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War Memorials


This Roll of Honour commemorates those from Beeston who were killed or died of wounds during or as a result of the fighting during the Great War, 1914-1918.

Eventually, the details for each casualty will include a dedication, details of his/her background, military career, circumstances of his/her death and details of the casualty's final resting place.

Much of this document is the work of the late Ray Smedley, put together by him over many years, and we are honoured to present it here. Ray spent many years in its research and writing and wished to make it available as a permanent memorial to those from Beeston who made the Supreme Sacrifice. We are continuing to add details of those not included, progressively as the Centennial of their death is reached.

Beeston Roll of Honour - The Great War

Every person from Beeston who is known to have lost his life in or as a result of The Great War - now known as World War 1 - is included here; almost all are listed on a memorial in Beeston Parish Church, although additional names have been added here1 and will continue to be added as and when they come to light. The names of those who died are shown in order of the date of their death. A few, for whom the date of death has not yet been identified, are included at the end.

Click MORE for additional details of a casualty, where it is shown on the rightmost column.
Click here to see details of the memorial in Beeston Parish Church (opens in a new window).

"We lent him to this country, expecting he'd return .." - this was the moving response2 in family homes throughout Beeston, as elsewhere, as the toll mounted and decimated a generation of young men. As the table below shows, this poignant expression was no doubt repeated at least 273 times in Beeston alone as the awful tragedy of the war continued relentlessly. After an initial wave of enthusiasm and a rush of volunteers to join the Colours, the reality of war became apparent as the casualties began to mount. There were times when the news became particularly overwhelming - the Dardennelles campaign of 1915, the terrible slaughter on and following the Somme offensive on July 1st 1916, the horrors of Passchendale in July to November 1917 and the Somme battles of 1918, The slaughter of these terrible events clearly shows in the Beeston casualties - 10% of all its losses were in July and August 1916 alone. Most homes suffered a loss or knew someone close who did and it should be remembered that, although this tribute is specifically to those who paid the Supreme Sacrifice, it is clear that the awful devastation and loss was to effect everyone - those who served and those at home - and things would never again be the same.

Amongst those quick to join the Colours, soon after war was declared on 4th August 1914, was a detachment of 27 members of the Beeston Boys Brigade Old Boys which marched to the Nottingham Recruitment Centre to enlist. More were to follow and 42 were to make the Supreme Sacrifice and others were badly wounded. Click here to read about this exceptional contribution made by the Old Boys of the Boys' Brigade at Beeston

1914 - 7 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
PrivateWilliamStevensLincolnshire Regiment 8SepMORE
CorporalClaude ArchibaldPorterGrenadier Guards 14OctMORE
SignallerGeorge EthelredJenoureRoyal Navy - HMS Good Hope1NovMORE
PrivateArchibald BenjaminSmithHighland Light Infantry13NovMORE
2nd LieutenantGervase ThorpeSpendloveSouth Lancashire Regiment 17NovMORE
StokerRobert HealdBeckettRoyal Navy - HMS Bulwark26NovMORE
Able SeamanJames FrederickWilliamsRoyal Navy - HMS Bulwark26NovMORE

1915 - 33 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
PrivateGeorge HenryTowleRoyal Marine Light Infantry - HMS Viknor 13JanMORE
PrivateGeorge RowlandStrawSherwood Foresters1FebMORE
PrivateWilliam ThomasTebbuttSouth Lancashire Regiment20FebMORE
PrivateWilfred FrankBoothSherwood Foresters 11MarMORE
PrivateRichard RobertPearceSherwood Foresters12MarMORE
PrivateCyril ArthurTurtonSherwood Foresters 12MarMORE
PrivateClarenceHazzledineYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own) 3MayMORE
PrivateCharlesDeanSherwood Foresters9MayMORE
PrivateHenryCroomSherwood Foresters20MayMORE
PrivateGeorgeDeanYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)24MayMORE
LieutenantAlfred Frederick OtterbineDobsonSherwood Foresters 15JunMORE
PrivateWilliam LaurencePearsonKing's Own Scottish Borderers28JunMORE
PrivateHenry EdmundPriestleySherwood Foresters 26JulMORE
RiflemanWilliam HughThornhillKing's Royal Rifle Corps30JulMORE
RiflemanBernard HenrySprayKing's Royal Rifle Corps 5AugMORE
Lance CorporalWilliam DanielHumphreysSherwood Foresters 9AugMORE
PrivateEric GeoffreyLuntleySherwood Foresters 9AugMORE
Lance CorporalJamesMartinSherwood Foresters 9AugMORE
PrivateErnestOrchardSherwood Foresters9AugMORE
PrivateMorris EdwardPassSherwood Foresters9Aug MORE
CaptainCharles DeschampsRandallSherwood Foresters9AugMORE
PrivateAlbert EdwardTurtonSherwood Foresters 9AugMORE
SergeantJosephCorthornSherwood Foresters5SepMORE
PrivateWilliamChalkNorthumberland Fusiliers30SepMORE
PrivateThomas FrederickSweeneyCheshire Regiment 2OctMORE
PrivateJohn SamuelCoxGrenadier Guards9OctMORE
PrivateSamuelFreemanSherwood Foresters9OctMORE
GuardsmanWilfredRogersGrenadier Guards11OctMORE
PrivateHarryCoulsonSherwood Foresters13OctMORE
CaptainHarold HenryWalton MCSherwood Foresters 13OctMORE
BombardierCharles HaroldThorpeRoyal Field Artillery18OctMORE
PrivateGeorgeBracknerSherwood Foresters 25OctMORE
BombardierWilliamBatesRoyal Marine Artillary - HMS Natal30DecMORE

1916 - 54 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
PrivateJohn WilliamAbySherwood Foresters 14FebMORE
PrivateBernard GreigStarkSherwood Foresters14FebMORE
Lance CorporalArthur CharlesRussellYorkshire (West) Regiment (Alexandra Prince of Wales' Own)2MarMORE
CorporalPercyPilmoreSherwood Foresters 9MarMORE
CorporalWalter JamesSandersYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)3AprMORE
PrivateThomas HenryBelfieldGrenadier Guards23AprMORE
PrivateCharles ThomasDixonSherwood Foresters26AprMORE
PrivateAlfred NathanSibleySherwood Foresters26AprMORE
Lance CorporalErnestPridmoreNorthumberland Fusiliers27AprMORE
Able SeamanHenryFosterRoyal Navy31MayMORE
DriverCharles AlbertSmithRoyal Army Service Corps12JunMORE
PrivateSamuelBurdettSherwood Foresters 1JulMORE
Private JohnBywaterYork and Lancaster Regiment1JulMORE
PrivateWilliam HenryBywaterYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)1JulMORE
PrivateGeorgeHazzledineSherwood Foresters1JulMORE
PrivateArthurNichollsSherwood Foresters1JulMORE
PrivateSidney LeversPriceSherwood Foresters1JulMORE
Lance CorporalArnoldWheatleyMachine Gun Corps 1JulMORE
CorporalHaroldHazzledineSherwood Foresters 5JulMORE
PrivateAlbertLeeSherwood Foresters5JulMORE
CorporalRobertManleySherwood Foresters7JulMORE
PrivateArthurHayesSherwood Foresters 8JulMORE
PrivateBenjaminSmithSherwood Foresters 9JulMORE
PrivateAlfredFranklinSherwood Foresters13JulMORE
PrivateArnoldHolmesAustralian Light Infantry19JulMORE
SignallerFrank William ValPilmoreSherwood Foresters 30JulMORE
Private CharlesGarnerLincolnshire Regiment2AugMORE
SergeantBenjaminBrewer DCMSherwood Foresters7AugMORE
PrivateHaroldLeeSherwood Foresters8AugMORE
PrivateGeorge HenryGimsonSherwood Foresters 9AugMORE
PrivateJoseph ThomasWattsRoyal Warwickshire Regiment18AugMORE
RiflemanJosephGreeningKing's Own Rifle Corps25AugMORE
PrivateCharlesProwettWiltshire Regiment25AugMORE
RiflemanLukeGoodbandKing's Own Rifle Corps3SepMORE
Lance CorporalFrederickHuntSherwood Foresters3SepMORE
PrivateWalter Russell FrankAdcockSherwood Foresters7SepMORE
SergeantRichardGoslingGrenadier Guards15SepMORE
PrivateCecil SamuelJacksonColdstream Guards15SepMORE
PrivateGeorge HenryNewtonNorthumberland Fusiliers15SepMORE
PrivateGeorgeCoxonMiddlesex Regiment 16SepMORE
PrivateJohn GeorgeStaffordLeicestershire Regiment 19SepMORE
CorporalHarry EdwardRyall MMGrenadier Guards 25SepMORE
PrivateGarnetStensonSherwood Foresters26SepMORE
PrivateHorace GeorgeCudworthYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)8OctMORE
Lance CorporalHarryDeweyYork and Lancaster Regiment8OctMORE
PrivateJohnMoodieLancashire Fusiliers11OctMORE
Flight LieutenantLeslie HewittHardstaffRoyal Naval Air Service20OctMORE
PrivateJohnStevensonRoyal Warwickshire Regiment31OctMORE
CorporalJohnCudworthWest Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's)1NovMORE
2nd LieutenantFrederick DonaldFoxSherwood Foresters5NovMORE
PrivateHenryHudstonNorthumberland Fusiliers9NovMORE
PrivateGeorge WilliamLettingRoyal Warwickshire Regiment18NovMORE
PrivateWilfredSmithSherwood Foresters4DecMORE
Acting BombardierPercivalRobinsonRoyal Garrison Artillery5DecMORE

1917 - 81 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
PrivateJohnCalvertNorth Staffordshire Regiment25JanMORE
PrivateJohnThorleyLancashire Fusiliers27JanMORE
PrivateSamuel LeonardHartsorneSherwood Foresters 10FebMORE
Lance CorporalFrankLeeYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)11FebMORE
CorporalSamuelGoodallKing's Own Rifle Corps8MarMORE
Comp. Sgt. MajorErnestHollandAustralian Light Infantry 14MarMORE
PrivateWilliam HenryHaddonRoyal Army Medical Corps9AprMORE
PrivateRobert JamesDraycottEast Yorkshire Regiment21AprMORE
PrivateJohnHodgkinsonThe King's (Liverpool) Regiment23AprMORE
Lance CorporalFrederick WilliamLoweSherwood Foresters23AprMORE
PrivateWOldhamSouth Staffordshire Regiment23Apr.
Private Arthur WilliamJacksonMachine Gun Corps28AprMORE
Private Frank ArnoldJebbettCanadian Expeditionary Force28AprMORE
PrivateWilliam ShrewsburySharpeSherwood Foresters 28AprMORE
PrivateWLewisSherwood Foresters5May.
LieutenantS RArmitageRoyal Army Service Corps11May.
PrivateJ WBettleLabour Corps3Jun.
SergeantE HHarperSherwood Foresters5Jun.
PrivateJ FScottSherwood Foresters7Jun.
PrivateA MSmedleySherwood Foresters7Jun.
ArtificerJCoxonRoyal Navy - HMS Mascot11Jun.
PrivateW CRyallSherwood Foresters19Jun.
Lance CorporalErnest StanleyTonksKing's Own Rifle Corps 20JunMORE
Private ECalladineLancashire Fusiliers23Jun.
GunnerE HollingworthRoyal Garrison Artillery25Jun.
PrivateHHartsorneSherwood Foresters28Jun.
SergeantR HBarkerSherwood Foresters29Jun.
PioneerA EBarnesRoyal Engineers1Jul.
PrivateJ DLawtonRoyal Army Service Corps17Jul.
SergeantJ WWestSherwood Foresters20Jul.
PrivateA ODawnRoyal Warwickshire Regiment24Jul.
PrivateHManleyYork and Lancaster Regiment30Jul.
SapperThomas WalterChurchRoyal Engineers 5AugMORE
PrivateA VGuyNorthumberland Fusiliers8Aug.
PrivatePTurnerSherwood Foresters11Aug.
GunnerA HParkerRoyal Field Artillery12Aug.
SergeantHarryAshtonRifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) 14AugMORE
SergeantAlbertTebbuttSherwood Foresters 20AugMORE
PrivateL G LWebbSherwood Foresters20Aug.
GunnerS GBoothRoyal Field Artillery23Aug.
PrivatePercy DouglasAlsopSherwood Foresters25AugMORE
PrivateSamuelBagshawSherwood Foresters 26AugMORE
PrivatePFrettinghamSherwood Foresters5Sep.
PrivateJ STurtonGrenadier Guards12Sep.
PrivateAlfred WilliamPrestonSherwood Foresters 16SepMORE
PrivateACudworthYorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales' Own)25Sep.
PrivateFPalingRoyal Scots Fusiliers26Sep.
PrivateG APembletonSherwood Foresters26Sep.
PrivateW GWilkinsSherwood Foresters26Sep.
PrivateJ ACoxSherwood Foresters27Sep.
PrivateJJohnsonSuffolk Regiment27Sep.
PrivateFParkesSherwood Foresters27Sep.
PrivateWWallisSherwood Foresters27Sep.
Lance CorporalA EBlacknellYorkshire (West) Regiment (Alexandra Prince of Wales' Own)29Sep.
Lance CorporalHorace EdwardBlackwellLeicestershire Regiment 1OctMORE
SergeantHLeaRoyal Field Artillery7Oct.
PrivateClarence EdwardBarnesRoyal Warwickshire Regiment9Oct.
GunnerFrancisHazzledineRoyal Field Artillery 16OctMORE
PrivateA EBarkerSherwood Foresters16Oct.
Private GeorgeGoodallRoyal Marine Light Infantry - HMS Laurentie 25OctMORE
PrivateJCalcraftArmy Cyclist Corps30Oct.
PrivateC HWhadcoatGrenadier Guards2Nov.
PrivateC CStuartSouth Lancashire Regiment3Nov.
SapperWBaxterRoyal Engineers4Nov.
PrivateHaroldBaileyCanadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment 6NovMORE
PrivateHBuckinghamThe King's (Liverpool) Regiment9Nov.
GunnerA EClarkeRoyal Field Artillery13Nov.
PrivateWClarkSherwood Foresters21Nov.
PrivateWilliamAramLeicestershire Regiment28NovMORE
CorporalA EOsborneCanadian Mounted Rifles30Nov.
CorporalEBywaterRifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)30Nov.
Private T VSparrowNorfolk Regiment30Nov.
PrivateJ HCramptonKing's Own Scottish Borderers1Dec.
2nd LieutenantStephen HetleyPearsonGrenadier Guards 1DecMORE
SergeantHarryWardGrenadier Guards 1DecMORE
PrivateFBustThe Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)4Dec.
PrivateTClarkeNorfolk Regiment4Dec.
PrivatePCordenSherwood Foresters6Dec.
Lance CorporalB MLimbSherwood Foresters6Dec.
GunnerAlbert EdwardMeeRoyal Field Artillery 10DecMORE
CorporalOliverTailbyNorth Staffordshire Regiment 11DecMORE

1918 - 78 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
PrivateCharlesTebbuttLincolnshire Regiment 25JanMORE
PrivateA HCalvertSherwood Foresters27Jan.
PrivateFAdcockDurham Light Infantry21Mar.
Lance CorporalPercyBettleSherwood Foresters 21MarMORE
SergeantH CBrownSherwood Foresters21Mar.
SignallerWilliam RobertJacksonLincolnshire Regiment 21MarMORE
CaptainE RLanesLondon Regiment22Mar.
PrivateFSewellLeicestershire Regiment22Mar.
PrivateHarryHarperSherwood Foresters 23MarMORE
PrivateA JBlagdurnThe Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)24Mar.
Comp. Sgt. MajorJOldhamRoyal Warwickshire Regiment25Mar.
PrivateS SBootYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)27Mar.
Comp. Sgt. MajorJackLeaSherwood Foresters 28MarMORE
Lance CorporalE AJacksonColdstream Guards28Mar.
PrivateGOldhamLancashire Fusiliers28Mar.
PrivateH HRobinsonSherwood Foresters2Apr.
Lance CorporalW LMorleyLincolnshire Regiment5Apr.
2nd LieutenantP HPeadonLincolnshire Regiment7Apr.
PrivateClaude EdwardHayesKing's Own Scottish Borderers 11AprMORE
PrivateE G W SharpMachine Gun Corps11Apr.
Lance SergeantC HAustinNorthumberland Fusiliers13Apr.
PrivateJHallamNorthumberland Fusiliers18Apr.
PrivateJ RBruceSherwood Foresters19Apr.
PrivateThomasCalvertSherwood Foresters 19AprMORE
PrivateSRobinsonWest Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's)19Apr.
PrivateAWrightSherwood Foresters24Apr.
PrivateCharles EdwardGreenYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own) 26AprMORE
PrivateH GBennettYorkshire Light Infantry (The King's Own)27Apr.
PrivateHBrewsterSherwood Foresters28Apr.
PrivateE EJarrettYorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales' Own)1May.
SergeantWilliamBracknerSherwood Foresters 27MayMORE
Lance CorporalHHorneNorthumberland Fusiliers27May.
CaptainFrederick Williams PigginNotts Yeomanry (South Notts Hussars) 27MayMORE
PrivateWTurtonSouth Staffordshire Regiment30May.
PrivateJ WBracknerCheshire Regiment31May.
PrivateWilliamHancoxSherwood Foresters 31MayMORE
PrivateTKnowleSouth Staffordshire Regiment31May.
GunnerTPeachRoyal Garrison Artillery28Jun.
Lance CorporalJ GRowlandSherwood Foresters23Jul.
PrivateW HJacksonCheshire Regiment24Jul.
PrivateWilliam EBarsbyLincolnshire Regiment 31JulMORE
Lieut. CommanderA RotheraRoyal Navy2Aug.
PrivateG WSearsonArmy Cyclist Corps17Aug.
PrivateJ RCliffordRoyal Warwickshire Regiment26Aug.
SergeantWRobothomGrenadier Guards27Aug.
Private J ESpencerThe Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)27Aug.
PrivateJLawtonSherwood Foresters29Aug.
GunnerLHodgkinsonTank Corps30Aug.
PrivateH EJeffriesNorthants Regiment31Aug.
PrivateFHarperRoyal Warwickshire Regiment1Sep.
Private Thomas WilliamRileyEssex Regiment2Sep.
PrivateGSuttonLancashire Fusiliers8Sep.
PrivatePBowlzerEssex Regiment18Sep.
PrivateC WFisherSherwood Foresters18Sep.
PrivateA JNewtonSherwood Foresters19Sep.
PrivateJKerryShropshire Light Infantry (The King's)21Sep.
SergeantCSlack MMLincolnshire Regiment26Sep.
PrivateAOldhamSherwood Foresters30Sep.
PrivateJ PAbellThe Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)8Oct.
GunnerThomasGloverTank Corps 8OctMORE
PrivateTBuckleyRoyal Dublin Fusiliers14Oct.
PrivateJ TCowlishawThe Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)17Oct.
PrivateA EEllisRoyal Army Medical Corps17Oct.
PrivatePHaddenSherwood Foresters20Oct.
Lance CorporalG S GRichardsonSherwood Foresters23Oct.
PrivateLHoultNorthumberland Fusiliers24Oct.
PrivateWPhillipsLeicestershire Regiment24Oct.
PrivateHarryTebbuttRoyal Army Medical Corps25Oct.
PrivateEClarkSherwood Foresters27Oct.
Air MechanicV JSollowayRoyal Air Force30Oct.
DriverEdward MarshallSingletonRoyal Engineers 4NovMORE
RiflemanHBarnesKing's Own Rifle Corps7Nov.
PrivateA ECliffordRoyal Army Service Corps14Nov.
PrivateF BArmitageRoyal Army Service Corps19Nov.
PrivateJ SCastledineLancashire Fusiliers19Nov.
PrivateFOldhamSherwood Foresters23Nov.
ButcherJ RHoggRoyal Army Service Corps24Nov.
LieutenantRTrease DSO MCRoyal Field Artillery5Dec.

After 1918 - 5 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
LieutenantG LTutinSherwood Foresters27Jan 1919.
LieutenantM CMansfieldWar Office - Petrograd11Feb 1919.
Lance CorporalA PPageEssex Regiment16Feb 1919.
CQMSH AHollowayRifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)13Mar 1919.
PrivateJ RCoxRoyal Army Medical Corps24May 1920.

Date not known - 15 deaths
Rank Forename Surname Regiment Date of Death  
2nd LieutenantA SBostockDurham Light Infantry...
TrooperHMorton3rd Hussars Kings Own...
RiflemanA E MSmithRifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)...
PrivateW CBrownSherwood Foresters...
CorporalJ HJohnsonSherwood Foresters...
PrivateW HJacksonSherwood Foresters...
PrivateELambertSherwood Foresters...
PrivateG HMooreSherwood Foresters...
PrivateW WOldhamSherwood Foresters...
PrivateS WRobinsonSherwood Foresters...
PrivateWRoomsSherwood Foresters...
Lance CorporalPSmithSherwood Foresters...
2nd LieutenantF HCoxBedfordshire Regiment...
PrivateE OTaylorEssex Regiment...

1The list includes three men who are remembered as members of the Old Boys who died (Harold Bailey, J R Cox and G Foxhall) but do not appear on the Parish Church memorial. Harry Dewey is also included here but does not appear on the memorial.
2These poignant words were used by the family of William Shrewsbury Sharpe in an In Remembrance piece published in the Beeston Gazette & Echo after the war. It is a sentiment that must have been felt by many families in Beeston and elsewhere who had lost loved ones.

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