Datchet’s ‘missing’ soldiers, 11 November 2018

Datchet’s ‘missing’ soldiers, 11 November 2018

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On Sunday 11 November 2018, the centenary of the WWI armistice, the village will be able to remember 11 more of its WWI soldiers thanks to DVS research. One of these soldiers has a descendant living in the village who has been invited by the British Legion to lay a wreath in their honour at the war memorial on the village green.
While the DVS was researching the lives of the 54 men remembered on Datchet’s WWI Memorial, we discovered at least 33 more servicemen with Datchet connections who died during WWI but who aren’t remembered on the Memorial. You can read more about our research here. Following advice from the War Memorials Trust, the DVS created this list of 11 men whose names we believe should be added to the memorial. We liaised with Datchet Parish Council, Datchet British Legion and other village groups, and notified the community by articles in the local press, in The Link magazine, and on Datchet Eye. Last year, over the Remembrance Weekend, the Society also drew attention to these ‘missing’ men with a display on the Green. In all of this, we have received no objections to these 11 names being added and no other names have been put forward.
The 11 names are currently being inscribed on a memorial stone which we hope will be added to the memorial later this year as part of the programme of restoration work funded by the Barker Bridge House Trust.
The names are as follows:

JOSEPH ROBERT ALBON           R·Irish·R          Rfn

EDWARD ALBERT ASHTON        Lond·R            Pte

PERCIVAL JOHN BARROTT        R·N                  Sto·1

WILLIAM JAMES BOWERY          A·S·C               Dvr

FREDERICK COLBOURNE          M·G·C              Pte

HARRY GEORGE FINCH             E·Kent·R           Pte

HAMILTON PEVOR LISNEY        Oxf&Bucks·L·I   L·Corpl

JOSEPH POWIS LOVE                Oxf&Bucks·L·I   Staff·Sergt

WILLIAM POWIS LOVE                R·Fus                Pte

ARTHUR STEWART                     A·I·F                  Pte

ARTEMUS WARD                         R·Muns·Fus      Sergt


As part of this DVS WWI research project, Harry Clasper has compiled a revised War Roll which now includes more than 430 names of Datchet men who served during the war.

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