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Tilstock

 

The Tilstock War Memorial commemorates those local men who died in World War I and World War II The memorial takes the form of a high Celtic Cross in the graveyard of St. Mary's parish church.

 

Tilstock is a village and ecclesiastical parish near the town of Whitchurch in Shropshire, England, close to the border with Wales. It includes the villages of Tilstock, Prees Heath and Broughall.

 

The area had strong military connections. Prees Heath Army Camp was opened in 1915 as a training base for the British Army, it had a capacity for 30,000 men training in trench warfare. At the outbreak of World War II, the site became an internment camp for screening Austrian and German refugees and was later converted to a prisoner of war camp until 1941. An airfield was constructed in the site by mid-1942, which was known as "Whitchurch Heath" until 1943, when it became known as "RAF Tilstock". At the end of the Second World War the camp became home to Polish Army families.

 

St. Mary's churchyard in Tilstock has a large number of military graves of men not connected to the area.

 

1914-1918

 

Rank,Name & Service Number:Lance Corporal ADAMS Harold C/1622
Service:King's Royal Rifle Corps(16th Bn.)
Died:9 Mar 1918
Age:22
Details:Born in Whixhall. Son of William & Emma Adams, of Steele Heath.
Cemetery or Memorial:Nine Elms British Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Corporal BATHO George 7826
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry(1st Bn.)
Died:9 Aug 1915
Age:34
Details:Born in Tilstock. Son of Joseph and Caroline Batho, Village, Whitchurch. (1891 Census)
Cemetery or Memorial:Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private BRADSHAW William Thomas 61293
Service:Welsh Regiment (18th Bn.)
Died:13 Apr 1918
Age:19
Details:Son of William & Mary Jane Bradshaw, of Heath Lane Farm, Prees Heath.
Cemetery or Memorial:Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private EVANS Edward Frank 230126 & 1651
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry(10th Bn.)formerlyShropshire Yeomanry
Died:22 Aug 1918
Age:24
Details:Born in Tilstock. Son of Edward and Sarah Ann Hollins Lane, Tilstock, Whitchurch. (1911 Census)
Cemetery or Memorial:Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacoutre, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private EVANS James 26013
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry(6th Bn.)
Died:17 Aug 1917
Age:
Details:
Son of Charles Evans, of 5, Diglake, Tilstock. Native of Whixall.
Cemetery or Memorial:Dozinghem Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Corporal FEARNALL Hugh 230288 & 1959
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry(10th Bn.)formerlyShropshire Yeomanry
Died:22 Aug 1918
Age:28
Details:Born Worthenbury, Flintshire, Wales. Son of Hugh & Elizabeth Annie Fearnall, of Ivy House Farm, Tilstock.
Cemetery or Memorial:Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:HARDING Charles   
Service:
Died:
Age:
Details:
Cemetery or Memorial:

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private POWELL Abel 34774 & 54422
Service:Loyal North Lancashire Regiment(9th Bn.)attd.101st Trench Mortar Bty.formerlyCheshire Regiment
Died:28 Sep 1918
Age:22
Details:Born Whixhall. Son of Hannah Powell, of Tilstock.
Cemetery or Memorial:Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private WALTERS John Thomas 22422
Service:King's Shropshire Light Infantry("B" Coy. 9th Bn.)
Died:18 May 1916
Age:24
Details:Son of John & Elizabeth Walters, of Hayes Farm, Coton, Whixall.
Cemetery or Memorial:Christ Church Churchyard, Tilstock.

 

1939-1945

 

Rank,Name & Service Number:Private CARTER Reginald E 14207763
Service:Hampshire Regiment(5th Bn.)
Died:12 Mar 1943
Age:22
Details:Son of Thomas & Olive Carter, of Whitchurch.
Cemetery or Memorial:Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Fusilier DUDLESTON John Nunnerley 4035158
Service:Royal Welsh Fusiliers(4th Bn.)
Died:14 Apr 1945
Age:30
Details:Born in Tilstock. Son of Thomas Nunnerley Dudleston and the late Annie Jane Dudleston; husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Dudleston, of Clive, Shropshire.
Cemetery or Memorial:Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Corporal EDGE Thomas William 4970747
Service:Army Catering Corps attd.Sherwood Foresters - Notts and Derby Regiment(1/5th Bn.)
Died:12 Sep 1944
Age:33
Details:Son of Henry & Dorothy May Edge, of Tilstock; husband of Elizabeth Ann Edge, of Tilstock.
Cemetery or Memorial:Singapore Memorial, Singapore.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Sapper GRAHAM James 7047921
Service:Royal Engineers(81 Assault Sqn.)
Died:6 Jun 1944
Age:21
Details:Son of James & Bertha Rebecca Graham, of Tilstock.
Cemetery or Memorial:Bayeuax War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Rank,Name & Service Number:Aircraftsman VAUGHAN Stanley Frederick 956909
Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died:11 Dec 1941
Age:23
Details:Son of Joseph Vaughan, & of Margaret E Vaughan, of Wem.
Cemetery or Memorial:St. Mary's Churchyard, Whixall.

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