As well as hosting thousands of soldiers during training during the First World War, Sutton Mandeville has its own war dead from the First World War. Cathy Sedgwick has kindly researched their stories for us. Please follow the links to see the results of Cathy’s research.
Five men from Sutton Mandeville are named on the Roll of Honour in the church, and there is a further casualty – George Bracher- linked to the village. George Bracher is commemorated in Fovant but was born in Sutton Mandeville; he was serving with the Coldstream Guards when he was killed on 12 November 1914 near Ypres. Henry Sanger was killed near Kemmel, south of Ypres on 23 January 1915 whilst serving with the Wiltshire Regiment. John Viney was serving with the Royal Marine Light Infantry aboard HMS Invincible when it exploded at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. George Cross died on 25 November 1916 whilst serving with the Devonshire Regiment; he is buried at a cemetery associated with Heilly Casualty Clearing Station near Corbie on the River Somme. James Mullins was a Rifleman with the Queen’s Westminster Rifles and was killed during the Battle of Arras on 14 April 1917. John Coombes was killed on the first day of the German Spring Offensive, 21 March 1918, whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment; he has no known grave and is commemorated at Pozieres near Bapaume in northern France. Reginald Dorrington was killed just a couple of days later, on 23 March 1918, also near Bapaume where he was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.
As noted in a previous post, there are two graves in Sutton Mandeville churchyard of soldiers who died while they were with the battalions training here, George Barnett from Stepney (Shiny 7th) and Richard Thomas Perks from Sheffield (Royal Field Artillery). George J. Barnett is named ‘Barrett’ on his headstone.
Cathy has also researched two men from Sutton Mandeville who served in the First World War and survived. Frederick Mullins served with the Inland Waterways and Docks section of the Royal Engineers in 1918. Frederick Spencer enlisted in December 1915 and went on to serve with the Machine Gun Corps on the Western Front. He broke his leg in September 1918 and was honourably discharged in February 1919.