Fretherne War Memorial

Located beside the parish church, St Mary the Virgin, Fretherene,  Gloucestershire England

To the Glory of God in ever grateful memory of the men of Fretherne who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War AD 1914-1918

The Great War

Fretherne War MemorialGOWER Clifford Lewis Gunner, 17473, B Bty, Royal Field Artillery, died 27/7/1915 age 20. Son of Lewis F and Thursa Eliza of Saul,Glos. Buried in St Mary churchyard, Fretherne

GREENWAY Hubert Edward L/Cpl 12265, 7th Gloucestershire Regt killed in action on Sunday 6/8/1915 age 19. Son of  William R and Jane of Fern Cottage, Saul, Glos. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey

GOUGH Herbert John Pte 22269, 4th  Worcestershire Regt died 18/6/1916 age 22. Son of Frederick and Rosetta of Fretherne. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France. IV.A.17

VENNER George Eric Major, 1st, attached 3rd Sherwood Foresters, Notts & Derby Regt died 8/7/1916. Buried in Dantizig Alley British  Cemetery, Memetz, France. II.M.3

VESEY George Waller M.C., Capt, 9th Royal Irish Horse, Royal Irish Fusiliers died 26/3/1918 age 34 of Derrabard, Fintona, Co Tyrone, Ireland, son of G Lendrum, J.P. D.L and Mrs Lendrum of Corkill, Kilskerry Co Tyrone, Ireland, husband of Sybilla S Vesey of Down Lodge, East  Harting, Petersfield, Hants. Buried in Vignemont French National Cemetery, France. F. 3

JAMES Reginald Henry Martin Pte 18815 Royal Warwickshire Regt, transferred to the Labour Corps, 256th Coy as Pte 378301 died 12/4/1918 age 19 Son of Elizabeth Smith formery James and stepson to George Smith of Fretherne House, Saul, Glos. Husband of Eliza Ann Ash formerly James, nee Beckett of The Quay, Lower Westgate Street, Gloster City. Commemorated on the Ploegstreert Memorial, Belgium

World War II

MAULE Geoffrey Ivor Able Seaman, D/JX156783,Royal Navy, H.M.S. Gloucester  died 22/5/1941 age 19, Son of Albert T and Ethel May of Saul, Glos. Commemorated on the Plymouth  Naval Memorial, Devon.
KEABLE William Leslie Sgt 1066462, 11th Field Regt, Royal Artillery died 12/2/1944 age 36. Son of Alfred and Jane and husband of Edith Ann of Saul, Glos. Buried in Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. II.F.6

Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends

Listing and photograph courtesy of  Alf Beard