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ELY STUNTNEY - Roll of Honour

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Dave Edwards

additional information Peter Dearsley

The memorial is in the form of a plaque mounted inside the village church – The Church of the Holy Cross. The church is situated at the top of the hill on the left hand side of the road leading into the village from Ely (the old A142). The building is normally locked but access can be granted by arrangement.

The memorial lists those who laid down their lives during WWI, with the names of the WWII fallen added at a later date. There is no mention of casualties from other conflicts (Malaya, Korea, etc).

Names are recorded in full on the roll of honour but there are no details of brach of service, or dates of death. The names recorded are:

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

1914-1918

FITCH

James William

Private 326418, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, killed in action in France & Flanders on 26th September 1917, commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Enlisted in Cambridge. Previously 3724, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regt. See also Littleport.

HOL[L]IDAY

Herbert James

Private 100371 Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry), died 31st December 1917, age 19, buried: Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Previous service with the RCR (svce no 3724)(RCR possibly Reserve Cavalry Regiment?). Born in Bluntisham (Hunts), enlisted in Newmarket, and lived in Stuntney. Son of Herbert Gibson Holliday and Annie Elizabeth Holliday, of The Gravel Farm, Stretham, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

LEMMON

Thomas Francis

Possibly: Pte. F. Lemmon, 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, died 5th May 1915, buried: Special Memorial, Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. See also Ely.

MAYLE

William John

[Listed as JW Mayle in CWGC Register] Private 26650, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action in France & Flanders on 9th August 1916, buried: Courcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France. Born in Stuntney and enlisted in Ely. See also Ely.

MCGEE

Bert Parker

Pte. 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died 12th October 1916, commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Son of Thomas and Sarah McGee, of Stuntney, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

MCGEE

James Parker

Private 23158, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action in France & Flanders on 12th October 1916, buried: Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Born in Stuntney and enlisted in Ely. Son of Thomas and Sarah McGee, of Stuntney, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

MCGEE

Edward Parker

Private 100371, 16th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, died of wounds in France & Flanders on 9th August 1917, age 25, buried: Adinkerke Military Cemetery, Furnes, De Panne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Previous service with the Northamptonshire Regiment (service no 39993). Born Stuntney and enlisted in Bury St Edmunds. Husband of Sarah Jane Parker McGee, of Alderforth Farm, Witchford, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

PARKER (MCGEE)

Thomas

Private 2645, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, died of wounds in France & Flanders on 12th October 1916, age 23, buried: Contay British Cemetery, Contay, Somme, France. Born Stuntney and enlisted in Cambridge. Son of Thomas and Sarah McGee, of Stuntney, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely. N.B. Three of the four McGee brothers, above, died on the same day.

NORDEN

Harry Arthur

Private 2648, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, died 17th September 1916 of cerbro-spinal meningitis, age 23, buried: Hem Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. Born Stuntney and enlisted in Ely. Son of William James and Susan Norden, of Stuntney, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely, Nordern on Ely.

OSBO(U)RN(E)

John Charles

Private 16887, 1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action in France & Flanders on 4th May 1915, age 27, commemorated: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Listed as OSBORNE in both the CWGC Register and SDGW and OSBOURNE and also OSBORN elsewhere. Born and enlisted in Ely. Son of Charles and Charlotte Osborne, of 14, West Fen Rd., Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

SABERTON

Henry William

Private 18257, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, killed in action in France & Flanders on 8th November 1915 age 35, commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Born in Bethnal Green (Middlesex) and enlisted in Newmarket. Son of Henry William and Sally Saberton, of Witcham, Ely; husband of Ada Saberton, of 65, Newnham St., Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

TAYLOR

John Ellis

Lance Corporal 1111, Royal Buckingham Hussars, killed in action at Gallipoli on 21st August 1915, age 21, commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey. Enlisted in Churn (Gloucestershire?) and lived in Soham. Son of Mrs. Ellis Taylor, of Eye Hill, Soham, Cambs. Also commemorated on a stained glass window in Stuntney church. See also Soham.

WEST

John William

Lance Corporal 2631, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, died of wounds in France & Flanders on 1st July 1916, age 22, buried: Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Son of William and Mary West, of Stuntney, Ely, Cambs. See also Ely.

WILKIN

Edward

Sergeant 8820, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died of wounds in France & Flanders on 11th May 1916, age 22, buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Born and enlisted in Ely. Born Stuntney and enlisted in Ely. Son of Mr & Mrs Wilkin of "Railway Carriage", Quanos Drove, off Stuntney Road, Ely. See also Ely.

Born Stuntney but not on memorial
PEACOCK Frederick

Private 16660, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, died of wounds in France & Flanders on 1st August 1917, age 24, buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Private born in Stuntney and enlisted in Newmarket.

1939-45
BARBER

Ernest John

Only one casualty of this name is listed in the CWGC Register, but there is no obvious connection with the Stuntney area.

Private 6289146 2nd Battalion, Royal East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), died between 10th May and 4th October 1940, aged 20, buried: Merris Communal Cemetery, France. Son of James and Emily Barber of Rochester, Kent.

There are four entries for Ernest Barber: one whose family lived on the Isle of Wight, the others having families in Yorkshire. There are six entries for John Barber: one whose family lived in Dorchester; one who came from Canada; and four whose origin is unrecorded.

COLE

Percy William

Leading Aircraftsman 940191, 211 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 9th June 1945, age 23. Commemorated: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Son of Mrs. S. M. Cole, of Stuntney, Cambridgeshire.

FRETWELL

Edward George

Sergeant Air Bomber 1624918, 178 Sqdn. Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died 15 August 1944, age 21. Buried: KRAKOW RAKOWICKI CEMETERY, Poland. Son of Samuel and Amy Hilda Fretwell, of Stuntney, Cambridgeshire.

28 August 2004

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