WAR MEMORIAL (NEAR MALMESBURY)
War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Philip Windibank 2020
memorial is in the form of an octagonal Latin cross with the shaft
on an octagonal plinth, with a two stepped base, commemorating ten
men from the parish, located at St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Charlton
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IN THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN WHO
WENT FORTH FROM CHARLTON VILLAGE TO TAKE PART IN THE GREAT
WAR 1914-1918 AND WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR
THE COUNTRY AND THE LIBERTY OF MANKIND THIS MEMORIAL IS
ERECTED BY THEIR GRATEFUL FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN THIS PLACE
28423. 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 12th April 1918.
Born in Charlton. Son of George and Ellen Baker, of Charlton.
Brother of Frank Baker (below). Buried at La Kreule Military Cemetery,
Nord, France. Plot I. C. 33.
4916. 8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 12th September
1916. Born in Charlton. Son George and Ellen Baker, of Charlton.
Brother of Ernest Baker (above). Buried at Caudry Old Communal
Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot C. 8.
21063. 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died between 27th September
and 10th October 1915. No known grave. Son of Mrs Elizabeth Green,
of Park Street, Charlton. Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Pas de
Calais, France. Panel 5 to 7.
Hon Henry Molyneux Paget
Commanding 1st Wiltshire Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed
in action at The Battle of Istabulat, 21st April 1917, aged 39.
19th Earl of Suffolk and 12th Earl of Berkshire. Son of Henry
Charles Howard, 18th Earl of Suffolk and 11th Earl of Berkshire.
Husband of Margaret Howard (nee Hyde Leiter), Countess of Suffolk
and Berkshire, of Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Buried at Basra War
Cemetery, Iraq. Plot II. S. 1. [Henry Molyneaux on Memorial]
8805. 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 23rd October 1914,
aged 21. Son of Eliza Lewis (nee Hitchings), of Griffins Barn
Cottage, Charlton. Buried at Ypres Town Cemetery, West Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot D1. 9.
IN THE WAR OF
Maintenance Unit, Royal Air Force. Died at Kemble, 23rd July 1943,
aged 33. Son of the late Mr and Mrs F R Banks, of 45 New Road,
Chippenham, Wiltshire. Husband of Molly Banks, of Clanville, Stanton
St. Quinton, Wiltshire. Reporting Authority, Cirencester, Rural
District. Buried at St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Charlton.
Hon Charles Henry George
Bomb Disposal. GC, FRS, FRSE. Died 12th May 1941, aged 35. Born
2nd March 1906, 20th Earl of Suffolk and 13th Earl of Berkshire.
Special appointment with the Directorate of Scientific Research,
Ministry of Supply. Son of Margaret Howard (nee Hyde Leiter),
and the late Henry Molyneux Paget Howard, 19th Earl of Suffolk
and 12th Earl of Berkshire (killed in action in World War One,
and also Commemorated on the Charlton Memorial). Husband of
Mimi Howard (nee Forde Pigott), Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire,
of Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Reporting Authority, Erith, Municipal
Borough. Buried at St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Charlton,
and Commemorated on a stained glass window in the Church.
Citation — CWGC
Charles Howard, Earl of Suffolk, was the foremost expert on
bomb disposal and worked together with his personal assistant
and right-hand-man Fred Hards, and his secretary Miss Morden,
known by all in the bomb disposal fraternity as the "Holy
Trinity". All new types of bomb were attended to by the
team, with Hards passing the tools, and Miss Morden remaining
close enough to hear and take notes from the dictations of Howard
as to the method of defusing. The three lived, worked then died
together when an old and rusted bomb being worked on exploded
in their faces.
(Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1605104. 49 Squadron, Royal Air
Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 26th November 1944, aged 22. Son
of William James and Emma Rose Langley, of Charlton. Buried at
St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Charlton.
(Flight Engineer) 1608556. 115 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve. Died 15th November 1944. Buried at Reichswald Forest
War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 4. B. 11.
(Pilot) 1294453. 75 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Died 17th May 1943, aged 22. Son of Joseph and Alice Helen Wright,
of Charlton. Buried at St. John The Baptist Churchyard, Charlton.
17 September, 2022