEDWARDS, Clifford Private, 5th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
EVANS, George Henry Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
GITTENS, John Private, Army Service Corps
HODNETT, William Private, 102nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps
HUDSON, Henry Private, 1/6th Regiment Gloucestershire Regiment
HUGHES, Charles Henry Private, 1/6th Battalion Welsh Regiment
HUGHES, William Richard Corporal, Machine Gun Corps
HUGHES, Frederick Private, 1/7th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
JONES, Geoffrey Richard Lance Corporal, 8th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps
JONES, William Frank Private 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
KEELY Joseph William Sergeant 2nd Battalion King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
MORGAN Robert Private 3rd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment
MORRIS Thomas Lance Corporal 7th Battalion South Wales Borderers
SHERWOOD Edgar Samuel Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, 3rd Regiment, South African Infantry
STALEY Alfred Private 1st Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
WORLD WAR 2
>HOWELLS Richard George Private 4th Battalion Welch Regiment
Victory parade through the village to celebrate the end of World War I
WORLD WAR I
A company of the 7th Battalion photographed in or near Arras,
straight after their return from the front line, 1918.
(© Shropshire Regimental Museum. Used with permission)
The grave of Clifford Edwards at Delville Wood Cemetery
A view of the cemetery
The Menin Gate in Ypres
where George Evan, Arthur Staley and Joseph Keely are commemorated
along with 54,000 other soldiers who have no known grave.
Henry Hudson’s grave in St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen.
This cemetery, with over 11,000 graves, covers a vast area.
Some of the headstones are placed side by side, perhaps because of lack of space
Four soldiers from the 1/6th Battalion Welsh Regiment
taken when the Battalion was in France training for the Battle of the Somme.
This was Harry Hughes’s Battalion. Notice the two soldiers watching the photographer from inside their tent.
(The Royal Regiment of Wales. Used with permission)
Harry Hughes’s grave in St Patrick’s Cemetery near Loos,
in the Pas de Calais, France.
The inscription reads:
Peace Perfect Peace
Lovingly remembered by
his Dad, sisters, Jack and Corbett.
Jack was the sole surviving son (christened John). Who Corbett was is a mystery. He does not appear in the 1911 census
Bucknell School photo 1912 (detail)
Fredrick Hughes (middle row, standing next to Miss Jukes, the teacher).
Fred would have been twelve years old when this photo was taken.
Joseph Keely’s name as it appears in the beautifully decorated ‘Ireland’s Memorial Record 1914 – 1918’.
Robert Morgan’s grave stone in Ferme-Olivier Cemetery.
You can see that his name is the lower part of the grave stone. This reflects the fact that this is a collective grave containing the remains of the 39 men of the 3rd Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment who were killed together on 29 December 1915.
Ferme-Olivier Cemetery as it was in 1918
The cemetery 2009
Note the houses in the background are the same as in 1918.
Thomas Morris’s grave in the cemetery in Mikra
A family wedding group with Thomas on the left as a young boy
Charles Sherwood, his wife Jane and family photographed outside The Railway Inn in about 1888.
Edgar is the boy seated on the bench at the far right of the photo.
Edgar Sherwood as a young man
wearing the uniform of the South African Constabulary.
You have heard of the Battle of Hooge
And no doubt you all have read
Of many of our brave comrades
Left lying with the dead.
Of the gallant 1st King’s Shropshires
And their bold, magnificent charge
Of how they pressed the Germans
Whose numbers were so large.
‘Midst sound of cannon raging
And the flash of bursting shell
With the barking of their rifles
Soon we began to fall.
Now lads of Britain, you all know
There’s still a vacant place;
So join the colours of your King,
And leave the ‘Slackers’ race.
WORLD WAR TWO
HOWELLS Richard George
Richard Howells’s grave at Banneville-la-Campagne Cemetery,
east of Caen, Normandy
Private Richard Howells
(with thanks to Muriel Watson for providing the photo of her uncle and a copy of the chaplain’s letter)
Article from ‘The Shrewsbury Chronicle’ September 3rd 1915.
A stirring story of the Shropshire Light Infantry in action is told by Corporal P. Knight of the First Battalion in a letter to his wife who resides in a village in West Riding.
“I am still in the pink, he writes “and you will be glad to know that I have been promoted corporal for my bravery last Monday morning at Hooge. It was grand bit of sport. You see, our artillery started to bombard the German trenches, and they started to bombard ours. Then we got the order to charge the German trenches. That was at 3.20 am. Our officer, the gentleman who was going to buy me the banjo, got killed, so that left us without an officer to lead us…….
It looked like us getting buried with the German shells if we stayed on in our trenches, and as we had no leader, I thought ‘Tommy, here’s your chance.’ So I jumped up on the parapet and shouted: ‘Chaps, we have no leader, and we must go. Follow me and I will lead you to death or glory.’ The boys all shouted, ‘Well done, Paddy; we will.’ And they did. Well, we had about 300 yards to run, and then we came to a place like a railway line. It is on a rise of about six feet, and we stopped this side of the line for a second’s breath. The Germans were on the other side of the line, and I said: ‘Come on, lads. Charge,’ and we up and at ‘em like lions on their prey, me leading all the way. Oh, them German cowards! They made a fight for it, and it was their last fight. The first one I saw was in the act of throwing a bomb at me, but before he had time I had my bayonet through him. I ran at the next and flattened him out with my fist. I shot three German officers.”
Corporal Knight goes on to say that the Germans killed an officer of the Shropshires with a pick. “They drove it through his head and when I saw it I had no mercy for any of the dogs. We caught some of them in their dugouts so you see we must have given them a big surprise. This is the only time that any troops have attacked under a double bombardment, and me and the lads that drew it across them, and my regiment were in the middle. There were the Yorks and Lancasters on our left and the Durhams on our right, but the Shropshires had the worst ground to travel on and we killed and captured more than any other regiment. But every regiment did splendid, and the General told us yesterday when we came out of the trenches for a rest, that we were the best brigade in the 6th Division, and he said the Shropshires were not only one of the best in the Division, but absolutely the best regiment we had. My officer told me he had recommended me for conspicuous bravery, and he hopes I will get the highest honour, which is the V.C. and you know what I said I should do if I got half a chance.
“After the charge I took a message two miles to my colonel, under a heavy bombardment in which I got buried under a trench by a shell but I thought of you and our little darlings and I said a prayer to my Maker, and I got myself from under the earth, and went ahead with my message. When I landed, I fainted, but recovered. You see, we could not get a drink of water for two days, so you can easily imagine our plight, but thank God, I am in the pink only for a bit of shrapnel over my right eye. They wanted me to go to hospital, but I told the doctor I would rather not go away from the regiment.
“Sir John French is in our camp at present and he told our chaps that the Shropshires fought splendid, and he is very proud of us. I have a German revolver, helmet and water bottle for you.
“I struck a match and looked at the photo of you and our darlings before I asked my company to charge that evening, and I kissed it, thinking it might be for the last time; but thank God, for your sake and theirs, He has saved me, and I think He will do so all through the war.”
Accompanying the letter to Mrs Knight was an official card, addressed: ‘No. 6532, Private P. Knight, 1st Shropshire Light Infantry’ and continuing on the reverse side the following:
‘Your commanding Officer and Brigade Commander have informed me that you distinguished yourself on August 9th near Hooge. I have read their reports with much pleasure. W.N.Congreve, Major General Commanding 6th Division, British Army in the Field, 13th August 1915’.
Christmas card sent to the soldiers on active service in 1916
BibliographyPolicing the Empire: Government, Authority and >Control 1830-1940 edited by David M Anderson and David Killingray, Manchester University Press 1991.
WebsitesThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission
I have tried to keep this information as accurate as possible from the available sources. If anyone can add more to the story of the Bucknell war dead or have family photographs to illustrate their lives, do please contact me.
Researched and written by Margaret Hay-Campbell, Bucknell