The Fallen – Combe Down war casualties

Combe Down war memorial cross

Combe Down war memorial cross

Combe Down school war memorial board

Combe Down school war memorial board

Cruickshank brothers memorial at Holy Trinity

Cruickshank brothers memorial at Holy Trinity

I started this after taking some photos of the war memorial cross on The Firs, having wondered about the people commemorated there. Who were they? What happened to them? What about their families? Surely we should find out more about The Fallen – Combe Down war casualties?

So I decided to do some research and try to put faces to the names and find out as much about them as I could. I used the data at Ancestry including their census  data and military records. Also Forces War Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and The British Newspaper Archive. This is the result. There is also one other memorial in Holy Trinity church which is to the Cruickshank brothers. Although they were not Combe Downers their grandfather George Cruickshank and their father George Edwin Cruickshank lived at Belmont House for many years and. so, I have included them below.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out something about all of the people mentioned on the memorial, the Combe Down school board or the Imperial War Museum’s ‘copies’ of these – which are somewhat inaccurate – IWM memorial, IWM school board. A summary is given in the “Dropdown summary”  below and what has been established for any person in their dropdown.

Dropdown summary

First World War (1914 – 1918)

1914 - 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Ainsworth to Fale

1914 – 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Ainsworth to Fale

1914 - 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Ford to Painter

1914 – 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Ford to Painter

1914 - 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Patch to Young

1914 – 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Patch to Young

1914 - 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Daubeney to Williams

1914 – 1918 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Daubeney to Williams

Lance Corporal Thomas Robert Ainsworth
Petty Officer 1st Class Edward James Badder
Private William James Barrow
Private Charles Blight
Gunner Charles (Charlie) Brinkworth
Private Edward James Care
Pioneer Harold Chivers
Private William George Chivers
Private William Frederick Clease
Private William James Clease
Collins D W or W - NOT FOUND
Private John St Clair Cotterell
Lieutenant (acting Captain) Charles John Odinel Daubeny
Driver Frederick Charles Davidge
Dodd J - NOT FOUND
Private William Albert Dowding
Rifleman Carol Fale
Sergeant Albert Edward Ferris
Lieutenant Thomas David Fitzgerald
Private Sydney John Ford
Corporal (acting Sergeant) Hubert Rowland Francis
Francis R or Reginald - NOT FOUND
Sergeant Kendrick Philip Henry Frankling
Private Eric William Grant
Driver William George Heal
Private Alfred Ernest Hillier
Corporal David Thomas Hillyer
Hiscock E G or Sidney - NOT FOUND
Private Herbert Frank Janes
Lance Corporal Albert Edward Kellaway
Private Lewis Edgar Lush
Sapper Frederick John Macey
Private Sidney George Miller
Private William Ewart Emmott Milsom
Private Lionel Richard Morris
Sapper Charles Henry Naish (Nash)
Sapper Herbert William Neate
Painter W J - NOT FOUND
Private Frederick Arthur Patch
Private Alfred Edward Pearce
Pearce C - NOT FOUND
Private Stanley George Pearce
Captain Alfred Terence Leatham Richardson
Rifleman Albert George Salter
Gunner Albert Edward Sumsion
Private Frederick Toomer
Sapper Sidney George Toomer
Private Charles Henry Wherrett
Private Reginald Charles Whitaker
Private Edgar George Leslie White
Gunner Valentine Burnett Wilkinson
Corporal Charles Frederick George Williams
Williams C J - NOT FOUND
Private Ewart Gladstone Williams
Williams E G RN - NOT FOUND
Private Frederick John Williams
Private Wesley George Young

Not mentioned on the monument

Private Jack Dodd
Private R M Francis
2nd Lieutenant O J Short
Private Francis J Sully
Petty Officer George Williams
Cruickshank brothers memorial at Holy Trinity

Cruickshank brothers memorial at Holy Trinity

Second Lieutenant Andrew John Tuke Cruickshank
Second Lieutenant Donald Edward Cruickshank

Second World War (1939 – 1945)

1939 - 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Bath to Elliott

1939 – 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Bath to Elliott

1939 - 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Derrick to Hopkins

1939 – 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Derrick to Hopkins

1939 - 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Jameson to Rendle

1939 – 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Jameson to Rendle

1939 - 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques - Whitaker to Yaxley

1939 – 1945 Combe Down war memorial cross plaques – Whitaker to Yaxley

Aircraftman 2nd Class Edward John Leslie Bath
Sergeant Ronald Frank Brooks
Sergeant John Anthony Cox
Herbert Lloyd Derrick
Lance Corporal Sidney John Elliott
Flaherty M J - NOT FOUND
Petty Officer Stoker Reginald Horace Hopkins
Second Lieutenant Harold Gordon Jameson
Flying Officer (Pilot) Herbert Victor Miller
Sergeant Robert William Patch
Pilot Officer Richard Cardew Rendle
Whitaker N - NOT FOUND
Private Thomas Reginald White
Sergeant Michael George Wood
Group Captain Robert Gordon Yaxley DSO MC DFC

Not mentioned on the monument

Flight Lieutenant Ernest Francis Victor Copsey
Sapper Arthur Ernest Payton

On Monkton Combe memorial (unfinished)

Monkton Combe war memorial - Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 28 February 1920

Monkton Combe war memorial – Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Saturday 28 February 1920

Private William Button
Private William Albert Dowding

Corporal Albert W Morgan
Private Stanley George Pearce

Private Arthur George Rudland

Private Fred Rudland