The War Memorial at the foot of the path. Mary Watts (Artist and wife of renowned Artist George Frederic Watts) designed this in honour of local people who died in service in WW1. It was unveiled in 1922 by Brigadier General Longbourne in front of two to three hundred people.
The memorial had a light at the top, which was, for a period, lit every night by the 'memorial light committee'. There can have been very few if any that remained unaffected by World War One, which saw a staggering loss of life on a worldwide scale.
Each year on Armistice Day, Compton residents stand in silence to honour the memory of those who died in the two world wars and to pray for the safe return of those currently serving our Country. Several generations have passed and it is easy to forget that these were not just names carved into stone, but were real people with wives, children, siblings and parents, whose lives would have been changed forever. For example, we know that Mr. Hugh Jupp sold the village shop, unable to continue after the death of his only son, Thomas in World War Two. A list of the names of the 100 local men, who served during World War One and before, can be seen in the church. The names embossed in gold are of those who did not return and whose names are inscribed on the Memorial outside.
Unveiling of memorial in 1922
Grateful thanks to Phil Gorton for research, Mark Lee for photographs of the Basra War memorial and residents who contributed to the following information for the. as yet unpublished Compton Guide, by Fiona Curtis If you have any additional images or information, please do contact Phil Gorton. or Fiona Curtis
World War One
Michael Chapman – husband of Lillian Mackintosh, ward of the Wattses. Chapman was a Captain aged 36 when he died in France.
George Maurice Gillett -Captain aged 33 and died in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. His father the reverend Hugh Hodgeson Gillett, died one year before his son. They lived at The Grange in the Avenue, which was the former rectory.
George Horlock was 31 when he died in 1918. He lived in Withies lane.
William Hounsome lived in Polsted Lane. He was 22 when he died in 1918.
Arthur Lawson - Lieutenant 7th Rifle Brigade Died 1914.
Andrew Boyer Marchant from Shackleford, died in 1917.
Thomas Marshall was the son of Thomas Marshall Snr. and Mary Anne Marshall (formerly Pink).
Henry, Sidney and Walter Pink were Mary Marshall's sons from her first marriage. Sidney was in the Canadian Infantry. He died 1 week before Armistice in 1918.
William Rogers was with the Royal Sussex Regiment. He died in 1914.
George Henry Hall Scott died in 1916 in the battle of the Somme. Prior to this he lived at Down Place in Priorsfield Rd and was educated at Charterhouse.
Jesse and St Thomas Stovold. Sons of Henry & Caroline Stovold (who lived in a cottage next to the Harrow - since demolished). St Thomas was 29 and his brother Jesse was 27.
World War two
John R F Bond, Thomas Jupp, H P E Hodgson, Stuart Lenton, Ephraim A Smith, William Hodges
Capt. Hodges is not on the memorial but is commemorated in a window in St Nicholas Church.