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ELM WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 and 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown
additional information Mark Haycock
Additional photographs Chris Harley

The memorial can be found on the village green, on the B1101, Main Road, Elm, opposite the All Saints parish church. It takes the form of a Crusader's cross on an octagonal plinth that stands atop a three-stepped base that in turn rests on an octagonal, concrete, platform. The memorial was unveiled 12 June 1921 by Captain Colin Reith Coote, D.S.O., M.P., and dedicated by Canon Stokes.

To the imperishable
memory of
our glorious dead
who fell in the
Great War
1914-18

 
ALLEN

Hugh

Private 36524, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment formerly 4637, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 7 October 1916. Aged 22. Born Elm, enlisted Wisbech (Elm), Youngest son of James and Suzannah Allen, of 3 Chapel Row, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.

BARKER

Charles

Private 18545, 'A' Company, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21 August 1915. Aged 15 (Fifteen, correct). Son of Mr Frederick and Mrs Susan Barker, of Fridaybridge Road, Elm. Buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 18.

BOOTH

James

Private 26797, 'Y' Company, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 August 1916. Aged 23. Son of James and Susannah Booth, of West View, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

BOOTH

George

Private 27894, 6th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 20 March 1917. Aged 33. Son of James and Susannah Booth, of West View, Elm. Buried in St Leger British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Row D. Grave 10.

BATES

Thomas William

Private 325498, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 25. Eldest son of John and Anne Bates, of Halfpenny Lane, Elm. Brother of Leonard below. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50.

BATES

Leonard

Rifleman A/205273, 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 30 March 1918. Second son of John and Anne Bates. Brother of Thomas William above. Buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France. Section P. Plot VII. Row C. Grave 78.

BRUNTON

George William

Private 31378, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 November 1918. Aged 26. Resident Low Road, Elm. Buried in Preux-au-Bois Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Row B. Grave 3.

BROOKS

Leonard William

Second Lieutenant (Pilot), 2 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action while flying an Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8, serial number A2726, in France 6 July 1917. Aged 32. Native of Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Elder son of John and Emma Brooks, of Church Street, Peterborough. Owned bakery and corn business, at Elm Bridge. Buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 9.

BROWN

Walter Wade

Private 16821, 7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 13 October 1915. Aged 24. Son of Charles and Rosanna Brown, of Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 30 and 31.

BURTON

Robert Hugh

Gunner 121908, 'D' Battery, 15th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Wounded 25/25 June 1918, died of wounds 2 July 1918. Aged 31. Son of Walter and Ellen Burton, of 32 Friday Bridge Road, Elm. Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 48.

BURMAN

Luther

Gunner 100843, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 10 July 1917, Amara Hospital, Mesopotamia. Aged 22. Second son of Arthur and Laura Burman, of Elm Bridge. Buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 18.

BURGESS

George Robert T

Private 40371, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Wounded and PoW 24 March 1918, Died of wounds 22 May 1918. Aged 32. Son of Thomas and Ruth Burgess, of Lynn Rd., Chapel Lane, Elm, Wisbech; husband of Mrs. F. V. M. Burgess, of 1, Hampden Villas, Chase St., Wisbech, Cambs. Buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Stahnsdorf, Brandenburg, Germany. Plot XII. Row C. Grave 7.

COOPER

Frederick

Private 2007, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 August 1916. Aged 29. First son of Mr and Mrs William Cooper, Redmoor Cottages, Wales Bank, Elm. Husband of Harriett, of 3 Burgess Square, Sandyland, Wisbech. Buried in Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 13.

CROFTS

Archibald 'Archie' Bertram

Lance Corporal C/8049, 'D' Company, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Wounded 9 September 1916, died of wounds 30 November 1916, 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham. Youngest son of Henry and Charlotte Crofts, of The Cherries, Elm Bridge. Buried Elm (All Saints) Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.

CURSTON

Lancelot Stanton

Private 53202, 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds 3 September 1918. Aged 19. Son of Walter and Ada Curston, of Speedwell Farm, South Brink, Waldersea, Elm. Buried in Lebucuiere Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 11.

DREW

Edward

Sergeant 3/9967, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 37. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Drew, of Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

DREW

Jesse

Private 15839, 11th (Cambridgeshire) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 23 March 1918. Aged 38. Son of George and Mary Ann Drew, of Elm. Buried in Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 26.

FOOTE

Harry Clifton

Gunner 61055, 'Y' Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 19 October 1917. Aged 26. Son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Foote, 34 Duke Street, Walsoken. age 26. Son of Thomas Foote; husband of A. J. Stratton (formerly Foote), of 38, Duke St., Walsoken, Wisbech, Cambs. Buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boesinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 20.

GRANGE

James Edward

Lance Corporal 36905, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. (Priness Charlotte of Wales) formerly 12105, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 17 February 1917. Aged 30. Born Chatteris, enllisted Spalding, Lincs (Wisbech). Son of Benjamin Grange, of Begdale Elm, Wisbech, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 D.

GIBBS

William Elijah

Saddler 311378, No 2 Section, 3rd Division Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery. Died from mediastinal growth, 22 December 1918. Aged 35, 53rd General Hospital. Son of Mrs N Gibbs, Chapel Lane, Elm; husband of Daisy Getrude Gibbs, of 31, Mercer Street, Toronto, Canada. Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XII. Row D. Grave 34.

HARVEY

Edward

Private 325467, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 34. Son of Edward Harvey; husband of Rebecca Ann Harvey, of Chapel Lane, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50.

HAW

Percy

Private 42066, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 27 September 1918. Aged 19. Son of George and Mary Ann Haw, of Gosmoor Lane, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 4 and 5. See also March

JEWSON

Henry

Private G/20315, 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 28 April 1917. Aged 33. Fruit farm manager. Exemption disallowed March 1916. Third son of William Etherington Jewson and Fanny Elizah Jewson, of 81 Begdale, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial to the Missing, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

MEWS

Frank

Private 325254, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 July 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr and Mrs Bridges Mews, of Elm Low Road, Elm. Buried in Harponville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Row D. Grave 10.

NURSE

Cecil Robert

Private TR/9/82347, 25th Training Reserve Battalion, Recruits Distribution Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 5 November 1918. Aged 19. Son of Ernest and Jessie Nurse. Buried in new ground, East of church, in Elm (All Saints, Churchyard, Cambridgeshire.

REEVE

Charles Robert

Private 326334, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 31. Son of William Reeve, of 26, Carpenter's Arms Yard, Wisbech. Lived Redmoor Lane, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 50.

RINGHAM

Arthur George

Private 18669, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died on service in Salonika 15 February 1917. Aged 33. Born Elm, Cambrigeshire, enlisted Wisbech. Son of Frederick and Margaret Ringham; husband of Alice Ringham, of Low Road, Elm. Buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 5.

ROPER

Arthur

Private 2405, 'B' Company, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Wounded 1 June 1915, died of wounds 2 June 1915. Son of William and Susannah Roper, of Chapel Lane, Elm Bridge. Buried in Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard, Nord, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 3.

SINGLETARY

Herbert Ernest

Private 1990, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 September 1916. Aged 20. Second son of John and Elizabeth Singletary, of Stone Cottage, Elm. Buried in Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 11.

SMALLEY

Wilfred Parker

Private G/9863, 6th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). Killed in action 7 October 1916. Aged 21. Son of Mrs W Smalley, Magdalen Fen. Husband of Throney Orpah Smalley, 14 New Street, Wisbech. Had lived in Low Road. Buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 14.

SPENDELOW

Arthur

Private 9359, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 20 July 1916. Fourth son of Mrs Emily Spendelow, of Elm. Buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Plot XIV. Row E. Grave 27.

STOREY

Benjamin James

Sapper 480682, 446th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Wounded 19 June 1917, died of wounds 19 June 1917. Aged 41. Son of Frederick and Mary Ann Storey; husband of Ellen Gertrude Storey. Buried in Aichet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 27.

TAYLOR

John Henry

Private 15427, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 13 January 1916. Aged 32. Son of David and Frances Taylor; husband of Lily May Taylor, of Lakenham Terrace, Wisbech. Buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. lot V. Row F. Grave 2.

WALKER

Percival Henry

Lance Corporal 9305, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 21. Eldest son of Henry and Melinda Walker, opposite the Boys' School, Main Road, Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 3.

WARD

Percy John

Private 326734, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 26 September 1917. Eldest son of William and Sarah Jane Ward, Near Station, of Elm. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 148.

WHITE

Fred

Lance Corporal L/16199, 'Y' Company, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died of wounds 19 June 1915. Aged 23. Son of Fred and Julia White, of Sunnyside Cottages, 2, Aurora Cottage, Elm High Road, Elm. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, Nord, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 60.

WHITE

Wilfred Edgar

Private 20683, 'D' Company, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Wounded 30/31 March 1916, died of wounds 1 April 1916. Aged 21. No 8 CCS, Bailleul. Son of Alfred and Edith White, of Cargill, Meadowgate Lane, Elm. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 57.

WING, MM

Richard

Private 328062, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Wounded 26/27 September 1918. Died of wounds 28 September 1918. Aged 34. 55th CCS. Eldest son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Wing, Dun Cow, Terrington St Clement. Husband of Kate Wing, of Strathmore Cottages, Fridaybridge Rd, Elm. Awarded Military Medal for 26 and 29 September 1917. Buried in Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 40.

WRIGHT

Arthur Horace

Private 65794, 1st/5th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Wounded and Prisoner of War 10 April 1918, died 22 April 1918. Aged 19. Son of Frederick and Emma Wright, opposite Elm Boys' School, Main Road, Elm. Buried in Tourcoing (Pont Neuville) Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Row Q. Grave 9.

Through their death we live

1939-45

BEART

Charles Stanley

Corporal 14371107, 969 (I.W.T.) Company, Royal Engineers. Missing presumed accidentally drowned on active service in India 7 November 1945. Aged 35. Born 21 June 1910. Enlisted 3 December 1942. Son of Charles and Ellen Beart; husband of Ivy Elizabeth (nee Hanslip) Beart, of Ieus Cottage, Colletts Bridge, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, married July to September Quarter 1935 in Wisbech Registration District, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was new born, born Elm, Cambridgeshire, son of Charles and Ellen Beart, resident Fridaybridge Road, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 21 June 1910, Ganger on County Council Road, married to Ivy E Beart, resident Back Road,Colletts Bridge,Elm, Friday Bridge, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Burma). Face 3.

DREW

Aubrey Verdun

Trooper 5777408, 53rd Regiment, Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action in North West Europe 30 August 1944. Aged 28. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Born 7 March 1916. Son of Mary Ann Drew, of Elm. In the 1921 census he was aged 5, born Elm, Cambridgeshire, son of John and Mary Ann Drew, resident Wesn, Elm, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 7 March 1916, single, a General Labourer, residet with his parents at Low Road, Elm, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire,. Buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval, Somme, France. Plot 13. Row G. Grave 36.

ELSAGOOD

George [Henry Richad]

Private, 5932821, 2nd Battalion (Cambridgeshire Regiment), Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action during the Japanese invasion of Malaya 17 January 1942. Aged 27. Born Cambridgeshire, resident Norfolk. Son of John Henry and Maud Louiesa Elsagood, of Oldfield Cottage, Fridaybridge Road, Elm. In the 1921 census he was aged 6, born Littleport, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire, son of John Henry and Maud Louisa Elsagood, resident Wades Farm, Middle Fen, Ely, Ely Holy Trinity and Ely College, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 58.

FORDHAM

Sidney George

Private 5777087, 5th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Died from disease as a Japanese Prisoner of War 19 May 1943; taken prisoner 15 February 1942 in Singapore. Aged 27. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Alfred and Emily Fordham, of Elm. In the 1921 census he was aged 5, born Norfolk, son of Alfred and Emily Fordham, resident Ferry Lane, Newton, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand. Plot 2. Row O. Grave 46.

Extract from England and Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

FORDHAM Sidney George of Colletts Bridge Elm Cambridgeshire died 19 May 1943 on war service Administration Norwich 24 April to Emily Fordham married woman. Effects £147 10s. 6d.

FRANCIS

John Cecil

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 138492, 8 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Coastal Command). Flying out of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, in a Mosquito FBVI, serial number HR448, he was lost without trace in bad weather during a training flight 2 April 1945. Aged 27. Born 31 May 1917. Native of Elm, Cambridgeshire. Son of John Edward and Elizabeth Ann Francis, of Elm, Cambridgeshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 4, born Elm, Cambridgeshire, son of John Edward Francis and Elizabeth Anne Francis, resident Fern Cottage, Low Road, Elm, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 31 May 1917, single, an Elementary School Teacher, resident with his widowed mother at Low Road, Elm, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 265.

Extract from England and Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

FRANCIS John Cecil of Low-road Elm Cambridgeshire died on or since 2 April 1945 on war service Administration Norwich 28 May to Elizabeth Anne Francis widow.
Effects £927 17s. 9d.

NICHOLLS

Bernard

Private 5933898, 2nd Battalion (Cambridgeshire Regiment), Suffolk Regiment. Killed during the Japanese capture of Singapore between 13 and 14 February 1942. Aged 30. Born and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of William Smith Nicholls and Emily Nicholls; husband of Hilda Nicholls, of Elm. In the 1921 census he was aged 9, born Walpole, Norfolk, son of William Smith Nicholls and Emily Nicholls, resident Walpole Highway, Wisbech, Walpole St Peter, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 60.

PYE

Eric [C]

No Military details currently found, Died October to December Quarter 1945 in Cambridge Registration District, Cambridgeshire, aged 25. In the 1921 census he was aged 1, born Elm, Cambridgeshire, son of C and R Pye, resident Fridaybridge Road, Elm, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 12 September 1919, single, a Carpenter, resident with his parents, Daniel C and Ruth Pye, at Wales Rand Inn, Elm, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire.

STIMPSON

George Morris

Private 5933540, 2nd Battalion (Cambridgeshire Regiment), Suffolk Regiment. Died of tuberculosis at Chungkai as a Prisoner of War 13 May 1943; captured at Singapore 15 February 1942. Aged 24. Born 5 December 1918. Son of Alfred and Gertrude Stimpson; husband of Marjorie Stimpson, of Homedale, Elmlow Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 5 December 1918, a Fitter Press Printer, son of |Gertrude (a widow), resident 51 Elizabeth Terrace, Wisbech, Wisbech M.B., Cambridgeshire. Buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, Thailand. Plot 9. Row N. Grave 12.

WHITE

Fred

Driver 1922883, 621 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, who was accidentally killed in a battle incident in Western Europe on Monday 5 February 1945. Aged 25. Born 17 March 1919 in Wisbech, and resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Albert and Mary White; husband of Hazel Joan White, of Walpole Highway, Cambridgeshire formerly 21, Old Market, Wisbech. Enlisted 29 January 1940 in Clacton. Disembarked North-West Europe 11 June 1944. In thwe 1939 Register he was born 17 March 1919, single, a County Contractors Motor Lorry Driver, resident with his parents at Low Road, Elm Ushert, Elm, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried in Sittard War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands. Row K. Grave 13.

WHITSED

John

Pilot Officer (Observer) 758109, 502 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Coastal Command). Flying out of Aldergrove, Antrim, Northern Ireland, in a Whitley V, serial number P5090, he was killed when his aircraft crashed into Fathen Glinne near Balquhidder, Perth after becoming lost when returning from a night convoy escort, 1 of the crew survived, 24 November 1940. Born 1 May 1915, baptised 30 May 1915 at Little Thetford, son of John and Alice Whitsed, of Braham Farm, Little Theford, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Grangemouth (Grandsable) Cemetery, Stirlingshire. Section 1. Collective grave 12.

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

CARLILE, DFM

John Vyvyan

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 968433, 260 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in a ction when his arcraft, a Kittyhawk, was shot down by a Bf109 near Mersa Matruh during an escort for SAAF Bostons 26 June 1942. Aged 20. Son of John Weatherley Robinson Carlile and Muriel Louisa Carlile, of Wisbech. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial, Egypt. Column 249.

Note: 260 Squadron flew Kittyhawks from LG85, Egypt.

London Gazette 27 July 1943

Details from his recommendation AIR 2/9596

Pilot 260 Sqdn

During recent hard fighting in the Western Desert, F/S Carlyle has especially distinguished himself. In one day, he twice turned to attack a greatly superior enemy force and each time brought his aircraft home successfully in spite of extensive damage to it which made it extremely hard to handle. He is a fearless and determined fighter pilot and recently destroyed an enemy fighter when our forces were outnumbered by at least four to one. During the present battle, his characteristic keeness to engage the Hun has inspired confidence and courage in all who witnessed his energy and drive, his conduct throughout being such as to prove a valuable contribution to the successes his squadron has achieved. This airman was reported missing on 26th June 1942, and the recommendation was intiated on 2nd June 1942.

(Note - the D.F.M could not be awarded posthumously, so alot of the time the recommendation would be post dated to the day before the airman went missing)

See also Wisbech and Wisbech Grammar School.

CARLILE

Neville Wiliam

Sergeant (Observer) 581270, 82 (United Provinces) Squadron, Royal Air Force (Bomber Command). Flying in a Bristol Blenheim IV, serial number L8829, out of R.A.F. Watton in a day operation, Foret-de-Gault, his aircraft was presumed to have crashed in the North Sea 13 June 1940. Aged 23. Son of Frank Henry and Violet Mary Carlile, of Hunstanton. Norfolk. Buried in Harlingen General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands. Plot E. Row 2. Grave 15. See also Wisbech Grammar School.

COPELAND

Albert A

Probably: George Albert COPELAND, Craftsman 14506669, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Accidentally killed 7 December 1944. Aged 22. Born 29 October 1922. Son of George Trueman Copeland and Kathleen Annie Copeland; husband of Dorothy Gwendoline Copeland, of Coldham. In the 1939 Register he was born 29 October 1922, single, an Apprentice Motor Mechanic, resident wth his parents at Pear Tree Farm, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire. Buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot 10. Row A. Grave 15. See also Coldham.
JEFFERSON

Montie Louis aka Monty

Sapper 209334, 287 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War from Tropicaql Ulcers and Dysentery 22 September 1943; captured at Singapore 17 February 1942. Aged 23. Born 30 June 1920 in Elm, Cambridgeshire, resident Cambridgeshire. Son of Louis Crawford Jefferson and Ellen Jefferson, of The Bungalow, March Road, Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire. Wheelwright by trade. Enlisted 12 July 1939. Buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Myanmar (Burma). Plot B1. Row M. Grave 10.

Extract from England and Wales Government Probate Death Index 1946:

JEFFERSON Montie Louis of March-road Friday Bridge Cambridgeshire died 22 September 1943 on war service Probate Peterborough 15 July to William George Stannard estate clerk. Effects £333 12s. 4d.

NEWTON

Leslie [William]

Gunner 11415652, 4/2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action at sea 26 November 1942. Aged 22. Born 24 July 1920. Son of Robert and Charlotte Newton, of Friday Bridge. In the 1921 census he was born Walpole St Peter, Norfolk, son of Robert and Charlotee Newton, resident Middle Drove, Tilney St Lawrence and Tilney All Saints and Walpole St Peter and Walpole St Andrew and Terrington St John and Terrington St Clement and West WA, Cambridgeshire. Royal Engineer Card states he was born Walpole St Andrew, Cambridgeshire (Norfolk) and resident Wibesch, Cambridgeshire. In the 1939 Register he was born 24 July 1920, single, a Carpenter and Painter, resident with his parents at The Stitch, Friday Bridge, Wisbech R.D., Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. Panel 72, Column 2. See also Friday Bridge.

PARKER

Gordon

No information. See also Friday Bridge.
WADLOW

Leslie Cyril George

Aircraftman 1st Class 1212904, 152 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2 March 1944. Aged 25. Based at Peshawar, India. Native of Leverington Common, Cambridgeshire. Son of George William and Daisy Maud Wadlow; husband of Kathleen Joyce Wadlow, of Leverington Common, married October to December Quarter 1942 in Wisbech Registration District, Cambridgeshire. In the 1921 census he was new born, born Elm, Cambridgeshire, son of George William and Dausy Maude Wadlow, resident near the Church, Elm, Cambridgeshire. Buried in Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan. Plot 7. Row A. Grave 4. See also Friday Bridge.

WENN

Stanley Ambrose

Able Seaman, C/JX 139420, H.M.S. Arethusa, Royal Navy. Died at sea while on Operation Stoneage, a torpedo from an Italian aircraft struck Arethusa and caused heavy casualties including him 18 November 1942. Born 30 March 1918 in Wisbech. Son of James William and Kate Eileen Wenn, of Friday Bridge. In the 1921 census he was aged 3, born Cambridgeshire, son of James William and Kate Elizabeth Wenn, resident Friday Bridge, Elm, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Panel 56, Column 3. See also Friday Bridge.

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