War Memorial


Tylers Green WW2 War Memorial

The war memorial gothic cross stands adjacent to St. Margaret’s Church in the closed churchyard on Church Road. The area is within a Conservation Area. The memorial is constructed of Portland Stone. An inscription and names are carved and black painted on the cross. There are also names on plaques on the wall behind the memorial which are carved and lead filled.

In February 2008 War Memorials Trust provided a grant of £360 towards the re-incising and re-painting of letters on the cross. The memorial was not cleaned as the stone had weathered to match the church behind and the community sought to retain this.

The memorial was built by E. Harris. On 26th August 1920 the memorial was dedicated by the Rt. Rev John Taylor-Smith, Chaplain General of Forces and unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckingham, Sir Charles Robert Wynn-Carington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire, whose own son, Viscount Wendover, had died in 1915 from wounds received at the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

On the cross is the inscription: In thankful and loving memory of the Officers and Men of this village who laid down their lives in the Great War for civilization. 1914 – 1919.  Text adapted from War Memorials Trust website.

The following men are remembered on the
St. Margaret’s, Tylers Green, WW2 War Memorial

Christopher E. Birch Master at Arms, P/M 39713, H.M.S Berwick, Royal Navy
Died: April 11, 1946, Age:45, St. Margaret’s Churchyard.
Parents: James and Edith Birch, Tylers green.
Husband of Vera Birch, Penn.

Leonard Alfred Charles Bone, Leading Photographer, C/MX. 58155,
H.M.S Hermes, Royal Navy.
Died: April 9, 1942, Age 23, Lee-on-Solent Memorial Bay 3, Panel 6:
Parents: Leonard Hartwell Bone, Daisy Esther Bone, Penn.
Leonard Bone served on HMS Hermes in the post of Leading Photographer.
From the summer of 1940 the Hermes patrolled the Indian Ocean as part of the Eastern Fleet.
On 9 April 1942 she was attacked by 70 Japanese bombers while returning to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, and sunk with the loss of 370 men.  War Memorials Trust

Albert Brooks Lance Corporal 5393375, Hampshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Died: September 5, 1944, Age 21, MONTECCHIO WAR CEMETERY II. H. 1.
Parents: Albert Henry Brooks and Bertha Annie Brooks, Tylers Green.
Lance Corporal Albert Brooks was a member of the regular army. On 25 August 1944 the Hampshire Brigade started its assault on the Gothic Line, a line of German defences running east – west across the Italian peninsula and after 5 days they had been so successful that they were in a position to assault the Gothic Line proper. The Gothic Line was breached on 1st September and the advance continued northwards. Lance Corp. Brooks died on 5 September 1944 the day that the Brigade was relieved. War Memorials Trust

Hilary Charles Caldwell Squadron Leader, 103013, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,
Assistant Air Attache to Madrid.
Died: May 18, 1944, Age 43, Madrid British Cemetery
Parents: Vere and Louisa Mary Caldwell.
Husband of Rona V.S. Caldwell, Bexhill on Sea, Sussex.

Alfred Brian Spencer Chennells,
Major, 33326, 100 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery.
Died: May 4, 1942, Age 37, St. Margaret’s Churchyard. 
Parents: Revd. Dr. W.A Chennels & Margaret D.E Chennels.
Husband of: Anne Maud Chennels of Tylers Green.

Dennis John Charles Child,
Private, 14204867,
Somerset Light Infantry, 4th Battalion.
Died: May 22, 1943, Age 19, St. Margaret’s Churchyard.
Parents: Charles Andrew Child & Agnes Beatrix Child, Penn.

Lewis Thomas Galsworthy, Driver, T/181578, 197 Field Ambulance,
Royal Army Service Corps,
Died: October 1, 1943, Age 30, Kanchanaburi War Cemetery 2. D. 64. Thailand.
Parents: Frederick Thomas Galsworthy & Annie Galsworthy, Penn.
Husband of: Ethel Flossie Galsworthy, Penn.
197 Field Ambulance was part of 18th Division which left Avonmouth at the end of October 1941 heading for the Middle East. They proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then to Trinidad to refuel, before having 4 days shore leave at Cape Town. During this time the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and invaded Malaya; the troops were redirected to Bombay, where they went ashore for two weeks, before re-embarking and arriving in Singapore in January 1942. The Japanese landed on Singapore on 8th February and the island was unconditionally surrendered by the Allied commanders on 15th February. All remaining Allied soldiers and civilians became prisoners of war; members 197 Field Ambulances were among those marched to Changi prison. Men from this prisoner and other smaller camps were used as forced labour to build the Burma-Siam railway. Driver Galsworthy died during this work in October 1943 after being a prisoner of war for 20 months.
War Memorials Trust

Thomas Alfred Harding, Lance Corporal,1888894, Royal Engineers, 70 Field Company.
Born 28th May 1913, Died 28th August 1944, Age 31.
Buried St Pierre–Du–Vauvray Communal Cemetery, Grave 20.
Pre-war occupation: Painter and Decorator
Parents: Alfred Harding & Elizabeth Mary Harding, Cholesbury Cottage Hazlemere Road Penn.
Wife: Katherine Rose Harding, born 13th March 1914, “Kathston” West Avenue Penn.
(Thanks to Ron Saunders).

Richard Hugh Jagger Pilot Officer, 61220,
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died: April 14, 1941, Age: 25, following air to air firing practice in Spitfire No.K9935, in a crash in Northumberland. (documented in the book “Almost Forgotten” by Chris Harris).
He is buried in St. Margaret’s Churchyard next to his uncle Arthur Jagger.  His name is on Beaconsfield war Memorial where he was living at the time of his death.
His uncle Arthur Jagger and his wife and unmarried sisters, lived in Tylers Green, at Lost Cottage and St. Anthonys Cottage both opposite The Horse & Jockey. (Thanks to Ron Saunders for the additional information).

Ronald Alexander Keen, Driver, 236165, Royal Army Service Corps.
Born 4th August 1907, Died 12th June 1942, age 34. Buried Delhi War Cemetery India, 4. G. 1.
Pre-war occupation: Wood Polisher.
Parents: William Keen & Elsie Keen.
Wife: Clara Harding, born 20th September 1910.  “Homerton” West Avenue Penn
Clara was the sister of Thomas Alfred Harding shown above, which makes Ronald and Thomas brothers -in-law.

Guy Meredith Myles Mathews Lieutenant, 129137, 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps.
Seconded to Staffordshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps.
Died: January 15, 194, Age 27, Alamein Memorial Column 15.
Parents: Charles Myles Mathews, Solicitor, & Edith A Mathews, Penn.

Bertie Meeks
Private, D/31618, Royal Berkshire Regiment,
8th (H.D.) Battalion.
Died: February 9, 1945, Age 46, St. Margaret’s Churchyard.
Parents:  William Meeks & Jane Meeks:
Husband of: Margery Meeks, Tylers Green.

Maurice Perfect Gunner, 1140710, 80 (The Scottish Horse) Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery,
Died: November 3, 1943, Age 21, Sangro River War Cemetery XV. E. 33.
Parents: Ferderick & Eva Perfect.
Husband of: Dora Perfect, Prestwood.
Two of the men commemorated at St. Margarets died as the Allies fought their way up the Italian peninsula. Gunner Maurice Perfect was a member of the 80th (The Scottish Horse) Medium Regiment and landed at Taranto on 9th September 1943. His regiment fought up the Adriatic coast of Italy, breaking the Viktor/Volturno Line defences on 6 October. After this they stopped at the Trigno River to regroup and it was not for nearly a month (2nd November) that they attacked the Germans across the river. The fighting was fierce, and Gunner Perfect was killed on 3rd November 1943. However, on that same day the British reached the town on San Salvo and the German commander decided to withdraw to the next German defensive line.  War Memorials Trust

Arthur Leonard Radwell Private, 5349139, Royal Berkshire Regiment, 10th Battalion.
Died: July 27, 1944, Age 20, DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY 3. D. 16.
Parents: Ralph & Lydia Radwell.
Husband of: Minnie Ivy Radwell, High Wycombe.

George Alfred Warren Trooper, 329519, ‘C’ Squadron, 17th/21st Lancers, Royal Armoured Corps,
Died: January 18, 1943, Age 21, MEDJEZ-EL-BAB WAR CEMETERY 16. H. 13. Tunisia.
Parents: John T Warren & Elsie Warren, Penn.
Trooper George Warren of the Royal Armoured Corps died in January 1943 during fighting in Tunisia, in the last phase of the “back and forth” fighting in the north African desert; four months later the Allies were victorious here. War Memorials Trust

Donald Harry West
Lance Corporal, PO/X 116165,
Royal Marines
Died: April 18, 1943, St. Margaret’s Churchyard.
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. E.J. West, Penn.

Alfred Donald White Lance Serjeant, 5985876, 2nd (Airborne) Bn.,
Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry.
Died: 7th June 1944, Age: 24.  Bayeux War Cemetery X. K. 22.
Parents: Alfred & Margaret White, Hazlemere. 

Basic Information sourced from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, with additional information from War Memorials Trust website.