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Are you a descendant of (or know of) any of the Brompton Regis men who died in the Great War?

As part of the Centenary Year, there is currently a project going on in Brompton Regis to research the lives of the men from the parish who died in the Great War. Their names are recorded on the War Memorial in the Churchyard and the aim is to create a more detailed record of their lives and deaths to keep in the village and help ensure they will not be forgotten.

A little known fact about the small village of Brompton Regis is that its Churchyard is an official Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery. This is because one of the men from Brompton Regis who served and died in the Great War was buried here. He was Private Charles W Blackmore who served in the Somerset Light Infantry and who died on 27th October 1917.

So far the military record for most of the men have been found and details of their lives are emerging from the census details of the time. Some of the facts already emerging are very poignant and their remains are surprisingly widely spread across Europe and the Middle East.

If you are a descendent (or know) of any of the men listed below and have any information you could provide about them, or even a photograph, please do get in touch. Thank-you

Sarah Merchant    Tel: 01398 341973  e-mail: merchant461@btinternet.com

Click on each name for a summary of their short lives.

Private Charles Blackmore

Serjeant William Henry Cheek (1)


Private George Henry Chilcott


Private James Harold Colman

Private John Colman


Lance Corporal Charles Abraham Farmer (2)

Corporal William John Hawkins


Private Sidney John Jennings

Gunner John May

Private Tom Rushton


Lance Corporal Albert Edward Sowden

Lieutenant Fenwick Charles Stevens


Private Job Tapp


Private David Henry Wensley

Lance Serjeant Tom Williams (3)

Corporal Walter Charles Williams


Another son of Brompton Regis not recorded on the Churchyard War Memorial

Private Wilfred John Baker

Somerset Light Infantry, Died 27th October 1917, aged 20

Devonshire Regiment, Died 22nd February 1916, aged 30

Devonshire Regiment, Died 1st April 1916, aged 21

Wiltshire Regiment, Died 10th April 1918, aged 19

Royal Army Service Corps, Died 23rd December 1918, aged 31

Devonshire Regiment, Died 31st July 1917, aged 19

Royal Marine Light Infantry, Died 13th November 1916, aged 22

Somerset Light Infantry, Died 18th August 1916, aged 28

Royal Field Artillery, Died 22nd December 1916, aged 20

The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, Died 13th October 1915, aged 22

King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Died 25th September 1915, aged 24

King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, Died 7th September 1918, aged 23

Devonshire Regiment, Died 14th July 1917, aged 20

Worcestershire Regiment, Died 17th October 1916, aged 23

Somerset Light Infantry, Died 26th April 1918, aged 35

Devonshire Regiment, Died 25th September 1916, aged 20

Australian Infantry,  Died 20th September 1915,  Aged 31


(1) Recorded as ‘Creek’ on the memorial

(2) Rank recorded as Private on memorial

(3) Rank recorded as Serjeant on memorial

NB The Commonwealth War Graves Commission confirms that Serjeant was spelt this way until November 1953 when the spelling was changed to Sergeant. A few regiments retain the old style spelling .

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