Kenilworth War Memorial - Recent Information
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This page includes information that has come to light since the publication of the book ‘Kenilworth and the Great War’. We are always pleased to receive new information that we can add to these pages. Please e-mail Susan Tall.

On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, the following photos and related information on Soldiers from WW2 were added: Francis Clarke, Oliver Cooke, Stephen Dunn, Richard Littlejohn, Gordon Tompson, Stanley Wilson.

In addition to further information on those who died and are recorded on the memorial, we also wish to honour those who are not. William Hancox (see below) was recorded in the local newspapers as the first Kenilworth man killed in the Great War, but is not recorded on the memorial, perhaps because he had moved away years before to join the Scots Guards, was married and no longer lived in the town. The family of Private Hugh Maginniss moved to Kenilworth from Coventry in late 1939 to live at 11 High Street and, although he is remembered by his school, he seems to be not commemorated officially anywhere, in Coventry where he was born, in Birmingham where he lived, nor in Norwich on the Regimental Plaque in the Cathedral. Meanwhile, Private Louis Francis Boustouller, from Jersey, who died in 1943, finds a welcome mention on the Kenilworth Memorial through his link with his Kenilworth wife (his ‘next of kin’), who met him during the war through her brother-in-law serving with him in the 10th Battalion, the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Fuller information is given below and added to the relevant lists on this site.

A full page of ‘others’ has been added of those who died in World War I and are linked to Kenilworth either by birth, residence, or enlistment, but are not recorded on the Kenilworth War Memorial. Click here to view them.

A full page of ‘others’ has been added of those who died in World War II and are not recorded on the Kenilworth War Memorial, including the civilians who died when the Square was bombed. Click here to view them.

William Hancox, acknowledged as the first Kenilworth man killed in the War in both the Coventry Herald and the Kenilworth Advertiser on October 10th 1914 (see below) was not included on the War Memorial or the St Nicholas Roll of Honour. This may relate to the perception that he lived away from Kenilworth and was therefore no longer considered a Kenilworth resident.
HANCOX William J

Lance Corporal 5595, Scots Guards. Born Kenilworth. Enlisted Southampton. After 8 years service in the Second Scots Guards, Corporal Hancox left the army about a year before the war and joined the police force at Woolwich. At the outbreak of the war he was recalled to the colours with the First Battalion Scots Guards. He was killed in action 14th September 1914, France & Flanders. Commemorated on La Ferte-Sous-Jouane Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Aged 28. Son of Mr Jonathan Hancox,

Windy Arbour, Kenilworth. He left a widow and a little boy two years old.

The report of the death of Corporal Hancox from the Coventry Herald, October 10th, 1914, below,
and to the right.

A picture of Captain Trevor Tweedy is now available:

TWEEDY Trevor Carlyon
Captain, 6th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 15th September 1916, aged 21. Buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. XXX. L. 4. Elder son of Major Reginald Carlyon Tweedy, RAMC, and Mrs Edith J. Tweedy of Abbey House, Abbey Hill, Kenilworth.

This has been replaced on the full list by an even later picture. Further photographs have been added for Arthur Green, Leonard Green, kindly provided by Mike Beck, of Coventry and of Albert Cay, Frank Feneran, Sacherverel Wilmot, Oswald Winstanley, provided by Neil Clark of Southport.

Louis Francis Boustouller is named on the Kenilworth War Memorial and is also on our website (here); yet there is little information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to further identify him. Our web-page elicited a response from his nephew, John Witherspoon, who wrote:

Louis came from Jersey. He originally served with my father Arthur Michael Witherford in the infantry before transferring to the parachute regiment. It was during this time he met and married my auntie (Betty Edkins) who was my mother’s sister and was widowed when Louis was killed.

This clarifies the mystery of how a French-sounding name came to be on the Kenilworth War Memorial. He was from the Channel Islands and married a Kenilworth bride.

Lt Col C. H. Maginniss wrote about his uncle, Private Hugh Maginniss, saying:

My uncle, 5114456 Private Hugh Maginniss was the second son of Daniel and Polly Maginniss, of 11 High Street Kenilworth, and he was Killed in Action near the village of Saye in Burma on 19 February 1945. He is buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery (Grave 19 B 15) having been transferred from a battlefield site near Mandalay.  Originally serving in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he was one of 150(?) soldiers transferred to reinforce the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Norfolk Regiment after their heavy losses in France during May 1940.

The family lived in a house at the Armstrong-Siddeley Works at Parkside in Coventry until late 1939 before moving to 11 High Street, Kenilworth, because of the threat posed by air attack on the factory. [...] By one of the odd quirks of history, and sadly in my view, apart from the CWGC and his school, Hugh does not appear to be commemorated anywhere, in Coventry where he was born, in Birmingham where he worked, in Kenilworth where his family lived, nor in Norwich on the Regimental plaque in the Royal Norfolk Chapel in the Cathedral.

His name has been added to our list of those linked to Kenilworth who fell in the second world war.

Other names of the fallen not recorded on the War Memorial are listed here for World War I and here for World War II.

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