War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards
war memorial is to be found outside St Pandionia and St John's Church,
St Neots Road, Eltisley. The World War 1 memorial consists of two plaques
inside the lych gate entrance inset into the limestone walls all set
in an oak frame structure. There is an inscription across the lintel.
There are 14 names listed for World War 1. THe memorial is maintained
by the Eltislery parish Council and the lychgate was restored in 2005
(it is a Grade II Listed building). The Bishop of Ely dedicated the
gate in 1920 after the Women’s Institute organised fund raising
for its creation. The World War 2 memorial is in the form of a concrete
in the lych gate memorial is Vic Smith-Chappell a relative of
both Chappell's recorded here.
Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2000
IS SWALLOED IN VICTORY
THE EVER GLORIOUS MEMORY OF
ELTISLEY MEN WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
as CHAPPELL, S A J on CWGC and SDGW and Medal Card] Private 122988,
59th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action
on the first day of the German Spring Offensive 21st March 1918.
Aged 20. Born in and resident Eltisley, enlisted Cambridge. Next
of kin, residents of Eltisley. Formerly 21761, Bedfordshire Regiment.
Buried in ONTARIO CEMETERY, SAINS-LES-MARQUION, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 16.
the 1911 census Albert is the son of G and Mary Ann Chappell-Smith,
brother of William (below). He is aged 12, a schoolboy, born
Eltisley, resident The Green, Eltisley, St. Neots, Hunts.
Gun Section, 1/1st
Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action (Gassed) 29th October
1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Huntingdon. Eldest son of Mrs Smith-Chappell,
of Eltisley. Married, wife living St Neots. Formerly
1536, Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in VOORMEZEELE
ENCLOSURES NO.1 AND NO. 2, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special memorial
the 1911 census William is the son of G and Mary Ann Chappell-Smith,
brother of William (below). He is aged 15, a Farm Labourer,
born Eltisley, resident The Green, Eltisley, St. Neots, Hunts.
1905 "A" Battery, 235th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died on
Tuesday, 15th August 1916. Aged 32. Landed in France 15th March
1915. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme,
France. Plot VII. Rowe N. Grave 2.
is a village about 8 kilometres east of the town of Albert.
the 1911 census George CHILDERLEY, was aged 26, an Agricultural
Labourer, born Eltisley, resident with his parents, Lydia and
Charles, in Caxton End, Eltisley, St Neots, Hunts.
681454, 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
9th Brigade. 3rd Canadian Division. Killed in action at Ypres
26th October 1917. Aged
36. Born 7th May 1888 in Cambridgeshire. Son of Edith Campbell,
of Eltisley, Cambridgeshire. Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted
and passed fit 14th March 1916 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, aged
27 years 10 months. height 5 ft 7¼ ins, girth 37¾
ins, complexion fresh, eyes brown, hair dark brown; relgion Church
of England. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30. National Archives of
Canada Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2113 - 40
the 1911 census Harry is aged 30, unmarried, a Farm Labourer,
born Eltisley, living with his parents, Charles and Charlotte.
in Potton End, Eletisley, St Neots, Hunts.
17752 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of wounds on
Monday, 21st August 1916. Aged 20. Born and resident Eltisley,
enlisted Bedford. Son of Alfred C. and Ellen Hayden, of The Green,
Eltisley, St. Neots, Hunts. Landed in France 30th July 1915. Buried
in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII.
Row B. Grave 150.
Eastern Cemetery is one of the Town Cemeteries and stands on
high ground on the eastern side of Boulogne, on the road to
the 1911 census Harry was aged 14, a Farm Labourer, born Eltisley,
living with his parents, Alfred and Ellen, on The Green, Eltisley,
St Neots, Hunts. Brother of Sidney George (below)
1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action,
in France and Flanders 25th March 1918. Aged
Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, enlisted St. Neots, Huntingdonshire.
4630, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated
on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 84 and 85.
the 1911 census he is known as George, aged 16, a Farm Labourer,
born Eltisley, living with his parents, Alfred and Ellen, on
The Green, Eltisley, St Neots, Hunts. Brother of Harry (above).
8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Sunday,
19th December 1915. Aged 27. Born and resident Eltisley, enlisted
in France 30th August 1915. No
known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper,
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33.
(now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders.
7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 26th
November 1917. Aged 29. Born Eltisley, enlisted St. Neots. No
known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord,
France. Panel 4.
small village of Louverval is on the north side of the N30,
Bapaume to Cambrai road, 13 kilometres north-east of Bapaume
and 16 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.
the 1911 census Walter is aged 22, born Eltisley, a Farm Labourer,
living with his parents, George and Mary, in St Ives Road, Eltisley,
St Neots, Hunts.
8912, 1st Battalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Wednesday, 1st December
1915. Aged 26. Born London, enlisted St. Neots, resident Eltisley.
First landed in France 16th August 1914. Buried in CITADEL NEW
MILITARY CEMETERY, FRICOURT, Somme, France. Plot V. Row A. Grave
is a village about 5 kilometres east of Albert and Citadel New
Military Cemetery is approximately 2.5 kilometres south of Fricourt
on the east side of the road to Bray-sur-Somme.
the 1911 census he was with "A" Company, 2nd BAttalion,
Bedfordshire Regiment resident at Prospect Barracks, Bermuda;m
he was 22, a Soldier, born London, Middlesex.
2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. 8th Division. Killed in
action at Ypres, 4th October 1917. Aged 35. Born in Eltisley and
enlisted in Lincoln, resident Peterborough. First landed in France
10th September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT
MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 35 to 37 and 162 to
Regiment. Killed in action, in France and Flanders, 26th September
1917. Aged 22. Born Eltisley, Cambridgeshire, enlisted St. Neots,
Huntingdonshire. Gardener employed by Countess of Dysart, at Eltisley.
Son of William and Annie Riseley, of Eltisley, St. Neots, Hunts.
Formerly 4629, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No
known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 148.
Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary
of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east
of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from
the Zonnebeekseweg (N332).
the 1911 census Frank was aged 16, a Domestic Gardener, born
Eltisley, living with his parents, William and Annie, in Church
End, Eltisley, St Neots, Hunts.
201890, 95th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 31 July 1916.
Aged 39. Son of Henry & Elisabeth Riseley, Eltisley; husband of
Mary Ann Riseley, of 1212 King St, Toronto. Born 21 February 1977
in Eltisley. Labourer by trade. Previously served 12 years in
the Grenadier Guards as a Private. Enlisted and passed fit 8 November
1915 in Toronto, Canada, aged 38 years 9 months. Height 5 ft 9½
ins, girth 39 ½
ins, complexion fresh, eyes light brown, hair brown;
religion Church of England. Buried
at the North-West end of the church in ELTISLEY (SS. PANDIONIA
AND JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Cambridgeshire. National
Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG
150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 8295 - 49
the 1891 census Martin is aged 13, a Farm Labourer, born Eltisley,
living with his parenst, Henry and Elizabeth, in Eltisley Village.
known as George Henry] Private 40818, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.
in France of Spotted Fever (Cerebro-spinal meningitis)
May 1917. Aged 33. Born Eltisley, Hunts, enlisted Croxton, Cambs.
Formerly 4175, Suffolk Regiment. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER)
SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row B. Grave
from Local War Committee paper Found in Eltisley Church.
22nd March 1916. A private in the 8th Suffolks army number given
as 40418. Employed at the time of enlistment as labourer by
Fowler of Great Gransden, was single earning 17 shillings. His
address is given as Eltisley St Neots. Died in France of Spotted
Fever (Cerebro-spinal meningitis) 14th May 1917 aged about 30.
from the St Neots Advertiser.
20th April 1917. - Mr G. SEWELL of Eltisley has received
news from a hospital in France that his eldest son Henry is
seriously ill. Source - St Neots Advertiser.
from the St Neots Advertiser.
18th May 1917 - Death of Pte Henry SEWELL of Eltisley.
Mr G. SEWELL of Eltisley has received the sad news that his
son Henry has died in a Hospital in France, after several weeks
illness from Spotted Fever, he was highly regarded in the village.
the 1911 census Henry is aged 27, a Farm Labourer, born Elisley,
living with his brother-in-law Arthur James Childerley in Croxton,
St Neots, Hunts.
2nd/1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Yeomanry. Died in the United Kingdom
on Friday, 7th January 1916. Aged 35. Born Tempsford, enlisted
and resident St Neots. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George How Topham,
of College Farm, Eltisley. Buried, near
the North boundary, in
ELTISLEY (SS. PANDIONIA AND JOHN THE BAPTIST) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION,
the 1911 census as Hubert Topham, aged 30, Assisting in the
Family Farm Business, born tempsford, living with his parents
George How and Martha, at Jews College Farm, Eltisley, St Neots,
Private 5956297, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Regiment. Died as a POW 2nd September 1943. Aged 30. Born and
resident Cambridgeshire. Buried in THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY,
Myanmar. Plot B1. Row F. Grave 8.
Leading Seaman P/JX 144354, HMS Abel Tasman, Royal Navy, Died
13th June 1940. Aged 20. Son of Walter and Beatrice Mary Mitchell,
of Northampton. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL
MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 38, Column 1.
courtesy of World
TASMAN was a Dutch coaster, built at Groningen 1937; 314 tons;
126.6ft x 24ft. In May 1940 she was taken over by the Admiralty
to assist with the evacuation of troops from northern France
with a small naval crew under the command of Lieutenant Edward
Terence Mudie. She took part in Operation Dynamo, (evacuation
from Dunkirk), and was then assigned to Operation Cycle, (the
lifting of troops from other French ports). She sailed from
Poole on 11 June to proceed to St Valery in company with several
other naval manned coasters, but became detached from the main
force in fog. Attempting to return to Poole, she was in the
Swash Channel when she detonated a mine and sank. There were
no survivors, with all twelve men onboard killed
4 December, 2016