The men on the memorial

For a full biography, click on a name in the list below,
or follow the pointer at the top-right of each page to view them all

Philip Vaughan HOLBERTON
Manchester Regiment
Colonel, aged 38. Married with three children
Killed in action on 20 March 1918 in France
Buried at Achiet-le-Grand Cemetery

Son of an East Indian merchant, born and bred in Twickenham. Career soldier who had served in Boer War. Mentioned five times in despatches. Widowed mother moved to Sunningwell

Address: Glebe House, Sunningwell

Clifford Whittington GREEN
1st Royal Berkshire Regiment
Captain, aged 24. Single
Died of wounds on 27 June 1915 in France
Buried at Chocques Military Cemetery

Son of a farmer, born in West Lavington, Wiltshire. Moved to Sunningwell as a child. Educated at Radley and Lincoln College, Oxford. Career soldier who joined the army in 1912

Address: Bayworth Manor, Sunningwell

John Frederick Raymond KITCHIN
Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force
Lieutenant, aged 19. Single
Died in air crash on 21 June 1918 in England
Buried at Newhaven Cemetery

Son of a barrister, born in Manchester and grew up in the West Country. Destined for the University Oxford, but turned 18 near the end of 1916 and joined up immediately. Widowed mother moved to Sunningwell

Address: Holmwood, Boars Hill

Arthur Gelston SHEPHERD
Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force
Flight Sub-Lieutenant, aged 21. Single
Died in air crash on 10 March 1915 in England
Buried at Wootton St Peter churchyard

Son of a carpet manufacturer, born in Abingdon. Moved to Sunningwell as a child, educated at Abingdon School and then joined a chartered accountant’s office as a student. Became aviator just before the war

Address: White Lodge, Foxcombe Hill

David Hume PINSENT
Royal Naval Air Service, Royal Air Force
Civilian Aeroplane Research Observer, aged 26
Died in air crash on 8 May 1918 in England
Body not found

Son of a solicitor, born in Edgbaston, brother of Richard below. Read Mathematics then Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. Friend of Wittgenstein. Unfit for service, worked as test pilot. Not officially deemed “War dead”

Address: Glenfield, Foxcombe Hill

Richard Parker PINSENT
10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment
2nd Lieutenant, died aged 22. Single
Killed in action on 9 October 1915 in France
Buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery

Son of a solicitor, born in Harborne, Staffs, brother of David above. Educated at Marlborough College and in 1913 went up to Balliol College, Oxford to read Chemistry but left after one year to go to war

Address: Glenfield, Foxcombe Hill

George Esmond HAGGIE
2/7 Durham Light Infantry
Corporal, aged 27. Single
Killed in action on 2 October 1917 in Belgium
No known grave: on Tyne Cot Memorial

Son of a wealthy rope manufacturer, born in Sunderland. Family moved to Sunningwell when he was 13. Educated at Radley and Magdalen College, Oxford, and then articled to an Oxford firm of solicitors.

Address: Brumcombe, Foxcombe Hill

Sydney Thomas SHERMAN
4th Royal Berkshire Regiment
Corporal, died aged 26. Single
Died on 19 November 1918 in England
Buried at Sunningwell Church (died after Armistice)

Son of an agricultural labourer, born and bred in Sunningwell and attended school there. Trained in Stoke Poges as golf professional and worked at Frilford Heath Golf Club. Not officially deemed “War dead”

Address: Bayworth, Sunningwell

Cecil Arthur Mountfort ILIFFE
Royal Garrison Artillery
Private, aged 28. Single
Died on 13 August 1916 in France
Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery

Son of a silk broker, born and bred in Warwickshire. Graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Planned to get ordained. His brother in Sunningwell was his next-of-kin

Address: Overdale, Foxcombe Hill

James Thomas HONEY
Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner, aged 35. Married with three children
Died of pneumonia on 15 November 1918 in France
Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery

Son of a labourer, born and bred in Sunningwell and attended school there. Bell-ringer at the church. Worked first as a carter, then joined the army in 1901, but a labourer again by 1912

Address: Bayworth, Sunningwell

Robert Ernest VINER
Rifle Brigade
Rifleman, aged 36. Single
Died on 26 August 1914 in France
No known grave

Son of a single woman (father unknown), born and bred in Sunningwell. Brought up by his grandparents, and working as an agricultural labourer by the age of 13

Address: Long Furlong, Sunningwell

Frederick Joseph CHAMP
3rd Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private, aged 34. Married with no children
Killed in action on 27 May 1916 in France
Buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe

Son of a shepherd, born and bred in Sunningwell and attended school there. Worked as a groom/gardener. Bell-ringer at the church

Address: Long Furlong, Sunningwell

Alfred Edmund CRIPPS
Grenadier Guards
Private, aged 21. Single
Killed in action on 25 October 1915 in France
No known grave

Son of a blacksmith, born and bred in Bampton, Oxfordshire. Moved with his father to Sunningwell by 1914 to work as Cripps & Son, blacksmiths. Bell-ringer at Sunningwell Church

Address: Sunningwell, presumably at the forge

George PEACOCK
Royal Army Service Corps – M.T.
Private, aged 42. Married with two children
Killed in action on 3 January 1918 in Belgium
Buried at the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

Son of a gardener, born and bred at Lee in Kent. Worked there as a gardener’s assistant. His parents moved to Sunningwell around the time of the war

Address: Lydgate, Foxcombe Hill

John Thomas TOMPKINS
Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Private, aged 20. Single
Died of pneumonia on 18 March 1915 in England
Buried at Botley Cemetery

Son of a cowman, born in Heythrop. Worked as an under-carter on a farm. Family moved to Sunningwell after 1911. Died in hospital in Oxford (Examination Schools) and had full military funeral

Address: Sunningwell

Archibald BALLS
Devonshire Regiment
Private, aged 28. Probably single
Died of wounds on 4 November 1918 in France
Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery

Son of the farmer at Yatscombe Farm, born in Skirmett, Buckinghamshire but grew up in Sunningwell and attended school there. Missing from the 1911 census and may have moved away

Address: Yatscombe Farm, Foxwell Hill

*Arthur Dukinfield DARBISHIRE
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
Private, aged 36. Single
Died of meningitis on 26 December 1915 in Scotland
Place of burial unknown; on Brookwood Memorial

Son of the Samuel Dukinfield Darbishire (Physician at the Radcliffe Infirmary from 1879), born in Kensington. Educated at Magdalen College School and Balliol College. Lecturer in Genetics at Oxford and then Edinburgh

Address: Grey House, Foxcombe Hill

* Not listed on the church war memorial, but included on the board in Sunningwell village hall

St Leonard's Church, Sunningwell

 

 

 

Postscript:

Second World War

A list of the Sunninwell dead (no biographies) linked to their pages on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

 

 

 

Left: St Leonard’s Church, Sunningwell, in December 2011