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GIRTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © 2000 Martin Edwards

The memorial stands beside the road just inside the grounds of St. Andrew parish church. It consists of a two tiered plinth with inscriptions on the four sides of the large, upper, part and a pyramid style top with sculptured wreaths of poppies surrounding its base. The memorial is made from stone. It has one step with paving surrounding it enclosed by a small, ornate, wrought iron fence. Separate vases also sit at the base of the memorial. Although the unveiling date of the memorial has not as yet been ascertained there are clues. The local school was cloed on 14th April 1919 for the uneviling of the memorial although this may conflict with the Parish Council Minutes for the 8th July 1919 that talk about providing a meat tea for the village on 19th July 1919 when the memorial was unveiled.

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IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE MEN OF GIRTON
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
DURING THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
WHOSE NAMES ARE HEREON INSCRIBED
BY THE LONG ROAD THEY TROD
WITH SO MUCH FAITH AND SUCH DEVOTED
SELF SACRIFICE AND BRAVERY
WE REACHED VICTORY AND PEACE
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE
FOR HIS FRIENDS

AMPS James Young
Private 106029, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25 March 1918. Born and resident Oakington, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in ASSEVILLERS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 7.
ASPLIN Charles  
Lance Corporal, 21928 39th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), who Killed in action on Tuesday, 3rd September 1918. Age 31. Enlisted Cambridge. Husband of Elizabeth Asplen, of 18, New St., Cambridge. Formerly 1813, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment. Went to France 14th February 1915, 'B' Company, transferred to 118th Brigade Machine Gun Corps in 1916, which later amalgamated to become 39th Battlion Machine Gun Corps. Buried in MONCHY BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 32. [ASPLEN on CWGC]. See also Cambridge Guildhall
ASPLIN Horace William
[ASPLEN on CWGC] Private 17354, "B" Company, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action on, Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 21. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Walter Charles Asplen, of Church Lane, Girton, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A.

COLE James Arthur
Private 31411, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died of wounds on Sunday, 28th April 1918. Age 32. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Husband of J. A. Cole, of 44, Richmond Rd., Cambridge. Native of Girton, Cambs. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row D. Grave 8. See also Cambridge Guildhall
CRANFIELD Noble Charles
Private 427667, 13th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment), who died on Thursday, 12th October 1916. Age 33. Born 7th January 1883 at Girton. Son of Mrs. Ann Cranfield, of High Street, Girton. Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Enlisted and passed fit 20th September 1915 at Regina, Canada, aged 20, vision 20/20, height 5 feet 5½ inches, girth 39 inches, complexion ruddy, eyes blue, hair dark brown; religion Church of England. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row J. Grave 2. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2113 - 42
CRANFIELD Reginald John
Private 46746, 1st/4th (Hallamshire - Territorial Force) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment who was killed in action on Sunday, 13th October 1918. Age 19. Born and resident Girton, enlisted Bury St. Edmunds. Son of Charles and Ann Cranfield, of Girton, Cambridge. Buried in YORK CEMETERY, HASPRES, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 27.
HANCOCK Alfred [J]
Private 64579, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who killed in action on Wednesday, 23rd October 1918. Born Fulbourn, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly G/29765 Middlesex Regiment. Petty Sessional Division of Cambridge, Roll of Service, July 1915 lists him as A J Hancock, Loyal Suffolk Hussars. Buried in QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 2.
HANKIN Elias W
Private 23687, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Friday, 22nd March 1918. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 4

HEATH John Thomas
Private 67629, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) posted to 2nd/2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regiment) who died on Friday, 26th October 1917. Age 29. Husband of Emma Day (formerly Heath), of Suffield House, Girton, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 28 to 30 and 162 to 162A and 163A
JACKSON Albert
Private 10361, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday 5th May 1915. Age 21. Born Kingston, Cambridgeshire, enlisted Cambridge, resident Girton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William John Jackson, of Ladysmith Cottages, Huntingdon Rd., Girton, Cambridge. In the 1911 Census he was the son of William John and Mary Ann Jackson, aged 17, Farm Labourer, born Kington, resident Plough and Harrow Cottages, Madingley Road, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 and 33

JACKSON Charles
1st Bedfordshire Regiment possibly either Charles Jackson, Private 3/8605, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died of wounds on 27th [CWGC] or 24th [SDGW] April 1915. Aged 29. Born Bourn, enlisted Bedford, resident Langford, Bedfordshire. Son of William and Mary Ann Jackson, of Bourn, Cambridge; husband of Susannah Jackson, of Church Lane, Great Paxton, St. Neots, Hunts. In the 1911 census he was a Son-in-Law, married to Laura for 6 years, aged 28, Brewery Carman, born 1883 in Cambridgeshire, resident Inn Street, Biggleswade. IN the 1901 census he was the son of William J and Mary A Jackson, single, aged 15, Horseman on farm, born 1886 in Bourne, cambridgeshire, resident Cottages, Wintringham, St Neots Rural, Wintringham, Huntingdonshire. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 37. Also commemorated on Langord War Memorial, Bedfordshire or Charles William Jackson, Private 40052, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd April 1917. Born Beccles, Suffolk, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, resident Ringfield, Suffolk. Formerly 28840, Suffolk regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.
LOWETH [Frederick] Sydney
Serjeant, 56109, 135th Battery, 32nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who was killed in action on Monday, 8th October 1917. Born Kettering, Northamptonshire in 1891, enlisted Huntingdon. In 1911 he was a Driver with 135th Battery, RFA, aged 20, born Gretton, Kettering, resident at Bordon Barracks, Hampshire. In 1901 he was resident in Gretton, Rutlandshire, his mother was born in Cambridge. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY, LANGEMARCK, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row F. Grave 15. Note: There were only two men called LOWETH who are listed on the CWGC, one being John LOWETH and the other this man listed here, Frederick LOWETH.
NIGHTINGALE Henry Arthur
[Memorial shows A H NIGHTINGALE]. Guardsman (Private) 27743, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards who was killed in action on Saturday, 1st December 1917. Age 20. Born Guton (sic - Girton), enlisted Cambridge. Son of Emily Nightingale, of High St., Girton, Cambridge, and the late Arthur Nightingale. No known grave. Commemorated on the CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 2.
NIGHTINGALE Reginald [Victor]
Private 13641, 11th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Tuesday, 23rd May 1916. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row M. Grave 8.
NIGHTINGALE Walter
Private 326135, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who was killed in action on Tuesday, 31st July 1917. Age 22. Born Girton and enlisted Cambridge. Son of Annie Nightingale, of Grove Cottage, Girton, Cambridge. Formerly 3117, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in NEW IRISH FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XVII. Row B. Grave 10.
NORTH Henry Albert
[Memorial shows A H NORTH]. Sapper, 323045, 98th Light Railway Train Crew Company, Royal Engineers who died at sea on Monday, 31st December 1917. Age 38. Born and resident Girton, enlisted Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Son of Mrs. Eliza Hawkes, of Church Lane, Girton, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the JERUSALEM MEMORIAL, Israel. Panel 9.
PAULEY Frederick William
[Memorial lists him as F.H. PAULEY - There is only one F PAULEY listsed on CWGC and SDGW] Private 327869, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 26th September 1917. Born Histon, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly 6174 Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURES No.1 and No.2, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row J. Grave 41.
SPEED Luke [Edward]
9th Suffolk Regiment. Private 327889, 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who died of wopunds on Tuesday, 20th November 1917. Born Chesterton, enlisted Cambridge. Formerly 6217, Cambridgeshire Regiment. Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 19.
WATSON Richard H
Private 24990, 8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Tuesday, 26th September 1916. Age 30. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Phillip and Alice Watson, of White House, Girton, Cambs. No known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 2 A

WILSON William
Private 8790, 2nd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Wednesday, 30th December 1914. Age 19. Born Girton, enlisted Cambridge. Son of Barnett Wilson, of 1, Hicks Lane, Girton, Cambridge. No known grave. Commemorated on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 21.

ALSO WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR
1939-1945

ANDREWS Cyril
Private 5933303, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment who was killed in action on Sunday, 15th February 1942 the day Singapore fell to the Japanese. Age 28. Son of William N. and Mary Elizabeth Andrews, of Girton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 58.

AUSTIN Reginald George Cecil
Serjeant, 5933178, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regiment, Suffolk Regiment, prisoner of war, who died of cholera, at Kinsaiyok, Thailand, on Thursday, 29th July 1943. Age 33. Son of George Edward and Gertrude Austin; husband of Winifred Annie Austin, of Girton, Cambridgeshire. No known grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore. Column 57.

BURGESS L
R.A.F. No further information currently available - there are three L BURGESS listed for World War 2 none of which stand out as this man.
DIXON Walter Philip Arthur
Private 5827933, 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, who died as a prisoner of war on Friday, 28th May 1943. Age 25. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row F. Grave 56.

GERRARD Thomas Cecil
Corporal, T/73322, Royal Army Service Corps attached 3rd Commando Regiment who died on Wednesday, 19th August 1942. Age 30. Son of Joseph and Emily Mary Gerrard; husband of Vera G. Gerrard, of Cambridge. Commemorated on the BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 15. Column 3.
HULLYER Bertie Frederick
Leading Stoker, C/KX 99440, H.M.S. Danube III, Royal Navy who died on Sunday, 13th October 1940. Age 45. Son of William and Kate Elizabeth Hullyer; husband of Nellie Elizabeth Hullyer, of Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on the CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 38, Column 1. Note: HMS Danube III was a Rescue Tug, launched in 1924, commissioned on 28th August 1939. Displacement: 234 tons. HMS Danube III (Cdr. J.R. Stenhouse, RNR, OBE, DSO, DSC) was mined and sunk of Sheerness on 13th October 1940.
JOHNS Leonard Maurice
Corporal, 7632613, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers attached Royal Corps of Signals who died on Wednesday, 23rd August 1944. Age 34. Son of Arthur Edward and Alice Florence Johns, of Cambridge; husband of Elsie Ada Johns, of Cambridge. Buried in GAUHATI WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 3. Row K. Grave 2.
PAULEY Thomas Alfred
Private 5833854, 5th Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment who died on Saturday, 6th May 1944. Age 31. Son of Pte. Frederick William Pauley, 1st Battalion The Cambridgeshire Regt. (killed in action in Belgium, 26th September, 1917), and Ethel Janet Pauley, of Girton, Cambridgeshire; husband of Gladys Pauley, of Girton. Buried in HELIOPOLIS WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 6. Row Q. Grave 4.
PIGDEN Ernest Sidney
Private 14524374, Army Catering Corps, attached to H.Q. 21 Army Group, died 13th February 1945, age 36, Son of William and Ann Pigden; husband of Christine Lilian Pigden, of Girton, Cambridgeshire. A.C.C. Separate vase at base of memorial states "Ernest S Pidgen 1908-1945". Buried in EINDHOVEN (WOENSEL) GENERAL CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot RR. Grave 31.
SMITH Norman Alastair Lloyd
Pilot Officer, 40950, 235 Squadron, Royal Air Force who died on Sunday, 12th May 1940. Age 25. Son of Frederick Charles and Elsie Smith, of Cambridge. B.Sc., Hons. (Lond.). Buried in THE HAGUE (WESTDUIN) GENERAL CEMETERY, Netherlands. Allied Plot. Row 3. Grave 47. Note: 235 Squadron flew Blenheims from Bircham Newton. On 30 October 1939, No 235 reformed at Manston as a fighter squadron and received Battles for training purposes in December. In February 1940, it equipped with Blenheims and was transferred from Fighter to Coastal Command on 27 February 1940 for fighter-reconnaissance duties. When the German invasion of the Low Countries began in May 1940, the squadron flew patrols over Holland and during the Battle of Britain was engaged in convoy protection and reconnaissance missions over the North Sea. It was during this period that Norman was killed.
WILSON Cyril Stephen
Private 6031884, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who died on Sunday, 23rd April 1944. Age 30. Commemorated on the RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar. Face 17.
Also listed for this parish in the Ely Cathedral Second World War Book of Remembrance:
JOHNSON William Henry Harper
Sergeant 755396, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7th January 1941. Aged 33. Son of Thomas and Annie Johnson; husband of Margery Gwendoline Johnson, of Willingham, Cambridgeshire. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 46.

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