Other Ilsley Men

The following men were all born in East Ilsley, but their names do not appear on the War Memorial, as they and their families had moved away.

8644 L/Cpl. Ernest William Newman, 2nd Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action 9 May 1915 at Fromelles aged 28.

Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

8080 Cpl. Thomas Edwin Newman, 2nd Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action 3 August 1916 at Vermelles aged 28.
Buried at Vermelles British Cemetery.

Ernest was born in 1886 at Woolvers Farm, East Ilsley, and his younger brother Thomas in 1888.  They were baptised on the same day, 1 July 1888, at St Mary’s, East Ilsley.  Their father Frederick was from West Ilsley.  As teenagers they worked on a farm in Blewbury, and Ernest is remembered on the Blewbury War Memorial.  At the time of the war he lived in West Challow.  Thomas married Stella Bennett of Appleton in 1914, and he is commemorated on the Appleton War Memorial.

23419 L/Cpl. Frank Enos Payne, 6th Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action 17 February 1917 at Miraumont aged 19.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Frank was born in East Ilsley on 17 December 1897.  His father Thomas was an agricultural engine driver, and his mother Rose was a Welch from West Ilsley.  They moved to Drayton, and Frank is commemorated on the War Memorial there.

Second Lieutenant Spencer Charles Beresford, 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Killed in action 5 June 1918 at La Bazeque aged 35.
Buried at Warlencourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty.

Spencer was born in 1882 in East Ilsley, as were his brother and sister (twins) in 1883.  Their father Charles was a surgeon from Narborough in Leicestershire. The family does not seem to have stayed in East Ilsley for long, and they returned to Narborough, where Spencer is remembered on the War Memorial.

10558 L/Cpl. Richard Gregory, 2nd Btn Royal Irish Regiment
Killed in action 20 July 1918 aged 27.
Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

Richard was born into a well-established East Ilsley family in 1891, living in Cow Lane.  However his parents moved away, and the family was living near Aldworth in 1901.  Richard lived in Britwell Salome near Wallingford at the time of the war.  He married Mabel Munday in 1916.  Britwell Salome has no war memorial.

7905 Sgt. Rowland Rose Limbert MM,  1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Killed in action  24 August 1918 aged 31.
Buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory.

Rowland was born in East Ilsley in 1887.  His mother died in 1893 and his father two years later. Both are buried in East Ilsley, as are Rowland’s two younger sisters.  Rowland was living at Woodlands St Mary in 1901, and in 1911 was serving overseas with the Army.  His Military Medal was gazetted in October 1916.  He is commemorated on the Compton War Memorial.
More information on Rowland can be found here

3152 Pte William Thomas Hawkins, 2nd Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action 13 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle aged 31.
Buried at Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers.

William had been a soldier in peacetime, and was called up from the reserve.  He was born in East Ilsley in 1884, the eldest child of Thomas Hawkins of Compton and his wife Maria Cannons, a member of a large and long established East Ilsley family.  They later moved to Farnborough, where William’s name is on the War Memorial.