Cricklade's Great War Dead, by David Tetlow

Cricklade's Great War Dead, by David Tetlow

Cricklade's Great War Dead, by David Tetlow

Published by the Cricklade Historical Society in 2008, 42 pages. A5 size booklet (N6293X2)

This booklet provides a description of the military service of each soldier appearing on the Cricklade War Memorial, and thus offers a fascinating insight into the lives and wartime exploits of the men from the Wiltshire town who fought and died in the First World War.

From the introduction: This booklet began as my preparation for a talk that I had agreed to give to Cricklade Historical Society in November 2008, designed to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I and those residents of Cricklade who had died in the Great War. It soon became clear that now was an appropriate time to document the contribution made by our forefathers.... and the booklet deliberately focuses on those 32 names that are recorded on the Cricklade War Memorial, which stands outside Brook House in Cricklade High Street.

An example of one of the entries in the booklet is given below, to provide an idea of what information is recorded about the Cricklade men who fought and died during the conflict. Of course the information does vary (as does the amount of detail), depending upon what is known.

Giles, Albert. Albert's parents farmed Godby's Farm at the Dance and in 1901 his father, Jonathan Giles was described as a Hay Trusser and Fanner working on his own account. Jonathan Giles & his wife, Amelia Ann Evans, had a large family consisting of three sons and several daughters. The family were kept busy on the farm and took little part in the life of the town. Albert was remembered as a quiet lad. During the Second World War two of his sisters delivered milk around Cricklade with a pony and cart. Albert, born late 1894 in Cricklade, was a cousin to George Giles (see next entry but one) and a third cousin to Frederick Giles (see next entry). Military Service: Albert Giles, Private 22848, Wiltshire Regiment, 5th Battalion.

Albert enlisted at Swindon and died in Mesopotamia on 26 June 1916. He is buried at Basra War Cemetery, grave/memorial reference VI. O. 7. The cemetery now contains 2,551 burials of the First World War, 74 of them unidentified. Albert's name is also recorded on the St Sampson's Church Memorial. The 5th Battalion were at Sheikh Saad, Mesopotamia when Albert died and the regimental diary for that day, a Monday, states "Relieved 8th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in A, Band C Redoubts finding garrisons of 50, 50 and 25 under 21Lt R.l. Scorer, A Redoubt, Lt. J. Macmillan B Redoubt, Capt R.D Robertson C Redoubt. "

Condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a large (blank) label fixed onto the rear side cover.

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