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THE EVERSDENS - GREAT & LITTLE - WAR MEMORIAL

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

The war memorial is applicable to both the villages. It is situated in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Great Eversden. As stated on the memorial, there were no men from either village killed in the second world war. The memorial takes the form of a three-stepped base surmounted by a tapered plinth, tapered shaft and Celctic cross with the incription on the front face of of the memorial. There are fifteen names listed for World War 1. The memorial was unveiled on 13th March 1921. Details opf the memorial appeared in the Cambridge Independent Press 28th January, 4th March, 18th March and 1st April 1921.
Photographs Copyright © Ann Thompson & H C Chapman 2000

GRATEFUL AND LOVING MEMORY OF
GT. AND LT. EVERSDEN MEN
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BARNES Frank
Private 29073, 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Died of wounds 17th Ocotber 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 37. Born Caldecote, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Gt. Eversden. Son of James and Jane Barnes, of Eversden, Cambridge. Buried in SERAIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Row B. Grave 7.
BESTER Wilfred Edward
Private 16569, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action Saturday, 1st July 1916. Aged 23. Born Little Eversden, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Edward A. and Elizabeth Bester, of Great Eversden, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A
CLARK Peter
[Spelt CLARKE on SDGW and Medical records] Private 29847, "B" Comapny, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 26. Born and resident Little Eversden, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Mrs. Sarah B. Clark, of Little Eversden, Cambridge. Formerly 24226, Suffolk Regiment. Admiited to 31st Ambulance Train 9 April 1917 with gunshot wounds to the chest, discharged 10 April 1917. Admitted to hospital No. 11 Con. Rep. Buchy with Scabies 31 May 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64.
COURSE Ernest
Private 13660, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action on Friday, 30th November 1917. Aged 22. Born Eversden, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Walter and Martha Course, of Chapel Rd., Great Eversden, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 4.
FLACK David
[The CWGC lists him as D M FLACK] Private G/26913 12th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own). Killed in action on Saturday, 17th February 1917. Born Barrington, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Little Eversden. In the 1911 census he was aged 35, unmarried, born Barrington, Cambridgeshire, a Fruit Grower's Labourer, son of Daniel and Sarah Flack, resident Great Eversdon, Cambridgeshire. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Special Memorial B. 2.
LEADER Alfred
Private 305762, 1/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 18th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Great Eversden, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried in FOUQUIERES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 1.
MORRIS Ellis
No further information currently available
PARKER Frederick William
Private 4288, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds on Thursday, 14th December 1916. Aged 40. Born Bottisham, enlisted Little Eversden. Son of King and Lucy Anne Parker. Native of Bottisham, Cambridge. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 43.
PAULEY [William] Sidney
Private 35890, 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds 26th July 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 32. Born Little Eversden, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Blackwell, Berkshire. Son of Robert Pauley; husband of the late Susan Pauley. Formerly 3369, Royal Fusiliers. Buried at the East end of the church in LITTLE EVERSDEN (ST. HELEN) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire.
ROBERTS William
[Listed as Wilfred on memorial] Private 18/944, 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 15th June 1917. Aged 23. Born Boston, Lincolsnhire, enlisted Durham, resident Great Eversden. Son of Caleb and Amelia Roberts. of Great Eversden, Cambridge. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 34.
SEARLE Albert
Private 18273, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action on Monday, 27th September 1915. Aged 32. Born Eversden, enlisted Cambridge, resident Sandy. Son of Stephen and Matilda Searle, of Little Eversden, Cambs; husband of Kate Elizabeth Searle, of Cambridge Rd., Sandy, Beds. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 41
SEARLE Ansel[l] Vere
Private 36616, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales). Killed in action on Friday, 4th May 1917. Aged 20. Born Little Eversden, enlisted Cambridge (Little Eversden). Son of Stephen and Matilda Searle, of Buck's Lane. Little Eversden, Cambridge. Formerly 4463, Cambridgeshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
TABRAHAM [George] Harry
Private 41767, 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action on Wednesday, 15th August 1917. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Cambridge. Son of Edward Tabraham. Formerly 209862, Army Service Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 70 to 72
WALLIS Joseph Patman
Private 184804, Depot Training Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in United Kingdom Thursday, 31st October 1918. Aged 30. Born and resident Eversden, enlisted Caxton. Son of Joseph P. and Elsie Louisa P. Wallis. of Toft. Buried North of the East end of the church in GREAT EVERSDEN (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD, Cambridgeshire.
WICK [Harry] Basil
Private 7602, 19th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action Tuesday 28th December 1915 in France & Flanders. Born and enlisted Colchester, resident Great Eversden. Buried in WOBURN ABBEY CEMETERY, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. D. 16. Also on the Duxford memorial.

A framed roll of honour inside the church includes the following:

"NONE FROM THE EVERSDENS LOST THEIR LIVES 1939-1945"

Despite this notice there is listed for Little Eversden parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book of Remembrance:

BRAYSHER Roland Norris
Private 5933280, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. 18th Division. Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War from Chronic Enteritis in Japan, Prisoner of War Camp Ha1B 1 December 1943. Aged 34. Born 24 January 1909 and baptised 18 April 1909 in Toft, Cambridgeshire, son of Owen and Mary Braysher. Husband of Annie P. Braysher, of Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 3, born Toft, Cambridgeshire, son of Owen and Mary Braysher, resident Brookside, Toft, Cambridgeshire. Japanese POW Registration Card No. 1/1564. Occupation given as Farm Labourer. Originally PoW at Muroran but then moved to Hakodate POW Camp #4, Ashibetsu, working in the coal mines. Buried in YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY, Japan. British Section Plot C. Row A. Grave 7.

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