Portishead Book of Remembrance

The Portishead Book of Remembrance has been created by Portishead Town Council as part of its observance of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 1918. Its aim is to remember those who lost their lives either as a result of hostilities, or in public service, whether military or civilian, from 1914 to the present.

It is hoped to give more information than in many books of remembrance. A brief history is given below each of the names, where it is available. This gives a greater understanding of the tragedies that happened, not only in Portishead, but all over Europe and beyond.

The information has been compiled from a number of sources and is as accurate as possible, but errors and omissions will exist and some entries are incomplete. If you have corrections, photographs or further information for any of the entries please send them to Cllr Don Cameron, Remembrance Book editor, c/o Portishead Town Council, The Folk Hall, 95 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PR or email to [email protected] .

The Book is a work in progress and new information can be added. Let us hope that few new entries will be required in the future.

  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • Memorials
  • Notes

The First World War 1914 – 1918

Adair, Fred. Joseph

7 May 1918, age 19.
Able Seaman Bristol / Z/1911, S.S. Saxon., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Florence L. Poole, of Honeylands, North Weston, Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Reference 29
SS Saxon was on a voyage from Odde, Denmark to Leith with a cargo of carbide. It was sunk by a torpedo from submarine U-105 on 7th May 1918, 83 miles ESE of Fair Isle. 22 lives were lost.

Adams, Thomas Francis

17 November 1914, age 26
Private 661, North Somerset Yeomanry
Son of Edward and Elizabeth Jane Adams, of Bitteswell, Rugby.
He lived at Beachcliff overlooking the Severn Estuary with his sister and brother-in-law.
Commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Reference: Panel 5.
Died at the Ypres Salient which was formed by British, French, Canadian and Belgian units against a German advance during the 1914 race to the sea. Ypres and the corner around Veurne were saved from occupation, but this also led to the beginning of trench warfare as both sides dug in.

Atwell, Leslie Victor

13 June 1918, age 35.
Able Seaman, Service No. RFR/PO/B/5393, H.M.S. Patia
Son of James and Mary Ann Atwell.
Husband of Annie Atwell of Dartington, South Road, Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Reference: 29.
HMS Patia was an armed merchant cruiser. It was torpedoed by a German Submarine UC-49 and sank in the Bristol Channel 25 miles west of Hartland Point. 16 members of the crew died.

Bailey, Albert Charles

11 March 1915, age 19.
Private PO/17189, H.M.S. Bayano, Royal Marine Light Infantry.
Son of William John and Emily Maria Bailey, of Clapton, Portishead.
Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Reference: 9
HMS Bayano, built in 1913, was originally a banana boat for the Elders & Fyffes line. At the outbreak of World War 1, it was drafted into the Royal Navy on 21 November 1914 as an armed merchant auxiliary cruiser. On 11 March 1915, it was torpedoed by submarine SM U-27 and sank within minutes killing around 200 of its crew. Twenty-six survivors were pulled from the water.

Bailey, William George

11 April 1918, age 29.
Corporal 6145, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
Son of William John and Emily Maria Bailey, of Clapton, Portishead.
Buried at St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France. Reference: X. A. 1

Baker, Hamilton Roycroft

3 December 1914, age 38
Ship's Cook 353207 HMS Bellona
Son of Frances and William and husband of Alice Maud (born Powell) of Portishead.
Buried at Osmondwall Cemetery, South Walls, Island of Hoy, Orkney. Reference B 22.
HMS Bellona was a Boadicea-class scout cruiser assigned to the 1st Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet in Scapa Flow at the start of World War 1.
He contracted enteric fever and died in Orkney.

Bendrey, Ronald Wall

6 August 1915, age 23.
Private 45, 2nd Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps.
Son of James Thomas and Annie M. H. Bendrey, of "Glenlow," Down Rd., Portishead.
Native of Hanley, Staffs, England.
Buried at Beach Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey. Reference: II. E. 5.

Bessant, Ernest Gilbert

He lived with his mother and six siblings at Oxford Terrace in North Weston and had worked as a labourer on Portishead Docks. He died at Ypres.
Cabin Hill Cemetery.

Bound, Thomas Samuel

6 April 1916, age 26.
21442, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Son of Thomas and Rosina Bound formerly of Bristol Road, Portishead.
When he was a child, he lived in the Children's Home on West Hill. He had worked as a farm labourer and gardener.
Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Iraq 12977837 Reference: Panel 26 and 63. This memorial has been moved to a desert site.
He died at Basra, Iraq.

Bridgman, Wilfred

2 June 1915, age 21.
Private 642, North Somerset Yeomanry.
Son of Mr. W. P. and Mrs. C. H. Bridgman, of West View, West Hill, Portishead.
He lived at Grange Farm in the High Street.
Commemorated at the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium Reference: Panel 5.
His body was not recovered.

Brown, Alfred Ernest

28 September 1918, age 20.
Private 8571 Served in the Somerset Light Infantry and then the Machine Gun Corps.
Son of Samuel John and Jane Eliza Brown of Clevedon Road, North Weston.
Buried at Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium. Reference IV.F.6.

Bryant, Arthur Reginald

1 July 1916, age 19.
Private 26561, 103rd Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
Only son of James Thomas and Sarah Ann Bryant, of The Cottage, High St., Portishead near to the White Cot Dairy.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 5C and 12C
He had joined the Somerset Light Infantry but later became a machine gunner. He lost his life on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Carritt, Harry William M.C.

8 July 1916, age 29.
Captain 2nd Battalion., Northamptonshire Regiment.
He had lived at Orwell Lodge, Portishead.
Entered the army from the Bristol University OTC.
He was killed at the Battle of the Somme and was awarded the Military Cross posthumously. He was wounded by a shell explosion, initially surviving but dying soon after. His body was not recovered from the battlefield.
He had previously served as a missionary in China. His father was the minister at the Congregational Church in Battery Road where a brass plaque recorded Harry Carritt's act of bravery.
Commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 11A and 11D

Carritt, Harry William  M.C. photo

Chapman, Arthur Gooding

July 1916, age 21.
Private 2/6th Gloucestershire. Regiment.
His mother, Emma Gooding Chapman, lived at Oldfield Cottage on West Hill.
Buried in Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France. Reference: II.C.11

Churchill, Ernest

10 September 1918, age 30.
Private 25962, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of W. C. Churchill, of 3, Oakfield Place, Clapton Rd., Portishead.
He was a married man and lived with his family in Honeylands, North Weston.
Buried at Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery Villers-Faucon on the Somme, France. Reference I.A.2

Clarke, Geoffrey d’Almaine Campbell

11 January 1916, age 29.
Lieutenant WO 339/18240 in command of 92nd Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
Son of Fincastle George B. and Kate Blanche D'Almaine Clarke, of Cliff Cottage, Portishead.
Buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France. Reference: I.D.17

Coombs, Victor George

13 July 1915, age 18.
Able Seaman Bristol Z/325, Nelson Battalion. R.N. Div., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Eldest son of Annie and Arthur Coombs of North Weston. He lived at Grange Cottage, High Street.
He had volunteered for service in the Royal Naval Division after attending a recruitment meeting in Portishead.
Commemorated at the Helles Memorial, Turkey. Reference: Panel 8 to 16.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial Reference NBGNE142.
He was killed in action near the Dardanelles.

Crees, Reginald Seymour

25 August 1916, age 21.
Private 20604, 1st Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of Walter John and Ada Alice Crees, of Clevedon Rd., North Weston.
He had joined the Prince Albert’s Division of the Somerset Light Infantry.
Commemorated at the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium. Reference: Panel 21.

Crocker, Frederick Cyril

1 June 1915, age 27.
Sergeant 1865, A Coy. 1st/6th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers.
Son of Lieut. John Crocker, R.N. and Mrs. Crocker, of Claremont, Portishead.
Husband of Janet Crocker, of 46 Ailsa St. East, Girvan, Ayrshire.
Buried at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Suffolk. Reference: K. 14. 12A

Davies, Edward George

23 March 1919, age 40.
Private 203008, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
Next of kin: Mrs M Davies, 4 George Street, Weston Road, Portishead
Buried at Portishead Cemetery. Reference: N. 145

Eades, John William

23 August 1917, age 21.
Private 266638, 2nd/6th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
He lived with his family at Middlebridge, Bristol Road; His mother lived until she was 99.
Buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: Spree Farm Mem. 12.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE194

Edwards, Leslie Lewis Cecil

16 February 1917, age 30.
Cpl 74th Batt. Canadian Contingent.
Son of William Henry and Caroline Edwards of Slade Road, Portishead.
Husband of Kate Edwards of May Villa, 19 Sandford Road, Weston-super-Mare.
Buried at Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Canada Reference: Plot: Sec. 17.4083.
It is possible he was discharged from the army and moved to Canada where he died of a weak heart.

Esdaile, Arthur James

7 November 1918, age 32
Lieutenant, 1st Bn. Devonshire Regiment.
Fifth son of charles E J Esdaile and Marion M Esdaile of Cothelstone, Taunton.
Buried at Pont-Sur-Sambre Communal Cemetery, France. Reference B.1.
One of eleven children, he attended Spencer's School, Portishead and Rugby.
Enlisted in the Public Schools Bn. 1914. Also served in Italy.

Frankham, William George

1 December 1917, age 24.
Private 46257, 24th (Pembroke and Glamorgan Yeomanry) Battalion., Welsh Regiment.
Son of William and Mary Jane Frankham. Husband of Irene Maud Jones (formerly Frankham), of 1, Baily Glass, Twynyrodyn, Merthyr Tydvil. Native of Portishead.
Buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery, situated just north of the Mount of Olives. Reference E.85
Killed in action in Palestine.

Goulden, Frederick Charles

28 March 1915, age 49.
Captain Cdg. Railway Detachment, Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F.
Husband of Florence Helena Goulden, of Crossgate, Bishop's Teignton, Devon, previously of St Denis (now no.26) Channel View Crescent, Portishead (see entry Gill in WW2).
Buried at Baltimore (Tullagh) Graveyard, County Cork, Ireland. Reference: North of ruins.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE058
He was in charge of about 800 German prisoners of war on board the SS Orabasi. On his return to Lagos on board SS Falaba, the ship was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland. Captain Goulden was one of 104 people who died that day.

Goulden, Wilfred Charles

Goulden, Wilfred Charles
12 February 1918, age 20.
Second Lieutenant 2nd Bn., Middlesex Regiment.
Eldest son of Mrs. Florence Helena Goulden, of Taswell Lodge, Woodhill Road, Portishead and the late Captain F. C. Goulden.
Educated at Christ's Hospital. Born at Aldershot. A clerk by trade. Described as having a good physical development and 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: XX.A.9
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE058
Killed in action at Passchendaele.
[There is some uncertainty about the addresses of the Gouldens. It seems most likely that the family home was St Denis (now no.26) Channel View Crescent (see entry Gill in WW2) until some time between 1914 and 1918, when Florence and her children moved to Taswell Lodge (with short stays at Avon Dale and Bishop's Teignton during the war years?). From the dates it seems unlikely that her husband Capt Frederick ever lived at Taswell Lodge.

Griffin, Harold

26 October 1917, age 20.
Private 290840, 9th Devons.
Son of George Green Griffin and Rosena Constance Griffin of South View, Portishead.
Commemorated at West Vlanderen Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Reference: Panel 38 to 40.
Died at Zonnebeke.

Griffiths, Walter Edward Lambourn

26 April 1917, age 22.
Captain 9th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Edward S. and Louisa R. Griffiths, of 16, Somerset Square, Redcliff, Bristol.
B.Sc. Bristol University.
Buried at Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece. Reference: A109
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE123

Haines, W.

12 March 1916.
Private, 21843, 4th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Buried at Portishead Cemetery. Reference: N. 149

Halliday, Victor George

9 February 1917, age 20.
Lance Corporal R/18241, 11th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps.
He was one of twins and probably worked as a carpenter at the family firm of undertakers in the High Street.
Buried at AIF Burial Ground, Flers, France. Reference V.B.23
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE107

Hayman, Henry George

February 1918, age 22.
Lance Bombardier 620121 D Bty. 223rd Bde. Royal Field Artillery Att. R.N.D.
One of five brothers who joined up. His father was a local cab proprietor.
Buried at Fins new British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France. Reference: IV.B.5
Died from shell fire.

Hill, Stanley Frank

4 October 1917, age 18.
Private 201649, 1st Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of John and Charlotte Hill, of 9, Albert Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Reference: Panel 41 to 42 and 163A
Killed in action.

Hobbs, Benjamin

27 June 1918, age 15.
Deck Boy Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle.
Son of Alice Helena Hobbs (born Stokes) of High Street, Portishead and the late George Hobbs. Born at Cromhall, Glos.
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London.
The hospital ship was torpedoed by a German submarine U-86, 116 miles west of Fastnet. The Germans tried to kill all the survivors to eliminate witnesses to their mistake.

Holmes, Edwin Charles

June 1915.
1st Class Petty Officer H.M.S. Rainbow (the largest ship owned by Canada)
Son of Joseph and Mary Holmes; Husband of Adelaide living in Halifax, Canada
His name was probably Edward. He was invalided out of the Navy in May 1915 and died the following month.

Holmes, James Walter

March 1915
H.M. Submarine A11.
Probably the older brother of Edwin (or Edward) above. His family lived in Victoria Square and his father was an insurance clerk.

Howell, William John

3 May 1917, age 23.
Private 22497, Somerset Light Infantry.
Husband of Violet Elsie Howell (born Dunn)
At age of 18, he was lodging in Ashton Gate with the family of his future wife and traveling to work as a labourer in a motor spirit works in Portishead.
Buried at Roeux British Cemetery, France. Reference: B.33
Killed in action in France.

Jackson, Charles Bennett

19 July 1916, age 26.
Lance Corporal, 2586, 1st/4th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of John Bennett Jackson, of Portishead, who was a training instructor on board TS Formidable.
He lived with the Searle family and worked as a shipping clerk in Bristol Docks.
He was one of the first local men to join up at the outbreak of war.
Buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Reference: V.A.33

James, Reginald Valpy

15 July 1919, age 40.
Second Lieutenant, Royal Engineers.
Lived at Glenholme, 6 Royal Terrace, Portishead. His father, George B James was rector of St. Philips, Bristol. Husband of Katherine Wadsworth.
Commemorated at Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial.
Died at Muree, India (now Pakistan). from cardiac failure due to an accidental overdose of Chloral.

Jones, William Frederick

10 April 1917, age 20.
Private 21714, C Coy. 1st Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of George Frederick and Mary Ann Jones, of 1, Alma Villas, Roath Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Arras Memorial, France. Reference: Bay 4.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE303
Killed in action.

Lang, Samuel Herbert

28 October 1915, age 40.
Petty Officer 2nd Class 158844, (RFRIDEFLB/1853). H.M.S. "Challenger.", Royal Navy.
Son of Samuel and Annie Lang, of Portishead.
Husband of Elizabeth Lang, of Epney Villa, South Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Reference: 5.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE110
Died of cardiac failure.

Lawrence, Ernest William

October 1918
Able Seaman H.M.S. Caesar.
Died in Malta. HMS Caesar was a pre-Dreadnought 1st class battleship. It was built in 1896, survived the war and was decommissioned and sold for scrap in 1921.

Leighton, William

6 December 1918.
Sergeant 465280, 5th Anti-Aircraft Coy., Royal Engineers.
Husband of Florence M. Leighton, of "Glenlyn," South Rd., Portishead.
Buried at South Shields (Harton) Cemetery, Durham. Reference: B. 1009

Marsh, Frederick Arthur

28 October 1918, age 22.
Private 19668, 6th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of Mrs. E. Marsh, of Weston Rd., Portishead and brother of Henry below.
Buried at Taintignies Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: D.3
Died during the advance to victory in Belgium.

Marsh, Henry

16 July 1917.
Stoker 1st Class K/15052, H.M.S. Gloucester, Royal Navy.
Son of Mrs. E Marsh of Weston Rd. Portishead and brother of Frederick above
Buried at Bari War Cemetery, Puglia, Italy. Reference: 15.G.4
Died at sea near Italy. The Royal Navy Roll of Honour gives the reason as illness.
HMS Gloucester played a minor role in the Battle of Jutland and later served mostly in the Adriatic. It survived the war and was sold for scrap to Thos. W. Ward of Portishead on 9 May 1921.

Martin, Frank

23 July 1916, age 22.
Private 265379, C Coy. 1st/6th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Joseph Davis Martin and Emmy Jane Martin, of Rockleigh, Newlands, Portishead.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B

McGill, Joseph Albert

14 March 1917, age 40.
Petty Officer 1st Class 168630, HMS Vivid, Royal Navy.
Son of Mr & Mrs J A McGill, husband of Sarah Ann McGill (born Bush) of Avonleigh Road, Bedinster, Bristol.
Buried at Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery. Reference GGG.1.33
He was a Physical Training Instructor and the National Nautical School, Portishead. He served in the Boxer Rebellion (China, 1900). Awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

Miller, Herbert Edward

22 November 1918, age 26
Private 235765, 1st/1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
Only son of Edward and Mary Miller of 3 Manor Cottages, Winsley, Bradford-on-Avon. Wilts.
He was born in Portishead in 1892.
Buried at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Reference C.265.

Mitchell, Austin Horace Ormond

31 May 1916, age 28.
Ship's Cook 347298, H.M.S. "Queen Mary.", Royal Navy.
His Family lived in Roath Road, Portishead.
Husband of A. E. Mitchell, of 37, Westover Rd., Portsmouth.
Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Reference 21.
The battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary was sunk by gunfire at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. 1266 of the ship’s company died with only 9 survivors.

Mitchell, Reginald Albert

13 December 1917, age 20.
Private 265515, 2nd/5th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.
Grandson of Henry and Elizabeth Mitchell of Slade Road.
Buried at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand, France. Reference: III.B,11
Killed in action at the Somme, France.

North, William Edward

30 November 1917, age 32.
Ship's Cook S.S. Kalibia (Glasgow), Mercantile Marine.
Son of the late Harry and Jane North. Born at Corsham, Wilts.
Husband of Prudence Fanny North (born Richards), of 2, Roath Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London.
SS Kalibia was a defensively-armed British Merchant Ship. On the 30th November 1917 when 29 miles SW from the Lizard, Cornwall she was torpedoed without warning and sunk by submarine UB-80. 25 lives were lost. The vessel was on route from Norfolk, Va. to Bordeaux with a cargo of steel billets.

Nunn, Kenneth Aspinall

December 1916.
Gunner, Sergeant Royal Garrison Artillery.
Buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, France. Reference: VII.H.17
Died from wounds received in action.

Orchard, W E G

25 February 1919, age 24.
Private 38828, 1st/5th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
Son of William and Ellen Orchard, of Portishead.
Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Reference: LXXII. D. 8

Osment, John James

18 August 1916, age 32.
Private 10937, 6th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of John and Rosina Jane Osment.
Husband of Bessie Osment, of 8, Weston Rd., Portishead. They had three children.
He had worked as a mason’s labourer.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 2A
He died during the Battle of the Somme; his body was not recovered.

Parker, Rupert Francis

11 August 1918, age 18.
Private 44104, 2nd/4th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Son of Samuel Francis and Annie Parker, of 19, Victoria Square, Portishead.
Buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Reference: III.C.53

Parry, Roland George

15 September 1917, age 27.
Gunner 825410, A Bty. 240th Bde., Royal Field Artillery.
Twin son of widowed father Herbert Colston Parry, of Norfolk House, Slade Road.
He had been an insurance clerk.
Buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: V.G.2

Parry, Roland George photo

Parry, Stanley William

19 September 1916, age 26.
Gunner 119158, V 40th T.M. Bty., Royal Field Artillery
Twin son of the late Herbert Colston Parry, of Portishead.
Buried at Portishead Cemetery. North Weston. Reference: G. 115
He died in a London hospital in of enteritis which he had contracted in France.

Parry, Stanley William photo

Picton, Cecil Wallace

14 October 1915. age 34.
Sapper 71958, 11th Signal Coy., Royal Engineers.
Son of the late Lewis and Mary Ann Picton, of Portishead, who had run the Post Office in the High Street for many years.
Husband of Ethel Picton, of 17 Burlington Rd., Redland, Bristol.
Commemorated at Helles Memorial, Turkey. Reference Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328.
Killed in action at Gallipoli.

Pitman, Frederick

16 August 1915, age 27.
Private Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Son of Mrs Emily Pitman of 37 Alfred Street, Weston-super-Mare and worked as a baker for the local Co-op.
Commemorated at Helles Monument, Turkey. Reference: Panel 56.
Killed in action at Gallipoli. His death was witnessed by a fellow Portishead man, Private W G Holder. He was shot in the head and died of his wounds while fighting in the Dardanelles.

Pocock, Charles Arthur Pearce

8th May 1917, age 30.
2nd Lieut. 14th Royal Warwick Regt.
Son of Charles Wellesley Pocock and Mary Elizabeth Pocock, of 21, Dundonald Rd., Redland. Bristol. Brother of Frank Pearce Pocock below. He had returned from North Borneo to serve his country. His father was a bank manager in the High Street.
Buried at Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-En-Gohelle, France. Reference: IX.A.45
Killed in action in trenches, near Arleux, north of Arras, France.

Pocock, Frank Pearce D.S.O., M.C. and Bar

29 September 1918, age 27.
Surgeon Lieutenant, Drake Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Navy.
Son of Charles Wellesley Pocock and Mary Elizabeth Pocock, of 21, Dundonald Rd., Redland. Bristol. Brother of Charles Arthur Pearce Pocock above. Lived in Beach Road,
Buried at Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, France. Reference: A.35
Medical Officer on H.M.S. Iris II during raid on Zeebrugge. On 23 April 1918. The Zeebrugge raid was an attempt by the Royal Navy to block the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge. The British intended to sink obsolete ships in the canal entrance to prevent German submarines and other vessels from leaving port. It was only partially successful. He was awarded the MC for tending the wounded under fire in most adverse conditions. Wikipedia has an extensive article and mentions the Iris II.

Pocock, Frank Pearce D.S.O., M.C. and Bar photo

Quick, George

20 October 1917, age 20
Driver, Private 13747, 105th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Son of John and Mary Quick of Portishead.
His family lived in a 5 roomed house in Wetlands Lane.
He attended Sunday School as a child and had only missed attending once!
Buried at Solferino Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: I. A. 41

Rendle, George

1 October 1918, age 26.
Second Lieutenant 4th Bn., East Yorkshire Regiment.
Husband of Nellie Rendle (born Curtis), of 2, Rock House, Victoria Square, Portishead. They were married in March 1918.
He previously lived at St Hilda's, Roath Road and had been a member of the clerical staff at Portishead Docks.
He had joined the Glo'sters shortly after the outbreak of war and was twice wounded in action.
He was awarded a commission and returned to France earlier in 1918.
Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Reference: Panel 47 to 48 and 163A
His body was not recovered.

Rendle, George photo

Richards, John Hedley

1 August 1917, age 31
He had enlisted in Canada and then joined the Royal West Surrey Regiment.
His family lived at The Denny, off Down Road. Younger brother of Norman below.
Killed in action in France.

Richards, Norman Fred Kynaston

24 July 1916, age 40.
Second Lieutenant 109741 12th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
He lived with his parents at The Denny, off Down Road. Brother of John above.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial. Reference: Pier and Face 5A and 5B.
(National Archives WO 339/41742)
Killed in action at the Battle of the Somme.

Robbins, George

22 August 1916, age 33.
Private 201964, 4th Gloucestershire Regiment
Son of Arthur W. and Elizabeth Robbins of 5 Victoria Square, Portishead.
He was the youngest of 3 siblings and in the 1911 census was working as a dock labourer.
He was born and enlisted in Portishead..
Buried at Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, France. Reference: V. X. 2
Died during the attack on the Leipzig Redoubt.

Robinson, Joseph Abraham

27 December 1917, age 37.
Private 25965, 12th (West Somerset Yeomanry) Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of William and Hannah Ann Robinson.
Husband of Edith E. Robinson, of 5, Royal Terrace, Portishead. They had a son Wilfred.
Buried at Jerusalem War Cemetery. Reference D.98
Killed in action in Jerusalem.

Rowe, Frederick Walter W.

31 July 1917, age 31.
Private 25856, 8th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
He married Ellen Hardwick just after the outbreak of the war.
He worked as a groom before enlisting.
Commemorated at Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Reference: Panel 21.

Rumming, Geoffrey Charlton Paine

4 November 1917, age 29.
Chief Petty Officer F/813, H.M.S. President II, Royal Naval Air Service., Medaille Militaire.
Son of William and Mary Nellie Rumming, of "Capenor," Portishead.
Wounded while attacking Turkish trenches in an armoured car on Gallipoli.
Buried at Calne (Curzon Street) Cemetery, Wiltshire. Reference: A. 3

Sage, Frank

1 July 1917, aged 25.
Lance Corporal 240510, 1st/5th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment.
Son of Jonah and Rose Sage, of Hollywood Lodge, Down Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Arras Memorial, France. Reference: Bay 3 and 4

Savory, James Henry

6 March 1919, age 46.
Private 32904, 19th Bn., Hampshire Regiment
Husband of Edith Constance Savory, of High St., Portishead.
Buried at Portishead Cemetery, Reference: G. 59

Shillinglaw, Thomas Moore

13 August 1915, age 47.
Assistant Steward S.S. Royal Edward (Toronto), Mercantile Marine
Son of the late Charles Francis and Jane Shillinglaw. Born at Birkenhead.
Husband of Jemima Shillinglaw (born Wilson), of Albert Villa, Nore Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London.
After sailing from Avonmouth, HMS Royal Edward was torpedoed by a German Submarine in the Mediterranean Sea and sank in six minutes. More than 800 lives were lost.
The ship was carrying troops from England to take part in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.

Smith, David

August 1916, age 19.
Private 9th Welsh Regiment.
He had worked as a farm labourer on Mr. Brock’s farm in North Weston.
Buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium. Reference: X.18
Died in Flanders

Smith, Gaius Edward

1 November 1914, age 17.
Ist Class Boy (service no. J/23804) HMS Monmouth
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Warry Smith of 6 Clevedon Road, Portishead.
He had attended St. Peter’s School. Described as a handsome boy with blonde hair.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Reference: 2
HMS Monmouth was sunk at the Battle of Coronel. There were no survivors from the ship’s company of 735; seas were too rough to attempt a rescue.
He was one of the crew of West Country men on H.M.S. Monmouth which, with H.M.S. Good Hope was sunk in the Pacific ocean by a German submarine.

Smith, Hugh Deane

1 September 1918, age 20.
Private 30769, 6th Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment.
Son of Frederick and Mary Smith of Roundstone St., Trowbridge, Wilts.
Commemorated at Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. Reference: Panel 7.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE151.

Stapleton, Walter R.

30 December 1917, age 39.
Lance Corporal 764670, D Coy. 1st/28th Bn., London Regiment (Artists' Rifles).
Husband of Ivy Winifred Stapleton, of The Cottage, Clapton, Portishead.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 12 C

Todd, Chester William D.S.O.

9 August 1917, age 39.
Major A Bty. 1st (South Midland) Bde., Royal Field Artillery.
Son of William Ansell Todd (a Sheriff of Bristol) and Alice Todd of Portishead House.
Husband of Margaret Mary Todd, of Russell House, Portishead and father of three children.
After his death, his wife moved the family to 21, Downleaze, Stoke Bishop, Bristol.
Merchant of City of Bristol. Member of Society of Merchant Venturers and C.E.M.S.
Buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres. Reference: Plot VIII.D.11. (11408727)
He had been a career soldier until his retirement in 1912 but he rejoined his regiment on the outbreak of war. He was twice mentioned in dispatches and received the D.S.O. for conspicuous gallantry. He died shortly after his return to Ypres from a period of convalescence at home following an attack of trench fever.

Vowles, Harry

10 December 1916.
Private 4789, 2nd/6th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Mrs. Emily Vowles; he was born in Portishead.
Buried at Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Reference: K.22

Wakefield, Lionel Stewart

9 August 1915.
Corporal 20762, 2nd Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment.
Son of John and Elizabeth Wakefield of Adelaide Terrace.
Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Reference Panel 36 and 55.
HE was killed in action in Flanders.

White, Benjamin Cuthbert

4 September 1914, age 19.
Private 16352, 2nd Bn., Grenadier Guards.
Son of Charles and Beatrice White, of Portishead.
Buried at Guards Grave, Villers Cotterets Forest, l’Aisne, Picardie, France. Reference: I.34
He had worked as a waiter at the Grand Hotel in Bristol before joining the Grenadier Guards. He died, aged 19, exactly one month after Britain’s entry into the war, in an attack as the men emerged from a wood near Vivieres, France.

Williams, Albert Henry Hazelwood

22 October 1917, age 38.
Private 201966, 14th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Henry and Annie Williams, of Fuchsia Cottage, West Hill, Portishead.
Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Reference: Panel 72 to 75.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNE150

Williams, Herbert H.

25 April 1917, age 21.
Sergeant 200570, 1st/4th Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Herbert and Annie Williams, of "Lyndhurst," Gardner Rd., Portishead.
Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, France. Reference: Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B

Wilmott, James Thos.

November 1918.
Private 42527, 9th Bn. Yorks Regt.
He died four days after the end of the First World War. He was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth and assisted in his father’s butchery business in the High Street. He left £100 to his father, who by that time was widowed.
Buried at Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Reference: VIII.C.2

The Second World War 1939 – 1945

Allsopp, Harry John Jeanes

12 December 1943, age 29
Petty Officer Cook (S) P/MX 51050, H.M.S. Holcombe, Royal Navy
Son of Harry Gordon and Catherine Lottie Allsopp, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 79, column 1
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW295
At 14.45 hours on 12 December 1943, HMS Holcombe was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine and sank north-east of Bougie, Algeria. 83 members of her crew went down with the ship.
(Harry and Charlotte are shown as his parents on his entry for the Commonwealth War graves commission, but is seems most likely that his parents were as shown above. They lived in Nore Road and he is commemorated on their gravestone in the local churchyard.)

Baker, Ronald Leslie

27 June 1944, age 19
Private 14330749, 193 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
Son of John Walter Baker (born Lasky) and Hilda Baker (born Kitchen) of Portishead.
In 1939, he lived with his parents at Tralee, Nichols Road, Portishead.
Buried at Bayeux War Cemetery, France. Reference XVIII.E.13.

Bence, Leslie John

8 March 1945, age 23.
Flight Sergeant Pilot 1159989, 220 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Frederick Leonard and Rose Ellen Bence, of Portishead.
Buried in Lajes War Cemetery, Terceira, Azores. Row C, Grave 4
Leslie Bence was co-pilot of a Liberator, GR.VI KG913, which took off from Lagens, Azores at 05:54, detailed to carry out an air-sea rescue mission. The starboard outer propeller struck the runway during take-off. The aircraft swung violently to the right and crashed in flames before the pilot had time to regain control.

Berry, Frederick John

4 April 1941, age 47.
L/Cpl. 7685550, Intelligence Corps, Field Security Section 113.
Of "Ladywood", Kingsway, Redcliffe Bay, Portishead.
Buried at Bristol (Canford) Cemetery. Reference: Sec. QQ. Grave 301B
Possibly died in the Military Convoy on the Portway, Bristol. Body removed to Southmead Hospital.

Bonehill, Cecil William

22 October 1943, age 29.
Able Seaman D/SSX 13850, H.M.S. Hurworth, Royal Navy.
Son of Frederick William and Margaret Bonehill of Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Reference: Panel 78, Column 3.
HMS Hurworth was a Second World War Type II Hunt-class escort destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She spent most of her career in the Mediterranean. She was lost to a mine in the Aegean Sea on 22 October 1943.

Broad, Leslie Ben

26 August 1941, age 23.
Leading Telegraphist. D/JX 137005, H.M.S. Bridgewater, Royal Navy
Born on 13 Sep 1916, Portishead.
Son of William Walby Broad and Alice Louisa (born Colbourne) Broad of Roath Road;
Husband of Rae Broad (born Smith), of Boksburg, Transvaal, South Africa.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Reference: Panel 50, Column 2
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW064
Killed at Freetown Harbour, Sierra Leone, West Africa.
[Walter and Edith are shown as Leslie’s parents on his entry for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. However it seems most likely that his parents were William and Alice who, at the time of the 1911 census, were living in Roath Road, Portishead.]

Broom, Robert Henry

23 April 1943, age 27.
Lance Corporal Broom 7912347, 2nd Lothians and Border Horse, Royal Armoured Corps.
His parents, John Ashford Broom and Louie Broom, lived at 2 Rhondda Villas, Slade Road.
Commemorated at Medjez-El-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Face 4.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW124
He was serving as wireless operator in a tank in North Africa and was killed by a shell when the advancing tank was hit by heavy anti-tank and artillery fire. (Further information is in Posset Pieces No9)

Bull, Goffton Cyril

15 July 1941, age 37.
Corporal 1057223, 950 Port Construction and Repair Company., Royal Engineers
Buried at Portishead Cemetery. Reference: Plot D. Grave 56

Chadwick, John

20 May 1943.
Chief Petty Officer Supply P/347248, H.M.S. Proserpine, Royal Navy.
Son of E.R.A. John Chadwick, R.N., and Sarah Matilda Chadwick.
Husband of Margaret Fairful Grant Chadwick, of Portishead.
Buried at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. NBGNE327
HMS Proserpine was the main shore base for the naval fleet at Scapa Flow.

Cridland, Francis Roger

30 October 1942, age 16.
Deck Boy on M.V. Brittany (Liverpool), Merchant Navy.
Son of Francis Herbert and Alice Mary Cridland, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 45
MV Brittany was sailing to Liverpool from Buenos Aires with cargo when she was sunk by U-509 off Madeira on 30 October 1942. 43 survivors were picked up, but 14 died.

Davis, Gilbert

Died 31 March 1945, age 28
Warrant Officer Class II (C.S.M.) Service Number 5572707 4th Bn. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Son of Herbert Henry and Elizabeth Davis; husband of Edna May Davis, of Short Heath, Willenhall, Staffordshire. Married Edna May Short in Mar 1941. Resident of 23 Victoria Square, Portishead.
Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery, Htauk Kyant, Yangon Region, Burma. Reference 20.B.3.
Died on war service in Burma. Administration of his will on 27th July 1945: Birmingham Registry to Edna May Davis widow. Effects £219 2s 6d.

Doleman, Charles William

3 September 1940, age 54.
Husband of Florence Gertrude Doleman
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE249
Civilian casualty; bomb during air raid in Albert Road.

Dowling, John William

30 December 1942, age 38. Home Guard; Fire Guard.
Son of John Samuel and Prudence Dowling of 4 Clevedon Road, Portishead.
Husband of Emma Dowling of 18 Cedars Road, Exeter.
Commemoration or Burial: not known (possibly buried at Portishead Cemetery).
Civilian casualty; died in air raid at 18 Holloway Street, Exeter.

Dumble, Kenneth James

17 August 1943, age 15.
Galley Boy M.V. Empire Stanley (Greenock), Merchant Navy.
Son of William George and Elsie May Dumble, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 45.
At 15.50 hours on 17 Aug 1943 the unescorted Empire Stanley was torpedoed and sunk by U-197 south-southeast of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar. The master, 18 crew members, five gunners and one passenger were lost. Some days later, 25 were rescued.

Eckless, Conrad Clarence James

4 September 1940, age 33.
Civilian of 121 Church Road, Addlestone. Son of Conrad James Eckless of Portishead.
Died at Vickers Armstrong Works, Weybridge.
Probably buried at Weybridge.
On 4th September 1940, the Battle of Britain was in full swing and the Luftwaffe mounted a heavy bombing attack on the Weybridge aircraft factory.

Edwards, William Rory

12 February 1944, age 21.
Sick Berth Attendant D/MX 100690, H.M.S. Lanka, Royal Navy.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 91, Column 1.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW256.
HMS Lanka was a shore station in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He was on board the troopship SS Khedive Ismail which was sunk by a Japanese submarine on 12 February 1944 with great loss of life.

Gibbs, Charles George

20 January 1943, age 32.
Gunner 1086881, 172 Field Regt., Royal Artillery.
Adopted son of Frederick Charles and Alice Sampson; husband of Gertrude Maud Gibbs, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial, Surrey. panel 3. Column 2.

Gill, Miss E.

11 April 1941.
Lived in Channel View Crescent. Civilian casualty

Gill, Sarah Lydia

12 April 1941, age 55.
Daughter of William Thomas and Hannah Tripp Gill of 94 Richmond Street, Barton Hill, Bristol.
She lived at St Denis (now no.26), Channel View Crescent, Portishead. (See entries for Goulden WW1)
She was buried on 15th April 1941 at Arno’s Vale Cemetery, Brislington, Bristol.
Civilian casualty; she died when a bomb fell on St Denis.
[It is not clear whether two people were involved or records differ due to error]

Gregory, Stanley Dennis

25 March 1942, age 20.
Able Seaman D/JX 289719, H.M.S. President III, Royal Navy.
Son of Jack and Frances Tilley Gregory, of Portishead. Native of South Africa.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 65, Column 1.
(HMS President III was a shore station.)

Hedger, William James

3 September 1940, age 69.
Husband of Sarah Ann Hedger.
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE253
Civilian casualty; bomb during air raid in Albert Road.

Hicks, Oliver James Sturdee

1 June 1941, age 31.
Stoker 2nd Class D/KX 111666, H.M.S. Calcutta, Royal Navy.
Son of Oliver and Emily E. Hicks, of 3 Victoria Square, Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 54, Column 1.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW263
Sturd Hicks had volunteered as a stoker and was serving on HMS Calcutta when it was providing AA protection to ships taking part in the evacuation of Crete. The ship was attacked by two Ju88 aircraft and sank in a few minutes.
(Further information is in Posset Pieces No9)

Holloway, Leslie Henry

6 June 1944, age 21.
Telegraphist D/JX 297704, H.M.S. Lizard, Royal Navy.
Son of Henry Edmund and Ethel Maud Holloway of Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Reference: Panel 88, Column 3.
HMS Lizard was a Royal Navy shore training base in Hove. Many men from there crewed the D-day landing craft and the date of death makes it likely he was one of these.

Hudson, Frederick

No information available.

Johnson, Ambrose William

27 May 1942, age 25.
Lance Corporal 7888994, 8th, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
Son of Joseph and Lily Johnson; husband of Gertrude Ethel Johnson of Portishead.
Commemorated at Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Reference: Column 22.

Ladd, Eric

8 June 1944, age 25.
Telegraphist D/JX 173043, H.M.S. Minster, Royal Navy
Son of Edgar and Edith Annie Ladd, of Bedminster, Bristol.
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. NBGNE314.
HMS Minster left Torquay on the evening of 5th June 1944. On the 8th of June she was acting as escort for the Mulberry units heading for Omaha beach. At about mid-day she was in the Seine Bay near the Cardonnet Bank when she was struck by a mine. As most of the crew were below decks at mess, the majority were lost.

Macey, Peter Yates

21 July 1944, age 28.
Corporal 5679537, 7th Bn., Somerset Light Infantry.
Son of Arthur Richard and Evelyn Violet Macey; husband of Betty Helena Macey, of Portishead.
St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, France. Reference IV. J. 8.

McLarnon, Anthony Leo

20 October, 1944 age 31.
Private 5630736, 6th Bn., South Wales Borderers.
Son of Matthew and Eileen McLarnon; husband of Evelyn McLarnon, of Portishead.
Buried at Digboi War Cemetery, India. Reference 4.H.4.

Mills, Ernest Goldstone

8 March 1945, age 28.
Private 5182497, 2nd Bn., Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of James and Lillie Emily Mills, of Portishead.
Buried at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany. Reference 11. B. 10.

Norman, James Frank

21 September 1941, age 25.
Able Seaman D/JX 206292, H.M.S. President III, Royal Navy.
Son of James and Eva Hilda Norman, of Portishead.
Buried at Bergen-Op-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands. Reference 7. AA. 5.
(HMS President III was a shore station. It is not known why he was in the Netherlands)

Parkin, John Albert Maurice

31 July 1943, age 29.
Private 4754097, 1/5th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Son of W. C. F. Parkin and Eliza Parkin, of Portishead.
Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Reference 4.A.42

Payne, Herbert James

19 December 1941, age 31.
Stoker 2nd Class D/KX 128275, H.M.S. Neptune, Royal Navy.
Son of Frederick and Alice Pheobe Payne, of Portishead.
Husband of Phyllis Mary Payne, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 54, Column 1.
HMS Neptune was sunk by mines off Tripoli killing 736 crew members.

Perrett, John Barrington

2 July 1945, age 33.
Gunner 1627864, 78 Bty., 35 Lt. A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery.
Son of Henry and Edith Perrett; husband of Ethel A. Perrett, of Redcliffe Bay, Portishead.
Buried at Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia. Reference: 4. B. 13.

Pollett, Peter Walter Robert

16 December 1943, age 22.
Flying Officer Pilot 133390, 166 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Alfred J. and Marion Pollett, of Portishead, Somerset. LL.B. (Hons.).
Buried at Hanover War Cemetery, Germany. Reference Coll. grave 8. H. 10-16.
He was the pilot of Lancaster ED411 which was shot down by a night fighter crashing near Diepholz. All of the crew died. They had completed 8 operations before this final one to Berlin.

Rees, David Robert

17 June 1944, age 22.
Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 1467524 RAFVR 99 Sqdn.
Son of David Richard Rees and Edna Ruth Rees (born Phillips) of Portishead
Buried at Imphal War Cemetery, India. Reference 6.H.19
Also commemorate with his father (died 1923) at Maitland Cemetery, South Africa
99 Sqdn operated six Wellington aircraft and were used to ferry bombs to the Imphal Valley. These were to be used by Hurricanes in support of the army. The loss of the aircraft was the only one during these operations. It was shot down by the enemy near Imphal but not before it had destroyed one "Oscar" (a Japanese fighter aircraft)

Rich, Ivor John Frederick

22 March 1944, age 35.
Flying Officer 514 Sqdn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
He was navigator in a Lancaster which was part of a huge force of 816 aircraft sent to attack Frankfurt.
Buried Emmen (Nieuw Dordrecht) General Cemetery, Netherlands. Plot 9, Row B, Grave 23.

Rollings, Henry James

23 August 1944, age 27.
Private 965476, 1/5th Bn., The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey).
Son of Alfred James Rollings and Lily Louise Rollings, of Portishead.
Buried at Lisieux Communal Cemetery, France. Sec. A ter. Row 2, Grave 6

Russ, Norman Josiah

27 March 1942, age 22.
Able Seaman D/BD/X 1613, H.M.S. Drake., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Son of William James Russ and Constance Mary Maud Russ, of Portishead.
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. NBGNE258
HMS Drake is a shore establishment at Devonport.

Short, Arthur Edward

24 May 1941, age 21.
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class P/MX 60183, H.M.S. Hood, Royal Navy.
Son of Arthur James Short and Kate Ethel Short, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Panel 53, Column 2.
On 24th May 1941 HMS Hood was engaged in the Battle of Denmark Strait where she was struck by several German shells. The ship exploded and sank within three minutes with the loss of all but three of her crew.

Sprigg, Leonard Leslie

10 December 1941, age 47.
Leading Stoker D/K 15633, H.M.S. Repulse, Royal Navy.
Son of Samuel and Annie Maria Sprigg; husband of Ada Maude Sprigg, of Portishead.
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial. Panel 52, Column 2.
HMS Repulse was sunk by Japanese air attack in the South China Sea on 10 December 1941.

Stevens, Stanley Edgar

20 August 1942, age 21.
Flight Sergeant Observer 1270512, 218 (Gold Coast) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Edgar and May Stevens, of Portishead.
Buried at Aabenraa Cemetery, Syddanmark, Denmark. Allied Mil. Plot Row 1. 3.

Svendsen, Louis Henry

19 January 1942, age 27.
Sergeant 900616, 409 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Ludwig and Rhoda Svendsen of Portishead.
Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Reference: Panel 292.

Tebbutt, Geoffrey Norman

24/25 April 1944, age 22.
Sergeant Wireless Operator 1319032, 83 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Arthur and Norah Ada Tebbutt.
Buried at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany. Reference Coll. grave 7. J. 8-11.
Geoffrey Tebbutt was a RAF Sergeant wireless operator and air gunner, serving on Lancasters. During a night raid on Munich, their aircraft was hit by flak and was seen to crash in flames. All seven crew were killed. Eight other Lancasters were lost that night.
(Further information is in Posset Pieces No9)

Thorn, Ronald

22/23 November 1943, age 21.
Sergeant 649194, 51 Sqdn., Royal Air Force.
Son of Albert Henry and Elizabeth Thorn; husband of Mary Thorn of Portishead.
Probably buried near Doberitz.
Commemorated at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Reference: Panel 167.
He was an air gunner on a Halifax bomber which returned from a raid over Germany with flak damage on 19 November 1943. The aircraft was repaired and flew again on 22 November, but crashed near to Berlin. Two baled out, but five were killed.

Tovey, Greville Alwynne

9 June 1941, age 29.
Pilot Officer 60315, 73 Sqdn., Royal Air Force.
Son of George Arnold Tovey and Lilian Mary Tovey, of Dollis Hill, Middlesex.
Commemorated at Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 241.
Died during operations in Egypt.

Treeby, Frederick Whyatt

14 October 1941, age 24.
Sergeant Observer 1250021, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of James A. Treeby and Kathleen Treeby.
Husband of Betty Doreen Treeby, of Portishead.
buried at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. NBGNE296
He was part of the crew of a Bristol Blenheim on exercise in Kent. The aircraft struck a tree and crashed; all on board died.

Tripp, Leslie

3 September 1940, age 43.
Private 7th Somerset (Long Ashton) Bn. Home Guard.
Son of Francis and Elizabeth Tripp of 36 Albert Road.
Husband of Violet Mabel Tripp
Lived at 24 Albert Road.
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE191
Civilian casualty; bomb during air raid in Albert Road.

Tripp, Violet Mabel

3 September 1940, age 42.
W.V.S.
Daughter of Charles Fortune of Kenn Road, Clevedon.
Wife of Leslie Tripp
Lived at 24 Albert Road.
Buried in Portishead (St. Peter) Churchyard. Reference NBGNE191
Civilian casualty; bomb during air raid in Albert Road.

Tucker, Reginald John

12 August 1945, age 31.
Leading Seaman DSSX 13849, H.M.S. Prince of Wales., Royal Navy.
Son of Charles and Elizabeth Tucker, of Portishead.
Buried at Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia. Reference 3. B. 16.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW067
Reginald John Tucker is listed as a crew member of HMS Prince of Wales which was sunk by the Japanese on 10 December 1941 together with HMS Repulse in the South China Sea. He was made a prisoner of war by the Japanese, but did not survive the war.

Vowles, Raymond Hubert Ray

27 April 1941, age 40.
Writer 966942, H.M.S. Patia, Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy).
Son of James William Ray Vowles and Emily Matilda Vowles of Pill, Somerset.
Husband of Helen Josephine Vowles, of Portishead, Somerset.
Commemorated at Liverpool Naval Memorial. Panel 17, Column 2.
Also commemorated at Portishead (St Peter) Churchyard. NBGSD016
HMS Patia was an ordinary merchantman, previously owned by Elders & Fyffes Ltd., converted to launch aircraft (Hurricane fighters) from a rocket driven catapult mounted on the forecastle. It was bombed by German HE 111 bombers and sunk near Coquet Island, Northumberland with a loss of 39 lives.

Watkins, Anna

16 April 1941, age 36.
Civilian of 16 Wandle Side, Croydon. (Otherwise known as SHORTEN)
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johansen, of Briarton, Beach Road, Portishead; wife of Percy Watkins.
Died at 16 Wandle Side, Croydon
Probably buried at Croydon.

Webber, Herbert Randall

27 June 1940, age 27
Leading Stoker D/KX 80647, HM Submarine Odin, Royal Navy
Son of William Henry and Isobel Mary Webber of Ashton, Bristol
Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Reference Panel 40, Column 3.

Williams, Gordon Howell

19 September 1942, age 21.
Pilot Officer 115996, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Son of Howell Garth Llewelyn Williams and Ellen A. Williams of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Grandson of the Revd. T. Roberts Williams, of Portishead.
Buried at Innisfail Cemetery, Alberta, Canada. Lot 10. Block 3. Grave 1.

Williams, Harry Gordon

25 November 1941, age 45
Commander HMS Barham, Royal Navy.
Son of Tom and Louisa Williams of Woodhill Road and Husband of Lilian Joan Williams of Weston-super-Mare.
Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Reference: Panel 45, Column 3.
Also commemorated at St Peter's churchyard. Memorial reference: NBGNW037 and in Portishead Methodist Church.
The battleship Barham was sunk off the Egyptian coast in November 1941 by a German submarine U-331 with the loss of 862 crewmen, approximately two-thirds of her crew.

Memorials in Portishead

A: Memorial to the dead in World War One.

This memorial is a wall panel in St.Peter's Church, Church Road South, Portishead, BS20 6PS. It is the main memorial listing names in Portishead (although there are omissions) for the fallen in World War One. St.Peter's Church is open to visitors for much of the time.

A: Memorial to the dead in World War One. photo

B: Memorial to the dead in World War II

This memorial is a plaque on the wall of St. Peter's Church, Church Road South, Portishead BS20 6PS. It is situated immediately underneath the World War One memorial plaque. St. Peter's Church is open to visitors much of the time.

B: Memorial to the dead in World War II photo

C: Memorial to civilian casualties of bombing

A small stone memorial commemorating the victims of a stray bomb which fell in the nearby residential area. It is situated in the public garden area at the corner of the High Street and Albert Road / Brampton Way.

C: Memorial to civilian casualties of bombing photo

D: Memorial to boys of the Mardyke House School

This panel in St Nicholas' Church, Nore Road, Portishead BS20 6PS, bears the names of boys who had attended the Mardyke House School in Bristol (Formerly the Clifton Industrial School) who died in World War One. The Mardyke School was closed in 1924 when its pupils were transferred to NNS Portishead. Those listed died before this date and probably did not attend school in Portishead

The church is only open at certain times.

D: Memorial to boys of the Mardyke House School photo

E: Memorial to boys of the Nautical School

A second memorial in St. Nicholas Church, but not listing names. The church is only open to at certain times.

E: Memorial to boys of the Nautical School photo

F: Memorial to Merchant Seamen

The memorial is located on Battery Point to the north from the Lake Grounds.

The Plaque reads:

THIS STONE IS SITUATED HERE AT BATTERY POINT, THE CLOSEST PLACE ON THE COAST OF THE UNITED KINGDOM WHICH LARGE SHIPS PASS.

IT IS DEDICATED TO SEAFARERS OF THE WEST COUNTRY WHO, SINCE THE MIDDLE AGES, ON VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY AND IN TIMES OF PEACE AND WAR, HAVE PASSED THIS POINT, SOME NEVER TO RETURN.

'Oh hear us when we cry to thee, for those in peril on the sea.'

ERECTED BY THE MERCHANT NAVY ASSOCIATION NORTH SOMERSET BRANCH
2005

F: Memorial to Merchant Seamen photo

G: Memorial to Squ.Ldr. Tommy Broom

This memorial is to a distinguished navigator of Mosquito aircraft. It is situated at the grass area on the corner of Roath Road and Slade Road.

G: Memorial to Squ.Ldr. Tommy Broom photo

H: Memorial to Henry Fedden

A wall panel in St. Nicholas Church.
Henry Fedden was the leading figure in the Portishead Nautical School. He is also commemorated in the Fedden room at the Folk Hall in Portishead where a number of pictures and other items are displayed.

H: Memorial to Henry Fedden photo

I: Flag Pole

Created for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897 and recently refurbished. Situated at the corner of Beach Road East and South Avenue.

I: Flag Pole photo

J: Memorial in North Weston Village Hall

This is a small memorial to the residents of North Weston who died in World War One together with one entry for World War 2. The names which appear are all also on memorials A and B above. North Weston Village Hall is on Clevedon Road, North Weston, Portishead, BS20 6TB.

J: Memorial in North Weston Village Hall photo

K: Memorial to boys of the Nautical School who died in training

This memorial is situated in the Portishead Cemetery in North Weston

K: Memorial to boys of the Nautical School who died in training photo

L: Memorial Window in Portishead Methodist Church

The inscription in the memorial window reads:

IN MEMORY OF
LT.CMDR. T. WILLIAMS, R.N.
AND MRS. WILLIAMS ALSO THEIR SON
PAYMASTER CMDR. GORDON WILLIAMS, R.N.
WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN H.M.S. BARHAM
NOVEMBER 25TH, 1941.

See also entry under World War 2.

L: Memorial Window in Portishead Methodist Church photo

Notes

2018 Working Party

Cllr Don Cameron, Cllr Lesley Cottrell, Cllr Ros Cruse, Mr Steve Gill, Cllr David Oyns,
Mrs Valerie Payne, Mr Bryan Stokes, Mrs Sandy Tebutt, Mr Tony Tween, Mr Derek Wilks (Royal British Legion).

Approximate Statistics

97 World War One dead are listed and 54 for World War Two.
During these wars, the population of Portishead was very much smaller than it's present level of over 25,000. In 1914 it was around 3,300 and in 1939 it had grown to around 3,900. On a very rough calculation, this means that about one quarter of the young men who served in World War One did not return; in World War 2 the same calculation shows around one ninth.

Information Sources

Memorials in Portishead A, B, C and D.
Research work by Sandy Tebbutt and Valerie Payne.
Posset Pieces No.9.
(and various internet searches.)