Wateringbury School War MemorialFollowing the closure of the old Wateringbury school on Red Hill, the school’s War Memorial was removed and put into storage. It was later refurbished and now hangs in the church vestry.The memorial was erected by scholars, staff, old boys & friends to record the names of all the old boys and masters who served in H.M.Forces, and those who lost their lives during the Great War.The brass centre plate, headed “Roll of Honour”, commemorates thirty-six men who lost their lives’. The two wooden panels, either side of the Roll of Honour, record 213 names of those who served but returned home safely.The two smaller outer side panels record the names of eleven men who lost their lives in World War II.Of the thirty-six men commemorated on the School Roll of Honour, twenty-three are also commemorated on the 1914-18 Church War Memorial.As in the church booklet, the sources of information used to help identify the men listed below included birth and marriage records, various census returns, a list of names with ranks and regiments from the Order of Service for the inauguration of the Church War Memorial, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and "Soldiers Died in the Great War". The D.C.M. citation for Rifleman Arthur Jessup was obtained from his regiment’s museum.The entry for each man records his personal details, with some family background, service details including a badge, enlistment and circumstances of death as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War’.Depending on the availability of data, the amount of information varies from man to man. In the case of Frederick Costin, there were two Frederick Costins who attended Wateringbury School. Both boys were called Frederick Walter. One of them was killed in the war and the other survived it, but is not named on one of the side panels. More detail is given under their names.There appears to be a mystery surrounding Jack Ladams’ name. Notes are given under his name.In the case of Tom Smith, only his rank, regiment and some family background is known.The thirty six men commemorated on the School War Memorial are listed below. Those marked with the symbol † are also commemorated on the church memorial.The 213 names of those who served but returned home safely follow the Roll of Honour below.
Wateringbury WWI Memorial Booklets
School War MemorialRoll of Honour
†Adams, Fred†Adams, Percy†Bowles, ThomasBurrluck, GeorgeBuss, Robert†Butchers, WilliamCostin, Fred†Cruttenden, FrankDumbrell, JohnFuller, Percy†Gunner, AlfredGurr, Fred†Head, (William) Charles†Head, Robert†Heath, Richard†Jessup, Arthur†Jukes, Arthur†Ladams, Jackreal name Jury, John Thomas