Roll of Honour – Cheltenham in the Great War


   LEAVING CHELTENHAM …………..and all that was dear



Roll of Honour

Cheltonians Who Fell in the Great War


Their Name Liveth For Evermore

“He died for freedom and honour”   –   Words engraved on the Memorial Plaque



After John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” was published in 1915 the poppy became the international symbol for the remembrance of soldiers who died in battle.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



The Cross of Sacrifice at Cheltenham Cemetery

The central focus of many cemeteries, both civilian and war, is the Cross of Sacrifice, designed by Blomfield to represent the faith of the majority, which ranges in height between 4.5m and 9m depending on the size of the cemetery.  


The following pages list in alphabetical order the 1608 souls of Cheltenham and surrounding area who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War and who are commemorated on War Memorials in the area:

A     B     C     D     E     F     G     H     I     J     K     L     M

N     O     P     Q     R     S     T     U     V     W     Y   

Analysis and Summary

Also included, separately, are those locals known to have been killed or died in the Great War but who are not, for whatever reason, commemorated on any local memorial or roll of honour.

This Roll of Honour lists Regimental/Service particulars and death details.   (Compiled from The Book, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Officers and Soldiers Died in the Great War” and other investigations).   A full list of Army Regiments and Corps in the British Army in 1918 can be viewed here.

Below is a list of abbreviations used in the Roll of Honour pages.


War Memorial or Roll of Honour

Cause of Death

AS   –   All Saints Church, Cheltenham

A   –   Accidental death

BA   –   Holy Trinity Church, Badgeworth

D   –   Died (unspecific cause)

BC   –   Bishops Cleeve War Memorial

DOI   –   Died of Illness

BD   –   St Mary Magdalene Church, Boddington

DOW   –   Died of Wounds

BE   –   Bethesda Methodist Church, Cheltenham

KAS   –   Killed at Sea (not due to enemy action)

CA   –   Cambray Baptist Church, Cheltenham

KIA   –   Killed in Action

CC   –   Christ Church, Cheltenham

M   –   Murdered

CH   –   Cheltenham War Memorial

POW   –   Died whilst a Prisoner of War

CK   –   Charlton Kings War Memorial


CKC   –   St Mary’s Church, Charlton Kings


CKB   –   Baptist Church, Charlton Kings

Honours, awards and decorations

CKW   –   Working Mens Club, Charlton Kings

VC   –   Victoria Cross

COL   –   Cheltenham College

DSO   –   Distinguished Service Order

CL   –   St Peter’s Church, Cleeve Hill

DSM   –   Distinguished Service Medal

DC   –   Dean Close School

MC   –   Military Cross

EH   –   St Mary Magdalene Church, Elmstone Hardwick

MM   –   Military Medal

EPA   –   Elms (in St Paul’s Church)

MSM   –   Meritorious Service Medal

GO   –   Gotherington War Memorial

CdG   –   Croix de Guerre

GR   –   Grammar School


HC   –   Highbury Congregational Church, Cheltenham


HA   –   Holy Apostles Church, Cheltenham


HT   –   Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham


HTS   –   Holy Trinity School, Cheltenham


JN   –   St John’s Church, Cheltenham

Location of Death

LB   –   Cheltenham Roll of Honour – European War 1914 – 1919

AD   –   Aden

LK   –   Leckhampton War Memorial

AF   –   Africa

LKC   –   St Peter’s Church, Leckhampton

AUS   –   Australia

LU   –   St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham

BE   –   Belgium

MK   –   St Mark’s Church, Cheltenham

BU  –   Burma

MKM   –   St Mark’s Methodist Church, Cheltenham

CA   –   Canada

OD   –   Order of Oddfellows

EG   –   Egypt

OSJ   –   Order of St John, Cheltenham

FR   –   France

PA   –   St Paul’s Church, Cheltenham

GA   –   Gallipoli

PE   –   St Peter’s Church, Cheltenham

GE   –   Germany

PJ   –   St Philip’s Church, Cheltenham

GR   –   Greece

PO   –   Post Office Staff, Cheltenham

IN   –   India

PR   –   Prestbury War Memorial

IR   –   Ireland

PRC   –   St Mary’s Church, Prestbury

IT   –   Italy

SA   –   Salem Baptist Church, Cheltenham

MA   –   Malta

SG   –   St Gregory’s Church, Cheltenham

ME   –   Mesopotamia

SH   –   St Paul’s Church, Shurdington

NIG   –   Nigeria

SJ   –   St James Church, Cheltenham

PA   –   Palestine

SJS   –   St James School, Cheltenham

RU   –   Russia

SJAB   –   St Johns Ambulance Brigade, Cheltenham

SA   –   Salonica

SM   –   Cheltenham Parish Church Boys School

SEA   –   At Sea

SO   –   Southam War Memorial

SI   –   Singapore

SS   –   St Stephen’s Church and Book of Remembrance

UK   –   United Kingdom

ST   –   St Catherine’s Church, Staverton

UNK   –   Unknown location

SV   –   Swindon Village War Memorial

USA   –   United States of America

WE   –   Wesleyan Church, Cheltenham





Page last updated:   22nd November 2016


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