World War One Memorial in Abberley

World War One is very much in peoples thoughts this year.  Several aspects of life in Abberley at this time have been mentioned previously, including Abberley School Log book and rationing and agriculture.  All the information in this article was researched by members of the WI and published in the book ‘Abberley Lives’.

The memorial to those from Abberley who died in the war can be found in the porch entrance of St Mary’s Church and names 13 men who died during World War One.

The first fatality was Private Albert George Pound of the 2nd Worcestershire Yeomanry who died on 24 March 1916 of bronchitis whilst home on leave and was buried in Abberley churchyard.

Also buried there is the vicar’s son, Lieutenant Owen H. Dampier-Bennett, of the Royal Air Force, who was killed on 26 April 1918 whilst flying over England on non-operational duties.  As both men died on active service, their graves are marked with the distinctive headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Village school head master, Arthur Warren, an ‘old’ man at 33, joined the Royal Field Artillery on 6 May 1916, leaving behind his wife, Olive.  In his absence, Miss Stevens was appointed as the first head mistress.  Bombardier Warren was killed at Passchendaele on 16 October 1917 and buried at La Clytte, Belgium.

The last village fatality was Private Peter Bradley, of 3rd Bn Worcestershire Regiment, who died of his wounds near Cambrai on 6 November 1918 and is buried at Awoingt, France.  Before the war, Peter was the stationary engine driver for Beehive Colliery.

This is just some of the information known about four of the men on the list. Do you know anything about the others? Are you a relative and can tell us more? Get in touch!

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