Names Familiar To All

The stories of the East Ilsley War Memorial

The following men were all born in East Ilsley, but their names do not appear on the War Memorial, as they and their families had moved away.

L/Cpl. Ernest William Newman, 2nd Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Killed in action 9 May 1915 at Fromelles.

Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Ernest was born in 1886 at Woolvers Farm, East Ilsley. His father Frederick was from West Ilsley. As a teenager Ernest worked on a farm in Blewbury, and his name is on the Blewbury War Memorial. At the time of the war he lived in West Challow.

L/Cpl. Frank Enos Payne, 6th Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Killed in action 17 February 1917 at Miraumont.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Frank was born in East Ilsley on 17 December 1897. His father Thomas was an agricultural engine driver, and his mother Rose was a Welch from West Ilsley. They moved to Drayton, and Frank is commemorated on the War Memorial there.

Second Lieutenant Spencer Charles Beresford, 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Killed in action 5 June 1918 at La Bazeque.

Buried at Warlencourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty

Spencer was born in 1882 in East Ilsley, as were his brother and sister (twins) in 1883. Their father Charles was a surgeon from Narborough in Leicestershire. The family does not seem to have stayed in East Ilsley for long, and they returned to Narborough, where Spencer is remembered on the War Memorial.

L/Cpl. Richard Gregory, 2nd Btn Royal Irish Regiment

Killed in action 20 July 1918.

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.

Richard was born into a well-established East Ilsley family in 1891, living in Cow Lane. However his parents moved away, and the family was living near Aldworth in 1901. Richard lived in Britwell Salome near Wallingford at the time of the war. He married Mabel Munday in 1916. Britwell Salome has no war memorial.

Sgt. Rowland Rose Limbert MM, 1st Btn Royal Berkshire Regiment

Killed in action 24 August 1918.

Buried at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory.

Rowland was born in East Ilsley in 1887. His mother died in 1893 and his father two years later. Both are buried in East Ilsley, as are Rowland’s two younger sisters. Rowland was living at Woodlands St Mary in 1901, and in 1911 was serving overseas with the Army. He is commemorated on the Compton War Memorial.