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CHIPPENHAM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 and 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Dave Edwards
additional information by Christopher Comber
and Tony Pringle

The Chippenham memorial is in to be found in the Churchyard of St Margaret's Church, Chippenham. It takes the form of a Latin Cross on an octangonal column mounted on a square plinth with a single step base. There are 21 names for World War 1 and 5 names for World War 2. There is a further memorial located on the village green, Badlingham Road, Chippenham commemorating a Bomber crew who crashed in the village.
Photographs Copyright © David Male 2005

Erected to the memory of
the men of this Parish
who gave their lives in
the Great War
1914 – 1919

BOWDEN
James Henry
Private 13835, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16th September 1916. Age 24. Born Mildenhall, Suffolk, enlisted Newmarket. Son of the late Mr. Henry and Mrs. Eliza Bowden, of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire.Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France.
CLAYDEN
Ernest
[Listed as Ernest CLAYDON] Private 26412, 2nd Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment. 30th Division. Killed in action at Savy on the 21st March 1918. Son of Harry & Maria Claydon of Chippenham. Husband of Florence Mary Claydon of Chippenham Park. Born in Steeple Bumpstead, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in Savy British Cemetery F.672
COLE
John Robert
Served under the surname Taylor. Private 12758, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 11th April 1915. Aged 20. Born Isleham, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Ellen Ellington (formerly Taylor), of 6, New Row, Chippenham, Ely. Buried in LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.. Plot I. Row E. Grave 10.

John Robert TAYLOR was born in Isleham on 26th January 1894 (Newmarket Q1-1894 3B:535) Baptised as COLE on 3rd November 1895 in Chippenham. The son of John and Ellen COLE (nee TAYLOR). In the 1901 census he was aged 7, residing at New Street, Chippenham with his father, John COLE [34] a stockman, born Chippenham, his mother Ellen [27] born Isleham; his half brother Herbert [5] and half sisters Elsie M [3] and Sophia [1]. All the children, except John were born in Chippenham. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, a farm labourer, having reverted to his birth surname of TAYLOR, living in New Street, Chippenham with his stepfather Alfred ELLINGTON [44] farm labourer, born Isleham, his mother and half brother Herbert,and half sister Sophie and new siblings Arthur COLE [8], Mabel Cole [6] and Nellie COLE [3], all three born in Chippenham. His mother had been married to Alfred Ellington less than one year. The CWGC lists his mother as Ellen Ellington (formerly Taylor) of 6 New Row, Chippenham, Ely. John Cole senior seems to have died in 1909.

DOE
Alfred Edward
Rifleman 0/417, 9th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. 12th Division. Killed in action during the German Spring Offensive on the 24th March 1918. Born in Walthamstow and enlisted in Stratford. Next of kin, Chippenham. Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR.27
DOWNING
Christopher
Private G/65738 of the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. He was killed in battle on 26th July 1917 at Elverdinghe, Leper, West Vlaanderen. Belgium (just outside Yypes). He is buried at at the Canadian Farm Cemetery at Elverdinghe in Plot/Grave number 1.G.8.
DOWNING
Frederick
Private 20447, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 9th April 1917. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4.
DRAKE
Frederick George
Private 12850, "A" Company, Depot, Suffolk Regiment. Discharged with TB in 1915 and awarded a silver war badge. Died 1917, buried 1 February 1917 in Chippenham. Born 4 March 1895 in Chippemham, baptised 9 June 1895 in Chippenham, son of Elias (a carpenter) and Jane Drake. IN the 1911 census he was aged 16, a farm labourer, born Chippenham, resident with his parents, Elias and Jane Drake, in the High Street, Chippenham, Cambridgeshire. Attested 31 August 1914 in Newmarket, a labourer by trade. Discharged 4 November 1915 at Bury St Edmunds, aged 20 years 7 months, height 5 feet 7 inches, chest 36 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, labourer by trade, intended place of resident High Street, Chippenham, Cambs. Discharged as no longer being physically fit for war service (Para. 392 (XVI)). Had served with the Expeditionary Force in France during 1915, embarked 19 January 1915, posted to Depot in UK 20 August 1915. He was wounded in action, suffered gunshot wounds to the scalp/head, 19 April 1915, Admitted various hospitals, finally discharged 15 May 1915. Admitted to hospital at Rouen suffering with Tubercle Lung 8 August 1915, treated for bronchitis, diagniosed as Pulmonary Tuberculosisand transferred to England 20 August 1915, trasnferred by Hospital Ship Newhaven to England 20 August 1915. Buried in CHIPPENHAM (ST. MARGARETS) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire.
DRAKE
Walter George
Private 1165, 1/5th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. 54th Division. Died of wounds on the Gallipoli Peninsular on the 12th September 1915. Grave lost. Territorial. Born in Chippenham and enlisted in Newmarket. Commemorated on The Helles Memorial,Turkey. MR.4.
FITCHES
Neville
Private G/11916, 10th Battalion, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died of wounds 25th February 1917. Age 20. Born and resident Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Son of George and Emily Fitches, of Palace Farm, Chippenham, Ely, Cambs. Buried inLIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
FITCHES
William
Private 5371, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 25th January 1917. Enlisted Cambridge. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
GOOD
Walter James
Private 16650, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killedd in action 1st July 1916. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Commemorated: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France.
KING
Arthur
Gunner 147014, X38th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 15th February 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 26. Born Chippenham (SDGW states Wiltshire), enlisted Newmarket. Son of John and Martha King, late of Fordham, Cambridgeshire. Buried in FERME-OLIVIER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot 3. Row A. Grave 14.
LANGLEY
Alfred
Captain, ‘D’ Company, 6th Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, d 20/9/1917, age 34, commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Thomas and Martha Langley, of Chippenham, Ely. Formerly 19th Royal Hussars. Field commissioned into the Wilts Regiment but with the 19th Hussars as a sergeant in 11th October 1909 where he won first and second prize (two different horses) at the Royal Military Tatoo in the horseriding competition..
MASON
Arthur James
Lance Corporal 15616, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 29th April 1918. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Buried in POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
MOSS
Cecil John
Lance Corporal 16614, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Age 22. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Mrs. H. Moss, of 12, New Rd., Chippenham, Ely, Cambs. Buried in CERISY-GAILLY FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, Somme, France.
MOSS
Frederick Charles
[Charles Frederick on CWGC & SDGW] Private 26657, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 9th August 1917. Age 30. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Husband of Ethel Maud Moss, of New St., Chippenham, Ely, Cambs. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.
NUNN
Sidney
Private 16615, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 17th October 1917. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Commemorated: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
PARR
Frederick
Private 66401, 1/6th Battalion, The Northumberland Fusiliers. 50th Northumbrian Division. Killed in action near Ypres 11th April 1918. Born in Chippenham and enlisted in Newmarket. Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial MR.32
TAYLOR
Albert Arthur
Private G/25870 6th Battalion, The East Kent Regiment. 12th. Division. Died of wounds. 28th September 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident in Chippenham, enlisted in Cambridge. Son of Mr & Mrs Alfred Taylor of New Street, Chippenham. East Kent Regiment – The Buffs – were fighting alongside American soldiers at nearby Peronne when he was wounded. He subsequently died in a battlefield hospital. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension F.194.
TAYLOR
Alfred [Edward]
Private 16611, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 19th June 1916. Age 24. Born Chippenham, enlisted Newmarket. Son of Alfred Taylor, of New St., Chippenham, Ely, Cambs. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France.
TAYLOR, M.M.
Frederick Christopher
Corporal S/15005, 12th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 10th January 1918. Age 25. Born and resident Chippenham, enlisted Piccadilly, Middlesex. Son of Philip and Annie Taylor, of New Cottages, Chippenham, Ely, Cambs. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

This tablet was added
to the memory of the men of this Parish
who gave their lives in the Second World War
1939 – 1945

CARTER
Raymond Charles
[Charles Raymond on CWGC] Pte. 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, d 9/8/1943, age 28, buried: KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Son of Henry and Helen Margaret Carter, of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire.
DOWNING
Robert Charles
[Charles Robert on CWGC] Gnr. 51 HAA Regiment, Royal Artillery, d 6/9/1945, age 36, buried: PADUA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Son of Benjimin and Melinda Downing, of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire; husband of Gertrude May Downing, of Chippenham.
FAULKNER
Oliver Ernest
[Ernest Oliver on CWGC] Pte. 6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, d 27/5/1940, age 25, buried: BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Arthur E. and Mary A. Faulkner, of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire.
HELY-HUTCHINSON
Patrick Walter Richard
Sgt. 8 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, d 17/3/1944, age 30, buried: IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India. Of Chippenham Lodge. Son of John Walter and Sybil Katharine Hely-Hutchinson, of Ely, Cambridgeshire. Family memorial inside Chippenham church.
THARP
John David Annesley
F.O. 255 Sqdn. R.A.F.V.R., d 14/4/1943, commemorated: MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Son of Lt.-Col. Gerard Prideaux Tharp, The Rifle Brigade, and Dora Maryan Tharp. A chapel in Chippenham Church is dedicated to his memory.

Buried in the Churchyard:

JORDAN
Sidney Howard
L/Cpl. Sidney Howard Jordan, 24th Lancers, d 8/1/1943 age 34. Son of William and Clara Jordan; husband of Anne Mary Jordan, of Brighton, Sussex.

Also listed for this parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book of Remembrance:

LEWIS
G
Possibly: Pte. George Lewis, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, d 14/2/1942, age 22, buried: KRANJI WAR CEMETERY, Singapore. Son of Joseph and Ada Beatrice Lewis, of Chippenham, Wiltshire [sic].
Photographs Copyright © John Palmer 2009

The Short Stirling III Bomber BK874 was based at RAF Tuddenham in 1944 when it crashed at Chippenham, about 5 miles away, after a night operation bombing of Essen. It was part of Bomber Command. No. 90 Squadron converted to the Lancaster in May-June 1944, flying that type until the end of the war.

IN MEMORY OF

ASTON
Ronald 'Ron' Leonard
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1866959, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Aged 19. Son of Leonard Joseph and Violet Aston, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham. Buried in BECK ROW (ST. JOHN) CHURCHYARD, Suffolk. Row E. Grave 8.
EGGBEER
Haeey [George]
Sergeant (Navigator) 1802344, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Aged 20. Son of Samuel Albert George and Maud Emily Eggbeer, of Wells-next-the-Sea. Buried in WELLS-NEXT-THE-SEA CEMETERY, Norfolk. Grave 286.
McCRORY
Phillip [Joseph]
Sergeant R/202365, 90 (R.A.F.) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Son of Frank J. McCrory and Margaret Mary McCrory, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. Buried in BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey. Plot 49. Row C. Grave 7.
PEARCE
Bernard
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1893142, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Aged 20. Son of Samuel J. Pearce and Hannah Pearce, of Barry. Buried in BARRY (MERTHYR DYFAN) BURIAL GROUND, Glamorganshire. Section N. Grave 165.
SHARPEN
Leslie
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) 1494813, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Aged 19. Son of Ernest and Frances Annie Sharpen, of Sunderland. Buried in SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY, Durham. Ward 3. Section A. Grave 2288.
WHALLEY
Wilfred
[Listed as WALLEY on local memorial] Sergeant (Air bomber) 1034217, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Son of Clara Ann Whalley, of Blackburn. Buried in BLACKBURN CEMETERY, Lancashire. Section J. Nonconformist. Grave 1816.
WHYTE
John
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1559798, 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when his aircraft crashed 23rd May 1944. Aged 21. Son of William Hastie Whyte and Grace Marshall Whyte, of Carluke. Buried in CARLUKE (WILTON) CEMETERY, Lanarkshire. Section F. Grave 30.

CREW OF STIRLING BOMBER
BK784
CRASHED HERE 23-5 1944
LEST WE FORGET

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