The Litton Cheney War Memorial is situated to the west of St Marys Church porch and covers both World Wars. As can be seen from the above photo, the inscriptions are now difficult to read. Below are the names of those commemorated on the memorial together with as much information as possible concerning their families, military records, deaths and burials.As always any corrections or additional information will be gratefully received.
Harper, Kenneth JamesBorn circa 1912Son of Lt. Colonel Forrest and Mrs C R Harper of Litton Cheney. Lived at Harpers Farm, Chilcombe.The 2nd bell in the church tower contains the inscription "To the Glory of God and in memory of Lt Kenneth James Harper RN. HMS Thistle lost with all hands off Norway April 1940"Lieutenant, RN. Service No. ?Died 14th April 1940 when HMS Thistle was torpedoed and sunk with all hands by a German U-boat off Skudenes, Norway.Note re. sinking of HMS Thistle hereNewman, Peter RawdonBorn circa 1920Son of Charles H A and Mrs Gertrude Newman of The Court House, Litton CheneyCaptain, Royal Artillery, Air OP Service No. 95160Died 16th September 1943 at Salerno, ItalyBuried in Salerno War Cemetery It. 5Proby, Carson CarysportBorn circa 1914Son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.Flying Officer, 413 Squadron RAF. Service No. 41321Died 22 October 1941 when Catalina AH566 was shot down by a German B&V 138 Flying Boat.Body never recovered for burial. Commemorated on the Royal Air Force Memorial at Runnymede.Record of shooting down hereThorner, Leslie GeorgeBorn circa 1922Son of Elizabeth Thorner of Radipole, Dorset.Trooper, 148th (9th Battalion, The Loyal Regiment [North Lancashire]) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Service No. 5350592Died 11th July 1944 aged 22.Buried at Ranville Cemetery, Normandy, France, II. C. 8.Van Der Kiste, John ClementBorn 1907 in EireSon of Lt. Colonel F W Van Der Kiste DSO, Royal Artillery, and Mrs E Van Der Kiste. Husband of Barbara Van Der Kiste of Marylebone, LondonCaptain, 2nd Battalion, North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment.. Service No. 38773Died 28th May 1940 in France just days before the Dunkirk evacuation.Buried at Oosttaverne Cemetery, West Viaanderen, Belgium.Webber, Robert CharlesSon of William and Mary Webber. Husband of Mary Kathleen Webber of Dorchester, Dorset.Able Seaman on HMS Glorious. Service No. D/J 91065Died 9th June 1940 when HMS Glorious was sunk by the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst near the Lofoten Islands. Body never recovered for burial.Commemorated on Plymouth Naval War Memorial, Panel 38, Column 3.Account of the sinking of HMS Glorioushere
Billett, Arthur SummersBorn on the 20th of July 1882 at Bruton, Somerset, the son of James and Ellen Billett (nee Tilbury). Baptised on the 17th of November 1882 at Bruton.On the 1891 census he is shown as living in Wyke Regis. On the 1901 and 1911 censuses he was recorded at the Eastney Royal Marine Artillery Barracks, Portsmouth.On the 28th of February 1911 he married Laura Minnie Billett of White Cross, Litton Cheney,.She appears on the 1911 Litton Cheney census as Laura Minnie Pitcher, daughter of Louis Pitcher, baker, at White Cross, Litton Cheney.During the war he was a gunner with the Royal Marine Artillery. Service No. RMA/9392 (R.M.R/B/1241) (Po). He died on the 19th of March 1918 aged 36 on SS Burnstone when she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-62 (Bernhard Putzier). His body was not recovered for burial.Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 30.
In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who died during the First World War
Chainey, William JohnBorn in Litton Cheney in 1886, the son of Eli and Elizabeth Chainey. Baptised on the 31st of October 1886.On the 1911 census for Bridport he is shown as living at Clayhange, servant to George James and Cora Maud CoxDuring the war he was a private in the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Service No. 16907He fought in Mesopotamia where he died on the 25th of March 1917Buried in Al Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot: Panels 22 and 63.
Collins, Albert ThomasBorn in 1885 in Litton Cheney. Baptised on the 26th of December 1885 at Puncknowle.Litton Cheney Bellringer. Married Bessie Foot on 6th June 1913.During the war he was a private with the ¼th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Service No. 201210. He fought in Mesopotamia where he died on the 1st of June 1918.Buried in Baghdad War Cemetery Ref. XII L5
Darby, William JohnBorn in 1886 at Burton Bradstock, son of Richard & Anna Darby.During the war he was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marine Artillery. Service No. PLY/4689He died on the 5th of April 1917 on SS Calliope after she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-65 (Hermann von Fischel)Buried in Trapani Town Cemetery, Italy, plot I, row 4A.
Fry, Charles EdwardCharles Fry, born on 26th December 1881 in Dorchester, Dorset, was the son of Thomas and Anna Fry of “Baglake”, Litton Cheney, Dorset. He was married to Hilda Sophie, née Watson, on 4 September 1916.He attended Dover College 1895-1901, where he was head prefect in his final year. Whilst at Merton he was President of the Boat Club in 1903/4.In 1906, he became an Assistant Classics Master at Manchester Grammar School, and set up the school’s rowing club.On the outbreak of war he applied to become an officer with the Public Schools’ Battalion, returning to Manchester to work with the school’s Officer Training Corps. Gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery, he left for France in 1915.He was killed on 17th April 1917, aged 35, along with three other members of his gun team, by a direct hit during a bombardment near the village of Athies, on the outskirts of Arras.He is buried in Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France, and is also commemorated on the Cheadle Hulme Memorial (as T C Fry), and on the war memorial at St Mary’s Church, Litton Cheney, Dorset.
Fry, Walter LouisBorn in 1897, son of George and Annie Charlotte Fry of The Paddocks, Litton Cheney.During the war he was a private with the 1st Battalion, West Ontario Regiment, Canadian Infantry. Service No. 6682He died on the 29th of May 1915 aged 18.Buried in Choques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France I. C. 82
Northover, Reginald GeorgeBorn in April 1884 at Litton Cheney, son of George and Jane (nee Cheney) Northover. Baptised 15th of June 1884..A Litton Cheney Bellringer. Jane Northover died in 1884. George then married Amelia Trowbridge on the 29th of January 1885. George died in January 1888 whereupon Amelia became head of the household.Enlisted on the 24th of October 1904 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 4 inches. brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Postman prior to enlisting.Stoker 1st Class on HMS Queen Mary. Service No. 307832He died on the 31st of May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. Body not recovered for burial.He is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 19.
Walker, William Archibald SmailNot found in any census - probably because he lived in India.Bon of Born in Dum-Dum India on the 31st of October 1874, the son of Major General Alexander Walker (C.S.I.R.A.) and Anne Yewdale Lambert Smail. Educated at. Dulwich College and Sandhurst.Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, unattached, Indian Army, on the 10th of October 1804. Attached to the. Was promoted Lieutenant on the 27th November 1897, Captain on the 10th of October 1903, and Major on the 10th of October 1912. He served with the 45th Sikhs and the 40th Pathans and was posted to the 46th Punjabis on their formation.He took part in the operations on the N.W. Frontier of India, 1897-8, including the Defence of Malakand, action at Landakai and operations in Bajaur (medal with two clasps), and in the Tirah Expedition 1897-8 (clasp), and was afterwards employed with the King’s African Rifles from the 25th of November 1903 to 10th of May 1906.After the outbreak of the European War, he was sent,in January 1915, with a double company to British East Africa and attaced to the 130th Baluchis (King George’s Own). He was commmanding a section of the outpost line with headquarters at Mzima on the Tsava River.While visiting sentry groups with an escort of seven men on the 12th of April 1915, he came on the spoor of a large party of Germans. He followed this up for some way in order to- locate the enemy. Whilst returning he was ambushed by a smaller party of Germans, who were following the main force, and he and two men were shot.He was buried on the banks of the Tsava River. The grave was marked by a cairn of stones; the two men who fell with him were buried by his side. A brother officer wrote: “I knew him for a fearless man. He was with my regiment in the Tirah Expedition in 1897. I have never met a braver soldier ”. Another wrote “His escort, Dogras and Gurkhas, five of whom managed to get away, all bear great testimony to his fearlessness and gallantry. He gave the orders with his last breath for his men to scatter; such is necessary in the bush. He is a great loss to us and to our country, we can ill spare such men.”He married, at Peshawar, N.W.P., on the 30th of April 1913, Marion Balfour Crick, youngest daughter of. Frederick William Crick, M.A. rector of Litton Cheney, Dorset. Their daughter Anne Margaret was born on the 21st of January 1914
Weller, Thomas RobertBorn in July 1880 at Litton Cheney, son of John Weller and Mary Anne Scadden. Baptised on the 5th of September 1880. Litton Cheney Bellringer.Thomas’s father died in January 1890. In the 1891 census he is living with his mother and grandmother.Thomas’s mother died in 1891. In the 1901 census he is shown as an assistant to dairyman Richard Fry.On the 1911 census he is shown as Tom Weller, aged 30, Farm Labourer, boarding at The Mount with the Trevett family. During the war he was a private, with the 1/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Service No. 4802.He fought in Flanders, France and died on the 24th of August 1916Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Plot IX. Row F. Grave 16A.
In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who died during the Second World War