Hampton Wick War Memorial
|Hampton Wick War Memorial|
|England, United Kingdom|
|For Local servicemen who died in the two World Wars|
|Official name||Hampton Wick War Memorial|
|Designated||19 November 2015|
The Hampton Wick War Memorial in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames is situated on the Hampton Wick side of Kingston Bridge, between the bridge and the entrance to Home Park. Several dozen casualties of both world wars are commemorated. Most of these men will have been lost or buried abroad, but a few are buried in the London area. The memorial has been Grade II listed since 2015.
The Hampton Wick War Memorial was unveiled on 3 May 1921, commemorating 47 local servicemen who died during the First World War. In 1933 the memorial was floodlit using gas from the Hampton Wick Gas Company. Following the Second World War a further 17 names were added to commemorate those who fell during that conflict.
Some World War I casualties
Cecil Howard Sivers – 12th Bristol Battalion, the Gloucestershire Regiment. June 1899 to 23 August 1918, died at Pas de Calais, France, burial at Queen's Cemetery, Bucquoy. Son of Robert and Ethel of 27 Lower Teddington Road, now home to a religious order.
Walter Henry Martin – Sergeant, RAF. Son of Mrs Hickman, husband of Edith, died 6 November 1918. Airman in training, he died five days before the Armistice and his squadron never entered active service. He is buried at Chingford, Essex, the home of his squadron.
Henry John Doe – 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. April 1895 to 20 July 1916, buried at Serre Rd No 2 Cemetery.
Some World War II casualties
Derek William Eves – Flying Officer, RAF, VR, 196 Squadron, Special Operations Pilot, Special Air Service (SAS), operating under the Special Operations Executive, separate from Bomber Command. 196 Squadron took part in the D-Day landings and the assault on Arnhem. They liaised with the French Resistance and carried the SAS and were specialists in low-level flying. Derek Eves was the son of William and Ella Eves. He died on 9 November 1944, aged just twenty. At this time, his squadron was to prepare for the operation known as "Varsity". He failed to return from Operation Draught 7A, over the Zeidersee, Holland.
Leonard Roy Hebberd – D-Day glider pilot, Army Air Corps – SAS. He took part in the D-Day landings and died three days later. Exact circumstances unknown because he was an SAS officer. Leonard Hebberd is buried near to Hampton Wick, at Teddington Cemetery, with his mother and father. He died on 9 June 1944.
William Timothy Udale – Sergeant, RAF, VR, 86 Squadron, Beaufort Fighter crew, engaged in coastal patrol. A member of the well-known Udale family of Wolsey Cottage, he died on 7 September 1941.