LITTON CHENEY WAR MEMORIAL
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.
In Honoured Memory of the Men of this Parish who died during the First World War Billett, Arthur Somers Born in 1882.  On 1911 census for Kingston & East Southsea, Portsmouth, Royal Marine Artillery Barracks.  Husband of Laura M Billett of White Cross, Litton Cheney, married 28th February 1911. She appears on the 1911 Litton Cheney census as Laura Minnie Billett, daughter of Louis Pitcher, baker, at White Cross. Gunner, Royal Marine Artillery.  Service No. RMA/9392 (R.M.R/B/1241) (Po). Died 19th March 1918 aged 36 on SS Burnstone when she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-62 (Bernhard Putzier).  Body not recovered for burial. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial Panel 30. Chainey, William John On 1911 census for Bridport, aged 23, born in Litton Cheney, living at Clayhanger as servant to George James and Cora Maud Cox Private, 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment.  Service No. 16907 Fought in Mesopotamia where he died on 25th March 1917 Buried in Al Basra War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot: Panel 22 and 63. Collins, Albert Thomas Family shown on 1901 census for Litton Cheney as follows: Susan Collins – Net Braider William Collins – Farm Worker Richard Collins – Farm Worker Thomas Collins – Cow Boy Susan and William also on 1911 census Private, ¼th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment.  Service No. 201210 Fought Mesopotamia where he died on 1st June 1918 Buried in Baghdad War Cemetery Ref. XII L5 The war in Mesopotamia William Chainey and Albert Thomas both fought in Mesopotamia. Like Gallipoli, conditions in Mesopotamia defy description. Extremes of temperature (120 degrees F was common); arid desert and regular flooding, flies, mosquitoes and other vermin all led to appalling levels of sickness and death through disease.  Under these incredible conditions, units fell short of officers and men and, all too often, the reinforcements were half- trained and ill-equipped.  Medical arrangements were quite shocking, with wounded men spending up to two weeks on boats before reaching any kind of hospital.  These factors, plus of course the unexpectedly determined Turkish resistance, contributed to high casualty rates. 11012 killed 3985 died of wounds 12678 died of sickness 3492 missing and prisoners (9000 at Kut) 51836 wounded Data from "Statistics of the Military Effort of the British Empire" (London: HMSO, 1920). Darby, William John On 1911 census for Beaminster, aged 23, born in Burton Bradstock, living at Nettlecombe, son of Richard & Ann Darby Lance Corporal in Royal Marine Artillery.  Service No. PLY/4689 Died 5th April 1917 on SS Calliope.  Torpedoed by U.65 (Hermann von Fischel) Buried in Trapani Town Cemetery, Italy, plot I, row 4A. Fry, Charles Edward Charles 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 Louis Aged 18, son of George and Annie Charlotte Fry of The Paddocks, Litton Cheney. Private, 1 st  Battalion, West Ontario Regiment, Canadian Infantry.  Service No. 6682 Died 29 th  May 1915 aged 18. Buried in Choques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France I. C. 82. Northover, Reginald George Born 29 May 1884 in Dorchester, Dorset, baptised 15 June 1884 in Litton Cheney, son of George and Jane Northover. Brother of Mary Northover, of Carswell Manor, Faringdon, Berks. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, stepson of Amelia Northover (a widow), born Litton Cheney, Dorset, a Carter's Boy On Farm, resident Litton Cheney, Bridport, Dorset. On 1911 census for Burton Bradstock, aged 23 son of Richard and Annie Northover at 52 Burton Bradstock., labourer on farm, Enlisted 24 October 1904 for 12 years. Height 5 feet 4 inches. brown hair, grey eyes, fresh complexion. Postman prior to enlisting. Stoker 1 st  Class on HMS Queen Mary.  Service No. 307832 Died 31 st  May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland  Body not recovered for burial. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 19. Walker, William Archibald Smail Not found in any census - probably because he lived in India. Son of Major General Alexander (C.S.I.R.A.) and Annie Walker. He married at Peshawar, N.W.P., 30 April, 1913, Marion Balfour, youngest daughter of the Rev. Frederick William Crick, M.A.. Rector of Litton Cheney, Dorset, and had a daughter Anne Margaret, born 21st January 1914. Major, Acting Lieutenant General, 46th Punjabis attached to 130th King Georges Own Baluchis (Jacobs Rifles) Died at Mzima on the Tsavo river, 12th April 1915. Buried in Taveta Military Cemetery, Kenya III. B. 1. A brother officer wrote : "I knew him for a fearless man. He was with my regt. in the Tirah Expedition, 1897- I have never met a braver soldier "; and another: "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." Mzima Springs On 12th April at Mzima Springs in the Tsavo Valley an unfortunate incident occurred when Major W.A.S. Walker, 46th Punjabis attached to 130th Baluch, was killed by a Schutztruppe reconnaissance party. (130th Baluch had experienced problems with some of its Pathans who had mutinied in Rangoon, and as a result 2 men were executed and 198 sentenced to hard labour. A company of 46th Punjabis was posted in to make 130th Baluch up to strength for East Africa.) Major Walker, accompanied by Intelligence Agent (IA) Chitty, seven Kashmiri Sepoys and 18 WaTeita Scouts, went out on patrol from Mzima. Unfortunately for everybody except a nearby German patrol Major Walker fired twice at a buck. The scouts came across very recent enemy tracks of around 40 men which Major Walker followed up; when the Scouts refused to go further Major Walker went on until IA Chitty refused to go further. Major Walker then insisted, despite IA Chitty’s advice to the contrary, on returning to camp by the same route used to come out. A Schutztruppe group ambushed the British, killing Major Walker, two Sepoys, one Wateita and IA Chity’s bearer. The remainder of the British party ran into the nearby Shetani lava-flow and hid successfully. Lieutenant P.G.W. McMaster, 1 KAR, was sent out from Mzima with a platoon of “E” Company 1 KAR and a platoon of Kashmiris to investigate. He found the dead bodies and was of the opinion that they had all been first wounded and then finished-off with large-calibre soft-nosed bullets. Weller, Thomas Robert Born Litton Cheney, Dorset, enlisted Bridport, Dorset. In the 1901 census he was aged 20, a servant, a Dairy Assistant Domestic, born Litton Cheney, in the service of Thomas R C Weller, of Litton Cheney, Bridport, Dorset. On 1911 census for Litton Cheney.  Shown as Tom Weller, aged 30, Farm Labourer, boarding at The Mount with the Trevett family.  Apparently also shown on another 1911 census (Weymouth?) as aged 30, born Litton Cheney, Dorset, a Waggoner On Farm, married to Mabel with four children, resident Rectory Cottage, Upway, Dorset. Private, 1/1 st  Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.  Service No. 4802. Fought and died in Flanders, France Died 24 th  August 1916 Buried 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 Harper, Kenneth James Born circa 1912 Son 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 14 th  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 here Newman, Peter Rawdon Born circa 1920 Son of Charles H A and Mrs Gertrude Newman of The Court House, Litton Cheney Captain, Royal Artillery, Air OP  Service No. 95160 Died 16 th  September 1943 at Salerno, Italy Buried in Salerno War Cemetery It. 5 Proby, Carson Carysport Born circa 1914 Son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Flying Officer, 413 Squadron RAF.  Service No. 41321 Died 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 here Thorner, Leslie George Born circa 1922 Son of Elizabeth Thorner of Radipole, Dorset. Trooper, 148 th  (9 th  Battalion, The Loyal Regiment [North Lancashire]) Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.  Service No. 5350592 Died 11 th  July 1944 aged 22. Buried at Ranville Cemetery, Normandy, France, II. C. 8. Van Der Kiste, John Clement Born 1907 in Eire Son 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, London Captain, 2 nd  Battalion, North Staffordshire (Prince of Wales) Regiment..  Service No. 38773 Died 28 th  May 1940 in France just days before the Dunkirk evacuation. Buried at Oosttaverne Cemetery, West Viaanderen, Belgium. Webber, Robert Charles Son of William and Mary Webber. Husband of Mary Kathleen Webber of Dorchester, Dorset. Able Seaman on HMS Glorious.  Service No. D/J 91065 Died 9 th  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 Glorious here
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War Memorial Names Graveyard Transcriptions War Memorial The Bells The Building List of Rectors Newsletter Service Times “Valley Notes” CD The Ministry The Building List of Rectors Newsletter Service Times “Valley Notes” CD The Ministry SS Calliope Peter Rawdon Newman Remembered with Honour Salerno War Cemetery In Memory of Captain 95160, Royal Artillery who died on 16 September 1943 Age 23 Son of Charles H. A. and Gertrude Clare Newman, of Litton Cheney, Dorsetshire. Carson Carysfort Proby Remembered with Honour Runnymede Memorial In Memory of Flying Officer 41321, 413 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force who died on 22 October 1941 Age 27 Son of Frank Henry and Luva Lenore Proby, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Leslie George Thorner Remembered with Honour Ranville War Cemetery In Memory of Trooper 5350592, 148th (9th Bn. The Loyal Regt. [North Lancashire]) Regt., Royal Armoured Corps who died on 11 July 1944 Age 22 Son of Elizabeth Thorner, of Radipole, Dorsetshire. John Clement Van Der Kiste Remembered with Honour Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery In Memory of Captain 38773, 2nd Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment who died between 28 May 1940 and 29 May 1940 Age 33 Son of Lt.-Col. F. W. Van der Kiste, D.S.O., Royal Artillery and Mrs. E. Van der Kiste; husband of Barbara Van der Kiste, of Marylebone, London. Robert Charles Webber Remembered with Honour Plymouth Naval Memorial In Memory of Able Seaman D/J 91065, H.M.S. Glorious, Royal Navy who died on 08 June 1940 Age 38 Son of William and Mary Webber; husband of Mary Kathleen Webber, of Dorchester, Dorsetshire. Kenneth James Harper Remembered with Honour Portsmouth Naval Memorial In Memory of Lieutenant H.M. Submarine Thistle, Royal Navy who died on 10 April 1940 Age 28 Son of Lt.-Col. A. Forrest Harper and Mrs. C. R. Harper, of Litton Cheney, Dorsetshire.