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The memorialstands in a walled recess in the centre of the village, opposite the High Street junction with memorial Road in Fenny Compton, Southam. It takes the form of a two stepped octagonal base surmounted by an octagonal sectioned plinth, boss and a tapering octagonal sectioned Latin cross with incised inscriptions, infilled with black paint, on three sides of plinth and boss. There are 12 name slisted for World War 1 and 6 for World War 2. The memorial was designed by M A Alexander. There is also a plaque within St Peter and St Clare Church, Church Streetm Fenny Compton that bears the same names for each conflict except for WARDLE.

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1914 - 1918

EDWARDS Charles William
Sergeant 9075 Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion. Born Fenny Compton, son of Arthur and Betsy Edwards, Fenny Compton. Enlisted Windsor, residence Leamington Spa, died of wounds 10/10/1917, theatre of war France and Flanders, buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Private 16828 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 9th Battalion. The Battalion was sent to Egypt in January 1916 as part of 39th Brigade and then to Mesopotamia in February 1916. In July 1918 the Brigade was part of the north Persia force. Jessie died of wounds 15th September1918 Mesopotamia. His name inscribed on Tehran memorial.
Private 10607 Worcester Regiment, 14th Battalion. Born Fenny Compton, enlisted Stratford Upon Avon, residence Fenny Compton. The 14th Battalion was part of the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. Between the 24th and 25th March 1918 the Division fought in the Battle of Bapaume, one of the Somme Battles. William was killed in action on 25th March 1918.
[Spekt HIRONS on CWGC and SDGW] Private 22502, 2nd Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 30th July 1916. Aged 21. Born Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, enlisted Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Hiorns; husband of Lily May (nee Winterburn) Hiorns in October to December Quarter 1915 in Newport Pagnell Registration District, Buckinghmahsire. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, a scholar, son of Samuel and Mary Ann Hiorns, resident Fenny Compton, Southam, Warwickshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born fenny Compton, Warwickshire, a Farm Labourer, son of Samuel and Mary Ann Hiorns, resident Fenny Compton, Leamington, Warwickshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 A and 10 D.
Ordinary seaman Bristol Z 10335, RNVR HMS Motagua. Son of James and Catherine Jennings, Bridge Street, Fenny Compton. Fred was one of 28 men killed when armed merchant cruiser Motagua was hit by United States Destroyer USS Manley, which was supposed to be escorting the Motagu, on 19th March 1918, he was 24, Fredís name is inscribed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Private 7379 Lincolnshire Regiment, 1st Battalion. Danielís fatherís place of birth is listed as Fenny Compton on the 1891 census record. The 1st Battalion was part of the 3rd Division and fought the Battle of La Bassee from 10th October to 2nd November 1914. Daniel died on 1st November 1914 age 33. His name is inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial also on Farnborough memorial.
MAYCOCK Arthur Edwin Richard
Private 22748 Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 16th Battalion. Son of Richard Maycock. Born Fenny Compton, enlisted Fenny Compton. The 16th Battalion was part of 5th Division. The Division fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge between 9th and 14th April and the attack on La Coulotte 23rd 24th April 1917. Arthur was killed in action 22nd April 1917, age 20. He is buried at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, France.
MASSEY James William
Lance Corporal 16304 Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), 11th Battalion, brother of E.A. Massey, Fenny Compton. The 11th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters was part of the 23rd Division. The division landed in Boulogne on 27th August 1915 and fought in the Battle of Albert (1st Somme Battle) between 1st and 13 th July 1916. James died on 8th July 1916, age 20. He is buried at the Warley-Baillon cemetery extension, France.
Private 202101 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/6th Battalion, enlisted Warwick, Residence Fenny Compton. The 2/6th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was part of the 61st (2nd South Midland Division). The division landed in France on 21st May 1916. On 21st March 1918, the division fought in the Battle of St. Quentin where the enemy launched an attack on the Somme in overwhelming strength. The Division was holding the line in the area northwest of Saint Quentin and lost many men as it fought a successful withdrawal back over the Somme crossing. George was killed in action on 21st March 1918. His name is inscribed on the Pozieres memorial, France.
Signalman Bristol 2/105 RNVR, S.S. Daybreak, son of Edith and the Late Elijah Sumner, Fenny Compton, died on 24th December 1918, age 18 when the U-87 torpedoed the S.S. Daybreak off the coast of County Down. His name is inscribed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
THORNTON Bertram Harry
Private 24646 Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/8th Battalion. Born Fenny Compton, enlisted Coventry, residence Farnborough, son of Edith Mary Thornton, Leamington Spa. The 2/8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment was part of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. The division landed in France on 21st May 1916 and took part in the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele between 26th October and 10th November 1917. Bertram was killed in action on 15th November 1917, age 19. He is buried at the Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux, France.
No further information currently available.



GARDNER Roland George
Gunner 1624110 Royal Artillery 141 Bty 22 A.A Regiment, son of George and Daisy Gardner, Fenny Compton. killed on 6th February 1943, buried Bone War Cemetery, Annaba, Algeria.
HARRISON George William

Lance Corporal 7905535, 12th Royal Lancers (Prince Of Wales's), Royal Armoured Corps. Died of wounds 4 January 1945. Aged 25. Son of Charles Henry and Agnes Louisa Harrison, of Fenny Compton, Warwickshire. Buried in Ravenna War cemetery, Italy. Ploty I. Row D. Grave 19.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

HARRISON George William of Fenny Compton Warwickshire died 4 January 1945 on war service Administration Oxford 28 September to Charles Henry Harrison retired butcher.
Effects £864 12s. 11d.

LOVELL Clarence Young
Leading Cook C/MX 52434 HMS Cornwall. Son of Earnest and Georgina Lovell; husband of Gladys Lovell, Fenny Compton. Died 5/4/1942, age 27, when HMS Cornwall was sunk by Japanese air attack 12-miles west of Ceylon. His name is inscribed on Chatham Naval Memorial.
MOLD George
Private 1609084 Northamptonshire Regiment, 5th Battalion, son of George and Jane Mold, Fenny Compton. George died on 14th June 1945, age 33, and is buried at Bari War Cemetery, Italy.
Death recorded in GRO Consular Death Indices (1849 To 1965), death year 1941-1945 in Basra, Iraq. Born 1913. Aged 28. [Reference DCON Vol 36, page 76.
RUSSUM Rex Geldard
Third Officer M.V. Harpa Oil Tanker, Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company, son of Roger and Constance Russum, Deddigton, Oxfordshire. Rex was killed along with seven officers, two Royal Navy Gunners and twenty-five Chinese crew on 27th January 1942, age 23, when the M.V. Harpa struck a British sea-mine in Main Straight Singapore whilst on-route to Batavia, Indonesia, with a full cargo of aviation fuel on board. In the 1939 Register he was born 25 February 1918, Mercantile Marine A B, Flat, 1 High Swisburne Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne C.B., Northumberland.

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