The War Memorial

Hartpury War Memorial is situated at the Junction of Ashleworth Lane (now Broad Street) and Gloucester Road on a piece of land given to the Parish by Mrs Gordon Canning. The cross is of rough-hewn Cornish granite and stands 12 feet 6 inches high with three steps on a plinth 8 feet square and 8 inches high. The memorial was the work of Messrs. Green of Queen Street, Gloucester and cost about £200, raised by public subscription within Hartpury.

The inscription on the front panel reads:

IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918


The panels on either side record the names of those who died.

The left hand panel reads:


The right hand panel reads:


The Dedication Ceremony

The memorial was dedicated at a special service at 3 pm on Sunday, 8th February 1920. The service was led by the Dean of Gloucester (Dr. Henry Gee) assisted by Rev. Nathan Jones (Vicar of Hartpury) and Rev. Ezra Kendall (Wesleyan Minister).

The Chairman of the Organising Committee was Mr. J Pearce Ellis who had taken over in the absence of Mr Gordon Canning. The inscription, selected by the Committee from several submitted, was by Mrs Pearce Ellis.

The Second World War

In 1946 the Parish Council undertook the provision of an additional tablet to record the names of those killed in the Second World war. The work was commissioned from Messrs Green for a cost of £40. Although the tablet was promised for Armistice day 1946 it did not materialise until the next year. The inscription reads:


Memorial in St Mary’s Church, Hartpury

The same men from the First World War are also commemorated on a plaque inside Hartpury Parish Church. Interestingly there is a slightly different group of men commemorated from the Second World War.

World War 1 Casualties

Frederick Banks is believed to be Alfred Banks who is the only Banks recorded with a Hartpury connection. It is possible that he was commonly known as “Fred” and his name was deduced incorrectly.

Alfred Banks was reported “missing, believed dead” at the Dardanelles on 8th August 1915 and, having no known grave, is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey. He was a Private in the 7th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and enlisted in the last week of August 1914. The Regiment went to Gallipoli on 19th June 1915. He was 25 years of age when he died.

Alfred was born in Hartpury and was registered Alfred George Bankes in the third quarter of 1890. He was the fifth of seven children born to William and Frances (Rhoda) Bankes. The “e” in the surname is used inconsistently throughout the records.

William was a thatcher and can’t be located after the 1881 Census. Rhoda, who preferred to use her second name, was living with her children in Hiams Lane in 1891 and 1901 and was living with Walter Bendall, a brickyard labourer, as his “housekeeper”. In 1891 she was classified as married and in 1901 as widowed. Rhoda died in 1935 and is commemorated in Hartpury Churchyard.

William Charles Bankes and Frances Rhoda Kate Hiam were married in the first quarter of 1876, presumably in Hartpury. William was the son of Joseph and Anna Maria Banks of Hartpury. Joseph was also a thatcher. Frances was the daughter of Benjamin and Emma Hiam, also of Hartpury.

Henry Blake died of wounds on 28 November 1916 in France. He is buried in the Contay British Cemetery, Contay. Henry was a private with the 2/5th Battalion (Territorials) of the Gloucestershire Regiment and wounded sometime between 21st – 26th November 1916 whilst in the trenches, facing the German held village of Grandcourt. He was evacuated to Contay, which was a casualty clearing station, where he died of his wounds on the 28th aged 23.

Henry John Blake was the second child of Harry and Rose Blake and was born in 1893. The family lived on the Woolridge in Hartpury and Harry was a garden labourer. Harry married Rose Annie Pullen in Ashleworth Parish Church on 22nd March 1891 and they were living in lodgings in the Barton area of Gloucester in the census of that year.

Harry was the son of John and Mary Blake, some of the many Blakes who inhabited the Woolridge area of Hartpury. Rose (baptised Rose-hanna Pulham) was the daughter of John and Eliza Pulham of Nupend, Ashleworth.

Edward Brain was killed in action on 9 May 1917 in France. He is buried in the Warlincourte Halte Cemetery at Saulty. Edward was a private in the 7th Battalion of the Queens Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment and was presumably killed in the Battles of Arras. [Any suggestions about how he came to be in a Kent regiment would be welcomed.] There is a note in his SDGW entry which says he was previously with the Welsh Horse, a Territorial regiment which mainly disbanded in 1917.

Edward was 29 when he died and had been married for two years to Fanny Maria Finch whose family lived in Lower Westgate St, Gloucester.

Edward was brought up in Hartpury and was the 10th of the 12 children born to Walter and Susan Brain.

Walter Brain and Susan Price were married in 1868 and went to live in one of the cottages at Woodhams at the end of Dents Lane, probably the one which is now called Rosemary Cottage. By 1881 they had moved to one of the “new cottages” at the junction of Buttersend Lane and Corsend Road.

Walter was the illegitimate son of Mary Ann Brain who lived in The Cottage, Hiams Lane with her parents. Susan was the daughter of James and Mary Ann Price of Twyning.

Edward Brain is also commemorated on the War Memorial inside Highnam Church. His connection with this parish has yet to be established.

Sidney Brookes enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment on 7th January 1915 and was send to France in March. He was “gassed” on 2nd May 1915 and was returned home. He died on 28 Nov 1918 and is buried in the churchyard of Hartpury Methodist Chapel.

He was the eldest son of Francis Brookes of Broad Street, previously of Woolridge. He was 23 when he died.

Francis and Louisa Brookes had at least 11 children, the first seven of which were girls and the first two were illegitimate, presumably by Francis. Francis was a hay trusser and had been born and brought up in Hartpury. Louisa was the daughter of William and Eliza Bendall of Maisemore who later moved to Hartpury.

Albert Dent died on 15 October 1918 somewhere in India. He is commemorated on the Kirkee Memorial near Poona. He was a private serving in the 283rd company of the Machine Gun Corps.

Albert Edwin Dent was the only son of Robert and Frances Dent of Gloucester Road, near the Canning Arms. He was 26 when he died. Although registered as Albert Edwin he is commemorated as Albert Edward.

Robert and Frances Dent had three daughters besides Albert. Robert was an ordinary agricultural labourer and had been born in Hartpury. His parents were Henry Dent from Hartpury and Mary Ann Powell from Bristol. Henry Dent was a general dealer and grocer.

Karl Fowler was killed in action on 21 August 1915 in Turkey. He is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery, Suvla. Karl was a private with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and was 20 when he died. The Hussars sailed for Egypt in April 1915 but went to Gallipoli (without their horses) in August, where they suffered heavy casualties from Turkish machine gun fire.

Karl was the youngest of William and Agnes Fowler’s seven children, although William also had six children from his previous marriage. He was born in 1893 at Corsend Farm and had been registered as Osman Karl Fowler. By the time of Karl’s death the running of Corsend Farm had been taken over by Frank Fowler, his brother.

Before moving to Corsend Farm in 1874, William and his first wife Emily Ann Cadle had been farming at Pauntley and, prior to that, Tirley Court. William however was a Hartpury man, having been born at Tweenhills Farm in 1844. Following the death of his first wife in 1880, William married his housekeeper, Agnes Emma Stephens, a Gloucester girl.

William Hanman was killed in action in France on 4th December 1917 and is buried at the Wimereux Communal Cemetery. He was a private serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry and was 20 when he died.

William Jesse Hanman was born in Maisemore in 1897, the youngest son of Jesse and Fanny Hanman. Jesse was a bricklayer’s labourer and the family had moved to Gloucester Road, Hartpury by 1901.

Jesse and Fanny were married in 1891 and were both natives of Hartpury. Jesse was the son of Joseph and Esther Hanman. Fanny was the daughter of John and Sarah Ferris of Corsend Road, Hartpury. John Ferris was a waterman.

William Jones died of wounds in France on 13th October 1918 and is buried at the Queant Communal Cemetery in the Pas de Calais. He was a rifleman with the 1/7th Battalion of the West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment, having enlisted at Cinderford

William was the eldest son of Arthur William Jones and Louisa (nee Ferris) of Corsend Road. Arthur was a baker and worked at the bakery at the top of Corsend Road. William was born in 1882 and had trained under his father to become a baker. In 1903 he married Florence Eliza Spencer in Gloucester Register Office. By 1910 they were living in Adsett Cottages in Westbury on Severn, where Florence died aged only 29. William was living there alone in 1911 and was then an agricultural labourer. William was 36 when he died.

Reginald Phillips was killed in action on the Somme on 19th August 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment in September 1914 and crossed to France in August 1915. When he died he had risen to the rank of Company Serjeant Major and was posthumously awarded the Military Medal.

Reginald was living with his grandparents, Arthur and Elizabeth Dent at Woolridge Farm, Hartpury at the time of the 1901 census. He was born in 1893/4 in Hartpury. However, his war record suggests he was born in St Catherines, Gloucester.

The evidence suggests that Reginald was the illegitimate son of Mary Anne Amelia Dent (Arthur and Elizabeth’s youngest child) and had been registered in the fourth quarter of 1893 as Albert Reginald Dent. Mary (or Minnie as she was known) eventually married a Charles Phillips in 1898 and in the 1901 Census they were living in Priory Road, Gloucester. Charles was a scenic artist from Cornwall. Reginald had adopted his mother’s married name and was living in Hartpury possibly to attend school.

In 1913 there is an interesting record in the registers of Hartpury Parish Church for we find that Reginald was baptised on 2nd November, as Albert Reginald. His mother was Minnie Dent and no father’s name was given. Notes were included that he was illegitimate and that Minnie was now Mrs Phillips, a widow. Reginald would have been 20 years old.

James Pryke died on 5th September 1916 in Salonika, Greece and is buried in the Lahana Military Cemetery. He was a Private in the 81st Field Ambulance unit of the Royal Army Medical Corps. It is possible that he died of disease as the records say “died” rather than “killed in action”.

James William Pryke was born in 1894 in Hartpury, the eldest son of Arthur and Emma Pryke. Arthur Pryke was a gamekeeper on the Hartpury Estate and the family lived at the Lower Lodge, Moorend. By the time of the CWGC citation Arthur and Emma had moved to Wigtownshire.

Arthur Pryke hailed from near Thetford in Norfolk and was one of the many children of James and Harriet Pryke. James Pryke was a warrener. Emma Eleanor was the daughter of William and Eleanor Penfold and, although being born in Brighton, spent most of her formative years in Hammersmith. William Penfold was a carpenter.

Joseph Ridler was killed in action on 4 October 1917 and is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery near Passchendaele in Belgium. He was a private with the Devonshire Regiment having earlier served with the Gloucestershire Regiment. He first went to the front in France with the Glosters in July 1915.

Joseph was 22 when he died although the CWGC says he was 29. There were other Joseph Ridlers but none matches the collection of evidence.

Joseph was born Oliver Joseph Ridler on 25th April 1895, the youngest child of Joseph and Amelia Ridler. The family were living at Moorend in 1891 but had moved to Blackwells End by 1901. Joseph senior was an agricultural labourer.

Joseph and Amelia were married in 1887. Joseph was the son of Ansell and Esther Ridler of Sandhurst. Amelia was the daughter of Thomas and Susannah Goode, originally of Maisemore, later of Moorend, Hartpury. It would appear that Amelia had remarried as she is referred to a Amelia Bailey on the CWGC record.

Joseph Ridler is also commemorated on the War Memorial at St Margaret’s Church, Priors Norton as Oliver Ridler.

Cyril Wadley was killed in action at Passchendaele on 27th August 1917 and is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium. He was a Private in the 2/4th (Bristol Territorial) Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and was 19 when he died.

Cyril John Wadley was the eighth of at least ten children of William and Kate Wadley. William was a horse dealer and in 1901 lived close to the Canning Arms. William and Kate were married in 1885 and initially lived in Hiams Lane.

William was the son of Michael and Jane Wadley who farmed at Overton, Maisemore. Kate was the daughter of Thomas and Eliza Burford of Gloucester Road, Hartpury. Thomas was also a horse dealer.

World War 2 Casualties

Being researched

Compiler’s Notes

This information has been compiled from publicly available sources including:

  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
  • Soldiers Died in the Great War (SDGW)
  • Census returns
  • Indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Please report any errors or omissions to the compiler.

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