Across England and Wales only 53 civil parishes out of 10,479 in England are known as Thankful Villages
Willersey War Memorial at the entrance to St Peter's Churchyard
as they did not lose a community member in the 1st World War. The nearest to Willersey is Upper Slaughter.
Sadly Willersey is not one of them, so our War Memorial is at the entrance to St Peter's Churchyard.
It lists twelve men who died in the First World War 1914-1919 and four who died in the Second World War 1939-1945.
First World War 1914-1919
William Samuel Byrd
Robert Walpole Harris
John Corbett Hiatt
Charles Edward Ingles
George Wilfred Jelfs
Ernest Charles Sadler
Most commemorations of the end of First World War concentrate on Armistice Day as the end of the war so it therefore lasted from 28th July 1914 until 11th November 1918.
Willersey, like many others regards the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 28th June 1919 as the end of the war. This was when the state of war between Germany and the
Allied Powers ceased and was when many of the troops serving abroad finally returned to their homes.
Second World War 1939-1945
Edward Louis Folkes
Edgar William Proctor
Here is some more background about those who are commemorated.
First World War 1914-1919
Pte Harry Andrews
12106, 5th Bn. Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
Born at Ivy Cottage March 1890
Son of Thomas and Harriett Andrews. Enlisted 3rd September 1914
Died on 9th April 1917 at Arras
Buried at the Military Cemetry, Arras.
Pte William Samuel Byrd
10044, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Born in Willersey 1885
Eldest Son Mr & Mrs Samuel Byrd of Littlecote, Enlisted end of 1914
Died at age 32 from war wounds received in action on 7th March 1917
Buried at Barlin Communal Cemetery.
Pte Albert Daffurn
118 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Born in Broadway 1869
Son of Charles & Mary Daffurn
Killed in action 8th May 1915
Commemorated on Menin Gate Memorial and also on the Roll of Honour at St Michael's Church, Broadway
Pte Robert Walpole Harris
13292, 12th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment
Son of Edward & Lucy A. Harris of Willersey.
Died on 13th October 1916 aged 16
Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.
Pte Percy Joseph Hensley
11038, 11th Service Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Born in Broadway 1885
Married Helinor Emma Maunders at St Peter's in 1911.
Diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1916 and discharged.
Died in 1917 aged 32
Buried in Willersey Churchyard.
Pte John Corbett Hiatt
16331, 15th Bn. Warwickshire Regiment
Son of William Lionel & Charlotte Ann Hiatt of Upper Swell.
Died on 14th September 1916 aged 22
Buried at Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery.
Pte George Wilfred Jelfs
10046, 11th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Son of William and Georgina Jelfs of Willersey. Enlisted December 1914
Died on 23rd April 1917 aged 20
Buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux - Ref: I.A. 19.
Pte Sergeant Charles Edward Ingles
16111, 11th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Son of Thomas and Sarah Sorrell Ingles ( née Newbury ) of Willersey
Killed in action at Salonika on 10th April 1918 aged 32
Buried at Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.
Lived at School house, Willersey and later at 5 Church Street.
Five brothers and four sisters.
Pte Arthur Sadler
27277, 3rd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Son of Arthur and Mary Joyce ( née Hancock)
Brother of Grace Elsie, Dennis, Myra Joyce and Miriam.
Born 1895. Died on 22nd March 1918 aged 23
No known grave but commemorated on Bay 6 of the Arras Memorial, France.
Pte Ernest Charles Sadler
Guardsman, 2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards.
Son of Charles and Martha Sadler. Cousin to Thomas.
Born 1899. Died on 13th April 1918 aged 19
Pte Thomas Sadler
10042 19th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Son of William and Mary Sadler who lived near the Methodist Chapel.
Brother of Mary Ann, Emma, Kate, William, Annie and Lucy.
Born 1894. Died on 30th July 1916 aged 22 at the Battle of the Somme.
Name recorded on the Thiepval Memorial in France.
Family grave in Willersey Churchyard.
Pte ‘Frank’ Jacob Payton Francis Wilkins
138723 75th Bn. Canadians
Son of Jacob Payton Wilkins and Sarah Hemmimgs Ingles who lived in Spring Cottage, Willersey.
Born 20th July 1881. Died 13th October 1916 Killed in Action in France.
Second World War 1939-1945
Flight Lieutenant Anthony George Randall Kayll
121553 156 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Born in Evesham on May 1920.
Youngest son of Norman Addison Kayll and Helen Nesbitt of Willersey.
Died on War Service 27th April 1944 aged 24.
Buried Zondert, Netherlands
Squadron Leader Henry Eric Maudslay DFC
Born in Leamington Spa on July 21st 1921.
Son of Reginald Walter Maudslay and his wife Susan Gwendolen.
Youngest of the Dam Buster pilots. His plane ED937 Z crashed and exploded at 02.30 hrs on the morning of
17th May 1943. His family home was Foxhill Manor in the nearby Farncombe Estate.
The crew of Lancaster ED937 Z are buried in the Reichswald Forrest Cemetery in Western Germany.
Do look at here and
here if you wish to know more.
Flight Sergeant Edgar William Proctor
B Flight 40 Middle East Squadron and 44 Rhodesia Squadron.
Born in Willersey on August 25th 1921.
Killed in Action 22nd January 1944 aged 22.
Buried in Berlin Heerstrasse British Military Cemetery.
Do look here for a more detailed biography.
Remembrance Sunday - a day for recollection, private and public.
The end of the First World War came with Armistice Day, which is now honoured in Britain with Remembrance Day celebrations. Arms were laid down at the 11th hour of the
11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918,
an arbitrary moment chosen to end the four years of turmoil that had spread across Europe, but a moment that has become embedded in everyone's consciousness since then. Remembrance Day is now
an instantly recognisable date. Remembrance Sunday ever since has commemorated and celebrated the contribution to the war effort and victory made by British and Commonwealth troops, not only
in the First World War but in the many conflicts, small and large since. The Queen and royal family, politicians and the man in the street all take part in marking Remembrance Sunday.
Remembrance Day falls on the second Sunday in November, the nearest Sunday to November 11th. From the main ceremonies at London's Whitehall Cenotaph to small
village greens across the United Kingdom, parades and church services take place to mark Remembrance Sunday. Nations of the Commonwealth, from Australia to the other side
of the globe, also hold their own Remembrance Day celebrations honouring their dead from the conflicts of the World Wars.
Wearing a red poppy is the most immediately recognisable mark of Remembrance Day. Parades and processions, ending with wreaths of poppies being laid at Cenotaphs and memorials
across the length and breadth of the land are used to mark Remembrance Day. Starting at 11 am. on Remembrance Day a two minute silence is held, creating an unforgettable
impression when the thousands of people in London to the few score in a small village all fall silent. This silence reminds us of when the guns across Europe fell silent.