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COMBERTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Phil Curme & 2002 Martin Edwards
additional information John Clark
Baptist Church photograph David Charge

There are two memorials within Comberton. One resides in St Mary's Church and the other the baptists chapel. Some appears on both. Both are listed here, those on St Mary's memorial are denoted with and those on the Baptist Memorial with *

St Mary's Church

St Mary Memorial

Photographs Copyright © PhilCurme 2001

Comberton War Memorial takes the form of the organ in the Church of St Mary, the Parish Church of Comberton. Inside the church there is a brass plaque listing those who died in the Great War.

"For the suffering of death"
"Greater love hath no man than this"
"That a man lay down his life for his friends"
"Crowned with glory and honour"

There is also a Roll of Honour listing 84 names of men from the parish who served in the Great War.

Baptist Chapel

Photographs Copyright © David Charge 2002

1914-1918
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BAKER
Clifford
No further information currently
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BAKER
Thomas William
Lance Corporal 204159, 1st/4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Killed in action Monday 8th October 1917 in France & Flanders. Age 25. Born Bomley, Kent, enlisted Bedford. Brother of Mrs. H. P. Matthews, of 172, South St., Bishop's Stortford, Herts. Buried in GUEMAPPE BRITISH CEMETERY, WANCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. A. 22.
BAKER
Fred
No further information currently - possibly mistranscription for below.
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BUTLER
Frederick [James]

Private 24245, 8th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died of wounds Monday 16th October 1916 . Age 27. Born Comberton, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Son of Susan Baker (formerly Butler), of Church Farm, Comberton, Cambridge, and the late Charles Butler. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 143.

Extract from the Cambridge News, 1916 [please note his name is referred to as BUTTER but has been corrected in the transcription]:

COMBERTON

Official news has reached Comberton that Pte. Frederick J. Butler, of the 8th Norfolk Regt., has been killed at the front. A letter has been received by his mother (at Manor Farm) from an officer of the regiment to which deceased, was attached, in which the writer says; " It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death in action of your son, Pte. F. J. Butler, of my snipers' section. It is a painful task for me, for I know what terrible news it will be for you, his mother. and I cannot hope to console you, but I trust it will be of some comfort to you to know the gallant way in which he died. On the morning of the 6th he, with another sniper, Lce.-Corpl. Hammond were acting as flank guard to one at our bombing parties which was bombing up a trench. He was coolly sniping at some Germans who got out of their treneh, and he had already accounted for several, when he was hit in the head by a rifle shot. I cannot find anyone who was was close beside him at tha time, but a sergeant saw him a short time before, and he was then firing coolly at the enemy. Your son had not been with me very long, but during that time I had appreciated his fearless soldierlike qualities, and during an attack on the 19th of July and subsequent days, which was his first time in action, he had shown great coolness and bravery. We shall miss him very much, for in the midst of all the death and suffering in the fierce fighting individual loss is still as poignant as ever. Perhaps after a certain lapse of time I might be permitted to let you know the place where he died, and meanwhile I shall be glad to tell you anything you may like to know concerning him. Please convey my deepest sympathy to the members of your family in your great loss." - On Sunday evening a memorial service to Pte. Butler was held at the Parish Church, Comberrton, the Vicar preaching a most impressive sermon. - Mrs. John Baker and daughter desire, through the medium of this paper, to thank the many friends for the kind expressions of sympathy they have received in their sudden bereavement.

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DARRAN
Herbert aka Bert
[Herbert DARREN on SDGW CD and CWGC] Private 517 8th Bn., Royal Fusiliers who died of wounds on Saturday, 8th April 1916. Born Kensal Rise, Middlesex, enlisted Chelsea, resident Cambridge. Buried in VERMELLES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II. M. 19.
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DAY
Alfred [Arnold]
Lance Corporal 15760. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Born Comberton. Enlisted Cambridge. Brother of Walter (See Below). Enlisted with Victor Harper and Sydney Williamson - Note adjacent numbers). Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2C.
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DAY
[Henry] John
Private 41202 3rd Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment who died on Thursday, 22nd May 1919. Age 20. Son of David and Agnes Day, of Church End, Comberton. Buried in Comberton St. Mary churchyard, south-East of church. sEE also Liverpool Street Station, London
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DAY
Walter
Corporal 13791. Killed in action 1st July 1916. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Born Comberton. Enlisted Cambridge. (Enlisted with William Humphries - See numbers). Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 2C.
*
HARPER
Arthur [Albert]
Cpl 41520. Royal Garrison Artillery. 18th Siege Battery. Killed in action 8th September 1917. Aged 23. Born Comberton. Enlisted Bedford. Resident Comberton. Son of William and Annie J. Harper of Comberton. Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres. X.H.1.
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HARPER
[Percy] Victor
Private 15759 (Enlisted with Alfred Day and Sydney Williamson See adjacent numbers). KIA 1/7/1916. Aged 17. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
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HUMPHREYS
William [Horace]
Lance Corporal 13785, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. (Enlisted with Walter Day - See numbers). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 24. Born Comberton. Enlisted Cambridge. Son of William and Eliza Humphreys of "Bronlea", 81 Barton Road, Cambridge. Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
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KEEP
Sidney
Private 153231. Base Depot, Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Died Monday, 8th December 1919. Aged 21. Son of Frederick and Minnie Keep of West Street, Comberton. Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave G.34.
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MALLOWS
William [Edward]
Guardsman 27770. 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of Wounds 14/9/1917. Aged 33. Born Comberton. Enlisted Comberton. Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Grave XXV1.A.4.
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WILLIAMSON
Sydney (George)
Private 15753. 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 18. Born Lee, Kent. Son of Arthur and Annie Williamson of Comberton. Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 1C and 2A.

In addition there is a memorial headstone in the churchyard on which is written the following words :-

"Private Henry John Day of the North Staffordshire Regiment who was a Prisoner of War died in the Curragh Hospital, May 22nd 1919, aged 20 years.

Also Corporal Walter Day, aged 23 years and of Lance Corporal Alfred Arnold Day, aged 19 years of the Suffolk Regiment who were killed on the Somme 1/7/1916.

The dearly beloved sons of David and Agnes Day. They do not die who live in hearts that loved them".

Inside the church is a plaque commemorating those who died in WW2.

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BROWN
Samuel
Pte S Brown. 6th (H.D.) Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. D/11564. Aged 53. 1/4/1940. Buried at Church of St Mary, Comberton.
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CLARKE
Joseph
possibly Josepg Clarke, Leading Seaman C/JX 308037 H.M.S. Goodall, Royal Navy who died on Sunday, 29th April 1945. Age 24. Son of James and Alice Clarke; husband of Helen Joy Clarke, of Bromley, Kent. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 80, 2. or Joseph Clarke Gunner 1739143 527 Coast Regt., Royal Artillery who died on Sunday, 1st March 1942. Age 33. Son of Peter and Dorothy Clarke; husband of Lilian Clarke, of Aylesbury. Buried in AYLESBURY CEMETERY, Buckinghamshire. Sec. 4. Grave 27.
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CORNWALL
Robert
No further information currently
ELLIS
Hugh [John Mortimer]
[John Hugh Mortimer on CWGC] Sgt Pilot, 742068, 85 Sqdn., R.A.F.V.R, d 1/9/1940, age 21, buried: Brookwood Military Cemetery. Only Son of Frederick John Ellis and Ethel May Ellis, of Newnham, Cambridge. NB Sgt. Ellis' remains were found in 1992 and he was buried on 1st October 1993, see article by Dennis James in the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Journal Vol 14 No 3, August 2003. See also Cambridge St Mark's.
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ELLIS
Kenneth [C]
1259306. Observer RAF. Died 18/7/1942. Aged 32. "Death is swallowed up in victory until we meet again". Kenneth Custance Ellis. Sergeant. 18 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Son of Bernard William and Florence Hilda Ellis of Comberton. Buried at Church of St Mary, Comberton.
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HILLS
Thomas [William]
Gunner 798473, 11 (Honourable Artillery Coy) Regt., Royal Horse Artillery. Died Saturday 27th JUne 1942. Aged 30. Husband of Winifred May Good of Comberton. No known grave. Commemorated on El Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 14.
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HUCKLE
Frank
Gunner 1085702. 88 Field Regiment., Royal Artillery. Died 14th November 1944. Aged 32. Kananburi War Cemetery, Thailand. 8.A.35.
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MALLOWS
Dricilla or Drusilla [Bridget]
WREN. WRNS 4288. HMS Glendower (formerly Butlin's Holiday Camp, North Wales). Died 12/9/1943. Aged 21. Buried at Church of St Mary, Comberton. "In loving memory, safe in the arms of Jesus".
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RIDGEWELL
William
Private 5933458. 2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died Thursday, 21st September 1944. Aged 28. Singapore Memorial, Singapore. Column 60.
Also listed for this parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book of Remembrance
CHAPMAN
Stanley Edward
Gnr. 241 Bty. 77 HAA Regt., Royal Artillery, d 18/9/1944, age 34, commemorated: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Son of Harold and Clara Chapman; husband of Doris Annie Edith Chapman, of Coton, Cambridgeshire.
Found on the CWGC
 
CUSTANCE
Stanley
Private 35075, 24th Battalion (Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds Wednesday 25th April 1917. Age 19. Born Leeds, enlisted York. Son of Walter W and Mary A Custance of Comberton, Cambridge. Formerly 37678, West Yorkshire Regiment. Buried in ST. NICOLAS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. G. 31.

Finally, in the churchyard is buried a veteran of the Battle of Waterloo. The stone is weathered and some of the words are not legible. However the following words can still be made out - just :-

  CHAPMAN

Thomas

Who served at Waterloo 2** Rifle Brigade. Born Feb 14 1790. Died June 18 1875.

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