Winwood, Thomas Ralph Okeden

The eldest son of Thomas Henry Ricketts Winwood JP (Com and F 1865-1870) of Syward Lodge, Dorchester and Wellisford Manor, Wellington, Somerset and Mabel Louisa Parry Winwood (daughter of William Parry-Okeden of Turnworth House, Blandford). He was born at Wellisford Manor and came to Winchester from Waynflete School. What he did between leaving Winchester and the outbreak of the First World War is unknown although it is known that in June 1911 at Bradford Peverell, Dorchester, he married Mabel Middleton (daughter of Hastings Burton Middleton of Bradford Peverell). They lived at Oaktree Cottage, Mortimer, Berkshire and had two sons, Thomas Claude Middleton Winwood (I 1926-1930) and Nevil Ralph Winwood (Coll. 1928-1932).

Winwood joined the Royal Field Artillery in November 1914. The unit with which he served was based at Eastbourne and Seaford and remained in Sussex until September 1915 when they were considered ready for action. They were posted to France and then embarked for Salonika in northern Greece. The front around Salonika was a forgotten, tedious conflict where British, French and Serbian armies faced Austrian and Bulgarian forces. After an initial flurry of action, 22nd Division settled down to a static role, enlivened by three main battles: Horseshoe Hill (August 10th–18th 1916), Machukovo (September 13th–14th), and Doiran (April 24th–May 9th 1917). It was in the lull which occurred during the early days of the Battle of Doiran that Winwood was killed.

Winwood, who had been awarded the MC, was killed in action on 28th April 1917, probably by artillery fire. He rests in grave A.134 of Karasouli Military Cemetery, near Polikastron, about 35 miles from Thessalonika. He is commemorated on a brass plaque in St Peter’s Church in Langford Budville in Somerset. “In loving memory of Thomas Ralph Okeden Winwood who fell in action on the 28th April 1917 and John Montague who died 15th March 1922 Soldiers in the Great War They died in war that we in peace might live. They gave their best so we our best should give. Not for themselves, for justice, freedom, right They fought, and call us forward to the fight.”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Winwood
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas Ralph Okeden
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1898-1899
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 19th May 1885
  • Date of Death: 28th April 1917
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B3
  • Decoration: MC