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CHRISTCHURCH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Cliff Brown & Ann McClean 2000s
additional information by Patrick Gariepy

The memorial is in Christchurch churchyard. Church Road, Christchurch and takes the form of a Celtic cross. There are twenty-four names listed for World War 1 and six for World War 2. The memorial cost £170 originally and was unveiled 20 February 1920; it was manufactured by Messrs W & AV Davis, Wisbech. A report on the unveiling and dedication appeared in the Wisbech Standard, 25 Febraury 1920, page 6.

IN PROUD AND
LOVING MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF
THIS VILLAGE
WHO FELL IN THE
GREAT WAR
1914-1919

BROWN
Ernest
4214 Pte, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 13-2-17, age 19. Son of Thompson & Emma Brown, of Happy Row, Euximoor. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium.
CHAPMAN
Frances
107368 Cpl, Third Army Headquarters Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds (gas) 5-8-18, age 30. Youngest son of Mr & Mrs A Chapman. Husband of Elsie Chapman. Lived White House. Formerly 11417 Royal Fusiliers. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
FEW
Charles
4790 Pte, 51st Australian Imperial Force. Died of wounds 17-7-17 (admitted 2nd Australian CCS 15-7-17), age 25. To Australia in 1913. Second son of Mr & Mrs S Few. Enlisted Perth, Western Australia. Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steanwerck, France. Born in Methwold, Norfolk, the son of Sylvanus Few of Christchurch, Cambridgeshire. He was educated in Christchurch and was unmarried. Before emigrating to Australia at the age of 19, he was employed as an agricultural labourer. In Australia he was employed as a railway plateworker. On December 8, 1915, he enlisted in the A.I.F. in Wickepin, Western Australia. Died of wounds in Steenwerck, France, on July 17, 1917, aged 25 years.
FISHER
Herbert
759, Pte, 44th Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action 9-6-17, age 25. To Australia in 1913. son of Joseph & Maria Fisher, Christchurch. Enlisted Perth, Western Australia. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Born in Christchurch, Cambridgeshire, the son of Joseph Fisher of Christchurch. He was educated in Christchurch and was unmarried. In civil life he was employed as a labourer in Perth, Western Australia, and at the age of 20 he emigrated to Australia. On February 1, 1916, he enlisted in the A.I.F. in Blackboy Hill, Western Australia. Killed in action in the Ypres salient, Belgium, on June 9, 1917, aged 25 years.
GOODGER
Dick
10291 Pte, 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 31-7-17, age 22. Son of Mary Ann Giddens (formerly Goodger), of Ash Tree Farm, Wisbech, and the late William Goodger. Brother of Walter below. Born Euximoor. Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium.

Cambridgeshire Times, 28-5-1926: Christchurch soldier's fate.
A reburial party working at an isolated cemetery in the vicinity of Westhoek discovered a silver watch in the clothing of an unknown soldier, beleived to be 2nd Lincolnshire, who fell on 31-7-17. The watch bore the name J C Heald, Wisbech. The watch was sent to Mr Heald, who had a shop in High St, Wisbech, who identified it as belonging to Pte Dick Goodger, 2nd Lincs. Goodger's body was re-interred at Poelcapelle British Cemetery.

GOODGER
Percival George
Private 29244 10th Battalionn, Essex Regiment who died on Tuesday, 27th March 1917. Born Upwell, Cambs, enlisted Wisbech, resident Christchurch. Son of George & Harriet Goodger, Euximoor Drove. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.
GOODGER
Walter Willie
26371 Pte, 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 9-4-17, age 23. Son of Mary Ann Giddens (formerly Goodger), of Ash Tree Farm, Welney, and the late William Goodger. Horsetender, Euximoor Drove. Borther of Dick above. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Brother of Dick.
HUTCHINSON
Bernard
242685 L/Cpl, 2/5th East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 9th October 1917, age 28. Son of Henry Hutchinson, of Post Office, Christchurch. Formerly 4432 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Enlisted Wisbech. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Also listed on Wisbech Post Office memorial.
HYDE
Stanley
202243 Sgt Berry Frederick Hyde, 2/4th Gloucestershire Regiment. 5-7-16, age 20. Son of Frederick and Sarah Jane Hyde, of Christchurch. Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
LOWE
Bert
13731 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 10-3-16 (accident), age 23. Son of Daniel and Charlotte Lowe, Hole in the Wall Farm. Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension Cemetery, Nord, France. (Brother of below).
LOWE
Frank
Photograph Copyright © Chris Harley 2008
15443 Cpl, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 14-6-17. Son of Daniel and Charlotte Lowe, Hole in the Wall Farm. Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France. (Brother of above).
PEEL
Ernest Owen
R/17353 Cpl, 17th (British Empire League) King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 4-9-16, age 29. Policeman in March, parents lived Christchurch. Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No 1, Somme, France.
POOLE
Walter
15450 Pte, C company, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 23-4-15. Son of Mr William & Mrs Jane Poole, Euximoor Drove. Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.
ROLFE
William
24961 Pte, 7th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 12-10-16. Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. (Listed as William Rofe in SDGW and CWGC).
RUSSELL
Isaac
26395 Pte 7th Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 9-4-17. Lived Lots Bridge. Son of George & Sarah Russell, Poulter's Drove. Arras Memorial, France.
SHEPHERD
William George
2852 Pte, CCompany, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 30-6-15. Merville Communal Cemetery, France.
SMITH
Alfred
20586 L/Cpl, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Died pneumonia after influenza 19-11-18, at 34th CCS, age 20. Youngest son of Stephen and Ann Smith, of Tips End. Solesmes British Cemetery, Nord, France. Brother of below.
SMITH
Harry
20596 L/Cpl, 12th Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 21-10-17. Second son of Stephen and Ann Smith, of Tips End. St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. Brother of above.
SMITH
Walter Steward
4139 Pte, 3/5th Suffolk Regiment. Died home 1-5-16. Son of William Smith, Euximoor Drove. Upwell Christchurch churchyard.
SPARROW, MM
John
40722 Pte, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 30-8-18, age 28. Son of George and Eliza Sparrow, of Christchurch. Awarded Military Medal. Formerly 4584 Suffolk Regiment. Buried Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
STIMSON
Edward Oakes
44001 Cpl, 2nd Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 8-10-18, age 23. Son of Jane Elizabeth Stimson, 39 Cypress Place, New Beckton, East Ham, & late George William Stimson. Lived Three Holes. Naves Communal Cemetery Extension.
SWANN
Ernest Albert
35869 Pte, 124th coy Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 16-9-16, age 21. Formerly 24646 Suffolk Regiment. Son of George and Mary Jane Swann, of Christchurch. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
TROWER
Albert
RMA/862(S) Gnr, Royal Marine Artillery, Anti-Aircraft Btn, HMS Crescent. Died pneumonia 21-10-18 (Scotland), age 32. Son of John and Mary Ann Trower of Tip's End. Upwell churchyard. (Brother of below).
TROWER
John
2597 Pte, 1/7th Middlesex Regiment. 21-11-16, age 33. Son of John and Mary Ann Trower of Tip's End. (Brother of above). Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France.
1939-1945
FRANCE
Ronald
Sgt 580854, 211 Squadron RAFVR. 31-12-40, age 22. Son of Leslie William & Dorothy France, of March. He lived at Townley School House, Christchurch. Alamein Memorial, Egypt. See also Upwell.
PARKER
Norman Lionel
Tpr 7957005, 250 Tank Delivery Squadron, Royal Armoured Corps. 26-4-43, age 20. Son of John & Emma Parker, of Sherlock House, Three Holes; husband of Freda Evelyn Joan Parker. Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia. See also Upwell.
MONEY
Percy Stanley
Pte, 5777503, 6th Queen's Own Royal West Kent Rgt, 14-12-42, age 23. Son of Mr & Mrs J W Money, Veat Bank, Christchurch; husband of Mrs Grace Money, 24 Field Baulk, March. Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. See also Upwell.
BELLAMY
Jack Roland
14558073, Gnr, 2 Field Rgt, Royal Artillery, 24-10-44, age 21. Son of Sidney Albert & Ada Bellamy, of Poulter's Drove, Three Holes Bridge. Farenza War Cemetery, Italy. See also Upwell.
WRIGHT
Leonard Ernest
L/Cpl 2623732, 1st Grenadier Guards. 5-3-45, age 21. Son of Leonard & Elizabeth Hardy Wright, of Day's Bungalow, Christchurch. Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. See also Upwell.
ROLFE
Colin
5836464, Pte, 3rd btn Parachute Rgt, AAC. Wounded & PoW at Arnhem, repatriated and died of wounds at Basingstoke 15-7-45, age 22. Orphaned son of late Walter & Harriett Rolfe, of Sheffield. Lived with Mr & Mrs J Frost, of Euximoor, Christchurch. Sheffield (City Road) Cemetery, Yorks. See also Upwell.

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