A hero’s death: who will follow his example?

One of the first Berkshire men to fall in the war was a regular soldier from Cookham Dean. He was killed at the First Battle of the Aisne which ended with stalemate. He was a private in the 1st Battalion of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. The parish magazine gave the following tribute to him:

In Memoriam
On Sept. 14th, in the Battle of the Aisne, George Carter, of Hoveden Cottages, was killed in action. George Carter was a born soldier, he was only 23 years of age, and had served nine years in the army and had joined the Militia six months previously to entering the Regulars. He came home in February last from eight years’ service in India, the same bright cheery face greeting us as it used to do in old days when he was a boy in school. He was one of the first to be called up and went off waving his goodbyes to his many friends in the village early one morning at the beginning of August. He lies in a soldier’s grave in France, having died at the post of duty a hero’s death. His name will not be forgotten in Cookham Dean.

The list of all those who are on Active Service at the Front or who are on Home Defence or who have recently joined the Army as Recruits or who are otherwise in training will be found below. I hope it is accurate and complete; I have done my best to make it so; but it is only too possible that a mistake may have occurred here or there, if so, I hope my attention will be called to it, and that anyone concerned will kindly accept my apologies for it. It has been my earnest endeavour to avoid mistakes, and I have repeatedly asked for information, but scarcely anyone has responded to my request. Our daily prayers in Church are offered for these dear men and lads who have so nobly come forward at the call of duty. It is not too late for others to place their names on this roll of honour and there are some few whom I should be proud and pleased to see doing so. Is there no one who feels an ambition to take George Carter’s place?

Roll of Honour
The first list contains the names of those whose homes are in Cookham Dean, and who, it is believed, are actually serving at the Front or who are on Home Defence. The second list contains the names of those who have, since war was declared, joined either the Officers’ Training Corps or who are in training as recruits. On the third list are the names of some closely connected with Cookham Dean but not actually resident here.

Major Herbert Clark – London Royal Field Artillery
Major Crookshank – Royal Engineers
Major Henderson – Army Ordnance Dept
Capt. Tomlinson – Cavalry Reserve of Officers
Liet. R C Geard – 15th Lancers, Indian Army
Lieut. Cecil Saunders – Royal Flying Corps
Sec Lieut. – Lawrence – North Staffordshire Regiment
Sec. Lieut. Hewitt Pitt – Royal Field Artillery
Sec. Lieut. Russell Simmons – Royal Berks Regiment
Arthur Bampton – attached to 5th Gloucester, ASC
Ernest Blinko – London Victoria Rifles
Arthur Carter – Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
Robert Carter – Royal Berks Regiment
William Carter – Royal Berks Regiment
Charles Druce – Royal Berks Regiment
George Franklin – Royal Flying Corps
Albert Franklin – Army Service Corps (Mechanical Trans.)
Alfred Grove, RN – HMS Attentive
Thomas Grove, RN – HMS Hampshire
Harry Hunt – Rifle Brigade
William King – Royal Field Artillery
Ernest Lampard, RN – Submarine Flotilla
William Markham – Royal West Kent Regiment
William North – Royal Berks Regiment
Albert Owen – Royal Field Artillery
Gilbert Piercey – Army Service Corps (Mechanical Trans.)
Herbert Prince – Corporal, Royal Berks Regiment
Frank Sandalls – Royal Army Medical Corps
William Sandalls – Royal Berks Regiment (Wounded at Mons, but has since rejoined his regiment)
George Tuck – Army Service Corps
George Skinner – Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry
James Winkworth – Royal Berks Regiment
William Winkworth – Royal Field Artillery
Harry White – South Midland Brigade, Army Service Corps

Henry Bishop – Royal Engineers
Donovan Deadman – County of London Sharpshooters
Cecil B Edwards – 13th County of London Regiment
Jesse Garrett – Royal Berks Regiment
D A A Geard – Camb. Univ. Officers’ Training Corps
Harry Groves – Royal Berks Regiment
Albert Higgs – Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Arthur Horne – Royal Engineers
Randall E Hunt – Lon. University Officers’ Training Corps
Harry Long – Royal Engineers
Archibald Luker – Lance Corporal, West Surrey (Queen’s) Regiment
Charles Piercey – Royal Berks Regiment
Frank Snell – London Artist Regiment
Albert Stubbles – Royal Engineers
Frederick Tuck – Royal Engineers
Scott Ware – Lance Corporal, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Harley P Vaughan-Morgan – Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps
Herbert Winkworth – Royal Berks Regiment
Frederick Woodbridge – Royal Berks Regiment
Harry Woodbridge – Royal Berks Regiment

Bertram Clark – Royal Horse Guards
George Sharp – Royal Berks Regiment
James Hester – Royal Engineers
William Sharp – Royal Berks Regiment
John Prince – Royal Berks Regiment
Frederick Vokins – Royal Berks Regiment
George Russell – Middlesex Yeomanry

Save and defend them O Lord

Cookham Dean parish magazine, November 1914 (D/P43B/28A/11)

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  1. berkshirerecordoffice

     /  23 January, 2015

    Thank you for your additional information. It shows how broadly many families were affected by the war.

  2. E Carter

     /  19 January, 2015

    Thank you so much for putting this online. Herbert Prince was my grt grandfather, John Prince was his brother, George Carter was my grandparent’s uncle, William and Arthur were his brothers and Robert was their cousin. Frederick Vockins married George’s sister Alice.


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