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Norman Carson Lawrence

Born in Theale, and one of two sons and three daughters of George (b.1861) and Ellen Lawrence (b. 1864), Norman moved to Wokingham at an early age, He started his working career at the age of sixteen as an assistant postman in the Crowthorne branch…

Frank Stanley Perkins

Frank was a native of Wokingham and one of a large family of six brothers and three sisters. His father, Herbert Howard Perkins (b. 1852) came to Wokingham from Tasmania and married Emily (1852-1908). Frank was educated at the Old British School in…

Frederick John Barrett

Frederick was a native of Wokingham who devoted much of his life to his home town. He was also proprietor of the building firm of Froud and Barrett in Reading Road. Always smartly dressed, he was noted for being a stickler for details.

After the…

Albert Ebenezer Priest

Albert was one of the town’s most distinguished residents. Noted for his smart attire and copperplate handwriting he served solicitors, Cooke, Cooper & Barrie for a record 65 years. The second youngest of the seven children of William Priest…

William Thomas Martin

The second son of Henry Martin, Billy left school by his own choice at the age of twelve and was apprenticed to a butcher in Denmark Street. Three years later he was promoted foreman butcher and, on his sixteenth birthday, took over the premises of…

Ernest William Reeves

Ernest, known to his friends as Ernie, was a Reading man employed by Heelas of Reading in the Estate Department. In his early twenties he resigned from Heelas and came to Wokingham as manager of Isaiah Gadd’s removal business. Upon the liquidation of…

Albert Thomas Ilott

Born in Reading on the 28th of October 1895, Albert, affectionately known as Dickie, was one of six children of biscuit factory employee, Thomas Ilott (1872-1955) and his wife Florence Mary nee Austen (1872-1944). The other five were Percy G. A…

Reginald Hooper Brimblecombe

Reginald was described by some as a lovely man with a great sense of humour. Born at No. 6, Portlock Road, Maidenhead, he was one of eight children of house painter Ernest Hooper Brimblecombe (1872-1937) and his wife Annie Rose (1873-1953); Ernest…

Frank Moles

The second son of Charles Henry (1862-1923), gardener and domestic servant, and Mary Ann Moles (1866-1950), Frank was born at 9, Waterloo Road on the 27th January 1899. His brother, Charles Wallace (1894 1972) was also born at No. 9.. Upon leaving…

Wokingham War Memorial

The population of Wokingham numbered 4,300 in 1911. By 1918 after 4 years of fighting in conflict around the world, 217 men of the town had given their lives in the service of their country.

This memorial organised by the War Memorial Committee…