Hillmorton War Memorial

Hillmorton War Memorial
Memorial in 1921


On the Front (North Side):
To the Glory of God 
and in Memory of the 
men of this Parish who 
laid down their lives in the 
Great War           
1914 - 1919            
Their names Shall live 
for ever

On a small stone above:
Also of those who died 
in World War Two    
1939 - 45

On the West Side:
ASTILL           Herbert         Oxon & Bucks L I
BACON           Samuel A       M. G. C.
BARNETT       Joseph W       24th Lon R (Queens)
BARTLETT      Reginald S      Oxon & Bucks L I
BLOCKLEY       William A        D of C Light Inf
BOOTH           Walter           R. F. A.
BROWN          Walter H        Hampshire Regt.
BROWN          Walter J         Yorkshire Regt.
CANHAM         Archibald        R. G. A.
*CASHMORE    Frederick R     R. Inniskilling Fus.
CASHMORE      Alfred C        Oxon & Bucks L I

On the South Side:
CAVE              William H       R. Warwicks Regt.
CHAMBERS       Frederick      Gloucester Regt.
CHAMBERS       Charles         Oxon & Bucks L I
GIDDINGS        Arthur          Northants Regt.
HANCOCKS       John J          Worcester Regt.
HANCOCKS       Hubert H       Kings R. R. C
HAIGH             Joseph          Kings R. R. C
HOWKINS        Maurice          R. H. A.
KIRBY              Charles H       Worcester Regt.
*LEVER            Harold B        Beds Regt.
MILLER           Gordon Darley  R. H. A.

On the East Side:

REED             George           Oxon & Bucks L I
*ROBERTS      Percy C          Oxon & Bucks L I
SHAW           Jonathan P       Northants Regt.
SMITH           Herbert           Kings R. R. C
SMITH           Walter             Northants Regt.
SMITH           Edward            Northants Regt.
THORNECROFT George T  R.  Warwicks Regt.
*WALDUCK     Ernest            Oxon & Bucks L I
WADSWORTH William J          Kings R. R. C
WEBB            William C          R. Warwicks Regt.

* See below for more information


CASHMORE, Frederick Robert 1891 - 1916
Frederick Robert Cashmore was born in 1891 in Hillmorton, the son of Rueben and Elizabeth Ann. When he died in 1916 he was a Private in the 1st Bn., Royal Inniskilling Fusilliers.
His military records have not been found, but he probably enrolled in spring 1915, as the 29th Division (of which the Inniskilling Fusilliers were a part) were mobilising and training in the Rugby area.
They sailed from Avonmouth on 15 March 1915 and landed in Egypt two weeks later. By 25 April they had reached Gallipoli, where they took part in the battles for Krithia and the Achi Baba heights. On 2 January 1916 they returned to Egypt from where they went, via Marseilles, to the Western Front.
On 1st July 1916 the Battle of Albert started – the first phase of the Battle of the Somme. Fred died on the 5th of July. He must have been wounded rather than killed outright as he was buried at Gezaincourt Cemetery, which was on the site of a Casualty Clearing Station.

LEVER, Harold Brassington 1886 - 1918
Harold Brassington Lever was born in 1886 in Withybrook where his father was Curate. In 1889 his father became Vicar of Hillmorton. By 1916 Harold was an Insurance Inspector in Bedford with a wife and one child. 
He joined up on June 16 that year and after training went to France, where he was slightly wounded on Easter Monday 1917. He returned to England in June to take up a commission and was gazetted to the 5th Battalion, Bedford Regiment. On his return to France he took a course in the Trench Mortars. 
His father received a letter on October 18th 1918 stating that 2nd Liet. H B Lever was wounded and missing. He was last seen lying on a stretcher when the Company was completely surrounded and it was thought that he had been taken prisoner.
His family had still not heard anything when his father retired as Vicar of Hillmorton in May 1919. On Peace Day (June 28th 1919) they received official news that had died on 23rd October 1918, whilst a prisoner of war. 
He is also listed on a Memorial in St Matthew’s Church, Rugby to pupils of Oakfield School, Bilton Road, Rugby who died in the war.
[Previously published in Aspects of Rugby in World War 1 by Rugby Local History Research Group]

ROBERTS, Percy Charles 1890 - 1918
Percy Charles Roberts was born in Hillmorton in 1890, the son of a railway labourer who had moved to the area from Norfolk and married a local girl. Percy worked for BTH, in the Foundry Department.
He was a Private in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry and by 1918 was in Italy, where British troops were helping the Italians to fight the Austrians. He was wounded here and was returned to England, where he died in King George’s Hospital, London, on October 18th 1918. He is buried in Hillmorton Churchyard – the only official Commonwealth War Grave Commission stone there.
 [Previously published in Aspects of Rugby in World War 1 by Rugby Local History Research Group]

WALDUCK, Ernest 1893 - 1916
The son of Joseph (b.1865) & Kate Walduck (b.1867) who both came from Buckinghamshire. 
The family moved to Hillmorton in about 1908 and lived in Upper Street. Like his father Ernest worked on the Railway. 
His elder sister Pollie (B.1892) worked at the cigar factory in Rugby.