Remembering our village men who died in 1917
Private Edgar Whichello from the Royal Berkshire Regiment was born and raised at The Chequers Inn where his father was the landlord. He was killed on April 4th 1917, aged 20. C.B Given was a Chaplain from the 2nd Royal Berkshire BEF. On May 6th 1917 Mr Given wrote this letter about Edgar.
Private Edgar Whichello went out on patrol on April 4th and was killed near Gouzeaucourt Wood. We took the place the next day and found that the Germans had printed this notice.
‘To the brave soldier Pte Whichello, 2nd Royal Berks Regt. Who died fighting.’
We never found his grave as the place was taken before
they could put the board up. This is all I can say.
Please convey my sympathy to his parents.
Edgar has no known grave and is Remembered with Honour at The Thiepval Memorial in France.
Private Frederick (Fred) Elderfield from the 1st Battalion (The Buffs) East Kent Regiment was killed on the 11th May 1917. He is buried and remembered with Honour at Philosophe British Cemetery in France. He was 31 years of age. Personal items listed belonging to Fred were sent back to his wife Beatrice Elderfield. These included an identity disc, letters, photos, religious books, an armoury of prayer, a soldiers pocket book dated 1915, a newspaper cutting and five envelopes.
Private Claude Clement Lillington of the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment was killed on the 31st July 1917 during the
THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES known as PASSCHENDAELE.
On the 30th July 1917, the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment was positioned at Halfway House in readiness for the big assault. They were part of the 25th Brigade. The Berkshires were to leave their dugouts and advance in artillery formation
until they reached their forming position. The Berkshires were to pass through newly captured lines and establish themselves on a prominent ridge. Initially the plan went well but due to heavy shelling the Berkshires swerved left across the Menin Road where they passed on through Chateau Wood. This is where they lost their first casualties due to enemy shelling and machine gun fire.
It is most likely that Claude would been killed in Chateau Wood before 9.30am or later on at
Glencorse Wood where the Berkshires came under prolonged attack from enemy
shelling and fire.
Claude was 21 when he died. HE HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE and is Remembered with Honour at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.