Surnames - C

Surname

Forename(s)

Award

Details

Memorial/Place

When

CAMPBELL

Horace

M.M.

Private. Lincolnshire Regiment, for 22 March 1918. Wisbech Standard 3 May 1918.

Wisbech

WW1

CANHAM

Ernest

M.M.

Sergeant. Royal Engineers. Cambridgeshire Times 19 April 1918.

Ely

WW1

CANHAM

Jack Thomas

MM

47184, Corporal, 11th Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). Died of Wounds 31 October 1918, age 35, Bangor. Husband of Elizabeth Canham, 7 Cannon Street. MM, London Gazette 12 December 1917, for gallantry & devotion to duty when in the attack near Zillebeke, near Ypres, on 20 September 1917. Wisbech Borough Cemetery, Cambs.

Wisbech

WW 1

CARTER

E

M.M.

Lance-Corporal. 97459, 47th Battalion MGC, LG 11 February 1919.

Manea

WW1

CARTER

Thomas

M.M.

Private. 18th Division, for 10 March 1917 at Irles, carried wounded corporal under fire for five hours. Cambridgeshire Times 27 April 1917.

Hundred Foot Bank, Welney

WW1

CARTER

John Samuel

MM

40241 Private, 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died of Wounds 18 April 1917, age 28. Awarded Military Medal. Formerly 20737 Norfolk Regiment Son of John Samuel Carter, of Bristol. Husband of Grace Amy Carter, of 64 Colville Rd, Wisbech. Duisans British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Wisbech

WW 1

CASE

A

OBE

Captain & Quartermaster, son of Mrs Case, 12 Nene Parade, March. 6th South Wales Borderers. For services rendered. Cambridgeshire Times 4 July 1919.

March

WW1

CAVE

R

M.M.

Lance-Corporal. 11th Suffolk Regiment, bombing at Bazentin le Grand 5 August 1916? Cambridgeshire Times 1 February 1918.

Chatteris

WW1

CHASE

Malcolm

Croix de Guerre, France

Regimental Sergeant Major. 1st Suffolk Regiment Presented 14 September 1917. Probably for his gallantry in bringing up supplies under heavy fire between 24/27 April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres.

Ely

WW1

CHEESEWRIGHT

Lionel S

M.C.

Lieutenant, formerly Littleport. Northumberland Fusiliers. Cambridgeshire Times 5 October 1917.

Littleport

WW1

CHURCH

Albert George

M.M.

Cpl, only son of Mr & Mrs G Church, 138 Station Rd, March. Military Medal during first two days of Normandy invasion when he rescued three men pinned down by German machine gun fire. Cambs Times 18-8-44.

March

WW2

CLARE

George William Burdett

VC

6657 Trooper, 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers. Born 18 August 19 1888. Killed in action 28 November 1917 at Bourlon Wood. 12 Burnsfield Street. Known as Billy Clare. Awarded posthumous Victoria Cross. Formerly Bedfordshire Yeomanry for eight years, registered for National Reserve 29 January 1914. Re-enlisted and sent to Remounts dept. Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France. Cambridgeshire Times 18 January 1918.

His parents lived in Plumstead, London, but he lived with his grandparents in Anchor St, Chatteris (which was renamed Clare St in his honour). His VC is held by the 16/5th Lancers, at Aliwal Barracks, Hampshire. A stained glass window was placed in the south side of Chatteris parish church in his honour, depicting Christ rewarding a faithful soldier; it was dedicated in Sept 1918. Clare had served in the Beds Imperial Yeomanry for eight years, then registered for the National Reserve in January 1914. As a result he was called up when war was declared and placed in the Remouth Dept, before going into the 5th Lancers.

Clare's VC can be seen at the 17/21 Lancers Museum at Grantham.

Chatteris

WW 1

CLARK

H F

M.M.

Private. Lincolnshire Regiment, for 14 October 1917. Wisbech Standard 16 November 1917.

Wisbech

WW1

CLARKE

S

D.C.M.

Acting-Company Quartermaster Sergeant. 5633, 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) awarded for action of 9 May 1915, when he led his platoon to the German support line. (LG 5 August 1915), Wisbech Standard 13 August 1915.

Soham

WW1

CLARKE

William H

D.C.M. & M.M.

14472 Private Military Medal (MM). 14472, Grenadier Guards. Citation: LG 14 November 6. Also Military Medal (MM).

Manea

WW1

CLAYTON

Muirhead Collins

DSO & OBE

Col Commanding officer 1st Isle of Ely Btn, Home Guard. OBE (Military Division) in King's Birthday Honours in recognition of military services. CT 16-6-44.

Isle of Ely

WW2

CLEMENTS

Reginald Francis

M.C.

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment killed in action on 14th August 1918, age 26.

Wisbech G.S.

WW1

CLIFTON

Kenneth Edgar William

DFM

Aircraftman 1st Class (Air gunner) 92 Broad St, Ely. When on a reconnaissance flight over Ramadi, his pilot was shot and fell across the controls. Clifton, who had no flying training, took over the controls and took the aircraft back to base. CT 11-7-41.

Ely

WW2

COBB

W F T

M.M.

Private, Royal Fusiliers. Cambridgeshire Times 30 May 1919.

Ely

WW1

COLE

Albert G

M.M.

Lance-Corporal, clerk at Chatteris Post Office. 46th Division Signal Coy, Royal Engineers, laying telephone line in dark under heavy fire, 17 September 1918.

Chatteris

WW1

COLLINGWOOD

J Stanley

M.C.

Lieutenant, Darthill, March. 43rd Infantry Brigade signalling officer. Devotion to duty March 1918. Cambridgeshire Times 24 May 1918.

March

WW1

COLLIS

James

V.C.

On 28 July 1880 during the retreat from Maiwand to Kandahar, Afghanistan when the officer commanding the battery was trying to bring in a limber with wounded men under cross-fire, Gunner Collis ran forward and drew the enemy's fire on himself, thus taking their attention from the limber. Aged 24. Gunner Collis was born at Cambridge on 19 April 1856. He enlisted in the British Army in 1872 and first served in the 32nd Regiment later the 2nd Battalion the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He then transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery. He won his Victoria Cross in Afghanistan on 28 July 1880. At the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted at the age of 58 in The Suffolk Regiment and served with the Regiment until August 1917 when he was discharged on medical grounds. He is one of eight VCs whose medals were forfeited under the authority of the Royal Warrant because each subsequently committed a criminal offence. Gunner Collis was a bigamist who was sentenced to 18 months with hard labour. In 1895 it was discovered that although he had a wife in India, Collis has married again in England. A special Royal Warrant was served on 18 November 1895, stripping him of the VC. On 28 June 1918 he died of a heart attack in a hospital in Battersea at the age of 62. In 1920 the Secretary of State for War approved amendments to the Royal Warrant for the Victoria Cross, specifying that only 'treason, cowardice, felony or an infamous crime' should lead to forfeiture of the award; the amendments were not retrospective. It was not until 1953 that the War Office issued a list of VCs which included Gunner Collis and the seven other forfeitures. He is buried in Wandsworth Council's Magdalen Road Cemetery.

Cambridge

2nd Afghan War

COOK

G

M.M.

17729 L Cpl 3 Suffolk Reg.

Cambridge

WW1

CORNWALL

C E

M.M. & Bar

Lance-Corporal. 8th Suffolk Regiment Awarded Military Medal (MM) for 1 February 1917, as battalion scout, at Miraumont, Somme. Bar for ?, Cambridgeshire Times 1 March 1918.

Isleham

WW1

CORNWALL

Horace

M.M.

Private. Cambridgeshire Times 29 November 1918.

Little Downham

WW1

COULSON

H

M.M.

Corporal. Military Medal (MM). Cambridgeshire Times 1 December 1916.

Soham

WW1

COVILL

A

MM

No details.

Ely

WW1

COX

Charles William Hall

MM

Flt Sgt RAF. Son of Mr & Mrs Alfred Cox, Golden Holme, West End, March; husband of Mrs Cox, 33 Agenoria St, Wisbech. Awarded MM for his part in the Bruneval raid 27-2-42. Citation: "This NCO volunteered to carry out a hazardous task in the parachute raid on Bruneval on the night of February 27th-28th 1942. The success of the operation on the technical side depended largely on the performance of the duty allotted to him. After being dropped by parachute, he had only a few minutes to complete a task which had previously been estimated to require half an hour and during this time he was continuously under heavy fire. He displayed great courage, skill and devotion to duty in completing his task in spite of the difficulties, thereby contributing greatly to the successful execution of the raid."

Wisbech

WW2

COX

Edward Hugh

Croix de Guerre, Belgium

Private. 11th Suffolks, Military Medal, stretcher bearer, rescuing wounded under fire. Wisbech Standard 16 January 1918. Croix de Guerre, Wisbech Standard 19 April 1918. (see Military Medal (MM)).

Outwell

WW1

CROUCH

Arthur George

Mentioned in Despatches

Cpl Son of Mr & Mrs G Crouch, 138 Station Rd, March. For gallantry in the first two days of the Normandy invasion & bringing in three wounded men. CT 18-8-44.

March

WW2

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