Wellesbourne and Walton Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918
The War Memorials of Wellesbourne and Walton honour the 30 men from Wellesbourne Hastings, Wellesbourne Mountford and Walton D’Evile who gave their lives during the 1914 - 1918 War. The names of those other brave, but at times terrified young men or women who left our villages in those dark days, to serve their country and returned safely home at the end of it all, have however almost disappeared into the mists of time. In researching these men and compiling a new Roll of Honour, the U3A project ‘War in the Villages’ hopes, as accurately as possible, to ensure that their names are not forgotten.
So! How many were there?
The Wellesbourne Church of England School produced its own Roll of Honour listing the names of 83 ex-pupils accepted for military service, as well as a further 21, who offered their services but were rejected. The origins of this list, I believe, predate the 28th November 1915 when, with the inclusion of two additional names , it appeared in that day’s edition of the Stratford upon Avon Herald. With the introduction of conscription in 1916, later newspaper reports indicated that the majority of the 21 originally rejected had subsequently been admitted into combat battalions.
The most reliable information we have comes from a speech made during the Wellesbourne Peace Celebrations in July of 1919 by Mr.Edward Frost, the local Headmaster and Officer of the Wellesbourne Volunteer Corps. In his speech he referred to the number of servicemen killed during the war by saying, ‘that only 30 of about 230 were lost’. These figures are believed to include both Wellesbourne Parishes and the Hamlet of Walton.
Using the School Roll of Honour, newspaper reports etc, we have now built up a list of 184 men who were associated with the two.(Wellesbourne didn’t become a single parish till about 1953). Some of the references are vague. The words ‘injured or Prisoner of War’ is all that we have to go on but, over the coming months, the names will be researched and records updated accordingly.
In the Church of St. James, in the grounds of Walton Hall, the Roll of Honour lists the names of 35 men and 2 women who served in the Great War. This is believed to be a fairly comprehensive list of those associated with Walton and is being used as the basis for further research.
Out of Mr. Frost’s 230 we can now possibly identify a total of 221.
Click on the links below to view their names. If you have any information on any of these men and women or could add any additional names please contact me at the e-mail address below,
13 June 2014