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Detectives Needed – Amport Fallen Heroes of WW1

The Amport Fallen Heroes of WW1, 1914-1918
Are you a Hercule Poirot or a Miss Marple who could undertake some detective work looking for more details of the Amport Fallen Heroes of WW1, 1914-1918 ?

There are 17 names on the WW1 memorial plaque in St Mary’s Church, Amport. We can see their names and rank, but no real detail. The idea is to research a little more (or a lot more) about each of these Fallen Heroes. Diana Coldicott, a long-term Monxton resident, has written and published ‘Remembering the Fallen – War Memorials in Monxton, Hampshire’. Published as a 22-page softback in September 2019. I am not aware of any research done about the Amport Fallen Heroes.

If this interests you, we are looking for a team of researchers to look into the 17 names, their background, their families, if we can find any images or any more details about their time in the Army, or family life before the war. All the Amport Heroes were Army men, none from the Navy, Merchant Navy, or RAF.

Here are the names, and a few brief details. Do any names ring a bell ? Maybe family still live in Amport or nearby ?

Can you help ? Send me an e-Mail to gxmartinbaker@hotmail.com or call me on 07779-236340 or 01264-772255.

  • Private Bertram (Bertie) Harold Bennett – 14th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Died 26th September 1917 West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Sometimes known as Harry, he was married to Mabel Mary E. Gray and was a Gamekeeper. They lived at Haydown Lodge, Amport in 1911. Bertie was one of four brothers killed during WW1. He is also remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial and the Tollard Royal War Memorial along with his three brothers.
  • Private Robert Mark Bundy (known as Mark) – 8th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Born 1890 in Newton Toney, and died 8th September 1916 on the Somme, France. Son of Charles Bundy and Elizabeth Harris. In 1911 Mark lived with his widowed mother at Ann’s Farm Cottages, Cholderton and he was a Waggoner on a Farm.
  • Private Tom Butcher – 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Born 1880 in Amport, died 10th August 1915 aged 30 in Gallipoli, Turkey. Son of Thomas and Fanny Butcher nee Guyatt, of Amport.
  • Private John Ernest George Childs – 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Born 1894 in Amport, and died 21st August 1915, aged 21, in Gallipoli, Turkey. Son of John and Jane Eliza Childs nee Jordan, of Westlands, Amport.
  • Private Raymond Victor Childs – Army Service Corps and 20th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Service Number 34177. Born 1895 in Amport, and died 23rd March 1918, aged 22. Son of Frederick Childs and Eliza Childs nee Cooper (updated since July 2021 Parish Newsletter) who lived at different times on The Green, Amport, and East Lodge, Keepers Hill, Amport. Remembered on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. I am assuming John Childs and Raymond Childs were cousins.
  • Private William Egan – 2nd Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment. Born 1891 in Andover (maybe Amport), and died 1st July 1916 near Thiepval, Somme, France. He was the son of Irish born Michael Egan and Gibraltar born Mary Ann nee Tibble, and was one of 10 children. The family lived at Bridge Cottage in 1901.
  • Private George Field or Fields – 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Died 28th August 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey. Something of an enigma. More research needed to find an Amport connection and his background.
  • Private Edward George Griffen (sometimes Griffin) – 14th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Born 1887 near Bradford-upon-Avon, and died 26th September 1917 near Passchendaele, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The son of Jesse Griffen and Naomi nee Mizen. He left a wife Agnes, and two sons. Edward worked as a Postman in nearby Chute Standen, Wiltshire in 1911. His connection to Amport is unknown. His widow Agnes remarried in Pewsey in 1922 to Frank M. Twist.
  • Private Joseph (Joe) Horne – 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. He was born in 1887, and died 10th August 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey. Joe was born at Laverstock Grange Farm near Whitchurch, the son of Job Horne and Elizabeth nee Bray. In 1911 he was living with his older brother Henry at Sarson, Amport, and Joe was a Farm Labourer.
  • Private Walter Howard – 12th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Died (probably) 24th April 1917 in Greece. Or he might be Lance Corporal W. Howard, died 24th March 1918, 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Need to verify his identity.
  • Private Frank Inkerman Huntley – Labour Battalion – Frank was one of the older members who enlisted in 1916, aged 37. His job was that of a Roadman, so he was put into the Labour Battalion. He was discharged in July 1917 on grounds of ill health. Frank was born in 1879, to Harvey Huntley and Harriet Jane nee Davis or Davies. He had three older sisters. They lived variously at Georgia, The Green Amport and in 1916 in Monxton. I don’t think he has a CWGC grave.
  • Private Alfred Stanley Joyce – ‘C’ Company, 10th Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. Born 1892 in Amport and died 21st August 1915, aged 22 at Gallipoli, Turkey. Alfred was the son of James Joyce and Mary Joyce nee Blake, of Sarson, Amport. The family lived variously in the Georgia Farm area, and at Sarson, Amport. Alfred, in 1911, was a Plate Layer with the London and South Western Railway.
  • 2nd Clive Murray-Menzies – 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Clive was born in 1895 in Dickoya, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and died 25th January 1915, age 20, at Cuinchy near Le Touret, Pas de Calais, France. He was the eldest son of Major W. L. and Mrs. Murray-Menzies, of ‘Brookside’, Amport (now ‘Woodside’). Sadly, he had been on the ‘front’ for just two weeks.
  • Lieutenant (acting Captain) Duncan Innes Murray-Menzies (Military Cross) – 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) attached to ‘C’ Battalion Tank Corps and the Machine Gun Corps. Born 7th March 1897. Died 22nd August 1917, aged 20, killed in action at the Ypres Salient near Iberian Farm, Ypres, Belgium. He was the younger son of Major W. L. and Mrs. Murray-Menzies, connected to ‘Brookside’, Amport (now ‘Woodside’).
  • Private William Herbert Norris – 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers. Died 27th March 1918 at Pozieres, Somme, France. William was born in Southampton, but enlisted in Andover. It is possible he was actually William Henry Norris born 1893 in Clatford, and in 1911 he was an Apprentice Stable Lad at Weyhill Stables Andover, Mouseton (is this Monxton ?), Hampshire. More research needed.
  • Private Alfred Spicer – 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers. Alfred was born in 1891 in Tidworth or Andover, one of ten children, and he died 22nd March 1918, aged 27, at Pozieres, Somme, France. He was the son of Charles Spicer, a Thatcher, and Mary Ann Spicer nee Looker, of Townsend, Monxton.
  • Corporal Edwin Charles Spicer (not Edward) – 6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. Born in 1885 at The Warren, Tidworth, and died 3rd July 1916, aged 31, at Thiepval, Somme, France. Son of Charles Spicer and Mary Ann Spicer nee Looker, of Townsend, Monxton. The family had lived in Thruxton in 1901 and Edwin was a Carter on a Farm, but by 1911 he was living alone in Wimbledon working as a Gardener.

Background information on relevant Regiments and Units is also of interest, so if you would prefer to do some more general research this would also be a great help.

  • The Hampshire Regiment
  • Royal Dublin Fusiliers
  • The Middlesex Regiment
  • Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
  • Tank Corps
  • Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
  • Queens Royal Lancers
  • The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
  • Army Service Corps
  • Labour Battalion

The Amport Fallen Heroes project will also look at Amport during WW1.

One Response

  1. I am a descendant of both Alfred Spicer and Edwin Spicer and I have documents somewhere from the time of their WW1 service. My maternal line is Spicers from Amport Hampshire. I now live in Lancashire but have always kept my family history and grandparents tales. I visited Alfred’s memorial in France 15 years ago, his body was never recovered. Missing presumed dead was war office letter we have that details his last days. Edwin is buried in a nearby cemetery on the same road in Northern France.

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