Soldiers

This section of the website is available everyone. If you might be able to help add to these stories, or contribute more we would be very keen to hear from you.

Napoleonic Wars

George Lewis Browne
1784-1856
Royal Navy, Barrister, Magistrate

The Great Indian Rebellion 1857

Those commemorated in the cemetery who fought and died

Lieutenant William Tate Groom
1st Madras Fusiliers
1831-1857

Victorian Soldiers

James Hurford
1822-1898
Royal Marine
Robert Valentine Sear
1847-1909
Somerset Light Infantry
Augustus Marinus Thomas Newswag
1866-1900
Royal Marine and Policeman

Victorian Mariners

John Sharman Laver
1852-1933
Royal Navy Mariner
William Storey
c.1868-1888
Royal Navy Mariner

The Second Boer War 1899-1902

Edwin Murrant, who died in 1864 and is buried in Anglican Section C of the cemetery, was father to the notorious Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant (1864-1902). Harry's biography can be read here. A Bridgwater perspective can be read here. And an Australian one here.

Lieutenant Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant
Bushveldt Carbineers
1864-1902
(See Above)

The Great War 1914-1918

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Friends have painstakingly researched all 53 servicemen either buried or remembered in the Wembdon Road Cemetery. Short biographies can be found below by just clicking on a name, each entry also displays an image of the headstone. Should you have other details, corrections or anecdotes of these heroes, especially a photograph of the serviceman or medals he was awarded we would be delighted to record them here for posterity. We have compiled and expanded all of these stories, along with several others in a new book: Bridgwater and the First World War: Stories from the Wembdon Road Cemetery (2019), which can be purchased here.

Also look at our Events page where you can follow a walking tour of the War Graves which was undertaken by our Chairman in the Spring of 2014

'They went with songs to the battle, they were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted; They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them'
Robert Laurence Binyon 1869-1943

For more resources on Bridgwater and the First World War, see:

The Blake Museum's collection of materials

Andy Slocombe's memorial and newspaper transcriptions and wider research

Those Buried in the Cemetery who Died as a Result of the War

James Adams
1883-1917
Stoker HMS Valkyrie
Albert George Bellringer
1888-1918
Pte 1/5th Somerset Light Infantry
Charles Edward Bond
1888-1918
Gunner, Tank Corps
Cecil Henry Bowyer
1901-1918
OS Royal Navy Reserve
Thomas Cox
1900-1918
Pte 53rd Battalion Hampshire Regiment
Henry Cummings
1876-1915
Sgt 29th Div Train Royal Army Service Corps
Bernard Dyke
1897-1918
Pte 3rd Reserve Batt. Devonshire Regiment
Clarence Vivian Clements Fry
1898-1918
Pte 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment

James Godden
1879-1917
Pte Army Cyclist Corps
Francis Ralph Hawkins
1896-1915
Sapper 2/2 Field Co. Wessex Royal Engineers
Ernest George Lewis
1895-1915
Pte 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
William Charles Manning
1891-1916
Air Mechanic Second Class, Royal Flying Corps
Edmund George Millard
1896-1918
Chief Petty Officer, Royal Navy
Henry Morgan
1894-1918
Pte 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Stanley Arthur Robert Pearce
1895-1918
Driver, 662nd Heavy Transport Co. Royal Army Service Corps
Walter Perry
1875-1917
Pte Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
Albert Francis Pow
1886-1917
Pte Depot Somerset Light Infantry
Stephen Reed
1887-1918
Lance Corporal Military Police Corps
Robert Roberts
1887-1919
Company Quartermaster Sergeant Canadian Forestry Corps
Roland Roberts
1896-1918
Pte 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards
Walter 'Rattler' Roman
1880-1916
Pte 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Stanley James Southwood
1896-1919
Lance Corporal 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Joseph Richard Steadman
1892-1917
Pte No.1 Company, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
Rudolph Clifford Symons
1887-1915
3rd Wessex Company Royal Army Service Corps
Walter Ricks Treliving
1876-1918
Second Lieutenant Army Service Corps
William George Vickery
1894-1919
Pte 13th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers
Alfred Charles Walters
1900-1919
Able Seaman Bristol Z/181155 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve SS Tanfield
Charles Willcox
1893-1919
Company Sergeant Major 3rd Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Those Remembered in the Cemetery Killed in the War

William Thomas Baker
1886-1918
Pte 43rd Battalion Australian Imperial Force
Gilbert Burrington
1879-1916
Pte 102nd Battalion Canadian Infantry
Harley Burrington
1883-1915
Pte 5th Battalion (Grenade Company) Canadian Infantry
William Thomas Byrd
1889-1917
Pte 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment
Robert George Chick
1895-1916
Sapper 126th Field Company Royal Engineers
Douglas William Coombes
1898-1917
Driver, 8th Reserve Park, Army Service Corps
Frederick James Banerman Dowdeswell
1886-1918
Rifleman 6th Rifle Battalion The London Regiment
Leslie Maurice Lewis Goodland
1887-1918
Pte 1st/4th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
Frank Bovett Helps
1894-1915
Rifleman London Regiment, County of London, Queen's Westminster Rifles Battalion
Albert James Hill
1898-1918
Pte 18th (Service) Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Charles Thomas James Nicholas Howard
1884-1918
Pte 2nd (City of London) Battalion Royal Fusiliers
William Charles Jennings
1896-1918
CPL , 1st/24th (City of London) Battalion, Queen's London Regiment
Frederick William Leigh
1883-1917
Pte 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Cecil John Letherby
1892-1915
Pte 28th (North West) Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment
Arthur Oswald Major
1875-1917
Captain 1/5th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Victor Pitman
1897-1915
Pte 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
David Pole
1892-1917
Guardsman 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards
Clifford Redding
1890-1917
Pte 6th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Henry George Redding
1879-1917
Sgt 1/5th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
William Thomas Renwick
1896-1918
Gnr 299th Siege Batt. Royal Garrison Artillery
Alfred George Richards
1893-1915
L/Cpl 1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment
Gilbert Robins
1885-1916
Rifleman 9th Battalion London Regiment
(Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Harry Seward
1882-1916
Pte 2nd Battalion Rhodesia Regiment
Pursey Frederick Short
1894-1915
Signaller Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Richard Kenneth Shrimpton
1883-1917
Co. Sgt Major 45th Battalion Australian Infantry
William John Stone
1888-1916
Cpl 28th Battalion Canadian Infantry
Edward Charles Sweet
1880-1918
Pte 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry
Clifford Washer
1880-1917
Pte 5th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

VICTORY DAY IN BRIDGWATER

Those Who fought and Survived and Later Buried in Bridgwater

Cecil Bowerman
1897-1935
Captain Royal Engineers
Oliver Charles Bown
1877-1919
Second Lieutenant, Royal Navy

The Second World War 1939-1945

Those buried in the cemetery who fought and died

J.F.H. Burge
1912-1944
Driver Army Service Corps
M.E. O'Connell
-1945
Pte Pioneer Corps
F. Keymer
1901-1940
ACM Royal Air Force
Cecil Hawkes
1911-1939
AS Royal Navy
F.C. Pasco
1909-1944
Sgt Somerset Light Infantry

Those commemorated in the cemetery who fought and died

Fred R Gould
1908-1940
Pte 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment
Arthur H. Greenwood
1920-1943
Sgt Royal Air Force
Frederick Tom Jennings
1912-1942
Pte 9th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

Henry George Leslie Rendell
1908-1944
Sgt Somerset Light Infantry

The Korean War 1950-1953

Thomas W. A. Davey
1930-1951
Pte Somerset Light Infantry

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