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DODDINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

The Doddington War Memorial is in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Doddington and takes the form of a Fleury cross on a spire mounted ona plinth. The plinth has a shield on each face with the Tudor Rose on the top corner of each face and laurel wreaths at the bottom corners. There are 36 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2. Monies were raised by public subscription and the mason and builder was Mr R Wade; the memorial was unveiled on 23rd December 1920.

From an old postcard

 

The Doddington War Memorial was dedicated by the Rev. A.F. Smith, (Rector in charge), on 23rd September, 1920. It was unveiled by Mrs. C.E. Stephens, wife of the village Doctor. The monument was designed and built by Mr. Robert Wade of Doddington. On the same day the plaques inside the church and the Methodist Chapel were also unveiled.
Source: Cambridgeshire Times 1st October, 1920.

The WW2 names were added and plaque’s were produced for Church and Chapel by Robert Cox & Son’s of Peterborough. The Chapel plaque and War Memorial were unveiled by Dr C. Thomas, the village Doctor, on 10th November 1946.
Source: Cambridgeshire Times 16th August & 15th November 1946.


This information was kindly compiled by David H. Edwards from CWGC records, contemporary editions of the Cambridgeshire Times and inscriptions on family graves in Doddington churchyard. Where indicated please refer to the notes at the end of the list. The inscriptions read:

"Erected by the inhabitants of this parish
in grateful memory of the men of Doddington
who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1919.
There name liveth for evermore"


"To the glory of God and in grateful memory of
the men of this parish who fell in the Second Great War
1939 - 1945"


   
World War I
   
1914
LONG Arthur
Private 3/6477, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 November 1914. Aged 23. Born Doddington, enlisted March, resident Whittlesea. Son of George & Emma Jane Long of Doddington and later Benwick. Went to France 19 September 1914. Buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8. Also listed Pondersbridge.
   
1915
SOUTHON Edward John
Sergeant 7472, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1915. Aged 26. Born Doddington, enlisted Chatteris. Husband of Edith Annie Miller (formerly Southon) of London; son of John & Sarah Ann Southon, Park Field, Doddington. Went to France 16 January 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.
FISHER Frederick James
Private 18293, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21 July 1915. Aged 18. Born Doddington, enlisted March. Son of William & Mary Ann Fisher of Doddington. Went to France 1 June 1915. Buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 35.
OSBORN Samuel
[Spelt OSBORNE on CWGC and SDGW] Private 9315, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. 12th Division. Killed in action at Hulluch 13 October 1915. Born Ramsey Mere, enlisted March. Went to France 30 May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 37 and 38. See also Benwick.
   
1916
HEAPS Joseph Moses
Private 17351, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Doddington. enlisted March. Son of Joe & Sarah Elizabeth Heaps, Newgate St., Doddington. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
MILLER Albert Edward
Private 23301, "B" Company, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 3 August 1916 [4 August 1916 SDGW]. Aged 19. Enlisted March. Son of William & Emma Miller of Weavers Farm, Church Lane, Doddington; brother of Mrs. M. A. Veley of 32 Sixth Cross Rd., Twickenham, Middlesex.. Buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, France. Plot &. Row H. Grave 5
WOODBINE William Osborne
[Listed as William Osburn Woodbine on Canadian Archives] Private 426892, 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 18 August 1916 Aged 28. Born 29 November 1886 in Doddington. Son of Samuel & Sarah Woodbine of Doddington. Labourer by trade. Enlisted and passed fit 21 April 1915 at Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Height 5 feet 5½ inches, girth 39 inches, complexion fresh, eyes blue, hair medium; religion Church of England. Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot LVI. Row C. Grave 4. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10547 - 5
WILLMOTT James
[Spelt WILMOTT in CWGC records] Lance Corporal 9790, 1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 19 August 1916. Born raunds, Northants, enlisted Northampton. Grandson of Mrs J. Reid of Silver Lea, Doddington. Went to France 13 August 1914. Buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 8.
CROOTE Walter Edwin
Private 2192, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 25 August 1916 Aged 21. Born Smeeth Road, Norfolk, enlisted March. Son of Mrs J Croote of Angle Bridge, Whittlesey. Formerly of Doddington. Buried in Couin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 17.

From the Marquis de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour Volume 1, Part 2, Page 86. the following:

CROOTE, Walter Edwin. Private, 2192, 1st battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment (T.F). Son of George Croote, Yardman on farm, by his wife Emma, dau. of Henry Croote; born Walsoken co. Norfolk 25-6-1895; educated Christ Church near Wisbech, Cambs, was employed on a farm at Doddington, co Cambs and voluntarily enlisted 2-9-1914. Went to France with his battalion 14-2-1915, was trained as a bomber, scout and stretcher-bearer, and for the few months before his death was cheif orderly to his commanding officer; was present at the second Battle of Ypres in may 1915, and also at actions at Armentieres and Frise. Died 29-8-1916 in an operating station, of wounds received in action in France. Buried in the British cemetery eight miles east of Doullens.Captain Strickland, commanding his company, wrote of him "He was wounded on the morning of the 28th August, 1916. He was my cheif orderly, and was sleeping in a little shelter he had erected for himself, just outside my dug out. A shell hit the parapet just where he was and knocked it in , burying your son underneath the debris. We dug him out, but found his right leg badly broken, as well as his right arm. He was badly hurt but wonderfully brave, and i hoped he would have pulled through, though he would have lost both legs and an arm. The doctor gave me hope that he would not die, and I was very cut up to hear of his death. He was in every way a fine fellow, being a trained bomber, scout and stretcher bearer, everybody liked him, and he is badly missed. He did some grand work out here, especially in one attack, where he was continually running for me , and obtained news under very heavy shell fire". Unm

EDWARDS Albert
Lance Corporal 2324 [2321 SDGW], 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 September 1916. Aged 25. Born Oldham, enlisted March. Son of late Mr Thomas C. & Mrs Sarah Jane Edwards, Newgate St., Doddington. Went to France 14 february 1915. Buried in Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 21.
CHAPMAN James Victor
[Listed as John Victor Chapman on SDGW] Private 17883, 9th Battalion [5th Battalion on CWGC], East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 14 October 1916 Aged 20. Born Woodhurst, Hunts, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Benwick. Son of John & Victoria Chapman of 72 Great Whyte, Ramsey. Formerly of Doddington. Buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Viller-au-Bois, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
MILLER David Watling
Private 26669, "D" Company, 14th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1916. Aged 21 Born and resident Doddington, enlisted March. Son of William & Emma Miller, Weavers Farm, Church Lane, Doddington. Formerly 23281, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 C and 7 B.
KINGHAM Herbert Charles
Private 201707, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 1 November 1916. Aged 23. Enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mr & Mrs Herbert Kingham of Doddington. Son of Herbert & Annie Kingham of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Doddington. Formerly 4145, Suffolk Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.
   
1917
MASON William
Private 70010, 17th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 6 February 1917. Aged 23. Born Doddington, enlisted Boston, Lincs. Son of James T & Emma Jane Mason, Ransonmoor, Doddington. Formerly 5385, Lincolnshire Regiment. Buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row R. Grave 16.
FISHER Herbert
Private G/34346, 17th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 17 February 1917. Born Doddington, resident Warboys, enlisted Bedford. Son of Mr & Mrs H. Fisher, Doddington. Buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 30. Also listed Warboys.
EDGELEY Benjamin
Private G/43056, 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 28 April 1917 Aged 20. Born and resident Doddington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mr George & Mrs Mary Ann Edgeley, Newgate St., Doddington. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
NEWELL Edward
Private P.W.6112, 1st/7th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 26. Born and resident Doddington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of William & Elizabeth Newell of Doddington. Formerly G/10071, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). No known grave. Commemorated on FRANCE (1914-1918) MEMORIAL, Berkshire.
HEAPS John Robert
Private 838961, 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Died 13 July 1917 Aged 29. Born 8 November 1887 in Upwell. Son of Joe & Sarah Elizabeth Heaps, Newgate St., Doddington. Farmer by trade. Enlisted and passed fit 14 March 1916 at Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Height 5 feet 5¾ inches, girth 36 inches, complexion fair, eyes light blue, hair fair; religion methodist. Buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery, Vimy, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 15. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4212 - 8
CRESSWELL William Frank
Private 31268, 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22 July 1917. Aged 22. Born Bildeston, Suffolk, resident Wisbech, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Son of Mrs Marinda Jackson of Glebe House, Doddington. Buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 24. See also Guyhirn.
FRANKLIN Albert
Private, G/14947, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 28. Enlisted Doddington. Son of Mrs. Susannah Canham, High St., Doddington. In the 1911 census he was a boarder at Bedlam Farm, Christchurch, Wisbech, aged 21, a farm Waggoner, born Doddington. Formerly Private 4210, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row B. Grave 12. See also Chatteris.
HATCH Ernest William
Private GS/53238, 32nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7 August 1917 Aged 35. Born Putney, enlisted Wisbech, resident Doddington. Husband of Mrs Hatch of Doddington. Formerly S/4/199444, Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 and 8.
BEARD Bertie
Gunner 46889, 94th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 30 September 1917. Aged 27. Enlisted London, resident Doddington. Son of William & late Lucy Beard, Newgate St., Doddington. Went to France 10 September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 to 6 and 162.
GREEN George Arthur
Corporal 285009, 1st/6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 9 October 1917. Aged 23. Born Huntingdon, enlisted March. Son of Mr Arthur & Mrs K. Green, Newgate St., Doddington. Formerly Private 325951, Cambridgeshire Regiment and 2806, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 72 to 75.
LENTON Percy
Private 23300, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 17 October 1917. Aged 21. Born Doddington, enlisted March. Son of Mr John Edward & Mrs Betsy Lenton, Ascot House, Doddington. Buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-V., Belgium. Plot XLII. Row B. Grave 16.
BLOTT John William Mason
[J W MASON in CWGC & SDGW records] Private 18950, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 20 October 1917. Born Doddington, enlisted Chatteris. Son of Mrs Harriet Blott, (formerly Mason), Dykemoor Drove, Doddington. Buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 26.
SHARWOOD Herbert Hearn
Private 202415, 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds 12 December 1917 Aged 33. Born and resident Doddington, enlisted March. Son of John Herbert & Isabella Sharwood, Doddington. Formerly 26321, Bedfordshire Regiment and 10850, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X. Row B. Grave 11.
   
1918
EDGELEY Frederick Garner
Private G/48828, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 34. Born and resident Doddington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds. Husband of Lois Edgeley, High St., Doddington. Son of Mr George & Mrs Mary Ann Edgeley, Newgate St., Doddington. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row D. Grave 29.
MILLER John William
Private, 242680, 2nd/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action on 31st March 1918. Aged 26. Enlisted Cambridge, resident Doddington. Eldest son of William & Emma Miller, Weavers Farm, Church Lane, Doddington. Formerly 2935, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 42 and 43
MINETT Fred
Private 51167, 4th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 11 April 1918 Aged 19. Born and resident Doddington, enlisted Wisbech. Son of Francis (or Frank) & Emily Minett, Newgate St., Doddington. Formerly 45809, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row A. Grave 32.
CURTIS John
Corporal 55308, 111th Railway Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 6 May 1918. Enlisted London aged 28, November 1914, resident 111 Peabody Cottage, Rosendale Road, Herne Hill. Husband of Mrs Emma May Curtis (nee Bishop, married 22 January 1918 at Lambeth Registry Office) of 3 Courtfield Road, Kensington, London. Son of late William Curtis (of Doddington); in the 1901 census John was an agricultural labourer, aged 14, born Doddington, reesident with his widowed father, William, at High Street, Ingles Lane, Doddington. Platelayer by trade. Served in the 4th Suffolk Militia No. 2919. Buried in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.
LENTON William
Private 43952, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 10 August 1918. Aged 29. Born Doddington, enlisted MArch. Son of William & Louisa Lenton of Doddington. Formerly 4582, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in Pernois British Cemetery, Halloy-les-Pernois, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row C. Grave 7.
HAWKINS Albert
Gunner 234644, "A" Battery, 86th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 25 August 1918. Aged 20. Enlisted Wisbech, resident Doddington. Son of Robert William & Alice Hawkins, of Primrose Hill, Doddington. Buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 14.
ROWELL Albert Edward
Private 693292, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 27 August 1918. Aged 21. Born 31 December 1896 in Oddington.Son of Jabez Jefferson and Sarah Jane Rowell of Copalder Road, Doddington. Farmer by trade. Enlisted and passed fit 18 December 1916 at Winnipeg. Canada, aged 19 years 11 months. Geight 5 feet 6 inches. girth 34½ inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair black; religion Church of England. Buried in Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 11. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8512 - 31 See also Benwick.
FEW Horace Arthur
Corporal 270087, 1st/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 20 October 1918 Aged 21. Born and enlisted Chatteris, resident Ramsey, Hunts. Son of David Leeden & Mary Elizabeth Few, Forty Foot Bank, Ramsey. Formerly 202946, Norfolk Regiment. Buried in Romeries Communual Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 9.
   
1919
DACK Thomas William
Private 235326, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Died 19 February 1919. Aged 24. Husband of Martha Elizabeth Dack of Newgate St., Doddington. Son of Thomas William & Harriet Dack of High Street, Doddington. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, son of Thomas William and Harriet Dack, a bricklayer, born Doddington, resident High Street Doddington. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. Plot II. Row E. Grave 12.
MASON George
Private, 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died 9 March 1919. Aged 21.Eldest son of Mr Harry & Mrs Lydia Mason of Wimblington Road, Doddington. Formerly 3rd Suffolk Regiment, discharged 3 December 1918, invalided to hospital on 15 December 1918. Died at 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 9 March 1919. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, son of Harry and Lydia Mason, working on farm, born Doddington, resident Wibmblington Road, Doddington. Not a CWGC grave. His death was registered in the Cambridge Registration District in the January to March Quarter 1919, he was aged 21. Buried in St. Mary's Churchyard, Doddington.
   
Also buried in the Churchyard:
FREEMAN Ernest Edward
Private 441609, Labour Corps formerly 5808, Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. Died 4 November 1918. Aged 39. Born Chelsea, Middlesex, enlisted Battersea, Surrey. Buried in North-East part.
OLIVER Matthew William
Private, 2nd/6th Cyclist (Cambridgeshire & Suffolk Reserve) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment,. Died 7 November 1918. Aged 21, from influenza. Son of John Sutton Oliver and Hannah Oliver of Doddington. Husband of Ethel Oliver, Ingle's Lane, Doddington. Reported in the Cambridgeshire Times 15 November 1918. Buried in South-East part.
MARSHALL Roger Charles
Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Died 7 January 1918. Aged 28. Only son of late Rev. Frederick Charles Marshall, (Rector of Doddington 1887-1914), and Mrs Grace Marshall. (Not a CWGC grave). Buried East of church. See also Chatteris.
   
World War II
   
1941
BUTCHER Rodney Victor
Sergeant, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, based at Leeming, Yorks, flying Whitley bombers. Died 8 July 1941. Aged 21. Son of George Thomas & Edith Maud Butcher, Doddington. No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 40.
   
1943
HUDSON Thomas William
Gunner 11406526, 532 Battery 156 Heavy Anit-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 4 March 1943. Aged 33 Husband of Mrs F.F. Hudson of Doddington. Son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Hudson of Doddington. Buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Doddington.
FISHER Frank
Sapper 1922099, 256 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 27 October 1943. Aged 24. Son of Frank & May Fisher, High Street, Doddington. Buried in Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy. Plot XV. Row A. Grave 44.
   
1944
CLARKE Stanley James
[Gnr. James Stanley CLARKE in CWGC records.] Gunner 1504658, 94 (The Dorset and Hampshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 22 July 1944 Aged 26. Son of James & Annie Clarke of New World, Doddington. Buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France. Plot XXVI. Row A. Grave 17.
   
1945
PAMBY Gordon William
Private 14746050, 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). Died 8 February 1945. Aged 18. Son of Horace & Ida Pamby of 1 Council Houses, Doddington. Buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands. Plot 14. Row B. Grave 1.
   
Other Actions

1900
   
Also commemorated within the church:
FROST Arthur
Private,, Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry, killed in action Spion Kop, South Africa 24January 1900 Aged 22. Son of Stephen & Jane Frost of Benwick. This memorial was formerly in the church at Benwick before it was demolished. Also commemorated on the Ely Boer War Memorial.

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