Those Commemorated

The Commonwealth War Memorial Commission records that Private 16986 Hubert Sharlott, the son of Harriet Sharlott of Little Wolford and of the late James Sharlott, is interred at St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Saine-Maritime, France.

The presence of the Sharlot(t) family in Little Wolford can be traced back at least to the late 18th century. James, an agricultural labourer turned road worker, was born in the village in 1853, married Harriet Cox at Wolford in 1877, and died in 1909.  Harriet had been born in Ilmington, but her family moved to Little Wolford shortly afterwards; she was buried at Wolford in 1940, aged 87. The couple had seven children between 1877 and 1892, three of whom died in infancy.

Hubert (generally known as William), was the fifth of the seven children: he is recorded in both the 1901 and 1911 Census returns as a farm labourer. His brothers Horace James and John Cyril, together with his sister Hilda Jane (who married Arthur William Workman at Wolford in May 1930) lived in Little Wolford all of their lives; they are all recorded in the 1939 Register, together with Harriet, living at The Green, Little Wolford, probably in what is now Teasel Cottage.

The 15th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (the "2nd Birmingham Pals") was raised at Birmingham in September 1914 as part of Kitchener's "New Army". After training at Sutton Coldfield, Wensley Dale and Codford on Salisbury Plain, the battalion was mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne on 21st November 1915, joining 13 Brigade of the 5th Division; during 1916 and 1917 the Division engaged in many actions on the Western front. In December 2017 the battalion was transferred to Italy to strengthen the Italian Resistance, but returned to France and the Western front in April 2018.

It is not known during which action Private Rouse sustained the wound that led to his death but, during the latter part of 1918, his battalion was involved in several of the Second Battles of the Somme and of The Hindenburg Line. The battalion's War Diary records that, following a relatively quiet month, the 15th Warwicks' final action took place near Haplincourt on 27th September 1918, the opening day of The Battle of the Canal du Nord; heavy casualties were taken. The battalion withdrew to Ytres on 30th September and was disbanded on 6th October, the remaining personnel being transferred to the 14th and 16th Battalions.

Lawrie Thompson / David Farman