Are you related to someone from Lee-on-the-Solent who died in World War One? If so, we would like to hear from you.
On Remembrance Sunday this year, as a country we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In Lee-on-the-Solent, there will be a special service at St Faith’s Church at 9.30am, followed by Acts of Remembrance at 11am at both the Town War Memorial, and the Fleet Air Arm Memorial.
The Acts of Remembrance at 11am will be exactly 100 years to the minute since the end of the First World War.
At the service at St Faith’s that morning, we will be telling the stories of some of the men of Lee who fought and died during World War One, and we would love to invite their families to be present that day.
The Town War Memorial, opposite Pier Street on the sea front, contains the names of 66 men who died in the First World War. However, those men came from both Lee and Stubbington, as back in 1918 Lee and Stubbington were part of the same parish. The list of names on the Lee War Memorial is therefore almost identical to the list on the Stubbington War Memorial.
Of the 66 names on the War Memorial in Lee (see photos below), 27 men were from Lee-on-the-Solent. If you are related to one of the men listed below, we would love to hear from you. Please do contact Paul, St Faith’s vicar, using the form here.
Information about these men is taken (with permission) from Stubbington War Memorial: The Stories Behind the Names, published by Stubbington and Hill Head History Society, and available from them at their website, or at Stubbington Library.
The men of Lee-on-the-Solent who died in the First World War:
Gilbert Richard Barnard
Gilbert was born 10 October 1897, the son of Rev Gilbert & Mrs Beatrix Barnard. Gilbert had an older sister, Grance, an older brother, William, and a younger brother, George. Gilbert died of malaria in Palestine on 22 July 1918.
Henry Gardiner Burridge
Henry (also known as Harry) was born in India in 1890, the son of Colonel Francis Burridge and Mrs Kate Burridge. Henry had siblings: Elsie, Winifred, Thomas, Robert and Eleanor. Henry was in the Indian Army; he died fighting in France on 16 November 1914.
Frederick George Burch
Frederick (known as Frank) was born in Stubbington on 11 January 1897, and was the only child of Thomas and Sarah Jane Burch. Frank was killed in the Battle of the Somme on 15 September 1916.
Llewellyn Godfrey Egremont
Llewellyn was born in Fremantle, Southampton, in 1182 or 1883, to son of Frederick and Caroline Egremont. Frederick’s sister Frances Alice Mary married Roland Armstrong Earp in 1911. Llewellyn died in Egypt on 12 October 1917; the cause of his death is not known.
Thomas John Franklin
Thomas was born in Alverstoke in about 1893, the son of George and Mary Franklin. Thomas had two surviving younger siblings: Martha, and Bertie. Thomas was killed in the Second Battle of Ypres on 29 April 1915.
Edward Orme Goodall
Edward was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1894, the son of Frank and Eliza Goodall. Edward had siblings: Frank, Madeline, Stella, Francis, Irene and Freda. Edward (also known as Teddy) was seriously wounded during the final stages of the Battle of Passchendaele, and died on 9 November 1917.
Samuel Henry Gover
Samuel was borin on 23 M<ay 1984 in Donegal, Ireland, the son of William and Ursual Grover. Samuel had 6 siblings: Irene, Violet, Gertrude, Ernest, Sidney, and Ursula. Samuel married Margaret Mudie at Holy Rood Church in Stubbington on 28 June 1913. Samuel was a stoker, and died on the HMS Black Prince on 31 May 1916, at the Battle of Jutland (see also Frank Weyman, below).
Charles Ronald Harris
Charles was born in 1896 in Selsey, West Sussex, the son of Thomas and Amelia Harris. Charles had two sisters: Ameila and Lily. Charles died on 6 February 1918, of meningitis. He is buried in a family plot in Ann’s Hill Cemetery, Gosport.
William Ernest Hewes
William was born in 1981 in Bombay, India, the son of John and Alice Hewes. William had four siblings: Fred, Mable, Kathleen and Jesse. William married Beatrice Wells, in Alverstoke in 1910. William and Beatrice had three children: William Ernest (born 1911), Katherine Phyllis (1913), and Frederick John (1914). William was killed during the Third Battle of Ypres, on 30 August 1917.
Auriol Ernest Eric Lowry
Cyril John Partick Lowry
William Augustine Harper Lowry
You can find out about the Lowry brothers on the St Faith’s Parish Centre website.
Percy was born in Stubbington on 25 April 1883, the son of Edward and Ameila Luff. Percy had four older siblings, Herbert, Amelia, Nellie and Sidney, and two younger sisters, Ethel and Annie. Percy married Alice Jarvis in Bishop’s Waltham in 1908, and they had three children: Harold Percy (born around 1910), Amelia Alice (1913) and Joan Nellie (1916). Percy was in the 5th Balloon Section of the RAF, and served in France from 20 July 1917. Percy was seriously wounded when his mess tent was hit by a shell, and died on 28 May 1918.
Leofwin Collins Fellowes Lukis
Leofwin was born in around 1898 in Guernsey, Channel Island, the son of Wilfrid and Kate Lukis. Leofwin had two brothers: Wilfrid, and Eric. Leofwin was in the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed in action on 6 January 1917.
Ernest was born in Kings Worthy, Winchester, in 1892, the son of Henry and Rhoda Morris. Ernest had 4 brothers, Henry, William, Herbert, and Edward, and three sisters, Rosa, Harriet and Kate. Ernest was killed in the First Battle of Ypres, on 17 November 1914; his body was never recovered.
Frederick James New
Frederick was born in 1898, the son of James and Rose New. Frederick had a brother, Victor, and three sisters, Daisy, Mabel and Edith. Frederick died at the Battle of Shurman Bend, in Iraq, on 24 February 1917, and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.
Hedley John Newman
Hedley was born in Eastbourne in 1881, the son of Henry and Caroline Newman. Hedley married Edith Cook, from Fareham, on 31 March 1907, and they had two children, Sidney Alfred (born 1 January 1909) and Lilian Annie (born 13 January 1912). Hedley was killed on the Western Front on 4 September 1917. Hedley’s wife Edith, married Alan F. Osborne in Portsmouth in 1919.
Douglas Stanley Pike
Douglas was born in Jersey in 1895, the son of John and Rosina Pike. Douglas had three brothers, John, George, and Robert, and six sisters, Flora, Elsie, Gladys, Minnie, Nora and Daisy. Douglas died of injuries sustained in battle in France, on 24 March 1918.
Herbert Charles Thick
Herbert was born in Fareham in 1882, the son of Charles and Elizabeth Thick. Herbert’s siblings were Rose, Minnie, Edith, Arthur, Ivy, Joy and Henry. Herbert married Isabel Constance Young on 18th April 1908, at Holy Rood Church in Stubbington. Herbert and Isabel had four children: Herbert Charles Edward (born 1910?), Winifred Gladys (born 1911?), Ronald Ernest George (born 1912?), and Nancy Lorraine (born 1914 or early 1915). Herbert fought at the first battle of Ypres, and was killed in action on 5 November 1914. His body was never recovered.
Archibald Hugh Ward
Archibald was born in Alverstoke in 1896 and was the son of Hugh and Kathleen Ward. Arichbald’s siblings were Agnes, Ivy, Horace (see below), Reginald and Stanley. Archibald died in action during the final Allied advance in France, on 14 October 1918, less than a month before the end of fighting. He has no known grave.
Horace Vivian Ward
Horace was born in Alverstoke in 1898, the son of Hugh and Kathleen Ward. Arichbald’s siblings were Agnes, Ivy, Arcihbald (see above), Reginald and Stanley. Horace died in action in Belgium on 24 August 1917, during the Battle of Gheluvelt Plateau, which was itself part of the Third Battle of Ypres. He has no known grave.
Charles Alfred Henry Warland
Charles was born in Richmond, Surry, in 1897, the son of John and Louise Warland. Charles had a younger sister, Hilda. Charles died in action during the Third Battle of Ypres, on 4 October 1917. His body was never recovered.
Arthur Douglas Wells
Arthur was born in 1877 at Iping, Sussex, the son of Jesse and Eva Wells. Arthur’s siblings were William, Jesse, Andrew, Matthias (see below), Charley, Agnes, Esther and Beatrice. Arthur married Lily Perkins at Holy Rood Church, Stubbington, on 6 June 1908. Arthur and Lily had a number of children: Gertrude Lillie Ruth (born 1909/10), Dora Hilda (born 1912/13), Constance Emily (born 1914/15); they possibly also had a son Arthur born between October and December 1910. Arthur spent the war in the military in India, and died on 7 October 1917, probably of disease or sickness. He is buried in the Agra Cantonment Cemetery in India.
Matthias was the son of Jesse and Eva Wells. Matthias’ siblings were William, Arthur (see above), Jesse, Andrew, Charley, Agnes, Esther and Beatrice. Matthias was killed in action on 3 September 1916, at the Battle of the Somme. Matthias is named on the Lee-on-the-Solent war memorial, but not the Stubbington war memorial.
Frank Oliver Weyman
Frank was born in Stubbington on 19 January 1898, the son of William and Louise Weyman. Frank’s siblings were Albert, Vivian, Lily, Leslie, Gilbert, Kathleen and Dorothy. Frank lied about his age when he joined the Royal Navy in 1914; he claimed to be 18 years and 1 month old, when he was in fact 16 years and 10 months old. Frank died when the HMS Black Prince was lost at sea during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 (see also Samuel Henry Gover, above).
Astley Fowke Peregrine Wheeler
Astley was born in 1883 in Wandsworth, London, the son of Thomas and Ceceila. Astley’s siblings were Cecily and Gladys. Astley died in action during the Battle of the Somme, on 3 September 1916. His body was never recovered.
Harold Conrad Wise
Harold was born in 1885 in Dunstable, Bedforshire. He was the son of John and Alice Wise. Harold’s brothers were Stanley, Arnold, Donald, and Frederick. Harold was reported missing on 3 May 1917, at the Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered.
For more information
More information on the men listed above, and on the other people named on the Lee-on-the-Solent and Stubbington war memorials, is available in Stubbington War Memorial: The Stories Behind the Names, published by Stubbington and Hill Head History Society, and available from them at their website, or at Stubbington Library and the Titchfield Haven Visitor Centre.
If you are related to one of the men listed above, or have any other information on them, please do contact Paul, St Faith’s vicar, using the form here.