Remembrance 2014

This page is dedicated to the people of Leigh Woods who we wish to remember on 9th November 2014 for their services in the 1st World War and 2nd World War.


First World War Memorial

A. E. Allward

ALBERT EDWARD Private Devonshire Regiment 9th Bn. Died 26/10/1917 age 39 Tyne Cot

Avon View or Rose Cottage, Rownham Hill, Domestic Gardener for Wills family of Burwalls House. He was survived by his wife and 2 daughters.

J. S. Davey

JOHN STANLEY Lieutenant North Somerset Yeomanry"B" Sqdn. Died 17/11/1914 age 33 Ypres

Mother lived at Bannerleigh, brother lived at Foye House, Of Davey tobacco family who merged with WD & HO Wills and others to form Imperial Tobacco.

R. P. Harvey

RICHARD PRENTICE Major Royal Berkshire Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Died 09/05/1915 age 42 Ploegsteert Flanders

Lived at Summerlands, Nailsea with wife Eleanor F ( who was the elder sister of 3 Watson Brothers of  The Knoll now Grant House ), Parents lived at Glenside from 1881-1901 ( now Telford House), brothers lived at Ardmore, Vicarage Road and Woodside, Bridge Road . He was the youngest son of the Harvey’s wine Merchants family. He served in the Boer war 1899-1901 and retired from army 1911, but joined special reserves and at outbreak of war was promoted to Major. He was survived by his wife and 4 daughters.

B. G. James

Burnett George Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps 7th Sqdn. and Royal Field Artillery Died 26/09/1915 Age 28 at Langemarck Belgian.

 In 1911 He and Brother lived at Woodlands, Bridge Road. They both worked for Imperial Tobacco and his father was a director. His father was a senior partner in James & Pearce which merged with Bristol Brewery Co. (Georges). He married into the tobacco company Edwards Ringer & Bigg Ltd. which again became part of Imperial Tobacco. His father was also Master of Merchant Ventures in 1895/6, Sheriff of Bristol in 1900, and Lord Mayor in 1904/05 and 1907/8.

D. A. H. McDougall

Duncan Albert Herbert Second Lieutenant 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders Died 09/05/1915 Age 18 near Neuve Chapelle in Flanders

Probate lists him living at Towerhurst, and between 1919 and 1923 the family is listed as living at Woodlands. His father, deceased, was a wine Merchant from Sheffield. He was survived by his Mother, brother and sister.

E. T. Woodville – Morgan

Eric Theodore Second Lieutenant 6th Bn attd. 26th Bn Royal Fusiliers Died 20/09/1917, age, 23 Tyne Cot.

The Family is listed as living at Rosemont. His father’s occupation was listed as living on private means when stated. He was the only living child of his parents when he died.

H. Stevens

Henry George , Bombardier “D”Bty. 71st Bde Royal Field Artillery, Died 19/08/1917 Age 25, Ypres or West Flanders

The parents lived at Leigh cottage on Abbots Leigh Road and his father was Church Verger. He was survived by his wife living in Torquay and two Children.

C. R. Watson

Charles Reginald, Captain 28th Punjabis Died 06/04/1916 Age 28 Mesopotamia, commemorated Basra Memorial Iraq

Educated at Wellington School. Career Soldier 1907-1916

F. S. Watson

Francis Shuldham. Major 276th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery Died 02/05/1918 Age 38 Doullens Somme. Awarded the DSO.

Career Soldier 1899-1918

G. E. Watson

George Edmund Borlase. Major, Commanding “O” Bty. (The Rocket Troop) Died 29/08/1918 Age 33 Frise Somme. He was twice mentioned in dispatches and awarded the DSO & MC

Educated at Wellington School. Career Soldier 1902-1918

Both their mother’s and father’s families had military and Indian connections. Their Father died in Rajkote India in 1889 and by 1891 the family moved back to England living at The Knoll (now Grant House) Leigh Woods  but had moved to 6 Clifton Hill by 1911 and then finally the Cottage Swainswick Bath. They still had connections with Leigh Woods as the eldest daughter had married R P Harvey (see above). 

R. B. Melville – Wills

Robert Bruce, Captain 2nd (Wessex) Field Co., Royal Engineers 15/02/1915 Age 24 at St Eloi, just south of Ypres. He was mentioned in dispatches and recommended for the VC as shot dead while saving a wounded Officer.

He worked in the family Tobacco Company and lived in   Birdcombe Court, Wraxall, His parents lived at Bracken Hill, Leigh Woods. He left a pregnant wife and son born 4 months later.

Second World War Memorial (Communion Rail)

E. P. Popert

Edwin Peter midshipman, Royal Indian Navy aboard HMS Liverpool was Injured on 14 Oct 1940 but died on Crete on 02/12/1940 age 19

His parents lived at Wattle Cottage, 6 Clanage Road, Bower Ashton in the 1960’s and his father was Commission Conservator for the Forestry Commission. He was survived by his parents and brother and sister.


Popert Memorial
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