Surnames - S

Surname

Forename(s)

Award

Details

Memorial/Place

When

SALISBURY

Robert Walter

Mentioned in Despatches

Petty Officer Royal Navy. Son of Mr & Mrs R Salisbury, Ryebury, Rosemary Lane, Chatteris. CT 9-7-43.

Chatteris

WW2

SEAL

Sam J

M.M.

Private, The Shade Soham. Stretcher bearer, Northumberland Fusiliers. Cambridgeshire Times 16 February 1917.

Soham

WW1

SEARBY

John Henry

DSO

Squadron Leader 106 Squadron RAF. Son of the late Joseph William Searby, 18 Low Cross, Whittlesey. CT 23-4-43.

Whittlesey

WW2

SEARS

Harold B

D.S.O. & M.i.D.

Eng Lieutenant-Commander, Royal Navy, LG 11 December 1918, Cambridgeshire Times 20 December 1918. Mentioned in Despatches, 1918.

Manea

WW1

SEEKINGS

Herbert

MM

28215 Lance Corporal, 11th Border Regiment 2 December 1917. Son of Samuel & Clara Seekings, Burn Street, Norwood Estate. Awarded Military Medal. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

March
Benwick

WW1

SEEKINGS

Albert Reginald

MM

Cambridgeshire Regiment & SAS, awarded DCM, MM & MID in WW2. He was one of the original members of L Detachment SAS, formed in July 1941.

Prickwillow

WW2

SEEKINGS

Reginald

DCM, MM & MID

Cpl Son of Mr & Mrs Seekings, of Prickwillow. MM in Libya (Cambs Times 3-4-42).

Trumpington

WW2

SEWTER

E V

M.M.

Private, son of Mr & Mrs G E Sewter, Station Road, March. Royal Engineers, mending lines under fire at Battle of Loos, 1915. Unknown award, probably Military Medal (MM).

March

WW1

SHAW

S D

M.M.

Corporal. King's Liverpool Regiment, Wisbech Standard 5 October 1917.

Walsoken

WW1

SINCLAIR

James

DCM & MM

28207 Sergeant, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment Killed in action 12 November 1917. Awarded MM, followed by DCM (London Gazette 4 March 1918). "When ordered to take his platoon to assist on the left flank he did so quickly and without showing any movement whatever. When he failed to get in touch he made his way into No Man's Land and got to headquarters, a distance of 150 yards, being sniped on the way." Wisbech Standard 8 March 1918. Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium.

Wisbech St Mary

WW1

SKEELS

A

M.M.

Signaller. Cambridgeshire Times 25 October 1918.

Chatteris

WW1

SKEELS

Ernest

M.M.

Lance-Corporal, Lilac House, Chatteris. Essex Regiment, for raid. Cambridgeshire Times 20 April 1917.

Chatteris

WW1

SMITH

Abraham

M.M.

Pte. 11th Bt. Suffolk Reg., d 19/4/1918, age 20, buried: Suffolk Cemetery, La Rolanderie Farm, Erquinghem-Lys, Nord, France. Son of J. W. and E. A. Smith, of 13 Chiefs St., Ely, Cambs. Cambridgeshire Times 9 November 1917.

Ely

WW1

SMITH

E A

D.C.M.

Lance-Corporal, son of Mr & Mrs G Smith, 23 Prince Street, Wisbech. 15007, Royal Sussex, LG 26 January 1918. Wisbech Standard 21 September 1917.

Wisbech

WW1

SMITH

Albert

MM

Sergeant 325714, 1/1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment, killed in action, France and Flanders, 27th September 1916. Born Bourn, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge. B company, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment Awarded Military Medal as Corporal: "As a company runner in an attack on September 3rd 1916, he showed great bravery and devotion to duty in carrying message backwards and forwards under very difficult circumstances and under very heavy shellfire."

Bourn

WW1

SMITH

James Bowley

DCM

Pte 2417, D Company. James Bowley Smith was born at Welches Dam, and went on to win a Distinguished Conduct Medal in the Great War, afterwards he moved away. His father was the publican of the Three Fishes. DCM for 14-10-16 at Schwaben Redoubt (LG 11-12-16). Born 8-Mar-1895 at The Three Fishes Public House, Welches Dam, Cambridgeshire. Youngest son of Edward and Sarah Smith. After the war he moved to Doncaster, Yorkshire where he worked as a Coal Miner until he retired. He died in 1982. Citation from London Gazette:

"2417 Pte. J. B. Smith, Camb. R.
For conspicuous gallantry in action. He went down the trench himself before the barricade was put across and drove off a party of the enemy by throwing bombs. Later, he climbed on top of the barricade and shot four of the enemy."

Welches Dam

WW1

SMITH

Harry

MM

Son of Mr & Mrs F Smith, New Rd, Chatteris. For bravery in rescuing three airmen from a burning plane. CT 21-11-41.

Chatteris

WW2

SPARROW

John

MM

40722 Private, 2nd Suffolk Regiment Died of Wounds 30 August 1918, age 28. Son of George and Eliza Sparrow, of Christchurch. Awarded Military Medal. Formerly 4584 Suffolk Regiment Buried Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Upwell (Christchurch)

WW1

STACEY

Colin W

DFC

Flt-Lt RAF. Son of Mr & Mrs A T Stacey, Berrington, Station Rd, Manea. 50 operational trips in Wellington bombers & commissioned in 1944; another 21 trips in Lancasters. CT 22-12-44.

Manea

WW2

STEEL

G W

D.C.M.

Corporal. 1101, 7th London Regiment (LG 24 June 1916). Later Sgt. Cambridgeshire Times 16 February 1917.

Haddenham

WW1

SUTTON

David

MM

26398 Private, 1st East Surrey Regiment Killed in action 20 May 1918. Son of Mrs Sutton, The Lane. Awarded Military Medal. Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes, France.

Benwick

WW1

SWANN

George

MM

Corporal, Stretham, 8th Suffolk Regiment. MM for 19 & 20 July 1916 at Delville Wood, Somme. Cambs Times 15-12-16.

Stretham

WW1

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