Shotteswell War Heroes


Died at 21 March 1918


PTE. DIGBY MOUNTENEY STARKEY, 11TH BATTN. ROYAL SUSSEX REGT. KILLED IN ACTION NEAR BELLICOURT, MARCH 21ST, 1918. AGED 31. At the School 1901—3 (Day Boy). D. M. Starkey was the elder son of the Late Frederick St. John Starkey and of Mrs. Starkey, now of Shotteswell, Banbury, Oxon. His mother was a Miss Jephson and is a sister of four O.T.’s and of the late Mrs. Henry Hilary. Thus he was a nephew of the late Henry Hilary, for thirty-seven years Senior Mathematical Master of Tonbridge School. Two of his first cousins have given their lives in the war, Mr. Hilary’s eldest son, 2nd Lt. Henry Jephson Hilary, R.F.A. (D.B. 1887 —94), who was vice-chairman of the Calcutta Port Trust and a member of the Bengal Legislative Council, and who died of wounds on June 3rd, 1917, and Capt. E. J. Jephson, Norfolk Regt. (D.B. 1899— 1904), who was killed in action on September 15th, 1916. His younger brother, Lt. Kenelm Digby Starkey, Suffolk Regt. (S.R.) (D.B. 1902—3), enlisted in 1914 in the 19th (2nd Public Schools) Battn. of the Royal Fusiliers, and though he obtained his commission in May, 1915, he was never passed as fit for service abroad. Entering the school in September, 1901, from the Rev. Reginald Bull’s School, St. Andrew’s, Southborough, D. M. Starkey left, whilst still young, from the Upper Fifth in July, 1903, and with his younger brother was afterwards at Berkhamsted. From 1905 to 1910 he was in the Union of London and Smith’s Bank, and was subsequently an Assistant Master at Mr. B. E. Clark’s School, Elm House, Surbiton, with the exception of one or two terms, when he was temporarily an Assistant Master at his old Preparatory School, at Southborough. ‘ In December, 1915, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., and then in the following December joined the 11th Battn. of the Royal Sussex Regiment as a signaller. With this Battalion he went out to France just after Christmas, 1916, and though recommended for a commission remained as a signaller with his Battalion in France far some fifteen months. On March 21st, 1918, the first day of the great German offensive, he was reported ” missing,” and, though it is now definitely reported that he was killed in action on that day, there is still no certainty as to where he met his death and was buried. It appears to have been somewhere between Bellicourt and Roisel, east of Peronne.

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Sergeant 273, 1/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 8th May 1915. Born Banbury, enlisted Banbury, residence Shotteswell. Son of George and Annie Boneham, Shotteswell. Buried at Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium.

The battalion was part of the South Midland Division; landed in Bouglogne 30th March 1915. By 3rd April the Division had concentrated near Cassel, north west France.

HAYNES Joseph Harold

Private 19117, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 23rd September 1916, Mesopotamia. . Born Shotteswell, enlisted Oxford, residence Shotteswell. Son of Joseph and Jane Haynes, Shotteswell. No known grave. Commemorated on Vasra Memorial, Iraq.

The battalion was part of the 6th Poona Division that served in Mesopotamia throughout the war.

NORTON John Frederick

Private 268078 , 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917. Enlisted Rugby, residence Shotteswell. Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Norton, Ivy Cottage, Shotteswell. Buried in Sunken Road cemetery, Fampoux, France.

The battalion went to France in March 1915 as part of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division.

PRICKETT John Thomas

Private 23350 , 7th Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 9th May 1917, aged 23, in Salonika. Born Little Bourton Oxon, enlisted Banbury. Son of Ada J Prickett, Shotteswell. Buried Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece.

The battalion was part of the 26th Division; moved to Salonika, Greece on 13-26th November 1915. The Division fought in the Battle of Doiran between 24-25th April and 8-9th May 1917.

STARKEY Digby Mounteney

Private G/16735, 11th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Enlisted Lincoln’s Inn, London. Son of Isabella Starkey, 20 Perry Rise, Forest Hill, London. No known grave. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France.

The battalion was part of the 39th Division; landed at LeHarvre March 1916. The Division fought in the Battle of Saint-Quentin, France where the German army began their Spring offensive ‘Operation Michael’ on 21st March, 1918.

1939 – 1945

GILBERT Bramwell Muir
Petty Officer Cook D/L 13878, H.M.S. Courageous, Royal Navy. Died 17th September 1939 when HMS Courageous, aircraft carrier was sunk by U29 off the coast of Ireland with loss of 518 crew. Son of James and Bessie Bramwell Gilbert; husband of Louisa Gilbert, Shotteswell. No known grave. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
TUCKEY Reginald John

Lance Corporal 5392727, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed 30th March 1945, age 23. . Son of Percy and Lillian Tuckey; husband Vera Tuckey, Banbury. Buried in Reichswald war Cemetery, Germany.

In February the battalion was involved in Battle for the German Rhineland including the Battle of Reichswald near Nurenberg which took place in February /March 1945.

WHITE Lionel Tom

Trooper 7887533, 7th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed 29th May 1942. Place of birth and residence listed as Oxford. Buried Knightsbridge war Cemetery, Acroma, Libya.

Knightsbridge, north of the main road from Benghazi to Tobruk was a key position and a pivot on which the armour manoeuvred during heavy fighting which commenced in late May 1942.


Pilot Officer 160143, 77 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He was killed whilst a Flight Sergeant on a bombing over Berlin in Halifax serial LK709 on 29th January 1944. Cause of loss not established. His promotion to Pilot Officer was gazetted on 14th March 1944. 778288 William Proffitt White (160143). No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

The squadron was equipped with Handley Page Halifax bombers and flew out of RAF Elvington, Yorkshire.