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 were not remembered on the Memorial. You can read more about our research here.
Following advice from the War Memorials Trust, the DVS created a list of 11 men whose names we believed should be added to the memorial, based on the original criteria for inclusion. 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 Facebook page. Over the Remembrance Weekend 2017, the Society also drew attention to these ‘missing’ men with a display on the Green.
In all of this, we received no objections to these 11 names being added and no other names were put forward.
On 7 November 2018, just in time for Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of the Armistice, stonemason Andy Chalk added a new marble stone to the War Memorial on the Village Green. It lists the names of eleven soldiers whose names were missing from the memorial. This work was done as part of the 2018 restoration of the war memorial, generously 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
You can read more about these eleven men here: https://www.datchetvillagesociety.org.uk/datchet-in-wwi/the-men-missing-from-datchets-wwi-memorial-and-war-roll/
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, 82 more than were recorded in the original war roll.