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World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2000 Cliff Brown
RNVR information courtesy of Jack Clegg

The first World War Memorial is the clocktower in the village, the names are on a panel on the wall.

Photograph Copyright © Dave Edwards 2010

was erected in honour and memory of
who gave their lives for their country
in the Great War
August 1914 - July 1919



188525(c) (RFR/CH/B/2933) Able Seaman, Royal Navy, HMS Arrogant. Accidentally drowned at sea 11-4-18, age 38. Son of John & Ann Bardell, Friday Bridge. Husband of Elizabeth Bardell, Stitch Villa, Fridaybridge Road, Elm. Chatham Memorial, Kent.



18545 Pte, A Company, 1st Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 21-8-15, age 15 (correct). Son of Mr Frederick & Mrs Susan Barker, Fridaybridge Rd, Elm. Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium. (see Elm).


Arthur John

TF203919 L/Cpl, C Company, 1/7th Middlesex Regiment. Died of wounds 3-5-17, age 29. Formerly G/36517 8th Royal Fusiliers. Son of Henry & Susanah Bates, Friday Bridge. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.



40439 Pte, 7th Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 8-11-18, age 20. Son of Son of Mr Thomas & Mrs Elizabeth Bates (later Mrs E J Loggins), of Friday Bridge.Dourlers Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.


George William

15726 Cpl, 111thCompany, Machine Gun Corps. 30-7-17, age 22. Son of George & Emma Jane Biggs, Needham Hall Cottages, Friday Bridge. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Brother of Charles, below.



R/1030, Able Seaman, Howe Bn, RNVR, att 1st Royal Marine Btn, RMLI. 24-3-18, age 20. Son of George & Emma Jane Biggs, Needham Cottages, Friday Bridge. Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Brother of George, above. Drafted to Howe Bn. BEF 9/7/17; attached 1st RM Bn. 11/2/18. Missing 24/3/18, assumed KIA. Born Coldham, Cambs. 28/11/1898. A Shepherd. Son of George Biggs, of Needham Hall Farm, Friday Bridge, Wisbech


Edward W

3/9967 Sgt, 9th Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 15/16-9-16, age 37. Son of Frederick & Elizabeth Drew, Elm. Thiepval Memorial, France.


John William

G/21769 Pte, 4th (Horsham) Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action 1-8-1918. Born Wimblington, enlisted Wisbech. Lived Malvern House, Friday Bridge.


John Charles

233900 Gnr, C Battery, 250th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 27-5-18. Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.


George William

325475 Pte, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 30-3-18, age 23. Son of John W and Lucy Mary Girdlestone, of Friday Bridge. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.


Herbert Flatt

123017 L/Bdr, B Battery, 94th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 26-4-18, age 26. Son of Mrs M J Hensby, Friday Bridge. Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.



17030 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1-7-16, age 20. Parents lived Four Gotes. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.


John William

R/1097 Able Seaman, Drake Btn, RNVR, 24-12-17, age 33. Son of Mrs Mary Ann Jackson, Friday Bridge. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Joined Drake Bn. BEF 5/10/17. KIA 24/12/17. Born Gosberton, Lincs. 27/4/1884. A Farm Labourer. Home town Wisbech.


Charles William

38971 Private, D Company 15 Platoon, 2/5th East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action on 31st March 1918. Formerly 301951 Army Service Corps forage dept. Lived Rookery Farm, Friday Bridge. Born Elm, enlisted Reading, Berkshire, resident of Wisbech. Grandson of Mrs Sarah Loughton. Listed Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.


James W M

G/11912 Pte, 10th (Battersea) Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3-10-16. Son of James & Agnes Macrow. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.



17155 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 2-6-16. Second son of Mr W Oldfield. Becourt Military Cemetery, France.


Clement/Charles? William

17028 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1-7-16, age 18. Son of Clemence & Alice Louisa Pettingale. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Brother of below.


Ernest A

58241 Pte, 6th Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 22-8-18, age 18. Son of Clemence & Alice L Pettingale. Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Brother of above.



17029 Pte, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Killed in action 1-7-16, age 24. Parents lived Witham on the Hill, Bourne. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.



2669 Pte, A Company, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 9-5-15, age 30. Smallholder in Friday Bridge for 15 years. Son of Thomas & Rebecca Ransome, Linden End, Haddenham. Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.



C/7095 Rfn, 18th (Arts & Crafts) King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 15-6-17, age 30. Son of James & Kezia Thompson, of Cottons Common, Friday Bridge. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.


Walter Montagu

Lt. "C" Company, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Died of wounds 6-5-15, age 19. Son of Walter Wooll West & Sarah Grace West, Needham Hall, Friday Bridge. Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Belgium.


LIEUTENANT WALTER MONTAGU WEST, 1st BATTN. THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE REGIMENT (T.F.), the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. West, of Needham Fridaybridge, Wished', Cambridgeshire, was born there on the 23rd December, 1895. Several of his maternal relatives were Army men, his grandfather and two great-uncles taking part in the Crimean War. His great-grandfather was the first Mayor of the Borough of Gateshead. After a preliminary education at Mr. Beresford's Preparatory School, Hunstanton, Mr. West went on to Oundle School, where he proved himself a good all-round athlete. On leaving school he went home to take up farming with his father, and joined the Territorial Force, receiving his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Cambridgeshire Regiment in March, 1914.

When the War broke out in August, 1914, he was called up, and went into training with the Wisbech Company. He was promoted Lieutenant in December, 1914, and went out to the front with his Battalion in February, 1915. He served in the trenches at St. Eloi and round Ypres, and on the 5th May, 1915, he was wounded near the latter place and died shortly afterwards. He was buried at Bussetoom, near Poperinghe.

The following account of the circumstances of his death was given by a Company-Quartermaster-Sergeant "From what I can learn, C Company were ordered to take up a position in a support trench on Wednesday, the 5th inst., about 5 p.m., and were approaching their destination when the Germans opened a heavy shell fire, killing five men and wounding about thirty, Lieutenant West was badly wounded in the left leg by shrapnel, After being attended to by the regimental doctor, he was taken by motor ambulance to one of the field hospitals, and unfortunately succumbed to his wounds about six o'clock yesterday morning. He was buried in a field where a small cemetery has been established close to where we are now stationed in Belgium." In another letter he says: "Never had the Company a better officer. He was always helping and cheering his men, and, as you know, his men loved him."

A Captain in the Gordon Highlanders wrote: "Sergeant Rowe, of the 1st Cambs. Regiment, is at present at the above hospital (the Australians Hospital, Wimereux, near Boulogne) wounded in the arm. He has asked me to tell you that your son, Lieutenant W. M. West, of the 1st Cambs., was wounded alongside him on Wednesday afternoon last, and that he died of his wounds the same night in the field dressing-hospital just outside Poperinghe."

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17027 L/Cpl, 11th (Cambs) Suffolk Regiment. Died of wounds 24-10-17 (wounded 23-10-17), age 22. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium. Son of S & M F Wright. Born Friday Bridge.


Walter William

7734 Pte, 2nd Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 14-4-15 (Mesopotamia).



Charles Stanley

Cpl, 14371107, 969 (IWT) Coy, Royal Engineers. 7-11-45, age 35. Son of Charles & Ellen Beart; husband of Ivy Elizabeth Beart, of Elm. Rangoon Memorial, Myanmur.


John William

L/Cpl, 14264500, Royal Engineers. 18-4-46, age 22. Son of Mr & Mrs William Alfred Benton, of Friday Bridge. Elm Cemetery, Cambs.


Walter Hugh

Pte, 14855127, Royal Norfolk Regiment. 5-2-45, age 19. Son of Wilfred Ewart & Alice Crane, of Friday Bridge. Elm Cemetery, Cambs.


Leslie William

Gnr, 11415652, 4/2 Maritime Rgt, Royal Artillery. 26-11-42, age 22. Son of Robert & Charlotte Newton, of Friday Bridge. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire.



possibly Pte, 5825423, 4th Suffolk Regiment. 5-2-42, age 29. Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore.


Arthur George

Guardsman, 261683, 3rd Grenadier Guards. 5-2-43, age 25. Son of John & Amy Jane Tuffs; husband of Lucy Doris Marjorie Tuffs, of Friday Bridge. Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.


Leslie Cyril George

Aircraftman 1st Class, 12120904, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 2-3-44, age 25. Son of George William & Daisy Maud Wadlow; husband of Kathleen Joyce Wadlow, of Leverington Common. Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan.


Stanley Ambrose

Able Seaman, C/JX 139420, HMS Arethusa, Royal Navy. 18-11-42. Son of James William & Kate Eileen Wenn, of Friday Bridge. Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent.

Pictured left is HMS Arethusa when launched.

Last updated 9 August, 2012

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