World War 1 – The Fallen

The memorial to those from Waters Upton who gave their lives during World War One takes the form of a brass plaque inside the parish church of St Michael’s. I have not seen the real thing, but there is a transcript on the Imperial War Museum website – and a photograph of it on the Shropshire War Memorial website from which I have prepared the following transcription:

THE FOLLOWING FROM
THIS PARISH FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR, 1914-1918.

LIEUT: G.H. DAVIES, 3RD K. SHROPSHIRE L.I.
2ND LIEUT: W.LL. DAVIES, 7TH K. SHROPS. L.I.
PRIVATE. E. PARRY, LANCASHIRE FUS.
PRIVATE. W. JAMES, K. LIVERPOOL REGT.
PRIVATE. J.H. JONES, ROYAL WELSH FUS.
PRIVATE J.T. CARTWRIGHT, CHESHIRE R.
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN BUT THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”

The war memorial lists the men who were of Waters Upton at the time of the Great War. There were however others amongst the fallen who had been born in Waters Upton, or had lived in the parish, but who had moved elsewhere before the outbreak of hostilities.

On this page I will present information on all those I can find with Waters Upton connections, who gave their lives during the course of the First World War. While the village war memorial lists the fallen in order of rank, I will list them in alphabetical order, by surname. I will add more to this page as my research continues.


John Thomas Cartwright

Private 60541, 15th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. Died (killed in action) France and Flanders 27 Mar 1918.
Burial / memorial site: Pozieres Memorial, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal.
Other: Born Cherrington / Tibberton, son of Joshua and Priscilla, and lived at Waters Upton. Enlisted Wellington.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Find A Grave website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1901 census of England and Wales
1911 census of England and Wales


George Herbert Davies

Lieutenant, 3rd (attached 1st) Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died (killed in action) Hooge 9 Aug 1915 (some sources state 10 Aug 1915).
Burial / memorial site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Flanders, Belgium
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal. 1914-15 Star.
Other: Born Waters Upton 16 Nov 1888, parents John Bayley Davies and Susan Anslow Juckes. Studied at University of Glasgow. Entered France 1 Jan 1915. Probate London 18 Mar 1916 to Evan Richard Davies and Walter Llewelyn Davies, effects £758 16s. 8d.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Find A Grave website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Armed Forces Services Records, item WO 339/17039, The National Archives
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
The Roll of Honour. Volume II. Page 94.
Roll of the Sons and Daughters of the Anglican Church Clergy. Page 14.
Index of Wills and Administrations, 1916
1891 census of England and Wales
University of Glasgow Story: Lieutenant George Herbert Davies
War Memorial Details, Hereford Cathedral


Walter Llewellyn Davies

Temporary 2nd Lieutenant 12750, 7th (Service) Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died (of wounds) the Somme 15 Jul 1916.
Burial / memorial site: La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal. 1914-15 Star.
Other: Born Waters Upton 17 Feb 1882, parents John Bayley Davies and Susan Anslow Juckes. Entered France 24 Jul 1915. Probate London 2 Oct 1916 to Evan Richard Davies, effects £1115 15s. 11d.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Find A Grave website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
The Roll of Honour. Volume III. Page 74.
Roll of the Sons and Daughters of the Anglican Church Clergy. Page 14.
Index of Wills and Administrations, 1916
1891 census of England and Wales
1901 census of England and Wales
1911 census of England and Wales
Birmingham Daily Post, 28 Jul 1916, page 8


Thomas Richard Fieldhouse

Private 201263, 1st / 4th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died (of wounds) 2 Jan 1918, age 22.
Burial / memorial site: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal.
Other: Born Crudgington, High Ercall. Parents Samuel John and Laura Jane. Described as being a native Waters Upton although he was not born in the parish. He may have been living there when he joined up (his father gave the family’s address as “No 1 Ellerdine Waters Upton” on the 1911 census, although Ellerdine was part of the parish of High Ercall). Enlisted Shrewsbury.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
The War Graves Photographic Project website
Find A Grave website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1901 census of England and Wales (piece 2561, folio 55, page 8)
1911 census of England and Wales (piece 16286, schedule 8)


Percy Hubert Hyde

Sergeant 13011, 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died (killed in action) 3 Jan 1916 France and Flanders, aged 22.
Burial / memorial site: Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal. 1914-15 Star.
Other: Born Waters Upton. Parents Robert Kershaw Hyde and Georgina Catherine. Enlisted Shrewsbury. Of Collingwood, Lyth Hill Road, Bayston Hill near Shrewsbury. Entered France 28 Sep 1915. Administration (with Will) granted 8 May 1917 to Thomas Edmunds Hyde, outfitter; effects £82 6s 9d.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Find A Grave website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1901 census of England and Wales (piece 2536, folio 75, page 20)
1911 census of England and Wales (piece 16078, schedule 305)
Index of Wills and Administrations, 1917


William James

Private 359378, 10th Battalion The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment. Died 17 Nov 1917.
Burial / memorial site: Tincourt New British cemetery, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal.
Other: Born Waters Upton (some sources say Wellington). Parents Alfred Henry and Ann. Wife Jane James (nee George) of 32, Waters Upton (married 6 Jul 1914 at St Dunstan, Edge Hill, Liverpool; one of the witnesses was John Herbert Jones). Enlisted Seaforth, Lancashire.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
In Memory website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1891 census of England and Wales
1901 census of England and Wales
St Dunstan, Edge Hill, Liverpool marriage register covering 1914, column no. 383.
Everard Wyrall (2012), History of the King’s Regiment (Liverpool) 1914-1919. Page 375.


John Herbert Jones

Private 68487, 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers. Died (killed in action) 1 Sep 1918 France and Flanders, aged 28.
Burial / memorial site: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal.
Other: Born Liverpool. Father John Jones. Wife Kate Jones (nee George) of 32, Waters Upton (married 20 Mar 1916 at St Dunstan, Edge Hill, Liverpool). Enlisted Liverpool.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
The War Graves Photographic Project website
In Memory website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
St Dunstan, Edge Hill, Liverpool marriage register covering 1914, column no. 481.


Robert Nicholls

Private 12868, 8th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. Died (killed in action) at Salonika 18 Sep 1918, aged 28.
Burial / memorial site: Doiran Military Cemetery, Central Macedonia, Greece.
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal. 1914-15 Star.
Other: Born Waters Upton. Parents Robert and Emma of Crudgington, High Ercall. Enlisted Wellington. Entered France 6 Sep 1915.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Find A Grave website
The War Graves Photographic Project website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1891 census of England and Wales


Edward Lewis Parry

Private 37299, 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 30 Sep 1918 (killed in action) France and Flanders.
Burial / memorial site: Uplands Cemetery, Magny-la-Fosse.
Awards: British War Medal. Allied Victory Medal.
Other: Born Shrewsbury. Parents Hugh and Margaret. Wife Edith. Grocer and Sub-Postmaster at Waters Upton. Enlisted Shrewsbury. Formerly 2672, Shropshire Yeomanry.
Sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
British Army Medal Index Cards (series WO 372, The National Archives)
Ancestry – UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1881 census of England and Wales (piece 2677, folio 33, page 2)
1911 census of England Wales
1913 Kelly’s Directory of Shropshire


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