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CAXTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

 

The memorial stands at the cross roads of Ermine Street, Bourn Road and Gransden Road. It takes the form of a stone celtic cross with an iscription on the smooth face made in lead lettering. It was unveiled 14th November 1920 by Major General Harry Hendley C.S.I. There are 8 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2.

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IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR
KING AND COUNTRY

1914-1918

AMBROSE

Arthur

Private 51663, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, formerly 47730, Suffolk Regiment and 40620, bedfordshire Regiment, who died of wounds on Wednesday, 16th October 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs E. Ambrose, of High St., Caxton, Cambs. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, Hessen, Germany. Plot VI. Row M. Grave 3.

The cemetery is located 10 kilometres south of Kassel and 2 kilometres from the main road from Kassel to Marburg.
BARTON

Walter Fred

Private 17512, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, attached to the 101st Trench Mortar Battery who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 18. Born Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gore Barton, of Hardwick Wood Farm, Toft, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).
CROSS

Thomas William

[Listed as William THomas CROSS on CWGC] Private 16708, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment who died of wounds on Monday, 18th September 1916. Aged 25. Born Caxton, Cambs, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs. Sewell, of Caxton, Cambs. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 26.

The town of Abbeville is on the main road from Paris to Boulogne (N1), about 80 kilometres south of Boulogne.
HAYNES

Clifford Skemp

Second Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 25. Son of the Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Haynes; husband of L. Abbie Haynes, of The Cabin, Grimsby Rd., Louth, Lincs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).
HAYNES

Henry Hillas aka Harry

Corporal 240764 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who died of wounds on Sunday, 17th June 1917. Aged 27. Born Stafford, resident Nottingham, enlisted Bolton. Son of the Rev. W. B. Haynes; husband of Edith M. Haynes, of 121, Forest Rd., Nottingham. Native of Caxton, Cambs. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 23.

Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery is located 5 Km west of Ieper town centre and to the south of the village of Vlamertinge.
LUNDY

George Banks

Private G/61715, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment), formerly 22442, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment), who was killed in action on Thursday, 19th September 1918. Born St. Mary's, Hull, enlisted Caxton, Cambs. Buried in FLESQUIERES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 19.

Flesquieres is a village at the junction of the D92 and D89 roads, about 5 kilometres south-west of the main road from Cambrai to Bapaume.
PENTELOW

Arthur Lenton

Second Lieutenant 62nd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Inf) who died of wounds on Sunday, 28th July 1918. Aged 34. Son of Job Wells Pentelow and Polly Pentelow, of Caxton, Cambridge. Enlisted in the Royal Sussex Regt., Nov.,1914. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 10.

Marfaux is 18.5 kilometres from Reims and 16 kilometres from Epernay.
SCOTT -

George

No information currently available
1939-1945
GAPE, MC

Warren Vyvyan Hamilton

Lieutenant 74587, 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (R.A.C.) who was killed in action in the Western Desert on Tuesday, 29th April 1941. Aged 23. Born London W., resident Hertfordshire. Son of Capt. William Nugent Walter Gape, and of Sibyl Marion Geraldine Gape, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in HALFAYA SOLLUM WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 1. Row E. Grave 10.

Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery is on the main coast road from Mersa Matruh through to Libya, and is on the east side of Halfaya Sollum, approximately 12 kilometres from the Egypt/Libya border.

KIDMAN

Arthur Mitchell

Private 5933223, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War working on the Burma-Thailand Railway 18th November 1943; taken Prisoner 15 February 1942. Aged 22. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Mr & Mrs G. Kidman of Caxton, Cambridge. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 63.

KIDMAN

Sailor Mitchell

Private 14724256 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment who died of wounds on Saturday, 4th November 1944. Aged 19. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Arthur and Kate Kidman, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY, Netherlands. Plot 9. Row C. Grave 18.

Bergen-op-Zoom is a town in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, 40 kilometres north-west of Antwerp (Belgium).

OCKLESTON

Jeanne

No information currently available
WATTS

John Martin

Sergeant 1874534 199 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based North Creake, flew Stirling bombers, who died on Saturday, 17th June 1944. Aged 19. Son of John and Ethel Rosetta Watts, of Caxton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey, United Kingdom. Panel 240.

This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.

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