Sergeant C.W. Mepsted
47th Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery
The Mepsted family lived in Charnham Street, opposite The Bear. In the 1894 floods in Charnham Street it is recorded that "The houses opposite the Bear Hotel occupied by Messrs. Palmer, Hawkins, Mepsted, Taylor, Noon and others, soon had about 2ft. of water in their sitting rooms".
Rod Weale kindly contacted the Virtual Museum (Jan 2014) to say that "the Sgt C W Mepstead on your War Memorial is the same that is commemorated on the War Memorial in Cranleigh (Surrey)".
There is also the report of his death in the Newbury Weekly News:
Roll of Honour: The death has taken place in France, from pneumonia of Farrier Sergeant C.W.H. Mepstead [typo for Mepsted - HLP], eldest son of Mr and Mrs C. Mepstead, of Charnham Street, Hungerford. As a lad the deceased joined the Hungerford Church Lads on its formation, being a very keen member, and on leaving joined the Royal Berks Volunteers. On the outbreak of war he mobilized with the Hungerford National reserves, but after a few months transferred to the Royal Field Artillery. He had been in France over 18 months.'
He died on Saturday 4th November 1917 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.
- Cap badge of the Royal Artillery
The War diary reads:
Battalion as resting at Anzin, near Arras. (His death is not mentioned).